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Jim Hightower: Scott Walker’s Political Magic

Sept. 28, 2016 – In a mindboggling trick, some magicians levitate themselves. But remember, the key word in “magic trick” — is trick. And magicians aren’t the only ones performing. Scott Walker, for example, is quite the political trickster. This right-wing extremist became so unpopular in his first term as Wisconsin’s governor that he faced a […]

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Chuck Collins: Trump Was Born on Third Base

Sept. 28, 2016 – Donald Trump was born on third base, but claims he hit a triple. Throughout history, we’ve had many “born on third base” presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney, George W. Bush and now Trump. These politicians trumpet their business acumen, but reveal little about their privileged head starts. This twisted narrative is […]

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LeeAnn Hall: As Judges Debate Climate Policy, Lives Hang In the Balance

Sept. 28, 2016 – The Clean Power Plan, President Barack Obama’s effort to cap carbon emissions from dirty power plants, came before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. The panel of 10 judges asked tough questions of both defenders and challengers of the EPA program. While CNN noted that “[t]he challengers’ constitutional arguments […]

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Center for Constitutional Rights: No one misses the days of stop and frisk in New York

NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2016 – The Center for Constitutional Rights, which argued and won the landmark case in New York City challenging the NYPD’s unconstitutional and racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices, issued the following statement: A federal court found stop and frisk as practiced in New York City both unconstitutional and racially discriminatory in 2013 […]

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Nicholas D. Mirzoeff: How the Jim Crow internet is pushing back against Black Lives Matter

September 26, 2016 – Police killings of African-Americans on social media have become the visual hallmark of our time. This decade will be recalled through blurry cellphone and dash-cam videos of shootings. But how will it be remembered? From my scholarship on visual culture, most recently on the visual tactics of political protest, it is […]

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Terry O’Neil, Eleanor Smeal, Sonio Ossorio: Donald Trump must close Trump Model Management

NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 22, 2016 –  Statement of Terry O’Neill, National NOW President; Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority President; and Sonia Ossorio, NOW-New York President The National Organization for Women (NOW) and Feminist Majority are calling on Donald Trump to shut down Trump Model Management until disturbing allegations about the agency’s treatment of girls and […]

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Bill Moyers and Michael Winship: Does anyone really believe a candidate so unstable can or will engage in serious debate?

Sept. 21, 2016 – Let’s call the whole thing off. Not the election, although if we only had a magic reset button we could pretend this sorry spectacle never happened and start all over. No, we mean the presidential debates — which, if the present format and moderators remain as they are, threaten an effect […]

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Bill Frelick: World Refugee Summits Fail Refugees

Sept. 21, 2016 – This week’s summits on the global refugee crisis failed to meet the challenge of this critical moment in history. Many of the countries hosting the overwhelming majority of the world’s refugees, including Ethiopia, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Thailand, and Turkey, have made it clear that they have reached the limit […]

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American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign: BLM’s Actions Belie Claims that Agency Won’t Kill Wild Horses

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 14, 2016 – In response to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) statement today that it is rejecting a national advisory board recommendation to kill up to 45,000 wild horses and burros, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) issued the following statement: The BLM is trying to fool the American public […]

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Jennifer Cook: North Dakota’s Governor Declared a State of Emergency to Deal With Peaceful Oil Pipeline Protesters

Sept. 14, 2016 – Something historic is happening in North Dakota. People are protesting an oil pipeline. And the people who are protesting the oil pipeline are mostly Native Americans. It’s historic because the 200 or so tribes that are protesting the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline have not united together for […]

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Gabe Ortiz: We Stand With Astrid

Sept. 9, 2016 – There are few stories you’ll ever hear that are as inspiring and as American as Astrid Silva — a DREAMer from Nevada. That’s why we were so disgusted yesterday when Donald Trump Jr., who was campaigning for his father in Nevada, called for her deportation. Like racist father, like racist son. […]

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Jim Hightower: Trump’s Tall Tax Tales

Sept. 7, 2016 – An old saying asserts that falsehoods come in three escalating levels: Lies, damn lies, and statistics. But now there’s an even higher category of lies: a Donald Trump speech. Take his recent address on specific economic policies he’d push to benefit hard-hit working families, including an almost-hilarious discourse on the rank […]

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Greg Zimmerman: Four Things to Keep in Mind as the Bundys Stand Trial for Occupying American Public Lands

September 6, 2016 – The long-awaited trial for Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, and six other militants who led the 40-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge begins on Wednesday in Portland, Oregon. The trial will bring some closure to the central Oregon town of Burns where the armed occupiers disrupted daily life and […]

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Andy Rowell: “Dakota Access uses attack dogs against Natives in the name of oil”

Sept. 5, 2016 – The contrast could not have been greater. Over the weekend, speaking on the eve of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, history was made as President Obama and Chinese President, Xi Jinping, announced that the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases would formally ratify the Paris agreement on climate change. “We have […]

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Ronald L. Feinman: The Constitutional Crisis We’d face If Donald Trump Actually Became President

Sept. 5, 2016 – Ronald L. Feinman is the author of Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama (Rowman Littlefield Publishers, August 2015). A paperback edition is coming in March 2017. Through all of the debate, discussion, analysis, and interpretation about Donald Trump over these 15 months since his candidacy began, it […]