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Friday, March 16, 2018
Ted Morgan
50 Years Later, What Can We Learn From the My Lai Massacre?
A half-century after this horrific example of American brutality, it is time for the nation to confront this history
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Bill Bigelow
The Real Irish-American History Not Taught in Schools
Sadly, today's corporate textbook-producers are no more interested in feeding student curiosity about the poverty and inequality that drove the famine than were British landlords interested in feeding Irish peasants
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Thursday, March 15, 2018
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
The Iraq Death Toll 15 Years After the US Invasion
Numbers are numbing, especially numbers that rise into the millions. But please remember that each person killed represents someone's loved one.
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Dean Baker
In Defense of Larry Kudlow (Sort of)
Of course he was wrong about a host of key economic events. However, let's not forget that so were most business-page economists
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Russell Mokhiber
Elizabeth Warren Unveils Legislation to Hold Wall Street Executives Criminally Accountable
Wall Street scams and risk-taking were a main driver of the 2008 crisis, but no senior executive from a Wall Street bank went to jail
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Stephen Kinzer
Trump Is Gutting the National Endowment for Democracy, and That’s a Good Thing
Though he's probably doing it for none of the right reasons, it may just be the best foreign policy decision he's ever made
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Negin Owliaei
Teachers Deserve a Raise. Here’s How to Fund It.
Huge tax cuts for energy corporations have left state school budgets broke.
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Michael Lighty
A Labor-Based Movement For Medicare for All
A defensive posture and incremental demands have not worked. Let’s play offense instead.
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William Astore
The Fog of America's Phony War
Blitzkrieg overseas, but Sitzkrieg in the homeland
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Robert C. Koehler
Breaking the ICE
How far will this go?
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Jeff Bryant
Betsy DeVos Has Visited One ‘Underperforming’ School – A DC Charter
When DeVos said to Stahl, “It all comes down to individual kids,” what she really means is that there is no place in her worldview for the communal enterprise we know as public education.
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Richard Silverstein
With Mike Pompeo, Trump Is Heading into Dangerous Waters
Pompeo's promotion means a more hawkish, muscular American foreign policy in which force is used more readily and confrontation with Iran is likely
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Pramila Jayapal
Democrats Are Missing An Enormous Opportunity To Lead On Sexual Harassment
We lose all moral authority to call out the abominable behavior of Moore and Trump if we refuse to call it out on our own side.
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Jim Lobe, Eli Clifton
Pompeo: Springtime for Irano/Islamophobes
When it comes to the Middle East, Islamophobes and Iranophobes must be elated over the nomination of Mike Pompeo
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Christopher Anders
What the Senate Needs to Know About Gina Haspel
With this nomination, Trump forces the CIA’s shameful past of torture yet again into the present
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Charles P. Pierce
Conor Lamb's Victory Matters, and Paul Ryan Should Be Scared
Republicans had the money. They had the gerrymandering. They still couldn't do it.
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Kaamil Ahmed
Gaza's Water Problems Continue to Compound
Locked between increasingly-polluted seascape and the borders of one of the most tightly-controlled enclaves in the world, Gaza City residents say the water has become so polluted they can no longer go swimming.
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Russell Mokhiber
Don Blankenship, Dead Miners, Humility, and the Limits of Free Speech in West Virginia
A call came in and there was a man who wanted to know if I had any questions for the former coal CEO and convict now running for U.S. Senate. Turns out I did have one.
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Will Bunch
This Shamefully Ignored School Shooting Is Why Kids Should Walk Out for 18 Minutes, Not 17
All one can say with 100 percent certainty is that America should be ashamed for not paying more attention to the loss of such a beautiful life.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Azadeh Shahshahani, Maha Hilal
If We Want to Support Refugees, We Need To End the Wars That Create Them
The sanctuary movement needs an anti-war voice.
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Eric Eikenberry, Kate Kizer
The Lesson the Trump Administration has Failed to Learn about Yemen
Three years of stalemate on the battlefield, mounting civilian casualties, and a blockade on humanitarian assistance for starving Yemeni civilians has finally brought this contradictory policy out into the open.
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John Buell
On False Alarms and Nuclear Realism
No mathematical model can tell us the likelihood of World War III, but we can say that a genuine realism would suggest negotiations to take weapons off hair-trigger alert.
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Aviva Chomsky
Talking Sense About Immigration
On the necessity of rejecting the president's Manichaean worldview
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Richard Eskow
The $24 Million Reasons Dems Back America’s Worst Banks
In a world where Republicans have already been bought and paid for, there is no room for Democrats who act in bad faith.
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Steven Singer
21 Reasons People Hate, Hate, HATE Betsy DeVos
She is deeply unpopular, but not because she's misunderstood. It's actually the opposite of that. People know exactly who she is.
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Monday, March 12, 2018
death chamber Danielle Conrad
Nebraska Is Illegally Obtaining and Storing Execution Drugs in Defiance of Federal Law
"W e all have one more reason to conclude that the state has no business executing human beings."
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President Woodrow Wilson asking Congress to declare war on Germany on April 2, 1917. Sam Pizzigati
A Media Mogul’s Noble Challenge to Moguldom
The newspaper publishing giant E.W. Scripps would be deeply distressed to se what has become of his namesake company—and beloved country.
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Patients wait at Shams Kakal Hospital in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Dec. 21, 2015. (Photo: Ishaq Anis/Rumi Consultancy/World Bank via flickr/cc) César Chelala
Afghanistan's Dire Health Situation
To continue sending troops to try to win an unwinnable war will only increase the suffering of the Afghan people.
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Beaver ponds at Yellowstone National Park. (Photo: alh1/flickr/cc) Elizabeth Hadly
Making America Great Again Requires Acting on Scientific Knowledge
The mantra these days is “to make America great again.” But a key feature of bygone days was listening to the lessons that science taught and acting upon them to make a better planet.
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Kenneth Glasgow
Marching Backwards for Freedom
The truth is, we need a powerful movement for voting rights, economic and racial justice, just as much today as we did fifty-three years ago.
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Nomi Prins
Trade Wars and Diminished Credibility
The U.S. remains in a precarious economic situation, as does the world, and that means Trump's trade war and nationalism, coupled with bank deregulation, could inflict more risk on depleted economies.
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Lawrence Wittner
Although 2 Out of 3 Americans Oppose Increasing US Military Spending, the US Government Is Boosting It to Record Levels
Americans might want to ponder the fact that, with $700 billion per year now being pumped into the Pentagon by U.S. taxpayers, military spending consumes 54 percent of the federal discretionary budget.
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Sunday, March 11, 2018
Nick Dearden
Could Britain's Labour Party Under Corbyn Hold the Answer to Europe's Woes?
If it commits to reversing Brexit, British Labour Party could play an important role in making Europe fairer
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Jeff Bryant
West Virginia Teachers Tell Us Why Public Schools And Unions Matter
The West Virginia teachers’ strike is not only a startling victory for labor rights; it’s also a reminder of the important role public schools and public school educators can and should play in progressive populism.
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Diane Ravitch
On Charter Schools, Is Mayor De Blasio Turning into Mayor Bloomberg
Sadly, like Bloomberg, he has closed many public schools in New York City. Unlike Bloomberg, he does not boast about it. There’s that.
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Donna Smith
From One Mass Shooting Survivor's Mother to the Parents of Student Survivors in Florida: An Open Letter
My son witnessed your children rising up and being heard, he uttered words and feelings I never dreamed I would hear from him. "Finally," he said. "Finally, I have hope."
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Stacy Bannerman
The 15th Anniversary of "Original Sin"
When it comes to mourning the invasion of Iraq, please do not cry for those who supported it. Cry for those whose lives it took and whose lives it ruined.
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Saturday, March 10, 2018
Matt Taibbi
Trump Is a Dangerous Idiot. So Why Are We Pushing Him Toward War?
We have the dumbest, least competent White House in history. Whatever else anyone in America has as a goal for Trump's remaining time in office, the single most important priority must to be keeping this guy away from the nuclear button.
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David Dayen
One Thing Democrats and Republicans Apparently Agree On: Deregulating Wall Street
There is no constituency for bank deregulation outside of executive boardrooms and K Street lobby shops. And yet here we are...
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Reed Richardson
West Virginia Strike Highlights Corporate Media’s Atrophied Labor Coverage
In a media system structurally designed to be "enthusiastically supportive" of business, the failure of outlets to provide insightful coverage of workers' struggles is glaring
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Christopher Brauchli
Poverty, Poor Ben Carson, and a $31,000 Table
What a little bit of office furniture exposes about the profligates now running things
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Robert Reich
America’s Martin Shkreli Problem Is Not Just Martin Shkreli
Though his story ultimately tragic and pathetic, How different is this one person from other figures who dominate American life today, even at the highest rungs?
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H. Patricia Hynes
Youth, Gun Control and the Pentagon
A nation which spends endlessly on guns and militarism, is starving programs designed to help our kids have healthier and more vibrant childhoods
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Friday, March 9, 2018
Sonali Kolhatkar
For the Love of Their Country or Money?
Kushner and the entire Trump dynasty should be required to answer this crucial question
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Adam Sanchez
What the Koch Brothers Want Students to Learn About Slavery
The history-teaching wing of the Koch brothers empire is seeking to promote an alternate narrative to slavery
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Elizabeth Warren
I Call It Like I See It on the #BankLobbyistAct
Saying Democrats are helping to roll back rules on big banks doesn’t make me the most popular kid on the team. But Massachusetts didn’t send me here to fight for big banks. The people of Massachusetts sent me here to fight for them.
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John Atcheson
Did You Hear the One About the Party That Self-Destructed?
On the importance of what we do and don't know about the Democrat's Unity Reform Commission
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Robert C. Koehler
Something’s Gotta Give: Time To Disarm the Gun Debate
With an issue so clearly reliant on the issue of empowerment and safety, ignoring the fears of those on both sides of the debate means little is ever likely to change
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Russell Mokhiber
Watching Labor History in Real Time
Lessons from the West Virginia teachers’ strike
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Thursday, March 8, 2018
Pat LaMarche
Can You Keep a Secret on International Women's Day?
Some pretty mighty men fell this last year... Except one
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James Carroll
When 'God Wills It!': An American Reckoning
The 'War on Terror' as the launching of an 'American Crusade'
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Jared Bernstein
New Evidence of the Minimum Wage Doing What It’s Supposed to Do: Help Low-Wage Workers
Recent wage growth has been best in states where minimums were raised
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Elliot Harmon
Stop SESTA/FOSTA: Don’t Let Congress Censor the Internet
This bill might sound appealing, but it would do nothing to fight sex traffickers. What it would do is silence a lot of legitimate speech online, shutting some voices out of online spaces.
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Mark Weisbrot
Congress Must Act Now to End America's Atrocities in Yemen
What does the US government have to do with this suffering, which has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today? Unfortunately, a lot.
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J.M. Kirby
Afro-Colombian Women Mobilize for Justice and Healing on International Women’s Day
In Colombia, women are demanding an end to the impunity, silence and invisibility that fuel attacks on female human rights defenders
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Robert Weissman
Wall Street Deregulation Is All About the Money
The financial sector is the most lucrative source of campaign contributions for nine of the 13 Democrats co-sponsoring the deregulatory bill making its way through the Senate.
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Norman Solomon
Those Who Controlled the Past Should Not Control the Future
If you don’t know who Katharine Gun is or what she did, chalk that up to the media power of the war system
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Rebecca Solnit
Feminists Have Slowly Shifted Power. There’s No Going Back
The #TimesUp and #MeToo movements are a revolution that could not have taken place without decades of quiet, painstaking groundwork
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Christian Christensen
Time For Action: Seven Proposals From Sweden For Reducing Sexism and Sexual Violence in the Midst of #MeToo
"OK…now what?"
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Andy Rowell
Coast Guard Responders 'Harmed by Chemicals Used to Clean Up BP’s Spill'
Nearly one million gallons of the dispersant was dropped by air and a further 770,000 gallons injected into the well head to try and disperse in excess of 200 million gallons of oil that was spilt by BP in the Gulf of Mexico.
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"The Israeli soldier who shot Mohammed did not receive even a reprimand for shooting-to-kill an unarmed boy." (Photo: Joe Catron/flickr/cc) Ramzy Baroud
Ahed’s Generation: Why the Youth in Palestine Must Break Free from Dual Oppression
Their collective imprisonment is not only as a result of the perpetual military occupation of their land by Israel, but also by the fact that their leadership has operated for many years in a self-centered fashion.
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"Much like the equivalent tools used by law enforcement agencies — they will incorporate biases." (Photo: AP) Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Faiza Patel
Monitoring Kids' Social Media Accounts Won't Prevent the Next School Shooting
Invading students' privacy isn't the solution.
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Robert Reich
Trump's Brand Is Ayn Rand
This far-right philosophy is an affront to the idea that we're all in this thing together
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A 2015 viral video showed an armed officer in South Carolina bodyslamming a teenage girl. (Photo: Screenshot) Karen Dolan
Getting Real About School Safety
Armed adults don’t make kids safer. They put them at greater risk.
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"They’re doing the best they can. But it doesn’t end up stopping the addiction." (Photo: Gadflyonthewallblog) Steven Singer
When Students Stay Up All Night Playing Fortnite and You’ve got to Teach Them in the Morning
Teaching them is like teaching someone in a deep sea diver suit.
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April 4, 2018, will be the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. (Photo: AP/Jack Thornell) Leonard Pitts Jr.
When it Comes To Honoring Martin Luther King, Maybe Trump Should Skip It
Go golfing at Mar-a-Lago. Give Stormy Daniels a ring. Have some cake. Meantime, the rest of us will honor the radical prophet who died calling on America to vindicate its noble promises - something America still struggles to do, 50 years later.
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President Jim DeMint of the Heritage Foundation speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Ralph Nader
Heritage’s Corporate Lobby Inside Trump’s Government is Not the People’s Heritage
Hand it to Heritage, it deals with both abstract conservative principles and corporatist concrete policies.
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"But it's not magic, it's manipulation. And the top executives doing the manipulating are primary beneficiaries, since most of them are paid in shares of their own corporation's stock." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Jim Hightower
We're Told the Dow Jones Average...
Nearly all stock is owned by the richest 10 percent of Americans, so the Dow Jones Average says nothing about the economic condition of the 90 percent majority of Americans.
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"Assault rifles as noted above are weapons of war designed to deliver fatal wounds to groups of individuals within a short period of time." (Joshua Roberts / Reuters) Camillo Mac Bica
"Why I Won't Give Up My AR15" . . . And Why You Should
Want to wear camouflage and be a warrior, then join the military.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
A Palestinian searches through rubble of his destroyed home hit by Israeli strikes in Towers Al-andaa—the northern Gaza Strip. (Photo: UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan/flickr/cc) Hamzah Raza
Nine Reasons Israel Is Not a ‘Progressive Paradise’
Progressives realizing the realities of the state of Israel are precisely why Democrats are continuing to sympathize more and more with Palestinians.
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"In 1988’s People, the Press and Politics report—it found, surprisingly, that “conservatives” didn’t really exist. That is, there was no significant group of voters that embraced what was then and now the overwhelming ideology of the Republican Party—socially repressive and economically favoring the rich." (Photo: @BusinessInsider/Twitter) Jim Naureckas
Social Media and the Rise of the ‘Consistent Liberal’
A funny thing happened in the 21st century: People began to find ways around corporate media gatekeepers.
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"Those dying as a result of American military actions appear to be serving the interest of maintaining American “credibility” – in other words, saving face for America’s political leaders, who do not wish to be responsible for recognizing the obvious and admitting that this war needs to end – immediately." (Photo: Afghanistan Civilian Funeral/@Emran_Feroz/Twitter) Tom Gallagher
California Democrats Call for End to Seemingly Endless Afghanistan War
A war that cannot be won; a war that creates more enemies than it eliminates; a war that according to the U.N., killed more civilians last year than at any time since they started tallying the dead in 2009.
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"Unfortunately, years of ridiculously easy access to guns and ammunition has yielded an epidemic with deadly consequences for all Americans, but has been particularly fatal for communities of color who are disproportionately impacted." (Photo: M&R Glasgow/flickr/cc) Derrick Johnson
Gun Safety Is About Freedom
In the wake of the Parkland massacre, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson says that comprehensive, sustainable gun control is achievable. Johnson uses Australia’s gun control policies as an example.
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At the beginning of the semester, I gave my new students a questionnaire about their lives. One of them answered the question “What is one thing that really stresses you out?” by writing: “What really stresses me out is the fact that I might die in this building.”(Screengrab from NBC) Belle Chesler
Will an AR-15 Succeed Where the American Dream Failed?
High school students: The canaries in the coal mine of American disaster.
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"The average teacher's salary in West Virginia is just $45,622, one of the lowest in the U.S. And they've had enough." (Photo: American Ethnologist) Ryan Cooper
Will Striking Teachers Spark a Labor Revolution?
It's time we all paid attention.
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"The endgame to all of this lunacy is a world where every America-critical movement from Black Lives Matter to Our Revolution to the Green Party is ultimately swept up in the collusion narrative along with Donald Trump and his alt-right minions." (Photo: Getty) Matt Taibbi
Russiagate and the New Blacklist
It may have been aimed at Trump to start, but it's become a way of targeting all dissent.
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Monday, March 5, 2018
"By the end of 2016, Arkansas covered over 330,000 newly eligible adults through the expansion, which helped cut the number of uninsured in halffrom 2013 to 2016."(Photo: AUCD/flickr/cc) Judith Solomon
Arkansas’ Harsh Medicaid Work Requirement Jeopardizes Recent Progress
This approach introduces new, burdensome red tape for all enrollees, but electronic reporting will pose a particular challenge for people without Internet access.
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Michael Winship
The "Pure Madness" of Our Vigilante President
Trump and the NRA leadership’s disdain for schools as “gun free zones”—as if the idea of an educational safe haven is somehow ludicrous—is equally abhorrent, like an arsonist cynically making fun of a flameproof building and simultaneously passing out lighter fluid to show how to make it burn.
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 "The bullet from an AR-15 does an entirely different kind of violence to the human body. The entrance wound to the torso is usually small, while the exit wound might be the size of an orange." (Joshua Roberts / Reuters) Pat Elder
Junior Cadet Private First-Class Nik Cruz
Where does a 14-year-old boy, who never fired a gun before, get the skill and the desire to kill?
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Claudia Lefko
Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Marking the Anniversary of a Disaster in Iraq
For my part, I think it’s important to try to remember all of it, to remember as much as we can reasonably hold in our hearts and minds.
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Fossil fuel divestment and climate liability lawsuits amount to a one-two punch aimed at the deep pockets of fossil fuel corporations. (Photo: Dana Drugmand
Time to Hold Petroleum Perpetrators Accountable for Climate Damage
The attempt to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable through litigation is gaining momentum.
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Counting cases that have nothing to do with terrorism as "terror-related" isn’t the only way the administration has distorted the facts about immigration and the threat of terrorism. Arnold R. Isaacs
Using Fake Facts to Make Us Afraid
On immigration and terrorism, the Trump Administration misleads about its own misleading data.
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Unprecedented numbers of fresh candidates are challenging incumbents up and down the ballot. Robert Borosage
Pushing for Real Change in the Democratic Party
If the DNC votes against reform – or the state parties torpedo it – it will feed cynicism about the rigged system and turn activists toward third parties, or away from electoral politics altogether.
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“We are hoping that we can get Frontier to come to their senses and invest in the network.” (Photo: Communication Workers of America/Flickr) Russell Mokhiber
West Virginia Frontier Communications Workers on Strike
“What business wants is to hire one half of the working class to kill the other half.”
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Sunday, March 4, 2018
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker John Nichols
Scott Walker Does Not Respect Democracy
And Walker's not alone in denying democracy. Republican governors of the swing states of Michigan and Florida are also refusing to call special elections for legislative seats, and for a U.S. House seat in Michigan
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Brandy Bochna Tuck Brandy Bochna Tuck
I'm a Coal Miner's Daughter and a West Virginia Teacher. Here's Why I'm on Strike
We are in this position because education is not a priority to our government
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Jared Kushner Robert Reich
Jared Kushner's Unconscionable Conflicts
It's as bad for a government official to look as if he's lining his pockets as for him to actually do so, because the appearance of corruption undermines public trust just as readily as the real thing
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Russian President Vladimir Putin Eric Margolis
Putin Trumps Trump With New Nuclear Weapons Arsenal
The Russian leader has neatly trumped the U.S. president's nuclear arms buildup and shown up his empty bullying
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gun Robert Freeman
A Teacher's Take on Arming Teachers
Let's fix the systems that are there for a reason, but failed, before we go out and deputize a whole new cadre of reluctant amateurs
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NY divest rally Nancy Romer
How New York City Won Divestment From Fossil Fuels
The divestment campaign provides an excellent example of how dedicated organizing, clear demands and strategies, creative tactics, strong coalitions, and good luck can come together for a win
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north korean missile David Krieger
US Nuclear Posturing Has Adversaries Gearing Up, Not Standing Down
The nation's nuclear posture will spur other nuclear-armed countries to do the same, assuring new arms races and increased nuclear dangers ahead
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Janus sign Raymond Hogler
Collective Action Is Unions' Last Line of Defense. The Supreme Court Is on the Verge of Destroying It
A ruling in the Janus case could devastate unions
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President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Christopher Brauchli
The In-Laws and the President
First Lady Melania Trump's parents got into this country under the current immigration rules that the president hopes to change
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Saturday, March 3, 2018
anti-gun activists Eric Ruben
Are Recently Proposed Gun Regulations Constitutional?
Examining firearm reforms and the Second Amendment
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border fence Rebecca Vallas
The Leaked Rule That Could Ban Immigrants Based on Income, Explained by Experts
If this policy goes into effect, "no longer would we be the country that serves as a beacon for the world's dreamers and strivers. Instead America's doors would be open only the highest bidder."
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gathering of Native Americans in 2016 Mark Trahant
The Disruption of White Supremacy
The white male-centric colonial system is incapable of the leadership we need, and Indigenous knowledge is essential for the innovation that will follow this disruption
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ACLU protesters Brigitte Amiri
Scott Lloyd's Anti-Abortion Ideology Is Harming the People His Agency Is Supposed to Protect
The head of the Office of Refugee Resettlement believes that he has the power to override a young woman's decision to have an abortion
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Keystone protest Maggie Ellinger-Locke
We Will Continue to Resist the Assault on Environmental Protest
Lawmakers are trying to give corporate interests even more tools to punish people for speaking up for their families and communities
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landscape cloud field Ben Lilliston
The High Cost of Trump's Infrastructure Plan
The plan is a mess—cutting some critical rural infrastructure programs, while expecting states and investors to pick up most of the tab.
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rally on the second floor rotunda at the Capitol Deborah Burger
Shocking Aetna Report Shows Why California Needs Single-Payer
Californians cannot rely on the giant insurance companies whose profit margins always come first, not our care.
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