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I’m usually not a big fan of shaming. I think the things most of us feel ashamed about are silly. But shame isn’t always a bad thing. Some people should be ashamed, and the only way that will happen is if they’re called out about it. Loudly. Take, for instance, some members of the Tennessee […]

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As Anti-Choice Laws Multiply, Many Are Already Living in a Post-“Roe” US

May 17, 2019           |                                       

Asylum Seekers Are Being “Disappeared” in Private Louisiana Jails As Abortion Restrictions Sweep the South, Look to Southerners to Lead At White House Iftar, Trump Continues Whitewashing State Violence For Black Americans, “Jury of Your Peers” Is a Hollow Phrase Judge Orders Manning Jailed, Imposes Daily $500 Fine After 30 Days Behind Bars It’s Time […]

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5 More States Sue Maker of Prescription Opioids

May 16, 2019           |                                       

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The company, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, blasted the claims. “The states cannot link the conduct alleged […]

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There is no longer anything sentimental about trying to save a tree or protect an old swimming hole. — Tom McCall, Earth Day, 1970 It always looks like skin cancer, that 10,000-foot view looking down on Earth. Looking down at Phoenix, or Cairo, or LA, the cancer grows and spreads. This unique perspective shows us […]

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Spring Donation Drive CounterPunch is a lifeboat of sanity in today’s turbulent political seas. Please make a tax-deductible donation and help us continue to fight. Photograph Source: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem – CC BY 2.0 The late Uri Avnery (1923-2018), the doughty Israeli seeker of peace with the Palestinian people, posted almost weekly on CounterPunch. Avnery […]

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A street in Long Island City, in the Queens borough of New York, on Feb. 18, 2019. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images When Amazon pulled out of a sweetheart deal with New York City to build a second headquarters in the borough of Queens, it signaled a shift in the shape of the state’s politics. Grassroots […]

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Poland Proposes Closer Ties For EU Eastern Partnership Nations

May 14, 2019           |                                       

BRUSSELS — The Polish foreign minister has called for an upgraded Eastern Partnership, including closer ties with the European Union and the creation of a free-trade zone among the six member nations. Jacek Czaputowicz was speaking on May 14 at a conference in Brussels celebrating the 10th anniversary of the partnership that aims to bring […]

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ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The exuberant greeter, who said her name was Wanda, hugged each of the secretaries of state as they walked through the […]

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What People in Kentucky Coal Country Really Think About a Green New Deal

May 11, 2019           |                                       

New Suffragists Fight to Gain Ballot for Incarcerated People The Impeachment Process Itself Can Thwart Trump’s Obstruction Trump Has Defied Nearly All Subpoenas. What Can the House Do? Amid GOP Hypocrisy, Alabama Advances US’s Strictest Abortion Bill Chelsea Manning Is Released, But May Have Just Over a Week of Freedom New Trump Plan Deputizes Cops […]

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A Growing Number of States Call Porn a Public Health Crisis

May 10, 2019           |                                       

PHOENIX — More than a dozen states have moved to declare pornography a public health crisis, raising concerns among some experts who say the label goes too far and carries its own risks. The Arizona Senate approved a resolution this week calling for a systemic effort to prevent exposure to porn that’s increasingly accessible to […]

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New Suffragists Fight to Gain Ballot for Incarcerated People

May 10, 2019           |                                       

A Green New Deal Must Prioritize Regenerative Agriculture Donald Trump Is a Dangerous Human Version of 1980s Muzak House Panel Holds Barr in Contempt as Trump Claims Executive Privilege More US Pressure on North Korea Is Not the Path to Denuclearization As Washington State Bans Fracking, Sanders Calls for Nationwide Ban Mainstream Charities Are Bankrolling […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will announce her first major bill today, in partnership with Vermont Sen. and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. It’s something Sanders has proposed for many years: a 15 percent interest-rate cap on all consumer loans, which would reduce what many Americans pay on their credit cards and effectively eliminate the payday loan industry. The bill […]

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Beyond Nuclear Vows to Fight on Against Illegal High-Level Radioactive Waste Dump Targeted at New Mexico

May 7, 2019           |                                       

TAKOMA PARK, MD and Southeastern NM – In an astounding ruling today, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) acknowledged that an application by Holtec International/Eddy-Lea [Counties] Energy Alliance to store 173,600 metric tons of highly radioactive irradiated nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico violates federal law, but nevertheless dismissed […]

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North Carolina Seeks to Quadruple Taxpayer Funding for Anti-Choice Clinic Group

May 7, 2019           |                                       

Trump’s Fee for Asylum Seekers Could Send Many Back to Their Deaths UN Report Says Indigenous Sovereignty Could Save the Planet Over 600 Federal Prosecutors Say Trump Should Be Charged With Obstruction The Real Monster in “Game of Thrones” Is Its Hidden Reactionary Ideology Bernie Sanders Takes on Monsanto, Big Ag Monopolies in Rural Revitalization […]

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Oregon teachers are preparing for a walkout on May 8 because schools have been chronically underfunded since the state’s Measure 5 passed in 1990, shifting the source of school funding from property taxes to the responsibility of the state. Since then, the state has financed schools at 21 to 38 percent below what its own […]

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