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Friday, February 12, 2016
Medea Benjamin
Should Henry Kissinger Mentor a Presidential Candidate?
At the February 11 Democratic Debate, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had a spirited exchange about an unlikely topic: the 92-year old former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Sanders berated...
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Tharanga Yakupitiyage
The High Costs of the War on Drugs
Global drug policy involving crop eradication contributes to poverty, hunger, and displacement, said Open Society Foundation (OSF) in a new report released here. The report, Drug Crop Production,...
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JP Sottile
Hillary Clinton’s Pay-for-Play Reality
It was supposed to be a feel-good moment. The Chairman and CEO of the world’s most powerful financial institution dropped by CNBC’s Squawk Box to crow a bit about his recovery from cancer . But it...
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Laurie Penny
This is the New Front in the Battle to Control Women’s Bodies
For several weeks, YouTube has been reminding me to hurry up and have a baby. In a moment of guilt over all the newspapers I read online for free, I turned off my ad-blocking software and now I can’t...
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Nick Cunningham
Why Climate Activists Must Seize On The Oil Price Crash
The utter collapse in oil prices over the past year and a half presents a unique opportunity for climate action, a temporary period in which measures to restrict the production and consumption of...
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Charles P. Pierce
Bernie Sanders Is Changing Hillary Clinton One Day (and One Debate) at a Time
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN—Ms. Nina Turner of Ohio, a state legislator and onetime candidate for Secretary of State, and probably the MVP of any spin room into which she steps, seemed a bit perturbed at...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians
Nearly five years after Syria’s Arab Spring revolt escalated into a civil war, the conflict has morphed into a wider regional war with no end in sight. Millions of Syrians have fled, and a quarter of...
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David Turnbull
The Not-So-Hidden Fracking Money Fueling the 2016 Elections
The New York Times this week pulled together a list of all the individuals who have contributed over 1 million dollars in the 2016 election …and there’s some major fracking money hiding in plain...
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Donna Smith
Dear Americans, Please Stop Dreaming of a Better Nation
This political season seems decidedly more bizarre than others have been. It's not just the fact that someone as arrogant and ignorant about real life as Donald Trump is leading on the Republican...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Peter Certo
A Real ‘Political Revolution’ Would End the War in Iraq
These days, Bernie Sanders doesn’t say much about the Middle East. But if you’ve heard him say nothing else on the subject, he’s probably reminded you that he — unlike a certain former secretary of...
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Miriam Pemberton
6 Reasons Not to Reboot the Cold War
The Pentagon budget the Obama administration unveiled this week calls for quadrupling spending on efforts to counter Russia. The money would move more troops, tanks, and artillery into position near...
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Rhea Suh
Our Climate Progress Will Not Be Stayed
The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked President Obama's plan to fight global climate change by cleaning up our dirty power plants, pending the outcome of a court challenge led by the coal...
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LeeAnn Hall
Cracking Down on Abusive Debt Collectors
Have you ever picked up your phone to find an aggressive voice on the other end demanding payments on a debt you know nothing about? You’re far from alone. Once you’re in the sights of a debt...
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William Astore
Imperial Affluenza: The Pentagon as the World's Deadliest Spoiled Brat
The word “ affluenza ” is much in vogue. Lately, it’s been linked to a Texas teenager, Ethan Couch , who in 2013 killed four people in a car accident while driving drunk. During the trial, a defense...
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Robert C. Koehler
Confronting Our Toxic Legacy
Maybe if we declared “war” on poison water, we’d find a way to invest money in its “defeat.” David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz , writing at Tom Dispatch this week about what they called “The United...
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Hina Shamsi
Why I Have Hope For American Muslim Equality
President Obama gave a milestone speech in defense of American Muslims and religious freedom at a mosque last week. And I had a hard time listening to it. That may seem counter-intuitive at a time...
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Trevor Timm
Even if Sanders Wins the Popular Vote, Clinton Could Still Get the Nomination
Many people on Twitter expressed surprise that Hillary Clinton basically walked away with the same amount of total delegates as Bernie Sanders after the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, despite...
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Jeff Cohen
Reality Check for Democrats: Would Martin Luther King Be Supporting Bernie?
Corporate mainstream media have sanitized and distorted the life and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., putting him in the category of a “civil rights leader” who focused narrowly on racial...
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Kevin Martin, Jon Rainwater
5 Top Reasons Why Bernie Sanders Would Be Best President for Peace
After 15 years of war, the next president of the United States will inherit daunting foreign policy challenges. Sadly, many of those challenges were fueled by an “act first, think later” U.S...
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Jim Naureckas
Missing the Days When Candidates Pretended We Had No Big Problems
“I miss Barack Obama,” writes David Brooks ( 2/9/16 )—which is a tough thing to admit when your job is being the voice of sensible Republicanism on the New York Times op-ed page, and on the PBS...
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Robert Parry
Hillary Clinton’s Very Bad Night
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s stunning 22-point loss to Sen. Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire is even more devastating when looked at in the context of the modern history of this first-...
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Danyelle Solomon, Tracey Ross
Flint Isn’t the Only Place with Racism in the Water
Last month, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) delivered his fifth State of the State address , a ceremonious speech that typically presents the governor’s legislative priorities and vision for the year...
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Phil Torres
Biodiversity Loss and the Doomsday Clock: An Invisible Disaster Almost No One is Talking About
As of this month, the UN World Meteorological Organization, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) all confirmed that 2015 was the warmest year on record by “ a big...
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Janet Redman
Betting the Farm on Free Trade
From her home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Karen Feridun is helping stage a growing citizen pushback against the expansion of natural gas extraction. But a far-reaching global deal recently signed...
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Donna Smith
Bernie’s Call to Rein in Wall Street, Artfully Clear
At the heart of the matter is Bernie calling out the way Wall Street money has corrupted our democracy and perhaps most especially our election process. So when I went looking for ways to illustrate...
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Jim Hightower
How Corporate Bamboozlers Intend to Widen Inequality in America
The basic problem facing the corporate and political powers that want you and me to swallow their Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is that they can't make chicken salad out of chicken manure. But that...
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Robert Borosage
New Hampshire: Populist Uprising
“We have sent a message that will resound from Wall Street to Washington,“ presidential candidate Bernie Sanders exulted last night, after drubbing Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary. On...
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Robert Reich
What New Hampshire Tells Us
You will hear pundits analyze the New Hampshire primaries and conclude that the political “extremes” are now gaining in American politics – that the Democrats have moved to the left and the...
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Michelle Alexander
Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote
Hillary Clinton loves black people. And black people love Hillary—or so it seems. Black politicians have lined up in droves to endorse her, eager to prove their loyalty to the Clintons in the hopes...
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Michael Winship
The Kochs Are Ghostwriting America’s Story
Gather round for the word of the day: metanarrative. Definitions vary but let’s say it’s one big narrative that connects the meaning of events to a belief thought to be an essential truth, the...
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David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz
Welcome to the United States of Flint
“I know if I was a parent up there, I would be beside myself if my kids’ health could be at risk,” said President Obama on a recent trip to Michigan. “Up there” was Flint, a rusting industrial city...
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Susan Sered
A Serious Response Is Needed, But Let's Not "Wage War" on Zika
The emergence and spread of the Zika virus is worrisome on many levels: it highlights the impact of global warming on the spread of infectious and mosquito-borne diseases and the reality that the...
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Zahara Heckscher
Why I Faced Arrest, Even as I Battle Cancer, to Fight TPP
I am a mom with advanced breast cancer. I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was 11. That’s why I was arrested last week at a protest on World Cancer Day at the headquarters of PhRMA, which has...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Sanders Should Challenge the Foreign Policy Status Quo
Global economic troubles threaten our economy, a cold war heats up with Russia, the Middle East is aflame and 2015 was the hottest year on record , as climate change accelerates. Despite this, the...
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Mike Lofgren
Oligarchville: How Washington’s New Rich Live
In 1927, H.L. Mencken rode by train through the Pennsylvania coal country. The houses he saw along the way were so hideous, at least in his eyes, that he was moved to pen his famous essay, “The...
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John Light
Federal Court Says North Carolina’s Racially Motivated Gerrymandering Is Unconstitutional
Shortly after North Carolina Republicans took over the state legislature in 2010 , they drew up new district maps to determine the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts, carving...
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RoseAnn DeMoro
I'm a Woman and I Will Vote for the Best Feminist for President: Bernie Sanders
I am a feminist. And I would like to one day break the glass ceiling with a progressive woman who sees class and race as fundamental problems in American society. But I don’t believe that the divide...
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Peter Bloom
The Failed Record of the Establishment: Why Talk Is Cheap in 2016
The 2016 election is defying traditional political expectations. On the Democratic side the once inevitable frontrunner Hillary Clinton is fighting off a surging Bernie Sanders while Donald Trump has...
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Fran Quigley
Hammer of Justice: Heartland Peace Activist Facing Felonies for Breaking Northrup Grumman Windows
Jessica Reznicek, 34, an Iowa peace activist, was arraigned yesterday and charged with two felonies for breaking three windows with a sledgehammer at the Northrup Grumman facility outside the Omaha...
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Raffi Cavoukian
It's Not Just Water That's Poisoning Our Kids; It's Also Our Collapsing Democracy
What in the water is going on in North America? In Flint, Michigan, people were unknowingly forced to drink lead-contaminated water for months after Governor Rick Snyder’s administration decided to...
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Tina Rothery
Why I’m Joining Greenpeace’s Fracking Protest Outside Westminster Today
As you read this, I’m stood outside Westminster Palace in London – the home of Parliament and the birthplace of democracy in the UK. In the early hours of this morning, I arrived with a team of...
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John Atcheson
Indignation as Distraction: Team Clinton Goes on Offense to Play Defense
In the last Democratic debate, Hillary came out swinging, challenging Sanders on his statements about her “progressivism” and whether the millions she’s getting from Wall Street will influence her...
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Robert Fisk
A Plan Must Be Made for ‘Life After Isis’ in the Middle East
There are times in the Middle East when nightmares and delusions take the place of the real and growing tragedy which is consuming the Arab lands. More and more earnest are the calls for peace as...
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Monday, February 8, 2016
Donna Smith
My Special Place in Hell, Courtesy of Unfettered Greed
The comments made by Madeleine Albright about the "special place in hell reserved for women who do not help other women" certainly caught my attention this weekend. While the implications were that...
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Bill McKibben
Getting Change Wrong
In the mounting, panicky attempts of elites to derail the Sanders candidacy, one strand dominates. You find it woven through every sage piece from the old-school pundits of the Times and the hip...
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Ruth Conniff
Hillary, Bernie, and the Progressive Question
It was fascinating to watch Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders duke it out in the New Hampshire debate over who is a progressive. With young voters overwhelmingly supporting Sanders’s call for a “...
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Robert Kuttner
Generation Sanders
For more than a year, my pragmatist friends and colleagues have under-estimated the appeal of Bernie Sanders. As a big Sanders win approaches in the New Hampshire primary, they insist that this will...
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Richard Eskow
Inequality Against Democracy: 10 Facts About the 1 Percent
Economic inequality inspired Occupy Wall Street, a movement that in a few short months transformed our political discourse with the concept of the “1 percent” and the “99 percent.” Today the...
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Gareth Porter
US Position on Syria Tilts in Favour of Russian Intervention
The major developments on the Syrian battlefield in recent months have brought a corresponding shift in the Obama administration's Syrian policy. Since the Russian military intervention in Syria...
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Chris Hedges
Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water
What is in the mind of someone who knowingly poisons children and impairs their lives? Why did the politicians, regulators and bureaucrats who knew the water in Flint, Mich., was toxic lie about the...
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Tom Engelhardt
An "Exceptional” Failure: The US Military Bombs in the Twenty-First Century
Here’s my twenty-first-century rule of thumb about this country: if you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so. Which is why I’d think twice every time we’re told how “exceptional” or “...
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Robert Reich
Why We Must Try
Instead of “Yes we can,” many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: “We shouldn’t even try.” We shouldn’t try for single-payer system, they say. We’ll be lucky if we prevent...
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Paul Buchheit
Who the Election Should Be For: The 7 Most Beaten-Down Americans
Wealthy Americans are afraid of too much change, the kind that might occur with a Democratic Socialist as president. But it's too late for gradual change. Only a popular uprising against big business...
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Sunday, February 7, 2016
Bill Laurance
The World’s Forests Will Collapse if we Don’t Learn to Say 'No'
An alarming new study has shown that the world’s forests are not only disappearing rapidly, but that areas of “core forest” — remote interior areas critical for disturbance-sensitive wildlife and...
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George Lakey
What Role Were you Born to Play in Social Change?
Bill Moyer was a street-wise, working class white boy from rowhouse Philadelphia, who — in the turbulence of the 1960s — went to Chicago to work for an anti-racist housing campaign. He wound up...
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Kevin Gosztola
The Absurd Identity Politics of Establishment Pundits Critiquing Bernie Sanders
The reason why Bernie Sanders has achieved so much success in the United States presidential election so far is because he is not a woman, argues Mark Joseph Stern, a writer on law and LGBTQ issues...
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Joe Lauria
Risking World War III in Syria
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last October said in a little noticed comment that the United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden said in...
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Donna Smith
Young Women For Sanders Not to Be Underestimated
Normally, I would just stay silent if Gloria Steinem said something with which I did not agree. I admire her so much. She has shown so much courage on behalf of women's issues throughout the years...
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Saturday, February 6, 2016
Ari Berman
Will You Have the Right to Vote in 2016?
As Iowa voters headed to their caucus sites Monday, 94-year-old Rosanell Eaton sat in the first row of a federal courtroom in Winston-Salem, N.C., to witness the closing arguments of a trial...
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Rick Salutin
Sanders at Fulcrum of Debate on Progressives
Paul Krugman — Nobel Prize economist, New York Times columnist — does it regularly, especially when a U.S. election impends. He’s superb on his own beat; few are better at dissecting the negatives of...
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Jeff Bryant
An Emerging New Narrative For Education
The big news about education policy in the presidential race is that there is no news. As Laura Moser writes for Slate , “None of the candidates are talking about education. Like, at all.” At Salon,...
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Nick Meynen
The Epic Battle To Get Justice From Chevron
“We’re in front of the International Criminal Court now! We’re just about to get in. I’ll let you know when it’s done.” He hung up, went in and dropped the time bomb in an office. Forty minutes later...
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Sue Sturgis
NC Voting Rights Fight Moves From the Courtroom to the Streets
As the federal trial over North Carolina's restrictive voter ID law wrapped up this week in Winston-Salem, the N.C. NAACP — the lead plaintiff suing the state over its ID requirements — was getting...
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Eliza Relman
Pentagon Releases 198 Abuse Photos in Long-Running Lawsuit. What They Don’t Show Is a Bigger Story.
After more than a decade of legal battles and stonewalling, the Department of Defense released 198 photos relating to prisoner abuse by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. The photos...
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Ralph Nader
They're Just Not Answering!
Steve Leone, editor of the Concord Monitor —the second largest newspaper in New Hampshire—makes me long for the good old days of old-fashioned communications. He actually, personally, answers his own...
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Christopher Brauchli
Children
Suffer little children to come unto me. . . . —Gospel according to St. Luke In Brazil it is caused by the mosquito. In Flint it is caused by the politician. The one is not completely understood. The...
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César Chelala
The Public Health Impact of Domestic Violence
Intimate partner violence is the most common kind of violence experienced by women worldwide, both in developing and in industrialized countries. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report...
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Trevor Timm
Bernie Sanders Lacks Foreign Policy Experience, But Also His Rivals' Errors
As Bernie Sanders has risen in the polls, he has been taking increasing heat for some of his apparently vague foreign policy positions and the fact that his campaign does not have a team of...
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Friday, February 5, 2016
Jeffrey D. Sachs
Hillary Is the Candidate of the War Machine
There's no doubt that Hillary is the candidate of Wall Street. Even more dangerous, though, is that she is the candidate of the military-industrial complex. The idea that she is bad on the corporate...
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Charles P. Pierce
Here's What Happens When Hillary and Bernie Try to Out-Progressive Each Other
DURHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE—As it should be obvious by now, the next nothingburger on the Clinton side of the menu is, "Release the transcripts! Why won't you release the transcripts? What do you have to...
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Karin Kamp
What, if Anything, Can America Learn from Norway?
Who would have thought that Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, would give Hillary Clinton such a run for her money in Iowa. As journalist Ann Jones describes in “ After Living in...
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Fran Quigley
Corporations Killed Medicine. Here’s How to Take It Back.
Along the path toward the creation of a global capitalist system, some of the most significant steps were taken by the English enclosure movement. Between the 15 th to 19 th centuries, the rich and...
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Frida Berrigan
Time Spent in Guantánamo is Time No One Gets Back — Whether Soldier or Prisoner
I love my local paper. The Day is locally owned and based right in downtown New London, Connecticut. They publish an actual, physical newspaper every single day and have a first rate photo department...
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Robert Borosage
At The New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Debate, Populism Wins
The face-off between Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton last night in New Hampshire highlighted the strengths and vulnerabilities of both. Both put in impressive, strong...
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Jim Shultz
The Pipeline Strikes Back: The Audacity of TransCanada's $15B Suit Against the U.S.
In case you didn’t notice, the new blockbuster Star Wars film, The Force Awakens , ends pretty much the same way the first one did when it came out in the summer of 1977. The bad guys build a Death...
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Danny Glover
Sanders Campaign Is a Genuine Progressive Social Movement for Democracy
Bernie Sanders' campaign has already accomplished what most observers -- including many of his supporters -- thought was impossible. Coming from 40 points behind in the polls when the campaign began...
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Garry Leech
Terrifying Ted and his Ultra-Conservative Vision for America
Perhaps nothing captures the imperialist arrogance of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz more succinctly than his campaign’s statement declaring, “What is best for America is best for the...
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John Atcheson
Progressive 3.0: Beware the Latest Version of Hillary Clinton
Listening to Hillary last night trying to pass herself off as a progressive is like watching a chameleon change colors to match its surroundings. Not quite the same, however. The chameleon’s move is...
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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Mehdi Hasan
Thank You Obama for Your Mosque Speech
It only took him seven years. But maybe it was worth the wait. On Wednesday afternoon, the president of the United States mounted a podium inside a Maryland mosque to give a much-trailed speech...
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Jeff Cohen
Hillary Clinton Turns Stand-Up Comic: "I’m a Progressive Who Gets Things Done"
In her speech claiming victory after the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton proclaimed herself “a progressive who gets things done.” I had to laugh. And it wasn’t just because former President Bill...
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Aviva Chomsky
How the Media Hide Undocumented Workers
In our post-modern (or post-post-modern?) age, we are supposedly transcending the material certainties of the past. The virtual world of the Internet is replacing the “real,” material world, as...
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Richard Heinberg
Carbon Tax: The Low Oil Price Opportunity
Carbon taxes constitute a widely discussed policy tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing humanity’s headlong rush toward catastrophic climate change. Taxing energy from fossil fuels...
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Dave Johnson
Sanders Vows To Kill TPP If Elected. Will Clinton?
As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free-trade” agreement was signed in New Zealand by representatives of the 12 participating countries, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders strongly...
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John Feffer
The Candidate Our Foreign Policy Deserves
It’s often said that, in democracies, we get the leaders that we deserve. In the current slugfest masquerading as a presidential race, it looks as though we’re getting the leader that our foreign...
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David Cay Johnston
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens Our Liberty
Economic theory holds that removing trade barriers among nations should increase global wealth. But the proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership that Congress must soon give a straight up-or-down...
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Roberto Savio
Europe is Disintegrating While Its Citizens Watch Indifferent
We are witnessing the slow agony of the dream of European integration, disintegrating without a single demonstration occuring anywhere, among its 500 millions of citizens. It is clear that European...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Primary Elections Are Important—but They’re Also a Distraction
The media coverage of the horse race in Iowa on Monday night was hampered by pro-establishment spin. We need to see through that but also realize that the elections are only a small part of a...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
The Terror of Flint’s Poisoned Water
Less than one month after the attacks of Sept. 11, a senior FBI official, Ronald Dick, told the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, “Due to the vital importance of water to all life...
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Robert C. Koehler
Four Horsemen of Democracy
“It was also a shock to the system that a candidate universally known in Iowa, with deep pockets and long experience, could come close to losing to a relative unknown who was initially considered...
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Michael Winship
Naomi Klein: Climate Change “Not Just About Things Getting Hotter… It’s About Things Getting Meaner”
A week and a half ago, just as a blizzard was barreling up the East Coast, I traveled to my hometown, Canandaigua, NY, and before a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 at Finger Lakes...
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Aki Soga
How Bernie Sanders Can Win the Black Vote
No one should underestimate the ability of Bernie Sanders to turn skeptics into supporters. The race for the Democratic nomination will test Sanders’ ability to win over opponents as the contest...
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John Kiriakou
Let’s End Torture in U.S. Prisons
Solitary confinement is exactly what it sounds like. A prisoner is kept in a small cell — usually 6 feet by 10 — alone, for 23 hours a day. For one hour a day, he or she may be taken into a small...
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Kenneth Roth
A Way for Europe to Remove Chaos from the Migration Crisis
ISTANBUL — The last year shattered any belief that the European Union was immune to the global refugee crisis. The desperation of people fleeing conflicts and violence in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan...
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Richard Trumka
TPP: A New Low
As a dozen nations gather in New Zealand this week to officially sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), working families in the United States are sounding the alarm on a deal that would lower...
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Michael Copps
The Scariest Cable Merger Nobody in Washington Is Talking About
When Comcast tried to merge with Time Warner Cable last year, reaction was swift and negative. Not many people liked the idea of America’s largest and least loved cable company getting any bigger;...
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Tom Engelhardt
How the Post-9/11 Antiwar Movement Was Erased From History
Who even remembers the moment in mid-February 2003, almost 13 years ago, when millions of people across this country and the planet turned out in an antiwar moment unique in history? It was aimed at...
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Mary Green Swig, Steven Swig
For the Student Debt Movement, JUBILEE is an Old Idea Made New
A growing movement is pressing for relief from this country’s oppressive and mounting burden of student debt. Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren addressed a gathering of millennials in Washington,...
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Janine Jackson
Even Praising His Political Skills, Washington Post Still Side-Eyes Sanders
Despite some by-now familiar imagery—Bernie Sanders is a “self-described democratic socialist” who has been “traveling the country venting his outrage”—the Washington Post ’s post-Iowa rundown ( 2/2/...
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Ruth Conniff
Iowans Vote for Revolution, Reject Establishment
The Hillary Clinton/Bernie Sanders tie in the Iowa caucuses made it official: Voters are fed up with the political establishment. Hillary, who finished ahead by a tiny margin in the closest Iowa...
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Charles P. Pierce
This Is Not the Way the Democratic Campaign Should Be Conducted
Chris Matthews had an interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton on the MSNBC channel of the electric teevee machine Tuesday afternoon that was flatly astounding . This is especially true if you remember...
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