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Friday, March 31, 2017
Laurie Mazur
Trump is Wrong about Climate Change, and Jobs Too
Donald Trump rode to the White House promising to bring back jobs for working-class Americans. But dismantling federal efforts to address climate change will make it harder to deliver on that promise...
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Rachel West, Jeremy Slevin
The Labor Secretary Nominee Promised to Defer to Trump. That’s a Problem for Workers.
Last week’s political news was dominated by the stunning failure of congressional Republicans’ health care bill. The resulting chaos will ultimately preserve health insurance for 24 million Americans...
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Ann Wright
Trump Succumbs to Bush/Obama Perpetual War
Fourteen years ago on March 19, 2003, I resigned from the U.S. government in opposition to President George W. Bush’s decision to invade and occupy Iraq, an oil-rich Arab/Muslim country that had...
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Andrea Thompson
‘Critical’ NASA Climate Missions Targeted in Budget Cuts
In his most recent weekly address , President Trump praised NASA’s “mission of exploration and discovery” and its ability to allow mankind to “look to the heavens with wonder and curiosity.” But left...
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Dana Floberg
GOP Lawmakers' Many Privacy Hypocrisies
Internet users took a hard loss this week in the fight for broadband privacy and internet freedom — but if you listen to the Republican lawmakers who trashed our privacy rights, you’d think they’d...
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Peter Eckersley, Ernesto Falcon
Dear Mr. President: Reject the D.C. Swamp and Veto the Broadband Privacy Repeal
President Trump will soon be asked to sign into law a bill that gives tremendous power to some of the most hated companies in America , the cable and telephone industry. If he cares about protecting...
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Robert Reich
Trump’s Fog Machine
Trump’s technique for dealing with bad news is to create enough confusion and partisanship to envelope it in dense fog. Consider the most explosive news to come along in recent history – that the FBI...
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Charles Bayer
Human Kindness: America’s Positive People
Last week I described how I have often encountered America’s positive people — those I know, as well as complete strangers who have gone out of their way to be gracious and helpful . This week I want...
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Ben Norton
Media Spin Headlines to Downplay US Responsibility for Mosul Massacre
If you read the headlines of major corporate media outlets, you’d think hundreds of Iraqi civilians coincidentally died in the same location that just so happened to be hit by a US airstrike. A March...
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Rajan Menon
Making America Insecure Again
Donald Trump’s supporters believe that his election will end business as usual in Washington. The self-glorifying Trump agrees and indeed his has, so far, been the most unorthodox presidency of our...
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Christopher D. Cook
Trump’s Labor Nominee, Alexander Acosta, Is More Dangerous than You Think
Overshadowed by the high-octane wars over the Affordable Care Act and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the confirmation of Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta is cruising toward a March 30...
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Chase Strangio
Don’t Be Fooled by North Carolina, There Is No Repeal of The Anti-Trans HB2, Only More Discrimination.
What do they say about déjà vu all over again? That is what seems to be happening in North Carolina where lawmakers are again rushing through a poorly thought-out, dangerous backroom deal under the...
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Dana Drugmand
Green Jobs and Intergenerational Justice: Trump’s Climate Order Undermines Both
With the stroke of a pen, President Trump has written off both the biggest economic development opportunity of the twenty-first century, and the security of today’s young people, future generations...
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Robert C. Koehler
How Many Civilians Can We Kill?
"The wooden carts that residents use to carry vegetables and other wares in the once busy market area instead ferried out cadavers recovered from the rubble last week." And so . . . another "...
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Steven Singer
Newsflash! Betsy DeVos Opens Mouth. Nonsense Falls Out
Betsy DeVos opened her mouth-hole this week and a load of crap fell out. And somehow that’s news! Our federal Education Secretary said Wednesday , "I'm not sure how [U.S. public schools] could get a...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
In Trump’s America, Your Privacy Is for Sale
Unless you’re reading this column in a good old newspaper, odds are your internet service provider (ISP) knows what you’re up to. ISPs are the on-ramp to the internet; it is through these gatekeepers...
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Tom Engelhardt
Running Over Future Generations
Terror attacks like the recent one in London send a shudder through Americans. Since 9/11, they have been the definition of what TomDispatch regular Rajan Menon calls “ national (in)security .” They'...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Peter Frumhoff
The House Science Committee’s Shameful Climate Sideshow
There are a lot of ways one can imagine, in principle, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology holding a constructive, timely hearing on the state of climate science and its...
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Emily Verdugo
Trump’s Big Boost to Law Enforcement Won’t Make Us Safer — It Will Make Corporations Richer
Back in August, the Obama administration issued a memo that many hoped signaled an end to the government’s use of for-profit prison corporations. That memo, issued by then-Deputy Attorney General...
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Helena Norberg-Hodge
Trump Trauma
While we mourn the tragedy that fear, prejudice and ignorance "trumped" in this election, now is the time to go deeper and broader with our work. There is a growing recognition that the scary...
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Martha Burk
A New Way to Close the Gender Pay Gap
Once again, Equal Pay Day is approaching. Never heard of it? If you’re a working woman or someone who cares about the working women in your life, you need to study up. Equal Pay Day is the day in any...
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Glenn Greenwald
To Serve AT&T and Comcast, Congressional GOP Votes to Destroy Online Privacy
Clarifying events in politics are often healthy even when they produce awful outcomes. Such is the case with yesterday’s vote by House Republicans to free internet service providers (ISPs) –...
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Ernesto Falcon
Repealing Broadband Privacy Rules, Congress Sides with the Cable and Telephone Industry
Putting the interests of Internet providers over Internet users, Congress on Tuesday voted to erase landmark broadband privacy protections. If the bill is signed into law, companies like Cox, Comcast...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Russia Is Not the Reason to Block Gorsuch
Even by the lofty standards of the Trump era, the past week in Washington has been chaotic. Just a few days after FBI Director James B. Comey stepped back into the political spotlight by publicly...
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Kumar Venkat
Reframing the Here and Now: How to Fight Back on the Climate Front
Climate change programs are up for elimination with the proposed 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget and the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan . While environmentalists...
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Ralph Nader
Crash of Trumpcare Opens Door to Full Medicare for All
You can thank House Speaker Ryan and President Trump for pushing their cruel health insurance boondoggle. This debacle has created a big opening to put Single Payer or full Medicare for all...
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Andrew Friedman
A Blueprint For Providing Sanctuary
Since Trump took office, we’ve seen unprecedented levels of fear in immigrant communities across the country. Reports of indiscriminate raids have incited panic among families, many of whom have...
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Jeff Bryant
The Big Lie Behind Trump’s Education Budget
Public school supporters are angry at President Trump’s budget proposal, which plans to cut funding to the Department of Education by 13 percent – taking that department’s outlay down to the level it...
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Wenonah Hauter
Maryland Ban Shows Fracking is Not a Partisan Issue
A quick overview of the Trump administration’s pro-fossil fuel agenda and its roster of climate-denying oil and gas cronies in cabinet seats could lead anyone to believe that matters of energy policy...
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Max Yoeli
President Trump and His Businesses: Not So Separate After All
President Donald J. Trump plans to retain ownership of his business empire and deal with the resulting conflicts of interest by placing all of his assets in a revocable trust controlled by his sons...
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Robert Reich
Trump’s Business of Government
The White House has announced that Trump will name his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to run a new Office of American Innovation – described as a SWAT team of strategic consultants staffed by former...
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Kendra Tappin
We Already Have the Path Through Trump’s America
Late last month, the White House invited leaders from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate in a listening session and to meet with President Trump, Vice President...
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Domenic Powell
Local Leaders Should Know the Constitutional and Public Safety Risks of Joining Trump's Deportation Force
You may have heard how Trump is trying to bully local police departments into becoming part of his deportation force. ACLU affiliates across the country are fighting back. Right now, we’re sending...
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Adam Johnson
NYT Says Congress Has 'Duty' to Make War–Rather Than the Right to Reject It
As reports come in detailing the degree to which Donald Trump has escalated the “War on ISIS”—and killed hundreds more civilians in the process —this would seem like a good time for the country to...
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Lois Marie Gibbs
America Can't Afford Another Gorsuch in Government
Anne Gorsuch, the mother of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, was my worst nightmare. In 1982, when I first confronted her about toxic contamination in Times Beach, Missouri, she led the...
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John Dower
An American Century of Carnage
[ This essay is adapted from “Measuring Violence,” the first chapter of John Dower’s new book, The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War Two . ] On February 17, 1941, almost 10...
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Shaun King
Democrats Should Oppose Trump and Republican Party—But Also Present Better Ideas
I've never voted for a Republican a single day in my life, but as an American, I found what the Republican Party pulled last week to be deeply embarrassing. For the past eight years the Republicans...
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Andrew Moss
Why ICE Raids Imperil Us All
A restaurant worker and father of four daughters in Southern California is arrested while dropping his youngest daughter off at school. A young woman in Mississippi is taken into custody after...
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Michael Winship
A Couple of Things About Jimmy Breslin
Last Wednesday, I sat down to write a piece about the late Jimmy Breslin , the newspaper columnist whose blunt yet eloquent and crafted prose captured New York and its environs as no one has since...
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Monday, March 27, 2017
Jay Walljasper
A More Equitable Economy Exists Right Next Door
Business owners gather at an elegant Montreal event center to celebrate the 20 th anniversary of a large-scale economic partnership. The former chief of Quebec’s largest bank is the guest of honor...
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Peter Eckersley, Jeremy Gillula
Five Ways Cybersecurity Will Suffer If Congress Repeals the FCC Privacy Rules
Back in October of 2016, the Federal Communications Commission passed some pretty awesome rules that would bar your Internet provider from invading your privacy. The rules would keep Internet...
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John Nichols
Neil Gorsuch’s Own Testimony Clearly Disqualifies Him
J udge Neil Gorsuch knows full well that he is attempting to take a place on the Supreme Court that should have gone to another jurist, Judge Merrick Garland. Shortly after Donald Trump nominated him...
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Medea Benjamin
Will Donald Trump Escalate the Devastating War and Hunger in Yemen?
This week marks the beginning of year three of the Saudi-led military intervention in the civil war in Yemen, an intervention that has resulted in an epic tragedy of destruction and starvation. Tens...
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Patrick Lawrence
 Famine Could Kill 20 Million in Africa and Yemen—Why the Deafening Silence?
Tw o striking stories, back to back, come our way as spring arrives. I cannot get either out of my mind—for what they say, for what they imply about everyone unmentioned in them, for what they do not...
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Chris Hedges
The Feuding Kleptocrats
The Trump kleptocrats are political arsonists. They are carting cans of gasoline into government agencies and Congress to burn down any structure or program that promotes the common good and impedes...
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LeeAnn Hall
Health Care Victory Paves Way for Redoubled Resistance
On Thursday, People’s Action was pulling out all the stops to defeat Republicans’ plan to repeal health care on the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – and preparing to take the fight to...
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Marjorie Cohn
Neil Gorsuch and the Deconstruction of the Administrative State
When Donald Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus addressed the Conservative Political Action Committee in February, he identified two priorities of the administration: the confirmation of Neil...
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Jon Else
Not Your Grandma’s Civil Rights Strategy
On a glorious afternoon in August 1963, after the massive March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom wrapped up on the national mall, President John F. Kennedy, prodded by Attorney General Robert...
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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Robert Reich
No, Paul Ryan, Your Healthcare Defeat Wasn't Because of "Growing Pains"
House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.” “We were a...
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Evan W. Sandlin
If Aleppo Was a Crime Against Humanity, Isn’t Mosul?
Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and the last major Islamic State stronghold in the country, is nearly under Iraqi government control. The Islamic State, or ISIS, has occupied the city since June...
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Mark Danner
What He Could Do
What we are witnessing now is the birth of a new political order, and the more frantic a handful of media elites become, the more powerful that new political order becomes…. 1 —Stephen K. Bannon...
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Ha-Joon Chang, James K. Galbraith, et al.
50+ Economists Warn Against Neoliberalism's Return in Ecuador
Over the past ten years, Ecuador has achieved major economic and social advances. We are concerned that many of these important gains in poverty reduction, wage growth, reduced inequality, and...
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Alex Kotch
Kochs Bankroll Move to Rewrite the Constitution
A constitutional convention, something thought impossible not long ago, is looking increasingly likely. Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, if 34 state legislatures “issue a call” for a...
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Martin Kirk, Jason Hickel
Gates Foundation's Rose-Colored World View Not Supported by Evidence
The annual public letter from Bill and Melinda Gates has become a much-celebrated event in the global development calendar. But lost in the excitement around this year’s letter is the fact that it...
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David Korten
The Superrich Have Profited From a Broken System—And Their Money Alone Won’t Fix It
Congratulations, you won—you are the last and richest person on Earth. In the security of your sunless underground bunker, you will be the last to die in a dying Earth’s paroxysm of fire and flood...
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George Cassidy Payne
Trump’s Proposed Budget Will Pay for America’s Berlin Wall
So much for Mexico paying for it. According to a recent CNBC article , “Trump will request more than $4 billion in defense spending to build the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, marking the first...
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Jeff Biggers
Let Us Now Praise A Coal Miner: Chuck Nelson Is An American Hero
Among the hundreds of coal miners I have interviewed over the years, retired coal miner Chuck Nelson has always been among the most fearless truth-tellers in the coal country of West Virginia. An...
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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Bob Burnett
Trump's Huge Failure
After promising to "repeal and replace Obamacare on day one [of his presidency]", Donald Trump suffered an ignominious rejection on day 64. True to form, Trump took no responsibility for the defeat...
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Miles Mogulescu
Blocking Gorsuch Matters Now More Than Ever
Trump and the Republicans are doing so many things so fast to hurt ordinary Americans, it’s hard for the resistance movement to keep up. But nothing is more consequential than Neil Gorsuch’s...
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Christopher Brauchli
Prisons, Phones, and Profit
When at last this little instrument appeared, consisting, as it does, of parts every one of which is familiar to us, and capable of being put together by an amateur, the disappointment arising from...
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Bill McKibben
Citizens Must Hold Government Accountable on Climate
A few things that happened this week: one set of researchers announced that February was the planet’s fourth-warmest month on record, which is especially bad news since the El Niño that produced last...
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Zoë Carpenter
Donald Trump Can’t Make a Deal
D onald Trump has made plenty of bad deals in the course of his career. There was his Atlantic City casino empire, which ended in multiple bankruptcy filings. There was Trump University, which led to...
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Friday, March 24, 2017
Dennis Kucinich
Saving Obamacare Is Not Enough—We Need Medicare for All
T he health-care debate in America is essentially an argument over what kind of private insurance market people should have access to: President Obama’s, where the insurance companies made out like...
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Anthony Swift, Danielle Droitsch
Trump Restarts Keystone XL Fight, Not the Tar Sands Pipeline
The Trump Administration’s approval of the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline marks the beginning of what is likely to be a long fight over the dirty energy project. Many...
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Robert Reich
Gorsuch Shouldn't Be Confirmed Until We Know the Person Who Picked Him Is Cleared of Wrongdoing
Neil Gorsuch shouldn’t be confirmed until Trump comes clean. Nominating a new justice of the Supreme Court is one of the most important responsibilities of a president. But until we know Trump is a...
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Anusha Ravi
3 People Explain How Last-Minute Medicaid Changes Make the GOP Health Care Bill Even Crueler
After seven years of demanding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), House Republicans have reached their moment of truth. They have slapped together a bill to replace the law—the American...
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John Feffer
Why Spend $54 Billion More on the Pentagon? To Start a War, Obviously.
So, let me see if I’ve got this right. North Korea has been pushing its ally China to rein in the United States. Pyongyang is worried that Washington is about to launch a preemptive attack, so it has...
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Andy Rowell
Climate Denier Trump Takes Us into “Unchartered Territory” with KXL
Later today, the Trump administration is expected to announce the approval of the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline has been the subject of a major battle between...
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Rafael Diaz
Grassroots Power Stalls Trumpcare
March 23rd, the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), turned into a better day for the people of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, than it was for House Speaker Paul Ryan, President Donald...
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Eugene Robinson
Mr. President, The Disgrace Is All Yours
President Trump called himself “instinctual” this week, but the word he must have been groping for was “untruthful.” He lies incessantly, shamelessly, perhaps even pathologically, and his lying...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Michael Winship
Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil
There was so much smoke being blown in Washington on Wednesday you could probably see it from the International Space Station. And it all seemed to come from a single polluter: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA...
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Stephen Zunes
The Bipartisan Effort against Campaigns for Corporate Responsibility
The Trump Administration’s efforts to legitimize the Israeli occupation and illegal settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories has received surprising bipartisan support. A series of bills...
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Katherine Paul
Congress Must Investigate Collusion Between Monsanto and the EPA. Now.
“I have cancer, and I don’t want these serious issues in HED [EPA’s Health Effects Division] to go unaddressed before I go to my grave. I have done my duty.” It’s been four years since Marion Copley...
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Jeff Bryant
The Big Lie Behind Trump’s Education Budget
Public school supporters are angry at President Trump’s budget proposal, which plans to cut funding to the Department of Education by 13 percent – taking that department’s outlay down to the level it...
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Wendell Potter
Why Big Insurance Adores the American Health Care Act
There’s been a lot of talk about just who was hurt and helped by Obamacare and who will profit or be imperiled by the next phase of health care legislation. Yet health insurance executives have been...
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LeeAnn Hall
We Have The Chance Now To Go Bold On Health Care – And Freedom – For All
The House of Representatives is slated to vote Thursday on a health care repeal bill that will gut the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we know it. In legislative and human terms, passage of...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Mosque That Disappeared
We committed a quiet little war crime the other day. Forty-plus people are dead, taken out with hellfire missiles while they were praying . Or maybe not. Maybe they were just insurgents. The women...
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Ira Chernus
Why The Resistance Must Do More Than Resist
The resistance is a huge movement—yuge! At least that’s how it feels when you are in it. And it’s true that the United States has not seen anything like this since the Vietnam war days. Still, Trump...
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Ralph Nader
Stubborn Facts and the Lies That Kill Democracy
It is not just Donald Trump whose rhetoric is chronically bereft of reality. Politicians, reporters, commentators and academics are often similarly untethered to hard facts, albeit not for...
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Janelle Jones
Trump’s Spending Cuts Would Create the Black America He’s Been Talking About
On the campaign trail last summer, Donald Trump tried to appeal to African Americans by asking what we had to lose by voting him into office. Exit polls showed that we had a hunch what a Trump...
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Miles Mogulescu
We Must Filibuster Gorsuch’s Federalist Society Agenda
You probably have a better chance of becoming a judge in China without being a Communist than you have of making it to the Supreme Court under Republicans without the support of the hard-right...
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Tom Gallagher
The Democratic Party Left After the Ellison DNC Campaign: Unite or Fight?
One thing to keep in mind about the recent Thomas Perez–Keith Ellison race for Democratic National Committee chair is that it was pretty much an only-in-America sort of thing. Were we in any kind of...
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Peter Bloom
The Democrats Should Stop Wishing on a "Star" and Start Helping to Build a Progressive Movement
Only a few months after taking office, President Trump have confirmed all the worst fears of progressives and liberals. From his potential ties to Russia to his almost beyond belief retrogressive...
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Ari Berman
Neil Gorsuch Is Not Another Scalia. He’s the Next John Roberts.
W hen John Roberts was nominated as chief justice of the Supreme Court in 2005, Senator Ted Kennedy asked him: “You do agree, don’t you, Judge Roberts, that the right to vote is a fundamental...
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Robert Reich
President Trump and the Crisis of Governance
America is in a crisis of governance. There is no adult in charge. Instead, we have as president an unhinged narcissistic child who tweets absurd lies and holds rallies to prop up his fragile ego,...
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Brandon DeBot
House GOP’s Proposed "Fix" for Health Bill Prioritizes Tax Cuts for Richest
In their updated health bill , House Republicans are doubling down on their plan to cut taxes for high-income households while cutting health insurance for mostly low- and moderate-income households...
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Michael Winship
'There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air'
Monday’s hearing of the House Intelligence Committee was proof positive of the absolute need for both a special prosecutor and an independent, bipartisan commission with subpoena power to conduct a...
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Andrew Bacevich
Words Not to Die For
By way of explaining his eight failed marriages, the American bandleader Artie Shaw once remarked , “I am an incurable optimist.” In reality, Artie was an incurable narcissist. Utterly devoid of self...
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Roger Bybee
The Republican’s Healthcare Plan Puts “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” in a Whole New Light
After seven long years, the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act has finally come lurching across America’s political stage, devised by House Speaker Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin,...
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Juan Cole
It Is Comey Who Should Be Investigated
FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday that his agency has since last summer been investigating the circle of Donald J. Trump for their contacts with the Russian Federation during last year’s...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
An 'America Last' Budget
President Trump’s “America First” budget is headlined by its big hike in military spending, which Trump touts as “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” The...
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Conn Hallinan
These Are the Elections That Will Decide Europe’s Fate
Going in to the recent elections in the Netherlands, the mainstream story seemed lifted from William Butler Yeats poem, The Second Coming : “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold — The best lack...
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Norman Eisen, Richard Painter
Trump's Unprecedented War on Ethics
The government watchdog organization we help lead called upon the White House last week to investigate whether one of its senior officials, Christopher Liddell, violated ethics laws through acting in...
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Kathy Kelly
Reality and the 'Made in the U.S.A.' Famine in Yemen
This week at the Voices for Creative Nonviolence office in Chicago, my colleague Sabia Rigby prepared a presentation for a local high school. She’ll team up with a young friend of ours, himself a...
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Monday, March 20, 2017
Michael Winship
The Trump GOP Prescription for America: Don’t Get Sick
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Donald Trump still insists he’s going to Make America Great Again! Mind you, it won’t be a healthy or vigorous America — in fact, it will be coughing and wheezing to the...
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Lynn Sherr
Memo to the Media: How Not to Cover the President
Dear esteemed colleagues, former colleagues and other members of the responsible media I’ve never met: I am not being sarcastic. Honest. I respect your work and I know that you — we — are the only...
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Chris Hedges
A Last Chance for Resistance
The crawl toward despotism within a failed democracy is always incremental. No regime planning to utterly extinguish civil liberties advertises its intentions in advance. It pays lip service to...
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Chye-Ching Huang
Tax Cuts for the Rich at Heart of Paul Ryan's Attack on Medicaid
House Speaker Paul Ryan has made a key Republican motive for pushing ahead with the House GOP health plan explicit in recent interviews: [1] passing the health package first facilitates deeper tax...
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Will Bunch
Gone: Chuck Berry, Jimmy Breslin, and Their Great American Middle Class
When they say that Baby Boomers didn't make anything, don't you believe them. We manufactured Celebrities, by the truckload -- on the TV shows we watched religiously while eating our Pop Tarts after...
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Lois Marie Gibbs
Trump’s EPA Cuts: No One Will Protect Us
President Donald Trump’s deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency terrify me. They will gut the agency, removing protections for American families and our children. As I travel from one...
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