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Dick Meister: A Memorial Day Massacre

It's a dramatic, shocking and violent film. Some 200 uniformed policemen armed with billy clubs, revolvers and tear gas angrily charge an unarmed crowd of several hundred striking steelworkers and their wives and children who are desperately running away. The police club those they can reach, shoving them to the ground and ignoring their pleas as they batter them with further blows. They stand above the fallen to fire at the backs of those who've outraced them.

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Sam Pizzigati: The Cutting Edge of Waste

Lots of folks in America today really need more money.

Our kids, for starters. We ought to be investing in their futures, not stuffing them in overcrowded classrooms or forcing them to graduate from college with tens of thousands of dollars in debt.

And plenty of working people need more money, too. Wages for average Americans, after you take inflation into account, have sunk below what workers were making four decades ago.

I could go on.

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Robert Weissman: Message from Plea Deal: Criminal Behavior Is Rampant on Wall Street

There are two messages in today’s plea deal: First, criminality is rampant on Wall Street. Second, the era of too-big-to-jail is alive and well. Even as they beat their chests announcing how tough they are, government regulators refuse to apply to the giant banks the same rules that apply to everyone else.

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Wenonah Hauter: The White House must stop protecting the pesticide industry rather than the pollinators on which our food system depends

Today, the Obama administration’s Pollinator Health Task Force announced the federal government’s plan for improving pollinator health. Unfortunately, the plan fails to tackle the most urgent need for protecting bee populations—getting dangerous pesticides off the market.

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Dave Johnson: Let The Public Read The Completed Parts Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Basic facts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are under public dispute. Fast track must not be approved until this is cleared up. We the People deserve to know what is being voted on with fast track.

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Andy Rowell: The Arctic is Shell's New Corporate Crisis

Twenty years ago, the oil giant Shell was plunged into a corporate crisis after it was internationally criticised for trying to dump the redundant Brent Spar oil platform in the North Sea and for being complicit in the murder of the acclaimed Nigerian activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa.

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Jurt Eichenwald: Dick Cheney's Biggest Lie
Full story: Newsweek

Richard Eskow: Obama's Trade War Against Warren Wounds His Party - and His Legacy

Well, this is awkward. A few days ago President Obama literally laughed off Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s concern that his so-called “fast track” provision, which would limit Congressional power regarding trade deals for the next six years, endangers 2010’s Dodd/Frank financial reforms.

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Simon Johnson: Sen Warren is right: fast-track could help roll back Dodd-Frank

Earlier this month Senator Elizabeth Warren suggested that the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill currently before Congress could make it easier, in the future, to roll back Dodd-Frank financial reforms. The reaction from the Obama administration was an immediate rebuttal, including from the president himself.

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Steven Rosenfeld: Is Jeb Joking on Iraq Denials? 6 Instances Where He Clearly Supported the Invasion
Full story: AlterNet.org

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir: The Most Rightwing Government in Israel's History

The political horse-trading in Israel seen over the past eight weeks, which went down to the wire to form a new government, was, in the main, a struggle over who would get what position, regardless of their qualifications and irrespective of what is best for the country.

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Colin O'Neil: Voluntary non-GMO labeling is not nearly enough to remedy widespread consumer confusion

CFS strongly supports greater transparency in the food system and believes that all Americans have a right to know what they are buying and feeding their families when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods. USDA’s GE-Free label, if executed correctly and with meaningful standards, is another step towards creating greater transparency for all foods, for all Americans. It shows that USDA is properly recognizing the many substantial reasons that consumers have for wanting to purchase food that is GE-Free. Most importantly, this decision clearly renders Representative Pompeo’s state preemption bill, which includes a similar proposal, even less relevant than it was before.

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Graeme Reid: Outlawed: Legal Discrimination against Gays and Lesbians

“What is ‘the love that dare not speak its name’?” asked Charles Gill, prosecutor in the trial of Oscar Wilde in London in 1895. It is a question that remains relevant today: laws from around the world that target lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are often sweeping in application and vague in definition. Throughout history, one can chart how language has been used to stigmatize and persecute same-sex relations.

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Population Matters: Celebrate Wildlife on Endangered Species Day Today, May 15

Started in 2006, Endangered Species Day is “a celebration of wildlife and wild places” intended to promote the “importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions people can take to help protect them.”

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John Kiriakou: Closing the Door on Torture

After I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest.

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Robert Reich: Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #3: Expand Social Security (VIDEO)

America is on the cusp of a retirement crisis. Millions of Americans are already in danger of not being able to maintain their standard of living in retirement, and the problem is getting worse.

You hear a lot about how corporations are struggling to make good on their pension promises, and how Social Security won’t be there for you in retirement.

Baloney on both counts.

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Hugh McMillan: How Fracking Could Ruin Your Vacation

As the start of summer draws ever closer, Americans and international tourists will begin to flock to U.S. National Parks, Forests, and other public lands for summer vacations, recreation and appreciation of our natural heritage. But there is something threatening the future of these lands and the communities that surround our national parks. Fracking.

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Frank Sharry: Unlike Steve King, DREAMers are Prepared to Put their Lives on the Line for the Country they Love

The House of Representatives is set to, once again, take a vote against DREAMers. The diehard anti-immigrant wing of the GOP is seeking to strike from the National Defense Authorization Act a provision pushed by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) that would ask the Pentagon to review whether Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients should be able to enlist in the military and serve the nation they call home. Just a few weeks ago, Gallego’s amendment passed through the House Armed Services Committee on a bipartisan basis, but it was met with staunch opposition from the House anti-immigrant wing, led by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). Yesterday, the Rules Committee advanced an amendment by Rep. Brooks to remove the Gallego provision. So the next step is the full House vote on the underlying bill and the amendments.

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AILA: Little Meaningful Change in ICE Announcement on Family Detention

After months of detailing the many failures of the family detention apparatus by AILA and other stakeholders, after months of ICE ignoring those failures and neglecting to act, the announcement is, at its core, almost meaningless. Yes, better oversight of operations and greater access for desperately needed pro bono legal services are long overdue. However, the rest of this announcement is lipstick on a pig.

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Mitchell Zimmerman: Stripping Bare the Arguments against Marriage Equality

What’s the marriage equality debate really about?

Proponents see it as a question of equality. There’s no reason, they say, not to let loving, same-sex couples wed.

Opponents frame the issue as a fight over whether the courts have the right to change their definition of marriage — one purportedly embraced for thousands of years.

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Jill Richardson: Wisconsin's Grocery Dictators

Republicans may like to rail against big government. But here in Wisconsin — where conservative lawmakers just introduced a bill to dramatically restrict what people can buy with their own food stamps — Republicans want to cook up a new kind of nanny state.

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ACLU: 215 Reasons Why Section 215 of the Patriot Act Needs to Go Away (Part I)

The pressure is on in Congress, where Section 215 of the Patriot Act is up for expiration come June 1. Our fight to rein in the surveillance state got a historic boost last week, when a federal appeals court ruled the NSA’s mass call-tracking program, the first program to be revealed by Edward Snowden, is illegal.

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Alba Morales: Death Penalty, Police Abuse Dominate Review of US

Monday’s United Nations review of the US human rights record threw the spotlight on flaws with US criminal justice policy – particularly police abuses and the continued use of the death penalty. Many of the countries that participated in the Universal Periodic Review before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva shared another concern: the role racism plays in the US justice system. Not surprisingly, countries also raised serious concerns over ongoing lack of accountability for US torture in the “global war on terror,” but the focus on criminal justice was remarkable for its consistency.

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Richard Cohen: Underlying dynamics of civil unrest in Baltimore are same as identified 50 years ago

The indictment of six Baltimore police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray was greeted with cheers from many in Baltimore and a collective sigh of relief from much of the country. At the same time, fully 96 percent of Americans expect additional racial disturbances this summer, according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll.

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ACLU: The United States Considers Itself a Human Rights Champion. The World Begs to Differ.

Starting Monday, the United States' human rights record will be subject to international scrutiny by the U.N. Human Rights Council. It may just be the perfect catalyst for the Obama administration to make good on past and present wrongs that should never be associated with a liberal democracy predicated on respect for human rights.

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Wendell Potter: Court case shows how health insurers rip off you and your employer

If you think you’re paying too much for employer-sponsored health coverage, you might want to forward this to the HR department. It’s possible, maybe even likely, that your health insurer has been ripping off both you and your employer—to the tune of several million dollars every year—for decades.

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Catalina Restrepo: Reports: Detention Doesn't Deter Migrants and Refugees From Coming to U.S.

In 2009, the Obama Administration ended family detention at the infamous T. Don Hutto jail in Texas and cut the number of immigrants in family detention to less than a hundred. However, after the surge of Central American migrants last summer, the Administration reinstituted the appalling practice of family detention, with plans to detain 2,760 mothers and children. The Administration justified its reversal as a means to deter future migrants from coming to the United States.

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Jesselyn Radack: Without whistleblowers, Congress, the courts and the public would still be in the dark about NSA's illegal mass surveillance

While this ruling is certainly a step in the right direction, the fight is far from over. Whistleblowers who risk everything to hold those in power accountable are persecuted with near impunity, leaving our rights vulnerable to continued assault.

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Alon Ben-Meir: Israel needs to acknowledge the reasons for the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe

Horrific outbursts against the Jews are on the rise all over Europe – exclamations like “gas the Jews” and “Jews burn best” are being heard at soccer games and similar social gatherings. While there is nothing to excuse or justify such hateful speech, some effort still needs to be made to understand why this is taking place now, and to such a degree that has not been seen for decades. That means coming to grips with the ways in which Israeli leaders have directly, and Jews in general inadvertently, contributed to this alarming development.

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Robert Reich: Why Nike Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Tomorrow President Obama will be giving a speech promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Paradoxically, he’s chosen to give it at Nike headquarters in Oregon.

Nike isn’t the solution to the problem of stagnant wages in America. Nike is the problem.

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