Bernie Sanders just made a brilliant defense of democratic socialism | Bhaskar Sunkara

In a speech yesterday, his message was crystal clear: Political freedom in the absence of economic freedom is not real freedom In a message may be starting to resonate. Fifty-seven per cent of Democrats view socialism positively, along with 61% of those aged 18 to 24. Yesterday, Sanders expanded his democratic socialist vision further, using the rhetoric of freedom thats a regular trope in American politics, but giving it a socialist gloss. Political freedom in the absence of economic freedom is not real freedom. Hardened socialists might scoff at Sanderss summoning of Roosevelt as a proto-socialist. But the core of his call for democracy and justice is true to the spirit of Debs and his successors Norm Thomas and Michael …

Oliver North forced out as NRA president amid bitter power struggle

North, in conflict with chief executive Wayne LaPierre, says he was informed he would not be renominated when term ends Oliver North appeared to be heading out of the National Rifle Association amid a dramatic and fast-developing power struggle at the top of the influential gun rights organization. North announced during the annual NRA meeting in Indianapolis he had been told he could not seek re-election as president, ending a brief one-year tenure. The unexpected moved comes less than 24 hours after it was reported that North and long-serving NRA executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre were Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) There is an empty spot on stage at the members meeting where Oliver North, President of the NRA, should be. April 27, …

Bernie Sanders Chicago 2020 speech focuses on fight against racism

The Vermont senator concluded a two-part launch in the Windy City, harking back to his student days in the civil rights era In the city that inspired his political activism, Bernie Sanders concluded a two-part presidential campaign launch with a personal anecdote: As a college student in Chicago, he was arrested during a civil rights protest against segregation of public schools. Before a crowd of 12,500 at the Navy Pier on Sunday night, Sanders recalled that in the 1960s, school officials in Chicago set up portable trailers for black students to keep them from attending white schools. One day, many of us went to the spot where they planned to put the trailers, Sanders said. We were corralled by a …

Donald Trump has a new fixer: House Republicans | Wajahat Ali

How long will the Republican party continue to do Donald Trumps bidding? With Michael Cohen testifying in front of the House oversight and reform committee, congressional Republicans were gifted with another opportunity to sink lower in their moral abyss due to their self-immolating fealty to Donald Trump. Cohen, who has dropped a blistering 20-page opening statement painting an overwhelming and damning portrait of a Trump as a morally corrupt, vain and insecure criminal with a history of using fraud and intimidation to slither out of trouble. Cohen alleges Trump lied about his efforts to build a Trump tower in Moscow and insinuated Cohen should do the same. Cohen also named Trump as Individual 1 who directed him to engage in …