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E. coli outbreaks point to lagging implementation of landmark law.

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 / Romaine lettuce in the produce area of a market in Simi Valley, Calif. U.S. health officials linked an E. coli outbreak in several states to romaine lettuce from the Central Coastal growing regions in Northern and Central California. / Mark J. Terrill • Associated Press

  • Leverage technology to improve food safety by using produce traceability.
  • Related: The Chickenpox Vaccine Is Safe. Avoiding It Is Not. There Is No Argument.

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November 30, 2018 | The emptied-out produce shelves greeting consumers at grocery stores after the recent romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak show just how much work lies ahead to modernize the nation's food safety laws.

In retrospect, passing a landmark regulatory overhaul eight years ago was the easy part. That law, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), was signed into law in early 2011. It was rightfully heralded by the Editorial Board and other observers as providing some of the most important new consumer protections in decades. The previous food safety regulations too often dated from the horse-and-buggy era.

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The Chickenpox Vaccine Is Safe. Avoiding It Is Not. There Is No Argument. These Are Facts. Jack Holmes, Esquire

  • https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/vaxx-1542642240.jpg?resize=768:*Apparently, the percentage of kids under two who go unvaccinated in this country has quadrupled since 2001, because yeah, your doctor says they're safe, but did you read that email with the subject "FW:FW:FW:FW:FW: vaccine DEATH??"
  • Not vaccinating your kids is still a thing, somehow.

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America Is on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown

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“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” ― Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

John W. Whitehead, Activist Post

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Oct 30, 2018  | Yet another shooting.

Yet another smear of ugliness, hatred and violence.

Yet another ratcheting up of the calls for the government to clamp down on the citizenry by imposing more costly security measures without any real benefit, more militarized police, more surveillance, more widespread mental health screening of the general population, more threat assessments and behavioral sensing warnings, more gun control measures, more surveillance cameras with facial recognition capabilities, more “See Something, Say Something” programs aimed at turning Americans into snitches and spies, more metal detectors and whole-body imaging devices at so-called soft targets, more roaming squads of militarized police empowered to do more stop-and-frisk searches, more fusion centers to centralize and disseminate information to law enforcement agencies, and more government monitoring of what Americans say and do, where they go, what they buy and how they spend their time.

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute, where this article first appeared. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People  (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online.

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Special Report | Democrats Cave-in to GOP After 2018 Mid-term Elections

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  • Part 1: 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda'
  • "This is a very bad idea, House Democrats. It makes no sense whatsoever to give Republicans veto power over progressive legislation."
  • Part 2: 'This Is Political Cowardice': Fury at Schumer for Offering $1.6 Billion for Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda
  • "We need Democratic leadership who are going to have a goddamn backbone and reject this racist ideology."
  • Part 3: Left Winger Barbara Lee Loses Contested House Democratic Caucus Chair Race
  • "We are for strong border security," Schumer declared when asked about Trump's request for $5 billion in border wall funding.

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Part 1: 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda'

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"This is a very bad idea, House Democrats. It makes no sense whatsoever to give Republicans veto power over progressive legislation."

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/It%20Would%20Be%20A%20Profound%20Mistake.jpgFriday, November 16, 2018 | Nearly three-quarters of the American public and a historic number of Democratic lawmakers support Medicare for All, but the House Democratic leadership is considering using its newly won majority to impose a rule that would "recklessly betray" the grassroots forces that put them in power by making single-payer and other progressive priorities impossible to enact.

According to a list of Democratic proposals obtained by the Washington Post, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)—who is currently fighting back against efforts to prevent her from becoming House Speaker—is pushing for a rule that would "require a three-fifths supermajority to raise individual income taxes on the lowest-earning 80 percent of taxpayers."

Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: 'This Is Political Cowardice': Fury at Schumer for Offering $1.6 Billion for Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda

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"We need Democratic leadership who are going to have a goddamn backbone and reject this racist ideology."

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/ds4gcjgvsaahn7p.jpg_large.jpg?itok=vwtLS7EeWednesday, November 28, 2018 | With the brutal consequences of President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant agenda on full display after U.S. Border Patrol fired tear gas at asylum seekers in Mexico, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sparked fury from progressives and immigrant rights groups on Tuesday by telling reporters that he is perfectly willing to cede ground to the president's xenophobic policies and offer up $1.6 billion for "border security" funding in upcoming budget talks.

"We are for strong border security," Schumer declared when asked about Trump's request for $5 billion in border wall funding.

Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 3: Left Winger Barbara Lee Loses Contested House Democratic Caucus Chair Race

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The congressman from New York beat fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Barbara Lee of California.

Matt Fuller, HuffPost

11/28/2018 | In perhaps the most contentious battle for House Democratic leadership, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) beat out fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Barbara Lee (Calif.) to take the Democratic Caucus chairman position, the No. 5 spot in Democratic leadership in that chamber.
Jeffries won the race with a vote of 123-113.

With the top Democratic leadership positions uncontested, the caucus chairman position became somewhat of a proxy election for calls of new blood in leadership.

Matt Fuller, Congressional Reporter, HuffPost

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Special Project | Don’t Sell Out Veterans' Health Care

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Story 1: By Protecting Veterans' Health, You May Protect Your Own * Story 2: The V.A. in the Vanguard of Medical Care * Story 3: Five Questions For: Author Suzanne Gordon on the VA as a 'Model for American Health Care * Story 4: From the Archives | A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A.

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Story 1: By Protecting Veterans' Health, You May Protect Your Own, Suzanne Gordon, New York (NY) Times

Nov 10,2018 | I am not a veteran, nor is anyone in my family. But this year, I’m observing Veterans Day by putting a bumper sticker on my car that says “Save Our VA!” The V.H.A.’s successes are the fruit of 100 years of federal expenditures. Let’s hope that a new Congress and, eventually, a different president, will find that investment worthy of protection before it’s too late.

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Story 2: The V.A. in the Vanguard of Medical Care, Suzanne Gordon, New York (NY) Times

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Story 3: Five Questions For: Author Suzanne Gordon on the VA as a 'Model for American Health Care, Alexandra Tempus, the Progressive

Oct14,2018 | “Many liberals and progressives who don’t buy the propaganda about climate, or about education, buy the propaganda about the VA.”

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Story 4: From the Archives | A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A., Paul R. Pillar, Consortium News

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Despite promises from the Bush-43 administration that the Iraq War would pay for itself, the price tag keeps soaring with the predictable impact on V.A. hospitals struggling to care for wounded warriors. But the political solution has been to make a change at the top.
Veteran Affairs scandal in context

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The ‘Pelosi Problem’ Runs Deep

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California speaking in Des Moines, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall / AP)

  • Progressives should recognize the likely House speaker as a symptom of a calcified party hierarchy that is beginning to lose its grip.
  • Related: Democrats need to be ruthless on fixing voting.

Norman Solomon, Truthdig

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Nov 15, 2018 | Nancy Pelosi will probably be the next House speaker, a prospect that fills most alert progressives with disquiet, if not dread. But instead of fixating on her as a villain, progressives should recognize the long-standing House Democratic leader as a symptom of a calcified party hierarchy that has worn out its grassroots welcome and is beginning to lose its grip.

Increasingly at odds with the Democratic Party’s mobilized base, that grip has held on with gobs of money from centralized, deep-pocket sources—endlessly reinforcing continual deference to corporate power and an ongoing embrace of massively profitable militarism.

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Democrats need to be ruthless on fixing voting. They're paying a steep price for neglect. Jill Lawrence,  USA Today

  • https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/11/15/USAT/31a26fdb-84fe-4b94-bf02-855025e89c65-AP_Election_2018_Florida.jpg?crop=3787,2792,x136,y144&width=534&height=401&fit=bounds&auto=webpVoting reforms shouldbetop priority for all Democrats, now in states and later in Washington. What good are policy gains if you can't sustain them?
  • Related: Republicans Are Casting Doubt On Normal Election Processes For The Sake Of Winning.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression


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The Yemen Crisis, Khashoggi, and the Deadly Saudi Arms Trade

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Nora brings her four month-old son Saleh to Al Hudaydah’s main hospital. Close to half a million children and two million mothers in Yemen are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition due to the ongoing conflict., UN OCHA/Giles Clarke

  • Whatever happened to Jamal Khashoggi … is … a painful reminder of the selective nature of international outrage that the death of a single, well-connected Saudi Arabian journalist was able to spark a conversation which the deaths of thousands of Yemeni civilians could not.
  • The murder of Jamal Khashoggi has forced new scrutiny of the Saudi role in the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis. But, despite calls for a Yemen ceasefire and other posturing, no Western country has pledged to end arms sales to the kingdom.

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Elise Thomas, the Interpreter/Australia / Portside

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag_0.jpg November 3, 2018 | "Wait, let’s take a picture!” Osama Zeid al Homran shouted to his friends. In the video the boys, aged six to eleven, are laughing and joking with one another on the bus on the way to an excursion to celebrate the end of term at their school in Sa’dah, a region of Yemen bordering on Saudi Arabia.



"I tell you what I don't want to do. Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon, all these companies – I don’t want to hurt jobs. I don’t want to lose an order like that." -Trump



Hours later, Osama and at least 24 of his classmates would be dead. The bomb which killed them when it struck their school bus was a GBU-12 Paveway II, made in Garland, Texas, and sold to Saudi Arabia by Lockheed Martin in a deal approved by the US State Department.

Of the 51 people who died in the bombing on 9 August, 40 were children.

Elise Thomas is a Melbourne-based freelance journalist with an interest in humanitarian and human rights issues and the impacts of new technologies. She has studied international affairs at the Australian National University and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

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Democrats need to be ruthless on fixing voting. They're paying a steep price for neglect.

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  • Voting reforms should be top priority for all Democrats, now in states and later in Washington. What good are policy gains if you can't sustain them?
  • Related: Republicans Are Casting Doubt On Normal Election Processes For The Sake Of Winning.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

Jill LawrenceUSA Today

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Yes, Republicans are missing from that sentence. Democrats need to help themselves, not engage in another futile effort to get Republicans on board with what ought to be a no-brainer. The urgency of this cannot be overstated: It should be the top priority for every Democrat in America. Because what good are policy gains if you can't sustain them?

Jill Lawrence is commentary editor and a columnist at USA Today. A former columnist for U.S. News and World Report and Creators Syndicate, she is the author of the 2017 book "The Art of the Political Deal: How Congress Beat the Odds and Broke Through Gridlock" and a contributor to "The Surge: 2014's Big GOP Win and What It Means for the Next Presidential Race."

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Republicans Are Casting Doubt On Normal Election Processes For The Sake Of Winning. Sam Levine, HuffPost

  • By characterizing basic safeguards as illegitimate, Rick Scott and President Trump are undermining democracy.
  • Related: Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose

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Overcoming Voter Suppression, The Progress Report, Center for American Progress

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  • Check out this page from the ACLU for resources around knowing your rights and responding to voter intimidation.
  • Related: Five Truths About Voter Suppression


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Republicans Are Casting Doubt On Normal Election Processes For The Sake Of Winning

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  • By characterizing basic safeguards as illegitimate, Rick Scott and President Trump are undermining democracy.
  • Related: Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose

Sam Levine, HuffPost

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11/12/2018 07:33 | On Thursday night, two days after Election Day, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) stood on the steps of the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee and unleashed a nuclear bomb aimed at the very foundation of democracy. Scott suggested there was “rampant fraud” in the state. “No ragtag group of liberal activists or lawyers from D.C.” was going to steal the election from Floridians, the governor said.

When Scott made his comments, Florida hadn’t even hit the deadline to submit unofficial election results to the state. Scott asked the state’s law enforcement agency to investigate his allegations, but the agency quickly said there was nothing to investigate.

That hasn’t stopped President Donald Trump from continuing to insist that there was fraud in the state. There is no evidence of fraud to support his claim.

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Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest <http://evergreenedigest.org>

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Story 1: The Worst Part About Election Day: Somebody Wins * Story 2: The Midterm Elections Were A Stress Test For Democracy And It Did Not Go Well * Story 3: The Midterms Revealed the Power of Partisanship and Whiteness * How Democrats — And Republicans — Made 2018 A Blue Wave (When It Almost Wasn’t) * Story 5: Halfofwhite women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them? * Story 6: Democrats Exit Midterms Facing An Uphill Battle And A Looming Constitutional Crisis
 

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