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Thursday, August 8, 2019
The revolutionary aspirations of the Green New Deal will only be brought to life by people who grasp the enormity of the crisis that humanity faces and the radical changes necessary to address it. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)  Rethinking Schools Editorial
The Green New Deal and Our Schools
This dystopian possibility is forcing us to imagine an entirely different kind of society. Schools have a central role to play in devising new alternatives and equipping young people to bring those alternatives to life.
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From left, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gather in the Capitol before a rally with House Democrats on their first 200 days of the 116th Congress on Thursday, July 25, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Norman Solomon
The Danger of Nancy Pelosi’s Bad Attitude Toward Progressives
At a time when the virulent racism of the Trump regime is becoming more flagrant, it might seem a divergence to challenge Democratic Party leadership. On the contrary, the imperative of preventing Trump's re-election will require massive engagement and huge turnout of the progressive grassroots...
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Nearly 40,000 Americans who died of gun-related injuries in 2017 represent a 19 percent increase from 2012 and the highest annual total since the mid-1990s. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) César Chelala
The U.S. Culture of Violence is Killing Us All
The U.S. has the most guns per capita and the weakest gun control laws of any developed country.
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Medical professionals, medical students, ACTUP New York and their supporters held a rousing protest rally outside Pfizer World Headquarters in New York one of the worlds largest drug companies. At the beginning of this year, the corporate giant announced price increases for 40 of its drugs. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Ralph Nader
Message to Congress: Big Pharma’s Trail of Greed, Power, and Cruelty Must Be Stopped
Gouges, casualties, and the congressional remedy to this national scourge
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Port Arthur, Texas underwater (SC National Guard / Flickr) William Minter
The Green New Deal Must Be Global
For a planet-wide climate crisis, solutions must also span the planet.
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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence exit following Trump's Aug. 5 speech in the White House about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. (Photo: Evan Vucci / AP) Bill Blum
Impeachment Is Designed for Presidents Like Trump
Should the House vote to impeach Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans will be left with two choices, neither of which is likely to boost Trump’s reelection chances.
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Republican presidential hopefuls Donald Trump (L) and Jeb Bush high five during the Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stepped into a campaign hornet's nest as his rivals collectively turned their sights on the billionaire in the party's second debate of the 2016 presidential race. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
No Cause Has Achieved the Same Combination of Deranged Views and Raw Power as the Modern American Right-Wing
A few thoughts on the theoretical Bolsheviks and other conservatives I have known
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Democratic presidential hopeful Former Vice President Joe Biden (C) gestures as he speaks flanked by US Senator from California Kamala Harris (R) and US Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) John Atcheson
The DNC Confederacy of Dunces Is Back at It for 2020
And the consequences could devastate the US and the world
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"Once we started blocking the train, that’s when the big support came in. That’s when people took notice." (WYMT/screen shot)   Sarah Lazare
Kentucky Miners Are Blocking a Coal Train for Back Pay. We Talked to One About a Just Transition.
"You have the issue of climate change, and most companies don’t care about us in the end, all they care about is the dollar. It’s a really bad situation."
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Three of the Walmart workers, Melisa Gonzalez, Jesus Romero and Raven Ramos, who helped people to escape during a mass shooting occurred on Saturday, get emotional during a vigil at Ponder Park in honor to the victims in El Paso on Sunday, August 4, 2019. (Photo: Lola Gomez/American-Statesman) Jesse Jackson
First Look in the Mirror, Mr. President, to Quell America’s Deadly Violence
Trump must lead the way with action in the passage of tough, meaningful gun control and an immediate ban on military-style weapons.
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The U.S.-Mexico border crossing at Tijuana (Photo: jonathan mcintosh / Flickr / creative commons) Jim Hightower
The Other Mexican Migration
Thousands of people cross the U.S.-Mexico border for health care every day—and they’re headed south, not north.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Nuclear war and climate change are the two existential threats we face today. (Photo:US Department of Defense) Robert Dodge
Hiroshima and the New Arms Race—No Winners
When our children’s children look back, it will be noted and remembered what side of history we were on when our planet was threatened. The choice is ours.
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A bank employee counts US currency and Chinese currency notes at a bank on August 6, 2019 in Nantong, Jiangsu Province of China. The onshore exchange rate of the Chinese currency fell beyond 7 per US dollar on August 5. (Photo: Xu Jinbai/VCG via Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
China Isn't the Economic Manipulator in This Trade War. Trump Is
The truth is this: Trump just can't wrap his mind around international trade
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The sickness of our widespread gun violence epidemic is connected to the sickness of the nuclear weapons industry, and the numbness and despair among us allow these lethal epidemics to threaten us all. (Photo: John Dear) Rev. John Dear
The Ongoing Call for Nuclear Abolition at Los Alamos
The sick people who prevent gun control and support AK47s are the same people who support the building and maintenance of nuclear weapons, which put millions of people at risk from some unimaginable massacre to come.
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Despite challenges from parts of both the labor and the environmental movements, which its sponsors had undoubtedly hoped would be among its strongest supporters, Markey and Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal resolution has gone a remarkably long way toward putting a genuine discussion of what an effective and just climate policy might look like in the public arena for the first time. (Photo: Emelia Gold) Aviva Chomsky
Jobs, the Environment, and a Planet in Crisis
Unions vs. Environmentalists or Unions and Environmentalists?
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Yamileth Lopez holds a photo of her deceased friend Javier Amir Rodriguez at a makeshift memorial for victims outside Walmart, near the scene of a mass shooting which left at least 22 people dead, on August 6, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Rodriguez was a sophomore at Horizon High School and was killed in the shooting. A 21-year-old white male suspect remains in custody in El Paso, which sits along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Phyllis Bennis
In the US Killing Fields, We're Now Way Past "Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough"
It's long past time to say the crisis is a crisis of white supremacy and racist xenophobic violence—rooted in US history but now enabled and encouraged and cheered on by a white supremacist racist xenophobic president
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What's more, ethnic minorities have just as much claim to being constitutive members of the United States community as white people, if not more so. (Photo: Illustrated | Spencer Platt/Getty Images, Benjamin_Lion/iStock, -slav-/iStock) Ryan Cooper
The White Nationalist Plot to Destroy America
Why do you hate America?
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Don’t pretend that most Americans have warm fuzzies for their employer-based health insurance plans. They don’t. (Photo: The Progressive) Bill Lueders
Take Away My Employer-Based Health Insurance. Please.
Centrist Democrats like Joe Biden still aim to gin up mass fear over the prospect of leaving behind predatory insurers and the dizzying array of deductibles, co-pays, exclusions, humiliations, and rationing of care that characterizes our current system.
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 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran on August 5, 2019. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Habib Ahmadzadeh
This Iranian War Vet Has Some Advice for Trump: Don't Play Checkers with the Grandmasters of Chess
War is not our business, but negotiations and diplomacy are. War is not our purpose. Peace is our mission. Peace is our philosophy in life, and you are right, diplomacy is our art.
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Imagine if, from birth, a new generation could experience guaranteed care, with quality not determined by wealth or income, but instead delivered as the human right it should be. (Photo: Sen. Bernie Sanders/Twitter) Jarod Facundo
What Medicare for All Would Have Meant a Decade Ago
Imagine if a new generation could experience guaranteed care, with quality not determined by wealth or income, but instead delivered as the human right it should be.
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Indian security personnel stop people during restrictions in Srinagar, August 5, 2019 (Photo: Danish Ismail/Reuters) Ather Zia
There Is Reason to Fear for the Safety of Every Kashmiri in India
The revoking of Article 370 is just the latest step in the BJP's grand plan to transform India into a Hindu-only nation.
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He is responsible for the violence. And he must go. Period. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) Jeffrey C. Isaac
Some Banal Thoughts About the Mutuality of Evil in our Midst
We must defeat Trump, not entreat him
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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on NPR.org (8/25/17). Lucas Koerner
NPR Shreds Ethics Handbook to Normalize Regime Change in Venezuela
NPR needs no state coercion to toe Washington’s regime change line on Venezuela.
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 Let us tell the truth about what happened between the US and Russia that brought us to this perilous moment and put the responsibility where it belong. (Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/Getty Images) Alice Slater
Hiroshima Unlearned: Time to Tell the Truth About US Relations with Russia and to Ban the Bomb
If the US and Russia can’t settle their differences and honor their promise in the NPT to eliminate their nuclear weapons, the whole world will continue to live under threats of unimaginable catastrophic humanitarian suffering and destruction.
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Monday, August 5, 2019
Authorities walk among evidence markers at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP Photo) Adele M. Stan
White Nationalist Does Massacre. Now the Gaslighting Begins
The president of the United States stokes the right-wing disinformation machine.
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U.S. President Donald Trump, beneath a portrait of populist President Andrew Jackson, speaks before the swearing-in of Rex Tillerson as 69th secretary of state in the Oval Office of the White House on February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Tillerson was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the day in a 56-43 vote. (Photo: Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images) Thom Hartmann
The Latest Massacre Shows the Second Amendment Model of ‘Slave Patrols’ Is Still in Effect
Like his presidential hero Andrew Jackson, who owned enslaved people and bragged about murdering Native American women and children, Trump speaks to an exclusively white audience
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We still have time to try and avert the scale of the disaster, but we must respond as we would in an emergency. (Photo: Martyn Aim/Getty Images) Joëlle Gergis
The Terrible Truth of Climate Change
The latest science is alarming, even for climate scientists
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People console each other as they gather for a vigil for the victims of the mass shooting that occurred over night, at the Levitt Pavilion on August 4, 2019 in Dayton, Ohio. In the second mass shooting in the U.S. within 24 hours a gunman left nine dead and another 27 wounded after only a minute of shooting. (Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images) Tim Wilkins
In Response to El Paso and Dayton, Thoughts And Prayers Are Not Enough
It will take more than a shrug and a smile to keep white nationalists with unlimited access to firearms from taking more lives
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It is clear that the Greenland ice sheet is rapidly responding to climate change, even faster than many scientists expected. (Photo: NASA/Maria-Jose Viñas) Thomas Mote
Greenland's Ice Wasn't Supposed to Melt Like Last Week Until 2070
The Greenland ice sheet covers an area the size of Alaska with enough ice to raise global sea level by more than 20 feet.
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Law enforcement agents respond to an active shooter at a Wal-Mart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, on August 3, 2019. - A gunman armed with an assault rifle killed 20 people Saturday when he opened fire on shoppers at a packed Walmart store in the latest mass shooting in the United States. (Photo: Joel Angel JUAREZ / AFP / Getty Images) Anis Shivani
What the El Paso Mass Shooting Tells Us About the Operationalization of Fascist Violence
We seem to have crossed some sort of a tipping point here, that this is a manifestation of something new and potentially viral, and far more ominous than the Charlottesville rally
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Whatever the spin, whether of that revolving door or of the defense industry’s publicists, the bottom line couldn’t be clearer: if job creation is your metric of choice, Pentagon contractors are a bad taxpayer investment. (Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force/Brad Fallin) Nia Harris, Cassandra Stimpson
More Money, Fewer Jobs: The Stubborn Truth About Employment and the Defense Industry
The military-industrial jobs scam
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Family members of 13-year-old Gilroy shooting victim Keyla Salazar console each other before a San Jose vigil. (Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times) Jillian Peterson, James Densley
We Have Studied Every Mass Shooting Since 1966. Here’s What We’ve Learned About the Shooters
Instead of simply rehearsing for the inevitable, we need to use that data to drive effective prevention strategies.
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Harris’ plan overestimates the government’s ability to keep for-profit health insurance companies from driving up health care spending and denying people needed care. (Photo: Getty Images) Diane Archer, Wendell Potter
'KamalaCare' Fails to Address Big Problem: That We Cannot Trust Insurance Companies
Like other Democratic presidential candidates who propose a "public option," she never tells us what her plan will cost or why for-profit insurers will all of a sudden deliver good affordable health care. There’s a reason.
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Protesters hold a rally against gun violence outside of New York Public Library in response to recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Denton, Ohio on August 4, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Michael Winship
Please, I'd Like to Stop Writing about Innocents Killed by Guns
Another day, another massacre—this time two, in just 13 hours.
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Sunday, August 4, 2019
John Morlino
Will This Be the Next Unthinkable Act of Gun Violence?
"It's little wonder that the annual number of firearm-related deaths in the U.S. has skyrocketed during the past decade."
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Margaret Kimberley
Trump and Baltimore
"There is only one person worthy of being defended in the wake of Donald Trump's Twitter tirade against Congressional Black Caucus member Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore. That man is Keith Davis, Jr."
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Ryan Cooper
The Old Democratic Trade Paradigm Is Collapsing. Good Riddance.
"Critically, Warren would also include the welfare of other countries as part of the considerations" as she negotiates a trade deal
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Jessica Stern, Yifat Susskind
Not a Straight White Man? U.S. Religious Conservatives Are Coming for You
Unless you are part of the narrow demographic of rich, white men deemed to have rights in 1776, this new Trump administration commission won't protect you
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Sarah Jones
Joe Biden Is the Reason Obama’s Legacy Is on Trial
"Even if we accept, for the sake of argument, that it’s a practical mistake for Democratic candidates to criticize the party’s popular former president, Biden is the one who put Obama’s legacy on trial."
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Will Bunch
Neither ICE Nor Storms of Controversy Stops South Philly’s Le Virtù From Fighting for Immigrants
"The investigation was, almost certainly, a result of our activism on behalf of immigrants."
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Saturday, August 3, 2019
Angelou Ezeilo
Seeing Color in Green Spaces: How to Increase Diversity in Conservation
Black Americans are underrepresented in conservation and outdoor retail careers. To change that, White employers need to apply their liberal values to the workplace.
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Sam Pizzigati
Can Inequality Be Hardwired into Our DNA?
We need more than a moratorium on making inheritable edits in our genetic code. We need a moratorium on people getting rich off of editing our genes.
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Sandra Lubarsky
Speak the Name of Beauty
"So beneficial is exposure to the natural world that a new global movement has arisen to declare access to nature a human right."
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Ernesto Falcon
The T-Mobile and Sprint Merger Is Blatantly Anticompetitive
"The companies’ argument is that Americans must accept fewer choices at higher prices if they want to see new services. This is just untrue."
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Cindy Leung, Julia Wolfson
Restricting SNAP Benefits Could Hurt Millions of Americans—and Local Communities
"People who are struggling are already demoralized. Being able to make our own food decisions is something that keeps us feeling like human beings."
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Jessica Piper
Debate Rules Drive 2020 Dems’ Digital Ad Spending Over $31 Million
This week’s debates were pivotal for most of the field, as struggling candidates look for a breakout moment that can propel their campaigns into September
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Friday, August 2, 2019
This independence—except from the big banks—is by design, when the Fed was devised by President Woodrow Wilson over one hundred years ago. (Photo: Tim Evanson/flickr/cc) Ralph Nader
Trump’s Effective Intimidation of the Powerful Federal Reserve
The Fed entrenches the power of the banks without accountability inside Washington.
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In 1915, the richest 1% of the population owned 35.6% of the country's wealth. The biggest threat to their position was the militant wing of the labor movement, hence the Wobblies were among the greatest victims of repression. (Photo: Garment Workers in NYC/1915/Bettmann /Getty) Adam Hochschild
America's Real War: A Political 100-Year Flood
Trump’s venom against the media, immigrants, "traitors," and more is nothing new.
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Alongside climate change, nuclear weapons pose one of the gravest risks to human survival. (Photo: Shutterstock) Olivia Alperstein
The U.S. Should Never Start A Nuclear War
Seventy-four years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a No First Use pledge would make our country—and the world—much safer.
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CNN debate viewers got industry talking points on healthcare from CNN moderators, bottom-tier industry-friendly candidates given outsized speaking time, and industry advertisements. (Photo: Screenshot) Julie Hollar
CNN’s Industry Spin Shows Need for Independent Debates
We desperately need serious, independently run debates, not over-the-top industry-friendly spectacles of the sort put on by CNN—and endorsed and gate-kept by the major parties.
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While none of these bills would completely solve our executive pay problem, they are important steps towards a more rational, equitable system. (Photo: Pixabay/CC0) Sarah Anderson
3 Bills to Rein in Executive Pay
Shortly before heading home for the summer recess, members of Congress are rushing to introduce proposals for cracking down on unpopular, overpaid executives.
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Today, there are more than 18,400 lawsuits pending against Bayer/Monsanto, by people who believe exposure to Roundup caused their cancer.(Photo: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images) Katherine Paul
When Will We Start Applying the Precautionary Principle to the Chemicals that Are Killing Our Kids?
National Cancer Institute says cases of pediatric cancer in the U.S. have surged by almost 50 percent from 1975 to 2015.
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Anti-abortion protestor with placard saying: 'Make America pro-life again' in Portland, US April 2019 (Photo: Alex Milan Tracy/SIPA USA/PA Images) Gillian Kane
Trump’s Is Not the First US Administration to Ignore Facts, and Slash Aid for Women’s Healthcare
A little-known but influential lobby group in Virginia has fuelled ultra-conservative defunding campaigns for decades.
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It is indisputable that Trump has a history of racism. It is also clear that he uses sensationalist politically incorrect rhetoric to hide a deeper neoliberal agenda of deregulation and corporate power. Just as troubling is that the Democrats similarly exploit this racist spectacle for the same purposes. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Peter Bloom
Viral Racism and the Politics of Distraction
Republican and Democrats are both exploiting Trump's racism to avoid dealing with real issues.
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The feigned gladiatorial confrontations CNN hyped in its promotion and then attempted to foment during the actual event serve no one. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Michael Winship
Debating Democrats, Please, No Fighting in the War Room
Direct your artillery at the real enemy, not each other.
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It’s almost unbelievable, but in Tuesday’s Democratic debate, Marianne Williamson, better than anyone on the stage, captured the number one issue that has been sabotaging democracy in America for decades.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) John Atcheson
Moscow Mitch and Yada, Yada, Yada: Progressives Need to Do a Better Job at Messaging
Money in politics is the reason government doesn’t work and doesn’t represent the people and why the US is an oligarchy headed toward authoritarian rule.
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While the easing of the guardianship system is indeed welcome news, Saudi Arabia remains one of the world’s most repressive societies for women. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) Medea Benjamin
Guardianship System Eased, But Saudi Arabia Still Oppresses Women
Saudi Arabia is the most gender-segregated society in the world.
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A sign supporting Medicare-for-all legislation on Capitol Hill in April. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) Pramila Jayapal
It’s Time for Democrats to Get Their Facts Right on Medicare-for-all
The Medicare-for-all movement has overwhelming public support, unprecedented grass-roots organization, and a serious plan that is ready to change our health-care system right now .
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Thursday, August 1, 2019
Inslee did use most of his time to hammer on the "climate crisis."(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
Jay Inslee Just Wants to Save the World From Climate Change
Kudos to Jay Inslee for trying to save America and human society.
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Food stamps are a huge stimulus to the economy. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
You Don’t Save Money By Forcing People to Go Hungry
Food stamps helped me get back on my feet during a tough time. Cutting them is lose-lose.
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Despite the proposals to curb our government’s reliance on private prisons, the banks running for the hills, and legislators passing laws to make it challenging for the industry to operate, its future appears to be a mixed bag. (Photo: Getty/RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post) Lauren-Brooke Eisen
Resistance to Private Prison Industry Mounts Amid Debate Over Trump’s Immigration Detention Policies
Controversy over immigration policy is shining an unwelcome spotlight on the private prison industry, which runs detention facilities that house tens of thousands of immigrants.
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What's on display is the spiritual laziness of incredibly powerful men. (Photos: National Archives/Getty Images; AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Robert C. Koehler
The Inner Nixon
Donald Trump, it turns out, is merely the inner Richard Nixon, live and uncensored. He’s also the inner Ronald Reagan—the inner voice, suddenly made public, of every white male racist who has ever occupied the Oval Office.
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There’s little discussion even now about preventing the workplace injuries that cause the pain that contribute to opioid use and abuse. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP Photo) Michael Felsen
How Deregulation Led to the Opioid Epidemic
In 2001, Congress rescinded the ergonomics standard that was designed to stem a range of common disabling workplace injuries. Absent regulation, injuries increased and large numbers of people were treated with addictive pain medications.
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Their petulance is that of the underachieving rich kid who nevertheless manages to snatch power for himself and has only contempt for those who let him get there. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) Sarah Jaffe
The Politics of Petulance, From Donald Trump to Boris Johnson
Four decades of relentless there-is-no-alternative propaganda has so many people believing that change is impossible, so you might as well stick your middle finger up at the world instead.
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How are policies really "moderate" when they perpetuate and increase extreme suffering due to vast income inequality? (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
There’s Nothing Moderate About "Moderates." A Primary Example Is Joe Biden
Biden’s record of words and deeds is "moderate" only if we ignore the extreme harm that he has done on matters ranging from civil rights and mass incarceration to student debt and the credit card industry to militarism and war.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Climate activists rally outside State Capitol in Salem, Oregon to urge Gov. Brown to reject Jordan Cove LNG. (Photo: Backbone Campaign) Nick Engelfried
Climate Activists Set Sights on Ending Fossil Fuel Exports in Pacific Northwest Once and For All
Climate activists have defeated coal, oil and gas terminals up and down the Pacific Northwest coast. One of the largest remaining hubs may be the next to go.
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If you imagine that Donald Trump invented the political technique of appealing to white supremacy, you’re going to have a hard time figuring out an effective way to overcome it. (Photo: New York Times) Jim Naureckas
Ronald Reagan’s Racism Should Come as No Surprise
The historical amnesia that allows people to be surprised that Ronald Reagan was a racist does more than sanitize the image of a historical figure.
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We all face harm from fracking’s impact on the climate. (Photo: Shutterstock) Barbara Gottlieb
The Research Is In: Stop Fracking ASAP
Over 1,500 reports show there’s simply no safe way to do it—and it’s harming us all every day it goes on.
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This rule would go beyond already controversial genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to encompass hundreds of new products of new gene and genome editing techniques. (Photo: Andrea Seaman/flickr/cc) Steve Suppan
USDA to Biotech: Call Your Own Compliance
USDA, in its desire to maximize trade in GE crops as soon as possible and everywhere, has proposed a rule that would make it exceedingly difficult to assess a GE plant’s risks
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"Never again means abolish ICE." (Photo: Shutterstock) Rachel Hodes
What 'Abolish ICE' Really Means
It’s about asking whether we need an immigration system that terrorizes the least dangerous people in this country.
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The letter outlines a series of eight bold but practical recommendations to the U.S., Iran, and Europe that could widen the path to diplomacy that has narrowed considerably since the U.S. initiated a tit-for-tat ratcheting up of tensions with Iran. (Photo: LobeLog) Jamal Abdi, Andrew Bacevich, Juan cole, et al.
Expert Letter on Deescalating with Iran
There remains a narrow path for the U.S. and Iran to avoid military conflict and resolve ongoing disputes through negotiations.
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John Feffer
Lifeboat Earth
Is China or the Green New Deal the answer to climate change?
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David Dayen
CNN's Debate Fail
The Democratic debate was an inevitable by-product of turning news into an entertainment and cultural product
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Her plan has an overarching, fatal flaw: It relies on the benevolence and good intentions of America’s health insurers. (Photo: Rhona Wise / AFP / Getty Images) Richard Eskow
The Fatal Flaw in Kamala Harris’ Health Plan
Kamala Harris’ plan is too fragile, too complex, and—most of all—too trusting of the predatory private sector to succeed.
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A protester makes a gesture during a protest on June 12, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)   Michelle Chen
Hong Kong Protesters and Militant Chinese Workers Point the Way to a New Kind of Internationalism
We can remain warily optimistic that, regardless of the system of government that rules over them, workers and civil society are still the force from which even the most powerful states derive legitimacy.
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Social Security and Medicare are proof that the American people can come together through our representatives in Washington to improve the lives of all of us. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Nancy J. Altman
It’s Medicare’s Birthday—Let’s Offer It to Everyone
We need to call our representatives and tell them that we are current Medicare beneficiaries who strongly support Medicare for All.
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Migrants certainly are not criminals for fleeing conditions the U.S. government helped create. They are victims. (Photo: Ryan/flickr/cc) Timothy Wise
Dear Democrats: We Owe Migrants More Than "Decriminalization"
U.S. policies have created the disasters from which they are fleeing.
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Fifty years after the moon landing, Michael Winship reflects on five decades of American life. Michael Winship
Everyone's Gone to the Moon…
… And given what it's like here at home, the moon may be the best place to be.
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Trump’s use of Baltimore’s dysfunction is the finest expression yet of this man’s limitless racism. (Photo: Edwin Remsberg/VWPics/AP Images) Gabrielle Gurley
#WeAreAllBaltimore
As The Baltimore Sun wrote, it’s better to have a few rats than to be one.
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In West Africa, the African continent’s most unequal region, the richest 1 percent hold more net worth than the entire bottom 99 percent. (Photo credit should read FATI ABUBAKAR/AFP/Getty Images) Sam Pizzigati
A Lesson from West Africa, a Global Inequality Ground Zero
To end poverty at the bottom of our economic orders, we need to stop wealth from concentrating at the top.
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Climate change itself works against nuclear power; severe droughts have led to the shutting down of reactors as the surrounding waters become too warm to provide the vital cooling function. (Photo: Reinhard Marscha - stock.adobe.com) Robert Jay Lifton, Naomi Oreskes
The False Promise of Nuclear Power
We must free ourselves from the false hope that a technology designed for ultimate destruction could be transmogrified into ultimate life-enhancement.
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Monday, July 29, 2019
George W. Bush's penchant for saying that in executing the war against Iraq he was carrying out "God's will."(Photo: Screenshot) James Zogby
The Abuse of Religion to Foster Extremism Is a Universal Phenomenon
When it masks a political agenda or when it justifies violence either by groups or state actors, it becomes a danger
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Demonstrator holds a sign that reads, “No one is illegal on stolen land” at a protest near the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo: SOPA Images/Getty Images) Guillermo Torres
Indigenous People Demand an End to Detention on Stolen Lands
"As the original caretakers of these lands and territories, we have inherent authority over migration and demand an end to these barbaric acts."
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A B53 nuclear bomb at the Pantex facility in Texas. (Photo: NNSA/flickr/cc) Lawrence Wittner
Dear Moderators of the Presidential Debates: How About Raising the Issue of How to Avert Nuclear War?
Don’t you―as stand-ins for the American people―think it might be worthwhile to ask the candidates some questions about how best to avert a global catastrophe of unprecedented magnitude?
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Remaining at the present level would imply a continued carnage at the “commodity extraction frontier” until so little is left that eternal warfare and collapse are inevitable. (Remko de Waal/Getty-AFP) Joan Martinez Alier , Nick Meynen
Never-Ending Growth?
The fatal flaw in the plan to end poverty and save the planet.
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Poorer seniors are likely to have been poor, or among the working poor, most of their lives. (Photo: Shutterstock) Katherine Newman
Retirement Shouldn’t Mean Poverty
Social security helps, but growing inequality means millions of elders are just barely making it.
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Kolkata, India: Temperatures soar past 40˚C during a June 2019 heatwave. (Photo: Piyal Adhikary / EPA) Tom Matthews
Heatwave: Think It’s Hot in Europe? The Human Body Is Already Close to Thermal Limits Elsewhere
Spare a thought for less fortunate communities who are routinely experiencing extraordinary temperatures.
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Miles Mogulescu
Nadler to the Rescue?
While Nadler and his Judiciary Committee colleagues may have saved Democrats from having nothing to say to their constituents about impeachment during the recess, the question remains whether they're being too clever by half
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Danny Sjursen
How America's Wars End (Messily)
And the Afghan war will be no exception
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Sunday, July 28, 2019
Hundreds of millions of animals trapped in horrendous conditions inside the secretive world of factory farming. Linda McQuaig
Animals Protected from Sexual Abuse, But Not Factory Farm Abuse
In a real head-scratcher, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in June 2016 that sexual contact with an animal was legal, as long as there was no penetration. Whatever uncertainty that created for...
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Trump is a puppet master, his tweets, rants, and outright insanity are the strings and Democrats and the mainstream media are his puppets, as day-after day, the headlines and political debate are dominated by his latest theater of the absurd. John Atcheson
Trump is Sucking the Air Out of the Political Debate - And Democrats and the Media Are Enabling Him
Another Monday, another day devoted to Trump’s insane tweets, racist rants, and faux outrage . Just as he wants it. Trump is a puppet master, his tweets, rants, and outright insanity are the strings...
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Fascists like military might and power, especially its display. The July 4 parade in Washington this year was a Fascist happening. Arthur Haberman
The American Version of Fascism is Alive and Prospering
The United States, as a whole, is not a fascist country. There are many places in states and localities where democracy thrives. The federal Republican Party, however, has become a fascist...
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US President Donald Trump meets with US Vice President Mike Pence(R) and US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin at the White House on June 24, 2019, before signing 'hard-hitting sanctions' on Iran's supreme leader. Christopher Teel
America Gone Rogue
If America goes to war in Iran, it will be because we are a rogue state, not because they are. Iran’s government is a vicious theocracy which supports bloodthirsty regimes, but the current crisis...
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FREEPORT, ME - A sign explaining the transformation of the newly renamed Wolfes Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment. The farm is now heavily focused on Regenerative Agriculture. Ronnie Cummins
The 9% Lie: Industrial Food and Climate Change
The Climate Emergency is finally getting the attention of the media and the U.S. (and world) body politic, as well as a growing number of politicians, activists and even U.S. farmers. This great...
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Boris Johnson (L) and US President Donald Trump greet before a meeting on United Nations Reform at UN headquarters in New York on September 18, 2017. Jeffrey D. Sachs
The Crisis of Anglo-American Democracy
There is an obvious answer to the question of how the world's two oldest and most venerable democracies installed disordered minds in power and enabled them to pursue unpopular policies. But there is also a deeper explanation.
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Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, aka Boris Johnson, is now the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party. (cc/DonkeyHotey) Eric Margolis
New Captain for a Sinking Britain
Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, is being called by many ‘the British Trump.’ It’s an easy comparison, given their quirky, confrontational styles, prominent blond hair, tribal politics...
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Saturday, July 27, 2019
MSNBC’s Anti-Sanders Bias Makes It Forget How to Do Math Katie Halper
MSNBC’s Anti-Sanders Bias Makes It Forget How to Do Math
When MSNBC legal analyst Mimi Rocah ( 7/21/19 ) said that Bernie Sanders “made [her] skin crawl,” though she “can’t even identify for you what exactly it is,” she was just expressing more overtly the...
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Friday, July 26, 2019
The classrooms of universities and multiversities, are concentrated arenas of learning that offer special opportunities to raise students and intellectuals to speak up for the poor, for Mother Earth and her children. (Photo: Nnimmo Bassey) Nnimmo Bassey
We Must Wake the World From Slumber to Tackle the Existential Crises of Our Days
The classroom of life has no graduation.
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Congress has no ability to check the executive branch in any meaningful way. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Danielle Allen
We Are in Our Articles of Confederation Moment
Our national legislature no longer functions.
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"Warren’s foreign policy positions have shifted a fair amount in recent years, particularly during the past few months." (Photo: Marc Nozell/flickr/cc) Reese Erlich
Elizabeth Warren on War and Peace
Warren’s troubling foreign policy history includes uncritical support of Israel, supporting sanctions on Venezuela, and vilifying Russia and China as national security threats. But her views are also evolving.
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