VOICES FOR CHANGE

Better Care Can Also Cost Less
Froma Harrop
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Almost everyone has known or will know the helplessness of caring for — or overseeing the care of — a sick loved one. That such situations are often mired in chaos raises the anxiety level for both the patient and others trying to do the right thing.

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The Rhetoric of Violence
Chris Hedges
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At least nine people were killed and at least 35 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Thursday police announced that a man had been arrested on charges of firing on a number of motorists recently, wounding three of them, on Kansas City-area highways. On April 13 three people, including a child, were murdered at two Jewish-affiliated facilities in Overland Park, Kan., leading to the arrest of a white ...

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Too Big to Jail?
Tom Engelhardt
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How the mighty have fallen.  Once known as “Obama’s favorite general,” James Cartwright will soon don a prison uniform and, thanks to a plea deal, spend 13 months behind bars.  Involved in setting up the earliest military cyberforce inside U.S. ...

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Congratulations! A New Conspiracy is Born
Joe Conason
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With the happy news that Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky expect their first child later this year, the Clinton family can anticipate warm good wishes from most Americans — and a less uplifting response from all of the usual suspects.

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The Grand American Tradition of Violent White Supremacy
Amy Goodman
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Another U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists. Frazier Glenn Miller, a former leader of a wing of the Ku Klux Klan, is accused of killing three people outside two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City, Kan. As he was hauled away in a police car, he shouted “Heil Hitler!” Unlike Islamic groups that U.S. agencies spend tens of billions of dollars targeting, domestic white ...

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Top 6 Pulitzer Prize ‘Traitors’ in American Journalism
Juan Cole
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The Pulitzer Prize committee’s opinion that Edward Snowden is a public servant rather than a traitor or criminal, as evidenced in its award to The Guardian and The Washington Post for their reporting from his trove of government documents, is a scandal on the American Right.  But it is not a new scandal.  Journalism is about the public’s right to know what our government is up to.  The National Security State is about preventing us from knowing what ...

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NSA Spying is Here to Stay
Jim Hightower
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On Monday, April 14, the the Washington Post and the Guardian US newspapers received the Pulitzer for Journalism Public Service for their reports on NSA spying. In light of their hard work, let's recap events of the last year.

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Lessons Not Learned in Boston Bombing
Froma Harrop
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Airport gift shops throughout New England are piling "Boston Strong" T-shirts in vivid colors. "Boston Strong" became a rallying cry of solidarity after the terrorist bombing last year at the Boston Marathon.

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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies
Chris Hedges
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The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle. He is to us what William Shakespeare was to Elizabethan England or Fyodor Dostoyevsky to czarist Russia.

Our country is ...

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If Jesus had a Wife, Would it Change the GOP War on Women?
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

A Coptic fragmentary manuscript page that dates back to a few hundred years after Jesus’ death (and the text of which may go back to the second century) has been found by ...

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The Chicago Way
David Sirota
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In America, there is regular ol' corruption, and then there is Chicago Corruption, with a capital "C." America's third largest city is so notoriously corrupt, all you have to do is say "Chicago politics" and many people instantly start making jokes about payoffs and reciting lines from "The Untouchables."

Yet, while the Windy City's brand of corruption is extreme, it is also emblematic, as a recent spate of revelations ...

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From Kabul to Cairo, the Killing and Jailing of Journalists Continues
Amy Goodman
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Journalism is not a crime. This is the rallying cry in demanding the release of four Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt. Three of them - Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed - have just passed their hundredth day of incarceration. The fourth, Abdullah al-Shami, has been in jail for more than six months. They have been charged with “spreading lies harmful to state security and joining a terrorist organization.” Of course, the only thing they were ...

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All Sheldon Adelson Wants
Froma Harrop
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There is something truly spectacular about Sheldon Adelson. Witness the parade of Republican supplicants paying tribute in his Las Vegas lair. They would include Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

What's remarkable is not the aesthetics of possible presidential nominees beseeching a casino oligarch in return for campaign cash. Wannabes from the other party also engage in such activities — ...

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I Think They Can
Jim Hightower
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Like that little choo-choo in the classic children’s book “The Little Engine that Could,” Moral Monday is the little movement that says, “I think I can” and keeps chugging up the hill.

This new progressive coalition became a full-throttle citizen uprising in North Carolina  early last year.

Led by Rev. William Barber, head of the North Carolina NAACP, they ...

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Climate Science’s Dire Warning: Humans are Baking the Planet
Amy Goodman
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The majority of the world is convinced that humans are changing the climate, for the worse. Now, evidence is mounting that paints just how grim a future we are making for ourselves and the planet. We will experience more extreme weather events, including hurricanes and droughts, mass extinctions and severe food shortages globally. The world’s leading group of climate-change experts, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has issued its most recent report after a ...

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McCutcheon and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power
Robert Reich
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If wealth and income weren’t already so concentrated in the hands of a few, the shameful “McCutcheon” decision by the five Republican appointees to the Supreme Court wouldn’t be as dangerous. But by taking “Citizen’s United” one step further and effectively eviscerating campaign finance laws, the Court has issued an invitation to oligarchy.

Almost limitless political donations coupled with America’s ...

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Hijacking the American Plane of State
Tom Engelhardt
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Isn’t there something strangely reassuring when your eyeballs are gripped by a “mystery” on the news that has no greater meaning and yet sweeps all else away?  This, of course, is the essence of the ongoing tale of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.  Except to the relatives of those on board, it never really mattered what happened in the cockpit that day.  To the extent that the plane’s disappearance was solvable, the ...

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The Prospects for Survival
Noam Chomsky
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(This is Part II of an article adapted from a lecture by Noam Chomsky on Feb. 28, sponsored by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, Calif.)

The previous article explored how security is a high priority for government planners: security, that is, for state power and its primary constituency, concentrated private power - all of which entails that official policy must be protected from public scrutiny.

In these terms, government actions fall in place as quite ...

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Let’s Re-fund America
Jim Hightower
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The powerhouses of Wall Street have tunneled directly into the cloistered backrooms of Washington deal making, extracting trillions of dollars worth of government bailouts, special tax breaks and regulatory favors every year. Yet, in a stupefying act of hypocrisy, they have also been the major force pushing policymakers to embrace extreme laissez-faire bunkum and to inflict the most austere budgetary minginess on the American people.

Through their lobbyists, front groups, ...

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Fighting the Militarized State
Chris Hedges
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The Barack Obama administration, determined to thwart the attempt by other plaintiffs and myself to have the courts void a law that permits the military to arrest U.S. citizens, strip them of due process and indefinitely detain them, has filed a detailed brief with the Supreme Court asking the justices to refuse to accept our petition to hear our appeal. We ...

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Forgiveness is Dysfunctional
Robert J. Burrowes
Op-Ed
Obamacare Enrollment Hits 8 Million
Tara Culp- Ressler
News Investigation
Milking Public Education
Alex Xourias
Op-Ed

FROM AROUND THE WEB

Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action Banned in Michigan

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Michigan law banning the use of racial preferences in state university admissions.

Immigration

Supreme Court Declines Revival of Arizona’s Immigration Law

On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to “revive” an Arizona immigration law that would criminalize the harboring and transportation of illegal immigrants.

Mass Shootings

15 Years After Massacre at Columbine, Mass Shootings Continue in America

It was the deadliest American school shooting on record and a national trauma at the time, yet no longer.

Voting Rights Act

Republicans Can’t Outrun Shift to Multiracial Majority

With so many single women, young people and people of color voting democratic, this shift is moving against Republicans.

Social Security

 Social Security to resume benefits statement mailings

Paper social security benefits statements are returning to American mailboxes.

Politics

Beloved Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez was also Important Politically

The Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist, Gabriel García Márquez, passed away this week in his home in Mexico City.

Murder

Police Say a Man Killed his Son So He Could Play Video Games

The Florida man was arrested on Thursday on charges of third-degree murder and child neglect with great bodily harm, according to Citrus County Sheriff’s Department.

Health

Clive Bundy and Others Who Steal from Taxpayers

From Hobby Lobby to the Nevada rancher, members of the far right share a dangerous, anarchic pathology.

Rationality

Fox News’ demented poster boy: Why angry rancher Cliven Bundy is no patriot

The right’s new fixation: An angry old white man who thinks freedom means not having to follow the law.

Economy

President Obama Addresses Challenge of Economy Through Job-Training Initiatve

Today, Obama will announce an initiative that deals with training workers for skills they need for open jobs.

Banking Policy

“We Are in Great Danger”: Ex-Banker Details How Mega-Banks Destroyed America

“The power has only been more consolidated,” warns Goldman Sachs veteran Nomi Prins in an interview with Salon

India

Indian Transgenders Granted Legal Status

Top court recognises existence of third gender that is neither male nor female, months after criminalising gay sex.

Nigerian Bombing

Bus Bombing in Nigeria Leaves Many Dead

In what is being considered the deadliest attack in Nigeria’s capital in two years, the bomb went off during rush hour killing 71 people at a bus station outside Abuja.

Cell Phones

The Dangers of Your Cellphone

The industry doesn’t want to admit it, but the science is becoming clearer: Sustained EMF exposure is dangerous.

Minimum Wage

Minnesota Lawmakers Approve Raising Minimum Wage

The Democrat-run Senate approved the measure on Wednesday, which raises the state’s minimum wage to $9.50.

Internet Hackers

Should You Stay Off of the Internet?

News recently broke out that a safeguard many websites are using to protect sensitive information had a major security flaw for about two years.

2016 Elections

Hillary Clinton ‘Thinking’ About Running in 2016 Presidential Race

Hillary Clinton was asked if she planned on running in the 2016-presidential election and her response was that she was “thinking” about it.

Global Economy

America is Becoming a Second-Rate Nation

The Social Progress Index revealed the success of countries and America is in “warp-speed decline.”

Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act. What Happened Next in These 8 States Will Not Shock You.

When his court weakened the civil-rights-era law last year, Chief Justice Roberts wrote that “our country has changed.” We crunched the numbers. He was wrong.

Gay Marriage

Supreme Court Refuses to Intervene in Gay Marriage Case

In a case where a New Mexico photography company refused to photograph the marriage ceremony of a same-sex couple on the grounds of free speech violation, the Supreme Court denied review.

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