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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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After two presidential races in the last five in which the victor won the Electoral College but not the popular vote, Americans are reconsidering how they choose their presidents. According to a 2018 survey by the Pew Charitable Trusts, 55% of voters believe the president should be chosen by popular vote. Reflecting that desire, Sen. […]

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UPDATE: On Thursday March 28, Maryland’s Legislature has overridden Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that would gradually raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $15/hr in 2025, or 2026 for small businesses. The compromised bill passed the Maryland’s legislature with a veto-proof majority. The House of Delegates approved the bill by a vote of 93-41 […]

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Even if we don’t know what ‘’Brexit means Brexit’ actually means, we need to talk about England. Brexit was made here. England outside London voted heavily Leave and English identifiers everywhere (including London) were the most likely to vote Leave. Many liberal and non-English commentators blame ‘English nationalism’ for Brexit, but few of them bother […]

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Less than two weeks after a new Democratic majority took office in the New York state Senate, legislators introduced the Investment Transparency Act, a bill seeking to protect ordinary investors from aggressive salespeople in the financial industry. The legislation, if it passes, would require brokers to tell their clients point blank, “I am not a […]

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Here’s my question for you. If your child were dying of a disease that only a costly drug could cure, would you not go to any lengths to get it? Of course, you would. And that’s exactly what we face today, as our children’s future is dying, not to mention a habitable planet for all. […]

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Democrats Choose Milwaukee for Convention, Citing Party Values

March 12, 2019           |                                       

MILWAUKEE—Milwaukee will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, party leaders announced Monday, highlighting the battleground state of Wisconsin that helped elect President Donald Trump and now will launch an opponent who could oust him. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez chose Milwaukee over Houston and Miami after deliberations lingered longer than party leaders or officials […]

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during the Bloody Sunday commemorative service at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Ala., on March 3, 2019. Photo: Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters Last Sunday in Selma, Alabama, Hillary Clinton opened a speech at the Brown Chapel AME church with a Bible verse. “This is the day the […]

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Amazon Lobbies to Exempt Employees From Labor Protections

March 9, 2019           |                                       

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Many of Amazon’s Seattle-area employees would be exempt from new labor protections in a bill passed by the state Senate after lobbyists for the tech giant pushed to change a key threshold in the rules. The protections would partially prohibit non-compete clauses — controversial agreements used by tech companies and others to […]

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EU Extends Asset Freeze On Ex-President Yanukovych, 11 Other Ukrainians

March 4, 2019           |                                       

The European Union has extended asset freezes on former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and 11 other Ukrainians suspected of embezzling state funds. The EU imposed asset freezes against Yanukovych and his inner circle shortly after the collapse of his government in late February 2014. The bloc accused Yanukovych and his collaborators of misappropriation of state […]

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After Hillary Clinton’s bruising 2016 election loss, when she won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College—the second time in five election cycles this outcome has occurred—multiple advocacy groups, the editorial board of The New York Times and some state legislatures renewed calls for abolishing the Electoral College. Now, as NBC affiliate KUSA reports, […]

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States have an opportunity to act to close the loopholes that hide and protect the wealth of the top 1%, remedy the impact of the new federal tax law that lowers taxes on the wealthy, and make critical investments in infrastructure, energy systems, and programs that create broader opportunity and shared prosperity. Concentrations of wealth […]

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This story is a collaboration between ProPublica and STAT. In May 1997, the year after Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin, its head of sales and marketing sought input on a key decision from Dr. Richard Sackler, a member of the billionaire family that founded and controls the company. Michael Friedman told Sackler that he didn’t want […]

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Industrialized countries advanced by means that have been impermissible to the developing world, write Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram. By Anis Chowdhury in Sydney and Jomo Kwame Sundaram in Kuala Lumpur Inter Press Service The notion of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and later, South Africa) was concocted by Goldman Sachs’ Jim O’Neill. […]

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