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Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Assault

| September 19, 2018

That urge to discredit accusers of sexual assault like Christine Blasey Ford is exactly why it takes so long for some to come forward in the first place.

Nobody In the White House Is Part of ‘the Resistance’

| September 16, 2018

Administration insiders admit Trump’s dangerous, but they’ll stick with him as long as he cuts billionaires’ taxes, deregulates corporations, and feeds the military-industrial complex.

Stand Your Ground Vigilantes

| September 11, 2018

Instead of allowing the police to perform their jobs, some gunslingers hiding behind stand-your-ground laws take the responsibility of pursuing criminals upon themselves.

When McCain’s Odes to Honor and Civility Ring False

| September 3, 2018

The “straight talk” people praise McCain for is actually what most of them can’t stand about politicians: They say noble words but cast ignoble votes.

Without Fear Or Favor. Or Whining.

| August 26, 2018

Defending the press against Donald Trump’s “enemy of the people” attacks may have its place, but reporters’ best bet is to shut up and do their job well: it’s the most eloquent response.

If Your Boss Makes Millions, It’s Not Because of the ‘Market’

| August 23, 2018

On average, America’s CEOs make 312 times what their workers take home — and that has nothing to do with supply and demand. Simply put, markets don’t set executive pay. Board rooms do.

Party Split or Not, Republicans Using George Soros to Smear Other Republicans Is Offensive

| August 22, 2018

The GOP primary that has degraded into absurd name-calling pits tea-party-backed Scott Sturgill against conservative Mike Miller in the Edgewood, Orlando, and Winter Park area.

I Grew Up In the Segregated South. For Me, Supreme Court Rulings Are Personal.

| August 17, 2018

The author shares her grave concern for what Brett Kavanaugh’s influence could mean for communities of color, women, the LGBTQ community, and others who’ve fought to advance civil rights.

If Ireland Can Get Out of Fossil Fuels, “Tree-City” Palm Coast Can Too

| August 15, 2018

Almost 900 cities, universities, and governments have divested over $6 trillion from the fossil fuel industry by requiring pension funds and other such investments to be green. Why not yours?

Flagler’s Elections Supervisor Urges Confidence in Voting System: Your Ballot Won’t Be Hacked

| August 15, 2018

Flagler County Elections Supervisor Kaiti Lenhart outlines the latest measures to make the county’s election system hack-proof and challenges voters to turn out and cast a ballot.

Schools Are Safer Than Your Home

| August 13, 2018

We’re making fortresses of the safest places in America, out of fear that one of those 120,000 schools might at some point be the target of a shooting.

America’s Pre-Existing Condition

| August 3, 2018

Florida is among the states suing to end the requirement that people with pre-existing conditions be covered by insurers. It’s the latest cynical attempt to end Obamacare.

Amazon’s Deceptive Bargain With Local Government Purchasing–at Local Business’ Expense

| August 1, 2018

Amazon’s bid to dominate local government purchasing has gone under the radar. IKt’s appealing on the surface, but could make it harder for agencies to buy from local vendors.

Protest and the Double-Edged Sword of ‘Civility’

| July 25, 2018

Uncivil action may be a necessary strategy, just as civil disobedience, bearing witness, and making politicians uncomfortable were critical to the civil rights movement.

Restricting Food Stamps Use at Farmers’ Markets Is One More Way To Hurt the Poor

| July 22, 2018

The government just canceled its contract with the company that makes the card readers necessary to read food stamps cards at farmers markets.

Truth Derangement Syndrome

| July 20, 2018

Donald Trump once said he could shoot someone and not lose any votes. He’s right in the sense that he changed the rules of right and wrong, truth and lies, morality and immorality.

Local Police Should Not Collaborate With Immigration and Customs Enforcement

| July 18, 2018

As reports of abuse at ICE emerge and increase, robust sanctuary policies that end the collusion with local law enforcement that ICE relies on gain urgency.

Before Vilifying Russia, U.S. Policy Apologists Might Try Looking in the Mirror

| July 17, 2018

A bellicose stance toward Russia has become so routine and widespread that we might not give it a second thought. That makes it all the more hazardous.

Sheriff Staly on Operations Center: “I Will Not Tolerate Blaming Victims of This Building, My Employees”

| July 16, 2018

Sheriff Rick Staly delivered a 2,000-word statement on the troubled Operations Center during Monday’s workshop on the matter. The full text is reproduced here.

Behind Scott’s Executive Order Protecting Public Beach Access: New Law’s Confusing Signals

| July 15, 2018

A new law that could potentially restrict public access to beaches prompted an executive order from Gov. Scott that echoes an ordinance Flagler passed last month.

What’s At Stake If Brett Kavanaugh Joins the Supreme Court

| July 11, 2018

All Americans say they value personal freedom, especially the right to make our own decisions about our private lives. Expect that to end.

Drug War Blowback: Why Those Central American Immigrants Are Still Coming

| July 10, 2018

Between the drug war and the backing of brutal regimes, the U.S. created conditions in Central America that families are desperate to flee — even if they risk being separated.

Abolish ICE

| July 8, 2018

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is supposed to keep Americans safe. Instead, it’s terrorizing refugees, families, and small children.

From Food Stamps To Housing Allowances, There’s an All-Out War On Kids

| July 3, 2018

It’s not just on the border: the Trump administration is targeting food stamps eligibility, rent subsidies and other safety-net measures that protect children.

A Dagger in the Heart of Unions, Workers and Democracy: Behind the Janus Ruling

| June 28, 2018

Their end game is to overturn a fundamental premise of majority rule, and lock in place permanent Constitutional changes to bar any limits on oligarchical rule.

Being Separated From My Child Nearly Destroyed Me

| June 26, 2018

The administration’s policy of separating families is torture, and Trump’s executive order to incarcerate families together doesn’t solve the crisis.

Ralph Nader’s Open Letter to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

| June 22, 2018

Given your successful tax avoidance mania, you should be ashamed of yourself, Nader tells the Amazon founder. “You should spend some personal time” with the homeless.

We Get It. Trump Is Awful. But Standard-Issue Democrats Are Not an Alternative.

| June 20, 2018

The neoliberal establishment that runs the Democratic Party party holds fast to the very policies that are making it shrink into oblivion, argues John Atcheson.

Cruel and Usual Trump

| June 17, 2018

The Trump-Sessions zero-tolerance policy of separating children from their parents at the border has no precedent except in America’s slavery times.

If Trump Is Giving Diplomacy a Chance in Korea, His Critics Should, Too

| June 14, 2018

The North Korea negotiations are far from over, and could still tip from a fragile diplomacy back to middle-school insults, but diplomacy isn’t just the better way. It’s the only way.

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