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Robert Reich: Will the Democratic Nominee for 2016 Take on the Moneyed Interests?

It’s seed time for the 2016 presidential elections, when candidates try to figure out what they stand for and will run on. One thing seems reasonably clear. The Democratic nominee for President, whoever she may be, will campaign on reviving the American middle class.

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Bill Van Esveld: Israeli Settlements Undermine Security

Israel’s prime minister has set the agenda for his visit to Washington, DC: the impact on Israel’s security of the Obama administration’s approach to Iran’s nuclear program. Disagreements over Iran may dominate the headlines, but Democrats and Republicans who are concerned about Israel’s security should realize that settlements are a security problem for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

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Donald Kaul: Giuliani: Nutball or Sleazeball?

I’m trying to make up my mind about Rudy Giuliani: I can’t decide whether he’s a nutball or a sleazeball. For now I’m going with a sleazy nutball, but I’m open to suggestions.

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Alexandra Petri: What Sen. Inhofe's Senate snowball proves
Full story: Washington Post


Norman Solomon | CIA Evidence from Whistleblower Trial Could Tilt Iran Nuclear Talks

A month after former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was convicted on nine felony counts with circumstantial metadata, the zealous prosecution is now having potentially major consequences -- casting doubt on the credibility of claims by the U.S. government that Iran has developed a nuclear weapons program.

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Emily Schwartz Greco: Going off the Rails

When 27 CSX tanker cars loaded with fracked North Dakota crude tumbled onto a West Virginia riverbank on President’s Day, the ensuing fireballs leveled a house and forced hundreds of people to flee amid a heavy snowstorm.

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Paul Currion: Game of Drones

Of course it's grossly unfair to paint all drones with the same brush, and also impractical because you'd need a very big brush. Drones are being tested by humanitarian organisations for a range of activities such as needs assessment, aid delivery, and buzzing Bhutanese farmers. Leading the charge are commercial companies like Matternet (who have good intentions but a questionable business model) and non-profit upstarts like Drone Adventures (who have even better intentions and no business model). But even old warhorses like Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are getting in on the action.

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Frank Holleman: Duke Energy cannot buy its way out of its coal ash scandal, it has to clean its way out

Today, Duke Energy has admitted that it committed environmental crimes in its coal ash storage across North Carolina. We informed Duke Energy and DENR of these violations of the Clean Water Act in 2013, yet Duke Energy’s polluting coal ash storage has yet to be cleaned up and has now resulted in criminal prosecutions. Duke Energy cannot buy its way out of its coal ash scandal, it has to clean its way out. Duke Energy and its executives must show the people of North Carolina that they are sorry for these crimes by moving the dangerous and polluting coal ash to safe, dry, lined storage away from our rivers and drinking water supplies.”

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Wendell Potter: 'Socialized' or not, Britain's health care system is superior

America is the home of the brave, they say, but a lot of us brave folks are terrified of the way the British do health care. We’re even afraid of other Americans who aren’t afraid of it, like Dr. Donald Berwick. President Obama nominated Berwick to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services a few years back, but Senate Republicans were so united in their opposition to Berwick that Obama had to wait until Congress was in recess to appoint him. Berwick struck fear in the hearts of the senators when a few years earlier he said a few positive things about Britain’s National Health Service.

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Robert Borosage: Warmongers - Beyond Giuliani's Bile, The Real Threat

The furor following Rudolph Giuliani’s ugly slur against President Obama has distracted from what poses a far greater threat to the country than the vile rantings of a washed-up big city pol.

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Mitchell Zimmerman: When Your Armed Neighbor Comes Knocking

A North Carolina grand jury has indicted an atheist with a history of virulently anti-religious statements in the murder of three Muslim American students in Chapel Hill — a young couple and the wife’s sister.

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Sam Pizzigati: Money to Burn

Someday soon, will all our jobs involve keeping extraordinarily rich people entertained? These days, that prospect doesn’t seem all that far-fetched. “The rich,” as journalist Chanelle Tourish notes, “seem to be willing to pay almost any price for outstanding service and experiences.”

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Peter Montgomery: A Mythical Right to Discriminate

The Supreme Court is now considering cases that could usher in nationwide marriage equality, and state-level gay marriage bans are falling faster than you can say “equal protection under the law.”

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American Immigration Lawyers Association: Texas Judge Made the Wrong Call; Executive Action will be Upheld and Implemented

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued the following statement from its President Leslie A. Holman regarding the decision by Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen to grant the request for a temporary injunction against the implementation of President Obama's Deferred Action for Parents of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.

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NDLON: Judicial Vigilantism Will Not Slow Progress Toward Equality

In reaction to the recent decision by Judge Andrew Hanen, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), issued the following statement:


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Marielena Hincapié: Texas Decision Falls Far Outside Legal Mainstream

A federal district court today blocked the implementation of the immigration initiatives announced by President Obama last year, which would allow millions of immigrants to come forward and apply for deportation relief and work authorization.

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Lupe Lopez: Immigrant Families and Allies Continue Preparations to Get Millions Registered & Holding Events in Support of Immigration Action

Texas Federal Judge Andrew Hanen issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the implementation of the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans/Legal Resident (DAPA) programs, siding with anti-immigrant governors and attorneys general from 26 states. The ruling pushes back the start date for the expanded DACA program, which was initially set to begin tomorrow, February 18, for “DREAMers.”

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Robert Reich: How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1% and Bust the Rest

Suppose that by enacting a particular law we’d increase the U.S.Gross Domestic Product. But almost all that growth would go to the richest 1percent. 
 The rest of us could buy some products cheaper than before. But those gains would be offset by losses of jobs and wages.

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Winsconsin Citizens Media Cooperative: President Walker Primer: 4 things you should know about Scott Walker before it's too late
Full story: WCMCOOP

Kristin Macleod-Ball: The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law

Detaining immigrant children is nothing new. In 1997, the government settled a lawsuit, Flores v. Reno, about the inhumane treatment of immigrant children held in detention. The settlement agreement said officials would follow a set of minimum national standards for the detention, release, and treatment of children subject to immigration detention. That agreement is still in effect, and now, attorneys are asking the court to uphold those standards.

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Frank Sharry: House Judiciary Subcommittee Witness List Today Includes Disgraced Former INS Officer Who Lied to Congress

Today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security will hold a hearing on "Interior Immigration Enforcement Legislation," where it will discuss failed bills like the incredibly anti-immigrant SAFE Act.

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Ben Schreiber: Geoengineering: Unjust, unproven and risky

On Tuesday, the National Academy of Sciences released two reports on climate intervention through geoengineering. These reports assess two categories of geoengineering: carbon dioxide removal and sequestration and albedo modification. Although the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity agreed upon a moratorium on geoengineering in 2010, reports such as these indicate that momentum has not slowed and that some continue to grasp at these techno-fixes as viable options to combat climate change.

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Matt Wood and Candace Clement: Net Neutrality's Biggest Deal Ever

One of the greatest public policy victories in decades is just around the corner. The issue? Net Neutrality — the principle that keeps Internet users in charge of their online experience.

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Robert Reich: Back to the Nineteenth Century

My recent column about the growth of on-demand jobs like Uber making life less predictable and secure for workers unleashed a small barrage of criticism from some who contend that workers get what they’re worth in the market.

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Simon Maloy: Yes, Bush lied about Iraq: Why are we still arguing about this?
Full story: Salon.com

Lawrence S. Wittner: Will the U.S. Government Stand Alone in Rejecting Children's Rights?

Within a matter of months, the U.S. government seems likely to become the only nation in the world still rejecting the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Sometimes called “the most ratified human rights treaty in history,” the Convention has been ratified by 195 nations, leaving the United States and South Sudan as the only holdouts. South Sudan is expected to move forward with ratification later this year. But there is no indication that the United States will approve this children’s defense treaty.

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Wendell Potter: Republican 'alternative' to Obamacare really no alternative at all

We got a glimpse last week of what would happen to our health care system if Republicans increase their control of Congress and win the White House in 2016.

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Juan Cole: Brian Williams Affair: Reagan and Bush Lied about Military Records but They Get a Pass
Full story: History News Network


Lawrence Davidson: The Boehner-Netanyahu Cabal

This contempt is not new, nor is this the first time Republican leaders have expressed it by conspiring with Israel to foil President Obama’s Middle East foreign policy. Back in the fall of 2010, then-House Minority Whip, Republican Eric Cantor of Virginia, met privately with Netanyahu just a day before the Israeli leader was to meet then-Secretary of State Clinton. Cantor told Netanyahu that he could count on the GOP to “serve as a check” on President Obama’s foreign policy when it went against Israeli positions in the Middle East. That act came close to making Representative Cantor a criminal. It can be argued that his exchange with Netanyahu was a violation of the Logan Act, which forbids unauthorized U.S. citizens from negotiating with foreign countries. Cantor was probably (and inexcusably) ignorant of the Logan Act, and the Obama administration (again inexcusably) let him off the hook.

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Miriam Pemberton: Who's the Boss?

Here’s a quiz: Your boss gives you a budget. You ignore it and ask for more money than anyone in your position has ever spent. How long would you expect to keep your job?

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