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A 2% financial wealth tax would provide a $12,000 annual stipend to every American household

America needs a universal basic income<p>It's not hard to envision the benefits in work opportunities, stress reduction, child care, entrepreneurial activity, and artistic pursuits for American households given an extra $1,000 per month. It's also very easy to justify a financial wealth tax, given …

Income Inequality

The ACLU just proved that our courts are being manipulated by private debt collectors

A damning new ACLU report uncovers how the private debt collection industry uses courts to do their dirty work<p>A new report by the ACLU reveals how the private debt collection industry has been able to manipulate America's court system to target the financially disadvantaged.<p>Even though Congress …

Human Rights

Recipe: How to Make Delicious Fiorella Pizza Dough at Home

Pizza is one of those dishes that anyone can make at home, and it's pretty much guaranteed to be delicious. But, if you want to take your pizza game …

House Republicans Just Voted To Eliminate The Agency That Makes Sure Voting Machines Can’t Be Hacked

The Republicans aren't even hiding it anymore: They just don't care if elections are stolen or hacked. Period. They flat out don't care. The Nation …

Republicans

Most Americans Want to Lift The Federal Ban on Gun Violence Research

A new poll has found 55 percent of American voters want to lift the long-standing federal ban on gun violence research known as the Dickey …

Fiscal fraud: Why supply-side economics refuses to die

“Trickle-down” theory should have been junked by 1988, but Republicans still claim to believe it. Deluded or lying?<p>The dogma of supply-side economics has dominated American politics for nearly four decades, even as the evidence has discredited the right-wing ideology and its central tenets time and …

Middle-class

Toxic white masculinity: The killer that haunts American life

Joseph Nickell’s murderous rampage last weekend in Kentucky was not exceptional. That’s the terrifying part<p>Over and over again in America, it is revealed that whiteness is the complexion for the protection. Toxic white masculinity has proven itself to be lethal once again.<p>On Feb. 10, a man named …

Domestic Violence

The GOP used a Two Santa Clauses tactic to con America for nearly 40 years

This scam has been killing wages and enriching billionaires for decades<p><i>The only thing wrong with the U.S. economy is the failure of the Republican Party to play Santa Claus.<br>-Jude Wanniski, March 6, 1976</i><p>The Republican Party has been running a long con on America since Reagan’s inauguration, and …

Economics

Trump’s budget cuts, well, pretty much everything

Although Trump’s budget is not expected to be passed, it reveals troubling things about the GOP’s priorities<p>President Donald Trump's new $4.4 trillion budget includes drastic cuts to Medicare and food stamps, even as it doesn't hesitate to increase spending on the military.<p>The new budget proposal — …

Health Care

The Dow has now lost over 40 percent of what it added during Trump's presidency

The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than a thousand points on Thursday. It wasn’t the largest single-day drop in history, but only because the drop on Monday was bigger. So, thanks to the big drop earlier in the week, Thursday’s was the <i>second-</i>biggest drop in history. This week has so far …

Stock Markets

A pair of leaked powerpoints reveal the earliest-known evidence of the Republican gerrymandering plan that gave us Trump

David Daley's hugely important 2016 book Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy uses original documents to …

It’s still the Yellen-Obama economy

Trump shouldn’t take credit for today’s economy<p>Donald Trump has been eagerly taking credit for the relatively strong economy over his first year in office. Apparently he thinks that people were so inspired by seeing him in the White House that they decided to keep doing what they were doing before …

Economy

Why aren’t Americans outraged over Trump’s escalation of drone strikes?

There is something profoundly wrong with a society that isn’t disturbed by Trump’s indifference to civilian deaths<p>When I read of America bombing other countries, a line penned by former Salon contributor Glenn Greenwald comes to mind: "The worst and most tyrannical government actions in Washington …

Foreign Policy

The true state of Donald Trump’s union? Unlimited corruption

Donald Trump’s first year as president ushered in an era of overwhelming, uncontrolled corruption<p>The state of the union is corrupt. Oh sure, Donald Trump got up and offered a bunch of empty promises about jobs and infrastructure that Republicans have no interest in following through on, and pundits …

Donald Trump

Do you want to pay a toll to private investors when you ride Trump’s federal highways?

$200 billion taken from other programs. Taxpayers borrow $800 billion plus interest. Then come tolls and user fees<p>As President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address Tuesday, pay close attention to his next big priority — an infrastructure plan — which, over time, could eclipse …

Wall Street

Trump lawsuit claims his golf course is worth less than he claimed it was

In what has become a yearly tradition, Trump is suing over the value of his signature Florida golf course<p>For the fifth year in a row, President Donald Trump is suing the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser over the valuation of his golf club in Jupiter, Florida, because he believes he's being …

Donald Trump

Beyond the shutdown: Bipartisan dysfunction masks a deeper crisis

Below the political bickering and the supposedly surging economy lies a much harsher reality for most Americans<p>According to the corporate media narrative, last weekend’s federal government shutdown was a quirky parlor game played by a political class using it to edge out a competitive advantage in …

Middle-class

5 big myths sold by the defenders of capitalism

Our dominant economic system causes too many Americans too much pain<p>I’ve been writing about the economic and environmental realities of marginalized communities for some time, primarily from the perspective of positive systems that are growing to support disenfranchised people. Many of these …

Income Inequality

‘It’s a giant present to the tax lobbying community’

K Street lobbyists are banking on years of paydays from the tax overhaul.<p>President Donald Trump just signed into law the biggest tax overhaul in a generation, but that means more work — not less — for Washington’s tax lobbyists.<p>Rather than streamlining the tax code, Republicans have made it more …

Taxes

Worse than a government shutdown? Beware hidden poison pills in GOP spending bill

Poison pill riders in the House’s government funding bill illustrate the GOP’s extreme agenda<p>The U.S. House and Senate have given themselves another reprieve, this time for two weeks, to come together on a spending package for fiscal year 2018.<br>Much of their challenge, appropriately, will be …

Obama Administration

How the NY Times botched its coverage of Clinton v. Trump

According to Columbia Journalism Review, the most influential mainstream media was gossip-prone and uninformative<p>For months, readers of the <i>New York Times</i> and other influential mainstream media have heard about how “fake news” soiled 2016’s election. But they haven’t heard how poorly the <i>Times</i> and …

Journalism

Clinton backers sense justice in Matt Lauer firing

Hillary Clinton supporters on Wednesday sensed a degree of justice in the ouster of “Today” show host Matt Lauer, pointing to his highly scrutinized interviews of the 2016 presidential candidates as evidence of greater gender bias in the media.<p>Lauer, who was fired from NBC over allegations of …

Government

5 times Republicans admitted they work for rich donors

Sometimes, they say it out loud<p>As we all know, there are two goals at the top of Republicans’ to-do list right now:<p>1. Kicking pedophiles out of their party.2. Eschewing support from neo-Nazis.<p>Just kidding! They’re not doing either of those things. In fact, Republicans are contorting themselves into …

Republicans

How the GOP tax bill will destroy the finances of average Americans

Tax breaks for the rich, while the GOP targets healthcare safety nets for society’s most vulnerable<p>The House and Senate Republican tax bills continue the GOP’s war on financially vulnerable Americans, underscoring yet again that the GOP will stop at nothing to take away benefits from any person, in …

Health Care

We are now one state closer to letting corporations rewrite the constitution

With the addition of Wisconsin, right-wingers promoting a constitutional convention have 28 states; they need 34<p>While Democrats on Wednesday were feeling encouraged and empowered by Tuesday’s coast-to-coast rejection of Trumpism, Republican legislators who control Wisconsin did what the GOP does …

Government

'Unborn children' qualify as college savers in GOP tax plan

The tax bill unveiled by House Republicans on Thursday would allow expectant parents to start putting away money for college and private school tuition, wading into the battle over when human life begins.<p>The legislation includes language that would open up tax-advantaged college savings accounts …

Abortion

America is facing an epistemic crisis

What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter?<p>Over at the Gothamist, Jake Offenhartz has an astounding and richly symbolic story about the latest bit of “fake news” burped up by the alt-right.<p>At Columbia University on Monday, alt-right self-promoter Mike Cernovich gave a speech to College …

Donald Trump

The Broken Check and Balance

It’s up to Congress to police the executive—but so far, its Republican leaders are placing tribal loyalty ahead of their constitutional responsibility.<p>Only a country with as much going for it as the United States—scale, resources, location, historic openness to energy and ambition and change—could …

Donald Trump

Who killed reality? (It wasn’t Trump.) Can we bring it back?

In the perverse, unreal world of Trump’s America, the release of the JFK documents has a special, awful irony<p>It has taken me nearly forever to notice a stupid and obvious fact about Donald Trump. He rose to fame as a reality TV star, and the one thing everyone understands about reality TV — people …

Donald Trump