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ACLU Demands DOJ 'Swiftly' Release Special Counsel Report to the Public
by Common Dreams staff
"The American people have a right to know if President Trump and his associates coordinated with Russia to interfere in our elections, the full extent of Russian efforts to affect our elections, and any attempts to interfere with Special Counsel Mueller's investigation."

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Progressives Refuse to Back Down as DCCC Moves to Kneecap Primary Challengers
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
"Don't think for one second that it'll stop us—or the grassroots army we stand with—from backing bold, inclusive populists who will better represent their districts in Congress over neoliberal corporate Dems."
An Exxon sign in Framingham, MA. Following Monsanto, Exxon Could Be Next US Corporation to Face EU Lobby Ban
by Eoin Higgins, staff writer
"Big Oil is the new Big Tobacco." ExxonMobil could join Monsanto as one of the only two companies not allowed to lobby the EU as soon as the end of April.
Stephen Moore 'Like Nominating Dr. Phil to Run CDC': Alarm Bells as Trump Nominates Right-Wing Sycophant Stephen Moore to Federal Reserve
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Economists and progressive experts responded with exasperation and unease on Friday after President Donald Trump said he will nominate right-wing commentator Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve, the gatekeeper of the nation's economy.
'Outrageous. Unacceptable.': Indiana Teachers Shot 'Execution-Style' With Pellets in School Shooting Drill
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
"In New Zealand, they respond to a mass shooting by banning semi-automatics five days later. In America, we respond to near-daily mass shootings by...literally shooting teachers."
report cover 'In a Just World, It Would Be Treated as Crime Against Humanity': New Report Exposes Big Oil's Real Agenda
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
In the years since the 2015 Paris agreement, the world's top five Big Oil firms collectively have spent more than a billion dollars on "misleading" branding and lobbying to "capture the public and political narrative" on the climate crisis while they continue expanding their fossil fuel operations.
Only Socialist in US History of 'With Serious Chance of Winning': DSA Endorses Bernie Sanders for 2020
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Democratic Socialists of America say senator from Vermont is the only candidate in the race who can "transform American society by ending the worst forms of poverty and inequality while empowering workers to fight for even more."

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To erode that solidarity, some billionaire hedge fund owners and multinational CEOs work to divide workers. (Photo: United Steelworkers/Flickr/cc) How Billionaires Are Using Hate to Divide Us
by Leo Gerard
The only way to deal with them is with solidarity
Nationwide, the lowest-income households contribute, on average, 11 percent of their income in state and local taxes while the top 1 percent of households contribute just 7 percent of their income. (Photo: Timothy Krause/cc/flickr) Unfair State Tax Codes Also Exacerbate Racial Inequity
by Misha Hill
Regressive state and local tax codes are worsening both income inequalities and widening racial income and wealth gaps by requiring communities of color to contribute a larger share of their income in taxes
On December 14, 2018, Scott Walker released a Venn diagram when he signed the lame-duck bills into law claiming that they did not curtail the powers of the new Democratic governor. Boom! Wisconsin GOP’s Lame-Duck Power Grab Ruled Unconstitutional
by Mary Bottari, Scott Zimmerman
The people of Wisconsin were “entitled to a government that represents their interests transparently, welcomes citizens’ input, and respects the limits of its constitutional authority.”
The grassroots left in the Democratic Party is fed up with this shell game. (Photo: Screenshot) 2020 Dem Presidential Hopefuls Flee Israel lobbies’ AIPAC After MoveOn.org Boycott Call
by Juan Cole
It is a potential watershed moment
President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks at the Lima Army Tank Plant in Lima, Ohio on March 20. (Photo: Evan Vucci / AP) America Is Exceptional—in All the Wrong Ways
by Danny Sjursen
I’ve seen where all those ideologies inevitably lead: to aggressive war, military occupations and, ultimately, dead children
In pure math, Obama’s tenure was a boon to the GOP—Democrats lost their big majorities in the US House and Senate and nearly 1,000 state legislative seats, while the 50 governorships shifted from a strong Democratic margin to strong Republican majority.(Photo: @THR/Twitter) Let’s Not Restore or Mythologize Obama
by Jeff Cohen
Obama’s tenure paved the way for the rise of Trump

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