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Monday, January 1, 2018

U.S. Police Killed Over 1,000 Civilians in 2017 While the News Was Watching Trump

By Celisa Calacal, AlterNet

Sixty-eight of those killed by police this year were unarmed.

For Children All Over The World, 2017 Was Defined by War

By Vijay Prashad, AlterNet

Generations cannot imagine life without violence.

The Year of Trump Has Laid Bare the U.S. Constitution’s Serious Flaws

By Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

Their inspirational vision needs an urgent update.

The 10 Worst TV Shows of 2017, Ranked from Broken to Just Plain Bad

By Melanie McFarland, Salon

In a year filled with way too much TV, here are 10 we wish we could unsee.

Chemicals in America Are Woefully Unregulated

By Dr. Michelle Perro, Dr. Vincanne Adams, Chelsea Green Publishing

The federal government has not been exercising adequate oversight to protect Americans' health.

Remembering Marc Raskin: A Progressive Leader Whose Legacy Outlives His Death

By Phyllis Bennis, FPIF Focal Points

With Marc gone, few are left of that extraordinary earlier generation.

Did Trump’s First Year in Office Inspire Great Art?

By Max Cea, Salon

The first wave of Trump-inspired art has not been good.

Can Tiny Houses Halt the Expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline?

By Ayşe Gürsöz, ColorLines

Indigenous activists are using solar-powered tiny houses to block the proposed path of the oil pipeline.

How an Ecological Approach to Architecture Can Help Reinvent Urban Food Systems

By Amale Andraos, Dan Wood, The Monacelli Press

Architecture is the perfect medium to envision the sustainable food systems of the future.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Rev. Barber: America Needs a Moral Movement

By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, AlterNet

Poverty and inequality plague the world’s wealthiest democracy.

The Next Financial Crisis Will Be Worse Than the Last One

By Nomi Prins, Truthdig

The system remains fundamentally unreformed, banks remain too big to fail.

6 Big Victories for Feminism in 2017, Despite Donald Trump and Other Toxic Men

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

The new progressive energy in women is potent in a way it hasn’t been in years.

Did Trump’s First Year in Office Inspire Great Art?

By Max Cea, Salon

The first wave of Trump-inspired art has not been good.

At Least 81 Journalists Were Killed in 2017

By , Al Jazeera

The imprisonment of dozens of journalists is deeply concerning.

Remembering Marc Raskin: A Progressive Leader Whose Legacy Outlives His Death

By Phyllis Bennis, FPIF Focal Points

With Marc gone, few are left of that extraordinary earlier generation.

10 of the Best Theories About Donald Trump

By Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

Is he the goofball accidental president or the guy who symbolizes America’s rejection of Enlightenment values?

Here Is a Very Short List of What Ivanka Trump Accomplished This Year

By Zola Ray, Newsweek

What has the first daughter done?

Mickey Mouse and Jesus Among Write-In Votes that Helped Sink Roy Moore

By Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

The high number of write-ins helped tip the election for Democrat Doug Jones.

Three Years After Police Killed Her Father, Civil Rights Activist Erica Garner Dies at 27

By , Al Jazeera

Her father's death at the hands of police spurred mass protests.

NYT Trumpwashes 70 Years of U.S. Crimes

By Adam Johnson, FAIR

Trumpwashing presents Donald Trump as an aberration.

George Papadopoulos Drunken Bragging in London Wine Bar Started Trump Collusion Investigation

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

Papadopoulos made a plea bargain with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump Endorses Criminal Conspiracy to Crush Honduras Vote

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News

The outpouring of protest in Honduras is rooted in its presidential election results.

Lithium, Love and Losing My Mind: Jaime Lowe on Her Life With Bipolar Disorder and Drugs to Manage It

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Lowe discusses her journey to Bolivia, the "land of lithium."

There's a Progressive Silver Lining for Kentucky's Economic Future

By Emma Eisenberg, YES! Magazine

Giving Kentucky’s young people a reason to stay.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

How the GOP Tax Cut Will Also Shrink Your Paycheck

By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

When Republicans cut taxes, wages go down or stay flat for working people.

Three Years After Police Killed Her Father, Civil Rights Activist Erica Garner Dies at 27

By , Al Jazeera

Her father's death at the hands of police spurred mass protests.

Trump Is Exporting America's Travel Ban with Thousands of TSA & DHS Agents in 70 Countries

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

One German politician says DHS’s interrogations at foreign airports constitute an extrajudicial travel ban.

The 5 Worst Fox News Lies and Errors Repeated By Donald Trump

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

There are plenty more where these came from.

Charges Are Being Considered Against an Owner Whose Dog Was Found 'Frozen Solid'

By Zuri Davis, Rare

Dogs feel the cold just like we do, and they yearn to be indoors where it is warm.

Jeff Sessions Takes a Stand for Debtors' Prisons

By Nusrat Choudhury, ACLU

A wave of attention spurred the Justice Department to address debtors' prisons in 2016, but things could change for the worst.

Legal Pot Begins in California, Already the World's Largest Marijuana Marketplace

By Phil Smith, AlterNet

When the calendar flips over, the world's largest legal marijuana marketplace gets underway.

Can the Community Rights Movement Fix Capitalism?

By Thomas Linzey, In These Times

Is wholesale replacement necessary or is there another solution?

Trumpism Is Ingrained in White America: When He Goes, It Will Remain

By Cas Mudde, The Guardian

Trump's deep-seated radicalized base suddenly find themselves in the mainstream.

Why Is the State of Israel So Afraid of 16-Year-Old Ahed Tamimi?

By Ariel Gold, Taylor Morley, AlterNet

Support for Ahed is a condemnation of the state of Israel.

NBA Coach Steve Kerr Says Trump Is No Patriot and Poses a Threat to US 'Core Values'

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

"I think if you have a voice, you’ve got to use it.”

Citizens Begin Reclaiming Coal Country After Decades of Corporate Land Grabs

By Emma Eisenberg, YES! Magazine

Figuring out who owns abandoned mines in Appalachia is harder than you’d think.

How Terry Crews Is Shifting the Image of Survivors

By Rachel Leah, Salon

The public has been slow to embrace survivors when they’re not famous and white, but Crews is changing that.

Friday, December 29, 2017

America's Imperial Decline Might Be Our Last, Best Hope to Salvage Our Democracy

By Jacob Bacharach, AlterNet

Painful as it will be, it's a necessary precondition to creating a more just country.

What #MeToo Can Teach the Labor Movement

By Jane McAlevey, In These Times

If we focus on the power analysis, the answer is staring us in the face.

Why Are All These Florida Republicans Attacking Robert Mueller?

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

Maybe it’s a coincidence that Florida congressmen benefited from Russian hacking, and now bemoan the "deep state."

Evangelical Christianity Is Facing a Political Crisis: It Will Need More Than a Makeover

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

The Christian faith was the real loser in the Roy Moore campaign.

Meet the Man Staging a Weekly Protest in Trump Tower

By Edward Helmore, The Guardian

He calls it a "sustained, non-violent resistance.”

Why Is the State of Israel So Afraid of 16-Year-Old Ahed Tamimi?

By Ariel Gold, Taylor Morley, AlterNet

Support for Ahed is a condemnation of the state of Israel.

Will Uterus Transplants Change the Way We Perceive Gender?

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The medical viability of uterine transplantation is challenging long-held notions about our bodies.

How Cities Are Giving Thousands of Homeless People One-Way Bus Tickets to Leave Town

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Relocation programs offer homeless people free bus tickets to move elsewhere.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Top 10 U.S. Drug Policy Stories of 2017

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet

Let's put the year to bed.

Student Debt Slavery: Bankrolling Financiers on the Backs of the Young

By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt blog

Higher education has become a lucrative cash cow for private investors.

13 Foods That Could Lower Your Risk of Cancer

By Rachael Link, Authority Nutrition

Your diet can have a major impact on your risk of cancer.

How We Can Reimagine and Reinvent Our Society in the Coming Year

By Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine

Let’s say goodbye to top-down revolutions and embrace grassroots action.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

50 Facts That Remind Us New Year’s Eve Isn’t What It’s Cracked Up to Be

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

Try lowering your expectations and things could go really well.

A Message from AlterNet's Board of Directors

By , AlterNet

Executive Editor Don Hazen has resigned.

Roy Moore Is Making an Audacious Attempt to Lie and Cheat His Way into the Senate

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The Alabama Republican's latest lawsuit sets a new bar for arrogance and hypocrisy.

It Ain’t Just Mueller Who Could Take Trump Down

By Walter Shapiro, Brennan Center for Justice

With his approval ratings at record lows, Trump may face a greater threat from the voters than from law enforcement.

The Ties That Bind Sexual Assault, Gender, and 21st-Century Capitalism

By Harriet Fraad, Richard D. Wolff, AlterNet

The relationship between the three is finally exposed.

Donald Trump Is Forging an America as Greedy, Deceitful and Cruel as Its President

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, he has remade the country in his own repugnant image.

Donald Trump's Mother Is the Key to Understanding His Towering Insecurity

By Nina Burleigh, Newsweek

One relative insists she would be "horrified" to see what her son has become.

Why the Trump Legal Team's Latest Gambit Could Spell His Doom

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

A new plan to smear former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is bound to backfire.

Former Federal Judge: Trump Is Packing the Courts with Unqualified Conservative Extremists

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

He set a record for the most appellate judges confirmed in a president’s first year in office, and it's only getting worse.

This Republican Congressional Candidate Is Enormously Popular Among Anti-Semites

By Michael Edison Hayden, Newsweek

Paul Nehlen has championed the work of white nationalists and his own account on Gab.

Black Athletes Get Kicked off American Airlines Flight After Being Falsely Accused of Stealing Blankets

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

The blankets were given to them by two first-class passengers.

Will the New Year Bring an All-Out Civil War in the Republican Party?

By Joan McCarter, DailyKos

The House and Senate are reportedly at odds over cuts to the social safety net.

6 Deranged Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories That Reached Congress and the White House in 2017

By Alex Kane, Media Matters

The last twelve months have seen no shortage of crazy from our elected officials.

Ann Coulter Pens New Racist Screed, Just in Time for Kwanzaa

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

The right-wing bigot offers an alternative history of the pan-African holiday.

Is Bitcoin Financing America's Radical Right Wing?

By Nicole Karlis, Salon

A new report exposes extremists' reliance on the trendy cryptocurrency.

Collision Course: Uber's Terrible 2017

By Julia Carrie Wong, Sam Morris , The Guardian

Their leadership is not Dom Toretto from "The Fast and the Furious," but a drunken toddler playing Mario Kart.

4 Reasons for a Surprising Change in Racial Incarceration Trendlines

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet

The prison population is getting whiter.

Why Aren't Hollywood Films More Diverse? The International Box Office Might Be to Blame

By Roberto Pedace, The Conversation

An analysis of more than 800 top-grossing films suggests diverse movies struggle in front of international audiences.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Jim Hightower: Why You Should Have Beer For Breakfast

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

What better way to welcome the new year than with a pint of a good craft brewski?

A Message from AlterNet's Board of Directors

By , AlterNet

Executive Editor Don Hazen has resigned.

Koch-Funded Anti-Climate Group Tells Women to Ignore Concerns About Toxic Chemicals

By Stacy Malkan, AlterNet

A chemical industry front group defends the freedom of corporations to pollute.

Why Is a Small Montana Town a Hotbed of Far-Right Activity?

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

There are numerous links between the Trump administration and Whitefish, a center of white supremacy.

Are We in the Midst of Another Housing Bubble?

By Dean Baker, Truthout

Maybe not tomorrow, but holders of Amazon stock or Bitcoins shouldn't get too comfortable.

Robert Mueller May Indict Paul Manafort All Over Again: Report

By Bob Brigham, Raw Story

The special prosecutor is putting the screws to the Trump campaign.

Why I Left Donald Trump’s America

By Jerry Flores, The Toronto Star

I knew it was time to say good-bye to the American dream.

Trump's Cabinet Members Are Operating in Unprecedented Secrecy: Report

By Hunter, DailyKos

At least seven officials regularly hide their activities from the public.

Billy Graham's Granddaughter Excoriates Evangelicals for Their Support of Donald Trump

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

Jerushah Armfield says the movement has abandoned its principles for political gain.

Robert Reich: Surviving a Year with Donald Trump

By Robert Reich, RobertReich.org

He's the worst president we've ever had.

What America Can Learn from Sweden About Combating Fake News

By Nina Mast, Media Matters

The Scandinavian nation could prove a model for 2018 and beyond.

Tonya Harding Finds Redemption as a Feminist Anti-Hero for 2017

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

"I, Tonya" captures the all-consuming rage of being a woman in Trump's America.

Ivanka Trump's Defunct Jewelry Business Linked to Money Laundering

By Dory Jackson, International Business Times

An Emirati family has been accused of concealing tens of millions in diamond purchases.

Former Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski Accused of Sexual Assault

By Celeste Katz, Newsweek

Singer Joy Villa claims she's filed a report with the police.

#MeToo In the Fields: Farmworkers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence

By Sarah Lazare, In These Times

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has spent more than 20 years organizing against hyper-exploitation in Florida's tomato fields.

How I Changed My Holiday Traditions to Match My Values

By Zenobia Jeffries, YES! Magazine

Five ways to celebrate without feeling financially and emotionally overwhelmed.

Trump’s Tweets Could Be Witness Intimidation: Analysts

By Max Kutner, Newsweek

It's all part of the case for obstruction of justice.

What Most Thin People Don't Understand About Dieting

By A. Janet Tomiyama, Traci Mann, The Conversation

It's never as simple as "stop eating."

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

New Documentary Reveals Major Coverup and Corruption in Las Vegas Police Department, Before and After the Mass Shooting

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

Many deaths might have been avoided, but police and the casino want to hide the truth.

A Message from AlterNet's Board of Directors

By , AlterNet

Executive Editor Don Hazen has resigned.

Meet the Most Dangerous Man on Earth

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

We are all immersed in an evolving Trumpocalypse.

Paul Krugman: Americans Have Reason to Be Hopeful in 2018

By Ilana Novick, AlterNet

The government won't save us, but we can save ourselves.

Donald Trump Has Spent More Than a Quarter of His Presidency at His Golf Resorts

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

The final tally for 2017 is in, and it's not pretty.

Can We Stop Trump in 2018?

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

When victories are elusive, it’s time to learn to love the fight.

Melania Trump Orders Removal of 200-Year-Old Tree at the White House

By Sydney Pereira, Newsweek

The Jackson Magnolia on the property dates back to the early 1800s.

What's It Going to Take for the Mainstream Media to Call Trump a Racist?

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

After his latest screed about Haitians and Nigerians, no one can pretend otherwise.

10 Good Things About a TERRIBLE Year

By Medea Benjamin, AlterNet

As we head into 2018, let’s keep ourselves inspired by the hard work of folks at home and abroad who gave us something to cheer about.

Charles Blow Predicted the Rise of Trumpism in 2014

By Teacherken, DailyKos

The New York Times columnist knew a backlash against America's first black president was coming.

The New JFK Files Reveal How the CIA Tracked Oswald

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

Agency personnel read his mail in Russia and observed his activities in New Orleans.

The British Government Is Really This Afraid of Upsetting Trump

By Bob Brigham, Raw Story

Officials fear the president could "react badly" if the Obamas are invited to the royal wedding.

What Will Obama's Next Act Be?

By Tom McCarthy, The Guardian

"There is nothing more pathetic in life than a former president," said John Quincy Adams—but a year on, what to make of our most newly minted ex?

Psychologist Takes Credit for Sending Boxes of Horse Poop to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

An inconvenience for the Mnuchins, but a Christmas gift to America.

10 Natural Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol Levels

By Matthew Thorpe, Authority Nutrition

Cholesterol has important functions in the body, but can cause clogged arteries and heart disease when it gets out of control.

Severe Complications for Women During Childbirth Are Skyrocketing—and Could Often Be Prevented

By Katherine Ellison, Nina Martin, ProPublica

The rate of life-threatening complications for new mothers in the U.S. has more than doubled in two decades due to pre-existing conditions, medical errors and unequal access to care.

Republican Tax Plan Opens Backdoor to Federally Supported School Vouchers

By Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network

Diverting funds from public schools to private institutions harms our children’s education.

4 Reasons for a Surprising Change in Racial Incarceration Trendlines

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet

The prison population is getting whiter.

Team Trump Add Insult to Injury for the Palestinians

By Jonathan Cook, AlterNet

The Palestinians’ anger toward Israel and the U.S. is a slow-burning fuse.

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