Saturday, April 29, 2017
Christopher Brauchli
The Senator and the Tax Collector
I . . . content myself with wishing that I may be . . . not of that number who are ignorant in spite of experience. —William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, Speech in House of Commons (1741) Someone has to...
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Bernie Sanders, Patty Murray
It’s Time for a National $15 Minimum Wage
In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, a basic principle of American economic life should be that if you work 40 hours or more a week, you do not live in poverty. Sadly, that is not...
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Stéfanie Khoury, David Whyte
Trump’s First 100 Days: Corporate Rights Trump Human Rights
After 100 days in office, the Trump Administration continues to wear its abject disdain for human rights on its sleeve. It has threatened to leave the United Nations Human Rights Council and has...
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Jeremy Slevin
These Families Were Directly Threatened by Trump’s Agenda in His First 100 Days
Media coverage of Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president has largely focused on what Trump didn’t do during his brief time in office—from his stalled attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to...
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Wenonah Hauter
Our Lives Depend on Stopping Dirty Energy. Here’s How We’ll Do It.
For five years, Food & Water Watch has worked to ban fracking because we’ve determined that it presents unacceptable risks to our water supply. We’ve worked alongside grassroots activists across...
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Jeremy Brecher
Building a Trump-Free, Fossil-Free Future
As the thousands of foot-weary protesters leave the April 29 Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C. — and its scores of sister marches around the country — one question will no doubt be foremost...
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Christopher Cook
Trump Labor Secretary Acosta’s Deadly Agenda for Workers
With the Senate’s confirmation of new Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta Thursday night on a 60 to 38 vote—with a full eight Democrats in support—the Trump administration’s plans to decimate workers’...
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Ashley Gorski, Noa Yachot
The NSA Says It Is Ending One of Its Most Controversial Spying Practices, But It Could Be Resurrected if Congress Doesn’t Act Now
The NSA indicated Friday that it will halt one of its most controversial spying practices, related to its surveillance of virtually all text-based communications entering or exiting the United States...
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Friday, April 28, 2017
Magali Sanchez-Hall
Communities of Color Must Lead at People’s Climate March
On April 29th, thousands will participate in the People’s Climate March--in Washington, D.C. and all over the country--to stand up for our communities and our climate. I’ll be marching with my...
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César Chelala
The World's Wealthy Nations Are Failing Yemen
Antonio Guterres, U.N.’s Secretary General, has informed that international donors have pledged $1.1 billion in aid for Yemen. Rather than a humanitarian action, this pledge only underscores the...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Forget Andrew Jackson. The Right Thinks Trump Is Calvin Coolidge!
Republican Calvin Coolidge, who in 1923 ascended to the presidency following the death of the corrupt and dunderheaded Warren Harding, was a man of few words. But some of the most famous of the few...
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Basav Sen
State and Local Governments Can Take the Lead on Climate Policy
In March, the World Meteorological Organization released data on the state of the earth’s atmosphere in 2016. Last year, it found, was the hottest year since humanity started recording temperatures,...
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Nick Meynen
How This Earth Activist Risked All and Won Everything
Two men coming all the way from the Indian jungle admired the most sacred site of London: St. Paul's Cathedral. They checked the rock quality, deemed it perfect and asked for the London mining...
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Dale Eisman
'State of the Swamp' Spotlights Trump Team's Ethical Blindness
President Trump marks his 100 th day in office on Saturday, a milestone he insists is meaningless even as he directs the White House staff in a frenzied effort to convince Americans he’s been the...
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Rhea Suh
I'll Be at the Peoples Climate March Because a Threat to the Environment Is a Threat to Public Health
This Saturday, April 29th, tens of thousands of people will gather for the Peoples Climate Movement march in Washington, D.C., to express unwavering support for continued action to combat climate...
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Ben Mathis-Lilley
Maybe Obama Is Doing Paid Speeches Because He Thinks Big-Money Special Interests Are Fine
The news that Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to deliver a speech at a September health care conference sponsored by the Cantor Fitzgerald investment bank has provoked wildly different reactions...
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John Nichols
Trump’s FCC Has Begun Its Attack on Net Neutrality
N o act of the recklessly authoritarian Trump administration poses a greater threat to the democratic discourse than the now-announced plan to gut net-neutrality rules. With newspapers dying, radio...
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Alison Stine
Trickle Down Devastation: A Single Mom Responds to Trump’s Tax Plan
You’re not a single mother. You have a spouse or a partner. You don’t have kids, or if you do, you’re raising them in a two-parent, two-income household. I’m happy for you — and a little envious. I...
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John Feffer
Worst. 100 Days. Ever.
If I were a Trump supporter, I’d be furious at the coverage of the president’s first 100 days. The mainstream media has engaged in a bout of competitive schadenfreude as headline writers and...
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Richard Eskow
The First 100 Days of Resistance
Donald Trump’s 100th day as president is upon us, and the early reviews aren’t good. Although he now calls it a “ridiculous standard,” Trump once touted his 100-day plan on the campaign trail. This...
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Bill Bigelow
Jeff Sessions to Pacific Islanders: ‘Your Lives Are Worthless’
Speaking on a conservative talk radio show last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions denounced a decision issued by Derrick K. Watson, a federal judge in Hawaii, blocking Trump’s Muslim travel ban: “...
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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Robert Reich
Trump’s Unconstitutional Assault on the Judiciary
One way dictators take over democracies is by threatening the independence of a nation’s courts. Donald Trump is doing just this. Connect the following dots: 1. In January, Trump blasted a federal...
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Nick Turse
The U.S. Military Moves Deeper into Africa
General Thomas Waldhauser sounded a little uneasy. “I would just say, they are on the ground. They are trying to influence the action,” commented the chief of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) at a...
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Joseph Torres
Killing Net Neutrality Is a Critical Goal in Trump's Campaign Against Free Speech
The president’s appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, unveiled his plan to kill Net Neutrality at a closed-door FreedomWorks-sponsored event on Wednesday in...
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René Wadlow
Yemen: Effective Humanitarian Aid Depends on a Peace Accord
The United Nations (UN) together with the governments of Sweden and Switzerland which have often led humanitarian issues in the UN system held a high-level pledging conference in Geneva on April 25,...
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Kathy Kelly
The Shame of Killing Innocent People
On April 26th, 2017, in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah, the Saudi-led coalition which has been waging war in Yemen for the past two years dropped leaflets informing Hodeidah’s residents of an...
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Conor Friedersdorf
Why Are Leftists Targeting Troll Columnists Like Ann Coulter Instead of Institutions?
California is at the center of the ongoing, nationwide conflict over free speech on college campuses. The latest installment: After Ann Coulter was invited, and then disinvited, to speak at UC...
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Neal Gabler
The 100 Days That Turned America Upside Down
“Don’t you want God to show up and say He’s kidding?” Louis C.K. asked Stephen Colbert on The Late Show a couple of weeks back. Of course we do. Instead, during these past 100 days, God seems to have...
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Chris Hedges
Terrorizing the Vulnerable
ELIZABETH, N.J.—Edison, 50, an undocumented man from Uruguay, wraps his knuckles against the basement wall of the row house as if it is a front door. “Who is it?” a 44-year-old Salvadoran immigrant...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
As Trump Stokes Fear Among Immigrants, a Movement Builds on May Day
Arturo Hernandez, like so many millions of immigrants, came to the United States in order to forge a better life for his family. He is one of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants without...
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Anthony Romero
100 Days of Resistance
It only took a day for the people to speak. On the morning after Donald Trump’s inauguration, more than 500,000 people crowded into the nation’s capital for the Women’s March on Washington. The “...
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Jessie Lorenz
Now Is the Time for Single-Payer Healthcare in California
In the wake of the failed effort to repeal Obamacare, there’s a groundswell of support rising to bring the dream of single-payer health care to California. Senators Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and...
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LeeAnn Hall
Hometowns Rising To Win Health Care For All
Back in January, a victory on health care seemed a long way away. Today, we’re still in a big fight to protect the health care that we need and that everyone deserves. It’s not just the Affordable...
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Robert C. Koehler
A Public Plan for Peace
The American will to wage war — endless war, pointless war, total war — is, I fear, impervious to public opinion and even political action. It remains alive deep in the underground bunker of American...
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John Atcheson
Record-Breaking CO2 Levels, Tax Cuts, and Catastrophe: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You
On March 10, 2017, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced some bad news. Humans were hurtling toward unknown territory with regards to global warming. Concentrations of CO 2,...
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Ralph Nader
Trump’s Hundred Days of Rage and Rapacity
The Lawless-loving corporatists have worked overtime to besmirch the word “regulation” (or law and order for corporations) and edify the word “deregulation,” to help bring about their dream state of...
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Darlene Dubuisson, Mark Schuller
'You Live Under Fear': 50,000 Haitian People at Risk of Deportation Under Trump
“With TPS, it’s like you live under fear,” thirty-something aspiring nurse Michaëlle explained. “You don’t know what’s going to happen. I live with stress because of that.” Michaëlle’s situation just...
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Adam Johnson
NYT’s ‘Impossible to Verify’ North Korea Nuke Claim Spreads Unchecked by Media
Buoyed by a total of 18 speculative verb forms—five “mays,” eight “woulds” and five “coulds”— New York Times reporters David E. Sanger and William J. Broad ( 4/24/17 ) painted a dire picture of a...
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Medea Benjamin
Women Beware: Saudia Arabia Charged with Shaping Global Standards for Women's Equality
It’s hard to sink to a greater depth of hypocrisy than voting Saudi Arabia onto a UN Commission charged with promoting women’s equality and empowerment. And yet, on April 23rd, that is precisely what...
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Josh Bivens, Hunter Blair
Trump’s Opening Bid for Tax Reform Is More Tax Cuts and Loopholes for the Rich
Today, President Trump unveiled a proposal that serves as his opening bid for the upcoming debate over tax “reform.” Unsurprisingly , the president is proposing straightforward tax cuts for the rich...
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Women Cross DMZ
From Around the World, An Urgent and Unified Plea to Avert War on Korean Peninsula
President Donald Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Secretary of Defense James Mattis H.R. McMaster, National Security Council April 26, 2017 Dear President Trump: We are women leaders from 40...
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Dean Baker
Donald Trump's Big Tax Cut... For Himself
According to press accounts, Donald Trump seems prepared to put out a tax cut proposal that could net him hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade. It probably won't do much to help the...
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Lee Rowland
We All Need to Defend Speech We Hate
Controversial, critical, confrontational, and challenging speech is an essential part of any successful college education. Without it, institutions of higher education cannot truly be said to be...
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Robert Reich
5 Reasons Why Trump’s Corporate Tax Cut is Appallingly Dumb
Trump wants to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, in order to “make the United States more competitive.” This is truly dumb, for 5 reasons: 1. The White House says the United...
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Jim Goodman
NAFTA Needs To Be Replaced, Not Renegotiated
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must be replaced with a transparent trade agreement that ensures farmers in all three nations—Canada, Mexico, and the United States—receive fair prices...
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D.D. Guttenplan
Why Was Heath Mello Thrown Under the Bus?
OMAHA, Nebraska — On my first morning here in Nebraska, I walked right into a glass wall. “Wow! Didn’t see that coming,” I thought, as the blood poured down my nose. So I have some sense of what it...
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Bill Quigley
Everything Wrong with Charter Schools on Display in New Orleans
New Orleans is the nation’s largest and most complete experiment in charter schools. After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana took control of public schools in New Orleans and launched a...
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Aviva Chomsky
Making Sense of the Deportation Debate
Ever since he rode a Trump Tower escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and swore to build his “great wall” and stop Mexican “rapists” from entering the country, undocumented immigrants...
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Dean Baker, Jeff Hauser
President Trump’s Dramatic Retreat on Trade
Trade was a major theme in President Trump’s campaign. He repeatedly complained that our trade negotiators were stupid and therefore had negotiated bad trade agreements. These bad trade deals are the...
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Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
Why We Are Joining the March on Harrisburg
A little over a year ago, we embarked on a journey that would forever change our lives. With Democracy Spring , we marched from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. and then risked arrest in front of the...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Where Is the Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders of Foreign Policy?
When a prominent Washington peace activist was asked recently to name the leading anti-interventionists in the Senate, he responded, “Rand Paul and Mike Lee,” both Republicans. Democrats are in the...
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Deborah Burger
Attention, Please: We Can Guarantee Healthcare for All Californians
With continued uncertainty in Washington over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, California has a unique role to play in charting a new path on health care reform – legislation that would guarantee...
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Monday, April 24, 2017
Robert Weissman
President Trump’s Corporate Government
We’re 100 days into Corporate Government. While giant corporations have for decades and on a bipartisan basis exerted far too much influence over government decision-making, we’ve never seen anything...
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Cassandra Stubbs
In Its Rush to Kill, Arkansas May Have Executed an Innocent Man
Ledell Lee’s first hard-knock moment came even before he was born. His mom, 16 and on her third pregnancy by a man years older than she was, drank and smoked through his pregnancy. Because of her...
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Nozomi Hayase
Prosecution of Assange is Persecution of Free Speech
US authorities are reported to have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This overreach of US government toward a publisher, whose principle is aligned with the U...
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Juan Cole
For First Time, a US President Backs a Fascist France
While she is highly unlikely to win the run-off presidential election on May 7 against the Bill Clinton of France, Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen managed to come in second in the first round on...
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Will Bunch
Biggest Threat to 'Law-and-Order'? Our Delusional Attorney General
He repeatedly mangles facts and butchers the truth -- and almost never apologizes for it. He managed to rise to the top in Washington when many thought that the issue of racism would kill his career...
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John Nichols
The First 100 Days of Resistance
The awful irony of Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president is that a man who is still frequently described as “erratic” has governed as an entirely predictable corporate conservative—as everyone...
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Robert Reich
First 100 Days: Trump and the Degradation of the Presidency
Trump’s failure to accomplish little or any of his agenda during his first 100 days is striking. But we should not forget the vast harm he has done in this comparatively short time – especially his...
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Dieter Duhm
Defend the Sacred: How Could the Peace Movement Prevail?
The fight for Standing Rock is over, at least for now. With the help of Donald Trump and the banks, the oil industry has imposed its agenda. The construction of the pipeline has been completed. Our...
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Bill Blum
Why Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Is Unfit to Be Attorney General
Don’t let his languid Southern drawl or physical resemblance to the kindly Keebler elves fool you. Ever. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the nation’s 84th attorney general, is neither laid back...
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George Goehl
Transforming the Possible Through Radical Imagination
This is the text of opening remarks delivered Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the People’s Action founding convention in Washington, DC – “Rise Up: From Protest to Power.” David pulled a stone from his...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Chameleon Presidency
MOAB sounds more like an incestuous , war-torn biblical kingdom than the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, aka “the mother of all bombs.” Still, give Donald Trump credit. Only the really, really...
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Sunday, April 23, 2017
Lawrence Wittner
Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Today’s Threats of Nuclear War?
I n recent weeks, the people of the world have been treated to yet another display of the kind of nuclear insanity that has broken out periodically ever since 1945 and the dawn of the nuclear era. "...
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Shahid Buttar
A Municipal Vote in Providence for Police Reform Carries National Implications
After three years of sustained community mobilization and advocacy, the Providence City Council in Rhode Island voted this Thursday to unanimously approve among the most visionary set of policing...
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James Zogby
Palestinian Prisoners’ Hunger Strike
One thousand five hundred Palestinian prisoners have been on a hunger strike for almost a week now. They are refusing sustenance in an effort to improve the deplorable conditions faced by the nearly...
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Naomi Klein
“Fear City” Explores How Donald Trump Exploited the New York Debt Crisis To Boost His Own Fortune
When I published “The Shock Doctrine” a decade ago, a few people told me that it was missing a key chapter in the evolution of the tactic I was reporting on. That tactic involved using periods of...
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Ashley Gorski
In Time for the Reform Debate, New Documents Shed Light on the Government’s Surveillance of Americans
The ACLU on Friday released more than a dozen new documents concerning the government’s warrantless surveillance of millions of Americans. They were obtained from several intelligence agencies in an...
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Maria J. Stephan
Why Support for Syria’s Nonviolent Fighters is Key to Ending the War
Debates over the morality, legality and strategic efficacy of U.S. missile strikes in Syria will dominate the news for the foreseeable future. It is understandable why so many people, notably many...
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Ezra Silk
The “100 by ’50 Act” Cannot Become Our “North Star”
On Tuesday, Senators Jeff Merkley and Bernie Sanders are scheduled to introduce the “100 by ’50 Act,” billed as “the most ambitious piece of climate legislation Congress has ever seen.”’s...
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Saturday, April 22, 2017
Gareth Porter
US 'Deep State' Sold Out Counter-Terrorism to Keep Itself in Business
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman outraged many readers when he wrote an opinion piece on 12 April calling on President Trump to "back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria". The reason he gave...
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Tim Donaghy
9 Reasons to March for Science This Earth Day
This Earth Day, April 22, Marches for Science will take place in DC and countless cities across the country. Here are some reasons to grab a sharpie, make a sign, and show up at your local march. 1...
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Shelley Poticha
Earth Day Should Be Called "People of Earth" Day
You might think of the rainforest or the endangered polar bear on this day, but Earth Day is a commemoration with decidedly American roots, born in 1970 with marches and rallies by 20 million people...
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Heather Moyer
EPA Budget Cuts Will Severely Affect Environmental Justice Communities
Port Arthur, Texas, is home to a tremendous number of hazardous waste incinerators, petrochemical refineries, and a myriad other toxic facilities. The city is also home to many low-income families...
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Josué J. López
Marching for Science and Climate Protects Our Communities
Until three years ago, you could have called me a scientist, educator, or mentor—but not an activist or marcher. Over time, however, I have recognized that I have the knowledge, privilege, and...
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Christian Detisch
Standing Up for Science: 5 Facts About Our Food and Water on Earth Day
This Saturday, Earth Day, The March for Science convenes on Washington, DC. Hundreds of satellite marches have also been organized around the world to take to the streets in the name of science. The...
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Michael Winship
At Sea With Capt. ‘Wrong Way’ Trump
Baby boomers like me fondly remember the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons of childhood (and adulthood, for that matter — in their grown-up jokes and cultural references they presaged The Simpsons by a...
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Friday, April 21, 2017
Faisal Kutty
Trump’s Bombings May Elicit the 'Mother of All Blowback'
Years ago, a young man was interviewed by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) at my office. He was flagged for his “anti-Canadian” views for opposing Ottawa’s involvement in Afghanistan...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Donald Trump’s Modern-Day Gestapo
The Republican Party likes to tout “family values.” Its website says , “The family is the bedrock of our nation. When American families flourish, so too does our country.” House Speaker Paul Ryan...
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Isaiah Poole
Grassroots Candidates Will “Rise Up” To Electorialize The Resistance
Here’s something that can’t be dismissed with a dismissive Donald Trump tweet: An electoral wave is building that seriously threatens the stranglehold that Republicans have on electoral power around...
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Bob Burnett
Reaching Out to Trump Voters
On April 17th, my Berkeley Indivisible group hosted a two-hour discussion on "Reaching out to Trump voters," featuring UC professors Arlie Hochschild and George Lakoff. Participants learned how to...
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Paul Rogers
Trump’s Wars: More to Come
A series of accelerating and interlocking security crises, from the Middle East and southwest Asia to North Korea, makes the first months of 2017 an especially perilous time. Increasing the dangers...
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John Feffer
The Hunger President: Trump Doctrine Takes from Poor, Gives to the Rich
One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic. The quote comes from Stalin. The policy comes from Donald Trump. Trump famously changed his policy on Syria after seeing photographs of a...
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Eugene Robinson
The GOP’s Latest Health-care Plan Is Comically Bad
House Republicans are apparently ready for yet another attempt to snatch health insurance away from constituents who need it. Someone should remind Speaker Paul Ryan of a saying often attributed to...
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Andy Greenberg
The US Charging Julian Assange Could Put Press Freedom on Trial
Julian Assange has made himself a difficult figure to love. The organization he created, WikiLeaks , has spilled secrets that infuriate the right and, more recently, the left side of the political...
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Thomas Palley
Trumponomics: Neocon Neoliberalism Camouflaged with Anti-Globalization Circus
A key element of Trump’s political success has been his masquerade of being pro-worker, which includes posturing as anti-globalization. However, his true economic interest is the exact opposite. That...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Libero Della Piana
This Earth Day, Defeating Trump is Job One
This Earth Day, we face a climate threat greater than ever before. And he lives in the White House. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump consistently mocked climate science and promised to gut...
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Leah Greenberg, Angel Padilla
From Congress to Protest
In the aftermath of the shocking results of the 2016 presidential election, we, like many Americans, were wondering what we could do to resist attacks on our values from the Trump Administration. As...
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Chuck Collins
Congrats, Graduates! Here’s Your Diploma and Debt
It’s that time of year again. Flowers are flowering, spring is springing, and across the country college graduates are graduating with their newly awarded degrees held high. Also high is the mountain...
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Robert C. Koehler
Beyond Redemptive Violence
Sometimes our tame and compliant media upchucks a piece of truth. For instance: “American officials had predicted that the missile strike would result in a major shift in Assad’s calculus, but the U...
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Katherine Paul
International Monsanto Tribunal Calls for Human Rights Over Corporate Rights
Most opinion tribunals have had a considerable impact, and it is now accepted that they contribute to the progressive development of international law. – International Monsanto Tribunal Advisory...
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John Nichols
Donald Trump’s ‘Buy American’ Initiative Is a Lie
T here is a good argument to be made for so-called “Buy American” initiatives. Done right—as part of a national industrial policy that embraces smart regional development and fair-trade protections—...
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Bhikkhu Bodhi
People's Climate: On Changing Directions Before It’s Too Late
Suppose I was a bus driver driving a busload of people along an unfamiliar route and at a certain point my GPS device showed me that I was heading toward a precipice. I would not assume that the...
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Michael T. Klare
Climate Change as Genocide
Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under secretary-general of the United Nations for...
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Norman Solomon
The Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Have a Huge Stake in Blaming Russia
After Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss nearly six months ago, her most powerful Democratic allies feared losing control of the party. Efforts to lip-synch economic populism while remaining closely...
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Jim Lobe
Bannon Down, Pentagon Up, Neocons In?
The apparent and surprisingly abrupt demise in Steve Bannon’s influence offers a major potential opening for neoconservatives, many of whom opposed Trump’s election precisely because of his...
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Bill McKibben
On April 29, We March for the Future
I t is hard to avoid hyperbole when you talk about global warming. It is, after all, the biggest 
thing humans have ever done, and by a very large margin. In the past year, we’ve decimated the Great...
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Olivia Alperstein
Is Trump Taking Us to War Everywhere?
No one ever expected Donald Trump to be a peace-loving president. On the campaign trail, he endorsed torture, said he’d bomb the families of alleged terrorists, and spoke gleefully about the...
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Phyllis Bennis
There’s No Strategy Behind Trump’s Wars — Only Brute Force
These are awesome days for headline writers. So many global settings, such an abundance of weapons, such a wealth of choices! On the morning of April 14, the New York Times led with “A Giant U.S...
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Ralph Nader
What are the Super-Rich Democrats Waiting For?
Democratic Party loyalists are always complaining about the big-money fat cats behind the Republican Party’s candidates and platform. Over the last few election cycles, the Democratic Party has lost...
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