News for 2017-03-20

Monday, March 20, 2017
Kentucky Gov. Signs Law Greenlighting Discrimination Against LGBTQ Students
Essentially codifying hate speech, Kentucky Governor Mike Bevin signed into law on Monday a bill that gives individuals, including students, license to make hateful statements about someone based on their "religious or political viewpoints." Passed under the guise of bolstering "religious freedom...
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Climate Kids Demand Feds Turn Over 'Wayne Tracker' (aka Rex Tillerson) Emails
Lawyers representing youth in a landmark climate lawsuit are demanding to see the emails Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent using the alias "Wayne Tracker" while serving as CEO of ExxonMobil. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office made the claim of the email alias last week in a...
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FBI and NSA Chiefs Forced to Fact-Check Boss as Trump Live-Tweets Hearing
President Donald Trump (or possibly an authorized staff member ) took the unusual step on Monday of commenting in real-time during a congressional hearing as he dishonestly spun and mischaracterized the testimony of top level officials in his own administration as they answered questions under oath...
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Race for Tom Price's Vacant Seat Seen as Bellwether for Resistance
The fight for Georgia's sixth district, left vacant by the newly-installed Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price , is being seen as the first test of the resistance movement with Democrat Jon Ossof, riding a wave of frustration over President Donald Trump, emerging as the race's...
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A protest calls for divestment from Wells Fargo for funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. While Tribes Lose Courtroom Battles, #NoDAPL Divestment Campaign Takes Off
A U.S. appeals court on Saturday shut down a last-ditch effort to put a stop to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) , allowing oil to flow as early as Monday . The appeals court affirmed a lower court's ruling last week that decided against an emergency injunction, sought by the Standing Rock Sioux...
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White House at night White House Installs Allies in Cabinet Agencies to Track Loyalty
The White House has installed 16 political appointees across multiple Cabinet agencies in order to track secretaries' loyalty to the president and his agenda, the Washington Post reported late Sunday, citing eight unnamed officials. The unusual "shadow government" arrangement, which sees senior...
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Caring for the Common Good Wins: Norway Ranks World's Happiest Country
Norway now holds the title of the world's happiest country, according to a new report that also outlines how Republican proposals to gut safety nets, enact tax windfalls for the rich, and attack public education—as well as bipartisan failures in terms of the global war on terror and campaign...
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With Rallies and Warnings, Opposition Calls on Dems to Block 'Supremely Extreme' Gorsuch
With confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch beginning Monday, the question remains whether Democrats will stand up for the rights of people, or if they will cave to Republican pressure and back the extremist judge. #stopgorsuch Tweets Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) early...
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A protest against President Donald Trump in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in February. Poll Shows America Really Does Not Like You, Donald Trump
Gallup has released the latest numbers from its tracking poll of President Donald Trump's approval ratings, and things (again) don't look good for the president. Only 37 percent of respondents approve of Trump, an historic low for the poll. A whopping 58 percent disapprove of his actions in office...
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FBI Director Confirms Open Investigation into Trump-Russia Ties
In his opening remarks during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that there remains an "open and ongoing" criminal investigation into the possibility that members of the Trump campaign or transition team colluded with alleged Russian...
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RESIST DAY #60: What You Can Do Today
Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe
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