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New York Times analysis of chemical attack is solid reporting, highlights Syrian and Russian lies

The New York Times comes in for well-deserved heat on badly reported articles, like the article just before the election in which the Times went out of its way to kill emerging stories on Trump and Russia. But that doesn’t mean there’s not some terrific reporting done by the Times, and...
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Republicans want to turn effort to save coal miners into gift for coal mining companies

The bankruptcy of the nation’s largest coal companies included dumping responsibility for a large number of retired miners, many of them afflicted with black lung and other industry-related illnesses, onto health and pension funds that were already underfunded and near collapse. Though there are fewer than 50,000 coal miners currently working, there are over 89,000 on the UMWA funds. Of those, 22,000 are the responsibility of companies that have already used bankruptcy to slide out from und...

‘How is any Republican in California and New York going to vote for Trumpcare?’

Campaign Action You know how Speaker Paul Ryan and fellow Republicans keep talking about the Zombie Trumpcare as giving more power to the states to determine how they want health care to work? Like everything else they say about the plan, that’s bullshit. One of their own members wants you do know that. Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) went on All In with...

What is a ‘sanctuary city’ exactly? An immigrant rights group explains

There’s been a massive effort from popular vote loser, Donald Trump, and America’s most racist Keebler elf, Jeff Sessions, to demonize and twist sanctuary cities into lawless war zones where “bad hombres” run amok (that’s actually his cabinet, but that’s another story). The truth is that sanctuary city policies are locally decided actions that ...

Clarke’s jail body count may look good to Trump

Four jail deaths last year, including one by dehydration which has been widely reported and is in front of an inquest jury right now ?Could be just the scenario that the guy who’s being sued for inciting viole...

Lead poisoning in American children reaches frightening levels—and only half get treatment

The United States is doing a pitiful job of treating lead poisoning in children. We’ve spent decades talking about cleaning up lead but apparently we forgot that we also needed to worry about its impact on our kids. And a new report shows that the numbers are actually much worse than we thought.  Researchers at the Pub...

Cartoon: Celebrate President Trump’s first 100 days

The first 100 days milestone is largely arbitrary, but Trump made a big deal about it during the campaign. Now he’s downplaying it since it’s been such a disaster. 100 days is a blip in time when you realize Neil Gorsuch will be on the Supreme Court for probably the next thirty or forty years. ...

Republicans admit no Democrats will vote for their deficit-exploding coporate tax giveaway

Democrats just aren’t going to help Republicans blow a hole in the deficit with tax cuts that amount to a huge boon for billionaires and ...

Rob Quist speaks out in defense of Montana’s public lands

Goal Thermometer Rob Quist was recently endorsed by Montana Conservation Voters in his campaign to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Montana’s lone House seat, and he expands on ...

RESIST DAY #99: What You Can Do Today

Common Dreams staff Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe ...

‘Partial Fix’: NSA Scraps Part of Warrantless Surveillance

Andrea Germanos, staff writer The National Security Agency (NSA) has been forced to scrap one of its controversial surveillance practices, the New York Times reports Friday, a development the ACLU deemed “a partial fix.” Times reporter Charlie Savage writes that it regards “one of the most di...

Communities of Color Must Lead at People’s Climate March

Magali Sanchez-Hall On April 29th, thousands will participate in the People’s Climate March–in Washington, D.C. and all over the country–to stand up for our communities and our climate. I’ll be marching with my daughter and mother alongside other families in Wilmington, CA. Why? Because climate change starts in our neighborhoods. ...

Conservative commentator has a sad that Republicans never really wanted to repeal Obamacare

Campaign Action Byron York is not happy. He’s realizing that his Republican idols in Congress have feet of clay. That when they promised to repeal Obamacare, they didn’t really mean it. And he ...

Republican’s Ann Coulter Law Attacks free Speech on Campuses, Threatens Student Expulsion, part 2

The previous blog post introduced us to Ann Coulter’s Berkeley University speaking demanded… Some have criticized Coulter’s own approach to ...

The implosion of Trumpcare and Trump’s border wall funding cap his 100-day debacle of a debut

It’s hard to overstate just how devastating this week was to popular vote loser Donald Trump. If anything captures the implosion of Trump’s first 100 days in office, it’s the downfall of his two biggest campaign promises: building a wall and repealing Obamacare. The fact that his presidential debut culminated in total retreat on both issues reflects just how little pull Trump has demonstrated at a time when presidents are supposedly at the peak of influ...

Women, Be Warned: Trump Just Nominated Radical Anti-Choice Activist to Key HHS Post

Lauren McCauley, staff writer Staying true to his “pledge to erode the constitutional right to abortion,” President Donald Trump on Friday nominated leading anti-choice crusader Charmaine Y...

President Trump Reprises Racist ‘Pocahontas’ Insult in Speech to NRA

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Speaking before the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday, President Donald Trump reprised his racist attack on U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), calling her “Pocahontas” during a “...

Trump promises to work ‘side by side’ with the NRA, warns 2020 could bring ‘Pocahontas’

Is there a place in your home, school, or business that isn’t already covered with a gun? That can be fixed. “The eight year assault on your second amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” Trump told the members of the National Rifle Association, assuring them that they now “have a true friend and champion in the Wh...

With Support Surging, Progressives Push Pelosi on Single-Payer

Andrea Germanos, staff writer Seizing upon the now record high support for a Medicare-for-all bill, advocates for such a system are pushing House Minority Leader Nancy Peolosi (D-Calif.) to throw her weight behind the legislation. ...

Republican’s Ann Coulter Law attacks Free Speech on Campuses, Threatens Student Expulsion part 1

This is part 1 of two related stories. Actually, I forgot to post this last week, so everything has changed a little; Ann Coulter is not making a speaking appearance, but may just show up anyway to soak in the adoration of drooling fans.__________________________________________________________________________ Remember the violent student protest when Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos spoke at Berkelely? I personally don’t think right wing celebrities should be...