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Leid Stories—Two Americas: One White, the Other Besieged—09.18.17

Recent social, political and economic developments have been pointing up a long-held fact of life in America: It continues to be the land of the great divide. The televised Emmys awards show still took top billing over real-time protests  against police killings of fellow Americans. Leid Stories asks listeners: What [else] must be done to make racial and economic justice …

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ALAN NASSER – The New (Cold?) War With China

Washington has recently initiated major war games in the neighborhoods and on the borders of Russia and China, the most intense martial exercises since the end of the Second World War. The old Cold War ante has been upped, and the danger of military confrontation between Washington and Russia and/or China looms large. (See my extensive discussion in “How Clinton …

Dave Johnson – “Corruption” Then And Now

Remember how the “news” media was going on and on about the Clinton Foundation — at least when they weren’t going on and on abut Hillary Clinton’s emails, or airing entire Trump rallies for free? Media “coverage” of the 2016 campaign was almost entirely devoid of discussion of the important issues. Climate change? Housing policy? Instead it consisted of media …

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Sonali Kolhatkar – Donald Trump Deserves to Be Ridiculed—It’s the One Thing That Terrifies Him

Donald Trump has a thin skin. That personality trait is consistent with his large ego, desire to flaunt his wealth, portray himself as a playboy and aggressively fight every imagined slight. The fact that the president-elect takes time away from the huge job of assembling a transition team and appointing a new Cabinet to watch Alec Baldwin’s caricature of him …

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To everyone calling Kim Kardashian a bad role model, ​you’re not exactly Gandhi yourself

Yes, down with Kim! This was certainly the consensus among the commentariat, and by commentariat I mean specifically rightwing female columnists with terrifying byline photos. Now, as all readers of this column surely appreciate, anything that is written next to a terrifying photo byline of a female columnist is, by nature, the word of God. So it somewhat flummoxes me …

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Robert Reich – The End of the Establishment?

Step back from the campaign fray for just a moment and consider the enormity of what’s already occurred. A 74-year-old Jew from Vermont who describes himself as a democratic socialist, who wasn’t even a Democrat until recently, has come within a whisker of beating Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucus, routed her in the New Hampshire primary, and garnered over …

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Nicolas J S Davies – Hillary Clinton and the Dogs of War

A poll taken in Iowa before the presidential caucus found that 70 percent of Democrats surveyed trusted Hillary Clinton on foreign policy more than Bernie Sanders. But her record as Secretary of State was very different from that of her successor, John Kerry, who has overseen groundbreaking diplomatic breakthroughs with Iran, Cuba and, in a more limited context, even with Russia and …

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Dean Baker – Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and the Money

Bernie Sanders has made the corrupting role of money in politics a centerpiece of his campaign. He has argued that because campaign contributions by the rich pay for political campaigns, they are able to control the political process. This gives us a political system that is very effective at serving Wall Street and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. It is …

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In Fact, Argue Experts, Sanders’ Medicare-for-All Numbers “Do Add Up”

During Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton criticized Bernie Sanders’ proposal for a “Medicare for All” healthcare program, stating, “the numbers just don’t add up.” “A respected health economist said that these plans would cost a trillion dollars more a year,” Clinton said, likely referring to a recent analysis by Emory University professor Kenneth Thorpe, who helped craft a single-payer …