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JEREMY SYMONS – Congress must stop undermining agencies that protect Americans

Only days after being sworn into office, the new 115th Congress is rushing forward an unprecedented wave of bills aimed at enfeebling the federal agencies that protect the food on our tables, the air we breathe and the roads we travel. Holding the narrowest of majorities in Congress, Republicans are unable to rewrite the bipartisan laws that created these agencies. …

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Steven Rosenfeld – Five Ways GOP Repeal of Obamacare is Taking From The Poor and Giving to the Rich

On Friday in a town hall meeting in Washington, President Obama said he would be happy to replace Obamacare with a better program but said Republican critics haven’t proposed anything that would bring better results by any objective measure. “From the very start, in the earliest negotiations in 2009, 2010, I made clear to Republicans that, if they had ideas …

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YOGIN KOTHARI – Attacking Science in Week One: How Congress is Trying to Dismantle Public Protections

You may have heard that Congress is back in session this week. The House of Representatives started off by trying to eviscerate their own independent ethics watchdog behind closed doors on a national holiday. The public noticed, raised hell, and forced the chamber to reverse course. But the absurdity in the House continues. Over the next few days, votes are …

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Obama Quietly Signs Propaganda Act to Counter ‘Fake News’ – EU to follow suit

By Graham Vanbergen – Fake news and propaganda driven by government’s and corporations is of course, nothing new. Brexit and the American election have brought the subject into sharp focus more recently as the political class have been unexpectedly losing important desired outcomes. Consequently, as TruePublica reported a week ago, in Britain, controversial laws have been introduced to stem free speech, …

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REBECCA KHEEL – Trump alarms arms-control community with nuke tweet

The arms-control community is sounding the alarm on President-elect Donald Trump calling for the United States to “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability.” “This is a how arms races begin,” warned Joe Cirincione, president of nuclear nonproliferation group the Ploughshares Fund. On Thursday afternoon, Trump tweeted that “the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such …

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Steven Jonas – The Dominant Sector of the Ruling Class Takes Full Control, Part I: A Brief History of the Ruling Class in the U.S.

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the great theoretician and leader-in-practice of socialist revolution, said, concerning the nature of “constitutional democracy” under capitalism, put it this way: “To decide once every few years which member of the ruling class is to repress and crush the people through parliament – this is the real essence of bourgeois parliamentarism, not only in parliamentary-constitutional monarchies, but …

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Deirdre Fulton – Trump Receives Right-Wing Wish List to Gut Rules on Climate, Nutrition, Wages

A wish list from the conservative House Freedom Caucus delivered to President-elect Donald Trump recommends dismantling a whopping 232 Obama administration rules and regulations that govern everything from school lunches and ceiling fans to net neutrality and the minimum wage for federal contract workers. It would overturn restrictions on oil exploration and coal extraction on federally owned land, repeal the …

Congressman Sam Johnson of the 3rd District of Texas speaks at the biannual Texas Republican Convention in Dallas. Over 5,000 delegates from across the Lone Star State heard state-wide officeholders and Texas Republican members of Congress blast the Democratic administration while advocating traditional conservative fiscal and social values. (Photo by Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images)

Dale Coberly – GOP PLANS TO GUT SOCIAL SECURITY

GOP PLANS TO GUT SOCIAL SECURITY The  Republicans have opened a new assault on Social Security.  At present all I know about it is what I read  in a Talking Points Memo by Tierney Sneed   Key House GOPer Introduces Bill With Major Cuts To Social Security . The trouble with Sneed’s article is that she does not appear to know …

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Counter-Propaganda Bill Quietly Creates US Propaganda Factory

On Thursday December 8th, the US senate quietly passed the National Defense Authorization Act ( or the ‘NDAA’ ) for the fiscal year of 2017. Basically, the NDAA is passed every year to re-approve & add to the United States’ so-called “defense” spending — which is sort of like Christmas for the officials who run the profitable death-machine called “US foreign policy.” However, many …