Does America have a caste system?

In the United States, inequality tends to be framed as an issue of either class, race or both. Consider, for example, criticism that Republicans’ new tax plan is a weapon of “class warfare,” or accusations that the recent U.S. government shutdown was racist…

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ExxonMobil, other known polluters should pay for climate damage | Opinion

The bills for climate change are coming due sooner than expected, with damages mounting from hurricanes and floods, sea-level rise and storm surges, and unprecedented wildfires followed by still more floods, and now deadly mudslides as witnessed in California this week…

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Trump Admininstration Takes Aim At Defunding Planned Parenthood

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The Trump administration found a back-alley way to defund Planned Parenthood on Friday, allowing states to block the women’s health organization from receiving any Medicaid funding. The move would undo Obama-era guidelines that warned states that cutting off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood may violate federal law. Trump officials said the move would return some power…

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After a year of Trump and outrage, women’s march focuses on electoral politics

A year after a sea of knitted pink “pussyhats” greeted Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president, women and their allies again took to the streets this weekend in dozens of cities across the country…

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Jeff Sessions’ attack on legal marijuana could make Mexican drug cartels very happy

The Justice Department, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announced Thursday afternoon that it would be reversing an Obama-era policy that enabled several states to legalize marijuana. While a senator, Sessions famously said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” apparently unaware that he was referring to more than half the U.S. population…

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Empire Files: Death & Biostitutes – The US Opioid Crisis

A new phenomenon has emerged in the United States: 64,000 people died in 2016 of a drug overdose—with 80% from opioids—with levels of addiction nearly 500% higher over the last six years. Behind this epidemic is a multi-billion dollar industry, that feeds drug manufacturing giants, distributers and more…

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For Children All Over The World, 2017 Was Defined by War

War is defined by noise. It is earthshattering. The sounds of exploding bombs and gunfire, of screams and pain: these are the aural coordinates of battlefields. The modern battlefield is not defined by remoteness. The new battlefield is often in the middle of a city…

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Justice for all in the land of the free?

On this day 69 years ago the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, sketching the foundation of human rights law. Led by Eleanor Roosevelt, the United States played a critical role in bringing 48 nations together to enumerate a set of core individual rights and freedoms that we all reference to this day.…

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Big Sugar Actively Tried to Hide How Bad Sucrose Is

When research funded by the sugar industry began to show evidence that sucrose was linked to poor cardiovascular health nearly 50 years ago, the industry pulled the plug on the study and then tried to hide the fact that it had ever commissioned the work…

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Opioid Crisis Driven by Shady Drug Company Tactics

Many say the opioid crisis that has killed more than 183,000 Americans since 1999 is driven by crooked pharmaceutical executives who have done just about everything, legal or otherwise, to convince the public that opioid painkillers are safe. Even President Donald Trump, who recently declared the epidemic a public health emergency, said companies that make the…

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