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Monday, March 20, 2017
Elizabeth Warren
Neil Gorsuch Does Not Belong on the Supreme Court
When Justice Antonin Scalia died last year, giant corporations and their right-wing buddies spent millions of dollars to keep the Supreme Court seat open so that Donald Trump could fill the vacancy...
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Paul Buchheit
New Evidence that Poor Americans Pay the Highest Taxes and Get Little of the Safety Net
Before taxes on the rich are cut and social programs decimated, uninformed conservatives should consider who really benefits from U.S. tax laws and assistance programs. The Wealthiest Americans Pay...
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Sunday, March 19, 2017
Olivia Alperstein
Right Now, Trump Can Start a Nuclear War
Right now, Donald Trump could start a nuclear war on a whim, and no one could stop him. Under any circumstances, the prospect of nuclear war is terrifying, the deadly consequences irreversible. Yet...
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Harvey Wasserman
Trump’s Budget Assault on the Environment Packs a Wallop
Donald Trump’s first budget makes his antipathy to the environment clear—and his love for fossil fuels and nuclear power even clearer. In addition to slashing funding to the Environmental Protection...
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Juan Cole
Trump Picks Fights with US Allies: Germany, NATO, EU, Britain etc.
After Trump falsely accused President Obama of having him wiretapped at Trump Tower during the campaign, Sean Spicer upped the ante by charging that Obama could have used the British GCHQ electronic...
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Mark Trahant
Trump Budget Brings Harsh Cuts to Indian Country
Remember the sequester? Ah, the good old days . The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction. And we do know two things. First: If enacted, this budget would shrink...
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Marjorie Cohn
Evaluate New Travel Ban in Light of International Law
After a federal district court judge and a unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Donald Trump's Executive Order (EO) instituting a travel ban was likely illegal...
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Saturday, March 18, 2017
Adil E. Shamoo
Trump Lies; Ethics Dies
In the White House, anti-science, alt-facts and frequent lying are commonplace, and it is taking a toll on our youngest generation. President Trump’s reaction to the recent job report from the...
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Belén Fernández
Fear and Loathing on the Border
As Donald Trump 's sordid vision of a "big, beautiful wall" on the United States-Mexico border begins to take shape, The Guardian has revealed that - of the more than 600 companies currently vying to...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs
The world is facing the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II. Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan...
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Malkia Cyril , Joseph Torres
The Resistance Must Be Digitized
Over the past two months, millions of people have taken to the streets to challenge our nation’s authoritarian new president. From the women’s marches that took place across the country and around...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Rising Above Racism Is Imperative for Human Societies
The virulently racist lawmaker Steve King, R-Iowa, is at it again, stoking the flames of white supremacy with his controversial tweet , “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies...
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Charles Idelson
Jonathan Swift's America
In 1729 writer/satirist Jonathan Swift penned an essay directed toward the English upper class suggesting a solution for how to prevent the children of poor people in Ireland from being a burden to...
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Lydia Pace, Eve Rittenberg
Why Birth Control Is Essential for Americans’ Health
It is 2020. The American Health Care Act has become law, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has eliminated contraception from its list of essential preventive services that must be...
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Friday, March 17, 2017
Chuck Smith-Dewey
House GOP Misleads with #AlternativeFacts Meme on Health Plans
Math is hard. That’s why the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) exists. Its 230-member staff is tasked with rating proposed legislation to determine its economic impact on America and Americans. The...
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Carol Burris
Trump’s Budget Slashes Funding for Disadvantaged Students While Giving 1.4 Billion for Privatization
Donald Trump’s education budget is a declaration of war on public education and our nation’s neediest children. It was surely designed by Betsy DeVos. Trump’s budget would axe after-school programs...
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Todd Gitlin
The Management of Unleashed Insanity
Richard Nixon lied about wars and cover-ups , but otherwise his evasions and spins were in the mainstream of American political discourse. He was not in the regular practice of calling black white...
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Ellen Brown
If "Ryancare" Is Dead on Arrival, Can We Please Now Try Single Payer?
"The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans. . . . We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing." — Donald Trump...
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Tim Karr
The President's Attack on Public Broadcasting Puts Him at Odds with the American People
On Thursday, the president proposed eliminating all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a main revenue source for hundreds of local NPR and PBS stations across the country...
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Richard Eskow
‘America First’ Budget Is Unworthy of Our Nation
With typical bombast, Donald Trump dubs his 2018 draft budget America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again . No, it won’t make America great again. It reflects a hardness of the...
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Dean Baker
The Public is Clueless About the Federal Budget and It's the New York Times' Fault
Paul Krugman criticized the Trump administration for its budget, which would cut or eliminate many programs that benefit low and moderate income people. In his piece, Krugman points out that the...
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Robert Reich
An Orgy of Unnecessary Cruelty
The theme that unites all of Trump’s initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty. 1. His new budget comes down especially hard on the poor – imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job...
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Bill Bigelow
The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools
“Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched.” That pretty much sums up the Irish-American “curriculum” that I learned when I was in school. Yes, I recall a nod to the so-called Potato Famine, but...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Tom Engelhardt
President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home
If you want to know where President Donald Trump came from, if you want to trace the long winding road (or escalator ) that brought him to the Oval Office, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter or even...
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Miriam Berg
Everything You Need to Know About Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch if You Care About Reproductive Rights
Neil Gorsuch has an alarming history of interfering with reproductive rights and women’s health. He puts access to abortion, birth control, and care at Planned Parenthood at stake, and his nomination...
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Sarah van Gelder
Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns
Boarded-up business districts. Abandoned warehouses. Barns and homes covered by tarps slowly collapsing into the earth. It was startling how often this scene repeated as I drove through the rural...
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Ken Kimmell
President Trump Has a Wrecking Ball (and it’s Aimed at the Climate)
The wrecking ball that is the Trump presidency is taking aim at the foundation of our country’s response to climate change. Today, the Trump Administration is announcing a re-opening of the fuel...
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Jeff Bryant
What Betsy DeVos Means When She Says ‘Public Schools’
Betsy DeVos once called public schools a “dead end,” but now that she’s U.S. Secretary of Education, she’s suddenly all for them. At least that’s what she claims now. During her nomination process,...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Deep State Hasn't Gone Away
“In a statement to WikiLeaks , the source details policy questions that they say urgently need to be debated in public . . .” Let me interrupt this quote from the world’s declassifier in chief,...
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Hina Shamsi
Trump is Considering Expanding Killing Powers Abroad. The Consequences for Civilians Will be Disastrous.
When the Obama administration put in place guidelines meant to restrain lethal drone and other killings abroad, we were concerned that they set too low a bar, and that even that low bar could easily...
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Andy Spears
Nashville Says “No!” to Trump’s Health Care Con
President Trump came to Nashville to peddle the Republicans’ disastrous plan to cut health care for millions of Americans. Tennesseans responded to this con with a resounding, “No!” More than 2,500...
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E.J. Dionne
The Make Inequality Worse Act of 2017
“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” Novelist Anatole France’s mischievous observation came to...
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Richard Kogan
Trump’s “Skinny” Budget Omits Most of the Budget
President Trump released his so-called “skinny” budget today, and it contains substantially less detail than “skinny” budgets of the last five administrations going back to Ronald Reagan. The Trump...
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Rachel Boccio
Leaping Beyond the Prison Walls
In the first week of February, thirteen students—all incarcerated adolescents serving time in an adult correctional facility—gather to think through a provocative question posed to them by Naomi...
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Medea Benjamin
Why is Donald Trump Lunching With a Saudi War Criminal While Yemenis are Starving?
While President Trump sat down for a sumptuous meal at the White House on Tuesday, March 14 with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, millions of Yemenis are going hungry thanks to Trump’s...
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Tom Newmark, Steven Farrell
Beyond Wetiko Agriculture: Saving Ourselves from the Soil Up
How much longer do you hope to live? How long do you hope your children or grandchildren will live? Do you think you or your loved ones will live 60 more years? If so, you’ll be around to witness the...
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Sarah Anderson
Going After the Opioid Profiteers
Travis Bornstein never told his friends about his son Tyler’s drug problem. He was too embarrassed. Then, on September 28, 2014, Tyler’s body was found in a vacant lot in Akron, Ohio. The 23-year-old...
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Robert Borosage
 Republicans Keep Showing Us Who They Are
A mid the mayhem of Trump’s first days in office, the Congressional Budget Office’s crushing report on the impact of the Republican health-care plan offers a moment of clarity. The Republican plan...
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Tim Koechlin
Donald Trump... Leaker-in-Chief?
Donald Trump and his associates have spent much of the past year deflecting questions about Trump’s stubborn refusal to release his taxes. What is Trump hiding? Embarrassing business relationships in...
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Robert Reich
Trump's Bonkers Budget
Donald Trump ran for president as a man of the people, who was going to fight for those who were left behind – but everything we’re hearing about his forthcoming federal budget says exactly the...
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Dave Johnson
Should We Pay the Rich to Build Infrastructure, Then Pay Them to Use It?
It’s starting to look like President Trump’s promised $1-trillion plan to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure will be as bad for us as his health care plan turned out to be. Infrastructure Report...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
How Democrats Can Win Back the Working Class
Of all the promises Donald Trump made as a candidate , perhaps none was more important than his pledge to the working-class voters who flocked to his campaign. “Under a Trump presidency,” he said, “...
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Mark Dudzic
Six Ways Trumpcare Makes Healthcare Worse (and One Way to Make It Better)
The Affordable Care Act never really solved the healthcare crisis. It treated healthcare as a commodity allocated through market forces rather than as a public good and failed to address the...
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Frida Berrigan
Preparing for the Long Haul Under the Trump Administration
By now, my inchoate hopes that our nation will just wake up from the bad dream of Trump — or even more remotely that he’ll be impeached by a radicalized Congress — have turned to dust and floated...
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Michael T. Klare
Winning World War II in the Twenty-First Century
If you are an American male of a certain age -- Donald Trump’s age, to be exact -- you are likely to have vivid memories of Victory at Sea , the Emmy award-winning NBC documentary series about the U...
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Jesselyn Radack
Is the Vault 7 Source a Whistleblower?
It is the leakiest of times in the Executive Branch. Last week, Wikileaks published a massive and, by all accounts genuine, trove of documents revealing that the CIA has been stockpiling, and lost...
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Ralph Nader
"Making America Great" at Americans' Expense
Donald J. Trump was a builder of casinos and high-priced hotels and golf courses. Now he is a builder of a tower of contradictions for the American people that is making “America Great” at their...
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Michelle Chen
Trump’s Childcare Plan Will Only Help the Rich
P esident Trump portrays himself as an expert at marketing designer ties and gourmet steaks, but now, as chief executive of federal social policy, his new childcare plan might be a tougher sell. The...
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Charles P. Pierce
This Is Not a Healthcare Bill
Good morning, suckers. Obviously, we'll have more to say about the political effects of the "scoring" of the Republican proposal to change the way that Americans obtain the peace of mind that comes...
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Michael Winship
Where Free Speech Ends, Ignorance Begins
At the risk of sounding like a geezer complaining about “these kids today,” back in my college days, when it came to points of view we were unhesitatingly exposed to literature, teachers and on-...
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Monday, March 13, 2017
Dave Johnson
Trump’s China Trademarks Violate the Constitution
During the campaign Donald Trump pledged that “on day one” as president, he would label China a currency manipulator. Then he didn’t. Then China granted Trump’s businesses lucrative trademarks he has...
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Monique Morrissey
Everyone Wins If the GOP Health Plan Fails, Even Republicans
OK, maybe it’s a slight exaggeration, but almost everyone—99 percent of Americans and all members of Congress—will win if the GOP health plan fails. Let’s start with Congress. Democrats win if they...
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Jacob Swenson-Lengyel
Forget Building Our Own Tea Party. The Left Can Win So Much More
On February 19, 2009, just 30 days after President Obama was sworn in, Rick Santelli’s rant on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange launched the Tea Party. The conservative establishment...
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Zinn Education Project
Hundreds of Arkansas Teachers Request Howard Zinn’s A People’s History
Maybe you’ve heard: Legislation just proposed in Arkansas would ban books by or about Howard Zinn from all public schools in the state. The bill, submitted by Representative Kim Hendren (R), can be...
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Andy Rowell
Will Merkel Stand up to Trump on Climate?
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has her first face to face meeting with President Trump tomorrow when she visits Washington. It has been described as a “make or break” meeting between two of...
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
The Ethics and Practicalities of Foreign Aid
As a lifelong advocate for development aid for the world’s poor, I am angered by the reported plans of the Trump administration to slash US foreign aid. I know how many children will die or grow up...
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Shree Chauhan
Such a Great Country, Such Nasty Bigotry
The night of the election, my iPhone screen shattered. The joke I like to make is that there was glass shattering on November 8th but not the kind we wanted. There’s something symbolic about the...
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Chris Hedges
The Dance of Death
The ruling corporate elites no longer seek to build. They seek to destroy. They are agents of death. They crave the unimpeded power to cannibalize the country and pollute and degrade the ecosystem to...
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John Feffer
Doubling Down on Dystopia: Preventing the Triumph of Trump’s Will
Dystopias have recently achieved full-spectrum dominance. Kids are drawn to such stories -- The Giver, Hunger Games -- like Goths to piercings. TV shows about zombie apocalypses, pandemics, and...
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Sunday, March 12, 2017
Robert Reich
Trump’s War on the Truth Tellers
Trump and his White House don’t argue on the merits. They attack the credibility of the institutions that come up with facts and arguments they don’t like. They even do it preemptively. Last week,...
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Josh Hoxie
The White House Budget Proposal Doesn’t Add Up
The political theater that passes for serious policy debate is about to run into an unfortunate reality as Donald Trump’s budget plan comes face to face with its arch-nemesis: arithmetic. It’s...
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Eric Margolis
More Mideast Madness as Trump Prepares to March
We are now moving rapidly into stage II of Levantine Madness as the US boosts its intervention in the war-torn Mideast. Five thousand US troops are back in Iraq to bolster the shattered nation’s...
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Sue Sturgis
Southern Communities Brace for the Impact of Big Oil's Expansion Plans
President Donald Trump kicked off this week with a Monday morning tweet hailing — and seeming to wrongly take credit for — Exxon Mobil's plan for a $20 billion expansion of its refineries, chemical...
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Mary Anne Hitt, Bruce Nilles
Pathway to Paris
The Trump Administration has made no secret of their intent to roll back the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the climate commitment the US made at the 2015 Paris climate summit. The Clean Power...
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Ronald Newman
The “Freedom Cities” Campaign: Resistance Through Progress at the Local Level
On Saturday night, people at more than 2,200 events around the nation tuned in for the inaugural event of People Power , a new platform harnessing nationwide grassroots resistance to the Trump...
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Steve Vladeck
Whitewashing Guantánamo
President Trump has made no secret of his desire to continue–if not affirmatively re-invigorate–the detention of non-citizen terrorism suspects at Guantánamo. That’s a problematic policy goal, to be...
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
César Chelala
From Barry Goldwater to Donald Trump
Increasingly, members of the psychiatric profession are expressing their concern about President Donald Trump mental health status. In a recent letter to the New York Times, two prestigious...
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Kate Brannen
Iraq Is Off the Travel Ban List, But Iraqis Most in Need Not Helped by Trump’s New Order
In its revised executive order, the Trump administration dropped Iraq from the list of Muslim-majority countries for whom travel to the United States is suspended for 90 days. The move came after...
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Janine Jackson
In Women’s Strike, Media Miss a Moment to Look in Mirror
March 8 was International Women’s Day, this year marked by a Women’s Strike—a coordinated day of action, not limited to work stoppage, that organizers said was intended to highlight how women’s work...
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Christopher Brauchli
Trump, Tapps [sic], and Twitters
O envy! Envy! Thou gnawing worm of virtue, and spring of infinite mischiefs! There is no other vice, my Sancho, but pleads some pleasure in its excuse...but envy is always attended by disgust, rancor...
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Oscar Reyes, Bertie Russell
How Progressive Cities Can Reshape the World — And Democracy
“We’re living in extraordinary times that demand brave and creative solutions. If we’re able to imagine a different city, we’ll have the power to transform it.” – Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona. On 24...
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John Atcheson
If the Answer is 'Tax Cuts for the Rich; More Pain for the Rest of us,' What Was the Question?
Well, where Republicans and Trump are concerned, it could be any question you ask. Take health care. Replacing Obamacare with the Republican’s version will cut taxes on the 400 richest households in...
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Donna Smith
No Politico Wants to Know: We Are Patients
It is hell out here for patients right now in America. There may be a swampy, dirty-flash flood going on in D.C. right now, but there are precious few elected officials who see patients as patients...
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Alyssa Aquino
Undocumented Filipinos Are Living a Special Nightmare in Trump’s America
As paranoia spreads over the Trump administration’s promised immigration crackdown, there’s a video circulating around California’s immigrant communities. In it, two people — Lolita Lledo, an...
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Friday, March 10, 2017
Bob Burnett
Indivisible: A Social Action Startup for Democracy
Some of the most exciting days of my life occurred in the late 80's when I was involved in a technology startup, Cisco Systems. 29 years later I'm involved in another exciting startup, Indivisible ...
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Mat dos Santos
Why is DHS Labeling Protesters “Domestic Terrorists”?
The United States government considered Nelson Mandela a terrorist until 2008. Mandela was a designated terrorist 18 years after he was released from prison, 15 years after he won the Nobel peace...
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Katie Lee
Why Appalachia (and the Whole Nation) Needs a Single Payer Healthcare System
During a rural medical outreach visit in East Tennessee, I met a woman who had become concerned after she found a lump in her breast. She was 44 years old, only a year younger than her mother was...
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Liz Perera
Scott Pruitt Has Misled Congress on Climate Multiple Times
On Thursday morning, Donald Trump’s EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told CNBC that he does not believe carbon dioxide is a “primary contributor” to global warming. “I think that measuring with...
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Danny Sjursen
The Surge Delusion: An Iraq War Anniversary to Forget
The other day, I found myself flipping through old photos from my time in Iraq . One in particular from October 2006 stood out. I see my 23-year-old self, along with my platoon. We’re still at Camp...
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Linda Darling-Hammond
Education for Sale?
O n February 7, Betsy Devos was confirmed as the nation’s new education secretary after a contentious 50-50 vote in the Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie. Coming to the job with...
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Conn Hallinan
Bush-Era Foreign Policy Delusions Are Alive and Well in 2017
In trying to unravel the debates over U.S. foreign policy currently being fought out in the editorial pages of the New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , and the magazine Foreign Policy, one...
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Jeremy Brecher
As Their Trials Begins, Climate Protecting "Valve Turners" Say "Shut It Down" Is "Necessity"
Is there anything people can do about climate change in the Trump era? The new American president has asserted that global warming is a fraud perpetrated by the Chinese to steal American jobs;...
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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
‘A Day Without a Woman’: The Women’s Global Strike and the Growing Movement Against Donald Trump
The Statue of Liberty went dark Tuesday, the day after President Donald Trump signed his revised executive order, dubbed the “Muslim ban 2.0,” excluding all refugees and people from six majority-...
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Jeff Biggers
Call It What It Is: Climate Cover-Up, Not Climate Denial
Today’s remarks by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt that human activity is not “a primary contributor to the global warming that we see” should effectively bring an end to the term formerly known as “...
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Richard Eskow
The American Health Care Act Is a Wealth Grab, Not a Health Plan
The Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act is a disaster for the health of the American people. But that may be nothing more than a byproduct of the bill’s main impact: it will increase...
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Matt Taibbi
Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appeared on Meet the Press this past weekend to discuss the Trump-Russia scandal. Chuck Todd asked: Were there improper contacts between the...
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Simon Johnson
Restore American Democracy — Mobilize Your National Network
Millions of Americans are in despair. They know our democracy is in great peril — from plutocrats, organized groups using dark money to control Congress and ideologues determined to rip up Social...
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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
The Worst $1 Million Trump Ever Saved
Donald Rumsfeld once famously said, “There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But...
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Marta Conner
The House Republican Plan for Medicaid Would Put My Daughter’s Life At Risk
My daughter, Caroline, is seven years old. She is funny and smart and obsessed with Disney princess movies and loves books about dinosaurs. Caroline also has Rett syndrome, a neurological disorder...
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Randall Amster
Surrealistic Homeland Blues
You don’t need a weatherman to tell you that we’re in the midst of volatile conditions as we arrive at the fiftieth day of the Trump presidency—which feels more like fifty years in regular human time...
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Jennifer Daskal
Who Is Judge Gorsuch?
Over two weeks ago, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent Judge Gorsuch a letter asking about his role in 10 high-profile cases that were litigated by...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Moment of the Fool
Obama . . . Trump. Could there be a bigger contrast — in attitude, style, comportment, philosophy? What irony that the two names are now linked in history: Donald Trump forever the successor to...
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Elise Gould, Jessica Schieder
It’s Time We Acknowledge Women’s Contributions to the Economy
Women hold 49.5 percent of payroll jobs. The health of the female workforce is hugely important to the health of the overall labor force. And yet—in crucial ways—lawmakers in the United States have...
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Miriam Pemberton
Getting That Secure Feeling Yet?
Millions of Americans are feeling uneasy, disgruntled, and insecure. That message sounded loud and clear throughout our turbulent election year. The Trump administration’s latest budget proposal isn’...
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Jacob Swenson-Lengyel
Shareholders Showdown: Will Disney Break From The Beast?
Exclusive access to President Trump might sound good to a CEO, but it comes at a cost to your business. Just ask Uber chief Travis Kalanick. In early February, Kalanick was compelled to step down...
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Marcy Wheeler
Wikileaks Dumps CIA’s Hacking Tools
Today, Wikileaks released a big chunk of documents pertaining to CIA’s hacking tools. People will — and already have — treated this as yet another Russian effort to use Wikileaks as a cutout to...
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Alnoor Ladha
Memory, Fire and Hope: Five Lessons from Standing Rock
"The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting." —Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Last week, on February 22, 2017, water protectors at the Oceti...
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Lynn Sherr
The 1970 Women’s Strike: A Bit of History
Time was, you didn’t need a strike to create “A Day Without a Woman.” That’s just how things were. If you walked into any voting booth on Election Day, or watched any Supreme Court hearing, or tuned...
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Helen Gym
Betsy DeVos’s Education Agenda Can Be Overturned. This City Shows How.
L ast month, with the help of a tie-breaker vote, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos squeaked through one of the most humiliating confirmations ever for a cabinet official. In the weeks leading up to...
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Norman Solomon
Let’s Give the CIA the Credit It Deserves
For months now, our country has endured the tacit denigration of American ingenuity. Countless statements—from elected officials, activist groups, journalists and many others—have ignored our nation’...
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