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U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House during his departure for Canada, in Washington, U.S. June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama’s Best (And Worst) Of Times

As the Barack Obama presidency dwindles down to the last day, there’s no silent amen. Donald Trump people are swarming the streets around Union Station. These Republicans seem to have come from the country to claim the country, what’s theirs. The barricades and bollards surround the beloved Capitol, the place looks like a police state. The citadel of democracy looks captured.

January 20, 2017
Trump, Inauguration

Will Trump Era Deliver Change Or Revolution?

As Trump takes the oath of office and enters the White House, his mythology will begin to meet reality. And the debate has already begun over which elements of Trumpism will be truly revolutionary and which will simply represent a break from his party or a hard turn from President Barack Obama.

January 20, 2017
Reign of Trump

Together We Can Beat Back The Reign Of Trump

It’s time for us to double down on what can be seen as the progressive community’s shared campaign for populist justice. We can beat back the brutishness the Reign of Trump promises — if we seriously unite. So, yes, buckle up. But more importantly, buck up!

January 18, 2017
Americans, Voter

Conservative Or Liberal? Here’s What Americans Really Believe

Data from Pew Research studies and Gallup polls conclusively demonstrate that Americans, in their deepest political/social beliefs, are thoroughly liberal in most of their views and moderately liberal in the balance. They are not the “conservatives” described by the relentless propagandists of the right.

January 18, 2017
Obamacare, ACA

Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Majority Of Americans Do Not Want To Repeal Obamacare

“There is some recognition, even from Republican supporters, that the underlying goals of the law are worthwhile,” said Jack Hoadley, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. “They still want something done, they don’t want it to disappear.”

January 17, 2017
Obamacare

Killing Obamacare Would Kill Jobs

Republicans already knew that Obamacare was not a job killer. It was not “government-run” health insurance. There never were “death panels.” It was all a big play to win elections.

January 12, 2017
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

U.S. Senate Approves Measure Launching Obamacare Repeal Process

Senate on Thursday took a first concrete step toward dismantling Obamacare, voting to instruct key committees to draft legislation repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health insurance program.

January 12, 2017
Obama, Farewell Speech, GOP

Obama Lays Out His Vision For Stopping Trump And The GOP

On the surface, President Barack Obama’s farewell address recounted his achievements, values, and still-hopeful vision for America—much like the best speeches. But not far below was a clear template telling his supporters how and where to defend against threats by Trump and the GOP to the America they believe in.

January 11, 2017
Bernie Sanders, Obamacare, Trump

Trump Has To Rescue Obamacare Or Admit He’s A Liar

We should be finding ways to join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee health care to all people as a right. This is the conversation American policymakers need to be having right now. And we’re not going to let Trump or Congress forget it.

January 10, 2017
Obamacare, GOP repeal

The Obamacare Repeal Game Is A Complete Disgrace

Every other modern nation guarantees health care as a right of citizenship. Even their conservative leaders don’t touch benefits that beat ours by a mile. This Obamacare repeal game is, at bottom, an insult to the dignity of the American people. Actually, it’s a disgrace

January 10, 2017
Obamacare, Ryan, Republicans GOP

5 Ways GOP Repeal Of Obamacare Takes From The Poor And Gives To The Rich

Here are five takeaways showing why the known parts of the GOP’s repeal and (most likely not) replace plan amount to Robinhood in reverse: taking from the poor, working- and middle-class and giving to corporate Americans and Wall Street.

January 9, 2017
McConnell, GOP, Obamacare Repeal

Senate To Act This Week On Obamacare Repeal

Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” McConnell said: “There ought not to be a great gap” between repealing the act and replacing it and that Republicans would be “replacing it rapidly after repealing it.” McConnell did not define what he meant by “rapidly.”

January 9, 2017
Obamacare, ACA

10 Important Ways Obamacare Has Helped The Average American

Media outlets must contextualize the impact of repealing Obamacare in terms of the gains that have already been achieved and how those improvements will be affected or reversed by Republican policies.

January 5, 2017
Democratic Leadership, Chuck Schumer, Trump

Democratic Leader Fires First Salvo At Trump

The most powerful Democrat in Washington issued a stern warning to President-elect Donald Trump as Congress returned to work on Tuesday. Senator Chuck Schumer’s combative remarks on the Senate floor, his inaugural speech as minority leader, signal there will be little in the way of bipartisan cooperation under President Trump.

January 4, 2017
Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan: 2017 Is A Year Of Hard Questions

This new year will be marked by change and upheaval across the globe, including new leadership in the United States, and elections in France, Germany, Iran and India. Whatever the outcome, these moments are an opportunity to ask clear, honest questions of ourselves and of our world.

January 4, 2017
Trump, Obamacare

What Exactly Is Trump’s Replacement For Obamacare?

While no concrete plan for a replacement currently exists, repealing Obamacare remains a top priority for the incoming Trump administration. Journalists must start asking questions about what a replacement plan will look like, how it will affect millions of Americans who gained coverage under the ACA, and what its true goals are.

January 2, 2017
Coal Miners

Retired Coal Miners Face Uncertain Future For Health-Care Benefits

Lawmakers have known about the potential insolvency of the miners’ health care plan since 2012. While the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. insures multi-employer pension plans like the one that covers retired coal miners, it does not protect their health-care benefits.

December 31, 2016
Flint, Lead Poisoning

Over 1,000 Communities Across The U.S. Have 4x The Lead Poisoning Of Flint, Michigan

Reuters investigation finds Flint’s water contamination crisis is just the tip of a very contaminated iceberg. Nearly 3,000 areas nationwide facing lead poisoning rates “at least double those in Flint during the peak of that city’s contamination crisis.” In 1,100 of those communities, residents had lead levels in their blood that were four times higher than those found in Flint.

December 31, 2016
Trump, Women's Health, Abortion Access

The Looming Nightmare For Women’s Health Under Trump

Based on his promises and the records of his appointees, Donald Trump will enter the White House one day before the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling as possibly the most anti-choice president in 50 years. What does this mean for the future of women’s health in America?

December 30, 2016
Obama, Executive Orders, Trump

Will Trump Undo Obama’s Executive Actions In His First 100 Days?

For years, progressives have wrung their hands over President Obama’s reluctance to more aggressively use executive authority to overcome congressional gridlock. Nonetheless, Obama’s steps will likely soon be imperiled by the incoming Trump administration and radical right-wing Republicans in Congress.

December 26, 2016
Samantha bee

As Nightly News Fails, Samantha Bee Shines On Abortion Coverage In 2016

Samantha Bee offered a clinic in how to properly debunk conservative misinformation on abortion. From her deep dive investigations into long-standing myths to her monologues responding to contemporary events, Bee set the bar for news coverage of abortion issues.

December 24, 2016
Obamacare, GOP

Repealing Obamacare Could Be Easy, But Replacing It Will Be A Mess

Any Republican replacement plan faces its stiffest challenges from at least three aspects of Obamacare that have proved popular: Medicaid expansion, the ban on denying coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and allowing people under 26 to remain on their parents’ policies

December 22, 2016
Obamacare, Blue States

How Blue State Americans Can Keep Their Health Coverage

Should Obamacare go down, states could replace it with a Romneycare-like plan or something more along the lines of single-payer. And the blue states would have more money to do that with because they wouldn’t be subsidizing others as before.

December 22, 2016
Texas, Planned Parenthood, Medicaid Funding

Texas Moves To Cut Medicaid Funding For Planned Parenthood

Texas plans to block about $3 million in Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood operations in the state — a move the reproductive healthcare group said could affect nearly 11,000 low-income people.

December 21, 2016
Flint water crisis

Former Flint Officials Criminally Charged In Water Crisis

Michigan prosecutors charged four former government officials with criminal conspiracy to violate safety rules in connection with the Flint water crisis, which exposed residents to dangerous levels of lead.

December 20, 2016