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Farmworkers Dread the Possibility of Losing Medi-Cal

Farmworkers Dread the Possibility of Losing Medi-Cal

By Jenny Manrique ARVIN, Calif. — Arelia Sanchez is a tiny woman behind a big eight-month pregnant belly, but her voice speaks volumes. She says she doesn’t hide the fact that she is undocumented, and whenever she can, she reminds everybody that all of her four children were planned. Every time she has to go […]

McCain’s Health Battle Casts Ugly Glare on GOP Healthcare Assault

McCain’s Health Battle Casts Ugly Glare on GOP Healthcare Assault

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson Arizona Senator John McCain will get and deserves the best medical care he can get in his battle against brain cancer. Millions rightly will be pulling for his healthful recovery. But McCain’s health battle also casts an ugly glare on the hypocrisy and contradiction in the GOP’s relentless war against Obamacare. […]

Diverse Cops Make the Difference in Policing Hate

Diverse Cops Make the Difference in Policing Hate

By Jenny Manrique SAN FRANCISCO – Hate crimes are on the rise nationwide, including here in San Francisco, where the city’s diversity also happens to be a hallmark of the San Francisco Police Department’s (SFPD) Hate Crimes Unit. It’s one of just a handful of such units across the country, and officials say its diversity […]

“Made in America” Week

By Isaac Cohen* The White House communications team has been making an heroic effort to maintain message discipline, identifying “weekly themes” on topics such as infrastructure in June, followed by energy, the workforce and technology. However, these efforts have been derailed by the interference of other relatively more urgent issues, such as the investigation of […]

Japan and Europe

By Isaac Cohen* As a preamble to the Group of 20 Summit, held in Hamburg, Germany on July 7-8, the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, in Brussels on July 6, announced they had approved the broad principles of a trade agreement among both economies. Emphasizing […]

Immigrants: Our Economy Needs You

Immigrants: Our Economy Needs You

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration is holding to policies targeting foreign entrepreneurs and students, despite strong evidence that immigrant innovation and contributions sustain a healthier economy. The Trump administration announced Monday that it would delay the International Entrepreneur Rule, which would have provided more opportunities for foreign entrepreneurs to start companies in the United […]

Low Inflation

By Isaac Cohen* The two main indicators monitored by the central bank have behaved differently, during the nine years of moderate, but sustained US economic reactivation. While unemployment, at 4.3 percent in May, has emphatically decreased toward full employment, inflation has been more reticent, at 1.4 percent in May it remained under the 2 percent […]

Sanders: States that Voted for Trump Would Be Hardest Hit Under Republican Health Care Plan

BURLINGTON, Vt., July 7 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Friday that one of the great ironies of the current health care debate in Washington is that those states that voted heavily for Trump and Republicans, including Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s own state of Kentucky, will be punished the most by the Republican health […]

Colombia’s Supreme Court Frees Indigenous Leader Feliciano Valencia

Colombia’s Supreme Court Frees Indigenous Leader Feliciano Valencia

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) celebrates Colombia’s Supreme Court decision to acquit prominent indigenous leader Feliciano Valencia after he was arrested in 2015 under alleged kidnapping charges. On Wednesday, June 28 the Supreme Court annulled a previous ruling by Popayan’s superior court, which sentenced Mr. Valencia to eighteen years in prison for allegedly […]

The Opioid Crisis in Black and White

The Opioid Crisis in Black and White

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson On March 29, 2017, the mood at the White House was somber when President Trump signed an executive order establishing a commission charged with making recommendations on dealing with the opioid crisis. At the signing, all the talk by Trump and other administration officials was about a big ramp up in […]

More Than 100 Federal Agencies Fail to Report Hate Crimes to the FBI’s National Database

More Than 100 Federal Agencies Fail to Report Hate Crimes to the FBI’s National Database

By A.C. Thompson and Ken Schwencke In violation of a longstanding legal mandate, scores of federal law enforcement agencies are failing to submit statistics to the FBI’s national hate crimes database, ProPublica has learned. The lack of participation by federal law enforcement represents a significant and largely unknown flaw in the database, which is supposed […]

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