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Friday, July 24, 2020
 In New Mexico, it is relatively easy to get a test, so more people are getting tested. (Photo: AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio) Zoe McLaren
Making Coronavirus Testing Easy, Accurate and Fast Is Critical to Ending the Pandemic—the US Response Is Falling Far Short
Every little improvement in testing capabilities means more COVID-19 cases can be caught before the virus is transmitted.
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In the United States, more than 7 million affordable rental homes must be built to meet present demand. (JamesBrey via Getty Images) Mondaire Jones
Trump's Racist Play for the Suburbs
Inclusive and equitable suburbs build more affordable housing, advance fairness in education, and centers environmental justice.
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US President Donald Trump takes questions during a news conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 23, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Michael Winship
President, Plague, Bungler, Camera, TV
Trump’s new round of televised Covid-19 briefings is nothing but another attempt to blame others for his deadly mistakes.
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Thursday, July 23, 2020
 I can think of no better argument for Medicare for All than the freeing of the noble employer from the dreadful moral quandary of birth control. Great job, team. Drinks are on Kavanaugh. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Sophia Paslaski
SCOTUS’ Birth Control Decision Favors Medicare for All
Access to essential medications should not be subject to the whims of our employers.
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We need to govern with facts instead of fantasy. If Trump can’t handle the job, he should get out of the way. (Photo: AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Jill Richardson
Trump's Authoritarianism Is Ill-Suited to a Pandemic
Even if he’s wearing a mask now, he’s still trying to conceal data, silence experts, and block funding.
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When the pandemic finally ends, there’s a danger that some modified version of this new system of labor exploitation might prove too profitable for employers to abandon.  (Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
Why Does Essential Work Pay So Little...
And cost so much?
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We must ask ourselves whether we will continue to accept our government’s participation in a Trump administration regime change effort that effectively undermines the ability of ordinary Venezuelans to feed themselves. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Bianca Mugyenyi
Canada's Support for Trump Administration's Venezuela Policy
Ottawa has not criticized the devastating US sanctions. Quite the opposite. It has egged the bully on.
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Cutting off the $600 will also exacerbate racial inequality. (Photo: Witthaya Prasongsin/iStock/Getty Images) Heidi Shierholz
Joblessness Remains at Historic Levels and There Is No Evidence UI Is Disincentivizing Work
Congress must extend the extra $600 in UI benefits.
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Guns are the speech of the inarticulate. (Photo:  Apu GOMES / AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Standing Up to the Armed and Inarticulate
American fascism is always a force waiting to be born.
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It’s up to the United States District Court presiding over Stone’s case to scrutinize this commutation and, if the Court finds that evidence persuasive, declare the commutation constitutionally invalid, and order Stone to prison. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Ben Clements
Roger Stone Commutation Violates the Constitution
Even if we don’t characterize this as a bribe, at a minimum, the public evidence demonstrates that Trump’s purpose in commuting Stone’s sentence is to reward him for covering up for Trump.
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In this undated historic photo, which shows the GOP's long quest to gut the vital and popular retirement program, citizens in favor of protecting the institution of Social Security rally en masse on the U.S. Capitol grounds prior to scattering to lobby their Congressmen on this issue. (Photo: Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Nancy J. Altman
Warning, Warning: Republicans Are Plotting to Raid Social Security
Trump and his GOP allies know that they cannot succeed by attacking Social Security directly. It is too popular. Instead, they profess their support for Social Security, all while undermining the program's funding so they can demand cuts down the road.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Democratic senator and Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks with U.S. Marine generals before a development meeting between Iraqi and American government officials and Sunni sheikhs September 6, 2007 in Ramadi, Anbar Province, Iraq. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
King Joe and the Round Table: Biden's America in a Multipolar World
Unfortunately, Biden's past loyalty to military-industrial interests does not bode well for the kind of leadership we need, and which we have not seen from any U.S. president of this generation. We must demand better.
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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (left) and Governor Brian Kemp (right) (Photo: Screenshot) Derrick Z. Jackson
When COVID-19 Science Comes Home to Roost
We are in this moment precisely because this administration—and too many of its predecessors—have stood in the way of science.
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With business closures and layoffs sharply reducing state income and sales taxes, we estimate that state shortfalls will total about $555 billion through 2022.  (Photo: Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Wesley Tharpe
States, Localities Need More Federal Aid to Avert Deepening Budget Crisis
As the President and Congress hammer out details of another relief package in the coming weeks, the House-approved Heroes Act—with about $540 billion for states, localities, territories, and tribal governments—offers a sound starting point.
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Resisting the reopening of schools on the basis that the White House press secretary misspoke represents a lost opportunity to actually oppose the administration’s scandalously poor handling of the coronavirus, and the dangerous, genuinely anti-science decision to force through reopening in the height of a pandemic. (Photo: Screenshot) Alan MacLeod
How NOT to Resist Trump: Kayleigh McEnany’s Anti-Science Comments
Yes, the White House is against science. No, McEnany didn’t say it like that.
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The pandemic is incredibly stressful, the economy is in free fall, and the election of our lifetime looms. (Photo: Morsa Images/Getty Images) Erica Etelson
Mask-Shaming Won’t Work. Try These 5 Things Instead
Make it seem like changing one’s mind is an honorable thing to do, rather than shameful.
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This moment calls on us to relinquish social control and ramp up our commitment to social investment. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Reich
Time to Invest in Affordable Housing and Education, Not Tear Gas, Batons, and State-Sanctioned Murder
It’s time to defund the police, and invest in communities. We have no time to waste.
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ITEP’s analysis assumes that Trump’s proposal would suspend both the employee and employer sides of payroll taxes. (Photo: CC) Steve Wamhoff
Trump's Payroll Tax Holiday Would Mostly Benefit the Rich While Sabotaging Medicare and Social Security
Let’s be clear about what the President is suggesting–cutting benefits for the unemployed while nominally giving a tax cut to those with jobs, and steering the ultimate benefits to wealthy business owners and shareholders.
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A migrant carrying a toddler stands in front of the border wall that divides Sunland Park, New Mexico, United States, with Ciudad Juarez, state of Chihuahua, Mexico on March 14, 2020. - April 22, 2020 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the World Earth Day. (Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP via Getty Images) Roy Eidelson
Asylum, Now an American Horror Story
What we are now witnessing is an assault designed to suffocate the hopes and life prospects of human beings desperately seeking safety and a better life.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
For those who withstood the confusion, lines and delays, a badge of achievement. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) Adrienne Jones
Georgia’s Election Disaster Shows How Bad Voting in 2020 Can Be
The state’s Republican leadership did nothing to prevent this democratic disaster from happening, even though it had happened before, just two years ago.
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This morning, the Biden campaign released a plan calling for a broad set of investments in child and elder care. (Photo: Marc Nozell/cc/flickr) Josh Bivens
Ambitious Investments in Child and Elder Care Could Boost Labor Supply Enough to Support 3 Million New Jobs
The Biden campaign’s commitment to make these investments is most welcome.
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John has left us, but millions have picked up the baton that he once carried — focused now on equal justice under the law, and on ending the structural racism that makes racial inequality a pre-existing condition. (Photo: Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
John Lewis, a Founding Father of American Democracy
John Lewis was a leader, but more workhorse than show horse. Show horses preen to win the applause of the crowd. Workhorses pull the wagon.
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The social mission of USPS is more important than ever as our country faces a health and economic crisis that is tearing apart families and communities. (Photo: David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger, and Brian Wakamo
USPS Needs Financial Aid to Continue Providing Essential Services
Despite a boom in package deliveries, the Postal Service is facing insolvency due to crisis-related drops in mail revenue and increased costs.
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Federal police disperse a crowd of about a thousand protesters at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 20, 2020 in Portland, Ore. The federal police response to the ongoing protests against racial inequality has been criticized by city and state elected officials. (Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
Will Trump’s Secret Police Succeed in Provoking Riots in Your City?
Portland is a test... but only a test.
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May we choose another way. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/cc/flickr) Rev Dr Liz Theoharis
Time to Stop Bankrolling War and the Wealthy
The poetry of a movement to change this country.
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Monday, July 20, 2020
The Pentagon budget is more than 100 times the budget of the Centers for Disease Control. (Photo by NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images) Lindsay Koshgarian
Americans Overwhelmingly Support Cutting the Pentagon to Support Our Real Needs
A 10 percent cut to the Pentagon could come from a multitude of places, including: ending our never-ending wars in the Middle East, reducing our reliance on nuclear weapons, and turning off the spigot to arms contractors.
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The Navy’s plans to replace large manned vessels with small, unmanned ones was only accelerated by the outbreak of the pandemic. (Photo: US Navy/DoD) Michael T. Klare
A World of "Killer Robots" But Not "National Security"
The Pentagon confronts the pandemic.
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Travon Brown, with megaphone, leads the Black Lives Matter Protest march through Marion, Virginia on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Earl Neikirk for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
In Praise of a Young Black Lives Matter Leader With His Eyes on the Prize
It is a story of inspired, passionate, self-restrained, and thus dignified non-violent resistance to oppression, and of the profound obstacles to this resistance.
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An all-encompassing expression of goodwill in the form of a New Good Neighbor Policy will meet resistance from vested economic and military interests, as well as those persuaded by racist arguments.(Photo: CC) Medea Benjamin, Steve Ellner
Long Overdue for Latin America: A New "Good Neighbor Policy"
Instead of continuing down this imperial path of endless confrontation, U.S. policymakers need to stop, recalibrate, and design an entirely new approach to inter-American relations.
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Australian troops on patrol in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class John Collins, Wikimedia Commons) Brett Wilkins
New SAS War Crimes Revealed as Australia Braces for Report
"A small number of commissioned officers had allowed a culture where abhorrent conduct was permitted."
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Police arrest demonstrators as Black Lives Matter supporters demonstrate in Portland, Oregon on July 4, 2020 for the thirty-eighth day in a row at Portland's Justice Center and throughout Portland, with a riot declared about 12.20 am on July 5. CS tear gas and less-lethal weapons were used, and multiple arrests were made. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Trump's Cynical and Deeply Dangerous Reelection Ploy: Sow Chaos in US Cities
This is what fascism looks like. It spares no one.
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Federal officers prepare to disperse the crowd of protestors outside the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 17, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: Mason Trinca/Getty Images) Michael Winship
Why the Federal Cops in Portland Are All About Election Day
Strongarm tactics in Oregon may be just the warmup for a stolen vote.
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Sunday, July 19, 2020
Doug Brown
A Constitutional Crisis in Portland
We're taking the Trump administration to court to block the unconstitutional actions of federal agents in Portland, Oregon.
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Lisa Arrastia
Teaching Under Covid: NY School-Reopening Guidance Highlights the Need for a Radical, Uniform National Response to Covid-19
We need a radical plan for the public, even though care for all shouldn’t be such a radical notion.
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Robert Reich
Trump Rush to Reopen America Is Causing a Covid Resurgence
What is Trump and the GOP's response to this looming catastrophe? Nothing.
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Juan Cole
Barriers, Water Cannons, Arrests: Netanyahu Treats Thousands of Israeli Protesters Against His Corruption Like Palestinians
Of course Palestinians are treated even worse. But the ninth decile of Israelis, and the majority of the country that will not vote directly for Netanyahu or his close allies, are clearly seen by the state as a danger to the status quo.
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Thea Paneth
Reflection on the Upcoming 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
As the daughter of a nuclear victim, I raise my voice on this upcoming anniversary to say with the Hibakusha (survivors of the original N-blasts) nuclear weapons must be abolished.
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Saturday, July 18, 2020
Ralph Nader
Wake Up, America! We Must Force Trump to Resign or At Least Step Aside
Your messages tell presidents which way the political winds are blowing. Make this "rumble of the people" speak loud and clear NOW!
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Lawrence Wittner
Making America Feared Again: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing
"The nuclear testing now being considered by the Trump administration is designed with the same purpose that weapons have traditionally had in world affairs: to intimidate other nations."
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Caleb Castaneda
'Welcome to Typhoid Mary Middle School': Why an Educator and Dad Thinks Reopening Our Schools Is a Non-Starter
All of us in education desperately want to get back in our classrooms, but we also want assurances that we are not taking on catastrophic health risks by doing so.
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Robbie Goldstein
We Need Healthcare Professionals in Washington to Fight Back Against a Reckless President
There has never been a more important moment for medical experts to have a seat at the table and to have the funding they need to do their jobs.
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Reese Erlich
Russia Bounty Story Falls Flat
Opportunist Democrats and foreign policy insiders drive "hysteria."
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Regan Russell, the Toronto Pig Save activist who was killed by a truck carrying pigs to slaughter. (Photo: Agnes Cseke) Fiona Roossien
The Birth of a Bill, the Death of an Activist
Regan's viewpoint, known as intersectionality, is the theory that all forms of oppression, discrimination, domination etc., intersect and influence each other.
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The message to the U.S. government is simple: Fix U.S. mass surveillance, or undermine one of the United States’ major industries. (Photo: NSA) Danny O'Brien
EU Court Again Rules That NSA Spying Makes U.S. Companies Inadequate for Privacy
This decision shows, yet again, that the U.S. needs much broader, privacy-protective reform, and that Congress’ inaction makes us all less safe, wherever we are.
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Friday, July 17, 2020
More sobering news is that Israel’s traditional stronghold over the country’s Jewish communities is faltering—and quickly so. (Photo: Screen shot / Twitter) Ramzy Baroud
Good News from Washington: AIPAC, Israel Losing to Progressive Democrats
T he age of total dominance of Israel over the US Congress is likely over, and hopefully, this time, for good.
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The nuclear testing now being considered by the Trump administration is designed with the same purpose that weapons have traditionally had in world affairs:  to intimidate other nations. (Photo: Scott Howe/DVIDS) Lawrence Wittner
Making America Feared Again: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing
There is no military necessity for nuclear test resumption.
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State leaders and school administrators across the nation should look to cities like Atlanta, San Diego, and Los Angeles which have already made the decision to only offer online schooling in the fall. (Photo: RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Kelly D. Holstine
The Only Safe Option for Students and Educators Is Virtual Learning
We should not rush into having in-person school this fall—we need to do what’s best for teachers, staff members, and students.
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Students of the Pambilino Forest-School look at plants as they walk to school in San Jose de Mashpi, Ecuador on October 31, 2019. - Children learn the importance of nature at a forest-school located in a biosphere reserve in Ecuador. The area is a unique territory in which the social and economic development of communities tends to an harmonious relationship with the natural environment. (Photo by Cristina Vega Rhor / AFP) (Photo by CRISTINA VEGA RHOR/AFP via Getty Images) Mari Margil
Recent Developments in Ecuador: Rights of Nature
The Constitutional Court selects cases to develop the "content" of the legal rights of nature.
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	The immediate matters at hand are Trump’s plans to withdraw the 8,600 American troops remaining in Afghanistan and 9,500 of our 34,500 troops in Germany. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Tom Gallagher
Withdrawing Troops From Afghanistan and Germany Is Still a Good Idea
Anyone entertaining serious hopes for significant reordering of the American economy, of our race relations, of energy production and transportation, eventually realizes that all of this will require a simultaneous demilitarization of both our economy and our role in the world.
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The United States, writes Whitehouse, "must adopt a recovery plan that addresses the intersecting crises of economy, climate, and justice through policies that speed the transition to clean energy, train unemployed workers for jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy, make communities healthier and more resilient, promote smart growth and electric transit in cities, and restore biodiversity and soil health in rural areas." (Photo: Ronen Tivony / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images) Tim Whitehouse
COVID-19, the Climate Crisis, and Our Urgent Duty to Rebuild This Country
As the U.S. government strives to put the economy back on its feet, it won't be able to return to business as usual, and it should not try.
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"We thus demand the Duterte administration, through the Philippine Congress, to repeal the Anti-Terrorism law and stop it becoming effective next week." (Photo: Twitter, @ICHRPGlobal) Andy Rowell
ACT NOW in the Philippines: We Need You to Stand Against the #JunkTerrorLaw
The country is already a deeply dangerous place to be an environmental activist. Help repeal this dangerous law now.
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It is important to note that right now, and for the foreseeable future, we are in a demand-constrained economy, not a supply-constrained economy. (Photo: Getty Images) Josh Bivens
Recovering Fully From the Coronavirus Shock Will Require Large Increases in Federal Debt—and There's Nothing Wrong With That
In a demand-constrained economy like the U.S. economy during the coronavirus pandemic, debt provides no countervailing drag on growth.
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Nationally, Black Americans die at 2.5 times the rate of whites, and in the states seeing rising rates right now, the disparities are especially stark. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Laura Flanders
As Trump Moves to Hide Covid-19, We Already Know Which Communities Are Suffering Most
The racist reality of who is dying of Covid-19 and the institutionalized bias that reflects is even more of a national shame—or it should be—than that distractor-in-chief, our president.
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A protester in Tel Aviv demonstrates against Israeli annexation on 6 June (Photo: AFP) Jonathan Cook
Liberal Zionism Begins to Make the Journey Towards a One-State Solution
Peter Beinart, a bellwether for American Jews, has provoked a storm by renouncing the two-state solution and urging equality for all.
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Thursday, July 16, 2020
Mushroom cloud seconds after detonation of "the Gadget" by the U.S. military in 1945 at testing range in New Mexico. (Photo: Department of Defense/Public domain) Tad Daley
'A Tragic Illusion': Did the Atom Bomb Make the United Nations Obsolete Three Weeks After its Birth?
The failures of the atomic age were clear from the very start—as w. And the burden remains.
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Trump has failed to address the connection of many of the monuments to slavery, retweeted a video showing one of his supporters yelling “White power!” earlier this month, and defended people who fly the Confederate flag on July 15. (Photo: Screenshot) Don Wiener, Alex Kotch
American Legislative Exchange Council Backs Trump on Confederate Monuments, Policing
ALEC’s decision to align itself with a racist and divisive president marks a dramatic return to the organization’s earlier support for racist policies, and comes at a time when 90 percent of Black Americans disapprove of Trump’s response to the murder of George Floyd.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during an event to introduce Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act of 2017 on Capitol Hill on Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Angela Peoples, Phillip Agnew
The Best VP Choice for Biden When It Comes to Fighting for Black Lives Isn't Black—It's Elizabeth Warren
If Democrats' response to the reckoning against systemic racism is simply to nominate a black woman for vice president, no matter her politics, they will affirm the skepticism of young and progressive voters and rob this country of another opportunity to enact the sweeping changes we need.
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By the time this crew is done, it may be nobody’s century.(Photo: Carlo Allegri/ Reuters) Tom Engelhardt
Donald J. Trump as Osama bin Laden's Revenge
Murderous forever wars and a pandemic and president from hell.
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Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp at an Election Night event at the Classic Center on November 6, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
If You Can’t Stop People From Voting, Just Help Them Die?
There's seems to be no other good explanation for how the Republican Party views voting in the midst of a deadly pandemic.
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 Letting the $600 expire won’t just hurt UI recipients and their families, it would hurt millions more. (Photo: Andrew Cashin / MTA New York City Transit / flickr / cc) Heidi Shierholz
With Unemployment at Historic Heights, Congress Must Extend $600 Lifeline to Workers
The millions who will remain jobless after the extra $600 is cut off will have no choice but to drastically cut their spending, causing a sharp decline in their living standards, an increase in poverty, and completely unnecessary suffering.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses supporters during a campaign rally on March 8, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sanders covered his policy agendas for immigration, women's rights, healthcare and economic inequality. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
'Not Him... Us': On the Ultimate Meaning of the Bernie Sanders Campaign
While Sanders continues to be the preeminent and most effective progressive voice in the country, the future—now that his presidential hopes are over—is truly up to us.
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Whether people agree or not with an assessment is one thing, writes Jensen, but "how can people determine whether my argument is cogent if it is not part of the public conversation?" (Photo: iStock/Peter Dazeley/Getty Images) Robert Jensen
'Cancel Culture' Cannot Erase a Strong Argument
I'm not concerned about myself but about the progressive community's capacity for critical thinking and respectful debate.
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Yeah, yeah, global warming, but what’s that compared to profit? (Photo: @MoBetter_B/Twitter) Robert C. Koehler
We’re So Certain of Our Colonialist Selves That We’re Destroying Our Own Planet
The global movement to end racism must turn its attention to the world’s most vulnerable cultures—the indigenous people of Planet Earth—who are still enduring the forces of colonial genocide.
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Even before the pandemic, the exorbitant cost of higher education was holding our country back. (Photo: Shutterstock) Margot Rathke
Bernie Sanders Is Right, Now Is the Time for Free College
With youth unemployment and student debt skyrocketing, young people need free higher education.
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At more than $740 billion this year, the Pentagon budget is more than 100 times the budget of the CDC—and more than 1,800 times the U.S. contribution to the World Health Organization that the president has promised to cut. (Photo: Shutterstock) Lindsay Koshgarian
Cut the Pentagon 10 Percent, Invest in Public Health
Tanks and ships can’t save us from our greatest dangers, so let’s pay for the things that can.
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International travelers leave the Customs and Immigration area of Dulles International Airport (IAD) June 29, 2017, outside Washington, D.C., in Dulles, Virginia. (Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images) Nafisa Tanjeem
Despite Trump Reversal on Visas, Struggles of International Students Haven't Ended
If the violence or discrimination doesn't seem as spectacular as the recent ICE directive to the U.S. liberal taste, it too often gets normalized and remains ignored.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
It’s crucial that media report on Trump’s executive orders accurately—and not grant Trump powers that he doesn’t actually possess. (Photo: Screenshot) Joshua Cho
Corporate Media Give Trump Powers He Doesn’t Actually Possess
Far from serving to hold power accountable in the US, such credulous coverage functions more to legitimize abuses of power.
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To date, ALEC has received $500,000 from Bradley in 2020 for "program activities." (Photo: Screenshot) David Armiak
Bradley Foundation Bankrolled Right-Wing Reopen Effort Despite Rising Coronavirus Cases
The political pressure generated by the lobbying and litigation efforts of Bradley-funded groups and President Trump led many states to prematurely roll back stay-at-home safety measures and reopen businesses.
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Children with a container of drinking water in a street in the city of Tadmur, near Palmyra during the Syrian civil war. (Photo by Andrei Gryaznov\TASS via Getty Images) Gregory Shupak
Media Conceal—or Celebrate—Depriving Syrians of Food and Medicine
US media coverage has endorsed, downplayed or ignored the harm the sanctions will inflict on Syria’s civilian population, and the misery years of previous sanctions have already inflicted.
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Protesters marched in Manhattan in May of 2017 to protest a presidential visit. (Photo: Getty Images) Jeffrey C. Isaac
The 'Letter on Justice and Open Debate' Should Be Seen as a Stance Against Trumpian Authoritarianism
The suggestion that we can do with a little less censoriousness should be welcomed so that we can focus a bit more of our attention on the actual political work of defending democracy and defeating Trumpism.
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If Amazon’s 840,000 employees owned the same proportion of their employer’s stock as Sears workers did in the 1950s—a quarter of the company—each would now own shares worth an average of about $386,904. (Photo: Reed Saxon/AP) Robert Reich
A Message to the Bosses: Share the Profits!
It’s impossible to predict what kind of America will emerge from the crises we’re now experiencing, but the four-decade trend toward higher profits and lower wages is unsustainable, economically and politically.
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This is Bond-villain level evil. (Photo: Drew AngererGetty Images) Charles P. Pierce
Hospitals Should Tell Trump to Shove His Orders and Send Their Data to the CDC Anyway
This is nuke-the-moon-to-control-the-tides crazy.
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This time of awakening has drawn attention to the connection and challenges we face as a nation and world. (Photo: Ralf Schlesener/ICAN) Robert Dodge
Funding Nuclear Weapons at a Time of National Crisis
Nuclear weapons represent the greatest imminent existential threat to our very existence and to every social, racial, environmental and economic justice movement that we are working for, since ultimately it is all connected.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
There have been over 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in ICE detention. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Bárbara Suarez Galeano
Listen to the Brave Hunger Strikers in ICE Detention
These strikes are not isolated events, but thoughtful and organized forms of resistance that demonstrate the life and death risks one faces in detention.
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On April 23, 2020, with the world in the grips of the Covid-19 pandemic and the FAO warning of a looming global food crisis, Nestlé's shareholders and executives awarded themselves a record dividend payout of US$8 billion. (Photo: Raúl Hernández González/flickr/cc) GRAIN
Agro-Imperialism in the Time of Covid-19
All this greed at the top leaves devastation and little to trickle down to the bottom, where its consequences are deadly.
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Public opinion toward Israel and Palestine is shifting. (Photo: Stop the War UK) Mary Miller, Ariel Gold
The U.S. Struggle for Justice for Palestine Begins a New Chapter
The past several months have been exhausting for everyone, but the people of Palestine need support now more than ever. This is the time to escalate our activism, not let it fade away.
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The homeless, society’s all but invisible castaways, can hope for little at a time when they will need more help than ever. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) Rajan Menon
Homelessness in the Covid-19 Era
Selective in its impact, the virus has struck the homeless hard.
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Thom Hartmann
Will Americans Reject Trump and the GOP Death Cult This Fall?
Will November bring the kind of change necessary to put an end to unnecessary death as a routine way of life in this country?
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It’s not only military punishment that excites our warrior-columnist; he also gets off on economic brutality.(Photo: Thomas Friedman/keso s/flickr/cc) Belén Fernández
Friedman at 50 Friedman Units: What Did We Do to Deserve This?
Thanks to his relentless service as a mouthpiece for US empire and capital, he’s permitted to continue churning out his pseudo-thoughts week after week.
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Despite the halt on legal eviction processes, landlords often find other ways to pressure tenants out of their homes, but renter organizing can have a powerful effect. (Photo:Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images) Sarah Jaffe
Evictions Aren’t Inevitable When Tenants Fight Back
As the housing crisis deepens, renters find strength in solidarity.
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U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Task Force 3-7 soldiers ride atop an armored vehicle during a training exercise near the Iraqi border March 13, 2003 in northern Kuwait. U.S and British forces within the region continue to poise for a possible strike on Iraq. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin, Zoltán Grossman
10 Reasons Why Defunding Police Should Lead to Defunding War
Just as we want to radically redefine the role of police in our local communities, so we must radically redefine the role of military personnel in the global community.
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When President Trump addresses the pandemic, he doesn’t speak as an ex officio member of the CDC. He offers his own, private, ill-educated opinion. (Photo: Screenshot) Martin Powers
Trump vs Fauci? Undermining Science for Cult of Personality Politics Is Taking America Down
Without an office or expertise, there is no authority, so it should be obvious to any American that the President’s views are about as valuable as a used face mask.
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Cynthia Bailey pumps her fist outside the National Civil Rights Museum following the annual Martin Luther King Day march on January 16, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. Hundreds marched from the north end of downtown Memphis in honor of the civil rights leader to the site where King was assassinated in 1968, which now houses the National Civil Rights Museum (Photo by Mike Brown/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
A New Generation of Protest Holds Great Promise for America
This is a time for anyone with a conscience and a pulse to join this extraordinary movement.
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Monday, July 13, 2020
Mitch Jones
Better-Than-Before Climate Plans Still Aren't Good Enough
The fact that climate plans from the House Democrats and the "unity task forces" set up by Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are better than anything we’ve seen in over a decade does not make them good enough.
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School closures have created some of the most trying ordeals for families in this pandemic. (Photo: carl_hfser/flickr) Elin Martínez
Covid-19 Reveals Global Need to Improve Education Systems
Governments should focus resources, attention on inclusive education.
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While there are a number of principled souls serving in Congress, for too many Members raising money and getting reelected become ends in themselves. (Photo: AIPAC/Screengrab) James Zogby
Is AIPAC Losing Its Grip on Democrats?
AIPAC made no secret of their displeasure with elected officials who were supportive of Palestinian rights and often threatened Members of Congress that if they didn’t back off, they would be defeated.
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Epidemiology, or the study of the causes and the distribution of health effects like diseases in a population, plays an integral role in understanding the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: CDC) Chris Hartmann
Mistrust Compels Anti-Authoritarian Epidemiology in the Time of COVID-19
Now more than ever, we must welcome anti-authoritarian epidemiology.
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But extinction or, at best, mass misery, need not be humanity’s fate. (Photo: CC) Lawrence Wittner
Humanity Is an Endangered Species. Can We Do What it Takes to Save Ourselves?
Although there is not much time left before the world succumbs to one or more catastrophes, human beings have been able to alter their behavior and institutions before.
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We cannot go back to the dirty past, otherwise we will have no collective future. (Photo: Extinction Rebellion) Andy Rowell
Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Are "Dominating Climate Policy Battles During COVID-19"
The system is broken. There may be tens of millions people demanding a just transition, but we live in a system of embedded cronyism, that rewards people closest to those in power.
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The reasons for the current state of perpetual war are complex, but they're not inexplicable. (Photo: Cliff Wells / Veterans for Peace) Nan Levinson
Veterans Go to Washington, So What?
The vet conundrum and America's wars.
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Volunteers speak with a woman while boxes of food for the needy from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida are being packed in her car during a drive through event at City of Destiny church. The demand for food continues in the Orlando, Florida area due to the large numbers of service workers and others who have become unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Paul Buchheit
Foreshadowing the Year 2021: Half of America Facing Poverty
The pandemic has caused chaos in the American job market, but you wouldn't know it from free-market groups who insist that "we will be just fine."
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With tens of billions of nonhuman animals either hunted or farmed in the world’s current world system of food production, future pandemics are all but certain. (Photo: Tim Geers/Flickr/cc) John Buell
Unless We Take Urgent Action, Covid-19 Won't Be the Last Virus That Jumps From Animals to Humans
Although Trump may enjoy and thinks he profits from rhetorical trashing of China the hands of western U.S. corporate agriculture and global capitalism are all over the many pandemics and likely to be many more.
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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Ted Snider
How Many Ways Can Israel Wage War on Iran Before the Media Reports Israel Is Waging War on Iran?
Two recent attacks seem to add dropping missiles from the sky and walking bombs in on the ground to Israel’s resume of acts of war on Iran. And the resume is long.
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Tamika C.B. Zapolski, Ukamaka M. Oruche
Racism in the U.S. Healthcare System Is Costing Black Lives
Health inequity for Black people in the U.S. is not a new phenomenon. But Covid-19 shined a light on the problem—and it’s costing lives.
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Charles Eisenstein
The Cure of the Earth
"Love of life is the guide and motivator of ecological healing on Earth. Next comes learning how to put that love into action. How do we do that for that most alive of all places, the Amazon?"
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Julie Hollar
Corporate Media Team With Trump to Disparage Public Health Experts
Contrary to a recent New York Times headline, it's clearly not a question of "who" is protesting, when it comes to public health recommendations. It's "what" is being protested.
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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Tim Koechlin
Trump, the Pandemic, and the End of the Trumpian Tragedy
"Trump's idiocy is, perhaps, unsurprising. But is there no one in Trump's orbit who saw (sees) that ignoring the virus will not revive the economy?"
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Maggie Mills
A Vote for American Healthcare is a Vote for Violence
"I write this to appeal, hell, plead, with my fellow Americans to pay attention to the suffering that exists all around us—to recognize our well, able-bodied privilege, and to come together to tear this cruel system down."
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Bill Blum
Unequal Justice: Trump Isn't Above the Law, But Taxes May Stay Hidden
Even after a pair of landmark decisions delivered by the Supreme Court, we still aren’t going to see the President’s financial records any time soon.
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Ralph Nader
The Enduring Case for Demanding Trump’s Resignation
"It is our obligation as citizens to organize and demand Trump's resignation and focus millions of voters on turning out the Trumpsters and their four-year Dark Age that is wrecking America."
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