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NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent

Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald published an expose this week detailing how the NSA has been feeding “propaganda” to various news publications, which have happily played along.

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‘The Fight to Save Our Democracy ... Just Got Harder’

“Two events this week have made the fight to save democracy from big money, already an uphill battle, even harder,” the introduction to Bill Moyers’ latest video essay says.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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On Our Highest Court, a Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

For a large and bipartisan majority of Americans, the increasing power of money in politics is deeply troubling. But not for the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court, whose members appear to regard the dollar’s domination of democracy as an inevitable consequence of constitutional freedom—and anyway, not a matter of grave concern.

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Voting Laws: The Last Stand of the Old and the White

When the Constitution of the first modern democracy, the United States of America, was written, only about 10 percent of the population of the 13 states was granted the right to vote: white men who owned property.

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The Top Is Off: McCutcheon Opens Floodgates for 1 Percent to Spend Millions

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mother Jones investigative reporter Andy Kroll told “Democracy Now!” about “the next Citizens United”—the Supreme Court’s decision this Wednesday to eliminate a long-standing limit on how much donors can give to political candidates and causes.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Climate Science’s Dire Warning: Humans Are Baking the Planet

The majority of the world is convinced that humans are changing the climate, for the worse. Now, evidence is mounting that paints just how grim a future we are making for ourselves and the planet.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine Debacle Threatens Europe’s Union

The issue of rightist nationalism as a threat to the European Union and the peace of the new Europe has preoccupied Europeans since 1945, when the predecessors of the EU—the West European Union and then the Coal and Steel Community—were created to assure that Nazism or some totalitarian counterpart would not again rise in Europe.

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How Pacifica Can Become the Media That We Need

America’s first public radio network is reportedly in trouble. This is a vision to stabilize and save Pacifica.

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How Sheldon Adelson and the American Oligarchs Are Ruining Democracy

Ironically, at the same time as I was holding town meetings in Vermont, a handful of prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidates (Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Scott Walker) trekked to Las Vegas to audition for the support of Sheldon Adelson, the multibillionaire casino tycoon who spent at least $93 million underwriting conservative candidates in the last election cycle.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History

Six years into the Obama administration, the president’s promise of “a new era of open government” seems just another grand promise, cynically broken.

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Big Business Rewards California Democrats for Passing Model ALEC Legislation

It may be “the most anti-consumer bill ever introduced in California,” and it was approved and signed into law by Democrats.

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What Do the U.S. and Europe Now Want?

Washington says, “punishment” of Vladimir Putin and his Russian government. I presume that it is not by way of war, although that risk exists as both sides demonstrate their determination and self-righteousness.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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The New Billionaire Political Bosses

Charles and David Koch should not be blamed for having more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans put together.

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Health Care’s Real Stakes

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression—finally.

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U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

Three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan and casualties are still mounting.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



How Cold War-Hungry Neocons Stage Managed RT Anchor Liz Wahl’s Resignation

For her public act of protest against Russia Today’s coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory and supposedly advancing the agenda of Vladimir Putin in Washington D.C., previously unknown news anchor Liz Wahl has suddenly become one of the most famous unemployed people in America.

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The CIA Is Out of Line

We now have even more proof that our burgeoning intelligence agencies, which were given unprecedented latitude to wage war against terrorists, are dangerously out of control.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE



CIA Spies and Tortured Lies

This week’s public spat between CIA-loyalist Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the CIA might briefly upset the status quo, but they will make up.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine’s Test From Within

When the new Ukrainian prime minister visits the White House this week, President Obama should offer continued support—but also ask pointedly why several far-right ultra-nationalists have such prominent roles in Ukraine’s new government.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine Between a Rock and Russia

Ukraine’s neighbors are forcing the country to play a zero-sum game in which it must choose sides without getting much in return.

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44 Years a Prisoner: The Case of Eddie Conway

Marshall “Eddie” Conway walked free from prison this week, just one month shy of 44 years behind bars. He was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



Can the Internet Democratize Capitalism?

Democracy requires a great deal more than “leveling.” It requires political institutions that enable the economically weak to have a decisive say on policy against the interests of the rich and powerful.

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 READ MORE



The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Threatens Democracy

Given the financial and political power of Comcast, and the Obama administration’s miserable record of protecting the public interest, the time to speak out and organize is now.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE



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John Boehner’s Sunshine Band

From now on, it’s the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah House.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 READ MORE



People of Color Are Losing Their Right to Vote

Because of the racial disparities in our penal system, African-American and Latino men are vastly disproportionately denied the right to vote.

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The Sochi Olympics, From Putin and the Plutocrats to Pussy Riot

The Sochi Olympic Games are rightly highlighting the constellation of abuses that have become standard in Russia under Vladimir Putin.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Broken Democracy: Republicans Poised to Take Senate, Americans Reject Their Platform

A lot of political analysts think it is entirely possible that the Republicans will take the Senate in November.

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A Radical Fix for the Justice System: Socialism

Americans are already provided legal assistance, but Noam Scheiber at New Republic says it’s not enough, and, he argues, there should also be a cap on the amount rich people and corporations can spend on lawyers.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE



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The Super Bowl of War: Three Decades of Failure in Afghanistan

A Budweiser commercial during the Super Bowl, that annual celebration of violence as sport, featured a most joyous homecoming for a U.S. veteran of the Afghan War.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the Future of the Death Penalty on Trial

In a very real way, the future of the death penalty—a barbaric relic of a bygone era abolished by more than two-thirds of the world’s nations—will also be on trial with the suspected Boston Marathon bomber.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE


Pete Seeger: ‘Democracy Now’ Remembers the Folk Icon With His Own Music and Words

Amy Goodman and the team from Democracy Now have put together a wonderful tribute to the late Pete Seeger, who died Monday.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Moyers Discuss Science and Democracy

The noted astrophysicist says you cannot be a full participant in a democratic society unless you have a base understanding of science that Americans have not achieved.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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People Are Less Free for the 8th Straight Year, Report Finds

Freedom House has released its annual report on authoritarianism and found that people around the world are less free than they were a year ago.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film about this remarkable young man has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Syrian Regime Should Face Trial on Allegations of ‘Systematic’ Mass Killings, Experts Say

As the diplomatic summit on the Syria crisis got underway in Switzerland on Wednesday, reports of the suspected “systematic killings” of 11,000 prisoners heightened the urgency of the proceedings.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Syria Is Broken and These Peace Talks Won’t Put It Together Again

There are simply too many factions and too many guns.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Beyond the Dreamer

In the last year of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. struggled with what are best understood as existential challenges as he began to move toward an ever-more-profound and radical understanding of what would be required to deal with the nation’s domestic and international problems.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE


Erin Brockovich: After Chemical Spill, West Virginians’ Organizing ‘Stronger Than I’ve Ever Seen’

The environmental activist whose life story was turned into a hit movie talks to “Democracy Now” about the chemical spill in West Virginia.

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Amazing True Story of 8 Ordinary Americans Who Blew the Lid Off Government Spying

Eight more patriots can be added to the roll of whistle-blowing heroes Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren’s Bill Could Mean Billions for Taxpayers

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to introduce a bill that takes aim at the efficacy and malfeasance of government settlements on corporate wrongdoing and could bring billions of dollars back to taxpayers. If corporations have the same rights as people, then they should have to suffer the same consequences.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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The Tasks of The People-Powered Movement for 2014

In this stage of America’s current social-political movement, which could take many years, our primary task is to build national consensus through broad and deep grass-roots organizing.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE



The FBI, the NSA and a Long-Held Secret Revealed

This week, more news emerged about the theft of classified government documents, leaked to the press, that revealed a massive, top-secret surveillance program.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE



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The Last Gasp of American Democracy

If we fail to halt the state’s wholesale intrusion into our private lives, exposed by the Snowden leaks, we will find ourselves living under a ruthless totalitarian system. (At right, NSA Director Keith Alexander.)

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Rich Catholics Threaten Pope Francis—Because He Frightens Them

If anyone wonders whether Pope Francis has irritated wealthy conservatives with his courage and idealism, the latest outburst from Kenneth Langone left little doubt.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE


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