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Progressives Demand Democrats Prioritize People Over the Pentagon

April 15, 2019           |                                       

The current political brawl over next year’s budget is highly significant. With Democrats in a House majority for the first time in eight years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and most other party leaders continue to support even more largesse for the Pentagon. But many progressive congressmembers are challenging the wisdom of deference to the military-industrial complex […]

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The Court of Appeals for the state of Washington on Monday overturned valve turner Ken Ward’s burglary conviction because he was not allowed to present a climate “necessity defense” of his role in the multi-state action to shut down tar sands pipelines in 2016. “Ward intended to protest the continued use of tar sands oil, […]

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In recent columns I have celebrated the energy and ideas brought into the Democratic party by newly-elected young leftists, defended them from criticism, condemned the red-baiting of the left, and explained how and why “socialism” has played an important role in the history of American democracy, and ought not to be feared. It will be […]

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Accusing the Trump administration of deliberate and “inexplicable cruelty” perpetrated against them under it’s so-called “zero tolerance” immigration policy, six families have filed suit against the U.S. government for the harm and “lasting trauma” they continue to suffer. In the filing, six mothers described having their children torn away from them, with officials giving them […]

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With congressional negotiators still working on a deal to keep the federal government open after the current stopgap funding measure expires on Friday, Feb. 15, airport workers are already planning mass protests for next Saturday in case the government shuts down again. Air traffic controllers and other airport employees were widely credited for creating the […]

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Anticipating Another Trump Shutdown, Airport Workers Plan Mass Protests

February 9, 2019           |                                       

Meet Fellow Worker Gritty, the Anti-Fascist Mascot Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Is a Product of Youth Uprising Campaign to Defend Mexico’s Sacred Lake Changes Global Activism Two-Thirds of Personal Bankruptcies Are Caused by Illness and Medical Bills Mike Pompeo Claims Terror Threat as Cause for US Action in Venezuela Death and Disappearance: Inside the World […]

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Has the record-long government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s border wall demand finally reached a “tipping point“? Many answered in the affirmative on Friday after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) halted flights into New York’s LaGuardia Airport due a shortage of air traffic controllers, who are among the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who […]

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Using her first floor speech as a member of Congress to highlight the severe financial pain and insecurity the government shutdown has caused for millions of ordinary Americans, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday castigated President Donald Trump for holding “800,000 workers’ paychecks hostage” and argued that the record-long lapse in federal funding is emblematic […]

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In the wake of pronounced calls for a boycott of President Donald Trump’s primetime immigration address Tuesday night—which every major corporate television network agreed to air despite widespread pushback—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) delivered a response to Trump’s Oval Office speech that was streamed live on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. “We do not need to waste […]

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After the incoming House Democratic majority’s newly released rules package made clear that presumptive Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is moving to ram through a fiscally conservative “pay-go” measure despite widespread grassroots opposition, progressives condemned the proposed rule as a harmful “roadblock” to a bold agenda and urged their representatives to vote it down. “In order […]

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As human rights groups, Democratic lawmakers, and the United Nations demanded an independent probe into the deaths of two Guatemalan children in U.S. Border Patrol custody, President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen sparked outrage on Wednesday by declaring that “open borders” advocates and the kids’ “own parents”—not Trump’s inhumane treatment of immigrants—are to […]

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Reasonable observers and analysts concluded weeks ago that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the gruesome killing of Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi. Though it took them far longer than most, a small group of Republicans finally fell in line with this widespread consensus after a secretive briefing by CIA chief […]

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In an interview on CBS‘s “Face the Nation” shortly after the Trump administration attempted to bury a devastating report on the climate crisis, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said it is more important than ever to unite the public around ambitious solutions to human-caused climate change as the White House actively works with the fossil fuel […]

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After learning that New York taxpayers will be forced to finance a helipad for Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, it’s possible many believed Amazon’s sweetheart headquarters deal with the Empire State couldn’t get any worse. But as additional details of the agreement continue to pour in—and as experts estimate its true cost […]

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In what civil rights advocates celebrated as an “important victory” for voting rights and democracy less than two weeks away from the midterm elections, a federal judge on Wednesday ruled that Georgia election officials must stop tossing out absentee ballots and applications due to signature mismatches without first giving voters an opportunity to fix or […]

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