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The Supreme Court Just Dealt a Blow to 25 Million Workers

In a victory for big business, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that employment contracts barring an estimated 25 million workers from filing class-action lawsuits against their bosses do not violate federal labor law, despite widespread concern over wage theft and sexual harassment. Such contracts require workers to resolve disputes individually through private arbitration; a […]

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British Royals Rebrand With Royal Wedding, but Critics Say White, Neoliberal Monarchy Needs to Go

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married Saturday at Windsor Castle in a ceremony that many heralded for celebrating black culture and history. Markle is biracial, divorced and a self-proclaimed feminist. The wedding featured a sermon about slavery, poverty and the enduring power of love by Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American to preside […]

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Bayou Bridge Pipeline Construction Proceeds in Louisiana Community Despite Invalid Permit Ruling

Workers proceed with construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in St. James Louisiana. (Photo: Julie Dermansky ©2018) Truthout can only survive through reader support. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation toward journalism with real integrity and independence! Construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline has continued in and around the Louisiana town of St. James […]

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Deforestation in the US South Is Four Times Greater Than Logging in South American Rainforests

Mahatma Gandhi said, “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” He also said, “The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” In no place do these statements resonate more than […]

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Obama Pivots to Video

By Elaine Godfrey -Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) Today in 5 Lines Following a meeting between President Trump and top law-enforcement and intelligence officials, the White House announced that Chief of Staff John Kelly will convene a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI along with GOP congressional leaders to “review highly classified and other […]

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The President Who Cried Wolf

By David A. Graham Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The president of the United States is seizing on vague news reports to allege a vast political conspiracy against him, demanding an investigation, and searching for vindication. Of course you’ve heard this—it’s a trope nearly as old as the Trump administration. The latest recurrence […]

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There Is Only One Trump Scandal

By Adam Serwer The sheer volume of Trump scandals can seem difficult to keep track of. There’s the ongoing special-counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign aided a Russian campaign to aid Trump’s candidacy and defeat his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton; there’s the associated inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice when he fired former […]

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Donald Trump Has All the Power

By Benjamin Wittes Sunday afternoon, President Trump tweeted an extraordinary threat—extraordinary even by the standards of Donald Trump’s norm-busting use of Twitter and abusive conduct towards the Justice Department and federal investigations: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or […]

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Cynthia Nixon Is Doing Just Fine

By Russell Berman NEW PALTZ, N.Y.—“I’m Cynthia Nixon, standing in the mud!” the candidate declared by way of introduction to a rally of students, professors, and activists near a State University of New York campus about 80 miles north of Manhattan. The crowd laughed as Nixon acknowledged her obvious predicament: She wasn’t standing in the […]

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Employer Power in Labor Markets Further Sidelines Women and People of Color in Today's Economy

Increased monopsony in labor markets has allowed corporations to gain outsized power over individuals, leaving workers with less agency over the choices in their lives. Labor market monopsony refers to the concentration of employers and the resulting power they have to shape labor markets to their advantage. More concentration leads to fewer employers who offer […]