All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Friday, October 28, 2016
Craig Aaron
AT&T/Time Warner: The Case Against Monster Bell
An opponent of the mega-merger wonders if the political will to oppose it will survive Election Day.
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Adam Schwartz
AT&T Requires Police to Hide Hemisphere Phone Spying
AT&T built a powerful phone surveillance tool for police, called Hemisphere. Every day , AT&T adds four billion call records to Hemisphere, making it one of the largest known reservoirs of...
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Thursday, October 27, 2016
John Nichols
The Billionaire Class Is Terrified That Russ Feingold Will Return to the Senate
The very rich are spending very heavily to prevent the return of a very serious reformer to the Senate.
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Robert Parry
The Modern History of ‘Rigged’ US Elections
Donald Trump claims the U.S. presidential election is “rigged,” drawing condemnation from the political/media establishment which accuses him of undermining faith in American democracy. But neither side understands the real problem
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Ruchi Shroff, Manlio Masucci
Wallonia Has Shown Us the Way to Stop CETA and TTIP
In just under a week, the citizens of the small Belgian state of Wallonia, who dared to challenge the giants of the global big business world and Brussels by blocking the signing of CETA, have been...
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Emily Kirchner
Let’s Treat Our Patients, Not Trick Them with Private Insurance
This Halloween, medical students are refusing to endorse the horrifying for-profit healthcare system as it exists
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Belén Fernández
Media Roll Out Welcome Mat for ‘Humanitarian’ War in Syria
As she marches toward the US presidency, Hillary Clinton has stepped up her promotion of the idea that a no-fly zone in Syria could “save lives” and “hasten the end of the conflict” that has...
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Mike Merryman-Lotze
Israel’s Blockade of Gaza is Inherently Violent
Every day Palestinians live in fear of another U.S.-funded attack by the Israeli government.
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John Feffer
Hillary Clinton: A Hawk in the Wings
After a mere eight years in which diplomacy narrowly edged out militarism, the foreign policy elite rallying around Clinton has forgotten the lessons of the George W. Bush era.
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
AT&T, Time Warner and the Death of Privacy
It has been 140 years since Alexander Graham Bell uttered the first words through his experimental telephone, to his lab assistant: “Mr. Watson—come here—I want to see you.” His invention transformed...
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Nomi Prins
Too Big to Fail, Hillary-Style
Waking up in Hillary Clinton’s America (with Wall Street in the saddle)
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Robert C. Koehler
Budgeting the Good War, for 75 Years
World War II never quite ended — it morphed. Today we call it the status quo, or endless war, or we just don’t bother to notice it. Indeed, now more than ever we don’t notice it. It’s barely part of...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Laura Bonham
Hey Hillary, The Problem Isn’t Just Citizens United
When Hillary Clinton called for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC this year, it took a lot of folks by surprise considering the PACs and corporate leaders who donate to...
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Andy Rowell
Decades of Denial Lead to Exxon’s “New Climate Reality”
Earlier this week it was announced that we had entered a new era of “ climate change reality” , with scientists warning that carbon dioxide has permanently passed the symbolic threshold of 400 ppm...
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Greg Kaufmann
The Poverty-Fighting President of My Dreams
In my dream, the next president is an anti-poverty president because he or she knows deep down that the way we think about poverty in America is wrong, the way we treat people in poverty is wrong,...
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Julie Chinitz
The Real Living Wage? $17.28 An Hour – At Least
Fifteen dollars shouldn’t be too much to ask – or demand. In almost every state, a worker needs more than $15 an hour to make ends meet. Add in student debt, and the minimum living wage shoots up to...
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Anna Diakun
Fighting to Bring the Drone Program Into the Light
Since its inception, the United States’ targeted killing program has been shrouded in secrecy. For years, the ACLU has sought basic facts about the way the program operates, as well as its legal and...
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Kate Tummarello
It's Time for Answers on Yahoo's Email Scanning
You should know if the government thinks it can deputize your email provider to scan through your messages. Like most people, we were shocked at reports earlier this month that Yahoo scanned its...
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Thea Paneth
Can We Unify?
Yesterday morning I watched the Democracy Now! clip of Tom Hayden addressing the 2015 Teach in on the power of Vietnam War protest and I was particularly struck by his emphasis on movements finding...
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Jim Hightower
The Cannon Ball Saga, An Epic Story From The American Heartland
There is an epic clash of two cultures — one with a guiding ethic of harmony between people and nature, the other driven by an ethos that encourages the exploitation of both. Yet, for months, our...
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Dave Johnson
When A ‘Tax Bonanza’ Is Actually A Huge Corporate Tax Break
There is a push underway for a huge corporate tax break from the next administration. Multinational corporations owe more than $720 billion in taxes on profits stashed in tax havens. They are...
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Mark Weisbrot
Honduran Opposition Leaders Being Murdered While US Pours in Money to Repressive Government and Military
Since a 2009 military coup against the democratic government of President Mel Zelaya, Honduras has become the most dangerous country in the world for environmental and human rights activists. On Oct...
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Bill Blum
Donald Trump’s Empty Blustering Reveals a Narcissist Who Can’t Fathom Defeat
The highlight of the third and, thankfully, final presidential debate last Wednesday came roughly at the midway point , when Donald Trump refused to say that he would accept the results of November’s...
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Norman Stockwell
Remembering Civil Rights and Peace Activist Tom Hayden
Tom Hayden is perhaps best known as the principal author of the Port Huron Statement , the central document of the Students for a Democratic Society , written in June 1962. It declared “we seek the...
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Mark Trahant
How Far Will North Dakota Go to Get This Pipeline?
The militarized response is escalating, Dakota Access construction is accelerating. To be clear: North Dakota is acting as trustee for the company, using what it considers the powers of state to make this project so.
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Peter Van Buren
Looking Ahead: Clinton’s Plans for Syria
Hillary Clinton has a plan for defeating Islamic State in Syria. Donald Trump has one, too. With the conflict in Syria spreading beyond its borders, it’s essential to understand the new president’s...
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Owen Jones
Elizabeth Warren Is the US President We Need, But Can’t Have – This Time
She’s a champion of workers’ rights, and a thorn in the side of Wall Street. What a tragedy that the Massachusetts senator isn’t on the ballot paper
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
A Progressive’s Answer to Trumpism
As election 2016 winds to an end, it’s hard not to begin looking beyond Nov. 8. With Donald Trump behind in the polls and lashing out at the media, there is rampant speculation that Trump is laying...
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Andrew Pendleton
Heathrow Expansion Is An Environmental Travesty
Letting Heathrow expand is the climate’s worst nightmare. But the government seems desperate to feed big, greedy, carbon-guzzling monster businesses instead of boosting simple things that would...
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Tom Engelhardt
War to the Horizon (and Nary a Word About It)
War, what is it good for? In America, the answer is that, much of the time, you’ll probably never know what it's good for -- or, in some cases, even notice that we’re at war. Right now, the U.S. is...
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Dean Baker
The TPP And Free Trade: Time To Retake The English Language
The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are planning to do a full court press in the lame duck session of Congress following the election. We will be bombarded with speeches and columns...
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William Hartung
The Doctrine of Armed Exceptionalism
The Urge to Splurge: Why Is It So Hard to Reduce the Pentagon Budget?
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Michele Swenson
Colorado Initiative 71 Sold on False Pretenses: A Trojan Horse for Corporate Power Grab
Colorado Initiative 71 is brought to the state by an alliance of corporate lobbies led by Oil and Gas, and their political friends in high places. It reflects the vision of the Koch-funded American...
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Jake Johnson
Already an Oligarchy: Corporate Dominance Negates Democracy
American elections have long been fueled by corporate money. In the election of 1904, on the heels of the Gilded Age, Theodore Roosevelt was accused of bowing to the influence of railroad magnates...
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Monday, October 24, 2016
Jim Lobe
For the Middle East, It’s the Center for American Regress
Last week, I featured a new Atlantic Council report by former Stimson Center president Ellen Laipson in which she argued that the nuclear deal with Iran—and the opportunities for future cooperation...
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Sabrina King
Crossing the Fossil Fuel Industry Could Now Get You Locked Up – For Decades
In the United States, people have the right to protest, and the press has the right to write about it. But over the past month, multiple journalists, documentary filmmakers, and activists have been...
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Tim Koechlin
Free to Plunder: The Case Against Gary Johnson and Libertarianism
A recent Quinnipiac poll reports that 19% of likely voters between the ages of 18 and 34 – “millennials” – plan to vote for Gary Johnson. Many of these voters identify as “progressive.” I find this...
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Kevin Gosztola
Clinton Campaign Mulled Embracing Sanders’s Agenda Against Corruption
In the first months of the Democratic presidential primary, one of Hillary Clinton’s advisers conducted focus groups and polling of swing voters to examine “voter distrust” of the political system...
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Michael Winship
If Trump Had Been at Gettysburg in 1863
On Saturday, Donald Trump made a speech in Gettysburg that was nothing like President Abraham Lincoln's revered one. Michael Winship imagines the speech Trump might have delivered in Lincoln's day.
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The Nation Editors
Tom Hayden and the Unfinished Business of Democracy
Though an irreplaceable voice for peace has been silenced, his vision will live on.
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Gary Younge
An All-American Slaughter: The Youthful Carnage of America’s Gun Culture
Every day, on average, seven kids and teens are shot dead in America. Election 2016 will undoubtedly prove consequential in many ways, but lowering that death count won’t be one of them. To grapple...
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Dave Johnson
Watch Out For The Coming Corporate Tax-Break Trickery
One of the biggest fights coming up in the newly elected Congress next year will be “corporate tax reform.” If you follow policy news you’ve been hearing that Congress wants to “reform” corporate...
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Bernie Sanders
Stand Up to Big Pharma Greed. Vote Yes on Proposition 61
Prescription drug prices in the United States are the highest in the world — by far. Californians on Nov. 8 have a chance to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry’s greed and spark a national...
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Paul Buchheit
New Layers of Dirt on Charter Schools
An earlier review identified the "Three Big Sins of Charter Schools": Fraud, a Lack of Transparency, and the Exclusion of Unwanted Students. The evidence against charters continues to grow. Yet...
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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Adam Eichen
Why Overturning Citizens United Isn’t Enough
You don't have to think our democracy works perfectly to be appalled at Donald Trump's attack on it.
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Peter Bloom, Carl Rhodes
Corporate Authoritarianism and the New American Anti-Democracy
Numerous allegations of sexual assault have delivered what may be a fatal blow to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. His lewd remarks have been rightly condemned in the strongest terms by the...
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Marcy Wheeler
Yahoo to Clapper: Global, Global, Beyond our Borders, Global
I joked when Yahoo first released its letter to James Clapper the other day, asking that he release details about the 2015 scan first revealed by Reuters . It has the tone of a young woman who is...
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Joshua Manson
‘The Darkness Comes’: CIA Torture Victims Describe How the Mental Scars Never Go Away
The New York Times is publishing a devastating exposé series on the lasting psychological effects of U.S. government torture on men who once were held in CIA-run secret overseas prisons or at...
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Robert Parry
Washington’s New Lock-Step March of Folly
Confident in a Hillary Clinton victory, Washington’s foreign policy elite is readying plans for more warfare in Syria and more confrontations with nuclear-armed Russia, an across-the-spectrum “group think” that risks life on the planet, says Robert Parry.
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Saturday, October 22, 2016
Christopher Brauchli
Women Should Be Seen and Not Heard
Democracy, which is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. — Plato, The Republic At first reading I thought it...
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Alicia Shepard
How Donald Trump Gave ‘Nasty’ Women Their Voices
Do we have a misogynist to thank for forcing us to confront our prejudices?
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
On Strip Searches and Press Freedom in North Dakota
Monday was a cold, windy, autumnal day in North Dakota. We arrived outside the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan to produce a live broadcast of the “Democracy Now!” news hour. Originally, the...
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Sarah Aziza
The Crackdown on Dakota Access Pipeline Reporters Shows the Vital Role of Independent Media
Hundreds of activists have faced arrest since nonviolent demonstrations against the North Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL, began last spring. While clashes with law enforcement frequently coincide...
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Ralph Nader
Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think
The following is excerpted from my new book Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think.
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Dave Lindorff
Screwing With and Screwing the Elderly and Disabled
Social Security checks to rise just 0.3% in 2017
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Friday, October 21, 2016
Victor Pickard
Media and Politics in the Age of Trump
How profit undermines public service in the news media
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Neve Gordon
Israel's Boycott Hypocrisy
How Israel criminalizes BDS while boycotting Palestinian Knesset members.
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Adam Sanchez, Jesse Hagopian
What We Don’t Learn About the Black Panther Party—But Should
Fifty years ago this month, the Black Panther Party was born. Its history holds vital lessons for today’s movement to confront racism and police violence, yet textbooks either misrepresent or...
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Wenonah Hauter
Three Massive Mergers—Millions for One Bank and a Disaster for Food, Water, and Climate
In addition to advising on all three mega-mergers, Credit Suisse is playing a big role behind the scenes of the Dakota Access pipeline.
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David Korten
We Never Voted for Corporate Rule
The $66 billion sale of Monsanto is yet another reminder of how corporations have colonized the world and subverted democracy. To regain our future, we must claim our right to popular sovereignty.
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Final Presidential Debate Showed That the 2016 Election Is a Low Point for American Democracy
“If we could run our country the way I’ve run my company, we would have a country that you will be so proud of,” said GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday night during the third and...
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Victor Wallis
On the Stealing of US Elections
The theft of elections is typically thought of as referring to corruption of the voting process. This is indeed a major issue, but it is only the culmination of a much broader set of restrictions on...
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Cathy Breen
'Today Is One of the Heaviest Days of My Life'
I've written often about our Iraqi refugee friend and his oldest son from Baghdad. I will call them Mohammed and Ahmed. They made the torturous flight last year from Baghdad to Kurdistan and then...
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Harvey Wasserman, Bob Fitrakis
Trump's Racist "Rigged Election" Attack Is as Old as America
Donald Trump’s demand for “monitors” at polling places to prevent a “rigged election” is an old and ugly story. It’s obviously aimed – KKK style – at stopping black and Hispanic citizens from voting...
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Capitalism Is Doomed — Without Alternatives, So Are We Jake Johnson
Capitalism Is Doomed — Without Alternatives, So Are We
In 1946, George Orwell pondered the fragility of the capitalist order. Reviewing the work of the influential theorist James Burnham, Orwell presaged several concepts that would later form the...
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Ramzy Baroud
The Many "Truths" on Syria: How Our Rivalry Has Destroyed a Country
"The United States has the power to decree the death of nations," wrote Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe. Kinzer's article was entitled: " The media are misleading the public on Syria ." In his...
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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Breaking the Fourth Wall of Democracy
In an election when our political system has been on trial, Donald Trump is putting it to the ultimate test.
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Ronnie Cummins
The Long March Against Monsanto: A Letter from The Hague
We are today in the midst of a battleground for two very different approaches to agriculture. One is the agro-ecological approach based on the use of open source traditional seeds based on...
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Michael Winship
Watching a Dark Debate From the City of Light
In Paris, everyone seems as concerned as we are about the US election and many got up at 3 a.m. to watch the last debate.
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Christian Christensen
Election 2016: It's a Sad, Sad World
With apologies for ranting...
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Dave Johnson
Oregon Locals Take On Corporate Power With ‘Tax Corporations’ Measure 97
Much of Congress is captured by corporate money. So literally nothing gets through Congress if it interferes with the corporate/1% -boosting agenda. Many in the federal regulatory agencies are...
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Ellen Brown
Prop. 51 Versus a State-Owned Bank: How California Can Save $10 Billion on a $9 Billion Loan
School districts are notoriously short of funding – so short that some California districts have succumbed to Capital Appreciation Bonds that will cost taxpayers as much as 10 to 15 times principal...
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Nick Turse
A Perpetual Killing Field in the Worst Place on Earth
Death and life in the South Sudan's lost town of Leer
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Richard Eskow
Our Long National Debate Nightmare is Over
“No, you’re the puppet!” Well, that was grueling. How did the third and final debate manage to be so sensationalistic and yet at the same time so boring? It seemed to go on forever. The media...
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John Nichols
Donald Trump Rejects the Basic Premises of American Democracy
The Republican nominee says, “I'll keep you in suspense, okay?”
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Adam Johnson
The Debates Are Over, and No One Asked About Climate Change
From campaign finance reform to gun violence to poverty to education to LGBTQ rights, lots of important subjects were ignored by corporate media debate moderators in the presidential (and vice-...
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Robert C. Koehler
If Only We Could Vote for Peace Instead of a 'Commander-in-Chief'
Maybe it’s the phrase — “commander in chief” — that best captures the transcendent absurdity and unaddressed horrors of the 2016 election season and the business as usual that will follow. I don’t...
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Karin Kamp
Missing From the Debates: Climate Change, Poverty, Campaign Finance and More
The presidential candidates have not been asked questions on some of the critical issues facing us, and Chris Wallace has no plans to ask them.
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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Does Big Money Still Matter?
During the past few months, I’ve been flying around the country talking about my new book Corporate Citizen? , which deals with money in politics and our privately-financed elections. (I’ll be...
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Mike Lofgren
Congress Sinks to New Depths
The sad state of American democracy – from the presidential race to Congress – is easy to lament as something beyond correction, but change is possible if the electorate starts taking citizenship seriously
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Alison Pargeter
Failing Libya
If peace and national unity in Libya seem remote five years after the fall of the Qadhafi regime, western powers and the international community bear much of the responsibility.
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Richard Eskow
The Last Debate: How Low Will It Go?
What’s worse than a political debate that fails to give voters the information they need? One that misinforms them, while at the same time demeaning the democratic process. The final 2016...
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Laura Carlsen
Plan Colombia, Permanent War, and the NO Vote
The Colombian people voted NO to peace. Or to be exact, 50.2% of 37% of the eligible population voted no. In the referendum held Oct. 2, the majority of voters decided to scuttle four years of peace...
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Chuck Baclagon
Beyond Survival: Super Typhoon Haima and the Paris Agreement
The Philippines must continue to show its leadership internationally by seeking aggressive measures to shift towards a just transition to renewable energy systems and free up financing to protect the most vulnerable from worsening climate impacts
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Emily Schwartz Greco
The Real Reason to Worry About Immigrant Voting
Hint: It has nothing to do with Trump's "rigged election" allegations.
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Seth Gladstone
Who's Digging In On The Dakota Access Pipeline?
Consolidation in the oil and gas industry, like the proposed Enbridge-Spectra merger, only increases the industry’s power to influence politicians and regulators.
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Jeff Biggers
Mountaintop Removal Never Ended: Coal River Mountaineers Fight On
Standing in solidarity with the water protectors on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, Coal River Mountain residents already fending off seven square miles of devastating mountaintop removal mining...
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Deia Schlosberg
It's Outrageous That I'm Facing 45 Years in Prison for Filming a Climate Protest
Filmmaker arrested for documenting last week's #ShutItDown protests speaks out
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John Nichols
Paul Ryan: If Republicans Lose the Senate, Bernie Sanders Wins
The house speaker knows that if the GOP loses seats in Congress, Bernie Sanders could become the Senate Budget Committee Chairperson.
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Anna Tenuta
After Hurricane, Haitian Women Ready to Lead
Hurricane Matthew has devastated Haiti, but women are at the forefront of the recovery.
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Sandy Tolan
Throwing in the Towel on the Two-State Solution
What the bankruptcy of White House policy means for the Israelis and Palestinians
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Greg Kaufmann
How to Turn Anti-Poverty Work Into an Anti-Poverty Movement
About a month ago, I had the opportunity to spend a weekend at Harvard with a group of about 20 scholars and reporters. Many of them have worked for decades examining poverty-related issues—from...
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Linda Bilmes
The $5 Trillion Wars
This October marks 15 years since American troops entered Afghanistan. It was a precursor to the occupation of Iraq and is the longest military conflict in US history. Yet the trillions of dollars...
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George Goehl, LeeAnn Hall
Meet the “People’s Action 22”: Candidates Fighting For All Of Us
In the final weeks of a dispiriting presidential election, hope is on the horizon – and it’s down-ballot. That’s where you will find more and more everyday people deciding to challenge neoliberal...
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Jim Naureckas
Charges Dropped Against Amy Goodman–No Thanks to Corporate Media
North Dakota District Judge John Grinsteiner stood up for the First Amendment by dismissing “riot” charges against Democracy Now! ’s Amy Goodman ( Democracy Now! , 10/17/16 ). That’s more than you...
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Robert Parry
Good Deaths in Mosul, Bad Deaths in Aleppo
As the U.S.-backed offensive in Mosul, Iraq, begins, the mainstream U.S. media readies the American people to blame the terrorists for civilian casualties but the opposite rules apply to Syria’s Aleppo
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John Atcheson
Time for Some Mea Culpas from the Clinton Camp?
It looks like Clinton will win, but only because Trump is the weakest candidate ever to seek the office
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Monday, October 17, 2016
Rev. Billy Talen
Environmentalists: Make Your Stand Like Standing Rock
The First Nations peoples in North Dakota are showing us the future of direct action. In the path of the Enbridge pipeline—the “black snake”—they’re making something that traditional...
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Hina Shamsi
Finally Free: ‘Guantánamo Diary’ Author Released After 14 Years Without Charge
After unlawfully imprisoning our client Mohamedou Ould Slahi at Guantánamo for 14 years without charge or trial, the U.S. government has finally released him. He is now home in his native Mauritania...
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Chris Hedges
Donald Trump: The Dress Rehearsal for Fascism
Americans are not offered major-party candidates who have opposing political ideologies or ideas. We are presented only with manufactured political personalities. We vote for the candidate who makes...
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