Commentary

Paradise Papers, Says Sanders, Expose ‘Rapid Movement Toward International Oligarchy’ 

(COMMON DREAMS) Jessica Corbett, November 13, 2017 — “The major issue of our time is the rapid movement toward international oligarchy,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared in a statement to the Guardian on Monday, which noted that “Sanders’ intervention in the debate sparked by the Paradise Papers marks the most prominent political response to the leak in […]

Three Richest Americans Now Own More Wealth Than Bottom Half of US Combined: Report

(COMMON DREAMS) Jake Johnson, November 13, 2017 — In the United States, the 400 richest individuals now own more wealth than the bottom 64 percent of the population and the three richest own more wealth than the bottom 50 percent, while pervasive poverty means one in five households have zero or negative net worth. “All combined, households […]

Bernie Sanders Explains His Plan to Fix a Broken Democratic Party

(COMMON DREAMS) Jake Johnson, November 13, 2017 — Following a massive wave of progressive victories in elections throughout the U.S. earlier this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) argued in a Politico op-ed on Friday that the Democratic Party must embrace “fundamental reforms” and “welcome into its ranks millions of working people and young people” if it is […]

Countries agree on Pacific trade pact that excludes U.S. – POLITICO

(POLITICO)  Michael Tatarski, November 13, 2017 — DA NANG, Vietnam — Top trade officials from the 11 remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed on a bare-bones plan to bring the pact into force without the United States, according to a joint statement provided to POLITICO by the Chilean government. The move came one day […]

Steven Mnuchin: Secretary of the Treasury for the .01% | By Nomi Prins

(COMMON DREAMS)  Nomi Prins, November 7, 2017 — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin doesn’t exactly come across as the guy you’d want in your corner in a playground tussle. In the Trump administration, he’s been more like the kid trying to cop favor with the school bully. That, at least, is the role he seems to have taken […]

Warren and Sanders Deliver 3-Minute Takedown of GOP’s Pro-Billionaire Tax Scam

(COMMON DREAMS) Jake Johnson, November 5, 2017 — In a video released shortly after House Republicans unveiled a tax plan they claim “is for the middle class families in this country who deserve a break,” Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) argued—consistent with independent analyses—that the GOP’s proposals would in fact primarily reward large corporations […]

Fake News Alert: Media Conglomerates Convince FCC That Facebook Can Replace Local News Stations

(THE INTERCEPT) Lee Fang, November 5, 2017 — IN A RULING seen as a major win for the largest media conglomerates in the country, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the Main Studio Rule, a 77-year-old regulation that required local television and radio broadcasters to maintain physical studios in the communities they serve. The Tuesday vote, along party lines, […]

Was Democratic Primary Rigged Against Sanders? Warren Says Definitively ‘Yes’

(COMMON DREAMS)  Jake Johnson, November 5, 2017 — When asked by CNN‘s Jake Tapper in an interview on Thursday if she believes the 2016 Democratic primary was “rigged” in favor of Hillary Clinton against Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gave a definitive one-word answer: “Yes.” Tapper’s question came in response to the bombshell piece by former […]

Poll: Sanders defends title as ‘most popular’ senator 

(THE HILL) Avery Anapol, October 31, 2017 — Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) continues to hold the title as the nation’s most popular senator, according to the latest Morning Consult poll. Sanders’s 71 percent approval rating among home state voters is the highest out of any senator, but slightly less than his 75 percent approval rating in July’s poll. According to […]

Vance Faces Write-In Challenger as Weinstein Scandal Mounts

(DNAINF))  Noah Horowitz | October 12, 2017 — A failed candidate for Brooklyn District Attorney has tossed his hat into the ring as a write-in candidate against Manhattan DA Cy Vance, who has come under withering fire this week for declining to prosecute disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Marc Fliedner, a left-wing former prosecutor who was knocked out […]