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Series | Entire homelessness agency could be eliminated by Trump's budget cuts

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A homeless person sits near the White House in Washington. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

  • Shuttering the agency and cutting funds for low-income housing remind experts of Reagan’s deep spending cuts that ‘ushered in a new age of homelessness’
  • Related: When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime

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Thu 16 Mar 2017 | While much of the attention given to Donald Trump’s budget proposal has focused on dramatic cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency and the state department, amid the many cuts in the plan is the elimination of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).





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Outside in America is a year-long series on homelessness in the western US. The project focuses on people on the frontline of a devastating crisis and enables readers to take action to help solve the problem.

 





In addition, Trump’s budget would cut billions of dollars of funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which helps provide low-income housing.

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When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime, Jon Miltimore, Intellectual Takeout 
More than a dozen people were arrested in El Cajon, California, attempting to distribute food to the homeless. 

The Brutal Ways Trump and GOP Have Launched a Full-Out Assault on America's Poorest that Americans Won't Acknowledge

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  • Part 1: The Brutal Reality of Being Poor in America the Super-Rich Won't Acknowledge
    • Poverty can cost a fortune in the U.S.
  • Part 2: 4 Ways Trump and GOP Have Launched a Full-Out Assault on America's Poorest
    • Republican policies seek to punish poor Americans.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: The Brutal Reality of Being Poor in America the Super-Rich Won't Acknowledge

Poverty can cost a fortune in the U.S.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet 

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/default_310_wide/public/story_images/shutterstock_552016606.jpg?itok=fITKAoSR February 4, 2018 | The ink is barely dry on a trillion-dollar tax cut for multinational corporations, and one of its largest beneficiaries is already looking for more. Earlier this month, Bank of America announced it would be applying a $12 monthly surcharge for e-banking, a policy that disproportionately affects its poorest customers. For lower-income earners, it's merely the latest reminder that trickle-down economics don't really trickle down, and that being poor can be extraordinarily expensive.

E-banking at BOA had been free provided customers didn't use tellers and agreed to receive their monthly statements online. But effective Jan. 19, 2018, clients will have to either maintain a minimum balance of at least $1500, or receive monthly direct deposits of $250 or more to avoid a fee. According to a private report by Goldman Sachs, BOA enjoyed a $21 billion profit last year and will be paying an estimated $3.5 billion less in taxes in 2018 thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which lowered the U.S.’ corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent.

Alex Henderson's work has appeared in the L.A. Weekly, Billboard, Spin, Creem, the Pasadena Weekly and many other publications.

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Part 2: 4 Ways Trump and GOP Have Launched a Full-Out Assault on America's Poorest

Republican policies seek to punish poor Americans.

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson, AlterNet

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/shutterstock_779285617.jpg?itok=EPVwqAbZ February 2, 2018 | During the first year of the Trump administration, the word “unprecedented” has been used so many times it has almost lost its meaning. But there simply is no other word to describe this presidency. First and foremost, there is the unprecedented degree to which the administration has attacked the country’s institutions in ways that threaten the foundations of our democracy. But this first year is also unique because of the unforgiving extent to which the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress have leveled legislative assaults against poor people. 

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson is a freelance writer and a former research assistant at the Institute for Policy Studies. Her work has appeared in AlterNet, U.S. News and World Report, Equal Voice News, and Common Dreams.

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This Is What Pseudo-Democracy Looks Like

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Billionaire Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

  • The oligarchy has the power that comes with vast quantities of money. We have the capacity to organize and mobilize people. Democracy is at stake.
  • In 2018 and beyond, the last thing we need is cynicism that devolves into passivity. What’s vital is renewal of energized idealism—with realism about the obstacles to actual democracy and determination to help overcome them.
  • Related: From the Archives | “The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy.

Norman Solomon, Truthdig

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Dec 28, 2017 | Oligarchy prevents democracy. That explains the gist of why the United States became more undemocratic in 2017.

With vast income inequality and corporate power, this country’s oligarchy keeps consolidating itself—largely hidden in plain sight—normalized and embossed on the wallpaper of mass-media echo chambers. Several decades of ominous trend lines have brought us to dire tipping points.

Norman Solomon is the coordinator of the online activist group RootsAction.org. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” He is the executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.

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From the Archives | “The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy, Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

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  • Corporations have a stranglehold on both parties. Here's how it happened -- and how we take our government back.
  • Hillary Clinton Is Exposing the Dark Underbelly of the Democrats’ Money Machine

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Special Project | While Trump Was Tweeting, Week Ending February 3, 2018

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As coverage of Trump’s Twitter feed crowds out stories of what he and his regime are doing -- rolling back a number of regulations and initiatives, as well as cutting offices, budgets and staff — here’s a look at some of what the Trump administration has been up to lately.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

6 New Items including:

  • Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise
  • The Hidden Extremism Of Trump’s State Of The Union
  • Series | A Nation Under Trump: Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election?
  • Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination
  • Donald Trump and America’s Moral Crises
  • What Trump and His Team Have Wrecked So Far

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Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise, William C. Anderson, Truthout

  • The forces that pushed Donald Trump to the forefront are intrinsic to the US project, and they will not go away with him, should he be cast out.
  • Related: Special Report | Donald Trump’s first anniversary: Democracy on life support; How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?

The Hidden Extremism Of Trump’s State Of The Union, Nick Baumann, Amanda Terkel, and Jessica Schulberg, HuffPost

  • The most important part of Trump’s State of the Union address is what he didn’t say.
  • Related: We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

Series | A Nation Under Trump: Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election? Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

This is what the Republicans have learned: Their winks at racism helped keep alive some of the ugliest impulses in American culture, and all it took was someone like Donald Trump to throw a match onto the kindling. If they do not find a way to distance themselves from this man, and drive a different message to their core supporters, the fire will consume them too.

Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination, Emily Peck <>, Huffington Post

  • The White House has been trying to shut women up this whole time.
  • Related: Actresses—and Millions of Other Workers—Have No Federal Sexual-Harassment Protections

Donald Trump and America’s Moral Crises, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

  • Will Scientific and Theological Ignorance, Moral Blindness and Historical Illiteracy Triumph?
  • Related: Chris Hedges | We Are All Deplorables

What Trump and His Team Have Wrecked So Far, Karin Kamp and Kristin Miller, Moyers & Company

Here's a roundup from our "While He Was Tweeting" series.

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Series | A Nation Under Trump: Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election?

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  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 1: This is what the Republicans have learned: Their winks at racism helped keep alive some of the ugliest impulses in American culture, and all it took was someone like Donald Trump to throw a match onto the kindling. If they do not find a way to distance themselves from this man, and drive a different message to their core supporters, the fire will consume them too.

Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

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Nov 1, 2017 | Next week marks the first anniversary of the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States. In one sense, we have learned very little about the man in the past year. He governs as he campaigned: mercurial, thin-skinned, populist, ill-informed, disdainful of democratic traditions and norms, narcissistic. This is who he is and none of us should be surprised.

But, in another sense, we all have learned important things in the past year, things about ourselves and our country, as we have watched our political system bend in the strong winds of the Trump presidency. In the next few columns, I will look at what we have learned and today, I begin by asking: What have the Republicans learned?

Michael Sean Winters covers the nexus of religion and politics for NCR.

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Fed Up With Democrats, Progressives Forge Own Path

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  • Since the 2016 election, local progressive activists are organizing, strategizing, mobilizing and starting to win.
  • Related: Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party

Jim Hightower, AlterNet / Truthdig

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January 28, 2018 | Last June, after Democratic candidates had lost four straight special Congressional elections (Rob Quist in Montana, James Thompson in Kansas, Archie Parnell in South Carolina, and Jon Ossoff in Georgia), America’s purveyors of conventional political wisdom simultaneously jumped to the conclusion that the policies and message of Democrats were just too progressive for our nation of moderate-right voters. The Washington cognoscenti expressed dismay that, despite Trump’s dismal public approval ratings and the nationwide surge of “Resist!” campaigns, the hapless Democratic Party was still unable to score any electoral victories. “Why Do Democrats Keep Losing in 2017?” queried a June headline in The Atlantic. “Democrats just went 0-4. When will they win?” asked a cynical CNN reporter. “It is a bit surprising that Democrats haven’t managed a single victory yet,” declared a University of Wisconsin election expert. “Panic is setting in on the left,” exclaimed a Vox headline.

Really?

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Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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The Hidden Extremism Of Trump’s State Of The Union

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In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump downplayed or didn’t mention many of his administration’s policies. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

  • The most important part of Trump’s State of the Union address is what he didn’t say.
  • Related: We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

Nick Baumann, Amanda Terkel, and Jessica Schulberg, HuffPost

01/30/2018 | President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address was competently delivered and — for him — relatively inoffensive. The mainstream media and the television pundits will surely deem it to be a presidential moment, representative of yet another pivot to the center.

But one speech does not erase Trump’s record. The speech’s banality — its embrace of optimism and platitude — is a mask. Do not be fooled: Political extremism, divisive rhetoric and bizarre behavior have characterized the first year of Trump’s presidency and underlie many of the harmless-sounding proposals he talked about Tuesday night.

Nick Baumann, Senior Enterprise Editor, HuffPost 

Amanda Terkel, Washington Bureau Chief, HuffPost

Jessica Schulberg, Foreign Affairs Reporter, HuffPost 

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We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change, Paul Street, Truthdig

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A new book of essays by leading political analysts delves into the social and historical forces that produced our 45th presidency.
 

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“You're F*cked': How Pouncing on Mistakes Helps the Right Escape Moral Responsibility

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  • I’ve argued before that the right wants to muddy up moral distinctions when it’s their actions that are under scrutiny. They say, in effect, “nobody’s perfect” in order to minimize their sins and even to excuse treasonous actions.
  • Related: When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime

Jonathan Malesic, Religion Dispatches

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December 20, 2017 | If you make a mistake, another mistake, there is a very severe possibility that you’re both going to get shot,” says a cop to the man and the woman lying face down on the floor of a hotel hallway. It’s a video, with the camera sitting on the shoulder of another cop who has an AR-15 rifle trained on the man, making the scene look like a first-person shooter game.

The woman follows the hyper-specific orders—“You are to push yourself up to a kneeling position…. Crawl toward me”—and gets handcuffed. A moment later the man, wearing a T-shirt and nylon shorts, no shoes, is crawling on the carpet as the cop demands. He’s sobbing and seems drunk. “Please do not shoot me,” he asks. As he crawls, he’s trying to keep his left foot crossed over his right foot, exactly as the cop told him to.

Then he makes another mistake, and the police, true to their word, immediately gun him down.

Jonathan Malesic is a writer in Dallas. He is the author of Secret Faith in the Public Square: An Argument for the Concealment of Christian Identity (Brazos Press, 2009). His essays on religion, work, and education have appeared in The New Republic, America, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and other publications. He has a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia and is currently writing a book about the spiritual costs of the American work ethic.

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When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime, Jon Miltimore, Intellectual Takeout 

More than a dozen people were arrested in El Cajon, California, attempting to distribute food to the homeless. 

 

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