All Views Articles for 2018-01-11

Thursday, January 11, 2018
With the help of some Democrats, the House of Representatives voted today — and the Senate will do so sometime in the next week — to extend a controversial NSA surveillance power that potentially affects millions of Americans’ privacy rights. (Photo: Elvert Barnes) Trevor Timm
Democrats Just Handed Trump More Domestic Surveillance Powers. They Should Know Better.
There is no reason for the FBI to read Americans' emails without a warrant. Why doesn't Nancy Pelosi agree?
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"Trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives later, the primary lesson from the perpetual wars and profligate weapons spending of this century should be that throwing more money at the Pentagon isn’t making us any safer." (Photo: cs2002/flickr/cc) William Hartung
2018 Looks Like an Arms Bonanza
Another good year for weapons makers is guaranteed.
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"Embarrassed by his lackluster academic record, his dependence on his family’s connections and wealth to get into college and to succeed in business, and his troublesome and abusive business practices, Trump lashes out at anyone who challenges him, no matter how insignificant the matter." (Image: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) Peter Dreier
Why Trump Keeps Telling the World 'I’m Smart'
The president has tons of bravado, which masks a myriad of other problems.
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"She talked about the women who aren’t talked about: the domestic workers, the women working for minimum wage, women who have no choice but to be silent about their abuse because they have a family to feed." (Photo: Guian Bolisay / Flickr) Razan Azzarkani
Hollywood Won’t Destroy Sexism, But We Can
The solution isn't for Oprah to run for president. It's to listen to women everywhere.
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"The latest evidence of the Republican Party’s anti-democratic activities comes from a federal court ruling, issued Tuesday, which found that North Carolina Republicans deliberately drew congressional district boundaries in order to benefit their own party."(Photo: Common Cause NC/Twitter) Richard Eskow
When Will Democrats Start #Resisting GOP Voter Suppression?
Americans love democracy, at least in principle.
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"The board is fighting to give the superintendent a $38,000 raise. Yet they refuse to give another penny to teachers – all while class sizes have jumped from 21 to 29 students, according to Hargrave." (Photo: Screenshot) Steven Singer
When You Mistreat Teachers, Beware the Unintended Lessons for Students
Not only a horrific violation of Deyshia Hargrave’s rights, but defies the very purpose of public school.
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 "It’s the default plot of the country’s entertainment and gaming industries, where the violence is always consequence-free." (Photo: flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
The Sanctity of Life
Militarized police, the omnipresence of guns, the ever-present possibility of violence and the common belief in an enemy (be it dark-skinned terrorist or basic bad guy) who is out to get us.
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Jill Richardson
Rethinking the ‘Goldwater Rule’ in the Trump Era
Is it ever appropriate for mental health professionals to diagnose a politician from afar? Maybe.
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