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Harriet Tubman's fight for justice should be the currency of democracy

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U.S. restarts nuclear arms race with massive new weapons program

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STANFORD, Calif.--"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." These were the words from the Hindu religious text, the Bhagavad-Gita, that flashed through the mind of the man credited with creating the first atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer, as the first nuclear explosion in history lit up the dark desert sky at the Trinity blast site in New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

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Domestic violence is a crisis deepened by inequality and racial injustice

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North Carolina passes 'Bathroom Bill' discriminating against transgender people

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Opponents call it "the Bathroom Bill." In a special session last week, the North Carolina state legislature passed HB2, officially called the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the law that night. The new law denies transgender people use of the bathroom, changing room or locker room that matches their gender identity. Resistance to the bill is fierce, and growing daily.

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Fascism stalks U.S. campaign as Trump fans the flames of bigotry

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| March 16, 2016
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Obama questions the Washington playbook on U.S. foreign policy

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"While most states have an army, the Prussian army has a state," said Voltaire.

Much the same could be said of the United States of America. On the world list of biggest military spenders, its total expenditure roughly equals those of the next nine countries combined.

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Imagine a U.S. election without polls

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Struggles for racial justice and voting rights central to U.S. presidential race

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Justice Scalia and the political opponents we like -- even as we fight against them

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Responses to the death of Antonin Scalia, the right-wing, fundamentalist, vituperative U.S. Supreme Court Justice, have been notably sympathetic, even from the left. It turns out his best friend on the court was Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also his fiercest legal foe. They holidayed together. Stephen Colbert got teary recalling that, after he roasted conservatives, only Scalia greeted him warmly.

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