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Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos: The Queen Of Obfuscation, Talking Nonsense

After 156 days on the job, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos finally sat down with the media on Thursday. Capping off the start to a controversial listening tour on campus sexual assault issues, DeVos took a handful of questions from reporters and mostly delivered talking points in return.

July 15, 2017
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Ten Experts Diagnose The Current State Of The Democratic Party

Pundits and pollsters by the dozens have weighed in on the failures of the party, which resulted in devastating losses to Republicans, affirmed the successes of the GOP’s rampant gerrymandering and continued the legislative and executive dominance across the country by conservatives in many states, some formerly blue ones.

July 13, 2017

Trump Is Playing Dangerous Military Gambit In Central America

There has been a flurry of Trump administration activity around Central America recently. Most prominently, several cabinet members and Vice President Pence traveled to Miami last month for the administration’s “Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America” that the United States cohosted with Mexico.

July 13, 2017
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Charter Schools Are Constantly Burning Out Teachers—And They Often Like It That Way

John was fresh-out-of-college and had never set foot in a city school before. Hired the day before the school year started, he missed out on the two-and-a-half weeks of training the charter organization had given the rest of us on what to expect at a turnaround school in Camden, NJ. John lasted less than a week.

July 12, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

GOP Health Care Gambit Is Just The Beginning

Before postponing a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Trumpcare’s latest incarnation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hid the legislation from his Democratic colleagues and the public, refused to hold a single committee hearing and limited debate time on the bill to just 20 hours.

July 7, 2017
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Some In Georgia Question The 6th District Election Results

Jon Ossoff, the Democratic newcomer who ran against Republican former Secretary of State Karen Handel, won the absentee vote 64% to 36%. That vote was conducted on paper ballots that were mailed in and scanned on optical scanners. Ossoff also won the early voting 51% to 49%. Those results closely mirror recent polls that had him ahead by 1-3 points. In the highest of those polls, he was ahead by 7% with 5% undecided and a 4% margin of error.

July 3, 2017
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How Putin And Russia Use Powerful U.S. PR Firms To Shape American Opinion

The Russian attempt to influence the 2016 American presidential election, using what intelligence agencies call “active measures,” has dominated U.S. headlines. There is, however, a second front in Russia’s effort to shape the hearts and minds of American citizens, and it’s received almost no attention in mainstream U.S. media outlets since the election.

July 3, 2017

How The Student Loan Industry Is Damaging Democracy

Most of the discussion about student debt in the United States has centered on its excessiveness, the negative impact it has on home-buying for the next generation, various refinancing schemes, and (for the grossly uninformed) how borrowers simply need to “pay what they owe.”

June 29, 2017
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Trump Ditches White House Tradition Of Celebrating End Of Ramadan

It is the first Iftar — the celebratory meal Muslims eat to break their fast — dinner not to be held at the White House since 1999 when former president Bill Clinton made it an annual tradition. Instead, Trump limited his marking of Eid to a statement sending “warm greetings” to Muslims observing it around the world.

June 27, 2017

Trump Appointee Is A Saudi Government Lobbyist

One of President Donald Trump’s newest appointees is a registered agent of Saudi Arabia earning hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby on the kingdom’s behalf, according to U.S. Department of Justice records reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. Since January, the Saudi Arabian foreign ministry has paid longtime Republican lobbyist Richard Hohlt about $430,000 in exchange for “advice on legislative and public affairs strategies.”

June 26, 2017

Fast Food Lobbyists Fight State And City Regulation

When the city council of Santa Fe, New Mexico, placed a measure on the local ballot to tax sugary drinks earlier this year, the soda industry responded quickly, pouring $1.3 million into the anti-tax campaign. To cover their bases, industry lobbyists also pursued a back-up plan: they backed a bill in the state legislature to strip local governments of the power to levy such taxes.

June 26, 2017
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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro: What Republicans Get Wrong About The Social Safety Net

Growing up in New Haven, Connecticut, I saw ample evidence all around me of just how vulnerable hardworking people are in the face of business indifference. In 1957, when I was a barely a teenager, the Franklin Street fire claimed the life of my friend’s mother. Fifteen people died in that fire because they couldn’t escape the smoke and flames. A fire escape was locked, and the ladder would not extend to the ground; there had been no fire drills, and doors opened the wrong way, blocking exits.

June 21, 2017
Nabra Hassanen

Virginia Police Arrest Suspect In Abduction, Beating And Murder Of 17-Year-Old Muslim Girl

According to witness, 17-year-old Nabra Hussein was with a group of teens from their mosque when they were accosted by a man in a red car who shouted insults at them. The man stopped his car and got out wielding a baseball bat and attacked Hussein, then disappeared with her.

June 20, 2017
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Exposed: Tucker Carlson, His ‘Charity’ And The Trump Campaign Cash He Didn’t Tell Fox Viewers About

Tucker Carlson, FOX News’ new primetime anchor, received a six-figure sum from the Donald Trump campaign for president through his Daily Caller operation–which rented out its email list to Trump–according to Center for Media and Democracy’s newest investigation. CMD estimates the amount to be $150K in cash from the campaign to Daily Caller, which paid Carlson an untold sum.

June 18, 2017

A Billionaire-Backed ‘Movement’ Is Dangerously Close To Calling A Constitutional Convention

A billionaire-backed “movement” is dangerously close to calling a constitutional convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. If realized, it would be the first constitutional convention since the 1787 Philadelphia Convention, which replaced the Articles of Confederation with the U.S. Constitution.

June 18, 2017
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In An Unprecedented Court Escalation, Trump Protesters Could Be Facing Decades In Prison For Inauguration Demonstrations

Nearly six months after Donald Trump was sworn into office, more than 200 protesters who gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest his inauguration are facing felony charges that carry sentences of 70 to 80 years.

June 2, 2017

Donald Trump To Hungry Seniors: Drop Dead

The budget sent to Congress Tuesday for fiscal year 2018 puts the country’s schizophrenia over feeding hungry citizens back on the agenda — this time in the guise of defunding food programs for seniors, millions of whom are homebound, ill and unable to cook or shop.

May 30, 2017

Life Is Getting Much Worse For The Poor: Housing, Food And Essentials Eat Up The Meager Incomes

Decades of conservative hostility to the poor have been codified in this budget. It promises to “reform the welfare system” and supplant “dependency with dignity of work,” ignoring the fact that the majority of households on public assistance have at least one gainfully employed adult.

May 30, 2017

Memorial Day: Remembering 70 U.S. Wars, Big And Small

It’s the saddest of the military holidays, invented after the Civil War, supposed to help us honor, or at least pause to remember, all the American dead from all our wars. That’s a lot of men and some women to remember going back, well, how far?

May 29, 2017
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20 Ways The Trump Budget Declares New War On Poor By Hurting Seniors, People With Disabilities, Children And Single Mothers

During the campaign, Trump repeatedly promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, which serve tens of millions of seniors. But the President has broken his promise to protect those programs and has proposed cutting or eliminating other critical supports for older Americans.

May 28, 2017
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Leading Right-Wing Think Tank Caught Circulating White Nationalist Propaganda Over 2,000 Times

For Krikorian, he’s been making the most of it by arguing in the mainstream press that his group, long attacked from across the political spectrum for its connections to eugenics-friendly white nationalists and shoddy research, doesn’t deserve to be labeled a hate group.

May 26, 2017
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Why—And How—Is Trump’s Base Still Loyal To A Guy Who Is A Proven Disaster?

After all the lies, contradictions, hypocrisy, flip-flops, gaffes, unforced errors, self-pity, insults, provocations, threats, bullying, betrayals, disappointments, scapegoating, exploitation, nepotism, and corruption, why is Donald Trump still beloved by 35 percent of the country?

May 25, 2017

Ivanka Trump’s Advocacy For Healthy, Pesticide-Free Food Apparently Extends Only To Her Own Children

While Donald might not have high regard for organic farming, his daughter Ivanka recognizes the benefits and has spoken frequently about feeding her children organic food. Her lifestyle website espouses the health benefits of pesticide-free, organic food.

May 15, 2017

Corporations Are Showering D.C. With Huge Amounts Of Lobbying Dough , $840 Million In The First 3 Months Of 2017

Companies spent nearly $840 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2017–the highest amount in five years, according to calculations by the Center for Responsive Politics based on data from the Senate Office of Public Records.

May 15, 2017
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Can Anyone Cook Up A Worse Idea For UN Climate Talks Than Giving The Fossil Industry A Front Seat?

The fossil fuel industry influences the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in a variety of ways. One is by wining and dining government delegates behind closed doors. Another is through its many trade associations, which are admitted to the UNFCCC as observer organizations.

May 8, 2017