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We're Koched-Out On Freebees for Billionaire Polluters

On Monday, federal prosecutors announced that they were seeking a maximum sentence for former Massey Energy CEO Donald Blankenship, who was found guilty of conspiracy back in December.

How Do We Democratize Our Media?

There's a huge debate going on right now about the role of the media in American politics.

And two of the main questions are: How much is the media to blame for fueling the rise of Donald Trump? And what's the real relationship between Trump and the media?

The Climate Crisis is Upon Us.

The climate crisis is no longer a problem for the distant future. According to some of the world's leading scientists, we could face a perilous climate shift within just a few decades, rather than some far-off century.

NY Millionaires: "Raise our taxes!"

Millionaires in New York want to pay higher taxes.

In fact, 51 of those wealthy individuals felt so strongly about paying their fair share, they have signed on to a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to make their temporary high tax rates permanent.

Confirmed: Good Science IS Good Business.

Many of us have known for years that good climate science is good business. And, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has finally confirmed that obvious point.

Victory in the Atlantic!

Grassroots efforts have paid off for the Atlantic coast. The Obama Administration has reversed course on offshore drilling in that region.

Back in 2008, Congress lifted the ban on offshore drilling in the Atlantic, and just a short time later, the Obama Administration announced that they would open up that region to offshore drilling.

What Happens When Neither Political Party Answers to the Bottom 90%?

As Donald Trump leads a full-scale war against the Republican establishment and elites, particularly through his attack on both their military and their trade policies, the Democratic Party is also in a predicament of its own.

Businesses Exploit The Poor For a Buck.

If you really want to help the poor, you have to go after the businesses that exploit them.

According to a recent article over at Alternet, there are several billion-dollar industries whose sole purpose appears to be exploiting low-income families for profit. And, without some big changes to our United States Congress, scamming poor people for money will remain a lucrative business model.

Why Neither Party Can Survive the Downfall of the Working Class

Senator Marco Rubio dropped out of the Republican race on Tuesday after losing his home state of Florida to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

Go West, Young Man: Bernie’s Path to Victory and Political Revolution

So last night was pretty tough for Bernie Sanders.

Hillary Clinton won 4 of the 5 primary contests at play in Super Tuesday Number 3, and leads in a fifth contest in Missouri that’s still too close to call. She also added to her already significant lead in delegates.

How To Reduce Gun-Related Deaths In America By Over 80%

In a Pittsburgh suburb called Wilkinsburg two gunmen ambushed a backyard party one Wednesday evening recently, killing five people and injuring three more in the attack.

The shooters are still on the loose, and the attack marked the 62nd mass shooting in 2016 according to

A Key Component of American Fascism is Already in Place

Thanks to Donald Trump’s increasingly hostile and race-baiting rhetoric, the topic of fascism -- what it is and what causes it -- is once again on the minds of many Americans.

Generation Y - the hidden wealth divide.

Young Americans are now poorer than retired people. That's the stunning take away from a new study by The Guardian Newspaper, and they say that the problem not unique to the United States.

Dear Hillary… Fire Robby Mook and John Podesta

Wednesday's debate was the first debate after a surprising loss for Hillary Clinton in Michigan, and the former Secretary of State was particularly critical of Sanders on the debate stage in Miami.

The Era of Small Government is Over

Americans are finally waking up to the biggest Republican con of them all: the small government con.

Ever since the 1980s, Republicans have used a strategy former Reagan budget director David Stockman called “starving the beast.”

The thinking behind this strategy is pretty simple.

First, you cut taxes to “starve” the “the beast” (the government) of the revenue it needs to survive.

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Bus Drivers Shouldn't Pay More Taxes Than Millionaires

Way back in 1985, President Ronald Reagan outlined a very simple principle of tax fairness during a speech at Northside High School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Loopholes that allowed millionaires to pay less in taxes in bus drivers, he said, were crazy

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