As we kick off Women’s History Month, it’s easy to feel like history is repeating itself — in more ways than one.

This week in OtherWords, Domenica Ghanem points out that the GOP is repeating the debt ceiling stunt it pulled a little over a decade ago, trying to cut social spending by taking the entire economy hostage.

This time, Domenica writes, they’re targeting programs that have been critical for helping women survive the pandemic, an economic slowdown, and inflation. Combined with their attacks on reproductive health, Domenica writes, they’re “using their old playbook to renegotiate women’s place in the economy.”

Will they get the last word? Domenica answers: “There’s no way I’m letting a few old men and an imaginary story about the debt ceiling put another glass ceiling over my future.”

Also this week, Svante Myrick calls on all Americans to speak out against the alarming rise in anti-Semitism, which is emboldening a dangerous fringe that threatens the rights of everyone.

Finally, Broadband technician Britni Cuington explains why America’s broadband expansion should be built with union labor. And Jim Hightower reports on Norfolk Southern’s political hijinks in Ohio, which made a rail disaster all but inevitable.

New This Week….

This Women’s History Month, We Won’t Renegotiate Our Place in the Economy | Domenica Ghanem
Out of touch lawmakers are rolling out economic plans that would set women back generations. Not this time!

All Communities Must Speak Out Against Anti-Semitism | Svante Myrick
As far-right violence against Jewish people rises, the Jewish idea of an “eruv” can teach us all to enlarge our humanity.

Let’s Get Broadband Done the Right Way | Britni Cuington
As our country finally invests in broadband, we need to make sure the job gets done right — by skilled union workers, not low-wage contractors.

Before Norfolk Southern Poisoned Ohio, It Poisoned the Statehouse | Jim Hightower
The company plied state lawmakers with cash and lobbied against common sense rail safety measures.

Cartoon: The Other Palestinians | Khalil Bendib
Biden’s been slow to respond to the Ohio rail disaster, but right-wing media is asking all the wrong questions.

In Case You Missed It…

Rail Workers Warned Us: Greed Is Dangerous | Rebekah Entralgo
Following derailments across the country, rail workers have a solution to the nation’s rail crisis: public ownership.

A Health Care Cliff is Coming | LT Talarico
I’m one of 18 million Americans who could soon lose Medicaid access. Here’s how to keep people from falling over the edge — and how to fight back.

Embrace the Mess | Sonali Kolhatkar
Women can reject the pressure to maintain spotless homes year-round and focus on what really matters to us.

Credit Card Holders Get Protection from Fraud. Shouldn’t EBT Users, Too? | Evette Clemons
My kids and I deserve the same consumer financial protections that higher-income Americans get.

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