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Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Bolivians celebrate the MAS-IPSP victory on Sunday, Novemeber 9, 2020. (Photo:EFE) Leonardo Flores
A Triumphant Return to Power for Bolivia’s Social Movements
The most important victory, however, did not come at the ballot box, but rather in the streets.
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Supporters of US President-elect Joe Biden gather near the Texas capitol building to celebrate his victory in the 2020 presidential election in Austin, Texas on November 7, 2020. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo: Sergio Flores/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Reich
Recognize What This Is: A Final Attempt of a Desperate, Bitter Man to Cling to Power
Why this effort to steal an election and corrupt democracy won't work.
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U.S. President Donald Trump greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Yves Engler
Trudeau Lobbies Biden to Maintain Climate-Destroying Trump Policy
Why is Ottawa trying to maintain one of the Republican's worst environmental policies?
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"Who can doubt that Donald Trump himself was the personification of hell on Earth?" writes Engelhardt. (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters) Tom Engelhardt
State of Chaos
Donald Trump knew us better than we knew ourselves.
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Monday, November 9, 2020
How sad that we don’t have a leader like George McGovern in the White House as a daunting new year looms. (Photo: Former Sen. George McGovern, April 18, 2009. (AP/Bill Haber) William Astore
Reclaiming American Idealism
We could use a leader like George McGovern again.
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Joe Biden and Dick Cheney shake hands in 2008. (Photo: Official White House) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Will the Biden Team Be Warmongers or Peacemakers?
We must vigorously advocate for a team that would put an end to the normalization of war and make diplomatic engagement in the pursuit of international peace and cooperation our number one foreign policy priority.
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Then-Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech on digitial infrastructure policy at an election campaign event in Lancaster, northwest England on November 15, 2019. (Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
The UK Equalities Commission's Labour Antisemitism Report Is the Real 'Political Interference'
Neither Jewish leadership groups nor the corporate media have an interest in highlighting the embarrassing fact that the commission’s findings exposed their campaign against Corbyn as misinformation.
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Biden was risky because of his swampy record because he had so little to offer so many people in such deep crisis. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Naomi Klein
Time for Democrats To Betray the Donor Class—Not the People
A great many people did not vote for Joe Biden, they voted against Trump. We have to recognise how narrow this win was.
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Climate change activists block rush hour traffic as they pass the Trump International Hotel during a 2019 protest in Washington. (Photo: Shawn Thew / EPA-EFE/REX) Anna M. Phillips
5 Things Biden Can Do to Fight Climate Change Even Without Congress
Some environmental advocates have said that because we are barreling toward catastrophe, Biden should invoke emergency authority to address climate change.
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Norman Solomon
Progressive Message to Joe Biden: Don't You Dare 'Cooperate' With Mitch McConnell
If Biden chooses to 'cooperate' with Mitch McConnell, that choice is likely to set off a political war between the new administration and the Democratic Party's progressive base.
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Michael Winship
Hoorays for the Biden/Harris Victory, But the Battle's Far From Over
When the cheering stops, the hard work begins.
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Sunday, November 8, 2020
People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. As of Sunday, President Donald Trump has continued his refusal to concede or acknowledge his defeat. (Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Reich
There Will Be No Graciousness or Concession From Trump—Incapable of Either
So how can Biden heal the nation when Trump doesn't want it healed?
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People show their support as they participate in a caravan for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden event on October 11, 2020 in Miami Springs, Florida. The caravan was held by people from the South Florida AFL-CIO, including LIUNA, IBEW, IUPAT, SFBCTC, SEIU, TWU Local 291, United Teachers of Dade, AFSCME, American Postal Workers Union and others, as part of a countywide caravan in support of Joe Biden. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Nina Turner
Biden Needs to Deliver to the Working People Who Delivered for Him
Biden and Democrats in Congress now have an opportunity to win a generation’s long-term loyalty, but only if they deliver the big changes young Americans demand.
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Robert Freeman
Now Comes the Hard Part
Trump's defeat is just the very beginning of this battle for the future.
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University on October 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo: Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images) Sam Pizzigati
The 2020 Election as a Triumph for Democracy? Hold the Hosannas
Even high voter turnouts mask the reality of that "affluent authoritarianism" that now governs America.
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Saturday, November 7, 2020
Yei Boayue, a Biden supporter celebrates after hearing several news outlets had projected Joe Biden having enough electoral votes to become the 46th President of the US outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware on November 7, 2020. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images) Thea M. Lee
Biden and Harris Must Strongly Advocate for Working People
Many elections across the country demonstrated that progressive, pro-worker policies are not just good economics, but also can be electoral winners.
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US President Donald Trump pumps his fist after speaking during election night in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, early on November 4, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Joshua Cho
Media Still Refuse to Report the Real News: Trump Is Actively Trying to Steal the Election
Too many outlets turned an imminent threat to democracy into a factchecking "gotcha."
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"Will the leaders of these inexcusable defeats—Senator Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—explain how this happened?" asks Nader. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Biden Has Ousted a Lying and Corrupt Trump—But That Doesn't Mean Democrats Had a Great Election Day
Loaded with nearly twice as much money as the GOP, the Democrats showed that weak candidates with no robust agendas for people where they live, work, and raise their families, is a losing formula.
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Friday, November 6, 2020
Trump made these false claims without evidence. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Anne Milgram
Trump's Brazen Attack on Our Democracy
Trump's remarks were plainly desperate, a last-ditch effort to claim that he is losing because others are cheating him.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a town hall hosted by the NAACP on September 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Also pictured is Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Mindy Isser
What Democrats Should Learn From the Spate of Socialist Wins on Election Day
It’s not enough to be anti-Trump. Socialists are showing you can win elections by standing for something.
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If we let it, the pendulum will swing back and forth, between ineffectual lethargy and ineffectual rage, until it is too late. Unless we actively fight back, the stagnation will suffocate us all. (Photo: Ron Adar / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
The Task of 'Sleepy Joe' Is To Put Liberal America Right Back To Sleep
T he US empire’s insatiable greed and determination to colonise every last inch of the planet, if only with our waste products, is gradually killing the life-systems we depend on.
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The methane burps of cows and other livestock are a signficant contributor to global warming. (Photo: Fernando filmmaker/Shutterstock) John Lynch
Global Food System Emissions Alone Threaten Warming Beyond 1.5°C—But We Can Act Now To Stop It
We have to switch the energy sources powering farms and food production from fossil fuels to renewables, while halting the deforestation that creates new farmland.
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A person files an application for unemployment benefits on April 16, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) Elise Gould
Thanks to GOP, Next President Inherits a Devastated Economy With Millions Out of Work
Policymakers cannot ignore the economic devastation happening to workers and their families across the country.
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 Centrist push back against social movements and voters that departed to far form their middle class and rich comfort zones, are more dangerous than ever. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Bloom
Resisting the "Moderate" Reaction
To defeat Trumpism the extreme centre must stop blaming leftist and minorities for their losses.
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With enormous grassroots outreach that only they could credibly accomplish, progressive activists were a crucial part of the de facto united front to defeat Trump. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Progressives Made Trump's Defeat Possible. Now It's Time to Challenge Biden and Other Corporate Democrats.
Without a strong progressive program as a rudder, the Biden presidency will be awash in much the same old rhetorical froth and status-quo positions that have so often caused Democratic incumbents to founder, bringing on GOP electoral triumphs.
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Thursday, November 5, 2020
Biden appears to be on track to squeak out a victory in the general election, despite Trump’s temper tantrums. (Photo: Creative Commons) Ruth Conniff
Why Trump Will Lose Wisconsin Recount
Governor Tony Evers lashes out at Trump's claims of fraud as 'beyond irresponsible.'
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It draws attention to the fact that corporate media have been overwhelmingly silent on the hundreds of organized groups preparing to respond in the streets using nonviolent resistance. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Robin Andersen
Media Fail to Prepare Public for Potential Trump Coup
Will the media continue to align themselves with a demagogue by failing to identify his refusal to leave as a "coup," or will they finally embrace the perspective demanded by their First Amendment mandate.
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(Photo: Art by Mr. Fish / Original to Scheerpost) Chris Hedges
America Is Now a Corpse
However inequitable its bias, capitalist democracy at least offered the possibility of incremental and piecemeal reform. We are past that now.
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American democracy has been proven hopelessly archaic, dysfunctional, irrational, and corrupt. (Photo: ‘Biden For President’) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Biden Might Just Eek This Out, But Even the Best-Case Scenario Is Pretty Dismal
No one who cares about democracy can take heart from the place in which we now find ourselves.
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Anyone who thought four years of a supremacist in the White House would mean an easy defeat has not lived as an oppressed person in America. (Photo: Baynard Woods/Twitter) Jeneé Osterheldt
Regardless of Who Wins This Election, America Is Lost
Donald Trump is not the root of our American problems. He is a side effect, a megaphone, and a permission slip to no longer hide one’s true capitalistic and supremacist desires.
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Now that the election season has reached its drawn-out crescendo, there is so much work ahead of us. (Photo: John Williams/flickr/cc) Rebecca Gordon
Our Work Is Just Beginning
"It's only afterwards, once we’ve won, that the real difficulties begin. In short, there is still much to do."
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The absence of a mandate, a hostile Senate, fiscal constraints, a hostile court system, resurgent Trumpism, a right-wing media machine intent on destruction, and a Democratic party far more protective of corporate interests than of people’s interests—it will be all but impossible for a Biden administration to succeed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Robert Freeman
It’s Far From Over
Trumpism has not been repudiated, not even close.
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In his middle-of the-night rant, Trump got it half right. There’s a “very sad group of people” here, but their sorrow is due to their own disenfranchisement. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Listening To Trump Leaves Me Speechless
I imagine if Trump could, he'd put every anti-Trumper in the country into border cages. All 69,567,432 of us.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The most important and urgent journalistic task—one that no one else can accomplish—is for us to properly diagnose the problem.  (Photo: iStock / Getty Images Plus) Dan Froomkin
The Biggest Story of Our Time Requires an Army of Journalists to Tell
The role of the free press in the world’s leading democracy is not to sit by and watch as authoritarianism takes root.
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Last night, the myth about the wisdom of America was extinguished. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Andrew Mitrovica
We Now Know What America Is
After four years of Trump, millions of Americans have still chosen to vote for him.
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Let’s face it: The democracy that Donald Trump dropped on the floor suffered a great deal from the experience. It’s going to take more than an election to put it right. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
U.S. Democracy: The Four-Year Rule?
American democracy is in rough shape. It’s going to take more than this election to set it right.
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Over the last three years, state and local leaders have taken unprecedented action to keep the United States on a path of climate progress, with real and significant results. (Photo: Carlos Felipe Pardo/flickr/cc) Jules Kortenhorst, Andrew Steer
Paris Agreement: Don't Count the US Out Just Yet
The vast majority of people in the United States support the Paris Agreement.
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The Repub­li­can Par­ty is, in aggre­gate, a den of gang­sters cur­rent­ly try­ing to aid and abet the utter­ly cor­rupt theft of a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion by one of the worst peo­ple in the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/ AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES) Hamilton Nolan
Everyone Needs to Be More Furious Right Now
Trump and gangster Republicans are now very openly trying to steal a presidential election.
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There are still hundreds of thousands of votes left to be counted, with outstanding gaps in key battleground states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Kimberly Alters
Trump Has Not Won, No Matter What He Says
It's outright dangerous to have a leader who refuses to acknowledge a sound democratic process.
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 That grim portrait of a divided nation emerged after what felt like the longest Election Day in American history. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Will Bunch
America Wakes Up to a Near Worst-Case Scenario
Trump’s bogus victory claim, likelihood of a gridlocked D.C. reveal a still-broken nation.
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A man in the UK protests against Trump's stated intention to leave the Paris agreement, outside the U.S. Embassy in central London on Nov. 18, 2016. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP via Getty Images Olivia Rosane
U.S. Now Officially Out of the Paris Climate Agreement
The U.S. is now the only country to withdraw from the accord.
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Tuesday, November 3, 2020
History is a dialogue between humanity and time. (Photo: ACLU Nationwide/Facebook) Richard Eskow
In a Fearful Moment, We Are Honored by History
This moment connects us in an unbreakable thread to so many of the generations that came before us and came after us—generations who fought invaders, resisted slavery, challenged colonialism, and fought fascism.
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If Trump’s bully pulpit, 87 million Twitter followers, and billion dollar campaign can’t convince the American people that they need fossil fuels, what will? (Photo: 350.org/flickr/cc) Jamie Henn
How The Election Became A Referendum on Fossil Fuels
If Biden is able to withstand this fossil fuel industry juggernaut and win the election, it should send a clear signal to him and the Democratic party that they can take on Big Oil and emerge triumphant.
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"We are prepared to aggressively fact-check any effort by anyone to mischaracterize the status of the race or the results of the race prematurely." (Photo:Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Brian Stelter
What Will TV and Social Networks Do if Trump Prematurely Declares Victory?
The question at hand: Should the networks act as gatekeepers and decline to broadcast Trump's claims, unfiltered, to tens of millions of Americans, or is their role to show news as it happens?
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One legacy of slavery is that our Constitution does not contain an absolute right to vote for all citizens who have achieved the age of majority. (Photo: Michael Fleshman/Flickr/cc) Thom Hartmann
This Election Proves the Need for a Right to Vote
America needs a 28th Amendment that establishes an absolute right to vote for all citizens who’ve achieved the age of majority.
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But four more years of Trump and all-out climate denial? If the world’s largest economy is acting as a brake on climate progress, rather than accelerator, progress will be lurching at best. (Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Bill McKibben
This Election Isn't About the Next Four Years. It's About the Next Four Millennia
Time is running out to act on global heating. Electing Donald Trump the first time cost us dearly; a second term would be catastrophic.
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"Only a people's movement, a broad popular front outside the Democratic Party," writes Jay, "can prevent the rise of fascism and face up to the climate crisis." (Photo: Tony Webster/flickr/cc)" Paul Jay
Without Illusions, the Left Should Vote for Biden
This election isn't just about choosing the lesser evil; it's about choosing a more advantageous field upon which to wage battle.
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This is no time for being coy. This is the most significant election of our lifetime. (Photo: Steve Eason/Flickr/cc) Tony Norman
What to Do When Your Democracy Is on Fire: Vote!
This is the most important Election Day since the Civil War.
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 A voter wears a face mask and a face shield outside a polling station on Election Day during the 2020 general elections. (Photo: Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images) Allan Nairn
Trump's GOP Worked Harder to Stop People From Voting Than They Did to Stop Covid-19 From Spreading
While Republican lawyers work overtime to have counts stopped and legal, filled-out ballots destroyed, the president tries to scare opposing voters away.
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Monday, November 2, 2020
The separation of Central American families carried out by the Trump Administration is just the latest version of cruel family separation practices rooted in America’s soil. (Photo: @ajplus/Twitter) Anita Sinha
An American History of Separating Families
I initially was unable to answer my students’ question of how the U.S. government can engage in such cruelty, until together we realized that family separation is embedded in American history.
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If homeowners and government workers are not able to create sufficient demand to restore economic growth the federal government must step in. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) John Buell
Whoever Wins the Election Will Face Severe Eviction Crisis, as 30 Million Brace for Homelessness
Despite the massive mortgage debt overhang and the impending foreclosure crisis there is very little talk about how debt might be restructured or how to house the many who will be left homeless.
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These are frightening times. A lot of people with guns have been emboldened by the president to threaten, and in some cases murder, people for political reasons. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Cynthia Kaufman
Nonviolence as a Strategy for Protecting the Election Results
The particular situation we are facing, in the mass rallies that are planned, is a classic one where enforcing nonviolence by people who show up on our side is important.
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Dump Trump (he’s a dangerous man)… we’ll dump Trump (stop him, YES WE CAN!!!). (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Julie Matthaei
Dump Trump AND!!! Singing Across the Generation Gap for a 21st-Century Revolution
Dump Trump AND!!! (defund the military and the police), Dump Trump AND!!! (grow a culture of love and peace).
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If enough Americans start asking these kinds of questions and demanding answers, then perhaps we'll see a glimmer of hope for real transformative change at this unprecedented crossroads in our nation's history. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images) Tom Valovic
Three Questions That Didn't Get Asked During the Presidential Debates (and Probably Never Will)
The questions that never make it through the corporate media's screening process.
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This is a preventable disaster for the workers of this country. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
Thanks to Mitch McConnell, 30 Million Workers Head Into Election Day Unnecessarily Hurting
It is both cruel and terrible economics that Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the Senate last Tuesday with no COVID relief.
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Polling is better now, and Biden’s lead is larger than Hillary Clinton’s was. (Photo: Pixabay/CC0) Robert Reich
Feeling Frightened on Election Eve? Here Are Some FAQs to Keep You Company
"The last thing Chief Justice Roberts wants is another Bush v. Gore."
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David Solnit, Julie Searle
'Choose Democracy, Stop a Coup:' Guerilla Street Mural in Oakland
"This mural is a call to everyone that we need to choose to defend democracy and build the kind of world that we want together."
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At the state level, much more must to be done. (Photo: May James, Getty Images/AFP) Mark Pocan
Everyone Needs to Do More to Fight COVID-19
We have little room for error if we are going to prevent thousands of people from getting sick and dozens from dying every day.
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Trump's anti-worker, pro-corporate agenda provides a direct reality check on the myth that the career businessman is any kind of "populist." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
Trump Is the Anti-Worker President
Despite the "populist" myth, Trump has decimated workers' rights and protections.
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A front yard placard states "VOTE HIM OUT BEFORE HE KILLS US ALL!!" and multiple campaign signs in support of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on the penultimate day before the general election on November 1, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The grassroots get of the vote campaign efforts of canvassing, door knocking, literature drops, phone calling, and texting, will prove crucial in determening the outcome of voter turnout and ultimately the presidency.  (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Daniel Ellsberg, Michael Ellsberg
Dear Fellow Progressives: Please Vote for Biden
The best hope of removing Trump from the White House is a landslide victory for Biden.
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Trump 2017 tax break for corporations and the wealthy has encouraged them to move further offshore, taking jobs overseas. (Photo: Backbone Campaign/flickr/cc) Juan Cole
Top 5 Ways Trump Failed You Too Epically to Ever Be Reelected
Trump has promoted coal burning, the dirtiest fossil fuel and the one most deadly to the health of the earth’s climate.
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In a racially coded and distinctly nationalist fashion, Nixon brought southern whites in the formerly Democratic bastions of the South definitively into the Republican fold. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images and CQ Roll Call via Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
We've Been on Donald Trump's Road for a Long, Long Time
America in the mid-seventies and 2020.
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says "one day" as he arrives to board his campaign plane at New Castle Airport on November 02, 2020 in New Castle, Delaware. One day before the election, Biden is campaigning in Ohio and Pennsylvania, a key battleground state that President Donald Trump won narrowly in 2016. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Michael Winship
Vote as If Your Life Depends on It. Because It Does.
This could be our last chance to send the American dictator packing.
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Sunday, November 1, 2020
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is located in Huntsvile, Alabama. The city’s metro region has the highest concentration of engineers and the second highest concentration of STEM workers nationwide. Taylor Barnes
From Arms to Renewables: How Workers in This Southern Military Industrial Hub Are Converting the Economy
Huntsville, Alabama is teeming with engineers and STEM talent. Some are leaving the defense economy for the clean energy one.
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<p>You are a key player in efforts to curb misinformation online. (Photo: John Fedele/The Image Bank via Getty Images) Kolina Koltai
How to Be a Good Digital Citizen During the Election—And Its Aftermath
People spreading disinformation may be trying to sway the election one way or the other or simply undermine confidence in the election and American democracy in general.
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President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos attend a roundtable on reopening schools at the White House on August 12, 2020. (Photo: Shealah Craighead/Flickr) Jeff Bryant
Bad Leadership Is Plunging Public Schools Into a Crisis
Covid-19 exposed how important teachers are to students and families—it's a shame that school leaders still won't listen to them.
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the former vice president, arrives for a rally at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi on March 8, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Frank J. Christensen
Biden Is Labor's Best Bet
Despite his attempts to portray himself as a leader who protects the interests of so-called forgotten Americans, President Trump is no working-class hero.
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"The real issue facing voters this election, according to pro-Trump conspiracy hawkers, is a laptop they claim belongs to Hunter Biden—and the QAnon-inspired theories that its contents avowedly bear out." (Photo: Rick Loomis/Getty Images) Miles Kampf-Lassin
How Our Politics Came Undone
Under Trump, our notion of shared truth has been shattered. In its place, monsters have swarmed.
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Earth in mask John Feffer
This Election Is About Trump's Pandemic Failures. But What Happens Next?
It's going to take more than a change of personnel in Washington to address our decaying climate, public health, and democracy. But it's not too late.
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Multiple videos were shared on social media of vehicles with Trump flags boxing in a Biden bus on a road in Texas. (Photo: Randi Ceh/Facebook via NowThis) Juan Cole
The Real Cancel Culture: Trump Rallies Sicken 30,000, Kill 700, and Trump Train Prevents Biden Gathering in Texas
The American people have it in their power to stop this cancellation of our health, well-being, and basic constitutional rights. On Tuesday, they can cancel Trump.
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Saturday, October 31, 2020
"Whether or not the emails described are helpful to the reader or the candidate, one thing on which we can all agree is that the day when our emails come solely from friends, family, and even advertisers, will be a welcome day indeed." (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rachel-johnson/4298911131">Rachel Johnson</a>/flickr/cc)</p> Christopher Brauchli
The Email and the Election
A few examples from two senders follow but their emails are nothing more than representative of the dozens that arrive each day during the election season.
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Senior Adviser to the President Jared Kushner speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 2, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Tony Norman
The Dead Eyes and Cold Heart of Jared Kushner
The poster boy for presidential nepotism shows his true colors.
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George, who is homeless, panhandles along a street in Lawrence, Massachusetts on August 16, 2019. Lawrence, once one of America’s great manufacturing cities with immigrants from around the world coming to work in its textile and wool processing mills, has struggled to find its economic base since the decline of manufacturing. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Carlos Figueroa
Working-Class America Needs Real Change, Not Slogans
Working-class people demand better from a republic that promotes freedom, equality, and the pursuit of happiness.
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President Donald Trump looks out from the Truman Balcony as he arrives at the White House upon his return from Walter Reed Medical Center on October 5, 2020. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) Elaine Shelly
Make This Election About Care
There should only be one America: one where we all get the best care and the widest range of choices.
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On January 22, 2021, the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will become international law. (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/30835738@N03/34921916204/in/album-72157683139988823/">Ralf Schlesener/ICAN</a>)</p> H. Patricia Hynes
The David and Goliath in Our Time
We have never been so close to nuclear annihilation, in the opinion of many nuclear weapons experts, as today.
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President Donald Trump talks to members of the media outside of the White House on October 27, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Michael Winship
A Few Days Away From Nov. 3, Another Week of Trumpian Havoc
But despite everything, Christmas may be a little bit early this year.
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"We must fight for the economic security of LGBTQ people, whether that is through passing the Equality Act, decriminalizing sex work, or providing emergency Covid-19 rent relief." (Photo: Ted Eytan/flickr/cc) Gabriel Arkles
Don't Let the Supreme Court Open the Door to More Discrimination Against LGBTQ People
LGBTQ people already get turned away from food banks, shelters and more. The high court's decision in Fulton could make things worse.
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Friday, October 30, 2020
Republicans should worry if the Supreme Court takes their side and overturns Obamacare in its entirety. (Photo: Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images) Miles Mogulescu
There Already Is a Republican Plan for Pre-Existing Conditions: It’s Called Obamacare
There is simply no way to protect people with pre-existing conditions, other than an Obamacare/Romneycare approach of subsidized insurance exchanges, or a Medicare For All, everyone in, nobody out approach. That’s why it’s been impossible for Republicans to propose their own alternative plan to...
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 The far Right sought to divert rur­al anger against immi­grants who were “steal­ing our jobs” and away from the Reaganomics that allowed cor­po­rate con­trol of the food sys­tem and left farm­ers with few options oth­er than get­ting big or get­ting out. (Photo: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images) Jim Goodman
How Decades of Corporate-Friendly Farm Policies Wrecked Rural America—And Paved the Way for Trump
If the Biden-Har­ris tick­et, and the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty in gen­er­al, wants to begin to heal this rift and regain what the Democ­rats have lost in rur­al Amer­i­ca, they will need to artic­u­late a clear vision for a future that includes rur­al Amer­i­cans.
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Wilkes wants to call people to socialism just as he calls people to Jesus. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Fran Quigley
The Socialist Preacher
"Socialism, or something like it, is the settled conclusion of a society that values democracy."
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Pipelines in New Mexico. (Photo: Forest Guardians, Wikimedia Commons) David Baake
New Mexico Has the Opportunity to Enact Some of the Best Oil-and-Gas Pollution Rules in the Nation. It Shouldn’t Squander It.
If done right, it will deliver tremendous environmental and economic benefits and set an example for other states to follow.
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President Donald Trump and newly sworn-in U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett look on during a ceremonial swearing-in on the South Lawn of the White House October 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Senate confirmed Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court today by a vote of 52-48. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Will Bunch
Trump's Politicized Supreme Court Has Lost Legitimacy. 2021's Dems, Do Something!
A Democratic Congress and White House could expand the Supreme Court by just three seats—the same number as appointed by Trump during a presidency that history may regard as essentially invalid.
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A protester participates in the BLD PWR and Black Lives Matter Los Angeles final march to the polls on October 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images) Leah Greenberg, Sean Eldridge
Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst: Why We Must Be Ready to Protect the Vote
Trump is laying the groundwork to dispute the valid election results. That’s not hyperbole, Trump has said it clearly.
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A demonstrator dressed in white wears a protective face mask and holds a banner during the "You go girl! Women's march for Belarus" on October 10, 2020 in Krakow, Poland. The women March for Belarus is a global action to show solidarity with thousands of Belarusian women, clad in white and holding flowers who have been victims of police violence and inhuman detention by the police during protests. (Photo by Omar Marques/Getty Images) Yifat Susskind
A Feminist Blueprint for Saving Democracy in the US—and Beyond
If Trump refuses to step down after the election, we’ll need to unite, mobilise and resist. Feminists from Belarus to Sudan can show us how.
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With local and independent news outlets under threat from all sides, write Pickard, a "reformist vision that recognizes news and information as public goods—vital necessities for our collective welfare that the market can't provide—calls for a holistic approach." (Photo: Shutterstock) Victor Pickard
Post-Election We Need a Bold Plan for Journalism
Ultimately, the market won't save us. Nor will rich benefactors. We need a systemic fix, a public media option that's dedicated to universal service in its true meaning: all Americans must have access to high quality news and information.
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The economic devastation from this crisis will follow our generation for our entire lives. (Photo: Shutterstock) Amira Al-Subaey, Parker Breza
The Class of 2020, Another Lost Generation
The only solution that matches the scale of the crisis is full student debt cancellation, without leaving anyone behind.
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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Let’s vote. Let’s recognize and reckon with our dark history. (Photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images) Tim Koechlin
This Land Is Our Land: Trump's America, and Our America
The Trumpian tragedy is doubly tragic because it makes so much sense. We can decide that Trump is an anomaly. But, in fact, Trump looks and acts a lot like America.
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Workers in this pandemic aren’t just losing their jobs—an estimated 12 million workers and their family members have lost employer-provided health insurance due to COVID-19. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
Let's Be Very Clear: Senate Republicans Have Failed Every Struggling American Family
It is cruel, and bad economics, to withhold stimulus aid.
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President Donald J. Trump talks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, prior to boarding Marine One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Nevada. (Photo: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) Ruth Conniff
Donald Trump Is a Superspreader of Many Terrible Things
Trump, GOP dismiss the pandemic as Wisconsin cases spike.
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President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin participate in a video conference with representatives of large banks and credit card companies about more financial assistance for small businesses in the Roosevelt Room at the White House April 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
Was April 7, 2020 the Day That Sealed the Fate of America?
Look at what they said and did. And look at when they said and did it.
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This election, regardless of who wins, marks an opportunity for news outlets to recommit to the climate story, which will only become more important and all-encompassing in the years ahead. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News / Getty Images) Mark Hertsgaard, Andrew McCormick
The World Is Burning, but the Political Press Insists on its Horserace
In the few days that remain before the election and in the months that will follow, journalists must ask themselves if they’re truly conveying the gravity of the climate crisis to their audiences, as well as all the challenges and opportunities it entails.
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 We can start a nuclear war in five minutes, faster than we can order a pizza. (Photo: Pixabay/geralt/cc) Robert C. Koehler
The Parallel Universe of Peace
Those who are committed to peace and global equality are forced to work for it in a world that is seriously prejudiced in favor of war.
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Maybe we need to accept the challenge of proving in this election that one of the world’s longest-standing democracies can rise to the occasion and vote to uphold the foundation of its system, elections themselves. (Photo: urbantimes.co) Karen Greenberg
Donald Trump’s Failed State
America's daunting New World and the coming election.
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Norman Solomon
Why Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg Are So Adamant About the Imperative of Defeating Trump
Defeating Trump is a crucial—and certainly insufficient—precondition for making possible the kind of changes in government policies that are desperately required for social decency.
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An indigenous woman votes at a polling station in Huarina, Bolivia, on October 18, 2020 during the country's general election. - Landlocked Bolivia elects a new president on Sunday after a 2019 poll was annulled and follow-up elections postponed twice amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Ending Regime Change—in Bolivia and the World
In the long history of U.S.-backed "regime changes" in countries around the world, rarely have a people and a country so firmly and democratically repudiated U.S. efforts to dictate how they will be governed.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Voting lines in Milwaukee, April 2020 (Photo: Shutterstock) Margot Rathke, Sarah Anderson
Unleashing the Power of Poor Voters
Low-income voters could decide this election. These neighborhood activists are working to make it happen.
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A Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump sign is displayed in the backyard of a house on August 14, 2016 in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania. This Western Pennsylvania city has a median household income of $32,442. Trump has been holding rallies in the state frequently as he targets Pennsylvania's 20 delegates, the 5th largest total nationwide. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) Mariko Lewis, Yixia Cai
The Rise in Material Hardship Among Working-Class Whites and How It Could Impact the 2020 Election
The rise in material hardship among lower-income whites without college degrees, and the Congressional GOP’s opposition to new legislation addressing it, will likely make it harder for Trump to hold on to these important swing voters in next week’s election.
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Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 14, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images) Jules Lobel
Incensed Over Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation? Don't Mourn—Organize and Vote
For the past half century or so, the progressive movement has often relied on the courts, not the political branches to win and protect rights. It's time for that to change.
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A shared dream is a powerful force for change. It’s time to share the dream of freedom from student debt. (Photo: YouTube/screenshot) Mary Green Swig, Steven Swig
Freedom Dreamers: The Faces of Student Debt
Millions of people don’t even know they’re being harmed by student debt, but should be dreaming of a world without it. The facts are staggering.
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We may call this state of affairs Capitalism, but the rot goes back deep into the history of Civilization, a history of conquest, colonization, and oppression of the many by the few. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Greg Wilkinson
Between Chaos and Commonwealth
Some reflections from decades of contemplating the rich, the poor, and the conviviality that comes with common purpose.
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