Can We Stop America’s Surveillance State?

American Surveillance State

Danny Schechter: Just as the publication of the Pentagon Papers in l971 did not end the Vietnam War, the leaks from a world of questionable ‘intelligence” has only made our spymasters more determined.

What Does Hillary Believe?

What Does Hillary Believe

Richard “RJ” Eskow: The New Populism promises to re-energize the political conversation and could potentially restore the Democratic Party’s fortunes as well. But the Democratic Party is at risk of being sidelined from the debate, paralyzed by the Sphinx-like silence of its presumptive 2016 nominee.

Putting People in Boxes

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Steve Hochstadt: Putting all your political opponents into a box labeled “stupid,” “unpatriotic” or any other nasty characterization is a substitute for thinking.

GOP Benghazi Ploy Helps Hillary

GOP Benghazi Ploy

Brent Budowsky: Boehner’s ploy to create a House select committee to waste taxpayer dollars running a partisan, political witch hunt about Benghazi is the worst Republican idea since some Republicans in New Jersey tried blocking traffic on a bridge.

Cancer Claims Life of ‘Fair Elections’ Activist Tobi Dragert

Tobi Dragert

Linda Milazzo: Tobi Dragert, a passionate advocate for fair transparent elections, equality, ending war and much much more, succumbed to cancer after a long and valiant battle.

How to End Slavery in the U.S. (Spoiler: Decriminalize Prostitution)

Decriminalize Prostitution

Tina Dupuy: No amount of public shaming, arresting or prosecuting will make us free of sex exchanged for money. What we can do for those who are working in the industry is make it legal.

Barn Bashers and Barn Builders

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Berry Craig: The GOP keeps kicking down barns that President Barack Obama and the Democrats built. At the same time, the Republicans want us to think they’re the better barn builders.

Welcome to “Post-Racial” America

No Post Racial America

Joe Palermo: Bundy and Sterling have exposed attitudes about race that most people would prefer remain subterranean. Yet codes and dog whistles have become part of the normal functioning of our politics and are the methods of choice for those who want to drop race into the conversation for political gain without doing so overtly.

Don’t Shut the Post Office, Expand Their Services

Expand Post Office Services

Jim Hightower: Put a coffee shop in it, a public internet facility, a library and museum, a one-stop government services center – and, as USPS employees have suggested, a public bank offering basic services to the thousands of neighborhood people ignored by commercial banks.

Donald Sterling’s Racism and White Denial

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Sharon Kyle: even in the face of the most blatant expressions of racism, those who have been caught with the proverbial smoking gun maintain that they are not racists.

Politicians Who Hate Government

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Steve Hochstadt: These Republican fair weather friends of Cliven Bundy don’t hate government – they only hate liberal government, government in the hands of their Democratic opponents, who have won recent elections. But they are playing a dangerous game by attacking “government” in general and supporting armed rebels who reject federal authority.

The Myth of American Exceptionalism

Restoring Public Service

Lance Simmens: The levels of inequality, injustice, unintended results, hypocrisy, and brutality that our children witness on a daily basis contributes to a sense of hopelessness and fatalism that I believe is both justified and heartbreaking.

The Ballad of Craven Cliven

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Tom Degan: The loony right wing loves to bitch and wail about the “undeserving poor” getting something for nothing. Why is it, then, that when it’s the undeserving rich we’re talking about, they’re always so quick to come to the plutocracy’s defense – and, oh brother, come they did!

Why the Right Is Not Always Wrong

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Walter Moss: One of the saddest realities of the last six years has been that with President Obama we had a president who wished to work in a pragmatic, bipartisan fashion with Republicans in order to further the common good, but they were too uncompromising to cooperate.

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?

Why No War on Easter

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

Raise Minimum Wage

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.

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