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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
A protester outside of the ninth court of appeals in San Francisco, which blocked President Donald Trump's travel ban on Friday. Trump Once Again Attacks the Judiciary, Dismissing Courts as 'So Political'
President Donald Trump once again attacked the U.S. court system on Wednesday, complaining that the judiciary branch is "so political" while a federal appeals court weighs arguments regarding the administration's travel ban for immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries. "While...
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Raising Questions Over Conflicts of Interest Again, Trump Lashes Out at Nordstrom on Twitter
President Donald Trump on Wednesday took to Twitter to decry what he described as unfair treatment by Nordstrom towards his daughter Ivanka a week after the department store chain announced it would no longer carry her fashion line. "My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom," he...
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Taking Cues from Trump, UK Quietly 'Shuts Door' on Child Refugees
In what was described as an example of "British Trumpism," the U.K. government on Wednesday quietly ended its commitment to accepting and rehousing thousands of unaccompanied child refugees—a decision decried as "a betrayal of these vulnerable children and a betrayal of British values." The so-...
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Groups File Suit to Block Trump's Pro-Corporate Deregulation Scheme
'When presidents overreach, it is up to the courts to remind them no one is above the law...This is one of those times'
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Because "It's Now or Never," Indivisible Resistance to Trump Gains Steam
From Carpinteria, Calif. to Kansas City, Mo. to Charlottesville, Va. , pockets of resistance—catalyzed by the " Indivisible Guide "—to the Trump administration are popping up nationwide. "It's about resistance and your local communities rising up," said Barbara Dehart, co-founder of Indivisible...
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Senate Dems Urge 'Political Firestorm' Over GOP FCC's Net Neutrality Attacks
Senate Democrats on Tuesday vowed not to let net neutrality be dismantled without a fight, and urged people to be aware of recent orders by the newly Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) targeting internet equality. The Open Internet Order, enacted in 2015, redefined the...
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'This Is the #NoDAPL Last Stand': Tribe to Sue as Actions Planned Nationwide
The Trump administration "will be held accountable in court" for its decision to grant the final easement on the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) , Indigenous people and environmental allies vowed Tuesday. #NoDAPL Tweets And with actions planned nationwide on Wednesday, the administration won't get...
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Senate Dems in Revolt After GOP Silences Warren for Quoting Coretta Scott King
Senate Republicans voted Tuesday evening to formally silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), prompting widespread public outcry, for reading a letter by Coretta Scott King from 30 years ago that condemned Sen. Jeff Sessions's (R-Ala.) record on voting and civil rights. In response to the cascade...
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
As Resistance Turns Attention to Congress, Republicans Now Feeling the Heat
The fierce, coast-to-coast movement to resist U.S. President Donald Trump borne out in the Women's March and widespread, impromptu airport protests has in recent days turned its attention to Congressional Republicans—and they are feeling the heat. #ResistTrumpTuesdays Tweets With some...
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'Unfit for the Job': Puzder's Personal and Professional Records Under Fire
With President Donald Trump's Labor secretary pick, fast-food CEO Andy Puzder, facing increasing scrutiny and a growing opposition campaign , four GOP senators are reportedly "withholding judgement" on the controversial nominee. According to CNN reporter Manu Raju on Tuesday, Republican Sens. Susan...
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DAPL Opponents Vow 'Fierce Resistance' as Army Corps Grants Last Easement
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday said it has notified Congress that it plans to grant Energy Transfer Partners the final easement to build the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) . #NoDAPL Tweets Bloomberg reports: The company needs the easement to complete work under Lake Oahe, following...
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House GOP Quietly Moves to Kill Commission Charged With Securing Elections
Amid national outrage over possible foreign interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's own lies about so-called voter fraud, House Republicans on Tuesday quietly advanced two bills that "could profoundly impact the way we administer and finance national elections," watchdogs are...
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Listen Live as Trump's Travel Ban Gets Eviscerated in Court
President Donald Trump's travel ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries is in court on Tuesday, with a federal appeals court in San Francisco set to hear arguments starting at 3pm EST . Listen to the arguments live here: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San...
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Lawsuit Reveals Melania Trump Saw Presidency as Potential Profit Machine
First Lady Melania Trump on Monday revealed that she had intended to leverage the presidency into a lucrative venture for herself, with plans to establish "multimillion dollar business relationships" during her time as "one of the most photographed women in the world." An attorney for the first...
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Iranian Supreme Leader Thanks Trump for Exposing 'Real Face' of America
Days after President Donald Trump announced new sanctions against Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his nation is grateful to the new leader for revealing "the real face of the United States." Referencing Trump's tweet last week in which he declared that the Middle East nation does...
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EPA Nominee Pruitt Sued for Withholding Thousands of Energy Co. Emails
One day after hundreds of current and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees voiced their opposition to the man President Donald Trump wants to run that agency—and just ahead of his Senate confirmation vote—a prominent watchdog group is suing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt...
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Ignoring Spell Check and Muslim Victims, White House Produces List of Terror Attacks
The White House late Monday published a list of supposedly "under-reported" terrorist attacks, following up on President Donald Trump's claim that the media was deliberately suppressing coverage of such acts. In addition to the fact that many of the events listed were extensively covered by the...
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States Double Down on Sanctuary Status to Fight Trump's "Cruelty"
'These are not political games, these are real lives the president is targeting'
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Despite Outpouring of Opposition, DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary
DeVos' vocal opponents said the razor-thin margin reflected DeVos' lack of relevant qualifications and—as with many of President Donald Trump's cabinet nominees—fundamental disconnect with the department she was picked to lead.
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Monday, February 6, 2017
'Coordinated Strategy-Du-Jour'? Trump Claims Media Not Reporting Terror Attacks
Whether it is the "coordinated strategy-du-jour" or just more " alternative facts ," U.S. President Donald Trump's claim Monday that the media is conspiring not to report on terror attacks has left many observers "speechless." Speaking to military leaders at the U.S. Central Command and Special...
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UK Speaker: Trump Won't Address House of Commons on My Watch
The Speaker of the U.K.'s House of Commons on Monday vowed to block President Donald Trump from addressing the chamber during his state visit, a remark that drew spontaneous cheering and applause from members of Parliament (MPs). Speaker John Bercow cited Trump's racism, sexism, and seeming...
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Senate Dems Will #HoldtheFloor Overnight to Protest Looming DeVos Vote
With the confirmation vote for President Donald Trump's education nominee, Betsy DeVos , expected to take place at noon on Tuesday, Senate Democrats have said they will "hold the floor" overnight in a last-ditch effort to convince one more Republican to vote against the Michigan billionaire. #...
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'A Day Without Women': Calls Grow for General Women's Strike
The next phase of the resistance as embodied by last month's Women's March may come in the form of a general women's strike—a day inspired by feminist movements in other countries , during which women don't work (in the office or at home) or go to school. The official Women's March social media...
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Donald Trump and Josef Stalin Comparing Trump to Stalin, Australia's Chief Scientist Warns Against Censorship
American scientists are facing censorship on par with that imposed in the USSR under Josef Stalin, Australia's chief scientist Alan Finkel said during a scientific roundtable in Canberra, Australia, on Monday. "Science is literally under attack," Finkel warned, describing the Trump administration's...
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With 'Echo of Trump,' French Far-Right Leader Le Pen Launches Presidential Bid
Riding on the coattails of far-right victories in the U.S. and U.K., France's Marine Le Pen officially launched her bid for president on Sunday with a speech and manifesto full of populist talking points and anti-immigrant fervor. "The impossible has suddenly become possible...Other countries have...
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Trump "Not Fully Briefed" on Order Elevating Bannon to Security Council
President Donald Trump reportedly did not realize he was promoting chief strategist Steve Bannon to the National Security Council (NSC) Principals Committee when he signed the executive order dropping intelligence and defense officials from the top government panel and elevating the former...
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Legal Battle Over Trump Ban Could Be Headed To US Supreme Court
Legal briefs were pouring into a federal appellate court in San Francisco Monday morning, as President Donald Trump's order barring refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States moves into the next phase of a contentious court battle . Two U.S. states , 10...
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Facing Heat Over Ban, Trump Lashes Out Declaring All Negative Polls 'Fake News'
Lashing out over recent courtroom setbacks and growing opposition to the controversial travel ban, U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday declared "any negative poll" to be "fake news." Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border...
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Trump's FCC Blocks ISPs from Giving Low-Income Families Web Access
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), newly under Republican control, on Friday blocked nine internet companies from providing service to low-income users, curtailing a groundbreaking program green-lit during the previous administration. Under the new Republican FCC chairman Ajit Pai, an...
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A protest sign during President Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20, 2017. House Science Committee Plans to 'Make the EPA Great Again'—By Destroying It
Only two weeks into the climate change-denying Trump administration, Republican members of Congress are already setting their sights on destroying the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That's the apparent aim of Tuesday's "Making EPA Great Again" hearing, held by the House Committee on Science...
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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Bernie Sanders: Trump 'Is a Fraud' Sending Nation in 'Authoritarian Direction'
"I don't mean to be disrespectful," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN 's Jake Tapper on Sunday morning, "but this guy's a fraud." The immediate reference was to a meeting President Donald Trump held with Wall Street executives on Friday in which he vowed—in what Common Dreams reported as a "...
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From "Buy Pat Toomey's Vote" to Office Protests: DeVos Stirs National Revolt
How do you defeat an uber-wealthy right-wing ideologue who wants to destroy public education? With organized communities and people for starters. And, of course... with money. "If Betsy DeVos can buy Senator Toomey's vote, we should be allowed to do the same. With hopes raised after two Republican...
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Loser! Court of Appeals Says Trump's Muslim Ban Will Remain Blocked ... For Now
The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals early Sunday morning denied a motion by the Justice Department on behalf of President Trump which sought to reinstate enforcement of an immigration and travel ban that targeted seven Muslim-majority nations. The DOJ had filed an official appeal on Saturday...
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Saturday, February 4, 2017
March to the Palace Gates: Thousands March Against Trump Outside Mar-A-Lago
One lifetime resident watched the mile-long march go past and said she'd "never seen anything like this"
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Elizabeth Warren To Democrats: Only an 'Opposition Party' Can Defeat Trump
Crisis didn't just begin with Trump, says Massachusetts senator, "because for years and years and years, Washington has worked just great for the rich and the powerful, but far too often, it hasn’t worked for anyone else"
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Despite Vows, Documents Show Trump Retains Close Ties to Business Empire
Appearing to show proof of what ethics watchdogs have warned from the start , documents obtained by news outlets show that President Donald Trump has not distanced himself from his business dealings to any secure or measurable degree. First reported on Saturday by the New York Times , the documents...
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From Mar-A-Lago to Far-and-Wide, Protesters March Again as Anti-Trump Movement Persists
A weekend of continued anti-Trump protest... Check back for news and updates below... For the third weekend in a row, people in the United States and around the world were registering their disgust and opposition to President Donald Trump by staging rallies and protests against the new...
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Tangled Family Ties Leave Taxpayers on Hook for Eric Trump's $100,000 Business Jaunt
"This whole story is mind-blowing."
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Trump Blasts Ruling of "So-Called Judge" as DHS Forced to Halt Muslim Ban
Even as President Donald Trump lashed out at a federal court ruling issued Friday by labeling the federal judge who ordered it a "so-called judge," the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Saturday morning said it was suspending all enforcement of the controversial executive order on...
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#NeverRemember: Trump Aide's Invented Bowling Green Massacre Spawns Faux Vigils
"Where were you the day it didn't happen?"
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Friday, February 3, 2017
Muslim Ban Blocked: Federal Judge Issues Nationwide Injunction Against Trump Order
A federal judge in Washington state issued a nationwide injunction late Friday against President Donald Trump's controversial executive order on immigration—widely denounced as a travel ban targeting Muslims and refugees from war-torn states—that stirred airport protests across the U.S. last...
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In One Week, More Than 50 Suits Launched Against Travel Ban
Underscoring the scope of the outrage and number of lives impacted by President Donald Trump's recent travel ban, more than 50 lawsuits have been filed in the one week since the United States barred immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The Hill , which reported the...
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DAPL Divestment Campaign Builds to Counter Trump's Pipeline Support
With the Trump administration making clear its intent to push forward the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) regardless of widespread opposition , campaigners are ramping up their call for the project's financial backers to pull their support. "If money rules the day then we will bring compassion to our...
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Searching for One More Republican, Resistance Launches Full Court Press to Derail DeVos
News that Betsy DeVos is advancing to her final confirmation vote to lead the Department of Education early next week has been met with pleas for one more " Republican with integrity " to step forward and reject the nominee. In what has emerged in the most contentious confirmation battle yet,...
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Trump Cronies Rewarded as House GOP 'Dirty Trick' Bolsters Big Oil
"Today's vote in the House to repeal BLM's wasted gas rule was a win for the American Petroleum Institute, the Koch Brothers, and oil and gas CEOs, but it was a loss for the American people."
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More Than 100,000 Visas Revoked in Wake of Trump Travel Ban
Belying the government's claim that only 109 legal immigrants were " inconvenienced " by President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration , news outlets reported Friday that more than 100,000 visas have been revoked in the wake of the recent travel ban. According to the Washington Post ,...
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CIA's New Deputy Director Oversaw Torture and Destruction of Evidence
The newly announced CIA deputy director, Gina Haspel, reportedly oversaw the torture of two detainees under former President George W. Bush and ordered video evidence of their interrogations destroyed. Her ascent to the number two position at the agency is another signal that the new administration...
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Trump's Provocative Actions Against Iran Leave 'No Clear Exit' from Escalation
The Trump administration on Friday imposed new sanctions against Iran, continuing what one observer describes as "an escalatory cycle with no clear exit." Reuters wrote Friday, ahead of the official announcement: The new sanctions, which are being taken under existing executive orders covering...
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In Welcome Gift for Tillerson, Congress Abolishes Big Oil Transparency
An Obama-era rule that prevented fossil fuel companies from striking backroom deals with foreign governments is about to be dismantled after Senate Republicans passed a bill early Friday voiding the measure. In a pre-dawn assembly, the Senate voted along party lines, with Independent Sens. Bernie...
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'Spectacular Betrayal' as Trump Hands Economy 'Back Over to Wall Street'
"The Wall Street bankers against whom Trump ran are making policy now."
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In 'First of Its Kind' Ruling, Federal Judge Orders Trump to Halt Travel Ban
A federal judge on Friday issued a "first of its kind" ruling showing that President Donald Trump's travel ban does not apply to legal permanent residents, in a partial victory against the controversial executive order. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts of Detroit reaffirmed that the order,...
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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Class Action Suit Filed for Tens of Thousands of Legal Immigrants Affected by Ban
The ACLU and other civil and immigrant rights groups have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of tens of thousands of immigrants who are currently residing legally in the United States but have been impacted by President Donald Trump's executive order suspending the U.S. refugee program and...
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Just in Time for Trump, Jury Says Defense of Planet Is No Crime
Offering some hope that "reality" will prevail in a political climate seemingly bent on climate destruction, a Washington state jury on Wednesday failed to convict activist Ken Ward on two felony counts stemming from an act of civil disobedience against the fossil fuel industry. The Climate...
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Trump Seeks to Take Wrecking Ball to Division Between Church and State
President Donald Trump appears intent on demolishing the wall between church and state, telling an audience on Thursday that he will "totally destroy" an amendment that bars religious tax-exempt organizations from engaging in political activity—while his administration reportedly circulates a far-...
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'Without Sufficient Intelligence,' Trump Raid Kills Yemeni Children, US Service Member
Fears over what the United States' expansive War on Terror looks like with President Donald Trump at the helm were confirmed this week after a hastily-approved, dangerous ground assault resulted in the deaths of one U.S soldier and dozens of Yemeni civilians, including women and children. Quoting...
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Scott Pruitt Advances, But Is Trump Planning to Abolish EPA Entirely?
Scott Pruitt , the pick to head up the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has advanced closer to his confirmation vote, after Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved his nomination on Thursday. And while that should leave any Obama-era EPA officials "very...
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A New State Department Order to Revoke Visas Could Have Far-Reaching Effects
The Trump travel ban could have far wider effects than previously understood for foreigners who waited years as State Department officials reviewed their immigrant visa applications. The new policy, disclosed yesterday, means that immigrants hoping to join their families in the United States from...
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Responding to Protest Against White Nationalist, Trump Threatens to Defund University
President Donald Trump has threatened to pull federal funding from the University of California at Berkeley after students protests forced the school to cancel an appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos, Brietbart News senior editor and prominent figure within the white nationalist movement. Just hours...
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SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch Started 'Fascism Forever' Club at Elite Prep School
Conservative judge Neil Gorsuch , President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, started a "Fascism Forever" club while attending his elite all-male prep school, according to news reports. Michael O'Loughlin, a reporter for America: The Jesuit Review , tweeted a photo of Gorsuch's...
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"Don't Worry About It": Trump Shrugs Off Hostility With Australia, Mexico
President Donald Trump wrecked relations with yet another foreign leader on Wednesday, leaving Australia scrambling to save its refugee resettlement agreement with the U.S. after he lashed out at Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a phone call. Trump tweeted that the resettlement program, which...
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Side-By-Side: Obama's 2008 Speech on Race vs. Trump's 2017 Black History Month Remarks
On March 18, 2008, the recently-elected president, Barack Obama, delivered a speech on the subjects of race and racism at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia which later became known his "A More Perfect Union" address. Today, Obama's successor, President Donald J. Trump delivered... err,...
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People Power Works as Two Republicans Pledge to Vote 'No' on DeVos
Just one more Republican "no" vote is needed to derail the confirmation of education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos , after GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) announced Wednesday they would not support the billionaire in a full Senate vote. No Democrats or Independents are...
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'A Vote for Climate Disaster': Senate Confirms Tillerson as Secretary of State
The U.S. Senate has confirmed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, revealing "just how much fossil fuel industry money has corrupted Congress," as climate group 350.org put it . The 56-43 vote went largely along party lines, but got some Democratic support, including from...
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'One Way or Another': Trump, GOP Threaten 'Nuclear Option' over Gorsuch
President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged Senate Republicans to "go nuclear" and take away Democrats' ability to block his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch , as members of his party suggest that is the very path they're willing to take. That rule change, as The Hill explains , "would allow [...
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Thousands Demand Charities Call Off Galas at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Estate
Thousands of people are protesting two major medical fundraisers scheduled to be held at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, this month. The first, on Saturday, February 4, is the International Red Cross 2017 Ball, a gala that is poised to be met with more than a...
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In Show of Internal Dissent, Federal Workers Rising Up Against Trump
From the 1,000 State Department officials rushing to sign an official dissent cable , to the 180 federal workers signing up for a workshop on civil disobedience, to the dozens of "rogue" agency Twitter accounts that have sprouted up in the last week, internal resistance to the right-wing Trump...
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Nine Unanimous 'Nays' from Democrats as GOP-Run Committee Approves Jeff Sessions
Followed by shouts of " Shame! Shame! " in the gallery, and with no Democratic members voting in favor, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted to recommend confirmation for Jeff Sessions to become the next U.S. Attorney General. After stalling tactics and vociferous...
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Backlash Continues as Four States Sue to Stop Trump's "Unlawful" #MuslimBan
Four U.S. states have now sued the Trump administration over its executive order blocking entry for refugees, visitors, and green card holders from majority-Muslim countries—a ban that a group of United Nations human rights experts says breaches "international humanitarian and human rights laws."...
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Filibuster Gorsuch: 'Anything Less Than Utter Rejection...Absolutely Unacceptable'
Senate Democrats say they are preparing to filibuster President Donald Trump's pick to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court—federal judge Neil Gorsuch —and Trump's opponents are ready to hold them to it. Gorsuch, a Colorado federal appeals court judge known for...
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Rules Don't Apply to GOP as Finance Committee Approves Nominees Without Dems
Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee suspended the rules Wednesday morning to vote on cabinet nominees Steven Mnuchin and Tom Price without any Democrats present. The Democratic members of the committee boycotted the votes on Tuesday, charging Mnuchin, who is nominated for treasury secretary...
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Trump Administration to Grant DAPL Easement in 'Brazen Power Grab'
While the nation was distracted by President Donald Trump's prime-time Supreme Court announcement, members of North Dakota's congressional delegation revealed that the controversial Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) was moving one step closer to completion.
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'Filibuster Everything': Thousands Demand Schumer Do More to Stop Trump
Thousands of protesters gathered outside Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) home in New York on Tuesday night, demanding he take a stronger stand against President Donald Trump's cabinet nominees. Roughly 3,000 people amassed at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn around 6:00pm, then marched...
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
'This Is What Resistance Looks Like': Dems Boycott Key Committee Votes
Charging them with lying to the panel, Democratic lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted votes on two of President Donald Trump's controversial cabinet nominees on Tuesday. The Democrats surprised their colleagues on the committee by refusing to show up to confirmation votes on...
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Message To Dems: Block Neil Gorsuch Nomination 'Using All Available Means'
Update, 8:10pm EST: President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the empty seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. In accepting the nomination at the podium in the White House, Colorado federal appeals court judge Gorsuch called the late Justice Antonin Scalia "a lion of the law." Indeed...
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Spicer: The Travel Ban Is Not a Travel Ban Even If Trump Calls It a Travel Ban
White House press secretary Sean Spicer reopened his propaganda playbook on Tuesday, telling reporters that President Donald Trump's executive order blocking entry to the U.S. for refugees, visitors, and green card holders from majority-Muslim countries was "not a travel ban." "It's not a Muslim...
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Led By Bannon, Right-Wing Power Grab Gaining Steam in Executive Branch
President Donald Trump, chief strategist Steve Bannon, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller , and a select few others are consolidating significant power in the White House, observers warn—setting the stage for what some describe as a coup d'état . As evidence, many are pointing to the weekend's...
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Fears Grow that Rule of Trump Will Suppress Rule of Law Under Sessions
Updated 2pm EDT: Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee invoked a procedural move called the two-hour rule—which, according to The Hill, prevents "holding committee meetings beyond the first two hours of the Senate's day"—to push the attorney general vote until Wednesday. The move stalls the...
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A sign held up at the 2014 People's Climate March in Sydney, Australia. Top Trump Aide Calls Environmental Movement 'The Greatest Threat to Freedom'
Close advisor to President Donald Trump and avowed climate change denier Myron Ebell characterized the environmental movement on Monday as "the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world," and promised that the U.S. would soon withdraw from the Paris climate accord . "The...
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Enabling Trump: Angus King and These Three Dems Let Tillerson Advance
Three Senate Democrats and Senator Angus King (I-Maine) (202-224-5344) sparked outrage on Monday by enabling President Donald Trump's extreme agenda when they allowed the confirmation of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson's as U.S. Secretary of State to advance in a procedural vote. The cloture vote was...
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Secret Docs Reveal: President Trump Has Inherited an FBI With Vast Hidden Powers
In the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the FBI assumes an importance and influence it has not wielded since J. Edgar Hoover’s death in 1972. That is what makes today’s batch of stories from The Intercept, The FBI’s Secret Rules , based on a trove of long-sought confidential FBI...
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Monday, January 30, 2017
Monday Night Massacre as Trump Fires Acting AG and Replaces ICE Director
"After Yates' principled stand, it will now be impossible for the White House to continue stating that our lawsuits have no merit." —Lee Gelernt, ACLU With a reference to the Saturday Night Massacre that took place during the Watergate scandal under President Richard Nixon, the hashtag #...
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Latest Dem Lawmaker Forced to Answer to Constituents for Failing to Resist Trump
Wall-to-wall crowd call on their Democratic senator to "Just Say No!" and "Obstruct!"
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Keystone XL Opponents Promise Trump a Mass Mobilization 'On a Scale Never Seen'
With his order to revive the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, President Donald Trump "has declared war on Indigenous nations across the country," one Cheyenne River Sioux organizer said Monday. But he'll be met by a fierce native resistance movement that "will not back down," said the organizer, Joye...
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'Dangerous' and 'Dumb': Trump Signs Executive Order Torching Regulations
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday that aims to slash regulations—an action, advocacy groups say, that puts lives at risk. The order—the latest of a flurry since he took office— states that "for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified...
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Trump to State Dept. Officials Objecting to Muslim Ban: 'Get with the Program or... Go'
"I think they should either get with the program or they can go," said the White House press secretary of career officials voicing objection
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Thousands of teachers, students, and parents protested against Betsy DeVos in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Hundreds of State Legislators and Civil Rights Groups Urge Senate to Reject DeVos
The U.S. Senate on Monday received two last-minute salvos from prominent progressive voices against Betsy DeVos's nomination for education secretary. An open letter signed by state lawmakers from all 50 states and another signed by over 200 civil rights groups nationwide together strongly condemn...
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Facing Decades in Prison, Climate Activist Says We Have 'No Choice But Direct Action'
Amid a growing state-level crackdown on civil disobedience, climate activist Ken Ward appeared at the Skagit County Superior Courthouse in Washington state on Monday resolute in the face of a potential 30-year sentence because, he says, Americans now have no option but to take radical action to...
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Putting Economy at Risk, Trump Vows to "Do A Big Number" on Dodd-Frank
On the same day he signed an executive order aimed at massive deregulation , President Donald Trump told a group of small business leaders that he plans to "do a big number on Dodd-Frank," the Obama-era bill enacted to rein in big banks and prevent another financial crisis. "Dodd-Frank is a...
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Pressure Builds for Sessions, Tillerson to Make Clear Their Stance on 'Muslim Ban'
Did President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions , have a role in creating the widely panned " Muslim ban "? And would he help enforce it? According to 189 civil and human rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Jewish Voice for Peace, and...
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Protesters flooded the international terminal of the airport in Atlanta, Georgia, demanding the release of people detained under President Donald Trump's travel ban. Trump Creates 'Constitutional Crisis' as Travel Ban Enforced in Defiance of Court Orders
Chaos reigns in the wake of President Donald Trump's sweeping executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world. "Obedience to specific court orders is what keeps us from being a banana republic or fascist dictatorship." —Abner Greene,...
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It Took Years for Other Presidents to Reach Majority Disapproval. Trump: Eight Days
In at least one respect, U.S. President Donald Trump has eclipsed all his predecessors: How quickly he has reached majority disapproval. Gallup's Presidential Job Approval Center found on Saturday that after just eight days in office, Trump's disapproval rating reached 51 percent—a record that, as...
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Trump Shut Down White House Comment Line, So This Tool Lets You Call One of His Businesses to Complain
The digital team behind Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential primary run, Revolution Messaging, has launched a creative way for people to lodge complaints against the right-wing Trump administration while calling attention to the president's continued refusal to fully divest from his business empire...
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Over One Million Britons: No Official State Visit for 'Vulgar' Trump
A petition to stop President Donald Trump from making an official state visit to the United Kingdom shot up to over one million signatures by Monday—a sign of the global backlash against his draconian executive order banning immigrants from seven majority Muslim countries. The petition, which...
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Iran and Iraq Take Steps to Bar Americans in Response to Trump's Muslim Ban
Amid international outcry over U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order barring citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries, at least two of those nations are taking steps to ban U.S. citizens from their borders. Members of the Iraqi parliament voted Monday in favor of a resolution...
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'Our Lives Are in Danger': Six Dead in Quebec City Mosque Shooting
This story may be updated . Update, 2:20pm EST: CBC News reports : "Quebec provincial police now say only one of the two men arrested Sunday night following the deadly shooting at a Quebec City mosque is a suspect in the attack." Alexandre Bissonnette is the suspected shooter ; Mohamed Belkhadir (...
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Sunday, January 29, 2017
'Unprecedented': Trump Adds Bannon to National Security Council, Kicks Out Intelligence Officials
President Donald Trump signed memorandums on Saturday that kicked the nation's top military and intelligence advisers off the National Security Council's (NSC) Principals Committee and elevated his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, in their place. The memorandum gives Bannon, former executive chair...
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'Hope Trump Enjoys Losing': ACLU Celebrates as Court Blocks Deportations
A federal judge on Saturday issued an emergency ruling halting deportations under President Donald Trump's executive order banning entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim countries. #NoBanNoWall Tweets The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) celebrated the victory that came after several refugees...
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Saturday, January 28, 2017
Protesters Descend on JFK as Immigration Officials Detain Refugees
Protests erupted outside of John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York on Saturday, as border agents detained refugees who landed after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travelers from seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Tweets about #...
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'Media Is the Opposition': Trump Backs Bannon in Ongoing War on Press
In an interview Friday with a Christian radio show, President Donald Trump backed his chief strategist Steve Bannon in calling the media "the opposition party." "I think the media is the opposition party in many ways," the president said on " The Brody File, " a program on the Christian Radio...
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Refugees Already Detained as Groups Race to Stop Trump's Muslim Ban
Rights groups are amassing in opposition to President Donald Trump 's executive order banning immigrants from Muslim countries, which he signed Friday after a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it would file a federal lawsuit...
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