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Live at Truthdig: What Is the Future of Net Neutrality Under Trump?

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An open internet is being threatened by the Trump administration: According to an article by the media-advocacy organization Free Press, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, “vigorously opposed rules [the FCC] adopted to protect the rights of internet users” when Pai worked at the FCC under Obama.

Emma Niles, Truthdig

 

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But one at-risk issue hasn’t been making headlines in the same way: net neutrality—the principle that internet service providers and governments regulating the internet should treat all data on the internet equally, without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

Emma Niles, Assistant Editor, Truthdig

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The Republican Waterloo

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  • Conservatives once warned that Obamacare would produce the Democratic Waterloo. Their inability to accept the principle of universal coverage has, instead, led to their own defeat.
  • Related: Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do

David Frum, the Atlantic

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Mar 24, 2017 | Seven years and three days ago, the House of Representatives grumblingly voted to approve the Senate’s version of the Affordable Care Act. Democrats in the House were displeased by many of the changes introduced by Senate Democrats. But in the interval after Senate passage, the Republicans had gained a 41st seat in the Senate. Any further tinkering with the law could trigger a Republican filibuster. Rather than lose the whole thing, the House swallowed hard and accepted a bill that liberals regarded as a giveaway to insurance companies and other interest groups. The finished law proceeded to President Obama for signature on March 23, 2010.

A few minutes after the House vote, I wrote a short blog post for the website I edited in those days. The site had been founded early in 2009 to argue for a more modern and more moderate form of Republicanism. The timing could not have been worse. At precisely the moment we were urging the GOP to march in one direction, the great mass of conservatives and Republicans had turned on the double in the other, toward an ever more wild and even paranoid extremism. Those were the days of Glenn Beck’s 5 o’clock Fox News conspiracy rants, of Sarah Palin’s “death panels,” of Orly Taitz and her fellow Birthers, of Tea Party rallies at which men openly brandished assault rifles.

David Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic <https://www.theatlantic.com>. In 2001–02, he was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

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Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do, elnwebmaster, the Labor Fight Back Blog

The Democrats have refused to lift a finger for a health plan that would actually benefit the people who vote for their party. It’s time for working people to tell the Democrats—and the Republicans and their demagogic President Donald John Trump—that if they refuse to provide us with a health care plan that actually benefits us, we will elect people who will, independent candidates whom we choose and who are responsible to us, not to the insurance bosses, pharmaceutical executives, and Wall Street speculators. The time is now.

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Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 5: Women No Longer Pay More For Health Care Just For Being Women

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  • Birth control and preventative care aren’t considered luxuries.
  • This piece is Part 5 of a series on Obama’s legacy that Evergreene Digest  will be publishing over the next weeks.

Laura Bassett, the Huffington Post

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Most women had to pay out of pocket for birth control, even though preventing pregnancy saves money for everyone ― including insurance companies, men and the federal government. And women were charged more than men for the same health insurance plans because they tend to have babies, visit the doctor more often and live longer.

The Obama administration was the first to treat women’s preventative health care, including birth control, as a necessity instead of a luxury. The Affordable Care Act banned insurance companies from the practice of “gender rating” and required all insurance plans to cover the full range of contraception methods and well-woman visits, without a co-pay.

Laura Bassett is a Senior Politics Reporter at the Huffington Post covering women's rights domestically and around the globe, and she is a grantee with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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Our Two Party System is Dead

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  • The duopoly is dead; and the sooner this fact registers, the better off everyone who stands to gain from (small-d) democracy will be.
  • Related: The Management of Unleashed Insanity

Andrew Levine, CounterPunch

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March 17, 2017 | The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) famously proclaimed the death of God.  Following this far more momentous precedent, it would now be fair to proclaim the death of the debilitating, semi-established duopoly party system that disables progressive politics in the United States.

The analogies are many.

Andrew Levine is the author most recently of The American Ideology(Routledge) and Political Key Words (Blackwell) as well as of many other books and articles in political philosophy. His most recent book is In Bad Faith: What’s Wrong With the Opium of the People. He was a Professor (philosophy) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Research Professor (philosophy) at the University of Maryland-College Park.  He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press).

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The Management of Unleashed Insanity, Todd Gitlin, Moyers & Company

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  • Trump perfects the role of Propagandist-in-Chief.
  • Trump’s gamble is that the ardor of the true believers can be weaponized into an assault on the doubters, knocking them back on their heels, shaking their faith in their own judgments…
  • The present situation, a regime that systematically assaults truth, is unprecedented.
  • Related: Most People Today Want to be Propagandized

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New President, Same (Criminal) Foreign Policy?

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RT speaks exclusively with American journalist held captive by Al-Nusra

Related: The Fast Track to Armageddon

Caleb T. Maupin, Greanville Post 

March 13, 2017 | Obama or Trump? New Yorkers guess which president intervened where.

New president, same foreign policy?

Caleb Maupin is a radical journalist and political analyst who resides in New York City. Originally from Ohio, he studied political science at Baldwin-Wallace College.

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The Fast Track to Armageddon, Louis René Beres, US News 

Could President Trump propel a nuclear war in the Middle East?

Divide and Rule: Class, Hate, and the 2016 Election

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We cannot fall prey anymore to the reigning message that meaningful democratic participation consists of going into a voting booth to mark a ballot once every four years and then going home to (in Noam Chomsky’s words)  “let other [and very rich ] people run the world [into the ground].”

"Republican and Democratic 'elites' are united with the capitalist elite in top-down hatred of the multi-racial working class." --Paul Street 

Paul Street, CounterPunch

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January 20, 2017 | Listen and you can hear the sneering “elite” liberal left narrative about how the big dumb white working class is about to get screwed over by the incoming multi-millionaire- and billionaire-laden Trump administration it voted into office.  Once those poor saps in the white working class wake up to their moronic mistake, the narrative suggests, they’ll come running back to their supposed friends the Democrats.

Trump Didn’t Really Win Over Working Class America: Clinton Lost it

It’s true, of course, that Trump is going to betray white working class people who voted for him in the hope that he would be a populist champion of their interests – a hope he mendaciously cultivated. But there are three basic and related problems with the scornful liberal-left storyline. The first difficulty is that the notion of a big white proletarian “rustbelt rebellion” for Trump has been badly oversold. “The real story of the 2016 election,” the left political scientist Anthony DiMaggio notes, “is not that Trump won over working class America, so much as Clinton and the Democrats lost it…The decline of Democratic voters among the working class in 2016 (compared to 2012) was far larger than the increase in Republican voters during those two elections”  If the Democrats had run Bernie Sanders or someone else with “a meaningful history of seeking to help the working class,” DiMaggio observes, they might well have won.

Paul Street's  latest book is They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, 2014)

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"Morally Obscene" Trump Budget Proposal Stands to Make America Cruel Again

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President Donald Trump in Nashville on Wednesday. Analysts said his budget proposal would hurt those voters who helped get him elected. (Photo: AP) 

  • Environment, public education, worker protections, and cultural institutions all stand to lose under Trump's "cruel" budget blueprint.
  • Related: What It Really Means To ‘Defund’ Planned Parenthood

Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | Meals on Wheels. Amtrak. Teacher training, after-school, and summer educational programs. The National Endowment for the Arts. The Appalachian Regional Commission. The National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

All these initiatives and agencies—plus many more—face cuts or wholesale elimination under President Donald Trump's proposed "skinny budget," officially unveiled Thursday. Meanwhile, the blueprint calls for increases in military spending, border and immigration enforcement, and money for charter and private schools. The Washington Post has a comprehensive breakdown, with graphics, here.

The document was variously denounced as "an all-out assault on our planet;" "dirty and dangerous;" "cruel;" and "unacceptable."

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer, Common Dreams

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What It Really Means To ‘Defund’ Planned Parenthood, Laura Bassett, Huffington Post 

  • It’s just taking away people’s options.
  • Related: The Real Reason Republicans Keep Pushing Transgender Bathroom Bans

 

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What It Really Means To ‘Defund’ Planned Parenthood

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  • It’s just taking away people’s options.
  • Related: The Real Reason Republicans Keep Pushing Transgender Bathroom Bans

Laura Bassett, Huffington Post

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The government does not cut a blank check to Planned Parenthood. The family planning provider is listed nowhere in the federal budget, and a law already prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions. Planned Parenthood is only reimbursed for the non-abortion health care services it provides to low-income women, including birth control, Pap smears, breast exams and STI tests, through Medicaid and the Title X family planning program.

Laura Bassett Senior Politics Reporter, the Huffington Post 

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The Real Reason Republicans Keep Pushing Transgender Bathroom Bans, Matt Baume, Huffington Post 

GOP politicians are  devoting a lot of thought to seats ― but not toilet seats, legislative seats. These discriminatory bills don’t protect citizens, they protect politicians. Here’s how.

 

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