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Thursday, March 2, 2017
On First Day in Office, Zinke Axes Rule Protecting Wildlife from Lead Poisoning
On his first full day in office Thursday, newly-confirmed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rode a horse to work and proceeded to repeal a rule that protected plants and animals from lead poisoning. The former Montana congressman's order (pdf) overturned a policy put into place by former Fish and...
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EPA headquarters White House Aims to Slash Major EPA Programs, Fire 20 Percent of Staff
The White House is aiming to cut dozens of major EPA programs and to slash one-fifth of all staff positions within the agency, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Many predicted massive EPA cuts would be required to fund President Donald Trump's enormous increase in military spending , and the...
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Six Democrats and Independent Sen. Angus King Vote to Confirm Inexperienced Safety-Net Foe Ben Carson
Retired neurosurgeon and failed presidential candidate Ben Carson was confirmed to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Thursday, despite having no experience in housing policy or government in general, after the Senate voted in his favor 58-41. The full roll call is...
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Is Recusal Necessary? Trump: "I Don't Think So." Then Sessions Recuses Himself.
Like his former national security advisor Michale Flynn and despite widespread calls for resignation, president affirms "total confidence" in Attorney General Jeff Sessions
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After Sharing Her Immigration Story, 22-Year-Old Dreamer Detained by ICE
Twenty-two-year-old "Dreamer" Daniela Vargas, whose family came to the United States from Argentina when she was seven years old, was detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Wednesday morning, shortly after speaking out publicly about the rights of undocumented immigrants...
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Trump Administration Urged to Investigate Wave of Attacks as Hate Crimes
Responding to a recent wave of violence and threats against minority communities, more than two dozen senators on Thursday urged the Trump administration to take a stand and reaffirm the federal government's role in prosecuting hate crimes. Addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the letter...
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European Union flag 'Visa War': EU Votes to Bar Visa-Free Travel for American Citizens
United States citizens traveling to Europe will soon have to pay for a visa to enter the continental bloc, thanks to an escalating "visa war," as the Telegraph puts it , between the U.S. and the European Union. The European Parliament, "by a show of hands, [on Wednesday] urged the Commission to...
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225,000 Demand Schumer Drop 'Phony Democrat' Manchin from Party Leadership
More than a dozen progressive activists stormed Sen. Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) office on Thursday morning, demanding he drop "Trump-apologist" Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) from the Democratic party leadership team. Manchin, who has voted to confirm several of President Donald Trump's controversial...
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Trump Team Rejected Ethics Training for Staff, Cabinet, Appointees: Report
President Donald Trump's transition team rejected a plan to provide ethics training for senior White House staff, political appointees, and cabinet members, Politico reported Thursday. The course would have covered leadership, ethics, and management, preparing the team for working within existing...
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'Sessions Must Go': AG Called to Resign After 'Extremely Misleading' Testimony
Democratic leaders are calling for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the Washington Post 's damning revelation that the former U.S. senator met with the Russian ambassador twice last year and thus may have committed perjury during his senate confirmation hearing. Post...
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RESIST DAY #42: What You Can Do Today
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Cowardly Trump Delays UK State Visit to Dodge Protests
President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May have pushed back his official state visit to the United Kingdom to allow the real estate mogul to dodge protests over his administration's right-wing policies, new reporting reveals. Originally set for June , the visit had sparked...
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which oversees everything from oil and gas pipelines to electricity transmission, is among those panels that could be impacted by the Trump administration's meddling. (Photo: chesapeakeclimate/flickr/cc) Trump May Have Found a Way to Stack Commissions With 'Sympathetic' Nominees
The Trump administration may have come up with "a way to get around" the tradition of bipartisan representation on federal commissions, the Huffington Post reported Wednesday, raising alarm that those panels could end up " being stacked with nominees sympathetic to the president ." The workaround...
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US Says Russia 'Accidentally' Bombed American-Backed Syrian Troops
Russian and Syrian forces "accidentally" bombed U.S.-backed fighters in Syria on Tuesday, killing some Syrian rebels, a top U.S. general said Wednesday . A joint operation targeting Islamic State (ISIS) militants near the village of al-Bab sent missiles at Syrian coalition troops instead, according...
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Border Agents Using 'Sledgehammer' Tactics as New Travel Ban Nears
Civil rights groups are criticizing border agents' "sledgehammer approach" to vetting international travelers at airports around the country, a troubling trend as President Donald Trump prepares to sign his new ban on immigrants and refugees. Agents are reportedly detaining and threatening to...
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With Battles in Multiple States, Fight to End Gerrymandering Heats Up
On the same day as the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a major victory in a Virginia gerrymandering case, pro-democracy forces gathered at the North Carolina state capitol building for a day of action opposing the practice. Wednesday's 7-1 decision (pdf) from the nation's high court "instructed a...
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A faucet Flint Residents Now Have to Pay for Water They Still Can't Drink
The state of Michigan has declared that Flint's drinking water "meets all federal water quality standards," ending a program Wednesday that reimbursed residents for most of their water costs in the wake of the lead crisis . Yet Flint residents still can't drink the water , and the announcement was...
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'Shameful Vote': 17 Senators Draw Progressive Outrage for Enabling Trump
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to confirm Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to head the Department of the Interior. The 68-31 vote included yeas from 16 Democrats and one Independent, Sen. Angus King of Maine. "If Democrats want to know why their base is frustrated, this shameful vote is a good...
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House Republicans Just Made Clear They Won't Fulfill Oversight of Trump
House Republicans on Tuesday shielded President Donald Trump from disclosure of his potential business conflicts, ethical violations, and ties to Russia by voting down Democratic N.Y. Rep. Jerry Nadler's resolution of inquiry that would have required the Department of Justice to release to Congress...
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RESIST DAY #41: What You Can Do Today
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Melting permafrost in the Northwest Territories seMelting permafrost in the Northwest Territories sends carbon-rich sediment into the Mackenzie Delta.nds carbon-rich sediment into the Mackenzie River basin. Study Shows Massive Global Permafrost Melt Underway While Trump Mentions Climate Not Once
A new study has discovered that tens of thousands of miles of permafrost in northwest Canada are rapidly melting, adding weight to recent research that shows an accelerating decline in permafrost in Alaska, Siberia, and Scandinavia. The disintegration of permafrost throughout the Arctic Circle...
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With VOICE Agency, Trump Continues 'Nativist Demonization' of Immigrants
Groans and boos greeted President Donald Trump's announcement of an Orwellian new government agency—"VOICE (Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement)"—during his address to Congress Tuesday night. "I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American Victims,"...
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"Keep Showing Up": After Trump's Address, Sanders Urges Continued Resistance
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recorded a response to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress on Tuesday night, breaking down the speech's biggest takeaways—or lack thereof—and calling on viewers to keep up the resistance . "Sometimes, what is more important is what somebody does not say,...
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An Annotated Transcript of President Trump's Noxious, Cruel, Dangerous Address
While Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was among those who praised President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night as a " home run, " progressive commentators argued the speech offered nothing redeeming and only proved once more the dangerous and destruction...
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Threatening Clean Water for Millions, Trump Signs Off on Polluter Giveaway
Throwing the weight of his office behind the nation's biggest polluters, President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing his administration to dismantle the Obama-era Clean Water Rule . Surrounded by other foes of environmental regulation, including the newly confirmed EPA...
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Sanders Tackles Drug Pricing (Again), This Time With Help From 'Big-Pharma Dems'
Aiming to lower the "outrageous" cost of prescription drugs, a group of lawmakers led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would allow Americans to import low-cost medicine from Canada. Sanders was joined (pdf) in his chamber by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Bob...
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A vigil for Berta Cáceres. Berta Cáceres' Murder Linked to U.S.-Trained Soldiers, Leaked Court Docs Show
Leaked court documents obtained by the Guardian and reported on Tuesday appear to corroborate a whistleblower's claim that U.S.-trained special forces within the Honduran military were responsible for the death of prominent Indigenous land defender Berta Cáceres last year. The whistleblower, a...
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From Inside and Out, Resistance Aims to Counter Trump Address to Congress
President Donald Trump will address Congress for the first time Tuesday night, where his speech is expected to be met with resistance inside the chamber from Democrats and protests outside of the Capitol. #ResistanceAddress Tweets Activists will gather in Lafayette Park near the White House ahead...
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Protesters gathered in front of Trump Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., before its grand opening. Vancouver Trump Hotel Opening Met With Protests, Shunned by City Officials
The grand opening of a Trump Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday was met with loud demonstrations and shunned by city officials in protest of the Trump administration's harsh anti-immigration stance. "None of us will be [at the opening]," Kerry Jang, a city council member, told the...
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Mourners Protest Trump at Funeral for Indian Man Killed in Kansas
Crowds that had gathered in Hyderabad, India on Tuesday for the funeral of a man killed in an apparently racially motivated shooting in Kansas last week protested the rise in attacks on minorities in the U.S., chanting and holding up signs that read, "#DownWithTrump" and "#DownWithRacism." Srinivas...
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Moment of Truth for House GOP as Committee Debates Trump Investigation
This post may be updated. With a line that extended around the block, a packed hearing, and hundreds of thousands of signatures delivered, it was made clear on Tuesday that the people want answers regarding President Donald Trump's conflicts of interest and potential ties to Russia, and are...
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Groups Raise Alarm About Under-the-Radar, 'Extremist' Healthcare Nominee
Organizers are urging constituents to call their lawmakers Tuesday and make a pitch against Seema Verma, President Donald Trump's nominee for administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Senate Finance Committee, which held Verma's under-the-radar hearing earlier this...
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Outcry Kills Anti-Protest Law in Arizona, But Troubling Trend Continues Nationwide
An Arizona bill that sought to prosecute protest organizers like racketeers is officially dead after widespread outcry forced state lawmakers to put that effort to rest, marking a victory for the national resistance movement currently facing a rash of legislation aimed at stifling dissent. Arizona...
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Clueless DeVos Uses 'Byproduct of Jim Crow' to Push 'School Choice' Ideology
A statement released Monday by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exposes her lack of knowledge about both education policy and American history, critics said. Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are "real pioneers when it comes to school choice," DeVos said in the statement marking...
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Shell Knew, Too: Investigation Reveals Big Oil Co.'s Decades-Long Climate Lies
Oil giant Shell also knew of the dangers of climate change decades ago, while it continued to lobby against climate legislation and push for fossil fuel development, a joint investigation by the Guardian and the Dutch newspaper The Correspondent revealed Tuesday. Shell created a confidential report...
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was one of the 229 Republicans who blocked the measure. 'Despicable': House Republicans Torpedo Effort to Force Release of Trump's Tax Returns
In a vote Monday night almost exclusively along party lines, a measure to force the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to reveal President Donald Trump's tax returns was blocked by the U.S. House. In all, 229 Republicans voted to help Trump keep his tax returns secret. (Roll call here .) "This is...
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RESIST DAY #40: What You Can Do Today
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Monday, February 27, 2017
Anne Frank Center Says Trump 'Partly to Blame' for Wave of Antisemitism
Following the most recent round of bomb threats against Jewish community centers on Monday, the head of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said that President Donald Trump is at least partly to blame due to the nationalistic thread that runs through his administration in addition to his...
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Congressman to Trump: If Your Healthcare Plan's So "Fantastic," Let Us See It
Speaking to the nation's governors on Monday, President Donald Trump mused that "nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated," while reiterating that on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, his administration has "come up with a solution that's really, really I...
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Rally Marks Anniversary of Net Neutrality Rule as New FCC Chair Puts It in Crosshairs
Proponents of an open internet are holding a rally on Monday to mark the two-year anniversary of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote that enshrined net neutrality protections that the new Trump administration has already begun eroding. The 3pm event in Washington, D.C is backed by the...
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'Working to Turn the Clock Back,' Sessions' DOJ Reverses Stance on Discriminatory Voting Law
Underscoring warnings that newly anointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions will not work to protect voting rights, news broke on Monday that the Trump administration is reversing its stance on whether Texas' photo identification law was enacted with discriminatory intent. The Department of Justice (...
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Progressive 'Justice League' to Serve as Alt-Cabinet for Fact-Challenged Trump
Dubbing itself an "online Justice League" of sorts, a progressive "Shadow Cabinet" launched Monday, filled with "citizen secretaries" tasked with debunking President Donald Trump's lies and putting forth substantive, democratic, and justice-based alternatives to his administration's right-wing...
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Antonio Guterres Disdain for Human Rights "A Disease That's Spreading," Warns UN Chief
"Disregard for human rights is a disease, and it is a disease that is spreading," warned United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a keynote address as the U.N. Human Rights Council (OHCHR) opened its main session on Monday. "We are increasingly seeing the perverse phenomenon of populism...
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Trump Budget Slammed for 'Sacrificing Working Americans to War Machine'
President Donald Trump will propose a federal budget that ramps up defense spending by $54 billion and slashes "lower-priority" programs across agencies by an equal amount, the White House announced Monday. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) did not identify which agencies would be slated...
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Want Congress to Fulfill Oversight of the Executive? Demand Support for This Resolution
Anti-Trump groups are calling for constituents to put pressure on their lawmakers Monday to thwart Republicans from quelling a resolution that would make the president disclose his potential conflicts of interest and ties to Russia. Introduced earlier this month by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the...
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Stymied at the Top, Progressives Seek to Transform Party From Bottom Up
As the Democratic party looks forward under new leadership installed over the weekend , young people and progressives are demanding a seat at the table. Many in the party are ready to hold incoming Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Tom Perez's "feet to the fire," as Our Revolution's Jeff...
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Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who has won two Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, boycotted Sunday's ceremony. (Photo: Jason Merritt/ Getty) With Speech by Proxy, Iranian Filmmaker Condemns Trump's "Inhumane" Travel Ban
Boycotting the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday evening, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi took the opportunity of his acceptance speech to condemn President Donald Trump's "inhumane" travel ban and remind viewers that the power of film is that "they create empathy between us and others, an empathy...
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RESIST DAY #39: What You Can Do Today
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Biologists Warn Half of All Species to Face Extinction by 2100, as GOP Pushes to Destroy Protections
Today, 20 percent of all species are at risk of being wiped out, scientists at a Vatican conference on biodiversity warn, and that number may rise to nearly 50 percent by the end of the century. "The living fabric of the world [...] is slipping through our fingers without our showing much sign of...
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Philadelphia Muslims and Jews 'Unite Against Hatred' After Cemetery Attack
Muslim activists rallied again to help repair another Jewish cemetery vandalized over the weekend, this time in Pennsylvania, where at least 100 gravestones were toppled . The president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA visited the Mount Carmel Cemetery in the...
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Sunday, February 26, 2017
White House Power Player Jared Kushner Is Keeping Parts of His Real Estate Empire
Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and the heir to a family real estate empire, has emerged as perhaps Donald Trump's closest adviser. A near-constant presence by Trump's side, his portfolio includes business , tax , political , and foreign policy matters. Last month his lawyers outlined a...
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A Month Into Office, Trump's Job Approval Rating a Historic Low
President Donald Trump's job approval rating is a mere 44 percent, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll published Sunday finds, further documenting the skepticism with which the public views the former reality TV star's short time in the White House. In fact, he has "the lowest approval ratings of...
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Scott Pruitt Vows Rapid, 'Aggressive' Attack on EPA Regulations
Newly confirmed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt on Saturday vowed quick and "aggressive" gutting of Obama-era regulations addressing climate change and the nation's waterways. "I think there are some regulations that in the near-term need to be rolled back in a very aggressive way. And I think maybe...
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RESIST DAY #38: What You Can Do Today
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Saturday, February 25, 2017
'Incredibly Disappointing': Democrats Choose Tom Perez to Head Party
Democrats on Saturday chose Tom Perez to lead the party, sparking criticism from progressive organizations who say picking the former labor secretary over the other front-runner, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), was a missed opportunity for the party. Perez's win was secured in a second round of...
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Harnessing 'Power of the Purse to Demonstrate Power of Democracy,' NAACP Calls for N.C. Boycott
The NAACP on Friday called for what it described as "the first steps of an international economic boycott" of North Carolina over the state's legislative attacks on voters, workers, and the LGBTQ community. The organization said it would not hold its convention in the state, and called on over 200...
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Nationwide Rallies Push Back Against GOP's Looming Healthcare Attack
In scores of communities across the nation on Saturday, people are holding rallies to protest Republican efforts to gut the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other vital healthcare programs. Referring to Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, Casey Pease, who's organizing the...
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RESIST DAY #37: What You Can Do Today
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Friday, February 24, 2017
In Final Pitches for Ellison, Progressives Say He's Exactly What Dems Need Now
With just hours left before the 447 voting members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) choose their next chair, leaders of progressive groups are making their final case for "the candidate who has most consistently been in the trenches with the grassroots progressive base that Democrats need...
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'Chilling, Undemocratic, Totalitarian': White House Bars Critical News Outlets
Update: The White House's decision to selectively bar certain news outlets from a Friday afternoon off-camera briefing with press secretary Sean Spicer has been decried as " undemocratic and unacceptable ;" " chilling ;" and " totalitarian. " Not to mention " stupid. " 2. This is stupid because it'...
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Leaked Draft of ACA Replacement Reveals Massive Cuts to Subsidies, Medicaid
A leaked draft of a House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was published Friday by Politico , and it reveals that Republicans are moving towards slashing subsidies and ending the Medicaid expansion—moves that are vastly out of step with the opinions of the American public. The draft (...
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At CPAC, Trump Decries Chicago Violence But Not Potential Kansas Hate Crime
He doubled down on his incendiary rhetoric about violence in Chicago, but President Donald Trump failed to mention this week's deadly shooting in suburban Kansas City when he addressed the crowd at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday. Wednesday's attack in at...
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Progressive Groups to Schumer: Stand for the Resistance and Ditch Manchin
A group of progressive organizations is calling on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to boot Joe Manchin from his party leadership position, saying the West Virginia senator's recent record proves he's unfit to be among those spearheading resistance to the Trump administration's right-...
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RESIST DAY #36: What You Can Do Today
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With DOJ Reversal on Private Prisons, Corporate Jailers Get What They Paid For
Reflecting the influence of big donors and corporate interests on the Trump administration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded the Department of Justice's (DOJ) 2016 directive to scale back the use of for-profit, private prisons. In a one-page memo to the acting head of the Bureau...
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Sanders, Giffords Call Out Cowardly Republicans for Ditching Town Halls
To the Republican lawmakers dodging their constituents, refusing to confront engaged voters at local town hall meetings, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) on Thursday issued similar messages: toughen up and do your job. "If you don't have the guts to...
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Reince Priebus White House Tried to Interfere With FBI Investigation of White House, Officials Say
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus contacted the FBI and asked them to deny reports that the Trump campaign was in contact with Russian intelligence agents before the November election, CNN reported Thursday, citing multiple U.S. officials who asked to remain anonymous. Such a request would...
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State Dept. Memo Warning Employees Against Leaking Is Immediately Leaked
The leaks just keep on coming. While President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed frustration over the unsanctioned release of internal documents and information, the Washington Post reported Friday morning on the existence of a State Department memo specifically warning agency employees against...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
DAPL Opponents Vow to 'Rise' From Ashes of Oceti Sakowin and Keep Fighting
As the Army Corps of Engineers forcibly evicted the last of the remaining water protectors from the Oceti Sakowin protest camp on Thursday, Indigenous opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) made it clear that their expulsion would not be the end of the fight. "Our hearts are not defeated...
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Bannon Heralds "Deconstruction of Administrative State" and Trump's "New Political Order"
Giving rare public remarks on Thursday, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said the Trump cabinet was working towards the " deconstruction of the administrative state " and repeatedly referred to the media as "the opposition party." Bannon's speech at the 2017 Conservative Political Action...
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GOP Looking to Quietly Kill Resolution Demanding Transparency on Trump
Multiple House sources told Politico on Thursday that Republicans will seek to quash Rep. Jerry Nadler's (D-N.Y.) resolution to force President Donald Trump to disclose his ties with Russia, as well as possible business conflicts of interest. Republicans plan to send the "resolution of inquiry" to...
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Striking workers in Phoenix, Arizona New Law Would Let Arizona Treat Organized Dissent as Organized Crime
The Arizona Senate on Wednesday voted to expand racketeering laws to allow police to arrest anyone involved in a protest and seize their assets, treating demonstrators like organized criminals. The law, SB 1142, also expands the definition of a riot to include any damage to property, and allows...
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RESIST DAY #35: What You Can Do Today
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"People of Mexico Will Not Accept" Trump's Unilateral Border Plans: Foreign Minister
It is little wonder President Donald Trump predicts a "tough" meeting between his State Department and the Mexican government on Thursday after the Mexican foreign secretary threatened to to take legal action, potentially appealing to the United Nations, against the United States' "unilateral"...
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Tom Cotton town hall 'My Husband is Dying. What Kind of Insurance Do You Have?': GOP Town Halls Erupt
In a tense, public showdown over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that is being echoed at contentious Republican town halls across the country , a distraught woman at Sen. Tom Cotton's (R-Ark.) town hall on Wednesday stood up and told Cotton: "My husband is dying." The woman said that her husband is...
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Scientists Report Escalating Attacks Under Trump, But Vow to Fight On
Climate scientists are reportedly facing escalating harassment and threats in the Trump era, bolstering fears of a McCarthy-style crackdown amid the fight against global warming—and prompting vows of resistance from the scientific community at-large. Although threats against climate experts are...
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Message to Trans Youth: "We Stand Ready to Protect You, Even if Washington Won't"
"You belong." "Nothing is wrong with you." "We have your back." After the Trump administration on Wednesday revoked Title IX protections for transgender students, allies and legal organizations are vowing to protect the rights of students and transgender youth who are now increasingly vulnerable to...
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Ahead of DNC Chair Vote, Ellison Says Impeach Trump Questions 'Legitimate'
Asked during a televised debate Wednesday night whether or not lawmakers in congress should pursue impeachment for President Donald Trump, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said that the president—beginning on "day one"—has already "done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of...
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
'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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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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Sunset over the Oceti Sakowin protest camp '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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Email Dump Reveals EPA Chief Pruitt's Cozy Ties With Fossil Fuels Industry
Thousands of pages of emails between newly confirmed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and fossil fuel companies during his time as Oklahoma attorney general—released per court order on Tuesday night— confirm "a close and friendly relationship" between the man now charged with protecting the U.S...
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Trump's "Poisonous" Rhetoric Made World "Darker, Unstable": Amnesty
President Donald Trump has made the world a "darker...unstable place" with his campaign rhetoric, Amnesty International said Wednesday , calling his xenophobic language "divisive and poisonous." In its annual report on the state of the world, the international human rights watchdog said Trump led...
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"I Stand With Texas Women" Judge Stops Texas From Cutting Medicaid Funds for Planned Parenthood
A federal judge on Tuesday halted Texas' attempt to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood clinics in a scathing decision that found the state "likely acted to disenroll qualified healthcare providers from Medicaid without cause." "Such action would deprive Medicaid patients of their statutory...
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In National First, City Council Unanimously Passes Trump Impeachment Resolution
The Richmond, Calif. city council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution in support of a congressional investigation into whether President Donald Trump's business holdings warrant impeachment. "This is our voice. This is our country. We have a right to speak up," said Councilmember Gayle...
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Sorry, Mr. President, There's Nothing "So-Called" About These Angry Crowds
President Donald Trump belittled engaged constituents on Twitter Tuesday evening, dismissing those who are showing up to local town hall meetings nationwide as "so-called angry crowds." But reports from Tuesday's home district events clearly demonstrated that there's nothing "so-called" about...
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RESIST DAY #34: What You Can Do Today
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Reclaiming Statue of Liberty's Message, Activists Drop 'Refugees Welcome' Banner
Activists scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday to unfurl a massive banner reading "Refugees Welcome" across the observation deck. The 20-foot red-and-white banner was up from roughly 12:45pm to just before 4:00pm, when the National Park Service tore it down. In an email to local...
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
We Will 'Never Be Broken': Facing Imminent Eviction, Water Protectors Stand Their Ground
Faced with an imminent evacuation deadline, Indigenous opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline are vowing to stand their ground despite threats of arrest and possible violence. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday refused to extend the Wednesday 2pm GMT deadline for the few hundred remaining...
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"Love That Doesn't Risk Isn't Love": Amid Immigration Chaos, Sanctuaries Flourish
As President Donald Trump escalates his anti-immigration policies and rhetoric, more and more spaces are standing up for undocumented immigrants. The Guardian reported Tuesday on libraries throughout the country launching initiatives to make their immigrant visitors feel welcome, from hanging...
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Without One Mention of Climate Change, Scott Pruitt Greets EPA Employees
Newly sworn-in EPA administrator Scott Pruitt , whose nomination was ardently opposed by environmentalists and who is poised to roll back major climate and clean water regulations, addressed his employees for the first time Tuesday afternoon. During his remarks, in which he did not mention the...
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Iowa capitol building Iowa Bill Would Force Universities to Hire Right-Wing Professors
As Republican-dominated state governments push frightening right-wing legislation nationwide, a GOP senator in Iowa joined the fray on Monday with a bill that would force universities to exclusively hire Republican professors and temporarily bar Democrats until "partisan balanced" is reached. The...
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'Medicare for All' Only Way for Trump to Keep Healthcare Promises
Cut the bureaucratic mess. Reduce costs . Expand coverage . Make it great. President Donald Trump put forth a good number of lofty promises on healthcare on the 2016 campaign trail. A new analysis released Tuesday reveals there's only one way to achieve them: Enact a single-payer, Medicare-for-All...
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Lawmakers Call on Trump to End 'Blank Check for War'
Lawmakers are calling on President Donald Trump to officially declare war against the Islamic State (ISIS) and submit a resolution to Congress that limits his war powers. Led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), 12 House Democrats and one House Republican sent a letter to Trump that asks the president...
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Trump Administration Issues How-To for 'Hyper-Aggressive Mass Deportation Policy'
The Trump administration on Tuesday issued new guidelines that constitute a "sweeping rewrite" of Obama-era policies on immigration, greatly expanding the number of individuals that can be forcibly deported and further emboldening the current crackdown. The memoranda on implementation (pdf) and...
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Trump Administration Toying With Alternative Economic Facts
The Trump administration's hallmark " alternative facts " may infiltrate U.S. economic data. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the White House "is considering changing the way it calculates U.S. trade deficits, a shift that would make the country's trade gap appear larger than it had in...
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Trump's Vague Condemnation of Anti-Semitism Called "Too Little, Too Late"
President Donald Trump finally spoke on Tuesday about a recent rash of anti-Semitic threats and attacks in the U.S., telling one news outlet: "Anti-Semitism is horrible, and it's going to stop." The vague statement was the president's only response thus far to the latest wave of anti-Semitic acts—...
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'Law Is on Our Side': Seattle Mayor Ready to Sue Trump for Answers on Immigration
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is ready to sue President Donald Trump if he keeps refusing to answer Murray's questions about his immigration policies, Politico reported Tuesday. The mayor is slated to use his State of the City speech Tuesday morning to announce plans to ask the Trump administration to...
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