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Echo Chamber Could Hand Win to Trump… Again

Erin Heaney Organizing Upgrade
demonstrators blocking street ...white progressives and leftists underestimate the...power of strategically racist messaging, and fail to...engage in the communities the Right is targeting — white folks who are impacted by a system that consistently puts profits before people.

The American Dark Money Behind Europe’s Far Right

Mary Fitzgerald and Claire Provost The New York Review of Books
politican kissing rosary A recent openDemocracy investigation found that America’s Christian right spent at least $50 million of “dark money” to fund campaigns and advocacy in Europe over the past decade.

Media Bits and Bytes - July 16, 2019

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The Chicago Defender; Facial Recognition; Left in the Info Age; Cancel Amazon Prime; Rightists Cry Bias; Detroit Cops and Social Media; Disappearing Local Papers; Too Left for the MSM

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Dark Money The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

Greg Waldmann Open Letters Monthly
One of the cornerstones of the campaign Senator Bernie Sanders is waging for the presidency is his opposition to our corrupt campaign finance laws. He often names the Koch brothers as a prime exhibit of the dangers of unregulated big money in politics, and for good reason. In her new book, Jane Mayer traces how the Koch brothers are trying to buy our politics. Greg Waldmann introduces us to what Mayer has found.
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