National Politics


Is Obama’s Confidence in America Misplaced?

Posted January 12, 2017 by

Was Obama Soothing His Base Rather Than Firing it Up? Listening to President Obama’s Farewell Address, I wished I could forget that his long list of accomplishments had been routinely denounced by his  successor, Donald Trump. America had a chance
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Celebrating President Obama’s environmental legacy

Posted January 12, 2017 by Margie Alt

PROTECTING OUR PLANET FROM THE WORST IMPACTS OF GLOBAL WARMING “From the Climate Action Plan to investing in renewable energy and setting strong fuel economy standards and forging the historic Paris Climate Agreement, President Obama’s unprecedented leadership on cutting global
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Berkeley's first protected intersection opened the week before Christmas. Video still: Bike East Bay

The Rise of Protected Intersections in the U.S.

Posted January 5, 2017 by Michael Andersen

The country’s newest major bike-lane innovation is very young. But so far, it’s spreading faster than the protected bike lane did. Protected intersections — a clever way to rearrange traffic so that people on bikes and cars no longer have
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VA Undersecretary for Health David Shulkin

Will Trump Jeopardize VA Prostate Research?

Posted January 3, 2017 by Suzanne Gordon

President-elect Donald J. Trump will soon announce his pick for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and his nominee should honor the phenomenal research that the Veterans Health Administration provides. VHA research — the nicotine patch, the first implantable cardiac pacemaker, the
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Linda Dardarian, Anderson Cooper and Lainey Feingold

60 Minutes Slams ADA, Boosts Trump Agenda

Posted December 6, 2016 by Lainey Feingold

On December 4th, 60 Minutes aired a 13 minute story on “drive by lawsuits” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The segment, which followed a puff piece on Paul Ryan, questioned lawsuits filed by three lawyers, two of them being
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Wedging Trump

Posted December 5, 2016 by Leighton Woodhouse

Anthony Scaramucci — his friends call him “the Mooch” — is a blow-dried, gold ringed hedge fund trader straight out of Central Casting. Last summer, when Donald Trump dismissed finance people like him as parasitic swindlers who “move around papers,”
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Maria Elena Durazo on the Coming Immigration Wars

Posted December 1, 2016 by Bobbi Murray

Bobbi Murray, Capital & Main Maria Elena Durazo knows about immigrant workers, labor and civil rights. She has been the hospitality union UNITE HERE’s General Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity since 2014. Before that she was the
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