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Bernie Sanders Is The Strongest Candidate On Women’s Issues

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Bernie Sanders has received a lot of criticism over whether or not he would be the right candidate to tackle women’s issues if elected president. After all, the current Democratic frontrunner is a woman, so most assume that Hillary is the clear choice to lead on these issues. But when you stack up their records, it becomes clear that Bernie is the real leader here.

Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins and Dr. Heather Gautney discuss this. Dr. Gautney is an associate professor of sociology at Fordham University and a researcher for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

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Bernie Sanders Takes on Big Pharma

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Bernie Sanders is fighting to take back power from the Big Pharmaceutical companies and help Americans stop getting screwed over by these companies. Thom Hartmann and his panel discuss the problems plaguing the current pharmaceutical industry.

Watch.

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The Terrifying Chart that Shows the Difference Between Economic Growth Between Top 10% and Other 90%

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The income disparity between the country’s top 10 percent and bottom 90 percent is bad. Really bad. Here’s a classic rundown from Vox illustrating just how different it is. The video recaps and explains an alarming chart developed by Pavlina Tcherneva, an economist at Bards College. 

According to Vox:

For a long time, most of the gains from economic growth went to the bottom 90 percent of the income distribution. And, after all, the bottom 90 percent includes the vast majority of people. Since 1980, that hasn’t been the case. And for the first several years of the current expansion, the bottom 90 percent saw inflation-adjusted incomes continue to fall.

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Hillary Proposes $10 Billion Plan to Help Fight Drug Addiction with Treatment, not Jails

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled a $10 billion plan designed to fight drug and alcohol addiction, reported CBS News. Each are problems that require progressive solutions.

Her plan involves goals for prevention, treatment and recovery, youth drug and alcohol education, increased funding for rehabilitation centers, and improved first responder training. “Tough on crime” laws and policies regarding drug addiction have been tried and they failed. We need to use a different approach.

“It’s time we recognize that there are gaps in our health care system that allow too many to go without care — and invest in treatment,” wrote Clinton in an op-ed for the New Hampshire Union Leader. “It’s time we recognize that our state and federal prisons . . . are no substitute for proper treatment and reform our criminal justice system.”

Mental health and addiction have been a major part of Clinton’s presidential platform. Her campaign staffers have reached out to experts and leaders in the health community to help Clinton create her plan. That plan also includes building a closer relationship between correctional and public health facilities.

As drug and alcohol addiction remains a problem in America, the country needs plans and programs intended to solve and treat addiction. Currently, we have a draconian system that punishes and marginalizes the disease of addiction.

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Remember When Sanders Was One of the Few Politicians with a Brain about Iraq?

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Bernie Sanders has been consistent on his position toward the Iraq war since it was first conceived. While Republicans are beating their war drums over the Iran nuke deal, it’s important to remember what a sane voice sounds like on Middle East issues.

Just last July, Bernie Sanders authored a piece in the Boston Globe in which he discussed the often under-reported costs of war:

The cost of war is more than 6,800 service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cost of war is caring for the spouses and children who have to rebuild their lives after the loss of their loved ones. It’s about hundreds and thousands of men and women coming home from war with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, many of them having difficulty keeping jobs in order to pay their bills. It’s about high divorce rates. It’s about the terrible tragedy of veterans committing suicide.

The cost of war is about supporting family caregivers for disabled veterans. It’s about 2,500 young men and women who would like to start families but are unable to do so because of war wounds.

Bernie Sanders continued discussing what we owe to the veterans we send to fight our battles:

The bottom line is that if we are going to send poeple off to battle, we must understand what the war experience means to their lives and do everything we can to make them whole when they return. If we can’t do that, we shouldn’t be sending them into war in the first place. That’s the contract we have with the people who put their lives on the line to defend us.

Watch the video below of Bernie Sanders opposing the Iraq war in the House of Representatives.

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Fear of Immigrants is a Multi-Million Dollar Industry

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As it turns out, hating immigrants isn’t just a great way for Republicans to energize their base, it’s also a great way to repay some of their corporate campaign donors. With the recent fervor over keeping immigrants from entering the United States, the business of border security is absolutely booming, creating a lot of wealth for a few individuals. And if Republicans get their way and finally build a wall that stretches across our southern border, you can bet that Republican donors will get their cement mixers ready to roll.

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The NFL forced Sony Pictures to Soften its Upcoming Movie on Concussions

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“Sometimes in life, you’re asked to leave it alone.”  That is a line from a forthcoming feature film. It is particularly true when it comes to offending Very Important Corporate Persons (VICPs) with anything that might affect their image – as well as their precious, multi-million dollar bottom line. In this case, the one being asked to “leave it alone” is a major film studio, and the VICP is the National Football League. The NFL has come under scrutiny in recent years over the effects of brain injuries on its players. The issue has been the target of Congressional hearings and the cause of action in a massive injury lawsuit brought by over 5,000 former football players.

In December, Sony Studios will be releasing Concussion, a biopic about Dr. Bennett Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who specializes in the study of traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Omalu was the first physician to clinically identify a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or “CTE.” The condition was once known as dementia pugilistica, and has long been recognized by boxing coaches (the popular term was “punch drunk”). It is usually caused by repeated blows to the head over a period of time. Symptoms include memory impairment, aggressive behavior, confusion, and depression. However, these symptoms do not usually appear until years later – and an accurate diagnosis requires a post-mortem.

According to a number of emails obtained by hackers, Sony CEO Peter Landesman was not pleased with the script. He had been in “discussions” with the film’s lead actor, Will Smith, who portrays Dr. Omalu, about “softening” certain aspects of the story. In other words, don’t make the NFL look so bad.

Nearly two years ago, PBS released its own documentary, entitled League of Denial. That film was a scathing exposé of the NFL and its twenty-year cover-up of connections between the sport and debilitating, long-term brain injuries. The PBS documentary was the result of a lengthy investigative report and featured interviews with the real Dr. Omalu. After Omalu published reports based on autopsies of late Pittsburgh Steelers players Mike Webster and Terry Long, he was targeted by the NFL. Dr. Omalu was publicly smeared and discredited by NFL publicists. In the documentary, Dr. Omalu reported the following conversation:

An NFL doctor said to me at some point, ‘Bennet, do you know the implications of what you’re doing?’ He said, ‘If 10 percent of mothers in this country would begin to perceive football as a dangerous sport, that is the end of football.’

Omalu adds: “I wish I never met Mike Webster…CTE has dragged me into politics of science, the politics of the NFL. You can’t go against the NFL. They’ll squash you.”

Omalu eventually left his research and went to work as a medical examiner in Northern California. Unfortunately for the NFL, the proverbial genie was out of the bottle. When former New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau committed suicide in May of 2012, Omalu was drawn back into his research. Immediately, the NFL resumed their attacks, telling Seau’s son Tyler that Omahu was an unethical hack. Unfortunately, the NFL’s “biostitutes” at the National Institutes of Health confirmed Omalu’s diagnosis: Junior Seau had indeed suffered from CTE.

In response to the documentary, ESPN canceled its production agreement with PBS. Needless to say, PBS received no cooperation from the NFL.

Ironically, Sony is one of the few Hollywood studios that have no real business connections to professional football.  Nonetheless, the screenwriters and the star of the film were pressured into revising the screenplay so as not to ruffle feathers or depict the NFL in a bad light.

Well, guess what, NFL? You can intimidate PBS and Sony Pictures, but you are not going to silence us, nor our Progressive media partners, nor our followers on social media. You have been willing to sacrifice the health and the lives of your modern-day gladiators and perpetuate an industry that is literally killing its participants, all in the name of making hundreds of millions of dollars. We intend to keep speaking out – loud and long.

And there isn’t one damned thing you can do about it.

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PA Judge Who Sold Juveniles to Jails Gets 28 Years in Prison

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A Pennsylvania judge convicted of sending young kids to juvenile detention centers in return for cash has been sentenced to 28 years in prison, reported NPR. Good riddance to this guy.

Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was convicted of taking up to $1 million in bribes from developers of juvenile detention centers in the state of Pennsylvania. The disgraced judge became known for doling out harsh sentences for small, petty crimes in order to receive payment for each kid sent. The scam became known as “kids-for-cash.”

Between 2003 and 2008, the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court tossed 4,000 convictions issued by Ciavarella because the judge violated the constitutional rights of the kids. These violations included denying the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Disgustingly, his attorneys said that all the media attention on Ciavarella was a good enough punishment.

“The media attention to this matter has exceeded coverage given to many and almost all capital murders, and despite protestation, he will forever be unjustly branded as the “Kids for Cash” judge,” said the attorneys’ memo.

The evidence shows that Ciavarella’s branding as the “Kids for Cash” judge is rightful and just. He ruined the lives of several children in exchange for large sums of money and deserves the shattered reputation and every day of his sentence.  

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CEO Pay Exposed — Income Inequality Is MUCH Worse Than We Thought

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With income inequality reaching dangerous levels, the Securities and Exchange Commission finally decided that corrupt CEOs need to reveal how much they’re making compared to their workers. The information that is coming in shows that the problem is much worse than we thought.

Americas’s Lawyer, Mike Papantonio, and attorney Howard Nations discuss this.

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