Mike Ludwig of Truthout: As lobbyists swarm Congress, the government is facing a possible shutdown over the wall.
The US military has increased its confidence in reports accusing Russia of arming the Taliban.
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Paul Street is the author of Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Paradigm, 2004) and The Empire's New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power (Paradigm, 2010).