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August 26, 2016

Obamacare sticker shock hits key Senate races

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As insurers push large premium increases for 2017 Obamacare plans, some of the steepest hikes have been requested by insurers in crucial swing states that could determine control of the Senate. In nine of 11 states with competitive Senate races, at least one insurer seeks to hike rates for Obamacare customers by at least 30 percent next year: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pennsylvania wants to jack up average…

The First Time Hillary Clinton Was President

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WELLESLEY, Mass.—In the fall of 1968, in the wake of one of the most violent, volatile summers in American history, as young people clashed with police and clamored for an end to the war in Vietnam and the draft and for greater racial justice and women’s rights, the student body president at Wellesley College stood in front of the incoming freshman class and talked to them about the merits of…

Establishment frets: Freedom Caucus and Club for Growth in cahoots

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Lawmakers and political operatives aligned with House GOP leadership are growing increasingly concerned that the powerful conservative outside group Club for Growth is taking marching orders from their arch-nemesis: The House Freedom Caucus. The Club’s super PAC has spent more than $3.7 million to boost a half-dozen Republican primary candidates who’ve pledged publicly or privately to join the Freedom Caucus, plus several of their current members in tough races. Some…

Nat Turner’s story is way too important to be lost in Nate Parker’s past

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Before Nate Parker’s film “The Birth of a Nation” hits theaters in October, there is something we must get straight. Rape and sexual violence are epidemics we must address now.  Yet, boycotting an important film about Nat Turner will not push that debate forward, but it will help to silence the issues of our country’s legacy of systemic racism and #BlackLivesMatter that the film dares to broach. The film–which Fox…

Donald Trump: African-Americans have been “treated terribly” by banks

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Donald Trump held a meeting with black and Latino activists at Trump Tower in New York City on Thursday morning as part of his outreach efforts to reach key voting blocs as he pushes towards the November election. During the meeting, Trump made appeals to both groups and continued his recent attack on Democratic policies that he claims have failed African-American and Hispanic communities over time “They’ve really been let down by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats,”…