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Comedian Headed for Landslide Victory in Ukraine Election

April 21, 2019           |                                       

KIEV, Ukraine—A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV cruised toward a huge landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election Sunday in what was seen as a reaction against the country’s entrenched corruption and low standard of living. Results from 25% of polling stations showed sitcom star Volodymyr Zelenskiy receiving three […]

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To reverse the effects of civilization would destroy the dreams of a lot of people. There’s no way around it. We can talk all we want about sustainability, but there’s a sense in which it doesn’t matter that these people’s dreams are based on, embedded in, intertwined with, and formed by an inherently destructive economic […]

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Keith Davis Jr. was supposed to die. He had been on the phone with his girlfriend when four police officers cornered him into a dimly lit garage in West Baltimore. They had mistaken him for a robbery suspect, and they mistook his phone for a gun. After yelling at him to drop the gun, they fired […]

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Hopes for Two-State Solution Dim in Wake of Israeli Election

April 21, 2019           |                                       

JERUSALEM—Is the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dead? After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coasted to another victory in this month’s Israeli election, it sure seems that way. On the campaign trail, Netanyahu ruled out Palestinian statehood and for the first time, pledged to begin annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank. His expected coalition […]

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How the IRS Gave Up Fighting Political Dark Money Groups

April 20, 2019           |                                       

Trump Appointed Fossil Fuel Insiders to Federal Agencies. It’s Backfiring. I’ve Seen Goldman Sachs From the Inside. We Need Public Banks. Megacorporations Want More Ocean Farms. That’s a Huge Mistake. Climate Campaigners Stage One of France’s Largest Acts of Civil Disobedience How Congress Can Follow Up on the Incomplete and Redacted Mueller Report Nurses Are […]

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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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Egypt Votes on Referendum Extending El-Sissi’s Rule to 2030

April 20, 2019           |                                       

CAIRO — Egyptians voted Saturday on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030 and broaden the military’s role — changes blasted by critics as another major step toward authoritarian rule. The referendum came amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in recent years. El-Sissi’s government has arrested thousands of […]

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It's All Academics When It Comes To North Macedonian Vote

April 20, 2019           |                                       

Imagine an election campaign run among candidates who aren’t politicians. Macedonians can. As an April 21 presidential vote approaches, the race between three candidates, all academics and none career politicians, has been dominated by debate on issues such as integration into Western structures. In a country where previous election campaigns have been marked by violence, […]

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The Mueller report is now (mostly) public. The lurid speculation from Democrats and chunks of the corporate media that President Donald Trump was somehow a Russian agent was false. But the report, and Mueller’s previous indictments, should persuade any reasonable person that the Russian government did indeed intervene in the 2016 election in support of Trump. […]

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U.S. Prosecutors Seek 18-Month Sentence For Russian Citizen Maria Butina

April 19, 2019           |                                       

U.S. prosecutors are asking a judge to hand Russian citizen Maria Butina an 18-month sentence after she pleaded guilty late last year to a charge of conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent. “Activities at issue in this case are part of Russia’s broader scheme to acquire information and establish relationships and communication channels […]

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Parents Who Starved and Shackled Children Get Life Sentence

April 19, 2019           |                                       

RIVERSIDE, Calif.—The eldest son and daughter of a couple who starved and shackled 12 of their children spoke publicly for the first time Friday, alternately condemning and forgiving their parents before a judge sentenced the pair to up to life in prison. Since being freed from their prison-like home more than a year ago, the […]

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U.S. Corporations Embracing 420 as Pot Legalization Grows

April 19, 2019           |                                       

LOS ANGELES—Potheads have for decades celebrated their love of marijuana on April 20, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it. No, Hallmark doesn’t yet have a card to mark “420.” But many other businesses inside and outside the multibillion-dollar cannabis […]

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Zero Tolerance: Inside the Secretive Network of Immigrant Youth Shelters in Illinois

April 19, 2019           |                                       

This week, ProPublica’s reporting on the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism (and ProPublica reporter Hannah Dreier won a Pulitzer for her amazing feature reporting on MS-13). We encourage you to read all of ProPublica’s zero-tolerance reporting, but we’d also like to take this opportunity […]

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The new Starbucks coffee cup lid, which is being rolled out with great green fanfare in six cities this summer, was supposed be an environmental milestone. Starbucks promised that its latest design innovation, a “clear, recyclable” plastic drink cap that funnels liquid through a slightly raised area, would soon replace more than a billion plastic straws each […]

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It is hard to recall now but before the 2016 election, blatant contempt for the rule of law and other longstanding (small-r) republican values, public displays of stupidity, extreme character flaws, and irrefutable evidence of psychological instability could wreck a presidential campaign; and it was practically axiomatic that no presidency could be headed by anyone […]

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