Nika Knight, staff writer

Nika Knight is a Common Dreams staff writer.

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A sign at a protest on the Supreme Court steps against right-wing Judge Neil Gorsuch. News
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Growing a Spine? Schumer Sets Stage for Gorsuch Filibuster
After weeks of outcry and public calls for Senate Democrats to "grow a spine" and filibuster President Donald Trump's right-wing Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, Democrats finally appear to be listening. On Thursday, after three days of Senate Judiciary Committee testimony, Senate...
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Bernie Sanders speaks at a protest against SEC nominee Jay Clayton News
Thursday, March 23, 2017
"Embodiment of Greed": Sanders, Warren Rail Against Trump's SEC Pick
Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) rallied against President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton, alongside other progressive leaders late Wednesday. Clayton, a corporate lawyer who helped Wall Street...
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A protest against a coal-powered power plant in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010. News
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Coal in 'Freefall' Worldwide, Report Finds
The coal industry is in "freefall" worldwide, the latest annual survey from environmental groups Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and CoalSwarm finds. "The staggering uptick in clean energy and reduction in the new coal plant pipeline is even more proof that coal isn't just bad for public health and the...
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Anti-Trump protest sign News
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Trump Presidency Has Had "Most Failed" Start Ever, Says Historian
President Donald Trump's first months on the job have been the worst of any president in U.S. history, according to noted historian and presidential biographer Douglas Brinkley. "This is the most failed first 100 days of any president," Brinkley told the Washington Post earlier this week. "To be as...
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Ivanka Trump News
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Ivanka Trump To Get Security Clearance, West Wing Office—But No 'Official' Role
Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, is to receive a West Wing office next to a National Security Council advisor. She'll receive a security clearance, allowing her to access classified information. And she'll be given government-issued communication devices. However, Ivanka won't be...
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Wildfire burning behind a house in Boulder, Colo. News
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Trump Makes Paris Targets Moot as Scorching Temps Send Planet into 'Uncharted Territory'
President Donald Trump's efforts to dismantle climate policies enacted under former President Barack Obama have put the United States' targets to reduce CO2 emissions under the Paris climate accord permanently beyond reach, according to multiple recent analyses examined by InsideClimate News. "We...
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A protest calls for divestment from Wells Fargo for funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. News
Monday, March 20, 2017
While Tribes Lose Courtroom Battles, #NoDAPL Divestment Campaign Takes Off
A U.S. appeals court on Saturday shut down a last-ditch effort to put a stop to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) , allowing oil to flow as early as Monday . The appeals court affirmed a lower court's ruling last week that decided against an emergency injunction, sought by the Standing Rock Sioux...
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White House at night News
Monday, March 20, 2017
White House Installs Allies in Cabinet Agencies to Track Loyalty
The White House has installed 16 political appointees across multiple Cabinet agencies in order to track secretaries' loyalty to the president and his agenda, the Washington Post reported late Sunday, citing eight unnamed officials. The unusual "shadow government" arrangement, which sees senior...
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A protest against President Donald Trump in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in February. News
Monday, March 20, 2017
Poll Shows America Really Does Not Like You, Donald Trump
Gallup has released the latest numbers from its tracking poll of President Donald Trump's approval ratings, and things (again) don't look good for the president. Only 37 percent of respondents approve of Trump, an historic low for the poll. A whopping 58 percent disapprove of his actions in office...
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Angela Merkel and Donald Trump News
Friday, March 17, 2017
Twitter Lights Up After 'Too Embarrassing to Watch' Trump-Merkel Press Conference
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel met with President Donald Trump for the first time Friday, and the encounter between the liberal European leader and the far-right, demagogic president was, if anything, extraordinarily awkward. Trump ignored Merkel's request for a handshake, provoked a look of...
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