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Obama Is Pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership So Clinton Won’t Have To (Video)

The president is rushing to pass the sovereignty-crushing trade deal in the lame-duck session of Congress in order to save Hillary Clinton from revealing that she supports it, which she’ll have to do if she wins the White House, says Cenk Uygur of “The Young Turks.”

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Social Media Exposes Devastating Effects of Louisiana Flood (Multimedia)

Those affected by this week’s flooding share pictures and comments amid allegations that the mainstream media hasn’t done enough to cover the catastrophe.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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

Obama Administration Gave Nation’s Largest Private Prison Company a No-Bid, $1 Billion Contract

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency skipped the standard public process of bidding and offered the Corrections Corporation of America a generous deal to build a massive detention facility for women and children seeking asylum.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump and His Words, Words, Words

“Sacrifice” and “sarcastic” are the most egregious examples of the Republican presidential nominee’s blatant misuse of words. It’s high time the media called his bluff.

Posted on Aug 13, 2016 READ MORE

‘Disappointed’ in Obama, Sanders Calls on Top Democrats to Drop Lame-Duck Push for TPP

The TPP “will cost American jobs, harm the environment, increase the cost of prescription drugs, and threaten our ability to protect public health,” Sanders said.

Posted on Aug 13, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Does Not Represent All Women—and Makes Some Feel Powerless

After surveying six diverse feminists, Katie Halper—a writer, comedian and radio personality—found that not everyone in the feminist community is celebrating the prospect of a female president.

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 READ MORE

Obama to Reinforce the Militarized Police Occupation of Black America

After militarizing police departments by 2,400 percent, President Obama is now preparing to send more battlefield weaponry to law enforcers. And Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would surely build on that legacy.

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 READ MORE

The Shell Game of the Economic Elite’s Hamilton Project

The think tank created 10 years ago by ruling-class maestro Robert Rubin (pictured above) at the Brookings Institution has helped define the fake-progressive, neoliberal essence of the Barack Obama presidency.

Posted on Aug 9, 2016 READ MORE

The Democratic Convention Film on Hillary Clinton Lied to America

The short movie claimed that the Children’s Defense Fund was the essence of Clinton’s early career—and avoided the ugly fact that she betrayed the beneficiaries of that fund and all children in poverty, beginning as first lady of Arkansas.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE

Obama’s Promise of ‘Continuity We Can Believe In’

The president’s exhortations on Hillary Clinton’s behalf reflect a profound change in our politics since 2008, when Obama and Clinton represented very different views of how the system works and how change happens.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Channels Bernie to End Democratic Corporate Charade (Multimedia)

The Democratic presidential nominee has been known as a polarizing figure for most of her public life. She took a step toward being a uniter to close the convention.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 READ MORE

Democratic Convention Live Blog, Day 3: Balancing Unity, Positivity and the Threat of Trump

On Night 3 of the convention, top speakers called for party unity and optimism to combat any chance of a Trump presidency. President Obama, the keynote speaker, thrilled the audience with a captivating, eloquent speech.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE

The 1 Percent’s Useful Idiots

Bernie Sanders, by capitulating to the corporate machine, sold us out. By calling on us to accept “reality,” he mocked the reality his followers made possible. We will have to carry out the political revolution on our own.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 READ MORE

Democratic Convention Live Blog: From Boos to Everyone Loves Hillary Clinton

Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention started with chaos and ended with Bernie Sanders endorsing the former secretary of state. Will his supporters follow his lead?

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE

Turkey Closes Over 600 Schools, Fires Thousands of Teachers in Wake of Failed Coup

President Erdogan is now cracking down on academics, government and civil service workers, and establishments perceived to support his opposition. He believes Fethullah Gülen, a self-exiled cleric who lives in the U.S., was behind last week’s revolt.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE

R.I.P., GOP?

Republicans who are not in the least progressive have reason to mourn what may come to pass: the transformation of the party of Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower into the party of Trump.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 READ MORE

Cornel West: Obama ‘Has No Backbone to Fight for Justice’

In an opinion piece published by The Guardian, the scholar and activist explains how the president has failed to confront systemic racism and how this legacy will haunt the country.

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 READ MORE

Barack Obama Helped Us Peer Into the Racial Divide

It may take years to fully appreciate how dramatically this presidency has bent the arc of history toward justice.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 READ MORE

Berned Out? Don’t Mourn—Organize

Fighting to uphold our values is a lifetime commitment and requires year-round work. If we want Bernie Sanders’ stated goals to be realized, we have to work hard to manifest them.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE

Obama Delays U.S. Withdrawal From ‘Precarious’ Afghanistan (Video)

The president surprised observers Wednesday when he announced a plan for 8,400 U.S. troops to remain in the country when he leaves office in January.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE

In a Rigged System, Hillary Clinton Is Too Big to Indict

A few years ago, some banks were bailed out because they were too big to fail, and now the presumptive Democratic nominee has been given a pass in her “extremely careless” handling of classified information.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

How Brexit Will Affect U.S. Foreign Policy

The decision of British voters to leave the European Union signaled the end of politics as usual in the U.K. Americans will have to wait until 2020 or later for a chance at real change.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

Obama Administration Drone Death Tally Falls Short, Critics Say

“It’s hard to credit this death count, which is lower than all independent assessments,” says Hina Shamsi, director of the National Security Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Posted on Jul 2, 2016 READ MORE

Worshipping Money in Washington, D.C.

The “must-read crib sheet for Washington’s influence class” represents the constantly unfolding tale of power for hire, told always with a discreet sympathy for the man on top.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE

Supreme Court Leans Left in the Wake of Antonin Scalia’s Death

All things considered, the Supreme Court’s just-completed term was a good one for liberals and progressives.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE

2008 All Over Again

Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union presages perhaps another global financial meltdown. Banks will again demand massive bailouts. We will be forced to again swallow austerity measures, and there will be a continued decline in living standards.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 READ MORE

Guantanamo Bay Should Be Closed Forever

The prison is the symbol of everything that is wrong with the United States’ so-called war on terror.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE

Obama’s New Education Secretary Moves to Protect Standardized Testing

Far from dispensing with the controversial, high-stakes practice, John King intends to defend it “by blackmail if necessary,” writes Marilena Marchetti at Socialist Worker.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE

The ‘Truth’ According to Donald Trump

In Trump’s world, everything’s a conspiracy and reality’s turned upside down.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE

The Unvetted Hillary Clinton: Few Tough Questions, Fewer Answers

Doubts remain about Clinton’s record on issues beyond her use of a homebrew email server. As a result, the presumptive Democratic nominee is more vulnerable than she should be.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE

Obama Should Demand FBI Director James Comey’s Resignation Today

The FBI’s ongoing, long-term incompetence has led to the deaths of far too many Americans. San Bernardino and Orlando are only the beginning.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 READ MORE

Perdue’s Prayers

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 ENLARGE

Live Blog: The Last ‘Super Tuesday’ Round of Presidential Primaries

Voters headed to the polls in California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. Take a look at the final results and watch Sanders’ and Clinton’s speeches.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 READ MORE

If Hillary Clinton Gets a Pass on Espionage From President Obama, so Should Whistleblowers

Either the country has a policy of filing felony charges against people who reveal classified information, or it doesn’t. We all should be prosecuted, or none of us should be.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE

How the Internet Is Empowering the Grass Roots and Transforming Democracy

While super PACs and superdelegates have been the focus of the public’s attention and frustration, an overlooked narrative is how eager people—especially the young—experience and participate in the political process in nontraditional ways.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE

Samantha Power, Former Human Rights Journalist, to Receive Award From Henry Kissinger

Although she is currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, in the past Power has called out Kissinger for his role in human rights abuses.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE

Capitalists of the World, Unite!

You can’t be a capitalist without capital, and the overwhelming majority of Americans don’t have any.

Posted on May 30, 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

All the Presumptive Nominee’s Men

For a guy who yells about Washington and Wall Street money in politics, Donald Trump sure has a lot on insiders on his team.

Posted on May 27, 2016 READ MORE

A Worrisome New Plan to Send U.S. Troops to Libya as ‘Advisers’

Gen. James Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States may soon send “military advisers” to Libya to fight Islamic State. But if the past is any lesson, the plan will presage a large combat contingent.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE

Viet Con

Posted on May 24, 2016 ENLARGE    

President Obama Must Act on Marijuana Reform

Expanding legal access to cannabis would help veterans with PTSD and many other vulnerable populations. Because the next president may not do it, it’s a change that should be made now.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE

Obama Administration to Resume Mass Deportations

The commander in chief has already deported more people than any president before him. Now his administration is planning its largest deportation operation of 2016.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE

Private Groups, Not Government, Lead the Charge on Prison Issues

As architects consider a ban on designing death chambers and a major pharmaceutical company stops selling drugs for use in executions, Washington sits on its hands when it comes to reform.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE

Obama Didn’t Birth Trump’s Movement

Republican leaders don’t want to take responsibility for the choices made by their own voters or their complicity in tolerating and even encouraging the extremism Trump represents.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE

Obama’s Bureaucrats Thwarting His Efforts to Free Drug War Prisoners

The applications of thousands of federal inmates eligible for commuted sentences are bottlenecked, and the clock is ticking.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE

To the Next U.S. President, the Unlimited Power to Spy, Imprison and Kill

By mutual consent of those in power in Washington, all resistance to illegal surveillance, detainment and murder is now firmly in the past, and the power to use them will pass to the nation’s next leader—whoever it is.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE

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