All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Thursday, August 30, 2018
Hina Shamsi
On National Security, Kavanaugh Has a History of Extreme Deference to the President
Kavanaugh’s record shows he would likely defer to — and not even scrutinize — a president's push for war or abuses in the name of "national security"
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Offshoring and the increasing militarization of the American economy, then, have rendered reforms of the kind introduced by NAFTA almost moot. (Photo: PeoplesWorld/cc/flickr) Marshall Auerback
Trump’s NAFTA Deal Simply Can’t Solve America’s Manufacturing Problems
A few additional crumbs for labor at a time when most U.S. manufacturing capacity has already been offshored or destroyed by militarization
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Larry Elliott
Ten Years After the Financial Crash, the Timid Left Should be Full of Regrets
Capitalism’s near-death experience with the banking crisis was a golden opportunity for progressives. But they blew it
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
"Trump and his cronies aren’t on the miners’ side — they’re on the side of their bosses. And the U.S. government is willing to kill its own citizens to enrich these billionaires." (Photo: Shutterstock) Basav Sen
Trump Puts Forth an Actual Plan to Kill People for Coal
Shocking as this sounds, the U.S. government is — by its own admission — willing to murder up to 1,600 Americans a year to enrich a few coal billionaires
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"How will millions more get to participate in 2020’s Democratic nominating contests? That road is through reforming laws governing primaries, not caucuses." Steven Rosenfeld
DNC Superdelegates Have Been Tamed—But Millions of Democratic Primary Votes Are Still Vulnerable
If Berniecrats want millions of new voters, they need to win big in state primaries like New York’s upcoming September 13 vote
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"The sight of Emmett’s body, mutilated beyond recognition, spread throughout the world in photographs published in Jet Magazine and other outlets." (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Dennis Parker
More Than 60 Years After His Brutal Murder, Emmett Till Deserves Justice
The reopening of the Till case matters as we continue to confront racism in all its insidiousness
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"Instead of punishing students, restorative justice hopes to empower students to fully understand why they act the way they do, and take steps to heal any harms they cause." (Photo: Shutterstock) Daniela Aspiazu
This School Year, Let’s Keep Kids in Classrooms
There are better ways to help students learn from their behavior than suspension and expulsion
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Ralph Nader
15 Ways the Democrats Can Lose the November Elections
If the party cannot get its act together and put their focus where it belongs, Republicans will continue to enjoy their control of the federal branches of our captured government and many state houses
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No top bankers were ever 'held accountable for the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression… No one.'(Photo: Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr/cc) Marshall Auerback
The Failure to Punish White-Collar Crime After the 2008 Financial Crisis Helped Produce President Donald Trump
Ten years later, Trump’s rise to power is a consequence of poor governance
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"Even if today’s socialist wing of the Democratic Party hasn’t won every underdog primary race against better-funded centrist opponents, it is apparent that progressives are winning the battle of ideas within the party." (Photo: FAIR) Justin Anderson
Media Continues Writing Premature Obituaries for the Democratic Left
When one takes a historical look at socialism in the United States, Sanders’ insurgency seems to be doing remarkably well
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 "Presumably because Puerto Ricans are Spanish-speaking Americans, their deaths did not preoccupy our newspapers of record day after day the way the 9/11 victims did." (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Storm Death Toll in Puerto Rico Rivals 9/11: But Where Is War on Climate Change?
Apparently we can see a large US territory flattened and nearly 3000 citizens killed, and yawn and pretend it did not happen or we don’t know why hurricanes are becoming more destructive
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Bob Lord
The Arithmetic of the CEO-Worker Pay Divide
Sometimes percentages alone don't do justice to the injustice of corporate compensation
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Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez pauses after a session during the DNC's summer meeting in Chicago. (Annie Rice/AP) Larry Cohen
Voters—and Nobody Else—Will Pick the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nominee
This past weekend, the party changed its rules, and became more democratic
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"John McCain was maddeningly inconsistent and too often self-serving, and yet compared to the current crew of crooks, he comes off like the blessed love child of Abraham Lincoln and Joan of Arc." (Photo: Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)  Will Bunch
John McCain and the 29-Second ‘Rashomon’ Moment That Defined America’s Coming Crisis
"I genuinely don’t understand what is so inspiring about this moment. 'He’s not Arab, he is a decent man' is not shutting down racism — it is racism."
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Peter Certo
The Iraq War Should Be a Much Bigger Part of McCain’s Legacy Than His ‘Civility’
The “straight talk” people praise McCain for is actually what most of them can’t stand about politicians: They say noble words but cast ignoble votes.
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"It has amassed such power that experts and public opinion refer to it as the digital public square: the place where people protest, sign up for public events, get information about politics, and more." (Photo: Legal Loop) Juan Ortiz Freuler
Facebook Will Fail to Solve #FakeNews
Zuckerberg needs to step back for his company to succeed
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"Once people learn about the judge’s unacceptable positions, they’ll realize how unsuited he is for a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Nan Aron
‘Justice Kavanaugh’ Is Not Inevitable
The controversial judge’s confirmation would represent a tremendous threat to millions of Americans—and we can easily prevent it
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Peniel Joseph
Chicago '68: The 50-Year Lessons America Still Hasn't Learned
The internecine war for the soul of American democracy continues in our own time, as the rage and fear tapped almost 50 years apart by Richard Nixon and Donald Trump have continued to mesmerize successive generations of Americans
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"A malignant bullying megalomaniac who lies like most people breathe, and who’s able to suck the oxygen out of every news cycle, might well pulverize any Democratic opponent." (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Robert Reich
Don’t Just Impeach Trump. Annul His Presidency
Annulment would repeal all of it – recognizing that such appointments, orders, rules, and records were made without constitutional authority
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A US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field in southern Afghanistan, on Jan. 31, 2010. (Photo: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Tom Emswiler, Will Isenberg
Your Government Has a Secret Kill List. Is that OK With You?
Kareem’s story neatly captures the havoc that the war on terror has wreaked on the legal system and the dangers of abandoning legal traditions that have served us well for centuries
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"Whereas he says he is a climate leader, since he has been state Governor, his officials have approved over 21,000 new oil and gas wells." (Photo: Neon Tommy/ Wikipedia) Andy Rowell
Jerry Brown Warns of “Apocalyptic Threat” of Climate Change, But Carries on Drilling
Brown’s hypocrisy is plain to see
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"We see that in the pinch, Obama's wretched class politics swamps all other considerations." (Photo: Illustrated | sorrapong/iStock, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
What on Earth Is Obama Doing?
What's been most striking about his political re-entry is its profound worthlessness
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"In a time of perpetual war and runaway militarism, in sync with rampant corporate power, the party is currently in need of a basic course correction that can only come from the grassroots." (Photo: AP) Norman Solomon
Victory in Superdelegates Fight Means: Grassroots Can Win
The Democratic Party has not made such a historic reform to its presidential nominating process in decades. So, how did it happen?
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Monday, August 27, 2018
 "Even among the hard-right crowd vetted and promoted by The Federalist Society, Kavanaugh stands out as one of the most extreme." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Miles Mogulescu
Kavanaugh Threatens the Supreme Court’s Legitimacy
Confirming such a Justice would be a travesty to American democracy
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"While the trade war makes the front pages, these shouting matches over steel and peanut butter tariffs distract everyone from examining the more serious problems of today’s trade regime." (Photo: Cari Green, US Forest Service, CC 2.0.) Pia Eberhardt, Cecilia Olivet
The Trade Deal Which Fines Governments for Acting on Climate Change
An obscure agreement – the Energy Charter Treaty – allows energy firms to sue countries who take action to stop climate breakdown
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Rogers says that in times of “scary news,” of tragedy and disaster, his mother taught him not to focus just on destruction or violence, but to “look for the helpers,” who are everywhere. (Photo: Illustration by Fran Murphy) Stephanie Van Hook
Why Mister Rogers Is the Role Model We Need Right Now
The unconventional children’s television pioneer celebrated dignity and kindness in the age of mass media
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A child with asthma uses a nebulizer shaped like a fish. The power plant pollution rule proposed by the Trump administration is expected to lead to 120,000 additional asthma attacks annually by 2030 and up to 1,400 additional premature deaths. (Photo: KristyFaith via Flickr.) Sue Sturgis
The Unequal Health Impacts of Trump's Coal Plant Rule
It could cause up to 1,400 premature deaths per year
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A man is evacuated from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Reuters/Rick Wilking) Junia Howell
Hurricane Season Not Only Brings Destruction and Death But Rising Inequality Too
Populations that are privileged in terms of education, race or homeownership gain wealth in the aftermath of natural disasters, exacerbating already wide economic inequities
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A 2016 demonstration in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement started five years earlier. (Photo: Corinne Segal / pbs.org) Chris Hedges
Becoming Serfs
Income inequality in the United States has not been this pronounced in over a century
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"In my years in the classroom, I’ve helped a lot of kids get better test scores. But that’s not why they come up to me. That’s not why they remember me." (Photo: Shutterstock) Steven Singer
No One Ever Remembered a Teacher for Raising Standardized Test Scores
"I just wanted you to know that you taught me how to write. If it wasn’t for you I never would have made it anywhere. I just wanted to thank you so much for everything you did for me.”
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"I am not here speaking about the elites who dominate our societies. They have their own agenda. They trade only in the language of money and power. I am speaking of us: the 99 per cent who live in their shadow." (Photo: Andy Miah/flickr/cc) Jonathan Cook
Corbyn Is Being Destroyed – Like Blowing Up a Bridge to Stop an Advancing Army
The truth is the ruling elite are exploiting British Jews and fueling their fears as part of a much larger power game in which all of us – the 99 per cent – are expendable
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"As it happens, tech – or surveillance capitalism – has disrupted the private investigation business as much as it’s ripped through journalism, the taxi business, war making, and so many other private and public parts of our world." (Photo: Shutterstock) Judith Coburn
A Private Investigator on Living in a Surveillance Culture
Can we be forgotten anymore?
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In 2014 ISIS drove Yazidis out of central Iraq as the U.S.-trained Iraqi Army collapsed. (Photo: Reese Elrich) Reese Erlich
What Fifteen Years of U.S. Occupation Has Produced? Angry Iraqis
As militant protests roil the city of Basra in Iraq, two summer films give a fuller sense of what U.S. occupation there has wrought
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Sunday, August 26, 2018
David Suzuki
Hot Enough for You?
2018 is shaping up to be a record-breaker. But as the old saying goes, "You ain’t seen nothing yet!"
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Briahna Gray
Beware the Race Reductionist
If you’re #online, like I am, you’re probably already familiar with the main argument. It goes something like this: If a policy doesn’t resolve racism “first,” it’s at worst racist, and at best, not worth pursuing.
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Eric Margolis
The Lion of Judah's Last Roar
There would never be peace in the region, warned prophet Uri Avnery, until Israel returned at least some land taken from Palestinians, and created a viable Palestinian state with full democratic rights and freedoms.
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Moustafa Bayoumi
US Bombs Are Killing Children in Yemen. Does Anybody Care?
The lack of outrage at the US’s key role in this humanitarian disaster raises troubling questions
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Saturday, August 25, 2018
Pierre Tristam
Without Fear Or Favor. Or Whining.
If politicians and their sycophants thinks we reporters are the enemy, let’s be proud of it, shut the hell up and do our jobs. If we do it well, that’ll shut them up.
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Nozomi Hayase
Why Democracy Needs Solidarity for Julian Assange's Freedom
Efforts to free Julian Assange from his imprisonment challenges us all to uphold the sacred free speech right, even if it also demands the moral courage to love our enemies
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Andrew Boyle
The Free Press Aren’t ‘Enemies of the People’
The phrase has an ignominious history. Why does Trump keep using it?
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Christopher Brauchli
Suffer Little Children, We Command You
Because of adults, there are so many places on this earth for children to be sad
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Steven Rosenfeld
'Live Up to Your Name': Are Democrats on the Verge of Trimming Power of Superdelegates?
If successful, this will change the contours of the 2020 presidential nomination process.
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Friday, August 24, 2018
A county jail in Orange, California. A national inmate strike has been called until Sept. 9. (Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Chandra Bozelko
The Prison Strike Is an Overdue Opportunity to End the Slavery of Incarcerated People
If criminal justice reform is truly a bipartisan issue, then politicians should accept the demands of those striking
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Impeachment was never meant to be about crimes and punishments. It was intended at the founding of the American experiment, and should be so understood today, as a remedy for the monarchical tendencies of men. (Photo: Antenna/Getty Images) John Nichols
What to Do When a President Believes He’s Above Justice
To protect our democracy, Congress must value the Constitution over partisan politics
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"I am so free that I insist that my freedom includes the freedom to deny you yours." (Photo: Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress) Timothy Denevi
Why American-Made Fascism Puts Democracy at Risk
The United States is being led by someone who openly defends white supremacists
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"Every cent that goes to support the defense industry and war (or warlike activities, like air strikes) should be matched in spending for education, healthcare, and the social safety net." (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/cc/flickr) Scott Remer
Butter, Not Guns
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.”
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The story of Stormy Daniels is in some ways the ultimate American affirmation of the underdog. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call via AP file) Suzanne Garment
Stormy Daniels, Trump and the Power of Telling the Truth
In the face of withering personal attacks from men at the highest levels of government, Stormy refused to back down. Because she knew she was right
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"For the first time since the end of World War II, Washington’s allies in the West as well as the East thumbed their noses at an American president." (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Dilip Hiro
Can Donald Trump Unite the World (Against Himself)?
The rise of an anti-Trump movement globally – and on his home turf
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(Photo: Illustrated | AP Photo/File, AP Photo/APTN, Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images, Wikimedia Commons, DickDuerrstein/iStock) Ryan Cooper
Impeach the President. Period.
It's worth remembering that if the Constitution was functioning as intended, Trump would be impeached immediately
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Reality Winner walks out of the Federal Courthouse in Augusta, Ga., on June 26, 2018. (Photo: Intercept) Trevor Timm
The Government’s Argument That Reality Winner Harmed National Security Doesn’t Hold Up. Here’s Why.
The government did not produce one iota of public evidence to back up its claims
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Thursday, August 23, 2018
"Now is the time to clearly define the values that will guide us through the November elections and beyond into 2020, in the Post-Trump world." (Photo: Getty) Ilyse Hogue
Why Defeating Brett Kavanaugh Is the Pivotal Fight of Our Lifetime
A letter to America on Brett Kavanaugh: We are an unstoppable force
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Dr Martin Luther King, Dr Ralph David Abernathy, their families, and others leading the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. Katie Fitzpatrick
Change the World, Not Yourself, or How Arendt Called Out Thoreau
Perhaps the most striking difference between Henry David Thoreau and Hannah Arendt is that, while he sees disobedience as necessarily individual, she sees it as, by definition , collective.
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We’re going to end up spending money either way: whether we pay to develop non-polluting energy sources, restore forests, and take other steps to prevent catastrophic climate change, or whether we don’t, and then we have to pay for the consequences. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Here Out West, ‘Smoke Season’ Keeps Getting Worse
Addressing climate change costs money. Wildfires gobbling up our country — and seas swallowing up our shores — costs more
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"The report authors conclude that all the efforts to pressure schools to improve test scores had benefits that were “minor” at best, despite the high expense of the programs and the ill-will they fomented among teachers and communities." (Photo credit: Calgary Chuch / CC) Jeff Bryant
Progressives May End Education’s ‘Funding Vs. Accountability’ War
The whole idea that more intense accountability will produce greater gains in student achievement, regardless of funding and resources, is not only losing its currency in politics; it’s proving to be bad policy
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"The fact of the matter is that many parents may be in hiding, considering that they have all been deported to countries which they fled in the first place." (Photo: Illana Panich Linsman) Amrit Cheng
More Than 500 Children Are Still Separated. Here’s What Comes Next
Every additional day that children wait to be with their parents is damaging — it’s simple unacceptable that the government had information that could help reunite them faster but sat on it
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"Pence is less impulsive and therefore probably less dangerous than Trump in terms of starting a war or engaging in engaging in other really disastrous actions." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Stephen Zunes
Impeach Away! Thoughts on a Possible President Pence
Progressives should not hesitate to mobilize in support of the impeachment and conviction of Donald Trump. Here’s why
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"The administration already has an ongoing campaign of ratcheting up tension with, and hostility toward, Iran, thus laying the political and psychological groundwork for a war." (Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com) Paul Pillar
Has a Diversionary War Just Become More Likely?
The likely adversary of any such Trumpian war would be Iran
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"Forests are shrinking at a startling pace — every year, we lose a swath of forest the size of Massachusetts." (Photo: Andy Porter/cc/flickr) Robert C. Koehler
Recreating the Wilderness
The planet itself is transitioning, to God knows what. There may be no human race on the other side of that transition, but maybe there will be
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 "Over half of all existing coal-fired power plants aren’t making enough money to remain operational without market controls." (Photo: via Friends of the Earth) Brett Wilkins
Why Trump Can’t Save Coal From the Ash Heap of History
This is all indeed very bad news for anyone who cares about the planet we share
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Robert Reich
Will Trump Survive?
Be sure of this: this superb conman will not go easily... or quietly
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Alan MacLeod
That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality
Progressives should not necessarily shed tears for Alex Jones, but they should be aware that their media is next in line, and that Jones’ deplatforming sets a dangerous precedent that is already being used against them.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Ralph Nader
Calling for Ten Million More Voters, a Few Billionaires, and a Just Congress
What is the movement demanding a bold and ambitious progressive agenda missing most? Money.
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"Both budget proposals contained hundreds of billions more in cuts to food assistance, income security, education, and more." (Photo: Shutterstock) Kayla Kitson
Scoring Trump’s Tax Cuts So Far: $280k for Rich Lawmakers, Pennies for Working People
Very few businesses have raised wages thanks to corporate tax cuts, but executives and lawmakers are buying new yachts
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Charles Blahous explained his attack on Sanders' single payer Medicare for All plan to CNBC's Rick Santelli. (CNBC) Michael Hiltzik
A Koch-Funded Think Tank Tries Hard to Pretend That it Didn't Find Savings From Bernie Sanders' Medicare Plan
What’s overlooked in all these cavils about Sanders’ crowing about Blahous’ finding is that the champion cherry-picker in the discussion is Charles Blahous
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"We cannot responsibly support politicians taking money from the companies which directly imperil our future." (Photo: Twitter/Sunrise Movement) Jesse Meisenhelter
The DNC Just Lifted Their Ban on Fossil Fuel Contributions. Who Will Say No to the Tide of “Dark Oily” Money?
As the 2020 primary begins, individual Democrats must show climate leadership by taking the #NoFossilFuelMoney pledge
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Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) meets with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on July 26, 2018, in Toomey's office in Washington, D.C. President Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring. (Photo: Jonathan Tamari/ Staff) Will Bunch
What Is the GOP Trying to Hide About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh?
What we do know suggests a man guided less by bedrock principle and more by cutthroat 21st-Century partisan politics
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“The analysis describes the different methods states might use to regulate coal-powered plants, and the health effects of each option.” (Photo: Jack Sem, Semtrio.com / Flickr Creative Commons) Ilana Novick
EPA Coal Plan Could Cause Up to 1,400 Premature Deaths Annually (and Trump's EPA Knows It But Doesn't Care)
“With the Trump dirty power plan we see again that the Trump administration cares more about extending the lives of coal plants than the American people.”
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Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, leaving court in Alexandria, Va., in March. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Image) Noah Bookbinder, Barry Berke, Norman Eisen
What the Manafort Verdict Means
It’s Robert Mueller’s biggest victory yet, in one of the most successful special counsel investigations in history
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Jacob Bacharach
The #Resistance Has a New Grift, and Liberals Are the Perfect Mark
Libberals who fall for this sort of thing, who abandon all skepticism of the military and intelligence entities in America as soon as the wrong party gets into the White House, are only partly to blame. They are victims, really, of our deranged national culture of politics as consumer choice, party...
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Isaiah Dickerson and Callie House advocated for a national pension fund for formerly enslaved people for their years of unpaid labor. (Photo: National Archives.) Adam Sanchez
The Other ’68: Black Power During Reconstruction
Recalling a time when the empowerment of the most oppressed in our society paved the way for other social struggles also gives weight to today’s slogan that all lives will matter only when Black lives matter
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 "If you want Trump to stop greasing up the Oval Office with Big Mac wrappers, get up and do something about it." (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Nash Riggins
Donald Trump Is Heading Towards Impeachment – and You Have the Power to Make That Happen
The president's cronies are finally turning on their master and burying him in a series of legal predicaments from which not even Paul Ryan can rescue him
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"This is a mortal blow to the administration*, which may stagger around for a year or so before it falls over and crushes people, but there is no way I can see that this gets any better for the president* or the people around him." (Photo:Getty) Charles P. Pierce
I Lived Through Watergate. I Lived Through the Saturday Night Massacre. There Never Was Anything Like This
The Cohen and Manafort developments could be a mortal blow to the Trump presidency—and Brett Kavanaugh's nomination
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 "The tragic story of America’s longest war is one of the hubris that accompanies the twin pillars of American exceptionalism and empire." (Photo: U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mike Brady, Task Force Cyclone, 38th Infantry Division Public Affairs) Stephen Miles
The Futility of Failure in Afghanistan
The simple truth is that no amount of making war is going to bring peace to a country that has seen four decades of conflict. It’s time to try something different.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018
"Unlike the courts, legislatures can be lobbied by industry officials and therefore influenced, which is why redistricting decisions should be left to the courts, Li argued." (Photo: ExposedbyCMD) Josefa Velasquez
ALEC Launches Effort to Protect Gerrymandering From Judges
Efforts to strip power away from the judiciary or influence the makeup of the courts come as the 2020 census and subsequent redistricting loom
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Mary Anne Hitt
Two Truths and a Lie: Trump Won’t Save Coal or Slow Clean Energy With Clean Power Plan Rollback
The Trump administration’s new, enfeebled policy doesn’t come close to meeting the legal threshold required of the EPA to create safeguards against carbon emissions
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"Those who heard Roosevelt’s speech were aware that confronting fascism would result in dramatic changes to their lives within months if not weeks." (Photo: Wikicommons) John Halle
Going to War on Climate Change
"We only have empty pockets when it comes to the morally right things to do, but when it comes to tax cuts for billionaires and unlimited war, we seem to be able to invent that money fairly easily.”
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Ryan Cooper
Fact Checkers Have a Medicare-for-All Problem
The fact that even the Mercatus Center couldn't make universal Medicare look bad is a very good sign. Fact checkers need to get a grip.
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"Instead of multilateral trade pacts like NAFTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), or even the WTO, Trump favors bilateral deals rewritten to the (supposed) advantage of the United States." (Photo: Beijing/ Shutterstock) Alfred W. McCoy
Beijing’s Bid for Global Power in the Age of Trump
“America First” versus China’s strategy of the four continents
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"There is a world out there where we the people control government; where we send men and women of good will to office who support what the majority wants." (Photo: Peoples World/flickr/cc) John Atcheson
Inchoate Anger Is the Animating Force in Politics
Now people can do something about it
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"From Agamemnon to Bush to Obama to Trump – none was willing or able to end a war they couldn’t win." (Photo: Tama Leaver/flickr/cc) Tom Gallagher
A Trojan Horse for the U.S.?
Then and now, the relentless waste of life, health and wealth of war continues for no reason greater than to save face for a nation’s leaders
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Dr. Gleb Tsipursky
When Truth Isn't Truth
Casting doubt on reality is not a philosophical position, it is a strategy designed to confuse people and undermine democracy
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Monday, August 20, 2018
"The rest of the story is a sorry tale of the revolving door between industry lobbyists and the institutions that are supposed to keep the rest of us safe from industry excesses." (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
Trump's Deregulation Frenzy Isn't Trumpism, It's Republicanism
Any other Republican president would've waged the same war on clean air he'll launch Monday
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"A study in Nature last year concluded that there has been a threefold increase in widespread extreme rain events over central India during 1950–2015." (Photo: India Water Portal) Andy Rowell
After the Fires, Come the Floods
“What is predictable is that climate change which is happening across the globe is going to accelerate the rate at which the extreme events are happening.”
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"They believe the norms other people live by don’t apply to them." (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Musk, Trump, and the Second Gilded Age
Like Trump, Musk loves to upend the status quo by breaking norms and maybe even some laws
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"Below, more than two million Palestinians living under cruel Israeli occupation are barred from using the airport."(Photo: BookingIsrael) Jonathan Cook
In Detaining Peter Beinart, Israel Has Declared it No Longer Represents Millions of Jews Overseas
The problem for Israel is that increasingly those most critical of it include Jews
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Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump (Photo: Department of State/Flickr) Trita Parsi
On Iran, Is It Trump Versus His Own Neocons?
This group has already walked back Trump’s offer for dialogue with Iran without preconditions
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"When we blur sports and the military, adding corporate agendas into the mix, we're not just doing a disservice to our troops and our athletes; we’re doing a disservice to ourselves.' (Photo: Shaun King/Facebook) William Astore
Why Can’t We Just Play Ball?
The militarization of sports and the redefinition of patriotism
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The People’s Peace Movement ( PPM ) walking barefoot to the Northern provinces of Afghanistan, led by a blind member of their group, Zindani. (Photo: PPM’s Facebook Page) Dr. Hakim
In Afghanistan, Our Need to Rethink the Institution of War
We’ve been thinking that we need armies to stop ‘terrorists’, but armies don’t stop ‘terrorists’. Instead, they give ‘terrorists’ reason to keep fighting
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Chris Hedges
Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth
On the the dawn of the Anthropocene and how humanity has engineered our own march toward collective suicide
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Sunday, August 19, 2018
Elizabeth Bruenig
It's Time to Reclaim 'Socialism' From the Dirty-Word Category
At the heart of the democratic socialist vision flowering on the American left is the recognition that more than policy tweaks will be needed to empower everyday people to participate meaningfully in society and democracy
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Will Bunch
Toxic Masculinity Is Killing Us
The crisis of toxic masculinity needs to be on the front burner of the American conversation—not only because it’s so bad, but because it’s getting worse
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Sam Pizzigati
The Market Made Them Do It
Corporate boards are asking us to blame sky-high CEO pay on the laws of supply and demand
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Andy Rowell
BP and Big Oil Drive Society Over the 'Climate Cliff'
"What is a 'world class' reserve of oil to BP, is 'world destroying' to everyone else."
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Richard Wolff
How US Politics Sustains US Capitalism
And why a true transition to socialism requires a wholly different politics
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Julie Matthaei
Feminism and Revolution: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Why we must reach beyond a politics that views feminism as a struggle of women against oppression by men for a solidarity politics that seeks to end all forms of oppression
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Eric Margolis
Afghanistan: The War That Shames America
Lessons so painfully learned by America in the Vietnam War have been completely forgotten and the same mistakes repeated
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Saturday, August 18, 2018
Richard Silverstein
It Is Netanyahu, Not Corbyn, Who Deserves 'Unequivocal Condemnation'
Jeremy Corbyn has never ordered anyone's assassination. He's never ordered an invasion of a foreign country. Benjamin Netanyahu has.
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Robert Borosage
How to Win Elections from the Ground Up
Focusing on the top line—gubernatorial, Senate and House races—misses the critical story of the 2018 primaries: progressive populists are beginning to build for real power, starting from the ground up.
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Billy Corriher
Making Sense of the Chaotic West Virginia Supreme Court Impeachment
The impeachment of West Virginia's entire state Supreme Court is playing out against a broader trend of conservative politicians targeting judges who rule against them
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Samira Abrar
The Human Cost of War for Afghan Children
Youth growing up in Afghanistan today have never known peace, and after almost two decades of U.S. development efforts, living conditions in the country may be worse than when the so-called "peacemaking" started in 2001
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