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Saturday, September 8, 2018
Stockholm City Hall is seen behind the Swedish flag. Christian Christensen
Dear Sweden: Learn a Lesson From the US and Reject Corrosive Dystopianism
Is there crime? Yes. Problems in schools? Yes. Dissatisfaction with healthcare? Sure. Is Sweden on the brink of implosion? Not even close.
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Friday, September 7, 2018
President Donald Trump holds a ‘Make America Great Again’ rally in Evansville, Indiana, Aug. 30, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) Bandy X. Lee
Thousands of Mental Health Professionals Agree With Woodward and the New York Times Op-ed Author: Trump Is Dangerous
My current concern is that we are already witnessing a further unraveling of the president’s mental state, especially as the frequency of his lying increases and the fervor of his rallies intensifies
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This dynamic is particularly upsetting when we consider how little time remains to halt the course toward environmental catastrophe. (Photo: Screenshot) Victor Wallis
Wholesale Crimes
Terracide—meaning the total destruction of the earth-system—next to which the common crimes committed by isolated individuals pale in magnitude
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill, Thursday in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Dahlia Lithwick, Mark Joseph Stern
Brett Kavanaugh Is Cherry-Picking the Cases He Says Count as Precedent
In his confirmation hearings, the judge is disregarding important rulings protecting abortion and same-sex marriage rights
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What remains undecided is when, and by whom, the map will be redrawn. (Photo: Shutterstock) Michael Li
NC Voters Will Use Gerrymandered Maps This Fall
The maps have been struck down, but a court said there isn’t time before the election to draw new ones. Voters will be the losers
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A recent news story from Arizona tells about an online charter school in that state that invests 70 percent of the money it gets from the state on the stock market rather than on instruction.(Photo: Screengrab) Jeff Bryant
Back-To-School Season Marred By Chronic Underfunding, Endless Charter School Scandals
The ever-expanding accumulation of news reports and citizen testimony from communities across the nation point to a chronic problem of corruption and education malfeasance in the charter industry that politicians and industry representatives seem little interested in acknowledging, much less...
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Aside from the racism of the column’s headline—note that it’s different to say that some individuals in an ethnic group are “crazy rich” than it is to say that a group as a whole is poor because they’re crazy—it’s just empirically wrong to suggest that Middle Eastern countries are poorer as a whole than Asian countries. (Photo: Screengrab) Jim Naureckas
Thomas Friedman’s Crazy Poor Economics
As with many columns by Thomas Friedman, this one prompts the question: What is he talking about?
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Danielle Fugere
Oil & Gas Companies Fail to Reign in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Investors Must Demand Paris Compliant Plan
We no longer have the luxury of time.
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David McReynolds worked for the War Resisters League for nearly 40 years and was a rigorous, principled proponent of nonviolent social change. (Photo: David McReynolds/Socialist Party USA) Ken Sehested
David McReynolds: He Desired a Better Country
A remembrance.
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Maybe it’s time we acknowledge the fact that the people whom Trump is habitually addressing with his signature, “Fuck you” is us. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) David Macaray
Explaining Donald Trump
In a word, we tend to “respect” the wrong people
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Students pull a mock "ball & chain" representing the $1.4 trilling outstanding student debt at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)   Scott Remer
Why the Left Should Embrace Debt Forgiveness
It would assuredly receive enthusiastic backing from the tens of millions of Americans who are shackled to enormous debts incurred through spending on healthcare and higher education, both of which are considered basic human rights in nearly every developed nation except for the United States
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Despite all the notoriety he received for standing up to Donald Trump, McCain generally supported this most disgraceful of presidents. (Photo: Shutterstock) John Feffer
Who Was the Real Maverick: McCain or Trump?
John McCain was a politician, not a maverick — he played ball, and sometimes compromised. Trump is the true maverick: He's batshit crazy and there's no dealing with him
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The New York Times building on Sept. 6, 2018. (ANGELA WEISS/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images) Eugene Robinson
We’re in a Constitutional Crisis. Only Voters Can Save Us Now.
Republican officials have made the conscious decision to see, hear and speak no evil
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Instead, the Beltway press has been far more interested in gossiping about the chaos within the White House than discussing what it expected to be “very long days” filled with “long, boring” testimony. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Julie Millican
The Apathy in the Media Regarding Brett Kavanaugh Is a National Scandal
Normally, a Supreme Court nominee apparently committing perjury during a confirmation hearing would be explosive news that’s covered extensively
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Thursday, September 6, 2018
Crystal Mason is appealing her voter-fraud conviction, for which she has been sentenced to five years in prison. (Democracy Now!) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
This Woman Is Going to Prison for Voting
Texas state law is clear: A person can only be convicted of voter fraud if he or she intended to commit the offense. Crystal Mason clearly did not
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This makes him and his administration criminals of a historic sort. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) Tom Engelhardt
What Will Donald Trump Be Remembered For?
The world according to the Don(ald)
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They are managing and manipulating the idiot president and achieving their fondest goals of looting the country. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Trump’s Enablers Boast of Saving Nation But Reveal They’re Looting the Nation
The more corrupt sections of the ruling US business classes are perfectly willing to use Trump to achieve their Libertarian paradise of no taxes on the rich and their praetorian paradise of a military potlatch
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"Sens. Booker and Hirono specifically stated that they were releasing specific relevant “committee confidential” documents regardless of the illegitimate designation." (Photo: Screenshot) Paul Gordon
Democrats’ Civil Disobedience for American Values at the Sham SCOTUS Hearing
No Supreme Court confirmation process has been infected with corruption at this scale in modern times, perhaps ever
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Bernie Sanders, Ro Khanna
It’s Time to Get Billionaires Off of Welfare
The working families and middle class of this country should not have to subsidize the wealthiest people in the United States. That’s absurd. That’s what a rigged economy is all about.
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In Ireland, and throughout the world, people are looking for moral and spiritual leadership. (Photo: Catholic Church England and Wales/Mazur-catholicnews.org.uk/flickr/cc) Mairead Maguire
Why the Catholic Church Should Abolish the Anti-Christian "Just War" Theory
Following Pope Francis' visit to Ireland, a reflection on abuse, violence, war, and peacemaking
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Nisqually Tribal Council Member Hanford McCloud lights sacred fire to open up 17th Protecting Mother Earth conference. (Photo: Rudi Tcruz) Jade Begay, Ayşe Gürsöz
Why Defending Indigenous Rights Is Integral to Fighting Climate Change
Historic conference asserts Indigenous peoples’ rights as a climate change solution
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As Jackie and Patricia explained, possible reparations include talking to kids in schools, writing letters to people harmed, doing work in the community gardens — and maybe getting that high school diploma, opening a bank account, getting a decent job. (Photo: Thomas  Hawk/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
What Healing Looks Like When Justice Restores
This is the opposite of traditional criminal justice, which wants only to leave a lasting scar on those who get entangled with it, and could care less about its effect on struggling communities
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Look no further than Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley's surprise upset win in the primary race for Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District — knocking off 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano. (Photo: Illustrated | Alex Wong/Getty Images, Tatomm/iStock) Ryan Cooper
The Democratic Leadership is Musty and Weary
It seems fair to conclude that the opinion of the Democratic establishment — black, white, or otherwise — is carrying increasingly little weight with voters
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Beyond the obvious racist underpinnings of these incidents lurks something far more sinister: the rise of racially motivated vigilantism. (Photo: Shutterstock) Ebony Slaughter-Johnson
‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Encourage Dangerous Vigilantism
Some Americans call the cops on black people for frivolous reasons. Others appoint themselves judge, jury, and — sometimes — executioner
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An arbitrator is sending Colin Kaepernick's grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league's request to throw out the quarterback's claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice. (Photo: AP file photo) Jesse Jackson
NFL Owners’ Treatment of Colin Kaepernick Disgraces League and Country
The owners should pay dearly for their folly
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Nobody who’s part of the real resistance should be celebrating this. (Photo: Screenshot) Jessica Roy
No, Anonymous Trump Official, You're Not 'Part of the Resistance.' You're a Coward
If they really believe there's a need to subvert the president to protect the country, they should be getting this person out of the White House
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Ralph Nader
Stop Brett Kavanaugh — A Corporation Masquerading as a Judge
Just look at the record, Kavanaugh rules like he is a corporation masquerading as a human
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018
These corporations, which make fabulous profits, suffocate those who work the land. (Photo: 2006 IDEI, Courtesy of Photoshare) Vijay Prashad
Hunger: A Warning
Hunger, that constant sound inside the head of the poor, has to be silenced
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We can transform capitalism by encouraging the ‘better angels of our nature.’ (Photo: Flickr/Cogdogblog. CC BY 2.0.) Emily Kawano
Seven Ways to Build the Solidarity Economy
We can transform capitalism by encouraging the ‘better angels of our nature.’
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Tomorrow we’ll have hours of meandering questions from senators and meaningless responses from the nominee, who will say all the things we’ve come to expect from Supreme Court nominees. (Image: Getty) Andrew Cohen
The Kavanaugh Hearings Are an Egregious Abuse of Power
The Republican effort to thwart any thorough examination of Kavanaugh’s record is just as cynical as blocking Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination
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Last week, the US government, a major ally of Israel, announced that it was stopping its funding to the UNRWA after determining the organisation to be an "irredeemably flawed operation" (Photo: Reuters) Neve Gordon
UNRWA and Trump's Attempt to Erase the Palestinian People
By cutting the funding to the UNRWA, Trump wants to eliminate the Palestinians' demand for the right to return
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Donald Trump and Nikki Haley (Michael Candelori via Shutterstock) Mike Lofgren
Neoconservative Comeback? They Never Left
In many ways, Trump’s bellicosity, his militarism, his hectoring cant about American exceptionalism and national greatness, his bullying of allies—all of it makes him not an opponent of neoconservatism but its apotheosis
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So what should Democrats do? (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Thomas Neuburger
Democrats Can Block the Kavanaugh Nomination If They Want To
If Democratic votes put Kavanaugh on the Court, the nation will be harmed irreparably, and Democrats will not only be complicit, they will be seen to be complicit, risking even further abandonment by the young and first-time voters they must inspire
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A state fire department employee, left, wearing yellow, oversees an inmate fire crew, wearing orange, as they clear brush and put out hotspots during the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, Calif., last month. (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) David C. Fathi
It’s Time to Give Prisoners a Big Raise
Why not pay prisoners a real wage, so they can save for the future and build a nest egg for their eventual release?
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Michael Winship
Where Do We Get Such Men?
When the "best people" are truly the worst.
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Years of relentless siege, interrupted by massive deadly Israeli wars, have propelled Gaza into a permanent humanitarian crisis. (Photo: Ma'an News Agency) Ramzy Baroud
What Lies Beneath: The US-Israeli Plot to ‘Save’ Gaza
Whatever grand illusion is harbored by Washington and Tel Aviv at the moment, is almost entirely based on exploiting Palestinian divisions, for which the Palestinian leadership is to be wholly blamed
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Brett Kavanaugh is approached by the parent of a Parkland shooting victim, Fred Guttenberg, during his Senate confirmation in Washington on Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo: Michael Reynolds / EPA) Hannah Shearer
Brett Kavanaugh's Extreme Beliefs on Gun Control Ignore the Concerns of Most Americans
The judge's consideration of only the Second Amendment’s text and history, ignoring public safety, is straight out of the gun lobby’s playbook
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We have no sign that the luck of that top 0.01 percent will be turning anytime soon. (Photo: Philipp/cc/flickr) Sam Pizzigati
How to Recognize a Plutocracy: The Dead Giveaway
A political system that pays no more than lip service to average people’s problems and works diligently instead at protecting — and growing — the wealth of the already wealthy
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To achieve such an anti-democratic outcome requires an anti-democratic process. (Photo: AP / J. Scott Applewhite) Will Bunch
GOP Ramming Unpopular Brett Kavanaugh Down America’s Throat Is Another Democracy Death Blow
There's little doubt that the 51 GOP senators representing less than half of the Kavanaugh-disliking public will be able to ram this thing though, probably with help from one or two weak-kneed Democrats up for re-election in the so-called red states
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 'The fact is that Brett Kavanaugh is a Republican political animal." (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Charles P. Pierce
Brett Kavanaugh Is a Lifelong Republican Operative and Will Rule Like One
He's been involved in nearly every ideological flashpoint of the last 20 years. He's always been on one side
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Victoria Bassetti
Why Kavanaugh’s Paperwork Counts — and It’s Probably Not for the Reason You Think
One of the remaining vestiges of an orderly confirmation process is worth preserving
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018
"Rather than waiting for the first concussion grenades and tear gas canisters to fly, we’re demanding answers now." (Photo: Flickr) Jacob J. Hutt
Is the Government Planning to Surveil Keystone XL Protesters?
Indigenous communities, in particular, have been historically over-policed and subject to unwanted governmental surveillance, with the surveillance of the Dakota Access Pipeline Spirit Camp one of many examples
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Groups supporting Kavanaugh’s nomination dwarf groups opposing it by a 3-1 margin on television. (Photo Illustration: Brennan Center/Shutterstock.com) Douglas Keith
What We Know About the Money Behind Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Fight
Before senators ask Judge Brett Kavanaugh a single question in his confirmation hearings this week, the debate over his nomination to the Supreme Court will have already been playing out for weeks in TV ads
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"Despite the 2018 gains, the Democratic Party will still be marching towards folly, unless the progressives manage to take it over completely." (Photos: Getty) John Atcheson
Democrats and the 2018 Midterms
A march to victory or a march of folly?
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Nick Turse
The US Military is Winning. No, Really, It Is!
A simple equation proves that the U.S. armed forces have triumphed in the War on Terror
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Is reckless endangerment by threatening nuclear war a ground for impeachment? (File Photo) Ron Fein
The Tweeter-in-Chief Risks Nuclear Catastrophe
Trump has twice now threatened nuclear war against unstable and despotic regimes that lack a solid understanding of U.S. intentions
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The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, which rises from the dirt in Berlin, reminds us we are in danger of repeating the past if we allow racism and intolerance to fester, Heather Mallick writes.  (Rick Steves / Toronto Star file photo) Heather Mallick
Humans Repeat History. Race Wars Are Back
Racism is back in all its forms, locally, nationally and continents-wide
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Coalition airstrike in Sanaa, 2015 (Wikimedia Commons / Ibrahem Qasim) Paul Pillar
War Crimes In Yemen
The bombing last month of a school bus, killing dozens of young boys, is among the most recent of what has become a string of aerial atrocities
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Nuclear war must never be fought and cannot be won. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Robert Dodge
Preventing Nuclear War: A National Campaign Emerges
Nationally this effort is bringing together social, environmental and economic justice communities recognizing that their concerns are all connected and that there is no greater insult, impact or effect to each of these than nuclear war
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Cheap American cotton was shipped to Great Britain via New York, and imported back to the U.S. as clothing, enriching everyone but the enslaved workers who picked it. (Photo: Fort Sumter Museum Charleston via flickr/denisbin, CC BY-ND) Calvin Schermerhorn
Prisoner Strike Exposes an Age Old American Reliance on Forced Labor
From convict leasing to the billion-dollar prison industry, forced laborers have served American consumers for centuries
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Bill Blum
Brett Kavanaugh and the Triumph of the Conservative Counterrevolution
Kavanaugh's ascension to the nation's highest court, while infuriating, is no accident. Like other right-wing justices before him, his rise is the result of careful calculation by powerful regressive forces who have been plotting this course for decades
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Monday, September 3, 2018
Kelly Candaele, Peter Dreier
Helping Labor Get Off Its Back: We Have an Obligation to Reverse the Erosion of Unions
Why do unions have such a hard time recruiting new members? The answer is fear.
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Jared Bernstein, Dean Baker
Unions in the 21st Century: A Potent Weapon Against Inequality
If U.S. unions are even going to get back to 1970 rates of membership, they will have to make inroads into new areas. Part of that story has to mean organizing professional workers.
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Leo Gerard
Labor Day: 24 Hours When Workers Are Human
"Business schools and the corporate executives they spit out have lumped workers together with robots and raw materials as 'inputs,' as if laborers aren't human. That makes it easier for CEOs in ungodly profitable corporations to deny workers raises."
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Frank Clemente
Check Your Wallet: Can You Find the $4,000 Trump Promised You?
The GOP tax cuts have also added almost $2 trillion to the deficit. Now Republicans are trying to cover the hole they created by cutting critical public services that are important to working families.
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Chris Hedges
The Slaves Rebel
You might not know it, but there is a major revolt happening right now in the United States
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Paul Buchheit
What Just Happened? $30 Trillion to the Richest White Americans Since 2008
While wealth continues to rush, not trickle, upwards, low-income families are going backwards as the average net worth for the poorest half of America decreased from $11,000 to $8,000 since the 2008 financial crash
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Jonathan Cook
US Cuts to UNRWA Point to the Dark Future Being Readied for the Palestinians
There is a deeper and darker agenda afoot than simply reviving failed negotiations or pandering to the Trump administration’s well-known antipathy towards international institutions.
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Sunday, September 2, 2018
Héctor Figueroa
Why Unions Still Matter, on Labor Day and Always
With strong membership this year, unions promise improved wages and working conditions.
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James Zogby
Mr. Trump, You Cannot Erase the Palestinian Refugees
At stake is: the lives and fortunes of innocent Palestinians and their families; the rule of law; simple human justice; and the possibility of peace
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Katharine Trendacosta
Victory! California Passes Net Neutrality Bill
California's fight is a microcosm of the nation's. Net neutrality is popular across the country.
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Elliott Negin
Why Is ExxonMobil Still Funding Climate Science Denier Groups?
The company's money trail, however, clearly shows that it is still financing climate science denier groups that denigrate any and all climate policy options
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Robert Reich
The Next Crash
Trump and his Republican enablers are now reversing regulations put in place to stop Wall Street's excessively risky lending
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Saturday, September 1, 2018
Christopher Brauchli
Trumping the Flag
Trump has exploited the murder of Mollie Tibbetts to bellow yet again about the need for a wall, despite her family's objections to his "racist fear-mongering"
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Tyler Cullis
Creating the Conditions for War
U.S. hawks are signaling their intent to attack more directly the very foundations of the nuclear accord
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Ryan Cooper
How to Pay for Medicare-for-All
The way to make the legislation work is to isolate the sources of the most hideous and immoral waste in the healthcare system and concentrate the pain on them.
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Sam Pizzigati
Taxpayers Are Footing the Bill for Sky-High CEO Salaries
Billions in taxpayer funds go to CEOs who pay their workers peanuts. We can change that.
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Friday, August 31, 2018
Nancy Altman
This Labor Day, Gear Up to Stop Trump and GOP War on Workers
The ballot box looms for unpopular politicians
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Indigenous leaders, coast protectors, and others demonstrate against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, on March 10, 2018. (Photo: Jason Redmond/Getty Images) Shannan Stoll
First Nations Celebrate Win Against Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion
Here’s how indigenous leaders pulled together a grassroots movement to resist the pipeline expansion
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We shouldn’t be too optimistic about the NAFTA renegotiation actually helping workers. (Getty Images)   David Dayen
The Good and the (Potentially Very) Bad in Trump’s NAFTA Renegotiation
All in all, it’s a good heuristic to judge trade deals by how mad business lobbyists are about them, and judging from the Business Roundtable’s grumblings, the renegotiation has the potential to be decent
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“I still remember the first time I met my son,” he said. “It was at an immigration hearing. He was so close to me, only a few steps away, but yet so far.” (Photo: Screenshot) Sonali Kolhatkar
How One Deportee Is Helping Other Exiled Immigrants in Mexico
“My story is just one of thousands of such stories.”
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New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon shake hands at Hofstra University in Hempstead on Wednesday, Aug. 29th, 2018 ahead of their the Democratic gubernatorial primary debate. (J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday/AP) Matt Taibbi
The Cuomo-Nixon Debate Was a Preview of Democrat-DSA Battles to Come
Democrat Sith Lord Gov. Andrew Cuomo slimed his way past the corporate money issue and attacked Cynthia Nixon’s celebrity
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Will Bunch
Is Delaware’s Kerri Evelyn Harris the Next Explosion to Rock the Democrats?
Harris says her campaign isn't anti-Trump, anti-GOP or even anti-Carper, but all about how to accomplish positive things such as raising the minimum wage to $15 without hurting small businesses, achieving true universal health care, and wiping out college debt
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Corruption infests Trump's cabinet. (Photo: AP/Evan Vucci) Bob Burnett
It’s the Corruption, Stupid
Donald Trump has only enabled "the swamp."
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Now is our chance to defend — not lose — the Earth.(Photo: Christopher Michel/Flickr/cc) Lidy Nacpil, May Boeve, Patti Lynn
Writing a New Chapter, Not an Obituary, for the Planet
A recent New York Times Magazine article suggests action to address climate change is futile
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“Over and over again in history the Church has become so corrupt it just cries out to heaven for vengeance.”(Photo: Elvis Kennedy/Flickr/cc) Brian Terrell
Catholic Support for War: Another Child Abuse Scandal
The Church cannot condemn child abuse by pedophiles and yet bless the government's murder of children in its wars, if it wants to be consistent and faithful to Christ
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Thursday, August 30, 2018
"Ron DeSantis — who has a 2 percent lifetime rating from the League of Conservation Voters — has questioned the reality of climate science and signed on a letter of protest against international climate funding." (Illustrated | peangdao/iStock, fotoguy22/iStock, Preto_perola/iStock) Ryan Cooper
Republicans Will Let Florida Drown
For the Miami community, it is quite literally a matter of whether it will be allowed to exist in the future
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"According to Reuters, the number of lawsuits brought against Bayer’s newly acquired Monsanto is approximately 8000 in the US alone." (Photo: Monsanto Tribunal/flickr/cc) Ruchi Shroff
Monsanto-Bayer: Eliminating the Name Will Not Erase the History
We will continue to reclaim citizens’ rights, as well as those of small and medium producers, who, despite being crushed by the current market mechanisms, are the only ones providing us with healthy and nutritious food
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The 5 people arrested in Bhima Koregaon case (Photo: File Image) Vijay Prashad
Dissent Is Being Muzzled Across Our Planet
The arrests of five activists in India is part of a dangerous trend that demands more attention and public outcry
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"But we the people have not surrendered. We were outmaneuvered, gerrymandered, removed from the voting roster, but we have not surrendered." (Photo: AP/Bill Ingraham via Flickr) Robert C. Koehler
Reviving the Spirit of ’68
I fear the forces the antiwar protesters were confronting fifty years ago have made a shift in keeping with their deepest interests: not to “win” the wars but simply to make sure they continue
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Hina Shamsi
On National Security, Kavanaugh Has a History of Extreme Deference to the President
Kavanaugh’s record shows he would likely defer to — and not even scrutinize — a president's push for war or abuses in the name of "national security"
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Offshoring and the increasing militarization of the American economy, then, have rendered reforms of the kind introduced by NAFTA almost moot. (Photo: PeoplesWorld/cc/flickr) Marshall Auerback
Trump’s NAFTA Deal Simply Can’t Solve America’s Manufacturing Problems
A few additional crumbs for labor at a time when most U.S. manufacturing capacity has already been offshored or destroyed by militarization
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Larry Elliott
Ten Years After the Financial Crash, the Timid Left Should be Full of Regrets
Capitalism’s near-death experience with the banking crisis was a golden opportunity for progressives. But they blew it
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
"Trump and his cronies aren’t on the miners’ side — they’re on the side of their bosses. And the U.S. government is willing to kill its own citizens to enrich these billionaires." (Photo: Shutterstock) Basav Sen
Trump Puts Forth an Actual Plan to Kill People for Coal
Shocking as this sounds, the U.S. government is — by its own admission — willing to murder up to 1,600 Americans a year to enrich a few coal billionaires
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"How will millions more get to participate in 2020’s Democratic nominating contests? That road is through reforming laws governing primaries, not caucuses." Steven Rosenfeld
DNC Superdelegates Have Been Tamed—But Millions of Democratic Primary Votes Are Still Vulnerable
If Berniecrats want millions of new voters, they need to win big in state primaries like New York’s upcoming September 13 vote
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"The sight of Emmett’s body, mutilated beyond recognition, spread throughout the world in photographs published in Jet Magazine and other outlets." (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Dennis Parker
More Than 60 Years After His Brutal Murder, Emmett Till Deserves Justice
The reopening of the Till case matters as we continue to confront racism in all its insidiousness
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"Instead of punishing students, restorative justice hopes to empower students to fully understand why they act the way they do, and take steps to heal any harms they cause." (Photo: Shutterstock) Daniela Aspiazu
This School Year, Let’s Keep Kids in Classrooms
There are better ways to help students learn from their behavior than suspension and expulsion
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Ralph Nader
15 Ways the Democrats Can Lose the November Elections
If the party cannot get its act together and put their focus where it belongs, Republicans will continue to enjoy their control of the federal branches of our captured government and many state houses
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No top bankers were ever 'held accountable for the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression… No one.'(Photo: Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr/cc) Marshall Auerback
The Failure to Punish White-Collar Crime After the 2008 Financial Crisis Helped Produce President Donald Trump
Ten years later, Trump’s rise to power is a consequence of poor governance
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"Even if today’s socialist wing of the Democratic Party hasn’t won every underdog primary race against better-funded centrist opponents, it is apparent that progressives are winning the battle of ideas within the party." (Photo: FAIR) Justin Anderson
Media Continues Writing Premature Obituaries for the Democratic Left
When one takes a historical look at socialism in the United States, Sanders’ insurgency seems to be doing remarkably well
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 "Presumably because Puerto Ricans are Spanish-speaking Americans, their deaths did not preoccupy our newspapers of record day after day the way the 9/11 victims did." (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Storm Death Toll in Puerto Rico Rivals 9/11: But Where Is War on Climate Change?
Apparently we can see a large US territory flattened and nearly 3000 citizens killed, and yawn and pretend it did not happen or we don’t know why hurricanes are becoming more destructive
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Bob Lord
The Arithmetic of the CEO-Worker Pay Divide
Sometimes percentages alone don't do justice to the injustice of corporate compensation
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Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez pauses after a session during the DNC's summer meeting in Chicago. (Annie Rice/AP) Larry Cohen
Voters—and Nobody Else—Will Pick the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nominee
This past weekend, the party changed its rules, and became more democratic
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"John McCain was maddeningly inconsistent and too often self-serving, and yet compared to the current crew of crooks, he comes off like the blessed love child of Abraham Lincoln and Joan of Arc." (Photo: Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)  Will Bunch
John McCain and the 29-Second ‘Rashomon’ Moment That Defined America’s Coming Crisis
"I genuinely don’t understand what is so inspiring about this moment. 'He’s not Arab, he is a decent man' is not shutting down racism — it is racism."
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Peter Certo
The Iraq War Should Be a Much Bigger Part of McCain’s Legacy Than His ‘Civility’
The “straight talk” people praise McCain for is actually what most of them can’t stand about politicians: They say noble words but cast ignoble votes.
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"It has amassed such power that experts and public opinion refer to it as the digital public square: the place where people protest, sign up for public events, get information about politics, and more." (Photo: Legal Loop) Juan Ortiz Freuler
Facebook Will Fail to Solve #FakeNews
Zuckerberg needs to step back for his company to succeed
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"Once people learn about the judge’s unacceptable positions, they’ll realize how unsuited he is for a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Nan Aron
‘Justice Kavanaugh’ Is Not Inevitable
The controversial judge’s confirmation would represent a tremendous threat to millions of Americans—and we can easily prevent it
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Peniel Joseph
Chicago '68: The 50-Year Lessons America Still Hasn't Learned
The internecine war for the soul of American democracy continues in our own time, as the rage and fear tapped almost 50 years apart by Richard Nixon and Donald Trump have continued to mesmerize successive generations of Americans
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"A malignant bullying megalomaniac who lies like most people breathe, and who’s able to suck the oxygen out of every news cycle, might well pulverize any Democratic opponent." (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Robert Reich
Don’t Just Impeach Trump. Annul His Presidency
Annulment would repeal all of it – recognizing that such appointments, orders, rules, and records were made without constitutional authority
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A US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field in southern Afghanistan, on Jan. 31, 2010. (Photo: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Tom Emswiler, Will Isenberg
Your Government Has a Secret Kill List. Is that OK With You?
Kareem’s story neatly captures the havoc that the war on terror has wreaked on the legal system and the dangers of abandoning legal traditions that have served us well for centuries
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