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Trump's Inaugural Swamp: Where Did All the Money Go?

Ilya Marritz (WNYC) and Justin Elliott (ProPublica) ProPublica
As the inaugural committee planned the landmark celebration, internal concerns were raised about whether Trump’s Washington hotel was overcharging for event space. The spending could be a violation of the law.

Why We Need Unions

Stephen Dunn Plume Poetry
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn reminds us, even if life isn’t fair there’s kindness, even love.

Florida Is Thwarting the Vote to Restore Felons' Rights

Allegra Kirkland Talking Points Memo
As officials try to frustrate the implementation of constitutional amendment that passed with 65 percent of the vote, a slow-motion crisis is building in the state of Florida.

10 of the Best Political Albums You'll Hear This Year

Mat Ward Green Left Weekly
Here are the best new albums that related to this month's politics. (David Crosby, Southeast Desert Metal, Indigenoise, Darren Hayman, Midnight Oil, Barbra Streisand, Arturo O'Farrill, Bobby Sessions, Glitoris, OHHMS).

Friday Nite Videos | December 14, 2018

Portside
Five movies for the holidays: First Reformed | Movie. If Beale Street Could Talk. "Bisbee '17" | Documentary. Minding the Gap | Documentary. Amazing Grace | Documentary.

The Time Has Come for Congress to Dismantle the USOC

Lindsay Gibbs ThinkProgress
The newest investigation into the enabling of Larry Nassar paints a picture of an organization that is beyond repair. The organization was willing to overlook everything, as long as programs, like gymnastics were bringing in new medals and money.

They Took Control of Their Workplace — and They Won

UE News
Ten years ago, 240 workers at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago occupied their factory to prevent its closure. This victory by UE members demonstrated that employers can be challenged and defeated.

Against the Normal

Scott McLemee Inside Higher Ed
December 10 was International Human Rights Day, making the book under review a timely, sobering take on the uphill struggle for human rights at home and abroad in the face of rising nativism, racism, xenophobia - paeans to alleged traditional values.