US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Olivier Douliery        (Photo credit should read OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump's America is caving, as autocrats rise

By Frida Ghitis
As Donald Trump enters the second year of his presidency, two new reports warn that even as the US has retreated from its role in defending democracy, the world's nations, as a whole, are becoming more autocratic, more dictatorial, less open, and more repressive, writes Frida Ghitis..

The Democratic Party is progressing -- some members need to catch up

By Jeff Weaver
In the 2 1/2 years since Sen. Bernie Sanders launched his presidential campaign, the Democratic Party has felt the Bern. A $15 minimum wage, campaign finance reform, access to a free college education and health care for all Americans -- issues central to Sen. Sanders' campaign -- have gained a brighter spotlight in the Democratic platform. It's a testament to the power of the political revolution.
Demonstrators protest on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Women's march on January 21, 2017.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters spearheaded by women's rights groups demonstrated across the US to send a defiant message to US President Donald Trump. / AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS        (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Planned Parenthood President: Women are America's unstoppable force

By Cecile Richards
The Women's March sparked a movement, showing women as the most potent political force in this country, writes Cecile Richards. They are changing our policies, our culture, and our media— and come November, they will change our representatives in office.

Four ways Trump's first year has made us less safe

By Jen Psaki
The Trump team, like so many administrations before them, has been preparing to sell the accomplishments of its first year in office. If the government shuts down, these efforts won't matter because it will all be overshadowed by the impact of the loss of government services on the public and a debate about who is responsible.

Fury but no fire: World confused after Trump's first year

By Nick Paton Walsh, CNN
A year has passed and the lights are still on: we aren't speaking Russian, or at war with North Korea, or Iran. We've not started a self-defeating trade spat with China. And right-wing populists like Brexit pioneer Nigel Farage and France's Marine Le Pen are even less relevant than they were at the beginning of 2017.
 U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while flanked by HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson (L) and Isaac Newton Farris, Jr., before signing a proclamation to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. day, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, on January 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Monday January 16 is a federal holiday to honor Dr. King and his legacy.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Trump and the limits of transactional politics

By Andra Gillespie
On January 8, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet touting record and near-record low unemployment levels among African-Americans and Latinos/as. Later that day, he signed an executive order making the Martin Luther King Historic Site in Atlanta a national park. Around midday on January 11, he convened a working meeting of governors to talk about prison reform.
PERRIS, CA - JANUARY 15:  The home where a couple was arrested after police discovered that 13 people had been held captive in filthy conditions with some shackled to beds with chains and padlocks is shown January 15, 2018 in Perris California. David Allen Turpin and his wife Louise Anna Turpin were charged with torture and child endangerment after a 17 year old escaped the residence and contacted the police. Twelve others, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were discovered emaciated and malnourished in the home. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

Is California horror house society's fault?

By Peggy Drexler
Neighbors saw something strange going on with the Turpins, but apparently did not want to judge--or get involved. We need to confront this issue, writes Peggy Drexler: data show we are increasingly isolated from our neighbors, either ignoring one another, or observing from an ineffectual--and in this case disastrous--distance.


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