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cartoonists Steve Sack, Mike Luckovich, Monte Wolverton, Tom Tomorrow, and others;

from Intellectual Takeout, The Atlantic, World Socialist Website, The Intercept, Common Dreams, Consortium News, The Daily Beast, Moyers & Company, The Guardian, HuffPost, On the Road, Slate, The Nation;

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The Only People Who Still Believe In Russia-gate Are Those Who Desperately Need To

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  • The ruling elites still need their war with Russia, necessitating even more fear-mongering propaganda to manufacture support for new cold war escalations.
  • Related: How Russia Became “Our Adversary” Again

Caitlin Johnstone, Medium

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September 21, 2017 | So if you’re having trouble keeping up, you are meant to believe wholeheartedly that Donald Trump is simultaneously:

  • dangerously incompetent,
  • mentally unstable,
  • a closet white nationalist, and
  • a treasonous Kremlin agent.

You are meant to find a way believe all of these things without seeing any contradiction or absurdity among the lot of them. If the notion that someone can be both politically inept and mentally ill while also simultaneously working as a double agent for another government while also simultaneously covertly plotting to turn America into an all-white ethnostate starts to feel a little incredible to you, you’re meant to seclude yourself within an adamantine media echo chamber and bathe in the waters of Verrit and #TheResistance until it all makes sense again.

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How Russia Became “Our Adversary” Again, Paul Street, Counterpunch 

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  • Perverse political logic works to sustain the strange new neo-McCarthyite anti-Russian madness, which is rooted in the U.S. imperial agenda, not any relevant Russian influence on U.S. life and politics.
  • Related: On Trump, McCarthyism, and the Russia Hacking Charges

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Envisioning An America Free From Police Violence and Control

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  • In “The End of Policing,” Alex S. Vitale argues that police reforms implemented in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri — from diversity initiatives to community policing to body cameras — fail to acknowledge that policing as an institution reinforces race and class inequalities by design.
  • Related: 4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality

Rashmee Kumar, The Intercept 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jay Kvale 

 

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https://cdn-ed.versobooks.com/images/000010/546/9781784782894-5a539d7f727ddb71411f1c7ca7930d80.jpg October 15 2017 | Images from the mass protests in St. Louis last month against the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith felt like déjà vu: raised fists, Black Lives Matter signs, swarms of police armed in full riot gear. But this time, as police made arrests on the third night of protests, they began to chant “Whose streets, our streets” — a refrain that, stolen from the voices of protesters, mutated into an unsettling declaration of power, entitlement, and impunity.

So far this year, 773 people have been fatally shot by police, according to the Washington Post, while independent databases that include other causes of death by police report tolls above 900. In the three years since the flashpoint of Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, pushes for reform have reverberated through all levels of government, most notably from former President Barack Obama’s policing task force. And yet, much like gun violence itself, police brutality in the United States remains stuck on repeat. A new book published last week goes beyond the rhetoric of reform to interrogate why we need police at all.

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4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality, David M. Perry, The Nation 

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  • Police don’t need better training; they need to stop treating noncompliance as justification for violence.
  • Related: It's Time for People with No Country to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant.

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A Blueprint for Child Care Reform

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  • It’s Time to Do Better for Children and Families
  • Related: How to Confront the Military Recruiting Playbook

 

Katie Hamm, Center for American Progress / Julie Kashen, Make It Work Campaign

https://www.americanprogress.org/content/themes/cap_core/img/c3_CAP_website_header_logo.svgSeptember 7, 2017 | The United States can do better for the millions of families struggling with the high cost of child care. Prioritizing child care puts families first and helps children succeed in school and life. It’s an investment in our education system and our future workforce and is one the country cannot afford to ignore.

This report outlines a progressive vision for child care reform that guarantees financial assistance on a sliding-scale basis for middle- and low-income families with children ages 12 or younger and children with disabilities up to age 18. CAP and Make It Work propose child care reform that meets the following benchmarks.

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Julie Kashen is the policy director at the Make It Work Campaign, an education campaign that unites people around policy issues impacting working families, including paid family and medical leave, equal pay, and child care.

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  • Part !: Military Recruiting and How To Confront It
  • Wars start in our high schools, and this is where we can help to put an end to them.
  • Part 2: Pentagon Recruiting Playbook Revealed
  • It’s time for a national discussion on military recruitment, something not likely to happen while the media moguls continue to ignore this important story.

Special Project | This Week in Patriarchy, Week Ending October 21, 2017

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  • Story 1: There's no denying our country's sickness now
  • Story 2: Harvey Weinstein And The End Of Open Secrets
  • Story 3: The Problem With Asking Women To Say ‘Me Too’
  • Story 4: Men and #metoo
  • Story 5: The ‘Casting Couch’ Euphemism Lets Us Pretend Hollywood’s All Right
  • Story 6: In 1956, a Fan Magazine Published a Four-Part Casting Couch Exposé. It Didn’t Go Well

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Story 1: There's no denying our country's sickness now, Jessica Valenti, The Guardian
7 October 2017 | A year after the Trump Access Hollywood tape, allegations of sexual harassment emerge – finally – against a leading film producer
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Story 2: Harvey Weinstein And The End Of Open Secrets, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, HuffPost
October 6, 2017 | I believe every word that was written in the New York Times, because very similar things happened to me.
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Story 3: The Problem With Asking Women To Say ‘Me Too’, Angelina Chapin, HuffPost
10/16/2017| Guys consider our bodies disposable. The pressure should be on men to stop predatory behavior.
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Story 4: Men and #metoo, Tom Ehrich, On the Road
October 20, 2017 | I see no safe way to navigate the minefield of male-female relations. Nor should there be a safe way.
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Story 5: The ‘Casting Couch’ Euphemism Lets Us Pretend Hollywood’s All Right, Claire Fallon, HuffPost
The phrase that gives us permission to ignore sexual harassment.
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Story 6: In 1956, a Fan Magazine Published a Four-Part Casting Couch Exposé. It Didn’t Go Well, Matthew Dessem, Slate

Building an industry and culture in which powerful men don’t feel women are theirs to threaten, cajole, intimidate, and harass will require us to skip the cultural amnesia this cycle.
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Dear Readers,

 Welcome to Evergreene Digest, September 14, 2017

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Including links to over 745 websites and over 35 highlighted items featuring:

  • writers Graham Peebles, Glen Ford, Tom McCarthy, Karin Kamp and Kristin Miller, Sharona Coutts, Jack Jenkins, Jefferson Morley, Annie Holmquist,  Kurt Andersen, , Peter Cole, George Martin Fell Brown, Lois Beckett, Shane Burley and Alexander Reed Ross, Charles P. Pierce, Paul Blumenthal, Kevin Young, Harvey Wasserman, and others;
  • cartoonists Angel Boligan, Nate Beeler, Mr. Fish, Arend van Dam, Bill Day, Jim Morin, Joep Bertrams, Clay Bennett, Mike Luckovich, and others;
  • from Dandelion Salad, Black Agenda, The Guardian, Moyers & Company, Rewire,  Think Progress, AlterNet, Intellectual Takeout, The Atlantic, In These Times, Socialist Alternative, The Guardian, Esquire, HuffPost, Equality PAC, Counterpunch, Truthdig, ;

and much more. Enjoy!

We’re adding new material daily. Come back and visit us often.

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The Enormous Emotional Toll of Trumpism

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  • For many Americans – many humans – Trump’s presidency can often feel unbearable.
  • Every day it’s something. Or 10 somethings. Can we really live with three more years of this, let alone seven?
  • Related: What Trump and His Team Have Wrecked So Far

Joy-Ann Reid, The Daily Beast 

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10.07.17 | At a certain point, the distaste becomes exhaustion. Donald Trump’s presence in our national life has been alternately infuriating, embarrassing, revolting, gross and bizarre. His non-stop assaults on our political norms are testing our capacity to sustain constant outrage without giving in to despair.

I meet victims of Trump fatigue everywhere. They stop me in airports and restaurants and on the street and ask how long we’ll have to put up with this madness – when will Bob Mueller finally bring him down, and how much more can our systems bend before they break. When I tell them Trump is likely to clamor on until either the 2018 election slows him down or the 2020 election stops him (or if Russian interference, non-white voter suppression and liberal perfectionism succeed again, ‘til he terms out in 2024), the look on their faces is something akin to terror.

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What Trump and His Team Have Wrecked So Far, Karin Kamp and Kristin Miller, Moyers & Company 

Here's a roundup from our "While He Was Tweeting" series.
 

 

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Sanders’ phony “Medicare for all” proposal: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump

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  • Part 1: Sanders' health care bill: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump
    • The Sanders “Medicare for all” legislation is an attempt to disguise reactionary maneuvers, each of them aimed at subordinating the health care of millions of people to the profit interests of big business, behind pie-in-the-sky promises that neither Sanders nor any of his co-sponsors take seriously.
  • Part 2: Sanders’ phony “Medicare for all” proposal
    • The working class must organize politically to take the drug companies, hospitals, insurance companies, and medical technology firms away from the current owners and place the industry under the control of a workers' government, establishing truly socialized medicine in America.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Sanders' health care bill: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump

The Sanders “Medicare for all” legislation is an attempt to disguise reactionary maneuvers, each of them aimed at subordinating the health care of millions of people to the profit interests of big business, behind pie-in-the-sky promises that neither Sanders nor any of his co-sponsors take seriously.

Patrick Martin, World Socialist Website 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

http://www.kfai.org/files/images/health%20care%20symbol%20screw.jpg 14 September 2017 | Senator Bernie Sanders took his campaign to whitewash the right-wing character of the Democratic Party to a new level Wednesday, introducing single-payer, “Medicare for all” legislation, co-sponsored by 15 Democratic senators, on the same day that House and Senate Democratic leaders were to visit the White House for cozy talks with President Trump on corporate tax cuts.

The bill was given full-scale media promotion, including an op-ed column by Sanders in the New York Times, lengthy articles in all the major daily newspapers, and reports on the network and cable television news programs. This for a bill which has not the slightest chance of passage by the Republican-controlled Congress, which will never even hold a committee hearing, let alone bring it to a vote.

Patrick Martin writes for the World Socialist Website, a forum for socialist ideas & analysis & published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI).

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Part 2: Sanders’ phony “Medicare for all” proposal


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The working class must organize politically to take the drug companies, hospitals, insurance companies, and medical technology firms away from the current owners and place the industry under the control of a workers' government, establishing truly socialized medicine in America.

Esther Galen, World Socialist Website 

30 April 2016 | A significant proportion of the support “democratic socialist” presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has received is due to his pledge to establish a federally funded universal health plan, which he describes as “Medicare for All.”

Workers and young people, suffering under the crushing weight of health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket medical costs, see high-quality health care as a fundamental social right that should be provided to everyone for free, or at minimal cost.

Esther Galen writes for the World Socialist Website, a forum for socialist ideas & analysis & published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI).

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