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Trump and the Christian Fascists


The Christian right, which for decades has been laying the foundation for a fascism disguised as religious, is swiftly filling the president’s ideological vacuum. (Above, President Trump with the Rev. Pat Robertson.)

Posted on Jul 23, 2017 READ MORE
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Republicans’ Attempts to Scrap the ACA Produce a Surprising Side Effect


GOP legislators struggling to “repeal and replace” find themselves facing stronger public support for Obamacare and rising sentiment for a right to health care.

Posted on Jul 23, 2017 READ MORE

President Trump Doesn’t Have a Handle on Health Care, Times Interview Confirms


In a curious sit-down with The New York Times, Trump calls attention to gaps in his understanding of health care policy and feeds other doubts about him held by his critics.

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 READ MORE

House Budget Blueprint Is Key to Whether Trump’s Tax Agenda Will Succeed


With the president’s bid to overhaul the health care system on hold, Republicans have their orders to press forward on revamping the nation’s tax code.

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 READ MORE

The NRA Is Playing a Deadly Game in Labeling the Left as Violent


Although the National Rifle Association’s recent “violent liberal” messaging campaign may be based on false premises, the danger it poses is all too real.

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Administration Backs Texas Voter ID Law in Court


The White House wants the courts to uphold voter ID restrictions in Texas that opponents call discriminatory.

Posted on Jul 6, 2017 READ MORE

Senate Leaders Scramble for a Deal on Health Care Bill


The proposal crafted by Republican senators has many critics and few outspoken fans on Capitol Hill, and prospects for changing that are uncertain.

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 READ MORE

Disabled Activists Put Their Bodies on the Line to Defend Health Care


Demonstrators oppose the Senate’s newly unveiled health care bill, which repeals many tax increases for wealthy Americans. Those increases helped expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Jun 25, 2017 READ MORE

Senate GOP Releases Obamacare Overhaul to Immediate Criticism From Both Sides of the Aisle


The latest attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act meets with solid Democratic opposition—and complaints from some Republicans. (Pictured, President Obama’s signature on the ACA.)

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 READ MORE

Karen Handel Prevails Over Jon Ossoff in High-Stakes Georgia Election


Despite a strong push by a well-funded Democrat, the historically conservative-leaning Georgia district didn’t tip far enough to the left to grant Ossoff a victory on Tuesday.

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 READ MORE

Senate Steers Toward Showdown Vote on Health Bill Next Week


Trouble appears to be brewing once again over the GOP’s effort to push the Republican-sponsored American Health Care Act through both houses of Congress.

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 READ MORE

Republicans Keep Missing the Point About Gun Violence—Even When They’re the Targets


Wednesday’s attack on a GOP sports team in Alexandria, Va., offers yet another lesson about gun control, but party politics have gotten in the way.

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 READ MORE

Gutting Health Care in Darkness


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP are trying to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act using methods totally at odds with how it was brought to life seven years ago.

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 READ MORE

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

Trump’s Allies Plan to Treat Comey Like a Political Opponent


The stakes for Thursday’s hearing are regarded as being nearly as high as those surrounding the “Access Hollywood” Trump tape crisis.

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 READ MORE

As the Extreme Right Battles a Centrist Democratic Party, Progressives Are Left Out


The interests of most Americans are lost in the struggles between the dominant sectors of both parties, which favor corporate interests over basic human rights and needs.

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 READ MORE

Alliance of Activists Converging in Georgia to Launch Voting Rights Project


Investigative reporter Greg Palast is part of the nationwide effort to stop ballot-purging and voter suppression, as are the Civil Rights Center, the ACLU, the NAACP, Common Cause and others.

Posted on May 26, 2017 READ MORE

Communications Inequality Comes Home to Roost


Policies set in motion by the GOP and its loyal FCC chief, Ajit Pai, have created a communications crisis. Here’s why, and what we can still do to stop them.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE

Movement for Impeachment Must Be Grounded in Opposition to Trumpism and the GOP


Many on the left are balking at pushing for Donald Trump’s impeachment because of the prospect of a President Pence. But that shouldn’t stop them.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

Sen. McCain Breaks Party Rank, Anti-Environment Bill Falters in Senate


John McCain has made an unexpected move, voting against a bill supported by President Trump and most Republicans in Congress.

Posted on May 10, 2017 READ MORE

Senate Republicans Plan Health Bill That Keeps Some of Obamacare (Video)


Their approach probably ensures that the GOP will eventually have to face legislation that doesn’t fully repeal the Affordable Care Act. (Pictured, Maine Sen. Susan Collins.)

Posted on May 7, 2017 READ MORE

Jimmy Kimmel’s Philosophy Lesson


The comedian uses his personal experience to ask the philosophical questions that need to animate every debate about health care.

Posted on May 5, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Modern-Day Gestapo


The Republican Party’s professed reverence for family values doesn’t apply to undocumented immigrants.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

Is WikiLeaks an Ethical News Source or a ‘Hostile Intelligence Service’?

CIA Director Mike Pompeo blasted WikiLeaks on Thursday after Julian Assange defended his organization in a Washington Post op-ed earlier in the week.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

We Have No Choice but to Resist Trump and the GOP With All Our Might


In just over two months, the Trump administration and its political and financial support system have given Americans cause for concern—but the situation is not beyond hope.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 READ MORE

Ted Koppel Tells Sean Hannity He’s ‘Bad for America’

The former “Nightline” journalist has a bone to pick with Hannity (pictured), and he’s not hesitant to do it on the Fox News anchor’s own show.

Posted on Mar 26, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Bernie Sanders: Democrats’ Intransigence Is the Solution, Not the Problem (Video)


The refusal of progressives and Democrats to work with the GOP is not why the American Health Care Act failed, according to the Vermont senator and former presidential candidate.

Posted on Mar 26, 2017 READ MORE

Gorsuch’s Convenient Untruth


Judge Neil Gorsuch made a statement Tuesday at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing that even he couldn’t have believed.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE

Frightbart


The view from Steve Bannon’s propaganda site will scare the bejeezus out of you, which is its point.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE

Lawmakers Feel the Heat at Town Hall Meetings


Overflow crowds and tough questions marked Saturday’s congressional recess events around the country.

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 READ MORE

Why Donald Trump and the GOP Can’t Repeal Obamacare


Although many Trump supporters express disdain for government-funded programs, some rely heavily on benefits provided by the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE

GOP Suspends Rules as Finance Committee Approves Nominees Without Democrats


Democrats also boycotted Wednesday’s committee vote on EPA nominee Scott Pruitt. 

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 READ MORE

Checking In With Trump Supporters

We interviewed fans of the new president to learn what drew them to the inauguration and to discover their hopes for his administration.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Greater Expectations: Anti-Trump Forces Should Aspire to Much More


The movement emerging postelection must set its sights far beyond Donald Trump and his hideous behavior if it is to succeed.

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 READ MORE

GOP Tries to ‘Rush Through’ Appointees Not Yet Vetted, Ethics Office Warns


The Office of Government Ethics has not received initial draft financial disclosure reports for some of the Trump Cabinet picks scheduled for hearings.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s ‘Half-Blind’ Trust Scheme Is Called Absurd


The president-elect’s creative solutions for staying in the financial loop while seeming to keep his distance once again are drawing fire from his critics.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 READ MORE

In ‘SNL’ Skit, ‘Hillary Clinton’ Pleads With Electors to Vote for Anyone but Trump (Video)

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Kate McKinnon plays Clinton in an appearance inspired by the movie “Love Actually.” She begs members of the Electoral College to consider their options before they have their final say in the presidential election.

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

What Next for Conservatives Who Engaged in Pre-Election Hand-Wringing?


Just before the presidential election, a handful of conservative writers grappled with the extremism blooming within their party. Was it too little too late or better late than never? The author presents another question that is far more important now.

Posted on Nov 20, 2016 READ MORE

We Are All Deplorables


Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.

Posted on Nov 20, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Continues His Political Revolution


The man who might have been our next president, currently on a book tour, weighs in on the 2016 election and how to pave a way forward in the age of Trump.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE

Investigative Reporter Greg Palast: GOP Stole 2016 Election Using Voter Suppression, Purging Ploys


“It was stolen in Florida, it was stolen in Arizona, it was stolen in North Carolina, Pennsylvania. Possibly Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan,” Palast told Truthdig.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE

‘Love Trumps Hate’: Washington, D.C., March Focused on Trump’s Campaign Messages


A crowd of 4,000 gathered in the nation’s capital Saturday to show solidarity with communities affected by the president-elect’s comments and policy plans.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Presidential Victory Sparks Nationwide Protests


As Americans took in the news that Trump will be the nation’s 45th president, many of them apparently decided not to take it sitting down.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE

Nov. 8 Is (Finally) Here: An Abridged Election-Day Resource Guide


Where do you vote? What’s on the ballot? And what to do if your access is denied?

Posted on Nov 8, 2016 READ MORE

U.S. Elections Are Being Stolen, but Not in the Way You Might Think


There’s been a good deal of chatter about a “rigged election” in recent months, and that’s not simply trumped-up spin. Corruption of the voting process involves broad restrictions on the power of citizens to choose their leaders.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 READ MORE

Defying the Politics of Fear


The major political parties offer us nothing but continued corruption and oppression. A simple act of citizen defiance can be a first step on a road to profound change.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 READ MORE

Battles for Senate Lead to ‘Precipitous Rise’ in Cloaked Money Spending


Top 10 Senate races see record spending from outside groups, which are free to accept unlimited donations and sometimes are able to conceal their funders from the public.

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 READ MORE

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Election’s Rape and Sexual Assault Accusations Need to Be Taken Seriously


Donald Trump is running for the highest office in the nation. While all men need to be held to high standards when it comes to sexual assault, those who run for president deserve the utmost scrutiny.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE

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