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Updated Special Report | 2010 Mid-term Election Guide

  • Walk away from the Democratic Party and back progressive, third party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves. -- Chris Hedges
  • 2010 Elections: Why Have the Democrats Lost Popular Support?

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Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day, Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future

  • If the public votes in a new Congress that rejects the idea of helping to create demand in the economy because they think it didn't work, then the new Congress could do things that cause a depression.
  • This stuff really matters.
  • Five Things People "Know"
  • People Are Allergic to the Facts

Duty to Warn: Lessons from History to Guide AntiFascist Voters, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

  • What Can Happen if We the People Let Down our Guard and Vote for Our Future Oppressors
  • Excerpts, without comment, from Milton Mayer’s “They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45”
  • Advice for citizens who still have hope for America

Duty to Warn: Don't Vote for Your Future Oppressors, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

  • Who should freedom-loving people vote for?
  • Advice for citizens who still have hope for America

Advancing the Progressive Agenda in November: Don’t Vote Dem! David W. Culver, Evergreene Digest
Walk away from the Democratic Party and back progressive, third party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

The left has lost its nerve and its direction, Chris Hedges, Philadelphia Inquirer | PA
If the left wants to regain influence in the nation's political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party, even if Barack Obama is the (president), and back progressive, third-party (officials) until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

U.S. Midterms: Political Freak Show, Cliff Schecter, Huffington Post
I'm you, dear readers. Well, actually, I'm not. But I'm also not a witch, so at least I've got that going for me.

Ignorance as Authenticity, Joe Klein, Swampland

  • There is something profoundly diseased about a society that idolizes its ignoramuses and disdains its experts.
  • People Are Allergic to the Facts

Empire of Illusion, Jeff Dietrich, The Catholic Agitator

  • It's all about spectacle and debauchery. People are so disconnected from reality that they don't know how to read what is happening--they cannot grasp that the walls are tumbling down--and so they retreat into absurdities. This is the disease gripping American society today.
  • Building a Nation of Know-Nothings
  • Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline

Lessons of the Obama Debacle, Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus

  • The failure of progressives (is) to translate their vision and values into a program that is convincing and connects with the people trapped in the terrible existential conditions created by the global financial crisis.
  • Our side has been derailed (but) ... we can fight back to political relevance.

Anti-tax fervor undermines the common good, Neal Peirce, Syndicated columnist, Seattle Times | WA

  • Facing yawning deficits, many years of tough sacrifice and reckoning lie ahead of us. But to use that as an excuse to eviscerate government functions left and right, or push down taxes just when government needs them to remain solvent, represents a strange kind of patriotism.
  • The Myths of Austerity
  • Hey Tea Party-Republicans: The Founders Are Not Your Guy

2010 Elections: Why Have the Democrats Lost Popular Support?, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun.org<http://www.tikkun.org/>

  • What the Democrats Could Have Done
  • Scaring Us To The Polls


 

Special Report | Trump Is in Major Legal and Political Trouble — His Desperate Attempts to Escape Could Lead America to Catastrophe.

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  • While the time for freak-out is hopefully far in the future, imagining and gaming out our response to some of the worst-case and most extreme possibilities is not at all a hysterical reaction. If anything, it’s the essence of prudence.
  • What do you think he could do? And how should we best react?
  • Related: From the Archives | The dangerous cult of Donald Trump

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The following is a special report from Independent Media Institute (IMI).
 

Thom Hartmann, Independent Media Institute (IMI).

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July 30 2018 | Is it now time to imagine how far Trump and his Republican cronies in Congress might be able to push things?  And how we, as Americans, might respond?

This isn’t the first time such a question has been raised.

Thom Hartmann  is a talk-show host and author of more than 25 books in print. He is a writing fellow at the Independent Media Institute.

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From  the Archives | The dangerous cult of Donald Trump, Chauncey DeVega, Salon / AlterNet
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Scholar Reza Aslan Explains Why It's Time to Treat Trump As An Enemy of the State -- Before It's Too Late

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New Study Confirms That American Workers Are Getting Ripped Off

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(Trump's) right to claim that Americans are getting the short end. But the primary cause of that fact isn’t bad trade agreements or “job killing” regulations — its the union-busting laws and court rulings that the president has done so much to abet.

Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

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July 6, 2018 | America’s unemployment rate is hovering near half-century lows. There are now more job openings than unemployed workers in the United States for the first time since the government began tracking that ratio. For America’s working class, macroeconomic conditions don’t get much better than this.

And yet, most Americans’ wages aren’t getting any better, at all. Over the past 12 months, piddling wage gains — combined with modest inflation — have left the vast majority of our nation’s laborers with lower real hourly earnings than they had in May 2017. On Wall Street, the second-longest expansion in U.S. history has brought boom times — in the coming weeks, S&P 500 companies will dole out a record-high $124.1 billion in quarterly dividends. But on Main Street, returns have been slim.

Eric Levitz: Political writer at New York Magazine

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How did we let modern slavery become part of our everyday lives? Felicity Lawrence, the Guardian

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  • Society abhors exploitation but we are complicit. The cheap goods and services consumers expect makes exploitation inevitable.
  • Related: Amazon’s Wal-Mart problem: Why low wages, working conditions,  and disdain for culture will hurt us all.


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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Week Ending July 28, 2018

  • Part 1: Trump’s incompetence: Secret weapon?
  • Is this terrifying bumbler the GOP’s secret weapon?
  • Part 2: Your rage at Trump is justified.
  • Your rage at Trump is justified: Don’t let scolds like the New York Times shame you for it.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Part 1: Trump’s incompetence: Secret weapon?

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  • Donald Trump’s staggering incompetence: Is this terrifying bumbler the GOP’s secret weapon?
  • From the Muslim ban to zero tolerance and kids in cages: An inept president can still be an authoritarian.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon

June 22, 2018 | President Donald Trump has now been in office for a year and a half. By this time, presidents who are unfamiliar with the ways of Washington (and that is not uncommon) have gotten past the rough spots, settled into the job and figured out how to work the levers of power. Some are naturally better at it than others and some take a while to get their bearings.

Some always seem to be in the middle of political drama, while others just seem to stay placid and even-keeled, almost to the point of being boring. (The contrast between Bill Clinton and Barack Obama comes to mind.) But however they start out, a year and half in they have settled into whatever their groove is going to be, and are operating at a high level of competence. It's the presidency of the United States, after all.

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon <>. She was the winner of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.

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Part 2: Your rage at Trump is justified.


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  • Your rage at Trump is justified: Don’t let scolds like the New York Times shame you for it.
  • There’s a myth that goodness exists independent of rage. It’s a lie to keep those being held down from rising up.

Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

June 22, 2018 | When they go low, we go high. But even at an elevated altitude, there's plenty of breathing space to vent. Justifiable outrage isn't rude. And beware of anyone who tries to silence you by suggesting otherwise.

It's really been something to watch staunchly decorous institutions like The New York Times flail to grasp the profound repulsiveness emanating from the current administration. It's the aristocratic friend who has fallen on hard times, eating macaroni and cheese off the best china, naively wondering why their venerable family name doesn't impress the person taking their job application at Walmart. This, after all, is the same paper that recently went ahead and presumed that owning a Kate Spade handbag was "a coming-of-age ritual for a generation of American women."

Mary Elizabeth William is an American writer and commentator. She is a staff writer for the online magazine Salon. She has also written for The New York Times, The Nation, and other publications.


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This Political Hell was Created by Rigged Primaries and Horrible Establishment Candidates, Not “Protest Votes”

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  • The only way I will ever accept my choice being called a protest vote is if establishment Democrats acknowledge the primary was insurmountably rigged on Clinton’s behalf.
  • Buck the Establishment

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July 11th, 2018 | With the outrage over separating families at the border and the prospect of another conservative Supreme Court Justice, Clinton Pallbearers are once again pointing fingers at Sanders and Stein supporters. Never mind that Gary Johnson Voters (4.49 million)  far exceeded the Jill Stein Voters (1.46 million) in the general election and both establishment candidates generated another abysmal voter turnout with 45 percent not voting at all, the Clintonites primarily blame the “Bernie Bros” for her loss. Therefore, I felt the need to respond to the recently resurrected, all-too-simplistic challenge of whether I still feel good about my Stein “Protest Vote.”

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Unequivocally, yes. It wasn’t a protest vote though. That is the establishment’s self-serving diminution of my vote’s meaning. It is my inalienable right to say with my vote who stood for my principles. Who I trusted with the immense power of running government. I refused to endorse either of the two evil candidates, let alone make the choice of the lesser of the two.

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The Intelligence Community is Neither by David Swanson

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  • and Sam Husseini Dragged out of Press Conference
  • and Debate: Glenn Greenwald vs Joe Cirincione
  • Related: David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism”

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July 18, 2018 | At the big “Treason Summit” “Russopocalypse” “Catastrovent” on Monday, journalist Sam Husseini tried to ask a question about banning nuclear weapons, and was physically hauled out of the room by officials from the “Land of Press Freedom,” Finland. Meanwhile, an Associated Press reporter was permitted to ask a perfectly respectable question pushing a blatant lie that risks nuclear war. Yay for press freedom!

The AP reporter claimed that “every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that” the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election of 2016. In fact, the report that this common lie always refers to was concocted by a group of “hand-picked” (James Clapper’s description) people from three agencies out of 18 or so. The three were the NSA, FBI, and CIA — none of which ever, ever lie or get things wrong, ever. The INR and DIA were excluded along with all the others.


David Swanson <> is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? (2018) and War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism” David Swanson, OpednewsRise Up Times

  • U.S. exceptionalism, the idea that the United States of America is superior to other nations, is no more fact-based and no less harmful than racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry.
  • Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? 
     

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