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Karl Grossman – Why Is Gas Suddenly $2 a Gallon? OPEC and the Frackers

Wondering why the price of gasoline has plummeted to around $2 a gallon? It is largely an attempt to quash one of the most odious of energy processes–fracking–by a most odious of energy organizations, OPEC. Hydraulic fracturing or fracking has in recent years caused a revolution in petroleum extraction. Using a new technique to split underground shale formations, it has …

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Mark Hertsgaard – The Fate of the World Changed in Paris—but by How Much?

Thanks a lot, Republicans. You weren’t in Paris physically, but you still managed to prevent last week’s global climate summit from reaching an agreement that would give humanity a better than iffy chance of avoiding catastrophic sea-level rise, scorching temperatures, and killer floods and drought in the years ahead. An iffy chance is better than none, and government and civil-society …

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IAN MILLHISER – Donald Trump Has An Absolutely Terrifying Plan For The Supreme Court

Early in his campaign for the White House, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump suggested that his nominees to the Supreme Court may be unexpectedly moderate — he said that his sister Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, a left-of-center Clinton appointee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, would make a “phenomenal” justice. Speaking at a South Carolina political …

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Matt Taibbi – It’s Too Late to Turn Off Trump

Some people in the news business are having second thoughts this week about their campaign strategy. They’re wondering if they created a monster in Donald Trump. The LA Times published a piece about how the tone of Trump’s TV appearances has changed, now that’s he’s fully out of the closet as an aspiring dictator, with his plans to ban all Muslims and …

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Mark Bowden – Donald Trump Really Doesn’t Want Me to Tell You This, But…

 spent a long, awkward weekend with Donald Trump in November 1996, an experience I feel confident neither of us would like to repeat. He was like one of those characters in an 18th-century comedy meant to embody a particular flavor of human folly. Trump struck me as adolescent, hilariously ostentatious, arbitrary, unkind, profane, dishonest, loudly opinionated, and consistently wrong. He …

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Channeling Nation’s Ugliness, Trump More American Than You Think

Much has been made of how Donald Trump’s racist remarks on the 2016 presidential campaign trail are “un-American,” outlandish, and—incredibly to some—giving him a bump in the polls. But others say it’s time for a reality check. Trump is “definitely not an outlier,” Erika Lee, director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, told The Hill. …

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Chris Hedges – Capitalism’s Cult of Human Sacrifice

HOUSTON—Bryan Parrasstood in the shadows cast by glaring floodlights ringing the massive white, cylindrical tanks of the Valero oil refinery. He, like many other poor Mexican-Americans who grew up in this part of Houston, struggles with asthma, sore throats, headaches, rashes, nosebleeds and a host of other illnesses and symptoms. The air was heavy with the smell of sulfur and …

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Michael Payne – Planting Seeds of Fear into the American Mind

America is entering into a most dangerous time in its history as this society and its people react to and try to cope with the specter of fear that is rapidly spreading across this nation. For many years, Americans have listened to the incessant beat of the drums of war. Now we hear the drums of fear sounding across this …

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Jim Garrison – ISIS, Holocaust, and Hope

President Obama is acting as if ISIS is terrorism as usual, slightly upgraded. Donald Trump is acting as if Muslims are the enemy, no exceptions. The reality is that with ISIS, we are no longer playing with fire, we are playing with dynamite. This is what Obama does not yet understand. The solution is to eliminate ISIS, not discriminate against …

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Travis Gettys – Fear not: More Americans support Bernie Sanders than Donald Trump — no matter what TV says

As the Donald Trump campaign turns from farce to tribulation, it’s worth noting that millions more Americans support Bernie Sanders than the Republican frontrunner. Trump’s level of national support is 30.4 percent of GOP primary voters, according to the average calculated by Real Clear Politics, while Sanders remains in second place among Democratic primary voters with a 30.8 percent average …