It has been 19 years since Columbine, 6 years since Sandy Hook, 5 months since Las Vegas and 4 months since Sutherland Springs. In all that time and after all that blood, the script has not wavered an inch, when it comes to the NRA, the GOP and the mainstream Democratic Party. Can the student activists who survived the Parkland massacre spark a groundswell of change?
In the 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race, two of the Democratic candidates support single-payer health care. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, one of the largest employers in the state, has asked its employees to donate to their anti-single-payer opponent, Gretchen Whitmer. This outward display of industry influence to bolster a corporate Democrat exemplifies what is preventing the party from embracing a national health system.
Contrary to Scott Pruitt's boast about the EPA pursuing pollution violations and protecting public health, the government's settlement with Shell Oil over a long list of air pollution violations in Norco, Louisiana, is meaningless, say locals who have lived under Shell's toxic cloud. The $350,000 fine is a slap on the wrist, and the multimillion-dollar pollution control consent decree is worthless without enforcement.
In the six weeks since the passage of the GOP tax plan, officially known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, businesses have been lauded for announcements of wages and bonuses. Yet it's corporate stock buybacks that have truly skyrocketed. Trump's tax law is designed for company shareholders -- not workers.
Many of the 8.5 million Americans age 50-64 who receive Medicaid became eligible due to the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid to more low-income adults. But Medicaid coverage for many older Americans is at risk due to the Trump administration's decision to let states impose work requirements on enrollees.
President Trump's policy toward North Korea is merely a continuation of US regional designs in the Asia Pacific. Having killed several million Koreans in the Korean war, the US proceeded to repeatedly violate treaties concerning North Korea under the leadership of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Despite the mass corporate media obsession with Donald Trump's reactionary, vulgar and insulting statements, grassroots activity is becoming more energized in the United States and around the globe. In "We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now," Annelise Orleck records the movements for a more equitable and humane labor force, speaking with activists and giving grounds for hope.