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May 13, 2019, Issue
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How Private Equity Is Turning Public Prisons Into Big Profits
In recent years, corporations have privatized almost every part of the public prison system. Now, PE firms are swooping in, seeking lavish returns for investors.
When Will Washington End the Forever War?
A new breed of progressive politicians and activists is challenging the bipartisan consensus—but there’s a long way to go.
Why the Highlander Attack Matters
The arson attack on the Highlander Center, a longtime leader in racial and social-justice work, is not merely a hate crime—it’s an act of war.
Robin D.G. Kelley
The Latest Reason Given for Why We Can’t See the President’s Tax Returns
Should the House Impeach Trump?
It’s a tough call, with strong arguments on both sides. Regardless, Democrats must aggressively pursue the investigative leads furnished by the Mueller report.
Want to Expand Medicare? Then Answer the $5 Trillion Questions.
If you think the fight with insurance companies is tough, just wait until single-payer advocates have to go head-to-head with doctors.
The Trump Administration Is Launching a New Round of Aggression Against Cuba
And this time, they’re celebrating the Bay of Pigs invasion as they do it.
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The Media Can’t Figure Out How to Cover Elizabeth Warren
Unlike every other candidate in the race—or in recent US history—Warren is providing a road map for where she wants to take the country.
William Barr’s Handling of the Mueller Report
Why Everyone Should Care About Mass E-carceration
The social costs of constant surveillance are greater than we might think.
Patricia J. Williams
Books & the Arts
Can Humanitarianism Address Inequality?
In his new book, French anthropologist Didier Fassin argues that if humanitarians are to save life they need to rethink the global structures that sustain it.
At the Frontiers of Surveillance Capitalism
Silicon Valley firms don’t want to simply monitor your behavior; they plan to shape it, too.
‘Maid’ Offers a Striking Portrait of Single-Working-Motherhood
Stephanie Land’s memoir is an intimate look at the day-to-day reality of poverty in the United States.
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Letters From the May 13, 2019 Issue
Action plans for democracy… Spreading hope—and justice…
Puzzle No. 3498
Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto