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Israel’s Violent Treatment Of Palestinians Increasingly Driving Liberal American Jews To Protest

By Tim McCarthy The Guardian (5/16/18) The massacre by Israeli soldiers of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza this week has prompted a new round of protests by progressive Jewish-American groups who object to the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem – and who lump the Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu administrations together as enemies of peace in the region. Groups such as IfNotNow, Jewish Voice for Peace, J Street, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and others began to step up protest activity – marches, vigils and community meet-ups – in late March, when Israeli forces killed 17 Palestinians and wounded at least 1,400…


While The Party Remains Silent: Four Democratic Senators Roll Over & Sign On To Bipartisan Acceptance Of Torture

  By Igor Bobic The HuffPost (8/15/18) WASHINGTON ― Gina Haspel is on track to become CIA director after two key Democratic senators announced they intend to support her confirmation. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that he will support Haspel because she had satisfied his concerns in public and behind closed doors about her views regarding the CIA’s so-called enhanced interrogation program, which she helped oversee in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. In a letter to Warner on Monday, Haspel wrote that the agency shouldn’t have undertaken the controversial…


‘Democracy In Chains’ Author Warns: “Trump is the tumor, not the cancer.”

  “We’ve made more progress in the last five years than I had in the last 50.” — Charles Koch [Editor’s Note: Nancy MacClean’s book “Democracy In Chains” provides the necessary historical background to understand the how and why of the radical right’s capture of the government. It truly is an essential guide to corporate America’s Trumpland. — Mark L. Taylor] Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (5/4/18) Our democracy is at a “historic turning point,” said Nancy MacLean, the author of “Democracy in Chains,” last night [5/3] in Madison, where she was the keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign’s annual celebration….


Another Walker Double-Cross: Deep-Sixing A Fragile Marine Sanctuary

A diver explores the schooner Home, one of the oldest shipwrecks discovered in Wisconsin. (Photo by Tamara Thomson, Wisconsin Historical Society via www.sanctuaries.noaa.gov/wisconsin/   From Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (April/May 2018 Newsletter) When Gov. Scott Walker rescinded his nomination for a federal designation of a marine sanctuary north of Milwaukee on March 6, he caught a lot of people by surprise. Walker had made the nomination back in 2014 with the support of the municipalities in the area,  including Manitowoc, Port Washington, Sheboygan, and Two Rivers. The designation was supposed to preserve the area for scuba divers and others interested in…


We Camped Out With The Antifa Activists Plotting To Disarm The Alt-Right

VICE News (5/12/18) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The alt right is struggling to hold itself together. It’s dealing with infighting and money problems, and some of its leaders have decided they can’t risk holding events that are open to the public. One reason for that is antifa, the anti-fascist activists best known for punching Nazis but who also engage in digital counterintelligence, infiltrating white nationalist message boards and chat rooms to find out who they are and what they’re doing. Link to 7-Minute Video


Russia Monitor: Donald Trump Defends Chinese Jobs, Cashes In On Shady Deal And Is Right About One Thing

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/17/18) Dear Fellow Readers, It turns out there are consequences. On good days, when you make decisions based on questionable ethics, someone will be held accountable: Novartis Lawyer To Retire Over $1.2 Million Contract With Trump Attorney Michael Cohen. “The Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced Wednesday that a top lawyer who co-signed a $1.2 million contract to hire President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen will step down in June. “Felix R. Ehrat, group general counsel of Novartis, is retiring “in the context of discussions surrounding Novartis’ former agreement with Essential Consultants, owned by Michael…


The Battle Inside The Trump Administration Over Temporary Protected Status For Vulnerable Refugees

  By Jonathan Blitzer The New Yorker (5/11/18) Last November, the acting director of the Department of Homeland Security, a career civil servant named Elaine Duke, received a phone call from John Kelly, the White House chief of staff. He was “irritated,” a White House official said at the time. Duke had just decided to extend the deadline for a special designation, known as Temporary Protected Status, or T.P.S., that allowed some sixty thousand Hondurans who had been living legally in the United States for nearly two decades to continue renewing their papers. Duke’s decision not to cancel their status, Kelly told her,…


Secret FBI Program Now Jailing Activists For Speaking Out Against Police Brutality On Facebook

  By Jay Syrmopoulos Activist Post (5/11/18) Dallas, TX – When militarized FBI agents clad in tactical gear raided the home of Rakem Balogun in December 2017—forcing him and his 15-year-old son outside in their underwear on the cold and windy night as agents ransacked his residence—he thought it had to be a mistake. In an exclusive report by The Guardian, Balogun explains that he was stunned to later learn that he was under investigation for “domestic terrorism” and had been under law enforcement surveillance for years. Incredibly, Balogun’s arrest and the FBI raid on his home were partially due to a simple, and constitutionally protected,…


Vowing To End Corporate Bullying Of Organized Workers, Sanders Unveils Bill To Restore Union Power

  By Julia Conley Common Dreams (5/9/18) A new bill aimed at bolstering unions’ power and ending abuses by employers was met with loud cheers in Washington, D.C., where Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and several Democratic lawmakers introduced the legislation on Wednesday. The Workplace Democracy Act, introduced by Sanders in the Senate and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) in the House, with a handful of Democratic co-sponsors, would combat wage stagnation, protect workers from being penalized for organizing activity, and streamline the process for joining labor unions. “We must no longer tolerate CEOs and managers who intimidate, threaten or fire pro-union workers, who threaten…


An Open Letter From Hunters About Gun Reform

  By Daniel Ashe The HuffPost (5/9/18) We are Republican, Democratic and independent. We come from the East, South, Midwest and West. We are conservative, progressive and liberal. We are men and women. We include eight members of the Circle of Chiefs, the highest conservation honor of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. We are all different in many ways, but we have important commonalities. We are Americans; we are gun owners; we are hunters; and we support responsible firearm regulation. Yes, the Second Amendment conveys a right to “keep and bear” firearms. But rights come with responsibilities, and we…


Primary Night Stunners

  By Ryan Grim The Intercept (5/16/18) First, the stunner: Outside Omaha, Nebraska, progressive-populist, Kara Eastman, has beaten her DCCC-backed opponent by more than 500 votes. She is proudly pro-choice, running against a former Republican, who served one term in Congress as a Democrat, with a record of voting to restrict abortion rights, and she pulled off this upset with almost zero help from pro-choice groups. The online lefty world — PCCC, Justice Democrats, etc. — campaigned hard for Eastman, who ran on Medicare for All and a broadly progressive platform. This is a real chance for the left to put their argument to…


First Step Of Resistance To Tyranny: Refusing To Accept Trumputin’s Twisted Abnormal As Normal

  By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (5/14/18) The greatest risk we face in the slide to Trump authoritarianism is sinking into the normalization of the abnormal; growing numb to and accepting as normal what is not normal. Over and over I hear people talking about how numb they feel at the constant onslaught of the weird news, bizarre tweets, bullying, industrial scale lies and ongoing graft and greed of Trump’s arrogant kleptocracy.   Commoner Call columnist Dan Peak directed me to the website ‘The Weekly List’ documents “This Is How Democracy Dies’. As things grow more and more…


Trump’s Talk About Collusion Is Nothing More Than A Smokescreen For His Real Potential Crimes

  Implausible deniability.  Timothy Snyder Speaks, Episode 11 (5/12/18) To speak of “collusion” is to misunderstand the Russia story. To understand Trump as an instrument of Russian power, we have to begin the Russia story in the proper place: Russia. In this talk, I explain Russian philosophy, strategy, and tactics. So that the Russian victory in the cyberwar of 2016 makes sense. Timothy Snyder is a historian at Yale University, specializing in eastern Europe, totalitarianism, and the Holocaust. His books have received widespread acclaim. His most recent book, “The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America,” tells the whole Russia story,…


Pentagon Watered Down Realities Of Climate Report For Trump-Era Publication

  By Olivia Rosane EcoWatch (5/11/18) A Department of Defense (DOD) report on the potential impacts of climate change on U.S. military infrastructure paradoxically downplayed the importance of climate change, an earlier draft of the report obtained by The Washington Post and publicized Thursday revealed. The earlier, more urgent draft was written in 2016, while Barack Obama was still president, while the final was published in January 2018, a year into the presidency of Donald Trump. The differences suggest that the military is altering its tone to avoid antagonizing an administration that went so far as to remove mentions of climate change from its national security strategy. According to…


Picking From A Long List, Conservative Pundit George Will Declares Trump Is No Longer The Worst Person In Administration

 (Cartoon by Seth L. Taylor, 2017.)   Pence is what he has chosen to be, which is horrifying. By George Will The Washngton Post (5/9/18) Donald Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public figure. And Pence, who has reached this pinnacle by dethroning his benefactor, is augmenting the public stock of useful knowledge. Because his is the authentic voice of today’s lickspittle Republican Party, he clarifies this year’s elections: Vote Republican to ratify groveling as governing. Last June, a Trump…


‘Frontline’ — CIA Director Nominee Supported Destruction Of Torture Tapes

  By Patrice Taddonio Frontline (5/9/18) Testifying today before the Senate, CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel, an agency veteran with deep links to the agency’s controversial George W. Bush-era “enhanced interrogation” [torture] program, said she had supported the CIA’s 2005 decision to destroy 92 videotapes of [torture] interrogations said to include the use of techniques widely described as torture. Haspel drafted the cable ordering the tapes’ destruction at the request of her boss at the time, the CIA’s former top operations officer, Jose Rodriguez. In her testimony on Wednesday, she said that she had “absolutely” been an advocate for the destruction of the…


‘How Democracies Die’ — The Paranoid Style Has Consumed American Politics

“In his 1964 essay “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” historian Richard Hofstader described the phenomenon of “status anxiety,” which, he believed, is most likely to emerge when groups’ social status, identify, and sense of belonging are perceived to be under existential threat. This leads to a style of politics that is “overheated, over suspicious, over aggressive, grandiose, and apocalyptic.” Half a century after its publication, Hofstader’s essay may be more relevant than ever. The struggle against declining majority status is, in good part, what fuels the intense animosity that has come to define the American Right. Survey evidence suggests…


The Russia Monitor: An Oligarch Or Toady Behind Every Door At Trumputin’s ‘No-Tell-Motel’

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/14/18) Dear Fellow Readers, At the core of Trump’s self measure, manipulations, taint and many of the angles of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is – money. The same can’t be said of his 3,000+ documented lies since landing in the White House; his lies are about everything. Money is what will bring Trump to ground. Sadly for Trump, his ego may have led him to overreach, he and his cronies likely could have laid low and led a very nice lifestyle based on what they already had. Trump’s lawyer and long time…


Documents Reveal How Russian Official Persistently Courted Conservatives Across The U.S. Since 2009

  By Tim Mak NPR (5/11/18) Kremlin-linked Russian politician Alexander Torshin traveled frequently between Moscow and various destinations in the United States to build relationships with figures on the American right starting as early as 2009, beyond his previously known contacts with the National Rifle Association. Documents newly obtained by NPR show how he traveled throughout the United States to cultivate ties in ways well beyond his formal role as a member of the Russian legislature and later as a top official at the Russian central bank. These are steps a former top CIA official believes Torshin took in order to…


Betraying Students: Worries That A Federal Student Loan Protection Program Will Be Gutted

By Anya Kamenetz NPR (5/10/18) It’s a single line in an email: “The office of ‘Students & Young Consumers’ … will be folded into the office of ‘Financial Education.’ “ Words sent Wednesday morning by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s acting director, Mick Mulvaney, announcing various staffing changes at the bureau. Why did this bureaucratic-sounding announcement trigger a sheaf of critiques from consumer groups, California’s attorney general and at least two U.S. senators? Because student loans just crossed the $1.5 trillion mark. They are the biggest category of borrowing after mortgages. And since 2012, when college students are mistreated or misled, the…


Country Before Party Campaign: DC Billboards Thrilling Tourists By Putting Russpublicans On The Spot

(Art by Michael D’Antuono) Citizens concerned about willful ignorance. By Michael D’Antuono YouTube (5/11/18) Artist/activist, Michael D’Antuono took his art and message to our nation’s Capitol with his “Country First” fleet of mobile billboards. The message is aimed at the GOP to put country before party, protect us from Russian hacking of our elections and a president potentially compromised by Putin, porn stars and playmates. Along the way he interviewed tourists both domestic and foreign about Trump, the GOP and the state of our democracy. 10-Minute Video Cast Your Vote: Do You Think The GOP Wants To Get The Truth Concerning Trumputin’s…


Smothered: Trump White House Quietly Cuts Off NASA Research Verifying Greenhouse Gas Cuts

  By Paul Voosen Scence (5/9/18) You can’t manage what you don’t measure. The adage is especially relevant for climate-warming greenhouse gases, which are crucial to manage—and challenging to measure. In recent years, though, satellite and aircraft instruments have begun monitoring carbon dioxide and methane remotely, and NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), a $10-million-a-year research line, has helped stitch together observations of sources and sinks into high-resolution models of the planet’s flows of carbon. Now, President Donald Trump’s administration has quietly killed the CMS, Sciencehas learned. The move jeopardizes plans to verify the national emission cuts agreed to in the Paris climate…


Destruction Of The Independent Press: A Conversation On The Destruction Of American Media Between Chris Hedges & Mark Crispin Miller

  “I think what we have seen over the decades since the mid-’70s, and I’m going to make a provocative comparison here, is something analogous to what the Nazis called gleichschaltung, which means streamlining.” By Emily Wells Truth Dig (4/27/18) In a recent episode of “On Contact,” his video series on the RT network, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges speaks with Mark Crispin Miller, a professor of media studies at New York University, about the destruction of the independent press in the United States. Hedges calls attention to the algorithms of Facebook, Google and Twitter, and how they steer traffic away from anti-war and…


Trumputin’s Completed Check List…

By Thomas Balistrieri the Commoner Call (5/10/18) Alienate most Americans.  Check. Threaten journalists. Check. Influence all Americans to dismiss journalists…fake news. Check. Dehumanize Mexicans. Check. Dehumanize women. Check. Make infidelity normal. Check. Make sure wife stays with infidel. Check. Dehumanize Muslims. Check. Destroy the environment. Check. Lie regularly. Normalize that.  Check. Dehumanize Blacks. Check. Justify white supremacy. Check. Lie to children and then turn on them at NRA. Check. Require note card on how to be human. Check. Periodically rant like absolute crazy man and frighten people. Check. Build literal or figurative walls to divide people. Check. Dehumanize Native Americans….


Time For Our Children To Pay Up: After Massive Tax Gift To Rich, Trump Demands $7 Billion Cut To Child Health Insurance

  By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (5/8/18) Months after ramming through deficit-exploding tax cuts for billionaires and large corporations, President Donald Trump and the GOP are now looking for programs to slash to make up the difference—and they’re starting with children’s healthcare. According to a Washington Post report late Monday, Trump is “sending a plan to Congress that calls for stripping more than $15 billion in previously approved spending,” $7 billion of which would come from the broadly popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). “Not much surprises me anymore in American politics. But this is despicable on every level,” wrote Rep. Barbara Lee…


Meet The 2018 Teacher Of The Year The White House Doesn’t Want You To Hear

  Democracy Now! (5/7/18) When Mandy Manning received her 2018 Teacher of the Year award at the White House Wednesday, the press was barred from her speech, and President Trump did not mention who she teaches: immigrant and refugee children. While she was at the White House, Manning handed President Donald Trump a stack of letters from her refugee and immigrant students, while billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos looked on. She also wore six politically themed buttons as she accepted her award from Trump, featuring artwork from the 2017 Women’s March, a rainbow flag and the slogan “Trans Equality Now!”…


Political Scientist Tags Fear Of Status Loss As Deciding Factor For Trump Voters

  By Chauncey DeVargas Salon (5/7/18) Bad ideas have a life all their own. Speaking last Saturday at a rally in Washington Township, Michigan, Donald Trump was in rare form. He worked his audience into a fever pitch with threats to shut down the government and punish the Democrats and his other enemies. He spread more irrational fear about a “caravan” of “illegal immigrants” who will somehow “invade” America. He grossly exaggerated his policy successes, which is nothing new, and in ominous tones targeted “Hispanics” in one of his tirades, to which his almost uniformly white audience responded with a…


When Democracy’s Guardrails Are Gone

“Polarization can destroy democratic norms. When socioeconomic, racial, or religious differences give rise to extreme partisanship, in which societies sort themselves into political camps whose worldviews are not just different but mutually exclusive, toleration becomes harder to sustain. Some polarization is healthy — even necessary — for democracy. And indeed, the historical experience of democracies in Western Europe shows us that norms can be sustained even when parties are separated by considerable ideological differences. “But when societies grow so deeply divided that parties become wedded to incompatible  worldviews, and especially when their members are so socially segregated that they rarely…


Russia Monitor: Bombshells, Big Biz In Trump’s Barrel & The Rapidly Spreading Super Fungi

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/10/18) Dear Fellow Readers, On Tuesday, after Trump had what Rudy Giuliani described as his greatest day in office cancelling the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, Trump readies for an early bedtime of cheeseburger and cable news, anxious to watch the accolades and consider whether he might be awarded two Nobel Peace Prizes. He props his pillows, settles in, balances his plate on his belly and turns on the television. And who appears but Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti. He changes to another news provider, Michael Avenatti – again and Michael Avenatti. He…


Russian Armor Piercing Sniper Rifle Promoted By NRA Poses Deadly Threat To US Soldiers.

  (Editor’s Note: Wisconsin’s own, former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was with the NRA delegation promoting Russia’s new Orsis sniper rifles. Way to go, Dave. — Mark L. Taylor) By David Corn Mother Jones (5/7/18) In late 2016, the US Army released a report noting that the Russian military, through experience gained during fighting in Ukraine, was undergoing a transformation and becoming a more potent battlefield threat to American forces. One troublesome development identified by the report’s authors was the increased proficiency of Russian snipers. “The capabilities of a sniper in a Russian contingent is far more advanced than the precision…


Hmm: Here’s A Theory About That $1.6 Million Payout From A GOP Official To A Playboy Model

By Paul Campos Daily Intelligencer (5/8/18) On May 2, Rudy Giuliani revealed that the Trump administration has been lying for months about the fact that Donald Trump reimbursed his personal attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 he fronted to buy porn star Stormy Daniels’s silence about her affair with Trump. Until then, Trump had been claiming that he didn’t know about any settlement, and that he hadn’t had a sexual liaison with Daniels. (The official White House line continues to be that Daniels is lying about having sex with Trump, but almost no one believes this.) Giuliani has claimed that Trump gave him the okay last week to contradict…


Absurdity & Affront: Writer Documents The 200 Year History Leading Up To Citizens United Case Giving Corporations The Rights Of Peope

    By Kim Phillips-Fein The New Republic (3/29/18) More than 100 years ago, at the height of the last Gilded Age, Congress passed its first law prohibiting corporations from spending money to influence election campaigns. From the start, the wealthy chafed against this limit, and some sought to test it in court. Alcohol manufacturers—terrified of high taxes and Prohibition—might not have seemed the ideal candidates to take on this fight. But they were nonetheless the first to challenge the law, contributing cash to candidates in state and federal races and then arguing that any effort to keep money out…


Israeli Operatives Who Aided Harvey Weinstein Collected Information On Former Obama Administration Officials

  By Ronan Farrow The New Yorker (5/6/18) n June, 2017, Ann Norris, a former State Department official, received an e-mail containing an unusual proposal. Norris is married to Ben Rhodes, a former foreign-policy adviser to President Barack Obama and a prominent advocate of the Iran nuclear deal. In the e-mail, a woman who introduced herself as Eva Novak and claimed to work for a London-based film company called Shell Productions asked Norris to consult on a movie that she described as “ ‘All the President’s Men’ meets ‘The West Wing’ ”: it would follow the personal lives of “government officials in the positions…


A New Model Of Progressive Politics Taking Root In The Heart Of Midwest Deindustrialization

    By Bruce Vail In These Times (5/4/18) It’s startling when your hometown is labeled the worst city in the United States for African Americans. That’s what happened in Peoria in late 2016 when a survey by the online publication 24/7 Wall St. rated the central Illinois city at the top of its list of the “Worst Cities for Black Americans.” The slap at Peoria wasn’t even the worst indignity suffered by the people of the city at that time. Shortly afterward, world-famous machinery maker Caterpillar Inc. said it would close the company’s Peoria world headquarters and move to Chicago. The decision was…


A Never Trumper Reveals What It Is Like To Step Outside The Cult & Has A Warning For The Nation

  By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (5/10/18) In an interesting in-depth interview on the Young Turks network exiled Republican strategist, commentator and never-Trump republican Cheri Jacobus provides insight on what it is like to be a republican standing in opposition to Donald Trump and the racist, authoritarian rule he represents. Early on in the primary process leading to the 2016 presidential election Jacobus challenged Trump’s candidacy and immediately was black balled not only from Fox News but CNN as well. She had appeared on both networks hundreds of times before and never since. She became the target of…


Brazenly Servile: Honestly, When Will The Press Find The Spine To Call Trump The Liar He Is?

  By Mehdi Hasan Deconstructed / Intercept (5/4/18) WHEN COMEDIAN MICHELLE Wolf ridiculed the brazen dishonesty of the president and his equally deceitful staff, journalists at the White House Correspondents Dinner threw her under the bus. The U.S. media treat politicians with kid gloves; they fawn over them, befriend them, apologize for them. Such behavior was bad enough under previous administrations, but it’s reached a breaking point under Donald Trump — a president who, according to James Comey’s memos, jokes in private about having reporters locked up and raped behind bars as a way of getting them to give up their…


It’s Too Chaotic To Simply Be Chaos: Is The Trump Crazy Whirlpool A Move From The Kremlin’s Playbook?

(Editor’s Note: This article came out over a year ago but presents the clearest explanation for the non-stop, escalating chaos of the Trump shitstorm. As the headline above notes, ‘ its too chaotic to simply be chaos’. — Mark L. Taylor) By Mikie Mariana Vanity Fair (3/28/17) On March 12, 2014, the Russian author Natan Dubovitsky published a short story titled “Without Sky” in the literary journal Russian Pioneer. In the story, which takes place in a dystopian future, a man recalls the events of the fifth World War, decades earlier. He describes these events as the first “non-linear war.” Instead…


‘Chillingly Authoritarian’ — Revealed: Trump Team Hired Israeli Spy Firm For ‘dirty ops’ On Iran Arms Deal

  By Mike Townsend & Julian Borger The Guardian (5/5/18) Aides to Donald Trump, the US president, hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to orchestrate a “dirty ops” campaign against key individuals from the Obama administration who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, the Observercan reveal. People in the Trump camp contacted private investigators in May last year to “get dirt” on Ben Rhodes, who had been one of Barack Obama’s top national security advisers, and Colin Kahl, deputy assistant to Obama, as part of an elaborate attempt to discredit the deal. The extraordinary revelations come days before Trump’s 12 May deadline to either…


Tab On Walker’s Costly Foxconn Con Grows

When one lives under the tyranny of one party rule, our laws and constitution don’t matter to the party in power. They can just rewrite them to suit their tyrannical wants. #EndTheTyranny    #VoteBlue2018 By Dennis Brault The Commoner Call (5/7/18) Here are updates on recent Foxconn developments… The Political Environment Blog — “Scott Walker’s done it! He’s found another way to bring Wisconsin special recognition in addition to his headline-grabbing wars on clean water, hungry families, women’s health, public employees, poor people, federal funds or ethical spending.SE Wisconsin population centers will be exempted at Walker’s request from US Clean Air…


How The Republican Party Has Betrayed American Democracy

  “Put simply, political parties are democracy’s gatekeepers.” “We know that extremist demagogues emerge from time to time in all societies, even in healthy democracies. The United States has had it share of them, including Henry Ford, Huey Long, Joseph McCarthy, and George Wallace. An essential test for democracies is not whether such figures emerge but whether political leaders, and especially political parties, work to prevent them from gaining power in the first place — by keeping them off the mainstream party tickets, refusing to endorse or align with them, and when necessary, making common cause with rivals in support…