Reason.com

Did last night’s primetime presidential speech announcing expanding authorization for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria feel kind of familiar? Like you’ve heard it before?

That’s probably because you have. You’ve been hearing for more than two decades, from presidents on both sides of political aisle. At this point, bombing Iraq is practically a American presidential tradition. (more…)

Truthout

This week’s vote on Scottish independence has lit up the political landscape in Europe, encouraging the left and prompting panic in the halls of power. If the “Yes” side manages to beat the odds and win on September 18, new possibilities will arise on a political spectrum which seemed to be shrinking by the year. (more…)

Nationaljournal.com

In the face of congressional inaction, a federal court on Friday renewed an order allowing the government to collect phone records on virtually all calls within the United States. (more…)

Commondreams.org

In what critics say is a blow to voters’ rights, a federal appeals court on Friday gave the state of Wisconsin the green-light to require voters to provide identification as a condition of casting a ballot. (more…)

Truthout

On remote Deer Isle, Maine, the movement for a more just and democratic economy won a major victory this summer. More than 60 employees of three retail businesses – Burnt Cove Market, V&S Variety and Pharmacy, and The Galley – banded together to buy the stores and create the largest worker cooperative in Maine and the second largest in New England (more…)

Rawstory.com

“That’s right. Student debt is the U.S. is now bigger than credit cards and auto loans, and it is second only to mortgages,” Oliver explained. “Essentially student debt is like HPV. If you go to college, you’re almost certainly going to get it. And if you do, it will follow you for the rest of your life.” (more…)

Marcy Wheeler Salon

Creative legal interpretations may now enable the government to sign off on things that will blow your mind (more…)

Commondreams.org

Strikes and protests in more than a hundred US cities reveals rapidly growing effort by labor unions and low-wage workers to join forces and reclaim power of organized people (more…)

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