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Friday Nite Videos | January 18, 2019

Is Donald Trump Working for Russia? There Is Nothin' Like a Wall - Randy Rainbow Song Parody. Cardi B & Nancy P Take on Trump. Spoken Word 'Daydreaming.' Shoplifters | Movie Trailer.

Far Worse Than Watergate

If Donald Trump suborned perjury from Michael Cohen, he’s compromised by Russia.

How to Win Public Support for a Global Carbon Tax

A Climate Dividend, or People's Payout, is an increasingly popular idea. The left likes it because low-income households are better off. The Citizens’ Climate Lobby champions climate dividends: a bill to deliver it is being consider in the House.

Racial Bullying in Schools Mirrored 2016 Votes

In 2017, 18 percent more middle school students reported they had been bullied in communities that voted for Republican Donald Trump for president, compared to those communities that had favored Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Who in Their Right Mind Would Replace Jeff Sessions?

The reason, according to William Barr in his Senate confirmation hearings on Tuesday, was his undying love of the Department of Justice itself. His history says otherwise.

It’s Time for Federal Workers to Get Sick

A sickout by unpaid federal employees could bring the impasse—and their status as hostages to the president’s whim—to an end. Federal workers might learn from the successful example set by teachers from West Virginia to Arizona in 2018.

Our Approach to Zionism

Jewish Voice for Peace is guided by a vision of justice, equality and freedom for all people. We unequivocally oppose Zionism because it is counter to those ideals.

Angela Davis-Birmingham; Confronting Right Wing Attacks

After the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute withdrew the annual Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from Angela Davis, the outcry in Birmingham, nationally and internationally has been massive. Angela will be in Birmingham February 16.

Will Progressive Dems Fend Off Attacks on the WFP?

The Working Families Party has achieved its goal of flipping the New York State Senate — but now faces a threat to its very existence.

Jan. 17, 2019-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Government Shutdown - Case for a General Strike; AOC and Tax Policy; Los Angeles Teachers; 2020 Elections - Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren; Sexual Harassment in Elections; Resources; Announcements; Protest Music links; and more...
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Culture

poetry

The Wall (running the changes)

Philip Fried
New York poet Philip Fried traces the evolution of THE WALL, “the quintessential barrier/for keeping the future out and the past in.”

books

Why the Working Class Matters

Steve Early LA Progressive
With the rise of popular interest in socialism, this book goes beyond promoting efforts boosting needed protective legislation and improved social welfare for working people to look globally at struggles against capital and strategies for winning.

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AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

Robert D. Atkinson New York Journal of Books
Kai-Fu Lee is a venture capitalist from China whose new book surveys the impact and future of Artificial Intelligence on his society as well its prospects in Western countries. Reviewer Atkinson offers a mixed assessment.

Please Help Us End Our Annual Fund Appeal With a Bang!

Portside moderators Portside
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Labor

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Is The Los Angeles Teacher Strike A Different Kind Of Strike?

Peter Greene Forbes
Teachers across the country face a systematic underfunding of public schools and a systematic devaluing of the teaching profession by leaders who say public education should be swept aside to make room for a system of private free-market education.

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Please Help Us End Our Annual Fund Appeal With a Bang!

Portside moderators Portside
If you've meant to contribute to support Portside but haven't yet done so, this is your last opportunity for the season. Every year, we ask our readers to support Portside - from Thanksgiving until the end of January. So please act now.

labor

L.A. Teachers Prepare to Strike

Nelson Lichtenstein Dissent
A teachers strike scheduled to begin Monday Jan.14 appears imminent after United Teachers Los Angeles on Friday declared an impasse over a revised offer by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Friday nite video

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Cardi B & Nancy P Take on Trump

Trump fires back at Nancy P after she proposes postponing the State of the Union address. Cardi B sounds off about the government shutdown. Michael Kosta unpacks the use of crowdfunding to help unpaid federal workers.

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Shoplifters | Movie Trailer

In this award-winning gem, a veteran shoplifter and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold and take her in, testing their family bonds. Full review.
 

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Stacey Abrams | How to Respond to Setbacks

In an electrifying talk, Stacey Abrams shares the lessons she learned from her campaign for governor of Georgia, some advice on how to change the world -- and a few hints at her next steps. "Be aggressive about your ambition," Abrams says.