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At Last, a Good First Step Toward Public Pharmaceuticals

Posted by on December 21, 2018 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
At Last, a Good First Step Toward Public Pharmaceuticals

Public production of essential medicines is an idea whose time has come. A new bill introduced by Warren and Schakowsky is representative of growing sentiment both throughout the country and on Capitol Hill that business as usual in the pharmaceutical sector benefits neither public health nor democracy. Putting public manufacturing for the public good on the table as a real option represents an important advance towards a system that priorities human need over corporate profit. #pharma

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‘Historic Victory’ as Senate Votes to End U.S. Involvement in ‘Unauthorized War’ in Yemen

Posted by on December 14, 2018 in Government, Military, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
‘Historic Victory’ as Senate Votes to End U.S. Involvement in ‘Unauthorized War’ in Yemen

The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) resolution to end U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s years-long assault on Yemen and #yemeni children by a bipartisan vote of 56-41. #YemenCantWait

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‘This Is Why People Hate Congress’: With Buried Provision in Must-Pass Farm Bill, House GOP Uses Last Days in Power to Block Yemen Vote

Posted by on December 12, 2018 in Corruption, Government, Military, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
‘This Is Why People Hate Congress’: With Buried Provision in Must-Pass Farm Bill, House GOP Uses Last Days in Power to Block Yemen Vote

As the U.S. Senate prepared Wednesday to vote on a resolution to cut military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, House Republicans in their last days in power moved to undermine efforts to end U.S. complicity in the assault that’s dragged on for more than three years in the impoverished country. #YemenCantWait

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‘The System Is Shaken’: As Yellow Vests Persist in France, Macron Bends With Minimum Wage Hike and Pension Tax Canceled

Posted by on December 11, 2018 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
‘The System Is Shaken’: As Yellow Vests Persist in France, Macron Bends With Minimum Wage Hike and Pension Tax Canceled

Following four weeks of “Yellow Vest” protests which have erupted into violence at times, French President Emmanuel Macron indicated Monday that his government can no longer ignore the demands of hundreds of thousands of citizens—announcing a minimum wage increase and a cancellation of a tax on retirees, but still refusing to relent on one of his most widely-criticized tax reforms. #yellowvest

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New Lancet Study Shows Right-Wing Attacks on Refugees and Migrants Based on ‘White Nationalist Propaganda’—Not Facts

Posted by on December 7, 2018 in Government, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
New Lancet Study Shows Right-Wing Attacks on Refugees and Migrants Based on ‘White Nationalist Propaganda’—Not Facts

A new study published Thursday in The Lancet, one of the world’s preeminent medical journals, makes clear the increasingly familiar attacks used by right-wingers worldwide to dehumanize migrants and refugees by describing them as disease-infested is a xenophobic slur rooted in racism and hate, not facts or the science of public health. In fact, immigrants do more to improve the health of their new country than to harm it.

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New Study Shows Medicare for All Would Save US $5.1 Trillion Over Ten Years

Posted by on December 2, 2018 in Government, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
New Study Shows Medicare for All Would Save US $5.1 Trillion Over Ten Years

“Medicare for All promises a system that is fairer, more efficient, and vastly less expensive than America’s bloated, monopolized, over-priced and under-performing private health insurance system,” argued Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs. “It’s easy to pay for something that costs less,” said Robert Pollin, economics professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. #medicareforall

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Calling for Policies That Work for World’s Children, “Not a Handful of Billionaires,” Bernie Sanders Delivers Keynote Address at Sanders Institute Gathering

Posted by on November 30, 2018 in Government, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
Calling for Policies That Work for World’s Children, “Not a Handful of Billionaires,” Bernie Sanders Delivers Keynote Address at Sanders Institute Gathering

Kicking off the inaugural Sanders Institute conference in Burlington, Vermont this weekend—billed as “A Gathering of Minds to Envision the World We Want”—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) gave a keynote address to a crowd of influential progressives from around the world Thursday evening. In keeping with the Gathering’s mission “to revitalize our democracy,” Sanders’ address encompassed a progressive vision for the future—one in which economic, social, racial, and political power is distributed amongst the people who keep the world’s economies running, rather than accumulated by the wealthiest few.

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In Historic Vote, Senate Advances War Powers Resolution to End US Complicity in Saudi Assault on Yemen

Posted by on November 29, 2018 in Government, Military, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
In Historic Vote, Senate Advances War Powers Resolution to End US Complicity in Saudi Assault on Yemen

In a historic vote that could “mark the beginning of the end of American complicity” in Saudi Arabia’s mass atrocities in Yemen, the Senate on Wednesday voted to advance Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Yemen War Powers resolution by an overwhelming margin of 63-37.

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‘Yemen Can’t Wait’: Ahead of War Powers Vote, Urgent Push for Senate to End US Complicity in Saudi Atrocities

Posted by on November 28, 2018 in Government, Military, Policies with 0 Comments
‘Yemen Can’t Wait’: Ahead of War Powers Vote, Urgent Push for Senate to End US Complicity in Saudi Atrocities

With a vote on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) resolution to end U.S. complicity in the Saudi-led assault on Yemen expected as early as Wednesday, grassroots anti-war organizations are ramping up pressure on Democratic senators who sided with the Republican majority in voting down the same measure earlier this year and demanding that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) act on his words by co-sponsoring the resolution. The Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, with U.S. support, has killed thousands of civilians. Over 85,000 children have died of starvation. Enough is enough.

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Hospital Letter Urging Patient to Start ‘Fundraising Effort’ to Pay for Heart Treatment Seen as Yet Another Reason America Needs Medicare for All

Posted by on November 25, 2018 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
Hospital Letter Urging Patient to Start ‘Fundraising Effort’ to Pay for Heart Treatment Seen as Yet Another Reason America Needs Medicare for All

A Michigan woman seeking a heart transplant publicized a letter she received from the Spectrum Health Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Clinic informing her that she is “not a candidate” for the procedure “at this time” because she needs a “more secure financial plan” to afford the required postoperative immunosuppressive medication. The letter goes on to explicitly recommend “a fundraising effort of $10,000” to help pay for the drugs.

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Prosecution of Julian Assange, America’s Betrayal of Its Own Ideals

Posted by on November 23, 2018 in Corruption, Government, Policies, Whistleblower with 0 Comments
Prosecution of Julian Assange, America’s Betrayal of Its Own Ideals

The public confirmation of a US indictment of Julian Assange sent a huge alarm to civil liberty groups in the US. The ACLU issued a statement, noting how this sealed indictment violates the Constitution and prosecuting journalists for publishing classified documents would set a dangerous precedent for press freedom. What is now being revealed is the war on the First Amendment waged by the US government, targeting the Western journalist who has published materials in the public interest at a scale that has never been seen before.

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Net Neutrality Defenders Announce ‘Epic Final Protest’ to Demand Congress Repeal FCC Rollback Before Fast-Approaching Deadline

Posted by on November 22, 2018 in Government, Internet Control, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
Net Neutrality Defenders Announce ‘Epic Final Protest’ to Demand Congress Repeal FCC Rollback Before Fast-Approaching Deadline

Supporters of restoring nationwide net neutrality rules—which the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rolled back last year—are planning “an epic, final protest to pressure lawmakers before a crucial deadline to save the internet.”

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Saying Trump “May Not Rewrite the Immigration Laws” by Decree, Judge Orders Administration to Stop Ban on Asylum Seekers

Posted by on November 20, 2018 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Policies, Politics with 1 Comment
Saying Trump “May Not Rewrite the Immigration Laws” by Decree, Judge Orders Administration to Stop Ban on Asylum Seekers

Saying the President Donald Trump had exceeded his presidential authority, a federal judge later Monday ruled against the president’s attempt to restrict the abilities of refugees seeking asylum at the U.S. border and imposed a restraining order that directs the administration to resume accepting asylum claims from people regardless of where or how they enter country.

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Democrat Wins as Maine Becomes First State to Use Ranked-Choice Voting in National Race

Posted by on November 16, 2018 in Government, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
Democrat Wins as Maine Becomes First State to Use Ranked-Choice Voting in National Race

Maine’s 2nd congressional district made history Thursday afternoon as it named Jared Golden the winner of his race for incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s (R-Maine) seat, after the state used ranked-choice voting for the first time in a national race to determine the winner.

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New Study Details ‘Staggering’ $6 Trillion (and Counting) Price Tag of Endless US War

Posted by on November 15, 2018 in Government, Military, Policies with 0 Comments
New Study Details ‘Staggering’ $6 Trillion (and Counting) Price Tag of Endless US War

The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs reports (pdf) that by the end of the 2019 fiscal year, the U.S. will have spent $5.9 trillion on military spending in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and other countries, as well as veterans’ care, interest on debt payments, and related spending at the Homeland Security and State Departments.

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