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Who paid for Walker’s four-city (at least) tour signing same bill?

I assume the taxpayers. First three photos below are on his personal Twitter feed; the rest on his official state feed. Direct messIn allThese Thage ...
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Polifact Fails to Adjust for Inflation, Gets Evers Rating WRONG

In its most recent column, PolitiFact Wisconsin checked the claim by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers that Scott Walker took a billion dollars from public schools. Here’s how they came down on it: In Walker’s first year as governor, he cut school aid by $426.5 million from the pre...

‘Incredible’ News as Banking Giant HSBC Ditches New Coal, Tar Sands, and Offshore Arctic Drilling Projects

Andrea Germanos, staff writer In another signal that “the era of fossil fuels is coming to a close,” Europe’s biggest bank, HSBC, announced Friday that it will no longer fund oil or gas projects in the Arctic, tar sands projects, or most coal projects. ...

350 Action and Bill McKibben Respond to Cynthia Nixon’s Climate Platform

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Bill Curry on the Move Against Public Corruption

Ralph Nader “They come by way of exploding campaign funding, lobbyists with gifts swarming over legislatures, speaking fees, revolving doors for corporatists taking key government positions to thwart law enforcement, and lucrative offers to lawmakers in anticipation of their retirement.” (Photo: Max Herman/Survival Media Agency) ...

Mitch McConnell Gets his Own Chapter in the Story of America’s Dying Democracy. And it’s Devastating

Will Bunch “The only threat he sees from the tangled politics of Trump and Mueller is the threat to the only thing that matters to McConnell anymore — his 51-49 hold on the Senate majority.” (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) ...

Trump Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ on Syria Attacks — But Whose Mission?

Andrew Bacevich “The intent of the attack was to make a statement without making a difference.” (Photo: Hassan Ammar / AP) ...

Trump Administration Undermines State Department’s Human Rights Report

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Props to 4/20 anti-violence marchers

Near UW-M today. May these kids keep on walking for all of us. ...

Marijuana Decriminalization Strides Forward as Schumer Announces New Federal Bill

Andrea Germanos, staff writer In a positive step to address the failed war on drugs, the Senate’s top Democrat, Chuck Schumer of New York, announced Friday that he will soon put forth legislation to effectively decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, calling it “the right thing to do for America.” ...

Marijuana Reform Takes Stride Forward With Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Announcement of Federal Decriminalization Bill

Andrea Germanos, staff writer In a positive step to address the failed war on drugs, the Senate’s top Democrat, Chuck Schumer of New York, announced Friday that he will soon put forth legislation to effectively decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, calling it “the right thing to do for America.” ...

Walker faces down Trump tariffs with releases, Tweet!!!

Those dairy products in your fridge come with an expiration date.Apparently there’s no deadline on cheap talk by Walker about tariffs on dairy exports to Canada Trump triggered a year ago. Trump Vows to Back U.S. Dairy Farmers in Canada Trade Spat...

Natalie Portman says, Enough!

Philip Weiss, James North “In the highly-competitive world of media and film, we can only guess what kind of courage this move has taken, not to mention the potential tensions with Israeli relatives.” (Photo:Wikimedia Commons) ...

Google’s New Chat Service Shows Total Contempt for Android Users’ Privacy

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Walker faces down Trump tariffs with releases, calls, rare Tweet!!!

Those dairy products in your fridge come with an expiration date.Apparently there’s no deadline on cheap, ineffectual campaign year talk by Walker about tariffs on dairy exports to Canada Trump triggered a year ago. Trump Vows to Back U.S. Dairy Farmers in Can...

100% Renewable Energy is Within Our Reach

Bill McKibben “What Medicare for All is to the health care debate, or Fight for $15 is to the battle about inequality, 100% Renewable is to the struggle for the planet’s future.” (Photo: Laurel L. Russwurm/flickr/cc) ...

Why Teacher Uprisings May Hit Blue States Too

Jeff Bryant “Democrats in the state legislature spent considerably more energy staving off further cuts to education, rather than pushing for bold efforts to increase funding.” (Photo: WDRB/screenshot) ...

Court’s Ruling Holding Kobach in Contempt Is Well-Deserved

Orion Danjuma “Kobach expressly promised Judge Robinson on the record that he would ensure that any voter who was previously suspended would get the same postcard notification that every other voter receives. Of course, that didn’t happen.” (Photo: Mark Reinstein/Shutterstock) ...

Public Radio’s McCarthyite Smear of Black Activists Shows Danger of Russia Panic

Adam Johnson “How Changa or Puryear discussing racism and war furthers an effort to “create chaos” is never made clear, unless stating facts about the world that are unflattering to US centers of power is now per se destructive.” (Photo: Screenshot) ...

Data Privacy Is a Human Right. Europe Is Moving Toward Recognizing That.

Sarah St. Vincent “The UN’s top human rights office concluded years ago that in order to respect the right to privacy, governments should regulate how private companies — not just police and spy agencies — treat personal data.” (Photo: TY Lim / Shutterstock ) ...