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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Trump, Wall, Colbert

#EndorseThis: An Architect, Engineer, And Interior Designer ‘Build’ Trump’s Wall

What would happen if you gathered an architect, an engineer, an interior designer, and a concrete guy to price out and “build” Trump’s unnecessary Mexico border wall? Stephen Colbert put this scenario to the test, and you can imagine how quickly it all unraveled.

March 14, 2017
Trump

Why We Shouldn’t Let Resentment Define Us

It’s a fallacy to believe progressives can fix America’s acrimony by changing their attitudes. I am all for reaching out. But it helps to have someone else reaching back.

March 13, 2017
Paul Ryan re-election, Trumpcare

Trumpcare: The Numbers Don’t Add Up For The Poor

At a press conference, Speaker Paul Ryan called the GOP health care bill “an act of mercy.” For the most vulnerable, that characterization is ironic at best.

March 13, 2017
Obama, Trump, Economy

How Trump Is Claiming Credit For Obama’s Successes

Since almost immediately after his inauguration as 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump has been claiming credit for what he sees as a miraculous recovery in the nation’s economy. But how much credit is actually due to his administration?

March 13, 2017
Trump EPA nominee Scott Pruitt

Like Phosphorus In Your Water? With Trump’s EPA, You’re In Luck!

Polluters have been whining about the EPA since it was signed into existence 47 years ago by that radical environmentalist Richard Nixon. Conflict was inevitable, and the EPA has been regularly vilified for meddling in local matters.

March 13, 2017
Trumpcare, Health Care, Republicans, Trump/Ryan, Middle Class, Safety Net, GOP

GOP Health Care Bill Recycles Tired Moralizing Of The Poor

The AHCA is rightly being derided as a cruddy facsimile of Obamacare that massively shifts wealth from the lowest income brackets to the highest. The rationales for foisting this botch on the not-so-well-to-do are grounded in that old conservative disposition to blame the poor for their poverty.

March 13, 2017
Unions, Right To Work

The Red-State Trend That’s Coming To A Blue State Near You

When the AFL-CIO and other critics of right-to-work laws describe them as “right-to-work-for-less” laws, they aren’t merely being rhetorical; research demonstrates that right-to-work promotes inferior working conditions.

March 12, 2017
Disaster capitalism, corporations, war

How Corporations Make A Killing Out Of Catastrophe

In his new book, Antony Loewenstein analyzes not only how natural disasters and war can be vehicles for capitalist policies, but how corporations push their neoliberal agenda and rake in enormous sums of cash, from immigration, refugee detention, prisons, and discoveries of natural resource reserve

March 12, 2017
Sessions

Sessions’ Tough-On-Crime Tactics Bound To Fail

Sessions’ memo on dealing with violent offenders seems to be a part of the new administration’s tough-on-crime approach, but longer sentencing for violent offenders under federal law has already been tried and failed, says Jeffrey Fagan, professor of law at Columbia University and senior research scholar at Yale Law School.

March 12, 2017
Bharara

U.S. Attorney Bharara Fired By Trump After Refusing To Resign

On Saturday, the outspoken U.S. attorney from the Southern District of New York said he was fired after refusing to resign, as requested a day earlier by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

March 12, 2017
FBI Director James Comey testifies before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the "Oversight of the State Department" in Washington U.S. July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

How James Comey’s ‘October Surprise’ Doomed Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy

According to an analysis by a data firm that tracks the psychological elements below patterns of consumer behavior and moods, Donald Trump won the election the moment that James Comey reopened the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

March 11, 2017
Working class, Trump, Con

Will Wage Growth Be Trump’s Great White Whale?

You’ll see plenty of headlines about how earnings have “accelerated,” but that’s only if you’re a hawk, a nitpicker-in-extremis, or you earn so much money that money is an abstraction.

March 11, 2017
Ben Carson, HUD

Trump’s Plan To Gut HUD Threatens America’s Poor

According to reports, the Trump administration is mulling whether to slash HUD’s budget by at least $6 billion — or 14 percent — in the 2018 fiscal year.

March 11, 2017
Sessions speaks with reporters ahead of the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Jeff Sessions Asks 46 Obama-Appointed U.S. Attorneys To Resign

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ action comes the same day White House press secretary Sean Spicer addressed the specter of a “deep state” of bureaucrats trying to harm President Donald Trump’s agenda.

March 11, 2017
Retired Gen. Michael Flynn attended White House intel briefings while working for foreign clients

Michael Flynn Finally Admits He Lobbied For Turkey During Trump Campaign

The assertion that the White House was unaware of Flynn’s lobbying activities raises questions of how carefully Trump’s advisers have been investigated for possible conflicts of interest in an administration beset by allegations of such conflicts — beginning with the president’s own businesses.

March 10, 2017
Rand Paul, Obamacare

Here Are All The Groups Opposed To The Obamacare Replacement Plan

The long-promised GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare is facing opposition from all sides, and a constellation of conservative and moderate Republicans have attacked the legislation, even though it has the support of President Donald Trump.

March 10, 2017
Joe Kennedy

#EndorseThis: Joe Kennedy III Calls Out GOP Hypocrisy

Honing in on Speaker Paul Ryan’s claim that the House bill is “an act of mercy,” Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) set out to expose the obvious hypocrisy in a party that claims to have the best interest of the working-class at heart.

March 10, 2017
Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders Unveils Plan To Turn Red States Blue

Last Saturday, Sanders and former Ohio state senator Nina Turner rallied hundreds of Nissan factory workers for a March on Mississippi. On Monday, he’ll travel to McDowell County, West Virginia, one of the poorest counties in America, to speak at Mount View High School in Welch.

March 10, 2017
Trump, Mexico, Wall, Tax, House

House Committee Approves ‘Trumpcare’ Bill Without Knowing Its Cost

Although the Congressional Budget Office hasn’t scored the Republican plan, the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that repealing the ACA’s taxes will cost roughly $600 billion through 2026 and nearly $700 billion through 2027. More than half of the tax-cut benefits would flow to people earning more than $1 million a year.

March 10, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Is A CO2 Truther

During a recent interview, EPA chief Scott Pruitt insisted that CO2 emissions are not the primary cause of global warming. He added that there is need for additional research and information—and more debate—before anyone is allowed to point fingers at this suspect greenhouse gas.

March 10, 2017
Health Care, Obamacare

Better And Cheaper Health Coverage? Not Very Likely

Trump managed to persuade a lot of those white Americans that he would give them better and cheaper health insurance. That’s not going to happen. Trump was too smart to ridicule the have-nots while he was on the campaign trail, but his policies are still going to give them the shaft.

March 10, 2017
Rex Tillerson, Russia, Media

Media Watch From Sidelines As Trump Administration Retreats Into Secrecy

Perhaps nowhere outside the West Wing is that retreat more apparent than at the State Department, which for the first six weeks of the Trump administration essentially shut off all communication with the public and the press.

March 10, 2017
Trump, Mentally Ill

What Should We Do About A Mentally Ill President?

It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. He is pathologically addicted to lying, bizarrely repeating his most blatant fabrications even after they’ve been totally debunked.

March 10, 2017
Anti-Semitism, Trump

In An Angry And Fearful Nation, An Outbreak Of Anti-Semitism

In a rare show of unity, all 100 U.S. senators this week issued a public letter urging the Department of Justice, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security to protect Jewish institutions and prosecute those responsible for terrorizing them.

March 9, 2017
Jason Miller, Trump, CNN

Did CNN Hire A Former Trump Campaign Adviser To Appease The President?

Jason Miller served as the Trump campaign’s senior communications adviser, then was tapped for the role of White House communications director before withdrawing for family reasons. He joins paid Trump advocates Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany at the network.

March 9, 2017