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Donald Trump and the "F" Word

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 01.16.2017 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

Is Trump a fascist? When are we justified in using the "f" word to describe a right-wing politician or movement that we legitimately find frightening?

Murder and Militias--Iraq's Sunni-Shiite Plan After ISIS

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.20.2016 | Home
Anhvinh Doanvo

So long as murder, torture and other human rights violations recur with impunity among Shiite forces operating in Sunni Iraqi provinces, there will be little reason to remain optimistic for the stability of Iraq.

Understanding The Second Amendment: Why Yesterday's Rights About Guns And Militias Don't Make Sense Today

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Bernard Starr

The right of militias, which were made up of individuals in towns all over the thirteen colonies, to own guns makes a lot of sense when understood in historical context.

Public Land Oppression

Edward Flattau | Posted 02.11.2017 | Politics
Edward Flattau

The editorial page of the conservative Washington Times newspaper accuses federal authorities of "oppression" in corralling protestors who were illegally occupying a national wildlife refuge.

Ammon Bundy Urges Remaining Militants To Stand Down, Go Home

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An FBI official warned militants who have occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon over the past month that "actions are not without...

A Right to the Land: Native Americans and Militias in Oregon and Nevada

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 01.25.2017 | Politics
A. B. Wilkinson

The militia in Oregon has brought media attention and debate about how the U.S. government should respond. Somewhat perplexed, Native Americans and others are asking the question: why have authorities been so slow to react in Oregon?

Specter of Militia Past Clouds Ranchers' Legitimate Concerns

R.J. Marx | Posted 01.15.2017 | Politics
R.J. Marx

All these issues must be vigorously debated and legislated. But nuance doesn't play well in a crisis. The words "good" and "evil" are so strictly defined by each of us in our own way that it's almost impossible to accept shades of gray. Extremism triumphs.

The State of Our Union Is Strong (in Oregon)

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 01.14.2017 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The state of Oregon has offered us nearly two weeks of a 21st century governing challenge. One that has demonstrated a durable, resilient democracy among American citizens.

America Puts Pride Over Facts

Annabel Park | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Annabel Park

I know most of you don't want to hear this, but I need to get this off my chest. This is not a critique of President Obama's speech; it is a request for us to hit pause during the ongoing political circus and think about premise of the entire spectacle.

Fact-Checking the Case Behind the Oregon Standoff

Dallin Van Leuven | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Dallin Van Leuven

Focusing on establishing an effective dialogue, rather than initiating an armed standoff based on widely-disseminated but highly inaccurate narratives, may be better at resolving these issues.

What Do the Armed Militia Occupying the Wildlife Refuge in Oregon Want? In a Word: Welfare.

Neal Wooten | Posted 01.11.2017 | Politics
Neal Wooten

As the Bundy brothers and company near the end of the first week of occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon, it has been somewhat confusing as to what their demands are.

The Invasive Species-Eastern Oregon and Right Wing Fever

Matthew Ebert | Posted 01.07.2017 | Politics
Matthew Ebert

Militia groups have been active in the Northwest for decades. What they want is an overthrow of federal authority and a return to old-school traditional family values.

The Fundamentalist Religious Views That Inspired Ammon Bundy's Militia

Jon Krakauer | Posted 01.07.2017 | Politics
Jon Krakauer

To understand the source of the Bundy's self-righteous anger, it's helpful to examine their religious views, which are rooted in a maverick strain of fundamentalism found throughout rural Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.

Coddling Insurrection

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.07.2017 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Militia types operating in Oregon cannot be allowed to go unpunished for laying siege to a national wildlife refuge. If let off the hook, what would that mean for other anti-federal government zealots contemplating illegally occupying national facilities to make their point?

Oregon Militia Squatter Awarded Purple Heart for Stubbing Toe on Fridge

James Schlarmann | Posted 01.07.2017 | Comedy
James Schlarmann

After receiving his award, Private Corporal Master Chief Ryan told reporters he was "proud to have served against the tyranny of our government" and that once his bruise "healed all up" he'd be back on the front lines, squatting in an empty building.

Locals Rally Against Militants In Oregon: 'Knock This Crap Off'

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics

BURNS, Ore. -- Hundreds of locals from Harney County, Oregon, packed a fairgrounds building on a freezing Wednesday evening to urge armed militants oc...

10 Reasons The Oregon Militants Are Nothing Like Our Auntie Rosa Parks

Sheila McCauley Keys | Posted 01.06.2017 | Black Voices
Sheila McCauley Keys

Auntie Rosa wanted to ensure the constitutional rights of all Americans. These men want public land turned over for private uses. Auntie Rosa was willing to go to jail for her beliefs. These men hide behind guns.

The Media Should Call Oregon "Protestors" Terrorists

Omar Alnatour | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics
Omar Alnatour

As a Muslim American who has repeatedly been called a terrorist and told "to go back home" as a result of the media's overdramatic coverage on the crimes carried out by "Muslims" that don't represent the teachings of my faith, my mind is filled with questions.

How (Native) America's History of Protest Exposes a Sick Irony Behind the Oregon Occupation

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics
Heather Ann Thompson

The only reason why white ranchers have any land to run their cattle on today -- whether it is land that they hold a deed to, that they now defend against federal seizure, or public land that they currently use to feed their livestock -- was stolen from the American Indians.

Authorities Taking Right Approach to Oregon Standoff

Tom Mockaitis | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics
Tom Mockaitis

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies could easily turf out the estimated 15 armed men occupying buildings at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, but probably not without killing some of them and perhaps suffering casualties themselves. The dead would certainly become martyrs inspiring more extremists to take up arms against the government.

Armed Militant Explains Bundy Seizure Of Oregon Wildlife Refuge - TMFS Sketch Comedy

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 01.05.2017 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

In a TMFS sketch, Shemp Bundy nephew of Clive Bundy and cousin to Ammon Bundy explains why the armed group seized the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Orego...

The Oregon 'Militia' Needs Food, So I Mailed Them Pictures Of It

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 01.05.2016 | Comedy

Members of the armed group occupying a federal building on an Oregon wildlife refuge posted a plea on Facebook for care packages containing "snacks." ...

Oregon Militants Vow To 'Kill And Be Killed If Necessary,' But FBI Isn't Biting

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics

BURNS, Ore. -- The gunmen who have occupied a federal building here for three days will resist with force any attempt to remove them, Ammon Bundy, a l...

Sheriffs Join Hate Group on Southern Border

Lindsay Schubiner | Posted 10.28.2016 | Politics
Lindsay Schubiner

This Friday, sheriffs from around the country will converge in McAllen, Texas, for a two-day border event led by the largest anti-immigrant hate group in the United States, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

Black Box Voting: Voter Intimidation

Judy Frankel | Posted 08.28.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Hard to believe, but true. Voters are flat-out intimidated to come to the polls. During the 2014 midterms, incumbent Mitch McConnell sent out warnings to Kentucky voters that read: ELECTION VIOLATION NOTICE. You are at risk of acting on fraudulent information...