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ExxonMobil Got Congress to Trade Arms for Offshore Gas

February 6, 2020

An obscure provision in the bipartisan spending bill passed in December 2019 lifts arms restrictions to Cyprus and boosts an offshore pipeline in the Mediterranean Sea. Exxon used lobbyists in both the EU and US, and other modes of influence, to promote the legislation.

In 2000 We Had Hanging Chads, Now We Have Hanging Apps

February 5, 2020

The caucuses raised a lot of questions: Should Iowa continue to be first? Who is the Shadow company that developed the failing app? Are the Democrats Imploding?

Democrats Must Bring Optimism and Truth to Counter Trump’s Message of Lies and Distortions

February 5, 2020

The State of the Union speech was the opening of Trump’s 2020 Presidential campaign. It was Hucksterism at its best, altering truths about the economy and attacking socialism. Will the Democrats have an answer?

Is Trump’s Impeachment Merely a Fight Within the US Ruling Class?

February 5, 2020

Once we understand how Trump and Trumpism came about, as a reaction to capitalism’s global crisis, we can see how the impeachment battle is really a battle for dominance within the US ruling class, says globalization sociologist William I. Robinson.

How Capitalism’s Structural and Ideological Crisis Gives Rise to Neo-Fascism

February 5, 2020

Globalization sociologist William I. Robinson explains how global capitalism has been mired in a structural crisis since the 1970s, but especially since 2008, which has also led to a crisis of legitimacy, giving rise to neo-fascism around the world.

Arab League holds emergency meeting over Trump Deal of the Century

Trump’s Peace Plan Is a ‘Galvanizing Shock’ for Palestinians

February 5, 2020

Donald Trump says his Deal of the Century is a new basis for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. But ironically, he’s driving hopelessly divided factions in the Arab world to unite against the plan, says Arab Studies professor Rashid Khalidi.

Trump Claims Credit for Life Expectancy Rise, Introduces Medicaid Cutback

February 4, 2020

Life expectancy in the US rose for the first time in four years because of a drop in opioid overdose deaths. Trump claimed credit, even though he’s done nothing to address the problem and intends to cut Medicaid.

State Sen. Jill Carter ‘Was the Squad Before the Squad’

February 3, 2020

Elijah Cummings’ death left a hole difficult to fill. From impeachment to racial justice and the future of America, we explore with the candidates for Maryland’s 7th District seat.

Higginbotham: Expanding ACA Is the ‘Most Efficient Approach’ to Health Insurance

February 3, 2020

Elijah Cummings’ death left a hole difficult to fill. From impeachment to racial justice and the future of America, we explore with the candidates for Maryland’s 7th District seat.

In Iowa, Candidates Slam DAPL as Documents Show Expansion Tied to Exports

February 3, 2020

Ed Fallon, a long time progressive political activist in Iowa and founder of the grassroots organization Bold Iowa, has dogged presidential candidates before the state’s first in the nation primary caucuses for more than two decades. A member of the Iowa legislature from 1993-2006, Fallon has worked on issues such as opposing war, sustainable agriculture,…