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Today, a large number of Americans don’t believe in science and their wishes are being enacted by a reactionary Republican Party. Research funding is being smothered. This nation doesn’t have a manned space program; we are dependent on Russia to send our astronauts to the International Space Station. As we face climate change, an existential challenge even greater than that of the Soviet Union at its worst, we are doing…nothing. The middle class has been wrecked by more than thirty years of policy changes that destroyed unions, sent jobs overseas, chained us to bad “free trade” agreements. Inequality is the highest it has been since the Gilded Age, which is no coincidence as taxes have been repeatedly cut, especially on the rich, especially with loopholes and welfare for big corporations — the latter still complaining and threatening to move overseas. “Welfare as we know it” is gone for the poor. But jobs are more difficult to find than any recovery in modern history, and those that are available likely pay poorly. Unless one is in the elite. Rogue Columnist

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Tell us again how the Palestinians are supposed to act when they are, for all intents and purposes, being exterminated. Israel is doing to them exactly what America did to Native Americans. Bit by bit, parcel by parcel, village by village, they’re being exterminated and expunged. The Erosion of Palestine

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Simply put, there is almost an entire half of our political system that believes that a great number of Americans simply do not matter enough to make it economically feasible to help them stay healthy. They do not count. It does not matter how many of them die preventable deaths. It is better for the country, this half of the political system believes, that they grow sick and bankrupt themselves. In his famous outburst on the House floor, Alan Grayson was low-balling it. This half of the system includes prospective presidents, members of Congress, think-tank geniuses, pundits, and a lot of other people who generally have one thing in common — most of them have wonderful health care coverage either because they have really good jobs, or they’re wealthy enough to afford it, or both. These are the health care chickenhawks. And we held them to a split decision today, and maybe that’s enough for the moment. Charles P. Pierce

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The Republican Party can do better than Rubio, who would be out of his depth in the Oval Office. And Democrats can do better than Clinton, whose votes for Iraq and the Patriot Act, coziness with Wall Street, and slowness to embrace gay equality illustrate how many hugely significant judgment calls she has gotten wrong. Marco Rubio vs. Hillary Clinton: Can They Both Lose?

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The fact that Washington’s coverage of the migrant crisis is so divorced from the geopolitical and economic context of the issue is not merely crude deception. Ferocious reliance on the game of chicken between the “good” (or lesser evil) Democratic Party versus the “evil” Republican Party is a sign of crisis in US imperialism’s ideological arsenal. There should be no doubt that both parties will continue to act in cohesion for the ultimate master: US capital. A new left movement is needed to educate and mobilize the exploited classes in a way that relates issues like the migrant crisis to the racist imperial order. Either we organize an offensive to overturn US imperialism’s crisis-ridden system or watch history pass us by. The Migrant Crisis and the Dead-end of US imperialism

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I left the movie theater wandering how a film with so many explosions could be so utterly boring. Stop Reviewing Bad Movies

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