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Saturday, February 13, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden speaks during an event to announce new cabinet nominations at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware. Mark Engler, Paul Engler
It's a Myth That Presidents Welcome Movement Pressure—and Biden Is No Different
Politicians fear the disruptive power of a mobilized base, even when it helps them succeed.
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Protesters march in support of the pro-Palestinian BDS movement in New York City. Juan Cole
Federal Court Strikes Down Arkansas Attempt to Punish Proponents of Boycotting Israel Over Its Treatment of Palestinians
The anti-boycott laws are the ultimate in cancel culture. They are also un-American.
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People participate in a "March on Billionaires" event on July 17, 2020 in New York City. Chuck Collins, Bob Lord
Taxes on the Rich: One-Sixth of What They Used to Be
A new IPS briefing paper highlights the unique role of tax policy in wealth concentration.
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"Hundreds of people are dying a day from poverty. Many of them are low-wage workers, tipped workers, people getting sick unnecessarily. Meanwhile, tens of millions of people still lack healthcare," said Rev. William Barber. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
The Fight for a $15 Minimum Wage Is a Fight for Racial Justice
Democrats need to stop playing games and use their majorities to pass a $15 minimum wage right now—we can't wait any longer.
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Friday, February 12, 2021
In this handout provided by congress.gov webcast, lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) speaks on the third day of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on February 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. House impeachment managers will make the case that Trump was singularly responsible for the January 6th attack at the U.S. Capitol and he should be convicted and barred from ever holding public office again. (Photo by congress.gov via Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Trump's Guilt Clearly Demonstrated During Senate Trial
The Democrats are now presenting a "slam dunk" impeachment case in the Senate. And it will almost certainly "lose" in "court." What's next?
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Trump's insurrectionists attack police while trying to storm the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. The rioters broke windows and used metal bars, flag poles and bear spray as well against the police. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Sarah Anderson
We Must Expose the Insurrection Financiers
The January 6 assault on our democracy should lead to greater accountability for future political leaders—and their wealthy financial backers.
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Bruce Springsteen’s ad implies that both the left and the right have a responsibility to move toward the center. (Photo: Jeep/ Screenshot) Elliot Gilfix
Jeep Ad Featuring Bruce Springsteen Emblematic of Lazy Obsession With the Mythical Political "Center"
Sorry, but there is no "seeking the middle ground" with the GOP. It has gone way off the deep end.
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Nathan J. Robinson is editor-in-chief of Current Affairs magazine, book author, and, until recently, a political columnist for The Guardian newspaper. (Photo: Current Affairs) Jonathan Cook
The Guardian Reveals Its True Face by Sacking Progressive Columnist Nathan Robinson for Criticizing US Military Aid To Israel
We need to understand that old corporate media like the Guardian are not an ally to the left, they are the enemy.
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The ascendency of conservatism beginning in the late 1960s was likely due in part to an increasing preference of the public for what it held to be the “normal” and “traditional.” (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo) Mike Lofgren
The Right Devolves From J.S. Bach to Skinhead Rock
How conservatives fell in love with trash culture, and why it reflects their rage.
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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis speaks during a protest in Chicago, March 27, 2013. Thousands of demonstrators rallied in downtown Chicago on Wednesday to protest the city's plan to close 54 public schools, primarily in Hispanic and African-American neighborhoods. (Photo by John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images) Labor Notes Editorial Staff
Karen Lewis Lit the Spark That Inspired a Generation of Teachers and Union Organizers
When you see fire in educators who are standing with students and community to demand justice, look in those flames for her unwavering determination—and her wide smile.
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Teacher unions in other cities are already following the CTU’s example. (Photo by Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Jeff Schuhrke
After Threatening Strike, Chicago Teachers Set "New Standard" With Safer School Reopening Plan
Hard-fought negotiations and a strike threat led to Chicago teachers reaching the "most comprehensive agreement for reopening schools" in the country, potentially setting a model for other districts nationwide.
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The Proud Boys is a far-right, neo-fascist and male-only political organization. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
It’s Time To Resurrect a Global Anti-Fascist Consensus To Name, Shame, and Throw These Guys Out of the Game
Beating back the far right globally.
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Biden Should Stop Payment on U.S. Funds To Sisi's Egypt. (Photo: CODEPINK) Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold
Biden Should Stop Payment on U.S. Funds To Sisi's Egypt
Sisi's reign of power has caused vast human rights abuses and a large-scale breakdown of civil society.
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Thursday, February 11, 2021
The Biden Administration has both the need and the potential to move forward quickly on the climate crisis. (Photo: Friends of the Earth International) Tina Gerhardt
How Biden Can Tackle the Climate Crisis
Joe Biden has promised to ensure climate justice, but will his administration rise to the challenge?
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Brian Terrell at left, with Joan Pleune, Felton Davis and Bud Courtney, blocking the US Mission to the UN, December, 2017. (Photo by Joanne Kennedy) Brian Terrell
Ending the Other War in Yemen
The global proliferation of weaponized drones is no surprise and Biden’s plea for peace in Yemen that allows for their continued use is a hollow one.
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Radio engages, persuades, and informs—and, when done right, builds trust. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/athima tongloom) Larry Bensky, Conn Hallinan
Saving Pacifica Radio Is Critical to Building a Progressive Movement
"We are in a battle for the heart and soul of Pacifica."
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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., national co-chair of Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, speaks out against the U.S.-led war in Vietnam at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. on February 6, 1968. King would be assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee less than two months later. (Photo: Joseph Klipple/Getty Images) Andrew Bacevich
Can America's Soul Be Saved From Poison Injected by Trump?
Only by acknowledging the evil caused by the simultaneous presence of racism, materialism, and militarism, will it be remotely possible for the United States to take the first few halting steps toward redemption.
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a news briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House February 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Ari Paul
The Fawning Coverage of Psaki’s Performance Suggests Some in the Press Have Forgotten That Spin Doctors Are Not on Your Side
For all the calm Psaki is bringing into the White House press room after a four-year circus, as State Department spokesperson it was her job to justify the most imperial aspects of the Obama administration’s foreign policy.
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A new climate campaign video released Thursday parodies a TV  commercial produced Wavemaker, the ad agency contracted by Chevron, by keeping the stock imagery of sunrises and people climbing mountains, but replacing the voiceover with the truth about Chevron's impacts on the climate and communities. (Image: Screenshot/YouTube w/ overlay) Jamie Henn
Ad Agencies Like Wavemaker Need to Stop Greenwashing Chevron's Climate Crimes
The real purpose of Chevron's deceptive feel-good advertising is to convince the public and politicians that the oil and gas giant is already acting on climate, so there's no need to regulate them or hold them accountable.
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Under the Higher Education Act, Biden has the authority to cancel federally owned debt by executive order. (Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Mondaire Jones
Biden Could Cancel Student Debt With the Stroke of a Pen
Canceling student debt isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s the economically smart thing to do. It would liberate millions of Americans to meaningfully participate in our economy.
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U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) talks to reporters during a break in opening arguments in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, on charges of inciting the deadly attack on the US Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 10, 2021. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
Republicans Are Now the Party of Lawlessness and Disorder
There really is no debating that Trump incited a deadly insurrection riot, no more so than we might debate that the earth is round. And the pending vote to convict or acquit will make clear exactly what the GOP has become.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Passage of the Dream Act is a necessary step. But it must be just the first of many. (Photo: Shutterstock) Vanessa Meraz
All Undocumented Americans Deserve a Pathway to Citizenship
Years of advocacy have made DACA the floor of what’s possible, not the ceiling.
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Luxury development, Hawai'i coastline. (Photo: Kai Nishiki) Kaniela Ing
With Environmental Justice, the Devil Is in the Details
If we invest enough, and we invest right, our communities—Black, Indigenous, Latinx, all of us—will finally get a taste of the good life that America has forever promised.
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Attorney David Schoen, representing and defending former President Donald Trump, talks to reporters as members of former US President Donald Trump's legal defense team arrive prior to the start of opening arguments in the impeachment trial of Trump, on charges of inciting the deadly attack on the US Capitol, in Washington,DC on February 10, 2021. (Photo by JOSHUA ROBERTS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) David Hart
If You Want Healing, Get Off My Bike
Do we, as a people, want the events of January 6th to be seen by history as the beginning of national healing, or will we allow it to be the start of an even worse time of division and violence in our nation?
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Former Secretary of State, George Shultz died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at the age of 100. (Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) Julie Hollar
Washington Post Curates the Memory of George Shultz
By exclusion or distortion, establishment obituaries rewrite history to make the official heroes fit for adoration.
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The refusal to enforce the Buy American Act had also continued under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. (Photo by David Endelhardt via Creative Commons) Roger Bybee
Why Should U.S. Citizens' Tax Dollars Be Diverted to Enriching the Manufacturing Base of Other Nations When Americans Need Jobs?
The President’s plan to reinforce the Buy American Act is the first step in reviving the U.S. industry.
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A woman walks past the GameStop store inside the Susquehanna Valley Mall. An online group sent share prices of GameStop (GME) and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (AMC) soaring in an attempt to squeeze short sellers. (Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) John Buell
GameStop Fiasco Proves We Need a Financial Transaction Tax
America is over-financialized and needs a tax on speculation.
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Farmworker Juan Antonio wears a face mask in a field in Riverhead, New York on April 14, 2020 during the COVID-19 crisis. (Photo: Alejandra Villa Loarca/Newsday RM via Getty Images). Jim Hightower
We Can Push Biden for Fundamental Change at the USDA and Beyond
Here's a chance for progressives to rally a broad grassroots constituency to refocus the work of this huge public resource and make it The People's Department again.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2021
US President Donald Trump is seen on TV from a video message released on Twitter addressing rioter at the US Capitol, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. Trump told his supporters on Wednesday to "go home" after they stormed the US Capitol following a rally during which he repeated his spurious claims of election fraud. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Trevor Potter
Impeachment Trial Must Result in Trump Lifetime Ban To Protect Our Democracy
We cannot begin to address this threat and rebuild trust unless we send a clear message that future presidents cannot incite an insurrection at the end of their term and get away with it.
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People shopping in the egg and dairy case on March 13, 2020 at Whole Foods Merket in Vauxhall, New Jersey. (Photo: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Philip H. Howard, Mary Hendrickson
Corporate Concentration in the US Food System Makes Food More Expensive and Less Accessible
A resilient food system that feeds everyone can be achieved only through a more equitable distribution of power.
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"At this unique time in history when it is imperative that nations of the world join in cooperation to share resources to end the global plague assaulting its inhabitants and to avoid catastrophic climate destruction or earth-shattering nuclear devastation," writes Slater, "we are instead squandering our treasure and intellectual capacity on weapons and space warfare." (Photo: Shutterstock) Alice Slater
Time to Negotiate for Peace in Space
A legally binding international treaty banning the basing of weapons in space should be the global objective of all.
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Vicki Ibarra opens a late medical bill for her son at her home on Saturday, February 2, 2019 in Fresno, California. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Laura Packard
Hedge Funds Tried to Kill GameStop. Now They’re Coming for Our Health Care System Too
Hedge funds and private equity firms make profits off our misery and threaten any future health care reform.
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In this long exposure photo, the LNU Lightning Complex fire continues to burn in the ridges near Chemise Road in Healdsburg, California on August 21, 2020. (Photo: Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
The Looming Fires
Climate change, the bomb, or the flame of hope?
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A Publix supermarket cashier. A 2019 Oxfam report shows that raising the minimum wage to $15/hr would benefit 40 million workers and their families. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images) Mary Babic
Top Reasons It's Time to Raise the Minimum Wage Now
When employers don’t pay people enough to survive, those workers are compelled to seek government assistance, meaning taxpayers are essentially subsidizing the corporations.
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Members of the National Guard walk beside barbed wire fencing on U.S. Capitol grounds at sunrise on February 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate is scheduled to begin the second impeachment trial of former U.S. President Donald J. Trump on February 9. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Democrats Disarm Themselves Before Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial
If the Democrats do not go full throttle in this trial—this last clear chance to exercise the Constitution against Tyrant Trump—they will be remembered as profiles of infamy.
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"For the last seven years," writes Houska, "I have been fighting Line 3 with everything I have. If built, Line 3, a massive toxic tar sands pipeline, would destroy the sacred wild rice beds my people depend on for our food, our culture and our way of life. It would contribute as much to the climate crisis as 50 new coal-fired power plants. It would endanger 800 wetlands and 200 waterways." (Image: StoptheMoneyPipeline) Tara Houska
#DefundLine3: Because Stopping This Pipeline is a Matter of Justice
Over the next two months, we're going to make the financial companies that support Enbridge and its toxic tar sands project feel the heat. Here's the plan.
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Monday, February 8, 2021
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) John Feffer
The World Welcomes Biden But Hedges Its Bets
Will continued political volatility be America's downfall?
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Jameel Jaffer
Why the Biden DOJ Should Drop All Charges Against Julian Assange
A successful prosecution of the Wikileaks' founder and publisher would have far-reaching implications both for national security journalists and for the news organizations that publish their work. This isn't an accident.
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on October 21, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Robert Reich
No Perks, No Cushy Benefits for Twice-Impeached President
Someone who has disgraced the office of the president so maliciously should not reap its amenities for the rest of his life.
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While employers are technically supposed to make up the difference if workers don’t earn enough in tips to reach the current $7.25 federal minimum, this rule is largely unenforced. And studies have long found a racial bias in tipping. (Photo: Getty Images) Rebekah Entralgo
Ending the Subminimum Tipped Wage Will Lift Up Black Workers and Benefit All Workers
"If we are committed to ending systemic racism in the workplace, passing a living wage bill for tipped and non-tipped low-wage workers is essential to reducing inequality," says racial justice champion Tanya Wallace-Gobern.
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Donald Pols (R), director of Dutch environmental organization Milieudefensie, and Channa Samkalden (L), lawyer for Milieudefensie, react following the court ruling in the case that the organization, along with four Nigerian farmers, filed against Shell over oil leaks that have allegedly polluted their villages, in The Hague, on January 29, 2021. The Nigerian branch of Shell has to pay compensation to some farmers from the African country. The company has been found liable for two oil spills. The amount must Donald Pols
13 Years Is Too Long for Victims of Shell's Oil Spills to Wait for Justice
This case has beaten a path through the undergrowth for victims of corporate crimes. Now we need strong laws to make this avenue easier to access.
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Participants holding letters spelling TAX WALL STREET. In the face of worsening pandemic conditions in the country, a coalition of Activists gathered outside the New York Stock Exchange at Wall Street to call for the Equitable Taxation of Corporations, demanding legislators to pass the Financial Transaction Tax to generate around 9 billion dollars needed for COVID Recovery and Essential Services. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Paul Buchheit
The Year of Cheating the Poor
People who have money can buy stocks, wait for awhile, and ultimately get richer by doing nothing. But low-income Americans have to depend on wages for their fair share of national economic growth—and wages have barely budged in over 50 years.
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U.S. President Donald Trump introduces EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler during an event to unveil significant changes to the National Environmental Policy Act at the White House on January 9, 2020. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
Hidden in Plain Sight: The "Unimpeachable" Offenses
If what's impeachable is only what members of Congress say it is, constituents should insist that egregiously narrow definitions must no longer prevail.
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Sunday, February 7, 2021
David Fuertes, left, executive director of Kahua Pa'a Mua, with Joël Tan from the Ohana Agricultural Resilience initiative for families in the region. (Photo: Vanessa de Guia) Libby Leonard
Returning to the Roots of Community Resilience in Hawai'i
Local agriculture initiatives offer a way toward food security through reconnection with the land and the true spirit of aloha.
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Herds of bison tens of thousands strong once stretched to the horizons of what would later become the state of Montana. (Photo: David Stalling) Patrick Shea
Tribes at Long Last Reclaim Control of National Bison Range
Indigenous people will take over the management of decimated herds.
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<p>The Department of Veterans Affairs building is located on Vermont Avenue in Washington, D.C. (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/69719745@N05/16128625060/">JeffOnWire</a>/flickr/cc)</p> Hamilton Nolan
Enormous VA Union Contract Moves Towards Uncertain Conclusion Under New Biden Administration
The fate of more than a quarter million federal workers is still up in the air.
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Soldiers in the fight against the Houthis, Taiz City, Yemen, 2016. (Photo: akramalrasny/Shutterstock) Annelle Sheline
Biden to Lift the Wrongheaded Houthi Terrorist Designation—But What's Next?
Having reversed the worst of Trump's policies, Biden must now tackle those of the Obama administration.
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Soldiers stand guard on a blockaded road to Myanmar's parliament in Naypyidaw on February 1, 2021. (Photo: Stringer/AFP via Getty Images) Reese Erlich
What Trump and the Myanmar Coup Have in Common
The Asian country's military overthrew its government over baseless claims of voter fraud. Sound familiar?
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People stage a demonstration in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on January 31, 2021. According to the members of the political opposition, the President Jovenel Moïse's term will end on February 7, 2021 and the president said it is February 7, 2022. (Photo: Sabin Johnson/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Mark Schuller
US Reporting Fails to Note Foreign Roots of Haiti's 'Constitutional Crisis'
Voices within Haiti amplified in foreign corporate media are political parties.
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Henry Darby, a principal in South Carolina, works a second job at Walmart to earn extra money to help his needy students. (Photo: GoFundMe) Leonard Pitts Jr.
Henry Darby Goes Above and Beyond to Help His Students—And That Should Make You Angry
What does it say about us as a country that he must go to such extraordinary lengths?
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Saturday, February 6, 2021
Aung San Suu Kyi, state counsellor and minister for foreign affairs of Myanmar, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's 71st session in 2016. (Photo: United Nations/Cia Pak) Christopher Brauchli
Suu Kyi and Trump Have a Lot in Common—Offices They Held and Their Treatment of People
However, one significant difference is Suu Kyi is the recipient of something Trump wanted more than almost anything else in the world—the Nobel Peace Prize.
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A Guarani indigenous man is inoculated with the Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac vaccine at the Sao Mata Verde Bonita tribe camp, in Guarani indigenous land, in the city of Marica, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on January 20, 2021. (Photo: Mauro Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images) Alexander Langlois
Biden's 'America First' Vaccination Strategy Promotes Global Inequity
Gobbling up nearly 1.6 billion doses of various Covid-19 vaccinations directly conflicts with the administration's so-called equity-based approach.
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All 17 species of Red Colobus, including Temminck's Red Colobus (Piliocolobus basius temminckii) are threatened, making this Africa's most threatened genus of monkeys. Hunting for bushmeat—much of it illegal—and habitat loss continue to pose the most urgent threats to primates across the continent. (Photo: Mic Mayhew/IUCN) Johanna von Braun
Biden's Efforts on Climate Is a Start—But What About Including Biodiversity?
With approximately one million plant and animal species threatened by extinction, the loss of our natural habitats is as much of a global crisis as climate change.
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The Israeli prime minister will attempt to obstruct the workings of the court. But this is a great day for the international rule of law, and all believers in human rights should rejoice. (Photo:  rpb1001/flickr/cc) Juan Cole
In Game-Changer, ICC Will Take Up Israeli War Crimes and Apartheid in Palestine
Palestinian victims of Israeli war crimes from various generations will gain the right to seek justice after decades of occupation.
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Donald Trump may be gone and his Muslim ban repealed, but if we want to say "That was not my America" and mean it, we have a long way to go. (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/vpickering/31894712794/">Victoria Pickering</a>/flickr/cc) Domenica Ghanem
Biden's Repeal of Trump's Muslim Ban Is Just the Beginning
It should kick off a bigger process of healing the harms this long-term dehumanization has caused.
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An activist wears a "Fight For $15" shirt during a news conference prior to a vote on the Raise the Wage Act on July 18, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Michael Reich
65 Billion Reasons the Senate Can Pass a $15 Minimum Wage by Reconciliation
The benefits of a $15 minimum wage are clear. The raise is long overdue.
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A volunteer with Forgotten Harvest loads food into a vehicle at a mobile pantry April 14, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. The organization distributes food throughout the metro area, which has seen an uptick in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Josh Bivens
The Biden Rescue Plan Is Neither Risky Nor a Distraction From Structural Issues
The risks of going too-big are trivial. The risks of going too-small are large—letting the unemployment shock from Covid-19 linger for years.
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Friday, February 5, 2021
Countless stories from the home attendants show that the 24-hour workday can exist, not because the workers really want to “choose” it, but because the insurance companies and those pro-exploitation home care agencies want to maintain it for their profit. (Photo: Getty/Stock/David Sacks) Zishun Ning
Should We Not Stop the 24-Hour Shifts if There Are Workers Who Like It?
"Choosing 24-hour shifts” is a false concept that they put out to confuse people and perpetuate this deplorable sweatshop practice.
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Unemployed businesswoman depressed sitting on a path due to company bankrupted while coronavirus spreading situation. (Photo: Stock photo/Getty/Kiyoshi Hijiki) Lynn Parramore
Is America's Current Capitalist System Equipped To Handle the Potential Tsunami of Despair After COVID?
Only a serious reform of American capitalism can address the kind of distress and insecurity so severe that it kills. Is the country ready for this critical shot in the arm?
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Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather near the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., the United States, on Jan. 6, 2020. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden condemned what he called "insurrection" at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, after some supporters of the Republican incumbent, Donald Trump, broke into the building, forcing electoral vote counting to halt. (Photo by Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images) Eleanor J. Bader
The Capitol Insurrectionists Were Also Part of a Misogynist Anti-Abortion Movement
The events of January 6 were firmly planted on an intersectional foundation that included white supremacy, sexism, and misogyny.
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Presidential candidate of Union por la Esperanza Andrés Arauz raises his fist during a rally on January 27, 2021 in Quito, Ecuador. Ecuadorians will go to the polls on February 7 to elect the successor of the current president, Lenin Moreno. (Photo by Franklin Jacome/Agencia Press South/Getty Images) James K. Galbraith, Jayati Ghosh, Mark Weisbrot, et al.
Open Letter From 40+ Economists Regarding Ecuador and the Dollar
Not only has leading presidential candidate Andrés Arauz emphasized that he is committed to maintaining the dollar as the national currency, he and his party have a long track record of taking strong measures to make sure that dollarization did not come under threat.
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The entrance to the Federal Communications Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Rob Pegoraro/Flickr cc) Victor Pickard
The Fairness Doctrine Won't Solve Our Problems—but It Can Foster Needed Debate
Why it’s time to explore the connections among the First Amendment, content regulation and democracy.
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Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images) Michael Winship
Republicans Don’t Know Much About History. But That Won’t Stop Them
In word and deed, Trumpists try to murder truth and hide the body.
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Thursday, February 4, 2021
Activists participate in a rally urging the expansion of Social Security benefits in front of the White House July 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. Social Security Works, the AFL-CIO and additional organizations held the event to deliver "more than 2 million petition signatures" in support of expanding Social Security benefits. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Max Richtman
Biden Presidency Opens Window to Expand & Strengthen Social Security
Without Social Security, 38% of elderly Americans would fall into poverty.
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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. - Donald Trump's supporters stormed a session of Congress held today, January 6, to certify Joe Biden's election win, triggering unprecedented chaos and violence at the heart of American democracy and accusations the president was attempting a coup. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Lipsyte
Take Me Out to the Capitol…Whoops, I Mean the Ballpark
The Super Bowl ends the most toxic season ever.
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A young migrant girl sits on the floor as her father, recently released from federal detention with other Central American asylum seekers, gets a bus ticket at a bus depot on June 11, 2019, in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Loren Elliott/AFP/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
How "National Security" Disregards Humanity
As long as there are divisions in humanity, and thus in understanding, no one can possibly be secure.
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A poster is held aloft during a demonstration of the Fridays for Future movement calling for urgent action for climate protection, on January 24, 2020 in Berlin. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images) Michael Mann
It’s a New Day in the Climate Battle, Now We Must Act With Agency
We must push forward aggressively now that the wind is finally at our backs, to rescue our planet while there is still time.
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Anti-mask and assorted right-wing protestors outside the Ohio statehouse (Photo: Shutterstock) Mitchell Zimmerman
More Partisanship, Not Less: Democrats Shouldn’t Compromise Their Solutions to Pander to a GOP That Is Part of the Problem
There can be no reasonable compromise between those determined to confront the crises America faces and those who deny that the problems exist—and have indeed aggravated them.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) leaves her office at the US Capitol on February 03, 2021 in Washington, DC. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday that the House of Representatives would vote Thursday on whether to strip embattled Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., of her committee assignments after Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy failed to take action against her. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Juan Cole
After Years of Outrage Politics, RepubliQans Have Surrendered to the Neo-Nazi Conspiracy Theorists
The House Republicans have experienced an embarrassing loss of spine, which has reduced them to floundering slugs, because Trump is still the leader of their party and he supports Greene.
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Civilians, who fled from the ongoing civil war where numerous civilian killed, are seen during their daily lives despite many difficulties at Al-Raqah refugee camp in Amran province of northern Sanaa, Yemen on November 24, 2019. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Shayna Lewis
The Bombing of Civilians in Yemen's Civil War Involves Many Actors, Including Defense Contractors at Raytheon
It’s time to confront the powerful interests of the arms industry, stop arms sales to those who are indiscriminately bombing civilians, and end U.S. complicity in the war in Yemen for good.
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President of the Republic of Haiti H.E. Jovenel Moise speaks onstage during the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit - Day 2 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit) Bianca Mugyenyi
In Honor of Black History Month, Canada Should End Its Support of Authoritarianism in Haiti
Canadian officials have barely criticized any of Moïse’s authoritarian measures. On the contrary, Ottawa has backed Moïse at almost every turn.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2021
McConnell received a flood of criticism from the Trump supporters for daring to distance himself from the dangerous, unstable, Liar-in-Chief. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Ralph Nader
The Struggle Inside Senator Mitch McConnell's Brain
Allowing the Trumpian half of his brain to overpower his judgment and vote to acquit Dangerous Donald would spell disaster for the Republican Party (assuming the Democratic Party doesn’t go to sleep as it did after Obama’s win in 2008).
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Even in the American empire’s neocolonial phase, the role of the U.S. military and the CIA was to kick open doors through which American businessmen could “follow the flag” to set up shop and develop new markets. (Photo: Calvin Shen) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
Instead of opening doors for American big business or supporting America’s diplomatic position in the world, the U.S. war machine has become a bull in the global china shop, wielding purely destructive power to destabilize countries and wreck their economies.
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People demonstrate against restrictions on abortion law in Poland. Krakow, Poland on January 29, 2021. The protest was organized by Women Strike after Poland's highest court has officially published today the law that states that all abortions in Poland will now be banned except in cases of rape and incest and when the mother's life or health are considered to be at risk. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Neil Datta
'This Is Just the Beginning': Why Poland's War on Abortion Should Scare You
This is not just 'Poland being Poland.' These actions are illegal, inhumane and could spread across Europe.
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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) greets supporters after speaking to a crowd during a rally against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on January 28, 2021 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Gaetz added his voice to a growing effort to vote Cheney out of office after she voted in favor of impeaching Donald Trump. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
The False Equivalence Between the Democratic Left and the Republican Right Is Absurd
If this country’s media institutions are to truly function as means of public enlightenment and civic education in this very dark time, then they had better be very clear about this difference.
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You can’t fix Wall Street by becoming it. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Hamilton Nolan
You Can’t Hurt the Gangsters at the Capitalist Casino by Shuffling the Chips Around To Different Bets. You Take Their Chips off the Table.
Pumping up GameStop will do nothing to change what people hate about Wall Street. There’s a better way.
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U.S. President Joe Biden signs executives orders related to his racial equity agenda in the State Dining Room of the White House on January 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden signed executive actions Tuesday on housing and justice reforms, including a directive to the Department of Justice to end its use of private prisons. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Rebekah Entralgo
Biden's Private Prison Reform Must Include Immigration Detention Centers
To fully address profit-driven punishment, the Biden administration will need to take aim at every tendril of the private prison industry.
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An aerial view of Raymond James Stadium ahead of Super Bowl LV on January 31, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Chuck Collins, Omar Ocampo
The Real Winners of Pandemic Super Bowl 2021? The Sports Owners Raking in Billions
Even in a pandemic, 64 billionaires have seen incredible gains from the major league sports teams they own.
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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks outside of the Democratic National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and others called on the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden to take bold action on issues of climate change and economic inequalities. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) John Nichols
The Worst Mistake the Democrats Could Make Is To Seek the Center—Again.
Why Biden and the Democrats must go bold.
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Protestors demonstrate against President-elect Donald Trump outside Independence Hall November 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Republican candidate lost the popular vote but won the electoral college. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
The Electoral College Is Far Worse Than You Think
Majority disenfranchisement isn't its only flaw; it allows fanatical splinter groups to decide elections.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Trump's official Space Force logo bears a striking resemblance to the Star Trek logo. (Photo: via CNN) Lindsay Koshgarian
Will the Space Force take the Pentagon Budget to Infinity and Beyond?
While the Space Force represents just a small sliver of the Pentagon budget, it is in many ways the poster child for a Pentagon that knows no bounds, either budgetarily or physically.
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Protesters gather inside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
Could This Be the Smoking Gun of Trump's January 6 Treason?
If some of the available evidence bears out, this goes far beyond incitement.
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Then Vice President Joseph Biden attending a dignified transfer for Army Pfc. Tyler R. Lubelt of Tamaroa, Illinois, at Dover Air Force Base November 15, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. Lubelt, 20, died November 12 of injuries sustained from a suicide bomb attack at Bagram Airfield near Kabul in Afghanistan. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) William Astore
A Ten-Point Plan to Make Joe Biden a Peace-Time President
After two decades of war and four administrations, it won't be easy to work for peace—but it sure is worth the try.
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a rally outside Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on January 4, 2021. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Julie Hollar
On Sunday Shows, the Only Biden 'Promise' That Matters Is Compromise
Democrats rode to victory in Georgia on a clear promise to give people $2,000 checks if they were given control of the Senate. But to hear corporate media tell it, the more important promise—and the only one they will hold him accountable for—is one Biden never even made.
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Homeless child wearing old worn out shoes on feet with holes in them toes sticking out. (Photo: iStock/Getty Images) Meg Wiehe, Jenice Robinson
Biden’s Child Tax Credit Plan Could Right a Historical Wrong
One lesson from 2020 is that economic and racial inequality are intrinsic challenges that have been either swept under the rug or addressed at the margins for far too long.
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New York Young Republicans gathered at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan for a so-called "Re-Occupy Wall Street" demonstration in New York City, United States on January 31, 2021. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Chris Hedges
The Oligarchy Knows Class Warfare Is the Real Fight—Why Don't Liberals?
The Democrats and Republicans have legalized a level of greed and fraud that even heirs of the robber barons thought unsustainable.
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Environmental activists rally to demand Build Back Fossil Free in front of Charging Bull sculpture on Broadway. Rally was organized by Food & Water Watch, New York Communities for Change and 350 NYC. Activists demand that President-elect Biden to take immediate executive action to divert the country from a destructive fossil-fueled economy. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Simon Davis-Cohen, Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin
Biden's Executive Order on Climate Crisis Exposes Need for Constitutional Change
Demands to abolish the Electoral College and restructure the U.S. Supreme Court can be pegged to substantive constitutional change. It's the role of movements to demand and make changes to the "applicable law," and its interpretation.
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Monday, February 1, 2021
Today’s world presents our children with unprecedented challenges as well as unprecedented opportunities.  (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images) Zoe Weil
We Must Shift the Purpose of Education and Cultivate Meaningful Solutions to Potentially Calamitous Global Problems
For the sake of children and the world, we need a solutionary generation.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks to the media at a joint press conference in Tehran. (Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP) Trita Parsi
Biden’s First JCPOA Hurdle
As simple as this formula is, it doesn’t resolve the question of who should take the first step.
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In this screengrab, (L-R) Melinda Gates and Bill Gates speak during "One World: Together At Home" presented by Global Citizen on April, 18, 2020. The global broadcast and digital special was held to support frontline healthcare workers and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, powered by the UN Foundation. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Global Citizen ) Simon Allison
Under the Current Rules, Vaccines Are Only Going To Rich Countries That Can Afford It
Despite Bill Gates’ stated commitment to an equitable distribution of the Covid vaccine, he is refusing to back South Africa and India’s calls for a waiver on patents.
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For the poultry executives on the National Chicken Council board, Biden’s pro-worker moves must come as quite a shock.(Photo: Food & Water Watch) Sarah Anderson
The Big Chicken Bosses Are No Longer Calling All the Shots in DC
In the new political landscape, poultry workers have already managed to scuttle a Trump administration reform that would’ve made their jobs even more dangerous.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stand back to back in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Robert Reich
The Real Reason the GOP Don’t Want Biden’s Plan? They Fear It Will Work
Biden’s success would put into sharp relief Trump and Republicans' utter failures on COVID and jobs.
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event to announce new cabinet nominations at the Queen Theatre on December 11, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
The Imperial Presidency Under Joe Biden
Joe Biden may not believe in the imperial presidency, but it could be all he has.
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U.S. President Joe Biden (C-R) talks with former U.S. President Barack Obama after he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States in Washington, D.C., the United States, on Jan. 20, 2021. (Photo: Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty) Norman Solomon
Judging Biden by Low Standards Set by Trump Would Be an Unforgivable Catastrophe
We don't have any room to grade this administration on a curve. Progressives must push with everything they've got.
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Sunday, January 31, 2021
Hardly a champion of democracy, JPMorgan Chase CEO Janie Dimon piloted the corporate lobbying campaign for the Trump tax cut and led Wall Street's charge against stricter bank regulation. (Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Reich
Sedition By Other Means: Corporate Executives and Lobbyists Routinely Undermine Democracy to Protect Their Bottom Line
The corporate assault on democracy hasn't been as violent as the pro-Trump mob who stormed the Capitol. And it's entirely legal. But it's arguably more damaging over the long term.
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Chinese travelers wear protective masks while boarding a train before the annual Spring Festival at Wuhan railway station on January 29, 2021. (Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) Jim Naureckas
NYT Scrutinizes Coronavirus Response in China Where Less Than 5,000 People Have Died in One Year While US Loses 3,250 People Per Day
Eighty-seven times as many people have now died from Covid-19 in the U.S. as in China, but in a puzzling attempt to undermine the notion that China's pandemic response has been better, the Times has recently highlighted that country's "efforts to hide its missteps"—and criticized it for sending...
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Farmworkers pick broccoli in a field on January 22, 2021 in Calexico, California. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images) Leah Douglas
After Enduring "Complete Hell" During Pandemic, Food Workers Face Obstacles Getting Covid-19 Vaccinations
There are still unanswered questions about how and whether the vaccines will actually get to a workforce that ranks among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus.
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Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) passes Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.W.) as Manchin speaks on the phone outside the room where Democrats met for their weekly policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on November 13, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Eric Levitz
Democrats' Internal Conflict Over the Filibuster Is Just Getting Started
Joe Manchin doesn't necessarily have an interest in the institutional health of the Democratic Party, but the party's leaders have a vital interest in passing sweeping reforms that gratify its base and mitigate its structural disadvantages.
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Team Tartan Rescue's CHIMP (CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform) robot uses a hand-held power tool during the cutting task of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge on June 6, 2015 in Pomona, California. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Tom Valovic
A Closer Look at the AI Hype Machine: Who Really Benefits?
In a second "Gilded Age" where the power of billionaires and elites over our lives is now being widely questioned, what do we do about their ability to radically and undemocratically alter the landscape of our daily lives using the almighty algorithm?
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Saturday, January 30, 2021
Rioters enter the Senate Chamber on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Shelley Inglis
Death Threats Against Public Officials Reflect Trump's Autocratic Legacy. Reversing GOP's Authoritarian Turn Difficult But Essential
The heightened risk of widespread political violence symbolizes the depth of deterioration of democracy in the U.S. What happens next with the Republican Party, and its financial backers and supporters, will remake or break America's democracy.
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