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Seattle Police Still Going Nuts
Just in case you've forgotten what country we're living in: See a berserk (white, female) Seattle bicycle cop feverishly screaming "Get back!" at people leaving a peaceful Martin Luther King Day rally as a (black, male) teacher ambles past talking on his cell phone - to his mother about his two-...
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'Uncivil': Professor Sues University For Free Speech Rights
Professor Steven Salaita, a Palestinian-American professor of Indigenous studies whose offer of a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign was rescinded last year because of his tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s bombing of Gaza, has filed a civil rights suit...
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'Turning Back on American People,' US Senate Votes to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline
Marking a major—and likely symbolic—victory for Republicans on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in a 62-36 vote that will not be sufficient to override President Barack Obama's expected veto. The nine Democrats who voted to approve...
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Seattle Teacher Pepper-Sprayed at Peaceful Protest Files Claim Against City
Seattle high school teacher and activist Jesse Hagopian, who was pepper sprayed by police during a peaceful rally on Martin Luther King Day, filed a claim against the city and the police department Wednesday afternoon with the Seattle NAACP. Hagopian, who teaches at Garfield High School and is a...
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Cuba's Raul Castro: If US Really Wants Normal Relations, It Must Give Back Guantanamo Base
In order to achieve fully normalized relations, the United States must return the base at Guantánamo Bay to Cuba, the island nation's President Raul Castro said Wednesday. The remarks follow a historic restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries that began in December. Speaking at...
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For-Profit Companies Are Helping to Put People In Jail for Being Poor. I Should Know, I Was One of Them.
In December, I was jailed for five days simply because I couldn't afford to pay $838 in traffic fines and fees to DeKalb County and a private probation company called Judicial Correction Services, Inc. It sounds unbelievable, but that's exactly what happened. Last summer, I got a traffic ticket...
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'Low-life Scum' vs. 'Great American Villian' as Citizens Arrest Targets Kissinger
While defending Henry Kissinger during a dramatic protest during a Senate hearing on Thursday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called those speaking out against the former Secretary of State as "low-life scum" as they were escorted from the hearing room by Capitol Police. Kissinger served under...
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Classified: US Military Imposes 'Startling' Blackout On Key Details Of War In Afghanistan
In an unprecedented blackout, top U.S. military officials have quietly classified key information about how they are spending the over $65 billion dollars appropriated since 2002 to train Afghan forces. New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg, who broke the story in the press on Thursday,...
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On Eve of KXL Vote, GOP Senate Rejects Sanders' National Solar Expansion Plan
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate on Wednesday defeated a proposal by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that would have spurred the purchase and installation of 10 million solar panel systems for homes and businesses nationwide over the next decade. Sanders's amendment, which he said would have...
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Further Proving One-Sided Recovery, One in Five US Children on Food Assistance
One in five U.S. children relied on food assistance in 2014—a figure higher than before the recession—highlighting the uneven results of the so-called economic recovery, new information from the U.S. Census Bureau reveals . That total is up from one in eight in 2007, according to data released...
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