Nika Knight, staff writer

Nika Knight is a Common Dreams staff writer.

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An undated photo of a ballistic missiles launch released last month by North Korea's Central News Agency. News
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Ominous or Ambiguous? Tillerson Offers Bizarre 'No Comment' on North Korea
In a short and oblique statement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reacted late Tuesday to North Korea's latest test launch of a ballistic missile with a curt "no comment." North Korea illegally test-fired the missile into the sea just days before a U.S.-China summit , which will see President...
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Donald Trump and Paul Ryan News
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
TrumpCare Rears Its Ugly Head Again—And It's Even Worse Than Before
Since President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) failed spectacularly last month to pass a long-promised healthcare bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), progressive voices have urged politicians to solve the problems of rising premiums and unequal...
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A pregnant woman in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, where the United Nations Population Fund supplied much-needed equipment to a national hospital to reduce maternal mortality rates. News
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Outcry as Trump Slashes Funding for World's Most Vulnerable Mothers and Newborns
President Donald Trump's State Department announced late Monday that it was cutting off millions of dollars in funding for a United Nations family planning agency that offers reproductive and maternal health services worldwide, serving tens of thousands of women. Rights advocates and journalists...
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Mike Pence News
Monday, April 03, 2017
Federal Judge Blocks Pence's "Extreme" Anti-Abortion Indiana Law
A federal judge on Friday blocked a core provision of Indiana abortion legislation that Vice President Mike Pence lauded when he signed it into law "with a prayer" last year, the Associated Press reported Monday. The omnibus bill was described by reproductive rights advocates as "one of the worst...
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman News
Monday, April 03, 2017
Trump Administration Slapped With Lawsuits Over Blocked Energy Efficiency Standards
A coalition of state attorneys general—led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman— announced plans Monday to file a lawsuit against the Department of Energy (DOE) under President Donald Trump for blocking Obama-era energy efficiency standards for a variety of commercial and consumer...
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Jared Kushner in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. News
Monday, April 03, 2017
'Why is Jared Kushner in Iraq?' Trump Son-in-Law Expands Shadow Diplomat Role
Raising eyebrows once again about President Donald Trump's merging of family and government business , Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner accompanied the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman on an official visit to Iraq on Monday. Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, has no diplomatic,...
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March for Science banner News
Friday, March 31, 2017
As Trump Wages War on Science, Energy Grows for Worldwide March for Science
President Donald Trump's administration has fulfilled his campaign rhetoric when it comes to waging war on science, from erasing WhiteHouse.gov references to climate change on the day of his inauguration, to banning the term "climate change" at the Department of Energy's climate office, to...
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Judge Neil Gorsuch during his Senate hearing earlier this month. News
Friday, March 31, 2017
Senate Dems Ask for Gorsuch's Help to Expose Secret Donors Backing His Nomination
In a strongly-worded open letter, six Democratic senators demanded Thursday that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch disclose the identities of donors behind the right-wing dark money group spending millions to push for his confirmation. The letter (pdf), signed by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I...
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Vice President Mike Pence News
Thursday, March 30, 2017
VP Pence Casts 'Awful' Tie-Breaking Vote to Defund Critical Family Planning Program
To widespread outcry, a procedural vote on a GOP effort to slash funding for the Title X family planning program, which funds clinics that largely serve poor women and women of color, passed the Senate Thursday after Vice President Mike Pence was forced to cast a tie-breaking vote. The measure...
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Migrant workers harvest corn on a farm in Gilroy, Calif., in 2013. News
Thursday, March 30, 2017
EPA Rejects Own Science to Greenlight Brain-Damaging Pesticide
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt denied a 10-year-old petition late Wednesday to ban the use of chlorpyrifos , a widely-used pesticide that harms children's brains, in a decision that outraged public health advocates and environmentalists. In greenlighting the dangerous...
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