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Friday, January 29, 2016
Erica Garner
Black Lives Like My Father’s Should Matter. That’s Why I’m Endorsing Bernie Sanders.
I want a leader who truly cares about justice for my family, for black people and for all Americans.
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Brent Budowsky
Sanders Surge Panics Washington Establishment
Virtually the entire Washington and Wall Street establishments are now in a state of panic about the possibility of a Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) victory in the Iowa Democratic caucus next Monday...
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Zoe Weil
Teacher Suspended for Showing Students Footage of Animal Abuse: What Should Have Happened Instead
Michael Fields, a science teacher in the Au Gres school system in Arenac County, Michigan, recently showed his fifth grade students an undercover video produced by Mercy for Animals (MFA). Depicting...
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Norman Solomon
Needed: Gun Control at the Pentagon
Obama’s stand on guns does nothing for the victims of US firepower abroad
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Elizabeth Sawin
We Failed in Flint. Here’s How to Avoid Making the Same Mistakes in Climate Policy
When it comes to our global climate, we all live in Flint.
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Dean Baker
Washington Post’s Wild Swings at Sanders
It’s not surprising that the Washington Post (owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos) would be unhappy with a presidential candidate running on a platform of taking back the country from the millionaires...
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Thursday, January 28, 2016
Ann Jones
American Democracy Down for the Count
(Or What Is It the Scandinavians Have That We Don’t?)
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Tom Weis
Why Bernie Sanders Is Winning the Hearts and Minds of America
If you’re lucky, once in your lifetime, maybe twice if you’re really lucky, you’ll get an opportunity to support a presidential candidate who speaks to your values on a very deep personal level. For...
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Bill Moyers
Let’s Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next
It's time for the president to make federal contractors disclose their political spending.
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Robert Reich
The Most Pragmatic Way to Fix American Democracy: Elect Bernie Sanders
The Democratic contest has repeatedly been characterized as a choice between Hillary Clinton’s “pragmatism” and Bernie Sanders’s “idealism” – with the not-so-subtle message that realists choose...
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Judy Stone
What Zika And The Flint Water Crisis Have In Common
Zika and the epidemic of birth defects, like the lead poisoning in Flint, highlight the added burdens especially facing the poor and people of color. There are striking similarities between the lead-...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Flint’s Water Crisis Is a Warning to Us All
By now most Americans have heard about the water crisis in Flint, a Michigan city of about 100,000 with a majority black population and high levels of lead in its water. With companies like Wal-Mart...
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David Suzuki
If Paris Changed Everything, Why Are We Still Talking Pipelines?
With the December Paris climate agreement , leaders and experts from around the world showed they overwhelmingly accept that human-caused climate change is real and, because the world has continued...
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Robert C. Koehler
Presidential Politics and the American Soul
When I want to believe that America is a democracy — indeed, to feel so deeply this is so that my soul trembles — I turn to Martin Luther King, who gave his life for it. He cried out for something so...
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Michelle Chen
The Refugees of Flint's Water Crisis
After being slowly poisoned by their government, the people of Flint, Michigan are finally getting some relief. But like the water itself, the crisis is spreading steadily and converging with an...
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Laura Flanders
Who Cares if Hillary is Warm? I Care About Her Wars
Primary season is in its prime and feels familiar in almost every respect. Eight years on, it’s the same candidate, the same point of contention. Is Hillary Clinton warm enough? I’m not debating that...
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Mairead Maguire
We Must Demand a Nonviolent Solution to War and Violence in Syria
In November 2015 I traveled to Syria with an International Peace delegation. This was my third visit to Syria in the last three years. As on previous occasions, I was moved by the spirit of...
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Michael Moore
Do Not Send Us Bottles of Water. Instead, Join Us in a Revolt
Many of you have contacted me wanting to know how you can help the people of Flint with the two-year long tragedy of drinking water contaminated by the radical decisions made by the Governor of...
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Art Reyes III
I Grew Up in Flint. Here’s Why Governor Snyder Must Resign.
Growing up in a slew of apartment complexes and trailer parks in and around Flint, Michigan, I developed a peculiar habit. I would stand on the linoleum floor of our kitchen with the telephone...
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Stephen Zunes
The Five Lamest Excuses for Hillary Clinton’s Vote to Invade Iraq
Clinton supporters want Democratic voters to forgive their candidate's support for the most disastrous foreign policy decision in decades. They shouldn't.
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Leo Gerard
Government Run Like a Business Poisons Children
The people of Michigan hired themselves a GOP businessman to be governor in 2011. And what they got was children poisoned by public water in Flint. That is, what they got was a government run based...
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Kevin Gosztola
D.C. Bar Goes After Whistleblower Who Exposed Warrantless Wiretapping
When the Justice Department ended its investigation into Thomas Tamm in 2011, the Justice Department whistleblower who revealed warrantless wiretapping said it was a relief that a “long ordeal” was...
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Sarah van Gelder
What Our Breasts Are Telling Us
Author Florence Williams and her daughter discovered they had high levels of toxins—like flame retardants—in their bodies. Getting rid of the chemicals was harder than they expected.
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Ray McGovern
The Iraq War’s Known Unknowns
In September 2002, as the Bush-43 administration was rolling out its ad campaign for invading Iraq because of alleged WMD, the Joint Chiefs of Staff received a briefing about the paucity of WMD evidence. But the report was shelved and the war went on.
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Jim Hightower
Take the Movement to the White House
At a recent dinner with my work team, I was reminded that I had said I wanted to travel less for work this year so I could focus on other projects. Instead, I find myself bouncing across the country...
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Norman Solomon
Spin Shift on Bernie: The Escalating Media Assault
For a long time, as he campaigned for president, a wide spectrum of establishment media insisted that Bernie Sanders couldn’t win. Now they’re sounding the alarm that he might. And, just in case you...
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Lorne Stockman
Exxon’s Energy Outlook PR Stunt
Another year and another Exxon energy outlook report reassuring the world’s energy wonks and policy makers that business as usual is here to stay. Should anyone be under the illusion that a clean...
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Peter Van Buren
Freedom! 19,000 Iraqi Civilians Killed in Less Than Two Years
…that works out to about 28 dead every day . It is also an estimate, given that many areas of the country are not readily accessible, and because the death toll from the siege of Ramadi is not...
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Amy Davidson
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Clash Over Poetry and Prose
“Here’s the Senator’s ad,” Chris Cuomo, of CNN, said to Hillary Clinton, who was standing with him on the stage for a Democratic town-hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. There was a sudden jolt of...
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Robert Reich
The Volcanic Core Fueling the 2016 Election
While Clinton is the most qualified candidate for president of the political system we now have, Sanders is the most qualified candidate to create the political system we should have
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Bill McKibben
Bernie Sanders Refuses to Melt
Bernie Sanders keeps refusing to run the way that the pundits think he should -- that's what makes this primary so interesting and perhaps a turning point in American politics. You could see it last...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Bernie Sanders is the Realist We Should Elect
Sanders is inspiring people with his poetry, but even his prose proves he's the better choice to lead a nation in difficult times
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Andrew Bacevich
The Top Six Global Threats the Presidential Candidates Are Never Asked About
Out of bounds, off-limits, or just plain ignored: What presidential candidates from both parties won't tell you about the world
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Isaiah Poole
Evolution or Revolution? Town Hall Clarifies the Choice for Democrats
For those who have been closely watching the Democratic presidential contest between Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, Tuesday night’s Iowa town hall discussion on CNN did not...
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John Atcheson
A Confederacy of Dunces: The Democratic Establishment’s Assault on Sanders Begins
"When a true genius appears in your world, you may know him by this sign; that all the dunces are against him in a confederacy." —Jonathon Swift Well, it’s started. You knew it would. The Democratic...
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Donald Cohen
An Unprecedented View of America's For-Profit Criminal Justice System
More and more Americans--including leaders from both political parties--agree that our criminal justice system is broken. Even former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says we can no longer afford "...
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Richard Falk, David Krieger
Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age
We are living on borrowed time... It is time to end the nuclear weapons era.
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Monday, January 25, 2016
Nancy Altman
How and Why Medicare for All Is a Realistic Goal
Hillary Clinton is wrong when she says that Medicare for all is not achievable. In fact, if she and her husband had embraced the concept in 1993, we would be nearly there today. Medicare was supposed...
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Aldo Orellana López, Thomas Mc Donagh
Corporate Power Doesn’t Always Win: Remembering the FTAA
A decade ago, a transnational coalition beat back the largest corporate trade deal in history. Here's what they can teach opponents of the TPP.
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Marjorie Cohn
Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians With US Bombs
Saudi Arabia has engaged in war crimes, and the United States is aiding and abetting them by providing the Saudis with military assistance. In September 2015, Saudi aircraft killed 135 wedding...
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Tamara Pearson
The Rich Are Getting Louder and the Eventual Victory of Quiet
While the world thrashes and flounders in injustice, the rich are loud in order to conceal their contribution to it all. The most obvious example is Donald Trump – rich white man flaunting his racism...
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Chris Hedges
The Suicide of the Liberal Church
Paul Tillich wrote that all institutions, including the church, are inherently demonic. Reinhold Niebuhr asserted that no institution could ever achieve the morality of the individual. Institutions,...
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Joseph Nevins
Drones and 'What Makes Us Different'
Seven years ago this month and three days after Barack Obama assumed the presidency on January 20, 2009, the first drone strike of his administration took place--in a small village in the region of...
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Mohamad Elmasry
Another Arab Spring Is Coming to Egypt
The re-solidification of an authoritarian order and the impending uprising in Egypt.
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Peter Bloom
Off With Their Heads! Why Change Demands Progressive Hearts, Not Centrist Brains
The idea that electability and good policy lies in the center ground lacks both intellectual substance and historical grounding.
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Tom Engelhardt
“We Destroyed the Cities to Save Them” and Other Future Headlines
One of the charms of the future is its powerful element of unpredictability, its ability to ambush us in lovely ways or bite us unexpectedly in the ass. Most of the futures I imagined as a boy have,...
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Ben Schreiner
PBS Newshour Lies About Single-Payer Health Care
The fact that a majority of Americans support a single-payer, or Medicare for all, health care system is not news. Or at least it ought not to be news, especially to veteran political journalists...
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Paul Buchheit
The Great Potential of Poor Americans. And How Plutocrats Just Want Them to Go Away.
There's plenty of evidence to support the work ethic of poor people. Almost 63 percent of America's work-eligible poor are working. Many of the remainder are plagued by a real unemployment rate that...
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Sunday, January 24, 2016
John Light
Kids Suing Government for Climate Action Attract Influential Allies and Opponents
Twenty-one young Americans and climate scientist James Hansen are suing to compel the government to take dramatic action on climate change, and the case has attracted attention both from powerful...
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Robert Reich
Bernie’s Movement (And Why Krugman & Co. Don't Get It)
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Friday warned Bernie supporters that change doesn’t happen with “transformative rhetoric” but with “political pragmatism” – “accepting half loaves as being...
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Leonard Pitts Jr.
The Poor of Flint Were Left Under the Cover of Darkness
Disaster in poverty-stricken areas often lack public attention
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Patrick Cockburn
Syrian Civil War: Why the Endless Conflict Is at a Decisive Point
Talks in Geneva may produce little of substance, but winners and losers are starting to emerge
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Felix Horne
Ethiopia’s Invisible Crisis
Protests broke out in Ethiopia in November, and the government is continuing its massive crackdown.
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Robert Parry
Hillary Clinton Seeks Neocon Shelter
Stunned by falling poll numbers, Hillary Clinton is hoping that Democrats will rally to her neocon-oriented foreign policy and break with Bernie Sanders as insufficiently devoted to Israel. But will that hawkish strategy work this time?
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Astra Taylor
Why Do We Expose Ourselves?
Among critics of technological surveillance, there are two allusions so commonplace they have crossed into the realm of cliché. One, as you have probably already guessed, is George Orwell’s Big...
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John Atcheson
What the Mainstream Doesn’t Get About Bernie Sanders
It just might be that the nation's electoral dropouts have found a candidate they can believe in. If so, that changes everything.
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Saturday, January 23, 2016
Janine Jackson
Holding a ‘Go Donald!’ Media Accountable for ‘Normalizing Extremism’
Great Britain won’t actually ban Donald Trump from the country but Parliament did spend time taking seriously what was called Trump’s “poisonous, corrosive” effect on public discourse. At the same...
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Sue Sturgis
The Overwhelming Consensus Against Citizens United
Year in which the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United decision struck down restrictions on political spending, including secret spending by outside groups unaffiliated with campaigns or parties...
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Kerry Taylor
How Local Workers Brought Fight for $15 Agenda to South Carolina Democratic Debate
As the Democratic Party held its fourth presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina this week, more than 1,000 low-wage workers shut down the city's streets demanding that the White House...
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Brent Budowsky
As Sanders Soars, Clinton Goes Negative — A Bad Move
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may be poised to win both the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, and as Sanders soars, rival Hillary Clinton is making the worst possible move of launching an all-...
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Donna Smith
An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton from One Progressive Woman
I am a progressive. I work with and serve thousands of progressive women. And you, Sec. Clinton, are no progressive woman. Hillary, I must challenge your assertion on some occasions that you are a...
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Nick Dearden
How Gates' Billions Silences Criticism of His Development Agenda
In a plutocracy, it’s no surprise that the world’s richest man is one of the most influential voices in the future of global agriculture and healthcare. What’s surprising, is how little that...
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Peter Dreier
When Tom Friedman Red-Baited Bernie Sanders
Someone should give the New York Times columnist a (one way?) ticket to Scandinavia
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John Atcheson
A Tale of Two Debates
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Well, maybe not the best, but the Republican debate last week was certainly about as bad as it gets. Let’s look at some of the worst of times–...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Money Men Say, Voters Move Over, It’s Not Your Election!
Appalled at the chaotic GOP presidential race and the ascendancy of Trump and Cruz, those with the gold want to rule.
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Friday, January 22, 2016
Mary Grant
Movement Grows to Stop Shutoffs Over Toxic Water Bills in Flint
As the water crisis persists in Flint, Mich., concerned residents and their national allies are calling for a moratorium on water bills and shutoffs until the water is safe to drink.
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Ana Menendez
My Young Son Should Dream, Not Have Testing Nightmares
At 4, my son should not have anxiety about exams; We have forsaken childhood, unfortunately
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Randy Jurado Ertll
How Bernie Sanders Can Capture the Young Latino vote
It’s no secret that Bernie Sanders needs to persuade people of color to vote for him. As a senator from the nearly all-white state of Vermont, he starts at a disadvantage. But Sanders’ voting record...
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Ken Schneck
HRC's Endorsement of Hillary Clinton Was Disingenuous and Unnecessary
I'm not telling you who to vote for. I'm not telling you who I'm voting for. Heck, I'm not even telling you which party I'm registered with (secret sidenote: I'm a hardcore Democrat). But the Human...
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Jennifer Dalven
43 Years After Roe: We’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe?
Forty-three years after Roe v. Wade legalized a woman’s right to abortion, the Supreme Court is again considering another abortion case — one that will have serious implications for what Roe actually...
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Janet Weil
This Month Marks 25 Years the U.S. Has Been at War in Iraq
Saturday, January 17, marked 25 years – a full generation – since the 1991 launch of a U.S.-led mostly air war, “Operation Desert Storm,” that devastated Iraq, including extensive damage to Iraqi...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Seven Stages of Establishment Backlash: Corbyn/Sanders Edition
The British political and media establishment incrementally lost its collective mind over the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the country’s Labour Party, and its unraveling and implosion show...
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Gloria Totten
New Abortion Rights Strategy in States and Localities
The battle over abortion rights legislation is being fought almost entirely at the state level, with skirmishes in localities. This will most likely continue to be true for years to come. The anti-...
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Nick Turse
How to Succeed at Failing in Iraq, Pentagon-Style
There’s good news coming out of Iraq... again. The efforts of a 65-nation coalition and punishing U.S. airstrikes have helped local ground forces roll back gains by the Islamic State (IS). Government...
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Ralph Nader
The Devastating Cost of Monetized Elections
Corporatized and commercialized elections reach a point where they stand outside and erode our democracy. Every four years the presidential and Congressional elections become more of a marketplace...
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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Bob Burnett
Maybe Bernie Can Win
I’m beginning to believe Bernie Sanders can win the Democratic nomination and then the presidency. Sunday night, January 17th, I watched the Democratic presidential debates with my wife, a Hillary...
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Lisa Gilbert, Stephen Spaulding
On Sixth Anniversary of Citizens United, Obama Still Has Chance to Act
Two-thousand, one-hundred-and-ninety days. That is how long it has been since the Supreme Court decided Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission by a vote of five to four. So far, we have heard...
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Doug Wirth
Changing the Conversation Around HIV in 2016: Who’s Being Left Out?
World AIDS Day 2015 has passed, but as we enter a new year, we need to ensure that the conversation around HIV focuses on the issues that are most critical. Mitigating the stigma of HIV and...
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Zephyr Teachout
6 Years of Citizens United
Six years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC . It is not a happy anniversary. I remember waiting for the ruling and opening it up on my computer: when I finally...
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Robert Borosage
As Panic Grips Clinton Campaign, The Real Question: What's Wrong with Hillary?
On the Democratic candidates and the credibility gap
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Kevin Gosztola
Liberals No Longer Amused by Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Campaign
The objective of the week for liberals appears to be to make clear Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is some kind of pariah. Despite how his candidacy has transformed into a phenomenon...
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Jim Hightower
Something Is Happening
When I crossed paths with a Democratic Party campaign consultant in Austin last March, I suggested he come out to the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall to hear Bernie Sanders...
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Robert C. Koehler
Evolution: A Candidate
“And finally, how can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us, and not what’s worst?” The president asked the right question in his State of the Union address last week. What if he’d actually...
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Bill Moyers
A Drone Protestor Heads to Jail
Fifty-nine-year-old Mary Anne Grady Flores will serve six months for photographing a protest of an airfield in upstate New York where drone pilots are trained and from where missions are carried out.
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Mark Weisbrot
President Obama Should Change US Policy and Normalize Relations with Venezuela
From March to July of last year, the United States had what Reuters reported as its "most extensive dialogue in years" with Venezuela. President Barack Obama even met briefly with President Nicolas...
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Kary Moss
Michigan Legislature Should Repeal Emergency Manager Law
While all eyes and ears will be on the governor’s State of the State address this week, it is as much a seminal moment for the Legislature. For without them, nothing of any significance will happen...
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Robert Fisk
Pakistan University Assault: A Warning for Turkey as Islamists Turn on Their Old Allies
Both country's are waging a war on terrorism, but their enemies appear to have several faces
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Antonia Zerbisias
Sponsor Syrian Refugee - Canada's Top Google Search
Sponsoring a Syrian refugee is all the rage in Canada.
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Jill Richardson
A Healthy Way to Build Communities
Local gardens bring people together who might never become acquainted.
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Emma Stone, Alex Farnsworth
The Last Time Earth Was This Hot Hippos Lived in Britain (That’s 130,000 Years Ago)
It’s official: 2015 was the warmest year on record . But those global temperature records only date back to 1850 and become increasingly uncertain the further back you go. Beyond then, we’re reliant...
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Chase Thomas
To the Petulant Men with Guns Trampling on Public Land in Oregon
Do you ever look back and cringe at the way you acted as a child when you didn’t get your way? Throwing fits. Refusing to do chores. Sneaking out at night. Running away from home. Luckily, we...
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Tom Andrews
Why We Must Condemn Politics of Fear in Favor of Welcoming Refugees
As a bill in Congress emerges to block refugees, it's time for lawmakers to make a declaration of conscience.
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Eric Woodyard
Flint Water Crisis Is Bigger Than a Hashtag
Tiny red rashes and bumps began to pop up on my nephew Nasir's face, stomach, legs and arms surprisingly last winter. He hadn't turned a year old yet, so my mother and sister repeatedly searched for...
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Sam Pizzigati
Here’s What the Millionaires at Davos Can Do About Global Inequality
Instead of just talking about inequality, the global business elites gathering in Switzerland can do something about it: Stop dodging their taxes.
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Jeremy Brecher
Making the Promises Real: Labor and the Paris Climate Agreement
As nearly 200 nations gathered in Paris approved the UN Climate Change Agreement, the AFL-CIO issued a statement that broke new ground on climate. While the AFL-CIO opposed the Kyoto climate...
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Julian de Medeiros
Turkish Academics Deserve Solidarity: The Fight for Academic Freedom is Global
One can only conclude that the Turkish Government’s heavy-handed reaction to petitions supporting arrested academics is the continuation of a wider trend of restricting civil liberties and freedom of speech.
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Poisoning of Flint
In early 2015, shortly after his victory in a heated reelection contest, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) began exploring a run for president . With his business experience and electoral success in a...
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Stephen Zunes
Hillary Clinton's Strident Opposition to the International Criminal Court
Supporters of international law have expressed consternation that the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for president -- like most of her potential Republican rivals -- strongly...
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Robert Scheer
Hillary Blames Bernie for an Old Clintonite Hustle, and That’s a Rotten Shame
The Clintons have no shame, that much you can count on. That stupefying arrogance was on full display in the most recent presidential campaign debate when Hillary Clinton countered Bernie Sanders’...
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Nafeez Ahmed
David Cameron’s Illiterate Counter-Radicalisation Proposals
The problem of illiteracy in wider British society makes the English language challenges affecting British Muslims look puny
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