Wingnut Week In Review: Donald Trump Dives Into The Gutter

Writer Maya Angelou once offered this sage advice: "If someone shows you who they really are, believe them." With his latest misogynistic attack on Alicia Machado, Donald Trump dives into the gutter to show us once again who he really is.
Terrance Heath
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Elizabeth Warren Clarifies The Charter Schools Debate

Sen. Elizabeth Warren threw the supposedly progressive framing of charter schools into doubt with her opposition to a ballot initiative to expand them in her state. Warren has good cause to oppose more charters.
Jeff Bryant
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If the Donald Were Really Courting the Blacks

I’m tired of news outlets saying again and again that Donald Trump is courting African-American voters. It’s quite clear that Trump is communicating about African Americans in order to court suburban and college-educated white voters.
Alan Jenkins
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Robert Reich On This Election Is A Must Hear

Robert Reich's address to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, on "The Oddest Presidential Election in Living Memory," is a must hear. You will get insight from a veteran political figure who knows Washington inside and out.

Obama Still Swimming Against the Tide on TPP

To borrow one of Donald Trump’s favorite words, we already know the Trans Pacific Partnership is a “disaster” for U.S. workers. But what folks may not realize is that many of its provisions will hurt women the most.

Activist Confront Clean Power Opponents In D.C.

Eighty activists came to D.C. Circuit Court and to fossil fuel interest groups with a message: The corporate assault on the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan is nothing less than an attack on our right to survive.
Ben Ishibashi
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Clinton Is The Clear Choice On Race And Criminal Justice Reform

Little Zianna Oliphant, speaking through her tears at a city council meeting in Charlotte, said more about what’s really happening with policing in black communities than Donald Trump did in 90 minutes at Monday nights debate.
Terrance Heath
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In the First Debate, Trump Failed to Achieve the Reagan Effect

Trump offered a return to top-end tax cuts and deregulation with a populist trade posture. Clinton called for public investment to rebuild the country. Both indicted the failed policies of the past: Clinton, trickle-down; Trump, trade.
Robert Borosage
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Donald Trump: Welfare King

If Trump really is a $10 billionaire as he claims, there'd be no reason for him to beg a charity to pay his bills. Before voting, Americans have a right to know whether Trump is lying about his wealth. He must release his tax returns.
Leo Gerard
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In the First Debate, The People’s Issues Came Second

The debate was largely a clash of personalities, rather than a clash of visions for the nation’s future. In her zeal to defeat her opponent, which she clearly did, Hillary Clinton didn’t do enough to inspire and motivate her base.
Richard Eskow
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Nothing Left But The Dog Whistle

The provincial anger, stoked for so long by the Republican Party, has finally boiled over. Donald Trump is telling those folks what they’ve been wanting to hear, exactly the way they’ve been wanting to hear it for a very long time.
Digby
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Immigrants Don’t Steal Jobs or Wages. Billionaires Do.

Not all anti-immigrant arguments are based on fear, dehumanization, or inappropriate analogies. Economically vulnerable populations are often told that immigrants “take our jobs” and drag down wages. Is it true?
Richard Eskow
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Trump Promises Nationwide Stop-And-Frisk Policing

Leave it to Donald Trump to stand in black church, before a somehow still overwhelmingly white audience, and promise to implement New York City’s racist, unconstitutional stop-and-frisk policing nationwide.
Terrance Heath
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Union-Made Miracle on the Hudson

From Captain Sully to the ferry crews, it's union-trained workers who saved the passengers on Flight 1549.
Jim Hightower
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Republicans ‘Working The Ref’ With War On IRS

The Republican IRS commissioner impeachment is an obvious attempt to kneecap the IRS and keep it from doing its work, which includes policing the misuse of nonprofit organizations to keep secret the sources of political cash.

When Will Black Lives Finally Matter To Donald Trump?

For all his bloviating about “law and order,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has yet to express any serious outrage over police killings of unarmed African Americans.
Terrance Heath
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Wells Fargo Had a Bad Day. That’s a Start.

People looking for drama in Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf’s Senate testimony on Tuesday did not come away disappointed – even if he did not crack on the stand and admit everything like the villain in a Perry Mason episode.
Richard Eskow
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Morning in America, Delivered by Democrats

Despite incomes and health insurance coverage rising while unemployment, poverty and food insecurity all falling, Donald Trump says America is a hellhole. Perhaps that’s because he can’t accept morning in America delivered by Democrats.
Leo Gerard
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Where Are The Issues?

One candidate offers actual policies and proposals. The other offers entertainment. Which one does the "news" media flock to? Which candidate is receiving the news coverage — the policy wonk or the entertainer? We all know the answer.

Trump’s Yuge Bamboozle

Trump says his tax cuts would cost $4.4 trillion over 10 years, most of it paid for by economic growth. We’ve been here before. Both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush tried “trickle-down” economics. We should have learned two lessons.
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