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Brian Hanley

Why Bernie Sanders Matches Up Better Against Donald Trump Than Hillary Clinton

Brian Hanley | February 13, 2016 | Politics
Bernie Sanders, like Donald Trump, doesn't have an affiliated super PAC. Hillary Clinton does. Sanders doesn't need a super PAC because he gets millions of campaign contributions from small donors. Trump doesn't need one because he's a billionaire who once said, "You know the nice part about me? I...
Richard Zombeck

Those Photographs Of Bernie Sanders Are Real Despite What You've Heard

Richard Zombeck | February 13, 2016 | Politics
You may remember the Clinton campaign circulating a photograph of Barack Obama wearing a turban in an effort to portray him as a Muslim sympathizer. It was a little push to stoke the xenophobia and paranoia. The Clinton campaign recently tried the same tactic with Bernie Sanders.
Cas Mudde

The Power of Populism? Not Really!

Cas Mudde | February 13, 2016 | Politics
Journalists and pundits had been waiting for it for months: a win for Sanders and Trump in the same primary. Then they could finally rehash their "rise of populism" articles. And we were not disappointed after the New Hampshire primaries
Roger Wolfson

A Wellstone Staffer on Why the Attacks on Alan Grayson Are to Be Questioned

Roger Wolfson | February 13, 2016 | Politics
It saddens me that progressives now have to put pen to paper to defend Alan Grayson; a man who has not only proved himself the most effective Liberal in the House - having passed more legislation promoting progressive causes than anyone else - but the most effective Congressman, period, having passed more legislation than any member of Congress from either party.
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

The Deadly Waiting Game For Syrian Refugees

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | February 13, 2016 | World
Syrians are waiting. Everywhere. Waiting for the next airstrike. Waiting to cross another border. Waiting for a smuggler to call back to to say if there is room on the rubber dinghy, or worse, if they will have to sail it. Waiting to be rescued in the middle of the sea. Waiting to die ... of starvation.
Alan Farago

Two Coasts, One Problem: In Florida, GOP Leaders Think Voters Are Stupid

Alan Farago | February 13, 2016 | Politics
Why do GOP officials think you are stupid? Simple. They think they can hide the state's afflicted waters, the massively polluted Lake Okeechobee, by shoving it into the Everglades.
James Zogby

Sanders is Right: Iraq is Important

James Zogby | February 13, 2016 | Politics
Critics and cynics have flippantly dismissed Sanders' understanding in foreign affairs and have, therefore, ignored that important speech. Because it was so prescient, it deserves attention, not scorn.
Rick Horowitz

Dems Debate: Different Ears, Different Tune

Rick Horowitz | February 13, 2016 | Politics
No, it wasn't just your imagination -- it was a very different message. Is that a good thing?
Steven Conn

Bernie Sanders Meet Bayard Rustin

Steven Conn | February 13, 2016 | Politics
With the primary season now finally and officially underway, and with Senator Bernie Sanders' stunning victory in New Hampshire still registering on the political seismograph, I've been wondering what Bayard Rustin would make of it all.
Eileen Shields-West

The Full of Surprises "What If" Presidential Race

Eileen Shields-West | February 13, 2016 | Politics
What if Biden had run? What if Trump had won Iowa, especially by a wide margin? What if Bloomberg were to run? The biggest "what if" is almost unmentionable.
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: Mutiny Against the Status Quo

Nathan Gardels | February 12, 2016 | World
At this stage in the American election season it is far from clear, despite early wins and losses, who the presidential nominees will be. As Julian Baggini writes, what is certain is that America, like much of Europe, is experiencing a mutiny against the status quo. The populist revolt against political and economic elites is spreading across borders everywhere except -- so far -- East Asia, where the prospects of the average person have risen instead of fallen over the past decade. (continued)
Chris Weigant

Friday Talking Points -- Back to the 1960s

Chris Weigant | February 12, 2016 | Politics
For those readers who weren't alive (or old enough) to experience the 1960s, this week we had somewhat of a history lesson, packaged as a Democratic debate. Part of why this happened is that the Democratic presidential campaign has entered into a "convince the minority voters" phase.
Dave Johnson

Is Bernie Sanders Promising 'Free Stuff' to Buy Votes?

Dave Johnson | February 12, 2016 | Politics
Corporate conservatives have taken notice of the Bernie Sanders campaign, and have started accusing him of "buying votes" by "promising" "free stuff." Is it true? Here are some examples of what the corporate/billionaire-funded right is saying.
Ralph Nader

Hillary Clinton Sugarcoating Her Disastrous Record

Ralph Nader | February 12, 2016 | Politics
Bernie Sanders is far too easy on Hillary Clinton in their debates. Clinton flaunts her record and experience in ways that Sanders could use to expose her serious vulnerabilities and disqualifications for becoming president.
OutRight Action International

Bold Graphic Novel Highlights the Struggle of Gay Love in Iran

OutRight Action International | February 12, 2016 | World
Coming out is never easy, especially when there is a real fear of being rejected by your family, or worse, risking violence or harassment. This is the start of Yousef & Farhad's journey -- the first installment in a groundbreaking graphic novel web series created in a partnership between the LGBTIQ human rights organization OutRight Action International and the artists Amir Soltani and Khalil Bendib. Though in many ways a classic love story with all of its poetry, challenges and triumphs, the relationship between two gay men in Iran is rarely a simple romance.
OutRight Action International

Why We Need More Gay Iranian Love Stories Like This One

OutRight Action International | February 12, 2016 | World
It is certainly not the case that every family in Iran disowns or abuses their gay, lesbian or transgender loved ones. I am also aware of stories of love and acceptance, but these are rather uncommon. We are trying to encourage wider acceptance and greater openness to discussion about sexual orientation and gender identity as part of basic human rights. This is why we worked together with the writer Amir Soltani and the political cartoonist Khalil Bendib to create the graphic novel "Yousef and Farhad," about two men struggling for acceptance in Iran
Robi Damelin

Our Tears Are the Same Color

Robi Damelin | February 12, 2016 | World
All mothers who have lost their beloved children share the same pain and no matter what image or label the media, politicians or the powers that be assign, their lives will never be the same
Vanessa Carmichael

10 Answers We All Need From Bernie

Vanessa Carmichael | February 12, 2016 | Politics
Bernie supporters don't like questions. Most have big ideas but not clear answers. Perhaps because the press has yet to grill Bernie over his proposals, they haven't been given the answers.
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

What the Supreme Court's Power Plant Order Means for Climate Action

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | February 12, 2016 | Green
The U.S. has already launched an unstoppable shift away from dirty fossil fuels to safer, clean energy resources. The Supreme Court's disappointing stay will not reverse that course.
Melanie Brooks

Sins of the Father: Why Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Endorsement of Trump Feels Like Déjà Vu

Melanie Brooks | February 12, 2016 | Politics
In the two weeks leading up to Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump gained momentum from some high-profile endorsements, among them conservative evangelical leader and Chancellor of Liberty University Jerry Falwell Jr., oldest son of the late controversial televangelist.
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