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'This Is a Thunderbolt of Resistance’

3 hours 40 min ago
John Nichols

Christine Pellegrino did not just declare victory after a remarkable special-election win that saw her flip a historically Republican New York state Assembly seat to the Democratic column on Tuesday. The elementary school teacher turned candidate announced that Long Island was sending a message that will resonate far beyond a legislative district that backed Donald Trump last fall but that has now will be represented by a bold progressive activist.

Reactions to Manchester Bombing Show How Anti-Muslim Bigots Are "Useful Idiots" for ISIS

4 hours 1 min ago
Mehdi Hasan

If you want to defeat ISIS, listen to former ISIS hostage Nicolas Henin. The group is “heartened by every sign of overreaction, of division, of fear, of racism, of xenophobia … [and] drawn to any examples of ugliness on social media,” the French journalist wrote in November 2015 in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Trump's Budget Is a Blueprint for a Banana Republic-Style Military Dictatorship

4 hours 10 min ago
Binta Baxter

The Trump Administration has officially unveiled its proposed budget to "Make America Great Again," and by all accounts it’s a total flop. Most news outlets are ignoring are the greater implications of what is proposed in the budget itself—the society America would become if the Trump budget became official.

Trump's Budget Is Immoral

4 hours 22 min ago
Bernie Sanders

The budget introduced this week by the Trump administration constitutes nothing less than a massive transfer of wealth from working families, the elderly, children, the sick and the poor to the top 1%.

Single Payer in California? Can We Afford it? Can We Afford Not to?

5 hours 18 min ago
Paul Song

Yesterday the California State Senate Appropriations Committee released their fiscal analysis of SB562 sponsored by Senators Lara and Atkins. Opponents immediately screamed that #SB562 would cost $400 billion per year, more than three times California’s $124 Billion general fund budget for next year.

What Betsy DeVos Calls Education Transformation Is Actually Public Theft

8 hours 45 min ago
Jeff Bryant

Betsy DeVos wants to give your tax dollars to private schools and businesses and tell you it’s an education “transformation.”

That’s the main theme of an address she gave this week to a conference held by the organization she helped found and lead, the American Federation for Children.

Declaring “the time has expired for ‘reform,'” she called instead for a “transformation… that will open up America’s closed and antiquated education system.” Her plan also opens your wallet to new moochers of taxpayer dollars.

President Trump’s Budget Kicks People When They’re Down

9 hours 25 sec ago
Monique Morrissey

The president’s budget was released Tuesday and a House budget resolution will follow in June. Though the two plans will undoubtedly differ in certain areas—the president’s budget includes infrastructure and paid parental leave proposals that aren’t guaranteed to be taken up by the House—both will seek deep cuts to programs helping vulnerable citizens while calling for immense tax cuts for the wealthy.

We — or Him?

9 hours 8 min ago
Ronald Aronson

When President Donald Trump last week began a tweet with “we” and then deleted it, Trumpwatchers on Twitter seized on the opportunity to turn it back on him.

Opponents of Single Payer Think You're Stupid... But Nothing Is Dumber Than a For-Profit Healthcare System

10 hours 45 min ago
Pat LaMarche

Lack of critical thinking: it’s killing us. And if you get alarmed by the headline of a May 22, Sacramento Bee article, it will continue killing us.

Don’t Like Betsy DeVos? Blame the Democrats.

10 hours 54 min ago
Diane Ravitch

Of all the corrupt, unqualified, and extremist characters Donald Trump has tapped to lead his administration, none has generated the tsunami of liberal outrage whipped up by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Trump’s Cruel and Deviant Budget

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:56
Robert Reich

For years, conservatives warned that liberals were “defining deviancy downward.” They said that by tolerating bad social behavior, liberals in effect lowered what was deemed acceptable behavior overall – allowing social norms to decline.

Trump's Immoral Budget Is 'Dead on Arrival' in Congress

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:22
Michael Linden

President Trump’s budget proposal is an affront to decency, economics and, at a basic level, math. It is full of both broken and false promises. It forces those who have the least to suffer the most and those who have the most to contribute the least. It is, in a word, unconscionable.

'RussiaGate' Has Become a Catastrophic Failure of Leadership — and a Debacle From Which the Trump Presidency Will Not Recover

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:12
Douglas Blackmon

A version of this post first appeared on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Douglas A. Blackmon’s Facebook page.

Trump’s Budget Expands Global War on the Backs of the American Poor

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:36
Benjamin Dangl

It is fitting that while President Trump is traveling the world, sealing a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, he would drop his own kind of bomb on the American people: his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, titled, of course, “The New Foundation for American Greatness.”

 

School Choice Is a Scam in Segregated Neighborhoods

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 08:26
Jitu Brown

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seems not to hear the fierce protests of parents, teachers and school officials over school closings and charter expansion in New York, Chicago, Oakland, Detroit and other American cities. How else to explain her continuing tone-deaf comments praising the glories of school choice?  In truth, school choice does not exist in most black and brown communities in the United States.

They’re Talking a Better Game, But Will the Democrats Fight?

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:37
Richard Eskow

In public, leading Democrats blame outside forces like Russia and former FBI Director James Comey for their losses in 2016. But privately, many acknowledge the party needs a new direction.

The Democrats’ massive losses at state and congressional levels cannot be blamed on WikiLeaks, Comey or even Trump. Something clearly needs to change, and fast.

 

Trump Escalates War on Women

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 06:46
Katrina vanden Heuvel

“I just want to state some facts,” Deja Foxx, a 16-year-old activist, told Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) at a town hall meeting in April. “I’m a young woman, and you’re a middle-aged man. I’m a person of color, and you’re white. I come from a background of poverty, and I didn’t always have parents to guide me through life.

Boycott Trump

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 06:34
Mattea Kramer

In normal times, Dee from New York would have ordered her copy of The Handmaid’s Tale from Amazon, but these are not normal times. Amazon is on the Grab Your Wallet list, a campaign to boycott retailers that sell Trump family products, which began as a response to the video revealing our now-president’s penchant for grabbing women "by the pussy." Dee bought her book from a smaller retailer instead.

Terror and Geopolitics: Manchester 2017 and 1996

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 06:06
Juan Cole

Manchester, UK, was hit with the deadliest bomb attack on Monday since a June Saturday morning in 1996, when a massive 3000 lb. Provisional Irish Republican Army blast leveled the city center shopping district to rubble and left 200 wounded. The toll at the Ariana Grande concert so far this morning is nearly two dozen dead and over 60 wounded.

Why Care About Other People’s Children

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 05:55
Steven Singer

As a vocal critic of charter and voucher schools, one of the most frequent questions I get from readers is this:

“Why should I care about other people’s children?”

One reader put it this way:

“Why should my child’s education and safety have to suffer because of difficult and violent students? …it isn’t my responsibility to pay for a miscreant’s education.”