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Dr. Joel Kovel, a Founder of Ecosocialism, Is Dead at 81

Dr. Kovel metamorphosed from a conventional therapist into a Marxist who abandoned the medical profession as too corporate and commercial. He became a fierce critic of the Vietnam War, imperialists, Zionists and gas guzzlers, together with neoliberals and environmentalists who were insufficiently anticapitalist. Dr. Kovel was an intellectual father of …

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N.S.A. Triples Collection of Data From U.S. Phone Companies

Still, the large and growing volume of data gathered shows that the N.S.A. continues to collect significant amounts of information about Americans’ phone and text messages after changes made by Congress in a 2015 law, the USA Freedom Act, which overhauled how the N.S.A. can gain access to domestic telecom …

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Jobless Rate Looks Like Old Times, but the Economy Doesn’t

President Trump crowed about the landmark on Friday, tweeting, “4% is Broken!” JUST OUT: 3.9% Unemployment. 4% is Broken! In the meantime, WITCH HUNT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2018 The steady-as-she-goes economy has produced a record 91 straight months of job growth. That may represent a healthier …

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Tariff Impact Colors a Key House Race in Boeing Country

The district’s quirky boundary, which encompasses the vast airplane-making ecosystem to the west and thousands of acres of cherry and apple farms on the other side of the Cascade Mountains, makes the territory uniquely vulnerable to the president’s actions on trade. Boeing is probably the American company with the most …

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