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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Backs Bernie at NYC Rally

"With Alexandria, with Ilhan, and others on board, we're going to put together a coalition that is going to win and win big," Sanders said ahead of the event.

Closing Rikers: What Next for NYC's Jails

The history of Rikers is a warning about putting the onus of reform on infrastructure rather than the systems that lead to incarceration. If new prisons are built to replace it, it won't be long before they too will be judged inhumane.

The US Stole Indigenous Children to Open the West

Native pupils at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania (c.1900).
Nearly 200 Native children lie buried at the entrance of the Carlisle Barracks. Although Carlisle is located in the East, it played a key role in pressuring the West’s most intransigent tribes to cede and sell land by taking their children hostage.

Elijah Cummings in Memoriam

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings — the son of sharecroppers who rose to become a House committee chairman and Baltimore icon — often spoke of the need to leave a legacy for “generations unborn."

Abortion Rights Activists Target Battleground States

Planned Parenthood demonstrators demand abortion rights.
Faced with the spread of draconian anti-abortion laws in the South and Midwest, and the chance the Supreme Court may deliver a watershed ruling on abortion in 2020, Planned Parenthood has launched a massive campaign focusing on the 2020 elections.

Friday Nite Videos | October 18, 2019

John Oliver | Weather. Rising Up | Bernie 2020. Glory to Hong Kong: A New Protest Anthem. Hosting G7 at Doral Violates the Constitution. The Irishman | Movie.

The Fierce Urgency of Less

The three B’s (Biden, Bloomberg, Buttigieg) of can’t-go-big

Not, 'Is Trump Nuts?' But 'How Did Get Elected?'

To reduce his presidency to a frail mind is to ignore the fact he’s an emblem of free-market, white supremacist nationalism

Salesforce CEO: We Need a New Capitalism

As a capitalist, I believe it’s time to say out loud what we all know to be true: Capitalism, as we know it, is dead.

Mark Zuckerberg Is Not Defending the 1st Amendment

The “Borat” star tore into the Facebook CEO with a metaphor about a restaurant owner and neo-Nazis
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Culture

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Three Flats

Philip C. Kolin
Mississippi poet Philip C. Kolin traces the evolution of his childhood neighborhood in Chicago that went from Czech to Hispanic.

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Insular, Controversial Picks for Nobel Literature Laureates

Jennifer Wilson The Nation
Next year, says the reviewer, the Nobel Committee for Literature should look beyond Europe. Despite the differences between awardees Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke, they both reflect a divided Europe as viewed only from within its borders.

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'The Irishman": The Ghost of Jimmy Hoffa Won’t Go Away

Steve Early Jacobin
Martin Scorsese’s new film The Irishman continues Hollywood’s obsession with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. We’re more concerned with what happened to Teamster working conditions under his son, James P. Hoffa.

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Noon in a three star restaurant

Marge Piercy Chiron Review
“He does not represent us,” writes poet Marge Piercy about the misogynist Senator, but knows the “clichés that light up brains.”

Labor

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Chicago Teachers Go Out On Strike Again

Barbara Madeloni Labor Notes
This time the union has extended its demands: it wants to tackle student homelessness and affordable housing for low-income Chicagoans.

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The G.M. Strike Was the Best and the Worst of the Labor Movement

E. Tammy Kim The New York Times
On picket lines around the country, from Wyoming, Michigan to Rochester, N.Y. to Langhorne, Pennsylvania ---G.M. workers made the strike their own. Their fight is one that all of us, regardless of the work we do, should claim as our own.

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Government-Sponsored Retirement Plans for Private-Sector Workers Fall Short

By GREGORY N. HEIRES www.thenewcrossroads.com
The government-promoted plans let employers completely off the hook and put the entire burden of retirement savings and investment management on workers. They put another nail in the coffin of traditional plans in which employers share the expense.

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John Oliver | Weather

John Oliver discusses the tension between the public and private worlds of predicting the weather

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Rising Up | Bernie 2020

The corporate media covers Bernie's campaign while millions of people around the country rise up

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Glory to Hong Kong: A New Protest Anthem

After months of peaceful marches and clashes, Hong Kong protesters have begun staging a different type of demonstration - mass singalongs of a new song called Glory to Hong Kong.

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The Irishman | Movie

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Full review.