The Progressive POPULIST

A Twice-Monthly Journal from the Heartland
August 15, 2015 -- Volume 21, Number 14


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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COVER/Roger Bybee p. 1
4 bad things Scott Walker did in Wisconsin

EDITORIAL p. 2
Obama earns his Nobel; US isn’t Greece
JIM HIGHTOWER p. 3
The venality of the 2016 presidential election; Government of, by, and for big money; You, too, can be part of Scott Walker’s Inner Circle; Christie: a constantly-lying ‘truth teller’; Probing the darkness of Ted’s head
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR p. 4
DON ROLLINS p. 4
Big Pharma decides who lives and who dies

RURAL ROUTES/Margot McMillen p. 5
Those who remember the Civil War fondly

DISPATCHES p. 5
Kasich joins the fray;
GOP selective on vets’ feelings;
Clinton loses ground, Sanders competitive in swing states;
Racial justice is hard;
GOP faces Latino gap;
Medicare, Medicaid still hugely popular;
Beware butt-dial;
How many unarmed people do police shoot?;
Immigrants less likely criminals;
More states sign onto Medicaid expansion;
Small business lending program nears cap;
Embargo still bans business in Cuba ...

FROMA HARROP p. 6
The GOP can clear the Trump dump
GARY WOCKNER p. 6
Obama’s rule won’t protect the West’s water
JILL RICHARDSON p. 6
Pixar’s lesson for kids — and adults
GENE LYONS p. 7
Media play by ‘Clinton rules’
DAVID SIROTA p. 7
Silicon Valley emerges as political force
ISAIAH J. POOLE p. 7
Sharing security in the information age
LEO GERARD p. 8
Jeb! cracks the whip
ROBERT BOROSAGE p. 9
Hillary’s economic story: Stuff happens
MIKE LUX p. 9
Wall Street, Kochs and progressive alternative

BILL SCHER p. 10
Why Republicans can’t stop the Iran deal
JOHN KIRIAKOU p. 10
Correcting sentencing laws
GRASSROOTS/Hank Kalet p. 10
Trump, sadly, is no sideshow

MARY SANCHEZ p. 11
‘Sanctuary’ backlash will harm policing
DEAN BAKER p. 11
Hard work with Jeb Bush
ROBERT B. REICH p. 11
How to disrupt military-industrial complex
BOB CESCA p. 12
GOP overreacts to Obama’s Iran deal
BOB BURNETT p. 12
Is the Culture War over?
JOAN WALSH p. 13
Will GOP settle for bland Donald Trump?
RAUL A. REYES p. 13
Trump’s badmouthing deportment

SHARDA SEKARAN p. 13
Obama gets real about criminal justice reform
JESSE JACKSON p. 14
Crucifixion in Charleston leads to resurrection?
EMILY SCHWARTZ GRECO p. 14
Lighting a legal fuse
SIMON MALOY p. 14
Iran deal gives Dems opening (if they’ll seize it)
HEALTH CARE/Joan Retsinas p.15
Yelping for a doctor
SAM URETSKY p. 15
Walker messing Wisconsin only the beginning

WENDELL POTTER p. 15
Myth: Obamacare driving insurance mergers
WAYNE O’LEARY p. 16
The world according to Brooks

JOHN BUELL p. 16
Trashing Greece — and Europe?

JUAN COLE p. 17
Rise of ISIS fuels Iran nuclear deal
DAVID DAYEN p. 17
Rise and fall of the Germa
TINA DUPUY p. 18
GOP at odds with corporate America
JOHN YOUNG p. 18
Captives of commerce in a shooting gallery

JOE CONASON p. 18
A transcript -- and the truth
PUBLIC INTEREST/Ralph Nader p. 19
Smarter foreign policies or bigger blowbacks?
TED RALL p. 19
Scott Walker: An idiot, ready to serve
SOPHIA A. McCLENNEN p. 20
Fox News wore down Jon Stewart
SETH SANDRONSKY p. 20
Clocking in for justice

ERIC BOEHLERT p. 21
Trump, Confederate flag, GOP nightmare
EDGE OF SPORTS/Dave Zirin p. 21
Why I’m done defending women’s sports
AMY GOODMAN p. 22
Cybersecurity and the age of surveillance
CONNIE SCHULTZ p. 22
Pretend Your Next Breath Is Your Last
DONALD KAUL p. 23
Smashing the Austerity Idols

POET/Michael Silverstein p. 23
Republicans do a Trump cringe

Cover illustration by Dolores Cullen


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