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26
May

Out d’Coup | Media Assault Week; Trump Budget; Ben Carson’s Poverty Theory; March on Harrisburg; Rep. Daryl “Snowflake” Metcalfe; Space News; and, so much more

It’s Friday, May 26, 2017. Welcome to Raging Chicken’s Out d’Coup podcast. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor, and founder of Raging Chicken Press. I’m back from the West Coast and already neck deep in the insanity once again. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

It’s media assault week across the nation. Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs grabbed by the neck and body slammed by Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte. Gianforte charged with assault, but still goes on to win the election. Our own Sean Kitchen thrown out of a legislative office and threatened with arrest for covering civil disobedience in PA State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe.

Trump Russia probe heats up so the Trump Organization gets the hell out of dodge to take awkward photos with world leaders. Trump family photo with Pope Francis, priceless. Melania’s hand slapping skills, high. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is pleased as punch that the Saudi’s know how to suppress protest. Meanwhile, on the home front, Washington State Senator joins growing number of right-wing legislators proposing legislation to criminalize protest. Housing and Urban Development Secretary and former sleepy presidential candidate Ben Carson calls poverty a “state of mind.” That state of mind will become increasingly important as the GOP’s repeal and replace health care plan will throw 23 million Americans off health insurance. In the end, more people will be without healthcare than before Obamacare was passed. And, Trump’s proposed budget leaves Paul Ryan salivating and aroused at the prospect of cutting $3.6 trillion to social programs and delivering billions of dollars to the billionaire donor-class and the military. Several things have become clear with the Trump budget, however. 1) The Trump organization can’t do math; 2) there is no separation between Trump and the Paul Ryan wing of the GOP; and, 3) Budget Secretary Mick Mulvaney may just be the biggest asshole ever to serve in the U.S. government.

If the national picture weren’t enough to sharpen your pitchforks and light your torches, we’ve got enough going on in Pennsylvania to keep your resistance fuel topped off. The March on Harrisburg completed their 100+ mile march from Philadelphia and the civil disobedience began immediately. Activists marched on Harrisburg to demand an end to political gerrymandering; a ban on legalized bribery of public officials; and, automatic voter registration. Three days of action directed at State Government Chair and well-known loopy legislator Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, frightened his little snowflake heart so that he begged for a police escort through the Capitol all week. He did have time for a pizza party with NRA folks while activists occupying his office were being arrested. Makes sense since a pro-guns-in-schools bill still making its way through the PA Senate. Pipeline protests grow. Larry Krazner wins! Oh, and so much more as the budget season heats up in the state Capitol.

In our last segment, we’ll take a break to check in on the latest in space and beer! NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson ties the record for most time spent outside the ISS during her 10th space walk. She’s also set the American record for most time in space 534 days. More to come as the ISS ages. Mars mission still go, but climate projects cut. And Galactic Capitalism on its way as lucrative asteroid mining no longer in the realm of science fiction.

Tune into the Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV this and every Saturday at 7 pm EST. I’ll be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. You can stream the show live at Freespeech.org or you can tune in on Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku. If you miss the show, go to the RickSmithShow.com and click on the FSTV icon in the sidebar.

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20
May

Out d’Coup | Quick update from the Left Coast. What a crazy week it has been.

Quick uodate...we'll be back with our full episodes next week!

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12
May

Out d’Coup | Comey Craziness; DeVos Booed at Commencement; AU Student Protest; NY Going Single-Payer?; Wagner Investigation; Criminalizing Pipeline Protests; Perry and Smucker Protested; & More!

It’s Friday, May 12, 2017. Welcome to Raging Chicken’s Out d’Coup podcast. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

What the…????? Oh, nevermind, just another week in Trumplandia. Comey Craziness as Our Supreme Ruler fires the head of the FBI. Whitehouse Press Secretary Scott Spicer holds “no cameras” press conference in the dark from the bushes. Betsy DeVos gets the reception she deserves at the commencement address at Florida historically black college. American University students rise up against white-supremacists. NJ Congressman Tom MacArthur is home to face the music for being THE GUY who stripped out pre-existing conditions out of GOP ACA repeal. NY State may go single-payer. West Virginia reporter arrested for asking Tom Price questions.

Scott Wagner getting investigated for assaulting cameraman as he launches ad proclaiming he will be the next Governor. Is Sean Kitchen a tracker? Pipeline legislation proposed by Scott Martin and Mike Regan seek to make pipeline protests a class 2 felony. New body camera legislation throws roadblocks for citizens. Major protests at the offices of Scott Perry and Lloyd Smucker. What’s up with the Philly District Attorney race ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Planned Parenthood Keystone to hold an awesome celebration and fundraiser on June 11 at the Allentown Brew Works. We’ll be there. Will you?

And Melissa McCarthy goes out for a spin on Sean Spicer’s podium through the streets of NYC. This week’s SNL looks to be must-see-TV. Plus our weekly beer recs from PA’s craft beer scene!

Tune into the Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV this and every Saturday at 7 pm EST. You can stream the show live at Freespeech.org or you can tune in on Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku. If you miss the show, go to the FSTV section at the Rick Smith Show.

We need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

Music in the second break: “The Resistance,” by Invisible World. Play and download their song HERE. Donations support Planned Parenthood and the Midwest Music Foundation.

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5
May

Out d’Coup | Raging @ GOP ACA Repeal; Echoes of Amidala; Repressing Protest; Scott Wagner Assaults Media; PA GOP Clown Party Shit Show; Krazner Catches Fire; and, More!

It’s Friday, May 5 2017. Welcome to Raging Chicken’s Out d’Coup podcast. It’s Cinco de Mayo. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

Nothing unites Republicans like kicking people off healthcare and giving the richest 1% a huge tax break. Bud Light now the the official beer of repeal. Rocky revisioned Wall Street Trust Fund White Guy. Echos of Senator Amidala heard around the world. Screws tightened on freedom of assembly as crackdown on protesters deepens. Plus will the last vestiges of neoliberals be able to hold out against fascism in France?

Pennsylvania Senator Scott Wagner assaults media activist then bars media at GOP event. PA House Leader Turzai considers throwing his hat in the Gubernatorial Ring for what would amount to the ultimate Clown Party Shit Show in a PA GOP Primary. Major endorsements for Larry Krazner in Philly Attorney general race from Our Revolution, MoveOn, and other progressive organizations. Republicans in the PA House plan on voting on an anti-Sancturary bill on Tuesday.

Don't forget to Tune in to the Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. Rick is in Washington, DC this week for Labor History month. You can stream the show live at Freespeech.org or you can tune in on Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku. If you miss the show, go to the RickSmithShow.com and click on the FSTV icon or click HERE.  

We need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

NOTE: Music in second break: “The Resistance,” by Invisible World. Play and download their song HERE. Donations support Planned Parenthood and the Midwest Music Foundation.

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2
May

Out d’Coup | May Day!; People’s Climate March; Eichelberger Caught on Tape; PA Pipeline Cover Up; APSCUF + PA Student Power Network; and, more!

It’s Monday, May 1, 2017. Welcome to Raging Chicken’s Out d’Coup podcast. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

TODAY:

  • May Day

    • Philly Teachers
    • Morning in Allentown
    • Afternoon in Harrisburg
  • Climate Rally
  • Eichelberger
  • Friday more complete recap of Trumplandia
    • Correspondents Dinner
    • North Korea
    • 100 days
  • Karen’s piece
  • Faculty and students PASSHE

This week’s Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV is preempted for Democracy Now’s special Earth Day coverage. It’s the perfect time to catch up on past episodes where you can check out Raging Chicken’s weekly weekly #Resistance Report. Check out all Rick’s archives right HERE.  

We need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

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21
Apr

Out d’Coup | Mass Marches Signal Spring Has Sprung; Fox News in Frenzy; Dark Charter School Money in Harrisburg School Board Election; Capitalism and Space; Free Will and Pizza Boy Releases

It’s Friday, April 21, 2017. Welcome to Raging Chicken’s Out d’Coup podcast. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

Spring has sprung. Last weekend saw more than 120,000 people take to the streets across the nation to demand Trump release his tax returns. Tomorrow is the March for Science, where tens of thousands of people will converge in Washington, DC and in sister marches across the county in defense and celebration of science. Next weekend will be the People’s Climate March followed two days later by what are shaping up to be huge May Day strikes. No hiding from #TheResistance during the April Recess as even Democratic politicians face the music of a renewed progressive, left movement.

Meanwhile, the Trump Organization plays “where’s the armada” and increases tensions in the Korean peninsula. Congratulations go out to Turkish President Erdogan for “winning” new dictatorial powers. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago visit with Chinese President begins to pay off - for Ivanka.

Fox and Friends goes all in with Freedom Fascism, getting all tingly watching bombs explode to Toby Keith's, "Courtesy of the Red White and Blue." Bill O’Reilly kicked to the curb - apparently even sexual harassment factories like Fox have their limits. Today is the National Day of Silence a student-led national event organized in thousands of schools, colleges, and universities to bring awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment.

Sean Kitchen gains a nemesis after he calls out the role of dark money and charter schools lobbyists in heated Harrisburg school board fight. Digging in the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center Report. Republican State Senator Don White introduces bill to allow guns in schools. The PA Senate Education Committee vote 9-3 move the bill out of committee and ready it for a full vote. PA Republicans establish their own “Area 51” in the State Capitol. We’ll call it Area 461. Unemployment compensation bill passes - we’ve got a short-term fix. Bill McKibben speaks to crowd in the Lehigh Valley, issuing a call to action and some sobering news ahead of Earth Day.

More on the first protest in space and the Autonomous Space Agency Network. Recalling Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy - will space exploration simply be an extension of capitalist expansionism? Great new beer release from Free Will Brewing; new canning at Pizza Boy.

This week’s Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV is preempted for Democracy Now’s special Earth Day coverage. It’s the perfect time to catch up on past episodes where you can check out Raging Chicken’s weekly weekly #Resistance Report. Check out all Rick’s archives right HERE.  

We need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

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14
Apr

Out d’Coup | Trump Calls on Mommy (of all bombs); More Cabinet Controversy; Sessions Cleans Filth; PA DEP Sues Rural Towns; PASSHE cuts; and, Space News!

It’s Friday, April 14, 2017. Another not so good friday - at least if we’re talking about the future of democracy. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

This week in Trumplandia: Americans learn a new vocabulary word. Say it with me now: MOAB. Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. But you call call it Mother. In order to avoid protesters so she can more effectively destroy public education, we are paying almost $8 million for federal marshals to protect Betsy DeVos. Safely past Women’s History Month, Trump signs bill (behind closed doors) that may leave as many as 4 million women without access to medical services. Another former Trump campaign staffer registering as foreign agent. Carter Page...really, Carter Page…is STILL in the news. Supreme Court now armed to repeal 20th Century. Gorsuch will cut his teeth on voting rights. And Jeff Sessions heads to the border to announce that he is weaponizing the Justice Department to take a stand against “the filth” - his words from his prepared remarks. Oh, and let’s not forget North Korea. Can you say….ah, shi-bal?

Closer to home, Anti-EPA Director of the EPA Scott Pruitt, heads to PA coal mine to announce his plans to remove environmental protections. The coal mine he chose to speak at was recently fined $3 million for dumping mine wastewater into tributaries of the Ohio River. And it seems like Pruit has a friend in PA as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection sues two small rural towns for passing local laws banning underground disposal wells for fracking wastewater. You heard that right. The EPA is suing towns because they tried to protect the environment. According to a new report from PA Budget and Policy Center, PA taxpayers are footing the bill for teaching creationism in charter schools. PASSHE’s hired consultants visit campuses to determine how to give Chancellor Frank Brogan a green light to gut public higher education.

And what’s that? The first protest in space?

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. I’ll be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. You can stream the show live at Freespeech.org or you can tune in on Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku. If you miss the show, go to the RickSmithShow.com and click on the FSTV icon in the sidebar.

We need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

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7
Apr

Out d’Coup | Syria Strike; Gorsuch Confirmed; Bannon v. Kuschner; Philly Airport Workers Vote Union; PA Student Power Ramps Up; PASSHE Cuts; More Mandatory Minimums?

It’s Friday, April 7, 2017. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

This week in Trumplandia: The big news of the day, of course, is that last night the US military attacked a Syrian military base with 59 tomahawk missiles. The attack was a response to the Assad regime’s brutal chemical weapons attack in Kahn Shaykhun, a town between Damascus and Aleppo that is held by forces opposed to Assad. Trump has not hesitated to order the use of military force since he took office. Awed by the first pictures of the Tomahawk missles being launched from US Destroyers, MSNBC’s Brian Williams calls the pictures “beautiful.”

No doubt that the airstrikes will dominate the news, even as the Senate moves to approve Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court today [Gorsuch was confirmed right as we were finishing recording]. In order to break a Democratic Party filibuster, Senate Republicans changed Senate rules. The repeal of the 20th century is now on the menu.

Bannon v. Jared aka the Tramp v. the Cuck. Jared does Iraq. Dons flak jacket over his blue sport coat - digging that stuffed sausage look.  Drama in the big house. Nunes out. You know, for the good of the whatever. Carter Page joyfully admits he was Russian agent. It was was very exciting.

Meanwhile, here in the Keystone state, many state Democrats join Republicans in the PA House to vote to bring back mandatory minimums. House GOP want to cut fire services in Harrisburg, apparently to speed their plans to burn down the government. No movement yet on so-called “right-to-work” package. PASSHE moves forward in plans to gut public higher education in the state. Philadelphia airport workers vote to unionize. PA Student Power ramping up their fight. Students at West Chester University join nationwide actions for Fight for 15 on Tuesday.

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. Yours truly will be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. You can stream the show live online at Freespeech.org. You can also tune in on the Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku. If you miss the show, go to the RickSmithShow.com and click on the FSTV icon in the sidebar.

Remember folks, we need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  

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31
Mar

Out d’Coup | Destination Climate Crash; Flynn to Testify?; Scott Wagner is Not a Scientist; Ithaca Adjuncts Win Big; Philly Troublemakers; and, more!

It’s Friday, March 31, 2017. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

This week in Trumplandia: The drama and stakes ramp up in DC. Michael Flynn to testify if given immunity. Nunes subplot thickens. Senate intelligence committee says they won’t play games with investigation. Bye-bye to your limited privacy protections on the Internet. Farewell, to the clean energy plan. On the other side of the ledger, Maryland bans fracking. But in PA, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the PA DEP approves two new injection wells - think Oklahoma earthquakes and becomes a booster in favor of bring four more ethane cracker plants to the Keystone state.

Pennsylvania upping the ante on anti-climate crazy. Wanna-be Governor on PA, Scott Wagner, says people just need to take a cold shower, and we’ll be fine. Wagners campaign manager wants to make sure we know that Scottie is not a scientist. I repeat not a scientist. Philadelphia DA race getting interesting - civil rights attorney throws his hat in. Right-wing, billionaire backed think tank hacks in PA beg Sean to take their picture. Lancaster Stand keeps the trainings going, but postpones occupation as pipeline tied up in court. Ithaca college contingent faculty win big. Great weekend at Philly Labor Notes Troublemakers School. I talked APSCUF strike. Meanwhile PASSHE starts the retrenchment ball rolling.

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. Yours truly will be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. You can stream the show live online at Freespeech.org. You can also tune in on the Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku.

Remember folks, we need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  Look for new t-shirt release this coming week.

We are digging in for 2017 and Trumplandia. We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

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24
Mar

Out d’Coup | Rep. Scott Perry on God’s Right to Pollute; Are Pipeline Protesters Jihadists?; Closing in on Trumpovsky and his Bratva; Nunes Freaks Out; Labor Notes; and, Mars

It’s Friday, March 24, 2017. Back out East...this is Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

This week in Trumplandia: To Repeal or Not to Repeal...that was the question. Democrats thrown down a Supreme challenge. Do they have the discipline and spine to carry through? Bernie Sanders puts faith in organized resistance in the face of an inept Democratic Party. Pelosi still wedded to losing script. Closing in on Trumpkovsky and his Bratva. Devin Nunes slips out back door of House Intelligence Committee to run and tell Daddy Donald that G-Men are busting the party. Rex Tillerson blows off NATO in favor golf getaway at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort with Chinese president. And, of course, Ivanka gets West Wing office as first “adult child” of a president.

Pennsylvania still a great place to be if you love the crazy. Representative Scott Perry claims EPA is infringing upon God’s right to pollute. A Perry spokesperson took to Facebook to clarify that Perry didn’t mean God creates ALL pollution...just most of it in the Chesapeake Bay. PA State Public Utility Commissioner Robert Powelson says anti-pipeline protesters are engaged in a jihad against natural gas. Will that be enough to get him his sought after Trump appointment? And, still freaked out by fake news and protesting grandma’s, good old boy Daryl Metcalf bans media from press conference on right to work in State Capitol. It was a press conference. Questions still remain if PA GOP used dark magic to open a sinkhole in front of Capitol in an attempt to swallow a bus of citizens prepared to rally against repeal of ACA. Critics say it just might have been years of GOP imposed austerity and neglect of key infrastructure.  

Meanwhile, Senator Casey seems to be growing into his spine. Just in time, too as it looks like conservative rebranded moderate Representative Charlie Dent may be throwing in his hat to challenge Casey in 2018. Tomorrow, Philadelphia hosts a Labor Notes Troublemakers School. I’ll be there and will be part of a panel talking APSCUF strike.

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. Yours truly will be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. You can stream the show live online at Freespeech.org. You can also tune in on the Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku.

Remember folks, we need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  Look for new t-shirt release this coming week.

We are digging in for 2017 and Trumplandia. We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

Music in second break: “The Resistance,” by Invisible World. Play and download their song HERE. Donations support Planned Parenthood and the Midwest Music Foundation.

 

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