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Democratic Party Dinosaurs Have Seen the Meteor, and It's Coming From Vermont

Democratic Party Dinosaurs Have Seen the Meteor, and It's Coming From Vermont

The Berniegeddon is upon us! It’s France falling to the Nazis in World War II! It’s the Russians! It’s the end of everything! Flee! Flee for your lives! Sorry about that. Just trying out for a talking head guest spot on MSNBC. Vermont senator and Brooklyn native Bernie Sanders ate like a big dog in Nevada last night. At the time of this writing, with 60 percent of the vote tallied, Sanders is pulling down a mighty 46.0 percent. His closest rival, Joe Biden, is a dust speck in the rear view at 19.6 percent, a whopping 26 points behind. Pete Buttigieg is currently at 15.3 percent in...

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Feb 25, 2020
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Trump Wants to Inflict Severe Pain on Disabled Community Just Because He Can

Trump Wants to Inflict Severe Pain on Disabled Community Just Because He Can

ByShareHuman RightsReproductive RightsEconomy & LaborHuman RightsPolitics & ElectionsRacial JusticeThe “need” to strip benefits from poor and working people to help maintain the lifestyles of the Mar-a-Lago set is one of the fundamental principles of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. The rich always “need” more tax cuts, so when budget deficits get in the way, those at the middle and bottom are just going to have to sacrifice.This is the reasoning behind the large budget cuts that the president has proposed for Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps in his most recent budget...

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Dean Baker
Feb 17, 2020
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Lack of Paid Sick Leave Prevents Workers From Complying With CDC Advice

Lack of Paid Sick Leave Prevents Workers From Complying With CDC Advice

BySharePolitics & ElectionsEnvironment & HealthEnvironment & HealthReproductive RightsEnvironment & HealthPolitics & ElectionsAs the number of coronavirus cases in the United States passes 1,300 cases with 38 deaths, more than 30 million workers lack access to paid sick leave. President Trump addressed the nation Wednesday night, saying he will expand sick leave as part of emergency response to the virus. But the same day, Republican senators blocked an attempt by Senate Democrats to quickly pass legislation requiring employers to grant paid sick leave. Meanwhile, Democrats in the House of...

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Mar 12, 2020
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Chomsky on Trump’s Disastrous COVID-19 Response, Sanders and What Gives Him Hope

Chomsky on Trump’s Disastrous COVID-19 Response, Sanders and What Gives Him Hope

SharePolitics & ElectionsPrisons & PolicingEnvironment & HealthEnvironment & HealthEconomy & LaborPrisons & PolicingHow did the United States — the richest country in the world — become the worldwide epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with one person dying of -19 every 47 seconds? We spend the hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, discussing this unprecedented moment in history, and its political implications, as Senator Bernie Sanders announces he is suspending his campaign for the presidency. Chomsky also describes how frontline medical...

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Amy Goodman
Apr 10, 2020
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It Took Joe Biden 32 Years and 3 Presidential Campaigns to Win One Primary

It Took Joe Biden 32 Years and 3 Presidential Campaigns to Win One Primary

In the second primary of his third presidential race, Joe Biden finally notched a win that was 32 years in the making. South Carolina came through for the former vice president, and it was the first time he won either a primary or a caucus in his life-spanning quest for the Oval Office. Biden’s victory handed frontrunner Bernie Sanders the first real setback of his 2020 campaign, but with Super Tuesday on the horizon, the effect may prove short-lived. Polls prior to the vote strongly suggested Biden was headed for a big win in the state he considered a firewall for his flagging campaign,...

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William Rivers Pitt
Mar 2, 2020
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Nurses on Front Lines of Coronavirus Pandemic Demand Medicare for All

Nurses on Front Lines of Coronavirus Pandemic Demand Medicare for All

BySharePolitics & ElectionsEnvironment & HealthEnvironment & HealthReproductive RightsEnvironment & HealthPolitics & ElectionsThe number of coronavirus cases in the United States has passed 1,000 Tuesday, with the rate of infections likely increasing. Despite this, the U.S. continues to lag on testing, and healthcare workers say they lack adequate protection and protocols to allow them to safely care for infected patients. They also say the country’s hospitals are woefully unprepared to handle the crisis. Nurses in the hot zones of California and Washington had already reported having to...

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Amy Goodman
Mar 11, 2020
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Medicare for All Would Save $450 Billion and Prevent 68,000 Deaths Every Year

Medicare for All Would Save $450 Billion and Prevent 68,000 Deaths Every Year

ByShareHuman RightsReproductive RightsEconomy & LaborHuman RightsPolitics & ElectionsRacial JusticeSen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday applaudedpublished today by a team of epidemiologists in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet, which found that Medicare for All will save Americans $450 billion and prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths each and every year.“This study confirms that Medicare for All will save the American people $450 billion on health care costs and will prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths – each and every year,” Sanders said. “In other words, guaranteeing health care as a...

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Feb 17, 2020
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Trump's Business Interests Are Shaping His Response to the Coronavirus

Trump's Business Interests Are Shaping His Response to the Coronavirus

BySharePolitics & ElectionsEnvironment & HealthEnvironment & HealthReproductive RightsEnvironment & HealthPolitics & ElectionsI think it’s been pretty clear from the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak that President Trump’s top concern has been American business, rather than public health. He has pinned his re-election hopes on an argument that his leadership has produced the greatest economy in world history, and 2,000-point plunges in the stock market are very off-brand.So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is...

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Heather Digby Parton
Mar 11, 2020
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AI Algorithms Intended to Catch Welfare Fraud Often Punish the Poor Instead

AI Algorithms Intended to Catch Welfare Fraud Often Punish the Poor Instead

ByShareHuman RightsReproductive RightsEconomy & LaborHuman RightsPolitics & ElectionsRacial JusticePresident Donald Trump there is “tremendous fraud” in government welfare programs.Although there’s very little evidence to back up his claim, he’s hardly the first politician – – to on fraud and waste in America’s social safety net.States – which are charged with distributing and overseeing many federally funded benefits – are taking these seriously. They are to determine benefits eligibility and ferret out fraud in a variety of benefits programs, from and to .Get reliable, independent news...

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Michele Gilman
Feb 17, 2020
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Facebook Ads Should Face the Same Libel Law as Media Outlets

Facebook Ads Should Face the Same Libel Law as Media Outlets

Will Facebook run ads calling Donald Trump a “money launderer?” This is an interesting question to consider. If an individual or group proposed to run television or newspaper ads describing Trump as a money launderer, the outlet would almost certainly refuse to take it. In spite of the strong probability that the charge is true, these outlets would be afraid of a major lawsuit from Trump. Facebook has no such concerns, and that is a big problem. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made a big point of saying that Facebook will not screen political ads for truthfulness. This means...

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Feb 11, 2020
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