Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Chase Strangio
After Seven Years in Custody, Chelsea Manning Will Soon Be Free
Chelsea Manning almost died on our watch. She suffered at the hands of our government, and the toll of her incarceration nearly killed her. But she survived. Through long stretches of solitary...
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Joe Conason
Impeach Trump? Transcript Will Tell Whether President Blabbed Secrets To Russians
If Donald Trump disclosed highly classified state secrets to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister, he may be vulnerable to impeachment — not because he broke the law, which evidently he did...
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Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
America Needs a New Poor People’s Campaign
In a spectacle of religious hypocrisy last week, preachers who say so much about what God says so little — and so little about what God says so much — stood in the Rose Garden as a backdrop for...
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John Nichols
The Donald Trump Impeachment Clock Is Ticking
T he “Doomsday Clock,” which members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists ’ Science and Security Board have maintained since 1947 as a measure of “how close we are to destroying our civilization...
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Jonathan Lee
Just How Sensitive Was the Information Trump Reportedly Revealed to the Russians?
Given Monday’s bombshell report by the Washington Post claiming President Donald Trump revealed classified information relating to the Islamic State to senior Russian officials visiting the White...
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Monday, May 15, 2017
Andy Rowell
We Are on Cusp of 'Deepest, Most Consequential Disruption of Transportation in History'
“We are on the cusp of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruption of transportation in history.” Within ten years, we may witness a radical technological shake up in the way we drive as...
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Amy Traub
We Didn't Give Mothers Enough
The National Retail Federation was expecting a Mother’s Day bonanza on Sunday, predicting consumers would “spend more than ever… as they shower moms with everything from jewelry to special outings at...
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Julie Kohler, Nicole Rodgers
Paying Homage to Single Mothers
Mothers have it hard in this country. We pay lip service to support for working moms, but don’t back up our words with deeds, through critical public policies like paid family leave or high quality...
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Chris Hedges
Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease
Forget the firing of James Comey. Forget the paralysis in Congress. Forget the idiocy of a press that covers our descent into tyranny as if it were a sports contest between corporate Republicans and...
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Dean Baker
WaPo Columnist Condemning Sanders' Drug Importation Bill Doesn't Realize Canada Can Expand Its Regulatory Agency
The Washington Post ran a column by Leona Aglukkaq, a former member of Canada's House of Commons and Canadian health minister, which complained that Senator Bernie Sanders proposal to allow mass...
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Richard Eskow
The Bradley Foundation's Secret War on Gay Marriage and Liberal Sex
A trove of documents exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy shows that the right-wing Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation wants to build a right-wing “ infrastructure ” across the country to...
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James Trimarco
How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding All Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion (Including Keystone XL)
Of the more than 60 banks helping to finance the expansion of tar sands infrastructure, the indigenous-led environmental campaign Mazaska Talks has identified 17 as worst offenders. These banks have...
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Martese Chism
From Selma to Springfield: Why We’re Marching in Illinois
Over fifty years ago, my great-grandmother Birdia Keglar marched in Selma with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Today I join two dozen others on a 15-day, 200-mile march from Chicago to Springfield to...
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David Schwenk
March on Harrisburg: What Democracy Is All About
Determined to pressure politicians to support three pieces of pro-democracy legislation, scores of activists set off from Philadelphia on Saturday on a 100-mile trek to the Pennsylvania state capitol...
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Paul Buchheit
Trying to Explain the Disdain for Poor Americans
Americans with wealth and power don't generally care about the middle and lower classes. Even worse, they are doing real damage to the people they don't care about. But why? Either these well-...
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Sunday, May 14, 2017
Tom Engelhardt
Mosul, Thomas Friedman, and the Globalization of Misery
The closest I ever got to Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was 1,720.7 miles away -- or so the Internet assures me. Although I’ve had a lifelong interest in history, I know next to nothing about...
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Robert Reich
The End of Trump
The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party. Trump’s statements...
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John Pfaff
The Never-Ending 'Willie Horton Effect' is Keeping Prisons Too Full for America's Good
At a time when Democrats and Republicans appear incapable of working together on even the simplest of matters, one area of surprising agreement has been prison reform. Despite Atty Gen. Jeff Sessions...
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Victoria Bassetti
Following the Money on Senate Russian Investigations
To special counsel, independent prosecute, special commission, select committee, or regular investigate, that is the question. As the constitutional crisis deepens in the wake of Tuesday’s firing of...
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John Light
How Media Consolidation Threatens Democracy: 857 Channels (and Nothing On)
Earlier this week, we wrote about a pending deal between Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media . Sinclair hopes to buy Tribune, a move that will allow the company to broadcast news to 70 percent of...
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Pierre Tristam
I Wasn't Saying This Before, But Now I Am: Not My President
For the past 112 days–yes, I am counting the days: aren’t we all?–I’ve lived under the pretense that Donald Trump is my president. I didn’t vote for him, but James Comey elected him fair and square,...
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John Atcheson
But What If He's Not an Idiot?
Turns out, the first word a lot of people think of when it comes to President Donald Trump is this one: idiot . The White House’s handling of the Comey firing looks a lot like a clip from The Gang...
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Laurence Tribe
Trump Must Be Impeached. Here’s Why.
The time has come for Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice. The remedy of impeachment was designed to create a last-resort mechanism for...
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Saturday, May 13, 2017
David Macaray
Sorry, Folks, But Donald Trump Is Everything We Deserve
The main reason (besides the grinding repetition) why I can’t bear to watch comedians do their self-congratulatory Donald Trump shtick is that their phony indignation is based on the premise that...
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Robert Reich
Are There 22 Patriotic House Republicans?
Trump warning to former FBI Director James Comey against leaking anything negative about him—tweeting "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking...
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John Dean
One Good Thing Donald Trump’s Presidency Has Done: Improved Journalism
When I first started thinking about this column, I was going to write about the testimony of former acting attorney general Sally Yates and former director of national intelligence James Clapper, Jr...
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Robert Borosage
By Almost Every Measure, Trump Making Life Worse for Working Class
D onald Trump has ginned up a continuous din in his first four months as president, with each outrage or grotesquerie immediately followed by another. Amid the furors, it is easy to lose track of the...
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Xoài Phạm
This Mother’s Day, Help Black Mamas Get Free
As families around the country prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day, thousands of mothers are sitting in jails before even having been convicted of a crime. Now Black-led groups are working together to...
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Michael Winship
In a Time of Madness, Sally Yates Is a Profile in Courage
Let us now praise a class act. Amidst the turmoil of another chaotic week in Trump world, the Comey firing and a pandemic of Washington spinelessness, there was a certain righteous symmetry that...
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Udi Ofer
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Has Just Doubled Down on the Immoral, Racist, and Counterproductive War on Drugs
Attorney General Jeff Sessions knows that the United States is the world’s leading incarcerator . We imprison more people than any other nation in the world. But apparently he likes that distinction...
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Christopher Brauchli
Trump Trumps Trump
With consistency a great soul simply has nothing to do. —Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, Self Reliance One of DJT’s many virtues is that he does not slavishly adhere to positions he has publicly taken...
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Friday, May 12, 2017
Janine Jackson
Big Media Need to Fight for the Right to Protest
West Virginia state police arrested Dan Heyman, a veteran reporter with Public News Service , for repeatedly asking Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price whether being a target of domestic...
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Jim Sleeper
It’s Not Only a Constitutional Crisis, It’s a Civic Implosion
Donald Trump won the presidency of the American republic for the same reason that he’ll lose it before the end of his first term, assuming that the rest of us can keep the republic itself. That...
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Christopher Famighetti, Douglas Keith
Donald Trump's Cynical, Corrosive 'Election Integrity' Commission
Friday, after months of innuendo and exaggeration, President Trump signed an executive order to create a commission to look at "election integrity." It comes after repeated claims from Trump and his...
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Jacob Dorman
I Resigned as Professor at University of Kansas to Protest State's Gun Laws
Ethan Schmidt, may he rest in peace, received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas history department in 2007, the same year I started as a professor there and a decade before I resigned in...
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Kevin Gosztola
Chelsea Manning Will Be Released Next Week And Finally Get A First Chance At Life
Chelsea Manning will be released from military prison at Fort Leavenworth next week. She will finally get a chance to be herself without having to conform to the rigid guidelines or expectations of...
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Robert Weissman
Tough Guy Sessions: Shameful and Stupid on Street Crime, Soft on Corporate Crime
Tough Guy Attorney General Jeff Session has announced that federal prosecutors will charge low-level drug offenders and others with the most serious crimes possible, despite overwhelming evidence and...
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Zephyr Teachout
Trump and the Art of the Lie
As a presidential candidate last year, Donald Trump said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” He didn’t shoot anyone, but proved that he could...
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Gareth Porter
Will Trump Agree to the Pentagon's Permanent War in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria?
The two top national security officials in the Trump administration – Secretary of Defence James Mattis and national security adviser HR McMaster - are trying to secure long-term US ground and air...
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Laurence Tribe, Richard Painter, Norman Eisen
Firing Comey Is Worse Than Breaking a Law
If President Trump’s shockingly sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey had violated some statute or constitutional provision, our judicial branch could easily have remedied that misstep. What the...
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Charles P. Pierce
This Feels Like a Turning Point
When we last left Camp Runamuck, and it was only this morning , there was some question as to whether the walls of the East Room ought to be discreetly padded. Since then, and it's only been about...
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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Tom Engelhardt
The War on Terror Is a War of Chaos
Here’s a footnote to America’s present wars that’s worth pondering for a few moments. The U.S. Air Force is running out of ordinary bombs, smart bombs , and in some cases missiles . No kidding. The...
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Michelle Alexander
What I Learned from Susan Burton, a Modern-Day Harriet Tubman
T here once lived a woman with deep brown skin and black hair who freed people from bondage and ushered them to safety. She welcomed them to safe homes and offered food, shelter, and help reuniting...
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Jessica Bonanno
Hacking the American Dream: Progressive Senators Go Big for Worker Ownership
The best-kept business model secret of our age is about to get the spotlight it has long deserved. It's employee ownership—a proven, common-sense pathway to reduce inequality, anchor jobs at home,...
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Ralph Nader
The Losing Warfare State
The USA is still bogged down in Afghanistan (the 16 year-old occupation is the longest in American history) and in Iraq (since the unconstitutional, illegal invasion of the country 14 years ago)...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Donald Trump’s Ajit (Pai)-Prop
“You’re fired!” When Donald Trump ousted FBI Director James Comey Tuesday night, it was more than just another of Trump’s shocking executive actions. Comparisons to Watergate are chillingly relevant...
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Danny Sjursen
The Pro-War Movement and the Hazards of Military Worship
More, more, more. I was guilty of it myself. Commanding a small cavalry troop of about 85 soldiers in southwest Kandahar Province back in 2011, I certainly wanted and requested more: more troopers,...
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John Light
Trump’s FCC Has Paved the Way For a Giant, Local Fox News
Fox News may have hit a rough patch, with both its CEO and top pundit felled by a storm of sexual harassment allegations within one short year. But another conservative media corporation — one with a...
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Harvey Wasserman
Tunnel Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Dump—Harbinger of the Collapse of the Entire Industry?
The collapse of a tunnel at the massive nuclear waste dump at Hanford, Washington, 200 miles east of Seattle, has sent shock waves through a nuclear power industry already in the process of a global...
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Leonard Pitts Jr.
If You’re Not Appalled by Comey’s Firing, You’re Not Paying Attention
Republican Sen. James Lankford called for “clarity.” Republican Sen. John McCain pronounced himself “disappointed.” And Republican Sen. Marco Rubio essentially shrugged. He said he was “surprised” by...
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Ebony Slaughter-Johnson
American Justice Now Feels Laughable
Heard any good jokes lately? Desiree Fairooz did. But laughing at it got her thrown in jail. That’s right: Fairooz was just convicted for laughing during the confirmation hearing of now-Attorney...
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Robert C. Koehler
Classified America: Why Is the US Public Allowed to Know So Little?
For a journalist — especially one covering government and politics — the most suspicious, least trustworthy word in the language ought to be: “classified.” As the drama continues to swirl around...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Jim Naureckas
Asking Questions of Government Figures Is Not a Crime
West Virginia state police arrested Dan Heyman, a veteran reporter with Public News Service , for repeatedly asking Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price whether being a target of domestic...
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Ted Glick
It's Time to Build a Trump Impeachment Campaign
I have some experience with campaigns to impeach Presidents. In October 1973, in response to Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre—the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and the forced resignations...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
We Must Have a Special Prosecutor
So Donald Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director mistreated Hillary Clinton last summer over her use of private emails. Stop laughing. Trump takes us for chumps. The Republic is nothing to...
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Sarah Anderson
If Washington Won’t Rein In Corporate Greed, Your State Might
Josh Elliott is fed up with overpaid CEOs. As the owner of a Connecticut natural foods market with 40 employees, he says he could never justify pocketing hundreds of times more pay than his employees...
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Jody Williams
Women Fight Back: From Survive to Thrive
The rising backlash against women’s rights, as well as that against activists of all stripes, was infused with new and terrifyingly overt vigor with the campaigning tactics of Donald Trump leading up...
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Ben Lilliston
Who Will Trump Side With on Paris Climate Decision?
In the coming weeks, various factions within the White House will debate whether the U.S. should leave the Paris climate agreement - the global plan signed by nearly 200 countries to reduce...
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David Macaray
More Bad News for Organized Labor?
The Supreme Court will soon be ruling on the question of whether union contracts can legally include provisions where employees waive the right to join in class-action lawsuits. While unions and the...
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Libero Della Piana
When Protests Are Powerful, The Powerful Punish Protest
When people feel powerless – locked out of decision-making, bypassed by real governance – they turn to protest. Especially for the disenfranchised and oppressed, protest is often the only way to...
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Will Bunch
Trump's Tuesday Night Massacre Puts U.S. on 'Banana Republic' Brink
The Tuesday Night Massacre doesn't have quite the right ring, but then the sequel is almost never as satisfying as the original. Nearly 44 years ago, Richard Nixon touched off what many of us had...
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Elizabeth Goitein
The Constitutional Rubicon of an Assange Prosecution
If you were tuning in and out of FBI Director James Comey’s hearing before the House Intelligence Committee last Wednesday, you probably got an earful about Comey’s public statements on Clinton’s use...
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Robin Shulman
The Muslim Ban Is a Muslim Ban, the ACLU Argued in Court
As the gavel sounded on Monday afternoon, the Richmond, Virginia, courtroom quieted. In a room of rich green carpet, great hanging chandeliers, and dark wood, the Fourth Circuit prepared to listen to...
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Mark Weisbrot
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Macron is Just the Beginning of a New Fight for France and Europe
The media response to the French election reads like some people had too much cannabis. From the first paragraph of a front page news analysis of the New York Times : “It was globalization against...
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Michael Corcoran
Trump Uses Power of FCC to Pay Back Friends at Sinclair Broadcasting
Monday morning, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the conservative media behemoth that owns more local news stations than any other company in the country, just got even bigger. It announced it was buying...
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Juan Cole
NSAgate: Trump Was Warned (by Yates and Obama), and Yet He Persisted
The Trump administration is running as hard and fast as it can away from Michael Flynn, whom Trump briefly appointed National Security adviser. But the facts of this case implicate Trump and his high...
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Julie Chinitz
What's At Stake When We Talk About Healthcare
All across the country, citizens at town hall meetings are asking hard questions to the 217 Republicans like New York’s John Faso and Elise Stefanik who voted in Congress to repeal Obamacare. People’...
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William Hartung
The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker
When Donald Trump wanted to “do something” about the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria, he had the U.S. Navy lob 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield ( cost : $89 million). The strike...
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Mary Ellen Kustin
Are Industry Interests Behind President Trump’s Attack on National Monuments?
On April 26, President Donald Trump launched an attack on national parks, public lands, and waters. His executive order called on U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to “review” the 54 national...
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Dean Baker
Financial Transactions Taxes: Job Killing Robots for the Wall Street Hedge Fund Crew
Last week, Representative Peter DeFazio reintroduced his financial transactions tax (FTT) proposal . The bill would impose a tax 0.03 percent on trades of stock, bonds, options, and other derivative...
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John Light
Trump’s Bogus Reason for Bailing on the Paris Agreement
Donald Trump looks as if he is preparing to pull out of the Paris Agreement. After months of delayed and rescheduled meetings on the topic, the administration has suggested it will make its official...
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Monday, May 8, 2017
Rainey Reitman
Launching DearFCC: The Best Way to Submit Comments to the FCC about Net Neutrality
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has made a dangerous proposal to destroy the FCC’s net neutrality rules—the very same rules that keep Internet providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from choosing which...
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Christine Berry
What Would It Look Like to Build a Politics That’s Open to People But Closed to Big Money?
When it comes to Brexit, Labour is caught between a rock and a hard place. With both the party and its electoral base divided, and passions running high on both sides, it simply can’t match the...
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Les Leopold
Obama Shows Why Wall Street Has Two Parties And We Have None
Just as Donald Trump mortgages the White House to Goldman Sachs, Barack Obama does a Hillary: He agrees to take $400,000 from Wall Street to give one speech. Obama will make as much money in one hour...
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Robert Reich
A Shameless GOP and the Moral Travesty of Trumpcare
Shame on every one of the 217 Republicans who last Thursday voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and substitute basically nothing. Trumpcare isn’t a replacement of the Affordable Care Act. It’s a...
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Andrew Bacevich
What Obsessing About You-Know-Who Causes Us To Miss
Donald Trump's election has elicited impassioned affirmations of a renewed commitment to unvarnished truth-telling from the prestige media. The common theme: you know you can’t trust him , but trust...
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Robert Dodge
A Question for Republicans on Trumpcare: Who Would Jesus Kill?
The Republican controlled house of representatives finally executed their plan to take health care insurance away from Americans and in so doing initiated a death sentence for thousands of Americans...
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Mary Bottari
Weaponized Philanthropy: Document Trove Details Bradley Foundation’s Efforts to Build Right-Wing "Infrastructure" Nationwide
Documents examined by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) expose a national effort funded by the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to assess and expand right-wing “...
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Sunday, May 7, 2017
Elizabeth West
What About the Kids? Conversations on Parenting in Dark Times
For many of us, it is insanely difficult to wrap our hearts and minds around the prospects which lie ahead for humanity. The list of potential calamities is long and varied, and the scenarios that...
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Michael Haas
Why the United States Should Negotiate in Good Faith with North Korea
The United States is technically still at war with North Korea. No peace agreement has been signed despite repeated requests from Pyongyang for high-level negotiations. Former presidents Carter and...
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Christopher Brauchli
White House Visitors
A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad. . . . — Albert Camus, Resistance, Rebellion, and Death A number of readers have written me...
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John LaForge
United States Says ‘Yes’ to Nuclear Weapons Tests, ‘No’ to a Nuke Ban Treat
Twice in seven days the United States shot nuclear-capable long-range missiles toward the Marshall Islands, but the same government refused in March to join negotiations for a new treaty banning...
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Pierre Tristam
France’s Answer To Trumpism: Non, Merci
Before you go to sleep Sunday you will have learned a new name, the name at least six or seven of your fellow-Americans already know: Emmanuel Macron. He will have been elected president of France,...
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Saturday, May 6, 2017
Adam Parsons
It’s Time to Reawaken the Spirit of Occupy for the Starving Millions
The world is now facing an unprecedented emergency of hunger and famine, with a record number of people requiring life-saving food and medical assistance in 2017. Since the start of this year, the...
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Ann Wright
How the United States Ultimately Talks with Its “Enemies”
Enemies of the United States come and go, but the longer they espouse revolutionary ideals and thus defy the United States, the longer they stay enemies. Eventually, U.S. officials try other...
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John Hawes
Our Media Problem is Deeper than We Admit
The roots of our media dysfunction are deeply embedded in the ethos of the country, and always have been. We are -- in our dominant value system, our historical behavior, and even to some extent in...
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Michael Winship
America’s Health Is in the Hands of GOP Frat Boys
This just in: Health care is not a game. It’s a matter life or death for millions and millions of Americans. But you sure wouldn’t know it from watching Donald Trump and House Republicans celebrate...
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Norman Solomon
Killer Drones in the Empire State
At dusk I stood on a residential street with trim lawns and watched planes approach a runaway along the other side of a chain-link fence. Just a few dozen yards away, a JetBlue airliner landed. Then...
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John Atcheson
Why Progressives Need a Long-term Strategy, Built on Values
Ever since Trump got elected, there’s been a lot of talk about resistance. As the country marked Trump’s first 100 days, it reached a crescendo. Then Republicans in the House passed Trump care—one of...
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Betsy Hartmann
Time for a Trump Carnage Index
In his book Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic , psychiatrist James Gilligan describes structural violence as “the increased rates of death and disability suffered by those who occupy the...
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Friday, May 5, 2017
Cynthia Khoo
How Public Participation Saved Canada's Internet (Or: What Happens When Decision-Makers Actually Listen)
Canada was also all abuzz with Net Neutrality news last week, and for the completely opposite reason: Our communications regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (...
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Tighe Barry
Convicted for Protesting Jeff Sessions is No Laughing Matter
On May 1st, I stood on trial for having “greeted” Jeff Sessions in Congress before the start of his confirmation hearing in January. I was convicted along with my fellow activists, Lenny Bianchi and...
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Matt Cagle, Chris Conley
Why Did the Government Search an Artist’s iPhone at the Border?
In late February, Aaron Gach was returning to the United States from Brussels. An artist and activist, he had been abroad exhibiting works about mass incarceration, government control, and political...
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John Nichols
History Will Remember These 217 House Republicans for Their Inhumanity
N orth Carolina Congressman Ted Budd cast an indefensible vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with legislation that is so awful that Budd’s fellow Republicans were caught scheming...
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Peter Dreier
Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Our Children, and the Future
Every day, every minute, someone in the world is singing a Pete Seeger song. The songs he wrote, including the antiwar tunes, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Turn! Turn!...
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Neal Gabler
The Sham Presidency
Presidencies are often defined by images: FDR delivering his reassuring fireside chats; Harry Truman speaking from the back of his campaign train, whistle stopping in 1948 and giving ‘em hell; JFK...
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Victor Pickard
It’s Not Too Late To Save Net Neutrality From a Captured FCC
T he Federal Communications Commission has once again become industry’s servant. Ajit Pai, the former Verizon lawyer and current Trump-appointed FCC chairman, has ushered in a virulent strain of...
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Ezra Rosser
#Trumpcare and the Successful Campaign to Punish the Poor
As the Senate takes up health care reform, it is important to highlight the ways in which the Affordable Care Act differs from unpopular welfare programs. Republican politicians are using the health...
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RoseAnn DeMoro
Did the Marquis de Sade Write This Health Care Bill?
Even the great Stephen King might find this story implausible. Republican leaders in the House and White House wanted to implement a massive tax cut for the wealthiest Americans (the health care bill...
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Thursday, May 4, 2017
Robert Greenstein
I Have Never Seen Lawmakers So Deeply Hurt So Many of Their Own Constituents
House Republican lawmakers voted today to add more than 20 million Americans to the ranks of the uninsured; require millions more people to pay thousands of dollars more each year for coverage and...
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