The Progressive POPULIST

A Twice-Monthly Journal from the Heartland
January 1-15, 2015 -- Volume 21, Number 1


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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COVER/Sen. Bernie Sanders p. 1
12 steps forward for America

EDITORIAL p. 2
Left needs Sanders; Torture shames us

JIM HIGHTOWER p. 3
Arms peddlers discover your town ... and tax dollars; GOP doubles down on fear & loathing of immigrants; Benghazi investigation — a zombie that won’t die; Chris Christie’s pig problem; Explosive greed of America’s 0.01-percenters
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR p. 4
KRISTA LANGLOIS p. 4
House of misrepresentatives
RURAL ROUTES/Margot McMillen p. 5
Trouble from Frankenfoods

DISPATCHES p. 5
Can Southern Dems make a comeback?
GOP puts sweetheart deals in spending bill;
State AG’s ally with Big Energy to kill enviro regs;
Tax cuts for oil companies put Alaska in big hole;
VW accepts union in Tennessee;
Colorado creates credit union to handle pot cash;
King Coal: 'Dead man walking';
O'care keeps insurance premiums in check;
Freedom isn't free in chemical spill ...

FROMA HARROP p. 6
Obamacare and the middle class
MICHAEL DAX p. 6
North Dakota, our energy-sacrifice zone
JILL RICHARDSON p. 6
Why you should meet your meat
GENE LYONS p. 7
No defense for ‘Rolling Stone’ mistake
EMILY SCHWARTZ GRECO p. 7
Fracking rush hits a pothole
DAVID SIROTA p. 7
A big election with little local journalism
JIM VAN DER POL p. 8
Flatlining democracy

DEAN BAKER p. 9
The paid vacation route to full employment
JOHN YOUNG p. 9
What we need, what we want

RYAN ALEXANDER p. 9
Fueling corporate welfare
Z. CARTER and S. SIDDIQUI p. 10
Strange bedfellows block trade deal
JILL LAWRENCE p. 10
In praise of politics
MARY SANCHEZ p. 11
Underlying causes of Ferguson
ROBERT B. REICH p. 11
Patrolling the boundaries inside America
SAM PIZZIGATI p. 11
Does this definition make me look rich?
DAVE JOHNSON p. 12
San Francisco and retail worker “Bill of Rights”
DAVID HORSEY p. 12
GOP outrage at immigration plan
JOAN WALSH p. 13
A year of reckoning for Democrats
DON ROLLINS p. 13
Where will you be on Manson’s wedding day?

JESSE JACKSON p. 14
Mr. President: Come to Ferguson
WENONAH HAUTER p. 14
Standing in the way of fracking infrastructure

JIM GOODMAN p. 14
Citizens shouldn’t have to force government
HEALTH CARE/Joan Retsinas p. 15
Sad chapter in I-Hate-Obamacare chronicles
SAM URETSKY p. 15
Let’s hope we don’t get government we deserve

WENDELL POTTER p. 15
Exploding myths about health care in America
WAYNE O’LEARY p. 16
It really was the economy, stupid

JOHN BUELL p. 16
Blowback and the IED
ROBERT BOROSAGE p. 17
Keep on steppin’, Mr. President

ERIC BOEHLERT p. 17
Media lessons from Benghazi charade
JOE CONASON p. 18
Fix decaying pipelines first for jobs, health
TINA DUPUY p. 18
Officer Darren Wilson isn’t the point
JASON STANFORD p. 18
Congress predictably on the side of dirty air

PUBLIC INTEREST/Ralph Nader p. 19
Big pharma: Capitalism out of control
TED RALL p. 19
Americans are barbarians
JOEL D. JOSEPH p. 19
Obama’s ‘historic agreement’ with China
HEATHER SEGGEL p. 20
Hand to mouth: No way to live

ROB PATTERSON p. 21
‘Entertainment’ steers clear of activism
POPULIST PICKS p. 21
‘Eighth dwarf’; ‘Get on up’; ‘Hypnotic eye’

EDGE OF SPORTS/Dave Zirin p. 21
Savior blues: Ray Rice and Roger Goodell
AMY GOODMAN p. 22
Hands up, don’t choke
CONNIE SCHULTZ p. 22
If our grief were colorblind
WILL DURST p. 23
True holiday of guilt
POET/Michael Silverstein p. 23
When to take Social Security

Cover illustration by Dolores Cullen


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