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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Steve Bannon’s Surprising Opinion About Cambridge Analytica

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The Cambridge Analytica scandal revelations keep surprising us.

RIP Jared Kushner: A Political Obituary for the President’s Son-in-Law

By Nomi Prins, TomDispatch

Trump is on a firing spree, and his son-in-law is not necessarily immune.

Paul Krugman: Trump Is Weighing Two Calamitous Economic Policies

By Ilana Novick, AlterNet

Whichever side wins out, the American people lose.

Trump Unchained: After McCabe Firing, He Thinks He Can Do Whatever He Wants

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

Trump’s puerile assault on McCabe suggests he’s feeling a rush of power—and road-testing a Mueller firing.

The Remarkable Reason Some Milllenials Aren't Saving for Retirement

By Keith A. Spencer, Salon

Most can't afford it, but a handful believe socialism will provide their safety net.

We Could Be in Store for a Flood of New Harvey Weinstein Stories

By Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet

The Weinstein Company has nullified its NDAs, giving employees a chance to speak out.

9 Warning Signs That You Should Avoid a Restaurant

By Melissa Kravitz, AlterNet

Look for these red flags before placing your order.

Why Denmark Dominates the World Happiness Rankings Year After Year

By Marie Helweg-Larsen, The Conversation

The U.S. could stand to follow the Scandinavian nation's example.

At Least 7 Injured in Maryland High School Shooting: Report

By Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story

Police are on the scene and have asked parents to stay away.

The Ugly Reality That Is Emerging in Syria

By Vijay Prashad, AlterNet

The city of Afrin has already fallen.

Republicans Fear Another Roy Moore-Style Disaster in West Virginia

By Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story

An ex-con coal CEO is currently leading a three-way primary.

Even Affluent Black Boys Aren’t Safe From the Poverty Trap

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

It's more common for wealthy African-American boys to become poor than to stay rich in adulthood.

A Private Mercenary Firm Is Making Millions Off Tragedy in Houston, Puerto Rico and Standing Rock

By Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet

The company has bullied protesters and profited off recent hurricanes.

Don’t Believe the Media Hype About Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

By Medea Benjamin, AlterNet

Beneath the veneer of reform is a young man who believes he deserves absolute power.

The Fed Is on the Verge of Making a Major Policy Error

By Marshall Auerback, AlterNet

Policymakers have helped to perpetuate an economic model that is ultimately unsustainable.

A 2% Financial Wealth Tax Would Provide a $12,000 Annual Stipend to Every American Household

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

America needs a universal basic income.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Sen. Sanders, Sen. Warren and Michael Moore Invite Entire Nation to a Live Town Hall Meeting on Wealth and Income Inequality

By April M. Short, AlterNet

It's a national meeting on the decline of the middle class and rise of oligarchy.

This Is How Trump Won Mindless Loyalty From Millions of Americans

By Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet

The simple, surefire formula for sycophants.

Charles Blow: The World May Never Trust the U.S. Again

By Ilana Novick, AlterNet

Donald Trump has already done irreparable damage to our reputation abroad.

Jared Kushner Condemned for Outrageously Corrupt Real Estate Practices

By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

The Housing Rights Initiative did not mince words.

How Trump Used Facebook in 2016 and Why That Tactic Is Coming to Every Important Race This Year

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Political campaigns have learned to use social media to bully, intimidate and spread misinformation.

The Alt-Right Is Collapsing, but Powerful Conservatives Are Mainstreaming Its Ideas

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Tucker Carlson and his ilk have taken up the banner of white nationalism.

Robert Mueller's Latest Subpoenas Have Trump Considering Drastic Measures: Report

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

The president's furious tweets are a sign of things to come.

John Oliver Masterfully Skewers Mike Pence—and His Pet Rabbit

By Martin Cizmar, Raw Story

The "Last Week Tonight" host was in rare form on Sunday.

GOP Strategist Stuns MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle with a Horrifying Prediction

By David Edwards, Raw Story

Rick Tyler expects Trump to order Mueller fired "sooner than later," but that's not all.

Is the Mainstream Media Ignoring a White Nationalist Terror Spree?

By Michael Edison Hayden, Newsweek

Three men have been charged in a mosque bombing, but you'd never know it from cable news.

Robert Reich: This Reagan-Era Financial Rule Has Got to Go

By Robert Reich,

Until we eliminate stock buybacks, income inequality will continue to grow.

What the Media Missed About the West Virginia Teachers Strike

By Jennifer Berkshire, AlterNet

West Virginia teachers share the lessons from their nine-day walkout.

Booze and Basketball: Why Binge Drinking Increases During March Madness

By Dustin R. Wright, Benjamin Cowan, Jadrian Wooten, The Conversation

Students tend to tipple more when their team is in the tournament.

Is the #MeToo Movement Leaving Black Muslim Women Behind?

By Vanessa Taylor, AlterNet

Despite the larger movement addressing campus sexual assault, black Muslim women still share their experiences in whispers.

The Western Notion of Development Is Destroying the Planet: So What Are the Alternatives?

By Allen White, AlterNet

As capitalist industrialization worsens inequality and environmental degradation, the search is on for new models.

A Tale of Two Cities: How San Francisco and Burlington Are Shaping America's Low-Carbon Future

By Kyra Appleby, AlterNet

Cities are vital to the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Trump and His Supporters: A Dangerous Cycle of 'Collective Narcissism'

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Trump’s Pennsylvania rally offered greatest hits and a preview of his 2020 campaign. It could be uglier than ever.

Donald Trump's Trade Wars Hurt America's Credibility

By Nomi Prins, Truthdig

We're hurting our allies and empowering our enemies.

The Sick Paying for the Healthy: How Insurance Companies Drive Up Drug Prices

By Mike Ludwig, Truthout

The system is crumbling over its own rate.

Europe's Top 5 Cities for Cocaine, Ecstasy and Speed Use

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet

Wastewater analysis can reveal many things, including the continent's partying hot spots.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Democrats’ Sweet Spot: Diverse, Young, Working-Class People Who Didn't Vote

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

A new study of the 2016 election identifies the party’s path to victory in 2020.

Is the U.S. Trying to Start a Hot War with Syria?

By Vijay Prashad, AlterNet

Fishy claims about the use of chemical weapons could provide the pretext for the U.S. to bomb Damascus.

Inside the Activist Efforts to Stop Noise Pollution

By Valerie Vande Panne, AlterNet

Noise pollution and the battle for quiet space and peace of mind.

Robert Reich: The Menace of Mad King Donald

By Robert Reich,

An unconstrained Trump could order an attack on North Korea, precipitating a nuclear war.

Facebook Suspends Trump Campaign Data Firm Cambridge Analytica

By , AFP

The company stole information from 50 million Facebook users' profiles.

Report Reveals the Kushner Family Filed False Documents on New York City Properties to Profit by the Millions

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

The Associated Press report uncovers some real estate dirty dealings.

Neanderthals Knew Something About Health Care That America Has Forgotten

By Nicole Karlis, Salon

A new study suggests that caring, organized healthcare is not unique to our species.

Could Walking Be the Solution to Your Health Problems?

By Thom Hartmann, Park Street Press

Walking is a simple way to improve your physical health and encourage creativity.

The Science of Satire and Lies: Watching Colbert Can Fight Right-Wing Brain Rot

By Sophia A. McClennen, Salon

The mainstreaming of lies in the Trump era is hurting our cognitive abilities.

Mueller Is Already in Possession of McCabe’s Bombshell Private Memos on Trump Meetings: Wall Street Journal

By Bob Brigham, Raw Story

McCabe had already turned over the memos to the special counsel.

Science Still Can't Explain This Biological Mystery, But Scientists Like to Pretend Otherwise

By Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet

We still have no scientific explanation for organisms.

The Dangers Of Diplomacy, Trump-Style

By Joe Conason, AlterNet

He's destroying our hope for progress with Iran and North Korea.

Labor Organizes a Congressional Win

By Leo Gerard, AlterNet

Democrat Conor Lamb and organized labor make for a winning combination in a long-time red district.

Trump's Position on Guns Defies Reason and Reality

By Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

America's young people are fed up with a government beholden to lobbyists promoting gun sales.

Rebecca Solnit on #MeToo, Mass Movements and the 10th Anniversary of 'Men Explain Things to Me'

By Amy Goodman, Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!

The writer and activist discusses the power of movements.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

6 Reasons We Should All Hope Trump Doesn't Add John Bolton to His Cabinet

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

The president's rumored replacement for H.R. McMaster is an Islamophobic ultrahawk.

'Red Alert Time': Trump's Personal Lawyer Calls on DOJ to Kill Mueller Probe

By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

He initially claimed he was speaking on behalf of the president, but later changed his story.

New Book Unmasks Hidden History of How U.S. Corporations Gained Legal Personhood and Civil Rights

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Corporations have fought a long battle to win rights once granted only to individuals.

Facebook Spies on Its Own Employees via Its ‘Rat-Catching Team’

By Ethan Baron, San Jose Mercury News

"Get on their bad side and all of a sudden you are face to face with Mark Zuckerberg's secret police."

27 Women Who Have Accused Donald Trump of Sexual Misconduct

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

From sexual harassment to rape, the accusations are more numerous than you think.

The Racist Origin of the Second Amendment and the Rise of Black Gun Ownership

By Zenobia Jeffries, YES! Magazine

Many people of color say they have good reason to be protective of their right to bear arms.

Donald Trump Jr.’s Celebrity-Villain Divorce: Forgive Yourself for Staring

By Erin Keane, Salon

Celebrity culture and politics are ruled by the same principle: Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Bush Is Gone, but the Neocons Are Back

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signals a coming confrontation with Iran.

Stunning Critics, Oklahoma Turns to 'Experimental' Use of Nitrogen Gas to Kill Death Row Inmates

By Julia Conley, Common Dreams

Nitrogen gas has been deemed unacceptable for euthanizing animals.

New Report on CIA Nominee Gina Haspel May Rescue Her—But It Shouldn't

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

Haspel is still implicated in the CIA’s Bush-era crimes.

'Like He Didn't Exist': Texas Paper Edits Grieving Gay Son's Husband out of Mom's Obituary

By Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story

Newspaper publisher claims he can't publish anything "contrary to God's word."

The VA Is the Closest Thing We Have to Single Payer—Now Trump Wants to Privatize It

By Bryce Covert, In These Times

The VA has problems, but more "vouchers to veterans" won't help.

The #MosqueMeToo Controversy Sheds Light on Sexualized Violence and Xenophobia

By Aviva Stahl, Women's Media Center

Victims' stories are being used as political footballs.

Republicans Prioritize Airline Employees' Poor Judgment With Pets Over Young People Dying From Gun Violence

By Gabrielle Gurley, The American Prospect

Animal welfare is important—and so is the safety of school kids.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Is Social Media Destroying Democracy?

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

What exactly have Silicon Valley’s top social media platforms unleashed on the political world?

Why Has Trump Been Silent on the Texas Bombings?

By Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet

All three victims were people of color.

Paul Krugman: Republicans' Poisonous Policies Are Finally Catching Up with Them

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

The Times columnist assesses Conor Lamb's triumph in the heart of Trump country.

Inside the Trump Circus of Corruption

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

Ben Carson’s furniture! Ryan Zinke’s “cone of silence”! Ivanka’s double-dealing! And that’s only the beginning.

Why Can't We Talk About the T-Word with Trump's CIA Pick?

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

How torture became unspeakable yet defensible in Washington.

Shep Smith Hints at Discord Behind the Scenes at Fox News

By Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet

“We serve different masters,” Smith said.

It's Time We Rethink the Devil for the Modern Era

By Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet

We can do a lot better than the people who invented him.

Betsy DeVos Faces Allegations of Union-Busting in the Department of Education

By Nicole Karlis, Salon

A new complaint accuses her management team of failing to negotiate in good faith.

House Republicans Are Realizing Premature End to Russia Probe Made Them Look Ridiculous: Report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

By contradicting the CIA and FBI, the House Intelligence Committee damaged its credibility.

Donald Trump Unveils a Barbaric New Plan to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic

By Julia Conley, Common Dreams

The president appears to be taking his cues from Rodrigo Duterte.

Robert Reich: 5 Reasons Trump's Infrastructure Plan Is One Humongous Con

By Robert Reich,

The president is taking taxpayers for another trillion-dollar ride.

The Staggering Death Toll in Iraq

By Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies, AlterNet

The American public must come to terms with the scale of the violence and chaos we have unleashed.

Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Reveals His Client Has Been Threatened with Physical Harm

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Michael Avenatti neither confirms nor denies the president's involvement.

Is NYC's Progressive Mayor Turning into a Charter School Cheerleader?

By Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch's Blog

De Blasio has closed many public schools in New York City. Unlike Bloomberg, he does not boast about it.

The Alt-Right Is Struggling Mightily to Recruit Women, and with Good Reason

By Michael Edison Hayden, Newsweek

A recent incident underscores the movement's propensity for domestic abuse.

Teachers Deserve a Raise—Here’s How to Fund It

By Negin Owliaei, OtherWords

Huge tax cuts for energy corporations have left state school budgets broke.

There's a New Law That Could Allow the President to Send Armed Secret Service Agents to Polling Places

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News

This is an assault on voting rights.

Remembering Courtlin Arrington: The Victim of a Recent School Shooting Largely Ignored by Media

By Amy Goodman, Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!

Parkland wasn't the only recent school shooting.

America's Phony Middle East Wars

By William Astore, TomDispatch

While we meddle overseas, our homeland crumbles.

8 Students With Different Reasons For Stricter Gun Laws

By Lori Panico, YES! Magazine

“All of these students will be voting in the next four years. We will be in the driver’s seat.”

Why It's So Important for Kids to See Diverse TV and Movie Characters

By Julie Dobrow, Calvin Gidney, Jennifer Burton, The Conversation

With movies like "Black Panther" and "A Wrinkle in Time," it seems like there's a move in the right direction for representation of diversity.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Democrats May Need a Blue Tsunami to Win Back the House in 2018

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Conor Lamb's razor-thin victory reveals just how much gerrymandering benefits the GOP.

White Supremacists Are No Longer Just Spreading Their Hate Online

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

A new report reveals a spike in racist banners across the country.

The Trump Administration Is a Government of Billionaires and Their Sycophants

By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

The GOP lackeys are eager to do the bidding of whichever oligarch will give them the most money.

Trump Enters a Manic Phase, Discovers Presidential Power: That's Not Good

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

Trump ramps up the ugliness with the promotion of zealot Mike Pompeo and torturer Gina Haspel. What’s next?

Hillary Clinton Was Right About the States That Voted for Trump

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Does it really help Democrats to pretend otherwise?

Even Republicans Are Horrified by This Kentucky Governor's Attack on Protesting Teachers

By Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story

One prominent GOP official calls Matt Bevin's remarks "indefensible."

Is Trump About to Exile Jared Kushner From the White House?

By Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon

His legal troubles may have made him a liability the president can no longer afford.

How Democracies Die: One Small Change to Normalcy at a Time

By Steven Levitsky, Daniel Ziblatt, Crown Publishing

Never has a president flouted so many unwritten rules so quickly.

Jimmy Kimmel Makes a Hilarious Discovery at Trump's Online Store

By Jen Hayden, DailyKos

The late-night host couldn't find a single product manufactured in the U.S.

Trump's New Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow Doesn't Actually Have a Clue About Economics

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

On tax cuts, inflation and the recession, Kudlow was spectacularly wrong.

Seth Rich's Family Is Suing Fox News for Its Egregious Reporting on the DNC Staffer's Death

By Nina Mast, Media Matters

The network has never apologized for its myriad inaccuracies and innuendos.

Donald Trump Doubles Down on His Bizarre Lie to Justin Trudeau

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

The president has completely invented a trade deficit with Canada.

White Men Stockpile Guns Because They're Scared of Black People and Feel Inadequate, Science Says

By Martin Cizmar, Raw Story

The average gun owner is a white man without much education.

We Should Demand Corporate Media Take These 6 Steps to Stop Gun Violence

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

Cable news networks could do a lot to save lives.

A Worldwide Ranking Says Americans Aren't as Happy as We Used to Be

By Brendan Gauthier, AlterNet

The U.S. happiness ranking dropped significantly in the past year.

The Battle of 1498

By Alexander Zaitchik, AlterNet

A piece of U.S. patent law could focus deepening public outrage over drug prices—and help cure an epidemic to boot.

Here's How Democrats Could Stop Trump's Pro-Torture Appointees

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Democrats should form a unified front and join unlikely allies to defeat the appointments.

Why Won't Republicans Pass Their Own Background-Check Bill?

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Republicans and the NRA claim they want better background checks for guns. Their actions tell a different story.

Billy Graham and the Gospel of American Nationalistic Christianity

By Anthea Butler, Religion Dispatches

It's time to reconsider his racist legacy.

Jim Hightower: Everybody Does Better When Everybody Does Better

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

How to build a Democratic Party for the future.

4 Things You Should Know About Ayahuasca

By Jared Michaelson, Kahpi: The Ayahuasca Hub

If you're considering a spiritual journey with the hallucinogenic tea, read up.

'A Living History Lesson': Teachers Reflect on the Massive West Virginia Strike

By Yawana Wolfe, In These Times

Teachers are not backing down.

Watch Teens Who Walked Out of School Explain How Adults Have Failed Them on Gun Control

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Student activists have leveraged the power of protest to keep gun control in the public eye.

Did Trump Pick Larry Kudlow As Economic Adviser Because He's 'Handsome' on TV?

By Bob Brigham, Raw Story

The president's extraordinary vanity comes into focus yet again.

Trump Brags About Inventing Facts in Conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

By Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story

The president seems to be proud of speaking from ignorance.

Conor Lamb's Success in Pennsylvania Proved Americans Aren't Buying the GOP's Tax Law Spin

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The heavily Republican district supported him despite his strong opposition to the tax law.

Report Describes Staffers at Trump White House in State of Constant Dread

By Bob Brigham, Raw Story

The toxic atmosphere is "ripping people apart."

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

This 60-Second Test Will Diagnose Any Authoritarian

By Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet

How to know if you're about to join a cult or become a Trump supporter.

Donald Trump Has an Accused Cult Leader Proselytizing on His Behalf

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

Stefan Molyneux's message to his acolytes is as simple as it is insidious.

Bottled Water, Brought to You by Fracking

By Wenonah Hauter, AlterNet

The link between fracking and the bottled water industry is one more reason to take back the tap.

Hollywood's Pay Gap Doesn't Get Much More Ridiculous Than This

By Erin Keane, Salon

Why is "The Crown's" Claire Foy earning significantly less than her co-star?

White Nationalist Leader Quits After Learning of Wife's Affair with Fellow Neo-Nazi

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

“SPLC has won. Matt Parrott is out of the game."

16 of Stephen Hawking's Most Mind-Expanding Quotes

By Maria Vultaggio, Newsweek

The world-renowned physicist died Tuesday after a decades-long battle with ALS.

Robert Reich: 6 Ways Millennials Will Clean Up the Mess Baby Boomers Left Them (Video)

By Robert Reich,

Luckily, they're well equipped for the job.

21 Reasons Betsy DeVos Is So Widely Disliked

By Steven Singer, Common Dreams

She is deeply unpopular, but not because she's misunderstood.

Students Walk Out Nationwide to Protest Inaction on Gun Violence

By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

Activists are letting their legislators know they've finally had enough.

A California Teacher Almost Shot a Student, Proving We Don't Need Armed Educators

By Brendan Gauthier, AlterNet

Tuesday's accident demonstrates that giving teachers guns is a terrible idea.

New CIA Director Gina Haspel Has a Long History of Pushing for Torture

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

She also enjoys the support of top Obama officials.

Could Josh Kushner’s Liberal Stance Threaten Brother Jared Kushner's Place in the White House?

By Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet

Jared's younger sibling recently made a large donation to a surprising progressive cause.

A Worldwide Ranking Says Americans Aren't as Happy as We Used to Be

By Brendan Gauthier, AlterNet

The U.S. happiness ranking dropped significantly in the past year.

Democrat Conor Lamb on Verge of Winning Pennsylvania House Seat in Major Upset Victory Against Trump and GOP

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

He leads by several hundred votes with mail-in ballots yet to be fully counted.

The GOP Is in Full-Blown Panic Mode After Conor Lamb's Apparent Victory in Pennsylvania

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

One Republican strategist believes "no suburban district is safe."

Trump's Immigration Policies Criminalize Immigrants

By Aviva Chomsky, TomDispatch

His DACA-sabotage is only the latest evidence.

Donald Trump's Trade Wars Hurt America's Credibility

By Nomi Prins, Truthdig

We're hurting our allies and empowering our enemies.

Scientists Have Established a Link Between Brain Damage and Religious Fundamentalism

By Bobby Azarian, Raw Story

This explains a lot about our current political situation.

Fox News Is Being Sued by Murdered DNC Staffer Seth Rich's Family for Spreading Conspiracy Theory

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

The propaganda-peddling network may finally face consequences for its dishonesty.

How the Oglala Sioux Are Freeing Themselves From Fossil Fuel

By Saul Elbein, AlterNet

Native-owned solar energy is powering remote water protector camps.

Afghanistan Is in the Midst of a Public Health Crisis, and It's Partly Due to America's Endless War

By Dr. César Chelala, AlterNet

About half of children under five are stunted due to chronic malnutrition.

Rex Tillerson Criticizes Russia in Farewell Address After Being Fired by Trump on Twitter

By Martin Cizmar, Raw Story

The outgoing secretary of state took an indirect parting shot at the president.

Democratic Report Says 'Good Faith Reason' to Believe There May Be Tapes of Trump and Comey

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

The status report doesn't look good for the White House.