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  • Nina Turner on Thom Hartmann Program: Video

    July 2017

    Nina Turner joins Thom Hartman to discuss the state of the residence, her new presidency at Our Revolution, and more. 

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  • It's Time for Medicare for All

    June 2017

    American spending on healthcare per person is more than twice the average in the world’s thirty-five advanced economies. Yet Americans are sicker, our lives are shorter, and we have more chronic illnesses than in any other advanced nation. Medicare for all would avoid all these problems, and get lower prices and better care.

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  • How to Tell if Your Reps are Serious About Climate Change

    June 2017

    In this article, Bill McKibben explains how to gauge whether state and local politicians are serious about climate change and not just riding the anti-Trump tide.

    This article originally appeared in Rolling Stone on June 26th, 2017.

     

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  • Discussion of Ideological & Legislative Responses To Terrorism

    June 2017

    At this panel discussion and press conference held in New York City on June 24th, 2017 by the Interfaith Unity for Tolerance, Representative Tulsi Gabbard joined a panel discussion about how academic and legislative responses to terrorism are complementary approaches that will provide long term and intellectual responses to terrorism.

    In a press release about the event, the IFUT said that this discussion "will lead towards nuanced understanding and informed solutions."  

    Gabbard said, “I think that there has been a concerted effort both on the part of some in the media, as well as many in politics, and many in our foreign policy establishment seem to have been advocating for a continuance of these regime change wars, really ignoring the fact of what has been the consequence of these wars in countries like Iraq and Libya and Syria, where each time we have waged these wars, [it] has resulted in the strengthening of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda or the creation of ISIS [Islamic State, IS, formerly ISIL], and it has resulted in a tremendous amount of suffering and death for the people of these countries."

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  • The Constitution Explained

    April 2017

    This article uses modern terminology to describe the meaning behind the Constitution.

    "The Constitution is often hailed as a marvel of brevity and of clarity. It was, however, written in the 18th century, and many of the ideas, concepts, words, phrases, and euphemisms seem odd to us today, if not down right foreign."

    It seeks to answer these questions: "What does it mean? What does each article, each section, say?"

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  • The Amendments Explained

    April 2017

    This article uses modern terminology to describe the meaning behind each of the Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.

    It begins with an explanation of the Bill of Rights and then through the other 17 Amedments. 

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  • The Nuclear Option: What It Is And Why It Matters

    April 2017

    Recently, the Senate Republicans used the "nuclear option" in confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. This article describes what the nuclear option is, and how and why it is used. It answers the following questions:

    What is "the nuclear option"? "The "nuclear option" is a last-resort, break-in-case-of-emergency way for the majority party in the Senate to overcome obstruction by the minority."

    Where does the name come from? "...both parties saw it as an unthinkable final recourse, just like nuclear war."

    Has the nuclear option been used before? "Majority Leader Harry Reid invoked the nuclear option to lower the 60-vote threshold to 51 for approval of Executive Branch appointees" in 2013.

    What does it mean? "Going nuclear means that future presidents of either party will have a much easier time getting their Supreme Court nominees confirmed, which could change whom they decide to appoint."

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