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Reality Show: Zelenskiy's Big Day In Six Surreal Moments

April 21, 2019           |                                       

KYIV — Fact has followed fiction. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comic actor who plays a common man accidentally catapulted into an exasperated Ukraine’s presidency on TV, has won big in the country’s real presidential election. Almost as remarkably, he appears to be doing it in runaway fashion in a process that both he and defeated incumbent […]

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Identity Politics and the Politics of Identity

April 20, 2019           |                                       

A state, is called the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly lieth it also; and this lie creepeth from its mouth: “I, the state, am the people. — Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra A constant cry from the far right on the subject of immigration usually contains the sentiment that “they” need to come here […]

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WASHINGTON — Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump had tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller’s removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president. The report said that in June 2017, Trump directed White […]

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Between Yes and No, Heaven and Earth with Albert Camus on a Spring Morning

April 17, 2019           |                                       

To give up beauty and the sensual happiness that comes with it and devote one’s self exclusively to unhappiness requires a nobility I lack. However, after all, nothing is true that compels us to make it exclusive. Isolated beauty ends in grimaces, solitary justice in oppression. Anyone who seeks to serve the one to the […]

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On a Sunday in early April, your favorite grumpy Jewish uncle and mine, Bernie Sanders, opened himself up to a renewed line of attack from those within the Democratic Party (and on the political left more broadly) who feel he is out of touch with issues of race and identity. At a public appearance in […]

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Tips for establishing your role as an artist, putting your work in context, and defining the overall meaning and value of what you make. In the art world, value is too often reduced to financial terms and delimited by barriers to access. But it doesn’t have to be this way: The right language can be […]

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In 2016, then-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro violated a federal law while campaigning for Hillary Clinton, but the Obama administration chose not to fine or reprimand him. Instead, they praised him for “own[ing] up” to his “inadvertent error.” Castro himself is now running for president. Aside from his short stint leading the federal housing agency, […]

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“We the People” forum: Platitudes and demagogy from Democratic presidential candidates By Patrick Martin 4 April 2019 The presidential candidates of the Democratic Party are determined to avoid any engagement with significant political issues, either in contrast to the Trump administration or among themselves. That is the conclusion that any serious observer of Monday’s “We […]

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What follows is a conversation between Economist Heiner Flassbeck and Paul Jay of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post. PAUL JAY: If you listen to the business press, it won’t be long before we’re in recession, and perhaps globally something […]

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In the coming days, advocates and lawmakers will fight to ensure that the findings of Mueller’s team are made public so that the American people may assess for themselves the results of the Special Counsel’s two-year investigation. Even as this important work unfolds, however, we must also acknowledge the limitations of the Special Counsel’s investigation. […]

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The University of Illinois Withheld Public Records for Months. Guess What They Showed?

March 22, 2019           |                                       

I want to tell you about a story we published this week. It is based on records that paint the clearest picture yet of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s role in a high-profile research misconduct case. I’d hoped to share these details last year, but the university withheld the records. It all began last […]

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Of Suspicious Minds: Medical Experts Cast Doubt On Lesin Autopsy

March 20, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON — A neck bone that rarely breaks, and when it does, it is almost always due to strangulation or asphyxiation. Soft-tissue hemorrhaging on muscles running along the sides and back of the neck. A swollen brain. Extensive bruising and cuts on legs, arms, hands, chest, face, and skull. The official conclusion is that former […]

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Six Tips for Preparing for the Mueller Report, Which May or May Not Be Coming

March 5, 2019           |                                       

Roger Stone, former campaign adviser to Trump, leaves a district courthouse after a hearing on Feb. 21 in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) 4. Don’t Expect Answers to Everything, or Even Most Things. That’s not Mueller’s job. He is a prosecutor. His job is first and foremost to look for crimes. And while he can, […]

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Australian government refuses to defend Julian Assange By Oscar Grenfell 1 March 2019 Amid growing demands for the freedom of Julian Assange, senior representatives of Australia’s Liberal-National Coalition government last week reiterated their refusal to provide legal or diplomatic assistance to the WikiLeaks founder. The brazen denial of Assange’s rights as an Australian citizen underscores […]

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