February 20, 2019

One Democrat in the race seems serious about governing, and it’s not Bernie Sanders

Whatever you think of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the frumpy Vermont senator deserves credit for expanding the substantive ambition of the Democratic presidential field. Sanders’ unexpectedly strong 2016 primary campaign proved that there is a hunger for big ideas like Medicare for All within the Democratic electorate, and it’s now likely that whoever the 2020 […]
February 20, 2019

Asked if any foreign threats constitute a national emergency, experts respond: Nope

To hear President Donald Trump speak about the things he thinks constitute threats to the United States — possibly requiring him to declare a national emergency — one might think that we are about to be done in by any number of things. “Monstrous” caravans of gang members — artfully disguised as migrants, including children. Socialism […]
February 20, 2019

What if public insurance covered abortion? That’s the question activists are asking now.

What if public health insurance paid for abortion? More and more people are beginning to ask that question. With support for Roe v. Wade stronger than ever before, reproductive rights advocates have moved the “Overton window” of what policy ideas are considered feasible. Now, instead of simply defending the right to abortion, they’re talking about securing access. Advocates […]
February 20, 2019

This MLB power couple is fighting to save 200 union jobs

It all started so innocently. On Sunday night, Eireann Dolan — the wife of Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle — was in the car with her husband doing some research on official MLB hats, because her friend was interested in buying one for his son. But when she searched for New Era — the official manufacturer […]
February 20, 2019

West Virginia legislature kills bill to expand private, charter schools because of striking teachers

Hours into their strike Tuesday, educators in West Virginia secured a win when the state legislature killed a controversial bill that would have provided charter and private school vouchers to their state. The latest direct action from West Virginia teachers comes one year after they took to the picket lines for nine days and successfully […]
February 19, 2019

Sanctuary city ban passes first hurdle in Florida Senate

A bill that would prevent municipalities from organizing themselves as sanctuary cities in passed the Florida state Senate Tuesday afternoon, delivering a blow to the state’s undocumented communities. The bill would require every single jurisdiction in Florida to share information with federal immigration authorities, something almost every single local municipality already does. Immigration activists are […]
February 19, 2019

Trump administration moves to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide, ignores own anti-LGBTQ policies

The Trump administration is reportedly launching a campaign to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. According to NBC News, Iran is one of the primary targets of the effort, drawing attention to President Donald Trump’s history of conflating support for the LGBTQ community with Islamophobic messaging. The catalyst for the decision appears to have been Iran’s hanging […]
February 19, 2019

Elizabeth Warren’s radical universal child care idea aims to close the chasm between rich and poor

The high cost of modern child care and the U.S. government’s refusal to invest the resources other rich countries do in their workforce’s dependents has helped entrench economic inequalities in American society for decades. Kids born into wealthier families spend their key early childhood years with professional educators, mixing play and learning while their parents […]
February 19, 2019

‘We have to lead with the life’: How teen journalists covered 1,200 young gun deaths since Parkland

You can search by name on “Since Parkland,” a database of obituaries written by student journalists of all the young people killed by guns in the 365 days since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. With the exception of police shootings and suicides, the project is a full accounting of the 1,200 children, […]
February 19, 2019

New data analysis shows government accepted 260 oil and gas drilling applications during shutdown

New data analysis shows that the government accepted 260 oil and gas drilling permit applications during the partial government shutdown last month, even as federal agencies suffered severe staffing shortages at all levels. Those findings shed more light on the extent to which the Interior Department (DOI)  favored the oil and gas industry over public lands […]