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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Michael Linden
Trump's Immoral Budget Is 'Dead on Arrival' in Congress
President Trump’s budget proposal is an affront to decency, economics and, at a basic level, math. It is full of both broken and false promises. It forces those who have the least to suffer the most...
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Douglas Blackmon
'RussiaGate' Has Become a Catastrophic Failure of Leadership — and a Debacle From Which the Trump Presidency Will Not Recover
A version of this post first appeared on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Douglas A. Blackmon’s Facebook page. A little more than a week ago, I said on CNN and wrote on Facebook that — based on...
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Benjamin Dangl
Trump’s Budget Expands Global War on the Backs of the American Poor
It is fitting that while President Trump is traveling the world, sealing a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, he would drop his own kind of bomb on the American people: his budget proposal for the...
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Jitu Brown
School Choice Is a Scam in Segregated Neighborhoods
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seems not to hear the fierce protests of parents, teachers and school officials over school closings and charter expansion in New York, Chicago, Oakland, Detroit...
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Richard Eskow
They’re Talking a Better Game, But Will the Democrats Fight?
In public, leading Democrats blame outside forces like Russia and former FBI Director James Comey for their losses in 2016. But privately, many acknowledge the party needs a new direction. The...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Trump Escalates War on Women
“I just want to state some facts,” Deja Foxx, a 16-year-old activist, told Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) at a town hall meeting in April . “I’m a young woman, and you’re a middle-aged man. I’m a person...
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Mattea Kramer
Boycott Trump
In normal times, Dee from New York would have ordered her copy of The Handmaid’s Tale from Amazon, but these are not normal times. Amazon is on the Grab Your Wallet list, a campaign to boycott...
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Juan Cole
Terror and Geopolitics: Manchester 2017 and 1996
Manchester, UK, was hit with the deadliest bomb attack on Monday since a June Saturday morning in 1996, when a massive 3000 lb. Provisional Irish Republican Army blast leveled the city center...
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Steven Singer
Why Care About Other People’s Children
As a vocal critic of charter and voucher schools , one of the most frequent questions I get from readers is this: “Why should I care about other people’s children?” One reader put it this way: “Why...
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Monday, May 22, 2017
David Schwenk
Calling for an End to Corruption, 23 Arrested at the Pennsylvania State Capitol
Chanting “Pass the gifts ban, do your job” and “Drain the swamp,” a boisterous crew of March on Harrisburg participants and members of the Teamsters Union jammed the hallways outside the office of...
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Michael Winship
The Internet Won’t Let Armenia Go Away
Here’s a different kind of story about media and politics. It demonstrates how the monstrosity of a crime a century old still divides and scorches the world. And it’s one more example of how digital...
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Medea Benjamin
Why Were the Saudi Streets So Quiet?
With the world’s media focused on President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, it’s curious that the streets of Riyadh were so empty . Unlike most of Trump’s public appearances, there was not a protester...
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Isaiah Poole
The Time Is Now to Stand Up for the CFPB
Mark Feuer, the Los Angeles City Attorney who helped hold Wells Fargo accountable for creating millions of fake accounts without customers’ knowledge, now warns against efforts by the Trump...
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Jennifer Dalven
There Is No Getting Around the Fact That Restricting Abortion Access Has Economic Consequences for Women
Recently, Lori Szala the national director of client services for the Human Coalition, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times attempting to deny a connection between the availability of abortion and...
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Chris Hedges
The Death of the Republic
The deep state ’s decision in ancient Rome—dominated by a bloated military and a corrupt oligarchy, much like the United States of 2017—to strangle the vain and idiotic Emperor Commodus in his bath...
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Richard Falk
Trumped Up Diplomacy in the Middle East
In his first overseas trip since moving into the White House, Donald Trump is leaving behind the frustrations, allegations, rumors, and an increasing sense of implosion that seems to be dooming his...
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Mark Trahant
Don’t Let Trump Drama Distract You While Congress Dismantles Medicaid
Reality TV works for one simple reason: The antics of the characters are beyond what’s believable in fiction. It’s compelling drama because normal people do not do such things. So part of watching is...
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Sunday, May 21, 2017
GRAIN
20 Years of GM Soy in the Southern Cone of Latin America, 20 Reasons for a Definitive Ban
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) has just published its annual report , which confirms that the Southern Cone of Latin America is the region of the...
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Christopher Brauchli
Return Receipt Requested?
Oh for the good old days of heavy post-coaches and speed at the rate of six miles an hour. — Philip Hone, Diary, November 28, 1834 The preferred way of answering the question would have been to give...
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Sheila Kennedy
A Living Wage: A Human Right for All
We Americans tend to be self-satisfied about our national commitment to civil liberties and human rights; when political figures talk about “American Exceptionalism,” they evoke images of the City on...
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Jonas Ecke
Whatever Happened to Peace? Arms, Oil and War by Proxy
The end of the Cold War was one of the few historical moments in which people around the world looked forward to a future that promised to be more just and peaceful for everyone. The Berlin Wall was...
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Jim Hightower
Billionaires Lay Siege to State Governments
It’s easy to become mesmerized by The Donald Show in this year’s political circus. But a lot of the real action is in the outer rings, where the Koch brothers, the American Legislative Exchange...
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
Adam Schwartz
No Hunting Undocumented Immigrants With Stingrays
In the latest sign of mission creep in domestic deployment of battlefield-strength surveillance technology, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this year used a cell site simulator...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Donald Trump’s High Crimes and Misdemeanors
President Donald Trump’s alleged attempt to quash the FBI investigation into his former national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and his subsequent firing of FBI Director James Comey, has...
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Barbara Milrod
Child Anxiety and Parenting in the Trump Era
“Lucy,” a shy, intelligent six-year-old, missed three days of school because she had stomachaches. The symptoms started the day after Lucy witnessed a loud argument while waiting for the bus with her...
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Wenonah Hauter, Donald Cohen
Why Public Control of Infrastructure Matters
We’ve all heard the statistics about our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and agree it needs to be fixed—the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates we need to invest $4 trillion in our...
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Chuck Collins
Congress Wants to Cut Your Health Care — And Billionaires’ Taxes
Members of the House GOP were in a hurry on May 4 to pass their bill to gut Obamacare. They rushed it through before anyone even had a chance to check its cost or calculate its impact on people’s...
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Janine Jackson
Chelsea Manning Is Free–but Whistleblowers Still Face Prison
Human Rights Watch is glad that Chelsea Manning is free. A statement from the group’s General Counsel’s office notes that Manning’s “absurdly disproportionate” 35-year sentence for passing classified...
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Friday, May 19, 2017
Andy Rowell
“Fossil Fuels Have Lost. The Rest of the World Just Doesn’t Know It Yet”
Fossil fuels have lost,” argues Eddie O’Connor, chief executive of Irelands’s Mainstream Renewable Power company, before adding: “The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.” O’Connor was...
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Matt Taibbi
Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever
On the Internet this week you will find thousands, perhaps even millions, of people gloating about the death of elephantine Fox News founder Roger Ailes. The happy face emojis are getting a workout...
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Medea Benjamin
Trump’s Saudi Trip Should Not Be to Clinch Arms Deal But to End Yemen War
President Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia is designed to highlight his "art of deal" by clinching a massive $100 billion arms deal. But instead of using his presidency to be a salesman for the arms...
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Adam Johnson
Media to Trump: Don’t Cozy Up to Dictators–Unless They’re the Right Dictators
After a series of friendly gestures by President Donald Trump toward Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte and Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi over the past few months, US media have recoiled with disgust...
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Corynne McSherry
Dear FCC: We See Through Your Plan to Roll Back Real Net Neutrality
Pretty much everyone says they are in favor of net neutrality–the idea that service providers shouldn’t engage in data discrimination, but should instead remain neutral in how they treat the content...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Movement for Impeachment Must Be Grounded in Opposition to Trumpism and the GOP
Like many Americans, I have been fantasizing since Jan. 20, 2017, about Donald Trump’s presidency coming to a quick and dirty halt, ideally of his own doing. At best, Trump has been a global...
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John Feffer
The Nixonization of Donald Trump
The comparisons are multiplying. There was Trump’s appeal to the “silent majority” during the presidential election, his later adoption of the “mad man” theory in his foreign policy, his possible...
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Judith Schwartz
Let’s Skip the War Part—and Go Right to Reparations
Thursday’s military airstrikes against pro-Syrian government forces barely made a dent in the unceasing news coverage of the political drama in the White House. This in itself reveals a discomfiting...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Jeff Cohen
Roger Ailes: No One Did More to Debase US Politics
Roger Ailes, the man who pioneered “alternative facts,” is dead. During the first five years of Fox News —which was built almost single-handedly by Ailes’ genius—I was a regular on-air contributor/...
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Peter Van Buren
The Human Price of Trump's Wars
“My guilt will never go away,” former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me. “There is a significant portion of me that doesn't believe it should be allowed to go away, that this pain is fair.” If...
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Doug Henwood
The Post-Trump Era?
How much longer can this go on? As I write this, PredictIt gives 71/29 odds that Trump will last the year, but it’s mighty tempting to buy the “no”—especially after the revelation that he asked Comey...
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Jeff Bryant
Trump’s Education Budget Feeds School Privatization At The Expense of Students
The vision of “education reform” coming from the Trump administration and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos entails cutting direct aid to students, especially those from low-income families, in...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Establishment Remains Hostage to the 'Rules of Espionage'
“Trump emphasized the need to work together to end the conflict in Syria” . . . and “emphasized his desire to build a better relationship between the United States and Russia.” Welcome to the last...
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Robert Borosage
For Democrats, Resistance Trumps Ideas
Democratic Party luminaries and 2020 presidential mentionables gathered this week for an “ ideas conference” organized by the Center for American Progress , the Democratic establishment’s premier...
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Marjorie Cohn
Did Trump Commit High Crimes and Misdemeanors?
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has responded to the crescendo of outrage by appointing former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate "any links and/or coordination...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Neal Gabler
Don’t Count on the Precedent of Watergate to Help Depose Trump. We Got Lucky.
“Our Constitution works.” So declared newly installed President Gerald Ford in 1974 after Richard Nixon’s resignation. “Our great republic is a government of laws and not of men.” Oh glory be! All’s...
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Peter Certo
The Hidden Bombshell in the Comey-Trump Story
How can you tell an authoritarian when you see one? We know the 20th century hallmarks — brown shirts, street rallies, and the like. But there’s an autocratic attitude, some historians suggest, that...
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Gary Olson
Political Struggle: Don't Take It Personally
Former President Barack Obama's $400,000 check from a Wall Street investment bank to give a one-hour speech is both a partial reward payment for previous services rendered and a graphic reminder of...
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Ellen Brown
If China Can Fund Infrastructure with Its Own Credit, So Can We
This week has been designated “National Infrastructure Week” by the US Chambers of Commerce, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and over 150 affiliates. Their message: “It’s time to...
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David Vine
US Imperialism Loves Autocrats
Much outrage has been expressed in recent weeks over President Donald Trump’s invitation for a White House visit to Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, whose “war on drugs” has led to...
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Glenn Greenwald
Chelsea Manning Is a Free Woman: Her Heroism Has Expanded Beyond Her Initial Whistleblowing
Ever since Chelsea Manning was revealed as the whistleblower responsible for one of the most important journalistic archives in history, her heroism has been manifest. She was the classic leaker of...
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Kathy Mulady
Why a Free Press Matters Now More Than Ever
Freedom of the press is at the very top of the Bill of Rights, our founders’ list of freedoms essential to democracy. That a reporter can now be arrested in the United States for doing his job,...
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Medea Benjamin
10 Reasons Trump Should Not Strengthen U.S.-Saudi Ties
Donald Trump has selected Saudi Arabia as the destination for his first trip abroad, strengthening U.S. ties to a regime that is fueling the very extremism, intolerance and violence that the US...
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Jeffery Robinson
Firing of Cop Who Didn’t Shoot First and Ask Questions Later Reveals Failings of US Law Enforcement
“I am not going to shoot you, brother.” In what world do those words being said by a police officer result in that officer being fired? You don’t have to go down the rabbit hole in search of a place...
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John Nichols
Many Americans Believe Donald Trump Is Unfit to Serve. A Congressman Has a Plan to Determine That.
fore he was elected last year to the U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin earned wide recognition over a quarter century as a professor of constitutional law at American...
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Adam Eichen
The Light That 'Never Was On Land or Sea'
POTTSTOWN, Pennsylvania—We are about a third of the way through the hundred-mile March on Harrisburg , a non-partisan pro-democracy Pennsylvania-based volunteer mobilization fighting for three bills...
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John Buell
Is Trump’s Infrastructure Plan an Attack on Democracy?
President Trump has pledged that his administration will soon propose a really big infrastructure program. Congress will likely debate its size and whether it will be financed through deficits or...
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Evan Greer
Why I Fought for Chelsea Manning
Chelsea Manning is my friend, but I’ve never seen her face to face, or given her a hug. That’s because Chelsea has been in prison for the last seven years, sometimes held in conditions that the...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
The US Will Never Win the War in Afghanistan
President Trump hasn’t decided whether to sign off on his generals’ request for more troops for Afghanistan . Ironically, this would be one instance in which Trump — and the country — would benefit...
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Ed Kilgore
GOP Prepares to Make Case That Poor People Must Sacrifice So Rich Can Get Tax Cuts
After a considerable period of time in which other aspects of the Republican agenda held center stage, we are beginning to see some renewed attention to lurid plans to hammer federal spending...
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Chase Strangio
After Seven Years in Custody, Chelsea Manning Will Soon Be Free
Chelsea Manning almost died on our watch. She suffered at the hands of our government, and the toll of her incarceration nearly killed her. But she survived. Through long stretches of solitary...
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Joe Conason
Impeach Trump? Transcript Will Tell Whether President Blabbed Secrets To Russians
If Donald Trump disclosed highly classified state secrets to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister, he may be vulnerable to impeachment — not because he broke the law, which evidently he did...
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Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
America Needs a New Poor People’s Campaign
In a spectacle of religious hypocrisy last week, preachers who say so much about what God says so little — and so little about what God says so much — stood in the Rose Garden as a backdrop for...
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John Nichols
The Donald Trump Impeachment Clock Is Ticking
T he “Doomsday Clock,” which members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists ’ Science and Security Board have maintained since 1947 as a measure of “how close we are to destroying our civilization...
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Jonathan Lee
Just How Sensitive Was the Information Trump Reportedly Revealed to the Russians?
Given Monday’s bombshell report by the Washington Post claiming President Donald Trump revealed classified information relating to the Islamic State to senior Russian officials visiting the White...
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Monday, May 15, 2017
Andy Rowell
We Are on Cusp of 'Deepest, Most Consequential Disruption of Transportation in History'
“We are on the cusp of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruption of transportation in history.” Within ten years, we may witness a radical technological shake up in the way we drive as...
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Amy Traub
We Didn't Give Mothers Enough
The National Retail Federation was expecting a Mother’s Day bonanza on Sunday, predicting consumers would “spend more than ever… as they shower moms with everything from jewelry to special outings at...
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Julie Kohler, Nicole Rodgers
Paying Homage to Single Mothers
Mothers have it hard in this country. We pay lip service to support for working moms, but don’t back up our words with deeds, through critical public policies like paid family leave or high quality...
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Chris Hedges
Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease
Forget the firing of James Comey. Forget the paralysis in Congress. Forget the idiocy of a press that covers our descent into tyranny as if it were a sports contest between corporate Republicans and...
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Dean Baker
WaPo Columnist Condemning Sanders' Drug Importation Bill Doesn't Realize Canada Can Expand Its Regulatory Agency
The Washington Post ran a column by Leona Aglukkaq, a former member of Canada's House of Commons and Canadian health minister, which complained that Senator Bernie Sanders proposal to allow mass...
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Richard Eskow
The Bradley Foundation's Secret War on Gay Marriage and Liberal Sex
A trove of documents exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy shows that the right-wing Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation wants to build a right-wing “ infrastructure ” across the country to...
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James Trimarco
How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding All Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion (Including Keystone XL)
Of the more than 60 banks helping to finance the expansion of tar sands infrastructure, the indigenous-led environmental campaign Mazaska Talks has identified 17 as worst offenders. These banks have...
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Martese Chism
From Selma to Springfield: Why We’re Marching in Illinois
Over fifty years ago, my great-grandmother Birdia Keglar marched in Selma with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Today I join two dozen others on a 15-day, 200-mile march from Chicago to Springfield to...
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David Schwenk
March on Harrisburg: What Democracy Is All About
Determined to pressure politicians to support three pieces of pro-democracy legislation, scores of activists set off from Philadelphia on Saturday on a 100-mile trek to the Pennsylvania state capitol...
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Paul Buchheit
Trying to Explain the Disdain for Poor Americans
Americans with wealth and power don't generally care about the middle and lower classes. Even worse, they are doing real damage to the people they don't care about. But why? Either these well-...
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Sunday, May 14, 2017
Tom Engelhardt
Mosul, Thomas Friedman, and the Globalization of Misery
The closest I ever got to Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was 1,720.7 miles away -- or so the Internet assures me. Although I’ve had a lifelong interest in history, I know next to nothing about...
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Robert Reich
The End of Trump
The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party. Trump’s statements...
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John Pfaff
The Never-Ending 'Willie Horton Effect' is Keeping Prisons Too Full for America's Good
At a time when Democrats and Republicans appear incapable of working together on even the simplest of matters, one area of surprising agreement has been prison reform. Despite Atty Gen. Jeff Sessions...
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Victoria Bassetti
Following the Money on Senate Russian Investigations
To special counsel, independent prosecute, special commission, select committee, or regular investigate, that is the question. As the constitutional crisis deepens in the wake of Tuesday’s firing of...
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John Light
How Media Consolidation Threatens Democracy: 857 Channels (and Nothing On)
Earlier this week, we wrote about a pending deal between Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media . Sinclair hopes to buy Tribune, a move that will allow the company to broadcast news to 70 percent of...
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Pierre Tristam
I Wasn't Saying This Before, But Now I Am: Not My President
For the past 112 days–yes, I am counting the days: aren’t we all?–I’ve lived under the pretense that Donald Trump is my president. I didn’t vote for him, but James Comey elected him fair and square,...
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John Atcheson
But What If He's Not an Idiot?
Turns out, the first word a lot of people think of when it comes to President Donald Trump is this one: idiot . The White House’s handling of the Comey firing looks a lot like a clip from The Gang...
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Laurence Tribe
Trump Must Be Impeached. Here’s Why.
The time has come for Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice. The remedy of impeachment was designed to create a last-resort mechanism for...
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Saturday, May 13, 2017
David Macaray
Sorry, Folks, But Donald Trump Is Everything We Deserve
The main reason (besides the grinding repetition) why I can’t bear to watch comedians do their self-congratulatory Donald Trump shtick is that their phony indignation is based on the premise that...
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Robert Reich
Are There 22 Patriotic House Republicans?
Trump warning to former FBI Director James Comey against leaking anything negative about him—tweeting "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking...
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John Dean
One Good Thing Donald Trump’s Presidency Has Done: Improved Journalism
When I first started thinking about this column, I was going to write about the testimony of former acting attorney general Sally Yates and former director of national intelligence James Clapper, Jr...
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Robert Borosage
By Almost Every Measure, Trump Making Life Worse for Working Class
D onald Trump has ginned up a continuous din in his first four months as president, with each outrage or grotesquerie immediately followed by another. Amid the furors, it is easy to lose track of the...
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Xoài Phạm
This Mother’s Day, Help Black Mamas Get Free
As families around the country prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day, thousands of mothers are sitting in jails before even having been convicted of a crime. Now Black-led groups are working together to...
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Michael Winship
In a Time of Madness, Sally Yates Is a Profile in Courage
Let us now praise a class act. Amidst the turmoil of another chaotic week in Trump world, the Comey firing and a pandemic of Washington spinelessness, there was a certain righteous symmetry that...
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Udi Ofer
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Has Just Doubled Down on the Immoral, Racist, and Counterproductive War on Drugs
Attorney General Jeff Sessions knows that the United States is the world’s leading incarcerator . We imprison more people than any other nation in the world. But apparently he likes that distinction...
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Christopher Brauchli
Trump Trumps Trump
With consistency a great soul simply has nothing to do. —Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, Self Reliance One of DJT’s many virtues is that he does not slavishly adhere to positions he has publicly taken...
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Friday, May 12, 2017
Janine Jackson
Big Media Need to Fight for the Right to Protest
West Virginia state police arrested Dan Heyman, a veteran reporter with Public News Service , for repeatedly asking Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price whether being a target of domestic...
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Jim Sleeper
It’s Not Only a Constitutional Crisis, It’s a Civic Implosion
Donald Trump won the presidency of the American republic for the same reason that he’ll lose it before the end of his first term, assuming that the rest of us can keep the republic itself. That...
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Christopher Famighetti, Douglas Keith
Donald Trump's Cynical, Corrosive 'Election Integrity' Commission
Friday, after months of innuendo and exaggeration, President Trump signed an executive order to create a commission to look at "election integrity." It comes after repeated claims from Trump and his...
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Jacob Dorman
I Resigned as Professor at University of Kansas to Protest State's Gun Laws
Ethan Schmidt, may he rest in peace, received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas history department in 2007, the same year I started as a professor there and a decade before I resigned in...
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Kevin Gosztola
Chelsea Manning Will Be Released Next Week And Finally Get A First Chance At Life
Chelsea Manning will be released from military prison at Fort Leavenworth next week. She will finally get a chance to be herself without having to conform to the rigid guidelines or expectations of...
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Robert Weissman
Tough Guy Sessions: Shameful and Stupid on Street Crime, Soft on Corporate Crime
Tough Guy Attorney General Jeff Session has announced that federal prosecutors will charge low-level drug offenders and others with the most serious crimes possible, despite overwhelming evidence and...
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Zephyr Teachout
Trump and the Art of the Lie
As a presidential candidate last year, Donald Trump said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” He didn’t shoot anyone, but proved that he could...
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Gareth Porter
Will Trump Agree to the Pentagon's Permanent War in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria?
The two top national security officials in the Trump administration – Secretary of Defence James Mattis and national security adviser HR McMaster - are trying to secure long-term US ground and air...
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Laurence Tribe, Richard Painter, Norman Eisen
Firing Comey Is Worse Than Breaking a Law
If President Trump’s shockingly sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey had violated some statute or constitutional provision, our judicial branch could easily have remedied that misstep. What the...
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Charles P. Pierce
This Feels Like a Turning Point
When we last left Camp Runamuck, and it was only this morning , there was some question as to whether the walls of the East Room ought to be discreetly padded. Since then, and it's only been about...
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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Tom Engelhardt
The War on Terror Is a War of Chaos
Here’s a footnote to America’s present wars that’s worth pondering for a few moments. The U.S. Air Force is running out of ordinary bombs, smart bombs , and in some cases missiles . No kidding. The...
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