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1) It's Clear Now: Putin Wanted Trump, Not Clinton
2) Politics is a Knife Fight with No Rules, Says Grover Norquist
3) This Should Happen All Over:  Union Ironworker Has a Plan to Beat Paul Ryan
4) Triangulation Has Been Terribly Hurtful to Democrats
5) Kitzhaber Exonerated; Oregonian Debases Itself Again
6) Trump is Too Ignorant to be President; Doesn't Even Know What Christians Believe
7) Dissent: Organizing in Red America
8) It's the Racists Who Want Guns
9) It Can Happen Here
10) Surprise Victory for Social Democracy in England
11) Before and After the Pill
12) Dear Trump Appointees: Quit Your Jobs or Lose Your Souls
13) Americans, Hang Your Heads in Shame
14) Montana Republican So Afraid of the Press that He Attacks Reporter
15) James Comey: The Fall of a Niebuhrian
16) Management by Terror: Stalin and Trump
17) The Cynical Use of Abortion by Politicians
18) NCC Urges Churches to Refrain From Intervening in Political Campaigns
19) Where Your Tax Dollar Goes
20) Talking It Through
21) False Community Consciousness and Local Radio
22) Politicians Can Use Nostalgia to Manipulate the Minds and Hearts of People

Article  by Ed Knudson:  In the case of Trinity Lutheran Church, a Missouri Synod congregation, the court reverses a state decision. It favors the false views of the religious right about religious freedom.  6/26/2017

Article  by Ed Knudson:  James Comey investigates Trump's relation to Russian interference in the election. So Trump fires him. Mike Flynn may be a Russian stooge. Trump may owe Putin millions. Impeachment is probably coming  6/24/2017

Article  by Stephane J Baele:  Philosophy provides concepts for understanding what is happening in history. Here is a brief introduction to the idea of biopolitics and its relation to racism. How can a society just let people die?  6/22/2017

Article  by Brett Murphy:  Trucking companies in California have spent the past decade forcing drivers to finance their own trucks by taking on debt they could not afford. Companies then used that debt as leverage over them.  6/21/2017

Article  by Kamau Franklin:  Kamau Franklin, political editor for Atlanta Black Star, is interviewed about the Jon Ossoff loss for Congress there yesterday.  6/21/2017

Article  by Dana Frank:  Dana Frank, history professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is interviewed about 'Buy America' campaigns and 'America First'. Not so good for workers.  6/16/2017

Article  James Thomas Hodgkinson, an ordinary person from Illinois, tried to kill a bunch of Republicans as they were playing baseball. The chickens are coming home to roost.  6/14/2017

Article  by Jake Johnson:  'Congratulations to Kansas for voting to roll back outrageous tax cuts for the wealthy that devastated the state.' Sam Brownback's veto is overidden. Now, reject Trump's similar proposals.  6/7/2017

Article  by Nicholas D. Kristof:  White supremacist Jeremy Christian slashes the throats of three decent men trying to protect two young women, one black, one Muslim. Rick Best and Taisen Namkai-Meche died. A poem by Micah Fletcher.  5/31/2017

Article  by Astrid Prange:  Former US President Barack Obama addressed a church congress saying 'we can not hide behind a wall'. Angela Merkel invited him for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  5/30/2017

Article  by Mitch Landrieu:  Here is 'one of the most honest speeches given by a Southern politician.'Mayor Mitch Landrieu explains why these statues must come down, here and across the South.  5/23/2017

Article  by Bo Rothstein:  There is a particular combination of market and political regulation that delivers the highest degree of human well-being, the Nordic model. New French president Macron is for it. Also, Amartya Sen  5/22/2017

Article  Trump is proposing to take $800 billion out of Medicaid, think of the people who will lose benefits, the people who will lose jobs. Big cuts proposed to programs for the poor. The rich get tax cuts.  5/22/2017

Article  by Josh Hoxie:  In a new book Gar Alperovitz challenges us to think past today’s daily scandals to consider exactly what kind of society we want to live in.  5/22/2017

Article  by Slavoj Zizek:  ''God' means, we should always bear in mind, that the outcome of our acts will never fit our expectations.' The theological dimension serves as a kind of safety valve, a mark of openness.  5/21/2017

Article  by Ed Knudson:  Four exhibitions for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation are in Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Here is a review with comments on books by Andrew Pettegree & Lyndal Roper.  5/21/2017

Article  Here is the message of the Lutheran World Federation Twelfth Assembly, 10-16 May, 2017, Windhoek, Namibia. New economic models needed. Education, climate change, liberating grace, 500 Reformation.  5/17/2017

Article  by Gabriel Rockhill:  Post-Marxist French theory directly contributed to the CIA’s cultural program of coaxing the left toward the right, while discrediting anti-imperialism and anti-capitalism,  5/8/2017

Article  by Eric Hobsbawm:  At crucial moments in the 19th century, and even today, the church has sided with powerful and wealthy business owners rather than workers and the working poor. Christian faith failed them.  5/8/2017

Article  by Daniel Burke:  Here is something that should happen across America, explicit services of repentance and healing for the sin of slavery.  4/20/2017

Article  by Leona Foxx:  Here is help from a former CIA operative and Lutheran pastor for those of you thinking about faith and science, with discussion of Ted Peters' new book, 'God in Cosmic History'.  4/16/2017

Article  by Ira Chernus:  Reflection on the 1960s helps formulate best practices for resistance movements today. Herbert Marcuse, Martin Luther King and the anti-Vietnam War movement provide some clues.  4/16/2017

Article  by Jonathan Freedland:  It is strange a Russian atheist has become so important to American conservatives. Raw selfishness is not much of a political philosophy, but it does help justify business practices of greed.  4/12/2017

Article  by William E. Scheuerman:  European Union and world governmental structures are just two issues discussed in this review of a biography by Stefan Müller-Doohm on the important political philosophy of Jürgen Habermas.  4/12/2017

Article  by Elissa Strauss:  Fetal personhood bills are gaining steam—but many religious and scientific ethicists, as well as women, see the path to personhood as a gradual one.  4/4/2017

Article  by Arthur Waskow:  In one of his most significant speeches, Dr. King said he could not call for racial equality without also calling on his own government to stop being 'the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.'  3/31/2017

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