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Sunday, June 26, 2016
Charles Gasparovic
No Change in Spain: New Vote Reflects a Still Divided Electorate
The Spaniards went back to the ballot boxes today, six months after their December 20 general elections concluded without a majority winner. In December, the conservative Partido Popular (Popular...
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Michael Brune
TransCanada Files NAFTA Suit Demanding More Than $15 Billion for Keystone XL Rejection
On June 24, foreign oil company TransCanada filed a lawsuit against the U.S. under NAFTA , the North American Free Trade Agreement, arguing that the U.S. rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline...
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Ralph Nader
The IRS and the Self-Minimization of Congressman Jason Chaffetz
Politicians who limit the effectiveness of government agencies for short-term political advantages cheat taxpayers and short-change the government. I first met Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), a...
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David Michael Green
How The West Was Lost and Other Joys of Greedy Sociopathy
So Britain is out. Woo-hoo! Doesn’t that feel good? Well, in fact, for some folks it does. In particular, if you’re an unempowered bloke, lacking much personal sense of agency, and you’ve watched...
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Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Intel Vets Call 'Dissent Memo' on Syria 'Reckless'
A group of U.S. intelligence veterans urges President Obama to resist the “reckless” call for a wider Syrian war from 51 State Department officials in a recent “dissent memo.” MEMORANDUM FOR:...
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Donna Smith
DNC: To Be or Not to Be? That is the Question
What a week for those of us who support Bernie. I almost typed Senator Bernie Sanders, but then pulled back to re-type Bernie because even formalizing his title and his name seems somehow a...
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Kevin Gosztola
Democrats Prioritize Party Unity Over Including Stand Against TPP In Platform
Members of the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee shot down an attempt to include specific opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal in the platform, despite the...
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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Peter Dreier
Three Strategies to Beat the NRA
On Wednesday, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights hero, led a sit-in of fellow House Democrats on the House floor to demand action on gun control legislation. Lewis strode to the lectern...
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Peter Van Buren
New Service Sends Summaries of Your Social Media to Landlords, Employers to 'Assess' You
Here’s a shout out to all of you who said “If I’ve got nothing to hide I’ve got nothing to fear” after the Snowden revelations. And this little gem deals only with publicly available information...
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Wenonah Hauter
DARK Act Compromise Could Preempt Vermont’s GMO Label Law
Thursday it was reported that the Senate’s Agriculture Committee leadership has reached a deal on labeling GMO foods , specifically to block states from requiring clear, on-package labels of GMO...
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Padraig Reidy
Yes It Can Happen: Populist Conservatives Led UK out of European Union
Britain woke up to crisis on Friday that promises to reverberate across the globe, with potential implications for the fall election in the US. After a narrow majority of the population voted to...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Wizard is Trump
I’m really a very good man; but I’m a very bad Wizard. — L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz He couldn’t have known. He wrote it years before Donald Trump was born. But in writing The Wonderful...
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JoEllen Chernow
The Minimum Wage Needs An Upgrade
Seventy-eight years ago today, the Fair Labor Standards Act made a groundbreaking promise to Americans: the promise of a fair minimum wage for an honest day’s work. That promise, however, has eroded...
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Stephen Kinzer
Brexit—A Stern Rebuke to Arrogant Elites
Astonishment, jubilation, and awe seized the hearts of European leaders after they took decisive steps toward uniting their continent in December 1991. By agreeing to accelerate Europe’s progress...
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Friday, June 24, 2016
Jo Miles
Countdown to GMO Labeling - But We're Not There Yet
In seven days, if all goes well, labeling genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients will be the law in Vermont. But the Senate is scrambling to keep that from happening. Just yesterday, Senators...
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Robert Parry
A ‘Brexit’ Blow to the Establishment
The United Kingdom’s “Brexit” vote may cause short-term economic pain and present long-term geopolitical risks, but it is a splash of ice water in the face of the West’s Establishment, which has...
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Owen Jones
Grieve Now If You Must – But Prepare for the Great Challenges Ahead
Britain has voted to leave the European Union: here is a statement that continues to shock leavers and remainers alike. Earlier this month I wrote that “ unless a working-class Britain that feels...
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Kate Aronoff
As Britain Exits, the Need for a Strong Climate Movement Remains
Britain’s vote last night to leave the European Union will be a disaster for the climate — both physical and political — on both sides of the Atlantic. Most obvious are all of the direct impacts...
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Kathy Kelly
The Stakes Are Enormously High Along the Russian Border
In the historic port city of Yalta, located on the Crimean Peninsula, we visited the site where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin, in February of 1945, concluded negotiations ending World War II. These...
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Emily Kirchner
Medical Student Prescribes Remedy Our Sick System Needs
I am a fourth year medical student. I’ve dreamed about being a physician since I was in sixth grade. For a long time, my deepest hopes were to get into college, be accepted by a medical school, and...
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Aniqa Raihan
Confronting the NRA: Knowing Where to Start
December 14, 2012. Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza murdered his mother in her bed and then drove her car to the local elementary school, where he embarked on a shooting spree that left 20 first-...
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Les Leopold
Build, Bernie, Build!
The Sanders campaign compiled an email list with 130 million names, a donor list that produced over $200 million in contributions, and a volunteer army of millions of enthusiastic supporters. The...
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Richard Eskow
Brexit and the New Global Rebellion
Things are changing. A major crack has appeared in the edifice of globalization, and the neoliberal order that has dominated the world’s economy since the end of World War II is now in danger. That’s...
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Left Unity
EU Referendum: A Disastrous Outcome
The following is a statement by the Left Unity Executive Committee following the outcome of the referendum vote in the UK: Left Unity deplores the Leave outcome of the EU Referendum. This referendum...
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RoseAnn DeMoro
We Will Not Waver in Our Political Revolution
In three momentous days June 17-19, 3,000 activists gathered in a People’s Summit in Chicago to embrace a continuing resolution to building a broad, bigger progressive movement to transform the...
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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Harvey Wasserman
Diablo Shutdown Marks End of Atomic Era
As worldwide headlines have proclaimed, California’s Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) says it will shut its giant Diablo Canyon reactors near San Luis Obispo, and that the power they’ve been...
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Christopher D. Cook
Berning Illusions: Why Sanders Can’t Concede to the Clinton Democrats
With a pitched battle over ideas and policy looming at this July’s convention in Philadelphia, the angry chorus urging Bernie Sanders’ concession and “Democratic unity” grows deafening, even among...
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Kevin Gosztola
New York Democrats Anoint Cuomo As Chair As Clinton Delegate Strikes Sanders Delegate With Cane
Moumita Ahmed, an at-large delegate for Bernie Sanders and co-founder of Millennials For Bernie, walked down the aisle to rally fellow delegates at the New York state meeting. The chair of the...
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Bill Blum
Antonin Scalia and the Clear and Present Danger of Second Amendment Fundamentalism
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. —Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United...
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Dave Johnson
Trump Speech Shows Clinton Must Be Vociferous In Opposing TPP
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has said she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But she has also said she will not lobby members of Congress to vote against it...
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Nick Turse
Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics... and U.S. Africa Command
General David Rodriguez might be a modern military celebrity -- if he hadn’t spent his career ducking the spotlight. After graduating from West Point in 1976, he began his long march up the chain of...
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John Feffer
Does the Brexit Vote Mark the End of Internationalism?
This week might represent the beginning of the end for international cooperation. All the treaties, alliances, and unions that have incrementally strengthened the ties between nations over the last...
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Phyllis Bennis
A Welcome Democratic Stand on Guns, But Are These the Bills We're Looking For?
It was almost midnight when I found myself glued to the live video of scores of Democratic congressmembers then about twelve hours into their historic sit-in. They were occupying the House chamber,...
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Jonathan Marshall
The Fraudulent Case for a Syrian Escalation
The recent call by 51 dissenting State Department officials for U.S. military escalation in Syria is merely one of dozens of similar demands by neoconservatives and anguished liberals who accuse...
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Robert C. Koehler
Hair-Trigger Alert: On Bombs, Guns, and the Failure of America
I feel the finger on the trigger. I also feel it on the button. “Dear President Obama,” the letter begins. It goes on to remind him of something he said in his 2008 presidential campaign: “Keeping...
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Bernie Sanders
Here’s What We Want
As we head toward the Democratic National Convention, I often hear the question, “What does Bernie want?” Wrong question. The right question is what the 12 million Americans who voted for a political...
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Jake Johnson
Liberal Elites Hate the Left
In 2013, President Obama, speaking at a fundraiser in Medina, Washington — home to a small community of wealthy donors — expressed a sentiment that has become all too common among Democratic Party...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Today, John Lewis Stood Up for Human Dignity Once Again
On March 7, 1965, 25-year-old John Lewis, already a veteran of the Freedom Rides, Mississippi’s Freedom Summer and Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, walked ahead of 600 civil rights...
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Marjorie Cohn
US Bombing Syrian Troops Would Be Illegal
In an internal “dissent channel cable,” 51 State Department officers called for “targeted military strikes” against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, a proposal that President Barack Obama...
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Matt Taibbi
The Return of Lesser Evilism
Jonathan Chait of New York magazine wrote a column about Ralph Nader earlier this week that uses some interesting language. Noting that it's now been 16 years since Nader ran for president and...
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Padraig Reidy
Brexit Anyone? Why the US Should Care About Thursday’s Vote in the UK
The murder of a Labour Party member of Parliament, Jo Cox, just a week before Britain’s referendum on its membership in the European Union, stunned the entire nation, briefly suspending an...
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Trevor Timm
As Quietly as Possible, the Government is Renewing Its Assault on Your Privacy
With their dangerous crusade for an anti-encryption bill in Congress all but dead ( for now ), the FBI and US justice department are now engaged in a multi-pronged attack on all sorts of other...
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Ewa Jasiewicz
Why I’m In: Pushing for Lexit Won’t Help Migrants or the Working Class
Brexit or 'taking back our country' from European elites will only hand it over to domestic ones and turbo-charge their bonfire of union rights. Our labour will become more 'flexible' and we will be...
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Ben Beachy
Why Mining Corporations Love Trade Deals
From the salmon-spawning waters of Alaska to the cloud forests of Ecuador, communities are standing up to mining projects that threaten their health, environment, and livelihoods. But mining...
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Tanner Jean-Louis
Chicago People’s Summit Is About Keeping Hope Alive
“This political revolution started before Bernie Sanders got here, and it will continue after his campaign.” Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York , delivered...
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Peter Certo
ISIS Must Love Trump
As the sun set over New York on June 12, hundreds of Muslims gathered in Hudson River Park to break their Ramadan fast together. Iftar , the evening Ramadan meal, is often a joyous celebration of...
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Dave Johnson
The TPP “Lame Duck” Push Insults Democracy
In the United States “We the People” are supposed to have a say in how we are governed, right? So shouldn’t we have a say in how we are governed? President Obama, Wall Street and the giant,...
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Rania Khalek
Democratic Clash Over Palestine Signals Changing Party
Allies of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred at the Democratic platform drafting committee’s first round of hearings on 9 June over the issue of Palestinian freedom...
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Winnie Byanyima
Jo Cox's Message to the World: We Have #MoreInCommon
The murder of British MP Jo Cox last week has jolted the world into looking at itself anew. Today, social movements will hold remembrance events to Jo in many cities across the world. Members of...
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Alex Scrivener
Why Brexit Would Be terrible for Our Campaigns for Trade, Food, Energy and Migration Justice
The latest polls show that the referendum battle is very close and leaving the EU could be a real possibility. While we’re critical of the way the EU currently works, we think it’s very important we...
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Glenn Greenwald
Democrats’ War on Due Process and Terrorist Fearmongering Long Predate Orlando
Before the bodies were removed from the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last week, Democrats began eagerly exploiting that atrocity to demand a new, secret “terrorist watchlist”: something that was once...
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Lucas Johnson
Let Orlando Drive Us to Action, not Fear
As the debate and the raw emotion of June 12 subsides and the discussion moves into a second week, I find myself still reeling. I am not among those grieving the personal loss. My family and friends...
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Mark Weisbrot
Should I Stay or Should I Go? Brexit, Extortion, and the Path to Reform
There is a Mafia-like quality to the threats emanating from EU officials, who are acknowledged to be contemplating how much punishment they can mete out to the U.K. if the people should dare to vote...
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Rhea Suh
California’s Last Nuclear Power Plant
For years, some have claimed that we can’t fight climate change without nuclear power, because shutting down nuclear plants would mean burning more fossil fuels to generate replacement electricity...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
How Billionaires, Corporations and Secretive Governments Curtail Press Freedom
James Madison once wrote , “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.” Nearly two centuries later,...
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Kevin Gosztola
DNC Platform Committee Members Offended By Key Single-Payer Healthcare Advocate
The executive director of a major nurses union, which provided substantial support for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, spoke to the Democratic platform committee on June 17. She advocated for...
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Ron Forthofer
Russia, NATO, and the Hubris of the US Political Establishment
There are dangerous provocations along Russia's western border that have received little or incredibly one-sided coverage by the U.S. media. Thus the U.S. public is not aware of the possibility of a...
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William Astore
Dominating the Skies – and Losing the Wars
In the era of the long war on terror, Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, was a tough day for the U.S. military. Two modern jet fighters, a Navy F-18 Hornet and an Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon , flown by two...
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Lauren Carasik
Donald Trump's Dangerous Demagoguery
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's recent attack on a federal judge presiding over fraud lawsuits against Trump University ignited a firestorm of controversy. The bigoted...
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Dr. Frederica Perera
The Case for a Child-Centered Energy and Climate Policy
Children suffer the most from fossil fuel burning. Fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) is the root cause of much of children’s ill health children today as...
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Adam Johnson
No, Sanders’ Secret Service Detail Isn’t Costing ‘Taxpayers’ $38,000 a Day
Washington Post political reporter John Wagner ( 6/19/16 ) reported on Bernie Sanders’ continuing Secret Service detail, throwing in a too-clever-by-half talking point that has since gone viral. In “...
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Monday, June 20, 2016
César Chelala
Children Pay the Highest Price in Global Refugee Crisis
The world is witness to a rapid increase in the number of people forced to flee from wars, conflict and persecution in countries such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It is estimated that...
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Sarah Anderson
Too Big... and Failing
Bart Naylor likes to joke that when he accepted a job as a Wall Street lobbyist, he assumed he’d be making a big fat salary. Seven-digit paychecks have indeed become the norm. The three top lobbyists...
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Vandana Shiva
The Great Seed Piracy
A great seed and biodiversity piracy is underway and it must be stopped. The privateers of today include not just the corporations — which are becoming fewer and larger through mergers — but also...
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Chris Hedges
Con vs. Con
During the presidential election cycle, liberals display their gutlessness. Liberal organizations, such as MoveOn.org, become cloyingly subservient to the Democratic Party. Liberal media, epitomized...
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Ralph Nader
The Issues the Candidates Aren’t Talking About
With all the ink, time, and opining devoted to the 2016 presidential primaries and the run-up to the party conventions in July, one might wonder why so few proposals for major reforms and...
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Dud Hendrick
One More Warship: Remarks at the Launching of a ‘Stealth’ Destroyer
(Editor's note: The following remarks were delivered on Saturday, June 18, 2016 outside Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine during a protest against the christening of the U.S. Navy's new Zumwalt-class...
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Isaiah Poole
People’s Summit Attendees Leave Determined To Keep “The Bern” Alive
After an intense weekend of speeches and discussion about the future of the progressive “political revolution” sparked by the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, the People’s Summit ended Sunday...
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Richard Eskow
Bernie Sanders’ Leverage Isn’t Going Anywhere. Deal With It.
Some politicians and commentators say that Bernie Sanders is losing leverage because he hasn’t conceded the Democratic primary to front-runner Hillary Clinton. To believe that is to misunderstand...
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Paul Buchheit
The Growing Case for Massive Taxes on the Rich
While candidates bicker and Congress stagnates and the rest of us dwell on the latest shooting tragedy, the super-rich enjoy the absence of attention paid to one of our nation's most destructive...
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Jake Johnson
Yet Another Failed Attempt to Discredit Bernie Sanders, Courtesy of the New York Times
Democratic Party liberals have made quite a show of their desire for Bernie Sanders to leave the presidential race so that, the story goes, Hillary Clinton can focus her energy solely on the looming...
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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Lisa Graves
Another Koch Criminal Justice Reform Trojan Horse: Reentry and Privatization
As Congress considers major criminal justice reforms to address the devastating impact of gross sentencing disparities that have devastated minority communities, the Koch machine is seeking changes...
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John Friedrich
A Better World Is Possible: A Father's Day Note
Dear Rosie, Two days ago you turned ten. Where does the time go? I remember vividly the feeling of looking at you for the first time the night you were born, on the eve of Father’s Day. I sang you a...
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Jim Naureckas
Neo-Nazi Group Linked to Murder of British MP Has Long Been Ignored by US Media
The suspect in the murder of British Labour MP Jo Cox had ties to a US neo-Nazi organization, the Washington Post ( 6/17/16 ) reports, citing a leading hate group monitor: According to documents...
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Peter Bloom
What Progressives and Democrats Need is Coalition Not Unity
After a heated primary, Hillary Clinton is now the presumptive Democratic nominee for President. During the campaign, she has redefined herself as a “progressive who likes to get things done” to ward...
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Michael Copps
Net Neutrality Ruling Finally Rights a Terrible Wrong
“For the reasons set forth is this opinion, we deny the petitions for review.” Those were the sweetest words I’ve heard in a long while, as the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...
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Saturday, June 18, 2016
Robert Parry
The State Department’s Collective Madness
Over the past several decades, the U.S. State Department has deteriorated from a reasonably professional home for diplomacy and realism into a den of armchair warriors possessed of imperial delusions...
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Sue Sturgis
How Politicians Helped Create a Climate of Hate for LGBT People
Number of people killed in the June 12 massacre at Pulse, an LGBT dance club in Orlando, Florida, by a man who reportedly expressed animus toward LGBT people and who may have been a gay or bisexual...
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Pierre Tristam
As Exceptionally American As It Gets
Every nation has its recognizable rituals, its routines that make national character stand out more distinctly than anything else. Brazil has soccer or Rio’s carnivals. Saudi Arabia has the Hajj...
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Ralph Nader
Commercializing Elections to Destroy Our Democracy
Our political economy – a wonderfully embracing phrase much used a century ago – has three main components: The electoral/governmental powers, the marketplace, and the civil society, which is...
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Jeff Bryant
How Long Can Big Money Keep Democrats In The Charter School Camp?
It’s obvious 2016 is an election year when Democratic candidates need to draw a bright line to differentiate themselves from Republican opponents. With Donald Trump leading the GOP ticket, and most...
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Dean Baker
Paul Krugman, Brexit, and Unaccountable Government
Paul Krugman devoted his column on Friday to a mild critique of the drive to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union. The reason the column was somewhat moderate in its criticisms of the...
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Friday, June 17, 2016
Chris Kromm
From Charleston to Orlando, Sanctuary and Struggle in the South
A historic church in Charleston, a vibrant nightclub in Orlando. On the surface, the two places may seem entirely different. But for the faithful who have come to "Mother Emanuel" A.M.E. , one of the...
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Jamil Dakwar
New CIA Torture Documents Confirm Chilling Details of Khaled El-Masri’s 'Kafka-esque' Ordeal
After being mistakenly abducted in Macedonia and detained in a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan, Khaled El-Masri told his interrogators that his ongoing detention was like “a Kafka novel.” A cable to...
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Isaiah Poole
People’s Summit Seeks To Take ‘Political Revolution’ To The Next Level
If you actually read Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speech to his supporters Thursday – rather than the news coverage of it – you will immediately grasp the importance of this...
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John Feffer
Orlando and the Future of Terrorism
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the recent tragedy that left 49 dead at a gay bar in Orlando. The shooter, Omar Mateen, declared his allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call he made during...
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Holly Sterling, Cornel West
Jeffrey Sterling Completes One Year Of Unjust Prison Sentence
Yesterday, June 16th, marked one year since Jeffrey Sterling began his 3.5 year prison sentence for divulging classified information to a New York Times journalist, a crime he did not commit. One...
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Glenn Greenwald
Why Is the Killer of British MP Jo Cox Not Being Called a “Terrorist”?
British Labour MP Jo Cox was brutally murdered yesterday. Although the motive is not yet proven, there is mounting evidence that the detained suspect, 52-year-old white male Thomas Mair, was...
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Marcy Wheeler
Why Doesn’t Dianne Feinstein Want to Prevent Murders Like those Robert Dear Committed?
In response to Chris Murphy’s 15 hour filibuster, Democrats will get a vote on several gun amendments to an appropriations bill, one mandating background checks for all gun purchases, another doing...
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Kathy Kiely
What Matters More than the NRA’s Money
Another disturbed young man with a high-powered weapon. Another massacre. And once again, the question: Why, with polls showing broad majorities of Americans favoring tighter restrictions on who can...
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Richard Eskow
For Nine Souls in Charleston, One Year Later
We live on. Whether you believe in an afterlife or not, we live on. We live on in the memories of those we leave behind. We live on in words, in gestures, in glances, in anything that changes the...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Let’s Learn From Australia: Semi-Automatic Weapons Bans Work
“It’s a sweet little gun,” Martin Bryant said of his AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle when being interrogated by police. Twenty years ago, on April 28, 1996, Martin took that gun and committed a...
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Adam Johnson
'Allegedly' Disappears as Russians Blamed for DNC Hack
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday ( 6/14/16 ) that Russian intelligence had hacked the DNC servers to steal opposition research on Donald Trump: Russian Government Hackers Penetrated DNC, Stole...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Making Sense of Orlando
I am struggling to understand the Orlando massacre. And that struggle is important. It is what can protect us from the knee-jerk characterizations being bandied about. In its race to get the story...
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Martin Kirk
The Beautifully Lived Life of Jo Cox
What use are words penned in moments of shocked grief? What insight can be found here that eludes us at other times? What useful honesty can I access when both my head and my heart are struggling to...
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Richard Eskow
Would You Trust Henry Kissinger with Your Social Security?
Years ago a political scientist said that the mass media can’t influence what people think, but it can influence what people think about. Today it does both. If you’re a billionaire who wants to...
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D'Angelo Cameron
The Club Is Our Safe Space, and No One Will Rob Us of It
“That could have been me.” Those are the words that play repeatedly in my mind as I see the continued coverage of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. For young Black and Latino gay, bisexual,...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Trump, His Virus, and the Dark Age of Unreason
There’s a virus infecting our politics and right now it’s flourishing with a scarlet heat. It feeds on fear, paranoia and bigotry. All that was required for it to spread was a timely opportunity —...
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Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
Experiencing the Thrill of Democracy
Demanding that Congress remove big money’s stranglehold on our democracy and protect voting rights, we walked more than 100 miles from Philadelphia to Washington, DC this spring with Democracy Spring...
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Peter Van Buren
The FBI ‘Missed’ Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen. What Should We Do?
If I had to choose one phrase to sum up America’s efforts against terrorism since 9/11, it would be that lay definition of mental illness, doing the same thing over and over expecting different...
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