U.S. Politics

3 Arrested for Plans to Incite Violence at ‘Gun Rights’ Rally in Richmond

January 17, 2020

Three suspected neo-Nazis were arrested, accused of planning to incite violence at the upcoming gun rights rally in Richmond, VA. The state’s capitol is in a state of emergency after finding a pattern of communications sounding like the leadup to the 2017 Charlottesville rally that killed Heather Heyer.

Phase One of US-China Trade Deal Is Mostly Symbolic

January 17, 2020

President Trump says his just-signed trade deal with China is unprecedented, but it’s mostly symbolic and has little to nothing to offer ordinary Americans, says Jocobin’s Nicole Aschoff.

Report: Maryland’s Governor Used Tax Dollars to Enrich Himself

January 16, 2020

Eric Cortellessa and Lisa Snowden discuss new allegations that Larry Hogan siphoned money from public transit projects to build highways that benefited his real estate companies.

CNN Attacks Sanders in Iowa Dem Debate

January 15, 2020

The Warren/Sanders feud is splitting progressives. Can Sanders unite the working class with anti-war policies and Medicare for All?

People Want a Wealth Tax, but Many Politicians Oppose It

January 15, 2020

Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are practically the only major politicians supporting a wealth tax to reduce inequality and fund government programs, even though polling shows nearly two-thirds of Americans support it.

CLEAN Future Act Is ‘Shameful’ and ‘Greenwashing,’ say Climate Justice Groups

January 14, 2020

Democrats’ CLEAN Future Act calls for “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050 but doesn’t require a fossil fuel industry phaseout. Critics say the bill lacks ambition and ignores the short timeline for radical action dictated by climate science.

Puerto Rico Earthquakes Set Hurricane Recovery Back as Trump Denies Aid

January 14, 2020

The U.S. territory was hit with two major earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks, but local and national politics are still getting in the way of real help for the people of Puerto Rico.

US Commits Acts of War, But No One Is Asking the Hard Questions

January 14, 2020

Gen. Soleimani was an ally in the fight against ISIS, just as Saddam was an ally against Iran. Why did the U.S. turn against them?

Poverty Is the New Draft

January 14, 2020

The draft might be gone, but not everyone volunteers for the same reasons. Inconsistent access to education, healthcare, or housing means marginalized communities are systemically pushed into military service to gain those benefits–especially poor students.

Democratic Debate: Will Progressives Highlight the Cost of War?

January 13, 2020

Senators Sanders and Warren could have their best opportunity yet to argue that if the U.S. has trillions to pay for war abroad, it can invest in healthcare, education, and infrastructure at home.