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Friday, August 18, 2017
In ruling after ruling, judges decided that the CIA’s torture program was too secret for our courts, that the Constitution did not protect prisoners of the United States from torture, that torturers at Guantánamo were immune from liability, that government officials who justified and ordered the torture of a U.S. citizen were immune from liability, that contractors involved in torture could not be sued — and on and on, a depressing litany of impunity. Dror Ladin
After Years of Slammed Doors, Torture Survivors Finally End Impunity Streak
As an attorney representing victims of torture, one of the most inspiring things I have ever seen is the sheer determination of survivors standing up and publicly confronting those responsible. That’...
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Les Leopold
Playing A Symphony On That White Skin
Trump's endorsement of white supremacist elements has far reaching and dangerous implications
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Sarah Anderson
The Alt-Right and the 1%
When President Trump equated white supremacists with anti-racism protesters, he was sending a message to the thugs in the streets and to some in executive suites
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These are not isolated protests, but rather an indication that the ground is beginning to shake beneath those who benefit from upholding the status quo. Dana Drugmand
Charlottesville, Oppression, and the Imperative of System Change
We are living in deeply troubling times. Our democracy is eroding, wealth and income inequality has skyrocketed, and tragedy and violence seemingly erupt daily around the world. The recent events in...
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John Atcheson
The Road Back from the Brink
These are perilous times. But from peril can come promise.
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Blame the evil doers for the devastation visiting this planet?  Sure thing.  But us?  Not for a second. Tom Engelhardt
Pardon Me! High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Trump
Let me try to get this straight: from the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet’s...
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Robert Jensen
When Will the United States Transcend White Supremacy?
The unfortunate, but likely answer: Never.
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Robert C. Koehler
Why Does North Korea Hate Us?
“The bombing was long, leisurely and merciless . . .”
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Ethan Goffman
Meet the New NAFTA, Same as the Old NAFTA?
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump called for protection of jobs. Did he mean tariffs or other measures to keep employment in the United States? Or was he talking about stronger labor...
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Robert Reich
Trump's Civil War
Trump’s unwillingness to denounce the white supremacists who came to Charlottesville last weekend bent on violence has been part of his political strategy from the start. Remember, weeks after he...
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Adam Johnson
Centrist Pundits Paved Way for Trump’s ‘Alt-Left’ False Equivalence
President Donald Trump sparked outrage Tuesday afternoon after he equated Nazis and counter-protesters in Charlottesville. To do so, he referred to the anti-racist activists as the “alt-left,” with...
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Anthony D. Romero
Equality, Justice and the First Amendment
For all people of good will—regardless of party affiliation, race, creed, or color—the events that took place this weekend in Charlottesville were sickening and deeply disturbing. Several clear...
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Michael Winship
Waiting for a Grown-Up in the White House
Donald Trump is turning the presidency into a day care center for his troubled inner child.
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"The right to be treated with humanity and dignity is a universal value. Our nation is stronger than hatred and bigotry," writes Olivia Alperstein. Olivia Alperstein
Racists Look Emboldened. They're Actually Terrified.
They act from the cowardly fear that valuing someone else's life devalues their own.
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Christian Christensen
Trump Keeps His Promise - And Delivers Hate
Those who voted for Trump got exactly what they voted for. There was no false advertising. There was no deception.
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Donald Trump Neal Gabler
The Testosterone-Fueled Presidency
Just look at what can happen when Trump feels his "masculinity" is threatened
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Peter Certo
White Supremacy Carries More Than a Tiki Torch
Republicans are condemning Trump’s coddling of white supremacists. Can they speak out against racist laws, too?
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"Trump communicates via a sort of semaphore signalling, a verbal and non-verbal system comprising coded tells, oblique references, incoherent digressions and revealing omissions." Anne Kingston
This Is The Real Donald Trump, Loud And Clear
Anne Kingston: Trump’s messaging is now so brazen that dog whistles are redundant. The signals are increasingly plain for all to see.
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Fascism is a form of collective insanity that devolves upon brutality and hatred to maintain its power. Randall Amster
Cuckoo D'État: The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum
We have a president who can’t even muster a lucid response to the most obvious forms of abject hatred
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Nearly all animals raised and slaughtered for food in the U.S. live in factory farms––facilities that treat animals as mere production units and show little regard for the natural environment or public health Mark Devries
New Drone Footage Exposes the Scale of Factory Animal Farming Like Never Before
The animal agriculture industry spends millions on deceptive advertising to persuade consumers that farmed animals roam freely on bucolic pastures. But I’ve been piloting drones over animal...
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Charles P. Pierce
Maybe Next Time Stick to the Notes
President* Trump lost his shit so badly he may never get it back.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Alex Formuzis
Scott Pruitt Is Turning the EPA into the KGB
Scott Pruitt, polluters’ puppet and head of the Environmental Protection Agency, knows most Americans are strongly opposed to his anti-public health, anti-kids, anti-science agenda. That’s why he...
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Vigil for Charlottesville in Minneapolis, MN this week. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue, Flickr / CC) Libero Della Piana
Charlottesville Is An Urgent Call for Voting Rights
Saturday night I arrived in Virginia as the conscience of the country and world turned toward the state. Earlier that day, hundreds of organized white supremacists gathered for a “Unite the Right”...
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Counterprotesters gathered in the streets of downtown Charlottesville on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 to stand against the "Unite the Right" rally, which was later cancelled by police. Adele M. Stan
White Supremacist Chaos In Charlottesville Is Just the Beginning
I was in Charlottesville when the Nazis moved in. Here's what to expect if they come to your town.
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Robert Reich
Making America Hate Again
Two days late, Donald Trump has finally condemned violent white supremacists. He was pushed into it by a storm of outrage at his initial failure to do so in the wake of deadly violence to...
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"Headlines concisely tell the story of this cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery." Ralph Nader
The 16 Year War in Afghanistan – Headlines Tell the Story
Since 2001 the US has been at War in Afghanistan – the longest war in US history. Headlines concisely tell the story of this cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery. Below are some...
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"But in the twenty-first century, Washington’s wars have essentially become endless, or as the Pentagon has taken to saying, “generational.” Rebecca Gordon
When All the World’s a War...
And All the Men and Women Merely Soldiers
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In just one example of the staggering overbreadth of the search warrant, it would require DreamHost to turn over the IP logs of all visitors to the site. Mark Rumold
In J20 Investigation, DOJ Overreaches Again. And Gets Taken to Court Again
We’ve already written about problems with the government’s investigation into the J20 protests—a series of demonstrations on January 20, the day of President Trump’s inauguration—which resulted in...
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Arizona already has six Confederate monuments—almost all of them dubiously constructed in recent memory. It doesn’t need another one, albeit in the form of a presidential pardon. Jeff Biggers
Trump’s Arpaio Pardon? Instead, Arizona’s Confederate Monuments Must Come Down
Any pardon of disgraced and criminally convicted former Sheriff Joe Arpaio by Donald Trump would be a de facto monument to “the most egregious racial profiling in the United States” and “chronic...
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Monday, August 14, 2017
“Think about how to make democracy as accessible as possible,” he said. “If you show up at your city council meeting and bring ten people, you'll see instant gratification.” Alexandra Tempus
Progressives Are Adapting to the Activist Surge
When activist newcomers helping plan the New York Tax March—which took place April 15 this year to pressure Donald Trump to release his tax returns—suggested including a giant inflatable chicken in...
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In 2015, Social Security lifted an estimated 12.6 million women out of poverty, including 9 million women aged 65 and over. Guillermo Herrera
Americans — Especially Women — Benefit Hugely from Social Security
Today is Social Security’s 82nd birthday. We’ve updated our backgrounder on Social Security’s significant impact and a related analysis of its benefits. In June 2017, over 60 million people collected...
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‘Many sides’? There are only two sides here: Right and wrong. Murderer and victim. Hatred and love. In the clutch, when it really mattered, the president of the United States refused to pick a side. But we can. We can lay down our lives, one by one if necessary, until we have won. Richard Eskow
Trump Won’t Say It, But We Will: White Terror in Charlottesville
Her name was Heather Heyer . She was marching for justice in Charlottesville when she was killed by a white racist. Say her name. His name was Timothy Caughman . He was walking down the street in New...
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"The petition, which can be found on its website, asks both the Senate and the House of Representatives to censure Trump and sets forth a description of misconduct and misdeeds that have occurred since Trump’s inauguration." Peter Dreier
Petition To Censure Trump Gains Momentum
In less than two weeks, a petition calling for Congress to censure President Donald Trump for misconduct and misdeeds has attracted more than 14,500 signatures. One of the initiators of the petition...
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"Health-policy progressives should treat this summer’s stunning victory as an opportunity to lock in this national commitment long term, by shoring up the ACA’s market-centered design rather than overplaying their hand." Gregg Bloche
Progressives, Now's Your Chance To Secure Healthcare For All
Decades from now, the collapse of Republicans’ campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be seen as the moment America finalized its commitment to healthcare for all. Democrats shouldn’t...
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Rescue workers move victims on stretchers after car plowed through a crowd of counter-demonstrators marching through the downtown shopping district August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Michael Winship
Charlottesville Goddam
In a time of crisis the president is supposed to bring us together. Donald Trump did not.
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Sunday, August 13, 2017
Glenn Greenwald
The Misguided Attacks on ACLU for Defending Neo-Nazis’ Free Speech Rights in Charlottesville
Each time horrific political violence is perpetrated that is deemed to be terrorism, a search is immediately conducted for culprits to blame other than those who actually perpetrated the violence or...
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Zenobia Jeffries
Charlottesville Was Not a "Protest Turned Violent," It Was a Planned Race Riot
Isn’t it time for the media to be honest and call white supremacists the domestic terrorists that they are?
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John Atcheson
Why Trump Won: Pundits and Press Still Missing the Big Picture
CNN’s Fareek Zakaria’s recent explanation for why Trump won has been getting a lot of play. It’s similar to explanations most of the other pundits have been pushing for some time now, and it sets up...
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Christine Emba
There Are Only Two Sides to Charlottesville. Trump Is on the Wrong One.
As the leader of our nation, our president should know that some conflicts don’t deserve forbearance or false equivalence
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Adam Johnson
For Media, Driving Into a Crowd of Protesters Is a ‘Clash’
The Washington Post , Boston Globe , AOL News , The Hill , BBC and Sky News UK all chose to frame the ramming of a car into anti-fascist protesters as “clashes.” The BBC ’s breaking news tweet, “One...
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Peniel Joseph
A Presidency Built on Racial Divisions
Racial violence that gripped Charlottesville, Va., causing the governor to declare a state of emergency represents a case of what Malcolm X famously characterized as “chickens coming home to roost.”...
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Steven Singer
Dear White Supremacists: There Will Be No Race War
This one goes out to all the white boys. No. Not ALL the white boys. Just the ones who think being “white” and being a “boy” means the world owes them something. "There will be no race war... Not now...
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Saturday, August 12, 2017
Pierre Tristam
Kim Jong-Trump
There are no military solutions to this crisis. Zero. None.
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Jeremy Scahill
The Battle for Venezuela and Its Oil
Despire the public battles between the New York Times and President Donald Trump, the two seem to be on a similar page about the unfolding crisis in Venezuela. Last week, the administration announced...
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Don't forget, the things U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stands for—the things he has stood for over the course of his decades-long career—are abhorrent. (Photo: AP/Jay LaPrete, archivo) Darryl Lorenzo Wellington
Let Me Remind You Who Jeff Sessions Is
For the past several weeks, media coverage of Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a sympathetic turn. In article after article, the “beleaguered” Sessions is described as a victim of bullying ,...
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A student explains to her class how to prevent HIV/AIDS. Ann Starrs
The Vital Importance of Sexual Education
Why young people deserve comprehensive, nonjudgmental and empowering sexuality education
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Chuck Collins
What Would It Really Take to Reverse Inequality?
Unleashing the transformative potential of an equitable economy
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Robert Weissman
Despite White House Chaos, Trump Delivers Favors for Corporate America
The Trump administration may be dazed and confused about many things, but not about its corporate agenda . From Scaramucci to Spicer, from Kelly to Kushner, one thing doesn’t change at Donald Trump’s...
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Friday, August 11, 2017
Michael Winship
The Grand Old Party’s Over. Make Way for the Trump Party.
You’ve probably heard the story. It’s said that in ancient Rome, the emperor had a member of the Praetorian Guard who, amid all the pomp and all the accolades, would stand behind him and murmur: “...
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Norman Eisen, Fred Wertheimer
Firing Mueller Would Be a Catastrophic Mistake
On October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon executed the infamous "Saturday Night Massacre" in which Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox was fired and the special prosecutor's office was shut...
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We need to do all that we can to bring reason to bear with Common Security diplomacy that can bring these two nuclear powers back from the brink and to establish the basis for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia. Joseph Gerson
No Fire, No Fury: Common Security Diplomacy to Resolve US-North Korean Crisis
We face a situation with dangerous parallels to the period leading to the Guns of August in 1914
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Many leaders and politicians across the globe, particularly those who, like Netanyahu, have managed to stay in power for many years, have also become corrupt by abusing the privileges and responsibilities bestowed upon them by their office. Neve Gordon
Does It Really Matter If Netanyahu Ends Up Behind Bars?
"Background noise" was the way Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu characterised the decision of his former chief of staff, Ari Harow, to become a state witness. The following day, the prime...
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says she supports “great public schools,” but her actions continue to show her hypocrisy on that subject. Jeff Bryant
Betsy DeVos’s ‘School Choice’ Looks More Like Crony Capitalism
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says she supports “great public schools,” but her actions continue to show her hypocrisy on that subject. Her recent trip to Michigan, her home state, offers...
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Yes, I know the political argument, which seemed to arise late in the game, that US standing in the world has collapsed because we didn’t follow through on the TPP. But let’s just stick with the economics. Dean Baker
Do Corporate Media Need to Lie to Promote Trade Deals?
I understand people can have reasonable differences of opinion on trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but why is it that the proponents have to insist, with zero evidence, that not...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Don't Privatize the Afghan War—Just End It
Erik Prince, the notorious founder of the military contracting company formerly known as Blackwater, has been making the rounds of media outlets to promote his idea for privatizing the U.S. war in...
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Jerry Lembcke
Trump vs. Blumenthal and the Ironies of Opportunism
President Donald Trump has the fake veteran story all wrong. The President attacked Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal as a “phony Vietnam con artist” after the Senator expressed support for...
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Harvey Wasserman
A "No Nukes" Nation to Trump: Resign!
In the shadow of Santa Monica’s legendary “Chain Reaction” monument, a clear message was sent to the unelected interloper in the White House: RESIGN!!! Wednesday was the 72nd anniversary of the...
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Rethinking Schools Editorial
Little Kids, Big Fears: How to Talk About Nuclear War and Donald Trump with 2nd-Graders
We aren't protecting children by not engaging them in conversation around tough topics
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
"Let’s not forget that the huge holes in Obamacare on access and out of pocket costs in particular have left tens of millions of people without care or hammered by the high cost." Jean Ross
We Still Have A Lot of Work To Do On Healthcare
With liberals across the land breathing a huge sigh of relief after the abrupt collapse of the Senate scheme to repeal and somewhat replace the Affordable Care Act, all is good again with healthcare...
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 "Other industrialized countries pay about half of what we do and provide more care to more people while producing better outcomes." Judy Dasovich
We Should Support Medicare for All
Americans know we need affordable, accessible, quality health care. Our current system relies on private insurance which provides none of these things. Improved and expanded Medicare for all can give...
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"From Afghanistan to Iraq, Somalia to the Philippines, Libya to Yemen, military investments -- in lives and tax dollars -- have been costly and enduring victories essentially nonexistent." Nick Turse
Counting Coups: Can the Pentagon Win When Putsch Comes to Shove?
A rare Pentagon "success" story
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Lawrence Wittner
Playing Nuclear "Chicken" With Our Lives
What kind of civilization have we developed when two mentally unstable national leaders, in an escalating confrontation with each other, threaten one another―and the world―with nuclear war? That...
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What this makes clear to me is that no one should have the authority — the power — to declare any war whatsoever. The fact that this is still possible, so many decades into human awareness of war’s utter insanity, reveals the paradox that civilization remains economically tied to its own destruction. Robert C. Koehler
Terrorism for Profit
Donald Trump stands cluelessly at the edge of history, exemplifying everything wrong with the past, oh, 10,000 years or so. The necessity for fundamental change in humanity’s global organization is...
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James Esseks
How Could You Represent Someone Like Milo Yiannopoulos?
How free speech protections fuel civil rights movements
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So I’m not asking you to “take out” Jeffress. But I wouldn’t mind if you scared the shit out of him. Peter Dreier
Dear God: I Have a Small Favor To Ask
Dear God: I’m usually not one for prayer, but I have a special favor to ask. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor at First Baptist Dallas megachurch, released a statement today saying that President Trump...
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Brienne Kordis
Saudis Are Killing Their Own People, With Help from the US and Canada
Government forces have been terrorizing the people of Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province of al-Qatif for months. On May 10th , the Saudis launched a military campaign to tear down Al-...
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"The chants of resistance that rang out in January have since grown into thunder. But they leave a critical question unanswered: Will crowds evolve into a movement that produces leaders with a mandate to govern with a progressive, grassroots-based agenda?" Isaiah Poole
On the Road From Protest to Power: A Rising Tide
The millions who gathered in Washington and around the country for the historic Women’s March , one day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, made an indisputable statement: Trump may have won the...
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Highly vetted information from the IPCC is key for our nation’s risk assessments. Brenda Ekwurzel
US Abandons Global Science Leadership, Zeroes Out IPCC Funding
In stark contrast to the leadership role the US has historically contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the enacted 2017 U.S. Budget zeroes out funding for the...
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Greg Kaufmann
Don’t Let the White House’s Dysfunction Distract You From the Things Trump Is Getting Done
While the media and much of the public have been consumed with the spectacle of dysfunction and failure in the Trump White House—The Mooch, the Russia investigation, and the demise of the Republican...
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To give you an idea, if every American committed to just one meat-free day a week, the impact would be equivalent to switching all our gas-powered cars to hybrids Rachel Krantz
An Inconvenient Sequel Doesn't Talk About Animal Agriculture—and That's Absurd
When I spotted fellow vegan James Cromwell in line for food at an advance screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power , I couldn’t help but try to talk to him. Recently arrested at a protest...
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So, the banksters crash the economy, you lose income and your home, they buy your house at auction, then they rent it to you at an ever-increasing price. Jim Hightower
Wall Street Thieves Find New Ways to Steal From Us
The self-described "Geniuses of Wall Street" are being stupid. Again.
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"The real disaster of Hurricane Matthew is still unfolding." Mark Schuller
Chronicling a Forgotten Disaster: Hurricane Matthew, Ten Months On
I just returned from my summer research in Haiti, traveling through the South and Grand-Anse provinces, which were devastated by Hurricane Matthew overnight on October 4, 2016, barely ten months ago...
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When they start talking shock and awe in Washington, friends, it is time to hunker down for the long haul. Juan Cole
“Fire & Fury” or “Shock and Awe”: It Is Always the Start of a Quagmire
If we weren’t talking about two nuclear-armed states with unhinged leaders, the war of words between the US and North Korea would be hilarious. Trump’s threat Tuesday that “North Korea best not make...
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"Trump’s silence on rising hate crimes against Muslim Americans is deafening." CJ Werleman
The Silence of Trump: How US President Gives Tacit Support to Terror Against Muslims
The White House is sending a clear message: it will not condemn violence against Muslim Americans
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Susan Southard
72 Years After Bombing of Nagasaki, There Are 15,000 Nuclear Weapons in the World
Today is the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. At 11:02 a.m. Aug. 9, 1945, a five-ton plutonium bomb exploded a third of a mile above the city. Its blast winds tore through the city...
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Richard Falk
End of Nuclearism or the End of the World: Utopian Dreams, Dystopian Nightmares
We are living amid contradictions whether we like it or not, driving expectations about the future toward opposite extremes. Increasingly plausible are fears that the ‘sixth extinction’ will...
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017
 "Trump’s efforts are rooted in his own need to avoid humiliation, but voter suppression is nothing new for the Republican Party." John Atlas, Peter Dreier
Trump’s War on Voters Has a Long History: We Need a Grassroots Voting-Rights Movement to Fight Back
Trump and his minions have ramped up the attack, but the "voter fraud" myth goes back to the GOP's attack on ACORN
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Robert Reich
Trump Is (Not) on Vacation, But the Nightmare Continues
With Donald Trump away vacationing at one of his golf resorts, the rest of us may have a chance to relax. But in truth it’s more like a short break in a continuing nightmare. Just enough time to turn...
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Reporters in public settings are also finding that people are becoming “more violent toward the media than they have been in the past,” such as the recent case of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs who was physically attacked by Republican candidate Greg Gianforte while asking a question. Norman Stockwell
Trump Team Sets the Stage for Prosecutions of the Press
At a press briefing last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned darkly of “the dramatic growth in the number of unauthorized disclosures of classified national security information in the past...
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Yemen War Paul Street
The United States and the Crucifixion of Yemen
The United States has killed, maimed, displaced and otherwise harmed an astonishing number of people in its 241-year record of murder and mayhem —including more than 20 million killed in 37 nations...
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"Politics-as-theater requires us to pretend that our 42nd, 43rd, and 44th presidents differed in fundamental ways.  In practice, however, their similarities greatly outweighed any of those differences.  Taken together, the administrations over which they presided collaborated in pursuing a common agenda, each intent on proving that the post-Cold-War consensus could work in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary." Andrew Bacevich
Slouching Toward Mar-a-Lago
The Post-Cold-War Consensus Collapses
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Michael Lighty
Liberals Strike Back... Against Single Payer
In the name of political reality, some liberal pundits, politicians and policy wonks are scolding progressives to give up on Medicare for All. They are dead wrong.
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Juan Cole
Scientists Leak Study on Global Heating Impact Before Trump can Suppress it
A draft report on the current impact of global heating on the United States, produced by 13 Federal agencies, has been leaked to the New York Times . The scientists who leaked it are afraid that the...
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Monday, August 7, 2017
President Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller. (Photos by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images (left); Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Bill Moyers
What Don’t You Know About the Trump/Russia Connection?
Bill Moyers talks to Steven Harper, author of our new interactive feature, about what he's learned researching the connections between Trump, his team and Russia going back nearly four decades.
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Annika Nilsson, Miyase Christensen, Tom Buurman
The Thawing Arctic Beyond Flags
Something remarkable happened in the Arctic ten years ago. On August 2 2007, two small submarines planted a titanium Russian flag on the seabed of the North Pole. First met with ridicule and scorn,...
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"Trump needs to get past the impulse to find an attorney general who will protect him rather than the public interest. Believe it or not, Mr. President, this moment is bigger than you." Faiza Patel, Rudy Mehrbani
What Trump Doesn't Get: Sessions Recusal from Russia Probe was Mandatory
Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Justice Department's Trump-Russia investigation is necessary to ensure it proceeds with neither real nor perceived political interference.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens to an adviser at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on August 6 Mark LeVine
What is Behind Israel's Attempt to Ban Al Jazeera?
Does Netanyahu need a smoke screen for his corruption scandal or is there a more sinister reason for banning Al Jazeera?
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Slashing education budgets at the federal, state, or local level doesn’t save money; it just shifts costs somewhere else. Jeff Bryant
Is Back-to-School More Expensive This Year? Yes, and Here’s Why
Parents getting their children ready to go back to school this fall may be dismayed at the long and pricey school supply lists they’re getting from their local schools. They can rest assured their...
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John Atcheson
The Great Leap Backwards: Trump's Blueprint To Make America Not Great
The Trump administration is doubling down on oil, gas, and coal at a time when the rest of the world is committing to getting off the stuff and investing in renewable energy. Renewable energy, by the...
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Paul Buchheit
Even More Evidence the US Is a Kleptocracy, Not a Meritocracy
Data shows inequality is spiraling out of control
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Sunday, August 6, 2017
Justin Trudeau, who styles himself a champion of struggling middle-class workers, seems content to do nothing about NAFTA’s headlock on working Canadians. (image/cc/DonkeyHotey) Linda McQuaig
NAFTA Needs an Overhaul to Improve Workers’ Rights
NAFTA has been key to the transformation of Canada over the last two decades, enabling corporations to become ever more dominant economically and politically, while rendering our labor force increasingly vulnerable and insecure.
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David Swanson
You Cannot Begin a Crime in Good Faith
This morning we handed out flyers on Kellogg Boulevard in St. Paul. We encountered very few who knew why it is called that. Frank Kellogg was a hero in the sense that a whistleblower is a hero. He...
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Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's plan to give  the technology firm Foxconn a taxpayer-funded $3 billion package to build a new plant in Wisconsin has been called "generally an awful way to lure jobs." John Nichols
Scott Walker's Crony Capitalism
If Scott Walker were a fiscal conservative, he would be ashamed of himself. But Walker is not a fiscal conservative. And he has no shame, as Wisconsinites who know how their tax dollars are spent are...
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A UN report find that most young men who join rebel groups fighting in Syria are driven by factors like poverty and lack of opportunity, rather than devotion to Islam. Juan Cole
UN Report: Muslim Youth Fighting in Syria Mostly Not Motivated By Islam
Lizzie Dearden at The Independent reviews a new report by the United Nations Office of Counter-terrorism. Some 25,000 young men are said to have made their way from Europe to fight the regime in...
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Peace Lantern Ceremony on the Motoyasu River. Robert Dodge
Hope On This Hiroshima Day
Seventy-two years after the U.S dropped the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and three days later on Nagasaki, there is hope that we will finally see the abolition of these most deadly weapons of mass...
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Saturday, August 5, 2017
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price recommended cutting more than $213 million from teen pregnancy programs. Anusha Ravi
I Grew Up in Tom Price’s District. The Sex Ed He Promotes Is Dangerous.
Last month, the Trump administration silently slashed $213.6 million from at least 81 institutions working on teen pregnancy prevention. The cuts hit a wide variety of programs: the Choctaw Nation’s...
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Screen shot of C-SPAN broadcast of Department of Justice briefing by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on "culture of leaking" Kevin Gosztola
Facing Crisis of Legitimacy, Trump Administration Pledges to Intensify War on Leaks
President Donald Trump's administration is in the throes of a crisis of legitimacy and leadership, with federal government employees concerned and unwilling to stay quiet about chaos, incompetence,...
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High in the mountains east of Gardez, a dehydrated American infantryman receives trail-side intravenous therapy from U.S. Army field medics. Eric Margolis
Time to End the Lost Afghan War
Media reports claim President Donald Trump let loose on his generals behind closed doors, blasting them royally for their startling failures in Afghanistan, America’s longest war. The president has...
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Americans have increasingly looked to U.S. generals in the White House for some semblance of order in the Trump administration. Tom Hastings
Are We Egypt?
When the world watched Egyptians bravely gather en masse in Tahrir Square in Cairo in January 2011 to Arab Spring Hosni Mubarak out of office, we were mightily impressed and most of us cheered the...
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The clue to Trump’s victories: Richard Nixon in 1968. Pierre Tristam
Trump Will Win In 2020
Liberals have been writing off Donald Trump's presidency since before it began. But the way it’s going, he’s heading for reelection.
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