The Progressive POPULIST

A Twice-Monthly Journal from the Heartland
November 15, 2015 -- Volume 21, Number 20


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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COVER/Heather Digby Parton p. 1
Chaos theory of Donald Trump

EDITORIAL p. 2
Boehner does his job; Expand Social Security
JIM HIGHTOWER p. 3
My pick for the next US House speaker; Big political donors buying elections and public policies; Should one beer behemoth control 70% of the US market?; Explaining congressional morality; Battling the forces of inequality in Grand Rapids.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR p. 4
DON ROLLINS p. 4
Liberals can’t afford to forget 2014
RURAL ROUTES/Margot McMillen p. 5
Farmers need to hold onto their topsoil

DISPATCHES p. 5
Budget deal releases Social Security hostages;
Jeb sees Rubio as threat;
Probe clears IRS in Tea Party reviews;
House votes to reopen Export-Import Bank;
Notorious pill profiteer undercut;
Not just Trump: Latinos down on Bush, Rubio, Cruz, too;
Trump is selective in journos that cover him;
Obama tops Brownback in Kansas popularity
Texas cuts Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood ...

FROMA HARROP p. 6
Democrats have become the party of normal
TODD SHALLAT and SCOTT LOWE p. 6
A century of concrete
JILL RICHARDSON p. 6
When your teacher asks if you want fries
GENE LYONS p. 7
Syria: Who are we fighting, and why?
ROBERT SCHEER p. 7
Bernie blew it
EMILY SCHWARTZ GRECO p. 7
The Great Pumpkin shortage is coming
AMANDA MARCOTTE p. 8
Trump isn’t a phase—R’s think he’s their best shot
KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL p. 9
2 states, 2 competing visions for voting rights
SEAN ILLING p. 9
GOP Benghazi hearing: why US hates Congress
MARC M. DION p. 9
Let’s all be soldiers, even the children
LEO W. GERARD p. 10
TPP: foie gras for corporations; rats for workers
MANUEL PEREZ-ROCHA p. 10
Obama’s unholy trade policy
WILL DURST p. 10
TP’ing the Trans-Pacific Partnership
MARY SANCHEZ p. 11
Horrors! There are Muslims among us!
DEAN BAKER p. 11
Dems get a gift from the Fed
JOHN YOUNG p. 11
That voodoo that GOP does so well

DAVID DAYEN p. 12
Sanders is right: We must discuss Obamacare
JASON STANFORD p. 12
Meet GOP’s newest conspiracy, ‘Rangerghazi’

ROBERT BOROSAGE p. 13
Sanders and Clinton: how change comes
ANNIE LEONARD p. 13
Taking out the trash burners
JESSE JACKSON p. 14
Separate and impoverished
BOB CESCA p. 14
Benghazi is a Fox News farce
BILL SCHER p. 14
Trudeau did what FDR couldn’t: win with Keynes
HEALTH CARE/Joan Retsinas p. 15
Inequality in the age of affluence

SAM URETSKY p. 15
Star Trek didn’t rely on a congressional vote

ROBERT REICH p. 15
Morality of a $15 minimum wage
WAYNE O’LEARY p. 16
The Fed’s great flattening

JOHN BUELL p. 16
Campaign finance and the future of democracy

JUAN COLE p. 17
Yes, W responsible for US vulnerability on 9/11
JOHN KIRIAKOU p. 17
What Clinton got wrong about Snowden
JOE CONASON p. 18
Republicans snarled, Hillary smiled.
TINA DUPUY p. 18
Liberals, it’s OK to like Bernie Sanders
BOB BURNETT p. 18
The end of the Republican Party
PUBLIC INTEREST/Ralph Nader p. 19
Dem debates: underway, underwhelming
TED RALL p. 19
Unique gifts of stupid, lazy people
IAN MILLHISER p. 20
Supreme Court will decide future of Dem Party
SETH SANDRONSKY p. 20
Uber drivers mount nationwide protest

ED RAMPELL p. 20
War and anti-war films at Zürich Film Fest
ERIC BOEHLERT p. 21
Trump demolishes Fox News Benghazi narrative
EDGE OF SPORTS/Dave Zirin p. 21
7 things we learned from Thabo Sefolosha’s trial
AMY GOODMAN p. 22
Casino capitalism: D’s and R’s gamble
CONNIE SCHULTZ p. 22
Women continue to confound John Kasich
DONALD KAUL p. 23
Oddballs make Hillary’s odds look good
POET/Michael Silverstein p. 23
Hillary’s just too embedded

Cover illustration by Dolores Cullen


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