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Monday, August 21, 2017
The RAA and REINS Act could impact federal agencies' ability to impose regulations affecting food safety, among other issues that affect Americans. Moms' Group Sounds Alarm Over Worst GOP Bill "You've Never Heard Of"
The environmental group Clean Air Moms Action released a new ad campaign Monday urging voters to fight back against two pending Republican anti-regulation laws. The ad is being run in five states where Democratic incumbent senators will be up for re-election in highly-anticipated races in 2018. It...
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Calling Trump an "Embarrassment," Sanders Says Organized Labor Key to Nation's Future
"We're not going to rebuild the shrinking middle class unless we rebuild the trade union movement," declares Sen. Bernie Sanders at Indiana rall
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Giving Middle Finger to Appalachian Communities, Trump Kills Study of Mountaintop Removal Health Impacts
Outrage has followed the Trump administration's decision late last week to put the brakes on a study into the health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining in Central Appalachia. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine said Monday it received a letter from the Interior...
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Donald Trump With Trump, Warns Scahill, "Unelected National Security Apparatus" Now Unleashed
Ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's Monday night speech to outline his strategy for the 16-year-war in Afghanistan—which reportedly will be " a total abandonment" of his campaign promises and "a continuation of a failed strategy taken by his two predecessors" —journalist and foreign policy...
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Total Solar Eclipse Awes Onlookers Across United States
People across the United States are looking toward the sky on Monday afternoon as a rare total solar eclipses occurs from coast to coast. Those gathered in Oregon were the first to get a view of the full eclipse: First glimpse of #SolarEclipse2017 totality in Oregon! Take a look here and watch our...
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Will Trump Pardon Notorious Sheriff Arpaio? Trump Rally Raises Tensions in Phoenix
The people of Phoenix, Arizona are mobilizing ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to the city on Tuesday—a week after he defended white supremacists—amid speculation over whether he will announce at the rally a presidential pardon for Joe Arpaio, the notorious former sheriff of Maricopa County...
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After years of criticizing U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, Trump is expected to announce that he'll deploy more troops there. Replicating Obama Failure, Trump Expected to Bolster Endless Afghan War With Troop Surge
After months of delay and an apparently "tortured search" to come up with a "winning" strategy for Afghanistan, what President Donald Trump will announce Monday evening looks like it will be nothing more than an extension of the failed strategy that has kept U.S. forces in the country for 16 years...
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campaign to stop killer robots Demanding Ban on Killer Robots, Tech Experts Warn of Opening "This Pandora's Box"
More than 100 robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) experts published on Monday an open letter urging the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots. "Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare" —letter from tech experts "Lethal autonomous...
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Progressive Armies Mobilize Against GOP Tax Cuts for Corporations and Wealthy
The August recess isn't over yet, but progressive organizations are using the time to mobilize against looming Republican plans—spearheaded by the Trump administration in the White House and by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in Congress—to give corporations and the nation's wealthiest...
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Sunday, August 20, 2017
Dick Gregory attends 'Turn Me Loose' Opening Night at The Westside Theatre on May 19, 2016 Comedian and Civil Rights Icon Dick Gregory Dies at 84
The legendary comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory died Saturday at the age of 84. Gregory's son Christian announced the news on social media Saturday night. "It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend, and civil rights activist Mr...
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (D-VT) shakes hands with United Steelworkers President, Local 1999, Chuck Jones, after having breakfast at Peppy Grill on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 'He's Not Slowing Down': Sanders to Rip Trump, Push for Single Payer on Midwest Tour
"What we want to do is hold some of the politicians accountable for some of the campaign promises made and bring attention to the fact that something needs to change."
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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) attend the security council meeting on nonproliferation of North Korea next to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (L) at United Nations on April 28, 2017 in New York City. North Korea Warns US-South Korea War Games Driving Toward 'Uncontrollable Nuclear War'
With the United States and South Korea set to begin joint military exercises on Monday—and as Trump administration officials attempt to de-escalate tensions after the president threatened to bring " fire and fury " upon North Korea—the regime of Kim Jong-un published an editorial in a state-run...
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People march near the White House during the People's Climate Movement in Washington, D.C., April 29, 2017, to protest President Donald Trump's attack on the climate and the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump 'Wave of Destruction' Continues With Decision to Disband Key Climate Panel
"I think it's going to be a serious handicap for us that the advisory committee is not functional," said Richard Wright, former chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate.
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Saturday, August 19, 2017
15,000 people peacefully protest a neo-nazi rally, and this is the best the president of the United States can do. Resign 'Blatant Smear': Trump Attacks Boston Anti-Racism Demonstrators as 'Anti-Police Agitators'
"Again, this man attacks anti-Nazi protesters. He's determined to create a culture war in America to distract from his unethical failures."
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Thousands of protesters prepare to march in Boston against a planned 'Free Speech Rally' just one week after the violent 'Unite the Right' rally in Virginia left one woman dead and dozens more injured on August 19, 2017 in Boston, United States. As Alt-Right Gathers in Boston, Thousands Counter With Rally to 'Fight Supremacy'
Update : It appears that the alt-right "rally" ended hours ahead of schedule, thanks at least in part to the remarkable size of the counter-demonstration. "Thousands of counter-protesters remain in Boston," noted Mic 's Jack Smith. "The right-wing rally is totally empty." "You couldn't even call it...
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President Donald Trump attends a meeting with U.S. company representatives and featuring products made in the United States. 'Swamp's Doing Fine': Amid White House Turmoil, Trump Cozies Up to Right-Wing Donors
"It appears that President Donald Trump can still count on one bedrock of stability: major right-wing donors."
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Friday, August 18, 2017
In their letter of resignation, the members of the president's arts committee spelled out the word "RESIST" with the first letters of each paragraph. Citing 'Hateful Rhetoric' of Trump, Arts & Humanities Council Resigns En Masse
In a strong rebuke of President Donald Trump equating white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend with counter-protesters who demonstrated against bigotry, all members of the president's Committee on the Arts and Humanities announced their resignations Friday—and urged...
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Rainbow over waterway in Brooklyn, New York Anti-Fracking Activists Celebrate Ruling Against Major Pipeline
Environmentalists are celebrating a federal appeals court ruling on Friday that reaffirmed New York State's decision to block a 124-mile natural gas pipeline project. "Today's ruling confirms the independent authority and responsibility of states to protect their waterbodies from natural gas...
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Chief Strategist Steve Bannon walks behind U.S. President Donald Trump toward Marine One before departing from the White House on February 24, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Bannon's Ouster Welcomed, But Much Bigger Problem Remains in White House: Trump
"The problem was never just Steve Bannon. It was and always will be Donald Trump." That's how Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) responded to news that Friday would the last day on the job for Trump's top political strategist. "The larger and more urgent crisis however is that a white supremacist...
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In protests around the world, the anti-Trump resistance has asserted this week that the white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville last week were to blame for the violence that ensued. Despite Harsh Rebuke for Charlottesville Stance, Trump's Base Remains Loyal
While many in the news media, in Washington, across social media, and in the streets have swiftly condemned President Donald Trump for his comments asserting that both the white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia and the counter-protesters who demonstrated against the so-called...
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Al Gore Al Gore Has Just One Small Bit of Advice for Trump: 'Resign'
"If you had to give Trump one piece of advice, what would it be?" "Resign," said former vice president and environmental activist Al Gore, in an interview with the website LADbible . Watch: Gore's call for President Donald Trump to resign comes amid speculation that Trump will leave office early,...
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The Magazine Covers Trump Earned This Week By Defending White Supremacy
Remember when President Donald Trump was famously called out earlier this summer when it emerged there were fake magazine covers featuring him posted at some of his private gold clubs? Well, in the aftermath of his disastrous , " embarrassing ," and infuriating defense of white supremacists in...
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U.S. President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Judge Neil Gorsuch after nominating him to the Supreme Court during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House January 31, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 'Downright Unconstitutional': Gorsuch Slammed for Headlining Event at Trump Hotel
"Especially as many Trump decisions are likely soon to reach the court's docket, a healthy respect for public confidence in the court should have led Justice Gorsuch to demur."
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White supremacists in Charlottesville, Va. ACLU Shifts Position on Defending Armed Demonstrations After Charlottesville
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will no longer defend groups that insist on marching with firearms, following violent gatherings of white supremacists in Charlottesville , Virginia last weekend. "If a protest group insists, 'No, we want to be able to carry loaded firearms,' well, we don't...
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At her daughter's funeral on Wednesday, Susan Bro said that while white supremacists "tried to kill my child to shut her up, [they] just magnified her." Heather Heyer's Mom Won't Talk to Trump 'After What He Said About My Child'
Susan Bro spoke about the loss of her daughter, Heather Heyer, in an interview with Good Morning America on Friday, saying she will not speak with President Donald Trump now after seeing his latest press conference on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. "I'm not...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) addresses a rally against Trump Administration budget cuts to education funding outside the U.S. Capitol July 19, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Centrist Democrats Riled as Warren Says Days of 'Lukewarm' Policies Are Over
In a wide-ranging and fiery keynote speech last weekend at the 12th annual Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) relentlessly derided moderate Democratic pundits calling for the party to move " back to the center " and declared that Democrats must...
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Heather Heyer memorial After Charlottesville, Republicans Defend Bills to Protect Drivers Who Hit Protesters
Following Heather Heyer death on Saturday—killed when a suspected Nazi sympathizer allegedly drove his car into a crowd of people counter-protesting violent white supremacist gatherings in Charlottesville , Virginia—Republican lawmakers have doubled down on proposals that critics say offer immunity...
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In an act of civil disobedience and solidarity, more than 200 citizens offered to turn themselves in for toppling a Confederate monument in Durham, North Carolina. In Support of Eight Arrested for Toppling Durham Statue, Hundreds Turn Themselves In
More than 200 Durham, North Carolina residents stood outside a jail on Thursday, attempting to turn themselves in for the removal of the city's Confederate Soldiers Monument—to protest the arrests of eight people who have been accused of dismantling the monument. The group chanted, "Thank you, we...
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A general view of ambulances at the scene of a terrorist attack in the Las Ramblas area on August 17, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Officials say 13 people are confirmed dead and at least 50 injured after a van plowed into people in the Las Ramblas area of the city this afternoon. After Attack in Spain, Trump Invokes 'Vile' Myth Celebrating Mass Execution of Muslims
As Barcelona, Spain reeled from an attack on Thursday that left 13 people dead and dozens more injured, President Donald Trump quickly took to Twitter to both denounce the attack and recount a " vile " myth that claims a U.S. general— though the story has been thoroughly debunked — executed 49...
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Protest against Donald Trump Trump on the Brink? Impeachment Support Grows Amid Speculation He'll Resign
As the majority of Americans and his own party denounce the president's response to Charlottesville, Democrats move to impeach him
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Citizens of southern cities including New Orleans have fought in recent months to have Confederate statues removed. As Removal Movement Grows, Trump Sides With White Supremacists on Confederate Monuments
Critics were quick to point out that President Donald Trump has once again put himself on the wrong side of efforts to combat racism and address white supremacy when he defended "beautiful" Confederate monuments in a Thursday morning tweet. Trump tripled down on his failure to condemn last weekend'...
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Wednesday night, marchers—singing "We are not afraid" and "We shall overcome"—offered a peaceful and hopeful alternative to the violence and hatred that was on display at the so-called "Unite the Right" rally. 'Hope Not Hatred': Thousands Gather Across US in Rebuke to Trump, Neo-Nazis
Replacing torches with candles and hate with hope, thousands gathered across the United States Wednesday night to mourn the death of Heather Heyer and stand peacefully against the violence perpetrated by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. "There seem to be way more people with...
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Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a campaign rally on April 23, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Duterte, Recipient of Trump Praise, Just Threatened to Have Human Rights Activists Shot
As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly "war on drugs"—which U.S. President Donald Trump has praised as an " unbelievable " success—has continued to intensify in recent days with at least 60 people killed this week, Duterte raised further alarm on Wednesday by suggesting that human rights...
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
"DEFCON 1-Level Bad": Uproar After Steve Bannon Gets Loose With Lefty Magazine
In the wake of a site-crashing interview with the founder and editor of The American Prospect —in which he talked about administration in-fighting, tensions with North Korea, looming economic war with China, and his high hopes for Democrat's focus on identity politics—top Trump advisor Steve Bannon...
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Deandre Harris Four Arrested for Toppling Confederate Statue, But Zero Neo-Nazis Yet Arrested for This Brutal Beating
As communities across the United States enact or expedite plans to take down monuments revering those who advocated for white supremacy and slavery, police in Durham, North Carolina have arrested four people for their alleged roles in toppling a statue of a Confederate soldier. Meanwhile in...
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Trump was forced to disband two business councils Wednesday after seven members left over his comments about Charlottesville. Stranding CEOs Too Slow To Quit, Trump Disbands His Own Business Councils
"Trump aides: History is pounding its knuckles on the White House door and shouting that it's time to leave."
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Flowers, candles and chalk-written messages surround a photograph of Heather Heyer on the spot where she was killed and 19 others injured when a car slammed into a crowd of people protesting against a white supremacist rally, August 16, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Murder of Heather Heyer Only "Magnified Her," Mom Tells White Supremacists
"I'd rather have my child, but by golly, if I gotta give her up, we're gonna make it count."
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ACLU demonstrators Oregon Lauded as Progressive Model for Reproductive Healthcare Reform
As Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed on Tuesday a law that bans state insurance providers from covering abortion, pro-choice advocates celebrated a bill signed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown that proponents are calling the nation's most progressive reproductive healthcare policy. "There is still work to be...
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Demonstrators in South Korea held a cartoonish illustration of President Donald Trump on Tuesday. 'Embarrassing' for US, Trump Defense of Neo-Nazi Rally Stuns People Worldwide
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) charged President Donald Trump with "embarrassing" his own country during a press conference on Tuesday—and the overnight evidence suggests he's exactly right. President Donald Trump's defense of last weekend's violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was met...
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Trump Inner-Circle Privately "Appalled" and "Disgusted." Publicly? Dead Silent
"What is more cowardly than dispatching anonymous sources to claim you're 'upset' while lacking the courage to just say so yourself?"
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"Senator, you suck!" yelled some in the audience at a Colorado town hall held by Sen. Cory Gardner. GOP Senator Drowned Out By Cheers for 'Single Payer' at Town Hall
When Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) took the stage at a scheduled town hall on Tuesday in Greeley, Colorado, he apparently didn't expect to be confronted by a crowd full of enthusiastic supporters of single-payer healthcare. "Just in general, the stuff Colorado stands for, I feel like Trump and...
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Mark Ruffalo joins Michael Moore as he leads his Broadway audience to Trump Tower to protest President Donald Trump on August 15, 2017 in New York City. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore Lead NYC Protest Against 'Absolutely Racist' Trump
On the heels of President Donald Trump's " unhinged " press conference Tuesday, filmmaker Michael Moore arranged for buses to transport the audience of his broadway show "The Terms of My Surrender" to Trump Tower to protest the president's defense of white supremacists and mourn the death of...
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
President Donald Trump has threatened to end cost-sharing subsidies to insurance companies, which allow many Americans to afford their health insurance premiums. CBO: Trump's Plan to Sabotage ACA Would Skyrocket Premiums
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Tuesday that premiums for many Americans would go up by 20 percent in 2018, should President Donald Trump follow through on his threats to stop paying the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing subsidies to insurance companies. The subsidies allow insurance...
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US President Donald Trump delivers remarks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. He fielded questions from reporters about his comments on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and white supremacists. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) 'This Is Sick': Unscripted and Unhinged Trump Reverts to Defending Neo-Nazis
David Duke among white supremacists thanking president for standing up for "the truth" on Charlottesville
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Flood in Florida Ignoring Threat of Rising Seas, Trump Eliminates Flood Risk Standards
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that reportedly eliminates flood-risk standards for federally funded public infrastructure projects—in a purported effort to expedite the approval process for projects such as highways and bridges, as part of his $1 trillion...
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Demonstrators marcked through Washington, D.C. and assembled in front of the White House, calling on Trump to protect young working immigrants. #DefendDACA: Nationwide Rallies Demand Protection for Young Immigrants
Immigrant rights advocates are staging protests in at least 40 cities across the country Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, ahead of a fast-approaching deadline that could mean an end to the Obama-era law. Tuesday marks the fifth...
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white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville Ahead of Charlottesville, Trump Cut Funds for Group Fighting White Supremacy
A few weeks before Heather Heyer was murdered and many others were injured after a coalition of hate groups gathered violently in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Trump administration—under guidance from trusted aides such as Katharine Gorka—revoked a $400,000 federal grant from a U.S. nonprofit...
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Hours After Trump Finally Denounced White Supremacists... A Racist Tweet
Critics call on president to stop engaging on "racial dog whistles" with far-right elements
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More than 200 people were indicted on felony rioting charges during anti-Trump protests on Inauguration Day Trump DOJ Wants Info on Every Person Who Visited Anti-Trump Protest Site
Decrying it as "investigatory overreach" and a "clear abuse of government authority," web hosting provider DreamHost is challenging a request it received from the Justice Department for information about visitors to a client's site used to organize protests against President Donald Trump on his...
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Midtown protests on Aug. 14, 2017 'Shame! Shame!': New Yorkers Surround Trump Tower to Protest President's Return
Protesters on Fifth Ave. in New York City shouted "Shame! Shame! Shame!" as President Donald Trump returned to Trump Tower Monday night for the first time since he took office in January. Thousands of people—and an inflatable rat designed to resemble Trump—filled the streets of Midtown letting the...
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"Take this horror moment that we're in and times it by 20, times it by 200. That's what's going on in every federal agency that's under his control every single day," Moore said Michael Moore: Don't Lose Sight of the 'Horror' Trump Inflicts Every Single Day
During an appearance on MSNBC 's "The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell" Monday night, filmmaker Michael Moore urged Americans to keep their eyes on the entirety of President Donald Trump's policy agenda, even as "our attention is rightly on what's going on in Virginia and around the country." "...
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U.S. President Donald Trump (C) delivers opening remarks during a meeting with (L-R) Wendell Weeks of Corning, Alex Gorsky of Johnson & Johnson, Michael Dell of Dell Technologies and other other business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House January 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 'Grandstanders': Trump Lashes Out as CEOs Pressured to Denounce Racism
The CEOs of some of America's largest companies are rushing to distance themselves from President Donald Trump following his failure to immediately denounce white supremacist violence —and the president is lashing out. Business leaders once hailed by Trump as geniuses were ripped as " grandstanders...
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Monday, August 14, 2017
White supremacist groups have been responsible for more homicides than any other domestic extremist movement in the past 17 years, according to a memo by the FBI and DHS. Federal Agencies Warned of White Supremacist Threat in May
A government intelligence report obtained by Foreign Policy shows that federal law enforcement agencies expressed concern earlier this year about the domestic threat white supremacist groups posed and would continue to pose. While President Donald Trump spent much of his campaign and the first six...
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"Thousands of people are sick, but there are not enough hospitals, not enough medicines, not enough clean water." As Yemen Cholera Cases Reach 500,000, US and UK Condemned for Complicity
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday announced that the number of cholera cases in Yemen had reached 500,000. "In backing this war with billions of dollars of arms sales and military support, the U.S. and the U.K. are complicit in the suffering of millions of people in Yemen." —Katy Wright...
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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Dems Demand Answers About FCC's Apparent Favoritism Toward Sinclair
As the New York Times published a scathing new report detailing how Sinclair Broadcast Group "is ridding itself of regulation" on Monday, three ranking Democrats on relevant House of Representatives committees sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman about his agency's...
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"While today's delayed words are welcome, they should have been spoken on Saturday. This unconscionable delay has undermined his moral credibility as our nation's leader," said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. 'Not Good Enough': Trump's Charlottesville Speech Slammed as Too Little, Too Late
" Not good enough ." " Insufficient ." " Too little, too late ." "It is a sad state of affairs when it's a news story that the president of the United States condemns racism and white supremacy." —Vanita Gupta, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights These were just some of the words...
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Industry pollutes US water supply Critics Condemn Trump Administration's "Assault on America's Water Resources"
Scientists and environmentalists are condemning the Trump administration for waging war on regulations that aim to preserve U.S. water resources. "The Republican Party is moving rapidly to become the party of dirty water." —Peter Gleick, U.S. National Academy of Science "Candidate and now President...
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Trump's Threats of Military Action in Venezuela Rejected Across Latin America
The Venezuelan opposition and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos have both joined the growing chorus of voices in Latin America warning the Trump administration against any possibility of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to four countries in Latin...
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A vigil is held in downtown Philadelphia on August 13, 2017 in support of the victims of violence at the 'Unite the Right' rally In Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. In Massive 'Outpouring of Solidarity,' Thousands Rally for Charlottesville
Thousands of Americans in cities across the country rallied Sunday night to denounce the racism displayed at the so-called " Unite the Right " rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, and to mourn the death of Heather Heyer , an activist who was killed Saturday during an anti-racist...
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Sunday, August 13, 2017
While Trump Equivocates on Charlottesville, Nationwide Rallies to Denounce White Supremacy
Hundreds of planned vigils and events will "mourn for the lives that were lost" and "honor all those under attack by congregating against hate."
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Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — There was nothing haphazard about the violence that erupted Saturday in this bucolic town in Virginia’s heartland. At about 10 a.m., at one of countless such confrontations, an angry mob of white supremacists formed a battle line across from a group of counter-protesters,...
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Heather Heyer, 32, was identified as the lone fatality in the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo: via Facebook) Proud Mother Says Charlottesville Victim Heather Heyer 'Was About Stopping Hatred'
Though there is much more to learn about the lone victim—identified by family and friends on Sunday as Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal from Virginia —who lost her life in the vicious attack in Charlottesville on a group of anti-racist demonstrators , the last public message she left behind...
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Saturday, August 12, 2017
Horror in Charlottesville: One Dead After Driver Plows into Anti-Racist Demo
Update: In a terrifying scene in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, the driver of a car appeared to intentionally slam into progressive demonstrators marching against a Klu Klux Klan-backed neo-Nazi rally taking place in the city. According to the Associated Press , at least one person was...
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Venezuela: Trump Threat of US Military Intervention "Madness" of US Imperialism
In response to comments from President Donald Trump that he wouldn't "rule out" a "military option" against Venezuela—currently embroiled in domestic political conflict as neoliberal forces challenge the socialist-led government of President Nicholas Maduro—the nation's top officials characterized...
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White Supremacists, Armed With Tiki Torches and Hate, Denounced at UVA
After a couple hundred white supremacists marched across the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville with store-bought Tiki torches Friday night, their rally descended into violence after fights broke out with UVA students and others who have also organized this weekend to oppose and...
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Friday, August 11, 2017
"Curbing advertising, taxing carbon, a basic income, and a shorter work week" can be part of a strategy of "planned de-growth." (Photo: Generation Grundeinkommen/flickr/cc) Universal Basic Income Needed to Break 'Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us'
As some tech giants throw their weight behind the idea of a universal basic income, one anthropologist says it's a key component of a strategy to break the "addiction to economic growth [that] is killing us" and the planet. Offering his views this week on BBC 's "Viewsnight," Jason Hickel, an...
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Trump's Profits at D.C. Hotel Show Clear Violation of Constitution, Lawmakers Say
Critics of President Donald Trump raised alarm on Friday regarding the profits he's made off the presidency, particularly at his hotel in Washington, D.C.—with lawmakers saying such profits bolster their case that Trump has violated the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. Government documents...
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Gov. Scott Walker has been pushing through a $3 billion dollar tax-payer funded deal to bring the Taiwanese company Foxconn to Wisconsin, with little transparency. Critics Wary of Wisconsin Gov. Walker's Plan to Push Through Foxconn Deal
Critics are raising doubts about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's plan to bring the Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to the state, by way of a $3 billion dollar investment to fund a huge new factory in the southeastern part of the state. While the project has been heralded as an example of Walker's...
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As the state of Nebraska stands poised to make a potentially life-altering decision about permitting this poisonous bitumen to be inflicted on its population Keystone XL Foes Vow to Put Their Bodies on the Line to Protect the Planet
As Nebraska's Keystone XL pipeline hearings came to a close on Thursday, Indigenous tribes and environmentalists vowed to put their "bodies on the line" to stop a project they have argued would be a "disaster for people, wildlife, and the planet." "As the state of Nebraska stands poised to make a...
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As US Bombs Kill More Afghan Women and Kids, McCain's Plan? More War
On the same day a bombing by U.S. military forces in Afghanistan reportedly killed 11 Afghan civilians, including women and children, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) offered up his proposal for "winning" the 16-year-long war in Afghanistan on Thursday by essentially calling for it to continue endlessly...
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With 142 deaths from opioid overdoses per day, drug policy experts have demanded that the government increase access to treatment instead of dealing with the opioid crisis as a law enforcement issue. 'Wrong Way to Go': Experts Warn Trump Opioid Declaration Could Revitalize Failed War on Drugs
Drug policy experts are critical of the praise that some have given President Donald Trump following his announcement Thursday that he would classify the opioid epidemic a national emergency. An emergency declaration regarding a public health crisis can put pressure on Congress to increase funding...
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According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, corporate profits are "near all-time highs." Wages for most workers, meanwhile, have been stagnant for decades. Corporations Complain Their Taxes So High, But New Study Busts That Myth
Corporate profits are up. Wages remain low. And, as always, the richest are angling for ever-lower tax rates.
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8 in 10 Americans Fear Nuclear War as Trump Says US 'Locked and Loaded'
New poll results released Friday, provided exclusively to Axios , show that more than 8 in 10 Americans are fearful of nuclear war breaking out between the United States and North Korea. And why shouldn't people be afraid? Early Friday morning, the president said the U.S. military is "locked and...
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) holds a news conference on H.R.1962, the 'Free Flow of Information Act of 2013', May 22, 2013 in Washington, D.C. More Than 60 House Dems Denounce Trump for 'Raising the Specter of Nuclear War'
"Trump must immediately cease talk of pre-emptive war—which must be authorized by Congress—and commit to the diplomatic path advocated by both American experts and the South Korean government." —Rep. John Conyers In a letter delivered to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday, 62 House...
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60 Percent Drop in Fines Shows Corporate Polluters Have Little to Fear From Trump
"President Trump campaigned on a promise of 'law and order,' but apparently law enforcement for big polluters is not what he had in mind."
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The report—based on contributions from over 450 scientists from around 60 countries—is the most detailed climate assessment that has emerged from a government agency since Donald Trump became president. Denier-in-Chief Trump Should Read NOAA's Frightening New Climate Report
With a climate denier in the Oval Office, a " fossil fuel puppet " heading the Environmental Protection Agency, and Big Oil lobbyists filling the ranks of secretive deregulatory teams, a new report by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed that 2016 was the hottest—and in...
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Donald Trump Analysis Shows Trump/GOP Sabotage to Blame for Coming Insurance Premium Hikes
In a report released Thursday, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans' recent actions on healthcare legislation will likely cause double-digit insurance premium hikes for millions of Americans in 2018. Amid repeated attempts by Republicans...
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President Donald Trump appears to have successfully convinced his supporters that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election. 'Slippery Slope to Dictatorship': Majority of GOP Would Back Trump Postponing 2020 Elections
Identifying it as part of the "slippery slope to dictatorship," critics are pointing to a new poll as evidence that Trump's base would likely support him even if he were to propose postponing the 2020 elections. Sixty-eight percent of voters polled by two researchers believed the president's...
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FBI Director Robert Mueller III testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a oversight hearing on Capitol Hill 70 Percent of Americans Think Mueller Should Be Free to Go After Trump's Finances
President Donald Trump has stated openly that his and his family's finances should be off limits to special counsel Robert Mueller—who is investigating possible collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia—but a new poll published Thursday shows that large majority of Americans...
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John Mecklin, editor-in-chief of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists—the organization that created the "Doomsday Clock"—denounced Trump's remarks as "about the stupidest and most dangerous statement I have ever heard an American president make. 'Negotiate, Don't Escalate': Demands for Peace as Nuclear Threat Looms
Following the " terrifying " exchange of threats between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a coalition of anti-war groups held an emergency rally outside of the White House Wednesday night to commemorate the anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki and "take...
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Why Was There a Huge Trump-Like Chicken Outside the White House?
A giant inflatable Trump-like Chicken appeared outside the White House in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday sparking widespread concern—but mostly laughter. According to the New York Daily News : The puffed-up poultry appears to be the same model that was created last year in China to celebrate the...
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Trump's Continued Silence on Minn. Mosque Attack 'An Outrage,' Says Rep. Ellison
President Donald Trump's continued silence following the recent bombing of a mosque in a Minneapolis suburb "is an outrage," Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said Wednesday. The explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., took place Saturday morning. While no one was injured...
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Asylum seeker crosses border into Canada Canada Builds Border Camp for Asylum Seekers Fleeing US
Canada's military has troops assembling heated tents that will be capable of temporarily housing up to 500 asylum seekers who continue crossing into the country where it borders New York State. "Around 250 asylum seekers are arriving each day in Montreal, the largest city in Canada's mainly French-...
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Mike Pence Pence's Indiana 'Cautionary Tale' for Privatizing Infrastructure Projects
President Donald Trump has proposed a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure with a maligned plan that partly relies on enticing rich developers into overhauling public services—a model lauded and previously utilized by Vice President Mike Pence, who has come under fire for road privatization...
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The White House and its corporate allies have undertaken a coordinated campaign to ensure the passage of a tax code rewrite that stands to fatten the pockets of the wealthiest. (Photo: Timothy Krause/cc/flickr) The 1% Is Organized and Coming for Its Tax Cuts. Is the Resistance Ready?
New details emerge of Republicans' effort to ensure that their bid to rewrite the tax code doesn't suffer the same fate as healthcare
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In a briefing on the opioid epidemic in the U.S., President Donald Trump depicted the crisis as a crime issue rather than one involving public health. Critics Slam Trump's 'Substance-Free' Plan to Address Opioid Crisis
While President Donald Trump's briefing on the current opioid epidemic in the U.S. on Tuesday was dominated by his aggressive threat to respond to North Korea's nuclear development program with "fire and fury," the president's comments on the opioid crisis were also met with concern by drug policy...
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Pastor Robert Jeffress participate in the Celebrate Freedom Rally at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on July 1, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Megachurch Pastor Says Trump Has God's Approval to Start Nuclear War
Comments by president's spiritual advisor sparks condemnation amid "fire and fury" threats against North Korea
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Donald Trump is making us all more unsafe with every war-mongering comment, tweet, and threat," reads a MoveOn.org petition 'Stop the Insanity': Demand Grows to Strip Trump of Nuclear Authority
The morning following his " fire and fury " remarks on Tuesday—which promised retaliation if the North Korean regime continues to threaten the United States—President Donald Trump took to Twitter to praise America's "powerful" nuclear arsenal, comments that intensified the groundswell of calls to...
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Protester holds sign about voting Trump DOJ's Latest Move Confirms "Worst Fears" About Voting Rights
Legal experts and voting rights advocates are raising alarms about a reversal in the Justice Department's long-standing interpretation of a federal law that dictates when and how states can purge voters from their rolls. Regarding the pending Supreme Court case Husted v A. Philip Randolph Institute...
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"Building on the success of two previous Resistance Recesses earlier this year, MoveOn members will be convening to hold GOP members of Congress accountable for their votes on healthcare repeal and speak out in support of Medicare for All," MoveOn.org said in a statement. With Resistance Recess, Groups Fight for Congress That 'Puts People Before Profits'
Summer recess began for members of Congress last week shortly following Senate Republicans' deeply unpopular and ultimately unsuccessful push to repeal the Affordable Care Act—but lawmakers shouldn't anticipate a restful vacation. "If Democrats want to win in 2018 and take our country back from the...
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Sane Voices Urge Diplomacy After 'Lunatic' Trump Threatens 'Fire and Fury'
"That this threat comes between the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki underlines the president’s dangerous lack of appreciation of the horror and evil of nuclear war."
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Protesters have frequently gathered outside the White House in recent months. After 200 Days of Trump, Poll Shows Base (Finally) Abandoning President
President Donald Trump's support has been on the decline since he entered office in January—but in a new poll from CNN, the president's popularity among his previously-solid base is shown to be crumbling. The newest numbers (pdf) suggest that even as Trump holds rallies in states that have been...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders 'Make Your Stand': Medicare for All Supporters Ready to Hold Dems to Account
"We're not going to accept no more hemming and hawing. No more game playing."
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The report came as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Manila meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who bragged to a state news agency that the U.S. and Australia have "considerably toned down" their criticism of his human rights record. Trump Embraces Duterte as Endless US War Expands in Philippines
News that the Trump administration is gearing up to expand the global war on terror into its eighth country, the Philippines, arrived on Monday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was pictured smiling and glad-handing with President Rodrigo Duterte, the nation's controversial leader...
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A new report shows that even if humans were to immediately halt carbon emissions, the earth's temperature would still rise over the next century due to irreversible damage that's already been done. Fearing Trump Censorship, Govt. Scientists Leak Alarming Climate Report
A leaked draft of an extensive federal climate change report is causing alarm on Tuesday—both because of its findings, which make clear that the U.S. is currently experiencing the effects of climate change, and because of statements by the report's authors, who say they're concerned President...
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If contractors are replacing soldiers and they are on the frontline they could kill or be killed, there could be kidnaps or insider attacks—what happens if they commit a crime or bodies have to be sent back; there would be a large number of legal complications," one official told the Financial Times. Blackwater Founder's 'Disturbing' Plan to Privatize Afghan War Gains Ground
As President Donald Trump vents his frustration with the United States' "losing" strategy in Afghanistan, the " notorious mercenary " and Blackwater founder Erik Prince has seized the moment to offer his favored alternative: privatize the war. "A private air force and a bombing app! From the people...
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Monday, August 7, 2017
Why on Earth Is Trump Attacking Nation's Nursing Home Population?
Proposed rule called "disturbing" new direction for federal agency which "should be protecting patients, not making it easier for facilities to harm them and cover it up."
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USDA Emails Show USDA Staff Told to 'Avoid' Term 'Climate Change' Under Trump
Staffers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) service responsible for helping American farmers with conservation efforts were instructed by top officials to avoid the term "climate change" shortly after President Donald Trump took office, according to emails (pdf) obtained by the Guardian...
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As US Inequality Breeds Oligarchy, New Report Details Pathway to Equity
Pervasive and growing inequality is corroding American democracy, and only ambitious solutions—including healthcare for all, a living wage, and the elimination of corporate money from the political process—will be sufficient to remedy the crisis. That is the conclusion of a new report published...
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Al Jazeera logo 'Brazen Attack on Media Freedom': Critics Blast Israel's Move to Ban Al Jazeera
As journalists and free press advocates continued to condemn the Israeli government's move to shutter Al Jazeera 's Jerusalem office and revoke its journalists' press credentials, the media network responded early Monday, denouncing "this decision made by a state that claims to be 'the only...
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