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Friday, October 12, 2018
Khashoggi, a long-time critic of the Saudi royal family, hasn’t been seen since Tuesday October 2, when he went inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey to get a marriage license. (Photo: Twitter) Hassan El-Tayyab
Khashoggi Disappearance Is an Opening for Referendum on U.S.-Saudi Alliance
With no leadership coming from the White House, the onus falls on Congress to impose swift and concrete consequences on the Saudis
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Opinion columns generally aren’t subject to the same rigorous vetting that hard news stories receive, but they’re also not supposed to be fact-free propaganda. (Photo: Screenshot) Pete Vernon
If the President Writes It, Should USA Today Publish?
On Wednesday, USA Today handed over a section of its opinion pages to the president, allowing him to publish a piece “In which almost every sentence contained a misleading statement or a falsehood.”
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Diana Stuart, Ryan Gunderson
Stop Misdiagnosing Climate Change
So what's the real source of our planetary self-destruction? It's growth-dependent capitalism.
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John Atcheson
Justifiable Anger Fuels Trump's Hold on Power and Democrats Still Don't Seem to Get It
People are either angry or cynical and they’ve a right to be. The angry show up to vote and they vote for nihilists and cranks, and many of the cynical, believing that voting doesn’t matter, stay home.
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A global crisis of famine and mass starvation looms unless we can turn around the trajectory of our civilization. (Photo: Oxfam) Jeremy Lent
We Need an Ecological Civilization Before It’s Too Late
In the face of climate breakdown and ecological overshoot, alluring promises of “green growth” are no more than magical thinking. We need to restructure the fundamentals of our global cultural/economic system to cultivate an “ecological civilization”: one that prioritizes the health of living...
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Anthony Flaccavento (Photo: Courtesy of Flaccavento for Congress) Laura Flanders
A Progressive Organic Farmer's Fighting Chance in Virginia
Having more real, rural progressives in Congress could fundamentally take the country back, but not if Democrats don’t start taking a chance on real change-makers like Flaccavento
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If the stakes in voting weren’t high, or if voting didn’t have an impact, you wouldn’t find all these political efforts in some states to make the process harder for the opposing party’s base. (Photo: Getty) Steven Rosenfeld
With Such High Stakes This November, Here’s How to Make Sure Your Vote Is Properly Counted
And what to do if something goes wrong on Election Day
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After a lifetime of work, Americans should have enough guaranteed Social Security to maintain their standards of living. (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Nancy Altman
Seniors Are Getting Slowly Strangled by Social Security’s Flawed Math—Here’s How to Fix It
2019 Social Security benefits will rise, but checks may not
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The more papers are owned by billionaires like Bezos, the more potentially pervasive the billionaires’ influence.(Photo: Screenshot) Justin Anderson
WaPo Picks a Side in Maryland Race—the Side That’s Offering Billions to Amazon
Looming over the Post’s coverage of the governor’s race is Hogan’s ingratiating support for Amazon, the e-commerce giant owned by the world’s richest person, Jeff Bezos, who also happens to own the Washington Post
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Bill Moyers
The Bold Bravery of 'Beautiful Country Burn Again'
On the most bracing book about politics that I have read this year and a discussion with its author
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Brett Kavanaugh, during his nomination for the Supreme Court by Donald Trump. (Photo: D. Myles Cullen / White House Photo) Henry Giroux
Trump, Kavanaugh and the Path to Neoliberal Fascism
We need an impassioned international social movement with a vision, organization and set of strategies to challenge the neoliberal nightmare engulfing the planet
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One perhaps fortuitous outcome of the Kavanaugh confirmation may be the recognition that the Supreme Court is inherently political. (Photo: Supreme Court/Screenshot) John Buell
After Mitch McConnell’s Coup: Democratizing the Court, Democratizing America
The Court can inflict its damage only if the many of us who will be injured by its actions fail to collaborate and organize against its destructive pursuits
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Debris from homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael litters the ground on October 11, 2018, in Mexico Beach, Florida. The hurricane hit the panhandle area with category 4 winds causing major damage. Jeff Biggers
We Need Cities of Resistance: Climate Adaptation Is No Longer an Option
The old adage that a crisis is never a crisis until it is validated by disaster has become a reality for seventy percent of our cities already dealing with flooding, drought, fire and environmental decay
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Recent estimates show that 99 percent of U.S. food animals are now factory raised. (Photo: Center for Food Safety) Cameron Harsh
How to Combat Climate Change with What You Eat
With this resource CFS is demonstrating that avoiding factory-raised meat is not only possible, but necessary for our health and the health of our planet
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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Americans are very clear about which side they are on. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP) Bernie Sanders
Trump Lies About 'Medicare for All' and He's Made Health Care Worse
Medicare for All is popular because it would save people money and assure them the health care they need. Trump's only defense is to lie about my bill
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San Ardo Oil Field in Monterey County, California (Photo: Loco Steve via Wikimedia Commons | CC 2.0) Shaye Wolf
If We Don’t Stop Digging Up Fossil Fuels, Who Will Die?
Report details brutal cost of climate inaction
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Dr. Carol Paris
Mr. Trump, If You Love Medicare, Improve It and Expand It to All
Can the U.S. afford to expand Medicare to all? The real question is, can we afford not to?
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Frances Moore Lappé marching in Democracy Spring from Philadelphia to the Capital steps. April 2016. Frances Moore Lappé
Why We Can’t Give Up on Democracy
Only democracy can meet essential human needs, even beyond the physical
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“If we are seriously interested in increasing participation in politics among the generations coming of age in the 21st century, we need to alter our approach.” (Photo: Josh Johnson/Unsplash) Adam Eichen
Why Aren’t Young People More Involved in Politics?
Instead of complaining about younger people being politically apathetic, older generations need to show empathy and provide mentorship
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They’ve taken a leave of absence from their jobs as cooks, casino workers, hotel housekeepers, and airport catering workers to help elect Jacky Rosen senator and Steve Sisolak governor. (Photo: Rebecca Gordon
All Eyes on Nevada: A Chance to Swing the Senate
Cooks and casino workers take on Trump
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If companies pay workers less than it costs those workers to live, it’s their billionaire owners who benefit the most from government subsidies. Why on earth would we subsidize billionaires in an age of extreme inequality?(Photo: Shutterstock) Josh Hoxie
No One In The United States Should Be Poor, Period
Amazon's wage hike is welcome news, but nobody's well-being should depend on the whims of billionaire CEOs
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The same pattern has repeated in every crisis-hit region, where the poorest in society pay the price through extreme austerity and the privatisation of public assets and services, despite being the least to blame for causing the crisis in the first place.(Photo: eyewashdesgin: A. Golden, Flickr/cc) Adam Parsons
A Global People’s Bailout for the Coming Crash
When the global financial crisis resurfaces, we the people will have to fill the vacuum in political leadership. It will call for a monumental mobilisation of citizens from below, focused on a single and unifying demand for a people’s bailout across the world
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What he’s describing here is a profound social shift, only partially because it seems to curb the rights of the relatively wealthy to live the way they want —from zooming cross-country in their gas-guzzling SUVs to taking a private jet to Saint Barthélemy. (Photo: Mitchell Barnett Architect PC) Robert C. Koehler
Climate Change and Collective Salvation
Facing up to climate change requires human cooperation at an unprecedented level
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Jair Bolsonaro has criticized monsters such as Chile’s Pinochet and Peru’s Fujimori – for not slaughtering more domestic opponents.(Photo: Fabio Teixeira/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) John Feffer
Why Is the Radical Right Still Winning?
What that Protestant Reformation can teach us about the durability of far-right movements — and the order they seek to replace
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) went on overdrive talking about an assault by a bunch of activists around the Hill who were engaging in nothing more than boisterous lobbying and advocacy around one of the biggest legislative fights in recent years. And the serious reporters in traditional corporate media outlets just ran with that spin. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Murshed Zaheed
Journalists and Media: Stop Feeding the Right-Wing Spin Machine
Reporters and pundits in corporate media act less like journalists and more like right-wing megaphones. This needs to stop.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
We pay far more than other countries for health care, and we get far less – among rich countries, we alone have massive coverage gaps, and our health care outcomes are by far inferior.(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Robert Weissman
Fact Check: Trump Is Dead Wrong on Medicare-for-All
Lies from Trump are nothing new, but these outright falsehoods about our healthcare system must not go unchallenged
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President Donald Trump olds a lunch meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and members of his delegation, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on 20 March, 2018 (Photo: AFP) Richard Silverstein
What Will Trump Do About Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance?
All that the US president cares about is making deals and that does not include human rights or democracy
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Kent Conrad (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Amanda N. Stencil) Ben Armbruster
Trump Has Put US On Path To War With Iran While Nobody is Paying Attention
“If the president of the United States wants to take this nation to war, he can take this nation to war. And stopping that is incredibly difficult.”
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In addition to exonerating powerful men, they’re protecting rape culture.(Photo: Shutterstock) Anny Martinez
The GOP’s Kavanaugh Playbook Was Textbook Abusive Behavior
Psychologists call it DARVO: deny, attack, reverse victim and offender
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City officials are failing to understand how such towers play a key role in the global hidden wealth infrastructure, a shadowy system that’s hiding wealth and masking ownership, all for the purpose of helping the holders of private fortunes avoid taxes and oversight of illicit activities. (Photo: Screenshot) Chuck Collins, Emma de Goede
Towering Excess: The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom for Bostonians
Boston’s luxury boom figures to accelerate the city's already troubling disparities of income, wealth and opportunity
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Late last year she took credit for the UN having cut its budget by almost $300 million, at a time when the institution’s challenges—on climate change, on displacement, in Syria, in Yemen, and elsewhere—are perhaps as great as they’ve ever been.(Lev Radin/Shutterstock) Derek Davison
Nikki Haley’s Mission Accomplished Moment
By all rights, Haley’s lasting legacy as U.S. ambassador to the UN should be the damage she caused to the institution to which she was assigned
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Kavanaugh’s decisions and political statements are so off the wall, I’ve called him a corporation masquerading as a human being. (Photo: Getty) Ralph Nader
Let’s Start a Kavanaugh Watch to Check All Five Corporate Judges
Their unjust decisions, hiding behind stylized plausibility and casuistry, need to be unmasked and regularly relayed to the American people
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Our loved ones didn’t sign up to serve a president. They signed up to serve the American people, most of whom have no idea what they’re fighting for.(Photo: Shutterstock) Stacy Bannerman
If You Forget About a War, It's Time to End It
Saying 'Enough folded flags,' military families speak out against the Afghanistan War
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Naomi Klein rightly points out that the Puertopians—the libertarian anti-social capitalists who want to devour the world—seek to turn Puerto Rico into their little paradise. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
How Disaster Capitalism Has Ruined Puerto Rico
And what Cuba can teach the world about going a different route
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Still image from Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9." (mmflint) Ben Norton
‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Aims Straight for Trumpism’s Dark, Neoliberal Heart
This film is precisely what is needed: an enlightening and entertaining cinematic diagnosis of the rapid decay of the United States of America in the age of Trumpism, delivered from an uncompromising left-wing perspective, one that is willing to tear down liberal idols when necessary
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The kaleidoscope of geopolitics and Islamophobia is now spinning so fast that it should make our heads spin. (Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP) Juan Cole
How Muslims Became the Enemy
The new Islamophobia looks like the old McCarthyism
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Often voters don’t discover they’ve been purged until they try to cast a ballot, and then it’s usually too late.(Photo: Steve Cup) Robert Lowes
How Voter Suppression Imperils the Midterms
Blue wavers may find it harder to cast a ballot this fall, due to a counter-wave of policies meant to suppress the Democratic-leaning votes of the poor, the young, and minorities
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A demonstrator holds picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 5, 2018 (Photo: Osman Orsal/Reuters) Bill Law
Jamal Khashoggi: A Red Line Has Been Crossed
Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and suspected death is a grave assault on the freedom of expression worldwide
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They have succeeded in portraying authoritarianism as, itself, under threat. The latest version of this unreality is the myth that young white men, that privilege itself, are now under siege.(Photo: Shutterstock) Gordon Adams
Trump’s Velvet Coup: Kavanaugh Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg
I am watching my country going through a slow motion disintegration into civil war, conflict, and the rise of authoritarianism
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This is the most hopeful note: more and more people are coming to the conclusion that this escalating crisis, ever-harder to deny, can galvanize change on the scale that is really needed.(Photo: The Leap) Avi Lewis
Time to Use Our Fear as Fuel: Three Takeaways from the IPCC's New Report
More and more people are coming to the conclusion that this escalating crisis, ever-harder to deny, can galvanize change on the scale that is really needed. Nothing less will do.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018
The Mare Jonio. ‘The project takes place against the backdrop of an Italian government that has sought repeatedly to block and even criminalise humanitarian assistance.’ (Photo: Ruben Neugebauer)  Michael Hardt, Sandro Mezzadra
We’ve Launched a Migrant Rescue Ship to Resist the Racist Right in Italy
This mission is not only about providing humanitarian aid but protesting against the toxic politics of Italy, Europe and the US
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Jane O'Meara Sanders
How to Fix Western Democracy
We need to set the bar higher for our elected officials, candidates, the media and ourselves.
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"The average cost of cancer drugs today is four times the median household income."(Photo: TheNextSystem) Dana Brown
A Nobel Prize-Winning Cancer Therapy Will Be Unaffordable for Most Americans. Public Pharmaceuticals Can Help Change That.
If biologics really are the future of medicine, we must change the way prescription drugs are priced in the United States, or millions of patients will be left behind
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Lara Alqasem. Edo Konrad
Over 100 Academics, Jewish Leaders Demand Israel Release U.S. Student
Lara Alqasem got permission from the Israeli consulate to study at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. Upon landing, she was detained and ordered deported. She has been held for six days.
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A woman gets "I Voted" sticker from poll worker Tony Dominguez at polling station set-up in a real estate office in Los Angeles on May 19, 2015. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) Stephen Palumbi, Mary Roberts
Why Baby Boomers Should Vote Like Their Kids This November
The middle of this century will be theirs to navigate. We can give them a boost.
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Jair Bolsonaro has criticized monsters such as Chile’s Pinochet and Peru’s Fujimori – for not slaughtering more domestic opponents.(Photo: Fabio Teixeira/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) Glenn Greenwald
Brazil’s Bolsonaro-Led Far Right Wins a Victory Far More Sweeping and Dangerous Than Anyone Predicted. Its Lessons Are Global.
Jair Bolsonaro has been instantly transformed from marginalized clown into the overwhelmingly dominant force in the country’s political life
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Al D'Amato, Fred Trump and Donald Trump attend the Mike Tyson-Carl Williams Boxing Match on July 21, 1989 at the Trump Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo: Ron Galella / WireImage file) Suzanne Garment
Trump Family's Massive Tax Con Job Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight for Years. And It Could Cost Them Millions
The Trumps may soon wish they had sought their real estate fortunes anywhere except the liberal precincts of New York
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The responsibility for global emissions is heavily skewed towards the lifestyles of a relatively few high emitters – professors and climate academics amongst them.(Photo: @IPCC_CH/Twitter) Kevin Anderson
What Does Science Demand? A Global Energy Transformation With Focus on Inequality of Consumption
Until human society is prepared to acknowledge the huge asymmetry in consumption and hence emissions, temperatures will continue to rise beyond 1.5 and 2°C
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Elizabeth Warren, Ro Khanna
End US Complicity in Yemen's Humanitarian Disaster
The Yemeni people are suffering. Instead of supporting more bombing, the United States can help bring peace to the region.
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Monday, October 8, 2018
"We are fighting for the very right to resist as anti-protest laws emerge across the country, which aim to criminalize our people for protecting what is most sacred to us."(Photo:Leah Kolakowski) Jade Begay, Dallas Goldtooth
Letter From Indigenous Activists
Essential reading on, and beyond, Indigenous Peoples Day
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Though federal estimates put the nation’s homeless number at 554,000, most cities—including Portland, which officially has about 4,000 people without shelter—estimate the homeless, notoriously hard to count, to be at least three times higher.(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
Homeless America
These men and women, and increasingly children, are the collateral damage of the corporate state, their dignity and lives destroyed by the massive transference of wealth upward, deindustrialization and the slashing of federal investment in affordable housing begun during the Reagan administration
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Cartoonist Patrick Chappatte (New York Times, 5/10/18) presents Trump and Bolton’s “deal” for Iran.(Patrick Chappatte/New York Times) John O'Day
Trump Admin Follows Corporate Media Playbook for War With Iran
Iranian leaders have repeatedly said they do not want war with the US, but US corporate media, despite frequently characterizing Trump as a “mad king," continue to play an instrumental role in rationalizing a future war with Iran
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Smog blankets Santiago, Chile, in June. A U.N. report warns that even a 1.5-degree C increase in global temperatures will cause serious changes to weather, sea levels, agriculture and natural eco-systems. (Cllaudio Reyes / AFP/Getty Images) Hannah McKinnon
Breaking the 2 Degree Habit: Why 1.5 Is Critical
The alarm bells for climate have been ringing for decades, but as we come face-to-face with the horrific impacts scientists warned of, the excuses for inaction really are up
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Win McNamee / AP) Bill Blum
5 Truths Exposed by Kavanaugh's Rise to the Supreme Court
Kavanaugh’s confirmation represents the culmination of a multi-decade effort by the most revanchist sectors of the right to seize control of the justice system
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President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan claimed that it would result in wage gains for American workers ranging from $4,000 to $9,000 each. But, in reality, nothing like that has materialized. (Photo: @srbija_eu/Twitter) Lawrence Wittner
What’s Happened to the Big Wage Increases Promised By Republicans?
Although it appears that some workers (a reported 4 percent) did receive pay raises thanks to the tax cuts, it’s estimated that corporations spent 88 times more on stock buybacks than on pay increases for workers
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By setting the Tuesday, October 9th deadline to re-register or lose the vote in November, Georgia has made it extremely difficult to fix this problem of its own making. (Photo: Keith Ivey/flickr/cc) Miles Mogulescu
Red Alert: Georgia Voters Must Check Today To See If They've Been Purged From Voting
Georgia has purged nearly 10% of its registered voters –nearly 750,000 people from the voting rolls without their even knowing
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East German border guards look through a hole in the Berlin wall after demonstrators pulled down one segment of the wall at Brandenburg gate on November 11th, 1989.(Photo: AP/Lionel Cironneau) Michael Winship
In Germany and America, Invisible Walls
Donald Trump would build a wall to squelch immigration but Berlin is a city that knows the horror of what such a barrier's really like
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Sunday, October 7, 2018
From left, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., listen as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Lisa Graves
By Honoring Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's Request for Privacy, Sen. Feinstein Did Exactly the Right and Moral Thing
The #MeToo movement has united millions of women—and men—to stand up for survivors. That includes honoring their privacy and standing with them, if and when they speak out.
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Rachel Cleetus
Seven Things You Should Know About the IPCC 1.5°C Special Report and its Policy Implications
Our children and grandchildren’s futures depend on the choices we make today.
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Eric Margolis
'No More Torture,' Says France. Not So the United States
It will be hard for Washington to keep holding itself up to be the world champion of human rights when its torturers are hard at work inflicting unspeakable punishments on suspects.
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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Dr. Anita Hill. Ayanna Pressley
I Believe Survivors. I Believe Christine Blasey Ford. And I Still Believe Anita Hill
We must rally around one another, to support survivors and to refocus our efforts and our energy on Nov. 6, because change can’t wait, especially not now.
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Robert Reich
'November Is Coming': On Containing the Catastrophe
The only remedy is for voters to flip the House or Senate, or ideally both.
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Saturday, October 6, 2018
Christopher Brauchli
L'amour and Nuclear War
If it was such "a very great moment in the history of the world," why is the world still so terrified?
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Pierre Tristam
Saint Kavanaugh
Of course, in the end, it wouldn’t matter if he were a liar, a lout, a lecher, a drunk and a goon. The president is all those things, minus the drunk part, and he got elected to an office substantially more powerful than a supreme court seat.
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Brett Kavanaugh Sam Husseini
Young and Professional Kavanaugh: "It's All Part of the Same Scummy Guy"
Who showed fire in their belly and articulated Kavanaugh's lying under oath? Who went for the jugular?
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Protesters gather against the far-right’s presidential candidate on September 29, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mark Weisbrot
Presidential Election Is About a Fight for Democracy in Brazil
For the first time in decades, the threat of a military dictatorship is surfacing in Brazil. No responsible journalism should ignore this threat, nor legitimize the extremism that strengthens it.
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Friday, October 5, 2018
It’s time for the world to sit up and listen, because the work is far from over.(Photo: Screenshot) Donna McKay
Mukwege and Murad Nobel Win Amplifies Voices of Sexual Violence Survivors in Era of Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford
The importance of this win cannot be overstated
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It is time for the SFPD — and police departments across America — to shed its shameful past.(Photo: Engel Ching/Shutterstock) Ezekiel Edwards
San Francisco Is a Hotbed of Illegal Race-Based Policing
Race-based policing is not just a problem in San Francisco — it is nationwide calamity
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John McMurtry, Matthew Stanton
Above the Law and Below the Belt: High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction
What has happened in Washington DC with the Kavanaugh hearings is of grave concern to anyone who believes in the democratic rule of law over a moneyed faction fixing all legal process
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They’ll do exactly what we did: pass on health insurance and decline the few extra bucks to make sure we didn’t go to bed hungry. What else are we supposed to do when the government forces us to choose between our families and our future?(Photo: Getty Images) Mirka Estrada
Trump Is Rewriting Our Immigration Law To Come After Families Like Mine
It feels like they’re using children as chess pieces in a twisted political contest to force immigrants into the shadows of a nation we helped build
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Computer mouse pads emblazoned with the "Secure the Vote" logo are displayed on a vendor's table at a convention of state secretaries of state in Philadelphia in July. Election security is yet another issue that will be on voters' minds during the midterm elections in November. (PMel Evans / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
Here’s a Reality-Based Battle Plan for the Midterms and Beyond
It is imperative that Democrats win, and win big, in order to bring the Trump agenda to a screeching halt
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We’ve got to stand together, in West Virginia and all across the country.(Photo: People's Action Blog) Gary Zuckett
West Virginia Survivors Say NO To Kavanaugh
For the sake of every survivor, and for and every one of us who will be harmed by the anti-democratic decisions Kavanaugh will make if he gets a lifetime appointment to the Court, it’s time for your conscience to be heard loud and clear
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Given the choice between Young Ben Sasse and his cautious prudence and Mitch McConnell's outright cynicism and bulldozer politics, I'll take the latter every time, because at the very least it is free from what Mr. Lincoln once called "the base alloy of hypocrisy."(Photo: Getty) Charles P. Pierce
Ben Sasse Is Sad. Ben Sasse Is a Hypocrite.
The Nebraska senator's "cautious prudence" on Brett Kavanaugh might be worse than Mitch McConnell's bulldozer politics
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The truth is that the USPS’s problems were largely created by Congress. (Photo: Ron Doke/Flickr/cc) Julie Bates
It's Your Post Office. Keep It.
Take it from a postal worker: If the U.S. sells its public mail service, consumers will lose big time
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Nathan J. Robinson
If The Rule Of Law Means Anything, Kavanaugh Must Be Impeached
If a federal judge can get away with lying to Congress, why do we even have sworn oaths?
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Any foreign power hoping to line the pockets of American politicians just has to hire a local lobbyist to do it for them. (Photo: White House/Flickr/cc) Ben Freeman
How Saudi Money Keeps Washington at War in Yemen
The royal touch
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Thursday, October 4, 2018
Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. (Photo: REX/Shutterstock) Tim Dickinson
Why the FBI’s Kavanaugh Investigation Is So Troubling
The feds did not interview key witnesses — including former classmates who claim they can corroborate sexual misconduct allegations and lies under oath
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While states have registration filing deadlines, it has never been easier to register. This chart has a state-by-state list of deadlines and same-day registration details. (Photo: Pinterest) Steven Rosenfeld
A Voter’s Guide to Registering for the 2018 Election—Beat the Deadline!
You can’t vote without registering—and it’s easier than you might think
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Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Chase Smith on Face the Nation in Washington, D.C, November 11, 1956 Tom Andrews
This Is Susan Collins' "Declaration of Conscience" Moment
This is Sen. Susan Collins’ “Declaration of Conscience” moment. She can have no better guide — or source of inspiration — than Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, who described her moment to me when I was a...
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Online advertising is the lifeblood of Google, Facebook, and many other Internet enterprises that profit by providing personal data to various vendors. (Photo: Everett Collection/Shutterstock/The Atlantic) Ralph Nader
The Root of the Internet’s Disrepute: Online Advertising!
"The central problem is that the entire industry is built to leverage sophisticated technology to aggregate user attention and sell advertising."
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The sexual assault accusations aren’t his only disqualifying actions. Like Carswell and Haynsworth, his political and judicial record indicate obeisance to beliefs that should not control the nation’s future.(Photo: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
From Carswell to Kavanaugh
This moment transcends politics. Women are fighting for their humanity.
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I watched the news footage of Kennedy on the floor of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, bleeding to death. With his big victory in California, Kennedy would surely have sailed to the Democratic nomination and almost certainly defeated his Republican opponent. (Photo: Screenshot) John de Graaf
The Year That Changed Everything: A Personal Memory of 1968
No other year has left such vivid memories for me, though it may be that this year, 2018, will be even more decisive for the future of America
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Linguists and then archeologists of the 19th century used Taíno to group together the various Arawak-speaking peoples in the Greater Antilles. (Photo: Smithsonian Exhibits, 2017) Bill Bigelow
Whose History Matters? Students Can Name Columbus, But Most Have Never Heard of the Taíno People
Columbus’s treatment of the Taíno people meets the UN definition of genocide. But there has also been a curricular genocide — erasing the memory of the Taíno from our nation’s classrooms
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Trump is really no different than hundreds of other billionaires and centi-millionaires around the world that use aggressive techniques to hide money, reclassify and reappraise assets, and dodge and evade taxes. Chuck Collins
Trump and the Wealth Dynasty Defense Industry
These professional enablers of inequality are part of national and global associations
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His self-serving, evasive, and often demonstrably untruthful testimony at the hearing only reinforced those concerns. (Photo: CSPAN) Susan N. Herman
Why the ACLU Opposes Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination to the Supreme Court
This decision was based on unique circumstances presented by credible allegations of sexual assault and a display of partisan rancor, leading us to doubt Judge Kavanaugh’s fitness to serve on the Supreme Court, a job that demands the highest integrity because of the finality of the court’s rulings...
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For straight men who emphasize the performance of sexual prowess, sex with women is necessary to achieving masculinity — and women saying no puts a roadblock in their path to being a man. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
We Need to Talk About Masculinity
If we taught men better ways of "being a man," we wouldn't have to teach women to cover their drinks
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DxE claimed the farm’s practices are a result of the Trump Administration’s decision to rollback a rule proposed under Obama in 2016 to create a minimum standard of animal welfare for organic farms. (Photo: Screenshot) Michael Sainato, Chelsea Skojec
Police Arrest 58 Activists After Factory Conditions Exposed at 'Free Range' Perdue Supplier
The animals rights organization, Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) provided exclusive undercover footage of visibly sick and starving birds at a Petaluma, California based Lakeville Growers’ Petaluma Poultry Farm, dispelling the company’s claims of raising organic and free range chickens
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 Brett Kavanaugh being sworn before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. ( Gowri Ramachandran, James Sample
Brett Kavanaugh Lied Brazenly and Repeatedly Under Oath. Any Law Student Knows He Cannot Sit on the Supreme Court
It feels self-evident, but a judge who cannot obey the law cannot be expected to apply it.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018
But theatrics aside, what we know now that we didn’t before Kavanaugh’s meltdown is this: At the very least — he’s temperamentally unsuited for the nation’s highest court. (Photo: Shutterstock) Martha Burk
The Mean Drunk and the Mendacity
I fear the Senate will conclude that boys will be boys — and sometimes sexual predators — but they can still grow up to be Supreme Court justices
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Only 4 percent of American workers have gotten any kind of payout related to the corporate tax cuts, and most of those have been one-time bonuses, not permanent raises. (Photo: Shutterstock) Frank Clemente
Under Cover of Kavanaugh, Republicans Passed Huge Tax Cuts for the Wealthy
While Americans watched the Senate, House Republicans passed an extra $3 trillion tax cut for rich people and corporations
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This attack reached a second milestone on 1 September 2018, when former President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, a favourite in Brazilian presidential election polling for the elections on 7 and 28 October, was disqualified from running for office. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images) Noam Chomsky, Celso Amorim, et al.
A Warning Regarding the Blow to Brazilian Democracy and Its Global Consequences
We are profoundly concerned about the consequences of illegitimately facilitating the Brazilian presidential victory of a fascist candidate
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Donald Trump, June 1995 (AP/Kathy Willens) Heather Digby Parton
Daddy’s Boy: New York Times Investigation Exposes the Breadth of Trump’s Lies and Corruption
Donald Trump’s image as a self-made billionaire was always a lie. New Times exposé makes clear it was a whopper
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There is a single factor that overrides the environmental, economic, and cultural crisis of rural America - overproduction. (Photo: Richard Hurd) Anthony Pahnke, Jim Goodman
Bad Farm Policy Contributes to Natural Disasters
Unfortunately, the Washington power structure cares little for the environment or working families
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In many ways, the 2018 midterm elections will be a referendum on this entire approach—with a rising tide of progressive candidates who stand to make substantial gains in Congress and state legislatures.(Photo: Heath Hinegardner) Michael Sainato
A Progressive Tide
The centrist strategy of trying to win over moderate Republicans backfired miserably for Democrats. A blue wave is now pulling the party to the left
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Workers rally in Chicago on September 27 outside a conference of railroad industry executives. (Photo: Ike Gittlen/flickr)  Jeff Schuhrke
Today Amazon, Tomorrow the Railroad Industry: The Fight for $15 Rolls On
“I join your voices in saying to these railroad companies that they should adopt responsible contractor policies to ensure that the prosperity that they are experiencing is shared with all of the workers in the industry.”
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The unhappy coincidence of morally outrageous politics and character found in Judge Kavanaugh is just that—a coincidence, if not a wholly improbable one. (Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty) T.S. Mendola
Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Bad Character Has Nothing to Do With His Bad Politics
The same argument that connects the accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh to his record implicitly admits the converse: that good politics are a sign of good character
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Jim Hightower
Poverty Is Over! So Why Are Republicans So Quiet About Their Chief Economic Accomplishment?
They told us they did it not for the rich, but to help middle-class and poor families. But here we are in the thick of the 2018 congressional elections, and — shhhhh — silence. Not a single lawmaker who voted for this grand ideological promise is mentioning it, much less running ads touting their...
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018
When matters come before the Court involving political parties and ideology, it is hard to imagine anyone perceiving Kavanaugh as other than he described himself: a conservative Republican who overcame Democratic opposition.(Photo: Michael Reynolds/Pool Image via AP) Erwin Chemerinsky
A Very Tarnished Court
Kavanaugh, or his replacement, will be the fifth Republican justice sitting illegitimately
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Mitchell’s memo also fails to address a central question that any reasonable prosecutor would examine: motive. (Photo: Getty) Daniel S. Goldman, Mimi Rocah
Kavanaugh Hearing Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell’s Critique of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Is Incomplete and Deeply Flawed
It’s one thing to misleadingly frame Dr. Ford’s allegations as a case of “he said, she said.” It’s something else to ignore what “he” actually said
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“There’s no such thing as a low-yield nuclear war.” (Photo: Shutterstock) Olivia Alperstein
Don’t Arm This President With These Nukes
As President Trump gave a belligerent address at the UN, lawmakers rolled out legislation to ban “low-yield” nukes that raise the risk of conflict
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