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Fears of US-Backed 'Coup' in Motion as Trump Recognizes Venezuela Opposition Lawmaker as 'Interim President'
by Jon Queally, staff writer
President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela officially cut dipomatic ties with the U.S. government on Wednesday, and gave American diplomats 72 hours to leave the country, in response to President Donald Trump declaring formal recognition of an opposition lawmaker as the "Interim President" of Venezuela, despite not being elected by the nation's people for that position.

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Greta Thunberg, who ignited global "school strikes for climate," delivers a video address urging those in positions of power to take bold climate action. Greta Thunberg's Demand to Davos Elite: Act Urgently on Climate for 'Sake of This Beautiful Living Planet"
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg threw down the gauntlet to the global elite gathered in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum (WEF) this week, urging them to work towards meaningful climate action in order to "safeguard the future living conditions for humankind."
'Why Are They So Terrible at This?': Democrats Reportedly Plan to Offer Trump Billions for So-Called 'Smart Wall'
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
The "counteroffer" by House Democratic leaders comes as immigrant rights groups are calling on the party to reject any funding for the president's anti-immigrant agenda
'Outrage Spiking': Federal Workers Occupy Senate Building With 33 Minutes of Angry Silence to End Trump Shutdown
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
"The protest happening right now in the Senate office building is just the start," declared MoveOn.org's Ben Wikler
Two Years In, Trump's Global Gag Rule Responsible for 'Immeasurable Suffering and Death' Around World
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Pointing to countless examples from countries around the globe, reproductive rights organizations highlighted how in just two years, President Donald Trump's reinstatement of the anti-choice global gag rule has done serious damage to the health of women and families in some of the neediest communities in the world.
Nationwide Call-In Day Pressures Senators to Reject "Stephen Miller's Wish List" and Pass Clean Bill to End Trump Shutdown
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
"This could be our moment to open the government and shut down Trump's wall."
LA strike 'Historic Day for American Unions': Los Angeles Teachers Strike Earns Victory for Labor, Public Education
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Los Angeles public school teachers at the nation's second-largest district ended a six-day strike late Tuesday after union members voted to approve a deal—hailed as a major victory for organized labor—that's designed to raise salaries, cap class sizes and charter schools, and direct more funding to schools for nurses, counselors, and other support staff positions.

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A recent “60 Minutes” segment featured venture capitalist and author Kai-Fu Lee predicting that advances in artificial intelligence would “in 15 years displace about 40 percent of the jobs in the world.” (Photo: Shutterstock) The Problem Isn't Robots Taking Our Jobs. It's Oligarchs Taking Our Power
by Adam Simpson
Training for the jobs of the future keeps workers trapped as long as workers can't shape how technology is used and who profits from it
 The Janus case was spearheaded by ALEC’s sister group, the $80 million State Policy Network (SPN), made up of 66 right-wing think tanks and other Koch-funded institutions.(Photo: Screenshot) ALEC’s New Union-Busting Toolkit Illustrates the Goal Is to Bankrupt Unions Not Protect Workers
by Mary Bottari
The ultimate goal of the ALEC-SPN groups is the end of worker power
Trump Puts the White in the Red, White and Blue
by Michael Winship
Speech was a faux wringing of hands about the humanitarian crisis along the border Trump himself has created.
Public education and plutocracy, educator activists in L.A. and nationwide increasingly understand, do not mix. Public schools do not thrive when billionaires prosper.(Photo: @magoo_tweets_2u/Twitter) What LA Teachers Tell Us About Rising Inequality
by Sam Pizzigati
By shifting tax dollars to nonunion charters, billionaires sap the strength of teacher unions and undermine their capacity to support the causes—like higher taxes on the rich—that the rich find so distasteful
The transgender ban in the military has nothing to do with military readiness or cost — and everything to do with bigotry and transphobia. (Photo: Shutterstock) The Transgender Ban Is About Bigotry and Distraction
by Jill Richardson
Trump's attacking service members to provoke the left, throw red meat to his base, and distract the rest from things like the shutdown
Seventy-five per cent of the US public supports Medicare for all, including nearly two-thirds of Republicans. (Photo: Screenshot) Ocasio-Cortez Rattles Pundits Across the Corporate Media Spectrum
by Alan MacLeod
It appears the centrist establishment is as uncomfortable with a progressive agenda as the most frothing-at-the-mouth conservatives

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