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Trump’s War on Urban ‘Carnage’ Was a Ruse

One of President Trump’s favorite themes is what he calls “American carnage” — typified by “the violence” and “the gangs.”

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Washington's Most Beleaguered Workers Earn a Long-Overdue Break

Getting time off when you’re sick, or need to care for a new child or ailing parent, shouldn’t be a luxury enjoyed only by those who are financially well off. Yet low-wage workers in the United States — the workers who need paid leave the most — typically have this key benefit denied them.

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Fighting Racism Where White Workers Are Hurting, Too

Since 2011, Maine’s bombastic Republican governor Paul LePage has given America a taste of what it might be like to live under a Donald Trump presidency.

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Here's a Super Idea for the Climate - and Your Wallet: If You Waste Less, You Should Pay Less

On average, each person in the U.S. throws away five pounds of solid waste each day. While many eco–conscious citizens do their due diligence to recycle, compost, and reduce waste, others remain apathetic about preserving the environment.

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I Spent My Honeymoon in Prison - for a Damned Good Reason

It was a few days after my wedding. I was supposed to be honeymooning at a nearby winery with my newly minted husband, celebrating our unlikely marriage at age 55.

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Oligarchs Have Been Peddling the Idea that Poor People Are to Blame for Their Problems for Centuries

Even major American philanthropists have subscribed to this idea.

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Now the 1% Live 15 Years Longer Than the Poorest: The Death Gap's Increasing

Rich people live longer than poor people. No big news there—we’ve known that health tracks wealth for quite some time now.

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The Death Gap Between Rich and Poor Is Only Getting Bigger

Rich people live longer than poor people. No big news there — we’ve known that health tracks wealth for quite some time now.

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How Racism Sneaks Into Everyday Life

This spring, the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus has been the site of several heinous acts of racism: An Asian student was spat on and a black student received a note with obscenities and racial slurs slipped under her door.

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Trump Has Given White Supremacist Groups New Life

The staying power of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy has surprised and unsettled people across the political spectrum. Many voters who are angry about the loss of middle-class jobs and frustrated with our broken politics have rallied to Trump’s outsider campaign.

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Scalia's 'Conflict-Of-Interest Airlines' Frequent Flyer Status

How curious that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, of all places, in an exclusive West Texas hunting lodge.

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Why Do the Biggest Food Companies Want Us in the Dark About Whether Their Food Is GMO?

I’m sick of writing about labeling genetically engineered foods.

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Big Pharma Has Open Contempt for the People Who Make Them So Rich

If you wonder why Congress critters keep ignoring what the people want them to do — while doing things that people don’t want them doing — take a peek at the unique PR campaign now being run by the pharmaceutical industry.

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Meet the Billionaire Bankrolling the Latest Scam Trade Deal

A New York Times article about Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership opened with this sunny headline: “Trade Pact Would Lift U.S. Incomes, Study Says.”

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Jim Hightower: The Corporate Media Is Basically Pretending Bernie Sanders Doesn't Exist

Let’s go to the scoreboard to see who’s winning the exciting presidential election media coverage game.

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Letting Pepsi Police Itself Isn’t Very Sweet

If you drink Mug Root Beer or the apple-flavored Manzanita Sol soda, you might unwittingly become one of the first people to try a brand new artificial sweetener. The new product is called Sweetmyx 617, and PepsiCo is blending it with high fructose corn syrup to reduce the calories in these sugary drinks.

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Take That Billionaires: The Average Donation to Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Is a Soul-Saving $30

For today’s report, I have a bunch of statistics for you.

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Vengeful America Makes It Hard for Poor Ex-Felons to Eat

There’s one group of people in this country who probably get less sympathy than anyone else: felons.

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This Pizza Is How Many Calories? The Latest Fast-Food Atrocity

Let me say one word to you: Bacon.

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Here's Your Holiday Guide to Avoiding Slave Labor

Pope Francis got into the holiday spirit this year by calling on shoppers not to buy products made by modern-day slaves.

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Put Your Brain and Your Money to Better Use Than Thoughtless Gift-Giving This Christmas

‘Tis the season for mindless consumerism.

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However You Define 'Income,' the Rich Still Get Richer

How much income do America’s households take in? How much do they have left after taxes? Do federal taxes leave the nation less or more unequal?

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Berkeley Beats Big Soda

While the Republicans were busy wiping the floor with Democrats on Election Day, the citizens of Berkeley, California were making history.

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Drug-Testing For Food Stamps Shames the Less Fortunate

Thanksgiving is an occasion when we gather with our families for festive meals. It’s also a time when many of us donate to help the less fortunate celebrate with their families.

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Hightower: Toxic, Mud-Slinging Campaign Ads Make Voters Stay at Home

When five Supreme Court justices decreed that corporations are entitled to full free speech rights in our elections and that corporate money is a form of speech that can’t be restricted, they produced a nightmare tsunami of corporate cash that is now drowning our people’s democratic rights.

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Why Halloween Candy Is a Far Bigger Threat to Americans Than Ebola

As airlines, cruise ships, and hospitals cope with waves of Ebola jitters, I’m wondering whether the panic the deadly virus is inducing will distort Halloween traditions this year.

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Local Beer Has Gone Global, And It's Not a Good Thing

OK, that’s it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. The avarice of corporate power is getting personal.

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America's Wealthiest Are Just Too Damn Rich to Have a Functioning Society

Imagine yourself part of the typical American family. Your household would have, the Federal Reserve reported in September, a net worth of $81,200.

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Hightower: Wall Street's Fake Farmers Are Harvesting Sweet Profits

We know from the childhood song that Old MacDonald had a farm. But e-i-e-i-o — look who’s got his farm now. It’s outfits like American Farmland, Farmland Partners, and BlackRock.

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Get Your Kids Hooked on Apples

When it comes to solving big problems, I believe in reaching for the low-hanging fruit first. What’s the easy stuff we can get out of the way before working on harder challenges?

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With More of Us Crowding a Warming Planet, We Need Agricultural Change

Once the human race stopped throwing spears and gathering berries, our bodies suffered. Planting seeds and harvesting produce made leisure possible, but it also meant we grew shorter, fatter, sicker, and considerably more overworked.

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