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Bannon Strikes Back (Dan)
Ousted Trump advisor Steve Bannon is rallying a bunch of primary challengers – to unseat Republicans. Bannon feels that GOP officeholders unwilling to work towards Trump’s agenda should be out. To quote a former President, “If you’re not with us, you’re against us.”
Trump’s ‘Punk Rock’ Politics (Reader Steve)
How does the Trump machine function so well? By cultivating outrage amongst the crowd. This, the author writes, is “21st-century demagoguery.”
How Protests Became Violent (Dan)
Ever notice how protests have recently turned, well, violent? A lot of blame can be assigned to worsening divisions in the country. Yet here is another previously unreported: exploited gun loopholes.
America’s Bus System is Broken (Jimmy)
Listen to this seven-minute opinion on why public bus transportation in the US is failing, hurting the poor and minorities hardest.
Why the Saudis Want Al Jazeera Gone (Dan)
This short video explains the current Gulf conflict in a nutshell.