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Tribute To A Persistent Progressive – Rep. John Conyers

2017 Video Shows California Police Officer Shooting Unarmed 16-Year-Old in Back of Head

Shining new light on a 2017 police shooting that an internal investigation deemed "justified" and "within department policy," horrific video released this week showed that a Fresno, California officer shot unarmed 16-year-old Isiah Murrietta-Golding in the back of the head as he attempted to flee.  Read more .

Lebanese Join Growing Protest Wave Against Austerity and Corruption

Protests in Haiti: An Overlooked Crisis the World Should Not Ignore

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 .

Uber and Lyft Drivers Talk About Getting Ripped Off

After a monumental political battle, California passed AB5, a law that will make it much harder for gig economy companies to classify their workers as “independent contractors.” Now, the same political battle is coming to New York. That means it’s a perfect time to hear from Uber and Lyft drivers, in their own words.  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 mor e.

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 .