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'Self-Centered Nationalism' Could Lead to War and Nuclear Disaster, Hiroshima Mayor Warns on 75th Anniversary of Attacks

'Self-Centered Nationalism' Could Lead to War and Nuclear Disaster, Hiroshima Mayor Warns on 75th Anniversary of Attacks

Published on by"We must never allow this painful past to repeat itself."Hiroshima mayor Kazumi Matsui and representatives of bereaved families take part in a ceremony at the Memorial Cenotaph during the 75th anniversary memorial service for atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2020. (Photo: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images)The mayor of Hiroshima on Thursday warned of the ongoing dangers of nationalism and militarism on the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of the Japanese city by the United States on August 6, 1945."We must never allow this painful...

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Outraised 250-1, Progressive Marquita Bradshaw Upsets Establishment Opponent in Tennessee Primary for US Senate

Outraised 250-1, Progressive Marquita Bradshaw Upsets Establishment Opponent in Tennessee Primary for US Senate

Published on by"The progressive movement is undeniable!" Bradshaw said following her win. "Thank you all so much for your support and this victory. It's time to put hardworking people first. Onward.""It's time to move forward to flip this U.S. Senate seat. And we can do it by working together, by staying true to the principles," Democratic Tennessee Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw said after her primary win Thursday. (Photo: Marquita Bradshaw 2020)Despite being by her establishment-backed opponent, progressive environmentalist Marquita Bradshaw scored a stunning upset victory in the...

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DNC Appears Ready to Sideline Progressive Standout Ocasio-Cortez at Upcoming Convention

DNC Appears Ready to Sideline Progressive Standout Ocasio-Cortez at Upcoming Convention

Published on by"You want Bill Clinton to speak but maybe not AOC. Okay, dummies."Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) at the Capitol on Friday, March 27, 2020. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images)Progressives expressed their discontent with the Democratic establishment Friday after reporting from Politico indicated that it was "unclear" if popular Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be guaranteed a speaking slot at the party's convention."It would be stupid not to give" Ocasio-Cortez a role at the convention, Corbin Trent, a former top adviser to the New York Democrat,...

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On 55th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act, Advocates Call on Congress to Fully Restore Law to Honor John Lewis's Fight for Justice

On 55th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act, Advocates Call on Congress to Fully Restore Law to Honor John Lewis's Fight for Justice

Published on bySince the Supreme Court gutted the law in 2013, more than 1,600 polling places have been closed, including many in largely-Black and Latino communities.Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who died last month at the age of 80, was arrested several times in the 1960s for demonstrating in favor of voting rights for black Americans. (Photo: /Flickr/cc)Civil rights advocates on Thursday marked the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, both in celebration of the hard-won victory of activists in the 1960s and in honor of the late Rep. John Lewis, whose tireless organizing helped...

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War and Pandemic Journalism

War and Pandemic Journalism

Published on byThe Truth Can Disappear Fast.Health workers greet people as they arrive in cars at a mobile Covid-19 testing site at the Westside Community Center in the Goldsboro neighborhood of Sanford, Florida on April 23, 2020. (Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)The struggle against Covid-19 has often been compared to fighting a war. Much of this rhetoric is bombast, but the similarities between the struggle against the virus and against human enemies are real enough. War reporting and pandemic reporting likewise have much in common because, in both cases, journalists are...

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Retirees Vow to 'Fight This Attempt to Gut Social Security' as Trump Announces Executive Order to Suspend Payroll Tax

Retirees Vow to 'Fight This Attempt to Gut Social Security' as Trump Announces Executive Order to Suspend Payroll Tax

Published on by"President Trump just betrayed seniors, ordering cuts in Social Security funding because Congress wouldn't go along with his payroll tax cut scheme."President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on August 6, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)An advocacy group representing more than four million American retirees warned Thursday that President Donald Trump took a dangerous step toward "single-handedly" dismantling Social Security by announcing he plans to sign an executive order suspending collection of...

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Sanders Bill to Tax 'Obscene' Pandemic Windfall of Billionaires Would Empower Medicare to Cover Every American for One Year

Sanders Bill to Tax 'Obscene' Pandemic Windfall of Billionaires Would Empower Medicare to Cover Every American for One Year

Published on by"By taxing 60% of the wealth gains made by just 467 billionaires during this horrific pandemic, we could guarantee healthcare as a right for an entire year."People participate in a "March on Billionaires" event on July 17, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday introduced legislation that would tax the "obscene wealth gains" America's billionaires have accumulated during the Covid-19 crisis and use the resulting revenue to empower Medicare to cover all out-of-pocket medical expenses for everyone in the United States for a...

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People of Missouri Accomplish What Its GOP Lawmakers Refused to Do for Nearly 10 Years: Approve Medicaid Expansion

People of Missouri Accomplish What Its GOP Lawmakers Refused to Do for Nearly 10 Years: Approve Medicaid Expansion

Published on byCalled 'victory for health care,' ballot initiative succeeds where legislative efforts were long thwarted by Republican Party.Voters cast their ballots at Keevan Elementary School August 4, 2020 in North St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)An estimated 230,000 low-income residents of Missouri will for Medicaid after 53% of the state's voters passed a ballot measure expanding the program in Tuesday's election. The popular approval comes after nearly ten years of obstruction by Republican lawmakers in the state forbid expansion of the program made...

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'Don't Let Anyone Fool You,' Says Sanders. Primary Wins Show Progressives 'Transforming American Politics'

'Don't Let Anyone Fool You,' Says Sanders. Primary Wins Show Progressives 'Transforming American Politics'

Published on bySen. Bernie Sanders maintains progressive candidates won because they campaigned "not only against Trump, but for an agenda that works for the working families of this country."Sen. Bernie Sanders celebrated wins for mulitple Aug. 4 progressive primaries. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)Cheering multiple primary wins this week for progressive candidates up and down state ballots, Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.) rallied supporters Wednesday to keep up the fight to actually win the visionary demands driving those electoral victories."If we are serious about creating...

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In Latest 'Stunningly Irresponsible' Call to Reopen Schools, Trump Repeats Lie That Covid-19 'Will Go Away'

In Latest 'Stunningly Irresponsible' Call to Reopen Schools, Trump Repeats Lie That Covid-19 'Will Go Away'

Published on byProtesters hold signs during the Occupy City Hall Protest and Car Caravan hosted by Chicago Teachers Union in Chicago, Illinois, on August 3, 2020. (Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images)In his for U.S. public schools to reopen even as the country reports more than from the ongoing pandemic, President Donald Trump on Wednesday repeated his frequent false claim that the virus will somehow just disappear."This thing's going away. It will go away like things go away," Trump said Wednesday morning on Fox News. "My view is that schools should be open."Holy shit. Trump...

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'This Is a Big Deal': Iowa Gov. Ends Voting Ban for People With Felony Convictions

'This Is a Big Deal': Iowa Gov. Ends Voting Ban for People With Felony Convictions

Published on byThe new executive order means there is now no U.S. state categorically banning people with former convictions from voting.Democratic voters attend the caucus at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, the United States, Feb. 3, 2020. (Photo: Li Muzi/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Li Muzi via Getty Images)In a development as "a historic sea change," Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order on Wednesday overturning the state's policy of permanently banning those with felony convictions from voting."Today we take a significant step forward in acknowledging the importance...

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Rights Groups Raise Alarm Over Upcoming Supreme Court Case That Could Turn US Into 'Safe Haven' for Abusive Corporations

Rights Groups Raise Alarm Over Upcoming Supreme Court Case That Could Turn US Into 'Safe Haven' for Abusive Corporations

Published on by"Rather than work to stop child slavery, Nestle and Cargill want legal immunity to continue profiting from child slavery."Two multinational food corporations are asking the Supreme Court to reinterpret the Alien Tort Statute, a law dating back to 1789 which gives federal courts jurisdiction to hear lawsuits filed by non-U.S. citizens regarding violations of international law. (Photo: wbentprice / Flickr)The U.S. Supreme Court could soon turn the nation into "a safe haven for human rights abusers," rights groupsWednesday, raising alarm over the court's plan to hear arguments...

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Teacher Protests Erupt As #DemandSafeSchools Takes Off

Teacher Protests Erupt As #DemandSafeSchools Takes Off

Published on by"I do not want to be an experiment."Black Lives Matter, United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the Democratic Socialists of America, and other groups gathered on the National Day of Resistance to protest against reopening of schools and for police-free schools. (Photo: Ron Adar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)The hashtag #DemandSafeSchools lit up Twitter on Monday as teachers and students in districts across the country took part in protests over plans for in-person learning in fall despite safety concerns from Covid-19.Actions took place in dozens of major cities...

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With 'Survival of Organized Human Society' at Risk, New Campaign Rallies Progressives to Vote Trump Out

With 'Survival of Organized Human Society' at Risk, New Campaign Rallies Progressives to Vote Trump Out

Published on by"As progressives and leftists, we are not going to minimize our disagreements with Joe Biden. But we're also clear-eyed about where things stand. We have a moral responsibility to defeat Trump.""The general election is far less about Biden than it is about Trump—the most dangerous president in modern U.S. history, who opposes virtually every policy and principle that progressives are fighting for," said RootsAction co-founders Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon. (Image: RootsAction)With the goal of boosting progressive voter turnout in swing states that could play a decisive role...

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Progressive Rashida Tlaib Calls Primary Victory 'A Resounding Mandate to Put People Before Profits'

Progressive Rashida Tlaib Calls Primary Victory 'A Resounding Mandate to Put People Before Profits'

Published on by"We are done with establishment politics that put corporations first."Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan, speaks with people outside a polling station in Inkster, Michigan, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.  (Photo: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)Progressive Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib was declared the winner in Michigan's 13th District on Wednesday  morning after handily fending off a challenge from a more centrist candidate in Tuesday's Democratic Primary.With 87% of precincts reporting, various news outlets the race for Talib, a one-term incumbent, as...

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Democratic Bill Banning Toxic Pesticides in US Applauded as 'Much-Needed' Step to Protect Kids and the Planet

Democratic Bill Banning Toxic Pesticides in US Applauded as 'Much-Needed' Step to Protect Kids and the Planet

Published on by"The Protect America's Children from Toxic Pesticides Act says what we all know to be true: that nerve agents have no place on our food, in our workplaces, and in our communities.""Our nation's pesticide laws have not kept up to keep us safe," Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said in a statement. (Photo: /Flickr/cc)Democrats in the House and Senate on Tuesday sweeping legislation that would ban some of the most toxic pesticides currently in use in the United States and institute stronger protections for farmworkers and communities that have been exposed to damaging chemicals by the...

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Watchdog Demands to Know If Drug Maker Sitting on Possible Covid-19 Treatment Due to Patent, Profit Concerns

Watchdog Demands to Know If Drug Maker Sitting on Possible Covid-19 Treatment Due to Patent, Profit Concerns

Published on by"It is sadly predictable that Big Pharma responds to a global pandemic by trying to bring to market only those drugs that maximize its profits."As Covid-19 cases increase, advocates push for study of similar, less expensive alternative to remdesivir. (Photo: Skynesher/Getty Images)As Covid-19 cases and deaths an upward trajectory in the United States, a watchdog group and allied scientists Tuesday urged the federal government and Gilead, the maker of the promising drug remdesivir, to explain why they have not pursued a similar treatment that might be cheaper for consumers...

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The GOP Is Trying to Steal Away Our Right to Vote—Time to Fight Like Hell to Keep It

The GOP Is Trying to Steal Away Our Right to Vote—Time to Fight Like Hell to Keep It

Published on byDonald Trump—aided and abetted by Republican senators and governors—has sought to discredit voting by mail, blocking funds for the U.S. Postal Service and the states to gear up for mass voting by mail, the sensible, safe way to vote in the midst of the pandemic."Enforcing the right to vote should not be controversial," writes Jackson. "It should enjoy support across the political spectrum." (Photo: Common Cause)August 6 is the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. If the constitutional amendments passed after the Civil War — the 13, 14 and 15th Amendments — were the...

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'Would Be Comical, If It Didn't Involve Real Lives': Unhinged Trump Interview Spotlights Deadly Failure of His Covid-19 Response

'Would Be Comical, If It Didn't Involve Real Lives': Unhinged Trump Interview Spotlights Deadly Failure of His Covid-19 Response

Published on by"If you wrote this as grotesque farce" for a movie script, wrote actor and progressive activist John Cusack, "no one would believe it."President Donald Trump during an interview with Jonathan Swan of Axios. (Photo: HBO/Screengrab)In an interview with Jonathan Swan of Axios that aired late Monday, President Donald Trump sputtered, declared "You can't do that," and continued trying to downplay the massive and rising coronavirus death toll when confronted with the fact the U.S. has a higher mortality rate by percentage of population than major countries like South Korea and...

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'We Need to See His Plan': Rights Groups Push Biden to Commit to Ending All Abortion Coverage Restrictions

'We Need to See His Plan': Rights Groups Push Biden to Commit to Ending All Abortion Coverage Restrictions

Published on by"It's not enough for abortion to be legal. It must also be affordable and available to all people, however much money they have or however they get their insurance."Pro-choice activists protest during a demonstration outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2020.  (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)Progressive advocacy groups are urging presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to commit to fighting for reproductive rights for all by releasing a concrete plan to repeal the Hyde Amendment, a decades-old measure prohibiting federal funding...

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Rights Group Demands ICE End 'Beyond Inhumane' Detention and Deportations as Covid-19 Pandemic Intensifies

Rights Group Demands ICE End 'Beyond Inhumane' Detention and Deportations as Covid-19 Pandemic Intensifies

Published on byAt least 1,000 active Covid-19 cases have been detected in detention facilities, and continued deportations have been linked to outbreaks in Central and South America.Dr. Franklyn Rocha Cabrero and Dr. Claudia A. Alvarez join with protesters outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Broward Transitional Center on May 1, 2020 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The protesters are demanding that ICE release people from the facility to their families and ensure that immigrants and detention center personnel receive prompt testing and treatment for coronavirus. (Photo: Joe...

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The 1 Percent's Attack on Unemployment Benefits is a Sign of Our Broken Democracy

The 1 Percent's Attack on Unemployment Benefits is a Sign of Our Broken Democracy

Published on byIf policymakers care about motivating people to work, they should focusing on raising the minimum wage and giving workers a voice in decisionmaking.The long-term systemic reason that working people are willing to accept jobs that cannot provide enough income to cover basic needs is because they are unable to organize and demand higher wages. Unionization is clearly tied to higher and more equal wages. (Photo: via Twitter)Members of the One Percent, such as former restaurateur Andrew Puzder,  Congress to not renew the $600 a week unemployment supplement Congress enacted as...

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We're Talking About Human Life Here. Unsafely Reopening Schools Is No Solution at All

We're Talking About Human Life Here. Unsafely Reopening Schools Is No Solution at All

Published on byWe need to make it possible for parents to stay home with their children. Now.Schoolchildren wearing protective mouth masks and face shields attend a course in a classroom at Claude Debussy college in Angers, western France, on May 18, 2020 after the country eased Covid-19 lockdown measures. (Photo: Damien Meyer/AFP via Getty Images)Opening schools unsafely will not solve any of our problems.In every case, it will make them worse.Students don’t learn a lot when their teachers are in quarantine.Children generally receive less socialization when their parents are...

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Trump Proclaims Nevada Has Made It 'Impossible' for GOP to Win by Expanding Voting Rights During Pandemic

Trump Proclaims Nevada Has Made It 'Impossible' for GOP to Win by Expanding Voting Rights During Pandemic

Published on by"Trump and his allies have always been motivated by partisanship, even at the expense of American lives."Signs direct people to the entrance of the Clark County Election Departmen amid the coronavirus pandemic on June 9, 2020 in Las Vegas. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)In a Monday morning attacking Nevada's proposed expansion of mail-in voting as "an illegal late night coup," President Donald Trump openly admitted that increasing access to the ballot amid the Covid-19 pandemic poses a dire threat to the Republican Party's ability to win elections."Nevada's clubhouse...

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'We Can Do This': Elections Advocate Says Measures Must Be Taken to Help States and Post Office Handle Surge in General Election Vote-By-Mail

'We Can Do This': Elections Advocate Says Measures Must Be Taken to Help States and Post Office Handle Surge in General Election Vote-By-Mail

Published on by"We're in an unprecedented time."A U.S. Postal Service employee wears a mask and delivers mail in the wind and rain in Copley Square in Boston on April 9, 2020. (Photo: Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)A prominent voting rights advocate on Sunday called on state and federal lawmakers to take action in order to handle what is expected to be a record-breaking surge in voting by mail as Americans head to the polls in November in the midst of a pandemic that is not likely to let up before the general election."States need to immediately start changing the rules,"...

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