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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Employees at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle. (Photo: Elaine Thompson / AP) Jacob Sugarman
Amazon's Billion-Dollar Shakedown of America's Cities
If these corporate behemoths are loyal only to their shareholders, what is to prevent this same travesty from repeating itself in cities across the country?
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"Through daily economic disruption, we hop the government will finally start taking the climate crisis seriously and address our demand for radical action.” (Photo: Karl Mathiesen/Twitter)  Michael Molitch-Hou
If We Don't Act Fast, 'We're F**ked': An Urgent Call to Climate Action From Extinction Rebellion in the UK
Climate Activists send message to UK Prime Minister by blocking access to the street in front of her office
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Congressman Eliot Engel of New York, speaking at a rally in 2013. (Photo: Thomas Altfather Good) Stephen Zunes
Dems Eye Hawkish Eliot Engel to Chair House Foreign Affairs Committee
It’s nothing short of a betrayal that the Democratic leadership would turn this important committee over to someone so far to the right
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Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, held his son as he addressed supporters at his primary night party on Tuesday. (Photo: Steve Cannon/Associated Press) Steven Rosenfeld
The Florida Election Recount Is About to Get Very Confusing
The technical capabilities of Florida’s vote-counting systems, the continued examination of ballots and court rulings are set to collide in the coming days—or weeks
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The border O’Rourke showed Texas wasn’t Cruz’s or Trump’s Wild West, where undocumented immigrants wreak havoc. It’s a city full of welcoming people who take pride in living in a binational community. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jasmine Aguilera
Beto O’Rourke’s Lasting Legacy
The competitive campaigns of red-state progressives like Beto redefined several states seemingly overnight
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A number of leading Democrats with eyes on 2020 — and the party’s growing progressive base — have advanced proposals that could spark real change in who owns and runs America. (Photo: Shutterstock) Sam Pizzigati
Democrats Won Big. Can They Go Bold, Too?
The party's leaders have been far too cautious in the past. Newer ideas could spark real change in who owns and runs America
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Studies show that PTSD in survivors of previous disasters is often triggered during national crises. Survivor’s guilt is real. (Photo: @AssaadRazzouk/Twitter) Eric Holthaus
How to Process Climate Grief Over the California Wildfires
It’s also worth remembering — every damn day — that a burned and broken world is not our destiny
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Les Leopold
Will the Wall Street Democrats Part the Blue Wave?
The Wall Street Democrats sure hope so. They have little desire to emphasize working class economic issues, many of which could threaten their vast riches.
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Palestinians walk through rubble after Israeli forces struck the al-Yazji building in the Gaza Strip overnight Monday, November 13, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Asad) Ahmad Kabariti
Palestinians in Gaza Flee Homes Moments Before Israeli Airstrikes: ‘I Rushed to My Children’s Bedrooms to Check if They Were Alive’
“I no longer care about the air strikes. If I am still alive or fatally hit by shrapnel, then it’s all the same for a girl who has already experienced three wars.”
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Jeff Bezos is laughing all the way to the bank. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) Pat Garofalo
The Frenzy Over Amazon’s HQ2 Should Be a National Embarrassment
After gathering data on hundreds of cities, Amazon wound up going with the home of Wall Street and the home of America’s government, two advantages no amount of money could buy
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Medicare for All is the cheapest and best direction for the country. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Now Is the Time for Medicare for All
The American public has a real choice here: expensive health care for the few or quality, affordable health care for the many
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Greg Muttitt
The IEA Comes Up Short on Climate (Again)
The IEA has a significant opportunity for leadership, an opportunity that it regrettably missed with it's latest World Energy Outlook report
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
They know the odds. They understand that they’re already living in a dystopia. (Photo: Grassroots Global Justice Alliance) John Feffer
Welcome to the Ultimate Escape Room
Will this climate-change dystopia have a sequel?
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Dror Ladin
Secret CIA Document Shows Plan to Test Drugs on Prisoners
Documents long hidden by the agency reveal that CIA doctors were hunting for a "truth serum" to use on prisoners as part of a previously secret effort called Project Medication.
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 "This year was like nothing I’ve ever seen before: The most talented class of candidates ever, powered to victory by tireless volunteer activists." (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Jon Bauman
2018 Showed the GOP Doesn’t Have a Lock on the Senior Vote
Now, it’s up to the newly elected House Democrats to make good on their promises on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
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“America’s leading industry is still the manufacture, distribution, packaging and marketing of bullshit." (Photo: Screenshot) Valerie Vande Panne
7 Economic Terms That Are Often Used to Trick People Out of Their Money
If it sounds too good to be true, take a closer look beyond the buzzwords
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Assange is on his own. Each day is more difficult for him. This is by design. It is up to us to protest. We are his last hope, and the last hope, I fear, for a free press. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
Crucifying Julian Assange
What is happening to Assange should terrify the press. And yet his plight is met with indifference and sneering contempt.
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To be great, America must clear the path to the polls, perhaps even mandating voting like Australia. There, turnout is more than 90 percent. (Photo: CHUCK BURTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Leo Gerard
The Best Way to Get Voters to Vote
America loves a party. Why not institute Saturday celebrations for mandated electors at American polling places?
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Between 2010 and 2017, according to Brookings, nearly half of the America’s employment growth centered in just 20 large metro areas, now home to about a third of the U.S. population. (Photo: Reed Saxon/AP) Robert Reich
Amazon Is Everything That's Wrong With America
As the American middle class disappears, the two groups falling perilously behind are white, rural, non-college Trumpsters, and the urban poor
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“Every resident of Paradise will inevitably have lost their home or had a family member or loved one who had lost their home.”(Photo: U.S. Forest Service) Andy Rowell
Paradise Lost
As California once again reels from the fires, many are warning this is climate change in action
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K. Sabeel Rahman
Democrats, Don’t Compromise With Trump
Now that they've won back the House, they should focus on building a better party—not on passing legislation.
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Monday, November 12, 2018
Crowds including children dancing and carrying flags of Allied nations during a spontaneous celebration of Armistice Day and the end of World War I. Paris, France. November 11, 1918. (Archive: LIFE magazine) Robert Freeman
Why World War I Still Matters
It is a foolhardy enterprise for the U.S. to plunge the world toward war by trying to retain control of last century’s central resource: oil. But that is exactly what the U.S. is doing.
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 Beyond the litigation, Abrams has been making selective appearances with thwarted voters—to emphasize the human dimensions of voter suppression in her state. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) Steven Rosenfeld
Here’s Why the Georgia Governor’s Race Is Far From Over
Tens of thousands of uncounted votes and possibly more in rejected vote-by-mail envelopes
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In place of fossil fuel finance, investments should be redirected toward renewable energy, cleaner industry, and more sustainable agriculture, among other priorities. (Photo: Image via Stefan Bumbeck/7dvt.com) Oscar Reyes
Want to Save the Climate? Break Up the Big Banks
Despite regularly claiming new commitments to ‘green finance,’ the big banks continue to lend billions to the fossil fuel industry every year
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Nationalists in the polling are found to do exactly this– deny human emotions to members of other nations or ethnicities. ( Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Macron’s Slam of Nationalism Got It Right, But Didn’t Note Dehumanization
Animalizing people, dehumanizing them, is part and parcel of destructive nationalisms that have blighted so many lives so fruitlessly
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has said Assange should be treated like an enemy combatant, while Hillary Clinton has wondered if he could be killed by a drone. (Photo: newsonline/flickr/cc) Heather Wokusch
Killing the Messenger: Truth in a Time of Universal Deceit
The murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the case of Julian Assange, and freedom of the press
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In 1954, Armistice Day was replaced with Veterans Day, and so our public celebration of peace and an end to war became a rally to “support the troops,” a state and federal day off, and a platform for military recruitment. (AP) John LaForge
Armistice Day First
“You can no more win a war than win an earthquake.”
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Union dead at Gettysburg, July 6, 1863. Miles Mogulescu
Is Government Of, By, and For the People Over?
Such a government may be in the process of perishing in the U.S., to be replaced by a government of the minority, by the minority, and for the minority
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Washington has spent between $900 billion and $2 trillion in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11 and certainly killed tens of thousands of Afghans in that never-ending war. (Photo: U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mike Brady, Task Force Cyclone, 38th Infantry Division Public Affairs) Rory Fanning
The Stories War Tells Me
A veteran and parent can’t stop thinking about the war he fought
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Sunday, November 11, 2018
Nellis Kennedy-Howard
People Like Me
"Native Americans are the first inhabitants of this land. Yet we are one of the last groups recognized to vote and one of the last groups to have a representative in Congress."
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Ryan Cooper
When Obstruction of Justice Is Glaringly Obvious
"It's a safe bet that acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker—like Robert Bork before him—will be the cat's paw Trump will use to halt or impede Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe."
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Will Bunch
George W. Bush Started an Immoral War. Now He's Getting the Liberty Medal
"Donald Trump's narcissistic embrace of racism, crudeness, and blatant lying is too easy to brand as un-American and 'not who we are.' But George W. Bush's militarism, empire-building, and hypocrisy in pursuit of those goals was maybe a little too American."
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Sam Pizzigati
The House Has Gone Democratic. Can the House Now Go Bold?
Vague rhetoric about "access to healthcare" and "good jobs" won't challenge the plutocracy that keeps our lives brutal. These proposals could.
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Juan Cole
The Lessons of World War I: Don't Trust Hateful Politicians Like Trump
"Trump's own American nationalism is destabilizing for the world. Let's hope he doesn't stumble into a debilitating and fruitless war."
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Saturday, November 10, 2018
Laura Flanders
WTF White Women?
In terms of white women's voting habits, 2016 was bad—and 2018 was worse
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So for Halliburton’s 100-year anniversary wish, let’s wish its stock tanks and that its guilty are remembered, held accountable, and that justice is ultimately served. (Photo: WhisperToMe / Public Domain) Lauren Smith
Amnesia & Lack of Accountability Reign as Wall Street Celebrates Halliburton’s 100-year Anniversary
The time to hold the ruling elite accountable is now —before another invasion and occupation is executed against a fake enemy that just so happens to coincidentally have a large desirable oil reserve
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Rob Dietz
The Secret of Eternal Growth? It’s Wishful Thinking
We desperately need an economy that can meet humanity’s needs without risking environmental meltdown and undermining the basis for civilization
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Martin Winiecki
80 Years Since the Holocaust Began: Can We Stop Fascism Today?
"The speedy rise of fascism always seems to hit the world by surprise. Yet what we're witnessing did not begin with the Bolsonaros, Trumps or Dutertes, just as German fascism did not begin with Hitler."
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Mark Weisbrot
Trump Was Handed a Major Defeat on Tuesday—And There Will Be More
The Democrats' victory in the House is important not only in the immediate sense that it will provide a check on Trump but also because it could mark the beginning of the end of this nightmare
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Friday, November 9, 2018
By the close of business on Friday, all 2018 midterm ballots to be counted, or information required from voters to ensure their ballot would count, is due in both states.(Photo: @ajplus/Twitter) Steven Rosenfeld
For Georgia and Florida, Midterm Election Counts Continue
Democratic candidates’ push for counting every vote raises questions about election technology for future races nationwide
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I have realized that by living according to the Marine ethos, I have become a murderer, a realization that has caused me (and many others) profound guilt, shame, and moral distress. (Photo: DVIDSHUB/flickr/cc) Camillo Mac Bica
A Celebration of Killing and Dying
I have realized that I and many others who claim the title of Marine have had our selflessness, dedication, and patriotism exploited; asked, better compelled, to make sacrifices fighting in wars that were (are) ill-conceived, unnecessary, unjust, and immoral
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest person ever to be elected to Congress. (Photo: Mark Lennihan / AP) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
After an Election of Historic Firsts, the Real Work Begins
Amidst the backdrop of white nationalist violence linked to the presidency of Donald Trump, the 2018 midterm elections are ushering in a slate of elected officials representing the country’s diversity more than ever before
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The Dems must pass a law forbidding the Trump administration to spend any government money in helping the Saudi-led war on Yemen. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
The Top 11 Things the Dems Absolutely Must Do in the House
More progressive Democrats in the House must be prepared to fight like hell against the Pelosi-Schumer establishment, which will try to make them quiescent and go along with corporate priorities
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Demonstrators rally in Lansing, Mich. on July 18, as the state's Supreme Court heard arguments about whether voters should be able to pass a constitutional amendment that would change how the state's voting maps are drawn. (Dale G. Young / Associated Press) David Daley
As Polarized As Americans Are, They Agree on This: Gerrymandering Is Wrong
In red states, blue states and purple states, they’ve had it with politicians drawing their own districts, choosing their own voters and distorting democracy
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The Vietnam War was obviously one of the most disastrous of this country’s past mistakes -- and the Pentagon's "50th Vietnam War commemoration" is a near-perfect example of how both national and military leaders and a willing public have avoided facing important truths about Vietnam and American wars ever since. (Photo: Quora/Wikimedia) Arnold R. Isaacs
Disremembering Vietnam: On Making America’s Wars Great Again
The Pentagon whitewashes a troubling past
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Matthew Whitaker, the new acting attorney general, arrived in classic Trumpian fashion: via tweet, unvetted for his current post, and awash in a brew of extreme opinions, conflicts of interest, corrupt intent, and disregard for the rule of law. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Victoria Bassetti
Matthew Whitaker’s Appointment Threatens the Rule of Law
Trump’s new acting attorney general is an outspoken critic of the Russia investigation
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Siblings Zaid, Ziyad and Aisha I’mad Mahmoud Al-Haj Al-Hussein were killed in a November 3 US-led air strike on their family home in Hajin, Deir Ezzor, Syria. (Photo: Syrian Network for Human Rights) Brett Wilkins
Latest US-Led Air Strikes Kill At Least 80 Syrian Civilians
In the wider US-led war against terrorism, at least hundreds of thousands and likely more than a million men, women and children have died in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Syria since October 2001
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The most expensive midterm election in U.S. history fired up people on all sides, including many young people who went all out to put a check on the extremism of the Trump administration. (Photo: smartboy10 /Getty Images)  Sarah van Gelder
If You Want A Just World, Neither Republicans Nor Democrats Will Give It To You
Many are reimagining and building the world they want, beginning where they live
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Thursday, November 8, 2018
Bernie’s commonsense ideas of Medicare-for-All and free college education, for example, are hysterically decried as totalitarian designs from China and the USSR. (Photo: Shutterstuck) Jim Hightower
White House Economists Are Obsessed with Socialism
A new White House report links the idea of Medicare for All with Mao. Really?
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Rashida Tlaib (Shutterstock) Domenica Ghanem
The ‘Blue Wave’ Was Also a ‘Muslim Wave’
In the most Islamophobic election in history, Muslim candidates scored big wins by embracing progressive policies
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As I explained in my Consortium News report, no such effort to count the dead by reviewing media reports, records from hospitals and other "passive" sources, no matter how thoroughly, can ever fully count the dead amid the widespread violence and chaos of a country ravaged by war. (Photo by Sebastiano Tomada/Getty Images Reportage Reportage) Nicolas J S Davies
Yemeni War Deaths Underestimated by Five To One
ACLED estimates the true number of people killed in Yemen is probably between 70,000 and 80,000.
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Tony Evers  (Photo: Screenshot) Mary Bottari
A Public School Teacher Just Beat the Pants Off Scott Walker
A Democrat in the governor’s mansion will also put an end to Wisconsin’s role as a national petri dish for right-wing policies promulgated by the Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council
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“We saw through this race how much it resonated that he was a working person. People want their representatives to look like them, and have lives like them.” (Photo: Randy Bryce for Congress) Erik Gunn
Randy Bryce, in Defeat, Looks at the “Whole Picture”
Instead of gloom, Bryce and his supporters seemed to exude an air of gritty resolve
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The American people will be subject to more of Trump’s lies and hate, as amplified by Senate Republicans and Fox News. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Robert Reich
America Rejects Trumpism
The nation has repudiated Trump, but do not believe for a moment that our national nightmare is over
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BP’s staggering hypocrisy even goes beyond that too: on its website the company says it is not only in favour of action on climate change but also in favour of carbon pricing, the very measure it just spent millions defeating. (Photo: Screenshot) Andy Rowell
BP’s Blatant Climate Hypocrisy on Show As it “Buys” Vote to Defeat Carbon Tax
So the company that at the beginning of the century promised to go “beyond petroleum” just defeated a ballot which would have helped the US to do that
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District 27 Democratic candidate Donna Shalala, center, celebrates her victory over Republican television journalist Maria Elvira Salazar in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo: Emily Michot/Miami Herald via AP) Robert Kuttner
How a Progressive Message Won House Seats
Advocating policies like Medicare-for-all, a significant expansion of Medicare, or a buy-in at age 55, Dems won in heavily blue and red districts
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A still from Trump’s racist caravan ad, which was too much even for Fox News. (Photo: Snapshot) John Feffer
Trump’s Only Election Strategy Was Racism
Republicans can only win by racial gerrymandering and voter suppression. And Trump can only win by using fear and racism
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If the fascist . . . tendency that lurks in him and in the situation that surrounds him does come out more fully, he will obviously be aided by the ever more imperial presidency that was created in the decades before he left Trump Tower for the White House. (Photo: Rudi Riet/Flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
The Issues That Won't Go Away
Most of the issues that truly matter, that require a fundamental shift in American politics, remain rawly unaddressed and unacknowledged
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Amanda Estep Burton (L), newly elected Democrat to WV House. (Photo: Campaign for the Legal Center) Robert Borosage
2018 Midterms: Blue Wave, Red Undertow
The 2018 election exposed once more how divided the country is – but it also showed how strongly the tide is running against Trump’s hateful brand of politics and the party that he continues to deform
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Phyllis Bennis, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
We Have Movement Work To Do
If more registered voters—more young people, more people of color, more poor people, more women, more immigrants and students and workers and activists—had voted, things might be just a bit better. That's our real challenge.
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"These results show that Republicans can’t win with their actual policy agenda — not even in many red states, judging by some ballot initiative results." (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
Midterm Takeaway: We Need a Lot More Democracy
Republicans banked this election on lies, fear-mongering, and rule-rigging. It almost worked
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 Seventy percent of the populations in these countries have no confidence in Trump. (Photo: Shutterstock) Vijay Prashad
Most of the World Does Not Like U.S. Foreign Policy
But disregard for world opinion—as well as the opinion of the U.S. citizenry—defines the U.S. government
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Why didn’t the Democrats win more widely—taking back a full congressional majority and not just the U.S. House? The answer is because each state has two U.S. senators, regardless of its population. That blame lies with the country’s founders and the structure of federal representative government. (Photo: Heath Hinegardner) Steven Rosenfeld
It Was a Blue Wave Election—And the Republicans Are Feeling the Fallout
But the country’s anti-democratic electoral structures and many legitimately conservative voters are very real
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Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are set to become the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress. (Photo: AP Photo)  Juan Cole
Refugee Muslim Women That Trump Wouldn’t Have Let In, Win House Seats
They are Trump’s worst nightmare and the antithesis of what he thinks America is or should be
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They should start with the Department of Interior and its Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is facing no less than 17 federal investigations. (Photo: FOE) Nicole Ghio
Four Ways for Democrats to Root out Republican Corruption
Tuesday’s elections brought a major shift to the U.S. House, and handed Democrats the opportunity to investigate the rampant corruption of the Trump Administration
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Sarah Anderson
6 Women of Color Who Campaigned for Congress on Inequality and Won
These trailblazers often drew from their own personal stories to connect with and win over the hearts of voters. Each is heading to Washington to advance a bold social and economic justice agenda, with a strong focus on reversing inequality.
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 Dishonest appeals to racism, xenophobia, and misogyny only work when millions of voters are receptive to hearing them. (Photo: JEFF ROBERSON / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Will Bunch
Trump Appealed to the Very Worst in America. Too Often, It Worked
The election was a gut check on the national character, at a moment when many both here and abroad fear America is sliding into authoritarianism
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Ryan Cooper
America Repudiates Trump
This election is a clear demonstration that the Republican Party and its leader Donald Trump are badly out of step with the mainstream of American society.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Tom Engelhardt
Autocrats, Inc.: Thoughts on Election Day 2018
America, you might say, now has a 103-degree temperature and there isn’t an emergency room in sight.
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President Donald Trump claims he can end birthright citizenship with a swipe of his pen. (Andrew Harnik / AP) Bill Blum
The Attacks on Birthright Citizenship Are Just the Beginning
Beneath the bluster, the attacks are a rallying cry for voter suppression and will in all likelihood accelerate as the 2020 presidential race begins in earnest
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Maria Svart
Democratic Socialists on the Rise as Capitalism Having Increasingly Hard Time Hiding Its Ugly Face
The core idea of democratic socialism is that we, working people, deserve better. We have a right to the wealth our labor creates.
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Pro-voter measures are on the ballot from North Dakota to Florida, from Nevada to Massachusetts, in states that are deep red, deep blue and many shades in between. (Photo: Fairvote) Kevin Johnson
Will Voters Lead on Electoral Reform?
The half-century peak in state level reforms this year is the best indicator we could ask for that major national level reform is not far behind
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For the first time in 70 years, the Trump administration had added a citizenship question to the census, which is a surefire way of scaring immigrants away from participating. (Photo: Whitehouse/Flickr) Steven Choi
In Trump’s Hands, the Census Becomes a Weapon
The census determines how billions of federal dollars are allocated on a state and national level, and it is also used to draw political districts, thus determining political representation
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President Trump greets the audience before speaking at a campaign rally in Cleveland on Monday. (Tony Dejak/AP) Eugene Robinson
Trump Stokes Resentment Toward Minorities. Republicans Just Smile
Republicans who do not reject and condemn Trump’s demagoguery are complicit in it and will share in history’s judgment
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Mitch “Darth Vader” McConnell wants to destroy what’s left of the Affordable Care Act and get rid of protections for pre-existing conditions. (Photo: InformedComment) Juan Cole
Your Health, Social Security, and Safety Depend on Voting Democratic Today
If you want to cast yourself down into poverty and watch your loved ones die for lack of health insurance, just go on voting Republican and giving heartless bastards like Trump the keys to the kingdom
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The current round of soul-searching around the Equator Principles dates back to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the Indigenous-led campaign calling out the banks behind the project. (Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc) Lindsey Allen
Big Banks Just Flunked Their Own Test on Climate, Indigenous Rights
In a bitter irony, JPMorgan Chase and other banks revise their own environmental due diligence standards just as they re-up their support for fossil fuels
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Bolsonaro has divided Brazil’s 100,000 Jews. (Photo: Buda Mendes/Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
With Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Israel Finds Another Natural Partner on the Far-Right
Israel has relished the recent emergence of far-right leaders across the Americas and Europe, often to the horror of local Jewish communities
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Economic Inequality and Racism Are This Election's Crucial Issues
Most Americans are financially struggling to stay afloat—people of color more so than whites—and corporate elites are laughing all the way to the bank
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Thom Hartmann
Medicare for All Will Destroy the GOP—Because of Voting!
If the national ID system were the key to getting your health care and medications, there’d be no need for “voter registration” and no ability for the GOP to purge voters.
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Monday, November 5, 2018
Ralph Nader
Don’t be Flattered, Fooled and Flummoxed in Tomorrow’s Election
On how to become a super-voter
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Paul Buchheit
The Evidence Pours In: Poverty Getting Much Worse in America
Poverty—and the stress of being poor—is killing people every single day
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We’re the only country in the world — bar none — of 175 real democracies, where the elections are run by the people who are on the ballot. (Photo: Theresa Thompson/ Creative Commons) Tracy L. Barnett
Democracy Under Siege: Systemic Flaws May Override Record Electoral Participation
The U.S. electoral system is not set up to facilitate a truly representative democracy and has been further undermined by those with a vested interest in a low turnout
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Medea Benjamin
Trump Bullying Will Hurt Millions of Iranians
The sanctions are already taking a tragic toll. While there are humanitarian exemptions on food and medicines, restrictions on banks and shipping companies make even exempted items difficult to obtain.
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It’s no exaggeration to say that those arms control treaties, taken together, probably saved the world from a nuclear Armageddon. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) James Carroll
Entering the Second Nuclear Age?
“They will not forgive us”
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Gross understood that unchecked corporate power would inevitably lead to corporate fascism. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
Scum vs. Scum in This 2018 Midterm
We no longer live in a functioning democracy
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Joe Raedle/Getty Images Jennifer Cohn
Voting Machines: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Beyond the midterms, voters must pressure Congress to pass substantive election security legislation
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Ilhan Omar won her primary race this week, setting her up to become the first Somali-American woman to win a seat in the U.S. House. (Photo: @politico/Twitter) Ruth Conniff
Get Ready for the Shake-Up: Grassroots Candidates Drive Midterm Surge
While Donald Trump rallies the rightwing base with flagrant appeals to fear, anger, and racism, the most diverse slate of candidates in U.S. history is poised to change the direction of the nation’s politics for a long time to come
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Bev Jackson signs up volunteers for door-to-door campaigning outside of the event featuring Oprah Winfrey and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at the Cobb Civic Center on Nov. 1, 2018 in Marietta, Georgia. (Photo:Jessica McGowan / Getty Images) Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Trump's Racism Can't Win Elections. Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression Can.
It is time to fight for the heart of our democracy, and to elect those who can reconstruct its basic infrastructure
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Michael Winship
Vote Against the Litany of Lies
The GOP is openly talking about gutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, the programs you’ve paid for throughout your working life. Vote!
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Sunday, November 4, 2018
People hold signs during the "We Won't Be Erased" rally for trans rights on Oct. 22, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Praveen Fernandes
Forced Classification, Biological Determinism, and Sad Chapters From Our Nation’s History
We ignore history at our own peril.
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Supporters hold signs outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2013. Nozomi Hayase
How Did Julian Assange Become a Political Prisoner of Our Time?
Injustice against the Wikileaks founder continues
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Offshore platforms Sue Sturgis
The 2018 Ballot Measures That Could Help Build a More Just South
There are ballot questions in Southern states — some of them citizen-initiated — that have the potential to expand voting rights, create a fairer economy, and protect the environment.
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Chief Senate Counsel representing the United States Army and partner at Hale and Dorr, Joseph Welch (left), with United States Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin (right), at the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations' McCarthy-Army hearings, June 9, 1954. Abby Scher
Eight Lessons From History to Help Make Sense of Today’s Madness
Somehow, we need to fight on behalf of true democracy, economic, gender and racial justice for all, the climate and the common good all at the same time.
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The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington, D.C. ( Ellen Brown
Trump’s War on the Fed
President Trump has stepped up his criticism of the Federal Reserve, saying of its aggressive interest rate hikes that it has “gone crazy.” The same charge has been leveled against Trump, but there may be a method to his madness . . . .
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A caricature of billionaire Sheldon Adelson attacks the White House. Sam Pizzigati
Mouthy Moguls: Our Latest Disappearing Species
What do America's billionaires feel about the burning issues of the day? They'd rather not say—in public.
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https://flic.kr/p/Lycnm9 Christopher Brauchli
The Newborns vs. Trump
Like his ardent followers, "Adolph" has assumed a stridently anti-immigrant tone that gives comfort to those who have an intense hatred of foreigners seeking to enter the country
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Saturday, November 3, 2018
Sign reads: "Restore voting rights" Meghan Tinsley
Civil Rights and Voter Suppression in the US
The rights of those whose citizenship is contested will not be guaranteed by appeals to loyalty and patriotism, but by social movements that are not bound by the state.
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The victims are honored outside the Tree of Life Synagogue Steven Singer
The World Mourns for Jews After Pittsburgh’s Synagogue Shooting. What About Other Targets of Hate?
It’s not enough to take a stand against anti-Semitism. We need to join together to fight all of it.
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"Global unity' sculpture shows hands supporting the Earth David Korten
Why I Have Hope in the Face of Human Extinction
Around the world, people are realizing the current path will lead only to disaster, and they’re beginning to ask the hard questions about what to do next.
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President Donald Trump delivering remarks from the White House on Nov. 1, 2018 in which he described a caravan of asylum-seekers as akin to "an invasion." Chris Kromm
Immigrant Bashing Emerges as GOP's Closing Argument in 2018 Midterms
Republicans appear to have settled on a theme to turn out GOP voters
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