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Impeachment managers House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and other mangers are seen arriving to the Senate before Schiff read the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on the Senate floor on Thursday, January 16, 2020. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) 'Naked, Unapologetic and Insidious' Corruption: Democrats Respond to Trump's Official Statement on Impeachment Charges
by Common Dreams staff
"Though the President describes this conduct as perfect," said the House Managers assigned to prosecute the Senate trial, "the Founders had a different word for it: impeachable."
 Democratic presidential candidate, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Iowa State Educators Association (ISEA) forum at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel on January 18, 2020 in West Des Moines, Iowa. Numerous candidates for the democratic nomination for president appeared at the forum which seeks to highlight candidates positions on education and teachers. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) 'The Facts Are Very Clear': Sanders Team Hits Back After Biden Claims Social Security Video Was 'Doctored'
by Jon Queally, staff writer
"Biden not only pushed to cut Social Security—he is on tape proudly bragging about it on multiple occasions," said Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir in response to accusations by the former vice president.
The 21 youth plaintiffs in the Juliana vs. United States lawsuit that was thrown out by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday afternoon. Our Children's Trust, which represents the plaintiffs in the case, has vowed to appeal the ruling. (Image: Our Children's Trust, Facebook) 'Our Planet Is Seriously Burning and the Adults Keep Letting Us Down': Youth Climate Lawsuit Thrown Out
by Jon Queally, staff writer
"Seeking to quash this suit, the government bluntly insists that it has the absolute and unreviewable power to destroy the Nation," wrote Judge Josephine Staton in a scathing dissent opinion. "My colleagues throw up their hands, concluding that this case presents nothing fit for the Judiciary."
MSNBC weekend anchor Joy Ann Reid host invited Janine Driver on her show Saturday morning. Driver, who bills herself as a "body language expert," accused Sen. Bernie Sanders of being a liar on national television because he "turtles" his shoulders and lowers his "eye level" when he says certain things. (Photo: MSNBC/Screenshot) 'Why No One Trusts the Media': MSNBC Slammed for Featuring 'Body Language Expert' Who Calls Sanders a Liar
by Jon Queally, staff writer
While the Sanders campaign demanded an apology from the network, critics of Joy Ann Reid's morning show said the segment was "fraudulent garbage" and a "disgrace."
A detail from an unaltered version of a photograph that the National Archive admitted it doctored to remove anti-Trump references. The picture was taken at the Women's March on Washington,D.C. on January 21, 2017. Massive crowds attended the anti-Trump rally a day after U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) 'Government Can't Airbrush History': National Archives Denounced for Erasing Anti-Trump Signs in Women's March Photos
by Jon Queally, staff writer
"It is the job of the National Archives to document history, not alter it to serve the president's ego."
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg interrupted by climate activists during a campaign rally in Concord, New Hampshire on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Photo: Screenshot/via NBC News) 'Pete Takes Money From Fossil Fuel Billionaires': Climate Activists Disrupt Buttigieg Rally in New Hampshire
by Jon Queally, staff writer
"We are really concerned about candidates who have taken money from fossil-fuel executives. So that includes Joe Biden as well as Pete Buttigieg."
Demonstrators take part in the Women's March Jan. 20, 2018 in New York City. Millions Expected to Join Global Women's March to 'Act as a Catalyst for Political and Social Change'
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Millions of advocates for women's human rights are expected to take to the streets in dozens of cities worldwide on Saturday, Jan. 18 for the fourth annual Global Women's March.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to guests during a campaign stop at Berg Middle School on January 11, 2020 in Newton, Iowa. A recent poll has Sanders with a narrow lead in the state ahead of the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses being held on February 3. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) was expected to campaign with Sanders at the event but was not able to attend because of weather. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) "Let's Be Clear About Who Is Rigging What": Bernie Sanders Denounces Trump Effort to Divide Democrats
by Jon Queally, staff writer
2020 candidate says only reason for impeachment trial is president's effort to "use the power of the federal government for his own political benefit."
Attorney General William Barr chooses not to speak as President Donald J. Trump participates in a ceremony to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Edwin Meese III in the Oval Office at the White House on Tuesday, Oct 08, 2019. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) For Abuse of Office and Covering for Trump, Watchdog Group Files Formal DOJ Complaint Against AG William Barr
by Jon Queally, staff writer
"The attorney general has acted in biased ways and violated Justice Department norms, standards, and rules to protect President Trump at the expense of fulfilling his responsibilities to provide fair and impartial administration of justice."
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva speaks on new research on the financial services sector and its impact on income inequality, in Washington, D.C, on January 17, 2020. IMF Head Gives 'Stark Message' of Looming Inequality-Fueled Global Financial Disaster
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Further fueling the potential threat are "climate-related shocks."

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Julian Assange supporters demonstrate outside of the Westminster Magistrates Court on November 18, 2019 in London. (Photo: Hollie Adams/Getty Images) Why Americans—and the World—Ought to Be Concerned About Julian Assange's Extradition Case
by Nozomi Hayase
The indictment of Assange is recognized by many free speech groups as the most important press freedom case of our time. Yet, with mainstream media blackout and utter silence of political leaders on this important issue, criminalization of journalism goes on without much of the public being aware...
New York Times columnist David Brooks. (Photo: Miller Center/flickr/cc) Of Course There Is a Class War, David Brooks
by Josh Bivens
Though absolutely wrongheaded and naive, his latest New York Times column is very useful.
U.S. President Donald Trump with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: White House / Flickr) Hindu Fascism: An All-American Threat
by Sameena Mustafa, Arti Walker-Peddakotla
We, as Muslim and Hindu women of color, have watched in horror as both the country of our ancestors, India, and the country of our birth, the United States, have devolved into nationalism and fascism.
JoAnn Conrad, a Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer, canvases a residential neighborhood on January 31, 2016 in West Burlington, Iowa. The 2020 Iowa caucuses will be on February 3.  (Photo: Michael B. Thomas / AFP via Getty Images) Voters in Iowa Care More About Key Issues Than Warren-Sanders Unity
by Laura Flanders
"What people are talking about on the doors is nothing like what's on social media."
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), with the late Rep. Elijah Cummings behind him, speaks in support of HR 1 at the U.S. Capitol on January 4, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images) As Citizens United Turns 10, We Need Candidates Who Will Fight to Get Money Out of Politics
by Tiffany Muller
In the decade since this disastrous Supreme Court ruling, just 11 wealthy people have made 20 percent of super PAC donations.
Neither GDP nor the Dow is a good measure of economic performance. Neither tells us what’s happening to ordinary citizens’ living standards or anything about sustainability. (Photo: Johannes Eisle/AFP/Getty Images) Here's the Truth: Trump's Economy Is an Absolute Disaster for People and the Planet
by Joseph Stiglitz
It is becoming conventional wisdom that US President Donald Trump will be tough to beat in November, because, whatever reservations about him voters may have, he has been good for the American economy. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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