Michael Corcoran at TruthOut reminds us that the "liberal" media have a "deep-seated conflict of interest" in their reporting (or non-reporting) of Clinton Foundation donors having so much access to Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State -- specifically because a lot of "liberal" media figures are Clinton Foundation donors themselves. As we know, big donors generally aren't stupid enough to ask for a quid pro quo (which would get even John Roberts's antennae up), but they sure want something for their money. People have got to get over the idea that criticizing Hillary Clinton is the same as electing Donald Trump; as a citizen, your right to give honest counsel to your representatives is sacrosanct, and great responsibilities come with it, such as the responsibility to oppose what you don't agree with regardless of which "team" pushes it.
Michael Dear at Politico notes that "The World Is Full of Walls That Don’t Work," and wonders why Donald Trump is so bent on building one, since he's so obsessed with "winning." of course, Donald Trump isn't preoccupied with "winning" the "battle" against immigrants -- he's preoccupied with winning the election, which doesn't have to have anything to do with winning any real battles, or even putting forth workable policy initiatives. I suppose it's something that Mr. Dear's first in-depth example of an unworkable wall is the one dividing Israel and Palestine.
You know not to buy EpiPen on eBay by now, but Laura Northrup at The Consumerist tells you why you shouldn't buy them online from Canada, either. Only around one in 25 online pharmacies claiming to sell cheaper drugs from Canada actually meet U.S. or Canadian standards, so only use online sites with the domain ".pharmacy" in their addresses -- or get your doctor to prescribe Adrenaclick (not EpiPen, since one isn't a substitute for the other). And how about we let Medicare negotiate its own drug prices, too? If we do that, we can really get drug prices down in this country (since Medicare represents a very large pool of drug consumers).
Trump toady Wayne Allen Root says people who get "free stuff" from the government shouldn't be allowed to vote because of their "conflict of interest" in voting for politicians who "give" them "free stuff." The idea that any good citizen should be stripped of their right to vote, for any reason, is not only a disgusting piece of un-American filth, it's a desperate argument -- arguing for disenfranchising people with whom you disagree tells the world you can't win arguments on the merits. Even when Mr. Root decides, upon minimal reflection, that folks who get Medicare and Social Security can still vote because they paid into them, he advertises his ignorance: we pay for all government services, including food stamps and "free health care," and we could, theoretically, need to avail ourselves of such services at any time. How about we never speak of this Wayne Allen Root again?
Finally, Shailly Gupta Barnes at In These Times interviews Bob Zellner about his community organizing work in the late '60s, which included members of the Ku Klux Klan. Two important lessons to learn here: one, Mr. Zellner's work was life-threatening -- in fact, he almost got killed by the Klan at his very first civil rights demonstration in the '60s. Two, Mr. Zellner didn't build bridges by compromising all his principles, like professional whiners about "bipartisanship" do -- he did it by concentrating on what he and the Klan had in common, which turned out, at first, to be a mutual experience of government spying. That could work again today -- though people like Bernie Sanders, not people like Donald Trump, can make it work.