Dean Baker for Truthout: Facebook recently acknowledged it received more than $100,000 from Russian sources to purchase ads intended to defeat Hillary Clinton. Does Congress care enough about democracy to take steps toward making it illegal to carry phony political ads?
The situations we are seeing today in the Middle East are the theater of the collapse of the United States as a global military hegemon, according to a new report from the United States Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute. But a weakened US can still wield nearly uncontested power in shaping the policies of global financial and political institutions, say scholars and activists.
The Detroit Pistons owner's purchase of the prison phone company Securus is another indicator that mass incarceration will be profitable under President Trump. Mass incarceration and basketball provide two avenues for profiting off of Detroit's Black community, where 1 in 10 children have a parent in prison.
With Congress preoccupied with a series of Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, little attention has been paid to a long-running bipartisan program providing insurance coverage to millions of American children: the Children's Health Insurance Program which provides coverage to 9 million American children.