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Thursday, January 21, 2021
To save the democracy we thought we had we must take democracy to where it’s never been. (Photo: Small Planet Institute) Frances Moore Lappé
Democracy as Dignity
Dispersions of power, transparency, and mutual accountability.
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Visitors to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum view a large scale panoramic photograph of the aftermath of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima, on August 5, 2020 in Hiroshima, Japan. Between 90,000 to 146,000 people were killed and the entire city destroyed in the first use of a nuclear weapon in armed conflict. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) Joseph Gerson
A New Day for Human Survivial: On the Promise of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
"Human beings and nuclear weapons cannot coexist."
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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Nurse and health care workers of Jacobi Medical Center hold a rally against a new paid sick leave policy by NYC Health + Hospitals that mandates health care workers who are sick present a doctor's note to receive a paid sick day on April 17, 2020 in the Bronx, New York. (Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images) Sarah Anderson
American Workers Need Paid Sick Leave Right This Minute
Congress let mandatory paid leave end on Dec. 31. Lawmakers—and employers—need to restore them immediately.
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Nuclear weapon test Romeo on Bikini Atoll on March 27, 1954. The test was part of the Operation Castle and was the first nuclear test conducted on a barge. (Photo: Wikicommons) Michael Winship
GOP Tickles the Dragon's Tail
After years of flirting with America’s right wing and egging on a growing rage, the GOP establishment is "shocked" by Trump's success—and scrambling to save face.
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US President-elect Joe Biden and incoming First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 19, 2021, one day ahead of his inauguration as 46th President of the US. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) Christian Christensen
"He's Better Than Trump!" Is No Defense of Biden. Citizens Deserve More.
If Democrats cannot critically engage with Obama policies that saw large numbers of innocent civilians in Yemen or Pakistan killed by drones, or an uncomfortably close relationship with Wall St., then the lessons of Trumpism are lost.
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Douglas Emhoff, U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. President-elect Joe Biden look down the National Mall as lamps are lit to honor the nearly 400,000 American victims of the coronavirus pandemic at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool January 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. As the nation's capital has become a fortress city of roadblocks, barricades and 20,000 National Guard troops due to heightened security around Biden's inauguration, 400 lights were placed around the Reflecting Robert Reich
Ten Ways Biden Can Be Transformational (Even Without Congress)
Biden can and must wield his presidential powers through Executive Orders and regulations. The problems America is facing demand it.
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A law enforcement officers guards the parade route in front of the White House early morning ahead of the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) Andrew Bacevich
Curb Your Presidentialism: Some Post-Trump Advice for a Biden Administration
Presidentialism is American Exceptionalism transferred to the arena of politics. It is a vast and dangerous delusion. The sooner we wake up to that fact the better for our democracy.
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Rioters clash with police trying to enter Capitol building through the front doors. Rioters broke windows and breached the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. Police used batons and tear gas grenades to eventually disperse the crowd. Rioters used metal bars and tear gas as well against the police. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Even After an Insurrection, Corporate Media Can't Let Go of False Balance
If editors learn anything from the events of the last four years, it should be that "balance" is a dangerous substitute for fairness and accuracy.
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President Donald Trump delivers an address in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on November 5, 2020. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Judith Butler
Donald Trump and the Danger of a Loser Who Cannot Admit Defeat
Whether it is deaths from Covid-19 or his own election defeat, admitting loss is something Trump finds impossible to do.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a press conference outside the U.S Capitol in Washington, D.C on June 24, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Bernie Sanders
We Must Act With Unprecedented Boldness to Meet These Historical Crises
The job of Congress now is to listen to the American people, move our country boldly forward on a path to economic success and show voters that Democrats are prepared to do everything possible to improve their lives.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
The Biden administration must now find a recovery path out of the wreckage of four decades of Reagan radicalism and the politics it created. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
It Is Biden's Historic Task to Reverse Reagan's—and Trump's—Reckless Radicalism
Reagan's failed radicalism has now run its course, and the United States, while culturally as divided as ever, is at an economic and environmental precipice.
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Honduran migrants line up to register for returning to their country on January 18, 2021 in El Florido, Guatemala. The caravan departed from Honduras to walk across Guatemala and Mexico to eventually reach the United States. After clashing with the police yesterday migrants are being held to carry out immigration and heath controls. Central Americans expect to receive asylum and most Hondurans decided to migrate after being hit by recent hurricanes. (Photo: Josue Decavele/Getty Images) US Civil Society Groups Focused on Central America
Biden Must Go Beyond Simply Ending Trump's Barbaric Border Policies—We Need Deeper Change
An open letter to President-Elect Biden on Central America policy.
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Pieter Bruegel the Elder's "The Massacre of the Innocents." Kathy Kelly
About Suffering: A Massacre of the Innocents in Yemen
The United Nations estimates the war has already caused 233,000 deaths, including 131,000 deaths from indirect causes such as lack of food, health services and infrastructure.
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Aaron Haines helps place American flags on the National Mall as the U.S Capitol Building is prepared for the inaugural ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden on January 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. The approximately 191,500 U.S. flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC for the inauguration. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Biden's Inauguration Gives Us New Hope, but the Movement for Justice Must Continue to Build on Its Own Agenda
There should be no reluctance to work with Biden to help pass critical reforms, but at the same time, the pressure for outside must continue to build for there to be any hope of change.
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Security forces respond with tear gas after President Donald Trump's supporters breached the U.S. Capitol, storming the building as lawmakers were set to sign off on President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory. (Photo: Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
The Rubble of Empire: A Fine Time To Begin Thinking About What Might Be Built in Its Place
Doctrines of disaster and dreams of security as the Biden years begin.
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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the WaterAid water and climate event at Kings Place on March 10, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby - WPA Pool/Getty Images) Ben Price
'It Is Like Satire': Prince Charles' Terra Carta Is a Manifesto for the Status Quo
The ecological crisis demands we protect the Rights of Nature from being watered down.
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If past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior, we should not expect Biden to be a deserter from the class war that he has helped to wage, from the top down, throughout his political career. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Don't Let President Biden 'Make Us the Dupes of Our Hopes'
More than being a time of hope—or fatalism—the inauguration of President Joe Biden should be a time of skeptical realism and determination.
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 Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech at the William Hicks Anderson Community Center, on July 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Biden Must Drive a Stake Through the Heart of Dead-End "Centrism"
There is no middle ground between lies and facts. There is no halfway point between civil discourse and violence. There is no midrange between democracy and fascism.
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Monday, January 18, 2021
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking before crowd of 25,000 Selma To Montgomery, Alabama civil rights marchers, in front of Montgomery, Alabama state capital building. On March 25, 1965 in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo by Stephen F. Somerstein/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Israel Was Designated an Apartheid State by B'Tselem. What Martin Luther King Jr. Would Have Thought of That.
Those who argue that Dr. King would have had no problem with Israel’s policies in the Occupied Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank after 1967 are being illogical.
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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, President George W. Bush, and Vice President Dick Cheney. (Photo: via PRI) Ramzy Baroud
By 'Force and Fraud': Is This the End of the US Democracy Doctrine?
The storming of US Congress will have global repercussions, not least among them the weakening of US hegemonic and self-serving definition of what constitutes a democracy.
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The U.S. Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California on Aug. 18, 2019. (Photo: Scott Howe/DVIDS) Gerry Condon
Veteran Celebrates Nuclear Ban Treaty
The United States can be a leader in the peace race, but only if our leaders hear a loud message from the people: nuclear weapons are an unacceptable threat to all of humanity and they are also now illegal.
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Workers put up "Biden-Harris" branded bunting on a press riser along the inaugural parade route near the White House on January 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Thousands of National Guard troops have been activated to protect the nation's capital against threats surrounding President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration and to prevent a repeat of last weeks deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Michael Winship
When Trump's Out the Door, Biden Tackles the Winter of Our Discontent
He and America’s "better angels" have their work cut out for them.
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As we enjoy the start of a new year, I would urge people to look at the innumerable stories of medical debt, like my family’s, and consider the necessity of a national healthcare system, like Medicare for All. (Photo: PRE-COVID/Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Rohit Anand
It's Time to End Abhorrent Medical Debt That Consumes Families
With the current challenges of millions of people losing their jobs, losing their source of income, and becoming ill with COVID-19, medical debt will increase even further from the 56% of adults who struggle with it prior to the pandemic.
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. waves to onlookers while leading the 125,000 strong 'Walk to Freedom' on Woodward Avenue in Detroit in 1963. (Photo: Tony Spina / Detroit Free Press) Rev Dr Liz Theoharis
The Nation Must Have the Moral Courage To Carry on the Work of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Earth does not belong to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, or the white supremacists of the world.
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Leading up to the Senate impeachment trial, Mitch McConnell tells the GOP it will be "a vote of conscience," one wonders if they still understand the concept of having a conscience? (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Jim Goodman
After Four Years, Accountability Is Long Overdue
There must be a reckoning for Trump and for all those who were complicit with Trump.
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Sunday, January 17, 2021
Citizens wearing protective masks form lines to receive free food from a food pantry run by the Council of Peoples Organization on May 8, 2020 in Brooklyn. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images) Rajko Kolundzic
Despite Pain and Record Death, Why Is the Stock Market So High?
How did rich corporations and finance capitalists come out of the pandemic in very good health in contrast to the general population?
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Donald Trump's Twitter account displayed on a mobile phone screen next to a vinyl doll which features the U.S. President Donald Trump, seen in front of the U.S. flag, on Saturday, 9 January 2021, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Alan MacLeod
Trump’s Social Media Ban May Be Justified, But That Doesn’t Mean Power of Big Tech Isn’t Dangerous
Silicon Valley corporations are far from neutral moral arbiters, and have a history of abusing their power. Trump was and remains a menace, but we further empower these corporate giants at our peril.
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President Donald Trump appears at a rally on the eve before the South Carolina primary on February 28, 2020 in North Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Bandy X. Lee, Jeffrey D. Sachs
One Group Who Knew All Along How Dangerous Trump Was: Mental Health Experts
From the perspective of his psychopathology, Trump's coup attempt last week was wholly predictable.
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Proud Boys march in support of President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, December 12, 2020. (Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images) Zoltán Grossman
Denial of American Fascism Has Cost Us Dearly
The inconvenient truths about fascism, like learning about the climate and health crises, could lead us to actually shift our beliefs and lives.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump rampage through the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Freeman
Four Insurgencies that Counsel Vigilance at the Trump Revolt
If we are to save the country, we must find the wisdom to think anew and the courage to act anew.
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Saturday, January 16, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) listens during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on June 19, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) Christopher Brauchli
Ted Cruzifictions
Being in the United States Senate does not imbue a person with wisdom, common sense, or integrity. If you doubt that, just look at the junior Republican Senator from Texas.
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A man wearing a mask meant to represent U.S. President Donald Trump with a pig's nose dances in front of the U.S. Embassy for a video of a satirical project by a design student. Photo: Christoph Soeder/dpa (Photo by Christoph Soeder/picture alliance via Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
Trump May Be on Trial, But You Can Bet the System That Produced Him Will Be Acquitted
Trump is too small and limited of a target to be considered the true and deepest enemy we face.
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President Donald Trump delivering the speech that spurred a mob to overrun the U.S. Capitol at a rally on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Will Trump's Grand Finale Be Conviction by the US Senate?
Congressional Republicans have aided and abetted, for four years, Trump's assertion that "With Article II, I can do whatever I want as president." Dangerous Donald did just that.
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In November, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr (left) became the chair of the Republican Attorneys General Association, while Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (right) became RAGA's policy chair and chair of the group's Rule of Law Defense Fund, which was among the sponsors of the Trump rally preceding the U.S. Capitol Riot and sent out robocalls urging people to march to the Capitol to "stop the steal." (Photo: Official portraits) Sue Sturgis
Meet the GOP State AGs Who Spread Election Lies That Fueled an Insurrection
Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) never acknowledged its role in fueling Trump supporters' ire by sharing repeatedly debunked lies about the outcome of the presidential election.
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The mob can hide behind the First Amendment and use the foil of BLM marches all it wants. It’s  piling chicanery on top of lies. (Photo: Flickr/CC) Pierre Tristam
No, Open Sedition Is Not a First Amendment Right
The right to protest is not in dispute. If that's all the mob had done, its rights would certainly be defensible and protected.
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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Shelley Wales/iStock) Adam Federman
Turns Out That the Oil Industry Wasn’t Interested in the Arctic Refuge After All
The Trump administration’s Arctic Refuge oil lease auction was a total bust.
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Friday, January 15, 2021
A young activist holds a sign during a rally for action on climate change on September 20, 2019 in New York City. Thousands of young people across the globe are participating in a day of protest calling for urgent action to fight climate change in what organizers are calling the Global Climate Strike. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) David Orr
Questions "Too Puny" for Our Dire Circumstances
The unanswered question is whether we have the political will to do what is required to prevent Earth’s climate from spiraling out of control.
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The ongoing global health, economic, and climate crises have revealed what racial justice advocates have known for a long time: our economic system is fundamentally and profoundly broken. (Photo: Chris-Yakimov-via-Flickr) Alvaro Sanchez
How the Biden-Harris Administration Can Fight Climate Change and Structural Racism
Addressing the root causes of climate change and structural racism means equity must be core to the framework for action.
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U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock (R) bumps elbows with Stacey Abrams (L) during a campaign rally with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden at Pullman Yard on December 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Laura Flanders
We Should Learn From Georgia to Show Us the Way Forward
Over slow generations, they built a broad enough "we" and an effective bottom up force that formed not just a victorious voting block this year, but a caring community dedicated explicitly to dismantling white supremacy.
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In the dying days of his Presidency the bad climate news continues. (Photo: Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images) Andy Rowell
Impeached Twice, Trump's Presidency Was a Climate Disaster
The world burned on Trump’s watch, leaving behind a horrendous lasting environmental legacy.
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Some Republican state officials already are using Trump’s Big Lie as cover to pursue new laws to make it harder to vote—in other words, new voter suppression laws. (Photo: PRE-COVID/Win McNamee/Getty Images) Fred Wertheimer
Republican State Officials Are Already Using Trump’s Big Lie as Cover To Pursue New Laws To Make It Harder To Vote
Congress must move quickly to enact H.R. 1, the For The People Act, and H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act.
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Outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo presented this final hallucination in a speech on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC: "Al-Qaeda has a new home base. It is the Islamic Republic of Iran." (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) Belén Fernández
Here We Go Again, But Now the Target Is Iran
Two decades after invading Iraq for alleged links to al-Qaeda, the US now says Iran is the armed group's 'new home.'
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A noose is seen on makeshift gallows as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather on the West side of the US Capitol in Washington DC on January 6, 2021. - Donald Trump's supporters stormed a session of Congress held today, January 6, to certify Joe Biden's election win, triggering unprecedented chaos and violence at the heart of American democracy and accusations the president was attempting a coup. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Lynching Political Correctness
Are we in a state of national emergency?
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Democrats need to tackle raising the minimum wage, and people are ready for them to do so. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Emily Galvin-Almanza, Sean McElwee
If Lawmakers Really Care About "Unity" They Should Support Policies Voters Actually Want
Americans largely support progressive policies—despite objections from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Now is the time to pass them.
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Thursday, January 14, 2021
We found it very effective to focus on one pressing issue and bring progressive groups together. (Photo courtesy of Sheila Rawat & Elisa Devlin) Sheila Rawat, Elisa Devlin
How We Came to Build A Progressive Ground Game
After Bernie's campaign ended, we were determined to stay in the fight. We built our own structure which was key in the freedom and guidance in making our actions effective.
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Nuland and Pyatt planning regime change in Kiev. (Photo: Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Will the Senate Confirm Coup Plotter Victoria Nuland?
Nuland would be a ticking time-bomb in Biden’s State Department, waiting to sabotage his better angels much as she undermined Obama’s second-term diplomacy.
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A supporter of President Donald Trump howls inside the Senate Chamber in the U.S. Capitol during a deadly invasion and takeover on January 6, 2021. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
A Layman’s Guide to Spotting Sedition, Treason, and Lunacy in General
The words people speak have consequences—but maybe not what you think.
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A young boy raises his fist for a photo by a family friend during a demonstration on May 31, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) Jason Pramas
We Must Defeat the Far-Right Insurrectionist Movement. Here's How
We need to mobilize like never before.
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The contradiction between ethical veganism and military service should be obvious: someone who chooses veganism out of respect for animal or human rights should seek to do no harm in all areas of their life, not just their diet. (Photo: Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldier by Abir Sultan/IDF via Getty Images) Mary Miller
There's Nothing Vegan About War
As more and more people rethink their consumption of animal products, it is inevitable that the world’s military forces will increasingly use veganism to appear progressive, trendy, and virtuous. My plea to my fellow vegans: don’t fall for it.
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We have individual responsibility for how we shape our own worldviews based on the news and opinions we "ingest." (Photo: magicatwork/flickr/cc) Richard Heinberg
Insurrection, Pandemic, and Censorship
Democracy requires an informed citizenry and reliably informative media.
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Members of the National Guard walk through the Visitor Center of the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
A Second Trump Impeachment Has Not Lessened the Current Danger
This move by House Democrat is insufficient to forestall the possibility of further Trumpist-incited violence.
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Even without the corrosive impacts of Donald Trump’s hostile diplomacy of recent years, China would pose an enormous challenge to any new administration. (Photo: PRE-COVID/Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) Michael T. Klare
Can Biden Achieve Progress Where It Matters While Avoiding a New Cold (or Hot) War?
President Biden’s China conundrum.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021
The events made what should have already been obvious excruciatingly clear: every day that Trump is in office is a dangerous one for this country. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Jeff Hauser
Impeaching Trump Is Only the Beginning
Biden must rid the government of Trump holdovers wherever possible and reverse Trump’s attacks as quickly as possible.
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"Indigenous people are leading the Peoples Climate March to send one clear message to Trump: keep your fossil fuels in the ground," said Dallas Goldtooth, campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network, ahead of the action. (Photo: Eman Mohammed/Survival Media Agency) Mark Hertsgaard
Trump's Attacks on Democracy Threatens Climate Survival
Only a democracy that works can defuse the climate crisis. Without that expression of grassroots democracy, the world would likely be entering the climate nightmare of four more years of Trump.
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It’s time for different tools and a different mindset. (Photo: Ploughshares Fund) Sharon Squassoni
Biden Must Retire the Illogical Great Power Competition Paradigm
There is no winning a nuclear arms race and no winning a nuclear war. The use of any nuclear weapon in conflict is a loss for humanity.
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A three-year-old child who suffers from severe acute malnutrition stands on a hospital bed shortly after being admitted to a facility in Yemen. (Photo: Giles Clarke, U.N. OCHA/Getty Images) Alexander Langlois
The Houthi Designation: Tone-Deaf Foreign Policy for a Tone-Deaf Administration
This public health crisis and the coinciding crisis surrounding basic resources constitute the humanitarian situation in Yemen today—a conflict that is completely manmade and caused by the poor decisions of non-democratic leaders in Yemen, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and the United...
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United Fruit Company is no longer (it morphed into Chiquita Brands International). But the legacy of the banana republic-like ties between the United States and many countries endures. (Photo: flickr/cc) Joseph Nevins
The Irony Of Calling America A 'Banana Republic'
The history of the banana republic reminds us that the notion of the United States as a beacon of human rights and democracy is, for all too many across the globe, a lie.
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest in the US Capitol Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo: Saul Loeb/ AFP) Bill Moyers, Heather Cox Richardson
The Day the Confederate Flag Flew in the United States Capitol
What happened in the 1850s and what happened in the present are very similar in a number of ways, though the symbol of the insurrectionist Confederate army never flew in that nation's capitol—not once—until January 6, 2021.
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"Human Rights Watch has documented that the Saudi-led coalition was using internationally banned cluster munitions in at least 16 attacks that targeted populated areas, killing scores of civilians including women and children." (Photo: © UNICEF Yemen) Mahad Dirieh
The Case For Course Correction in Yemen's Endless War
The crisis in Yemen is largely America's making. America needs to fix it now.
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Will we connect our various struggles, labor, environmental, anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-imperialist, and unite to give humanity a chance to reverse the course toward oblivion? (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images) Faramarz Farbod
Let's Burn All Illusions in 2021
Expect nothing transformative from the governing class. The future depends on what We the People will choose to do.
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Palestinian girls wearing protective masks attend a graduation ceremony from the Police Academy amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in Gaza City on May 7, 2020. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images) Ramzy Baroud
Covid-19 Under Apartheid: How Israel Manipulates Suffering of Palestinians
Long after the deadly pandemic is contained, the tragedy of occupied Palestine will, sadly, continue unhindered, until the day that Israel is forced to end its military occupation of Palestine and the Palestinians.
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Customers and cashiers at a Publix supermarket in Orlando, Florida. (Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Karen Dolan
A Winning Strategy for Joe Biden: Raise the Wage and Tax the Rich
Despite our sharp divisions, a majority of Americans are united behind many policies to combat poverty and reduce inequality.
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We Americans must reform our political system, both to ensure the basic right to vote and democratic representation. (Photo: Joseph Stiglitz
Small Tweaks Won't Be Enough to Save American Democracy
Fortunately, Joe Biden will assume the US presidency on January 20. But, as the shocking events of January 6 showed, it will take more than one person—and more than one presidential term—to overcome America’s longstanding challenges.
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Protesters gather inside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
We Must Not Allow Violent Pro-Trump Insurrection to Usher in New Anti-Protest Laws
The tools we create in response to the January 6 insurrection will be used to tamp down mass protest from the left.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021
The next time you see a POW/MIA flag outside a federal building, don’t dismiss it as a relic of America’s past.  Think about its meaning and relevance in an era of constant global warfare and colossal military spending. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) William Astore
We're All Prisoners of War Now
When will America free itself from war?
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Cesar, 35, an asylum seeker from Nicaragua waits with his wife, Carolina, 25, (Right) and his eight-year-old son Donovan as a U.S. Customs and Border agent looks on on April 6, 2020 at the Paso del Norte International Bridge in Ciudad Juaarez in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. (Photo: Paul Ratje/Agence France-Presse/AFP via Getty Images) Katrina Eiland
Biden Must Follow Through With Promise to Restore US Asylum
A reversal of Trump's asylum system is simply not enough—we must build our asylum system back better.
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Politics cannot continue as usual. (Photo: John Williams/flickr/cc) Sarah Jones
Republicans Want Clemency, and With It, a Return to the Status Quo
The public deserves something better: a true champion of the poor and vulnerable.
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event to announce new cabinet nominations at the Queen Theatre on December 11, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Sarah Lazare
Biden Must Reject Trump's WTO Policy That Could Lead to "Vaccine Apartheid" in Global South
The president-elect pledged to combat racism. But he’s been mum about a racial injustice taking place on a global scale.
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Pro-Trump rioters entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital during a joint session of Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Joe Lowndes, Daniel Martinez HoSang
Will a More Dangerous Far Right Spring From the Corpse of Trumpism?
Deferring to the economic and political elites that have set the stage for this carnage will only the embolden the far right to continue to provide a kind of reactionary framing to the feelings of abandonment, isolation and betrayal.
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Cuban farmers work in their lands in Vinales, Pinar del Rio province, Cuba, on January 10, 2021. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores
The Trump Administration's Parting Outrage Against Cuba
"Perpetuating the myth that Cuba is a threat to the American people—while minimizing the threat posed by far-right extremists at home—is an embarrassment to our country on the world stage."
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump, including member of the QAnon conspiracy group Jake Angeli, aka Yellowstone Wolf (C), enter the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) David McWilliams
Capitol Rioters Can’t Stop the Economic Forces Undermining Their Tribe
If we fail to appreciate what's going on in the world, we will all suffer from the curse of the entitled, who rail against change rather than embracing it.
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In this photo illustration, a Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone with President Donald Trump's Twitter page shown in the background on May 27, 2020. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
Twitter's Ban on Trump Will Deepen the US Tribal Divide
This is a perfect illustration of why curbs on political speech—even of the most irresponsible kind—invariably backfire.
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Monday, January 11, 2021
Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) Chuck Collins, Omar Ocampo
Trump's Top Ten Billionaire Enablers
Trump didn’t get here on his own. Many have enabled him, especially the billionaires who funneled money his way and then stood by as he damaged our democracy.
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As Bernie Sanders says, "The old way of thinking is what brought us Donald Trump." (Photo: Screenshot) Norman Solomon
Denouncing Republican Evils Can’t Do Much for the Biden Presidency Without Demanding Progressive Policies
The Sanders prescriptions for antidotes to right-wing poisons are absolutely correct.
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Ted Lieu
We Have a Constitutional Duty To Defend Our Democracy in Making Trump the First President in History To Be Impeached Twice
For justice and to heal our nation, we need to hold those involved in the insurrection accountable. That includes the president.
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Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Jonathan Rich
The Bipartisan Neoliberal Regime Is No Alternative to Trumpism and the Far-Right
The first reason for this crisis is that the US political system is not a "democracy" at all, but rather an oligarchy run by the unchecked power of corporate bribery.
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A couple react as they go through their destroyed mobile home following the passing of hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 27, 2020. -Hurricane Laura tore off roofs and shredded buildings in the southern US state of Louisiana as it slammed into the coast early on August 27 killing at least one person, with shaken residents emerging to survey the damage. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) Bill Quigley
Past Time to Remember Thousands Displaced and Left Behind by Hurricanes Laura and Delta
As 2020 ended some people were still living in tents.
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Given the growing sense of shame and disaffection in the ranks of the GOP, Trump should expect a full Senate trial in his second impeachment, in sharp contrast to the perfunctory acquittal he received in his first impeachment. (Photo: Library of Congress) Bill Blum
25th Amendment or Impeachment? The Answer: Both
The punishment would fit the crime, and he’d be stripped of unwarranted perks.
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As Covid-19 grew ever worse while 2020 ended, the stock market reached heights that hadn’t been seen before. Ever. (Photo: Scott Beale on Flickr) Nomi Prins
The Martians of Wall Street Have Invaded
As Covid-19 grew ever worse while 2020 ended, the stock market reached heights that hadn’t been seen before. Ever.
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Equipment of media crews damaged during clashes after the US President Donald Trumps supporters breached the US Capitol security in Washington D.C., United States on January 06, 2021. Pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers were set to sign off Wednesday on President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory in what was supposed to be a routine process headed to Inauguration Day. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Robert Reich
Impeach Trump. Then Arrest Trump. Then Prosecute Him for Sedition
Unless all who participated in or abetted the attempted overthrow of the United States government are held accountable, it will happen again. Next time it may succeed.
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A protester sits in the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. Pro-Trump protesters have entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Yes It Was Attempted by Wingnuts, But It Was a Coup Attempt Just the Same
Over 140 Republican congressmen and 8 senators joined the attempt to overturn the election even after the mob tried to kill or kidnap them.
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Sunday, January 10, 2021
In this photo illustration, a Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone with President Donald Trump's Twitter page shown in the background on May 27, 2020. Christian Christensen
Trump, Social Media and “Orwellian” Bullshit
After a relentless and unbroken 40-year fight to hand informational control and power over to a small number of corporate actors, the political right is now wetting their collective pants over Trump being banned by a privately-owned company.
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest in the US Capitol Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo: Saul Loeb/ AFP) Chuck Idelson
Confederates in the Capitol: The Re-enactment of a Lost Cause
The lesson we must learn from the crushing of Reconstruction is that escorting Trump out the door must not be the end of this story.
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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces, as they storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. Mark Schlosberg
Trump Lit the Match for an Attempted Coup, But Decades of Misinformation Supplied Fuel
The dangerous attempt at a coup of the Capitol didn't happen in a vacuum. A culture of misinformation — even from those who should know better — has played a role in distancing too many people from the realities our country faces, including climate change.
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Person holds sign reading 'Tax cuts make 1% richer 99% poor Sam Pizzigati
Our Post-Trump Democratic Prospects: What the Ming Dynasty Can Tell Us
'Good government' has always rested on equitable distributions of wealth and power.
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Police seen around Capitol building where pro-Trump supporters riot and breached the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Jeffrey C. Isaac
Trump, the Coup, and the Collusion That Made It Possible
It will be hard to disentangle the levels of causal, moral, and legal responsibility, and harder still to repair the damage.
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Saturday, January 9, 2021
Supporters of President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Christina Warner
How We Respond to Threats Against Democracy
The U.S. is bearing the fruit of decades of cruelty — breaking up unions, cutting public services and siphoning public resources and wealth into the hands of the very elite — also seen in Canada.
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A student takes part in a Zoom class. Steven Singer
What I Told My Students About Wednesday’s Attempted Trump Coup
The day after domestic terrorists try to steal our system of government isn’t the time to hold back.
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Members of Metro D.C. Socialists hold a Christmas morning protest asking "Santa Claus" to deliver coal to Congress, while demanding a $2,000 per month check, at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. Alan MacLeod
Billionaire-Owned Media Look Out for Neediest by Demanding They Get No More Money
“How to pay for it” is the question they perennially ask when the prospect of helping ordinary people is raised.
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Protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Alex Newhouse
Far-Right Activists on Social Media Telegraphed Violence Weeks in Advance of the Attack on the US Capitol
The siege was consistent with their openly expressed hopes and plans.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump protest in the Capitol Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Judy Rohrer
New “Day of Infamy,” Centuries Old White Supremacy
Were Wednesday's events really that "unbelievable"?
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on October 21, 2019 in Washington, D.C. ( Ralph Nader
Can Justice Finally Overtake Trump, Its Most Defiant Fugitive?
Despite the many crimes Donald Trump regularly committed over four years, it took his blatant incitement of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, to put him on the road to prison...
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Friday, January 8, 2021
This illustration photo shows a mobile phone placed on a US flag with Tweets from US President Donald Trump masked with warnings imposed by Twitter stating that they may be incorrect, November 5, 2020 as vote counting continues to determine the winner of the presidential electionn. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images) Timothy Karr
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube: Ban Trump or Face Another Mass Boycott
These powerful tech giants and their top executives must decide: Are they on the side of democracy or in favor of profiting from the spread of bigotry and lies?
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump take over stands set up for the presidential inauguration as they protest at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. - Thousands of Trump supporters, fueled by his spurious claims of voter fraud, are flooding the nation's capital protesting the expected certification of Joe Biden's White House victory by the US Congress. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
The Truth About Trump’s Mob
The storming of the US Capitol by predominantly white supporters of President Donald Trump was in keeping with a long tradition of mob violence directed by white elites in the service of their own interests. The difference this time is that the rioters turned on their own.
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 Fires, deforestation, logging and mining threaten the integrity of the Amazon rainforest. (Photo: Ria Sopala / Pixabay) Tiffany Duong
Amazon Rainforest Will Collapse by 2064, New Study Predicts
The forest could lose its ability to store the world's excess carbon which helps to regulate the climate and planetary temperature.
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U.S. Pentagon. (Photo: Staff/AFP via Getty Images) Daniel Ellsberg
Will Unprovoked War With Iran Be Trump's Parting Gift to the World?
I will always regret that I did not do more to stop war with Vietnam. Now, I am calling on whistleblowers to step up and expose Trump’s plans
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Members of congress run for cover as protesters try to enter the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Dave Inder Comar
Mob Violence in the Capitol A Logical Completion to Trumpian Politics
It is no longer hyperbole to conclude that the rule of law in the United States is now under grave threat.
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US President-elect Joe Biden speaks at the Queen Theater on January 6, 2021, in Wilmington, Delaware. - Biden on Wednesday denounced the storming of the US Capitol as an "insurrection" and demanded President Donald Trump go on television to call an end to the violent "siege." (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) John Ripton
Biden-Harris and the Progressive Movement in an Uncertain World
"A lukewarm Biden-Harris presidency—even one that eventually brings the pandemic under control—will not achieve the populist policy objectives necessary to win in 2024."
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When Trump said that the death rate from the coronavirus would be very low "if you didn’t count blue states," you didn’t resign or even criticize. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
From Mulvaney to DeVos, GOP Rats Are Deserting Trump's Sinking Ship
All the times they didn’t resign or even criticize his monstrous deeds in the last four years.
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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces, as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Simon Davis-Cohen
Civil Society Groups Warn Against Anti-Protest Legislation Following Siege of US Capital
"We have to make sure this moment is not used to further anti-protest legislation."
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