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  • The False Choice Of Working Daughters

    Liz O'Donnell by: Liz O'Donnell
    I was riding home from work on the Commuter Rail one night when the train lost power. In the dark, without the hum of the engine, I could hear every detail of my fellow passengers' conversations.
      "Listen honey," I heard a man behind me comforting his wife on the phone, "Take your mother to her doctor's appointment. This is important. If your boss seriously fires you for going, we will deal with it."
      My heart at once broke for the wife and swelled for the husband. How I could relate to her dilemma: go to work or help an elderly parent. And how grateful I was that she, absent the flexibility to both earn a living and have a life, at least had the support of an understanding partner.

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  • Senate Health Bill Slashes Medicaid to Cut Millionaires' Taxes

    Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente
    Despite slight differences, the health-care legislation under consideration in the Senate retains the same sickening goal of its House counterpart: cutting taxes for millionaires, billionaires and big corporations at the expense of working families. These bills are not about ensuring the health of working families, they are designed to increase the wealth of the lucky few.
      Twenty-two million people would lose health coverage under the Senate plan, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The savings would pay for tax cuts of $570 billion, mostly for high-income individuals and big health care companies.

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  • Trump Cuts Critical Services to Pay for Wealthy Tax Cuts

    Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente
    At a recent press conference at the U.S. Capitol, Marta Conner told reporters, "My daughter Caroline is alive because of Medicaid." Caroline suffers from Rett Syndrome, a rare, debilitating neurodevelopmental disease that prevents her from using her hands, talking, and walking.
      Marta says that Caroline has roughly 90 seizures a year and relies on 10 medications. Without her medication, Caroline would have seizures every day. Caroline's care requires hospital-grade equipment including a cough assist machine, a nebulizer, oxygen supplies, and help from nurses. Marta relies on Medicaid to pay for the substantial costs that her insurance doesn't cover.

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  • With Sessions' Sentencing Change, It's Time To End Secrecy Around Private Prisons

    Lisa Rosenberg by: Lisa Rosenberg
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced new guidelines [justice.gov] that will result in a significant increase in the prison population, directing federal prosecutors to seek the toughest penalties possible for nonviolent defendants. Those prisoners will have to be incarcerated somewhere, which is perhaps the reason for the Attorney General's February memo reversing an Obama-era directive to phase out the Justice Department's use of private prisons. While the private prison population will likely increase, taxpayers can expect little in terms of accountability in return for footing the bill for government contracts with private prison companies.

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Which Legacy Will We Choose To Bequeath To Our Children?

Hector  Garcia by: Hector Garcia
Most Americans would agree that the great achievements, which validated the claim of the American Century, must continue.
  Most might agree that, if the United States had a formula ...



Demanding Transparency And Fairness From Trump Tax Plan

Frank   Clemente by: Frank Clemente, Sarah Anderson, Jon Green
On April 15, hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in cities across the country demanding that President Trump release his tax returns.
  This modicum of transparency has been ...





Trump Administration Using Campaign Of Disinformation And Secrecy To Target Immigrants

Lisa Rosenberg by: Lisa Rosenberg
The Trump administration has yet to break ground for its promised border wall to keep the undocumented out of the United States, but by embarking on a campaign of misinformation and secrecy, it is ...



House Tax Plan Does Not Stop the Gaming

Gary Kalman by: Gary Kalman
For all the concerns raised by economists and others about the House tax plan, it is generally assumed that the proposal will reduce the gaming of the tax system by multinational corporations. ...








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The False Choice Of Working Daughters (by: Liz O'Donnell) in the Gilmer Mirror

Senate Health Bill Slashes Medicaid to Cut Millionaires' Taxes (by: Frank Clemente) in the Deseret News

Trump Cuts Critical Services to Pay for Wealthy Tax Cuts (by: Frank Clemente) in the Westerly Sun

With Sessions' Sentencing Change, It's Time To End Secrecy Around Private Prisons (by: Lisa Rosenberg) in the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Which Legacy Will We Choose To Bequeath To Our Children? (by: Hector Garcia) in the Winchester Herald Chronicle

Demanding Transparency And Fairness From Trump Tax Plan (by: Frank Clemente, Sarah Anderson, Jon Green) in the The Hill

Trump Administration Using Campaign Of Disinformation And Secrecy To Target Immigrants (by: Lisa Rosenberg) in the Augusta Free Press

House Tax Plan Does Not Stop the Gaming (by: Gary Kalman) in the The Hill

Don't Give Me A Tax Cut That Cuts Health Care for Others (by: Stephen Prince) in the Nashville Tennessean

A First Step Towards Rebalancing The System (by: Morris Pearl, Adam Satchell, Aaron Regunberg) in the Providence Journal



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