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Trump’s Red Light Letter to the NFL

By Matthew Algeo It’s hard to imagine Major League Baseball inviting President Trump to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before any World Series games next month. And he definitely won’t be tossing the coin before the Super Bowl next February. Over the weekend, Trump ignited a firestorm in the sports world by harshly criticizing […]

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Kneeling for Life and Liberty Is Patriotic

By Conor Friedersdorf Donald Trump, who has a disturbing history of praising brutal dictators, possesses no better than a Twitter troll’s understanding of what it means to be an American patriot. He spent the weekend trolling the NFL over the players protesting police violence during the national anthem, though any other president would have been […]

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America’s Red and Blue Judges

By Garrett Epps “There’s no such thing as a Republican judge or a Democratic judge,” Neil Gorsuch told the nation during his confirmation hearings. “We just have judges in this country.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters in July that he doesn’t quite agree. Asked to explain to his party’s base the Senate’s lack […]

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Alabama’s Strange Senate Rivalry

By Rosie Gray MOBILE, Ala. — Outside the Von Braun Center in Huntsville on Friday night, a man stood holding a sign. Under the word “MOORE,” it read “Make America Great Again” and “Yes,” in big, bold red white and blue letters. Under “STRANGE,” it said “Mitch,” and “No,” in a faint gray scrawl. This […]

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Desperate GOP Resorts to “Blatant Bribery” in Bid to Save Floundering Trumpcare Bill

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) walks to the U.S. Capitol before all-night voting July 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) With the latest version of Trumpcare floundering after several Republicans announced that they cannot support the legislation in its current form, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) are set […]

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The Arrival: Trump's Travel and Refugee Ban

Leading up to the US Supreme Court hearing on Trump’s travel ban, we’ll hear about the order’s impact on people from affected, Muslim-majority countries, and how advocacy groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations are responding. On this edition of Making Contact we begin with the story of a woman who was in flight to […]

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The Americans With Disabilities Act Is Under Threat

The optics were bad enough when disabled Americans were being dragged out of capital buildings as they protested potential loss of benefits in the first two iterations of Republican health care bills. For the protestors it was all about Medicaid. The Senate bill did away with Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion which would drop millions of low-income […]

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The Clock Is Running Out on Health Program for 9 Million Kids

With Congress preoccupied with a series of Republican efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, little attention has been paid to a long-running bipartisan program providing insurance coverage to millions of American children: the Children’s Health Insurance Program, often referred to simply as CHIP, which provides coverage to nine million American children. University of Miami […]

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Fixing Facebook and Defending Democracy

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at F8 in San Jose, California, April 18, 2017. (Photo: Anthony Quintano) This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers’ ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like it? Click here to give. Facebook recently acknowledged it received more than $100,000 […]

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Former NFL Player Donté Stallworth: Don't Let Trump Hijack the Conversation on Racism & Violence

It a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday evening, Trump lashed out at players who have joined a growing protest movement started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick against racial injustice, kneeling during the national anthem ahead of games. We get response from former NFL player Donté Stallworth, who spent 10 years in the […]