Anuj Shrestha, special to ProPublica
Posted in Analysis Conspiracy theories Right Wing Militias

Oath Keepers in the State House

How a Militia Movement Took Root in the Republican Mainstream by Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica October 21, 2021   North Carolina state representative Mike Clampitt swore an oath to uphold the Constitution after his election in 2016…

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Posted in Analysis Infrastructure Restart 2021

Sinema kills Democrats’ plan to raise corporate tax rate

Although “all of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda can be paid for by fairer taxes on the wealthy and corporations,” noted Americans for Tax Fairness, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s refusal to support tax hikes on the…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and a handful of right-wing Democrats pose a potentially existential threat to the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act, a sweeping budget reconciliation package that, if passed, would fund robust climate action. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Posted in Guest Column Op/Ed Restart 2021

Our long neoliberal nightmare: Congress should not begrudge $3.5 trillion reconciliation package for the people

To set themselves apart from Republicans, Democrats must demonstrate the political will to choose the common good over allegiance to corporate wealth. by Michele Swenson Thursday, October 14, 2021 A half century of neoliberal economic policy…

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It's cannot be described as a labor shortage, explains Reich, when "many American workers are now engaged in the equivalent of a general strike." (Photo: Shutterstock)
Posted in Columns Jobs Robert Reich Workers

This isn’t a labor shortage—It’s a strike by workers kicked in the face by low wages for too long

A lot of those now out of work simply don’t want to return to backbreaking, low-wage shit jobs. Why should they? by Robert Reich October 10, 2021 The U.S. added just 194,000 jobs in September, down…

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Posted in Columns Journalism Wade Rathke

Turnabout and fair play on Project Veritas

by Wade Rathke October 8, 2021   New Orleans,     What’s the old saying? An enemy of my enemy is my friend. Something like that, I think. All of which made reading some parts of a…

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Kurt Thigpen was met with vitriol shortly after he became a school board member in Washoe County, Nevada. Credit: David Calvert, special to ProPublica
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica

We’re losing our humanity, and the pandemic is to blame

“What the hell is happening? I feel like we are living on another planet. I don’t recognize anyone anymore.”  by Sarah Smith, ProPublica October 8, 2021   Kurt Thigpen clenched his hands around the edge of…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Progressives made a power play

by Wade Rathke October 5, 2021 New Orleans    It may be high-low bargaining, but at least progressives played their hands powerfully in order to get to try to get to the maximum number on Biden’s…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) hobnobs with attendees of a May 17, 2019 event hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Analysis Dark Money Guest Column Restart 2021

So-called ‘centrists’ are really incredibly dangerous extremists

Their supposed “seriousness” poses a serious threat to everyone but the small group of elites whose short-term interests they actually represent. by Peter Bloom Tuesday, October 5, 2021 After a half decade of progressive political gains,…

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Posted in Analysis Police Killings

Police killings of civilians in the US have been undercounted by more than half in official statistics

The names of the dead. (Photo:Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) by Moshen Naghavi, University of Washington; Eve Wool, University of Washington, and Fablina Sharara, University of Washington October 5, 2021 The big…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) walks through the halls of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)
Posted in 2024 Senate Campaign Analysis

Sinema draws ire for obstructing Biden agenda

‘It’s Sickening’ “We obviously didn’t envision having Republicans as part of our party,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams September 30, 2021 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is not the only corporate-backed Democrat standing in…

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Posted in Columns Housing Wade Rathke

Homeownership gap widens

by Wade Rathke September 28, 2021 New Orleans      When I wrote Citizen Wealth, published in 2009, I proudly recorded the role that ACORN played in increasing the homeownership rate of Black and Hispanic Americans…

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Posted in Accountability Columns Environment Wade Rathke

Environmental money scams

by Wade Rathke September 27, 2021 Pearl River    No question. Climate change is a big deal. For every hurricane alert, storm warning, and sudden street flooding, environmental consciousness is rising as quickly as the wind…

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Sen. Joe Manchin opposes making Washington, D.C. the nation's 51st state through the legislative process, arguing that a constitutional amendment is needed for the popular move. (Photo: Al Drago/Washington Post via Getty Images)
Posted in Campaign finance Dark Money Guest Column Politics

Democrats need to stand up to corporate extremists in their own party

Wall Street Democrats are not just resisting progress but putting freedom and democracy in jeopardy. by Peter Bloom September 27, 2021 The progressive optimism that the Biden presidency might lead to real change is quickly fading…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Restart 2021

‘Carrying water for big corporations’: Sinema faces backlash for opposing tax hikes

“Make no mistake, if she sides with her wealthy donors and kills popular investments to jump-start the economy, everyday families—including across Arizona—will pay the price.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams September 26, 2021 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema…

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Posted in Columns Rent Control Wade Rathke

The fight for rent control is global

by Wade Rathke September 25, 2021 Pearl River    Talking to Sydnee Blum, ACORN’s head organizer in eastern Canada on Wade’s World, she told a shocking story of a member in one of the neighborhoods who…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Racism Republicans

Texas voting law builds on long legacy of racism from GOP leaders

In the early 1960s, U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona, a Republican, challenged the GOP’s more liberal politicians to redefine the Republican Party as what newspaper editor William Loeb called “the white man’s party.” by Chris Lamb,…

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Posted in Columns Community Journalism Wade Rathke

Talk radio needs you!

by Wade Rathke, August 22, 2021 Pearl River        In the coming days I’ll be driving from Louisiana through Mississippi, then Alabama and Georgia before I get to Atlanta. Once there, I’ll do my…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Decolonizing Wealth

by Wade Rathke August 21, 2021 Pearl River     When we last spoke to Edgar Villanueva a couple of years ago when the first edition of his book, Decolonizing Wealth:  Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus News Wade Rathke

MASK REVOLT – really?!?

by Wade Rathke August 18, 2021 New Orleans f all of the revolts we might imagine in the fever dreams of our lives, the anti-mask rebellion has to be one for the comic books. Much of…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Education Guest Column

My kids’ school won’t reinstate masks despite a recent surge in COVID cases. Here’s what I chose to do.

Georgia’s Cobb County School District had parents choose between virtual and in-person learning, then lifted its mask mandate. Many families are frantically figuring out how to navigate this reality. ProPublica reporter Nicole Carr is one of…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter

Why Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Whitey on the Moon’ still feels relevant today

Recent space flights by multi-billionaires highlight the extreme economic inequality in America. Joe Raedle/Getty Images A.D. Carson, University of Virginia Not long after the July 20, 1969, Moon landing, Gil Scott-Heron – a poet hailed as…

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Since June 28, police in Minnesota have blockaded a driveway to an Indigenous camp of water protectors protesting the Line 3 pipeline. (Photo: Giniw Collective)
Posted in Environment News Pipelines

Water Protectors against Line 3 sue over police blockade of Indigenous camp

“The Hubbard County Sheriff has attempted to illegally construct a de facto open-air prison to trap Indigenous environmental protectors and allies on their own property.” by Jessica Corbett, Staff writer July 16, 2021   Water protectors…

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A protester holds a banner reading "The KKK and Neo-Nazis Are Domestic Terrorists" during a rally against then-U.S. President Donald Trump on August 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Democracy

US military document puts socialists in same category as Neo-Nazis

The Intercept releases story ‘Disturbing’ The Navy’s new counterterrorism training guide says that socialists are “political terrorists,” just like neo-nazis. “Whoever is directing the Navy anti-terror curriculum would rather vilify the left than actually protect anything,”…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) arrives for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup in the Dirksen Building on Wednesday on June 16, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona Filibuster Voting rights

Sinema op-ed defending Senate filibuster ‘delusional’

Rep. Mondaire Jones said Sinema is effectively arguing that “we should let Republicans destroy democracy now because at some indeterminate time in the future they may try again.” by Jake Johnson, Staff Writer Tuesday, June 22,…

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