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- WASHINGTON, July 8 – Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) welcomed Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) support for his amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which has been guaranteed a floor vote during the week of July 20th.  "Let me thank Sen. Schumer for his support for my amendment to cut the bloated $740 billion Pentagon budget by 10% and invest $74 billion in communities that have been ravaged by extreme poverty and mass incarceration,"  said Sanders  on Twitter.  "This amendment will begin to change our national priorities." "Proud I fought ...


- Rep. Ilhan Omar pushed back Tuesday night on Republican attacks after her remarks calling for the "dismantling" of U.S. systems of racism and oppression were characterized as un-American and dangerous by  Fox News  host Tucker Carlson, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and other right-wing extremists. "It is telling that a black woman discussing systematic oppression is so triggering to the right," Omar tweeted as performative conservative outrage over her remarks increased through the evening. “As long as our economic and political systems prioritize profit, without ...

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- "The richest 1% is responsible for 70% of all unpaid taxes... Congress is leaving hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes uncollected from the wealthy." A Congressional Budget Office report commissioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders and published Wednesday found the amount of unpaid taxes from 2011 to 2013 averaged around $381 billion per year, a revenue shortfall the Vermont senator called an "absolute outrage" that is largely the result of big corporations and  "wealthy tax cheats" dodging their obligations. "The richest 1% is responsible for 70% of all unpaid taxes," Sanders said in a statement ...


- “Obviously it’s a values document, but it’s one he may just ignore.” For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to . Joe Biden wouldn’t back the Green New Deal. Throughout the Democratic primary, he acknowledged the urgency of the climate crisis, but maintained any solution should be "rational and affordable." Instead of committing to the vision Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) had put forth, Biden proposed his own plan to create 10 million green new jobs. Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t ready to give up. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had appointed the New ...


- — Karl Bode The majority of broadband bills that wind their way through Congress don't actually address the most pressing problem in US telecom: a lack of meaningful broadband competition. Often the bills focus almost exclusively on heavy subsidization of incumbent telecom monopolies, an approach that requires a level of diligence the U.S. has historically not been capable of . The Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act , which passed the House last week , certainly includes its fair share of subsidization, including $80 billion in fiscal year 2021 to help deploy fiber broadband ...

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- "This wouldn't even be an issue if healthcare wasn't tied to employment." Medicare for All advocates on Wednesday noted that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow employers to refuse to cover contraceptives presented a clear argument in favor of a universal healthcare system under which employment would not be tied to healthcare. (Photo: NNU/flickr/cc) Healthcare advocates Wednesday charged that the U.S. Supreme Court's  decision  on birth control access is just the latest evidence that the federal government must expand Medicare coverage to all Americans, eliminating the for-profit ...


- More women ran for office in 2018 than ever before, which led to a record number of women in Congress. Overall, the share of House and Senate seats held by women increased by 4 percentage points, from 20 to 24 percent — adding more women to the ranks than in any other election cycle since 1992 . However, these gains were primarily driven by Democratic women , who ran in large numbers: Almost three-quarters of the women who ran for Congress in 2018 were Democrats. But 2020 looks different. More Democratic women are still running for office than Republican women — and more Democratic women ...


- “In the last two years, young people have transformed the political landscape by calling on our political leaders—and particularly the Democratic Party—to act like they give a damn about our generation. Now our cries for good jobs and a livable future are beginning to be heard, and the power of our generation is beginning to show. We now have a Democratic unity position that begins to reflect what young people have been shouting relentlessly—that the climate crisis is not some far off threat. We’re no longer just setting far off goals for 30 years from now, but ready to take ...


- The attack ad spotlights the powerful Massachusetts Democrat for stalling reform of “surprise” medical billing opposed by a top campaign donor. The political arm of an anti-monopoly group is blasting Massachusetts Rep. Richie Neal (D) in a new TV advertisement for “killing a bill” that would have helped health care patients at the expense of a top donor’s bottom line. The 30-second spot , set to air on network television in the Springfield, Massachusetts, media market for the remainder of July, tells the story of Neal’s last-minute decision to stall bipartisan legislation curbing ...

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- "Working people and our movement have to unapologetically claim victory for what we've won, because we want to spread these victories to other cities." The Tax Amazon movement claimed "a historic victory for working people" on Monday when Seattle's city council passed a new tax on big businesses to fund local economic relief. The Amazon Tax is a historic victory for working people and the result of determined class struggle by a democratically-organized grassroots campaign. Our movement is beating Jeff Bezos (again)! #TaxAmazon #WhenWeFightWeWin pic.twitter.com/rwrbfqGDAv — Tax Amazon ...


- Labour must outline its democratic-socialist vision of an economy that works for people and planet — before the Tories monopolize the narrative. The UK is facing multiple, overlapping crises of public health, unemployment, inequality, and climate breakdown. As the government trails its response, Labour has set out its four tests to hold them to account. Shadow Cabinet members and the public recognize that we need nothing short of transformative policies for a renewed society. Yet Labour risks letting the Tories get away with a return to the old exploitative economy, washed with a veneer of ...


- Adding an anti-war progressive with Lee’s record to the ticket would energize the base and appeal to disengaged and disenchanted voters. Barbara Lee participated in her first Democratic National Convention in 1972, as a delegate supporting Shirley Chisholm’s groundbreaking bid for the presidency. Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress, mounted a militant anti-war campaign that stressed the need for economic, social, and racial justice. With limited resources and in the face of skeptical media, she said her bid that was all about “ sheer will and refusal to accept the status ...


- At the 1944 Democratic National Convention, delegates show support for the current Vice-President, Henry A. Wallace The decay of the Democrats: How the visionless party's downslide started in 1948 The Democratic party has been whipsawed by campaign donors and consultants, and abandoned its progressive history The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace's Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist Politics America's future is linked to how we understand our past. For this reason, writing about history, for me, is never a neutral act. —Howard Zinn Political parties ...

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- "Imagine the country we could build if our policy decisions were rooted in love and care for each other." Dr. Arati Kreibich is one of the primary challengers progressives would like to see unseat centrist incumbents. (Photo: Arati for Congress) Fresh off a strong showing in Tuesday night's primary contests in Kentucky, Virginia, and New York, progressives in the Democratic Party set their sights on upcoming contests where left-leaning insurgents are challenging establishment incumbents.  "Progressive wins last night demonstrate that America has reached a turning point," Dr. Arati Kreibich, ...


- On June 16, 1918, Eugene Debs gave the anti-war speech that would soon send him to prison. His arrest sparked a nationwide movement to secure his release — and forced the government to finally recognize the free speech rights of wartime dissenters. The United States’s entrance into World War I in December 1917 set off a storm of jingoism and enforced conformity. And Terre Haute, Indiana, the birthplace and residence of Eugene Debs, the country’s most famous socialist , was no different. "Schoolteachers and college professors had been fired for their views," historian Ernest Freeberg ...


- Instead of reopening society for the sake of the economy, what if we continued to work less, buy less, make less—for the sake of the planet? At the end of March, Donald Trump tweeted, in all capital letters, "WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF." He was referring to the economic ramifications of shutting down the country in order to protect the public from the novel coronavirus, which has now killed over 100,000 Americans. Many Republican lawmakers have echoed the need to reopen businesses and get people back to work. In March, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said ...

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- The progressive US Senate candidate is securing big endorsements from those who are tired of “scripted, milquetoast politics.”  The largest newspaper in Kentucky endorsed the insurgent Senate candidacy of Charles Booker this week, with a stark call for a politics that might actually matter. “This is a historic time in our state and nation. A time when young and old, black, white and brown are calling for change—not just incremental change, but sweeping reform that will usher in true equality and justice for all,” the editorial board of the Louisville Courier-Journal announced on ...