Friday, April 7, 2017
Diane Ravitch
Maryland: General Assembly Overrides Governor’s Veto, Protecting Public Schools from DeVos Agenda
Yesterday the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill meant to protect public schools against the privatization agenda of Betsy DeVos. Maryland has a...
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Dave Johnson
Join The Resistance: Resistance Recess Starts This Weekend
After hearing from We the People, the Republican Congress didn’t take away our health care after all! Lesson learned: keep it up. So many people have been calling their representative and senators,...
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Nafeez Ahmed
Kissinger Is the Dark Side of Trump in Syria
“I really believe that we should have and still should take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.” Those were Hillary...
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Greg Grandin
Trump Hits His Target: Domestic Critics Who Think He’s Too Close to Putin and Not Interventionist
1. The bombing was for domestic consumption. According to The New York Times , “The Pentagon informed Russian military officials, through its established deconfliction channel, of the strike before...
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Kevin Gosztola
Democrats, Neoconservatives Unite In Support Of Strikes In Syria As Trump Launches Attack
Amidst growing calls for greater military action in Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack, the United States military launched more than fifty Tomahawk missiles at the al-Shayrat airfield...
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John Nichols
Trump Launched Missile Strikes on Syria Without Congressional Authorization
T he United States launched a major military strike against Syria on Thursday night. The attack was authorized by Donald Trump. It was not authorized by Congress, as required by the U.S. Constitution...
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Thursday, April 6, 2017
Ari Berman
The GOP Has Declared War on Democracy
M any in the media are portraying the Republicans’ move to invoke the nuclear option to confirm Neil Gorsuch as a mere squabble over Senate rules, the latest example of hyper-partisanship in...
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Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright
Use Latest Tragedy in Syria to End the War, Not Escalate It
Four years ago, massive citizen opposition and mobilization stopped a possible U.S. military attack on the Assad government of Syria that many predicted would have made the terrible conflict even...
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Mark Weisbrot
Public Pressure On White House Could Help Prevent Mass Starvation In Yemen
“Shame on us,” wrote Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times last month. “The Saudis have managed to block coverage of the crimes against humanity they are perpetrating in Yemen, and the US backs the...
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Arn Pearson
Dark Justice: Neil Gorsuch and His Secret Big-Money Backers
Judge Neil Gorsuch played a masterful game of hide-the-ball during his confirmation hearings, deftly dodging scores of questions from senators to reveal as little as possible about his judicial...
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Pedro Cabezas
In Defeat of Mining Giant, El Salvador Votes for Water over Gold
The people of El Salvador and their international allies against irresponsible mining are celebrating a historic victory. After a long battle against global mining companies that were determined to...
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Jeff Bryant
The Schools Betsy DeVos Wants Parents To Choose
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos finally found a public school she could visit where there wouldn’t be protests . It’s on a military base, safely inside the compound of Ft. Bragg in North...
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Aram Schvey
Pence is Ready to Unleash the Harmful Global Gag Rule on America
Ten years ago a member of Congress listened to hours of testimony about the harms and misery inflicted overseas by the Mexico City, commonly known as the global gag rule and offered up a puzzling...
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Rebecca Gordon
Resurrecting the Unholy Trinity: Torture, Rendition, and Indefinite Detention Under Trump
When George W. Bush and Dick Cheney launched their forever wars -- under the banner of a “Global War on Terror” -- they unleashed an unholy trinity of tactics. Torture, rendition, and indefinite...
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Lucky Tran, Jamie Henn
The Fights to Protect Science, People and Planet Are Inherently Connected
The election of Donald Trump has sparked an unprecedented outpouring of public mobilization across the United States and around the world. From the Women’s March to rallies against the Muslim Ban,...
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William Greider
The Senate Should Censure Trump
I f you are sick of President Trump’s crackpot tweets and libelous falsehoods, consider instead the small-d democratic possibilities inherent in his presidency. Yes, Trump’s cabinet appointees have...
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Richard Eskow
Filibuster Neil Gorsuch; Tradition Demands It
Senators love to talk about their history and customs. “The U.S. Senate relies heavily on tradition and precedent,” the Senate website says. “Many of its current rules, procedures, and traditions...
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Kathy Kelly
Angry, Desperate, Rejected
Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his boldest and perhaps most defining speech. It alienated liberal allies in the North and the Northern press, plus many in King's own civil rights...
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Robert C. Koehler
Caligula with Orange Hair
So maybe this is how the U.S. demilitarizes, or the American public at least returns to the consciousness of the late ’60s, when protests rocked the streets and people demanded an end to the savagery...
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Phyllis Bennis
Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don't, and the Dangers Ahead
Let's start with what we don't know. Experts remain uncertain what chemical(s) were involved in the horrific chemical attack, almost certainly from the air, on the village of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib...
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Michael Winship
The Rich Line Up at the White House ATM
Some of the latest hooey uttered by White House press secretary Sean Spicer — the man from whom a seemingly bottomless wellspring of hooey flows — was his pronouncement the other day that having so...
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Bill Moyers
Democrats Must Stand Firm Against Gorsuch and His Plutocratic Backers
In Neil Gorsuch, the corporate class have their perfect manservant for the Supreme Court. He looks the part: tall, handsome, greying (at 50), charming and erudite, every inch a gentleman. His...
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Donna Smith
Medicare for All: Give Me Healthcare or Give Me Death
Where are the screams about those death panels now? As Trump-Bannon-Ryan and friends craft their healthcare path forward with the leaders of the swamp team, no one is crying “foul” about the bold,...
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Pramila Jayapal
Why I Introduced the College for All Act
I came to this country as an immigrant from India to go to college. My parents used all their savings to send me here because they knew what we all know and what we all tell our kids: if you want a...
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Robert Parry
Mainstream Media as Arbiters of Truth
The mainstream U.S. media is never more unctuous and unprofessional as when it asserts that it alone must be the arbiter of what is true and what is not, regardless of what the evidence shows or...
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Jim Hightower
Activism Is The Only Hope Of Restoring America's Democratic Principles
The list of progressive innovations at the grassroots level goes on and on, dealing with one big, complex issue after another that small-minded, corporatist ideologues refuse to tackle (often under...
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William K. Black
People Reject Neoliberalism's Return, But Challenges Remain in Ecuador
Ecuador has just staged another successful democratic election—as even the Wall Street Journal now reports, based on international election observers from the Organization of American States (OAS)...
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Bernard Weisberger
Resurrecting Another ‘Big Lie’: The Myth of Social Security as ‘Ponzi Scheme’
In these pestilent, perilous times, when the very idea of distinction between truth and falsehood is under siege, it’s more critical than ever to keep a sharp lookout for destructive false analogies...
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Greg Sargent
Why Is Trump Flailing? Because Americans Hate His Agenda, and It’s Based on Lies.
Everyone in Washington is trying to figure out why President Trump’s agenda has stalled on multiple fronts and why his approval numbers are swirling down the toilet. CNN’s Chris Cillizza suggests...
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Elise Gould, Celine McNicholas
Unions Help Narrow the Gender Wage Gap
Tuesday, April 4th is Equal Pay Day— the day that marks when a typical woman’s earnings catch up to what a man earned in the previous year. The gender wage gap is a measure of pay disparity between...
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Peter Dreier
Fifty Years After King’s Famous Anti-War Speech, America Is Again Debating Guns Versus Butter
Today is the 50th anniversary of one of Rev. Martin Luther King’s most important speeches — an address at the prestigious Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967 in which he publicly...
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Tom Engelhardt
Demobilizing America: A Nation Made by War and a Citizenry Unmade By It
On successive days recently, I saw two museum shows that caught something of a lost American world and seemed eerily relevant in the Age of Trump. The first, “ Hippie Modernism ,” an exploration of...
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Kate Bahn
The Value of Equal Pay to the US Economy
This year, Equal Pay Day falls on April 4. This means that the average woman had to work from the start of 2016 through April 4, 2017 to earn as much as an average man did in 2016 alone. Put another...
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Alfred W. McCoy
The Bloodstained Rise of Global Populism
In 2016, something extraordinary happened in the politics of diverse countries around the world. With surprising speed and simultaneity, a new generation of populist leaders emerged from the margins...
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Ajamu Baraka
50 Years Later, We Must Again Confront and Reject U.S. Warmongering
50 years ago, on April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King reconnected with the radical black tradition by adding his voice of opposition to the murderous U.S. war machine unleashed on the people of...
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Kate Tummarello
Trump Signs Bill to Roll Back Privacy Rules into Law
A measure to roll back crucial privacy protections has crossed the finish line , and Internet users are worse off for it. Despite massive backlash from the American people, Congress passed and...
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Tom Valovic
Negotiating with Crazy: The Fine Art of Disconnection
As a former magazine editor, I'm a news and politics junkie. That means I scoop up anything and everything I can on the state of the world, and especially US politics given our unusual predicament as...
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Kevin Martin, Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry
Fifty Years On: MLK’s Giant Triplets Still Plague Us, Including Militarism
On Tuesday, April 4, 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. It doesn't seem that long. Dr. King, along with many others, had always tried to combine local and national issues in a...
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Monday, April 3, 2017
Matt Taibbi
Putin Derangement Syndrome Arrives
So Michael Flynn, who was Donald Trump's national security adviser before he got busted talking out of school to Russia's ambassador, has reportedly offered to testify in exchange for immunity. Trump...
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Bill Bigelow
Arkansas' Howard Zinn Witch-Hunt Fizzles
Last week nearly 700 Arkansas teachers and school librarians received copies of books by Howard Zinn—thanks to a right-wing state representative. Well, not exactly. But here’s the story. Recently,...
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Robert Naiman
Pocan, Amash Invoke War Powers as Trump Mulls Pushing Yemen Into Famine
The White House is scheduled to consider this week a proposal from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to directly engage the U.S. military in Saudi Arabia’s war against the Houthis in Yemen, including a...
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Justin Shilad
As Egypt-U.S. Relationship Moves Forward, Jailed Egyptian Journalists Left Behind
Among the things Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and U.S. President Donald Trump are scheduled to discuss during their April 3 meeting in Washington is Egypt's fight against terrorism. Egypt'...
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
US Military Should Get Out of the Middle East
It’s time to end US military engagements in the Middle East. Drones, special operations, CIA arms supplies, military advisers, aerial bombings — the whole nine yards. Over and done with. That might...
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Richard Painter, Norman Eisen
Ethics Laws Will Sideline Jared and Ivanka
We now have information on the assets and income of two of President Trump’s closest relatives and most intimate advisers, thanks to Friday night’s White House dump of financial disclosure forms. But...
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Chris Hedges
A Nation of the Walking Dead
Opioids and experiences that simulate the deadening effects of narcotics are mechanisms to keep us submissive and depoliticized. Desperate citizens in Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel “Brave New World”...
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Paul Buchheit
Most Americans Are Getting Poorer. How "Healthcare for the Rich" Is Killing Many of Them
In his report , "This is how American health care kills people," Ryan Cooper tells the heartbreaking story of 29-year-old Matthew Stewart, who required emergency surgery for hepatitis-induced liver...
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Sunday, April 2, 2017
John Light
The Deep State, Explained
As the daily drip of information about possible links between Trump’s campaign and Russia trickles on, Democrats, commentators and at least some officials in the US intelligence community, it seems,...
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Linda McQuaig
Fighting Fake News About Canadian Health Care
I recall my frustration years ago watching U.S. television while an “analyst” from the right-wing Cato Institute spewed blatant lies about Canada’s public health care system — including that all...
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William K. Black
Ecuador’s Tax Evading Oligarchs Try to Reconquer the Nation
The democratic elections of President Rafael Correa in Ecuador have enraged the oligarchs, particularly the wealthiest bankers who ruled and predated on the nation for so many decades. That predation...
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Camillo Mac Bica
Inappropriate Art: "Open Casket" and "Portraits of Courage"
As a Professor of philosophy at an art college, I have spent many enjoyable class hours discussing with very talented and enthusiastic art students the nature (definition?) of art and the...
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Mel Gurtov
The Great Distracter
Three of Donald Trump’s latest ploys to distract attention from Russiagate have failed. First was Rep. Devin Nunes’ late night visit to the White House under escort by two staff members to view...
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Saturday, April 1, 2017
Steven Barela
Obama’s Bulwark against Torture: Will It Stop Trump?
Just after President Trump’s Inauguration, a draft of an executive order was leaked which indicated his intent to seek a formal review on whether to resume ill-treatment. Of course, we know that...
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Paul Pillar
Excusing Bahrain’s Human Rights Abuses
The Trump administration has decided to remove any conditions regarding human rights from sales of F-16 fighter aircraft and other arms to Bahrain. The rationale for doing so is the idea that hard...
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Keith Kozloff
President Trump’s Climate Action Sells the Future Short
On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order that decimates his predecessor’s policies on climate change. One casualty is the social cost of carbon (SCC), a measure that’s been called “ the...
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Mark Weisbrot
Medicaid Saved Obamacare, and Single-Payer Universal Health Insurance May Be Back on the Agenda Sooner Than You Think
A lot of the reporting on the GOP's attempted repeal of ObamaCare has focused on the Freedom Caucus, a group of libertarian-minded representatives for whom the administration's bill did not go far...
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Hannah Ranalli
Trump’s Foreign Aid Proposal Leaves the U.S. on a Sinking Island
When beginning the discussion regarding foreign aid policies in the United States, one must first establish a few basic facts. While most Americans estimate that foreign aid takes roughly 15-20% of...
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Friday, March 31, 2017
Michael Winship
Trump Builds a Watergate All His Own
It’s déjà vu all over again. As the Trump Russia story continues to stutter forward, comparisons to Watergate are everywhere — and justifiably so. The revelations and denials, the slow unraveling of...
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Bob Burnett
Inside Devin Nunes
One of the bizarre consequences of the Congressional investigation into the connections between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia is the media attention given to a banal Republican...
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Laurie Mazur
Trump is Wrong about Climate Change, and Jobs Too
Donald Trump rode to the White House promising to bring back jobs for working-class Americans. But dismantling federal efforts to address climate change will make it harder to deliver on that promise...
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Rachel West, Jeremy Slevin
The Labor Secretary Nominee Promised to Defer to Trump. That’s a Problem for Workers.
Last week’s political news was dominated by the stunning failure of congressional Republicans’ health care bill. The resulting chaos will ultimately preserve health insurance for 24 million Americans...
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Ann Wright
Trump Succumbs to Bush/Obama Perpetual War
Fourteen years ago on March 19, 2003, I resigned from the U.S. government in opposition to President George W. Bush’s decision to invade and occupy Iraq, an oil-rich Arab/Muslim country that had...
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Andrea Thompson
‘Critical’ NASA Climate Missions Targeted in Budget Cuts
In his most recent weekly address , President Trump praised NASA’s “mission of exploration and discovery” and its ability to allow mankind to “look to the heavens with wonder and curiosity.” But left...
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Dana Floberg
GOP Lawmakers' Many Privacy Hypocrisies
Internet users took a hard loss this week in the fight for broadband privacy and internet freedom — but if you listen to the Republican lawmakers who trashed our privacy rights, you’d think they’d...
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Peter Eckersley, Ernesto Falcon
Dear Mr. President: Reject the D.C. Swamp and Veto the Broadband Privacy Repeal
President Trump will soon be asked to sign into law a bill that gives tremendous power to some of the most hated companies in America , the cable and telephone industry. If he cares about protecting...
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Robert Reich
Trump’s Fog Machine
Trump’s technique for dealing with bad news is to create enough confusion and partisanship to envelope it in dense fog. Consider the most explosive news to come along in recent history – that the FBI...
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Charles Bayer
Human Kindness: America’s Positive People
Last week I described how I have often encountered America’s positive people — those I know, as well as complete strangers who have gone out of their way to be gracious and helpful . This week I want...
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Ben Norton
Media Spin Headlines to Downplay US Responsibility for Mosul Massacre
If you read the headlines of major corporate media outlets, you’d think hundreds of Iraqi civilians coincidentally died in the same location that just so happened to be hit by a US airstrike. A March...
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Rajan Menon
Making America Insecure Again
Donald Trump’s supporters believe that his election will end business as usual in Washington. The self-glorifying Trump agrees and indeed his has, so far, been the most unorthodox presidency of our...
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Christopher D. Cook
Trump’s Labor Nominee, Alexander Acosta, Is More Dangerous than You Think
Overshadowed by the high-octane wars over the Affordable Care Act and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the confirmation of Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta is cruising toward a March 30...
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Chase Strangio
Don’t Be Fooled by North Carolina, There Is No Repeal of The Anti-Trans HB2, Only More Discrimination.
What do they say about déjà vu all over again? That is what seems to be happening in North Carolina where lawmakers are again rushing through a poorly thought-out, dangerous backroom deal under the...
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Dana Drugmand
Green Jobs and Intergenerational Justice: Trump’s Climate Order Undermines Both
With the stroke of a pen, President Trump has written off both the biggest economic development opportunity of the twenty-first century, and the security of today’s young people, future generations...
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Robert C. Koehler
How Many Civilians Can We Kill?
"The wooden carts that residents use to carry vegetables and other wares in the once busy market area instead ferried out cadavers recovered from the rubble last week." And so . . . another "...
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Steven Singer
Newsflash! Betsy DeVos Opens Mouth. Nonsense Falls Out
Betsy DeVos opened her mouth-hole this week and a load of crap fell out. And somehow that’s news! Our federal Education Secretary said Wednesday , "I'm not sure how [U.S. public schools] could get a...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
In Trump’s America, Your Privacy Is for Sale
Unless you’re reading this column in a good old newspaper, odds are your internet service provider (ISP) knows what you’re up to. ISPs are the on-ramp to the internet; it is through these gatekeepers...
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Tom Engelhardt
Running Over Future Generations
Terror attacks like the recent one in London send a shudder through Americans. Since 9/11, they have been the definition of what TomDispatch regular Rajan Menon calls “ national (in)security .” They'...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Peter Frumhoff
The House Science Committee’s Shameful Climate Sideshow
There are a lot of ways one can imagine, in principle, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology holding a constructive, timely hearing on the state of climate science and its...
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Emily Verdugo
Trump’s Big Boost to Law Enforcement Won’t Make Us Safer — It Will Make Corporations Richer
Back in August, the Obama administration issued a memo that many hoped signaled an end to the government’s use of for-profit prison corporations. That memo, issued by then-Deputy Attorney General...
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Helena Norberg-Hodge
Trump Trauma
While we mourn the tragedy that fear, prejudice and ignorance "trumped" in this election, now is the time to go deeper and broader with our work. There is a growing recognition that the scary...
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Martha Burk
A New Way to Close the Gender Pay Gap
Once again, Equal Pay Day is approaching. Never heard of it? If you’re a working woman or someone who cares about the working women in your life, you need to study up. Equal Pay Day is the day in any...
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Glenn Greenwald
To Serve AT&T and Comcast, Congressional GOP Votes to Destroy Online Privacy
Clarifying events in politics are often healthy even when they produce awful outcomes. Such is the case with yesterday’s vote by House Republicans to free internet service providers (ISPs) –...
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Ernesto Falcon
Repealing Broadband Privacy Rules, Congress Sides with the Cable and Telephone Industry
Putting the interests of Internet providers over Internet users, Congress on Tuesday voted to erase landmark broadband privacy protections. If the bill is signed into law, companies like Cox, Comcast...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Russia Is Not the Reason to Block Gorsuch
Even by the lofty standards of the Trump era, the past week in Washington has been chaotic. Just a few days after FBI Director James B. Comey stepped back into the political spotlight by publicly...
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Kumar Venkat
Reframing the Here and Now: How to Fight Back on the Climate Front
Climate change programs are up for elimination with the proposed 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget and the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan . While environmentalists...
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Ralph Nader
Crash of Trumpcare Opens Door to Full Medicare for All
You can thank House Speaker Ryan and President Trump for pushing their cruel health insurance boondoggle. This debacle has created a big opening to put Single Payer or full Medicare for all...
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Andrew Friedman
A Blueprint For Providing Sanctuary
Since Trump took office, we’ve seen unprecedented levels of fear in immigrant communities across the country. Reports of indiscriminate raids have incited panic among families, many of whom have...
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Jeff Bryant
The Big Lie Behind Trump’s Education Budget
Public school supporters are angry at President Trump’s budget proposal, which plans to cut funding to the Department of Education by 13 percent – taking that department’s outlay down to the level it...
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Wenonah Hauter
Maryland Ban Shows Fracking is Not a Partisan Issue
A quick overview of the Trump administration’s pro-fossil fuel agenda and its roster of climate-denying oil and gas cronies in cabinet seats could lead anyone to believe that matters of energy policy...
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Max Yoeli
President Trump and His Businesses: Not So Separate After All
President Donald J. Trump plans to retain ownership of his business empire and deal with the resulting conflicts of interest by placing all of his assets in a revocable trust controlled by his sons...
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Robert Reich
Trump’s Business of Government
The White House has announced that Trump will name his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to run a new Office of American Innovation – described as a SWAT team of strategic consultants staffed by former...
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Kendra Tappin
We Already Have the Path Through Trump’s America
Late last month, the White House invited leaders from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate in a listening session and to meet with President Trump, Vice President...
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Domenic Powell
Local Leaders Should Know the Constitutional and Public Safety Risks of Joining Trump's Deportation Force
You may have heard how Trump is trying to bully local police departments into becoming part of his deportation force. ACLU affiliates across the country are fighting back. Right now, we’re sending...
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Adam Johnson
NYT Says Congress Has 'Duty' to Make War–Rather Than the Right to Reject It
As reports come in detailing the degree to which Donald Trump has escalated the “War on ISIS”—and killed hundreds more civilians in the process —this would seem like a good time for the country to...
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Lois Marie Gibbs
America Can't Afford Another Gorsuch in Government
Anne Gorsuch, the mother of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, was my worst nightmare. In 1982, when I first confronted her about toxic contamination in Times Beach, Missouri, she led the...
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John Dower
An American Century of Carnage
[ This essay is adapted from “Measuring Violence,” the first chapter of John Dower’s new book, The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War Two . ] On February 17, 1941, almost 10...
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Shaun King
Democrats Should Oppose Trump and Republican Party—But Also Present Better Ideas
I've never voted for a Republican a single day in my life, but as an American, I found what the Republican Party pulled last week to be deeply embarrassing. For the past eight years the Republicans...
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Andrew Moss
Why ICE Raids Imperil Us All
A restaurant worker and father of four daughters in Southern California is arrested while dropping his youngest daughter off at school. A young woman in Mississippi is taken into custody after...
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Michael Winship
A Couple of Things About Jimmy Breslin
Last Wednesday, I sat down to write a piece about the late Jimmy Breslin , the newspaper columnist whose blunt yet eloquent and crafted prose captured New York and its environs as no one has since...
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Monday, March 27, 2017
Jay Walljasper
A More Equitable Economy Exists Right Next Door
Business owners gather at an elegant Montreal event center to celebrate the 20 th anniversary of a large-scale economic partnership. The former chief of Quebec’s largest bank is the guest of honor...
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Peter Eckersley, Jeremy Gillula
Five Ways Cybersecurity Will Suffer If Congress Repeals the FCC Privacy Rules
Back in October of 2016, the Federal Communications Commission passed some pretty awesome rules that would bar your Internet provider from invading your privacy. The rules would keep Internet...
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John Nichols
Neil Gorsuch’s Own Testimony Clearly Disqualifies Him
J udge Neil Gorsuch knows full well that he is attempting to take a place on the Supreme Court that should have gone to another jurist, Judge Merrick Garland. Shortly after Donald Trump nominated him...
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