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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 of pronghorn, the Sonoran pronghorn is uniquely adapted to the harsh deserts of southwest Arizona and Mexico, surviving on cacti and other tough desert vegetation. It is also, unfortunately, one of the most critically endangered animals in the world, with only about 160 remaining in the wild.
      Other unique and beautiful species are also at risk. Indigenous Hawaiian mountain bird populations are being decimated by mosquito-borne diseases, as warming temperatures allow mosquitoes to move to higher elevations.

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  • 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 legitimate reason. The carried interest loophole, to put it succinctly, does not fall into that category.
      Carried interest gets its name from the medieval tradition of ship captains taking a "cut" of the profits from the sale of the cargo they carried. These captains risked their lives in treacherous and pirate-infested waters "carrying" goods to distant markets.
      Fast forward several centuries, carried interest today refers to a tax loophole that allows investment managers' share of profits to be taxed at the capital gains rate, 15-20 percent, instead of as ordin

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How Obamacare Repeal Helps Rich, Hurts Poor

Frank   Clemente by: Frank Clemente, Ron Pollack
Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) threaten the health care of 30 million Americans and would erode some rare progress made recently to reverse America's growing economic ...



Medical Aid in Dying: A Hallmark of Patient-Centered Care

Barbara  Coombs Lee by: Barbara Coombs Lee, Kim Callinan
One thing the national election did not change: as the nation's 75 million baby boomers retire, an ever growing number grapple with the reality that people die in circumstances they would not choose. ...





Clean Water Can Increase Farm Profits And Grow Iowa's Economy

Luke Gran by: Luke Gran, Sally Gran
Anyone can tell you that farming is not easy, especially in a year such as this, with predicted bumper harvests and commodity prices at or below the cost of production. A recent study published by ...



An Act of Courage: Fighting Voter Suppression in the Arkansas Cotton Delta

Keith Griffith by: Keith Griffith
GOULD, Ark.  The last time there was a presidential election in this cotton-farming town of 818, William El-Amin, the former local police chief, noticed something unusual.
  El-Amin ...








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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

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

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

Clean Water Can Increase Farm Profits And Grow Iowa's Economy (by: Luke Gran, Sally Gran) in the Des Moines Register

An Act of Courage: Fighting Voter Suppression in the Arkansas Cotton Delta (by: Keith Griffith) in the North Dallas Gazette

Why I Pay Fair Pay Today And Every Day (by: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks) in the Newton Daily News

Why It Pays To Be Good (by: Charlie Crystle) in the Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice



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