‘It’s killing us’: midwestern workers savaged by Trump’s trade wars

Layoffs are common, shifts have been cut and workers in Americas manufacturing and farming heartlands are losing hope Winter has come to Davenport, Iowa. Temperatures, at 14F (-10C), are well below freezing. But its the cold winds of Donald Trumps trade wars that worry Shaun Buckles. Buckles, 40, worked at the John Deere construction and forestry manufacturing plant in Davenport for three years until he lost his job last month. He was one of announced another 57 workers at the Davenport plant would be laid off, effective 6 January. According to a company spokesperson, 23 workers in Des Moines were terminated as well, effective 15 December. The job cuts have come as demand for farming equipment shrinks in the midst …

British voters are terrified of US companies privatizing the NHS. They should be | Astra Taylor

The US healthcare machine raked in $100bn last year and CEOs are salivating at the money they could extract from British patients As has been widely reported, if the Conservatives win the British election, a potential trade deal with the United States could put vital parts of the NHS remarked. NHS or anything else everything will be on the table, absolutely. Those of us across the pond are horrified on the UKs behalf. Dont let Trump and his cronies carve up the NHS. Vote and fight as if your life depends on it because it does. A jaw-dropping Americans say a friend or family member died because they were unable to afford medical treatment. Thats what it means for the …

The pundit class continues to misunderstand Bernie Sanders and it shows | Nathan Robinson

Sanders returns again and again to issues that matter to ordinary people: healthcare, student debt and climate change issues which are not a priority for the mainstream media A new unofficial Bernie Sanders ad, made by a fan, has documented the various ways in which media organizations have subtly fudged the numbers to make Bernie seem less successful than he is, and there is still a narrative that his campaign is failing even as it hauls in all over the country. Even as he shatters fundraising records there will be Sydney Ember, a former financial analyst for an investment bank, the source of Bernies appeal must be mystifying. Thats because Sanders returns again and again to issues that are of …

How Gunmakers Dealt Themselves a Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card

Thanks to Congress, gun manufacturers are shielded against lawsuits, an extraordinary gift to a single industry and a tribute to the power that the National Rifle Association has over lawmakers. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), passed in 2005 and signed into law by President George W. Bush, insulates gun makers from any responsibility for the carnage their product causes. Everybody knew it was shilling for the NRA, says Jim Kessler, who at the time was with Americans for Gun Safety. It was a gift to the gun industry. It was like passing a bill to grant immunity to the pharmaceutical or tobacco industry. It was no better. To understand how this law came about, I asked …