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Trump Admin Allows States To Impose Medicaid Work Requirements (Video)

Trump Admin Allows States To Impose Medicaid Work Requirements (Video)

One of the reasons (and there are several) Donald Trump won the White House was his promise not to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. This made him very popular among his base, many of whom are beneficiaries of the social welfare programs Republicans always vow to eliminate. In fact, Trump proudly spent his entire presidential […]

Former Treasury Secretary: GOP Tax Bill Will ‘Leave Us Broke’ (Video)

Former Treasury Secretary: GOP Tax Bill Will ‘Leave Us Broke’ (Video)

There is no shortage of critics of the Republican “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act;” i.e., the tax bill that hands $1.5 trillion in permanent tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy like President Trump and his ilk. Even Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) admitted the bill goes too far–after it was passed, of course. Most, though, have dismissed concerns, insisting […]

Rising Income Inequality May Threaten US Democratic Stability

Rising Income Inequality May Threaten US Democratic Stability

Last week, the World Inequality Lab released its first report based on the World Wealth and Income Database (WID). Constructed in part by famous economist Thomas Piketty, the report released at the Paris School of Economics. Titled World Inequality Report 2018, it detailed conditions of high economic inequality within U.S. society. Historically, both ancient and modern nations […]

3 Charts That Show Exactly How The GOP Tax Bill Will Affect You (Hint: It’s Bad)

3 Charts That  Show Exactly How The GOP Tax Bill Will Affect You (Hint: It’s Bad)

Republicans in the House and Senate have insisted that their final tax bill will help middle class Americans. We TOTALLY believed them (sarcasm). Finally, though, we have the actual data — supplied by the Senate Joint Committee on Taxation, conservative friends — to show they lied. First, how to read the charts, via PBS: For […]

Republicans Cut The Corporate Tax Rate To 21 Percent In Committee (Video)

Republicans Cut The Corporate Tax Rate To 21 Percent In Committee (Video)

Amid Roy Moore’s defeat and Donald Trump’s harassing tweets, let’s not forget Republicans are still trying to pass a $1.5 trillion tax bill that would create the most significant revision of our tax code in decades. Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore was worth nothing more to the GOP than a vote for more tax cuts for […]

A New Study Shows Revolution Might Be Right Around The Corner (Video)

A New Study Shows Revolution Might Be Right Around The Corner (Video)

“You say you want a revolution?” Well, it might not be far off. That is according to a study published in Nature tracing characteristics of history’s most consequential revolutions. Using a rubric called the Gini coefficient, scientists from Washington State University and 13 other institutions examined factors that foment economic inequality. What they found has them worried. According to […]

Bugs, Loopholes, Haste, And The GOP Tax Bill (Video)

Bugs, Loopholes, Haste, And The GOP Tax Bill (Video)

Amid the glaring problems with the Republicans’ rewrite of our tax code, there is another issue that should concern us–time. Is there enough of it to allow America to adjust to the changes since several provisions in the bill one step away from President Donald Trump’s desk are slated to take effect January 1–weeks away? According […]

Trump Wages Class Warfare With Tax Cut Bill (VIDEO)

Trump Wages Class Warfare With Tax Cut Bill (VIDEO)

On Thursday, President Donald Trump issued a speech attempting to characterize his legislative goals and tax cut bill as “populist.” Despite significant contradictory analysis, the president claimed his efforts negativity affect wealthy individuals and aids most Americans. This assessment falls short of factual reality. In truth, Trump used emotional rhetoric to divide American voters. The president’s […]

Senator Asking For Trillion Dollar Tax Cut Says There Isn’t Money To Pay For Children’s Health Care

Senator Asking For Trillion Dollar Tax Cut Says There Isn’t Money To Pay For Children’s Health Care

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) was confronted on the Senate floor by his colleague, Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), for not doing enough to save the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Hatch created the program with Senator Edward Kennedy (a Democrat) in 1997, and funding expired about two months ago. The Senate has yet to reauthorize funding for […]

What It Means Now That The GOP Tax Plan Has Passed The Senate (Video)

What It Means Now That The GOP Tax Plan Has Passed The Senate (Video)

Well, it happened. Early Saturday morning, Senate Republicans narrowly passed the most sweeping tax reform bill in three decades. President Donald Trump is now steps away from his first legislative victory. In the 51-49 vote requiring frenetic last-minute revision, Republicans chose to hand the richest Americans and corporations, already sitting on mountains of wealth, another massive tax […]

Here Are The Glaring Problems With The Republican Tax Bill (Video)

Here Are The Glaring Problems With The Republican Tax Bill (Video)

The Senate is expected very soon to vote on the Republican tax “reform” bill that passed the House of Representatives two weeks ago. Many fear it’s going to pass. Those on the right are still trying to sell it as a sweetheart deal for the American people, because it will “cut taxes.” True, it will. […]

People Are Dying In Yemen As The Mainstream Media Obsesses Over Trump’s Tweets And Roy Moore (Video)

People Are Dying In Yemen As The Mainstream Media Obsesses Over Trump’s Tweets And Roy Moore (Video)

Let me start off by saying I have no problem with the media. I refer to it and quote it every day in these articles. I respect our “fourth estate” as a formidable barrier between a free republic where dissent is integral to keeping bureaucracy in check, and the alternative, where we are reduced to […]

Guess Who Benefits Most From The GOP Tax Plan–The Trumps (Video)

Guess Who Benefits Most From The GOP Tax Plan–The Trumps (Video)

“Believe me.” That’s what President Donald Trump told supporters at a September 27 event in Indiana, referring to how much he stood to lose under the Republican tax plan that ultimately passed the House of Representatives on Thursday 227 to 205. “My accountant called me and said ‘you’re going to get killed in this bill,’” Trump told a […]

They’re Still At It–The GOP Tax Plan Takes Aim At Obamacare (Video)

They’re Still At It–The GOP Tax Plan Takes Aim At Obamacare (Video)

They’re at it again. As if the proposed Senate Republican tax plan did not put enough targets on average Americans’ backs, according to multiple reports, the revised bill includes another insult: repeal the Affordable Care Act’s, aka Obamacare, individual mandate. The individual mandate is the most controversial part of former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation. It requires all […]

The Supreme Court Could Decide American Unions’ Fate Early Next Year (Video)

The Supreme Court Could Decide American Unions’ Fate Early Next Year (Video)

Last year, public sector unions dodged a bullet after the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked on the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA) case that threatened to eliminate fair share fees, aka union dues, that support strong collective bargaining efforts. Before that it was the 2014 Harris v. Quinn case. Now the war on public sector unions has returned with Janus v. American […]

Hungry For Change–World Hunger Linked To A Changing Climate (Video)

Hungry For Change–World Hunger Linked To A Changing Climate (Video)

815 million people around the world went hungry last year. This, according to the latest data from the United Nations, is the first increase in global hunger in more than 15 years. Sweeping initiatives from nations all over the world slashed the undernourished population in half between 1990 and 2015. Seeking to eradicate hunger by […]

Trump Uses Executive Order To Undermine Healthcare (Video)

Trump Uses Executive Order To Undermine Healthcare (Video)

Republicans failed yet again to “repeal and replace” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, with the “Graham-Cassidy-Johnson-Heller” health care bill last month. In response, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) told President Donald Trump repeal and replace is “off the table.” Now it seems the president is hell bent on using […]

Cutting Taxes For The Wealthy Does NOT Help The Economy–Here’s Why (Video)

Cutting Taxes For The Wealthy Does NOT Help The Economy–Here’s Why (Video)

Tax cuts. The very mention of them sends shivers down conservative and progressive spines. Progressives take issue with their tax dollars helping to perpetuate a military industrial complex and subsidies to fossil fuel corporations, while conservatives and Tea Partiers rail against social safety nets like food stamps, Medicare, and Medicaid. The proposed budget Republicans unveiled last […]

Steve Mnuchin’s Wife Online (Not So Humble) Brag Brings Huge Backlash (INSTAGRAM)

Steve Mnuchin’s Wife Online (Not So Humble) Brag Brings Huge Backlash (INSTAGRAM)

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is famous for foreclosing on many people caught up in the 2008 housing crisis. He was even known as the ‘forclosure king’. He also managed to escape prosecution. Well meet his wife, Scottish actress Louise Linton. She likes to show off on social media. She likes flaunting her big designer brands […]

NYC The First City To Give Legal Protection To Tenants Facing Eviction

NYC The First City To Give Legal Protection To Tenants Facing Eviction

It’s easy to pick on the little guy. Every day, minorities, the poor, the sick, undocumented, and ex-felons must contend with threats and exploitation to which most of the time they are virtually powerless. Pursuing legal redress for wrongs costs money few barely scraping by possess; and if people are here illegally, they are going […]

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