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How Gambling Has Become America’s Premier Form of Entertainment and Escape (Video)

Professor Natasha Dow Schüll and Chris Hedges discuss how “casino capitalism” is designed to keep people away from “a position where they [can] act as decision-making subjects.”

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Reminder to Trump: The Purpose of Government Is to Achieve the Common Good, Not to Show a Profit


It’s good to have fresh thinking about how government might function more efficiently. But it’s important to remember that government is not a business.

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Campaign Against Islamic State Is Halted After U.S. Airstrikes in Mosul


President Trump may have loosened the rules of engagement for the U.S. Air Force, possibly producing more casualties in Iraq.

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The Feuding Kleptocrats


While the power elites—inside and outside of government—squabble over corporate health insurance they are demolishing the remnants of democratic institutions and programs.

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Neil Gorsuch and the Deconstruction of the Administrative State


Despite the Supreme Court nominee’s contention that judges are politically impartial, his record indicates that he would play to the Trump administration.

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Trump Appoints Heritage Foundation Staffer to Health and Human Services Post


Roger Severino (pictured), the new head of the agency’s Office for Civil Rights, has opposed transgender patients’ rights, same-sex marriage and Planned Parenthood.

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Ted Koppel Tells Sean Hannity He’s ‘Bad for America’

The former “Nightline” journalist has a bone to pick with Hannity (pictured), and he’s not hesitant to do it on the Fox News anchor’s own show.

Posted on Mar 26, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Bernie Sanders: Democrats’ Intransigence Is the Solution, Not the Problem (Video)


The refusal of progressives and Democrats to work with the GOP is not why the American Health Care Act failed, according to the Vermont senator and former presidential candidate.

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The Worst Climate News in the Age of Trump


The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization issued its annual climate report Tuesday, making a full and final assessment of 2016.

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Gorsuch’s Convenient Untruth


Judge Neil Gorsuch made a statement Tuesday at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing that even he couldn’t have believed.

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America Lacks an Adult in Charge


The country is rudderless and leaderless, and there’s only one way out of this crisis.

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Under Pressure, Ex-Lobbyist for a Group of For-Profit Colleges Leaves Education Department Post


Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (pictured) to cite ProPublica’s reporting and request more information on Taylor Hansen’s role. He quit that day.

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As Vote on Trumpcare Nears, #SaveMedicaid Movement Grows


Backers of Medicaid fear that the coming vote on the GOP’s proposed American Health Care Act will result in the gutting of the program that helps pay for care for the needy.

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My First Visit to Washington Since Donald Trump Took Office


When I told people that the president’s rise is a result of declining incomes, a sense that the game is rigged and the failure of Washington to reverse these trends, I got blank stares.

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John Oliver Uses the President’s Own Words to Show That the Trump Budget Is a Bad Deal (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host critiques the proposed budget by reading from “The Art of the Deal.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Cost of Trump’s Wall Compared to the Value of the Programs He’s Proposing to Cut


America may get its border wall, but we just might have to do without a lot else.

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Trump Picks Fights With Germany, U.K., NATO and EU


At this rate, we won’t have any allies soon.

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The First Brick in the Wall


The Trump administration has solicited bids for the first $600 million of work on the wall planned for the U.S.-Mexican border.

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A Last Chance for Resistance


Unless we act now, Americans will remember 2017 as the year their naive belief in the recovery of democracy died under the heel of despotism.

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U.S. Pressures Group of 20 Into Dropping Climate-Change Reference From Joint Statement


Finance ministers of the world’s leading economies, defying German leadership, have removed a clause about funding, a G-20 official tells Reuters.

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Why Does the Democratic Party Insist on Marginalizing Bernie Sanders?


Despite polls that show he is the most popular politician in the U.S., Sanders’ party continues to thwart him; and to understand Trump’s rise, a good place to look is Iraq. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Rising Above Racism Is Imperative for Human Societies


Scapegoating immigrants absolves the true culprits—neoliberal capitalism and corporate greed—from blame. But this is too simplistic.

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Questions Arise About Gorsuch’s Views on Torture and Executive Power


Critics are concerned that the Supreme Court nominee won’t offer an adequate check on Donald Trump’s agenda.

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Trump’s Budget Proposal Puts Border Wall and War Machine First, America’s Most Vulnerable Last


His $1.15 trillion spending plan cuts programs that help those in need while redirecting tax dollars to wage war on undocumented immigrants and boost military funding by billions.

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Frightbart


The view from Steve Bannon’s propaganda site will scare the bejeezus out of you, which is its point.

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Pages From Trump’s 2005 Tax Return Make News, With Fanfare to Spare (Video)


It took nearly a half hour on her Tuesday night telecast, but MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow eventually relayed the news she’d hinted about ahead of time.

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Hacking the Election: We Should Call Trump’s Bluff for a Watergate-Style Inquiry


If the president wants a full-blown investigation to address his wiretapping claims against his predecessor, let’s have it—and get the answers to three crucial questions in the process.

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House Intelligence Committee Gives Trump a Monday Deadline for Providing Evidence of Wiretapping


“The only question is why the president would make up such a thing,” says panel member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

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Donald Trump’s War on Truth Tellers


The president and his White House continue to attack the credibility of institutions that present facts and arguments they don’t like.

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Get Used to It, America: Brown People Are Here to Stay


Guided by the xenophobic ideology of such advisers as Steve Bannon, President Trump is pushing back against inevitable changes.

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Here’s What Happened While We Were Distracted by Donald Trump’s Tweets


Federal agencies saw big changes, while the latest WikiLeaks dump revealed our “undermining of democracy is home-grown,” according to journalist Norman Solomon. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Al Franken Slams Jeff Sessions’ ‘Insulting’ Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee

By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet

“I think he owes it to this committee to come back and to explain himself,” the Minnesota senator (pictured) said of the attorney general.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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Russell Brand Pokes Holes in Trump and Fox News’ Anti-Immigrant Narratives (Video)

“Isn’t it so extraordinary to learn that there’s no real correlation between immigration and violent crime?” the “Trews” host says.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Why Trump’s Revised Executive Order Is Still a Racist Muslim Ban


Whether or not the new travel ban stands up in the courts, it is a piece of sordid bigotry.

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Trump Plan Would Separate Immigrant Children From Their Parents


The Department of Homeland Security has identified 20,000 beds for the detention of asylum-seekers—“a 500 percent increase from current capacity,” according to MSNBC.

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How the Trump Administration May Be Skirting Its Own Ethics Rules


The hiring of three former lobbyists to work in the White House raises questions about how the president’s executive orders are being enforced.

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‘Still Unconstitutional’: Critics Lambaste Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ 2.0


“It’s still religious discrimination in the pre-textual guise of national security,” says a director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Glenn Greenwald: Democrats Demonize Trump for Pursuing Russia Policy Obama Championed


“The refusal to arm Ukraine with lethal weapons was one of Barack Obama’s most steadfastly held policies,” The Intercept journalist writes.

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Sikh American Shot in His Driveway by White Gunman


Sikhs are not Muslim, but they often are targeted in Islamophobic hate crimes.

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Three Possible Reasons for Trump’s Latest Obama Rant


The new president alleges that his predecessor orchestrated a “Nixon/Watergate”-type plot to tap his phones during the campaign.

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Donald Trump’s Obama Complex


His paranoia is unhealthy not just for himself and the country he now leads but also for the former president.

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