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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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Overtime

How Trump Could Kill A Plan To Get You Overtime Pay

One of the first tests of Trump’s pledge to help workers will come in how his administration handles the complicated rules that govern who has the right to time-and-a-half overtime pay. At stake is the possibility of overtime pay for about 4 million workers around the country.

January 15, 2017
Trump

6 Of Donald Trump’s Most Appalling Moments This Week

Never has there been a leader more deserving of stories full of innuendo and giggle-inducing allegations about him. You reap what you sow, to quote Donald Trump’s second-favorite book, right after his own ghostwritten tome.

January 15, 2017
Cabinet Picks

Failed Cabinet Picks Offer Guide To Trump’s Prospects

According to the Senate Historical Office, there were four cases since 1970 in which a Senate controlled by the president’s party did not confirm the president’s nominees. In each case, the failed nominee had either ethical, financial, or legal lapses in their records.

January 15, 2017
Obama, Goodbye American President

President Obama’s Historic Presidency Comes To A Close

You have performed on the highest, most public stage there is, sir, faced headwinds unprecedented in American politics and nonstop disrespect from the GOP. But you did so with unflappable dignity, unshakable class … and urbane cool. No stench of personal scandal wafts after you as you leave office, and the country is better for your service.

January 15, 2017
Anti-Trump, Protesters, Trump Inauguration

5 Things You Can Do To Resist Trump Before Inauguration Day

With less than a week until Inauguration Day, many Americans have a busy schedule of crying and looking at slideshows of President Obama. But much like George W. Bush reminded America when he wanted us to go shopping again after 9/11, we can’t let the terrorists win. Grab a phone, a pair of comfortable shoes, and some friends. It’s time to put the pressure on.

January 14, 2017
Trump, Protesters, Civil Rights

Washington Protesters Vow To Fight For Civil Rights Under Trump

U.S. civil rights activists vowed on Saturday to defend hard-fought gains in voting rights and criminal justice during the presidency of Donald Trump, kicking off a week of protests ahead of the Republican’s inauguration. The Rev. Al Sharpton said Democrats in Congress needed to be sent a simple message: “Get some backbone.”

January 14, 2017
Repealing Obamacare

U.S. House Votes To Begin Repealing Obamacare

No Democrats supported the initiative. Nine Republicans voted against the measure. With this vote, Republicans began delivering on their promise to end Obamacare, which also was a campaign promise of Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

January 14, 2017
Obama, Cubans, Immigration

Obama Administration Ends ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ Policy For Cubans

The move to end the policy comes just eight days before the Democratic president turns the White House over to Republican Donald Trump, who has said the United States should get more concessions from Havana in exchange for improved relations.

January 13, 2017
President-elect Trump

‘Unpresidented’: A Sign Of The Times

Are we living history backward? A swaggering new president who lost the people’s vote may mimic Julius Caesar’s Rome, changing from a republic to an empire. Caesar conquered Gaul. Trump conquered Rockefeller Center, where NBC made the mogul’s reality show, “The Apprentice.” It feels “unpresidented.”

January 13, 2017
Trump, Press, White House

Why The D.C. Press Must Take Collective Action To Protest Trump

News organizations face an incoming Trump administration that seems sure to institute new media restrictions that are far more stringent than the Obama White House’s rules for photographers. Yet we don’t we hear much in terms of an organized protest.

January 13, 2017
Biden

President Obama Surprises Vice President Biden With Medal Of Freedom

President Barack Obama surprised Vice President Joe Biden by awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction in an emotional ceremony. Biden, who was unaware that the ceremony would take place, became visibly moved when Obama said he would bestow on him the highest civil honor in the United States.

January 12, 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
Obama onstage for his farewell with wife Michelle and daughter Malia

Yes We Can: Obama Defends American Values In Emotional Farewell

Obama emphasized his positions had not changed and said his efforts to end the use of torture and close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo represented U.S. values. “That’s why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans,” he said in a pointed reference to his successor.

January 11, 2017
Trump, J.D. Vance

Self-Pitying Pessimism Is Personally And Politically Crippling

J.D. Vance thinks that hillbilly clannishness and self-pitying pessimism are personally and politically crippling. “We can’t trust the evening news. We can’t trust our politicians. Our universities, the gateway to a better life, are rigged against us. We can’t get jobs. You can’t believe these things and participate meaningfully in society.”

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
Obama, Race

Did We Expect Too Much From Obama On Race?

Obama’s real and lasting impact on race relations in America will be seen in less sensational policy decisions: who he brought to the federal benches, his efforts to protect the Voting Rights Act, measures to expand access to health care and quality schools.

January 9, 2017
Obama

Eight Years Later, ‘Yes, We Can’ Became ‘Yes, He Did’

There are many challenges ahead, but nothing like the dire mess that confronted a new young president eight years ago. That will be Obama’s legacy, the steady way he worked through it. The country is dramatically better off now than it was in January 2009, and that’s what the history books will say.

January 8, 2017
Wall Street, Dow

Wall Street Parties Like It’s 19,999

The Dow came within one point of 20,000 for the first time on Friday and the Nasdaq and S&P 500 reached record highs. While Friday’s gains suggested the rally was not yet over, some investors have grown cautious.

January 7, 2017
Obama, pardons

Presidential Pardons: Obama Picks Up The Pace On Commutations

Near the start of his second term, President Obama had granted clemency at a lower rate than any president in recent history. He had pardoned 39 people and denied 1,333 requests. As Obama enters the final days of his administration, he has dramatically picked up the pace.

January 7, 2017
jobs

Fox News Retools Misleading Jobs Report Spin One Last Time

The generally positive outlook on the economy portrayed by these journalists, economists, and other experts was once again absent at Fox News, which painted the report as another example of the president’s failing policies.

January 7, 2017