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Tyson Slocum: Bailed-Out Auto Industry Asks Trump’s Lobbyist Transition Team to Ease Off Rules That Save Consumers Money

Nov. 14, 2016 – Statement of Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program Note: In a letter sent Thursday, the Alliance of Automobile Manufactures asked the incoming Trump administration to roll back fuel efficiency standards. Legislation signed by Republican President George W. Bush in 2007 directed the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental […]

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Zachary Pleat: White Nationalist Who Hates Jews Will Be Trump’s Right-Hand Man In White House

President-elect Donald Trump’s first White House hire tells you everything you need to know about his commitment to his campaign’s bigoted message. Stephen Bannon, an anti-Semite who ran the white nationalist “alt-right” website Breitbart News before taking a leave of absence to become the Trump campaign CEO, will be Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor. […]

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Richard Cohen: New reality – a president-elect who has denigrated people because of their race, religion, ethnicity and gender

Nov. 9, 2016 – Today, we’re facing a new reality – a president-elect who has denigrated people because of their race, their religion, their ethnicity, their gender, and more. Our mission is to hold Donald Trump to what he is saying now – that he will be a president for all Americans and that he […]

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Robert Reich: Why We Need a New Democratic Party

Nov. 10, 2016 – As a first step, I believe it necessary for the members and leadership of the Democratic National Committee to step down and be replaced by people who are determined to create a party that represents America – including all those who feel powerless and disenfranchised, and who have been left out […]

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Ray Raphael: Can the Senate Shrink the Supreme Court?

November 2, 2016 – Ray Raphael’s The U. S. Constitution: The Citizen’s Annotated Edition (Vintage, 2016) is now available as an ebook. Among his nine previous books on the Founding Era are Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive(Knopf, 2012) andConstitutional Myths(The New Press, 2013). Two weeks ago, Senator John McCain […]

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Wenonah Hauter: President Obama’s Plan to Reroute Dakota Access Pipeline Misses the Mark

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 2, 2016 – Statement of Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch After months of unceasing pressure from peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock, people backed by unprecedented unity among North American tribes, it’s not surprising that President Obama has been forced to comment on the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. Now he needs […]

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Stephen Piggott: Why is the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Accepting an Award from an Anti-Muslim Hate Group?

Nov. 1, 2016 – The anti-Muslim think tank Center for Security Policy (CSP) announced that it will present the current Israeli ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, with its highest award at a Dec.13 ceremony in New York City. The decision by the ambassador to accept CSP’s Freedom Flame award not only further legitimizes this organization, but could […]

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Mary Meg McCarthy: Mass Incarceration of Immigrants in Sub-Standard Facilities Condemned by Judges, Organizations

CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2016 – Statement of Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center The National Immigrant Justice Center joins our colleagues at 230 immigrant and civil rights organizations in condemning the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) rapid expansion of its immigrant detention system. Twelve former immigration judges and members of the Board […]

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Jamie Rappaport Clark: Malheur: Jury Verdict Exposes Federal Lands and Workers to Renewed Attacks

PORTLAND, Ore. October 28, 2016 – The trial of seven people involved in the armed takeover of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon came to a close last night with the announcement of a jury verdict acquitting the defendants. The trial included federal charges brought against Ammon Bundy, the leader of an anti-government group […]

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Mark Trahant: The Injustice at Standing Rock Is an American Story

Oct. 28, 2016 – This morning, politics is crowded out by injustice. Every preposterous and painful image from North Dakota is another reminder of injustice: The massive military-style police occupation of Standing Rock treaty lands, the rush to protect the frantic construction schedule for the Dakota Access pipeline, and the brutal law enforcement march against people […]

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Robert Reich: Will Hillary Clinton Get America Back on Track?

Oct. 30, 2016 – The parallels are striking. In the last decades of the nineteenth century – the so-called “Gilded Age”— America experienced inequality on a scale it had never before seen, combining wild opulence and searing poverty. American industry consolidated into a few giant monopolies, or trusts, headed by “robber barons” who wielded enough […]

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Ronald L. Feinman: So You Are Considering Voting for a 3rd Party Candidate for President?

Oct. 31, 2016 – Ronald L. Feinman is the author of Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama (Rowman Littlefield Publishers, August 2015). A paperback edition is coming in March 2017. In the Presidential Election of 2016, we have two third party movements that could impact the results of the election and […]