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As Medical Claim Denials Increase, Be Prepared to Be a Squeaky Wheel The good news from last week was that 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the Obamacare-created exchanges. The not so good news is that because most of us have to buy coverage from a private insurer, we will always have to be vigilant to make sure our medical claims get paid and that an insurance bureaucrat miles from where we live doesn't succeed in denying coverage for medically necessary care. Read the Full Story
Bernie Sanders Warns Americans Are Losing Faith In The Political System MANCHESTER, N.H., April 12 (Reuters) - Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders warned that a growing number of Americans were losing faith in the political system at a New Hampshire site that often hosts presidential primary debates. But he said he is "many, many months" away from deciding on a White House run. Read the Full Story
Bernie Sanders Raises Battle Cry Against Citizens United: "I Vote for Democracy!" Citizens United is not just the default reference for US Supreme Court decisions—including the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling—that have ushered in a new era of corporate dominance of American elections. It’s the name of the conservative group that encouraged Chief Justice John Roberts and the most activist Court majority in American history to tear the heart out of what were already weak campaign finance laws. Read the Full Story
Bernie Sanders seeks to pull Democrats left in 2016 primary WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders has been calling activists and traveling the country with a question: Could he vault from his US Senate seat representing what is fondly called the People’s Republic of Vermont to the White House? His next stop in search of an answer is the first presidential primary state of New Hampshire, where this weekend he plans to bring his campaign complaint about America becoming an “oligarchic society.’’ Read the Full Story
Nurses and lawmakers resume push for financial transactions tax WASHINGTON (PAI)--Saying it would raise money, curb speculators and force the financial finaglers who caused the Great Recession to partially pay for its impact on you and me, National Nurses United and the Congressional Progressive Caucus relaunched their drive for a financial transactions tax. Read the Full Story
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Thoughts on a Bernie Sanders Run ... if the candidate has a real mass base, is building a broad progressive front around a clear, transformational program, and sees the candidacy as one step in a multitiered process, then it might be worth going for it. Read the Full Story
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Congresswoman Speier: The Deadline for Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment Should be Removed Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) issued the following statement today after offering a joint resolution to remove the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA was introduced into every Congress between 1923 and 1972, when it finally passed and was sent to the states for ratification upon three/fourths approval. Congresswoman Speier’s joint resolution has 109 original co-sponsors. Read the Full Story
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How Social Security Was Saved The release of the White House’s 2014 budget in April 2013 was a stomach-churning occasion for American seniors who depend on Social Security. In an effort to woo the austerity-now crowd, President Barack Obama included in his proposal a new formula to calculate Social Security cost-of-living adjustments: the chained consumer price index, or chained CPI. Presented as a harmless technocratic fix, chained CPI would have hit America’s retirees in the pocketbook by reducing their Social Security cost-of-living increases. Read the Full Story
Put the right to vote into the Constitution Monday morning I woke up — not with Georgia — but with Selma on my mind. Selma bears witness to the bloody and murderous struggle to end discrimination in voting on the basis of race. The demonstrations there led directly to President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Read the Full Story
Bernie, if you care about the climate, don’t run for president as an independent Are you feeling frustrated by the lack of action in Washington on the biggest problems facing the nation, such as economic inequality and climate change? Are you tired of watching a moderate Democratic president stuck in stalemate with Republicans in Congress? Read the Full Story
Gov. Jerry Brown heckled by protesters opposed to fracking Gov. Jerry Brown faced protests at the state Democratic Party convention Saturday from crowds of progressives opposed to fracking, even as he attempted to make the case that California has led the country on climate change and renewable energy issues. "The challenge facing California is not just drought today; it's climate change, now and forever," said Brown, as dozens of party activists holding "Another Democrat Against Fracking" signs rushed to the front of the hall and stood in their seats at the Los Angeles Convention Center, yelling their opposition to the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to expand natural gas production. Read the Full Story
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The Progressive Movement Continues to Mature and Grow In case you hadn't noticed, the debt ceiling was raised several days ago, so quietly that it barely made a ripple in the press. No threats of shutting down the government or hostage-taking emanated from Senator Mitch McConnell -- or from his even more radical right-wing cronies in the House -- this recent go around. Read the Full Story
TPM Interview: The Brown Grad Student Who Chased The NRA Out Of Rhode Island Sam Bell is in the third year of a PhD program in geology at Brown University. Geology as in rocks. But Bell also moonlights as the the state coordinator of The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, the state affiliate of the 10-year-old Progressive Democrats of America. And in his work with The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, Bell was instrumental to the investigation that ultimately led to the National Rifle Association paying the second largest campaign finance fine in the state's history. Read the Full Story
What a Victory: How a $40 Million Attack on the Middle Class Went Up in Smoke It’s debt ceiling time, and the United States economy is once again on the brink, held hostage by extremists hell-bent on forcing cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Oh, wait. That was last year. In 2014, for the first time in three years, the vote to extend the nation’s debt ceiling did not bring the United States to the brink of default in a high-stakes game of slash and burn. Read the Full Story
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Historic Rally Challenges Fracking Export Industry in Maryland Protesters march against LNG export terminal and 'planet-wrecking vision of new fracking wells, pipelines, and compressors'.A natural gas export terminal being proposed near a small coastal town in Maryland would increase toxic gas fracking operations around the region, hurt the environment, speed up climate change, and do little for "energy independence" in the United States, campaigners warned at the "the largest environmental protest in Baltimore history" on Thursday. Read the Full Story
The United States of Poverty and Inequality New report shows that no matter which state you live in, the 1% are making even more gains as the rest fall back Over the last three decades the wealth of the nation's very richest 1% has grown ten times that of the average worker and over that time period that same tiny elite has captured more than half of the entire income increases, leaving the bottom 99% to divide the remaining gains. Read the Full Story
Preserve social programs that work I started a chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America in Springfield a few years ago. Since then our chapter has grown to include the Greater Springfield Area. At an event last fall in front of U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin’s office we had 75 folks attend from various unions and organizations, many of them traveling from Normal, Bloomington, Peoria, Jacksonville, Morrisonville and Champaign. Read the Full Story
Conversations with Great Minds P1 - Rep Keith Ellison - My Country 'Tis of Thee Congressman Keith Ellison(D-MN, 5th District) / Author of the new book, My Country 'Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future joins Thom Hartmann. Read the Full Story
We Need To End the Disastrous Failure Of The War On Terror America's military adventures have fueled a global explosion of terrorism and a historic breakdown of law and order. Twelve years into America's "war on terror," it is time to admit that it has failed catastrophically, unleashing violence, war and instability in an "arc of terror" stretching from West Africa to the Himalayas and beyond.  Read the Full Story
Hated on the Left, the TPP Draws Conservative Foes “The President said, if you like your health insurance, you can keep it,” says Curtis Ellis of the American Jobs Alliance, a small conservative group based in Virginia that opposes the outsourcing of U.S. jobs overseas. “Now essentially, with Obamatrade, he’s saying, if you like your job, you can keep it.” Read the Full Story
Healthcare: A right or a privilege? Dr. Conrad Flick, noted North Carolina family physician, recently appeared on a panel discussion on healthcare conducted by the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. During that forum Dr. Flick raised a nagging question. Read the Full Story
JESSE JACKSON: Response to President Obama's 2014 State of the Union Address The country seems turned off and tuned out to the Congress, politics generally and the federal government in particular. The good news is the emerging grass-roots movement exemplified by The Dreamers and the burgeoning campaign among low income workers around the nation, offering a clear challenge to the political gridlock, the inaction and non-work by Congress. Seeking to respond to this grassroots energy and to combat the frustration many people are feeling around the country, President Obama presented an optimistic tone, an uplifting message and a new plan of action to move America forward. Read the Full Story
Harry Reid: Fast Track Free Trade Bill Goes Nowhere WASHINGTON -- The fast track trade bill introduced in the Senate last week will go nowhere anytime soon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday. Read the Full Story
The Price of Fracking: Earthquakes, Explosions, & Water Contaninmation Politicians and energy industry enthusiasts have touted fracking as the path to US energy independence, while environmentalists have battled against the proliferation of fracking and the resultant damage to the Earth. Despite environmental concerns, 18 states have jumped onto the fracking bandwagon (map.) Read the Full Story
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image Bernie Sanders Raises Battle Cry Against Citizens United: "I Vote for Democracy!"
image Bernie Sanders seeks to pull Democrats left in 2016 primary
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image GOP’s shameful treatment of the powerless
image Thoughts on a Bernie Sanders Run
image With McCutcheon Ruling, An Activist Court Opts for Full-On Plutocracy
image Could This Tax on Wall Street Turn Back America’s Tide of Inequality?
image Congresswoman Speier: The Deadline for Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment Should be Removed
image The Pentagon's Phony Budget War
image How Social Security Was Saved
image Put the right to vote into the Constitution
image Bernie, if you care about the climate, don’t run for president as an independent
image Gov. Jerry Brown heckled by protesters opposed to fracking
image 2 Million People Cut Off Unemployment Benefits
image The Progressive Movement Continues to Mature and Grow
image TPM Interview: The Brown Grad Student Who Chased The NRA Out Of Rhode Island
image What a Victory: How a $40 Million Attack on the Middle Class Went Up in Smoke
image Green Army gathers in Louisiana, worries oil and gas industry
image Historic Rally Challenges Fracking Export Industry in Maryland
image The United States of Poverty and Inequality
image Preserve social programs that work
image Conversations with Great Minds P1 - Rep Keith Ellison - My Country 'Tis of Thee
image We Need To End the Disastrous Failure Of The War On Terror
image Hated on the Left, the TPP Draws Conservative Foes
image Healthcare: A right or a privilege?
image JESSE JACKSON: Response to President Obama's 2014 State of the Union Address
image Harry Reid: Fast Track Free Trade Bill Goes Nowhere
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2 Million People Cut Off Unemployment Benefits

2 Million People Cut Off Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON – The number of people who have lost their unemployment benefits as a result of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program’s expiration has surpassed two million this week, according to...

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A middle-finger salute for the fracking king

A middle-finger salute for the fracking king

Rex Tillerson is mad. In fact, Fracking Mad. This 61-year old farmer from Bartonville, Texas is another victim of Big Oil's fracking boom that has invaded people's homes and lives from...

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Egyptian Police Detain, Assault, & Deport Peace Activist Med…

Egyptian Police Detain, Assault, & Deport Peace Activist Medea Benjamin

On route to a women’s conference in Gaza, Code Pink founder and peace activist Medea Benjamin was detained by Egyptian police and held in an airport prison cell for several...

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CODEPINK Co-founder Medea Benjamin Detained, Brutally Attack…

CODEPINK Co-founder Medea Benjamin Detained, Brutally Attacked and Deported from Egypt en route to Gaza with International Delegation of Women

CODEPINK Co-founder Medea Benjamin Detained, Brutally Attacked and Deported from Egypt en route to Gaza with International Delegation of Women

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Commentary: Time for Illinois to turn the page on coal

Commentary: Time for Illinois to turn the page on coal

As Illinois finds itself once again in the throes of a short-term coal rush with devastating health and environmental consequences, it’s time to finally turn the page on the past...

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Fracking Illinois: As State Falters, County Vote to Ban Frac…

Fracking Illinois: As State Falters, County Vote to Ban Fracking Gains Support -- And Media Blackout

As the national media puts the spotlight on the "FrackGate" public relations scandal in Ohio, where state officials worked to "marginalize opponents of fracking by teaming up with corporations--including Halliburton--business...

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Should Sierra Club Endorse Coal Rush/Fracking Gov. Quinn -- …

Should Sierra Club Endorse Coal Rush/Fracking Gov. Quinn -- Or Call Out Environmental Disaster?

Is it enough for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and state treasurer candidate Mike Frerichs to hustle today to purge their campaigns of tainted coal industry contributions from a growing mine...

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The Progressive Movement Continues to Mature and Grow

The Progressive Movement Continues to Mature and Grow

In case you hadn't noticed, the debt ceiling was raised several days ago, so quietly that it barely made a ripple in the press. No threats of shutting down the...

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TPM Interview: The Brown Grad Student Who Chased The NRA Out…

TPM Interview: The Brown Grad Student Who Chased The NRA Out Of Rhode Island

Sam Bell is in the third year of a PhD program in geology at Brown University. Geology as in rocks. But Bell also moonlights as the the state coordinator of...

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Will Virginia be the First State to Ratify Equal Rights Amen…

Will Virginia be the First State to Ratify Equal Rights Amendment in the 21st Century?

Today SJ 78, a bill to ratify the stalled Equal Rights Amendment, was placed on the docket of the Elections subcommittee in the Virginia House. Could this signal GOP support...

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What a Victory: How a $40 Million Attack on the Middle Class…

What a Victory: How a $40 Million Attack on the Middle Class Went Up in Smoke

It’s debt ceiling time, and the United States economy is once again on the brink, held hostage by extremists hell-bent on forcing cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Oh, wait....

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Green Army gathers in Louisiana, worries oil and gas industr…

Green Army gathers in Louisiana, worries oil and gas industry

The recently established Green Army has been raising a lot of eyebrows (and anxiety) in the ranks of the oil and gas industry. "We are under attack from these people,...

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Holder's Speech on Felon Disenfranchisement: A Step Forward …

Holder's Speech on Felon Disenfranchisement: A Step Forward or Just Lip Service?

Attorney General Eric Holder this week called on states to do away with arcane laws that prohibit more than 6 million felons, most of whom are people of color, from...

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Historic Rally Challenges Fracking Export Industry in Maryla…

Historic Rally Challenges Fracking Export Industry in Maryland

Protesters march against LNG export terminal and 'planet-wrecking vision of new fracking wells, pipelines, and compressors'.A natural gas export terminal being proposed near a small coastal town in Maryland would...

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The United States of Poverty and Inequality

The United States of Poverty and Inequality

New report shows that no matter which state you live in, the 1% are making even more gains as the rest fall back Over the last three decades the wealth of...

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'Citizens Won Today': Judge Strikes Down Nebraska's Keystone…

'Citizens Won Today': Judge Strikes Down Nebraska's Keystone XL OK

In a victory for opponents of the Keystone XL, a local judge on Wednesday struck down a law that would allow the tar sands pipeline to pass through Nebraska, the Associated...

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Illinois Residents Stand Up to Peabody Coal at Historic EPA …

Illinois Residents Stand Up to Peabody Coal at Historic EPA Hearing: Will AG Madigan Bring Justice to Rocky Branch?

Outnumbering Peabody Energy supporters more than four to one among those willing to make public comments, outraged residents, farmers and former miners expertly broke down the inconsistencies and errors in...

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Deadline Looms: ERA Ratification Assigned to Judiciary Commi…

Deadline Looms: ERA Ratification Assigned to Judiciary Committee in AZ Legislature

Rep. Victoria Steele’s (D-9) bill to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (HCR2016) was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee late last week. (You’ll remember that mid-week, I reported it was...

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With 22 Military Veterans Killing Themselves Everyday, Canna…

With 22 Military Veterans Killing Themselves Everyday, Cannabis University Trains Vets to Grow, Sell and Advocate for Pot Medicine

Robinson was luckier than many vets, 22 of whom take their own lives every day in the U.S. according to a study released bythe VA. He found relief in an alternative...

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How One Box Locks Thousands Of Americans Out Of Employment A…

How One Box Locks Thousands Of Americans Out Of Employment And Into A Life Of Crime

Christopher Williams believes that one little box changed the trajectory of his life. Williams has been to prison more than once. When he was inside, he tried to prepare himself for...

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Biden Remark Casts Doubt on Pillar of U.S. Trade Agenda

Biden Remark Casts Doubt on Pillar of U.S. Trade Agenda

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Friday acknowledged that Congress will not grant President Obama fast-track trade promotion authority, which analysts say is critical to the president’s...

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Uphill Battle: Rep. Victoria Steele Introduces Bill to Exten…

Uphill Battle: Rep. Victoria Steele Introduces Bill to Extend ERA Ratification Deadline

There is an ideological perfect storm brewing in the Arizona Legislature. A memorandum supporting extension of the ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has been assigned to a...

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Illinois Strip Mine Showdown is Last Best Hope

Illinois Strip Mine Showdown is Last Best Hope

When besieged residents, already choked by toxic coal dust, face off with Peabody Energy officials on Feb. 18, in Harrisburg, at an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) hearing for a five-year strip mine...

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