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Mitchell Zimmerman: Repeating the Year 2000 Disaster? New “Third” Party Choices Might Elect Donald Trump

November 20, 2023 – Many Americans are unhappy about the likely 2024 choice being offered them for president – Joe Biden versus Donald Trump. But two third party alternatives surfaced recently: Jill Stein of the Green Party and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who appears to be seeking the “No Labels Party” nomination. They join […]

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Bilal Baydoun: How to make America more affordable

November 14, 2023 – For the last two years, the debate on the economy has centered around inflation. After reaching a 40-year high last summer, inflation as measured by economists is now approaching normal levels. But despite the rapid slowdown, millions still feel squeezed by a decades-long affordability crisis. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans struggled […]

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Jim Hightower: Mike Johnson’s revolving door

November 8, 2023 – Hear it? What’s that sound? “Whoop-whoop-whoop.” It’s Washington’s revolving door, allowing corporate interests to come directly inside Congress to pervert public policy. That door is now spinning fast, because there’s a new boss operator in Congress. He’s Mike Johnson, who was recently unanimously chosen by Republicans to be their Speaker of […]

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B’Tselem: Abandoning basic moral principle that all were created equal is a loss of humanity

On Saturday, Hamas committed a shocking crime whose horrifying dimensions are slowly becoming clear. Hundreds of Palestinian militants entered Israeli territory and opened fire indiscriminately, killing hundreds of civilians and injuring thousands. They burned down homes with the occupants inside and kidnapped more than 100 people – including children, women and elderly people – to […]

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Ani Dasgupta: UN’s Global Stocktake Report Offers a Damning Report Card for Global Climate Efforts

WASHINGTON (September 8, 2023) — Today, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) released the Global Stocktake synthesis report, which offers the most comprehensive overview of climate action since the Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015, as well as a roadmap for governments moving forward. The first of its kind, the UNFCCC report […]

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Jim Hightower: The “No Labels” movement doesn’t stand for much, but one issue unites it: getting more money in politics, not less

July 27, 2023 – As John Mellencamp sings: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” True. And here’s an equally true twist on that aphorism: “If you stand for everything, you won’t amount to anything.” In a remarkable achievement, a newly formed political organization calling itself “No Labels” has managed to fall […]

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Paul Armentano: Cannabis laws are changing. Drug testing must change too.

Voters and politicians are reshaping America’s marijuana laws for the better. The possession and use of cannabis is now legal for medical purposes in 38 states and legal for adult recreational use in 23 of those.  Unfortunately, antiquated and discriminatory drug testing policies often haven’t kept up with these changes. It’s reasonable for employers to expect sobriety on […]

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Planned Parenthood Celebrates FDA Approval of First Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pill

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Opill, a progestin-only birth control pill, for over-the-counter use for people of all ages. Opill will be the first birth control pill offered over-the-counter in the U.S. In May, an FDA advisory committee unanimously recommended the birth control pill be made available without a […]

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Americans United denounces Supreme Court decision that undermines civil rights laws and church-state separation

Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in 303 Creative v. Elenis:  “In America, everyone should have equal access to goods and services, regardless of who they love, who they are, how they worship, or what they […]

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Center for Constitutional Rights: “Colorblindness” a mask for maintaining white supremacy as right-wing ideologues deny history of race-conscious justice

June 29, 2023 – In response to the Supreme Court ruling striking down affirmative action on college campuses, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement: This loss, while devastating, is unsurprising. The Roberts Court has arguably been the most hostile to racial justice and Black civil rights since the post-Reconstruction Plessy Court, which […]

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Michael Waldman: The ‘Independent State Legislature Theory’ Is Dead

June 27, 2023 – You’re read­ing The Brief­ing, Michael Wald­­­­­man’s weekly news­­­­­­­­­let­ter. Click here to receive it every week in your inbox. Sanity prevailed today at the U.S. Supreme Court. In Moore v. Harper, six justices issued a near total rejection of the “independent state legislature theory” — a bogus and ahistorical reading of the Constitution that would have […]

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Susan Buttenwieser: One Year After the Fall of Roe: Dobbs Ruling Has Lowered Standards of Care, Increased Health Risks

June 22, 2023 – Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade one year ago, abortion has been banned or is unavailable in 14 states and many others have enacted restrictions. Beyond even the loss of access to abortion care, these new laws have had a wide range of negative impacts on obstetric and gynecological care. Pregnant […]

Posted inOp-Ed Responds to U.S. Congress’ Egregious Debt Ceiling Bill “Compromise”

Washington D.C. May 30, 2023— Following weeks of negotiations to avoid reaching the debt “ceiling” of federal spending, US leaders released a debt ceiling bill on Sunday that majorly limits environmental and social programs and fast-tracks the completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  Jeff Ordower,’s North America Director, responded: This debt ceiling bill is […]

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Annie Laurie Gaylor: Bible behind ‘cry out’ rape rule cited in E. Jean Carroll trial

May 9, 2023 – “He raped me whether I screamed or not.” So testified E. Jean Carroll in the civil case she has filed against Donald Trump for defamation and battery about why she didn’t cry out while being raped by him.  What Carroll and others may not realize is that the “cry out” rule […]

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