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Steve Fraser: The Greening of the New Deal

The Green New Deal is even more socially capacious than the old one, embracing as it does the need for universal health care, a guaranteed annual income, a program of affordable housing, commitments to truly clean water and air, and a revolution in the production of healthy food.

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Adrie Kusserow: The Adoration

All morning I groom you with tiny lovenames.
I am a cat, you are my kitten, cowlicked
with locution.

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Robert Kuttner: Note to Democrats — stop chasing centrist suburban voters

If Democrats have to choose between winning over moderate Republicans in the suburbs or winning back working class defectors in the midwestern heartland, there is more pay dirt in the latter.

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Karen Friedland: Gone

Gone is the old grove of green trees

Gone is the once-young, dancing body I had

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Danusha Laméris: Small Kindnesses

For the waitress
to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder,
and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
We have so little of each other, now.

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Gary Snyder: For All

Ah to be alive on a mid-September morn fording a stream barefoot, pants rolled up, holding boots, pack on, sunshine, ice in the shallows, northern rockies. Rustle and shimmer of … Continue reading

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Khury Petersen-Smith: Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War

If the U.S. wants to help the Kurds today, the answer is not more war. Instead, it could suspend its military aid to Turkey, and end its racist exclusion of refugees.

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Choman Hardi: Homeland, what shall I do with you?

What shall I do with you, homeland?
What shall I do with all this blood?
Where shall I put you
to prevent you from filling my days
with damage and grief?

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Marco North: The Stairs

Downstairs, there is a pile of kopeks next to the garbage bins. A ruble is far less than a penny, and there are one hundred kopeks to every ruble…. The kopeks are not there to be thrown away. They are for someone who actually needs them. Three hundred of them would buy a potato or two.

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Video: 12 Zloty

Yael and Nofar were inspired by the eclectic and colorful look of a Polish deli they stumbled upon in Scotland. Wanting to create a story within this setting, they came up with 12 Zloty – a love story about a daydreaming butcher and his favorite customer.

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Dr. Michael Greger: How do we slow aging?

Basically, the theory goes, we’re rusting.

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Miriam Levine: Beauty Secrets of the Dead

Jen who never read anything
but bills and Sunday papers
comes back from the dead educated.

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Rebecca Gordon: The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump

Extorting political favors from foreign leaders is bad enough, but Donald J. Trump has done so much worse…

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T.E. Hulme: Autumn

And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer.

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Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: It’s Time for Effective Oversight of Police Violence

What is it going to take to stop this madness?

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Baruch November: Beard 18

The Zohar tells us a beard embodies the 13  attributes of mercy and compassion, yet sometimes I care  only about myself.  I love the snow in its falling, though, I … Continue reading

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