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  • Why Can't We Talk About the T-Word with Trump's CIA Pick? March 16, 2018
    How torture became unspeakable yet defensible in Washington. The key to defending the practice of torture is never to use the word.When the Bush administration wanted to torture suspected terrorists after 9/11, it adopted "enhanced interrogation techniques." When President Obama decided not to investigate Bush's torture regime, he said it was "time to look forward, […]
    Jefferson Morley, AlterNet
  • Is NYC's Progressive Mayor Turning into a Charter School Cheerleader? March 16, 2018
    De Blasio has closed many public schools in New York City. Unlike Bloomberg, he does not boast about it. When Bill de Blasio ran for mayor the first time, he sought my help. We met and spoke candidly. He told me he would strongly support traditional public schools. He said he would oppose the expansion […]
    Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch's Blog
  • Remembering Courtlin Arrington: The Victim of a Recent School Shooting Largely Ignored by Media March 16, 2018
    Parkland wasn't the only recent school shooting. Wednesday’s nationwide student walkout occurred one month after 17 students and staff were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Many students left classes for 17 minutes—one minute for each person murdered in Parkland. But in Alabama some students walked out for 18 minutes […]
    Amy Goodman, Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!
  • Teachers Deserve a Raise—Here’s How to Fund It March 16, 2018
    Huge tax cuts for energy corporations have left state school budgets broke. Teachers are ready to revolt.That’s the message we should take away from West Virginia, where educators in every county went on strike recently. The teachers secured a major victory, including a 5 percent raise for state employees.The win couldn’t be more well-deserved. Teachers […]
    Negin Owliaei, OtherWords
  • 8 Students With Different Reasons For Stricter Gun Laws March 16, 2018
    “All of these students will be voting in the next four years. We will be in the driver’s seat.” On Wednesday, one month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students from more than 3,000 schools across the country walked out of class to show support for stricter gun […]
    Lori Panico, YES! Magazine
  • Inside the Trump Circus of Corruption March 16, 2018
    Ben Carson’s furniture! Ryan Zinke’s “cone of silence”! Ivanka’s double-dealing! And that’s only the beginning. After Economic Adviser Gary Cohn's resignation in the wake of President Trump's impulsive tariff announcement and the abrupt dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week, it's assumed that Trump's apparent decision to throw caution to the wind and […]
    Heather Digby Parton, Salon
  • America's Phony Middle East Wars March 16, 2018
    While we meddle overseas, our homeland crumbles. Overseas, the United States is engaged in real wars in which bombs are dropped, missiles are launched, and people (generally not Americans) are killed, wounded, uprooted, and displaced. Yet here at home, there’s nothing real about those wars.  Here, it’s phony war all the way. In the last 17 […]
    William Astore, TomDispatch
  • Is Social Media Destroying Democracy? March 16, 2018
    What exactly have Silicon Valley’s top social media platforms unleashed on the political world? The political world is awash in a growing sea of social media-fed misinformation, loosely called fake news. Each week brings eyebrow-raising reports of a threat poised to upend America’s already dysfunctional political landscape, or reports that those at the helm of […]
    Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet
  • Why Has Trump Been Silent on the Texas Bombings? March 16, 2018
    All three victims were people of color. Although there have been three reported bombings in Austin, Texas, the current administration under Donald Trump has issued zero official comments on the incidents. In fact, there's a peculiar silence surrounding the heinous explosions that led to the horrific deaths of three people, all of them people of […]
    Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet
  • It's Time We Rethink the Devil for the Modern Era March 16, 2018
    We can do a lot better than the people who invented him. The devil needs updating. With what we know now we can do a whole lot better than the primitive authors of ancient texts ever did.The devil originates among the Essene Hebrews and really takes off among the early Christians, Luke in particular. He’s […]
    Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet