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Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court, Trump

After 100 Days, Trump Has Yet To Figure Out Congress

Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas emerged from his office in the U.S. Capitol earlier this week to a larger-than-normal horde of reporters for his regular press briefing. They all wanted to ask the chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee the same thing: How could he square the tax-overhaul blueprint President Donald Trump was preparing to lay out on Wednesday with the proposal his committee has been piecing together for months?

April 29, 2017

America’s Other Drug Problem

Every week in Des Moines, Iowa, the employees of a small nonprofit collect bins of unexpired prescription drugs tossed out by nursing homes after residents died, moved out or no longer needed them. The drugs are given to patients who couldn’t otherwise afford them. But travel 1,000 miles east to Long Island, New York, and you’ll find nursing homes flushing similar leftover drugs down the toilet, alarming state environmental regulators worried they’ll further contaminate the water supply.

April 29, 2017

Gutting Net Neutrality Is A Win For Conservative Media

During an April 26 speech, Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed rolling back a key provision of the 2015 net neutrality rules enacted by his agency, citing research from an industry-funded front-group to support his claim that open internet protections are a burden on internet service providers. Pai claimed the common carrier rules that enshrined net neutrality were “regulations from the Great Depression meant to micromanage Ma Bell” that should not be applied to the internet.

April 29, 2017
President Trump

Will Trump Allow Oil Drilling Off Jersey Shore?

President Donald Trump’s administration is going to review the five-year oil drilling plan that put the Atlantic Coast off limits, potentially reopening a fight that opponents thought they had won. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made the announcement at the White House in advance of Trump’s plans to issue an executive order on Friday that could amend the Interior Department’s 2017-2022 oil leasing plan approved under President Barack Obama

April 28, 2017
Women's Marchers

What You Need To Know About April 29th’s Climate March

On April 29th, President Trump will be forgoing his usual jaunt to Florida in favor of a Pennsylvania rally commemorating 100 days in office. Trump’s tweets claim it will be a “big” rally, but in reality he will face stiff competition from tens of thousands of Americans descending on Washington, D.C., for the second People’s Climate March. Its timing serves as both a rebuke to that grim milestone, as well as a national message from Americans concerned that the president’s agenda will exacerbate climate change.

April 28, 2017
Trump Tweets

President Trump’s Corporate Government

We’re 100 days into Corporate Government. While giant corporations have for decades and on a bipartisan basis exerted far too much influence over government decision-making, we’ve never seen anything like the Trump administration. The key officials in the federal government, starting with the president himself, come from Big Business: the administration openly seeks guidance and direction from giant corporations and corporate CEOs on policymaking.

April 28, 2017
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) waves at the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation's 2015 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference in Washington, April 13, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

Elizabeth Warren Issues A Dire Warning To Pro-Choice America

“I am strongly pro-choice, and I will fight,” Warren affirmed. “I recognize that not all of my colleagues agree with me. I’ll do everything I can to persuade them, but they are my colleagues, and that’s just how it is with the Democrats.” Warren’s response echoed those of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who found the chair’s claim baffling after his endorsement of Nebraska’s Heath Mello.

April 28, 2017
Executive Orders, Trump, Immigrant

Trump’s Tax Cuts Ignore History And Arithmetic

But despite over 40 years of making the argument, the GOP has never confronted one salient point: The Laffer Curve has no numbers. Even if the theory is correct—and experience demonstrates it is not—the curve itself proves that there is a point where tax cuts become irresponsible, causing deficits to explode.

April 28, 2017

The Price For Killing Workers Must Be Prison

These are not all accidents. Too many are foreseeable, preventable, avoidable tragedies. With the approach of April 28, Workers Memorial Day 2017, the USW is seeking in America what workers in Canada have to prevent these deaths. That is a law holding supervisors and corporate officials criminally accountable and exacting serious prison sentences when workers die on the job.

April 27, 2017
Ben Carson, HUD

Ben Carson Is Proving To Be A Bizarre And Incompetent Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development, As Expected

Since neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was sworn in as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on March 2, we’ve barely heard a peep from him. Is it because he’s adjusting to his new position, for which he has no relevant experience? Probably. Is it because, as his surrogate said, that he’s not qualified to run a federal agency? Could be that, too.

April 27, 2017

How To Keep ‘Public’ And ‘Service’ In Our Public Postal Service

The $5 billion in red ink that the paper’s editorial propagandists touted is not real, but instead, is a deliberate bookkeeping hoax created by Congress to make the public think that our Post Office is a hopeless money loser that should be privatized. In 2006, Congress piled an artificial “loss” on the Postal Service by decreeing that it must pre-fund the healthcare costs of future retirees 75 years in advance. That includes retirees who’re not even born yet!

April 27, 2017
Democrats, Protests, Red State

Democrats Have More Demands After Trump Retreat On Wall

Funding for President Donald Trump’s promised wall along the Mexico border may now be “off the table” in the negotiations to fund the government for the next five months, but several other thorny issues still stand in the way of a bipartisan agreement to avoid a government shutdown this weekend.

April 26, 2017
California, Trump, Ethics

Trump’s Tax Plan Could Cost Government $6 Trillion

The president will be “pretty broad in the principles” of tax reform that he lays out with more details coming in the summer, his director of legislative affairs, Marc Short, told the Associated Press. But what it boils down to is major hikes in the amount people can deduct from their taxes and large cuts for small businesses and corporations.

April 26, 2017
United_Airlines_aircraft_taking_off_at_Schiphol_Airport

What A Real Passenger Bill Of Rights Should Look Like

The violent ejection of a United Airlines passenger from a flight bound from Chicago to Louisville appears to have marked a long-awaited turning point. Dr. David Dao, 69, suffered a broken nose, lost two teeth and faces reconstructive sinus surgery. At last, America’s long-suffering flying public is crying as one; have you commercial airlines no shame?

April 25, 2017

What It Means To Be Truly Liberal On Abortion

Donald Trump has mastered the authoritarian act, and that’s how he attracted his brigade of humble followers. Some on the left seem to envy this ability to force obedience through threats and attacks. But that approach doesn’t work on issue-oriented voters, doubly so on matters requiring nuance. Abortion is one such issue. Thus, one cannot fathom the ongoing crusade by abortion rights activists to crush Heath Mello, a moderate Democrat running for mayor of Omaha.

April 24, 2017
Trump is ripping us off

Why Trump Shutdown Threat Is A No-Win For Republicans

Republicans, Democrats and outside experts agree that there’s little political logic to the Trump White House’s threat to shut down the government this week because it insists funding for a border wall be included in the budget. Yet that’s exactly the scenario the White House appears to be entertaining as it holds a hard line on funding negotiations.

April 24, 2017
Judge blocks Obama Administration's overtime rule

Here Comes The Big Assault On Workers’ Rights

Fast forward to 2017: After decades of dwindling union membership and worker power, and regulatory diminishment under both parties’ administrations, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are pushing a radical Heritage-style agenda that could deliver immediate and long-term harm to workers and unions across the United States—including millions of those who helped elect Trump.

April 23, 2017
Ossoff

In Georgia, Trump Is Democrats’ Best Revenge

Democrats across the country poured their hearts and more than $8 million into this race. And it worked. They nearly pushed Ossoff over the 50% he needed to avoid a June 20 runoff against Republican Karen Handel. That’s even though the former House aide and his allies were collectively outspent 61% to 39% by the GOP side.

April 21, 2017

Hopefuls Enter Next Phase In Georgia Special Election With Work To Do

Ossoff and his supporters still have hope that they can flip the district in June, and some of that is based on the tepid support it showed for Trump, who carried it in November by less than 2 points. And Tuesday’s vote showed the perils of allying with Trump, with the two candidates running as the most ardent pro-Trump loyalists flailing at the polls.

April 20, 2017

Chaffetz Out Of The House

The Utahn—who easily won re-election in November—has been the subject of recent controversy in his role as the head of the House Oversight Committee during the Trump administration. He declined to investigate Trump’s massive business interests despite promises to ferociously continue investigating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton following an investigation into her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

April 20, 2017

Secret Hospital Inspections May Become Public At Last

The public could soon get a look at confidential reports about errors, mishaps and mix-ups in the nation’s hospitals that put patients’ health and safety at risk, under a groundbreaking proposal from federal health officials. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants to require that private health care accreditors publicly detail problems they find during inspections of hospitals and other medical facilities, as well as the steps being taken to fix them.

April 19, 2017
Spicer, RNC, Trump

The Republican Party Is Ready To Sell Off Your Internet Privacy At A Level That Boggles The Mind

At the core of this debate is a simple concept that Pai’s op-ed goes out of its way to obfuscate. It’s the question of whether the internet and access to it should be a “public” space (i.e. “part of the commons”) with a We The People government-regulated expectation of privacy, or a hypermonetized private/corporate/billionaire-regulated space where you are left to the tender mercies of giant corporations and their owners/managers.

April 17, 2017
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses an audience at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, June 15, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry

Georgia Voters In This Reliably Republican District May Be Preparing To ‘Stick It’ To Trump

After a scare for Republicans in Kansas last week, when a congressional race got uncomfortably close in a district Trump had dominated in the presidential election, the Georgia fight teeters on becoming a full-blown crisis for a party that should be relishing its recent success and consolidating power. A Democratic win here, unthinkable weeks ago, is now a very real possibility.

April 17, 2017

New Internet Privacy Repeal Makes VPN Usage More Important Than Ever

Unless you’ve been under a rock with no WiFi, you’re well aware that Congress and President Trump have opened up your browsing history to the highest bidder. Under changes to FCC rules signed by President Trump last week, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will no longer need your approval to sell information about where you’ve been […]

April 17, 2017
Syria

Trump Is Hiring Lobbyists And Top Ethics Official Says ‘There’s No Transparency’

President Trump has stocked his administration with a small army of former lobbyists and corporate consultants who are now in the vanguard of the effort to roll back government regulations at the agencies they once sought to influence, according to an analysis of government records by the New York Times in collaboration with ProPublica.

April 16, 2017