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  • Donald Trump Is From Mars So, let me see if I’ve got this right. North Korea has been pushing its ally China to rein in the United States. Pyongyang is worried that Washington is about to launch a preemptive attack, so it has tried to use whatever minimal amount of influence it has to persuade China to use its considerable economic ...
  • Trump’s Huge Failure After promising to “repeal and replace Obamacare on day one ,” Donald Trump suffered an ignominious rejection on day 64. True to form, Trump took no responsibility for the defeat of the Republican plan (the American Health Care Act)  but, instead, blamed Democrats. Trump had attempted a “full-court press” to secure passage of his ...
  • Elevating Palestinians It was 40 years ago that I co-founded the Palestine Human Rights Campaign (PHRC) and wrote “Palestinians, the Invisible Victims.” I was concerned that in the American mind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had been reduced to a simple equation: Israeli humanity versus the Palestinian problem. When most Americans thought of the conflict they were able imagine Israelis ...
  • 11 Vibrant Recipes To Ring In Spring At last, spring has sprung! Birds, buds, butterflies — and, most importantly, a new slew of fresh seasonal produce: crisp asparagus, bright berries, sweet peas, fresh mint, and more. From Strawberries & Oranges in Citrus Syrup to Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, these recipes are a delicious way to welcome the warmer weather. 1. Strawberry ...
  • It’s Time For A Single-Payer Healthcare System We have had “Obamacare” and now the Republicans have fallen short in replacing it with “Ryancare” (a.k.a. “Trumpcare”). Both plans have their unforgiving and deep critics and enemies. I think that it is time to adopt the healthcare system that Canada and most other nations have: a single-payer healthcare system. A single-payer healthcare system will be ...
  • Centering Gender Justice In 2017: Nuggets Of Wisdom From Audacious Activists As 45 and his minions attempt to divide and conquer, women of color, nonbinary conforming folk, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and every other vulnerable group are uniting and drawing on their collective strengths and experiences to fight back. They are knitting together a resilient, transformative movement for justice led by the most impacted, rooted in love, ...
  • Friday Talking Points — On The Wrong Track And Headed For You Never were the words of the Grateful Dead so fitting in the world of politics. “Trouble ahead, trouble behind” is indeed a perfect description of the spot Paul Ryan and Donald Trump found themselves in today. Because Casey Jones faced precisely the same no-win situation, and it didn’t work out so good for him, either. Switchman ...
  • Am I Finally Done With White Guys? By Collier Meyerson Whenever I’m standing on a subway platform, I play this game: I hover near a person I think is cute and try to slowly make my way over to him so we get in the same car. When we do, I look his way every so often to see if he’s staring back, ...
  • Trump’s ‘Beachhead’ Teams Host Dozens Of Former Lobbyists by Ashley Balcerzak and Niv Sultan Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has been mired in questions about his investments in the healthcare industry. As it turns out, some of the people helping him get grounded at the department are also prompting questions about their ties with the industry. Lance Leggitt, a lobbyist at Baker Donelson ...
  • We Must End TB By 2030 “From the Indian Prime Minister to the Russian President, from the Indonesian Vice President to the First Lady of Nigeria, from Ministers of Health from South Africa, Thailand and Belarus to people asking for their rights to diagnosis and treatment ― is TB finally getting the political attention and visibility it needs and deserves?” Ending TB ...
  • The Human Limits Of A Superhuman Single Gay Dad This post originally appeared on Gays With Kids. Written by Michael Lambert. After decades of fostering at-risk children in Missouri, Allen Bangs adopted two kids — a brother and sister. In the next three years, he adopted four more. Experience the incredible journey of one out father’s struggle to create a family — and keep it ...
  • NIAID Is Dedicated To Saving The Lives Of People With TB Originally published on niaid.nih.gov Statement of Christine F. Sizemore, PhD., Richard Hafner, M.D., and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesNational Institutes of Health Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s most devastating infectious diseases. March 24th marks the day in 1882 when German microbiologist Robert Koch announced he had discovered Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the ...
  • Earth Without Art Is Just Eh Eh, according to Merriam-Webster, is used to ask someone to repeat something, which makes, “Eh?” an appropriate response to the President’s FY18 budget blueprint to eliminate funding for The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Established in 1965, the NEA is an independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in ...
  • News Roundup for March 24, 2017 Comin at ya, it’s the Friday news blues. 1. Trump gave an ultimatum to the GOP telling them to either vote on the AHCA or Obamacare stays. Seems like he doesn’t really give a shit, right? More here. 2. Hundreds of people are feared dead after two boats carrying refugees capsized in the Mediterranean. Why is this ...
  • House Of Lies function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); It wasn’t fake news and couldn’t be called that; we all watched it together. FBI Director James B. Comey, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, said that neither the FBI or the Justice Department had any information that President Barack Obama ever ordered Donald Trump’s phones tapped at Trump Tower. ...
  • Tuberculosis And ‘Failure’: Who Should Bear The Label? Graciella* waited until she left the clinic before dissolving into tears. “I don’t understand how this happened,” she weeps, “I just don’t understand it.” Graciella had gone to the health center early that morning—skipping a day of work that she could ill-afford—with a kernel of hope in her heart.  After all, she had spent the ...
  • Trumpcare: An Indirect Cut To Social Security Over 2.8 million Social Security beneficiaries are under the age of 65. Claiming benefits at the earliest possible age, 62, or not long after means that those beneficiaries will have smaller monthly Social Security benefits for the rest of their lives than people who have the luxury and resources to delay. But most have no ...
  • Natural Resource Reform At Home – Not Walls – Will Stem The Tide Of Migrants The answer to stemming the flow of migrants from troubled countries is not concrete walls and stricter laws – as British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump would have us believe. There’s no silver bullet to this complex challenge, but a more promising solution is to help improve the economy and rule ...
  • Let’s Imagine A TB-Free World For the first time since tuberculosis (TB) surfaced centuries ago, we can see the possibility of living in a TB-free world. Unlike other global health diseases, TB is curable. What TB lacks is the political will to provide resources to prevent and treat TB and support for research to find even more effective diagnostic tools. ...
  • Defund Islamophobia Now While a commitment to standing with the Muslim community against Islamophobia is as important as ever, words are meaningless if not backed up in real ways that reflect this commitment. That means definitively opposing all forms of Islamophobia. Yesterday, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago (JVP-Chicago) and the Network Against Islamophobia (NAI), a project of national JVP, released ...