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As more and more journalists are forced to make a living as content producers for corporations creating "news" articles, infographics and videos, it's becoming harder to separate the spin from the real, especially when well-respected sites like WebMD carry an undifferentiated mix of both content and news.

Facade of the Federal Hall with Washington Statue on the front, Wall Street, Manhattan, New York City. To rein in financial instability and other destructive financial practices, we not only must re-regulate finance -- we must develop more public options in finance, (Photo: f11photo / iStock / Getty Images Plus)To rein in financial instability and other destructive financial practices, we not only must re-regulate finance -- we must develop more public options in finance. (Photo: f11photo / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Finance is inherently destabilizing because it's based on a promise that can be reneged on, or just plain miscalculated, says economist and Amherst professor Gerald Epstein. But the capitalist system that drives modern economies thrives increasingly on debt and quick profits, so when something goes wrong, there's no way to stop the vulnerability from spreading and bringing the economy crashing down.

Whistleblowers are particularly vital at this juncture in US politics where the guardrails of democracy -- the Senate and House intelligence committees -- are failing to provide necessary oversight of this authoritarian administration, says Melvin Goodman, former CIA intelligence analyst and author of Whistleblower at the CIA.

People watch a television broadcast reporting the North Korean missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station on July 4, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images)People watch a television broadcast reporting the North Korean missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station on July 4, 2017, in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images)

When the US signed the armistice agreement dividing the Korean Peninsula, it promised to negotiate a permanent peace settlement. Right now, with President Moon in South Korea and pro-diplomacy women in key foreign ministry posts in the region, the prospects for reaching an agreement are hopeful, and the US should fulfill its moral and legal responsibility.

In a last-ditch effort to save their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Senate leaders are reportedly offering $200 billion to win the votes of senators from states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA. The amount is only 17 percent of the bill's $1.2 trillion in cuts.

Economic Update: Economics Taught Badly

By Richard D. Wolff, Truthout | Audio Segment

Sister Aisha al-Adawiya is the founder of Women in Islam, Inc. and a mentor and inspiration to activists of all faiths. As we all struggle on so many fronts with so few resources, our real power lies in coming together and being accountable for each other's lives and wellbeing -- not just as allies but as family, she says.

Denying people Medicaid or health insurance because of preexisting conditions is essentially killing them, says Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis of the Kairos Center and the Poor People's Campaign. Theoharis argues that it's a moral imperative to not only fight for universal health care, but to connect issues like inequality and voter suppression.

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As more and more journalists are forced to make a living as content producers for corporations creating "news" articles, infographics and videos, it's becoming harder to separate the spin from the real, especially when well-respected sites like WebMD carry an undifferentiated mix of both content and news.

Facade of the Federal Hall with Washington Statue on the front, Wall Street, Manhattan, New York City. To rein in financial instability and other destructive financial practices, we not only must re-regulate finance -- we must develop more public options in finance, (Photo: f11photo / iStock / Getty Images Plus)To rein in financial instability and other destructive financial practices, we not only must re-regulate finance -- we must develop more public options in finance. (Photo: f11photo / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Finance is inherently destabilizing because it's based on a promise that can be reneged on, or just plain miscalculated, says economist and Amherst professor Gerald Epstein. But the capitalist system that drives modern economies thrives increasingly on debt and quick profits, so when something goes wrong, there's no way to stop the vulnerability from spreading and bringing the economy crashing down.

Whistleblowers are particularly vital at this juncture in US politics where the guardrails of democracy -- the Senate and House intelligence committees -- are failing to provide necessary oversight of this authoritarian administration, says Melvin Goodman, former CIA intelligence analyst and author of Whistleblower at the CIA.

People watch a television broadcast reporting the North Korean missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station on July 4, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images)People watch a television broadcast reporting the North Korean missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station on July 4, 2017, in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images)

When the US signed the armistice agreement dividing the Korean Peninsula, it promised to negotiate a permanent peace settlement. Right now, with President Moon in South Korea and pro-diplomacy women in key foreign ministry posts in the region, the prospects for reaching an agreement are hopeful, and the US should fulfill its moral and legal responsibility.

In a last-ditch effort to save their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Senate leaders are reportedly offering $200 billion to win the votes of senators from states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA. The amount is only 17 percent of the bill's $1.2 trillion in cuts.

Economic Update: Economics Taught Badly

By Richard D. Wolff, Truthout | Audio Segment

Sister Aisha al-Adawiya is the founder of Women in Islam, Inc. and a mentor and inspiration to activists of all faiths. As we all struggle on so many fronts with so few resources, our real power lies in coming together and being accountable for each other's lives and wellbeing -- not just as allies but as family, she says.

Denying people Medicaid or health insurance because of preexisting conditions is essentially killing them, says Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis of the Kairos Center and the Poor People's Campaign. Theoharis argues that it's a moral imperative to not only fight for universal health care, but to connect issues like inequality and voter suppression.