All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Friday, April 8, 2016
Peter Van Buren
‘Please Do Not Feed the Animals’: Oklahoma GOP Compares Food Stamp Recipients to Park Animals
In America, we have a very crude understanding of social welfare programs. For most Americans, anything the government gives to its people (i.e., us) to keep us healthy, fed and educated, is a “...
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Robert Fisk
The 'One for One' Refugee Policy Means We're Picking and Choosing Among Desperate People
As the journalist Wolfgang Bauer reminds us, the Syrian people witness the horrors of the Paris and Brussels attacks every single day
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Jake Johnson
Hillary’s Right, Bernie Sanders Isn’t a Mainstream Democrat. Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing.
Sanders represents a break from the established order and an uncomfortable, but necessary, wake-up call to a party that has lost its way.
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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Dean Baker
DC Press Corps Spins Itself Silly Over Sanders’ Specifics
The Washington press corps has gone into one of its great feeding frenzies over Bernie Sanders’ interview with New York Daily News . Sanders avoided specific answers to many of the questions posed,...
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Deborah Burger
Bernie Sanders is Right—Regulation Isn’t Enough, We Need to Ban Fracking
Hillary Clinton promises to regulate hydraulic fracturing. Yet even if she were to keep this promise, it simply doesn’t go far enough. Fracking poses an immediate threat to the health of our...
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Peter Bloom
Sanders is Right: Clinton Not Qualified To Be a Progressive President
On 'quality control' and the Democratic Party
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Stand Your Ground, Unless You’re a Battered Woman
Cherelle Baldwin is lucky to be alive. She was repeatedly abused by her ex-partner. She was attacked by him in her own home and defended herself, for which she went to prison. Domestic violence, also...
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Rory Fanning
The Wars in Our Schools
An Ex-Army Ranger Finds a New Mission
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Kevin Gosztola
'Disqualify' And 'Defeat': Clinton Campaign Attacks Intensify To Halt Sanders’ Win Streak
Following a week where Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign refused to agree to a New York debate unless Bernie Sanders “toned down” his campaign, the Clinton campaign escalated its negative tone...
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Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
Protest or Civil Courage?
( This interview was conducted during the Democracy Spring march from Philadelphia to Washington, DC — part of a two week action to push for a more equal and representative democracy. ) We are about...
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Robert C. Koehler
Democracy Free-for-All
Here in America, we celebrate democracy by staying in touch with the lack of it. What better way to honor our ancestors’ struggles to win the right to vote — and have that vote counted — than to have...
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Steven Gorelick
Changing Everything
Among climate change activists, solutions usually center on a transition to renewable energy. There may be differences over whether this would be best accomplished by a carbon tax, bigger subsidies...
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Olivia Alperstein
The United States of Flint
Our outdated infrastructure will fall apart if we don't invest in repairing it — that's just physics.
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Jo Miles
Fighting Mosquitoes with GMO Mosquitoes
A biotech company wants to unleash genetically engineered mosquitoes in Florida – but their plan could do as much harm as good.
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Trevor Timm
Why the Panama Papers Should Be a US Election Issue
Whether US politicians are named or not, the kind of arrangements that allow the global super-rich to hide their wealth only exist with our leaders’ consent
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Sarah Anderson
Wall Street Should Pay a Sales Tax, Too
When a high-rolling trader buys millions of dollars' worth of stocks or derivatives, there's no levy at all.
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John Nichols
Bernie Sanders Adds to His Momentum With a Big Wisconsin Win
The Vermont senator wins a battleground state by a 57-43 margin.
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Margaret Kimberley
The Panama Papers Problem
The Panama tax haven leaks reveal a lot about the lawlessness of the rich, as well as the ideological bias of the western press.
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Mike Lofgren
When Donald Trump Makes Sense
The Washington establishment dismisses Donald Trump as a buffoon who doesn’t understand the intricacies of national security policies, but some of his comments underscore how foolish those policies are
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Candace Clement
Netflix Isn’t the Problem. Data Caps Are.
Netflix recently revealed that over the last five years it’s been degrading video quality for AT&T and Verizon customers who are streaming content on mobile wireless networks. And the telecom...
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Sophie Schuit, Jonathan Brater
West Virginia Third State to Pass Automatic Voter Registration
It’s no April Fool’s joke: On Friday, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a law making West Virginia the third state to enact automatic voter registration — and the first to do so with broad...
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Joseph Gerson
Orwell (and the President) Come to Hiroshima
How to you hide a trillion dollars or spending $66,000 a minute for thirty years building a new nuclear arsenal? Put another way, how to you hide 7,000 nuclear warheads capable of ending human life...
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Robert Borosage
Wisconsin Adds Momentum To The Sanders Revolution
Bernie Sanders swamped Hillary Clinton in the Wisconsin Democratic primary Tuesday. Ted Cruz won big over Donald Trump on the Republican side. The chances for a contested Republican convention...
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Aisling O’Donnell
How Sanders Exposes the Democratic Establishment's Neoliberal Underbelly
A view from abroad
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Adam Johnson
Panama Papers’ Publishers Don’t Need to Sell Out WikiLeaks
When it’s all said and done, there’s no doubt that the hundreds of stories exposing the intricate web of tax avoidance and laundering, also known as the Panama Papers , will be an important...
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Joe Brewer
Why Don’t We Feel as Burned by the Panama Papers as We Do by Donald Trump?
Outrage abounds these days, but the biggest story of all is hardly getting any attention
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
How a $15 Minimum Wage Went from ‘Extreme’ to Enacted
What once was considered “pie in the sky” is slowly becoming law. In New York, state legislators just agreed to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour , with the full effect beginning in New...
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John Atcheson
How Can Sanders Win It All? It's The Passion, Stupid
Why the press and pundits keep getting it wrong on Bernie
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Dave Johnson
Will Voter Suppression Skew Wisconsin Primary Results?
Republican voter suppression turned Arizona’s primary into a fiasco that forced people to wait in five-hour-long lines to vote. Many were turned away. Wisconsin Republicans are also disenfranchising...
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Robert Reich
Stop Voter Suppression
A crowning achievement of the historic March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech, was pushing through the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. Recognizing the...
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Kevin Gosztola
At Sanders Rally in Wisconsin, Tim Robbins Delivers Fiery Speech Against Political Pragmatism
By now, you may have read about actor Tim Robbins’ introduction of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin. The headlines suggest Robbins insulted supporters of Hillary Clinton...
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Dean Baker
The Elite's Comforting Myth: We Had to Screw Rich Country Workers to Help the World's Poor
Roger Cohen gave us yet another example of touching hand-wringing from elite types about the plight of the working class in rich countries. The gist of the piece is that in Europe and the U.S. we...
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Matthew Turner
The Panama Papers Could Hand Bernie Sanders the Keys to the White House
For some Americans, Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of a global elite which benefits from tax avoidance schemes. Bernie Sanders, her opponent, is its antithesis
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Andrew Bacevich
The United States as a Prisoner of War
Writing a blank check for endless war and our MIA Congress
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Nozomi Hayase
Six Year Anniversary of WikiLeaks Collateral Murder; A Celebration of Free Speech
On April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks published classified military footage of a July 2007 attack by a US Army helicopter gunship in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad. The video titled Collateral Murder depicted...
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Rebecca Autrey
Wisconsin Highlights Three Troubling Trends in Our Democracy
Smack-dab in the middle of the Wisconsin flag is the word “Forward.” It’s the state motto , and has been used to brand everything from the University of Wisconsin system to standardized tests for...
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Robert Parry
‘Corruption’ as a Propaganda Weapon
Mainstream U.S. journalism and propaganda are getting hard to tell apart, as with the flurry of “corruption” stories aimed at Russia’s Putin and other demonized foreign leaders
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Monday, April 4, 2016
Kevin Gosztola
Clinton Believes She’s Special Kind Of Politician Who Can’t Be Influenced By Money
If one listens to the remarks of Hillary Clinton, her campaign staff, and any spokesperson from the network of super PACs helping her challenge Bernie Sanders, it becomes clear they believe Clinton...
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Chris Hedges
The Lie of Patriotism
BALTIMORE—When Rory Fanning, a burly veteran who served in the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion and was deployed in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2004, appeared at the Donald Trump rally in Chicago last month he...
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Mark Weisbrot
Attempted Coup in Brazil Seeks to Reverse Election Results
If you are following the news of political turmoil in Brazil, it may be difficult to get a grasp of what is really going on. This often happens when there is an attempted coup in the Western...
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Joe Brewer
The Panama Papers – What Happens When Corruption Is Systemic
Over the weekend, an historic release of information came out in the Panama Papers showing exactly who, how, and when a vast network of people stole and hoarded money. Our minds easily grok the...
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Susan Campbell
Piecemeal Labor Reform is Nice, But National Action is What's Needed
We should celebrate higher minimum wages and paid leave passing in California and New York. They’re what every US worker deserves
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Mary Bottari
Highlights of Luntz Poll of American CEOs Shows Broad Support for Progressive Policies
When considering American CEOs as a category, "empathetic" is not the first word that comes to mind. Yet, the fact that these top executives have empathy for their workers is a major take away from a...
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Glenn Greenwald
A Key Similarity Between Snowden Leak and PanamaPapers: Scandal is What’s Been Legalized
From the start of the reporting based on Edward Snowden’s leaked document archive, government defenders insisted that no illegal behavior was revealed. That was always false: multiple courts have now...
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Dilip Hiro
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
A nuclear armageddon in the making in South Asia
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Paul Buchheit
Tax Time: How Corporations Are Cheating Schoolchildren
Many of the largest U.S. corporations aren't paying the state taxes that should be funding our schools. Kids are the victims. So are the average Americans who are forced to pay higher property taxes...
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Sunday, April 3, 2016
Frida Berrigan
Blessed Are the Cheesemakers
I’m not feeling very radical these days. There is not a lot of fighting the power or beating the system or rocking the boat. I am taking care of kids. Right now, that involves a lot of ballet lessons...
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Peter Van Buren
Iraq is Broke. You Have to Pay for It.
The next time a candidate or reporter asks during a debate about education or healthcare “But how are you going to pay for that?” I would like the person being questioned to respond “The same way we...
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Jonathan Cook
Execution of Palestinian Exposes Israel’s Military Culture
It might have been a moment that jolted Israelis to their senses. Instead the video of an Israeli soldier shooting dead a young Palestinian man as he lay wounded and barely able to move has only...
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Adam Eichen
These Shoes Were Made For Walking
What ever happened to the days in which Congress members listened to their constituents? Or when the people, not corporations, decided our elections? These are the questions Americans are asking...
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Eric Margolis
Bulldozer Trump Says Get Rid of NATO
Donald Trump has been making many revolutionary proposals. Unfortunately, they have often been obscured by the furor over his fumbled remarks about abortion and the pulsating hatred of America’s...
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Saturday, April 2, 2016
Abba Solomon
The Occupation of the American Mind, Documented
Harriet Beecher Stowe is reputed — in Stowe family legend at least — to have been greeted by President Lincoln with, “Is this the little woman who made this great war?” Uncle Tom’s Cabin , Stowe’s...
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Kelly Mitchell
Why It Matters if Candidates Like Hillary Clinton Take Fossil Fuel Money
Getting Hillary Clinton and other candidates to reject fossil fuel donations isn’t just about cleaning up campaign finance — it’s about protecting our climate by keeping fossil fuels in the ground.
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Ralph Nader
Trump's Self-Inflicted Fall
Donald J. Trump is done. He will not be the Republican Party’s nominee for President. He will not receive the requisite number of 1237 delegate votes to secure a majority going into the Republican...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
‘Bathroom Bills’ Are Attacks on the Humanity of Transgender People
Right-wing extremists have a new way to foist their repulsive beliefs on us. After suffering a humiliating defeat in the Supreme Court in their battle against same-sex marriage, they have hit upon a...
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Donna Smith
Apathy Not in Play with Bernie Voters
For Donna Smith, "that evening in Honolulu was a gift in so many ways."
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Christopher Brauchli
A Modest Proposal for the 21st Century
No man’s life, liberty or property is safe While the legislature is in session. — Attributed to Judge Gideon J. Tucker in the case of The Estate of A. B. (1866) This week I use this space to offer a...
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Jesse Hagopian
More Than A Score TEDx Talk: Join the Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing
We should opt in to authentic assessments—not only because it will better engage students, but also because the future of our society and planet depend on it.
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Friday, April 1, 2016
Jim Naureckas
Did Sanders Lie About Clinton’s Oil Money? NPR Factchecker Can’t Be Bothered to Check
When media outlets check the facts, it’s supposed to be in the first sense Google ‘s dictionary offers for the word “check” : 1. examine (something) in order to determine its accuracy…. But sometimes...
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Jeff Biggers
Spare Me Your Coal Requiems: Time for a Reckoning With Peabody and Coal Industry
As Peabody Energy teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, edging toward a Chapter II reorganization that will most likely allow it to walk away from massive reclamation and mine worker commitments, a...
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Robert Parry
Cleaning Up Hillary’s Libyan Mess
U.S. officials are pushing a dubious new scheme to “unify” a shattered Libya, but the political risk at home is that voters will finally realize Hillary Clinton’s responsibility for the mess
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Michael Winship
A Bird, A Plane? No, It’s Superdelegates!
The Democratic Party's special class of entitled and unelected VIP delegates helps explain what's wrong with the way we choose our presidential candidates.
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Dave Johnson
Trade Shapes Wisconsin Primary
Trade is again an issue in a midwestern primary state. The Wisconsin primary is Tuesday and Senator Bernie Sanders is pounding on his opposition to trade deals that have closed factories and cost...
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Eva Resnick-Day
I’m the Greenpeace Activist Who Asked Hillary Clinton to Pledge to Reject Fossil Fuel Contributions
Well, this was an interesting day to say the least.
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Kevin Gosztola
Leader of Clinton’s Dark Money Alliance Files Ethics Complaints Against Sanders
A group known to be a “dark money ally” of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has filed ethics complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against her opponent, Bernie...
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Kevin Smith
Why We Projected #RefugeesWelcome on the White Cliffs of Dover
After having hosted adverts for David Beckham’s underpants, Carlsberg beer and Ninjago warriors, last night we wanted to project something more meaningful on to the white cliffs of Dover. Working...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
North Carolina: Flush Your Bathroom Bill Down the Toilet
Opponents call it “the Bathroom Bill.” In a special session last week, the North Carolina state legislature passed HB2, officially called the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. Gov. Pat...
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Seth Abramson
Hillary Clinton’s Support Among Nonwhite Voters Has Collapsed
On February 27th, Hillary Clinton led Bernie Sanders among African-American voters by 52 points. By March 26th, she led Sanders among African-Americans by just nine points. And on Thursday, Public...
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Ramzy Baroud
Intifada for Dummies: Why Is a Popular Uprising Yet to Take Off?  
Whether history moves in a straight or cyclical line, it matters little. The uncontested fact is that it is in constant motion. Thus, the current situation in Palestine is particularly frustrating to...
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Les Leopold
Is Hillary Clinton Running Away From Political Reality?
Team Hillary believes that Trump and Cruz are so bad that she can’t lose. People will come out in droves, they argue, to defeat the bad guys. Call it negative enthusiasm.
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Victor Pickard
When Commercialism Trumps Democracy
Corporate news outlets are first and foremost businesses, and Trump is pure gold for their bottom line
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Thursday, March 31, 2016
Ellen Cantarow, Alison Rose Levy
A Fukushima on the Hudson?
The growing dangers of Indian Point
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Karl Grossman
Nuclear Power Plants Are Pre-Deployed Weapons of Mass Destruction
We should close them all. Now.
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Patrick Woodall
The Changing Politics of Free Trade — Politicians are Finally Listening
The 2016 presidential race is fraying the Washington consensus, exposing the downside of trade deals like the TPP. It’s time for a new way forward on trade.
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Terrance Heath
LGBT Families Caught in the GOP’s Culture War Rift
On a road trip to visit relatives in Georgia, our family traveled across the states that have become the newest battlegrounds in the latest phase of the “culture wars.” With my husband’s family in...
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Glenn Greenwald
Complying With Israeli Censorship Order, NYT Conceals Name of Soldier Who Shot Wounded Palestinian
Last Thursday, an Israeli soldier was arrested after the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem posted horrific video of the soldier shooting a 21-year-old Palestinian man in the head from point-blank...
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Robert Reich
Why the Major Media Marginalize Sanders
“Bernie did well last weekend but he can’t possibly win the nomination,” a friend told me for what seemed like the thousandth time, attaching an article from the Washington Post that shows how far...
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Peter Dreier
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Radical Feminism Still Challenges Us Today
No celebration of Women’s History Month would be complete without acknowledging the extraordinary achievements of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Gilman was the most...
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Robert C. Koehler
Playing with Guns (at the GOP Convention)
You shouldn’t play with guns, unless you do it the way “Jim” apparently did. His gun play — a (seemingly) satirical petition at change.org — has enveloped the looming Republican National Convention...
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Joe Cirincione
Is That All There Is? Obama’s Disappointing Nuclear Legacy
The biggest roadblock to making the world safer from nuclear weapons turned out to be the president's own team.
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Alyse Kotyk
Youth-led Environmental Movement Seeks Climate Justice in Canada
This weekend in Edmonton, A.B., over 500 people from diverse backgrounds will come together to build a movement for climate and environmental justice. The youth-led gathering is called PowerShift...
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John Feffer
Donald Trump: Foreign Policy’s Useful Idiot?
It might take someone of Trump’s vapid visibility to drive home the point that "world’s policeman" is not a viable role for the U.S. to play.
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Brent Budowsky
Obama, You’re Wrong About Sanders
On Monday, President Obama scolded journalists for not covering the substance of the presidential campaign. I entirely agree. Where I disagree with the president is when he criticizes Bernie Sanders...
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Jay Walljasper
America’s "Worst Walking City" Gets Back on its Feet
Oklahoma City improves life for people who walk—and reaps the benefits
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Eliza Sweren-Becker
This Map Shows How the Apple-FBI Fight Was About Much More Than One Phone
The government insisted that its effort to force Apple to help break into an iPhone as part of the investigation into the 2015 San Bernardino shootings was just about that one case. Even though the...
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Jim Naureckas
Ezra Klein and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Tax Calculator
The website Vox ( 3/25/16 ) has what editor-in-chief Ezra Klein describes as an “excellent tax calculator” that, in its headline’s promise, “Tells You How Each Presidential Candidate’s Tax Plan...
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Arn Pearson
Flint Is a Casualty in the Right Wing's War on Local Democracy
How did an American city's water end up being poisoned with lead? This month's hearing in Congress about the crisis in Flint, Michigan shed more heat than light on the decisions that poisoned the...
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Diane Ravitch
Education in Crisis and the Threat of Privatization
There is a crisis regarding our public schools, but it is not the one you usually read about
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Kate Stringer
Why Fixing Climate Change is Women’s Work
Natural resource scarcity and unpredictable weather affect women first, yet they’re often the last to be heard on how to combat it. That’s slowly changing.
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Aquene Freechild
On Dark Money, Mr. President, The Time for Action Is Now
President Obama could – and should – issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending.
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Benjamin Day
The Disappearance of Hillary Clinton's Healthcare Platform
What would happen if the media lifted the curtain on Clinton's healthcare platform and introduced any level of scrutiny to her proposed improvements on the Affordable Care Act?
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John Atcheson
Climate Change – Speeding Past the Stop Signs
There’s been a tendency in the media and in the international community to assume that with the Paris agreement this past December, the world is well on its way to dealing with the problem of climate...
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Robert Kuttner
Sanders, Socialism, and the Shafted Generation
Behind Bernie's unlikely appeal is a generation marred by precarious employment and economic disruption.
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Richard Eskow
Bernie’s Right. Wall Street’s Business Model Really Is Fraud.
“I’ve said if the big banks don’t play by the rules, I will break them up.” —Hillary Clinton Our nation’s largest and most powerful banks have repeatedly engaged in widespread fraud, causing both...
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Trevor Timm
The FBI May Have Dropped One Case Against Apple, but the Battle is Far from Over
The San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone was allegedly unlocked by an ‘outside party’, making that case moot. But many others are going forward
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Russell Mokhiber
In Cold Blood — Feds Call for Max Sentence for Former Massey CEO Blankenship
The federal sentencing memo on Don Blankenship is like no other sentencing memo in the history of corporate crime. Prosecutors want the judge in the case to sentence Blankenship to the maximum one...
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Marissa Marzano
Why Is It So Hard to Vote in America?
Over 100 million Americans will cast a ballot this November, amid the biggest voting rights rollback since Jim Crow. Here’s what we can do to fix that.
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Thomas Frank
Beware the Blue State Model: How the Democrats Created a "Liberalism of the Rich"
[ This piece has been adapted from Thomas Frank's new book, Listen, Liberal, or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? (Metropolitan Books). ] When you press Democrats on their uninspiring...
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Sujata Dey
What the Right "Gets" About Free Trade
For Canadians, the American presidential primaries always promise great entertainment value. They’re showy, strewn with flags and red, white and blue balloons flooding the convention floors. They’re...
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Robert Parry
Bernie Sanders as Commander-in-Chief
Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaii congresswoman and Iraq War veteran, stars in a stunning ad endorsing Bernie Sanders as “Commander-in-Chief,” a potential turning point in the Democratic race
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