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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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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A cardboard cut-out of Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) leans against the microphone at the "mock" town hall in Austin, Texas, on Sunday. Voters Shame Cowardly Reps with Town Halls Hosted by Cardboard Cut-Outs
As people flood town halls during the Congressional recess to register their outrage over President Donald Trump's right-wing agenda, many members of Congress are apparently attempting to duck the public outcry by refusing to hold any town halls at all. And so constituents are taking matters into...
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RESIST DAY #33: What You Can Do Today
Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe
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Monday, February 20, 2017
Fed Up with 'Dysfunction and Deadlock,' Former FEC Chair Will Resign
The primary responsibilities of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) are to ensure full disclosure of campaign money and fair enforcement of election law, former chair Ann M. Ravel said Monday, before declaring : "Citizens deserve to know it does neither." In an op-ed published at the New York...
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AG Sessions Basically Endorsed the Worst of DHS' Harsh New Deportation Plan
After the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) approval of a sweeping new deportation guidelines last week, new reporting on Monday revealed that the aggressive plan has already been endorsed by the recently installed Attorney General Jeff Sessions . The guidelines , signed by Homeland Security...
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Norway Pledges Millions to Growing Anti-Trump Global Abortion Fund
Norway has joined a growing international initiative to counter President Donald Trump's global anti-abortion measure, signed in January. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced over the weekend that the country would pledge an additional $10 million to support U.S.-backed charities...
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Defense Confirms that Endless War in Iraq Will Continue Under Trump
One thing, it seems, that will not change under President Donald Trump is the United States military's occupation of Iraq after Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday that he believed "we'll be in this fight for a while." During his presidential campaign, Trump claimed that he had opposed the...
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On President's Day, Mass Crowds Say of Donald Trump: 'Not My President'
From coast to coast and many places in between, thousands of people are marking the occasion of President's Day by voicing their opposition to the policies of their current president, Donald Trump. Tweets about #notmypresident OR #doyourjob Major " Not My President's Day " anti-Trump rallies are...
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'For-Profit President': A Look at How Trump Is Pushing Wholesale Corporate Takeover of the Gov't
There has been a wholesale corporate takeover of the government. That’s the conclusion of a new report coming out today by the watchdog group Public Citizen. The report looks at how corporate America has benefited from Trump’s first month in office. Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon, is now...
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UK Parliament Debates Trump Visit as Nation Rallies in Support of Immigrants
While members of the British Parliament are debating whether or not to welcome Donald Trump with a state visit, people across the United Kingdom on Monday are taking to the streets to protest the anti-immigrant policies championed by the new U.S. president and the global far-right movement. Tweets...
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What Democracy Looks Like: Packed Town Halls and Demands to Be Heard
Recess resistance rolled on this weekend, with people packing town hall meetings across the country and constituents increasing the pressure on lawmakers who won't commit to facing voters head-on. Roughly 800 people attended Rep. Karen Bass' (D-Calif.) town hall meeting in the Palms neighborhood of...
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Thousands Rally in NYC to Declare 'I Am A Muslim Too'
Thousands of people rallied in Times Square in New York on Sunday to express unity and solidarity with Muslims and protest President Donald Trump's immigration policies. The rally, officially titled "I Am A Muslim Too," was organized by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding—a coalition of...
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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids
Almost 20 years ago, the U.S. Energy Information Administration had an idea: Make an educational website for children about energy sources and the science behind them. In short order, the EIA created “ Energy Kids ,” which now features energy-themed sudoku and crossword puzzles, colorful pie charts...
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Onetime Rival Endorses Ellison for DNC Chair
Dropping out of the race to lead the Democratic National Committee (DNC), New Hampshire party chair Ray Buckley threw his support behind progressive rival Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). "From the moment I stepped into this race, I made it clear that the top two priorities of the next DNC chair must...
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Stepping Away from Microscopes, Thousands Protest War on Science
Responding to the troubling suppression of science under the Trump administration, thousands of scientists, allies, and frontline communities are holding a rally in Boston's Copley Square on Sunday. #standupforscience Tweets "Science serves the common good," reads the call to action. "It protects...
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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Thousands in the Streets Nationwide as Weekend of Action Kicks Off
The resistance is taking many forms this weekend, with some constituents showing up to lawmakers' town hall events to demand accountability and others taking to the streets to protest the Trump administration and its draconian policies. Nearly 1,700 people marched in Dallas on Saturday,...
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Lawmakers Feel the Heat as Resistance Shows Up in Droves to Town Halls
Energized crowds in New York, South Carolina, and Wisconsin on Saturday morning gave lawmakers a hint of what awaits them in their home districts during the upcoming Congressional recess . The Buffalo News reported that "[h]uge crowds of raucous progressives and quieter conservatives overwhelmed [...
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Hundreds Form 'Human Wall' in Mexico to Protest Trump
Hundreds of people in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico formed a "human wall" at the edge of the Rio Grande on Friday to protest President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. The demonstrators held up flowers and colored flags reading the word "Peace" and waved to residents of the neighboring town of El Paso...
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With Mulvaney in Place, Budget Office Preps 'Hit List' on Public Programs
With Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) confirmed to lead the White House budget office, the Trump administration is getting ready to follow through on plans to slash major domestic programs, the New York Times reported Friday. Work on President Donald Trump's first budget proposal has been delayed as...
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Friday, February 17, 2017
To Resist and Reclaim, Hundreds of Recess Events Planned to Target Lawmakers
Members of Congress are heading home this weekend amid a high likelihood of encountering angry—and empowered —constituents who are ready to confront them at town halls and other gatherings . GOP lawmakers in particular (those who don't hide from the people who put them in office , of course) will...
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'Truths Not Tweets': Protesters Greet Trump at Boeing Plant
President Donald Trump was met with peaceful protesters in North Charleston, South Carolina on Friday as he gave a speech at a Boeing plant in his first visit to the state since winning its Republican presidential primary last year. Members of Indivisible Charleston, a local resistance group,...
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Planting Seed for Strikes in the Trump Era, #Strike4Democracy Sweeps Nation
Planting the seed for future large-scale walk-outs, hundreds of events are taking place coast-to-coast on Friday as part of a national "strike for democracy." Tweets about #F17 OR #F17strike OR strike4democracy Heavy has a state-by-state list of strike-related events , as does the Strike4Democracy...
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Sparking 'The Fight of a Lifetime,' Senate Puts Fossil Fuel Ally at Helm of EPA
Portending risks to "the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we love," the U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The 52-46 vote comes a day after an Oklahoma judge said Pruitt was in violation of the...
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NYT: AG Sessions Must Appoint Special Prosecutor for Trump-Russia Ties
The New York Times has called for a special prosecutor to lead an impartial investigation into possible ties between the Trump administration—"which seems uninterested in telling the truth in matters large and small"—and Russia. The Times editorial board writes Friday the scope of a potential...
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'Egregious Cover-Up': After Ruling on Pruitt Emails, Dems Demand Vote Delay
Democratic lawmakers and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) workers are mobilizing against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt after a judge on Thursday ordered the release of thousands of emails between his office and fossil fuel companies—raising questions about whether the EPA nominee...
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Hispanic Dems Blast 'Dictatorial Shenanigans' at Meeting With ICE
Two members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Reps. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) and Norma Torres (D-Calif.), said they were asked to leave a meeting Thursday between lawmakers and the top U.S. immigration official, while others said they were barred entry in the first place. Gutiérrez and Torres...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
ICE Raids May Scare Abuse Survivors Into Staying With Partners, Advocates Fear
President Donald Trump's mass immigration raids—which have swept up longtime residents with no criminal histories, including an undocumented immigrant with license to live and work legally in the U.S.—have also led to the arrest of a Texas woman obtaining a restraining order against an abusive...
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Undeterred by Lawmakers in Hiding, the Resistance Prepares for Recess
Since the GOP-led Congress took power last month, leaders that have supported President Donald Trump's controversial cabinet choices or have worked to eliminate affordable healthcare have had to face crowds of angry voters. Now, with February's congressional recess on the horizon, the resistance is...
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Republicans Hustle to Shield Trump as Demands for Russia Inquiry Grow
"With so much at stake, we need a Congress that will hold the members of the Trump administration accountable when they undermine and risk the security of the American people."
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'Not My President's Day': Artists and Performers to Resist Trump with Feb. 20 Events
"Not My President's Day" performances and shows will be taking to stages nationwide on Monday, using the federal holiday to highlight artistic resistance to the Trump administration. From Baltimore to Seattle , artists, musicians, and performers of all stripes are planning to showcase responses to...
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Plans for Nationwide Anti-Trump Tax Day Protests Gain Momentum
From New York to Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. to Little Rock, Arkansas, protesters will take to the streets on Saturday, April 15 to show President Donald Trump that the American public does, in fact, care about his tax returns.
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A protest sign at the Women's March on January 21, 2017, in New York City. In Defiance of Trump, Website Helps Scientists Blow the Whistle on Political Interference
Facing a presidential administration committed to waging war on science , the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) this week launched a website to help scientists blow the whistle on government interference in their work. "[T]ogether, we can raise the political price of manipulating science or...
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"Not In Our Names": Families of 9/11 Victims Protest Trump's Travel Ban
People who lost family members in the September 11 terror attacks are rallying in New York City's Battery Park on Thursday against U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban, sending the message that they do not sanction "discrimination in our loved one's names." "As family members who lost close...
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Defenders of Social Security Mobilize Against GOP Attack on Retirees
On the same day that U.S. millionaires stop paying into Social Security for the rest of the year, President Donald Trump's pick to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)—who wants to slash the safety net program—was confirmed to that post by the U.S. Senate. #SocialSecurity Tweets Citing...
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Trump to Appoint Billionaire Know-Nothing to Root Out 'Low-Life Leakers'
Tensions between the U.S. intelligence community and President Donald Trump reached new heights after it was reported that Trump ally and New York billionaire Stephen Feinberg would be leading a sweeping review of the nation's spy agencies. Citing administration officials, the New York Times...
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Tribe Files New Suit as Army Corps Announces Eviction Deadline for Water Protectors
The Oglala Sioux have joined the legal battle against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, filing a lawsuit this week calling on the agency to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) until an environmental review can be completed. Tribal leaders cited fear of water contamination in...
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Reality of President Trump Is Stressing Out Americans... Big League
Americans have been taking to the streets in record numbers since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, but amid that uptick in resistance something else has been rising within the U.S. electorate: personal anxiety and stress caused by the nation's new political reality. According to a new...
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Protesters hold up signs during a "Caravan of Love" walk in support of immigrants and refugees in Minneapolis, Minn., on February 11. RESIST: Businesses Shutter Nationwide for #DayWithoutImmigrants
In response to President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant executive orders and sweeping deportation raids that have led to nearly 700 arrests nationwide, immigrants in cities across the country are walking out of work Thursday for a "Day Without Immigrants" strike, to demonstrate how much the United...
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Welcome to Trumpcare! Proposed Changes Raise Costs, Weaken Coverage
The Trump administration on Wednesday announced new proposed rules for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare—and while they " don't amount to sweeping changes ," the tweaks are predicted to raise costs for consumers while benefiting insurance companies and further undermining the critical...
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Puzder Out: Fast Food CEO Drops Nomination to Head Labor Dept.
Fast-food CEO Andy Puzder , President Donald Trump's pick to head the Labor Department, withdrew his nomination Wednesday afternoon. "While I won't be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team," Puzder said in a statement. An unnamed source close to...
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Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump Trump and Netanyahu Cozy Up, Waver on Two-State Solution
In wandering, occasionally confused comments at a joint press conference on Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump appeared to call into question the United States' backing of a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "I'm looking at two...
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Since Trump Won't Divest, NY AG Can Revoke His Business Charter: Group
An advocacy group on Tuesday delivered a letter to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman demanding he investigate—and possibly revoke—the Trump Organization's charter, over what the group says are conflicts of interests that violate state laws. Now that President Donald Trump has refused to...
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Republicans Launch Bicameral Salvos Against Wall Street Watchdog
Republicans continued their attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Tuesday, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) again introduced legislation to kill the Wall Street watchdog. Cruz in a statement called the CFPB, the brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren...
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The Resistance Abroad: Expats Rejecting Trump Administration
With actions big and small , it's clear that resistance within the U.S. to the Trump administration is swelling. But outside the nation's borders, expats are rising up to express opposition as well. "There's something like 8 million Americans abroad," Roxanne Matiz, an American who attended a Nov...
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#FreeDaniel #FreeDaniel: Community United in Outrage After ICE Detains 'Dreamer' With No Criminal Record
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested and detained a 'Dreamer,' or an undocumented immigrant brought to the U.S. as a young child and given permission to live and work legally in the country, stunning civil rights defenders nationwide and provoking fierce local opposition. #...
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Pressure for Independent Investigation Swells Amid Russia-Trump Scandal
Pressure is mounting for a transparent investigation into alleged ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian intelligence, following a New York Times report that shows officials on both sides were in contact before the 2016 election. The Times reported Tuesday that current and...
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
With 'Valentine to Corruption,' Trump Officially Kills Big Oil Transparency
In a move global rights groups are decrying as a Valentine's Day gift to Big Oil , President Donald Trump on Tuesday officially voided a rule that forced extractive industries to disclose payments made to foreign governments. The transparency law, known as the Cardin-Luger amendment, was an Obama-...
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ICE Head Ducks Meeting With Hispanic Dems for 'Political Cover' on Raids
The Trump administration is again being accused of "ducking accountability" after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Thomas Homan abruptly backed out of a planned meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) hours before it was set to happen on Tuesday. C...
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Oklahoma Advances 'Shameful' Written-Consent Abortion Bill
The Oklahoma House Public Health Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that requires women to obtain written consent from their sexual partners before they can get an abortion—a measure that picked up widespread notoriety after its author, state Rep. Justin Humphrey, referred to pregnant women as "...
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Ignoring Public Outcry, Republicans Block Effort to Obtain Trump's Taxes
Ignoring the vast majority of Americans who say they want President Donald Trump to release his taxes, GOP lawmakers who have the power to obtain the records on Tuesday blocked an effort to do so. Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously against using an obscure...
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Pence Places Conservative, Evangelical 'Allies' in All Corners of White House
Vice President Mike Pence is quietly staffing the government with evangelicals and "conservative allies" at almost every level, another indication that he will try to shape White House policy in his signature far-right, religious style, Politico reported Monday. Pence "surrounds himself with true...
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On Valentine's Day, Global Calls for a "Moral Resistance Rooted In Love"
Seizing upon the energy of Valentine's Day, people around the world are demonstrating for justice on Tuesday, whether by participating in protests , participating in democracy, or both. Tweets about #RevolutionaryLove OR #WomensMarch OR #1BillionRising OR #LoveArmy Organizers and supporters of the...
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Protesters in Orlando demand Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) hold a town hall. Rallies Demand Reluctant Reps Stop Hiding From Constituents
While many U.S. senators and representatives have encountered contentious crowds at town hall gatherings in their home districts, many others have managed to avoid meeting with constituents in the weeks since President Donald Trump took office. Calling on reluctant representatives to hold town...
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Flynn Scandal Spotlight Falls on What Trump Knew and When He Knew It
While President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed the "real story" in the case of Gen. Michael Flynn's midnight resignation is why "there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington," many journalists, lawmakers, and concerned U.S. citizens are asking a different question: What did President Trump...
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Senators Told Their Jobs At Risk After Confirming Wall Street Banker for Treasury
Each of the 53 "yeas" cast in the U.S. Senate on Monday night to confirm former Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary will "haunt those who cast it in the months and years ahead," one progressive advocacy group warned in the wake of the vote. "Voting to put Steve Mnuchin in...
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The Oceti Sakowin protest camp against the Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. DAPL Construction Proceeds as Standing Rock Emergency Request Denied
A U.S. federal judge on Monday rejected an emergency request from the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes that sought to halt construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline . Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company behind the pipeline, resumed construction l ast...
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Trump DOJ Loses Again as Federal Courts Advance Travel Ban Hearings
A federal judge in Seattle has rejected a request from the Trump administration to delay a hearing on the president's travel ban, meaning the case is set to go ahead as scheduled in the next few days. U.S. District Court Judge James Robart on Monday dismissed the call from the Department of Justice...
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Michael Flynn Out: From Trump's "Full Confidence" to Midnight Resignation
Less than one month into office, President Donald Trump's controversial national security advisor, Michael Flynn, abruptly resigned Monday night following revelations he had discussed sanctions with a high-level Russian official and then misinformed White House staff, including Vice President Mike...
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Monday, February 13, 2017
#DayWithoutLatinos: 10,000+ March in Milwaukee Against Trump's Immigration Crackdown
Amidst growing pushback against the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, more than ten thousand people marched in Milwaukee on Monday to "resist the wave of deportations and immigration raids sweeping the country." The "Day Without Latinxs, Immigrants, and Refugees" action, organized by...
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Animal Rights Groups Sue Over Unprecedented USDA Website Blackout
Leading animal rights groups sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Monday over the removal of animal welfare records from its website early this month. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by PETA, Beagle Freedom Project, Born Free USA, and the...
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Mar-A-Lago Diners Get Front Row Seat to Trump's Nuclear Crisis
News that U.S. President Donald Trump turned his private oceanfront club Mar-a-Lago into an "open air situation room" complete with threats of nuclear attack has sparked widespread concern over what one described as Trump's "disdainful middle finger toward national security." First reported by CNN...
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Oklahoma Republican Pushing Anti-Choice Bill Calls Women 'Hosts'
An Oklahoma lawmaker who has authored an extreme anti-abortion bill to be considered in the legislature Tuesday told The Intercept that a woman's body, once pregnant, is no longer hers—it is a "host." "I feel like it is a separate—what I call them is, is you're a 'host.' And you know when you enter...
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Fast food workers march against Puzder in St. Louis, Missouri. #NotOurLaborSec: Fast Food Workers Protest Puzder at Corporate Offices and Chains Nationwide
For the third time since anti-worker fast food CEO Andy Puzder 's nomination for Labor Secretary was announced, fast food workers are flooding the streets in protest. Tweets about #AndyPuzder OR #NotOurLaborSec OR #fightfor15 Days before Puzder's confirmation hearing on Thursday, hundreds of...
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Klein Takes New Role Exposing "Hidden Agenda" of Trump's Disaster Capitalism
Activist and author Naomi Klein, whose 2007 book The Shock Doctrine gave rise to the idea that politicians will exploit crises to further grab power and push forward a "radical pro-corporate agenda," as she put it, is now charged with monitoring the "shocks of the Trump era" from her new post with...
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With Big Ag Giveaways In the Works, Sessions Urged to Reject Mega-Mergers
Big Ag could score some big wins under newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions , roughly 325 food and farm groups warned on Monday, urging Sessions to reject agricultural mega-mergers that would put corporate interests above public health, small farmers, and the environment. In a letter sent...
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Treasury Set for Wall Street Takeover as Mnuchin Poised for Confirmation
Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin , who is expected to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Monday, is reportedly looking to fill cabinet positions with Wall Street executives and Republican establishment figures. Politico reports : Senior Goldman Sachs banker Jim Donovan is under strong...
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Earth photographed from space Anthropocene Math in the Age of Trump: Humans Are Running Out of Time to Save the Climate
As the Trump administration and Republicans in power in Congress set to work destroying environmental regulations, scientists have added urgency to the resistance with a simple new equation that shows the staggering effect human activity has had on the climate. Their findings? Humans have altered...
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After Cancellation, Sanders Vows to Hold WV Town Hall 'In The Streets'
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he will not be "intimidated" from speaking in West Virginia's McDowell County, "one of the poorest areas in one of our poorest states," after officials pulled the plug on a Monday town hall event. "If anyone in West Virginia government thinks that I will be...
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From #DayWithoutLatinos to Rapid Response Teams, Deportation Resistance Builds
From work strikes to legal campaigns, multiple efforts have been mounted to resist the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, which has instilled fear and panic in communities across the United States. Recent raids have impacted "nearly 200 people in the Carolinas and Georgia, more than 150...
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'Callous Attack': Trump DOJ Drops Protections for Transgender Students
President Donald Trump has dropped a pending legal challenge against an injunction that bans transgender students from using school facilities that correspond to their gender identity, ending an effort mounted by the Obama administration to protect LGBTQ youth. The move was announced Friday, coming...
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Sunday, February 12, 2017
Mexico City March against Donald Trump, February 12, 2017 Mexico: Massive Anti-Trump Rallies Staged Across Nation
Tens of thousands of Mexicans protested Sunday against US President Donald Trump, hitting back at his anti-Mexican rhetoric and his depictions of them as “rapists” and "criminals" and to demand “the respecting of Mexico. "Mexico must be respected, Mr Trump," said a giant banner carried by...
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0,000 March in Raleigh for Voting Rights, Democracy & #MoralResistance RESIST: 80,000 March in Raleigh for Voting Rights, Democracy & #MoralResistance
Outrage over the Trump administration helped bring tens of thousands of marchers to downtown Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday. Trump and the policies he will try to enact with the GOP-led Congress on immigration, health care and civil rights motivated many at Saturday’s march. Rev. William...
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Saturday, February 11, 2017
RESIST: Huge Counter-Protests Overwhelm 'Defund Planned Parenthood' Rallies
Anti-abortion groups called for 'Defund Planned Parenthood' demonstrations at more than 200 Planned Parenthood locations throughout the United States on Saturday to pressure President Donald Trump to strip the women's health provider of federal funding. Then, Planned Parenthood supporters got...
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Snowden: 'Finally: Irrefutable Evidence That I Never Cooperated with Russian Intel'
Whistle-blower Edward Snowden has spoken on a report suggesting Vladimir Putin is considering sending him back to the US as a “gift” to President Donald Trump, claiming the story proves he is not a spy. "Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel," Snowden said. "No...
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Friday, February 10, 2017
Donations and Gratitude Pour In for Chelsea Manning's Homecoming
A fundraiser to "welcome home" Chelsea Manning launched just two days ago has already surpassed $50,000, which observers say is a testament to the inspiration that the transgender leader and military whistleblower has provided to so many supporters. More than 1,200 people have donated upwards of $...
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Another Republican Takes a Step to Ensure Death of the EPA
A House Republican this week introduced legislation to eviscerate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act of 2017, declared Rep. Sam Johnson (Texas), is a "commonsense bill does right by the hardworking Americans." According to a press statement from...
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) Step One to Impeachment? Congressman's Probe Targets Trump's Conflicts of Interest
New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler has made use of an obscure legislative tool that would force a floor debate on President Donald Trump's potentially unconstitutional conflicts of interest—a move widely seen as an initial step toward impeaching Trump. Nadler, a Democrat, on Thursday "filed a 'resolution...
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Trump in Freefall as Disapproval Rate and Support for Impeachment Soar
Two new polls reflect poorly on President Donald Trump's brief tenure in the Oval Office, with one showing his administration is tarnishing Americans' view of U.S. popularity around the world, and another finding voters are already evenly divided on the issue of impeaching the president. The Gallup...
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Watch: Protesters Block Betsy DeVos From First Visit to Public School
Protesters briefly blocked Betsy DeVos from entering a Washington, D.C. school Friday morning in her first visit as Education Secretary, one woman shouting, "She does not represent anything that [public schools] stand for!" The crowd followed DeVos as she turned to leave, with another man saying...
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At $21.6 Billion, Internal DHS Report Shows Border Wall Cost Roughly Double What Trump Claimed
An internal report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seen by Reuters puts the cost for President Donald Trump's proposed "wall" along the U.S.-Mexico border at up to $21.6 billion, far higher than the estimates put forth by Trump or Republican leadership. Trump, who signed on Jan. 25 an...
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ICE protest in LA People Take to Streets in Resistance as ICE Raids Descend on Los Angeles
Protesters took to the streets in Los Angeles on Thursday evening after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reportedly raided homes and communities around the city and detained over 100 people in a mere three hours. Reflecting the growing community-level resistance to President Donald Trump's...
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Rumors of Sarah Palin as Canadian Ambassador Met With Hilarious Outrage
Rumors that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin could be the next ambassador to Canada have been met with a resounding "No Siree," as Canadians this week have erupted in a chorus of (hilarious) outrage. The backlash erupted after White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday refused to rule...
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Town Halls Become 'Indivisible' Epicenters as Trump Resistance Grows
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was confronted by angry crowds at a town hall in Salt Lake City on Thursday, over what they saw as his failure to properly investigate President Donald Trump's conflicts of interests , in another showing of a growing resistance to the new administration. Almost 1,000...
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With Tom Price Confirmed, Clock Is Ticking for Critical Safety-Net Programs
Putting the nation's safety net programs at risk, the U.S. Senate confirmed Tom Price as Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary early Friday morning. Price, who had represented Georgia in the House of Representatives since 2005, is known as an ardent opponent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or...
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Thursday, February 9, 2017
Appeals Court Rules Against Trump, Keeping Ban on Hold For Now
In the latest legal blow to President Donald Trump's attempt to institute a controversial immigration and travel ban targeting seven predominantly Muslim nations, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday unanimously sided with a lower court which earlier this week imposed an injunction...
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Clinic Violence Increased Following Planned Parenthood Smear Campaign
Ahead of anti-choice protests set to take place Saturday at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country, the Feminist Majority Foundation has released a new report showing violence and threats of violence against abortion providers has dramatically increased in the last two years. "This weekend,...
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Trump Named Climate Villain Number One in Landmark Youth Suit
Youth plaintiffs suing the federal government for failing to act on climate change have a new villain in their cross-hairs: U.S. President Donald Trump. The 21 plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States filed a notice (pdf) in federal court on Thursday amending their landmark suit to substitute Donald...
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'World Is Watching' as DAPL Construction Resumes Amid Protests and Lawsuits
The company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has resumed construction on the controversial project despite massive protests and legal battles. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) spokesperson Vicki Granado on Thursday confirmed that the company began working on the much-disputed 1.5-mile Lake...
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Trump's Executive Orders on Crime Foment "Dark View of Society"
Stoking fears of a crackdown on immigrants and civil liberties, President Donald Trump on Thursday signed three executive orders addressing crime. "A new era of justice begins, and it begins right now," Trump said to conclude prepared remarks at the White House. The orders were signed following...
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Guadalupe García de Rayos is photographed inside the ICE van that transported her away from her family. (Photo: Puente Human Rights Movement) Protests Erupt as Longtime Arizona Resident and Mother Hauled Off in Deportation Van
Guadalupe García de Rayos, a decades-long resident of Phoenix, Arizona and mother of two, was unceremoniously arrested and hauled away in a deportation van late Wednesday, one of the first deportations of an undocumented immigrant with no violent record to occur under President Donald Trump's anti-...
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Puzder Opponents Demand Trump Drop 'Most Anti-Worker Labor Nominee Ever'
Labor unions and workers' rights advocates are pressuring President Donald Trump to drop his nominee for Labor Secretary, Andy Puzder , over the fast-food CEO's recent admission that he had hired an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper. The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor union, penned a...
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Experts: Top Aide 'Plain and Simple' Broke Ethics Law by Promoting Trump Brand
Updated 5pm EDT: The Office of Government Ethics was apparently swarmed with calls and emails from outraged citizens on Thursday after White House advisor Kellyanne Conway urged individuals to buy Ivanka Trump's products. In a series of tweets , the OGE said that its "website, phone system, and...
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'Traitor': West Virginia Democrat Manchin Under Fire for Pro-Sessions Vote
Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is under fire Thursday for his Wednesday evening vote to confirm Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general. According to Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs, Manchin "flash[ed Sessions] a thumbs up on his way in the chamber," before breaking with his party...
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