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Saturday, December 30, 2017
graphic John Atcheson
No, Mr. Trump, the World Does Not Need 'a Little Bit of That Good Old Global Warming'
"Having an ignorant reality TV star in the White House dismantling environmental protections and fostering fossil fuels is not just embarrassing, it's downright dangerous."
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Donald Trump Eugene Robinson
Trump’s First Year Was Even Worse Than Feared—But Voters Can Change Things Up at the Ballot Box in 2018
"Our duty is to elect a Congress that will bring this runaway train under control."
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Friday, December 29, 2017
"As bad as 2017 was, it’s important to understand that Trump is merely a symptom of a far worse malady; one that has been brewing for a long time.  Specifically, he is the logical end point of a decades long campaign by the oligarchy to take over America." John Atcheson
A Year That Will Live In Ignominy
How We Got Here – Can We Get Back?
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The US share of the UN regular budget equals roughly seven hours of Pentagon spending. (Photo:Bettmann/Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
A Trump Christmas Carol
At the behest of the US, the UN regular budget for 2018-2019 has been reduced by $285 million per year. But the world receives an astounding return on its investments in the UN, and member countries should be investing far more, not less, in its organizations and programs.
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A protester walks by a barricade of burning tires in the neighborhood of Villanueva in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on December 15, 2017. Jeff Abbott
International Community Remains Split Over Contested Honduran Election As Protests Continue
The rhetoric of the state and the growing intensity of the protests has led many to fear that Honduras is heading toward a civil war.
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"He said he’d clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. But he’s brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history." (Photo: DonkeyHotey/Flickr/cc) Robert Reich
New Year’s Update for Trump Voters
A list of lies.
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"We have a leader who has gleefully and recklessly been dismantling and destabilizing our government and our ties with other governments around the world, and the majority party in Congress has been colluding."(Photo: Samantha Stamas/Globe Staff Illustration) Joan Wickersham
The Name Of The Elephant
The tale of an elected president turned self-declared emperor.
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The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis visited with individuals and families at the US/Mexico Border as a part of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival on October 23, 2017. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
We Need A Moral Movement
In our travels to more than 32 states, we bore personal witness to the extreme poverty and systemic inequality that plague the world’s wealthiest democracy.
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"Jeff Sessions’ action makes clear that he and his Justice Department are unconcerned by courts trampling on the rights of poor people." (Photo: AP/Jay LaPrete, archivo) Nusrat Choudhury
Jeff Sessions Takes a Stand for Debtors’ Prisons
There is no place in this country for a justice system that lets rich people buy their freedom while poor people are locked up or lose their driver’s licenses because they can’t afford to pay money to courts.
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"The reality is that the small number of estate tax beneficiaries aren’t farmers at all. They’re mostly wealthy city dwellers." (Photo: Chuck Collins
Help For Struggling Millionaires Is On the Way
If you're struggling to get by on $20 million, the GOP is looking out for you and your heirs.
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Thursday, December 28, 2017
"The brains behind this latest move is Seema Verma, a conservative healthcare specialist out of Indiana, where she worked for the administrations of both the overrated Mitch Daniels and the unrated Mike Pence." (Photo: Getty) Charles P. Pierce
Trumpian Philosophy: Any Regulation Is Bad, Even If It Protects Sick Old People
Nursing home residents beware.
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 Children at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza after a strike by Israel (Facebook / المركز الفلسطيني للاعلام) Belén Fernández
Remembering Cast Lead: How Corporate Media Continue To Justify Israel's Criminal Excesses
Media defences of Israel have become so institutionalised that the situation is almost boring to discuss.
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"I ask you to open your eyes and heart to understand the Palestinian reality and to pay attention to their needs. They, too, are God’s children and are worthy of your compassion and commitment." (Photo: Michael Vadon/flickr/cc) James Zogby
A Christmas Message to Vice-President Mike Pence
I want you to understand why the Arab Christian leadership in Palestine was so troubled by your blindness to their plight that they refused to meet with you.
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Chicago public school teachers and their supporters picket in front of the Chicago Public Schools headquarters on September 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)   Jane McAlevey
What #MeToo Can Teach the Labor Movement
Everyone has to be all-in for rebuilding unions.
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Migrant workers harvest lettuce at Lakeside Organic Gardens in Watsonville, CA (USDA photo by Bob Nichols.) Jim Hightower
America’s Farmworkers Face Poverty, Neglect, and Now Deportation
Up to 70 percent of the people who put food on America's tables may be undocumented.
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"Their decision to “right-size” usually comes as last minute massive lay-offs, without giving workers a chance to plan ahead." (Photo: Apollo Beach power plant in Apollo Beach, FL./ Wikimedia Commons) Carla Santos Skandier
When Companies Deny Climate Science, Their Workers Pay
General Electric doubled down on coal. Now, 12,000 workers are paying the price.
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"Slavery by debt has continued to this day, and it is particularly evident in the plight of students." (Photo: Michael Fleshman/cc) Ellen Brown
Student Debt Slavery: Bankrolling Financiers On The Backs Of The Young
Higher education has been financialized, transformed from a public service into a lucrative cash cow for private investors.
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“Leaving behind the illusion that we can fix a broken system frees us to work for genuine change.” (Photo: Jakob Owens/Unsplash) Sarah van Gelder
We Can Reimagine and Reinvent Our Society in 2018
Let’s say goodbye to top-down revolutions and embrace grassroots action.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017
"Government officials should follow the leads of lawmakers like Sen. Chris Murphy and Rep. Ted Lieu and speak out frequently and loudly to mobilize public opposition to a potential war." (Photo: Richard Engel/Twitter) Lisa Fuller
Will A War With North Korea Be Our Political Leaders’ Greatest Regret?
Top nuclear security expert Scott Sagan warns that the risk of war is far higher than during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and predicts that one million people could die on the first day.
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‘America had educated me. Given me employment opportunities I would never have gotten in Ireland. Brought me love and friendship. Exposed me to some incredible highs and horrific lows.’ (Photo: Carmel McMahon) Carmel McMahon
I Thought I Was Ready to Leave America. 2017 Changed My Mind.
Was I really going to pull an ‘Irish goodbye’ now that things had got real?
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"Craft breweries are gaining market share — production of good beer was up 12 percent last year to 24.6 million barrels." (Photo: Alcase/flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
Breakfast and Beer
The sweeping shift of the $10-billion cereal market to healthier alternatives is, in fact, an enormous, grassroots victory, driven by the organic movement.
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"Things have not worked out and privatization has become a means by which politically and socially well positioned have increased their power." (Photo: Donald Trump/cc/flickr) John Buell
Will Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Become Another Attack on Democracy?
Converting public things into private goods reinforces a trend toward corporate oligarchy.
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A September rally in San Francisco to protect net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission recently voted 3-2 to end the Obama-era policy. Legal observers expect a number of lawsuits to be filed in January challenging the change. (Credo Action / Wikimedia) Bill Blum
Six Major Legal Battles of 2017 Will Persist in 2018
Trump has had a hand in shaping all of the year’s biggest legal stories.
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The regime deliberately used heavy weapons to target peaceful, civilian protesters, in hopes of making them militant so that they could be denounced to the outside world as terrorists. Juan Cole
Trump’s Disastrous Year In The Middle East
Chaos in Syria.
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Will Bunch
King Donald's First Christmas, and America Has No Room At the Inn
The president spent his holiday congratulating his wealthy friends on the Republican tax bill, as new reports of his bigotry were released
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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Vet Them Now or Vet Them Later
The Trump administration has moved at a blistering pace to fill federal judicial vacancies. Despite the fact that the ABA has found nearly ten percent of the nominees "unqualified," the Senate has largely acted as a rubber stamp.
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Students at the Street Kids School in Kabul, Afghanistan, listen to announcements before the morning session of classes. The school, which is taught by Afghan teenagers who volunteer their time, provides literacy and nonviolence classes to child laborers on Fridays. PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROLYN COE Carolyn Coe
Street Kids School in Kabul: Stepping Stones to Change
"Those kids working in the street, they don't have much time to think about their life and they don't have time to think about their best future."
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Jerry Flores as a child living in Los Angeles (on the far right). He is now a professor at the University of Toronto. (SUPPLIED PHOTO) Jerry Flores
Why I Left Donald Trump’s America
‘I couldn’t bear the idea of having to listen to the President denigrate my parents’ homeland for four long years. I knew it was time to say good-bye to the American dream.’
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Adam Johnson
'Whataboutism' Runs Amok as Jake Tapper Rattles Off Trump Talking Points
Per usual with Tapper, the US's place in the world as a moral arbiter is taken for granted, and the only cynical actors are those daring to question this moral status.
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Monday, December 25, 2017
Medea Benjamin
10 Good Things About a TERRIBLE Year
With so many good people feeling depressed, let’s point to the positive things that happened, even in this really, really bad year.
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Rachel Cleetus
A Year of Resistance—and Why I’m Hopeful for 2018
Through a chaotic year, it’s been inspiring to see a resistance movement gather strength and show its muscle.
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Peter Kalmus
A Radical Vision for Food: Everyone Growing It for Each Other
Consider the gift economy, brilliantly on display every Sunday in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California.
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Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Poverty Is Both a Political and a Moral Choice Made By the Powerful
The UN Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty reports that “the American Dream is rapidly becoming the American Illusion.” Isn’t it time to wake up, discard both dreams and illusions, and act on the basis of the truth?
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Juan Cole
Was Jesus a DACA Dreamer and Should He Have Been Deported/Crucified?
Jesus of Nazareth, according to the Gospels, was a displaced person.
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Sunday, December 24, 2017
Linda McQuaig
No More Silence About the Torture of Animals
There is an odd disconnect between the way we embrace our pets as family while allowing animals that are similarly sweet and endearing to live miserable lives on factory farms—and to endure horrific deaths
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Adam Johnson
Journalists Who Relayed GOP's Deficit Moaning Owe Us Apologies
Shouldn't the many journalists who served as message-carriers for Republicans' claims that the deficit was an urgent issue that they cared about in earnest apologize for being taken in?
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Jeremy Gillula, Ernesto Falcon
The Year the Open Internet Came Under Siege: 2017 Year in Review
Even with the FCC’s bad vote coming so late, we fought all year to build up momentum that will allow us to fix their blunder in 2018.
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Lauren Reid
Why 2017 Was the Year of Resistance
Take a look back at the battles waged, victories won, and the collective resistance that defined 2017.
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Juan Cole
How Trump Could Avoid Another $7 Trillion Bill in Mideast: Back Off War With Iran
If he is so concerned about wasted money in the Mideast, here's what he could do to stop the hemorrhaging of federal money: Stop rushing headlong into war with Iran.
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BJ McManama
Violating the Sacred: GMO Chestnuts for the Holidays?
Is our meddling risking further damage to already fragile ecosystems that have since compensated for the loss of the American chestnut tree?
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Saturday, December 23, 2017
'A socio-cultural-political structure," writes Rockstroh, "is in place wherein the individual is bombarded, to the point of psychical saturation, with self-serving, elitist manufactured media content." Phil Rockstroh
When the Unthinkable Becomes Quotidian: Thermic Runaway and Strangelovian Palaver
I understand the desperate need for hope. To crave the quality is inherently human. Yet: All and all, an obsessive focus on Trump, the Orange Scylla, buffets one into the maw of the Washington Establishment’s Charybdis.
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Michael Macleod-Ball
Who Can Clean Up the FCC's Net Neutrality Mess?
There are three possible paths to the reinstatement of net neutrality protections that were stripped away through last week's vote.
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Chuck Marr
Instead of Boosting Working-Family Tax Credit, GOP Tax Bill Erodes It Over Time
The GOP tax bill not only squanders an opportunity to help families by strengthening the Earned Income Tax Credit, but it also permanently erodes its value over time.
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César Chelala
We Are Failing a Generation of Iraqi Children
Hardly a week passes in Iraq without signs of violence leaving both children and adults with permanent physical and mental scars.
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Kathy Kelly
Let Yemenis Live
Just over 1,000 days of Saudi-led coalition war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen has been deadly and devastating for Yemeni civilians.
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Christopher Brauchli
Forbidden Words
To those not familiar with what passes for thinking in many Trump appointees, including those at the CDC, it may be hard to understand how the various words offend.
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Friday, December 22, 2017
Phyllis Bennis
At United Nations, Trump's Attack on Palestinians Rebuffed by 128 Nations
Yesterday's vote at the UN reflects the profound global antagonism that the Trump administration has caused and indeed embraced
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"We are gaining the audacity to color outside the lines drawn for us by our failed political establishment." (Photo: Mobilus In Mobili/flickr/cc) LeeAnn Hall, George Goehl
We Can Take the Lead in Remaking America
2017 taught us we can put our hearts, minds and bodies on the line, and win.
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"Corporations don’t need more cash. They do not lack for the resources to invest in American jobs." (Photo: Getty Images) Heather Boushey
The Tax Bill Should've Been Called The Inequality Exacerbation Act
Let’s imagine what policymakers seeking to achieve sustained and broad-based economic growth — growth with benefits that reach all Americans — could do instead of this wrongheaded tax bill.
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"The public also envisions extensive subsidized housing—it has no idea that only 1 in 4 families that qualify for federal rental assistance actually receive it, and that their average income is approximately $12,500 per year."(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Greg Kaufmann
The Tax Plan Isn’t Just About Taxes—It’s About Shredding the Safety Net
Despite Ryan and his conservative brethren’s concern with “dependence” on government assistance, rewarding work just doesn’t seem to register as a key antipoverty strategy.
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"As Congress works to avoid a government shutdown, policymakers are considering more of the ill-advised proposals that have created this human rights disaster for migrant communities." (Photo: Pedro Rios / American Friends Service Committee) Pedro Rios
Remembering Joseph and Mary on the U.S.-Mexico Border
The biblical story should remind us of migrants today seeking shelter to protect themselves and their families.
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"The holiday period provides us with a unique opportunity to express the new awareness that must inform a less commercialised and more sharing-oriented world." (Photo: Banksy) Adam Parsons
Let’s Unite and Demonstrate The True Meaning Of Christmas
Rather than spending all our time partaking in conspicuous consumption, why don’t we commemorate Christmas by organising massive gatherings for helping the poor and healing the environment.
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According to the Ecological Footprint Network, humans currently consume at a rate 1.7 times what Earth’s generative capacity can sustain—and the gap is growing. (Photo by Lee Scott on Unsplash.) David Korten
How to Restore Our Relationship to Earth
We must reduce our burden on Earth’s regenerative systems by approximately 40 percent.
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President Trump celebrates with congressional Republicans outside the White House on Wednesday after Congress passed sweeping tax overhaul legislation. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
Fight Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism
While we ensure that lesser evils replace the worst evils, we also have to insist that no matter who is in power, our demands for social, racial, gender, environmental and economic justice be met.
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Jackson Lears
What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Russian Hacking
It appeared that the party might learn something from Clinton’s defeat. Then everything changed.
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A painting by Lappin's student who lost her battle with cancer at age 8: “painted by the child to whose memory this ... struggle is dedicated. Her painting reminds us that with each new day there is hope.” (Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Lappin) Lisa Lappin
Paramount's "Erin Brockovich" Petitions to Protect Children From Hex Chrome Cancers
We must stop sacrificing low-income communities at the altar of corporate profit.
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"Tax Policy Center (TPC) estimates that by 2027, when the changes to the tax code are fully phased, 53% of US households will pay higher taxes than they would have under current law."(J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Tim Koechlin
Will Plunder Never Cease?
“Tax reform” enriches the GOP’s super rich donors.
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Victoria Borneman
As Oceans Rise, When’s the Last Time I’ll Go Home for Christmas?
By my count, I get 13 more holidays before the sea threatens to swallow my family's home.
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Thursday, December 21, 2017
 Cornel West, left, professor of philosophy at Union Theological Seminary, speaks at the National Press Club on Feb. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, right, pictured during a press conference. Naomi Klein, Opal Tometi
Forget Coates vs. West — We All Have a Duty to Confront the Full Reach of U.S. Empire
What are the duties of radicals and progressives inside relatively wealthy countries to the world beyond our national borders?
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David Morris
To Save the Internet We Must Own the Networks
The FCC and Congress have given us both the incentive and the opportunity to build a nationwide democratic Internet governed in the public interest.
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"The polls overwhelmingly show that people strongly favor progressive policies designed to rein in Wall Street and big banks; reduce or eliminate the influence of money in politics; end subsidies to oil and gas companies; support single payer health care;… this list could go on and on." (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) John Atcheson
Republicans Are Trying To Buy Off Americans For Peanuts
Unless Democrats champion a progressive agenda, they won't succeed.
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai released a video to defend his stance on net neutrality. (Photo: Daily Caller) Evan Greer
Net Neutrality Is Far From Dead as Senators Line up to Fight FCC Decision
Voters from across the political spectrum overwhelmingly support an open internet.
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"It’s possible that he might indeed be the first president since Harry Truman in 1945 to order the use of nuclear weapons." (Photo: Getty) Tom Engelhardt
The Most Dangerous Man on Earth
Here we are, living with a man whose ultimate urge seems to be to bring the world to a boil around himself.
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Barkan later tweeted: “Last night after the Senate vote, peaceful protesters in the gallery were telling personal stories about how this bill will hurt them and their families. And Republican Senators were laughing at them. It explains everything. They do not see our humanity.” (Photo: John Brighenti / CC BY 2.0 ) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
The Darkest Day of the Year
“The tax reform package is essentially a bid to make the U.S. the world champion of extreme inequality.”
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It bears mentioning that these backdoor methods for funding school vouchers through the federal tax code not only rob public education of much needed funds; they also lead to generally bad education results. (Photo: Alex Milan Tracy/AP) Jeff Bryant
Republican Tax Plan Opens Backdoor To Federally-Supported School Vouchers
So while wealthy parents get a double dipping effect on their tax savings from this 529 extension, the rest of us bear the full tax burden of funding public schools for the vast majority of children.
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"What’s clear is that this is a moment of social change. I believe we should value everyone who is a participant in it, willingly or otherwise. Real social change leaves no one out." (Photo: Michael Reynolds/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) Robert C. Koehler
Turning Perpetrators into Healers
Powerful men are feeling the sting of accountability for stupid and cruel behavior that until recently seemed consequence-free.
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As Trump tries to sell the myth that he is somehow “for the little guy” and fallaciously claims the forgotten men and women of America “will never be forgotten again,” his cabinet secretaries and regulatory agency heads are working overtime to roll back health, safety and labor protections for working people. (Photo: flick/cc) Ralph Nader
Needed: A Meter for Trump’s Lies-Per-Minute (LPM)
Voters who continue to believe in serial political liars are entrenching a tyranny over themselves.
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Australia became the 25th country to legally embrace marriage equality in 2017. (Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images) Nick Buxton
10 Amazing Social Movement Struggles In 2017 That Give Us Reason To Hope
Despite endless capitalist greed and militarism, people are still fighting for a just world.
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"Jesus God Almighty, what a fake." (Photo: Getty) Charles P. Pierce
The Only Way Paul Ryan Wins Is if Millions of Americans Lose
The GOP Tax Bill is the culmination of a dark, dangerous dream.
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"We are experiencing historic levels of inequality, where two families – the Waltons and the Koch brothers – own more wealth than 115 million people." (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
The Tax Bill Is a Lifeline for Democrats. Will They Sink or Swim?
We’re at a crossroads in American history.
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"Nothing protects a working class American quite like another slaughtered Yemeni wedding party or another worthless billion-dollar F-35 joint strike fighter." (Photo: Ben Schreiner
The 10 Step Scheme for One-Sided Class War
Scream about the debt and deficit. Then shrink revenue by slashing taxes and spend a ton of money on wars of choice. Repeat.
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Juan Cole
Yes, America, There is a Class War, and You Just Lost It
The economy has grown enormously since 1970. So if workers did not get a share in the newly created wealth, who has it? Easy: The top 1%.
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"To Graham, men like McNamara and Kissinger -- the main war architects for Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon -- were wonderful human beings." (Photo: youtube/screenshot) Norman Solomon
The Real Story Behind Katharine Graham and “The Post”
The Washington Post was instrumental in avidly promoting the lies that made the Vietnam War possible in the first place.
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Robert Freeman
Why Republicans Love Debt
They sure talk a good game... wait, no they don't
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Michael Winship
The Tax Bill Is the Grinchiest Christmas Gift Yet
At year's end, Donald Trump and Congress are putting a lump of "clean, beautiful coal" in our stockings.
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"The “Arctic shows no sign of returning to reliably frozen region of recent past decades”, starts the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual Arctic Annual Report Card." Andy Rowell
Welcome to the “New Arctic”: The Region “As We Once Knew It Is No More”
“All humans, whether we want to admit it or not, are impacted by the natural environment”.
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President Donald Trump waves as he leaves after speaking about tax reform in the Grand Foyer of the White House. (Photo: AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Robert Kuttner
The Tax Cut and the Fake Trump Boom
While the economic boom looks pretty good now, it won’t look so great by November 2018.
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Persons of Japanese ancestry arrive at the Santa Anita Assembly center from San Pedro, California. (Photo: Archive/U.S. Dept. of Interior) Cecillia Wang
Trump’s Muslim Ban Repeats the Constitutional Travesty Committed Against Japanese-Americans in World War II
Trump is taking the nation back to a time that was specifically and undeniably not "great"
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Ivanka Trump applauds during an event in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP) Eugene Robinson
Welcome to The Trump Family Swamp
While everyone watches his Twitter feed, President Trump is using the White House like a marketing agency for his family brand
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"The bottom line is that Iraq has many challenges ahead and Washington doesn’t have a hope in hell of meaningfully solving any of them." (Photo: the U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Danny Sjursen
Three Administrations, But One Standard Playbook for Endless War
From Bush to Obama to Trump, it's just more of the same on overseas war.
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Individuals in Portland, Maine protesting the GOP tax bill. (Photo: Jenna McGuire) Joel Friedman
Tax Bill’s Cost Could Hit $2.2 Trillion Over Next Decade
Every credible analysis shows that the bill won’t come close to paying for itself.
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"It is almost as if Trump’s defenders believe that anything they point to, no matter how flimsy, will be uncritically accepted as fact by Trump’s base." (Photo: AP) Bill Lueders
Activists Prepare to Push Back if Trump Fires Mueller
“The Resistance is mobilized, and ready to peacefully take to the streets if necessary to defend our Constitution and the rule of law.”
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Monday, December 18, 2017
“When I left the White House I had to learn that what matters in journalism is not how close you are to power, but how close you are to the truth,” (Photo: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) Peter Dreier
Bill Moyers, America’s Conscience, Retires Again—This Time for Real
The PBS journalist steps down from his long-time mission to document the lives of Americans and uncover waste, fraud, and abuse in corporate America and beyond.
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Collette Watson
Net Neutrality: What's Next and How We Win the Fight
It's not the end of this fight.
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Bruce Robbins
How Orwell Used Wartime Rationing to Argue for Global Justice
Orwell’s response to inequality between nations could be more instructive than ever
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"The Republican Party is their vehicle. Fox News is their voice. Trump is their champion. The new tax plan is their triumph." (Photo: @srbija_eu/Twitter) Robert Reich
The Triumph of the Oligarchs
They are living in their own separate society, and they want Congress and the President to represent them, not the rest of us.
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Teachers demand better pay in Bogota, Colombia. (Photo: EPA/Leonardo Munoz) Alice Evans
How Latin America Bucked The Trend Of Rising Inequality
Through sustained networking and resistance, which secured redistribution and recognition, many Latin Americans have come to expect more of their governments.
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"If the Republican tax plan becomes law, Americans in the Middle 40 won’t just see their share of national wealth continue to slide. They’ll see their actual wealth tumble as well." (Image: Common Dreams) Bob Lord
The GOP Tax Plan Will Complete the Destruction of America’s Middle Class Wealth
In fact, if the GOP tax plan becomes law, we may be looking at a future where our 1,600 richest hold more wealth than the nation’s entire middle class.
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"The crazy comes so fast and furious these days, it’s easy to forget some of the smaller brushfires." (Photo: Getty) Rebecca Gordon
The President Plays with Matches
And the whole world burns.
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Sunday, December 17, 2017
Michael Halpern
The Trump Administration Word Ban Extends to Other Federal Agencies. Its Ongoing Assault on Science Is Much Worse.
If only the banning of "science-based" and "diversity" was the worst thing the Trump administration has done to science.
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John Atcheson
Confederacy of Dunces: Neoliberals Jump the Shark in The New York Times
While progressives won some changes during the recent gathering of the Unity Commission, the war for the heart and soul of the Party is still raging
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Phil Rockstroh
What Was Verifiably Great About America: Fragments of a Memoir Set To A Musical Soundtrack
The music tells a story, but that doesn't mean it will end well
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Pierre Tristam
Alabama Saves The Day. But Not Much Else.
Just look at what it took to beat Republican Roy Moore, no ordinary rightwing barbarian—even for Alabama
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Corynne McSherry, Elliot Harmon
Team Internet Is Far From Done: What’s Next For Net Neutrality and How You Can Help
FCC may be abdicating its role in protecting the open Internet, but we will not. In the courts, in the halls of Congress, in our local communities, online and in the streets, Team Internet will fight for net neutrality – and we’ll be counting on you to join us.
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Eric Margolis
No to Eastward NATO Expansion? 'Sorry Chump, You Didn't Have It in Writing'
Is it any wonder after this bait and switch diplomacy that Russia has no trust in the Western powers?
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Saturday, December 16, 2017
Andrew Bacevich
As American Statecraft Crumbles into Dangerous Incoherence, Where is the Senate?
How senators of both parties have made themselves complicit in the unfolding folly of Trump's foreign policy
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Reza Marashi
Nikki Haley Is Not Good At Foreign Policy
The most inexplicable part of Haley's charade this week was her insistence on talking about Iran rather than talking to Iran
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
Stopping Armageddon
The United States faces a trap of its own making. For decades, this country has forcibly overthrown regimes it deemed to be hostile to US interests. North Korea fears that it is next.
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tax scam Robert Reich
A Guide to Why the Trump-Republican Tax Plan is a Disgrace (for When you Confront Your Republican Uncle Bob During the Holidays)
Rubbish, baloney, and other GOP tax lies
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Friday, December 15, 2017
"Yet we insist on remaining mentally epoxied to electronic appliances, as the oceans of our technology besieged planet die, as the atmosphere is choked with heat-holding greenhouse gas emissions, and, as a result, exquisite, living things disappear forever." (Photo: Nicolas Kovarik/Getty) Phil Rockstroh
Capitalism’s Failure Of The Flesh: The Rise Of The Robots
The system and its machines must begin to serve humanity, as opposed to what has been the case since the advent of the industrial/technological age: the mass of humanity serving the machine.
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