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Set Up By FBI Informant, NODAPL Activist Pleads Guilty
After federal government has stonewalled defense attorneys in releasing evidence, Red Fawn Fallis came to a plea agreement with prosecutors

  January 20, 2018

After Hawaii Scare, Trump Worsens Nuclear Danger
Trump's bellicose statements about North Korea and the recent false missile alert in Hawaii have raised global alarm over nuclear war. Now, in an unprecedented step, a draft of the new U.S. Nuclear Posture calls for authorizing nuclear weapons use even in response to a non-military attack

  January 18, 2018

The Jobs Trump Promised to Save Are Disappearing
The Carrier Factory in Indiana are laying off hundreds of workers this week, one year after Trump promised to save them

  January 18, 2018

Fire and Fury: The Extreme-Right in the White House (Pt. 2/2)
The extreme right has a solid hold on the White House for the first time in decades and replacing Trump with another Clinton-type Democrat will only reinforce the forces that got Trump elected. Part 2 of our "Fire and Fury" book discussion with Doug Henwood

  January 16, 2018

Fire and Fury: Insights into the Fights Within the US Ruling Elite? (1/2)
The bestseller Fire and Fury not only confirms the worst we suspected about the Trump White House, but it also puts the fights within the US ruling elite on display. Doug Henwood analyses the book (pt. 1 of 2)

  January 15, 2018

Democrats Openly Back Establishment Candidates for 2018 Primaries
The DCCC is already deciding primary races in favor of the candidates they prefer

  January 15, 2018

TRNN Replay - Guantanamo: Twelve Years of US War Crimes
Jan. 11 marks the 16th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Prison. Michael Ratner: Guantanamo camp continues to violate international laws and norms, including fake trials, media blackout on ongoing hunger strikes, and banning public disclosure of torture faced by detainees

  January 11, 2018

Judges Rule N. Carolina Representatives Cannot Choose their Voters
In a major blow to partisan gerrymandering, a panel of federal judges ruled that North Carolina's congressional districts are unconstitutional and must be redrawn before the 2018 midterm election. The decision boosts other efforts to reverse gerrymandering in the US, explains Dan Vicuna of Common Cause

  January 12, 2018

Trump's Medicaid Work Requirements Punish the Poor
The Trump administration has told states they can cut off Medicaid benefits unless recipients meet work requirements. Michael Lighty of National Nurses United calls it an "authoritarian social engineering project" that targets the most vulnerable

  January 11, 2018

In Fusion GPS Testimony, More Questions Than Answers
As President Trump refuses to commit to an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the long-awaited testimony of Glenn Simpson, founder of the firm behind the Steele dossier, has been released. Independent journalist Marcy Wheeler and Aaron Mate discuss

  January 11, 2018

Oprah 2020? A Progressive's Take
The response to Oprah Winfrey's potential presidential run reveals uncomfortable truths about the 2016 campaign, and underscores the importance of embracing candidates based on their policies, not celebrity, says attorney and writer Briahna Joy Gray

  January 10, 2018

Trump's Immigration 'Bill of Love' Full of Poison Pills
Trump version of the DREAM Act includes a number of anti-immigration policies, such as funding the infamous border wall. Time is running out to find a permanent legislative solution to protect hundreds of thousands of DREAMers from deportation, says United We Dream's Gregory Cendana

  January 10, 2018

Trump Administration Ends Protected Status for 200,000 Salvadorans
Salvadorans who have lived in the U.S. for decades under Temporary Protected Status now have 18 months to leave the country. Prof. Leisy Abrego of UCLA says the news is devastating for Salvadorans, but they have hope that Congress will intervene before time runs out

  January 9, 2018

Why is US Cutting Aid to Pakistan?
President Trump began the year with a tweet denouncing Pakistan, and followed up by announcing a new reduction of U.S. aid. Junaid Ahmad, director of the Center for Global Dialogue, explains the significance of Trump's decision

  January 8, 2018

Max Blumenthal on 'Fire and Fury,' Clinton Probe, and Russiagate
The book 'Fire and Fury' sparks a rift between Trump and Bannon, the FBI revives scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation, and GOP senators target the author of the Steele dossier. Best-selling author Max Blumenthal breaks down the growing intra-elite clashes and the key developments that are being overlooked

  January 6, 2018

Jeff Sessions Memo Makes Marijuana Future Uncertain
Grant Smith of the Drug Policy Alliance explains what rescinding the Cole memo means for the future of pot

  January 4, 2018

Can Mayors Lead the Way on Progressive Reform?
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka talks about the Newark 2020 initiative, a jobs program which aims to put 2,020 people back to work by 2020, and how cities are finding innovative ways to push for social change

  January 3, 2018

Universalizing Resistance: To Fight Trump, Fight the System
In his new book, "Welcome to the Revolution: Universalizing Resistance," Prof. Charlie Derber says progressive movements must work together to confront interconnected hierarchies of power, because smaller issues are intertwined with a larger system; you can't confront one problem without confronting them all

  January 1, 2018

The Right is Waging War on Academic Freedom
The resignation of Drexel University Professor Ciccariello-Maher following right-wing threats and harassment is the result of a broader, ongoing right-wing campaign to intimidate progressive professors throughout the U.S., and it's having a chilling effect on academic freedom, says Trinity College Professor Johnny Williams

  December 29, 2017

Corporations Hoard Their Trump Tax Windfall
After President Trump signed the GOP tax plan into law, some of the bill's corporate beneficiaries have offered workers minor bonuses. But economist Bill Black says they're keeping most of the money for themselves -- and starting a new global race to the bottom for corporate taxes

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