Abby Zimet, staff writer

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 2:30pm
Trump and Putin Great Leaders, Yes?
We'll Take Our Comic Relief Where We Can Get It Dept: The ghastliness of the CPAC conclave and Herr Trump's "abject nightmare" of a speech was leavened a tad by an epic troll that had red, white and blue patriots giddily waving Russian flags stamped with Trump's name. Staff quickly confiscated the flags and booted the activists who gave them out, not before one proclaimed, "Trump great man, very strong, he build great wall, put people in cage."
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Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 4:30pm
Heartbreaking, Inhumane, and Illegal: ICE Targets Woman with Brain Tumor
The latest of the "really bad dudes" rounded up for deportation by Herr Trump's "military operation" is a 26-year-old Salvadoran mother of two who had been moved from longtime detention to a hospital for what doctors said was a brain tumor; she was awaiting emergency surgery when ICE agents forcibly removed her, bound her hands and ankles, and returned her to detention, where she has been banned from visits with her family or counsel. Charles Blow: We are seeing "the death of compassion."
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 2:00pm
Is It Not A Human Soul?
In the wake of rising anti-Semitism - Swastika-bedecked hate crimes, another spate of bomb threats, the desecration of a historic Jewish cemetery in St. Louis - and a tepid White House response deemed "a pathetic asterisk of condescension," Muslims and many others have vociferously stepped up to denounce the hatred. Most heart-stirringly, two Muslim activists launched a fundraising campaign to rebuild the cemetery. Their goal: $20,000. Current donations: over $120,000.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 7:45pm
Yearning - and Sometimes Dying - To Breathe Free
A group of self-described "everyday people" hung a massive banner across the foot of Lady Liberty Tuesday declaring "Refugees Welcome" - an act and sentiment, immeasurably ironically, radical enough in these dystopian times that park officials are now seeking the "suspects." The day before, meanwhile, the bodies of at least 74 refugees trying to reach Europe washed up on the Libyan shore; each, critics say, is "a testament to our indifference."
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Monday, February 20, 2017 - 10:45pm
We Are All Here Together
This weekend marked the 75th anniversary of FDR's Executive Order forcing the internment of over 120,000 men, women and children - over half U.S. citizens - who happened to be of Japanese descent. With an Islamophobic despot now summoning those "terrible echoes from the past," many Americans are standing up to say "Never Again" to the racist demagoguery of suggesting, "There are those who belong here and those who do not."
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Friday, February 17, 2017 - 3:15pm
For Mirth Becomes A Feast: Tiny Trump Draws As Finland Battles Moldova For Coveted Second Place
Presser/Russia/Enemy of the American people got you down? Soothe your soul with the enterprising global ridicule raining down on our orange pretender. The Trump trolling, savage to antic, takes new forms daily: Trump Draws, Tiny Trump, Fine Tuned Machine and, now, an entire website of countries from Namibia to Armenia to Iran battling for #2 after America becomes #1 again. Mars - "A sea on Venus? FAKE NEWS" - takes a shot, too.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 9:15pm
America Is Problem Now
On this Day Without Immigrants, a painful look at what some endure not just to escape their own war-torn countries, but, now, a newly uncertain future in Trump's America. Since the election, hundreds of desperate refugees and asylum seekers have fled again, trekking for hours through frozen snowbound woods - and sometimes losing fingers or limbs to the cold - to reach Canadian border towns. With Trump, says one, "It's not safe. So I run." See one Somali make it, barely.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 1:00pm
On Idiocy, Hypocrisy, Criminality and Lunatic Ineptitude, But Don't Forget You're Gonna See Alotta Love, Okay?
Back to the surreal circus. In today's crimes against truth and reason: The moron-in-chief addressed the Russia debacle with a frenzied twitterfit about fake news, illegal leaks, Obama being "soft on Russia" and how it's all to cover up Clinton's lousy campaign. At a presser with Netanyahu he said what racism? and how about that election? and some of his best friends and "You're going to see a lot of love." And a GOP judge is calling for impeachment. We know. It's hard to keep up.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 4:00pm
The World Is Still With Us
For a much-needed break from the Trump apocalypse, we offer this year's World Press Photo winners. The controversial choice for photo of the year was an AP image of the assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey that judges felt explosively expressed "the hatred of our times." But there is much else. Many of the winning images feature distraught refugees seeking safety: There is fear, grace, anguish - above all, humanity, persisting.
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Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 12:45pm
Do Your Job: Bringing Out the Pitchforks
The drama unfolding around Town Halls - from Sanders' promised one to the rowdy crowds challenging "king of the hypocrites" Jason Chaffetz and many GOP fellow travelers to "Do Your Job!" - offer a telling look at our roiling democracy. Despite Chaffetz' absurd claim that thousands of furious constituents are "a very, very small minority" of likely paid protesters - sign us up, please - the mutinous throngs turning up around the country show "the majority has come alive."
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