The Progressive POPULIST

A Twice-Monthly Journal from the Heartland
June 1, 2015 -- Volume 21, Number 10


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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COVER/Bill Curry p. 1
Sanders can win by building a movement

EDITORIAL p. 2
Steer left with Sanders

JIM HIGHTOWER p. 3
An epidemic of CNE syndrome strikes state governments; The secret corporate Congress inside the US Congress; Far from ‘liberalizing’ global policies, TPP is corporatizing them; Obama’s bizarre sales pitch for TPP; Stop Postal executives from destroying our Postal Service; Letter carrier’s special delivery to Congress
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR p. 4
WILL DURST p. 4
The tsunami of gender transition
RURAL ROUTES/Margot McMillen p. 5
Don’t depend on Asia to put food on the table

DISPATCHES p. 5
Dem filibuster prompts GOP concessions on trade bill;
‘Meet the Press’ has trouble remembering Bernie Sanders;
US subsidizes huge oil companies;
NSA reform bill falls short;
Amtrak wreck kills 8, Congress argues over railroad funding
;
10 fierce Senate races shaping up;
FBI broke its own rules in tracking anti-pipeline activists;
Verizon-AOL merger 'makes no sense';
Rand Paul blames black parents in Baltimore, won't comment on his son's DUI ...

FROMA HARROP p. 6
Let the states make drug law
SETH ZUCKERMAN p. 6
Lessons of drought and cheetahs in the grass
JILL RICHARDSON p. 6
Kraft’s mac and cheese: Less toxic, still bad
GENE LYONS p. 7
Why did the GOP cave in to paranoia?
KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL p. 7
The enduring shame of ‘separate and unequal’
DAVID SIROTA p. 7
Cities, states paying secret fees to Wall Street
ISAIAH J. POOLE p. 8
A 21st century challenge
ROBERT BOROSAGE p. 9
The Sanders challenge
DAVID NIOSE p. 9
The eye-opening potential of Sanders candidacy
HEATHER DIGBY PARTON p. 10
Mike Huckabee is an evil genius
JOEL D. JOSEPH p. 10
Why Baltimore is burning
MARY SANCHEZ p. 11
‘Trust me’ isn’t going to turn Latino vote for Cruz
DEAN BAKER p. 11
Celebrating flash crash with Wall Street sales tax
BOB LORD p. 11
Coddling the rich
CONOR LYNCH p. 12
The myth of Republican fiscal responsibility
ROBERT B. REICH p. 12
Trans-Pacific trickle-down economics
JOAN WALSH p. 13
The era of (Bill) Clinton liberalism is over

JESSE JACKSON p. 14
Prosecutor charges six Baltimore cops
WENONAH HAUTER p. 14
‘Science’ or spin?
EMILY SCHWARTZ GRECO p. 14
Coal’s collateral damage
HEALTH CARE/Joan Retsinas p. 15
Medicaid: The patient’s dilemma
SAM URETSKY p. 15
Predestined to vote Republican

JOHN YOUNG p. 15
GOP’s contraceptive stance: More abortions

WAYNE O’LEARY p. 16
The roots of inequality

JOHN BUELL p. 16
Trading away democracy

JUAN COLE p. 17
Tom Cotton’s taunt demeans GOP field
BOB BURNETT p. 17
Vote no on Armageddon

LEEANN HALL p. 17
From rage to reform
JOE CONASON p. 18
Why does GOP keep making inequality worse?
TINA DUPUY p. 18
The GOP’s daddy issues
DON ROLLINS p. 18
Labor in search of a champion

PUBLIC INTEREST/Ralph Nader p. 19
Obama: Debate Senator Warren
TED RALL p. 19
2 stories in same day show that US is rotten
FR. DONNELL KIRCHNER p. 20
What will Pope Francis tell Congress?

SETH SANDRONSKY p. 20
California’s two-tier economy

JASON STANFORD p. 20
We are all Baltimore

ROB PATTERSON p. 21
Who’s still rocking after all these years
POPULIST PICKS p. 21
Van Morrison; Boz Scaggs; Nellie McKay
EDGE OF SPORTS/Dave Zirin p. 21
Gilliam-Price and Baltimore’s debt to a family
AMY GOODMAN p. 22
American dream: Living to 18
CONNIE SCHULTZ p. 22
Waiting in Cleveland
DONALD KAUL p. 23
The Baltimore uprising’s backstory
POET/Michael Silverstein p. 23
Hillary leans to the left — somewhat

Cover illustration by Dolores Cullen


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