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Panicked Over the Trump Phenomenon

Billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

America’s conservative establishment is in panic mode as renegade billionaire Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican presidential race and thumb his nose at the GOP donor class, which is alarmed that all its money might not dictate the outcome this time, as Bill Moyers and Michael Winship write.

MLK’s Warning of America’s Spiritual Death

Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, DC.

From the Archive: A year before his death, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. broke with many political allies by warning that the Vietnam War was inflicting a “spiritual death” on America, casting King outside mainstream opinion circles which called his advice naïve and irresponsible, as Gary G. Kohls recalled in 2014.

The Battle over Dr. King’s Message

Martin Luther King Jr.

From the Archive: Martin Luther King Day is a rare moment in American life when people reflect on the ideals that guided Dr. King’s life and led to his death. Thus, the struggle over his message is intense, pitting a bland conventional view against a radical call for profound change, said Brian J. Trautman in 2014.

The Clintons’ Cheap Shot at Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Seeing the polls tighten, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has gone on the attack against Sen. Bernie Sanders over his support for Medicare for all, accusing him of seeking to destroy Obamacare (though he voted for it). It’s a deceptive assault, say Bill Moyers and Michael Winship.

Chavismo’s Sturdy Legacy

The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Exclusive: Right-wing parties are staging a comeback in Latin America, with the most dramatic victory in Venezuela’s parliamentary elections. Yet, despite troubled leftist regimes facing weak economies and corruption charges, their social reforms have slashed poverty and appear safe for now, writes Andrés Cala.

The Power of Exaggerated Fear

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida.

As the American middle class shrinks and citizens feel vulnerable and angry, politicians have found that exaggerating the dangers from some bogeyman – “the Muslim terrorists are out to get you!” – works wonders in distracting them from far more serious threats, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar describes.

How Debt Conquered America

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Special Report: America presents itself to the world as “the land of the free” but – for the vast majority – it is a place of enslaving indebtedness, a reality for much of “the 99%” that has deep historical roots hidden or “lost” from our history, as Jada Thacker explains.

The Clintons’ Paid-Speech Bonanza

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Exclusive: With primary voting set to start next month, one of Hillary Clinton’s remaining hurdles is convincing Democratic voters that she is not beholden to Wall Street and other wealthy interests that have fattened her family’s bank account with tens of millions of dollars for paid speeches, writes Chelsea Gilmour.

Probing Bernie Sanders’s Identity

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may be a strong voice on income inequality but his positions on military spending and foreign policy are muddled and his criticism of ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s neocon-oriented world view is muted, as anti-war activist David Swanson notes in this book review.

One County’s Global Warming Failure

An Innovia light-rail train offered by Bombardier Transportation.

Exclusive: Even communities where many citizens agree that global warming is a threat to humankind – and have the money to take action – find that the politics of doing something can be complicated and seemingly insurmountable, like the case of Arlington, Virginia, reports Robert Parry.