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06 Sep 2017

No End In Sight For Big Agriculture’s Push To Criminalize Activists And Whistleblowers

Agribusiness and their lobbyists continue to convince legislatures to pass bills criminalizing whistleblowers, who expose animal cruelty or malfeasance.

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Center For American Progress President Neera Tanden speaks at a meeting of the Democratic Party Platform Committee.
05 Sep 2017

Former Clinton Aide Disingenuously Presents Herself As Bold ‘Fight For $15’ Advocate

Clinton Democrats like Neera Tanden may want to lead the call for $15 minimum wage, but if they can’t reckon with their past opposition, they’re flawed messengers.

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James Kirchick (Foreign Policy Initiative, Korrespondent, Daily Beast) Foto: Stephan Röhl via Flickr.
29 Aug 2017

Why Did The New York Times Give A Right Wing Parasite A Platform To Slander Chelsea Manning?

The New York Times provided a platform to a neoconservative writer, who was disappointed the military did not sentence Chelsea Manning to the electric chair.

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29 Aug 2017

CIA Must Help With FOIA Request For Records On Torturers, Appeals Court Rules

An appeals court ruled the CIA and other agencies have no right to “resist disclosure” if a requester fails to adequately describe records they request via FOIA.

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Police Tape. Photo by Tony Webster on Flickr.
28 Aug 2017

Federal Appeals Court Affirms First Amendment Right To Criticize Cops

A federal appeals court affirmed the right of citizens to criticize police and ruled Minnesota officers are not immune from a lawsuit alleging rights violations.

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28 Aug 2017

Unauthorized Disclosure—Episode 30: Obama’s ‘Good War’ In Afghanistan Is Trump’s War Now

In an abbreviated edition of the “Unauthorized Disclosure” weekly podcast, the show highlights listener comments and features a bit of a roasting of a well-known liberal centrist for his social media behavior. It also covers President Donald Trump’s decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan. The episode focuses on how

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23 Aug 2017

Have Hillary Clinton Supporters Tormented Progressives Enough To Satisfy Themselves?

Paul Waldman, a senior writer for the American Prospect and a contributor to the Washington Post’s Plum Line column, is out with a melodramatic performance piece tied to excerpts from Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming book. It was headlined: “Has Hillary Clinton abased herself sufficiently to satisfy her critics?” The column instantly

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22 Aug 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Fracking Up The Planet’ By Buck Gooter

The duo, Buck Gooter, from Harrisonburg, Virginia, play raw, throbbing experimental rock that is alternatively brutal and bluesy. Drawing from aggressive noise, elemental post-punk, and narrative story-songs, Billy Brett and Terry Turtle make music that is oppositional through its disregard for sonic convention as well as its direct confrontation of

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