The consequences of gutting Obamacare

In 1940, when my mother was 13 years old, her mother had a hysterectomy at a hospital in Century, Fla. As was common in small Southern cities in those days, the hospital was owned by a group of doctors, and patients only received the care they could pay for. My grandmother was among the lucky […]

GOP shows its contempt for average folks

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For all their claims to morality, family values and Christianity, members of the Republican Congress show a troubling hostility to the poor. Despite their professed piety — House Speaker Paul Ryan wears his Catholicism like a neon badge — they seem ignorant of the precepts of the New Testament. Just look at the GOP’s approach […]

Did Trump conspire with Russia?

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President Donald J. Trump has repeatedly claimed that Hillary Clinton’s supporters committed massive voter fraud and that he would have won the popular vote, in addition to the Electoral College, if there had not been a well-organized campaign to cast illegal ballots. That’s a lie. There is not one scintilla of evidence to suggest that […]

Puzder aside, Trump will still shaft workers

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With Andrew Puzder’s decision to withdraw from consideration as Secretary of Labor, advocates for America’s working men and women are doing a little victory dance. Progressive senators, labor unions and other allies of the working class believe they have managed an important win against an administration of robber barons. Speaking to low-wage workers rallying near […]

DeVos would destroy public education

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There’s a reason that Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as the new Secretary of Education was such a close vote, requiring Vice-President Mike Pence to break the tie. Even in the Trump administration, with its clear suspicion of expertise and competence, DeVos stands out as spectacularly ill-suited for her new post. There was such a public outcry […]