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Monday, March 27, 2017
Medea Benjamin
Will Donald Trump Escalate the Devastating War and Hunger in Yemen?
This week marks the beginning of year three of the Saudi-led military intervention in the civil war in Yemen, an intervention that has resulted in an epic tragedy of destruction and starvation. Tens...
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Patrick Lawrence
 Famine Could Kill 20 Million in Africa and Yemen—Why the Deafening Silence?
Tw o striking stories, back to back, come our way as spring arrives. I cannot get either out of my mind—for what they say, for what they imply about everyone unmentioned in them, for what they do not...
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Chris Hedges
The Feuding Kleptocrats
The Trump kleptocrats are political arsonists. They are carting cans of gasoline into government agencies and Congress to burn down any structure or program that promotes the common good and impedes...
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LeeAnn Hall
Health Care Victory Paves Way for Redoubled Resistance
On Thursday, People’s Action was pulling out all the stops to defeat Republicans’ plan to repeal health care on the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – and preparing to take the fight to...
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Marjorie Cohn
Neil Gorsuch and the Deconstruction of the Administrative State
When Donald Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus addressed the Conservative Political Action Committee in February, he identified two priorities of the administration: the confirmation of Neil...
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Jon Else
Not Your Grandma’s Civil Rights Strategy
On a glorious afternoon in August 1963, after the massive March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom wrapped up on the national mall, President John F. Kennedy, prodded by Attorney General Robert...
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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Robert Reich
No, Paul Ryan, Your Healthcare Defeat Wasn't Because of "Growing Pains"
House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.” “We were a...
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Evan W. Sandlin
If Aleppo Was a Crime Against Humanity, Isn’t Mosul?
Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and the last major Islamic State stronghold in the country, is nearly under Iraqi government control. The Islamic State, or ISIS, has occupied the city since June...
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Mark Danner
What He Could Do
What we are witnessing now is the birth of a new political order, and the more frantic a handful of media elites become, the more powerful that new political order becomes…. 1 —Stephen K. Bannon...
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Ha-Joon Chang, James K. Galbraith, et al.
50+ Economists Warn Against Neoliberalism's Return in Ecuador
Over the past ten years, Ecuador has achieved major economic and social advances. We are concerned that many of these important gains in poverty reduction, wage growth, reduced inequality, and...
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Alex Kotch
Kochs Bankroll Move to Rewrite the Constitution
A constitutional convention, something thought impossible not long ago, is looking increasingly likely. Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, if 34 state legislatures “issue a call” for a...
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Martin Kirk, Jason Hickel
Gates Foundation's Rose-Colored World View Not Supported by Evidence
The annual public letter from Bill and Melinda Gates has become a much-celebrated event in the global development calendar. But lost in the excitement around this year’s letter is the fact that it...
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David Korten
The Superrich Have Profited From a Broken System—And Their Money Alone Won’t Fix It
Congratulations, you won—you are the last and richest person on Earth. In the security of your sunless underground bunker, you will be the last to die in a dying Earth’s paroxysm of fire and flood...
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George Cassidy Payne
Trump’s Proposed Budget Will Pay for America’s Berlin Wall
So much for Mexico paying for it. According to a recent CNBC article , “Trump will request more than $4 billion in defense spending to build the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, marking the first...
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Jeff Biggers
Let Us Now Praise A Coal Miner: Chuck Nelson Is An American Hero
Among the hundreds of coal miners I have interviewed over the years, retired coal miner Chuck Nelson has always been among the most fearless truth-tellers in the coal country of West Virginia. An...
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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Bob Burnett
Trump's Huge Failure
After promising to "repeal and replace Obamacare on day one [of his presidency]", Donald Trump suffered an ignominious rejection on day 64. True to form, Trump took no responsibility for the defeat...
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Miles Mogulescu
Blocking Gorsuch Matters Now More Than Ever
Trump and the Republicans are doing so many things so fast to hurt ordinary Americans, it’s hard for the resistance movement to keep up. But nothing is more consequential than Neil Gorsuch’s...
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Christopher Brauchli
Prisons, Phones, and Profit
When at last this little instrument appeared, consisting, as it does, of parts every one of which is familiar to us, and capable of being put together by an amateur, the disappointment arising from...
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Bill McKibben
Citizens Must Hold Government Accountable on Climate
A few things that happened this week: one set of researchers announced that February was the planet’s fourth-warmest month on record, which is especially bad news since the El Niño that produced last...
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Zoë Carpenter
Donald Trump Can’t Make a Deal
D onald Trump has made plenty of bad deals in the course of his career. There was his Atlantic City casino empire, which ended in multiple bankruptcy filings. There was Trump University, which led to...
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Friday, March 24, 2017
Dennis Kucinich
Saving Obamacare Is Not Enough—We Need Medicare for All
T he health-care debate in America is essentially an argument over what kind of private insurance market people should have access to: President Obama’s, where the insurance companies made out like...
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Anthony Swift, Danielle Droitsch
Trump Restarts Keystone XL Fight, Not the Tar Sands Pipeline
The Trump Administration’s approval of the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline marks the beginning of what is likely to be a long fight over the dirty energy project. Many...
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Robert Reich
Gorsuch Shouldn't Be Confirmed Until We Know the Person Who Picked Him Is Cleared of Wrongdoing
Neil Gorsuch shouldn’t be confirmed until Trump comes clean. Nominating a new justice of the Supreme Court is one of the most important responsibilities of a president. But until we know Trump is a...
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Anusha Ravi
3 People Explain How Last-Minute Medicaid Changes Make the GOP Health Care Bill Even Crueler
After seven years of demanding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), House Republicans have reached their moment of truth. They have slapped together a bill to replace the law—the American...
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John Feffer
Why Spend $54 Billion More on the Pentagon? To Start a War, Obviously.
So, let me see if I’ve got this right. North Korea has been pushing its ally China to rein in the United States. Pyongyang is worried that Washington is about to launch a preemptive attack, so it has...
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Andy Rowell
Climate Denier Trump Takes Us into “Unchartered Territory” with KXL
Later today, the Trump administration is expected to announce the approval of the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline has been the subject of a major battle between...
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Rafael Diaz
Grassroots Power Stalls Trumpcare
March 23rd, the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), turned into a better day for the people of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, than it was for House Speaker Paul Ryan, President Donald...
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Eugene Robinson
Mr. President, The Disgrace Is All Yours
President Trump called himself “instinctual” this week, but the word he must have been groping for was “untruthful.” He lies incessantly, shamelessly, perhaps even pathologically, and his lying...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Michael Winship
Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil
There was so much smoke being blown in Washington on Wednesday you could probably see it from the International Space Station. And it all seemed to come from a single polluter: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA...
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Stephen Zunes
The Bipartisan Effort against Campaigns for Corporate Responsibility
The Trump Administration’s efforts to legitimize the Israeli occupation and illegal settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories has received surprising bipartisan support. A series of bills...
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Katherine Paul
Congress Must Investigate Collusion Between Monsanto and the EPA. Now.
“I have cancer, and I don’t want these serious issues in HED [EPA’s Health Effects Division] to go unaddressed before I go to my grave. I have done my duty.” It’s been four years since Marion Copley...
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Jeff Bryant
The Big Lie Behind Trump’s Education Budget
Public school supporters are angry at President Trump’s budget proposal, which plans to cut funding to the Department of Education by 13 percent – taking that department’s outlay down to the level it...
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Wendell Potter
Why Big Insurance Adores the American Health Care Act
There’s been a lot of talk about just who was hurt and helped by Obamacare and who will profit or be imperiled by the next phase of health care legislation. Yet health insurance executives have been...
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LeeAnn Hall
We Have The Chance Now To Go Bold On Health Care – And Freedom – For All
The House of Representatives is slated to vote Thursday on a health care repeal bill that will gut the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we know it. In legislative and human terms, passage of...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Mosque That Disappeared
We committed a quiet little war crime the other day. Forty-plus people are dead, taken out with hellfire missiles while they were praying . Or maybe not. Maybe they were just insurgents. The women...
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Ira Chernus
Why The Resistance Must Do More Than Resist
The resistance is a huge movement—yuge! At least that’s how it feels when you are in it. And it’s true that the United States has not seen anything like this since the Vietnam war days. Still, Trump...
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Ralph Nader
Stubborn Facts and the Lies That Kill Democracy
It is not just Donald Trump whose rhetoric is chronically bereft of reality. Politicians, reporters, commentators and academics are often similarly untethered to hard facts, albeit not for...
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Janelle Jones
Trump’s Spending Cuts Would Create the Black America He’s Been Talking About
On the campaign trail last summer, Donald Trump tried to appeal to African Americans by asking what we had to lose by voting him into office. Exit polls showed that we had a hunch what a Trump...
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Miles Mogulescu
We Must Filibuster Gorsuch’s Federalist Society Agenda
You probably have a better chance of becoming a judge in China without being a Communist than you have of making it to the Supreme Court under Republicans without the support of the hard-right...
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Tom Gallagher
The Democratic Party Left After the Ellison DNC Campaign: Unite or Fight?
One thing to keep in mind about the recent Thomas Perez–Keith Ellison race for Democratic National Committee chair is that it was pretty much an only-in-America sort of thing. Were we in any kind of...
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Peter Bloom
The Democrats Should Stop Wishing on a "Star" and Start Helping to Build a Progressive Movement
Only a few months after taking office, President Trump have confirmed all the worst fears of progressives and liberals. From his potential ties to Russia to his almost beyond belief retrogressive...
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Ari Berman
Neil Gorsuch Is Not Another Scalia. He’s the Next John Roberts.
W hen John Roberts was nominated as chief justice of the Supreme Court in 2005, Senator Ted Kennedy asked him: “You do agree, don’t you, Judge Roberts, that the right to vote is a fundamental...
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Robert Reich
President Trump and the Crisis of Governance
America is in a crisis of governance. There is no adult in charge. Instead, we have as president an unhinged narcissistic child who tweets absurd lies and holds rallies to prop up his fragile ego,...
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Brandon DeBot
House GOP’s Proposed "Fix" for Health Bill Prioritizes Tax Cuts for Richest
In their updated health bill , House Republicans are doubling down on their plan to cut taxes for high-income households while cutting health insurance for mostly low- and moderate-income households...
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Michael Winship
'There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air'
Monday’s hearing of the House Intelligence Committee was proof positive of the absolute need for both a special prosecutor and an independent, bipartisan commission with subpoena power to conduct a...
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Andrew Bacevich
Words Not to Die For
By way of explaining his eight failed marriages, the American bandleader Artie Shaw once remarked , “I am an incurable optimist.” In reality, Artie was an incurable narcissist. Utterly devoid of self...
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Roger Bybee
The Republican’s Healthcare Plan Puts “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” in a Whole New Light
After seven long years, the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act has finally come lurching across America’s political stage, devised by House Speaker Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin,...
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Juan Cole
It Is Comey Who Should Be Investigated
FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday that his agency has since last summer been investigating the circle of Donald J. Trump for their contacts with the Russian Federation during last year’s...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
An 'America Last' Budget
President Trump’s “America First” budget is headlined by its big hike in military spending, which Trump touts as “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” The...
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Conn Hallinan
These Are the Elections That Will Decide Europe’s Fate
Going in to the recent elections in the Netherlands, the mainstream story seemed lifted from William Butler Yeats poem, The Second Coming : “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold — The best lack...
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Norman Eisen, Richard Painter
Trump's Unprecedented War on Ethics
The government watchdog organization we help lead called upon the White House last week to investigate whether one of its senior officials, Christopher Liddell, violated ethics laws through acting in...
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Kathy Kelly
Reality and the 'Made in the U.S.A.' Famine in Yemen
This week at the Voices for Creative Nonviolence office in Chicago, my colleague Sabia Rigby prepared a presentation for a local high school. She’ll team up with a young friend of ours, himself a...
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Monday, March 20, 2017
Michael Winship
The Trump GOP Prescription for America: Don’t Get Sick
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Donald Trump still insists he’s going to Make America Great Again! Mind you, it won’t be a healthy or vigorous America — in fact, it will be coughing and wheezing to the...
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Lynn Sherr
Memo to the Media: How Not to Cover the President
Dear esteemed colleagues, former colleagues and other members of the responsible media I’ve never met: I am not being sarcastic. Honest. I respect your work and I know that you — we — are the only...
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Chris Hedges
A Last Chance for Resistance
The crawl toward despotism within a failed democracy is always incremental. No regime planning to utterly extinguish civil liberties advertises its intentions in advance. It pays lip service to...
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Chye-Ching Huang
Tax Cuts for the Rich at Heart of Paul Ryan's Attack on Medicaid
House Speaker Paul Ryan has made a key Republican motive for pushing ahead with the House GOP health plan explicit in recent interviews: [1] passing the health package first facilitates deeper tax...
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Will Bunch
Gone: Chuck Berry, Jimmy Breslin, and Their Great American Middle Class
When they say that Baby Boomers didn't make anything, don't you believe them. We manufactured Celebrities, by the truckload -- on the TV shows we watched religiously while eating our Pop Tarts after...
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Lois Marie Gibbs
Trump’s EPA Cuts: No One Will Protect Us
President Donald Trump’s deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency terrify me. They will gut the agency, removing protections for American families and our children. As I travel from one...
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Elizabeth Warren
Neil Gorsuch Does Not Belong on the Supreme Court
When Justice Antonin Scalia died last year, giant corporations and their right-wing buddies spent millions of dollars to keep the Supreme Court seat open so that Donald Trump could fill the vacancy...
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Paul Buchheit
New Evidence that Poor Americans Pay the Highest Taxes and Get Little of the Safety Net
Before taxes on the rich are cut and social programs decimated, uninformed conservatives should consider who really benefits from U.S. tax laws and assistance programs. The Wealthiest Americans Pay...
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Sunday, March 19, 2017
Olivia Alperstein
Right Now, Trump Can Start a Nuclear War
Right now, Donald Trump could start a nuclear war on a whim, and no one could stop him. Under any circumstances, the prospect of nuclear war is terrifying, the deadly consequences irreversible. Yet...
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Harvey Wasserman
Trump’s Budget Assault on the Environment Packs a Wallop
Donald Trump’s first budget makes his antipathy to the environment clear—and his love for fossil fuels and nuclear power even clearer. In addition to slashing funding to the Environmental Protection...
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Juan Cole
Trump Picks Fights with US Allies: Germany, NATO, EU, Britain etc.
After Trump falsely accused President Obama of having him wiretapped at Trump Tower during the campaign, Sean Spicer upped the ante by charging that Obama could have used the British GCHQ electronic...
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Mark Trahant
Trump Budget Brings Harsh Cuts to Indian Country
Remember the sequester? Ah, the good old days . The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction. And we do know two things. First: If enacted, this budget would shrink...
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Marjorie Cohn
Evaluate New Travel Ban in Light of International Law
After a federal district court judge and a unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Donald Trump's Executive Order (EO) instituting a travel ban was likely illegal...
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Saturday, March 18, 2017
Adil E. Shamoo
Trump Lies; Ethics Dies
In the White House, anti-science, alt-facts and frequent lying are commonplace, and it is taking a toll on our youngest generation. President Trump’s reaction to the recent job report from the...
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Belén Fernández
Fear and Loathing on the Border
As Donald Trump 's sordid vision of a "big, beautiful wall" on the United States-Mexico border begins to take shape, The Guardian has revealed that - of the more than 600 companies currently vying to...
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Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs
The world is facing the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II. Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan...
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Malkia Cyril , Joseph Torres
The Resistance Must Be Digitized
Over the past two months, millions of people have taken to the streets to challenge our nation’s authoritarian new president. From the women’s marches that took place across the country and around...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Rising Above Racism Is Imperative for Human Societies
The virulently racist lawmaker Steve King, R-Iowa, is at it again, stoking the flames of white supremacy with his controversial tweet , “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies...
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Charles Idelson
Jonathan Swift's America
In 1729 writer/satirist Jonathan Swift penned an essay directed toward the English upper class suggesting a solution for how to prevent the children of poor people in Ireland from being a burden to...
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Lydia Pace, Eve Rittenberg
Why Birth Control Is Essential for Americans’ Health
It is 2020. The American Health Care Act has become law, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has eliminated contraception from its list of essential preventive services that must be...
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Friday, March 17, 2017
Chuck Smith-Dewey
House GOP Misleads with #AlternativeFacts Meme on Health Plans
Math is hard. That’s why the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) exists. Its 230-member staff is tasked with rating proposed legislation to determine its economic impact on America and Americans. The...
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Carol Burris
Trump’s Budget Slashes Funding for Disadvantaged Students While Giving 1.4 Billion for Privatization
Donald Trump’s education budget is a declaration of war on public education and our nation’s neediest children. It was surely designed by Betsy DeVos. Trump’s budget would axe after-school programs...
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Todd Gitlin
The Management of Unleashed Insanity
Richard Nixon lied about wars and cover-ups , but otherwise his evasions and spins were in the mainstream of American political discourse. He was not in the regular practice of calling black white...
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Ellen Brown
If "Ryancare" Is Dead on Arrival, Can We Please Now Try Single Payer?
"The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans. . . . We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing." — Donald Trump...
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Tim Karr
The President's Attack on Public Broadcasting Puts Him at Odds with the American People
On Thursday, the president proposed eliminating all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a main revenue source for hundreds of local NPR and PBS stations across the country...
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Richard Eskow
‘America First’ Budget Is Unworthy of Our Nation
With typical bombast, Donald Trump dubs his 2018 draft budget America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again . No, it won’t make America great again. It reflects a hardness of the...
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Dean Baker
The Public is Clueless About the Federal Budget and It's the New York Times' Fault
Paul Krugman criticized the Trump administration for its budget, which would cut or eliminate many programs that benefit low and moderate income people. In his piece, Krugman points out that the...
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Robert Reich
An Orgy of Unnecessary Cruelty
The theme that unites all of Trump’s initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty. 1. His new budget comes down especially hard on the poor – imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job...
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Bill Bigelow
The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools
“Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched.” That pretty much sums up the Irish-American “curriculum” that I learned when I was in school. Yes, I recall a nod to the so-called Potato Famine, but...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Tom Engelhardt
President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home
If you want to know where President Donald Trump came from, if you want to trace the long winding road (or escalator ) that brought him to the Oval Office, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter or even...
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Miriam Berg
Everything You Need to Know About Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch if You Care About Reproductive Rights
Neil Gorsuch has an alarming history of interfering with reproductive rights and women’s health. He puts access to abortion, birth control, and care at Planned Parenthood at stake, and his nomination...
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Sarah van Gelder
Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns
Boarded-up business districts. Abandoned warehouses. Barns and homes covered by tarps slowly collapsing into the earth. It was startling how often this scene repeated as I drove through the rural...
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Ken Kimmell
President Trump Has a Wrecking Ball (and it’s Aimed at the Climate)
The wrecking ball that is the Trump presidency is taking aim at the foundation of our country’s response to climate change. Today, the Trump Administration is announcing a re-opening of the fuel...
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Jeff Bryant
What Betsy DeVos Means When She Says ‘Public Schools’
Betsy DeVos once called public schools a “dead end,” but now that she’s U.S. Secretary of Education, she’s suddenly all for them. At least that’s what she claims now. During her nomination process,...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Deep State Hasn't Gone Away
“In a statement to WikiLeaks , the source details policy questions that they say urgently need to be debated in public . . .” Let me interrupt this quote from the world’s declassifier in chief,...
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Hina Shamsi
Trump is Considering Expanding Killing Powers Abroad. The Consequences for Civilians Will be Disastrous.
When the Obama administration put in place guidelines meant to restrain lethal drone and other killings abroad, we were concerned that they set too low a bar, and that even that low bar could easily...
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Andy Spears
Nashville Says “No!” to Trump’s Health Care Con
President Trump came to Nashville to peddle the Republicans’ disastrous plan to cut health care for millions of Americans. Tennesseans responded to this con with a resounding, “No!” More than 2,500...
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E.J. Dionne
The Make Inequality Worse Act of 2017
“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” Novelist Anatole France’s mischievous observation came to...
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Richard Kogan
Trump’s “Skinny” Budget Omits Most of the Budget
President Trump released his so-called “skinny” budget today, and it contains substantially less detail than “skinny” budgets of the last five administrations going back to Ronald Reagan. The Trump...
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Rachel Boccio
Leaping Beyond the Prison Walls
In the first week of February, thirteen students—all incarcerated adolescents serving time in an adult correctional facility—gather to think through a provocative question posed to them by Naomi...
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Medea Benjamin
Why is Donald Trump Lunching With a Saudi War Criminal While Yemenis are Starving?
While President Trump sat down for a sumptuous meal at the White House on Tuesday, March 14 with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, millions of Yemenis are going hungry thanks to Trump’s...
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Tom Newmark, Steven Farrell
Beyond Wetiko Agriculture: Saving Ourselves from the Soil Up
How much longer do you hope to live? How long do you hope your children or grandchildren will live? Do you think you or your loved ones will live 60 more years? If so, you’ll be around to witness the...
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Sarah Anderson
Going After the Opioid Profiteers
Travis Bornstein never told his friends about his son Tyler’s drug problem. He was too embarrassed. Then, on September 28, 2014, Tyler’s body was found in a vacant lot in Akron, Ohio. The 23-year-old...
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Robert Borosage
 Republicans Keep Showing Us Who They Are
A mid the mayhem of Trump’s first days in office, the Congressional Budget Office’s crushing report on the impact of the Republican health-care plan offers a moment of clarity. The Republican plan...
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Tim Koechlin
Donald Trump... Leaker-in-Chief?
Donald Trump and his associates have spent much of the past year deflecting questions about Trump’s stubborn refusal to release his taxes. What is Trump hiding? Embarrassing business relationships in...
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Robert Reich
Trump's Bonkers Budget
Donald Trump ran for president as a man of the people, who was going to fight for those who were left behind – but everything we’re hearing about his forthcoming federal budget says exactly the...
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Dave Johnson
Should We Pay the Rich to Build Infrastructure, Then Pay Them to Use It?
It’s starting to look like President Trump’s promised $1-trillion plan to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure will be as bad for us as his health care plan turned out to be. Infrastructure Report...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
How Democrats Can Win Back the Working Class
Of all the promises Donald Trump made as a candidate , perhaps none was more important than his pledge to the working-class voters who flocked to his campaign. “Under a Trump presidency,” he said, “...
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