You have to give the squatter in the Oval Office credit for brazenness. An honest leader with his record on the environment wouldn’t dare deliver the speech Donald Trump did Monday praising his regime’s record in that realm. But then past presidents didn’t rack up 11,000 lies in their first two-and-a-half years in office the way the current one has. Brazen lying is the paramount item on the man’s résumé.
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Jeff Biggers at Salon writes—Climate Strike: Youth activism is giving their parents' generation a second chance. I've been writing about climate change for 20 years. But my teenage sons have given my work a new meaning:
At Thursday night’s Democratic debate in Miami, Sen. Bernie Sanders noted that three billionaires have as much wealth as the bottom half of the U.S. population. Some critics no doubt assumed this was democratic socialist hyperbole being spouted by the only presidential candidate who puts that label on himself. However, as fact-checkers at mainstream media quickly found out if they didn’t already know, that assertion is spot on. The inequality skew, as critics have pointed out for more than a...
Zoë Carpenter at The Nation writes—Behind Oregon’s GOP Walkout Is a Sordid Story of Corporate Cash:
Since the debates no doubt will be the main topic of interest tonight, this is truly an open thread, with no excerpt posted to spur discussion. What is included is the 5th edition of a poll that’s been appearing since March inquiring of participants here whether or not they have made a firm decision about whom they will support in the Democratic primaries. It’s not about WHO you will support like the regular Straw Poll but whether you have made a firm decision about backing any candidate in the...
Ben Armbruster at The Lobe Log writes—Media Falsely Portrays Iran’s Nuclear Deal Breach As Dash To Bomb:
Marjorie Cohn at Truthout writes—After Supreme Court Refusal, It’s Up to the People to End Gerrymandering:
Jessica Corbett at Common Dreams writes—Announcing Retrial, Federal Prosecutors to Continue 'Unconscionable Prosecution' of Humanitarian Scott Warren for Helping Migrants:
Gabriel Arana at The New Republic writes—Fifty Years After Stonewall, Many States Still Lack LGBTQ Protections:
Jake Johnson at Common Dreams writes—If Trump Wants to 'Talk About Our Missiles,' Says Iranian Foreign Minister, US Must Stop Pouring Theirs Into Middle East:
Phil McKenna at Inside Climate News writes—Today's Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Already Locks in 1.5°C Warming, Study Warns: