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Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduces an amendment to an energy policy bill calling for $800 million in assistance to Flint, Michigan to address the lead contamination of the city’s drinking water. The Senate later voted 54-43 to block the energy bill from advancing.

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Hillary Clinton: It’s Personal

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Last night in a town hall in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton was asked about Wall Street and trust.

It is a familiar refrain, one we hear often from critics of Clinton, and from her rival, Bernie Sanders. Sanders says that he has not and will not go negative, but I am left to wonder, what is wrong with getting paid for a speech unless

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Toyota to pay up to $22 million over car loans that discriminated against blacks, Asians 

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The California-based financial unit of Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay up to $21.9 million in compensation over alleged discrimination against some ethnic groups taking out auto loans through car dealerships, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

In July, the department leveled a similar allegation against Honda Motor Co. in the U.S. The case resulted in a $24 million compensation deal.

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ENERGY POLICY: Senate Voting On Major Update

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The Senate today will vote on a Republican measure limiting the president’s authority to set national monuments and a Democratic proposal to set national energy efficiency standards, as the chamber tries to finish work on a bipartisan energy package by week’s end.

Senators will vote this afternoon on an amendment by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to sunset national monument designations after three years unless

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Confiscations, Deportations, and Vague Promises: Europe Asylum Policy Shifts Again 

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Thousands of refugee children across Europe are still waiting to find out how a new UK government pledge on immigration rules will actually alter their lives — as other countries across the continent also struggle with the influx of migrants and refugees that is showing no signs of slowing.

In Sweden, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman announced that as many as 80,000 migrants may be

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There Was No Tie In Iowa. Clinton Won.

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And Bernie still has no path to the nomination.

First, about Iowa. I see a lot of talk about how Bernie outperformed the polls. This is not true. He actually under performed. Opinion polls measure the overall likelihood of support from the statewide populace. However, in Iowa, that is not how the contest is measured. The Iowa caucus last night determined the number of

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Clinton Wins Iowa! What’s Next?

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I’m calling Iowa for Clinton today. Now that the first primary is in the bag, what is next for the Dem primary, Clinton, and her supporters?

 

How the GOP Candidates Are Blocking the Vote

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As a senator from Texas, Cruz has championed his state’s voter-ID law, the strictest in the country. The law—which allows voters presenting a handgun permit to cast a ballot, but not those with a student ID—has been blocked by federal courts on three occasions. Cruz’s website featured a petition calling on supporters to tell Obama: “Don’t Mess With Texas Voter ID Laws.”

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Flint’s newest challenge: a flood of plastic bottles

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In October, the city told residents to stick to filtered or bottled water because of unsafe levels of lead, a problem that developed after it temporarily switched to using water from the Flint River in order to cut costs. But residents had been trying for more than a year to get officials’ attention about the dirty water coming out of their taps, and many

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Obama names cancer task force

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President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum Thursday establishing a White House Task Force on cancer, placing Vice President Joe Biden in charge.

The goal of the task force was to “put ourselves on a path to achieve in just five years research and treatment gains that otherwise might take a decade or more,” according to the memorandum.

In

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Progressive Praise for Hillary Clinton, From a Bernie Supporter

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I am a Bernie Sanders supporter, and remain so. That having been said, unlike many, as someone who has spent the last few years making the effort to reform politics in states near me, I have very little but praise for the efforts of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and their work to make a change in many of the issues I care deeply about.

Despite

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Berned Out (Liberal Wingnut Mythology)

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The more I have to look at the Sanders campaign, the more I just see the lies, the arrogance, the sexism, and the racism. The White guy is absolutely perfect and has the most integrity and the most vision, and we need to elect him because the Black man wasn’t good enough, and the woman isn’t either.

I don’t like to spend time putting

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After blowing the whistle on Flint’s water, EPA “rogue employee” has been silent. Until now.

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Del Toral was first alerted to Flint’s water problems last spring, when Lee Anne Walters called the EPA to complain about high levels of lead in her tap water and warn officials that her child had been diagnosed with lead poisoning.

Del Toral followed up with Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality, asking about corrosion control treatment in Flint. Emails show that in February 2015,

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Dayton mayor: Clinton manufacturing plan a big deal

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Manufacturing is a strategic growth industry for the Dayton region. We are home to large manufacturers like DMAX and MAHLE Behr Dayton and are the choice for new manufacturers like Fuyao. In addition, we welcome hundreds of smaller firms making the parts needed for cars, airplanes and medical supplies. And between our two universities, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Miami Valley Research Park,

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Clinton’s ‘Corporate Ties’ Are Exactly What We Need

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One of the frustrations of being a ‘rational’ progressive is watching people you largely agree with be completely wrongheaded in the way they pursue progressive goals.

I am a bang for the buck kind of guy. Human capital is limited, so I like to see progressives devote energy and resources where they can do the most good instead of getting distracted by trivialities, passing

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On healthcare, I have to side with Hillary.

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Setting aside the “zero cost sharing = appointments for stubbed toes” issue, and even setting aside the holy hell which would be raised by rich people and powerful corporations over the tax hikes (not to mention the entire health insurance industry over a move which would put them all out of business and by the pharmaceutical and hospital industries over yet another major overhaul

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The Dangerous Bernie Sanders

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The election for the nomination and the presidency is over. Clinton won.

So why do you see so many anti Bernie posts on this page if he can’t win?

Remember folks, I am not a Democrat. I believe in rational analysis, and intelligent, effective policy, and electing those people best equipped to move a progressive agenda forward, no matter what they look like or

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Why Bernie Sanders’ “Political Revolution” Doesn’t Have a Chance

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Hillary Clinton and Sanders need to give plans for executive branch action, given gridlock in Congress. In response, on Twitter, some Sanders supporters said this was wrong: That Sanders—with a long career in lawmaking—could win Republican support; that Sanders would use the bully pulpit to rally voters; and that a Sanders win would necessarily bring the kind of wave that would give him

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Why Precisely Is Bernie Sanders Against Reparations?

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Last week Bernie Sanders was asked whether he was in favor of “reparations for slavery.” It is worth considering Sanders’s response in full:

No, I don’t think so. First of all, its likelihood of getting through Congress is nil. Second of all, I think it would be very divisive. The real issue is when we look at the poverty rate among the African American

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On Hillary and Bernie

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I am a progressive. I want the things Bernie promises for this country. I want universal health care, and free higher education, and reduced incarceration, and an end to the artificial redistribution of wealth into the pockets of the filthy rich.

But I also understand basic civics, and I read the news, so I know that the Republican party is simultaneously

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