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University of Minnesota delays childcare center closure 24.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The closing of a University of Minnesota-run childcare center will be postponed while alternatives are considered.
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#ArmMeWith: Teachers Lead Opposition to Trump's Plan to Give Educators Guns 23.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest organized by Teens for Gun Reform on February 19, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Lorie Shaull ) In these troubling and surreal times, honest journalism is more important than ever. Help us keep real news flowing: Make a donation to Truthout today. As students  lead the nation  in fighting for stricter gun control legislation, teachers across the country are speaking out against an alternative measure President Donald Trump has  suggested  to prevent school shootings like the one that took place last week in Parkland, Florida: arming teachers and training them to use firearms. With the  #ArmMeWith  social media campaign, educators are calling for the government to provide them with school supplies, books, and other resources instead of spending  an estimated $1 billion  to train teachers to act as armed guards -- while also being responsible for educating the nation's children. #ArmMeWith fair pay, an abundance of resources, excellent insurance, mental health ...
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What Marxism Can Tell Us About Organizing for Gun Reform 23.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles

World-famous filmmaker Raoul Peck is releasing a film today in Los Angeles and New York on the life and times of Karl Marx. It's called The Young Karl Marx. The film's release comes as the head of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, broke his silence after last week’s Florida school shooting that left 17 dead, attacking gun control advocates as communists in an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. We speak with acclaimed Haitian filmmaker and political activist Raoul Peck about his new film and the role of Marxism in organizing for gun reform.

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Masha Gessen: Did a Russian Troll Farm's Inflammatory Posts Really Sway the 2016 Election for Trump? 23.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
The Justice Department recently indicted 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The indicted are accused of orchestrating an online propaganda effort to undermine the US election system. The indictment claims the Russians spread negative information online about Hillary Clinton and supportive information about Donald Trump, as well as Bernie Sanders -- but some are warning against overstating what Russia accomplished. For more, we speak with award-winning Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Her recent piece for The New Yorker is titled "The Fundamental Uncertainty of Mueller's Russia Indictments." TRANSCRIPT AMY GOODMAN: We begin today's show looking at the Justice Department's recent indictment of 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The indicted are accused of orchestrating an online propaganda effort to ...
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How Medicaid Work Requirements Will Harm Older Americans 23.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Many of the 8.5 million Americans age 50-64 who receive Medicaid became eligible due to the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid to more low-income adults. But Medicaid coverage for many older Americans is at risk due to the Trump administration's decision to let states impose work requirements on enrollees. (Photo: Stígur Már Karlsson / Heimsmyndir) Thirty seconds: That's how long it takes to support the independent journalism at Truthout. We're counting on you. Click here to chip in! More than 8.5 million Americans age 50-64 get health coverage through Medicaid. Many of them became eligible due to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) expansion of Medicaid to more low-income adults, which helped drive a nearly 40 percent decline in uninsured rates for lower-income people age 50-64 between 2013 and 2016. But Medicaid coverage for many low-income, older Americans is at risk due to the Trump Administration's decision to let states impose work requirements on enrollees, other than those who are 65 or ...
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The "Tax Cuts for Shareholders" Act 23.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
In the six weeks since the passage of the GOP tax plan, officially known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, businesses have been lauded for announcements of wages and bonuses. Yet it's corporate stock buybacks -- the practice of companies spending their cash on buying back their own shares in order to raise share prices overall -- that have truly skyrocketed.  Hundreds of New Yorkers gather in protest of Donald Trump's tax policy outside Cipriani at 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan on December 2, 2017. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! In the six weeks since the passage of the GOP tax plan, officially known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, businesses have been lauded for announcements of wages and bonuses. Yet it's corporate stock buybacks -- the practice of companies spending their cash on buying back ...
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"Police Reform Is a Dead End": Alex Vitale on "The End of Policing" 23.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Click here now to get the book! Alex Vitale is Professor of Sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. Vitale's book The End of Policing, is an accessible study of police history as an imperial tool for social control that continues to exacerbate class and racial tensions. Vitale also goes deep into the shortcomings of reform and in contrast, deepens the conversations around meaningful alternatives to ultimately ask the people to consider the end of policing. Special thanks to producers: Della Duncan, Robert Raymond; Upstream podcast. Featuring: • Alex Vitale, professor of sociology, coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, and author of The End of Policing Credits: • Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Della Duncan, Robert Raymond • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman • Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin • Development Associate: Vera ...
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Economic Update: Karl Marx From 1818 to 1883 23.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Economic Update  is in partnership with  Truthout.org Your radio station needs Economic Update! If you are a radio station,  check this out . If you want to hear Economic Update on your favorite local station,  send them this . Visit Professor Wolff's social movement project,  democracyatwork.info. Permission to reprint Professor Wolff's writing and videos is granted on an individual basis. Please contact  p rofwolff@rdwolff.com  to request permission. We reserve the right to refuse or rescind permission at any ...
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As Enforcement Falls at Pruitt's EPA, Fines for Shell Oil Feel Like a Slap on the Wrist 23.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Contrary to Scott Pruitt's boast about the EPA pursuing pollution violations and protecting public health, the government's settlement with Shell Oil over a long list of air pollution violations in Norco, Louisiana, is meaningless, say locals who have lived under Shell's toxic cloud. The $350,000 fine is a slap on the wrist, and the multimillion-dollar pollution control consent decree is worthless without enforcement. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on December 7, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Pete Marovich / Getty Images) Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. New Orleans -- On February 12, as much of southern Louisiana was focused on Mardi Gras parades, the government announced a multimillion-dollar settlement with Shell Oil over a long list of air ...
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Caught Her Red-Handed 23.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
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NPR adopts new measures after sex harassment investigation 23.2.2018 AP Business
National Public Radio has adopted a series of measures to improve its workplace culture, following an independent investigation into sex harassment issues stemming from the ouster of a top executive....
The 9/11 Hijackers Were Iraqis, Right? Teaching in a Time of Wars 22.2.2018 Truthout.com
Smoke spews from a tower of the World Trade Center September 11, 2001, after two hijacked airplanes hit the twin towers in a terrorist attack on New York City. (Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images) Far more people read Truthout than will ever donate -- but we rely on donations to keep our publication running strong. Support independent journalism by making a contribution now! I was teaching the day the airplanes hit the World Trade Center. It was the second meeting of "The Communist Manifesto for Seminarians," a course for my fellow graduate students. By the time I got to class, both towers had collapsed. A few hours later, Building 7 came down as well. We dispensed with a planned discussion about what Marxists mean by "idealism" and "materialism" and talked instead about the meaning of this particular example of the " propaganda of the deed ." We already sensed that, with George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in the White House, the attacks would mean war. But like the rest of the world, we didn't yet have the ...
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Trump's Jabs at North Korea Build on Long History of Treaty Violations 22.2.2018 Truthout.com
President Trump's policy toward North Korea is merely a continuation of US regional designs in the Asia Pacific. Having killed several million Koreans in the Korean war, the US proceeded to repeatedly violate treaties concerning North Korea under the leadership of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. President of North Korea Kim Yong-nam and Kim Yo-jong, sister of President of North Korea Kim Jong-un (above), and Mike Pence, Vice-President of USA and wife Karen Pence (below) during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo: Jean Catuffe / Getty Images) Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! In recent days the Trump administration has continued to scupper reconciliation efforts made by its ally South Korea and its enemy North Korea. On Feb. 9, Vice ...
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Particle Blaster Massacres 22.2.2018 Truthout.com
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Trump Administration Proposes Rule to Loosen Curbs on Short-Term Health Plans 22.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Support from readers allows Truthout to produce the authority-challenging journalism that's going to be imperative in the years to come. Click here now to support this work! Insurers will again be able to sell short-term health insurance good for up to 12 months under a  proposed rule  released Tuesday by the Trump administration that could further roil the marketplace. "We want to open up affordable alternatives to unaffordable Affordable Care Act policies," said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. "This is one step in the direction of providing Americans health insurance options that are more affordable and more suitable to individual and family circumstances." The proposed rule said short-term plans could add more choices to the market at lower cost and may offer broader provider networks than Affordable Care Act plans in rural areas. But most short-term coverage requires answering a string of medical questions, and insurers can reject applicants with preexisting medical problems, which ACA ...
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The Global Uprising for a More Equitable and Humane Labor Force 22.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Despite the mass corporate media obsession with Donald Trump's reactionary, vulgar and insulting statements, grassroots activity is becoming more energized in the United States and around the globe. In We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now, Annelise Orleck records the movements for a more equitble and humane labor force, speaking with activists and giving grounds for hope. In a world of neoliberal dominance, advocating for fair and deserved worker justice is a challenging task. In this excerpt, Orleck makes the case that workers are rising up around the world to achieve this goal. A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest for higher wages and a union on April 15, 2015, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Mark Dixon ) Despite the mass corporate media obsession with Donald Trump's reactionary, vulgar and insulting statements, grassroots activity is becoming more energized in the United States and around the globe. History Professor Annelise Orleck records the movements for a more equitble and humane labor ...
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The Daily 202: Trump tries to show empathy for gun violence victims, but don’t expect tears 22.2.2018 Washington Post
The Daily 202: Trump tries to show empathy for gun violence victims, but don’t expect tears
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Mueller Probe Heats Up: Thirteen Russians Indicted, Ex-Trump Aide to Plead Guilty, Focus on Kushner Grows 20.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
There have been a number of significant developments in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump administration. CNN is reporting Mueller is now investigating Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and his attempts to secure financing for his family's business while working on the president's transition team. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times is reporting former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates has agreed to plead guilty and testify against Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager. Under the deal, Gates will plead guilty to money laundering and illegal foreign lobbying. These developments come just days after the Justice Department indicted 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election by orchestrating an online propaganda effort to undermine the US election system. We speak to Marcy Wheeler, an independent journalist who covers national security and civil liberties. She runs the website EmptyWheel.net. TRANSCRIPT JUAN GONZÁLEZ: ...
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Russia's shadowy world of military contractors: independent mercenaries, or working for the Kremlin? 19.2.2018 L.A. Times - World News

Stanislav Matveev left his home in the Ural Mountains in September to join a Russian private military company. Five months later, Matveev was dead, killed in a U.S. airstrike on Feb. 7 in eastern Syria.

Matveev’s widow, Yelena Matveeva, wants answers from the Kremlin about why her husband is dead....

Fiercely independent filmmaker Sally Potter returns with 'The Party' 16.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Sally Potter’s office is tucked away in East London near Haggerston Park, encompassing several floors in an old building where the British filmmaker both lives and works. Removed from the corporate media landscape of central London, it’s not an unlikely setting for such a resolutely independent...

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