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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
ACLU sign Chase Strangio
With Three Tweets President Trump Cruelly Threatens Trans Service Members With Rank Discrimination
In a series of tweets this morning, President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced a cruel and dangerous reversal in policy on transgender individuals serving in the military. Claiming that "[o]ur...
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Richard Heinberg
Are We Doomed? Let’s Have a Talk.
My most recent essay, in which I discussed a highly publicized controversy over the efficacy of plans for a comprehensive transition to an all-renewable energy future, garnered some strong responses...
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Eight Lessons US Progressives Can Learn From the UK Labour Party
In March, progressive activists in the United Kingdom had reason to feel deeply discouraged. Nine months earlier, a majority had voted for Brexit, setting in motion plans to pull the U.K. out of the...
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Jerry Lembcke
Home-from-War War Stories: Myth, Media & the Ken Burns Vietnam Series
Stories of Vietnam veterans treated badly by war protesters proliferated in the years surrounding the Persian Gulf War of 1991. They were the inspiration for the "yellow ribbon campaign" intended to...
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Mike Brickner
Ohio Plans to Restart Executions with Drugs Known to Torture
After a three-and-a-half year moratorium, Ohio is poised to start executions again with the killing of Ronald Phillips by lethal injection on July 26. It will also mark the beginning of 27 planned...
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Kevin Gosztola
Democrats’ ‘Better Deal’ Platform Isn’t Anything Working People Haven’t Been Sold Already
Over the past eight months, the Democratic Party has floundered and sputtered around while trying to develop an agenda that can convince citizens they are a clear alternative to President Donald...
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Gwynne Dyer
Counting Sperm
“I tried counting mine once, but I went blind with exhaustion,” tweeted one reader of the BBC website after it reported that sperm counts were down by half in the past 40 years all over the developed...
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Ben Norton
How Media Spread CIA’s Sectarian, Anti-Iran ‘Mideast Cold War’ Narrative
A new Vox video ( 7/17/17 ) is the latest addition to a media onslaught that propagates numerous misleading talking points to demonize Iran—just as the US government, under Donald Trump’s vehemently...
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Felicia Kornbluh
Remembering 'The Americans with Disabilities Act' and the Movement that Generated It
Many Americans were surprised that some of the most militant responses to the proposed Republican health care plan came from disability activists – who staged a “die-in” outside the office of Senate...
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Chad Williams
100 Years Ago African-Americans Marched Down 5th Avenue to Declare That Black Lives Matter
The only sounds were those of muffled drums, the shuffling of feet and the gentle sobs of some of the estimated 20,000 onlookers. The women and children wore all white. The men dressed in black. On...
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Kate Aronoff
Your Personal Consumption Choices Can’t Save the Planet: We Have to Confront Capitalism
New York Magazine’s latest 7,000-word cover story about climate change freaked a lot of people out. Like the reality of climate change itself, the story is depressing. Author David Wallace-Wells—...
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Julie Chinitz
The GOP’s Trojan Horse on Health Care Repeal
On Tuesday, 50 Republican senators showed contempt for their constituents by voting to move forward on repealing our health care, with Vice President Mike Pence stepping in to break the tie. Nine GOP...
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