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Special Report | George Herbert Walker Bush: A Perspective

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Story 1: I Will Not Speak Kindly of the Dead. Bush Was Detestable. * Story 2: Crimes of the Bush dynasty * Story 3: George H.W. Bush Empowered Atrocity Abroad and Fascists at Home. * Story 4: George H.W. Bush, Icon of the WASP Establishment—and of Brutal US Repression in the Third World * Story 5: George Herbert Walker Bush and the myth of the 'good' Gulf War * Story 6: The Media Is Erasing George H.W. Bush’s Catastrophic Harm To LGBTQ People. * Story 7: George H.W. Bush’s Decency Is What Republicans Hope You’ll Remember Him For

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Week Ending December 8, 2018 |

Story 1: I Will Not Speak Kindly of the Dead. Bush Was Detestable. Michael I. Niman, Truthout
December
4,2018 | Sanitizing George H.W. Bush's legacy amounts to historical revisionism.
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Story 2: Crimes of the Bush dynasty, David Zirin, SocialistWorker.org
December
3,2018 | The Bush family … (is) one of the ugliest faces of the system … a political establishment in the U.S. that is committed to promoting the interests of the rich and powerful.
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Story 3: George H.W. Bush Empowered Atrocity Abroad and Fascists at Home. William Rivers Pitt, Truthout
December
 4,2018 | “One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.” –William Shakespeare
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Story 4: George H.W. Bush, Icon of the WASP Establishment—and of Brutal US Repression in the Third World, Greg Grandin, the Nation
December 4, 2018 | Bush famously had to counter the image of being a “wimp.”
Obituaries have transformed the terror that Bush inflicted, depicting it as heroism.

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Story 5: George Herbert Walker Bush and the myth of the 'good' Gulf War, Nora Eisenberg, AlterNet
December
5,2018 |This story draws on articles about the 1991 Gulf War that the author wrote for AlterNet that drew on the writer's extensive research for her 2008 novel, "When You Come Home" (Curbstone)-- which chronicles the lives of young veterans returning home from Desert Storm
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Story 6: The Media Is Erasing George H.W. Bush’s Catastrophic Harm To LGBTQ People. Michelangelo Signorile, HuffPost
12/02/2018 | (Bush) left the presidency having paved the way for his own son’s even more anti-LGBTQ administration, firmly ensconcing religious conservative power within the Republican party.
And that, of course, is the same party that now proudly claims Donald Trump as its leader.

 

Story 7: George H.W. Bush’s Decency Is What Republicans Hope You’ll Remember Him For, Peter Birkenhead, HuffPost
December
 4,2018 | It might be impossible to count the number of times the flagrant liar, pardoner of cronies and employer of virulent racist tropes has been called ‘honorable’ in the past few days.
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When (media outlets, college campuses, and political parties) normalize advocacy for war ... protests need to be held against them. This would bring us closer towards a society that isn’t defined by hate and violence, but by a dedication to peace.

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After all, it’s been statistically shown that these groups are responsible for similar amounts of death and destruction. Since World War II, the United States has carried out invasions in 37 countries. The combined deaths from these wars has now reached over 20 million, with around 5 million of the people killed being Muslims who’ve died in the post-1990 Middle Eastern wars.

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America Is on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown

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“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” ― Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

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Oct 30, 2018  | Yet another shooting.

Yet another smear of ugliness, hatred and violence.

Yet another ratcheting up of the calls for the government to clamp down on the citizenry by imposing more costly security measures without any real benefit, more militarized police, more surveillance, more widespread mental health screening of the general population, more threat assessments and behavioral sensing warnings, more gun control measures, more surveillance cameras with facial recognition capabilities, more “See Something, Say Something” programs aimed at turning Americans into snitches and spies, more metal detectors and whole-body imaging devices at so-called soft targets, more roaming squads of militarized police empowered to do more stop-and-frisk searches, more fusion centers to centralize and disseminate information to law enforcement agencies, and more government monitoring of what Americans say and do, where they go, what they buy and how they spend their time.

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute, where this article first appeared. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People  (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online.

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Feature Article

Democrats need to be ruthless on fixing voting. They're paying a steep price for neglect. Jill Lawrence,  USA Today

  • Voting reforms shouldbetop priority for all Democrats, now in states and later in Washington. What good are policy gains if you can't sustain them?
  • Related: Republicans Are Casting Doubt On Normal Election Processes For The Sake Of Winning.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

 




Publisher's Choice

Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us. Leo J. O'Donovan, America Magazine

https://www.americamagazine.org/sites/default/files/styles/article_image_750_x_503_/public/main_image/20180719T1120-18693-CNS-TEXAS-IMMIGRATION-BISHOPS.jpg.png?itok=L6myt79B / Anita Areli Ramirez Mejia, an asylum seeker from Honduras, hugs her 6-year-old son, Jenri, July 13 at La Posada Providencia shelter in San Benito, Texas. The mother and son were reunited after being separated near the Mexico-U.S. border. (CNS photo/Loren Elliott, Reuters) 
 

Our advocacy was based on the intrinsic dignity and inalienable value of all human beings and their equal and essential rights as members of the human family.


Of Special Interest
Federal Climate Report Predicts At Least 3 Degrees Of Warming By 2100. Alexander C. Kaufman <>and Chris D’Angelo, HuffPost

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The White House’s decision to release the report over the holiday weekend is likely to bury the sobering new findings.

  • This article has been updated with comments from a climate scientist and a response from a NOAA spokeswoman.
  • Before You Go: What Climate Change Just Might Ruin

Bloggers & Columnists | Normon Solomon


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  • Part 1: Giving Thanks
  • Some thoughts before Thanksgiving, 2018
  • Part 2: Thanks, Giving
  • Have a very good Thanksgiving
  • Part 3: From the Archives | Do You Know Where Your Tomatoes Come From?

Government & Politics

The ‘Pelosi Problem’ Runs Deep, Norman Solomon, Truthdig

 
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Progressives should recognize the likely House speaker as a symptom of a calcified party hierarchy that is beginning to lose its grip.
 


Peace & Non-violence

Hospitals Are Trying To Do What Politicians Haven’t: Stop Gun Violence. Nick Wing, Huff Post

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The Yemen Crisis, Khashoggi, and the Deadly Saudi Arms Trade, Elise Thomas, The Interpreter/Australia  / Portside

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  • Whatever happened to Jamal Khashoggi … is … a painful reminder of the selective nature of international outrage that the death of a single, well-connected Saudi Arabian journalist was able to spark a conversation which the deaths of thousands of Yemeni civilians could not.
  • The murder of Jamal Khashoggi has forced new scrutiny of the Saudi role in the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis. But, despite calls for a Yemen ceasefireandother posturing, no Western country has pledged to end arms sales to the kingdom.
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Special Report | Democrats Cave-in to GOP After 2018 Mid-term Elections

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  • Part 1: 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda'
  • "This is a very bad idea, House Democrats. It makes no sense whatsoever to give Republicans veto power over progressive legislation."
  • Part 2: 'This Is Political Cowardice': Fury at Schumer for Offering $1.6 Billion for Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda
  • "We need Democratic leadership who are going to have a goddamn backbone and reject this racist ideology."
  • Part 3: Left Winger Barbara Lee Loses Contested House Democratic Caucus Chair Race
  • "We are for strong border security," Schumer declared when asked about Trump's request for $5 billion in border wall funding.

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Part 1: 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda'

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"This is a very bad idea, House Democrats. It makes no sense whatsoever to give Republicans veto power over progressive legislation."

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/It%20Would%20Be%20A%20Profound%20Mistake.jpgFriday, November 16, 2018 | Nearly three-quarters of the American public and a historic number of Democratic lawmakers support Medicare for All, but the House Democratic leadership is considering using its newly won majority to impose a rule that would "recklessly betray" the grassroots forces that put them in power by making single-payer and other progressive priorities impossible to enact.

According to a list of Democratic proposals obtained by the Washington Post, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)—who is currently fighting back against efforts to prevent her from becoming House Speaker—is pushing for a rule that would "require a three-fifths supermajority to raise individual income taxes on the lowest-earning 80 percent of taxpayers."

Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: 'This Is Political Cowardice': Fury at Schumer for Offering $1.6 Billion for Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda

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"We need Democratic leadership who are going to have a goddamn backbone and reject this racist ideology."

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/ds4gcjgvsaahn7p.jpg_large.jpg?itok=vwtLS7EeWednesday, November 28, 2018 | With the brutal consequences of President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant agenda on full display after U.S. Border Patrol fired tear gas at asylum seekers in Mexico, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sparked fury from progressives and immigrant rights groups on Tuesday by telling reporters that he is perfectly willing to cede ground to the president's xenophobic policies and offer up $1.6 billion for "border security" funding in upcoming budget talks.

"We are for strong border security," Schumer declared when asked about Trump's request for $5 billion in border wall funding.

Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 3: Left Winger Barbara Lee Loses Contested House Democratic Caucus Chair Race

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bfeb4d92100001a07ca2aad.jpeg?cache=ftru2upuvm&ops=scalefit_720_noupscaleRep. Hakeem Jeffries (above) beat out fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Barbara Lee to take the Democratic Caucus chairman position. / AP

The congressman from New York beat fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Barbara Lee of California.

Matt Fuller, HuffPost

11/28/2018 | In perhaps the most contentious battle for House Democratic leadership, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) beat out fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Barbara Lee (Calif.) to take the Democratic Caucus chairman position, the No. 5 spot in Democratic leadership in that chamber.
Jeffries won the race with a vote of 123-113.

With the top Democratic leadership positions uncontested, the caucus chairman position became somewhat of a proxy election for calls of new blood in leadership.

Matt Fuller, Congressional Reporter, HuffPost

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Our Fights are Connected; Our Resistance Must Be Intersectional. African American Policy Forum / Portside

But we must do much, much more than vote. We have to think and act differently about the traumas we are all facing.

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Publisher's Choice
The Egregious Lie Americans Tell Themselves, Jacob Bacharach, Truthdig

  • We choose to believe we’re living in the richest country in the world. Yet all available evidence suggests our wealth is largely an abstraction.
  • Related: Americans Live In A World Of Lies

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France fires back at Trump's lack of 'common decency.' Associated Press / Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune 

  • Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Wednesday: "We were commemorating the assassination of 130 of our compatriots three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis, and so I will reply in English: 'Common decency' would have been appropriate."
  • Related: Trump Is Not the Problem

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Bloggers & Columnists | Robert Gore, David Swanson, Kathy Kelly, Andrew Bacevich, Paul Craig Roberts

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Doug Lynn offers a compelling insight into how the collectiveestablishmentuses  its narratives to keep its hold on power.
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Special Project | Don’t Sell Out Veterans' Health Care

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Story 1: By Protecting Veterans' Health, You May Protect Your Own * Story 2: The V.A. in the Vanguard of Medical Care * Story 3: Five Questions For: Author Suzanne Gordon on the VA as a 'Model for American Health Care * Story 4: From the Archives | A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A.

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Story 1: By Protecting Veterans' Health, You May Protect Your Own, Suzanne Gordon, New York (NY) Times

Nov 10,2018 | I am not a veteran, nor is anyone in my family. But this year, I’m observing Veterans Day by putting a bumper sticker on my car that says “Save Our VA!” The V.H.A.’s successes are the fruit of 100 years of federal expenditures. Let’s hope that a new Congress and, eventually, a different president, will find that investment worthy of protection before it’s too late.

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Story 2: The V.A. in the Vanguard of Medical Care, Suzanne Gordon, New York (NY) Times

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Story 3: Five Questions For: Author Suzanne Gordon on the VA as a 'Model for American Health Care, Alexandra Tempus, the Progressive

Oct14,2018 | “Many liberals and progressives who don’t buy the propaganda about climate, or about education, buy the propaganda about the VA.”

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Story 4: From the Archives | A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A., Paul R. Pillar, Consortium News

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Despite promises from the Bush-43 administration that the Iraq War would pay for itself, the price tag keeps soaring with the predictable impact on V.A. hospitals struggling to care for wounded warriors. But the political solution has been to make a change at the top.
Veteran Affairs scandal in context

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Federal Climate Report Predicts At Least 3 Degrees Of Warming By 2100

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  • The White House’s decision to release the report over the holiday weekend is likely to bury the sobering new findings.
  • This article has been updated with comments from a climate scientist andaresponsefroma NOAA spokeswoman.
  • Related: Special Project | Climate Catastrophe Is Just Around the Corner.
  • Before You Go: What Climate Change Just Might Ruin

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11/23/2018 | The United States already warmed on average 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century and will warm at least 3 more degrees by 2100 unless fossil fuel use is dramatically curtailed, scientists from more than a dozen federal agencies concluded in their latest in-depth assessment.

The 13-agency consensus, authored by more than 300 researchers, found in the second volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment makes it clear the world is barreling toward catastrophic ― perhaps irreversible ― climate change. The report concluded that warming “could increase by 9°F (5°C) or more by the end of this century” without significant emissions reductions.

Alexander C. Kaufman is a climate, environment and business reporter at HuffPost, based in New York, and Chris D’Angelo is a reporter for HuffPost, based in Washington, D.C.

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Story 1: We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN * Story 2: New Climate Report Was Too Cautious * Story 3: The Planet Is Doomed—Let's Destroy It Faster! * Related: The Plastic Bag: An American History

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