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Monday, August 7, 2017
Annika Nilsson, Miyase Christensen, Tom Buurman
The Thawing Arctic Beyond Flags
Something remarkable happened in the Arctic ten years ago. On August 2 2007, two small submarines planted a titanium Russian flag on the seabed of the North Pole. First met with ridicule and scorn,...
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"Trump needs to get past the impulse to find an attorney general who will protect him rather than the public interest. Believe it or not, Mr. President, this moment is bigger than you." Faiza Patel, Rudy Mehrbani
What Trump Doesn't Get: Sessions Recusal from Russia Probe was Mandatory
Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Justice Department's Trump-Russia investigation is necessary to ensure it proceeds with neither real nor perceived political interference.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens to an adviser at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on August 6 Mark LeVine
What is Behind Israel's Attempt to Ban Al Jazeera?
Does Netanyahu need a smoke screen for his corruption scandal or is there a more sinister reason for banning Al Jazeera?
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Slashing education budgets at the federal, state, or local level doesn’t save money; it just shifts costs somewhere else. Jeff Bryant
Is Back-to-School More Expensive This Year? Yes, and Here’s Why
Parents getting their children ready to go back to school this fall may be dismayed at the long and pricey school supply lists they’re getting from their local schools. They can rest assured their...
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John Atcheson
The Great Leap Backwards: Trump's Blueprint To Make America Not Great
The Trump administration is doubling down on oil, gas, and coal at a time when the rest of the world is committing to getting off the stuff and investing in renewable energy. Renewable energy, by the...
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Paul Buchheit
Even More Evidence the US Is a Kleptocracy, Not a Meritocracy
Data shows inequality is spiraling out of control
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Sunday, August 6, 2017
Justin Trudeau, who styles himself a champion of struggling middle-class workers, seems content to do nothing about NAFTA’s headlock on working Canadians. (image/cc/DonkeyHotey) Linda McQuaig
NAFTA Needs an Overhaul to Improve Workers’ Rights
NAFTA has been key to the transformation of Canada over the last two decades, enabling corporations to become ever more dominant economically and politically, while rendering our labor force increasingly vulnerable and insecure.
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David Swanson
You Cannot Begin a Crime in Good Faith
This morning we handed out flyers on Kellogg Boulevard in St. Paul. We encountered very few who knew why it is called that. Frank Kellogg was a hero in the sense that a whistleblower is a hero. He...
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Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's plan to give  the technology firm Foxconn a taxpayer-funded $3 billion package to build a new plant in Wisconsin has been called "generally an awful way to lure jobs." John Nichols
Scott Walker's Crony Capitalism
If Scott Walker were a fiscal conservative, he would be ashamed of himself. But Walker is not a fiscal conservative. And he has no shame, as Wisconsinites who know how their tax dollars are spent are...
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A UN report find that most young men who join rebel groups fighting in Syria are driven by factors like poverty and lack of opportunity, rather than devotion to Islam. Juan Cole
UN Report: Muslim Youth Fighting in Syria Mostly Not Motivated By Islam
Lizzie Dearden at The Independent reviews a new report by the United Nations Office of Counter-terrorism. Some 25,000 young men are said to have made their way from Europe to fight the regime in...
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Peace Lantern Ceremony on the Motoyasu River. Robert Dodge
Hope On This Hiroshima Day
Seventy-two years after the U.S dropped the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and three days later on Nagasaki, there is hope that we will finally see the abolition of these most deadly weapons of mass...
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Saturday, August 5, 2017
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price recommended cutting more than $213 million from teen pregnancy programs. Anusha Ravi
I Grew Up in Tom Price’s District. The Sex Ed He Promotes Is Dangerous.
Last month, the Trump administration silently slashed $213.6 million from at least 81 institutions working on teen pregnancy prevention. The cuts hit a wide variety of programs: the Choctaw Nation’s...
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Screen shot of C-SPAN broadcast of Department of Justice briefing by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on "culture of leaking" Kevin Gosztola
Facing Crisis of Legitimacy, Trump Administration Pledges to Intensify War on Leaks
President Donald Trump's administration is in the throes of a crisis of legitimacy and leadership, with federal government employees concerned and unwilling to stay quiet about chaos, incompetence,...
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High in the mountains east of Gardez, a dehydrated American infantryman receives trail-side intravenous therapy from U.S. Army field medics. Eric Margolis
Time to End the Lost Afghan War
Media reports claim President Donald Trump let loose on his generals behind closed doors, blasting them royally for their startling failures in Afghanistan, America’s longest war. The president has...
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Americans have increasingly looked to U.S. generals in the White House for some semblance of order in the Trump administration. Tom Hastings
Are We Egypt?
When the world watched Egyptians bravely gather en masse in Tahrir Square in Cairo in January 2011 to Arab Spring Hosni Mubarak out of office, we were mightily impressed and most of us cheered the...
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The clue to Trump’s victories: Richard Nixon in 1968. Pierre Tristam
Trump Will Win In 2020
Liberals have been writing off Donald Trump's presidency since before it began. But the way it’s going, he’s heading for reelection.
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Friday, August 4, 2017
César Chelala
The UK High Court Is Wrong
The decision by the UK High Court to block a bid by a former chief of staff of the Iraqi army to bring a private prosecution against Tony Blair for his responsibility over the Iraq War is misguided...
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"The millions and millions who have weighed in on this debate care about the open internet because it enables people to organize in their communities, fight for racial justice, start their own businesses and speak for themselves." Candace Clement
This Guy Thinks CEOs Should Control the Internet
Think the CEOs of the largest phone, cable and internet companies should call all the shots when it comes to Net Neutrality?
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Ashish Kothari, the chairman of Greenpeace India and a long-time NBA ally explained that the movement is not just about being against dams. “What the NBA stands for is an economy that ensures dignified livelihoods, social justice, and ecological sustainability, and in particular an economy that benefits the hundreds of millions of people who have been left behind or displaced by the kind of 'development' that the Sardar Sarovar Dam represents." Nick Meynen
India’s Authorities Are Drowning 40,000 Families
The Sardar Sarovar Dam in India was already competing to become the world’s most controversial dam. Last month’s decision to forcibly displace another 40,000 families without proper rehabilitation or compensation is both cruel and criminal.
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Adam Johnson
Media’s Grim Addiction to Perseverance Porn
You’ve seen or heard or read the personal interest story a thousand times: An enterprising seven-year-old collects cans to save for college ( ABC7 , 2/8/17 ), a man with unmatched moxie walks 15...
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"Donald Trump’s call for police brutality was not his first public incitement to violence. He has on multiple occasions encouraged crowds to attack protesters and journalists." Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Trump’s Call for Police Brutality Is No Joke
On Friday, President Donald Trump addressed a crowd of police officers in Long Island, New York, and sent a shocking message to the nation. Trump’s words are worth repeating in full, as they are an...
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"And every day, thousands of residents, many of whom live unprotected within a football field of massive detonations, fly rock and silica dust, must deal with the fallout of cancer-linked mountaintop removal strip mining in West Virginia, as well as strip mining operations in states across the country." Jeff Biggers
Dear Media: Trump’s “Beautiful, Clean Coal” Is Another Lie. Please Hold Him Accountable.
Joined on stage by billionaire coal baron and Gov. Jim Justice, Donald Trump returned to West Virginia last night with another barnstorming lie that should make a Boy Scout cringe: His administration...
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Net neutrality supporters want to ensure that the Internet remains an open and democratic place. Carly Goodman
Commercialization Brought the Internet to the Masses. It Also Gave Us Spam.
How the net neutrality debate exposes the consequences of a profit-driven Internet
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A Palestinian searches through rubble of his destroyed home hit by Israeli strikes in Towers Al-andaa—the northern Gaza Strip. Aniqa Raihan
Nearly 50 Senators Want to Make It a Felony to Boycott Israel
In 1966, the NAACP of Claiborne County, Mississippi launched a boycott of several white-owned local businesses on the basis of racial discrimination. It was so impactful that the local hardware store...
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"To understand golf is to understand Trump. He uses golf as a social lubricant for business, which is its most important function in American culture. Since it operates on the honor system, golf is convenient for lying cheats." Robert Lipsyte
The Sport of Plutocrats
Golf Is Trump
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Thursday, August 3, 2017
Aggressive, needy, without logic or reason, Trump continues to rule with ignorance and incoherence, seemingly oblivious to the havoc he causes or maybe just thoroughly enjoying it. Michael Winship
Three Trump Speeches and the Death of a Nation
In just a short time, through actions and especially words, this presidency has diminished us as a people.
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How did we get here? Part of the answer I think is the result of decades of misguided ideology that has“exalted unrestrained markets, denigrated government and maximized the influence of corporations over our economic and political lives. Michelle Chan
On Health Care and Hope
Late last week, I skyped with an old, dear friend, Raj Thamotheram, and hung up with a lump in my throat. Several months ago, he wrote : Early on Wednesday 9 November we learnt that Donald Trump...
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"What the nation needs is not an assault on immigration, but an assault on the effects of structural racism and economic inequality. Instead of dismantling affirmative action, we need investments in schooling for African-American children that start at preschool – and before." Isaiah Poole
Trump’s Bid to Pit Black and Brown Workers Against Each Other
President Trump has resurrected an old canard in his effort to sell a new effort to restrict immigration into the United States. The legislation he backs, he said at a White House ceremony , was...
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Don’t let its name fool you: the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA, S. 1693) wouldn’t help punish sex traffickers. What the bill would do (PDF) is expose any person, organization, platform, or business that hosts third-party content on the Internet to the risk of overwhelming criminal and civil liability if sex traffickers use their services" Elliot Harmon
Internet Censorship Bill Would Spell Disaster for Speech and Innovation
There’s a new bill in Congress that would threaten your right to free expression online. If that weren’t enough, it could also put small Internet businesses in danger of catastrophic litigation. Don’...
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"To paraphrase what he once said, there are only 535 members of Congress (100 senators and 435 representatives), and we’re over three hundred million people. Why can’t we control these legislators?" Ralph Nader
Will a Mega-Billionaire Rescue America from GOP’s Insurance Mayhem?
Before recommending a practical way to reverse the devastating impact of Congressional Republicans’ attempts to strip tens of millions of Americans of health insurance coverage, and the non-stop...
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Let’s be clear: arrest and deportation without due process violates the U.S. Constitution. Katherine Culliton-González
Viva la Resistencia: No, Mr. Trump, Clothing and Tattoos Don't Make Every Central American Kid Criminal
Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted another set of unconstitutional immigration raids, this time targeting unaccompanied minors based on stereotypes about Latinos and...
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"Faced with these enormous economic and environmental challenges, we need to think big.  Luckily, there is an elegant solution to both problems, with precedent in U.S. history.  The solution is to create a Climate Conservation Corps to put Americans to work fighting climate change." David Baake
To Protect Our Planet and Revitalize Our Economy, We Need a Climate Conservation Corps
Bob Dylan famously sang that “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” We could update Dylan’s adage to say that in 2017, you don’t need a climatologist to see we’re in the...
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Josh Hoxie
Don't Lie to Poor Kids About Why They're Poor
Those at the bottom—and the top—deserve to know why their experiences are so different.
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Concerns that government climate change data will disappear during Trump’s presidency have spurred a push by scientists and activists around the world to preserve that data Evan Popp
Trump Nominates Non-Scientist to the Top Science Position at the Department of Agriculture
"Clovis's nomination is just the latest example of the Trump Administration’s disregard for science and efforts to muffle support for environmentalism."
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Jim Naureckas
Talking About a Media Revolution
It’s long been clear that if we want to avoid catastrophic climate disruption on a scale that threatens human civilization, we need to leave vast amounts of fossil fuels in the ground. Environmental...
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Alyssa Aquino
Trumping Up Our Trains
The president promised a huge infrastructure boost. So why won’t he fix our trains?
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"The people gave FANG its enormous wealth and power; it now has the ability to make or break careers and companies. These corporations should be regulated like public utilities."(Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Richard Eskow
Land Taken From Freed Slave’s Descendants for Amazon Data Center?
This is a story about property: real and imagined, legitimate and illegitimate. It’s a story about who gets to decide who can own what, and whom. It’s a story of reality, both physical and virtual...
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Amir Ahmadi Arian
Vicariously Offended: The Dawkins Controversy and the Absence of Muslim Voices
The only way to have a leverage in current debates around Islam is to have many strong and effective voices, to the extent that Muslim voices become indispensable.
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"Pay no attention to Trump’s tweets. They’re becoming increasingly bizarre and irrelevant." Robert Reich
A Summer Survival Guide for the Trump Era
Here’s a summer survival guide, 10 ways to relax during the era of Trump. 1. Take a day off from the news, one day a week. 2. Don’t get into an argument with a Trump supporter, especially if it’s a...
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"Amazingly, supporters of this bill seem to have a problem with calling on companies to respect human rights! Who would draft such a problematic bill that stifles free speech and nonviolent political action?" Ron Forthofer
Threat to Free Speech
There is a Senate bill, along with a companion bill in the House, working its way through Congress with strong bipartisan support, that poses a significant danger to free speech. One would think this...
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Mel Gurtov
Reaching Paris Without Stopping in Washington
History may record that the planet’s climate crisis was avoided thanks to the efforts of three countries: China, Germany, and France. Or not. The preparedness of those three, and the other EU member-...
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
"The odds are stacked against me. Help isn’t coming from any corner of our society. But sometimes despite all of that, I’m actually able to get things done." Steven Singer
I Am Not A Hero Teacher
I’m sorry. I am not a hero teacher. I am not stronger than a locomotive. I cannot jump tall ignorance in a single bound. I am not faster than a tax-cutting zealot . Up in the air – it’s a bird, it’s...
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The most dangerous thing of all is the Kelly is a good soldier and will do as he is told by Trump. Juan Cole
Top 6 Falsehoods Embraced by New WH Chief of Staff John Kelly
John Kelly will get a lot of good will from having fired the foul-mouthed Anthony Scaramuchi. But should he? At least Scaramuchi had been gunning for Steve Bannon, the scary far, far right wing white...
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"It’s not just the crudeness and bigotry of loudmouth-in-chief Donald Trump, or his late, unlamented spokesman Anthony Scaramucci, or scary racist Steve Bannon that is destabilizing the country. The current political moment is the result of a long-term effort by Republican strategists and money men, including Reince Priebus, to destroy the foundations of our democracy for their own short-term gain." Ruth Conniff
Donald Trump, Anthony Scaramucci, and Reince Priebus: Nasty, Brutish, and Short
Reince Priebus, Trump’s former chief of staff, lasted only six months before he was fired. But the man who bragged about taking down Priebus got a mere ten days as the most profane White House...
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“Social Security reform,” “Medicare reform,” “tax reform” – when Republicans say they want to “reform” something, the only thing you can be sure of is that the wealthy will benefit and everyone else will suffer." Richard Eskow
Kochs and Trump Team Up to Cut Billionaires’ Taxes
This headline appeared on Monday, July 31, 2017, at precisely 4:00 am: “ Koch Brothers Move to Back White House’s Tax-Cut Plan .” This one appeared less than twelve hours later: “ White House sees...
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Ann Jones
Can the Age of Trump Spur Medicare for All?
"A single program launched by a single state is better than none. And it just might work."
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
An Even Better Deal
"With the 2018 election cycle rapidly approaching, Democrats have an opportunity to draw an even sharper contrast with the GOP by embracing the kind of bold populism that this moment demands."
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The architects of Medicare had the goal of expanding it to cover everyone. Bill Moyers
LBJ Launches Medicare: 'You Can't Treat Grandma This Way'
Yes, our health system is broken, but broken systems can be fixed—not easily, but they can be fixed.
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Monday, July 31, 2017
The Koch brothers are "still trying to supplant American democracy with their little laissez-fairyland plutocracy." (Image: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
Billionaire Donors Plot a ‘Renaissance of Freedom’ — for the Privileged
Who needs roads when you've got a private jet?
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Police remove Okinawans protesting the planned expansion of a U.S. military base at Camp Schwab, Nago, Okinawa. (Photo: © Masaya Noda / Greenpeace) Moé Yonamine
Fighting for Okinawa — My Home, Not a Military Base
My family moved to the United States from Okinawa when I was 7. But Okinawa is still home — and I’m hurt and angered at how the United States and Japan continue to treat Okinawa as little more than a...
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Solar panels on the roof of a home in West Olympia, Washington. (Photo: Wonderlane/flickr/cc) John Farrell
Three Forces Fighting Local Renewable Energy and Three Ways to Fight Back
If you’re reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local...
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"What’s particularly worrisome about Trump’s attack on the processes of our democracy is that the assault comes at a time when the percentage of Americans who regard the other party as a fundamental threat is growing." (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr) Robert Reich
Trump’s Big Loss
The demise of the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is hardly the end of the story. Donald Trump will not let this loss stand. Since its inception in 2010, Republicans made the...
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Defenders of overpaid CEOs have reason for angst. (Photo: jerry dohnal/flickr/cc) Sarah Anderson
Rising Angst Among Defenders of Overpaid CEOs
Efforts to repeal CEO-worker pay ratio disclosure continue but the odds of success are growing longer.
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A Tax Day march against Trump in Los Angeles. (Photo: Molly Adams/flickr/cc) George Lakey
A Manual for a New Era of Direct Action
Movement manuals can be useful. Marty Oppenheimer and I found that out in 1964 when civil rights leaders were too busy to write a manual but wanted one. We wrote “A Manual for Direct Action” just in...
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Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev (Photo: AP / Scott Stewart) John Feffer
Trump: The Anti-Gorbachev
Like Mikhail Gorbachev, Trump helms a fading empire. But while the former Soviet leader supported democratization in his wake, Trump's sowing the seeds of autocracy all over the globe.
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"The Republicans have shown us that they have no ideas of their own for how to reform health care. But we do. The path forward is to take health care out of the market and make it available to every person in this country as a human right," the author writes. (Photo: CSPAN) LeeAnn Hall
People, Not Politicians, Beat Healthcare Repeal
In Friday’s early morning hours, news outlets had their spotlights trained on Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), casting him as the decisive player in the latest health repeal drama. When McCain walked to the...
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Sunday, July 30, 2017
Trump & Fox News' Sean Hannity. (cc/flickr/Gage Skidmore) Michael J. Socolow
Liberals, Cut Your Cable Cords
They’ve finally done it. For the first time, MSNBC is consistently beating Fox News in total primetime cable news viewership. The number one program in cable news is no longer Bill O’Reilly’s. Oxford...
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Henry F. Potter is a fictional character and the main antagonist in the 1946 Frank Capra film It's a Wonderful Life. He occupies slot #6 on the American Film Institute's list of the 50 Greatest Villains in American film history. Charles Mathewes, Evan Sandsmark
Being Rich Wrecks Your Soul. We Used to Know That.
'If you are wealthy and are reading this, give away your money as fast as you can.'
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The Terrible Trio: Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump & Paul Ryan John Atcheson
When Reality Exceeds Satire
About 30 years ago, I tried to write a Swiftian satire. Nothing heavy, my target was designer jeans, which had become popular even though they used cheaper, thinner material than old-fashioned Levis...
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Saturday, July 29, 2017
Protesters attend the rally to denounce deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) near the U.S. embassy on July 13, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea Medea Benjamin
Urgent Warning: Time to Hit the Reset Button on US-Korean Policy
Touching down in Washington DC Friday night after a peace delegation to South Korea organized by the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea ( STIK ), I saw the devastating news. No, it was not that Reince...
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President John F. Kennedy meets with Chairman Nikita Khrushchev at the US Embassy residence, Vienna, Austria on June 3, 1961. (US Department of State photo) Jeffrey D. Sachs
Lessons from JFK in a Time of Trump
In the last week of July, 54 years ago, President John F. Kennedy initialed the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with his counterpart, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Kennedy spoke to the nation in a...
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U.S. President Donald Trump greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Linda McQuaig
Canada: Flexing Military Might is Capitulation to Trump, Despite Liberal Spin
The prime minister’s pledge to hike military spending by a whopping 70 per cent over 10 years succeeded in winning praise from Trump while going largely unnoticed by Canadians, who may prefer to spend the extra $30 billion on social programs.
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Corporate Crime Scene Russell Mokhiber
Going Soft on Corporate Crime a Bipartisan Affair
Donald Trump is not a fan of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the law that says it’s illegal for any person — corporate or human — to bribe overseas. Trump has called the FCPA “a horrible...
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Impeach Trump Trita Parsi
The Mask Is Off: Trump Is Seeking War with Iran
Something extraordinary has happened in Washington. President Donald Trump has made it clear, in no uncertain terms and with no effort to disguise his duplicity, that he will claim that Tehran is...
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Mushroom-shaped cloud and water column from the underwater nuclear explosion of July 25, 1946, which was part of Operation Crossroads. Jerry Delaney
Time to Take Nuclear Winter Seriously
In a March 23 news story in The New York Times, the general in charge of our nuclear arms arsenal, Jack Weinstein, called for “…a strengthened and modernized nuclear deterrence force in this country...
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Friday, July 28, 2017
Dr. Carol Paris
It's Time for the Adults in This Nation To Talk Seriously About Medicare for All
Today, we breathe a quick sigh a relief. But we cannot celebrate a return to the failed status quo.
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Andrew Bacevich
Is a ‘Global War on Terrorism Memorial’ an Appropriate Tribute?
The proposal for a Global War on Terrorism Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, to honor the country’s post-9/11 war dead, described in Sunday’s Globe, may seem like a no-brainer. It is, in...
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Ben Norton
Media Mourn End of CIA Killing Syrians and Strengthening Al Qaeda
The US government has finally announced an end to its years-long program to arm and train Syrian rebels . The initiative, one of the CIA’s largest covert operations, with billions of dollars of...
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George Lakey
What the Nordics Bravely Won, People Across the US Are Now Demanding
With a growing hunger for "an alternative and achievable vision," Americans are increasingly looking to what the social democracies of northern Europe have shown is possible
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Laurie Richards
Why Anti-Imperialists Should Support Trans Soldiers
In an imperialist nation, the military represents what that nation feels is its truest self. Don't let Trump write trans people out of it.
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Richard Eskow
The Mooch, the Donald, and the Goldmanization of Government
Donald Trump’s White House seems more like a Quentin Tarantino movie every day. Amid allegations of broken laws and self-dealing at the highest levels, the president has now hired a Communications...
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Laura Flanders
A Healthcare Story to Celebrate: Oregon’s Reproductive Equity Act
What does reproductive justice look like in action? It looks like bravery; the bravery required to stand up for everyone not just a few; for the whole, not a fraction of the population. People who...
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Ryan Cooper
This Is the Most Clueless, Incompetent, and Self-Defeating Administration in American History
The continual meltdown of the Trump administration has reached, unbelievably, an even higher pitch over the last few days, with the hiring of financier Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House...
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Eugene Robinson
The Worst Is Yet To Come
The Court of Mad King Donald is not a presidency. It is an affliction, one that saps the life out of our democratic institutions, and it must be fiercely resisted if the nation as we know it is to...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017
Razan Azzarkani
Don’t Let Corporations Pick What Websites You Visit
Broadband companies want the government to let them control the internet as we know it. And they've got help.
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Laura Gottesdiener
Burning Raqqa: The U.S. War Against Civilians in Syria
It was midday on Sunday, May 7th, when the U.S.-led coalition warplanes again began bombing the neighborhood of Wassim Abdo’s family. They lived in Tabqa, a small city on the banks of the Euphrates...
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Joseph Stiglitz
Why Tax Cuts for the Rich Solve Nothing
Although America’s right-wing plutocrats may disagree about how to rank the country’s major problems – for example, inequality, slow growth, low productivity, opioid addiction, poor schools, and...
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Tom Engelhardt
"Collateral Damage" Isn’t Collateral, It’s Central
You would barely know it, living in this country, but the essence of modern warfare is what our military tends to call “collateral damage”: the killing or wounding of civilians, not combatants. The...
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Rebekah Wilce
"Poison Papers" Snapshot: Transcript Illustrates EPA Collusion with Chemical Industry
The world of independent chemical testing has a shiny veneer. The public is reassured that chemicals they’re exposed to on a daily basis are certified by technicians in spotless white lab coats who...
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David E. RePass
Republican Health Care Proposals Run Up Against Basic Economics and Can Never Succeed
Republicans are trying to defy three basic economic factors with their health insurance proposals: 1) the large costs inherent in private insurance, 2) the market (supply and demand) model cannot be...
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Brian Tashman
Kris Kobach, the Man Charged With Enhancing Americans’ Confidence in Elections, Says That We May Never Know Who Won The Election
Roughly half of voters who said they voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election believe that he won the popular vote, according to a new poll from POLITICO/Morning Consult. The poll...
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Ralph Nader
Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide?
Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or for that rising fatality toll? Turning away from such warnings may reduce immediate tension or...
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Robert C. Koehler
Opening Gitmo to the World
To read Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantanamo is to run your mind along the contours of hell. The next step, if you’re an American, is to embrace it. Claim it. This is who we are: We are...
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Juan Cole
Mideast’s ‘Only Democracy’ joins push to Silence Al Jazeera: Netanyahu
Trump has his Twitter. Apparently far right wing Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has his Facebook. In a Facebook posting, Netanyahu vowed to close the Jerusalem office of the Qatar-backed...
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John Nichols
The Case for Impeachment
When Congressman Brad Sherman proposed the first article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the California Democrat carefully explained the necessity of the resolution, the legislative...
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Robert Greenstein
“Skinny Repeal Bill” — a Trojan Horse for Broader ACA Repeal and Deep Medicaid Cuts
Senate Republican leaders have tried and failed this week to pass two measures to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — a modified version of their “repeal-and-replace” bill and a straight ACA...
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
ACLU sign Chase Strangio
With Three Tweets President Trump Cruelly Threatens Trans Service Members With Rank Discrimination
In a series of tweets this morning, President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced a cruel and dangerous reversal in policy on transgender individuals serving in the military. Claiming that "[o]ur...
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Richard Heinberg
Are We Doomed? Let’s Have a Talk.
We're not all ready to have the same conversation, but perhaps that's a good place to start
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Jeremy Corbyn Chuck Collins
Eight Lessons US Progressives Can Learn From the UK Labour Party
As of mid-July, Labour is 8 percentage points ahead of the Conservatives. Here’s how they did it.
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Jerry Lembcke
Home-from-War War Stories: Myth, Media & the Ken Burns Vietnam Series
Stories of Vietnam veterans treated badly by war protesters proliferated in the years surrounding the Persian Gulf War of 1991. They were the inspiration for the "yellow ribbon campaign" intended to...
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Mike Brickner
Ohio Plans to Restart Executions with Drugs Known to Torture
After a three-and-a-half year moratorium, Ohio is poised to start executions again with the killing of Ronald Phillips by lethal injection on July 26. It will also mark the beginning of 27 planned...
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Kevin Gosztola
Democrats’ ‘Better Deal’ Platform Isn’t Anything Working People Haven’t Been Sold Already
Over the past eight months, the Democratic Party has floundered and sputtered around while trying to develop an agenda that can convince citizens they are a clear alternative to President Donald...
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Gwynne Dyer
Counting Sperm
"Compared to 1970s, sperm counts now in the predominantly white developed countries (North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand) are between 50% and 60% down."
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Ben Norton
How Media Spread CIA’s Sectarian, Anti-Iran ‘Mideast Cold War’ Narrative
A new Vox video ( 7/17/17 ) is the latest addition to a media onslaught that propagates numerous misleading talking points to demonize Iran—just as the US government, under Donald Trump’s vehemently...
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Felicia Kornbluh
Remembering 'The Americans with Disabilities Act' and the Movement that Generated It
Many Americans were surprised that some of the most militant responses to the proposed Republican health care plan came from disability activists – who staged a “die-in” outside the office of Senate...
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Chad Williams
100 Years Ago African-Americans Marched Down 5th Avenue to Declare That Black Lives Matter
The only sounds were those of muffled drums, the shuffling of feet and the gentle sobs of some of the estimated 20,000 onlookers. The women and children wore all white. The men dressed in black. On...
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Kate Aronoff
Your Personal Consumption Choices Can’t Save the Planet: We Have to Confront Capitalism
To stave off disaster, we must transform the economic system driving climate change.
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Julie Chinitz
The GOP’s Trojan Horse on Health Care Repeal
On Tuesday, 50 Republican senators showed contempt for their constituents by voting to move forward on repealing our health care, with Vice President Mike Pence stepping in to break the tie. Nine GOP...
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Peter Dreier
Not the Right Thing, But the Right-Wing Thing: On John McCain, Death, and Dishonor
In July 2008, just over a month after surgery for brain cancer and still in the middle of chemotherapy treatments, Senator Ted Kennedy returned to the Senate floor to help the Democrats break the...
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John Atcheson
Sanders Showed Values Matter, But Democrats Continue to Focus on Tactics and Gimmicks
The Democrats have just unveiled their new slogan: " A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages ." It looks like they were trying to do a rift on Roosevelt’s New Deal, but ended up with...
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