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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Students and environmental activists participate in a climate strike in Los Angeles, California on May 24. (Photo: Ronen Tivony / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images) Jeremiah Lowery
Climate Change Is So Much More Than a 'Single Issue'
Tom Perez needs to reconsider his position and the DNC needs to step up to the plate and host a climate debate, because the multiple issues within our climate crisis can no longer be pushed aside
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Even with the Affordable Care Act’s protections against the insurance industry, too many of us worry about dire financial consequences if our health takes a turn for the worse. (Photo: FOX13 Salt Lake City) Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram
Are You Sure You Actually 'Like' Your Private Health Insurance?
In 2018, as millions of Americans borrowed $88 billion to pay for health care, 62 CEOs of health care companies made a combined total of $1.1 billion in compensation
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, speaking in an interview that aired Sunday on "Axios on HBO." (Photo: Screengrab) Ramzy Baroud
Kushner as a Colonial Administrator: Let’s Talk About the 'Israeli Model'
Kushner thinks he is capable of arranging the future of the Palestinian people without the inclusion of the Palestinian leadership
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New York Times depiction of flooding in Valmeyer, Illinois. (Photo: Hilary Swift/New York Times) Joshua Cho
According to NYT, 'Relentless Flooding' in Midwest Just Happens
The Times failed to link the floods overwhelming the city with a changing climate
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Maine’s new bill may be especially beneficial for women living in rural communities. (Photo: TAMI CHAPPELL/AFP/Getty Images) Sarah Jones
Finally, Some Good News for Abortion Rights
The state’s newly elected Democratic governor, Janet Mills, signed a bill that will allow nurse practitioners, osteopathic physicians, and physicians assistants to perform abortion procedures
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Student debt—now at about $1.6 trillion—is greater than the amount owed to credit cards or in auto loans. (Photo: ©Arenacreative/Dreamstime.com) Jesse Jackson
Bring Troops Home and Send More Kids to College
It aids the ambitious children of low-income families in rural and urban areas to lift themselves above their circumstances
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Trumponomics has been a disaster. (Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) Robert Reich
The 7 Biggest Failures of Trumponomics
Trumponomics has exploded the deficit, hurt ordinary Americans, and lined the pockets of the wealthy and corporations
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Even the most thoughtful and well-intentioned school-reform program can’t improve educational outcomes if it ignores the single greatest driver of student achievement: household income. (Photo: Edmon de Haro) Nick Hanauer
Sorry, But Just Having Better Schools Won’t Fix America
Like many rich Americans, I used to think educational investment could heal the country’s ills—but I was wrong. Fighting inequality must come first.
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If Israel annexes Palestinian land and closes the door on a sovereign Palestinian state, then the international community must demand that Israel extend citizenship to occupied Palestinians. (Photo: Getty) Sheena Anne Arackal
Annexation Without Citizenship Is Apartheid
The only way to avoid bringing the barbarism of apartheid into the 21 st century is by firmly shifting away from the two-state solution and instead linking Israel’s inevitable annexation of the Occupied West Bank to Israeli citizenship for occupied Palestinians
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As the Republican Party has long understood, it’s all about power. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could not care less about lofty words and high ideals. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Eugene Robinson
We Don’t Need 23 Presidential Candidates. There’s Another Important Role to Fill
Dear Democratic presidential candidates: If you truly believe your own righteous rhetoric, some of you ought to be spending your time and energy in another vital pursuit—winning control of the Senate
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The issue that should dwarf everything in sight today is planetary climate destruction. It’s happening in plain sight and all around us, and most of us clearly can't bear to think about it. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) David Bromwich
Politics as Usual and Planetary Destruction
Fire and flood: What it means to be "great" on a planet going down
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When abortion is heavily restricted or banned, women from poor, rural and marginalized communities suffer most. (Photo: Lorie Shaull) Margaret Wurth
What Life Is Like When Abortion Is Banned
"As Republicans around the country pass sweeping abortion bans, I think about what life could be like for women and girls if these laws take effect. I don’t have to use my imagination."
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San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge construction. (Photo: Fred Sharples CC BY 2.0) John Duda
Revealed: Americans Care More About Social Needs Than Deficits
A recent poll from the Democracy Collaborative and YouGov reveals that most Americans are ready to spend more for social needs, even if it raises the deficit
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 An Afghan man and his son watch as soldiers from the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division prepare to sweep their home November 7, 2002 in southeastern Afghanistan. Soldiers discovered over a dozen mines and grenades, 14 rocket propelled grenades, and plastic explosives as they searched several compounds as part of Operation Alamo Sweep. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
Peace Is a Word That the West Has Taken From the Afghans
With no end of war in sight, this past year has been the deadliest year for civilians since the United States first began to bomb Afghanistan in 2001
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Bonnie Castillo
Medicare for All Is Coming... Because Even the "Insured" Are Not Safe in This For-Profit System
So-called "experts" tell us that Americans love this system and it would be too costly or too complicated to change it. But even those with private insurance or employee-provided coverage know this simply is not true.
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Monday, June 10, 2019
 Rather than letting private equity vultures enrich themselves on the backs of employees who’d been with the store for decades, workers fought back, taking creative actions across the country and pushing legislators and pension funds to get on board—and eventually won a $20 million severance fund. (Photo: Liao Pan/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images) Andrea Dehlendorf, Ann Marie Reinhart
Retail Workers Nationwide Are United for Respect
Workers around the country are fighting back, taking creative actions and pushing legislators and pension funds to act
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Hundreds of New Yorkers meet on the State Capitol in Albany on 06/01/2016 to call on Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers to support the NYS Climate & Community Protection Act. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Rachel M. Cohen
How Unions and Climate Organizers Learned To Work Together in New York
New York Renews offers an encouraging example of how labor and environmental groups can work together to act on climate change
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President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 28, 2019. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm / AFP - Getty Images) Julio Ricardo Varela
Trump's Mexico Tariff Deal Is Fake News. Mexico Has Been Enforcing U.S. Immigration Policy For Years
The only thing the Mexican government surrendered in the war of words was its dignity
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Pennsylvania’s surging charter school costs are direct causes of rapidly rising property taxes across the state. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Jeff Bryant
Charter Schools Are a Major Dividing Line for the 2020 Democratic Candidates—Education Fights in Pennsylvania Point the Way
Charter schools now cost Pennsylvania taxpayers over $1.8 billion annually and account for over 25 percent of the state’s basic education funding
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Don’t let them scare you with words like "socialism." These policies are just common sense. (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
The Same Old Scare Tactic About Socialism
When the Republican candidate inscribes the slogan 'Down With Socialism'…what he really means is, 'Down with Progress.'
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Climate change is a slow-burning hurricane swirling over the entire planet. (Photo: FlaglerLive) Pierre Tristam
Green New Deal Me In
It should all be a call to arms no less urgent than that of the "Fate of the Earth."
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The cult leader constantly paints a picture of an existential threat, often invented, that puts the cult followers in danger. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
The Cult of Trump
Only when we recognize Trump as a cult leader, and many of those who support him as cult followers, will we understand where we are headed and how we must resist
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Norman Solomon
Why an "Apology Tour" Is Needed: An Open Letter to Joe Biden
Pretending that you don't have much to apologize for is not viable.
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Sunday, June 9, 2019
Sarah Reinhardt
Will the Trump USDA Deliver on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans? Our New Report Shows What’s at Stake
"The federal government should be making a renewed commitment to public health by developing a strategy that will allow the benefits of a healthy diet to be realized by all communities."
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Jill Richardson
Dealing With Climate Fear
If you feel powerless, remember that the biggest change you can make is to support leaders who think our planet is actually worth saving
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Juan Cole
No, WSJ, Palestinians Have Not Given Up On National Rights
Most Palestinians support a just and lasting settlement of the issue of Palestinian statelessness.
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Igor Volsky
What the Gun Control Movement Can Learn From Marriage Equality
Clear goals, consistent strategy, and a sense of personal connection can change public opinion—and the law
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Xavier Best
Decades After False Convictions, 'When They See Us' Highlights Media Failure
While the highly publicized antics of Donald Trump has received a great deal of condemnation, less attention has been paid to how prominent media outlets fell in lockstep with the myth of five deranged black youths randomly attacking white cyclists and joggers in Central Park
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Saturday, June 8, 2019
Sarah Jones
What’s So Funny, Joe?
"After Nevada lawmaker Lucy Flores published her account of an unwanted kiss from Joe Biden, the 2020 candidate said he’d have to change the way he campaigned. Instead, he's turned her story into a punch line."
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Jessicah Pierre
Racism as a Public Health Crisis
Milwaukee's novel approach to combating racial inequity should inspire other cities
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Nate Singham
How Powerful Mining Corporations Flagrantly Plunder the Global South Without Consequence
The process of corporate plunder in the global mining industry is severely aggravating social and economic inequalities across the planet
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Appalachia residents stand on line for the annual Remote Area Medical (RAM), clinic for dental, vision and medical services held at the Wise County Fairgrounds in western Virginia. The county is one of the poorest in the state, with high number of unemployed and underinsured residents. Mary Otto
America's Dental Health Crisis: Modern Life Causes More Tooth Decay, and Care Is Increasingly Unaffordable
Millions of Americans lack access to oral health care, and vulnerable communities are in desperate need of a solution
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Ralph Nader
FAA’s Boeing-Biased Officials: Recuse Yourselves or Resign
"Boeing is used to getting its way. Its grip on Congress—where 300 members take campaign cash from Boeing—is legendary."
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Friday, June 7, 2019
Linda Fairstein (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) Carmen Perez
Reopen Linda Fairstein’s Cases and Hold New York’s Criminal Justice System Accountable
Our criminal justice system is stacked against people of color, especially young people of color, from the moment they come into contact with law enforcement to when they enter probation
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The very values that America upholds are the ones that they use to break up immigrant families and asylum seekers, both physically and emotionally. (Photo: @ajplus/Twitter) Gabrielle Oliveira
For Immigrants at the Border, It's About the Children
The U.S. government has chosen to fracture and separate the very unit that it argues it cares about most
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Single-payer health care, which works so well in other countries, would reduce the outrageous fees some doctors charge in our bloated system, and end the stranglehold that for-profit interests currently have on patients and their pocketbooks. (Photo: Molly Adams/Flickr/cc) Bill Bianchi
The AMA Stops Us From Getting Health Care
We demand you step out of the way of Medicare For All, which is the health care we want and need
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Aung San Suu Kyi met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on Wednesday (Photo: Hungarian government) Peter Oborne
Aung San Suu Kyi in Hungary: A Chilling Sign of Global Islamophobia
The spectacle of the Burmese Nobel Laureate's meeting with Viktor Orban highlights the monstrous threat posed to Muslims around the world
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The most egregious part of Strobel’s report is its whitewashing of Haspel’s disturbing record in the CIA by uncritically transmitting glowing endorsements by other CIA officials. (Photo: FAIR) Joshua Cho
WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'—Despite Record of Torture and Coverup
Perhaps if outlets like the Wall Street Journal provided less adulatory coverage of the CIA’s leaders and the organization’s illicit activities, it would be harder for its members like “Bloody Gina” Haspel to get away with lying
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Rebecca Solnit
The Curious Case of Elizabeth Warren and the "Charter School Lobbyist" Who Wasn't
How internet insinuation can quickly become campaign fact
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It should come as a relief to know that the number of migrants today is neither unprecedented nor unmanageable, that there is no basis for considering desperate families a security threat, and that this wave of migration is mostly not, in legal terms, illegal—it's asylum seekers immediately reporting to authorities for processing. (Photo: Shutterstock) Laura Carlsen
Trump’s Mexico Tariffs Are About White Nationalism, Not Trade
There’s nothing “uncontrollable” about people applying for asylum. All the U.S. has to do is meet its obligations under international law.
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California Rep. Duncan Hunter. (Photo: Denis Poroy / AP) Danny Sjursen
Whitewashing War Crimes Has Become the American Way
What sort of society would America be if its soldiers were free to rape, pillage and plunder in current and future wars? A venal empire, that’s what—which this country resembles more and more.
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Washington’s nefarious War on Drugs, meanwhile, remains a cesspit of violence and U.S.-sponsored militarization that brings misery to those countries unfortunate enough to be located between the Colombian and Pervuian cocaine producers and U.S. consumers. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Mark Weisbrot
Tariffs Are a Bad Response to an Imaginary Border Crisis
The migrants that do arrive in the U.S. are fleeing situations exacerbated by decades of bad American foreign policy. Tariffs on Mexico would continue that pattern.
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Iran is a threat to US interests in the sense that Iran is a barrier to full-spectrum US domination of the Middle East. (Photo: FAIR) Gregory Shupak
In Media’s Looking Glass, US Doesn’t Threaten Iran But Merely Responds to Iranian Threats
The media’s false implication that Iran is a danger to the population of the United States makes US escalations against the country appear necessary and justified
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That the Supreme Court was failing its constitutional role had been clear to close observers since the 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo, which ruled that election spending was "speech." Thomas Neuburger
Four Ways to Expand the U.S. Supreme Court
Congressional action can address the problem
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Thursday, June 6, 2019
U.S. sanctions against Venezuela have already killed 40,000 people between 2017 and 2018, according to a report by Mark Weisbrot and Columbia University’s Jeffrey Sachs. (Photo: Courtesy of the authors) Justin Podur
Sanctions Are Genocidal, and They Are the US’s Favorite Weapon
Far from precision-guided munitions, sanctions are weapons of starvation, which target the most vulnerable civilians for slow and painful death by deprivation of food and medicine
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These exculpatory views survived even amidst the elevation of Elliott Abrams, the war criminal architect of brutal Central American policy late last century. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) John Buell
From Guatemala to Moscow to Washington, Neoliberalism and Privatization Driving Our Crises
Neoliberal privatization and austerity, backed by the hard fist of militarization, have an ugly track record of which we must remind citizens early and often
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If the crime is big enough—like creating or countenancing a U.S. torture archipelago that stretched from Thailand to Poland to Guantánamo Bay, or lying to the world to justify launching an aggressive war on Iraq—the risk of trial is nonexistent. No pardons required. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images) Rebecca Gordon
Clemency for the Lowly, Free Passes for the Mighty
Of crimes and pardons in the Trump era
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"These raids are all about intimidating journalists and intimidating whistle blowers so that mistakes made by the Government, including potential crimes, by the military, remain covered up, remain secret, and don’t fall in to the public domain." (Photo: Shutterstock) Joe Lauria
After Assange’s Espionage Act Indictment, Police Move Against More Journalists for Publishing Classified Material
Less than two months after the arrest of journalist Julian Assange, and two weeks after his indictment under the Espionage Act, emboldened governments have sent the police after journalists who’ve challenged the state
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The problem of journalistic demarcation is no less ideologically motivated and, through their effort to discredit Assange and WikiLeaks, corporate media have snugly aligned themselves with the contemporary brokers of US imperial power against a journalistic movement. (Photo: Matt Dunham / AP) John O'Day
Corporate Media Have Second Thoughts About Exiling Julian Assange From Journalism
One might have thought that, when drawing a line between Pulitzers and prison, corporate media would instinctively err on the side of caution and go to bat for Assange
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Uber drivers are supporting families with children, yet 40% depend on Medicaid and another 18% on food stamps. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Robert Reich
The Gig (Economy) Is Up
The jobs problem today isn’t just stagnant wages. It’s also uncertain incomes.
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We are being cooked by his policies, and our children will be drowned. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Hey, Psst, Prince Charles: Here are Some Graphs on Global Heating That Maybe Even Trump Could Understand
Prince Charles may as well have saved his breath. There are nothing but squirrels running around inside Trump’s brain.
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Immigration activists rally on April 23 outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. as the justices hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
The GOP's White Supremacy Now Has a Smoking Gun
The racism of the citizenship question should at least be apparent to the American public—if only mainstream media outlets covered the story with the gravity it deserves
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"I'm expecting a gold watch from Boeing at the end of my presidency because I know I’m on the list of top salesmen at Boeing." (Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) Russell Mokhiber
Boeing, Obama, a Gold Watch, and 346 Dead
During his time as President of the United States, Barack Obama promoted the sale of Boeing planes—including the 737 Max 8 planes—around the world
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Johnstone describes this debate as "fighting to control the position of an on/off switch that isn’t connected to anything." (Photo: flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
The Quiet Killer at the Core of Patriotism
Doesn’t it make sense, in this land of 357 million guns, that our national glorification of war will have some unintended consequences here at home
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Our need to come together despite our differences arises from our marginalization in a world dominated by heterosexual cisgender people. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Celebrating Pride, Mindfully
Inequalities in our broader society also occur in the queer community
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 What evidence can be presented to a polarized electorate to legitimize the results? (Photo: CHUCK BURTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Steven Rosenfeld
America Is Missing Its Chance to Fix Our Election System Before We Vote in 2020
As many legislatures adjourn, few improve their recount and audit laws
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Climate change and agriculture are inextricably intertwined. (Photo: Local Futures) Isabel Marlens
The Farms of the Future
If we all divest our time, energy and money from the corporations that fill megastores and supermarkets, and invest instead in ourselves, in local farmers and small local businesses, then we can keep money and precious resources circulating in our communities
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Beach chairs are lined up for a show at the beach of the Cayo Blanco key, a 50 minute ride in Catamaran from Varadero, on May 12, 2019, in Cayo Blanco, Cuba. Cuban tourism is facing challenges as the US government recently tightened its embargo on Cuba activating the Title III of the Helms Burton law increasing the pressure on the Cuban government by allowing U.S. courts to prosecute international companies which have worked with properties nationalized in Cuba since 1959. (Photo by Sven Creutzmann/Mambo ph Medea Benjamin
Travel to Cuba Falls Victim to John Bolton’s Wrath
John Bolton hates the governments of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua— calling them the “troika of tyranny” and the “three stooges of socialism”—and is determined to use his time as National Security...
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 I estimate that staying within a sustainable carbon budget would require us to cut working times by almost 80 percent, making the new full-time working week a mere nine hours long. (Photo: Socrates Baltagiannis/DPA/PA Images) Philipp Frey
A Shorter Working Week Isn't a Luxury—It's An Ecological Necessity
Working less wouldn’t just free ourselves to spend time doing the things we love: it could be the key to staying within our planet’s boundaries
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Launching an impeachment process now, she fears, would undermine her main goals: to avoid jeopardizing the Democrats’ hard-won control of the House and to maximize the party’s chances in the presidential election next year. (Photo: Getty) Elizabeth Drew
To Impeach, or Not to Impeach
Nancy Pelosi warns that Trump wants to be impeached, because he thinks it would play to his political advantage. But it’s not clear that this is so—or that it's relevant
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Constant storms have caused enormous flooding across the entire region, not to mention a record-breaking streak of tornadoes, and farmers are suffering as a result. (Photo: Illustrated | Scott Olson/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
American Farmers Are Reaping the Climate Denial Whirlwind
Last year it was the residents of Paradise, California who paid the price, when their city burned to the ground in a matter of hours. Today it is farmers. Tomorrow it might well be me, or you.
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ICE operates under a decade-old policy allowing its agents to “search, detain, seize, retain, and share” electronic devices and any information on them—including social media—without individualized suspicion. (Photo: ICE/Reuters) Rachel Levinson-Waldman
How ICE and Other DHS Agencies Mine Social Media in the Name of National Security
Through its vast and deeply flawed social media monitoring, the Department of Homeland Security jeopardizes the rights of travelers, immigrants, refugees, and many others
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Trump lost the national popular vote by 2.9 million ballots. (Photo: Donald Trump/cc/flickr) John Nichols
Impeachment Affirms the Will of the People
Impeaching and removing Donald Trump would make him what most voters wanted him to be when they cast their ballots in 2016: a citizen who does not hold the office of president
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The Rights of Nature movement is asserting the obvious: Earth's biosphere is not a free candy store for our taking. (Photo: Flickr/ChrisA1995/cc) Jim Hightower
How to Arm Nature Against Corporate Profiteers
Corporate powers—who have perverted law, logic and nature to have their lifeless profiteering entities declared "persons"—are aghast that Mother Nature not only has rights but those rights can be legally and morally superior to the claim that a corporation's right to profit is absolute
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Michael Winship
Enough Hesitation, House: Impeach
Ben Franklin would tell Trump to go fly a kite
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Daniel M. Goldstein
What Mount Everest Climbers and Migrants Have in Common
Despite the very obvious differences, many deaths—of migrants and mountain climbers alike—are the result of government policies that prioritize economic and political agendas over human life
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Tuesday, June 4, 2019
William Astore
The American Cult of Bombing and Endless War
The very Dark Side of US air power
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 The annual Pride Parade makes its way past the Stonewall Inn on June 24, 2018, in New York City. The Greenwich Village tavern was the site of the Stonewall riots of 1969, widely considered to be the beginning of the fight for gay and lesbian rights in the U.S.  (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images) Alex Myers
Fifty Years After Stonewall, the Real Fight for LBGTQ Rights Is Local
As legislation has languished in Congress, many cities and states are moving forward with their own non-discrimination bills
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Even if Mueller does nothing more than read the most damaging parts of his report out loud, on national television, he would still have made the strongest case yet against Trump. (Photo: Bill Press)  Bill Press
Mueller Must Be Called to Testify
Having been assigned, on behalf of the American people, to investigate possible wrongdoing by Trump, he should be asked under oath: Did members of the Trump campaign collude with Russia? Yes or No? Did Donald Trump obstruct justice? Yes or no?
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The attempt to convene an “economic workshop” without first guaranteeing that Palestinians will have freedom and independence–is destined for failure. (Photo: Screen shot / Twitter) James Zogby
Why the U.S. "Workshop" For Palestinians Will Fail
What the Palestinians need more than anything is freedom from Israeli control and the independence they need to grow their economy
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On Thursday, lawyers from Barr’s Justice Department tried to block a federal court from taking a look at the government’s surveillance of Americans. (Photo: Bill Cark/AP) Ashley Gorski
The Hypocrisy of William Barr's Spying Claims
Barr played a key role in developing a secret program that served as the blueprint for the NSA’s mass surveillance of Americans’ phone records
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President Donald Trump speaks in late May in support of farmers and ranchers hurt by the ongoing U.S.-China trade war. Farmers hurt by Trump’s tariffs will get additional $16 billion bailout to those most affected. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
Donald Trump Confuses Bluster With Strength on Trade
Trump has launched a long overdue challenge to our trading relationship with China. Yet instead of enlisting allies to challenge China, Trump slapped tariffs on some of our best trading partners.
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Robert Kuttner
Elizabeth Warren Presents Unparalleled Plan to Bolster American Workers and Manufacturing
The Massachusetts senator presents by far the most serious proposal to bolster American industry.
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Pelosi too boldly declares that Trump is the democratically elected President. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall / AP) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Trump, Impeachment, and the Question of Democratic Legitimacy
To allow Trump to continue to act as if he has legitimacy is simply to continue to legitimatize him and his party
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Thom Hartmann
How Guns Literally Go to Men's Heads
Guns can be thought of as a drug—an intoxicating, mind-altering, power-conferring drug that leads to aggression and, in the United States, to around 40,000 deaths a year
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"I was an artillery officer and we fired hundreds of rounds into Fallujah, killed probably hundreds of civilians… Probably killed women and children if there were any left in the city when we invaded. So do I get judged too?" (Photo: Duncan Hunter official congressional photo) Brett Wilkins
Duncan Hunter Admits His Marine Unit ‘Killed Probably Hundreds of Civilians’ in Iraq
Republican congressman counts 'women and children' among his probable victims as he brushes off war crimes during interview
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Skip any job that legitimates extreme wealth, like mega-philanthropies that put billionaires’ names on fancy buildings. (Photo: Market Watch via Getty Images) Chuck Collins
Business School Graduates—Don’t Work for Billionaires
For every dollar a billionaire gives to charity, U.S. taxpayers chip in 37 to 57 cents in lost tax revenue
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Dylan Dusseault
You Know Nothing John Delaney... About Medicare for All
Mr. Delaney either doesn’t know what an effective policy tool Medicare for All will be, or he’s unwilling to face the facts. Either way, not a great look for a Presidential hopeful.
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Monday, June 3, 2019
Drew Elizarde-Miller, Azadeh Shahshahani
Congress: Stop Funding Duterte
U.S. military aid to the Philippines doesn’t defend the country from invaders. It’s turned inward, against the poor, journalists, and human rights defenders
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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally in Philadelphia.  (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP Photo) Paul Waldman
Why 2020 Is Starting to Feel Like 2004
Sixteen years ago, leading Democrats shied away from doing the right thing. Today, they're perilously close to making the same mistake
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Polls show an overwhelming preference for fair, nonpartisan voting maps.(Photo: Common Cause NC/Twitter) Ruth Conniff
The SCOTUS Will Soon Decide if Republicans Can Cheat
Cases on gerrymandering and the new Census citizenship question will shape the political playing field
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Focusing on policies that incentivize corporate environmental stewardship will force us to work together and cross political, racial and religious lines. (Photo: 350.org/Flickr/cc) Michael Mann, Jonathan Brockopp
You Can't Save the Climate By Going Vegan. Corporate Polluters Must be Held Accountable.
Many individual actions to slow climate change are worth taking. But they distract from the systemic changes that are needed to avert this crisis
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John Atcheson
Neoliberalism Is Dead—But the Neoliberal Elite Didn’t Get the Memo
At a time when neoliberalism is all but dead, Democrats and the corporate media are pushing Joe Biden, a neoliberal with a track record of supporting corporations and financial interests above the people's interests
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The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense. (Photo: Master Sgt. Ken Hammond / U.S. Air Force / Wikimedia Commons) Michael Klare
The Pentagon’s Spoiling for Another War, But With China, Not Iran
The Navy’s war vs. Bolton’s war
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Now is the time for a serious, new arms control agreement. (Photo: Presidential Administration of Russia) Chris Hedges
Manufacturing War With Russia
We are in a new and more perilous point in a 50-year nuclear arms race
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Norman Solomon
Why Joe Biden Was Afraid to Face California’s Democratic Party
There was a very high level of mistrust regarding the former vice president at the state convention
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 A giant baby trump balloon flies over the Parliament Square during a demonstration against the visit to the UK by US President Donald Trump on July 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo: TF-Images/Getty Images) Anna Vickerstaff
We’re Flying the Trump Baby Blimp Again—Because the US President Doesn’t Deserve Our Respect
Our balloon is part of a proud history of political satire in the UK that sends a clear, orange, message to Trump and his politics of hate that they are not welcome here
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In this 13 July 2018 file photo a six-metre cartoon baby blimp of the US president Donald Trump is flown as a protest against his 2018 visit to London. (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Nick Dearden
This May Feel Like the 1930s, But History Doesn’t Have to Repeat Itself
The left needs to end its sectarianism. Broad alliances and radical policies are required urgently.
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Mike Lofgren
Enough. Wake Up, Sheeple!
Why people think reality is a conspiracy.
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Sunday, June 2, 2019
Milwaukee public school teachers, parents, students and supporters stage a picket line in Milwaukee on April 24, 2018. Jeff Bryant
Why Democratic Presidential Candidates May Have to Choose Between Teacher Pay Raises and Charter Schools
"The problem with charter schools isn't that they're competing with public schools; it's that they're supplanting public schools."
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GM Lordstown workers rally outside the GM Lordstown plant on March 6, 2019 in Lordstown, Ohio. Les Leopold
Will the Democrats Abandon Lordstown to Trump?
Lordstown is the poster child for modern financialized capitalism and runaway inequality
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Saturday, June 1, 2019
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the BRICS Conference, 2017. Eric Margolis
India's "Trump" Wins Big
Modi commands wide public support for his Muslim-bashing and anti-Pakistan invective
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Child labor is involved in mining for rare earths and minerals in Congo. Andrew Taylor, Harpreet Kaur Paul
A 'Green New Deal' Needs to Be Global, Not Local
Rather than focusing just on "green jobs" for British workers, a Green New Deal must recognize the U.K.'s climate debt and fossil-fuelled colonial past.
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President Donald Trump throwing paper towels to hurricane victims during a visit to the island in October 2018. Mark Weisbrot
Puerto Rico’s Botched Disaster Relief, Unsustainable Debt, and Economic Failure Linked to its Colonial Status
How can this scale of corruption, overseen by the US Congress, even happen?
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Today is Walt Whitman's 200th birthday. A friend observed it's better he's not seeing what's happened to his country. Bill C. Davis
Time Bombs: A Meditation on Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday
Trickle down theory applies here. America has a death penalty. America has the largest military in the world and in history. America will not stand being crossed. These moments of spasm and orgy are...
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John Cleese at the Byline Festival in England, 2017. Christian Christensen
Dear John Cleese: Why Was My White, Nordic Immigrant Family Never Accused of Making England Less English?
Not once were we told that we eroded national culture by bringing in our own, outside habits, languages and experiences
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Julian Assange after being arrested by U.K. authorities in May. Pierre Tristam
Trump Against the First Amendment
It's a potential calamity for the First Amendment and a free press
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The Trump administration's agenda will ultimately cause the most harm to children in foster care who are in need of a loving home. Leslie Cooper
Trump's Anti-LGBTQ Agenda Will Keep Foster Children From Having a Loving Home
While we don't yet know what form this rule will take, one thing is clear: It will be bad for the over 440,000 children in government care in need of loving families
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National security advisor John Bolton listens to President Donald Trump talk to reporters during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Feb. 12. Ben Armbruster
How Mainstream U.S. Media Is Failing Us On Trump and Bolton’s March To War With Iran
The media is failing us by quoting and promoting those pushing for regime change and/or war and presenting them as, at best, neutral "experts"
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A Black Lives Matter protest, November 2015. Maha Hilal
There's a Simple Explanation for Racial Disparities in Terrorism Prosecutions: Racism
Whether authorities classify an act as "terrorist" depends almost entirely on who carries it out, not what they did
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