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  • 01.11.18

    The Real News Network: Trump's Medicaid Work Requirements Punish the Poor

    In this interview with Aaron Maté of the Real News Network, Michael Lighty, Founding Fellow at the Sanders Institute and Director of Public Policy at National Nurses United explains how the new work requirements for Medicaid recipients is a punishment for people already living in poverty....

    In this interview with Aaron Maté of the Real News Network, Michael Lighty, Founding Fellow at the Sanders Institute and Director of Public Policy at National Nurses United explains how the new work requirements for Medicaid recipients is a punishment for people already living in poverty. 

  • 09.26.17

    Dr. Cornel West comments on NFL Protests on Anderson Cooper 360

    Philosophy professor at Harvard and Founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute Dr. Cornel West debates Trump supporter Paris Dennard on Tuesday's edition of CNN's 'Anderson Cooper 360' about the president's feud with NFL and what role race plays in the culture war....

    Philosophy professor at Harvard and Founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute Dr. Cornel West debates Trump supporter Paris Dennard on Tuesday's edition of CNN's 'Anderson Cooper 360' about the president's feud with NFL and what role race plays in the culture war. 

  • 06.27.17

    In the News: Ben Jealous on Single Payer Health System

    In this interview with Thomas Roberts of MSNBC, Sanders Institute Founding Fellow Ben Jealous discusses the importancee of protecting families from the AHCA and standing up for single-payer healthcare....

    In this interview with Thomas Roberts of MSNBC, Sanders Institute Founding Fellow Ben Jealous discusses the importancee of protecting families from the AHCA and standing up for single-payer healthcare.

  • 05.02.17

    Can “Trumponomics” Extend the Recovery?

    In this paper from the Real World Economics Review, Dr. Stephanie Kelton looks at the economic projections for the Trump administration. Kelton approaches "Trumponomics" (economic policies of the Trump administration) through this question: "can "Trumponomics" extend the recovery?" She argues that it will not. F...

    In this paper from the Real World Economics Review, Dr. Stephanie Kelton looks at the economic projections for the Trump administration. 

    Kelton approaches "Trumponomics" (economic policies of the Trump administration) through this question: "can “Trumponomics” extend the recovery?"

    She argues that it will not. First she examines the economy as a whole to establish whether there is room to grow, which she believes there is. Then she looks at the policies put forward by President Trump during the 2016 campaign and his stated economic goals since - she determines that President Trump's statements on economics do not conform with a "conventional ideological matrix." However, Kelton does mention a number of policies that are Reagan-esq that severely benefitted the top 1%:

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    "the benefits of the Reagan expansions went overwhelmingly to those at the top of the income distribution. Tax cuts for the wealthy, attacks on unions, cuts to programs aimed at helping the poor and an obsession with deregulation and “free markets” shifted the balance of power toward owners of capital and ushered in an era of increasing insecurity and growing inequality for the working class."

    Kelton then looks at whether "Trumponomics" can extend the recovery. She draws from a number of economic predictions that show less growth under Trumponomics than under current policies. However, she acknowleges that a number of economists are more positive.

  • 04.20.17

    How Much Can This Planet Stand?

    In this article Bill McKibben talks about the potentially disastrous effects of a policy approach to carbon emissions that ignores the science of climate change. "What I mean is, we have only a short window to deal with the climate crisis or else we forever lose the chance to thwart truly catastrophic heating." M...

    In this article Bill McKibben talks about the potentially disastrous effects of a policy approach to carbon emissions that ignores the science of climate change.

    "What I mean is, we have only a short window to deal with the climate crisis or else we forever lose the chance to thwart truly catastrophic heating."

    McKibben states that many of the aspects of President Trump's approach to energy policy will have longer term effects: "The effects will be felt not immediately but over decades and centuries and millenniums. More ice will melt, and that will cut the planet’s reflectivity, amplifying the warming; more permafrost will thaw, and that will push more methane into the atmosphere, trapping yet more heat. The species that go extinct as a result of the warming won’t mostly die in the next four years, but they will die. The nations that will be submerged won’t sink beneath the waves on his watch, but they will sink. No president will be able to claw back this time — crucial time, since we’re right now breaking the back of the climate system."

  • 04.19.17

    Tohono O'odham Nation Opposes Border Wall

    Building a wall between The United States of America and Mexico was a significant element of the Trump campaign in 2016. While there are many political arguments for and against the wall, it is important to look at the individuals whose day to day lives will be affected by the wall. This video specifically looks a...

    Building a wall between The United States of America and Mexico was a significant element of the Trump campaign in 2016. While there are many political arguments for and against the wall, it is important to look at the individuals whose day to day lives will be affected by the wall.

    This video specifically looks at the Native American nation, Tohono O'odham. It is located at the U.S.-Mexican border in Arizona with elements on both sides of the wall. In the video, individuals from the tribe describe their living situation, and why a wall along the border would change their lives. Ultimately,  they fear that the proposed President Trump border wall would not only sever their land, but also slice through their community and culture.

  • 04.07.17

    Syria's War: Who is Fighting and Why

    This video by Vox describes the complex history and alliances of the Syrian civil war. It begins with the Arab Spring protests in 2011, then describes the transition through multiple foreign powers backing the different sides, the rise of ISIS, through to the decision by the Trump administration to bomb forces rel...

    This video by Vox describes the complex history and alliances of the Syrian civil war.

    It begins with the Arab Spring protests in 2011, then describes the transition through multiple foreign powers backing the different sides, the rise of ISIS, through to the decision by the Trump administration to bomb forces related to Assad - "This is the first time that the United States has directly attacked the Assad regime."

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