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<!– –> Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) As Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) attempts to get his Democratic colleagues on board with President Donald Trump’s new North American free trade deal, he’s facing pressure from a progressive Democratic group with rising influence within the party. The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-aligned Justice Democrats group is raising money […]

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Norwood Jewell, the UAW and the Flint water crisis By Jerry White 10 April 2019 One facet of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan that has gotten little or no attention is the close connections between the United Auto Workers union and local Democratic politicians whose decisions resulted in the lead poisoning of the city […]

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Before the 2018 midterm elections, and now, in the 2020 presidential campaign, multiple Democratic presidential and congressional candidates have publicly sworn off taking money from corporate political action committees. For Beto O’Rourke, denouncing PAC money didn’t hurt his fundraising bottom line. In fact, it may have been an advantage—he raised more money in the first […]

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<!– –>   (Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Over the weekend, White House officials doubled down on controversial plans to nominate two political allies of President Donald Trump to the Federal Reserve board. Trump reportedly plans to nominate one-time pizza chain owner, political commentator and 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain and longtime conservative economic writer and […]

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Who would dream of putting an end to the culture of secrecy, the opacity of multinational companies’ accounts and the fortunes hidden in tax havens? The usual suspects, of course, tax justice activists – academics, churches, trade unions – angered by revelations such as the Panama Papers or Paradise papers. But not only: a recent […]

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Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday told a gathering of union machinists that as president he would keep states from undermining their rights by pushing for a federal ban on so-called “right-to-work” laws. Calling the rules “disastrous,” Sanders told the International Association of Machinists that he would call on lawmakers to pass the Workplace Democracy Act, […]

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As a slight aside there is a wider structural similarity between more conventional Marxism and neoclassical economics in their respective approaches to value/wealth. Both share a representational approach to value. For conventional Marxism value is determined by a hidden, non-measurable realm of ‘socially necessary abstract labour time’ (as noted above) which is then represented by […]

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Former Russian Deputy Culture Minister Charged In Hermitage Fraud Case

April 7, 2019           |                                       

A former deputy culture minister of Russia has been charged with organizing a criminal network in the embezzlement of money designated for St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum. The Russian Investigative Committee said on April 7 that it had served Grigory Pirumov the previous day with criminal charges related to fraud of some 450 million rubles ($6.9 […]

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Trump’s Disdain for Puerto Rico Should Be His Undoing

April 4, 2019           |                                       

Puerto Rico’s death toll of about 3,000 from Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 ought to be the biggest strike against President Donald Trump. The majority of deaths on the island occurred in the days and weeks following the hurricanes, largely due to inadequate health care and the admitted failures of the Federal Emergency Management […]

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<!– –> Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has called Planned Parenthood a “lobbying powerhouse.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Every six years, liberal groups proclaim they will take down Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). For three decades, it’s been a failed promise. With 2020 rapidly approaching, enthusiastic Democratic groups are preparing another run at the Senate Majority […]

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On Tuesday night, Chicago voters elected at least three socialists to City Council, crumbling the neoliberal Democratic machine of outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Three members of the Democratic Socialists of America won their runoff races, joining two others who won outright last month — adding up to the highest number of socialists City Council has […]

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Despair about the state of our politics pervades the political spectrum, from left to right. One source of it, the narrative of fairness offered in basic civics textbooks — we all have an equal opportunity to succeed if we work hard and play by the rules; citizens can truly shape our politics — no longer […]

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A hearing in the House of Representatives last week made headlines when Democratic members grilled U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about her budget proposing huge cuts to programs—including Special Olympics, after-school programs, and special education—while calling for a double-digit increase for the department’s charter school grant program. Referring to a new report, which I […]

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<!– –> (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has sued the FEC in an attempt to overturn rules that limit how much money a candidate can raise to reimburse themselves for campaign loans, Buzzfeed News reported Monday. Current rules allow candidates to raise up to $250,000 from donors to repay personal loans. Cruz loaned […]

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