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How to Stay Sane if Trump is Driving You Insane: Advice From a Therapist

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  • We are traveling a long road toward change. At times, the pain will be so intense that these skills may not serve us fully. In those moments, allow yourself breaks. Care for yourself. If you find you are struggling to function normally, you may be experiencing more serious depression, anxiety, or trauma symptoms. Reaching out to a professional can help. When I need strength, I re-read the note from the Islamic Society: “Many thanks for your support, encouragement, and efforts done to assist our community during this difficult time.” I remember the humility and kindness in that room. No one, not even Donald Trump, can take that away.
  • Related: Neoliberalism Is Killing Us: Economic Stress as a Driver of Global Depression and Suicide

Robin Chancer, Medium

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Apr 26, 2017 | “I feel like I’ve lost faith in humanity, in our country, in myself,” a client told me recently. “Is this depression, or is this the election?”

“Good question,” I replied. The truth is, individual psychology is hugely influenced by political realities. Many of us feel insane right now because our world is not sane. Current events are very much at odds with our natural optimism, and our belief in human goodness and progress.

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Neoliberalism Is Killing Us: Economic Stress as a Driver of Global Depression and Suicide, Noelle Sullivan, Truthout

It's time we addressed the economic drivers behind the global spikes in depression and suicide. 

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Special Report | Days of Revolt: To Save America We Must Stop Being Polite And Immediately Start Raising Hell

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  • Everything that’s already been undertaken ― the marches, the phone calls to Congress, the letter-writing, the protests, the town halls, putting up candidates for House races ― has been powerful and needs to continue. But it’s time to also be more forceful and more captivating.
  • Here’s how to really turn up the heat on elected officials.
  • Related: After a “Fascinating, Terrifying” 100 Days, Reproductive Rights Activists Are Planning Next Moves.

Michelangelo Signorile, Huffington Post 

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05/10/2017 | Donald Trump made his most frightening authoritarian power grab yet in firing James Comey, the FBI director who was leading an investigation of his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia

This could be viewed as a direct step toward consolidating power and, yes, toward fascism, as we’ve seen play out in other countries ― in Turkey recently, and in many other countries in history from which you could choose as an example.

Michelangelo Signorile: Editor-at-large, HuffPost Queer Voices

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After a “Fascinating, Terrifying” 100 Days, Reproductive Rights Activists Are Planning Next Moves, Alice Pettway, the Progressive

It’s important for people to stay informed and to keep calling their members of Congress. Starting conversations to raise awareness of the issues is also imperative.

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On Trump, McCarthyism, and the Russia Hacking Charges

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Chief Counsel for the Army Joseph Welch (left) being questioned by Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy during the McCarthy-Army hearings in 1954. credit - Wikimedia Commons / US Senate // The Nation

  • One legacy of the McCarthy era is the cloud of suspicion that still hangs over anything connected with the former Soviet Union. If Trump or his associates were indeed guilty of collaborating with the Russians by interfering in the American election, then they broke the law and should be held accountable. But in a world threatened by nuclear weapons, ISIS, and climate change, it seems to me more important than ever that we talk to our adversaries and work toward détente.
  • Related: If We’re Gonna Impeach Trump, Let’s Make Sure We’re Clear on A Couple Points.

Victor Navasky, The Nation / Portside

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https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/1*ruwNn1LCyLKCeXOXpxVH-g.jpegApril 6, 2017 | So Peter Beinart in The Atlantic writes an article on “The New McCarthyism of Donald Trump.” Simon Jenkins in The Guardian informs us that “Donald Trump on terror is just McCarthyism for a new age.” Jonathan Chait in New York magazine argues forcefully that “Donald Trump Is the Perpetrator of McCarthyism, Not the Victim of It,” and Trump himself famously tweets, “Terrible! I just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Even the Russians chime in, with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov observing that the uproar over Jeff Sessions “strongly resembles a witch hunt or the times of McCarthyism, which we thought were long over in the United States as a civilized country.”

The charges of McCarthyism are important because (a) McCarthyism indeed had such a profound impact on our country, our culture, and beyond; and (b) because some of its consequences may still be with us.

Victor Navasky has served as editor, publisher and now publisher emeritus of The Nation. He teaches at the Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he chairs the Columbia Journalism Review.

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If We’re Gonna Impeach Trump, Let’s Make Sure We’re Clear on A Couple Points, Thugz n Kisses, Medium 

We should be careful what we wish for.

 

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If We’re Gonna Impeach Trump, Let’s Make Sure We’re Clear on A Couple Points.

 

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We should be careful what we wish for.

Thugz n Kisses, Medium

May 17, 2017 | Contrary to what folks on reddit and Twitter seem to think, I have no love for Donny “why the Civil War” Trump nor Vlad Putin’s Russia. I think that Trump asking Comey to drop the Flynn investigation is likely obstruction of justice and probably grounds for impeachment. I doubt very much that two Republican-controlled houses of congress will impeach a Republican President, regardless of how volatile or demented he seems, and Rep Green’s impeachment attempt today will likely yield little more than an “official” statement of such from Paul Ryan, but that’s how it goes.

So, now that we have what seems to be considered indisputable evidence of an impeachable offense, can we finally talk about “The Russian Thing”?Thugz n Kisses: I am a self diagnosed cinephile from Maryland. I'm really into music, too, (especially hip hop right now, GOOD hip hop that is). But my only two real loves are my girlfriend … and the cinema. 

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How the Left’s Long March Back Will Begin in the States

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The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) was founded in 2014 as a progressive answer to ALEC. It works with state legislators in a variety of ways to advance legislation, educate lawmakers and build a progressive power base in the states. (Blackbird Film Co./ Flikr)

  • 'For too long, we’ve been very focused at the federal level. And we’re seeing what happens when you put all your eggs in that basket and suddenly the basket breaks.'
  • Progressives’ answer to ALEC is helping to build power from the ground up.
  • Related: A Tough-Love Letter to the Left

Theo Anderson, In These Times

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February 6, 2017 Since the 2010 election, in which the GOP won power in a majority of statehouses, progressives have often lamented the influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which creates template bills that allow legislators to easily replicate right-wing laws across states. It’s been a driving force, for example, in the spread of “right-to-work” legislation as the GOP’s strength in the states continues to grow.

The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) was founded in 2014 as a progressive answer to ALEC. It works with state legislators in a variety of ways to advance legislation, educate lawmakers and build a progressive power base in the states. Last year, staff members met with groups of legislators in about 20 states, to help them establish their policy priorities and understand the issues better. SiX’s priorities include climate change, predatory lending, criminal justice reform, education, election reform, and worker wages and benefits.

Theo Anderson, an In These Times staff writer, has contributed to the magazine since 2010 and is currently a Schumann Center writing fellow. He has a Ph.D. in modern U.S. history from Yale and is working on a book about the intellectual and religious origins of conservatism and progressivism.

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A Tough-Love Letter to the Left, Sam Adler-bell, New Republic / Portside 

  • A new book urges activists to avoid insularity and purism--and to focus on winning.
  • Related: The silence of the pseudo-left on the danger of war

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Are We Monsters?

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  • We are a failed country because we have lost our compassion and sense of community.
  • Related: America’s Descent Into Madness

Neal Gabler, Moyers & Company

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May 11, 2017 | Warner Brothers and Universal have both been dusting off an inventory of classic monsters — King Kong, Godzilla, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, etc. — which prompted New York Times film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott to speculate whether this was a reaction to a contemporary America, where monstrousness now seems to run rampant. When you add a film like the mega hit Get Out, about human monsters, you get the feeling that maybe Hollywood is onto something.

Monster films have always dealt with anxieties — the Depression in the ‘30s, the Soviet threat and nuclear threat in the ’50s, technological change in the ‘60s and ’70s. But today, the  danger is different. Today the danger is us.

Neal Gabler is an author of five books and the recipient of two LA Times Book Prizes, Time magazine's non-fiction book of the year, USA Today's biography of the year and other awards. He is also a senior fellow at The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California, and is currently writing a biography of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

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America’s Descent Into Madness, Henry Giroux, Counterpunch <http://www.counterpunch.org>

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  • America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: worse than McCarthyism, worse than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially more disastrous than the Vietnam War. – John le Carré
  • The Politics of Cruelty
  • The Corporation as Psychopath

 

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Constitutional Crisis

Donald Trump plunged the nation into a constitutional crisis this week.

Related: Dan Rather Just Gave The BEST Response To Trump’s Comey Firing.

Ruth Conniff, the Progressive

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The parallels to the Watergate crisis are “undeniable,” one Nixon scholar told me.

When President Nixon fired Archibald Cox, who was investigating Watergate, The Progressive called on readers to exert “immense and unremitting pressure” to convince Congress to impeach Nixon. “Public opinion, forcefully applied, can move the requisite number of Representatives to embark on the process of impeachment,” we editorialized at the time.

We are in the same situation once again. And public pressure is building.

Citizens are packing town hall meetings to demand answers on the Comey firing and to express their worry about Republican plans to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile, Trump has launched yet another cynical attack on our democracy. Our publisher, Norm Stockwell, spoke with Greg Palast this week about Trump’s new voter fraud commission, led by one of the chief architects of the phony claim that there are millions of illegal voters in the United States.

Ruth Conniff is an American progressive journalist who serves as editor-in-chief of the Progressive. In addition to the Progressive, Conniff has written for the Nation and the New York Times.

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In the wake of Trump’s self-serving removal of James Comey from his role as Director of the FBI, many Americans have been left reeling, struggling to make sense of the undemocratic move. As has become increasingly the case, journalist Dan Rather offered one of the most articulate assessments of the situation.

Related: We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump

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Special Report | Disability: Republican health plan undermines special education, too

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  • At a certain point, congressional Republicans stop looking like American policymakers and start looking like villains from a Dickens novel.
  • Related: Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family."

Steve Benen, MSNBC

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05/04/17 | At first blush, it may seem counter-intuitive to think the Republicans’ regressive health care plan would affect education policy. It’s bad enough to realize GOP lawmakers are prepared to take away health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans, but if they’re going to target schools, they’ll have to do so in a different bill, right?

Wrong. The New York Times reports:

"With all the sweeping changes the Republican bill would impose, little attention has been paid to its potential impact on education. School districts rely on Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor, to provide costly services to millions of students with disabilities across the country."

Steve Benen: Producer, The Rachel Maddow Show

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Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family."  Trump Resistance Movement (TRM), act.tv

GOP Representative Tom MacArthur was not ready for this. This man brought the house down speaking his mind.

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