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Saturday, October 17, 2020
Equanimity is defined as mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in difficult situations. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images) Zoe Weil
Four Ways to Find Equanimity When the News Is Overwhelming
Staying healthy and effective in the maelstrom.
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David Suzuki
Humility, Caring and Wisdom Make a Better Future Possible
For many, the pandemic has renewed our innate appreciation for and connection to nature. People have taken to growing food on windowsills and in backyard and community gardens. We’re cultivating yeasts to bake bread and getting outside more to walk, run, swim and cycle.
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Beware of such ending-the-war promises during election season—unfortunately they are somewhat of an election staple, as history shows. (Photo: Program Executive Office Soldier/Flickr/cc) Natalie Dowzicky
Beware of Presidents Promising 'No More War' at Election Time
The public sees right through the facade of large lofty claims.
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Right now, massive corporations like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates, and Instacart are pouring nearly $200 million into a giant PR campaign designed to get you to vote for this. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Vote NO On CA Prop 22: Reject This Corporate Power Grab
Make no mistake: Prop 22 is a lousy deal for Uber and Lyft drivers, and for millions of other workers.
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Friday, October 16, 2020
If Biden wins the Presidency and Democrats flip the Senate, their aim should be to unpack the courts. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Miles Mogulescu
Biden Can’t Let Republican Court Packers Intimidate Him Into Pledging Not to Unpack the Courts
Mitch McConnell subscribes to the premise that "the easiest way to change the law is to change the judges."
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It all begins with putting Trump’s exhausting psychodrama behind us and getting back to loving  and caring for one another as Americans. (Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images) Tom Weis
History Will Damn Trump & Co. for Betraying the Vision of Our Founders
A societal reckoning is required to fulfill our founding promise of liberty and justice for all.
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Move­ment politi­cians under­stand that real change comes from peo­ple demand­ing it in the streets. (Photo: Ryan Olbrysh/In These Times) Natalie Shure
The Squad Is Growing: A New Crew of Left Challengers Is Bringing Movement Politics to Congress
It’s not just AOC, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib. This crop of organizers-turned-politicians—alongside the Squad—plans to usher in a progressive revival in the House of Representatives.
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The president has repeatedly made baseless allegations of voter fraud, urged his followers to intimidate voters at the polls, and overruled FDA vaccine safety guidelines in an attempt to push out a Covid vaccine before the election, against the advice of scientific experts. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Democracy Dies in the Light
The problem is that the media continue to operate as if a normal democratic election is being held in this country, when it clearly is not.
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A major force behind this change is a legal nonprofit that is heavily funded by the foundation of billionaire industrialist and Republican megadonor Charles Koch. (Photo: @lizaveta9 on Twitter) Alex Kotch
Koch-Funded Legal Group Pushes to Allow Mass Evictions During Pandemic
The CDC's eviction moratorium update "is symptomatic of a system that has always and continues to work to benefit the profiteers."
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A silent protest in New York's World Trade Center on Jan. 6, 2020 in support of children who have died in ICE custody. (Photo: Erik McGregor / LightRocket via Getty Images) Silky Shah
Why America Still Needs to Abolish ICE
The nation’s attention may have moved on, but the crisis remains.
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images) Ruth Conniff
Amy Coney Barrett Is Not Pro-Life
Trump's Supreme Court nominee has no regard for Americans protected by the Affordable Care Act.
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The likelihood is that Barrett will go on looking out for the interests of Big Oil. (Photo: Shutterstock) Juan Cole
Pro-Life, Judge Barrett? Climate Denialism Is Mass Murder
Human-induced climate change through burning gasoline, coal and natural gas is not "politically controversial." It is established science.
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Thursday, October 15, 2020
Donald Trump might then be seen as but the latest in a long line of the empowered who either believed in or, for reasons of state, class interest, or political calculation, feigned a belief in grand conspiracies. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Steve Fraser
The United States of Paranoia
From the Salem witch hunt to conspirator-in-chief Donald Trump
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 The Treasury Secretary has untapped capacity to push Wall Street to take the risks of the climate crisis seriously. (Photo: Kiyo/flickr/cc) Timi Iwayemi, Miranda Litwak
Biden’s Treasury Could Fight Climate Change, But Would Lael Brainard’s?
Biden’s choice for Treasury Secretary is arguably among his most important climate policy decisions.
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The absence of war is not enough; we need to build a positive peace by supporting gender-equitable and locally-led peacebuilding, committing to multilateralism and international law, promoting green, justice-based development, and more. (Photo by NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images) Michael Galant
5 Foreign Policy Issues to Look Out For in Tonight’s Town Halls
We must work to end the United States’ role in existing conflicts, repeal the AUMFs, return the powers of warmaking to Congress, and slash the Pentagon budget.
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Donald Trump, U.S. president and supreme leader of the country’s white supremacists, prefers the pretend America, professing as much in a proclamation he issued this year on Columbus Day. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Columbus Day in Pretend America
Slave trade? Genocide? Armageddon? Never heard of it!
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Climate Activists Protest Against Senate Leader Chuck Schumer Demanding He Sign On To Green New Deal. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty) Mark Hertsgaard
Journalists Must Demystify The Green New Deal
Rather than contributing to an environment in which the words "Green New Deal" are treated as a political liability, good journalism should assess both candidates' plans on their merits and inform the public accordingly.
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 Yemeni children study in the rubble of their school, which was destroyed by the violent war in the city of Taiz, Yemen 23 Dec 2018 (Photo: Akramalrasny via shutterstock.com) Rabyaah Althaibani
How a Future Biden White House Can End the War in Yemen
Biden has recently stated that under his leadership he would end U.S. support for Saudi military intervention in Yemen, a move supported by Congress, and reassess the current close U.S.-Saudi relationship.
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Most people in America believe the next president should fill the Supreme Court vacancy. (Photo: Getty Images) LaShawn Warren
Amy Coney Barrett Hearing Reveals Senate's Misplaced Priorities
Senate Republicans are grasping any last chance to hold onto power well after public support has lapsed and their terms are over.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2020
The Wisconsin initiative is not the first time farmers have joined with meatpacking workers to demand stronger COVID-19 protections. (Photo: TumblingRun/flickr/cc) Sarah Anderson
Farmers and Meatpackers Are Teaming Up
During the pandemic and recession, farmers are realizing they have more in common with immigrant meatpackers than agribusiness CEOs.
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Our electoral system is riddled with policies that amount to little more than voter suppression. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Voter Suppression in a Pandemic Election
Voting is more difficult than it should be in the best of times. In the pandemic, many states are adding barriers, not removing them.
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The law does not require the United States to defend Taiwan if China attacks, but it also doesn’t rule it out—a policy known as strategic ambiguity. (Photo: U.S. Navy photo) Ann Wright
Dangers of Military Confrontation Between the United States and China Around Taiwan and in the South China Sea
In 2020, The Trump administration has dramatically increased the number of Freedom of Navigation missions.
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. (Photo: JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images) Tony Norman
Even Villains Are Heroes in Their Own Minds
The plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reveals the depths of militia lunacy in Trump’s America.
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett puts her mask on during her Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away in September. (Photo:  Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Steven Hill
Here's One Good Way to Reform a Battered US Supreme Court
Defenders of the status quo undoubtedly will view any tampering as an assault on judicial independence. But the bitter partisanship of the current process has deeply undercut all notions of justice and fairness.
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It's Biden, or four more years of Trumpian nightmare, death, and brutality. (Photo: Ron Adar / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
Why the Left Must Choose Biden
It's not about fundamental change—it’s about saving lives and the planet.
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Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) workers in New York City were among those on the early frontlines of the national coronavirus pandemic when it first struck in March of 2020. (Photo: Andrew Cashin / MTA New York City Transit / flickr / cc) Les Leopold
Race, Class, and Covid-19 in the United States
How do we build a coalition of common interest powerful enough to create a healthier society that dramatically reduces poverty? A look at the data suggests that one focus should be on building solidarity among the vast majority of us who must struggle to make ends meet.
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The Constitution doesn’t prevent increasing the size of the Supreme Court in order to balance it. (Photo: Peoples World/flickr/cc) Robert Reich
How to Save Democracy From GOP Sabotage
There is no reason to accept the structure of our democracy when it repeatedly empowers a ruthless minority to impose its will over the majority.
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A constable knocks on a door before posting an eviction order in Arizona earlier this month. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Eric Levitz
3 Reasons Pelosi Should Take Trump’s $1.8 Trillion Stimulus Deal
Pelosi has little to lose from passing the White House’s $1.8 trillion offer, and putting it in McConnell’s lap.
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Whitehouse came prepared. (Photo: Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
Sheldon Whitehouse Made the Case That Amy Coney Barrett's Nomination Is a Bag Job
It was planned and executed by a vast and single-minded network of which no parallel exists on the other side.
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Trump himself sees these courtroom efforts to restrict access to the polls as crucial. (Photo: @NatlVoterRegDay/Twitter) Jim Hightower
Sabotaging Democracy
Nationwide, states have removed 17 million Americans from voter rolls since the 2016 election, an unusually high number, with no accounting of how many were living, legitimate voters.
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Barrett’s mentor was the arch conservative Antonin Scalia, who was similarly idolized by President Donald Trump. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/Getty Images) Andy Rowell
Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation to the Supreme Court "Would Be a Catastrophe for the Climate"
Her "record demonstrates her willingness to interpret environmental laws like the Clean Water Act narrowly in favor of industry interests."
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Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Unless you’re Raytheon or Lockheed Martin, selling arms is one area where no one should want to keep America "great." (Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force/Brad Fallin) William Hartung
The U.S. of A(rms)
The art of the weapons deal in the age of Trump.
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As president he has assaulted not only the First Amendment but also virtually every other aspect and institution of our country that preserves us as a republic. (Photo: Christopher Michel, noamgalai / Shutterstock.com) Daniel Ellsberg
Leaker of Pentagon Papers: Trump Is an Enemy of the Constitution and Must Be Defeated
Whatever reservations you might have about Joe Biden, the fact remains that his victory over Trump would mean that our country will have dodged a bullet—preventing the destruction of our Constitution as a functional document and averting irreversible damage to human civilization in the next four...
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We should not forget that essential workers on the frontlines of the pandemic continue to pay the biggest price for a national response to the crisis that verges on fratricidal. (Photo: Claudia Wolff/Unsplash) Derrick Z. Jackson
As the Virus Rampages Through Washington, Essential Workers Nationwide Are Paying the Price
When OSHA and the government fail workers during the coronavirus crisis, that failure can leave workers and family members dead.
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Facebook has the power, and the responsibility, to stop violence from these armed groups before it starts.(Photo: Getty) Jessica J. González, Igor Volsky
Five Things Mark Zuckerberg Must Do If He’s Serious About Preventing Election Violence
Facebook has tools that gather ready audiences for voter disinformation and conspiracy theories, and it uses algorithms that seem designed intentionally to amplify and spread divisive messages, regardless of their accuracy.
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Pres­i­dent Trump and con­gres­sion­al lead­ers have been say­ing for months that a sec­ond $1,200 check is on the way. But with­out anoth­er relief bill, even this mea­ger finan­cial assis­tance will not materialize. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images) Jeff Schuhrke
The Nightmare Facing the Poor and Working Class If There’s Not Another Stimulus
With time running out and Republicans balking at more Covid relief, U.S. workers are facing a future of financial misery.
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Even under the best circumstances the U.S. will feel the results of the Trump administration’s disregard and misuse of science for years to come. (Photo: Getty Images) Katherine Wilkinson
We Should Listen to Scientists Sounding the Alarm on Trump
Voting President Donald Trump out of office is only the first step.
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Some may call this level of inequality extreme. Obscene would be more appropriate. (Photo: Len Tsou/Flickr/cc) Bob Lord
Inequality in America: Far Beyond Extreme
The maldistribution of America’s income and wealth has reached levels that our conventional economic stats have trouble revealing.
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"Seniors, people with disabilities and all Social Security beneficiaries know that their costs have gone up more than 1.3 percent over the last year," writes Altman. "They know that their prescription drug prices have gone up more than 1.3 percent. They know their out of pocket costs for doctors’ visits have gone up more than 1.3 percent." (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Nancy J. Altman
Social Security's Cost of Living Adjustment Is Inadequate. Democrats Have a Plan to Fix That.
After lifetimes of work, Americans have earned their Social Security. It is well past time they get a raise.
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What evidence exists by polls and other measurements of public opinion suggest that Sanders would have been a stronger candidate than Clinton in 2016 and Biden in 2020, but for reasons suggested above, adhering to the bipartisan consensus was more important or Democrats than winning elections. (Photo:Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post via Getty Images) Richard Falk
Why Biden Must Win: It Is Not About Democracy, Its About Fascism
If Biden wins, the bipartisan consensus is reaffirmed, while if Trump somehow prevails, the bipartisan will be further weakened, and even threatened by replacing the consensus with a right-wing policy agenda.
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Armed protesters provide security as demonstrators take part in an "American Patriot Rally," organized on April 30, 2020, by Michigan United for Liberty on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Donald Trump Was Complicit in the Plot to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Right-wing domestic terrorism doesn’t fester in a vacuum.
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Donald Trump at Regent University on October 22, 2016 in Virginia Beach, Virginia Luisa Deprez, John Dorrer
Desideratum: Heading Off the Prospects of a Dark and Tumultuous Future
We can no longer afford to wait as climate changes, economic systems malfunction, and enflamed social divisiveness bear down on humanity with unprecedented, irreversible consequences.
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Monday, October 12, 2020
Dispatching nuclear-capable B-52s on simulated bombing runs against Chinese and Russian military installations is simply nuts. (Photo: Wilson Hui/Flickr/cc) Michael T. Klare
The Nuclearization of American Diplomacy
Talking tough and carrying a radioactive stick.
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Afghan children play in the bombed out rubble of the Darul Aman Palace in Kabul, amidst a photo exhibition marking four decades of Afghans killed in war and oppression. (Photo: Maya Evns) Maya Evans
Afghanistan: 19 Years of War
Most ordinary Afghans hold out little hope for peace.
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A man walks past a mural painted on the outer walls of the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran, on September 29, 2020. - For Iran, struggling from sanctions imposed under Washington's policy of "maximum pressure", the US presidential race raises hope of change—but also fears that life could get even worse. (Photo: Atta Kenare / AFP via Getty Images) Phyllis Bennis
As Trump Aims Fresh US Aggression at Iran, How Many Surprises Can This October Hold?
This latest not-so-shocking surprise is actually incredibly dangerous and reckless for the future as well as incredibly cruel, heartless, indeed sadistic right now.
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In the past two weeks, we have witnessed the Wizard of Oz moment of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Robert Freeman
Trump, Plato, and the Wizard of Oz
Trump desperately needs to avoid another withering exposure that another debate would cement. That is why, true to the coward that he is, he’s hiding from it.
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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) Norman Solomon
All Left Hands on Deck. Step 1: Defeat Trump. Step 2: Challenge Biden
No one has described the current crossroads more astutely than Naomi Klein, who tweeted last month: "Vote for a more favorable terrain."
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Trump’s 5th Avenue principle has kept him in power despite deprivation and death that would have doomed the presidencies of anyone else. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Trump—Gun in His Hand and a Bloody Shirt—Standing on Fifth Avenue
The most egregious test of Trump’s 5 th Avenue principle is still to come, when he tries to kill off American democracy.
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Amy Coney Barrett. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) John Buell
Ask Amy Coney Barrett If Bosses Should Be Free to Fire Workers at Will
Amy Coney Barrett comes up for confirmation at a time when trust in our highly inegalitarian capitalism is low, especially among the young.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) conducts a news conference after the Senate Republican Policy luncheon in the Hart Building on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
It's Time to Unpack the Court
Mitch McConnell has been packing the federal courts for six years now, and, as a result, the nation is calling out for rebalancing.
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The legacy of Donald Trump remains one of continued U.S. wars and aggression, backed by a bloated military budget. (Photo: Flickr / U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall) Nicolas J.S. Davies, Medea Benjamin
Trump's True Legacy Is That of a Warmonger
Behind the smoke and mirrors of Trump’s tweets and publicity stunts, he has doubled down on everything that was already wrong with America’s catastrophic militarist foreign policy.
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Columbus’s “discovery” of the Americas was no discovery at all. (Photo: Victoria Pickering/flickr/cc) Edgar Villanueva
It's Past Time to Abolish Columbus Day and Establish Indigenous Peoples' Day in the United States
The holiday is a monument to white supremacy, and it’s time we abolished it.
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President Donald Trump listens to Attorney General William Barr during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the west front of the Capitol May 15, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
A Modest Proposal to Prevent Sabotage by the Trump Regime
Biden must call on federal workers to ignore illegal orders and faithfully serve the Constitution.
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Sunday, October 11, 2020
We spend more on weapons of war than any other country in the world. Researchers at Brown University have found that since the horror of 9/11, the so-called “war on terrorism” has killed 800,000, displaced 37,000,000, and cost taxpayers $6.4 trillion. Thomas Meisenhelder
Declining American Hegemony Could Be A Good Thing
'The declining global hegemony of the United States will be an opportunity to build better lives everywhere'
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U.S. President Donald Trump removes his mask on October 5, 2020, upon return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19. Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Donald Trump, Superspreader-in-Chief, Endangers White House Staff
His indifference to those workers, and the country at large, is criminal.
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Veteran Richard Saul carries a sign that reads "Dump Trump" as a member of the Oklahoma National Guard stands nearby ahead of a U.S. President Donald Trump campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma Eric Stoner
Get Ready to Resist the Trump Coup Attempt
He's made it clear for months that he intends to reject any outcome that does not result in his re-election.
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President Donald Trump looks out from the Truman Balcony as he arrives at the White House upon his return from Walter Reed Medical Center on October 5, 2020 Ben Bramble
Why You Don't Need to Feel Sad About Donald Trump Catching COVID
We should feel sad for him that he is so utterly monstrous: that his soul is in turmoil.
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Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern, aka Jacinda Ardern, is prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party. Pierre Tristam
I Endorse Jacinda Ardern
'Nine-tenths of Trumpism is a viral load we’re not about to be rid of no matter what happens on Nov. 3. '
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Saturday, October 10, 2020
Retired police officer Genadiy Avanesyan, 73, searches for belongings in the remains of his house, which is said was destroyed by Azeri shelling, in the city of Stepanakert on October 10, 2020 Nicolas J.S. Davies
How Can Americans Support Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh?
The U.S. should support a ceasefire and a lasting and stable negotiated peace that respects the human rights and self-determination of all the people of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
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Could a parallel states solution work here? Mark LeVine
America Needs a Trial Separation: Parallel States Might Be the Solution
The division of Red and Blue America need not be permanent.
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1968 Photo: Apollo 8 Commander Mark Borman/NASA Karen Kinney
Bridging the Chasm That Divides Us
Unity is the only way we can keep our country from splintering. Reaching it is the challenge. 17 years ago I made the decision to leave religion. Although I was raised in it, it took getting outside...
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People attend a drive-in watch party for the 2020 United States Vice Presidential debate in Queens Drive-In at The New York Hall of Science on October 07, 2020 in New York City Ralph Nader
“Loser” – Pence Bullies Fabrications Through Debate Time Rules
Vice President Pence “debated” Senator Kamala Harris in a way that reminded voters of how he and his boss, Donald Trump, have lawlessly misgoverned since 2017. Pence arrogantly and continually broke...
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US Democratic vice presidential nominee and Senator from California Kamala Harris and US Vice President Mike Pence during the vice presidential debate in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah on October 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah Michael Winship
When Donald Trump’s Mini-Me Met a Rational Grown Up
At their debate, Kamala Harris shows Mike Pence what sanity looks like.
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Friday, October 9, 2020
A Trump 2020 sign displayed in front of an abandoned supply business along a highway in Allentown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Amy Lutz, courtesy of Shutterstock) Sarah Jaffe
Despite Trump's 'Jobs, Jobs, Jobs' Bluster, the Rust Belt Is Still Reeling from Plant Closures
Chuckie Denison fought the closure of a GM factory in Lordstown, Ohio—now, he’s devoted himself to challenging the President’s lies about America’s economic recovery.
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Liberals must work to expand their base, not narrow it according to some kind of purity test. (Photo by Mateusz Slodkowski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Firmin DeBrabander
Have Liberals Learned Anything From the Age of Trump?
Cancel Culture suggests not.
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Amy Coney Barrett (R), President Donald Trump's nominee for associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, listens as Trump speaks during an announcement ceremony at the White House on September 26, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images) Bill Moyers, Lisa Graves
Will Amy Coney Barrett Stand by Her Man? He's Betting a Second Term On It
"I have never seen a president in my lifetime that has disavowed the results of the election before they've even happened."
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The utter unpreparedness of the United States for a pandemic is Trump’s fault. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Tom Weis
Trump's Resignation Would Save Countless American Lives. You Could Even Call It a Blessing From God
Too many have needlessly suffered and died on his watch.
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Most politicians were only interested in throwing their weight behind the campaign when there was evidence that many constituents were opposed to the pipeline. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Sara Stidstone Gronim, Saylor Pochan
Eleven Reasons Why We Stopped a Massive Fracked Gas Pipeline in New York City
Our fight against the Williams NESE pipeline highlights how powerful ordinary people can be.
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Overcoming a Trump Coup is Social Self-Defense. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Jeremy Brecher
How We Should Defend Against the Impending Trump Coup
President Donald Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power no matter who wins the election. What is to be done if Trump loses the election but refuses to concede? The purpose of this commentary is to stimulate discussion and preparation for how to overcome such a Trump coup.
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The manifest danger that Trump poses, as epitomized by this terrorist plot, needs to be highlighted. (Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Donald Trump Must Be Held Responsible for the Michigan Terrorist Plot
This plot is no accident. It is the essence of Trumpism.
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So Iran gave up most of its latent nuclear deterrence and not only got nothing in return, it got the most crippling sanctions ever applied to one country by another in peacetime. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/via Getty Images) Juan Cole
With Crushing Sanctions on 18 Iranian Banks, Is Trump Trying to Leave a War Behind for Biden?
The Trump strangling of Iran could produce a war.
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In the struggle to survive this pandemic and to begin to knit together a society that has been increasingly divided in order to serve the needs of the market, we can ill afford to allow health inequities to get even worse. (Photo by Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Dana Brown
Primary Health Care Is in Critical Condition. Making Primary Care Public Will Restore Its Health—and Protect Ours
In order to avoid the catastrophic effects of the hollowing out of primary care for our health and that of the economy, the U.S. should take this opportunity to transform the sector by creating a national program for universal public primary care.
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Thursday, October 8, 2020
A waitress wearing a mask and gloves disinfects a table in a restaurant in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images) Karen Dolan
This Is an Emergency: Americans Need Relief, and Trump Is Standing in the Way
The president just benefited from lifesaving, taxpayer-funded measures. He has no business blocking Americans from getting the same.
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Not providing aid to state and local governments will also cost millions of jobs. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
1.3 Million People Filed Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Last Week
It is terrible economics to pause stimulus talks.
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A U.S. Air Force military aide carry "The Football" off Air Force One in Raleigh, NC. The Football is a specially outfitted black briefcase used by the President of the United States to authorize the use of nuclear weapons. The specific contents of the briefcase are highly classified and have lead to much speculation. It reportedly holds a secure satellite communication (SATCOM), and other materials that the president would rely on should a decision to use nuclear weapons need to be made. (Photo by Brooks K Tom Collina
Trump’s COVID Infection Shows Why It’s Time to Retire the Nuclear Football
In a vibrant democracy, no one person should have the unchecked power to destroy the world.
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For millions of working people, our economy was in crisis long before the pandemic. (Photo: Shutterstock) Rosaline John Baptiste
Remember the Truly Vulnerable
I’m an immigrant domestic worker and I’ve lost my home. We need relief, regardless of our immigration status.
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Barrett will likely provide the final vote to gut the Affordable Care Act, which could throw 20 million Americans off their health insurance. She may also help overturn Roe v. Wade. Both are goals that conservatives have tried to achieve for years. (Photo: Shutterstock) Rev. Susan K. Smith
Amy Coney Barrett Has No Business Ruling on This Election
The president has openly said he expects her to back him in a contested election. She should recuse herself—and we should resist her.
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We can deliver a resounding defeat to Trump and every single one of his enablers, and stop our slide toward tyranny. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images) Robert Reich
How You Can Stop America’s Slide Toward Tyranny
This is our chance to change our nation’s terrifying course.
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Protesters hold up signs as they march during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis Police custody, in Boston, Massachusetts on May 31, 2020. (Photo: JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
What Comes Next Is Up to Us
The bulk of the chaos is simply America the Terrible emerging from the shadows: our real history suddenly visible.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Following a year of hearings and research, the staff of the Subcommittee on Antitrust found that Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple all have either significant market power or outright monopoly power in a variety of markets. (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) Mitch Stoltz
House Antitrust Report Is a Bold Prescription for Curing Big Tech’s Ills
The power of Big Tech weakens innovation, erodes privacy, and undermines "political and economic liberties."
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The creation and compilation of reading lists, toolkits, and syllabi by those working day in and day out on these issues and that challenge our understandings of critical issues can help us learn more and take principled action. (Photo: La Via Campesina) Nina Mehta
Building Our Work for Justice: Protest, Mutual Aid and Community Education Are All Necessary for Meaningful Change
We can learn and build with generations of activists, writers, and educators who have made critical, intersectional, and narrative-shifting connections between the many manifestations of injustice we see and feel.
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In this handout provided by The White House, President Donald J. Trump works in the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19 on October 3, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. President Trump’s medical team says the President’s oxygen levels dropped and he took a steroid treatment of dexamethasone. (Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian/The White House via Getty Images) Gwynne Dyer
Trump and Covid-19—The Odds
It’s now reasonable for us to discuss how these next few days might define the future of the presidential election, and perhaps of the United States.
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On the night before JPMorgan Chase's annual shareholders meeting in May of 2020, activists with Stop the Money Pipeline projected 30-foot-tall images of people holding protest signs with messages calling on CEO Jamie Dimon to "stop funding fossil fuels" on a wall across from his apartment in New York City. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Stop the Money Pipeline/Facebook) Alec Connon
From the Jailhouse to Wall Street: How Change Happens
Let us be very clear: the only reason that the fossil fuel industry's largest financial backer is committing to align its business model with the Paris Agreement is activist pressure.
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A second presidential term for Trump would be “game over” for the climate. That’s not Mann’s partisan judgement, he insisted. It’s straightforward math. (Photo: michael_swan/Flickr/cc) Mark Hertsgaard
60 Minutes, The Guardian, and Game-changing New Science
To prevent a catastrophic rise in global temperature, humanity must cut emissions in half by 2030.
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A rural home with "Trump 2020" yard signs in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, a swing state in the 2020 election. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty images) George Goehl
How Do You Flip Rural Trump Voters? Talk to Them.
In 2016, establishment Democrats all but ignored rural communities. Groups like People’s Action are changing that, one conversation at a time.
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An essential feature of the capitalist system is the devaluation of life for the profit of a few. (Photo: STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages) Kenneth R. Culton
No Lives Matter
No Lives Matter would be a catalyst for true consciousness leading all to reflect on their place in the system, as an exploited class of diverse peoples, the 99% if you will.
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The United States Fire Service acknowledges fire conditions are worsening, estimating fire suppression costs to require two-thirds of the agency’s overall budget, four years faster than expected. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images) Jen Ann Simmons
To Mitigate Wildfires, Divest from Fossil Fuels
The call to action for a healthy environment is succinct: stop burning fossil fuels.
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Despite Trump’s attacks on the election, voters still have the ability to clutch democracy from the jaws of death before it’s too late and begin what will be a long and arduous process of rebuilding it. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Kimberly Atkins
Democracy Isn’t in Peril—It’s on Its Deathbed
Trump has shown us with disturbing deft how authoritarianism doesn’t suddenly march on democracy like a military parade. Instead, it creeps in bit by bit, being normalized at every step.
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We need more transparency, to make rich Africans who hide their wealth in tax havens, but especially multinationals, pay. (Photo: Oxfam International) Léonce Ndikumana
Faced With COVID-19, Africa Shouldn’t Worry About Debt, But How to Make Tax Evaders Pay
That is why we are advocating for the introduction of a minimum global effective corporate tax rate of 25 percent.
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It’s not his DNA, of which he’s so inordinately proud, it’s the DNA of our legal code that protects dangerous Donald.  (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Laura Flanders
If the President Had HIV He Could Be in Prison
Trump’s adopted state of Florida has half a dozen HIV criminalization laws on the books, under which 266 people have been convicted.
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The wax figure of US President Donald Trump stands behind a barrier and signs saying "Keep your distance from quarantine" at Madame Tussauds Berlin. Photo: Britta Pedersen/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB (Photo: Britta Pedersen/picture alliance via Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Trump Is the Grotesque Id of the Ruling Elites. His Disease Is Theirs – and Ours
This national soul-sickness may have begun with the wealthy and powerful, but it’s up to us to cure it—in ourselves, and in each other.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Beyond conspiracy and extortion and bribery in relation to Zelensky, Kirschner argues, Trump should be investigated for a bevy of other felonies. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images) Bill Blum
Trump: Will We Ever Lock Him Up?
Trump’s misconduct in office could lead to criminal prosecution.
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The pandemic and anti-immigration policies haven’t stopped migration from Central America – they’ve just made conditions at the border more hazardous. (Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP via Getty Images) Katrina Burgess
Migrant Caravans Restart as Pandemic Deepens the Humanitarian Crisis at the US-Mexico Border
A continuation of dehumanizing and dangerous conditions on the border, with less public scrutiny than ever.
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Morocco's Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images) Alexander Bertschi Wrigley
US Poised to Flout Int'l Law as Part of Potential Morocco-Israel Normalization Deal
With such a decision, the United States, and the world at large, would face serious repercussions—the erosion of international norms regarding the right to self-determination.
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Right now, we have a Nazi to fight. (Photo: Informed Comment) Aldous Tyler
I'm a #NeverBiden Wisconsin Voter; Here's Why I'm Voting Biden Anyway
There are only two guns in the current battleground that is the 2020 presidential election, and one of them is in the hands of a Nazi.
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Flames and heavy smoke approach on a western front of the Apple Fire, consuming brush and forest at a high rate of speed during an excessive heat warning on August 1, 2020 in Cherry Valley, California. The fire began shortly before 5 p.m. the previous evening, threatening a large number of homes overnight and forcing thousands to flee before exploding to 12,000 acres this afternoon, mostly climbing the steep wilderness slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) Kristy Dahl
5 of California’s 6 Largest Fires on Record Are Burning Now: The Astonishing 2020 Wildfire Season in Context
When you’re far from the fires, or when their smoke isn’t cloaking your neighborhood, it can be difficult to conceive of their scale. Here are nine graphics that put this year’s fires into context.
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The virus highlighted the world’s structural dependence on cheap, exploitable labour. (Photo: Via salud-america.org) Randall Hansen
COVID-19 and the Global Addiction to Cheap Migrant Labour
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the world’s structural dependence on exploitable labour.
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Seven months in, I’m finally realizing what so many marginalized people have always known: we’re on our own. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images) Frida Berrigan
Pandemic Living
The long haul.
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President Donald Trump, infected with coronavirus, leaves Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to greet supporters on Sunday, October 4, 2020. (Photo illustration: Original photographAlex Edelman/Getty Images/CD illustrated) Michael Winship
How to Turn Ten Days Into a Lifetime
The whole Trump nightmare summed up in a week and a half.
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Monday, October 5, 2020
As a pediatrician, I find the entire concept of qualified immunity absurd.(Photo: Screengrab/WBFO) Jeanette Callahan
I Don’t Have Qualified Immunity; Why Should Police?
Pediatrician says professionals should be held accountable.
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