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Medicare for All Chorus Grows Bigger, Louder Despite Opponents

Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care. At least not according to Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, who made the assertion in May shortly after House Republicans voted to repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act. Faced with backlash during a town hall at Lewis-Clark State College, in Lewiston, Idaho, Labrador insisted “No one wants anybody to die. That line is so indefensible.” Adding, “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.” Tell that to the family of Conan Soranno, a Los Angeles photographer whose story…

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Fox News Out of Tune In Britain, Perfectly Pitched for Trump’s America

On August 30 Fox News officially faded to black on United Kingdom airwaves, pulled by parent company 21st Century Fox after 15 years on British television. Publicly, the U.S. media group has cited poor ratings as the reason behind the decision, arguing that U.K. audiences are no longer in their “commercial interest.” A spokesperson for the company announced that “Fox News is focused on the US market and designed for a US audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the UK. We have concluded…

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Who Is Responsible for Gentrification In HBCU Neighborhoods?

Gentrification. A term coined during the 1960s, it’s a concept that’s become hotly contested in recent years, described by Webster’s dictionary as “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.” The phenomenon has become a recurring theme across the country as urban areas once deemed unsuitable for affluent home buyers have become ground zero for new development. Many students attend Texas Southern University, a ninety-year old institution in Houston’s historic Third Ward area, in search of…

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Mississippi Judges Can No Longer Target Blacks & Others with Unfair Bail Practices

Time has passed and laws have been changed, yet the deck has remained stacked against many Black people and others minorities in Mississippi, with Black and brown bodies disproportionately funneled into a prison system eager for free labor. Plagued by legal woes, the state has been hit with a number of lawsuits regarding its treatment of African-American residents, including a suit filed by the ACLU that accused Madison County of designing checkpoints to create additional revenue via unwarranted searches and traffic tickets. It’s a practice that Jennifer Riley-Collins, executive director…

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GOP Trumpcare Bill Would Be a Dream for Wealthy Americans, a Nightmare for Everybody Else

For several years, the GOP has rallied around a common goal, namely, stripping health carefrom millions of citizens. Now, it looks as if they may be closer to success, with Senate Republicans unveiling a bill that will effectively chip away at the Affordable Care Act. It took months to debate and later implement the Affordable Care Act, a process Republicans have largely bypassed by putting their bill together in secret, refusing to share details with anyone but the 13 senators (all white men) tasked with writing it. Despite calling for transparency…

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Shooting of Republican Congressman Brings Out False Unity

  As of today, 281 Americans have been killed in mass shootings this year. The latest entry, for now, is James Hodgkinson, killed by authorities on June 14 after he opened fire at a Virginia baseball field. Members of the GOP were there to practice for the Congressional baseball game, an annual event that allows Republicans and Democrats to compete against one another to benefit three local charities: the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Washington Literacy Center and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. After reportedly asking if they were Republicans,…

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Trump Steadily Building a Strong Case for His Own Impeachment

Just four months into his presidency, Donald Trump has managed to alienate over half of the country, his Gallup Poll rating currently hovering near 39 percent. And as we explored in April, he’s reneged on nearly every campaign promise. In short he’s continued to  sabotage himself and, to a large extent, the entire GOP, which lowered the bar in order to accommodate the political novice, a legacy it’ll have to own. Employing rhetoric laced with bigotry and xenophobic overtones, Trump showed exactly who he was, yet the Republican Party still accepted him as their nominee. It’s…

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Is Sessions Resurrecting Failed ‘War On Drugs’ As Means of Supplying Bodies for Prison Industrial Complex?

There’s a new sheriff in town at the U.S. Justice Department, with newly installed Attorney General Jeff Sessions intent on sending a strong message to those charged with drug offenses. In March, we examined the possibility of Sessions opening a second war on drugs, in which those with low-level drug and marijuana offenses would be prosecuted with zeal. The writing was on the wall as early as February, when White House secretary Sean Spicer revealed to a reporter, “I do believe you’ll see greater enforcement. There’s a big difference between…

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First 100 Days: Trump Has Reversed His Position — or Failed — On Nearly Every Campaign Promise

“The electoral college is a disaster for democracy,” tweeted Trump in 2012. Just five years later, that same system would award him the presidency. Hillary Clinton may have won the popular vote by over three million votes, but like Gore before her, she lost the election. As President Trump closes in on his first 100 days in office, he has continued to celebrate his electoral victory as “the greatest since Reagan,” despite facts that prove otherwise. His sudden embrace of the electoral system is like many other things in Trump’s world:…

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Who is Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam and Why Her Family Wants the Inaccuracies Reported by Media Corrected

The investigation into the death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam continues. Reported missing by her husband on April 11, she was found in the Hudson River just a day later in what police said then was an apparent suicide but now believe to be suspicious. Abdus-Salaam, who was the first Black woman to serve as an associate judge on the New York Court of Appeals, also was the first African-American judge on New York’s highest court. She was appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who responded to her death by describing her…

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