Republicans Strip Abortion Providers of Family Planning Funds

FEATURING CHRISTINE GRIMALDI – Using every single vote at their disposal Senate Republicans on Thursday passed a bill by a one-vote margin to strip reproductive healthcare providers, including Planned Parenthood, of federal funding that covers family planning services. Because two female Republican senators, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski voted against the bill, Republicans had to…

Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through The Arab Spring

FEATURING BASSEM YOUSSEF – Former Egyptian President and dictator Hosni Mubarak has been released from military hospital after 6 years of incarceration. His freeing is the most potent indicator yet of how Egypt’s 2011 Arab Spring revolution has come full circle. The current regime has many of the hallmarks of Mubarak’s own rule, including the…

Activists Push Democrats to Filibuster Gorsuch

FEATURING CARLI STEVENSON – The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Monday, and then on Friday April 7th his nomination will head to the entire Senate for a vote. Gorsuch was nominated to the court by Donald Trump after Republicans blocked Barack Obama’s nominee…

Immigrant Workers in NY Stand Up To Firings and Deportation

FEATURING MANUEL LEMA AND DIANA MARINO – The Trump Administration has asserted that it is prioritizing the deportations of undocumented convicted felons. But the ramping up of immigration enforcement has deeply impacted ordinary workers. One brutal example is the targeting of factory workers at Tom Cat Bakery in Long Island, New York. After an investigation…

Trump Lays Waste to Obama’s Clean Energy Plan

FEATURING MARY ANNE HITT – Donald Trump attempted to fulfill a major campaign promise this week when he signed an executive order undoing President Obama’s signature set of climate policies called the Clean Power Plan. Flanked by a cadre of male coal miners and cabinet members, Trump signed an order that is extremely broad, aimed…

GOP Strips Internet Privacy Protections In Swift Votes

FEATURING ERNESTO FALCON – Just days after the US Senate voted along strict party lines to undo the Obama-era guidelines on protecting Internet privacy, the House followed suit on Tuesday. The votes, which came so swiftly that privacy advocacy organizations had barely any time to mobilize their supporters against it, will now enable Internet Service…

The Optimistic Leftist: Why The 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think

FEATURING RUY TEIXEIRA – Americans are under severe stress about the nation’s political outlook. The American Psychological Association’s survey of nation-wide stress found that people began worrying about the presidential election as far back as the middle of last year. By January stress-levels were extremely high with, “more than half of Americans (57 percent) report[ing]…