Rights and Democracy

This Is the Wrong Time to Cut Back on Public Housing

This Is the Wrong Time to Cut Back on Public Housing

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has answered President Trump’s call to shrink the social safety net. Carson recently offered a proposal that would triple the rent some of America's poorest families have to pay before they get housing...

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Bring Back May Day

Bring Back May Day

Most of the world recognizes May 1 — May Day — as International Workers' Day. Here in one of the few countries that doesn't, it's worth pausing to ask how U.S. workers are doing. At an event last December, Fight for $15 organizer Terrence Wise recalled "going to bed...

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‘The Art of the Deal’ Was a Lie

‘The Art of the Deal’ Was a Lie

Remember how Trump's one main virtue as a leader was excelling in "the art of the deal"? Alas, the story of Trump the brash dealmaker famously told in The Art of the Deal was — as the author has revealed — not entirely truthful. Although apparently Trump thinks that...

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A Quiet Conspiracy of Billionaires

A Quiet Conspiracy of Billionaires

The Koch brothers are oil magnates and billionaire GOP funders. They believe that their great wealth entitles them to rule over the many. For decades, they've been running a surreptitious assault on the rules that protect the majority of us from their abuse. From...

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Five Tax Myths Debunked

Five Tax Myths Debunked

Tax Day has come and gone. Maybe you have a big bill from Uncle Sam or maybe you got a fat refund. Either way, it’s easy to get lost in the noise from pundits and politicians who thrive on the tax code's complexity. This is made even harder by the right-wing groups...

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Another Counterproductive Assault on Food Stamps

Another Counterproductive Assault on Food Stamps

Once again, Republicans are taking aim at poor people. What is it this time? Adding a stricter work requirement to receive what used to be known as food stamps. (Today it's known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but that just doesn't have the same...

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It’s Time to Cut the Contractors Loose

It’s Time to Cut the Contractors Loose

How much of your paycheck do you plan to hand over to corporate Pentagon contractors this year? The average American taxpayer will have paid $14,520 in federal income taxes in 2017. And that’s not even including the taxes that every working person pays to take care of...

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Teacher Strikes Are About a Lot More Than Paychecks

Teacher Strikes Are About a Lot More Than Paychecks

Teachers across the United States are having a moment. Educators are building on the momentum from West Virginia, where striking teachers won a 5 percent pay raise for state employees. Now the protests have spread to Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and the nation’s...

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