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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Neal Gabler
Trump the Entertainer
The media continue to view Trump through a political lens when an entertainment lens would be more appropriate.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Bernie Sanders
Why We Must Make Public Higher Education Tuition Free
Americans face almost $1.5 trillion in debt in the name of higher education
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John Nichols
Paul Ryan's Scorching Duplicity on Gun Violence, Mental Health and, Well, Everything
A closer look at the shameless political careerist now running the U.S. House of Representatives
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Mourners gather at the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign where Greg Zanis, a retired carpenter from Chicago, placed 58 crosses to honor those who were killed during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival shootings in Las Vegas on Oct. 6, 2017. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images) Michael Winship
The Evil that Guns Do
The firearms lobby suggests that because morality can't be legislated, the evil of gun violence can only be controlled by... more guns.
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It isn’t as if Barack Obama doesn’t realize what he is doing and what is happening to him in this self-enriching bubble he has shaped, post Presidency. He can’t seem to help himself, and going to nearly 500 fat-cat political fund-raisers outside Washington, D.C. as President didn’t help to change or expand his chosen circle. Ralph Nader
Obama: Too Cool for Trump’s Crises
Say the right thing and the people won’t mind so much when your words don’t match your deeds.
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“the feminization of politics, beyond its concern for increasing presence of women in decision-making spaces and implementing public policies to promote gender equality, is about changing the way politics is done.” Sol Trumbo, Nick Buxton
The Power of a Transformative City
“The local was where democracy was born; it is now where we will recover it.”
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Medea Benjamin
10 Reasons the US Should Stick With the Iran Nuclear Deal
On Trump's wildly false arguement that the agreement is not in the country's national interest
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William Hartung
How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops
How taxpayers are really just supporting the CEOs of arms manufacturers and Defense Department contractors
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To leave the world’s future in the hands of nationalist blowhards or even prudent practitioners of traditional national statecraft will simply continue the drift toward catastrophe. Lawrence Wittner
Should Limiting North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions Be the Responsibility of the U.S. Government?
Threatening North Korea with destruction is remarkably counter-productive.
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Joe Cirincione
Trump’s Horrifying Iran Deal Gambit
“We are sleepwalking into an armed conflict.”
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Monday, October 9, 2017
Women — even if they too are smart and accomplished — often feel humiliated or too scared to speak out. Los Angeles Times Editorial
The Problem of Sexual Harassment is Much Bigger Than Hollywood's Vile 'Casting Couch' Culture?
When will we finally put a stop to it?
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Trump’s 2018 budget calls for a 93 percent cut in funding for federal programs that aid survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Robert Reich
Trump and Weinstein
When powerful men are sexual predators.
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Until the next massacre. A vigil in Philadelphia for the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting. Pierre Tristam
Pride In “Our Country”? Count Me Out
While lost in Trump's everyday wreckage, the U.S. voted against a United Nations resolution that condemned executions of LGBT people.
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Those who fight against the sicknesses, whether squatting in old warehouses, camped out at Zuccotti Park or Standing Rock or locked in prisons, have discovered that life is measured by infinitesimal and often unseen acts of solidarity and kindness. Chris Hedges
Faces of Pain, Faces of Hope
"The bottomless narcissism and hunger of consumer culture cause our darkest and most depraved pathologies."
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Marjorie Cohn, Jonathan Moore
The Vietnam War is Not History for Victims of Agent Orange
The actions of the US government and the US manufacturers of Agent Orange and other deadly herbicides is a moral outrage.
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Thousands of Iraqi civilians have been killed in recent months by imprecise bombings by the U.S.-led coalition in Mosul. Andrew Bacevich
How We Learned Not To Care About America's Wars
Sixteen years of autopilot wars, but who’s counting?
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Robert Freeman
Why the US Lost the Vietnam War
The U.S was not simply outfought. It was out-thought.
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Sunday, October 8, 2017
Anti-LGBTQ advocates are also trying to use religion to deny people healthcare James Esseks
Think Religiously Motivated Discrimination Can't Affect You? Guess Again.
In the past, courts have largely rejected attempts to use religion to discriminate. But our opponents haven't given up.
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Robert Reich
Why We Need Sanctuary States
Other states should follow California's and Oregon's lead.
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In the industrialized world, Denmark will be the vanguard of renewable energy by 2022 Juan Cole
Top Ten Renewable Energy Surprises in New IEA Report
A new International Energy Agency report contains some startling findings about solar energy dominance and its future.
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The tragedy of American gun violence emerged from the banality of the American gun business, Janine Jackson
We Need Thoughtful Coverage of Gun Violence, Not Slow Pans Over Arsenals
Part of the problem is the rush to coverage, which is—in part—responsible for nonsense like AP , Newsweek , and Time (among others) running online reports that ISIS claimed responsibility for the Las Vegas massacre.
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Robert Dodge
ICAN's Nobel Peace Prize Is Humanity's Rx for Survival
Nuclear weapons are the greatest threat to our humanity and the U.N. Treaty, through the work of ICAN, is now our prescription for survival.
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Saturday, October 7, 2017
John Atcheson
Save Your Prayers and Pass Some Laws
Congressmen and women, stop saying there's nothing we can do. Stop offering prayers as substitutes for action.
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Juan Cole
Plummeting in Polls, Will Trump 'Wag the Dog' With Iran, North Korea?
"The conjuncture of these two pieces of news—Trump making cryptic but dire threats and Trump’s astonishing unpopularity—creates the threat of a wag the dog scenario."
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Christopher Brauchli
Clark Kent aka Scott Pruitt
According to one report, during his first months in office, Mr. Pruitt’s non-commercial airplane travel cost taxpayers more than $58,000.
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"There are now two mayors who’ve proven that progressive candidates can win just about anywhere. Learn that lesson or you deserve to lose forever," Pierce writes. Charles P. Pierce
If the Democrats Don't Learn This Lesson, They Deserve to Lose Forever
Progressive candidates can win anywhere. Contest every race.
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Sonali Kolhatkar
No Good Reasons to Continue America's Longest War
"Unless something changes, another 10 years will pass with Americans remaining blind to the reasons for the war and Afghans continuing to pay the price of our ignorance."
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Friday, October 6, 2017
Whistleblower Chelsea Manning had her visiting fellowship at Harvard University rescinded after CIA Director Michael Pompeo and former director Mike Morrell objected. (Photograph: @xychelsea/Instagram) Azeezah Kanji
The Dangerous Hypocrisy of Celebrating Obama While Criminalizing Manning
As president, Barack Obama prosecuted more than twice as many whistleblowers as all previous administrations combined — stifling a vital source of information about state practices shrouded in a veil of secrecy
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Twenty-five years ago, I wrote an article, “Once Upon a Genocide,” reviewing the major children’s literature about Columbus. My conclusion was that these books teach young readers that colonialism and racism are normal. Bill Bigelow
Christopher Columbus: No Monuments for Murderers
The world is still sliced in two between the worthy — the owning classes, the corporate masters, the generals — and the nobodies. The invaded, the owned, the bombed, the poisoned, the silenced.
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There needs to be a new conversation about racism, in specific, and the system of white male privilege, in general.  While economic equality should be one aspect of this conversation, it should also include race, gender, and class. Bob Burnett
Martin Luther King Jr asked “Chaos or Community?”
"It's painful to acknowledge that most of what Dr. King complained about in 1967 remains true in 2017."
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At Shale Insight, Perc Pineda, an economist with the Plastics Industry Association said, "the capacity to produce ethylene – from 2010 to 2020 is expected to grow by more than 60% - according to ACC and that will benefit plastics manufacturing." However, plastics production is inherently wasteful; the largest sector is packaging, which creates materials that are immediately thrown away. Alison Grass
Big Surprise: Energy Industry Has a Best Friend in the Oval Office
The annual Shale Insight fracking conference shed some (unsurprising) light on the partnership between the Trump Administration and Big Energy.
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Life in this entitlement environment shapes how the awesomely affluent interact with the world. They come to see their privilege as the proper order of the universe. The wealthy deserve to be served. Those without wealth do not. If those without wealth did rate as deserving, after all, wouldn’t they already be wealthy? Sam Pizzigati
Why Do So Many Super Rich Despise the Poor?
Donald Trump's putdown of suffering Puerto Ricans reflects a mindset that has long afflicted the awesomely affluent.
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 Denial: even if we intellectually acknowledge the possibility of war, we rarely conceptualize the ground reality. Our imaginations are clouded by the sanitized portrayals we see on TV. To put it bluntly: the nightly news doesn’t show images of the dead, dismembered children that litter the street in conflict zones. Lisa Fuller
Is Las Vegas a Harbinger of America's Future?
"No one thinks that their neighborhood will become a war zone until they hear the first gunshots."
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Joyce Tambu answers to a reporter's questions at a refugee camp in Gumbo Nick Turse
The Journalist and the Fixer
Who Makes the Story Possible?
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Thursday, October 5, 2017
Jill Richardson
We’re Failing the US Citizens of Puerto Rico
Wanting federal aid in a natural disaster isn't wanting "everything done for you." It's what we should all expect.
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DxE photograph depicting piglets huddled up against their mothers at Smithfield-owned Circle Four Farm in Utah. DxE says the piglets were sick or starving Glenn Greenwald
The FBI’s Hunt for Two Missing Piglets Reveals the Federal Cover-Up of Barbaric Factory Farms
Abuse and torture is all a factory-farmed pig knows.
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David Korten
Let’s Talk About What We Really Want From Tax Reform
The Trump/Republican tax cut proposal is an opportunity to discuss how to redistribute wealth and power.
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The events of the day demonstrated many things to the world. The most self-evident of these is the underlying brutality and lack of imagination of the current Spanish Government led by Mariano Rajoy,   as well as the many other parties (including the supposedly progressive Socialists) and media outlets that have backed his "there's nothing to talk about" approach to the Catalan question. Thomas S. Harrington
Last Sunday In Catalonia: Pirates 1, The Invincible Armada 0
The rest of the world is finally waking up to a reality that Catalans have understood for a very long time now
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The EPA estimates that current pollution control systems will prevent up to 2,000 premature deaths, avoid 2,200 hospital admissions, and eliminate 19,000 asthma attacks annually because some of these pollutants cause lung cancer, heart disease, and respiratory harm. Jonna Hamilton
Is Your Representative Setting Us Up for Another Dieselgate?
There are currently bills in Congress that would make it difficult for the EPA to regulate manufacturers from selling high-pollutant car devices.
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Juan Cole
Top 5 Signs Donald Trump Might Be an Effing Moron
Despite whatever Rex Tillerson said or did not say, the evidence is everywhere.
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Jim Naureckas
Two Charts on the Gun Crisis: One Hopeful, One Hopeless
After mass shootings, support for gun control typically doesn't change and in some cases, declines.
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Richard Eskow
The “Center-Left” Had Its Chance; It’s Time For Something New
An ideology that has become complacent and complicit: complacent in its power, and complicit in its relationship to corporate power.
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Robert C. Koehler
The Violence Comes Home Again
I’m not against gun control measures, but they’re not enough.
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Medea Benjamin
From a Concert in Las Vegas to a Funeral in Yemen, We Must Stop Mass Murder
While we try to steer the domestic conversation to the need for gun control, we should also be seeking to end the massive flow of US weapons to Saudi Arabia that is wreaking such carnage.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Bill Blum
Judicial Roadmap for the Supreme Court Veers Right
The “originalist” school of jurisprudence is often at odds with the evolving standards of morality and social justice.
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A recent survey by Lake Research Partners and WPA Intelligence shows that a supermajority of those polled (71%) support the court stepping in to place limits on the practice. Wendy Weiser, Thomas Wolf
Why the Supreme Court Must Strike Down Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering
A ruling from the court that bars extreme partisan gerrymandering would go a long way toward undoing the dysfunction that’s gumming up our legislatures and restoring some basic accountability for our lawmakers.
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Joseph Stiglitz
Déjà Voodoo: Plutocratic Economics from Reagan to Trump
A Trump administration staffed by plutocrats – most of whom gained their wealth from rent-seeking activities, rather than from productive entrepreneurship – could be expected to reward themselves. But the Republicans’ proposed tax reform is a bigger gift to corporations and the ultra-rich than most...
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The corporate state – the autocratic joining of business and government – exerts its influence all the way down to the state and local levels, not just in Washington. It works through boards of education and trustees of colleges and universities, drawing heavily from the business world and its professional servants in such disciplines as law, accounting and engineering. Ralph Nader
How Big Corporations Game Our Democracy into Their Plutocracy
When public institutions are governed by private interests.
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It has been calculated that if the UK’s welfare budget were split among the country’s 50 million adults, each of them would get £5,160 a year. Ellen Brown
How to Fund a Universal Basic Income Without Increasing Taxes or Inflation
Studies have shown that it would actually be cheaper to distribute funds to the entire population than to run the welfare services governments engage in now.
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Uju Okoye
Nikki Haley’s Trip to Africa Will Be Exercise in Hypocrisy
Trump's aim of "reducing costs at any cost" leaves Africa's myriad hotspots even more vulnerable than they already are
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Shireen Al-Adeimi
Only Americans Can Stop America’s War on Yemen
The international community has betrayed Yemenis over and over again.
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The benefits of CHIP are profound, and have a ripple effect. By ensuring adequate care, CHIP eliminates a major factor that keeps children from attending and excelling at school, and thriving in our society. LeeAnn Hall
Millions of Lives at Risk as GOP Lets CHIP Expire
Playing politics with children’s lives.
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Don João Mamede Filho
Three Years for Eternity: A Prayer for Climate Action and the Common Good
In order to fight climate change, we need to unite in action that is collective, global, and shared, involving all strata of society all around the world.
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CODEPINK protesters at Congressional hearing on Iran in 2015. (Photo: CODEPINK) Gabe Murphy
To Support Diplomacy with North Korea, Defend Diplomacy with Iran
The Iran agreement is a shining example of what nations can accomplish with patient, open minded dialogue.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017
 It almost sounds like the newspaper owned by the second-wealthiest person in the world doesn’t want people talking about how much the extremely rich own compared to the rest of us. Jim Naureckas
WaPo Defends Boss Against Sanders’ Charge That He’s Extremely Wealthy
“Since the wealthiest six people own $462.6 billion and the bottom 50 percent own $409 billion, the case is closed, right?”
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In all, the Trump-Ryan plan would cut federal public revenue by $2.4 trillion over ten years, even though taxes will go up for almost 30 percent of people with incomes between $50,000 and $150,000 and, potentially, for many families with incomes below that amount. Julie Chinitz
Let’s Stop the GOP's Biggest Grift of All
Republicans want to clear the path for the plutocrat tax plan by mowing down our essential services.
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Stan Cox, Paul Cox
Before Maria, Forcing Puerto Rico to Pay Its Debt Was Odious. Now It’s Pure Cruelty.
Demanding the cancellation of the island's debt is a matter of human rights.
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The Supreme Court cases came to an unjust conclusion: that the U.S. could rule over certain people without granting them the full constitutional rights enjoyed by their brothers and sisters across the ocean. Gabriela Meléndez Olivera
President Trump’s Response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico Confirms Second-Class Citizenship
Citizens who reside on the island, do not have the right to vote in presidential elections.
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A scene from Les Cayes, Haiti, in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the category 4 storm which made landfall in the country on 4 October 2016. (Photo: UN/Logan Abassi/flickr/cc) Mark Schuller
As Trump Visits Puerto Rico, Let’s Remember (and Apply) the Real Lessons from Haiti
To put it quickly: colonialism kills.
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The transfer is from public institutions, in which voters have some say, insofar as democracy is functioning, to private tyrannies -- the corporations that dominate the economy -- in which voters have no say at all. Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian
The Trump Presidency (or How to Further Enrich "The Masters of the Universe")
'There is a diversionary process under way, perhaps just a natural result of the propensities of the figure at center stage and those doing the work behind the curtains.'
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It is almost impossible to inflict this kind of death toll in such a short time without these types of firearms. Steven Singer
Guns and Profit – Why We’ll Do Absolutely Nothing New After This Las Vegas Shooting
Anything for a buck: for-profit healthcare , privatized education , and gun sales over all.
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Juan Cole
26 Gun murders (equiv. 130) in England vs. *11,004* in US Annually
The US is downright weird compared to civilized Western Europe or Australia.
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Donald Trump and Mike Tyson attend a March of Dimes dinner in New York City in November 1989. Michael Winship
Calling Foul on Donald Trump
The president's attacks on football players and the mayor of San Juan are a poisonous mixture of past resentments and racial hate.
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Monday, October 2, 2017
they’ve chosen this moment to push an outmoded, climate threatening energy policy that will enrich their friends and benefactors and impoverish the world we all live in. Mitch Jones
Republican Tax Cuts Could Be Paved with Fossil Fuel Giveaways
In the wake of climate chaos, the Trump Administration and Senate Republicans are giving new handouts to billionaires and the fossil fuel industry.
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Chris Hedges
The End of Empire
The brutality abroad is matched by a growing brutality at home.
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Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts (right) and US Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (left) in an official photo in 2017. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) David Daley
A Supreme Court Case Could Make Partisan Gerrymandering Illegal
Justice Anthony Kennedy could provide the deciding vote in Gill v. Whitford, an upcoming case that looks at gerrymandering in Wisconsin. Oral arguments begin Tuesday.
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We have become a nation that accepts the blood sacrifice of our children as an ineffable part of our constitutional order, one of those things you have to tolerate, like pornography and the occasional acquittal of an unpopular defendant, in order to live in a free society. Charles P. Pierce
If Newtown Wasn't Enough, Why Would Las Vegas Be Enough?
Our leaders are afraid to tolerate limits on Second Amendment "freedoms."
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Mark Weisbrot
If You Want Puerto Rico To Recover, Cancel Its Debt
Once the island has recovered from the hurricane, it needs to wipe away its debt and end its broken political status within the US
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Banning consumer class actions lets financial institutions keep hundreds of millions of dollars that would otherwise go back to harmed consumers—and Wells Fargo seems to have harmed huge numbers of consumers. Heidi Shierholz
Forced Arbitration is Bad For Consumers
Class actions return hundreds of millions in relief to consumers, while forced arbitration pays off big for lawbreakers like Wells Fargo.
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the essential mindset of fandom, which instinctively privileges competition over cooperation, aggression over empathy, and tribal allegiance over communalism. Steve Almond
Donald Trump’s Sporting Spirit
“There cannot be much doubt that the whole thing is bound up with the rise of nationalism — that is, with the lunatic modern habit of identifying oneself with large power units and seeing everything in terms of competitive prestige.”
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 Exxon has over half of its natural gas facilities, half of its developed acreage, the great majority of its productive and development wells, and half of its retail sites in the U.S. but declared $5.8 billion in U.S. losses along with $13.8 billion in foreign profits in 2016. Exxon CLAIMED A CREDIT on its U.S. income tax. Paul Buchheit
Three Insidious Ways 'Overtaxed' Corporations Are Cheating America
Big companies are deceiving us and the media won't report it.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017
women's march Mattea Kramer
Trump Is in Your Head: Women and The Donald in Everyday Life
Donald Trump is a veritable fountainhead of the sort of unsavory and unsettling messages that women encounter as they go about their regular lives
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sculpture by Rowan Gillespie Kathy Kelly
Violence Spreads the Famine, and the Famine Will Spread Violence
In relation to conflict-driven famines, it becomes even more imperative to resist the U.S. government's allocation of $700 billion to the Department of Defense
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Abu Ghraib torture victim Maha Hilal
Abu Ghraib Prison Was Closed in 2014, But Its Horrendous Legacy Lives On
With no end to the war on terror, the legacy of Abu Ghraib prison remains as important as ever, especially where a lack of accountability continues to permeate all operations in Iraq
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baby gets vaccine Michael Hiltzik
As CHIP Expires Unrenewed, Congress Blows Chance to Save Healthcare for 9 Million Children
Officials predict California, Arizona, Minnesota, and North Carolina will run out of funding by December or early in January
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U.S. President Donald Trump Robert Reich
The Growing Irrelevance of President Trump
He is still a dangerous showman and conman, but when it comes to the actual work of governing America, the president is becoming utterly and completely irrelevant.
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Puerto Rico Juliette Kayyem
'Trump's Katrina?' No, It's Much Worse
As Puerto Rico continues to navigate the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, President Donald Trump has managed to divide rather than unite.
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protester holds sign that say end colonialism in Puerto Rico Bill Moyers
Vulture Capitalists Circle Above Puerto Rico Prey
As people in Puerto Rico are dying and President Trump lashes out at San Juan's mayor, Bill talks with social anthropologist Yarimar Bonilla about the challenges Puerto Ricans face in the wake of the storm.
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damage from hurricane maria Juan Cole
Trump’s Billionaire Cronies Feed at Public Trough as he Disses Puerto Rico
Puerto Ricans are drowning or dying in part because the Trump administration watched the hurricane head for the island for five days and did not swing into action to prepare for the aftermath
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Saturday, September 30, 2017
 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sticker Christopher Brauchli
Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones But...
With these two buffoons on the public stage, the public is being tested like never before. So sad.
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Canadian Minister of Finance Bill Morneau Linda McQuaig
Time to End Tax Breaks That Benefit the Rich
The real beneficiaries of the tax loophole targeted by the Trudeau government are high-flying corporate lawyers, businesspeople, accountants, doctors, dentists, insurance, and real estate agents
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Afghanistan Eric Margolis
The Vietnam Nightmare—Again
As in Vietnam, the U.S. military and civilian effort in Afghanistan is led by a toxic mixture of deep ignorance and imperial arrogance
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protester holds sign Bob Burnett
Donald Trump Now Owns White Supremacy
It's one thing to disagree with him and quite a different thing to take a stand against his white supremacy. Now is the time.
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"This is not the time to invoke the false rights inherent in second-degree citizenship," the statement declares, "but to claim the right of every human being to life." (Photo: The National Guard/flickr/cc) Aurea María Sotomayor, Juan Carlos Rodríguez, Sheila Vélez Martínez, et al.
The Cruelest Storm: 200+ Academics Speak Out for Puerto Rico
The destruction brought by Hurricane Maria has exposed the profound colonial condition of Puerto Rico
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peace american flag Benjamin Dangl
Pruning-Hooks Made Out of Swords: The Case for a US Department of Peace
A look back to the history and political vision of the demand for such a department offers methods for transforming our militaristic culture, and provides a political toolbox for peace rather than perpetual war
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Vietnam war Robert Freeman
Choosing Quagmire: The Essential Context of Vietnam
It is reasonable to speculate that because of internal contradictions in the U.S.'s position and its inability to reconcile them with its own people, before the Vietnam War was even begun, it was already lost.
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Friday, September 29, 2017
We can have a political system that respects its citizens as political equals, or we can have a society dominated by the arbitrary interests of unaccountable wealth. Trump, like Obama before him, has chosen the latter. Zach Carter
Trump’s Tax Plan Is An Act Of Political Domination By The Rich
But at least we don’t have to pretend it isn’t.
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U.S. military forces are participating in refueling Saudi bombers and also in their targeting, which has killed thousands of civilians. Mark Weisbrot
From North Korea to Yemen: The Cost of Empire
Americans must challenge Trump's policies in North Korea and Yemen that stem from imperial priorities.
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Chuck Collins
Indiana Farmer Complaining about Estate Taxes with Trump Cashed $3.3 Million in Farmer Subsidy Checks
How billionaires try to use farmers as props for tax cuts for the ultra-rich
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A damaged Puerto Rican flag spray-painted with the words "Together as One" hangs from the facade of a business in San Juan. Sonali Kolhatkar
Trump's Cruel Indifference to Puerto Rico
The island epitomizes American disaster capitalism, including Trump, who cost Puerto Rican taxpayers $32.6 million, after his company bankrupted a failing golf course.
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U.S. Marine stands with Vietnamese children as they watch their house burn after a patrol set it ablaze after finding AK-47 ammunition, Jan. 13, 1971, 25 miles south of Da Nang. (Photo: HJ/AP) Nick Turse
The Ken Burns Vietnam War Documentary Glosses Over Devastating Civilian Toll
While most American soldiers approximately 12 months serving in Vietnam, the civilians of that nation lived the war week after week, month after month, year after year, from one decade into the next.
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In response Donald Trump has scolded the island for it’s massive debt, and waited a full week after the storm hit to lift a shipping restriction requiring all incoming goods to be carried on US-flagged ships. (That restriction is largely responsible for the island’s economic problems in the first place.) Harvey Wasserman
In Maria's Wake, Could Puerto Rico Go Totally Green?
In a sun-drenched eco-system, renewable energy would foster incredible opportunity and help protect the island from it's next natural disaster.
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Wenonah Hauter
Stand with Puerto Rico—Not the Banks
As a humanitarian crisis unfolds in America, we must finally begin to put people before profit.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Reed Richardson
Ken Burns’ Vietnam War: An Object Lesson in the Failures of the Objective Lens
In striving to present all sides and simply lay out the facts for the viewer, Burns nonetheless pulls his punches when it comes to assigning blame and culpability for the disastrous war.
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Sarah Seltzer
Take it From a New Mom: Universal Health Care Would Mean Freedom, Especially for Women
If you had guaranteed access to health care, what would you do differently with your life?
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John Atcheson
What They Say vs. What They Mean: An Inside-the-Beltway Glossary
A hopefully helpful guide for those trying to understand the complex linguistic nuances of elected officials
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But we don’t sing anthems about “political solutions,” which are always flawed and imperfect. I fear that the shallow impulsiveness of Donald Trump aligns too easily with militarism and empire: with armed arrogance. Robert C. Koehler
The Courage To Kneel
On a dangerously complex planet, force gives pseudo-patriots the illusion of simple solutions.
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That starts with national policy to move the country deliberately, and without delay, toward a cleaner, more sustainable future. The sooner American climate and clean energy leadership gets back on track, the better―for our nation and for the world. Rhea Suh
This Is How We Can Avoid Climate Catastrophe
A new action plan shows how we can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
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As the Supreme Court has acknowledged in discussing the Freedom of Information Act, an “informed citizenry” is “vital to the functioning of a democratic society” and “needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed.” Norman Eisen, Anne Weismann
Kushner’s Use of Personal Email is No Minor Error
"The role of transparency in a democracy cannot be overstated."
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“Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico may offer a preview for Americans of one of the most jarring potential consequences of global warming: the movement of large numbers of people pushed out of their homes by the effects of climate change.” Andy Rowell
Four Years Ago Puerto Rico Warned of “Climate Tipping Points” – Did Anyone Listen?
Trump not only denies climate change, but basic human rights too.
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