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News & Views | Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Will You 'Promise to Protect'? Coalition Urges New Wave of Resistance to Stop KXL
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Shortly following the Nebraska Public Service Commission's "shortsighted and dangerous" vote to green-light TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, a coalition of comprised of Indigenous peoples, farmers, and ranchers living along the oil project's proposed route published a letter calling for peaceful resistance and urging the public to "promise to protect" sacred land from corporate exploitation.

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prescription drugs FDA Raids in Florida Suggest Trump Admin. Policy Change That Benefits Big Pharma
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided nine stores in Central Florida that assist customers with placing orders for low-cost prescription drugs from Canada and other countries, Kaiser Health News reported Monday, suggesting a shift away from a long-standing policy that benefited consumers but was strongly condemned by the pharmaceutical industry.
'This Fight Is Far From Over': Nebraska Clears Path for Keystone XL
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Just four days after TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline leaked over 200,000 gallons of oil across South Dakota farmland, the Nebraska Public Service Commission on Monday granted the oil giant the final major permit to move ahead with its $8 billion Keystone XL (KXL) tar sands project—a decision environmentalists and tribal leaders denounced as an embrace of climate denialism and Big Oil.
slaughterbots As Support Grows for Ban on Killer Robots, Viral 'Slaughterbots' Video Warns of Threat to Humans
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
As support grew last week for a ban on killer robots during the first formal United Nations talks about imposing limits on lethal autonomous weapons systems, artificial intelligence experts and advocacy groups released a viral video depicting what a future could look like with small and affordable drones that murder targets without any meaningful human control.
Anti-Fracking Protest Shuts Down Traffic at Energy Companies' Offices
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Holding a banner reading "We won't stop—There's too much at stake," demonstrators shut down morning traffic at an office park outside Pittsburgh on Monday, in protest of the harmful affects 15 energy companies in the complex have on the environment.
In Latest Ethics Offense, NRCC Offers Supporter a Stay in Trump's Hotel In Exchange for Donation
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Trump critics including the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) denounced a fundraising email sent out by Republicans in Congress on Monday that appeared to add to President Donald Trump's list of conflicts of interest since he entered office in January.
Experts: Would Take More Than One General to Thwart "Illegal" Nuclear Strike
by Jon Queally, staff writer
The top U.S. nuclear military commander is making global headlines over the weekend after he stated plainly on Saturday that he would resist any order from President Donald Trump that he deemed "illegal," including an unlawful directive to carry out a nuclear strike. "He'll tell me what to do, and if it's illegal, guess what's going to happen? I'm gonna say, 'Mr. President, that's illegal,'" said Gen. John Hyten, head of U.S. Strategic Command.

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Ignoring Washington’s Role in Yemen Carnage, 60 Minutes Paints US as Savior
by Adam Johnson
How the US contributes to the death and disease in the Arabian peninsula is of urgent political import.
Inequality Out of Control: The Average 1% Household Made Over $2.5 Million in the Past Year
by Paul Buchheit
Inequality, like a malignant tumor, is growing out of control, and the only response from Congress is to make it even worse. Those at the richest end of the nation seem to have lost all capacity for understanding the meaning and values of an interdependent society. They've convinced themselves that they deserve their passively accumulated windfalls, and that poorer people have only themselves to blame for their own misfortunes.
The U.S. Is Stockpiling Nuclear Arms, and the Cost Is Astonishing
by Harry Blain
We're spending $1.2 trillion on weapons that invariably make the world a more dangerous place.
In Defense of Millennial Politics
by Derek Denman, Maria Adelmann
We are practicing freedom in new and profound ways.
Washington’s War on Poor Grad Students
by Jill Richardson
Imagine having to pay thousands of dollars of taxes on virtually no income.
The game of hot potato sheds some light on the debate over Republican tax cutting plans, particularly when it comes to companies. (Photo: Richard North/flickr/cc) ‘Hot Potato’ Shows Why Workers Won’t Benefit From Trump’s Corporate Tax Cut
by Steven Pressman
Who will be left holding the potato?

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