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Charles Davidson: Let all the Good Samaritans of the Earth Come Forth

Let all the Good Samaritans of the earth come forth in such numbers as to overwhelm the wickedness of the Trump administration with a love of God and neighbor so great that all manner of goodness shall prevail.

May 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Planet is on Fucking Fire

Bill Nye: “I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you’re adults now, and this is an actual crisis, got it?”

May 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of ‘Increased Threat’ From Iran

Intelligence and military officials in Europe as well as in the United States said that over the past year, most aggressive moves have originated not in Tehran, but in Washington.

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ralph Nader: When Will the Contented Classes Rise Up in Rebellion?

Until the contented classes wake up and organize for change, history has shown, our country will continue to slide in the wrong direction.

May 13, 2019 · 3 Comments

David C. Barker, Morgan Marietta: From ‘Total exoneration!’ to ‘Impeach now!’ – the Mueller report and dueling fact perceptions

Can a country move ahead when its citizens hold dueling facts?

May 10, 2019 · 3 Comments

Lawrence Wittner: Most Americans Actually Reject Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy

Large majorities support arms control, curbs on military spending, and international institutions. The question is what they’re willing to do about it. As president, Donald Trump has leaned heavily upon … Continue reading

May 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Miranda Cady Hallett, Theo J. Majka: The benefits that places like Dayton, Ohio, reap by welcoming immigrants

There are practical reasons for cities like Dayton to encourage immigrants to stay, be part of the community and put down roots.

May 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: A nation of rich and poor, with so much going to so few

Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates: their combined wealth exceeds the wealth of the bottom 50% of Americans.

May 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: Suicide Watch on Planet Earth

As the Flames Began to Rise, the Arsonists Appeared. As Notre Dame burned, as the flames leapt from its roof of ancient timbers, many of us watched in grim horror. Hour after … Continue reading

April 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ann Jones: The Man Who Saw Trump Coming A Century Ago

Distracted daily by the bloviating POTUS? Here, then, is a small suggestion. Focus your mind for a moment on one simple (yet deeply complex) truth: we are living in a … Continue reading

April 18, 2019 · 1 Comment

John Atcheson: Why the US Elected a Despot and Why It’s Poised To Do It Again

The majority of Americans overwhelmingly back progressive policies, including the Green New Deal…

April 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

Alexandra Ellerbeck, Avi Asher-Schapiro: Why Julian Assange’s arrest is troubling

After a seven-year standoff at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, British police on Thursday arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange–a development press freedom advocates had long feared. For years, journalists and … Continue reading

April 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Waiting Game

I sometimes think of myself as Jody Tiflin, the boy from John Steinbeck’s story who longed to have his mare Nellie deliver a foal, the red pony, only to discover … Continue reading

April 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Julia Conley: Trump Threatens to Ship Undocumented Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities

Trump framed the proposal as a threat—but several politicians and rights advocates replied that immigrants would be welcome in those communities.

April 13, 2019 · 1 Comment

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