Thursday, May 11, 2017
Michelle Alexander
What I Learned from Susan Burton, a Modern-Day Harriet Tubman
T here once lived a woman with deep brown skin and black hair who freed people from bondage and ushered them to safety. She welcomed them to safe homes and offered food, shelter, and help reuniting...
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Jessica Bonanno
Hacking the American Dream: Progressive Senators Go Big for Worker Ownership
The best-kept business model secret of our age is about to get the spotlight it has long deserved. It's employee ownership—a proven, common-sense pathway to reduce inequality, anchor jobs at home,...
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Ralph Nader
The Losing Warfare State
The USA is still bogged down in Afghanistan (the 16 year-old occupation is the longest in American history) and in Iraq (since the unconstitutional, illegal invasion of the country 14 years ago)...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Donald Trump’s Ajit (Pai)-Prop
“You’re fired!” When Donald Trump ousted FBI Director James Comey Tuesday night, it was more than just another of Trump’s shocking executive actions. Comparisons to Watergate are chillingly relevant...
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Danny Sjursen
The Pro-War Movement and the Hazards of Military Worship
More, more, more. I was guilty of it myself. Commanding a small cavalry troop of about 85 soldiers in southwest Kandahar Province back in 2011, I certainly wanted and requested more: more troopers,...
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John Light
Trump’s FCC Has Paved the Way For a Giant, Local Fox News
Fox News may have hit a rough patch, with both its CEO and top pundit felled by a storm of sexual harassment allegations within one short year. But another conservative media corporation — one with a...
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Harvey Wasserman
Tunnel Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Dump—Harbinger of the Collapse of the Entire Industry?
The collapse of a tunnel at the massive nuclear waste dump at Hanford, Washington, 200 miles east of Seattle, has sent shock waves through a nuclear power industry already in the process of a global...
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Leonard Pitts Jr.
If You’re Not Appalled by Comey’s Firing, You’re Not Paying Attention
Republican Sen. James Lankford called for “clarity.” Republican Sen. John McCain pronounced himself “disappointed.” And Republican Sen. Marco Rubio essentially shrugged. He said he was “surprised” by...
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Ebony Slaughter-Johnson
American Justice Now Feels Laughable
Heard any good jokes lately? Desiree Fairooz did. But laughing at it got her thrown in jail. That’s right: Fairooz was just convicted for laughing during the confirmation hearing of now-Attorney...
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Robert C. Koehler
Classified America: Why Is the US Public Allowed to Know So Little?
For a journalist — especially one covering government and politics — the most suspicious, least trustworthy word in the language ought to be: “classified.” As the drama continues to swirl around...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Jim Naureckas
Asking Questions of Government Figures Is Not a Crime
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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Ted Glick
It's Time to Build a Trump Impeachment Campaign
I have some experience with campaigns to impeach Presidents. In October 1973, in response to Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre—the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and the forced resignations...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
We Must Have a Special Prosecutor
So Donald Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director mistreated Hillary Clinton last summer over her use of private emails. Stop laughing. Trump takes us for chumps. The Republic is nothing to...
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Sarah Anderson
If Washington Won’t Rein In Corporate Greed, Your State Might
Josh Elliott is fed up with overpaid CEOs. As the owner of a Connecticut natural foods market with 40 employees, he says he could never justify pocketing hundreds of times more pay than his employees...
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Jody Williams
Women Fight Back: From Survive to Thrive
The rising backlash against women’s rights, as well as that against activists of all stripes, was infused with new and terrifyingly overt vigor with the campaigning tactics of Donald Trump leading up...
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Ben Lilliston
Who Will Trump Side With on Paris Climate Decision?
In the coming weeks, various factions within the White House will debate whether the U.S. should leave the Paris climate agreement - the global plan signed by nearly 200 countries to reduce...
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David Macaray
More Bad News for Organized Labor?
The Supreme Court will soon be ruling on the question of whether union contracts can legally include provisions where employees waive the right to join in class-action lawsuits. While unions and the...
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Libero Della Piana
When Protests Are Powerful, The Powerful Punish Protest
When people feel powerless – locked out of decision-making, bypassed by real governance – they turn to protest. Especially for the disenfranchised and oppressed, protest is often the only way to...
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Will Bunch
Trump's Tuesday Night Massacre Puts U.S. on 'Banana Republic' Brink
The Tuesday Night Massacre doesn't have quite the right ring, but then the sequel is almost never as satisfying as the original. Nearly 44 years ago, Richard Nixon touched off what many of us had...
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Elizabeth Goitein
The Constitutional Rubicon of an Assange Prosecution
If you were tuning in and out of FBI Director James Comey’s hearing before the House Intelligence Committee last Wednesday, you probably got an earful about Comey’s public statements on Clinton’s use...
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Robin Shulman
The Muslim Ban Is a Muslim Ban, the ACLU Argued in Court
As the gavel sounded on Monday afternoon, the Richmond, Virginia, courtroom quieted. In a room of rich green carpet, great hanging chandeliers, and dark wood, the Fourth Circuit prepared to listen to...
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Mark Weisbrot
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Macron is Just the Beginning of a New Fight for France and Europe
The media response to the French election reads like some people had too much cannabis. From the first paragraph of a front page news analysis of the New York Times : “It was globalization against...
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Michael Corcoran
Trump Uses Power of FCC to Pay Back Friends at Sinclair Broadcasting
Monday morning, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the conservative media behemoth that owns more local news stations than any other company in the country, just got even bigger. It announced it was buying...
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Juan Cole
NSAgate: Trump Was Warned (by Yates and Obama), and Yet He Persisted
The Trump administration is running as hard and fast as it can away from Michael Flynn, whom Trump briefly appointed National Security adviser. But the facts of this case implicate Trump and his high...
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Julie Chinitz
What's At Stake When We Talk About Healthcare
All across the country, citizens at town hall meetings are asking hard questions to the 217 Republicans like New York’s John Faso and Elise Stefanik who voted in Congress to repeal Obamacare. People’...
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William Hartung
The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker
When Donald Trump wanted to “do something” about the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria, he had the U.S. Navy lob 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield ( cost : $89 million). The strike...
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Mary Ellen Kustin
Are Industry Interests Behind President Trump’s Attack on National Monuments?
On April 26, President Donald Trump launched an attack on national parks, public lands, and waters. His executive order called on U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to “review” the 54 national...
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Dean Baker
Financial Transactions Taxes: Job Killing Robots for the Wall Street Hedge Fund Crew
Last week, Representative Peter DeFazio reintroduced his financial transactions tax (FTT) proposal . The bill would impose a tax 0.03 percent on trades of stock, bonds, options, and other derivative...
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John Light
Trump’s Bogus Reason for Bailing on the Paris Agreement
Donald Trump looks as if he is preparing to pull out of the Paris Agreement. After months of delayed and rescheduled meetings on the topic, the administration has suggested it will make its official...
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Monday, May 8, 2017
Rainey Reitman
Launching DearFCC: The Best Way to Submit Comments to the FCC about Net Neutrality
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has made a dangerous proposal to destroy the FCC’s net neutrality rules—the very same rules that keep Internet providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from choosing which...
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Christine Berry
What Would It Look Like to Build a Politics That’s Open to People But Closed to Big Money?
When it comes to Brexit, Labour is caught between a rock and a hard place. With both the party and its electoral base divided, and passions running high on both sides, it simply can’t match the...
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Les Leopold
Obama Shows Why Wall Street Has Two Parties And We Have None
Just as Donald Trump mortgages the White House to Goldman Sachs, Barack Obama does a Hillary: He agrees to take $400,000 from Wall Street to give one speech. Obama will make as much money in one hour...
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Robert Reich
A Shameless GOP and the Moral Travesty of Trumpcare
Shame on every one of the 217 Republicans who last Thursday voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and substitute basically nothing. Trumpcare isn’t a replacement of the Affordable Care Act. It’s a...
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Andrew Bacevich
What Obsessing About You-Know-Who Causes Us To Miss
Donald Trump's election has elicited impassioned affirmations of a renewed commitment to unvarnished truth-telling from the prestige media. The common theme: you know you can’t trust him , but trust...
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Robert Dodge
A Question for Republicans on Trumpcare: Who Would Jesus Kill?
The Republican controlled house of representatives finally executed their plan to take health care insurance away from Americans and in so doing initiated a death sentence for thousands of Americans...
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Mary Bottari
Weaponized Philanthropy: Document Trove Details Bradley Foundation’s Efforts to Build Right-Wing "Infrastructure" Nationwide
Documents examined by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) expose a national effort funded by the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to assess and expand right-wing “...
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Sunday, May 7, 2017
Elizabeth West
What About the Kids? Conversations on Parenting in Dark Times
For many of us, it is insanely difficult to wrap our hearts and minds around the prospects which lie ahead for humanity. The list of potential calamities is long and varied, and the scenarios that...
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Michael Haas
Why the United States Should Negotiate in Good Faith with North Korea
The United States is technically still at war with North Korea. No peace agreement has been signed despite repeated requests from Pyongyang for high-level negotiations. Former presidents Carter and...
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Christopher Brauchli
White House Visitors
A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad. . . . — Albert Camus, Resistance, Rebellion, and Death A number of readers have written me...
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John LaForge
United States Says ‘Yes’ to Nuclear Weapons Tests, ‘No’ to a Nuke Ban Treat
Twice in seven days the United States shot nuclear-capable long-range missiles toward the Marshall Islands, but the same government refused in March to join negotiations for a new treaty banning...
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Pierre Tristam
France’s Answer To Trumpism: Non, Merci
Before you go to sleep Sunday you will have learned a new name, the name at least six or seven of your fellow-Americans already know: Emmanuel Macron. He will have been elected president of France,...
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Saturday, May 6, 2017
Adam Parsons
It’s Time to Reawaken the Spirit of Occupy for the Starving Millions
The world is now facing an unprecedented emergency of hunger and famine, with a record number of people requiring life-saving food and medical assistance in 2017. Since the start of this year, the...
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Ann Wright
How the United States Ultimately Talks with Its “Enemies”
Enemies of the United States come and go, but the longer they espouse revolutionary ideals and thus defy the United States, the longer they stay enemies. Eventually, U.S. officials try other...
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John Hawes
Our Media Problem is Deeper than We Admit
The roots of our media dysfunction are deeply embedded in the ethos of the country, and always have been. We are -- in our dominant value system, our historical behavior, and even to some extent in...
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Michael Winship
America’s Health Is in the Hands of GOP Frat Boys
This just in: Health care is not a game. It’s a matter life or death for millions and millions of Americans. But you sure wouldn’t know it from watching Donald Trump and House Republicans celebrate...
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Norman Solomon
Killer Drones in the Empire State
At dusk I stood on a residential street with trim lawns and watched planes approach a runaway along the other side of a chain-link fence. Just a few dozen yards away, a JetBlue airliner landed. Then...
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John Atcheson
Why Progressives Need a Long-term Strategy, Built on Values
Ever since Trump got elected, there’s been a lot of talk about resistance. As the country marked Trump’s first 100 days, it reached a crescendo. Then Republicans in the House passed Trump care—one of...
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Betsy Hartmann
Time for a Trump Carnage Index
In his book Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic , psychiatrist James Gilligan describes structural violence as “the increased rates of death and disability suffered by those who occupy the...
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Friday, May 5, 2017
Cynthia Khoo
How Public Participation Saved Canada's Internet (Or: What Happens When Decision-Makers Actually Listen)
Canada was also all abuzz with Net Neutrality news last week, and for the completely opposite reason: Our communications regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (...
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Tighe Barry
Convicted for Protesting Jeff Sessions is No Laughing Matter
On May 1st, I stood on trial for having “greeted” Jeff Sessions in Congress before the start of his confirmation hearing in January. I was convicted along with my fellow activists, Lenny Bianchi and...
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Matt Cagle, Chris Conley
Why Did the Government Search an Artist’s iPhone at the Border?
In late February, Aaron Gach was returning to the United States from Brussels. An artist and activist, he had been abroad exhibiting works about mass incarceration, government control, and political...
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John Nichols
History Will Remember These 217 House Republicans for Their Inhumanity
N orth Carolina Congressman Ted Budd cast an indefensible vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with legislation that is so awful that Budd’s fellow Republicans were caught scheming...
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Peter Dreier
Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Our Children, and the Future
Every day, every minute, someone in the world is singing a Pete Seeger song. The songs he wrote, including the antiwar tunes, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Turn! Turn!...
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Neal Gabler
The Sham Presidency
Presidencies are often defined by images: FDR delivering his reassuring fireside chats; Harry Truman speaking from the back of his campaign train, whistle stopping in 1948 and giving ‘em hell; JFK...
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Victor Pickard
It’s Not Too Late To Save Net Neutrality From a Captured FCC
T he Federal Communications Commission has once again become industry’s servant. Ajit Pai, the former Verizon lawyer and current Trump-appointed FCC chairman, has ushered in a virulent strain of...
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Ezra Rosser
#Trumpcare and the Successful Campaign to Punish the Poor
As the Senate takes up health care reform, it is important to highlight the ways in which the Affordable Care Act differs from unpopular welfare programs. Republican politicians are using the health...
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RoseAnn DeMoro
Did the Marquis de Sade Write This Health Care Bill?
Even the great Stephen King might find this story implausible. Republican leaders in the House and White House wanted to implement a massive tax cut for the wealthiest Americans (the health care bill...
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Thursday, May 4, 2017
Robert Greenstein
I Have Never Seen Lawmakers So Deeply Hurt So Many of Their Own Constituents
House Republican lawmakers voted today to add more than 20 million Americans to the ranks of the uninsured; require millions more people to pay thousands of dollars more each year for coverage and...
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Kristine Beckerle
U.S. Officials Risk Complicity in War Crimes in Yemen
A well being dug in a small village in Yemen was nearing completion last September when it was bombed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. The bomb hit the workers’ shelter, killing six men and...
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Dana Floberg
Defending Democracy and Democratic Communications
Trump is attacking our communication rights on nearly every front. In its first 100 days, his administration has stripped away online privacy protections, expanded social media surveillance at the...
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John Dower
Terror Is in the Eye of the Beholder
Some years ago, a newspaper article credited a European visitor with the wry observation that Americans are charming because they have such short memories. When it comes to the nation’s wars, however...
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David Korten
Why a Just and Sustainable Economy Looks Like a Doughnut
I see a lot of books presuming to explain what’s wrong with the economy and what to do about it. Rarely do I come across one with the consistent new paradigm frame, historical depth, practical...
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Rachel West
Congressional Democrats’ $15 Minimum Wage Bill, Explained
Last week, Democratic leaders in the Senate—including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Patty Murray, and Charles Schumer— announced legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024...
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Robert Reich
Trump's Unnecessary Cruelty
The theme that unites all of Trump’s initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty. 1. His new budget comes down especially hard on the poor – imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job...
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Robert C. Koehler
Drumming for Planet Earth
At the climate rally in Chicago last week, people started drumming in the rain. Pardon me while I walk uncertain ground here, looking for clues and connections in a smattering of unlikely places. The...
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Josh Bivens
Here's Why the Republican AHCA-But-Worse Plan Should Not Be Passed by the House Today
A vote in favor of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) today would be a vote to make the vast majority of Americans poorer, less healthy and more financially insecure. The AHCA would cost 24 million...
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Aviva Aron-Dine
$8 Billion Comes Nowhere Close to Meeting Republican Commitments to People with Pre-Existing Conditions
President Trump just two days ago promised that the Republican health care bill would be “every bit as good on pre-existing conditions as Obamacare,” [1] and many congressional Republicans have made...
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Mike Lofgren
‘I, for One, Welcome Our New Insect Overlords!’ How the Chattering Class Bully-Worships Trump
In his review of Bertrand Russell’s Power: A New Social Analysis , George Orwell wrote the following: “Bully-worship, under various disguises, has become a universal religion… ” Orwell may have...
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Isaiah Poole
Progressive Caucus Budget Turns Resistance Into Policy, Rebukes Trump
To people who argue that the resistance to President Trump amounts to protest without a plan, the Congressional Progressive Caucus has delivered a detailed and robust rebuke. Its fiscal 2018 budget...
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Mona Younis
Wanted: 1.5 Billion Immigrants
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump famously promised to deport every person living in this country without proper papers. I have another idea: The 11 million undocumented immigrants in...
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Hanif Hassan Al Qassim
Reflections on World Press Freedom Day
This year’s theme for the 2017 World Press Freedom Day “ Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies ” is one of the most important days...
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Raekyong Lee
Trump and the Rush to Deploy THAAD
The Korean police swarmed onto the golf course in Seongju, just 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, just before dawn on April 26. The officers pushed aside the dazed protesters and escorted a group of...
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Phoebe Wynn-Pope
People Are Looking Death In The Face While We Turn The Other Cheek
In 1992, just one generation ago, I witnessed the famine in Somalia where an estimated 220,000 people died. The images of suffering will stay with me forever. As famine raises its ugly head in Africa...
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Ralph Nader
It’s About Bringing Your Congress Back Home, Citizens!
The large marches, in Washington, DC and around the country, calling attention to importance of science and focusing on the calamitous impacts of climate change had impressive turnouts. But the...
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Richard Eskow
Who’s Behind the Billionaire PAC Targeting Elizabeth Warren?
America Rising, a billionaire-backed conservative group, is targeting Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts as she tours the country in support of her new book, according to a memo obtained by...
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Michael Winship
Don’t Know Much About History
Gene Tunney, the champion prizefighter of the 1920s, wanted to promote an image of himself as a great intellectual. Trying to prove it, he always carried in his pocket a copy of Shakespeare’s sonnets...
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Jim Hightower
Populism is Not About Mobs, Anti-Government Rants or Opinion Polls
If a political pollster asked whether I consider myself a conservative or a liberal, I'd answer, "No." Not to be cute — I have a bit of both in me — but because, like most Americans, my beliefs can't...
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Glenn Greenwald
Trump’s Support and Praise of Despots Is Central to the U.S. Tradition, Not a Deviation From It
Since at least the end of World War II, supporting the world’s worst despots has been a central plank of U.S. foreign policy, arguably its defining attribute. The list of U.S.-supported tyrants is...
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Brian Moench
Unmasking Our Cities From Air Pollution Will Require Local, State, and Federal Climate Solutions
With its pristine landscapes and world-class skiing, you might not expect to see Salt Lake City spotlighted in a global campaign on dirty air. Yet winter conditions trap pollution from vehicle...
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Mark Pocan
The People’s Budget, Not Trump’s Budget, Will Help Working Americans
After President Trump’s first 100 days in office, it’s clear that his promises to help the working class were little more than a campaign ploy. His dismantling of Obama-era regulations like the Fair...
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Nancy Altman
Social Security Has No Place In Budget Discussions
As Congress and the Trump Administration begin releasing their proposed budgets for FY18, Americans will be eager to know how their elected representatives fund important programs that they deserve...
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Juan Cole
Trump’s Real Sin in DC Is Not Distinguishing Between "Good" and "Bad" Dictators
Donald J. Trump’s peculiar comments about and relationship with dictators and loonies among foreign leaders have upset a range of observers, from sincere human rights activists to cold-blooded Think...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
What We Can Learn from Our ‘Radical’ Past
Author Gore Vidal liked to call this country “the United States of Amnesia.” Even more so than other places, our country has been formed not by what it chooses to remember of its own past, but by...
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Nomi Prins
The Empire Expands: Not the American One, But Trump’s
President Trump, his children and their spouses, aren’t just using the Oval Office to augment their political legacy or secure future riches. Okay, they certainly are doing that, but that’s not the...
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John Nichols
7 Things Donald Trump Gets Absolutely Wrong About Andrew Jackson
Is there some book where every wrong premise with regard to American history has been compiled? And, if so, how many copies does Donald Trump own? I ask this question with at least a measure of...
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Ramzy Baroud
The Prisoners’ Revolt: The Real Reasons behind the Palestinian Hunger Strike
Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison . The West Bank is a prison, too, segmented into various wards, known as areas A, B and C. In fact, all Palestinians are subjected to varied degrees of...
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Monday, May 1, 2017
Harvey Kaye
Time to Recall a Progressive ‘Truly Great’ First 100 Days
Franklin Roosevelt’s first “Hundred Days” of 1933, in which the newly-elected president and a Democratic-controlled Congress confronted the ravages of the Great Depression by enacting an...
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John Buell
Rural Consciousness and Democratic Politics
The loss of the so-called flyover states was the key—and very surprising—factor in Hillary Clinton's loss of last year's presidential election. Some pundits attributed the outcome to racism among...
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Heather Mallick
Why I Love Taxes — And So Should You
I love taxes. I even love paying them because they’re inarguable, which brings a kind of comfort in a shifting world. What Revenue Canada wants, Revenue Canada gets. Good for them. Unlike so many...
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Chris Hedges
Reign of Idiots
The idiots take over in the final days of crumbling civilizations. Idiot generals wage endless, unwinnable wars that bankrupt the nation. Idiot economists call for reducing taxes for the rich and...
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Robert Reich
The Authoritarian President
After more than 100 days into his presidency, it seems fair to ask: What is Donald Trump’s governing philosophy? He isn’t really a Republican (he didn’t join the GOP until 2012). He’s hardly a free-...
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Trita Parsi
Much Ado About Nothing: Politico’s Iran Deal Investigation Debunked
It is a sign of the times that when we need to march in defense of facts, of women deserving equal rights, and of science not being a Chinese conspiracy, we also have to defend something as self-...
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Norman Solomon
How the Russia Spin Got So Much Torque
A new book about Hillary Clinton’s last campaign for president—“ Shattered ,” by journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes—has gotten a lot of publicity since it appeared two weeks ago. But major...
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Paul Buchheit
The Absurd Amount of Entitlements That Go to Rich People
Many wealthy Americans complain about the amount of government subsidies going to the poor. Their complaints demonstrate ignorance, or greed, or a total lack of fair-mindedness, or a combination of...
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Sunday, April 30, 2017
Michele Swenson
Health Care Reform: Commercial Multi-Payer vs. Public Single-Payer Health Insurance
Washington health care “reform” has become one more vehicle for the continued 40-year wealth transfer upward. Recent Republican proposals offer $600 B in tax cuts for the wealthiest, paid for by $840...
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Janet Redman
100 Percent Renewable Energy Bill – A First Foot Forward
This week, Sens. Merkley (D-OR) and Sanders (I-VT) launched a bill that takes a huge step toward aligning government policy with what climate science tells us is necessary – a transition to a 100%...
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Eric Margolis
Prez Trump: You Can't Fight the Whole World
Maybe the president believes he’s won a great victory over the wicked Syrians by lobbing cruise missiles at one of their underused air bases. Maybe Trump believes that he’s scared the evil Russians...
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Truls Gulowsen
In Norway, A Growing Movement Builds an Oil-Free Future
As a Norwegian, I admit to being kind of proud to see Norway at the top of the UN’s latest global happiness index . And the ranking makes sense: We’re blessed with snow, water, and mountains,...
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John Nichols
The Right Way to Amend the Constitution
The U.S. Constitution should be amended to defend democracy. It needs: 1. An amendment to renew and restore the historic American understanding that corporations are not people and that citizens (and...
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Reed Richardson
100 Days of Media Hoping for a New, Improved Trump
Nearly 100 days into the Trump presidency, corporate media are still struggling to reckon with the man that occupies the White House. An administration so proudly reckless in its actions and so...
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