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Patricia Davidson: NFL Could Take Cue from Australian Rugby on Domestic Violence

Very public cases of violence against women have once again put the spotlight on an endemic problem not just in football but society. Yet so much of the discussion has focused on the degree of punishment, who received what information when, and which lives will be shattered.

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John J. Berger: Public Ire and Impatience With Washington Climate Gridlock Underlie Massive Climate Demonstrations

What is the real meaning of the thousands of climate demonstrations around the world this week in over 150 countries plus the national outpouring of support for the People's Climate March? What does it portend for President Obama and mainstream party politicians?

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Mary Elizabeth Williams: There are atheists in foxholes: Air Force finally dumps its "under God" requirement
Full story: Salon.com

Andy Rowell: The Largest Climate March. Ever.

On Sunday in New York, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in what the organisers are promising to be the largest climate march ever.

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Jill Richardson: California Adds Steam to the Bag-Banning Movement

California is on the verge of becoming the first state to ban plastic grocery bags. Governor Jerry Brown says he intends to sign the bag-banning law California lawmakers approved in early September. The ban will go into effect at grocery stores and pharmacies next year and extend to liquor stores and additional kinds of retailers in 2016.

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Amanda Ufheil-Somers: The Next Round of an Unwinnable War Beckons

Once again, a U.S. president vows to eliminate an extremist militia in the Middle East to make the region, and Americans, safe.

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Roger deRoos: United States Constitution Day 2014: An Irrelevant Document?

The Preamble to the United States Constitution, adopted on September 17, 1787, reads, "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America". A less than perfect document, the Constitution did not extend voting rights to landless citizens, women, Native Americans, and blacks. However, Article V provided for "Amendments to this Constitution" that have corrected many of the faults.

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Robert Reich: Harvard Business School's Role in Widening Inequality

No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School – inculcating in them a set of ideas and principles that have resulted in a pay gap between CEOs and ordinary workers that's gone from 20-to-1 fifty years ago to almost 300-to-1 today.

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Michael Brune: Why I'm Marching for Climate Action

I've long known how wasteful, destructive, and dangerous the process of extracting oil from tar sands is. You have to dig up four tons of dirt and rock to get one barrel of oil. Beautiful old-growth boreal forest becomes a wasteland.

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icolas J.S. Davies: Since 9-11 America's Insane Foreign Policy -- Continued Under Obama -- Has Killed a Million and Created ISIS
Full story: AlterNet

Ruth Rosen: Until the women's movement, most Americans considered wife beating a custom, not a crime

It's twenty years since the US Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act which right-wing conservatives targeted as subversive, but which helped ignite a global movement against all kinds of violence against women and girls.

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Mike Lavender: Report Highlights Corn Ethanol's Devastating Toll

Corn-based ethanol is a major cause of the water pollution that is ravaging the Mississippi River basin and the Gulf of Mexico, a report by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) inspector general concluded this week (Sept. 4).

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Mary Meg McCarthy: President Obama Turns His Back on American Families, Refuses to Act Now to Fix Broken Immigration System

Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is deeply disappointed in President Obama's inexcusable decision to delay executive action on immigration again, which could have brought temporary relief to millions of families who live in the shadows and face permanent separation.

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Robert Reich: The Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Division of America

Detroit is the largest city ever to seek bankruptcy protection, so its bankruptcy is seen as a potential model for other American cities now teetering on the edge.

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Robert Weissman: Historic U.S. Senate Vote; Democracy for All Amendment Is Common Sense

Fueled by ‒ and reinforcing – staggering inequalities of wealth, income and power, the American political system is betraying Lincoln's great pledge that our country would be one of, by and for the people.

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Jill Richardson: Toxic Tents: Playing Toxic Whack-a-Mole with Flame Retardants

Popular activities like hiking, camping, and backpacking come with all kinds of risks. You can get heat stroke or hypothermia, run out of water, fall off a cliff, and bump into cougars or grizzly bears. If you get close enough to an infected ground squirrel for one of their fleas to hop onto your skin, there's a chance you'll catch bubonic plague.

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Juan Cole: Americans Are Worried about ISIS and Putin. What They Should Be worried About is Climate Change.
Full story: HNN

Mi Familia Vota Responds to President’s Delay on Immigration

We are deeply disappointed -- angry -- that the president says he is committed to using his executive authority to bring relief to immigrant families, yet has decided not to take action by the end of summer, as he previously promised.

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CHIRLA: Broken Immigration Promises in the Land of Justice for All

The New York Times reports on Saturday that White House officials have confirmed President Obama will not keep his promise to the American people and forego an announcement on Administrative Relief. The report indicates the President will not act before the Mid-Term elections in November.

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Sam Pizzigati: Taming Modern Monopolies

Analysts at the OECD, the Paris-based research agency, have just shared a grim prediction: If current trends "prevail," all developed nations will show by 2060 "the same level of inequality as currently experienced by the United States."

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Michael T. Klare: Oil Is Back! A Global Warming President Presides Over a Drill-Baby-Drill America
Full story: Tom Dispatch


Angelica Salas: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied. What Will Your Legacy on Immigration Be, Mr. President?

Recent media reports indicate the White House is under pressure to delay a long-overdue announcement on immigration relief for millions of undocumented workers and families who are forced to live in the shadows of our nation's broken immigration system. President Obama committed in late June to deliver broad relief by the end of summer if Congress did not act on a permanent solution. Congress voted on punitive legislation hours before they went on their summer break but informed the President they would not take on meaningful legislation.

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Tom Engelhardt: How America Made ISIS; Their Videos and Ours, Their "Caliphate" and Ours
Full story: Tom Dispatch


Shaivalini Parmar: Migrant children need protection, not detention

The American public became aware of tens of thousands of Central American children at the US-Mexico border after photos of kids jammed into overcrowded detention centers went viral. With fits and starts, the US has made some headway in moving most of these children into foster care and other appropriate accommodations while the courts sort out whether they should be allowed to stay or be sent home.

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Richard Eskow: Looks Like Burger King's Subjects Are Royally Pissed Off

Tolstoy wrote in "War and Peace" that "kings are the slaves of history." And when the "king" in question depends on the patronage of happy customers for his well-being, his monarchy is also a slave to public opinion. Unfortunately for Burger King, which intends to renounce its American status for tax purposes, neither history nor public opinion is on its side.

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John Deans: Shell hasn't been able to prove they can operate in the Arctic

Shell clearly believes the approval process is a formality and that it will be able to do whatever it wants in the Arctic next summer. The company is lurching forward despite the flood of reports from government agencies and environmental groups that Arctic drilling is too risky, that the Arctic is too vulnerable, and that Shell itself is too incompetent to proceed. If the Obama Administration is serious about climate change, it needs to prove it by keeping Shell out of the Arctic.

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Camisha Jones: How to Save the Life of the Next Michael Brown

Michael Brown. Jordan Davis. Sean Bell. Trayvon Martin. The list of African-American boys and men gunned down at the hands of police officers and vigilantes just gets longer and longer. It makes me numb.

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Andy Borowitz: Nation Debates Extremely Complex Issue of Children Firing Military Weapons
Full story: New Yorker


Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins: Greasing the Path to Military Intervention

What explains the never-ending justifications for U.S. involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts? In a word: oil.

Sure, President Barack Obama may have dropped food and water on that desolate Iraqi mountaintop out of humanitarian concern for the persecuted Yazidi minority. But he didn't drop any bombs until Islamic State fighters began to threaten Kurdish oil supplies.

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Robert L. Borosage: Let's Give Workers Something to Cheer About

Labor Day is supposed to be a celebration of workers, but it's been a long time since workers have been celebrated — or for that matter, have had a reason to celebrate. That's because the union movement that gave us this holiday is, at least numerically, a shadow of its former self.

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