Ilana Novick

Ilana Novick

Ilana Novick is a contributing writer to the PolicyShop blog at Demos,a progressive think tank based in New York City.

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"The gap between rich and poor can’t be resolved without deliberate inequality-busting policies." (Photo: blind.fortune / Flick) Views
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Oxfam Report Contains Dire Warning for Global Capitalism
“I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason we’re in trouble,” former Vice President Joe Biden told an audience at the Brookings Institute in 2018. It was a few months before he’d officially declare his candidacy for president, but Biden’s position was clear: “The folks at the top aren’t bad...
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Then U.S. Senator Joe Biden in 1995 speaking on the Senate floor about his repeated efforts to cut Social Security spending. (Photo: Screenshot/C-SPAN) Views
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Joe Biden Has a Serious Problem With Social Security
In the 2000 presidential campaign, Al Gore was roundly mocked on “ Saturday Night Live ” and elsewhere for promising multiple times during a presidential debate that unlike his Republican opponent, he would fight to preserve Social Security by putting it in a “lockbox.” The mockery was for what...
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Supporters cheer as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to the crowd at a campaign rally on July 26, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 07, 2020
Are Establishment Democrats Running Out of Ways to Sabotage Bernie Sanders?
Bernie Sanders is surging in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary polls , and, as CNN analyst Harry Enten wrote Sunday, “It’s becoming more apparent” that the Vermont senator and former Vice President Joe Biden “are the candidates to beat .” Sanders, according to Enten, has an extra advantage...
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Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in "Bombshell." (Photo: YouTube screenshot) Views
Monday, December 30, 2019
'Bombshell' Glosses Over the Horrors of Fox News
“You will be muzzled,” the lawyer for Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) warns her at the end of “Bombshell,” (directed by Jay Roach) as the former Fox News anchor signs a $20 million settlement in a sexual harassment suit against her former boss, Roger Ailes. She might just as easily have been...
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After he was hospitalized for a heart attack in October, pundits questioned whether Sanders should continue his campaign. Instead, Sanders has bounced back stronger than ever, according to two new polls.(Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Media Taking Notice as Sanders Surges in New Polls
Bernie Sanders refuses to be counted out of the Democratic primary field, and, based on two recent polls, it appears that voters are backing him up. After he was hospitalized for a heart attack in October, pundits questioned whether Sanders should continue his campaign. The Washington Post observed...
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Sanders’ commitment to worldwide leftism was apparent even before he announced his second run for president. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Bernie Sanders Has the Backing of Leftists Worldwide
Leftist leaders from the United Kingdom to South America have a clear ally in the U.S. presidential election. In a crowded presidential primary, Bernie Sanders has distinguished himself from centrists like Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg and even fellow progressive Elizabeth Warren by calling the...
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In another poll from a crucial state, California, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, 39% of Latinos in California said they prefer Sanders, compared to 21%  for Biden and 5% for  Warren. (Photo: Mark Makela / Stringer/ Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Bernie Sanders Has More Diverse Support Than You Think
Suburban women, as Nicole Goodkind writes in Fortune , “[were] crucial to President Donald Trump’s election in 2016 and will be equally crucial to his reelection campaign next year.” Recent polling and actual election results, however, show Trump cannot take them for granted, and the same can be...
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The Massachusetts senator is adamant that her plan would not impose any taxes on the middle class. (Photo: Lori Shaull/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
How Warren’s 'Medicare for All' Plan Hurts the Cause
Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren agree that the American health care system causes harm to the people it claims to help. They also believe it needs massive change, and that a “Medicare for All” plan is the best avenue to achieve that. Their sharpest disagreements are over...
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“The analysis describes the different methods states might use to regulate coal-powered plants, and the health effects of each option.” (Photo: Jack Sem, Semtrio.com / Flickr Creative Commons) Views
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
EPA Coal Plan Could Cause Up to 1,400 Premature Deaths Annually (and Trump's EPA Knows It But Doesn't Care)
The Environmental Protection Agency released new rules regulating pollution levels for coal-burning power plants this week, and buried beneath its complex policies is a troubling statistic. As The New York Times reported Tuesday, “The plan would increase carbon emissions and lead to up to 1,400...
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
State Tax Systems Need to Become More Progressive, Not Less
State tax systems, according to a new report from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, take a far larger share of income from their lowest income residents than they do from the wealthy, exacerbating income inequality within and between states, encouraging the wealthy to move to low tax states, and even worse, threatening the effectiveness of federal and state programs designed to ease the tax burden for the poorest families.
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