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Wage Love to End Debt’s Stranglehold

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:18
Sarah van Gelder

Debt is an age-old means of shaming and controlling poor people. The practice is so commonplace, we hardly notice it.

For many, going into debt is the only way to get an education, buy a home, or survive a medical emergency. Shaking off that debt can be impossible for those living on low-wage and insecure jobs, and those targeted by predatory lending. Still, many accept the story that debt is their fault.

Medicare for All: A Prescription for What Ails Us

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:09
Amy Goodman

President Donald Trump’s long-promised repeal of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, edges closer to reality, as the Senate releases its secretly written version of the House’s American Health Care Act—the very bill that Trump first championed, then recently reportedly called “mean.” The Republican majority in the Senate is intent on passing the bill before the July Fourth holiday. Obamacare has led to tens of millions of Americans getting at least some health insurance, but it has problems of its own. Since health care represents one-sixth of the U.S.

All Signs from Trump Point to a Coming Conflict with Iran

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:56
John Feffer

The Saudi war in Yemen is really directed at…Iran. Donald Trump’s first overseas visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel was specifically targeted at…Iran. The Saudi-led isolation of Qatar is actually about…Iran.

The escalation of U.S. military actions against the Syria government is… well, do I really need to spell this out any further?

When the Detainee Is American...

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:48
Robert C. Koehler

The corpses pile up like sandbags along the planet’s geopolitical borders.

“Perhaps his condition deteriorated and the authorities decided it was better to release him in a coma than as a corpse.”

Your Health May Be in Susan Collins’ Hands. And That’s Not Good News

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:44
Neal Gabler

Susan Collins says she’s disturbed.

Once Passed, Medicaid Cuts Won’t Be Easily Reversed

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:58
Jacob Leibenluft

Despite promises that the emerging Senate health bill will moderate the health coverage cuts in the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Senate not only is retaining the House bill’s fundamental restructuring of the Medicaid program — a “per capita cap” on federal funding — but is deepening the cuts under the per capita cap beginning around 2025.[1] Because the per capita cap wouldn’t take effect until 2020 and the Senate’s further cuts wouldn’t kick in until f

Here's How We Kill the Senate's Trumpcare Bill

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:44
Leah Greenberg, Ezra Levin

What's in this “new” TrumpCare bill?

After weeks of total secrecy, this morning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the Senate TrumpCare bill. And what a cruel, ugly bill it is. It guts Medicaid, it increases health costs for the middle-class, it cuts coverage for pre-existing conditions, it eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood...and it does this all in order to greenlight a massive tax cut for millionaires and billionaires.

Big Pharma Gets $28 Billion Tax Break in GOP Trumpcare Plan

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:51
Will Rice

There will be a lot of losers if the House GOP’s disastrous plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act ever becomes law: people with preexisting medical conditions, working families, older folks, kids.

One of the few winners would be the nation’s pharmaceutical industry: $28 billion richer thanks to a big tax cut. The Senate is likely to keep this tax break in its version of the legislation.

'There Will Be Hell to Pay': Writing History in the Trump Era

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:25
Andrew Bacevich

Forgive me for complaining, but recent decades have not been easy ones for my peeps. I am from birth a member of the WHAM tribe, that once proud, but now embattled conglomeration of white, heterosexual American males. We have long been -- there’s no denying it -- a privileged group.  When the blessings of American freedom get parceled out, WHAMs are accustomed to standing at the head of the line. Those not enjoying the trifecta of being white, heterosexual, and male get what’s left. 

Single-Payer Healthcare for California Is, In Fact, Very Doable

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:12
Robert Pollin

The California Senate recently voted to pass a bill that would establish a single-payer healthcare system for the entire state. The proposal, called the Healthy California Act, will now be taken up by the state Assembly.

Closing Democracy’s Doors Until the People Open Them

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:55
Ralph Nader

In 2006 a book was published called Losing Our Democracy by civic leader, Mark Green. His 21st book, it was the usual Mark Green brand of meticulous research with memorable examples. One would have thought such an important subject would have received wide coverage and circulation. In fact, it was almost completely ignored by reviewers and the media interviewers. In 2017, the danger of having the door shut on the practice of democracy by its citizens is more important than at any other time in recent history.

The Tax Plan Moms Need

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:16
Martha Burk

During his speech announcing that the U.S. is ditching the Paris climate accords, President Trump took a strange detour to declare “our tax bill is moving along in Congress, and I believe it’s doing very well. I think a lot of people will be very pleasantly surprised.”

Naomi Klein Pushes Us to Dream Big to Get Beyond Trump’s Shock Politics

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:11
Robert Jensen

Naomi Klein understands that President Donald J. Trump is a problem, but he is not the problem.

Our President’s Word Wars

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:07
Olivia Alperstein

These days I find myself thinking often about a cartoon by the late Theodore Geissel.

In it, a woman with a sweater that reads “America First” reads aloud from a storybook to two children: “And the Wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones,” she relays. “But those were Foreign Children and it didn’t really matter.”

Geissel — better known as Dr. Seuss — was criticizing Americans’ purposeful isolationism during World War II. But it’s never felt more prescient, as a sitting American president embarks on a dangerous and deadly new “America First” policy.

Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:02
Ramzy Baroud

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel.

When Haley speaks about Israel, her language is not merely emotive nor tailored to fit the need of a specific occasion.  Rather, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a clear plan of action.

A Whistleblower Imprisoned, Not Silenced

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:56
Jeffrey Sterling

Two years of imprisonment have given me ample time to reflect on the circumstances in which I find myself today. I often retrace my steps, carefully recalling each conversation I had and action I took that landed me in this prison. However, in the two years that I have served, my position has never wavered. I know who I am, and I know what my values are. My name is Jeffrey Alexander Sterling, and I am an innocent man who has been wrongfully convicted of espionage after dedicating my life to serving the U.S. government.

The Trump Administration’s Penchant for Escalation in Syria Must Be Challenged

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:32
Gabe Murphy

From launching a volley of Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base, to repeatedly bombing pro-Syrian government forces, to shooting down a Syrian Air Force jet this past weekend, the Trump administration’s proclivity for escalation has led to a new chapter in the Syrian civil war.

The Case for Obstruction of Justice

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 06:14
Robert Reich

Obstruction of justice was among the articles of impeachment drafted against both Presidents Nixon and Clinton. The parallel between Nixon and Trump is almost exact. White House tapes revealed Nixon giving instructions to pressure the acting FBI director into halting the Watergate investigation.

Georgia Special Election: Nobody Said It Was Easy. They Said It Was Important.

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 06:05
Jay Bookman

There are two ways to look at it,  I guess.

From the point of view of the Republicans, they won Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, and that’s all that matters. Politics is binary: You’re either going to Washington or you’re not, and Jon Ossoff is not. Karen Handel is. Republicans can also accurately claim to have taken their opponent’s best shot and remained standing.

Watch What Trump Tweets But Also What He Does

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:31
Todd Gitlin

I’m the last guy to turn my eyes away from the sub-Shakespearian maneuvers that may (or may not) be shuffling personnel behind closed doors in the White House. I confess myself tempted by the pastime so widespread in kingdoms and autocracies — rumor-mongering, or at a higher level, the conspiracy theorizing that enables us to pretend that the opaque has, momentarily, become transparent. In recent days, I couldn’t for one moment tear myself away from the recent on-screen dramas starring former FBI director James Comey and Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III.