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Farmers are angry as Trump’s trade war with China causes record losses

Donald Trump’s failure to establish a trade deal with China may prove to be his Achilles’ heel. And we’re not talking about bone spurs. Global stock markets react to each day’s news, and stock prices rise and fall. But Trump’s escalating trade war with China is having a long-term negative effect on at least one […]

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Trump is daring Democrats to impeach. We must make sure he loses in the long run.

Those of us who lived through past constitutional crises can only stare with horror at the jaw-dropping atrocities against the rule of law that Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans are trying to pull. Impeachment is too good for Trump, even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says he’s “becoming self-impeachable” by his actions to hide […]

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#ClimateChange emerges as top issue for Democrats in 2020

We’ve come a long way from “It’s the economy, stupid.” A new CNN poll conducted by research firm SSRS shows that 96 percent of registered Democrats list climate change as a very or somewhat important issue when evaluating potential presidential candidates. If the 2018 midterm election was about health care, 2020 may hinge on what […]

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Retail apocalypse: Too many stores (and jobs) are going, going, gone

Barely a week goes by when we don’t hear about another chain of retail stores declaring bankruptcy or slashing the number of stores nationally. We’re only a third of the way through 2019, and already U.S. retailers have announced the closure of nearly 6,000 stores — 5,994, to be exact. That’s already more than the 5,864 […]

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#Election2020: Who’s got policies? Who’s got platitudes?

With some 19 Democratic presidential candidates and counting, it’s hard to keep track of who stands for what: which candidates have developed policy expertise and proposals on which issues, and which ones sound good but still keep talking in generalities. For most candidates, there’s no shortage of policy positions. A Think Progress piece argues that […]

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GOP lawmaker claims nurses play cards all day. She better hope she never gets sick. (UPDATE)

There’s a story out of Washington state that has nurses up in arms. A Republican (as if she could be in any other party) state senator objected to a bill giving meal breaks and rest periods for nurses, implying that they don’t have enough work to keep them busy and don’t need mandated breaks. Never […]

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My #MuellerReport take-home message: Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice

You don’t have to read all 448 pages of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to understand that Donald Trump is guilty as hell. He’s much worse than Richard Nixon ever was. I confess that I skimmed many pages (lots of blacked-out redacted sections stops the reading flow) of the whole report and looked […]

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‘Democrats must nominate a white guy in 2020.’ Oh, really?

If you’re tired of reading about the endless debate of whether Joe Biden’s habit of physically demonstrating his affection is appropriate or the countless stories of how awesome it is that Pete Buttigieg learned Norwegian to read a book, you’re not alone. If you’re thirsting for discussion of actual issues that affect the country and […]

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More women running — and winning elections — is the new normal

As exciting as it is to have multiple Democratic women running for president, it’s just as exciting when people you know and admire run for office — and win. Three women I know recently won local elections—as a village trustee, as a member of a community college board of trustees, and as a local school […]

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Kill #Obamacare? Trump voters won’t care. But we will — in 2020

No doubt you’ve heard about Donald Trump’s latest move in his series of vindictive acts against President Obama — a new attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Seemingly out of the blue, and against the advice of his own attorney general and Health and Human Services secretary, the Trump administration now says it will […]

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