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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.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Wayne Hornicek for this contribution.

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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

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Vet%20with%20Prosthetic%20Leg.jpgNov 15, 2018 | A former secretary of the department discusses its achievements.
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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

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Millian%20Fists%20%7C%20Illusion_0.jpg Nov. 20, 2018 | Let’s get real about fixing voting. There are some things Democrats can do now in the states, and there are some they can do the next time they control the House, Senate and White House.

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

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Tom%20Stiglich%20%7C%20Political%20Nausea%20Bag%20copy_3.jpgWith midterm elections 20 days away, it’s never been more important to expose voter suppression efforts—and to overcome them.
  • 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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