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Political violence as the norm: Trump signals plans to pardon January 6 insurrectionists if re-elected in 2024

Ex-President Donald Trump said on September 1 that if reelected in 2024, he would “look very, very favorably” at full pardons for the insurrectionists who attacked the U.S. Capitol last year. In an interview with right-wing radio host Wendy Bell, Trump claimed he is “financially supporting” some of the people who took part in the Capitol attack, adding that “they were in my office actually two days ago, so they’re very much in my mind.” “You get some of these judges who are so nasty and so angry and so mean,” the former president said. “I will tell you:...

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Election Scheming: New details highlight how Ginni Thomas lobbied to overturn Wisconsin’s 2020 results

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas faced fresh calls to step down on September 1 after new reporting revealed that his wife’s involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election was broader than previously known, extending to the battleground state of Wisconsin as well as Arizona. Emails obtained by The Washington Post and the organization Documented show that Ginni Thomas, a longtime far-right activist with close ties to the conservative dark money network, “messaged two Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin: state Sen. Kathy Bernier, then chair of the Senate elections committee, and state Representative Gary Tauchen,” the newspaper reported....

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Paid for by Big Pharma: Mandela Barnes hits at Ron Johnson for selling out to big corporate donors

The campaign of Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, who is running to unseat U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, declared on August 16 that the Republican incumbent “is bought and paid for by Big Pharma.” That charge came in response to Johnson’s comments on August 15 about Medicare negotiating the cost of certain prescription drugs, which is included in the Inflation Reduction Act that U.S. President Joe Biden signed into law on August 16. Appearing on “The Brian Kilmeade Show,” Johnson told the Fox News host that “when you start punishing the pharmaceutical industry, you’re gonna have less innovation; you’re gonna...

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The Cure: Why Universal healthcare would enable a healthier population to withstand the next pandemic

More than 330,000 people in the United States died during the pandemic because they were uninsured or underinsured. That grim statistic was reported recently by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health. In addition to that staggering, preventable death toll, in 2020 alone, our “fragmented and inefficient healthcare system,” cost the U.S. $459 billion more than if we had genuine, universal healthcare. The Yale team prescription to prepare for the next pandemic: Medicare for All. “Our current healthcare system is dysfunctional. It is extraordinarily wasteful and expensive, and it is cruel,” Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders said as...

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America’s crumbling healthcare: Study finds “Medicare for All” could have prevented 338,000 COVID deaths

COVID-19 has killed more than one million people in the United States over the past two years, but more than 338,000 of those lives could have been saved if the country had a universal single-payer healthcare system such as Medicare for All. That is according to new peer-reviewed research published on June 14 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Although U.S. residents pay more for healthcare than their peers around the world, the nation’s fragmented for-profit model leaves tens of millions of people uninsured and delivers worse outcomes. Unnecessary costs and preventable deaths were already rampant in the...

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Congressional committee report accuses Gun Industry of “profiting off the blood of innocent Americans”

Firearm companies have raked in over $1 billion from selling AR-15-style rifles over the past decade, a U.S. congressional committee revealed in a report ahead of a July 27 hearing, prompting calls from Democratic lawmakers and gun control advocates for a renewed assault weapons ban. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform held the hearing on gunmakers’ responsibility for a national crisis that costs tens of thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars annually. In the wake of recent massacres in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York, the House panel queried five leading gun manufacturers — Bushmaster,...

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