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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre were among millions of Amerians who donned special glasses to view Monday's rare total ecl

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The skies darkened right on cue at 1:22.

By JEFFREY M. JONES

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Donald Trump, who has averaged 40% job approval since his inauguration, received approval ratings of 50% or higher in 17 states in the first half of 2017. Residents in an equal number of states gave him approval ratings below 40%. In 16 states, his ratings ranged between 40% and 49%.

His savage executive parody on “The President Show” is as disturbing as it is hilarious.

By ADAM GOLDBERG

It’s the president’s birthday! And what better way to celebrate than with a surprise party?

This post also appears on Daily Kos.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

In my mind’s eye, I can see the suits smirking at the protesters outside the posh Four Rivers performing arts center in Paducah, where Sen. Mitch McConnell showed up to chow down with the Rotary Club.

"I see patients every day who have to make the decision between affording their medications or affording to eat "- Erica, National Nurses United

Nurses are on the front lines of our health care system. They are exposed to the millions of people who do not have insurance on a daily basis – the men and women who die because they put off preventive care due to lack of funds, the men and women who cut down their treatment or prescription drugs because they cannot afford the copays.

Editor's note: The AFL-CIO and the Kentucky State AFL-CIO are among more than 600 labor organizations that have endorsed single-payer, according to Kay Tillow of Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care. Kay is a veteran union and civil rights activist and a great friend of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO.

He joins a list of prominent Democrats who are moving in the right direction. But will the rest of the party listen?

By JOHN NICHOLS

Thanks to Jeff Wiggins for sending us this.

By LAURA CLAWSON

John McCain provided a crucial vote to kill “skinny” repeal of Obamacare Thursday night, and he deserves credit for doing the right thing. But we need to talk about how much credit he’s getting—and who’s being overlooked. Because this:

By SCOTT BLAND

Democrats’ leading House super PAC assembled party strategists in Washington Thursday to deliver a sobering message and a call to arms: Working-class white voters, once a key piece of the party’s base, no longer trust them to improve the economy, and Democrats have to start addressing specific concerns about jobs and wages now in order to win some of them back in 2018.