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Friday Nite Videos | January 17, 2020

Parnas Implicates Trump & Co. in Ukraine Crimes, and He Has Receipts. Sam Cooke | A Change Is Gonna Come. Why Australia's Fires Are Linked to Floods in Africa. Just Mercy | Movie. Debunking Anti-Vaxxers.

The Truth About the Trump Economy

It is becoming conventional wisdom that US President Donald Trump will be tough to beat in November, because, whatever reservations about him voters may have, he has been good for the American economy. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Get Out of Jail? First You Have to Take a Fast Food Job

To pay off fines and other debts, inmates in Mississippi’s little-known restitution centers must work grueling low-wage jobs, pay rent and endure strip searches. Caught between prison and freedom, they often don’t know when they’ll get to go home.

Learning From King’s Last Campaign

Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working people of all races. Today, nothing could be more powerful.

Terence Hallinan, SF DA and Civil Rights Fighter

As San Francisco’s top prosecutor for eight years, Hallinan hired women, minorities, gays and lesbians in unprecedented numbers, sought alternatives to prosecution for nonviolent crimes and declined to seek the death penalty for any capital case

Progressive Groups Urge Sanders-Warren Unity

When progressives fight each other, the establishment wins. "For the sake of humanity and the planet, we need a tactical alliance between the Sanders and Warren campaigns. Defeating corporate Democrats and Donald Trump will require no less."

What a Bernie Sanders Presidency Would Look Like

The possibilities of an “organizer-in-chief.” Sanders is the only presidential candidate who has put forward a genuine Green New Deal, to radically remake the economy to serve ordinary people. One of two cover stories of our dual-sided January issue

What an Elizabeth Warren Presidency Would Look Like

Warren is a “visionary implementer.” When she defeats President Donald Trump, it would mean an economic populist defeated a corrupt plutocrat, a woman defeated America’s most famous misogynist. one of two cover stories of dual-sided January issue.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: One Year in Washington

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reshaped her party’s agenda, resuscitated Bernie Sanders’s campaign, is harnessing her immense star power and the legion of young lefties, to push the Democratic Party away from an obsession with its most moderate members..

Jan 16-Reader Comments, Resource, Announcements, Shorts

Reader Comments: Return of Fascism; 2/3 Support Wealth Tax; CNN and Democratic Debate; Imminent Danger(?) - Soleimani Murder; Biden and Buttigieg; Boeing; Australia; Spain; Pesticide Use; Chesa Boudin; Missouri Seeks to Burn Books, Jail Librarians;
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Culture

Trump's Gotta Go! Trumpism Too. Please Help.

Portside
Trump is on trial. We will, of course, present the case for his conviction and removal. But beyond that, we will work to vaccinate society against Trumpism by providing a continuous stream of fact, analysis and vision.

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Frisking Two Men in Sadiyah

Hugh Martin In Country
Hugh Martin’s poetry captures the interior agonies of US soldiers at war in Iraq.

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The Yellow Vests and the Erosion of Trade Union Strength

Ben Chacko Morning Star
The emergence of the Yellow Vests showed the absence of the left and labor from large parts of France. Trade unions are still essential to protect workers. But a theoretical need for unions doesn't guarantee that they will be effective.

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Sports Illustrated Staffers Become Latest to Try to Unionize

Kathryn Hopkins WWD
The 2019 trend of newsrooms unionizing shows no sign of running out of steam as a new year begins.The latest is Sports Illustrated, with the majority of its staff revealing today that they intend to form a union with the NewsGuild of New York

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Take My Benefits—Please!

Mark Dudzic New Politics
Employment-based Health Care Has Become an Anchor Around the Neck of the U.S. Working Class

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Just Mercy | Movie

A true story of official injustice and the long battle for vindication (in theaters now), based on a book by Bryan Stevenson

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Debunking Anti-Vaxxers

The seven most common anti-vaccination arguments and how to answer them

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Soul Rebel Featuring Bunny Wailer and Manu Chao

Bob Marley once said “One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain...” Enjoy Bunny Wailer, Manu Chao and Bushman singing the Wailer’s classic, “Soul Rebel,” along with musicians from around the world.