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Much-Needed Hope for Planet Earth in ‘Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution’

Mon, 2017-12-11 15:16

The new documentary Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution, which premieres tonight on HBO (8:00 p.m. ET), brings good news for anyone who's been crushed by the recent stream of headlines on climate change. Director Jamie Redford takes us on a journey to discover the green energy revolution that’s taking place in towns, cities and states across the country while underscoring issues of human resilience and social justice. Continue reading

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Why I’m Calling My Reps to Ask for True Tax Reform that Benefits Those Who Need It

Mon, 2017-12-11 14:24

After watching her home state struggle with budget shortfalls, a concerned reader urges fellow citizens to take action on pending legislation. Continue reading

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Trump’s FCC Wants to Kill a Free and Open Internet

Mon, 2017-12-11 12:55

Every time we think the battle to protect the internet is won, the forces of greed, power and control come right back at us. The crucial FCC vote to reverse the net neutrality rules is Thursday, Dec. 14. There remains time to make your voice heard. Continue reading

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If the Trump Revolution Is Possible, So Is a Progressive One

Mon, 2017-12-11 11:53

Don’t kid yourself: 2016 was a revolutionary year in the United States.
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Can the Courts Bring About a Climate Fix? Three Judges Are About to Decide

Mon, 2017-12-11 11:24

Three judges in San Francisco have the power to decide how — and whether — the US government deals with climate change. Later today, 21 young Americans will make their case that President Trump has endangered their future by aiding and abetting the dirty industries responsible for the global crisis. And they will argue that they can hold him legally accountable. Continue reading

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Apocalypse When?

Fri, 2017-12-08 18:09

When humor goes apocalyptic, how serious is the situation? Grave. This, for example, from the New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz: “Broad Majority of Americans Support Moving Trump to Jerusalem.” Continue reading

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Marshall: A Little-Known Story With a Well-Known Hero

Fri, 2017-12-08 17:22

Marshall is an independent film released this fall that you may have missed in theaters. But after garnering eight NAACP Image Award nominations and a Grammy nomination for best song, it's back in theaters this week. It tells the story of The State of Connecticut v. Joseph Spell, a little-known 1941 court case involving a black chauffeur, Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), who is accused of raping his white wealthy employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson). The NAACP assigns a young Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) to take the case. We talked with the film's director, Reginald Hudlin. Continue reading

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The House Tax Bill Shafts Graduate Students

Fri, 2017-12-08 14:40

Sarah Jaffe speaks with Tom DePaola, who was arrested and released outside House Speaker Paul Ryan's office this week while protesting the GOP tax bill's proposed tax on tuition waivers. DePaola is a third-year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California, studying urban education policy and academic labor in universities, and a graduate worker at USC's Rossier School of Education. Continue reading

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My Family Fled to the US to Survive. We Deserve to Stay.

Fri, 2017-12-08 12:59

I grew up in Los Angeles and Seattle, but my siblings used to warn me not to reveal that we were from Mexico. They were afraid that we would be persecuted, deported and separated from one another, so they made sure I knew about the possible repercussions of being undocumented. But that doesn’t mean I fully understood it — I couldn’t really comprehend the extent to which it would impact our lives practically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Continue reading

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The Swamp Fighters: Craig Aaron

Thu, 2017-12-07 17:31

Craig Aaron took what he learned about freedom of the press at journalism school and built a career and movement around it — embodied in the organization Free Press. He’s the one championing First Amendment issues for the digital age. Continue reading

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Trump’s Incriminating Tweet Isn’t as Important as Flynn’s Plea

Thu, 2017-12-07 17:24

The controversy over who wrote President Trump’s Dec. 2, 2017 tweet shifted attention away from a key fact about the tweet itself: It is a double-barreled lie. Meanwhile, John Dowd, Trump’s lead personal attorney in the Russia investigation, has created a nightmare for himself and his client. Continue reading

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The Republican Tax Bill Is a Poison Pill That Kills the New Deal

Thu, 2017-12-07 15:15

Shortly after President Trump took office, House Speaker Paul Ryan could feel just how close he was to finally achieving the goal he and his party colleagues had dreamed about for decades. With Republicans in uncontested power in Washington, he tweeted, they had a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enact real comprehensive tax reform and get our economy moving.” Many Trump supporters thought reform meant relief for the “forgotten Americans” he talked about on the campaign trail. But Republicans had other plans. Continue reading

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GOP Angles for More Campaign Cash, Less Disclosure

Thu, 2017-12-07 15:10

Last week Senate Republicans passed a tax bill that hands massive tax breaks to corporations and the rich at the expense of low-income and middle-class Americans. But as bad as that is, things could get even worse. Waiting in the wings on Capitol Hill are proposed GOP spending bills that would help the wealthy winners in this year’s epic tax rewrite lock in their power. Continue reading

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Now We Finally Know How Much Federal Land Could Be at Stake in Trump’s Rush for More Drilling

Thu, 2017-12-07 11:56

In his speech from Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday, President Trump called the national monuments he was there to shrink a “natural bounty” that the nation should put “to great and wonderful use.” In this administration, “natural bounty” and “great and wonderful use” do not necessarily refer to the monuments’ beauty and cultural value, but to the vast potential oil, gas and coal reserves beneath them. Continue reading

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Union to Pro-Trickle Down Lawmakers: ‘Put It In Writing’

Fri, 2017-12-01 15:37

This Q&A is part of Sarah Jaffe’s series Interviews for Resistance, in which she speaks with organizers, troublemakers and thinkers who are doing the hard work of fighting back against America’s corporate and political powers. This interview has been edited … Continue reading

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A Timeline: Michael Flynn, Russia and the Trump Administration

Fri, 2017-12-01 15:36

The Trump-Russia investigation has reached a historic and defining moment. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was an early and enthusiastic Trump supporter who remained a constant presence in Trump’s inner circle from the summer of 2015 to his resignation on Feb. 13, 2017. Continue reading

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After the Keystone XL Approval, Here’s What’s Next for the Climate Movement

Fri, 2017-12-01 11:40

After months of public hearings and deliberation, Nebraska’s Public Service commission on Nov. 20 approved a route for the Keystone XL pipeline in a 3-2 decision. The years-running fight against the controversial infrastructure project, however, is far from over: Organizers up and down the project’s route are already lining up to stop it, whether in courts or on construction sites. Continue reading

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