This weekend, the U.S. once again struck out at Syrian regime targets over the alleged use of chemicals weapons. This week in OtherWords, I argue that when you look at the big picture, there’s no remotely humanitarian justification for the strikes.

Also this week, Americans paid their taxes. In the spirit of the season, Josh Hoxie lays out five tax myths that need busting. Bookmark that one!

Meanwhile, Morris Pearl explains how a small change to the census could have negative impacts, while Peter Montgomery explains why so many white evangelicals support a president who probably hasn’t been to Sunday school.

Finally, Jill Richardson shows why putting work requirements on food stamps actually cuts jobs. Khalil Bendib imagines a “deal” on Syria. And Jim Hightower shares a sad story about why it’s important to think about end of life planning.


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  1. There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria / Peter Certo
    We fired 107 missiles on April 14. That’s 10 times the number of Syrian refugees we’ve taken all year.
  2. No, the Census Shouldn’t Ask About Citizenship / Morris Pearl
    If immigrant families are undercounted, it could threaten programs all Americans rely on.
  3. Five Tax Myths Debunked / Josh Hoxie
    Myth No. 2: Corporations pay high taxes.
  4. Christian Nationalism: Good for Politicians, Bad for America and the World / Peter Montgomery
    Why did white evangelicals support Trump? To keep America Christian.
  5. Another Counterproductive Assault on Food Stamps / Jill Richardson
    House Republicans are pushing ahead with another mean-spirited plan to worsen hunger and cut jobs.
  6. Life Comes at You Fast. Plan Ahead. / Jim Hightower
    Sadly, life can come to an end all too abruptly. Make sure your paperwork’s in order.
  7. Diplomacy at Last / Khalil Bendib
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