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Sunday, January 21, 2018
Will Bunch
America's '2+2=5 Moment' Is a Scary Lurch Toward Autocracy
There's a very real difference between twisting facts and blowing them up, to create a state where objective truth not only no longer matters but doesn’t even really exist.
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Saturday, January 20, 2018
Mark Schuller
One Year On, Reflecting and Refining Tactics to Take Our Country Back
"2018 will only be a pivotal year if we are prepared to do the work."
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James Zogby
The Immigration Debate We Must Not Lose
"As I look at the Republicans who are leading the charge against immigration, I see descendants of Germans, Irish, Italians, and Jews—all of whom were once reviled, locked out, and victims of bigotry."
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Christopher Brauchli
The Funeral for Decency
The asterisk has served us well and protected us from crudeness. Having been relieved of its suffering, it will serve us no longer. Its final illness began many months ago when Donald J. Trump came onto the stage.
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Ruth Conniff
Americans Need To Get Out More
As much ink as Trump has generated with his flagrant appeals to his racist base, it’s our President's ignorant provincialism that jeopardizes our relationships in the rest of the world
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Laura Bonham
Citizens United vs. United Citizens: The Showdown of the Century
With the presidency of Donald Trump, the fusion of government and corporate rule is complete
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Ana Minian
Increased Border Security Is Why So Many 'Dreamers' Are Here In the First Place
Before Congress passed immigration reform in 1986, making border crossings more difficult, few migrants moved their families into the U.S. from Mexico and Central America
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Friday, January 19, 2018
Glenn Greenwald, Jon Schwarz
Republicans Have Four Easy Ways to #ReleasetheMemo — and the Evidence For it. Not Doing So Will Prove Them to Be Shameless Frauds.
If this is "worse than Watergate" — Republicans obviously have every incentive to get it into the public's hands as soon as possible. Indeed, one could argue that they have the duty to do so.
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"Maybe if we spent less on massive handouts to the wealthiest companies in the world, we’d have more to spend on sick children." (Photo: Steve Rhodes/Flickr/cc) Josh Hoxie
Apple Avoided $40 Billion in Taxes. Now It Wants a Gold Star?
This was a pay-to-play political scam at its ugliest—and the rest of us are the chumps.
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"The relationship between health and employment is much more complicated than the administration suggests." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Shawn Fremstad
No, Forced Labor Is Not Good for Your Health
If the administration is serious about improving the health of working-class people, then it should stop rolling back important labor standards and worker protections.
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"Members can demand that the intelligence agencies deliver on broken promises to provide information about how the law affects Americans." (Photo: White House / Wikimedia Creative Commons) Neema Singh Guliani
Congress Just Passed a Terrible Surveillance Law. Now What?
We need to stop NSA in engaging in mass, warrantless spying.
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Actor Edgar Ramirez wears a Time's Up pin at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 7 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
‘Grace's’ Story About Aziz Ansari Has Lessons for Men and Women
Grace’s story sparked a rift between those wanting #MeToo to remain squarely focused on ending legally defined harassment and assault, and those who want so much more.
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"Planned Parenthood, the largest single provider of reproductive health care in the country, faced constant attacks." (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty) Emily Mills
A Year After the Women’s March, How Bad Was 2017 for Reproductive Justice?
Sadly, efforts to strip away reproductive rights continue unabated.
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"Regarding foreign policy, how can other nations take seriously anything Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says when he is subject to being countermanded on Twitter at any moment?"(Photo: Mike Licht/Flickr/cc) Eugene Robinson
The Man-Child in the White House Reels Wildly Out Of Control
An administration with no credibility cannot possibly lead.
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Bill Bigelow
What Spielberg’s The Post — and Our Textbooks — Leave Out
Sadly, too many textbooks found in the nation's school hide pretty much everything that is important in the world — from the roots of American racism, to the war against Mexico; and from the causes and consequences of climate change, to, yes, the nature of the Vietnam War.
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Brent Budowsky
If Dems Stare Down Trump in Dreamer Shutdown Showdown, They Will Win
If Senate Democrats go to the mattress over this issue, and if Trump and Senate Republican leaders force a shutdown because they will not accept a bipartisan plan to save DREAM Act, they will be annihilated by the high court of public opinion in our democratic nation.
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"If you think of a country as a civilized place, it’s very difficult to bomb it back to the Stone Age." (Photo: Afghanistan Pashtunistan / Flickr) John Feffer
The U.S. Has Treated Poor Countries Like Shitholes for Decades
Trump's racist remarks are offensive. The brutal excesses of U.S. foreign policy are worse.
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"We already know the winning presidential campaign was redolent of herring and vodka." (Photo: Getty) Charles P. Pierce
Who Else Was Handling Russian Money in 2016?
The interference went well beyond the president*'s campaign.
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"Filling the swamp with higher education exploiters has severe negative financial consequences not only to college loan holders, but also to the public treasury." (Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc) Jeff Bryant
Trump Fills The Swamp To Exploit College Students
The Trump administration is imposing dire consequences on both students and taxpayers.
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Anti-war protesters in South Korea wear cutouts of President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in November after a rally demanding peace on the Korean Peninsula. (Ahn Young-joon / AP) Gareth Porter
Why Trump’s North Korea 'Bloody Nose' Campaign Is a Big Bluff
In the end, Trump, like all his post-Cold War predecessors, will have to choose between ineffective threats and real negotiations with North Korea.
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Because the richest 1 percent of Americans owns 40 percent of all shares of stock, and the richest fifth owns 80 percent, this is great news for the wealthy. Robert Reich
Trump’s Shareholder Bonanza
Make no mistake: Trump and the Republicans are working on behalf of America’s biggest and richest investors, not American workers.
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Thursday, January 18, 2018
"For the past century the US has intervened aggressively against governments the Washington establishment does not like." (Photo: Woohae Cho/Getty Images) Cindy Sheehan, Rick Sterling
Peace Should Be Integral to the Women’s March
Shouldn’t it be a priority to change the policies and acts of economic aggression and military intervention that result in violence, war and destruction?
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Michael Winship
There’s a White House—and GOP—Fungus Among Us
Almost as depressing and infuriating as the president’s racism have been the denials and obsequious lies of the congressional Republicans surrounding him
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Will Rice
Apple Polishing: The Tech Giant’s Devious Attempt to Support Trump’s Tax-Cut Fantasies
The company's real goal here is to obscure the fact that the new law is a massive giveaway to huge multinational corporations like Apple.
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"Coming to terms with the reality of a nuclear-armed North Korea and trusting in deterrence may not sound like a perfect ending, but under the circumstances it’s undoubtedly the best way to avert catastrophe." (Photo: Getty) Rajan Menon
Avoiding Armageddon in Korea
Or launching a war for the ages.
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"Lincoln Park is coming back – so is Detroit – and it’s largely thanks to immigrants." (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Cindy Garcia
A New American Dream for Jorge Garcia and All Of Us
Our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it.
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"A vigorous mass movement is growing, dedicated to immigrant rights that challenges mass deportations and the racism of President Trump and his supporters." (Photo: Thien / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Trump's Roundup of Immigrant Leaders Has Begun
"Until we get reform, we need to repeal the act that criminalizes immigrants, that makes us less than human because of a document.”
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"According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are subjected to a military court system that “does not grant the right to due process and the rights derived from it,” whereas Israelis illegally colonizing the Occupied Territories have the rights and privileges of a civilian legal system." (Photo: Jordi Bernabeu Farrús/Flickr/cc) Gregory Shupak
Slapping an Israeli Soldier More Newsworthy Than Shooting a Palestinian Child in the Face
Coverage of Ahed Tamimi obscures Israeli violence and occupation.
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"Some 60% of career diplomats have fled the State Department in the past year, as Tillerson seems intent on destroying the institution he leads. The lack of any real expertise on Syria is obvious in his erroneous talking points."(Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) Juan Cole
Trump Admin Commits to Forever War in Syria against Iran
US is keeping the pot boiling by promoting continued instability in Syria.
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At the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, attended by an estimated 200,000 people, a group heads down a street carrying protest signs. Dr. Martin Luther King can be seen on the left side at the head of the group. August 28, 1963 (Photo: © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Nathan Schneider
A Populism of Hope Begins When People Feel Their Own Power
At work behind almost any great social movement is an engine of counter-economy.
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Robert C. Koehler
Nuclear Annihilation and the Wisdom of Mass Salvation
Mutually assured destruction is not wisdom. It’s playing with global holocaust.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
"I’ve had more than one congressional office tell me that Net Neutrality is one of the main issues motivating young people across the political spectrum, ranking right up with marijuana legalization." (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Craig Aaron
What's Next for Net Neutrality in Congress and the Courts
We have a real chance to defeat FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s attack on Net Neutrality.
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"Why should the burden of cleaning up Trump’s mess fall on a single black woman?” (Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images) Jessicah Pierre
America, Oprah is Not Your Savior
America has a history of looking to black women to save Americans from themselves — while not recognizing or respecting their efforts.
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"Most working-age adults who use Medicaid already work, and many of them have jobs thanks to Medicaid — not despite it." (Photo: David McSpadden / Flickr) LeeAnn Hall
Trump’s Gift for the Unemployed: Kicking Them Off Health Care
Imagine telling a laid off employee they won't have Medicaid to fall back on.
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Ben Lilliston
Trump’s Farm Policy: Agribusiness First
The current administration has consistently moved to further tilt the agriculture marketplace in favor of the big meatpackers and agrochemical companies, while significantly worsening conditions for many farm and food system workers
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"According to the Department of Education, claims of discrimination against transgender students are now outside of its jurisdiction." (Photo: Reuters) Ian Thompson
The Trump Administration Abandons Its Obligations to Trans Students
The ACLU will continue to fight — including in court — for transgender students’ right to an education free from discrimination.
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"The “Arctic shows no sign of returning to reliably frozen region of recent past decades”, starts the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual Arctic Annual Report Card reported in December." (Photo: NOAA) Andy Rowell
The Arctic – Our Climate Canary in the Coal Mine – Issues Further Warnings
What happens in the Arctic will soon affect us all.
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"Societies that believe themselves democracies can do better. They taxed the rich progressively, at high rates, and endeavored to democratically decide how to spend the tax revenue that progressive tax rates raised." (Photo:JD Lasica/flickr/cc) Sam Pizzigati
Enormously Lucky Man? Or Ultra-Deserving Deep Pocket?
Who decides what society needs? The rich does.
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Frank Stephens testifying before a House Appropriations Subcommittee in 2017. (Photo: Screenshot) Mike Ervin
Everybody Loves Frank—When it's Convenient
Stephens words weren’t nearly as powerful as the Republican Party’s devotion to greed.
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"It’s clear that this report has but one purpose: to buttress weak and xenophobic arguments for a restrictive immigration policy." (Photo: Wasi Daniju/flickr/cc) Faiza Patel
Trump Administration's Fuzzy Math on Terrorist Origins Is More Than Misleading – It's Dishonest
DOJ’s report cherry picks terrorism statistics to push a nativist agenda. To any serious observer, excluding domestic terrorism completely makes its conclusions utterly useless.
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 "Even though many articles covering the Fake News Awards will eventually explain that these awards are meant to perpetuate Trump’s attacks on mainstream media and were awarded at Trump’s sole discretion, the damage will already be done." (Photo: Paul Sableman/flickr/cc) Dr. Gleb Tsipursky
We Need to Address the Serious Danger from Trump's Fake News Awards
Mainstream media need to go against its typical style of reporting, and instead align its coverage with behavioral science research.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
"Obama still doesn’t want to publicly speak truth to Trump’s power abuses and fabrications." (Photo: Acclaim Image) Ralph Nader
Twitter Rock Star Obama’s Silence Must Delight Trump
Our former president mostly remains quiet on matters of substance, providing no powerful voice for Americans to rally around.
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"Tallying the devastation wreaked by the Trump administration is a depressing enterprise." (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr/cc) Robert Weissman
One Year of America’s First White President
A man elected to the highest office in the land not just as the beneficiary of white privilege but as an advocate of white supremacy.
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  Do not ask for singular, muscular acts of heroism.  Illustration by yogysic/Getty Images. Wyatt Massey
Believe Me, You Don’t Want Someone to Save the World
The change we need comes from the daily actions of many, many people.
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"Conservatives claim that high taxes and lots of government benefits result in less liberty. Norway shows the opposite."(Photo credit: Alexander Shchukin, Flickr, CC 2.0) Miles Mogulescu
Norway to Trump: Keep Your Gold-Plated Sh*t Hole
It’s not surprising that so few Norwegians are clamoring to forsake their democratic socialist homeland for America.
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"In a globalizing world interconnected by trade, the Internet, and the rapid proliferation of nuclear-armed missiles, walls won’t work." (Photo: BBC World Service/flickr/cc) Alfred W. McCoy
Tweeting While Rome Burns: The World According to Trump
(Or how to build a wall and lose an empire)
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"Women represent half the the world’s population, yet we’re still grossly underrepresented at the highest levels of political decision-making (minister-level positions and parliamentary positions) as well as executive office." (Photo: Liz Lemon/flickr/cc) Christine Ahn
In North Korea Talks, Tillerson Needs Women at the Negotiating Table
Women think beyond “who wins” when it comes to war and peace.
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"Of course, Obama's bait-and-switch on telecom immunity was only the first step in his civil liberties record. As the Snowden documents showed, as president he embraced and in some ways expanded the Bush spying machine." (Photo: Getty) Ryan Cooper
Democrats' Bewildering Decision to Hand President Trump More Surveillance Powers
Even the prospect of being blackmailed by the racist-in-chief can't crack their instinctive love of sweeping powers for secret spies.
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Monday, January 15, 2018
"He’s connected with people involved in water struggles throughout the United States, from Standing Rock to Flint, and she’s noted some key links between those fights — namely, that residents, predominately people of color, are treated more harshly than businesses and corporations when it comes to access to water." (Photo: Detroit Water Brigade) Negin Owliaei
To Understand Inequality in America, Look Outside of the Cities
Catherine Flowers explains why urban templates won't solve the problems that rural communities face in the United States.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
Speech delivered at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967
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"Reminding us of the government’s failure to give freed slaves any land while it used affirmative action to help whites take ownership of 50 million acres of land formerly occupied by Native Americans." ((Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Jeffery Robinson
Martin Luther King Stood Up For More Than Love
King's Poor People’s Campaign addresed human rights around the world.
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Chris Hedges
You Don’t Need a Telescope to Find a ‘Shithole Country’
This shithole country, which saw the world in black and white, communist and capitalist, was determined to thwart the aspirations of the poor and the landless in El Salvador.
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"So there’s a connection being made between his negative behaviors and his unpopular policies that people are explaining by this labeling. You’re saying that by extension people who themselves have mental health disabilities, mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and so forth are being implicated in these negative behaviors." (Photo: Lesley Becker/Globe Staff) Rebecca Vallas, Rebecca Hare Cokley
Why We Need to Stop Calling Trump ‘Crazy’ When We Really Mean ‘Dangerous’
Why can’t we just say that President Trump is being a jackass?
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Brian in custody of the secret service. (Photo: Courtesy of Brian Terrell) Brian Terrell
Solidarity from Central Cellblock to Guantanamo
These evils, small or large, are all growing from the same roots of imperial arrogance.
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Subhankar Banerjee
The Last Oil: Gathering to Resist Trump’s Reckless Arctic Energy Policy
Instead of reducing extraction of fossil fuels to stabilize the global climate as science mandates, the Trump administration has launched a war on environmental conservation and indigenous human rights
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Sunday, January 14, 2018
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (L) participates in a new conference with Toyota Motor Corp and Mazda Motor Corp officials during the announcement that they will build a $1.6 billion joint assembly plant in Alabama in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. January 10, 2018. David Macaray
A Startling Shift in Demographics: Everything Seems to Be Going South
Sadly, there will come a day when Detroit speaks of Henry Ford and Walter Reuther with the same sense of nostalgia and lost glory that the Greeks reserve for Plato.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson told his audience that Trump’s ‘shithole’ comments were “something that almost every single person in America actually agrees with.” Wrong. Gwynne Dyer
Shithole Countries
Fox News host Tucker Carlson told his audience that Trump’s ‘shithole’ comments were “something that almost every single person in America actually agrees with.” Wrong.
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Human Sociality Gary Olson
Why So Little Empathy and Compassion Within American Culture?
The circle is rapidly closing
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U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger meets with General Augusto Pinochet in 1976 Cynthia Kaufman
Owning Our Shit: The US Role in Global Migration
The US has a moral obligation to admit people from countries where we are part of the reason people needed to leave home.
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Baby Trump Robert Freeman
A Year in Foreign Affairs: Trump as a Two-Year-Old
It is hard to image how so much damage to America’s long-term interests could be inflicted so quickly, so widely, so deeply, and by someone who claims to want to Make America Great Again.
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Saturday, January 13, 2018
People join together to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump's reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on January 12, 2018 in Miami, Florida. President Trump is reported to have called those places 'shithole countries' whose inhabitants are not desirable for U.S. immigration. Mark Schuller
What is a “Shithole Country,” and Why is Trump Obsessed with Haiti?
'Today we mourn. Tomorrow we fight.'
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Donald Trump & Kris Kobach Christopher Brauchli
Kris Kobach Redux
Kris believes he would be a worthy successor to Kansas Governor Brownback. He is right.
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MLK Public Education Steven Singer
Public Schools Best Fulfill Dr. King’s “Purpose of Education”
If we want to reclaim what it means to be an American, if we want to redefine ourselves as those who celebrate difference and defend civil rights, that begins with understanding the purpose of education.
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Racist Donald Trump Josh Hoxie
I Live in a ‘Shithole Country.’ It’s Called the United States
Trump’s complete lack of concern over the “shit-holiness” of the country he leads
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Protestors Rally At White House To Close GITMO Detention Facility Kathy Kelly
41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo
Rally At White House To Close GITMO Detention Facility
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Friday, January 12, 2018
"This is why Trump’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status for the Haitian refuges in the U.S. who fled after the earthquake isn’t only mean—it will actually be a death sentence for many." (Photo: Screenshot) Jesse Hagopian
Trump, “Shitholes,” and White Supremacy: Building Resistance on 8th Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake my Family and I Survived.
With his analogy between Black people and feces, Trump has once again shown the world his commitment to wickedness, vulgarity, and racism.
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"Every person who stays silent on Donald Trump’s racism, regardless of their own race or party, is betraying not just America’s communities of color, but the very ideals on which this country was founded." (Photo: Getty) Karine Jean-Pierre
The Problem Isn't Just That Trump's a Racist. It's That He Keeps Acting On His Racism
The president has always been a racist. The issue is that he now has the power to make policy based on prejudice.
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Christian Christensen
Media, Racism, and Global "Shitholes"
A reminder that the disgusting bigotry Trump leverages does not emerge from a vacuum.
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Most startlingly, emissions from food and agriculture are growing so fast that, if they continue to increase at the current rate, they alone could use up the safe budget for all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Frances Moore Lappé
Farming for a Small Planet
How we grow food determines who can eat and who cannot—no matter how much we produce.
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"But it isn’t just the premise of democracy or the possibility of 2018 advantage that demands relentless commitment to these three causes. It’s ordinary morality." (Photo:Molly Adams/flickr/cc) Elizabeth Bruenig
Dear Democrats: Shut It Down
These aren’t ordinary policy squabbles; they constitute a choice between America as a humane nation with democratic principles and America as a negligent sovereign with a dim future.
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"The right wing government and military and death squads of El Salvador, with American help, murdered 70,000 civilians in the 1980s, in the course of crushing a leftist insurgency." (Photo: Getty Images/John Moore) Juan Cole
The US Role in Turning Countries into Shitholes and Provoking Immigration
Since Trump is a racist, he thinks that countries in poor economic and security standing are a result of the race of people that inhabit them, but he's wrong once again.
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Oprah Winfrey at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo: Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
What #Oprah2020 Says About the State of U.S. Politics
Have we really given up on the idea of a political candidate who is both politically experienced and can articulate a progressive vision for the nation?
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
With the help of some Democrats, the House of Representatives voted today — and the Senate will do so sometime in the next week — to extend a controversial NSA surveillance power that potentially affects millions of Americans’ privacy rights. (Photo: Elvert Barnes) Trevor Timm
Democrats Just Handed Trump More Domestic Surveillance Powers. They Should Know Better.
There is no reason for the FBI to read Americans' emails without a warrant. Why doesn't Nancy Pelosi agree?
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"Trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives later, the primary lesson from the perpetual wars and profligate weapons spending of this century should be that throwing more money at the Pentagon isn’t making us any safer." (Photo: cs2002/flickr/cc) William Hartung
2018 Looks Like an Arms Bonanza
Another good year for weapons makers is guaranteed.
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"Embarrassed by his lackluster academic record, his dependence on his family’s connections and wealth to get into college and to succeed in business, and his troublesome and abusive business practices, Trump lashes out at anyone who challenges him, no matter how insignificant the matter." (Image: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) Peter Dreier
Why Trump Keeps Telling the World 'I’m Smart'
The president has tons of bravado, which masks a myriad of other problems.
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"She talked about the women who aren’t talked about: the domestic workers, the women working for minimum wage, women who have no choice but to be silent about their abuse because they have a family to feed." (Photo: Guian Bolisay / Flickr) Razan Azzarkani
Hollywood Won’t Destroy Sexism, But We Can
The solution isn't for Oprah to run for president. It's to listen to women everywhere.
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"The latest evidence of the Republican Party’s anti-democratic activities comes from a federal court ruling, issued Tuesday, which found that North Carolina Republicans deliberately drew congressional district boundaries in order to benefit their own party."(Photo: Common Cause NC/Twitter) Richard Eskow
When Will Democrats Start #Resisting GOP Voter Suppression?
Americans love democracy, at least in principle.
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"The board is fighting to give the superintendent a $38,000 raise. Yet they refuse to give another penny to teachers – all while class sizes have jumped from 21 to 29 students, according to Hargrave." (Photo: Screenshot) Steven Singer
When You Mistreat Teachers, Beware the Unintended Lessons for Students
Not only a horrific violation of Deyshia Hargrave’s rights, but defies the very purpose of public school.
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 "It’s the default plot of the country’s entertainment and gaming industries, where the violence is always consequence-free." (Photo: flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
The Sanctity of Life
Militarized police, the omnipresence of guns, the ever-present possibility of violence and the common belief in an enemy (be it dark-skinned terrorist or basic bad guy) who is out to get us.
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Jill Richardson
Rethinking the ‘Goldwater Rule’ in the Trump Era
Is it ever appropriate for mental health professionals to diagnose a politician from afar? Maybe.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
"They should light up the Empire State Building in green tonight — for the money the city is going to save, and for the planet it will help protect in the process." (Photo/Nara Garber) Bill McKibben
Applaud Mayor de Blasio and NYC for Climate Courage: Righteous Pension Divestment, Legal Fight Against Fossil-Fuel Companies
Earth’s mightiest city is now in full-on battle with the planet’s richest, most irresponsible industry.
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"It’s a disturbing pattern that’s quickly becoming a calling card of the Trump administration: targeting communities that were previously low-priorities for immigration enforcement and attempting to force them out of the country as hastily as possible, no matter the danger that may await them." (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Amrit Cheng
ICE Abused Somalis for 2 Days On a Plane and Now Wants to Send Them Into Harm’s Way
Rahim is one of 92 Somali nationals, currently locked up in Florida, who ICE is rushing to deport before they have a chance to ask to reopen their immigration cases so that a judge can consider the danger to their lives.
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"The scientific consensus is that to create a fully sustainable ocean, we need to fully protect at least 30% of it. Currently, the U.S. protects 13.5% of coastal waters; we'll drop to a small fraction of that if the Trump administration has its way." (Photo: Eco Cafe' Phuket/flickr/cc) Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Jeff Orlowski
What the Trump Administration Doesn't Understand About Ocean Conservation
Think of the ocean as a trust fund. If you want to rely on that fund for the rest of your days, you can only use the interest.
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"With recent polling showing that 66 percent of Democrats care deeply about the issue, the support for urgent and decisive climate action is growing in the party base." (Photo: Food & Water Action Fund) Wenonah Hauter
These Candidates for Congress Want to Win in 2018 on a Platform of Decisive Climate Action
More than 100 U.S. House and Senate candidates pledge to move off fossil fuels.
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Trita Parsi
Will Trump Kill the Iran Nuclear Deal This Week? If So, Threat of War Grows
A key decision by the US president is due by Friday, and could put his country on an almost inevitable path towards more conflict in the Middle East
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"The US military push does not seem to be part of a comprehensive policy approach, either. It is as alarming as it is erratic, reflecting the US constant over-reliance on military solutions to all sorts of problems, including trade and political rivalries." (Photo: Reuters) Ramzy Baroud
Shadow Armies: The Unseen, But Real US War in Africa
It will be many years before Africa and its 54 nations are truly free from the stubborn neocolonial mindset, which is grounded in racism, economic exploitation and military interventions.
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"But, aside from the tax cuts, the biggest danger facing the country because of Trump's supposed "accomplishments" is his assault on good-government regulation that protects not only our environment, but our financial system and American consumers." (Photo:James Rea/flickr/cc)   Dave Zweifel
If This Is Making America Great, We're In Trouble
The destruction of Donald Trump.
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"Just as progressives deliberately pushed public policies to create the middle class, so are today's economic royalists deliberately pushing plutocratic policies to destroy it." (Hollywata/Flickr cc 2.0) Jim Hightower
What's Killing America's Middle Class?
What we have here is plutocracy in action.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
"But the formality of this step — banning outright leaders and key members of a Jewish organization — is yet further concrete evidence of what has been apparent for some time: that even as the Israeli government makes crystal-clear its commitment to having as few non-Jews as possible within its borders, it is also becoming increasingly blatant about possessing criteria for the types of Jews it considers kosher."(Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beller/Shutterstock) Natasha Roth
Why Has Israel Banned Jewish Leftists But Not Members Of Nazi-linked Groups?
There is a toxic mix of prejudices at work here: racism, illiberalism and religious chauvinism.
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Iranian pro-government supporters in Mashhad hold posters of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a rally after authorities declared the end of unrest on 4 January 2018 (AFP) Soumaya Ghannoushi
US Hypocrisy, From Cairo to Tehran
Washington would be better off challenging absolute theocracies and brutal dictatorships, rather than confronting a semi-democracy in a region in which tyranny and absolutism are the norm.
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"It would help if you are seen working on your empathy for the tens of millions of deprived and innocent people, including children, exposed to various forms of risk and exploitation in their daily lives here and abroad whom you are adversely affecting." (Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc) Ralph Nader
Working on Empathy and Other Concerns: An Open Letter to Donald Trump
"Please release your full medical records with the necessary technical details and explanations to give the public confidence in your health."
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As I was departing from my first visit here, a 15 year-old friend said, “Goodbye, Mr. Ken. You are very brave to come here.” “No,” I replied. “You are the brave one. I can go home. You live here.”(Photo: VCNC) Ken Hannaford-Ricardi
Death at the Gate
“When is my time going to come?”
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Tom Engelhardt
Welcome to 2018: Another "Non-War Year" in Oblivious America
A "non-war year"? Tell that to the Afghans, the Iraqis, the Syrians, the Yemenis, the Somalis, or for that matter the parents of the four American Green Berets who died in Niger last October.
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“There is no persuasive security rationale for having U.S. Special Operations forces involved in an astonishing 149 countries, given that the results of these missions are just as likely to provoke greater conflict as they are to reduce it, in large part because a U.S. military presence is too often used as a recruiting tool by local terrorist organizations." (Photo: USASOC News Service/flickr/cc) Nick Turse
The Coming Year in U.S. Special Operations Failures
From Afghanistan to Somalia, Special Ops Achieves Less With More.
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"The seeds of the commission were planted after the 2016 election, when President-elect Donald Trump claimed for the first time that millions of votes were cast illegally. And since then, despite zero evidence, the president has repeated the claim ad nauseam." (Photo: AFGE/flickr/cc) Adam Eichen, Diana Tomezsko
Voting Rights Still Need Your Protection
Even with Trump’s bogus voter fraud panel gone, the fight against voter suppression isn’t over.
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 "In all of 2017, MSNBC only aired one broadcast on the US-backed Saudi airstrikes that have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians." (Photo:Screenshot) Ben Norton
MSNBC Ignores Catastrophic US-Backed War in Yemen
Finds Russia 5000% more newsworthy.
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North Korean schoolchildren. (Photo: Stephan/ Flickr) Andy Heintz
In the Nuclear Standoff, Ordinary North Koreans Disappear
An advocate for North Korean refugees outlines an alternative approach to political change and regional peace in Korea.
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 "Over the past 16 years, Israel’s army has killed on average 11 children a month." (Photo: Alberto Hugo Rojas/flickr/cc) Jonathan Cook
Ahed Tamimi Offers Israelis a Lesson Worthy of Gandhi
Ahed has exposed the gun-wielding bully lurking in the soul of too many Israelis.
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Bernie Sanders
It’s on Republicans to Stop a Shutdown
This is not just my viewpoint. It’s what the American people want.
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Monday, January 8, 2018
A worker removes oil from the sand at Refugio State Beach in the Santa Barbara Channel, north of Goleta, Calif., one month after a massive oil spill in May 2015. The Trump administration has moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off the California coast for the first time in more than three decades. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/ Associated Press) Will Bunch
Actually, The Most Insane Thing About 'Stable Genius' Trump May Be His Policies
The portrait of presidential inadequacy that should have been clear from the very first moment that orange hurricane of hair descended the Trump Tower escalators in June 2015 has now come into full, horrifying focus.
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