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Taxpayers fund drug development but Big Pharma fights price negotiations

Taxpayers fund drug development but Big Pharma fights price negotiations

Like most Americans, you probably pay a LOT of money for the prescription drugs used by you and your family. The statistics about prescription drug use in America are rather shocking: Sixty-six percent of adults take at least one prescription medicine and one-quarter take four or more. More than a third of Americans have skipped taking a prescription medicine because […]

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A transformative, bipartisan package of bills to improve child care in Michigan advances

A transformative, bipartisan package of bills to improve child care in Michigan advances

While a small cohort of extremist, conservative Michigan legislators is grabbing headlines with their incessant, almost childish rehash of the 2020 election nearly a year later, a bipartisan package of legislation passed the House of Representatives last week that will radically transform how we deliver child care in our state. The package of eight bills – two introduced by Democrats […]

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Preschool students practice hammering plastic nails into a foam pad in a sensory center.

Want people to go back to work? Get to work fixing our childcare crisis. Michigan just did.

There’s a great deal of discussion surrounding the reasons that there are so many job vacancies right now at a time when unemployment levels are high. No matter how you analyze it, however, there is simply no getting around the fact that, along with wages that haven’t kept up with the cost of living, it’s lack of available, affordable, reliable […]

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Michigan GOP candidate for governor James Craig is an anti-Choice extremist

Michigan GOP candidate for governor James Craig is an anti-Choice extremist

If I were a betting guy, I’d wager that most voters in Michigan have never heard of a man named James Craig. He’s the former Detroit police chief and he’s been stumbling out of the gate for the 2022 governor’s race on a nearly continuous basis for almost all of 2020, vying to be the Republican nominee. For the most […]

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It rivals the New Deal – with special guest David Dayen

It rivals the New Deal – with special guest David Dayen

David Dayen on Twitter: @DDayen The American Prospect on Twitter: @TheProspect David Dayen at The American Prospect: Infrastructure Summer: Joe Manchin’s Symphony of Disingenuousness The American Prospect Executive Action Tracker is HERE. Jordan Zakarin on Twitter: @JordanZakarin Jordan Zakarin at Progressives Everywhere: Rana Abdelhamid grew up being ignored by Carolyn Maloney. Now she’s trying to replace her. Support progressive New […]

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There is no such thing as a “peace dividend” in America today

There is no such thing as a “peace dividend” in America today

With the American war in Afghanistan now effectively finished and our military presence in Iraq and Syria all but over, you might think America would now be enjoying a peace dividend. This is, however, entirely NOT the case. In fact, Congress is set to pass one the largest military budgets in our nation’s history. But it gets worse. The Pentagon […]

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Unemployment insurance is NOT a giveaway, it’s INSURANCE!

Unemployment insurance is NOT a giveaway, it’s INSURANCE!

Pretty much all of us have insurance of one sort or another. We (hopefully) have health insurance. Some of us have life insurance. We have insurance on our cars, on our homes, sometimes even on our pets. Insurance is designed so that you pay a small amount on a regular basis over time. Then, if you need it, it’s there […]

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Expand Medicare NOW! with special guest Jon “Bowzer” Bauman

Expand Medicare NOW! with special guest Jon “Bowzer” Bauman

Jon Bauman on Twitter: @JonBowzerBauman Social Security Works’ website: SocialSecurityWorks.org 🚨 IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY, IT'S TIME TO CALL THE CAPITOL SWITCHBOARD 🚨 (202) 224-3121 1. Ask your rep and Senators to do everything we can to resettle as many at risk Afghans as possible 2. Make sure they fight for the right things in reconciliationhttps://t.co/DkMfZND91w — LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) August […]

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A nation of abortion snitches – with special guest Imani Gandy

A nation of abortion snitches – with special guest Imani Gandy

Imani Gandy on Twitter: @AngryBlackLady Rewire News Group on Twitter: @RewireNewsGroup Rewire News Group’s website is at RewireNewsGroup.com. Listen to the Boom! Lawyered podcast HERE. Sign up for the Rewired newsletter HERE. Justice Sotomayor could not stop her conservative colleagues, but for posterity and future generations, she placed on the record an account of their shame. https://t.co/OsRoNiLVBM — The Nation […]

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The Election Confessional

The Election Confessional

There are just over two months until the next election date in Michigan. The last election for some communities was a month ago. Did you vote? Do you know who the candidates were? There was also an election in May for some communities. Many people had no idea.  Voter turnout in presidential years is often relatively high (in the November […]

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Rescuing Texas from the redness – with special guests Julie Oliver & Mike Siegel

Rescuing Texas from the redness – with special guests Julie Oliver & Mike Siegel

Julie Oliver on Twitter: @JulieOliverTX Mike Siegel on Twitter: @SiegelForTexas Ground Game Texas on Twitter: @GroundGameTX Ground Game Texas website: GroundGameTexas.org Jordan Zakarin on Twitter: @JordanZakarin “There are senior advisors to the President and Senate Democrats whose primary concern with filibuster reform is that it would open the door to progressive policies being enacted. Which begs the question, why are […]

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