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NOVEMBER 10, 2020

Donald Trump Was a Monster Forged by the American Free Market. ... Donald Trump is the grotesque embodiment of market principles. In climbing back from his disastrous four years, one of our aims must be to wrest back democracy from the market. Jacobin

What Happened? ... All the signs had seemed to point to a Democratic sweep. Why didn’t it materialize? Intercept

No Matter the Liberal Metric Chosen, the Bush/Cheney Administration Was Far Worse Than Trump. ... Fantasies of a Trump-led fascist coup have redounded to the benefit of many -- especially those responsible for abuses far worse than those of the current president. Greenwald

Hoping for a return to normal after Trump? That's the last thing we need. ... The discontent that swept Trump to power in 2016 has not gone away. To pretend like it has will only invite future disaster. Guardian

The Task of ‘Sleepy Joe’ is to Put Liberal America Right Back to Sleep. CounterPunch

'Many Workers Will Suffer': Days After Election, Trump Quietly Freezes Wages of Farm Laborers. ... "The Trump administration is trying to get a lot of stuff like this out the door ASAP." CommonDreams

Ro Khanna: Progressives Helped Biden Win. We Can’t Stop Push for Green New Deal & Medicare for All. DemocracyNow

Before the Dust Has Settled, Corporate Democrats Are Already Attacking AOC and the Left. ... We’re all exhausted, but the rich aren’t. In the 24 hours since the election was called, corporate interests and their allies in the Democratic Party have already started their war on the Left. Jacobin

Democrats Taking Cues From John Kasich? Ocasio-Cortez "Can't Even Describe How Dangerous That Is". ... "Progressive policies do not hurt candidates," says the New York Democrat. "Every single candidate that co-sponsored Medicare for All in a swing district kept their seat. We also know that co-sponsoring the Green New Deal was not a sinker." CommonDreams

Hedges and Street on the Strength of Right-Wing Populism. ... Despite losing, Donald Trump has solidified support from an angry, disposed working class that cuts across racial lines. ScheerPost

On Howard Waitzkin’s Rinky-Dink Revolution. CounterPunch

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NOVEMBER 9, 2020

Chomsky: Voting Is Not the End of Our Work. It’s Only the Beginning.  ... Joe Biden is the winner of the 2020 election. Yet while Trump has lost, the Democrats failed to materialize the blue wave some expected - and Trump fared extremely well despite the pandemic TruthOut

The task Of ‘Sleepy Joe’ Is To Put Liberal America Right Back To Sleep. Popular Resistance

'Every. Single. One.': Ocasio-Cortez Notes Every Democrat Who Backed Medicare for All Won Reelection in 2020. ... The same cannot be said for those more centrist lawmakers who continue to defend the nation's increasingly unpopular for-profit healthcare system. CommonDreams

It’s Time to Engage With the Battle Inside the Democratic Party. ... Progressives made Trump’s defeat possible. Now we need to challenge Biden and other corporate Democrats before they marginalize the left once more. ScheerPost

Trump Lost. Trumpism Lives On. ... Tom Cotton and Josh Hawley are two of the most prominent politicians in line to carry the MAGA flag. HuffPost

Why Capitalism Was Destined to Come Out on Top in the 2020 Election. Brave New Europe

U.S. Foreign Policy is a Failure, Whoever’s President. CounterPunch

Two Capitalist Parties Compete, Humanity Loses. CounterPunch

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Weekend Read: Thinking, Fast and Slow. by Daniel Kahneman Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ... takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation -- each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions. MacMillon Books

As We Wait to Figure Out Who We Elected, New York Times Feeds Us Pablum on Our Social Problems. CounterPunch/Dean Baker

Chris Hedges: American Requiem. ... However inequitable its bias, capitalist democracy at least offered the possibility of incremental and piecemeal reform. Now it is a corpse. ScheerPost

Capitalism’s Worst Nightmare. Richard Wolff. Popular Resistance

Even if Biden wins, the world will pay the price for the Democrats' failures. ... The Democratic establishment has paid too little attention to the reasons Americans voted for Trump. Guardian

'Gross Abuse' of Power, Says International Election Observer About Trump Lies of US Voter Fraud. ... "Baseless allegations of systematic deficiencies, notably by the incumbent president, including on election night, harm public trust in democratic institutions," the delegation concluded. CommonDreams

Armed Protesters Menace Arizona Vote Center Amid Lies About Uncounted GOP Votes . TruthOut

How Will the U.S. Election Change the Mideast? ... If Joe Biden wins the presidency, he will have a significant impact on foreign policy. ScheerPost

With World's Eyes on US Election, Israel Bulldozes West Bank Village in Biggest Single Demolition in 10 Years. ... The razing of Khirbet Humsa -- which left dozens of people homeless -- "can only be considered an act of ethnic cleansing against the indigenous Palestinian population," said one human rights group. CommonDreams

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NOVEMBER 5, 2020

American Presidents. (if Biden wins) ... has not been defeated by a Bernie Sanders; he has been defeated by a corrupt political hack backed to the hilt by the large majority of the billionaire owned media, financed out of Wall street and with no intention of pursuing anything other than neo-liberal economic policies. It is also the firm re-establishment of the rule of the security state and the military-industrial complex. Trump’s instinctive isolationism made him an enemy of the security state interest which spent a great deal of time in trying to undermine its President. Craig Murray

America’s Gettysburg Moment: Even If Defeated Trumpism Will Not Vanish. CounterPunch/Cockburn

A judge told USPS to search mail for ballots by 3 p.m. on Election Day. USPS said no. ... Republicans on track to dash Democratic hopes of U.S. Senate majority. ... The United States Postal Service failed to comply with a federal court order on Election Day to inspect mail service in some cities to make sure that all mailed ballots were delivered. MSN

We’re Just at the Beginning of a Long Struggle for Justice. ... Whatever happens in the election, the Left will be either blamed or shamed. Don’t be surprised -- be ready for the fight of our lives. Jacobin/Sirota

Election Day: One Thing’s for Sure, an Interventionist Will Win. AntiWar

QAnon supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene wins seat in US House. ... Georgia Republican is first backer of false conspiracy theory to become US representative. Guardian

Assange and the Empire. CounterPunch

New Mexico Has the Opportunity to Enact Some of the Best Oil-and-Gas Pollution Rules in the Nation. It Shouldn’t Squander It. ... If done right, it will deliver tremendous environmental and economic benefits and set an example for other states to follow. CommonDreams

When the Truth Would Dismantle the Whole System. CounterPunch

“Movements Are Not Just About Protests”: BLM Co-Founder Alicia Garza on How to Build & Wield Power. DemocracyNow

Revenge of the Money Launderers
The "FinCen files" story reveals: getting caught doesn't stop banks from taking dirty money. It may even encourage them. Taibbi

A Monument to Stupidity. The Trauma of Trump's Border Wall. Intercept

Humans pushing North Atlantic right whale to extinction faster than believed. ... New modelling says just 356 remain – down from 409 last year. The 70 breeding females could disappear in 10-20 years. Guardian

Bill Gates’ Global Agenda and How We Can Resist His War on Life. CounterPunch

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NOVEMBER 4, 2020

What Is the Democratic Party, Exactly? . ... People on the Left spend a lot of time arguing about what should be done about the Democratic Party — and rightly so. But first we need to understand what the Democratic Party is. Hint: it’s a lot more complicated than it looks. Jacobin

Warning of 'Dark Days Ahead,' Historians of Fascism Stress 'It Is Not Too Late' to Avoid Descent Into Authoritarianism. ... "We believe that unless we take immediate action, democracy as we know it will continue in its frightening regression, irrespective of who wins the American presidency," the scholars warned. CommonDreams

Mueller Investigated Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, And Roger Stone For DNC Hacks. ... Previously secret portions of the Mueller Report show the special counsel declined to prosecute due to lack of evidence. BuzzFeed

We’ve Been on Trump’s Road for a Long, Long Time. ... Beyond Our Control: The author's first book, about the mid-1970s, describes a moment eerily reminiscent of today's American reality. ScheerPost

In Arizona, building a wall — and destroying a canyon. ... In a mountain range too steep to cross, DHS is spending millions of dollars on five miles of border wall. HCN

Obama Wants Us to Go Back to Brunch After Trump Is Out. That Would Be A Disaster. Democrats are suggesting that we can all tune out and go back to brunch if Joe Biden wins the election. If we do that, we’re doomed. Jacobin

NPR and the Corporate Criminal Element. CounterPunch

US and UK citizens are world’s biggest sources of plastic waste – study. ... US population may also be third-largest producer of marine plastic pollution. Guardian

Humans pushing North Atlantic right whale to extinction faster than believed. ... New modelling says just 356 remain – down from 409 last year. The 70 breeding females could disappear in 10-20 years. Guardian

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NOVEMBER 3, 2020

What the Election Should Have Been About. CounterPunch

'Justice Is On The Ballot’: DOJ Alums Say Trump Reelection Could Be ‘Point Of No Return’. ... Democrats and a lot of Republicans with DOJ ties say the long-term fate of federal law enforcement depends on Biden’s election. HuffPost

Defence Fund and Contempt Case Update. Craig Murray

Begging Outrage: British Journalists for Assange... Even that title strikes an odd note. It should not. The Fourth Estate, historically reputed as the chamber of journalists and publishers keeping an eye on elected officials, received a blast of oxygen with the arrival of WikiLeaks. CounterPunch

UK Labour civil war? Jeremy Corbyn vindicated on anti-Semitism smears, gets suspended anyway. The UK Labour Party has suspended former leader Jeremy Corbyn, even as a new report underscores that anti-Semitism allegations were a smear campaign against him. Former Labour MP Chris Williamson responds.Gray Zone

We Stand with Jeremy Corbyn. ... "In defence of decency, and for the future of socialism in Britain and around the world." Progressive International

Genealogy and Greenwald. CounterPunch

On Contact: Taibbi and Hedges on the Media Landscape. ... the host speaks with journalist and author Matt Taibbi about the rapidly disintegrating media landscape and its consequences ScheerPost .

Biden: A War Cabinet?. CounterPunch

From May 2019: It’s Even More Terrible Than You Thought. CounterPunch

Puerto Ricans struggle for independence from US colonialism . Gray Zone

Shredding journalistic credibility. ...Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi examine how the press and the major tech platforms function as a propaganda and censorship bureau on behalf of the Democratic Party and the Biden campaign. YouTube

Pompeo Concludes China Bashing Tour of Asia in Vietnam. ... Pompeo also visited India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Indonesia AntiWar

'Epic Level of Corruption': Postal Service Quietly Awards $5 Million Contract to DeJoy's Former Company. ... "Reminder that Louis DeJoy still needs to be fired." CommonDreams

Trump Sets Up Pharma Billionaires for Coronavirus Payday. ... Regeneron’s federally funded Covid-19 treatment, which was used to treat Donald Trump, will likely be unavailable to most patients. Intercept

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition 'systematically' targeted bridges. ... Data suggest that Saudi Arabia and its allies have targeted civilian infrastructure in Yemen, according to an initiative that documents human rights violations. Under international law, such attacks amount to war crimes. DW

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NOVEMBER 2, 2020

America faces a ‘Gettysburg moment’ – but even if defeated Trumpism will not vanish. ... The toxic Trump era is unfortunately not an aberration and is all too well rooted in American history. Independent

'Seismic Shift' in World's Approach to Land Use, Wildlife, and Climate Action Needed to Avoid New 'Era of Pandemics,' Study Says. "The same human activities that drive climate change and biodiversity loss also drive pandemic risk through their impacts on our environment." CommonDreams

North Carolina Deputies Pepper-Spray Demonstrators Marching To Polls. ... The state attorney general said voters have a “constitutional right to cast their vote safely and securely, without threats or intimidation.” HuffPost

The President’s War on Dissent Is Using Trumped-Up Federal Charges. ... From J20 to Black Lives Matter, the Trump administration is using inflated federal charges to expand repression of dissent. Intercept

Craig Murray for SNP President and Independence in Two Years. Craig Murray

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party Suspension Is About Crushing the Left. ... Keir Starmer’s baseless decision to suspend former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is a transparent attack on the Left. Labour members must fight it, or everything Corbyn stood for will depart with him. Jacobin

'Truly Sociopathic Behavior': After Mother Beaten by Philly Cops, Fraternal Order of Police Use Photo of Terrified Toddler as Propaganda. ... "The underlying story of Philadelphia police conduct is shocking enough, but the added layer of intentional lies and deception... is unbelievable." CommonDreams

It’s Time to Fight for a Truly Democratic Republic. ... The US political system was intentionally set up to thwart popular democracy. To win Medicare for All or any other transformative measures, we’ll need to push for radical political reform that finally democratizes the country’s institutions. Jacobin

Justice Kavanaugh parrots Trump talking points on mail-in ballots. ...“Before Justice Brett Kavanaugh took the position he took in that opinion, lawyer Brett Kavanaugh stood in court and argued that votes could be added to the tally as late as Thanksgiving,” says Biden senior advisor Ron Klain, “There’s no way to look at this other than rank hypocrisy and a reversal of convenience.” MSNBC

How States Are Laying The Groundwork To Abolish Legal Abortion. ... Anti-abortion lawmakers are prepping for the possibility of life after Roe v. Wade. HuffPost

Federal Prosecutors Engaged in Unprecedented Push to Jail Protesters Before Trial. ... Shamar Betts has been detained since June for a provocative flyer he posted on Facebook amid protests over the killing of George Floyd. Intercept

War Wasn’t a Campaign Issue. What Does That Mean for the Next Presidency? TruthOut

The Labour Antisemitism Report Has Always Been a Politically Motivated Travesty. ...When Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission announced it was investigating Labour’s treatment of its Jewish members, many of Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents claimed this as proof of his supposed antisemitism. But the inquiry is itself a political weapon — and as the Commission publishes its much-hyped, long-delayed report today, the attacks against the Left are only intensifying. Jacobin

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Weekend Read: Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right by Anne Nelson. Reveals a political trend that threatens both our form of government and our species.  Amazon

How a key Pentagon official turned China policy over to arms industry and Taiwan supporters. ... The “Fortress Taiwan” arms deal overseen by ex-Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver is one of the most provocative U.S. moves against China in years – and a big win for his think tank’s arms industry and Taiwanese patrons. Gray Zone

US evangelical group takes legal action against UK venues. ... Action comes after appearances by Franklin Graham were cancelled amid protests from LGBT rights campaigners. Guardian

NPR and the Corporate Criminal Element. CounterPunch

Policing the Pandemic: How the City of Albuquerque Criminalizes People Living on the Streets. CounterPunch


Clear Lake NWR Emblematic of How Livestock Degrades Public Wildlife. CounterPunch

Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For. ... The company’s operation in Michigan reveals how it’s dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws. Bloomberg.   Related: All bottled up - Nestles persuit of community water. Food and Water Watch report.pdf

Nestlé’s plan to pump 65 million gallons of Arkansas River water to Denver for bottling stirs contentious fight. ... The world’s largest food and beverage company wants a new 10-year permit to pump 200 gallons of groundwater a minute and truck it to Denver for bottling. Nestlé’s plan has drawn sharp criticism from Chaffee County locals. Colorado Sun

Revealed: the full extent of Trump's 'meat cleaver' assault on US wilderness. ... After four years of Trump, protected places such as national monuments and wildlife refuges have opened to oil drilling, new maps show – with more on the way. Guardian

How the West’s wildfires impact crops. ... Wine grape and cannabis growers try to assess the invisible damage of ash and smoke on their harvests. HCN

Amy Coney Barrett Is Doubling Down on Climate Denial. ... Democrats finally pressed Amy Coney Barrett to commit to recuse herself from oil company cases. In response, she is now refusing — and reiterating her absurd assertion that climate science is “controversial.” Jacobin

Groundbreaking study finds 13.3 quadrillion plastic fibers in California’s environment. ... Exclusive: report reveals far more microfibers than there are stars in the Milky Way – and they can easily enter oceans and waterways. Guardian

Airborne radioactivity increases downwind of fracking, study finds. ... Particles released by drilling could damage the health of nearby residents, say scientists. Guardian

Amy Coney Barrett refuses to tell Kamala Harris if she thinks climate change is happening. ... Supreme court nominee accuses Democratic senator of soliciting an opinion ‘on a very contentious matter of public debate’ Guardian

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'Eroding Transparency': New Airwars Report Details Deadly US Drone Strikes and Raids in Yemen Under Trump. ... Since Trump took office, U.S. actions in the country have killed "between 86 and 154 civilians, including at least 28 children and 13 women." CommonDreams

'One Word for This: Vandalism': Six Days Before Election, Trump Finalizes Plan for 'Catastrophic' Attack on Largest National Forest. ... "Destructive development in the country's largest national forest—such as extractive logging and expansive road building—will be catastrophic for generations to come," warned Greenpeace. CommonDreams

Jeff Bezos may be considering purchase of CNN, according to bankers. ... Rumours of the purchase stem from investment bankers discussing the potential sale. Independent

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Weekend Read: Hollow Resistance. Obama, Trump and the Politics of Appeasement - by Paul Street. ... radical historian Paul Street recounts the Democrats’ culpability in the rise of Trump and explains how his neofascist horrors took root during the Obama years, and will live on even if Joe Biden is victorious in November. CounterPunch

Calls Mount for Lindsey Graham to Resign Over Alleged Interference in GA Recount. TruthOut

The American government’s campaign to criminalize BLM. ... In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black people at the hands of police, activists around the country have mobilized in record numbers. Rather than address the systemic injustices these activists are highlighting, law enforcement and lawmakers have found new ways to criminalize their actions. TRN

Orwellian: Ardent Covidiots Vow NOBODY WILL TAKE ARE FREEDOM AWAY. ... The U.S. map is now blazingly, dizzyingly red: 11.6 million COVID cases, over 250,000 dead, with experts describing "aggressive, unrelenting, expanding broad community spread" and an expected "deterioration" that could see deaths nearly double this winter to about 440,000... CommonDreams

Why Red States Want to Seize Control of the Endangered Species Act. CounterPunch

Dear Joe Biden: are you kidding me? .... The president-elect has tapped a former DuPont consultant to join his Environmental Protection Agency transition board. Guardian

Joe Biden Should Take a Hard Look at What Obama Did in 2009 -- And Do Exactly the Opposite. .. The incoming Biden administration risks repeating the catastrophic policy failures of the past decade. Deficit cutting won’t help ordinary Americans struggling amid the crisis -- but direct relief and increased federal spending will. Jacobin

'Dire outlook': scientists say Florida reefs have lost nearly 98% of coral. ... While overall US coral reefs are in fair condition, along the coast of Florida as little as 2% of original coral cover remains. Guardian

Campus Reform Group Is Funneling Koch Money To Groom Right-Wing Reporters. ... Student supported by Campus Reform are often fast-tracked to jobs with conservative lawmakers, think tanks or media outlets. Sludge

Anti-Abortion protesters get special treatment from the police. ... Minneapolis, Louisville, Kenosha, Portland -- these cities, among others, have all seen police respond with violence to protests for racial justice this year. However, anti-abortion protesters almost never elicit a police response, even with their long history of violence at clinics. TRN

Tyson Foods Accused Of Betting Money On How Many Workers Would Contract COVID-19
The lawsuit is tied to an Iowa pork plant where more than 1,000 workers became sick and at least five died of the virus after being forced to report for work. HuffPost

Trump Is Escalating the Potential for US-Iran Conflict Before He Leaves Office. TruthOut

Why Biden Will Keep the U.S.-Imposed Cold War Rolling. CounterPunch

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NOVEMBER 19, 2020

New Mexico’s oil fields have a sinkhole problem. ... The hunt for industrial brine has opened massive and unexpected sinkholes, which is taking delicate work, and more than $54 million, to fill. HCN

There’s One Issue Joe Biden Has Refused to Follow the Science On. ... The president-elect says he'll to listen to scientists when it comes to the pandemic—unlike Donald Trump—but he hasn't done so when it comes to the most pressing crisis of our time. ScheerPost

The Last Thing the Economy Needs Is Joe Biden’s Austerity. ... Joe Biden represents something now rare in American politics: he's a dyed-in-the-wool true believer in austerity and deficit reduction. To climb out of our current economic hole, we'll need massive public investment and income support — but if current patterns hold, Biden will opt for austerity and half-measures instead.Jacobin

Trump Administration Finalizing Last-Minute Safety Net Cuts. ... Several changes to food and disability benefits are included among the dozens of regulations lined up. HuffPost

Will Biden Dismantle Trump’s Immigration Police State? As Biden confronts Trump’s immigration legacy, the long shadow of the Obama era creeps in. Intercept

How Livestock Impacts Ecosystems. CounterPunch

The New Elite: Dark Nights Rising. ... America's new self-replicating economic elite is conditioned from childhood to accept heirarchy, domination and authority. ScheerPost

DHS Plans to Start Collecting Eye Scans and DNA — With the Help of Defense Contractors. ... As the agency plans to collect more biometrics, including from U.S. citizens, Northrop Grumman is helping build the infrastructure. Intercept

Biden and the CIA. CounterPunch

'Hopefully Amy Coney Barrett Will Come Through': Trump Legal Adviser Admits Campaign Is Pining for Supreme Court Rescue. ... "The GOP is telling the nation, on cable television, that it installed its 6-3 Supreme Court majority in order to steal elections. Believe them." CommonDreams

Whatever Happened to Left Solidarity? CounterPunch

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NOVEMBER 18, 2020

Trump Administration Rushes to Auction Off Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Rights Before Biden Inauguration. ... The pristine reserve is home to the Gwich'in people, who call it "Iizhik Gwats'an Gwandaii Goodlit," or, "the sacred place where life begins." CommonDreams

The Three Greatest Dangers of Biden/Harris: Militarism, Corporatism and Censorship, All Fueled by Indifference. Greenwald

Drawing All the Wrong Lessons From Media’s Election 2020 Failures. FAIR

How Trump Sold Failure to 70 Million People. ... The president convinced many voters that his response to the pandemic was not a disaster. The psychology of medical fraud is simple, timeless, and tragic. The Atlantic

“Campus Reform” Is Funneling Koch Money to Groom Right-Wing “Journalists”. TruthOut

Democrats Can’t Blame the Left for Their Lackluster Election Results. ... The Democratic leadership went into this election with a strategy: stick to the center, avoid the Left, and promise bipartisanship. When the results proved disastrous, guess who they decided to blame: the Left. Jacobin

Biden’s Victory: a Eunuch Presidency Beckons. CounterPunch

"That's His Priority as the Pandemic Rages On": Ire as McConnell Moves to Further Pack Courts With Trump's Judicial Appointees. CommonDreams

Escalating the Demographic War: The Strategic Goal of Israeli Racism in Palestine. CounerPunch

Making Space for Palestine. ... Palestinians aren’t just kept in misery and degradation by the Israeli occupation — they’re also silenced, at home and abroad. Palestinian activists and their supporters are trying to change that. Jacobin

Infographic: A patchwork of lands fragments wildlife migration. ... New legislation helps connect private and public parcels for wildlife flow. HCN

Celebrate Today, Fight Tomorrow. ... It appears Joe Biden will defeat Donald Trump, which is a very good thing. Now, get ready to fight — because oligarchs will concede nothing in their class war. Jacobin (11/6/20)

"They Had One Job and They Blew It': Progressives Fire Back as Centrist Democrats in House Blame Left for Election Failures. CommonDreams

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NOVEMBER 17, 2020

Why Matthew Yglesias Left Vox. ... He is the latest high-profile writer to abandon traditional media. The Atlantic

Biden’s transition team is filled with war profiteers, Beltway chickenhawks and corporate consultants. ... A glance at the Biden-Harris agency review teams should provide a rude awakening to anyone who believed a Biden administration could be “pushed to the left”. Gray Zone

In the Mercenaries’ Own Words: Documents Detail TigerSwan Infiltration of Standing Rock
North Dakota’s private security regulator said a trove of company documents showed TigerSwan’s denials were “willfully false and misleading.” Intercept

The Extreme Center Is Waging War on the Left. ... In both Britain and the United States, a resurgent political center has declared war on the Left. But establishment politics and pro-corporate measures will only deepen the present crisis. Jacobin

Chris Hedges talks to the Rev Mel White about the Christian Right, "a homegrown fascist movement," which has been organizing to take political power for decades, and during the Trump administration seized senior positions. YouTube

Chris Hedges on the task ahead: Will Biden surrender to plutocrats and paralysis? ... Pulitzer-winning author: Biden and the Democrats will "just dig themselves deeper," fueling a fascist comeback Salon

When Centrists Lose, Corporate Media Love to Blame the Left. ... Mass media lost no time in helping the right wing of the Democratic Party blame its left wing for poor election results. ScheerPost

Farcical Coverage of Julian Assange’s Farcical Hearing. ... US corporate media have buried coverage of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing in the UK, despite its being the media “Trial of the Century” FAIR   Related: Assange Extradition And The War On Journalism. Popular Resistance

Now We Have to Fight Trump’s Tin-Pot Coup -- and Biden’s Worst Instincts. ... Republicans keep finding new ways to tell us that they don’t believe in democracy, and we should believe them. Intercept

Alito Attacks Marriage Equality, COVID Orders, and Reproductive Rights in Speech.... he justice’s words, delivered virtually as a keynote speech to the right-wing Federalist Society, made suspect warnings over encroachments on individual liberty in the United States. TruthOut

'Sleeping giant' Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists find. ... Exclusive: expedition discovers new source of greenhouse gas off East Siberian coast has been triggered. Guardian

Factory Farms Are Poisoning Rural Communities. Will Biden Take on This Crisis? ... Public health researchers say Biden must take action to protect the rural communities overrun by factory farms. TruthOut

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NOVEMBER 16, 2020

Republicans aren't conceding – and Democrats are bringing a knife to a gun fight. ... The Republicans’ bid to overturn the election is a full-scale emergency -- and yet the Democratic strategy seems to be to pretend it isn’t happening. Guardian

Chris Hedges on the task ahead: Will Biden surrender to plutocrats and paralysis? ... Pulitzer-winning author: Biden and the Democrats will "just dig themselves deeper," fueling a fascist comeback. Salon

Dennis Kucinich on the Real Reason the Blue Wave Never Materialized. ScheerPost

If Joe Biden Fails Then His Successor will be a Christian Fascist Who is Much More Dangerous Than Donald Trump. The Truth Report

F*#k the Trumpenleft and Obama Too. ... people on “the left” so sickened by the fake-progressive COP Dems as to become de facto supporters and in some cases even open backers of Obama’s fascistic and malignant-narcissist successor Donald J. Trump, “the most dangerous criminal in human history.”. CounterPunch

Firing a "Vindictive, Illegal Parting Shot," Trump's Interior Proposes Sabotage of Conservation Program. ... "The administration's proposal is unneeded, unwanted, and unacceptable." CommonDreams

Trump Destroyed Any Hope of Israeli-Palestinian Peace -- and Biden Can’t Rebuild It. ... U.S. foreign policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is unlikely to ever be the same. What comes next is an open question. Intercept

Trump Ousted. The Spirit of Insurgent Democracy Is Rising. ... The 2020 election was a contest between the centrist elements in the Democratic Party -- as embodied by President-elect Joe Biden and his reputed neoliberal policies -- and the resurgent fascist politics of an updated party of white supremacists and ultra-nationalists.
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When Centrists Lose, Corporate Media Blame the Left. ... Joe Biden hadn’t even been declared the victor of the 2020 election before establishment Democrats, in the face of poorer-than-expected results in House and Senate races, began pointing fingers at the left -- with corporate media giving them a major assist. FAIR

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WEEKEND READ: America: The Farewell Tour - by Chris Hedges. ... an unsettling examination of America in crisis is “an exceedingly…provocative book, certain to arouse controversy, but offering a point of view that needs to be heard” (Booklist), about how bitter hopelessness and malaise have resulted in a culture of sadism and hate. Thrift Books

Things May Get Worse Before They Get Better in the U.S. ... Whites make up around over 65 percent of the electorate of the US. Surveys show that 57 percent of white voters (56 percent women, 58 percent men) went for Trump, despite everything CounterPunch

Biden state media appointee advocated using propaganda against Americans and ‘rethinking’ First Amendment. GrayZone

On Contact: Hedges and Street on the Strength of Right-Wing Populism. ... Despite losing, Donald Trump has solidified support from an angry, disposed working class that cuts across racial lines. ScheerPost

Don’t Let Up: Fascism isn’t Dead Yet. CounterPunch

The US was lucky to get Trump – Biden may pave the way for a more competent autocrat. ... Only if the president-elect is willing to fight big money and redistribute wealth can he stop the rise of someone far worse than Trump. Guardian

Escalating the Demographic War: The Strategic Goal of Israeli Racism in Palestine. CounterPunch

Will the Biden Team Be Warmongers or Peacemakers? ... Our current litany of problems won’t be solved by the same people and mindsets that got us into these predicaments, but it's unlikely Joe Biden sees that. ScheerPost

COVID Needs Are Urgent, But Many Cities Are Prioritizing Police Funding Instead. TruthOut

Fur Trades and Pandemics: Coronavirus and Denmark’s Great Mink Massacre. CounterPunch

Biden and the Dems Should Have Buried Trumpism. But They Provided No Alternative. ... In last week’s election, the Democrats performed terribly, despite running during a period of unprecedented crisis against a uniquely unpopular president. Donald Trump’s four years of demagoguery and corporate giveaways should have been easy to run against -- but the Democratic Party is unwilling and unable to pose an alternative. Jacobin

The Blue Wave that Never Came. CounterPunch

“A Tremendous Jump for Progressive Forces”: Puerto Rico Election Signals End of Two-Party Dominance. DemocracyNow

The Good, Bad, and Extremely Ugly of the 2020 Election. ... Looking beyond Joe Biden’s unexpectedly modest victory, the 2020 election was a historic failure for the Democratic Party. On the other hand, despite some painful hitches coming out of this campaign season, the Left has reason to be hopeful. Jacobin

The War Inside the War in Vietnam. CounterPunch

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NOVEMBER 12, 2020


Heres' another TrumpTroop

Brace yourselves. The next Donald Trump could be much worse. ... If Biden governs as an establishment Democrat, it won’t be long before the US elects another, far more effective Donald Trump. Guardian

Assange Legal Team Submits Closing Argument Against Extradition. ... In submission to magistrates’ court in London, attorneys detail the “politically motivated” case the Trump administration pursued against the WikiLeaks founder. Popular Resistance

Maj. Danny Sjursen and Oliver Stone Discuss ‘Patriotic Dissent’ (Video) ... The author of "Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War" spoke with filmmaker and author Oliver Stone at the 14th annual Heyday Harvest. ScheerPost

Pentagon’s Top Policy Official Resigns Day After Defense Secretary Fired. ... James Anderson, acting undersecretary of defense for policy, submitted his resignation after reportedly clashing with the White House. HuffPost

An Omaha Stake in the Heart of Orange Satan? Early Reflections on the Election. CounterPunch

Killing Fields: the Seamy Side of Idaho’s Wildlife Agency. CounterPunch

The Leaders From My Afghan Tour Are on to Bigger, More Bankable Things. .... Unable to stomach 24/7 coverage of an election that barely broached America’s longest-war, I got to reminiscing about the colonels and generals from my 2011-12 Afghan adventure; wondering--like Garth Brooks--"What they’re doing now?" ScheerPost

Leveraging the Ruling Class’s Loss of Legitimacy. CounterPunch

Brazilian Organized Crime Has a Close Friend in Jair Bolsonaro. ... Brazil is governed by a president with well-documented links to Rio’s mafias. In order to understand Jair Bolsonaro’s rise, it is key to understand the link between his brutal law-and-order politics and the increasing stranglehold of organized crime over Rio. Jacobin

On Election Day, Follow the Money for Both Parties. ... In an oligarchic system, there are few better predictors of how a president will govern than where they got their money. Here’s who’s funded both the Biden and Trump campaigns. Jacobin

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NOVEMBER 11, 2020

Trump’s Cult of Personality Will be Badly Damaged by Defeat, But His Toxic Politics Marches On. CounterPunch/Cockburn

Why Trump won't concede. Popular Info.

'Astounding and Tyrannical': Mike Pompeo Denounced for Vowing Smooth Transition... for Trump's Second Term. ... "This is a war against America's democracy and against 75 million American voters." CommonDreams

From Police Violence at Home to Killing Civilians in Unending Wars Abroad, US Faces Human Rights Reckoning at UN. ... An ACLU leader urged the incoming administration to "take bold actions on day one to reverse President Trump's harmful policies." CommonDreams

99% of Green New Deal Co-Sponsors Won Their Races This Cycle: Analysis. ... "Saying progressive policies held Democrats back from expanding their House majority/taking the Senate just doesn't hold water with data available so far." CommonDreams

We were told Joe Biden was the 'safe choice'. But it was risky to offer so little. ... A great many people did not vote for Joe Biden, they voted against Trump. We have to recognise how narrow this win was. Guardian/Klein

Progressives Had Some Success In 2020, But They’re Getting Blamed For House Losses. Democrats will still control the House, but moderates are putting their progressive colleagues in the hot seat after a handful of centrists lost their races. HuffPost

Progressives Made Trump’s Defeat Possible. Now It’s Time to Challenge Biden and Other Corporate Democrats. CounterPunch

Facebook And Steve Bannon Hacked The Media. And They Won’t Stop. ... Unless we build something better. Mother Jones

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NOVEMBER 30, 2020

Starting December 1st, the format of the Informed Cynic will change slightly. The only difference will be the individual news items will be replaced with links to websites where those stories originated for you to read the items of interest.

Trump urged to pardon Julian Assange by his partner and mother of two children: ‘Please bring him home for Christmas’. ... Whistleblower held in UK custody since April 2019 Independent Related: Julian Assange ‘under lockdown’ in Belmarsh amid coronavirus outbreak. ... Prison Service confirms ‘further safety measures’ introduced after multiple cases detected. Independent   Related: Julian Assange would be sent to America's most notorious prison if extradited, court hears. ... WikiLeaks founder faces up to 175 years in prison if convicted in the US. Independent

Biden’s Claims About His Progressive Cabinet Picks Are Literally Unbelievable. ... Leftist politicians, pundits, and people reacted with indignation at the president-elect's comments about his selections. ScheerPost

Why Is Joe Biden Considering an Anti–Green New Dealer for Energy Secretary? ... With Donald Trump’s defeat, the planet dodged a giant meteor. Now, it needs protection from Joe Biden, whose energy secretary short list includes fracking fanboy and enemy of the Green New Deal, Ernest Moniz. Jacobin

The State You May Not Criticise. Craig Murray

(May 2020) New Documents From the Sham Prosecution of Gen. Michael Flynn Also Reveal Broad Corruption in the Russiagate Investigations. ... a comprehensive look at these grave abuses of power. Intercept

Online Anti-Vax Communities Have Become A Pipeline For QAnon Radicalization
The far-right conspiracy theory has been seeping into anti-vaccination pages all over social media. HuffPost

The Catholic Church Is Responding to Indigenous Protest With Exorcisms. TruthOut

Unmasking Biden’s Imperialist War Cabinet. ... Maj. Danny Sjursen guest stars on the Nicky Rew Podcast to talk about President-elect Joe Biden squad of urbane imperialists and “diverse” death-dealers. ScheerPost

Biden, The Emcee At The Billionaires’ Ball. ...
The Lords of Capital use periods of crisis to devour the less-rich and reshape the political economy to their further advantage, so that the Joe Bidens of the world jump higher and come quicker when summoned. Popular Resistance

'Alexa, are you invading my privacy?' – the dark side of our voice assistants. ... There are more than 100m Alexa-enabled devices in our homes. But are they fun time-savers or the beginning of an Orwellian nightmare Guardian

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Starting December 1st, the format of the Informed Cynic will change slightly. The only difference will be the individual news items in the left column will be replaced with links to websites where those stories originated. More on this later.

'No end in sight': hunger surges in America amid a spiraling pandemic. ... Unprecedented demand for food aid is on the rise as states across the country contemplate new lockdown. Guardian

Rep. Van Taylor Is Against Bailouts for Everyone But His Own Industry. ... Texas Rep. Van Taylor has voted against aid for renters and student debtors. Yet the real estate mogul is now using his office to pressure the government into giving his commercial real estate industry a bailout. Jacobin

Supreme Court Blocks New York COVID-19 Restrictions On Religious Gatherings. ... It was the first major decision since Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the nation’s highest court. HuffPost

How do we avoid future authoritarians? Winning back the working class is key. ... A segment of working-class people in our country still believes Donald Trump defends their interests. We must win them over. Guardian

Biggest trade deal in history excludes United States. ... Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Beijing-based journalist Ian Goodrum about the recent signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in Asia. Gray Zone

Demanding Silicon Valley Suppress “Hyper-Partisan Sites” in Favor of “Mainstream News” (The NYT) is a Fraud. ... The corporate news organizations masquerading as reliable and non-partisan are, in fact, as hyper-partisan as any sites on the internet, and spread as much misinformation. SubStack/Greenwald

How the UK Became a Chumocracy. CounterPunch

Kshama Sawant: Democrats and the Right Are Attacking Me -- And Left Movements Everywhere. ... For Seattle’s ruling class, having even one socialist, Kshama Sawant, on city council is far too many. Which is why, Sawant writes in Jacobin, since she first won office in 2013, the attacks from Democrats, the Right, and corporate juggernauts like Amazon haven’t stopped. Jacobin

Keep Calm and Just Die. ... The government in England has ordered schools not to use resources and materials from organizations that have expressed any desire to end capitalism. CounterPunch

Unleash a Desert River and Its Wisdom. ... The Rio Grande, like many Western rivers, is experiencing a collision of crises threatening its future, the future of the aquatic and riparian ecosystems it supports, and the communities and cultures that are at its heart. CounterPunch

What President Biden Won’t Touch: Foreign Policy, Sacred Cows, and the U.S. Military. CounterPunch

Comcast Got $1 Billion in Public Subsidies. Now Its Charging the Public New Data Fees. ... Comcast received $1 billion in government subsidies. But it's still imposing new data fees on customers reliant on the internet due to COVID. Thanks to a massive lobbying effort and ties to Joe Biden, the telecom giant might very well get away with it. Jacobin

Biden’s Defense Pick Flournoy Is Part of the Military-Industrial Revolving Door. TruthOut

As Biden Taps Blinken as Secretary of State, Critics Denounce Support for Invasions of Iraq and Libya

No Victory Dance: Eight Reasons. CounterPunch

Meet the Censored: Andre Damon. ... Increased content moderation has been sold as a tool to control the far right, but the World Socialist Web Site was among the first to sound the alarm. SubStack/Taibb

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NOVEMBER 26, 2020

Surprise! The US Is Getting Another Psycho Secretary Of State. Popular Resistance

Edward Snowden on the Dangers of Silicon Valley Censorship - System Update with Glenn Greenwald. YouTube

Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Revealed the Extreme Fragility of American Democracy. TruthOut

New Poll: Majority of Americans Want the Senate to Reject Biden’s Corporate Nominees. ... An astounding 68 percent of Americans say they want lawmakers to reject corporate executives and lobbyists if they are nominated for Joe Biden's cabinet posts, according to a new survey. Jacobin/Sirota

Latinx Voting Surge Boosted Biden’s Victory -- but That’s Not the Story Corporate Media Want to Tell. FAIR

Framing Climate Change as a “National Security Priority” Isn’t A Clever Maneuver To Get People To Car. ... It’s a Centrist Co-option Strategy to Bloat the Budgets of ICE and the Pentagon. Popular Resistance

Disdain and Disbelief After Biden Claims 'Significant' Progressive Presence in Administration. ... Leftist politicians, pundits, and people also reacted with indignation after a Daily Beast article claimed progressives are satisfied with Biden's selections so far. CommonDreams

Corporations Aren’t Sharing the Sacrifices With Workers During the Pandemic. ... America's biggest corporations have made record profits during the COVID-19 pandemic — while denying or clawing back their workers’ hazard pay. Jacobin

Stock Market Soars and Billionaire Wealth Swells by $1 Trillion as Food Lines Stretch 'As Far As the Eye Can See'. ... "During the pandemic that has taken everything from millions, U.S. billionaires have now collectively gained over $1 trillion." CommonDreams

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NOVEMBER 25, 2020

America and Britain are the Big Losers on the World Stage. CounterPunch

The greed epidemic. Popular Info.


Joe Biden’s New National Security Picks Are Very Troubling. ... Joe Biden’s first national security hires have been consulting for defense contractors or working for industry-funded think tanks. The picks are of a piece with Biden’s entire career of backing US imperialism rather than bucking it. Jacobin

As Biden Taps Blinken as Secretary of State, Critics Denounce Support for Invasions of Iraq and Libya. ... "In the U.S., there is no accountability for supporting the worst foreign policy disaster in modern history. Only rewards." CommonDreams

Joe Biden Is Filling His Cabinet With Pro-War Hawks. ... If you were hoping for a change of heart from Joe Biden after a decades-long career as a hawk, we've got bad news: his incoming team helped shape some of the most militaristic policies of the Obama administration. Jacobin

Should Michèle Flournoy be Secretary of Defense? CounterPunch

Peace Groups Blast Biden's DNI Pick Over Links to Drones, Torture, and Mass Surveillance. ... CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies recently noted that Avril Haines "provided legal cover" for CIA torture and "worked closely" on the Obama administration's expanded drone policy. CommonDreams

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Pro-Israel Oath, Now Mandatory in Many States in United Estate Of America — So She Lost Her Job. Gag Rule

Unprecedented donations poured into 2020 state and federal races. Open Secrets

Revealed: Trump officials rush to mine desert haven native tribes consider holy Guardian

Puerto Rico Debt Vultures Give Big to Candidates to Influence Fiscal Board Picks. ... he vulture funds profiting off of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, and the law firms that represent them, are donating to the political campaigns of the presidential candidates and key players in Congress who are involved in the selection of the members of the oversight board. TruthOut

‘Catastrophic death’ coming with staff, PPE, and hospital capacity shortages in US, warns top nurses union. ... “We need to act now. We need to act fast, because nurses can see the catastrophic death on the horizon,” president of National Nurses United says. Independent

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NOVEMBER 24, 2020

Florida introducing new laws allowing citizens to shoot ‘looters and rioters’. ... 'It allows for vigilantes to justify their actions'. Independent

‘Media Sources in the Democratic Party Tend to Be More Right-Wing’ ... CounterSpin interview with Julie Hollar on post-election media. FAIR

Chris Hedges: The Ruling Elite’s War on Truth. ... American political leaders display a widening disconnect from reality intended to mask their complicity in the seizure of power by global corporations and billionaires. ScheerPost

(Seems like the jackass enjoys it too much
- The Cynic)

Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, What If They Called an Election and Nothing Changed in the War State? Tom Dispatch

Trump’s Massive, Lawless, and Immoral Legacy to Our Country Will Continue Unless … CounterPunch/Nader

Australian War Crimes in Afghanistan Are the Product of an Endless War for Profit. ... Last week, the Brereton Report documented terrible atrocities committed by Australian forces in Afghanistan. The political establishment has feigned shock at the revelations, but complicity in these crimes goes all the way to the top.
Jacobin  Related: Dissenter Weekly: Despite War Crimes Investigation, Australian Military Whistleblower Still Faces Prosecution. ShadowProof

More national forest logging expected from last-minute environmental rule change. ... he Trump administration has finalized a rule change that aims to open up vast stretches of national forests to increased logging in Oregon, Washington and beyond. OPB

Crying Wolf on Election Fraud Is OK at NYT—if Targets Are Official Enemies. FAIR

'Iran in the Crosshairs?' Reports of Secret Meeting Between Netanyahu, MbS, and Pompeo Spark Fears of War Plot. ... "It is extremely alarming that the warmongers most reliant on Trump's blank checks are secretly meeting in the middle of the night as the clock nearly runs out on the Trump administration." CommonDreams

Future of American Democracy: On Inequality, Polarization and Violence. CounterPunch

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NOVEMBER 23, 2020

The Class War at Walmart. ... CEOs at companies like Walmart and McDonald's continue to pull down multimillion-dollar salaries while their workers' wages stagnate. And the whole system is underwritten by what amounts to a massive public subsidy. Jacobin

(Let Richard Wolff expain the above article from Jacobin) - Economic Update: No Matter Who Wins. Richard Wolff Video

‘Suffocating closeness’: US judge condemns ‘appalling conditions’ on industrial farms. ... Pork giant Smithfield has settled with North Carolina residents who sued over stench, flies and truck traffic from Kinlaw Farms . Guardian

Trump Is Rushing Through His Biggest, Most Dangerous Arms Deal. Congress Could Stop It. Well-informed observers told HuffPost they’re increasingly confident a combination of progressives and hawks will send a big signal about changing U.S. foreign policy. HuffPost

Capitalism’s Worst Nightmare. what major social changes will flow from today’s combination of major economic crash and the viral pandemic (capitalism’s worst nightmare). Popular Resistance

VIDEO: Top Biden advisors Flournoy and Blinken promise smarter, more secretive permanent war policy. ... Biden’s likely pick for Secretary of Defense, Michele Flournoy, and his top foreign policy advisor, Tony Blinken, have played central roles in every war waged by Democratic presidents dating back to the Clinton era. Gray Zone   Related: How Joe Biden Plans to Make The American Empire Great Again. ... Behind his rhetoric, Joe Biden will seek nothing less than global supremacy, escalating a new and even more dangerous arms race that risks the destruction of humanity, what he calls “decency” and “normalcy.” MPN

Wall Street Ally Next In Line to Lead Committee Overseeing Derivatives. ... Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) has been a reliable cosponsor for Republican bills to deregulate derivatives markets. Sludge

The Real v. the Liberal Fantasy Obama Presidency: Two Excerpts from Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump, and the Politics of Appeasement. CounterPunch

Trump appointed judges in Florida overturn ban on conversion therapy for minors. ... The judges ruled that the practice violates the First Amendment. Independent

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