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The Epidemic is Both a Challenge and an Opportunity

Tommaso Di Francesco Il Manifesto Global
The coronavirus epidemic sends out the message that in the current very serious health crisis, representative government is absolutely necessary. It is necessary as a power of democratic control, for the protection of the common good.

The Shame of Child Poverty in the Age of Trump

Rajan Menon Tom Dispatch
young girl holding cardboard sign "Please Help" ...according to the Children's Defense Fund, kids now constitute one-third of the 38.1 million Americans classified as poor and 70% of them have at least one working parent -- so poverty can’t be chalked up to parental indolence.

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How Harvard Aims to Muzzle Unions

Walter Johnson The New York Review of Books
Over months of contract bargaining, Harvard reached common ground with the union on some issues. But over the course of a recent strike, the university began to lash out in punitive and ominous ways.

Friday Nite Videos | January 3, 2020

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Bernie Sanders' Remarks on Iran Following Suleimani Asassination. Vanishing Voters of Georgia. Why Drugs Are So Expensive. Google and Amazon Are Now in the Oil Business. Cadets Fired for Giving Nazi Salute.
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