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Selections from the March 1, 2018 issue

COVER/Robert Borosage
Can Democrats catch a wave in 2018?

Know your enemies


Black History Month: Why it still matters

RURAL ROUTES/Margot McMillen
Take some time off from social media

Trump gives $1.5T to rich, takes $1.7T from poor;
White House proposes to cut finance watchdog, limit its enforcement powers;
Steep cuts proposed for EPA;
Trump shortchanges infrastructure plan;
Trump proposes to sell off airports, power providers, other assets;
Trump can’t turn on lights in Puerto Rico, but coal barons problem is ‘emergency’;
Sessions praises ‘Anglo-American law enforcement’;
Trump's controversial pick to run Census withdraws;
Fed agency yanks press credentials of journo who won't censor story;
Net neutrality supporters press for congressional review;
GOP tries to rein in courts ...

Times are changing

Colleges are screwing both teachers and students

Free trade should benefit the people, not corporations

Year one: Eclipsing Andrew Johnson

President Trump’s made in the USA report card

HEALTH CARE/Joan Retsinas
States: Laboratories of penury

Get shots first, ask questions later

Cloning monkeys: Are humans next?

The new gilded age

False alarms and nuclear realism

Going nuclear — again

BOOK REVIEW/Heather Seggel
Notes from the photocopier, resistance in the days before the internet

Great imposters: Reagan and Trump

GOP is wrecking your retirement savings

Johnny Cash remains a hero

SATIRE/Rosie Sorenson
Reward: To anyone who can help Matt Lauer find his soul

MOVIES/Ed Rampell
The best of all philosophical operettas

and more ...

The next issue of The Progressive Populist will be published March 3

Plus, web specials:

What's the Matter With Texas? Jim Cullen writes that a populist agenda is needed to recover the economy.

For those who wish Democrats would finally issue a resounding indictment of corporatists, see Franklin D. Roosevelt's acceptance of his renomination by the Democratic Convention in 1936.

See our health reform resource page

Progressive Populist columnists:

Dean Baker
Margie Burns
Joe Conason
Amy Goodman
Jim Hightower
• Jesse Jackson
Hank Kalet
Gene Lyons
Ralph Nader
John Nichols
Greg Palast
Ted Rall
Norman Solomon
This Modern World
Mark Weisbrot
Dave Zweifel

Alternative News Sites

See these web sites with breaking news and commentary from progressive writers and publications around the world:

Brave New Films creates and hosts political videos on the web.
Buzzflash, the left's answer to Matt Drudge
Common Dreams News Center, with selected articles from newspapers and periodicals. See also the concise list of national and international news services, newspapers and periodicals.
In These Times, updates from the monthly magazine., daily updates from the bimonthly muckraker.
The Nation, liberal weekly has daily updates., the blog for Campaign for America's Future, which bills itself as the "strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be."
• And you never know what will turn up on

More on our features:

Featured in the Essays section are collections of articles and resources on Health Care, Social Security and Voting Security, among other topics. Also see our collection of resources on 9/11 and the aftermath of terror attacks on the United States.

We mainly cover current events, but in an effort to provide historic background, our Populist Reader offers texts such as the Preamble to the People's Party Platform, which formed the rhetorical underpinning for the Populist movement, the People's Party Platform of 1896, which represented the Populist demands at the peak of the agrarian/labor revolt, and more. And Mark Twain's "War Prayer," written in response to the Spanish-American War, is as relevant as ever.

Also featured in the Essays section is "Democratic Money: A Populist Perspective", with Lawrence Goodwyn, William Greider and Tom Schlesinger of the Southern Finance Project discussing the Populism of the 1890s and how those historical lessons relate to the prospects for financial reform today.

Also see reminiscences by two former Alabama journalists about the late George Wallace, the former Alabama governor who transformed American politics with his combination of racism and populism. Claude Duncan remembers the good George Wallace in "George Wallace Joins the Ghost Brigade", while Peggy Roberson reminds us of the bad George Wallace in "Remembering George Wallace"

We also offer Eugene J. McCarthy's remarks on his career in politics on the event of his 80th birthday, as well as his remembrances of Chicago as the Democrats returned to the scene of the crime in 1996 after 28 years. See James McCarty Yeager's remembrance of McCarthy, some notes on McCarthy by Sam Smith and a short film on McCarthy, "Sorry I was Right," at Free Speech TV. Also see a website devoted to McCarthy's legacy.

Another feature that we hope you will check out is Dan Yurman's Samizdat: Militia News from Idaho; Blood Oaths and Fish Stories Swim in Political Waters. This collects a series of dispatches, analysis and commentary by Yurman on militias, wise-use and white-supremacist movements in Idaho and the Rocky Mountain states. Please tell us what you think.


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to keep you from getting your work done:

Eric Alterman's Altercation
The American Prospect
Walter Brasch is a social issues journalist from Pennsylvania.
Center for American Progress
Juan Cole's Informed Comment on Middle East politics, history and religion.
Common Dreams
Crooks and Liars
Daily Kos (Democratic politics)
Democratic Strategist journal of public opinion and political strategy by William Galston, Stan Greenberg and Ruy Teixeira.
Digby's Hullabaloo.
Eschaton by Atrios (politics)
Media Matters for America
Mother Jones blog by Kevin Drum
Charles P. Pierce's Politics blog at Esquire.
Progressive Review Undernews
Political Wire by Taegon Goddard
Raw Story
Romenesko's Media News (journalism scuttlebutt)
Greg Sargent's Plum Line at
Talking Points Memo by Josh Marshall
Talk Left, the politics of crime.
This Modern World, by Tom Tomorrow
Campaign for America's Future, progressive insights
Washington Monthly Political Animal
Washington Spectator with Lou Dubose
Wonkblog at

For international news which the US media such as the Chicago Tredibune, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post might not see fit to print:

From Canada
Globe and Mail of Toronto, for Canadian news and perspectives on its southern neighbor.
Toronto Star, a liberal Canadian newspaper.

From Britain
The Guardian, a liberal newspaper in London (formerly the Manchester Guardian). See also its US-oriented website, Guardian America.
The Independent, a liberal newspaper in London
Daily Mirror, liberal tabloid in London.
New Statesman, British Socialist weekly.
• BBC World News

From Elsewhere:
Al Ahram, English-language weekly based in Cairo, for Arab perspective on Mid-East
Dawn, of Karachi, centrist English-language Pakistan daily.
The Frontier Post of Peshawar, Pakistan, for news from the front lines of the war on terrorism in Afghanistan.
Haaretz, Israeli liberal daily with English language edition
International Herald Tribune, Paris-based daily operated by the New York Times.
Le Monde Diplomatique, English language monthly digest of the French daily newspaper.
Mail and Guardian, daily web edition of South African liberal weekly.
Mexico City News, the English language daily in our neighbor to the south.
South China Morning Post, independent Hong Kong and Pacific news (registration required).
Spiegel, English version of
German newsweekly.
Sydney Morning Herald, for news from Down Under.
Watching America, links to articles in foreign press about the USA, with translations of articles originally written for foreigners about the US. Updated daily.
World Press Review, a monthly magazine with analyses and English translations of articles in the international press, as well as an excellent directory of publications by nation, with ideological leanings.


They say a picture is worth a thousand words; well, here are some good cartoon sites:

Jules Feiffer

Jeff Danziger

Mark Fiore

Forever Dada, an animated political cartoon created by California artists Louis Dunn & Steve Campbell.

This Modern World, by Tom Tomorrow. (And he has a pretty good links page.)

Ted Rall, our cartoonist/columnist.

Tom the Dancing Bug, by Ruben Bolling

Matt Wuerker

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