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Taking from the Poor and Giving to the Pentagon: This is the GOP

Taking from the Poor and Giving to the Pentagon: This is the GOP
The GOP is targeting Medicaid in its next attack on health care reform. House Republicans want to take away $20 billion budgeted for the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and use it to cover defense cuts. This is who they are.
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TX Approves Science Textbooks Containing Actual Science

TX Approves Science Textbooks Containing Actual Science
This week, the Texas State Board of Education held hearings to discuss the adoption of new textbooks for Texas schools. Given the SBOE's past history with creationism, all eyes were specifically on the science textbook hearings, to see whether the SBOE would let real science into Texas textbooks.
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To Protect Their Entitlement, Corporate CEO's Are Attacking Ours: Social Security

To Protect Their Entitlement, Corporate CEO's Are Attacking Ours: Social Security
Struggling families all across America now have less food on their tables. Budget cuts that kicked into effect November 1 have lowered the nation’s average federal food stamp benefit to less than $1.40 per person per meal.
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Waiver Allows Dynegy Plant in Illinois to Spew Coal Pollution Until 2020

Waiver Allows Dynegy Plant in Illinois to Spew Coal Pollution Until 2020
The Illinois Pollution Control Board agreed Thursday to give a Texas company until 2020 to install pollution controls at five Illinois coal-fired power plants, saying that requiring the upgrades sooner would pose an economic hardship.
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Communities Fined for Taking HUD Money Without Tackling Racial Disparity Issues

Communities Fined for Taking HUD Money Without Tackling Racial Disparity Issues
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is finally baring its teeth against communities that take HUD money but show no improvement toward lessening racial and economic disparity in housing.
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Nikole Hannah-Jones
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Hillary Clinton Rallies Green Construction Advocates: Sustainability Top Priority

Hillary Clinton Rallies Green Construction Advocates: Sustainability Top Priority
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a gathering of 10,000 advocates for green construction Thursday that sustainability must be one of the country's top priorities.
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A Penchant for Racist Alliteration: Tea Partier Calls TX State Sen Van de Putte 'Barrio Boopsie'

A Penchant for Racist Alliteration: Tea Partier Calls TX State Sen Van de Putte 'Barrio Boopsie'
Far right blogger Rick Atkinson coined a new and offensive nickname for State Senator Leticia Van de Putte this week, calling her 'Barrio Boopsie'. Taken with University of Texas Young Republican's offensive catch-an-illegal-immigrant game, and remarks on Wendy Davis, the pattern of racist insensitivity among the flanks of the far right is indisputable and omnipresent.
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Condemned Garage Housed Staffers, Volunteers for TX GOP Rep Steve Stockman

Condemned Garage Housed Staffers, Volunteers for TX GOP Rep Steve Stockman
Since 2012, unpaid campaign staffers for Republican Texas Representative Steve Stockman slept in a ramshackle garage. Until recently, that is, when fire marshals shut down the operation in the building which for years had been considered unsafe.
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After Budget Cuts, TX Family Planning Program Serving 77 Percent Fewer Clients

After Budget Cuts, TX Family Planning Program Serving 77 Percent Fewer Clients
Two years after conservative legislators in Texas cut state family planning funds by two-thirds, newly released data from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) shows that state contractors are seeing 77 percent fewer family planning clients at an increased cost of 17 percent per client.
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CO Lawmakers Urged to Curb Dangerous Beef-Industry Antibiotics Use

CO Lawmakers Urged to Curb Dangerous Beef-Industry Antibiotics Use
They aren’t happy, and they don’t make for good eating because they’re more susceptible to illness. Yet a lot of cows are stressed in America. They’re shuttled around and crowded onto the massive feedlots where so many of them live out their short lives, breathing, eating and drinking in the same crowded space where they leave their waste.
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