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    • Why the Time Has Come for a Green New Deal

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    Almost 20 years ago, writer Mark Hertsgaard suggested a bold idea to upend the climate debate. Arguing that ambitious climate action was politically impossible without simultaneously meeting people’s economic needs, he proposed a massive public works...

    "Why the Time Has Come for a Green New Deal" is from the December 18, 2018 Op-Ed section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Economic Numbers Are Cheery, but Don’t Believe the Hype

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    President Trump was so delighted by the May jobs report that he tipped off investors by tweeting while the information was still embargoed. The news — more than 220,000 new jobs, unemployment down to 3.8 percent, the lowest in 18 years — was undoubtedly strong. The Economic Policy Institute hailed “the economy’s steady march towards full employment,” noting that most of the drop in unemployment came from workers finding new jobs and only about one-third from workers leaving the workforce. Wages are finally beginning to budge, though the growth rates still don’t keep up with the rising cost of basics such as health care and education. The last time the U.S. economy enjoyed across the board wage growth was in 2000, when the economy also neared full employment levels.

    "The Economic Numbers Are Cheery, but Don’t Believe the Hype" is from the June 05, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Warren’s Push for a Wealth Tax Could Be a Game Changer

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    Last week, the New York Times reported that hedge fund billionaire and GOP megadonor Kenneth Griffin shelled out a record $238 million for a penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park...

    "Warren’s Push for a Wealth Tax Could Be a Game Changer" is from the January 29, 2019 Op-Ed section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Elizabeth Warren Has Bold Ideas About How to Drain the Swamp

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    President Trump is likely to be remembered as running the most corrupt administration in history. But Washington corruption didn’t begin two years ago. Pervasive, bipartisan and blatant,corruption is business as usual, exemplified by the hours legislators spend each day dialing well-off donors for dollars, by the evening soirees where lobbyists befriend legislators, and by the proliferation of high-priced “expense account restaurants” and million-dollar condominiums in the nation’s capital. Americans know the rules are rigged for the rich and the powerful. Trump campaigned on the pretense that his money made him independent, but that was just another lie.

    "Elizabeth Warren Has Bold Ideas About How to Drain the Swamp" is from the August 28, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Democratic Wave Won’t Crest Without Progressive Insurgents

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    Progressive populist candidates are surging in Democratic primaries across the country. Potential contenders for the 2020 Democratic Party’s presidential nomination are embracing many of the signature ideas that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) drove into the debate — Medicare for All, tuition-free college, a $15 minimum wage and more. Record numbers of female candidates — a surge fed by reaction to the election of Donald Trump and the rise of the #MeToo movement — are running, most for the first time.

    "The Democratic Wave Won’t Crest Without Progressive Insurgents" is from the May 22, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Trump’s Tax-Cut Scam Will Only Deepen Racism and Inequality

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    The six-month anniversary of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act passed last week with little fanfare. Despite Republicans’ dishonest spin, most Americans recognize that President Trump’s crowning legislative achievement was a plutocratic heist that will do nothing to help working people. Greedy corporations have used their windfalls to reward chief executives and stockholders, while workers’ wages have actually declined. Barely a third of Americans now support the law.

    "Trump’s Tax-Cut Scam Will Only Deepen Racism and Inequality" is from the June 26, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Why Isn’t the Media Covering Climate Change All Day, Every Day?

    • By: Katrina Vanden Heuvel
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    At a time when the president shouting “fake news” is old news and daily scandals are the new normal, it is both difficult and important for the media to strike a balance between the serious and the sensational. I understand how tough that tension is. 

    Every day at the Nation, we try to cover what is important, but that’s not always easy — especially when much of the media privileges stories with the biggest shock factor."Why Isn’t the Media Covering Climate Change All Day, Every Day?" is from the October 16, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina Vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Needed: A Clear Foreign Policy of Progressive Realism

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    President Trump’s impulsive belligerence sensibly arouses alarm across the political spectrum. Yet, reflexive opposition to all things Trump can have perverse effects. In 2008, Barack Obama swept to the Democratic Party’s nomination and the presidency, in part, because of his early opposition to President George W. Bush’s catastrophic war in Iraq, a stark...

    "Needed: A Clear Foreign Policy of Progressive Realism" is from the January 22, 2019 Op-Ed section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Sanders and Warren Are Challenging the Post-Cold War Foreign Policy Establishment

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    After mobilizing massive protests against the Iraq War before it began, and more recently spearheading campaigns to pressure Congress to end the war in Yemen and reassert its war-powers control, progressives have been relatively quiet in the foreign-policy debate. Now that is beginning to change, with progressives stepping up to issue an increasingly bold and broad call for fundamental reform in our global stance. Major speeches by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), both potential presidential contenders in 2020, issued a challenge not only to President Trump’s erratic and authoritarian course, but also to the foreign policy establishment in both parties and the ruinous bipartisan consensus of the past decades.

    "Sanders and Warren Are Challenging the Post-Cold War Foreign Policy Establishment" is from the December 11, 2018 Op-Ed section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • We Cannot Afford More Media Malpractice

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    "We Cannot Afford More Media Malpractice" is from the January 15, 2019 Op-Ed section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl. 

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    • Voters Must Catch on to Republicans’ Con on Health Care

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    A majority of working Americans have zero retirement savings. The three richest Americans hold more wealth than the bottom 50 percent of the country — some 160 million Americans. So Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), having pushed through a trillion-dollar tax cut that lards its benefits on the richest Americans, announces he wants to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and make another run at repealing the Affordable Care Act.

    "Voters Must Catch on to Republicans’ Con on Health Care" is from the October 23, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Edward Snowden Is the Perfect Candidate for a Presidential Pardon

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    Edward Snowden is the former National Security Agency contractor who risked his job, his prestige and his freedom to expose the NSA’s secret mass surveillance programs that trampled the privacy rights of Americans. For that, he has earned the gratitude of millions of Americans and the loathing of the security state.

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    • Why the Ideas Primary Matters

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    What promises to be a fiercely contested 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign has begun. Already too much of the reportage focuses on the horse race: who’s up and who’s down, who’s likable or electable, who’s sparring with whom, and who’s facing scandal. But what’s fascinating...

    "Why the Ideas Primary Matters" is from the January 08, 2019 Op-Ed section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Progressives Must Seize Their Momentum to Articulate a Saner Foreign Policy

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    Insurgent progressives have scored remarkable victories in primaries up and down the ballot and are winning the domestic “ideas primary.” As Barack Obama recently acknowledged, bold reform ideas — from Medicare for All to tuition-free college to a $15 minimum wage — have become almost standard fare for Democrats.Now, we need a forceful articulation of a progressive foreign policy.

    "Progressives Must Seize Their Momentum to Articulate a Saner Foreign Policy" is from the September 25, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Congress Takes Critical Step Toward Reasserting Its War-Powers Control

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    In 1973, as President Richard M. Nixon escalated an unauthorized bombing campaign in Cambodia, Sen. J. William Fulbright (D-Ark.) asked, “Does the President assert — as kings of old — that as Commander in Chief he can order American forces anywhere for any purpose that suits him?” Later that year, Congress answered unequivocally that he could not, overriding a presidential veto to authorize the War Powers Act.

    "Congress Takes Critical Step Toward Reasserting Its War-Powers Control" is from the December 04, 2018 Op-Ed section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Phony Populism of Donald Trump

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    "The Phony Populism of Donald Trump" is from the August 16, 2016 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • We Need Bernie Sanders to Redefine Our Politics — Just Like Ronald Reagan Did

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    "We Need Bernie Sanders to Redefine Our Politics — Just Like Ronald Reagan Did" is from the Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • A Blue Wave Next Month Could Be the Start of a Progressive Sea Change

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    “Only in the darkness can you see the stars,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us. Now, even in the bleak night of Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, there are stars that offer hope. If Democrats take back the House in next month’s elections, the Congressional Progressive Caucus — already one of the largest and most diverse values-based caucus in the Congress — will make certain it won’t be business as usual. 

    The CPC will have the leaders, even greater numbers, a compelling reform agenda and increasing institutional muscle to drive the debate — while exposing the corrosive corruption that pervades every corner of the Trump administration."A Blue Wave Next Month Could Be the Start of a Progressive Sea Change" is from the October 09, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Supreme Court’s Five ‘Black-Robed Rulers’

    • By: Katrina Vanden Heuvel
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    The 5-to-4 decision by the Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME is another stain on the court’s spotted history. That June 27 ruling culminates the decades-long corporate assault on workers with a shameless display of right-wing judicial lawlessness.

    "The Supreme Court’s Five ‘Black-Robed Rulers’" is from the July 03, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • On Private Federal Prisons, a Victory for Independent Journalism

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    "On Private Federal Prisons, a Victory for Independent Journalism" is from the August 23, 2016 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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