Nika Knight, staff writer

Nika Knight is a Common Dreams staff writer.

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Refugees from El Salvador turn themselves in to a U.S. border agent near Rio Grande, Texas. News
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Trump Administration Weighs Separating Mothers From Children at Border
As the Trump administration continues its mass deportations apace , the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering ramping up anti-immigration policies even further with a new rule that would separate mothers from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. That's according to Reuters ,...
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A fracking well flare in Scott Township, Pennsylvania. News
Friday, March 03, 2017
At Oil-Friendly States' Behest, Pruitt Cancels EPA Methane Emissions Inquiry
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday fulfilled environmentalists' fears with a gift to the oil and gas industry, in the form of canceling an Obama-era request for information regarding methane emissions from fossil fuel facilities. "This is exactly the kind of...
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News
Friday, March 03, 2017
Hypocrisy: Pence Used Private Email for State Business, and Was Hacked
Records obtained by the Indianapolis Star show that Vice President Mike Pence was hypocritically using a private email address to conduct state business at the same time that he joined the chorus of Republicans condemning Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for operating similarly by...
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EPA headquarters News
Thursday, March 02, 2017
White House Aims to Slash Major EPA Programs, Fire 20 Percent of Staff
The White House is aiming to cut dozens of major EPA programs and to slash one-fifth of all staff positions within the agency, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Many predicted massive EPA cuts would be required to fund President Donald Trump's enormous increase in military spending , and the...
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European Union flag News
Thursday, March 02, 2017
'Visa War': EU Votes to Bar Visa-Free Travel for American Citizens
United States citizens traveling to Europe will soon have to pay for a visa to enter the continental bloc, thanks to an escalating "visa war," as the Telegraph puts it , between the U.S. and the European Union. The European Parliament, "by a show of hands, [on Wednesday] urged the Commission to...
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A faucet News
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Flint Residents Now Have to Pay for Water They Still Can't Drink
The state of Michigan has declared that Flint's drinking water "meets all federal water quality standards," ending a program Wednesday that reimbursed residents for most of their water costs in the wake of the lead crisis . Yet Flint residents still can't drink the water , and the announcement was...
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Melting permafrost in the Northwest Territories seMelting permafrost in the Northwest Territories sends carbon-rich sediment into the Mackenzie Delta.nds carbon-rich sediment into the Mackenzie River basin. News
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Study Shows Massive Global Permafrost Melt Underway While Trump Mentions Climate Not Once
A new study has discovered that tens of thousands of miles of permafrost in northwest Canada are rapidly melting, adding weight to recent research that shows an accelerating decline in permafrost in Alaska, Siberia, and Scandinavia. The disintegration of permafrost throughout the Arctic Circle...
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A vigil for Berta Cáceres. News
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Berta Cáceres' Murder Linked to U.S.-Trained Soldiers, Leaked Court Docs Show
Leaked court documents obtained by the Guardian and reported on Tuesday appear to corroborate a whistleblower's claim that U.S.-trained special forces within the Honduran military were responsible for the death of prominent Indigenous land defender Berta Cáceres last year. The whistleblower, a...
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Protesters gathered in front of Trump Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., before its grand opening. News
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Vancouver Trump Hotel Opening Met With Protests, Shunned by City Officials
The grand opening of a Trump Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday was met with loud demonstrations and shunned by city officials in protest of the Trump administration's harsh anti-immigration stance. "None of us will be [at the opening]," Kerry Jang, a city council member, told the...
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was one of the 229 Republicans who blocked the measure. News
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
'Despicable': House Republicans Torpedo Effort to Force Release of Trump's Tax Returns
In a vote Monday night almost exclusively along party lines, a measure to force the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to reveal President Donald Trump's tax returns was blocked by the U.S. House. In all, 229 Republicans voted to help Trump keep his tax returns secret. (Roll call here .) "This is...
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