The Unarguable Benefits of Universal Healthcare

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As political posturing over the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) continues, the fiscal and social benefits of expanded access to healthcare become steadily more obvious. The journal Health Affairs recently reported an 8 percent increase per year in the number of early-stage colorectal cancer diagnoses since passage of the ACA. Extrapolated across the country, the researchers estimate the ACA led to approximately 8,400 […]

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Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns from Breitbart after Scandal

Milo Yiannopoulos

Following the pedophilia scandal that broke over the weekend following his appointment as keynote speaker at CPAC 2017, Milo Yiannopoulos just resigned from his Breitbart position today. The resignation marks the third in a series of events following the illumination of previous interviews including the loss of his speaking position as well as his Simon & Schuster book deal. In a statement released a few moments ago, […]

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Battling Trump Lies: Denial Isn’t a River in Egypt

In attacking and blacklisting CNN, Donald Trump launched an assault on free press

I recently read a sobering report on climate change; apparently, the pace of the predicted rise in sea levels is accelerating. The effects will not be uniform–some areas will see a more rapid rise than others. As the introductory paragraphs noted, polar ice is melting and the seas are rising faster than at any time in at least 2,800 years. The sea […]

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Yes We Can – But It Won’t Be Easy

As I read news, articles, blogs–the stuff that comes across my screen every day–I often save articles that might merit a blog post at some future time. One that I saved was a column in the Washington Post reacting to President Obama’s farewell speech. It was surprisingly upbeat. (Also thoughtful, literate, coherent…elements I miss more than I ever thought I would…) […]

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Carrots and Sticks: the Republican Climate Change Proposal

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On Friday, a climate-change denier was confirmed to head the EPA. This comes as Trump and the Republicans gut environmental regulations, including those preventing coal companies from dumping toxic waste into our rivers and streams. Nevertheless, hope springs eternal. In the midst of the crazy that is the Trump Administration–in the face of Congressional Republicans’ stubborn denial of science and […]

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WA Supreme Court Rules Against Florist Barronelle Stutzman

Barronelle Stutzman

After discriminating against a gay couple and having a public accommodation discrimination complaint successfully levied against her, Arlene’s Flowers owner Barronelle Stutzman fought tooth and nail to retain her right to use religious belief to overrule public accommodation law. She took that fight all the way to the Washington state Supreme Court last year. Today that court ruled unanimously against Stutzman finding she […]

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The Trump Cabal–God Help Us All

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Yesterday, facing massive opposition, Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary withdrew. But that was a minor victory; most of his ill-equipped nominees have been confirmed. The most accurate one-liner about  the sorry lot that Donald Trump has assembled to run–or destroy– some of the nation’s most important agencies was by a Facebook poster who said he’d seen better cabinets at IKEA. […]

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Asked About anti-Semitism, Trump Discusses Electoral College

Asked About anti-Semitism, Trump Discusses Electoral College

The final question of the joint press conference between the United States and Israel focused on an issue pertinent to the joint meeting and to the safety of American citizens: anti-Semitism. Directed at Trump, an Israeli reporter noted the sharp increase in anti-Semitic hate speech and crimes following his election. He proceeded to ask him what he’d say to the Jewish communities not […]

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Get Thee to the Indiana Statehouse – TODAY [UPDATED]

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Despite all of the hard work done by the coalition working on Indiana redistricting reform–despite the recommendation of the Interim Study Committee and the support of Rep. Jerry Torr,  it has been an open question whether H.B. 1014  would even be scheduled for a hearing. But just yesterday–presumably in response to consistent pressure from hundreds of Hoosiers– the Bill was […]

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Kellyanne Conway Retweeted a White Nationalist

Kellyanne COnway retweeted a white nationalist

After her contentious interview with Matt Lauer this morning over the resignation of Michael Flynn, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took to Twitter to thank a white nationalist who complimented her. In the now-deleted tweet, Conway retweeted white nationalist account “Lib Hypocrisy” saying, “Love you back” adding a Happy Valentines Day to her “Hapless Haters”. The original tweet Conway responded to lauded her ‘performance’ this morning […]

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