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  • A Bigger Sinclair Is Bad for TV and Bad for Democracy

    Steve  Macek by: Steve Macek
    In May, the Sinclair Broadcast Group -- one of the largest owners of TV stations in the country -- announced plans to spend $3.9 billion to acquire Tribune Media, parent company of 42 TV stations located in larger markets like Chicago and Los Angeles. The resulting merger would create a broadcasting behemoth of more that 230 stations reaching some 72 percent of the television viewing audience coast-to-coast.
      The Federal Communication Commission and the Justice Department are both currently reviewing the deal, as well they should. If the purchase is allowed to move forward, it could have devastating consequences not just for the quality of local television but for democracy itself.

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  • Militarizing Police Under a Cloak A Secrecy

    Lisa Rosenberg by: Lisa Rosenberg
    In a move that will further militarize police departments across the country while decreasing accountability, the President issued an executive order that strips away limits on weapons of war that the Defense Department can hand over to state and local police forces. The President's order expands an existing Pentagon program that authorizes the transfer of military-grade tactical weapons, surveillance equipment and vehicles to civilian police departments, eliminating restrictions on the types of weapons that can be transferred and vastly reducing oversight of the program.
      The weapons program became notorious when police fitted with battle gear were photographed pointing assault weapons at protesters in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.

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  • Removing DACA Would Be A Mistake

    Victor Cuichahua by: Victor Cuichahua
    On June 29, a coalition of 10 Republican states led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to the Trump administration regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Created by President Obama in 2012 through executive order, it gave limited legal status to over 750,000 undocumented immigrants and the opportunity to pursue dreams once hindered by their immigration status. The message of the letter was simple: Rescind it or be prepared to defend it in court.
      Two months after signing Paxton's letter, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III withdrew his support and admitted that rescinding DACA is much more complicated.

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  • Missouri's Senators Should Stand Up To Trump To Save Utility Assistance Program

    John Hickey by: John Hickey
    When I was young and broke in the early 1980s, I had a hard time keeping-up with my utility bills. Rather than experiencing a winter of frosty nights and freezing pipes, I was supported by an important federal program, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which literally helped me keep the heat on in my home.
      LIHEAP still helps struggling families, pay their utility bills when their energy is shut off or is threatened to be cut off. In the winter, eligible candidates for this program (for example, a family of four earning less than $32,805) can request a one-time payment of up-to $800 to help cover fuel costs.

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The False Choice Of Working Daughters

Liz  O'Donnell by: Liz O'Donnell
I was riding home from work on the Commuter Rail one night when the train lost power. In the dark, without the hum of the engine, I could hear every detail of my fellow passengers' conversations. ...



Raising The Minimum Wage Will Boost Business

John  Traynor by: John Traynor
Pennsylvania's minimum wage is stuck in the past and that's bad for business. Set at $7.25 an hour since 2009, Pennsylvania's minimum wage is lower than all six of our neighboring states.
  Our ...





Senate Health Bill Slashes Medicaid to Cut Millionaires' Taxes

Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente
Despite slight differences, the health-care legislation under consideration in the Senate retains the same sickening goal of its House counterpart: cutting taxes for millionaires, billionaires ...



With Sessions' Sentencing Change, It's Time To End Secrecy Around Private Prisons

Lisa Rosenberg by: Lisa Rosenberg
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced new guidelines [justice.gov] that will result in a significant increase in the prison population, directing federal prosecutors to seek the toughest ...








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A Bigger Sinclair Is Bad for TV and Bad for Democracy (by: Steve Macek) in the Grand Coulee Star

Militarizing Police Under a Cloak A Secrecy (by: Lisa Rosenberg) in the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Removing DACA Would Be A Mistake (by: Victor Cuichahua) in the USA Today

Missouri's Senators Should Stand Up To Trump To Save Utility Assistance Program (by: John Hickey) in the Independence Examiner

The False Choice Of Working Daughters (by: Liz O'Donnell) in the Gilmer Mirror

Raising The Minimum Wage Will Boost Business (by: John Traynor) in the Scranton Times

Senate Health Bill Slashes Medicaid to Cut Millionaires' Taxes (by: Frank Clemente) in the Deseret News

With Sessions' Sentencing Change, It's Time To End Secrecy Around Private Prisons (by: Lisa Rosenberg) in the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Raising The Minimum Wage Boosts Business (by: Robert Olson) in the Carbondale Southern Illinoisan

Which Legacy Will We Choose To Bequeath To Our Children? (by: Hector Garcia) in the Winchester Herald Chronicle



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