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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Rebecca Gordon
Don't Rehabilitate George W. Bush: Why the Enemy of Our Enemy Is Still a War Criminal
Isn’t it a little early to begin rehabilitating the man responsible for indefinite detention at Guantánamo, a torture program, and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and tens of thousands of Afghans—not to mention the trillions of U.S. dollars shoved down the memory hole in pursuit of...
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Richard Smith
Climate Crisis and Managed Deindustrialization: Debating Alternatives to Ecological Collapse
If we don’t change the conversation, if we don’t deal with the systemic problems of capitalism and come up with a viable alternative, our goose is cooked.
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Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
The Big Threat Now Is Citizens’ Lost Hope for Real Democracy
We must challenge faulty assumptions about democracy as if our life depended on it—because it does.
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Jesselyn McCurdy
The Justice Department Continues to Roll Back Civil Rights Protections
A memo put out by AG Sessions is nothing less than an agenda to wipe out progress made in recent years in protecting the rights of people of color, those with disabilities, and women who are survivors of domestic violence among others.
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Phil Rockstroh
A Partisanship Of The Heart: Interior Measures Towards A Re-Visioning Of Capitalism’s Imperium Of Death
We human beings, as a species, have arrived at a profound point of demarcation: paradigm shift or perish.
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Monday, November 20, 2017
Adam Johnson
Ignoring Washington’s Role in Yemen Carnage, 60 Minutes Paints US as Savior
How the US contributes to the death and disease in the Arabian peninsula is of urgent political import.
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Derek Denman, Maria Adelmann
In Defense of Millennial Politics
We are practicing freedom in new and profound ways.
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Harry Blain
The U.S. Is Stockpiling Nuclear Arms, and the Cost Is Astonishing
We're spending $1.2 trillion on weapons that invariably make the world a more dangerous place.
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Jill Richardson
Washington’s War on Poor Grad Students
Imagine having to pay thousands of dollars of taxes on virtually no income.
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The game of hot potato sheds some light on the debate over Republican tax cutting plans, particularly when it comes to companies. (Photo: Richard North/flickr/cc) Steven Pressman
‘Hot Potato’ Shows Why Workers Won’t Benefit From Trump’s Corporate Tax Cut
Who will be left holding the potato?
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The Atlantic Coast Pipeline's planned route through Eastern North Carolina would disproportionately impact African-American, Native American and low-income communities. (Map from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality's website.) Sue Sturgis
Institute Index: The Mounting Injustice of the Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline
The pipeline would carry fracked natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina and possibly farther into South Carolina
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Anti-nuke demonstrators in Berlin on November 18, 2017.(Photo: ICAN Germany/flickr/cc) Michael Eisenscher
Donald Trump, Congress, and War With North Korea
We have to stop the game of nuclear chicken Donald Trump seems to want to play with Kim Jong Un.
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Paul Buchheit
Inequality Out of Control: The Average 1% Household Made Over $2.5 Million in the Past Year
"Inequality, like a malignant tumor, is growing out of control, and the only response from Congress is to make it even worse."
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B53 nuclear bomb Michael Klare
The Trump Doctrine: Making Nuclear Weapons Usable Again
That President Trump would be all-in on making the American nuclear arsenal more usable should come as no surprise, given his obvious infatuation with displays of overwhelming military strength
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Sunday, November 19, 2017
Leonard Pitts Jr.
Trump’s ‘Look Over There!’ Tactics Are Pathetic. Does He Think We’re Fools?
When the behavior of 71-year-old man, who also happens to be president, can be indistinguishable in temperament from a 7-year-old boy
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Richard Heinberg
Saudis and Trump: Gambling Bigly
A remarkable string of incidents, all taking place within a mere two weeks, has left commentators speculating as to what might come next.
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Robert Reich
The Backlash Against the Bullies
Sexual assault is one obvious assertion of dominance. Other forms include economic bullying and the stoking of bigotry to gain political power.
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"They're injecting Fox-worthy content into the mouths of your local news anchors," declared John Oliver in a segment that went viral earlier this year. (Screengrab: "Last Week Tonight") Sue Wilson
Fake News Is Only the Beginning. The FCC Votes to Let Monopolies Decide What Local News You See
Ten years from now, people could look at their local news reporting and wonder how it ever went so wrong. You’ve heard of fake news? You ain’t seen nothing yet.
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Juan Cole
The Saudi-US War on Yemen Is Killing 130 Children a Day and Other Bleak Statistics
This year, at least 50,000 children are expected to die as indirect casualties of the war
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Saturday, November 18, 2017
Judith Schwartz
The Design Flaw at the Core of Humanity's Malaise
Recognizing the design flaws in our default programming is the first step to envisioning the world we know is possible.
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John Atcheson
When Will Democrats Stop Being Losers?
The moment is ripe for enacting a bold and progressive agenda, but the party still seems unwilling to make the urgent leap
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Emily Mills
Celebrity Sexual Abuse Scandals Highlight Everyday Sexism
I’m glad as hell that so many prominent abusers are now being outed, and I hope that leads to more and more ordinary people empowered to tell their stories, painful as they are.
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Eric Margolis
No One Man Should Be Able to Trigger Nuclear War
Nuclear war is absolutely unthinkable. Totally crazy. Yet serious discussion is underway in military and neocon war circles about a nuclear war against North Korea and, even crazier, against Iran and Russia. Welcome home, Dr Strangelove.
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Migrants seeking asylum in the United States await near the US-Mexico border at El Chaparral crossing in Tijuana, Mexico on May 7, 2017. (Photo by Guillermo Arias /AFP/Getty Images) Victoria Sanford
We Supported Their Dictators, Led the Failed ‘War on Drugs’ and Now Deny Them Refuge
As the Trump administration slashes refugee levels, an expert on Central America writes that US foreign policy decisions across the region are at the roots of the current refugee crisis.
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Friday, November 17, 2017
Deborah James
Corporate Power, E-Commerce, and the World Trade Organization
Ahead of upcoming summit, the world's most powerful tech companies are angling to maintain their dominance
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Neal Gabler
Tax ‘Reform’: Have Americans Finally Wised Up?
Congressional Republicans have delegitimized taxes in order to delegitimize government.
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Richard Eskow
Trump’s HHS Pick Alex Azar Is the Worst Pharma Bro of All
When it comes to pharmaceutical predation, the mild-mannered Azar puts blowhard "pharma bros" like Martin Shkreli to shame
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Katherine Paul
Popular Thanksgiving Turkey Brand Comes with a Side of Antibiotics?
According to testing conducted under the USDA protocols, samples of Diestel Turkey products tested positive for numerous drug and antibiotic residues
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Trita Parsi
Saudi Arabia Wants to Fight Iran to the Last American
Riyadh’s aim is to drag the United States back into the Middle East, tilting the balance back to Israel and Saudi Arabia.
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Stakes Are Higher Than Ever at UN Climate Meeting
Because 'life itself and the future of humanity is at stake.'
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
President Trump is trying to recreate the bench in his own image: white, male and conservative. Gail Ablow
Stacking the Bench
There is more to the story of Trump's latest unqualified judicial nominee.
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Jacob Leibenluft, Chye-Ching Huang
Senate Tax Bill Revisions Make Its Fundamental Tradeoffs — Big Tax Cuts for the Top, Little Gain for Low- and Moderate-Income Families — Even Harsher
Proposals contained in the Senate version of reform amount to a trade-off that provides corporate tax cuts that overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy, at the cost of health coverage for 13 million people and premium increases for millions more
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If the Justices side with Trump and big corporations, women across America will be forced to go it alone when they are victimized and harassed. Celine McNicholas
Supreme Court Will Decide If Women Can Join Together To Fight Sexual Harassment At Work
24.7 million American workers have been forced to sign contracts that, as a condition of employment, require them to waive their rights to joining a class action lawsuit to address sexual harassment and other workplace disputes.
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Journalism, which expends a great deal of energy examining and carping about all forms of popular culture, rarely criticizes jock culture in any fundamental way. Robert Lipsyte
Groping for Manhood
It’s time for the bystanders to challenge the bullies.
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At one time, outright denial of a sexual abuse allegation wasn’t even necessary because, even if it were true, so what? That was then. The idea of “a man’s world” was solid and, well, boys will be boys. Robert C. Koehler
Trapped in a ‘Man’s World’
Let’s break the glass ceiling and free everyone.
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Trump’s performance in Beijing went beyond even the man-crush he seems to develop with any autocrat who exercises the free rein of power that the president so desperately craves. John Feffer
Trump’s New Blame Game
Fresh off an Asia trip where he showed surprising deference to dictators, Trump looks ready to start a renewed assault on critics at home.
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Timothy Karr
Trump's Secret Weapon Against a Free Press
FCC Chair Ajit Pai is doing his best to undermine net neutrality and the fight against media consolidation.
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Michael Winship
Revenge Is a Rotten Way to Run a Country
Yielding to one of the basest of human impulses, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are subverting Western society and democracy.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
"For centuries patriarchal mayhem has exploited women  in the workplace or the home. Raw power – physical, economic and cultural, regularly, overpower the legal safeguards against wrongful injury, rape and torture, both in the household and at work." Ralph Nader
The Rule of Power Over the Rule of Law
Sexual assaults need stronger sanctions.
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Medical evidence suggests that differences in lifespans across countries are better explained by social conditions than diet. Researchers have found that among economically developed countries, income inequality is a major predictor of longevity. Keith Payne
Forget the Nordic Diet. Try their Tax Plan.
Societies that allow extreme inequality to shred the social fabric pay the price in illness, unhappiness, and mortality.
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If the GOP tax plan goes through, AT&T stands to save at least $46 billion over the next decade. S. Derek Turner
Don't Fall for AT&T's Billion-Dollar Swindle
Have I got a deal for you.
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Murphy may prove to be an excellent governor, who moves New Jersey toward significantly greater equality. Or he may come be seen as a blundering know-it-all, whose incompetence discredits the progressive positions he now champions. Sam Pizzigati
Phil Murphy’s Victory and the Goldmanization of Government
Trump’s Goldman Sachs crew is killing regulations that protect working people.
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Old Window Workshop production manager Nannette Bowie and director Pam Howland pose in with Leishla Lugo and Shaniqua Dobbins at a worksite in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dobbins and Lugo are in their first year of training with the women-owned cooperative Penn Loh
Capitalism Is Not the Only Choice
We have opportunities every day to build economies that lift each other up and spread joy.
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It’s a great deal for the wealthiest Americans and large corporations, and a lousy one for the middle and working class. Jeremy Slevin
Are You In One Of The 36 Million Families Whose Taxes Will Go Up Under the House Bill?
It will also hit hard for student loan recipients and people with high medical expenses.
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The most significant sources of phosmet exposure in children’s diets are peaches, peas, apples, blueberries, milk and contaminated drinking water. Sonya Lunder
Pruitt’s EPA Abandoning Duty to Protect Kids From Dangerous Pesticides
These pesticides persist as residues on some of the most popular foods in kids’ diets. Yet both will likely be used on agricultural crops until at least 2022.
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Just as you would not expect a recent medical school graduate to perform a complex and risky surgery, you would not assign a junior lawyer without capital experience a leading role in a capital case. Cassandra Stubbs
At Guantánamo, a Death Penalty Case Without a Death Penalty Lawyer
The latest in a long string of outrages in the Guantánamo military tribunals.
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The right to a fair trial, due process, and equal protection under the law are not luxuries for the privileged few. Rita Sklar
An Arkansas Town Agrees to Criminal Justice Reform to Ensure That the Poor Are Not Jailed
One defendant was arrested at least seven times, spent 25 days in jail, and was assessed $2,700 in court costs for bouncing a single $29 check.
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The most recent indictment collectively charged over 200 people with felony rioting, felony incitement to riot, conspiracy to riot, and five property-damage crimes — all from broken windows. Each defendant is facing over 60 years in prison. Yael Bromberg , Eirik Cheverud
Punishing Dissent in the Age of Trump: What’s in a Riot?
Defendants are facing over 60 years in prison.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Edward S. Herman Jeff Cohen
Edward S. Herman: Master of Dissent (1925–2017)
Ed was the main author of Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media , written with Noam Chomsky.
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Alex Azar, the former U.S. president of drug giant Eli Lilly and Co. This would put the pharma industry in charge of regulating its own exorbitant prices and it seems likely that his private interests would swamp aspirations towards public service. Justin Mendoza
With Trump's HHS Pick Big Pharma Takes Over Our Health System
A typical case of the revolving door of Washington, D.C.
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The U.S. also topped sales of weaponry to developing nations.  In these years, Washington has, in fact, peddled the products of those arms makers to at least 100 countries, a staggering figure if you stop a moment to think about the violence on this planet. Tom Engelhardt
Mental Health and Nuclear Weapons
How the US arms the world with weapons and impels violence.
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nuclear weapons William Hartung
How to Wield Influence and Sell Weaponry in Washington
Unless the nuclear spending spree long in the making is stopped thanks to public opposition, the rise of an antinuclear movement, or Congressional action, we're in trouble
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Eugene Robinson
The Clown Goes Abroad
This is what happens when a very big nation is led by a very small man
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Dennis Parker
The Trump White House's Actions Recall the Most Divisive Eras of the American Past
"Trump's attempt to turn back the clock on the most vulnerable communities has to be fought in the courts, in the statehouses, and on the streets."
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Monday, November 13, 2017
Robert Reich
Patriotism, Taxes, and Trump
Because patriotism isn't mostly about saluting the flag and standing during the national anthem.
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Lindsay Koshgarian
What Else Could a Tax Cut for the Richest 1% Buy?
A new report from the National Priorities Project shows what's at stake if America's richest get a tax cut
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"Afghanistan is not just the longest war in American history but possibly the longest opium war in anyone’s history." Tom Engelhardt
Afghanistan: The Gateway Drug for Three Administrations
The geopolitics of nailing down the oil heartlands of the planet.
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To comprehend the scope of corporate consolidation, imagine a day in the life of a typical American and ask: How long does it take for her to interact with a market that isn’t nearly monopolized? John Atcheson
Let's Just Admit It: Capitalism Doesn't Work
"In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy."—Fran Lebowitz
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Bernie Sanders
We Must End Global Oligarchy
'This massive level of wealth and income inequality, and the political power associated with that wealth, is an issue that cannot continue be ignored. We must fight back.'
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They seek a return to the polished mendacity of politicians such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. They hope to promote the interests of global capitalism by maintaining the fiction of a functioning democracy and an open society. Chris Hedges
Fight the Disease, Not the Symptoms
If we can mount sustained acts of defiance in the face of severe state repression, we have a chance.
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"The explosive growth of billionaire wealth, at a time when the middle class is dying and millions of Americans are struggling, has implications for democracy as well as the economy." Richard Eskow
Why We Need to Confront the Billionaires’ Paradise
When Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett – own more wealth than half of our entire population – we need to do more to understand the super-concentration of resources.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017
soldier in poppy field Alfred W. McCoy
Into the Afghan Abyss (Again)
How a failed drug war will defeat Trump's Afghan adventure
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Philly 1918 Kathy Kelly
Let’s Celebrate Peace
Armistice Day gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the brutal futility of armed conflict, the wastefulness of our military spending, and the responsibility we share to abolish all wars
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Las Vegas shooting David Scharfenberg
Hand Over Your Weapons
If gun-control advocates really want to stanch the blood, they'll have to persuade more people of the need to confiscate millions of firearms
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Marine One Neal Gabler
One Year Later: The Political Cancer Metastasizes
America was never what it had purported to be.
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indy media graphic Jo Ellen Green Kaiser
Why Science Says You Should Be Reading Small Independent Media
While trust in corporate news has gone down over the past few years, trust in independent news is strong.
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women with flag Sarah van Gelder
Americans Are Stressed About the Future. Here’s Why That’s Promising
The era of empire, white supremacy, dirty energy, and global capitalism is coming to a close
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soldiers David Swanson
Troopaganda Eats Its Own Tail
What if it occurs to someone to suggest that perhaps war isn’t justifiable at all?
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solar and wind Juan Cole
Wind Powered All of Scotland in October and Other Renewable Success Stories
The Trump strategy of slapping penalties on these technologies and giving fossil fuels subsidies has a very limited shelf life
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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Katherine Stewart
The Proselytizers and the Privatizers
How religious sectarian school voucher extremists made useful idiots of the charter movement
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Mohammed bin Salman Eric Margolis
What Craziness Is Going On in Saudi Arabia?
Over 200 bigwigs have been detained and billions of 'illegal profits' of some $800 billion confiscated.
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war on women poster Pat LaMarche
Secrets Are Luxuries We Can't Afford When Fighting the War on Women
"Afterwards, I put my privacy first. I decided it would be best if I never told a soul. But now, that decision seems selfish."
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climate refugees Theiva Lingam and Yuri Onodera
'Climate Justice Means No Walls': Sharing Untold Stories of Climate Migration
"We have created a narrative of fear, that migrants are to be feared and should be barred from entering our countries. Developed countries have a responsibility to stop this injustice."
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Trump protester Bob Burnett
One Year Later: 10 Lessons Learned From the Trump Presidency
"The November 7 results suggest that the midterm election will be about change, throwing Republican white guys out of house. Trump has given the resistance enough ammunition that it doesn't need one focussed message."
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vegas vigil Christopher Brauchli
Trump and Tragedy: From Las Vegas to New York City to Sutherland Springs
The president "is batting zero for three in taking meaningful action to confront the tragedies of the last six weeks, unless reducing funding for mental health counts as meaningful action"
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Friday, November 10, 2017
All the Cubans we talked to thought the sonic attack was a bunch of baloney. From taxi drivers to government officials to dissidents, Cubans told our group that the whole episode was concocted to justify turning back the clock on Obama’s détente with Cuba. Medea Benjamin
While Clinching Deals With Communist China, Trump Cracks Down on Trade and Travel to Cuba
"Our failed embargo against Cuba has been repeatedly and publicly condemned by the international community as ineffective and harmful to the people of Cuba."
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Vanessa Van Doren, George Karandinos, Nikhil Krishan, & Gloria Tavera
Holding Our Institutions Accountable: Lessons from the Medical Student Campaign to Divest from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
How one successful campaign to hold the Trump administration to account hopes to inform and inspire others
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The bomb disposal team of the Afghan Army 215 Corps neutralizes an IED in Sangin, Helmand. Paul Rogers
Remote War And Public Air
The CIA's military role in the Afghan morass shows the need for open democracy in an age of hidden violence.
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"The most important lesson of all, however, may be to recognize what undergirded the hunter-gatherers’ resistance to an upstart in the first place: a shared set of values based in a deep sense of fairness and human dignity." Jeremy Lent
Resisting Trump? Five Tips from the Hunter-Gatherer Playbook
Our egalitarian hunter-gatherer ancestors developed sophisticated social technologies for keeping upstarts in check. What can the popular resistance movement learn from them in confronting the worst excesses of Donald Trump?
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Juan Cole
Top 5 reasons Roy Moore Could Still Win, Despite Sexual Assault Allegations
The new charges will unseat him. Won't they?
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Protesters walk during the Women's March on Washington, with the U.S. Capitol in the background, on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Alex Press
The Left Needs To Confront Its Own Sexual Assault Problem
Our movements will never win as long as many of us are unsafe.
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Patrick D. Jones
Expanding the Circle of Honor on Veterans Day
Civil rights veterans have undoubtedly played a critical role in defining and defending our liberty and expanding American democracy, often at tremendous sacrifice.
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"To put that $4.4 million tax cut in perspective, it’s about the same as the cost of Pell Grants for 1,100 low- and moderate-income students to help them afford college." Chye-Ching Huang
Doubling Estate Tax Exemption Would Give Windfall to Heirs of Wealthiest Estates
Even today, only the largest 0.2 percent estates face the tax; the other 99.8 percent face no estate tax at all.
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Nov. 8, 2017 cover of the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. Christian Christensen
The #MeToo Movement in Sweden Shows Why We Need Feminism More Than Ever.
Tracing the worldwide 'Weinstein Effect' and why there is no more fundamental issue for a democratic society than the ability of citizens to go about their daily lives without fear of harassment, assault or worse.
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Steven Singer
Making Puerto Rico the New New Orleans – Steal the Schools and Give Them to Big Business to Run For Profit
Celebrating teachers who refuse to back down despite the forces of prejudice and commerce stacked against them
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Thursday, November 9, 2017
We must fight President Trump’s destructive efforts to divide us up by the color of our skin, our gender, our religion, our sexual orientation or our country of origin. Bernie Sanders
We Need a Truly Grassroots Democratic Party: A Call for DNC Chair Tom Perez To Implement Findings Of #UnityReformCommission
Our job is to revitalize American democracy and bring millions of people into the political process who today do not vote and who do not believe that government is relevant to their lives.
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Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, unveil the GOP's tax overhaul plan. Sonali Kolhatkar
Republicans Using Populist Rhetoric to Sell Greed
The GOP’s tax reform bill is arguably the biggest test of the party’s ability to sell greed in the guise of helping most Americans.
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Kayaktivists in Seattle, Washington staged a flotilla to block one of Shell's drilling rigs from reaching its Arctic destination. Subhankar Banerjee
Drilling, Drilling, Everywhere...
Will the Trump Administration Take Down the Arctic Refuge?
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Jud Lounsbury
No, Donald, It IS a Guns Situation
Alongside the rampant availability of assault-style weapons, it's clear that mass shootings have become more common, causing a higher death and injury toll
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"But the real story of 2017 is about a movement, one that People’s Action has been proud to nurture and support. It’s about people of color, immigrants, transgender people, women and young folks moving from protesting in the streets to contesting for governing power, and taking their rightful places in city halls and state capitols all across this country." Laurel Wales
2017 Elections Mark the Dawn of Change
Tuesday’s wins point a path towards even greater gains in midterm elections next year, which can deal a death blow to Trump’s heartless agenda.
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Black and brown Americans have known this truth for a long time; others have have only recently had these conditions thrust on them. Yes, the pain and suffering of the white working class is real, but so far the diagnosis has focused on symptoms and not the actual cause. Gary Olson
Racial Wedge Politics Invented In Colonial America
There is only one minority that is dangerous to most Americans. And that is the wealthy, privileged elite that rules over everyone else.
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The movement for this convention was born in the dark-money plutocracy of the current American political system. Charles P. Pierce
Sorry, But American Democracy Is Still Edging Closer to Disaster
Wisconsin became the 28th state to back a constitutional convention.
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Josh Hoxie
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times
It's the best time for a few in America, the worst for many more. If you didn't read that book, it didn't end well.
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Here’s a radical idea for China and South Korea: Forget Donald Trump, forget the United States, and forget the Cold War divide in Northeast Asia. John Feffer
If Asia Leads on Climate, the World Will Follow
China and South Korea could be game changers on climate — and create a more peaceful region in the process.
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Robert C. Koehler
A Texas Church Massacre and the Illusion of Armed Salvation
We need to start envisioning a world beyond mass murder: a world where rage and hatred are not armed and, indeed, where our most volatile emotions can find release long before they become lethal.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Robert Reich
A Year Without a President
That millions are already mobilizing and organizing is the one good thing that’s happened since Election Day last year – the silver lining on the dark Trump cloud.
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"It is all the more scandalous given the extremely high cost of the US health care system, which takes up 17.1 percent of Gross National Product. This is 40 percent higher than the average for high-income countries, but the heavy reliance on private financing leads to severe inefficiencies and inequalities within the system. Around a third of health expenditure is spent on administrative costs rather than infrastructure or patient care." Jimmy Carter, Gro Harlem Brundtland
Lack of Universal Healthcare Should Be a 'National Scandal'
Fundamental rights are denied to millions of Americans because they do not enjoy one of the essential foundations of a fair society: the right to health.
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Peter Certo
'Get It Done or Don't Call Me Again': GOP Admit Their Tax Plan Is All About Rich Donors
It’s unpopular. It’s expensive. But the donors want it.
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Cynthia Kaufman, Ifoma Modibo Kambon
Holding onto Your Humanity in Solitary Confinement
On the pain and the pathology of the Security Housing Unit
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Can Trump change course? John Feffer
The Greatest Threat to Both Koreas? Donald Trump’s Mouth
The president's over-the-top threats have made war seem like a real possibility. And war would be catastrophic.
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