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From Public Citizen's Corporate Presidency site: "44 Trump administration officials have close ties to the Koch brothers and their network of political groups, particularly Vice President Mike Pence, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney."

Dark Money author Jane Mayer on The Dangers of President Pence, New Yorker, Oct. 23 issue on-line

Can Time Inc. Survive the Kochs? November 28, 2017 By
..."This year, among the Kochs’ aims is to spend a projected four hundred million dollars in contributions from themselves and a small group of allied conservative donors they have assembled, to insure Republican victories in the 2018 midterm elections. Ordinarily, political reporters for Time magazine would chronicle this blatant attempt by the Kochs and their allies to buy political influence in the coming election cycle. Will they feel as free to do so now?"...

"Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America" see: our site, and George Monbiot's essay on this key book by historian Nancy MacLean.

Full interview with The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer March 29, 2017, Democracy Now! about her article, "The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency: How Robert Mercer Exploited America’s Populist Insurgency."

Democracy Now! Special Broadcast from the Women's March on Washington

The Economics of Happiness -- new version

Local Futures offers a free, shortened version of its award-winning documentary film The Economics of Happiness. This 19-minute abridged version "brings us voices of hope of in a time of crisis." www.localfutures.org.

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November 18, 2018

Women of Color Won the Midterms

"The numbers are in and the message is clear: Women of color won the midterms. The significance of this victory is bigger than you think."

Aimee Allison
San Francisco Chronicle

posted on Dick and Sharon's LA Progressive, November 16, 2018

Democracy Now! August 2018 post-primary interview:
Rashida Tlaib on Her Historic Campaign, Ending the War in Yemen & Fighting for the Working Class

Excerpt: "This election was a mandate from the new American majority to enact a politics of accountability where our government is pushed to represent Americans who for too long have been left out.

No doubt, women of color won with historic firsts: the first Muslim woman elected to Congress; the first black woman from Massachusetts to go to Congress; the youngest person ever elected to Congress; just to name a few.

But we can’t ignore that women of color won this year by organizing on the ground, reaching out to communities of color, and subsequently inspiring a record number of voters (for a midterm election) to go to the polls. These women of color represent a new hope for the multiracial progressive majority of voters that is growing every day as the country becomes more diverse.

Women of color were the architects of democratic innovations this year in states like Georgia, Texas and Florida — showing that on-the-ground organizing, and a focus on registering people of color, makes victory possible (or at least closer) for groundbreaking, progressive candidates..."

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Driven by South’s Past, Black Women Seek Votes and a New Future
"Mobilized by the nation’s divisions on race and Donald Trump’s presidency, black women are using networks forged in segregation to turn out voters this fall."