Time for the American Awakening

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Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Two weeks ago in reaction to the McCutcheon decision we touched on an issue that will become central to our movement: Has the democratic legitimacy of the US government been lost?

Elizabeth Warren’s Moment

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Brent Budowsky: Warren combines qualities associated with both Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. She might be the closest embodiment on the political stage of the moral teachings of Pope Francis on matters of economics, finance, social justice, poverty and reform.

Bunkerville, Nevada: Relearning Civics

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Lance Simmens: Whether they can be characterized as secessionists, survivalists, anarchists, or just plain outlaws this increasingly virulent anti-American tenor that occurs with more and more frequency should be seen as a warning signal of a system that is severely being tested and questioned as to its relevancy and effectiveness.

Two? Three? How Many Americas?

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Tom Hayden: In a country so closely divided, the Left is never as marginal as many often feel. Where elections are frequently settled by one percent or by the margin of registration and turnout, every faction of the Left is potentially critical to winning or losing.

Let ‘Em Rage to the Cows and Coyotes

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Berry Craig: The media circus over the standoff between rancher Cliven Bundy and the Feds in Nevada reminded me of the time the Ku Klux Klan visited the Kentucky town where I was a newspaper reporter.

The Rise of Our Dumbocracy

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Gary Corseri: This is one busy guy! And smart! Being somewhat hip, and accelerating towards codgerdom, I must declare that Paul Craig Roberts is simply one of America’s best chroniclers of this sad, brutal era of imperial overreach and moral decline.

Black Is More Than a Skin Color

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Sheria Reid: Tea Party Republicans have figured out if they have their own black folks, in limited numbers of course, then they can refute the accusations of racism and proudly declare, “We have our own black people; we’re not racists!”

How Not to Talk About Wealth Inequality

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Tina Dupuy: Liberals have a tendency to feel like since we have the facts on our side we don’t have to explain ourselves. Not true. You can be correct and still not be understood.

UN: America Anything But Land of the Free

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Kevin Uhrich: The U.S. usually stands in judgment of other countries, but the script has been flipped in this case, with America now being portrayed as a bully and a villain, not only abroad, but at home as well.

Why No War on Easter?

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Tina Dupuy: So why isn’t there a war on Easter? Because there’s really no money in it. It’s not worth the fight since there’s so little payoff. It’s the same reason no one has ever invaded Antarctica.

In Plain Sight: The Rise of Corporate Democrats in California

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Gary Cohn: At the very moment that California’s Republican Party is melting into electoral irrelevancy, Marc Levine and other hybrid Democrats are appearing in all corners of the state.

Feeding the Hand That Bites Us

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John MacMurray: If more of us vote with our wallets, and tell the ALEC companies and the right wing actors and the banks that we’re no longer paying them to ruin our air, our water, our standard of living, and our kids’ futures or to support people who do these things—we may get some actual progress toward a better life for us all.

McCutcheon: Rallying Cry for Ending Rule of Money

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Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: It is up to us to use McCutcheon to energize the movement against money-corruption of the government and economy. Throughout history, bad court decisions have helped energize movements; people power can make that happen again. Already there is a growing movement against the American plutocracy.

Charles Koch Un-American? Let Thomas Jefferson Decide

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RJ Eskow: Thomas Jefferson seems like an arbitrator all parties can agree upon. Koch even cites Jefferson in his own defense. Unfortunately, all that citation accomplishes is to make it painfully clear that Koch is no Jefferson scholar.

Future of Capitalism? A Feast for the Far-Sighted

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John Peeler: If anything is to destroy capitalism, it will be the global ecological crisis brought on by the modern industrial society that is capitalism’s most characteristic feature.

A Truce on Moral Superiority

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Tina Dupuy: If homosexuality ceased to be considered a sin and all Americans were judged by the content of their character instead of whom they love, it’d be hard for Republicans to find people to be morally superior to.

Sex Strike: Don’t Give It To a Russian

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Tara Culp-Ressler: The new campaign, “Don’t Give It to a Russian,” is encouraging Ukrainian women to withhold sex from Russian men as a method of fighting the enemy “by whatever means.”

Duke Energy, Cigarettes, Pollution, Profits, and Philanthropy

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Walter Moss: By 1907, thanks largely to Duke’s advertising and marketing efforts—in 1889 alone, he spent $800,000 on marketing—U. S. cigarette smoking began to take off, quadrupling in the last 15 years of the nineteenth century.

Vodka: The Real Problem with Putin’s Russia

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Oliver Bullough : The Russian love affair with vodka is not all delightful. The national addiction is so strong that few officials have ever dared try to wrest them away from the bottle before it kills them.

The Most Serious Implications of a Missing Airliner

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Larry Wines: The search isn’t about closure for victims’ families. It’s about fear, and they’re revealing secrets the bad guys can use.

Missing Plane: They’re Looking in the Wrong Place

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Ted Vaill: I stand by my original belief that it is currently in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean 1,200 miles south of India and 2,500 miles from the point where it turned around and headed back over Malaysia with its identifying features turned off.

Are the Kochs Just Preaching to the Choir?

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Berry Craig: In Center Right America, politically, religiously and socially, the U.S. is the most conservative Western industrial democracy.

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Conservatives Love Vladimir Putin

Lance Simmens: Ultra-conservative orthodoxy and its deep penetration into our political system have weakened the country more than any perceived Obama “weakness.”

More on the Uyghur Terrorists

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Ted Vaill: More and more people are signing on to the belief that the Uyghur were somehow involved in the hijacking of this plane.

The Secret Strategy Behind 20-Week Abortion Bans

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Tara Culp-Ressler: The political momentum for 20-week abortion bans is really about finding an initial foothold to chip away at Roe v. Wade.

Professors and Politics a la Wendell Berry

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Wendell Berry Politics: If liberal professors had half the influence O’Reilly feared, we would be living in a more just world than we are.

I Have Figured Out Where the Lost Plane Is

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Malaysian Airlines Plane: Information I have received supports the theory that the plane is safe on the ground at an airstrip on a remote island .

CIA: Fourth Branch of Government?

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CIA Oversight: The oversight institutions charged with protecting the public from CIA abuses have been rendered dysfunctional .

Media Up to Old Tricks in de Blasio Bashing

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The media now defines Mayor de Blasio as a well-meaning, idealistic good doer whose lack of acumen has put him at the mercy of Governor Cuomo.

A Rift Among Senate Women: It’s About Time

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Senate Women: Now, it’s the Senate as cat fight in the cafeteria — as much a caricature of women lawmakers as hand-holding besties.

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