All Views Articles for 2018-02-07

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Andy Worthington
Exactly 16 Years Ago, George W. Bush Opened the Floodgates to Torture at Guantánamo
So let's nip this idea that "Bush wasn't so bad" in the bud, shall we?
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"Whatever’s happening on Wall Street, Main Street’s in trouble." Photo: YouTube/screenshot) Laura Flanders
Dr. King and The Ram
What next, muttered the critics : Rosa Parks shilling for Uber? James Baldwin hawking the Firestone Next Time?
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"Twenty states are considering bills this year that would restrict the ability to vote." (Photo:DonkeyHotey/Flickr) Jen Herrick
Get Ready for More Voter Suppression
This year, at least 20 states are considering laws that would make it harder to vote.
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"US military and foreign policy (nearly one and the same these days), mostly run on auto-pilot, with an almost total lack of democracy, as politicians bought and paid for by weapons contractors further their own interests, rather than ours."(Photo: United States Army Band/flickr/cc) Kevin Martin
Trump’s Military Madness Parade Actually Makes Sense (But Must Be Stopped!)
The whole world knows the US has the most gargantuan war machine in human history.
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Josh Hoxie
While School Secretary Gets $1.50 per Week, Koch Brothers Get $27 Million per Week
No love for working families this Valentine’s Day
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"Oklahoma depends heavily on the oil and gas industry, which has suffered from falling prices in recent years." (Photo: Roy Luck/flickr/cc) Elizabeth McNichol
Harmful Tax Cuts Helped Fuel Oklahoma’s Budget Woes
Large tax cuts for wealthy people and profitable corporations and business tax incentives reduce state funds for investing in communities, often for little or no payoff.
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Ivanka Trump with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Capitol Hill in June 2017. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) Elizabeth Bruenig
Trump’s Paid Family Leave Plan Would Punish Those Who Choose To Have Kids
If you’re not particularly well-to-do and you want a family, in other words, you’ll need to be prepared to pay for it in your old age: your family, your choice, your problem.
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"Environmental protests against the pipeline are likely to engender the same type of surveillance we saw at Standing Rock — in fact, several local law enforcement authorities have already indicated their plans to prevent a repeat of the Standing Rock protests." (Image: Courtesy of Unicorn Riot) Jenna Bitar
6 Ways Government Is Going After Environmental Activists
Lawmakers are working to enshrine laws that charge environmental activists with “economic terrorism.”
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 "Sanders then invokes the growing citizen movements demanding real change – Medicare for All, fair taxes on billionaires, trade deals that help working people not multinationals, a $15 minimum wage, free tuition at public colleges, universal childcare, equal pay for women, criminal justice reform and more." (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Robert Borosage
Can Democrats Catch a Wave in 2018?
Democrats won’t build an enduring majority for the profound reforms we need without a clear explanation of why we are in the mess we are in, who did it to us, how we get out, and how the country and the vast majority of working people will benefit.
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Jim Hightower
Exposing Our 'Populist' President as a Naked Plutocrat
Public Citizen's brief connects the dots, documenting with concise, easy-to-grasp specifics how Trump the faux populist has systematically sold out the working families whose votes he cynically swiped, handing our government to a kakistocracy of corporate plutocrats.
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"From this day forward, let us always remember what they did to New Orleans. Let us remember what they are trying to do to Puerto Rico." (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region/flickr/cc) Steven Singer
Crippled Puerto Rico Offered School Privatization as Quick Fix for Woes
After an economic history of being pillaged and raped by corporate vultures from the mainland, Rossello is suggesting the U.S. Territory offer itself for another round of abuse.
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Charles P. Pierce
Where Do Republicans Go From Here?
It's time to stop speaking delicately about this.
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