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Friday, February 14, 2020
Pro impeachment activists occupy the capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C. on May 14, 2019. (Photo: By the People/Rachael Warriner) Anthony Torres
When the People Lead, Leaders Follow—Lessons From the Fight to Impeach and Remove Trump
The Senate may have betrayed the American people, but the movement for impeachment secured critical victories that will propel us forward in the longer battle for democracy.
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Actor Joaquin Phoenix (second right) after supporting the unfurling of a banner on Tower Bridge in central London, during an Animal Equality protest to draw attention to the effects of animal agriculture on the environment. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images) Abigail Penny
Measuring Our Impact on the Planet
Is Joaquin Phoenix the voice for farmed animals everywhere right now?
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In the current election cycle, Bloomberg, the eighth-richest person on Earth, has already spent $300 million of his own money on his presidential bid. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Alex Kotch
Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Is a GOP Bankroller
Over the last decade, Bloomberg helped Republicans take and maintain control of the U.S. Senate.
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Someone like Sanders, who promises to take on the power and influence of the rich, is an unwelcome intrusion into politics as usual. (Photo: Bloomberg column 2/10/20) Alan MacLeod
For Media in New Hampshire, Losing Is Winning and Winning Is Losing
Sanders is the frontrunner going into the next Democratic debate on Wednesday. But don’t expect the media to treat him particularly well.
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The status quo—of a planetary emergency and deep inequalities—is unsustainable and insupportable. (Photo: pxfuel, Creative Commons Zero—CC0) Thomas Hanna, Mathew Lawrence
Reimagining Democratic Public Ownership for the Twenty-first Century
A new transatlantic project will explore how new models of public ownership can shape the emerging commanding heights of the economy.
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Based on where EVs have been sold, driving the average EV produces global warming pollution equal to a gasoline vehicle that gets 88 miles per gallon (mpg) fuel economy. (Photo: joel-t/iStock) David Reichmuth
Are Electric Vehicles Really Better for the Climate? Yes. Here’s Why
Switching to an EV can make a big difference in how much global warming emissions we produce and is one of the biggest actions a household can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
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Thursday, February 13, 2020
The U.S. war machine demonstrated total disdain for its upstart rival, and unleashed an illegal war based on lies that has now raged on through many phases of violence and chaos for 17 years. (Photo: via EuroYankee) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
Can the World’s Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War?
The peace movement’s small victories demonstrate that we have more power to challenge U.S. militarism than most Americans realize.
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The real hope represented by Bernie Sanders’ campaign is that he can pull together these sharply separated populations—in the process shifting the focus to the elite forces whose propaganda has kept them apart. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) Ted Morgan
Why the Democrats Should Back Bernie Sanders: And Why They Won’t, If They Can Possibly Help It
This could represent the beginning of a real healing of America’s tragic history around race and class.
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The establishment is trying to push the party’s candidates to surrender their progressive ideals and just tinker around the edges of actual change. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jim Hightower
The Irony of the Centrist-Progressive Debate
Moderates consistently warn that progressive ideas can't win "the middle." But just look at the polls.
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At 18-plus years or, if you prefer to combine Washington’s two Afghan wars, 28-plus years, we’re talking about the longest American war in history. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Tom Engelhardt
War Addicts, Inc.
Making sense of the age of carnage.
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Prime Minister Netanyahu has recently, and probably accurately from his perspective, called Donald Trump “the best friend that Israel has ever had in the White House.”(Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Danny Sjursen
America and Israel Against the World
The only other nations supporting the Trump and Netanyahu plan are dictatorial and/or monarchical Arab client states like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.
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Corporate media’s propagandistic coverage is most apparent when they consistently refuse to hold the US government accountable to its own standards for what constitutes “state sponsors of terrorism.” (Photo: New York Times Screenshot) Joshua Cho
No. 1 Sponsor of Terrorism? US Media Name Iran, but Overlook a Candidate Closer to Home
There’s a much stronger case that the US rather than Iran is actually the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism.
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Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during the kickoff of his "Get it Done Express" bus tour as a protester holds up a sign reading "Billionaires Should Not Buy Elections" at the Dollarhide Community Center in Compton, California on February 3, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Bown / AFP/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
The Wall: Separating Democracy From Voters
We have a political system that continually surrenders to us-vs.-them thinking: leadership that requires an enemy to keep the country united.
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Jeff Cohen
When CNN Introduces Bernie-Bashers Only as 'Former,' CNN Is Lying To You
A lot of the corruption in Washington stems from former officials, whether Democrat or Republican, leaving government to work as consultants or lobbyists for greedy private interests.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Sanders has been clear his socialist tradition comes from the social democratic systems common in countries like Denmark, with their provisions for universal health care and free college. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
Who’s Afraid of 'Socialism'?
Americans were taught to associate "socialism" with dictatorship and "capitalism" with democracy. Are those days over?
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“Medicare for All would be, and should be, mandatory, just as Medicare is currently mandatory." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Russell Mokhiber
NPR Mara Liasson Mandatory Medicare for All and the Ramped Up Attack on Single Payer
Leaders of the single payer movement were taken aback by the use of the term and did not know where it came from.
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The Sanders/Warren wing of the Democratic Party wants to try something different, and dangerous—embracing the enmity of corporate America and Wall Street. That makes people who are comfortable in the existing economic system nervous. (Photo: Getty) Ruth Conniff
Election 2020: Transformation or Stability?
We don’t know whether the candidate with the most progressive policy ideas will win. What we do know is that there are different paths to victory.
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We must get big money out of politics, end the flow of lobbyists in and out of government, and strengthen ethics laws. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
5 Ways Donald Trump Has Not Drained the Swamp
Trump has enlarged and deepened the swamp, but the swamp was there before he got to Washington.
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Medical professionals, medical students, ACTUP New York and their supporters held a rousing protest rally outside Pfizer World Headquarters in New York one of the worlds largest drug companies. At the beginning of this year, the corporate giant announced price increases for 40 of its drugs. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Jim Hightower
Health Care for People...or for Corporate Profits?
Unable to win public support on their own merit, the corporatists and their hired political hacks are going all out to continue their profit gouging and keep control of America's dysfunctional system.
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We must tell the truth and show through our actions that we stand with young people in their efforts. (Photo: Flickr/Garry Knight. Public Domain.) Harriet Shugarman
How to Support Your Children in Turning Climate Angst Into Climate Action
We must tell the truth and show through our actions that we stand with young people in their efforts.
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Some people are saying Mike Bloomberg isn't an oligarch. They're wrong. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Paul Heideman
Michael Bloomberg, American Billionaire Oligarch
The multi-billionaire has spent his career using his fortune to undermine democracy and enact his preferred political agenda. His presidential gambit is just the latest example.
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The Kushner Plan "tries to make of Palestine a Frankenstein creation." (Photo: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro, via Flickr @thejointstaff) Juan Cole
From 'Swiss Cheese' to 'Frankenstein's Monster,' Arab Leaders Have Many Names for Kushner-Trump Apartheid Plan
A contest among Arab leaders to find the most colorful way of expressing how truly catastrophic the Kushner Apartheid is for the Palestinians and the Arab world.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raises his fist as he addresses the Democratic Party's 61st Annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club dinner at SNHU arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 8, 2020. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images) Mehdi Hasan
With Back-to-Back Wins for Sanders, Pundits Proven Wrong in Iowa and New Hampshire
It was a big, big mistake to write off both Bernie Sanders and his No. 1 policy proposal.
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Practical Bernie Sanders voted for Obamacare, but he didn’t give up on his long-term goal of universal health care. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Mark Weisbrot
Bernie Sanders Isn’t a Radical—He’s a Pragmatist Who Fights to Un-rig the System
Sanders would use both markets and government to reverse the upward redistribution of income to the already rich.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Asbestos  is a carcinogenic mineral now banned in more than 60 nations. (Photo: Shutterstock) Derrick Z. Jackson
Asbestos, Ubiquitous and Avoidable, Is a Deadly Threat to Our Kids
Like cigarettes, asbestos is a time bomb causing disease in victims decades after exposure—in this case lung cancer and mesothelioma.
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Capitalism is literally destroying life on earth. (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images) John Sanbonmatsu
No, Bernie Sanders Isn't a Socialist
(But that's okay)
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Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona. (Photo: Shutterstock) Kelsey Yule
Trump’s Border Wall Is an Ecologist’s Nightmare
Blowing up mountains, bulldozing sacred sites, guzzling groundwater—the wall is turning border ecosystems into a grim dystopia.
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Donald Trump isn’t the first president to try to parlay Pentagon funding into political support, but he’s been more aggressive and systematic in his efforts than any president in memory. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) William Hartung
Will Trump Ride Pentagon Spending to Reelection?
The president bets on arms sales big time.
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Over and over Americans have called for diplomatic solutions, an end to endless wars, and have worked tirelessly to realize the full breadth of equality and freedoms we have espoused for centuries. (Photo: Liz Lemon/Flickr/cc) Assal Rad
Iranian-Americans in the Age of Trump, the Travel Ban, and the Threat of War
We want democracy and freedom for Iran, not because of Iranian exceptionalism, but because those are the values we aspire for at home, and therefore believe all people deserve.
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The United States can and must once again show leadership in multilateral efforts to de-escalate tensions and pull us back from the brink of nuclear conflict. (Photo: Lamerie/flickr/cc) Allen Hester
The Doomsday Clock Is the Call to Action We Need Right Now
Nuclear weapons make us less, not more, safe, and it’s time to stop playing a no-win game of chicken and enact common-sense nuclear policies before time runs out.
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Mega-billionaire, Democratic presidential candidate, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a campaign stop at Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan, on February 4, 2020. (Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images) Robert McChesney
If Bloomberg Wants to Buy an Election, He Should Run as a Republican Against Trump—Not Sabotage Democrats
The mega-billionaire should be running against Trump in the Republican primaries, not as a Democrat. If he actually cared about this country more than stroking his massive ego that is exactly what he would be doing.
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Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden greet each other prior to the start of the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 07, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seven candidates qualified for the second Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020 which comes just days before the New Hampshire primary on February 11. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Ima Adolph Reed Jr.
Here They Come Again: The Kind of Neoliberal Democrats Who Prefer Trump to Sanders
Here's the question: to what extent is the Establishment's commitment to democratic institutions greater than their commitment to current forms of capitalist hierarchy? It seems like we are about to find out.
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Monday, February 10, 2020
View from Dresden city hall after the February 13-15, 1945 Allied bombing. (Photo: Deutsch Fotohek/Wikimedia Commons) Brett Wilkins
The Beasts and the Bombings: Reflecting on Dresden, February 1945
The Dresden bombing shocked the world’s conscience.
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Jane Fonda was fabulous. She took the makeshift stage in her red coat and hat and launched into a brilliant, clear speech calling upon California, and the rest of the nation and the world, to stop all new oil wells. (Photo: Rev. John Dear) Rev. John Dear
Fire Drill Fridays Take L.A.
Catastrophic climate change is not coming in fifty or one hundred years. It’s upon us now.
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Long before he thought about running for any office, let alone for president, Sanders fought for racial justice. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Barbara Smith
I Helped Coin the Term 'Identity Politics.' I'm Endorsing Bernie Sanders.
I support Sanders because I believe his campaign is currently the best hope for helping marginalized Americans.
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Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald celebrates with supporters on February 9, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images) Michaela Rafferty
Before Celebrating Sinn Féin Election Surge, Consider Their Pro-Austerity Record in the North of Ireland
For over two decades, the party has shared power in the North of Ireland, where it has widened the gaps between rich and poor.
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An aerial view of homes destroyed by the Camp Fire on February 11, 2019 in Paradise, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Pat LaMarche
The Climate-Fueled Camp Fire Took Their Homes. Now They Are at Risk of Losing FEMA Housing Too.
It's time for our country to focus on massive, extreme events—fueled by climate change—that result in the instantaneous homelessness of tens of thousands of people.
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 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., campaigns in Concord, New Hampshire, on Feb. 8, 2020. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Jason Sattler
Moderate Democrats Have a Duty to Consider Sanders. He Has a Clear Path to Beating Trump.
Bernie Sanders isn't even my favorite senator running for the 2020 nomination. But I see his potential to unite the Democratic Party and oust Trump.
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The Kushner Apartheid Plan would not end any of these abuses but would cement them forever in place. (Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Israeli Blocking of Palestinian Exports to Jordan Shows Reality of Apartheid That the Kushner Plan Would Only Cement
That Israel can stop Palestinian-Jordanian trade demonstrates conclusively that Palestine is not a free agent but is rather an Occupied territory, and that all the power rests in the hands of the Occupation military.
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Assange would face a politicized show trial in the United States if he were extradited to face 17 charges under the Espionage Act for his role in publishing classified military and diplomatic cables, documents and videos that exposed U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
What Is Happening to Assange Will Happen to the Rest of Us
The publication of classified documents is not yet a crime in the United States. If Assange is extradited and convicted, it will become one.
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Unbeknownst to most Americans, the Finnmark region of Norway and adjacent Russian territory have become one of the most likely battlegrounds for the first use of nuclear weapons in any future NATO-Russian conflict. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Michael Klare
The Arctic: World War III’s Newest Battlefield
U.S. troops head for the far north.
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US Presidential Candidate and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a Town Hall event in Keene, New Hampshire. - US Presidential Candidates are in the state for the upcoming 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary who will take place on February 11, 2020. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out These Medicare for All Fliers
So much for freedom of speech and open election discourse in public places—even in the "Live Free or Die" state of New Hampshire.
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Sunday, February 9, 2020
Adam Gaffney
Trump Says Covering All Immigrants Would Bankrupt Our Healthcare System. That’s a Lie.
Covering undocumented immigrants under Medicare for All isn't just morally right—it’s also economically sound.
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Sarah Jones
The Democrats Finally Get Around to Talking About Abortion
"Abortion rights are in theory one of the Democratic Party's basic principles, a standard it will not compromise. Except that it does, with disastrous results."
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Andrew Taggart
If Work Dominated Your Every Moment, Would Life Be Worth Living?
An obsession with work causes needless human suffering and immiserates our imagination.
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Amanda Follett Hosgood
At the Unist'ot'en Outpost, a Tightknit Group Readies for Police
"This is my home. It's not a protest camp."
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Russell Mokhiber
West Virginia Legislation Would Make Civil Disobedience Against Gas Pipelines a Felony
"West Virginians value their rights to free speech and free association as granted to us under the Constitution. We will not stand for the legislature taking these rights away."
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Saturday, February 8, 2020
Anita Desikan
The EPA's New Shameful Tactic: Avoid People Poisoned by Coal Ash
The Trump administration has rolled back requirements for public hearings regarding federal rules, making the fossil fuel industry even less accountable to communities.
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Ryan Cooper
American Democracy Is Dying
"About every other country has suffered a constitutional collapse at some point; our number may well be up quite soon."
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Sam Pizzigati
Living in Inequality, Dying in Despair
Americans are living a little longer. But we still lag well behind the developed world's life expectancy norm. As the world's most unequal developed nation, we shouldn't be surprised.
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Lornet Turnbull
What Happens When a Person Is Deported?
A new guide provides resources to help those being returned to their countries of origin.
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Ralph Nader
The Vengeful, Lawless, Corporate Toady Trump Explodes
"The egomaniacal Trump is inebriated with his disgraceful acquittal, convinced of his own innocence, despite the clear evidence of his guilt."
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Friday, February 7, 2020
A Syrian refugee hugs her children following their arrival on an overcrowded dinghy in rough sea on the Greek island of Lesbos, October 2, 2015 (Photo: Dimitris Michalakis/Reuters) Belén Fernández
Child Suicide Is a Symptom of Our Traumatised World
The prevalence of psychological trauma among refugee youth should be an issue of utmost urgency for us all.
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) advocates for the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act on February 5, 2020. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Anastasia Christman, Brian Chen
House Approves Worker Rights Bill in Face of Growing Labor Backlash Against Trickle-Down Policies
The PRO Act, which offers a pathway to increased power for the working class, passed the House with bipartisan support.
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Often the newer restrictions focus on bureaucratic details, but their intent and impact target the same populations that historically faced violence and harassment when seeking to exercise the right to vote. (Photo: AFGE/flickr/cc) Linda Kramer Jenning
How Advocates Are Fighting Voter Suppression
As the 2020 election season gets under way, activists are beginning to push back against voter disenfranchisement across the country.
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Migrants who turn themselves in to U.S. border patrol and request asylum are now sent back to El Salvador while their asylum claims are processed. (Photo: Reuters/Loren Elliott) Mneesha Gellman
Deported to Death: US Sent 138 Salvadorans Home to Be Killed
The murders of 138 deportees belie any notion that El Salvador can protect citizens who are under threat.
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Lawrence O. Gostin (pictured above) is a leading expert on infectious diseases and global health, and a public health professor at Georgetown University, where he directs the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Sonali Kolhatkar
The Coronavirus Panic Exposes the Pathology of Nationalism
"The idea of America First, the nationalist populism, is against everything that we believe in in global health."
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After 14 weeks of Fire Drill Fridays in Washington, DC, Jane Fonda and the Fire Drill Friday team is moving to California to join with local and regional climate and environmental activists across the state.  With monthly drills across the state, the first in the series with take place in Los Angeles at 11 am local time on Friday, February 7th at LA City Hall. (Image: @SarahEpperson/JaneFonda.com) Martha Argüello
Climate Justice Movement Joins Forces With Entertainment Industry at Fire Drill Fridays to Take on Big Oil in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the perfect city to host the launch of Fire Drill Fridays in California—where our "West Coast" image of environmental progressivism clashes with the reality of a city still grappling with its relationship to the fossil fuel industry.
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A series of local elections in Pennsylvania have shown that voters are not shunning candidates who campaign against fracking wells and fossil fuel pipelines; they are putting them in office. (Photo: Food & Water Watch/Facebook) Wenonah Hauter
Banning Fracking: Politically Smart and a Climate Necessity
A call to ban fracking is bound to energize climate activists and progressive voters, who see it as the kind of bold action necessary to confront the climate crisis.
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 Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) prepare to caucus for him in the gymnasium at Roosevelt High School February 03, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa is the first contest in the 2020 presidential nominating process with the candidates then moving on to New Hampshire. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
With Establishment Knives Out for Bernie, Iowa Fiasco Just a Taste of What's Coming
The glaring subtext of what's now occurring is the frantic effort to find some candidate who can prevent Sanders from becoming the party's nominee at the national convention in July. Progressives must fight back—not succumb to fatalism.
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Thursday, February 6, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during the kickoff of his "Get it Done Express" bus tour as a protester holds up a sign reading "Billionaires Should Not Buy Elections" at the Dollarhide Community Center in Compton, California on February 3, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Bown / AFP/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Of Course Bloomberg's an Oligarch—and He's Coming For Your Social Security
I'm not a dictionary, but I know what words mean. And I'm not a clock, but I know what time it is.
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Cards Against Humanity, an independent company best known for producing a card game with that name, announced February 3 that it had purchased ClickHole and reincorporated it as an independent, majority employee-owned company. (Photo: Click Hole Logo) Isaiah J. Poole
Out of the ClickHole, a Light on Alternative Media Ownership Models
It marks a new entry into the ranks of employee-owned firms and puts a spotlight on a problem facing larger and more serious-minded media enterprises that employee ownership might help solve.
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Unions build power for the rest of us. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jennifer Epps-Addison, Rahna Epting, George Goehl, Leah Greenberg, et al.
The Time Is NOW For The PRO Act To Protect Workers
Working people have never stopped fighting for their rights. Now it’s time for Congress to join their fight.
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Organizers rally to protect access to affordable health care. (Photo: New Jersey Organizing Project.) Dorian Warren
Organizers Won't Let Trump Dismantle Medicaid
Trump’s plan will endanger the people who need health care most—pregnant women, children, young adults aging out of foster care, and people with disabilities.
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Dayton, Ohio (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
Trump Is No Friend to Workers, But That Doesn't Mean He Won't Lie About It
Trump is counting on the working class he’s betraying most aggressively. Can the left get out of affluent suburbia and back to its roots?
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US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivers a press conference after the Senate impeachment vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 5, 2020. - The US Senate acquitted President Donald Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress following a historic two-week trial. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Bill Moyers, Steven Harper
Lawyers, Liars, and Trump on Trial
Just how far can the U.S. Constitution bend?
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If our economy is as prosperous as President Trump claims, then why are so many citizens cutting pills or forgoing the groceries they need to feed their families? (Photo: Getty) Max Richtman
Trump's State of the Union Belies His Destructive Policies on Social Security, Prescription Drugs
For a president who seeks re-election, he clearly is on the wrong side of these life and death issues.
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One in five of us will be raped in our lifetimes (compared with one in 72 men). (Photo: Mikasi/cc/flickr) Andrea Mazzarino
Women and Trauma in the Trump-Putin Era
"We've been attacked!"
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Volunteers for No More Deaths in the Sonoran desert. (Photo: Volunteers for No More Deaths in the desert/Carrot Quinn) Robert C. Koehler
Voting With Food and Water
Standing up to this kind of cruel action—especially when it is ensconced in legality, armed and wearing a uniform—is voting at the deepest level of citizenship.
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One hundred and thirty-six economists and statisticians said the OAS charges were false. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images) Mark Weisbrot
What Does the Future Hold for US-Bolivia Ties?
No one disputes that Morales was democratically elected to his term in 2015, yet the Trump Administration strongly supported the military coup that overthrew him.
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If fully implemented, the 2017 tax cut will result in tax increases for most households in the bottom 80 percent. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Forget Trump's Lies, Here's the Real Economic State of the Union
Nothing has trickled down to average workers.
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On CNN, correspondent Jim Sciutto stated that Sanders “did lose to a small-town mayor.” (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Jim Naureckas
How Corporate Media Make Pete Look Like He’s Winning
Leading at what exactly?
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Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Senate Republicans chose to stage a shameful cover-up and protect a lawless, corrupt president. (Photo: Shutterstock) Diallo Brooks
Impeachment Is Over, But Don’t Despair
The Senate failed to do their job—but ordinary citizens can’t fail to do ours.
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The good news is that the issue of family leave is at the top of the policy agenda.(Photo: Eye DJ/Flickr/cc) Jared Gaby-Biegel
As Momentum Builds for Paid Family Leave, Much Work Remains
The FAMILY Act represents the best chance to pass a national paid family leave program that provides new benefits to families without asking them to sacrifice their financial futures.
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Michael Winship
Donald Trump's State of the Mighty Me
A speech not worth the paper Nancy Pelosi tore apart.
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Just as scientists had warned of weed resistance with glyphosate, many scientists warned Monsanto that the new uses of dicamba would likely devastate farms not growing dicamba-tolerant GMO crops. The company assured growers its version of dicamba would not drift. (Photo: Bacsica/iStock) Carey Gillam
It’s Farmer v. Monsanto in Court Fight Over Dicamba Herbicide
Bader Farms claims Monsanto induces farmers to buy dicamba-tolerant seeds.
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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin arrives to speak in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 11, 2019. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) Samantha Jacoby
Final Opportunity Zone Rules Could Raise Tax Break’s Cost
We’ve seen similar dynamics play out in other areas of the 2017 tax law, with lobbyists using the regulatory process to secure significant new tax breaks that mainly benefit multinational corporations and very affluent owners of certain kinds of businesses.
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There was already strong reason to question CBP’s denials, given the mounting and consistent reports that border officers were, in fact, targeting travelers of Iranian heritage returning to Washington state from Canada. (Photo: CBP/Flickr) Scarlet Kim, Hugh Handeyside
CBP Lied About Iranian-American Detentions, Leaked Memo Suggests
If this memo is authentic, CBP has been caught in a lie.
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Two of the most outspoken proponents of a more restrained U.S. foreign policy in the current House are Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna. (Photo: Screenshot) Erica Fein
Why House Democrats Passed Bills Reining in Trump’s War Machine
If Democrats continue to trend in this direction, they’ll finally be meeting voters where they are : seeking an end to forever wars, unconditional support for tyrannical governments, and blank checks for the military-industrial-complex.
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Watching impeachment through the lens of the New York Times. (Photo: Screenshot) Dorothee Benz
The Trump Impeachment Trial: Witness to a Farce
The New York Times was content to cover it as a Washington drama and no more; its impeachment landing page even lists a "cast of characters."
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Officials from the 68th caucus precinct overlook the results of the first referendum count during a caucus event on February 3, 2020 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images) Jeff Biggers
It's the Turnout, Stupid: The Real Story of Iowa Caucus
My caucus in Iowa City had 60 fewer people than four years ago. Tepid turnout will re-elect Trump for sure.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Troy Price, Chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, addresses the media about the delayed results from last night's Iowa caucus at the Iowa Events Center on February 04, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. from last night's Iowa caucus at the Iowa Events Center on February 04, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Iowa Wasn't a Technology Failure. It Was a Failure of Democratic Values.
This kind of behavior undercuts the Democratic Party politically. To put it in today's corporatized vocabulary, "democracy" is the party’'s brand—and lately they've been trashing it.
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The IDP intended the app to be used the primary method of gathering and transmitting results, but apparently failed to impress this upon the people actually working with the app. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Cari Hernandez
The App That Disrupted the Iowa Caucuses
A cascading set of failures led us here.
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'The Wuhan animal markets presented the perfect storm for disease outbreak.' (Photo: Feature China/Barcroft Media/Getty Images) Juliet Gellatley
Eating Animals Will Be the Death of Us
It is time to finally make the connection between animal agriculture and environmental destruction, antibiotic resistance and disease outbreak.
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In this screenshot taken from a Senate Television webcast, legal counsel for President Donald Trump, Alan Dershowitz, answers a question from a senator during impeachment proceedings in the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol on January 29, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Senate Television via Getty Images) Ken Levy
Sorry, Republican Senators: Alan Dershowitz’s Theory of Impeachment Is Total Bullshit
No matter how much Dershowitz explains and obfuscates, a legitimate motive simply cannot magically immunize unconstitutional conduct against impeachment.
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JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon Takes on Socialism, Says It Will Lead to an ‘Eroding Society.’ (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Alan MacLeod
Breaking News From Corporate Media: Billionaires Do Not Like Socialism
Just as the press are keen for you to know that Medicare for All is a very bad idea, they are equally anxious to make sure that the voices of beleaguered, unheard plutocrats are given as much of a boost as possible.
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Aaron Lynch, the Sanders precinct captain at the crowded Ames City Hall, helped coordinate voters to be counted. (Photo: Joeff Davis) Alice Herman
Dude, Where’s My Vote?
The caucuses are a carnival of disenfranchisement, especially this year.
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The U.S., after all, hasn’t won a major conflict since World War II, when it was aided by a grand alliance that included Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s godless communists. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images) William Astore
The Art of the Deal, Pentagon-Style
Wars without victories, weapons without end.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) with his wife Jane Sanders takes the stage to address supporters during his caucus night watch party on February 03, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Erin McCarley
An Open Letter to the DNC From an American Centrist
I respectfully encourage the DNC to abandon its corporate allegiance, re-configure its membership and shift into alignment with the will of the people.
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Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) cheer during his caucus night watch party on February 03, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa is the first contest in the 2020 presidential nominating process with the candidates then moving on to New Hampshire. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Iowa Fiasco Raises Stakes for New Hampshire, Where Sanders Could Win Big
Monday night's collapse of the caucus vote-counting process in Iowa has amped up the spotlight on—and political consequences of—what will happen in the New Hampshire primary.
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Monday, February 3, 2020
We have poked the bear (actually a big, fat, orange elephant) and he is now angrier than before. Now we must take him down. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Impeachment Has Always Been More Than Impeachment. And It Still Is.
Trump must be defeated politically.
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PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer (1934-2020) poses for a portrait in his studio in Arlington, Virginia, on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Lehrer, the veteran and celebrated journalist and news anchor, died last month. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Michael Winship
At a Church and on Capitol Hill, The Battle for Democracy
In Washington, two events on the same day show the promise of American democracy—and the mortal danger to it.
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A collection of pins from different campaigns at Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price's office in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 30, 2020. (Photo: KEREM YUCEL/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS) Rob Richie
We’re Stuck With a Flawed Primary Process in 2020, But We Can Make 2024 Better
The combination of a chaotic and incoherent primary schedule and antiquated voting rules makes winning as much the product of dumb luck as anything relating to the quality of candidates and their ability to unify voters.
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The embrace of collective self-delusion marks the death spasms of all civilizations. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
America: Land of Make-Believe
America, founded on the evils of slavery, genocide and the violent exploitation of the working class, is a country defined by historical amnesia.
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Whatever "Make America Great Again" may mean, it certainly doesn’t involve helping America’s poor kids. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr/cc) Rajan Menon
The Shame of Child Poverty in the Age of Trump
Billionaires are soaring, poor kids are losing more.
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Bernie is the only one. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Juan Cole
On the Big Issues, Bernie Sanders Is the Only One Who Can Save America
Only Sanders among the candidates understands the urgency of the Crisis of Plutocracy and has a workable plan for dealing with it.
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Congressional hearings must be held and the Afghanistan War must end now. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Mary Hladky
The Afghanistan Papers and a Mother's Question
We must stop the killing, take the trillions of dollars devoted to endless war and instead invest in our people, invest in our environment, and invest in our future.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to a crowd of over 3,000 supporters during a campaign rally on February 1, 2020 in Cedar Rapids, United States. Cari Hernandez
The Candidate Who Best Represents Me Is Only One Saying It's About Us
When Bernie says it's not about him, I see my values and fears and hopes represented in a way I never have before.
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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives on stage at Northwest Junior High School during a Get Out The Caucus rally February 2, 2020 in Coralville, Iowa. Iowa holds the state's caucuses tomorrow, the first test for prospective presidential candidates in the 2020 election. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
The Creation Myth of the Buttigieg Campaign
The deft spin from the Buttigieg apparatus and the huge media hype about him have obscured the significance of his deep-pocketed backers.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks while introducing healthcare legislation titled the "Medicare for All Act of 2019" with Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on April 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Robert Dodge
In the Name of Medicare for All, This Family Doctor Will Vote for Bernie Sanders
It is at long last time for the United States to move from providing the world's most expensive sick care to providing the world's greatest healthcare.
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