All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Saturday, December 24, 2016
Melissa Batchelor Warnke
Call Me a Coddled Snowflake, But Trump's Fetish for Nukes Is Infinitely More Terrifying Than His Other Outrage
An editor whom I greatly respect believes essays about media coverage holes — “The press isn’t paying enough attention to this thing I care about!” — do not generally make for engaging reads. She’s...
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Kim Haddow
Election Losses Don’t Stop Corporate Efforts to Block Voter-Approved Minimum Wage Hikes
Voters spoke very clearly on November 8 when they elected to raise the minimum wage in Arizona and Maine, along with Colorado and Washington State. But those wins, the democratic process, and the...
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Friday, December 23, 2016
Christian Detisch
Why Working Locally Is the Key to Banning Fracking
Under the Trump administration, our local work to ban fracking is more important than ever.
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Sarah Aziza
Cyber Security Takes on New Ugency for Groups Targeted by Trump
With under a month to go until Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, activists from the grassroots to large organizations like the ACLU are working to fortify their digital platforms against...
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John Nichols
Keith Ellison Says He Is Ready to Fight for Democracy in North Carolina—and Across America
Congressman is right to warn Democrats that a battle in one state has nationwide implications.
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Robert Reich
Trump’s Attack on the Freedom of the Press
Historically, tyrants have tried to control the press using 4 techniques that, worryingly, Donald Trump is already using. 1. Berate the media and turn the public against it. Trump refers to...
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Elizabeth Warren
The Obama Legacy: Protecting Consumers From Big Banks, Payday Lenders, and Debt Collectors
President Obama’s work on behalf of consumers is a central part of his legacy. When he took office eight years ago, our country was in the midst of the worst financial crisis in generations—a crisis...
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Cathy Breen
Signs of Hope in Desperate Times
A postcard from war-torn Iraq
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Peter Dreier
Preparing for Trump: A Ten-Point Plan
For activists, politicians, the press and everyday citizens
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Amy Goodman
Will Political Chaos in North Carolina Lead to a ‘Third Reconstruction’?
Editor’s note: After this column was written, North Carolina lawmakers voted against repealing the transgender “bathroom bill,” which requires people to use public restrooms that match the sex on...
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Carol Burris
Charter Schools Already a Massive Threat. And Now Here Comes Billionaire Betsy Devos
Opening a charter is akin to opening your own business — but the cost and risk are fully funded by the taxpayers.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016
Lauren Carasik
Donald Trump's Cabinet Bodes Ill for the Planet
The president-elect's appointments make it clear that we cannot rely on the government to protect the planet.
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Mark Weisbrot
Even Before Taking Office, Trump Has Made a Mess
President-elect's policy toward China already a disaster
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Jeanmarie Bishop
An Open Letter to the Quote Unquote Left
"We blew it. If we want to fix it, we can't do it with the same strategies with which we blew it."
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Dakota Access pipeline construction Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright
Black Snake Bleeding Out: How DAPL Is Duping Investors
The Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) is yet another violent variable in the equation of environmental racism that plagues the United States, and the world—to the peril of Indigenous and low-wealth...
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UN draft resolution marketed as opposing Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land actually lays ground to eventually legitimize them Ali Abunimah
Why UN Resolution on Settlements Would Be Bad for Palestinians
Update: The vote on the UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, has reportedly been postponed . This came after Israeli Prime Minister...
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A small figure gazes up at dark clouds. Sarah van Gelder
How to Face a Trump Presidency: Resist, Reconnect, Renew
We can't count on Republicans or Democrats to save us. Instead, we are the ones to build the world we want, starting in our communities.
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Robert C. Koehler
I Pledge Allegiance To...
I pledge allegiance to . . . what? The Electoral College, to no one’s serious surprise, voted Donald Trump in as the nation’s 45th president, and the pot of outrage in the American spectator...
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John Buell
Fake News and the New McCarthyism
One of the most potent worries about the coming Trump presidency is concern about free speech. Trump’s willingness to tolerate or even encourage violence against nonviolent critics of his agenda and...
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Tom Engelhardt
Dystopian Donald: Will Trump Make 1984 Look Like a Nursery Tale?
Can you doubt that we’re in a dystopian age, even if we’re still four weeks from Donald Trump entering the Oval Office? Never in our lifetimes have we experienced such vivid previews of what...
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Mitchell Plitnick
Nominee For US Ambassador to Israel Should Set Off Alarm Bells
With his nomination of attorney David Friedman as the new United States Ambassador to Israel, President-elect Donald Trump has sent a very clear message that he intends to shift U.S. policy away from...
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Jennifer Lynch
Trump on Free Speech and Freedom of the Press
No one can know for sure what the incoming Trump administration will do, but President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized and threatened the media in the United States. In lieu of...
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Michael Winship
An Unexpected Lesson from Pearl Harbor
Next week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the first Japanese leader to visit the site of the surprise attack. With him come thoughts of reconciliation and tolerance.
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Ebony Slaughter-Johnson
Calling Working People of All Colors
The economic concerns of the white working class and people of color are more alike than different.
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Monique Morrissey
In Time for Christmas: A Social Security Plan Only Scrooge Could Love
Donald Trump ran a campaign that rejected Republican orthodoxy on a variety of issues. He consistently and emphatically rejected the party line on slashing social insurance programs like Medicare and...
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