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Friday, August 11, 2017
Jerry Lembcke
Trump vs. Blumenthal and the Ironies of Opportunism
President Donald Trump has the fake veteran story all wrong. The President attacked Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal as a “phony Vietnam con artist” after the Senator expressed support for...
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Harvey Wasserman
A "No Nukes" Nation to Trump: Resign!
In the shadow of Santa Monica’s legendary “Chain Reaction” monument, a clear message was sent to the unelected interloper in the White House: RESIGN!!! Wednesday was the 72nd anniversary of the...
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Rethinking Schools Editorial
Little Kids, Big Fears: How to Talk About Nuclear War and Donald Trump with 2nd-Graders
We aren't protecting children by not engaging them in conversation around tough topics
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
"Let’s not forget that the huge holes in Obamacare on access and out of pocket costs in particular have left tens of millions of people without care or hammered by the high cost." Jean Ross
We Still Have A Lot of Work To Do On Healthcare
With liberals across the land breathing a huge sigh of relief after the abrupt collapse of the Senate scheme to repeal and somewhat replace the Affordable Care Act, all is good again with healthcare...
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 "Other industrialized countries pay about half of what we do and provide more care to more people while producing better outcomes." Judy Dasovich
We Should Support Medicare for All
Americans know we need affordable, accessible, quality health care. Our current system relies on private insurance which provides none of these things. Improved and expanded Medicare for all can give...
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"From Afghanistan to Iraq, Somalia to the Philippines, Libya to Yemen, military investments -- in lives and tax dollars -- have been costly and enduring victories essentially nonexistent." Nick Turse
Counting Coups: Can the Pentagon Win When Putsch Comes to Shove?
A rare Pentagon "success" story
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Lawrence Wittner
Playing Nuclear "Chicken" With Our Lives
What kind of civilization have we developed when two mentally unstable national leaders, in an escalating confrontation with each other, threaten one another―and the world―with nuclear war? That...
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What this makes clear to me is that no one should have the authority — the power — to declare any war whatsoever. The fact that this is still possible, so many decades into human awareness of war’s utter insanity, reveals the paradox that civilization remains economically tied to its own destruction. Robert C. Koehler
Terrorism for Profit
Donald Trump stands cluelessly at the edge of history, exemplifying everything wrong with the past, oh, 10,000 years or so. The necessity for fundamental change in humanity’s global organization is...
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James Esseks
How Could You Represent Someone Like Milo Yiannopoulos?
How free speech protections fuel civil rights movements
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So I’m not asking you to “take out” Jeffress. But I wouldn’t mind if you scared the shit out of him. Peter Dreier
Dear God: I Have a Small Favor To Ask
Dear God: I’m usually not one for prayer, but I have a special favor to ask. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor at First Baptist Dallas megachurch, released a statement today saying that President Trump...
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Brienne Kordis
Saudis Are Killing Their Own People, With Help from the US and Canada
Government forces have been terrorizing the people of Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province of al-Qatif for months. On May 10th , the Saudis launched a military campaign to tear down Al-...
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"The chants of resistance that rang out in January have since grown into thunder. But they leave a critical question unanswered: Will crowds evolve into a movement that produces leaders with a mandate to govern with a progressive, grassroots-based agenda?" Isaiah Poole
On the Road From Protest to Power: A Rising Tide
The millions who gathered in Washington and around the country for the historic Women’s March , one day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, made an indisputable statement: Trump may have won the...
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Highly vetted information from the IPCC is key for our nation’s risk assessments. Brenda Ekwurzel
US Abandons Global Science Leadership, Zeroes Out IPCC Funding
In stark contrast to the leadership role the US has historically contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the enacted 2017 U.S. Budget zeroes out funding for the...
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Greg Kaufmann
Don’t Let the White House’s Dysfunction Distract You From the Things Trump Is Getting Done
While the media and much of the public have been consumed with the spectacle of dysfunction and failure in the Trump White House—The Mooch, the Russia investigation, and the demise of the Republican...
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To give you an idea, if every American committed to just one meat-free day a week, the impact would be equivalent to switching all our gas-powered cars to hybrids Rachel Krantz
An Inconvenient Sequel Doesn't Talk About Animal Agriculture—and That's Absurd
When I spotted fellow vegan James Cromwell in line for food at an advance screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power , I couldn’t help but try to talk to him. Recently arrested at a protest...
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So, the banksters crash the economy, you lose income and your home, they buy your house at auction, then they rent it to you at an ever-increasing price. Jim Hightower
Wall Street Thieves Find New Ways to Steal From Us
The self-described "Geniuses of Wall Street" are being stupid. Again.
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"The real disaster of Hurricane Matthew is still unfolding." Mark Schuller
Chronicling a Forgotten Disaster: Hurricane Matthew, Ten Months On
I just returned from my summer research in Haiti, traveling through the South and Grand-Anse provinces, which were devastated by Hurricane Matthew overnight on October 4, 2016, barely ten months ago...
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When they start talking shock and awe in Washington, friends, it is time to hunker down for the long haul. Juan Cole
“Fire & Fury” or “Shock and Awe”: It Is Always the Start of a Quagmire
If we weren’t talking about two nuclear-armed states with unhinged leaders, the war of words between the US and North Korea would be hilarious. Trump’s threat Tuesday that “North Korea best not make...
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"Trump’s silence on rising hate crimes against Muslim Americans is deafening." CJ Werleman
The Silence of Trump: How US President Gives Tacit Support to Terror Against Muslims
The White House is sending a clear message: it will not condemn violence against Muslim Americans
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Susan Southard
72 Years After Bombing of Nagasaki, There Are 15,000 Nuclear Weapons in the World
Today is the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. At 11:02 a.m. Aug. 9, 1945, a five-ton plutonium bomb exploded a third of a mile above the city. Its blast winds tore through the city...
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Richard Falk
End of Nuclearism or the End of the World: Utopian Dreams, Dystopian Nightmares
We are living amid contradictions whether we like it or not, driving expectations about the future toward opposite extremes. Increasingly plausible are fears that the ‘sixth extinction’ will...
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017
 "Trump’s efforts are rooted in his own need to avoid humiliation, but voter suppression is nothing new for the Republican Party." John Atlas, Peter Dreier
Trump’s War on Voters Has a Long History: We Need a Grassroots Voting-Rights Movement to Fight Back
Trump and his minions have ramped up the attack, but the "voter fraud" myth goes back to the GOP's attack on ACORN
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Robert Reich
Trump Is (Not) on Vacation, But the Nightmare Continues
With Donald Trump away vacationing at one of his golf resorts, the rest of us may have a chance to relax. But in truth it’s more like a short break in a continuing nightmare. Just enough time to turn...
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Reporters in public settings are also finding that people are becoming “more violent toward the media than they have been in the past,” such as the recent case of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs who was physically attacked by Republican candidate Greg Gianforte while asking a question. Norman Stockwell
Trump Team Sets the Stage for Prosecutions of the Press
At a press briefing last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned darkly of “the dramatic growth in the number of unauthorized disclosures of classified national security information in the past...
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Yemen War Paul Street
The United States and the Crucifixion of Yemen
The United States has killed, maimed, displaced and otherwise harmed an astonishing number of people in its 241-year record of murder and mayhem —including more than 20 million killed in 37 nations...
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"Politics-as-theater requires us to pretend that our 42nd, 43rd, and 44th presidents differed in fundamental ways.  In practice, however, their similarities greatly outweighed any of those differences.  Taken together, the administrations over which they presided collaborated in pursuing a common agenda, each intent on proving that the post-Cold-War consensus could work in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary." Andrew Bacevich
Slouching Toward Mar-a-Lago
The Post-Cold-War Consensus Collapses
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Michael Lighty
Liberals Strike Back... Against Single Payer
In the name of political reality, some liberal pundits, politicians and policy wonks are scolding progressives to give up on Medicare for All. They are dead wrong.
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Juan Cole
Scientists Leak Study on Global Heating Impact Before Trump can Suppress it
A draft report on the current impact of global heating on the United States, produced by 13 Federal agencies, has been leaked to the New York Times . The scientists who leaked it are afraid that the...
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Monday, August 7, 2017
President Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller. (Photos by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images (left); Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Bill Moyers
What Don’t You Know About the Trump/Russia Connection?
Bill Moyers talks to Steven Harper, author of our new interactive feature, about what he's learned researching the connections between Trump, his team and Russia going back nearly four decades.
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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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