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The Honeymoon Is Over

By Mel Gurtov President Trump is often depicted as “unconventional” and his actions “unprecedented.”  But his novelty exposes him and his administration to closer scrutiny than any previous presidency. Turns out the emperor has no clothes; his “unconventional” behavior is often criminal, corrupt, duplicitous, unreliable, and incompetent.  Across the spectrum of professions—from art museums and lawyers […]

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The Mosque That Disappeared

By Robert C. Koehler We committed a quiet little war crime the other day. Forty-plus people are dead, taken out with Hellfire missiles while they were praying. Or maybe not. Maybe they were just insurgents. The women and children, if there were any, were . . . Come on, you know the lingo, collateral damage. […]

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Resisting Trump’s Militarization

by Laura Finley, Not surprisingly, activists are daunted by the lightning-paced dismantling of civil rights and social justice that President Trump has authorized in barely more than one month in office.  Trump’s orders on immigration, private prisons, state’s laws on marijuana legalization, use of neutral bathrooms by transgender youth, and so many more are indeed […]

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A Crisis of Relevance

By Robert C. Koehler, And the word of the moment is, “opportunity”: “What unites our party is a belief in opportunity, the idea that however you started out, whatever you look like, whoever you love, America is the place you can make it if you try.” Could you be any more tepid? The words were […]

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The Mass Grave We Call Collateral Damage

By Robert C. Koehler, “Lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. Boy, you think our country’s so innocent? You think our country’s so innocent?” We have carnage and we have irony. The speaker is the president, of course. It’s Super Bowl Sunday and here he is, generating another eyeball-popping headline as he dares to compare American […]

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Deliberately Irrational and Dangerously Ignorant

By John LaForge, Donald Trump said at CIA headquarters January 21: “Trust me, I’m like a smart person,” and “I love honesty.” If he is not “professionally unprepared, intellectually ill-informed, morally compromised, and temperamentally unfit” to be president, as columnist David Brooks said Jan. 20, his blathering incoherent puffery before the assembled CIA staff failed […]

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Reclaiming Our Democracy

by Andrew Moss, On Saturday, January 21, I joined somewhere between 300,000 and 500,000 people in downtown Los Angeles as the city made its own unique contribution to the women’s marches galvanizing more than a million people across the US and around the world.  In LA, as elsewhere, activists fighting for a wide range of […]

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Inaugurating the Majori-Tea Party

By Rob Okun,  “We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must pledge we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We marched in all 50 states. Several of the largest demonstrations were in the hundreds of thousands. In total, millions of us here and abroad banded together […]

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Should We Keep Wasting Money on Missile Defense―or Invest in Something Useful?

By Lawrence Wittner When Americans criticize wasteful government spending, they often fail to realize that the biggest sinkhole for public funds is what’s described as “national defense”―a program that, all too often, does little or nothing to defend them. Take national missile defense, a program begun with much fanfare during the mid-1980s, when President Ronald […]

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Creating Enemies, Creating Hell

By Robert C. Koehler   “Numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001.” As Donald Trump sets out to “protect America,” I dedicate the words of his explosively controversial proclamation banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, to one of his supporters: Alexandre Bissonnette, […]

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