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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Civil Rights Advocates Concerned That Betsy DeVos Will Not Stand Up for All Children
The "alarming record" of billionaire heiress Betsy DeVos , President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Education, has national civil rights groups warning that the ideologically-driven conservative will not be an advocate for all children. DeVos, who appears before the U.S...
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Obama Sends $500 Million to Green Climate Fund, Signaling End to Era
The Obama administration on Tuesday sent another $500 million to the Green Climate Fund, which was established as part of the Paris climate agreement to collect aid from wealthy countries to help frontline nations adapt to the impacts of global warming. The contribution marks one of President...
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Amnesty International earlier this month floated a hot air balloon with whistleblower Edward Snowden's portrait above the Statue of Liberty in New York City. In Obama's Final Days in Office, Rights Advocates Push for Last-Minute Pardons
President Barack Obama has only days remaining in the White House and he must use that time to pardon whistleblowers and political prisoners, argue human rights advocates and prominent journalists, before the far-right administration of president-elect Donald Trump takes charge. Obama has an...
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Anti-Choice Republicans Likely to Ignore Key Reason for Abortion Rate Decline
Improved contraceptive use was a major factor in the just-revealed U.S. abortion rate decline, but Republican attempts to gut critical healthcare programs could reverse those gains, experts warned Tuesday. The Guttmacher Institute, which works to advance reproductive health and rights through...
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Budget Office Report: GOP Healthcare Repeal Would Strip Insurance from 32 Million People
Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without replacing it could cost 32 million people their health insurance, according to a new estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released Tuesday. The CBO estimated that if Congress votes to repeal the ACA—also known as Obamacare—...
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Trump Inauguration as 'Twilight Zone' Television Listing Goes Viral
Offering a glimpse into how the international community perceives the pending inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump , a Scottish newspaper's satirical take on the event, which it casts as a return episode of the "The Twilight Zone," has gone viral in recent days. Amid the weekly...
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Sanders Says MLK's Courage Will Be Necessary for Fight Ahead
Speaking at the same Atlanta church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. served as pastor, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday heralded the long term vision of the civil rights leader and said that it is "necessary for us to bring his spirit and courage into 2017." "The great strength of Dr. King,"...
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More Than 40 Dems Now Skipping Inauguration, While Planned Protests Grow
More than 40 U.S. lawmakers now say they will not attend Donald Trump's pricey inauguration on Friday, while the nation's capital braces for large protests on that day and over the weekend. The Washington Post is keeping a tally and put the count at 44 Democratic representatives on Tuesday morning...
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Water protectors peacefully sang, drummed, and chanted as riot police blocked them from the pipeline drill site. Water Protectors Arrested, Tear-Gassed for Peaceful Prayer Walk at DAPL Site
Water protectors battling the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline once again faced down police in riot gear, tear gas, and arrests on Monday as Indigenous activists attempted to hold a peaceful prayer walk at the pipeline drilling site alongside the Missouri River near Cannon Ball, North Dakota...
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Trump to Be Least Popular President in Decades as Ratings Keep Plummeting
President-elect Donald Trump's historically low approval ratings have dropped even more, paving the way for him to take the oath of office as the most unpopular president in at least 40 years. A Washington Post/ABC News survey released Monday finds that Trump will enter office with 54 percent...
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Monday, January 16, 2017
Actually Mr. Trump, Turns Out Americans 'Care a Lot' About Your Tax Returns
President-elect Donald Trump has claimed that the American people "don't care at all" about whether he releases his tax returns. Turns out, he was wrong. In fact, new ABC News/Washington Post polling data released on Monday shows that 74 percent of all Americans, including 49 percent of his own...
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Global Sea Ice Hits Lowest Levels 'Probably in Millenia'
Global sea ice levels are at their lowest in recorded history, according to new statistics from the U.S. National Snow & Ice Data Center. In the Arctic, the loss is due to climate change and extreme weather events that are likely influenced by global warming, while the changes in the Antarctic...
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Worried This Billionaire Will Destroy Public Education, Teachers Have Some #Questions4Betsy
Defenders of public education have a few questions they want to ask Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's controversial pick to lead the Department of Education, when she appears at her senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday. With a new campaign targeting members of the U.S. Senate Committee...
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Close-up of George Washington on the dollar bill Despite Growing Disapproval and Protest, Corporate Cash Floods Trump Inauguration
"This is very unfettered, brazen selling of access. It certainly runs counter to any presidential candidate who was talking about draining the swamp."
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Bipartisan EPA Alumni Urge Senate to Reject Pruitt's "Troubling" Nomination
On Monday, 13 former heads of state environmental bureaus sent a letter to senate leaders, urging them to reject Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nomination as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief. The letter (pdf), organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), implores...
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Garment workers in Vietnam Just Eight Men Own Same Wealth as Half of Humanity: Report
The private jets of the world's wealthiest men and women are swarming the Swiss Alps for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF), which begins Monday in Davos, Switzerland, in the midst of an ongoing global inequality crisis. "Across the world, people are being left behind[...] their voices are...
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Overwhelmed by Voters Angry About ACA Repeal, GOP Rep Sneaks Out Backdoor
One day after voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a Republican Congressman in Colorado was caught sneaking out the backdoor of a community meeting on Saturday after being overwhelmed by constituents concerned over the future of their healthcare. U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman had invited...
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'Shocking': North Dakota Republicans Want to Legalize Running Over Protesters
Running over protesters may soon be legal in North Dakota, if conservative lawmakers are successful in advancing legislation introduced last week. House Bill Number 1203 (pdf) states that, "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a driver of a motor vehicle who unintentionally causes injury or...
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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Nationwide Rallies Are #OurFirstStand Against GOP Assault on Healthcare
Rallies to protect critical healthcare safety net programs took place nationwide on Sunday, on the heels of a week that saw those very programs placed squarely in Republican crosshairs . #OurFirstStand Tweets Spearheaded by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y...
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Inauguration Boycott Grows Along With Women's March Momentum
More than 20 U.S. lawmakers have now said they will not attend Friday's inauguration ceremony, while Saturday's Women's March continues to gain steam. Fusion is keeping a list of representatives who are skipping President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration—a list that grew overnight after Trump...
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Ringling Bros. Circus 'Finally Bows to Public Opinion,' to End Run in May
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Saturday night that it would hold its final performance in May, a victory for animal rights activists who have battled the show for decades. A message from Kenneth Feld, president of the Ringling parent company Feld Entertainment, said...
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Saturday, January 14, 2017
Bracing for Trump, Protests Commence in Nation's Capital and Beyond
With less than a week until President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, the resistance has officially begun. People around the country rallied on Saturday to tell the nation: Even in the face of the threats posed by the incoming Trump administration, immigrants and their families are here to stay...
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Outrage After Trump Insults Civil Rights Icon John Lewis
On the Saturday morning of a holiday weekend honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., President-elect Donald Trump trashed civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), after Lewis said he would not attend next week's inauguration ceremony. The Georgia lawmaker—who has served in Congress since...
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Friday, January 13, 2017
GOP House Takes Next Step Toward Taking Healthcare Away From Millions
With a vote largely along party lines, the U.S. House on Friday pushed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, one step closer to death. Ahead of the 227-198 vote ( roll call here ), GOP House leaders expressed confidence that their chamber would pass a budget resolution paving the way for ACA...
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Obamacare Repeal = $7 Million Tax Cut for Nation's Richest 400 People
The sick get sicker so the rich can get richer? Repealing Obamacare, which Republicans on Friday appear closer to doing, would deliver a sizeable tax cut for the rich, a new report shows.
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A 2011 protest against Arizona's law banning all ethnic studies classes Arizona Bill Would Ban Discussion of Social Justice, Solidarity in Schools
Arizona state representative Bob Thorpe, a Republican, has just proposed a bill that would ban any school courses or extracurricular activities that "promote" any kind of "social justice" or "solidarity" based on race, class, gender, politics, or religion. The legislation, House Bill 2120 , also...
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GOP Leader Threatens to Subpoena Ethics Chief Who Called Out Trump Conflicts
Instead of investigating concerns that President-elect Donald Trump will come to power with numerous conflicts of interest, the Republican head of the House Oversight Committee is now threatening the government ethics monitor who called them out. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent a letter (pdf) to...
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Chicago Police Routinely, 'Systemically' Abused Civil Rights: DOJ
Chicago police systematically violated people's civil rights by routinely using excessive force, particularly against African-Americans and Latinos, according to a bombshell report (pdf) from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released Friday. The report is the conclusion of a 13-month...
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EPA Acknowledges Neonics' Harm to Bees, Then 'Bows to Pesticide Industry'
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday published two bee-related announcements, but with both, say environmental groups, the agency has failed the pollinators. One was its "Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products." It states that the "policy is not a regulation or...
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EPA Pick Pruitt's "Radical Record" and Abundant Conflicts Probed by Senate Dems
Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt , is facing new scrutiny over his ties to fossil fuel companies and his role in ongoing litigation against the very agency he's been chosen to lead. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works announced...
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'Bombshell Revelations' Point to Ongoing Poisoning of Grassy Narrows People
An investigation by environmental volunteers and The Toronto Star has uncovered the "bombshell revelation" that soil surrounding an old paper mill is contaminated with mercury, amounting to what many are calling a "smoking gun" in the ongoing poisoning of the Grassy Narrows First Nation community...
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Rise of Rightwing Demagogues Threatens Democracy Worldwide: HRW
The rise of political populists threatens democracy worldwide, a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) released Thursday says. In its World Report 2017 , the human rights organization highlights President-elect Donald Trump 's victory in the U.S., the power grabs of "strongman" leaders in Russia...
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A coalition of grassroots groups flew an airship above NSA data center in Bluffdale, Utah to protest the U.S. government's unconstitutional mass surveillance program in 2013. Obama Expands Spy Agencies' Access to Private Data—Just in Time for Trump
"Seventeen different government agencies shouldn't be rooting through Americans' emails with family members, friends, and colleagues, all without ever obtaining a warrant"
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Likely Conflicts Ahead as Trump Elevates Giuliani to Cyber Czar
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be serving as a key cyber security adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, the transition team announced on Thursday, which could pose yet more conflicts of interest for the incoming administration. The Trump loyalist, who had been on the shortlist for...
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Pressed By Warren, Carson Can't Promise Trump Won't Benefit From HUD Contracts
"The problem is that you can't assure us that HUD money will not end up in the president-elect's pockets," says Sen. Elizabeth Warren
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Trump Considering GOP Lawmaker Who Despises Consumer Watchdog To Head It
President-elect Donald Trump is getting closer to debilitating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the watchdog agency founded by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that many warned could be an early target for the incoming administration. Trump on Wednesday met with former Rep. Randy...
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Refusing to 'Celebrate' Trump, Rep. Barbara Lee Joins Growing Inauguration Boycott
Adding her name to the growing list of lawmakers who are boycotting Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan.20, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) on Thursday issued a strongly-worded statement outlining her decision not to "celebrate" the swearing-in of the president-elect. Pointing to Trump's comments about...
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Bracing for Trump's Anti-Science Agenda, DOE Announces 'Scientific Integrity Policy'
As President-elect Donald Trump's anti-science administration prepares to swoop into Washington, D.C., outgoing Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz on Wednesday announced a new "scientific integrity policy" meant to protect workers and policies that may be at risk. According to Moniz...
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US Bombing of Kunduz Last Year Killed 33 Civilians, Military Probe Concludes
A U.S. military bombing in Kunduz Province last year killed 33 civilians and wounded 27 others, according to a military investigation that concluded on Thursday. The bombing was not the same one that struck a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in October 2015 , which...
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Protesters demonstrate against Guantanamo Bay in front of the Supreme Court on January 11, 2017 'Deny Trump the Tools to Torture': Progressive Dems Call on Obama to Close Guantanamo
As pro-torture President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) are urging President Barack Obama to immediately shut down Guantanamo Bay and deny Trump "the tools to reinstate torture." In a letter (pdf) sent Wednesday, 40 members of the...
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Big Pharma-Backed Dems Join GOP to Block Sanders Effort to End Drug Price Gouging
While the Republican Party is publicly dismantling millions of Americans' health safety net, more than a dozen Democrats late Wednesday quietly threw their weight behind Big Pharma and voted down an amendment that would have allowed pharmacists to import identical—but much less expensive—drugs from...
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Watch: CIA Director Nominee Mike Pompeo Testifies for Senate Confirmation
Congressman Mike Pompeo—a Republican from Kansas who built a reputation as a vocal oppponent of civil liberties and privacy while serving in the House of Representatives as a prominent Tea Party member—is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday as he tries to...
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With Late Night Vote-a-Rama, GOP Takes Aim at Key Healthcare Gains
Early Thursday, Senate Republicans took the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, overcoming a slew of Democratic amendments meant to defend popular parts of the law and setting the stage for tens of millions of Americans to lose their health insurance. The 51-48...
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Empty Folders and a "Meaningless" Plan: Outrage Grows Over Trump's Refusal to Divest
Outrage over President-elect Donald Trump's refusal to divest himself of his global business empire has grown in the wake of his chaotic press conference Wednesday, during which he announced that he would merely hand his businesses over to his sons. After the press conference—wherein the piles of...
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Obama DOJ Charges VW Execs, But Will Trump Kill Corporate Accountability Gains?
Volkswagen on Wednesday agreed to plead guilty to three criminal felony counts and agreed to pay a record $4.3 billion in fines and fees related to its emissions cheating scandal in the U.S., while another six top executives were charged over their alleged roles in the conspiracy to rig air...
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Watch: Defense Secretary Nominee James "Mad Dog" Mattis Faces Senate Confirmation
Retired U.S. Marine Corps General James "Mad Dog" Mattis—who once said of his wartime service that it's " fun to shoot" people —is testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday as he tries to receive confirmation to be the next U.S. Secretary of Defense. Watch live:
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As Tillerson Dodges, Exxon Ordered to Hand Over Evidence of Climate Cover-Up
On the same day that former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state nominee, was dodging questions about the ongoing ExxonKnew investigation, a Massachusetts court on Wednesday ordered the oil company to hand over decades of documents regarding what it knew...
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
#FightInequality: Week of Action Aims to Tackle 'Crisis Reaching New Extremes'
Economic inequality tops the list of global risks, the World Economic Forum (WEF) said Wednesday, just ahead of a global week of action that aims to fight the wealth gap crisis. The pronouncement from the WEF comes via its new Global Risks Report , issued before a "parody-defying event"—its annual...
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Tillerson Called Out for 'Lying About Climate' During Confirmation Hearing
At his senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, U.S. secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson on Wednesday dodged questions about ExxonMobil's long history of denying climate science, lending credence to claims his tenure would be a disaster for the planet . When pressed by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)...
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Buyer's Remorse? Nation's Impressions of Trump Have Plummeted Since Election
President-elect Donald Trump rose to power with historically low approval ratings, and a new poll finds that even those numbers have fallen as Americans lose what little goodwill they had toward him during the so-called post-election "honeymoon" period. Quinnipiac University's new survey, conducted...
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Nation's First "For-Profit President" as Trump Refuses To Divest
President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday gave his first press conference since the November election—indeed, since July—but gave little information on his relationship with Russia and outlined a plan to address his conflicts of interest that at least one government watchdog group called a "failure...
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A protest sign at a march in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 29. Facing Right-Wing Future, Local-Level Resistance to Trump Agenda Swells
Around the country, people who woke up on November 9 shocked and galvanized by the election results are forming new local organizations and networks to resist president-elect Donald Trump's right-wing agenda. "Politics on the national level are going to be ugly for the foreseeable future. We might...
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Protests Erupt as Lawmakers Continue Spread of Anti-Worker Legislation Nationwide
Just days after Kentucky became the 27th state in the nation with such an anti-worker law, Republicans controlling legislatures in New Hampshire and Missouri are working fast to pass their own so-called right-to-work laws. As economist Dean Baker has summed them up , right-to-work laws guarantee "...
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Proposed Labor Secretary's Anti-Labor Record Comes Under Fire
Ahead of nationwide protests taking place Thursday against Donald Trump's labor secretary nominee Andy Puzder , workers are drawing attention to poor conditions at the fast-food CEO's restaurants. Puzder's confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee was...
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Watch Live: Day 2 of Jeff Sessions Confirmation Hearings for Attorney General
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday continued to receive testimony on the nomination of Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General. Following testimony on his own behalf Tuesday, which was repeatedly interrupted by protests , the second day of the hearing will include...
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Senate Republicans Just Made Clear Their Desire to Gut Essential Healthcare Services
Senate Republicans on Tuesday rejected a Sen. Bernie Sanders-introduced measure to defend Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The vote on Amendment 19, which Sanders (I-Vt.) also introduced Tuesday, was 49-49 , short of the 60 it needed to advance. It was attached to Sen. Mike Enzi's (R-Wyo.)...
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Free Chelsea Manning banner Chelsea Manning on Obama's "Short List" for Commutation, DOJ Source Says
Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is on President Barack Obama's "short list" for a potential commutation, a Department of Justice source told NBC News , which adds that the president's decision could be announced as early as Wednesday. "She has suffered enough. President Obama should act now to right...
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'Are We Living in Nazi Germany?': Trump Lashes Out Ahead of Press Conference
President-elect Donald Trump will hold his first post-election press conference at 11:00am in New York City on Wednesday. The event is now more significant than ever following the release late Tuesday night of unverified claims that Russia has been "cultivating, supporting, and assisting" Trump for...
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#RejectRex: Protests as 'Big Oil Personified' Faces Capitol Hill Hearing
Controversial secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson faces the Senate Foreign Relations committee on Wednesday morning as confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's proposed cabinet continue . Watch live below: #rejectREX Tweets Pointing to Tillerson's longtime seat at the helm of...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
'Believe,' Obama Tells Nation in Farewell. 'Not in My Ability to Bring About Change – But in Yours.'
Appearing live on television and via a livestream online, President Barack Obama offered his official farewell address from Chicago on Tuesday night. Near his conclusion, Obama told the nation, "I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours. Watch: What follows...
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'Remorseless' Dylan Roof Receives Death Penalty for Church Massacre
For committing one of the most shocking crimes motivated by racial hatred in recent U.S. history, Dylan Roof—the 22-year-old white man who was convicted of the premeditated murder of nine black churchgoers during a bible study in 2015—received the death penalty on Tuesday. The capital sentence,...
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Flint Residents Barred From Closed-Door Water Quality Meeting
Residents of Flint, Michigan who traveled to Chicago were barred from attending a private meeting Tuesday between Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other officials, who advocates say are rushing to declare the city's water supply safe. Outrage over the closed-door meeting prompted protests in Flint...
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Sanders Launches #OurFirstStand to Protect Healthcare From Trump Future
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday introduced an amendment to require wider congressional approval for any cuts to government healthcare services and Social Security. Amendment 19 would require a three-fifths majority in the Senate to approve cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security, a...
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Is John Kelly 'Unfit' (or Sadly Suited) to Lead Homeland Security Under Trump?
President-elect Donald Trump's selection to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), former Marine General John Kelly, should be "disqualified" from the post due to his "brutal" treatment of detainees at the Guantánamo Bay Detention Center, attorneys warned Tuesday ahead of Kelly's Senate...
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The aftermath of Tuesday's bombing. Saudi Airstrike Hits Yemen School, Killing Children, as Humanitarian Crisis Worsens
A primary school in Yemen was bombed by the Saudi-led coalition on Tuesday, and five people, including two children, were killed, medics told the Middle East Eye. A rebel group puts the death toll at eight, with 15 wounded, according to AFP. A military official told AFP that the strike was a "...
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Groups Nationwide Create Campaign of 'United Resistance' to Trump
Progressive organizations across the U.S. are joining together in the latest showing of widespread resistance to President-elect Donald Trump's right-wing agenda, from climate policies to civil rights. Dozens of groups including the Center for Biological Diversity, United We Dream, and the Ella...
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GOP Further Eviscerate Oversight by Changing Little Known Records Rule
Amid the uproar over the Republican Party's attempt to cripple the Office of Congressional Ethics, a little-noticed rule change was passed that guts an essential element of government oversight. The rules package included a sentence that read: "Records created, generated, or received by the...
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Ticking Carbon Clock Warns We Have One Year to Avert Climate Catastrophe
Our window of time to act on climate may be shrinking even faster than previously thought. We may only have one year remaining before we lock in 1.5ºC of warming—the ideal goal outlined in the Paris climate agreement —after which we'll see catastrophic and irreversible climate shifts, many experts...
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Do Republican Defections Spell the End of the Obamacare Repeal?
Despite their dogged pursuit of an Obamacare repeal, Republican leaders may no longer have the votes to dismantle the law without a viable replacement—and may have blown their chance of destroying President Barack Obama's healthcare plan altogether. Two dozen Senate Democrats took part in a five-...
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As Sessions Confirmation Hearings Begin, Resistance Builds Near and Far
As confirmation hearings got underway Tuesday for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general , widespread protests continued throughout the country, on social media, and within the chambers of Capitol Hill. Tweets about stopsessions CODEPINK protesters and...
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Watch: Protests Erupt at Jeff Sessions Confirmation Hearing
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) faced a full day of testimony the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday as he seeks confirmation to be the next Attorney General of the United States. Nominated by President-elect Donald Trump, the choice sparked uproar among civil liberties and social justice advocates...
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Monday, January 9, 2017
ACLU Takes Aim at New Rights-Violating Anti-Choice Bill in Kentucky
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday took swift legal against an anti-women bill fast-tracked by Kentucky lawmakers, decrying it as "an example of political interference operating in its most perverse form." The bill in question is HB2 , one of two anti-abortion measures passed...
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Sanders: 'We Will Fight' Planned Parenthood Defunding Campaign
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday said Democrats would fight Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood , ridiculing the plan as an "obsession" that "has nothing to do with improving healthcare" and everything to do with shutting down abortion providers. "Republicans in Congress have...
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'Not Just Dumb—Dangerous': Trump to Allow Exit of Nuke Safety Officials
Update: Gizmodo subsequently published a clarification stating that, while the two officials "have submitted their resignations, intend to depart on January 20, and have not been asked by the Trump transition to stay past that date, the Trump team has not explicitly instructed them to leave or '...
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Rep. Maxine Waters Targets "Foreclosure King" Mnuchin as Case Against Trump's Pick to Head Treasury Builds
If the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have any documents related to the "pernicious, discriminatory practices" conducted while Donald Trump's pick for treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, was at the helm of the notorious OneWest bank, they must...
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Ethical Alarm Bells Raised Over Trump's "Shadow Cabinet" of Advisers
President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner will be named a senior adviser in the administration, according to reports, an announcement that brought new scrutiny to the potential conflicts of interest among Trump's so-called "shadow" officials—who, unlike his cabinet nominees, do not...
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State Lawmakers Urge Rejection of Militaristic, Conflict-Ridden Nominees
A coalition of progressive state lawmakers from around the country on Monday sent a letter to Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), demanding the U.S. Senate only confirm cabinet nominees " who have an established record of respecting the importance of diplomacy and other tools...
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An Aramark delivery truck. Prisoners to Strike Against 'Prison Industrial Complex' and Food Giant Aramark
Organizers of last year's prison strike are planning a new protest against Aramark, a massive for-profit food provider of both sports stadium fare and prison meals nationwide. Aramark "provides meals for more than 500 correctional facilities across the country and has been the subject of complaints...
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Kentucky GOP Supermajority Just Gutted Women's, Workers' Rights
Republicans, now wielding total control of the Kentucky state legislature for the first time in nearly a century, exerted their power this weekend to pass a slew of measures that weaken workers' and women's rights. The passage of the seven bills by the General Assembly during a special session on...
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Warren Joins Nation's Teachers in Denouncing Trump's "Horrifying" Education Pick
"There is no precedent for an Education Department secretary nominee with your lack of experience in public education," Warren wrote (pdf) to DeVos ahead of the billionaire's Wednesday confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, on which the senator...
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A banner held up by Food Not Bombs volunteers reads: "We dream of a better world/our crime is making it a reality" Despite Arrests, Peace Activists Vow to Keep Feeding City's Homeless
Seven activists with the peace group Food Not Bombs were arrested for feeding homeless people on Saturday in a public park in Tampa, Florida. The group is undaunted and maintains it will return to the park on Tuesday to serve anyone in need of food. "We intend to expose the city's cruelty in the...
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#DayAgainstDenial Calls on Senate to Reject Trump's Anti-Science Cabinet
Environmental groups are launching a nationwide campaign on Monday to highlight the climate denialism rampant among President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks and demand lawmakers reject their nominations. #DayAgainstDenial Tweets #DayAgainstDenial , spearheaded by the climate group 350.org but...
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Sunday, January 8, 2017
Young Black Men Still Predominant Victims of Police Violence
Despite the protests , media scrutiny, and all around heightened national attention, young black men in 2016 continued to be the predominant victims of police violence in the United States. According to year-end figures published Sunday by the Guardian database The Counted , "[b]lack males aged 15-...
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Donald Trump's Pick for Spy Chief Took Hard Line on Snowden, Guantanamo, and Torture
Colleagues of former Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., describe the septuagenarian as competent and congenial — the “Mister Rogers” of Republicans, as Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said — but his positions on issues including NSA surveillance, Edward Snowden, torture, and Guantanamo Bay are bound to spark...
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GOP Tries to 'Jam' Through Nominees Not Yet Vetted, Ethics Office Warns
Days before the confirmation process is set to begin, with schedule purposely packed with conflicts, it appears that many of President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet nominees have not been properly vetted despite numerous potential conflicts of interest. The head of the Office of Government Ethics (...
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Saturday, January 7, 2017
EPA Pick Pruitt Awash in Industry Cash as Nomination Battle Heats Up
Determined to get " fossil fuel industry puppet " Scott Pruitt confirmed as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), interested parties are furiously pouring money into a new dark money political action group to counter the warnings from so-called "environmental extremists." The new 501c4...
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NY Nuke Plant to be Shuttered, But Will Cuomo Turn to Dirty Gas Instead?
New York's " dangerously decrepit " Indian Point nuclear power plant will officially shut down by April 2021, according to an agreement reached this week between the state and Entergy utility company. A source "with direct knowledge of the deal" told the New York Times that one reactor will "cease...
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Conservatives Plot Their Course on the Rising 'Sea of Red' in State Capitals
Shortly after the November election, with the nation’s political attention focused on the Trump transition, an influential advocacy group met outside Washington to discuss how to leverage the extraordinary shift of power to Republicans in the rest of the country. The American Legislative Exchange...
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Friday, January 6, 2017
Win for Whales, Dolphins as Obama Rejects Explosive Blasting for Oil
In a move praised by conservation groups, the Obama administration on Friday announced that it rejected the six pending permit applications to conduct airgun seismic surveys for fossil fuel exploration off the Atlantic coast. "Without a doubt, this decision will save whales, dolphins, and other...
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Sessions as Attorney General Could Upend All DOJ Progress, Reports Warn
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the nominee for attorney general, played an instrumental role in killing justice-reform bills and could use Bush-era disenfranchisement policies to shape the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), according to two new analyses released Friday. The Brennan Center for Justice...
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Corporate Education Nominee DeVos Faces Pushback from Dem Senators
As one U.S. senator denounces Betsy DeVos ' record in Michigan, six others are demanding President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Education Secretary untangle the "complicated web of political and not-for-profit organizations" she has spun over her career pushing a corporate education agenda...
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New Resource Exposes 'Corporate Chieftains' Filling Trump Cabinet
For those who want to keep tabs on the corporate influences President-elect Donald Trump's uber-wealthy and " horrifying " cabinet picks will be bringing with them, advocacy organization Public Citizen just unveiled a new resource. Trump, whose own conflicts of interest continue to mount , "ran...
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GOP Doesn't Want Public To Know How Much Obamacare Repeal Will Cost. Study Shows It Could Be Trillions.
Republican leaders racing to tear down as many as 20 million (pdf) individuals' healthcare without providing a replacement, it turns out, also don't want the American people to know how much the repeal will cost. The very same rules package (pdf) in which the GOP had attempted to gut the Office of...
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The rift in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica Massive Iceberg Poised to Break Away From Antarctica, Scientists Say
An iceberg the size of Delaware is poised to break away from Antarctica, potentially triggering the collapse of the continent's northern ice shelf, scientists announced Thursday. When it breaks off, or calves, the iceberg will be one of the ten largest ever recorded, BBC News reported . It...
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Earth 'On the Edge' as Disastrous 2016 Goes Down as Hottest Year on Record
Earth is "on the edge." So declared the EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) Thursday, announcing that 2016 was the warmest year on record. The first global assessment of last year's temperatures finds that 2016 broke the record set in 2015 by close to 0.2°C , with last year's record having...
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Transgender Community Faces 'Attacks on Humanity' in Six More States
Ignoring how North Carolina's anti-LGBTQ HB2 cost the state millions in lost revenue and jobs —while tarnishing its reputation nationwide—conservative lawmakers in at least six states are issuing their own salvos against the transgender community with similar "bathroom bills" whose " invidious...
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Threatened by Civil Rights Lawsuit, Park Service Expedites Protest Permits
The National Parks Service (NPS) said Thursday it would grant permits to organizations planning to protest President-elect Donald Trump's swearing-in later this month in Washington, D.C., a win that comes after civil rights lawyers threatened to sue the agency. "We believe that this is a...
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Unprecedented: Trump Gives Obama's Ambassadors Eviction Notice
In an unprecedented move, President-elect Donald Trump has ordered all ambassadors appointed by President Barack Obama to leave their posts by Inauguration Day, refusing to provide "even the briefest of grace periods," the New York Times reported late Thursday. "The mandate—issued 'without...
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The U.S.-Mexico border wall Betraying Campaign Promise, Trump Now Says US Taxpayers Will Pay for Wall
President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has signaled to Republicans in Congress that Trump would like to fund his infamous planned U.S.-Mexico border wall through the Congressional appropriations process in April, House Republican officials told CNN Thursday. In doing so, the president-elect...
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Thursday, January 5, 2017
No Conflict Here: 150 Wall Street Firms Own Over $1.5 Billion of Trump's Debt
As many suspected, President-elect Donald Trump's web of business conflicts is much more complicated than he has let on. An analysis by the Wall Street Journal published Thursday found that the incoming president owes at least $1.85 billion in debt to as many as 150 Wall Street firms and other...
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