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Unions Are Getting Played by Republicans

The Teamsters president took a gamble and accepted Trump’s invitation to speak at the Republican convention – it backfired

Joe Biden Wanted This

No one forced Joe Biden to run for president — or to facilitate a genocide. His unlikely conversion to economic populism was a triumph for the Left, but he ultimately proved his own worst enemy.

Venezuela Contra Mundum

The USA is imposing collective punishment on Venezuelans with illegal sanctions for daring to assert their sovereignty in deciding that only they, the Venezuelan people, in fair elections, can determine their governance.

Netanhayu Does Not Deserve To Address Congress

The invitation has outraged many Israelis—majorities of whom despise Netanyahu, who is under indictment by Israeli prosecutors for corruption.

Media Bits and Bytes – July 23, 2024

Mary L. Trump on how the press covered the convention

This Week in People’s History, July 24–30

Cartoon of Richard Nixon losing the White House tapes cover-up
So Much Change in 50 Years (1974), ‘The News That Kills’ (1989), Martial Law’s Upside (1934), ‘Big Government’ in Action (1949), NYPD Prepares for the Worst (1934), ‘Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round’ (1964), ‘Wait Around, Mr. President’ (1974)

Calls To Boycott Netanyahu's Congressional Speech Grow

A new coalition of advocacy groups—some of them Jewish-led—are urging lawmakers to "amplify the voices of those in Israel, Palestine, and around the world who reject Netanyahu's failed leadership."

Election 2024: The Path Forward

There are 106 days to reconsolidate the Anti-MAGA majority. We, not just Democratic campaigns, but also civil society, the free press, and everyday Americans, have a big task ahead of us. We have risen to the challenge before, and we can do it again.

AOC Speech on Articles of Impeachment Against Justices

While our framers perhaps may not have envisioned someone like me, in this seat, they absolutely did envision the necessity and value of the impeachment action upon which I seek to advance today.

Banlieue Vote Pivotal in French Left’s Upset

Voters from Paris’s marginalized immigrant communities turned out in large numbers to vote for leftist coalition that championed wealth redistribution and Palestinian statehood.
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Culture

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How the Potato Changed the Course of World History

Matthew Wills JStor.org
The potato is native to the Andes, where it’s been cultivated for at least 4,000 years. Historian William H. McNeill contends that the potato fundamentally changed world history. European armies marched on what they foraged locally even if it meant peasants starved to death as a result.

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On Thin Ice

Anne Gruner New Verse News
The poets says doomsday: climate heat is serious business, coming sooner than you think.

books

Radioactive Radicals!

Paul Buhle Portside
Radioactive Radicals is a vivid, galvanizing portrait of two young radicals thrust into the whirlwind of revolutionary working-class politics from the 1960s to the present. Here is a whopper of a novel by any estimation.

books

Cause at Heart: Socialists & the Abolition of Antisemitism

Alan Wald Against the Current
In his omnibus review of these five books, reviewer Wald shows how these authors offer valuable insights into "how and why the abolition of both antisemitism and Zionism are presently intertwined."

Labor

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A Return to Gompers

Dustin Guastella Jacobin
Teamster president Sean O’Brien’s speech at the Republican National Convention may represent a return to nonpartisan realpolitik for unions. But does that reflect labor's strength or its decline?

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O’Brien Played Into Trumps’ Phony Pro-Worker Rebrand

Alexandra Bradbury Labor Notes
We get why union leaders want “access”; they’ve been shut out of real influence for so long. But it’s delusional to think that Trump might swap out his anti-worker—really, anti-humanity—policies; they are at the core of his being

labor

(Mostly) Useful Government Numbers About Poverty, Jobs, and Unemployment

Frank Stricker Dollars & Sense
The population of job-seekers is greater than the BLS’s unemployed population. It is closer to National Jobs for All Network’s (NJFAN) Full Count, which adds part-timers who want full-time work and people who want jobs but have not searched recently.

Friday nite video

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The GOP Wants Us To Forget

Donald Trump accepts the GOP nomination in a rambling speech, following Hulk Hogan and Kid Rock

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Delta's Illegal Union-Busting Habit

Delta cargo workers move thousands of pounds each day, in brutal heat and bitter cold, for low wages with little time off. Now they’re on the verge of a historic union victory.

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The Project 2025 Song

After hearing Kevin Roberts of the right-wing Heritage Foundation talk about their Project 2025 plans for America, Mangy Fetlocks feared they might have a public relations problem