It Takes a Ruling-Class Village to Staff the White House

A recurrent theme in major speeches given last month at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia held that Democrats like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton look to “we the people” instead of rich, powerful and purportedly great individuals like Donald Trump to guide the United States. Repeating a prominent refrain in Obama’s 2008 campaign, top Democrats said the operative words for Americans aren’t “I” and “me” but rather “we” and “us,” as in “si se puede” (“yes we can”)—a chant repeated during Tim Kaine’s and Obama’s speeches.

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If You Want to Celebrate a “Landslide” Clinton Victory, Don’t Call Me

I got a call from a friend in Washington who knows more about political polling than anyone in America. He was almost breathless with excitement.“It’s gonna be a landslide,” he said.“In which direction?” I joked.“Hillary’s going to win in places we haven’t won in years – Georgia, Nevada, Arizona. She’ll take the entire West, the whole East Coast. Trump is sinking like a stone.”“So do we get the Senate back?”“You bet.”“Sixty votes?”“No, but a nice majority.”“And the House?”

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Austerity-Mad Red States Received More Federal Aid

Governments of Republican-leaning states are seemingly always banging the drum of austerity: decreasing corporate taxes, slashing spending, and cutting programs. But red states’ ideology and their preferences at the voting booth are not reflected in their state budgets, as a new study found that those locales are the greatest beneficiaries of federal money.

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How ISDS Is a Playground for the Ultra-Wealthy, Corrupt, and Criminal

New reporting this week further exposes how Investor State Dispute Settlement, or ISDS—a legal system enshrined in thousands of global treaties, including the pending Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)—empowers corporations and rich investors at the expense of citizens and democracy.

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Ireland’s Outrage Over EU’s Apple Ruling Reveals Fraudulent Global Tax System

Progressives worldwide are celebrating a whopping $14 billion tax bill slapped on Apple, Inc., by the EU for the multinational’s evasive tax practices in Ireland—so why is the Irish government up in arms about the windfall?

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