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Local Resistance Can Overthrow Our Political Masters

Two prominent Green Party members call for third-party involvement in city council and other local races. This, they rightly say, is a fundamental step toward the large-scale changes needed to save society.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

5 Right-Wing Idiocies From Last Week—Let’s Start With Bill O’Reilly’s Gun Violence Delusion

Here are five lowlights from the right from the week that was. Enjoy!

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

Why The Washington Post’s Attack on Bernie Sanders Is Bunk

The Washington Post recently ran an attack on Bernie Sanders that distorts not only what he’s saying and seeking but also the basic choices confronting the nation.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

The Grass Roots Are Getting Greener for Sanders, but Will They Wither?

The presidential candidate’s burgeoning war chest made mainstream media take note. Now the test is whether an ad hoc volunteer movement, started by issues-oriented progressives, can be converted into a political revolution.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

Amid the Crowing of the GOP and Clinton, Sanders Is on the Rise

The Republicans have rolled out a clown car in the presidential campaign, and Hillary Clinton is holding to old, bad policies. Sanders, growing in strength, is one of the few points of hope in the race.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Matching Funds Would Have Made Sanders Campaign More Flush Than Clinton’s

A system of matching small donations with public funds would have transformed the financial dimensions of the current presidential race, a new report says.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

Republicans, Evolution and You

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE    

5 Nuttiest Right-Wing Moments This Week: ‘Respectable’ Marco Rubio Spins Insane Conspiracy Theory

And the Donald waves his Bible at the hard-right Christian panderfest.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis: He Told Them!

The visiting pontiff presents a moral energy that has been largely absent in our political discourse. In light of his comments, much of what we have heard in the presidential campaign now seems tawdry and small.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

What People Around the World Think of America After Trump’s Bewildering Rise

Americans are no strangers to embarrassing exports. But when it comes to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, we may have outdone ourselves.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Cornel West Compares Bernie Sanders With Jesse Jackson

Bernie Sanders’ most high-profile black supporter describes the socialist senator’s presidential campaign as “even more progressive” than those of Democratic insurgent Jesse Jackson in the 1980s. In an interview, West also touches on the issue of Israel.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Gets a Send-Off Emmy for ‘The Daily Show’

At Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, Jon Stewart got one last chance to bask in the glow of industry goodwill directed at “The Daily Show.” At the ceremony he picked up a trophy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series to cap off his 16-year stint as “Daily Show” host.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

The Far Left Needs to Relax a Little and Support Bernie Sanders

Sanders’ leftist critics can fantasize that they are doing humanity a great service by scoffing at his campaign, but who is making greater strides toward triggering the mass enlightenment that is key to empowering the oppressed?

Posted on Sep 19, 2015 READ MORE

When Liars Debate, the Truth Always Loses

The Republican rejection of reality—which these candidates will act out in debate after debate for months to come—inflicts grave costs on this country every day. It is hard to imagine the damage that will be done if one of these deceivers comes to power.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

Fools, Fascists and Cold Warriors: Take Your Pick

Are they fools or fascists? Probably the former, but there was a disturbing cast to the second GOP debate, a vituperative jingoism reminiscent of the xenophobia that periodically scars Western capitalist societies in moments of disarray.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: The CNN Republican Presidential Debate in 90 Seconds

Did you miss Wednesday night’s Republican debate?

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Hopes for Change Ride on Second GOP Debate

Right, so that headline isn’t just a play on President Obama’s own successful campaign buzzwords.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

When It Comes to World Peace, Don’t Look to Sanders for Progress

His stated policy position is not meaningfully pro-peace, he seeks a more dominant Saudi Arabia in the Mideast and he seems remarkably uncaring to people who don’t carry a nice blue U.S. passport.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: How Do the 2016 Presidential Candidates Get Their Money?

The 2016 campaign is proving to be the most expensive yet. Watch to find out where and how candidates are getting their cash.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Political Frauds and the Ghost of Totalitarianism

Calling Donald Trump a fascist is not enough. We need deeper analyses to reveal the seeds of totalitarianism in his discourse and policy measures.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Ben Carson Picks Up Steam

Donald Trump may be talking tough while aboard vintage battleships these days, but he’s going to need more than macho swagger and vague generalities to keep his lead over other GOP presidential contenders for another year.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

Clinton’s Biggest Obstacle Is Herself

The headlines screaming “Clinton’s Support Erodes” are true, but only in a relative sense. In the contest for the Democratic nomination, according to the polls she has slid all the way from “prohibitive favorite” to something like “strong favorite”—not bad, given the way she has hobbled herself with the email scandal. 

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges on the Big Lie of Neoliberalism and the Very Real Threat of a President Trump

Chris Hedges doesn’t spare Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or even Bernie Sanders in this wide-ranging take on the big swindle of neoliberalism and his warning for the future in the hands of a “rapacious oligarchic elite.”

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Could Donald Trump Take Jeb Bush Down?

While he’s busy trying to make America great again, at least in his own mind, GOP juggernaut Donald Trump could also be sinking Jeb Bush’s battleship.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

We May Not Have Seen the Last of Hillary Clinton’s Deleted Emails

This is truly the age of the zombie—from the more obvious manifestations in the entertainment world to the political dynasties, scandals, illicit transactions and online artifacts that either refuse to be destroyed or rise again with renewed, sinister vigor.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Michael Stipe Blasts Donald Trump and His Ilk for Using R.E.M.’s Music: ‘Go F**k Yourselves’

Corporatist GOP candidate Donald Trump and vintage alterna-band R.E.M. both rose to prominence in the 1980s. The similarities between the two begin and end there.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley: Climate Change Helped Create Islamic State

The former governor of Maryland urges supporters to protest his party’s debate schedule, calls on the U.S. to welcome 65,000 Syrian refugees, attributes the rise of Islamic State in part to climate change and responds to criticism by David Simon, creator of the television series “The Wire,” of his policing policies during his tenure as mayor of Baltimore.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Apologizes as Email Controversy Lingers

She has weathered many a political scandal in her time, but here she is, running for president in 2016. That said, she can’t seem to shake the well-engineered scandal over her past use of her private email account for State Department business, and on Tuesday, she apologized for her “mistake.”

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Mike Huckabee Compares Kim Davis’ Stance on Gay Marriage to Abraham Lincoln’s on Slavery

Maybe the term “civil rights” doesn’t mean what Mike Huckabee thinks it means.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 READ MORE

Want to Help Decide the Democratic Presidential Candidate? The Clock Is Ticking

If you wish to vote for Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton or another Democrat in the primary race, you may have to register as a Democrat in your state. Learn how here.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

Clinton Called for More Debates in 2008—Now She’s Dodging Them

One campaign that has refused to join the call for additional debates is Hillary Clinton’s—leading many to believe that the Democratic National Committee is effectively stacking the deck in her favor.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE

Trump’s War on ‘Anchor Babies’

It’s no laughing matter. A small yet influential collection of academics actually supports his position.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Says He Wouldn’t End Drone Program

In a television interview Sunday, the presidential candidate said he would limit the use of drones but would not put an end to the targeted killing campaign outright.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

After Tight Iowa Poll, Sanders Underscores His Policy Differences With Hillary Clinton

A new poll showed Bernie Sanders trailing Hillary Clinton by only seven percentage points in Iowa, attracting 30 percent of Democratic voters after one-third of Clinton’s supporters transferred allegiance to him.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Martin O’Malley Accuses DNC of ‘Rigging’ 2016 Primaries for Hillary

The Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland governor told his fellow Democrats at the party’s annual summer meeting that their nomination process was “rigged” in favor of Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 READ MORE

Father of Virginia Shooting Victim Alison Parker Makes Gun Control Plea to President Obama

Maybe now is a good time for the president to get a grip on America’s gun problem.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Journalists Attack Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos for Challenging Donald Trump

“As usual when someone commits a real act of journalism aimed at the most powerful in the U.S., those leading the charge against him are other journalists, who so tellingly regard actual journalism as a gauche and irreverent crime against those who wield the greatest power and thus merit the greatest deference,” writes Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Cornel West Wants Bernie Sanders as President

The influential scholar and civil rights activist has broken with Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, answering black voters’ skepticism about Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign with an endorsement of the socialist candidate.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE

Clinton Emails: Is This Watergate? Or Just Another Whitewater?

Hillary Hysteria is raging everywhere, from the most disreputable websites to the most respected newspapers. But why is the political press so agitated?

Posted on Aug 23, 2015 READ MORE

Will Joe Run?

The question Vice President Joe Biden and his strategists are currently considering is this: Should he run?

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

The Toxic Mining Law

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Tells Reporters Why He Won’t Attack Clinton

After speaking to a crowd of 2,000 people in Dubuque, Iowa, in mid-August, the Democratic presidential candidate told reporters that he didn’t enter the race to play in the media’s “sport” of choice.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

Lawyer: Hillary Clinton’s Email Server Was Wiped Before Feds Got It

Well, this doesn’t make Hillary Clinton look so great, unless what was on her server was worse.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Huddles With Black Lives Matter Activists

Here’s one measure of how the Black Lives Matter movement has made its mark on national politics in a few short months: Some presidential candidates are recognizing the need to get with the proverbial program (or at least seem as if they are).

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE

How Many Thousands of U.S. Troops Would GOP Hopefuls Send to Iraq and Syria? (Video)

Several Republican politicians have pledged a return of U.S. combat troops in large numbers to the Middle East.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE

Knock, Knock, Hillary: Black Lives Matter Wants to Speak With You, Too

Black Lives Matter activists are leaving their mark on presidential campaigns, comedian Stephen Colbert shares his thoughts on women, and a socialist politician is stirring things up in the U.K. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE

How Gossip Made Donald Trump (and Vice Versa)

In the business world, Donald Trump is more Rupert Murdoch’s peer than his subject—but when it comes to the Republican front-runner’s patented propensity to galvanize the press and cultivate his all-important brand, he has, in part, Murdoch to thank.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

Poll: Bernie Sanders Surges Ahead of Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire

Sanders leads Clinton 44 to 37 percent among likely Democratic primary voters, according to the poll of 442 residents in the Granite State—the first time Clinton has trailed in the 2016 primary campaign.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

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