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Why the Demand for ‘Medicare for All’ Won’t Go Away
As the chief medical officer of Chicago’s historic public hospital, I confront on a daily basis the reality of our country’s failure to provide universal access to health care: the steady flow of patients turned away from other hospitals because they are uninsured or have Medicaid, which pays too...
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Living In the Real World (Which Sucks), Looking In Your Kids' Eyes
Last night's spectacle at the DNC was tough to watch: The parade of so-called progressives caving to big-money, war-mongering centrism, the rightly furious and often weeping supporters, the great man and mensch himself nodding to the fraud and lies and scorn before choosing to transcend it all and...
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Why Hope Has Power in This Gut-Wrenching Election Year
Hope about American politics is hard to come by. Disapproval ratings of both major-party candidates are higher than we’ve seen in decades. Millions are livid about Trump’s lies and let down by Hillary Clinton and her party’s now-exposed bashing of Bernie Sanders . All these responses seem to...
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Beware Of My Starving/ and My Rage
rael’s ultranationalist defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, managed to offend both Palestinians and free-speech advocates on Thursday, comparing the Palestinians’ national poet to Adolf Hitler and threatening the independence of Israel’s Army Radio station. - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/...
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Police Have A New One: Caretaking An Autistic Patient While Black
Man. Even as Repubs shamelessly fan the flames of a divided nation, police in North Miami shot an unarmed black behavioral therapist trying to calm an agitated autistic patient playing with a toy truck, even though the caregiver was lying on the ground with both arms in the air. Therapist Charles...
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Melania Trump: I Am Spartacus, and Four Score and Seven Years Ago I Had A Dream
Okay, so we were gonna leave the RNC jamboree to its own demented devices, but this! It seems the carefully posh Mrs. Drumpf, faced with the arduous task of coming up with some words from her own wee little brain, made the carelessly dumb move to borrow Michelle Obama's words instead. In less time...
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The Bizarro GOP Circus Is In Town and Colbert Already Crashed It
Showtime, nation, if you can stand it. Fresh from the Trump/Pence logo debacle and the revelation by Trump's ghostwriter that in retrospect his client was "a sociopath" - "I put lipstick on a pig" - the GOP carnival begins today in Cleveland. It features an, umm, intriguing lineup: Entirely...
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Avoid 'Miracle' Rice, Just Eat a Carrot!
Golden rice is a false miracle. It is a disease of nutritionally empty monocultures offered as a cure for nutritional deficiency. In fact, golden rice, if successful, will be 400% less efficient in providing Vitamin A... Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, died on September 9, 2009...
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Grace Always Bats Last
Another savage week, from St. Paul to Nice. Because we have no words left, we turn to Canada's Choir! Choir! Choir!, an experiment in harmony and community that has pulled crowds of strangers together to pay tribute to Prince and David Bowie, and has raised money to resettle families from Syria and...
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What Had Philando Done?
The pallbearers/Photo by AP The fraught and moving funeral of Philando Castile drew thousands to the Cathedral of Saint Paul, where spectators lining the route of his white casket on a horse-drawn carriage declared themselves "United for Philando" and faith leaders mourning the latest victim of...
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