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Failure of Health Care Overhaul Shows Republicans Can’t Govern

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… By Robert Reich – House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.” “We were a 10-year opposition party, where being against things…

President Trump’s Liar-in-Chief Shock and Awe Continues

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – President Donald J. Trump continues to shock and awe the country and the world with his gall and pure balderdash as he spoke to both houses of Congress on Tuesday night in a prime time speech like nothing anyone has ever seen in…

Forty Percent of Americans Want Trump Impeached Already

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – Less than two weeks into Donald J. Trump’s tenure as President of the United States, already 40 percent of Americans say they want him impeached and removed from office in an unprecedented public backlash to his policies, according to a new survey just…

Who Killed Kennedy? Why Should We Care Now?

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – MOBILE, Ala. — Where to begin. It appears the alleged sex scandal of Alabama’s Governor Robert Bentley is waning, so maybe I can get your attention for something far more important. I may be the only journalist in…

Republican Congress Remains the Lowest Rated Institution in American Society

Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…So Why Do They Keep Geting Reelected? – By Jeffrey M. Jones – PRINCETON, N.J. — Americans’ confidence in most major U.S. institutions remains well below the historical average, especially the Republican Congress, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject. “Congress is the institution in…

We’re All Independent Contractors Now

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – GM is worth around $60 billion, and has over 200,000 employees. Its front-line workers earn from $19 to $28.50 an hour, with benefits. Uber is estimated to be worth some $40 billion, and has 850 employees. Uber also has over 163,000 drivers (as…

The New Compassionate Conservatism and Trickle-Down Economics

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are zeroing in on inequality as America’s fundamental economic problem. Bush’s new Political Action Committee, called “The Right to Rise,” declares “the income gap is real” but that “only conservative principles can solve it.” Mitt Romney likewise promised…

Why Wages Won’t Rise

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – Jobs are coming back, but pay isn’t. The median wage is still below where it was before the Great Recession. Last month, average pay actually fell. What’s going on? It used to be that as unemployment dropped, employers had to pay more to…

Tar Sands End Runs

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – In a narrow victory for common sense, yesterday the Senate rejected an attempt to legislate approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Senators like California’s Barbara Boxer, Hawaii’s Brian Schatz, and Virginia’s Tim Kaine stood up as environmental champions…

Raising Most People’s Wages

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – I was in Seattle, Washington, recently, to congratulate union and community organizers who helped Seattle enact the first $15 per hour minimum wage in the country. Other cities and states should follow Seattle’s example. Contrary to the dire predictions of opponents, the hike…

Why Ordinary People Bear Economic Risks and Donald Trump Doesn’t

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – Thirty years ago, on its opening day in 1984, Donald Trump stood in a dark topcoat on the casino floor at Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza, celebrating his new investment as the finest building in Atlantic City and possibly the nation. Last week, the…

The Disease of American Democracy

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The President’s approval ratings are also in the basement. A large portion of the public doesn’t even bother voting. Only 57.5 percent of eligible…

Score Another One for Wilderness

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – For more than a century, presidents have been using the Antiquities Act to save our national treasures, and President Obama’s just-announced designation of the Organ Mountains — Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico — shows exactly why this…

Why the Minimum Wage Should be Raised to $15 an Hour

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… By Robert Reich – Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage. Several states have already taken action. Connecticut has boosted it to $10.10 by 2017, the Maryland legislature just approved a similar measure, Minnesota lawmakers just reached a deal to hike it to $9.50. A…

Conservative Supreme Court Sides With Rich People, Big Corporations, Again

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Editorial Analysis – The United States Supreme Court continued the pro-Big Business conservative Republican majority’s drive to remove Legislative Branch limits on political money, effectively granting unlimited rights to rich people and corporations to continue polluting American politics with their vast riches built up mainly during the…

President Obama Will Ask Congress for $300 Billion to Rebuild Roads and Railways to Put Americans to Work

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he will ask Congress for $300 billion to begin rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure starting with aging roads and railways, making the argument that the taxpayer investment is a worthy cause that will pay huge dividends by attracting…