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Isaiah J. Poole: Infrastructure and a Green Stimulus | Why We Must Organize Before Congress Acts

The next wave of infrastructure spending cannot be business as usual. The Green Stimulus plan offers a necessary framework for getting this right.

April 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Torture’s Legacy

If one administration can get away with confining detainees in coffinlike boxes and torturing them in myriad other ways, why shouldn’t a later one go unpunished for, to take but one example, putting migrant children in cages?

February 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Rain It Raineth Every Day

They say the average cloud weighs about the same as eighty elephants. A big storm such as now darkens the sky overhead must be an infinite parade of elephants milling around in the dark gray pastures above us.

October 27, 2019 · Leave a 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 · 3 Comments

Derek W. Black: Congressional oversight is at the heart of America’s democracy

The people can fire Congress every two years, but they rely on their representatives to hold the White House accountable all the time. Americans need Congress to make sure presidents and their staff are enforcing the law in ways that meet the public’s needs.

April 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: January’s Two Faces

Nothing can make the soul shiver more than to look upon those tree-covered slopes with their icy diamonds shimmering on their skin. They are there to remind you that your mortality means nothing to them. They stand for the severity of time, the rules of the universe that have nothing to do with our petty lives.

January 13, 2019 · 3 Comments

Robert Reich: Trump’s End

This morning I phoned my friend, the former Republican member of Congress. ME: So, what are you hearing? HE: Trump is in deep sh*t.  ME: Tell me more.  HE: When … Continue reading

December 26, 2018 · 3 Comments

W.J. Astore: The Bankruptcy of the Democratic Party

Why did Donald Trump win the presidency?  A big reason is that he was willing to take unpopular stances.  He criticized the Afghan and Iraq wars in the strongest terms. … Continue reading

July 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Ken Levy: Sorry, But It’s Entirely the Right’s Fault

Many commentators are suggesting that both right and left are equally to blame for all the polarization between them. They’re wrong. The reason for all the bitterness between left and … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

Nadia Prupis: With Eyes on 2018, Dems Prep Sanders-Style Populist Economic Agenda

Infrastructure and trade are expected to be top components. Democrats are working on a populist economic plan, à la Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), to be unveiled as soon as early summer, … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

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