Editors’ Picks: News that didn’t fit

Bernie Sanders: Student loan forgiveness is a win for working people
by ABC News | “This Week” Transcript | Aug. 28 | tinyurl.com/Iguana1435
George Stephanopoulos interviews Sen. Bernie Sanders on his show “This Week with George Stephanopoulos, about the controversies of Biden’s student loan forgiveness program. 

How to make Congress accountable to the people
by Ralph Nader | Common Dreams | Aug. 27 | tinyurl.com/Iguana1433
Two simple bills would go a long way toward making members of Congress identify with their voters, to be more “we the people” instead of “we the Congress.” Bill No. 1:  Congress members will have no employment benefits that are not accorded to all American workers, including pensions, health insurance and deductible expenses; members will be paid no more than ten times the federal minimum wage. Bill No. 2: Anytime the U.S. is engaged in armed warfare, declared or undeclared by Congress, all age-qualified able-bodied children and grandchildren of senators and representatives shall be immediately conscripted into the armed forces for military or civilian rendition of services.

Inside the war between Trump and his generals 
by Susan B. Glasser and Peter Baker | The New Yorker | August 8 | tinyurl.com/Iguana1426
How Mark Milley and others in the Pentagon handled the national-security threat posed by their own Commander-in-Chief.

People in Republican counties have higher death rates than those in Democratic counties
by Lydia Denworth | Scientific American | July 18 | tinyurl.com/Iguana1443
A growing mortality gap between Republican and Democratic areas may largely stem from policy choices.

The origin of student debt: Reagan adviser warned free college would create a dangerous ‘educated proletariat’
by Jon Schwarz | The Intercept | Aug. 25 | tinyurl.com/Iguana1434
In 1970, Roger Freeman, who also worked for Nixon, revealed the right’s motivation for coming decades of attacks on higher education.

The far-right crusade against human sexuality
by Kenn Orphan | CounterPunch | Aug. 25 | tinyurl.com/Iguana1428
Whether it is banning the word “gay,” or banning books that contain topics related to human sexuality, or the Supreme Court decision to overturn a woman’s federal right to an abortion, the war on human sexuality and those who are sexually divergent is ramping up on multiple fronts.

The most important election in the Americas is in Brazil
by Vijay Prashad | Globetrotter | Aug. 31 | tinyurl.com/Iguana1445 
Prashad looks at the current Brazilian presidential campaign between the “boorish and vulgar” far-right incumbent and the “refined and presidential” former president “Lula.” The campaign illustrates the stark differences of these two camps: one offering real solutions to the problems facing Brazil and the other willing to do and say anything to maintain power. 

‘There are good reasons to defund the FBI. They have nothing to do with Trump’
by Amy Goodman | Democracy Now | Aug. 16 | tinyurl.com/Iguana1430
Professor Alex Vitale: The FBI has “always been a tool of repression of left-wing movements”; Vitale calls for efforts to “reduce the power and scope of the FBI in ways that limit their ability to demonize and criminalize those on the left.”

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