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Friday Nite Videos | August 17, 2018

John Oliver: Astroturfing. A Ride Through Oakland With Boots Riley. Amos Lee - “Dying White Light”. Movie | Fahrenheit 11/9. Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson Remember Aretha Franklin.

It's Time for #MeToo in the Catholic Church

Predator priests will only face justice when those they abused find the courage to speak up

Elizabeth Warren Proposes a Second New Deal

Her new bill would compel corporations to dump “maximizing shareholder value” and put worker representatives on their boards.

When a Young Trump Went to Russia

In 1987, the real estate tycoon visited the country to explore a hotel deal. Is that when he became compromised by Russian security services?

The 52-State Strategy: The Case for Puerto Rico

Ending the island’s colonial status would right a historic wrong—and permanently change the political map.

Aretha Franklin, Thank You! Rest in Peace

Aretha Franklin your music lifted us up. Queen of Soul’s influence on the civil rights movement was massive and needed. Your music, your activism, your dignity brought us hope and inspired us. Let's all Say A Little Prayer for Aretha Franklin.

Journalists Are Not the Enemy

A central pillar of President Trump’s politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather “the enemy of the people.” This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences.

Coordinated Campaign to Suppress Criticism of Israel

A new law introduced in the U.S. Congress seeks to clamp down on criticism of Israel at the expense of First Amendment rights. The unconstitutional bill, titled the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018, conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz-Feminist, Jewish Theorist Dies

One of Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz’s contributions to discussions of Jewish identity was her theory of what she called radical diasporism - that Jews can honor their Jewish identity, history and culture without believing that Israel is their homeland.

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Culture

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Gone . . .

Lee Rossi
California poet Lee Rossi explores the impact of toppling old heroes, their myths, their monuments, their wrongs.

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Simone Weil, Meditations on a Corpse: Sketch for an Article

Simone Weil New Left Review
A pungent and exhaustive evaluation of the short-lived, pre-war popular front government of France, written on the heels of its demise by the brilliant French writer Simone Weil, with an introduction by the NLR editors.

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'Claws' Has the Best Politics on Television

Brenden Gallagher Complex
Representation alone isn’t enough to make a show political. You have to do something with it. Claws finds a way to tie its characters to a broader political narrative in almost every episode.

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Operating on the Body Politic

Philip Fried Dispatches from the Poetry Wars
New York poet Philip Fried makes a diagnosis of brain damage to explain the body politic of a certain politician with orange hair.

Labor

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Medicaid Officials Target Home Health Aides' Union Dues

Shefali Luthra NPR
A rule proposed recently by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, under the Trump administration, would prohibit home health aides who are paid directly by Medicaid from having their union dues automatically deducted.

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The Wind at Labor’s Back

New York Times Editorial Board New York Times
Missouri voters sent a strong pro-worker message Tuesday by overturning an anti-union law.

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Missouri Voters Overwhelmingly Reject ‘Right to Work’

Chris Brooks and Alexandra Bradbury Labor Notes
After an all out effort by the labor movement, voters in Missouri rejected "right to work" legislation by a 2-1 margin. This reprised a labor victory from 40 years ago when voters rejected similar anti-worker legislation.

Friday nite video

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Astroturfing

Organizations can hire fake advocates who create the illusion of real support for their message. It’s a shady practice called astroturfing that can warp the public perception of anything...even astroturfing.

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A Ride Through Oakland With Boots Riley

Boots Riley, frontman of the politically-charged hip-hop group 'The Coup' and director of movie Sorry to Bother You, reflects on his music, his future, and his relentless revolt against capitalism during a tour of the streets of Oakland.

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Movie | Fahrenheit 11/9

Palme d’Or–winning documentarian Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) turns his attention to another significant date, examining the legacy of Trump’s ascension to the US presidency on November 9, 2016. In theaters everywhere September 21. 

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Thank You, Koch Brothers!

Bernie Sanders thanks the Koch brothers for sponsoring a study that shows that Medicare for all would save the American people $2 trillion dollars over a ten year period. Probably not what they intended to do, but that is what a study of the Mercatus Center - significantly funded by the Kochs - shows.

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Prophets of Rage | Who Owns Who

From the debut album of Prophets of Rage (Tim Commerford, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, DJ Lord and Chuck D from Public Enemy, and B-Real of Cypress Hill).