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Friday Nite Videos | May 24, 2019

Stop Investigating Me! Or Else! W. Kamau Bell's Candid Conversation With Two Anti-Abortion Activists. Exploding Star Spews Building Blocks of Life. A Louisiana Town in the Heart of 'Cancer Alley'. 'Stable Genius' Needs an 'Intervention'? Two Views.

Democrats Are Overthinking Trump’s Impeachment

They're scared that trying to remove him would backfire, but they're taking the wrong lessons from the past—and ignoring voters' wishes in the present

Women of Color in the French Resistance

AOC, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib would recognize the treatment of black women in France who fought Nazis during World War II but were accused of not being French enough when, later, they entered politics

Indictment of Assange for Espionage Threatens the Press

The selective nature of the charges against Assange underscores the fact that this is a highly politicized case brought by a Justice Department now run by Trump lackey William Barr

Pardoning War Criminals to Honor Memorial Day

The worst war criminals wear suits, not fatigues

Women Who Performed Illegal Abortions Decades Ago

Over the years, the team, made up of 20 to 30 women, in Chicago, at any given time, ended up facilitating at least 11,000 abortions before Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973 and made abortion a constitutional right. We're now facing an assault on women.

Trump's Trade War Is Waged to Make the Rich Richer

Donald Trump seems determined to double down and keep pressing forward on his trade war with China. He promises more and higher tariffs, not realizing that U.S. consumers are the ones paying these taxes - not China's government or corporations.

Donald Trump's Sneak Attack on Social Security

"Chained CPI" might sound technical and boring, but anyone who has closely followed the Social Security debate knows better. It has long been proposed as a deceptive, hard-to-understand way to cut our earned Social Security benefits.

Rhiannon Giddens and What Folk Music Means

Rhiannon Giddens's multicultural background has presented particular challenges of self-definition. She is an artist of color who plays and records what she describes as "black non-black music," reviving a forgotten history.

Tidbits - May 23, 2019-Reader Comments, Announcements

Reader Comments: Italy Unions Refuse to Load Saudi Ship; Eyewitness Report: Venezuela Up Close; The Strange Workings of Identity and Adolph Reed Jr.; Boeing Allowed to Decide What Planes Are Safe?; Socialism; Announcements - Chicago, New York, DC
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Culture

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Path to Migration

Joseph Zaccardi A Wolf Stands in Water
“When a thought from the past fires the soul,” writes the poet Joseph Zaccardi of a wartime memory, “time is no more.” And yet it clings to the present.

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No Waverers Allowed: Looking Back on The Northern Ireland "Troubles."

Clair Wills London Review of Books
The reprinting of a classic book on the Northern Irish "Troubles" of 50 years ago is the occasion for a relook at warring nationalisms, armed violence and ethnic oppression that divided a population, leaving capital and British imperialism unscathed.

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Maoism: A Global History

Ben Margulies LSE Review of Books
Julia Lovell’s fascinating new history of the international career of Maoism reveals the resonance of the ‘Great Helmsman’ in a populist age.

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Lawsuit claims Post falsely advertises 'real cocoa' in its cereals

Jessi Devenyns FoodDive
False cocoa? A lawsuit filed last month accuses Post Consumer Brands of misrepresenting the ingredients in its products. The case argues that highlighting the ingredient for its simplicity wrongly implies that it is "nutritionally and organoleptically superior."

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Elexxxion

John Paul Davis Rattle
New York poet John Paul Davis reflects on the multitude of political candidates, their promises, their lies.

Labor

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Elder Care Homes Rake in Profits as Workers Earn a Pittance

Jennifer Gollan Associated Press
Residential senior care homes profit handsomely by paying their workers poverty wages. The profit margins can be huge and, for violators of labor laws, hinge on the widespread exploitation of thousands of caretakers, many of them poor

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Sara Nelson: “People Are Ready to Fight”

Sara Nelson Jacobin
On May 10, 2019, Assoc. of Flight Attendants president Sara Nelson gave a speech to the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America’s annual Eugene Debs–Lucy Gonzalez Parsons–A. Philip Randolph Dinner. Here is the speech, lightly edited for publication.

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Sara Nelson: “People Are Ready to Fight”

Sara Nelson Jacobin
On May 10, 2019, Assoc. of Flight Attendants president Sara Nelson gave a speech to the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America’s annual Eugene Debs–Lucy Gonzalez Parsons–A. Philip Randolph Dinner. Here is the speech, lightly edited for publication.

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An Exploding Star Spews the Building Blocks of Life

The elements that make up nearly all that you are and can see first came from the explosion of massive stars. Step inside one such explosion and explore the forces that connects each of us with the stars.

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'Stable Genius' Needs an 'Intervention'? Two Views

Nancy Pelosi is firing back at Trump after his temper tantrum at their meeting, using Trump’s meltdown to try to unify her divided caucus. But former Prosecutor John Flannery argues Pelosi has “failed her primary mission” by not starting impeachment proceedings

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Green New Deal

 
With the Green New Deal sparking a national conversation about all the ways to combat climate change, John Oliver looks at a few potential solutions. Guest Bill Nye the Science Guy literally torches complacency about global warming.

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Nothing Happened

How many excuses for not holding Donald Trump accountable for his many, very public and thoroughly documented high crimes and misdemeanors?