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Electing the Tyrant: Parallels Among Ancient Rome, Mexico During the Conquest and the U.S. Today

If the Romans taught us anything, it is that their republic was built on excluding the many.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE


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In His Final Show of the Year, John Oliver Asks What Happened and How Did We Get Here (Video)

The entire “Last Week Tonight” episode was dedicated to making sense of Donald Trump’s election by analyzing the roles of media and social media in our society, as well as asking viewers not to let an extremely abnormal situation become normalized. And then the host and many others yelled expletives at a terrible, good for nothing year: 2016.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Cubs’ New Curse: Being Winners

The players wanted to win the World Series for their fans as much as for themselves. Their success means the days of being “lovable losers”—and having the comfort of baseball fans’ pity—are over.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 READ MORE



If the Pain of Cubs Nation Can Be Banished, Perhaps There’s Hope for the World’s Nations

After 108 years, Chicago’s lovable losers are World Series champions. Maybe, just maybe, anything is possible.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 READ MORE



Information or Disinformation? Only 32 Percent of Americans Trust the Media

A new Gallup Poll shows the steepest decline since 1972 in public confidence in the accuracy and fairness of news reporting.

Posted on Sep 17, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Next Revolution: a New National Group to Promote Progressives

The Vermont senator returns to the political stage to take up a difficult challenge: keeping alive the national grass-roots momentum that led millions to support him in the presidential nominating contests.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE



For Future Summer Olympics, Climate Change Is No Game

A report just published in the British medical journal The Lancet suggests that by the year 2085, almost all of the cities that could host the Summer Games will be too hot for outdoor events.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE



The Olympics Are a Colossal Waste and a Shameful Distraction

Like most global sporting events, the international games divert us from the real work of solving societal ills, channel far too many resources away from human needs and amplify nationalist fervor and existing divides.

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 READ MORE



The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism

College-educated elites, on behalf of corporations, carried out the savage neoliberal assault on the working poor. Now these elites are being made to pay. Their duplicity has brought them—and the rest of us—Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE



Donald ‘Dr. Strangelove’ Trump

I have long wondered why no one in Hollywood has remade Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 “Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” But it turns out that the GOP presidential nominee is remaking the film in real life.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE



The Liberty Bell and the Democratic Party: A Tale of Two Fractures in Philadelphia

Cheers and applause filled the Wells Fargo Center. While thousands went wild, several hundred, well, just went.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE



Why People Find Hillary Clinton Untrustworthy

It is worth noting that despite all the stories, allegations, accusations, insinuations and investigations spread over a quarter century, there has never been any finding that she engaged in illegal behavior.

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 READ MORE


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Donald Trump Frees Us to Vote as We Wish

Federal Election Commission filings suggest that the Republican presidential candidate is a paper-tiger candidate without a real campaign. So let’s vote for the future we want.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE


Cleaning Up









Posted on Jun 22, 2016 ENLARGE



I Have a Big Idea for Hillary

Hillary Clinton needs a big idea that gives her presidential candidacy a purpose and rationale—and, if she’s elected, a mandate to get something hugely important done.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE


Eight Reasons Republicans Must Dump Trump (Video)

By Robert Reich

The Republican Party still has time to change its mind.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


In the Pink









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‘That Is Unbelievable’: Bernie Shocked by California’s Water Woes, Compares Crisis to Flint (Video)

Sanders joins a growing outrage over a crisis that is forcing people to buy bottled water.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE



Comments of the Week: Reality Check Edition

Several of this week’s picks were of the straight-and-to-the-point variety.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE



Believe It or Not, Hillary Clinton Wasn’t Always This One-Sided on Israel

The former secretary of state used to hold a more nuanced view on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in contrast to the fact that she now seems to blindly support Benjamin Netanyahu’s increasingly right-wing regime.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



The Media Myth of the Working-Class Reagan Democrats

The numbers don’t lie. The notion that angry blue-collar voters could sway the 2016 presidential election just may not be true.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE



Elizabeth Warren: I’ll ‘Fight My Heart Out’ to Ensure Donald Trump ‘Never Reaches the White House’

Arguing that the real estate mogul would be a dangerous choice to lead the U.S., the Massachusetts senator is making her plea to voters and lawmakers across the political spectrum.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



So Much for #StopTrump: John Kasich to Follow Ted Cruz out of Presidential Race

By all indications, Donald Trump has the Republican presidential nomination sewn up.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



What the Indiana Primary Results Mean to Republicans and Democrats

In Indiana on Tuesday, Donald Trump swept away the final obstacles to the 2016 Republican nomination, while Bernie Sanders upset Hillary Clinton, beating her 53 percent to 47 percent.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



Trump Fills a Vacuum Left by the GOP

The Donald Trump rampage—still hard to believe, after nearly a year—is a symptom of something deeper and more profound: the Republican Party’s slide into complete incoherence.

Posted on May 3, 2016 READ MORE


Trump on Clinton









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Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Just GOP Boilerplate, Only More Confused (Video)

Donald Trump tried his hand at foreign policy recently, and the results weren’t any prettier than his incessant forays into domestic policy.

Posted on May 2, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump, the Emperor of Social Media

As FDR mastered radio and JFK conquered TV, Donald Trump rules the Internet like no other candidate.

Posted on May 1, 2016 READ MORE



The Socialist Alternative

Seattle’s socialist City Council member, Kshama Sawant, has called on Bernie Sanders to break with the Democratic Party and run as an independent. If he refuses, she says, his supporters must build a third party without him.

Posted on May 1, 2016 READ MORE



Keeping Wall Street Speeches Secret Speaks Volumes About Hillary Clinton

A watchdog website is tracking the time since she promised she’d “look into” releasing the transcripts, but all she and her surrogates have done is unleash a cascade of excuses, obfuscations and evasions.

Posted on May 1, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Camp Says She’s Been Forced to the Left Enough Already

Clinton ally tells The Hill, “I don’t know what’s left to extract.”

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 READ MORE


The Math of Democracy









Posted on Apr 28, 2016 ENLARGE



14 Races to Go: Sanders Set on ‘Transforming a Nation’

“The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be.”

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE



Report: Ted Cruz Pre-emptively Picking Carly Fiorina as His Running Mate

Watching the seemingly endless series of Republican debates this election season, one might wonder why so many candidates hung in there well past the point when it was clear they had no real chance of winning. Well, wonder no more.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE


Samantha Bee on John Kasich and Ted Cruz’s Pathetic Pact to Thwart Donald Trump (Video)

The “Full Frontal” host takes pity on the Republican presidential candidates who haven’t understood that Donald Trump is destroying them.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Winning in Losing: How Bernie Sanders Pushed Hillary Clinton to the Left (Video)

Bernie Sanders has already justified his run by having pushed Clinton substantially to the left on key issues. Here are just a few.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE



A Tough Night for Progressives as Clinton and Trump Edge Closer to Party Nominations

Bernie Sanders won only Rhode Island in Tuesday’s five presidential primary elections, and a handful of progressives running for Congress also had disappointing nights.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Cruz-Kasich Tag Team Is No Match for Donald Trump

Don’t call it strategy, call it strategery: Ted Cruz and John Kasich are going to cooperate to attempt to deny Trump the Republican nomination.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 READ MORE


‘It’s Possible’: Charles Koch Says Hillary Clinton Might Be Best Choice for Him (Video)

By Jon Queally / Common Dreams

“We would have to believe her actions would be quite different than her rhetoric. Let me put it that way,” says billionaire industrialist and far-right ideologue Charles Koch.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Everybody Wants Bernie Sanders’ ‘Precious’

Democratic strategists covet the Sanders campaign’s “yuge” email list. But he’s not nearly ready to quit, so they’ll be waiting awhile.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE



The Real Hillary Clinton

Where she stands now isn’t where she’s always stood. As CNN’s Anderson Cooper once asked her, “Will you say anything to get elected?”

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE


Common Core









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Sanders May Endorse Clinton, but He Won’t Campaign for Her Unless She Does This One Thing (Video)

If Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic presidential nominee, Bernie Sanders’ support and that of his voters may depend on her doing the one thing that her track record shows she’s been most unwilling to do all along.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The New Common Ground Between Populist Left and Right (Video)

If we join together, we can make these things happen.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE



Friends of Abe, Hollywood Conservatives’ Secret Society, Is Calling It Quits (Exclusive)

Here’s a bit of breaking news that may have an impact on this election cycle: Friends of Abe, a secret organization made up of some 1,500 right-leaning members of the Hollywood community, is dissolving.

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE


GOP Rules









Posted on Apr 20, 2016 ENLARGE


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