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  • Don't Give Me A Tax Cut That Cuts Health Care for Others

    Stephen Prince by: Stephen Prince
    Abolishing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the taxes that pay for it would save rich taxpayers like me a lot of money. But it would also endanger the health care of more than 30 million Americans. That's not a tradeoff I want to make -- and no one else should, either.
      Long before the ACA required larger employers to offer our workers coverage or pay a penalty, I was already covering my employees. I could have saved millions of dollars over the years if I had left them uninsured.
      But I believe health care is a basic human right.
      That's the underlying philosophy of the ACA, too.

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  • A First Step Towards Rebalancing The System

    Morris Pearl by: Morris Pearl, Adam Satchell, Aaron Regunberg
    With inequality at historic highs in America, political and economic power has become extraordinarily concentrated in the hands of elites, who use that power to re-write the rules of the game in ways that further their interests.
      There is perhaps no policy that better embodies this reality than the carried interest tax loophole.
      The carried interest loophole allows private equity and investment managers to pay taxes on their income at capital gains rates rather than as normal income -- meaning they get away with paying a fraction of what every other working American pays.

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  • Earth Day, The Climate Agreement And March for Science

    Kathleen Rogers by: Kathleen Rogers
    It's no coincidence that Earth Day, the first anniversary of the signing of the climate agreement and the March for Science are all taking place on the same day, April 22. It is the people's day. It has been the people's day since 1970, when Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisc.), Rep. Pete McCloskey (R-Calif.), and lead organizer Denis Hayes turned out 20 million ordinary citizens in what is still regarded as the largest-ever single social mobilization effort in world history.
      The goal -- to put environmental issues dead center of the political agenda by mobilizing citizens -- led directly to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and some of the most important environmental laws ever enacted including the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

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  • Top 3 Reasons Trump Must Release His Tax Returns

    Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente
    President Trump claims ordinary people "don't care at all" that he's the first chief executive in more than 40 years not to release his tax returns. But a January Washington Post-ABC News poll found three quarters (74 percent) of Americans say Trump should release his tax returns. That includes a majority (53 percent) of Republicans.
      A White House petition demanding Trump release his tax returns broke a record for signatures within six days of being posted. It has since collected more than one million signatures.
      This broad-based public demand makes sense. There are at least three important questions that can only be answered by the release of President Trump's tax returns.

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Defending The Role Of Science On Earth Day

Kathleen  Rogers by: Kathleen Rogers, Jamie Rappaport Clark
An Apache legend tells the story of a beautiful woman who was transformed into a pronghorn, with generations of her descendants still roaming the desert and grasslands of North America. A subspecies ...



Repealing Obamacare Will Cut My Taxes -- But at Too High a Price

Severin  Beliveau by: Severin Beliveau
Like a lot of inland paper mill towns, my boyhood home of Rumford has seen better days, where nearly one-in-four residents lives in poverty. That's about twice the poverty rate for the rest of ...





It's Long Past Time to Close the Loophole

Jeff Klein by: Jeff Klein, Leo Hindery, Jr.
The tax code is complicated. It's dense, hard to understand, and sometimes seems pointlessly convoluted. For the most part when we encounter confusing rules or loopholes we know they exist for a ...



A New House Rule Is A Gift To Lawmakers Trying To Hide Criminal Acts

Patrice McDermott by: Patrice McDermott, Anne Weismann
While all eyes were focused on failed House efforts to eliminate the Office of Congressional Ethics -- the only independent watchdog with jurisdiction over House members -- Republican congressmen ...








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Don't Give Me A Tax Cut That Cuts Health Care for Others (by: Stephen Prince) in the Nashville Tennessean

A First Step Towards Rebalancing The System (by: Morris Pearl, Adam Satchell, Aaron Regunberg) in the Providence Journal

Earth Day, The Climate Agreement And March for Science (by: Kathleen Rogers) in the Cascadia Weekly

Top 3 Reasons Trump Must Release His Tax Returns (by: Frank Clemente) in the Hagerstown Herald-Mail

Defending The Role Of Science On Earth Day (by: Kathleen Rogers, Jamie Rappaport Clark) in the Harlan Daily News

Repealing Obamacare Will Cut My Taxes -- But at Too High a Price (by: Severin Beliveau) in the Portland Press Herald

It's Long Past Time to Close the Loophole (by: Jeff Klein, Leo Hindery, Jr.) in the New York Post

A New House Rule Is A Gift To Lawmakers Trying To Hide Criminal Acts (by: Patrice McDermott, Anne Weismann) in the Washington Post

How Obamacare Repeal Helps Rich, Hurts Poor (by: Frank Clemente, Ron Pollack) in the USA Today

Medical Aid in Dying: A Hallmark of Patient-Centered Care (by: Barbara Coombs Lee, Kim Callinan) in the Augusta Free Press



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