Kathy Kiely

Does Donald Trump's Presidency Signal the End of Journalism or a New Rebirth?

If our first fake news election turns out to mark the end of democracy as we know it, I think I can pretty precisely date when the end began.

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What a California Refinery Town Can Teach America

When longtime labor activist Steve Early moved to Richmond, California, he thought San Francisco’s gritty neighbor would be a good place to observe and participate in a vibrant local political community whose battles against corporate neighbor Chevron have been chronicled by Bill Moyers. What he didn’t know was that he’d find the topic for his latest book — one that is all the more timely following the results of last month’s elections. In his foreward for Early’s Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money and the Making of An American City, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) writes: “Our country obviously need a a great deal of change at the state and federal levels. But laying a solid local foundation, like activists in Richmond have done, is an important first step.” Early’s book will be available next month; in an interview with Kathy Kiely of BillMoyers.com, he provides a sneak preview.

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The Making of Donald Trump, As Told by a Journalistic Nemesis

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston isn’t happy with the way the press has been handling Donald Trump. “The coverage has been extremely poor in my opinion,” Johnston, who at 67 clearly still enjoys making trouble, pronounced at no less a lions’ den than the National Press Club on Thursday night in Washington.

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Emails Show How Wall Street Execs and Alums Crafted the TPP

Foreign corporations could sue to undermine US protections for consumers’ health, safety and financial security under a provision added to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal (TPP) after executives of big banks pressed the nation’s chief trade negotiator, himself a former big-bank executive, to include it.

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Super PAC Donor Calls for Campaign Finance Reform

Mel Immergut has had a long and distinguished career as the head a powerhouse international law firm. But right now, he’s enjoying 15 minutes of fame as the woebegone super PAC-man.

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How One Senate Candidate Is Using Campaign Finance Reform to Stand Out

Campaign finance reform, long a lonely political backwater frequented only by good government groups, is suddenly becoming a hot new address for some of this year’s candidates. Whether that will lead to a vibrant new political community remains the open question.

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