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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) embrace after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) News
2019-11-20
Top Economist Robert Pollin Answers Key Questions on the Emerging Divide Between Sanders and Warren on Medicare for All

Economist Robert Pollin, co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, admits there is no "perfect way to fund" Medicare for All but he remains on a mission to explain why simplicity is key when it comes to building a more efficient, more humane, and less costly alternative to the current for-profit status quo.Despite a detailed economic analysis he and his PERI colleagues put out last year—presented in a 200-page study titled "Economic Analysis of Medicare for All," which examines the costs and benefits of legislation introduced


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2019-11-19
Ocasio-Cortez: 'I Was Sent Here to Safeguard and Protect People,' Not the Profits of Private Equity

During a U.S. House Financial Services Committee hearing Tuesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez railed against private equity firms for "wiping out tens of thousands of jobs" and having "undemocratic impacts on media companies."


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Almost half of US families are unable to afford the basics like rent and food, and 40% can’t afford an unexpected $400 expense, with almost 80% of US workers living paycheck to paycheck. (Photo: AP/Craig Ruttle) Views
2019-11-19
Record Inequality and Corporate Profits Are What Media Call a 'Strong Economy'

Last month, CNBC (10/7/19) reassured us that fears of a potential recession are “overblown,” because the “hard data” shows that the “US economy remains strong.”If you’ve been keeping track of corporate media coverage of the US economy over the past several years, you might have noticed a contradictory pattern. You’ll find that corporate media make ubiquitous references to a “strong economy,” while simultaneously providing many reports on the increasingly impoverished and precarious working class alongside the continuously rising fortunes of the rich.Last month, a New York Times report (10/20


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2019-11-18
North Korea to Trump: See You Soon In Your Dreams, Sucker!

Art of the Incompetent Deal Redux: Look, murderous despot Kim Jong-Un has played our hapless Dear Leader again. Desperate to restart nuclear talks, Trump dodged Kim's calling Joe Biden a “rabid dog” who should be “beaten to death with a stick” to urge Kim to "get the deal done," gaily signing off, "See you soon!" No, actually, said Kim, who declared, “We will no longer gift the US president with something to brag about" for nothing in return. We know how he feels.


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An Extinction Rebellion protester holds up a placard saying "Divest from climate change" on October 14, 2019 in London, England. Views
2019-11-18
Major Victory as EIB Ends Fossil Fuel Financing by 2021

As climate wins go this has been a long time coming but it is also a big one. It should not be understated.For years climate campaigners and organizations such as Oil Change International (OCI) along with scientists, students and huge sections of civil society, have been targeting the hugely wealthy and influential European Investment Bank (EIB) to stop funding fossil fuels.The reason was simple: the EIB is the world's largest multilateral development bank. And despite the climate crisis, the Bank was still funding large amounts of fossil fuel projects.According to a previous analysis by OCI


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Democratic presidential hopeful Massachusetts' Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks to members of SEA/SEIU Local 1984, state employees, at the Holiday Inn in Concord New Hampshire, after signing papers to officially enter the New Hampshire Primary race on November 13, 2019. Two hundred union members attend the exclusive town hall to hear Warren speak and ask her questions. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso / AFP / Getty Images) News
2019-11-17
'Too Clever for Its Own Good': Progressives Concerned Over Warren's New Medicare for All Strategy

While Sen. Elizabeth Warren received praise from some high-profile Medicare for All proponents after the 2020 Democratic candidate released a detailed "transition plan" on Friday, progressive critics of the proposal openly worried the proposal reveals gaps in her commitment to the goal of universal healthcare, a naivety about the political fight needed to get there—or both."There is no way the fight for single payer would survive Warren's plan. It is practically tailor-made to divide, depress, marginalize, and exhaust any political will for single payer before we've even begun the final fight


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2019-11-15
'Pure Propaganda': New York Times Condemned for Comparing Sanders Green New Deal to Trump Border Wall

The New York Times sparked fierce backlash from environmentalists Friday for publishing a news story that leads with a matter-of-fact comparison between Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan to finance the Green New Deal by taxing and fining the fossil fuel industry and President Donald Trump's claim that Mexico would pay for the construction of a border wall."Sanders' $16 trillion vision for arresting global warming would put the government in charge of the power sector and promise that, by 2030, the country's electricity and transportation systems would run entirely on wind, solar, hydropower, or


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Communities across the U.S. are taking network construction into their own hands. (Photo: T.Dallas/Shutterstock.com) Views
2019-11-15
Cities and States Take Up the Battle for an Open Internet and Municipal Broadband

Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon are free to slow down, block or prioritize internet traffic as they wish, without interference by the federal government. That’s the effect of an October ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, upholding a 2017 ruling by the Federal Communications Commission that reversed rules requiring what is called “net neutrality”—treating all internet traffic equally, regardless of where it’s from or what kind of data it is.Giving corporate telecom giants this power is wildly unpopular among the American people, who know that these companies have


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2019-11-15
Applauding His Record of Standing Up to 'Charter Billionaires,' United Teachers Los Angeles Endorses Bernie Sanders

The 35,000-member United Teachers Los Angeles overwhelmingly voted Thursday to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, citing the need for an "unapologetic, longstanding ally of progressive policies to make public education a priority in the White House."UTLA, the second-largest teachers union local in the nation, said in a statement announcing the endorsement that 80 percent of its elected leadership voted in favor of supporting Sanders."Sanders is the first viable major candidate in 25 years in the Democratic Party to stand up against privatization, the


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2019-11-15
Remembering the Battle for Seattle: Organizers Launch Project to Reflect on 20 Years of Lessons

It is imperative that we remember what happened in Seattle 20 years ago. We are living in a moment of mass uprisings around the world. Today’s political moment traces back to many turning points in political, economic, and social movement history. In order to face the crises of today and chart our paths forward, we have to remember, reflect on, and understand ourselves within a continuum of people’s movements. The Battle of Seattle was a key turning point on the cusp of the 21st century, and there is no better moment to remember the lessons and carry forward bold visions of resistance."Based


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