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Welcome To The Class War

Financial capital is people, my friend.<p>The United States has a problem. Over the past decade, most of its families have been spinning their wheels. The median household income, adjusted for inflation, has grown by just 1.5 percent ― $839 ― since the beginning of the Great Recession.<p>Over the same …

A Zillionaire’s Solution: Tax the Rich and Save the Economy

The Republican tax plan is a scam that won’t create jobs, contrary to what Trump says.<p>The Republican tax plan is a scam—a massive and destructive financial giveaway masquerading as pro-growth tax reform. Which is why our first response must be to demand not one penny of tax cuts for big …

Income Inequality

Oil, gas, and coal industries get a shocking amount of funding from the US government, a new report shows

The report, released July 5, is the product of research conducted by Oil Change International, Friends of the Earth, the Sierra Club, and the World Wildlife Fund's European Policy Office. Their goal was to parse out the amount of public financing — defined as grants, equity, loans, guarantees, and …

Protesters of Castile shooting largely cleared from freeway

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured …

Now five men own almost as much wealth as half of the world’s population

<b>(Alexander Kalina via Shutterstock)</b><p>While Americans fixate on Trump, the super-rich are absconding with the fruits of our labor<p>Paul Buchheit<p>June 15, 2017 11:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Last year it was eight men, then down to six, and now almost five.<p>While Americans fixate …

Student who refused to take photo with Paul Ryan defends her decision in blazing op-ed

The leader of the resistance to Paul Ryan is not even old enough to drive yet.<p>Jordan McCray­-Robinson was one of close to 100 8th grade students from …

Paul Ryan

Documents reveal a powerful, secretive foundation’s blueprint for spreading right-wing ideology, state by state

Meet the Bradley Foundation, giving the Koch brothers a run for their money.<p>The billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch get a lot of press coverage about their vast, conservative political spending network that helps elect right-wing officials at the federal, state and local levels and …

Trump is being schooled by international events and sly adversaries

Donald Trump is learning about foreign affairs in the riskiest possible way: on-the-job training.<p>During the presidential campaign, Trump ranted about world issues with all the assurance and comprehension of a guy on his fourth beer shouting at a TV. NATO was obsolete, Vladimir Putin was a great …

Donald Trump

Tennessee Could Give Taxpayers America's Fastest Internet For Free, But It Will Give Comcast and AT&T $45 Million Instead

"Tennessee will literally be paying AT&T to provide a service 1000 times slower than what Chattanooga could provide without subsidies."<p>Chattanooga, Tennessee has the fastest, most affordable internet in the United States. Many of the rural areas surrounding it have dial up, satellite, or no …

Exposed: Donald Trump’s Sham Populism

Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House Majority Leader, went on Sean Hannity's show on Thursday night and tried to talk up the awful health-care bill that his party had just rushed through two committees. His message was aimed at the ultra-conservative groups, such as the Freedom Caucus and Heritage …

Republicans' New Plan to Gut Public Insurance

A proposal from the House GOP to dismantle Obamacare would also fundamentally alter the way Medicaid works.<p>Medicaid has essentially functioned the same way for half a century. Eligibility for the program has changed, most notably when Obamacare extended an option to states to expand coverage to all …

The many reasons Republicans are stuck on Obamacare repeal

<b>(CNN) —</b> The days of swift and decisive Obamacare repeal are long gone.<p>Not a month into Donald Trump's presidency, Republican leaders in Congress have run up against just about every speed bump imaginable in their quest to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.<p>Deep ideological divisions have burst into …

Health Care

One Thing Is Certain: Republicans Won't Stand Up and Stop President* Trump

They chose party over country a long time ago.<p>Over the weekend, the topic of the president*'s sanity became almost as hot a topic as whether or not White House aide Stephen Miller is actually a replicant from Ceti Alpha 12. Why they trotted this guy out in public remains a mystery. I remember him …

One nation, under cops: 3 reasons to believe America could become a police state under Trump

A civil rights attorney weighs in on “Big Picture” with Thom Hartmann<p>Trump has been in office for three weeks, but "Big Picture" host Thom Hartmann is already preparing for the awesome surveillance power his administration may use on its citizenry.<br>"What starts out as a small, necessary, temporary …

Judge rejects Anthem's $54 billion takeover of Cigna

A federal judge halted Anthem’s bid to acquire Cigna for $54 billion this evening, ruling the deal between the insurance giants can't go forward because it would illegally hurt competition.<p>U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson concluded that the merger, which would create the country's largest …

Bannon called the media the ‘opposition.’ He’s right, and it’s a good thing.

<i>Sanford J. Ungar, a veteran journalist and president emeritus of Goucher College, is distinguished scholar in residence at Georgetown University and a Lumina Foundation fellow. He teaches seminars on free speech at Harvard University and Georgetown.</i><p>Stephen K. Bannon, the White House strategist, …

Journalism

Paul Ryan’s Craven Pact with Donald Trump

On Tuesday morning, at about the time that Donald Trump was casually threatening to destroy the career of a Texas state senator who had objected to laws regarding the forfeiture of property from drug suspects, House Speaker Paul Ryan and his colleagues in the House Republican leadership held their …