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Frank Sharry Reacts to Donald Trump’s Dark, Fear Mongering Draft Speech

Donald Trump started his campaign by calling Mexicans rapists. Tonight, he accepted the Republican nomination by strongly implying that undocumented immigrants are murderers.

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Keith Olbermann: Could Donald Trump Pass a Sanity Test? (VIDEO)
Full story: Vanity Fair


Marge Baker: Trump Isn’t the Only Republican with a Woman Problem

Long before he set his sights on the White House, Donald Trump was showing his misogynistic colors.

He became notorious for using the press and social media to publicly attack women, calling them “dogs” and “fat pigs.” He objectified and degraded women while making his reality show The Apprentice, where former staffers said he talked openly about women’s breast sizes and was “obsessed with menstruation.”

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Chuck Collins: The American Dream Moved to Canada

Does your family aspire to the American Dream of a decent paying job, a few weeks of paid vacation, a home of your own, and the hope of retiring before you die?

Maybe try Canada.

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Juan Escalante: It’s Official: Donald Trump’s Racist Agenda Is The GOP

Donald Trump will be coronated as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee later this week.

As the Republican National Convention continues in Cleveland, Ohio, Donald Trump, a man who has used the national spotlight to attack Latinos, immigrants, and people of color, will be rewarded with a chance to run for the highest elected office in the United States.

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Joan Walsh: Mike Pence Is a Smooth-Talking Todd Akin
Full story: The Nation


Jill Richardson: The Problem with ‘Blue Lives Matter’

We’re not long into summer, but already we’re long on tragedy. Police shootings of black men in Minnesota, Louisiana, and beyond. A mass shooting of police officers in Dallas.

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Ebony Slaughter-Johnson: Still Second-Class Citizens

When I heard about the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, I thought back to another name etched into American history: Dred Scott.

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Jim Obergefell: Congress Should Abandon Latest Anti-LGBT Effort

June 2015 was a joyous time for me and LGBT people across the country. The Supreme Court decision extending the freedom to marry to all loving couples was a landmark achievement in the long and ongoing struggle for equality under the law. I was deeply honored to have played a role in helping same-sex couples win this victory.

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Kristin Macleod-Ball: Immigrants in prolonged detention deserve their day in court for a bond hearing

Last month, the Supreme Court announced that, in fall 2016, it will hear arguments in Jennings v. Rodriguez, a challenge to the prolonged detention of noncitizens in removal proceedings. At issue is whether the government can keep a noncitizen who is fighting her deportation case locked up for however long the notoriously lengthy proceedings last, or whether she must receive a bond hearing after she has been detained for six months, where an immigration judge will decide, on an individualized basis, whether continued detention is necessary.

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Jason D. Williamson: What to Do If You Get Pulled Over by a Cop and You’re Legally Armed

Among my suggestions were the reminders that you have the right to remain silent, you don’t have to consent to have your car searched, you have the right to ask the police whether you’re free to go if you haven’t been arrested, and if you are arrested, you have the right to ask for an attorney — which you should do immediately. I also stressed the importance of staying calm.

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Jamie Williams: Dangerous Trend in U.S. Courts May Have Consequences For Online Speech

One of our most valuable tools for protecting freedom of expression and innovation on the Internet—a law that shields websites and other Internet service providers from being held responsible for content that comes from users or third parties—has been under fire in recent years. The law, 47 U.S.C. § 230, a provision of the Communication Decency Act, was designed to encourage the development of new communication technologies and to protect free speech and the open exchange of ideas online. Just like you can’t hold a library liable for defamation for a statement written in a book you check out, or for hacking after someone breaks into a computer after learning how to do so from a library book, under Section 230, you can't hold a website liable for the speech of others.

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Alisa Wellek and Genia Blaser: Mass Deportation Must End

The Supreme Court’s June 23, 2016, nine-word ruling in the case of US v. Texas is deeply disappointing. The 4-4 tied decision means that the Fifth Circuit’s preliminary injunction against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration will stand.

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Wenonah Hauter: Senate Passes GMO Bill Stripping Away Transparency in Labels

Today, the Senate voted to do away with our right to know what’s in our food, revoking a popular and clear state labeling law in effect in Vermont and nullifying all future state labeling initiatives.

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Daphne Wysham: To Stop ‘Bomb Trains,’ I Honeymooned in Jail

It was a few days after my wedding. I was supposed to be honeymooning at a nearby winery with my newly minted husband, celebrating our unlikely marriage at age 55.

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Ryan Thoreson: US Court Rejects Religion as a Basis for Discrimination

Just minutes before it was set to take effect today, a federal judge blocked a Mississippi law permitting those with religious beliefs to discriminate against LGBT people – and the decision is good news for anyone at risk of unequal treatment.

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Robert Reich: The Choice of Patriotism

We hear a lot about patriotism, especially around the Fourth of July. But in 2016 we’re hearing about two very different types of patriotism. One is an inclusive patriotism that binds us together. The other is an exclusive patriotism that keeps others out.

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Jim Naureckas: The Media Has a Huge Blind Spot on Terrorism

Shortly before the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” vote, the shocking murder of Jo Cox — a member of parliament and a vocal Remain supporter — exposed the racist roots of elements in the victorious Leave campaign.

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Robert Weissman: Volkswagen’s Emissions Cheating Was a Crime; Feds Should Treat It That Way

Will any executives go to jail? That is the question that must be answered before assessing whether Volkswagen has been held accountable for its unconscionable acts – and whether others will be deterred from similar wrongdoing in the future.

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Renee Cramer: Un-Trapped: Supreme Court strikes down Texas law limiting abortion

The U. S. Supreme Court on Monday invalidated two Texas provisions that would have closed at least seven of 17 abortion clinics in the state, saying that neither provision had a positive effect on women’s health, and that both existed primarily for the unconstitutional purpose of restricting access to abortion. Some are calling the 5-3 ruling one of the most important Supreme Court rulings on the right to abortion in almost 25 years.

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Dahlia Lithwick: Abortion was saved with a dry, wonky, emotionless opinion from a man. Which is kind of perfect.
Full story: Slate.com

Ilyse Hogue: House Zika Response Proves "Pro-Life" GOP Cares Little for Actual People's Lives

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, released the following statement on the House GOP’s cynical response to the Zika crisis. The House GOP approved a bill last night that restricts funding for women’s health clinics and fails to provide adequate resources to combat the Zika crisis.

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Angelica Salas: SCOTUS 4-4 ruling on immigration relief programs leaves millions of aspiring Americans in the shadows, hijacks justice and history

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States of America (SCOTUS) announced a decision (4-4) to keep as is a national stay on the deferred action programs announced by President Obama in 2014. The programs, including the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) and the Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), were halted as a result of a politically-motivated lawsuit brought about by Texas and a couple of dozen other states.

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Bill Moyers and Michael Winship: John Lewis Stands Up for Human Dignity Once Again

Fifty-one years later, on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday, John Lewis, now 76 and a member of Congress for nearly three decades, took another courageous and principled stand. Many of his Democratic colleagues joined him for a sit-in on the floor of the House chamber itself, the same kind of protest he and his fellow activists used so effectively during the 1960s.

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John Morlino: The Only Sane Conclusion from Orlando

Maybe it was the heartbreaking texts sent by those who expected to die. Or my conversation with a close friend whose loved one miraculously survived. It may also have been the gut-wrenching, real-time documentation via social media of a mass shooting with unprecedented casualties.

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Peter Certo: ISIS Must Love Trump

As the sun set over New York on June 12, hundreds of Muslims gathered in Hudson River Park to break their Ramadan fast together.

Iftar, the evening Ramadan meal, is often a joyous celebration of faith and family. But the mood that Sunday was solemn: That morning, news had broken of the ghastly massacre of LGBTQ revelers at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

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Phelim Kine: Indonesia’s Abusive Sharia Bylaws Bad News for Women and LGBT People

Indonesia’s Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo backtracked on a pronounced commitment to abolish abusive Sharia regulations in the country.

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Leo Gerard: Billionaire Trump Fleeces Workers, Small Businesses

Using rape-and-pillage corporate practices favored by Wall Street, Donald Trump made himself billions while swindling and bankrupting untold numbers of hourly workers and small businesses.

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Ron Pollack: Speaker Ryan’s Expected Health Care Plan Cuts Coverage for Millions, Ends Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

Ryan calls his plan ‘A Better Way.’ But sentencing tens of millions of people with pre-existing conditions to coverage denials by insurance companies, or dumping them into ineffective and costly high-risk pools, is not a better way. Jeopardizing the health coverage of over 20 million people who recently secured it is not a better way. Cutting state Medicaid funding that places 72 million of our most vulnerable men, women, and children at risk of losing coverage is not a better way.

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Robert Reich: A Big Idea for Hillary

If Donald Trump continues to implode, Hillary Clinton will win simply by being the presidential candidate who isn’t Trump.

But the prospect of a President Trump is so terrifying that Hillary shouldn’t take any chances. The latest match-up polls show her about 6 points ahead – a comfortable but not sure-fire margin.

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