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The Supreme Court Friday, June 22, 2018 (1 comments)     

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The Trump Takeover of the Courts Even though much of his legislative agenda has stalled in Congress, Trump is nominating and getting Senate confirmation of judges to the federal bench much faster than previous presidents. Fortunately, not all of them have been confirmed. But by the end of his first term Trump could end up filling over 20 percent of the judges in the federal courts.

Donald Trump - Caricature Saturday, June 16, 2018     

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To the Press, after 18 Months of Trump Keep track of what his Cabinet is doing -- Sessions's attacks on civil rights, civil liberties, voting rights, and immigrants; DeVos's efforts to undermine public education, Pruitt's and Zinke's efforts to gut the environment; all their conflicts of interest, and the industry lobbyists they've put in high positions.

The Military Industrial Complex Friday, June 15, 2018 (7 comments)     

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The Military Industrial Drain Since 2001, the Pentagon budget has soared from $456 billion--in today's dollars--to $700 billion, including the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other national security expenses. When you include spending on the military and war, veterans' benefits, and homeland security, military-related spending now eats up 67 percent of all federal discretionary spending.

President Trump fought with some of America's closest allies during the G7 meeting in Canada. Tuesday, June 12, 2018 (3 comments)     

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An Urgent Message to Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Japan The current occupant of the White House does not represent the views of the majority of Americans. We are doing everything we can to ensure that he will not be president beyond his current term, which ends in January, 2021. It is possible he will be removed from office before then.

Trump and the Constitution Monday, June 11, 2018 (1 comments)     

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The Constitutional Crisis is Now The crux of America's current constitutional crisis is this: Our system of government was designed to constrain power, but Trump doesn't want to be constrained. Our system was conceived as a means of promoting the public interest, but Trump wants to promote only his own interest. Our system was organized to bind presidents to the Constitution, but Trump doesn't want to be bound by anything.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 (1 comments)     

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The Unconstitutional Census Power Grab It's no secret that immigrants with the right to vote tend to vote for Democrats. So undercounting neighborhoods that are heavily Latino or Asian would mean fewer Democratic members of Congress. This is nothing but a Republican power grab orchestrated by the White House.

I am here because Donald Trump is a very dangerous and unpleasant man. Monday, June 4, 2018 (7 comments)     

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A Second American Civil War? Trump's immediate goal is to discredit Robert Mueller's investigation. But his strategy appears to go beyond that. In tweets and on Fox News, Trump's overall mission is repeatedly described as a "war on the deep state." The way Trump and his defenders are behaving, it's not absurd to imagine serious social unrest. That's how low he's taken us.

Replace Insecure https://pixabay.com/get/ea34b00d2ef5063ed1584d05fb1d4397e67fe6d404b0144392f8c87ea1e8bd_340.jpg Friday, June 1, 2018 (11 comments)     

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Why the Only Answer is to Break Up the Biggest Wall Street Banks The real reason Wall Street has spent huge sums trying to water down the Volcker Rule is that far vaster sums can be made if the Rule is out of the way. If you took the greed out of Wall Street all you'd have left is pavement.

Thursday, May 31, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Voter Turnout Is Everything The largest political party in America isn't the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. It's the Party of Non-Voters. Voter turnout determines who wins -- so VOTE!

Trump caricature Monday, May 28, 2018 (5 comments)     

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America's Megalomaniac Trump got excited about a summit with Kim when he thought it might win him praise, even possibly a Nobel Peace Prize. He got cold feet when he feared Kim might be setting him up for humiliating failure. Now he's back to dreaming about the Prize. The delicate balance in Trump's brain between glorification and mortification can tip either way at any moment, depending on his hunches.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018     

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Thinking Beyond Trump: Why We Need a Federal Jobs Guarantee The federal government now spends over $150 billion a year because workers aren't earning enough to get out of poverty. Doesn't it make more sense to use this money to create guaranteed jobs at a living wage? So, let's think beyond Trump -- to what Americans need. Few things are more important than a decent job. Full employment through a federal job guarantee makes sense -- for workers, for the economy, for America.

Donald Trump - Caricature Tuesday, May 22, 2018     

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Trump's Curious Coalition Trump's strategy for keeping power is to build up his coalition of America's white working class and the nation's ownership class. Since becoming president, Trump has sought to reward both sides of this coalition -- tossing boatloads of money to the ownership class, and red meat to the white working class.

Saturday, May 19, 2018     

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How To End Partisan Gerrymandering One of the biggest challenges to our democracy occurs when states draw congressional district lines with the principal goal of helping one political party and hurting the other. It's called "partisan gerrymandering." If you want your state to end gerrymandering, you're going to have to get actively involved, and demand it. After all, this is our democracy. It's up to us to make it work.

HHS Sec. Alex Azar on Prescription Prices May 11, 2018 Saturday, May 12, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Trump's Drug Pricing Scam Big Pharma in America spends more on advertising and marketing than it does on research -- often tens of millions to promote a single drug. Besides flogging their drugs, American drug companies also spend hundreds of millions lobbying the government. Last year alone, their lobbying tab came to $171.5 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (2 comments)     

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The Financial Hardships of Trump's Friends In contrast to their argument that the poor need less help in order to work harder, Trump and his enablers justify regulatory and tax handouts to Carl Icahn and his ilk by arguing the rich need more in order to work harder. Trumponomics is a thin veneer of an excuse for giving America's rich -- already richer than ever -- whatever they want, while sticking it to everyone else.

Monday, May 7, 2018 (2 comments)     

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The Monopolization of America America used to have antitrust laws that stopped corporations from monopolizing markets, and often broke up the biggest culprits. No longer. It's a hidden upward redistribution of money and power from the majority of Americans to corporate executives and wealthy shareholders.

Donald Trump Sunday, April 29, 2018 (3 comments)     

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How To Stop Trump... If America doesn't respond to the calamity that's befallen the working class, we'll have Trumps as far as the eye can see. A few Democrats are getting the message -- pushing ambitious ideas like government-guaranteed full employment, single-payer health care, industry-wide collective bargaining, and a universal basic income.

Who Owns Our Politicians? Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (1 comments)     

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The Shameful Silence of the CEOs Big corporations and Wall Street essentially own the Republican Party. In the 2016 campaign cycle, they contributed $34 to candidates from both parties for every $1 donated by labor unions and all public interest organizations combined. If the leaders of American business remain silent about what Trump's is doing to American democracy, they will be complicit in its demise.

Does Robert Mueller have the goods on Donald Trump? Saturday, April 21, 2018     

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Can Trump Fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller? Justice Department regulations issued in 1999, in the wake of Kenneth Starr's investigation of Bill Clinton, say that only an Attorney General can remove a special counsel, and not just for any reason. Such a removal must be based on a finding that the special counsel was guilty of "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies."

Friday, April 20, 2018 (14 comments)     

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A Third Party? How Not To Settle For The Lesser Of Two Evils If a party establishment has a chokehold on the primaries -- the answer isn't to go with a third party and end up with the worse of two evils, but to organize and mobilize inside the party to break that chokehold, as some would say the Tea Party has done in the GOP.

Solar Industry Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (4 comments)     

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While China Picks Winners, Trump Picks Losers America has always had an industrial policy. The real question is whether it's forward-looking (the Internet, solar, zero-emissions buses) or backwards (coal). Trump wants a backwards industrial policy. That's not surprising, given that everything else he and his administration are doing is designed to take us backwards.

The Truth About An Untethered Trump Monday, April 9, 2018     

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The Truth About an Untethered Trump Trump untethered isn't just a more petty, vindictive, and belligerent version of his former self. He's also more willing to sacrifice American democracy to his own ends. Which makes him more dangerous than ever.

NRA, exploiting a tragedy Sunday, April 8, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Five Reasons The NRA Is Wrong The NRA is a special interest group with a stranglehold on the Republican Party. In 2016, the group spent a record $55 million on elections. Their real goal is to protect a few big gun manufacturers who want to enlarge their profits. America is better than the NRA. America is the young people from Parkland, Florida, who are telling legislators to act like adults. It's time all of us to listen.

Your Vote Counts Saturday, April 7, 2018 (5 comments)     

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What If Everyone Voted? The largest block of voters in America isn't Democrats or Republicans. It's the people who don't vote.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018     

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April Fools... Con Mannity here. Shrink deficits! States' rights! Stand up to Russia! Free Markets! I'm a conservative from the old school, with a capital "Con." And I love Donald Trump because he's sticking to the time-tested conservative beliefs I've been pushing on this show for years.

Parkland Shooting Survivor David Hogg Won't Accept Laura Ingraham's Apology Saturday, March 31, 2018 (1 comments)     

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Dollars for Decency Companies are spending huge amounts seeking to connect their goods to consumers' values. They know more about those values than anyone. Which suggests that Americans may have had enough cruelty -- coming from Laura Ingraham, from Fox News, from Donald Trump, from the Harvey Weinsteins of the land, from whomever.

Thursday, March 29, 2018 (18 comments)     

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Is Trump The Worst President In American History? A president's most fundamental legal and moral responsibility is to uphold and protect our system of government. Donald Trump has degraded that system. Donald Trump is degrading the core institutions and values of our democracy. But America is fighting back. In the face of the worst president in history, we are at our best when striving to strengthen our democracy.

Donald Trump and Fox News Monday, March 26, 2018 (3 comments)     

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The Real Uses of Trump's Fanatics Now that Trump is being pushed into a corner, he's reorganizing his team for an epic marketing battle. This requires purging naysayers from his Cabinet and White House staff because naysayers are terrible at marketing, and replacing them with tried-and-true salespeople, like Bolton and Kudlow. Fox News -- Trump's propaganda arm -- is being reorganized for the same battle.

Monday, March 19, 2018     

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Trump's Stock Buyback Bamboozle Trump and Republicans branded their huge corporate tax cut as a way to make American corporations more profitable so they'd invest in more and better jobs. But they're buying back their stock instead. Now that the new corporate tax cut is pumping up profits, buybacks are on track to hit a record $800 billion this year.

Insane Donald Trump Sunday, March 18, 2018 (1 comments)     

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Trump -- The Mad King Narcissists are dangerous because they think only about themselves. Megalomaniacs are dangerous because they think only about their power and invincibility. A narcissistic megalomaniac who's unconstrained -- and who's also president of the United States -- is about as dangerous as they come. World leaders are now taking Trump's braggadocio and ignorance for granted, acting as if America has no president.

Friday, March 16, 2018     

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Trump's Humongous Infrastructure Con It's the biggest Trump con since he told Americans the tax cut would help them more than the rich. He's calling for a $1.5 trillion boost in infrastructure spending -- but he's proposing just $200 billion in federal funding. So where does the rest come from? Tax hikes on the middle-class and poor, and from private investors.

The 6 Ways Millennials Are Changing America Robert Reich explains how the next generation will fundame Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (17 comments)     

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6 Ways Millennials Will Clean Up The Mess Boomers Left Them A strong majority of Millennials think the country is on the wrong track. Most disapprove of both the Republican Party and the Democratic party. Virtually no Millennials -- only 6 percent -- strongly approve of Donald Trump, compared to 63 percent who disapprove. A strong majority -- 71 percent -- want a third major party to compete with Democrats and Republicans.

'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli Saturday, March 10, 2018 (11 comments)     

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America's Shkreli Problem Shkreli will do whatever it takes to win, regardless of the consequences for anyone else. He believes that the norms other people live by don't apply to him. His attitude toward the law is that anything he wants to do is okay unless it is clearly illegal -- and even if illegal, it's okay if he can get away with it. He is utterly shameless.

Ayn Rand Quote Monday, March 5, 2018 (3 comments)     

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Trump's Brand is Ayn Rand Who is Ayn Rand and why does she matter? Ayn Rand -- best known for two highly-popular novels still widely read today -- "The Fountainhead," published in 1943, and "Atlas Shrugged," in 1957 -- didn't believe there was a common good. She wrote that selfishness is a virtue, and altruism is an evil that destroys nations. This utter selfishness, contempt for the public, this win-at-any-cost mentality is eroding American life.

Jared Kushner loses top-level security clearance Saturday, March 3, 2018 (1 comments)     

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Kushner's Unconscionable Conflicts Kushner is such an easy mark that officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways to manipulate him with financial deals, according to U.S. intelligence. Kushner is doing his own bit to destroy American democracy -- actions almost as treasonous as if he colluded with Russians to make his father-in-law president.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (1 comments)     

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Why We Need Rise-Up Economics, Not Trickle-Down In the three decades following World War II, we made huge investments in education, health, and infrastructure. The result was rising median incomes. Since then, public investments have lagged, and median incomes have stagnated. Meanwhile, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush's tax cuts on the top didn't raise incomes, and neither will Donald Trump's. Trickle-down economics is a hoax.

Ties to the NRA Leave Companies Scrambling for Cover Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (2 comments)     

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The Moral Movement Against Violence Trump's response to the slayings in Parkland has been to urge schools to arm teachers. The proposal is not only wrongheaded -- more than 30 studies have shown that additional guns increase gun violence and homicides -- but profoundly immoral. If the only way to control gun violence is for all Americans arm themselves, we would all be living in a social Darwinist hell.

Friday, February 23, 2018 (9 comments)     

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Why the Common Good Disappeared (And How We Get it Back) We have never been a perfect union; our finest moments have been when we sought to become more perfect than we had been. We can help restore the common good by striving for it and showing others it's worth the effort.

Trump Twitter Freak Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (4 comments)     

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The Three Choices When it Comes to Trump This coming November 6, 34 senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and 36 governorships will be up for election or re-election. Support primary candidates who will resist Trump. Mobilize to get out the vote. Organize so that November 6 becomes a total repudiation of Donald Trump and all he stands for.

America's Problem Saturday, February 17, 2018 (7 comments)     

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The Real Meaning of America We are not a race. We are not a creed. We are a conviction -- that all people are created equal, that people should be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, and that government should be of the people, by the people, and for the people. Yet the common good seems to have disappeared. The phrase is rarely uttered today, not even by commencement speakers and politicians.

Image created from image crediting Sunday, February 11, 2018 (1 comments)     

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Trump's Big Buyback Bamboozle Buybacks used to be illegal. The Securities and Exchange considered them unlawful means of manipulating stock prices, in violation of the Securities Acts of 1933 and 1934. But under Ronald Reagan, who rhapsodized about the "magic of the market," the SEC legalized buybacks. After that, buybacks took off.

Donald Trump Monday, February 5, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Trump's Divide-and-Conquer Strategy Trump has forced all of us to take sides, and to despise those on the other. There's no middle ground. The Republican Party used to stand for fiscal responsibility, state's rights, free trade, and a hard line against Russian aggression. Now it just stands for Trump.

Saturday, February 3, 2018 (3 comments)     

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20 broken promises of Donald Trump Trump said he'd use his business experience to whip the White House into shape. But he has created the most dysfunctional, back-stabbing White House in modern history, and has already fired and replaced so many assistants (one of them hired and fired in a little more than a week) that people there barely know who's in charge of what.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (1 comments)     

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The Next Big Fight Fresh off passing massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, Trump and congressional Republicans want to use the deficit they've created to justify huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Medicaid is also a vital lifeline for America's elderly and the poor. Yet the Trump administration has already started whittling it away by encouraging states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.

Statue of Liberty Monday, January 29, 2018 (3 comments)     

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Trump's America: Open to Global Capital, Not People Global capital wants just one thing: A high return on its investment. Global capital doesn't care how it gets a high return. If it can get it by slashing wages, outsourcing to contract workers, polluting air and water, defrauding investors, or destroying communities, it will.

Dangerous Donald Trump Monday, January 22, 2018 (4 comments)     

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How Trump is Destroying the GOP America has never had a president as deeply unpopular at this stage of his presidency, or one who has sucked up more political oxygen. This isn't good news for the Republican Party this November or in the future, because, after a year with the raving man-child who now occupies the White House, the GOP has sold its soul to Trump.

Republican Tax Scam Friday, January 19, 2018     

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Trump's Shareholder Bonanza The expectation of a big corporate tax cut have caused shares to soar. Because the richest 1 percent of Americans owns 40 percent of all shares of stock, and the richest fifth owns 80 percent, this is great news for the wealthy. It's not great news for anyone else.

Replace Insecure https://i.ytimg.com/vi/UVpLmL8aGKw/mqdefault.jpg Saturday, January 13, 2018 (12 comments)     

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Straight Talk About the Shithole President Normal presidents may exaggerate; some occasionally lie. But Trump has taken lying to an entirely new level. He lies like other people breath. Almost nothing that comes out of his mouth can assumed to be true. For Trump, lying is part of his overall strategy, his MO, and his pathology. Not to call them lies, or to deem him a liar, is itself misleading.

Is Trump Dumb or a Liar? Sunday, January 7, 2018 (5 comments)     

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Seriously, How Dumb is Trump? Trump is a great political conman. He conned 62,979,879 Americans to vote for him in November 2016 by getting them to believe his lies about Mexicans, Muslims, African-Americans, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and all the "wonderful," "beautiful" things he'd do for the people who'd support him. And he's still conning most of them.

Trump Pinocchio Friday, December 29, 2017 (1 comments)     

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New Year's Update for Trump Voters Trump said he'd use his business experience to whip the White House into shape. But he has created the most dysfunctional, back-stabbing White House in modern history, and has already fired and replaced so many assistants (one of them hired and fired in a little more than a week) that people there barely know who's in charge of what.

Is Trump Dumb or a Liar? Tuesday, December 26, 2017     

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A Year With Trump America has had its share of crooks (Warren G. Harding, Richard Nixon), bigots (Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan), and incompetents (Andrew Johnson, George W. Bush). But never before Donald Trump have we had a president who combined all these nefarious qualities. In less than a year, he has degraded the core institutions and values of our democracy.

Friday, December 22, 2017 (2 comments)     

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The Big Picture Of How We Got Into This Mess And How We Get Out Of It There's too much yelling these days, so we made this a silent video. Hope you find it helpful. Best wishes for a 2018 that's better for America than 2017 was.

Donald Trump Portrait Monday, December 18, 2017     

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The Triumph of the Oligarchs By passing the tax plan, Republican donors will save billions -- paying a lower top tax rate, doubling the amount their heirs can receive tax-free, and treating themselves as "pass-through" businesses able to deduct 20 percent of their income (effectively allowing Trump to cut his tax rate in half, if and when he pays taxes).

Tax cuts for the rich and tax hikes for everyone else are dangerously close to becoming law. Saturday, December 16, 2017 (3 comments)     

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A Guide to Why the Trump-Republican Tax Plan is a Disgrace (When you Confront Republican Uncle Bob During the Holidays) At a time when the richest 1 percent already have 40 percent of all the wealth in the country, it's immoral to give them even more -- especially when financed partly by 13 million low-income Americans who will lose their health coverage as a result of this tax plan.

Doug Jones Wins! Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (2 comments)     

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The Meaning of Doug Jones's Upset Victory Today Alabama demonstrated that America is better than Trump, and better than House and Senate Republicans who have jumped into the swamp Trump has created. Congratulations, Doug Jones. Congratulations, Alabama. Congratulations, America.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Tell The FCC Not To End Net Neutrality! Since its creation, the internet has been an open exchange of ideas and information, free from corporate control and influence. But corporations could soon have tremendous power over what we can access and share online, ending the internet as we know it.

Sunday, December 10, 2017     

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SLAPP Lawsuits: The Biggest Threat To The Resistance You Never Heard Of Winning isn't necessarily the goal of SLAPP suits. Just by filing the suits, Energy Transfer Partners and Resolute are trying to drain environmental groups of time, energy, and resources they need, so they can't continue to fight to protect the environment. If the goal is to silence public-interest groups, the rest of us must speak out. Wealthy corporations must know they can't SLAPP the public into silence.

Corporate greed Saturday, December 9, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Why Making American Corporations More Competitive Doesn't Help Most Americans Most American corporations -- especially big ones that would get most of the planned corporate tax cuts -- have no particular allegiance to America. Their only allegiance is to their shareholders. So restoring their "competitive edge" has little or nothing to do with helping American workers.

Fairness Saturday, December 2, 2017 (1 comments)     

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The True Path to Prosperity The only way to grow the economy is by investing in the education, healthcare, and infrastructure that average Americans need in order to be more productive. Growth doesn't "trickle down." It rises up.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on President Trump's tax reform plan. Saturday, November 25, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Fools or Knaves? There are two kinds of liars -- fools and knaves. Fools lie because they don't know the truth. Knaves lie because they intend to mislead. Trump is both, because he doesn't even care enough about the truth to find out what it is. He'll say whatever he thinks will get people to believe what he wants them to believe.

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