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Iraqi Forces Clash with Kurdish Militia

Iraqi military forces have seized strategic positions around the oil-rich city of Kirkuk as a showdown over Kurdish calls for independence enters a dangerous new phase, writes Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Overreaction in Baghdad, Ankara and Tehran to what…Read more ?

John Oliver Tears Into Equifax Executives for Colossal Data Breach

On Sunday, John Oliver turned his attention to Equifax, one of the three big credit reporting agencies that revealed last month that hackers had breached into the company’s data—compromising millions of people’s personal information including social security numbers, birth dates, and home addresses.  “The point here is that it’s a huge problem and in any […]

Trump is Coming for Your Birth Control. Can States Stop Him?

The Trump administration recently announced a rule that will gut the Obamacare mandate that required most employers cover the cost of birth control in their insurance plans. The rule, which will make it much easier for employers to opt out of covering contraceptives, is just one of a handful of recent changes Trump has made that threatens Obamacare. But there’s […]

John Oliver Has the Perfect Analogy for Trump's Iran 'Policy'

"He's like a scared monkey in a submarine randomly pushing buttons." On Sunday’s edition of “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver jabbed President Donald Trump’s complete ignorance and “incoherence” with regards to the Iran nuclear deal. Show More Summary

Robert De Niro Drops Multiple F-Bombs in Unforgettable New Trump Screed

The iconic actor went off during an annual charity function in New York. / >

I Went Undercover at a Boot Camp for Young Conservatives—Here's What I Learned

The Leadership Institute teaches young people how to mobilize for conservative candidates. “I’m up at three in the morning, sweating, because the Fed isn’t destroyed yet,” proclaims Ivy El Zaatari, a wise-cracking young conservative standing before the classroom in a bright red dress. Show More Summary

Thom Hartmann: The America I Knew Has Almost Disappeared

What’s left of our democratic institutions are under siege. Like an alcoholic family that won’t discuss alcoholism (and proving Don Quixote’s warning to never mention rope in the home of a man who’s been hanged), far too many Americans...Show More Summary

Michael Moore's Secret Recipe for Success—How He's Managed to Stay in the National Limelight for Decades

He came to comedy from activism, not the other way around. If there is one thing that we can thank Donald Trump for, it is the extraordinary rise of political comedy his presidency has ushered in for our nation.  Even comedians who generally...Show More Summary

Trump Is Restoring the Darkest Elements of Bush's War on Terror

The Trump administration just classified its first American prisoner off the battlefields of Syria as an “enemy combatant.” Eight years ago, when I wrote a book on the first days of Guantanamo, The Least Worst Place: Guantánamo’s First...Show More Summary

Atlanta Hospital Blocks Father from Donating Kidney to His 2-Year-Old Son Because of a Parole Violation

The boy suffered a stroke two months ago. A 2-year-old boy could have a new kidney that is a 100 percent match, but the Florida police are preventing it from happening. According to WXIA News, little A.J. has been left waiting for a kidney after being born without any. Show More Summary

Pentagon Papers' Daniel Ellsberg: Trump Poses a Nuclear Threat to the World

The anti-nuclear activist and whistleblower recalls Trump asking an adviser about nuclear weapons, “If we have them, why can’t we use them?” For most people, Daniel Ellsberg is known mainly for — or only for — the Pentagon Papers he leaked in 1971. Show More Summary

The NFL Stood by African American Players--Until Its Money Was Threatened

For a while the world’s most lucrative league supported its players in the face of hostility from Donald Trump. Somehow this is where we find ourselves in America in 2017: the president of the United States uses race to drive a wedge between football players and their fans while the world’s most-lucrative sports league caves to his tweets. Show More Summary

Trump Wants to Plunder Afghanistan for Its Vast Mineral Wealth

The US war in Afghanistan is escalating. October 7th marked sixteen years since the start of the US War in Afghanistan – America’s longest war. In an effort to justify the continued and expanded presence of US troops in the country, President Trump is seeking a plan to have US companies extract minerals from resource-rich Afghanistan. Show More Summary

The Corporate Takeover of the Fight Against Breast Cancer Started 25 Years Ago Today

This October marks 25 years since the multibillion-dollar cosmetics corporation The Estée Lauder Companies helped launch the pink ribbon. Breast cancer is the darling of corporate America, with pink ribbons adorning everything from handbags to handguns. Show More Summary

Jim Hightower: Beware the Invasion of the Robot Economy

The biggest threat to American jobs isn't outsourcing; it's automation. "THE ROBOTS ARE COMING! THE ROBOTS ARE COMING!... EEK! THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!" Today's proliferation of industrial robots is an advanced generation of powerful, autonomous machines driven by artificial intelligence. Show More Summary

America May Be Galloping Toward Authoritarian Neo-Fascism

This past week Trump made a ton of alarming suggestions. This past week Trump made a ton of alarming suggestions in furtherance of his white working class culture war against his critics and the media — and that was the suggestion that the broadcast licenses of NBC and the Networks could be pulled because they reported stories the didn’t like. Show More Summary

FEMA: 'Not Our Job to Deliver Water and Food' to Puerto Ricans

On the Rachel Maddow show, officials pass the blame to the San Juan mayor. FEMA says it is not their responsibility to distribute food and water to Puerto Rican survivors of Maria and Irma, according to a recent report by Rachel Maddow. ...Show More Summary

Kate McKinnon's Sewer-Dwelling Kellyanne Conway Clown on SNL Is Creepy and Great

This week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live" is hilarious. Kate McKinnon reprised her role as Kellyanne Conway on this week’s episode of  “Saturday Night Live,” but as “Kellywise the Dancing Clown” in a take-off of the horror film “It.” Cast-member Alex Moffat played CNN’s Anderson Cooper, walking home from the studio on a rainy night. Show More Summary

Mom Overdosed. Six Hours Later, I Found Her Baby Cooing in the Crib.

Editor’s note: Kerri Mongenel has been a caseworker for nine years with Ashtabula County Children’s Services, in northeast Ohio. Earlier this year, Julia Lurie wrote about her work in a piece on children who have lost parents to drug use or overdose. Mongenel periodically blogs about the ups and downs of the job, with a focus […]

If You Are Buying Pumpkin Spice Protein Powder, You Should Just Give Up

In case you haven’t noticed, pumpkin spice flavoring is no longer relegated to your Starbuck’s latte: You can now find pumpkin spiced peanut butter, dog biscuits, and even deodorant. If the trend is starting to make you feel nauseous, Washington Post reporter Maura Judkis, a recent guest on our podcast Bite, has some good news for you. “This […]

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