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Saving Obamacare Is Not Enough—We Need Medicare for All

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:00
Dennis Kucinich

The health-care debate in America is essentially an argument over what kind of private insurance market people should have access to: President Obama’s, where the insurance companies made out like bandits, or President Trump’s, where insurance companies will make out like bandits.

Let’s change the debate by making it between for-profit insurance vs. not-for-profit health care. That’s what I and Congressmen John Conyers and Jim McDermott sought to do in 2003 when we wrote and introduced Medicare for All, HR 676, in the House of Representatives.

Trump Restarts Keystone XL Fight, Not the Tar Sands Pipeline

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:06
Anthony Swift, Danielle Droitsch

The Trump Administration’s approval of the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline marks the beginning of what is likely to be a long fight over the dirty energy project. Many obstacles remain for the controversial tar sand pipeline, starting with the legal vulnerabilities of the cross border approval itself. The State Department’s approval reverses a decision to reject Keystone XL that was reached following a rigorous, robust process with substantial public engagement.

Gorsuch Shouldn't Be Confirmed Until We Know the Person Who Picked Him Is Cleared of Wrongdoing

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:42
Robert Reich

Neil Gorsuch shouldn’t be confirmed until Trump comes clean.

Nominating a new justice of the Supreme Court is one of the most important responsibilities of a president. But until we know Trump is a legitimate president, he can’t be presumed to have the authority to make such a pick.

First, we need to be sure Trump didn’t collaborate with Russia to rig the election. The FBI says it has enough “credible evidence” that Trump aides colluded with Russian operatives to affect the outcome of the election, to move forward with a full-scale investigation. 

3 People Explain How Last-Minute Medicaid Changes Make the GOP Health Care Bill Even Crueler

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:35
Anusha Ravi

After seven years of demanding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), House Republicans have reached their moment of truth. They have slapped together a bill to replace the law—the American Health Care Act (ACHA)—and President Trump is demanding that the House pass the bill today, or he will move on and leave the ACA in place.

Why Spend $54 Billion More on the Pentagon? To Start a War, Obviously.

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 09:14
John Feffer

So, let me see if I’ve got this right.

North Korea has been pushing its ally China to rein in the United States. Pyongyang is worried that Washington is about to launch a preemptive attack, so it has tried to use whatever minimal amount of influence it has to persuade China to use its considerable economic leverage with the United States to get those knuckleheads inside the Beltway to listen to reason.

Or maybe I misheard the report on the radio.

Climate Denier Trump Takes Us into “Unchartered Territory” with KXL

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 06:37
Andy Rowell

Later today, the Trump administration is expected to announce the approval of the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

The pipeline has been the subject of a major battle between environmentalists and the oil industry for years and was rejected by the Obama Administration.

Grassroots Power Stalls Trumpcare

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 06:31
Rafael Diaz

March 23rd, the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), turned into a better day for the people of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, than it was for House Speaker Paul Ryan, President Donald Trump, and our congressman, Rep. Lloyd Smucker.

While the politicians in Washington were scuttling the vote on their disastrous health care repeal plan, more than two hundred of us gathered in Penn Square to demand health care for all in an event organized by Keystone Progress, Lancaster Stands Up, and LCDC Rapid Response Team for Healthcare.

Mr. President, The Disgrace Is All Yours

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 05:55
Eugene Robinson

President Trump called himself “instinctual” this week, but the word he must have been groping for was “untruthful.” He lies incessantly, shamelessly, perhaps even pathologically, and his lying corrodes and dishonors our democracy.

Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:25
Michael Winship

There was so much smoke being blown in Washington on Wednesday you could probably see it from the International Space Station.

And it all seemed to come from a single polluter: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee. His pants were burning from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other.

The Bipartisan Effort against Campaigns for Corporate Responsibility

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:19
Stephen Zunes

The Trump Administration’s efforts to legitimize the Israeli occupation and illegal settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories has received surprising bipartisan support. A series of bills passed or under consideration in Washington and in state capitols seeks to punish companies, religious denominations, academic associations, and other entities which support the use of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) to challenge the occupation of Palestinian land.

Congress Must Investigate Collusion Between Monsanto and the EPA. Now.

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:03
Katherine Paul

“I have cancer, and I don’t want these serious issues in HED [EPA’s Health Effects Division] to go unaddressed before I go to my grave. I have done my duty.”

It’s been four years since Marion Copley, a 30-year EPA toxicologist, wrote those words to her then-colleague, Jess Rowland, accusing him of conniving with Monsanto to bury the agency’s own hard scientific evidence that it is “essentially certain” that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, causes cancer.

The Big Lie Behind Trump’s Education Budget

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:46
Jeff Bryant

Public school supporters are angry at President Trump’s budget proposal, which plans to cut funding to the Department of Education by 13 percent – taking that department’s outlay down to the level it was

Why Big Insurance Adores the American Health Care Act

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 09:40
Wendell Potter

There’s been a lot of talk about just who was hurt and helped by Obamacare and who will profit or be imperiled by the next phase of health care legislation. Yet health insurance executives have been curiously silent about the House GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

We Have The Chance Now To Go Bold On Health Care – And Freedom – For All

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 06:51
LeeAnn Hall

The House of Representatives is slated to vote Thursday on a health care repeal bill that will gut the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we know it. In legislative and human terms, passage of the bill would set us back not to 2009 but to 1964.

The Mosque That Disappeared

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 06:05
Robert C. Koehler

We committed a quiet little war crime the other day. Forty-plus people are dead, taken out with hellfire missiles while they were praying.

Why The Resistance Must Do More Than Resist

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 05:58
Ira Chernus

The resistance is a huge movement—yuge! At least that’s how it feels when you are in it. And it’s true that the United States has not seen anything like this since the Vietnam war days. Still, Trump and the Republicans in Washington roll on, with some new horror every day. Maybe the resistance isn’t yuge enough yet.

It has plenty of chance to grow, though. The potential is clearly there. Let’s look at the numbers.

Stubborn Facts and the Lies That Kill Democracy

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 05:44
Ralph Nader

It is not just Donald Trump whose rhetoric is chronically bereft of reality. Politicians, reporters, commentators and academics are often similarly untethered to hard facts, albeit not for narcissistic enjoyment. There are many patterns of fact, relevant to a subject being discussed, that are off the table—either consciously or because they are deemed inconvenient. Rarely are there omissions due to the facts being hard to get or inaccessible.

That in mind, here are a few examples that warrant our scrutiny:

Trump’s Spending Cuts Would Create the Black America He’s Been Talking About

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:17
Janelle Jones

On the campaign trail last summer, Donald Trump tried to appeal to African Americans by asking what we had to lose by voting him into office. Exit polls showed that we had a hunch what a Trump presidency would cost us, but now that the administration has released its first budget we know for sure.

We Must Filibuster Gorsuch’s Federalist Society Agenda

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:00
Miles Mogulescu

You probably have a better chance of becoming a judge in China without being a Communist than you have of making it to the Supreme Court under Republicans without the support of the hard-right Federalist Society.

Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee, has passed this test. His name reached the president via Federalist Society vice president Leonard Leo, who also led the campaigns to name John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the High Court.

The Democratic Party Left After the Ellison DNC Campaign: Unite or Fight?

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 07:27
Tom Gallagher

One thing to keep in mind about the recent Thomas Perez–Keith Ellison race for Democratic National Committee chair is that it was pretty much an only-in-America sort of thing.  Were we in any kind of parliamentary system – like most countries have – the two sides would probably be in different parties – the Bernie Sanders core of the Ellison campaign most likely in some type of socialist or labor-oriented party, with the Clinton people around Perez probably mostly in a more business-oriented liberal party.  Instead, however, the American presidential system that we actually have pretty much