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"How Do We Build A Mass Movement to Reverse Runaway Inequality?" with Les Leopold, author of "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice,"May 22, 2016, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, 860 11th Ave. (Between 58th and 59th), New York City. Between The Lines' Scott Harris and Richard Hill moderated this workshop. Listen to the audio/slideshows and more from this workshop.
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Listen to the full interview (30:33) with Jeremy Scahill, an award-winning investigative journalist with the Nation Magazine, correspondent for Democracy Now! and author of the bestselling book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army," about America's outsourcing of its military. In an exclusive interview with Counterpoint's Scott Harris on Sept. 16, 2013, Scahill talks about his latest book, "Dirty Wars, The World is a Battlefield," also made into a documentary film under the same title, and was nominated Dec. 5, 2013 for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category.
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"The Rogue World Order: Connecting the Dots Between Trump, Flynn, Bannon, Spencer, Dugin Putin," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Feb. 13, 2017
"Widespread Resistance Begins to Trump's Muslim Travel Ban at U.S. Airports," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Jan. 28, 2017
"MSNBC Editor: Women's March is a Revival of the Progressive Movement," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Jan. 24, 2017
"Cornering Trump," by Reginald Johnson, Jan. 19, 2017
"Free Leonard Peltier," by Reginald Johnson, Jan. 6, 2016
"For Natives, a "Day of Mourning"by Reginald Johnson, November 23, 2016
"A Bitter Harvest" by Reginald Johnson, Nov. 15, 2016
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Posted Aug. 19, 2015
As the nation's popular Social Security system celebrated its 80th birthday on Aug. 14, the program signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935 faced a new challenge. The annual report issued by Social Security's trustees in late July warned, "Social Security's Disability Insurance Trust Fund now faces an urgent threat of reserve depletion, requiring prompt corrective action by lawmakers if sudden reductions or interruptions in benefit payments are to be avoided." The report assured the public that Social Security's retirement fund will remain solvent until 2035 without further adjustments, a year later than previously estimated.
Although congressional legislators had anticipated the need to replenish the Disability Insurance Trust Fund in 2016, the last time they had adjusted the program in 1994, a new hostage situation appears to be underway in Washington. Republican lawmakers are resisting implementing a simple solution to the Disability Fund shortfall, that would redirect tax revenue from the retirement fund to the disability fund as has been done in the past. But without congressional action, 11 million of the nation's disabled workers will face a 19 percent cut to their benefit payments by the end of 2016.
Congressional Democrats accuse the GOP of manufacturing an artificial crisis in order to force through unpopular changes to Social Security that could include an increase in the retirement age and/or benefit cuts. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Eric Kingson, co-director of the Strengthen Social Security campaign, who discusses the current debate in Congress over adjustments necessary to ensure that the Social Security disability fund won't be forced to make major benefit cuts.
Learn more about the Strengthen Social Security campaign’s work to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid at strengthensocialsecurity.org.