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Robert Borosage: Democrats Need to Think Big for 2020

There is a dizzying array of potential presidential nominees for Democratic primary voters to choose from—so many that they won’t even fit on one debate stage. But there is one … Continue reading

March 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Agnieszka Golec de Zavala: Why collective narcissists are so politically volatile

In 2007, a British school teacher in Sudan received a jail sentence under Sharia law because she allowed her pupils to name a classroom teddy-bear ‘Muhammad’. The day after the … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Spins, Lies, and Fake News

Fake news has been around since news has been around. What’s different now is the assertion that alternate truths exist. For a few months in the early 1980’s my job … Continue reading

January 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: The Deep History Behind Trump’s Rise

How a ruthless network of super-rich ideologues killed choice and destroyed people’s faith in politics. The events that led to Donald Trump’s election started in England in 1975. At a … Continue reading

November 17, 2016 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Shame On Us

Shame on my fellow white people, but blame the news media that created Trump and distorted Hillary. Shame on us, white people. We just rejected the most presidential, qualified candidate … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · 4 Comments

Video: “Wolf” read by Stanley Tucci

. A special election-day fable read by Stanley Tucci. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. .

November 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

Jon Queally: Sanders Says Donald Trump Simply Too Dangerous ‘To Sit This One Out’

“I’ve got seven grandchildren. I’ve got four kids. I worry about the future of this planet. I’m not sitting it out. And I hope that my fellow Americans will not … Continue reading

November 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: Lady Parts Justice — Pussy Trumps Hate

  . Donald Trump has forgotten that women outnumber men. Especially if you’re a tool. This video has been brought to you by #pussytrumpshate and Lady Parts Justice. Email subscribers can click … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: Letter from a Red County; or, The Election: A Love Story

Let me tell you about my friend. She helped me raise my babies, at a time when I was lonely and overwhelmed and bewildered and not at all good at … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · 10 Comments

Gerald Fleming: A Letter to My Republican Friend

I’m sorry I’ve been so long in responding since you sent that last note just after July’s Republican convention, when your guy was nominated. “This’ll be a lot of fun!” … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · 3 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Resurrecting My Parents From the Dead for Election 2016

Creating a National Security State “Democracy” Or How the American Political System Changed and No One Noticed To say that this is the election from hell is to insult hell. … Continue reading

November 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: You’re So Vain — The Dangerous Vanity and Narcissism of Donald Trump

. For the first time ever, Carly Simon has allowed her song “You’re So Vain” to be used in a commercial. In a video released on the eve of the … Continue reading

November 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: American Irrationalism

There is no shortage of signs of impending environmental catastrophe, including the melting of the polar ice caps and the rise of atmospheric carbon to above 400 parts per million. … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Pussy Riot — Make America Great Again

. The Russian feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot went to jail for tweaking the Russian Orthodox church. Now they’re going after another Putin puppet.  — Dan Colman Because YOU … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

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