NODAPL LIVE BLOG: PROTESTORS VICTORIOUS AS PIPELINE REROUTED...

Dec 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Posted on Dec 4, 2016   TRUTHDIG   “Our veterans once again on the front line … this time to defend Americans from their own government,” tweeted Twitter user #NoDAPL #Rezpect. (#NoDAPL #Rezpect / Twitter) Editor’s note: This live blog begins Dec. 1, 2016. For earlier updates, visit our first #NoDAPL live blog, which includes original multimedia from demonstrations at Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. 2:20 p.m. PST Sunday, Dec. 4: Those opposing the pipeline, who call themselves water protectors, have taken to social media to celebrate the news that the Dakota Access pipeline will have to change course. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made that call on Sunday. Here’s an excerpt from the Army’s statement: The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access...

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Identity Politics vs. Populist Economics? It’s a False Choice—Liberals Need to Look in the Mirror...

Dec 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Economy Economic justice and civil rights are not separate; the issue isn’t “identity politics” but liberalism’s failures. By Conor Lynch / Salon   CHARLOTTE, NC, USA – JULY 5, 2016: Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in a joint appearance with the US President. The American Flag is in her background. Photo Credit: Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com For many Democrats, the fact that the Obama years have ended with one of the biggest party implosions in American history — and not the implosion of the Republican Party, as most had anticipated — remains a difficult reality to accept. Thanks to the Democratic Party’s historic collapse, Republicans will soon have complete control of all levels of government in the United States: All three branches of federal government, a large majority...

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TRUMP: WHAT DANGERS DOES HE FACE FROM GLOBALISTS?...

Dec 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Jon Rappoport   Trilateral Commission, CFR, WEF/Davos, Bilderberg   (To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.) As I keep emphasizing, Trump achieved two great things in his campaign for the presidency: he stopped Hillary Clinton from occupying the Oval Office, and he ran against big media, helping to further destroy its reputation. From here on, we shall see. How many compromises will the new president permit? How many will he seek? To put it another way, how many covert victories will arch-Globalist David Rockefeller and his associates pile up? They are, of course, aware that Trump has promised to kick the can of Globalism down the road, stop the excesses of “free trade,” and bring stolen jobs back to America. What actions will they take against Trump? Here’s a lesson from the...

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ARE AMERICANS READY FOR A MUNICIPALIST MOVEMENT?...

Dec 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Alexander Kolokotronis / ROAR   VIA TRUTHDIG     The skyline of Chicago. (Tony Webster / CC-BY-2.0) The mass protests across the United States in response to Donald Trump’s presidential election victory constitute a palpable and growing potential for the formation and constructive utilization of various anti-fascist fronts and coalitions. While these might be limited to protest and survival in typical Trump strongholds, the situation is markedly different in urban settings. In many cities, anti-Trump demonstrations have included far-left groups, immigration-rights advocates, Black Lives Matter activists, reproductive rights supporters and a number of other political actors. Amidst calls for “people power,” these different movements together chanted “not my president!” and vocalized their support for so many other groups that have been marginalized, ridiculed and discriminated against by the president-elect. People power need...

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THIS IS THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME FOR OUR PLANET BY STEPHEN HAWKING...

Dec 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Stephen Hawking   THE GUARDIAN We can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it Illustration by Nate Kitch   As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the world’s great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied. And within that scientific community, the small group of international theoretical physicists with whom I have spent my working life might sometimes be tempted to regard themselves as the pinnacle. In addition to this, with the celebrity that has come with my books, and the isolation imposed by my illness, I feel as though my ivory tower...

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SENATORS AIM TO PROTECT UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS AS TRUMP TAKES OFFICE...

Dec 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin are crafting legislation to send a message to Trump, who made a hardline approach to immigration central to his campaign The Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has granted temporary permits to more than 740,000 young undocumented immigrants. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images Sabrina Siddiqui  THE GUARDIAN Since Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children have feared they might be forced back into the shadows under the incoming administration. But a bipartisan group of senators is now seeking to protect young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, by extending the legal status granted to them under Barack Obama’s executive action. Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin said this week they are crafting legislation to send a message...

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WAS 11/8 A NEW 9/11?

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch  VIA TRUTHDIG Bob Bob / CC-BY-2.0 For decades, Washington had a habit of using the Central Intelligence Agency to deep-six governments of the people, by the people, and for the people that weren’t to its taste and replacing them with governments of the [take your choice: military junta, shah, autocrat, dictator] across the planet.  There was the infamous 1953 CIA- and British-organized coup that toppled the democratic Iranian government of Mohammad Mosadegh and put the Shah (and his secret police, the SAVAK) in power.  There was the 1954 CIA coup against the government of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala that installed the military dictatorship of Carlos Castillo Armas; there was the CIA’s move to make Ngo Dinh Diem the head of South Vietnam, also in 1954, and the...

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HOW THE MEDIA ICED OUT BERNIE SANDERS AND HELPED DONALD TRUMP WIN...

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan  VIA TRUTHDIG   More than 12 million people voted for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries. (Sandy Huffaker / AP) We hadn’t seen Bernie Sanders in Philadelphia since last July, when he watched his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, win the Democratic Party’s nomination. Sanders joined the “Democracy Now!” news hour this week at the historic Philadelphia Free Library for a wide-ranging discussion. “I am deeply concerned about the future of American democracy,” Sanders told the enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd. Millions of Americans voted for Sanders in the primaries. He transformed the 2016 U.S. presidential election, inspiring and engaging people with a progressive vision for the future, with little help from the media. READ: Hillary Channels Bernie to End Democratic Corporate Show in Philadelphia The networks have engaged...

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CALIFORNIA VERSUS TRUMPLAND

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org  VIA TRUTHDIG Ed Uthman / CC BY 2.0 California is now the capital of liberal America. Along with its neighbors Oregon and Washington, it will be a nation within the nation starting in January when the federal government goes dark. In sharp contrast to much of the rest of the nation, Californians preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a 2-to-1 margin. They also voted to extend a state tax surcharge on the wealthy, and adopt local housing and transportation measures along with a slew of local tax increases and bond proposals. In other words, California is the opposite of Trumpland. The differences go even deeper. For years, conservatives have been saying that a healthy economy depends on low taxes, few regulations, and low wages. Are conservatives...

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WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Chris Hedges  TRUTHDIG Mr. Fish / Truthdig We await the crisis. It could be economic. It could be a terrorist attack within the United States. It could be widespread devastation caused by global warming. It could be nationwide unrest as the death spiral of the American empire intensifies. It could be another defeat in our endless and futile wars. The crisis is coming. And when it arrives it will be seized upon by the corporate state, nominally led by a clueless real estate developer, to impose martial law and formalize the end of American democracy. When we look back on this sad, pathetic period in American history we will ask the questions all who have slid into despotism ask. Why were we asleep? How did we allow this to happen? Why...

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5 Deeply Obnoxious Things We Learned About Donald Trump This Week...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Election 2016 None of this should be normalized, ever. By Janet Allon / AlterNet   Photo Credit: FlickR/Gage Skidmore Donald Trump spent Thanksgiving week leaking the names of his potential cabinet picks, making Mitt Romney grovel, and turning down security briefings. He also made time to sit down with the New York Times to flatter and lie to them, which seems to have inexplicably fooled the paper of record into saying, Look, he’s not that bad. The next day, the Times ran a piece about how Trump was “diversifying” his cabinet appointments because he gave Nikki Haley a job for which he has no respect and she has no qualifications, U.N. representative. His appointments ping-ponged between know-nothings, right-wing ideologues the likes of which would make Dick Cheney blush, and gazillionaires who have gutted...

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As Trump Reminds Us, We Have Had the WMSVD Disease for Ages: It Is Time We Fight It Head On...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 Donald Trump’s victory represents something as old as the nation itself. By Frank Joyce / AlterNet Donald Trump Photo Credit: Max Goldberg/Flickr CC A very long time ago, a Zika type virus escaped from the human laboratory.  Like Zika it deforms the human brain.  It assumes supremacy by human males over women and all other forms of life.  Its most prominent manifestation is male monotheistic religion—the obligation that humans worship a lone male deity.  No goddesses allowed. The sickness has passed ever since from generation to generation. About 500 years ago in England,  Portugal and elsewhere,  the Christian form of the disease mutated to add white supremacy to its genetic code.  From its initially pacifist origins,  Christianity had already evolved over several hundred years to sponsor crusades,  the killing of “witches,”...

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How Do We Overcome Polluted Public Discourse When Climate Deniers Are Now in Charge?...

Nov 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The challenge is to improve conversations and create positive change in an age of online bickering, propaganda and entrenched positions. By Dr. David Suzuki / AlterNet HOUSTON – FEBRUARY 25, 2016: President-elect Donald Trump talks to the media after the Republican National Debate in Houston, Texas. Photo Credit: stock_photo_world / Shutterstock.com The U.S. election was a chilling illustration of the atrocious state of public discourse. It doesn’t bode well for a country once admired for leadership in education and science. As public relations expert and former David Suzuki Foundation board chair James Hoggan writes in I’m Right and You’re an Idiot, “polluted public discourse is an enormous obstacle to change.” How, he asks, do we “create the space for higher quality public debates where passionate opposition and science shape constructive, mind-changing conversations”? If those...

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NOAM CHOMSKY: THOSE WHO FAILED TO RECOGNIZE TRUMP AS THE GREATER EVIL MADE A ‘BAD MISTAKE’...

Nov 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Deirdre Fulton / Common Dreams   Chomsky calls the Republican Party “the most dangerous organization in world history.” (Flickr / CC 2.0) Leftist scholar Noam Chomsky has a message for voters who refused to cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton to prevent Donald Trump from winning the White House: You made a “bad mistake.” On both moral and practical levels, Chomsky told Al Jazeera‘s Medhi Hasan, the choice was clear. “Do you vote against the greater evil if you don’t happen to like the other candidate?” asked Chomsky, who spoke out during the election against Trump’s candidacy—and in fact predicted his rise six years ago. “The answer to that is yes.”  With an argument similar to the one made by political scientist Adolph Reed prior to the election, Chomsky insists that...

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THE SENATE CAN AND SHOULD DEMAND TRANSPARENCY INTO TRUMP FAMILY FINANCES...

Nov 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Jeff Hauser, The Center for Economic and Policy Research | Op-Ed As we hear of a settlement in the “Trump University” civil fraud case brought in part by New York State Attorney General and learn more and more about potential Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the phrase “personnel is policy” takes on an unfortunate new meaning. Will Trump’s appointees to high government office ensure Donald Trump does not use control of the executive branch to enrich himself and his family? Trump enriching himself as president is not an idle or libelous question. Trump himself raised the prospect in 2000 to Fortune Magazine, telling them that “[i]t’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.” Matt Yglesias puts the threat to the rule posed by...

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NONE OF THIS IS NORMAL. ALL OF IT IS UN-AMERICAN....

Nov 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Democracy & Government Hate crimes after Donald Trump’s election and his appointment of Steve Bannon to the White House aren’t the way to bring America back together. By Michael Winship  bill moyers.com People protest the appointment of former Breitbart News head Steve Bannon to be chief strategist of the White House by President-elect Donald Trump near City Hall in Los Angeles on Nov. 16. (Photo by David McNew/AFP/Getty Images) A friend of mine who has dual Israeli-American citizenship tells the story of entering an elevator in Jerusalem shortly after a bullying right-wing government had taken over the country. The other passenger was ostentatiously puffing on a big cigar. My friend pointed to the no smoking sign and politely, in Hebrew, asked the man to douse his smoke. “Eff you,” the man replied. “We’re...

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TRUMP CHANGED EVERYTHING. NOW EVERYTHING COUNTS....

Nov 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN  by barbara kingsolver Millions of Americans are starting to grasp that we can’t politely stand by watching lives and liberties get slashed beyond repair. What are you going to do? ‘With due respect for the colored ribbons we’ve worn for various solidarities, our next step is to wear something on our sleeve that takes actual courage: our hearts.’ Photograph: Michael /Pacific/Barcroft Images If you’re among the majority of American voters who just voted against the party soon to control all three branches of our government, you’ve probably had a run of bad days. You felt this loss like a death in the family and coped with it as such: grieved with friends, comforted scared kids, got out the bottle of whisky, binge-watched Netflix. But we can’t hole up for four years...

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TRUMP TO SCRAP NASA CLIMATE RESEARCH IN CRACKDOWN ON ‘POLITICIZED SCIENCE’...

Nov 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding as the president-elect seeks to shift focus away from home in favor of deep space exploration A Nasa Earth photo shows the Bruckner and Heim glaciers where they flow into the Johan Petersen fjord in southeastern Greenland. Photograph: Jeremy Harbeck/AFP/Getty Images Oliver Milman in New York   THE GUARDIAN Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said. Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century. 2016...

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The Trump Election Is Looking Very Bad, Right? Brace Yourself, It Is Going to Get a Lot Worse...

Nov 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] 2016 What AlterNet intends to do and what you can do to push back against this travesty of an election. By Don Hazen / AlterNet Photo Credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com How bad is it going to get? What can we do about it? Fasten your seat belts. Grit your teeth. We are headed into a dark, ugly, unprecedented era—the worst in our lifetimes. For those on the margins of society, it could be devastating. This next period of our lives is going to call for all of us to rethink and redouble what we do in resistance. AlterNet intends to lead the way to keep you as informed as possible as things move forward. Most of us are still reeling from this disastrous election. But a deeper malaise is sinking in as...

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FIGHT TRUMP: STOP DEPORTATION BY ANY MEANS...

Nov 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By George CiccCOMariello-Maher /VERSO BOOKS . Protesters blockade Vancouver International Airport to prevent deportation of Lalibar Singh, December 2007. via No One is Illegal Vancouver. Things are often clearer from the outside. I currently live in Mexico, where the stakes of a Trump presidency are so obvious that his unexpected victory has provoked the worst collapse in the peso in nearly a decade. Here, the left-wing daily La Jornada recently put things as clearly as they need to be put: “There is a difference between legal and legitimate,” and the outpouring of street protests that greeted Trump’s election have made this difference perfectly legible. Just because Trump was legally elected doesn’t mean we need to accept his presidency — and much less his racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic ideas — as legitimate. This distinction...

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WHAT’S ABOUT TO HAPPEN TO CNN...

Nov 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Hamilton Nolan KINJA.COM The Concourse Deadspin.com   Photo: AP For the journalists at CNN—everywhere, really, but especially at CNN—now is an appropriate time to become very afraid. All of the U.S. media that is not right wing media has a problem on its hands by the name of Donald Trump. Specifically, the problem is that Trump is obsessed with his own press coverage, thin-skinned, vindictive, and (here is the new part) in charge of the United States government. This gives him a fun new array of tools with which to persecute the press, from the FCC to Congressional allies to the Supreme Court to the bully pulpit. A man who has spent decades sending individual reporters angry, scrawled notes about their stories is now in a position to directly or indirectly punish...

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ELECTION REFLECTIONS AND AN OPEN LETTER TO DONALD TRUMP...

Nov 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] From Foster Gamble  THRIVE MOVEMENT INTERNATIONAL INTRODUCTION Like many of you, I have grave concern over the seething fear, anger, hatred and violence in the U.S. right now, based on what I see as deep misunderstandings and overly simplistic “black or white” thinking. That Clinton vs. Trump was our “choice” is huge confirmation that we continue to participate in a system of grabbing for illegitimate power that is corrupt to its core. It is chillingly reminiscent of the era of the Spanish Civil War — that started with the social awkwardness of Left vs. Right arguments among family members, work associates and political groups and devolved quickly into civil war where brothers ended up shooting at or torturing one another. Each side’s self-righteous certainty that they were the ones who should have power...

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TAKING ON TRUMP: LESSONS FROM THE REAGAN YEARS...

Nov 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Robert Borosage  AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE How do Democrats respond to the coming of Donald Trump? The tens of thousands in the streets across the country provide one answer: no business as usual. Trump’s first appointments – a retired general as national security advisor whom Colin Powell privately terms “right-wing nutty,” a Senator as Attorney General who was previously rejected for a judicial appointment because of his racist views, and a former Goldman Sachs media mogul as “chief strategist” who peddles white supremacist and misogynist tripe – suggest the same. This will not be business as usual. Democrats might learn something from the experience of an earlier Democratic Congress facing a shocking victory by an unlikely candidate. In 1980, Ronald Reagan was scorned as too inexperienced and reactionary for the presidency. Like...

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THE FUTURE DOESN’T SUCK

Nov 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Sooo … that happened. Donald Trump won the U.S. election and now threatens the progress we’ve all worked so hard to achieve. Does this mean our planet is gonna burn and our future is gonna suck? Many of us are in pain and fear for the future right now. Optimism might as well go on the endangered species list. Great time to kick off a newsletter focused on hope and progress for building a better world, right? Actually, yes. Because change doesn’t begin — or end — in Washington, D.C. And it doesn’t rest solely on the actions of one person, or even one government. Innovators, artists, activists, cleantech pioneers, community organizers, city and state leaders, and many others across the globe aren’t giving up on the effort to build a better future...

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FAREWELL, AMERICA

Nov 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Democracy & Government No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently. By Neal Gabler | BILL MOYERS.COM The sun sets behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) America died on Nov. 8, 2016, not with a bang or a whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide. We the people chose a man who has shredded our values, our morals, our compassion, our tolerance, our decency, our sense of common purpose, our very identity — all the things that, however tenuously, made a nation out of a country. Whatever place we now live in is not the same place it was on Nov. 7. No matter how the rest of the world looked at...

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17 Reasons the Opportunity for Transformational Change Doesn’t Belong to Trump—It’s in Bernie and Liz Warren’s Hands...

Nov 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 The real opportunity for transformational political change belongs to Sanders and Warren. Time to hurry! By Mike Davis / Truthdig   via ALTERNET Photo Credit: BestStockFoto / Shutterstock.com This piece first appeared at Verso. We should resist the temptation to over-interpret Trump’s election as an American Eighteenth Brumaire or 1933. Progressives who think they’ve woken up in another country should calm down, take a stiff draught, and reflect on the actual election results from the swing states. Data, of course, is incomplete. The leading exit polls, like Pew and Edison, are hardly flawless in their harvesting of opinion and the final word on the turnout and its composition must await the Current Population Survey’s reports over the next year or two. Nonetheless, the county-level returns authorize some pertinent observations. 1. Turnout was initially reported to...

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THE AIA’S TONE-DEAF RESPONSE TO THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP...

Nov 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Duo Dickinson  COMMONEDGE,ORG The 2016 U.S. presidential election was the most divisive since the Civil War. Not only did the winner lose the popular vote by almost two million votes, many who voted for him thought he was unqualified, but—somehow—more trustworthy than the loser. Turnout was down as both candidates had record “unfavorable” ratings.   After presidential elections, most national organizations issue a press release pledging to work with the incoming administration. But this was not every election. This was a cataclysmic break from reality, as most of us know it. So why would any professional association take a baseball bat to that beehive and issue any statement, pro or con? Well, my professional voice, the profession’s only national voice, the American Institute of Architects, did just that:   “The AIA and...

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Robert Reich: How the Democratic Party Can Win Back Its Soul...

Nov 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 “To tell you the truth, I haven’t cared. And that’s part of the problem,” says Reich on DNC leadership. By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org Photo Credit: HarvardEthics / Flickr Who will become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee? This leadership contest has significant implications for the future of American politics. The choice will help determine how the Democratic party responds to its extraordinary defeats in recent years, ending with the election of Donald Trump. You might think this overwhelming drubbing would cause the Democratic party to reorganize itself into a very different party from the one it’s become – which is essentially a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of the moneyed interests that make up the bulk of its funding. Don’t bet on it....

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HOW TO DO AWAY WITH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE SYSTEM (SHORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT)...

Nov 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Nell Abram, Free Speech Radio News | Interview People watch election results at Times Square in New York, on November 9, 2016. Clinton has followed Al Gore as the second Democratic presidential candidate in modern history to be defeated by a Republican who earned fewer votes, in his case by George W. Bush. Even President-elect Donald Trump, who won the electoral vote but lost the popular vote, called the system “a disaster for a democracy” in 2012. (Photo: George Etheredge / The New York Times) In times like these, news you can trust is of the utmost importance. Click here now to support Truthout — it’s a way to strengthen journalism that has integrity and tells the truth! The outcome of the 2016 presidential election has focused renewed scrutiny on the...

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THROW WALL STREET OUT OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY...

Nov 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Michael Hudson    TRUTHDIG     Robert Rubin, former Citigroup chair and Clinton administration Treasury secretary. (Chatham House / CC-BY-2.0) This piece first appeared at Michael Hudson’s site. In the week leading up to last Tuesday’s election the press was busy writing obituaries for the Republican Party. This continued even after Donald Trump’s “surprising” victory – which, like the 2008 bank-fraud crash, “nobody could have expected.” The pretense is that Trump saw what no other politician saw: that the economy has not recovered since 2008. Democrats still seem amazed that voters are more concerned about economic conditions and resentment against Wall Street (no bankers jailed, few junk mortgages written down). It is a sign of their wrong path that party strategists are holding onto the same identity politics they have used since...

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