December 2017

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Koch Network To Launch Multimillion-Dollar Campaign To Try To Convince Americans To Support The New Tax Plan

By Tarini Parti This piece originally appeared on Buzzfeed The political network affiliated with billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch will launch a multimillion-dollar campaign to sell the just-passed GOP tax plan to voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. The network, which is funded by hundreds of wealthy GOP donors, has already spent more than $20 million this year on pushing the bill — a top priority, which it worked on closely with the Trump administration. Network officials say they will continue to make significant investments early in the new year for a “a full-scale nationwide education campaign” on …

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Top Republicans are already talking about cutting Medicare and Social Security next

The idea of cutting popular programs in an election year has vulnerable Republicans asking, why not infrastructure? By Tara Golshan This piece originally appeared in Vox As Republicans turn the final corner on their tax bill, top GOP leaders have already identified their next frontier for 2018: a push to enact sweeping budget cuts on programs the poorest Americans depend on. House Speaker Paul Ryan and other top Republican leaders, fresh off a tax bill that is estimated to add at least $1 trillion to the national debt, are already sounding the alarm about an out-of-control deficit problem. Their targets …

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Warren and Sanders: Who Is Congress Really Serving?

By Elizabeth Warren & Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The New York Times WASHINGTON — Over the past year, Republicans have made their priorities clear. Their effort to repeal Obamacare would have left tens of millions of people without health insurance. Now Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, wants to ram through an enormous tax giveaway to the wealthy before seating Doug Jones, Alabama’s newly elected Democratic senator. The Republican agenda on health care and taxes may be popular with wealthy campaign donors, but it is widely disliked by the American people. It’s no wonder why. Despite a …

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Bernie Sanders Tells Trump to Keep His Promise on NAFTA

By Andrew Mayeda This piece originally appeared on Bloomberg President Donald Trump is finding an unlikely ally in his efforts to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement: the political left. Civil-society groups, union leaders and left-wing politicians have opposed almost everything Trump has done. But they’re urging him to stand firm in his attempt to overhaul Nafta — and face down opposition from business groups, who complain that U.S. companies will be hurt by the proposed changes. Mexico and Canada have called U.S. demands unworkable, including on regional-content requirements for cars and investor-state dispute systems. Senator Bernie Sanders, an …

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How to fix Puerto Rico’s power system

By Geoffrey Heal This piece originally appeared in Politico Months after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, most of the island’s population is still without power, an unprecedented outcome for a territory in the world’s most advanced nation. The destruction is so great that Puerto Rico effectively needs to rebuild its electric power system from the ground up, an overhaul that will cost billions of dollars. The storm’s devastation is tragic, but it also provides a rare chance to reimagine the Puerto Rican power system, currently so expensive and unreliable that it has become a major obstacle to the island’s economic …

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Sanders Statement on DNC Unity Reform Commission

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on Saturday following the fifth and final meeting of the DNC Unity Reform Commission in Washington D.C.: “The Democratic Party will not become a vibrant and successful 50 state party until it opens its doors widely to the working people and young people of our country.  I am extremely pleased that the Unity Reform Commission has begun that process, voting nearly unanimously to limit the role of super delegates along with making our caucuses and primaries more democratic. Now it is incumbent on the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws committee and the …

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