Tag: Start

Jan 19

‘So You Want to Talk About Race,’ White People? Start Here

A new book offers a straightforward guide to confronting one's prejudices. A few years into Obama's first term in office, I taught my final section of an interdisciplinary undergraduate seminar I had designed on popular music and American literature. Roughly 75 percent of the time I taught that class at this small liberal arts college, my student …

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Jan 17

Florida Inmates start month-long ‘laydown’ to protest ‘modern day slavery’

Inmates inside Florida’s prisons are fighting back against “modern day slavery.” In an attempt to “cripple the prison system” through non cooperation, prisoners in the state of Florida began Operation PUSH on Monday in which prisoners will “laydown” and not report to their work assignments to protest a longstanding grievance against unpaid labor they provide. …

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Jan 12

When will Democrats start #resisting GOP voter suppression?

Remember all those pictures of smiling Iraqi citizens proudly holding up their blue, ink-stained fingers when they voted for the first time after the fall of Saddam Hussein? The Republicans – and far too many Democrats – who had supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq hoped those vivid images would appeal to the democracy-loving instincts …

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Jan 09

Despite Congress’s temporary patch, states will start running out of CHIP funding this month

It’s been 100 days since the Republican Congress allowed funding to expire for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and community health centers, and the only thing those Republicans have done about it is to pass a Band-Aid of $ 2.85 billion in temporary funding. That was supposed to last until March. For a number of …

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Jan 03

Could Trump Start a Nuclear War by Accident?

The president's closest advisers refuse to rule out the possibility. Will Donald Trump start a nuclear war with North Korea, as he tweet-threatened Tuesday night? Axios turned to its stable of sources for an answer and that answer appears to be a giant shrug emoji:   What they're saying: “Every war in history was an accident,” said one administration insider. “You just …

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Jan 03

Could Trump start a nuclear war by accident? His advisers aren’t ruling it out

Will Donald Trump start a nuclear war with North Korea, as he tweet-threatened Tuesday night? Axios turned to its stable of sources for an answer and that answer appears to be a giant shrug emoji:   What they’re saying: “Every war in history was an accident,” said one administration insider. “You just don’t know what’s going to send him over the edge.”  …

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Jan 03

New Years or Groundhog Day? Republicans start 2018 with promise to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare

Campaign Action Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) says that along with shredding the safety net, House Republicans will be on their worn-out hobbyhorse for 2018. “We’re going to have to work on health care again. I’m for repealing and replacing ObamaCare.” Because of course they are. Why should 2018 be any different than 2010, or …

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Dec 19

Trump Diehards Take Over Taylor Swift’s New App, Instantly Start Spewing Hate

The pop star has come under fire for her refusal to condemn the so-called alt right. Taylor Swift launched a new app for her loyal fans last week and within days, it was overrun by fans of President Donald Trump, according to a new report from the Daily Beast. Swift’s followers rushed to the app store, …

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Dec 07

Rural poverty is growing, and it’s not like it was low to start with

Poverty in rural areas of the U.S. has long been higher than in more populated areas, but it’s gotten worse in recent years: At the turn of the century, about 1 in 5 rural counties had a poverty rate higher than 20 percent. Today, about one in three rural counties — 657 counties — have …

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Dec 02

Republican Tax Plan Is Only The Start of GOP Effort To Spread Inequality and Economic Anxieties by Shredding Safety Nets

Great damage is being done, even as the Trump mob is targeted by Robert Mueller.   The wheels of justice might be turning with the guilty plea by Trump campaign and White House aide Michael Flynn and the reality that the presidents’ team are real targets, but that will not stop the GOP Congress and …

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