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Posted on Oct 21, 2016 ENLARGE


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Democrats Have a Chance to Take Back the Senate—Here’s Why Progressives Should Care (Video)

By Robert Reich /

There are at least 12 races in play. Win five, and Democrats are in control regardless of the outcome of the presidential election. This would be great news for progressives for a number of reasons.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Super PAC to Billionaire: We Need More Money to Save a Republican Senate

To understand how Donald Trump’s comments and alleged mistreatment of women are stoking Republican anxiety, look no further than the private appeal sent last week from a super PAC backing Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE

The Ascendance of Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan Will Mark a Win for Big Business and Wall Street

The Democratic candidate won’t be the only winner when Donald Trump and his fellow haters are defeated on Election Day (as looks increasingly likely).

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE

How the Override of the Veto of the 9/11 Lawsuit Bill Could Come Back to Bite Americans

President Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, but Congress has for the first time in his presidency over-ridden his veto. This is a disastrous law with potentially ruinous effects on the U.S. economy and U.S. policy.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE

It’s Time for Congress to Stop Hollering at CEOs and Actually Take Action

Instead of setting up further rounds of CEO perp walks for the TV cameras, Congress should give the Justice Department and regulatory agencies enough funding to do their jobs.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE

Will Peace Ever Be the Norm Again in the United States?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team sat down with peace activist Frank Dorrel to discuss how we can strengthen the peace movement.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Congressional Resolution Seeks Family Court Reform

A briefing this week explored the need to better protect victims of domestic violence in custody cases.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 READ MORE

The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

The 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership confirms that the agreement would be another step in the global capitalists’ march to enslave us. Open, sustained revolt is our only option.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 READ MORE

Drugs and Privilege: Big Business, Congress and the EpiPen

This new price gouge is the latest example of a corrupt system that hurts regular Americans—but we will hold accountable those who are responsible.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE

What Will Happen to Donald Trump’s Voters if He Loses the Presidential Election?

I think Trump will lose the November election, but I doubt he’ll be “history,” as a friend told me recently.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE

Why Hillary Clinton Republicans Matter

The Democratic nominee is making an appeal to GOP members opposed to Donald Trump. Her unspoken message: The stakes for the party’s dissenters are too high for halfway measures and bet hedging.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 READ MORE

Democrats Zero In on Districts Made Vulnerable by Donald Trump

The term “down-ballot” is taking on added significance when it comes to the potential outcomes of battles over congressional seats in what used to be reliably Republican districts.

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 READ MORE

Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE

Trickle-Down Election Economics: How Big Money Can Affect Small Races

Most of our attention is on the incendiary presidential race, which has overshadowed the importance of so-called “down-ballot” races for seats in Congress and state legislatures. But it’s likely that massive amounts of outside money, some of it untraceable to its source, will be brought to bear on the outcomes. (Pictured, Zephyr Teachout, who is facing a well-funded rival in a House race.)

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE

Why Hillary Clinton Will Need Bernie Sanders’ ‘Political Revolution’ to Get Anything Done

It looks increasingly likely that the Democratic nominee, a self-described “progressive who likes to get things done,” will have her chance starting next January. But how much that is progressive will she actually be able to accomplish?

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE

Teenage Latinas’ Suicidal Behavior—a Crisis Going Largely Ignored

For reasons including the clash between their parents’ traditional expectations and the American way of life, Latinas top the list of teens attempting suicide. After a decade of inaction, it’s time this national epidemic is addressed, writes Luis H. Zayas.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE

Force Reform in Saudi Arabia With a Thousand Cuts

Despite new evidence of Saudi complicity revealed in the 9/11 report’s “28 pages,” the Saudis keep getting a free ride from the lemmings in Congress. Here’s how to ratchet up pressure on the regime.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 READ MORE

‘28 Pages’ on Saudi Links to 9/11 Are Declassified

The documents, which the United States kept secret for years, show the relationship between financial backers of the 9/11 hijackers and individuals connected to the Saudi government.

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Essentially Confirms That He Will Endorse Hillary Clinton

In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Democratic presidential candidate Sanders explains his collaboration with the Clinton campaign and addresses the reports that he was booed by House Democrats.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Reimagine and Rebuild Our Broken Democracy—in Time for the Nation’s 250th Anniversary

The heavy chains of “present political possibility” should be cast off. In just 10 years, it will be the 250th birthday of the United States, and it is time to create a new political system.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

A House Divided on Gun Control Cannot Vacation

“Give us a vote. Let us vote. We came here to do our jobs. We came here to work. The American people are demanding action.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE

C-SPAN Defies Paul Ryan’s Sit-In Blackout With Streaming App

The House speaker’s move to shut the public out of the Democratic gun control protest backfired when the public interest cable channel began broadcasting live footage from the House chamber. Meanwhile, social media are adding fuel to the fire.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE

#NoBillNoBreak: Democrats Occupy the House to Demand Gun Reform

Their sit-in comes just days after the Senate rejected four gun control measures.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE

Is the Gun Lobby Finally Cornered?

Even the most fervently held dogma is not immune to reality and logic. The collapse of the opposition to reasonable steps toward making us a safer country may not happen all at once. But it is in sight.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE

Thoughts and Prayers (Video)

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 ENLARGE

Watch: Democratic Senators Stage Filibuster to Protest Lack of Action on Gun Control

Concern over gun violence reached critical mass on Capitol Hill this week.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk Refuses to Back Donald Trump

The incumbent senator, who faces a tough re-election race this fall, called the rhetoric of the presumptive Republican presidential candidate “dead wrong” and “un-American.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 READ MORE

Samantha Bee Discovers the Magical Bipartisan Bill We’ve All Been Waiting For (Video)

Turns out Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul and even Ted Cruz can all agree on one thing.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Rumors of a Coup Against DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Circulate on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday evening, Politico reported that a coup attempt was in the works against Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz. By Wednesday, her prospects weren’t looking a great deal brighter, and some high-ranking peers in her party weren’t exactly rushing to her rescue.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE

Private Groups, Not Government, Lead the Charge on Prison Issues

As architects consider a ban on designing death chambers and a major pharmaceutical company stops selling drugs for use in executions, Washington sits on its hands when it comes to reform.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE

John Oliver: We Have to Start Treating Puerto Rico Like an Island of American Citizens (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host outlines the Puerto Rico debt crisis and calls on actor Lin-Manuel Miranda to explain just how dire the situation in the U.S. territory is.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Amy Schumer’s Pap-Smear Skit Shows Clueless ‘Congressmen’ Meddling in Women’s Health Issues (Video)

As a group of older “congressmen” gather around the comedian’s “vagina-y parts,” Amy Schumer brilliantly illustrates just how absurd, sexist and outdated lawmakers’ rulings on women’s reproductive health are.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

New York Congressional Candidate Zephyr Teachout Is Trying to Stop the ‘Chickenization’ of America

Whether he wins or loses the Democratic nomination, the fate of Bernie Sanders’ progressive revolution rests in the hands of congressional candidates like Teachout, who also want to restore to people and localities power that has been consolidated by corporations.

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE

Democracy in Action: Arrests at Capitol Building Protests Top 1,400

Over the past week, Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening activists lobbied members of Congress for campaign finance and voter-law reforms.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE

Democracy Spring Activists Take Capitol Rotunda to Demand an End to Voter Suppression

Many Americans are fed up with a congressional majority bought and paid for by wealthy special interests. Fifteen protesters were arrested Friday in Washington, D.C., after voicing their disapproval.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE

Nation Books

How Clinton Democrats Killed Roosevelt’s Dream of the Affordable Home

The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and is particularly relevant this election season, as it explains the connection between Clinton “progressives” and the 2008 housing meltdown that impoverished millions.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE

Giving Diplomacy a Chance in Syria and Iran Should Override Power of America’s War Machine

Peaceful compromise is often the last resort for the United States. An excerpt from David Swanson’s book, “War Is a Lie: Second Edition,” looks at how the U.S. foreign policy approach applies to two countries in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE

John Oliver: Lawmakers Are Spending Most of Their Time Begging the Rich for Money (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host delves into the complicated web of congressional fundraising to outline why the American people have lost most of their say in this democracy.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Punish Women Over Abortions, Mr. Trump? They Already Are Being Punished.

The candidate’s comment—which his campaign was quick to disavow—aligns with the right-wing offensive to put the procedure out of reach and expose women to prosecution.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 READ MORE

A Look Into the Future: How the People’s Party Prevailed in 2020

Third parties have rarely posed much of a threat to the dominant two parties system in the United States. So how did the People’s Party win the U.S. presidency and a majority of both houses of Congress only four years after President Obama left office?

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE

Live Blog: Is America Prepared for Another Recession?

Talk of a financial downturn is in the air, and financial markets are anxious. Are the fears credible? The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution leads a panel discussion on the possibility and how to respond.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE

The U.S. Is Becoming a Terrifying Nation for Women

Self-induced abortions are on the rise as ever more restrictive laws threaten to return the nation to the dark days that existed before Roe v. Wade.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: Tell Your Senators to Do Their Job

In refusing to vote or even hold a hearing on the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court, GOP senators are abdicating their constitutional responsibility.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE

New York Times Shows Shameless Bias Toward Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders got a little love from The New York Times, but the praise was fleeting. A positive Times article on Monday was toned down Tuesday and may have affected primary race voting in five states.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE

You Don’t Matter to Drugmakers

Big Pharma executives are going all out to paint themselves as the good guys—just not to you.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: Samantha Bee on How Progressives Slept Through the Most Important Election in Recent History

Pundits and politicians like to make each presidential election seem like the end-all of American politics, and yet one of the elections that has had the biggest impact on our everyday lives was the midterm election of 2010, according to the “Full Frontal” host.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Scalia Replacement

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 ENLARGE

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