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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Norman Solomon
Is 'Russiagate' Collapsing as a Political Strategy?
Since the election last November, Democratic congressional leaders have been placing the party's bets heavily on the Russia horse. Is it now pulling up lame?
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Christopher D. Cook
Why the Democrats Won't Wake Up
Moments after rightwing Republican Karen Handel won America’s costliest congressional race ever in Georgia’s sixth district, the de rigueur post-election quarrelling erupted: Why did Democrat Jon...
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Jon Devine
Trump's Attack on Clean Water: What You Need to Know
What Is the Clean Water Rule and Why Is It Important? The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers adopted the Clean Water Rule in May 2015 to clear up longstanding confusion over which water bodies...
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Rebecca Gordon
America at War Since 9/11
Is this long endless war our reality or do we understand it only as some sick show of reality television?
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Michael Winship
Of Caesar, Guns and Trolls: The Evil that Men Do
The GOP and right wing will use any diversion to distract us from an agenda of cruelty and madness.
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Elly Kugler & Marzena Zukowska
Senate Health Bill Would Kill Essential Homecare Jobs
Caregivers are protesting legislation that would deliver a tax-cut windfall to the wealthy and devastate a fast-growing workforce and the millions of elderly and disabled Americans who rely on homecare services
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Trump’s Chaos is Covering for Stealth Escalation Overseas
While Washington is fixated on President Trump’s tweets, antics, lies and Russiagate, the administration is ramping up a stealth escalation of our military involvement across the Middle East. As...
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Bill Moyers
All of Donald Trump’s Lies
This weekend, The New York Times printed every lie Donald Trump has told since taking office. The effort deserves the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
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Paul Buchheit
Onward Toward Socialism: America's Demise, and One Way to Survive
It goes far beyond Donald Trump. He's just simple-mindedly exacerbating a trend. Clear signs of deterioration have been building in our nation, some of them old and some more recent, all of them...
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Monday, June 26, 2017
Ralph Nader
Driverless Cars: Hype, Hubris and Distractions
The hype and unsubstantiated hope behind the self-driving car movement continues unabated, distracting from addressing necessities of old “mobilities” such as inadequate public transit and upgrading...
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Andrew Cohen
Justice Kennedy Is the Bulwark Against a Conservative Counterrevolution
Should he leave the Supreme Court anytime soon, Kennedy’s successor is likely to eliminate the judicial branch as an effective check-and-balance on partisan power.
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Nancy Altman, Linda Benesch
The Overlooked Trumpcare Threat: A Medicare Time Bomb
Trump’s broken promises on Medicaid and Social Security are plain to see. But the GOP health care bill also sets up the destruction of Medicare.
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Heather Timmons
The Word "Women" Literally Never Appears in the US Senate’s 142-Page Healthcare Bill
Women have babies. If they didn’t, first the economy would collapse, and then the species would die out. But because they do, from their late teens to their early forties, women have higher health-...
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If the "shameful" Trumpcare bill is enacted, writes Riech, "McConnell and Trump – as well as every Republican senator who signs on – will bear the burden of hundreds of thousands of deaths that could have been avoided, were they not so determined to make rich Americans even richer." (Photo: @mjkuhns/Twitpic) Robert Reich
Trumpcare Truth: A Gift to the 1% and a Kick to the Sick and Poor
The Senate’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not a healthcare bill. It’s a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, paid for by a dramatic reduction in healthcare funding for approximately 23...
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Erwin Chemerinsky
Trump's 'Emoluments' Defense Argues He Can Violate the Constitution With Impunity. That Can't Be Right
When the president of the United States violates the Constitution there must be a way for a federal court to hear the case and provide a remedy. Three different lawsuits have been filed against...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Disabled Activists Put Their Bodies on the Line to Defend Health Care
“They haven’t told us what we’re being arrested for yet,” said Rhoda Gibson, an organizer with ADAPT , a groups that advocates for disability rights. Gibson was speaking to me via Skype from a police...
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Nick Turse
A Wide World of Winless War
Globe-trotting U.S. Special Ops Forces already deployed to 137 nations in 2017
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Robert Borosage
Stop the Senate Republican Health Care Obscenity This Week
This is it. The Senate has to decide on health care. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for a Thursday vote on the Senate plan that will deprive millions of Americans of health care...
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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Eric Margolis
A Very Scary Week in the Middle East
What a scary week in the Mideast. The epicenter of the world’s energy resources and the land-bridge between Asia and Africa is spinning out of control as the danger of a shooting war between the US...
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Tom Steyer
Kansas' Tax Cuts Are a Spectacular Failure. Meanwhile, in California
Republican legislators in Kansas did the unthinkable this month: They voted to raise income taxes, ending a painful five-year experiment with an extreme anti-tax agenda introduced by Republican Gov...
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Stephen Kinzer
Why We Need Four Years of Trump
Outrage at President Trump’s behavior and policies is already leading to speculation over whether he will manage to complete his term of office. Speculation over how he might fall is a favorite after...
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Bob Burnett
Five Months of Trump: The Tipping Point
Five months into the Trump regime, we've reached the tipping point. It may take more than a year to play out, but the presidency of Donald Trump is coming to an end. Meantime, congressional...
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Adolph Reed Jr.
Monumental Rubbish: With the Statues Torn Down, What Next for New Orleans?
The city is unquestionably better for ridding itself of these symbols of white supremacy, but a focus on the past must not sidestep the need to confront what actually reproduces inequality in the present
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Saturday, June 24, 2017
Mary Sweeters
Not Even Our National Monuments Are Safe in Trump’s America
In the fall of 2002, I spent nearly two weeks backpacking in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. Fifteen years later, that experience continues to have a lasting impact on...
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Sophie Ota
Now Women Know Why the Senate Wrote Their Health Care Bill in Secret
Planned Parenthood is under attack like never before . After weeks of secret negotiations behind closed doors , Senator Mitch McConnell and his exclusively-male health care working group just...
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Tim Koechlin
From Bad to Worse: The GOP Assault on the Nation's Health and Wellbeing
It's not that complicated to see just how cruel and destructive the Republicans have decided to be
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John Atcheson
Party of Disaster: Explaining the Republican Train Wreck
OK, let’s not be fair and balanced. Let’s be honest. And let’s not allow ourselves to start thinking of these last six months as anything like “normal.” Let’s face it, the Republican Congress and the...
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Steven Harper
Mueller v. Trump: The Ultimate Lawsuit
Odds are that Trump will eventually fire special counsel Robert Mueller. Lawyer Steven Harper games out what would happen next.
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Robert Reich
The Secret Republican Plan to Unravel Medicaid
Bad enough that the Republican Senate bill would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act. Even worse, it unravels the Medicaid Act of 1965 – which, even before Obamacare, provided health insurance to...
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Christopher Brauchli
When the Violence Comes Around...
What’s all the shootin’ for? — George Michael Cohan, The Tavern It was one of nine mass shootings that occurred that week. It might have surprised some people to see how much publicity it got. None...
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Garrett Jennings
Trump's Infrastructure Plan: A Corporate Con by a Corporate Conman
For over a century, big corporations have been rewriting the Constitution to serve their interests. It is now time for organized people to bring that era to an end.
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Friday, June 23, 2017
Kevin Gosztola
What If Jon Ossoff Campaigned On Message For Medicare For All?
When Jon Ossoff launched his campaign for the Georgia congressional seat formerly held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Democrats mobilized to bolster his candidacy because they...
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Demonstrators protest changes to the Affordable Care Act on June 22, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Senate Republican's unveiled their revised health-care bill in Washington today, after fine tuning it in behind closed doors. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Julie Rovner
Senate Health Bill Would Revamp Medicaid, Alter ACA Guarantees, Cut Premium Support
Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled a bill that would dramatically transform the nation’s Medicaid program, make significant changes to the federal health law’s tax credits that help...
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Juan Cole
Four Neighboring Countries Demand That Qatar Shut Down Al-Jazeera
In a bid completely to return the Middle East to the old system of strict government media censorship, four countries have demanded that Qatar close down the Aljazeera television channel. Egypt,...
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Keith Ellison
Don't Let Trump Silence Communities of Color
Thanks to the open internet, a new generation of activists fighting for civil rights and equality has been able to make their voices heard in ways previously unimaginable. Now the Trump...
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Tom Valovic
The Militarization of Culture: A Short History
Are you interested in patterning your dietary and culinary habits after the chefs that serve CIA officers and staff? I’m guessing probably not. But the well-known and well-advertised education...
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Sacramento Bee
And You Thought Republicans’ Health Care Bill Couldn’t Get Worse
At this point, it’s only a matter of degrees how misguided and cruel the proposals are by Republicans in Congress to “fix” America’s health care system. Still, the bill unveiled by Senate GOP leaders...
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Jeff Bryant
Charter Schools Do Bad Stuff Because They Can
Charter schools have become a fetish of both Democratic and Republican political establishments, but local news reports continue to drip, drip a constant stream of stories of charter schools doing...
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Richard Eskow
GOP 'Health' Bill: Death, Disaster, and Gilded Age Greed
"People will die if this bill becomes law, but that doesn't seem to trouble the Republicans' conscience."
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Reese Erlich
Trump’s Escalations of War in Syria—Sleepwalking into a Global Confrontation
With its escalation of the undeclared war in Syria, the Trump Administration risks a direct military confrontation with Russia. On June 20, the United States shot down an Iranian drone flying near...
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Medea Benjamin, Kate Harveston
Why Does Donald Trump Insist on More Military Spending?
If you think we spend too much on our military as it is (more that the next eight countries combined), you might be shocked to hear President Trump has asked for an increase in military spending by...
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Sarah van Gelder
Wage Love to End Debt’s Stranglehold
Instead of using debt to punish communities of color and the poor, we should invest in everyone and defend our civic legacies for future generations.
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Amy Goodman
Medicare for All: A Prescription for What Ails Us
President Donald Trump’s long-promised repeal of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, edges closer to reality, as the Senate releases its secretly written version of the House’s American Health...
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John Feffer
All Signs from Trump Point to a Coming Conflict with Iran
Behind all of Trump's boneheaded policies in the Middle East is an unmistakable urge for confrontation with Iran.
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Robert C. Koehler
When the Detainee Is American...
The corpses pile up like sandbags along the planet’s geopolitical borders. “Perhaps his condition deteriorated and the authorities decided it was better to release him in a coma than as a corpse.” So...
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Neal Gabler
Your Health May Be in Susan Collins’ Hands. And That’s Not Good News
Sen. Collins is often portrayed in the media as Exhibit A in Republican "moderation," but will she stand against her party when it really counts?
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Jacob Leibenluft
Once Passed, Medicaid Cuts Won’t Be Easily Reversed
Despite promises that the emerging Senate health bill will moderate the health coverage cuts in the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Senate not only is retaining the House bill’s...
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Leah Greenberg, Ezra Levin
Here's How We Kill the Senate's Trumpcare Bill
What's in this “new” TrumpCare bill? After weeks of total secrecy, this morning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the Senate TrumpCare bill. And what a cruel, ugly bill it is. It guts...
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Will Rice
Big Pharma Gets $28 Billion Tax Break in GOP Trumpcare Plan
One of the few winners if this bill passes would be the nation's pharmaceutical industry
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President Trump speaks to sailors aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier in Newport News, Va., on March 2. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) Andrew Bacevich
'There Will Be Hell to Pay': Writing History in the Trump Era
On kissing the specious present goodbye
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Robert Pollin
Single-Payer Healthcare for California Is, In Fact, Very Doable
The California Senate recently voted to pass a bill that would establish a single-payer healthcare system for the entire state. The proposal, called the Healthy California Act, will now be taken up...
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Ralph Nader
Closing Democracy’s Doors Until the People Open Them
In 2006 a book was published called Losing Our Democracy by civic leader, Mark Green. His 21 st book, it was the usual Mark Green brand of meticulous research with memorable examples. One would have...
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Martha Burk
The Tax Plan Moms Need
A modest proposal: Tax corporations to help working moms afford childcare and stay-at-home moms save for retirement.
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Robert Jensen
Naomi Klein Pushes Us to Dream Big to Get Beyond Trump’s Shock Politics
The activist’s new book challenges the pessimism that sets in when we think radical change is politically impossible. But it misses something big.
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Olivia Alperstein
Our President’s Word Wars
Trump's policy of "America First" apparently means making us the first to get mixed up in yet another endless, costly war — or three.
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Ramzy Baroud
Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine
The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel. When Haley speaks about Israel, her language is not merely emotive nor tailored to fit...
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Jeffrey Sterling
A Whistleblower Imprisoned, Not Silenced
Two years of imprisonment have given me ample time to reflect on the circumstances in which I find myself today. I often retrace my steps, carefully recalling each conversation I had and action I...
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Gabe Murphy
The Trump Administration’s Penchant for Escalation in Syria Must Be Challenged
As the president puts nation on dangerous path toward even wider war, it is long past time for Congress to intervene
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Robert Reich
The Case for Obstruction of Justice
Obstruction of justice was among the articles of impeachment drafted against both Presidents Nixon and Clinton. The parallel between Nixon and Trump is almost exact. White House tapes revealed Nixon...
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Jay Bookman
Georgia Special Election: Nobody Said It Was Easy. They Said It Was Important.
There are two ways to look at it, I guess. From the point of view of the Republicans, they won Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, and that’s all that matters...
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Todd Gitlin
Watch What Trump Tweets But Also What He Does
@realDonaldTrump in action
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Kathy Kelly
"Would You Like a Drink of Water?" Please Ask a Yemeni Child
This week, in New York City, representatives from more than100 countries will begin collaborating on an international treaty, first proposed in 2016, to ban nuclear weapons forever. It makes sense...
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Wenonah Hauter
Cuomo’s Nuke Bailout: Right Out of the Trump Playbook
Will New York's governor stand up to corporate swindlers and tell them dinosaur nuclear plants aren't worth saving?
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Hanif Hassan Al Qassim
The World Society Needs to Express Greater Solidarity for Refugees Worldwide
The world is heading into troubled waters as we are witnessing an unprecedented movement of people – refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons (IDPs) alike – fleeing from misery, poverty...
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William Hartung
Trump's Love Affair With the Saudis
The Saudi regime is playing Donald Trump with potentially disastrous consequences
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Tom Engelhardt
The US Military Can’t Get Out (No Matter the Country or the Conflict)
Not that anyone in a position of power seems to notice, but there’s a simple rule for American military involvement in the Greater Middle East: once the U.S. gets in, no matter the country, it never...
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Michael Winship
Former Commish Michael Copps: 'Maybe the Worst FCC I’ve Ever Seen'
The Trump White House and new FCC chair are rolling back the effort for an internet that's open to all.
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
On Trump, The Media’s Malpractice Continues
One of the great ironies of the political moment is that President Trump’s sworn enemy has become, if not exactly an ally, an enabler of his agenda. For all of Trump’s griping about “fake news,” the...
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Jeremy Slevin
If the Media Keeps Ignoring Health Care, We’ll Lose It
As newsworthy as Russia's interference in the 2016 election is, a bill to take away health insurance from millions is, at the very least, equally worthy of public attention.
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Monday, June 19, 2017
Winnie Byanyima
The Climate Movement Charges On, Even Without the US
Developing nations lay claim to the mantle of leadership for a fairer, safer world
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Michael McPhearson
Mourning Philando Castile at a Anti-Nuke Rally
The following remarks were made on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at an anti-nuclear weapons rally in St. Louis, Missouri: I am here today as a peacemaker and a justice seeker to stand in solidarity with...
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Chris Hedges
We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves
We must embrace a despair that unflinchingly acknowledges the bleak future that will be created by climate change. We must see in any act of resistance, even if it appears futile, a moral victory...
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Ann Wright
Killer Drones and the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy
In the eyes of many around the world, diplomacy has taken a back seat to military operations in U.S. foreign policy. The drone program is a prime example.
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Miles Mogulescu
Did Trump Revive Failed Cold War Cuba Policy to Buy Rubio’s Loyalty?
Donald Trump has made clear that there’s little room in his “America First” foreign policy for pressure on authoritarian foreign governments – whether Russia, Saudi Arabia, or China – to improve...
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Shaun King
Philando Castile Verdict a Painful Result of Laws Rigged to Protect Cops
Just about a year ago, while riding through his hometown outside of Saint Paul, Minn., on the 4th of July, Philando Castile was racially profiled by the local police. It happened to him often...
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Ira Chernus
A Psychedelic Spin on "National Security"
The Summer of Surprisingly Political Love
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Juan Cole
London Mosque Attack: Did Trump’s Tweets Embolden Bigots?
A man driving a white van swerved just after midnight early Monday morning into a crowd of Muslims coming out of Finsbury Park Mosque in North London, severely injuring British Musiims. The Muslim...
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Norman Solomon
Behind the Media Surge Against Bernie Sanders
It’s routine for right-wing outlets like Fox to smear progressive activists under the guise of “news” coverage. But why the New York Times? And why the special venom for Bernie Sanders? After the...
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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Steven Singer
Here’s an Idea: Guarantee Every Child an Excellent Education
Let’s get one thing straight: there are plenty of things wrong with America’s school system. But they almost all stem from one major error. We don’t guarantee every child an excellent education...
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Frank Clemente
Trump Cuts Critical Services to Pay for Wealthy Tax Cuts
At a recent press conference at the U.S. Capitol, Marta Conner told reporters, “My daughter Caroline is alive because of Medicaid.” Caroline suffers from Rett Syndrome , a rare, debilitating...
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Sue Branford, Mauricio Torres
Brazil on Verge of Legitimizing Amazon Land Theft on a Grand Scale
The Amazon is the sort of wild place where you often go looking for one thing, but find another. So it was when Mongabay travelled in May on a mission to observe illegal logging operations within...
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Sue Sturgis
Meet the Southern Senators Critical to Blocking Obamacare's Repeal
Before leaving town for the July 4 recess, the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as "Obamacare" — and this week Senate...
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Diane Ravitch
Indianapolis: What the Public Schools Learned from the Charter Schools
Indiana has been taken over by the forces of corporate school reform, under a succession of Republican governors devoted to school choice: Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence, now Eric Holcomb. The public...
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David Korten
We Will Soon Be Using More Than The Earth Can Provide
Forget the GDP, it’s time for our leaders to pay attention to metrics that matter.
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Andy Spears
Tennessee Dads Ask Senators for a Simple Father's Day Gift
A group of Tennessee dads gathered inside a dimly-lit parking garage on a rainy Nashville day to send a message to their senators, Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander. Their message was simple: this...
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Saturday, June 17, 2017
Patrick Cochran
A 'Revolution' Grows in Chicago
Progressives travel from across the country for 2017 People’'s Summit
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David Macaray
The Vital Role of Organized Labor
"What is so 'radical' about working people demanding to regain their middle-class status?" Macaray asks
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Robert Naiman
UN Calls for Saudi-Yemen Ceasefire to Stop Cholera and Famine
"U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen has never been authorized by Congress," Naiman writes
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Grayson Clary
The Espionage Act: One Hundred Years of Murky Law
June 15, 2017 was the 100 th anniversary of the passage of the Espionage Act. Earlier this year, as if to commemorate the centennial, President Trump suggested to then-FBI Director James Comey that...
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Katie Fernelius
Maybe This Is the Article That Will Convince You Not to Cut Medicaid
My sister Maggie’s body attacks itself. In 2010, she went to the eye doctor for difficulties she was having with her vision. She thought she needed a new glasses prescription. Instead, she was...
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Jeff Bryant
Are ‘Nonprofit’ Charter Schools a Distinction Without a Difference?
In the most recent financial filings available, the couple who run a chain of 18 schools pay themselves $315,000 a year, plus nearly $39,000 in benefits. The school also employs their daughters,...
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Kevin Gosztola
Chelsea Manning's Persevering Spirit Shines In Interview For ABC's 'Nightline'
"Whether in an imperfect or hostile setting, Chelsea Manning’s persevering spirit and humanity never fails to shine," Gosztola writes.
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Janine Jackson
Every Person You See on Air, Someone Chose to Put Them There
Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is best known to some for her harassment claims against her former boss, Roger Ailes . But NBC hired her to host a primetime news program, presumably based on her...
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Christopher Brauchli
Humpty Trumpty
“‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean-neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so...
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Friday, June 16, 2017
Sonali Kolhatkar
Republicans Keep Missing the Point About Gun Violence—Even When They’re the Targets
Gun rights activists for years have fought for the free proliferation of firearms throughout the U.S., perhaps subconsciously imagining they were only arming themselves. But a shooting incident in...
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Sara Mersha, Carol Schachet
Leaving Paris for All The Wrong Reasons
The announcement by Donald Trump that that United States intends to ignore the non-binding Paris Climate Agreement, with the intention to renegotiate it to foist his America First policy on the rest...
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Bob Burnett
When Will Trump Lose His Base?
After the Trump White House careened through another terrible week, Washington, DC insiders wonder how long Trump can survive. The answer is: as long as he holds his base. Trump and his voters are...
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Amber Halbert
Paid Leave Should Value All Care and All Families
I worked in the service industry for many years. Five years ago when my son was born, I had a C-section and was allowed 6 weeks to heal. The time was unpaid. I had some complications but work put a...
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Kathy Kelly
Feed the Hungry, Treat the Sick: A Crucial Training
On June 15, 2017, the New York Times reported that the government of Saudi Arabia aims to ease the concerns of some U.S. legislators over U.S. weapon sales to Saudi Arabia. The Saudis plan to engage...
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Richard Eskow
Resistance in a Time of Gunfire
The smell of gun smoke had net yet lifted from an Alexandria baseball field when the calls for unity began. “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “You’re...
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