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Sunday, July 23, 2017
Valerie Strauss
Florida’s Education System—the one Betsy DeVos Cites as a Model—Is in Chaos
The K-12 education system in Florida — the one that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos likes to praise as a model for the nation — is in chaos. Traditional public school districts are trying to absorb...
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John Light
Top CEOs Make 271 Times More Than the Average American
The CEO-to-worker pay ratio has grown by an order of magnitude over the last half century.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan Mara Pellittieri
Paul Ryan Doesn’t Like It When We’re Angry
Last week, Speaker of the House and all-around nice guy Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released a video and a statement asking Americans to be more civil to one another. It was part of a push for legislation...
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Camillo Mac Bica
Whose "Truth" Matters Most When We Recount the War in Vietnam?
Anticipating Ken Burns' and Lynn Novick's forthcoming PBS Documentary, "The Vietnam War"
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Donald Trump Wim Laven
Progress Report, Donald Trump: Failing
Assessments are a key tool in most fields. In some industries they are provided through do-well/do-better meetings, in others through critical feedback loops, and, in mine, through teacher...
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Saturday, July 22, 2017
Leonard Pitts Jr.
For Republicans, Fear and Loathing is a Winning Message
A little context is critical here. It would be too easy to dismiss Donald Trump’s Commission on Electoral Integrity as superfluous evidence of the intellectual erosion of the Republican Party. As a...
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Donald Trump Paul W. Kahn
Firing Mueller? Pardoning Cronies?
Trump could get away with that and more if Congress doesn't act
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Charles P. Pierce
The Lying Will Now Be Smoother and More Telegenic
There are two things I decline to do about the departure of Sean Spicer from behind his White House podium : 1) Care, and 2) Sympathize. As to the first, it doesn't matter a damn to the country who...
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Bob Burnett
As Trump Decompensates, GOP Disintegrates
We're sailing in uncharted presidential waters. Donald Trump has moved beyond incompetency to the designation: "a danger to himself and others." One small solace, before Trump blows up the planet he'...
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airstrike in Sana'a, Yemen Kathy Kelly
At Every Door
I come and stand at every door But none shall hear my silent tread I knock and yet remain unseen — Nazim Hikmet On July 18, 2017, at a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing focused on "The...
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Juliette Verlaque
Why I Help Escort Women to the Doors of Kentucky’s Last Abortion Clinic
Beginning this weekend, the anti-abortion group Operation Save America will descend on Louisville, Kentucky, in an attempt to shut down the last abortion clinic in the state, EMW Women’s Surgical...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson John Shattuck, Kathryn Sikkink
The US Turns Its Back on Human Rights
Twenty years ago, the U.S. State Department opened an office charged with seeking justice for victims of human rights atrocities like the genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia. This week the State...
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Juan Cole
How Our Intel Agencies Screwed Us by Letting Sessions, Trumpies Get Away with Russia Scheme
Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller at WaPo report from a US intelligence source that former Russian ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak, told Moscow that he had discussed campaign-related...
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Donald Trump Christopher Brauchli
A Letter to Trump
When one knows thee, then alien there is none, then no door is shut. —Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali (1913) Dear Mr. Trump, Forgive me for not addressing you as president but the words do not permit...
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Friday, July 21, 2017
Christian Detisch, Seth Gladstone
The Senate's Dirty Energy Bill Must Not See the Light of Day
In the wake of Senate Republicans’ ever-deepening debacle over their flailing attempts to strip health insurance from 22 million people, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is desperate to do something...
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Tom Gallagher
A Thought for Bernie Sanders: Maybe He Should Join the Democratic Party?
We all know how thoroughly Bernie Sanders shook up American politics, particularly within the Democratic Party, when he took his challenge to the generally unchallenged, and usually unspoken rule of...
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Ryan Cooper
Why Blue Dogs Would Destroy the Democratic Party. Again.
With a seriously unpopular Republican president and congressional Republicans desperately attempting to pass an even more unpopular health-care bill only to fall flat on their faces, Democrats are...
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Austin Frerick
To Save Rural Iowa, We Must Oppose Monsanto-Bayer Merger
owa farmers face a crisis. Crop prices have fallen by more than 50 percent since 2013, with no end in sight. At the same time, farmers hold more debt and possess fewer capital reserves to fall back...
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Brian Hauss
The First Amendment Protects the Right to Boycott Israel
Earlier this week, the ACLU sent a letter to members of Congress opposing the Israel Anti-Boycott Act . The bill would amend existing law to prohibit people in the United States from supporting...
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Jeff Bryant
How Budget Austerity Puts Public School Parents On Par With Criminals
In researching an upcoming article I’m writing about the St. Louis school system, and the district’s ongoing funding crisis, I came across an astonishing example of who wins and who loses in current...
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Walden Bello
It’s Not Only Necessary to Develop an Alternative to Globalization — It’s Entirely Possible
It was the left who diagnosed the ills of globalization. So why is the right eating our lunch?
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Kristin Miller
Have We Found a Cure for the Atrocities of War?
Human rights advocates were shocked when Foreign Policy reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson might close the department’s war crimes office.
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Renae Reints
Massachusetts Advocates Attest to Right to Boycott at State House Hearing
Discrimination and free speech were strong buzzwords at a Massachusetts State House hearing Tuesday, where lawyers, legislators, faith leaders, and organizers testified both for and against a...
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Mark Weisbrot
Venezuela Needs Negotiation to Avoid Civil War, Not Trump-Supported "Regime Change"
There is a real risk Venezuela's current strife could escalate into civil war.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017
Ben Lilliston
Trump’s Action Plan With China Puts Global Agribusiness First
Politicians and headline writers often tout new trade announcements as big wins for U.S. farmers and ranchers. Almost never do they declare plainly, and more accurately: this deal is a big win for...
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Tom Engelhardt
Empire of Destruction: Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh
So many years after it was launched, the War on Terror shows every sign of continuing to expand and the creation of rubble is increasingly the name of the game
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
Lies and the Lying Lobbyists Who Tell Them
The greatest problem in Washington is not polarization but lying. The legislative machinery has ground to a halt not because of the great divide between liberals and conservatives but because of the...
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Katherine Paul, Ronnie Cummins
Organics: Ferreting Out the Fraudulent Few, While Demanding Higher Standards, Better Enforcement
A recent series of articles by a Washington Post reporter could have some consumers questioning the value of the USDA organic seal. But are a few bad eggs representative of an entire industry?...
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RoseAnn DeMoro
The Public Option – Doomed From the Start
There's a significant danger that a public option would not only fail to improve the ACA, it could undermine the movement for Medicare for All
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Sarah van Gelder
To the Millions Who Have Stood Up to the Trump Administration: Thank You
My gratitude goes out to the millions of Americans who launched a resistance that has slowed or stopped many of Trump’s policies.
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Robert C. Koehler
Dead Civilians and the Language of War
Finally it comes down to this: Some people are expendable. In certain parts of the world — where we and our allies are waging war — the expendable people come in two categories: terrorists (good...
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Adam Johnson
Corporate Media Largely Silent on Trump’s Civilian Death Toll in Iraq
Earlier this week, human rights group Amnesty International issued a lengthy report accusing US-backed forces of “repeated violations of international humanitarian law, some of which may amount to...
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Chase Strangio
Lawmakers in Texas Are Returning to the Capitol for More Anti-Trans Discrimination
In Texas, transgender young people and their families have become accustomed to sustained attacks on their basic humanity. Throughout the last legislative session, which concluded in May with most of...
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Robert Reich
6-Month Update for Trump Voters
Is this what you were hoping for when cast your vote on election day?
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Medea Benjamin
The Torture-Friendly Trump Administration
Only stupid people say torture works — and one of them is sitting in the White House.
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Kerri Kennedy
Engagement With North Korea Works
With a little will, both sides can take small steps to ratchet down the pressure — and avoid a catastrophic war.
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Ken Levy
Yes, Crimes Were Committed
Why Jared's in big trouble. And Trump and Junior, too.
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John Atcheson
Our Aversion to Doom and Gloom Is Dooming Us
I worked for over 35 years in the environmental field, and one of the central debates I encountered was whether to "tell it like it is," and risk spreading doom and gloom, or to focus on a more...
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Ralph Nader
Detecting What Unravels Our Society – Bottom-up and Top-down
The unraveling of a society’s institutions, stability and reasonable order does not sound alarms to forewarn the citizenry, apart from economic yardsticks measuring poverty, jobs, wages, health,...
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LeeAnn Hall
Health Victory Opens Way to Better Care for All
Today, we have a lot to celebrate. We saved health care for 23 million people – and for our whole country. Yes, it was the months of tireless effort by opponents of the Trump-Republican health care...
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Michael Winship
That Night the Lights Went Out
Forty years after the torrid summer of 1977 brought a massive blackout, New Yorkers confront a different kind of powerlessness.
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Jim Hightower
The Partisan Use Of Preemption Is Surging
We the People are being burgled. Again. The latest hit is just the latest in a long string of political robberies, a nationwide crime wave being pulled off by moneyed elites and their political...
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Linda Tirado
The Coastal Elite Is Real. I’m Part of It.
Progressive circles are still not equipped to wrestle with imbalances of political power
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Adil E. Shamoo, Bonnie Bricker
Yemen Policy is Creating More Terrorists
The United States is repeating with Yemen the same errors it made in Iraq.
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John Feffer
A Fairy Tale from 2050
Donald Trump and the Triumph of Anti-Politics
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Mary Bottari, David Armiak
Trump Team, ALEC, Koch Industries Debate Gerrymandering the U.S. Senate in Denver
Now that GOP state legislators have control over 32 state legislatures (both chambers), thanks in large part to partisan gerrymandering, some extremists are preparing to use their clout to...
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Indivisible Project
McConnell’s Unbelievably Reckless Plan B: Repeal ACA With Nothing to Replace It
Republicans considered going this same route in January but abandoned that approach after just a few weeks of thinking about it. That’s because the effects of full repeal are devastating, and even...
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Robert Weissman
How Trump the Populist Became Trump the Corporate Shill
Just six months in, president doing the bidding of big Business
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Brian Trautman, Gerry Condon, & Samantha Ferguson
Veterans Call on US to Sign Nuclear Ban Treaty
On July 7th, 2017, the United Nations (UN), in a historic decision, approved a legally binding instrument to ban nuclear weapons, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons . Months of...
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Peter Dreier
Clancy Sigal Has... 'Gone Away' (1926-2017)
Writer Clancy Sigal died last night (Monday) at 90. At any given time, I have 10 to 12 used paperback copies of his autobiographical novel “Going Away” on my bookshelf at home. Whenever I go to a...
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Monday, July 17, 2017
Margaret Klein Salamon
The Planet Is Warming. And It's Okay to Be Afraid
Why being fearful can be part of a healthy, heroic response to the climate crisis
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Peter Van Buren
How to Sustain Perpetual War? Easy: Hide the Bodies
Sustaining America’s state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this purpose is the bloodless narrative, a combination of policy,...
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Lawrence Wittner
How Much Is a Boss Worth?
An awful lot of Americans are skeptical about the value of their nation’s corporate executives. As a 2016 nationwide survey reveals, 74 percent of Americans believe that top corporate executives are...
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Katherine Culliton-González
Immigration Data That Trump’s “Election Integrity” Commission May Use Is a Pretext to Suppress Latino Voting Rights
Much has been written that clearly demonstrates that Donald Trump’s one-sided “election integrity” commission is a sham that will be used to justify generalized voter suppression . Many states have...
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Robert Reich
The Trump Standard
What did Trump say when confronted with proof that his son jumped at the prospect of meeting with a “ Russian government attorney ” offering to dish dirt on Hillary Clinton as “part of Russia and its...
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Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
Now Is The Time For Prophetic Moral Action
On Thursday, July 13 th , Senate Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the latest version of his last ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, whatever the cost. In obedience to Jeremiah 22, which...
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Alfred W. McCoy
Trump’s Road to Debacle in the Greater Middle East
Paving a superhighway to disaster
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Chris Hedges
Eugene Debs and the Kingdom of Evil
TERRE HAUTE, Ind.—Eugene Victor Debs, whose home is an infrequently visited museum on the campus of Indiana State University, was the most important political figure of the 20th century. He built the...
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Donna Smith
Ode to the SiCKO Decade and Single-Payer Power
When Michael Moore’s documentary film, SiCKO, was released in June 2007, the nation was yet to elect our first African American president, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA/...
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Sunday, July 16, 2017
Jim Hightower
1984 at the Grocery Store
Amazon is buying Whole Foods, and that's bad news for humans
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Brent Patterson
Will Mexico sign on to the energy proportionality provision in NAFTA?
This past April U.S. President Donald Trump made comments about Canadian energy exports in relation to the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) set to begin next...
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Ray McGovern
Moral Corrosion of Drone Warfare
The U.S. government uses drones to eliminate risk to its soldiers and thus domestic opposition to war, but that heightens the moral imperative to challenge the remote-controlled killings, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
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Rebekah Barber
The Limits of the Sandra Bland Act
Two years ago this week, Sandra Bland was found hanged in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas, three days after State Trooper Brian Encinia stopped her for failing to signal a lane change and...
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Joe Lo
All the Fun of the (Arms) Fair This Sunday
A fun day out for all the family has a dark side, as arms dealers shake hands with oppressive military regimes right alongside the picnic blankets.
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César Chelala
Gazans Are the Victims of Their Own and Israel's Leadership
The curtailing of electricity to Gaza conducted by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah in connivance with Israeli authorities seriously hurts the people of that region. They have become the victims...
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Saturday, July 15, 2017
Sue Branford, Maurício Torres
Temer Signs Law That Could See Millions of Acres Lost in the Amazon
MP 759 changes a key land program to make acquisition better for wealthy land thieves and worse for peasant families — a huge threat to the Amazon rainforest, say experts.
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Erin Sagen
A Trillion-Ton Iceberg Broke Off Antarctica and All I Can Think About Is Food
Climate change is getting worse, and policymakers are ignoring one of the biggest factors.
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Steve Suppan
The Biotech Trade Empire Strikes Back—at USDA!
The American Farm Bureau organized letter on proposed new rules regulating genetically engineered (GE) crops is short, just two pages, with three pages of agribusiness signatories, 103 organizations...
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Joseph Nevins
Pursuing ‘A Radical Faith’ in the Trump Era
What can the assassination of Sister Maura during El Salvador’s civil war teach us about humanity for Central American refugees today?
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Ivanka Trump Christopher Brauchli
Sons and Daughters
Children Should Be Seen and Not Heard. Anonymous It had to be an incredibly exciting day for her. Of course, “Take your daughter to work” days are always exciting for the children. They get to watch...
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Friday, July 14, 2017
RoseAnn DeMoro
Nurses Scolded: Not OKAY to Play Hardball with Democrats
The seminal fight for single-payer healthcare in California reflects a national struggle for the movement for social change. So, no, organized nurses and our allies will not wait. And we will not back down.
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Neal Gabler
Trump Bet Americans Would Like His Un-Presidential Antics. He May Be Right.
Is America one big con game?
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Samantha Cerra
Dear Senators: I Took an Oath to Do No Harm. You Should, Too.
Dear Members of the U.S. Senate, My name is Samantha and I have been a pediatrician for exactly 360 days. I work in Southwestern Virginia, for a hospital system that also provides care to underserved...
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Brandon DeBot
Wealthy, Corporations Still Win Big Under Revised Senate GOP Health Bill
Senate Republicans have removed two of their health bill’s many regressive tax cuts — those repealing the so-called Medicare taxes (the additional 0.9 percent Hospital Insurance payroll tax on high-...
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Laura Bonham
Back to the Future: Universalizing Resistance, Democratizing Power
Every year to celebrate Independence Day, I watch the film 1776, based on the hit Broadway play. It is centered on the writing of the Declaration of Independence. If you know your history, it...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Donald Trump’s Climate Change Denial Ignites the Grass Roots
As “Russiagate” becomes a full-blown conflagration threatening to consume Donald Trump’s presidency, his denial of human-induced global warming continues to threaten a planet already on fire. The...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
The NRA Is Playing a Deadly Game in Labeling the Left as Violent
The courageous activists who spearheaded the historic Women’s March the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration have organized a new action: a march scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday, from...
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Dustin Axe
The Role of the Indivisible Movement in the Resistance
Knowing Indivisible’s role in the resistance is critical for understanding its strengths and weaknesses, and for recognizing its potential for impact.
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William Astore
Preparing for Doomsday: A Shelter-in-Place Mentality Is the New American Normal
Has there ever been a nation as dedicated to preparing for doomsday as the United States? If that’s a thought that hasn’t crossed your mind, maybe it’s because you didn’t spend part of your life...
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Ann Wright
US Experts Say North Korean Leadership May Be Ruthless and Reckless, But They Are Not Crazy
'Time is Not on Our Side': Former senior US government officials say there must be dialogue with North Korea
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Aditi Katti
Tenants March to Stop Giveaways to Wall Street Landlords
While Republicans are proposing severe cuts to low-income housing assistance, they are continuing to subsidize Blackstone and other private equity housing profiteers.
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Jeff Bryant
Why Teachers Don’t Trust Betsy DeVos, And Neither Should You
The nation’s largest organization representing classroom teachers, the three million-member National Education Association, is getting plenty of guff over its decision to stonewall U.S. Secretary of...
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Nafeez Ahmed
US and UK Acting Above the Law to Support the Saudi War in Yemen
A former State Department war crimes expert warns that arms sales to Saudi Arabia is ‘prohibited’ under US law - but the lethal exports still go ahead
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Alana Romain
This Map Shows Just How Dire Things Could Get If Planned Parenthood Is Defunded
The misconception that Planned Parenthood is little more than an abortion provider has long led many right-wing voters and politicians to argue that the organization shouldn't receive any government...
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Isaiah Poole
Get Back Your Right To Take Your Bank To Court
Wall Street, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and right-wing Republicans are ganging up again this week against consumers who want to hold financial institutions that rip them off accountable. The target...
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Robert C. Koehler
Nukes and the Global Schism
The United States boycotted the U.N. negotiations to ban — everywhere across Planet Earth — nuclear weapons. So did eight other countries. Guess which ones? The international debate over this...
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Paul Seamus Ryan
The Smoking Gun for Donald Trump Jr. and the Trump Campaign Committee
On Saturday, the New York Times broke the news of a previously unreported Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 between a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign chairman...
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Diane Ravitch
DeVos’s New Cause: The Rights of Those Accused of Raping Women on Campus
DeVos’ world gets stranger by the day. After hearing from rape victims, DeVos and her top civil rights official have decided to champion the rights of those accused of raping the women. The New York...
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John Atcheson
The Greatest Story Too Rarely Told: America Is an Oligarchy
We live in a nation controlled by corporate power and the individually wealthy. And the major press, of course, is in on the con.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Donald Trump and Kris Kobach John Light
Trump’s Voter Suppression Team is Playing the Long Game
Democrats are going to have to fight on multiple fronts if they hope to stop a GOP effort to restrict the vote
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Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping Jill Richardson
Is This How the World Sees America Now?
A scathing review of the president's performance at G20 summit should raise red flags
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Will Bunch
Don Jr. and the Email Chain That Devoured American Democracy
It was about 30 years ago — right, it turned out, as the Cold War was winding down — that ABC aired a seven-night television event called Amerika , a fantastical mini-series about life in these...
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Peter Certo
Trump’s Worst Collusion Isn’t With Russia — It’s With Corporations
The billionaires who backed Trump are making out a lot better than Putin
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Ralph Nader
A Clarion Call for Our Country’s Pillars to Demand Justice
It is time for an urgent clarion call. Given the retrograde pits inhabited by our ruling politicians and the avaricious over-reach of myopic big-business bosses, the self-described pillars of our...
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Amy Kroin
Today Is the Day to Fight to Save the Internet
The Trump FCC — like the rest of this administration — is doing everything in its power to serve corporations and harm the rest of us. For proof look no further than Chairman Ajit Pai’s efforts to...
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Brad Bannon
4 Reasons Why Democrats Should Support Medicare for All
Sen. Elizabeth Warren ’s (D-Mass.) call for Democrats to campaign on and fight for a national single-payer health insurance program is just the remedy the doctor ordered for her party. Here are the...
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Bob Bauer
Not Just a Personal Problem for Trump Jr.–Now Trouble for the Trump Campaign and Trump Sr.
There is an impression developing in the current reporting that somehow Donald Trump Jr.’s emails and activities may be primarily a personal problem. But he was, of course, an agent of the campaign,...
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Richard Eskow
Medicare For All Is Coming, No Matter What They Say
The idea of Medicare for All, or single-payer health care, has grown in popularity so quickly that it was recently an answer on the quiz show Jeopardy: More than half of all Americans, 53 percent,...
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Jeffrey D. Sachs
Ending the Ronald Reagan Lie
As they return from the July Fourth break, the Republican leadership is twisting in agony on the Obamacare repeal and it couldn’t happen to a more miserable bunch. President Trump, House Speaker Paul...
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Mike Lofgren
The Trump Era: No One Can Stay Above the Fray
Trump debases the country, and we will all have to get our hands dirty.
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