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Southern Poverty Law Center reflects everything wrong with liberals

The Southern Poverty Law Center, the wealthiest civil rights organization in the country, has ousted its founder, Morris Dees, and president, Richard Cohen, amid unspecified allegations of workplace misconduct by Dees. Dees had been with the organization since creating it in 1971, while Cohen had joined in the mid-’80s, and the SPLC’s shake-up can be seen as... read more .

Puerto Rico Faces a Flood of Fracked Gas in Wake of Hurricane Maria

Elizabeth Warren Responds to Biden Allegations: “I Believe Lucy Flores”

Former Nevada State Rep. Lucy Flores (D) accused former Vice President Joe Biden of touching her inappropriately when he campaigned for her in 2014. Before a campaign event for Flores’ lieutenant governor bid, Biden allegedly came up to her from behind, put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair, and kissed her on the back of the head.  Read more .

Russia Defies US Threats Over Venezuela

T.I. Mourns Taemon Blair, Prompting Speculation Over His Controversial Death

T.I. has settled nicely into the role of Instagram activist, having already enjoyed a long and storied hip-hop career. We've often seen Tip act in a mentorship role, offering his thoughts on race, social justice, and politics, whether you appreciate his take or not. While never one to sugarcoat the matter, Tip has proven to be thoughtful and considerate in equal measure, taking the time to highlight some of those lost through unjust means.  Read more .

As Bombs Rain Down on Gaza, Pelosi Praises AIPAC's 'Leadership'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told AIPAC attendees Tuesday morning that Congressional support for Israel was "relentlessly bipartisan" only hours after Israeli bombs and missiles rained down on the Gaza Strip for a third day in a row. "Israel and America are connected now and forever," said Pelosi. "We will never allow anyone to make Israel a wedge issue."  Read more .

HR1: A Call for Campaign Finance Reform, Ethics, and Voting Rights

The Mueller Report Was Never Going to Save Us.

Emboldened by his attorney general’s summary of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s still-embargoed report, President Trump has shifted from his oft-repeated defense of “No collusion!” to an offensive against the investigation that he has always dismissed as a “witch hunt.”  Read more .

U.S. Recognition of Israel’s Golan Annexation a Threat to World Order

The Trump Administration’s decision to recognize Israel’s illegal annexation of the Golan Heights—Syrian territory seized in the June 1967 war—marks a serious violation of fundamental principles of international law. The inadmissibility of any country expanding its territory by force is a longstanding principle of the international legal order, enshrined in the... read more .

Democratic Hopefuls Reject AIPAC

The “Barr Summary” Is Meaningless. Release the Entire Muller Report.

From the moment the Mueller investigation began to the moment Attorney General William Barr released his “summary” of Mueller’s labors, Donald Trump acted like the guiltiest man on Earth. His efforts to obstruct the inquiry were egregious, vocal and constant, his denials facile and unconvincing in their serial repetitions. His now-notorious Twitter eruption the weekend before the report’s conclusion was every inch the child frantically deflecting blame after pushing his sister down the stairs.  Read more .

Celebrity college admission scandal is a symptoms of America's white supremacist history, as seen at UGA

The news has been filled with the college admissions scandal that shined light on the glaring inequities and corruption of American higher education. Children of wealthy elites have benefited from this system of bribery since its inception, and it’s by no means a new phenomenon. The strings attached to generous donations are not always visible, but that does not mean they are... read more .

Charles M. Blow says It’s Bigger Than Mueller and Trump

The best case against Donald Trump and the age of Trumpism has always been, and remains, the moral case. Criminality is only one facet of that, although it is the one that the courts and Congress can use to punish him. As for the people, the voters, it is the moral abomination of having a racist, sexist, child-caging, family-separating, Muslim-hating transphobe as president that must remain front and center. That is the only way to... read more .

Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump 'Symptom of Much Deeper Problems'

Amid widespread speculation over the weekend stirred by the submission of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report to the Department of Justice—and the 4-page summary of it released on Sunday—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says the most important dialogue at this point should not be about what happens next to President Donald Trump, but one focused on the "root causes" that made it possible for such a person to ascend to the White House in the first place.  Read more .

21st Century Jesus: Donald Trump as the Great Christian Messiah

As psychologists have explained quite a lot about Donald Trump ’s political invincibility and the unconditional allegiance of his followers. One well-supported explanation is that the president keeps his base loyal by keeping them fearful. Through persistent fear-mongering, with scary messages like, “Illegal immigrants are murderers and rapists,” and “Islam hates us,” Trump gets to play the role of the great protector.  Read more .

Is ISIL really defeated?

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) once controlled territory in Syria and Iraq equivalent to the size of Great Britain, where it imposed its version of Islamic rule on millions of people. Read more .

Glenn Greenwald calls bullshit on Atlantic's article about David Sirota

The Atlantic on Tuesday published a sensationalistic series of accusations by reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere aimed at long-time journalist David Sirota, whose hiring by the Sanders 2020 presidential campaign as a speechwriter and adviser had just been announced earlier that day. The Atlantic article predictably and quickly went viral, cited by major media outlets and Democratic Party operatives as proof that Sirota had acted unethically by critically reporting on rival presidential candidates in the prior months while... read more .

Let’s Not Restore or Mythologize Obama

With former Vice President Joe Biden seemingly ready to join the presidential race, a Washington Post reporter wrote: “Biden and his allies picture an election that poses a choice between four more years of Trump disruption and a chance to restore the Obama administration.”  Read more .

Kamala Harris’ Record as Tough-On-Crime Prosecutor Far From Progressive

The Real College Admissions Scandal

In what’s being called the largest college admissions scam ever, a number of wealthy parents, celebrities, and college prep coaches have been accused of offering large bribes to get rich students into Ivy League schools, regardless of their credentials.  Read more .

Why Did Bush Destroy Iraq?

Sixteen years after the United States invaded Iraq and left a trail of destruction and chaos in the country and the region, one aspect of the war remains criminally underexamined: why was it fought in the first place? What did the Bush administration hope to get out of the war?  Read more .

The Myth of White Meritocracy

The recent college admissions cheating scandal involving parents accused of committing bribery and fraud to get their children into elite schools raises two issues: the myth of meritocracy for the privileged and the continued denigration of affirmative action for the less-privileged.  REad more .

The US, France and Britain are not champions of the poor

When it comes to international affairs, western politicians love to celebrate their devotion to development. In her flagship speech on development as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton offered stories about US aid transforming the lives of poor people in Indonesia, Nicaragua and South Africa. Laurent Fabius, the minister of foreign affairs for France, recently hailed his country’s commitment to development in the... read more .

The Laura Flanders Show: Sex, Pleasure, and Liberation

Trump’s Shady History With Deutsche Bank

As President Trump delivered his inaugural address in 2017, a slight woman with feathered gray hair sat listening, bundled in a hooded white parka in a fenced-off V.I.P. section. Her name was Rosemary T. Vrablic. She was a managing director at Deutsche Bank and one of the reasons Mr. Trump had just .. .read more .

Once the voice of the people, street art now hijacked by corporations

Los Angeles, a city once known as the mural capital of the world, issued a citywide mural moratorium in 2002 to crack down on the growing issue of outdoor advertising passing as street art. The ban remained in place until a 2013 ordinance overturned it and set down strict new rules prohibiting commercial messages in street murals.  Read more .

Most coal plants are contaminating groundwater with toxic pollutants

Heroic Capitalism is a Billion Dollar Lie

The notion that it is somehow legitimate for a tiny group of humans to cordon off the bulk of the world’s bounty for themselves — leaving billions of people begging on the street or scrounging through garbage dumps — is fairly astonishing, on the face of it.  Read more .

Appalachia Is More Diverse Than You Think

I have lived in the Appalachian coal fields for 30 years, working as a writer and an educator, and I have often been asked to “explain” my region. Appalachia is a huge, diverse part of the country, including some or all of 13 states and 25 million people, but around me there is high unemployment, poverty and dependence on government subsidies.  Read more .

When White Women Tried to Ban Native American Dances

In the early 1920s, a secret file scandalized white women reformers in the United States. It was known as the Secret Dance File, its contents too shocking (and titillating) to print or even send in the mail. As historian Margaret D. Jacobs writes, the salacious file became the centerpiece of a heated debate about whether or not Pueblo people should perform their... read more .

Southern Progressives Focus on Electoral Justice, Not Democratic Party

For more than 85 years, the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee has been leading the fight for social, racial and economic justice. Co-executive directors of the Highlander Center, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and Reverend Allyn Maxfield-Steele, recently appeared on my show to discuss Southern organizing efforts around the 2018 midterms, why Black women were... read more .

Artificial Morality

Complex moral thinking doesn’t ignore the need to survive, financially and otherwise, in the present moment, but it stays calm in the face of that need and sees survival as a collective, not a competitive, enterprise. Moral complexity is called peace. There is no such thing as simplistic peace.  Read more .

Facebook deletes ads by Elizabeth Warren criticizing Facebook

In a move Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) described as a perfect example of why her plan to break up tech giants is necessary, Facebook late Monday took down ads from Warren's presidential campaign that promoted the proposal and denounced tech corporations—including Facebook itself—for exploiting users' private information for profit.  REad more .

Israel’s Stranglehold on American Politics

The Israel lobby’s buying off of nearly every senior politician in the United States, facilitated by our system of legalized bribery, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The lobby’s campaign of vicious character assassination, smearing and blacklisting against those who defend Palestinian rights—including the Jewish historian Norman Finkelstein and... read more .

Another Failed Coup in Venezuela?

We’ve seen this all before: On April 11 of 2002, the Venezuelan opposition—according to the most credible accounts—unleashed snipers on its own supporters and used the ensuing deaths to justify a coup against Hugo Chávez. But the opposition dramatically overplayed its hand and underestimated the... read more .

Homosexuality Is Quite Literally an ‘Ancient Chinese Secre,’

We’ve all heard the story of Stonewall countless times. But it would be a mistake to think that gay history began in the New York City of 1969. In fact, homosexuality can be traced as far back as the early days of recorded history, and in cultures far older than that of the United States. For example, some research indicates that homosexuality in China was... read more .

Chelsea Manning Jailed for Refusing to Cooperate with Wikileaks Grand Jury

More Power to You Miss Omar

Saying anything negative about Israel has long been the third rail of US politics and media. Israel is our nation’s most sacred cow. Any questioning of its behavior brings furious charges of anti-Semitism and professional oblivion.  Read more .

End Venezuela Sanctions Says Rep. Ro Khanna and 15 Progressive Democrats

Critics Rip 'Atrociously Low' Sentence for Manafort

After President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced on Thursday to less than four years in prison for financial fraud—a far lighter punishment than the recommended 19-24 years—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was among those noting the case exemplifies the gross inequities at the core of the U.S. criminal justice system.  Read more .

Blue Dog Democrats Are Actually Right Wing Republicans

If I hear the word “moderate” used one more time to describe Blue Dog House Democrats who keep voting with Republicans, or any other non-Republican who actively supports today’s Republican Party, it is entirely possible I will eat my teeth. The term “Blue Dog” is a metaphor for a dog straining so hard on its leash that it has turned blue from lack of oxygen; the dog is a... read more .