National Politics


Saving Obamacare, Pelosi Earns Support in 2018

Posted March 28, 2017 by

Pelosi’s Leadership Kept Democrats in Line You know the whispering about someone like Jane Kim challenging Nancy Pelosi from the left in a 2018 Democratic primary? That challenge wasn’t happening before last week; after she saved Obamacare, anybody deeming Pelosi
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Why Is Transit Ridership Falling?

Posted March 21, 2017 by Angie Schmitt

Transit ridership took a turn for the worse in 2016. In all but a handful of cities, fewer people rode trains and buses, even in some places, like Los Angeles, that have invested significantly in expanding capacity. It’s not just
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A SF Bay Resistance training on schools

The Surprising Power of Grassroots Activism

Posted March 9, 2017 by

Strong Progressive Mix of Local, National Activism The big March 7 election wins in Los Angeles for homeless services (Yes on H) and affordable housing (No on S) further confirms: since Donald Trump’s election both local and national progressive activism
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VA Hospital in Washington DC

New Threats to Patient Safety at the VHA

Posted March 9, 2017 by Suzanne Gordon

Ever since a physician at the Phoenix VA Health Care System reported that Veterans Health Administration (VHA) administrators had been gaming data on wait times for patient appointments, VA whistleblowers have been embraced on Capitol Hill. There may be disagreement
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Trump’s distortions of crime, violence, drugs and youth

Posted March 7, 2017 by Mike Males

// How does a rigorously fact-based organization respond to President Donald Trump, who shows no interest in factual discussion of serious American issues like crime, violence, and drugs? In his February 28, 2017, address to Congress, Trump declared, “The murder
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Denisha Meriweather singled out by Trump

Trump’s Poster Girl for Vouchers?

Posted March 2, 2017 by Diane Ravitch

During his speech to Congress Tuesday night, Trump singled out a young woman in the audience as an exemplar of the benefits of vouchers. He said: “Joining us tonight in the gallery is a remarkable woman, Denisha Merriweather. As a
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Texas Congressmember Joaquin Castro Considering 2018 Senate Race

Turning 2017 Protests Into 2018 Election Wins

Posted February 23, 2017 by

Democrats Need Charismatic, Populist Candidates in 2018 Grassroots activism against Donald Trump’s agenda has exceeded all expectations. Protests, marches and rallies have reduced Trump’s popularity to historically low levels, and propelled a media frame of an administration in disarray. The
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