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Fight Grows to Stop Medical Debt From Destroying Patients’ Lives

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 11:09

The growing problem of crushing medical debt was raised by Senator Bernie Sanders in a national address Tuesday on the American working class. We hear from patients and discuss the fight to stop hospitals from suing patients, garnishing wages and putting liens on homes of people facing medical bills they can’t afford. We are joined by Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of Health Initiatives at the...

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As Income Inequality Skyrockets, the Rich Are Paying Less Into Social Security

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 10:03

New research shows that the proportion of wages that were subject to Social Security taxes hit a record low in 2021, as income inequality has skyrocketed and those receiving the highest incomes are paying proportionally even less into Social Security funds. According to a new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the share of earnings subject to the tax hit its lowest level in nearly 50...

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Biden’s Safer America Plan Will Harm Already Hyper-Policed Communities

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 09:42

Back in November, pollsters told us that the GOP’s fearmongering would sway voters across the nation. Thankfully, the false narrative of rising crime wasn’t enough to motivate voters to grant Republicans a “red wave.” However, the lack of a “red wave” did not mean a reversal of bipartisan investments in policing. In December, the Biden administration tripled down investment in the police by...

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Striking Faculty Demand Mental Health Support for Chicago Students

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 09:24

Salaries and hours of unpaid labor during the pandemic were on the minds of University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) faculty who showed up to the picket lines on Monday for the first day of a campus-wide strike, but professors and lecturers are demanding more than just better pay. Like educators across the country, the UIC faculty union is also fighting for better mental health resources for their...

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White House Demands McCarthy Reveal “Hidden Bargains” Made to Win Speakership

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 08:54

A deal struck by far right members of the GOP House caucus and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) to provide him enough votes to become Speaker of the House remains largely hidden, its aspects still unknown to the general public, nearly two weeks after he was appointed to the role. The way in which the American people have not been informed of the terms of the deal is problematic...

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McCarthy Appoints GOP Recipients of Fossil Fuel Cash to Environment Committee

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 08:26

A leading government accountability watchdog on Tuesday called out leaders of the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives while revealing that the 21 GOP members appointed by Speaker Kevin McCarthy to the Natural Resources Committee took a combined $3.8 million in campaign contributions from Big Oil. Oil and gas industry contributions to the 21 right-wing lawmakers range from more than...

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Online Pharmacies That Sell Abortion Pills Share Sensitive Data With Google

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 08:06

This story was originally published by ProPublica. Online pharmacies that sell abortion pills are sharing sensitive data with Google and other third parties, which may allow law enforcement to prosecute those who use the medications to end their pregnancies, a ProPublica analysis has found. Using a tool created by the Markup, a nonprofit tech-journalism newsroom, ProPublica ran checks on 11 online...

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QAnon Peddler Marjorie Taylor Greene Appointed to Homeland Security Committee

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 07:45

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, a far right Republican from Georgia who has pushed several unfounded conspiracy theories in the past, was appointed to two key committee assignments this week. The House GOP Steering Committee, which assigns Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives to the various committees that exist within that chamber, placed Greene on the House Committee on...

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38 Percent of Americans Delayed Medical Care Due to Cost in 2022, a Record High

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 14:12

New polling finds that the proportion of Americans who have delayed medical treatment due to costs has hit a record high as the pandemic rages on and it becomes harder for the working class to afford regular and emergency costs. According to Gallup, 38 percent of Americans had either put off seeking medical treatment themselves or a member of their families did so in 2022. This is a 12 percent...

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Boebert Demands Blocking of Dems From Committee for Being “Conspiracy Theorists”

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 13:15

On Saturday, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado) claimed that Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff (California) and Eric Swalwell (California) should be barred from serving on the House Intelligence Committee, saying that they are “conspiracy theorists.” Boebert is an election denier and loyalist to former President Donald Trump who has repeatedly peddled false conspiracy theories tied to QAnon. Her comments...

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MLK’s Vision Lives On in Atlanta’s Fight Against New Police Training Facility

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 13:02

“Armies of officials are clothed in uniform, invested with authority, armed with the instruments of violence & death & conditioned to believe that they can intimidate, maim or kill Negroes with the same recklessness that once motivated the slaveowner.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Protest by non-locals [organizers against Cop City] are inherently terrorism.” — Second-in-command Atlanta Police...

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For Every $1 Gained by a Bottom 90 Percenter Since 2020, a Billionaire Got $1.7M

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 12:33

While the vast majority of people were struggling to stay alive and weather economic instability during the first two years of the pandemic, the world’s richest 1 percent were thriving as the proportion of new global wealth they were capturing soared to new heights, a report reveals. Over the past decade, the global top 1 percent has taken about half of all new wealth — an already extremely high...

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Republican Arrested for Shootings on Dems’ Homes Months After His Election Loss

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 11:07

Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have arrested a Republican politician who they allege coordinated a series of gunshot attacks on the homes of Democratic lawmakers over the past two months. Solomon Pena, who lost a state House of Representatives election in November, was arrested at a condominium complex on Monday afternoon. Police arrived at the condo with a warrant, and were confronted by Pena...

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DOJ and Congress Face News Calls to Probe Trump’s Financial Ties to Saudi Arabia

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 10:54

The Justice Department and Congress are facing new calls to investigate Donald Trump’s financial ties to Saudi Arabia. The latest controversy centers on a new golf tournament owned by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign Public Investment Fund, which is chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. LIV has paid millions to golf resorts owned by Donald Trump, who has publicly supported the new league...

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White House Warns GOP Not to Tie Debt Ceiling to Social Security Cuts

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 09:51

Democrats are warning Republicans that they will not negotiate over raising the debt ceiling to avoid economic catastrophe after Republicans spent the last months warning that they may pursue cuts to key social programs by holding debt limit legislation hostage. On Friday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that Congress must pass legislation raising the debt ceiling “without...

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Students Need Emotional and Community Support, Not Cops in Schools

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 09:38

After footage of George Floyd’s May 2020 death at the hands of Minneapolis police went viral, people throughout the U.S. began to think about alternative ways to promote community safety. Public schools that employ sworn law enforcement personnel, commonly called school resource officers (SROs), came in for particular scrutiny — and for good reason. Now, however...

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Big Pharma Pushed Twitter to Hide Vaccine Equity Tweets, New Report Reveals

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 08:03

Drugmaker BioNTech and the German government pushed Twitter to “hide” posts by activists calling on Big Pharma to temporarily lift patents on Covid-19 vaccines — a move which would have given people the Global South greater access to the lifesaving inoculations, a report published Monday by The Intercept revealed. Twitter lobbyist Nina Morschhaeuser “flagged the corporate accounts of Pfizer...

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US Climate Envoy Backs UAE Oil Executive as President of UN Climate Summit

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 07:19

Progressives on Monday reacted with outrage and disbelief after U.S. climate envoy John Kerry backed the appointment of Sultan al-Jaber to lead the United Nations’ annual conference on the climate emergency, saying the CEO of the United Arab Emirates’ state-run oil company was not only qualified to preside over the summit, but that his background strengthened the case for his presidency.

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US Corporations Are Complicit in the Repression of Uyghurs

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 07:00

At the end of last year, China was rocked by a wave of protest against the government’s stringent “zero-COVID” policy. The uprising was triggered in part by a horrific fire in an apartment block in Ürümqi, the capital of Xinjiang, that killed and injured many Uyghurs trapped under lockdown in their apartments. The protests, combined with the failure of zero-COVID to stop the spread of the omicron...

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Police Evict Protesters from German Village to Clear Way for Coal Mine Expansion

Mon, 01/16/2023 - 09:51

The way was cleared for the complete demolition of the German village of Lützerath and the expansion of a coal mine on Monday after the last two anti-coal campaigners taking part in a dayslong standoff with authorities left the protest site. The two activists—identified in media reports by their nicknames, “Pinky” and “Brain”—spent several days in a tunnel they’d dug themselves as thousands of...

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