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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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    • 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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    • Trump Is Pushing the World Closer to Nuclear Peril

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    I have called my daughter, Nika, a “perestroika baby.” She was conceived in Russia during that earthshaking period when, under the radical tenure of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the country began to open up and the Cold War began to thaw. Nika was born just a few years after Gorbachev and President Ronald Reagan signed the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, one of the world’s most important nuclear arms accords.

    "Trump Is Pushing the World Closer to Nuclear Peril" is from the October 30, 2018 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 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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    • Bernie Sanders Is the Realist We Should Elect

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    "Bernie Sanders Is the Realist We Should Elect" 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Don’t Count out Ben Jealous and His Progressive Message for Maryland

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    When much of America was watching Brett M. Kavanaugh’s interview on Fox News on Sept. 24, there was another important broadcast being aired: the Maryland gubernatorial debate, in which Democratic nominee Ben Jealous faced off with incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

    "Don’t Count out Ben Jealous and His Progressive Message for Maryland" is from the October 02, 2018 Opinion 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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    • 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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    • Forget the Trump Circus. Focus Instead on His Ruinous Policies.

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    A recent opinion piece written by an unnamed senior official in the Trump administration calls out the obvious and terrifying failings of the president, while assuring Americans that “adults in the room” are limiting the damage. Both the piece and President Trump’s impetuous, adversarial and petty response torched a furor among the commentariat. 

    Once more talk of removing Trump through the 25th Amendment revived; talk shows probed the motives of the author; Trump fed the story further by launching a public search for the “treasonous” writer. But the op-ed is more a trap than a boon for Democrats: The narrow focus on Trump’s odious zaniness distracts from the true destructiveness of the course pursued by the administration and the Republican-led Congress."Forget the Trump Circus. Focus Instead on His Ruinous Policies." is from the September 11, 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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    • The Rising Backlash to Paul Ryan’s Conservatism

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    In the days since House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) announced that he will not seek reelection this year, much of the commentary has focused on his failures. Barring a sudden bout of legislative productivity, Ryan will relinquish the speaker’s gavel with a deficit-exploding tax cut for corporations and the rich as his only significant achievement. Fortunately, his career-defining goals of privatizing Social Security, converting Medicare into a voucher system and dismantling the safety net remain unfulfilled. And then, of course, there is his humiliating failure, dating back to the 2016 campaign, to stand up to President Trump.

    "The Rising Backlash to Paul Ryan’s Conservatism" is from the April 17, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • In the Dark Days of Trump, There Are Still Sweet Victories to Celebrate

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    In March 2005, not long after George W. Bush’s reelection, I wrote in the Nation that “it can be difficult, in these times, to maintain a sense of hope — as corruption, war, lies and injustices large and small loom all around, and outrage about the Right’s assault on our democracy threatens to overwhelm us.” At the time, I felt it was important to celebrate even small moments of triumph, so I started a recurring feature to lift up positive stories that I hoped would inspire progressives. I called it “Sweet Victories.”

    "In the Dark Days of Trump, There Are Still Sweet Victories to Celebrate" is from the August 21, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Andrew Gillum’s Rise Shows the Strength of the Progressive Pipeline

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    Last Tuesday, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum defied the odds and won the Democratic primary for governor in Florida. He had neither the biggest name nor the most money, and still he emerged as the clear winner. Gillum is now, along with Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Ben Jealous of Maryland, one of three black candidates for governor who could make history this year.

    "Andrew Gillum’s Rise Shows the Strength of the Progressive Pipeline" is from the September 04, 2018 Opinion 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

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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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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    • The 'Four Freedoms' under Assault

    • By: Katrina vanden Heuvel
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    "The 'Four Freedoms' under Assault" is from the Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Katrina vanden Heuvel and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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