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America has a corruption problem. And it's not just Trump.

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  • All this badly erodes the public confidence in America's national institutions. If it seems like the game is rigged, that's because it is.
  • Related: Corrupt and Deranged

Ryan Cooper, The Week

June 16, 2017 | Corruption.

For some time now I've been mulling how one might concisely summarize President Trump's sprawling scandals around Russia and his various shady business practices. And that one word, I think, does the trick better than any other: corruption.

And yet, America's corruption problem is far bigger than Donald J. Trump.

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Corrupt and Deranged, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logi

Truth can awaken minds and rouse people to action, posing an obvious threat to the corrupt and deranged. Should Trump win the election, he will assuredly be presented with the same choice as the child in the story: get with the program or die. Odds are he folds, in which case those of us rooting for meaningful change will be left with the hope that the inevitable collapse occurs before we die.

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Naomi Klein on Winning the World We Need

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The acclaimed journalist and author joins Brit Marling to explain why just resisting Trump is not enough.

The Nation and Haymarket Books

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https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/simgad/5585284140253900075  June 19, 2017 | Donald Trump’s takeover of the White House is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises. His reckless agenda—including a corporate coup in government, aggressive scapegoating and warmongering, and sweeping aside climate science to set off a fossil fuel frenzy—will generate waves of disasters and shocks to the economy, national security, and the environment.

Acclaimed journalist, activist, and bestselling author Naomi Klein has spent two decades studying political shocks, climate change, and brand bullies. From this unique perspective, she argues that Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst, most dangerous trends of the past half-centurythe very conditions that have unleashed a rising tide of white nationalism the world over. It is not enough, she tells us, to merely resist, to say no. Our historical moment demands more: a credible and inspiring yes, a roadmap to reclaiming the populist ground from those who would divide usone that sets a bold course for winning the fair and caring world we want and need.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of the international bestsellers No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and most recently This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. In 2017 she joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent.

Brit Marling is the creator and executive producer of The OA. Her film and TV roles include The OA, Another Earth, I Origins, Arbitrage, and The East.

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The Fix Editor's Picks: Living Sober

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Our Living Sober section is a space where our writers share personal experiences, give guidance and advice or just rant about recovery. Here are some of the latest.

 

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SLIP// A Day by Any Other Number...

I tried smoking medical marijuana for my anxiety disorder but it made my symptoms worse and I stopped. The AA ideas came rushing back: "Does this mean I'm not sober anymore?"

By Deanna de Bara

 

ADAPTING// How I Stayed Sober When I Felt Unwelcome in 12-Step Meetings

I felt uncomfortable and alone in meetings in my new country. Here are 8 ways I supported my recovery.

By Olivia Pennelle

 

FOR SHAME// The Secret Power of Shame

As a child, I couldn't figure out a reason for my father's rage, so what my mind couldn't grasp, my soul embraced: I deserved it.

By RJ Handley

 

LOVE LOST// My First Sober Heartbreak

Didn’t he realize that nobody would ever love him the way I did? Was it because I was an addict? Didn’t he realize that it’s because I’m an addict that I love so hard?

By Amy Dresner

 

RISKS// Drinking as Self-Harm

When I can only see the world through foggy glasses, the urge to destroy myself by drinking again becomes an enticing option.

By Kristance Harlow

 

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Your drinking could be trying to tell you something about your life, something that needs to change, or a trauma that hasn’t healed.

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Two Americans

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Genuine and mutual admiration: Bob Dylan shakes President Barack Obama’s hand following his performance at the “In Performance At The White House: A Celebration Of Music From The Civil Rights Movement” concert in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 9, 2010. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. Public Domain

 

  • We may have Bob Dylan in our iTunes but we need to listen to James Comey too. More of his testimony is certain to emerge, and hopefully because of it we’ll see the call for legislative action and structural reform to prevent a recurrence of 2016’s electoral fiasco. Comey’s going to spill his guts and it’s about saving our America.
  • Listen to Dylan’s lecture too. Same deal.

Madeleine Burnside, Huff Post 

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Check out the players! Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey (left), alongside President Barack Obama (center) and outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller (right) at Comey’s nomination to become the Seventh Director of the FBI, 26 September 2013 (Credit: FBI)

06/10/2017 | Two Americans “testified” this week: Bob Dylan and James Comey. Two very different men: a counter-culture Lefty icon and the former Director of the FBI. Different generations—Dylan was born in 1941, just as the U.S. entered World War II, and Comey in 1960, just as the Vietnam War was escalating. An old hippie and a suit; theoretically they would have little in common.

In 2016, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” It was a surprising pick, and the Swedish Academy’s first acknowledgement of song.

Madeleine Burnside , Editor,  The Sanity Papers

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No, We Can’t Rely On The Special Counsel To Uncover The Cover-Up

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  • There’s no guarantee that Mueller will be allowed to complete his investigation, or that his findings will be disclosed if he does.
  • If we want real answers, it’s up to an engaged public (to) force Congress and the press to keep pushing for the truth.
  • Related: Constitutional Crisis

Philip Rotner, Huffington Post 

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/209360/thumbs/s-SCALES-OF-JUSTICE-large.jpg 06/12/2017 | In the aftermath of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony last week, we’re hearing a lot of people say that it’s time to let Special Counsel Robert Mueller sort it all out. Everything else is “just noise.” This is coming primarily from Republicans, but it is also a line we hear regularly from the cable television talking heads.

The idea is that when the special counsel, with all of his investigatory and prosecutorial powers, finishes his investigation and writes his report, we will find out definitively whether President Trump, or those around him, broke laws, obstructed justice, or simply lied and acted unethically.

Philip RotnerHuffington Post  Contributor,  is an attorney and an engaged citizen who has spent over 40 years practicing law. 

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Constitutional Crisis, Ruth Conniff <info@progressive.org>, the Progressive <progressive.org>

  • Donald Trump plunged the nation into a constitutional crisis this week
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Gave The BEST Response To Trump’s Comey Firing

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The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement

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  • Will America finally realize that we are no longer the world leader we think we are?
  • Donald Trump is the only world leader who isn’t sure if climate change is real. 
  • Related: 4 Pathways to Our Climate Future—Which Will We Choose?

Susan Matthews, Slate

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2011/04/04/2014681395.gif May 31, 2017 | One terrible game to play during this presidency is to assess the actual cost of the damage Donald Trump will have wrought by the time he’s done being president. How many people will lose their health insurance? How many Americans will be blocked from voting? How many hate crimes will we endure?

The president’s failure to acknowledge or address climate change ranks high in the catastrophic-Trump-decisions Olympics. Failure to act—or worse, acting to exacerbate—climate change could have lasting implications for the entire planet. It’s true that the train may be out of the station when it comes to avoiding climate change altogether, but we can still attempt to mitigate and alleviate the worst of the effects. In that context, Trump’s almost-guaranteed decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, the most promising global initiative addressing climate change, seems like a big deal. 

Susan Matthews is Slate’s science editor.

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4 Pathways to Our Climate Future—Which Will We Choose? Nicole D'Alessandro, EcoWatch 

  • What would the future look like if we took drastic action to cut emissions—or no action at all?
  • We can choose our own ending to this story. Which way will it go?
  • Top 20 ‘Dirty Denier$’ Who Accept Big Bucks from Big Polluters

 

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