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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 to produce such achievements, we would not need to invent a new formula unless the original could no longer work.
      Here is where agreement begins to break down. There are millions of Americans who have learned from history that the Founders of the nation structured a political, legal and social system derived from Enlightenment and religious ideas, which was unprecedented in several respects.

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  • 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 rapidly moving forward with efforts to target and deport immigrants already here. To advance the false narrative that the undocumented community includes an outsized and particularly dangerous set of criminals, the Administration ignores data that shows that high rates of immigration actually coincide with reduced crime rates, and that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than those born in the United States.

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  • 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. Among the more active debates: Will the currency adjust perfectly or will retail prices rise? Is the plan legal under our trade agreements? Do foreign investments take a dive?
      While all those questions are hotly debated, consensus is that the current gaming will end. "Not to worry," we are told, "that's covered." In a recent article, Marty Sullivan, chief economist at the nonpartisan Tax Analysts, was quoted saying that "the basic, fundamental structure of it seems much more resilient to gaming -- by far.

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Don't Give Me A Tax Cut That Cuts Health Care for Others

Stephen  Prince by: Stephen Prince
Abolishing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the taxes that pay for it would save rich taxpayers like me a lot of money. But it would also endanger the health care of more than 30 million ...



A First Step Towards Rebalancing The System

Morris  Pearl by: Morris Pearl, Adam Satchell, Aaron Regunberg
With inequality at historic highs in America, political and economic power has become extraordinarily concentrated in the hands of elites, who use that power to re-write the rules of the game in ...





Earth Day, The Climate Agreement And March for Science

Kathleen Rogers by: Kathleen Rogers
It's no coincidence that Earth Day, the first anniversary of the signing of the climate agreement and the March for Science are all taking place on the same day, April 22. It is the people's day. ...



Top 3 Reasons Trump Must Release His Tax Returns

Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente
President Trump claims ordinary people "don't care at all" that he's the first chief executive in more than 40 years not to release his tax returns. But a January Washington Post-ABC News poll found ...








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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 Fort Myers News-Press

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

Earth Day, The Climate Agreement And March for Science (by: Kathleen Rogers) in the Cascadia Weekly

Top 3 Reasons Trump Must Release His Tax Returns (by: Frank Clemente) in the Hagerstown Herald-Mail

Defending The Role Of Science On Earth Day (by: Jamie Rappaport Clark, Kathleen Rogers) in the Harlan Daily News

Repealing Obamacare Will Cut My Taxes -- But at Too High a Price (by: Severin Beliveau) in the Portland Press Herald



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