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The Big American Bribery Scandal Isn’t Felicity Huffman’s $15,000

The Big American Bribery Scandal Isn’t Felicity Huffman’s $15,000The American media world—both social media and “news” media—is afire with the news that actor Felicity Huffman is going to jail for spending $15,000 to bribe her daughter’s way into college. But a much bigger bribery scandal is played out every day in America with nary a peep from the media. It’s the way billionaires and big corporations buy not just college admissions but tax cuts, deregulation, and hundreds of billions in government subsidies paid for with our taxes. Just prior to the 2016 presidential election, the Progressive Change Institute commissioned a nationwide poll conducted by the highly respected firm GBA Strategies. The result showed clearly just how deep and extensive the bribery problem in America is. When asked whether the U.S. government should negotiate prescription drug prices, 79 percent of Americans agreed and only 12 percent opposed. But because big pharma…

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Joe Biden Is Lying Through His Teeth About Iraq

Joe Biden Is Lying Through His Teeth About IraqJoe Biden’s recent efforts to deny his record of support for invading Iraq are marvels of evasion, with falsehoods that have been refuted by one well-documented appraisal after another after another. This month, Biden claimed that his vote for war on the Senate floor was somehow not a vote for war. Ironically, while he was spinning anew to deny the undeniable, theaters nationwide began screening a movie that exposes the deceptive approach to the Iraq war that Biden exemplifies. Historically factual, “Official Secrets” is concerned with truth — and the human consequences of evading or telling it. Katharine Gun, portrayed by actress Keira Knightley, was a worker at the British intelligence agency GCHQ. Risking years in prison, she did everything she could to prevent the Iraq war, and took responsibility for doing so. Biden did everything he could to enable the Iraq war, and — still — takes no…

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Where’s George Carlin When We Need Him?

Where’s George Carlin When We Need Him?In the old George Carlin joke, the TV sportscaster announces: “Here’s a partial score from the West Coast – Los Angeles 6.” For a brilliant comedian like Carlin—who skewered corporate power, class structure and political/media propaganda—that’s one of his more innocuous jokes. But it’s sharply relevant today as corporate TV news outlets serve up a series of partial scores. Call it “propaganda by omission.” Take the coverage that followed Thursday’s Democratic debate. Bernie Sanders didn’t object in the debate when Joe Biden hung a price tag on Sanders’ “Medicare for All” plan of $30 trillion (over 10 years). Sanders responded by offering the other score: “That’s right, Joe. Status quo over 10 years will be $50 trillion. Every study done shows that Medicare for All is the most cost-effective approach to providing healthcare to every man, woman, and child in this country.” The $50 trillion figure for continuing the status…

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The Atlantic Politics Daily: Judge Report

The Atlantic Politics Daily: Judge ReportWe’re trying something new with The Atlantic’s signature politics newsletter. Comments or questions? Send us an email anytime. Were you forwarded this email? Sign yourself up here. We appreciate your continued support for our journalism. Today in PoliticsSupreme Court Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh watching President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union. (Doug Mills / The New York Times via AP)Ordering the CourtPresident Donald Trump’s two picks (so far) for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, have spurred combative confirmation fights and intense media attention. But while the high court gets the final legal word, it sits atop a federal judiciary that comprises many powerful courts.Trump’s early-morning tweets consume cable-news cycles; but that he’s been successfully filling the federal judiciary with hand-picked judges, in his not-yet three years in the White House, does not.He’s already appointed one-fourth of all federal circuit…

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Corey Lewandowski, House Democrats Clash During Wild Trump Impeachment Prelude Hearing

Corey Lewandowski, House Democrats Clash During Wild Trump Impeachment Prelude HearingFormer Trump campaign director Corey Lewandowski appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to answer questions about alleged obstruction of justice, collusion with Russia, and other unethical activity. But a defiant Lewandowski ran circles around frustrated Democrats, and the proceedings were largely a disaster for those who believe President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign should be held accountable for wrongdoing. This was obvious even to congressional Democrats. Hank Johnson (D–Ga.) said at the hearing that questioning Lewandowski was like “a fish being cleaned by a spoon,” which is not the go-to utensil for cleaning a fish, one gathers. From CNN: Democrats were left with a conundrum: how to use televised hearings to tease out damning passages of the Mueller report when Trump and his gang are determined to turn them into a circus. Their broader strategy of using their House majority…

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Justin Trudeau Apologizes for Brownface Photo

Justin Trudeau Apologizes for Brownface PhotoJustin Trudeau issued an apology after a photo of him in brownface at a 2001 costume party surfaced Wednesday. The Canadian prime minister is currently campaigning for re-election, and this scandal could damage both his chances of winning and his reputation as a woke progressive. The photo depicts a 29-year-old Trudeau dressed as Aladdin at an “Arabian Nights” costume party hosted by the private school where he worked as a teacher. As part of the costume, Trudeau darkened his skin. Exclusive: Justin Trudeau wore brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ party while he taught at a private school, Canada’s Liberal Party admits — TIME (@TIME) September 18, 2019 “This is something I shouldn’t have done many years ago,” said Trudeau, according to The New York Times. “It was something that I didn’t think was racist at the time, but now I recognize it was something racist…

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