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Joe Biden Has Tried To Cut Social Security For 40 Years

Joe Biden Has Tried To Cut Social Security For 40 Years

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore / flickr / cc Recently, a newsletter from the Bernie Sanders campaign laid out Joe Biden’s long record of supporting cuts to Social Security. The website PolitiFact weighed in on one part of that record, a speech Biden gave in 2018 in which...

We Need A Real Trade Deal With China, Not Just A Truce

We Need A Real Trade Deal With China, Not Just A Truce

Trump crows the “Phase One” trade agreement with China is a "promise kept" to his supporters to rebalance trade between the two nations. But it is really just a temporary truce in his trade war. This truce may not last long or deliver anything close to the outcomes he...

America’s Do-Nothing Senate

America’s Do-Nothing Senate

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore / flickr / cc Patients have punched Marketa Anderson. They’ve kicked and head-butted her. They’ve slammed her into walls. One threw a shoe, hitting her. Then he threw a chair at her—and missed. Health care workers like Anderson, president...

How America Broke Up With The Democratic Party

How America Broke Up With The Democratic Party

FDR signs the Banking Act of 1935. Photo: Wikimedia Commons Many grassroots Democrats separated from their party in the 1990s, and the 2020 election may be the last chance to save the marriage. While the GOP has been trying to establish a semi-permanent ruling...

The New Know-Nothings And Why We Must Impeach

The New Know-Nothings And Why We Must Impeach

Trump’s America feels more and more like the 1850s, when our country’s violent anti-immigrant movement was born. Anti-Catholic mobs, alarmed by a rapid influx of poor immigrants from Germany, Ireland and Italy, burned churches and killed Catholics in Philadelphia and...

What Trump And The GOP Learned From Obama

What Trump And The GOP Learned From Obama

As President Trump’s impeachment unspools, news coverage is buzzing about conspiracy theories and geopolitical rivalries. But at the root of Trump’s effort to extort Ukraine was a simple motive: Trump hoped to influence our elections to preserve his power and that of...

Mayor Pete, Get Big Money Out Of Your Campaign

Mayor Pete, Get Big Money Out Of Your Campaign

What will it take to get big money out of politics? As a voter and a student, that’s what I want to know from any candidate who wants my vote, so I asked Mayor Pete Buttigieg this when he visited our campus – Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa – this weekend....

Will The 2020 Contenders Take On Inequality?

Will The 2020 Contenders Take On Inequality?

Is America’s political discourse on inequality finally getting real? In the early going of the 2020 presidential campaign, this has become a question worth asking. White House hopefuls have been condemning the maldistribution of America’s income and wealth with an...

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