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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
"Citizen Action members worked together through 2017 to build an 8 year progressive platform designed to create a gold standard for progressive candidates." (Photo: Citizens Action) Robert Kraig
Progressives Win Big in Wisconsin Primary
Like an iceberg, they’re getting ready to crash into the GOP’s “unsinkable” ship of gerrymandering and dark money and send it straight to the bottom of Lake Superior
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 "The attorney could have shown the court that this lethal-injection protocol featuring fentanyl is unconstitutional, because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, as a Nevada court has found of a similar protocol." (Photo: Josh Rushing/Flickr) Brian Stull
'Do We Deserve to Kill?' The Answer Is 'No' After Nebraska's Latest Execution
People who love justice hate nothing more than a justice system where only one side is able to fight
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Cork County, Ireland (Photo: Shutterstock) Celia Bottger
If Ireland Can Get Out of Fossil Fuels, Your Town Can Too
Almost 900 cities, universities, and governments have divested over $6 trillion from the fossil fuel industry. Why not yours?
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"A feminist foreign policy is not just about the common good—it’s about the global good." (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/Twitter) Stacy Bannerman
A Foreign Policy That Can Change Everything for Everyone
Women talk about gender, racial and economic justice. But anti-war messaging is still missing from the resistance movement—and there can be no justice without peace
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A protester celebrating President Barack Obama’s decision to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Washington, D.C., November 6, 2015. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images) Bill McKibben
Seeing Red? Think Blue
Election day is just one day in the political calendar: if you care about climate change or medical care or mass incarceration, all the other days are just as important, because it’s then that you build the movements that really shift the Z eitgeist
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Juan Cole
Trump Wouldn’t Have Let Her in the Country, But Ilhan Omar Is Likely Joining Congress
Ilhan Omar is humane where Trump is selfish. Ilhan Omar is high-minded where Trump is in the gutter. Let's hope hers is the future — his the past.
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Jeff Cohen
Democrats Gather in Chicago: Elite Party or Party of the People?
This country needs a serious opposition party that can defeat both corporate power and the GOP. Nothing else will do.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Even when they win by default because the Republican’s overreach has become so obvious or so destructive that the people boot them out, Democrats go into office without a real mandate, and therefore cannot deliver what the voters want – policies which put the people first. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) John Atcheson
With 3 Months To Go, Pundits and Democrats Still Clueless
In an era of minority parties, primary victories don’t become election victories
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Marine Le Pen, National Front political party leader, and Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon attend the party's convention in Lille, France, March 10, 2018 (Photo: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters) Maya Goodfellow
How Worried Should We Be About Steve Bannon's 'Movement'?
The widespread normalisation of the far-right is far more worrying than one man's efforts to keep himself relevant
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We’ve known for a long time that inequality causes a wide range of health and social problems, including everything from reduced life expectancy and higher infant mortality to poor educational attainment, lower social mobility and increased levels of violence.(Photo: Flickr/mSeattle. CC BY 2.0.) Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson
The Enemy Between Us: How Inequality Erodes our Mental Health
Inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other
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Soldiers assigned to Task Force Southwest at Camp Sharob in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, March 22, 2018. (Photo: Department of Defense/Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro) Reese Erlich
Afghanistan Has Become Trump’s ‘Failed Narco State’
President Donald Trump is back on the stump, trumpeting his alleged triumphs since the 2016 election. Somehow, he never mentions Afghanistan
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"Roosevelt’s and the other founders’ words and actions make clear that they envisioned Social Security to be a permanent part of the economy, once the Great Depression was history." (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Nancy Altman
The Truth About Social Security: Setting the Record Straight
Eighty-three years later, Social Security addresses universal economic risks that have always been with us and always will be
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"In a political climate dominated by an erratic president in the pocket of the NRA and a Congress with large numbers of members under the sway of the gun lobby, however, only a strong, persistent public outcry might make a difference." (Photo: Chayak / Flickr) William Hartung
Donald Trump, Gunrunner for Hire
The NRA and the gun industry in the global stratosphere
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"Yes, the prospect of runaway climate change is terrifying. But this dead world is not our destiny. It’s entirely avoidable." (Photo: Getty) Eric Holthaus
Terrified By ‘Hothouse Earth’? Don’t Despair — Do Something
This is our actual planet we’re talking about, the only place in the entire universe capable of supporting life as we know it
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An oil-soaked bird struggles against the side of a supply vessel at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP) Elizabeth Bruenig
Cruelty Without Consequence Is Trump’s Way
President Trump’s Interior Department has announced that it will no longer enforce prohibitions on “incidental takes” — the unintended, though still perhaps foreseen, killing of birds, as in open waste pits, uncovered oil spills, lit communication towers and low-visibility power lines
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Monday, August 13, 2018
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks after US President Donald Trump announced his nomination in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/ AFP/ Getty Images) Hannah Leibson, Rebecca Hare Cokley
Kavanaugh Thinks It’s Okay to Perform Elective Surgery on People Without Their Consent
As both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate gear up for what is likely to be a long hearing process, the 57 million Americans with disabilities are bracing themselves for the negative consequences of Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment
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"The conference was organised by the leading climate denial think tank, Heartland Institute." (Photo: Screenshot/The Heartland Institute) Andy Rowell
As America Burns From Climate Change, Trump Officials Attend Denial Conference to Discuss Why Climate Change is Fake
Trump represents the last chance for the fossil fuel industry to wreck this planet
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"Every voter has the right to know whether or not their next member of Congress will represent ‘We the People’ or big money and special interests."(Photo: Susan Melkisethian/Flickr/cc) Johannes Epke
Where do your Representatives Stand on the Influence of Big Money in Politics?
This is the first step to restore a government that works for people, not money
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"Start instead with “kitchen table” issues like stagnant wages, shrinking benefits, the escalating costs of health care, college, pharmaceuticals, housing." (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
10 Steps to Finding Common Ground
What can we do–all of us–to begin talking across the great divide?
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21 July 2017 - Denver, CO - US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta gives remarks and participates in Q&A at the 44th annual American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting. (Photo Credit: Department of Labor Shawn T Moore)   Mary Bottari
ALEC Is Pushing a New Slate of Viciously Anti-Worker, Pro-Corporate Laws
A veritable banquet of union-busting, gerrymandering, pro-fossil fuel, and school privatization proposals
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In July, Arne Duncan, the Obama administration education secretary, visited Parkland, Fla., to pitch parents on his idea for a national school boycott designed to force Congress to take action on gun legislation. (Tonya Alanez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/AP) Valerie Strauss
Arne Duncan Never Learns
Duncan still thinks, apparently, his biggest mistake involved poor communication rather than the substance of the policies
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This image made from video taken on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, shows a child injured in an airstrike resting at a hospital in Saada, Yemen. Yemen's Shiite rebels are backing a United Nations’ call for an investigation into a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the country’s north that killed dozens of people the previous day, including many children. (Photo: AP Video) Will Bunch
I Don't Remember Voting For U.S. Bombs to Murder Little Kids in Yemen, Do You?
The news media needs to do a much better job keeping American citizens informed about what’s happening in Yemen — and all the other outposts of “the forever war” — and how U.S. dollars and U.S. bombs are making these conflicts happen
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Alex Jones, a right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist, in 2017. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) David Greene
Alex Jones Is Far From the Only Person Tech Companies Are Silencing
Facebook, Twitter, Apple and other companies routinely silence voices in marginalized communities around the world that struggle to be heard in the first place, replicating their offline repression
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Jamie Henn
This Sort of Spineless Corporate Pandering Is Why Democrats Keep Losing
The DNC's vote to reverse a ban on fossil fuel industry giving is a deplorable step backward for the party
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Sunday, August 12, 2018
Space Force logo Juan Cole
Trump's "Space Force": More "Whitey on the Moon"
How little progress we have made since the 1960s!
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no prop a sign Heidi Shierholz
Missourians See 'Right-to-Work' for What It Is: An Assault on Workers
Such measures jeopardize unions' ability to give workers a meaningful voice in the workplace
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Nathaniel Matthews-Trigg
Climate Change Is the Inevitable Consequence of Capitalist Privatization
Just as diverse as we humans are, so too are the creative ways we can organize ourselves to create a more sustainable future
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buy more stuff Kristine Mattis
Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: The Environment Crisis Requires Overhauling Our Corporate Industrial Civilization
We cannot take for granted, as economists and industrialists do, that we will continue to produce and consume more
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Saturday, August 11, 2018
healthcare rally Pierre Tristam
It Should Be Criminal to Let Health Insurers Deny Coverage Based on Pre-Existing Conditions
Instead, the Trump administration, Florida, and 19 other states are fighting in court to make it permissible business again
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schoolboy protester Steven Singer
This Wall Street PAC Bankrolling Democrats Thinks Being Progressive Means Mirroring Betsy DeVos
If Democratic candidates want to keep the support of grassroots voters, they need to reject money from Democrats for Education Reform
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Trump Eric Margolis
Trump's Sanctions on Iran and Violation of the Nuclear Deal Defy His Vows to Create US Jobs
The $20 billion lost should be counted as part of annual U.S. aid to Israel
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carr fire Bob Burnett
As California Burns, It's Time to Elect Climate Leaders to Deal With This 'New Normal'
The catastrophic impacts of the climate crisis aren't confined to the West Coast wildfires—each community will have to develop their own particular response
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Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Ansje Miller , Zack Kaldveer
Toxic Corruption: The Chemical Industry Keeps Pulling EPA's Strings
Protecting public health was once an EPA priority—now it's being treated as just another obstacle to maximizing corporate profit
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buses Kevin Kumashiro
A Back-to-School Lesson for 2018: As Elites Cut, the Masses Build
Education can strengthen our democracy when it raises our consciousness, reframes the debate, and mobilizes the public
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Friday, August 10, 2018
"According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, at least twenty-nine of those killed were children under the age of fifteen, and forty-eight people were wounded, including thirty children." (Photo: BBC News) Kathy Kelly
U.S. Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen
“If an airstrike was a drive-by and killed someone, the U.S. provided the car, the wheels, the servicing and repair, the gun, the bullets, help with maintenance of those—and the gas.”
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Artist and activist Robin Bell projected the words "Emoluments Welcome" on the facade of the Trump International Hotel in Washington in May 2017.(Photo: Robin Bell) Rex Nutting
Confused By Emoluments? The Founding Fathers Would Have Impeached Trump in a New York Minute
The Founding Fathers had someone just like Donald Trump in mind when they banned any and all emoluments to the president from any foreign or state governments
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“There is overwhelming research that distress and anxiety relating to climate is on the rise.”  (Photo: Milamai/Getty Images) Peter Kalmus
The Best Medicine for My Climate Grief
A climate scientist talks to a psychologist about coping with the crushing stress related to climate change. Here’s what he learned
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'Rashida Tlaib at her campaign headquarters in Detroit on Wednesday after becoming the Democratic nominee for a House seat." (Photo: Anthony Lanzilote for The New York Times) Michelle Goldberg
The Pragmatic Left Is Winning
For once, Democrats are not in disarray
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"Laura Ingraham’s maternal grandparents were immigrants from Poland." (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) Juan Cole
US Editorials Called the Polish Immigrant Grandparents of Laura Ingraham ‘Undesirables’
Ingraham's typical Know-Nothing pronouncements on immigration to the US
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"This is Alaska's North Slope, which already was heavily drilled and which the current administration and its landlords are planning to turn into another bonanza for themselves." (Photo: Getty) Charles P. Pierce
Climate Change Destroys the Lives of the Poorest Human Beings First
History will not look kindly on us for this, or for any other aspect of our environmental record
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 "More establishment-inclined Democrats, sensing which way the wind is blowing, are already repositioning themselves." (Photo: Illustrated | Alex Edelman/Getty Images, Bill Pugliano/Getty Images, AP Photo/Al Goldis, AP Photo/Jim Salter, grebeshkovmaxim/iStock) Ryan Cooper
The Left Is Just Getting Started
If centrists think a couple of close losses spells the end of the left, they have another thing coming
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Thursday, August 9, 2018
"While we still don’t have a good explanation of who killed Kennedy, we do know the available facts do not corroborate the official theory." (Photo: US Department of State) Jefferson Morley
QAnon: Why We Have the CIA Partly to Thank for the Craziest Conspiracy Theory Yet
The roots of the wackiest pro-Trump conspiracy can be traced back to the CIA
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Mike Lofgren
A Buckeye’s Lament: What Has Happened to Ohio and the Midwest?
Away from the large urban centers, the Midwest has transformed into a stronghold of derivative Southernism: country music and mores, religious fundamentalism, the cult of the good old boy, reactionary conservatism of a primitive type.
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"This is because minority interests in civil society are able to manipulate the political process in their favor – mostly via the unequal distribution of money and power." (Photo: Peoples World/flickr/cc) John R. Wallach
On the Ambiguity of "Democracy" in America
What's in a (political) name?
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"Jews had lived for centuries as full citizens of Holland, experiencing little of the discrimination so prevalent in some other European countries." (Photo: Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images) Dianne Monroe
“What Harm Can There Be in One Little Question?”: How the Horrific Grows in Small Steps
H ow the past can guide us through turbulent and dangerous times
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"Bell’s win is testimony to the power of grassroots social movements." (Photo: B.C. Lorio/Flickr) Frank Leon Roberts
The Ferguson Effect: Why Wesley Bell’s Primary Victory in St. Louis Matters
As we move toward the midterm elections of 2018, we would do well to pay attention to the continued influence of the movement for Black lives on local elections and on the changing face of criminal justice reform in America
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"This is a very dangerous situation." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Vijay Prashad
The Knife in Iran’s Back: Trump Reinstates Sanctions, Opening the Door to Chaos in Asia and Europe
China, Russia and Turkey have already indicated that they will not buckle to U.S. pressure
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"So energy efficiency creates more jobs than fossil fuels — and at a faster rate and a lower cost." (Photo: Shutterstock) Basav Sen
Want to Create Jobs? Reduce Fossil Fuel Use
Energy efficiency creates more jobs than fossil fuels — and at a faster rate and lower cost
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"So far this year the city has racked up more than 300 homicides, according to the Chicago Tribune. Something, as we all know, is out of control, in this city, across the country . . . and across the planet.." (Photo: AP) Robert C. Koehler
Poverty, Violence, and Spiritual Wildfires
We’ve chosen, over the last half century, to perpetuate violence rather than take a complex, value-transforming stand against, or beyond, it
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018
"The great majority of victims in the war in Iraq have been civilians." (Photo: Shutterstock) Edward Hunt
Visions of War and Wealth in the Middle East
U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan is part of a long-term strategy to gain regional influence and access to resources
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'Whatever occupation they work in, black women are typically paid less than white men in the same occupations." (Photo: @AAUW/Twitter) Amy Traub
Social Exclusion and Black Women’s Pay
Exclusion from “good” jobs shows up not only in lower pay for black women, but also in black workers’ reduced access to critical employment-based benefits like health care and retirement plans
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"Now, at a moment of crisis and high political tension, the public seems unable to grasp the gravity of allowing the government or anyone else to use that power." (Valentin Wolf/imageBROKER/REX Shutterstock, Ilana Panich-Linsman/The New York Times/Redux)  Matt Taibbi
Beware the Slippery Slope of Facebook Censorship
The social network is too big and broken to properly function, and these “fixes” will only create more problems
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"The idea that all humanity is equally and collectively responsible for climate change – or any other environmental or social problem – is extremely weak." (Photo: Pixabay/CC0) Alex Randall
Neoliberalism Drives Climate Breakdown, Not Human Nature
Attempts by the New York Times to blame humanity as a whole for climate change let the real culprits off the hook
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"While large-scale solar has grown here, the national marketplace is moving toward solar-with-storage at homes, businesses and parking areas." (Photo: Becker1999/Flickr/cc) Jim Warren
Solar With Storage Surges as Gas Falls
All the economics and technology are available to rapidly replace coal and “natural” gas, save billions and create thousands of jobs across rural and urban North Carolina
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John Feffer
The Case for Imposing Sanctions on Donald Trump and His US-Based Business Empire
It's time for Americans to get a taste of their own medicine. The world should blacklist Trump, his associates, and his businesses.
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Ann Mari May and Mary McGarvey are co-authors of a new study examining gender gaps among European economists.(Photo: Craig Chandler/University Communication)  Lucy Goodchild van Hilten
Why We Need More Women Involved in Creating Environmental Policy
A new study shows female economists are more likely to support environmental policies than their male counterparts
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"These monopolies are not merely un-American, they're virulently anti-American, suppressing our fundamental values of fairness and opportunity for all." (Photo: Getty) Jim Hightower
Monopoly or Democracy?
Generation after generation of moneyed elites have persisted in trying to take wealth and power from the workaday majority and concentrate both of those things in their wealthy hands to establish a de facto American aristocracy
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(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Greg Coleridge
Confirming Kavanaugh Is Not Affirming Democracy
Based on Kavanaugh’s own past decisions, of affirming, and likely expanding, constitutional rights of corporations at the expense of human rights, and limiting our ability to protect our ecosystem from further plunder and outright collapse
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Ralph Nader
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook— Serf Labor, Overpriced iPhones, and Wasted Burning Profits
Apple’s business model rests on low wage-labor in China and gouging iPhone consumers in the U.S. The federal cops on the corporate antitrust beat have been asleep for years— a somnolence well recognized by Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google.
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"We could rapidly become 4 degrees warmer than today, as we spiral out of control very quickly, as one domino knocks another over. In fact, have we already started spiralling?" (Photo: AP) Andy Rowell
Are We Descending Into Hothouse Earth?
The new normal could become a whole lot worse
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"Trump calls the news media “the Enemy of the People,” a phrase that blood-soaked totalitarian regimes have used to justify assassinations and purges." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Eugene Robinson
Trump’s Rally Rhetoric Is Going to Get Somebody Killed
The GOP has lost its mind
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
Medicare for All Makes A Lot of Sense
The current system is an outrage, and Americans express less satisfaction with the health care system than do their counterparts abroad.
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Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" speaks onstage at IGNITION: Future of Media at Time Warner Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images) Madeline Peltz
Watching Tucker Carlson Eats At My Soul. Here’s Why I Do It Anyway
Fox News is still the highest-viewed news network in the country, which means the stories it focuses on and the language it uses to report them holds a tremendous amount of sway
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"If the ruling stands, it could result in an unprecedented level of public disclosure about Trump’s businesses, something he has fiercely resisted." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr) Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Encouraging Progress in Prying Open Trump’s Finances
A judge has defined the Constitution’s anti-corruption clauses for the first time. And it’s not good news for the president
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'The people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki did not have this option when the bombs fell, when they were crushed in their own homes, and when they died by the thousands from radiation poisoning for decades after." (Photo: AP Photo/U.S. Army) Emilie K. Clark
What Do We Teach Our Students About Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
I have worked in four different high schools in New York City, and have hardly heard these nuclear disasters mentioned
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Monday, August 6, 2018
"Despite the sharp decline in interstate conflicts and deaths of military personnel, the significant number of deaths of civilians in the civil wars continues to pose threat." (Photo: Sergeeva Leka via Shutterstock) Sajjad Hussain
Drifting Away from Peace
According to a new study, peaceful countries are getting more peaceful while the violent are getting more violent
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"Dunlap laid out quite clearly the obvious fact that the commission's true purpose was to validate the president*'s horse-hockey about how three to five million illegal votes were cast."(Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty) Charles P. Pierce
This Was as Grave an Attack on Our Democracy as the Russian Meddling
Except it was waged by the vice president and Kris Kobach
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“Afghan peace is needed for Afghans like water for a thirsty man.” (Photo: Flickr/MilitaryHealth/CC) Dr. Hakim
Can Afghans Convince Us That the Method of War Isn’t Effective?
For them, war not only doesn’t work, it results in more war, verifying a report that in the ongoing ‘global war against terrorism’ from 2001 to 2015, terrorism increased nine fold
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Rev. John Dear
Breaking Through the Normalcy of Los Alamos on Hiroshima Day
The normalcy of Los Alamos is so inhumanly, grotesquely, demonically abnormal as to seem perfectly reasonable
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On the list of presidential liars: Shortly after being told of the 9/11 attacks of 2001, George W. Bush confers with administration members at a Florida school he was visiting. Months later, he would lie to the American people as he sought to justify an invasion of Iraq partly on the basis of the attacks. (Photo: The U.S. National Archives) Paul Street
The American Sea of Deception
While we’ve never seen anything on Trump’s psychotic scale, the problem of U.S. presidential deception goes way back in American history
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"The war on terror has been going on for so long that two of this year’s inductees played roles in it, one of them perhaps the most famous commando of his generation." (Photo: Debra Sweet/flickr/cc) Nick Turse
The Legacy of Infinite War
Special Ops, Generational Struggle, and the Cooperstown of Commandos
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The skyline of Manhattan at sunset in New York, May 23, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Naomi Klein
Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not “Human Nature”
We humans really were on the brink of saving ourselves in the ’80s, but were swamped by a tide of elite, free-market fanaticism — one that was opposed by millions of people around the world
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“People don’t believe in government. Every time someone interacts with government it’s a shitty experience. So you’ve got to make it less shitty.”(Photo: TedxUofM Conference/Flickr/cc) Nathan J. Robinson
Abdul El-Sayed’s Campaign Is a Test for Leftism in the Midwest
He’s not quite like anyone else in American politics
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A young girl prays after floating a candle lit paper lantern on the river during 70th anniversary activities, comemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on August 6, 2015 in Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) Robert Dodge
Hibakusha and Hope in the Nuclear Age
The renewed arms race threatens us and everything we care about every moment of every day
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"Huge blazes in California have destroyed over 1,500 homes and killed at least eight people." (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
America in Peril
This is just a tiny taste of our coming future if climate change is not halted
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Sunday, August 5, 2018
Two chilren play at the beach Norah Vawter
A Letter to My Child on a Changing Planet
Lots of big stuff is at stake as the climate changes. But so are everyday pleasures we take for granted — like hikes in the woods, days on the beach, and lazy summer days.
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A Hitler figurine Tom Valovic
Humanity’s Pickle: A Penchant for Undeserving Leaders
Strongmen and other unworthy leaders who have historically risen to power have done so largely by becoming masters of manipulating fear.
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Ellen and Stephen Gerhart watching tree cutting. Karen Feridun
Justice Mocked in Pennsylvania
Ellen Gerhart was sentenced for her protest against Energy Transfer Partners' pipeline
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Women hold signs reading 'Peace' and 'Enough! Bring the troops home now!' Maya Evans
Marching for Peace: From Helmand to Hiroshima
Perhaps the silver lining of the Trump cloud is that people are finally starting to wake up and see the complete lack of wisdom behind the U.S. and its hostile foreign and domestic policies
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Saturday, August 4, 2018
Coffee beans on a tree John Vandermeer, Ivette Perfecto
Coffee and the Shock Doctrine in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria quickly became an unprecedented human disaster because the destruction of Puerto Rican economy and society had long been underway .
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A view from the Yasuní national park. Esteban Suárez
Biodiversity and the Society of Superlatives
We must move beyond the mercantile mindset of perceiving everything only in terms of numbers, where “more” or “bigger” necessarily mean “better.”
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The sky above Soda Bay, Calif. is seen on July 30, 2018 as the River Fire burns. Mel Gurtov
While Rome (and Most Everywhere Else) Burns
The Trump administration is taking action, but in precisely the wrong direction .
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A monarch butterfly on milkweed Meena Miriam Yust
Why Treaty Protection Is Needed for Migratory Pollinators
Butterflies are not protected under any treaty, and consequently their populations are in danger.
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Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner speaks on stage during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem Juan Cole
Jared Kushner Tries to Strip Refugee Status, Aid from Millions of Displaced Palestinians
Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor is reportedly pushing to close UNRWA
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Friday, August 3, 2018
"Fixing our broken farm policy and ensuring a functional marketplace where farmers are paid fairly would."(Photo: TumblingRun/flickr/cc) Patty Lovera
Trump’s Farmer "Bailout," Explained
And what we really need to do to get agriculture back on track
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"Albence’s testimony should drive home that there is nothing the Trump administration will not say to defend the indefensible."(Photo: US Customs and Border Protection/Flickr) Amrit Cheng
3 Reasons Why Immigration Detention Centers Are Not Like ‘Summer Camp’
It’s a ludicrous statement, entirely disconnected from reality or any semblance of humanity
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Vernon Haltom, executive director of Coal River Mountain Watch, testified before a congressional subcommittee this week about the impact of coal mining on Appalachian communities. (Image is a still from the official video) Vernon Haltom
Witnessing Coal's Death March
"Whether it's coal to Asia, coal waste to oil, coal to plastics, or coal to rainbows and unicorns, that coal is mined from the bones and the lungs of people who can never be fairly compensated for their injuries or their lives."
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"Racism has been an essential part of the Republican playbook for decades. Elected over and over as defenders of white working people’s “way of life,” the GOP has reliably used its political power to make its rich donors richer."(Photo: Getty) Tim Koechlin
Unholy Trinity: Trumpism, Racism and Profits
Blaming the hard times suffered by struggling whites on “undeserving” people of color – is as old as America
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A snarky sign seen in San Francisco. Dean Baker
The Trump Administration's Giant F**k You to Working People: Playing Games with Capital Gains Tax Rates
As the Republican motto goes, "tax cuts are for rich people."
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Cattle in central California. Ben Lilliston
Stop Meat Companies from Rigging the Grass-fed Market
The deceptive use of “Product of U.S.A” in labeling imported beef hurts ranchers, consumers, and the environment
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Thursday, August 2, 2018
"For Republican pols, Trump is merely the cost of doing business." (Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP) Mike Lofgren
C’mon, Just Say It!
Why can’t journalists state the obvious?
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"We can’t cage children or slap them in chemical straitjackets and call it security." (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
Border Security: Wall vs. Principles
Is it possible that what makes America great isn’t its separation from, and power over, the rest of the world, but its connection to it?
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"This practice should be banned immediately, as it was before the Reagan administration." (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
Ban Share Buybacks
The most immediately objectionable consequence of share buybacks is they come at the expense of wages
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Mayhem Is Our President Michael Winship
Mayhem Is Our President
A manchild at the wheel, a raccoon gnawing at the nation’s wires, a walking calamity that lurks around every corner
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Nomi Prins
We Will Have to Face the Consequences of Donald Trump Getting His Hands on the Economy
Each arbitrary bit of presidential pique, each tweet and insult, is a predecessor to yet more possible economic upheavals and displacements
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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis briefs members of the media on Syria at the Pentagon April 13, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. Vijay Prashad
Empire in Decline, Really? The American War Machine Continues to Grow
Everything the Trump administration does is geared toward intimidation and war.
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John Bolton have been pushing for war with Iran for years. John Feffer
The War Before the Iran War
Division in the ranks of the conservative movement is a critical sign that a war with Iran isn't inevitable.
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Lawrence Wittner
Trump's Foreign Policy Is Awful, But There's a Better Alternative Than the Establishment's Version
It would be a mistake to yearn for undisputed U.S. "leadership," or for U.S.-led military alliances. A better alternative is global governance.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
"The vast majority of American workers have lost just about all their bargaining power." (Photo: Michael Fleshman) Robert Reich
Why Wages Are Going Nowhere
America doesn’t have a jobs crisis. It has a good jobs crisis
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"Local governments weighing whether to sign on to Amazon’s marketplace should consider this growing movement around inclusive, local procurement."(Photo: Shutterstock) Katie Parker
Amazon’s Worst Bargain Yet
The retail behemoth wants your local government's business, but there's a hidden cost to low prices: Local businesses get shut out
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