All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Richard Eskow
The People’s Issues Came Second in the First Debate
Their own reality: It was contest over content in Trump/Clinton debate
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Monday, September 26, 2016
David Goodner
'Lockdown' Tactic Spreads to Iowa #NoDAPL Resistance
Protesters chained to equipment shut down Big Oil construction for nearly six hours at a Mississippi River drilling site in Iowa
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Salim Lone
It’s Not Too Late for Hillary’s Campaign to Renew Itself
Sunday's Washington Post/ABC News poll showed that Hillary Clinton’s numbers have fallen drastically in the last month, and the race is now a dead heat with Donald Trump, with 41% of registered...
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Robert Naiman
9/11 Families Deserve Their Day in Court Against Saudi Arabia
This week the House and Senate are expected to vote on whether to override the President's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terror Act ("JASTA"). JASTA would allow 9/11 families to sue Saudi...
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Jennifer Lynn McCoy
Will Colombia's Peace Deal Get the People's Vote?
On Sept. 26, 2016, the Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) are expected to sign a formal agreement to end 50 years of conflict. More than eight million...
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Jake Johnson
Tethered to Corporate Capitalism, Neither Party Willing to Eradicate Poverty
If we have learned anything in recent years, it is that the interests of the wealthy almost always win out.
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Rebecca Gordon
Why We Can't Arrest Our Way to "Justice"
Should prison really be the American way?
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Arun Gupta
The Left Underestimates the Danger of Trump
I know we just had the fifth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, but there is little to celebrate at such a grim moment. That being the likelihood Trump may very well win. If he does, Black Lives...
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Richard Eskow
We Need a Real People’s Debate, Not the “Fight of the Century”
We’re told that Monday night’s confrontation between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could draw 100 million viewers and “rank among television benchmarks like the finales of ‘MASH’ and ‘Cheers.’” We...
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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Corporations in Politics Are Like a Tractor-Trailer Drifting Into Your Lane
When I attended an FEC hearing on possible new rules to prevent foreign-owned U.S. subsidiaries from donating to U.S. campaigns, I was struck at how each side was talking past the other. While the...
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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Robert Reich
Time for Congress to Stop Hollering at CEOs and Take Action
Last week, Congress engaged in a bipartisan barrage of CEO bashing. The Senate Banking Committee assailed Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf for pushing employees to create as many as two million bogus bank...
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Richard Eskow
Immigrants Don’t Steal Jobs or Wages. Billionaires Do.
With the advent of Donald Trump, what was once covert in the Republican message has become overt. Yesterday’s dog whistle is today’s screaming siren. Case in point: anti-immigrant bigotry, which was...
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Juan Cole
Number of US Troops in Iraq Heading Toward 6,000
The US plans to send another 500 troops to Iraq to help with the massive Mosul campaign, which will involve the Iraqi army and its allies, the Kurdistan paramilitary Peshmerga, hard line Shiite...
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George Lakoff
Thwimpie: A Spoiled Brat Named Little Donnie Thwimp
A Voyage Into Sound Symbolism
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Jeremy Brecher
Jobs, Justice, and the Clean-Energy Future
Today, there are 400 parts per million (PPM) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, far above the 350 ppm climate scientists regard as the safe upper limit. Even in the unlikely event that all nations...
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Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
The Debates: Questions for the Presidential Candidates on Trade and Agriculture Policy
The 2016 election is bizarre, to say the least. While the vast majority of reporting has focused on the horserace and he said she said aspects of the campaigns, the policy proposals put forward by...
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Saturday, September 24, 2016
Christopher Brauchli
Trump and Stumpf
So farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear, Farewell remorse; all good to me is lost; Evil, be thou my good. John Milton , Paradise Lost Wells Fargo is a metaphor for the Donald Trump campaign...
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Thane Maxwell
How You Can Support Standing Rock
This is your pipeline battle too. Whatever you have to offer, we need it. Wherever you are, take one step deeper. Find your voice. Find your own front lines.
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Standing Firm in the Face of Violence
Another week, and another unarmed black man has been shot by police, with video footage of the macabre incident available for all to view from various angles. The shooting death of Terence Crutcher...
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John Russo, Sherry Linkon
What Trump’s Youngstown Problem Says About Campaign 2016
It might take more than calling out blatant racism to derail the Trump train.
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Sue Sturgis
Will the Gulf of Mexico Remain a Dumping Ground for Offshore Fracking Waste?
When you think of a fracking site, the image that comes to mind is probably a bare-scraped well pad in a rural or maybe suburban landscape, topped with a drilling rig and other industrial...
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Friday, September 23, 2016
Naomi Klein
Canada’s Founding Myths Hold Us Back from Addressing Climate Change
It has been one year and one week since a coalition of dozens of organizations and artists launched The Leap Manifesto, a short vision statement about how to transition to a post-carbon economy while...
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John Feffer
When States Dream, Is Syria Their Nightmare?
Syria is emerging as a metaphor for the fragmentation and chaos that the modern world barely contains
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Bill McKibben
Faced With Massive Opposition to Dakota Access, Banks Could Still Pull Out
A key pipeline loan is still pending, and it’s becoming clear that the Standing Rock Sioux are in a two-front war against Big Oil and Big Banks.
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Jim Naureckas
Dakota Access Blackout Continues on ABC, NBC News
The Sacred Stone Camp established by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota has brought together thousands of demonstrators in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1...
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Gabrielle Gurley
Trump’s Agenda: A Recipe for Civil Unrest
The Donald’s recent remarks highlight the candidate’s bigotry, but also signal a grim future for African Americans should he be elected.
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Ali Abunimah
Facebook Disables Accounts of Palestinian Editors
Editors at two of the most widely read Palestinian online publications have had their Facebook accounts disabled. Administrators for the Facebook pages of Quds , which has more than five million “...
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Gareth Porter
How the Pentagon Sank the US-Russia Deal in Syria – and the Ceasefire
Was the first ever US strike against Syrian government forces an intentional hit by the Pentagon to block military cooperation with Russia?
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Jay Stanley
Charlotte Shooting Shows Why Video Transparency Is Vital
The shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by police in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tuesday is a case study in why it’s important for police departments to have good policies surrounding body cameras—in...
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Harvey Wasserman
How Nuclear Power Causes Global Warming
Supporters of nuclear power like to argue that nukes are the key to combatting climate change. Here’s why they are dead wrong. Every nuclear generating station spews about two-thirds of the energy it...
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Chuck Collins
Talking with Strangers: A Journey to the Heart of the Right
A new book encourages us to scale the “empathy wall” to understand a segment of Trump supporters
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Christian Christensen
The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (Donald Trump)
If there is one thing that the Trump phenomenon has taught us, it is that, for Trump, it is not easy being white in America. Being white means never-ending guard duty, defending the country against...
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Terrance Heath
When Will Black Lives Finally Matter To Donald Trump?
For all his bloviating about “law and order,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has yet to express any serious outrage over police killings of unarmed African-Americans. Will he now,...
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U.S. soldier, standing with arms folded David Korten
Want National Security? Dismantle the War Machine
A military response to violence creates more violence. For real security, we need to stop climate change and work toward shared prosperity.
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Syrian refugees Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Xenophobia and Hate Exacerbate the Plight of Refugees Around the World
The MS St. Louis was a German passenger ship whose most famous voyage, in the spring of 1939, became known as “The Voyage of the Damned.” On that trip, 908 German Jewish refugees were headed to Cuba...
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Jonathan Marshall
Dangerous Denial of Global Warming
Direct and indirect dangers from global warming are so grave that the issue should be near the top of the U.S. campaign agenda, instead of being downplayed or denied.
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Tom Engelhardt
You Must Be Kidding! On War, Peace, and Absurdity
Adventures in an American world of frustration
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Nick Dearden
Opposition to the Canada-EU Trade Deal Has Reached a Tipping Point
It's been a bad week for the Canada-EU trade deal known as CETA. In Germany, over 300,000 protestors marched against the deal on Saturday – and they were joined by demonstrators in cities across...
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Robert C. Koehler
Stop the Killing
Maybe half a million dead, half a country — 10 million people — displaced from their homes, jettisoned onto the mercy of the world. Welcome to war. Welcome to Syria. This is a conflict apparently too...
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Jake Johnson
Eugene V. Debs and the Urgent Need for a New Anti-War Movement
Eugene Debs became a socialist in prison. After being arrested for his leadership role in the Pullman Strike of 1894 — for which he was deemed "an enemy of the human race" in the New York Times —...
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Adam Johnson
Media Ask Which Candidate Can Better Exploit Our Irrational Fear of Terrorism
The media’s tendency to focus on horserace issues—who’s up and who’s down, what the cosmetics are of an event rather than the substance—is routinely derided by media critics, and mocking it has...
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Peter Dreier
After Grassroots Activists Expose Scam, Elizabeth Warren Tells ‘Gutless” CEO John Stumpf to Resign
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf was on the hot seat Tuesday when he faced Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and other angry lawmakers at a Senate Banking Committee hearing designed to investigate...
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Vicki Gass
Justice for Berta: Honduran Women Activists Launch Land Rights Campaign
Women are banding together in Honduras and around the world to demand #LandRightsNow.
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Joe Lauria
Obama’s Curious UN Farewell Address
President Obama’s U.N. speech looked critically at the U.S. role in world and admitted capitalism’s shortcomings, a contrast with Obama’s previous bluster about “indispensable” and “exceptional” America
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Nick Cunningham
Holding Clinton’s Feet to the Fire On Climate
Recent difficulties aside, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the odds on favorite to win the presidency this year—and climate advocates are uneasy about what to expect. She faced immense...
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Brian Purnell
Does Fear of Black Men Satisfy the "Objective Reasonableness" Standard?
The case that set the standard on when police officers are justified in using excessive force is Graham v. Connor . But how that standard is applied needs deep consideration.
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Ramzy Baroud
Honoring Aylan Kurdi by Ending the War in Syria
"A photograph, no matter how emotionally wrenching, can only do so much," wrote Paul Slovic and Nicole Smith Dahmen in QZ.com. The photograph referenced in their comment was that of three-year-old...
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Graffiti of a drone in the Middle East Belén Fernández
Radicalized Nation: Fear and Hypocrisy in New York
Diagnoses of violent extremism are diligently wielded against Muslims but not against leaders or policies that indiscriminately kill civilians
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.) grilled Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf about his bank's massive fraud. Richard Eskow
Wells Fargo Had a Bad Day. That’s a Start.
People who came looking for drama in Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf’s Senate testimony on Tuesday did not come away disappointed. Stumpf was called before the Senate Banking Committee after his bank was...
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Donald Trump Jim Hightower
Donnie Is a Trumpist, Not a Populist
To many hard-working people, this is a time of economic uncertainty. Thus, it is important to point out that America's superrich are intentionally and brazenly knocking down the middle class and poor...
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Bill Walker, David Andrews
Erin Brockovich' Chemical in Drinking Water of More than 200 Million Americans
Drinking water supplies for two-thirds of Americans are contaminated with the carcinogenic chemical made notorious by the film "Erin Brockovich," which was based on the real-life poisoning of tap...
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Andrew Cohen
The Myth of Pervasive Voter Fraud
One of the most distressing indications of failure in American journalism today is the release of a poll last week that reveals that nearly half of the country believes that voter fraud occurs “very...
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Peter Van Buren
For $178 Million, the US Could Pay for One Fighter Plane – or 3,358 Years of College
Does free college threaten our all-volunteer military? That is what Benjamin Luxenberg, on the military blog War on the Rocks says. But the real question goes beyond Luxenberg's practical query,...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Edward Snowden Is the Perfect Candidate for a Presidential Pardon
Edward Snowden is the former National Security Agency contractor who risked his job, his prestige and his freedom to expose the NSA’s secret mass surveillance programs that trampled the privacy...
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Chip Ward
Indians and Cowboys: The 2016 Version of an Old Story on a New Planet
Cowboys and Indians are at it again. Americans who don’t live in the West may think that the historic clash of Native Americans and pioneering settlers is long past because the Indians were, after...
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Richard Eskow
7 Hard Rounds of Questions for John Stumpf, Wells Fargo CEO
“There was no incentive to do bad things,” said Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, after his bank was hit with $190 million in fines and restitution because employees fraudulently opened more than 2...
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Emily Schwartz Greco
Breaking the Climate Procrastination Habit: How to Bring on America the Sustainable
It's a long list, but things can be done to get this country on a renewable energy track.
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Richard Heinberg
Exploring the Gap Between Business-as-Usual and Utter Doom
Predicting the future is a fool’s errand, but everybody does it. As long as we’ve had language—for tens of thousands of years, at last estimate—we’ve been able to formulate the question, “What will...
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Monday, September 19, 2016
Nozomi Hayase
Assange, Manning and Snowden, Standing with the Conscience of Truthtellers
Last week, Oliver Stone’s biopic “ Snowden ” hit the theaters. The film illuminates the life of Edward Snowden between 2004 and 2013, aiming to humanize one of the most wanted men in the world. Just...
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Harmit Kambo
Into the Unknown: Government Surveillance After Brexit
We're living at the crux of two moments of political uncertainty. One is Brexit, and the other is the introduction of unprecedented surveillance powers. How might these uncertainties effect one another?
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Sarah Anderson
Confederate Symbols and Inequality
Modern-day problems of gentrification and racial inequality play into a debate over what to do with streets and statues that honor the Civil War south.
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Robert Parry
America’s Worldwide Impunity
The mainstream U.S. media is treating the U.S.-led airstrike that killed scores of Syrian troops as an unfortunate boo-boo, ignoring that the U.S. and its allies have no legal right to operate in Syria at all
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
There’s No Debate
The candidates and the media have thoroughly corrupted the presidential debates. Our democracy deserves better. There's still time for a change.
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Don McCanne
The Public Option Is Back: Our Enthusiasm Should Be Tempered
Last week an intensive campaign was initiated in support of a “public option”—offering the choice of a public, nonprofit insurance plan which competes with private health plans. Our enthusiasm should...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Mosquito and the Politician
[A] vile insect that has risen up in contempt against the majesty of Heaven and earth. — Johnathan Edwards, The Justice of God . . . . (1734) It turns out it didn’t make all that much difference...
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Robert Naiman
Contesting the U.S.-Saudi Bromance With 1,000 Cuts
On September 8, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced a bipartisan resolution, SJ Res 39 , to disapprove the $1.15 billion arms deal with...
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Peter Van Buren
It’s Personal: Apologizing to My Daughter for the Last 15 Years of War
I recently sent my last kid off for her senior year of college. There are rituals to such moments, and because dad-confessions are not among them, I just carried boxes and kept quiet. But what I...
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Paul Buchheit
How to "Stop the Violence": March Up the Steps of the Traders Who Pay No Sales Tax
The rallies in Chicago and around the country evoke passion and sympathy from most of us, but just a shrug of the shoulders from those ultimately responsible for the carnage on our streets. These are...
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Norman Solomon
AFL-CIO to Planet Earth: Drop Dead
At a meeting with the deputy political director of the AFL-CIO during my campaign for Congress, she looked across her desk and told me that I could get major union support by coming out in favor of...
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Sunday, September 18, 2016
Barton Gellman
The House Intelligence Committee’s Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Snowden Report
Late on Thursday afternoon the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a three-page executive summary (four, if we count the splendid cover photo) of its two-year inquiry into...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Inmates Launch Series of Work Stoppages to Protest ‘Slave Labor’
Prisoners in dozens of correctional facilities around the nation launched a labor strike Sept. 9, a day that, appropriately, was the 45th anniversary of New York’s Attica prison rebellion . The U.S...
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Matt Taibbi
Stop Whining About 'False Balance'
Everyone wants to blame reporters for the rise of Donald Trump. How about the media consumer?
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Frida Berrigan
Movements Need Imagination, Which Is Why I’m Not Buying My Kids Any More Toys
“Mine!” “No. It’s mine!!” They keep this “conversation” going for a while before there is a screech and a wail. “Figure out a way to share it,” I call from the other room. “Madeline,” says four-year-...
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Winnie Byanyima
UN Refugees and Migrants Summit: All Talk, No Action
For now, these summits risk being but a half-hearted beginning to help those millions of people forced to flee.
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Adam Johnson
Sing in Unison, David Brooks Tells Black Athletes
David Brooks is a Very Concerned Man. The majority of his New York Times columns are him feigning agreement with the aims of the subject in question, but he just has Some Concerns he’d like to go...
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Kevin Gosztola
Human Element Makes Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Quite Captivating
Every whistleblower undergoes some kind of transformation that pushes them to the point where they make the pivotal decision to challenge power. Oliver Stone’s film about National Security Agency...
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Robert Reich
Trump’s Yuge Bamboozle
Donald Trump poses as a working-class populist, but about his new economic plan would be a gusher for the wealthy. And almost nothing will trickle down to anyone else. He’d knock down the top tax...
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Saturday, September 17, 2016
Ilze Peterson
Real Change in Democracy Comes Not in the Voting Booth But Activism at the Grass-Roots
Many years ago, the late Judy Guay, a low-income woman from Bangor, founded the Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods in order to advocate for the neediest in our state. I remember she...
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John Feffer
YOLO Economics: Growth on a Burning Planet
Fossil fuels provided a one-time-only quantum leap in growth. Coming up with a new economic model should be on everyone's bucket list.
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Jenni Monet
This Moment at Standing Rock Was Decades in the Making
North Dakota’s militarized response to activists opposing the Dakota Access pipeline—and the Standing Rock Sioux’s fierce resolve—reflect the area's particular racial divides.
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Alex Kotch
Tallying Up the Mounting Economic Toll of North Carolina's HB2
Since becoming law in late March, North Carolina's House Bill 2 has sparked national controversy and an ongoing boycott of the state over its discriminatory provisions. HB2 requires transgender...
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Emelyn Lybarger, Ben Price
Learning from the Standing Rock Sioux
Heartbreaking, inspiring, and galvanizing images and voices are coming from the Standing Rock Reservation. These are more than five minute clips on social media or a quick skim of an article on the...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Mosquito and the Politician
[A] vile insect that has risen up in contempt against the majesty of Heaven and earth. —Johnathan Edwards, The Justice of God . . . . (1734) It turns out it didn’t make all that much difference...
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Friday, September 16, 2016
Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) pictured sitting on the Senate committee that issued the CIA torture report. Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
US Media Ignores CIA Cover-up on Torture
A group of U.S. intelligence veterans chastises the mainstream U.S. media for virtually ignoring a British newspaper’s account of the gripping inside story on how the CIA tried to block the U.S. Senate’s torture investigation.
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Kathy Kiely
Guess Who’s Winning the Argument on Trade?
A top AFL-CIO economist tries not to say, "I told you so."
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Mike Rispoli
Drop the Charges Against Amy Goodman and Other Journalists Covering #NoDAPL
The images are shocking: security guards, armed with dogs and pepper spray, attacking peaceful Native Americans marching against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The footage from Democracy Now! is a...
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Brendan Fischer
Wisconsin Case Offers Rare Glimpse into Inner Workings of Our Broken Democracy
Leaked emails show how the Republican governor of Wisconsin flouted campaign finance law to court secret donors.
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John Nichols
 A Lesson for Trump From Scott Walker: If the Election Is Close, Cry Fraud
After a close Wisconsin election, conservative operatives made plans for “messaging ‘widespread reports of election fraud.’” Now Trump peddles a similar line.
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Jud Lounsbury
Deplorables—We’ve Been Here Before
Hillary Clinton has been the target of a lot of feigned outrage this week for stating the self-evident: Half of Trump's supporters are attracted to him because of his racism, sexism and many other "...
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Jim Naureckas
Colleagues Mostly Fail to Rally for Amy Goodman, Threatened With Jail for Journalism
When Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman ( 9/4/16 ) asked security guards at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction project why they were using pepper spray and dogs to attack Native American protesters...
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Chuck Collins
Explaining the Rise in Median Wages
New Census data show rising incomes and shrinking poverty, although it’s not quite time to bust out the champagne.
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Mary Bottari
Scott Walker and John Doe: How Corporate Checks Fueled Coordinated Campaign
Documents released by the Guardian indicate that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker may have solicited and received corporate checks for the 2011 Senate recall fight and his own 2012 recall election...
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Steve Benen
New Polls Serve as a Wake-Up Call: Trump Could Win Presidency
The blunt assumption has dominated much of the political world’s thinking for months: “There’s simply no way Americans will elect an unqualified, racist television personality to be president of the...
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President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron talk at the G8 Summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, June 17, 2013. Robert Parry
Getting Fooled on Iraq, Libya, Now Russia
After the British report exposing falsehoods to justify invading Iraq in 2003, a new U.K. inquiry found similar misconduct in the 2011 attack on Libya, but no lessons are learned for the West's new propaganda about Russia
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Hillary Clinton just before her collapse at the 9/11 memorial. Terrance Heath
What Clinton and Millions of Workers Have in Common: Going To Work Sick
Hillary Clinton was feeling a little woozy. On Sunday morning, after standing around for an hour and a half at the 9/11 memorial event at Ground Zero, possibly while wearing a bullet proof vest in 80...
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Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
To Endorse, Or Not To Endorse—That Is the (Wrong) Question
Public figures and political organizations are wringing their hands: Do we publicly throw our weight behind a fear-mongering demagogue or do we suck it up and endorse a “career politician” who can’t...
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Jake Johnson
Empire's Religion: Arundhati Roy Confronts the Tyranny of the Free Market
Perhaps the most revealing words on the topic of globalization in recent years came not from the pen of Thomas Piketty, nor were they written by Robert Reich or Joseph Stiglitz or Paul Krugman —...
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Michael T. Klare
Will Trumpism, Brexit, and Geopolitical Exceptionalism Sink the Planet?
The mounting threat to climate progress
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Jim Hightower
What Can You Possibly Buy for 47 Cents These Days?
Although most of us take it for granted, America's postal service is an amazing bargain. For only 47 cents, you can purchase A "Forever" postage stamp. Buy one 47-cent stamp, and postal workers will...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Future Cries Out: 'Water Is Life'
The dogs growl, the pepper spray bites, the bulldozers tear up the soil. “ Water is life !” they cry. “Water is life!” This isn’t Flint, Michigan, but I feel the presence of its suffering in this cry...
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