Opioid Plan Called ‘Band-Aid on Gunshot Wound’: Trump’s New and Unimproved War on Drugs Predicted to Fail

President’s remarks on opioid epidemic little more than a collection of Reagan-era “just say no” talking points Source:  Common Dreams/Jake Johnson With remarks immediately slammed as a collection of recycled Reagan-era “just say no” tropes and war on drugs rhetoric, President Donald Trump officially declared America’s opioid epidemic a “public health emergency”—a designation accompanied by proposals critics Read more »

For the Cost of Repealing the Estate Tax, Congress Could Buy Everyone in America a Pony

Source:  Talk Poverty/Rachel West & Harry Stein You know how you’ve always wanted a pony? How as a child you dreamed of feeding carrots and sugar cubes out of the palm of your hand to a little chestnut-colored horse named Maple? It may sound fanciful to adults, but President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Read more »

Stiffing US Taxpayers on ‘Grand Scale,’ Fortune 500 Holding $2.6 Trillion Offshore

“As Congress considers proposals to institute a near zero percent tax rate on profits booked offshore by multinational corporations, the findings in this report should give policymakers pause.” Source:  Common Dreams/Jake Johnson As President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress intensify their push for massive corporate tax cuts that critics have said would encourage businesses to Read more »

As Hopes for Trump Impeachment Persist, New Warnings of a President Pence

“Pence is the inside man of the conservative money machine,” writes Jane Mayer for The New Yorker Source:  Common Dreams/Jessica Corbett As Republican insiders reportedly have new worries that Democratic victories in the 2018 midterm election could mean the impeachment of President Donald Trump, investigative journalist Jane Mayer, in her latest piece for The New Yorker, offers an in-depth warning about Read more »

Sanders: To Lift ‘Outrageous’ Burden of Student Debt, Time for Tuition-Free College for All

“Each and every American must be able to get the education they need to match their skills and fulfill their dreams.” Source:  Common Dreams/Jon Queally In order to lift the burden of debt on millions of students and unleash the potential of current and future generations, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared on Tuesday night that Read more »

ACLU Sues Kansas Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Law Barring Boycott of Israel

The law, part of a wider pattern of targeting the non-violent BDS movement, decried as “attempt by the government to silence one side of a public debate” Source:  Common Dreams/Jessica Corbett The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to challenge a Kansas law that requires any company or individual who contracts Read more »

How Hurricane Response Efforts Are Sorting People into Deserving and Undeserving Poor

Source:  Talk Poverty/Maria Foscarinis Hurricanes Irma and Harvey delivered a devastating one-two punch to Texas and Florida, forcing millions to evacuate and leaving thousands displaced. Now, as emergency responders try to help hurricane victims cope with the aftermath of the storm, previously homeless residents are taking a particularly hard hit. In Florida, as officials rushed to open emergency Read more »

Moment of Truth for the Federal Reserve

Source:  AntiMedia/Shaun Bradley For those who believe in the virtue of central bank economic stimulus, the moment of truth has finally arrived. Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen announced late last month that the Fed plans to start shrinking its balance sheet for the first time since it expanded from less than $900 billion in 2008 to an Read more »

Iranian President: ‘Entire World Will Condemn America’ if Trump Kills Nuclear Deal

“We have achieved benefits that are irreversible. Nobody can roll them back, neither Trump nor 10 other Trumps.” Source:  Common Dreams/Jake Johnson Amid reports that President Donald Trump is planning to decertify the Iran nuclear accord sometime this coming week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Saturday that any attempt to undermine the deal will earn the United States Read more »

Celebrations as Bernie-Style Candidate Wins Mayoral Victory in Alabama

“This isn’t just a victory for Birmingham, it’s a victory for all of us” says Our Revolution’s Nina Turner, calling on progressives to “support local races all across the country” Source:  Common Dreams/Jessica Corbett In the latest victory for the progressive movement in the southern United States, voters elected 36-year-old populist Randall Woodfin, who ran Read more »