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Monday, March 26, 2018
"The corporate elites, which have seized control of ruling institutions including the government and destroyed labor unions, are re-establishing the inhumane labor conditions that characterized the 19th and early 20th centuries." (Photo: Mr.Fish) Chris Hedges
'The Gig Economy' Is the New Term for Serfdom
The corporate architects of the new economy have no intention of halting the assault.
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John Bolton - Every Problem Looks Like a Nail. (DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) Richard Eskow
This Is What Makes John Bolton So Dangerous
The establishment has already shown its willingness to absorb Bolton, no matter how is extreme his ideas.
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Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Trump Should Withdraw Nomination of Gina Haspel
From what is already known of her leading role in CIA torture 16 years ago, she has disqualified herself.
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Sunday, March 25, 2018
Alyssa Wetherbee
Living in Terror
"At eleven years old, I was taught what to do if someone decided to shoot up my school."
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Pat LaMarche
Is That a White House Advisor in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Helping Him Fleece Me
It's time to evict the slumlords taking up residence in the Trump White House
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Will Bunch
Before They Marched, They Sat In: The 'Good Trouble' of the Pennridge 225
"What could have been mostly over 10 days ago, in 17 short minutes, has instead become a running civics lesson for the Pennridge kids—on the meaning of civil disobedience and how to best celebrate the First Amendment and the rights of free speech and free assembly."
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Lornet Turnbull
Two-Thirds of Americans Live in the 'Constitution-Free Zone'
Recent Greyhound bus raids have revealed an obscure law that gives Border Patrol authority 100 miles inside borders, across the entire perimeter of the country
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Shahed Ghoreishi
Trump’s New War Cabinet
Putting Mike Pompeo and John Bolton in major positions of power suggests that Trump and his gang of evil are preparing for the very conflicts that he promised to avoid
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Basav Sen
The State Department Drama Shows Just How Far Trump Will Go for Big Oil
In this White House, the most dangerous industry on earth has a stranglehold on U.S. foreign policy
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Saturday, March 24, 2018
Peter Bloom
The March for Change Represents the Chance to Build an Intersectional Progressive Movement
The impact of the March for Our Lives has the potential to be much more widespread than just changing U.S. gun policy—it represents perhaps the beginnings of a intersectional movement for broader social transformation
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Kristy Dahl
How Do Big Oil Companies Talk about Climate Science? Four Takeaways from a Day in Court
While scientists are clear on the effects of fossil fuel emissions on the growing climate crisis, Big Oil continues to downplay the connection and rely on outdated information to argue its case
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Reed Richardson
Journalism of, by and for the Elite
How the New York Times and Wall Street Journal mirror the one percent they cover
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Christopher Brauchli
The Secretary and the Lord
Mike Pompeo's confirmation as Secretary of State would bring a new level of religiosity to the State Department
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Mara Pellittieri
Teacher Strikes Are About More Than Salaries. And They’re Not Over.
"For the first time in a generation, schools are being closed with a series of wildcat strikes. Because of course they are. Teaching has always been difficult, but years of funding cuts are making it impossible."
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Jon Rainwater
John Bolton: A Drum Major for Regime Change Gains Inside Influence
"To describe John Bolton as a 'hawk' or 'hard-liner' is to praise him with faint damnation. Bolton is an ideologue of rare pedigree even for a George W. Bush vintage neoconservative."
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Friday, March 23, 2018
"Once again, the Palestinians—and especially the people of Gaza—are being held hostage to the regional and global aspirations of more powerful countries." (Photo: White House / Flickr) Phyllis Bennis
Trump’s Quiet Meeting with Saudi Arabia and Israel Portends a Dangerous Collision Course with Iran
An under-the radar gathering at the White House exposes troubling new drifts in U.S. foreign policy.
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"With that economic message, Lamb just won in a congressional district that Donald Trump won by nearly 20 points." (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Nancy Altman
Lesson From Special Election: Run on Social Security, Medicare and Lower Drug Prices
The roadmap to victory.
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"Communities of color have historically and still today face redlining, the literal or figurative practice of denying products and services to people based on race." (Photo: Helium Factory / Flickr) Danielle Beavers
Has “Diversity” Failed? What It Needs to Succeed
To take off and truly transform American institutions, diversity needs a more compelling narrative than we’ve managed to give it so far.
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Tulsi Gabbard
The Gun Control Debate: What Debate?
By focusing on the love and care that we have for one another, we can bring about real change.
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Honghe Hani Rice Terraces in Yunnan Province, China. (Photo: Jialiang Gao/peace-on-earth.org/ Wikimedia Commons) Jeremy Lent
Culture Shift: Redirecting Humanity’s Path to a Flourishing Future
It’s time to build a new worldview around a deeper sense of connectedness.
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 Then US President George W Bush (R) shakes hands with then US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton,on 4 December 2006, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC (AFP) CJ Werleman
Dangerous and Reckless: John Bolton, Trump's New National Security Adviser
John Bolton has demonstrated he is a dangerous and reckless neoconservative ideologue who believes diplomacy should be replaced with ultimatum.
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"When Trump withdraws from the agreement, he will remove his only “free” means to seek changes in Iranian behavior."(Photo: Screenshot) Esfandyar Batmanghelidj
The Iran Deal is Dead, Long Live the Iran Deal
What conventional analysis fails to recognize is that the Iran deal cannot be killed.
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"As outraged as many supporters of diplomacy have been at Trump’s appointments and policies, Bolton’s appointment reaches a new level." (Photo: File/AP) Mitchell Plitnick
John Bolton: The Essential Profile
"This appointment isn’t just unwise. It’s disastrous."
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"The campaigns that exist today are receiving too little on-the-ground assistance for such a widely-supported issue." (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Ralph Nader
Ten Million Americans Could Bring H.R. 676 into Reality Land—Relief for Anxiety, Dread and Fear
Medicare for all is what the Pentagon does. It is what President Harry Truman wanted from Congress back in the nineteen forties. It is time.
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Juan Cole
Let's Call Bolton What He Is: A War Criminal with Terrorist Ties, Not Just "Hawkish"
In a sane society, people like Bolton wouldn’t be allowed on television, much less put in charge of American security.
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Thursday, March 22, 2018
"Industrial agribusiness, led by multi-billion dollar corporations like Tyson, is destroying our most precious natural resource—water." (Photo: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources) Katherine Paul
From 'Sea to Shining Sea,' Industrial Ag Fouls America's Waterways
Given agriculture’s role in destroying our most precious natural resource, you’d think the U.S. Congress would do everything in its power to protect your water.
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 "The Kenyan government's rank corruption also compromises its ability to productively fight the scourge of poaching, and contributes to national instability and widespread poverty -- which in turn drives more poaching."(Photo: Gerry Zambonini/flickr/cc) Jill Filipovic
What the Death of a White Rhino Really Tells Us
The response to poaching has to be holistic and global — addressing, among other things, economic need and lack of opportunity.
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Russell Mokhiber
Study Finds Single Payer Viable in 2018 Elections
New report finds that of the 561 Democratic candidates running for the House of Representatives in 2018, 271 of them support Medicare for All or single payer
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"Society has only a few tools in its toolkit to solve public-health crises. Perhaps the most powerful of these tools is legislation." (Photo: David Becker/Getty Images) Ken Levy
The (Current) Gun-Control Debate Is Not Really About Gun Control
The Second Amendment got us into this mess. So we can hardly expect it to get us out of it.
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"The outrage over DeVos is warranted. Her inability to answer direct questions is confounding, and she insults public school educators, who she’s expected to help support and lead, at nearly every turn." (Photo: Reuters) Jeff Bryant
Betsy DeVos Wants To Cut Public Education to The Bone
It’s hard to imagine a worse secretary of education.
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"In this moment of growing Islamophobia, at a time when a president has a desire to simply ban foreign Muslims and cast American ones as the worst of the worst, it’s just one more step into my fears of the future." (Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP) Nate Terani
Donald Trump’s America: Already Hell Enough for This Muslim-American
Why I can't help but wonder, at least in my bleaker moments, whether there will be any coming back from the dark destination we seem headed toward
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Terry Christenson inside Kinder Morgan’s compound peacefully protesting the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline. (Photo: Risingtidenorthamerica.org) Andy Rowell
“I’m Taking This Action To Protect My Grandchildren’s Future”
As opposition against the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline grows daily, fifty people have been arrested thus far.
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Toys R Us’s management has told its employees that it will sell or close all of its U.S. stores.  (Photo: Mike Mozart/flickr/cc) Will Bunch
Vulture Hedge-Fund Capitalism Still Devouring U.S. Jobs. Will We Ever Do Something?
In a perfect world, our politicians in Washington would rein in the abuses of vulture capitalism.
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"This news is a reminder of the inevitable privacy risks that users face when their personal information is captured, analyzed, indefinitely stored, and shared by a constellation of data brokers, marketers, and social media companies."(Photo: Legal Loop) Gennie Gebhart
How To Change Your Facebook Settings To Opt Out of Platform API Sharing
Tech companies can and should do more to protect users, including giving users far more control over what data is collected and how that data is used.
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"When violence is normal and ongoing and, in the case of war, celebrated and glorified, it feeds on itself." (Joshua Roberts / Reuters) Robert C. Koehler
Normalizing Violence
Killings happen just like wars happen.
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John Feffer
Trump, Terrorism, and the Politics of Witch Hunts
It's ironic that the most powerful man on earth would protest that he's the subject of a "witch hunt," especially given his enthusiasm for bombing and torturing people.
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Elliot Harmon
How Congress Censored the Internet
In passing SESTA/FOSTA, lawmakers failed to separate their good intentions from bad law
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
"It continually places local organizations, and the women and girls who seek their services, in danger of torture or death."(Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images) Lisa Davis
Survivors Need Shelter, But Shelters Need Legal Protection In Iraq
Despite the unprecedented security crisis, it remains against public policy for Iraqi NGOs to provide shelter for those escaping gender-based violence.
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"Musk is essentially investing our billions in his own pet projects, everything from the Mars gambit to establishing a mass-market niche for high-tech flamethrowers." (Photo: Steve Jurvetson / Flickr) Sam Pizzigati
Billionaires Won’t Save the World — Just Look at Elon Musk
The "playboy genius" is essentially squandering taxpayer money on pet projects like Mars trips and flamethrowers.
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Stephanie Savell
We Have Spent $32 Million Per Hour on War Since 2001
15 years after the invasion of Iraq, what are the costs?
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"Easiest to see are the larger and most tangible of consequences – the horrifying prospects of global warming, climate chaos, habitat destruction, rising and acidifying seas, breakdown of civil order, war and…extinction." (Photo: Beth Scupham/flickr/cc) Elizabeth West
Love And Loss In The Anthropocene
As a species, we have been unable to meet the challenges posed by our own misguided attachment to growth.
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Chemical plant outside of Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo: Screenshot) Charles P. Pierce
Nothing to See Here, Just Freedom
Deregulation kills more people in this country than ISIS ever will.
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"A working class boy from Illinois sent halfway around the world to kill a young farmer. How did we get here? How did this crazy war economy come to be?" (Photo: Philip Lederer) Brock McIntosh
It’s Time to Transform the War Economy
The Poor People's Campaign offers an antidote to a poisoned and militarized culture that has perverted the national agenda.
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“We have thoroughly tested the neoliberal theory that whatever profits a global corporation serves the common good. The result is that it doesn’t.”  (Photo: Illustration by Stuart Kinlough/Getty Images) David Korten
Tariffs Aren’t a Terrible Idea—If They’re About Well-Being of People Not Corporations
Tariffs on imports could be part of reorienting the global economy. Now is a good time to talk about it.
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"If the deal goes through, Sinclair’s stations will reach nearly 70 percent of all households in the United States." (Photo: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images) Richard Eskow
There’s Fake News on Your Television, Too
Sinclair Broadcast Group is a hard-right corporation that imposes its views on the local television stations it owns.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Juan Ortiz Freuler
The Cambridge Analytica Scandal Is a Drop of Water Trickling Down the Visible Top of an Iceberg
Most coverage of Cambridge Analytica story is missing out on the big picture. The scale of the operation was only possible because Facebook has too much data about too many people.
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Gretchen Goldman
Scott Pruitt Will Restrict EPA's Use of Legitimate Science
The Administrator's “transparency” proposal is a fundamentally flawed Trojan Horse
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Moazzam Begg
Donald Trump's New CIA Chief Can't Hide Her Role in Torture Cover-Up
Trump's nominee for CIA director was a great supporter of getting rid of the evidence of torture, although it seems she has nothing to worry about now
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Claudia Lefko
For These Children of Iraq, Help Did Not Arrive
The unseen cost of three decades of war in Iraq
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Juan Cole
Cambridge Analytica as the Matrix: Information Dominance and the Next Level of Fake News
The sci-fi film appears to have inadvertently predicted the rise of the data mining firm
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Nick Meynen
It’s Not Just Drug Dealers That Need to Worry About Inspiration Trump Took From Duterte
The battle between autocratic leaders and the global movement for environmental justice heats up
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Andrew Bacevich
On Seeing America's Whole Wars: A Memo to the Publisher of the New York Times
Six questions for A.G. Sulzberger
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Sinan Antoon
15 Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country
I never thought that Iraq could ever be worse than it was during Saddam's reign, but the 2003 US invasion changed that
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Danny Sjursen
Unmitigated Failure: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 15 Years Later
After waging an ill-advised war of choice in Iraq, the U.S. military remains ensnared in Greater Mesopotamia
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Monday, March 19, 2018
Chris Hedges
Google, Facebook, Algorithms, and the Building of the Iron Wall
This totalitarianism is being formed incrementally. It begins by silencing the demonized. It ends by silencing everyone.
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Robert Dodge
Eliminate Nuclear Weapons by Divesting from Them
Just as in the recent outcry regarding the financing of the NRA, so to it must be for the companies that fund, develop and manufacture nuclear weapons
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John Atcheson
Some Democrats Drawing All the Wrong Lessons from Conor Lamb's Victory
Because you can't criticize a party for being a poodle to the plutocrats when your party is one too
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Medea Benjamin
Don’t Believe the Media Hype About Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
Positive reforms credited to MbS are minor in the larger picture of a kingdom that brooks no dissent internally and is committing war crimes abroad
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Nomi Prins
Jared Kushner, You're Fired!
A political obituary for the president’s son-in-law
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Paul Buchheit
A 2% Financial Wealth Tax Would Provide a $12,000 Annual Stipend to Every American Household
Careful analysis reveals a number of excellent arguments for the implementation of a Universal Basic Income
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Michael Winship
Trump’s Witch-Hunt
Remembering two politicians of conscience as the president dismantles democracy
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Richard Eskow
The Resistance Needs Better Heroes
A movement is defined by its heroes. The Resistance can find better heroes than the ones some of its members have chosen – and it should.
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Sunday, March 18, 2018
Christopher Brauchli
Stormy Weather
Current events have given rise to a number of inquiries from readers asking me to explain "confidentiality agreements."
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Ellen Brown
The War on the Post Office
The U.S. Postal Service, under attack from a manufactured crisis designed to force its privatization, needs a new source of funding to survive. Postal banking could fill that need.
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Belén Fernández
Iraq, 15 Years On: A Toxic US Legacy
Fifteen years ago this month, the United States spearheaded a fantastically bloody war on Iraq as part of its ongoing effort to ensure the Iraqi nation's perpetual misery.
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Jenni Monet
What Standing Rock Gave the World
Americans saw the Indigenous struggle—the violence, stolen resources, colluding corporations and governments—that goes hand in hand with protecting the Earth.
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Juan Cole
Trump, McCabe, and Our Permanent Constitutional Crisis
If Trump fired Mueller, that really would be obstruction, and could create a huge constitutional crisis of a sort not seen since the days of Reagan’s Iran-Contra or Nixon’s Watergate.
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Will Bunch
Abolishing ICE Is the Radical Idea America Needs to be Talking About
The conduct of ICE and its first cousin, the Border Patrol, has been arguably the darkest moral stain on the sometimes comical but too often diabolical Trump era.
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Robert Reich
The Menace of a Mad King
Trump has become the Mad King who says or does anything his gut tells him to, while everyone around him genuflects.
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Saturday, March 17, 2018
Don Wiener
Koch Compliance: Georgia-Pacific Plants Have Troubling Health and Safety Record Including Seven Deaths
Each story is heart wrenching because of the negligence, inadequate training, or failure to remedy an earlier noted problem
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Barbara Myers
Have We Learned Anything From My Lai?
While we harbor no doubts that My Lai was a crime, there has been no accountability for the atrocity, or a national reckoning for the wider holocaust that was Vietnam.
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Gregory Shupak
Liberals, Conservatives Worry About Korean Peace Threat
Recent commentary on North Korea shows that liberal analysts are every bit as capable of a chest-thumping jingoism as their counterparts on the right.
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Bobbi Dempsey
Martin Shkreli Is Going to Jail Because He Forgot There Are Consequences For Hurting the Rich
After four years of earning millions by controlling the supply of certain medications, he was convicted of defrauding hedge fund investors in a Ponzi scheme.
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Ryan Cooper
Can Democrats Think Strategically About Trump Country?
If Democrats are going to win in places like western Pennsylvania, they have to formulate an ideological and political stance that reverses the last generation of weak and elitist neoliberal Democratic Party policy.
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Friday, March 16, 2018
Robert Borosage
Opening a New Way for Democrats to Run and Win
If anything, the problem is that the progressive efforts are too weak, not too strong.
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Pat LaMarche
In America, You Have a Right to Carry a Gun But Not a Right to Healthcare
People need guaranteed access to affordable housing, food, education, healthcare and jobs. But none of that is protected under the U.S. Constitution.
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Marcy Wheeler
Democrats’ Surrender On Torture Is Nearly Complete
At key moments, Democrats missed their chance to move the country beyond torture
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John Kiriakou
I Went to Prison for Disclosing CIA Torture. Gina Haspel Helped Cover It Up.
Why it's vital that we do not reward the torturers
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Ted Morgan
50 Years Later, What Can We Learn From the My Lai Massacre?
A half-century after this horrific example of American brutality, it is time for the nation to confront this history
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Bill Bigelow
The Real Irish-American History Not Taught in Schools
Sadly, today's corporate textbook-producers are no more interested in feeding student curiosity about the poverty and inequality that drove the famine than were British landlords interested in feeding Irish peasants
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Thursday, March 15, 2018
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies
The Iraq Death Toll 15 Years After the US Invasion
Numbers are numbing, especially numbers that rise into the millions. But please remember that each person killed represents someone's loved one.
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Dean Baker
In Defense of Larry Kudlow (Sort of)
Of course he was wrong about a host of key economic events. However, let's not forget that so were most business-page economists
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Russell Mokhiber
Elizabeth Warren Unveils Legislation to Hold Wall Street Executives Criminally Accountable
Wall Street scams and risk-taking were a main driver of the 2008 crisis, but no senior executive from a Wall Street bank went to jail
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Stephen Kinzer
Trump Is Gutting the National Endowment for Democracy, and That’s a Good Thing
Though he's probably doing it for none of the right reasons, it may just be the best foreign policy decision he's ever made
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Negin Owliaei
Teachers Deserve a Raise. Here’s How to Fund It.
Huge tax cuts for energy corporations have left state school budgets broke.
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Michael Lighty
A Labor-Based Movement For Medicare for All
A defensive posture and incremental demands have not worked. Let’s play offense instead.
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William Astore
The Fog of America's Phony War
Blitzkrieg overseas, but Sitzkrieg in the homeland
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Robert C. Koehler
Breaking the ICE
How far will this go?
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Jeff Bryant
Betsy DeVos Has Visited One ‘Underperforming’ School – A DC Charter
When DeVos said to Stahl, “It all comes down to individual kids,” what she really means is that there is no place in her worldview for the communal enterprise we know as public education.
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Richard Silverstein
With Mike Pompeo, Trump Is Heading into Dangerous Waters
Pompeo's promotion means a more hawkish, muscular American foreign policy in which force is used more readily and confrontation with Iran is likely
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Pramila Jayapal
Democrats Are Missing An Enormous Opportunity To Lead On Sexual Harassment
We lose all moral authority to call out the abominable behavior of Moore and Trump if we refuse to call it out on our own side.
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Jim Lobe, Eli Clifton
Pompeo: Springtime for Irano/Islamophobes
When it comes to the Middle East, Islamophobes and Iranophobes must be elated over the nomination of Mike Pompeo
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Christopher Anders
What the Senate Needs to Know About Gina Haspel
With this nomination, Trump forces the CIA’s shameful past of torture yet again into the present
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Charles P. Pierce
Conor Lamb's Victory Matters, and Paul Ryan Should Be Scared
Republicans had the money. They had the gerrymandering. They still couldn't do it.
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Kaamil Ahmed
Gaza's Water Problems Continue to Compound
Locked between increasingly-polluted seascape and the borders of one of the most tightly-controlled enclaves in the world, Gaza City residents say the water has become so polluted they can no longer go swimming.
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Russell Mokhiber
Don Blankenship, Dead Miners, Humility, and the Limits of Free Speech in West Virginia
A call came in and there was a man who wanted to know if I had any questions for the former coal CEO and convict now running for U.S. Senate. Turns out I did have one.
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Will Bunch
This Shamefully Ignored School Shooting Is Why Kids Should Walk Out for 18 Minutes, Not 17
All one can say with 100 percent certainty is that America should be ashamed for not paying more attention to the loss of such a beautiful life.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Azadeh Shahshahani, Maha Hilal
If We Want to Support Refugees, We Need To End the Wars That Create Them
The sanctuary movement needs an anti-war voice.
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Eric Eikenberry, Kate Kizer
The Lesson the Trump Administration has Failed to Learn about Yemen
Three years of stalemate on the battlefield, mounting civilian casualties, and a blockade on humanitarian assistance for starving Yemeni civilians has finally brought this contradictory policy out into the open.
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John Buell
On False Alarms and Nuclear Realism
No mathematical model can tell us the likelihood of World War III, but we can say that a genuine realism would suggest negotiations to take weapons off hair-trigger alert.
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