William Gish

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A Spirited, Substantive Debate on the Trump-Putin Summit, Russia, and U.S. Politics

That view was reinforced for me by a lengthy, spirited, and substantive debate I had on Democracy Now! this morning about the Trump-Putin summit, and …

U.S. Politics

Europe’s Dependence on the U.S. Was All Part of the Plan

Proud Boys, the Infamous Right-Wing Brawlers, Head to the Heart of Antifa Country

A Portland rally set for early next month looks set for political violence as the street-brawling Proud Boys descend upon the city with …

Rights & Freedoms

As priced-out Seattleites flee, Tacoma's getting more expensive

The Hilltop neighborhood has become ground zero for that change. Located just a few blocks west of downtown, Hilltop was historically the city’s …

Housing

Billionaire Ray Dalio: A.I. is widening the wealth gap, ‘national emergency should be declared’

Billionaire hedge fund founder Ray Dalio says artificial intelligence and automation are improving productivity but also causing such a dramatic …

Artificial Intelligence

High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too

One of the best-selling T-shirts for the Indian e-commerce site Myntra is an olive, blue and yellow colorblocked design. It was conceived not by a human but by a computer algorithm — or rather two algorithms.<p>The first algorithm generated random images that it tried to pass off as clothing. The …

Artificial Intelligence

America’s Robot Geography

The robotics industry is powered by high-tech centers as well as manufacturing hubs—with a distinct “Robot Belt” in the Midwest.<p>Robots, it seems, are everywhere these days. They clean our floors, mow our lawns, make many of our industrial products, and are even being trained to give hugs and serve …

Robotics

Alleged white supremacist activity spurs pushback in Tacoma

A Tacoma community is pushing back against alleged white supremacist activity in the area.“Our website, Disconnect White Power, is an educational …

Rights & Freedoms

The Border Patrol’s ‘Constitution-Free’ Zone Is Probably Larger Than You Think

All of Michigan, D.C., and a large chunk of Pennsylvania are part of the area where Border Patrol has expanded search and seizure rights. Here’s what …

Immigration

Welcome to the 'Great Divergence'

Before 1980, places in America with lower average incomes grew faster than their richer counterparts, so that incomes converged. Today, that’s no longer the case.<p>One of the biggest takeaways from the election of Donald Trump was what it revealed about the polarization of America by class and …

Demographics

America’s new revolutionaries show how the left can win | George Monbiot

Even at first sight it is exhilarating. The overthrow of one of the most mainstream and senior Democrats in Congress by a 28-year-old Democratic socialist with a radical programme and one tenth of his funding is, you might think, interesting enough.<p>But since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat Joe …

Middle-class

A Year Later, the Fascists of Charlottesville Are Back for More — This Time Outside the White House

The false victimhood of Kessler’s aims were on full display: “We’re not able to peacefully assemble. We’re not able to speak.”<p>Even if “Unite the …

Rights & Freedoms

Trump's opponents have the moral high-ground. Let's not squander it | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Our raised voices must do more than release our frustrations​​ – they have to join a growing chorus that effects change<p>In the 1941 noir potboiler movie I Wake Up Screaming, Betty Grable’s character asks a corrupt cop: “What’s the good of living without hope?” To which he replies, “It can be done.” …

Donald Trump

For America, More War in Syria Is All Risk, No Reward

The recklessness of keeping U.S. soldiers in harm’s way is compounded by the fact that there are no vital American interests at stake.<p><b>The United</b> …

Middle East

Riot in Portland as far-right marchers clash with anti-fascists

A riot was declared in downtown Portland, Oregon, on Saturday evening as the city exploded into its worst protest violence of the Trump era.<p>More than 150 supporters of the far-right Patriot Prayer group fought pitched street battles with scores of anti-fascist protesters. In total, nine people were …

Rights & Freedoms

Today’s War-Financing Strategies Will Only Increase Inequality

In the name of the fight against terrorism, the United States is currently waging “credit-card wars” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. …

War

It's Not the Economy, Stupid: 'White Anxiety' is Driven By Paranoia Politics — And Hypocrisy

Don't let anyone tell you Trump was elected because of "economic anxiety.""The browning of America.""A majority minority country.""The browning of …

Political Science

Unisys survey finds large digital workplace divide - frustrated workers ready to quit | ZDNet

Companies not investing in new technologies have a lot of unhappy workers<p>Special feature<p>ZDNet and TechRepublic looks at the dramatic effect of AI, …

Employee Engagement

Trump Just Announced a New Military Branch for Space – It Could Violate a Decades-Old Treaty

President Trump Monday announced he will create the Space Force, a new military branch he says is, “So important for our military. So important. And …

The age of patriarchy: how an unfashionable idea became a rallying cry for feminism today

A term that was derided and abandoned a decade ago has come roaring back to life.<p>By Charlotte Higgins<p>On 7 January this year, the alt-right insurgent Steve Bannon turned on his TV in Washington DC to watch the Golden Globes. The mood of the event was sombre. It was the immediate aftermath of …

Feminism

How Trump’s Popularity Is Holding Up, By State

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup.<p><b>Poll of the week</b><p>Let’s keep things simple this week: Morning Consult just released its latest …

Political Science

Elon Musk: Free cash handouts ‘will be necessary’ if robots take humans' jobs

Billionaire tech titan Elon Musk has been tweeting quite a lot of late — about everything from his philosophical mentors (Douglas Adams and Isaac …

How Patriot Prayer Is Building a Violent Far-Right Movement in Portland

As the leader of Patriot Prayer, a radical right-wing group with followers ranging from Trump supporters to white nationalists, Joey Gibson’s persona …

A Staggeringly Well-Funded Blowback Machine

As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the …

Political Science

The Charts That Show How Big Business Is Winning

The next round of media consolidation has arrived. AT&T has bought Time Warner, thanks to a federal judge’s ruling last week. Comcast and Disney are fighting with each other to buy 21st Century Fox. CBS, Verizon and Viacom, among others, may also get involved in a merger. “The floodgates will …

‘Shoot them for what?’ How Muhammad Ali won his greatest fight

A little before 8 a.m. on April 28, 1967, Muhammad Ali arrived at the Armed Forces Induction Center in Houston.<p>The Vietnam War was raging, American soldiers were dying by the hundreds, protesters were burning draft cards and conscientious objectors were fleeing to Canada.<p>Ali had no intention of …

Southern Baptists Call Off the Culture War

America’s largest Protestant group moves to cut ties with the Republican Party and reengage with mainstream culture.<p>It was immediately clear that change was afoot in Dallas. I’ve attended the annual gatherings of the Southern Baptist Convention dozens of times, but walking around the convention …

Faith

Northwest tribes ask Gov. Inslee to halt construction of Tacoma LNG plant

The Puyallup Tribe and leaders from 14 other Northwest Tribes called on Gov. Jay Inslee to stop the construction of Puget Sound Energy’s liquefied …

Study: You need to make nearly $30 per hour to afford Washington rent

It is expensive to live in Washington. Even if you rent.