The Progressive POPULIST


A Twice-Monthly Journal from the Heartland

May 1, 2017 -- Volume 23, Number 9


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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COVER/Sophia A. McClennen p. 1
Trump’s millenium problem: Snowflakes are becoming a blizzard.

EDITORIAL p. 2
100 days in the hole
JIM HIGHTOWER p. 3
How can we stop banksters from robbing us?
To have a people’s government, we the people must build it.
WILL DURST p. 3
Covey of political caucuses
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR p. 4
DON ROLLINS p. 4
Are we witnessing remaking of religion in America?

SARAH VAN GELDER p. 5
Small-scale farming is our best hope for restoring rural America

DISPATCHES p. 5
Under Trump, coal communities stuck between rock and hard place;
Illinois Dems unseat R’s in local races;
Ky. working poor to lose Medicaid coverage;
Cllimate change poses ‘nightmare scenario’ for Fla. coast;
Anti-semitism soars;
Medicare for All need not increase taxes;
US taunted over aircraft carrier tale;
Lack of US attorneys hampers 'tough on crime' efforts ...

FROMA HARROP p. 6
Thankfully short ascendancy of Steve Bannon
WAYNE WARMACK p. 6
Why we need methane rules
JAMES A. HAUGHT p. 6
Crusading for everyday Americans

GENE LYONS p. 7
Public sculpture or publicity stunt?
JILL RICHARDSON p. 7
A great clucking idea

SAM PIZZIGATI p. 7
Time to rein in gravy train for airline execs
SARAH ANDERSON p. 8
You pay your fair share. Shouldn’t Wall Street?

DAVE JOHNSON p. 9
Real solutions for tax day, not bogus tax reforms

RICHARD ESKOW p. 9
Trump’s budget director declares class war on the American people

HEATHER DIGBY PARTON p. 10
How much do we know about Blackwater founder Erik Prince — and his secretive role in shaping Trump’s foreign policy?
ROBERT B. REICH p. 10
Principles of Trump foreign policy doctrine
MARY SANCHEZ p. 11
Fast and furious fails Brian Terry ... again
DEAN BAKER p. 11
Tax day and killer instinct in economic policy
DICK POLMAN p. 11
Trump’s broken promise could break another promise
ART CULLEN p. 12
He told me to get a job
JESSE JACKSON p. 14
Rahm Emanuel’s education plan falls short
BOB BURNETT p. 14
While the media slept

ROSIE SORENSON p. 14
If I had a hammer

HEALTH CARE/Joan Retsinas p. 15
Making America sick again: A swarm of midges

SAM URETSKY p. 15
Superbugs at the gate

KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL p. 15
Why slashing the NIH budget is indefensible
WAYNE O’LEARY p. 16
The originalist

JOHN BUELL p. 16
Who’s the crazy here?

GRASSROOTS/Hank Kalet p. 16
The war president

JUAN COLE p. 17
Turkish democracy in trouble, but not because of presidential system
ROBERT KUTTNER p. 17
Two cheers for the deep state
DANA MILBANK p. 18
Dear Kim Jong Un: Watch out for Trump. He’s even crazier than you.
JAMIE STIEHM p. 18
JFK leaves Trump and O’Reilly in stardust
JOHN YOUNG p. 18
Fox News: the official state propaganda arm

RALPH NADER p. 19
The savings and stability of public banking
TED RALL p. 19
What a real passenger bill of rights should look like
SETH SANDRONSKY p. 20
War no more

ROB PATTERSON p. 20
Printed matter will survive

MOVIES/Ed Rampell p. 21
Strong women and new paradigms highlight native women in film festival

MARK ANDERSON p. 21
Trump acts to reform employment visa program

EDGE OF SPORTS/Dave Zirin p. 21
Olympic-sized bribery scandal crashes down on Rio’s former mayor
AMY GOODMAN p. 22
Trump’s making good on one of his many campaign promises: Promoting unfettered police power
CONNIE SCHULTZ p. 22
O’Reilly’s ouster is no victory for women
GARRISON KEILLOR p. 23
The president of visuals
MARC MUNROE DION p. 23
Get out of the Republican party!

Cover illustration by Dolores Cullen


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