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In Time for Christmas: A Social Security Plan Only Scrooge Could Love

Donald Trump ran a campaign that rejected Republican orthodoxy on a variety of issues. He consistently and emphatically rejected the party line on slashing social insurance programs like Medicare and Social Security. And yet, Congressional Republicans are ploughing ahead with plans to gut these benefits.

Source: In Time for Christmas: A Social Security Plan Only Scrooge Could Love

Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy

This week began with a mass email from the head of the Democratic National Committee, who declared: “By now, Americans know beyond any reasonable doubt that the Russian government orchestrated a series of cyberattacks on political campaigns and organizations over the past two years and used stolen information to influence the presidential campaign and congressional races.” DNC chair Donna Brazile went on: “The integrity of our elections is too important for Congress to refuse to take these attacks seriously.”

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Nurses Top Gallup Poll Again Ranking #1 in Honesty and Ethics

Nurses once again topped the Gallup Poll’s annual ranking of how Americans view 22 major professions with 84% of the public rating their honesty and ethical standards as “high” or “very high.” Nurses have ranked first for 15 consecutive years and every year except for one in the 18 years that Gallup has surveyed public opinion on what profession is most trusted.

Source: Nurses Top Gallup Poll Again Ranking #1 in Honesty and Ethics

Daily Kos Founder Gleefully Celebrates Coal Miners Losing Health Insurance

Daily Kos publisher and Vox Media co-founder Markos “Kos” Moulitsas, an influential voice in liberal politics, published a blog post (Daily Kos, 12/12/16) that captures just how terribly leading Democratic pundits are taking Hillary Clinton’s unexpected defeat.

Source: Daily Kos Founder Gleefully Celebrates Coal Miners Losing Health Insurance

Demonization of Putin as “Personally” Behind Clinton Hack Is Old Propaganda Technique

The leaked allegations supposedly from the CIA that Russian President Vladimir Putin “personally” directed how hacked emails from the Clinton campaign should be used should be treated with a good deal of skepticism.

Source: Demonization of Putin as “Personally” Behind Clinton Hack Is Old Propaganda Technique

Trump Played to Anger, But We Don’t Have to Fall for Divide and Conquer

The heroic work of the Standing Rock water protectors represents a defining moment in the long struggle against the institutions of empire and colonial rule. It is fitting that the leaders are indigenous peoples who have come together in an ever-widening circle.

Source: Trump Played to Anger, But We Don’t Have to Fall for Divide and Conquer

Starving Yemeni Children, Bloated US Weapons Makers

While the world is transfixed on the epic tragedy unfolding in Syria, another tragedy—a hidden one—has been consuming the children of Yemen. Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every ten minutes a child in Yemen is now dying from malnutrition, diarrhea and respiratory-tract infections.

Source: Starving Yemeni Children, Bloated US Weapons Makers

Burning Down the House: On Democracy and the Post-Trump Democrats

On November 8th, a puerile con-man named Donald Trump turned widespread economic desperation and the civic ignorance quite purposefully engendered by the US media system over the last three decades into a four-year lease on the White House.

Source: Burning Down the House: On Democracy and the Post-Trump Democrats