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Don’t Let Corporations Pick What Websites You Visit
Think about the websites you visit. The movies you stream. The music you listen to online. The animal videos that are just too cute not to share. Now think about the freedom to use the internet however and whenever you choose being taken away from you. That’s exactly what Verizon, AT&T, Comcast...
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Burning Raqqa: The U.S. War Against Civilians in Syria
It was midday on Sunday, May 7th, when the U.S.-led coalition warplanes again began bombing the neighborhood of Wassim Abdo’s family. They lived in Tabqa, a small city on the banks of the Euphrates River in northern Syria. Then occupied by the Islamic State (ISIS, also known as Daesh), Tabqa was...
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Why Tax Cuts for the Rich Solve Nothing
Although America’s right-wing plutocrats may disagree about how to rank the country’s major problems – for example, inequality, slow growth, low productivity, opioid addiction, poor schools, and deteriorating infrastructure – the solution is always the same: lower taxes and deregulation, to “...
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"Collateral Damage" Isn’t Collateral, It’s Central
You would barely know it, living in this country, but the essence of modern warfare is what our military tends to call “collateral damage”: the killing or wounding of civilians, not combatants. The Global War on Terror -- more than 15 years later a no-name set of conflicts still spreading across...
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"Poison Papers" Snapshot: Transcript Illustrates EPA Collusion with Chemical Industry
The world of independent chemical testing has a shiny veneer. The public is reassured that chemicals they’re exposed to on a daily basis are certified by technicians in spotless white lab coats who carefully conduct scientific studies, including on animals in neat rows of cages. But a federal grand...
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Republican Health Care Proposals Run Up Against Basic Economics and Can Never Succeed
Republicans are trying to defy three basic economic factors with their health insurance proposals: 1) the large costs inherent in private insurance, 2) the market (supply and demand) model cannot be applied to health insurance, and 3) insurance works on an actuarial basis. First, let us enumerate...
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Scaramucci Goes to War Over "Leak" That Turns Out To Be Public Document
White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci waged war with President Trump's chief of staff, Reince Priebus, Thursday morning over leaks from the White House to journalists. But Scaramucci's fight against leaks appears to be at least partially focused on public information, and on the...
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It's a Trap! Red Alert Sounded as GOP "Skinny Repeal" Identified as "Trojan Horse"
With the latest reports on Thursday suggesting Republicans in the Senate are going to finalize the details of their so-called "skinny repeal" bill at a lunchtime meeting, opponents of the effort are decrying the bill as a "Trojan Horse" and "humanitarian catastrophe" that would strip healthcare...
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GOP Single-Payer Ploy Shows Just How 'Very Sick' US Healthcare Debate Remains
Amid soaring support for Medicare for All at the grassroots and among Democratic lawmakers, Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) is attempting to "troll" Democrats by proposing a single-payer amendment during the debate over his party's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The effort, according to...
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Kris Kobach, the Man Charged With Enhancing Americans’ Confidence in Elections, Says That We May Never Know Who Won The Election
Roughly half of voters who said they voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election believe that he won the popular vote, according to a new poll from POLITICO/Morning Consult. The poll started on July 20, coincidentally just one day after the first meeting of the Election Integrity...
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