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Monday, February 5, 2018
"The rise of authoritarian and fascist regimes, and the weakening of a common sense of purpose, cooperation and solidarity have brought us to a dangerous precipice." (Photo: Flickr/Dan Cook/cc) Ronnie Cummins
Degeneration Nation 2018: The Darkest Hour
Which is more frightening? The destruction of the environment and the climate that sustain human civilization as we have known it? Or the collapse of democracy and the rise of endless war and fascism?
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"Can Israelis begin to see non-Jews – whether Palestinians like Ghada ot Africans – as fellow human beings, as equally deserving of compassion? Or will Israelis sink further into the darkness of a banal evil that threatens to engulf them?" (Photo: Adam Helweh/Flickr/CC) Jonathan Cook
A 14-Year-Old Girl Forced Into the Gaza Cage
Another routine mishap for Israel’s occupation.
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"Conservatives even tend to believe that inequality is part of the natural order, and that any attempt to change it is senseless." (Photo:Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Paul Buchheit
3 Reasons Why So Many People Still Support Trump
Nationalism, exceptionalism, narcissism, racism.
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"While ICE abuses certainly predate the arrival of the Trump administration, there has been a notable increase in the number of arrests of people who don’t have criminal records, those who show up to routine check-in meetings with agents, and even people previously offered humanitarian exceptions." (Photo: U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Flickr) Brian Tashman
Congress Needs To Hold ICE Accountable for Abuses
While Trump uses his bully pulpit to extol ICE and ignore its abuses, grassroots activists and immigrant community leaders are drawing attention to ICE’s role in terrorizing communities.
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Federal police officers hold their weapons while patrolling the city of Monterrey, Mexico (Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters) Belén Fernández
Is Mexico The Most Dangerous Country On Earth?
"Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States."
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"In our country, civilians should be in charge of the war makers, end of story." (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/Twitter) William Astore
Our Enemy, Ourselves
Ten commonsense suggestions for making peace, not war.
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Sunday, February 4, 2018
Andrea Flynn
No, David Brooks, Fighting for Women’s Autonomy is not a Death Knell for Progressivism
Brooks’ argues that abortion is a losing political issue. It’s not.
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Tom Collina
Give Trump More Nuclear Weapons and More Ways to Use Them? Not a Good Idea
The public is right to distrust Trump with nuclear weapons, and we all need to speak up and oppose these new, dangerous policies.
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Susan Delacourt
Radical Recipe: Key Sanders-Corbyn Advisors to Back Leap Manifesto in Canada
The time is right for 'populism of the left'
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Patrick Cochran
Elizabeth Warren Rallies an 'Army’ for 2018 Midterms and Beyond
The next big battle, says Senator from Massachusetts, "takes place at the ballot box in November."
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John Atcheson
Taxation by Another Name: Our Devotion to Privatization Will Cost Us
In the end, Trump’s infrastructure plan is simply another in the long line of policies designed to benefit the private sector, and keep the public sector sufficiently small and ineffective that it can be controlled and contained by plutocrats.
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Saturday, February 3, 2018
Robert Reich
The 20 Big Promises to Trump Voters That He's Broken in Just One Year
But who's counting?
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Angela Hanks
Paul Ryan’s Push for Workforce Development Is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
If Speaker Ryan and congressional Republicans truly cared about helping people transition into the labor market, they would support policies like raising the federal minimum wage, strengthening collective bargaining rights, and advancing policies like paid leave and universal child care, which...
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Ken Jones
Accompaniment in Honduras
How can we be free when our sisters and brothers are not?
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Christopher Brauchli
Bills Small and Large: On Competing Performances
Now anything is possible in American politics. But you still have to pay for it.
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Marcy Wheeler
The Nunes-Ryan Civil Liberties Sham
A mere three weeks ago, Nunes and Ryan were happy to have Americans surveilled with no evidence whatsoever of wrong-doing.
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Elizabeth Goitein
The Nunes Memo Doesn't Reveal an Abuse of Power. It Is One.
There is every indication that the Nunes memo was designed to present a misleading picture.
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Ann Wright
Why Not Talk to North Korea Instead of Scaring Us with Nuclear Attack Warning Sirens
Instead of "duck and cover" drills and nuclear fearmongering, we need more of the only thing that will guarantee peaceful resolution: diplomacy
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Friday, February 2, 2018
"Older immigrants, the more than 10 million people here without documentation but who do not qualify for DACA, are in similar straits, living under the daily threat of arrest and deportation, living in the shadows." (Photo: Backbone Campaign/cc/flickr) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
The Stateless of the Union: Trump’s War on Immigrants
For millions of immigrants and their family members around the U.S., the State of the Union was not just a political speech; their lives hang in the balance.
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 "What’s not certain though is whether Democrats will recognize the onslaught and rise to the challenge of defending public schools and public school educators." (Photo: Alex Milan Tracy/AP) Jeff Bryant
How Public Schools Became Easy Pickings for the Kochs
The Republican party have made public schools one of their top targets, a progressive plum at least as important, if not more so, as Medicare and Social Security.
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"The actions were organized by Team Internet, a decentralized group of volunteers coordinated by Demand Progress, Fight for the Future and Free Press Action Fund."(Photo: Freepress) Candace Clement
Sen. John Kennedy Could Be the Internet's Hero
Who isn’t talking about Net Neutrality at this point?
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"Once the government collects our biometrics, data thieves might steal it, government employees might misuse it, and policy makers might deploy it to new government programs." (Photo: Doug Turetsky/flickr/cc) Adam Schwartz
Keep Border Spy Tech Out of Dreamer Protection Bills
The bill would empower DHS to decide which countries are “high-risk,” based on “any” criteria it deems “appropriate.”
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"Boot adds nothing to an already hawkish Post opinion section except a more extreme version of it." (Photo: Screenshot) Adam Johnson
Another Warmonger Rewarded for Being Wrong on Iraq War
Max Boot joins WaPo opinion staff, where opinion was 91 percent in favor of Iraq invasion.
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After his first State of the Union address to Congress, President Trump is applauded by Vice President Mike Pence, center, and House Speaker Paul Ryan. (Photo: Win McNamee/Pool via AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
Echoes of Alt-Right Worldview in Speech
Trump invoked a series of terrifying enemies ready to attack Americans and countered that narrative with multiple noble “heroes” throughout his speech who, like him, were protecting God-fearing, law-abiding American citizens.
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"Over and over again, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CBS’s Sixty Minutes, corporate crime, violence and fraud do not result in punishment." (Photo: Joe Gratz/flickr/cc) Ralph Nader
The Paradox of Equal Justice
Corporations get away with very serious crimes—deaths, lifetime injuries, massive assaults on the economic necessities of millions of innocent people, the sickening of children and loss of their lives, the poisoning of water, air, land, food, perilous workplaces— without consequence.
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"Those who control capital, like the richest guy in the world, investment banks and investors, favor capital-intensive approaches to social problems." (Photo: NBC News) Michael Lighty
Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss
Why should we subsidize the failed business model of health insurers?
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"There is never a day when systemic racism and economic inequality do not impact people's daily lives."(Photo: Σταύρος/flickr/cc) Olivia Alperstein
Celebrate Black History Month by Fighting for Justice and Equity
Until all of us are free, none of us are free.
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"There is no evidence that this vast surveillance apparatus has thwarted any significant terrorist plot, since 320 million Americans are not terrorists" (Photo: Joe Brusky/Flickr/cc) Juan Cole
Spying on the Wrong People: The Hypocrisy of the Nunes Memo & FISA
Who voted for warrantless surveillance of Americans? Devin Nunes and his whole committee. (And, of course, plenty of Democrats.)
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Thursday, February 1, 2018
"The memo, written by Congressman Devin Nunes and barreling toward public circulation at the president’s discretion, has already created a firestorm, and it is not even out yet." (Photo: AP) Norman Eisen, Caroline Fredrickson
Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre Is Happening Right Before Our Eyes
The aim of the campaign against the Mueller investigation and the FBI is clear: Obstructing justice.
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U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as delivers his first State of the Union address in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan applaud.  (Win McNamee / AP)  Mandy Pipher
Don’t Equate Trump’s Linguistic Mistakes With Stupidity
When smart shiny commentators ridicule Trump for not using their sophisticated language, for speaking and writing idiosyncratically and often ungrammatically, I bet that an awful lot of Trump supporters know, quite personally, what that ridicule feels like.
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"Corporate income tax cuts for Wall Street alone could have funded 300,000 elementary school teachers, or 6,000 teachers per state for 10 years." (Photo: Phillipp/cc/flickr) Porter McConnell, Luísa Galvão
Wall Street Made Bank on Trump in 2017
A new report documents record-high Wall Street political spending, executives in the administration, a tax cut bonanza for the finance industry, and a deregulatory free-for-all.
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Dr. Carol Paris
Medicare for All Only Way to Fix Broken System: An Open Letter to Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Jamie Dimon
As you turn your focus towards health care, we urge you to meet with policy experts who have studied this problem for decades and concluded—like every other advanced industrialized nation in the world—that a single-payer system is the only way to solve this crisi
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"The government attracts deregulatory enthusiasts and then, of course, there’s another crash, millions suffer, and remorse returns." (Photo: Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr/cc) Nomi Prins
How to Set the Economy on Fire: Trump’s Financial Arsonists
The next financial crisis — not if, but when.
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"This is a man-made crisis." (Photo: Reuters) Robert C. Koehler
Yemen’s Crisis Belongs to All of Us
But the voices crying out against war remain as marginalized and without political clout as ever.
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"It became a laboratory for the torture methods associated with that administration’s so-called war on terror and for improvised judicial proceedings that violate basic principles of due process and justice." (Photo: Shane T. McCoy/U.S. Navy) Noa Yachot
Trump Embraces the Original Sin of Guantánamo
The human cost is incalculable.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
"Mexican wages have dropped from pre-NAFTA levels, with Mexico’s real minimum wage declining 19.4 percent. Manufacturing wages of under $2 per hour are now lower than in coastal China." (Photo: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee/flickr/cc) Lori Wallach, Rosa DeLauro
Trump Still Has Nothing But Platitudes For American Workers
Unless we rewrite NAFTA, the trade pact will keep giving the green light to corporations to outsource American jobs, pushing down wages for everyone.
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Peter Certo
What Trump Wants on Immigration Is Ethnic Cleansing
The president's "open hand" to Democrats is full of poison pills.
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"Worse still, the military can’t even say what it’s actually spending — it’s still the only federal agency that can’t pass an audit." (Photo: David B. Gleason/Flickr/cc) Miriam Pemberton
Huge Military Budgets Make Us Broke, Not Safe
Backing down from nuclear war would make us a lot safer than piling more money into the Pentagon.
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The University of California-Berkeley (Photo: Mike Procario / Flickr) Chuck Collins
A California Trend Worth Catching: College for All
America's left coast is showing how to break up concentrated wealth and fund higher education for all.
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Michael Winship
Something’s Rotten in the State of the Union
You think it can't get any crazier and then it just does.
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"There's never been a president in history for whom words matter less." (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) Heather Digby Parton
Trump’s Speech Wasn’t The Scary Part: All The Republican Groveling Was
Trump’s SOTU was a forgettable, familiar litany. What’s new is the GOP’s brain-dead eagerness to do his bidding.
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, shown here in 2014 at a session at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, are both refusing to schedule prompt special elections — Walker to fill state legislative seats and Snyder to fill a seat in the U.S. House. PHOTO BY ASSOCIATED PRESS John Nichols
Scott Walker's Rejection of Representative Democracy is Shameful
Unfortunately, Walker's anti-democratic assault on popular sovereignty is part of an emerging pattern.
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 "According to an analysis of census data, Social Security payments keep an estimated 22 million Americans from slipping into poverty." (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
The Next Big Fight: Saving Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security from Massive Cuts
Expand and improve these programs: don’t cut them.
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"Imagine the industry gained from their integration, from ending police-state tactics that have turned the immigration service into a gang of goonish brown shirts well deserving of their icy acronym."(Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Pierre Tristam
To Keep America Great, Legalize All Undocumented Immigrants
The defense of legal immigrants becomes a mask for a denigration of undocumented immigrants that’s no less repulsive than the president’s racism.
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Chelsea White speaking at the National Press Club on January 30, 2018. (Photo: Screenshot) Chelsea White
The State of OUR Union Is Ready To Lift Up Truth
We are fighting for a collective vision, not only of the world that might be, but of the world as it is, a world of everyday, courageous women who do not resist history, but who create it.
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Elizabeth Bruenig
Trump's Solution to America's Crisis: Nationalism
Trump has tapped into the nationalist response to our current malaise largely because there was no widespread sense of civic trust strong enough to hold him back
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Will Bunch
Trump and His Teleprompter Assure America That the State of the Union Is Strong. No, Really
In reality, the opposite is true and the real news was not what was in the speech but what was swirling all around it.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
"Bob believed deeply in journalism, both as a vital force for shaping the world and as a moral imperative." (Photo: AP) Jim Naureckas
A Tribute to Robert Parry: Independent Journalism at Its Best
In gratitude and fond memory, we offer some excerpts from a small part of an enduring body of work.
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“We will use the occasion to focus on the State of OUR Union, our opposition to his agenda, and we will lift up a progressive and inclusive vision of our country." (Photo: Laura Flanders Show ‏via Twitter) Jessica Juarez Scruggs
Women Take the Stage for ‘The State of Our Union’
“There is nothing more powerful than women coming together and demanding change."
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"The only silver lining of the Trump presidency is that his unique unlikability has made more Americans pay attention to policy debates. And when Americans pay attention, it turns out they really don’t like the conservative Republican agenda." (Photo: AP) Josh Bivens, Heidi Shierholz
Year One of the Trump Administration: Normalizing Itself By Working For the Top 1 Percent
His agenda of continuing the upward redistribution of income to this top 1 percent while scapegoating immigrants and allegedly nefarious foreign governments is essentially the orthodoxy among the Republican Congressional majority, and it will do nothing to help America’s workers.
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Tom Engelhardt
The Military God of America’s Losing Wars
Unlike previous celebrated generals in U.S. history, today's leading military minds are not expected to ever win wars
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"As we explain in the report, we are unaware of any previous president in the history of the United States who has lied so blatantly and debased so dangerously our values and our institutions of self-government." (Photo: Mike Licht/Flickr/cc) Karen Hobert Flynn, Fred Wertheimer
For Donald Trump, A Historic First Year For All the Wrong Reasons
We are unaware of any previous president in the history of the U.S. who has lied so blatantly and debased so dangerously our values and our institutions of self-government.
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"Instead, urged on by the uber-hawks in his own administration, he embarked upon a misguided “Global War on Terrorism.” No single action played a greater role in paving the way for Donald Trump to become president." (Photo: via PRI) Andrew Bacevich
How We Got Donald Trump: American Paths Chosen and Not (1989-2018)
We had many opportunities to avoid this, but we failed.
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Syrian Kurds mourn during a funeral in the town of Afrin on 29 January 2018 of slain civilians and fighters from the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (AFP) Jonathan Steele
US Must Stop Using Syria as a Pawn
Instead of counterproductive threats to keep US forces in Syria indefinitely, Americans should press Turkey to withdraw from Afrin.
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"Putin is known to especially dislike the US sanctions on his billionaire cronies, whose wealth he has often helped create through state mechanisms."(Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Trump Declines to Sanction Russia, Spurring Speculation About Putin Hold
Is the underlying motivation for these unilateral US sanctions on Russia now simply to give Lockheed Martin, Boeing and other US arms manufacturers an advantage over their Russian counterparts?
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Kathy Kelly
A Treacherous Crossing
The “good guys” shaping and selling U.S. foreign policy and weapon sales exemplify the heartless indifference of the smugglers who gamble human life in exceedingly dangerous situations.
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Monday, January 29, 2018
Ruben Cantu, Katrina Deloso
In Era of Recreational Marijuana, We Must Do More to Protect Public Health
The many positive aspects of marijuana decriminalization and legalization do not mean we should not be thoughtful as we craft local policies
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"The Koch brothers and their billionaire friends are planning to spend some $400 million in the 2018 midterm elections supporting right-wing Republicans. We will beat them, however, because we are in the midst of creating a political revolution." (Photo: Sally Prevost/flickr/cc) Bernie Sanders
What Trump Will Not Be Talking About in His State of the Union
He will surely not be apologizing for the many lies he told American voters.
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"Many 75-year-olds consider themselves lucky to have jobs at Walmart. " (Photo: Paulann Egelhoff/Flickr/cc) Paul Buchheit
Six Big Losers in Our 'Booming' Economy
We're approaching third-world status in parts of our nation.
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"A recent global study that included the United States shows that young people firmly believe and act upon gender stereotypes by at least age 10." (Photo:TheStar) Melissa Goodman
Let’s Stop Sexual Harassment and Violence Before They Begin With Comprehensive Sex Ed
To stop the objectification of women and power imbalance that fuels this societal epidemic, we need to start long before anyone enters the workplace.
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Describing our study, one journalist summarized our key finding as "a snowball’s chance in hell that this was natural."(Photo: Oil Change International/Twitter) Michael Mann
Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump
Our best hope is perhaps that Trump comes to realize that climate change is a threat not just to human civilization but to the one thing he cares about—Trump.
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"The hearts and minders and Clausewitzians atop the military establishment since 9/11 are never likely to stop citing their versions of the Vietnam War as the key to victory today; that is, they will never stop focusing on a war that was always unwinnable and never worth fighting." (Photo: Quora/Wikimedia) Danny Sjursen
The War That Never Ends (for the U.S. Military High Command)
And It’s Not the War on Terror.
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"The elites in dying cultures turn everything into a commodity. Human beings are commodities. The natural world is a commodity. Government and democratic institutions are commodities." (Photo:Mr.Fish) Chris Hedges
The Useful Idiocy of Donald Trump
Trump, who has no inclination or ability to govern, has handed the machinery of government over to the bankers, corporate executives, right-wing think tanks, intelligence chiefs and generals.
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"The paid-for denialists that Trump has been listening to have deliberately buried the lede." (Image: flickr / cc / Kevin Gill) Juan Cole
No, Trump, Ice Isn’t Growing at Poles, and Yes, We Are Boiling the Earth
Since Trump is not good with reading books and the like, it may be helpful to reply to his falsehoods with graphs.
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Sunday, January 28, 2018
Nat Parry
The Legacy of Investigative Journalist Robert Parry (1949-2018)
Robert Parry, editor and publisher of, died peacefully Saturday evening. In this tribute, his son Nat Parry describes Robert’s unwavering commitment to independent journalism.
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Robert Reich
Trump's America: Open to Global Capital, Not People
Trump to global CEOs and financiers: "America is open for business." Trump to ambitious young immigrants around the world, including those brought here as children: America is closed.
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Juan Cole
Many in Press Fall for Trump's Non-Apology on Retweet of Anti-Muslim Hate
I take it what is going on is that the British upper crust is pressuring Trump to dissociate himself from Britain First but doesn't care as much if he remains associated with anti-Muslim hate speech.
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Juan Escalante
The White House Dreamer Deal Isn't a Compromise. It's a Racist Ransom Note.
The media, and anyone else watching this debate unfold, must resist any urge to label Trump and Miller's immigration outline as a "deal."
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Robert Weissman
The Trumpy Awards, Round Six: Worst Cabinet Member
Today's nominees certainly do represent the worst of the Trump administration.
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Christopher Brauchli
Congress and the Tax Collector
If Congress continues to cut the IRS's budget, its ability to collect delinquent taxes will get even worse than it now is, and if its budget is cut far enough, the Private Collection Agencies will look good by comparison, thus justifying their continued employment. Go figure.
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Friday, January 26, 2018
Robert Weissman
The Trumpy Awards, Round Five: Worst Cabinet Member
With a president who has minimal and only passing familiarity with policy, Cabinet officials and their deputies are crucial in driving what the administration is actually doing.
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Will Bunch
The Year of Whatevs: Why Trump Fatigue Makes 2018 So Dangerous
Despite everything we've seen over the last couple of years, the majority of Americans cling to an "it can't happen here" mindset. But anything is possible in the Year of Whatevs.
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Charles P. Pierce
The Un-American ICE
We're watching proto-fascist behavior in action.
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Sonali Kolhatkar
More Bombs, Deaths in Trump's First Year in Office
Trump's foreign policy may indeed be the most dangerous game he is playing as president.
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Janine Jackson
The Lucky 1 Percent Get Trump's Speech, CNBC's Devotion—and Nearly All Global Growth
Would it really do CNBC 's wealthy, influential viewers a disservice to consider the statement from Oxfam’s Winnie Byanyima that "the billionaire boom is not a sign of a thriving economy but a symptom of a failing economic system"?
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"Tribalism, then, was not an inevitable result of technological changes in the media; rather it was the product of a conscious effort to splinter the majority into groups and pit them one against the other, and deregulating the media was one of the primary tools used to accomplish this." (Photo: Shawn Thew, European Pressphoto Agency) John Atcheson
Tribal America
The issue isn’t simply that we’ve become tribal, it’s why we have, and what we can do about it.
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 "These approaches also advance policies that prioritize incarceration over personal responsibility, while doing little to dismantle power disparities that leave marginalized groups vulnerable." (Photo: NARAL Pro-Choice America/flickr/cc) Julie Goldscheid
Is Sexual Harassment a Civil Rights Violation? It Should Be.
It’s clear that we need to refocus our public dialogue and use of the law on how to actually stop gender-based violence and harassment, both in and out of the workplace.
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Michael Winship
Nevertheless, She Persisted – By the Millions
It's women of every race and creed working to bring the country back toward the ideal of a compassionate democracy
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“To call the world nuclear situation dire is to understate the danger-and its immediacy.” (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists/Facebook) Robert Dodge
Approaching the Apocalypse, the Doomsday Clock Moves Forward
It’s time to abolish nuclear weapons.
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Judge Rosemarie Aquilina. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP) Elizabeth Bruenig
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s Real Message
Aquilina’s outspoken approach to Nassar’s sentencing is a signal from the bench that these crimes are serious and more abundant than many of us perhaps thought, and that they deserve the sustained attention of the courts and the public.
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“The more people we include, the more powerful and supported we are.” (Photo: Aziz Acharki on Unsplash) Sarah van Gelder
We Need Radical Imagination
Imagination, as Hawaiian Native rights advocate Poka Laenui describes it, is more than an antidote to hopelessness. It is a source of power.
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"Mattis also complained about “spending caps” and declared that the US military is “overstretched and under-resourced.” That is, by all rational measures, an extraordinary statement. The United States is responsible for 36 percent of the world’s total military spending." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
Trump’s General Just Announced a New Cold War. Who Will Stop It?
It can only be stopped by a mass movement of people who are willing to stand against the reckless rush into chaos.
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"Trump’s move is predicted to drop upcoming solar installations by 10 to 15 percent and cost some 23,000 jobs." (Photo: Kimco Realty/Flickr/cc) Harvey Wasserman
Trump’s Assault on Solar Masks an Epic Crisis in the Nuclear Industry
Like nearly everything else Trump does, the hike in duties makes no rational sense.
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Thursday, January 25, 2018
"The companies understand well who is buttering their bread." (Photo: jerry dohnal/flickr/cc) Robert Weissman
The Trumpy Awards, Round Four: Worst Corporate Giveaway
There are literally dozens of egregious anti-consumer, anti-environment and anti-worker measures that the judges considered but were unable to include on this list.
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"During the electoral tailspin of 2016, Perez was all in with Clinton’s battle against Sanders." (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
DNC Chair Tom Perez, the Democratic Party’s Grim Metaphor
The corporate power structure of the Democratic Party, institutionalized in the DNC, has not given up on blocking efforts to reform the party and how it chooses a presidential nominee.
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Kalena Thomhave
Bank of Whose America?
By eliminating a popular free checking account, Bank of America only reminds us that traditional banking is for everyone—except the poor.
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 "Don’t be surprised when extended U.S. military presence in eastern Syria starts to resemble occupation and a new anti-American insurgency flares up. Call it ISIS 2.0." (Photo: Kurdishstruggle/flickr/cc) Danny Sjursen
America’s Syria Trap
Pay attention, folks. It’s about to get a lot worse in the Middle East. Again.
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Donald Trump and Dr. Evil (Photo mashup by John Feffer
Trump Isn’t Just Incompetent and His Agenda Isn’t Just Bad. It’s Evil.
After a year that's brought us closer to nuclear war, ethnic cleansing, and climate catastrophe, it's time to consider that the Trump-GOP agenda may be genuinely evil.
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'Trump continues to show us in new ways quite an old reality: how terrifying a force for destruction, possibly even on a planetary level, U.S. power can be." (Photo:Flickr/Joe Brusky/cc) Tom Engelhardt
Creating an Empire of Graveyards?
At the Circus with Donald Trump.
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"While such industry-written legislation would be the worst idea since chicken fries, there’s no chance the public will buy it." (And Congress shouldn’t either.)(Photo:Screenshot) Craig Aaron
Burger King Loves Net Neutrality (?!) and Other Whoppers
Burger King just made an ad about Net Neutrality.
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 "The White House is trying to get rid of the Clean Power Plan, the prior administration’s most significant effort to regulate greenhouse gases." (Photo: Ingy The Wingy / Flickr) Basav Sen
How One Coal Baron Set an Entire Administration’s Energy Agenda
In a political system awash with money, it's Big Coal vs. democracy.
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"It’s so much easier to blame some designated “other” than to look within." (Photo: Ian Crowther/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
Governing By Scapegoat
The agenda that Trump and his cohorts are focused on moving forward is not the one that addresses American misery, but the one that slashes corporate taxes and privatizes as much of the social infrastructure as possible.
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"Deportation Nation." (Photo: Twitter/Public Citizen) Robert Weissman
The Trumpy Awards, Round Three: Cruelest Action
Donald Trump is a bigoted demagogue who sees the political payoff in scapegoating.
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Jamie Henn
Fossil Free Fast: A Climate Resistance Game Plan for 2018
With the transition to 100% renewable energy, we have perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to rebuild our economy in a more just and equitable way.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Kevin Martin
The Olympic Truce: A Unique Chance to Step Back from the Brink of (Nuclear?) War with North Korea
The Olympic Truce—a tradition which dates to the ancient Greek Olympics—represents an important opportunity to defuse tensions and begin the work of reconciliation on the Korean peninsula.
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"Procedural unconscionability focuses on whether there was inequality in bargaining power between the parties to the contract, or whether one party was coerced into signing the agreement." (Photo:Paweł Pająk/flickr/cc) Emma J Roth
Is a Nondisclosure Agreement Silencing You From Sharing Your ‘Me Too’ Story? 4 Reasons It Might Be Illegal
Survivors who want to speak out should know their legal options.
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 "The signs of a new universalizing are tantalizing and hopeful, for it is only through solidarity and a “movement of movements” that we will create a new system ensuring equality for women themselves as well as all people."(Photo:reid.neureiter/flickr/cc) Charles Derber
Women Are Universalizing
The problems of women, people of color, workers, and immigrants are all intertwined, all ruled by the same tiny concentration of wealthy people who run our militarized corporate system for their own benefit.
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"Frankly, you could stand to be more petrified of your own base — especially since the political left is having itself a moment unlike anything we’ve seen in almost 50 years." (Photo: Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images) Leonard Pitts Jr.
Dear Democrats, You Just Don’t Have a Clue, Do You?
You often seem terrified of alienating voters who do not embrace you, while discounting those — such as immigrants, African Americans, LGBTQ and, yes, progressive whites — who do.
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"At most, it casts doubt on the entire process of high stakes standardized testing." Steven Singer
Few Kids in the World Can Pass America’s Common Core Tests, According to New Study
“Advocates who push for school improvement on the grounds of questionable benchmarks are not strengthening education and advancing American interests, but undermining public schools and weakening the United States.”
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US President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House. (Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) Adam Johnson
WaPo Editor Blames Lack of US Leadership for Famine Caused by US Leadership
Obama and Trump have logistically and politically supported the Saudi-led bombing and blockade of Yemen that caused the famine.
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