Reading Time: 3 minutes President Donald Trump demonized dissenting footballers as traitors, revealing a widely held American conviction: patriotism precludes protest, and its symbols are more sacred than its ideals — equal protection under the law, regardless of race, gender and status.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Russ Baker recently spoke to RT news about the Trump administration’s efforts to renew a controversial section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a law that has resulted in excessive privacy violations against American citizens.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The Equifax breach that compromised the personal information of more than 143 million Americans drove home the growing threat of cyberattacks. But attacks on this scale may soon become common if federal regulations and security practice reforms are not speedily put in place.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Sixteen Democrats co-sponsored Bernie Sanders’s ambitious Medicare-for-all bill on Wednesday, signaling a potential shift in the party’s willingness to try and enact a fully federally funded health care system to replace Obamacare. But can they devise a viable way to finance it?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Hurricane Harvey was supposed to be a 500-year event. Instead, it became the third and most destructive in three years. Whether Americans can outlast more catastrophic disasters will depend on the GOP’s willingness to acknowledge and combat the threat of climate change.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The Pullman Strike of 1894 not only gave the US a national holiday, it also legitimized unionism, and defined the modern labor movement — one centered around mass activism and progressive ideals.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Monday’s Great American Eclipse captivated the nation. But it left no time to celebrate the anniversary of one of the US’s most important space missions. Four decades ago, a pair of space probes, dubbed Voyager 1 and 2, set out on an epic expedition into the cosmos and gave humanity the first up-close images of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The events in Charlottesville, VA, brought renewed attention to the debate over removing Confederate Civil War monuments. Are these monuments simply reminders of lives lost during a tragic and bloody conflict or symbols of white supremacy?
Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s been almost 10 years since US citizens learned that their government was engaging in torture. Why does the media continue to sugarcoat this state-sanctioned crime by calling it “enhanced interrogation?”
Reading Time: < 1 minute Rare-earth elements are essential to current and emerging technologies and one country controls their supply.