This week in OtherWords, I explain why building more nuclear reactors can’t fix the climate crisis, Chuck Collins points out that our nation’s richest 400 people now have more money than the bottom 60 percent of Americans combined, and John Kiriakou delves into the question of why suspected terrorists may legally buy guns around here.

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Fear Itself, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

  1. Have We Hit Peak Inequality? / Chuck Collins
    These 400 billionaires are wealthier than 190 million of their fellow Americans.
  2. Refugees Are as American as Baseball / Olivia Alperstein
    Our history of shutting immigrants out is matched by a long history of welcoming them in.
  3. President Obama Can Expose Corporate Election Spending / Marge Baker
    All it would take is the stroke of a pen.
  4. A Big Fat Radioactive Lie / Emily Schwartz Greco
    Billionaires are hyping nuclear power as a magic cure for climate change.
  5. Buy Today, Kill Tomorrow / John Kiriakou
    Suspected terrorists can buy guns legally in the United States — and that’s how the NRA wants it.
  6. The Fishy Science Behind Mutant Salmon / Jill Richardson
    The first genetically modified animals with FDA approval harbor extra chromosomes.
  7. Big Ag Serves Up Wastewater Salads / Jim Hightower
    California’s industrial farmers are dousing some thirsty crops with fracking chemicals.
  8. Fear Itself / Khalil Bendib
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Emily Schwartz Greco

Columnist Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies. OtherWords.org.