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'Corruption, Plain and Simple': Public Comments Show Outrage at CFPB's Corporate Turn Under Mulvaney
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
After weeks of working tirelessly to dismantle the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) ability to defend consumers and roll back its power to punish criminal banks, White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney put out a request for public comment on the bureau's direction under his leadership. If the overwhelming majority of responses submitted thus far are any evidence, Americans are not at all pleased with the CFPB's sharp corporate turn.

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Pai was given the 'Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award' by the National Rifle Association during CPAC FCC Chair Accepts NRA's "Charleston Heston Courage Award" for Trying to Kill Net Neutrality
by Common Dreams staff
Past recipients of the NRA award include far-right favorites Rush Limbaugh, Phyllis Schlafly, Mike Pence and Sheriff David Clarke.
Heeding Calls By Gun Control Advocates, National Companies Cut Ties With NRA
by Julia Conley, staff writer
In the latest sign that the United States' decades-long gun control debate is no longer being controlled by the pro-gun lobby, several national companies have cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA).
A fracking well flare in Scott Township, Pennsylvania. (Photo: WCN 24/7/flickr/cc) In 'Tremendous Victory for Taxpayers, Public Health, and Planet,' Federal Court Rejects Trump Admin.'s Attempt to Suspend Methane Rule
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
A court has once again rejected the Trump administration's effort to suspend an Obama-era rule aimed at reducing releases of methane from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal land.
Demanding 'Fundamental Restructuring of the Economy,' Progressives Embrace Bold New Agenda
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Arguing that only a positive and truly transformative economic agenda will be sufficient to overcome the Republican congressional majority and President Donald Trump, scores of progressive leaders this week endorsed a bold 11-point platform that calls for Medicare for All, tough Wall Street regulation, and a ban on corporate money in elections.
Texas 07 HoR candidates Democratic Party's DC Establishment Attacks Progressive Texas Candidate for US House
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Laura Moser, a progressive Democrat who is running to represent Houston, Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives is being negatively targeted by the House campaign arm of her own party, and EMILY's List, a powerhouse group that works to elect pro-choice women, has opted to support an opponent with corporate ties.
Reporters Call Foul on NRA Claim That Media "Loves" Mass Shootings
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Journalists on social media pushed back on Friday against NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch's claim that the news media "loves" mass shootings because they deliver ratings boosts.

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AR-15 rifles are displayed for sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pennsylvania. No, The Founding Fathers Didn't Give You a Right to Bear Arms
by John Atcheson
That Was a Result of Corporatism and Partisanship Posing as Jurisprudence
A drumline in modern Africa. Before the invention of war about 6,000 years ago, non-lethal war games including drum battles between friendly rivals, were common. Towards a New Definition of Humanity
by Barry Brown
These times of violence and conditioned hatreds are the dark blip in a very long history of cooperation.
Nonviolent Direct Action at Livermore Lab The Year of Living Nonviolently
by Rev. John Dear
We must take to the streets in public, nonviolent, transformative action.
"The problem with this, beyond the fact that this kind of spending on “defense” shrivels social spending to a bare minimum, is that planning for war — celebrating war, glorifying war — has a long-term psychological impact on a large segment of society." (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) The Cheapening Of Human Life
by Robert C. Koehler
Assault rifles have more rights than schoolchildren.
"This kind of covert consolidation allows Sinclair to skirt the last remaining ownership rules and solidify its unacceptable control over our local communities and the national media conversation." (Photo: Sudarshan V/ Flickr ) Don't Be Fooled by Sinclair's Shell Games
by Dana Floberg
They are counting on a complicit FCC to hand-wave away their blatant threats to competition, diversity and localism.
 "Money and corruption have seeped so far into our media system that people can with a straight face assert that scientists aren’t sure human carbon emissions are causing global warming." (Photo: Screenshot) Top Ten Signs The US Is The Most Corrupt Nation In The World (2018 Edn.)
by Juan Cole
American democracy is being corrupted out of existence.

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