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Trump Offers No Evidence of Iranian Threat or Terrorism

Dementia Stopped Peter Max From Painting

The scene played out for years. Twice a week, in the late afternoon, above the Shun Lee Chinese restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a creaky elevator would open, and out would step an elderly man. Thin as a rail, with a sparse mustache, he would sometimes have little idea about... read more .

The Indictment of Assange Is a Blueprint for Making Journalists Into Felons

The U.S. government on Thursday unveiled an 18-count indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, charging him under the 1917 Espionage Act for his role in the 2010 publication of a trove of secret documents relating to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and diplomatic communications regarding dozens of nations.  Read more .

The Life-saving Work of Abortion Funds

Amy Irvin had her first abortion when she was in college. Young and wanting to be near her support network of friends, she drove from Atlanta, Georgia, where she was working for the summer, back to her college town of Cincinnati, Ohio, for the procedure. Twenty years later, she would have... read more .

The Dirty Truth About White Liberal Racism

Since the election of President Donald Trump, there's been a lot of talk about how demographic changes, and the prospect of racial equality, have left his strongest supporters fearful of losing "their" America—which they see as, by rights, a largely white nation.  Read more .

US Sanctions Leave Millions of Venezuelans Without Water

Joseph Priestly, Radical Inventor

Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) usually makes an appearance in histories of science as the person who isolated and described eight “airs” (gasses), including oxygen. Trivia buffs may know him as the guy who invented soda water in 1767.  Read more .

Our Schools Need Healing, Not More Guns

When a shooter killed 10 people and wounded 13 others at Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018, everything changed for our community. Since then, we have all been desperately trying to make sense of it, pick up the pieces and avoid a recurrence. I’m incredibly concerned that many... read more .

We Know Exactly Who Gave Us Trump

Donald J. Trump’s presidential ambition has simmered for decades. He was and is a regular TV watcher and saw the changing political landscape. One by one, previous presidents diminished the integrity of the presidency and violated the rule of law, paving the way for Trump’s candidacy.  Read more.

US Has No Moral Authority to Deem Muslim Brotherhood ‘Terrorist’

America Needs a Long-Term Care Program for Seniors

By 2035, seniors are projected to outnumber children in the U.S. population. Maybe then we’ll look back and credit Washington state activists for being on the forefront of tackling America’s elder care crisis. On May 13, the state became the first in the nation to adopt a social insurance program for... read more .

Why Doris Day Left Show Business

t the height of her career, Doris Day was a top box-office star in Hollywood, a singer and actress whose name was synonymous with the popular sex comedies of the 1950s and 1960s. Day, who died Monday at the age of 97, had starred in a... read more .

Why race science is on the rise again

In 1985, historian Barry Mehler had a dream. His research was taking him deep into the murky territory of academia’s extreme right wing. As he worked, he found his waking life beginning to soak into his subconscious, colouring his sleep. In his dream, his son, then two years old, was trapped in a... read more .

Climate Change Is the Real Job Killer

I was devastated when I saw the news that Alabama passed a near-total abortion ban set to take effect in six months if not challenged. My husband is from Alabama, and it’s a place I’ve come to love as well. Yet it’s impossible not to consider how different our lives would be right now if the difficult pregnancy I experienced at the beginning of our romantic relationship had happened in... read more .

Trump’s Real Estate Dealings Needed a ‘Criminal Organization:’ Deutsche Bank

The War on Women Is Still On

On Wednesday, in the wake of the majority vote by 25 white Republican men in the senate of one of the most impoverished states in the U.S., #AlabamaAbortionBan was trending both south and north of the Canadian border.  Read more .

Can It Happen Here?

Can it happen here? Absolutely it can. Even in a liberal bastion. A few weeks ago, a handful of white supremacists marched into a bookstore in Washington D.C., temporarily disrupting a talk by Jonathan Metzl, the author of Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland.  Read more .

Australia's China Problem

In a gold-curtained meeting room in Sydney, the Chinese consul general appealed to a closed-door gathering of about 100 people, all of them Australian residents and citizens of Chinese ancestry.  Read more .

America's Reproductive Slaves

On Wednesday, the day it was announced that the U.S. birthrate fell for the fourth straight year, signaling the lowest number of births in 32 years, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law the most draconian anti-abortion law in the country. That the two developments came at the same time could not have been more revelatory.  Read more .

98.3% of Ghana's Gold Remains in the Hands of Multinational Corporations

Every year, the vast majority of Ghana’s natural wealth is stolen. The country is among the largest exporters of gold in the world, yet—according to a study by the Bank of Ghana—less than 1.7 percent of global returns from its gold make their way back to the Ghanaian government. This means that the remaining 98.3 percent is managed by outside entities—mainly multinational corporations, who keep... read more .

Chelsea Manning Back in Prison After Refusing to Testify

German Parliament Criminalizes Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement

‘Impeachment is inevitable’: Maxine Waters tells CNN there is ‘overwhelming’ evidence to remove Trump

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) on Friday once again reiterated her call to impeach President Donald Trump — and she said there is “overwhelming” evidence to start impeachment hearings right now. During an interview with CNN’s John Berman, Waters said the question is not if Trump will be impeached, but when it will happen.  Read more .

The Mob Violence of the Red Summer

The long “Red Summer of 1919” saw a brutal outburst of mob violence directed against African Americans across the country. James Weldon Johnson, field secretary of the NAACP, was the one to name it the “Red Summer.” This “red” was for blood. Among other horrors, there were race riots, ninety-seven lynchings, and a pogrom-like massacre of somewhere between 100 and 237 people in Elaine, Arkansas.  Read more .

Governor Jay Inslee's 'Evergreen Economy Plan'

A new climate action plan put forth by Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday is being praised for highlighting the enormous economic benefits that would result from a rapid shift in the U.S. to a renewable energy that centers the needs of workers and vulnerable communities.  REad more .

Alabama’s Terrible Law Doesn’t Have to Be the Future of Abortion

On Tuesday, Alabama lawmakers approved a measure that effectively bans almost all abortions. Last week, Georgia became the fifth state to ban abortion at six weeks after a last menstrual period, before many people even realize they are pregnant. Its ban goes further than the others, criminalizing doctors and others who... read more .

Eurovision Artist Boycott Curbed by Qatari Aid

WaPo Must Acknowledge CIA Role in Pakistan Polio Crisis

If the last three years have taught us anything, it’s that it’s much easier to blame “fake news” than to look in the mirror and see how one’s own country, and their powerful institutions, may bear responsibility for a social ill. This jingoistic narcissism is on full display in a Washington Post editorial (5/10/19) that blamed a recent... read more .

Redacting Democracy

The Nobel Prize-winning Czech author Milan Kundera began his 1979 novel, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, by describing two photographs. In the first, two men are standing side by side, a Czech nationalist later executed for his views and the country’s Communist ruler. In the second, the dissenter is gone, airbrushed out. Just the dictator remains. Today, if Kundera hadn’t written that opening to his book, only someone with a long memory or a penchant for research would know that the... read more .

Government Targeting of Black Activists Reminiscent of COINTELPRO

Natasha the Snitch: Black Twitter Savages DC Metro Tattletale

Early Friday morning, a brave citizen named Natasha Tynes boarded the Washington, D.C., Metro with her pockets and soul apparently overflowing with an abundance of fucks that she intended on disbursing throughout the day. Upon boarding, our brave Natasha spotted a black woman dressed in a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority uniform, sitting alone, eating, which is... read more .

Centrist Democrats Fight Against Healthcare for All

At a luxury resort just outside of the nation’s capital last month, around four dozen senior congressional staffers decamped for a weekend of relaxation and discussion at Salamander Resort & Spa. It was an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to come together and listen to live music from the... read more .

Government Targeting of Black Activists Reminiscent of COINTELPRO

Russia-China Alignment Challenges U.S. Hegemony

Let's Re-fund America

The powerhouses of Wall Street have tunneled directly into the cloistered backrooms of Washington deal making, extracting trillions of dollars worth of government bailouts, special tax breaks and regulatory favors every year. Yet, in a stupefying act of hypocrisy, they have also been the major force pushing policymakers to... read more .

Over 600 Federal Prosecutors Say Trump Should Be Charged With Obstruction

In a searing rebuke to Attorney General William Barr, hundreds of former federal prosecutors, many with service records lasting decades, have signed a letter stating that the Mueller report provided ample ammunition for obstruction of justice charges to be brought against Donald Trump. At the time of this printing... read more .

How Big Money Contributions Cripple our Politics

You Can’t Tax the Rich Without the IRS

The hot policy in Democratic circles these days is raising taxes on the rich. Senator Elizabeth Warren has a plan to tax “ultramillionaires,” as she calls them. Senator Bernie Sanders wants to expand the estate tax. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has floated raising the... read more .

Michigan: The Latest Victory in Ending Gerrymandering

Jimmy Carter’s lasting Cold War legacy

Jimmy Carter was a dark horse Democratic presidential candidate with little national recognition when he beat Republican incumbent Gerald Ford in 1976. The introspective former peanut farmer pledged a new era of honesty and forthrightness at home and abroad... read more .