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'Jaw-Droppingly Exciting': Scientists Discover Seven Earth-Like Planets
While the Trump administration continues to wage a war on science , NASA on Wednesday shared "remarkable" findings: seven Earth-sized planets in the habitable zone of a single star "relatively close" to the planet we call home. "This is an amazing discovery," said Yale University astronomy...
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As Ryan Dodges Constituents (on Horseback), Voters Demand to Be Heard
Constituents have for weeks been complaining of difficulty reaching House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) by phone, so on Wednesday a national advocacy group brought their messages right to the congressman's doorstep—"the old-fashioned way." He'll get them when he returns from a fundraising jaunt in...
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Ahead of DNC Vote, Progressives Make Final Pitch for Keith Ellison
Progressives are organizing a final push to get Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) elected as chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) ahead of a candidates' debate in Atlanta on Wednesday night and the vote on Saturday. Ellison has the support of 105 out of 240 DNC members, The Hill reports ,...
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We Must Rein in President Trump’s Spying Powers
It’s been just over a month since Donald J. Trump assumed the enormous powers of the U.S. presidency, including the power to control the government’s far-reaching surveillance of Americans and others. As we’ve explained elsewhere , President Trump will wield extremely broad and unconstitutional...
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7 Signs of Tyranny
As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically do 7 things: 1. They exaggerate their mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a “landslide” even after losing the popular vote. They criticize any finding that they or co-conspirators stole the election. And they...
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To Survive, the Democratic Party Needs to Stand Up to Wall Street and Global Corporations
With the attention of the nation riveted on the Trump train wreck and on the historic Women’s March, one lesson of this moment is getting lost: The Democratic Party lost an election to one of the most unstable, lewd, and unqualified candidates ever to run for office. If we are to get through this...
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The Manchurian President
As the Trump presidency unravels, unraveling the country along with it, there is no real political antecedent, no lessons from American history on which to draw and provide guidance. We are in entirely uncharted waters. But there is an antecedent in our popular culture that provides a prism through...
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Your Representatives Are Home This Week. Make Them Listen to You.
A month into the Trump administration, we can see the outline of Trump’s vision for America: An attorney general who prosecuted voting rights activists; a secretary of education devoted to dismantling our public education system; and a head of the Environmental Protection Agency who wants to...
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Despite Brush-Off From Trump, More Than Half of Voters Say His Conflicts of Interest Illegal or Wrong
As news outlets continue to map out President Donald Trump's potential conflicts of interest, a new poll reveals that more than half of U.S. voters believe he's done something illegal or unethical by continuing to retain ownership of his business empire. As David Cole, American Civil Liberties...
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'We Are Still Here': Water Protectors Remain in Prayer, Brace for Mass Arrests
Water protectors standing against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline are bracing for militarized police to descend on their protest camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' evacuation deadline of 2pm CST Wednesday looms. Tweets about #NoDAPL OR #MniWiconi OR #...
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