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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
"The recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was surely a wakeup call on the potential of hurricanes, floods, and tsunamis to compromise electrical power and greatly compound an impending disaster." Nicholas Ashford
Arkema Was Not a Natural Disaster. It Was a Preventable Accident Waiting to Happen
Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes, and super storms, chemical accidents and explosions in refineries, storage facilities, fertilizer and chemical plants are not natural disasters. They are also not rare...
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All of this reckless spending of our tax dollars for a 1,900-mile barricade of both physical and symbolic ugliness that only an extremist minority of Americans support. Jim Hightower
The Gaping Hole in Trump's Border Wall
How much of our money does Donald Trump want to pour into his xenophobic fantasy of erecting an impenetrable wall on our Mexican border? The big-businessman-turned-president insists that costs be...
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Former President Barack Obama, in a rare public statement on Trump’s actions since the election, called it “cruel and self-defeating,” pointing out that these immigrants did nothing wrong. Lornet Turnbull
What Will Happen to DREAMers and the Lives They’ve Built?
Trump’s repeal of DACA has DREAMers and their advocates vowing to fight back and scrambling to find Plan B.
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Dreamers in caps and gowns Michael Tan
DACA Is Ending. But the Movement Is Not.
Today the Trump administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has enabled nearly 800,000 young men and women who came to the United States as children...
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"The U.S. military’s plans for 2020, 2023, and beyond will undoubtedly be yet more landmarks on a highway to failure." Tom Engelhardt
Victory at Last!
In America’s Wars, Failure Is the New Success
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"Haley, who has hardly been camera-shy since her appointment and will no doubt get an additional media boost from her demands Monday that the UN Security Council take much stronger action against North Korea following its latest nuclear test, clearly has her eyes set on higher office, no doubt including the presidency itself. Jim Lobe
Nikki Haley: Neocon Heartthrob
With the eviction of Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka from the inner precincts of the White House and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson besieged and taking fire from virtually all sides,...
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When President Obama introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, I was saved. DACA protected me from being violently incarcerated and deported. Gerardo
Trump Wants to Steal 800,000 Immigrant Dreams
My name is Gerardo. I am a proud undocumented immigrant and a grassroots leader at Colorado People’s Action (COPA) , where we fight for racial justice in our state and nationwide. I want you to know...
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"It’s not that they object to the hatefulness and divisiveness Trump has been sowing. What’s been moving them to action is they don’t like the effects of the hatefulness on business," writes Robert Reich. Robert Reich
Why CEOs Are Turning on Trump
"It really doesn't matter how the CEOs come to see the light. What matters is they're pushing Trump into an ever darker hole."
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David Baake
Don't Just Save DACA. End Mass Deportation
This morning, the Trump is expected to announce the rescinding of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”), an Obama-era policy benefiting certain undocumented individuals who were brought to...
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Monday, September 4, 2017
Bilan Arte
No Worker Left Behind on a Warming Planet
Everyone gets a day off for Labor Day, right?
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Andy Rowell
Big Oil to Blame for Harvey’s Toxic Legacy
Yesterday, the Governor of Texas warned that the bill for reconstruction after Superstorm Harvey could be as high as $180 billion. To put this into perspective, this is much worse that Hurricane...
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Randall Amster
Floods and Fires: The New Normal of Destabilization
In just the past week, we’ve seen record-breaking rainfall and wildfires plague parts of the United States. Globally, such extreme events appear to be increasing in frequency and magnitude. Droughts...
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John Atcheson
Harvey, Hell, and High Water
Katrina, Sandy, Harvey. Three record-breaking storms in a dozen years. Harvey is a 1,000 year storm, Sandy had the largest diameter of any hurricane on record to strike the US, and Katrina had the...
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Juan Cole
Green Energy Jobs: Top 7 Pieces of Rare Good News for US Workers on Labor Day
1. The Christian Science Monitor says that in 2016, US solar businesses employed 260,077 workers – up 25 percent from 2015. 2. That is, the solar energy sector alone employs more people than Apple,...
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Bernie Sanders
This Labor Day the Struggle Continues
Labor Day was established in 1894 by President Grover Cleveland, a Democrat, as a concession to the labor movement days after he used federal troops to crush a strike by railroad workers which...
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Paul Buchheit
A Beautiful Moment of Socialism. But Now Killer Capitalism Resumes
In the worst moments of the tragedy in Houston, something remarkable about America burst into view, as government and business and military and especially ordinary citizens put aside thoughts of...
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Sunday, September 3, 2017
Donald Trump is greeted by President Ronald Reagan at 1987 White House reception. (Photo: White House) Mel Gurtov
Echoes of Reagan: Another Nuclear Buildup
Thirty years ago Americans endured an absurd expansion of the US nuclear-weapon force under President Reagan. The announced weapons modernization program was accompanied by a huge increase in the...
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Wind turbines in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo: Lloyd Wilson via Sandia Labs/flickr/cc) Juan Cole
Texas Wind Turbines Went Right on Turning Under Harvey’s Impact, as Refineries Shut Down
Extreme weather is in our future. Caribbean hurricanes of the future will be more and more violent and destructive because of manmade global heating. Sea level rise will open the coast to bigger...
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Argentine President Maurício Macri. (Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR) Christy Thornton
An Empire Upside Down
New directions in Trump’s approach to Latin America reveal the changed status of U.S. influence in the region.
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“We’re facing a powerful array of forces that includes big corporations, the Koch Brothers, and anti-tax think tanks,” says Frank Clemente, co-founder and director of Americans for Tax Fairness. (Photo:  Yuri Keegstra/flickr/cc) Chuck Collins
The Coming Tax Fight — and Why We Need You!
We've now reached show-down time, says the director of the coalition rallying Americans against the Trump tax cut giveaway to Corporate America.
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Civil rights and union leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Joseph L. Rauh Jr., Whitney Young, Roy Wilkins, A. Philip Randolph, Walter Reuther, and Sam Weinblatt, take part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. Peter Dreier
This Labor Day, Remember That Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign Was for Workers’ Rights
Most Americans today know that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, but few know why he was there. King went to Memphis to support African American garbage...
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A scene from Les Cayes, Haiti, in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the category 4 storm which made landfall in the country on 4 October 2016. (Photo: UN/Logan Abassi/flickr/cc) Jessica Hsu, Mark Schuller
Dumb and Dumber: Foregrounding Climate Justice from Harvey to Haiti’s Matthew
Yes, to not ask questions about climate change is indeed dumb , as Senator Sanders pointed out. It is dumber to not also question the current global economic system and policies perpetuating racial...
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Saturday, September 2, 2017
A 2013 protest against private prison company Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). (Photo: VOCAL-NY/flickr/cc) Margaret Kimberley
Joe Arpaio Is No Aberration
The carceral system must be torn out root and branch.
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"Might we, by willful choice, transition from Earth exploiters to Earth healers?" (Photo: Bart/flickr/cc) David Korten
For the Love of Earth
Perhaps the most compelling reason to change our ways is that Earth needs our help. In our responsibility to respond, might we unite in common cause?
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"We should put pressure on the Trump administration to reconsider this foolish reinstatement of the 1033 program before another Ferguson happens," the author writes. (Photo: Johnny Silvercloud/flickr/cc) Laura Finley
Imploring President Trump to Reconsider Reinstating Program Offering Military Surplus to Police
On August 28, the Trump administration unveiled a new plan to roll back limits President Obama had placed in 2015 on the controversial 1033 program, which provides local law enforcement agencies and...
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Newly-pardoned, former sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a court’s order that he stop unconstitutionally profiling Latinx people. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Janine Jackson
Before Trump Pardoned Him, Arpaio Was Promoted by Media
There’s a great deal to be said about Donald Trump’s pardon for criminal racist Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, found guilty of criminal contempt for refusing to comply...
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mark! Lopez
From Carpet to Clean Air: It’s Time for California to Stand Up for Environmental Justice
Enough is enough. For too long, California’s low-income communities and communities of color have been disproportionately affected by the health impacts of industrial pollution, including refineries...
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Friday, September 1, 2017
Neil deMause
Disaster Coverage Still Has Blind Spot for Low-Income Victims
Days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005, the national news media expressed collective alarm at the discovery that in modern America, many people shelter in place during storms...
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 "Reagan set the tone for a conservative war against Medicaid that is now in its 52nd year." Greg Kaufmann
The War on Medicaid Is Moving to the States
In the early 1960s, as the Johnson administration worked to enact Medicare and Medicaid, then-actor Ronald Reagan traveled the country as a spokesman for the American Medical Association, warning of...
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The callous indifference to human life is stunning, yet that tone — to brand political dissent as something that needs to be met with draconian laws and an armed-to-the-teeth police force — has now been adopted by the White House. Will Bunch
Government Wants To Crush Your Right to Protest - Because There's So Much Stuff To Protest About
If you spend a lot of your waking hours on a couch in front of Fox News, the face of modern political protest is covered with a black scarf: the “ antifa ,” with scary dark garb and a scarier-...
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This is the reality of climate chaos looks like now: a series of unprecedented catastrophes, each one more severe than the last. Krista Sperber, Rae Breaux
Harvey Won’t Be The Last Thousand-Year Storm
All our eyes have been glued to the devastation that is Hurricane Harvey. Here in New Jersey, we are still waiting on the help we were promised to fully recover from Superstorm Sandy, so we know the...
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"But just because morality has been hijacked by right-wing immoralists and used to justify intolerance and support Donald Trump doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be having a moral conversation that challenges this view. And to some extent, thankfully, we are." Neal Gabler
The Conversation We Should Be Having
What's going on is about morality and decency; fight Trump there, where he has no moral armor with which to defend himself.
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Thursday, August 31, 2017
As we’ve seen in past disasters, low-income communities and people of color tend to suffer disproportionate exposure to these dangers, often without receiving adequate care. Proximity to the sources of the contaminants, lack of information, and poor access to protective measures or the resources to just up and leave until the dangers are gone all conspire to make the impacts even more burdensome to these communities. Rhea Suh
Hurricane Harvey: Another American Deluge
As we lend our immediate support to Gulf Coast communities, we must also protect people from such future disasters by addressing infrastructure, safety measures, flood policies, and climate change.
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While the people in Texas and Louisiana suffer the final days of rain and begin recovery, over 1,200 people have been killed by massive floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. The planet is drowning in denial. Climate change is real, and needs to be addressed. Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Hell Hath No Fury Like Mother Earth Scorned
Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Harvey unleashed the fury of a warming planet on the Gulf Coast of Texas this week, leaving hundreds of thousands displaced and homeless, thousands languishing in...
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Welder on High Steel - San Francisco. Kristin Miller
Where Have All Those Great Infrastructure Jobs Gone?
The Trump administration has scrapped an Obama-era local hiring plan for public works.
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"Over the past two days, the Arkema people have given us a master class in Not Giving A Damn," Pierce writes. Charles P. Pierce
The Chemical Plant Explosion in Texas Is Not an Accident. It's the Result of Specific Choices.
The perils of deregulation.
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Google has established a pattern of lobbying and threatening to acquire power. It has reached a dangerous point common to many monarchs: The moment where it no longer wants to allow dissent. Zephyr Teachout
Google Is Coming After Critics in Academia and Journalism. It’s Time To Stop Them
About 10 years ago, Tim Wu, the Columbia Law professor who coined the term network neutrality, made this prescient comment : “To love Google, you have to be a little bit of a monarchist, you have to...
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Donald Trump Tax Reform Speech in Springfield, Missouri 8/30/2017 Robert Borosage
Trump’s Tax Plan Is a Confidence Scam
Donald Trump traveled to Springfield, Missouri to kick off the administration’s next big initiative: cutting taxes. Here was the essential Trump, the confidence man, peddling a plan that does not yet...
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"We do not yet have nuclear disarmament, but because of Tony de Brum, an international movement for this is gaining political traction." Robert C. Koehler
The Man Who Stood Up To Armageddon
Suddenly it’s possible — indeed, all too easy — to imagine one man starting a nuclear war. What’s a little harder to imagine is one human being stopping such a war. For all time. The person who came...
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Ben Norton
How Media Obscure US/Saudi Responsibility for Killing Yemeni Civilians
A coalition of Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, with minor support from several other Middle Eastern nations, has relentlessly bombed Yemen since...
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Andy Rowell
1,200 Dead; Up to 41 Million Affected in Asian Flooding
As much of the North American media focuses on the ongoing unprecedented flooding and relief efforts in Texas and now potentially Louisiana, another tragedy is unfolding, which is going largely...
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Ralph Nader
Can the Politicians Heed the Lessons of Hurricane Harvey?
Hovering Hurricane Harvey, loaded and reloading with trillions of gallons of water raining down on the greater Houston region—ironically the hub of the petroleum refining industry—is an unfolding,...
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"To the law, Arpaio is a convicted criminal who built his career on denying the constitutional and human rights of the most vulnerable among us. To Trump, he’s “a patriot” who kept “Arizona safe.” Ebony Slaughter-Johnson
Trump’s Pardon Of Joe Arpaio Is Deeply Disturbing
The president called a man who freely violated people's constitutional rights a "patriot." What does that make his victims?
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Jeremy Slevin
Trump Is Trying to Cut Disaster Relief to Build a Border Wall
On Monday, President Donald Trump was asked point-blank whether he supports cutting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) budget in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. His response: “No.”...
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Progressives now need to take hold of the baton and ensure the FTT not only stays on the EU policy agenda, but is implemented very soon. Equally, in the UK and the US progressive forces must continue to support the tax, so it can be implemented once Labour and the Democrats are elected. Stephany Griffith-Jones
Robin Hood Had The Right Idea: Why The Left Needs To Deliver On The Financial Transaction Tax
A financial transaction tax (FTT) — a charge on the buying and selling of stocks, bonds and derivatives — is an idea with widespread support amongst leading academics, many politicians and, most...
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Amrit Cheng
Undocumented and Seeking Safety During a Natural Disaster
Hurricane Harvey has already resulted in at least 10 deaths and dozens of injuries. Unfortunately, immediate relief is not in sight for Texas residents. As individuals, families, and entire...
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Glenn Greenwald
In Europe, Hate Speech Laws are Often Used to Suppress and Punish Left-Wing Viewpoints
Terrorist attacks, and the emotions they spawn, almost always prompt calls for fundamental legal rights to be curtailed in the name of preventing future attacks. The formula by now is routine: The...
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If President Trump’s proposed tax cuts are paid for through the types of spending cuts he has proposed in his budget, low- and middle-income Americans would clearly end up far worse off. Chye-Ching Huang
How President Trump’s Tax Plan Would Really Affect the Middle Class
President Trump is set to speak in Missouri today where he will reportedly continue to tout his tax plan’s benefits for the middle class even though it would actually concentrate its tax cuts at the...
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Texas National Guard soldiers conduct rescue operations in flooded areas around Houston, Texas 27 August, 2017 Michael Winship
Trump Hides Behind the Storm
As Hurricane Harvey raged, the president tried to use the disaster as cover. It may have worked.
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Margaret Klein Salamon
Heroism in the Age of Crisis
The flood waters are still rising in Texas, swallowing up homes and whole communities. Rain is predicted to continue for days. Our hearts go out to those who have lost lives, family members, homes...
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The planet is getting warmer, ocean temperatures are rising, the polar ice caps are melting, and all of the incontrovertible science of climate change is that more extreme-weather events are an inevitable consequence. Vernon Loeb
Harvey Should Be The Turning Point in Fighting Climate Change
I’ve covered the news in Houston for 3½ years and have already seen two devastating floods and now what is being described as a one-in-800-years flood brought on by Hurricane Harvey. That suggests to...
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Andy Rowell
Houston, We Have a Climate Problem
Texas has never seen rain like it. Some forty to sixty inches of rain in some places. Over 9 trillion gallons of water or maybe even more. There has been so much rain that the National Weather...
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Robert Reich
What Do Democrats Stand For?
The Democratic Party can lead the country in a new direction, but will it? Millions of Americans who are politically engaged for the first time in their lives are crying out for a bold alternative to...
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Hannah McKinnon
A Nobel Appeal to Norway
On one country's historic opportunity to redefine climate leadership
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Paul Watson
The Whale Wars Continue
Japan is now employing military surveillance to watch Sea Shepherd ship movements in real time by satellite and if they know where our ships are at any given moment, they can easily avoid us.
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Confederate statue in Durham, N.C. toppled by activists in August 2017 Adam Sanchez
Taking the Fight Against White Supremacy Into Schools
As a history teacher, there are times when the past reasserts itself with such force that you have to put aside your plans and address the moment. Charlottesville is one of those times. The image of...
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Impeachment is the only constitutional remedy for dealing with a president, writes Feldman, “who abuses the pardon power to break the system itself. Tom Sullivan
Arpaio Pardon: The First Verifiable Impeachable Offense?
Reaction to Donald Trump’s pardon of the controversial ex-sheriff from Arizona has been swift and severe, with some calling for the president’s impeachment.
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Harvey Hurricane Ryan Cooper
How Harvey Exposes America's Dangerously Dilapidated Infrastructure
Hurricane Harvey is wreaking devastation on Houston and other parts of southern Texas. Rebuilding will cost many tens or perhaps even hundreds of billions of dollars. But what then? Climate disasters...
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In the aftermath of Katrina, New Orleans lost almost its entire public school system. About 90 percent of the city’s 126 schools were given to the Louisiana Recovery School District, which turned them all into charter schools. Steven Singer
After Hurricane Harvey, Will Houston Public Schools Be Charterized?
It’s an all too familiar scene in America. A natural disaster devastates a major metropolitan city. And then the forces of profit and privatization use the chaos and uncertainty as cover to steal...
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Naomi Klein
Harvey Didn’t Come Out of the Blue. Now Is The Time to Talk About Climate Change.
Now is exactly the time to talk about climate change, and all the other systemic injustices — from racial profiling to economic austerity — that turn disasters like Harvey into human catastrophes...
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To pardon a public official who refuses to obey the law (especially a direct court order) is to give the finger to the judiciary, and thus our constitutional order. William Cohn
'Of Men, Not Law': To Make America Hate Again
To pardon a public official who refuses to obey the law (especially a direct court order) is to give the finger to the judiciary, and thus our constitutional order
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Isaiah Poole
The Destruction Left By Hurricane Trump
President Trump has planned a visit to the Texas Gulf Coast on Tuesday to survey some of the devastation done by Hurricane Harvey since it hit landfall on Friday. As he is doing that, let’s survey...
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Brian Terrell
Trump's Call for More War in Afghanistan Was a Vicious Racist Rant
President's speech on August 21 promising more war is hate speech, pure and simple
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Monday, August 28, 2017
Sarita Gupta
54 Years After the March on Washington, We're Far From Racial Pay Equity
Fifty-four years ago this week, on Aug. 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The event marked a turning point in our society in...
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Mark Weisbrot
Trump's New Venezuela Sanctions Will Do More Harm Than Good
The Trump administration announced new, unprecedented sanctions against Venezuela on Friday that are designed to cut off financing to Venezuela. The Trump team pretends that the sanctions are only...
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Robert Reich
Trump’s Anti-Worker Labor Day
This will be the first Labor Day of the presidency of Donald J. Trump, who came to office riding a wave of anti-establishment anger from average working people. No one can say they didn’t see it...
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Dean Baker
Houston, Bangladesh, and Global Warming
We are seeing many terrible pictures from Houston as a result of Hurricane Harvey. People with young children and pets are wading through high water in the hope of being rescued by boat or helicopter...
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"Friends say to me that I shouldn't exaggerate and see black- or brown-shirted thugs under every rock. And my answer is: 'Could you really have imagined even a year ago that Donald Trump would be elected president?' Weisberger writes. Bernard Weisberger
A Fire Bell in the Night
Contemplating the grave ramifications of the Arpaio pardon.
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
Afghanistan and the Collapse of American Governance
For years Donald Trump called for an end to America’s war in Afghanistan. Yet as president he has quickly decided to expand the war. Since Trump’s presidency fails daily on so many levels, it’s easy...
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Mark Decena
Not Without Us – Organizing Our Way to Solve the Climate Crisis
On December 12 th , 2015, when the halls of the Bourget erupted in applause with the signing of the United Nations Climate Change Accords in Paris, climate justice activists recognized a different...
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Sam Pizzigati
Wisconsin’s Foxconn Deal Enriches Billionaires With Taxpayer Cash
Taiwanese billionaire Terry Gou every once in a while likes to think “outside the box.” Back in 2010, for instance, the giant electronics manufacturer that Gou runs — Foxconn — was facing what...
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Juan Cole
Top 5 Ways Man-Made Climate Change Made Hurricane Harvey Much Worse
The images from Houston and its environs are heart-breaking and we at IC wish all those affected a speedy and safe return to normality. Extreme weather events are associated with climate change, and...
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Sunday, August 27, 2017
Joe Arpaio Charles Kaiser
Arpaio Pardon May Be Opening Act of a Constitutional Crisis
Trump's move Friday night shows the same disregard for the rule of law with which he's trying to quash the Russia probe.
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fist and pro-woman poster Sarita Gupta
Happy Women’s Equality Day. Now Let’s Get to Work.
It has been almost half a century since the Women's Strike for Equality March. Forty-seven years ago, 50,000 women marched down Fifth Avenue in New York City, calling for equity in education and...
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Marcellus Williams Leonard Pitts Jr.
Think Innocent People Are Never Wrongly Convicted?
Think again—then ask Marcellus Williams.
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Donald Trump Eric Margolis
Get Trump's Finger Off the Nuke Trigger
President Trump's ability to trigger a nuclear war is "pretty damn scary" said former U.S. intelligence director James Clapper this week. Remember when Trump vowed to "bomb the shit" out of his...
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NYC school protest Steven Singer
Closing Schools Doesn’t Increase Test Scores
You might be tempted to file this under 'No Shit, Sherlock.' But a new study found that closing schools where students achieve low test scores doesn't end up helping them learn . Moreover, such...
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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Hurricane Harvey Juan Cole
Trump Exploits Harvey Victims in Stealth Pardon of Arpaio
Eminent climate scientist Michael Mann of Penn State noticed not one but two horrible things about Friday evening. You never want to see a Hurricane that looks like this at landfall. I fear #Harvey...
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Silent Sam Protest Greg Huffman
A Window Into the Horrors of Our History
I am a child of the South. I was born in North Carolina, grew up in Catawba County, and have never lived outside the state as an adult. My sister and I joke that we never had a real vacation. Our...
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 Attorney General Jeff Sessions Christopher Brauchli
In Alabama, You Can't Keep a Good Man Down...
The run-off, however, suggests you may have trouble finding good men.
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Loldiers of Odin Sarah Freeman-Woolpert
Why Nazis Are So Afraid of These Clowns
Trolls chanted in the streets the day of a planned neo-Nazi rally in the small ski town of Whitefish, Montana earlier this year. But they were not the trolls that residents had been expecting—namely...
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Donald Trump Bob Burnett
Game of Trump: The Battle of Charlottesville
We're more than half way through season 1 of "Game of Trump" and each week's episode brings new surprises. The aftermath of the battle of Charlottesville caused Emperor Trump to reveal his true...
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Friday, August 25, 2017
Katherine Webb-Hehn
Meet Randall Woodfin, the Mayoral Challenger Bringing the Political Revolution to Birmingham
The 36-year-old city attorney is proposing debt-free community college and reinvestment in black neighborhoods.
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Larry Beinhart
The Spectre of 'Pre-Emptive' War
The US could be heading for another 'pre-emptive' war and another overwhelming disaster.
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David Suzuki
When Times Get Dark, We Must Shine Brighter
Are we entering a new Dark Age? Lately it seems so. News reports are enough to make anyone want to crawl into bed and hide under the covers. But it's time to rise and shine. To resolve the crises...
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Charles P. Pierce
Trump May Pardon Joe Arpaio, But History Will Not
The Arizona sheriff deserves to go to jail.
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David Cole
Why We Must Defend Free Speech
Does the First Amendment need a rewrite in the era of Donald Trump? Should the rise of white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups lead us to cut back the protection afforded to speech that expresses...
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Alejandra Gomez
Don’t Let Arpaio’s Arizona Become Trump’s America
Here in Phoenix, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what lies ahead for America under Donald Trump. It will look less and less like a nation of laws, and more like Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s lawless Arizona,...
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Ben Norton
Trump ‘Presidential’ Again—for Ramping Up War in Afghanistan
Donald Trump is finally “presidential” again, pundits insist, now that he is ratcheting up another US war. In a speech on August 21, the far-right US president did an about-face, announcing that the...
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Alfred W. McCoy
The CIA and Me (Or How I Learned Not to Love Big Brother)
Note from TomDispatch: This piece has been adapted and expanded from the introduction to Alfred W. McCoy’s new book, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power...
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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Melissa Byrne
I Was Detained for Protesting Trump. Here’s What the Secret Service Asked Me.
Like many events that end up with a person in handcuffs, my story begins in a bar. I was in Atlanta earlier this month for Netroots Nation, the annual meeting of progressive organizers and writers,...
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"But whatever we may wish to say about nuclear deterrence, we must also ask whether we think that our luck will hold forever, and whether every leader who comes to possess nuclear weapons will be transformed by the awesome power of these weapons." Jeffrey Lewis
I’m a Nuclear Weapons Expert. Trump’s Presidency Is My Personal Nightmare
My greatest fear is a reality: A lunatic has gained control of nuclear-armed missiles that could reach halfway around the globe. And, to make matters worse, Kim Jong Un has them, too. I jest, of...
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Demonstrators participating in the Poor People's March at Lafayette Park and on Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C., on June 18, 1968. Amanda Abrams
What A Revived Poor People’s Campaign Needs To Do In The Trump Era
For the new movement to gain national traction, it will need to draw in poor and working-class Whites.
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Jenavieve Hatch
The Problem With Shutting Down Abortion Clinics In Rural And Low-Income Areas
Forcing women to travel long distances to access abortions is bad for both the woman and the state
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Tom Gallagher
If You Hate Donald Trump, Hate This War, Too
If all of those people absolutely fed up and appalled with President Trump's antics would turn their attention toward the disastrous military policy over which he now presides, we'd have the makings of a major antiwar movement
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Progressive values include fairness, equity, a level-playing field, compassion, justice, reverence for our planet and environment, and a genuine pursuit of peace, not war – all things which play extremely well in the hearts of Americans, not to mention in political polling. One of the reasons Sanders is the most popular politician in America is that he tapped into these values and put specific proposals into a broader-values based message. John Atcheson
The Long Game For Progressives
Resistance, while necessary, is merely reactive. Progressives need to start being proactive.
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Your husband hasn’t “given” anything to the economy. He and his fellow bankers nearly crashed the global economy, in fact, and the recession they caused has robbed the U.S. economy of trillions of dollars. Richard Eskow
Open Letter to Louise Linton About Angels and Humanity
Dear Ms. Linton, This has undoubtedly been a difficult couple of days for you, both as a person and as the wife of the United States Treasury Secretary. Nobody enjoys the sudden onrush of hostile...
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"But business is finding a way to proceed as usual anyway. The generals and the military-industrialists have their war in Afghanistan back, for instance. Trump may be a blowhard and a white supremacist — he may be an international laughingstock — but he’s no match for the dark forces that actually run the country." Robert C. Koehler
Facing History in the Age of Trump
Tempting as it is to isolate Donald Trump as the worst president in history (and “worst” is putting it mildly . . . more like the most narcissistically infantile, the most Nazi-friendly), doing so...
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Ezra Rosser
Louise Linton and the "Sacrifices" of the Very Rich and Incredibly Obnoxious
Why what Louise Linton doesn't understand about taxation is so endlessly damaging to the common good
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Children in Afghanistan. Adam Johnson
Reporting on Trump’s Afghan Escalation Omits Dead Afghan Civilians
As President Donald Trump tries to make the case for staying indefinitely in Afghanistan, the stakes for those actually living there are rarely broached by US corporate media. In dozens of write-ups...
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