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No Accountability for Trump Is a Greenlight for More Election Manipulation

Wed, 05/31/2023 - 08:21

In this exclusive Truthout interview, Anthony DiMaggio, associate professor of political science at Lehigh University, breaks down the indictment of former President Donald Trump in New York as well as his pending criminal investigation in Georgia. He discusses the significance of both cases, what the left can do to prevent a dangerous precedent and what the stakes are for democracy in 2024.

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Trump Makes Xenophobic Campaign Pledge to End Birthright Citizenship

Wed, 05/31/2023 - 07:43

On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump announced on his campaign site that, if he’s elected in 2024, on his first day back in the White House he’d issue an executive order ending birthright citizenship — an action that would be unconstitutional and likely face an immediate challenge in the courts. “As part of my plan to secure the border, on Day One of my new term in office, I will sign an...

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Debt Limit Deal Prohibits Biden From Extending Student Loan Payment Pause Again

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 14:07

The debt ceiling deal struck between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy throws student debtors under the bus by forcing student loan payments to restart at the end of this summer with recourse for the presidential administration. The bill mandates that the ongoing student loan payment pause, which has been in place since March 2020, will end on August 30, forcing people to begin...

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Erdoğan’s Electoral Victory Imperils Democratic Forces in Turkey

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 12:50

On May 28, Turkish citizens went to the polls for a second round of voting in the presidential election. On the ballot, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) were challenged by a six-party opposition alliance purporting to stand for an alternative politics embracing all Turks regardless of political views, religious affiliation, ethnic background...

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Report: Trump Aides Told Evan Corcoran Not to Search for Docs in Trump’s Office

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 12:47

A new report from The Guardian provides more details on how one of former President Donald Trump’s lawyers was thwarted from locating classified documents at Mar-a-Lago to ensure their return to the federal government. In the spring of 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ), acting on information it received from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) earlier that year...

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Republicans Are Threatening to Oust McCarthy as Speaker Over Debt Ceiling Deal

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 11:46

As House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California) scrambles to win the support of far right members of the Republican caucus for his debt ceiling deal, it is becoming increasingly clear that McCarthy may have to rely on support of Democrats to pass the package. Roughly 20 House Republicans have announced their opposition to the bill since it was released over the weekend...

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Dozens of GoFundMe Users Seek Funds to Flee States Passing Transphobic Laws

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 10:38

A new report details how transphobic legislative legislation throughout the country is compelling some transgender and nonbinary individuals and their families to raise funds to flee their home states. According to reporting from The Advocate, there are “dozens, if not hundreds” of GoFundMe fundraisers currently on the crowdfunding website for relocation funds. The number of people seeking...

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New Biography Details How MLK’s Criticism of Malcolm X Was Fabricated

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 10:26

We speak in depth with journalist Jonathan Eig about his new book, King: A Life, the first major biography of the civil rights leader in more than 35 years, which draws on unredacted FBI files, as well as the files of the personal aide to President Lyndon Baines Johnson, to show how Johnson and others partnered in the FBI’s surveillance of King and efforts to destroy him, led by director J.

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74 Percent of Voters Support Raising Federal Minimum Wage to $20 an Hour

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 09:36

Amid the longest period in Congressional history without any raising of the federal minimum wage, new polling finds that the vast majority of voters not only support raising the minimum wage, but also nearly tripling it. According to polling by Data for Progress released last week, 74 percent of voters support raising the federal minimum wage to $20 an hour — almost three times the current level...

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Watchdog Hits DeSantis With FEC Complaint for Campaign Finance Violation

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 09:34

A campaign finance watchdog on Tuesday filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, alleging that the 2024 Republican presidential candidate unlawfully transferred or directed more than $80 million from a state political action committee to a super PAC supporting his White House bid. The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) says in its complaint that the reported...

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Autistic Youth and Those With Mental Health Conditions Target of Anti-Trans Laws

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 08:51

Three states want to stipulate how, and whether, autistic transgender youth and those with mental health conditions are able to access gender-affirming care — a new tactic aimed at the intersection of two marginalized groups. Georgia, Arkansas and Missouri enacted policies that either: suggest that the provision of such care should be withheld from autistic people; require doctors to determine...

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How Do We Push Back Against the US Warfare State?

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 08:21

David Barsamian: American Justice Robert Jackson was the chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials. He made an opening statement to the Tribunal on November 21, 1945, because there was some concern at the time that it would be an example of victor’s justice. He said this: “If certain acts of violation of treaties are crimes, they are crimes whether the United States does them or whether Germany...

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Denial Isn’t an Effective Health Care Strategy, Say People With Long COVID

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 07:13

Before Missouri resident Amanda K. Finley had heard of COVID-19 or long COVID, she worked as an archeologist. Although her work schedule was erratic, she was frequently hired by engineering firms to make sure that the development sites they intended to build on conserved the cultural integrity of the land. She did this for 14 years. Then, in March 2020, 10 months before the COVID vaccine became...

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New Work Requirements for Food Aid Would Deepen Hunger and Poverty, Critics Warn

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 06:47

Hundreds of thousands of older Americans could soon be at risk of losing federal food aid and falling deeper into poverty due to a provision of the new debt ceiling agreement that expands work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a change that comes as food banks across the United States are seeing demand surge. The deal that the Biden White House reached with House...

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Supreme Court “Sackett” Decision Shrinks Protections for US Wetlands

Mon, 05/29/2023 - 11:39

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in Sackett v. EPA that federal protection of wetlands encompasses only those wetlands that directly adjoin rivers, lakes and other bodies of water. This is an extremely narrow interpretation of the Clean Water Act that could expose many wetlands across the U.S. to filling and development. Under this keystone environmental law, federal agencies take the lead in...

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Bernie Sanders and William Barber Announce Rallies for $17 Minimum Wage

Mon, 05/29/2023 - 10:41

On the heels of launching an effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $17 an hour over five years, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday announced upcoming rallies to demand the pay hike in three states, where he will be joined by Bishop William Barber II. Barber — Repairers of the Breach president, Poor People’s Campaign co-chair, and founding director of the Center for Public Theology and Public...

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Climate Groups Slam Debt Ceiling Deal as “Surrender” to Big Oil

Mon, 05/29/2023 - 10:17

In exchange for an increase of the United States government’s arbitrary debt limit, the Biden administration “betrayed the American people,” one climate campaigner said Monday, by accepting a deal that requires the approval of all remaining permits for the planet-heating Mountain Valley Pipeline and weakens the government’s ability to stop further pollution-causing projects.

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Top Oil and Gas Lobby Spent More in Pennsylvania Than Other States Last Year

Mon, 05/29/2023 - 08:41

The oil and gas industry is one of the most powerful interest groups in American politics. According to OpenSecrets, oil and gas corporations spent over $125 million on federal lobbying in 2022 on top of the $11.8 million spent on federal campaign contributions. These figures highlight the industry’s influence on a federal level, but the top oil and gas industry lobbying group in the United States...

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Europe’s War Against Refugees Is Fueling the Far Right’s Ascension

Sun, 05/28/2023 - 23:07

The European Union is waging war on refugees. Italy’s far right government recently declared a state of emergency and hermetically sealed its ports. The other EU member states look the other way. In February the leaders of the 27 EU countries agreed on tougher measures to tackle “illegal migration.” This includes, above all, the mutual recognition of deportation decisions and asylum rejections and...

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One Small Union Is Stoking Much of the Militant New Graduate Worker Organizing

Sun, 05/28/2023 - 21:29

The past two years have seen a fresh wave of graduate worker militancy marked by bold strikes, new organizing drives and whopping union election victories. Indeed, the six largest union filings with the National Labor Relations Board in 2022 were all for graduate worker unions. Amid this surge, one union is showing up a surprising amount: the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America...

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