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U of M students pepper 5th Congressional District DFL candidates with questions 14.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
State Rep. Ilhan Omar, state Sen. Patricia Torres Ray and former State House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher held a forum a day before the primary to discuss issues.
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White House takes aim at financial protections for military 13.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Documents obtained by NPR show proposed changes that critics say would leave service members vulnerable to getting ripped off when they buy cars.
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Not Even Morning Joe Can Rehabilitate Paul Ryan's Reputation 13.8.2018 Crooks Liars
If they'd have asked Paul Krugman, he'd have told them: The Paul Ryan Story: From Flimflam to Fascism ... On the other hand, I do have some insight into how Ryan — who has always been an obvious con man, to anyone willing to see — came to become speaker of the House. And that’s a story that reflects badly not just on Ryan himself, not just on his party, but also on self-proclaimed centrists and the news media, who boosted his career through their malfeasance. Furthermore, the forces that brought Ryan to a position of power are the same forces that have brought America to the edge of a constitutional crisis. About Ryan: Incredibly, I’m seeing some news reports about his exit that portray him as a serious policy wonk and fiscal hawk who, sadly, found himself unable to fulfill his mission in the Trump era. ...
Repression Intensifies in Argentina After President Empowers Military 13.8.2018 Truthout.com
Is the government once again using the military to suppress opposition to the IMF's neoliberal policies?

The post Repression Intensifies in Argentina After President Empowers Military appeared first on Truthout.

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Trump's Cabinet of Con Artists 13.8.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Trump speaks during a meeting with members of his cabinet on July 18, 2018. During the 2016 campaign, and from time to time afterward, Donald Trump would regale his crowds with a dramatic reading of a song called "The Snake," in which a snake begs a woman to take him into her home, and then when he bites her and she expresses her shock, he says, "You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in." In Trump's telling, it was a parable about immigration—that foreigners were inherently untrustworthy and if we let them come to our country they might just kill us. But at times he almost seemed to be talking, with a wink, about himself. The country knew who he was, and made him president anyway. That may explain Trump's unusual ability to survive scandals that would have destroyed other politicians (along with the fact that there are so many of them that it can be hard to focus on any one for long). Think about Trump's various misdeeds. Were there any that were actually ...
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Flotilla Passengers Released by Israel; Many Battered and Bruised; USS Liberty Survivor Held Days 9.8.2018 ConsortiumNews.com
Defending their illegal blockade of Gaza against what they see as infiltrators rather than activists bringing aid and making a point, Israeli soldiers physically assaulted a number of delegates and arrested them, including a USS Liberty survivor.  By Ann Wright…Read more →
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In their own image: Native Americans share stories of recovery 9.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Mash-ka-wisen treatment center held its 40th annual Celebration on Sobriety Powwow in Sawyer, Minn. MPR photojournalists attended the powwow and helped people take self-portraits and share their stories of recovery.
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Flotilla Passengers Released by Israel; Many Battered and Bruised; USS Liberty Survivor Held Six Days 9.8.2018 ConsortiumNews.com
Defending their illegal blockade of Gaza against what they see as infiltrators rather than activists bringing aid and making a point, Israeli soldiers physically assaulted a number of delegates and arrested them, including a USS Liberty survivor.  By Ann Wright…Read more →
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Republican Leads In Too Close To Call Ohio Special Election 8.8.2018 Outside the Beltway
Republican Troy Balderson holds a narrow lead in a Special Election in Ohio. Even if he wins, though, the way this election played out does not bode well for the GOP in November.
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Q&A: We All Benefit from Welfare. Most of Us Just Don’t Realize It. 8.8.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) A Tea Party rally at the U.S. Capitol on July 19, 2013 In recent decades, Americans have become increasingly angry at the federal government, anger that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. And yet, more Americans than ever are benefiting from government social programs, many of which the Trump administration is actively working to destroy. Political scientist Suzanne Mettler calls this paradox “the government-citizen disconnect.” Such is the title of Mettler’s new book , which draws on original survey data to explore how the use of 21 federal social policies is connected to Americans’ attitudes about government. She finds that 96 percent of Americans have used at least one of these policies. But partly because of policy design—which makes means-tested programs for the poor more visible than policies for the rich hidden in the tax code—many Americans don’t recognize the value of government social programs. Critically, wealthier Americans—who tend to exert more ...
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Pandering To Deficit Hawks Is A Losing Strategy 7.8.2018 Crooks Liars
The House Democratic leadership’s obsession with asserting a “centrist” – that is, fiscally conservative – fiscal ideology threatens to put the party at odds with its base. It endangers the party’s chances of retaking the House, and will make it difficult for Democrats to offer a credible alternative to the failed conservatism of Trump and his party should they win in November. Pay to Play Nancy Pelosi recently spoke to a forum hosted by the Peterson Foundation, which was founded by conservative billionaire Peter G. Peterson to promote his own obsession with reducing the federal deficit. Before his death earlier this year, Peterson spent hundreds of millions of dollars inculcating his brand of debt-fixated fiscal conservatism in politicians, journalists, and policy advisors. “Democrats believe that you must pay as you go,” the House Minority Leader told the forum audience. “Whatever you want to invest in, you must offset.” As The Hill observes, Pelosi adopted a similar “pay-go” rule when she was Speaker ...
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The Mystery Fixer Who is Negotiating an End to the Syrian War 4.8.2018 ConsortiumNews.com
A nearly unknown businessman named Khaled al Ahmad became Damascus’ secret liaison to the West and has quietly dealt Syria’s grinding war to a close, reports Rhania Khalek By Rania Khalek Gray Zone Project After seven years of grinding war,…Read more →
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The Mystery Fixer Who Negotiated the End of the Syrian War 4.8.2018 ConsortiumNews.com
A nearly unknown businessman named Khaled al Ahmad became Damascus’ secret liaison to the West and has quietly dealt Syria’s grinding war to a close, reports Rhania Khalek By Rania Khalek Gray Zone Project After seven years of grinding war,…Read more →
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Trump Takes on the Fed 3.8.2018 Truthout.com
The best way to make the central bank serve the needs of the economy is to make it a public utility.

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Taking on Class and Racial Discrimination in Housing 2.8.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Senator Cory Booker on Capitol Hill Zoning laws are not usually the stuff of which presidential campaigns are made. But Senator Cory A. Booker, who is often talked about as a presidential contender, says bad zoning laws are making housing more segregated and less affordable, and he has just introduced legislation to do something about it.  Booker was born in Washington, D.C., one year after the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. That legislation, which outlawed racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing, helped make it possible for Booker’s parents, African American executives, to become the first black family to reside in Harrington Park, New Jersey, an affluent white community outside of Newark with strong public schools. Those schools helped launch Booker to Stanford, Oxford, Yale Law and beyond. But as a child Booker quickly became aware that a single law couldn’t wipe out entrenched inequalities of housing opportunity.  He visited relatives living in ...
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Trump's 'Amazing' Economy Is A Big Republican Lie 31.7.2018 Crooks Liars
Donald Trump has been bragging about the economy a lot lately. He says the United States is now the “ economic envy ” of the world. Unfortunately, Trump is once again trying to reshape reality to fit his own delusions. Reality is refusing to cooperate. It’s true the U.S. economy is in the fast lane, by some measures, just as it was in the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency. But where, exactly, is it headed? And what will happen when the next blowout comes, as it inevitably will? We know one thing: average Americans, who have seen their incomes stagnate while inequality rises , and their wealth declines , will bear the brunt of the next recession. Less Than ...
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Why the Democrats’ New “Debt-Free” College Plan Won’t Make College Debt-Free 28.7.2018 Truthout.com
The bill's tuition-free provision covers only about one-fifth of the total cost of attending community college.

The post Why the Democrats’ New “Debt-Free” College Plan Won’t Make College Debt-Free appeared first on Truthout.

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Initial Estimate Shows Economy Grew 4.1% In Second Quarter 27.7.2018 Outside the Beltway
The economy grew at an exceptionally strong pace according to the first estimate of GDP growth, but several caveats remain.
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Republicans’ ‘Tax Reform 2.0’ Would Be (Another) Giveaway to the Rich 26.7.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) House Speaker Paul Ryan closes the door before speaking at a news conference after a Republican caucus meeting on July 24, 2018. trickle-downers.jpg With midterm elections quickly approaching, House Republicans have bet on tax cuts as their ticket to remaining in power in November. Now, they’re doubling down on that bet. On Tuesday, GOP members of the House Ways and Means Committee released a two-page policy outline for a second round of tax cuts to build on and draw attention to what they believe to be the still unnoticed virtues of their landmark tax act passed in December, which has lost popularity with voters in the past few months. The ”tax reform 2.0” would make permanent various (mostly regressive) individual tax breaks included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that were set to expire in 2025 as well as offer a variety of retirement and family saving incentives. The value of one such incentive, the 529 College Savings Accounts, depends entirely on the net worth of the ...
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Whither the Fiscal Conservative? 26.7.2018 Outside the Beltway
Deficits continue to rise.
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