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Richard Slotkin on Guns and Violence – Moyers & Company

Ahead of the one year anniversary of the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in which Adam Lanza took the lives of 20 school children and six educators, Bill speaks with cultural historian and scholar Richard Slotkin about the role of guns in America’s national psyche. Slotkin has spent his life studying andContinue reading “Richard Slotkin on Guns and Violence – Moyers & Company”

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Let’s talk about Poland, planes, and power in Ukraine – Beau of the Fifth Column

Senate Slammed for Passing ‘Bloated’ NDAA But Delaying Build Back Better Act

“Don’t tell me we can’t afford to fight poverty, cancel student debt, pass paid leave, and defeat the climate crisis,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal after senators approved the $786 billion military spending bill. As a bill authorizing $778 billion in military spending breezed through the U.S. Senate Wednesday amid darkening prospects for the Build Back BetterContinue reading “Senate Slammed for Passing ‘Bloated’ NDAA But Delaying Build Back Better Act”

Japan’s military, among world’s strongest, looks to build

Dozens of tanks and soldiers fired explosives and machine guns in drills Monday on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, a main stronghold for a nation that is perhaps the world’s least-known military powerhouse. Just across the sea from rival Russia, Japan opened up its humbly named Self Defense Force’s firing exercises to the media inContinue reading “Japan’s military, among world’s strongest, looks to build”

Taiwan revamps military training for reserves amid China pressure

Taiwan is facing questions about whether its military reserves are capable of actual fighting in the event of a Chinese invasion. Preparing for potential military action from China is a prospect that has hung over Taiwan since its government fled to the island at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. There wereContinue reading “Taiwan revamps military training for reserves amid China pressure”

Let’s talk about a Sputnik moment and it not being one – Beau of the Fifth Column

After the Milley incident, it’s time to limit presidential powers — or regret it forever

Gen. Milley didn’t “go rogue” — instead, he made clear that Congress must take steps to rein in the presidency The highly anticipated testimony of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the two highest ranking officers in the U.S. military before the Senate Armed Services Committee took place on Tuesday. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of theContinue reading “After the Milley incident, it’s time to limit presidential powers — or regret it forever”

How The United States Ended Up With Two Right-Wing Parties – Second Though

We hear a lot about the Democrats being “the radical left.” Most of us know this obviously isn’t the case, but what many Americans don’t realize is that the Democrats should not be considered left-wing at all. In this episode we’re exploring the ratchet effect and the long rightward shift of the Democratic Party.