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 »

‘Low As It Gets,’ Says NBA Coach in Searing Takedown of ‘Soulless Coward’ Trump

“To lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers” is “beyond the pale,” said San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich Source:  Common Dreams/Jake Johnson Shortly following President Donald Trump’s false claim Monday that his predecessors did not reach out to the families of soldiers killed overseas, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich 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 »

Brazil is accused of stripping away LGBT rights

A recent court ruling has opened a fierce debate in Brazil about the use of controversial practices to make people become heterosexual. Source:  PRI Last month, a Brazilian federal judge decided psychologists could perform “conversion therapy,” a widely discredited practice meant to change a person’s sexual orientation. The so-called therapy has also caused controversy in the US, Read more »

Florida governor declares state of emergency before white nationalist speaks at UF

Source:  Miami Herald/Steve Bousquet Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in Alachua County three days ahead of a scheduled speech at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville by the white nationalist Richard Spencer. “I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent,” Scott said in a seven-page executive Read more »

Government May ‘Seize’ Your Fingerprint to Unlock Apple Devices, Federal Court Rules

Source:  Shadowproof/Kevin Gosztola A federal court ruled the United States government is not violating a citizen’s Fifth Amendment rights when they require a citizen to apply his or her fingerprints to a sensor so authorities can access a device. The government sought authorization to “seize” four residents so their fingers could be applied to Apple Read more »

Facebook and the US Government Are in a Race to Read Your Mind

Source:  AntiMedia/Jake Anderson The government and private sector are working hard to figure out what’s on your mind. In fact, for the last decade, the Department of Defense has actually been developing a massive simulation for the purposes of predicting what you — and everyone around you — will do at any particular moment. While both the Read more »

Trump Revives Notorious GOP Dog Whistle in Call for ‘Welfare Reform’

Like Reagan before him, Trump is deploying the infamous “welfare queen” myth to justify shredding the safety net Source:  Common Dreams/Jake Johnson Rehashing a notorious Republican Party trope that accuses some Americans of cheating safety net programs, President Donald Trump on Monday said his administration is looking “very, very strongly” at “welfare reform.” “Reagan infamously spread the Read more »

Rethinking Higher Education in a Time of Tyranny

What kind of democracy is possible when the institutions that are crucial to a vibrant civil society are vanishing? Source:  Moyers & Company/Henry Giroux Many of the great peace activists of the 20th century, extending from Mahatma Gandhi and Paulo Freire to Jane Addams and Martin Luther King Jr., shared a passion for education as an Read more »