Nika Knight, staff writer

Nika Knight is a Common Dreams staff writer.

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Antonio Guterres News
Monday, February 27, 2017
Disdain for Human Rights "A Disease That's Spreading," Warns UN Chief
"Disregard for human rights is a disease, and it is a disease that is spreading," warned United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a keynote address as the U.N. Human Rights Council (OHCHR) opened its main session on Monday. "We are increasingly seeing the perverse phenomenon of populism...
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News
Monday, February 27, 2017
Biologists Warn Half of All Species to Face Extinction by 2100, as GOP Pushes to Destroy Protections
Today, 20 percent of all species are at risk of being wiped out, scientists at a Vatican conference on biodiversity warn, and that number may rise to nearly 50 percent by the end of the century. "The living fabric of the world [...] is slipping through our fingers without our showing much sign of...
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News
Friday, February 24, 2017
Leaked Draft of ACA Replacement Reveals Massive Cuts to Subsidies, Medicaid
A leaked draft of a House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was published Friday by Politico , and it reveals that Republicans are moving towards slashing subsidies and ending the Medicaid expansion—moves that are vastly out of step with the opinions of the American public. The draft (...
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Reince Priebus News
Friday, February 24, 2017
White House Tried to Interfere With FBI Investigation of White House, Officials Say
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus contacted the FBI and asked them to deny reports that the Trump campaign was in contact with Russian intelligence agents before the November election, CNN reported Thursday, citing multiple U.S. officials who asked to remain anonymous. Such a request would...
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Striking workers in Phoenix, Arizona News
Thursday, February 23, 2017
New Law Would Let Arizona Treat Organized Dissent as Organized Crime
The Arizona Senate on Wednesday voted to expand racketeering laws to allow police to arrest anyone involved in a protest and seize their assets, treating demonstrators like organized criminals. The law, SB 1142, also expands the definition of a riot to include any damage to property, and allows...
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Tom Cotton town hall News
Thursday, February 23, 2017
'My Husband is Dying. What Kind of Insurance Do You Have?': GOP Town Halls Erupt
In a tense, public showdown over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that is being echoed at contentious Republican town halls across the country , a distraught woman at Sen. Tom Cotton's (R-Ark.) town hall on Wednesday stood up and told Cotton: "My husband is dying." The woman said that her husband is...
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Sunset over the Oceti Sakowin protest camp News
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
'We Are Still Here': Water Protectors Remain in Prayer, Brace for Mass Arrests
Water protectors standing against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline are bracing for militarized police to descend on their protest camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' evacuation deadline of 2pm CST Wednesday looms. Tweets about #NoDAPL OR #MniWiconi OR #...
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"I Stand With Texas Women" News
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Judge Stops Texas From Cutting Medicaid Funds for Planned Parenthood
A federal judge on Tuesday halted Texas' attempt to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood clinics in a scathing decision that found the state "likely acted to disenroll qualified healthcare providers from Medicaid without cause." "Such action would deprive Medicaid patients of their statutory...
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Iowa capitol building News
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Iowa Bill Would Force Universities to Hire Right-Wing Professors
As Republican-dominated state governments push frightening right-wing legislation nationwide, a GOP senator in Iowa joined the fray on Monday with a bill that would force universities to exclusively hire Republican professors and temporarily bar Democrats until "partisan balanced" is reached. The...
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A cardboard cut-out of Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) leans against the microphone at the "mock" town hall in Austin, Texas, on Sunday. News
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Voters Shame Cowardly Reps with Town Halls Hosted by Cardboard Cut-Outs
As people flood town halls during the Congressional recess to register their outrage over President Donald Trump's right-wing agenda, many members of Congress are apparently attempting to duck the public outcry by refusing to hold any town halls at all. And so constituents are taking matters into...
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