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Lawmakers in Texas Are Returning to the Capitol for More Anti-Trans Discrimination

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:43
Chase Strangio

In Texas, transgender young people and their families have become accustomed to sustained attacks on their basic humanity. Throughout the last legislative session, which concluded in May with most of the anti-trans bills failing to pass, trans Texans and their loved ones traveled to the capitol in Austin from across the state to plea for decency, justice, and the basic opportunity to participate in public life.

6-Month Update for Trump Voters

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:28
Robert Reich

So after six months, has he delivered what he promised you?

1. He told you he’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “beautiful.” You bought it. But he didn’t repeal and he didn’t replace. (Just as well: His plan would have knocked at least 22 million off health insurance, including many of you.)

2. He told you he’d cut your taxes. You bought it. But tax “reform” is stalled. And if it ever moves, the only ones whose taxes will be cut are the wealthy.

The Torture-Friendly Trump Administration

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:54
Medea Benjamin

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Donald Trump is pro-torture. He said on the campaign trail he’d approve waterboarding “in a heartbeat,” plus “a hell of a lot worse.”

He added: “Only a stupid person would say it doesn’t work.”

Engagement With North Korea Works

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:41
Kerri Kennedy

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are at an all-time high — and continue to escalate following North Korea’s test of a missile that can supposedly reach Alaska.

 

It’s still possible to turn down the heat with small steps that could lead to more robust diplomacy later on. But this requires the political will to engage instead of trading threats.

"Americans want to see diplomatic engagement with North Korea, not an escalation of tensions and the threat of nuclear war."

 

Yes, Crimes Were Committed

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:08
Ken Levy

On several Sunday talk shows, Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow vigorously denied both that Trump had known last summer about the June 9 meeting (among Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Kremlin-linked attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, translator Anatoli Samachornov, Russian businessman Ike Kaveladze, and prominent Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet military officer Rinat Akhmetshin) and that this meeting was illegal. But at least on the second point, Sekulow is dead wrong. And the first point is highly suspect.

Our Aversion to Doom and Gloom Is Dooming Us

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:26
John Atcheson

I worked for over 35 years in the environmental field, and one of the central debates I encountered was whether to "tell it like it is," and risk spreading doom and gloom, or to focus on a more optimistic message, even when optimism wasn't necessarily warranted.

Detecting What Unravels Our Society – Bottom-up and Top-down

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 08:53
Ralph Nader

The unraveling of a society’s institutions, stability and reasonable order does not sound alarms  to forewarn the citizenry, apart from economic yardsticks measuring poverty, jobs, wages, health, savings, profits and other matters economic.

However, we do have some signs that we should not allow ourselves to ignore. Maliciousness, profiteering and willful ignorance on the part of our political and corporate rulers undoubtedly contribute to worsening injustice. Let’s consider some ways that we as citizens, far too often, collectively allow this to happen.

Health Victory Opens Way to Better Care for All

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 08:04
LeeAnn HallToday, we have a lot to celebrate. We saved health care for 23 million people – and for our whole country.

Yes, it was the months of tireless effort by opponents of the Trump-Republican health care repeal effort that set the stage for the legislative defeat that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to acknowledge Monday night.

That Night the Lights Went Out

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:45
Michael Winship

Forty years ago this summer, the lights went out.

It was July 13, 1977, a hot, muggy night here in Manhattan. Lightning strikes set off a cascade of mechanical failures at Con Edison that plunged virtually the entire city into darkness.

The Partisan Use Of Preemption Is Surging

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 05:30
Jim Hightower

We the People are being burgled. Again.

The latest hit is just the latest in a long string of political robberies, a nationwide crime wave being pulled off by moneyed elites and their political henchmen. With each heist, they haul off a little more of our democratic power: the ability of the working majority to have any real say in the corporate and governmental decisions that affect us.

The Coastal Elite Is Real. I’m Part of It.

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 13:20
Linda Tirado

There’s a thing that happens in any social movement where the people who are negatively impacted by something attempt to articulate the unquantifiable, and people with privilege pretend there’s no problem at all. That’s what privilege is: The state of being comfortable enough to not notice.

Yemen Policy is Creating More Terrorists

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:09
Adil E. Shamoo, Bonnie Bricker

As Iraq finally pries the death grip of the Islamic State off of its bloodied form, you’d think US policy would reflect the lessons learned from killing innocent civilians and destroying the basic functions of a nation. Instead, more than a decade of using drones to “target” suspected terrorists, the Trump administration has now opened the door wide for the Saudis to ramp up the carnage in Yemen.

A Fairy Tale from 2050

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 09:05
John Feffer

Once upon a time, long, long ago, I testified before the great assembly of our land.

When I describe this event to children today, it really does sound to them like a fairy tale. Once upon a time -- a time before the world splintered into a million pieces and America became its current disunited states -- this old woman was a young idealist who tried to persuade our mighty Congress that a monster was stalking the land.

“Did they listen to you, Auntie Rachel?” they typically ask me.

“Oh, they listened to me, but they didn’t hear me.”

“So, what did you do?”

Trump Team, ALEC, Koch Industries Debate Gerrymandering the U.S. Senate in Denver

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 08:27
Mary Bottari, David Armiak

Now that GOP state legislators have control over 32 state legislatures (both chambers), thanks in large part to partisan gerrymandering, some extremists are preparing to use their clout to gerrymander the U.S. Senate.

McConnell’s Unbelievably Reckless Plan B: Repeal ACA With Nothing to Replace It

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 08:04
Indivisible Project

Republicans considered going this same route in January but abandoned that approach after just a few weeks of thinking about it. That’s because the effects of full repeal are devastating, and even Republicans know it:

How Trump the Populist Became Trump the Corporate Shill

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 07:46
Robert Weissman

Just before his inauguration six months ago, Donald Trump said in a news conference that pharmaceutical companies are "getting away with murder."

Trump correctly noted that "we're the largest buyer of drugs in the world, and yet we don't bid properly" because of a law that bars the government from negotiating with drug companies and lowering prices for Medicare beneficiaries.

Veterans Call on US to Sign Nuclear Ban Treaty

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 07:28
Brian Trautman, Gerry Condon, & Samantha Ferguson

On July 7th, 2017, the United Nations (UN), in a historic decision, approved a legally binding instrument to ban nuclear weapons, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Months of negotiations involving over 130 countries began in March of this year, culminating in a final draft endorsed by 122 countries. The treaty marks a significant milestone to help free the world of nuclear weapons.

Clancy Sigal Has... 'Gone Away' (1926-2017)

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 06:26
Peter Dreier

Writer Clancy Sigal died last night (Monday) at 90.

The Planet Is Warming. And It's Okay to Be Afraid

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 13:30
Margaret Klein Salamon

Last Week, David Wallace-Wells wrote a cover story for of New York Magazine, "The Uninhabitable Earth," on some of the worst-case scenarios that the climate crisis could cause by the end of this century. It describes killer heat waves, crippling agricultural failures, devastated economies, plagues, resource wars, and more. It has been read more than two million times.

How to Sustain Perpetual War? Easy: Hide the Bodies

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:28
Peter Van Buren

Sustaining America’s state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this purpose is the bloodless narrative, a combination of policy, falsehoods and media manipulation that creates the impression that America’s wars have few consequences, at least for Americans.

How can the American government sustain its wars in the face of dead soldiers coming home? Why is there no outcry among the American people over these losses? The answer is the narrative of bloodless war.

The Dead