Democrats are finally initiating a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. This week in OtherWords, I try to parse why the Ukraine scandal tipped the scales where other scandals didn’t.

Meanwhile, as Democrats debate single-payer health care and the GM strike continues, Negin Owlaei says that GM’s decision to cut off insurance payments for striking workers shows why labor unions, and all workers, would benefit from Medicare for All.

Also this week, Diallo Brooks argues that candidates have turned a major corner on racial justice issues. Linda Armitage reports from Chicago on the movement for a radical homes guarantee. And Jim Hightower likens the climate striker to the Boston Tea Party.

And if you didn’t catch it last week, don’t miss Tracey Aikman’s dispatch from Indiana on the Midwestern workers that have grown weary of Trump’s promises while he gives tax breaks to companies that outsource.

New This Week…

The Case for Impeachment Goes Beyond Ukraine | Peter Certo
Democrats need to take Trump’s crimes against people and the planet as seriously as those against Joe Biden.

No One Should Have to Bargain for Their Health Care | Negin Owliaei
As the GM strike shows, employers use their workers’ health as a bargaining chip. Medicare for All would end that.

We Need a Homes Guarantee — Now | Linda Armitage
In the wealthiest country in world history, we can and we must guarantee that everyone has a home.

A Turning Point On Racial Inequity | Diallo Brooks
Presidential candidates are finally feeling the pressure to talk about structural racism. The rest of us should, too.

The Climate Strike Is the New Boston Tea Party | Jim Hightower
Politicians think the climate problem will go away if they can make the protesters go away. They’re wrong — and they can’t.

Vaping Is Dangerous* | Khalil Bendib
Maybe we’re banning the wrong kind of cartridge.

In Case You Missed It…

President Trump: I’m One of the Workers You Lied To | Tracey Aikman
Trump keeps giving tax breaks and federal contracts to companies that send Midwestern jobs — like mine — out of the country.

What the Felicity Huffman Scandal Says About America | Jessicah Pierre
Low-income parents risk jail time for putting their kids in better public schools, while the rich bribe colleges to shut the less affluent out.

Fighting for Health Care in America’s Forgotten Towns | Savannah Kinsey
Life expectancy in my Western Pa. town is on its way down. But there’s hope — if we fight harmful myths about poverty.

To Make Vaping Safer, Legalize Cannabis | Paul Armentano
Absent legalization, the feds can’t regulate the vaping contaminants that seem to be making pe

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