All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Monday, April 18, 2016
Seth Abramson
Clinton Delegate Lead Down to 194, Even as Dramatic Miscounting of Delegates by Media Continues
1,299 to 1,105. That’s the “insurmountable” delegate lead Hillary Clinton has over Bernie Sanders. And there are still 1,674 pledged delegates yet to be awarded in twenty primaries and caucuses to be...
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Tom Engelhardt
This Article Is Not About Donald Trump
(And If You Believe That, You’ll Believe Anything)
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Chris Hedges
Revolution Is in the Air
WASHINGTON, D.C—The sustained, daily civil disobedience at the Capitol by demonstrators denouncing the capture of our political system by corporate money is part of one of the largest and most...
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Paul Buchheit
Hillary's Dance: The Two-Faced Hypocritical 12-Step
If, sad to ponder, the presidential election comes down to Hillary Clinton vs. a Republican, we'll be left either way with a business-friendly neocon White House. Given Hillary's past deceits and...
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Sunday, April 17, 2016
Lyndal Rowlands
Will the UN’s New Leader Stand for the Powerful or the Powerless?
Four of the nine candidates are women
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Winslow Myers
Inevitability: Nuclear War is Coming
Nuclear war is coming. Our officials are currently increasing the chances of that. I only write ominous op-ed pieces like this in the spirit of hoping I’m an inaccurate prophet. But I’m unable to...
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Erica Garner
I Feel a Political Revolution Coming
Four years ago, if you had asked me who I would vote for in this presidential election, I would have said Hillary Clinton. However, in the last four years, my views of Hillary have changed and as I...
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D.H. Garrett
All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men: Why Humpty Dumpty Can’t Be Put Back Together Again
“While there is no use crying over spilt milk, when the cow and the grass have also died, there might be some call for remorse.” ~DHG I have on clear nights taking to staring at the stars in vain. My...
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John Atcheson
Some Questions for Hillary Clinton Supporters
1.) Why is Wall Street Giving her Money? Since Sanders made it an issue, Ms. Clinton has repeatedly said she would be tough on Wall Street and the big banks. If that’s the case, why have they given...
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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Judy Wicks
I Admire Hillary, but I'm Voting for Bernie
She is not the leader that is called for now.
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Nancy Altman
A New LGBTQ Victory Is a Victory for All of Us: The Social Security Administration Does the Right Thing
Does the government work for us or against us? As the result of a decision by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”), the government is working better for all of us today. For convincing SSA to...
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Christopher Brauchli
Cremation, Confusion and Solicitation
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights But the queerest they ever did see Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge When I cremated Sam McGee — Robert W. Service, The Cremation of Sam Magee It...
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Tom Gallagher
Hillary Clinton’s Disastrous California Poll
On the surface, the new California Field Poll really wasn’t bad for Hillary Clinton. Yes, her one-time 63 point lead had shrunken to six, but it was still a lead, and at this point the Clinton...
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Adam Johnson
10 Laziest Takes of Election Season 2016
The 2016 election season is roughly half over, but already certain tried-and-true trends have emerged in coverage. Generating original content is hard; generating it over and over over the course of...
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Ralph Nader
For Republican Survival - Kasich is Ready
To avoid an historic tumble in the November elections, what should the Republican Party do at its July 18-21 nominating convention, if “Doubtful Donald” Trump and “Terrible Ted” Cruz cancel each...
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Les Leopold
Does the Hillary, Bernie Battle Matter That Much?
Tension are flaring as the New York primary approaches. The candidates are getting tough with each other, and their supporters are getting even tougher. The New York debate was almost too painful to...
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Friday, April 15, 2016
Seth Abramson
Release of Clinton's Wall Street Speeches Could End Her Candidacy for President
But don’t just take my word for it...
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Dave Johnson
Did Administration Offer New Balance A Big Contract For TPP Silence?
Last year President Obama went to Nike headquarters to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But Nike doesn’t make shoes in the US, and TPP would force companies like New Balance to stop...
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Finland is planning to provide 800 euros per month to all citizens as a new form of benefit called national basic income. Laurie Penny
What Would Society Look Like with Universal Basic Income?
It may seem blasphemous to neoliberals, but a universal basic wage may be the only choice we have.
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Patrick Cockburn
Thanks to UK and US Intervention, al-Qaeda now Has a Mini-State in Yemen. It's Iraq and Isis All Over Again
As has happened repeatedly since 9/11, the US and countries like Britain fail to combat terrorism because they give priority to retaining their alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies
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Wenonah Hauter
Democracy Awakening: A Call to Action for People and the Planet
Corporate influence over our democracy is one of the biggest threats to our food, water and climate.
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Ben O’Hanlon
Fighting for Food and the Global Struggle of Farmers
This 17 April is the 20th annual International Day of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Struggle. It is also a solemn reminder of the risks that millions of farmers face in their seemingly innocuous ambition to...
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Ray McGovern
Racism, Sexism, War, and Hillary
Hillary Clinton calls on women to support her to be the first female President, but all Americans should look carefully at her record advocating bloody, neocon “regime change” wars
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George Monbiot
Neoliberalism – The 'Zombie Doctrine' at the Root of All Our Problems
Crisis after crisis is being caused by a failed ideology. But it cannot be stopped without a coherent alternative.
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Two Weeks Into a Major Uprising, French Activists Still Staying ‘Up All Night’
When French President François Hollande presented a series of labor reforms that would make it easier for employers to fire workers, he probably didn’t expect the mass public outrage that followed...
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Robert Borosage
The Big Apple Debate
Last night’s CNN Democratic presidential debate in Brooklyn was both contentious and clarifying. It was contentious because the each candidate has had it with the other. Clinton is aggravated that...
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Nathan Francis
Clinton Faces Growing Political Backlash By Refusing To Release Wall Street Speech Transcripts, Even Her Own Party Now Turning On Her
Hillary Clinton is under ever-increasing pressure to release her Wall Street speech transcripts, with even a powerful member of her own party now joining her Democratic primary opponent Bernie...
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Janine Jackson
Protests Against Money in Politics Hold Little Interest for Beltway’s ‘Political Junkies’
More than 400 people were arrested in a non-violent sit-in on Capitol Hill April 11, many having marched 150 miles from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The protest, called Democracy Spring , is...
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Scott Klinger
Five Taxpayer-Supported Corporations that Paid Their CEOs More than Uncle Sam
As Americans put the finishing touches on their taxes, it’s a good time to look at the taxes highly profitable U.S. corporations don’t pay. Even though corporations are still in the process of...
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Glenn Greenwald
To Protect Hillary Clinton, Democrats Wage War on Their Own Core Citizens United Argument
Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Citizens United was depicted by Democrats as the root of all political evil. But now, the core argument embraced by the Court’s conservatives to justify their ruling...
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Juan Cole
The Bernie Sanders Miracle: American Crowd in Brooklyn Cheers Palestinian Dignity
The Democratic debate in Brooklyn last night took an unusual turn when a grumpy old Jewish American upbraided a slightly younger Illinois Methodist for not respecting the dignity of the Palestinian...
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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Mark Schuller
Questions about Haiti for Tonight’s Democratic Debate in Brooklyn
Tonight, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders will be debating issues in Brooklyn , five days before the New York primary, the biggest single contest to date. Brooklyn – and New York – are home...
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Isaiah Poole
Fight for $15 Movement Confronts The Presidential Candidates
Thursday night is a big night for both political parties in New York City, with the Democratic presidential candidates staging a presidential debate in Brooklyn and the Republican candidates...
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William Astore
What's the Meaning of American Failure?
A dictionary of euphemisms for imperial decline
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Kreta Kayagang
Petrobras Scandal is the Wake-up Call Brazil Needs to Break Free from Fossil Fuels
Brazil is being pushed to its limits, environmentally, socially and economically. The increasing amount of government officials facing charges linked to the Petrobras scandal proves yet again how...
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Aaron Mair
Why We Fight for $15
Tamara Elzubair and Elizabeth James live in my community of greater Schenectady, New York and can’t make ends meet. And that’s a problem. Tamara, who makes less than $15 an hour, can’t afford to live...
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Trevor Timm
Money Influences Everybody. That Includes Hillary Clinton
Democrats were quick to criticize Republicans who flirted with banks and big oil. Why won’t they admit that Hillary’s links are a problem too?
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Christian Christensen
The Dangerous Smugness of That Boston Globe “President Trump” Spoof
A national embarrassment skewered. Journalistic honor restored. Reveling in know-nothingness and jingoism taking a back seat to an ironic, raised eyebrow. That front page made us feel good about...
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Tom Engelhardt
How Many Boots on What Ground?
The elusive truth about the American military role in Iraq
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Frances Moore Lappé
What I Learned From My March With Democracy Spring
The political march is a tool for social transformation in itself. This one gave me a taste of the connected, empowered society I’m working to create.
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Ben Norton
Hillary Clinton Rakes in Verizon Cash While Bernie Sanders Supports Company’s Striking Workers
Verizon paid Hillary $225,000 for speech and poured money into Clinton Foundation.
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Robert C. Koehler
Creating Resilient Communities
“Conflict happens in isolation.” Wow, that’s it. A sense of awareness ignited as I listened to Kristin Famula, president of the National Peace Academy , make this seldom-acknowledged observation...
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Jenny Marienau
Why Peabody’s Bankruptcy Requires a Just Transition
Peabody Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday morning. Their executives claimed it was a hard decision, but the right one for the company. The news was expected – they had been...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Kelly Mitchell
4 Things to Know About the Peabody Energy Bankruptcy
Peabody Energy, the largest private sector coal mining company in the world, just declared bankruptcy—this is a big deal.
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Robin Andersen
An ‘Unqualified’ Success at Media Manipulation
On Tuesday, April 5, Bernie Sanders won the Wisconsin Democratic primary by double digits, and his victory speech ran for half an hour on CNN , a rare media moment when he was able to repeat the...
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Marcy Wheeler
FBI’s Latest Story about the Hack of Farook’s Phone
There’s a lot that doesn’t quite make sense in Ellen Nakashima’s explanation for how FBI broke into Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone. The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone with the help of...
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Laura Tribe
Is Canada Using Stingrays to Spy on Its Own Citizens?
Our complaint has triggered a federal investigation into potential RCMP use of Stingray surveillance devices
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Aaron Mair
This Election, We Can’t Afford to Ignore the Climate
As the seas rise, presidential candidates are arguing over whose wife is hotter.
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Ray McGovern
How an Iran War Was Averted
A decade ago, the Bush administration was eager to bomb Iran but U.S. intelligence analysts challenged the casus belli by finding that Iran was not building a nuclear bomb
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Michael Winship
Panama Papers Offer More Evidence That Free Trade Isn’t Really Free
As much as President Clinton and President Obama like to talk about "free trade" deals, the truth is that the working class ends up paying.
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David Morris
The Most Substantive Political Debate in Recent Political History
Win or lose, Bernie Sanders has made this Democratic primary the most substantive in my lifetime. Not that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is devoid of ideas. She has some thoughtful ones. But the...
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Karen Dolan
It's Time to Get Cops Out of Schools
I’m still shaking from watching the recently released video of a white, uniformed police officer violently body-slamming a 12-year-old Latina girl face-first into a brick walkway. You can hear a “...
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Kevin Gosztola
Hillary Clinton Says Honduras Coup Not Illegal In NY Daily News Editorial Board Interview
Democatic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton insisted the Honduras legislature and national judiciary’s removal of President Manuel Zelaya in 2009 “actually followed the law” and was not an...
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Richard Eskow
Wall Street’s Fraud of the Week Club
In April 2006, while Goldman was preparing an RMBS backed by Countrywide loans for securitization, a Goldman mortgage department manager circulated a “very bullish” equity research report that...
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Jake Johnson
Goldman Sachs vs. Democracy Spring: America's Two-Tiered Justice System on Full Display
In a massive protest attempting to raise awareness of and spark outrage about America's corrupt campaign finance system and crumbling democracy on Monday , marches and sit-ins organized by Democracy...
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Jim Hightower
How Do You Make Change Happen? Show Up
In my travels and conversations this year, I've been encouraged that grassroots people of all progressive stripes (populist, labor, liberal, environmental, women, civil libertarian, et al.) are well...
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Zoe Weil
Empathy + Thinking = Wise Action
In a recent video from The Atlantic , Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom argues that empathy is a fundamentally bad thing that makes the world worse. Bloom believes empathy leads us to make less...
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Andy Rowell
Great Barrier Reef "Is Dying Under Our Watch”
“Do we really care so little about the Earth on which we live that we don’t wish to protect one of its greatest wonders from the consequences of our behaviour?” That is the question posed at the end...
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Kaitlin Butler, Patrick Robbins
Fever Pitch: This Crucial Moment In The Fight To Stop Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
“Something gravely important had gone missing. Something related to reverence—to holding on to the ineffable wonder of what already is, caring for what little remains, being cognizant of how quickly...
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Patrick Carolan, Miles Rapoport
What Religion Has to Do With Campaign Finance and Voting Rights
The leaders of Common Cause and the Franciscan Action Network on why faith has led them to protest.
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David Korten
Capitalism or Socialism? There’s an Even Better Option
Bernie Sanders’ popular campaign suggests that many Americans aren't afraid of socialism anymore. But real democracy is an even better alternative to capitalism.
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Rainey Reitman
Obama Should Reject Anti-Encryption Legislation and Protect Digital Security
33 civil liberties organizations and companies in issuing a joint letter to the president
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Frida Berrigan
Make Trump Great Again! (By Taking The Donald Down to Toddler Town)
So far, I’ve dealt with Donald Trump’s bid for the White House as performance art: a clever, full-body, self-marketing scheme in the fashion of actor Joaquin Phoenix restyling himself as a hip hop...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Welcome Rebellion in the Democratic Party
The political fallout from the Panama Papers has been felt throughout the world. So far, the trove of leaked documents has exposed shady financial activities involving powerful and wealthy figures...
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Kevin Gosztola
Obama Claims Outcome Of Investigation Into Clinton Emails Won’t Be Political
President Barack Obama defended Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on “Fox News Sunday,” when he was asked about whether Clinton had jeopardized “national secrets” by operating a...
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John Cavanagh
Why I’m Ready to Get Arrested with Restaurant Workers
This week I'm joining thousands of people from all walks of life – from workers to environmentalists to the just plain angry – descending on Capitol Hill to risk arrest and offer a primal scream for...
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John Perkins
Confessions of a Panama Papers Hit Man
The Panama Papers should be no surprise. I was there in the 1970s, when the system they’ve exposed was set in motion. As an Economic Hit Man (an EHM), I helped forge this global economy that is based...
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John Atcheson
Four Myths Keeping Clinton Afloat
Myth # 1 – Hillary is more likely to beat Republicans in the general election For months now, polls show that Sanders has done better against Republican opponents than Hillary. In fact, he wins...
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Mackenzie Baris
Five Reasons to Care About Verizon Contract Negotiations
On Monday, unions of working people at Verizon announced that they will strike on Wednesday morning if their bosses fail to come to the table to negotiate a mutually beneficial agreement. The 39,000...
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Monday, April 11, 2016
Trevor Timm
Bernie Sanders' Focus on Clinton's Iraq War Vote Isn't Harping -It's Necessary
The war was one of the worst foreign policy decisions ever, and its repercussions are still felt. So why do so many claim Bernie is harping on old news?
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Ricardo Seitenfus
Hillary Clinton and Electoral Coup in Haiti
The Clintons’ high-profile interest in Haiti dates back almost all the way to their wedding in 1975. Shortly after their honeymoon in Acapulco, Bill and Hillary Clinton received an invitation from...
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John Hanrahan
As in Libya, Avaaz Campaigns for Syria No-Fly Zone That Even Top Generals Oppose
“I worry sometimes that, when people say ‘impose a no-fly zone,’ there is this almost antiseptic view that this is an easily accomplished military task. It’s extraordinarily difficult. Having...
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Ronnie Cummins, Martha Rosenberg
Monsanto’s Evil Twin: Disturbing Facts About the Fertilizer Industry
What do you know about the worldwide chemical fertilizer industry? If you’re like most people, not much. There’s plenty of press coverage and consumer awareness when it comes to genetically...
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Kevin Cashman
To Save Democracy, We Need To Make Voting Much, Much Easier
Political rhetoric in the U.S. is often characterized by sickly sweet appeals to democracy. Voting is held up as the foundation of democracy , or as the most useful or necessary method of political...
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Robert Borosage
Sanders on Clinton: Not Unqualified, Compromised
As the Sanders surge continues, the Democratic presidential contest has gotten chippy. After Clinton called Sanders “unprepared” to be president, Sanders responded he thought she was “unqualified.”...
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Diane Ravitch
Why Every Child Should Opt Out of the Standardized Tests
Want to end the obsession with standardized testing? Opt your children out of the state tests. Ignore the threats from state and federal officials. The tests today have taken over too much of the...
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Robert Parry
Would a Clinton Win Mean More Wars?
Savvy neocons see Hillary Clinton as their Trojan Horse to be pulled into the White House by Democratic voters, raising the question: would a Clinton-45 presidency mean more wars?
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Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, writes Baker, apparently "thinks it intolerable that the money taken out of workers’ paychecks to be sent to private insurers would instead be taken out of workers’ paychecks to be sent to the government, even if it would lead to savings of several hundred billion dollars a year in administrative costs and insurance industry profits." Dean Baker
From DC’s Deficit Panic to Flint’s Poisoned Water
We know that the Washington Post editors really hate Bernie Sanders and rarely miss an opportunity to show it. Dana Milbank got in the act big time today as he once again denounced Sanders (along...
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Robert Weissman
Americans Agree: It’s Corporate Power That’s In Our Way
There is widespread recognition among politicians and pundits that Americans are sharply divided by party on virtually all of the big questions facing our country. Everyone knows this is just the way...
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William Hartung
The Pentagon's Military Waste Machine Is Running Full Speed Ahead
From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an air surveillance balloon that doesn’t work, the latest revelations of waste at the...
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Howard Friel
Hillary Clinton and Paul Krugman: Fuddy Duddies against Sanders (Life During Wartime)
I keep reading columns in the New York Times by Paul Krugman about how he is on the outs with Bernie and is in with Hillary. (I don’t know why he loves her like he does.*) They do sound like...
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Sunday, April 10, 2016
Kate Aronoff
How Bernie Sanders Can Harness the Kind of Momentum Transforming British Politics
After his double-digits win in Wisconsin last night, Bernie Sanders’s insurgent campaign has a fair amount of momentum behind it. Still, many are asking what comes next, and how to carry the...
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Remi Piet
Panama Papers: The Hypocrisy of the Ruling Elites
The world is plagued by elites who ask citizens to tighten their belts while they go on with their lavish lifestyles.
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Julia Taleb
Syrian Independent Media Offers Bold Challenge to Extremism
On January 10, the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group in Syria, stormed the headquarters of Radio Fresh in Kafranbel and arrested its director Raed al-Fares and journalist Hadi...
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Robert Reich
Bernie and the Big Banks
The recent kerfluffle about Bernie Sanders purportedly not knowing how to bust up the big banks says far more about the threat Sanders poses to the Democratic establishment and its Wall Street wing...
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Saturday, April 9, 2016
Adam Eichen, Brian Beihl
Forty Two Million Steps for Democracy
ELKRIDGE, MD — It’s 40 degrees warmer here than when the members of New Hampshire Rebellion, a group dedicated to campaign finance reform, left on their winter walk in January 2015. Many of those who...
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John Atcheson
The Failure That Never Happened—And Three That Did
Bernie Sanders' interview with the Daily News and Hillary Clinton's record
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Bill Quigley
No Lawyers? No Jail. Judge Demands Constitution Be Respected in Louisiana Public Defender Catastrophe
New Orleans Criminal Court Judge Arthur Hunter, a former police officer , ruled that seven people awaiting trial in jail without adequate legal defense must be released. The law is clear. The US...
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Mary Bottari
ALEC “Right to Work” Law Tossed Out in Wisconsin
MADISON — Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Faust struck down the state’s private-sector “right-to-work” law late today. In February 2015, Governor Walker and the Wisconsin legislature pushed...
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Hank Edson
Disqualifications, Not Qualifications
The dust up over whether either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton is qualified to be president of the United States is overblown by the corporate media, which is looking for any chance it can get to...
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Friday, April 8, 2016
Les Leopold
NY Daily News Claims FDR Unfit to Be President: "No Concrete Plans, Only Platitudes"
[The following is an imagined 1932 New York Daily News editorial board interview with Franklin Roosevelt during his presidential campaign. The Daily News comments below derive from the editorial...
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Tom Gallagher
We Need to Explode the Myth That Hillary Clinton Is the Stronger Candidate – and We Need to Do it Fast
Wisconsin was another great Sanders campaign success story. When the voters realized their choices were not limited to the usual corporate options, a state where a poll once showed Hillary Clinton...
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Ralph Nader
Big Union Leaders Betray Sanders and Workers
Around a conference table inside the large Washington headquarters of the AFL-CIO, a furious exchange occurred between labor union presidents. It was late February and up for decision by the...
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Elizabeth Warren
Senate Republicans: Do Your Job
Senator Lindsey Graham recently appeared on “The Daily Show’’ to endorse Ted Cruz for president. During the interview, host Trevor Noah ran an earlier clip in which Graham said that the choice...
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Jordan Brennan
Power: The Missing Piece of the Inequality Puzzle
The explosion of concentrated corporate assets since the 1990's is also the story of consolidated power
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Alexandra Dos Santos
The 'Young People' Aren’t Getting the Credit They Deserve
The author, 18, explains why it’s time to start taking the youth climate movement seriously.
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Zephanie Repollo
The Kidapawan Standoff—The Real Face of the Global Climate Crisis
In the Philippines, farmers are fighting for their lives but the state has met their demands for rice and justice with brutality and bullets
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Chiara Capraro, Francesca Rhodes
Why the Panama Papers Are a Feminist Issue
Those shifting and hiding their wealth are failing to pay back into the ‘care economy’ - the people who produce and reproduce the workforce of today and tomorrow.
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Kevin Gosztola
Bill Clinton Says Black Lives Matter Protesters Defend Gang Leaders, Crack Dealers
Former President Bill Clinton accused protesters of defending gang leaders and crack dealers, who killed the black lives protesters say matter, while stumping for his wife, Hillary, at a presidential...
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A universal basic income would go a long way towards ensuring all Americans can have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Colin Holtz
The Panama Papers Prove It: America Can Afford a Universal Basic Income
If the super-rich actually paid what they owe in taxes, the US would have loads more money available for public services
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