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Friday, October 23, 2020
Protesters gathered outside of the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where President Donald J. Trump held a campaign rally on October 10, 2019. (Photo: Tony Webster, Wikimedia) Jeremy Brecher
How Workers Can Help Defeat a Trump Coup
Donald Trump, desperately behind in the polls, appears to be laying the groundwork for illegally attempting to remain in office if he loses the election. This commentary focuses in on the role of workers—union and nonunion—in resisting a Trump Coup.
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If not for moral reasons—for the sake of future generations and the environment—the nation should spend to fight climate change now to secure its economic well-being. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Lee van der Voo
Remember This the Next Time Someone Says a Green Economy Would Be Too Expensive
We spent $2 trillion to keep Americans afloat in the pandemic. Putting a similar amount toward the climate crisis could be even more pragmatic.
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks to reporters before boarding his campaign plane at Nashville International Airport on October 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Biden is traveling to Nashville, Tennessee for the final presidential debate with President Donald Trump. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Jamie Henn
Joe Biden is Finally Talking About Fossil Fuels—That’s a Good Thing
It is high time to break the spell the industry seems to have cast over Democratic politicians. This was a promising start.
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App-based drivers from Uber and Lyft protest in a caravan in front of City Hall in Los Angeles on October 22, 2020 where elected leaders hold a conference urging voters to reject on the November 3 election, Proposition 22, that would classify app-based drivers as independent contractors and not employees or agents. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images) Margaret Poydock
The Passage of California’s Proposition 22 Would Give Digital Platform Companies a Free Pass to Misclassify Their Workers
Californians must require that companies follow the law and properly classify their workers. No company should be able to buy its way out of treating workers fairly.
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Some of those Trump voters are experiencing a level suffering that is unimaginable to outsiders. (Photo: Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images) Richard Eskow
The Sunset Gun: One Nation, Under the Influence of Hate
Repairing the breach left by centrism and fueled by rage will require radical love, the kind of love that condemns a broken system and not its broken people.
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University on October 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the last debate between the two candidates before the November 3 election. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images) Michael Winship
That Final Debate Was a Parade of Presidential Prevarication
Notes from the ghost town that only exists in Trump’s impoverished imagination.
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That so much of the media are so dead set against the idea suggests whose interests they really serve. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Alan MacLeod
Media Outlets Owned by Billionaires Very Quick to Tell Readers Taxing the Rich Is Bad Idea
A wealth tax as modest as some Democrats are proposing would affect precious few Americans, but still generate trillions of dollars of revenue from people who have largely been increasing their fortunes throughout the pandemic.
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Union activists and supporters rally against the Supreme Court's ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case in Foley Square in New York City on June 27, 2018. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Kenneth Peres
Why the Republican Party Wants to Destroy Labor Unions
The GOP sees unions and their supporters as enemies to be politically and economically destroyed.
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The ruling elite in Washington, D.C., has long opposed the socialist policies of Bolivia for economic and geopolitical reasons. (Photo: Reese Erlich reporting from Bolivia for NPR) Reese Erlich
What Bolivia Can Teach the United States About Democracy
The South American nation sets an example of how to undo an attempted coup.
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The United States will have to reckon with the scale of the disaster it has helped inflict on the world—and on itself—through three presidencies. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Matthew Duss
Only a Reckoning With the Disastrous Legacy of the So-called 'War on Terror' Can Heal the United States
U.S. foreign policy never recovered from the war on terror.
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Thursday, October 22, 2020
Due to the impact of historic and current systemic racism, Black and Latinx communities have seen more job loss in this recession and have less wealth to fall back on. (Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
With Millions of People Out of Work, the Senate’s Inaction Is Not Only Cruel, It’s Bad Economics
When these programs expire, millions of these workers and their families will be financially devastated.
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JBS, the world’s largest meatpacking corporation, has refused to compensate the families of employees who died after contracting COVID at its facility in Colorado. (Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Navina Khanna, Axel Fuentes
Here's How Meatpacking Corporations Could Protect Workers From COVID-19—and What They're Doing Instead
It’s time for our elected officials to pass enforceable workplace protections like those in the HEROES Act to make sure workers are able to stay safe, maintain social distance, and access paid sick leave.
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Trump has been caught in 20,000+ falsehoods or lies in the past four years alone—telling an average of 22 a day—including several that led to thousands of deaths.(Photo: Rhys A./flickr/cc) Ralph Nader
Wrecking America: How Trump’s Lawbreaking and Lies Betray All
If you don’t want such a person as your neighbor, why would you want him as your President where he’d have exponentially more power to harm you and your family?
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The more Trump has abused his power and position in this world and the more he’s escaped any retribution for his crimes, the more obsessed I’ve become with visualizing ways for him to pay in some version of the afterlife. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Ariel Dorfman
Sending Trump to Hell
Dante Alighieri has words for Donald J. Trump from the other side of death.
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As a socialist, I don’t support Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s center-right Democratic politics. Indeed, for those whose political ideals embrace an end to class inequality, support for workplace democracy and opposition to global imperialism, what is there to support? (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Mark Harris
A Trump Defeat Will Not End the Far-Right Threat
For decades now, the Democratic political establishment has overseen the betrayal of progressive and working-class hopes and interests.
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When a deadly infection flames across an entire nation like a wildfire, the times demand leadership. Trump ran the other way. (Photo: Shutterstock) Mitchell Zimmerman
Trump to Seniors: Drop Dead
In lieu of a plan for the virus, the president keeps assuring audiences that "only" older people will die.
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People stand in line, spaced six apart due to Covid-19, in order to vote early at the Fairfax Government Center on September 18, 2020 in Fairfax, Virginia. Voters waited up to four hours to early vote in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Gleb Tsipursky
Are You Prepared for an Election Disaster?
Everyone should have a plan to vote this year, but people should also have a plan for what comes after that.
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 Lisa herself was a victim of terrible crimes, and her actions are inextricably linked to her own history of trauma, mental illness, and brain damage. (Photo: Lisa Montgomery on death row) Sandra Babcock
Lisa Montgomery: A Victim of Incest, Child Prostitution and Rape Faces Execution
The story of Lisa's life reads like the script of a horror movie.
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Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe arrives for briefing in the Capitol with the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on allegations of Russian links to the Taliban on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Juan Cole
DNI John Ratcliffe, a Trumpie Wingnut, Hilariously Blames Iran for Pro-Trump Proud Boy Email Spoof
Anyone with the slightest common sense can see that Iran would be much better off with Biden, who is likely to try to re-implement the 2015 nuclear deal.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett and Donald Trump. (Photo: Creative Commons) Bill Blum
Confirmation Hearings Exposed Barrett as a Hardcore Rightwing Activist
Her goal on the court will be to drive America back to the days before the New Deal and the civil rights movement.
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Donald Trump will stop at nothing to retain his power. (Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Robert Reich
How to Stop Trump from Stealing the Election
Make this a blowout victory for Joe Biden and Democrats down the ballot, and stop Trump from stealing this election.
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Every election, more than 700,000 Americans are denied to the right to vote as they sit in jail awaiting trial. This must end. (Photo: Frederic Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Denying Pre-Trial Detainees the Right to Vote Must Stop
This form of voter suppression is a social injustice and a civic indignity.
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Whenever there are discussions about enacting a national fracking ban, corporate media seem to prioritize the supposed short-term potential “risks” to Democrats’ electoral prospects, or potential economic downturns, over the long-term prospects for human civilization’s survival. (Photo: Food & Water Watch/Flickr/cc) Joshua Cho
Press Worries About a Fracking Ban’s 'Risk' to Democrats—Not Fracking's Threat to Planet
There is no reason for a fracking ban to be "political suicide" unless corporate journalists are determined to equate that with the death of the fossil fuel industry.
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Money needs to move not just out of incarceration and into care, but into the hands of those people and communities whom our current system has harmed most. (Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Laura Flanders
The US Spends More Than $80 Billion a Year Incarcerating 2.3 Million People
There’s never been a better time to reconsider the entire system.
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Trump’s removal from office is only the first step. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Damnatio Memoriae: The First Step to Recovery in a Post-Trump America
To get beyond the present crisis, we must undo his crimes and follies.
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Dr. Scott Atlas, member of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, walks at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 12, 2020. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) Michael Winship
Scott Atlas Is Trump’s Doctor Death
He’s a reminder of an infamous Russian who "probably killed more human beings than any individual scientist in history."
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Youth climate activists hold signs during a Climate Strike youth protest outside of Chevron headquarters on Sept. 27, 2019, in San Ramon, California. Hundreds of activists and their supporters were calling for the company to abandon fossil fuels by 2025. (PHOTO BY JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES) Mike Males
Young Activists Aren’t Waiting For Anyone
Older generations have generally favored "nowism," which privileges short-term well-being at the expense of long-term environmental and societal sustainability. And today’s youth are done with it.
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Protesters at a rally against President Donald Trump in San Francisco, January 20 2017. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Pax Ahimsa Gethen. CC BY-SA 4.0.) Marc Edelman
Fascism in America
Words matter. We must call what is happening in the US by its true name.
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2020 has the chance to be a historic year for international reproductive rights.  (Photo: Tami Chappell/AFP/Getty Images) Stacie Murphy
Global Reproductive Health on the Ballot this November
If Democrats are elected, we can have a new president and a congress that will fight to repeal the Helms Amendment and safeguard accessible and affordable healthcare everywhere.
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We can simultaneously embrace our exile as an experience of transformation while voting to reclaim the world beneath our feet. (Photo by Matteo Trevisan/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Amy Reed-Sandoval
Voting in Exile
The forces that have kept us in exile want us to lose touch with our sense of democratic agency—they want us to feel that we have forever lost our worlds.
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 In the wake of the pandemic, food security has emerged as a key issue. (Photo: John Benford/Aurora Photos/Getty Images) Shiney Varghese
World Food Day Drives Home Need for Change in the US
The pandemic has exposed the fragility of the current industrialized food supply system, which is nested in an unequal, racialized and gendered socio-economic system experiencing the increasing prevalence of unemployment and food insecurity.
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UNITE-HERE! is a union representing 300,000 workers in the hospitality industry—that world of hotels and bars, restaurants and caterers. (Photo: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
Guns, Germs, and Smoke
UNITE-HERE! Canvassers take on Trump in Nevada.
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Monday, October 19, 2020
What should be clear from this review is that discriminatory policies that unfairly target Arabs or Muslims didn’t begin with Donald Trump and will not automatically end with a change in the White House. (Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP) James Zogby
Policies Targeting Arabs and Muslims Didn’t Just Start With Donald Trump
Regardless which party is in the White House, these onerous policies must finally be challenged and defeated.
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America's history of war, militarism and international coercion has reached its final stage in the terminal decline of an increasingly corrupt and decadent American empire. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
How Biden Flubbed Town Hall Foreign Policy Question
Most of our leaders are still hell-bent on preserving America's imperial power at any cost: endless wars, climate catastrophe, mass extinctions, and the terrifying risk of a final, apocalyptic mass-casualty war—most likely a nuclear war.
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To ensure that the global economy is not only resilient but also conducive to social progress, governments must restore the social contract by rebuilding trust in democracy and a fair and equitable economy.(Photo: Scott Lewis/Flickr/cc) Ruwan Subasinghe, Makbule Sahan
Ending Corporate Impunity Is at the Heart of a Sustainable Post-Pandemic Global Recovery
Upcoming negotiations for a UN Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights provide a critical opportunity for governments and business to demonstrate their commitment to responsible corporate conduct.
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Trump’s opposite approaches, discouraging masks and other Covid restrictions while seeking government intrusion into the most intimate decisions anyone makes, have become the de facto centerpieces of his campaign. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Reich
The Public, the Personal, and the Utter Hypocrisy of the GOP
It is nonsensical to argue, as do Trump and his allies, that government cannot mandate masks or close businesses during a pandemic but can prevent women from having abortions and same-sex couples from marrying.
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People watch as President Donald Trump arrives on Air Force One for his campaign event at the Orlando Sanford International Airport on October 12, 2020 in Sanford, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
How Does a Nation Best Deal With a Leader Who Intentionally Kills Its Citizens?
Regardless of his motivations, Trump is engaging in and encouraging behavior that is killing and disabling Americans by the millions.
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I urge Green Party members in battleground states to do the right thing and vote not for Hawkins but for Biden. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab) Norman Solomon
Why a Former Green Party Candidate Is on a Very Long Fast—Urging Progressives to Vote for Biden to Defeat Trump
"A very large number of people on the left who supported Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren have come around to an understanding that Trump and his accomplices are such a dire threat to any hope of forward progress in this country."
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The domination of women is encouraged by the culture, but its strength comes from the need of males to control and domi­nate the female-self in themselves. (Photo: kai.bates/Flickr/cc) Bud McClure
Donald Trump's Hatred of Women
The extent to which he denigrates women and the anger and even hatred he projects onto them reflects, in equal measure, his own self-hatred of his dependency, weakness, and passivity that he associates with the feminine in him.
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Only by genuinely democratizing the formulation of foreign policy will real change become possible. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Andrew Bacevich
Reframing America’s Role in the World
The specter of isolationism.
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Sunday, October 18, 2020
Just imagine if we interpreted everything like people living in the 18th Century! (Photo: Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Steven Singer
An Originalist Reading of Public Schools and the Absurdity of Amy Coney Barrett
GOP is now the the party of plutocrat neofascist Christian fundamentalism.
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The president encourages white supremacist groups and rationalizes right-wing terrorism when it is carried out against peaceful, legitimate protests of police brutality. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Robert Freeman
Judge Trump’s Worthiness by Either Past or Future
If the next four years besiege the country as did the last four, our problems will be immeasurably worse, for they will only fester, mutate, magnify, and multiply.
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Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). (Photo by Toni L. Sandys-Pool/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Dear Sen. Perdue: Kamala Is the Name of Great Americans
Since Perdue is implicitly playing the American card by othering Kamala Harris, let us look at some very American Kamalas who are much more admirable people than David Perdue and who have achieved much more of lasting value for Americans than he has.
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Workers at an outdoor furniture manufacturer in Illinois make personal protective equipment. For some workers, the demand for their labor has skyrocketed during the pandemic and for others the opposite has happened. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Anna Bian­ca Roach
This Crisis Makes Clear: We Need a Four-Day Work Week, Now
A shorter work week could help create a more thriving society. But to work it must be equitable.
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President Donald Trump looks on as he departs a rally at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio, on September 21, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan Getty Images) Sara Reardon
Leading Scientists Urge Voters to Dump Trump
Journals and Nobelists, usually cautious, cite unprecedented damage and incompetence in calls for a U.S. leadership change.
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in on the first day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on October 12, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images) William Cohn
Amy Coney Barrett: Just Another Pro-Corporate Villain on the Court
As the judiciary heads further to the right it is evident it no longer serves the values of the majority of the people.
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Saturday, October 17, 2020
Huthi rebel fighters inspect the damage after a reported air strike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeted the presidential palace in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 5, 2017. Saudi-led warplanes pounded the rebel-held capital before dawn after the rebels killed former president Ali Abdullah Saleh as he fled the city following the collapse of their uneasy alliance, residents said. (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP via Getty Images). Juan Cole
America Is Complicit, as Yemen Spirals Toward Mass Starvation
This is an American war, and Americans have Yemeni blood on their hands.
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The foregoing is nothing but a smattering of the words the trump has used to describe women. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty) Christopher Brauchli
The Monster and the Trump
The Executive Order was signed by Trump who has repeatedly shown his disrespect for people with whom he disagrees by the language he uses when addressing them. It is mostly directed towards women and people of color.
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from legal experts on the final day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, on October 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images) Mariah Kreutter
Dianne Feinstein Was Harder on Preteen Climate Activists Than She Was on Amy Coney Barrett
The contrast makes it clear that Feinstein prioritizes an outdated model of bipartisanship over engaging a passionate, young, left-leaning voter base.
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The hearings were truly a travesty. (Photo by Demetrius Freeman - Pool/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Corporatist Judge Barrett–Two More Senate Abstentions Needed to Stop Trump
It's time for the rising movement of elected and grassroots progressive to take over.
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Equanimity is defined as mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in difficult situations. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images) Zoe Weil
Four Ways to Find Equanimity When the News Is Overwhelming
Staying healthy and effective in the maelstrom.
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David Suzuki
Humility, Caring and Wisdom Make a Better Future Possible
For many, the pandemic has renewed our innate appreciation for and connection to nature. People have taken to growing food on windowsills and in backyard and community gardens. We’re cultivating yeasts to bake bread and getting outside more to walk, run, swim and cycle.
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Beware of such ending-the-war promises during election season—unfortunately they are somewhat of an election staple, as history shows. (Photo: Program Executive Office Soldier/Flickr/cc) Natalie Dowzicky
Beware of Presidents Promising 'No More War' at Election Time
The public sees right through the facade of large lofty claims.
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Right now, massive corporations like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates, and Instacart are pouring nearly $200 million into a giant PR campaign designed to get you to vote for this. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Vote NO On CA Prop 22: Reject This Corporate Power Grab
Make no mistake: Prop 22 is a lousy deal for Uber and Lyft drivers, and for millions of other workers.
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Friday, October 16, 2020
If Biden wins the Presidency and Democrats flip the Senate, their aim should be to unpack the courts. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Miles Mogulescu
Biden Can’t Let Republican Court Packers Intimidate Him Into Pledging Not to Unpack the Courts
Mitch McConnell subscribes to the premise that "the easiest way to change the law is to change the judges."
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It all begins with putting Trump’s exhausting psychodrama behind us and getting back to loving  and caring for one another as Americans. (Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images) Tom Weis
History Will Damn Trump & Co. for Betraying the Vision of Our Founders
A societal reckoning is required to fulfill our founding promise of liberty and justice for all.
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Move­ment politi­cians under­stand that real change comes from peo­ple demand­ing it in the streets. (Photo: Ryan Olbrysh/In These Times) Natalie Shure
The Squad Is Growing: A New Crew of Left Challengers Is Bringing Movement Politics to Congress
It’s not just AOC, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib. This crop of organizers-turned-politicians—alongside the Squad—plans to usher in a progressive revival in the House of Representatives.
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The president has repeatedly made baseless allegations of voter fraud, urged his followers to intimidate voters at the polls, and overruled FDA vaccine safety guidelines in an attempt to push out a Covid vaccine before the election, against the advice of scientific experts. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Democracy Dies in the Light
The problem is that the media continue to operate as if a normal democratic election is being held in this country, when it clearly is not.
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A major force behind this change is a legal nonprofit that is heavily funded by the foundation of billionaire industrialist and Republican megadonor Charles Koch. (Photo: @lizaveta9 on Twitter) Alex Kotch
Koch-Funded Legal Group Pushes to Allow Mass Evictions During Pandemic
The CDC's eviction moratorium update "is symptomatic of a system that has always and continues to work to benefit the profiteers."
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A silent protest in New York's World Trade Center on Jan. 6, 2020 in support of children who have died in ICE custody. (Photo: Erik McGregor / LightRocket via Getty Images) Silky Shah
Why America Still Needs to Abolish ICE
The nation’s attention may have moved on, but the crisis remains.
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images) Ruth Conniff
Amy Coney Barrett Is Not Pro-Life
Trump's Supreme Court nominee has no regard for Americans protected by the Affordable Care Act.
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The likelihood is that Barrett will go on looking out for the interests of Big Oil. (Photo: Shutterstock) Juan Cole
Pro-Life, Judge Barrett? Climate Denialism Is Mass Murder
Human-induced climate change through burning gasoline, coal and natural gas is not "politically controversial." It is established science.
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Thursday, October 15, 2020
Donald Trump might then be seen as but the latest in a long line of the empowered who either believed in or, for reasons of state, class interest, or political calculation, feigned a belief in grand conspiracies. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Steve Fraser
The United States of Paranoia
From the Salem witch hunt to conspirator-in-chief Donald Trump
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 The Treasury Secretary has untapped capacity to push Wall Street to take the risks of the climate crisis seriously. (Photo: Kiyo/flickr/cc) Timi Iwayemi, Miranda Litwak
Biden’s Treasury Could Fight Climate Change, But Would Lael Brainard’s?
Biden’s choice for Treasury Secretary is arguably among his most important climate policy decisions.
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The absence of war is not enough; we need to build a positive peace by supporting gender-equitable and locally-led peacebuilding, committing to multilateralism and international law, promoting green, justice-based development, and more. (Photo by NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images) Michael Galant
5 Foreign Policy Issues to Look Out For in Tonight’s Town Halls
We must work to end the United States’ role in existing conflicts, repeal the AUMFs, return the powers of warmaking to Congress, and slash the Pentagon budget.
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Donald Trump, U.S. president and supreme leader of the country’s white supremacists, prefers the pretend America, professing as much in a proclamation he issued this year on Columbus Day. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Columbus Day in Pretend America
Slave trade? Genocide? Armageddon? Never heard of it!
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Climate Activists Protest Against Senate Leader Chuck Schumer Demanding He Sign On To Green New Deal. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty) Mark Hertsgaard
Journalists Must Demystify The Green New Deal
Rather than contributing to an environment in which the words "Green New Deal" are treated as a political liability, good journalism should assess both candidates' plans on their merits and inform the public accordingly.
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 Yemeni children study in the rubble of their school, which was destroyed by the violent war in the city of Taiz, Yemen 23 Dec 2018 (Photo: Akramalrasny via Rabyaah Althaibani
How a Future Biden White House Can End the War in Yemen
Biden has recently stated that under his leadership he would end U.S. support for Saudi military intervention in Yemen, a move supported by Congress, and reassess the current close U.S.-Saudi relationship.
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Most people in America believe the next president should fill the Supreme Court vacancy. (Photo: Getty Images) LaShawn Warren
Amy Coney Barrett Hearing Reveals Senate's Misplaced Priorities
Senate Republicans are grasping any last chance to hold onto power well after public support has lapsed and their terms are over.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2020
The Wisconsin initiative is not the first time farmers have joined with meatpacking workers to demand stronger COVID-19 protections. (Photo: TumblingRun/flickr/cc) Sarah Anderson
Farmers and Meatpackers Are Teaming Up
During the pandemic and recession, farmers are realizing they have more in common with immigrant meatpackers than agribusiness CEOs.
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Our electoral system is riddled with policies that amount to little more than voter suppression. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Voter Suppression in a Pandemic Election
Voting is more difficult than it should be in the best of times. In the pandemic, many states are adding barriers, not removing them.
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The law does not require the United States to defend Taiwan if China attacks, but it also doesn’t rule it out—a policy known as strategic ambiguity. (Photo: U.S. Navy photo) Ann Wright
Dangers of Military Confrontation Between the United States and China Around Taiwan and in the South China Sea
In 2020, The Trump administration has dramatically increased the number of Freedom of Navigation missions.
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. (Photo: JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images) Tony Norman
Even Villains Are Heroes in Their Own Minds
The plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reveals the depths of militia lunacy in Trump’s America.
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett puts her mask on during her Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away in September. (Photo:  Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Steven Hill
Here's One Good Way to Reform a Battered US Supreme Court
Defenders of the status quo undoubtedly will view any tampering as an assault on judicial independence. But the bitter partisanship of the current process has deeply undercut all notions of justice and fairness.
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It's Biden, or four more years of Trumpian nightmare, death, and brutality. (Photo: Ron Adar / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
Why the Left Must Choose Biden
It's not about fundamental change—it’s about saving lives and the planet.
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Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) workers in New York City were among those on the early frontlines of the national coronavirus pandemic when it first struck in March of 2020. (Photo: Andrew Cashin / MTA New York City Transit / flickr / cc) Les Leopold
Race, Class, and Covid-19 in the United States
How do we build a coalition of common interest powerful enough to create a healthier society that dramatically reduces poverty? A look at the data suggests that one focus should be on building solidarity among the vast majority of us who must struggle to make ends meet.
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The Constitution doesn’t prevent increasing the size of the Supreme Court in order to balance it. (Photo: Peoples World/flickr/cc) Robert Reich
How to Save Democracy From GOP Sabotage
There is no reason to accept the structure of our democracy when it repeatedly empowers a ruthless minority to impose its will over the majority.
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A constable knocks on a door before posting an eviction order in Arizona earlier this month. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Eric Levitz
3 Reasons Pelosi Should Take Trump’s $1.8 Trillion Stimulus Deal
Pelosi has little to lose from passing the White House’s $1.8 trillion offer, and putting it in McConnell’s lap.
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Whitehouse came prepared. (Photo: Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
Sheldon Whitehouse Made the Case That Amy Coney Barrett's Nomination Is a Bag Job
It was planned and executed by a vast and single-minded network of which no parallel exists on the other side.
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Trump himself sees these courtroom efforts to restrict access to the polls as crucial. (Photo: @NatlVoterRegDay/Twitter) Jim Hightower
Sabotaging Democracy
Nationwide, states have removed 17 million Americans from voter rolls since the 2016 election, an unusually high number, with no accounting of how many were living, legitimate voters.
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Barrett’s mentor was the arch conservative Antonin Scalia, who was similarly idolized by President Donald Trump. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/Getty Images) Andy Rowell
Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation to the Supreme Court "Would Be a Catastrophe for the Climate"
Her "record demonstrates her willingness to interpret environmental laws like the Clean Water Act narrowly in favor of industry interests."
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Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Unless you’re Raytheon or Lockheed Martin, selling arms is one area where no one should want to keep America "great." (Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force/Brad Fallin) William Hartung
The U.S. of A(rms)
The art of the weapons deal in the age of Trump.
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As president he has assaulted not only the First Amendment but also virtually every other aspect and institution of our country that preserves us as a republic. (Photo: Christopher Michel, noamgalai / Daniel Ellsberg
Leaker of Pentagon Papers: Trump Is an Enemy of the Constitution and Must Be Defeated
Whatever reservations you might have about Joe Biden, the fact remains that his victory over Trump would mean that our country will have dodged a bullet—preventing the destruction of our Constitution as a functional document and averting irreversible damage to human civilization in the next four...
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We should not forget that essential workers on the frontlines of the pandemic continue to pay the biggest price for a national response to the crisis that verges on fratricidal. (Photo: Claudia Wolff/Unsplash) Derrick Z. Jackson
As the Virus Rampages Through Washington, Essential Workers Nationwide Are Paying the Price
When OSHA and the government fail workers during the coronavirus crisis, that failure can leave workers and family members dead.
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Facebook has the power, and the responsibility, to stop violence from these armed groups before it starts.(Photo: Getty) Jessica J. González, Igor Volsky
Five Things Mark Zuckerberg Must Do If He’s Serious About Preventing Election Violence
Facebook has tools that gather ready audiences for voter disinformation and conspiracy theories, and it uses algorithms that seem designed intentionally to amplify and spread divisive messages, regardless of their accuracy.
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Pres­i­dent Trump and con­gres­sion­al lead­ers have been say­ing for months that a sec­ond $1,200 check is on the way. But with­out anoth­er relief bill, even this mea­ger finan­cial assis­tance will not materialize. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images) Jeff Schuhrke
The Nightmare Facing the Poor and Working Class If There’s Not Another Stimulus
With time running out and Republicans balking at more Covid relief, U.S. workers are facing a future of financial misery.
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Even under the best circumstances the U.S. will feel the results of the Trump administration’s disregard and misuse of science for years to come. (Photo: Getty Images) Katherine Wilkinson
We Should Listen to Scientists Sounding the Alarm on Trump
Voting President Donald Trump out of office is only the first step.
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Some may call this level of inequality extreme. Obscene would be more appropriate. (Photo: Len Tsou/Flickr/cc) Bob Lord
Inequality in America: Far Beyond Extreme
The maldistribution of America’s income and wealth has reached levels that our conventional economic stats have trouble revealing.
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"Seniors, people with disabilities and all Social Security beneficiaries know that their costs have gone up more than 1.3 percent over the last year," writes Altman. "They know that their prescription drug prices have gone up more than 1.3 percent. They know their out of pocket costs for doctors’ visits have gone up more than 1.3 percent." (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Nancy J. Altman
Social Security's Cost of Living Adjustment Is Inadequate. Democrats Have a Plan to Fix That.
After lifetimes of work, Americans have earned their Social Security. It is well past time they get a raise.
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What evidence exists by polls and other measurements of public opinion suggest that Sanders would have been a stronger candidate than Clinton in 2016 and Biden in 2020, but for reasons suggested above, adhering to the bipartisan consensus was more important or Democrats than winning elections. (Photo:Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post via Getty Images) Richard Falk
Why Biden Must Win: It Is Not About Democracy, Its About Fascism
If Biden wins, the bipartisan consensus is reaffirmed, while if Trump somehow prevails, the bipartisan will be further weakened, and even threatened by replacing the consensus with a right-wing policy agenda.
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Armed protesters provide security as demonstrators take part in an "American Patriot Rally," organized on April 30, 2020, by Michigan United for Liberty on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Donald Trump Was Complicit in the Plot to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Right-wing domestic terrorism doesn’t fester in a vacuum.
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Donald Trump at Regent University on October 22, 2016 in Virginia Beach, Virginia Luisa Deprez, John Dorrer
Desideratum: Heading Off the Prospects of a Dark and Tumultuous Future
We can no longer afford to wait as climate changes, economic systems malfunction, and enflamed social divisiveness bear down on humanity with unprecedented, irreversible consequences.
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Monday, October 12, 2020
Dispatching nuclear-capable B-52s on simulated bombing runs against Chinese and Russian military installations is simply nuts. (Photo: Wilson Hui/Flickr/cc) Michael T. Klare
The Nuclearization of American Diplomacy
Talking tough and carrying a radioactive stick.
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Afghan children play in the bombed out rubble of the Darul Aman Palace in Kabul, amidst a photo exhibition marking four decades of Afghans killed in war and oppression. (Photo: Maya Evns) Maya Evans
Afghanistan: 19 Years of War
Most ordinary Afghans hold out little hope for peace.
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A man walks past a mural painted on the outer walls of the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran, on September 29, 2020. - For Iran, struggling from sanctions imposed under Washington's policy of "maximum pressure", the US presidential race raises hope of change—but also fears that life could get even worse. (Photo: Atta Kenare / AFP via Getty Images) Phyllis Bennis
As Trump Aims Fresh US Aggression at Iran, How Many Surprises Can This October Hold?
This latest not-so-shocking surprise is actually incredibly dangerous and reckless for the future as well as incredibly cruel, heartless, indeed sadistic right now.
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In the past two weeks, we have witnessed the Wizard of Oz moment of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Robert Freeman
Trump, Plato, and the Wizard of Oz
Trump desperately needs to avoid another withering exposure that another debate would cement. That is why, true to the coward that he is, he’s hiding from it.
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 Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech at the William Hicks Anderson Community Center, on July 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
All Left Hands on Deck. Step 1: Defeat Trump. Step 2: Challenge Biden
No one has described the current crossroads more astutely than Naomi Klein, who tweeted last month: "Vote for a more favorable terrain."
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Trump’s 5th Avenue principle has kept him in power despite deprivation and death that would have doomed the presidencies of anyone else. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Trump—Gun in His Hand and a Bloody Shirt—Standing on Fifth Avenue
The most egregious test of Trump’s 5 th Avenue principle is still to come, when he tries to kill off American democracy.
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Amy Coney Barrett. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) John Buell
Ask Amy Coney Barrett If Bosses Should Be Free to Fire Workers at Will
Amy Coney Barrett comes up for confirmation at a time when trust in our highly inegalitarian capitalism is low, especially among the young.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) conducts a news conference after the Senate Republican Policy luncheon in the Hart Building on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
It's Time to Unpack the Court
Mitch McConnell has been packing the federal courts for six years now, and, as a result, the nation is calling out for rebalancing.
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