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Monday, November 23, 2020
Count on this: the militarization of American society and the "thank-you-for-your-service" fetishization of American soldiers will continue to thrive, exhibit A being the way Biden now closes almost any speech with "May God protect our troops." (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images) Danny Sjursen
What If They Called an Election and Nothing Changed in the War State?
Foreign policy, sacred cows, and the U.S. Military.
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Former Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy prepares to testify during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on "NATO at 70: An Indispensable Alliance" on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Norman Solomon
Hey Joe, Where You Going With That Pentagon in Your Hands?
The pernicious and lucrative aspects of military madness are personified in the favorite to be Biden’s Defense Secretary.
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American democracy will continue to be endangered by House and Senate Republicans who lack the moral courage to do what’s right. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Profiles in Cowardice
Most elected Republicans in Washington are failing the test by refusing to stand up to Trump. Their cowardice is one of the worst betrayals of public trust in the history of our republic.
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Sunday, November 22, 2020
Peter Bohmer
The 2020 Election and What We Should Do Now
We shouldn't give Biden any breathing room and wait to see what he does before acting. We need to build campaigns and social movements and mass action in the streets for progressive policies.
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Tracey L. Rogers
Black Voters Saved Our Democracy
Black voters waited in 10-hour lines to show up for Joe Biden. Now Biden needs to return the favor.
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Sam Pizzigati
The Rain on Our Yes-We-Now-Have-a-Vaccine! Parade
What could be better than a drug that can stop Covid? A society that doesn’t let some make billions off a drug millions can’t access
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Isabella Breda
How Norway Built an Economy That Puts People First
The national ethos of economic equity was decades in the making.
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Jeffrey C. Isaac
Smart Commentators Must Stop Minimizing Trump's Ongoing Threat To This Election
How far will Donald Trump go to stay in power, and how far will enough of his supporters—in Congress, in the military and police, and in the street—go to keep him in power?
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Saturday, November 21, 2020
Juan Cole
At G20, Only India Is On Track to Meet Goals for Keeping Global Heating to 3.6° F
Although most of India's electricity and heating now comes from carbon-intensive coal, the country has big plans to transition to renewables.
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Ted Snider
When Coups Come Home
"As the solution to every foreign election that didn't turn out the way the American government wanted it to was a coup, so when the American election didn't turn out the way the American government wanted it to, the solution was an attempted coup."
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Riva Enteen
Don't [Mourn] Celebrate, Organize!
"That Biden's win against the unstable racist was close is damning enough. What is more damning is that he's promised that "nothing will fundamentally change," so the utter bankruptcy of the Democrats will be glaring."
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Ralph Nader
Trump's Massive, Lawless, and Immoral Legacy to Our Country Will Continue Unless...
"It is difficult to overestimate the continuing harm to our beleaguered democracy and its people, should Trump and his cohorts not be brought to justice."
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Christopher Brauchli
"Just 10 days after the trump learned that his lease on the White House would not be extended beyond January 20, 2021, a federal court ruled that the trump efforts to reduce the number of DACA recipients in the country was invalid."
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Friday, November 20, 2020
These are lives lost, lives turned upside down, forever changed by storms made much worse by climate change. But these storms are not alone this year.  (Photo: NOAA) Andy Rowell
Crisis, What Climate Crisis? Oil Majors Still Sitting on Tens of Billions of Barrels of Undeveloped Reserves
If these are developed we will face more hurricanes ripping communities and lives apart as our climate emergency intensifies. It did not have to be this way. It should never had to be that way.
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Over two-thirds of Americans above the age of 25 do not have a college degree. In other words, they have been the heart of our workforce. (Photo by Washington State Dept of Transportation via CC 2.0) Faiz Shakir
Democrats Must Commit Themselves to the Needs of Non-College Educated Workers
Now is the time to show the working class that a Democratic agenda can deliver real change.
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Our dysfunctional health care system remains an outlier among the rest of the developed world for not providing universal health coverage. (Photo: Joe Newman via Public Citizen/flickr/cc) Jonathan B. Kotch, Jonathan Michels
Biden Ran on a Return To Normalcy, but There's Nothing Normal About the American Health Care System
In poll after poll, Americans have indicated their preference for a universal, single-payer health care system. Compromise and half-measures are not acceptable. Medicare for All remains the goal.
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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference about lawsuits related to the presidential election results at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday Nov. 19, 2020. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Marjorie Cohn
On the Current Status of Trump's Coup Attempt—and Its Future
It may look like this is one frivolity and absurdity after another—and it is. But if this electoral clash reaches the Supreme Court, all bets are off.
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Biden’s imprimatur matters. America’s hit-and-run tendency — walking away from inflicted traumas without accountability or recompense — always fails to mend this tattered nation. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)o Renée Graham
If Biden Wants Unity, He Must First Hold Trump Accountable
America’s typical hit-and-run approach to its most troubling eras won’t work now.
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Justice Samuel Alito with President George W. Bush. (Photo via Creative Commons) Bill Blum
Unequal Justice: The Treachery of Samuel Alito
His record of arch-conservatism makes him more closely akin to a Fox News host than a Supreme Court Justice.
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When a society tolerates tax abuse by corporations and rich individuals our public services are undermined.  (Photo: The Weekly Bull/flickr/cc) Rosa Pavanelli
Tax Losses Are Lives Lost
There is more than enough money available. But it has been redirected away from our public services and into the offshore bank accounts of multinationals and the mega-rich.
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Renewal, if it’s to occur, might have to start with the two political parties. Both are at evolutionary dead ends. (Photo: coolloud/flickr/cc) Richard Heinberg
The Real Plan? To Make America Ungovernable
Neither party is equipped to reach across the divides that separate Americans, and the political system is set up to make it nearly impossible for a third party to take root.
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Thursday, November 19, 2020
DuPont executives should have no place in the Environmental Protection Agency. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab) Erin Brockovich
Dear Joe Biden: Are You Kidding Me?
The president-elect has tapped a former DuPont consultant to join his Environmental Protection Agency transition board.
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Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Ten Foreign Policy Fiascos Joe Biden Can Fix on Day One
So much vital work to be done—that must be done—for a more a peaceful world.
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An important aspect of this momentous tragedy is that the coronavirus death rate has been significantly higher in private, profit-making homes than in not-for-profit homes. (Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images) Linda McQuaig
Long-Term Care Fiasco a Warning About Private Ownership
The private sector almost always does things to make a profit, and that can leave the rest of us paying a high price—in dollars and deaths.
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China celebrated the 70th anniversary of its navy by showing off its growing fleet in a sea parade featuring a brand new guided-missile destroyer. (Photo: MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP via Getty Images) Cassandra Stimpson, Holly Zhang
A Washington Echo Chamber for a New Cold War
A rising China is also guaranteed to lift all boats (submarines, aircraft carriers, and surface ships) as well as fighter planes aiding the military-industrial complex on a planet increasingly at war with itself.
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Afghan children look on as US soldiers from 2-77 Field Artillery MPs 359th Steel Warriors patrol in Nuristan Province on December 18, 2009. US President Barack Obama vowed December 10 that Afghanistan would not become a "permanent protectorate" of the United States as he defended his decision to begin withdrawing US forces in July 2011.(Photo: TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Beyond Simplistic ‘Peace’
My God, if complexity were brought into the news—e.g., bombs kill, people suffer, no one ever wins, wars never end—the trillion-dollar annual military budget would be in danger.
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The Earth is entering the sixth mass extinction event in its history.  (Photo: ASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli) Pip Hinman
Scientists Say Net Zero by 2050 Is Too Late
This means unions and the climate movement need to be bold and step up the pressure on all parties for serious climate action.
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 President Donald J. Trump arrives to golf at Trump National Golf Club on Saturday, November 14, 2020 in Sterling, VA. (Photo: Al Drago for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Michael Winship
The Petty Revenge of a Soon-to-Be-Ex-President
With their pitiful plots to overthrow election results, Trump and the GOP are the lowest.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Bettylourde Guerrier speaks with Alberto Moejom and Erlinda Guerra as she canvasses a neighborhood encouraging people to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on October 06, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. UNITE HERE coordinated the canvassing effort. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Rebec­ca Chowd­hury
Joe Biden Owes His Victory to the Left, No Matter What the Democratic Party Says
Organizers, not consultants, delivered key states like Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia. Democrats ignore this reality at their peril.
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Trump is taking his last stand in a swing state he desperately tried to win. (Photo: Shutterstock) Ruth Conniff
Trump Team Seeks to 'Delay the Inevitable'
In Wisconsin, as elsewhere, the Republicans' false claims of voter fraud are becoming undone.
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Georgians deserve better. They deserve senators who will fight for them in Washington—they deserve the leadership of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Georgia Runoffs: How You Can Help Flip the Senate
The stakes couldn’t be higher. Let’s bring this home, flip the Senate, and usher in the transformative change this nation requires.
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Jesse Jackson
Senate Runoffs in Georgia Offer a Clear Choice
The races will be determined by whether Georgia’s voters choose to embrace and build a New South coalition or revert to the Old South.
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Congress will need to end funding for the ongoing drone wars in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, and Pakistan, and end authority for war-by-other-means economic sanctions now imposed most harshly on Iran and Venezuela but on other countries too. (Photo: Shutterstock) Phyllis Bennis
With the Election Over, Congress Must Remember the Rest of the World
Even a lame-duck Congress must remember their actions have global consequences too.
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Workers in PPE are seen at the Judiciary Square Covid-19 testing site in Washington, DC, on November 18, 2020. - The United States is home to the world's largest coronavirus outbreak, with nearly 249,000 deaths as of November 18, 2020, according to Johns Hopkins University. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Chuck Collins
Why We Must Protect Essential Workers From Billionaire Pandemic Profiteers
We are witnessing a criminal tragedy as wealthy billionaires, sequestered in protective bubbles and private jets, are dispatching essential workers into the line of infection fire with inadequate shields and protections.
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Students deserve an explanation for the origins of the Electoral College. (Photo: Geoff Livingston via Flickr) Ursula Wolfe-Rocca
The United States Is Not a Democracy. Stop Telling Students That It Is.
When our students only learn about this exceptionally strange system from their corporate-produced history and government textbooks, they have no clue why this is how we choose our president.
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As long as we can medicalise Thunberg as someone suffering from Asperger’s, we do not need to think about whether we are really the insane ones. (Photo: Screenshot) Jonathan Cook
I Am Greta Isn’t About Climate Change. It’s About the Elusiveness of Sanity in an Insane World
We can listen to Greta, without fear, without reproach, without adulation, without cynicism. Or we can carry on with our insane games until the bubble explodes.
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We cannot afford an old-school agriculture secretary who maintains today’s disastrous status quo when the job calls for a bold change agent. (Photo courtesy of Barna Kovács, Unsplash) Kari Hamerschlag, Christopher D. Cook
Biden’s Agriculture Secretary: Heitkamp Is the Wrong Choice
We cannot afford an old-school agriculture secretary who maintains today’s disastrous status quo when the job calls for a bold change agent.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020
The brunt of U.S. militarism is deeply misogynistic. (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/Twitter) Christine Ahn, Yifat Susskind
Biden Should Embrace an Anti-Imperialist Feminist Foreign Policy to Heal Wounds Abroad—and at Home
Women of color should be the ones remaking U.S. foreign policy.
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Biden’s DHS transition team members range from billionaire-funded think tank pundits to corporate lawyers, with a smattering of left-liberal ACLU types, none of whom fundamentally question the overarching logic of border security. (Photo: Mani Albrecht/U.S. Border Patrol/Flickr) Adrienne Pine
More Humane Cages? Prospects for Immigration Justice Under Biden Appear Dim
In stacking not just his DHS team but all of his transition teams with neoliberals and hawks, Biden has sent the world a clear signal that despite the cage-free fantasies of liberal Democrats, his immigration policy will be more of the same.
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Is this what the Democratic Party's "win-win" machine looks like? "With hundreds of moving parts," writes Eidelson, "it's surprising that the elaborate contraption has only one purpose: to take bold and popular policy proposals that could improve millions of lives, chew them up, and then spit out much feebler versions that don't materially threaten the status quo." (Photo: Christine Gwinn / EyeEm) Roy Eidelson
With the Win-Win Machine, Most of Us Actually Lose
If Biden now selects only corporate-friendly, status-quo-defending advisors and Cabinet members, and if he touts watered-down bipartisan "solutions" as stunning successes, it will further cement a betrayal.
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There are already those in the media and politics who are counseling restraint and a return to the pre-Trump days, as if he were the cause, not the consequence, of a nation desperately divided. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Rev Dr Liz Theoharis
Grappling With a Divided Nation
The new politics of the poor in Joe Biden’s (and Mitch McConnell’s) USA.
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden listens to U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris make a statement at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on November 16, 2020. (Photo: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images) Jeff Cohen
President-Elect Biden: Time for YOU to Follow the Climate Science
Big corporate media outlets are great at policing progressive Democrats who "go too far." They're not so watchful over Democratic presidents who cling to a go-slow, corporate-friendly "middle ground."
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The war in Afghanistan has included a counterinsurgency campaign, a counterterrorism mission, and a nation-building exercise. In none of the three has the United States succeeded. (Photo: Veronique de Viguerie/Edit by Getty Images) Andrew Bacevich, Adam Weinstein
Trump Demands Afghan Withdrawal and Washington Panics. But It’s Time To Leave, Now.
No serious person believes that the war is winnable in any meaningful sense.
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They say that vice president Mike Pence, secretary of state Mike Pompeo and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen. Mark Milley all sought to dissuade Trump from this course of action. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Trump's Requested Strike on Iran Could Kill More People Than Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki
Any US military action against Iran’s civilian nuclear facilities would be a massive war crime.
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The tautology of the Trump-supporters-support-Trump story is nearly always lost on corporate reporters, who somehow never managed to find anything newsworthy in Obama supporters supporting Obama policies. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Julie Hollar
Drawing All the Wrong Lessons From Media’s Election 2020 Failures
By repeatedly conferring legitimacy on a fundamentally antidemocratic president and his actions, media paved the way for the dangerous place we find ourselves in today, and hobbled their ability to protect our democracy.
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Imagine if people could vote at sixteen, after having been steeped in Civics Education starting in 9th grade. (Photo: Ryan Stanton/flickr/cc) Zoe Weil
Want to Save Democracy? Reduce the Voting Age
Let’s teach 16-year-olds to be election-savvy and help them register to vote.
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Neoliberalism didn’t just distort our economy, it dismembered our picture of our democracy. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images) Laura Flanders
The Media's Quadrennial Eclipse
We need coverage of people as active citizens, not just as consumers.
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Monday, November 16, 2020
America needs to join the rest of the developed world and put the right of citizens to vote into law. (Photo: Michael Fleshman/Flickr/cc) Thom Hartmann
This Election Was Rigged
If any governor wants to take away your vote, they don’t even have to tell you, they just kick you off the voting rolls, because right now voting is not a right in America, it’s merely a privilege.
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People react as they watch a broadcast of Fox News showing presidential election returns at an election night watch party organized by group "Villagers for Trump" in The Villages, Florida, on November 3, 2020. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images) Christian Christensen
It's 2020 But the Dangerous Myth About the So-Called "Liberal" Media Still Going Strong
Legitimizing this myth only serves the interests of those opposed to the critical analysis of current events in the United States.
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Representative Rashida Tlaib looks on before Democratic U.S. Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks at IBEW Local Union 58 on October 25, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Harris is traveling to multiple locations in the metro Detroit area to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. (Photo: Nic Antaya/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Corporate Democrats Are to Blame for Congressional Losses—So Naturally They’re Blaming Progressives
When Rep. Rashida Tlaib talks about "pushing the Democratic Party to represent the communities that elected them," she actually means what she says.
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The Biden-Harris administration can begin healing our nation by moving decisively on this issue and beginning to repair the harm caused by 50 years of this failed war. (Photo: Heroin overdose/Getty Images) Udi Ofer
50 Years After the Start of the War on Drugs, Americans Have a Chance to Fix the Harm It Created
Today, policymakers and the public alike are increasingly adopting approaches that treat substance use as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice one.
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Trump backers are trying to push Republican-controlled state legislatures to appoint their own slates of Trump electors. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
Debunking Trump’s Post-Election Lies
We must see this for what it is: A final attempt of a desperate, bitter man to cling to power.
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"As Americans, we are not suffering from scarcity, we are suffering from greed." (Photo: thisisbossi/Flickr/cc) Sarah Anderson, Margot Rathke
The Federal Government Owns 92% of Student Debt. Will Biden Wipe It Out?
Lifting these financial burdens would help individual debt holders meet daily needs, reduce the racial wealth gap, and give a boost to the national economy.
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Saval Foodservice and Busboys and Poets donate food to restaurant industry workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak at 14th and V Streets NW, on Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo:Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Joe Sanberg
You Can't Eat Civility: A Message to Joe Biden and the Democrats
Politeness will not solve the problems facing the country. Democrats must put forth and fight for bold solutions that will materially improve the lives of working people.
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Everything that Hillary Clinton faced during her hypothetical first term in office will apply to Joe Biden in his very real first term. (Photo: Getty) John Feffer
Biden Rushes in Where Clinton Failed to Tread
There's no returning to normal after Trump.
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A youth holds a placard as she participates in a climate strike to protest against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution, part of demonstrations being held worldwide in a movement dubbed "Fridays for Future" in Hyderabad on September 20, 2019. (Photo: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images) The Glasgow Agreement
Glasgow Agreement, A Plan of Our Own
Rather than plans dictated from the top—which have proven not only to be unfair and destructive, but not even reach the necessary emissions cuts—we will build a plan of our own, from below.
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Sunday, November 15, 2020
A demonstrator holds a "Tax the Rich" sign during a protest in New York on June 27, 2020. Jim Hightower
It’s Not Trump’s Country — Even in ‘Trump Country’
Progressive ballot initiatives passed handily across the country, even in so-called red states.
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People protest against U.S. President Donald Trump in front of the White House on July 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Janine Jackson
Absolving Trump Means Erasing the Harm Done to Millions
The call to coddle Trump—like the same outlets’ insistence that it would be mean to send bankers whose fraud derailed the economy to jail—is evidence of the total divorce between real people’s lives and experiences, and the puppets and caricatures in media’s narrative.
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Sunrise Movement campaigners call on Democratic House members to back a Green New Deal Robert Freeman
How the Green New Deal Can Save Joe Biden and America
There is no other policy construct on the horizon that has any chance of delivering so many salutary outcomes.
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Raffi Cavoukian, better known by Raffi, entertains some children after a concert on September 10, 1989 Los Angeles. Rhett Butler, Mongabay
Musician Raffi on Music, Healing the Planet, and How Crisis Can Bring Opportunity
The man who brought the world "Baby Beluga" talks about his efforts to further the concept of "Child Honouring."
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Saturday, November 14, 2020
A Souvenir shop selling figurine dolls of President Donald Trump seen on April 10, 2018 in London. Christopher Brauchli
The Trump and the FED
The president could be heading towards a fitting end to a uniquely undistinguished tenure.
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image of Donald Trump on U.S. flag burning Ramzy Baroud
Future of American Democracy: On Inequality, Polarization and Violence
While the buzzword throughout the election campaigns has been ‘saving American democracy’, the state of democracy in the US is likely to worsen in the foreseeable future.
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sign reads: Build back better Dylan Penner
Public-Private Partnerships Have No Place in Canada’s Post-COVID Just Recovery
We urgently need the government to put people at the core of its COVID-19 response and recovery plan.
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Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg attends his rally held at The Rustic on February 27, 2020 in Houston. Sam Pizzigati
Why Can’t Inner-Ring Democrats Just Say ‘No’ to Billionaires?
The problem runs even deeper than Donor Class donations.
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workers check crops in the field Ben Lilliston
After Trump’s Payouts Are Gone, What Happens to Farmers?
Here are a handful of immediate steps new leadership could take.
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Friday, November 13, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris receive a briefing from the transition COVID-19 advisory board on November 09, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Catherine Lynne Troisi
President-Elect Biden’s New COVID-19 Task Force Gives the US a Fresh Chance to Turn Around a Public Health Disaster
As an infectious disease epidemiologist, I’m looking forward to research-based guidance at the federal level that I hope will help get the coronavirus under control.
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A worker installs components at the base of a wind turbine blade at the Siemens plant in Fort Madison, Iowa. President-elect Joe Biden views renewable energy as a major source of high-wage manufacturing jobs. (Photo: Timothy Fadek/Corbis via Getty Images) Janet McCabe
On Environmental Protection, Biden’s Election Will Mean a 180-Degree Turn from Trump Policies
With a closely divided Senate, Biden will need to rely primarily on executive actions and must-pass legislative measures like the federal budget and the Farm Bill to further his environmental agenda.
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Elizabeth and Richard Uihlein (Photo: Screenshot from The New York Times YouTube video "Meet the Billionaire Couple Trying to Reshape the Republican Party") Melanie Conklin
Billionaire GOP Donors Positive for Covid-19 After White House Election Watch Party
The Uihleins, who have opposed public health guidelines, tested positive after attending the White House election eve watch party.
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Supporters and protesters of US President Donald Trump stand outside the Trump International Golf in Sterling, Virginia on November 8, 2020. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images) Ken Levy, Jen Senko
How to Combat Trumpism (Even After Trump Is Gone)
This story—that a few extreme-libertarian billionaires like the Murdoch family use media like Fox News to enrich themselves at viewers’ expense—needs to be told over and over again, in every possible venue.
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The Democratic party decided to run pretty much the worst candidate imaginable: an old-school machine politician, one emphatically beholden to the corporate donor class and unsuited to the new, more populist political climate. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
Biden Will Fail to Bring Back 'Normal' Politics. What’s Needed Now Is a Populism of the Left
The neoliberal "normal" isn’t coming back because the economic circumstances that generated it—the post-war boom of seemingly endless growth—have disappeared.
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Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). (Photo by Toni L. Sandys-Pool/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Georgia Sen. David Perdue Ready to Save His Ocean-Front Mansion From Rising Seas While Voting to Burn More Oil and Gas
Perdue, who is worth between $13 million and $39 million, is worried about rising sea levels. But he votes like he isn’t worried, because he is sure he has the wealth to protect his own property from the worst effects, at least in his lifetime.
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A supporter of President Donald Trump, left, and a supporter of former Vice President Joe Biden, right, point to each other's hats at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as others celebrate on Nov. 8, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (PHOTO: SAMUEL CORUM/GETTY IMAGES) David Korten
From Fear and Anger to Collective Purpose
What greater purpose and meaning is there than working together to create a world that secures the health of Earth and the well-being of families and communities?
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"President-elect Biden has repeatedly said this election was about the 'soul' of the nation," writes Jackson. "With the most soulless president of a lifetime now defeated, it is now time to save as many souls as we can." (Photo: KonstantinV9/Shutterstock) Derrick Z. Jackson
Fighting the Pandemic Can’t Wait for Inauguration Day
A nation could not have been more poorly positioned to fight COVID-19 than by the Trump administration.
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Thursday, November 12, 2020
US President Donald Trump speaks behind a table of fast-food during an event in honor of the 2018 Division I FCS National Champions: The North Dakota State Bison in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC on March 4, 2019. - A spread of french fries, "Chic-fil-A" sandwiches and "Big Macs" awaited the North Dakota State University Bison football team. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Bill C. Davis
An Alternate National Food Mandate
America seems to have a romance with disease.
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In the decades ahead, ever more of us will find ourselves on roads like the one to Kaya, running from the devastation of raging wildfires or uncontrolled floodwaters, successive hurricanes or supercharged cyclones, withering droughts, spiraling conflicts, or the next life-altering pandemic. (Photo: Reuters/Rodi Said) Nick Turse
A Convergence of Calamities
Record numbers of war-displaced to be dwarfed by those driven from their homes by climate change.
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Senate Republicans are failing struggling families. (Photo: Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
Not Just Cruel, GOP Blocking Unemployment Aid Is Terrible Economics
With unemployment benefits for millions of workers set to expire in December, Senate Republicans must stop blocking aid.
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Donald Trump and those who promote his lies and his refusal to yield to the voters are traitors to our Constitution. (Photo: Shutterstock) Mitchell Zimmerman
Republicans Aren’t Just Bad Losers—They’re Traitors to Democracy
Trump’s insidious rhetoric on the election won’t stop Biden from taking office, but it’s not harmless either.
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A Biden-Harris administration can begin to rebuild trust in government by issuing the strongest ethics and anti-corruption standards for executive branch personnel ever. Elizabeth Warren
2020's Lesson Is Clear: Bold Policies to Improve People's Lives Are Broadly Popular
What a Biden-Harris administration should prioritize on its first day.
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A supporter of President Trump unfurled an American flag while demonstrating Tuesday outside of a building where votes were being counted in Philadelphia (Photo: MARK MAKELA/GETTY) Timothy Snyder
Don’t Underestimate Where Trump's Election Lies Could Take the United States
Clinging to power by claiming you are the victim of internal enemies is a very dangerous tactic.
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The Trump loss, specifically his phony claim that he was robbed, will infuriate these fringe figures. (Photo: Getty) Albert Hunt
Trump's False 'Stolen Election' Claims Could Unleash Wave of Right-Wing Violence
Trump's deceitful charge undermines confidence in our Democratic system, but it could also threaten to unleash a dangerous wave of violence.
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Former Vice President and presidential nominee Joe Biden addresses reporters on November 5, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Biden's Mandate Is for Deep Solutions, Not Donor-Class Fetishism of Bipartisan Compromise
Biden and the Democrats should put principles first and rally the nation around a serious vision: an agenda not simply to "restore the soul of America" but to expand that soul, make this country a true global leader as Planet Earth faces its treacherous future.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2020
A mural by Australian artist Scott Marsh is seen on a wall at the Botany View Hotel on November 11, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. The mural by Australian graffiti artist Scott Marsh was inspired by comments made by CNN reporter Anderson Cooper over Donald Trump's reaction to the U.S. election results and the current U.S President's refusal to concede to Joe Biden. (Photo: Jenny Evans/Getty Images) JP Sottile
Feel Uneasy. Feel Very Uneasy
Are we simply just stuck in the middle seat between a lunatic (Trump) and scumbag (McConnell) on an insane airplane ride.... or is it something much more sinister?
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A police officer talking to a supporter of President Donald Trump while a supporter of former Vice President Joe Biden complains about him at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House. According to several news outlets presidential candidate Joe Biden defeated incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the United States. (Photo: Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images) Cynthia Kaufman
The Left and the Rule of Law
Our work in the present situation then, is to protect the rule of law against threats to take hold of the power concentrated in our government and use it in arbitrary ways.
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Pham Doan Trang in a video interview with The 88 Project in 2019. (Photo: Screenshot of YouTube video/ The 88 Project) Thomas A. Bass
Pham Doan Trang Goes to Prison
Trang has been arrested in Vietnam's most brazen attack on journalists since relations with the United States were normalized in 1995.
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"Removing Trump, then, is a necessary first step—but it is only a first step, a prerequisite to the difficult journey ahead. Where to turn next?" writes Hertsgaard. (Photo: Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images) Mark Hertsgaard
The Fall of Trump Propels the Climate Story into a Decisive New Era
The world is about to see whether the US government will help humanity grasp a final opportunity to turn down the heat.
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"When war profits those in authority—the founding tenet of the MIC—peace is off the table and official enemies abound," writes Sorensen. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Christian Sorensen
The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Is Fascism
This Veterans Day, if you wish to honor the troops and humanity as a whole, vow to break with or challenge the MIC.
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A construction worker wearing a mask drags a barricade on a closed street on September 29, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images) Jim Hightower
Trump's Anti-Labor Department
Donald Trump has been waging a savage war behind the administrative curtain to make employees wholly subservient to the profiteering whims of CEOs and rich investors.
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Trump supporters calling for stopping the vote count in Pennsylvania gather on the steps of the State Capital on November 05, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Walden Bello
Things May Get Worse Before They Get Better for the U.S.
For many, Trump’s ouster is a relief. But his steadfast support among white voters puts his party on a crash course with democracy.
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Though many recent pieces of political commentary offered plenty of suggestions that the left wing’s vocal support for things like socialism, Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and defunding the police cost the party seats in 2020, they failed to provide any actual data that might have helped readers evaluate the veracity of those statements. (Screenshot: CNN) Julie Hollar
When Centrists Lose, Corporate Media Blame the Left
Clearly the 2020 election contains many lessons, but it's unlikely the right conclusions will be drawn from the fact-free centrist narrative that has already emerged.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2020
People show their support as they participate in a caravan for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden event on October 11, 2020 in Miami Springs, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Simon Davis-Cohen
The Reactionary Immigration Measures Alabama, Florida and Colorado Just Passed That No One is Talking About
T he fight over non-citizen political rights is the cutting edge of democratic, refugee and migration discourse.
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"By debasing California’s labor classification laws, it’s possible the companies are creating a slippery slope to undermine even our most basic labor protections," writes Athreya. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Bama Athreya
Uber and Lyft Notch Another Corporate Victory in the Global Exploitation of ‘Gig Workers’
Labor organizing in California and around the world is pushing platform companies to take extreme measures to defend their exploitative business model.
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"The president-elect, Joe Biden, set a new tone and a new mood in Washington," writes Jackson. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
A White House That Once Again Calls on Our Better Angels
A new mood. A new plan of action. Once more, hope is reborn.
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A voter wears a face mask and a face shield outside a polling station on Election Day during the 2020 general elections. (Photo: Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images) Sarah Anderson, Margot Rathke
After Boosting Low-Income Voter Turnout, Poor People’s Campaign Mobilizes for Covid Relief
People did not turn out in record numbers in the midst of a pandemic to vote for a return to normal. They want policy change based on a moral agenda.
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Bolivians celebrate the MAS-IPSP victory on Sunday, Novemeber 9, 2020. (Photo:EFE) Leonardo Flores
A Triumphant Return to Power for Bolivia’s Social Movements
The most important victory, however, did not come at the ballot box, but rather in the streets.
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Supporters of US President-elect Joe Biden gather near the Texas capitol building to celebrate his victory in the 2020 presidential election in Austin, Texas on November 7, 2020. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo: Sergio Flores/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Reich
Recognize What This Is: A Final Attempt of a Desperate, Bitter Man to Cling to Power
Why this effort to steal an election and corrupt democracy won't work.
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U.S. President Donald Trump greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Yves Engler
Trudeau Lobbies Biden to Maintain Climate-Destroying Trump Policy
Why is Ottawa trying to maintain one of the Republican's worst environmental policies?
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"Who can doubt that Donald Trump himself was the personification of hell on Earth?" writes Engelhardt. (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters) Tom Engelhardt
State of Chaos
Donald Trump knew us better than we knew ourselves.
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Monday, November 9, 2020
How sad that we don’t have a leader like George McGovern in the White House as a daunting new year looms. (Photo: Former Sen. George McGovern, April 18, 2009. (AP/Bill Haber) William Astore
Reclaiming American Idealism
We could use a leader like George McGovern again.
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Joe Biden and Dick Cheney shake hands in 2008. (Photo: Official White House) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Will the Biden Team Be Warmongers or Peacemakers?
We must vigorously advocate for a team that would put an end to the normalization of war and make diplomatic engagement in the pursuit of international peace and cooperation our number one foreign policy priority.
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Then-Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech on digitial infrastructure policy at an election campaign event in Lancaster, northwest England on November 15, 2019. (Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
The UK Equalities Commission's Labour Antisemitism Report Is the Real 'Political Interference'
Neither Jewish leadership groups nor the corporate media have an interest in highlighting the embarrassing fact that the commission’s findings exposed their campaign against Corbyn as misinformation.
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