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A Rare Success Against Alzheimer's

Miia Kivipelto, Krister Håkansson
Scientific American
A gold-standard clinical trial provides evidence that diet, exercise and an active social life can help prevent cognitive decline

Neil Gorsuch Helped Defend Bush Torture Policies

Charlie Savage
The New York Times
After visiting Guantanamo, Judge Gorsuch offered the prison operation commander a glowing review. "Being able to see first hand all that you have managed to accomplish with such a difficult and sensitive mission makes my job of helping explain and defend it before the courts all the easier.”

American Eagle

Sam Friedman
Portside
What's the future of our environment? A poisonous wasteland, says Sam Friedman, offering a bleak view of what's imminent.

Tidbits - March 16, 2017 - Reader Comments: Blocking Deportation; Angela Davis on Trump; Trump and Russia - More Readers Responses; Strategic Thinking; Democratic Party; Resources; Announcements; and more...

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Reader Comments: Blocking Deportation; Sanctuary Cities Historical Roots; Long History of Deportation; Angela Davis on Trump - Trying to Make America White Again; Trump and Russia - More Readers Responses; Strategic Thinking and Organizing Resistance; Democratic Party; Resources; Announcements; and more...

Trump's Race-Baiting Bromance with Andrew Jackson

Adele M. Stan
The American Prospect
Jackson is regarded as the first populist president; his purported connection to the ordinary people from which he sprang is the stuff of legend. Hailed as an economic populist for having opposed the creation of a centralized bank, instead he favored local banks. And it was local banks that backed Jackson and his friends, who all reaped rewards from the Indian removal policy.

Still Getting 'It' Wrong

William Spriggs
AFL-CIO Now
Thoughts that huge tax cuts to high-income households will offset a downturn in automobile sales, cuts in public spending, rising college tuition or a dismantling of the health sector are irrational. If theFed raises interests rates, it will threaten a more fragile economy than appears at the moment. The drive to be “normal” in a world that is clearly not normal, may put us in danger of a downturn that will be difficult to recover from.

The Actor and the Anarchist

Pauline Murphy
Morning Star
When Irish left-wing labor leader James Larkin arrived in the United States he joined the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) and the Socialist Party. A supporter of the Bolshevik Revolution, Larkin was arrested during the 1919 Red Scare and sentenced to hard labor at Sing Sing. There he was visited by Charlie Chaplin who described the prison as "grimly medieval," and wondered "what fiendish brain could conceive of building such horrors."

Florida Poised to Strengthen ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense

By Lizette Alvarez
New York Times
Florida, nicknamed the Gunshine State, became a symbol of strong self-defense laws after George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in 2012 and was later acquitted when a jury found he was justified in pulling the trigger.

Dutch Election’s Big Winner Proves to be GreenLeft

Jon Henley
The Guardian
Sometimes compared to Canada’s youthful prime minister, Justin Trudeau, Klaver – who has a Moroccan father and a mother of Indonesian descent – said on polling day that the left’s answer to the far right’s rise in Europe was to stand up for its ideals.

When Labor Fought for Civil Rights

Rich Yeselson
Dissent
The new labor liberalism, built with the support of proportionally more non-white workers (and women), is more progressive than the old pre–civil rights era labor liberalism. If it achieves its powerful new vision, it will be a more humane, cosmopolitan, and egalitarian movement than its predecessor. But as of now, it is a significantly smaller movement and lacks economic and political leverage in key sectors of the political economy.

Trump Visit Puts UAW Politics In Crosshairs

Brendt Snavely
Detroit Free Press
Trump is visiting Ypsilanti, Michigan on Wednesday. In an unprecedented move, "Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors told workers they will transport them to and from Trump's rally, provide lunch and cover their pay for the day if they miss a shift at their plant. Ford will do the same, but will not cover their pay." These companies have never before brought workers to a rally for a President and given them the day off.

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