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"I want to ask a question about this issue," said Sam Husseini, communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, said before he was removed from the event. Journalist Wielding "Nuclear Weapon Ban" Sign Forcibly Ejected From Trump-Putin Presser
by Common Dreams staff
Just moments before Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump began their joint press conference after meeting one-on-one in Finland on Monday, journalist and activist Sam Husseini—the communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy—was forcibly removed from the event while wielding a sign that read "Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty."
Declaring "We Are All Militant Again," Sanders and Teachers Rally Against Trump's "Hateful, Corporatist" Agenda
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Emboldened by a wave of strikes that have swept across the U.S. over the past several months in opposition to low pay and right-wing austerity measures, the American Federation of Teachers convened over the weekend to build on the growing radicalism of the nation's educators and discuss an action plan to continue fighting the Trump administration's "hateful, corporatist, oligarchical, kleptocratic, cronyistic" agenda.
White House Reviewing Plan by 'Deregulatory Zealots' to Relax Child Labor Laws
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
As part of it's broad and relentless effort to roll back longstanding workplace safety regulations that have drastically reduced on-the-job injuries and deaths over the past several decades, President Donald Trump's Department of Labor (DOL) has officially sent the White House a proposal to allow teenagers to "spend full days operating chainsaws and meat slicers and working in other dangerous occupations."
Greenpeace banner 'Warm Our Hearts Not Our Planet': Greenpeace Demands Climate Action From Trump and Putin
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
As U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin came together in Helsinki, Finland on Monday for a closely watched summit, Greenpeace activists partnered with a local parish to unfurl two massive banners on the Kallio church's bell tower to call on the leaders to "warm our hearts not our planet."
How Billionaires Are Backing Charter School Push: AP
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
By pouring money into state-level charter school advocacy groups, billionaires are pushing their version of education "reform"
The Kushner Cos. Tenants Accuse 'Predatory' Kushner Real Estate Firm of Exposing Families to Cancer-Causing Dust Then Forcing Them Out
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
The family real estate firm previously headed by President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is accused of exposing families to cancer-causing dust and forcing out tenants to convert rent-stabilized units to luxury condos, according to an investigation reported by The Associated Press and $10 million lawsuit tenants planned to file on Monday.

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"A third of Americans have no savings at all and another third have less than $1,000 in the bank." (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) The Wages of Poverty in America
by Rajan Menon
In the United States of inequality
"The Vietnamese can’t find the bombed and scattered body parts of literally hundreds of thousands of their own, let alone ours." (Photo: Vietnamfulldisclosure.org) PBS Series,“The Vietnam War,” Receives Emmy Nomination. Should It?
by Doug Rawlings
If Americans are convinced that their stiff-upper-lip brand of silence in the face of collective murder is the true face of patriotism, then we are condemned as a nation to follow the path of empires that preceded us
"Within that top 20 percent, well over half the benefits have gone to the top 5 percent, and over half those top 5 percent benefits have gone to the top 1 percent." (Photo: Fight Back! News/Kim DeFranco) A Sweet New Century for America’s Most Privileged
by Sam Pizzigati
America’s elected leaders haven’t ignored inequality since 2000. They’ve made it spectacularly worse
"It is up to us to mobilize to protect Assange. His life is in jeopardy." (Photo: newsonline/flickr/cc) The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom
by Chris Hedges
The ruling elites, who refuse to accept responsibility for profound social inequality or the crimes of empire, have no ideological veneer left to justify their greed, ineptitude and pillage
"Clearly the needed shift won’t be initiated by the Republican or Democratic leaders in Congress; it must come from Americans who make their voices heard." (Photo: Presidential Administration of Russia) Climb Down From the Summit of Hostile Propaganda
by Norman Solomon
Contempt for diplomacy with Russia is now extreme
"As most sane observers know, war with Iran would be an unmitigated disaster for the U.S., the region, and the world." (Photo: CommonDreams) With Iran Deal on Life Support, White House Looks to Finish the Job
by Jon Rainwater
If sanctions and coercive diplomacy by the U.S. escalate into regime change, it wouldn’t be the first time. Ask the Iraqis

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