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What Ilhan Omar Said About AIPAC Was Right

As a Jew, an Israeli citizen, and a professional lobbyist (ahem, activist), I speak from personal experience when I say that AIPAC is tremendously effective, and the lubricant that makes its operation hum is dollar, dollar bills.

White Supremacy Is a Key Driver of the Venezuela Coup

This is the story of Venezuela in black and white, the story not told in The New York Times or the rest of our establishment media. This year’s so-called popular uprising is, at its heart, a furious backlash of the whiter (and wealthier) Venezuelans

The Greensboro Sit-In Protests, Explained

February 1 marked the 59th anniversary of the start of the Greensboro sit-ins, a protest started in 1960 by four college students against racial segregation in Greensboro, North Carolina. Their actions quickly spurred a nationwide movement.

Neoliberalism Is Killing Our Love Lives

Dependency and power imbalances brought on by capitalist financial insecurity are the enemies of true romance. Are all your relationship woes rooted in economic anxiety? Absolutely not. But by organizing collectively, we can become more empowered ...

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Feb. 14, 2019-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Stand with Ilhan; Venezuela; The Border and Separation of Families; Virginia Politics; Angela Davis; Anti-Semitism; Iran; Rhiannon Giddens; Announcements: Teacher Strikes; Black History Month activities; Triangle Fire; and more....

This Is A Big Year For Gun Control Laws Across America

After a significant year for the gun control movement in 2018, momentum for stricter firearms laws in states across the country likely will accelerate this year.

Utah GOP shrinks Medicaid expansion, defying voters

The Republican governor signed a bill curbing Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, months after voters approved the program.

Trump Administration still separating families

Annunciation House shelter still receives calls each week about new cases of separations in El Paso, legal coordinator said

Unions Overcoming Ruling Aimed at Destroying Them

Labor leaders said the losses from Janus were not as severe as they had feared, citing their proactive organizing efforts as primary reasons.
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Culture

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The Physics of a Perfect Pizza

Jason Daley Smithsonian Magazine
pizza oven Two physiciists and a food anthropologist analyze the secrets of the perfect pie and come up with a formula for home-use.

poetry

Invasive Species

Amit Majmudar Massachusetts Review
Taking a global perspective, Ohio poet Amit Majmudar masterfully links issues of ecology and refugees.

books

The Class Ceiling, U.K. Version

Liam Kennedy London School of Economics Review of Books
An inquiry into how and why one’s class background in Great Britain privileges or thwarts access to elite occupations through an investigation of barriers to upward mobility.

Labor

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The Rebirth of Mexico’s Electrical Workers

David Bacon NACLA
The Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME) is Mexico’s most important independent union on the Left. Ten years ago, it was nearly destroyed. Today, its members are rebuilding through a new labor cooperative.

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Should We Mourn the Loss of Industrial Jobs?

James Partick Ferns Working Class Perspectives
We should, of course, avoid simplistic nostalgia for industrial work, nor should we forget its dangers and adverse health effects. Yet workers are right to remember and value many aspects of industrial employment.

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The General Strike that Shut Down Seattle 100 Years Ago

Cal Winslow Working In These Times
Today, this strike is largely forgotten, or worse, when remembered, dismissed as a long lost cause, sometimes reduced to a “disaster” – that is, a near fatal setback for Seattle’s working people. It was neither.

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CBSN Unionizes with the WGA East

Writers Guild of America East Writers Guild of America East
In a first for digital streaming news services, the writers, producers, and graphic artists at CBSN – CBS News’ 24/7 live streaming news network – have unionized with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE).

Friday nite video

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Ari Melber Interview With Four Key Mueller Witnesses

Four witnesses involved in Bob Mueller’s Russia probe – Jerome Corsi, Sam Nunberg, Michael Caputo and Carter Page – are each linked to President Trump, each directly involved in the Russia probe and have each given testimony to federal investigators

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Get Me Roger Stone | Movie Trailer

One man was plotting a Donald Trump presidential run for years: Roger Stone. Diving deep into the mind of the master manipulator, Get Me Roger Stone provides a raw perspective on American politics from Joe McCarthy to Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.