All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Thursday, April 26, 2018
“Carson is out of touch and patronizing. He thinks poverty is a state of mind." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/cc/flickr) Tara Raghuveer
HUD’s Carson Offers Tenants Insults, Not Solutions
“It is absolutely unthinkable that the Trump Administration’s response to the crisis is to make things worse with draconian rent increases and work requirements."
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Jonathan Alter, a columnist for The Daily Beast and an MSNBC analyst, is the latest pundit to pen a nauseating lecture. (Photo: Aspen Institute/flickr/cc) Kevin Gosztola
Jonathan Alter Thinks Democrats Need to Be Less Democratic
The DNC zealously works to anoint individuals the base barely supports.
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"Pompeo has consistently earned the endorsement and praise of FRC, appearing on their virulently anti-LGBTQ radio program at least six times." (Photo: AFP/Getty) Sarah Kate Ellis
Mike Pompeo’s Anti-LGBT Views Should Disqualify Him From Becoming Secretary of State
From backing the Family Research Council to his opposition to marriage equality, Mike Pompeo has shown himself unfit to be Secretary of State, GLAAD's president and CEO argues.
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"Many of the residents of Morristown — a conservative mid-South town full of Trump supporters — came to the aid of their neighbors after the ICE arrests, raising money to help families with members in detention, kind of the way a community comes together after a natural disaster has devastated it." (Photo: Bryan Cox/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Can We Unlock the Golden Door?
ICE raids are justified with the ignorance of racism and war.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Take his power away by not giving him the oxygen of any attention other than what is absolutely necessary.(Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Bill C. Davis
A Man Without Honor
The irony of a man who only sees price tags being a price tag to the people making a cottage industry of being appalled by him, is rich.
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"Among numerous demands, they’re calling for federal and state living wage laws, a guaranteed annual income for all people, full employment, and the right to unionize." (Photo: Shutterstock) Saurav Sarkar
Bring Back May Day
Politicians have made a mess of things for American workers, but a new Poor People's Campaign is rising to set things right.
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"Pompeo has a long history of anti-Muslim comments, and of associating with Islamophobic hate groups and leaders." (Photo:Screenshot) Richard Eskow
Democrats Who Vote For Pompeo Will Disgrace Themselves and Their Party
If the party can’t even take a stand against hate, does it stand for anything?
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People free a man from the rubble of a destroyed building following a massive earthquake that struck Nepal early on Saturday. (Photograph: Narendra Shrestha/EPA) Duncan Maru
TPS Renewal for Nepal Is a Moral Necessity
9,000 Nepali citizens with TPS face a perilous and uncertain future.
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"While referring uniformly to this latest centrally-generated fiasco as a “total” blackout, the corporate media have almost totally ignored this steady, fast-growing stream of power being generated on Puerto Rico, virtually all of it solar." (Photo: USAF Nicholas Dutton) Harvey Wasserman
Puerto Rico Goes Back Door to Solartopia and the Corporate Media Blacks It Out
A Solartopian Puerto Rico would threaten the Trumpian corporatists who want to “restore” the island’s central, fossil-fired, utterly corrupted grid, which is sure to go down in the next global-warmed hurricane.
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"Since its adoption in 2001 within days of the 911 attack, the AUMF has served to justify every expansion of the US military’s role in the Middle East with every relevant Congressional oversight committee acting as little more than a syncopation of bobbing heads." (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP) Renee Parsons
The Democratic Party’s War History and the AUMF of 2018
Can there be a more pathetically farcical example of the “world’s greatest legislative body” so utterly devoid of conscience, so disconnected from life’s reality with no awareness of their own culpability for war crimes.
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Simone Chun, Kevin Martin
Diplomacy, Hope, and Inspiration in Korea
It's time we all gave peace on the Korean Peninsula a real chance.
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"A loud and clear message from the Democrats’ 2016 election debacle is that hoping for working-class votes while refusing to do battle against corporate exploiters of the working class is a political dead end." (Photo: acidpolly/flickr/cc) Norman Solomon
Why the DNC Is Fighting WikiLeaks and Not Wall Street
Willingness to challenge Wall Street would alienate some of the Democratic Party’s big donors.
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Actress Natalie Portman has decided not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony in Israel in June. (Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni) Catherine Rottenberg
Why Natalie Portman Is Not the Real Story
Something much more important is happening than Portman's decision not to attend a prize ceremony in Israel.
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"Not only should this real-life drama be highlighted in history books; it should be a blockbuster movie." (Photo: Philipp/cc/flickr) Jim Hightower
A Plutocratic Coup
The threat of concentrated wealth and the ever-present danger that the imperious rich pose to majority rule.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
 "By deploying heavily armed Border Patrol officers, building walls, and using surveillance technologies in urban areas that traditionally had been crossing spots for the undocumented, such migrants are now forced to traverse dangerous and desolate areas of the southwestern deserts." (Photo: qbac07/Flickr/cc) Todd Miller
The Border Fetish: An Unsustainable World Managed With an Iron Fist
The U.S. frontier as a zone of profit and sacrifice.
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"We should not let technological capability dictate what we actually deploy, just as we have made a conscious choice (through our wiretapping laws) to generally disallow surveillance cameras in public places from including microphones." (Photo: NASA Space Center) Jay Stanley
A Company Announces Its Intent to Create World’s Newest Privacy Nightmare
There would be no place where one could feel secure that someone was not monitoring and recording from the sky.
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"These families have the constitutional right to due process regardless of immigration status." (Photo: ICE/Reuters) Amrit Cheng
ICE Separates 18-Month-Old From Mother for Months
They are just one of hundreds of families who are subjected to ICE’s brutal tactic of forcibly separating immigrant parents and children.
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"Rather than authorizing more presidential war making, Congress might sensibly end our misadventure in Afghanistan and Syria, and halt our involvement in Saudi Arabia’s dismemberment of Yemen." (EPA/ANDY RAIN) Robert Borosage
Tell Congress: Curb the President’s War Powers
The attack on Syria was an open violation of international law and of the U.S. Constitution.
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Senator Tim Kaine introduced a new authorized use of military force resolution with Sen. Bob Corker. (Photo via AFGE on Flickr) Kevin Gosztola
Senate Proposal To Constrain Trump’s War Making Would Actually Expand Perpetual War
“Over the last sixteen years, we have witnessed the consequences of unfettered executive power in matters of war.”
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"If they confirm her appointment after a hearing on 9 May it would be a major blow to Americans who care about the rule of law and human rights and are concerned about increasing illiberal tendencies in their country."(Photo: The OSS Society/YouTube) Sonya Sceats
Gina Haspel's CIA appointment Will Delight Torturers Around the Globe
Trump’s support for torture and Haspel’s reputation for allegedly overseeing it can cause untold human damage.
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"Editors and producers frequently assure media consumers there’s a “church and state divide” in the newsroom separating reporting from the commercial side of the business." (Photo: Screenshot) Adam Johnson
MSNBC’S Creepy Comcast Commercial Is Sinclair Lite
One is compelled to wonder what influence, both subtle and direct, Comcast corporate has on its properties’ coverage on a day-to-day basis.
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Monday, April 23, 2018
Trump supporters rally on the National Mall, 2017 (Kelly Bell/Shutterstock.com) Juliette Legendre
Far Right Groups Are Stumbling, But Their Rhetoric Is More Mainstream Than Ever
In a sense, the Republican Party has become a much more powerful instrument of white rage than the alt-right.
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A snapper surrounded by wary surgeonfish on Palmyra Atoll. (Photo:  Elizabeth Madin, CC BY-ND) Elizabeth Madin
I’m an Expat US Scientist – and I’m Returning to Trump’s America to Stand Up for Science
Across all policy areas, Trump has shown clear disdain for expertise and facts.
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"Endless war is the destruction of civil society. Yet, like the 2001 & 2002 AUMFs, the 2018 proposed bill has no time limit," the author writes. (Photo: Dandelion Salad/flickr/cc) William Cohn
Carnage Unleashed: DoD & AUMF
American people should see death on their doorstep, given the global slaughter wrought in their name.
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"The fact that North Carolina citizens have to go to court to keep bacteria from hog poop off of their homes (because their elected officials have sided with factory farms) is a perfect example of what is wrong with our food system." (Photo: Southwings) Krissy Kasserman
Nobody Should Have Hog Poop on the Walls of Their Home
Rather than let the hog farms next door ruin their lives, North Carolinians are fighting back against Smithfield Foods.
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"They experience suffocating levels of student debt alongside declining wages and income equality while watching companies monopolize entire industries, and sometimes even nationwide elections." (Photo: Lady Buffalo/cc/flickr) Hannah Finnie
Why Young People Are Joining Unions Again
They are frustrated by a system whose cracks were etched into place by preceding generations, but have only fully metastasized for theirs.
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"With GOP operatives whipping up fears about alleged voter fraud, intimidation complaints surged in 2016, with elections watchdogs receiving thousands of calls about voter intimidation and suppression on Election Day." (Photo: Scout Tufankjian / Polaris) Billy Corriher
How the Klan Act of 1871 is Fighting Voter Intimidation Today
"Trump has made an escalating series of statements, often racially tinged, suggesting that his supporters should go to particular precincts on Election Day and intimidate voters."
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Arizona teachers Jeff Bryant
Arizona's Uprising Teachers Build Bridges, Not Walls
Arizona presents new and interesting challenges to the spreading teacher uprisings, and demonstrates ways that teachers build bridges.
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Sunday, April 22, 2018
Paul Rosenberg
Destroy the Earth Day: Under Trump and Pruitt, the Right's Assault on the Environment Goes Nuclear
For decades the right has fought to undo environmental regulation. Under Trump and Pruitt, it’s extreme gaslighting
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Olivia Rosane
5 Environmental Victories to Inspire You This Earth Day
It's not all bad news... and these victories all hold lessons as we march forward
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Jason Mark
Will Courts Hold Oil Companies Accountable for Climate Change Disasters?
The fossil fuel giants possessed the early scientific awareness, the economic might, and the political influence to shift the direction of human affairs and avoid climate chaos. They chose not to.
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Michael Sainato
With Treetop Protest, 61-Year-Old Red Terry Is Leading Fight Against Mountain Valley Pipeline
"Nobody should have the right to eminent domain for something that is not going to help people. Its to help themselves, profit before the people."
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Gregory Shupak
Media Support US Violence Against Syria, But Long for More
Corporate news outlets seemed genuinely upset that more U.S. violence was not forthcoming
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Eric Margolis
Doctor Death From Damascus?
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has now become the top Mideast villain, the man we love to hate.
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Saturday, April 21, 2018
Robert Reich
Can Trump Fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller?
Yes. But the costs would be tremendous.
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Christopher Brauchli
Trump Times Two
What in the world are we witnessing?
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Juan Cole
Top Six Reasons Mike Pompeo Should Not Be Secretary of State
And counting....
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John Buell
Students as Debt Slaves
It is time for a system that turns students into indentured servants to go
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"Reminiscent of Big Tobacco and Big Oil companies' tactics, they set in motion a plan to discredit the international agency's study in order to continue selling their dangerous product." (Photo: Occupy Monsanto/@gmo917/Twitter) Alfonso Saldaña, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap
A Cancer on Society: Monsanto Claims Right Not to Speak About Roundup
Monsanto doesn’t want the world to know their product is labeled a "probable carcinogen."
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Glenn Greenwald, Trevor Timm
The DNC’S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom
The theory of the suit would mean that any media outlet that publishes misappropriated documents or emails (exactly what media outlets quite often do) could be sued by the entity or person about which they are reporting
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Friday, April 20, 2018
"They come by way of exploding campaign funding, lobbyists with gifts swarming over legislatures, speaking fees, revolving doors for corporatists taking key government positions to thwart law enforcement, and lucrative offers to lawmakers in anticipation of their retirement." (Photo: Max Herman/Survival Media Agency) Ralph Nader
Bill Curry on the Move Against Public Corruption
Legalized corruption is all over Washington, D.C. as trillions of dollars of giveaways, subsidies, bailouts, and no-bid contracts proliferate.
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"The only threat he sees from the tangled politics of Trump and Mueller is the threat to the only thing that matters to McConnell anymore — his 51-49 hold on the Senate majority." (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Will Bunch
Mitch McConnell Gets his Own Chapter in the Story of America's Dying Democracy. And it's Devastating
It is Mitch McConnell, more than anyone else in Washington, who has turned the notion of comity into comedy.
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"The intent of the attack was to make a statement without making a difference." (Photo: Hassan Ammar / AP) Andrew Bacevich
Trump Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ on Syria Attacks — But Whose Mission?
The swamp refuses to be drained.
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"In the highly-competitive world of media and film, we can only guess what kind of courage this move has taken, not to mention the potential tensions with Israeli relatives." (Photo:Wikimedia Commons) Philip Weiss, James North
Natalie Portman Says, Enough!
The statement is surely a reference to Israel’s killing of nearly 40 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, which have shocked Jews around the world.
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 "What Medicare for All is to the health care debate, or Fight for $15 is to the battle about inequality, 100% Renewable is to the struggle for the planet’s future." (Photo: Laurel L. Russwurm/flickr/cc) Bill McKibben
100% Renewable Energy is Within Our Reach
America’s twisted politics may slow the transition to renewables, but other countries are now pushing the pace.
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"Democrats in the state legislature spent considerably more energy staving off further cuts to education, rather than pushing for bold efforts to increase funding." (Photo: WDRB/screenshot) Jeff Bryant
Why Teacher Uprisings May Hit Blue States Too
The sad truth is financial austerity that has driven governments at all levels to skimp on education has had plenty of compliance, if not downright support, from centrist Democrats.
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"Kobach expressly promised Judge Robinson on the record that he would ensure that any voter who was previously suspended would get the same postcard notification that every other voter receives. Of course, that didn’t happen." (Photo: Mark Reinstein/Shutterstock) Orion Danjuma
Court’s Ruling Holding Kobach in Contempt is Well-Deserved
It is clear that the secretary of state believes he need only answer to himself and not the law.
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"How Changa or Puryear discussing racism and war furthers an effort to “create chaos” is never made clear, unless stating facts about the world that are unflattering to US centers of power is now per se destructive." (Photo: Screenshot) Adam Johnson
Public Radio’s McCarthyite Smear of Black Activists Shows Danger of Russia Panic
If assumptions about “Country X–backed media” are used to smear those who take a check—or even come close to those who take a check—from Russia, there should be a consistent standard for everyone.
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"The UN’s top human rights office concluded years ago that in order to respect the right to privacy, governments should regulate how private companies — not just police and spy agencies — treat personal data." (Photo: TY Lim / Shutterstock ) Sarah St. Vincent
Data Privacy Is a Human Right. Europe Is Moving Toward Recognizing That.
Mark Zuckerberg played dumb when Congress pressed him on privacy protections. But he should know better — the EU is already forcing his hand.
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"If we are truly concerned about the well-being of ordinary Syrians, we need to care about them whether they are being killed by Syrian, Russian or American forces." (Photo: Al-Jazeera) Sonali Kolhatkar
Why Are Some on the Left Falling for Fake News on Syria?
If leftist and progressive calls to curb American imperialism are to be taken seriously, our analysis of international relations and foreign policy needs to be far more sophisticated.
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"The frosty little town of Gander - away up north in Newfoundland, Canada - welcomed 18 Syrian refugees in 62 days. That’s 150 percent more than the whole of the US accepted in twice that time." (Photo: Getty Images) Pat LaMarche
For the Many Millions Spent on Bombing Syria, The US Could Have Assisted Syrian Refugees by the Thousands
As those who have offered shelter and assistance to victims of war have said, "We were just doing what our mothers taught us."
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Thursday, April 19, 2018
"Asking them to accept the depressing realities of the society we’re bequeathing to them without expecting them to respond, let alone protest, is tantamount to teaching without listening."(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Belle Chesler
Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking
What happens when a teachers stops and listens to her students.
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"The U.N. Security Council did not authorize this or other recent U.S. actions (Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, or previous attacks on Syria). The Trump Administration is also violating the U.S. War Powers Act, which prohibits the President from waging war without Congressional approval." (Photo: The All-Nite Images/Flickr/cc) Reese Erlich
Serious Questions About Chemical Attack in Douma and US Bombardment of Syria
Regardless of what happened in Douma, the United States has no legal or moral right to bomb Syria.
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"The Corker-Kaine bill would flip this constitutional power on its head, assigning the president the role of declaring war against a given enemy in a given place, and leaving Congress only with the power to un-declare it." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Elizabeth Goitein
The Corker-Kaine Bill Would Codify, not End, the Forever War
The replacement AUMF would formalize a reversal of the Constitution, allowing the president to declare wars and Congress — if it dares — to veto them.
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"Surrounded by the wreckage around the world wrought by strike wars stretching back over half a century, you’d think that it’s time for us to get into the rehab center and confront our addiction." (Photo: Reuters) James A. Russell
The Strike Warfare Chimera
Despite the uncertain results and colossal failures, we remain addicted to strike warfare, telling ourselves that we can police the politics on the ground by dropping bombs from on high.
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"Three punishing Israeli wars on Gaza (in 2008, 2012, and 2014) left over 3,800 Palestinians dead, 15,000 wounded, and an already dilapidated infrastructure even more devastated by deliberate Israeli targeting of civilian sites, like a sewage reservoir and a chicken processing plant." (Photo: Adam Helweh/Flickr/CC) James Zogby
Gaza Deserves Our Support
Attention must be paid to this long-suffering people.
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A major flashpoint for oppositional feminism is the Right’s continued attack on the public sector. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)   Rachel Johnson
West Virginia Teachers and the Return of Labor Feminism
In struggles led predominantly by women workers—whose labor has historically been both underpaid and undervalued—we’re seeing the return of efforts to build meaningful alternatives to corporate feminism.
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"Nobody in Congress is talking seriously about passing bills to remove private cash from the public elections—or even to mandate reasonable “dark money” disclosure." (DonkeyHotey/cc) Paul Street
Who Will Protect Elections From U.S. Oligarchs?
No other “democracy” in the developed world comes close to the United States when it comes to giving big-money donors unregulated power in their national electoral processes.
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Robert C. Koehler
In Syria and Beyond, What Would It Even Look Like If the U.S. Truly Wanted Peace in the World?
On playing war in Syria.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
U.S. bombs explode over Syria, 2014 (Shutterstock) Peter Certo
There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria
We fired 105 missiles on April 14. That’s 10 times the number of Syrian refugees we’ve taken all year.
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"Seven of the top 10 newspapers by circulation—USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Chicago Tribune, Newsday and Washington Post—supported the airstrikes." (Photo: Screenshot) Adam Johnson
Out of 26 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Zero Opposed
The most influential paper in the country, the New York Times, has not opposed a single US war—from the Persian Gulf to Bosnia, to Kosovo to Iraq to Libya to the forever war on ISIS—in the past 30 years.
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Peter Prontzos
Stopping the Doomsday Machine
When will we finally have a world free of nuclear weapons?
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"Beautiful coral reefs succumb to plastic waste-borne bacteria depleting reef-supported fisheries." (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Arshad Khan
Of Animals and Bees and Flowers Wild as Earth Day Nears
Serious concerns for anyone who cares for wildlife and the planet we inhabit.
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"For nearly 40 years, they and their uber-rich allies have been battering the legal structures and mechanisms that give ordinary people some chance to control their own destinies." (Image: DonkeyHotey/cc/flickr) Jim Hightower
Examining the Kochtopus
The Koch brothers have used their enormous assets to mount a far-ranging, ultrasophisticated assault on American democracy.
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"Trump is damned either way."(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Robert Kuttner
Trump’s Impotent Rage
The window for firing Rosenstein or Mueller, and getting away with it, has closed.
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"How can we as white people stand by while the nonwhite people of the world are suffering under imperialism?"(Photo: Amy Osborne, AFP) Chris Hedges
The Cult of Violence Always Kills the Left
And who has all the power, in terms of violence? Our means of violence is very little. The government’s means, the right wing’s means, are very great. So, we’ve got to adopt nonviolence.
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"Everyone who lives in this country deserves affordable housing, protection from unfair evictions, freedom from discrimination, and the right to safe and well-maintained homes." (Photo: Garry Knight/cc/flickr) Richard Eskow
We Need a Housing Revolution Now
Look again at the faces of homeless men and women. They are the victims of injustice.
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"In the Cohen case, because the government obtained a warrant for some of the seized material, the Trump–Cohen proposal to have a “first cut” of what the government has seized would seem to be an end-run around what a court already authorized." (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty) Brett Max Kaufman
Who Should Review Michael Cohen’s Files Under the Fourth Amendment?
How to manage searches of digital information, like any other evidence, is not a matter of expediency or any party’s good faith — it’s a matter of ensuring that the government complies with the Constitution.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
"Oftentimes, the media works to distract from the issues altogether, as is the case in Britain today, where Israel’s image is rapidly deteriorating." (Photo: Che Erasmus Nche / Eras Media Productions via BDS South Africa) Ramzy Baroud
Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel is a Matter of Policy
Western media is actively involved in shielding Israel and enhancing its diminishing brand, while painstakingly demolishing the image of Israel's enemies.
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"With the rise of ISIS and the broader war on terror, members of Congress have shown their “opposition” to war by “calling for a vote” on the war without addressing the underlying substance of said war or how one would vote, should one take place." (Photo: Senate Democrats/Flickr/cc) Adam Johnson
Democrats, Too, Love Trump's Wars
The reason Congress hasn’t sanctioned America’s perma-war is because they’re captured, with some notable exceptions, by the same national security apparatus as the past three administrations.
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"The finance industry overall was the biggest beneficiary of corporate tax cuts, and is expected to take in $250 billion from the corporate income tax cut alone over next decade, an amount that could fund 300,000 elementary school teachers or 6,000 teachers per state for 10 years." (Photo: David Ohmer/flickr/cc) Porter McConnell
Tax Day is a Real Holiday for Wall Street
The tax legislation passed last year gives the financial industry plenty of reasons to celebrate.
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“This country now considers it perfectly normal for the president to launch a fierce assault against a foreign country 5,000 miles from our borders without any congressional involvement at all, let alone a declaration of war." (Photo:Garry Knight/flickr/cc) Conor Friedersdorf
The Backlash Against Trump's Syria Strike
Members of Congress in both parties have declared his actions unconstitutional. Will Democrats campaign against their illegality?
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"It’s not just the use of our tax dollars to push medically inaccurate information that’s appalling, states like Ohio, Texas, Indiana, and Arizona have wastefully spent tens of millions of taxpayer dollars defending anti-abortion laws in courts." (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Layidua Salazar
I’m an Undocumented Taxpayer. Here’s How My Taxes Are Used Against My Values.
The government regularly uses our tax contributions to fund the deportation or incarceration of our family members and to pass laws making health care more difficult to access.
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"The United States is already using lethal force against a broad array of armed groups across the Middle East and Africa, arguing it has the authority to do so under the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Military Force (AUMF)."(Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images) Daphne Eviatar
Corker’s Proposal Hands Trump A Dangerous, Open-Ended War Authorization
It would invite unlawful killings, civilian casualties, war crimes and human rights violations—as well as emulation by other countries.
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"Millions of children arrive at school burdened by the costs of secular decline before they ever enter their first class." (Photo: Unite the Resistance/Twitter) Steve Fraser
Class Dismissed: Class Conflict and Teacher Rebellion in Red State America
Insurgent teachers are instructing us all about a tale of denial for which we’ve paid a heavy price.
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 "In 1980, the year Ronald Reagan won the White House, America’s most affluent still faced a 70 percent tax on their top-bracket income." (Photo: Fight Back! News/Kim DeFranco) Sam Pizzigati
Why Should We Tax the Rich?
The conservative take on taxes works wonderfully for sound bites — and totally muddies how our economy actually works.
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Jonathan Cook
Robert Fisk’s Douma Report Rips Away Excuses for Air Strike on Syria
This report shows that there is a highly credible alternative explanation for what happened in Douma – one that needs to be investigated.
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Monday, April 16, 2018
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap
Death By a Thousand Tax Cuts
Under the current administration, we are witnessing the deathblows to the economic and social policies of the New Deal
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Gary Olson
Trump’s Attack on Syria: An Illegal Piece of Choreographed Theater
The United States once more operates from a position of unmitigated hubris
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Josh Bivens, Hunter Blair
For Tax Day, a Reminder That Economic Arguments for the GOP Tax Plan Have No Theoretical Basis
The tax cuts that make up the bulk of the GOP plan—ones for the rich and big corporations—are by far the weakest kind of fiscal stimulus if the goal is to generate aggregate demand in the economy
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Christopher Anders
Don’t Let Congress Give Trump a Blank Check to Declare Worldwide War
This proposal would cause colossal harm to the Constitution’s checks and balances, would jeopardize civil liberties and human rights at home and abroad, and would lead to a breathtakingly broad expansion of war without meaningful oversight
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Frida Berrigan
Gunning Down the Easter Bunny: On the Weaponization of Everyday Life
Growing up with the threat of pervasive violence
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Paul Rosenberg
Is MSNBC Going Conservative? Supposedly Liberal News Network Loves #NeverTrumpers More Than Leftists
Loading up on semi-repentant conservatives and ignoring the activist left, MSNBC is doing the nation a disservice
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Michael Winship
Mob Rule at the White House
But while we may not be at the extraction point yet, increasingly there are those who think the endgame for this administration is nigh—and indeed, that would be the righteous outcome.
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Robert Dodge
Taxes, Death, and Nuclear Weapons
Every dollar spent on nuclear weapons is a dollar taken from our children and the meeting of the basic needs of our citizens
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Richard Eskow
7 Questions About the Syria Airstrikes That Aren’t Being Asked
The national security establishment and the corporate media have been promoting a confrontational approach, but they’ve been unable to explain how that would lead to a better outcome for the US or the world
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Sunday, April 15, 2018
Will Bunch
U.S. Bombs Won't Save the Kids of the Middle East. Here's What We Can Do
"The Syrian refugee crisis presented an opportunity for the United States to demonstrate its global leadership...by increasing our then-paltry numbers of Syrian refugees that we accepted here. That’s the response you'd expect from a nation that once defined our exceptionalism as our willingness to...
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Rebecca Vallas
Trump's Executive Order on 'Welfare' Is Designed to Pit Workers Against One Another
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that sums up how little he understands about poverty in America. The order, titled “Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting...
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India McKinney
Congress Held Ten Hours of Hearings on Facebook. What’s Next?
After grilling Mark Zuckerberg for ten hours this past week, the big question facing Congress is, “What’s next?” The wide-ranging hearings covered everything from “fake news” to election integrity to...
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Juan Cole
Iraq on Syria Strikes: We've Seen This Movie and It Doesn't End Well
Iraq’s foreign ministry came out strongly against the US, British and French missile strikes on Syria. In a statement issued Saturday, the ministry called the attacks “an extremely dangerous step”...
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Ray McGovern
Attacking Syria: Thumbing Noses at Constitution and Law
It was a sad spectacle to see U.S. brass rubbishing the Constitution and trying to silence critics of the U.S. strike on Syria
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Charles P. Pierce
I'd Like to Offer This Sanity Quiz to All #NeverTrump Conservatives
Nicolle Wallace, David Frum, Joe Scarborough, Bill Kristol: Step right up.
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Saturday, April 14, 2018
Jon Schwarz
Trump Ordered Syria Strike Based on a Secret Legal Justification Even Congress Can't See
On Friday night, President Trump ordered the U.S. military to conduct a bombing attack against the government of Syria without congressional authorization. How can this be constitutional, given the...
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John Atcheson
Trump Is Cornered - Now Comes the Dangerous Part
"As Mueller’s case gets stronger, things get even scarier."
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Evaggelos Vallianatos
Pesticides Are Making Children Aggressive
"Pesticides cause a multitude of adverse effects on humans. However, they are especially harmful to children."
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Christopher Brauchli
The Terrible Twos and DJT
In a recent tweeted tantrum, President Trump showed "that in his infantile fury, he has chosen to express anger towards China, in the process failing to acknowledge a great benefit that was given him and his family by that country."
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Norman Solomon
Missile Attack on Syria Is a Salute to 'Russiagate' Enthusiasts—Whether They Like It or Not
"The latest U.S. air attack on Russia’s close ally Syria was as much politically aimed at Moscow as at Damascus."
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Adam Johnson
Few to No Anti-Bombing Voices as Trump Prepared to Escalate Syria War
In the run-up to the president's Friday night airstrikes in Syria, the corporate media inaccurately made it appear as though there was little dissent over military action
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Friday, April 13, 2018
"We have, as you have noted, been down this road before with the Iraq WMD debacle in 2003.  Let us not repeat this mistake." (Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP) Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Trump Urged to Seek Evidence Before Attacking Syria
In this memo to the White House, the Veteran Intelligence Professions for Sanity urge President Trump to get the evidence first before deciding to strike Syria.
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 "The passage suffers not only from its unfounded assumption that the US has a right to decide who governs Syria and to enforce that with arms, but also from its failure to consider what will happen should Washington attempt to do so." (Credit: Bulent Kilic / AFP / Getty Images) Gregory Shupak
Major Papers Urge Trump to Kill Syrians, Risk World War III
This style of coverage—enthusiastic about the moral need for violence but oblivious to its obvious consequences—inhibits the public’s capacity to make sense of the extremely dangerous moment in which we are living.
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