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The Real News’ Marc Steiner Remembers Rep. Elijah Cummings

The Crisis of the Republican Party

n the summer of 1950, outraged by Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist inquisition, Margaret Chase Smith, a Republican senator from Maine, stood to warn her party that its own behavior was threatening the integrity of the American republic. “I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the...read more.

NYC Council Votes to Build More Jails, Continue Mass Incarceration

The Murder of Joshua Brown: Tragic Coincidence, or Something Bigger?

Should the Supreme Court Be Reformed?

In recent years the legitimacy of the Supreme Court has come under question as Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Senate Republicans have bent the nomination process for their own political gain.

At the same time, the Court has rewritten the rules of our democracy. In just the last few years, it has rolled back the Voting Rights Act, given corporations even greater power over their workers and consumers, and given the green light to partisan gerrymandering.  Read more.

GOP “Never Trumpers” Just Think He’s Bad for the Brand

Colin Powell — retired four-star general, national security adviser to Ronald Reagan, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff under George H.W. Bush and secretary of state under George W. Bush — had some mildly scolding words for Donald Trump and the Republicans, and for some reason this is supposed to be a big deal.

Speaking alongside fellow former Secretary of State Madeline Albright on October 1 at the New Albany Community Foundation in Ohio, an event hosted by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Powell was gently walked toward an opportunity to criticize both Trump and the party he has so thoroughly subsumed. Powell reared back mightily and lashed out with kitten paws.  Read more.

Protest Wave Engulfs Iraq, Over 100 Dead, Government Helpless?

Dear Ellen: The Problem With George W. Bush Is Not His Beliefs—It’s His War Crimes

Back in November 2018, Michelle Obama described George W. Bush as “a beautiful, funny, kind, sweet man,” shortly after images of the former first lady and the former president sharing a cough drop went viral.

On Tuesday, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres told her audience that she is “friends with George Bush,” after images of her...read more.

French whiteness is in crisis

Late last month, French far-right figurehead Marion Marechal hosted a conference in Paris featuring the country's most prominent conservative polemicists. In an enthusiastic speech to the hundreds of attendees, the 29-year-old niece of the National Rally leader Marine Le Pen claimed...read more.

Christopher Hickman’s controversial plea deal and what it means for restorative justice

Across the country, progressive district attorneys are experimenting with strategies aimed at slowing the growth of the nation’s prison population. According to a 2018 report by the nonprofit Fair and Just Prosecution (an organization of newly elected prosecutors), incarceration rates have quintupled over the last four...read more.

18 Years Ago the Endless War in Afghanistan Began

Pope Francis Rebukes American Christian Hypocricy

The Rev. James Martin, one of America’s most prominent Catholic priests, is a best-selling author, film consultant to Hollywood producers and a prolific tweeter with a digital pulpit that reaches more than 250,000 followers. Father Martin is also a hero to many L.G.B.T. Catholics for challenging church leaders to recognize the full humanity of gay people. His advocacy has made him a target of...read more.

The Phony Liberalism of Bill Maher

Bill Maher rose from being an “edgy,” opinionated comedian to becoming one of the most influential and recognizable faces in our media. His political talk show, Real Time With Bill Maher, has been on HBO since 2003, spanning 17 seasons with over 500 episodes to date. Real Time continues to be one of the most popular shows on cable TV, drawing in more than 4 million viewers per episode, according to a new New York Times interview (9/30/19), which frames him as a straight-shooting satirist on an “antihypocrisy crusade,” with Maher presenting himself as the voice of liberals across the country fed up with PC culture. Certainly, he has a legion of dedicated, primarily Democrat-voting Baby Boomer and Generation X fans, who take seriously his every pronouncement.  Read more.

Police Chased Cyclist for Not Having A Reflector. He Ended up Dead

Why Do Black People Always Have to Forgive?

Will This Be the Scandal That Finally Prompts Republicans to Defect From Trump?

Donald Trump has made it clear throughout his presidency that when he’s put in a corner, he’ll throw his own staff under the bus in order to save himself. As the Ukraine scandal deepens, Trump’s strategy will be to implicate as many people as possible; protecting Trump now becomes inextricable with protecting themselves.  Read more.

400 years later, America still has so much to learn about its racial history

In his influential treatise on race, “The Fire Next Time,” James Baldwin wrote, “To accept one’s past — one’s history — is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.”  Read more.

Former FBI Agent’s Trial Exposes Racist Ideology Infiltrating Law Enforcement

The Dallas, Texas, criminal trial of Amber Guyger — an off-duty police officer who entered the wrong apartment, believing it to be her own, and killed Botham Jean — has garnered national attention in a case of a white police officer using lethal force against an unarmed Black man in his own apartment.  Read more.

The Modern Day Scramble for Africa

Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal is far from the worst of his offences

Google Becomes Evil

For many years, public perception of Google was that of a friendly giant with its techno-hippie ethos and stated agenda to make the world a better place. Whether through direct self-promotion or just the curious mythology of all things digital, this notion came to be widely believed by the general public. The fact that the company was working on a host of dark and questionable projects for the defense industry was somehow swept aside, as was the fact that Google spearheaded the notion of mass surveillance, however innocuous...read more.

10,000 Farmers and Ranchers Call on Congress to Pass Green New Deal

More People Are Voting — But 1,688 Polling Places Have Closed in 6 Years

Voters came out in record numbers for the 2018 midterms, and analysts with both parties predict turnout for the 2020 election could be unprecedented. Meanwhile, civil rights groups are warning an “epidemic” of polling place closures has swept 13 states, including several southern states with deep histories of racial voter suppression. Civil rights groups say the mass shuttering of polling places could...read more.

Israel: Two Elections, One Apartheid State

Israelis are getting ready to head to the polls for the second time in 2019. Israel’s last national elections were five months ago in April, ending in a razor-tight finish with Netanyahu’s Likud party winning 35 Knesset seats and the Blue and White party winning 35 Knesset seats. The remaining 50 Knesset seats were won by smaller parties, with the majority going to right and far-right parties that had previously been in a coalition government with...read more.

Hydro-Quebec Ends Cyber-Security Agreement With Israel Electric Corporation

NPR Shreds Ethics Handbook to Normalize Regime Change in Venezuela

As Greg Grandin writes, Otto Reich, head of the administration’s Orwellian propaganda outfit known as the Office of Public Diplomacy, informed the public network that his office had contracted “a special consultant service [to listen] to all NPR programs” on Central America. Dependent on state funding, NPR promptly buckled under pressure, reassigning reporters viewed as...read more.

Why Does Teen Vogue Need a Labor Column?

How Elites Crush Black Dissent

North Carolina Supreme Court Begins Case on Racial Bias in Jury Selection

Venezuela's Press Is More Free Than You'd Think

Why Are Hong Kong Protesters Asking Trump for Help?

Newark’s Water Crisis is One of Thousands That Are Worse Than Flint’s

Newark’s Water Crisis is One of Thousands That Are Worse Than Flint’s