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          Is Russian Election Hack Just the Beginning for America?
    
          December 20, 2016
    
          In 2000, UC San Diego professor Chalmers Johnson expanded on his observation in his book “Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire.” Johnson, who died in 2010, argued that the United States would inevitably face the same sort of dirty tricks it had played around the world, paying a price for trying to dominate far-away lands. 
    
          https://portside.org/2016-12-20/russian-election-hack-just-beginning-america
  
  
          Building a Mass Socialist Party
    
          December 20, 2016
    
          The response to Bernie showed that a socialist party in the United States is possible. But there is no shortcut to building power.
    
          https://portside.org/2016-12-20/building-mass-socialist-party
  
  
          The Fight For Free College Moves to the States
    
          December 20, 2016
    
          How student organizers and a state representative are campaigning to eliminate tuition in Illinois.
    
          https://portside.org/2016-12-20/fight-free-college-moves-states
  
  
          Teaching Civics in the Time of Trump
    
          December 20, 2016
    
          Do we need a new Schoolhouse Rock! to remind us how to run a democracy? 
“Many teachers were scared this year to teach on the election because of the polarization in the country,” Louise Dube said. “They were concerned because they felt that their administration would not back them up in teaching it.” 
    
          https://portside.org/2016-12-20/teaching-civics-time-trump
  
  
          Media Bits and Bytes – Coal and Candy Edition
    
          December 20, 2016
    
          Facebook fakery; Media misery; Trump’s quid pro quo; Post election plenty; Science silenced; Stormy forecast

    
          https://portside.org/2016-12-20/media-bits-and-bytes-%E2%80%93-coal-and-candy-edition
  
  
          Unions Stake Out Positions in Battle for DNC Chair
    
          December 20, 2016
    
          In the face of Trump and the GOP’s likely nationwide attack on unions, labor leaders are scrambling to ensure that they have a hand in reshaping a Democratic Party that has, as union power has diminished, sometimes pushed organized labor to the margins. Union members make up about 100 of the roughly 447 voting members of the Democratic National Committee, making union support a major factor in the race for DNC chair.
    
          https://portside.org/2016-12-20/unions-stake-out-positions-battle-dnc-chair
  
  
          Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' Sequel to Open Sundance
    
          December 20, 2016
    
           Former vice president Al Gore  says, “Now more than ever we must rededicate ourselves to solving the climate crisis."
    
          https://portside.org/2016-12-20/al-gores-inconvenient-truth-sequel-open-sundance
  

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