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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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Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide?
Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or for that rising fatality toll? Turning away from such warnings may reduce immediate tension or anxiety, but only weakens the public awareness and distracts us from addressing the great challenges...
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Are We Doomed? Let’s Have a Talk.
My most recent essay, in which I discussed a highly publicized controversy over the efficacy of plans for a comprehensive transition to an all-renewable energy future, garnered some strong responses. “If you are right,” one Facebook commenter opined, “we are doomed. Fortunately you are not right...
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Jimmy Carter Latest Ex-Democratic Leader to Back Single Payer. When Will Current Ones?
Speaking to a large crowd just before a Sunday school class in Plains, Georgia, former President Jimmy Carter said he believes the United States will ultimately transition away from a for-profit system that leaves millions uninsured to a Medicare-for-All style system that guarantees healthcare to...
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This Is Not Right (Again)
Wow. Just when you think he can't go any lower or crasser, there he goes. The profane spectacle of Trump haranguing 40,000 Boy Scouts - children, let's be clear - in West Virginia about his petty grievances and electoral triumphs (STILL!? WTF?!) was variously critiqued as "mortifying," "a...
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Everything That’s Wrong with the Democratic ‘Reboot’ in One Lousy Op-Ed
Senate minority leader and Democratic Party honcho Chuck Schumer’s editorial in Monday’s New York Times boldly proclaims that the Democratic Party will start helping working people. That would be a nice change. But what should be a welcome shift is instead emblematic of everything that’s wrong with...
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Took Back What They Stole From Me: The Resistance Revival
Summoning the spirit of the Women's March. Photo by Chang Lee/New York Times Marking six months since The Women's March , its organizers have launched the Resistance Revival Chorus : A Restoration of Force," a series of monthly events featuring protest songs aimed at reviving the spirit of...
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In Announcing 'Better Deal' Platform, Dems Admit Status Quo Not Working
With a live-streamed presentation and a slate of new messaging on Monday, Democratic leaders attempted to articulate for the first time since their party's 2016 losses an agenda that "works for everyone...not just the elites and special interests." As the local Winchester Star reported , House...
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Nonsensical Stuff: Mooch In the House
Mooch does his slimy thing. AP photo. So much for marketing. First reviews on Wall Street hedge funder Anthony Scaramucci, the beleaguered Popular Loser's swaggering, sweet-talking, snappy-dressing, obsequious new White House Communications Director, are less than stellar. Having decided his...
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We Shut This Down: Minneapolis Protesters Take Over Mayor Presser
John Thompson and Mel Reeves take the podium. Photo by Chris Dang/Minnesota Daily. In a dramatic testament to community solidarity against longtime and recent police abuses, a raucous, multi-racial crowd of protesters shut down a press conference by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges even as she was...
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