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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Politics

How To Keep ‘Public’ And ‘Service’ In Our Public Postal Service

The $5 billion in red ink that the paper’s editorial propagandists touted is not real, but instead, is a deliberate bookkeeping hoax created by Congress to make the public think that our Post Office is a hopeless money loser that should be privatized. In 2006, Congress piled an artificial “loss” on the Postal Service by decreeing that it must pre-fund the healthcare costs of future retirees 75 years in advance. That includes retirees who’re not even born yet!

April 27, 2017

A Bold Remedy For Overdose Deaths

Addiction to opioids is hazardous to your health. To most people, this may sound like an obvious and inescapable reality. If your chief priority is staying cool, the thinking goes, you don’t move to Phoenix. If you really want to stay alive, you don’t use heroin. But humans have created innumerable places in Phoenix where it’s possible to minimize personal contact with searing heat.

April 27, 2017
Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky: The Republican Party Is the ‘Most Dangerous Organization In World History’

The fact that policy doesn’t correspond to public interest shouldn’t come as a big surprise. This has been going on for a long time. Government policy is designed to implement state power and the power of dominant elements within the society. Here, it means mainly the corporate sector. The welfare of the population is secondary, and often not cared for at all. And the population knows it.

April 27, 2017
Trump sued 34 times

6 Reasons Trump and Sessions Are Constitutional Idiots When It Comes To Threatening and Punishing Sanctuary Cities

While the White House ridiculed that order—Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said, “It’s the 9th Circuit going bananas”—that’s exactly the opposite of what U.S. District Court Judge William H. Orrick wrote in his 49-page ruling. Trump and his White House team have gone off the rails, Orrick wrote, ignoring the Constitution, offering arguments that make no legal sense and making repeated threats that show a lack of control.

April 27, 2017
Democrats, Protests, Red State

Democrats Have More Demands After Trump Retreat On Wall

Funding for President Donald Trump’s promised wall along the Mexico border may now be “off the table” in the negotiations to fund the government for the next five months, but several other thorny issues still stand in the way of a bipartisan agreement to avoid a government shutdown this weekend.

April 26, 2017
California, Trump, Ethics

Trump’s Tax Plan Could Cost Government $6 Trillion

The president will be “pretty broad in the principles” of tax reform that he lays out with more details coming in the summer, his director of legislative affairs, Marc Short, told the Associated Press. But what it boils down to is major hikes in the amount people can deduct from their taxes and large cuts for small businesses and corporations.

April 26, 2017

Pope Francis: The World’s Most Powerful Advocate For Climate Stability

Pope Francis’ Encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” recognizes the increasing damage being done to the planet and biodiversity by climate change. Few realize how strong his beliefs are and the power of persuasion he has. Here are 10 ways he could use his power.

April 26, 2017
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch leaves his home in London

Rupert Murdoch’s Disturbing Corporate Legacy: Chronic Sexual Harassment In US, Rampant Lawbreaking In UK

Murdoch cut ties with the host last week after multiple women’s reports of sexual harassment became public. Since then, seven black Fox News employees indicated that they plan to join a racial discrimination suit filed last month by two colleagues, according to New York magazine, and three former Fox employees — Margaret Hoover, Alisyn Camerota, and Kirsten Powers — said on CNN that the culture of sexual harassment at Fox News is deeply ingrained. “The culture … is still there because the executives are still there,” said Hoover.

April 26, 2017
Donald Trump, Twistifications, Lies

How Trump Anxiety Is Spawning Business Opportunities And Marketing Campaigns Across America

Reports from the World Health Organization have shown that Americans are among the most anxious, depressed people in the world—and that was before a reality television star settled into the White House, bringing with him a percussive beat of mean-spirited executive orders, obnoxious presidential tweets and bare-knuckled attacks on civil society as we know it.

April 25, 2017
Trump, Muslim Ban, Courts

Why Trump’s Idea Of A CEO President Is Terrible

Donald Trump sold the country on the idea that he would be a businessman president, that he would create new jobs and strengthen the economy. But does he have any idea how to do so? While Trump certainly ran his own business, his track record is spotty, dotted with bankruptcies and side deals that kept him afloat even as his various properties careened in and out of Chapter 11 with disturbing frequency.

April 25, 2017
James Comey

Why FBI’s Comey Was So Outrageously Unfair To Hillary

Because Comey’s mishandling of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail account was an unforgivable act of far greater import, one that broke FBI protocols and helped tilt the election in favor of Donald Trump. His public comments about the case sabotaged her campaign and crippled the credibility of the FBI as an impartial player.

April 25, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump gives a thumbs up as his supporters rip apart a sign being held up in front of the candidate by protestors at a rally in Portland

We’re Investigating Hate Across The U.S. There’s No Shortage Of Work.

Earlier this year, ProPublica and a coalition of newsrooms set out to chronicle and report on hate crimes in the United States. The project, “Documenting Hate,” was meant to provide some reliable information about an issue that has caused considerable alarm but been plagued by a lack of comprehensive data and sustained reporting.

April 25, 2017
marie le pen

4 Scary Implications Of The French Election

While the leaders of France’s traditional right- and left-wing parties were routed, the two frontrunners, Emmanuel Macron, a centrist newcomer, and Marine Le Pen, the standard-bearer of the right-wing National Front, will face each other in the May 7 runoff election.

April 25, 2017

What It Means To Be Truly Liberal On Abortion

Donald Trump has mastered the authoritarian act, and that’s how he attracted his brigade of humble followers. Some on the left seem to envy this ability to force obedience through threats and attacks. But that approach doesn’t work on issue-oriented voters, doubly so on matters requiring nuance. Abortion is one such issue. Thus, one cannot fathom the ongoing crusade by abortion rights activists to crush Heath Mello, a moderate Democrat running for mayor of Omaha.

April 24, 2017

‘Clinton V Trump’ Again: Moscow Reacts To French Vote

The Kremlin issued a brief statement on the result of the first round, voicing “respect for the choice of French people.” It betrayed no sympathies. Outside the presidential administration, however, disillusionment with an election that seemed to lean toward Moscow from the outset, only to take a sharp turn against it in the last four months, was tangible.

April 24, 2017
Trump is ripping us off

Why Trump Shutdown Threat Is A No-Win For Republicans

Republicans, Democrats and outside experts agree that there’s little political logic to the Trump White House’s threat to shut down the government this week because it insists funding for a border wall be included in the budget. Yet that’s exactly the scenario the White House appears to be entertaining as it holds a hard line on funding negotiations.

April 24, 2017
White House anti-Semitism

The Stain Of Anti-Semitism At The White House Isn’t Going Away

When all is said and done, what matters most is not what’s in the president’s heart. He has placed individuals with ties to anti-Semitism into high public office – shattering a hard-won taboo against flagrant anti-Semitism in government. He has invigorated a white nationalist world-view that demonizes Jews, Muslims, and immigrants. He has, intentionally or not, energized white nationalists, neo-Nazis and a legion of alt-right internet trolls.

April 24, 2017

Will Ex-Presidents Check Donald Trump?

As he moved into his first month in the Oval Office, the transgressions continued: He has insulted the leaders of Australia and Mexico; attacked the concept of an independent judiciary; affronted a revered civil rights leader, John Lewis; excommunicated leading news outlets from White House briefings while slandering the press as the “enemy”;

April 23, 2017
California, Trump, Ethics

6 Times Donald Trump Goofed Up The Simple Stuff

Donald Trump makes a lot of goofs. Yes, he’s seriously mistaken on nearly every aspect of foreign and domestic policy — all the big, scary and dangerous stuff — but he also just gets the little things wrong, too. He frequently sends out misspelled tweets. He makes off-the-cuff statements with colleagues that are meant to be self-aggrandizing but instead unintentionally drive home how much he doesn’t know about how things work.

April 23, 2017
Judge blocks Obama Administration's overtime rule

Here Comes The Big Assault On Workers’ Rights

Fast forward to 2017: After decades of dwindling union membership and worker power, and regulatory diminishment under both parties’ administrations, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are pushing a radical Heritage-style agenda that could deliver immediate and long-term harm to workers and unions across the United States—including millions of those who helped elect Trump.

April 23, 2017
Trump policies

STUDY: Cable News Morning Shows Drastically Skew White And Male

A Media Matters analysis of morning shows on cable news networks from January 1 to March 31 found that white men make up an overwhelming percentage of guest appearances on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC’s morning shows. The study found that black, Latino, Asian-American and Middle Eastern voices are critically underrepresented, and women make up only a quarter of guest appearances.

April 23, 2017
Protesters yell outside of the Berkeley Police Department protesting police violence in Berkeley, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

The Un-Free Speech Movement At Berkeley

UC Berkeley is an exceptional institution whose history includes the 1964-65 protests that gained fame as the Free Speech Movement. Long known as a hotbed of left-wing activism, it has lately gained attention as a place where right-wingers venture at their peril. In February, the administration abruptly called off a talk by then-Breitbart News troll Milo Yiannopoulos after protesters threw stones and firebombs and smashed windows.

April 23, 2017

America Is Regressing Into A Developing Nation For Most People

In a new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, Peter Temin, professor emeritus of economics at MIT, draws a portrait of the new reality in a way that is frighteningly, indelibly clear: America is not one country anymore. It is becoming two, each with vastly different resources, expectations and fates.

April 22, 2017
Trump, Obama, Wiretapping

Remember Those Temporary Officials Trump Quietly Installed? Some Are Now Permanent Employees.

Last month, ProPublica revealed that the Trump administration had installed hundreds of political appointees across the federal government without formally announcing them. The more than 400 officials were hired in temporary positions for what the White House calls “beachhead teams.” Government hiring rules allow them to have those positions for up to eight months.

April 22, 2017
bret-stephen

Will Bret Stephens’ Climate Denial Threaten The Integrity Of The NYT Opinion Section?

On April 12, the Times announced that it was hiring Stephens as its newest columnist. The paper’s editorial page editor defended the decision, saying characterizations of Stephens as a climate denialist were “unfair” because “millions of people” agree with him (an argument that has rightly been criticized for presenting a false equivalency on the reality of climate change).

April 22, 2017