Commentary

Thoughts and Prayers and N.R.A. Funding

(NY TIMES) Davd Leonhard, Ian Prasad Philbrick, Stuart A. Thompson — Most Americans support stronger gun laws — laws that would reduce deaths. But Republicans in Congress stand in the way. They fear alienating their primary voters and the National Rifle Association. Below are the top 10 career recipients of N.R.A. funding – through donations or […]

Woman Dragged Out of West Virginia House Hearing For Listing Oil and Gas Contributions to Members

(COMMON DREAMS) Russell Mokhiber, February 13, 2018 — Lissa Lucas traveled the 100 miles from her home in Cairo, West Virginia to the state capitol in Charleston Friday to testify against an oil and gas industry sponsored bill (HB 4268) that would allow companies to drill on minority mineral owners’ land without their consent. Lucas began to […]

The Largest Number Of Scientists In Modern U.S. History Are Running For Office In 2018

(HUFFPOST) Alexander C. Kaufman, February 13, 2018 — More than 60 researchers and technologists are running for federal office in 2018 as part of a historic wave of candidates with science backgrounds launching campaigns. At least 200 candidates with previous careers in science, technology, engineering and math announced bids for some of the nation’s roughly 7,000 […]

Trump’s Big Buyback Bamboozle

(COMMON DREAMS) Robert Reich, February 10, 2018 — Now that the richest 10 percent of Americans own 84 percent of all shares of stock (up from 77 percent at the turn of the century), this means even more wealth at the top. Trump’s promise that corporations will use his giant new tax cut to make new investments and […]

Here Are the Democrats, 36 Senators and 73 in the House, Who Voted Just Against Dreamers

(COMMON DREAMS) Jon Queally, February 10, 2018 — Seventy-three Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 36 Democratic Senators joined with Republicans in a “dead-of-night vote” to pass a two-year spending bill that does nothing to protect immigrant communities and throws undocumented “Dreamers” under the bus, despite looming threats from President Donald Trump and the GOP […]

Accusing Facebook of ‘Effectively Banning Professional Journalism,’ Brazil’s Largest Paper Ditches Platform

(OMMON DREAMS) Jake Johnson, February 10, 2018 — Accusing Facebook of discriminating against “quality” content and accelerating the spread of “fake news” with its newly-unveiled algorithm, Brazil’s largest newspaper Folha de S. Paulo—which boasts a print and online subscriber base of 285,000 people—has announced that it will no longer publish its articles on the social media platform. […]

U.S. Deficit by President: What Budgets Hide

(THE BALANCE) Kimberly Amadeo, January 27, 2017 — Which president ran the largest budget deficits? There are two ways to answer that question. The most popular way is to add up the deficits for each year the president was in office. But a president doesn’t control the first year’s deficit. The previous president’s federal budget is still in effect for […]