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News & Views | 10/8/18


IPCC presser

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Underscoring the need for "rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented" changes to life as we know it to combat the global climate crisis, a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—the United Nations' leading body for climate science—details what the world could look like if...


Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) enters a Capitol Police vehicle after announcing on the Senate floor on Friday that she would vote for Brett Kavanaugh. The senator has taken heightened security measures since the announcement but has reported that she's received a positive response to her decision in Maine.

by Julia Conley, staff writer
Despite the fact that Mainers protested at and called her offices for several months and signed letters demanding that she vote against Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Monday claimed she's received a positive response to her decision to back the right-wing extremist.


by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
As the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday put out a report that warns, "If the current warming rate continues, the world would reach human-induced global warming of 1.5°C (2.7°F) around 2040," released a compilation of stories from 13 communities "fighting against fossil fuel projects and for a fast and just transition to 100 percent renewable energy."

by Julia Conley, staff writer
As cities across the United States aim to honor the millions of people who lived on the North American continent for centuries before they faced the persecution of European explorers who arrived to claim the land as their own, many local governments marked Indigenous People's Day on Monday.

Annette Klapstein and Emily Nesbitt Johnston

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
"Four days before trial, for no apparent reason, the court eviscerated our defense, and essentially overruled itself."

by Julia Conley, staff writer
Anti-fascist Brazilians expressed horror late Sunday as they watched the misogynist, racist former military officer Jair Bolsonaro advance toward a likely victory in the country's presidential race, days after hundreds of thousands of women and allies protested his extremist agenda.

by Jon Queally, staff writer
Spurring fresh outrage among those who criticize the cozy relationship between the U.S. government and the Saudi monarchy, political dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabia national living in self-imposed exile abroad, was tortured and murdered last week by a Saudi government 'hit team,' according to Turkish sources, while inside the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul.

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by Jade Begay, Dallas Goldtooth
Essential reading on, and beyond, Indigenous Peoples Day

East German border guards look through a hole in the Berlin wall after demonstrators pulled down one segment of the wall at Brandenburg gate on November 11th, 1989.(Photo: AP/Lionel Cironneau)

by Michael Winship
Donald Trump would build a wall to squelch immigration but Berlin is a city that knows the horror of what such a barrier's really like

President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan claimed that it would result in wage gains for American workers ranging from $4,000 to $9,000 each. But, in reality, nothing like that has materialized. (Photo: @srbija_eu/Twitter)

by Lawrence Wittner
Although it appears that some workers (a reported 4 percent) did receive pay raises thanks to the tax cuts, it’s estimated that corporations spent 88 times more on stock buybacks than on pay increases for workers

Cartoonist Patrick Chappatte (New York Times, 5/10/18) presents Trump and Bolton’s “deal” for Iran.(Patrick Chappatte/New York Times)

by John O'Day
Iranian leaders have repeatedly said they do not want war with the US, but US corporate media, despite frequently characterizing Trump as a “mad king," continue to play an instrumental role in rationalizing a future war with Iran

Though federal estimates put the nation’s homeless number at 554,000, most cities—including Portland, which officially has about 4,000 people without shelter—estimate the homeless, notoriously hard to count, to be at least three times higher.(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig)

by Chris Hedges
These men and women, and increasingly children, are the collateral damage of the corporate state, their dignity and lives destroyed by the massive transference of wealth upward, deindustrialization and the slashing of federal investment in affordable housing begun during the Reagan administration

By setting the Tuesday, October 9th deadline to re-register or lose the vote in November, Georgia has made it extremely difficult to fix this problem of its own making. (Photo: Keith Ivey/flickr/cc)

by Miles Mogulescu
Georgia has purged nearly 10% of its registered voters –nearly 750,000 people from the voting rolls without their even knowing

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The Scalping of Josiah Wilbarger

In the month of August, 1833, a man named Christian
and his wife were living with Hornsby. Several young un-
married men were also stopping there. This was customary
in those days, and the settlers were glad to have them for
protection. Two young men, Standifer and Haynie, had
just come to the settlement from Missouri to look at the
country. Early in August, Josiah Wilbarger came up to
Hornsby's, and in company with Christian, Strother, Stan-
difer and Haynie, rode out in a northwest direction to look
at the country. When riding up Walnut creek, some five
or six miles northwest of where the city of Austin stands,
they discovered an Indian. He was hailed, but refused to
parley with them, and made off in the direction of the
mountains covered with cedar to the west of them. They
gave chase and pursued him until he escaped to cover in
the mountains near the head of Walnut creek, about where
James Rogers afterwards settled.

Returning from the chase, they stopped to noon and re-
fresh themselves, about one-half a mile up the branch above
Pecan spring, and four miles east of where Austin after-
wards was established, in sight of the road now leading
from Austin to Manor. Wilbarger, Christian and Strother
unsaddled and hoppled their horses, but Haynie and Stand-
difer left their horses saddled and staked them to graze.
While the men were eating they were suddenly fired on by
Indians. The trees near them were not large and offered
poor cover. Each man sprang to a tree and promptly re-
turned the fire of the savages, who had stolen up afoot un-
der cover of the brush and timber, having left their horses
out of sight. Wilbarger's party had fired a couple of rounds
when a ball struck Christian, breaking his thigh bone.
Strother had already been mortally wounded. Wilbarger
sprang to the side of Christian and set him up against his
tree. Christian's gun was loaded but not primed. A ball from
an Indian had bursted Christian's powder horn. Wilbarger
primed his gun and then jumped again behind his own tree.
At this time Wilbarger had an arrow through the calf of his
leg and had received a flesh wound in the hip. Scarcely had
Wilbarger regained the cover of the small tree, from which
he fought, until his other leg was pierced with an arrow.
Until this time Haynie and Standifer had helped sustain the
fight, but when they saw Strother mortally wounded and
Christian disabled, they made for their horses, which were
yet saddled, and mounted them. Wilbarger finding himself
deserted, hailed the fugitives and asked to be permitted to
mount behind one of them if they would not stop and help
fight. He ran to overtake them, wounded, as he was, for
some little distance, when he was struck from behind
by a ball which penetrated about the center of his neck and
came out on the left side of his chin. He fell apparently
dead, but though unable to move or speak, did not lose
consciousness. He knew when the Indians came around
him — when they stripped him naked and tore the scalp from
his head. He says that though paralyzed and unable to
move, he knew what was being done, and that when his
scalp was torn from his skull it created no pain from which
he could flinch, but sounded like distant thunder. The In-
dians cut the throats of Strother and Christian, but the
character of Wilbarger's wound, no doubt, made them be-
lieve his neck was broken, and that he was surely dead.
This saved his life.

When Wilbarger recovered consciousness the evening was
far advanced. He had lost much blood, and the blood was
still slowly ebbing from his wounds. He was alone in the
wilderness, desperately wounded, naked and still bleeding.
Consumed by an intolerable thirst, he dragged himself to a
pool of water and lay down in it for an hour, when he be-
came so chilled and numb that with difficulty he crawled
out to dry land. Being warmed by the sun and exhausted
by loss of blood, he fell into a profound sleep. When
awakened, the blood had ceased to flow from the wound in
his neok, but he was again consumed with thirst and hun-

After going back to the pool and drinking, he crawled
over the grass and devoured such snails as he could find,
which appeased his hunger. The green flies had blown his
wounds while he slept, and the maggots were at work, which
pained and gave him fresh alarm. As night approached he-
determined to go as far as he could toward Reuben Horns-
by's, about six miles distant. He had gone about six hun-
dred yards when he sank to the ground exhausted, under a
large post oak tree, and well nigh despairing of life. Those
who have ever spent a summer in Austin know that in that
climate the nights in summer are always cool, and before
daybreak some covering is needed for comfort. Wilbarger,
naked, wounded and feeble, suffered after midnight intensely
from cold. No sound fell on his ear but the hooting of owls
and the bark of the coyote wolf, while above him the bright
silent stars seemed to mock his agony. We are now about
to relate two incidents so mysterious that they would excite
our incredulity were it not for the high character of those
who to their dying day vouched for their truth.

As Wilbarger lay under the old oak tree, prone on the
ground he distinctly saw, standing near him, the spirit of
his sister Margaret Clifton, who had died the day before in
Florisant, St. Louis county, Missouri. She said to him:
"Brother Josiah, you are too weak to go by yourself. Re-
main here, and friends will come to take care of you before
the setting of the sun." When she had said this she moved
away in the direction of Hornsby's house. In vain he be-
sought her to remain with him until help would come.

Haynie and Standifer, on reaching Hornsby's, had re-
ported the death of their three companions, stating that they
saw Wilbarger fall and about fifty Indians around him, and
knew that he was dead. That night Mrs. Hornsb}^ started from
her sleep and waked her husband. She told him confidently
that Wilbarger was alive; that she had seen him vividly in
a dream, naked, scalped and wounded, but that she knew he
lived. Soon she fell asleep and again Wilbarger appeared
to her alive, but wounded, naked and scalped, so vividly that
she again woke Mr. Hornsby and told him of her dream,
saying: "I know that Wilbarger is not dead." So confi-
dent was she that she would not permit the men to sleep
longer, but had their coffee and breakfast ready by day
break and urged the men at the house to start to Wilbar-
ger's relief.

The relief party consisted of Joseph Rogers, Reuben
Hornsby, Webber, John Walters and others. As they ap-
proached the tree under which Wilbarger had passed the
night, Rogers, who was in advance, saw Wilbarger, who
was sitting at the root of a tree. He presented a ghastly
sight, for his body was almost red with blood. Rogers,
mistaking him for an Indian, said: "Here they are, boys.*'
Then Wilbarger rose up and spoke, saying: "Don't shoot,
it is Wilbarger." When the relief party started Mrs.
Hornsby gave her husband three sheets, two of them were
left over the bodies of Christian and Strother until the next
day, when the men returned and buried them, and one was
wrapped around Wilbarger, who was placed on Roger's
horse. Hornsby being lighter than the rest mounted behind
Wilbarger, and with his arms around him, sustained him in
the saddle. The next day Wm. Hornsby (who is still living).

Joseph Rogers, Walters and one or two others returned and
buried Christian and Strother.

When Wilbarger was found the only particle of his cloth-
ing left by the savages was one sock. He had torn that
from his foot, which was much swollen from an arrow
wound in his leg, and had placed it on his naked skull from
w r hich the scalp had been taken. He was tenderly nursed
at Hornby's for some days. His scalp wound was dressed
with bear's oil, and when recovered sufficiently to move, he
was placed in a sled, made by Billy Hornsby and Leman
Barker (the father-in-law of Wilbarger) because he could not
endure the motion of a wagon, and was thus conveyed sev-
eral miles down the river to his own cabin. Josiah Wilbar-
ger recovered and lived for eleven years. The scalp never
grew entirely over the bone. A small spot in the middle of
the wound remained bare, over which he always wore
a covering. The bone became diseased and exfoliated, fin-
ally exposing the brain. His death was hastened, as Doctor
Anderson, his physician, thought, by accidentally striking
his head against the upper portion of a low door frame of
his gin house many years after he was scalped.

We have stated the facts as received from the lips of Josiah Wilbar-
ger, who was the brother of the author of this book, and
confirmed by Wm. Hornsby, who still lives, and others who
are now dead.


The "old Texans" have not infrequently been censured
by some of the maudlin, sentimental writers before referred
to for having treated poor Lo in a few isolated cases in a
barbarous manner. Such writers probably never saw a wild
Indian in their lives — never had their fathers, mothers,
brothers or sisters butchered by them in cold blood; never
had their little sons and daughters carried away by them
into captivity, to be brought up as savages, and taught to
believe that robbery was meritorious, and cold blooded mur-
der a praiseworthy act, and certainly they never themselves
had their own limbs beaten, bruised, burnt and tortured
with fiendish ingenuity by "ye gentle salvages," nor their
scalps ruthlessly torn from their bleeding heads, for if the
latter experience had been theirs, and they had survived
the pleasant operation (as some have done in Texas) we are
inclined to think the exposure of their naked skulls to the
influences of wind and weather might have so softened
them as to permit the entrance of a little common sense.

To all such we have only to say, read over the long list of
cold blooded, cowardly, inhuman murders perpetrated on
innocent children and defenseless women chronicled in this
book, and when you get through, our "basnet to a prentice
cap," your only wonder will be that the old Texans did not
always pay them back in their own coin whenever the op-
portunity offered, instead of doing so only in a few isolated

Indian Depradations In Texas

J.W. Wilbarger.

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Re: Climate Catastrophe By 2040
« Reply #31 on: October 08, 2018, 06:26:55 PM »
Between Florence and now Incoming Michael, I think NC&SC ALREADY have a "climate catastrophe" ongoing.  1000s of Pig farms underwater, millions of Dead Chickens, Sweet Potato crop rotting, uncounted numbers unable to return home or rebuild...that's not exactly BAU.


So far it isn't even affecting food prices. It's catastrophic if you got flooded, but for the country as a whole it isn't that big a deal.

I know it'll get a lot worse. But we aren't at real catastrophe levels yet. It is getting bad enough that the federal government is going to start treating the US mainland like Puerto Rico, I expect, in the not-too-distant future. When the excuses start coming about disaster relief money, that'll be a tell.

People with flood insurance are already getting shafted by their carriers. That will only get worse. Coastal living ain't what it used to be.
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Re: Climate Catastrophe By 2040
« Reply #32 on: October 08, 2018, 06:49:56 PM »
People with flood insurance are already getting shafted by their carriers. That will only get worse. Coastal living ain't what it used to be.

Insurance carriers have ALWAYS shafted their customers.  If they paid all the claims, they would go broke.  They'll go broke anyhow, but it would be faster.

Insofar as it not generally affecting food prices nationwide, that's true so far but it's making mincemeat out of the economy in the places that it hit.  Lots of people work in those places, and now they have no work and consequently no money to spend.  Does the BLS count them as Unemployed?

Collapse has a big Geographic Component.  It doesn't happen everywhere at the same time, at least not until the ATMs go down and a Bank Holiday is declared.

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News & Views | 10/25/18


by Jake Johnson, staff writer
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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
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As climate experts around the world warn how anthropogenic global warming will continue to make extreme weather worse, the "catastrophic" Super Typhoon Yutu has left the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth in the Pacific Ocean, "mangled," as one local official described the devastation.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Anti-war voices are praising a new "must-read" New York Times op-ed in which Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on Congress "to redefine our relationship with Saudi Arabia, and to show that the Saudis do not have a blank check to continue violating human rights" by revoking U.S. support for the Saudi and UAE-led war in Yemen.

by Jake Johnson, staff writer
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While Democratic candidates have rightfully exposed the outlandish lies by Trump and numerous Republicans suddenly acting as defenders of the sick, the inconvenient truth is that even with the ACA, insurance companies have found numerous ways to skirt the law, part of their business goals which...

by Dan Froomkin
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With Medicare for All, there would be no need for Medicare Advantage plans. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc)

by Diane Archer
A robust national health insurance program should put people before profits

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by William Astore
Hint: They’re winning in other ways

By turning away from cancer-causing combustion engines cars and towards zero-emission cars and trucks, Ford can truly help put the brakes on the breast cancer epidemic.(Photo: Screenshot)

by Karuna Jaggar
We can see through the pink-tinted smoke screen of Ford’s Warriors in Pink. Truth be told, Ford’s Warriors in Pink program is just another example of “pinkwashing.”

 The administration touted Kavanaugh’s pro-business record during his twelve-year tenure as an appellate judge, asserting that the nominee had voted to “overrule federal regulators seventy-five times on cases involving clean air, consumer protections, net neutrality and other issues.”(Photo: Screenshot)

by Bill Blum
The Trump Administration lauded Kavanaugh as a judge who “protects American businesses from illegal job-killing regulation.”

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By every moral or ethical standard it is your duty to refuse orders to "defend" the U.S. from these migrants.


by Jake Johnson, staff writer
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Expressing dismay that the World Wide Web he invented in 1989 has come to be overrun with hatred and controlled by a few giant tech companies who abuse user privacy to boost their bottom lines, Tim Berners-Lee argued in an interview with Reuters on Thursday that Silicon Valley titans like Facebook, Google, and Apple as well as corporate behemoths like Amazon should be broken up to allow more democratic alternatives to flourish.

by Jon Queally, staff writer
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by Olivia Alperstein
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by Roy Eidelson
Trump and other GOP leaders believe that stoking fear, anger, suspicion, and contempt toward the migrant caravan is the best way to counter and undermine the voter caravan now massing against them.

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by Mary Miller
It’s so easy for Generation Z to ignore war since it has always been a part of our lives

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by Justin Anderson
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by Peter Dreier
A poll conducted in July and August of this year found that Americans aged 18 to 29 are more positive about socialism than they are about capitalism

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To unify the global left and defeat the rise of fascism worldwide, reads the call to action from the newly-formed Progressive International, "we cannot simply go back to the failed status quo of the last few decades. Unfettered globalization promised peace and prosperity. But it delivered financial crisis, needless war, and disastrous climate change, instead." (Image: Progressive International / with overlay)

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With fascist movements on the rise and controlling the levers of power in the United States and across the world, the U.S.-based Sanders Institute and Europe's DiEM25—the groups founded by Jane Sanders and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, respectively—announced the launch of Progressive International on Friday with the goal of beating back right-wing forces with an organized "grassroots movement for global justice."

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Peoples Climate March 2017

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Across America, calls for climate action are growing louder and more fervent. As Naomi Klein wrote this week, “[we have] been waiting a very long time for there to finally be a critical mass of politicians in power who understand not only the existential urgency of the climate crisis, but also the once-in-a-century opportunity it represents.”

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by Julia Conley, staff writer
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by Julia Conley, staff writer
Sixty percent of U.S. waterways will be at risk for pollution from corporate giants, critics say, following the Trump administration's announcement Tuesday that it will roll back an Obama-era water rule meant to protect Americans' drinking water and all the waterways that flow into it.


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In a major victory for the growing Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and everyone who supports popular solutions like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and tuition-free public college, the House Democratic leadership on Tuesday reportedly ditched plans to impose a widely denounced right-wing tax rule that would have made a bold agenda impossible to fund.

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by Vijay Prashad
Fighting indifference with justice on International Human Rights Day

A crowd gathers in Leipzig, Germany to commemorate the 70,000 people who courageously joined together in 1989 to peacefully demand freedom and democracy, a catalyst for the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Image: LTM/PUNCTUM)

by Frances Moore Lappé
Civil courage is the capacity to do what serves the common good, even if one must stand alone

by Mike Lofgren

Think of it, to introduce an even broader term, as a wave of “biological annihilation” that includes possible species extinctions on a mass scale, but also massive species die-offs and various kinds of massacres. (Photo: Subhankar Banerjee, 2002)

by Subhankar Banerjee
On the great vanishing happening before our eyes

It's going to be a rough 18 months or so before someone comes out on top. (Illustrated | Alex Wong/Getty Images, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo / Alamy Stock Photo, REUTERS/Mike Segar, John Sommers II/Getty Images)

by Ryan Cooper
Since there is no avoiding policy and ideology, let's have that fight — in every state and over every inch of political ground

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Statue of Liberty through the morning fog from the Staten Island Ferry. (Photo: Brian Angell/flickr/cc) United States Doesn't Even Make Top 20 on Global Democracy Index
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
A new index released this week offers a sobering look at how democracy is faring in the United States.


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Is Running for President With Focus on 'War and Peace'
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), in a video circulated by CNN on Friday night, announced her plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020—a revelation that was met with mixed responses from progressives.
A Palestinian girl U.S. News Headlines on Israel-Palestine Show Systemic Bias: Study
by Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept
"The findings demonstrate a persistent bias in coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian issue—one where Israeli narratives are privileged and where, despite the continued entrenchment of the occupation, the very topics germane to Palestinians' day-to-day reality have disappeared," says Owais Zaheer, a co-author of the study.
'Not a Good Answer': Privacy Advocates Reject Democratic Proposal for 'Technological Wall' With Expanded Border Surveillance
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Progressives in recent weeks have applauded Democrats' refusal to bend to President Donald Trump's demands for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. But on Friday, digital rights advocates called on Democratic lawmakers to expand their fight against the wall into a fight for all human and constitutional rights—instead of suggesting alternative "border security" proposals.
Grassroots Progressives Launch Campaign to Oust Corporate Democrat Who Votes With Trump 70% of the Time
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
"Progressives have an opportunity to strategically primary the most vile Democrats in their ranks, and Henry Cuellar should top the list."
New Analysis Shows Push for Green New Deal Hindered by Silence of Corporate Media
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Following the midterm elections in November, the youth-led Sunrise Movement flooded congressional offices and demanded that representatives back the Green New Deal and the creation of a House select committee that would be tasked with drafting the legislation, successfully convincing 45 members of Congress to support the proposal.
No Mere 'Stunt': Experts Warn Trump Emergency Declaration Would Spark 'Constitutional Crisis'
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
"The president is about to make unprecedented use of emergency powers given to the commander in chief for times of true national crisis in order to enact his political agenda."


syria Media Worried US Won't Occupy Syria Forever
by Gregory Shupak
And even if the U.S. were to pull its troops out of Syria, it's far from certain that this will mean the U.S. will stop meddling
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Pompeo's US Jingoism and Anti-Iran Warmongering Rejected by Mideast Public
by Juan Cole
In both Egypt, where Pompeo spoke, and in Iraq, which he had just visited, over 90 percent of the population has an unfavorable view of the United States
Pence, Trump, Ryan Why 'Fact-Checking' Gives Liars a Free Pass
by John Atcheson
The story isn't that Trump gets his facts wrong—it's that he's a serial liar
Ocasio-Cortez and Warren 'Extremists' Like Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Are Actually Closer to What Most Americans Want
by Margery Eagan
"Socialist." "Radical." "Extreme." Google U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the whirling, twirling, dancing phenom out of the Bronx. You'll see words like those. But are Ocasio-Cortez's positions all that "fringe" in 2019? I don't think so.
Federal Workers' Woes
by Christopher Brauchli
Trump knew that federal workers would go without pay so long as the shutdown was in place—he didn't know that during past shutdowns when the IRS employees were furloughed, tax refunds weren't being processed
Celebrations on the Berlin Wall after the government announced people could cross the border freely in Germany on Nov. 12, 1989. (Photo: Chute Du Mur Berlin / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) Trump's Wall With Mexico Follows in the Footsteps of Authoritarian Leaders Throughout History
by Nina Khrushcheva
From China to Germany, walls have been used for centuries to spread fear, closed-mindedness and isolationism
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News & Views | Saturday, January 19, 2019


Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Merkley Calls for FBI Perjury Probe into Homeland Secretary Nielsen After Child Detention Memo Leaked
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
After releasing a damning draft memo that showed the Trump administration planned to "traumatize" migrant children with family separations and expedite deportation by denying asylum hearings, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Friday called for an FBI investigation into whether Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen lied when she testified before Congress about the policy.


Donald Trump on Jan. 19, 2019 'No Wall. No Deals.' Rights Groups Urge Congress to Reject Trump Plan for Trump-Created Crisis
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Immigrant rights activists on Saturday expressed concern that President Donald Trump is about to propose a "deal" to end his government shutdown—and fund his border wall obsession—that would be merely "another trick to hurt even more immigrant families."
Family members of a victim cry when recognizing the body after an explosion in a pipeline belonging to Mexican oil company PEMEX on January 19, 2019 in Tlahuelilpan, Mexico. At Least 66 Killed as Pipeline Explosion Rocks Central Mexico
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Local residents were advised to take precautions from a lingering toxic cloud on Saturday as authorities in the central Mexican state of Hildalgo said the death toll from a gasoline pipeline explosion had risen to 66.
Demonstrators at the Women's March in Washington, D.C. on January 19, 2019. Ocasio-Cortez Delivers Powerful Call for Justice as Third Women's March Kicks Off
by Common Dreams staff
"Justice is about the water we drink. Justice is about the air we breathe. Justice is about how easy it is to vote. Justice is about how much ladies get paid. Justice is about if we can stay with our children after we have them for a just amount of time."
"The Women’s Agenda is a tangible declaration of how we will protect and defend our rights, safety, health and communities," the group states. Ahead of Third Annual Women's March, Group Releases Far-Reaching 'Intersectional Feminist Policy Platform'
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
New agenda, says group ahead of nationwide marches on Saturday, is "a tangible declaration of how we will protect and defend our rights, safety, health, and communities."
To Get Beyond "If True" Caveat, Democrats Vow to Investigate Trump's "Potentially Impeachable Offense"
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
"We know that the President has engaged in a long pattern of obstruction. Directing a subordinate to lie to Congress is a federal crime."
march 'If the Water Is Rising, Then So Must We': Indigenous Peoples March in Washington Against Global Injustice
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
In an event described as "breathtaking, heartbreaking, strong, and beautiful," representatives from native communities around the world came together in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the first-ever Indigenous Peoples March.


The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial with the Washington Monument in the background. Let’s Honor MLK’s Fight for Economic Justice by Expanding Social Security
by Nancy J. Altman
The values embodied in Social Security are Dr. King’s values and beliefs.
A caricature of President Donald Trump. President Donald Trump and Political Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
by Al Martinich, Tom Palaima
Trump’s latest manifestationof political MSP has many stages.
Three fifth graders Washington Post Forgets to Mention, Scott Walker Misled Fifth Graders About Taxes
by Dean Baker
Scott Walker either does not understand how our income tax system works or is deliberately lying to advance his agenda
Demonstrators march in San Francisco on Nov. 5, 2011. (Photo: Glenn Halog/flickr/cc) Belonging and Social Change: A Critique of the Politics of Wokeness
by Cynthia Kaufman
We are in an amazing and dangerous time, where the chronic social problems which have caused so much trauma over so many years are coming to be seen as urgent and in need of attention by a rapidly increasing number of people. As so many people become “woke” to these problems, it is important that we develop a culture of social change that is ready to hold those people in a positive and supportive community.
A crowd holds signs reading "On strike for our students." Why I Stand With UTLA’s Fight for Teachers, Families and Children
by Marjorie Orellana
LA teachers are asking for much more than a modest and well-deserved pay raise for themselves. They are advocating for the rights of children and families in a public education system that has been severely eroded over the years since I left the classroom.
Members of the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee Institute Index: The Racial Injustice of the Government Shutdown
by Sue Sturgis
Percent of the federal government workforce that's black, a disparity explained by a history in which African Americans subject to racial discrimination in the private sector turned to public employment: more than 18
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The Great Pretender's wall hysteria is happily, increasingly running into its own wall - people in border areas pushing back, from Nogales, AZ taking down his razor wire to New Mexico pulling back his troops. Now to sell the wall he's brilliantly heading to El Paso, where his lies have enraged everyone; he'll be met by protests, Baby Trump, a March For Truth and counter rally led by homeboy Beto O'Rourke, and the furious, widespread avowal, "!No Mames!" - no friggin' way.
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