Congressman Sam Johnson of the 3rd District of Texas speaks at the biannual Texas Republican Convention in Dallas. Over 5,000 delegates from across the Lone Star State heard state-wide officeholders and Texas Republican members of Congress blast the Democratic administration while advocating traditional conservative fiscal and social values. (Photo by Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images)


GOP PLANS TO GUT SOCIAL SECURITY The  Republicans have opened a new assault on Social Security.  At present all I know about it is what I read  in a Talking Points Memo by Tierney Sneed   Key House GOPer Introduces Bill With Major Cuts To Social Security . The trouble with Sneed’s article is that she does not appear to know …


Alfie Kohn – Narcissist-in-Chief A Psychological Take on a Political Reality

The initial shock has given way to a twofold horror. First, there is the unavoidable fact that more than 62 million Americans voted for this man. Most white college graduates preferred him. Most white women preferred him. Presumably many of those 62 million aren’t bigots or bullies or sexual predators or compulsive liars. But they knowingly voted for someone who …


Chris Hedges – We Are All Deplorables

My relatives in Maine are deplorables. I cannot write on their behalf. I can write in their defense. They live in towns and villages that have been ravaged by deindustrialization. The bank in Mechanic Falls, where my grandparents lived, is boarded up, along with nearly every downtown store. The paper mill closed decades ago. There is a strip club in the …


Why the Trump effect could increase bullying

Donald Trump has won the presidency, but not before launching one of the most ugly and fractious campaigns in American history. As the 2016 election season now comes to a close, there are signs that it has left scars behind, particularly in the schools of the United States. The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers’ union, recently launched …

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

John Feffer – Hillary Clinton and the Neocons

Much has been made of the swing in political allegiances of neoconservatives in favor of Hillary Clinton. As a group, Washington’s neocons are generally terrified of Trump’s unpredictability and his flirtation with the alt-right. They also support Clinton’s more assertive foreign policy (not to mention her closer relationship to Israel). Perhaps, too, after eight long years in the wilderness, they’re …


Andrea Germanos – New Lawsuit Challenges Effort to Stamp Out African-American Vote in NC

With just over a week to go before Election Day, the North Carolina NAACP on Monday filed a lawsuit to stop what it describes as a Republican-led effort to snuff out the African-American vote. “This is our Selma and we will not back down and allow this suppression to continue,” said Rev. William Barber II, president of the organization. According …


Leid Stories—Dr. Gerald Horne’s Radical Guide to Understanding Election 2016 and What’s Next—10.31.16

Election 2016, with its constant and dramatic twists and turns, is one of the most contentious elections in U.S. history. Nov. 8, Election Day, will not bring an end to the drama; it will only be a marker for a fresh start to political mayhem and turmoil.


Mental health in the 19th century, when soldiers died of homesickness

Abner R Small, a commissioned officer in the 16th Maine Volunteers, was captured by Confederate forces in August 1864 and spent several months as a prisoner of war. In his diary, Small recorded the effects of imprisonment upon his fellow inmates. “They became homesick and disheartened,” he noted. “They … were dying of nostalgia.” Nostalgia, once regarded as a condition …