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Hedge-Fund Billionaires Were Dems Main Bankroller 2018

A new report shows that three-quarters of the money that individuals donated to pro-Democrat outside spending groups in 2018 came from finance founders and executives.

The Propaganda Multiplier

It is one of the most important aspects of our media system, and yet hardly known to the public: most of the international news coverage in Western media is provided by only three global news agencies based in New York, London and Paris.

Major Coal Company Was Funding Climate Change Denialism

Documents in the court docket show that the coal giant gave contributions to leading think tanks that have attacked the link between the burning of fossil fuels and climate change.

Anti-Muslim Groups Funded by Some Philanthropies

Council on American-Islamic Relations report peels back donations to ‘fringe’ groups

Kentuckians Were Promised Internet.

What they got: $1.5B information highway to nowhere.

The Strange Workings of Identity and Adolph Reed Jr.’s

I personally find characterizations of Reed as a class-reductionist to be quite confusing. Far from trying to bolster an economistic, class-reduction understanding of the world, Reed has gone out of his way to do the opposite.

Christian Zionist gathering in Texas

Members of Knesset and rabbis in attendance seemed willing enough to tolerate the crazy theology for the sake of material support. But I was struck by how close to the surface the antisemitism really was.

Warren Introduces Plan to Protect Abortion Rights

"We must build a future that protects the right of all women to have children, the right of all women to not have children, and the right to bring children up in a safe and healthy environment."

Escalating the War on Women’s Health at Home and Abroad

A Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity demonstration.
While US statehouses pass extremist anti-abortion legislation, the Trump Administration has taken its war on abortion worldwide, cutting off funding to any overseas organization or clinic that will not agree to a complete ban on even discussing it.

Friday Nite Videos | May 17, 2019

Green New Deal | John Oliver. Nothing Happened. Trailer for George Clooney's Catch-22. New Unredacted Information Re: Obstruction. Amber Ruffin Explains Alabama’s Abortion Ban.
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Culture

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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.

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Los Angeles: City of Segregation

Adam Tomes Counterfire
The book under review documents a century of struggle against the partitioning of groups on the basis of race through property markets, constructions of community, and the scourge of neoliberalism, revealing racialist ideology and means to end it.

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Georgetown’s Jackson ‘Jazzed’ About History

LaMont Jones Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
Scholar, activist, and Grammy-award winning writer Maurice Jackson, along with his co-editor, Blair A. Ruble, have assembled a new and original group of essays that examines jazz and it's Washington, DC history.

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What I Eat: It’s in My DNA

Carla Hall Heated: by Medium and Mark Bittman
The Yoruba believe that “The soul that does not eat pepper is a powerless soul.” Via a DNA test kit, I discovered that my lineage traces back to the Yoruba people of Nigeria and the Bubi; I also discovered that, regardless of whether I knew it, my palate carries the flavors of the generations who came before me.

Labor

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The 1919 General Strike Was a Battle for Winnipeg’s Soul

Allan Levine The Globe and Mail
The General Strike in Winnipeg, Canada was “one of the greatest ruptures between the workers and the upper classes in the history of commercial society (second only to the Paris Commune of 1871),” according to Brandon University professors Reinhold

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Dan Clawson, Presente!

Barbara Madeloni Labor Notes
Dan Clawson, who passed away on May 7, will be remembered fondly as a tireless organizer and strategic thinker who was always inviting activists into the labor movement.

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Tennessee Janitors Convince Target To Drop Dirty Cleaning Contractor

Saurav Sarkar Labor Notes
Despite a hostile labor climate and weak labor laws, workers in Tennessee still have power! They have pressured Target to drop a contractor that has been the subject of many lawsuits alleging racist practices, retaliation, and stolen wages.

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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?

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Trailer for George Clooney's Catch-22

George Clooney brings Joseph Heller's classic but unfortunately relevant novel about the inherent insanity of war to the small screen. A vivid, frenetic, violent and deeply impactful short series streaming on Hulu, starting May 17.

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New Unredacted Information Re: Obstruction

Former head of the Office of Legal Counsel Walter Dellinger tells Lawrence O'Donnell that there is already enough evidence to find that "the president obstructed justice in the worst of high crimes and misdemeanors." 

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Lethal Injections | John Oliver

John Oliver discusses the lethal injection process, which is definitely not as pleasant as talking about a squeaking frog

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Walking Blues | Keb' Mo'

In honor of blues legend Robert Johnson's birthday, Playing for Change shares "Walking Blues," featuring Keb' Mo' along with musicians from six countries. Originally written and recorded by Son House in 1930. The PFC version starts in Argentina with Roberto Luti and Nico Bereciartua playing slide guitars, and adds friends to create a blues jam around the world.