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In OtherWords: December 13, 2017

While the Alabama race has grabbed the headlines, another key vote looms this week.


This week saw Doug Jones beat Roy Moore, the accused serial sexual predator and GOP Senate candidate, in deep red Alabama. It was a narrow miss, but black voters and millennials helped Jones eek out a victory.

Of course, it’s hard not to notice that a man also accused of serial sexual misconduct still sits in the White House. This week, Khalil Bendib illustrates that irony, while Jill Richardson argues that we need a consistent standard of punishment for powerful men who harass and assault.

While the Alabama race has grabbed the headlines, another key vote looms this week: the FCC’s expected decision to remove net neutrality protections for internet users.

Jim Hightower reports on the stakes for consumers and internet users. And Mark Luskus shares a shocking story about having his personal information stolen by people shilling for internet service corporations.

Finally, as the holidays draw near, my colleague Jessicah Pierre reports on the tense times facing tens of thousands Haitian families in our country, thanks to a cruel recent federal decision.


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  1. Corporate Interests Are Warping the Internet / Mark Luskus
    Someone submitted millions of fake comments against the open internet using stolen identities — including mine.
  2. A Cruel Holiday Gift for Refugee Families / Jessicah Pierre
    For 60,000 Haitian immigrants, this holiday season is filled with fear and uncertainty.
  3. We Agree Assault Is Bad. Let’s Agree on How to Punish It. / Jill Richardson
    Kevin Spacey can’t play the president on TV because he committed sexual assault. Our real president brags about assault and stays in office.
  4. Is This the End of Free and Open Internet Access? / Jim Hightower
    Corporate executives never let virtue stand in the way of profit.
  5. Big League Predators / Khalil Bendib
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Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and the editor of