The Answer Is: Medicare for All

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Democracy Now! on Mar 27, 2017

http://democracynow.org – On Friday, House Republicans failed to muster enough support to pass the GOP healthcare plan, which some call Trumpcare. In response, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he will soon introduce a bill to create a single-payer healthcare system. Several progressive groups are backing a single-payer system, including the Working Families Party, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee, CREDO, Social Security Works and National Nurses United. For more, we speak with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. She is a professor at CUNY-Hunter College and a primary care physician. She is also a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

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Trump is Obama’s Legacy. Will this Break up the Democratic Party? by Michael Hudson

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson, March 23, 2017
March 26, 2017

Nobody yet can tell whether Donald Trump is an agent of change with a specific policy in mind, or merely a catalyst heralding an as yet undetermined turning point. His first month in the White House saw him melting into the Republican mélange of corporate lobbyists. Having promised to create jobs, his “America First” policy looks more like “Wall Street First.”

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Chris Hedges: Casino Capitalism

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RT America on Mar 25, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the ramifications of casino culture in America with Professor Natasha Dow Schüll, author of “Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines how gambling has become our premier form of entertainment and escape.

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War And The Health Of The State: What Causes War, Part 1 by Arthur D. Robbins

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by Arthur D. Robbins
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained
March 24, 2017

War has indeed become perpetual and peace no longer even a fleeting wish nor a distant memory. We have become habituated to the rumblings of war and the steady drum beat of propaganda about war’s necessity and the noble motives that inspire it. We will close hospitals. We will close schools. We will close libraries and museums. We will sell off our park lands and water supply. [1] People will sleep on the streets and go hungry. The war machine will go on.

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Chris Hedges: Society Needs Robust Public Broadcasting + Action Alert

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RT America on Mar 23, 2017

Nominations for the 44th annual daytime Emmy awards have been released and RT America’s Chris Hedges, host of “On Contact,” was nominated to receive the prize for Outstanding and Informative Talk Show Host. He joins Ashlee Banks to explain the importance of public broadcasting and why dissident voices need airtime.

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Federal Government Squeezes Workers, Bloats Pentagon by Carl Lewis + May Day: Struggle For A Mass Strike!

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by Carl Lewis
Workers World
March 23, 2017

A recent hiring freeze for federal employees is one of a barrage of anti-worker laws and executive orders recently put forth by the Trump administration. These serve as a cover-up for gutting the people’s social safety net, on the way to implementing brutal capitalist austerity.

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The Omission of Facts, by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 22, 2017

It is not just Donald Trump whose rhetoric is chronically bereft of reality. Politicians, reporters, commentators and academics are often similarly untethered to hard facts, albeit not for narcissistic enjoyment. There are many patterns of fact, relevant to a subject being discussed, that are off the table—either consciously or because they are deemed inconvenient. Rarely are there omissions due to the facts being hard to get or inaccessible.

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Abby Martin: The Sikh Experience in America

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Mar 22, 2017

People of the Sikh faith, commonly mistaken for both Muslims and Hindus, are frequent targets of bigoted hate crimes—in fact, the first victim of post-9/11 hate crimes was a Sikh man. In 2016, attacks against Muslims—and people perceived to be Muslims, in particular Sikhs—has reached an all-time high.

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Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Parts 1-8, interviewed by Chris Hedges

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Posted previously Oct 22, 2014

Journalist Chris Hedges interviews political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, who says democracy cannot exist without continuous opposition and vigilance on the part of the citizenry.

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Richard D. Wolff: What is Capitalism and Socialism? What is Money? What is Debt Jubilee?

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acTVism Munich on Feb 21, 2017

In this interview with Professor of Economics Emeritus (University of Massachusetts), Marxist economist and founder of Democracy at Work, Richard D. Wolff, we talk to him about Capitalism and Socialism.

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The Gospel of Luke

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From Wikipedia

The Gospel According to Luke (Greek: Τὸ κατὰ Λουκᾶν εὐαγγέλιον, to kata Loukan euangelion), also called the Gospel of Luke, or simply Luke, is the third of the four canonical Gospels. It tells of the origins, birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.[1]

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Swamping the Supremes Department: No Cloture for Judge Gorsuch by Rob Hager

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by Rob Hager
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 18, 2017

Maine’s Angus King is a swing Independent Senator who caucuses with Democrats. As a former lawyer, like many of his colleagues, he cannot plead ignorance about the historic importance of his vote on the fateful Senate filibuster to deny Neil Gorsuch confirmation as Trump’s first Supreme Court appointee. Confirmation hearings for this far-right, “friendly fascist,” defender of torture, Federalist Society nominee are scheduled to begin March 20. A filibuster will follow. The key vote will come, likely in the first week of April, when Gorsuch supporters vote for cloture (i.e. termination) of the filibuster. The Republicans will need 60 votes for cloture in order to proceed to a vote on confirmation. They only have 52 votes, which is enough for confirmation but not enough to first end the filibuster.

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Chris Hedges: The Rise of American Imperialism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Mar 18, 2017

On this week’s On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the rise of American imperialism with Stephen Kinzer, author of “The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire”. RT Correspondent looks back to the beginning of America’s overseas expansion.

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Universal Basic Income–Not The Answer, Yet But Needs To Be Discussed by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
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London, England
March 17, 2017

Poverty blights the lives of billions of people throughout the world: in developing countries, where it is acute, and industrialised nations, where it’s hidden but growing. It rises out of social injustice, makes exploitation and abuse inevitable, brings death and disease, robs people of opportunity and dignity, feeds anger and resentment.

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“Making America Great” at Americans’ Expense by Ralph Nader + 2 Video Reports

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Updated: March 17, 2017, added two video reports

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Mar. 13, 2017
March 16, 2017

Donald J. Trump was a builder of casinos and high-priced hotels and golf courses. Now he is a builder of a tower of contradictions for the American people that is making “America Great” at their expense.

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