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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Sorry, Santa: North Pole Temps Could Climb 50 Degrees Above Normal
Santa will likely be feeling toasty as he does his final checks on the naughty-or-nice list because temperatures at the North Pole on Thursday are forecast to be as much as 50°F above normal. Temperatures are expected to climb to near the freezing point of 32°F, computer models show. Zachary Labe,...
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Older Americans Pushed Into Poverty as Feds Garnish Social Security for Student Debt
The federal government is garnishing Social Security checks to recoup unpaid student debt, leaving thousands of retired or disabled Americans below the poverty line and setting the stage for an even bigger problem, according to a new report. The data from the Government Accountability Office (GAO...
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'Cautionary Tale' for Nation Under Trump as Texas Targets Planned Parenthood
Texas is moving to cut off Planned Parenthood from Medicaid funding, despite a recent federal order that forbids states from doing just that. State health officials on Tuesday delivered a final legal notice to defund the healthcare organization from the funds it receives through Title X, the...
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"Big brother is watching" EU's Top Court Delivers "Major Blow" to Mass Surveillance
The European Union's highest court on Wednesday issued a landmark ruling against mass surveillance in a judgment that challenges key portions of the U.K.'s so-called "Snooper's charter," a sweeping surveillance bill that was set to become law by the end of the year . The decision by the Court of...
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Sanders Calls for Investigation of Big Pharma Drug Pushers Over Shocking New Report
Drug-pushing, multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies should be "investigated and prosecuted," declared Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in response to revelations that out-of-state drug wholesalers have been pouring highly-addictive and lethal opioids into rural West Virginia towns, reaping...
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Vowing to Protect Science, Climate Movement 'Ready for Fight' With Trump
Bearing signs that read, "Stop the Climate Denier Cabinet," about 50 people protested outside President-elect Donald Trump's transition office in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday afternoon, laying the groundwork for a concerted resistance against Trump's anti-science agenda. "We're offering a very...
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Global Climate Funds Targeted by Trump Team's Latest Questionnaire
Portending doom for U.S. involvement in critical international climate programs, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is reportedly probing how much the U.S. State Department spends on efforts to fight global warming. According to the Washington Post , which cited "multiple people...
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'Incredible Victory': Obama Bans Drilling in Parts of Arctic and Atlantic
Update: President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he would permanently protect parts of the Arctic and Atlantic from offshore drilling. That includes 3.8 million acres in the north and mid-Atlantic Ocean. "These actions...protect a sensitive and unique ecosystem that is unlike any other region...
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Waivers and Pardons? Mounting Ethics Concerns for Trump's Ultra-Wealthy Cabinet
One hundred million dollar waivers? Presidential pardons? With yet another billionaire appointed to a key position within the Donald Trump administration this week, speculations abound about what the president-elect intends to do about his cabinet's unprecedented wealth—and their unprecedented...
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Austerity on Trial as Flint Emergency Manager Slammed With Criminal Charges
Putting austerity on trial, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Tuesday announced criminal charges against four high-level officials for their role in causing the Flint water crisis, including former city manager Darnell Earley, who made the budget-driven decision to switch the city's water...
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Electoral College 'Uprising' Marks New Phase for Anti-Trump Resistance
Monday saw President-elect Donald Trump secure victory in the Electoral College, while also marking the beginning of the next phase of resistance to his #NotNormal administration. Trump easily surpassed the 270-vote threshold needed to defeat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, winning 304 electoral...
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Nearly 3,000 US Communities Have Lead Levels Higher Than Flint: Reuters
A Reuters investigation this week uncovered nearly 3,000 different communities across the U.S. with lead levels higher than those found in Flint, Michigan, which has been the center of an ongoing water contamination crisis since 2014. The investigation found that many of the hot-spots are receiving...
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Monday, December 19, 2016
#Earth2Trump: Campaign Kicking Off to Galvanize Resistance
Under the banner of #Earth2Trump , a campaign to resist the upcoming administration's "dangerous agenda" is gearing up to take its message nationwide. The "resistance roadshow," spearheaded by the conservation organization Center for Biological Diversity, kicks off Jan. 2, 2017 in Oakland, Calif...
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Trump Sons Auctioning Off First Family Hunting Trip for $500,000: Report
Hunting enthusiasts Donald Jr. and Eric Trump will be ringing in their father's ascent to power with a fundraiser and bash dubbed "Opening Day 2017," according to an invitation obtained by TMZ and reported on Monday. "Camouflage & Cufflinks" is the preferred attire at the event, to be held one...
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After 'Pivotal Year' for Reproductive Rights, Advocates Ready for Trump-Era Battles
2016 was a "pivotal year" for women's health, according to a 50-state report card released Monday by the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR)—and given signals from the incoming Trump administration, "2017 will undoubtedly bring new challenges and new opportunities for action." This year brought a...
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North Carolina Poised to Repeal Anti-LGBTQ "Bathroom Bill"
North Carolina lawmakers are poised to repeal the anti-LGBTQ "bathroom bill," the state's incoming Democratic governor said Monday. Governor-elect Roy Cooper said a special legislative assembly will convene Tuesday to address the bill, known as HB2, which requires transgender people to use public...
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#NotNormal: Trump to Continue Having Private Security Team
Protection provided by Secret Service may have been the norm for past presidents and president-elects. But not for Donald Trump. In "a major break from tradition," Politico 's Kenneth P. Vogel writes Monday, Trump not only has continued to use his private security team during the transition, but he...
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Poll Shows Canadian Majority Wants Water for People, Not for Profit
An overwhelming majority of Ontarians want their government to prioritize community drinking water needs over those of commercial water-bottling companies, according to a new poll which also supports the call for Nestlé Waters Canada to sell a well it purchased this summer to the local municipality...
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#Dec19 Protests Target Electoral College to Block Trump
Protesters are expected at state capitols across the country on Monday where the 538 members of the Electoral College are gathering to ultimately decide who will take up residence at the White House. Tweets about #Dec19 lang:en The organizers' website describes this as "the day to defend democracy...
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Putin and Erdogan Jointly Condemn Assassination of Russian Ambassador
Updated 3pm EST: Leaders of Russia and Turkey both publicly condemned the assassination of Andrei Karlov, Russia's ambassador to Turkey, on Monday and said the killing would not derail efforts towards peace in Syria. Tweets about Turkey Russia Ambassador "This murder is clearly a provocation aimed...
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Saddam Hussein Was Not 'Worth Removing From Power': Ex-CIA Agent
A former CIA analyst who personally interrogated Saddam Hussein said the U.S. "got it so wrong" on the invasion of Iraq and should have left the now-deceased leader in power. In an excerpt from a memoir about his time with the agency, Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein ,...
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Chinese Newspaper: Trump Has 'No Sense of How to Lead a Superpower'
President-elect Donald Trump "is not behaving as a president who will become master of the White House in a month," the Chinese newspaper Global Times wrote in an editorial on Monday. "He bears no sense of how to lead a superpower." The denunciation from the state-sanctioned publication came after...
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IMF Chief Convicted, But Spared Jail Time, for Corruption
Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), on Monday was found guilty of "negligence" for approving a massive government payout to business tycoon Bernard Tapie during her tenure as French finance minister. "This should help calm all that they're-only-in-it-for-themselves,...
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Sunday, December 18, 2016
'Supervillian' Rex Tillerson Also Runs This Tax-Hating US-Russian Oil Company
Documents leaked to a German newspaper reveal that ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to be the next Secretary of State, has been the quiet director of a U.S.-Russian oil firm registered in the Bahamas, one of the world's key tax havens. According to the...
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US Spy Leaders Won't Brief Electors Even as Poll Shows Majority Want Vote Delay
New poll shows majority public support for delaying Electoral College vote on Monday
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Saturday, December 17, 2016
December 19 Coalition Gathers at State Capitols Across America for Protests
From December 17-19th, over 10,000 Americans are gathering at state capitals across the country for candlelight vigils and rallies at their state capitals, asking Electors to vote their conscience and reject Donald Trump when the Electoral College officially elects the President on December 19...
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Friday, December 16, 2016
100 CEOs Have as Much Retirement Savings as 116 Million Americans
While many Americans are facing a " frightening retirement reality ," 100 CEOs are looking at "colossal nest eggs" and can look forward to monthly retirement checks of over $250,000 for the rest of their lives. The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) puts a spotlight on this massive savings gap in...
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China Flexes Military Might After Trump Pokes Taiwan Policy with Stick
Fears that President-elect Donald Trump's questioning of the "one China" policy and recent phone conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen would amplify military tensions with China were seemingly confirmed on Thursday after an editorial in the government mouthpiece, The Global Times ,...
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National Security Advisor Flynn Counsels on War While Profiting From It
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn 's "deep ties to defense contractors," explored Friday by Bloomberg , raise additional questions about his potential ethical conflicts as President-elect Donald Trump's national security advisor . According to Bloomberg : Just last week, he was re-elected to a paid position...
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'Coffee With Ivanka' Auction Latest Evidence of Ethics-Free Trump Family
The incoming First Family found another ethical line to blur when it was reported that President-elect Donald Trump's son Eric was auctioning off the opportunity to have coffee with sister Ivanka in a fundraising effort for his personal foundation. The money raised for the Eric Trump Foundation was...
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Amid Finger Pointing at Russia, US Brings Tanks Back to Cold War Depot
As President Barack Obama vows that the United States will take "action" in response to the allegations that Russia interfered with the November election, the U.S. army has started to bring tanks back to a Cold War site in the Netherlands as a show of its "commitment to deterrence in Europe." The U...
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Trump's Pro-Settlement Ambassador to Israel Panned as "Beyond the Pale"
President-elect Donald Trump's choice for U.S. Ambassador to Israel, conservative hardliner David Friedman, "indicates that the Trump administration has aligned itself with the farthest right elements of the Israeli government," progressive group Jewish Voice for Peace said Friday. Friedman, a...
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North Carolinians Revolt Over Republicans' Brazen Post-Election Coup
Refusing to accept Republican lawmakers' brazen power grab , hundreds of North Carolinians flooded the halls of the General Assembly building in Raleigh Thursday evening to shame the officials as they passed a series of measures aimed at stripping power from Governor-elect Roy Cooper. Tweets about...
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Pipeline protest in Iowa Beyond Standing Rock: Communities Along DAPL Route Fear for Drinking Water
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe near Cannon Ball, North Dakota is just one of many communities that have protested the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline for fear that an oil spill will contaminate clean drinking water, the Associated Press reported Friday. "We don't want to drink any oil." —...
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Sun Solution Rises as Solar Fast Becoming World's Cheapest Electricity Source
For the first time, solar power is becoming the cheapest form of electricity production in the world, according to new statistics from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released Thursday. While unsubsidized solar has occasionally done better than coal and gas in individual projects, 2016 marked...
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Leaked Audio: Dakota Access Pipeline Executive Says "Election Night Changed Everything" and DAPL "Is Going Through"
Shaun King, a writer for the New York Daily News, has uploaded what appears to be a recorded audio file of Energy Transfer Partners' Chief Operating Officer saying that “election night changed everything” for the company as it relates to its embattled Dakota Access Pipeline . King stated on social...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016
NSA Inspector Who Criticized Snowden for Not Using 'Official' Channels Found Guilty of Retaliating Against Whistleblower Who Did Just That
"There are few if any incentives for intelligence whistleblowers to report problems through designated authorities when the IG of [the] NSA is found to have retaliated against such an individual."
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FCC Chair Tom Wheeler to Resign, Leaving 'Remarkable Legacy'
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Tom Wheeler on Thursday announced his intention to step down at the end of President Barack Obama's term, leaving behind a legacy of victories for digital rights—and paving the way for a Republican-led attack on net neutrality. Wheeler was appointed to...
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Trump's Cabinet Wealthier Than One-Third of US Households Combined
Besides comprising the wealthiest administration in modern U.S. history, President-elect Donald Trump's 17 ultra-rich cabinet-level picks thus far have a combined wealth that surpasses that of the 43 million least wealthy American households combined. That's according to a Quartz analysis published...
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Vladimir Putin 'Ludicrous': Kremlin Dismisses Report of Putin Involvement in DNC Hack
The Kremlin on Thursday sharply condemned an NBC News article that quoted two unnamed senior U.S. intelligence officials who said that Putin was personally involved in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hacks and alleged U.S. election interference . USA Today reports : "I was astonished when I...
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As Trump's Conflicts of Interest Pile Up, Dems Roll Out Legislative Solution
Senate Democrats are gearing up to introduce legislation that would force President-elect Donald Trump to divest from any financial conflicts of interest and place his assets into a blind trust—just as Trump appears to be blurring the line between his personal life and public office more than ever...
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NC Republicans Attempt 'Unprecedented, Shameful, Cowardly Power Grab'
In what is being described as "an unprecedented, shameful, and cowardly power grab," members of North Carolina's Republican-led General Assembly late Wednesday took advantage of a special session called ostensibly to help victims of recent flooding and forest fires to file dozens of bills aimed at...
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As Prices 'Skyrocket,' 20 States Sue Drug Companies for Collusion, Conspiracy
Twenty state attorneys general filed a lawsuit on Thursday against several pharmaceutical companies, accusing them of entering into " numerous illegal conspiracies" to fix generic drug prices at consumers' expense. The federal lawsuit (pdf) names generic drug-makers Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Inc.,...
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Ellison Pitches Bold Vision as Race for DNC Chair Becomes Battle for Soul of Party
With Sen. Bernie Sanders by his side, Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), who is running for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), laid out his plan Wednesday to transform the party to one based on progressive values and speaking to the needs of all working people. "We have got to reset the...
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Trump Receives Right-Wing Wish List to Gut Rules on Climate, Nutrition, Wages
A wish list from the conservative House Freedom Caucus delivered to President-elect Donald Trump recommends dismantling a whopping 232 Obama administration rules and regulations that govern everything from school lunches and ceiling fans to net neutrality and the minimum wage for federal contract...
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"Fight's Not Over": Obama Blocks States From Defunding Planned Parenthood
The Obama administration on Wednesday issued a final rule that prohibits states from cutting federal funding to Planned Parenthood chapters and other clinics that provide abortions, a measure that will go into effect before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration and will require a time-...
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte 'I Used to Do It Personally': Philippines President Boasts About Killing People
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Wednesday bragged about personally murdering suspected criminals when he was mayor of Davao city. "In Davao, I used to do it personally. Just to show the guys that, if I can do it, why can't you?" Duterte told a group of business leaders in Manila,...
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
"Damn Corrupt": Trump's Kids Attend Father's Meeting with Top Tech Execs
Despite consistent demands that Donald Trump create clear firewalls between the involvement of his family, the operation of his business empire, and his new responsibility as a public servant, the president-elect on Wednesday invited three of his grown children—Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric—to...
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Oklahoma: Where Your Trip to a Public Restroom Will Include State-Ordered Anti-Choice Literature
As reproductive rights advocates brace for likely future attacks on during Donald Trump's administration, the war on women continued in Oklahoma on Tuesday with the approval of regulations requiring the posting of anti-abortion signs in public bathrooms. Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the ACLU...
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Chorus of Groups and Citizens Demand 100% Percent Renewable Energy by 2050
More than 450 organizations and individuals on Wednesday delivered a letter (pdf) calling on U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would work toward a 100 percent renewable energy economy by 2050. The twin bills—known as H.Res. 540, introduced in the House by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and S.Res...
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Betsy DeVos shakes Donald Trump's hand at a rally during the president-elect's "victory tour." Sanders and Dems Demand Betsy DeVos Pay $5.3 Million Fine for Campaign Finance Violations
Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's Education Secretary pick, "brazenly disregarded" Ohio election laws, says a group of Democratic senators led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Those senators, including Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Edward J. Markey...
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Despite Being Taken as Fact, 'Case Against Russia' Rests on Insufficient Proof
The case that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer network and interfered with the 2016 U.S. elections—such as that laid out Tuesday by the New York Times —is plausible, but the American people deserve hard proof that has yet to be provided, The Intercept 's Sam Biddle...
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NOAA Issues 'Jaw-Dropping' Assessment on 'Unprecedented' Arctic Warming
If President-elect Donald Trump's appointments of a " band of climate conspiracy theorists " weren't already stoking fears for the ever-warming planet, the latest Arctic Report Card from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) may well provide the ignition. The annual assessment...
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Electoral College Revolt Growing Into 'Powerful Show of Force'
With the Electoral College vote less than a week away, Harvard University constitutional law professor Lawrence Lessig says 20 Republican members are considering voting against Donald Trump—more than half the number needed to potentially block the real estate mogul's election. The 538 delegates to...
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Trump Tower in New York City 'Not on Our Watch': Tech Employees Vow to Combat Right-Wing Agenda
In advance of a "tech summit" between Silicon Valley leaders and President-elect Donald Trump at New York's Trump Tower on Wednesday, over 200 tech employees have signed an open letter vowing to fight Trump's campaign promises to build a "Muslim registry" and deport millions of people. "Now is the...
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Ohio Gov. Kasich Vetoes Heartbeat Bill, Signs 'Horrific' 20-Week Abortion Ban
Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) on Tuesday signed a 20-week abortion ban into law, ensuring that reproductive rights in the state remain under attack even as he vetoed the more controversial " heartbeat " bill that would have banned abortions as early as six weeks. The new law, known as SB 127, bans...
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Battle for Aleppo Ends With Beseiged City in Syrian Government Control
The Syrian government is reportedly in control of eastern Aleppo, according to news reports on Tuesday afternoon, with a deal having been reached to evacuate civilians and opposition fighters. Damascus confirmed the evacuation deal and the United Nations envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura,...
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US to Halt 'Some' Saudi Arms Sales Over Civilian Deaths in Yemen: Reuters
The White House has said it will halt planned arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the civilian casualties caused by the Saudi-led, U.S.-supported coalition's airstrikes in Yemen, Reuters reported Tuesday. "We've decided not to move forward with some foreign military sales cases for air-dropped...
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Seeking 'True Accountability,' First Civilian Drone Victim Appears in US Court
For the first time ever, a civilian survivor of a U.S. drone strike attended a hearing in U.S. court on Tuesday. Faisal bin ali Jaber , a Yemeni environmental engineer who lost two innocent relatives to a 2012 covert drone strike, is seeking an official apology and declaration of error for the...
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Scientists Racing to Archive Climate Data Before Denier-in-Chief Trump Takes Office
Anticipating the worst under the incoming administration, a group of scientists are frantically trying to archive government climate data before President-elect Donald Trump's "band of climate conspiracy theorists...storm the castle," as one put it. On Saturday, Slate meterologist Eric Holthaus...
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Rick Perry in the gilded halls of Trump Tower Right-Winger Rick Perry, DAPL Board Member, Picked for Energy Secretary
President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday appointed former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy. Perry infamously forgot the name of the department at the same time that he advocated for axing it , during his failed 2012 presidential bid. Perry's career—which has included two...
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EPA Finally Concludes Fracking Pollutes Drinking Water
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed on Tuesday that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, contaminates drinking water—but claimed a lack of information makes it impossible to determine how widespread the risks are. In a final report issued Tuesday, Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas...
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Refusing to Name Names, DOE Fearful of 'Climate Purge' Under Trump
Resisting what is widely feared to be a " climate purge " of government employees who have studied global warming and other environmental policies under U.S. President Barack Obama, the Department of Energy (DOE) confirmed Tuesday that it would not be releasing individual names to President-elect...
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Where's the Proof? Calls Grow to Declassify Evidence of Alleged Russian Hack
"Let's have some proof." That's what some observers are demanding of President Barack Obama, urging him to declassify as much evidence as possible to support CIA claims that Russia interfered in the U.S. elections to bolster President-elect Donald Trump's candidacy. Ten members of the Electoral...
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Ties to Putin Are Nothing Compared to Rex Tillerson's Vast Climate Crimes
In a scene straight from a " dystopian movie script ," President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday officially tapped Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his Secretary of State, thus elevating someone whose "lifelong mission is to crash the climate" to one of world's most influential and powerful...
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North Dakota pipeline spill Pipeline 150 Miles From Standing Rock Spills Over 170,000 Gallons of Crude
A pipeline just two and half hours' drive from the Indigenous water protectors' ongoing stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline has leaked over 170,000 gallons of crude oil into a tributary of the Little Missouri River and into a hillside, it was reported late Monday. Monitoring equipment failed...
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As Trump Stalls, Observers Warn Business Empire Could Cause 'Unprecedented Threat'
President-elect Donald Trump on Monday canceled plans for a press conference this week that would have addressed his conflicts of interest—some of the most blatant in history —leading many to speculate that he will ultimately use his presidential power to benefit his corporate empire. Trump...
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Monday, December 12, 2016
An 'Undeniable Success': Divestment From Fossil Fuels Passes $5 Trillion
Marking the divestment movement's "undeniable success," a new report shows the value of funds controlled by individuals and institutions who have vowed to dump their fossil fuels assets now surpasses $5 trillion. 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben said the "news is mammoth." The report (pdf) by...
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Texas Sued (Again) for Latest 'Insult' to Women
Reproductive health advocates have filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas for its latest unconstitutional attack on women's right to access safe and legal abortion. The suit (pdf), filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas on behalf of several Texas healthcare...
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Jill Stein held a press conference about her recount push in front of New York's Trump Tower on December 5. Federal Judge Blocks Jill Stein's Pennsylvania Recount Effort
A federal judge in Philadelphia on Monday ruled against Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein's lawsuit calling for a recount of the state's presidential election ballots as well as an examination of voting machines for signs of hacking. U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond said "suspicion of a '...
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Oxfam Names World's Worst Tax Havens Fueling 'Global Race to Bottom'
Corporate tax havens around the world are starving countries of billions of dollars needed to tackle poverty and inequality, according to a new report from Oxfam that identifies the 15 nations and territories leading this "global race to the bottom." In order of significance, those 15 worst tax...
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Sanctuary Cities Vow to Defend 'Basic Human Decency' From Trump
With Donald Trump 's inauguration just over a month away, it will soon become clear whether he intends on using beginning days in the White House to try to follow through on his promise to end federal funding for sanctuary cities. Scores of such cities, however, are standing resolute, with...
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Cows in a field Methane Emissions Are Soaring, Report Finds, and Agriculture Is to Blame
Mere months after atmospheric carbon dioxide permanently surpassed a symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million, scientists have more bad news: emissions of methane, a more potent greenhouse gas, have skyrocketed in the past 20 years—and show no sign of slowing. That's according to a new analysis...
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Stacking Cabinet With Deniers, Trump Says 'Nobody Really Knows' on Climate
Capping off a week that saw him nominate a known climate skeptic to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and put forth a fossil fuel CEO as potential secretary of state, President-elect Donald Trump said in a Sunday interview that "nobody really knows" if climate change is real. When asked...
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John Bolton spoke on Fox News on Sunday 'Absolutely Insane': John Bolton Suggests DNC Hack Was Obama 'False Flag'
John Bolton, the hawkish former Bush administration official now reportedly under serious consideration for deputy secretary of state, suggested during a Fox News interview on Sunday that the reports of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election might be a "false flag" by the Obama...
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Sunday, December 11, 2016
"Ed, I'm On Your Side": Snowden Allies Beam Calls for Pardon On DC Museum
Supporters of U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden on Saturday projected thousands of messages calling for his pardon onto the Washington, D.C. museum dedicated to freedom of expression and information. In a display the Guardian described as " audacious ," nearly 4,000 messages and images urging...
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Senate Finally Approves Flint Aid—At California's Expense
The U.S. Senate on Saturday passed a wide-ranging $10 billion deal to fund water and infrastructure projects around the country, including the removal of lead pipes in Flint, Michigan—but climate advocates say the long-awaited assistance comes at the cost of environmental protections in drought-...
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Saturday, December 10, 2016
CIA "Concludes" Russia Meddled in US Election, Provides No Evidence
The CIA on Friday leaked a memo to the Washington Post "concluding" that Russia meddled in the U.S. election to help President-elect Donald Trump win—but any evidence supporting that finding remains secret. Anonymous sources told the Post that "the CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that...
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'Unfathomable': Trump Expected to Name Exxon CEO as Secretary of State
Update: President-elect Donald Trump is expected to formally name ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, NBC News has reported . The outlet spoke with two sources close to the transition process. One of them also said that John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,...
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Friday, December 9, 2016
It's Love for Coal, Not Workers as GOP Gives Miners 'Slap in the Face'
A bloc of Democratic U.S. Senators on Friday is threatening a temporary government shutdown over a short-term spending bill that shows Republicans' love for coal extended not to the workers who've toiled in the mines. The GOP-controlled House on Thursday easily passed the bill which extends...
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Internal Memo Sparks Fears of Climate 'Witch Hunt' Under President Trump
President-elect Donald Trump's Energy Department transition team has reportedly been asking for the names of civil servants that have worked on environmental policies under President Barack Obama, sparking fears of a coming "climate purge" by the incoming Trump administration. A "document...
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Brazilians Revolt as Post-Coup Govt. Pushes 'Deliberately Retrogressive' Austerity Package
Brazil's new neoliberal government is set to push through the most socially retrogressive austerity package in the world, a United Nations official warned on Friday, calling the proposed 20-year freeze on social spending a "radical measure, lacking in all nuance and compassion." Under President...
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'Fox, Meet Henhouse': Trump Offers Goldman Sachs President Top Economic Post
"Fox, meet henhouse," was how progressive Sen. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and others reacted to the news Friday that Goldman Sachs president and chief operating officer Gary Cohn had been offered the position of National Economic Council (NEC) director by President-elect Donald Trump. "By choosing Gary...
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Cathy McMorris Rodgers Trump Chooses 'Proud Climate Change Denier' for Interior Secretary
President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), a committed climate change denier, for Secretary of the Interior, sources confirmed to CNBC on Friday. McMorris Rodgers is the highest-ranking Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving as chair of...
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'Deeply Disturbing': Trump Refusal of Intel Briefings Raises Concern
President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly refusing to receive all but one intelligence briefing a week—meaning he's skipping most of them, Reuters reported on Friday. It is unclear why the incoming commander in chief, who has never held elected office, is deciding not to take in the Presidents...
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US Military Admits: We Deliberately Bombed a Hospital in Iraq
The U.S. military said Thursday that it intentionally bombed a hospital in Mosul, Iraq as part of its efforts to "eradicate" Islamic State (ISIS) fighters. The attack on the Al Salam hospital complex took place Wednesday at the request of Iraqi forces, with coalition aircraft using "precision-...
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Washington State Launches Suit Against Monsanto for Toxic PCB Pollution
Washington on Thursday became the first U.S. state to file a lawsuit against Monsanto for damages related to the company's production of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Monsanto was the only U.S. company to produce the toxic industrial chemicals from 1935 to 1979, when they were banned by the...
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Faux-Populist Trump Wages All-Out War on American Workers
President-elect Donald Trump, a supposedly populist candidate who rose to power on promises made to frustrated American workers, has now seemingly launched what Politico is describing as an outright "war on unions." Labor leaders and advocates across the nation are rallying in support of United...
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Veterans link arms during a prayer action at Standing Rock on Monday. Veterans at Standing Rock Ready to Take Clean Water Fight to Flint
The veterans who deployed to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation in North Dakota to support the water protectors in their battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline are now looking to take their successful mobilization to another community fighting for clean water: Flint, Michigan . "We don't...
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'Fascist Rhetoric' Becoming Commonplace in US and Europe: UN
The "rhetoric of fascism" is on the rise in the U.S. and Europe, a United Nations official warned on Thursday, a disturbing trend that puts "unprecedented pressure" on human rights standards around the world. "Anti-foreigner rhetoric full of unbridled vitriol and hatred is proliferating to a...
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Thursday, December 8, 2016
With New Tax, Portland Fires Opening Shot in Battle Against Extreme CEO Pay
The city of Portland, Oregon on Wednesday took a bold step towards addressing the national scourge of extreme pay inequality with the passage of a landmark tax penalty to be imposed on companies whose CEO makes more than 100 times the average worker's salary. "This is as close as I've ever [come]...
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Astronaut, Senator, 'American Hero' John Glenn Dies at 95
Former U.S. senator and astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, died on Thursday at age 95, according to Ohio State University. "John Herschel Glenn Jr. had two major career paths that often intersected: flying and politics, and he soared in both of them," the Associated Press...
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'Like An Arsonist Fighting Fires': Outrage Grows Over Trump's EPA Pick
Outrage continues to grow over Scott Pruitt, the nominee to head up the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President-elect Donald Trump, particularly over his climate change denial and ties to the fossil fuel industry. Pruitt has drawn criticism for his belief that human-caused climate...
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'Welcome to the General Billionaires Administration': Pattern Emerges in Trump Cabinet
Another day, another cabinet appointment for the incoming Donald Trump administration. On Thursday, he nominated fast-food CEO Andy Puzder to secretary of Labor while Wednesday it was former Marine General John Kelly to head Homeland Security. And, as observers are pointing out , a pattern is...
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Trump's Fast-Food CEO Labor Pick: 'Anti-Family, Anti-Worker, Anti-Jobs'
Fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder has been described as 'a minor league version of Trump'
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Veterans and water protectors unite in prayer, calling for an end to the entire Dakota Access Pipeline project, in the midst of a blizzard Monday. 'We Are Protectors': After DAPL Decision, Tribal Members Look to the Future of Pipeline Fight
After celebrating the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Sunday decision to deny the Dakota Access Pipeline a permit to tunnel under the Missouri River, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies opposing the pipeline are sure of one thing: the fight is not ove r. Energy Transfer Partners, the...
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'Silence Not an Option': Calls Grow to Disrupt Trump Inauguration
The call to disrupt President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration is growing with the help of documentary filmmaker and activist Michael Moore, who on Wednesday tweeted a grassroots group's plans for direct actions on January 20, 2017. Although Trump won the Electoral College, his Democratic rival...
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AFL-CIO, Nation's Largest Union Federation, Endorses Keith Ellison To Lead DNC
In the latest lift for Congressman Keith Ellison's effort to become next chair of the Democratic National Committee, the AFL-CIO on Thursday issued its official endorsement for the progressive lawmaker. Federation president Richard Trumka said that after meeting with several candidates seeking its...
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Divest Shmivest. Trump to Reportedly Keep Stake in Business Run by Sons
Despite calls to divest, it appears that President-elect Donald Trump will maintain a stake in his business, according to reporting by the New York Times on Wednesday, as he makes plans to hand the sprawling empire over to sons Donald Jr. and Eric. The proposed arrangement, the Times notes, would "...
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Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, is pictured at a diner in Indianapolis earlier this year. Betraying Pro-Worker Facade, 'Vindictive' Trump Attacks Union Leader
After United Steelworkers Local 1999 president Chuck Jones revealed Wednesday that fewer jobs were remaining in Carrier's Indianapolis plant than President-elect Donald Trump had promised , Trump launched into a Twitter tirade against the union leader. In his tweets, the president-elect did not...
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