All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Thursday, October 4, 2018
I watched the news footage of Kennedy on the floor of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, bleeding to death. With his big victory in California, Kennedy would surely have sailed to the Democratic nomination and almost certainly defeated his Republican opponent. (Photo: Screenshot) John de Graaf
The Year That Changed Everything: A Personal Memory of 1968
No other year has left such vivid memories for me, though it may be that this year, 2018, will be even more decisive for the future of America
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Linguists and then archeologists of the 19th century used Taíno to group together the various Arawak-speaking peoples in the Greater Antilles. (Photo: Smithsonian Exhibits, 2017) Bill Bigelow
Whose History Matters? Students Can Name Columbus, But Most Have Never Heard of the Taíno People
Columbus’s treatment of the Taíno people meets the UN definition of genocide. But there has also been a curricular genocide — erasing the memory of the Taíno from our nation’s classrooms
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Trump is really no different than hundreds of other billionaires and centi-millionaires around the world that use aggressive techniques to hide money, reclassify and reappraise assets, and dodge and evade taxes. Chuck Collins
Trump and the Wealth Dynasty Defense Industry
These professional enablers of inequality are part of national and global associations
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His self-serving, evasive, and often demonstrably untruthful testimony at the hearing only reinforced those concerns. (Photo: CSPAN) Susan N. Herman
Why the ACLU Opposes Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination to the Supreme Court
This decision was based on unique circumstances presented by credible allegations of sexual assault and a display of partisan rancor, leading us to doubt Judge Kavanaugh’s fitness to serve on the Supreme Court, a job that demands the highest integrity because of the finality of the court’s rulings...
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For straight men who emphasize the performance of sexual prowess, sex with women is necessary to achieving masculinity — and women saying no puts a roadblock in their path to being a man. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
We Need to Talk About Masculinity
If we taught men better ways of "being a man," we wouldn't have to teach women to cover their drinks
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DxE claimed the farm’s practices are a result of the Trump Administration’s decision to rollback a rule proposed under Obama in 2016 to create a minimum standard of animal welfare for organic farms. (Photo: Screenshot) Michael Sainato, Chelsea Skojec
Police Arrest 58 Activists After Factory Conditions Exposed at 'Free Range' Perdue Supplier
The animals rights organization, Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) provided exclusive undercover footage of visibly sick and starving birds at a Petaluma, California based Lakeville Growers’ Petaluma Poultry Farm, dispelling the company’s claims of raising organic and free range chickens
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 Brett Kavanaugh being sworn before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. ( Gowri Ramachandran, James Sample
Brett Kavanaugh Lied Brazenly and Repeatedly Under Oath. Any Law Student Knows He Cannot Sit on the Supreme Court
It feels self-evident, but a judge who cannot obey the law cannot be expected to apply it.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018
But theatrics aside, what we know now that we didn’t before Kavanaugh’s meltdown is this: At the very least — he’s temperamentally unsuited for the nation’s highest court. (Photo: Shutterstock) Martha Burk
The Mean Drunk and the Mendacity
I fear the Senate will conclude that boys will be boys — and sometimes sexual predators — but they can still grow up to be Supreme Court justices
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Only 4 percent of American workers have gotten any kind of payout related to the corporate tax cuts, and most of those have been one-time bonuses, not permanent raises. (Photo: Shutterstock) Frank Clemente
Under Cover of Kavanaugh, Republicans Passed Huge Tax Cuts for the Wealthy
While Americans watched the Senate, House Republicans passed an extra $3 trillion tax cut for rich people and corporations
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This attack reached a second milestone on 1 September 2018, when former President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, a favourite in Brazilian presidential election polling for the elections on 7 and 28 October, was disqualified from running for office. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images) Noam Chomsky, Celso Amorim, et al.
A Warning Regarding the Blow to Brazilian Democracy and Its Global Consequences
We are profoundly concerned about the consequences of illegitimately facilitating the Brazilian presidential victory of a fascist candidate
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Donald Trump, June 1995 (AP/Kathy Willens) Heather Digby Parton
Daddy’s Boy: New York Times Investigation Exposes the Breadth of Trump’s Lies and Corruption
Donald Trump’s image as a self-made billionaire was always a lie. New Times exposé makes clear it was a whopper
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There is a single factor that overrides the environmental, economic, and cultural crisis of rural America - overproduction. (Photo: Richard Hurd) Anthony Pahnke, Jim Goodman
Bad Farm Policy Contributes to Natural Disasters
Unfortunately, the Washington power structure cares little for the environment or working families
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In many ways, the 2018 midterm elections will be a referendum on this entire approach—with a rising tide of progressive candidates who stand to make substantial gains in Congress and state legislatures.(Photo: Heath Hinegardner) Michael Sainato
A Progressive Tide
The centrist strategy of trying to win over moderate Republicans backfired miserably for Democrats. A blue wave is now pulling the party to the left
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Workers rally in Chicago on September 27 outside a conference of railroad industry executives. (Photo: Ike Gittlen/flickr)  Jeff Schuhrke
Today Amazon, Tomorrow the Railroad Industry: The Fight for $15 Rolls On
“I join your voices in saying to these railroad companies that they should adopt responsible contractor policies to ensure that the prosperity that they are experiencing is shared with all of the workers in the industry.”
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The unhappy coincidence of morally outrageous politics and character found in Judge Kavanaugh is just that—a coincidence, if not a wholly improbable one. (Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty) T.S. Mendola
Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Bad Character Has Nothing to Do With His Bad Politics
The same argument that connects the accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh to his record implicitly admits the converse: that good politics are a sign of good character
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Jim Hightower
Poverty Is Over! So Why Are Republicans So Quiet About Their Chief Economic Accomplishment?
They told us they did it not for the rich, but to help middle-class and poor families. But here we are in the thick of the 2018 congressional elections, and — shhhhh — silence. Not a single lawmaker who voted for this grand ideological promise is mentioning it, much less running ads touting their...
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018
When matters come before the Court involving political parties and ideology, it is hard to imagine anyone perceiving Kavanaugh as other than he described himself: a conservative Republican who overcame Democratic opposition.(Photo: Michael Reynolds/Pool Image via AP) Erwin Chemerinsky
A Very Tarnished Court
Kavanaugh, or his replacement, will be the fifth Republican justice sitting illegitimately
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Mitchell’s memo also fails to address a central question that any reasonable prosecutor would examine: motive. (Photo: Getty) Daniel S. Goldman, Mimi Rocah
Kavanaugh Hearing Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell’s Critique of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Is Incomplete and Deeply Flawed
It’s one thing to misleadingly frame Dr. Ford’s allegations as a case of “he said, she said.” It’s something else to ignore what “he” actually said
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“There’s no such thing as a low-yield nuclear war.” (Photo: Shutterstock) Olivia Alperstein
Don’t Arm This President With These Nukes
As President Trump gave a belligerent address at the UN, lawmakers rolled out legislation to ban “low-yield” nukes that raise the risk of conflict
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These corporate giants create grand fortunes for those who run them. And those who run them create chronic economic insecurity for those they employ and the communities where they live. (Photo: a.mina/flickr/cc) Sam Pizzigati
Share the Wealth? We Can Start Now – Here’s How
Foremost among the forces: the large corporations that dominate our global economy
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Indeed, climate change has long been on the military’s radar. (Photo: Sgt. Jerry Rushing / U.S. Department of Defense) Daniel Ross
The U.S. Defense Department Is Losing the Battle Against Climate Change
Underfunding, lack of strategic planning and denialism are hindering the DoD’s climate response
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Imagine you’re a privileged white male who’s learned, implicitly, and accepted, explicitly, that white male culture will protect you, no matter what, if you stick to the script. If you can’t imagine that, recall Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham, and Brett Kavanaugh during the hearing. (Tom Williams/Pool/CQ Roll Call/Abaca Press/TNS) Susan Galleymore
How Dare She Unsettle Us?
As Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham, Brett Kavanaugh et al, undermine women’s latest efflorescence toward equality, Dr Ford highlighted essential elements of ubiquitous toxic patriarchy. And she did so from the epicenter that dispenses male power
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There are only seven or eight thousand cheetahs left on Earth. Once upon a time (and not so long ago) there must have been 100,000. (Photo: Jon Newman/flickr) Frida Berrigan
The Cheetah in Us All
A mother thinks about the inheritance of children
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Monday, October 1, 2018
Being considered a person who should be believed – is foundational to one’s standing as a member of a family, of a university, of a workplace, of a society. (Photo:  Win McNamee/Getty Images) Rebecca Solnit
Dear Christine Blasey Ford: You Are a Welcome Earthquake
It was made at great personal cost, but your brave testimony has had incalculable benefits for the country at large
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Hagen and Corleone, or Kavanaugh and McGahn? (Photo: The Godfather Wiki) Miles Mogulescu
Will the FBI’s Kavanaugh Probe Be a White House Coverup?
If the FBI investigation is controlled by McGahn and limited to 4 or 5 witnesses, it is a cover-up and a sham
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Throughout the day, Kavanaugh came across as defensive, entitled, angry, and evasive.  The fact that he refused to embrace an investigation that might clear him was particularly damning. (Photo: ANDREW HARNIK/Getty Images)  John Atcheson
Why Kavanaugh Shouldn't Be Confirmed
Regardless of what the FBI finds, he’s shown himself to be unfit
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It is no surprise that “climate change” is not mentioned within President Trump’s new agreement. (Photo: Coucil of Canadians) Sujata Dey
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on NAFTA 2.0
I am still searching for any reference to Indigenous consent in the agreement
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Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC on September 27, 2018 [Reuters/Win McNamee] Sheetal Dhir
It's Time to Speak About the Economic Cost of Sexual Assault
The Kavanaugh scandal is an opportunity to finally talk about the economic toll sexual assault takes on our society
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Chad Ludington
'Brett Has Not Told the Truth': What a Yale Classmate Says About Kavanaugh's Heavy College Drinking
"I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking, and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth."
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Ayanna Pressley secured her upset victory with a 59-41 landslide. She was one of dozens of insurgents who prevailed in Democratic primaries during the course of the first nine months of 2018. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) John Nichols
Evolution or Death
The midterms are a battle for the soul of both parties
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 Is anything the U.S. doing, anyone it is empowering or arming, likely to make the Middle East or America any safer? If not, wouldn’t a different, less interventionist approach be the essence of sober strategy?(Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) Danny Sjursen
Backfires and More Blowback: A Generation of American Folly
U.S. Policy in the Greater Middle East
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Brian Fallon, Christopher Kang
Why the FBI Should Investigate 'Boofing'
Small lies matter — especially when you're asking to be on the Supreme Court.
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As in the cases of most lynching victims, the crime Thompson committed was the crime of freedom. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
Lynching the Past
It is only by confronting the past that we can end the perpetuation of these crimes in other forms
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Will it be enough, though? (Photo: CNN) Will Bunch
Maria Gallagher, Ana Maria Archila and the Amazing Power of Everyday People Raising Their Voice
The elevator pitch that altered the trajectory of American history
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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Linda McQuaig
Reactions to Anti-Muslim Video Highlight Political Double Standard
The episode highlights the extent to which debate over Palestinian rights has been all but shut down by our political leaders
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Eric Margolis
Amerika Uber Alles
Patriotism is poison. Dictators, despots, lunatics—and too many democratic politicians—use it to inflame popular passions to enhance their power.
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Camillo Mac Bica
Reclaiming Armistice Day: A Day to Perpetuate Peace
As a veteran, I will not be misled and victimized once more by the militarists and war profiteers.
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Juan Cole
55% of GOP Say Sexual Assault Not Disqualifying for SCOTUS; What Is *Wrong* With Them?
It seems to me that social psychologists ought to look into what is wrong with self-described Republican voters that they take such completely amoral stances
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"Whatever happens on the Court, in the rough times ahead, let’s do what Ana Maria did. Let’s let no one stand alone," Flanders writes. Laura Flanders
It's Time to Call #TimesUp on Standing Alone
It's time to call #TimesUp on anyone standing solo against power.
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Alison Rose Levy
Believing in Activism Is How We Win
Enlisting more people to step up to participate and support activism—even at long odds—is the only way to win.
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David Krieger
Nuclear Abolition: The Road from Armageddon to Transformation
The nuclear abolition movement must link up with the many other social forces fighting for a better world.
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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Tim Berners-Lee
One Small Step for the Web…
People want to have a web they can trust. People want apps that help them do what they want and need to do — without spying on them.
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Friday, September 28, 2018
"Perhaps what with being a senator and lawmaker and elite and all, Sen. Graham could do something about the high rates of violence against women in his state," Cole writes. Juan Cole
Lindsey Graham Disregards Violence Toward Women, and His State Is a Women's Murder Capital
Graham’s tone deafness to rape victims is nothing new. He has consistently voted against the Violence Against Women Act.
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Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Mitchell Zimmerman
I'm a Lawyer. I've Been to Trial. And I Believe Christine Blasey Ford.
When you look at the surrounding circumstances, it's clear: Brett Kavanaugh has everything to gain by lying. Christine Blasey Ford has nothing.
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Khury Petersen-Smith
The US Isn't Just Backing the Yemen War—It's Helping Trap Those Forced to Flee
The United States is helping Oman militarize its border with Yemen, trapping refugees from the U.S.-backed bombing of the country
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Christopher Brauchli
Yearning to Be Free
Who'd have thought this country would ever descend to such a low level. It has, and it is still falling.
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Peter Dreier
Unhinged? Unlikely
Trump is a pathological liar and we now know that Kavanaugh has lied his way through his confirmation hearings for his federal judgeship and now for the Supreme Court
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Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. (Saul Loeb/AP) Shamus Khan
Kavanaugh Is Lying. His Upbringing Explains Why.
The elite learn early that they’re special — and that they won’t face consequences
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Anita Zeidler was the brilliant, hard-driven daughter of Milwaukee’s beloved (and controversial) Mayor Frank Zeidler – the last of the three socialist mayors who put our city on the map. (Photo: Milwaukeeindependent) Debbie Metke
Balancing Ourselves in the Activist Fight
The amount of work can seem endless, but we need to pace and yes, enjoy ourselves for the long haul
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“LOOK AT HOW LOUD I CAN PERJURE MYSELF.” (Photo: Michael Reynolds/Pool/AP) Kyle Whipple
Brett Kavanaugh Really, Really Likes to Perjure
I believe these women, because they don’t have a well-documented and extensive history of perjury dating back to 2004
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Women gather on Capitol Hill on Sept. 4 to protest Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. (YouTube screen shot) Sonali Kolhatkar
Women Roar in the Face of Men Like Trump, Kavanaugh, Cosby
With masses of women on the outside backing bold and powerful women on the inside refusing to be silenced and diminished, there can be no going back
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. (Photo: ANDREW HARNIK/Getty Images)  Claire Fallon
Brett Kavanaugh’s Testimony Was A Spectacle Of Angry Male Bonding
Anger, like laughter, really can bring men together at women’s expense
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When challenged, Kavanaugh denies. When accused, he sounds like a bully. (Photo: Screenshot) Josie Mooney
Kavanaugh Is A Liar: His Words Don’t ‘Ring True’
You have no place on the Supreme Court. And we will stay in the streets until you also understand this to be true
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High school pictures of both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. Michael Winship
Brett Kavanaugh, the All-American Privileged Boy
His was not a judicial temperament. It was the unhinged ranting of a right-wing ideologue who should not be allowed to serve as an associate justice of SCOTUS.
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Brett Kavanaugh (left) and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (right). ( Kristine Mattis
What Brett Doesn't Know: Ten Lesson From the Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings
It's fairly obvious that Kavanaugh cannot be trusted, but there's more to it than that
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Protestors rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh as they march on Capitol Hill, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Talia Lavin
Men Are Afraid of Women Now? Good.
In the president’s words, the women coming forward are part of "a con game." But it has begun to feel as if the real con game is the broad expectation that women will go along peaceably.
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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Judge Kavanaugh’s alleged acts of sexual misconduct and the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Republican members’ refusal to subject his categorial denials to the test of empirical investigation share something fundamental in common. (Photo: Lorie Shaull/Flickr/cc) Peter Dimock
The Symmetry of the Torture and Sexual Misconduct Testimony of Brett Kavanaugh
What we do know suggests the likelihood that Kavanaugh, both as Associate White House Counsel under George Bush from 2001 to 2003 and then as his White House Staff Secretary from 2003 to 2006, had significant involvement in the Bush Administration’s torture policies
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"Folks, it’s going to be anything but pretty. Welcome to that most unpredictable and dangerous of entities, a dying empire." (Photo: Mr. Fish) Tom Engelhardt
In the Heart of a Dying Empire
The adolts in the room (and no, that is not a typo!)
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Volunteers delivering more than 85,000 signatures on a 2015 ballot initiative to strengthen Clean Elections in Maine. State House, Augusta ME. Frances Moore Lappé
Hope’s 3 Essentials, and All Are Present
Grounds are forming for each of the three realizations most humans need for eyes-wide-open hope triggering heroic action
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What their policies show is a deep disregard for women over several years. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) César Chelala
Why Do Republicans Hate Women?
Republican legislators have repeatedly denied that there is a war on women, and insist that this is a gimmick to influence women voters
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What, exactly, is he saying happened? It's almost impossible to decipher. (Photo: Getty) Jack Holmes
It's Difficult to Overstate How Unhinged, and Legitimately Scary, That Trump Presser Was
His sentences were scattered, fragmented, and hard to understand—including when he was smearing his accusers
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Laughter should have followed the rest of his speech, but it did not. Many of the delegates found it a dangerous speech, a belligerent speech with U.S. guns focused on Iran and Venezuela. (Photo: Screenshot) Vijay Prashad
The World Laughed at Donald Trump
But the rest of his speech is a serious threat to world order and peace
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But beyond the guilt or innocence of the nominee, America’s culture of shame is being torn to shreds as women like Jeanne Woods simply come forward with their stories. (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/@aletweetsnews/Twitter) Robert C. Koehler
The Curse of Eve
This is so much bigger than Brett Kavanaugh, or the outcome of his nomination
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He’s got the purse strings of the Federalist Society and a litany of powerful men poised to enable him to evade consequences.(Photo edited by Slate/Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Tara DeZao
Brett Kavanaugh Sounds Familiar: I Went to High School With Boys Just Like Him
The religious right is trying to permanently legislate into American culture with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh: women are merely sexual objects who cannot be trusted to make decisions about their own bodies
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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in by committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to testify during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. Thomas Neuburger
The Kavanaugh Confirmation Endgame
Republicans now have two choices. They can withdraw the nomination or brute-force it through the Senate anyway.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
President Trump coyly allows he’s open to keeping Rosenstein, maybe until after the midterms. Don’t believe him? Tune in to find out. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Jefferson Morley
How Trump Hijacked the Government’s Transparency Process in an Attempt to Trap Rod Rosenstein
Donald Trump took a popular liberal idea and use it to attack the rule of law
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Policymakers must also embrace fiscal initiatives that reorient policy away from demand-side trickle-down measures and toward a bottom-up approach that is based on employment and reducing inequality. (Photo: NoHoDamon/Flickr/cc) Marshall Auerback
One of Global Finance's Biggest Doctors Warns: The World Economy Is About to Get Very Sick
Unless banks and governments switch gears from tax cuts to addressing inequality, we may be in for a lengthy economic downturn soon
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On TV, politicians say that it’s unreasonable to hold a man accountable for an assault he committed decades ago. Why on earth not? His victim is almost certainly still suffering from it. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
The Unbelievable Cruelty of the GOP’s Kavanaugh Charade
When I hear people shouting on TV that an assault in one's teens doesn't matter, it feels like they're shouting at me, too.
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Ford has had to leave her home after death threats were leveled at her family. (Photo: Shutterstock) Aniqa Raihan
The Strength of Kavanaugh’s Accusers Is Truly Amazing
I know what it’s like to seek justice against all odds. The fact that women keep doing it speaks volumes.
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Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Colo., center, leads a delegation of congresswomen from the House to the Senate on Capitol Hill to voice their concerns on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court in Washington D.C., Oct. 8, 1991. Accompanying Schroeder, from left, are, Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Eleanor Holmes-Norton, D-D.C., Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., Patsey Mink, D-Hi., and Jolene Unsoeld, D-Wash. (Photo: Marcy Nighswander / AP file) Nita Lowey
Brett Kavanaugh's Accusers Are Being Treated Just Like Anita Hill Was. The Senate Has Learned Nothing.
It seems increasingly likely that the Senate Judiciary Committee will repeat its catastrophic failures from the Clarence Thomas hearings
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Trump used the UNGA platform yesterday for bluster and the needless ratcheting up of tensions. (Photo: Screenshot) Mitchell Plitnick
Beating War Drums at the UN
Trump’s use of the UNGA platform to build the case for aggression against Iran, and even to add more obstacles to a peaceful resolution of tensions between the United States and the Islamic Republic, was particularly offensive
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No War Demonstration in GermanyAktion gegen Irak-Krieg in Berlin (Photo: © Paul Langrock / Greenpeace) Jen Maman
Five Reasons to Support a Total Ban of Nuclear Weapons Today
September 26th is the United Nations’ International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
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People don’t fully understand the true nature of the threat that climate change poses, and the press – when they bother to cover it – understates it. (Photo: CIRA/RAAMB) John Atcheson
Harbingers: Florence, Forest Fires, and the Future
If past is prologue, the media will soon move on, leaving the greatest threat humanity has ever faced virtually uncovered
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Companies that are profiting from the sick and twisted game of incarcerating children. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Valerie Vande Panne
Outraged by ICE's Treatment of Children? How to Close Your Wallet to the Companies That Profit From It
You can do something about it
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If we do not heal these wounds, if we do not restore the social bonds shattered by predatory corporate capitalism, when the next financial crisis arrives—and it will arrive—this collective anomie will explode.(Photo: Mr.Fish) Chris Hedges
American Anomie
The reconfiguring of American society into an oligarchy and the collapse of our democratic institutions have left most of the population disempowered
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Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli forces as a man waves the national flag during a demonstration in Gaza on 24 August 2018 (AFP) Marcelo Svirsky
The Two-State Delusion
It's time to admit that only a change in power dynamics will bring about a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict
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There is similar mistrust of Facebook, with only 20 percent of Americans agreeing social media sites do a good job separating fact from fiction. (Photo: FAIR) Alan MacLeod
Facebook’s New Propaganda Partners
That a single corporation has such a monopoly over the flow of worldwide news is already problematic, but the increasing meshing of corporate and US government control over the means of communication is particularly worrying
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Photo: A woman takes her children to shelter as an army member tries to help them, during a shooting at a military parade in Ahvaz marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran (AP). Trita Parsi
The Ahvaz Terror Attack in Iran May Drag the US Into a Larger War
If the Ahvaz Attack has Saudi and UAE fingerprints, then their goal is likely for Iran to respond aggressively, which may force the US to act militarily
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Day before Hurricane Maria. Taken in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. ( Photo: Amira Odeh) Amira Odeh
Puerto Rico One Year Later: We’re Fighting for Justice and Prosperity
It has been a year since the impact of Maria. Here in Puerto Rico, there are still families living in the dark, homes without a roof, people who haven’t been able to find a new job after their businesses were destroyed, and people mourning their lost loved ones. This is climate injustice in action.
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The president is now urging Congress and the military to embark on a project that could cost countless hundreds of billions of dollars and, in return, make America—and the world—less safe. (Photo: Trump Make America Great Again Committee) William Hartung
Trump's Space Force: To Boldly Go... Nowhere!
Smoke and mirrors or a step towards war in space?
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A protest Monday outside the Supreme Court against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press) Michelle Goldberg
Pigs All the Way Down
Kavanaugh and our rotten ruling class
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 Let's be as crystal clear to all of our sons as my husband and I are to our 16-year-old boy: If you sexually assault a woman, you are committing a crime, and it will affect the rest of your life. (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr) Patti Solis Doyle
Burn Down the 'Boys Will Be Boys' Club
Women across America will be watching on Thursday, and, in just a few weeks, they'll be voting
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We've seen enough disasters due to bombs, nuclear weapons and nuclear power to know that we cannot afford any more. (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons) Olivia Alperstein
It’s Time to Ban Nukes for Good
“Use of any nuclear weapon, regardless of its killing power, could be catastrophically destabilizing."
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Monday, September 24, 2018
We can plainly see Trump’s hostility towards the international community. (Photo: White House/Flickr) Maya Finoh
Five Ways the Trump Administration Has Attacked the U.N. and International Human Rights Bodies
By pushing xenophobic policies that defy international law, the Trump administration is pitting the United States against the very system of multilateralism that our country worked so hard to create in the years after World War II
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The report is being prepared by experts from a diverse array of countries and institutions, including from the United States. (Photo: IISD) Rachel Licker
Understanding 1.5°C: The IPCC’s Forthcoming Special Report
The latest scientific literature has only underscored the urgent need for action to limit the heat-trapping emissions that are fueling climate change
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Those guardrails of democracy were faulty long before Trump came along and some of the adults in the room are scarier than the squalling infant.(Photo: Common Dreams) John Feffer
Trump’s New Normal: Say Goodbye to the Guardrails of Governance
What happens when the adults in the room are as scary as the crying baby?
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Amy Chua (Right) — though she is supposedly a liberal Democrat — initially served as a glowing character witness for Kavanaugh as part of the conservative propaganda rollout. (Photo: Screenshot) Ryan Cooper
Brett Kavanaugh and the Corruption of the American Aristocracy
Aristocracy means corruption, deception, and moral rot. It is nowhere worse than in America's most elite universities
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The issues up for grabs aren’t ideological abstractions for them. They’re causes in which Millennials have direct personal stakes.(Photo: Light Brigading/flickr/cc) Robert Reich
Why I’m Betting on Millennials, This November 6th
In my thirty-five years of teaching college students, I’ve not encountered a generation as dedicated to making the nation better as this one
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Sociologist Devah Pager shows that having a criminal record while job hunting is particularly damaging to people of color. (Photo: NBC News/YouTube) Eileen M. Ahlin
Memo to Kavanaugh’s Defenders: Passage of Time Doesn’t Erase Youthful Mistakes in the Criminal Justice System, Especially for People of Color
Juvenile crimes can haunt people for the rest of their lives
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Bill C. Davis
On Catholic Boys, Kavanaugh, Women, and Belief
It seems to me now, the way men perceive women is how they perceive life itself.
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Sunday, September 23, 2018
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Steven Greenhouse
SeaWorld and Kavanaugh’s Missing Empathy Gene
The Supreme Court nominee showed more concern for overregulation than worker safety in a U.S Court of Appeals case involving the death of a whale trainer.
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At least 29 people, including numerous civilians, were killed in a terrorist attack at a parade on Saturday in Ahvaz, Iran. Trita Parsi
The Ahvaz Terror Attack in Iran May Drag the US Into a Larger War
If the Ahvaz attack has Saudi and UAE fingerprints, then their goal is likely for Iran to respond aggressively, which may force the US to act militarily
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Laura Carlsen
Central American Women Are Fighting Extractive Industries on their Land—and Winning
The battle to stop the spread of extractive industries pits indigenous and peasant communities against powerful business interests, backed up by politicians who encourage the foreign investments that convert millennial ways of life into cash—for them
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Former Chicago police commander Jon Burge died on September 19. He was responsible for systematic torture. (Photo: People's Law Office in Chicago) Kevin Gosztola
Death Of Jon Burge: Commander Set Standard For Police Terror In Chicago
What happened with Burge is a microcosm of how society and government can allow authorities to torture their own citizens, especially if thuggish elements can convince officials the ends justify the means
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Debbie Weingarten
Arizona Had A Plan To Make the Wealthy Pay For Education. The Supreme Court Shut It Down.
"The Arizona Supreme Court decision is not just a blow to the thousands of supporters who spent months protesting, organizing, and petitioning. It is a rejection of a literal phenomenon."
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Juan Cole
How Rosenstein’s Firing Could Lead to Trumpian Martial Law and Blood in the Streets
Trump has wanted to fire Rosenstein for some time, and the Times report could well push the volatile hotelier over the edge
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Marshall Auerback
Does the U.S. Have the Ingredients to Win a Trade War?
In winning the trade battle with China, Trump may lose the war against inflation.
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Sami Awad, Michael Beer
Gaza As the Palestinian State Is Not an Acceptable Two-State Solution
"On the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, Israel is implementing an unjust 'two-state' solution by making Gaza the Palestinian rump state on 1.76 percent of historical Palestine. Israel is moving toward permanent annexation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem."
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Steven Rosenfeld
America's Political Pollsters Could Be Missing the X Factor in the 2018 Elections—'Hidden Voters'
Pollsters like to look for reliable voters, but that overlook this year's key blocs of new and infrequent voters.
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Glenn Greenwald
Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9" Aims Not at Trump But at Those Who Created the Conditions That Led to His Rise
Trump himself is a secondary figure in Moore's film, which is far more focused on the far more relevant and interesting questions of what—and, critically, who—created the climate in which someone like Trump could occupy the Oval Office.
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