All Views Articles for 2018-07

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
"Those facing deportation have no constitutional right to appointed counsel." (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Richard Rodriguez, Joy Moses
Lawyering Up on Immigration in the Trump Era
Immigrants are uniquely vulnerable to efforts to undermine the rule of law
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Jamie Longazel
Trump Bringing Familiar Politics of Division to Pennsylvania Coal Country
At Thursday's rally, Republican senate candidate Lou Barletta and Trump will do their best to emphasize the differences of those who live in this region. Like the coal barons before them, they’ll look working class Pennsylvanians in the eye and tell them economic policies that favor the rich are...
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"For every dollar a millionaire gives to charity, the public subsidizes 37 to 57 cents of that donation through diminished tax revenue." Chuck Collins, Helen Flannery
If You Take a Charitable Tax Deduction, You Should Actually Give to Charity
Wealthy donors are hoarding money in shady "charity" accounts in the face of urgent community needs
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Thom Hartmann
Trump Is in Major Legal and Political Trouble—His Desperate Attempts to Escape It Could Lead America to Catastrophe
We should talk about and prepare against any drastic measures from war to martial law Trump may undertake to escape his crises.
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"We urgently need a comprehensive approach to the problem." (Image: Food & Water Watch) Hannah McKinnon
As California Burns, Nobel Peace Laureates Call on Governor Brown to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Production
Like many self-identified “climate leaders,” California is dangerously ignoring the reality that in order to meaningfully tackle climate change we have to address fossil fuel production
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"As a religious minority in a country where their faith makes them potential victims of hate crimes, Muslims have stronger reasons than most Americans for believing in and practicing religious tolerance, not holy war." (Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP) Arnold R. Isaacs
American Islamophobia’s Fake Facts
The con game of anti-Muslims
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"Unless Trump fires Mueller and gets away with it, the president’s supporters can expect additional phases of depression."(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Bill Blum
Paul Manafort and the Five Stages of 'Mueller Derangement Syndrome'
The syndrome is most prevalent among Trump supporters, whose ranks range from off-the-hinge zealots like Alex Jones to the hacks on Fox News and, of course, the president’s biggest cheerleader—himself
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Stacy Bannerman
Is Climate the Worst Casualty of War?
The money misspent on the Iraq War—a war for oil, let’s not forget— could have purchased the planetary conversion to renewable energy. Just sit with that a moment.
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Monday, July 30, 2018
Trita Parsi
Trump's Offer to Meet With Iran's President Rouhani Won't Get Us a Better Deal. We Had Our Chance and Lost It.
Iran has offered American deals to end their nuclear programs before, but we preferred belligerency to diplomacy
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"Geo has turned into a household name in recent weeks for profiting off the youth and family detention centers that have become hallmarks of President Donald Trump’s inhumane immigration policies." (Photo: Negin Owliaei
Lancaster Shows How to Say No to Geo Group
A Pennsylvania county goes up against a giant of the private prison industry, and comes out victorious
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“It is sobering to witness how swiftly scientists’ worst predictions have come true, from the lethal heat wave gripping Japan to the record temperatures in Europe to the flames exploding near the Arctic Circle. ” (Photo: FEMA) Andy Rowell
California Wildfires Are “Climate Change, for Real and in Real Time”
As climate change creates its own weather, how many more people have to die, how many of our children do we have to bury or how many brave fire-fighters put their lives in danger, before society acts decisively?
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 "From DC, I returned to New York, a city that’s just spent hundreds of millions of public dollars on subway renovations that totally ignored one in six New Yorkers."(Photo: Emily Ladau/Twitter) Laura Flanders
Ominous Silence on the Anniversary of the ADA
The first two years of the Trump administration marked the first time that this landmark civil rights anniversary passed without official anything
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Nancy Altman
It’s Medicare’s 53rd Birthday—It’s Time Everyone Had It
Medicare for All is coming. It is coming because it is profoundly wise policy and profoundly winning politics.
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"The terror that ICE raids sow in our communities affects us all." (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Hamid Yazdan Panah
ICE Policies Hurt Our Communities Beyond the Border
The United States detains more immigrants than any other country in the world, and ICE’s ballooning budget and expansive detention policies run the risk of reshaping the character of our country
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Pianta and Ansari note in the study that previous research on the impact of school voucher programs “cast doubt on any clear conclusion that private schools are superior in producing student performance.”(Photo: iStock) Valerie Strauss
No, Private Schools Aren’t Better at Educating Kids Than Public Schools. Why This New Study Matters
The results confirm what earlier research found but are especially important amid a movement to privatize public education
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The destruction of the Great Mosque in Mosul (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) James Zogby
Foolish Wars Have Consequences
Countless civilan deaths, millions displaced, decimation of entire cities and the spread of extremism
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"The economics of the moment call for a political response – with policies that eliminate poverty, strengthen the middle class, and end the banking sector’s stranglehold on the economy." (Photo: Fed Up/Steve McFarland Photography) Richard Eskow
An Economy in the Fast Lane – With No Brakes
When the next recession hits, the working people of the United States will pay the steepest price
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"I’ve been teaching for 40 years and I don’t recall a generation as committed to social justice, reforming this country, and making it work for all and not just a few." (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
6 Reasons for Hope in Trump Times
The fate of this nation depends on every one of us becoming an activist, joining with others, and reclaiming this land from those bent on destroying it
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Sina Toossi
Why Trump's Iran Policy is Bound to Fail
The administration's aggressive policies evokes past destructive foreign interventions against Iran.
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Robert Epstein
What's Going On With Donald Trump's Mental State? No Principles, Just Gusts of Wind
Trump's lies and reversals are not due to mental illness but because he reacts to people and situations in the moment, with no thought of future or past.
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Sunday, July 29, 2018
Still from ACORN and the Firestorm © Courtesy of Pandora Film Center | photo by Tony Azios Peter Dreier
The Right-Wing Firestorm That Rages On
A new documentary reveals how the right-wing attack on the national, grassroots anti-poverty group ACORN was a dress rehearsal for our current toxic political culture.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrated her victory in New York's 14th congressional district with supporters on June 26. (Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images) Peter Bloom
Strong Progressives Vs. Weak Conservatives
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t moving to the Right, She is Shifting What is considered right to the Left
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Donald Trump & Michael Cohen Tony Norman
What an Incompetent Conspiracy Sounds Like
Not making any value judgments here, but Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s onetime consigliere, “fixer” and designated punching bag, is turning out to be something of a rat. I say that with...
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Ray McGovern with Ahed Tammy and unknown villager after teens in Nabil Salah fought off Israeli soldiers. Ray McGovern
Ahed Tamimi and Her Mother are Free - Sort Of
Ahed Tamimi and her mother were freed from prison on Sunday and Ray McGovern looks back on when he met the Tammy family last year in their West Bank village and reflects on the spirit that drives them.
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Saturday, July 28, 2018
Don’t be fooled by those who try to say that Kavanaugh is a centrist. It’s a lie. Cici Battle
What Do Young People Stand to Lose with Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court? Our Lives.
Young people have been on the front lines of so many progressive movements in our country for decades. We’re seeing that trend continue in 2018, as a surge of young people fed up with the growing...
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Peace in Trump's Time
It must be a peace without victory. . . only a peace between equals can last. - Woodrow Wilson, Address to the Senate, January 12, 1917 Once again, Mr. Trump has shown the world that he is a...
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Democratic House candidate Kara Eastman waves to passing motorists in Omaha, Nebraska on May 15, 2018. (Nati Harnik/AP) Stephanie Taylor, Alex Lawson
We Need a Public Option for Prescription Drugs
There is no good reason or justification for continuing with business as usual
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Vallejo has been hit hard by poverty, unemployment, and drug problems and was nearly devastated by the housing market crash of 2008, but its mayor believes the transformational power of beauty will help the city turn around. John de Graaf
A California City That’s Taking Beauty Seriously
Vallejo is working on conserving open space and beautifying the city as part of a national campaign to unite Americans
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China is developing a sophisticated green energy industry while the US government denies the existence of man made climate change. Here a wind farm in western China. Reese Erlich
US Losing Trade War with China
When I first reported from China in 1980, bicycles outnumbered cars on Beijing's major streets, and the tallest building in town was a 25-story hotel. I visited a small village that had one black and...
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Trump's Iran tweet may trap US in another war Eric Margolis
The Looming War Against Iran
President Donald Trump and his neocon advisors have been trying to provoke a war with Iran and Syria for many months. The neocons are echoing Cato the Elder’s cry, ‘delenda est Carthago!’. Iran must...
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Friday, July 27, 2018
An AT&T store sign Gaurav Laroia
How the AT&T-Time Warner Deal Could Ruin the Open Internet
Even in an age of increasing consolidation, the AT&T-Time Warner merger is a big one.
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 NASA image of the United States of America at night Tom Engelhardt
Three Failing Experiments? Mine, America’s, and Humanity’s
Each of us might, sooner or later, be thought of as a kind of failed experiment that ends in the ultimate failure: death. And in some ways, the same thing might be said of states and empires.
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"It is time for us all to put aside ideological differences and unite in solidarity with people around the world who are engaging in non-violent resistance against this assault on WikiLeaks and our right to free speech." (Photo: newsonline/flickr/cc) Nozomi Hayase
Why Americans Need to Defend Julian Assange’s Freedom
Criminalizing the act of publishing through the Espionage Act destroys the First Amendment as the guardian of democracy
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"Country-First Conservative support Trump because he's giving them what they want: a commitment to a white Christian nation." (Photo: Susan Walsh / AP) Bob Burnett
Trump Supporters, Hiding in Plain Sight
A commitment to a white Christian nation, the status quo and an economic model that works for the few
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Trader Michael Urkonis, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange early this month. Most of the more than $1 trillion federal tax cut benefiting corporations went into stock buybacks, not raises for rank and file workers. (Photo: Richard Drew/Associated Press) Will Bunch
That Raise You Were Promised Last Year? Wall Street Took It From You
Believe it or not, there are actually things that Congress can do to ensure that working-class people get their raise, which don’t involve throwing wads of cash at a CEO and hoping he won’t blow it all on his fifth vacation home
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"Fiscally squeezed state and local governments simply began reneging on their pension responsibilities." (Photo: Bill Fugliano/Getty) Sam Pizzigati
Creating Pension Plan Chaos for Teachers, Firefighters, and Cops
Hedge fund billionaires have been feasting off the futures of public employees — and the publics they serve
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Thursday, July 26, 2018
"Back to every political and bureaucratic cruelty “our team” commits in defiance of the likely wishes of a true democratic majority."(Photo: Cleo Leng/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
A World Designed by Playground Bullies
The money just isn’t there for most social programs, but it’s there for war, surveillance and incarceration
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"It would be easy for news watchers to see that the Democratic Party is much more committed to a hard line against Russia than a hard line against the corporate forces imposing extreme economic inequality here at home." (Screenshot: NBC News) Norman Solomon
GOP and Corporate Dems Gain When Democrats Run Against Putin
Amplifying the anti-Russia din helps to drown out the left’s core messages for economic fairness, equal rights, environmental protection, diplomacy and so much more
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"People of color are already disproportionately harmed by police practices, and it’s easy to see how Rekognition could exacerbate that." (Photo: ACLU)  Jacob Snow
Amazon’s Face Recognition Falsely Matched 28 Members of Congress With Mugshots
The false matches were disproportionately of people of color
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On many major issues, from civil rights to voting, the environment to business, who benefits from local policy varies from state to state. And it depends on who makes up your community, who votes in local elections, and who gets the power.  (Photo: Frederick Bass/Getty Images) Chris Winters
Power Grows Closer to Home as Big Government Fails Us
It will be up to the states, the cities, the communities, and the people to rebuild a unified state
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Strikers protest on July 16 at one of the warehouse truck entrances during the Amazon strike. (Photo: Lito Lizana/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)   Rebecca Burns
How European Workers Coordinated This Month's Massive Amazon Strike—And What Comes Next
“We Are Humans, Not Robots.”
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"The information that could bring down Trump — and that presumably Robert Mueller is trying to obtain — may be somewhere in the Deutsche Bank files." (Photo: by HomeArt/Shutterstock) John Feffer
Trump’s Dirty Money
Now that Trump has improbably failed all the way up to the White House, Russian money may well be the cause of his political demise
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"In spite of its unmatched military capabilities in the Middle East, its strong cultural institutions, its technological capacities, and its high standards of living with respect to the other states in the region, Israel has negotiated peace agreements only with Egypt and Jordan."(Photo:  Erich Ferdinand/flickr/cc) Noam Chomsky, Vijay Prashad
Chomsky, Prashad, Hedges and Other Leading Intellectuals: Denuclearize the Middle East
American political decision makers, as well as Israeli political leaders, need to rethink their political, military, economic, and cultural policies in the region
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“Unfortunately, people are always taking an issue that relates to women and children and turning it into politics." (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
Trump Has Found a Way to Make Enemies of Breastfeeding Mothers
Trump bends over backward to help profit-hungry infant formula industry
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Supporters of the Iran nuclear accord rally outside the White House on Oct. 12, 2017. Medea Benjamin
Who Will Stop Trump From Tweeting Us into War With Iran?
The president hopes we’ll break our Russia tunnel vision and set sights on Iran. We should.
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A young girl holds a flag in front of a sign reading 'Re-imagine.' Lee Camp
American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t for These 8 Myths
These myths are accepted and basically never questioned.
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President Donald Trump waves as he returns from Kansas City, Missouri to the White House on July 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. Thom Hartmann
Trump Simply Can’t Pull Anything Off—Even His Most Nefarious Plots
Trump will go down as the most dangerously corrupt and tragically incompetent president in America’s history.
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Sujata Dey
AMLO and Trump: NAFTA Best Friends Forever?
"A progressive agenda and the current NAFTA are incompatible. "
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Fifty-three years ago in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. Martha Burk
An Unhappy Birthday for Medicare and Medicaid
As the iconic health programs turn 53, the GOP is advancing plans to privatize one and gut the other.
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U.S. Capitol David Korten
Who Represents Us When Our Political Parties Represent Only Corporations?
Our future depends on bridging the partisan divide that elevates corporate interests above our personal well-being.
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Boys stand near a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. Ramzy Baroud
Jewish Nation-State Law: Why Israel Was Never a Democracy
The head of the Arab Joint List Alliance at the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), Aymen Odeh, described the passing of the racist Jewish Nation-state Law as "the death of our democracy." Did Odeh truly...
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Reverend William J. Barber II and Elizabeth Warren. (Screengrab) Elizabeth Warren
Forward Together With the Poor People’s Campaign
People living in poverty across the United States — from California to Kentucky to Michigan to West Virginia — told us their stories
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 The mother of a man who died in Vietnam holds up a sign protesting U.S. involvement in the war during a demonstration in the 1970s. (Photo: Jonathan Blair/Corbis via Getty Images) Anthea Butler
We Know Protests Work. So Why Aren’t We Protesting?
Long-term protests for women’s suffrage and the civil rights movement, and against the Vietnam War captivated and defined entire generations and altered the political landscape
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At a rally last week in Wichita, Kan., for James Thompson, a Democratic House candidate for a House seat, an audience member displayed a sign portraying Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and Democratic nominee for a House seat in New York City. (Photo: Hilary Swift for The New York Times) Michelle Goldberg
Democrats Are Moving Left. Don’t Panic.
If you want to beat Trump, centrism is not the answer
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"To date, the US continues selling weapons to the UAE and to its coalition partner, Saudi Arabia, despite several Congressional debates and a few increasingly close votes demanding a full or partial end to US weapons sales considering the terrible practices being carried out as part of the Yemen war."(Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) Kathy Kelly
'God Only Knows': The Tortured, Killed, or Forcibly Disappeared People of Yemen
US citizens bear responsibility for the US government’s support of these crimes
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Much has been made of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in New York, but the fact is, local, home grown progressives have been winning for months now in purple states like Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Virginia. (Lancaster Stands Up voted to endorse Jess King, Lancaster, PA/ Photo: Twitter) John Atcheson
Why Looking for the “Winning Issue” Is a Losing Proposition
They want candidates who espouse values, not tactics
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 "Although there’s no evidence that Donald Trump ever even knew about the Sino-Russian blueprint for establishing a tripolar global order, everything he’s done as president has had the affect of facilitating that world-altering project." (Photo: Presidential Administration of Russia) Michael T. Klare
Entering a 1984 World, Trump-Style
Implementing the Sino-Russian blueprint for a tripolar world order
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 Pompeo is a paid up member of the Christian Taliban, the tribe in the US that most steadfastly supports Donald Trump. (Photo: Getty) Juan Cole
“Hypocritical Clergymen”- How the Trump-Pompeo Slam of Iran Backfires
The Trump administration is itself a government of billionaires, by billionaires and for billionaires
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"It was as if Trump had let Russia-mad MSNBC and CNN craft the Helsinki news conference and write his lines for him." (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP) Paul Street
'Putin's War on America' Is Nothing Compared With America's War on Democracy
Missing from this media hysteria is the question of who will protect U.S. elections and purported “democracy” from the unmentionable malign influence of U.S. oligarch
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Adam Johnson
Action Alert: It's Been Over a Year Since MSNBC Has Mentioned US War in Yemen
Why is the No. 1 outlet of alleged anti-Trump #resistance completely ignoring his most devastating war?
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Monday, July 23, 2018
"He berates judges who disagree with him, and journalists and news organizations that criticize him."(Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
We're Living a Constitutional Crisis
A malignant megalomaniac facing no countervailing power will continue to expand his terrain until he is stopped
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'No human should ever be treated this way. But while we are wounded, we are not broken." (Photo: Shutterstock) Nicole Braun
Let Me Tell You What Forced Separation Feels Like
Our country puts thousands upon thousands of U.S.-born kids behind bars, too. Mine was one of them
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"Alice Marie Johnson of Tennessee recently had her life sentence commuted by President Trump after she served 21 years in prison for a first-time, nonviolent offense. There are thousands more like her incarcerated in the U.S., and a growing reform effort seeks to free them." (Photo: Rebekah Barber
The Quest to Keep Nonviolent Offenders From Being 'Buried Alive'
Nearly 80 percent of those serving life without parole for a drug offense are people of color
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Secretary of the Treasury William H Crawford, Attorney General William Wirt, Secretary of War John Caldwell Calhoun (1782 - 1850), Secretary of the Navy Samuel Southard and Postmaster General John McLean discuss the Monroe Doctrine. (Original Artwork: Painted by Clyde Deland (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) John Feffer
The Flight 93 Doctrine
Donald Trump’s kamikaze attack on globalism
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"El Salvador provides perhaps the most striking case of how US responsibility is obscured in the current immigration debate, based on the notoriety of Mara Salvatrucha, a predominantly Salvadoran street gang better known as MS-13." (Photo: Screenshot) Justin Anderson
Key Fact Obscured in Immigration Coverage: MS-13 Was Made in USA
Perhaps more outrageous is the failure of the establishment press to grapple with how current immigration issues are connected to US intervention in Central America, and the subsequent gang violence it helped trigger
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"While Lowenstein doesn't see any problem with our incredibly rich counterfeiters in the real world we have the problem that they are creating demand for goods and services with their consumption." (Photograph: AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Dean Baker
The Washington Post Thinks It Is a New Idea to Tell People to Worry About Mobility and Not Inequality
I suppose in the Age of Trump it is appropriate that the Post has a business columnist determined to flaunt his ignorance
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Sunday, July 22, 2018
Esfandyar Batmanghelidj
Pompeo, Religion, and Regime Change in Iran
"The Trump administration, committed to neither secularism nor freedom within the content of its own governance, is transparently adopting the form of 'supporting Iranian voices' for ends that cannot be genuine."
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Stacy Sullivan
We Shouldn't Take the Bait on 'Catch and Release'
People are not fish, and using a phrase, even one with the valence of a humane practice, serves to dehumanize the human beings being led away in handcuffs
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Theodore Hamm
Chuck Schumer's Actions on the National Stage Get Little Scrutiny From His Local Press
Whether he can successfully mobilize the resistance against Kavanaugh remains to be seen. Why he gets treated with kid gloves by the NYC press continues to be a mystery.
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Richard Eskow
Geithner's Grift, Paydays, and Democratic Drift
A recent poll showed that most Democrats want this year’s Congressional candidates to be "more like Bernie Sanders." Unfortunately, too many Democratic operatives would still rather be like Tim Geithner.
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Saturday, July 21, 2018
Stefania Maurizi
Inside WikiLeaks: Working With the Publisher That Changed the World
Like its work or not, WikiLeaks is an independent media organization that doesn't have to rely on traditional media to publish its scoops.
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Alex Emmons
How a One-Word Loophole Will Make It Easier for the US to Sell Weapons to Governments That Kill Civilians
The change could have a significant impact on sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates—the top two U.S. weapons clients—both of which are engaged in a destructive bombing campaign in Yemen.
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Friday, July 20, 2018
Tom Valovic
Is Artificial Intelligence Too Dehumanizing to Succeed?
Giving corporations powerful technology to intrude even more deeply into the personal lives of consumers and employees and then analyze that data for financial gain is a dangerous combination.
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Steven Singer
Wealth—Not Enrollment in Private School—Increases Student Achievement, According to New Study
It's time our policymakers stop ignoring the effect of income inequality on our nation's students.
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Christopher Brauchli
Trump as Tyrant
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it got worse.
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John Atcheson
The Big Tent Is Really No Tent: Why the Democrats' Old Guard Has to Get Out of the Way
It's time for the party to follow the people and back a set of progressive policies and candidates that put people first.
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Protesters in Louisville, Kentucky set up a short-lived encampment outside the city's ICE facility on Monday. Jordan Holycross
Calls to Abolish ICE Get Cold Shoulder on Newspaper Opinion Pages
Grassroots organizations have spoken against ICE tactics long before Trump became president. Yet corporate media chose to publish only a handful of these voices.
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Keith Kozloff
Civility and Civil Disobedience: Not Mutually Exclusive
There is no magic formula for weighing the potential benefits and risks of civility versus incivility, other than to remain mindful about one’s decisions.
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Tim Koechlin
"Hey! That's Not What I Didn't Mean": On What Trump Said in Helsinki
As it turns out, now infamous press conference is one in a long history of innocent miscommunications
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Laura Flanders
From Co-op to Co-op
Worker-owned co-ops are part of Labour’s larger plan to put national investment into locally-determined development through spending locally, owning locally, and making local decisions
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"If Mueller exposes financial fragility on Trump’s part, it may tip the first domino that then causes the entire Trump empire to collapse." (Photos by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
There Are 3 Main Theories That Explain Trump’s Approach to Putin and Russia—Which One Makes the Most Sense?
Time for Occam’s Razor
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Journalist Sam Husseini, reporting for The Nation magazine, displays a sign before being forcibly removed from a press conference after U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Monday at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
The Stories Corporate Media Failed to Cover This Week
Neither the U.S. nor Russia are interested in a world free of nuclear weapons—only a world where they alone (and perhaps Israel) remain capable of such mass destruction
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Arab lawmakers stand up in protest during a Knesset session in Jerusalem on July 19. (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi / Associated Press) Yousef Jabareen
Israel Just Dropped the Pretense of Equality for Palestinian Citizens
The so-called “Jewish nation-state” bill formalizes in Israeli law the superior rights and privileges that Jewish citizens of the state enjoy over its indigenous Palestinian minority, who comprise roughly 20% of the population
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"Capitalists used their money to bribe politicians en masse to great effect, but probably their most important colonization of state power was through the courts." (Photo: Illustrated | Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images, ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images, AP Photo) Ryan Cooper
The New Republican Gilded Age
The basic idea is to reconfigure the American state to serve only the interests of business
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Miles Mogulescu
It’s Time for a Mass Movement to Impeach Trump
The president must be removed before he irreparably harms the world and destroys what’s left of American democracy. Let's get busy.
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Thursday, July 19, 2018
Nate Singham
Obama Has Jumped on the Universal Basic Income Bandwagon—Let’s Make Sure It’s a Tool to Help Solve Inequality, Not Enforce It
We have to be vigilant to prevent the UBI debate from getting hijacked to promote greater wealth inequality across the world.
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Jordan Holycross
Child Separation Coverage Focused on Beltway Debate, Not Immigrant Voices
As corporate media dove into this story, the voices of those impacted most by immigration policy were drowned out by soundbites from congressmembers and Trump administration officials
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"While some will equate the entire episode with a California Democratic Party that is “out of touch” with voters, maybe those who would vote for Feinstein are out of touch as well — or ascribing power to her that she does not possess." (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Marcos Brenton
Dianne Feinstein Is Not Who You Think She Is
Feinstein should not have retired because she is a terrible representative. She should have stepped aside because it’s time
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"They came into South Shore much the same way U.S. troops enter Iraq: armed and fearful, not part of the community but “in control” of it." (Photo courtesy of Ryan Harvey) Robert C. Koehler
Mixing Guns and Racism
Police shoot another black man, spark community rage, further destroy all trust and continue to behave not as protectors but as an occupying army. God bless America.
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Tom Gallagher
May We Speak of Reason, Rather Than of Treason?
The bottom line is that treason is a vacant, rote charge; a wasted opportunity to talk about real things.
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“Of all the many, many terrible things the Trump Administration is doing, opening space to war will be the most destructive.” (Photo: Noah Flora) Harvey Wasserman
Trump’s Space Force: Military Profiteering’s Final Frontier
“The heavens are going to be littered with radioactive debris.”
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"That Part of the World knows – and what it knows is devastating." (Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) Rebecca Gordon
Making Sense of U.S. Moves in the Middle East
Confronting “That Part of the World”
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Josh Hoxie
Our Missing $10 Trillion
Tax cuts from the Bush, Obama, and Trump years have left a massive gap in the public coffers. This hurts everyone
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Monique Harris, an employer of personal attendants and member of Hand in Hand, mobilizes against family separation and detention at the July 2 #FreeOurFuture rally in San Diego on July 2nd. (Brooke Anderson) Brooke Anderson
Defending Undocumented Nannies, House Cleaners and Caregivers in Trump’s America
“These family separations need to stop. It’s not just happening at the border, it’s happening in our own communities."
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"Kavanaugh’s record on environmental issues is appalling."(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Basav Sen
Brett Kavanaugh Would Be a Disaster on Climate
When a literal reading of the law makes it harder to regulate corporations, judges like Kavanaugh stick to a literal reading. When it doesn't, they get creative
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Protesters march against the Muslim ban in Washington, DC. (Photo: Masha George / Washington, DC) Khury Peterson-Smith
Given What the U.S. Has Done to the World, It Should Be Letting All Refugees In
From the Muslim Ban to family separations, the U.S. is cruelly restricting refugees from conflicts it helped create
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"It is especially plausible to assume that the interests motivating Trump were the interests of Donald Trump more than the interests of the United States." (Mike Trukhachev/Shutterstock/cc) Paul Pillar
The Multiple Facets of the Russia Problem
There are not just two, but four, big problems involved
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, right, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, conduct a photo-op in Russell Building before a meeting on July 17, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Jeremy Slevin, Jake Faleschini
Confirming Kavanaugh Would Be a Disaster for Workers and People in Poverty
Kavanaugh exhibits a preference for the more powerful party—whether corporations, agencies, or the criminal justice system—over the less powerful—whether consumers, workers, or victims of pollution
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump (Wikimedia Commons) Diana Ohlbaum
Mattis, Pompeo, Kelly, Bolton, Coats: Resign Now
By acquiescing to the Russian attack—whether or not he and his campaign actually had a hand in its direction and execution—he is now, in effect, the agent of a foreign power
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Anti-Trump protesters float a giant “baby Trump” in London. (Shutterstock) John Feffer
What’s Behind Trump’s Assault on Europe
Trump is attacking Europe and siding with Russia for political — and not just personal — reasons
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