All Views Articles for 2018-05-01

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
"Lawmakers for whom recent financial disclosure forms are available stand to gain more than $14 million next year. Four of these lawmakers seem likely to gain $1 million or more each." (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Melissa Boteach, Rachel West
Lawmakers’ Personal Tax Cuts Could Provide 10 Million Meals for Families in Need
Instead of listening to American voters, these lawmakers are not only pocketing their six- and seven-figure tax gains, they’re turning around and slashing billions of dollars from families’ nutrition benefits over the next decade.
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The notion that poor people must prove they are deserving by jumping through bureaucratic hoops to obtain basic assistance like food and shelter comes from the same warped ideological space that reasons tax cuts for the rich and corporations are a boon to the middle class. (Photo:  Yuri Keegstra/Flickr/cc) Misha Hill
Trump Administration’s Spending Priorities Echo Tax Cut Priorities: Punish the Poor and Lavish the Rich
An economy rigged to reward wealth above anything else.
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Jeff Biggers
May Day: Arizona Teachers Have Resistance History on Their Side
Today's teachers are calling out the same issues of unfair wages and tax giveaways to corporations that gave rise to Arizona statehood a century ago
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"Given all the times that those who want to rip up the JCPOA have called for war with Iran, it’s logical to conclude that deal opponents ultimately want regime change and/or war." (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Ben Armbruster
White House Joins Netanyahu In Making Case for Iran Deal
All Netanyahu and the White House did yesterday was underscore how vital the Iran deal is.
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"Unlike the US-allied strongman in Honduras, Ortega has been a public enemy of the United States for forty years, and remains in the crosshairs of Trump’s hawkish foreign policy team and many US lawmakers." (Photo: Jorge Mejía Peralta/cc/flickr) Jake Johnston
Social Security Protests in Nicaragua? Hold on a Second…
Conflating all of the world’s grievances with Ortega, without further analysis of the issues or motivations, into one movement — a movement destined to overthrow a “dictatorship”— doesn’t do anybody any favors.
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 Did Gadhafi actually threaten to massacre civilians? (Photo: BRQ Network/flickr/cc) Jim Naureckas
NYT Examines How History Impacts Korean Talks–but Its Own Memory Is Fuzzy
The myth that Gadhafi had openly threatened civilians and thus necessitated international military intervention sprang up quickly as the US and its NATO allies launched an attack on Libya’s government.
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Roy Eidelson
The DCCC’s Mind Games and the Ballad of Roy Moore
Progressive candidates deserve better than comparisons to Roy Moore and intimidation tactics by establishment heavyweights inside the Democratic Party
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Ralph Nader, Robert Weissman, et al.
An Open Letter to Jeff Sessions on Corporate Crime
The DOJ does not compile comprehensive data on corporate crime. This is a notable oversight.
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Israel argues that its deadly crackdown on the Great March of Return is part of its “armed conflict [with] the Hamas terrorist organization.” (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/Splash News) Maureen Clare Murphy
Fifty Killed in Gaza. Zero Israelis Injured.
Israel meanwhile continues to spin the protests as “Hamas riots,” accusing the political and resistance group of “attempting to disguise terror activities as a civilian-led riot.”
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"Nine-tenths of the way to the year 2020, U.S. soldiers, with all of their firepower and technology, have not achieved anything close to total dominance on the battlefields where they have been engaged." (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Robert Reeves) Arnold R. Isaacs
Why Can't the World's Best Military Win Its Wars?
Americans need to rethink war and look honestly at ourselves and our friends.
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Bolton’s hopes of keeping the option of U.S. war on Iran flopped in 2004, but he still believes in a first strike against North Korea, as he urged in an op-ed in late February. Gareth Porter
Did John Bolton Leak Intelligence to Sabotage a Trump-Kim Deal?
Bolton isn't just uninterested in selling a denuclearization deal to the public, he’s working actively to undermine it.
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"In continuing his agreement-killing campaign this week with another prop-dependent show-and-tell, Netanyahu has abandoned any effort to be logical in arguing against the JCPOA."(Photo: Screenshot) Paul Pillar
Netanyahu Makes a Case for the JCPOA
In continuing his agreement-killing campaign this week with another prop-dependent show-and-tell, Netanyahu has abandoned any effort to be logical in arguing against the JCPOA.
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"Netanyahu instanced no evidence at all that Iran is out of compliance with the 2015 deal, and UN inspectors continually have affirmed that Tehran *is* in compliance." (Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Flickr/cc) Juan Cole
Netanyahu: Don’t Look Here Where We’re Shooting Children, Look Over There at Iran
Netanyahu’s breathless announcement that there was a potential weapons aspect to Iran’s nuclear enrichment program has been known for a decade and a half.
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