Author: Harry Feirman

Trump Administration Quietly Rolls Back Civil Rights Efforts Across Federal Government

For decades, the Department of Justice has used court-enforced agreements to protect civil rights, successfully desegregating school systems, reforming police departments, ensuring access for the disabled and defending the religious. Now, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the DOJ appears to be turning away from this storied tool, called consent decrees. Top officials in the DOJ…

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How the Republican Caucus is about to sell out its own constituents — in secret

The fate of the American health-care system now rests with a group of allegedly “moderate” senators, who are getting ready to approve a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a repeal bill so monumental in its cruelty that they feel they have no choice but to draft it in secret, not let the public…

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Forget Comey. The Real Story Is Russia’s War on America Why are we focusing on who leaked what to whom, when our democracy is under siege?

Missing from the investigation of the supposed Russia scandal is any real discussion of Russia. The starkest aspect of Comey’s prepared statement was the president’s lack of curiosity about the long-running, deep-reaching, well-executed and terrifyingly effective Russian attack on American democracy. This was raised more than once in the hearing — that after Trump was…

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Fate of Planned Parenthood funding tied to Senate moderates – Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may have to drop the funding cut to win support of Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Two female Senate Republicans could stop the anti-abortion movement from achieving its most significant win against Planned Parenthood in decades. Most Republicans want to eliminate the group’s $555 million in federal funding as part of their bill to repeal Obamacare. But as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tries to solve the legislative Rubik’s Cube of finding…

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The Great Performance of Our Failing President

Many Trump supporters engage nonetheless in a willing suspension of disbelief when they partake of right-wing media. They enjoy the ridiculous exaggerations and outright lies for the outrage they provoke in Democrats, liberals, intellectuals and pompous commentators of all political stripes. Populist conservatives also appreciate fake news for conveying what they see as underlying symbolic…

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Missouri parole board played word games during hearings with inmates

The Missouri Board of Probation and Parole allegedly toyed with prisoners during hearings by trying to get them to say a chosen word or song title of the day, such as “platypus” and “Hound Dog.” Don Ruzicka, a member of the seven-member board, along with an unnamed government employee were accused of keeping score during…

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It’s time to bust the myth: Most Trump voters were not working class

Trump voters were not mostly working-class people. The misrepresentation of Trump’s working-class support began in the primaries. In a widely read March 2016 piece, the writer Thomas Frank, for instance, argued at length that “working-class white people … make up the bulk of Trump’s fan base.” Many journalists found colorful examples of working-class Trump supporters…

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Minimum wage, hypocrisy, and Govenor Greitens

People in the political world often refer to state and local governments as “laboratories of democracy.” The idea is that different policies can be tested in different parts of the country, and we get to see how they work out. In order for this to work, state and local governments need a certain amount of…

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“Is Trump Fighting Terrorism? Or is he just tweeting about it, while making it worse?”

What is new and deeply worrisome so far is Trump’s rebalancing of our relationships in the Middle East and hyper-militarization of the fight against terror. His actions will heighten sectarian tensions in the Middle East and only strengthen the forces driving radicalization and violence across the region. Unfortunately, every piece of evidence from the past…

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For Rural Hospitals Already on the Brink, GOP’s Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Hard

For the hundreds of rural hospitals struggling to stay in business, health policy decisions made in Washington D.C. this summer could make survival a lot tougher. Since 2010, at least 79 rural hospitals have closed across the county, and nearly700 more are at risk of closing. These hospitals serve a largely older, poorer and sicker…

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