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Saturday, February 17, 2018
  A 2012 protest against the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision by Occupy Miami activists. (Occupy Miami photo via Flickr.) Sue Sturgis
How Citizens United Continues to Transform Money in Politics
Years after Supreme Court ruling, a majority of Americans assign a lot of blame for dysfunction in the political system to "wealthy political donors" and "money in politics"
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Christopher Brauchli
Parades and Trump and Women
Poor Trump cannot go for a joy ride in one of his cars because of concerns for his safety, but a military parade could fix that.
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Peter Bloom
Seeing Only Red: Turning the Threat of a New Cold War into a Global Struggle to Save Democracy
The new allegations can be a profound opportunity to bring to justice elites across the world who are destroying democracy from within and without.
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Michael Winship
Our New St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
The commander-in-chief who denounced “American carnage” in his inaugural address revels in that carnage and relies on it to keep him at the top.
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Friday, February 16, 2018
"In one six-month period, it was estimated that Russian airstrikes killed 2,000 civilians. That’s a lot of innocent people to die. Noncombatants. Some were schoolchildren." (Photo: © UNICEF Yemen) Juan Cole
Let’s Remember The Schoolchildren US & Russian Bombs Are Killing, Too
Last year in January the Saudi coalition pilots hit a primary school, killing 5. This goes on all the time. The US is backing the airstrikes. It isn’t even a controversy.
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Roads, bridges, and pipelines will be constructed without the necessary protections for clean air, clean water, and the environment. (Photo: jasonwoodhead23/Flickr/cc) Eileen Appelbaum
Trump’s Plan Won’t Solve the Problems of America’s Crumbling Infrastructure
Just listing everything the President’s plan claims to address for a federal expenditure of just $100 billion makes the inadequacy of the plan obvious.
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"As part of the Republican tax cut pushed through at the federal level, the wealth threshold of the federal estate tax was doubled for a family from $11 million to $22 million.' (Photo: Mike Procario / Flickr) Chuck Collins
Taxing Wealth to Make Public College Free Again
A California campaign is pushing to add an innovative initiative to the November ballot. The plan: make public higher education tuition-free by restoring the estate tax.
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"Here we have a Trump appointee who’s dumping all consumer safeguards to enable Sinclair to reach more than 70 percent of the country with its racist views and Republican talking points." (Photo: Freepress Action Fund) Candace Clement
The FCC Chairman Is Under Investigation
The New York Times is reporting this morning that the FCC inspector general is actively investigating whether FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his aides improperly pushed for rule changes that would clear the way for Sinclair's purchase of Tribune Media.
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In a draft-less country, those of us not in or connected to our military are expected to say “thank you” to the warriors and otherwise go about our lives as if their wars (and the mayhem they continue to generate abroad) were not a fact of global life. (Photo: Martyn Aim/Getty Images) Tom Engelhardt
And the Winners (in America’s Wars) Are…
In the bipartisan style that these days usually applies only to the U.S. military, Congress has just settled on giving an extra $165 billion to the Pentagon.
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"Nothing that happens so often can be thought of as anything but routine." (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Elizabeth Bruenig
The Latest Schoolhouse Slaughter Shows We Have Been Defeated
Prayer itself winds up looking like a sham, and such promises sound cheaper every time.
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"The Kochs are bigger than either of the Democratic or Republican parties, manipulate both, and are determined to keep the Senate Republican...A major focus of Koch money has been to ensure that no legislation is passed to curb the burning of fossil fuels."(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Margaret Klein Salamon
Who is Guilty of Climate Crimes?
These are the key perpetrators of the largest human rights violation in history.
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"While plastic junk floating in the oceans gets the headlines, the truth is that the entire business model wreaks havoc on communities and the planet—from the fracking wells in Pennsylvania and the pipelines that carry the materials in the U.S., to the air pollution from petrochemical plants producing plastics in the U.K." (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Wenonah Hauter
We Are Drowning In Plastic, and Fracking Companies Are Profiting
Plastic production wreaks havoc on people and the planet—from fracking wells and pipelines in Pennsylvania, to air pollution from plastic plants in Scotland.
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Adam Johnson
US 'Stumbled Into Torture,' Says NYT Reporter
For reporters in foreign policy circles, the US only does immoral things on accident—unlike Official Bad Countries, which do them for calculated gain when they aren’t motivated by sheer malice.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018
People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed 17 people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
A Kingdom Where Nobody Dies
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”
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 "In big cities and small towns, red states and blue states, Americans feel the vital importance of a government that will hold people accountable when they do wrong." (Photo: Steven Senne/AP) Richard Cordray
The Trump Administration Is Trying To Undermine The CFPB. It Will Fail.
"We also gave countless people hope that, for once, they would have an ally on their side if they were mistreated by a powerful corporation."
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"Attorneys general from 21 states (plus the District of Columbia) have filed a lawsuit claiming that the FCC’s repeal violates federal law." (Photo: Shauna gm/Twitter) Timothy Karr
Net Neutrality Politics Is Local
“All politics is local,” the late House Speaker Tip O’Neill famously said.
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"The devil is in the details, as the saying goes, and those details get hammered out in congressional appropriations and other large bills, like the upcoming farm bill." (Photo: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
The Trump Budget's Crushing Cruelty
“This budget is the budget of the Koch brothers. It is the budget of the billionaire class. And the American people understand it.”
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"We got 80 percent of the American people who are saying, do not turn your backs on these young people who have lived in this country for virtually their entire lives." (Photo: Harrie Van Veen/Flickr/cc) Bernie Sanders
The Great Moral Issue of Our Time
Remarks delivered on the Senate floor Feb. 14, 2018.
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George Soros
Internet Monopolies Like Facebook and Google Have Become a Public Menace
"Not only is the survival of open society in question; the survival of our entire civilization is at stake."
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John Cassidy
America’s Failure to Protect Its Children from School Shootings Is a National Disgrace
This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting, it only happens here. Not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction.
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"At heart, though, whatever our small successes, we continue to face a grim reality of this twenty-first-century moment, one that long preceded the presidency of Donald Trump: the lack of connection between the American public (myself once included) and the wars being fought in our names in distant lands."(Photo:  Alex Guerrero/flickr/cc) Stephanie Savell
The Wars No One Notices
Talking to a demobilized country.
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"In America, the horrors of poverty go on and on." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
War and Poverty: A Compromise With Hell
This is the cornerstone of The Great Lie, the foundation of global suffering and disorder: that all the glorious abstractions for which we stand — freedom, democracy, etc. — are maintained by violence and the threat of violence.
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Juan Cole
11,004 Gun Murders in US vs. 26 (equiv. 130) in England Annually
The US policy of constantly endangering our children is enacted by a bought-and-paid-for Congress on behalf of 10 major gun manufacturers with an $8 billion industry.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
"This is an attempt by lobbyists to transfer a massive amount of wealth and power from consumers and workers to corporate restaurant chains and their private equity owners." (Photo: Joelogon/Flickr) Irene Tung, Teófilo Reyes
Tips Are for Servers, Not CEOs
The Trump administration wants servers to hand over nearly $6 billion to their bosses.
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"Even today, politicians in Washington want to let their Big Oil buddies pad their profits by encroaching on your land and fouling your rivers and streams." (Photo: REYNOLD/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) Elizabeth Warren
Yes. Let’s Talk About Pocahontas.
"At a time when bigotry threatens to overwhelm our discourse, we must amplify voices of basic human respect."
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"These contracts will have volume requirements that smaller farms will not be able to meet, but they’ll open the door wide to America’s “Big Ag” lobbyists—including those with close ties to Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue." (Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Mara Pellittieri, Rachel West
Yes, Replacing Food Stamps With a Blue Apron-Style Delivery System Is As Bad As It Sounds
The president sees his own wealth as the chief validator of his societal worth, and believes it makes him perfectly qualified to make choices about how low-income people live their lives.
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The “stratospherically rich,” observed Beverly Hills psychotherapist Fran Walfish, do often care more about “achievements, status, and how they are viewed by others” than relationships. (Photo: Farid Iqbal Ibrahim/flickr/cc) Sam Pizzigati
What Is the Price of Love?
Rich people are “less likely than poorer people to exhibit flexibility, empathy, and all the other traits” that lead to healthy, long-term relationships.
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"African-American populists won big in races for local offices across the South." (Photo: Populism2015) Jim Hightower
The South is Rising Again
The assertion by establishment Dems (echoed by corporate media) that progressive populism is not a winner is — in two words — bovine excrement.
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 Rob Porter, right, with Don McGahn, White House counsel, resigned last week in the wake of ex-wives allegations that he physically abused them. (Photo: Tom Williams/Getty Images)  Leonard Pitts Jr.
I Know What A Domestic Abuser Looks Like, and it Doesn’t Look Like, ‘We Hope He Has a Wonderful Career.’
Not until the story became an international outrage was Porter forced to resign.
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Donald Trumpand his wife Melania fill out their ballots at a polling station in a school during the 2016 presidential elections on November 8, 2016 in New York. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) Jamila Michener
How Trump’s Medicaid Restrictions Will Stop People From Voting
“They treat us like we are stupid animals; like we don’t know anything.”
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
"After all, in these years, the two groups the Bush administration went after in 2001, al-Qaeda and the Taliban, have somehow morphed into “more than 20 terrorist and insurgent groups” on either side of the Afghani-Pakistani border." (Photo: David B. Gleason/Flickr/cc) Tom Engelhardt
Whistling Past the Graveyard (of Empires)
A trip down memory lane, Pentagon-style
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In 2014 the U.S. responded to Islamic State attacks on Yazidis by bombing northern Syria, and later sending troops there. Here aid workers provide food for Yazidis after the attacks. (Photo: Reese Erlich) Reese Erlich
The U.S. Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria, and That’s Trouble
How did the United States get tangled up in another Mideast quagmire?
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Images of Colbie Holderness after an alleged incident with her then-husband Rob Porter in the early 2000s. (Courtesy of Colbie Holderness) Colbie Holderness
Rob Porter Is My Ex-Husband. Here’s What You Should Know About Abuse.
"I walked away from that relationship a shell of the person I was when I went into it."
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"Once we believe something is essential, we don’t need to know that its realization is certain or even that our odds are great in order to jump into action. We need only believe it’s possible." (Photo: Peoples World/flickr/cc) Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
We Have What It Takes To Meet The Crisis Of Our Democracy
Democracy is the only approach to governance that can bring forth the best in us while keeping the worst in check.
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"One of Social Security’s many strengths is that its benefits are guaranteed and, unlike savings, cannot be outlived." (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Nancy Altman, Linda Benesch
The Latest Devious Republican Attack On Social Security
Today, two-thirds of seniors rely on Social Security for most of their income; one-third rely on those modest earned benefits for virtually all of their income.
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A U.S. aircraft carrier pulls into port at Guam. (Photo: U.S. Navy / Flickr) Conn Hallinan
The U.S. Returns to ‘Great Power Competition,’ With a Dangerous New Edge
The U.S. has taken aim at China and Russia for at least the last four administrations. Now, higher ups on all sides are warning of heightened tensions and war.
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One cut to ther budget would eliminate the minimum benefit, which would cut benefits to 2 million individuals, mainly low-income seniors and people with disabilities. (Photo: Screenshot) Stacy Dean
President’s Budget Would Cut and Radically Restructure SNAP Food Benefits
With a small average benefit of just $1.40 per person per meal, it lifts millions out of poverty, and it has demonstrated long-term benefits for children that participate, including better health and education outcomes.
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Richard Eskow
Forget Trump... His Party Is the Problem Now
Trump is not a deviation from Republican ideology or beliefs; he is their fullest flowering. He is not the party’s nightmare. He is its id, the manifestation of its darkest impulses.
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Monday, February 12, 2018
Mary Grant
Trump Wants to Sell Our Water to Wall Street
Trump's infrastructure scam is dangerous for our communities, workers, and the environment. Here's a 5 point breakdown.
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Robert Greenstein
Trump Budget Offers Stark Vision We Cannot Afford to Ignore
While tens of millions of struggling Americans must reduce their already modest standards of living, this budget would widen inequality, worsen poverty and hardship, and further divide the country
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Asher Miller
U.S. Department of Energy Doubles Down on Shale Optimism
The fracking boom will ultimately lead to our collective bust
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 "The federal district court in Washington, D.C., will address whether the executive branch can use its elastic and open-ended assertion of wartime authority to imprison indefinitely an American citizen with no connection to 9/11." (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Bassett) Brett Max Kaufman
Why The U.S. War On ISIS Is Illegal
No court has ever addressed the government’s legal justifications for military action in so many different parts of the world.
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"Oligarchs, though they speak of deconstructing the administrative state, actually increase deficits and the size and power of law enforcement and the military to protect their global business interests and ensure domestic social control." (Photo: Mr. Fish/Truthdig) Chris Hedges
The Deadly Rule of the Oligarchs
Once oligarchs take power, rational, prudent and thoughtful responses to social, economic and political problems are ignored to feed insatiable greed.
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Too often, when it comes to U.S. Cold War interventions, the official curriculum is sanitized and disjointed, leaving students ill-equipped to make sense out of their nation’s global bullying. (Photo: Flickr/Theresa Quagraine/cc) Ursula Wolfe-Rocca
Disguising Imperialism: How Textbooks Get the Cold War Wrong and Dupe Students
As long as the drive for profits remains paramount to U.S. foreign policy, imperialism will be central to the very existence of the United States.
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"According to Credit Suisse data over the past three years, anywhere from 4 to 10 percent of the world's poorest decile are Americans. That's 20 to 50 million adults." (Image: Pinterest/Screenshot) Paul Buchheit
Yes, Deniers, Millions of Americans are Among the Poorest People in the World
It's hard for people with wealth and power to admit all this. Because then they might feel obligated to do something about it.
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"Think of such moves not as acts of petty theft, but as robbery of the most basic sort, since they involve stealing from the future to fund an increasingly plutocratic present."(Photo: NASA) Tom Engelhardt
Donald Trump Is Stealing From Our Children
President Trump’s energy policy will, without any doubt, represent not just thievery, not just the crime of this century, but terracide, the destruction of the planet itself.
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Russell Mokhiber
Woman Dragged Out of West Virginia House Hearing For Listing Oil and Gas Contributions to Members
"The people who are going to be speaking in favor of this bill are all going to be paid by the industry."
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Sunday, February 11, 2018
Michael Klare
How Donald Trump Plans to Enlist Fossil Fuels in the Struggle for Global Dominance
The president and his generals are making fossil fuels a crucial ingredient for bulking up our national security
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jennie Jennie Willoughby
Jennie Willoughby: 'President Trump Will Not Diminish My Truth'
"My friend turned to me and said, 'The President of the United States just called you a liar,'" writes one of Rob Porter's ex-wives who has accused the former White House staffer of domestic abuse
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olympics 2018 Auden Schendler
Every Olympic Athlete in PyeongChang Should Be Vocal About Climate Change
"The Olympics are an international stage from which athletes can demand action from the countries they represent and mobilize their sponsors and fans."
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MLK Philip Lederer MD
We Shall Overcome
During Black History Month, and year-round, we can teach our children the musical history of the Underground Railroad and the civil rights movement. This history can inspire them to pursue peace and justice.
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robot Nozomi Hayase
Transhumanism: A Final Corporate Takeover of Humanity
"Humanity is now at a crossroads. With the exponential growth of technology, we have the capability to bring a great turning or destroy the world."
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Trump Reed Richardson
Corporate Media Ignoring Puerto Rico's 'Shock Doctrine' Makeover
The islands governor, Ricardo Rosselló, has wasted no time using his territory's recovery as an opportunity to push a number of policy proposals right out of the "disaster capitalism" playbook
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Vice President Mike Pence Eric Margolis
Winter Sports Instead of Nuclear War
"Washington does not want a lessening of tensions between the two Koreas. And much less, talk of potential reunification."
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The Jerry Springer Show Bill C. Davis
The Worm Was in the Fruit
"The consciousness of the American population is fragmented as major issues are discussed and reported only to be interrupted by the more important matter of what you need to buy."
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Saturday, February 10, 2018
An F-16 flies from Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Juan Cole
Russia-Aided Syria Shoots Down Israeli F-16 After Downing of Iranian Drone
Targeting the Israeli aircraft may have been a signal to Turkey and the U.S. that intervening in Syria is going to come with heightened costs
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MSF worker Leah Cowen
Infectious Diseases Are Poised for a Deadly Comeback
Many of the medical breakthroughs of the last century could be lost through the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Doctors and hospitals urgently need new medicines
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Betsy Hartmann
Climate Change and Privileged Despair
"People can and do cooperate in times of environmental disaster and stress—why isn't that part of the dominant narrative?"
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Straus Charles P. Pierce
The GOP Monster Is Out of the Lab
And it's rampaging through Texas.
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Nunes Christopher Brauchli
A Message to the Wall Street Journal: 'Give Voice to Accuracy, Instead of Partisanship'
The paper's editorial editors should have "read their own reporters' reporting or been willing to await the release of the Democrat's response to the Nunes Memorandum."
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Chinese leader Xi Jinping Jeremy Lent
What Does China's 'Ecological Civilization' Mean for Humanity's Future?
China's leader affirms an ecological vision aligned with progressive environmental thought. Whether it's mere rhetoric or has a deeper resonance within Chinese culture may have a profound global effect
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Friday, February 9, 2018
"If you’ve watched any number of big-budget sci-fi productions over the last several years, it’s not hard to imagine Musk’s Martian colony spinning off into some Elysium-style eco-apartheid, where the rich—for the right price—can escape to new worlds while the rest of us make do on a planet of dystopian slums, swamps and deserts." (Photo: PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)   Kate Aronoff
The Case for Nationalizing Elon Musk
When companies like SpaceX make it big, they’d be obligated to return some portion of their gains to the public infrastructure that helped them succeed, expanding the government’s capacity to facilitate more innovative development.
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"You could make the case that the photos were the incontrovertible proof that the White House needed, but in reality Kelly and company had long had enough evidence to keep this wife-beater out of the Oval Office." (Photo: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/flickr/cc) Will Bunch
#TimesUp For John Kelly, And For Toxic Masculinity In Trump's White House
Colbie Holderness’ photos remind us that silence is never an option.
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Christine Ahn
While the Two Koreas Talk, Trump Is Throwing Shade
The White House seems hell bent on hijacking an Olympic moment of inter-Korean unity.
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 "The new tax law is giving America’s wealthy not one but two big windfalls: They stand to gain the most from the tax cuts for individuals, and  they’re the big winners from the tax cuts for corporations." (Photo: CD / CC BY 3.0) Robert Reich
Trump’s Big Buyback Bamboozle
Now that the richest 10 percent of Americans own 84 percent of all shares of stock (up from 77 percent at the turn of the century), this means even more wealth at the top.
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 "Medical costs were the largest single contributor to increasing the number of people falling into poverty." (Photo: Molly Adams/Flickr/cc) Malinda Markowitz
Single-Payer Provides Best Cure For California Health Care
Nurses union says SB 562 is a humane alternative to our dysfunctional and often heartless profit-based health care system.
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"The U.S. government’s latest assessment of the state of our climate told us that human activity likely contributed to at least 92% of the change in Earth’s average temperature observed since 1951." ( Photo: Victoria Pickering/flickr/cc) Rachel Licker
Pruitt Squirming Away From The Weight of Climate Evidence
It is important to take into account his deep connections to the fossil fuel sector and how this shapes his perspective and priorities with respect to climate action.
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"The majority of Americans know Trump is unfit to be president, but if they’re not offered a substantive alternative, the passionately ignorant minority will control the elections once again." (Photo: Kyle/Flickr/cc) John Atcheson
Democrats Can't Run and Win on the Fact That Trump's an Idiot
Voters Want an Alternative, Not Someone to Blame.
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The Uber phone app is shown as cars drive by in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Warner / CC 2.0) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Uber and Lyft, Driving Drivers Into Poverty and Despair
“It’s a race to the bottom.”
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Many cities are left-leaning blue islands in red-leaning states.  (Photo: The Progressive) Lucas Sczygelski
The Republican War on Local Control
With increasing frequency, Republican state legislatures are passing preemption laws, which prevent cities, towns, villages, and counties from adopting policies that diverge from those of the state.
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 "My guess is that both his narcissism and his authoritarianism are at play in his need to honor himself with a parade." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Eugene Robinson
What’s Trump’s Parade Really About? His Bottomless Insecurity
A celebratory military parade with nothing to celebrate could also highlight the gulf between Trump’s campaign promises and his actions.
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Thursday, February 8, 2018
"While AFRICOM and, to a lesser extent, CENTCOM have made changes in how they track counternarcotics aid, both seemingly remain hooked on pouring money into efforts that have produced few successes." (Photo: Getty) Nick Turse
Drug Wars, Missing Money, and a Phantom $500 Million
Pentagon watchdog calls out two commands for financial malfeasance.
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The late Berta Caceres in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras (Photo: Father Roy Bourgeois, Margaret Knapke
As Long As Rights Are Trampled, There Will Be Forced Migration
We often debate the pros and cons of welcoming immigrants here. We seldom consider the U.S. impact on the countries they leave.
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The paradox of reaching beyond war, as I noted in the wake of the Iraq invasion, is that doing so disrupts “the mobilized public at its level of deepest bonding” and “sews doubt in the psychic well of patriotism.” (Photo: Cleo Leng/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
The Other Superpower?
Is there a global, evolutionary counterforce out there as well, equal to or greater than the corporate militarism that seems to have a stranglehold on the future?
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Palestinian children from the West Bank city of Hebron protest Israel's detention of minors. There are 350 Palestinian children held in Israeli detention facilities. February 4, 2018. (Photo: Mashhour Wihwak) Badee Dwaik
Kindergarteners In Hebron Protest Israel’s Detention Of 350 Children
They asked the international community to protect them and for international law to be upheld.
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"In the real world, and especially in the lives of every American who is not an oligarch, this master plan has come at a terrible cost." (Photo: Reuters/Gary Cameron) Charles P. Pierce
Republican Ruthlessness and Democratic Ineptitude Got Us Here
Only one party read the tea leaves of the 2010 Census.
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Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X smile for photographers in Washington in 1964. ( AP Photo/Henry Griffin) Jeffrey Aaron Snyder
The Staying Power of Black History Month
For decades, critics disputed whether African American history merited recognition. Yet in an era of fake news and alternative facts, Black History Month encourages Americans to face up to hard truths.
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 "The argument for charter schools and vouchers, on the other hand, is much less supported by statistics and more reliant on rhetoric." (Photo: Roca Ruiz/flickr/cc) Jeff Bryant
Puerto Rico Braces for Wave of School Privatization
“The education privatization playbook uses politics to open the door for more privately controlled schools that are funded by tax dollars but are not democratically controlled."
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"A world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.”(Photo: EFF) Cindy Cohn
John Perry Barlow, Internet Pioneer, 1947-2018
It is no exaggeration to say that major parts of the Internet we all know and love today exist and thrive because of Barlow’s vision and leadership.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Andy Worthington
Exactly 16 Years Ago, George W. Bush Opened the Floodgates to Torture at Guantánamo
So let's nip this idea that "Bush wasn't so bad" in the bud, shall we?
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"Whatever’s happening on Wall Street, Main Street’s in trouble." Photo: YouTube/screenshot) Laura Flanders
Dr. King and The Ram
What next, muttered the critics : Rosa Parks shilling for Uber? James Baldwin hawking the Firestone Next Time?
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"Twenty states are considering bills this year that would restrict the ability to vote." (Photo:DonkeyHotey/Flickr) Jen Herrick
Get Ready for More Voter Suppression
This year, at least 20 states are considering laws that would make it harder to vote.
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"US military and foreign policy (nearly one and the same these days), mostly run on auto-pilot, with an almost total lack of democracy, as politicians bought and paid for by weapons contractors further their own interests, rather than ours."(Photo: United States Army Band/flickr/cc) Kevin Martin
Trump’s Military Madness Parade Actually Makes Sense (But Must Be Stopped!)
The whole world knows the US has the most gargantuan war machine in human history.
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Josh Hoxie
While School Secretary Gets $1.50 per Week, Koch Brothers Get $27 Million per Week
No love for working families this Valentine’s Day
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"Oklahoma depends heavily on the oil and gas industry, which has suffered from falling prices in recent years." (Photo: Roy Luck/flickr/cc) Elizabeth McNichol
Harmful Tax Cuts Helped Fuel Oklahoma’s Budget Woes
Large tax cuts for wealthy people and profitable corporations and business tax incentives reduce state funds for investing in communities, often for little or no payoff.
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Ivanka Trump with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Capitol Hill in June 2017. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) Elizabeth Bruenig
Trump’s Paid Family Leave Plan Would Punish Those Who Choose To Have Kids
If you’re not particularly well-to-do and you want a family, in other words, you’ll need to be prepared to pay for it in your old age: your family, your choice, your problem.
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"Environmental protests against the pipeline are likely to engender the same type of surveillance we saw at Standing Rock — in fact, several local law enforcement authorities have already indicated their plans to prevent a repeat of the Standing Rock protests." (Image: Courtesy of Unicorn Riot) Jenna Bitar
6 Ways Government Is Going After Environmental Activists
Lawmakers are working to enshrine laws that charge environmental activists with “economic terrorism.”
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 "Sanders then invokes the growing citizen movements demanding real change – Medicare for All, fair taxes on billionaires, trade deals that help working people not multinationals, a $15 minimum wage, free tuition at public colleges, universal childcare, equal pay for women, criminal justice reform and more." (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Robert Borosage
Can Democrats Catch a Wave in 2018?
Democrats won’t build an enduring majority for the profound reforms we need without a clear explanation of why we are in the mess we are in, who did it to us, how we get out, and how the country and the vast majority of working people will benefit.
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Jim Hightower
Exposing Our 'Populist' President as a Naked Plutocrat
Public Citizen's brief connects the dots, documenting with concise, easy-to-grasp specifics how Trump the faux populist has systematically sold out the working families whose votes he cynically swiped, handing our government to a kakistocracy of corporate plutocrats.
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"From this day forward, let us always remember what they did to New Orleans. Let us remember what they are trying to do to Puerto Rico." (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region/flickr/cc) Steven Singer
Crippled Puerto Rico Offered School Privatization as Quick Fix for Woes
After an economic history of being pillaged and raped by corporate vultures from the mainland, Rossello is suggesting the U.S. Territory offer itself for another round of abuse.
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Charles P. Pierce
Where Do Republicans Go From Here?
It's time to stop speaking delicately about this.
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Jesse Hagopian
#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool is a National Uprising for Racial Justice
“The Black Lives Matter at School movement is about dismantling the school-to-prison-pipeline and creating a school-to-justice-pipeline.”
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"It is truly a great example of how people power can fight and win for a Fossil Free world." (Photo: Daiana Lopes) Caroline Kwasnicki
Coastal Community of São Paulo Wins Fight Against Giant Thermoelectric Plant
How citizens of a small coastal city in Brazil knocked down a giant power plant and blocked future mega-polluting projects.
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Michael Winship
Take a Memo, Devin Nunes
Call it projection, call it a monumental lack of self-awareness, call it just plain stupidity, but the proclivity of the right, the kneejerk reflex that lashes out with false accusations and distortions that perfectly mirror what they themselves seem to be doing for real is mindboggling.
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 "Recognizing the long road ahead and seeing it through requires utilizing proactive legislation as well as voting for legislators who respect and trust women and their right to make their own health care decisions." (Photo: Shane Conneely/flickr/cc) Gloria Totten
Turning the Tables on the Abortion Fight
When it comes to healthcare, it is only women and women’s health that is legislated so forcefully.
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"The Republican Party used to stand for fiscal responsibility, state’s rights, free trade, and a hard line against Russian aggression. Now it just stands for Trump." (Photo: Shawn Thew, European Pressphoto Agency) Robert Reich
Trump’s Divide-and-Conquer Strategy
Democracies require sufficient social trust that citizens regard the views of those they disagree with as worthy of equal consideration to their own.
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"Trump kept touting the run-up in the stock market during the first year of his regime. Presidents don’t have that much to do with the stock market." (Photo: Rick Wilking / Reuters/Github Forked) Juan Cole
Top 5 Economic Disappointments of the Trump Regime (so far)
The Trump tax slashing bill moved $1.5 trillion from the middle classes to the super-wealthy, drastically reducing government services for most people while further enriching the very wealthiest.
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 "While chanting his mantra of “America First,” Donald Trump has so far followed policies that have only eased the way for the Chinese dragon to roar past Uncle Sam, with the Russian bear not far behind." (Photo: Presidential Administration of Russia) Dilip Hiro
Donald Trump Offers a Helping Hand to China and Russia
Giving American isolationism new meaning in the twenty-first century.
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Monday, February 5, 2018
In a 2015 speech to the U.S. Congress, the very Congress that is so beholden to the war machine, Pope Francis asked why deadly weapons were being sold to those who inflict untold suffering on society. The answer, he said, was money, “money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood.” (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr/cc) Medea Benjamin, Elliot Swain
As Congress Feeds the Merchants of Death, the People Must Divest
If neither major political party will stand up to this status quo, what can be done?
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"We must demand that these funds that would be taken from the pressing needs of our nation such as healthcare, education and infrastructure not be spent on these suicidal weapons."(Photo: Melissa K. Elliott/flickr/cc)  Robert Dodge
With Trump's Nuclear Doctrine the Cold War Resumes
Scientific studies have demonstrated the potential catastrophic global environmental effects following a limited regional nuclear war, using just 100 Hiroshima size weapons that would potentially kill 2 billion people.
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