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  • The Enlightenment was not the age of reason — here's why November 17, 2018
    The Enlightenment began with the scientific revolution in the mid-17th century, and culminated in the French Revolution at the end of the 18th. On either side of the Atlantic, groups of public intellectuals have issued a call to arms. The besieged citadel in need of defending, they say, is the one that safeguards science, facts […]
    Aeon
  • This is the everyday mechanical mechanism that could define consciousness November 17, 2018
    It sounds like something hippies might have dreamed up. Why is my awareness here, while yours is over there? Why is the universe split in two for each of us, into a subject and an infinity of objects? How is each of us our own center of experience, receiving information about the rest of the […]
    The Conversation
  • Slow motion civil war: Here's how Donald Trump is the Jefferson Davis of a new red state confederacy November 17, 2018
    It’s a slow motion civil war, and it’s being fought by Trump’s “very fine people.” In both cases, they were young, and they were white, and they were male, and the actions they took started civil wars. In 1861, they were cadets from the Citadel Military Academy in South Carolina. On January 9, of that year, […]
    Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon
  • Trump reportedly 'skeptical' of CIA determination that Saudi Crown Prince ordered Khashoggi murder November 17, 2018
    "CIA doesn't just contradict the Saudis, but also the Trump WH." All the circumspection, laughter, and Trump administration statements that even at the time seemed bizarre and gullible, say critics, appear even more damning on Friday night after the Washington Post reported that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency believes the evidence shows that Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown […]
    Jon Queally, Common Dreams
  • Mitch McConnell singlehandedly blocks sentencing reform — despite bipartisan support November 17, 2018
    The president had endorsed a reform bill, but that didn’t matter to Mitch. Prospects for a major federal sentencing reform bill brightened on Wednesday with President Trump’s announcement that he would support the effort, but by week’s end, those prospects dimmed abruptly as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the president he wouldn’t bring […]
    Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute
  • Here's why the perfect 'Red State' Democrat lost November 17, 2018
    Taylor Sappington is exactly the kind of candidate his party should want in Ohio. But he couldn’t get union support. Taylor Sappington heard the call like so many other Democrats in the year after Nov. 8, 2016. He had seen Donald Trump coming, homing in on his little town of Nelsonville, Ohio, in the state’s […]
    ProPublica
  • The day 'conservative' Orange County died November 17, 2018
    Republicans had carried Orange County in every presidential race going back to 1936 until the district backed Hillary Clinton by 8 percentage points in 2016. Orange County, California, long one of the biggest Republican strongholds in the country, is expected to have zero Republicans representing it in Congress next year.Democrat Katie Porter officially defeated incumbent Republican Rep. […]
    Igor Derysh, Salon
  • The biggest threat to free speech no one is talking about November 17, 2018
    Between the Federalist Society’s iron grip on the Supreme Court and the ever-encroaching dangers of global warming, the future—both for the country and the planet as a whole—looks impossibly bleak. If you clicked this story, or have any desire to listen to the interview embedded within, odds are you’re a consumer of independent media. Yet […]
    Robert Scheer, Truthdig
  • 'A staggeringly bad idea': Outrage as Pelosi pushes tax rule that would 'kneecap the progressive agenda' November 17, 2018
    "This is a very bad idea, House Democrats. It makes no sense whatsoever to give Republicans veto power over progressive legislation." Nearly three-quarters of the American public and a historic number of Democratic lawmakers support Medicare for All, but the House Democratic leadership is considering using its newly won majority to impose a rule that […]
    Jake Johnson, Common Dreams
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins the rigged conservative shame game — by refusing to play November 17, 2018
    Woman wears clothes, becomes butt of conservative journalist’s snark. Of course it’s not really about a jacket Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can’t win.She can and did win at the political ground game that propelled her to a primary victory over longtime incumbent Joe Crowley, leading to her decisive election to represent New York’s 14th congressional district, and in […]
    Erin Keane, Salon

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