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News & Views | 8/4/18

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by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
As temperatures bust heat records across the globe and wildfires rage from California to the Arctic, a new report produced annually by more than 500 scientists worldwide found that last year, the carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere reached the highest levels "in the modern...

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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Infuriated by a scathing United Nations report estimating that over 18 million Americans are living in "extreme poverty" and accusing the Trump administration of "deliberately" making such destitution worse with its tax cuts for the rich, the White House insisted in its June response to the U.N. analysis that the United States is overflowing with "prosperity" and that claims of widespread poverty are "exaggerated."



by Julia Conley, staff writer
After misleading parents into waiving their right to be reunited with their children—and then deporting them—the Trump administration claimed on Thursday that if immigrant rights groups want families reunited, they should now be responsible for finding the parents who have been sent back to their home countries.



by Julia Conley, staff writer
The White House has shrugged off accusations that President Donald Trump is waging war on the news media—notably this week when press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to state that the press is not, as Trump has stated, "the enemy of the people."


buzzzz

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
While regulators in other regions of the world have recently worked to ban bee-poisoning pesticides called neonicotinoids that scientists have long warned could cause an "ecological armageddon," the Trump administration just reversed an Obama-era policy that had outlawed the use of neonics and genetically modified crops in the nation's wildlife refuges.


protest

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
In a march that shut down a portion of Lake Shore Drive during rush hour and ended with prayers and speeches outside of Wrigley Field, hundreds of anti-violence protesters marched in Chicago on Thursday evening to demand that the city invest in its impoverished neighborhoods and to call for the resignations of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
In a keynote address at the annual Netroots Nation gathering in New Orleans on Thursday, billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer tore into establishment Democrats for refusing to do "anything real" to stop President Donald Trump and accused Democratic leaders of lacking the courage and "common sense" to support impeachment.

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"Racism has been an essential part of the Republican playbook for decades. Elected over and over as defenders of white working people’s “way of life,” the GOP has reliably used its political power to make its rich donors richer."(Photo: Getty)

by Tim Koechlin
Blaming the hard times suffered by struggling whites on “underserving” people of color – is as old as America


Cattle in central California.

by Ben Lilliston
The deceptive use of “Product of U.S.A” in labeling imported beef hurts ranchers, consumers, and the environment


"Fixing our broken farm policy and ensuring a functional marketplace where farmers are paid fairly would."(Photo: TumblingRun/flickr/cc)

by Patty Lovera
And what we really need to do to get agriculture back on track


"Albence’s testimony should drive home that there is nothing the Trump administration will not say to defend the indefensible."(Photo: US Customs and Border Protection/Flickr)

by Amrit Cheng
It’s a ludicrous statement, entirely disconnected from reality or any semblance of humanity


Vernon Haltom, executive director of Coal River Mountain Watch, testified before a congressional subcommittee this week about the impact of coal mining on Appalachian communities. (Image is a still from the official video)

by Vernon Haltom
"Whether it's coal to Asia, coal waste to oil, coal to plastics, or coal to rainbows and unicorns, that coal is mined from the bones and the lungs of people who can never be fairly compensated for their injuries or their lives."


A snarky sign seen in San Francisco.

by Dean Baker
As the Republican motto goes, "tax cuts are for rich people."

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Re: Common Dreams
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2018, 01:21:56 PM »
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News & Views | 8/8/18

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by Jon Queally, staff writer
Warning of a possible domino effect as multiple climate feedback loops are triggered by a dynamic cascade of rising temperatures and warming oceans, scientists behind a frightening new study say that for the sake of humanity's future that the scenarios explored in their new models do not come to...

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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
As Michiganders headed to the polls in large numbers on Tuesday to decide who will advance to the general election in their state's gubernatorial race—which one observer described as a crucial "test for leftism in the Midwest"—supporters of progressive Democrat Abdul El-Sayed tirelessly worked the phones and urged their fellow citizens to turn out as they look to prove that "the progressive revolution has arrived" in Michigan.


Trump supporters

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
In the age of "media-bashing enthusiast" President Donald Trump—who regularly declares critical journalists and outlets "fake news" and "the enemy of the American people"—at least 43 percent of Republican respondents to a new survey said they believe "the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior."



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
As the flagrant and often downright bizarre corruption of so many current and former Trump administration officials has dominated the headlines in recent weeks, White House Commerce Secretary and mega-millionaire Wilbur Ross's long history of crooked profiteering has frequently slipped under the radar.



by Julia Conley, staff writer
After spending a year claiming that the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) public comment system had been hacked while the agency was gathering feedback on net neutrality protections, commission chair Ajit Pai was forced to admit on Tuesday that no such breach had taken place.



by Jon Queally, staff writer
With the momentum and energy within the Democratic Party clearly tilting towards those willing to embrace a bolder, progressive set of policies and priorites, a new congressional scorecard released Tuesday reveals that only twelve lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have put their support behind five specific bills that would "collectively ensure a strong, just future of public health and environmental protection" in the country.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
As tensions between Saudi Arabia and Canada continue to soar after the Canadian Foreign Ministry dared to condemn the kingdom's imprisonment of dissidents and human rights activists, a verified Twitter account connected to the Saudi government tweeted a graphic on Monday that appeared to threaten Toronto with a 9/11-style attack.

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"We could rapidly become 4 degrees warmer than today, as we spiral out of control very quickly, as one domino knocks another over. In fact, have we already started spiralling?" (Photo: AP)

by Andy Rowell
The new normal could become a whole lot worse



by Jeffrey D. Sachs
The current system is an outrage, and Americans express less satisfaction with the health care system than do their counterparts abroad.


"Trump calls the news media “the Enemy of the People,” a phrase that blood-soaked totalitarian regimes have used to justify assassinations and purges." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc)

by Eugene Robinson
The GOP has lost its mind


'The people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki did not have this option when the bombs fell, when they were crushed in their own homes, and when they died by the thousands from radiation poisoning for decades after." (Photo: AP Photo/U.S. Army)

by Emilie K. Clark
I have worked in four different high schools in New York City, and have hardly heard these nuclear disasters mentioned



by Ralph Nader
Apple’s business model rests on low wage-labor in China and gouging iPhone consumers in the U.S. The federal cops on the corporate antitrust beat have been asleep for years— a somnolence well recognized by Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google.


Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" speaks onstage at IGNITION: Future of Media at Time Warner Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

by Madeline Peltz
Fox News is still the highest-viewed news network in the country, which means the stories it focuses on and the language it uses to report them holds a tremendous amount of sway

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Re: Common Dreams
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2018, 04:03:09 AM »
Common Dreams

News & Views | 8/10/18

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by Julia Conley, staff writer
Condemning the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition's latest slaughter of civilians in Yemen, international human rights groups on Thursday demanded an investigation into an air strike that hit a school bus in the early morning hours near a marketplace in Saada province.

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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
After a massive Israeli bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip early Thursday morning killed a pregnant woman and her 18-month-old daughter, Israel's vicious assault on the occupied Palestinian territory continued throughout the day on Thursday as the nation's air force leveled a major civilian cultural center in Gaza City and slammed more than a 150 other targets.



by Julia Conley, staff writer
With the latest version of California's net neutrality bill unveiled by Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener this week, open internet defenders are prepared to publicly pressure and shame state lawmakers who plan to appease powerful internet service providers (ISPs) by voting against the proposal.



by Jon Queally, staff writer
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence strapped on his most earnest "serious face" on Thursday as he made the argument about why the U.S. military must come to dominate outer space with its military – an idea that was then panned with a stream of derisive adjectives that could quite possibly stretch to Mars and back.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
As Wall Street banks continue to enjoy record profits thanks to President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion tax scam, Trump's Treasury Department—headed by former Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin—quietly moved to hand big banks yet another major gift on Wednesday by hiding a $2.5 billion tax cut in the fine print of an "esoteric" new rule proposal.


kick the koch habit

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
The results dealt an embarrassing blow to the right-wing agenda pushed by the billionaires' army of dark money groups


cuomo, ocasio-cortez

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
New York congressional candidate and democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions how Congress can "write unlimited blank checks for war" and pass the GOP's $2 trillion tax cut for the wealthy, but when it comes to proposals such as Medicare for All, "our pockets are empty."

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by Mike Lofgren
Away from the large urban centers, the Midwest has transformed into a stronghold of derivative Southernism: country music and mores, religious fundamentalism, the cult of the good old boy, reactionary conservatism of a primitive type.


"This is because minority interests in civil society are able to manipulate the political process in their favor – mostly via the unequal distribution of money and power." (Photo: Peoples World/flickr/cc)

by John R. Wallach
What's in a (political) name?


"This is a very dangerous situation." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

by Vijay Prashad
China, Russia and Turkey have already indicated that they will not buckle to U.S. pressure


"Bell’s win is testimony to the power of grassroots social movements." (Photo: B.C. Lorio/Flickr)

by Frank Leon Roberts
As we move toward the midterm elections of 2018, we would do well to pay attention to the continued influence of the movement for Black lives on local elections and on the changing face of criminal justice reform in America


"So energy efficiency creates more jobs than fossil fuels — and at a faster rate and a lower cost." (Photo: Shutterstock)

by Basav Sen
Energy efficiency creates more jobs than fossil fuels — and at a faster rate and lower cost


"So far this year the city has racked up more than 300 homicides, according to the Chicago Tribune. Something, as we all know, is out of control, in this city, across the country . . . and across the planet.." (Photo: AP)

by Robert C. Koehler
We’ve chosen, over the last half century, to perpetuate violence rather than take a complex, value-transforming stand against, or beyond, it

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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2018, 10:26:45 AM »
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News & Views | 8/10/18

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by Julia Conley, staff writer
Condemning the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition's latest slaughter of civilians in Yemen, international human rights groups on Thursday demanded an investigation into an air strike that hit a school bus in the early morning hours near a marketplace in Saada province.
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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
After a massive Israeli bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip early Thursday morning killed a pregnant woman and her 18-month-old daughter, Israel's vicious assault on the occupied Palestinian territory continued throughout the day on Thursday as the nation's air force leveled a major civilian cultural center in Gaza City and slammed more than a 150 other targets.


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by Julia Conley, staff writer
With the latest version of California's net neutrality bill unveiled by Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener this week, open internet defenders are prepared to publicly pressure and shame state lawmakers who plan to appease powerful internet service providers (ISPs) by voting against the proposal.


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by Jon Queally, staff writer
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence strapped on his most earnest \"serious face\" on Thursday as he made the argument about why the U.S. military must come to dominate outer space with its military – an idea that was then panned with a stream of derisive adjectives that could quite possibly stretch to Mars and back.


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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
As Wall Street banks continue to enjoy record profits thanks to President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion tax scam, Trump's Treasury Department—headed by former Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin—quietly moved to hand big banks yet another major gift on Wednesday by hiding a $2.5 billion tax cut in the fine print of an \"esoteric\" new rule proposal.


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by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
The results dealt an embarrassing blow to the right-wing agenda pushed by the billionaires' army of dark money groups


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by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
New York congressional candidate and democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions how Congress can \"write unlimited blank checks for war\" and pass the GOP's $2 trillion tax cut for the wealthy, but when it comes to proposals such as Medicare for All, \"our pockets are empty.\"

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by Mike Lofgren
Away from the large urban centers, the Midwest has transformed into a stronghold of derivative Southernism: country music and mores, religious fundamentalism, the cult of the good old boy, reactionary conservatism of a primitive type.


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by John R. Wallach
What's in a (political) name?


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by Vijay Prashad
China, Russia and Turkey have already indicated that they will not buckle to U.S. pressure


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by Frank Leon Roberts
As we move toward the midterm elections of 2018, we would do well to pay attention to the continued influence of the movement for Black lives on local elections and on the changing face of criminal justice reform in America


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by Basav Sen
Energy efficiency creates more jobs than fossil fuels — and at a faster rate and lower cost


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by Robert C. Koehler
We’ve chosen, over the last half century, to perpetuate violence rather than take a complex, value-transforming stand against, or beyond, it

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Not All Solutions Are Equally Acceptable
Not All Solutions Are Equally Acceptable

I found it interesting that some broad (so broad as to be virtually meaningless) statement like "We should enforce equal rights for all" garners much better support than specifics like free college or government administered health care.

Americans tend to believe what the media whores tell them. This much remains unchanged. As long as Big insurance can buy media, and Banks that make student loans can buy media, the truth is not very likely to suddenly triumph.

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News & Views | 8/13/18

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by Jamie Henn
The DNC's vote to reverse a ban on fossil fuel industry giving is a deplorable step backward for the party

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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may believe that the Democratic Party is "capitalist, and that's just the way it is," but a new Gallup poll out Monday shows that support for capitalism among Democratic voters has hit a record low while support for socialism is steadily on the rise.



by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Android and iPhone users may be under the impression that Google is not tracking their location data if they've turned off "Location History" on their devices.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
In a move that was characterized as a significant and possibly politically motivated departure from typical agency protocol, the FBI has fired agent Peter Strzok over the so-called anti-Trump text messages he sent during the 2016 presidential election.



by Jon Queally, staff writer
Recounting their own family's history as immigrants from eastern Europe at the beginning of the 20th century, the uncle of Stephen Miller, one of the President's Donald Trump's top aides and the chief architect's of the administration's hateful immigration agenda, has written a scathing op-ed in which he publicly confesses "his dismay and increasing horror" at the role his nephew has played in implementing the president's xenophobic and cruel border policies.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
As funeral ceremonies for the 51 Yemenis—including 40 young children—massacred by a U.S.-backed Saudi bombing took place in Saada on Monday, cellphone footage captured by one of the murdered children just moments before last week's airstrike struck shows the dozens of kids excitedly gathered on a bus for a long-awaited field trip celebrating their graduation from summer school.



by Julia Conley, staff writer
Amid international outcry over President Donald Trump's treatment of the news media, more than 100 newspapers are planning to publish editorials this Thursday pushing back against his repeated claims that journalists are "the enemy of the people" and defending their right to cover his administration and actions.

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21 July 2017 - Denver, CO - US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta gives remarks and participates in Q&A at the 44th annual American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting. (Photo Credit: Department of Labor Shawn T Moore)

by Mary Bottari
A veritable banquet of union-busting, gerrymandering, pro-fossil fuel, and school privatization proposals


This image made from video taken on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, shows a child injured in an airstrike resting at a hospital in Saada, Yemen. Yemen's Shiite rebels are backing a United Nations’ call for an investigation into a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the country’s north that killed dozens of people the previous day, including many children. (Photo: AP Video)

by Will Bunch
The news media needs to do a much better job keeping American citizens informed about what’s happening in Yemen — and all the other outposts of “the forever war” — and how U.S. dollars and U.S. bombs are making these conflicts happen


Alex Jones, a right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist, in 2017. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

by David Greene
Facebook, Twitter, Apple and other companies routinely silence voices in marginalized communities around the world that struggle to be heard in the first place, replicating their offline repression


"Start instead with “kitchen table” issues like stagnant wages, shrinking benefits, the escalating costs of health care, college, pharmaceuticals, housing." (Photo: Screenshot)

by Robert Reich
What can we do–all of us–to begin talking across the great divide?


"The conference was organised by the leading climate denial think tank, Heartland Institute." (Photo: Screenshot/The Heartland Institute)

by Andy Rowell
Trump represents the last chance for the fossil fuel industry to wreck this planet


In July, Arne Duncan, the Obama administration education secretary, visited Parkland, Fla., to pitch parents on his idea for a national school boycott designed to force Congress to take action on gun legislation. (Tonya Alanez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/AP)

by Valerie Strauss
Duncan still thinks, apparently, his biggest mistake involved poor communication rather than the substance of the policies

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News & Views | 8/17/18

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by Bernie Sanders
If every major country on earth can guarantee healthcare to all and achieve better health outcomes, while spending substantially less per capita than we do, it is absurd for anyone to suggest that the United States of America cannot do the same.

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Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
While Senate Democrats continue to fight for records pertaining to President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh—threatening on Thursday to sue the National Archives for documents detailing his time working for the second Bush administration—a new poll from CNN revealed Kavanaugh is the least popular nominee in more than three decades.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Anyone who was expecting Democrats to aggressively and intelligently grill FCC chair Ajit Pai over his egregious lies about his agency's fabricated "cyberattack" story or his deeply unpopular net neutrality repeal was disappointed after the Senate Commerce Committee's much-anticipated oversight hearing on Thursday, which ultimately ended up being a "complete joke" that produced little of substance and few answers to important questions.



by Common Dreams staff
Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former reality TV star who became a top White House aide to President Donald Trump, on Thursday released exclusively to MSNBC a secret tape of campaign official Lara Trump offering her a $15,000-a-month job after her she was fired from the administration.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
In a move that immediately sparked alarm among national security analysts, President Donald Trump on Wednesday reportedly scrapped a classified Obama-era memo that set detailed restrictions on how and under what circumstances cyberweapons can be used.


NE landowners

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Rejecting what critics have called the Trump administration's "illegal rubber-stamp" of the Keystone XL pipeline, a federal court in Great Falls, Montana has sided with opponents of the project and mandated a full environmental impact review for the proposed route.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
"Trump's action is unconstitutional because he's punishing political speech, and unethical because he is lying to cover it up."

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by Kate Aronoff, Miles Kampf-Lassin
Election pearl-clutching is often related to fears that socialism endangers the wealth and power of America's elites.



by Tom Engelhardt
(Or How to Fight a War of Ultimate Repetitiousness)


The Workers Left Behind by the DNC's Fossil Fuel Resolution

by Alycee Lane
Why only a just transition framework will do.



by Miles Mogulescu
'Impeachment is not a constitutional crisis. Impeachment is the cure for a constitutional crisis.'



by Sam Husseini
While the need for genuinely free sources of information is greater than ever, it is unclear to me if traditional newspapers can be part of the equation



by Robert C. Koehler
There’s something wrong here that our legal system is, apparently, incapable of addressing.

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News & Views | 8/22/18

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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen on Tuesday pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts on Tuesday and admitted to a federal court that he violated campaign finance law "at the direction" of then-candidate Trump "for the principal purpose of influencing the election."

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by Jon Queally, staff writer
After a jury returned guilty verdicts against Paul Manafort on eight counts stemming from the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday afternoon, the immediate question for many was whether the president will take the provocative step of pardoning his former campaign chairman. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said that any attempt by Trump to pardon Manafort "would be a gross abuse of power."



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, entered a tentative plea deal with federal prosecutors on Tuesday that potentially includes bank fraud, tax evasion, and campaign finance violations, ABC News reported.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Confronting the "rot" of corruption that has poisoned every corner of the American political system and rigged government to work solely in the interests of the rich and well-connected, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would address the flagrant ethics abuses of the Trump White House while also taking on the systemic crisis that gave rise to the thoroughly crooked status quo.

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by Julia Conley, staff writer
After abnormal heatwaves this year in the Arctic, the region's oldest and thickest sea ice has thinned out considerably—to the point of breaking up in recent days.


coal

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
"Trump is actively destroying the planet in order to enrich his billionaire friends in the fossil fuel industry. We must fight back."


inmates working

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
In what could become the largest prison strike in American history, prisoners in at least 17 states on Tuesday launched a series of protests that are slated to continue through Sept. 9—the anniversary of the infamous 1971 uprising at New York's Attica Correctional Facility—demanding improved living conditions, voting rights, fair wages, and an end to racist incarceration policies.

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by Mary Anne Hitt
The Trump administration’s new, enfeebled policy doesn’t come close to meeting the legal threshold required of the EPA to create safeguards against carbon emissions



by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky
Casting doubt on reality is not a philosophical position, it is a strategy designed to confuse people and undermine democracy


"Those who heard Roosevelt’s speech were aware that confronting fascism would result in dramatic changes to their lives within months if not weeks." (Photo: Wikicommons)

by John Halle
"We only have empty pockets when it comes to the morally right things to do, but when it comes to tax cuts for billionaires and unlimited war, we seem to be able to invent that money fairly easily.”



by Ryan Cooper
The fact that even the Mercatus Center couldn't make universal Medicare look bad is a very good sign. Fact checkers need to get a grip.


"There is a world out there where we the people control government; where we send men and women of good will to office who support what the majority wants." (Photo: Peoples World/flickr/cc)

by John Atcheson
Now people can do something about it


"From Agamemnon to Bush to Obama to Trump – none was willing or able to end a war they couldn’t win." (Photo: Tama Leaver/flickr/cc)

by Tom Gallagher
Then and now, the relentless waste of life, health and wealth of war continues for no reason greater than to save face for a nation’s leaders

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puerto rico

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
A new study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government concludes nearly 3,000 people died after Hurricane Maria struck the island last September. (Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Julia Conley, staff writer
More than 1,000 first responders from across the country threw their support behind net neutrality protections on Tuesday, with a letter demanding that lawmakers in Congress pass the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to reverse the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s repeal of net neutrality.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
As Google works to crush an internal staff revolt over its reported plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China, a coalition of 14 of the world's most prominent human rights groups sent an open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday calling the tech giant's project "an alarming capitulation" on human rights and demanding that it cancel any effort to provide censored services.


Nicolas Hulot

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Delivering a broad critique of how the French government of President Emmanuel Macron has failed to go far enough to address the global climate crisis and related issues, the nation's popular environment minister Nicolas Hulot announced his resignation on live radio Tuesday, declaring, "I don't want to lie to myself anymore."

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by Julia Conley, staff writer
In an uncharacteristic embrace of government regulation, presidential economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Tuesday that the White House was considering regulating Google's search engine, when President Donald Trump evidently became displeased after finding only negative news about himself in an early morning search.


man watches fire

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit that California Gov. Jerry Brown will host in San Francisco in September, the state has released a comprehensive climate report that warns of—as the Democratic governor put it on Twitter—"the apocalyptic threat of irreversible climate change."



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
If you are one of the thousands of Amazon employees who has been forced to rely on federal assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid to survive because CEO Jeff Bezos—the richest man in the world—refuses to pay a living wage or provide adequate benefits, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wants to hear your story.

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by Peniel Joseph
The internecine war for the soul of American democracy continues in our own time, as the rage and fear tapped almost 50 years apart by Richard Nixon and Donald Trump have continued to mesmerize successive generations of Americans


"Once people learn about the judge’s unacceptable positions, they’ll realize how unsuited he is for a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

by Nan Aron
The controversial judge’s confirmation would represent a tremendous threat to millions of Americans—and we can easily prevent it



by Peter Certo
The “straight talk” people praise McCain for is actually what most of them can’t stand about politicians: They say noble words but cast ignoble votes.


A US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field in southern Afghanistan, on Jan. 31, 2010. (Photo: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

by Tom Emswiler, Will Isenberg
Kareem’s story neatly captures the havoc that the war on terror has wreaked on the legal system and the dangers of abandoning legal traditions that have served us well for centuries


"A malignant bullying megalomaniac who lies like most people breathe, and who’s able to suck the oxygen out of every news cycle, might well pulverize any Democratic opponent." (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

by Robert Reich
Annulment would repeal all of it – recognizing that such appointments, orders, rules, and records were made without constitutional authority


"In a time of perpetual war and runaway militarism, in sync with rampant corporate power, the party is currently in need of a basic course correction that can only come from the grassroots." (Photo: AP)

by Norman Solomon
The Democratic Party has not made such a historic reform to its presidential nominating process in decades. So, how did it happen?

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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Suddenly expressing deep concern for "fiscal sustainability" just months after signing a tax bill that is expected to add $1.9 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years, President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he is canceling pay raises for nearly 1.8 million federal workers...

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by Julia Conley, staff writer
Since President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris climate agreement in 2017, a number of local governments have taken it upon themselves to meet the deal's requirements to the extent that they can—but a new study finds that while those efforts are no match for the climate crisis.



by Jon Queally, staff writer
Indigenous peoples and climate campaigners scored a major victory in Canada on Thursday as the Federal Court of Appeals ruled that the government's review of the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline, a project of Kinder Morgan, did not adequately consult with First Nations before greenlighting the project.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Just 48 hours after Defense Secretary James Mattis attempted to obscure America's direct role in Saudi Arabia's ongoing massacre of Yemeni civilians by proclaiming that the U.S. is merely "watching" the deadly conflict, journalist Ken Klippenstein reported for The Young Turks (TYT) on Thursday that the Pentagon is currently preparing to train Saudi military pilots on U.S. soil.

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by Julia Conley, staff writer
United Nations officials reported on Thursday that Iran is still complying with the 2015 nuclear deal it entered into with the Obama administration, three months after President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing from the agreement.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Just two weeks before New Yorkers head to the polls to decide who will be their state's Democratic gubernatorial nominee, actress and activist Cynthia Nixon offered an ambitious alternative to the toxic status quo entrenched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.



by Julia Conley, staff writer
"First vilification...Escalated raids and border militarization. Family separations...Now, mass revocations of citizenship."

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"According to Reuters, the number of lawsuits brought against Bayer’s newly acquired Monsanto is approximately 8000 in the US alone." (Photo: Monsanto Tribunal/flickr/cc)

by Ruchi Shroff
We will continue to reclaim citizens’ rights, as well as those of small and medium producers, who, despite being crushed by the current market mechanisms, are the only ones providing us with healthy and nutritious food


"But we the people have not surrendered. We were outmaneuvered, gerrymandered, removed from the voting roster, but we have not surrendered." (Photo: AP/Bill Ingraham via Flickr)

by Robert C. Koehler
I fear the forces the antiwar protesters were confronting fifty years ago have made a shift in keeping with their deepest interests: not to “win” the wars but simply to make sure they continue



by Hina Shamsi
Kavanaugh’s record shows he would likely defer to — and not even scrutinize — a president's push for war or abuses in the name of "national security"


"Ron DeSantis — who has a 2 percent lifetime rating from the League of Conservation Voters — has questioned the reality of climate science and signed on a letter of protest against international climate funding." (Illustrated | peangdao/iStock, fotoguy22/iStock, Preto_perola/iStock)

by Ryan Cooper
For the Miami community, it is quite literally a matter of whether it will be allowed to exist in the future



by Larry Elliott
Capitalism’s near-death experience with the banking crisis was a golden opportunity for progressives. But they blew it


The 5 people arrested in Bhima Koregaon case (Photo: File Image)

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The arrests of five activists in India is part of a dangerous trend that demands more attention and public outcry

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by Julia Conley, staff writer
As more than 30 protesters were led away in handcuffs on Tuesday for protesting the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Supreme Court justice, observers demanded a comparable show of courage from Democrats on the...

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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Legendary Watergate journalist Bob Woodward has a book coming out next month that details the first year and a half of Donald Trump's presidency, and excerpts published by the Washington Post and CNN on Tuesday depict a White House in the midst of a "nervous breakdown," sparked by a man who top aides have referred to as "an idiot," a "fucking moron," a "professional liar," and "a goddamn dumbbell" who has the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader."



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Looking to spark a political revolution in the mold of Sen. Bernie Sanders' in the U.S. and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn's in the U.K., Sahra Wagenknecht and her husband Oskar Lafontaine—two leading figures of the German left-wing party Die Linke—launched the "Stand Up" movement on Tuesday with the goal of confronting Germany's "fully-fledged crisis of democracy" and offering an inspiring alternative.



by Julia Conley, staff writer
As the Senate Judiciary Committee proceeded with its confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, dozens of women put their bodies on the line to lead the fight against Kavanaugh's ascension to the highest court in the land.



by Jon Queally, staff writer
Giving proof to what progressive critics and Democratic lawmakers have said has been a shamefully non-transparent process from the start, Republicans lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary committee declared Monday night that they were able to thoroughly examine over 42,000 documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in under three hours.



by Julia Conley, staff writer
"An all-out assault on the rule of law" is how one former Justice Department (DOJ) official described President Donald Trump's latest attack on the DOJ and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, following the criminal indictments of two congressman for insider trading and campaign finance violations.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
As President Donald Trump's right-wing Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his first confirmation hearing Tuesday morning, progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups are ramping up what has been described as the "biggest campaign against a Supreme Court nominee in U.S. history" to stop a judge who poses a dire threat to the planet, workers, and the reproductive rights of women.

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Groups supporting Kavanaugh’s nomination dwarf groups opposing it by a 3-1 margin on television. (Photo Illustration: Brennan Center/Shutterstock.com)

by Douglas Keith
Before senators ask Judge Brett Kavanaugh a single question in his confirmation hearings this week, the debate over his nomination to the Supreme Court will have already been playing out for weeks in TV ads



by Bill Blum
Kavanaugh's ascension to the nation's highest court, while infuriating, is no accident. Like other right-wing justices before him, his rise is the result of careful calculation by powerful regressive forces who have been plotting this course for decades


"Despite the 2018 gains, the Democratic Party will still be marching towards folly, unless the progressives manage to take it over completely." (Photos: Getty)

by John Atcheson
A march to victory or a march of folly?


The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, which rises from the dirt in Berlin, reminds us we are in danger of repeating the past if we allow racism and intolerance to fester, Heather Mallick writes. (Rick Steves / Toronto Star file photo)

by Heather Mallick
Racism is back in all its forms, locally, nationally and continents-wide



by Nick Turse
A simple equation proves that the U.S. armed forces have triumphed in the War on Terror


"Rather than waiting for the first concussion grenades and tear gas canisters to fly, we’re demanding answers now." (Photo: Flickr)

by Jacob J. Hutt
Indigenous communities, in particular, have been historically over-policed and subject to unwanted governmental surveillance, with the surveillance of the Dakota Access Pipeline Spirit Camp one of many examples

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President Donald Trump

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
President Donald Trump provoked immediate outrage on Tuesday with his "disgusting" declaration on national television that the federal government's widely condemned response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria—which led to thousands of dead Americans—"was an...

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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
In their latest "reckless and stupid" bid to deliver massive rewards to ultra-wealthy Americans, House Republicans on Monday introduced three pieces of legislation that make up the GOP's so-called "Tax Reform 2.0" package, which early estimates indicate could cost nearly $3 trillion over ten years while sending the vast majority of the benefits to the very top.



by Julia Conley, staff writer
As 1.5 million residents are ordered to evacuate their homes in preparation for Hurricane Florence's potential direct hit in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, the region faces the possibility of catastrophic damage should the storm affect one or more of the nuclear power plants which lie in the path it's expected to take.



by Julia Conley, staff writer
Extreme weather events, driven by the climate crisis, are a key factor in the global rise in hunger levels in recent years—with the number of people now affected by inadequate food and water prompting fears that the the past decade's gains have been reversed.


A U.S. soldier fires an anti-tank rocket

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
As the world marks the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, the Pentagon's latest lowball estimate of just how much the so-called War on Terror has cost Americans is making headlines—despite independent analyses that have come up with far higher figures.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
The 2008 financial meltdown inflicted devastating financial and psychological damage upon millions of ordinary Americans, but a new report released by Public Citizen on Tuesday shows the Wall Street banks that caused the crash with their reckless speculation and outright fraud have done phenomenally well in the ten years since the crisis.



by Julia Conley, staff writer
In a move transparently aimed at alleviating the $146 billion fossil fuel industry of the cost of cutting down on its environmental pollution, the Trump administration is making its latest attempt to roll back Obama-era regulations for methane emissions from oil and gas wells.

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The Pentagon reports that the Afghan conflict costs US taxpayers $45 billion per year. (Photo: Debra Sweet/flickr/cc)

by Benjamin Dangl
The war on terror appears more like an endless war



by Dr. Carol Paris
A single payer system works by cutting administrative waste, not doctors' income


The companies see only the revenues on their balance sheets, which are always in the black, never in the red like the blood that flows from the real-world results of the weapons they produce. (Photo: Screenshot)

by Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies
Unfortunately, killing and maiming civilians with US weapons is a regular occurrence


The point of this informal midterm report card is not to argue that Donald Trump has somehow failed. It is rather to highlight his essential irrelevance. (Photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

by Andrew Bacevich
After Trump: On The Donald in the rearview mirror


Members of South Asian Council for Social Services rally against NSEERS in New York City in 2003 (Photo: Getty)

by Deepa Iyer
What could have happened if more Americans had heeded the alarm bells that community advocates were ringing about the dehumanization of entire groups of people, rather than capitulating to fear and tacitly accepting discriminatory policies?


Far from keeping his word, Trump and his administration have spent every day since taking power working to destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0)

by Alex Lawson
It’s time to set the record straight

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Life goes on besides the arrival of florence...

IN re the below story, "Tens of Thousands of People Raising Money to Defeat Collins If She Votes for Kavanaugh Is Not "Bribery," Say Her Opponents, It's Democracy," I thought the Supreme Court said that money was "speech."

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News & Views | 9/13/18

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by Julia Conley, staff writer
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) doubled down Tuesday on accusations that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh committed perjury in his 2006 confirmation hearing for his seat on a federal appeals court.

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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
With the Republican Party moving quickly to deliver yet another round of massive, budget-exploding tax cuts to their wealthiest donors and constituents ahead of November's crucial midterm elections, 776 national and state groups sent a letter to members of Congress on Wednesday demanding that they oppose the GOP's newly introduced Tax Scam 2.0 and instead invest the $3 trillion experts say it could cost into infrastructure, healthcare, and education.



by Julia Conley, staff writer
As local journalists in Yemen reported that at least 15 civilians were killed in Saudi airstrikes in the port city of Hodeidah on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially certified that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are doing all they can to avoid civilian casualties.



by Julia Conley, staff writer
"The idea of Susan Collins attacking an effort by 35,000 small dollar donors as bribery is politics at its worst...Unlike Supreme Court judges, senators do not enjoy a lifetime guarantee of their seat; they are accountable to the people."


Florence

by Jon Queally, staff writer
With reports of skyscraper-likes waves out at sea, the potential for historic coastal surges and rainfall, and severe threats to vulnerable nuclear plants and other industrial waste sites—a behemoth Hurricane Florence is fast-approaching the southeastern U.S. coast on Wednesday as weather experts and emergency management officials intensifying their warnings about the dangers the storm poses.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
With support for single-payer spreading rapidly among current members of Congress, congressional candidates, and the American public, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) launched the first-ever Medicare for All political action committee (PAC) on Wednesday in an effort to accelerate this momentum ahead of the upcoming midterm elections and funnel small-dollar financial contributions to candidates who want to guarantee healthcare to all as a right.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
As over a million Americans rush to evacuate their homes just days before Category 4 Hurricane Florence is expected to slam into the Carolinas, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) released documents late Tuesday showing that the Trump administration transferred nearly $10 million away from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) just ahead of hurricane season in order to fund the White House's cruel family separation and deportation efforts.

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In New York City, dozens of luxury towers have been connected to global money laundering. (Photo: Bally Scanlon/Photodisc/Getty Images)

by Chuck Collins
From country farmland to big city skyscrapers, absentee billionaires may be hiding wealth in your town — and driving up your cost of living


The United States is the number one weapons dealer in the world, and Saudi Arabia is our biggest customer, having purchased over $100 billion in armaments since 2010. (Image: MoveOn.org)

by Kevin Martin
The people of Yemen need this nightmare to end


 “Officially sanctioned terms like ‘defense’ and ‘security’ act as a subterfuge to diminish and camouflage the deadly, dangerous and destabilizing role that the United States is playing in the world.” (Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force/Brad Fallin)

by Valerie Vande Panne
Want to be part of peace? Stop working for, and investing in, these Big 5 arms manufacturers


On the very same day that Trump was warning Southerners to evacuate from Florence's path, his regulators at EPA were preparing to side with industry (what else is new?) and make it easier for oil and gas drillers to release methane — a significant greenhouse gas — into the atmosphere. (Photo: GRACE BEAHM / THE POST AND COURIER)

by Will Bunch
The reality is there's no better time to talk about our failure to take climate politics seriously than on the eve of a natural disaster that global warming is making worse



by Vijay Prashad
Hundreds of thousands may be displaced.


Trump has made unique his own contributions to modern conservatism — alliances with white nationalists, concentration camps for babies, etc. But our anonymous “adult in the room” offers no objection here either, even as down-ballot Republicans increasingly embrace those extremes. (Photo: CNN/screenshot)

by Peter Certo
They admit Trump’s dangerous, but they’ll stick with him as long as he cuts billionaires’ taxes, deregulates corporations, and feeds the military-industrial complex

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by Jon Queally, staff writer
Amid calls for Brett Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination to the Supreme Court after he was publicly accused of sexual assault and attempted rape by college professor Christine Blasey Ford on Sunday, the credibility of both the accused and the accuser is now at the center of U.S. politics just days...

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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
As the GOP plows ahead with another round of budget-exploding tax cuts for the rich just before the crucial 2018 midterms, President Donald Trump's top economic adviser and former television personality Larry Kudlow confirmed on Monday that the White House will push for cuts to life-saving safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security if the GOP retains control of Congress.


spy eye

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. government's secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations "important" and "terrifying."


In Noatak National Preserve, Alaska, an exceptionally warm summer in 2004 triggered this 300m long slump associated with thawing permafrost.

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Global policymakers have failed to account for a key factor in setting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions budgets to rein in the climate crisis—melting permafrost—a new study finds, and warns that the world could exceed the global warming limits laid out in the Paris climate accord sooner than expected.


Activists with Greenpeace

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Working to curb emissions while using public funds to subsidize oil and gas industry "is like trying to bail water out of a leaky boat"



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Next month, nearly every American with a cellphone will receive a text message from President Donald Trump—and there's almost nothing you can do to stop it.



by Jon Queally, staff writer
In the seventeen years since the events of Sept. 11 2001, after which the United States declared a "global war on terror," there has not been a terrorist attack of similar size or magnitude on American soil. The rest of the world has not been so fortunate

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It is about a pattern of deceptive answers on a range of questions about his past activities and agenda to change our laws through the courts. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

by Kristine Lucius, Jeff Berman, Lisa Graves, Bob Schiff
It would be unprecedented and unwise for the Senate to act on the nomination without reviewing the full record


Did the Trump Foundation use any of its funds to benefit The Donald or any of his businesses directly? (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

by Nomi Prins
Could Donald Trump be a one-man version of either Enron or Lehman Brothers, someone who cooked “the books” until, well, he imploded?


Let us drop any thought that hope is a weakling. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

by Frances Moore Lappé
Hope ignites our brains toward solutions


I just wanted to share my horror at the ordeal that the teenaged Professor Blasey was put through and at the further gauntlet she must now run through the berating bully boys of the latently fascist, patriarchal Right.(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

by Juan Cole
I just wanted to share my horror at the ordeal that the teenaged Professor Blasey was put through and at the further gauntlet she must now run through the berating bully boys of the latently fascist, patriarchal Right


The fact that these were kept secret during the Obama administration is cause for great concern. (Photo: Flckr: RestrictedData)

by Trevor Timm
This is critically important information at a time when press freedom has been under threat from the government, and its role in our democracy has never been more important


 The most unconscionable situation is the thousands of migrant youths that the U.S. government currently has locked up in its rapidly expanding archipelago of detention centers — tents rapidly erected in the arid desert or other substandard facilities rife with abuse. (Photo: CAROLYN COLE / LOS ANGELES TIMES)

by Will Bunch
This is going to get a lot worse before it gets better

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So that's the reason the EBS is being tested on Thursday... 


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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
After the New York Times reported on Friday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested last year that he secretly record President Donald Trump "to expose the chaos" engulfing the White House and discussed "recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment," Public Citizen issued an urgent reminder that over 400,000 Americans in nearly 1,000 cities nationwide are ready to take to the streets if Trump uses the report as a pretext to fire Rosenstein.



by Julia Conley, staff writer
Confirming the fears of many immigrant families who have declined to step forward and claim children who are being held in detention facilities, a new report shows that more than 40 people have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after doing just that.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
American-made bombs are being used to massacre large numbers of civilians in Yemen, and new reporting shows that the Trump administration is allowing this carnage to continue and escalate in order to protect the profits of defense contractors.



by Julia Conley, staff writer
Along with tens of thousands of children and families, cancer patients, Americans with substance abuse disorders, and victims of domestic violence are among the casualties of President Donald Trump's detention of young immigrants—according to government documents outlining the administration's plan to divert millions of dollars away from programs serving those populations.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Women nationwide have a message for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Trump Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape: "You are not alone. You are a survivor. And millions of us have your back."



by Julia Conley, staff writer
While Democrats including Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and women's advocacy groups have demanded for the fair treatment of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the White House and the Republican Party are falsely stating that little can be done to investigate Ford's allegations before the Senate votes on whether to give Kavanaugh a lifetime appointment to the high court.


Anita Hill

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Failing to implement a formal process to review such allegations shows the Judiciary Committee "has learned little from the Thomas hearing, much less the more recent #MeToo movement."



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
According to her own compelling and credible account, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is the victim of an attempted rape at the hands of Trump Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh—but critics say Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) wants to put Ford on trial as if she was the one being accused of a serious crime.



by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Continuing its relentless "assault on clean air, public lands, our health, and our climate," the Trump administration on Tuesday gutted a major Obama-era rule that required oil and gas companies to reduce methane emissions and take certain measures to prevent leaks on public lands.


Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the second day of his confirmation hearing on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Zach Gibson / Getty Images file)

by Mimi Rocah, Barbara McQuade, Jill Wine-Banks, Joyce White Vance and Maya Wiley
Prosecutors look for corroborating evidence — and there are strong indications already that Christine Blasey Ford is telling the truth about her attack
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