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Trump's malignant pattern: He woos people, rips them off and then abandons them — and he won't stop

This story first ran in August, 2017.

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Why 'South Park' Is Perfectly Armed to Fight the Alt-Right

“South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are harboring a dirty secret: Much of their audience, the 18- to 34-year-old demographic, overlaps with a certain young, male, white slice of President Donald Trump’s base. You know, the ones who troll liberals online and proudly rock MAGA hats in public.

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Why Are U.S. Universities Arming Themselves with Grenade Launchers?

This piece originally appeared on Truthout

Sending an ominous signal to student protest movements nationwide, universities across the US are once again able to equip their police forces with castoff military gear, tying them ever more intimately into the military-industrial complex.

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Ivanka Has Played the Same Role for Her Dad for Over a Decade

Congratulations to everyone with a “found something in common with Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, WTF?” square on their 2017, Amirite? Bingo card. During a debt ceiling and disaster relief meeting Wednesday between President Donald Trump and congressional leaders, first lady-daughter Ivanka Trump pulled one of her patented Oval Office pop-ins and, according to CNN, Republican leaders were “visibly annoyed by Ivanka’s presence.”

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The Free Speech Issue on College Campuses Is a Far-Right Distraction from the Real Threats to Students

One of the most disturbing and most predictable outcomes of the Charlottesville, Va., attacks earlier this month was that rather than lead to a reasoned and careful conversation about the rise of hate groups in our nation, it led to debates about whether the white supremacist neo-Nazis on display were the victims of discrimination. In Trumpland everything is on its head. Thus we have become desensitized to its dangerous combination of absurdity and malice.

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Is Ted Cruz Human? An Investigation

The United States government should commission a study to determine whether or not Ted Cruz is human.

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Donald Trump Is Starting a Republican Civil War - and It’s a War He Can’t Win

President Donald Trump is in a no-win situation, and it’s all of his own making.

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National Weather Service: Hurricane Harvey Is 'Beyond Anything Experienced'

The National Weather Service released a terrifying statement Sunday on the situation in southeastern Texas, calling the wreckage of Hurricane Harvey “unprecedented” and “beyond anything experienced.”

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More Than 4,000 Black People Were Lynched in the South - Where Are Their Monuments?

Recent events in Charlottesville have renewed the debate around whether to take down Confederate memorials and statues, but the latest short film from the Equal Justice Institute’s Lynching in America project shows that much more is needed to truly confront the bitter legacy of slavery and racial injustice.

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Historian Snyder: 'We Are Hanging by Our Teeth to the Rule of Law'

During his recent campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Donald Trump sounded disturbingly like Mussolini or Hitler, lying with almost every breath, threatening his political enemies with violence and exalting his own greatness. As happened with those authoritarian demagogues in an earlier era, Trump’s public was enthralled by their leader while the majority of the American people (and the world) were disgusted.

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'Weeping Nazi' Christopher Cantwell went from Libertarian to Fascist - and He’s Not Alone

One of the more curious trends of the 2016 election campaign was the tendency among many young libertarians to jump onto the Donald Trump bandwagon. As Salon’s Heather Digby Parton recently discussed, some more conscientious libertarians have begun to confront this problem directly.

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