All Views Articles for 2018-…-21

Thursday, September 27, 2018
But beyond the guilt or innocence of the nominee, America’s culture of shame is being torn to shreds as women like Jeanne Woods simply come forward with their stories. (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/@aletweetsnews/Twitter) Robert C. Koehler
The Curse of Eve
This is so much bigger than Brett Kavanaugh, or the outcome of his nomination
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He’s got the purse strings of the Federalist Society and a litany of powerful men poised to enable him to evade consequences.(Photo edited by Slate/Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Tara DeZao
Brett Kavanaugh Sounds Familiar: I Went to High School With Boys Just Like Him
The religious right is trying to permanently legislate into American culture with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh: women are merely sexual objects who cannot be trusted to make decisions about their own bodies
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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in by committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to testify during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. Thomas Neuburger
The Kavanaugh Confirmation Endgame
Republicans now have two choices. They can withdraw the nomination or brute-force it through the Senate anyway.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
President Trump coyly allows he’s open to keeping Rosenstein, maybe until after the midterms. Don’t believe him? Tune in to find out. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Jefferson Morley
How Trump Hijacked the Government’s Transparency Process in an Attempt to Trap Rod Rosenstein
Donald Trump took a popular liberal idea and use it to attack the rule of law
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Policymakers must also embrace fiscal initiatives that reorient policy away from demand-side trickle-down measures and toward a bottom-up approach that is based on employment and reducing inequality. (Photo: NoHoDamon/Flickr/cc) Marshall Auerback
One of Global Finance's Biggest Doctors Warns: The World Economy Is About to Get Very Sick
Unless banks and governments switch gears from tax cuts to addressing inequality, we may be in for a lengthy economic downturn soon
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On TV, politicians say that it’s unreasonable to hold a man accountable for an assault he committed decades ago. Why on earth not? His victim is almost certainly still suffering from it. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
The Unbelievable Cruelty of the GOP’s Kavanaugh Charade
When I hear people shouting on TV that an assault in one's teens doesn't matter, it feels like they're shouting at me, too.
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Ford has had to leave her home after death threats were leveled at her family. (Photo: Shutterstock) Aniqa Raihan
The Strength of Kavanaugh’s Accusers Is Truly Amazing
I know what it’s like to seek justice against all odds. The fact that women keep doing it speaks volumes.
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Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Colo., center, leads a delegation of congresswomen from the House to the Senate on Capitol Hill to voice their concerns on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court in Washington D.C., Oct. 8, 1991. Accompanying Schroeder, from left, are, Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Eleanor Holmes-Norton, D-D.C., Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., Patsey Mink, D-Hi., and Jolene Unsoeld, D-Wash. (Photo: Marcy Nighswander / AP file) Nita Lowey
Brett Kavanaugh's Accusers Are Being Treated Just Like Anita Hill Was. The Senate Has Learned Nothing.
It seems increasingly likely that the Senate Judiciary Committee will repeat its catastrophic failures from the Clarence Thomas hearings
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Trump used the UNGA platform yesterday for bluster and the needless ratcheting up of tensions. (Photo: Screenshot) Mitchell Plitnick
Beating War Drums at the UN
Trump’s use of the UNGA platform to build the case for aggression against Iran, and even to add more obstacles to a peaceful resolution of tensions between the United States and the Islamic Republic, was particularly offensive
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No War Demonstration in GermanyAktion gegen Irak-Krieg in Berlin (Photo: © Paul Langrock / Greenpeace) Jen Maman
Five Reasons to Support a Total Ban of Nuclear Weapons Today
September 26th is the United Nations’ International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
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People don’t fully understand the true nature of the threat that climate change poses, and the press – when they bother to cover it – understates it. (Photo: CIRA/RAAMB) John Atcheson
Harbingers: Florence, Forest Fires, and the Future
If past is prologue, the media will soon move on, leaving the greatest threat humanity has ever faced virtually uncovered
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Companies that are profiting from the sick and twisted game of incarcerating children. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Valerie Vande Panne
Outraged by ICE's Treatment of Children? How to Close Your Wallet to the Companies That Profit From It
You can do something about it
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If we do not heal these wounds, if we do not restore the social bonds shattered by predatory corporate capitalism, when the next financial crisis arrives—and it will arrive—this collective anomie will explode.(Photo: Mr.Fish) Chris Hedges
American Anomie
The reconfiguring of American society into an oligarchy and the collapse of our democratic institutions have left most of the population disempowered
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Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli forces as a man waves the national flag during a demonstration in Gaza on 24 August 2018 (AFP) Marcelo Svirsky
The Two-State Delusion
It's time to admit that only a change in power dynamics will bring about a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict
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There is similar mistrust of Facebook, with only 20 percent of Americans agreeing social media sites do a good job separating fact from fiction. (Photo: FAIR) Alan MacLeod
Facebook’s New Propaganda Partners
That a single corporation has such a monopoly over the flow of worldwide news is already problematic, but the increasing meshing of corporate and US government control over the means of communication is particularly worrying
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Photo: A woman takes her children to shelter as an army member tries to help them, during a shooting at a military parade in Ahvaz marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran (AP). Trita Parsi
The Ahvaz Terror Attack in Iran May Drag the US Into a Larger War
If the Ahvaz Attack has Saudi and UAE fingerprints, then their goal is likely for Iran to respond aggressively, which may force the US to act militarily
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Day before Hurricane Maria. Taken in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. ( Photo: Amira Odeh) Amira Odeh
Puerto Rico One Year Later: We’re Fighting for Justice and Prosperity
It has been a year since the impact of Maria. Here in Puerto Rico, there are still families living in the dark, homes without a roof, people who haven’t been able to find a new job after their businesses were destroyed, and people mourning their lost loved ones. This is climate injustice in action.
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The president is now urging Congress and the military to embark on a project that could cost countless hundreds of billions of dollars and, in return, make America—and the world—less safe. (Photo: Trump Make America Great Again Committee) William Hartung
Trump's Space Force: To Boldly Go... Nowhere!
Smoke and mirrors or a step towards war in space?
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A protest Monday outside the Supreme Court against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press) Michelle Goldberg
Pigs All the Way Down
Kavanaugh and our rotten ruling class
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 Let's be as crystal clear to all of our sons as my husband and I are to our 16-year-old boy: If you sexually assault a woman, you are committing a crime, and it will affect the rest of your life. (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr) Patti Solis Doyle
Burn Down the 'Boys Will Be Boys' Club
Women across America will be watching on Thursday, and, in just a few weeks, they'll be voting
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We've seen enough disasters due to bombs, nuclear weapons and nuclear power to know that we cannot afford any more. (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons) Olivia Alperstein
It’s Time to Ban Nukes for Good
“Use of any nuclear weapon, regardless of its killing power, could be catastrophically destabilizing."
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Monday, September 24, 2018
We can plainly see Trump’s hostility towards the international community. (Photo: White House/Flickr) Maya Finoh
Five Ways the Trump Administration Has Attacked the U.N. and International Human Rights Bodies
By pushing xenophobic policies that defy international law, the Trump administration is pitting the United States against the very system of multilateralism that our country worked so hard to create in the years after World War II
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The report is being prepared by experts from a diverse array of countries and institutions, including from the United States. (Photo: IISD) Rachel Licker
Understanding 1.5°C: The IPCC’s Forthcoming Special Report
The latest scientific literature has only underscored the urgent need for action to limit the heat-trapping emissions that are fueling climate change
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Those guardrails of democracy were faulty long before Trump came along and some of the adults in the room are scarier than the squalling infant.(Photo: Common Dreams) John Feffer
Trump’s New Normal: Say Goodbye to the Guardrails of Governance
What happens when the adults in the room are as scary as the crying baby?
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Amy Chua (Right) — though she is supposedly a liberal Democrat — initially served as a glowing character witness for Kavanaugh as part of the conservative propaganda rollout. (Photo: Screenshot) Ryan Cooper
Brett Kavanaugh and the Corruption of the American Aristocracy
Aristocracy means corruption, deception, and moral rot. It is nowhere worse than in America's most elite universities
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The issues up for grabs aren’t ideological abstractions for them. They’re causes in which Millennials have direct personal stakes.(Photo: Light Brigading/flickr/cc) Robert Reich
Why I’m Betting on Millennials, This November 6th
In my thirty-five years of teaching college students, I’ve not encountered a generation as dedicated to making the nation better as this one
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Sociologist Devah Pager shows that having a criminal record while job hunting is particularly damaging to people of color. (Photo: NBC News/YouTube) Eileen M. Ahlin
Memo to Kavanaugh’s Defenders: Passage of Time Doesn’t Erase Youthful Mistakes in the Criminal Justice System, Especially for People of Color
Juvenile crimes can haunt people for the rest of their lives
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Bill C. Davis
On Catholic Boys, Kavanaugh, Women, and Belief
It seems to me now, the way men perceive women is how they perceive life itself.
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Sunday, September 23, 2018
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Steven Greenhouse
SeaWorld and Kavanaugh’s Missing Empathy Gene
The Supreme Court nominee showed more concern for overregulation than worker safety in a U.S Court of Appeals case involving the death of a whale trainer.
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At least 29 people, including numerous civilians, were killed in a terrorist attack at a parade on Saturday in Ahvaz, Iran. Trita Parsi
The Ahvaz Terror Attack in Iran May Drag the US Into a Larger War
If the Ahvaz attack has Saudi and UAE fingerprints, then their goal is likely for Iran to respond aggressively, which may force the US to act militarily
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Laura Carlsen
Central American Women Are Fighting Extractive Industries on their Land—and Winning
The battle to stop the spread of extractive industries pits indigenous and peasant communities against powerful business interests, backed up by politicians who encourage the foreign investments that convert millennial ways of life into cash—for them
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Former Chicago police commander Jon Burge died on September 19. He was responsible for systematic torture. (Photo: People's Law Office in Chicago) Kevin Gosztola
Death Of Jon Burge: Commander Set Standard For Police Terror In Chicago
What happened with Burge is a microcosm of how society and government can allow authorities to torture their own citizens, especially if thuggish elements can convince officials the ends justify the means
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Debbie Weingarten
Arizona Had A Plan To Make the Wealthy Pay For Education. The Supreme Court Shut It Down.
"The Arizona Supreme Court decision is not just a blow to the thousands of supporters who spent months protesting, organizing, and petitioning. It is a rejection of a literal phenomenon."
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Juan Cole
How Rosenstein’s Firing Could Lead to Trumpian Martial Law and Blood in the Streets
Trump has wanted to fire Rosenstein for some time, and the Times report could well push the volatile hotelier over the edge
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Saturday, September 22, 2018
Marshall Auerback
Does the U.S. Have the Ingredients to Win a Trade War?
In winning the trade battle with China, Trump may lose the war against inflation.
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Sami Awad, Michael Beer
Gaza As the Palestinian State Is Not an Acceptable Two-State Solution
"On the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, Israel is implementing an unjust 'two-state' solution by making Gaza the Palestinian rump state on 1.76 percent of historical Palestine. Israel is moving toward permanent annexation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem."
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Steven Rosenfeld
America's Political Pollsters Could Be Missing the X Factor in the 2018 Elections—'Hidden Voters'
Pollsters like to look for reliable voters, but that overlook this year's key blocs of new and infrequent voters.
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Glenn Greenwald
Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9" Aims Not at Trump But at Those Who Created the Conditions That Led to His Rise
Trump himself is a secondary figure in Moore's film, which is far more focused on the far more relevant and interesting questions of what—and, critically, who—created the climate in which someone like Trump could occupy the Oval Office.
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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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