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Anti-Trump Sentiment Is Even Stronger in Europe Than in the U.S.


European governments, preparing for a round of major summits with Donald Trump, are wary.

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Trump’s Speech on Islam Is Just as Bizarre as Everything Else He Does


The president’s speech in Saudi Arabia was written by senior adviser Stephen Miller, who once organized Orwellian “Two Minutes Hate” sessions against Muslims.

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How Self-Driving Cars Will Transform Cities for the Better


The cars will change urban planning as we know it; Democrats keep blaming Donald Trump for their own shortcomings; meanwhile, Mexico’s war on drugs is one of the world’s most lethal conflicts.

Posted on May 21, 2017 READ MORE

Roger Ailes, Architect of Conservative TV Juggernaut Fox News, Is Dead at 77


To Democrats and liberals, he was a manipulator of the news who used his network to turn minor stories into scandals, ostensibly in service of his personal politics.

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Donald Trump’s High Crimes and Misdemeanors


What if he were held responsible for real crimes: killing civilians in drone strikes, forcing refugees to suffer or die by refusing asylum, or driving the planet headlong into climate catastrophe?

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Lawmakers to Trump: Turn Over Any Transcript of Meeting With Russians


Demands intensified Tuesday after Trump seemed to acknowledge on Twitter that he had shared information on a critical source of intelligence on Islamic State.

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Beyond the Madness of King Donald


The sooner Donald Trump is removed from the White House, the better. But we need a radical reorganizing of our national institutions.

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When Will Enough Republicans Put Loyalty to America Ahead of Loyalty to Party?


The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump but when GOP House members will do the right thing.

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Trump’s Expected Pick for Top USDA Scientist Is Not Even a Scientist


Sam Clovis (pictured) is likely to be named the undersecretary of the section that manages research on everything from climate change to nutrition.

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James Clapper May Be Right About Trump, but He’s the Wrong Messenger


The former director of National Intelligence has issues of his own and should not be the poster boy for objections to the president’s assault on U.S. institutions.

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Has America No Sense of Decency?


If we are now a failed country, it is not because we have a failed presidency, although we do. It is because we are a failed people.

Posted on May 12, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Ajit (Pai)-Prop


Behind the headline-grabbing chaos, decades of progressive policy achievements are being quietly undone by the army of loyalists, such as new FCC head Ajit Pai, that Trump is assembling around him.

Posted on May 11, 2017 READ MORE

Which Middle East Authoritarian Leader Is Trump Most Like?


Trump’s firing of James Comey raises the question of whether he and his fellow neofascists intend to lead the U.S. down the path being taken by Egypt’s and Turkey’s presidents (pictured).

Posted on May 10, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Is Embarking on an Orgy of Cruelty for No Good Reason (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

A budget that punishes the poor, repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a ban on Syrian refugees and the war on immigrants—it’s all immoral, and it’s incumbent on us to stop it.

Posted on May 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Republicans Are Putting Single-Payer Health Care on the Table With Their Anti-Obamacare Fanaticism


Sooner or later, we will have universal health care in this country—sooner if the congressional majority succeeds in destroying the Affordable Care Act, later if it fails.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE

Study Shows School Vouchers Hurt Students—but Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos Could Not Care Less


The president and secretary of education are old-school “segregation academy” politicians with strong ideological investments in private school vouchers.

Posted on May 8, 2017 READ MORE

John Oliver Has Another Brilliant Plan to Save Net Neutrality From ‘Cable Company F***ery’  (Video)

Watching Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight” may feel like déjà vu. That’s because we’ve been down this road with Oliver and the FCC before.

Posted on May 8, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trumpcare Is the Best Advertisement for Nationalizing Insurance


The sadism and greed of the GOP were on display last week as its House members voted to destroy Obamacare and remove coverage for pre-existing conditions. (Pictured, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who commented on the vote.)

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Trumpcare Is a Transfer From the Sick and Poor to the Rich and Healthy


Shame on every one of the 217 Republicans who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Thursday and substitute basically nothing.

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What Is the ‘Trump Doctrine’ of Foreign Policy?


At first glance, international relations under the new president seem inconsistent and arbitrary. In fact, he’s operating on four major principles.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE

No Anti-Immigrant Victory for Trump—So Far


The president lost big in Congress this week as Republicans and Democrats rejected his budget cuts for now, including those directed at immigrants.

Posted on May 4, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Administration Hires Official Whom Five Citadel Students Accused of Sexual Assault


The hiring of Steven Munoz raises further questions about the Trump administration’s vetting process.

Posted on May 4, 2017 READ MORE

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Trump’s Real Sin Is Not Distinguishing Between ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Dictators


In Washington, D.C., you’re supposed to diss the “bad” ones and praise the “good” ones as strong allies. But the president just seems to like them all.

Posted on May 3, 2017 READ MORE

Our Political Reality Is the Stuff of Nightmares


It’s become the new abnormal: Trump’s decrees, accusations and posturing; his transparent lies, threats and reversals. Then comes the cleanup crew, the White House propagandists, pretending he’s serious.

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Trump Has Assembled an Unprecedented Governmental Wrecking Crew


The president promised to be a transformational leader. It wasn’t an idle threat.

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What Is Donald Trump’s Governing Philosophy?


More than 100 days into his presidency, it seems fair to ask.

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Trump’s Unconstitutional Assault on the Judiciary


One way dictators take over democracies is by threatening the independence of a nation’s courts. Donald Trump is doing just this.

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Chomsky on GOP: Has Any Organization Ever Been So Committed to Destruction of Life on Earth? (Video)

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman asks the social critic and linguist to elaborate on his views about the Republican Party, North Korea and more.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Don’t Fall for Trump’s Corporate Tax Giveaway


The president wants to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent in order to “make the United States more competitive.” This is truly dumb, for five reasons.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE

May Day March Planned as Trump Stokes Fear Among Immigrants


If the past is any predictor, millions across the United States will march May 1 in defense of immigrant rights and against the president’s increasingly draconian policies.

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Where Is the Elizabeth Warren of Foreign Policy?


Since the election, Congressional Democrats’ silence on foreign policy questions has been deafening. It’s time for them to chart a new course.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Threat Is Quashed. Does Our President Have Any Grasp of the Constitution?


Tuesday marked the third time a Donald Trump policy connected to immigration has been struck down on constitutional grounds.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books


To understand America’s drift into despotism over the last 40 years, we must de-encrypt the evolution of its secret “double government.”

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE

The First 100 Days: Trump and the Degradation of the Presidency


The president’s failure to accomplish little of his agenda during his first months in office is striking. But we should not forget the vast harm he has done in this short time.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE

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