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Saturday, July 6, 2019
President Donald Trump Eric Levitz
Democrats Should Be Nervous About Trump's Already Extraordinarily Well-Funded Reelection Effort
Trump's novel weaknesses may ultimately dwarf his newfound strengths. But Democrats shouldn't bank on it
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prison Kiana Calloway
I Spent 16 Months in Solitary Confinement and Now I'm Fighting to End It
The need for reform is urgent. Because putting people in dehumanizing situations pushes them to do dehumanizing things
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Friday, July 5, 2019
We must build and popularize an ideology and culture that offer a solution other than hate and scapegoating to the woes experienced by the poor and dispossessed—and amplify the theories and strategies that exist among popular movements today. (Remko de Waal/Getty-AFP) Celina della Croce
How Working-Class Movements Are Moving Beyond the Confines of Capitalism
We must rebuild the imagination of the working class and combat the capitalist narrative that has made it easier for us to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller arrives to make a statement about the Russia investigation on May 29, 2019 at the Justice Department. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Bill Blum
Here Are 10 Questions Congress Should Ask Robert Mueller
Given the chance the lawmakers will soon have, here's what I would ask
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Extinction Rebellion climate change activists lie on the floor as they perform a mass "die in" in the main hall of the Natural History Museum in London on April 22, 2019, on the eighth day of the environmental group's protest calling for political change to combat climate change. - Climate change protesters who have brought parts of London to a standstill said Sunday they were prepared to call a halt if the British government will discuss their demands. Some 963 arrests have been made and 42 people charged Aidan O'Sullivan
Civil Disobedience and Policing in the Anthropocene
How will the police respond to environmental direct action groups like Extinction Rebellion as climate breakdown reaches critical mass?
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The Ferry Building is seen as crowds march up Market Street during the "Rise For Climate" global action on September 8, 2018 in downtown San Francisco, California. - "Rise For Climate" is a global day of action demanding real climate solutions from local leaders. (Photo by Amy Osborne / AFP) David Suzuki
Yes, We Can Resolve the Climate Crisis
We’re at a pivotal point.
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President Donald Trump speaks during the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. Michael Winship
Trump's Big, Wet Fourth of July Picnic
Photobombing the nation's annual portrait.
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A Souvenir shop selling figurine dolls of US President Donald Trump seen on April 10, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Amer Ghazzal / Barcroft Images (Photo: Amer Ghazzal / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Eugene Robinson
Teeny, Tiny Trump on the Fourth of July
The president tried to make Independence Day all about him. He ended up looking small.
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Thursday, July 4, 2019
Trump doesn’t understand that the ways Americans express their patriotism are as diverse as our nation. (Photo: Pixabay/CC0) Peter Dreier, Dick Flacks
Progressive Patriotism for July 4
As both a candidate and as president, Trump has consistently confused patriotism and nationalism
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Carbon farming on an orhanic farm. (Photo: Elizabeth Henderson) Elizabeth Henderson
Unfair Food Pricing Is Killing Family Farms and Regenerative Farming
Neoliberal free-trade policies that favor aggregated seed, food and chemical corporations prevent family-scale farms that use regenerative practices from profiting. We need a fair Green New Deal now.
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Jeff Jorgenson looks over a partially flooded field he farms near Shenandoah, Iowa, May 29, 2019. (Photo: AP Photo/Nati Harnik) Maywa Montenegro, Annie Shattuck
US Agriculture Needs a 21st-Century New Deal
We have urged Congress to use the proposed Green New Deal to promote a just transition in agriculture
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Ideologically he was resolutely against the thrust of four decades of a turbo-charged neoliberal capitalism. (Photo: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
The Plot to Keep Jeremy Corbyn Out of Power
As the establishment’s need to keep him away from power has grown more urgent and desperate so has the nature of the attacks
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Soaring inequality is not an economic inevitability—it’s not about the “inexorable” forces of globalization or technological change. (Photo: Flickr/mSeattle. CC BY 2.0.) Tim Koechlin
The Rich Get Richer, and Richer Still: Soaring Inequality in the US and Why it Matters
There are powerful forces out there fighting with all of their might and all of their abundant resources to preserve the status quo
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Something about the commonality of simple summer joys being shared from generation to generation was oddly comforting. Donna Smith
This 4th of July, We Will Still Hold Some Truths to Be Self-Evident
The promise of our shared interests in anything close to attainment of our declared values and reason for being is lost to us unless we all stand together
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We cannot prepare to kill others without first dehumanizing them. (Photo: flickr/cc/Takver) Robert C. Koehler
Trouble at the Border
It’s about a culture of militarism, which, unavoidably, equals a culture of racism
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Climate change activists take part in the international Strike for Climate protest in Los Angeles on May 24, 2019. (Photo: Getty/Frederic J. Brown) Jeff Biggers
Climate Strike: Youth Activism Is Giving Their Parents' Generation a Second Chance
I've been writing about climate change for 20 years. But my teenage sons have given my work a new meaning
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That collective imagination, that boldness to dream, is exactly what is needed in this moment of national crisis when families and children are being detained at the border, kept in squalid conditions and held, in what Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rightly calls, concentration camps. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Eric W. Maroney
An Open Letter to Randi Weingarten and the American Federation of Teachers Regarding the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border
Let us carry the torch reignited by the CTU and the UTLA to illuminate the collective imagination and the bold dream for justice
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Abolish ICE means many things. Above all, it is a proclamation that a better world is possible. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Natascha Elena Uhlmann
What Does It Mean to Abolish ICE?
Our demand is not a return to the so-called civility of the Obama years, but an unapologetic end to an apparatus that preemptively criminalizes migration, and enforces a hierarchy based on the accident of birth
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Jill Richardson
How Do You Celebrate a Flawed Nation?
To love America is to love the movements that have fought for centuries to make it better
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Members of the US military are seen next to a Bradley Fighting Vehicle as preparations are made for the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event with US President Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, July 3, 2019, which will feature flyovers by the Blue Angels, an airplane used as Air Force One, as well as military demonstrations and a speech by Trump. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright
Trump Celebrates Himself on July 4th
This isn't the first time a U.S. president has militarized Fourth of July celebrations for cynical and political purposes, but hopefully it's the last
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Wednesday, July 3, 2019
This administration is moving full speed toward atrocity and the government-sanctioned traumatization of an entire community. (Photo: Shutterstock) Lizet Ocampo
Our Immigrant Prisons Are an Atrocity
Children are suffering and dying. Enough is enough.
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Iranians and Americans alike deserve diplomacy, not war — and that includes war by economic means. (Photo: Shutterstock) Mina Shahinfar
What Sanctions Mean for My Iranian-American Family
As innocent people suffer, break-ins are on the rise—including at my grandparents’ house
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Bonnie Castillo
Medicare for All Means Real Choice: One Health Card, Good Anywhere You Go
You can go to any doctor, any hospital or clinic or other provider you prefer. All networks are gone. So are all surprise medical bills. So are all out of network charges. So are all premiums, all deductibles, all co-pays for such basics as emergency care, doctor's visits, mental health, dental,...
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Supporters of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders supporters cheer and chat outside the James Clyburns World Famous Fish Fry in Columbia, South Carolina June 21, 2019. (Photo:  Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) John Atcheson
It's Time to Redefine Left, Right, and Especially "Center" in US Politics
The chorus of people warning against the dangers of drifting to the left are being duped by a well-funded, Madison Avenue-style campaign that has been decades in the making
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Wolves are intelligent, closely bonded animals who play a vital role in nature. (Photo: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) Suzanne Stone
Trump Wants to Remove Federal Protections for Wolves: Idaho’s Example Shows Why This Is a Terrible Idea
There’s still time to speak out against national wolf delisting by adding your public comment by July 15
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We are doing this to ourselves. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
June Hottest Month on Record, As Antarctica Melts: Top 3 Signs We are Cooking the Planet . . .and Ourselves
We need to elect politicians who will address the problem systematically, with massive infrastructure
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From 2007 to today, the number of American dairy farms dwindled from 70,000 to only 40,000, and most of them are imperiled. (Photo: Andrea Seaman/flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
The Devastation of Farm Country Is Biting Us All on the Butt
Today's catastrophe is far more desperate than outsiders know—and is caused by another perfect storm of corporate monopolization, financial manipulation and rigged ag policies
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 I guess even when you’re trying to pitch your candidate as the unifier of all classes, it’s best not to mention them all. (Photo: Detroit News depiction of Pete Buttigieg at the Miami debates.) Jim Naureckas
Buttigieg Goes for Big Bucks as NYT Oversells His Small-Donor Support
In the case of Buttigieg, the two main sources of funds seem to be the tech industry—and the financial industry, that traditional source of funds for corporate-oriented Democrats
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San Francisco school officials are expected to decide whether to destroy or keep the historic mural at George Washington High School, photographed in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. The historic mural depicts the treatment of American Indians and African Americans. (Photo: Yalonda M. James / SF Chronicle) Peter Dreier
With Move to Destroy or Cover Mural, San Francisco's 'Progressive' School Board Is Embarrassing Itself
The school board should keep its hands off the mural, because we cannot learn about our nation's history of cruelty and oppression if we destroy depictions of it
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Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Lesbians and self-described dykes have, for many years, marched on the day before the big parade. The Dyke March is always a raucous, disobedient alternative to the staid and commercial official Pride Parade.  (Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images) Laura Flanders
Love and Rights: Contingent or Unconditional?
Are rights things to be granted by the powerful to the deserving few, contingent on their obedience, someone’s convenience and adherence to the prevailing rules and conventions?
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Given our seemingly imminent demise, it is time we dial up the type of radical change these prior movements delivered. (Photo: Flickr/ChrisA1995/cc) Thomas Linzey
The Meek Be Damned on Global Warming
Two ideas that could save us and the planet: community democracy in the name of sustainability, and the rights of nature
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The pharmaceutical industry and its supporters in Congress try to pretend that we couldn’t possibly develop new drugs without the incentive of patent monopolies. (Photo: Chris Potter/flickr/cc) Dean Baker
Why Aren’t the Democrats Talking About Ending Patent-Financed Drug Research?
It would be nice to see Democrats propose plans that would stop the government from making drugs expensive in the first place
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"Strength Through Peace: How Demilitarization Led to Peace and Happiness in Costa Rica, and What the Rest of the World can Learn From a Tiny, Tropical Nation." (Photo: Sage Ross/flickr/cc) Ralph Nader
Highly Recommended Books for 2019 Summer Reading
Ralph Nader's book recommendations
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This country was ruined by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan it lost long ago. (Photo: Debra Sweet/flickr/cc) Pierre Tristam
Bomb Iran? Pass.
Let’s not tempt a third loss against a country whose history outlasts ours by about 6,000 years, all because Saudi Arabia is trying to pimp the United States into fighting its religious war
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 As late as 2007 he called busing a "liberal train wreck" in an autobiography. (Photo: Illustrated | REUTERS/Jim Young, EvgVect/iStock, -slav-/iStock) Ryan Cooper
Joe Biden's Record on Race Is Even Worse Than Kamala Harris Lets On
When African-Americans arguably needed his help the most—Biden has repeatedly wielded his power to devastate the black community
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With candidates looking to distinguish themselves in a crowded Democratic primary, Booker may have done just that and secured himself valuable campaign cash to fuel his presidential campaign. (Photo: Ben Chouake) Eli Clifton
Cory Booker’s Foreign Policy Echoes His Biggest Donors
Either Booker is echoing his biggest donors or he is coincidentally out of step with the Democratic Party and aligned with NORPAC, which just happens to be based in his home state of New Jersey
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 It is time to change the narrative around Iran. (Photo: Shutterstock) Patrick Hiller
Iranians Are Not Our Enemies
When foreign policy as we know it isn’t working, creative citizen diplomacy can step in to humanize the real people who would be most impacted by war
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A Japanese-American internment camp in Colorado (Photo: Shutterstock) Harry Blain
American Concentration Camps, Then and Now
When human beings are framed as a national security threat, barbed wire is the next logical step. But unlike during the Japanese internment, today there’s high-level political resistance
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We’re everywhere, remarkably well funded and well armed and ready to face off against the aggressors and provocateurs of this planet. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
We’re Not the Good Guys
Why is American aggression missing in action?
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The real problem with our existing currencies and financial arrangements, which serve as a means of payment as well as a store of value, is the lack of competition among and regulation of the companies that control transactions.(Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images) Joseph Stiglitz
Thumbs Down to Facebook’s Cryptocurrency
Only a fool would trust Facebook with his or her financial wellbeing. But maybe that’s the point: with so much personal data on some 2.4 billion monthly active users, who knows better than Facebook just how many suckers are born every minute?
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About 60 percent of all the wealth in America today is inherited. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Abolish the Billionaires!
The cost to our democracy of billionaires with enough wealth and power to dictate the rules of capitalism for their own benefit is incalculable
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If the West goes to war with Iran, the planet cooks. (Photo: Thiago Santos/cc/flickr) Christopher Warren
Trump's War With Iran Would Be a Climate Disaster—Why Peace and Climate Justice Are the Same Project
We must come to the position that opposing war and fighting for a safe climate are no longer categorically separate things, entailing separate actions
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Monday, July 1, 2019
 In this photo illustration, a visual representation of digital cryptocurrency coins sit on display in front of a Facebook logo on June 24, 2019 in Paris, France. Since the announcement of its creation last week, the virtual currency of Facebook Libra fascinates as much as it worries. (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images) Prabir Purkayastha
Facebucks Are the Last Thing the World Needs
Just what is the social media giant up to?
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A Palestinian woman steps on a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner during a protest against Bahrain's workshop for U.S. Middle East peace plan, in Gaza City, June 25, 2019. (Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
Exactly Like Its Predecessors, Trump’s Peace Plan Has Been Designed to Fail
The Palestinians may have refused this time to stumble into the trap set by the president and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, but they will find themselves the fall guys, whatever happens
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Chuck Collins
Bernie Sanders Is Right: 3 Billionaires Really Do Have More Wealth Than Half of America
And in addition to the 3 billionaires Bernie mentioned, we should also be worried about the expanding fortunes of multi-generational wealth dynasties
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Fran Quigley
'If Grandma Is on the Table, No One Will Blink at the Price': A Former Drug Company Manager Explains Industry Price-Setting
Frances Leath no longer works in management for pharmaceutical industry giant Eli Lilly and Company, but she keeps tabs on the company where she spent the first 15 years of her career. She still...
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 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not seen) hold a joint press conference after their meeting in Tehran, Iran on June 12, 2019. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Reese Erlich
When It Comes to Iran, the So-Called 'Trump Doctrine' Is Sinking Fast
The Iranian government saw the president's vacillation as a sign of weakness, one journalist tells me, "Iran was ready to retaliate on an unbelievable scale."
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A portrait of US President Donald Trump burns during a demonstration in the capital Tehran on December 11, 2017 to denounce his declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (Photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images) Dilip Hiro
Under Trump, America's Global Standing at Record Low
Two years later, Trump has failed to reverse America's decline
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Anti-war demonstrators gather outside Downing Street on 26 June, 2019 in London, England, to call on the government to publicly oppose the escalation of conflict between Donald Trump's administration and Iran and demand that military action is ruled out. (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Phyllis Bennis
If War Breaks Out with Iran, It Won’t Be an Accident
A range of U.S. policies have been deliberately designed to provoke an Iranian response.
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People walk by a portrait of President Donald Trump that was completed by artist, Julian Raven at the Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on Friday March 01, 2019 in National Harbor, MD. (Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Integralism: The Shiny New Toy of the Right
A dangerous dissatisfaction with American life that borders on clinical paranoia and dictatorship.
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Traders gather around a post as they wait for shares of Slack to start trading at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), June 20, 2019 in New York City. The workplace messaging app Slack will list on the New York Stock Exchange this morning. Shares of Slack were surging more than 60 percent over its reference price in early afternoon trading. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
After Biden’s Sharp Decline, Wall Street Investors Reassessing Other Blue Chips
Like any other stock, Wall Street is looking for a winner it can own
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Sunday, June 30, 2019
Jeremy Brecher
The Green New Climate Deal
The next phase of the climate movement is here. It may provide a last opportunity that many of us thought we would never have.
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Reese Erlich
The 'Trump Doctrine' Is Sinking Fast
The Iranian government saw the president's vacillation as a sign of weakness, one journalist tells me, "Iran was ready to retaliate on an unbelievable scale."
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Juan Cole
Dear Trump: CO2 Is Polluting Our Atmosphere and Acidifying Our Water. They Aren't the 'Cleanest'
As usual, everything Trump said about renewable energy and the atmosphere was complete lies
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Jeffrey D. Sachs, Vanessa Fajans-Turner
Why Calling Bernie Sanders a 'Radical' Is Nonsense
It's time to stop labeling pragmatic solutions as radical and out of reach
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Jane Regan
In Haiti, Washington Meddling Missed by Press
If this were Venezuela, elite media journalists and commentators would be all over the story
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Saturday, June 29, 2019
Katie Halper
How NYT Reporter Sydney Ember Uses Corporate Sources to Attack Bernie Sanders
Ember is supposed to write reported articles, not op-eds, but she consistently paints a negative picture of Sanders temperament, history, policies and/or political prospects
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Shaun King
History Has Taught Us That Concentration Camps Should Be Liberated. We Can't Wait Until 2020.
This is why we say that cruelty is the point. It's not an accident. These systems are cruel by design.
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Ryan Costello
Why Is Booker Parroting Trump on Iran?
Trump has put the country back on the warpath. Just like the Paris Climate Accord, the Democrats should make clear that they are going to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, whether the Republicans like it or not
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Christopher Brauchli
Trump and Hitler: A Juxtaposition
It is a sad day for our country when comparisons between the leader of Nazi Germany and the president of the United States are apt
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speak at a press conference in Washington, D.C. Robert Reich
Dems Cave on the Border
A week of disgusting images at the border that repulsed a nation ended with Trump getting more money to carry out the same abuses, without accountability
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Friday, June 28, 2019
Abortion bans place people in danger, period, and Georgia’s is no exception. (Photo: Shutterstock) Talcott Camp
Georgia Tried to Ban Abortion, So We Sued
With this lawsuit, we and our partners are sending a clear message to those who passed this bill: they will not succeed
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By barring the federal courts’ oversight of partisan gerrymandering, the Supreme Court has made it harder to fight for fair maps. (Image: Circle Creative Studio) Yurij Rudensky, Annie Lo
Supreme Court Refuses to Stop Partisan Gerrymandering
With the Supreme Court shirking its responsibility, other strategies for getting fair maps are more important than ever
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Every class winds up deeper in debt than the last, with racial minorities and women hardest hit. (Photo: Getty) Astra Taylor
Canceling All College Debt Will Make Us Smarter and Richer
An erasure of all student loans currently on the books, would be a significant boon to GDP, boosting the economy by approximately $100 billion a year for at least 10 years, yielding lower unemployment rates, increased spending, and more
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The deaths of Oscar and Valeria remind us of what we know and cannot forget: Our border policies have consequences. (Photo:Getty) Juan Castillo
Image of Migrants Should Stir Our Outrage and Our Compassion
As difficult as it is to see, we cannot and should not turn away. If we become numb to this, we risk losing our soul.
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Once seeing the Green New Deal not as a choice but an investment in life itself, funding streams appear that were before invisible—many wielding the power to make our economy fairer, too. (Photo: @skenigsberg/Twitter) Frances Moore Lappé, Zachary Field
Who Can Afford a Green New Deal? We Can!
Let’s drop the false narrative of "unaffordability."
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Climate change isn’t just for policy makers—that there are things that you, Ms. or Mr. Everyday Person, can do! (Photo: NBC10) Will Bunch
Explosions! Floods! Cancer! What More Will It Take for Pa. to Ditch Fossil Fuels?
Let’s close the loop that started in 1859, and we’ll look back on June 21, 2019, not as a catastrophe but as the first day of Pennsylvania’s green and glorious new era
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Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) take part in the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, Peter Dreier
A Democratic Debate Report Card
It's not a list based on preference, but an assessment of how they performed over the last two nights
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Rosa Ramirez cries when shown photographs of her son, Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramírez, her granddaughter Valeria and her daughter-in-law Tania Vanessa Avalos while speaking to journalists at her home in El Salvador on Tuesday. (Photo: Antonio Valladares / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
As Immigrant Deaths Pile Up, We Need to Find Our Moral Compass
To Trump and his supporters, immigrants are not human
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If any of this makes you angry, there are ways to fight back against Saudi Arabia. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Saudi Arabia Erases Science, Blocks Progress at Bonn Climate Summit, Pushing Dirty Oil
Saudi Arabia’s oil is actually worthless because it is toxic to our planet, but the markets bestow on it a value because people are still driving gasoline cars
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Democratic presidential hopefuls (L-R) Former US Vice President Joseph R. Biden, US Senator for Vermont Bernie Sanders and US Senator for California Kamala Harris arrive on stage for the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 27, 2019. (Photo: Jim Watson/ AFP) Michael Winship
Over Two Nights, Democrats Start Building the Wall Against Trump
Who will rid us of this turbulent fake?
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Writer E. Jean Carroll recently accused President Donald Trump of assaulting her in a department store more than twenty years ago. (Photo: julieannesmo) Jud Lounsbury
Donald Trump, Rapist-In-Chief
If rape isn’t a "high crime and misdemeanor," what is?
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"The risk of nuclear war remains with us as long as these weapons exist," writes Dodge. "The only way to eliminate this risk is by the complete abolition of these weapons." Robert Dodge
Nuclear IQ, Presidential Debates, and Our Future
The formal debates for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President have begun this week. While there are many substantive topics that need to be covered, there are two existential threats that...
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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Robert Freeman
Why Do You Lie So Much?—and Eight Other Questions NBC's Chuck Todd Should Have Asked Trump
It is almost impossible to overstate the damage such boot-licking performances do to civic discourse, public trust, cultural norms, respect for journalism, and even constitutional government
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NATO-led airstrikes during the 2011 bombing of Libya. (Photo: Indy Media) Nick Turse
"What Does War Have to Do With Me?"
Combat viewed from the rooftops and beyond
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Ralph Nader
Which 2020 Democrat Will Go After Trump's Destructive Embrace of Corporate Socialism?
Our political economy is largely controlled by giant corporations and their political toadies. Today the concentration of power and wealth is staggering.
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Migrants detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in McAllen, Texas in 2018. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Jennifer Lunden
What Should We Do About Concentration Camps in Trump’s America?
Portland, Maine is welcoming a wave of migrants with kindness as the administration comes under fire for its cruelty at immigrant detention centers
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 When 10 people are "debating" multiple large policy topics, as we saw with the first Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night in Miami, you get about what you might expect: a mess. (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
The First Democratic Debate Was a Circus
Key policy questions were left hanging as the conversation flitted from topic to topic
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) David Dayen
Warren's Medicare for All Moment Was Critical
The 2020 candidate had been more equivocal on single-payer in the past. Not at the first debate.
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Both cases pull back the curtain on political power plays that are built on segregating the public to determine which major party is more likely to win office, and which slices of society have elected representatives with power to act on their behalf. (Photo: Phil Roeder/Flickr/cc) Steven Rosenfeld
The GOP Is Embracing More Ruthless Power Grabs in the Face of Huge Political Challenges
Expected Supreme Court rulings are just the tip of a bigger trend
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A bus transporting immigrants leaves a temporary facility at a US Border Patrol Station in Clint, Texas, on June 21, 2019. - Lawyers who were able to tour the facility under the Flores Settlement, which governs detention conditions for migrant children, said they witnessed inhumane conditions of overcrowding, and about 250 children being held over the limit of 72 hours, some saying they were there for weeks in overcrowded cells. (Photo: Paul Ratje / AFP) Robert C. Koehler
American Concentration Camps
No, they are not death camps. But, I fear, they are evolving.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks with reporters following the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon in the U.S. Capitol November 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Republicans in the Senate hope to pass their tax cut legislation this week and work with the House of Representatives to get a bill to President Donald Trump before Christmas. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Fred Wertheimer
Mitch 'The Grim Reaper' McConnell: Meet the Man Who Ruined the Senate
The Republican Majority Leader from Kentucky has made the Senate a legislative graveyard
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Reports of sickening conditions in children’s detention facilities, along with renewed threats by the administration to attack migrant families, have cast a dark shadow over the lives of families like mine. (Photo: Shutterstock) Kenia Alcocer
Fund Head Start, Not Internment Camps
One policy gives children lifelong benefits. The other destroys lives.
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The Poor People’s Campaign will embark on a nine-month nationwide campaign of raising awareness and voter registration beginning in September and culminating with a June 2020 Moral March on Washington. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter) Valerie Vande Panne
A Visionary Blueprint to End Poverty—A Moral Budget for 2020
Poor People’s Campaign and Institute for Policy Studies release a “Moral Budget,” ask 2020 candidates to end poverty
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Nancy J. Altman
Intergenerational Warfare Is a Scam—We Need to Expand Social Security and End Student Debt
Expanding retirement security, providing tuition-free public college, and the cancelling student debt should unite us all—not pit one generation against another
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He is a throwback to an earlier time, a time of liberal retreat. And he seems clueless about how much has changed since then, and how little his service as “Barack’s” avuncular, white wingman did to prepare us for the challenges we face. (Photo: Marc Nozell/cc/flickr) Jeffrey C. Isaac
On Being Very Much Against Biden Without Demonizing Him
Biden deserves to be called out, challenged, and defeated in the primary, because of his troubling stances on the politics of race and gender, because of his ties to Wall Street, and because of his general fecklessness. And yet...
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a 2014 San Francisco event in front of a screen showing one of the tech giant's early mottos, "Move Fast and Break Things." (Photo: Mike Deeroski / Flickr/CC BY 2.0) Ellen Brown
Facebook May Pose a Greater Danger Than Wall Street
"Libra might someday be recognized as a sovereign currency, with Facebook acting as a 'shadow bank' that could compete with the central banks of countries around the world."
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Think of big-time sports, the stuff that makes TV hum every season of the year, as now truly being, like Tiger himself, on the Trump Team where crime, bribery, and cheating of every sort is the order of the day.  (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Robert Lipsyte
How the Worst Values of Sports Are Taking Over America
From the ballpark to team Trump
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They are being charged with an extremely costly response in an era that—compliments of the neoliberal deregulators—places a premium on austerity and small government. (Photo: Screenshot) John Buell
Trump Is Deregulating the Nation Toward Disaster
What is unusual if not literally unique about the Trump presidency is the scope of the deregulatory initiatives, the willingness to expand federal power in behalf of its deregulatory agenda, and the explicit, emphasis on profits as the goal of deregulation
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A general view of a Israeli separated barrier between the Palestinian town of Biet Jala and Jerusalem on May 14. (Photo: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA-EFE/REX) James Zogby, Mel Levine
Jared Kushner’s Bahrain Conference Won’t Work
Palestinians have been down this road before, and they know that unless there is a political horizon that provides for an end to the occupation and the freedom and independence they need to grow their economy, they will not prosper
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In Lawton, Oklahoma, Satsuki Ina, right, and other Japanese Americans who were held in concentration camps as children hold photos of themselves to protest the Fort Sill military base, currently housing 1,400 migrant children. (Photo: J Pat Carter/Getty Images) Julia Travers
20 Ways You Can Help Immigrants Now
While Congress stalls, you can take other kinds of actions to help immigrants in transition, in detention, and in crisis
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Rather than punish Iran, the United States should immediately return to the Iran nuclear agreement and support proposals regularly advanced at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty conferences for a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in the Middle East. (Graphic: NIAC/Twitter) Kathy Kelly
An Honorable Course in Iran: End Sanctions, Resume Dialogue
The greatest outlier in terms of possessing nuclear weapons is the U.S.
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 President Donald Trump hands his pen to Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Mick Mulvaney (front-L), after signing an executive order entitled, 'Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch', beside members of his cabinet in the Oval Office of the White House on March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also pictured are Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon (2-L), Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (3-L), US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (4-L), Secreta Mike Lofgren
Reverse Darwinian Selection Afflicts Trump’s Washington
This administration always chooses the worst and the dumbest
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
The two largest private prison companies, GEO Group and CoreCivic, have seen business swell due to increased ICE detention of immigrants. (Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP Photo) Kalena Thomhave
Banning Private Prisons—and Prisoner Exploitation
Elizabeth Warren’s newest plan goes beyond limiting the private role in mass incarceration, and seeks to prevent corporate abuse of vulnerable inmates
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Corn bursts from a grain bin which was soaked with floodwater on March 23 near Union, Nebraska. Damage estimates from flooding in Nebraska top $1 billion. (Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images)  Karthik Ganapathy
Florida Is Burning. The Midwest Is Flooding. Why Aren't Democrats Debating Climate?
Miami hit its highest temperature ever recorded in the same week Democrats arrived for the first presidential debate. This isn't rocket science.
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Julie Hollar
WaPo Doesn’t Want Voters to Know Medicare for All Will Cut Their Health Costs
Healthcare consistently ranks as one of the top issues for Democratic voters, so helping those voters understand Democratic presidential candidates’ positions on healthcare ought to be a key job for...
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In 1953, the U.S.—with the UK—overthrew the democratically elected government of Mohammed Mossadeq and over the course of the next two decades provided full support to the unpopular government of the shah of Iran. (Photo: Shutterstock) Vijay Prashad
The Hybrid War Against Iran
Sanctions, the information war, and the American sabotage
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A demonstrator with a sign reading "Impeach now" takes part in Trumps Birthday Protest in front of the Trump International Tower, June 14, 2019 in New York City. - A group of activists protested against his immigration policy. (Photo: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images) Miles Mogulescu
Nancy Pelosi's Anti-Impeachment Stance Makes Increasingly Less Sense With Each Passing Day
The House Speaker's position only makes Democrats appear weak and unprincipled. And appearing weak and unprincipled is, by definition, bad politics.
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In 2018, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft spent 70.9 million dollars on lobbying and supporting candidate. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Why We Need to Break Up Big Tech
Monopolies aren’t good for anyone except for the monopolists, especially when they can influence our elections and control how Americans receive information
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Aaron David Miller (New America via Flickr) Robert Wright
When NPR Is More Dangerous Than Fox News
When you tune in to "mainstream" media, you may think you’re getting an objective account when in fact you’re getting an account that’s biased in favor of war—just biased in subtler, harder-to-detect ways than the accounts on Fox News
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