This year has been dominated by few legislative accomplishments, the first government shutdown in over a decade, and the disastrous roll out of one of the party’s signature laws. Not surprisingly this has all combined to make this the worst year for Congress ever
|By: Anti-Capitalist Meetup Sunday December 1, 2013 5:20 pm|
This week has a certain nostalgia for me. I am working the last four shifts in my home, Humboldt County. Nestled between pristine redwoods and dramatic cliffs overlooking the west coast of California, I want to stay here, but cannot. I am feeling the full force of the United States health care crisis. In the four years I have worked here eight of ten obstetricians in the southern half of the county have left, and now I find I am one of them.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 25, 2013 6:30 pm|
President Barack Obama gave a speech at an immigration reform rally in San Francisco. During the speech, he was interrupted by a young man who called Obama’s attention to the immigrant families being separated by deportations.
The young man may have been an immigration rights or DREAM activist, but thus far most media are referring to him as the “heckler,” a label that should be considered downright insulting.
|By: fairleft Sunday November 24, 2013 12:15 pm|
This is good news: P5+1 and Iran agree landmark nuclear deal at Geneva talks Sure, it’s only for six months, but I like how it accepts Iran enriching uranium up to 5 percent but rules out 20 percent. Iran can continue to enrich uranium, it can have an independent nuclear power program, but not to [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday November 20, 2013 9:50 am|
“What could possibly justify terrorizing a community of 250,000 just for the purpose of killing one person?”
At a congressional briefing hosted by Representative Alan Grayson and organized by CODEPINK, this was one of a number of questions posed as a delegation of individuals from Yemen spoke about the direct impact United States drones have had on their country and lives.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 20, 2013 8:50 am|
I’m less bothered by this special help members of Congress get using the new exchange than the fact that many people involved felt it was necessary. After all, Democrats promised the exchanges would make shopping for insurance as easy as picking a flight on Kayak.com. We were repeatedly told that it would be so easy any regular person could quickly select the best plan for themselves using just the website.
|By: DSWright Friday November 15, 2013 2:20 pm|
Opposition does seem to be mounting to TPP, the question remains as to whether it is enough to stop the deal. This is when activism matters the most.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 15, 2013 11:21 am|
It is very unlikely any legislation on the issue could get support in both chambers of Congress, or that Obama would sign such a bill if Congress approved it.
|By: DSWright Thursday November 14, 2013 9:40 am|
As information leaks about secret provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), opposition to the sovereignty-killing trade agreement is building in Congress. More than 150 House Democrats have publicly stated they oppose giving President Obama fast-track trade authority for TPP. It appears some in Congress have learned their lesson from NAFTA and the WTO – that “free trade” is a scam that destroys economies and turns all power over to transnational corporations who don’t give a damn about the host countries.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday November 12, 2013 6:45 pm|
While DHS nominee Jeh Johnson should face questioning for his role in authorizing drone strikes, he is unlikely to be questioned extensively on his past role by any Democrats in the Senate.