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Still image of 2020 Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden on The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC.
10 Mar 2020

Joe Biden Tells MSNBC Viewers He Would Veto Medicare For All

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate, told MSNBC viewers that he would veto Medicare For All if he was elected.

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06 Mar 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Espionage Act Reform Unveiled To Protect Journalists, Whistleblower Disclosures

On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” we break down reform legislation that would help ensure the Espionage Act is no longer used against journalists. It would also expand protections for whistleblower disclosures. The rights of members of the press that “solicit, obtain, or publish government secrets” would be protected

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05 Mar 2020

Espionage Act Reform Bill Would Protect Journalists Like Julian Assange

Under legislation proposed in Congress, the United States government would not be able to prosecute journalists like WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who publish classified information. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Ro Khanna introduced the Espionage Act Reform Act to reaffirm “First Amendment protections for journalists” and ensure “whistleblowers can

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05 Mar 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Means To An End’ By Sepultura

For over three decades the pioneering Brazilian heavy metal band has never been afraid to address political issues. One of Sepultura’s more political albums, “Chaos A.D.” (1993), features “Refuse/Resist,” a hard hitting anti-police anthem, and “Territory,” which references the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Sepultura recently released their fifteenth studio

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Prison Protest

Connie Grier
04 Mar 2019

Beyond Prisons: Pennsylvania Prison Policy Targets Educators & Volunteers (feat. Connie Grier)

Connie Grier joins Beyond Prisons to discuss a new policy in Pennsylvania prisons targeting materials brought in by educators, religious practitioners, and others.

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Families gather outside the state prison in Corcoran, California, to protest prisoner fights and lockdown conditions. (Credit: IWOC)
26 Feb 2019

More Reports Of ‘Gladiator Fights’ As California Prison Officials Tear Up Cells To Find Recording Device

Another fight between rival prisoner groups, which advocates say are arranged by officials, took place at the state prison in Corcoran, CA on February 20.

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Soledad State Prison (CDCR).
18 Feb 2019

California Prisoners Say Videos Show ‘Gladiator Fights’ At Soledad State Prison

California prisoners released video recordings of two prisoner fights they say were set-up by officials at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, California.

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13 Feb 2019

Corcoran Prisoners Describe Life Under Lockdown

Two prisoners at Corcoran describe their experiences under a months-long lockdown as they contemplate resuming their hunger strike after negotiations failed.

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08 Feb 2019

Following Hunger Strike, Corcoran Prisoners Say Negotiations With Warden Have Fallen Apart

Prisoners at Corocoran who went on hunger strike during lockdown are contemplating their next move after negotiations with the warden apparently fell apart.

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19 Jan 2019

Beyond Prisons: Transformative Justice & Pod-Mapping

Beyond Prisons hosts Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein begin a conversation on transformative justice, exploring the concepts of “Pods” and “Pod-mapping.”

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The Bullpen

29 Dec 2016

Bullpen Roundup for Thursday, December 29, 2016

Daniel Wright runs down some of this week’s overlooked stories on labor, corporate crime, the military industrial complex, and money in politics.

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28 Dec 2016

Economic Recovery Is Mostly A Myth For The 99 Percent

The famous United States stock index known as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (or simply the Dow) flirted with approaching a historic high of 20,000. The index, which shows how the largest 30 companies publicly traded in the U.S. are performing, is considered a key indicator of how well U.S.

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Deutsche Bank. Photo by Björn Láczay (dustpuppy) on Flickr.
26 Dec 2016

European Banks Settling Mortgage Securities Fraud Cases

Both German Deutsche Bank and Swiss Credit Suisse are settling charges with the U.S. government over their involvement in fraud in the mortgage market.

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21 Dec 2016

White House Claims Over 80% Of Low-Skilled Jobs Will Be Automated

Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers claims jobs with a median wage paying less than $20 an hour have an 83% chance of being automated.

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19 Dec 2016

Six Generic Drug Makers Caught In Price-Fixing Conspiracy

Attorneys general in 20 states sued six generic drug makers for conspiring to increase prices on generic medications to boost profits.

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David Brock, founder of the Clinton super PAC Correct The Record. Screenshot from C-SPAN2
14 Dec 2016

David Brock Calls Press ‘Animals’ And Pledges To Destroy Trump

In a recent interview, David Brock defiantly told Politico writer (and Podesta emails star) Glenn Thrush that any attempt to attribute Hillary Clinton’s loss to the candidate herself was a “Kellyanne Conway line,” in reference to President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. Brock went on to seemingly blame anything

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