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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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The Silver Lining of the New Gilded Age: Fewer Targets 22.10.2018 American Prospect
At noon on January 17 of this year, activists began protesting outside the Blackstone Group’s New York City headquarters over the private equity giant’s foreclosures in Puerto Rico. Simultaneously, a social justice group in California released a report detailing Blackstone’s alleged mistreatment of thousands of the state’s tenants. The timing was no coincidence. The extreme concentration of economic ownership and power in 21stt-century America is creating more opportunities for disparate groups—from renters and unions to community groups and financial reform organizations—to ally against common adversaries and pressure them for broad concessions. This growing collaboration points to what some see as a necessary reaction and potential silver lining to the New Gilded Age. “The same guys own everything,” Stephen Lerner, a veteran community and labor organizer, told a crowd of labor leaders in New York City late last year. “We can align our forces in a different way because we have the same enemy.” Nurturing ...
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Trump, Saudis, money … and a murder. We need a new Congress to find out what really happened | Will Bunch 22.10.2018 Philly.com News
The trail leading to Jamal Khashoggi's murder is littered with years of Trump and his greediest hangers-on chasing - and often getting - Saudi petrodollars.
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'It will be years' before life at Florida air force base returns to normal 20.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Home to 11,000 airmen and their families, the base sustained catastrophic damage when Hurricane Michael swept across northern Florida earlier this month. Residents don't know if they will ever go back.
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Work Requirements Seep into Policy, the Evidence Be Damned 19.10.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on September 13, 2018 trickle-downers.jpg On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed what many had already predicted: Republicans would place blame for the deficit, which was ballooned by the $1.5 trillion Republican tax cut of 2017, on public assistance programs. McConnell told Bloomberg News that the deficit is “very disturbing, and it’s driven by the three entitlement programs that are very popular—Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid.” Indeed, conservatives are already putting forth policies to trim social programs, even as they are expanding work requirements to keep millions of low-income Americans from receiving assistance, and appointing people to administer such programs who have histories of mutilating them. In their zeal to impose work requirements, they are serenely undaunted by the vast body of research that shows such requirements are ...
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Philadelphia expected the Rail Park to generate new development. Instead, we might get a self-storage facility. | Inga Saffron 18.10.2018 Philly.com News
And now the city is suing its own Zoning Board over the decision.
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$900K awarded to housing counseling services in Minnesota 18.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Organizations helping with home ownership in Minnesota will receive almost $900,000 in grant money to maintain and expand their services.
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It's legal. In Canada, recreational marijuana gets green light 17.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Pot sales begin Wednesday in Canada, which is only the second country after Uruguay to legalize the drug for recreational use.
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Locking Up the Children 15.10.2018 American Prospect
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Casa Padre in Brownsville, Texas, is the largest child immigrant detention center in the U.S., housing youths aged 10 to 17.  This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  A child in detention tries to keep from dreaming of the outside world. Afuera. Outside. That place where kids his age are busy jumping in pools under the summer sun or laughing in air-conditioned movie theaters; the kinds of things he used to do with his mother and his sisters before they were separated, and that he hopes to do again once he’s released. But for the moment, afuera feels far off to Martín, who is still a teenager. And while dreaming of freedom provides a temporary escape from the loneliness of confinement, it can also be painful. Just as the shelter monitors circumscribe his actions, so too must Martín police his own thoughts. “In the shelter, it doesn’t feel good thinking about being outside,” says Martín. “It’s ...
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GOP's Johnson has seesawed between political highs and lows 15.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Jeff Johnson's political career has taken him from the state Capitol to the Hennepin County Board, and now the Republican candidate has his eye on the state's top job.
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U.S. attorney vows measures to stop safe injection site plan, says he 'won't look the other way' 13.10.2018 Philly.com News
U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain said his office is already reviewing options to stop plans to open what could be the nation's first safe injection site in Philadelphia - ranging from potentially seeking court orders to bar the facility's opening to initiating criminal forfeiture proceedings against the operation. Arrests could be a possibility, too.
Can a Blue Wave in a Blue State Make Ben Jealous Maryland’s First African American Governor? 12.10.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  Thirty-six governor’s mansions are up for grabs this November, and Ben Jealous, the 45-year-old former president of the NAACP turned venture capitalist, is on a mission to reclaim Maryland’s for the Democrats. In theory, this shouldn’t be such a heavy lift. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1 in the state, and Hillary Clinton swept it in 2016 by 26 points. The election carries some symbolic weight as well: If Jealous won, he would become the first African American governor of this former slave state where Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman once toiled. Like his fellow black gubernatorial nominees, Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida, Jealous could make some history this November. But the media and most political observers remain skeptical of Jealous’s prospects. His opponent, Republican Larry Hogan, who previously worked as a real-estate developer, has governed as a ...
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The Return of American Socialism 11.10.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  In 1960, the young socialist Michael Harrington traveled to Ann Arbor to provide what help he could to the fledgling radical movement at the University of Michigan, and to see if he could recruit some students to the Young People’s Socialist League. He had particularly long talks with the 20-year-old editor of The Michigan Daily (the student newspaper), Tom Hayden. Though the two hit it off, Harrington couldn’t make the sale. “He accepted much of my analysis,” Harrington later was to write, “yet he balked at the socialist idea itself.” Harrington was no slouch at converting progressives to socialism; an unusually high percentage of the members of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (which he founded in 1973) and its successor organization, the Democratic Socialists of America (which he co-founded in 1982) signed up after having been intellectually and emotionally persuaded by one or more Harrington ...
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It's not just affordable housing that's in short supply in Philly. So is middle class housing. | Inga Saffron 10.10.2018 Philly.com News
A new Philadelphia housing report offers ideas to increase housing construction for all income groups.
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Jim Kenney 1,000 days in: The fine print of the Philly mayor's promises 10.10.2018 Philly.com News
End stop-and-frisk. Implement universal pre-K. Send tens of millions of dollars more to Philadelphia's schools. Create family-sustaining jobs. On his 1,000th day in office, Mayor Jim Kenney released a progress report. We ran a fine-tooth comb through it to determine what he's really gotten done.
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Fighting the Republicans’ Voter Purges in Ohio 10.10.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  Having won a United States Supreme Court ruling in mid-June that allowed him to kick voters off the rolls for not voting in previous elections, Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted wasted no time directing county elections officials to restart his voter-purge program.  In July, Husted instructed Ohio’s 88 county elections boards to mail address-confirmation notices by August 6 to registered voters who haven’t voted in two years. This is step one in the controversial purge, which had been on hold since a federal appeals court ruled in 2016 that Ohio’s method of removing registered voters violated federal law. It’s a safe bet that many Ohioans don’t know that they’ve lost, or they might lose, their right to vote simply by not voting. Under Husted, Ohio has conducted the nation’s most aggressive voter purges. If you fail to vote for two years, fail to respond to the aforementioned mailing, and don’t ...
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House Democratic Challengers Demand Campaign-Finance Reforms 10.10.2018 American Prospect
Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Representative John Sarbanes, chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, speaks outside the Capitol during Monday afternoon's A Better Deal for Our Democracy press conference hosted by House and Senate Democrats, May 21, 2018.  One month before November’s election, the 2018 congressional races are on pace to be the  most expensive  midterm contests ever. Hundreds of millions of dollars in big money contributions are pouring into super PACs and dark-money nonprofit groups this year.  Two years ago,  just 100 Americans gave $1 billion  to Super PACs to influence the 2016 national elections—an average of $10 million per donor. This was no doubt the largest amount of money ever given by the smallest number of the wealthiest Americans to influence U.S elections and government decisions.   The impact of influence-seeking money provided by wealthy donors can be seen in the grossly disproportionate benefits provided to the wealthy by the tax bill passed by Congress in ...
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Here's how Safehouse, Philly's proposed safe-injection site, will operate 8.10.2018 Philly.com News
With the incorporation of Safehouse, a new non-profit whose aim is to open the city's first safe-injection site, here's what you need to know about how a site might work here in Philly.
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Taking Back North Carolina 8.10.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  By Labor Day, the traditional start of campaign season, Marcus Bass had already logged thousands of miles crisscrossing the state working on turnout in the 2018 election. Bass is Deputy Director of the North Carolina Black Alliance, and like thousands of his fellow organizers and activists, he’s driven this year by the sense that there’s a lot more on the line in the ninth-largest state than voters may realize.  It’s frustrating, he says, that deeply purple North Carolina is too often cast as another Deep South story. The lurch right by the legislature over the past decade cloaks a long history of social justice organizing that has given progressives the means to push back against the right’s agenda. “We’re not an Alabama,” he says. “North Carolina has consistently given the national audience an understanding of what the threats are and what the fight back is.”  This is the year Democrats, led by Governor Roy ...
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'Infidel' uses the supernatural to explore racism's real life horrors 7.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The new comic series from creators Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell follows a young Muslim-American woman living in an apartment building haunted by evil entities that feed on racist hate.
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