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NAFTA Needs To Be Replaced, Not Renegotiated

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:31
Jim Goodman

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must be replaced with a transparent trade agreement that ensures farmers in all three nations—Canada, Mexico, and the United States—receive fair prices for their production, that consumers are guaranteed the right to know the content and origin of their food, and that strong environmental protections are put in place to protect the sustainability of rural communities.

Why Was Heath Mello Thrown Under the Bus?

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:49
D.D. Guttenplan

OMAHA, NebraskaOn my first morning here in Nebraska, I walked right into a glass wall. “Wow! Didn’t see that coming,” I thought, as the blood poured down my nose. So I have some sense of what it must have been like for Heath Mello, the young Democrat trying to get elected mayor of the biggest city in one of the country’s deepest-red states, when Tom Perez and the Democratic National Committee threw him under the bus last week.

Everything Wrong with Charter Schools on Display in New Orleans

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:59
Bill Quigley

New Orleans is the nation’s largest and most complete experiment in charter schools. After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana took control of public schools in New Orleans and launched a nearly complete transformation of a public school system into a system of charter schools.

Making Sense of the Deportation Debate

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:16
Aviva Chomsky

Ever since he rode a Trump Tower escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and swore to build his “great wall” and stop Mexican “rapists” from entering the country, undocumented immigrants have been the focus of Donald Trump’s ire. Now that he’s in the Oval Office, the news has been grim.

President Trump’s Dramatic Retreat on Trade

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:10
Dean Baker, Jeff Hauser

Trade was a major theme in President Trump’s campaign.

He repeatedly complained that our trade negotiators were stupid and therefore had negotiated bad trade agreements. These bad trade deals are the cause of our trade deficits, which have cost us millions of manufacturing jobs over the last two decades.

Why We Are Joining the March on Harrisburg

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:03
Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen

A little over a year ago, we embarked on a journey that would forever change our lives. With Democracy Spring, we marched from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. and then risked arrest in front of the Capitol. Our demands were simple: get big money out of our political system and end the systematic assault on voting rights.

Where Is the Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders of Foreign Policy?

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:44
Katrina vanden Heuvel

When a prominent Washington peace activist was asked recently to name the leading anti-interventionists in the Senate, he responded, “Rand Paul and Mike Lee,” both Republicans. Democrats are in the midst of a furious struggle over what they stand for and who is included in their coalition, yet on foreign policy questions, their silence is deafening. When President Trump decided to drop 59 cruise missiles on Syria in response to purported use of chemical weapons, there was more debate about the attack among Republicans than among Democrats.

Attention, Please: We Can Guarantee Healthcare for All Californians

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 05:41
Deborah Burger

With continued uncertainty in Washington over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, California has a unique role to play in charting a new path on health care reform – legislation that would guarantee coverage for all Californians, at much lower cost.

SB 562, the Healthy California Act, introduced by state Senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins, with the California Nurses Association as lead proponent, will receive its first legislative hearing Wednesday, April 26 before the Senate Health Committee.

President Trump’s Corporate Government

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 13:18
Robert Weissman

We’re 100 days into Corporate Government.

While giant corporations have for decades and on a bipartisan basis exerted far too much influence over government decision-making, we’ve never seen anything like the Trump administration.

In Its Rush to Kill, Arkansas May Have Executed an Innocent Man

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:54
Cassandra Stubbs

Ledell Lee’s first hard-knock moment came even before he was born. His mom, 16 and on her third pregnancy by a man years older than she was, drank and smoked through his pregnancy. Because of her substance abuse, Ledell was born with a fetal alcohol syndrome disorder, a medical condition that left him with brain dysfunction and intellectual disability.

Prosecution of Assange is Persecution of Free Speech

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 09:26
Nozomi Hayase

US authorities are reported to have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This overreach of US government toward a publisher, whose principle is aligned with the U.S. Constitution, is another sign of a crumbling façade of democracy.

For First Time, a US President Backs a Fascist France

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 07:52
Juan Cole

While she is highly unlikely to win the run-off presidential election on May 7 against the Bill Clinton of France, Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen managed to come in second in the first round on Sunday. She came ahead of the leaders of both major French political parties, the Socialists and the Gaullists. It is a sad day for France, and for the world, that such a hateful person– a neo-Fascist— is in the running to be president.

Biggest Threat to 'Law-and-Order'? Our Delusional Attorney General

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 07:46
Will Bunch

He repeatedly mangles facts and butchers the truth -- and almost never apologizes for it. He managed to rise to the top in Washington when many thought that the issue of racism would kill his career. He's a zealot on immigration who consistently portrays America's cities as urban hellholes, where residents should thank God every day that they're not shot.

The First 100 Days of Resistance

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 07:22
John Nichols

The awful irony of Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president is that a man who is still frequently described as “erratic” has governed as an entirely predictable corporate conservative—as everyone paying attention knew he would. Trump was always going to choose billionaire-ism over 
economic populism.

First 100 Days: Trump and the Degradation of the Presidency

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 06:03
Robert Reich

Trump’s failure to accomplish little or any of his agenda during his first 100 days is striking. But we should not forget the vast harm he has done in this comparatively short time – especially his degradation of the presidency.

Defend the Sacred: How Could the Peace Movement Prevail?

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 05:59
Dieter Duhm

The fight for Standing Rock is over, at least for now. With the help of Donald Trump and the banks, the oil industry has imposed its agenda. The construction of the pipeline has been completed. Our prayers are with that handful of people who are still there, still standing their ground. Last year, thousands of people, from every culture and from all over the world, traveled great distances to come together on the land. They came despite the freezing cold, to take part in the resistance. By now, nearly all of them are gone.

Why Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Is Unfit to Be Attorney General

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 05:48
Bill Blum

Don’t let his languid Southern drawl or physical resemblance to the kindly Keebler elves fool you. Ever.

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the nation’s 84th attorney general, is neither laid back nor kind. To the contrary, he’s the most dangerous member of the Trump Cabinet. What’s more, he’s entirely unfit for the high position he holds.

Transforming the Possible Through Radical Imagination

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 05:44
George Goehl

This is the text of opening remarks delivered Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the People’s Action founding convention in Washington, DC – “Rise Up: From Protest to Power.”

David pulled a stone from his bag and slung it.
And hit Goliath on the head.
And he fell to the ground.

We are gathered here tonight, founding a new organization: People’s Action.

And we are in a David and Goliath battle.

The Chameleon Presidency

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 05:29
Tom Engelhardt

MOAB sounds more like an incestuous, war-torn biblical kingdom than the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, aka “the mother of all bombs.”  Still, give Donald Trump credit.  Only the really, really big bombs, whether North Korean nukes or those 21,600 pounds of MOAB, truly get his attention.  He wasn’t even involved in t

Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Today’s Threats of Nuclear War?

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 09:59
Lawrence Wittner

In recent weeks, the people of the world have been treated to yet another display of the kind of nuclear insanity that has broken out periodically ever since 1945 and the dawn of the nuclear era.

"The fact that both Trump and Kim are being 'messed with' despite their possession of very powerful armed forces, including nuclear weapons, seems to have eluded both men, who continue their deadly game of nuclear threat and bluster."