All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Jack Goldsmith
Quick Notes on the Rosenstein Revelations
The Times story is "another piece of evidence—on top of large-scale senior-level insubordination, the anonymous Times op-ed writer, and many episodes in Woodward’s new book—that senior Trump officials are significantly disenchanted with the president’s basic competence and have undertaken very...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Pot Addresses the Kettle
As President Donald Trump mulls sanctions for China over its treatment of ethnic Uighurs, more than 13,000 young immigrants are in U.S. government custody
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Friday, September 21, 2018
The old attitude was nicely summed up by Kavanaugh himself, in a video Elizabeth Warren made public, where he joked that “What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep. (Photo: The Progressive) Ruth Conniff
Kavanaugh Accusations Test a ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ Culture
Power, privilege, white male prerogative—that’s the backdrop of the Kavanaugh hearings
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Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley doing his damnedest to make any hearing confrontation between Kavanaugh and his accuser—if it happens—as limited and belittling to her as possible.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Michael Winship
The Grumpy Old Men of the Senate: Time for This Movie to Fade to Black
Senate Republicans are in the clutches of misogyny, money and male pattern blindness
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With this week’s summit between Kim and the brilliant peace-seeking South Korean President Moon Jae-in, it’s clear the peace train continues to roll on the Korean Peninsula. (Photo: Reuters) Kevin Martin
For This Year’s International Day of Peace, Korea Takes the Lead
This rare, historic outbreak of peace should be celebrated and supported by all the peoples of the world, including and especially Americans and our government
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Isaiah J. Poole
Why We Have To Break Up Amazon
A European Union inquiry into Amazon’s business practices raises the same questions we should be asking in the United States about Amazon’s size and power
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 If anyone should be interrogated about wasted money, it is centrist Medicare skeptics and their tut-tutting media enablers. (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
The $11 Trillion Question Chris Cillizza Can't Answer
The key thing to remember is that Americans already pay enough in taxes to fund a decent Medicare-for-all system — we just have a colossal amount of wasteful spending
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As critics warned could happen, President Trump quickly lifted many of the late-Obama-era limits while ramping up the government’s use of lethal drones abroad and reportedly putting the CIA back in the drone business.(Photo: Think Defense/Flickr) Brett Max Kaufman
Trump Is Unshackling America's Drones Thanks to Obama's Weakness
CIA’s operation of drones to hunt and kill terrorism suspects — a campaign that has killed thousands of people, including hundreds of children, in places like Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia — remains an official secret
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Ed, you’re not helping. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Margaret Hartmann
Kavanaugh Backer Presents Bonkers Theory: Christine Ford Was Assaulted by Judge’s Doppelgänger
All Whelan did was vividly illustrate why Republicans are wrong to reject Ford’s call for an FBI investigation prior to her testimony
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Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, following a July speech by Pence at a Washington, D.C., conference on religious freedom. The Trump administration has drawn criticism for refugee and migration policies that have sharply reduced America's intake of people fleeing persecution over their beliefs. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
Trump Is Strangling the U.S. Refugee Program to Death
Because national security is not an issue, according to the government’s own internal review, the only other reason to suppress the number of refugees being resettled in the U.S.—and to do so disproportionately against Muslim refugees—is to pander to the racist elements of Trump’s political base...
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If anything, Congress should raise capital gains taxes, not lower them.(Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Another Tax Scam for the Rich
It’s another big handout to the wealthy, another huge increase in the federal deficit, and it’s illegal
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Miles Mogulescu
Stop the "Kavanaugh Coup" By Any Means Necessary
His confirmation would complete the slow-moving coup by Republicans that began under the Reagan administration and culminates with the Trump administration’s effort to tilt American law towards pro-corporate, oligarchic dominance
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Jim Naureckas
Climate Change Made Florence a Monster—But Media Failed to Tell That Story
News outlets continue to fail their audiences on this crucial issue
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Thursday, September 20, 2018
Nowadays, the cost of being caught lying seems less obvious. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Arnold R. Isaacs
Learning the Power of Lies: Facts vs. Falsehoods in the Age of Trump
In this war on truth, Trump has several important allies
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Based on my experience, the FBI should be asked to conduct a supplemental investigation into the allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford. (Photo: Screenshot) Mike Zubrensky
Judicial Nominee Background Investigations — Fact vs. Fiction
We’re clarifying the FBI background process and addressing the misinformation being spread by Judge Kavanaugh’s defenders
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Puerto Rico did not receive the same federal support that US states do, meaning that as the economy worsened, its government had to foot the bill for a large share of social programs.(Photo: ep_jhu/Flickr/cc) Lara Merling
Puerto Rico’s Colonial Legacy and Its Continuing Economic Troubles
Given that the people of Puerto Rico have no democratic representation or say in this process, it is not surprising that their colonial rulers are ignoring their needs
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Lisa Gilbert
Deregulation of Wall Street Is Plain and Simple Corruption
Tens year after the financial crash, and in the two years since Trump took power, here's how Wall Street banks cashed in on their political spending and lobbying efforts
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Lorraine Chow
3.4 Million Chickens, 5,500 Hogs Killed in Florence's Flooding
"This was an unprecedented storm with flooding expected to exceed that from any other storms in recent memory." And millions of animals have already paid the price.
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Blood-stained backpacks at the site of a Saudi airstrike that killed fifty-one people, including forty children, Saada, Yemen, August 10, 2018. (Photo: AP Photo/ Kareem al-Mrrany) Mark Weisbrot
How Congress Can End the War in Yemen
“The missiles that kill us, American-made. The planes that kill us, American-made. The tanks, Abrams, American-made. You are saying to me, where is America? America is the whole thing.”
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President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has denied an accusation of sexual assault. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Rex Huppke
If Kavanaugh's Accuser Is Lying, Why Is She the One Asking For a Thorough Investigation?
Why on Earth would a judge—a person who has devoted his life to the practice of law—not want a thorough investigation at least as badly as his accuser?
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Hamilton started out by suggesting that as long as we continued to have regular elections, the oligarchs wouldn’t be able to gain a toehold in government. (Photo: Peoples World/flickr/cc) Thom Hartmann
Alexander Hamilton Was Preoccupied with the Threat That a Presidency Like Trump’s Posed for America
This isn’t the first time our democracy has faced the founder’s nightmare—but it is the most dangerous
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Reasonable people need to connect the dots and demand accountability, such as truly open discussion and evidentiary hearings regarding Duke’s 15-year plan.(Photo: Duke Energy in North Carolina/Waterkeeper Alliance) Jim Warren
Duke Energy Leaders Carry Blame for Hurricane Florence Devastation
Making climate change controversial, thus stifling media attention, was a greedy corporate strategy that has threatened literally all life on Earth
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We respect your sincerity, Ma’am, but please get out of our way. We can’t let unreliable lady memories complicate matters. We’re pushing a serious political agenda here. (Photo: Getty) Robert C. Koehler
The Accusation That Wouldn't Go Away
A culture of sexual abuse and male domination has always been the American norm, creating conditions in which a female would know that she has one sensible option: Keep the incident to herself or risk further humiliation
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center have challenged voter suppression laws in court. And, on occasion, they’ve won. The ACLU got voter-ID overturned in Pennsylvania, for example. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Leo Gerard
Plutocrats Are Planning a Stealth Coup
How will American democracy resist their twisted goal of one-dollar, one-vote plutocracy?
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Already, GOP senators are aligning themselves with Kavanaugh and attempting to undermine Ford’s credibility. (Photo: Drew Angerer/ Getty Images) Meagan Hatcher-Mays
Kavanaugh Doesn’t Need Any Special Treatment—but Christine Blasey Ford Needs Our Support
Already, GOP senators are aligning themselves with Kavanaugh and attempting to undermine Christine Blasey Ford's credibility
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While Americans attended memorial services, the EPA announced plans to roll back regulations on methane — a powerful greenhouse gas that damages the world’s climate and threatens human health.(Photo: Shutterstock) Olivia Alperstein
Future Generations Will Mourn What the EPA Did on 9/11
The White House wants to clear the way for frackers to release more methane, which poisons communities and torches the climate
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 "I know someone who reported a rape to the police and had a traumatic experience of testifying in court and getting cross-examined by her rapist’s lawyer in front of her rapist. And then the rapist was found innocent. I don’t want that to happen to me." (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Assault
Delays should never be used to discredit accusers like Christine Blasey Ford
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The second reason for Trump’s tariff war on China is that it serves a useful political purpose for Trump/GOP posturing. (Photo: Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) Richard Wolff
“Stealing Intellectual Property” is Fake News
The claim that the Chinese are stealing our intellectual property—chiefly production technologies—is largely bogus
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The best way to bring the suffering in Yemen to an end is for Congress to reassert its war powers and end U.S. refueling of Saudi aircraft and other support for this brutal war, and to block a proposed sale of guided bombs to Saudi Arabia and the UAE scheduled to be formally notified to Congress later this year. (Photo: Screenshot) William Hartung
Congress Can Help End the Suffering in Yemen
“Either the Pentagon should be 100 percent certain that U.S. weapons and funding aren’t being used to commit war crimes in Yemen, or we should cut off U.S. support right now.”
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Why aren’t the hundreds of full-time reporters covering Congress demanding to know why members, or their staff, routinely do not reply to substantive letters, calls, or e-mails, without constant hammering by citizens? (Cover detail: Seven Stories Press) Ralph Nader
Questions, Questions Where are the Answers?
Have you had a serious personal or critical inquiry put to your U.S. Senator or Representative that has gone unanswered?
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Pregnant women must sacrifice their careers, comfort, health, and sometimes even lives to have a baby. (Bloomberg/Getty Images)  John Buell
Men’s Bodies and the Politics of Abortion
Men do not become pregnant, and in our society they are not asked to sacrifice their bodies
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Professor Hill endured hours of testimony by US senators who doubted her and a nation that discounted her. She was vilified by men and women, Republicans and Democrats. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) Eleanor McManus
Christine Blasey Ford Is Risking it All to Speak Out
It comes at the cost of being victimized all over again—but this time with a nation watching her every word and move, and then peeling it apart over and over again
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In Fahrenheit 11/9, Moore takes aim at the Trump presidency—and others. (Photo: Screenshot) Ed Rampell
Michael Moore Turns Up the Heat in Fahrenheit 11/9
The cinematic son of America’s industrial proletariat launches a blistering broadside
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the second day of his confirmation hearing on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Zach Gibson / Getty Images file) Mimi Rocah, Barbara McQuade, Jill Wine-Banks, Joyce White Vance and Maya Wiley
The Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh Are Not Simply a 'He Said, She Said' Situation
Prosecutors look for corroborating evidence — and there are strong indications already that Christine Blasey Ford is telling the truth about her attack
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Following the bill’s passage, a number of corporations made conveniently-timed announcements that their workers would be getting raises or bonuses. (Photo: @zacjanderson/Twitter) Lawrence Mishel
Further Evidence That the Tax Cuts Have Not Led to Widespread Bonuses, Wage or Compensation Growth
The bottom line is that there has been very little increase in private sector compensation or W-2 wages since the end of 2017
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In Yemen, the United States backs a grim military intervention for which—unless you are a weapons company—it is hard to find any justification, practical or moral. (Photo by Sebastiano Tomada/Getty Images Reportage Reportage) Rajan Menon
Yemen’s Descent into Hell
A Saudi-American war of terror
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Brett Kavanaugh has a clear record of lying under oath before the U.S. Senate. (Bloomberg/Getty Images)  Russ Feingold
We Know Brett Kavanaugh Has Lied Already
So as an illegitimate administration goes to work attacking the credibility of a brave woman recounting her assault, let’s recognize the enormously cynical hypocrisy: The nominee they’re desperate to protect is a calculated liar who uses dishonesty to advance his own career
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Brett Kavanaugh claimed he did not know that documents given to him regarding judicial candidates had been stolen, but attorney Lisa Graves said that claim is implausible. Graves, who now lives in Dane County, was a Democratic staffer and wrote some of the notes regarding judicial candidates that were stolen by Republicans from 2001 to 2003. She wrote that Kavanaugh lied under oath — an impeachable offense. (Photo: Associated Press) John Nichols
Brett Kavanaugh Should Be Impeached for Lying to Senate
Lying to the Senate should be a concern for conservatives as well as liberals, for Republicans as well as Democrats
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The Senate cannot move forward with this lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land without considering the results of a fair, non-partisan, and complete process.(Photo: Flickr) Lenora Lapidus
A Full Investigation Is Needed Into the Sexual Assault Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh
We should understand more now, 27 years later, about the ways sexual assault and harassment cause lifelong harm — personally and professionally
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If you’re Paul Manafort, your days as a nattily attired Washington lobbyist and power broker are long gone.(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Bill Blum
After the Flip, What’s Next for Manafort, Mueller and Trump?
Although there are numerous Rumsfeldian “unknowns” in the mix, this much appears clear for each member of the trio
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Business-minded conservatives are trying to make it harder for these most vulnerable of Americans to survive. (Photo: Pinterest/Screenshot) Paul Buchheit
The Capitalist Manifesto: Let Poor People Die
The root of the problem is the condemnation of anything 'social' as un-American, which has helped modern-day capitalists to justify their belief in individual gain by any means
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Monday, September 17, 2018
Florence from International Space Station (Photo: NASA) Andy Rowell
“Only A Matter of Time” Before Category 6 Hurricane Hits U.S.
“Some headlines have reported that Florence is a warning of what is to come. But in reality, it is a warning of what has already arrived."
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Michael Winship
The "No IDC NY" State of Mind
A coalition of young, committed activists has turned New York Democratic politics on its head.
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The fact that these were kept secret during the Obama administration is cause for great concern. (Photo: Flckr: RestrictedData) Trevor Timm
Revealed: The Justice Dept's Secret Rules for Targeting Journalists With FISA Court Orders
This is critically important information at a time when press freedom has been under threat from the government, and its role in our democracy has never been more important
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Let us drop any thought that hope is a weakling. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Frances Moore Lappé
Amid Our Nation’s Mounting Democracy Crisis, Hope Is Power
Hope ignites our brains toward solutions
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It is about a pattern of deceptive answers on a range of questions about his past activities and agenda to change our laws through the courts. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Kristine Lucius, Jeff Berman, Lisa Graves, Bob Schiff
Brett Kavanaugh Can’t Be Trusted. We Know Because We Worked as Counsel to Senators When He Was in the Bush White House
It would be unprecedented and unwise for the Senate to act on the nomination without reviewing the full record
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Did the Trump Foundation use any of its funds to benefit The Donald or any of his businesses directly? (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Nomi Prins
Cooking the Books in the Trump Universe
Could Donald Trump be a one-man version of either Enron or Lehman Brothers, someone who cooked “the books” until, well, he imploded?
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The fact that the US has maintained a broad—and now growing—combat footprint in Syria continues to be so overlooked by the establishment press that even prominent New York Times columnists have forgotten it. (Photo: Screenshot) Reed Richardson
As Trump Commits to Endless War, Corporate Media Obsess Over Anonymous Op-Ed
Seventeen years after 9/11, the corporate media still finds itself overwhelmingly making the same mistakes when it comes to its war coverage: obsessing over shiny, ephemeral Beltway distractions while the most important, consequential stories get either ignored or buried
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 The most unconscionable situation is the thousands of migrant youths that the U.S. government currently has locked up in its rapidly expanding archipelago of detention centers — tents rapidly erected in the arid desert or other substandard facilities rife with abuse. (Photo: CAROLYN COLE / LOS ANGELES TIMES)  Will Bunch
Trumpism Is Fueled by One Thing: Fear. 12,800 Kids Are Paying a Terrible Price
This is going to get a lot worse before it gets better
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I just wanted to share my horror at the ordeal that the teenaged Professor Blasey was put through and at the further gauntlet she must now run through the berating bully boys of the latently fascist, patriarchal Right.(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Kavanaugh: Dr. Christine Blasey Seeks to Forestall a Trauma to the Nation That Was Inflicted on Her
I just wanted to share my horror at the ordeal that the teenaged Professor Blasey was put through and at the further gauntlet she must now run through the berating bully boys of the latently fascist, patriarchal Right
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Sunday, September 16, 2018
Feedback Loops Gordon Clark
2100, and the Fundamental Fallacy of Climate Change Predictions
The only moment we have to act is now.
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Expand Social Security Max Richtman
Social Security: An Economic Engine That Benefits Everyone
There is no better way to help Main Street than to elect members of Congress who appreciate Social Security’s immensely positive impact on our economy – and will work hard to expand on the program’s promise.
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Israeli warships intercepted the Al Awda, a Norwegian-flagged activist boat trying to break its more than decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip. Elizabeth Murray
Freedom Flotilla Missions Will Continue ‘Until Palestine Is Free’
The bold journey of the 2018 Freedom Flotilla Coalition dared Palestinians and the world to dream of peace, dignity and freedom for all. Now, we must keep working to build a culture of nonviolence
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Trump tosses rolls of paper towels like basketballs to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017 Wim Laven
Hurricane Trump, Season 2
If we don’t take responsibility things will only get worse, and Trump has completely shoved his head in the sand, so it is up to everyone else now.
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Protesters in Maine visited one of Sen. Susan Collins's offices to demand that she vote against Judge Brett Kavanaugh for an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo: @Indivisible MDI/Twitter) Elliot Mincberg
Kavanaugh Misrepresented His Own Opinions to Senate Judiciary Committee
If a nominee cannot even honestly describe his own opinions in sworn testimony, and instead misrepresents or distorts them to help win confirmation, how can he be trusted with a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land?
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Saturday, September 15, 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) meet chinese tenagers at the Ocean Children's Camp after the plenary of the Eastern Economic Forum, in Vadivostok, Russia, September 12, 2018 Eric Margolis
Trump's Restless Hostility Unites China and Russia
The message from eastern Siberia was clear: Washington’s reckless hostility and bellicosity is causing its foes to band together.
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Stormy Daniels Christopher Brauchli
Stormy's Secrets
Stormy Daniel’s new book, “ Full Disclosure ” will be released October 2, 2018. In it she says she’ll share details of the night she spent with Donald.
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Michael Mann Howard Friel
The New York Times Should Hire Climate Scientist Michael Mann as Op-Ed Columnist on Global Warming
It would help the Times make amends to its readers and everyone else for its short coverage of global warming over the years.
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The Federal Reserve Board Building  located at 20th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. (cc/AgnosticPreachersKid) Ellen Brown
Central Banks Have Gone Rogue, Putting Us All at Risk
Central bankers are now aggressively playing the stock market. To say they are buying up the planet may be an exaggeration, but they could. They can create money at will, and they have declared their “independence” from government. They have become rogue players in a game of their own.
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Former President Barack Obama endorsed Medicare for All in a speech in Illinois on Friday, calling it "a good new idea." Peter Bloom
Ending the Democratic Blame Game
After progressive victories, it is getting hard for Democrats to blame others for failing to take on the status quo.
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Woman holds a wire hanger at pro-choice protest. (Scrapbook/Creative Commons) D-L Nelson
Abortion Can't Be Stopped
If abortion is illegal, women will still get abortions as they have throughout time.
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Friday, September 14, 2018
Our survey of federal scientists confirmed that morale is desperately low, and that many offices no longer feel they have the staff to do their jobs. (Photo: Screenshot) Andrew Rosenberg
The EPA Can’t Stop Polluters When the Trump Administration Cuts Enforcement Staff
These staff reductions fly in the face of Congressional action that appropriated funds for the EPA to maintain these programs
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Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Councilwoman, Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, speaking in Jessie Square Thursday. (Photo: Christopher D. Cook) Christopher D. Cook
Brown, Bloomberg (and Their Agenda) Face Protests at Climate Action Summit
Diverse groups say the crisis is upon us — and market-based solutions don't work and damage vulnerable communities
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Without adequate regulation, there’s no world in which bankers voluntarily refrain from taking reckless bets again and again, until we’re right back where we were 10 years ago. (Photo: Justin Lane/epa-EFE) Morris Pearl
Remember the Lehman Brothers Crisis. We Need Wall Street Rules, Not Trump's Deregulation
Wall Street firms reward people for risky behavior. I know because I was there. We need rules, not the deregulation pushed by Trump and Republicans
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Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, September 16, 2008. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  Matt Taibbi
Ten Years After the Crash, We’ve Learned Nothing
The great financial catastrophe of our times is still badly misunderstood, and led to grotesque consequences, including the election of Donald Trump
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It is time for political leaders and each individual to move us back from the brink of catastrophe to begin to build relationships with our Russian brothers and sisters.(Photo: U.S. Department of Defense/flickr/cc) Mairead Maguire
Demonization of Russia in a New Cold War Era
Inventing a foe to sell military ambitions is still the most dangerous of games
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The Republican Party is effectively doing all it can to worsen climate-fueled weather disasters. (Photo: Illustrated | REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst, NOAA via Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
Politicize the Weather
It's time to realize one simple truth: Republicans are very largely to blame
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Hurricane Florence, as seen from space on Sept. 13. (NASA via YouTube) Sonali Kolhatkar
Our Planet Is Angry
We are a species in deep, deep trouble
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Thursday, September 13, 2018
Our job is to reach out to those in every corner of the world who share these values, and who are fighting for a better world. (Photo: Sally Prevost/flickr/cc) Bernie Sanders
A New Authoritarian Axis Demands an International Progressive Front
We must take the opportunity to reconceptualize a genuinely progressive global order based on human solidarity, an order that recognizes that every person on this planet shares a common humanity, that we all want our children to grow up healthy, to have a good education, have decent jobs, drink...
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So when the words “Democratic Party” are spoken, millions of voters would know what it stands for so they can hold candidates specifically accountable should there be any post-election betrayals. (Photos: Getty) Ralph Nader
Where is the Democrats’ Contract with America 2018?
If the Democrats wish finally to prevail over the worst, cruelest, most corrupt, war-mongering, Wall Street toady Republican Party in history, they need to be clear in their convictions
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Mike Lofgren
Nazis May Be Bad, But Tax Cuts Are Awesome!
How the "unsung" Republican resistance in the Trump administration really thinks
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The signing of the Oslo Accords in Washington, DC, Sept. 13, 1993. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons.) Ramzy Baroud
The Veiled Danger of the ‘Dead’ Oslo Accords
The fate of the Palestinian people is left to inept leaders, incapable of thinking outside the permissible space allocated to them by the Israelis and the Americans
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Today, we suffered a terrible, crushing blow. (Photo: Screenshot) Cory Doctorow
Europe Just Voted to Wreck the Internet
New EU law would allow spying on everything and censoring vast swathes of our communications
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Israel’s pursuit of land over peace and the complicity of the American government essentially killed “the two-state solution.”(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Sandy Tolan
From Peace to Armageddon: Were Oslo Accords Doomed From the Start?
The Israel-Palestine nightmare
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Farm leader Rocío Miranda speaks at the September 11 farmers’ movement press conference in Mexico City against the new NAFTA agreement. (Timothy Wise) Timothy Wise
'This Is Life or Death for Us': Mexico's Farm Movement Rejects New NAFTA Agreement
Donald Trump and Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico's lame-duck conservative president, are trying to push through new trade deal, but farmers are rising up in opposition
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Un village français, a French tv series, focuses on a fictional rural community that endures a tightening vise of German control for more than four years. (Photo: Screenshot) Norman Solomon
Tangled in the Garden of Good and Evil
“Don’t put the Nazis in a place where you think it has nothing to do with yourself. That’s the biggest danger, historical danger, I think we can make.”
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John Bolton, currently President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, was a key proponent of torture and illegal invasion and occupation when he served in the Bush administration.(Photo: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0) Brett Wilkins
Why John Bolton Really Hates the International Criminal Court
When Bolton expresses his desire to “strangle the ICC in its cradle,” what he really means is he wants US troops to be able to murder babies in their cradles with impunity.
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"Look beneath the surface of just about any progressive cause — voting rights, prison reform, income inequality, data privacy, college debt, immigrant protections, family leave, the right to be who you are — and you’ll find personal liberty fighting for its breath." (Photo: K.H. Anderson) K.H. Anderson
A Lefty’s Guide to Liberty
Real-life individual liberty — for everyone — is at the heart of everything progressives stand for. It’s time we own it
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Barbara Gottlieb
Pipeline in Hurricane Florence’s Potential Path Poses Added Danger
Southwest Virginians fear that Florence may exacerbate the threats from a different, manmade hazard.
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Thomas Neuburger
Democrats Should Release All "Committee Confidential" Kavanaugh Documents Now
In normal times a Supreme Court nominee who lies under oath would be automatically disqualified. These are not normal times.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
The United States is the number one weapons dealer in the world, and Saudi Arabia is our biggest customer, having purchased over $100 billion in armaments since 2010. (Image: MoveOn.org) Kevin Martin
U.S. Support for the Bombing of Yemen to Continue, for Now
The people of Yemen need this nightmare to end
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Trump has made unique his own contributions to modern conservatism — alliances with white nationalists, concentration camps for babies, etc. But our anonymous “adult in the room” offers no objection here either, even as down-ballot Republicans increasingly embrace those extremes. (Photo: CNN/screenshot) Peter Certo
Nobody in the White House is Part of ‘The Resistance’
They admit Trump’s dangerous, but they’ll stick with him as long as he cuts billionaires’ taxes, deregulates corporations, and feeds the military-industrial complex
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Tax is also an essential safety valve which allows democratic governments to curb the power of unelected corporate leviathans – some of which now boast a net worth higher than the GDP of some G20 economies. (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images) Wayne Swan
Ten Years After the Crash, Tax Competition Threatens the Global Economy and Democracy
While the pace of regulatory repeal may have slowed, a parallel race to the bottom – in corporate tax – has accelerated. And its consequences threaten to be just as long‑lived as the fallout from the financial crisis
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In New York City, dozens of luxury towers have been connected to global money laundering. (Photo: Bally Scanlon/Photodisc/Getty Images) Chuck Collins
The Wealth Hiding in Your Neighborhood
From country farmland to big city skyscrapers, absentee billionaires may be hiding wealth in your town — and driving up your cost of living
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The latest sign of resistance comes from Mexico, where decades of neoliberalism and a failed and devastating U.S.-backed drug war spurred the landslide victory of a left-wing candidate for the first time in the country’s contemporary history.(Photo: Mexico's incoming president Andrés Manuel López Obrador/ Getty) Alexander Main
Is Latin America Still the U.S.’s ‘Backyard’?
In fact, U.S. administrations have been pursuing roughly the same agenda in Latin America since at least the early 20th century: maintaining U.S. hegemony throughout the region
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 “Officially sanctioned terms like ‘defense’ and ‘security’ act as a subterfuge to diminish and camouflage the deadly, dangerous and destabilizing role that the United States is playing in the world.” (Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force/Brad Fallin) Valerie Vande Panne
New Report Brings Clarity to U.S. Arms Manufacturing Role in Global Conflicts
Want to be part of peace? Stop working for, and investing in, these Big 5 arms manufacturers
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The true reason for the policy now is that the Trump administration wants to stop a long-overdue investigation into U.S. torture. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons) Jamil Dakwar
Trump Administration Threatens International Criminal Court Judges and Prosecutors for Doing Their Jobs
The administration’s threats come as former U.S. officials face, for the first time, the possibility of a full criminal investigation by the court for possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan
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On the very same day that Trump was warning Southerners to evacuate from Florence's path, his regulators at EPA were preparing to side with industry (what else is new?) and make it easier for oil and gas drillers to release methane — a significant greenhouse gas — into the atmosphere. (Photo: GRACE BEAHM / THE POST AND COURIER)  Will Bunch
North Carolina Politicians Have Decried the Climate-Change Science That Makes Hurricane Florence so Dangerous
The reality is there's no better time to talk about our failure to take climate politics seriously than on the eve of a natural disaster that global warming is making worse
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Bolton strongly supports and enables a whole range of war crimes of the Likud regime in Tel Aviv against the Palestinian people, above all keeping them in a condition of abject statelessness and continually stealing their property. (Photo: AP) Juan Cole
Top 3 Charges on Which John Bolton Should Be Tried at Int’l Criminal Court
Bolton strongly supports and enables a whole range of war crimes
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Justin Anderson
Establishment Media Shy Away From Claims of Perjury by Kavanaugh
Whether the perjury allegations against Kavanaugh turn out to have legal basis or not, such accusations against a Supreme Court nominee deserve at least one article with a thorough examination of the issue in establishment media sources
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Vijay Prashad
There's at Least One More Ugly Battle Brewing in Syria
Hundreds of thousands may be displaced.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
The Pentagon reports that the Afghan conflict costs US taxpayers $45 billion per year. (Photo: Debra Sweet/flickr/cc) Benjamin Dangl
After 9/11: The Staggering Economic and Human Cost of the War on Terror
The war on terror appears more like an endless war
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Members of South Asian Council for Social Services rally against NSEERS in New York City in 2003 (Photo: Getty) Deepa Iyer
A Perfect Storm in the Making for 17 Years: A Reflection and Call to Action
What could have happened if more Americans had heeded the alarm bells that community advocates were ringing about the dehumanization of entire groups of people, rather than capitulating to fear and tacitly accepting discriminatory policies?
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I enthusiastically endorse more civics, but it cannot be more of the same. (Photo: Flickr) Ursula Wolfe-Rocca
Teaching More Civics Will Not Save Us From Trump
Let's arms our students with an honest account of our nation’s political DNA, so they may have the wisdom to actively transform it into one worthy of our embrace
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Far from keeping his word, Trump and his administration have spent every day since taking power working to destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Alex Lawson
Donald Trump and the Republicans Work Every Day to Destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
It’s time to set the record straight
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Today’s hourly wage has less purchasing power than it did over four decades years ago. Adjusted for inflation, the average hourly wage in January 1973 would be $23.68 today. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Robert Reich
Trump’s 4 Biggest Lies about Today’s Economy
"Best wages, ever." Not even close.
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The companies see only the revenues on their balance sheets, which are always in the black, never in the red like the blood that flows from the real-world results of the weapons they produce. (Photo: Screenshot) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies
Bombing Yemeni School Children for Profit
Unfortunately, killing and maiming civilians with US weapons is a regular occurrence
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The point of this informal midterm report card is not to argue that Donald Trump has somehow failed. It is rather to highlight his essential irrelevance. (Photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite) Andrew Bacevich
The President Is a Pimple
After Trump: On The Donald in the rearview mirror
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There are untold numbers of malignant narcissists in America and throughout the world. But only one has at his fingertips the codes that could ignite a nuclear holocaust. (Photo: The Progressive) Bill Blum
Unequal Justice: From Russiagate to Trumpgate
Impeachment is not limited to indictable offenses. As Alexander Hamilton wrote, impeachment extends to serious violations of “the public trust.”
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Dr. Carol Paris
Medicare for All and the Myth of the 40% Physician Pay Cut
A single payer system works by cutting administrative waste, not doctors' income
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