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Jun

2018

‘America is better than this’: What a doctor saw in a Texas shelter for migrant children

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The small shelter along the Texas border to Mexico held 60 beds and a little playground for children. Rooms were equipped with toys, books and crayons. To Colleen Kraft, this shelter looked, in many ways, like a friendly environment for children, a place where they could be happy.

But the first child who caught the prominent pediatrician’s attention during a recent visit was anything but happy. Inside a room dedicated to toddlers was a little girl no older than 2, screaming and pounding her fists on a mat. One woman tried to give her toys and books to calm her down, but even that shelter worker seemed frustrated, Kraft told The Washington Post, because as much as she wanted to console the little girl, she couldn’t touch, hold or pick her up to let her know everything would be all right. That was the rule, Kraft said she was told: They’re not allowed to touch the children.

“The really devastating thing was that we all knew what was going on with this child. We all knew what the problem was,” Kraft said. “She didn’t have her mother, and none of us can fix that.”

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28

May

2018

Reports of a Democratic party rift are greatly exaggerated

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To peruse the coverage of the Democratic primaries of 2018, you'd think there was a battle royale within the Democratic Party: insurgent vs. establishment, Bernie vs. Hillary, progressive vs. moderate, grass roots vs. party bosses. 

There's been mention of a "battle between progressives and moderates" (the Guardian), a Democratic "identity crisis" (The Washington Post), a "full-blown Democratic war" (CNN), a "civil war" (Fox News) and a "fight for the future of the Democratic Party" (BuzzFeed).

But if a civil war has been declared, somebody forgot to tell Democratic voters. They are stubbornly refusing to view 2018 through the progressive/moderate, insurgent/establishment lens.

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May

2018

Lauren Underwood rally draws more than 300 supporters, including Pritzker and head of DNC

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Democrat Lauren Underwood called out U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, who she is challenging for his 14th Congressional district seat in November, for his lack of meetings with the public and his support of President Donald Trump’s American Health Care Act.

Underwood, a registered nurse from Naperville, was flanked by Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker, chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez and Mark Guethle, chairman of Kane County Democrats, as she rallied support from more than 300 people who gathered Wednesday afternoon under a gazebo in St. Charles.

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12

May

2018

GOP has few takers for 2020 convention

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Cities across the country are turning down the opportunity to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, where President Trump is expected to be nominated for a second term. 

The cities that have rejected hosting duties insist Trump and today’s divisive politics are not factors in their decisions. They instead cite high security costs and disruptions in the normal flow of business and traffic.

But Trump is almost certainly a factor in some cities’ decisions to opt out.

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29

Apr

2018

How the Loss of Union Power Has Hurt American Manufacturing

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Want to make America great again and keep factories in the United States? Try strengthening labor unions.

That may seem counterintuitive, and certainly contrary to the direction the country has been moving in lately. But the reality is that when organized labor dug in its heels — as it did regularly in the United States until late in the 20th century — manufacturing companies thought twice about shutting a factory and transferring production to another country.

As union membership declined, however, so did the political leverage of once nationally-known leaders like John L. Lewis, head of the United Mine Workers, and George Meany, the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s first president. Not since the Nixon and Ford administrations in the 1970s has a union leader served in a president’s cabinet as secretary of labor, or in a similar post.

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