The 2020 Republican Party is an embarrassing disaster

Wow, what a surprise! Have you seen the Republican Party’s official platform?

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The tortured madness of Donald Trump: It’s clear the president is out of his mind

Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

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There’s something crucial missing from Trump’s overhaul of NAFTA — revealing the president as a shameful political fraud

“MAGA,” blusters Donald Trump. “Make America Great Again!” America’s ranching families, however, would like Trump to come off his high horse and get serious about a more modest goal, namely Make America COOL Again.

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Trump has sold out the farmers who voted for him — and now they're racing toward calamity

As a farmer told me, "You can still make a small fortune in agriculture, but the problem is you have to start with a large fortune."

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It's Labor Day weekend -- but the wealthy think they owe nothing to the people who sustain them

Webster's dictionary tells us that Labor Day was "set aside for special recognition of working people."

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It's not just Trump U: For-profit colleges and universities get rich by sinking students into debt

Butch Hancock, one of Austin's finest singer-songwriters, grew up in the Texas Panhandle, out among dryland farmers and strict fundamentalist Christians. Butch once told me that he felt he'd been permanently scarred in his vulnerable teen years by the local culture's puritanical preachings on sexual propriety: "They told us that sex is filthy, obscene, wicked, and beastly-- and that we should save it for someone we love."

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Meet the abusive 'world's largest company' you've never heard of

Giant corporate entities have become so far-flung and impersonal that "human relations" departments have been created within the soulless structures to cloak the fact that there's really nothing human about them. HR is mostly known for sending the corporate rank and file peppy motivational memos that boil down to: "The beatings will continue until morale improves."

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