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David Horsey | The Unguided Missle / editorialcartoonists.com

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Trump Leads the Religious Right to the Promised Land

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  • In a tweet last night, President Donald Trump posted this picture and wrote that the prayer circle occurred after he announced his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.
  • Evangelicals' alignment with Trump shows their affinity for power over morality.
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Adele Stan, Moyers & Company

http://lacatholicworker.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/faith-and-politics-sign.jpg February 2, 2017 | It’s been a heady two weeks for right-wing Christian evangelicals. Never before has a president of the United States — not Reagan or either of the Bushes — delivered so much of their agenda in such short order as Donald Trump has just done. He capped off his string of early valentines to the religious right with the announcement of a Supreme Court nominee who is poised to revoke the rights of women, further tear down the “wall” between church and state and open wider the doors for big monied interests to buy the political system they want.

 

The right-wing press was breathless in its praise for 49-year-old Judge Neil Gorsuch, named by Trump on Tuesday night to ascend to the high court with the seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia, who was a ferocious opponent of reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights and significant remedial measures for ensuring civil liberties for African-Americans. Yet religious-minded conservatives may come to love their new man even more than the lionized Scalia: The New York Times places Gorsuch to Scalia’s right.

Adele Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect and a freelance writer.

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The Common Sense of Socialism

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New Democratic Party leader Tommy Douglas at a political rally in June 1968. The Canadian Press

  • What can the Canadian experience teach us about building a mass working-class party in the US?
  • Related: Neoliberalism Is Killing Us: Economic Stress as a Driver of Global Depression and Suicide

Kurt Hackbarth & Colin Mooers, Jacobin

On November 8, the decrepitude of the Democratic Party was on full display. As election returns poured in, it became clear that Donald Trump — buffoon, xenophobe, historically unpopular presidential aspirant — would somehow best the party’s dynastic candidate, Hillary Clinton. Establishment liberalism had utterly failed to thwart resurgent right-wing populism.

In the months since, Democratic elites have largely doubled down on their discredited politics. They’ve formed an often feckless opposition to Trump, while simultaneously fending off challenges from the party’s left and attempting to placate a restive base. For many people, it’s been enough to get them thinking about a wholesale break with the party.

Kurt Hackbarth is a writer, playwright, and freelance journalist. Colin Mooers is a professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.

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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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ACLU | Why the Only Way to Fix the Muslim Ban Is Not to Have a Muslim Ban

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JFK Muslim Ban Protest  Photo: ACLU

  • Instead of abandoning this odious idea in response to widespread criticism and outrage, Mr. Trump candidly explained that he would change the wording of his proposal but not its substance.   
  • Related: Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from WhiteHouse.gov

Cody Wofsy, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) / Rise Up Times 

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March 10, 2017 | Today President Trump signed a new Muslim ban. The new executive order is a major retreat by the administration, reflecting that, as courts around the country have recognized, the original order was deeply flawed and totally unjustified. But the fundamental truth of this new order, like the old one, remains unchanged: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and the ban is his attempt to make good on that unconstitutional and indefensible goal.

President Trump’s intentions regarding the Muslim ban have been clear. In a statement “On Preventing Muslim Immigration” posted to his campaign website — and still available on it as I write — then-candidate Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Again and again, he refused to disown this proposal, expressing his opinion that “Islam hates us” and that there are “problems with Muslims coming into the country.”

Cody Wofsy: Skadden Fellow, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

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Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from WhiteHouse.gov, David A. Love, The Grio / Black Commentator

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  • "These dramatic changes to the White House website mirror the drastic and draconian cuts this president plans to make to the government. To sum it up, he’s getting rid of everything."
  • Censorship already begun.
  • Related: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America

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Norman Solomon on Trump and the Press

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March 3, 2017 | This week on CounterSpin: Donald Trump says the press corps are the “enemy of the people.” The press corps, in turn, say Donald Trump is “presidential.” Where the people find themselves in this dance is unclear. We’ll talk about what media really looking out for the public interest might look like with author and FAIR associate Norman Solomon, national coordinator of RootsAction.org and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.

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'Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole': Why we need to look beyond Trump, Eric Black, MinnPost 

“While we endlessly watch for the latest blunder or scandal, America is being pulled dangerously off course." --Foreign Policy Editor David Rothkop

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