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Sorry, Trump: Coal is going down, renewables are headed up

Here’s more evidence that Donald Trump’s 2016 promises to bring back coal jobs were a sham: A new report from the Trump administration predicts that the amount of coal production in the U.S. will keep dropping in coming years, while the percentage of energy coming from renewable sources will keep growing. In its monthly report […]

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Students are leading a worldwide climate strike on March 15. Grown-ups, take note.

Greta Thunberg is launching the same kind of movement to fight climate change that the kids from Parkland, Florida, inspired against gun violence after a mass shooting at their high school. And she’s aiming to do it on a global scale on March 15, asking students around the world to join a school strike to […]

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When politics and sports collide: Why I am no longer a Cubs fan

Fan loyalty is often passed down in families. If you grew up watching and going to baseball games with your parents, like I did, chances are you developed the same love for a team and consider yourself a lifelong fan. But when it comes to the Chicago Cubs and me, it’s over. I no longer […]

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Trump’s legacy: Hate groups are at an all-time high

A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center tells us what we already suspected when we see and read news reports: There are a record number of hate groups in the United States, driven by both shifting demographics and Trumped-up fears of immigration. The SPLC gives us the discouraging numbers both on its website […]

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2020 electorate will be more diverse than ever

The growing number of Democrats running for president in 2020 are a diverse group of candidates. But they won’t be as diverse as the people voting for them. According to projections from the Pew Research Center, a higher number of those who will cast votes for president next year will be younger than their counterparts […]

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Parkland one year later: We’re still #MSDStrong

In one sense, one year after 17 people died in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, nothing has changed. Then again, so much has changed. The students who survived the shooting became national leaders as they worked through their heartfelt pain and anger. They spoke with eloquence, honesty, and […]

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Green New Deal rollout renews battle over climate change in Congress

Nearly every week brings news of another scientific study about the devastating effects of climate change and the critical importance of doing something to counteract it. With their new majority in the House of Representatives, Democrats now have a way to bring the issue to the forefront, and they’re going big. Because they’re not going […]

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Hey, Howard Schultz: We don’t need another unqualified, inexperienced billionaire as president

When you’re white, male, and super-rich, you must think that the rest of the world owes you their attention. And too many in the media (many also white, male, and wealthy, if not super-rich) are treating the teases from former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz about running as an independent as the most important story in […]

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More and more Americans believe in #ClimateChange. When will lawmakers catch up?

Defying GOP denial, a growing number of Americans now say they believe that climate change is happening — and is affecting them personally. A new report says that 73 percent of Americans believe that the climate is changing, and 72 percent say that change is personally important to them. “The proportion of Americans who are […]

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Nancy Pelosi: The real master of the ‘Art of the Deal’

Can we finally retire the narratives against Nancy Pelosi? You remember the ones — they come up every election season. They’re false, they’re unfair, and after Pelosi stood her ground against Donald Trump, they should be put to bed once and for all. She can’t be effective. Excuse me, but who led the fight for […]

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