News for 2016-02-18

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Scott Walker Issues "Latest in a Long Line of Attacks" on Women's Health
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed into law on Thursday two bills that slash millions in funding for Planned Parenthood, which the organization slammed as "the latest in a long line of attacks" on women's health. He signed the bills at a faith-based, "abortion alternative" resource center. "It...
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US Airstrikes in Afghanistan Killing Civilians at Greatest Rate for Seven Years, New Figures Show
The rate at which civilians are being killed by US airstrikes in Afghanistan is at its highest point since 2008, an analysis of newly published UN data reveals. Research by the Bureau shows that on average a civilian was killed every fourth drone or jet strike in 2015 – up from one in 11 attacks...
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To Protect Flint's Children, Get Them Out of There
As the Rust Belt city's water crisis continues, one public health expert is stressing that "the children of Flint remain in harm's way"—and suggests that the best response at the moment may be to consider temporary resettlement of the families affected. Irwin Redlener, president and co-founder of...
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'300,000 and Counting': Diverse Coalition Condemns Mega Cable Merger
As Charter Communications, the fourth largest cable company in the U.S., continues to pursue its $80 billion takeover of fellow cable giants Time Warner Cable and Bright House, on Thursday a coalition of media justice, Internet rights and public interest groups delivered to the FCC over 300,000...
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#DayWithoutLatinos: Thousands Protest Anti-Immigrant Bills in Wisconsin
Workers, students, and activists walked off the job and out of their schools for a massive action in Wisconsin on Thursday, protesting two anti-immigration bills currently advancing through the state legislature. Thousands of Wisconsinites converged at the State Capitol in Madison for A Day Without...
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Threat of Turkey-Russia Escalation as Wave of Fighters Cross into Syria
Tensions continued ratcheting up along the Turkey-Syria border on Thursday, with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowing retaliation in both Syria and Iraq for Wednesday's bombing in Ankara that killed dozens. In a live televised speech, Davutoglu said Thursday—though he offered no evidence—...
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Will This Governor Sign 'Unprecedented and Extreme' Bill Attacking Trans Students?
South Dakota could make history as the first state in the nation to bar transgender youth in public schools from using restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. All that's missing is the governor's signature on newly passed legislation. Thomas Lewis, a transgender 18-year...
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Privacy Activists Rally Around Apple in 'Most Important Tech Case in a Decade'
Supporters are rallying around Apple in a watershed privacy rights case against the FBI, with activists, whistleblowers, and activists all lining up to express their support of the tech company in its refusal to hand over encrypted information to the intelligence agency. National Security Agency (...
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"Certainly Sanders' Moment": Poll Shows Bernie Beating All GOP Hopefuls
A day after a poll showed Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to be in a dead heat nationwide, survey responses revealed that U.S. voters back Sanders over Republican candidates by margins of 4 to 10 percentage points in head-to-head presidential contests. On the other hand, the found that Clinton...
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