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Arianna Huffington | June 25, 2016 | Politics
This week, as Britain broke with the EU, some in the U.S. media broke with reality by continuing to normalize the unreal candidacy of Donald Trump. After a speech on Wednesday focusing on economics and attacks on Hillary Clinton, many pundits gave Trump the gift of analyzing the speech as if it had been delivered by someone other than the most dangerous and unstable nominee in modern history. "That's called the pivot," said Joe Scarborough, while Mark Halperin allowed that "the themes Trump chose... were well chosen," the speech "decently written," and that Trump is "better on prompter." In other words, focusing on weeds in a forest of demonstrable lies: the U.S., for example, is not "the highest taxed nation in the world." As noted by Politifact, which has debunked this claim three times, the U.S. is "nowhere near the top." Meanwhile, Democrats broke with House rules and staged a sit-in on the House floor to demand votes on gun control legislation. The effort was labeled a "publicity stunt," by Paul Ryan -- a break from irony from a man who endorsed Donald Trump.
George Friedman

Britain's Vote To Leave

George Friedman | June 25, 2016 | World
This is not a British phenomenon by any means. It is something that is sweeping Europe and China. It is also present in the United States.
Lawrence Rosenthal

Brexit: A Cousin Of Trumpism? A Distant Cousin Of Fascism?

Lawrence Rosenthal | June 25, 2016 | Politics
Structurally, something similar seems to be happening in reverse. That is, instead of a situation in which structural disparity results from some sectors failing to develop while other sectors raced ahead, we now are fostering structural disparities owing to sectors that are falling backwards, out of the modern (or post-modern) world.
Paul Abrams

Good Reasons For A Brexit 'Do-Over'

Paul Abrams | June 25, 2016 | Politics
If they reverse themselves, the first vote will have been enough of a shock so that the EU reforms itself -- with Britain on the inside shaping those changes. For everyone's sake, let us have a Brexit do-over.
Rep. Marc Veasey

In 2016, Why Are Voters Still Paying Poll Taxes?

Rep. Marc Veasey | June 25, 2016 | Black Voices
With today's third anniversary of the Shelby v. Holder decision, I am reminded of two poll tax receipts hanging in my Congressional office. On January 31, 1949, my grandparents traveled to the tax assessor's office in Jack County to pay their annual poll tax.
Jon Deutsch

Dear David Cameron: Be A Leader, Not A Quitter

Jon Deutsch | June 25, 2016 | Politics
David, instead of quitting like a quitter, why not instead act like the professional politician that you claim to be and walk it back like any self-respecting politician would?
Roxana Maddahi

Brexit in Plain English

Roxana Maddahi | June 25, 2016 | World
After 43 years of membership, the UK electorate has voted to leave the European Union. A UK exit from the EU is scary and leads us to unchartered territory. The implications are massive.
Michael Rosenblum

The Terrible Damage That Immigrants Do

Michael Rosenblum | June 25, 2016 | Politics
The recent Brexit vote and the support for Donald Trump largely stem from a similar kind of Immigrant Anxiety -- close the borders, control your borders, build that wall, leave the EU and so on.
Michael Duga

Trump Should Not Bet On Any Boost From The Brexit Vote

Michael Duga | June 25, 2016 | Politics
As the product of an exceptional staffing tree of the Democratic Party, the one thing that I have heard over and over about our Republican friends is that one man stands above them all: Ed Rollins.
Pat Mitchell

Looking At Hillary's Nomination Through A Nordic Lens

Pat Mitchell | June 25, 2016 | Women
Change in gender perceptions must be effected everywhere, from schools to workplaces to boardrooms to the White House, and that change is more pervasive and meaningful when it happens at all levels of society.
Robert Scheer

Barbara Williams And 'The Hope In Leaving'

Robert Scheer | June 26, 2016 | Politics
On this week's episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer sits down with acclaimed Canadian actress, musician and author Barbara Williams.
John A. Tures

Of Brexit, Baptists, Booze And A History Of Naïve Blunders

John A. Tures | June 25, 2016 | World
America will soon face a similar number of temptations to renege on all kinds of international agreements that it signed in good faith with other nations. Supporters will promise all kinds of benefits they can't deliver. Learn from the British and the Baptists.
William Bradley

Brexit and Us: Voters Frightened by Chaos Choose ... More Chaos

William Bradley | June 25, 2016 | Politics
Does Hillary Clinton get it? The Democratic presidential candidate, for whom Bernie Sanders now says he will vote in November, reacted to the British referendum to withdraw from the European Union in much the same fashion as, well, the EU bureaucrats just rejected by voters much like those driving Trumpism...
Ariel Moutsatsos

Abraham Lincoln Predicted Brexit and Trump's Rise. Hillary Should Pay Attention

Ariel Moutsatsos | June 25, 2016 | Politics
On August the 21st, 1858 Abraham Lincoln said: Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. Donald Trump and the pro-Brexit politicians such as Boris Johnson...
Chris Weigant

Friday Talking Points -- Taking The Trump Exit

Chris Weigant | June 24, 2016 | Politics
Donald Trump's name lends itself to all sorts of mashed-up words, but we find it doesn't really work with the big story of the week. British voters decided to take the so-called "Brexit" (or "British exit") from the European Union.
Kwame Rose

Defeating Trump Doesn't Eliminate The Evil of Clinton

Kwame Rose | June 25, 2016 | Politics
Defeating Donald Trump is only half of the problem; it's time to move democracy into the 21st century. It's time to leave the past in the past and realize that the leaders who created the status quo, will never be inclined to change it as long as they are in charge. Mr. Sanders, we must keep fighting on. We've had your back thus far. Please don't give up on us now.
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: When Politics Fails, Look to Unifiers Like Pope Francis and Yo-Yo Ma

Nathan Gardels | June 24, 2016 | World
When politics divides instead of unites, walls off instead of embraces, what, or who, can bind fractured societies? (continued)
Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman | June 25, 2016 | Politics
A celebration of Latin Night at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando turned into a killing field fueled by intolerance, hate and weapons of war. Now is the time to remember those who stand up and stand together in love.
Ralph Nader

The IRS And The Self-Minimization Of Congressman Jason Chaffetz

Ralph Nader | June 24, 2016 | Politics
At our meeting I expressed the hope that Congressman Chaffetz would not imitate his predecessor, Congressman Darrell Issa, the mega-millionaire show-boater who reveled in mostly useless partisan hacking of Obama's executive branch. Alas, no such luck.
Bob Williams

Kansas Supreme Court Threatens to Close K-12 Schools

Bob Williams | June 24, 2016 | Politics
The Kansas Supreme Court is threatening to shutter schools across the state - unless the legislature shells out another $38 million in K-12 funds. If the legislature fails to appropriate these additional funds, the state high court will put a hold on $4 billion in school funding as of July 1, invariably triggering widespread school closures.
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