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Fed Up With Democrats, Progressives Forge Own Path

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  • Since the 2016 election, local progressive activists are organizing, strategizing, mobilizing and starting to win.
  • Related: Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party

Jim Hightower, AlterNet / Truthdig

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January 28, 2018 | Last June, after Democratic candidates had lost four straight special Congressional elections (Rob Quist in Montana, James Thompson in Kansas, Archie Parnell in South Carolina, and Jon Ossoff in Georgia), America’s purveyors of conventional political wisdom simultaneously jumped to the conclusion that the policies and message of Democrats were just too progressive for our nation of moderate-right voters. The Washington cognoscenti expressed dismay that, despite Trump’s dismal public approval ratings and the nationwide surge of “Resist!” campaigns, the hapless Democratic Party was still unable to score any electoral victories. “Why Do Democrats Keep Losing in 2017?” queried a June headline in The Atlantic. “Democrats just went 0-4. When will they win?” asked a cynical CNN reporter. “It is a bit surprising that Democrats haven’t managed a single victory yet,” declared a University of Wisconsin election expert. “Panic is setting in on the left,” exclaimed a Vox headline.

Really?

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Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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The Hidden Extremism Of Trump’s State Of The Union

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In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump downplayed or didn’t mention many of his administration’s policies. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

  • The most important part of Trump’s State of the Union address is what he didn’t say.
  • Related: We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

Nick Baumann, Amanda Terkel, and Jessica Schulberg, HuffPost

01/30/2018 | President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address was competently delivered and — for him — relatively inoffensive. The mainstream media and the television pundits will surely deem it to be a presidential moment, representative of yet another pivot to the center.

But one speech does not erase Trump’s record. The speech’s banality — its embrace of optimism and platitude — is a mask. Do not be fooled: Political extremism, divisive rhetoric and bizarre behavior have characterized the first year of Trump’s presidency and underlie many of the harmless-sounding proposals he talked about Tuesday night.

Nick Baumann, Senior Enterprise Editor, HuffPost 

Amanda Terkel, Washington Bureau Chief, HuffPost

Jessica Schulberg, Foreign Affairs Reporter, HuffPost 

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We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change, Paul Street, Truthdig

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A new book of essays by leading political analysts delves into the social and historical forces that produced our 45th presidency.
 

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“You're F*cked': How Pouncing on Mistakes Helps the Right Escape Moral Responsibility

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  • I’ve argued before that the right wants to muddy up moral distinctions when it’s their actions that are under scrutiny. They say, in effect, “nobody’s perfect” in order to minimize their sins and even to excuse treasonous actions.
  • Related: When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime

Jonathan Malesic, Religion Dispatches

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December 20, 2017 | If you make a mistake, another mistake, there is a very severe possibility that you’re both going to get shot,” says a cop to the man and the woman lying face down on the floor of a hotel hallway. It’s a video, with the camera sitting on the shoulder of another cop who has an AR-15 rifle trained on the man, making the scene look like a first-person shooter game.

The woman follows the hyper-specific orders—“You are to push yourself up to a kneeling position…. Crawl toward me”—and gets handcuffed. A moment later the man, wearing a T-shirt and nylon shorts, no shoes, is crawling on the carpet as the cop demands. He’s sobbing and seems drunk. “Please do not shoot me,” he asks. As he crawls, he’s trying to keep his left foot crossed over his right foot, exactly as the cop told him to.

Then he makes another mistake, and the police, true to their word, immediately gun him down.

Jonathan Malesic is a writer in Dallas. He is the author of Secret Faith in the Public Square: An Argument for the Concealment of Christian Identity (Brazos Press, 2009). His essays on religion, work, and education have appeared in The New Republic, America, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and other publications. He has a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia and is currently writing a book about the spiritual costs of the American work ethic.

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When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime, Jon Miltimore, Intellectual Takeout 

More than a dozen people were arrested in El Cajon, California, attempting to distribute food to the homeless. 

 

F-35 Problems: Late IOTE, F-35A Gun Inaccurate, F-35B Tires, Threat Data, Cyber…

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Perhaps the most damning thing a director of Operational Test and Evaluation can say about a weapon is that it is not “operationally suitable.”

Colin Clark, Breaking Defense 

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January 26, 2018 | Perhaps the most damning thing a director of Operational Test and Evaluation can say about a weapon is that it is not “operationally suitable.”

Here’s what the new DOTE, Robert Behler, says about the F-35 Joint Strike fighter in his office’s latest annual report:

Colin Clark was the founding editor of DoDBuzz.com. Previously, he covered Congress, intelligence and regulatory affairs for Space News; founded and edited the Washington Aerospace Briefing, a newsletter for space industry professionals; covered national security issues for Congressional Quarterly; and was editor of Defense News.

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