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Effort to Abandon Electoral College Gains Steam. Here’s What It Would Ruin for America.

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  • This misguided attempt to subvert the Constitution (is) partisan and historically ignorant. It overlooks … that the Electoral College has produced … a stable political system that forces politicians to reckon with our nation’s diverse needs.
  • Related: The Controversial Conundrum That Is the Electoral College

Jarrett Stepman, the Daily Signal / Intellectual Takeout

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February 28, 2019 | Colorado is joining a list of states attempting to overturn the way Americans have selected their presidents for over two centuries.

The Colorado Legislature recently passed a bill to join an interstate effort called the “interstate compact,” to attempt to sidestep the Electoral College system defined by the Constitution. Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, called the Electoral College an “undemocratic relic” and vowed to sign the bill into law.

Jarrett Stepman is an editor and commentary writer for The Daily Signal and co-host of "The Right Side of History" podcast.

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The Controversial Conundrum That Is the Electoral College, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: From the Archives | The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President
  • The founders envisioned electors as people who could prevent an irresponsible demagogue from taking office.
  • Part 2: The Electoral College Conundrum
  • There’s no consensus on abolishing the Electoral College, which has countered the popular vote in two of the past five presidential elections.

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The Mindless Menace of Compliance

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It is easy to be mad at politicians and rage against their malpractice; however, maybe it is time for us to look in the mirror.

Teodrose Fikre, Ghion Journal

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February 7, 2019 | Two days ago, I made a resolution and swore that I would not partake in the absurdity of the State of the Union address. Rather than indulging indignity, I took the occasion to share my story in an attempt to encourage more people to have heartfelt conversations instead of bludgeoning each other with partisan cudgels. After publishing my article, I was determined to not succumb to temptation; I refused to flip on the television and watch the kabuki dance that was poisoning the public airwaves.

I was proud of myself; not only did I not watch the carnival in Congress, I barely talked about it that evening. Alas, my success story ran head first into a wall of speculation and post-game analysis that flooded my social media newsfeed the ensuing morning. One post in general repulsed me to no end, I had a gag reflex induced by a picture of Nancy Pelosi “clapping back and throwing shade” at Trump shared by a friend—my break from fatuous politics lasted less than 12 hours. Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in!

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Special Report | The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Fraud, HateOmar Is Fraud, Hate


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  • Part 1: The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is a Fraud for Many Reasons, Including Its Wild Distortion of Her Comments ~ Glenn Greenwald.
  • Look at what … Omar has actually said … and there's not much with which to argue.
  • Part 2: We Know What Hate Looks Like: Standing With Ilhan.
  • What people are afraid of is that there are two Muslims in Congress … that are fearless.
  • Related: Wake Up, American Jews: You’ve Enabled Israel’s Racism For Years.

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Part 1: The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is a Fraud for Many Reasons, Including Its Wild Distortion of Her Comments ~ Glenn Greenwald

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Look at what much condemned Rep. Ilhan Omar has actually said about Israel and the Jewish lobby and there's not much with which to argue.

March 6, 2019 | GOP Congressman Steve King has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years, yet Democrats – who controlled the House for four of those years and now control it again – never formally rebuked or condemned him until last month (they did so at the same time that Republicans removed him from his Committee assignments due to a long history of white supremacist remarks).

By extremely stark contrast, Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar – the first black Muslim woman ever elected to the Congress – has served in the House for a little more than two months, and House Democratic leaders have already formally condemned her once and are preparing to so again, this time even more harshly and officially, on Wednesday.

Glenn Greenwald is one of three co-founding editors of The Intercept. He is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law.

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Part 2: We Know What Hate Looks Like: Standing With Ilhan

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"What people are afraid of is that there are two Muslims in Congress that have their eyes wide open, that have their feet to the ground, that know what they’re talking about, that are fearless." --Illhan Omar

Abby Zimet, Common Dreams

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 | Amidst the ongoing, breathtaking hypocrisy of rabid charges of anti-Semitism - aka daring to criticize America's toxic complicity with Israeli war crimes - heedlessly leveled against her, often from down-and-dirty bigots, Ilhan Omar is all done apologizing. And well she should be. Even as the outrage machinery grinds on, African-Americans, progressive Jews and many others have rallied to support her. The House reportedly still plans to issue its hollow, ugly rebuke of "anti-Semitism," but pushback has grown, it's been delayed, and thanks to the Congressional Black and Progressive Caucuses it may also condemn anti-Muslim sentiments, because today we evidently have to say these things. The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of over 50 organizations, have charged that criticisms of Omar, Angela Davis and other black progressives speaking out for Palestinian rights seek "to regulate behavior (and) mute independent Black political voices." Others have called out the willful inaccuracies of Omar's critics, noting that AIPAC is of course a Zionist, not Jewish lobby whose politics are abhorrent to many Jews. From Deadspin's David Roth, "Pay attention to who the people are pretending not to understand that."

Abby Zimet has written Common Dreams' (CD's) Further column since 2008. A longtime, award-winning print journalist for newspapers and magazines, she lived in the Maine woods for about a dozen years before moving to Portland in 1983. Having come of political age during the Vietnam War, she has long been involved in women's, labor, anti-war, social justice and refugee rights issues.

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Wake Up, American Jews: You’ve Enabled Israel’s Racism For Years. Joshua Leifer, the Forward / Portside

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Israeli politics during the successive Netanyahu governments has become a parade of hate speech, with right-wing politicians competing over who will do the worst to “the Arabs.”


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Feature Article | Government & Politics

The Price of Empire ~ Umair Haque, Robert Gore, Eudaimonia / Straight Line Logic

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/2600/1*Nu0RaDq1QceANFf7oU_QDQ.jpegBut violence and greed and cruelty cannot lead anyone anymore to prosperity in the 21st century. There is nobody left to colonize and exploit left but yourself, your very own society, in a world which is out of easy frontiers and helpless peoples.
  • The price of empire is a nation's soul.

Publisher's Choice | Foreign Affairs

Special Report | Venezuala: Violence, Propaganda, Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep's Clothing, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • As we hope for these factors to restrain the American empire, let’s work to end the capitalist system that let this empire come into existence in the first place.
  • Part 2: Venezuela,USAIDand European Charity: Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep’s Clothing
  • Our government should spend less time lecturing other countries and take care of the army of homeless veterans who are stacking up in cities across America.
     

Of Special Interest | Race & Ethnicity

Bonfires of Bigotry: The Sources of Our Present Anger, Jeff Minick, Intellectual Takeout

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Related: The Real Roots of American Rage

 

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Hope and Love in the Time of Trump, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest  

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  • Three excellent speakers--sponsored by Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
  • Part 2: To Love This Broken-Hearted Country
  • I want to love this broken-hearted country, this land of shattered dreams and dashed hopes.


Business

Series | Part 1: This Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ Just Might Work. Ellen Brown, Truthdig

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  • The Public Bank Option: The Precedent of Roosevelt’s New Deal
  • Related: What’s the ‘Green New Deal’? The surprising origins behind a progressive rallying cry.

Government & Politics

Fiction in the Face of Facism, Arundhati Roy, Truthout.org
"People spend so much time mocking Trump …

Health, Science & Environment

Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived. Dahr Jamail,  Truthout
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/ Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia, Eastern Washington and Montana enshrouds the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. In the Pacific Northwest, experiencing weeks on end of wildfire smoke during the summer months has become the “new normal.” / Dahr Jamail

  • The human race is too stupid to survive, as amply proven by the people it chooses to lead (into oblivion).  We'll just all go on our merry way, uninvolved... .
  • Related: A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die.
     

Media & Technology

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  • Part 1: Trump Is Running Against The Media. Why Does The Media Keep Helping Him?
  • The press should know the name of this game by now.
  • Part 2: It’s Time for Journalism to Stand for Something.
  • Because journalism couldn’t afford to make enemies, it gave up its moral compass. 

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Wake Up, American Jews: You’ve Enabled Israel’s Racism For Years.

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  • Israeli politics during the successive Netanyahu governments has become a parade of hate speech, with right-wing politicians competing over who will do the worst to “the Arabs.”
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  • Related: Special Report | The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Fraud, Hate.

Joshua Leifer,  the Forward / Portside

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/ February 26, 2019 | Much like Donald Trump’s election, the merger between the right-wing settler Jewish Home party and the Kahanist Otzma Yehudit — encouraged and facilitated by Prime Minister Netanyahu — marks less a break with the status quo than its unmasking.

There was once a time when even Likud members felt obligated to object to the Kahanists’ explicit, violent racism; for instance, in the 1980s, when Brooklyn-born rabbi Meir Kahane would take the Knesset podium, Likud MKs would exit the hall. (Kahane and his party were later banned from parliamentary politics for racist incitement). Those days are long gone.

Joshua Leifer is an associate editor at Dissent Magazine. His pieces have been published in Haaretz, The Nation, n+1, Jacobin, and Jewish Currents.

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Special Report | The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Fraud, Hate. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/users/user1368/stand_with_d017nn7ucaazm1r.jpgPart 1: The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is a Fraud for Many Reasons, Including Its Wild Distortion of Her Comments ~ Glenn Greenwald.
  • Look at what … Omar has actually said … and there's not much with which to argue.
  • Part 2: We Know What Hate Looks Like: Standing With Ilhan.
  • What people are afraid of is that there are two Muslims in Congress … that are fearless.
  • Related: Wake Up, American Jews: You’ve Enabled Israel’s Racism For Years.

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Bonfires of Bigotry: The Sources of Our Present Anger

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  • Some journalists and commentators, anxious to prove American bigotry and blind to their own, throw gasoline onto the pyres of hatred.
  • Related: The Real Roots of American Rage

Jeff Minick, Intellectual Takeout

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February 26, 2019 | A few questions for my readers:

When you are shopping at WalMart or your local mall, do you constantly assess people by the color of their skin?

When the pigmentation of the clerk behind the register at the grocery store differs from your own, does bile rise in your throat?

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The Real Roots of American Rage, Charles Duhigg, the Atlantic
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The untold story of how anger became the dominant emotion in our politics and personal lives—and what we can do about it.

 


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