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Did the NRA Help Train the Florida High School Shooter?

A new report reveals it funded a rifle program that counted Nikolas Cruz among its students. NRA Foundation -- the National Rifle Association subsidiary responsible for the group’s school safety initiative -- helped fund the marksmanship training of the gunman who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, this week. Show More Summary

Law Professor Proposes Bringing Back Indentured Servitude

In fairness, he makes a valiant case for it, but this idea is probably best left in the dustbin of history. It’s 2018, so of course we’re about to discuss the possibility of rejuvenating indentured servitude. The practice, which until...Show More Summary

Five Months After Maria, San Juan Mayor Decries 'Disaster Capitalism' & Privatization in Puerto Rico

25% of the island is without power, and the Trump administration does nothing. As this week marks five months since Hurricane Maria battered the island of Puerto Rico, more than a quarter of the island remains without power, marking the longest blackout in U.S. Show More Summary

To Get Men on Our Side, Feminists Must Fight for Men Too

Click here for reuse options! It may be the only way to get them to listen. With so many conversations about sexual harassment and abuse taking place in public and in private, it can get exhausting for feminists to have to re-articulate the same points over and over. Show More Summary

How Donald Trump Plans to Enlist Fossil Fuels in the Struggle for Global Dominance

We're in an age of unprecedented environment disaster, and the president is only making it worse. The new U.S. energy policy of the Trump era is, in some ways, the oldest energy policy on Earth. Every great power has sought to mobilize...Show More Summary

The GOP Is Conducting Cyber Warfare Against Political Opponents

Click here for reuse options! Automated Twitter storms attacking Democrats. Tens of thousands of faked emails calling for deregulation. Made-up endorsements from pop-up news sites. As speculation builds over the extent of Russian meddling...Show More Summary

Paul Krugman: The GOP Has No Moral Character to Speak Of

The Parkland school shooting marks a new low for the president and his party. Over the weekend, President Trump used the Parkland, Florida school shooting as an excuse to attack the FBI, and went on an extended rant about Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Show More Summary

Millions of Americans are Among the Poorest People in the World

Click here for reuse options! People in power won't do anything about it. In 2015 it was reported that up to 50 million American adults had negative wealth and thus numbered among the poorest 10% of the world's adults. This was disputed by Vox writer Matthew Yglesias, who said, "..that's absurd. Show More Summary

Trump's Fast-Food Engorged World Is Petty, Small, Miserable, Anxious and Angry

Our president's only religion is self-worship. Many academic disciplines can be consulted to explain the on-going tragedy of the Trump administration. History can give us a sense of the precedents, the shameful nativist tradition in groups like the Know Nothings and the John Birch Society. Show More Summary

Robert Reich: Americans Have Three Choices When It Comes to Trump

Democracy is incredibly fragile, and it requires all of us to protect it. First, you can complain. Yell. Bang on the dinner table. Tell your family and friends the man is a dangerous fool. Explode every time you read something about him. Show More Summary

Florida Shooting Survivors Crush Prominent Trump Supporter Smearing Their Names

Jack Kingston will think twice about going after these kids again. A student who survived last week’s horrific shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hammered Trump supporter Jack Kingston for saying that young people promoting stronger gun laws were being manipulated by liberal billionaire George Soros. Show More Summary

Why We Need Black Feminism More Than Ever Under Trump

Click here for reuse options! This political time calls for intersectionality. In April 1977, members of the Black feminist Combahee River Collective—named after Harriet Tubman’s 1863 raid in South Carolina to lead more than 700 enslaved people to freedom—published a document called the Combahee River Collective Statement. Show More Summary

What Can Noam Chomsky's Co-Author Teach Us in the Age of Trump?

Click here for reuse options! Ed Herman's media criticism remains as vital today as ever. The story goes that Einstein's theory of relativity began with a simple question: What if a person could sit on a beam of light? A single inquiry led to an entire field of study, and perhaps the world's most famous scientific breakthrough. Show More Summary

Dems in Congress Demand Hearings for Trump's Sexual Harassment Accusers

This Presidents' Day, let's fight for the survivors. Donald Trump was elected president despite his history of sexual harassment.  While in office, he's continued to hire men accused of the same, and continue to defend most of them, like former Staff Secretary Rob Porter, who was accused by multiple ex-partners of domestic abuse. Show More Summary

Baltimore Police Corruption Myths: Dirty Cops Don't Just Target Criminals

Yes, robbery is still illegal, even when cops are pocketing the spoils. What the public gets wrong. Baltimore City Police officers of the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF) Evodio Hendrix, Maurice Ward, Daniel Hersl, Marcus Taylor, Wayne Jenkins,...Show More Summary

Trump's First Year in Office Was So Bad That Scholars Already Rank Him as the Worst President Ever

He's also the most polarizing president in American history. President Donald Trump’s first year in office — which was marked by a nonstop stream of scandals, as well as record-low approval ratings — was so bad that a survey of scholars has already ranked Trump as the worst president ever. Show More Summary

Why Corporate Democrats Do Not Support Immigrant Justice

Liberal politicians can must be pushed further to the left. "Liberal academics are busy supporting the Dream Act or whatever helps them avoid being called racist." This is how a member of Chicago's Moratorium on Deportations Campaign expressed...Show More Summary

A Big Part of Fixing Our Education System Is Simply About Its Price Tag

Click here for reuse options! Is higher education really worth the price tag? If you want a higher education in the United States, you need to have money. The average cost of a college education at a public university in the USA is over $20,000. Show More Summary

Thom Hartmann: We Live in a Country That Has a Totally Corrupted Political System

The young people see this situation for what it is: Corruption. As the school shooting in Parkland, Florida has shown, what was considered insanely corrupt political behavior 40 years ago is now normal. And you can thank right-wingers on the Supreme Court.  Back in 1982, the late novelist Robert B. Show More Summary

John Oliver's 6 Big Lessons on How to Report on Donald Trump

The late-night comic has some sound advice for us. "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" returns to HBO Sunday, Feb. 18, for the British comedian's fifth season, after a brief hiatus. Though, as he tells a room full of reporters at the network's Bryant Park headquarters Monday, he and his team never stopped working. Show More Summary

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