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'It's Not Hyperbole': Study Finds Thousands Could Die If Trumpcare Passes

9 hours 2 min ago
Jake Johnson, staff writer

On the heels of the Congressional Budget Office report projecting 22 million people could lose health insurance if the Senate's version of Trumpcare becomes law, a new analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (AIM) suggests the legislation could cause the deaths of thousands of people per year.

'Absolutely Devastating': CBO Predicts 22 Million Less Insured Under Trumpcare

Mon, 2017-06-26 17:07
Jake Johnson, staff writer

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Monday concluded the Senate's version of Trumpcare would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026, a verdict that was immediately characterized as a "devastating" blow to a party scrambling to secure the support necessary to pass the legi

US Mayors: Instead of War, Spend Big on 'Human and Environmental Needs'

Mon, 2017-06-26 16:21
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Hundreds of U.S. mayors have rejected the ongoing militarism supported by the present and Congress and instead called for a budget that supports "human and environmental needs."

Over 250 Democrat, Republican, and Independent city leaders that make up the U.S. Conference of Mayors delivered their rebuke to the administration's agenda with the passage of a series of resolutions Monday at their gathering in Miami.

Sister Simone: Republican's Trumpcare Plan Is Opposite of 'Pro-Life'

Mon, 2017-06-26 15:32
Julia Conley, staff writer

Writing in The Hill on Monday, anti-poverty crusader Sister Simone Campbell took Senate Republicans to task regarding their healthcare bill—and the implications it has for millions of Americans, particularly women and children.

She's Baaack... To Confront Trumpcare Hypocrisy, 'Granny Off the Cliff' Returns

Mon, 2017-06-26 15:06
Common Dreams staff

With just days for Republicans in the U.S. Senate to pass their Trumpcare bill before a congressional recess that begins at the end of this week, an updated version of an iconic ad is back on Monday featuring an elderly woman being foisted from her wheelchair over the edge of a cliff.

Will These Studies Finally Make Betsy DeVos Admit School Vouchers Are a Total Scam?

Mon, 2017-06-26 14:21
Jake Johnson, staff writer

"Indiana diverted millions of dollars for years from public schools to private school vouchers, resulting in negative or negligible results for student outcomes."

As CBO Analysis Looms, Activists Target Moderates on Healthcare Bill

Mon, 2017-06-26 11:37
Julia Conley

The Congressional Budget Office is expected to throw a wrench in the plans of Senate Republicans Monday afternoon when it releases its analysis of the healthcare bill that was introduced last week.

Budget analysts polled by Politico are estimating that 15 million to 22 million Americans would lose health coverage over the next decade, should the bill pass.

Trump's Clear Message to Muslims: You Are "Not That Important"

Mon, 2017-06-26 11:17
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

President Donald Trump, whose administration has been accused of anti-Muslim sentiment, has broken with nearly two decades of tradition by not hosting an iftar dinner to mark Islam's holy month of Ramadan.

"It is disappointing because that's been a good tradition," Imam Talib Shareef of the Nation's Mosque in Washington, D.C., told Newsweek Friday. "To stop it doesn't send a good message. [...] the message that it sends is that we're not that important."

Supreme Court Partially Lifts Block on Trump's 'Bigoted' Travel Ban

Mon, 2017-06-26 10:59
Jake Johnson, staff writer

The Supreme Court on Monday announced it would hear arguments on President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban—also known as the Muslim Ban 2.0—which had previously been blocked by two federal appellate courts, one of which ruled the ban is "rooted in religious animus" and therefore unconstitutional.

'This Is Not a Drill': Less Than One Week to Defeat 'Barbaric' Trumpcare Bill

Sun, 2017-06-25 11:43
Common Dreams staff

As people mobilize nationwide under the #ProtectOurCare banner in a collective bid to defeat the Republican Party's plan to strip healthcare coverage from millions in order to give the nation's wealthiest a massive tax break, Sen. Bernie Sanders was helping lead the charge over the weekend as he joined and others on a rapid-response bus tour designed to galvanize opposition in key states.

Ire for Democrat Who Pulled Plug on California's Single-Payer Bill

Sat, 2017-06-24 15:06
Jon Queally, staff writer

Advocates of the single-payer healthcare proposal which has been steadily advancing through the California legislature were voicing outrage and disappointment on Saturday after Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat, announced he was pulling the bill from further consideration this year.

"Trump's Lies": The Collected Works

Sat, 2017-06-24 11:09
Common Dreams staff

In an effort to make sure that people do not become "numb" to the constant lies told by President of the United States Donald Trump, the New York Times has now published, in one convenient place, "nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office."

Compiled by the newspaper's David Leonhardt and Stuart A. Thompson, the catalog was published online Friday and will appear in print over the weekend.

Jettisoning 'Best Available Science,' Trump Admin. Tosses Out Federal Protections for Yellowstone's Grizzlies

Fri, 2017-06-23 16:42
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The Trump administration announced Thursday that the Yellowstone grizzly bear population is losing its endangered species protections—a decision conservation groups say is "flawed and premature" and could make the iconic species the target of trophy hunters.

Too Hot for Heller: First So-Called "Moderate" Republican Cracks on Senate Trumpcare Plan

Fri, 2017-06-23 16:34
Jon Queally, staff writer

"This bill... is simply not the answer."

Trump: I Will Defend Medicaid. Also Trump: I Support Bill That Destroys Medicaid.

Fri, 2017-06-23 16:04
Jake Johnson, staff writer

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters in an off-camera briefing on Friday that President Donald Trump remains "committed" to protecting recipients of Medicaid, a program he repeatedly vowed not to cut during his presidential campaign.

UN Expert Touts Universal Basic Income as "Bold and Imaginative Solution' to Poverty

Fri, 2017-06-23 15:38
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Amplifying the call for a universal basic income, a United Nations expert has presented a report describing the idea as "a bold and imaginative solution" at a time of growing economic insecurity.

US Occupation of Afghanistan 'The Main Obstacle' to Peace: Taliban

Fri, 2017-06-23 13:34
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The U.S. occupation of Afghanistan is "the main obstacle" to peace, the Taliban's leader said Friday.

In his comments to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada also denounced the plan to increase number of U.S. troops in the country, and accused the U.S. and its allies of "destabilizing the whole region."

Rev. William Barber Says GOP Voter Suppression the 'Real Hacking' of US Democracy

Fri, 2017-06-23 13:11
Jake Johnson, staff writer

In an effort to bring national attention to "homegrown voter suppression" and to launch a campaign of "moral resistance" against Republican attempts to strip healthcare from millions, Rev. William J.

New Lawsuit Accuses Trump of 'Destroying Essential Historical Records'

Fri, 2017-06-23 11:24
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

A new lawsuit accuses President Donald Trump and White House staff of illegally destroying presidential records.

A pair of watchdog organizations, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive (NSA), filed the suit Thursday a federal district court to challenge actions by the White House "that seek to evade transparency and government accountability" and appear to violate the Presidential Records Act.

Elizabeth Warren Says Key Thing to Know About Trumpcare Bill: 'This Is Blood Money'

Fri, 2017-06-23 10:37
Common Dreams staff

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has now read the Republican bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and says that it contains "one flashing neon light after another" that signals who this piece of legislation is designed to serve: the very rich and the very powerful.

"This is blood money," the senator said both on the floor of the Senate on Thursday and in a video posted to social media. "They're paying for tax cuts with American lives."