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  • Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons

    Paul Fleisher by: Paul Fleisher
    In January, Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Representative Ted Lieu of California -- both Democrats -- introduced legislation that would prohibit the president of the United States from conducting a "first-use nuclear strike," unless such an attack had been authorized by a prior declaration of war by Congress. At last check, nine senators (all Democrats or Independents) and 54 representatives (including one Republican) had signed on as co-sponsors. The bill, known as the "Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017" was referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Globalization

    Hector Garcia by: Hector Garcia
    Millions of middle class Americans, mostly in rural areas, are feeling cornered by the overwhelming forces of globalization. Their employment was displaced by automation, international competition and corporations' transfer of jobs to other nations with lesser production costs and more flexible laws. Many of these Americans express a visceral anger towards anything international and desperately reach for national isolation and solutions that would save them from people who don't look and speak like them.
      Some leaders have convinced them that they are victims of sinister foreigners who ridicule American good will and naivete in international agreements, which are unfair to the U.

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  • Vietnam War And The Legacy Of Landmines

    Kathleen Rogers by: Kathleen Rogers, Heidi Kuhn
    In March 1975, the United States fled from a protracted war in Vietnam, a war that claimed more than 58,000 Americans, and close to two million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. The US also left behind a behind a devastated landscape, riddled with millions of hard-to-locate landmines and unexploded ordnances; and a once fertile land now defoliated by millions of gallons of Agent Orange, a deadly herbicide that causes cancer, neurological damage and birth defects and not only killed the land but also killed and injured thousands of Vietnamese and American servicemen.
      More than 42 years later, that legacy remains.

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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 ...



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. ...





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 ...



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. ...








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Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons (by: Paul Fleisher) in the Westerly Sun

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Globalization (by: Hector Garcia) in the Anchorage Press

Vietnam War And The Legacy Of Landmines (by: Kathleen Rogers, Heidi Kuhn) in the Harlan Daily Enterprise

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



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