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Democrats Announce House and Senate Agreement on Sanctions Against Russia


If the bill is passed, legislators may be on a collision course with the president. (Pictured, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.)

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Death by Cop: Black and White Issues


Both Justine Damond and Charleena Lyles were killed by cops, but the two deaths are quite different in political and historical terms.

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 READ MORE

Hundreds of Activists Occupy the Capitol to Protest Trumpcare


Scores of people are arrested in what organizers describe as the largest demonstration against the GOP bill so far.

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Doctors Say Sen. John McCain Has a Brain Tumor


The 80-year-old Arizonan has glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

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Rep. Barbara Lee Slams Paul Ryan for Killing Endless-War Repeal ‘in the Dead of Night’


The California Democrat’s amendment, part of the 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill, called for ending a measure that underlays U.S. warfare in the Mideast.

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Remembering Hillary Clinton Team’s Russian ‘Steele Dossier’ on Donald Trump


The Russiagate furor over Donald Trump Jr. all but forgets that Clinton supporters paid an ex-British spy to dig up dirt on Trump Sr. inside Russia, then hawked the report to news media.

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Strangling Medicaid With Red Tape


The GOP health care bill isn’t the only threat to the Medicaid program. Some states are seeking to cut enrollment by dumping administrative requirements on participants.

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Sabotaging Putin-Trump Diplomacy Serves U.S. War Interests and Democrats’ Electoral Strategy


Democratic leaders have positioned themselves to portray just about any concession from the U.S president in bilateral talks with the Russian president as a corrupt payoff.

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Medicare for All: It’s a Matter of Life and Death


“The science is showing us that if you lack health insurance ... people die earlier as a result,” says Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program.

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Donald Trump’s Increased Military Spending Won’t Make America Great—or Safer


The president is slashing the U.S. domestic budget and putting money into a war machine that only continues to inflame tensions around the world.

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We Need to Understand What Happened on Election Night, and Fast


The first thing that occurred to me when the reality of a Trump presidency became apparent was, “How am I going to explain this to my 9-year-old?” [This is a repost of an article for which Sonali Kolhatkar was honored Sunday by the Los Angeles Press Club.]

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U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed to 137 Nations—So Far—in 2017


A lack of meaningful strategic results from these deployment levels has not led Washington to raise fundamental questions about ways the U.S. employs its elite forces.

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Five GOP Senators Now Oppose the Health Care Bill as Written


Nevada’s Dean Heller is the latest Republican senator to declare opposition to the party’s health care bill, but he does not rule out accepting a future revision.

Posted on Jun 24, 2017 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Host a Q&A on the Secret GOP Health Care Bill (Video)

In a Facebook Live conversation streamed Monday, the senators took audience questions and examined the future of health care in the U.S.

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Others Hurt in Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice


A gunman opens fire at a field in Alexandria, Va., a Washington suburb, and police fatally wound the shooter.

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Naomi Klein: ‘How to Resist Trump’s Shock Doctrine’

By Common Dreams staff

The author and activist offers five steps on how to recognize—and fight back against—the president’s “wildly pro-corporate policies.”

Posted on Jun 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Impeach the U.S. Constitution


Our charter is outdated. We need to devise a new governmental structure to protect and advance the common good in the 21st century.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE

Dear President Trump: Breaking Up (Banks) Isn’t Hard to Do


A growing bipartisan alliance wants to restore Glass-Steagall legislation, which ensured that investment banks and commercial banks couldn’t cohabit. But what will the president do?

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‘Lear,’ Not ‘1984,’ Defines the Trump Era


The best literary precedent for what we’re enduring now is not the absolute order of Big Brother but the irrational eruptions of King Lear.

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With All Eyes on Comey, GOP Gets Set to Vote on Wall Street Legislation


The CHOICE Act is little more than a paean to American financial institutions and would gut consumer protections, critics argue.

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 READ MORE

Media Consolidation Is a Threat to Democracy


The problem is more than conservative bias. Many broadcast stations also fail to cover important issues in their local communities.

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 READ MORE

Are We Getting the Trump-Russia Story Right?


With scoops based on leaks and unnamed sources, news consumers should view all reports on the investigation with skepticism.

Posted on May 31, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Meaner America


Licensed by the new president, Americans now say and do things to people they disagree with that previously were unthinkable. Take Greg Gianforte as an example.

Posted on May 28, 2017 READ MORE

Three Strategies to Defend GOP Health Bill: Euphemisms, False Statements and Deleted Comments


Since the House passed the American Health Care Act, Republican members of Congress have tried to swing public opinion to their side.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE

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If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can We


While American politicians debate how to finance needed fixes and which fixes to implement, the Chinese have funded massive projects across their country.

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FCC Votes to Start Dismantling Net Neutrality


Despite grass-roots objections, the agency acts to begin the process of undoing open internet protections.

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Lawmakers to Trump: Turn Over Any Transcript of Meeting With Russians


Demands intensified Tuesday after Trump seemed to acknowledge on Twitter that he had shared information on a critical source of intelligence on Islamic State.

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Beyond the Madness of King Donald


The sooner Donald Trump is removed from the White House, the better. But we need a radical reorganizing of our national institutions.

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When Will Enough Republicans Put Loyalty to America Ahead of Loyalty to Party?


The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump but when GOP House members will do the right thing.

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Are There 22 Patriotic House Republicans?


The question now is whether there exist 22 House Republicans who would join with House Democrats to make a majority in seeking a bill of impeachment.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE

Comey Reportedly ‘Willing to Testify, but Wants It to Be in Public’


Questions continue to swirl after FBI Director James Comey was unexpectedly fired by Donald Trump this week.

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Senators Speak Out for Net Neutrality


In the past week, 25 senators have signed letters denouncing FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to scrap rules that allow equal access to internet content. Among them are Maggie Hassan (pictured left) and Maria Cantwell.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE

California Rep. Ro Khanna Joins Justice Democrats

A wing of the Democratic Party inspired by Bernie Sanders’ political ideals, the group opposes corporate influence in politics. Critics note that Khanna gets campaign money from Wall Street.

Posted on May 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

‘The Designated Mourner’: A Play on Authoritarianism, Restaged for the Trump Era


Twenty years after its debut, playwright Wallace Shawn’s drama has taken on new meaning for American theatergoers. (Shawn is pictured at left.)

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Republicans Are Putting Single-Payer Health Care on the Table With Their Anti-Obamacare Fanaticism


Sooner or later, we will have universal health care in this country—sooner if the congressional majority succeeds in destroying the Affordable Care Act, later if it fails.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE

Trumpcare Is the Best Advertisement for Nationalizing Insurance


The sadism and greed of the GOP were on display last week as its House members voted to destroy Obamacare and remove coverage for pre-existing conditions. (Pictured, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who commented on the vote.)

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Memory Loss in the Garden of Violence: How Americans Remember (and Forget) Their Wars


The American way of recalling war has led to the populist nationalisms of today.

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No Anti-Immigrant Victory for Trump—So Far


The president lost big in Congress this week as Republicans and Democrats rejected his budget cuts for now, including those directed at immigrants.

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Rep. Mo Brooks Faces Backlash Over Health Care Comment


After the Alabama Republican (pictured on right, with CNN’s Jake Tapper) refers to healthy people as those who have “led good lives,” angry and passionate responses erupt online.

Posted on May 2, 2017 READ MORE

Our Political Reality Is the Stuff of Nightmares


It’s become the new abnormal: Trump’s decrees, accusations and posturing; his transparent lies, threats and reversals. Then comes the cleanup crew, the White House propagandists, pretending he’s serious.

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Will Trump Repeat the Historic Chinese Exclusion Act Mistake?


The president’s executive orders hurl America back to 1882, when Congress passed a law barring immigration based on a specific race and national origin.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 READ MORE

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