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We should have seen Trump coming | Ta-Nehisi Coates

Obama’s rise felt like a new chapter in American history. But the original sin of white supremacy was not so easily erased. By Ta-Nehisi Coates<p>I have often wondered how I missed the coming tragedy. It is not so much that I should have predicted that Americans would elect Donald Trump. It’s just …

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Midseason 2015 TV Preview

The final seasons of Justified and Mad Men join the return of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, House of Cards, and many more.<p><b>UPDATE (1/25/15):</b> …

The one thing that can save America

<b>Paul Krugman, Elizabeth Warren (Reuters/Bob Strong/AP/Charles Dharapak/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Why a new kind of labor movement is the key to avoiding national oblivion<p>Thomas Geoghegan<p>January 2, 2015 5:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor …

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“No civilization would tolerate what America has done”

<b>(Reuters/Richard Rowe)</b><p>Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society<p>David Masciotra<p>December 29, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>It seems police can get away with anything: choking men who have …

New York’s epic white backlash: How a horrid 1960s relic is still with us today

<b>Bill O'Reilly, Patrick Lynch, Sean Hannity (Fox News/AP/John Minchillo)</b><p>O’Reilly, Hannity and a defiant NYPD are fighting battles of 50 years ago. The chaos ended but the backlash endures<p>Joan Walsh<p>December 29, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>I grew up in New York in the 1960s and 70s saying a prayer whenever I …

My week in the right-wing lie machine: When Fox News, Twitchy and Montel Williams declared war on me

<b>Clockwise from top left: Cast of "Fox & Friends," Michelle Malkin, Montel Williams, Kennedy. (Fox News/Reuters/Carlo Allegri/Salon)</b><p>When I wrote the troops don’t protect my freedoms, the response was ugly, vitriolic and confirmed everything I said<p>David Masciotra<p>December 18, 2014 11:35pm (UTC)<p>John …

The 6-step process to dispose of America’s poor

<b>Paul Ryan (AP/John Minchillo)</b><p>The country’s lower classes are treated like criminals or commodities. Thank our perverse brand of capitalism<p>Paul Buchheit<p>December 16, 2014 9:30am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>One of the themes of the superb writing of Henry Giroux is that more and …

The right’s Black Friday con: Who’s really behind the war on low-wage protests

<b>(YouTube/Worker Center Watch)</b><p>With activists mobilizing to protest low wages at retail stores this week, corporate toads are seeking payback<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>November 26, 2014 5:27pm (UTC)<p>Ronald "the Great Communicator" Reagan had a reputation for being a funny, cheerful politician who succeeded …

New York Times columnist demands that Elizabeth Warren stop hurting Wall Street’s feelings

<b>Elizabeth Warren (AP/Timothy D. Easley)</b><p>Andrew Ross Sorkin says the progressive senator and former law professor is “misinformed”<p>Luke Brinker<p>November 25, 2014 4:24pm (UTC)<p>Wall Street stenographer Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times complains this morning that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren …

Hatriot Politics Created the Las Vegas Killers

Jerad and Amanda Miller, the Wingnuts whose killing spree left two policemen, a civilian, and themselves dead, were inspired by fright-wing radio …

America’s angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy

Up close with small-town white rage, with bitter, scary men who feel left behind by economic and cultural change<p>Michael Kimmel<p>November 17, 2013 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era”<p>Who are the white supremacists? There has been no formal survey, …

What Equal Pay Day? McConnell Slams Paycheck Fairness Act

On a day meant to symbolize wage discrepancies between women and men, Mitch McConnell slammed the Democrats’ bill—and provided yet more fodder for …

Cosmic terror: Why Neil deGrasse Tyson has religious fundamentalists so freaked

Religious belief systems prefer a universe with mankind firmly at its center. No wonder “Cosmos” is so threatening<p>Adam Lee<p>March 27, 2014 11:50am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The new <i>Cosmos</i> TV series airing on Fox is a worthy reboot of Carl Sagan's original. Following in Sagan's …

10 insane lessons religious schools are teaching American kids

<b>(plherrera via iStock)</b><p>How private voucher programs are using tax dollars to teach ideology<p>Katie Halper<p>March 24, 2014 12:51pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>School voucher programs are being debated everywhere you turn — in courtrooms, in state governments, and even in popular …

Six Ways America Is Like a Third-World Country

Although the U.S. is one of the richest societies in history, it still lags behind other developed nations in many important indicators of human …

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The destructive myth about religion that Americans disproportionately believe

<b>(Jaroslav74 via Shutterstock)</b><p>The U.S. is the last remaining highly developed country that hasn’t abandoned this problematic belief<p>CJ Werleman<p>March 18, 2014 12:32pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>This week, Pew Research Center published the results of a survey conducted among …

US media escalates propaganda offensive on Ukraine

4 March 2014<p>In the wake of the right-wing coup in Ukraine organized by the United States and the European powers, the American media is responding …

5 disturbing ways the religious right is trying to rewrite American history

<b>(Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)</b><p>Disregarding the separation of church and state is just the beginning…<p>Rob Boston<p>March 5, 2014 1:33pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay captured headlines recently with a claim that God wrote the U.S. Constitution. …

These Are The 15 Supplements to Keep In Your Medicine Cabinet

As evidence mounts that multivitamins provide no nutritional benefit, it’s time to forget the ‘daily dose.’ Instead, turn to these 15 supplements and …

Back off, haters! Hall & Oates rule

<b>(AP/Amy Sancetta)</b><p>The new Rock and Roll Hall of Famers get no respect, but they’re pop geniuses<p>Mary Elizabeth Williams<p>December 17, 2013 7:54pm (UTC)<p>There are the groups that are so uncool they're cool. It was all fun and games when "The Sopranos" and "Glee" made it acceptable for tuneless schmos …

Orwell & Ed: Snowden saga shows the one thing “1984” missed

<b>(AP)</b><p>George Orwell predicted many things about the modern surveillance state. What he didn’t is just as important<p>Robert Colls<p>December 17, 2013 11:58pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on the OUPblog.<p><i>“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment… but</i> …

This Week’s Hot Reads: December 16, 2013

A Teddy Roosevelt bio centered on New York City, the tragic failure of American foreign policy in the Middle East, and a newly translated story …

Israel Must Take a More Diplomatic Approach Toward Iran

No one wants a nuclear-armed Iran. The question is what will most likely prevent this from happening, says David Patrikarakos.<p>It’s been a turbulent …

Who Defines the ‘B’ in the BDS Movement?

Recent statements by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas—that the Palestinian leadership does not support the boycott of Israel, but does back the …

Revolutionary Roots Of U.S. Political Divide Explored In New Yuval Levin Book

WASHINGTON –- For 15 years, I have kept a quote in my wallet from a Washington Post profile of David Remnick after he had been hired to run The New Yorker.<p>The Post quoted Remnick as issuing a call not for writers, but rather for "passionate readers who ignore the phone and the TV for a few hours to …

Republican Extremism and the Lessons of History

This latest episode in the endless Republican reality show is not chiefly about the incompetence and incessant squabbling of ideologues and petty …

Rand Paul's Muslim-Bashing Speech

The Tea Party senator’s attack on Muslims was nothing short of ‘hate speech,’ says Dean Obeidallah.<p>Was Rand Paul’s most recent, big set-piece speech …

The Only Shoe You'll Ever Need and How to Wear It: 1 Black Bootie, 6 Ways

We show you just how versatile this look can be, using layers to transform it for every occasion<p>Since the days of wearing open-toe shoes are starting to wind down (just like the temperatures), weather-appropriate footwear is on the forefront of our minds at the moment. Now is the time to stock up …