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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 […]

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David Leopold: Deconstructing Donald Trump’s horrifying 10-step assault on immigration, due process and other cherished American values

Sept. 2, 2016 – This article first appeared on The Medium: After Donald Trump met with his Hispanic Advisory Council on August 20, the media tied itself in knots over whether he had “softened” on his insistence that all 11 million undocumented immigrants be deported, a central pillar of his campaign. Then in a […]

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Fred Wertheimer: House Freedom Caucus Pushes for Sept Vote on Unprecedented & Baseless Impeachment Resolution Against IRS Commish Koskinen

Aug. 31, 2016 – In July, Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) introduced a resolution of impeachment (H.Res. 828) against Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen. In August, Rep. Jim Jordan (D-OH), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said that House Freedom Caucus members would push for a House vote on the impeachment resolution when Congress returns […]

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Isaiah Poole: Trump’s Immigration ‘Pivot’ and the Effort to Expose It For What It Is

Aug. 31, 2016 – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, ever the showman, is certainly poised this Wednesday to deliver a heavy dose of eye-grabbing and eye-rolling reality-show drama. Ahead of what is being billed as a major speech on immigration in Phoenix, Arizona, Trump is paying a visit in Mexico to President Enrique Peña Nieto, […]

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National Lawyers Guild: We Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against Dakota Access Pipeline

Aug. 29, 2016 – The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the oldest and largest human rights bar association in the United States, by its International Committee, its Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Committee and its Environmental Human Rights Committee, as well as the NLG’s Environmental Justice Committee, stands in solidarity with the sovereign Oceti Sakowin Oyate (the Great […]

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John Freemuth and William Lowry: Corporate sponsors at Yosemite? The case against privatizing national parks

August 25, 2016 – The centennial of the National Park Service is inspiring an impressive amount of soul-searching about the agency and the lands for which it is responsible. This is timely and appropriate, as the NPS faces serious challenges that affect the preservation of these precious lands. We both study the history of conservation […]

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Frank Sharry: A vote for Trump is a vote for racism

August 22, 2016 – The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reacting to the conflicting stories about Donald Trump and immigration after the candidate’s meeting with Hispanic supporters on Saturday. Despite new reports from Trump that he is not, in fact, pivoting on immigration, it really doesn’t matter if he tries. He’s already […]

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Wade Henderson: Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Trump Campaign’s Voter Intimidation Effort

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2016—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the Trump campaign’s new effort to recruit supporters to challenge and intimidate voters at the polls. In the wake of the Shelby County v. Holder decision, the Department of Justice has […]

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Walter Ewing: Donald Trump’s Shortsighted Immigration Plans Won’t Secure the Homeland

Aug. 17, 2016 – As any serious national security expert will tell you, trying to find a potential terrorist by treating all immigrants or Muslims as security risks is far too vague to be effective. Accurate intelligence and effective information-sharing across agencies is the key to national security—not profiling. Yet in a bombastic August 15 […]

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Timothy Frye: ‘Rigged’ electoral system? The willingness of losers to comply with a decision reached via free and fair elections

August 15, 2016 – Many have speculated how a Trump victory would affect the U.S., but few have thought about the consequences of a Trump loss. After falling behind Hillary Clinton in the polls, Donald Trump has already developed a narrative for his exit: The election was rigged. So how likely is a rigged vote? […]

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James J. Zogby: We may defeat Trump but see the root causes of Trumpism fester unless we change direction

August 13, 2016 – This presidential election is exposing deep fault-lines in our society and the failure of some of the basic institutions of our democracy. If we don’t change direction, we’re on our way to “hell in a handbasket”. I begin with the difficult situation in which Republicans now find themselves as they watch […]

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Travis N. Reider: Is the ‘lesser of two evils’ an ethical choice for voters?

August 12, 2016 – Every election cycle, there are citizens who don’t like either of the candidates nominated by the two major political parties. And so, a familiar debate begins: Is a vote for a third party a principled stand – or wasteful naiveté? This year, party discord has swelled the numbers of dissatisfied citizens, […]

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Ronald L. Feinman: Donald Trump Has Created a Constitutional Crisis on the 42nd Anniversary of Richard Nixon’s Resignation

Aug. 12, 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. August 9, 1974 saw the end of a major constitutional crisis with the resignation of Richard Nixon from the Presidency. With […]

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