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1) Obamacare is Not Imploding, Can Be Improved
2) The Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole of the Trump Presidency
3) An Avalanche of Absurdities: Chris Hedges on the Rise of Trump and American Fascism
4) Of Course Obama Wiretapped Trump
5) Trump Glorifies American Militarism with German Leader, Embarrassing Himself
6) Most of Trump's Voters are Not Poor, but Regular Old Republicans
7) Robert Mercer and Big Money Chose Trump to be President, not the People
8) Stirring Up Muslim Hatred; The Need for a New Election
9) Old Republican Tactic: Stoke Fear of Crime
10) White People are Hurting Themselves
11) Basic Civics Lesson for Libertarians
12) Public Trust: Post-truth is Pre-fascim
13) Martin Marty Center Publishes Column in Support of Disgraced White Nationalist, Milo Yiannopoulos
14) Trump is Not a Normal Politician and Was Not Elected Fair and Square
15) Trump is Using Immigrants as a Political Scapegoat: Very Bad
16) To Dominate Politics, Business Needs Religious Extremism
17) No Vision or Leadership from National Council of Churches
18) Post-Factual Politics
19) Trump May Want a Terrorist Attack
20) For the Right Wing: Only Christians Deserve Religious Freedom
21) Where Are the Reverends in Justice Movements?
22) Trump is Centralizing Power: Resist Fascism
23) Cry for Our Country: Spontaneous Demonstrations across America
24) Truth in the Trump Era
25) "We Will Not Go Away, Welcome to Your First Day"
26) Violence, Racism, Authoritarianism Characterize Trump's Inaugural Speech
27) First Things Doesn't Like that Trump Surrounds Himself with Prosperity Gospelers, Snake Oil Salesmen
28) Newt Gingrich Gets Trump Wrong: Why Southerners Hate the Federal Government

Article  by Nika Knight:  Understanding public consciousness these days is difficult. Conservative claims seem dominate. But see this truth. Vast numbers of people oppose budget cuts.  3/24/2017

Article  by Gary Dorrien:  Here are some comments by the author of an important new book on the black social gospel and how it influenced the most important religious figure of the 20th century, Martin Luther King.  3/22/2017

Article  by Sarah Posner:  Southern Baptist Russell Moore has opposed the alt-right white nationalism, anti-immigrant program of Trump, but this article tells truth of why 81% of religious right voted for him. It's racism.  3/21/2017

Article  by Andrea Germanos:  Addressing the crisis in the U.S. entails enacting campaign finance reform; reducing inequality by expanding the social safety net and funding of health and education.  3/20/2017

Article  by Olav Fykse Tveit:  Lent is a time for justice, time for water justice. It is time for us who are here and all human beings to stop resisting justice. We cannot in the long run stop justice, as we cannot stop the river.  3/20/2017

Article  by Clint Schnekloth:  Maybe what we are seeing 'is the end of white America as we know it... it's violent, contorted, last gasping breaths' along with its false theology.  3/16/2017

Article  by Olav Fykse Tveit:  The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches speaks in Geneva about the meaning of believing in one God. It means we understand ourselves as 'one humanity'.  3/16/2017

Article  by John Feffer:  While some hope Trump will bring a libertarian utopia, his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is promising to deconstruct the administrative state, or what could be a dystopian nightmare.  3/13/2017

Article  by Daniel Marans:  The evidence was there all along, according to a top Democratic pollster. There has been 'a hardening of white attitudes toward people of color.' It's not just economics, it's racial hatred.  3/11/2017

Article  Dr Olav Fykse Tveit says new law is a shockingly regressive law against those calling for a boycott of Israel or its settlements.  3/9/2017

Article  by Robert B. Reich:  Without evidence, a delusional, sexual predator of a president tweets lies about President Obama and calls him names ater reading right wing radio sources. This country is in serious trouble now.  3/8/2017

Article  by Chris Hedges:  Trump is creating a police state aimed at black and brown people because racists elected him. This fact must be faced squarely in order to know the realistic stakes of politics these days. Not normal.  3/3/2017

Article  by Jeff Bryant:  New education secretary, Betsy DeVos, wants to fund religious schools through vouchers and tax credits. But these schools teach false Christiantiy, that Africans are inferior, that 'liberals' are bad.  3/3/2017

Article  by Karen E. Park:  Without taking responsibility, Donald Trump sends a warrior to his death, then uses the wife of Ryan Owens to absolve himself of his sin. Outrageous blasphemy.  3/1/2017

Article  by George Lakey:  The United States could go fascist. But that will not happen if we choose the practical steps taken by progressive Nordic social movements: equality, individual freedom, and shared abundance.  2/28/2017

Article  by Leo Gerard:  Workers know from bitter experience that CEOs don’t have their best interests in mind. TPP and NAFTA were drafted by CEOs, not workers. New studies support workers' views.  2/28/2017

Article  by Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr.:  Stamding Rock may be a case of the church perpetuating injustices rather than engaging in solidarity with victims of injustice. Be careful church.  2/23/2017

Article  by Nelson Lichtenstein:  Donald Trump's attack on immigrants is going to re-energize and solidify the immigrant community and their supporters like nothing before. Protestants need to help in every way they can.  2/23/2017

Article  by Timothy Snyder:  Donald J. Trump is not just another Republican president. He is not normal. He is a danger to the Republic. 'I think things have tightened up very fast, we have at most a year to defend the Republic.'  2/13/2017

Article  by Chris Hedges:  Trump was possible because democratic institutions have already failed us, been eviscerated by corporate power. This time, people, we must do it ourselves.  2/13/2017

Article  by Paula Chertok:  Beginning as a student protest in a public square (Maidan), a people's Revolution of Dignity changed Ukraine in 93 days, culminating in the ousting of Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych.  2/10/2017

Article  by Bill Moyers:  CNN is not a network liked by Donald Trump. He is always complaining about it. But it, with the others, let him lie at will, along with Kellyanne Conway and others.  2/9/2017

Article  by Stanley Hauerwas:  One of the nation's most important Christian ethicists makes it perfectly clear that Trump has definite religious beliefs, but they are not Christian. Read this today. Beliefs have consequences.  2/4/2017

Article  by Jerome Burce:  Pastors: Here is an excellent introduction to a very practical public theology, written by a pastor for pastors of the Crossings community. He addresses Stanley Hauerwas and David Brooks.  2/4/2017

Article  by Munib A. Younan:  The Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land sends Trump a letter. Jesus himself was a refugee.  2/2/2017

Article  Statement Issued by the Board of Directors of the International Bonhoeffer Society – English Language Section. Christians fulfill their faith as Christians only when we live for others.  2/2/2017

Article  by Ed Knudson:  The Democratic Party is debating identity politics versus economic justice. Here are some thoughts based on a story my father told about prejudice and living as a minority.  2/2/2017

Article  by Nancy Fraser:  What we face, with Trump, is an interregnum, an open and unstable situation in which hearts and minds are up for grabs. In this situation, there is not only danger but also opportunity.  1/30/2017

Article  by Chris Hedges:  The Christian right’s magical thinking will merge seamlessly with Trump’s magical thinking. Idiocy, self-delusion, megalomania, fantasy and government repression will come wrapped in Christian images.  1/30/2017

Article  by Steven Rosenfeld:  The executive orders against immigrants include setting up concentration camps and using local police to round people up. Trump is creating public disorder and social strife and must be stopped.  1/30/2017

Article  by David Cay Johnston:  Millions of voters believe putting Donald Trump in the White House will lift them out of the economic hell they have endured for decades. They could not be more wrong.  1/28/2017

Article  This new organizing effort is really taking off. It's a movement that focuses specifically on your congressional district and representative. Resistance can work.  1/28/2017

Article  by Howard Machtinger:  The roots of Trumpism lie in part in deep-seated feelings of resentment and victimization that will not easily be uprooted or challenged. America was 'great' before Vietnam.  1/24/2017

Article  by Pope Francis:  'Hitler didn't steal power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people. That is the risk. In times of crisis we lack judgment, and that is a constant reference for me.' Money is a god.  1/24/2017

Article  by Chris Hedges:  The campaign for corporate dominance of society, laid out by Lewis Powell in 1971, is now complete. Trump embodies the moral rot of unfettered capitalism.  1/23/2017

Article  by Jeet Heer:  Mass Protest along the Presidential Inaugural Route was a powerful rejection of the Trump Agenda. His speech declared war against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  1/21/2017

Article  by Kojo Koram:  The line was becoming clear. Marx and Hegel had paved the way for the progressives, who in turn paved the way for the Frankfurt School, who had then attacked the American way of life, said Breitbart.  1/19/2017

Article  by Laura Tanenbaum:  A wave of disruptive protest fifty years ago helped put women’s liberation on the map--and showcased a radical feminist vision of that remains relevant in the age of Trump.  1/19/2017

Article  by Jack Jenkins:  Pastors and congregations of historic Protestantism must now view themselves as a major support system for resistance movements against an illegitimate presidency.  1/18/2017

Article  by Roger Smith:  Americans are much, much more liberal than the corporate media thinks. The American political system is not delivering the kind of politicians the people really want.  1/16/2017

Article  by Tom Gjelten:  Prosperity gospel heretics have been chosen by Trump to participate in inaugural events. Historic Protestants must turn against Trump for sake of both country and church.  1/13/2017

Article  by Sam Gindin:  Pastors should not allow business leaders to determine congregational priorities. Books by Jane McAlevey help understand 'deep organizing' in the time of Trump.  1/9/2017

Article  by Juan Cole:  Fascism gets tossed around lightly as an insult on the internet. This is the real thing, folks. We are Italy, 31 October, 1922. Bad things are about to happen. The press won't cover it.  1/9/2017

Article  by Achille Mbembe:  Inequalities will keep growing worldwide. Social conflicts will increasingly take the form of racism, ultra nationalism, sexism, ethnic and religious rivalries, xenophobia, homophobia, deadly passions  1/3/2017

Article  by Crawford Kilian:  What comes after capitalism in its final crisis, now under way, is a prolonged period of social entropy or disorder without public institutions capable of solving problems says Wolfgang Streeck.  1/2/2017

Article  by Kate Shea Baird:  The election of Trump has not occurred in a vacuum. Across the West, we are witnessing a wholesale breakdown of the existing political order; the neoliberal project is broken, Organize the city.  1/2/2017

Article  by Gene B. Sperling:  Tom Price is Trump’s choice for secretary of health and human services. He wants to deeply cut Medicaid and other health care for the poor, seniors, disabled, and others. Happy New Year!  12/31/2016

Article  by Neil J. Young:  The public witness of historic, orthodox Christianity is being destroyed by so-called 'conservative evangelicals'. 81% voted for Trump, a racist, sexual pervert.  12/30/2016

Article  by Walden Bello:  The Obama administration failed to break up the big banks, provided no relief for hard-up homeowners, and offered struggling workers more ill-advised trade deals. No surprise the Rust Belt rebelled.  12/29/2016

Article  by Jason Easley:  Nearly 40% of white voters without a college degree switched from Obama to Trump based on campaign promises that are the opposite of the Republican agenda. They cannot lie their way out of this.  12/27/2016

Article  by Luke Bretherton:  The election of Trump is a wake-up call to remember what those who are black, brown, queer, disabled or a religious minority can only forget at their peril. That oppression is likely to get worse.  12/26/2016

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