Trump and the Transformation of Politics

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John Feffer

The history of political parties is rather boring. Not much has changed since the French Revolution, which produced the the terms “Left” and “Right” to reflect where people sat in the National Assembly. The early 20th century saw the rise of Communist parties on the far left. Shortly later, fascist parties began to emerge on the far right.

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Why Did Clinton Just Tap a Pro-TPP, Pro-KXL, Pro-Fracking Politician to Head Her Transition Team?

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Hillary Clinton has announced former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as the head of her transition team. Salazar is a former U.S. senator from Colorado who now works at WilmerHale, one of the most influential lobbying firms in Washington. Some groups have criticized Salazar’s selection due to his vocal support of fracking, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Keystone XL pipeline. In addition to Ken Salazar, other leaders of the transition team include former Obama National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Maggie Williams, the director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics. For more, we speak with David Sirota, senior editor for investigations at the International Business Times.

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Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Arpaio, Andrew Thomas: Targeting the Mexicans for political gain

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Rolling Stone magazine has a must-read article about Sheriff Joe Arpaio. A small excerpt of his demonstration of his infamous “Tent City” is below: Flanked by Arpaio’s two large body men, we pass through a series of jail yards, first for the women (where one of Arpaio’s deputies warns me, “Remember that you’re a married man – heh heh”), then for the male prisoners, who idle torpidly in the shade. Inside Arpaio’s jails, according to the federal lawsuit, guards refer to Latino inmates as “wetbacks,” “Mexican bitches,” “stupid Mexicans” and “fucking Mexicans.” Female prisoners, the suit claims, were forced to […]

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Was SB1070 racially motivated by Russell Pearce?

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona acquired thousands of Pearce e-mails through a public-records request and included dozens of them in a legal motion to block a portion of the law. The e-mails from Pearce in the court documents include statements such as: “Can we maintain our social fabric as a nation with Spanish fighting English for dominance? … It’s like importing leper colonies and hope we don’t catch leprosy. It’s like importing thousands of Islamic jihadists and hope they adapt to the American Dream.” They also include unsupported statistics such as “9,000 people killed every year by illegal […]

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Jan Brewer, mother of kidnapping rapist, wants to interfere with loving couple’s lives

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The Arizona governor, the same who has a son kept away from society for kidnapping and raping a woman, wants to tell others how to live their love life? Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) has requested that the Supreme Court overturn a ruling that allows state employees to keep their same-sex partners on their benefits, including health insurance. Brewer filed a petition for a writ of certiorari on July 2, requesting that the high court overturn the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s September 2011 ruling in Diaz vs. Brewer. The pushback comes three months after the Ninth Circuit denied a request by Arizona state lawyers […]

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