Thousands Of Voters Didn’t Cast A Ballot In Wisconsin Because Of Voter ID, Study Finds

Most people who said they were daunted by the law actually had an acceptable form of ID and could have voted, the study found. By Sam Levine This piece originally appeared in The Huffington Post Wisconsin’s voter ID law discouraged as many as 23,252 people in the state’s two largest counties from voting in last year’s presidential election, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The study, based on a survey of people in Milwaukee and Dane counties who did not vote, says the law discouraged 16,801 to 23,252 people from voting. The researchers estimated that 9,001 to 14,101 people actually were …

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Trump and the GOP’s New Tax Plan Is a Giant Gift to the 1%

BY ROBERT REICH This piece originally appeared in In These Times When Barack Obama was president, congressional Republicans were deficit hawks. They opposed almost everything Obama wanted to do by arguing it would increase the federal budget deficit. But now that Republicans are planning giant tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, they’ve stopped worrying about deficits. Senate Republicans have agreed to cut taxes by $1.5 trillion over the next decade, which means giant budget deficits. Unless Republicans want to cut Social Security, Medicare, and defense, that is.  Even if Republicans eliminated everything elsein the federal budget – from education to Meals on Wheels …

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Take it From a New Mom: Universal Health Care Would Mean Freedom, Especially for Women

BY SARAH SELTZER SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 3:30 PM This piece originally appeared in Glamour Since my baby was born a year and a half ago, my husband and I have watched the majority of our recent employers in the media industry either shut down, get sold, or drastically decrease their staff. We have switched back and forth to each others’ health insurance a few times, trying to maintain stability for our family. Still, I go to bed every night worrying about insurance, especially that I am now a C-section mom, which means I have a pre-existing condition. For women—and for all parents …

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Graham-Cassidy Is Dead. Because the People Rose Up and Killed It.

Disability rights group ADAPT continued demonstrations even after news broke that Republicans will not take Graham-Cassidy bill to a vote on Senate floor. by Julia Conley, staff writer This piece originally appeared in Common Dreams Progressive groups celebrated their latest victory over the Republican-led Congress Tuesday after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not go to a vote this week as planned. The decision came a day after more than 200 members of ADAPT, the national disability rights group, stormed a hearing on the bill, chanting, “Kill the bill, don’t kill …

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Sanders: Trump tax plan is ‘morally repugnant and bad economic policy’

BY JULIA MANCHESTER – 09/27/17 11:22 AM EDT This piece originally appeared in The Hill Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ripped President Trump’s proposed tax framework on Wednesday, calling it “morally repugnant.” “At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, President Trump’s tax plan is morally repugnant and bad economic policy. The last thing we should be doing right now is providing hundreds of billions in tax breaks to the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations in this country,” Sanders said in a statement. “It is particularly obscene to repeal the estate tax that would provide a $269 billion tax break to the top 0.2 percent. …

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Sanders-Klobuchar Shred GOP Cruelty in Lopsided Debate Against Graham-Cassidy

The debate came shortly after Susan Collins announced her opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill, a blow to the GOP’s Obamacare repeal efforts that may ultimately prove to be fatal by Jake Johnson, staff writer This piece originally appeared in Common Dreams Shortly following Sen. Susan Collins’ (R-Maine) announcement that she plans to vote against the latest iteration of Trumpcare—likely dealing a death blow to deeply unpopularlegislation that was already teetering on the edge of collapse—Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) piled it on the GOP Monday night in a CNN-hosted debate against the principal architects of the floundering bill, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill …

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Bernie Sanders: Time is ripe for Medicare for all

Bernie Sanders – Sept 25, 2017 This piece originally appeared in USA Today In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare legislation that guarantees comprehensive health care to all Americans over 65 through a single-payer, federally funded health care system. This is an effective, popular program. My Medicare for All Act of 2017, with 16 co-sponsors, improves and expands Medicare and, over a four-year transition period, provides health care to every man, woman and child in our country. In doing that, the U.S. will finally join the ranks of every other major country on Earth in recognizing that health care is a right, not …

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More Republicans Now Support Free College Then Oppose It, Study Finds

Zaid Jilani September 21 2017 This piece originally appeared in The Intercept Bernie Sanders’s plan to make tuition free at all public colleges and universities is becoming a mainstream position in the Democratic Party. But the plan has appeal far beyond the Democratic faithful. A Morning Consult poll conducted in mid-September finds that a plurality of self-identified Republicans now agree with a “proposal to make four-year public colleges and universities tuition-free,” as the question is worded. Forty-seven percent of Republican respondents say they strongly or somewhat support the proposal, while 45 percent say they strongly or somewhat oppose it. Seven percent say they don’t …

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The benefits of Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare for All’ plan

By Marcia Angell   SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 This piece originally appeared in The Boston Globe Bernie Sanders is right. Given the growing costs and shrinking benefits of Obamacare, and the flame-out of “repeal and replace,” America should transition to Medicare for All. Last week he introduced his Medicare for All Act of 2017, which would do exactly that, while retaining and improving Obamacare during a four-year transition. Medicare, the current program for Americans over age 65, is a single-payer system, which means it is financed and overseen by the government, even though most providers are private. It is by far the most …

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Bernie Sanders Just Gave the Progressive Foreign-Policy Speech We’ve Been Waiting For

The senator powerfully linked domestic and foreign policy in the context of massive global inequality. By Stephen Miles This piece originally appeared in The Nation hroughout the winter and spring of 2016, Bernie Sanders challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, proudly laying out an agenda that pulled together one progressive policy plank after another. But in one important area, there was near deafening silence: foreign policy. Well, today Sanders finally delivered the speech many of us have been hoping to hear, from him or anyone else, for quite some time. In laying out a principled and bold progressive vision for …

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Republicans’ new repeal bill would probably leave millions more uninsured, new analyses suggest

Noam N. Levey – September 20th, 2017 This piece originally appeared in the LA Times The latest Republican bid to roll back the Affordable Care Act would likely leave millions of currently insured Americans without health coverage in the coming decades, and strip benefits and protections from millions more, a growing number of independent studies suggest. Healthcare safety nets in dozens of states stand to lose more than $200 billion by 2026 and hundreds of billions of dollars more in the years that follow, the analyses indicate. And while the magnitude of the coverage losses is difficult to quantify because the new GOP proposal — …

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The Senate’s Military Spending Increase Alone Is Enough To Make Public College Free

Alex Emmons September 18 2017, 11:13 p.m. This article originally appeared in The Intercept One of the most controversial proposals put forward by Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign was a pledge to make tuition free at public colleges and universities. Critics from both parties howled that the pie-in-the-sky idea would bankrupt the country. Where, after all, would the money come from? Those concerns were brushed aside Monday night, as the Senate overwhelmingly approved an $80 billion annual increase in military spending, enough to have fully satisfied Sanders’s campaign promise. Instead, the Senate handed President Donald Trump far more than …

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