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Friday, January 6, 2017
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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The GOP's Brilliant Plan to Distract from Critical Confirmation Hearings
The Republican party appears to be employing a strategy wherein the public—and even lawmakers—will be too distracted to place much needed scrutiny on President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet nominees. Not only are six major confirmation hearings now scheduled for the same day (see below)—"preventing...
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What Unemployment Crisis? Trump Supporters Celebrate Macy's Layoffs
President-elect Donald Trump's supporters on Thursday celebrated the news that retail chain Macy's would shutter 68 stores around the country, laying off roughly 10,000 employees, despite Trump campaigning on a promise to save American jobs. Shortly after Macy's said it would close 68 of its 730...
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Only Solution for Trump's "Less Expensive, Far Better" System: Medicare-for-All
Amid the clamor over the pending repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President-elect Donald Trump may have unintentionally offered his support for a solution typically championed by those on the progressive left: Medicare-for-All. Weighing in on the partisan battle to uphold and amend or scrap...
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A wind farm in Lubbock, Texas China Leaves U.S. in Dust With $361 Billion Renewable Energy Investment
While climate activists in the U.S. mount a resistance to the incoming climate-change-denying Trump administration, on the other side of the Pacific, environmentalists have reason to celebrate: China on Thursday announced that it will invest $361 billion in renewable energy by 2020. Reuters reports...
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Republicans Suddenly Value Big Government as Cities Go Liberal
Newly emboldened Republicans are looking to crack down on liberal cities implementing rules on everything from sugar taxes to environmental regulations. The party that trumpets its love of small government is now leaning on so-called " preemption laws " that allow state legislatures to supersede...
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HHS Nominee's Stock Trading Warrants Further Investigation, Watchdogs Say
Top Senate Democrats along with public health advocates are calling for an investigation into medical stock trading by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. The Wall Street Journal reported late last month that Price "...
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Corporations Prepare to Gorge on Tax Cuts Trump Claims Will Create Jobs
The official line from U.S.-based multinational corporations is that if they get a huge tax break, they’ll bring home the trillions of dollars in profits they’ve stashed overseas and use it to hire tons of Americans. (Nearly 3 million, says the U.S. Chamber of Commerce !) But now that Donald Trump’...
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GOP Advancing "Extreme Bills," Handing Reins to Corporations at Public's Expense
Launching what one group called "a coming massive attack on federal protections," the U.S. House on Wednesday night passed the GOP-backed Midnight Rule Relief Act—making it easier for Congress to overturn Obama-era regulations—and appeared poised to follow that vote with passage on Thursday of...
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GOP "Witch Hunt" Panel Concludes With Anti-Choice Plan of Attack
Updated 3:35pm EDT: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) confirmed Thursday that defunding Planned Parenthood will be included in the Republicans' "reconciliation" bill that also repeals the core of the Affordable Care Act. Earlier: House Republicans' anti-choice " witch hunt " against Planned...
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Anti-GOP Uprising Grows as 'Indivisible Guide' to Resisting Trump Goes Viral
Former congressional staffers are publicizing their newly released " Indivisible Guide ," a manual for people, groups, and organizations who want to resist the incoming rightwing administration through grassroots action. President-elect Donald Trump rose to power while losing the popular vote by a...
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Offshore oil rig 'We Never Learn': Oil Platform Caught Fire in Gulf of Mexico
An oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire at about 2:30am Thursday morning, according to the Associated Press , and Reuters reported that the fire was put out at 9:30am. While Coast Guard officer Travis Magee told AP that no pollution had been reported, the wire service also noted that...
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
This Wondrous National Park... Brought to You By McDonald's?
"In a society where we are constantly inundated with advertisements everywhere we go, national parks offered a unique and beautiful escape. Until now, national parks have remained relatively commercial-free, which is why they were such a valuable respite."
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Netanyahu Wants Pardon for IDF Soldier Who Shot Defenseless, Wounded Palestinian in the Head
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday called for the pardon of an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier who had just been convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian man last year in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. "Sgt Elor Azaria, 20, shot Abdul...
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GOP-Controlled Kentucky Legislature Moves Fast on Anti-Choice Bills
On the same day that they assumed total control of the state legislature for the first time in nearly a century, Kentucky Republicans introduced and fast-tracked new abortion restrictions that they hope to pass by week's end. One bill, SB5, would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and passed...
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Battlelines Drawn as GOP Readies 'To Make America Sick Again'
Republicans, " beside themselves " with excitement over their new power in Congress and, in less than three weeks, the White House, announced on Wednesday their plans for a swift attack on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. Repealing the ACA, said Vice President-elect Mike Pence after...
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For Head of SEC, Trump Taps Another Fox to Guard Wall Street Henhouse
Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton, who defended big banks against regulators during the financial crisis, is President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the federal agency charged with policing Wall Street. Clayton, a partner with the New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, is Trump's nominee for...
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Analysis Shows 'Dangerous' Pipeline Mega-Merger Threatens Climate and Consumers
The proposed merger between pipeline giants Enbridge and Spectra would have devastating consequences for consumers and the climate, and would significantly reduce competition in the marketplace, according to a new analysis released Wednesday by the advocacy group Food & Water Watch (FWW). The...
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NAACP Sit-In at Sen. Sessions' Office Puts AG Pick's Worrisome History in Crosshairs
Saying he represents "a threat to all of our civil rights," roughly 30 people led by the NAACP on Tuesday occupied the Mobile, Ala. office of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R.), President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general. The @NAACP & @AlabamaNAACP are occupying the Mobile office of @...
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New Revelations "Paint Damning Picture" of Trump's Treasury Nominee
A newly unearthed memo revealed Tuesday at The Intercept bolsters the case against former Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin , the " foreclosure king " who is Donald Trump's choice to lead the U.S. Treasury Department. The 2013 document, penned by top prosecutors in the California attorney...
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Teenager Slammed to Ground Raises Fresh Concerns About Police in Schools
"Disturbing use of force at #rolesvillehigh that should never be used against kids in schools."
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Urging Millions to Rise Up, Trump Foes Issue Call to 'Resist Fascism'
Thousands of activists, journalists, scientists, entertainers, and other prominent voices took out a full-page call to action in the New York Times on Wednesday making clear their rejection of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence with the simple message: "No!" "Stop the...
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Public Outrage, Not Trump's Tepid Rebuke, Upends GOP Attack on Ethics Panel
Following an overnight public relations disaster that followed a Republican Party vote to eviscerate the independent Office of Congressional Ethics , GOP lawmakers made an abrupt u-turn on Tuesday by withdrawing the reform proposal before a final vote on a package of rules that will guide the new...
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Trump Fear-Mongers on Gitmo as White House Readies for Additional Transfers
On the same day the White House confirmed plans to transfer more Guantánamo Bay detainees before President Barack Obama leaves office later this month, President-elect Donald Trump called on the Obama administration to end "releases" from the U.S. military prison in Cuba. There should be no further...
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Climate Campaigners Announce New Major Mobilization to Resist Trump
Not willing to sit idle as Donald Trump and his cabinet take office and roll out an avowedly pro-fossil fuel , anti-regulation agenda , campaigners are preparing for a multi-faceted affront to the new administration. Tuesday marked the beginning of the 115th Congress , and thus also marked "Day 1...
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Alongside Sanders, New York Governor Announces First-in-Nation Free Tuition Plan
With Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at his side, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a plan to offer free tuition at state and city colleges for middle- and low-income New Yorkers. Under the Excelsior Scholarship, described as the first of its kind in the nation, students whose families...
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Paul Ryan Celebrates 'Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity' of Total GOP Control
Updated 3:15pm EDT: Hammering home the Republican Party's current mood, in an address to Congress after he was re-elected to Speaker of the House on Tuesday, Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) gloated over the GOP majority, saying: "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is the kind of thing that most of...
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Global Economic Realities Confirm, the 'Future is Not in Fossil Fuels'
Underscoring the need for a global shift to a low-carbon economy, a new report finds a record number of U.K. fossil fuel companies went bust in 2016 due to falling oil and gas prices. The Independent reported the analysis from accounting firm Moore Stephens which found "16 oil and gas companies...
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Nuclear Experts Warn Trump: Do Not Torpedo Successful Iran Deal
President-elect Donald Trump has said that his "number one priority is to dismantle" the Iran nuclear accord, but dozens of the nation's preeminent scientists and nuclear experts sent the incoming leader a strongly-worded letter (pdf) on Monday urging him not to do so, saying that the deal "has...
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Behind Closed Doors, House GOP Vote Overwhelmingly to Eviscerate Ethics Watchdog
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives didn't even wait for the new congressional session to begin before betraying President-elect Donald Trump's key promise "to drain the swamp" of political corruption. "If the 115th Congress begins with rules amendments undermining OCE, it is setting...
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Monday, January 2, 2017
Resistance Mobilizes as GOP Licks Chops Over Regressive Agenda
"Democrats have dramatically greater justification for opposing the Trump-Ryan agenda in 2017 than Ryan and his fellow Republicans had for opposing the Obama agenda in 2009."
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Majority of Americans Unconvinced Trump Can Handle Nation's Top Job
With his inauguration now less than three weeks away, a new survey shows a majority of the American people are far from confident that Donald Trump, a former reality television star who won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, is up to the major tasks entrusted...
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Democrats Aim to Slam Brakes on Key Members of Trump's "Rigged Cabinet"
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been warned that Senate Democrats are planning to " aggressively target " eight of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees , aiming to delay as long as possible the confirmation hearings slated to start next week. "President-elect Trump is...
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Dakota Access Opponents Stage Dramatic Protest Against U.S. Bank
Continuing a strategy to target the project's financial backers , a small team of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents on Sunday pulled off a dramatic banner-drop from the rafters of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as the Minnesota Vikings played the Chicago Bears. Above the crowded stadium, which...
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Sunday, January 1, 2017
Days of Moderate Democratic Party 'Are Over,' Analyst Declares
What can Democrats expect from their party going forward? According to political commentator Van Jones, it's a moment when the progressive wing of the party is going to rise. Speaking on Sunday to CNN , Jones told host Jake Tapper that the future stars of the party may be surprising, and pointed to...
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Rethinking The Cost of War
What responsibility — if any — does a nation have to those who weren't drafted into service, but who may have been harmed nonetheless?
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Saturday, December 31, 2016
'The Greatest Single Step' to Help Elephants Was Just Taken
In a development widely described as game changing for the ecosystem engineers, China has announced it will enact a total ban on its domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017. The news on Friday, as Agence France-Press reports , "follows Beijing's announcement in March to widen a ban on imports of...
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NC Republicans' "Power Grab" Hits Last-Minute Roadblock
A North Carolina judge on Friday put a temporary block on a Republican-backed law that would have limited the power of Democratic Governor-elect Roy Cooper. Cooper, set to take his oath just minutes into the new year , filed suit on Friday to block the law, which was passed two weeks ago as part of...
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Friday, December 30, 2016
Buoyed by DAPL Fight, Canadian Chiefs Launch Legal Battle Against Enbridge Pipeline
Buoyed by the success of Indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a coalition of Canadian First Nation chiefs have launched legal action against the Trudeau government for its recent approval of the Enbridge Line 3 expansion. Derek Nepinak, grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba...
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President to Help Dem Lawmakers Strategize on Saving Obamacare
Aiming to stave off Republican efforts to swiftly repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) upon returning to Capitol Hill next week, President Barack Obama will meet with congressional Democrats on Wednesday morning for an urgent strategy session. The January 4 meeting in the Congressional Visitors...
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US Heads for Political Showdown with UN
The United States has had a longstanding love-hate relationship with the United Nations ever since 1952 when the world body began operations in New York city on an 18-acre piece of land which housed an abattoir where cattle was being trucked daily for slaughter. The late Republican Senator Jesse...
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Critics Still See Holes in US 'Evidence' of Russian Election Interference
As the U.S. expels 35 Russian diplomats over hacking charges, critics say the so-called evidence released Thursday alongside President Barack Obama's sanctions is an insufficient response to calls for hard proof of the allegations. The FBI/Department of Homeland Security Joint Analysis Report "...
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As Resistance Grows, Trump's Deportation Plans Unravel
President-elect Donald Trump built his campaign on a pledge to build a wall and deport two to three million undocumented immigrants, but the likelihood that his promises will be kept are looking increasingly slim, as reality takes hold and lawmakers and community leaders begin to build their...
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The North Carolina state capitol building. Calls for NC Boycott In Wake of Anti-Democratic GOP Maneuvers
In the wake of the North Carolina Republican Party's anti-democratic grab for power and refusal to repeal the anti-LGBTQ HB2 earlier this month, calls are mounting for an economic boycott of the state. "The fact that many other injustices have been added to [the] outrage [of HB2] and pushed forward...
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Thursday, December 29, 2016
Seema Verma, Trump's pick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Quietly, Trump and Republicans Are Gunning to Destroy Medicaid
Medicaid, the nation's healthcare program for the poor and disabled, is on the chopping block under President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress—and it will take " intense focus by progressives " to ensure it doesn't meet a dire fate. In fact, former National Economic Council...
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Setting Stage for Major Climate Battle, Dem AGs Put Trump on Alert
If President-elect Donald Trump goes ahead with his plan to destroy U.S. climate regulations, he's going to face a whole heap of trouble, a coalition of Democratic attorneys general is warning the incoming president. In a letter (pdf) dated Wednesday, AGs from 13 states and five additional...
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Theresa May Seeks to Pull UK from European Convention on Human Rights
British Prime Minister Theresa May will campaign to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in 2020, according to new reports. May is expected to make the withdrawal a central mandate of her campaign to be formally voted into office in 2020. She became the...
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Climate Kids Demand Testimony From Exxon's Tillerson in Landmark Lawsuit
The group of young people suing the federal government for failing to protect their constitutional right to a stable climate is seeking testimony in their landmark case from Rex Tillerson , CEO of ExxonMobil and President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state. Attorneys representing...
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Damning Investigation Finds Trump's Philanthropy Largely a "Facade"
President-elect Donald Trump continues to boast about his charitable giving, but those claims were cast into further doubt on Thursday after a damning Washington Post investigation into his philanthropy concluded that it is, for the most part, a "facade." Despite claims of tens of millions of...
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Thanks to Congress, Trump Will Have Nearly Unlimited Power to Wage War
The failure of U.S. Congress to pass a formal authorization for the war against the Islamic State (ISIS) means incoming President Donald Trump —whose brash and impulsive approach to foreign policy has raised alarms —will have effectively unlimited war powers, Politico reported Thursday. In the...
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Water Protectors Target DAPL Builder's Profits to "Sink This Sucker"
Water protectors in North Dakota are launching the next phase of resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)—hurting its parent company's profits. After securing a crucial victory earlier this year that halted construction on the 1,172-mile oil pipeline that opponents say threatens...
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Trump Takes Credit for New Sprint Jobs He Had Nothing To Do With
President-elect Donald Trump wasted no time taking credit for the thousands of new and returning American jobs announced by Sprint on Wednesday—opportunities which, as many are pointing out, the real estate mogul had very little to do with. Speaking to reporters from his Mar-a-Lago resort in...
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Surprise: Climate Change is Likeliest Cause for Extreme Arctic Heat
This year's remarkably warm Arctic winter would have been "extremely unlikely" without climate change, according to a new analysis from a consortium of scientists dedicated to understanding the impacts of global warming. World Weather Attribution (WWA) released its report after the Arctic was hit...
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Girding for GOP Healthcare Attack, Leading Dems Plan to Mount 'First Stand'
Leading Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate on Wednesday urged their colleagues to help mobilize a national stand against Republican threats to "vital and necessary health programs." Authored by incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.),...
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University of Phoenix building For-Profit Schools See Veterans as 'Nothing More Than Dollar Signs in Uniform'
Nearly 200 for-profit colleges around the country are skirting federal law, a report released last week by the Department of Education finds, by targeting U.S. military veterans for their G.I. bill tuition funds. Federal law requires that for-profit schools abide by a 90/10 funding ratio, meaning...
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Senate Dems Demand to Know EPA Nominee's Ties to Koch Brothers
Senate Democrats are demanding to know what's behind Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head nominee Scott Pruitt's ties to the reclusive conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. The lawmakers, led by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, wrote a letter (pdf) to Pruitt on...
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Kerry Slams Israeli Settlements But Strong Words Are 'No Plan At All'
In a lengthy speech delivered with less than a month until he leaves office, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday warned that Israeli settlement building is a dire threat to peace in the Middle East. "The settler agenda is defining the future in Israel," Kerry said amid high tensions...
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Facebook home page Facebook Doesn’t Tell Users Everything It Really Knows About Them
Facebook has long let users see all sorts of things the site knows about them, like whether they enjoy soccer, have recently moved, or like Melania Trump. But the tech giant gives users little indication that it buys far more sensitive data about them, including their income, the types of...
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2016 Was Totally Awesome! (For Billionaires)
The world's wealthiest can celebrate 2016 as a banner year. That's according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index . Bloomberg writes Wednesday that the biggest fortunes on the planet whipsawed through $4.8 trillion of daily net worth gains and losses during the year, rising 5.7 percent to $4.4...
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Whooping cranes fly in Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Decatur, Alabama Could Republican Majority Repeal the Endangered Species Act?
Endangered species in the United States are facing a newly powerful enemy: a Republican Congressional majority backed by a Trump administration and a likely right-leaning Supreme Court. The Endangered Species Act (ESA)— dubbed "America’s foremost tool for protecting biodiversity" by the Center for...
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Rights Icons Join Women's March as Organizers Aim to Build "Movement for Dignity"
The Women's March on Washington , a mass mobilization to champion women's rights, is growing as President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration approaches. Organizers announced on Tuesday that several high-profile supporters, including Gloria Steinem and Harry Belafonte, will be joining the January 21...
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
GOP-Controlled House Seeks to Quell Floor 'Disruptions' With Fines and Penalties
Democratic lawmakers are reportedly "apoplectic" over a proposed new House rules package that would impose fines and potential ethics violations on members who "disrupt" chamber proceedings. The proposal, seen by Bloomberg , is seemingly designed to prevent another sit-in like the one about 40...
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Hundreds Launch 'Civil March for Aleppo' to Demand Help for Refugees
Hundreds of peace activists on Monday launched an on-foot march from Berlin, Germany to Aleppo, Syria in hopes of building political pressure to end the fighting and help refugees there. The Civil March for Aleppo is expected to take a little over three months, and is set to stretch through the...
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Even as Global Trade Dropped, US Arms Sales Boomed in 2015
The U.S. sold more weapons than any other country in 2015 despite a drop in the global arms trade, according to a new congressional report. At $40 billion, the U.S. signed more than half of all arms agreements last year, and more than double the next-highest seller, which was France at $15 billion...
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Donald Trump speaking from behind a podium that says "Merry Christmas USA" Trump Foundation Can't Be Dismantled While It's Under Investigation, Says New York AG
President-elect Donald Trump will be legally barred from fulfilling his promise to dissolve the Trump Foundation before he takes office in January because the charity is still under investigation, said a spokesperson for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Tuesday. Trump vowed Saturday that...
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Global Cheetah Population 'Crashing,' Raising Risk of Species Extinction
Cheetahs "could soon be lost forever," with a new study showing their numbers "crashing globally" as a result of habitat loss and fragmentation, illegal poaching, and other human-caused threats. The study, led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Panthera, and the Wildlife Conservation...
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Under Nuclear Shadow of Trump, Abe's Pearl Harbor Visit Mixes Business and Penitence
Overshadowed by the threats of a renewed nuclear arms race under incoming President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama made a historic visit to Pearl Harbor on Tuesday in a symbolic show of unity and reconciliation. Daniel Kritenbrink, Obama's top Asia...
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Union Cuts Budget in Preparation for Trump's "Extremist-Run Government"
The nation's second-largest union is preparing for attacks on working people and organized labor under President-elect Donald Trump and his anti-worker administration, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Citing an internal memo dated December 14, Bloomberg 's Josh Eidelson says the Service Employees...
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Trump, Who "Can't Be Bought," Rewards Big Donors With Cabinet Roles
Dozens of President-elect Donald Trump 's biggest donors are now being considered for administration positions, and the amount of financial supporters who ended up in his cabinet is "unparalleled in modern presidential history," Politico reported on Tuesday. Of the 200 people that Trump has met...
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Lashing Out, Israel Vows More Settlements, Reduces Diplomatic Ties
Israel is lashing out in the wake of last week's United Nations resolution that demanded the country put an end to settlement activity on occupied Palestinian territory. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned Israel's U.S. ambassador Sunday for a private meeting, while close allies to the right...
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Monday, December 26, 2016
New Study 'Sounds Alarm' on Another Climate Feedback Loop
The loss of Arctic sea ice has already been shown to be part of a positive feedback loop driving climate change, and a recent study published in the journal Nature puts the spotlight on what appears to be another of these feedback loops. It has to do with soil, currently one of Earth's carbon sinks...
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Under Cover of Christmas, Obama Establishes Controversial Anti-Propaganda Agency
In the final hours before the Christmas holiday weekend, U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday quietly signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law—and buried within the $619 billion military budget (pdf) is a controversial provision that establishes a national anti-propaganda...
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Still from Sen. Bernie Sanders' interview with Democracy Now! Bernie Sanders: We Need People to Stand Up to Billionaire Class, Corporate America
In a Democracy Now! special, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sat down with Amy Goodman at the Free Library of Philadelphia in late November in his most extensive broadcast interview since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton just weeks earlier. Right now in the United States, as you know, Mr. Trump...
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Trump's Election Has Led to Massive Wave of Donations to Progressive Groups
If there is any upside to the U.S. presidential election, it could be that progressive causes around the country are reporting an "unprecedented" surge in donations, the Guardian wrote on Sunday. In the wake of the election that vindicated Donald Trump's racist, sexist, and xenophobic campaign ,...
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Saturday, December 24, 2016
As Trump Saber-Rattles, Most of World Vows to Push Total Nuke Ban in New Year
As U.S. President-elect Donald Trump continues to receive domestic and international rebuke for his comments on the subject, the General Assembly of the United Nations on Friday adopted a resolution which calls for negotiations to begin next year on an international treaty to completely ban the use...
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Sanders Says Trump's "Dangerous" Nuclear Arms Race Talk Must Be Challenged
Sen. Bernie Sanders has made it known that Donald Trump should not go unchallenged by his congressional colleagues as troubling comments by the President-elect about nuclear weapons this week sparked alarm across the United States and the world. Following an initial out-of-the-blue tweet Thursday...
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Friday, December 23, 2016
Entertainers Balk at Performing for Trump Inauguration
After at least one member of the Radio City Rockettes publicly voiced her "embarrassment" over being forced to perform at the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, the troupe's owner on Friday appeared to back-pedal, saying participation is "voluntary." "I usually don't use social media to...
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Despite Pressure From Trump, UN Votes to Demand End to Israeli Settlements
The U.S. abstention was "a relatively rare step by Washington, which usually shields Israel from such action... and... a parting shot by U.S. President Barack Obama who has had an acrimonious relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu."
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A bottle of Trump chardonnay. Trump's Vineyard Looks to Hire Foreign Workers for U.S. Jobs
In another demonstration of President-elect Donald Trump's blatant conflicts of interest , a Trump family vineyard filed a request this month for six temporary foreign worker visas—visas which Trump's administration will soon have the power to approve. The U.S. Labor Department posted the request (...
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US Government Quietly Starts Asking Travelers for Social Media Accounts
The U.S. government has quietly started to ask foreign travelers to hand over their social media accounts upon arriving in the country, a program that aims to spot potential terrorist threats but which civil liberties advocates have long opposed as a threat to privacy. The program has been active...
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On Climate Change, Obama Lays Down a Scientific Gauntlet for Trump Administration
As if parading its best evidence against an expected onslaught of climate denial, the Obama Administration released on Thursday an updated compendium of the accepted science about global warming. The science review is intended to guide the preparation of the government's next National Climate...
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Viral Video Depicting Shocking Arrest of Mother Shows 'Reality of Being Black in America'
Highlighting the power of technology to bring injustice to light, a Texas police officer caught on cellphone video brutally arresting a black mother and her teenage daughters is now under investigation after millions of people watched the shocking encounter and voiced their outrage on the web, and...
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U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Catherine Russell meets with members of the U.S.-Pakistan Women's Council. Another Witch Hunt? Trump Team Demands Info on State Dept's Gender Equality Programs
President-elect Donald Trump's transition team sent shockwaves through the U.S. State Department this week with an unusual memo seeking details and the positions of those working on programs that advocate for women and promote gender equality. The memo was leaked to the New York Times on Thursday,...
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DOJ Bestows 'Early Christmas Present' to Financial Giant Deutsche Bank
German lender Deutsche Bank " got off easy " on Friday, having reached a $7.2 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over sales of mortgage-backed securities that fueled the financial crisis. Of the $7.2 billion, just $3.1 billion is a cash penalty—the remaining $4.1 billion,...
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'Let It Be an Arms Race': Trump Clarifies Tweet on Expanding Nuclear Stockpile
"Let it be an arms race." That's how President-elect Donald Trump clarified a tweet he sent Thursday which said the U.S. must "strengthen and expand" its nuclear arsenal, a remark that set off warnings and calls for explanation. He then spoke on the phone with MSNBC 's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika...
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Climate Scientist Wins Important Legal Battle in Conservative War on Science
Amid fears over a pending war on science under incoming President Donald Trump, scientist Michael Mann won an important legal victory on Thursday against conservative writers who attempted to defame Mann for his work on global warming. A three-judge panel with the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016
Trump Advocates 'Greatly' Expanding Nuclear Arsenal
With less than a month until he'll be able to "launch a nuclear weapon with a phone call," Trump calls for nuclear proliferation—on Twitter
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Trump's #NotNormal Cabinet Confirmations Could Get Very Messy
The Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet nominees are shaping up to be a series of knock-down, drag-out fights, as the uber-wealthy , unevenly qualified picks face increasing opposition both on and off Capitol Hill. Top Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded that...
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In Historic Decision, Canada Declares Internet Access a Fundamental Right for All
In what is being described as a "historic" decision that will have a significant impact, particularly on the lives of those living in rural and First Nations communities, Canada's telecom agency on Wednesday issued a new rule declaring high-speed internet a basic service "necessary to the quality...
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Edward Snowden House Intel Report Is 'Accidentally Exonerating,' Says Snowden
The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released a heavily redacted, declassified version of its report on National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden , and Snowden charges that the "parade of falsity" contained in the report is "accidentally exonerating." The report was...
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Vows to Fight NC GOP with Courts, Votes, and Wallets After HB2 Deceit
Stay vigilant, boycott, and get revenge at the ballot box. That was the message in North Carolina on Thursday after lawmakers went back on their word and refused to repeal the state's anti-LGBTQ ordinance HB2. Putting a fine point on the state GOP's legislative coup , the North Carolina House...
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Taking Weapon Out of Trump's Arsenal, Obama Finally Kills Bush-Era Muslim Registry
With a President Donald Trump on the horizon, civil liberties advocates applauded President Barack Obama on Thursday after his administration announced the end of a federal registration program for Muslim and Arab immigrants. Established by the George W. Bush administration in the wake of the 9/11...
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Carl Icahn speaking an investor conference hosted by CNBC in September. Trump Brings on Billionaire Bruiser Carl Icahn to Gut Government Regulations
President-elect Donald Trump has selected yet another billionaire for his cabinet : infamous corporate raider Carl Icahn will advise Trump on his sweeping plans to dismantle government regulations , it was announced late Wednesday. "According to Forbes he is worth $16.5 billion, making him the 50th...
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