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In OtherWords: August 23, 2017

Two conglomerates control 90 percent of the beer market, and that's costing you bucks.

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Last week’s Charlottesville debacle concluded with a major development for the Trump administration: the exit of chief strategist Steve Bannon, a longtime lightning rod for the White House on race issues.

In this he was only the latest Trump confederate to get the ax, as Khalil Bendib notes in a rather bloody cartoon this week. Meanwhile, Jim Hightower wonders if Trump has any friends left (besides former Klan leader David Duke).

Speaking of last week, if you’re anything like me, you needed a beer after it — maybe one of those fancy craft beers, or maybe a humbler mass produced offering. (I’ll admit to being partial to the latter. I can’t help it.)

Either way, writes Chuck Collins this week, two big beer monopolies are severely limiting your choices, and that’s costing you money. In fact, those two conglomerates control 90 percent of the beer market in our country. What a buzz kill!

Finally, Jill Richardson reports on a petty decision by Trump to roll back Obama-era protections against litter in national parks. And Mitchell Zimmerman offers lessons on the North Korea nuclear dilemma from the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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  1. Stop the Buzz Killing Beer Barons! / Chuck Collins
    Two conglomerates control 90 percent of the beer market, and that’s costing you bucks.
  2. Lessons on North Korea from the Cuban Missile Crisis / Mitchell Zimmerman
    Amid the tensions, the Soviet leader secretly offered Kennedy good advice: Let’s not tug on “the knot of war.”
  3. Trump’s Running Out of Friends, and It’s His Own Fault / Jim Hightower
    Seems like the only one still standing by him is David Duke. They deserve each other.
  4. The President Is Removing Litter Protections from National Parks / Jill Richardson
    The president seems dead set on undoing everything the last administration did, no matter how sensible it was.
  5. With Friends Like These / Khalil Bendib
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Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and the editor of OtherWords.org.