Celisa Calacal

How the mainstream media tries to convince us that Medicare for All is impossible

Despite numerous polls showing a majority of the public supports a Medicare for All, single-payer health care system, reports from mainstream media paint a different picture. In a New York Times election piece from February on the Democratic candidates’ stances on health care, Alexander Burns explains that Medicare for All “would require so much public funding and would force many people who like their existing health insurance to change plans.” Another New York Times article by Margot Sanger-Katz claims that Medicare for All “would do away with all private health insurance.” Chelsea Janes and Michael Scherer in a piece for the Washington Post even go so far as to say that moving the U.S. to a Medicare for All system could be “just as disruptive as the GOP’s push to kill the ACA.”

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Donnie Maclurcan Wants to Change the Way We Think About Money - He’s Doing That by Giving It Away

At the same time that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a net worth of $160 billion, 44 million adults in the U.S. collectively owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. The mass disparity between extravagant wealth and immense debt is, as Donnie Maclurcan calls it, both a fundamental flaw and characteristic of capitalism.

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There Is Some Surprising Progress for the Rights of Incarcerated Women

Women incarcerated in Arizona state prisons are currently allowed only 12 free menstrual pads a month and can possess a maximum of 24 pads at a time when they are on their periods, Mother Jones reports. To acquire more pads or tampons, which are not automatically provided, female inmates must purchase them, despite the low, 15-cents-an-hour base pay for Arizona prisoners.

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How to Move Beyond Shock at Sexual Harassment: Identify the Root Cause

The past three months have been a whirlwind of reckoning in nearly every sphere and industry, from Hollywood to Washington, D.C., and every place in between. Sexual harassment and assault—topics that were once hidden secrets tucked away in office cubicles and hotel rooms, only to be shared in whispers among other women—have now come to the forefront of the cultural conversation. 

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U.S. Police Killed Over 1,000 Civilians in 2017 While the News Was Watching Trump

News headlines in 2017 were primarily dominated by coverage of President Donald Trump’s administration and tense party politics. But while most of the attention was focused on the president’s antics, officers in police departments around the country killed over 1,000 civilians. 

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Lax Texas Gun Laws, the NRA and Another Horrendous Deadly Mass Shooting

A gunman opened fire Sunday at a small Baptist church in the tiny town of Sutherland, Texas, killing at least 26 people and wounding close to 30 more. 

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Georgia Tech Student's Death Is Part of a Pattern of Recent Police Violence on College Campuses

A student at Georgia Tech University was shot and killed Sunday by a campus police officer outside of a dormitory building, sparking outcry and causing demonstrations from the student body.

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Federal Judge Thwarts Conservative Efforts to Kill Ethnic Studies

An Arizona federal judge has struck down a state law banning ethnic studies programs as being racially discriminatory. The ruling was a big victory for advocates and educators who argued that the ban, passed by Republicans in 2010, unfairly targeted Latino students in the state and kept them from learning about their history. 

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Progressive Groups Fire Back After Democratic Party Puts out the Welcome Mat for Anti-Choice Liberals

Progressive groups are fighting back by forming a coalition against Democratic leaders willing to fund anti-choice candidates in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. NARAL, Planned Parenthood and Democracy for America issued a statement of principles arguing that a woman's right to choose is not up for debate in order to win votes from red-state Democrats. The growing debate exposes tension between the modern anti-choice movement, anti-choice Democrats and progressive groups that defend women's reproductive rights.

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These Two Supreme Court Cases Protect Police Who Use Excessive Force

To the dismay of Black Lives Matter activists and criminal justice advocates, juries often decline to convict police officers for excessive use of force.

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Let's Not Ignore the Real Heroes Who Saved Our Health Care System from Total Ruin

All eyes were on Arizona Sen. John McCain early Friday morning as the Senate prepared to vote on what it dubbed a “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. After a week of Senate Republicans scrambling to pass legislation resembling some form of a health care bill, legislators, the media and the public waited tensely to see how GOP moderates and potential swing-voters like Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Susan Collins and McCain would vote.

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Krugman: McCain Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Senate Republicans were adamant this week about passing a health care bill that would repeal all or parts of the Affordable Care Act and subsequently strip health care away from tens of millions people.

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Capitol Police Crack Down on Media, Order Journalists to Delete Photos and Videos

Chants of “Kill the bill, don’t kill us” echoed through the Senate visitor galleries Tuesday afternoon while lawmakers cast votes to move forward on debate surrounding the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Capitol police officers arrested a number of protesters, many of them members of the disability rights group ADAPT, and even admonished some journalists who were covering the demonstration to stop taking photos and videos.

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Trump Cites 'Tremendous Costs' for Transgender Servicemembers, When Military Spends Five Times More on Erectile Dysfunction Pills

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that transgender people would be banned from serving in the U.S. military, claiming that their service in the armed forces incurs “tremendous medical costs.”

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Trump Decrees on Twitter That Transgender People Are Now Banned from Military Service

President Donald Trump announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning that transgender people are banned from serving in the U.S. military.

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Former CIA Director Encourages Federal Officials to Refuse Any Trump Order to Fire Mueller

Former CIA director John Brennan, in a vocal and unapologetic rebuke to Trump, said White House officials should refuse orders to fire special counsel Robert Mueller if ordered to do so by President Donald Trump.

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These Top Prosecutors Are Threatening Legal Action Against Betsy DeVos

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has recently drawn criticism for lending an ear to men’s rights groups and individuals advocating for the rights of those accused of rape, causing worry that the secretary of education may roll back Obama-era guidelines on how colleges should handle sexual assault.

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Trump Is Obsessed With His Twitter Following - Too Bad Most of His Followers Are Fake

President Donald Trump loves to brag about his Twitter following. As more revelations brewed around the Trump campaign’s possible involvement with Russia, Trump tweeted on June 17 about his overall social media following: 100 million strong, or so he claims, and Twitter of course being his favorite method of communication

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Will the Federal Government Make It Illegal to Protest Israel?

A growing number of Republicans and Democrats in Congress are backing a bill that would criminalize support for the international boycott against Israel, also known as the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

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Crucial Court Case Could Spell Doom For Ethnic Studies in Public Schools

Throughout elementary school and middle school, Leo Herrera received a different kind of social studies curriculum. In addition to learning the basics of U.S. history—the discovery of America, the founding fathers, the Revolutionary War—Herrera learned about prominent Latin American activists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta and indigenous groups like the Maya and the Aztec Empire.

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Ivanka Trump Fancies Herself a Champion of 'Women Who Work' - Tell That to Her Brand's Factory Workers

Since her father took office, Ivanka Trump has attempted to position herself as a champion of #WomenWhoWork. Unfortunately, the hashtag doesn't appear to include the women toiling in substandard conditions in the overseas factories that manufacture her brand's clothing and accessories. 

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Donald Trump Is Working to Make America Whiter by Dramatically Restricting Legal Immigration

During a September 2016 campaign speech in Arizona, Donald Trump made a promise to cut back on legal immigration to the U.S. While the promise became eclipsed by Trump’s frequent attacks on undocumented immigrants—exacerbated even more once he took office and expanded the powers of immigration and border patrol officers—the president has not forgotten about his promise. Reporting from Politico now reveals Trump has been working in secrecy with two conservative senators on a bill that would make major cuts to legal immigration and adversely impact people of color.

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Jared Kushner Under Investigation for Helping Coordinate Russian Cyberattacks: Bombshell Report

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees and the Justice Department are now investigating whether the Trump campaign assisted Russia in targeting voters and spreading fake news about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

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Police Beat Black Teenager After Mistaking Her for a Larger Bald Black Male Suspect

A black teenager was confronted by police, punched by an officer and bitten by an officer’s K-9 dog after the officers mistakenly identified her for a larger bald, black man suspected of threatening people nearby with a machete.

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DeVos Meeting with Men's Rights Groups to Talk About Sexual Assault?

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plans to host meetings this week about sexual assault on college campuses and Title IX guidance. But in addition to meeting with advocacy groups for survivors of sexual assault, DeVos will also be sitting down with groups that fight to protect students accused of sexual assault. Some of these groups have a history of advocating for so-called men’s rights and dismissing sexual violence survivors.

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Donald Trump Jr. Hires Crime Mob Lawyer for Russia Investigation

Donald Trump Jr. has hired New York lawyer Alan Futerfas to represent him in ongoing investigations regarding his father Donald Trump and his potential ties to Russia, according to Reuters. Futerfas, a criminal defense lawyer, has had experience in the past representing members of organized crime mobs, particularly the GambinoGenovese, and Colombo families.

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Kris Kobach Is Wreaking Havoc on Voter Rolls, Even Without States' Cooperation

President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission, tasked with investigating vulnerabilities with the country’s voting system, may actually be driving voters to cancel their voter registration in counties across the U.S. This sudden upsurge stems from a June 28 request made by Kris Kobach, Kansas' secretary of state and vice president of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, asking states to provide their voter roll data. Kobach is seeking voters’ personal information, including their addresses and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers.

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Police Fatally Shot Three People of Color in the Same County in the Month of June Alone

Giovonn Joseph-McDade, a 20-year-old college student at Green River College, was shot and killed by a police officer on June 24 in Kent, Washington, becoming the 477th civilian and one of 119 black men fatally shot by police so far this year.

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Trump's Horrendous EPA Chief Wins Golden Padlock Award for Govt. Secrecy

As a government official, Scott Pruitt does a stellar job at keeping secrets. So far, he's evaded open record requests about his communications with the fossil fuel industry and has directed the EPA to wipe climate change data from its website.

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Trump Supporter Admits to Vandalizing Elementary School in Order to Frame 'Liberals'

A Connecticut man who scrawled anti-Trump graffiti on the walls of a local elementary school has been revealed to be a Trump supporter who intended to frame leftists with “liberal hate speech.”  

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America Is Suffering from a Plague of Deadly, Unaccountable and Racist Police Violence

A year ago on July 5, Alton Sterling was wrestled to the ground by two police officers. Moments later, he was shot and killed. The next day, Philando Castile was fatally shot by Officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop. His death was witnessed by his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her young daughter, and its aftermath livestreamed to Facebook by Reynolds. 

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