Trump’s “Harvest Box” Delivers an Empty Promise

"America's Harvest Box" is Trump administration's bid to "reinvent" food assistance to the poor. All it really does is heap shame on the hungry and offer private interests a new opportunity to enrich themselves at public expense.
Richard Eskow
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Trump’s Big Infrastructure Con

Candidate Trump boasted he would double what Clinton said she’d spend on infrastructure. But the scheme he released this week fails to do that. Instead it robs vital safety-net programs to pay for a pittance of improvements. It's a con.
Leo Gerard
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A Kingdom Where Nobody Dies

The fatal shootings at a Florida high school result from our elected officials' self-serving refusal to control weapons designed for mass killing. Once again, we have failed our sacred promise to protect all children's future.
Richard Eskow
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Black Families Flee Extended School Year

School “reformers” have argued to lengthen the school year. Yet, there’s little valid data because so few public schools do it. New statistics from Washington, D.C. show that such schools lost a substantial number of black families.

What Is the Price of Love?

Living paycheck to paycheck can strain even the most loving of relationships. But as former billionaire Tim Blixseth learned the hard way, spectacularly large paychecks can doom loving relationships right from the start.

Forget Trump; His Party Is the Problem Now

Here's what voters need to know. If Republicans prevail – with or without Trump – the country will face $50 road tolls, a plundering of common wealth, and more deaths of poor and working people. That's what we need to focus on and stop.
Richard Eskow
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Pelosi, Paul and the ‘Return to Regular Order’

The two-year bipartisan budget pact contains substantial wins, but comes at a high price for Democrats and DREAMers and hangs by the thread of a promised return to civility which, by current measures, strains the imagination beyond belief.
Tim Wilkins
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The Real Reason Workers Can’t Get A Raise

Beneath the recent stock-market gyrations, the mechanics that shackle average workers' wages have been exposed - not in the White House or Congress, but in the supposedly apolitical operations of the Federal Reserve.
Robert Borosage
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SF Rising Steps Up to Make College For All a Reality

Education holds the key to a brighter future for us all. In San Francisco, we made College For All a reality, and now we want to make it real for everyone in our state. How do we get there? One heart, one mind, and one signature at a time.
Celi Tamayo-Lee
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Black Americans Mostly Left Behind Since MLK’s Death

While some things have improved markedly for black Americans since 1968, today we are still fighting many of the same battles as Dr. King did in his day. Progress has been made. Just not as much as many of us would like.
Sharon Austin
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Get Ready for More Voter Suppression

The White House may have shut its "Election Integrity" panel, that doesn't mean voter suppression is going away. There are big questions about how government will use the voter data they collected, and early reports are troubling.
Jen Herrick
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Puerto Rico Braces for Wave of School Privatization

Puerto Rico is privatizing schools wholesale in the wake of Hurricane Maria, just as New Orleans did after Hurricane Katrina. This compounds the damage done by the storm, and is part of a pattern of disaster capitalism that hurts children.
Jeff Bryant
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Promises, Promises, and More Broken Trade Promises

With reports that Trump's first year ended in record trade deficits, factory workers are still watching and waiting for him to keep his promises of fast trade enforcement, even as mills close and unemployment benefits expire.
Leo Gerard
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Can Democrats Catch a Wave in 2018?

2018 offers Democrats the tantalizing promise of a wave election, in which they can take back Congress and revive their party's fortunes. But are Dems up to the task of articulating clearly what the country truly needs?
Robert Borosage
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Black Lives Matter at Schools Rolls Out National Week of Action

A nationwide movement is underfoot as educators wear Black Lives Matter shirts to school this week and teach lessons about structural racism, intersectional black identities, black history, and anti-racist movements.
Jeff Bryant
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GOP Tax Break Sucker Punches Wisconsin Workers

Failure to enforce international trade law and a corporate tax break that some are using to pay for plant closures are significant factors in the loss of thousands of paper mill jobs in Wisconsin, including two announced last week.
Leo Gerard
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How Public Schools Became Easy Pickings for the Kochs

The Koch brothers' dark-money network says public schools are the "lowest hanging fruit" in their campaign to dismantle government institutions. It's time for Democrats to step up and defend public education from this coming assault.
Jeff Bryant
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Menace and Mush: Trump’s State of the Union

Donald Trump drenched his audience in calls to unity, then purposefully preyed on our fears, plying the race-bait politics he and his party have perfected. This is his trademark: a combination of patriotic banality with toxic cunning.
Robert Borosage
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The State of OUR Union Is Ready To Lift Up Truth

There’s a new wave of defiance growing, and that defiance is female, is young and old, and is every color of the rainbow. The state of OUR union is ready to lift up truth, to raise our voices collectively and move mountains. We are ready.
Chelsea White
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Women Take the Stage for ‘The State of Our Union’

Five hundred women gather in Washington for tonight's State of Our Union, an alternative vision for our nation in which gender and economic justice can overcome the forces that seek to divide us along fault lines of race and class.
Jessica Juarez Scruggs
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The Pentagon’s Plan for Never-Ending War

Did the Pentagon just officially declare a new Cold War with both China and Russia and commit to wage endless wars around the globe? Apparently, yes. The new National Defense Strategy pushes for a massive and costly military buildup.
Robert Borosage
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America Needs Cops on the Trade Beat

American manufacturers and workers aren't looking for protectionism. They don't need it. They can compete with any manufacturer in the world that abides by international trade law. They are seeking prosecution of trade law violators.
Leo Gerard
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Trump’s General Just Announced a New Cold War. Who Will Stop It?

Defense Secretary Mattis is not a “Mad Dog.” He's a rational and articulate spokesperson for the national security ideology that has dominated American political life since the end of World War II. That’s disturbing in a very different way.
Richard Eskow
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Massive Charter School Failure Exposes Thousands of Students

A massive charter school closure in Ohio leaves thousands of students in the lurch, and the state with the bill. This failure prompts questions about accountability in this business model, but how many school-choice zealots will ask them?
Jeff Bryant
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The Shutdown Debacle: Trump and the Politics of Hate

The GOP’s shameful treatment of DREAMers isn’t accidental or random. It exemplifies the repugnant preying on racial fears that is a core strategy of Donald Trump’s Republican Party. We must build a broad majority that rejects this.
Robert Borosage
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Mitch, Chuck and the Big “What If” for DREAMers

My name is America, and I am a DREAMer. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer need to step up and show me, my sisters and everyone who votes that their pledge to do the right thing for immigrants is real, or just a big, empty "What If."
America Reyes
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The Untold Story of the Roe v. Wade Anniversary

Today is the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the ruling that legalized abortion. The media may focus on anti-abortion demonstrations, but the real story is the newly proactive abortion rights movement rising in states across this country.

The Fake Largesse of CEO’s One-Off Bonuses to Workers

Sure, some CEOs are giving out one-time bonuses to workers and saying it’s because of the Republican tax cut. What they aren’t doing is putting that $4,000 to $9,000 a year in workers’ paychecks that the administration falsely promised.
Leo Gerard
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Trump Fills The Swamp To Exploit College Students

President Trump ran on promises to "drain the swamp" of special interests and corporate lobbyists in Washington, DC, but higher education policy in his administration is a quagmire of Okefenokee proportions.
Jeff Bryant
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A New American Dream for Jorge Garcia and All Of Us

Our immigration system is broken. Until we have a new system, I have to speak up for all those who live in the shadows through no fault of their own. I will stand up and fight, because I believe in justice for all, and the American Dream.
Cindy Garcia
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Our President, the White Supremacist

When the President candidly speaks the vitriolic thoughts that are in his head, the implications are moral, constitutional, and intensely practical. He is not just a defender or apologist for bigots and hatemongers, he is one of them.
Alan Jenkins
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Norway to Trump: Keep Your Gold-Plated Sh*t Hole

I do wish more Norwegians would emigrate to America, because they could teach us a thing or two about how to run a decent society, the happiest and most prosperous in the world. How do they pay for all this happiness? With higher taxes.
Miles Mogulescu
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Would Dr. King Take a Knee? 6 Ways His Radical Spirit Lives Today

This Monday, the nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. How would Dr. King view today’s activists? Would he join them to demand a living wage, take a knee in the national anthem, and decry our nation's growing gap between rich and poor?
Richard Eskow
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