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Friday, December 15, 2017
"The tax bill currently making its way through Congress would exacerbate inequality in one of the most unequal states in the country." (Photo: AP Photo/John Bazemore) Rejane Frederick, Jeremy Slevin
What Doug Jones’ Win Means for People in Poverty
More than a quarter of Alabama residents are struggling to pay their water bill, which is an average of just $32.09 a month.
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"The rich who dominate politics are altering humankind’s age-old bargaining dynamics – and right on America’s grandest political stage!" Sam Pizzigati
The Grand Tax ‘Bargain’ Is Just a Bigger Bonus for the Rich
How about an end to plutocracy?
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Matt Taibbi
Latest Student Loan Debacle Is Ultimate Example of Trump's Campaign Con
The president ran against debt predators, drug makers and big banks – once elected, he immediately got in bed with all of them
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"The ACLU hotline had numerous complaints on Tuesday from people who were told they could not vote because they were “inactive.” They had to wait for an hour and a half to fill out the necessary paperwork to cast a regular ballot." Rebecca Seung-Bickley
Alabama’s Effort to Suppress Black Vote Couldn’t Prevent Huge Turnout
In 2017, it should not be this hard for any citizen to cast a ballot and be heard.
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"Here is hope. Even if 40 percent of Americans have gone to the dark side, there are still so many people who are good and decent and self-sacrificing and who will continue to fight for a just society," writes Neal Gabler. (US Map by Mina De La O/Getty Images) Neal Gabler
Why the Trump Era Won’t Pass Without Serious Damage to America
Conservatism has turned itself into a civic religion and columnist Neal Gabler fears the damages wrought in the Trump era will be permanent and lasting.
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Reed Richardson
Net Neutrality Repeal Is Only Part of Trump’s Surrender to Corporate Media
Repealing net neutrality has drawn a huge amount of public visibility—and rightly so—but that decision is just the latest in a string of ominous, industry-friendly giveaways by the Trump administration’s FCC.
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  The blockade of Yemen is an atrocious crime of the highest category, a violation of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international pacts. Brian Terrell
A Story of Two Blockades: New York City and Yemen
The blockade of Yemen is an atrocious crime of the highest category, a violation of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international pacts.
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India McKinney
Don’t Reauthorize NSA Spying in a Must-Pass Funding Bill
Some legislators want to reauthorizea a controversial NSA spying authority called Section 702, without meaningful reform, by attaching it to must-pass spending legislation. That's a big mistake.
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Evan Greer
We Can Get The FCC’s Decision To Kill Net Neutrality Overturned. Here’s How.
This fight isn’t over.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017
Amy Kroin
Hundreds Rally for #NetNeutrality Right Before the FCC Destroys It
While Chairman Ajit Pai was driving yet another shameful handout to his industry friends, hundreds of activists, musicians, lawmakers, FCC commissioners and others gathered to resist.
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"Without black voters, an accused pedophile would be preparing to assume one of the highest offices in the land." Richard Eskow
'Wake Up Call': Charles Barkley’s Wise Words to Democrats on Alabama
How long can Democrats count on being rescued by the very people our government is failing?
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"However, with special ops deployments rising above Bush and Obama administration levels to record-setting heights and the Trump administration embracing the use of commandos in quasi-wars in places like Somalia and Yemen, there appears to be little interest in the White House or on Capitol Hill in reining in the geographic scope and sweep of America’s most secretive troops." Nick Turse
A Wider World of War: Under Donald Trump, U.S. Special Forces Deployed to 149 Countries in 2017
President's first year sets record for deployment of elite forces overseas.
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Worshippers chant as they hold Palestinian flags after Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, as Palestinians call for a "day of rage" in response to President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters) Juan Cole
Muslim Countries Call For E. Jerusalem As Palestine Capital, Reject US As Honest Broker
Dude, the US was never an honest broker.
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Haiti after the earthquake (Photo: French embassy in Haiti / Flickr) Jessicah Pierre
Trump’s Cruel Holiday Gift for Refugee Families
For 60,000 Haitian immigrants, this holiday season is filled with fear and uncertainty.
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Voters stand in a long line that stretches out the door to vote at Beulah Baptist Church polling station in Montgomery, Alabama, on Dec. 12, 2017. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes
After Alabama: A Fierce, Strategic and Organized Hope Is the Only Way Forward
The Alabama special election shows that political organizing is essential if we hope to revitalize democracy through a robust electoral process.
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The DMZ from the North Korean side (courtesy of yeowatzup / Flickr) John Feffer
North Korea: The Costs of War, Calculated
Even a limited war with North Korea would kill millions, devastate the environment, and bankrupt the U.S. Preventing it should be the peace movement's highest priority.
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"The 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty called on the nuclear powers to “pursue nuclear disarmament,” apparently at their own leisure. Half a century later, nukes are still the bedrock of their security. They’ve pursued nuclear modernization instead." (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Peace On The Far Side Of Nuclear Weapons
“Nuclear disarmament is the most urgent humanitarian necessity of our time.”
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Ralph Nader
What Does Trump Mean by “Make America Great Again”?
If this whole mantra all sounds a little confusing in light of the facts, that's because it is.
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Christmas Comes Early to Dixie
We're relieved to have been wrong in expecting Roy Moore to win. But there's still a hard road ahead of us.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Laura Flanders
Life or Death for the FCC
​If we don’t start learning from our history and perhaps repeating some of it, we might was well start burning books.
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"AWEA estimates that the House bill would put 30,000 MW of new wind projects that are under development in the US worth $50 billion of new private investment at risk, along with 60,000 jobs, as shown in this map." (Photo: Report cover detail/Energy Watch Group/Lappeenranta University of Technology) Steve Clemmer
Major Job Losses in Renewable Energy if Current Tax Plan Passes
It would also jeopardize tens of billions in investments.
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“33 percent of the public now favors such a “single payer” approach to health insurance, up 5 percentage points since January and 12 points since 2014.” (Photo: Pacific Press) Jonathan Michels
The Biggest Moments of 2017 in the Fight for Universal Healthcare
Despite continued assertions that universal healthcare in the United States is merely a liberal “pipe dream,” public support is growing.
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Private homes surround Sunoco's 20 inch gas liquids pipeline along a right-of-way October 5, 2017 in Marchwood, Pennsylvania. Many nearby residents are aware of the possible well water contamination they could experience from the horizontal drilling with Sunoco Pipeline's $3 billion Mariner East 2 expansion project. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) Wenonah Hauter
Meet the European Petrochemical Giant Trying to Profit from the Fracking of Pennsylvania
The controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline would carry gas liquids for plastics production overseas.
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Using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), explains Floberg, Congress can pass a resolution that would nullify the FCC’s planned repeal of the Net Neutrality rules. Dana Floberg
Congress Has One Shot to Truly Restore Net Neutrality
Think of it as a double negative: If we repeal Pai’s repeal, we end up right back where we started — with strong Net Neutrality rules.
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Senator-elect Doug Jones (Photo: Justin Sullivan/ Getty) Matthew Yglesias
It’s Not Just Scandal: Moore Lost In Alabama Because The GOP Agenda Is Toxically Unpopular
Republicans are now in trouble everywhere.
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Recently, more than half a million people called Congress about net neutrality and approximately the same number filed comments on the FCC website. Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
We Saved Net Neutrality Once. We Can Do It Again
Just a few years ago, powerful grassroots pressure rose up to protect a free and open internet.
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"Right now, the Internet is allows users to “surf” wherever they want, with all sites having equal access—accessibility is, by rule, neutral. Imagine, though, if only some sites were accessible with just a click, while others took forever to load?" Jud Lounsbury
Killing Net Neutrality Is the Latest Example of Trump’s Hollow Populism
What would happen to small, independent outlets, like the one you’re reading right now?
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election at the Capitol in Washington last June. There are growing signs that President Trump will fire him. (Photo: J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/ASSOCIATED PRESS) Will Bunch
Trump Looks Ready to Fire Mueller. There's No Guarantee This Ends Like Watergate
That’s because Trump has assets on his side that Nixon could not have dreamed of four decades ago.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
"The state of Jordan called it “nuts” and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it was a gift to “radicals and extremists.” (Photo: Getty) Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold
Why Are Democratic Senators Enabling One Of Trump’s Worst Decisions?
Trump’s action has already begun to wreak havoc in the Middle East.
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"The fact that male violence methodically constricts female lives is so appalling that most women simply couldn’t acknowledge it." (Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) Ann Jones
The Fempire Strikes Back: Out With Monstrous Men!
On #MeToo and what comes next.
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"So we’re expecting the poorest communities to take up the largest percentage of the tab." (Photo: AP) Steven Singer
Betsy DeVos – Extreme Image Makeover as Champion of Special Needs Children
It was almost like she expected us all to forget who she actually is and her own sordid history with these kinds of children.
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Hundreds of activists held a rally in Foley Square before marching to Wall Street to protest Congress' tax bill, which was approved by the US Senate in the early morning hours of Dec. 2, 2017. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Nancy Turner
Why I’m Calling My Reps to Ask For True Tax Reform That Benefits Those Who Need It
After watching her home state struggle with budget shortfalls, a concerned Illinois reader urges fellow citizens to take action on pending legislation.
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"We were among more than 200,000 Southern Californians forced to evacuate our homes." Tomás Morales Rebecchi
California’s Fiery New Normal Means We Are All Vulnerable
Food & Water Watch Ventura County Organizer Tomas Rebecchi was forced to evacuate the devastating wildfires this week. He reflects on how almost losing everything has strengthened his commitment to his work and community.
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"The message was overwhelmingly clear: The open internet belongs to the masses, and the masses refuse to let it die." Collette Watson
6 Incredible Moments from the Nationwide #StopTheFCC Protests for Net Neutrality
Last week, the people stood up to cable and phone companies in a historic way.
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Charlie Craig and David Mullins. (ACLU) Pierre Tristam
Wedding Cake Bigotry: "We Don’t Serve Gays"
Whenever anyone inhales religious values to justify any kind of exclusivity or superiority, discrimination exhales.
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"It would give corporate executives free reign to slow down and censor news or websites that don’t match their political agenda" (Photo: Free Press/Flickr/cc) Robert Reich
Tell The FCC Not To End Net Neutrality!
In the modern age, unfettered access to the internet is essential to a vibrant democracy and strong economy.
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Geoffrey Fattig
How the U.S. Could Provoke a New Korean War
The bare bones of a deal with North Korea may exist, but senseless provocations could set off a conflict long before then.
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Monday, December 11, 2017
Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Trump’s FCC Wants to Kill a Free and Open Internet
The commission votes on Thursday whether to end net neutrality and place the internet under the thumb of corporate America.
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Jeff Bryant
Republicans Declare War On Higher Education
Proposed changes contained in dueling GOP tax plans are aimed solely at finding revenue sources from higher ed in order to offset huge tax deductions given to wealthy families and corporations
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Chuck Collins
She's the Poster Child for the GOP's Estate Tax Repeal, But Her Sad Family Saga Doesn't Add Up
Kristi Noem makes the case that the estate tax hurts farmers based on the tragic death of her father. Her story, however, does not line up with the tax code.
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Robert Freeman
Do Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Help the Economy?
Donald Rumsfeld used to say that people are entitled to their own opinions but they are not entitled to their own facts. Catastrophically, especially when it comes to Republican economics, that is no longer true.
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Paul Buchheit
Why Do They Hate Us? America Has Taken Nearly 70% of the World's Wealth Gains Since 2012
Exploring the economic incentives for discontent and global violence
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Andrew Bacevich
Still Waiting... A Harvey Weinstein Moment for America’s Wars?
When will America confront its blood-spilling predators and end this addiction to war?
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Norman Solomon
Battle for Democratic Party: After the Unity Reform Commission
DNC Chairman Perez and allied power brokers keep showing that they’re afraid of the party’s progressive base. No amount of appealing rhetoric changes that reality.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017
Anouska Carter
We Need Not Be Spectators In the Climate Catastrophe
"Climate justice is about refusing to let the one percent carry on with business as usual and also about refusing to allow the law to silence the majority."
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Robert Dodge
The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN: Saving Humanity from Itself
The Nobel Committee has joined people all over the world in calling on the nuclear armed states to begin the serious negotiations toward the complete elimination of these weapons
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Noa Yachot
‘Do Everything They Ask So They Don’t Shoot Me’
As 2017 comes to a close, Congress is considering an extension of a provision that allows for the dragnet collection of Americans' international and domestic electronic communications
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Juan Cole
Why Aren’t Americans Celebrating Fall of ISIL State? It Is A Bogeyman
The "war on terror," like the "war on drugs," has become a plot device for politics, not a rational policy
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Peter Bloom
Political Resignations are a Radical Cure for our Politics of Resignation
As politicians step down amid allegations of misconduct, the #MeToo movement represents a bold strike against the powerlessness of everyday oppression
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Timothy Wise
WTO Summit to Ignore Price Crisis, Agricultural Dumping
Around the world, chronically low crop prices are keeping farmers from making a living despite record harvests
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Saturday, December 9, 2017
John Feffer
If the Trump Revolution Is Possible, So Is a Progressive One
The increased tempo of the GOP's snatch and grab in recent days suggests that they're feeling a certain desperation
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Adam Johnson
After Trump’s Jerusalem Move, Media Worry About ‘Violence’, Not Violation of International Law
The frame that dominated headlines following Trump’s Jerusalem announcement was not on the meaning of the move, but on vague "fears of violence" from Palestinians and Muslims throughout the Middle East
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David Goodner
Will ‘The Last Jedi’ Betray Luke Skywalker’s Turn Toward Nonviolence?
With the release of a new Star Wars movie approaching, many fans want Luke Skywalker to become an even deadlier warrior, while still claiming to be one of the good guys
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Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah
Climate Refugees Need Global Protection–With or Without the U.S.
This week, civil society leaders from around the world met in Suva, Fiji, and made a global declaration on climate change induced displacement
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Neal Gabler
The Republican Long Game
Republicans have long dreamed of destroying the social safety net once and for all; this bill finally threatens to accomplish that
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Christopher Brauchli
More Moore
The case of Roy Moore has shown that many Republican lawmakers will defend any behavior of a member of their party, over allowing a Democratic win
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Friday, December 8, 2017
Ben Norton
Media Downplay Class Warfare as ‘GOP Victory’
In the case of the GOP legislation, which will slash the corporate tax rate and add some $1.4 trillion to the national debt, the deception took a variety of forms.
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Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
Open Letter From Moral Activists To Senator Mitch McConnell In Regards To Tax Reform
Today, we are serving notice that we will not remain silent while the basic institutions of our democracy are undermined.
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President Hoover signing the Farm-Relief Bill at the White House on June 15, 1929, providing for a $500,000,000 revolving fund to stabilize agriculture and stimulate cooperative marketing. Joining him are (left to right): Sen. Charles L. McNary (R-OR), Vice President Charles Curtis, Speaker of the House Nicholas Longworth (R-OH) and Rep. Gilbert N. Haugen (R-IA). (Photo by Harris & Ewing, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division) Heather Cox Richardson
The Republican Tax Bill Is a Poison Pill That Kills the New Deal
Today’s Republicans would have fit right in to Herbert Hoover’s administration.
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"For fewer than 40 percent of American voters to see the president as honest is truly remarkable. Most humans, most of the time, believe other people. That’s our default setting. Usually, we need a reason to disbelieve." Bella DePaulo
I Study Liars. I’ve Never Seen One Like President Trump.
He tells far more lies, and far more cruel ones, than ordinary people do.
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"It’s therefore hardly surprising that the multinational corporate lobbyists representing the likes of Shell, Amazon and Monsanto all got to keep their WTO accreditation and will wine and dine officials, as is the usual practice." (Photo: Dang Ngo / Rainforest Action Network) Alberto Villarreal
I Was Banned From The WTO For Defending People’s Rights
Trade deals must not be negotiated in secret.
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Bernie Sanders recalled his own childhood growing up in a rent-controlled apartment in New York City, which “meant that my family, which did not have a lot of money, did not have to spend 50 or 60 percent of its limited income on housing.”(Photo: Caelie_Frampton/flickr/cc) Isaiah Poole
We Have A Housing Emergency. Here’s How We Face It
The nation’s affordable housing crisis has morphed into a full-blown emergency.
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"For years they’ve been cutting the jobs and wages of American workers in order to generate larger profits and higher share prices." Robert Reich
Corporation and Nation
So it shouldn’t be surprising that even though U.S. economy is doing well by most measures, the benefits are not trickling down to most Americans.
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A Donald Trump "Nope" parody of Shepard Fairey's Barack Obama "Hope" poster. (Pixabay) Sonali Kolhatkar
Resisting Trumpism Requires a Grand Unifying Theory
Republicans are very skilled manipulators, and their leader is the master of them all.
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"They are gutting the energy industry sector that is actually creating the most jobs.  Why? Because they are indebted to the coal, oil and gas industry." (Photo: Megan Behm/Twitter) John Atcheson
Tax Reform as a Trojan Horse and the Muffled Mumblings of the Democrats
Drowning the beast.
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Thursday, December 7, 2017
"The trends are already clear: the world will be increasingly carved up into highly monitored border surveillance zones." (Photo: Reuters/Rodi Said) Todd Miller
The Era of Walls in a Warming World
Greeting climate-change victims with a man-made dystopia
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"The FCC’s latest plan to kill net neutrality is still riddled with technical errors and factual inaccuracies." (Photo: Joseph Gruber/flickr/cc) Erica Portnoy, Jeremy Gillula
The FCC Still Doesn’t Know How the Internet Works
They also don't care.
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Lukas Ross
Scott Pruitt's Mission to Destroy the EPA
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect our air and water, but it’s clear that the mission of the man Trump has chosen is to end the agency as we know it
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Ryan Cooper
Let's Take Stock of all the Horrible Stuff Trump and the GOP Have Been Up to Lately
The latest big-ticket items on the Republicans' list of horrors and atrocities
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The Senate-passed tax bill, as Intercept Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim catalogs, raises $1.3 trillion “by going after deductions for state and local taxes, mortgage interest, charitable contributions, interest on student loans, medical expenses, teachers’ out-of-pocket expenses for paper and pencils for students, and a bunch of other nickel-and-diming of the middle class.” Sam Pizzigati
GOP Tax Cuts Hardwire Inequity for Poor and Middle Class
New data suggest the United States may now be about to enter into its third economic epoch since World War II.
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Rally in Washington DC against Trump's initial "Muslim Ban" enacted in early February. (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
Rebuilding Jim Crow Nation
"Love conquers all but the Muslim ban."
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A sign at a campaign rally for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore at Oak Hollow Farm on Dec. 5, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Michael Winship
Moore Is Less: Alabama, the Senate and the Nation Will Suffer
As the special election approaches, Republicans abandon morality for power.
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"AT&T contradicts itself from moment to moment and from year to year in different proceedings at the FCC, and then contradicts much of what it says to politicians in the disclosures it makes to its own shareholders." Matt Wood, Dana Floberg
Don't Believe AT&T's Net Neutrality Lies
AT&T has promised to be good if the FCC overturns the Net Neutrality rules. The problem is, you can’t trust AT&T.
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A destroyed school in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen (Julien Harneis via Wikimedia Commons) Adil E. Shamoo
Starvation and Cholera in Yemen, With US Assistance
War is taking Yemen back to the dark ages.
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Stephen Zunes
Both Parties Pushed Trump Toward Reckless Action on Jerusalem
Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital further threatens Israeli-Palestinian peace, breaks international law, and risks a violent and destabilizing reaction in the region—which may be exactly the plan
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
"Perhaps most telling is a poll from Politico that initially pegged support at 48 percent in early October — which dropped 12 points to 36 percent in just two months." Josh Hoxie
Everyone Hates This Tax Bill
The more the public learns about the tax cut plan making its way through Congress, the more they hate it.
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The Poor People’s March in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Wikipedia/ Creative Commons) Sarah Anderson
The GOP Tax Plan Is Igniting a Movement for a Moral Economy
While Republicans may succeed in scoring a short-term win for their donors, their tax plan is sparking a new moral movement against inequality.
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"If this shameless lack of transparency proves successful, Congressional Republicans will succeed in driving Capitol Hill further under the dictatorship of the oligarchs, using the people’s delegated power against them." Ralph Nader
The Republicans’ Devious Tax Attack on the People
Slashing and burning in every direction, this legislation endangers the financial security of regular Americans of every age and every occupation.
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"REI urges protest on social media — encouraging supporters to change their social profile pictures to We ❤ Our Public Lands and use the hashtag #unitedoutside." Kristin Miller
President Trump Starts a Conservation War
Retailers like Patagonia and REI are joining advocacy groups to battle for Bears Ears.
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Local New York City hotel housekeepers wait for the arrival of former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to enter Manhattan Supreme Court on June 6, 2011, where he pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel housekeeper in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Lane Windham
#MeToo Solidarity: Sexual Harassment is About Labor Too
Union women, too, can demand that their organizations lead the nation’s response on sexual harassment; after all, more than half of the nation’s union members will soon be women.
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"FAIR has repeatedly pointed out that only 40 percent of readers read past the headlines, which means most people form their worldview based on how a story is framed." Adam Johnson
Headlines Ignore the Abuse Reports That Make Moore Endorsement Newsworthy
Only 40 percent of readers read past the headlines, which means most people form their worldview based on how a story is framed.
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The Republican tax bill remains extremely unpopular, according to current polls. Unless they can distract the public with other issues, they may pay a steep political price for it. Richard Eskow
“Every Darn Penny”: The GOP’s Philosophy on Death and Taxes
The Republican philosophy to reward those who need it least.
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Ramzy Baroud
‘Say the Word’: What the Rohingya Struggle is Really About
By stripping the Rohingya from any name affiliation that makes them a unique collective, it becomes possible, then, to deny them their rights, to dehumanize them and, eventually, ethnically cleanse them as has been the case for years.
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Phyllis Bennis
No "Peace Process" Exists to Destroy, But Trump's Jerusalem Decision Dangerous as Hell
Direct violations of international law are nothing new when it comes to U.S. policy towards Israel. What is new, however, is the deliberately provocative, reckless nature of Trump's decision despite the various and far-reaching risks
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"If activists take a breath from firefighting long enough to imagine a potential war with North Korea, they may realize that they need to proactively organize to insist that Congress urgently focuses its attention on the North Korea crisis, and implements an effective legislative strategy to prevent war." Lisa Fuller
The Necessity of Imagining An Unimaginable War
Top military and political experts warn that the risk of war is at an all-time high, the threat is imminent and the impact would be catastrophic.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
"In short, Congressional Democrats agreed with Trump that letting Israel’s right-wing leader Benjamin Netanyahu illegally establish settlements on occupied Palestinian territory doesn’t violate the Oslo Accords, but President Obama’s decision to abstain on a U.N. resolution opposing these illegal settlements does." (Photo: AVI OHAYON - GPO) Stephen Zunes
Why Democrats Don’t Want to Talk about Flynn’s First Meeting with the Russians
How the Democrats aided Michael Flynn's involvement in Israeli's illegal settlements.
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"Only 12 percent of consumers trust brands to tell them what’s in their food. Most consumers do their own independent research, via phones and personal computers." Katherine Paul
Is Big Food's Lobbying Arm on the Brink of Extinction?
Consumers can take satisfaction in the fact that they’ve played a role in what some say is the diminishing power of the GMA over Washington policy.
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"Not content with changing the tax code to benefit oligarchs, Senate leadership sneaked in a provision to open up the pristine, ecologically sensitive Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, purportedly to get some revenue (about $1 billion over 10 years) to offset a wee bit of the $1.5 trillion shortfall created by the massive tax giveaways to the fabulously rich." Basav Sen
The GOP Tax Bill Assaults the Planet as Well as the Poor
It kills the modest credits for wind, solar, and electric cars, while preserving much larger ones for fossil fuels.
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"Republican leaders have repeatedly said in recent weeks that after enacting a tax bill, they will turn to budget cuts — particularly “welfare reform,” long a code for cuts to programs that help families of limited means afford food, housing, health care, and other basic needs." Chye-Ching Huang
GOP Budgets, Statements Make Plans Clear: Costly Tax Cuts for Wealthy Now, Program Cuts Later
The Senate bill raises taxes on millions of low- and middle-income households and raises the number of Americans without health insurance by an estimated 13 million.
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"If anti-Trump forces here don’t address persistent voter disgust with the status quo, the Eastern European example offers a grim glimpse of a possible American future as right-wing libertarians, intolerant nationalists, and alt-right extremists secure their lock on the policy apparatus." John Feffer
What’s the Matter with Eastern Europe?
Welcome to the birthplace of Trumpism.
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"I would say don’t be afraid to run as what you are and what you believe in. Find a way to connect those issues to what everybody in the community is feeling, and I think you will do just fine.”(Photo: Iowa CCI Action Fund/Twitter) Isaiah Poole
A Newly Elected Democratic Socialist On How to Win in Trump Country
“If we talk to people on issues in a universal way, we are going to get their vote.”
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"Putting aside my qualms about a conservative male politician once again deflecting attention from social problems by blaming women, however much it cost us to buy my wife’s used 2009 Toyota Camry really, we could have gotten by with the 2006 Corolla that I found), I have a hard time blaming her for our inability to accumulate wealth." Ezra Rosser
The Previously Unrecognized Costs of Booze, Women, and Movies
Thank you Sen. Chuck Grassley for explaining why people are not rich.
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Free window decals by the American Independent Business Alliance (Photo: Jeff Milchen
Let Them Eat Wedding Cake
A Colorado baker's bid to discriminate against gay couples sets a precedent that would harm both small businesses and civil rights. Independent business advocates arguing for enforcement of public accommodation laws make their case in a dispute that will be argued before the Supreme Court today.
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Monday, December 4, 2017
Robert Weissman
The GOP Tax Scam: Naming the Culprits
There's only one way to stop the #GOPTaxScam from becoming law: massive public mobilization that makes very clear the culprits will be held to account
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Robert Borosage
It’s Time To Change More Than Trump
The Republican Party is cutting away at the very sinews of our economy, the comity of our politics, and the quality of our most basic public services. Trump may sound different, but he's just the barker outside their big top. The grisly deed is being done on the inside.
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More and more powerful men are being brought down by sexual harassment and assault accusations. But what about the president? Ashwini Tambe
Has Trump’s Presidency Triggered The Movement Against Sexual Harassment?
For many, Trump represents the ultimate unpunished sexual predator.
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Jared Bernstein
Two Top Republican Tax Writers Reveal Their Prejudice and Their Strategy
Because they have used the deficit to pay for a tax cut that blatantly favors the rich over the rest, Republicans have forfeited their ability to tell us what we can and can’t afford.
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"The women’s revolt understands that our institutions, including those on the left, will not defend us. We must defend ourselves." Chris Hedges
A Women’s Revolt That Targets Far More Than Sexual Abuse
There is a genuine uprising, and no one can find the leader to shut it down.
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"But the total takeover of the U.S. government by the Republican Party, occasioned by the GOP sweep in the 2016 elections, has produced a disaster for the peace movement―and for anyone concerned about building a peaceful world." (Photo: Cleo Leng/flickr/cc) Lawrence Wittner
The Peace Movement and Electoral Politics
With the 2018 Congressional elections occurring in less than a year, the peace movement has the opportunity to enhance its leverage over U.S. public policy.
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(Photo: Painting by Muhammad Ansi, Untitled (Pier), 2016.) Erin L. Thompson
The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open
What the Paintings by Its Prisoners Tell Us About Our Humanity and Theirs
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