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Thursday, October 19, 2017
51 GOP Senators Just Voted To Cut $1.5 Trillion from Medicare and Medicaid To Give Super-Rich and Corporations a Tax Cut
The Republican budget, declared Sen. Sanders after its passage, "is not a bad bill. It's a horrific bill."
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Nationwide Vigils to Mark Solidarity With Sexual Assault Survivors
Capitol Hill vigil targets Education Secretary Betsy Devos's attack on Title IX protections while campus events speak to widespread problem
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Ahead of Senate Vote, Warren Lists Everything Wrong With GOP's 'Garbage' Budget
"The Republican budget tells us a lot about Republican values," says the Massachusetts senator
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Demand for 'Clean Dream Act' Grows as Trump Pushes Xenophobic Wish List
"By cancelling DACA, Trump has put 800,000 young people at risk of losing their jobs and being deported. This is beyond heartbreaking—it's cruel."
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'People Are Dying' But Trump Gives Himself Perfect '10' for Puerto Rico Response
"The lasting image of this administration may well be Puerto Ricans having to drink contaminated water from polluted streamswhile waiting for timely, appropriate federal aid."
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#ProtectTheArctic: Senate Battle Underway to Stop GOP From ANWR Drilling
"Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling won't balance the budget, but it will break the trust of the American people who object to a greedy few robbing us of our irreplaceable natural heritage."
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Billionaire Donor Tom Steyer Urges Local and State Leaders to Speak Out on Trump Impeachment
"Your constituents deserve to know they are represented by people who have the patriotism and political courage to stand up and take action."
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Concern of Progressive Purge as Bernie Wing 'Left in the Cold' at DNC
"This doesn't bring the party together. It deepens the divide at a time we need all hands on deck."
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butterfly in Germany 'Ecological Armageddon': Warnings From Scientists as Flying Insects Disappear
As new report shows flying insect population plunged by 76 percent, author predicts "our grandchildren will inherit a profoundly impoverished world"
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As $25,000 Unmet Promise to Family Exposed, Trump Told to 'Stop. Please, Just Stop.'
Already under fire for showing "disrespect" to family of fallen soldier, president urged to "at least pretend to know what empathy is."
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Sent to Destroy Sanders' Case for Democratic Socialism, Danish Right-Winger Bolsters It
Fellow at Peterson Institute, a regressive-minded think tank, concedes the many benefits of a nation that provides universal access to pre-school, healthcare, and college
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
devastation in puerto rico Despite Puerto Rico Disaster, Vulture Firms Relentlessly Seeking Billions in Debt Payments
Exposé details how firms are banding together to take money from Puerto Rico despite the island's $95 billion in hurricane damage...
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In Letter, Female Lawmakers Challenge Culture of Sexual Harassment in California Politics
"As women leaders in politics, in a state that postures itself as a leader in justice and equality, you might assume our experience has been different. It has not."
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Mnuchin Gives Away the Game: "It's Very Hard Not to Give Tax Cuts to the Wealthy"
" Guy who wrote Trump's tax plan says that the laws of math basically forced him to give rich people a huge cut."
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Alex Azar Trump Health and Human Services Warnings of 'Big Pharma Coup' as Trump Considers Drug Exec. for Health Secretary
"Trump has decided to cut out the middleman, and let a pharmaceutical executive literally run the health department."
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Documents Reveal Active U.S. Support of Indonesian Mass Killings in 1960s
While some describe the newly-released cables as showing the U.S. "stood by" as atrocities were committed, documents show American support amounted to active involvement
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As Trump Denies 17-Year-Old Abortion Access, Court Battle Exposes Broader Problem
As undocumented teen is held "hostage" by government officials, ACLU challenge exposes cruelty of administration's anti-choice policies
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Pruitt Threatens to 'Purge' Scientists Who Refuse to Be Fossil Fuel Puppets
EPA chief, warn critics, wants to remove members of advisory council "who tell us the facts about threats to our environment and health"
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Mother of Fallen Soldier Confirms Account of Call from 'Cold-Hearted' Trump
President's reported comment sparked firestorm of condemnation on social media, with critics calling remark "repulsive" and "detestable"
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Beware: Nearly Half of Voters Think Media Fabricate Anti-Trump Stories
Trump's anti-media crusade is working, with 85 percent of his supporters saying they distrust the press
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 #NoMuslimBanEver protest Ahead of #NoMuslimBanEver March, Federal Judges Block Trump's Latest Travel Ban
"Is anyone else seeing a pattern here? Muslim ban issued, courts strike it down."
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
To Halt 'Race to the Bottom' Bidding War, Community Leaders Issue Key Demands to Amazon
"We built these cities, and we want to make sure they remain ours."
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Carnage in Somalia Was 'Revenge' for Children Killed in US Raid: Report
Suggesting blowback, investigators say bomber may have had very personal reason for attack: the killing of civilians by U.S. forces earlier this year
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Stiffing US Taxpayers on 'Grand Scale,' Fortune 500 Holding $2.6 Trillion Offshore
"As Congress considers proposals to institute a near zero percent tax rate on profits booked offshore by multinational corporations, the findings in this report should give policymakers pause."
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Climate activists Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein Victory for 'Valve Turners' as Judge Allows 'Necessity Defense' for Climate Trial
"The whole planet will be inside a single courtroom the day this trial begins," says Bill McKibben. "It's a rare chance to explain precisely why we need to act, and act now."
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When the Victims Are in Somalia, Many Notice Coverage Double-Standard
'Why aren’t we all with Somalia today?' asks one critic of relatively quiet response to blast that killed more than 300 people in Somalian capital
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As Trump Critics Demand Diplomacy, North Korea Warns Nuclear War Could Be Imminent
A North Korean official told the U.N. that war could break out any time amid President Donald Trump's threats
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In Order to 'Save It' from Islamic State, City of Raqqa 'Comprehensively Wrecked'
With Syrian city recaptured from ISIS, charity group warns that the humanitarian crisis in the region is "rapidly escalating"
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Greenpeace protest sign Federal Court Dismisses RICO and Defamation Lawsuit Against Greenpeace
"These cases don't seek justice," says Greenpeace USA's general counsel. "They intend to silence free speech through expensive, time-consuming litigation."
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'Stop Fawning': Critics Say McCain's 'Jingoistic Revisionism' Nothing to Applaud
"McCain's speech was designed to flatter Americans with self-glorifying tales of exceptionalism and nobility. And of course, it worked."
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'Low As It Gets,' Says NBA Coach in Searing Takedown of 'Soulless Coward' Trump
"To lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers" is "beyond the pale," said San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich
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Monday, October 16, 2017
Scott Pruitt, Who Loved to Sue EPA, Just Made It Harder for Green Groups to Sue EPA
"The irony is that polluters don't even have to sue Pruitt to get what they want. They just pick up the phone and ask," says NRDC's John Walke
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Trump Revives Notorious GOP Dog Whistle in Call for 'Welfare Reform'
Like Reagan before him, Trump is deploying the infamous "welfare queen" myth to justify shredding the safety net
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'Outrageous': Admitting He Hasn't Called Soldiers' Families, Trump Lies Obama Didn't Either
While admitting he has yet to send condolences to families of soldiers killed in Niger two weeks ago, Trump falsely claims his predecessors failed to do so
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Pope Francis For Abandoning Climate Accord, Pope Swipes Trump on World Food Day
Pope Francis says addressing armed conflicts and the effects of climate change are "prerequisites" for ending global hunger
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Attorneys for Trump Accuser Subpoena All Materials Related to Sexual Assault Allegations
While Trump has launched criticism at Hillary Clinton and other Democrats for accepting donations from Harvey Weinstein, the president's own history of sexual misconduct could become part of a lawsuit against him
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Sebastian Kurz, seen here on Sept. 7, 2017, led his People's Party to apparent victory in Sunday's election. (Photo: Raul Mee (EU2017EE)/flickr/cc) 'Wake-Up Call for Progressives' as Far Right Surges in Austrian Elections
Far-right party head feels "vindicated by the fact that way more than 55 percent" of voters chose its platform
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Women's Group Issues Call to Action to Defeat Trump's Anti-Choice Agenda
National Organization for Women says the Department of Health and Human Services' new strategic memo is a "morally indefensible" attack on low-income, vulnerable women
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 Vice President Mike Pence at CPAC As Hopes for Trump Impeachment Persist, New Warnings of a President Pence
"Pence is the inside man of the conservative money machine," writes Jane Mayer for The New Yorker
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As Trump Moves to Slash Safety Rules, Oil Rig Explosion Leaves 7 Injured, 1 Missing
"Is it too soon to talk about oil rig safety & workers' lives?"
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'Robin Hood in Reverse': Sanders Blasts GOP Budget Ahead of Key Senate Vote
The Republican budget blueprint, writes the Vermont senator, is little more than a "gift to billionaires"
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Me too message Sexual Assault Survivors Break Collective Silence With Viral #MeToo Hashtag
In the wake of reports about Harvey Weinstein's alleged misconduct, victims of sexual harassment and assault are posting the two-word message
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Sunday, October 15, 2017
The death toll from the devastating blasts in Mogadishu has reached 276. (Photo: Reuters) Death Toll Climbs to 276 From 'Revolting Attack' in Mogadishu
"This is really horrendous, unlike any other time in the past," says doctor.
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Here's the Democrat Who Just Announced His Challenge to Hawkish Feinstein
Democracy for America says Californians "deserve two senators who will be relentless allies in their battle to stand up to the White House and take bold action on social, racial, and economic justice."
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Iran's Foreign Minister Rips Trump as Congress Faces Call to "Defend Diplomacy"
President Donald Trump's decertification of the nuclear deal widened the mistrust "between the global community and the United States," said Mohammad Javad Zarif.
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Saturday, October 14, 2017
Calif. Blazes Rage On With Dry, Gusty Winds Fueling More Potential Devastation
"This weekend's pattern appears nearly as dangerous as the one that pushed gale-force winds and parched air into California's wine country late Sunday night," wrote meteorologist Bob Henson.
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Multi-State Suit Targets Trump's "Reckless Assault" on Healthcare as Anger Flows
"This is sabotage, plain and simple," said California AG Becerra of the White House's decision to stop funding Obamacare's cost-sharing subsidies.
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Author Margaret Atwood, seen here in 2014, said Saturday that with the election of President Donald Trump, "It feels the closest to the 1930s of anything that we have had since that time." (Photo: Brattle Theatre/flickr/cc) Margaret Atwood: Rise of Trump Brings Echoes of 1930s Europe
Author made remarks ahead of receiving award for "political intuition and clairvoyance when it comes to dangerous underlying trends and currents."
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Friday, October 13, 2017
Journalists Express Concerns Over New York Times' New Social Media Rules
Some worry the guidelines could be "weaponized" by anti-press groups
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Iranian President Rips 'Delusional' Trump for Sabotaging Nuclear Deal
European leaders also slammed U.S. president's move to decertify the nuclear accord, which they said has been extremely successful
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To Halt 'Drift Toward War,' Sanders Urges Congress to Defend Iran Nuke Deal
Senator calls Trump's announcement to decertify agreement both "rash" and "reckless"
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Rights Groups Join Forces to Fight Trump's #LicenseToDiscriminate
Protesters denounced the Trump administration's attempts to use "religious freedom" to justify discrimination and limiting access to contraception
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'Strength In Numbers': NFL Player's Open Letter Urges Unity to Battle Divisive Trump
"I am convinced," writes linebacker Russell Okung, "that we will never make progress if we do not find a way to come together."
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Trump Becomes First Sitting President to Speak at Hate-Filled 'Values Voter Summit'
President touted religious freedom for right-wing Christians at annual anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT event
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'Recipe for Disaster': Trump's Betrayal of Iran Deal Nuclear Condemned as 'Reckless'
A coalition of organizations representing millions of Americans says the president's decision to decertify the accord will "set the stage" for war
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Secretary Ryan Zinke Zinke Ridiculed for Flying Special Flag When He Visits Interior Dept DC Office
"His Royal Heinous Sir Ryan of Zinke, clown prince of Interior, has an official flag that is raised when he appears at his departmental seat."
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When FCC Chairman Won't Condemn Trump's Threats Against Free Press: 'Worry'
"When it comes to defending press freedom from this president’s threats, this is mission critical."
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solar city Promoting Renewable Future, Solar Companies and Nonprofits Rush to Puerto Rico
Several groups and companies have launched initiatives to aid the storm-ravaged island's recovery and its long-term resilience
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'Sadistic' Sabotage: Uproar After Trump Declares End of Healthcare Subsidies
" Trump doesn't get that when he tosses a grenade into the healthcare system in broad daylight, we see who did it."
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Forget Trump, This Huge Volcano Could Literally Wipe Out Life on Earth
If only for a moment, this story is forcing many to put the current political chaos "into perspective"
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To Great Applause, Paris Announces Combustion Engine Ban by 2030
New goal would accelerate existing plan to do away with gas-powered cars and trucks
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With Restrictions Loosened and Increased US Bombings, Afghan Civilian Deaths Surge
Uptick comes as U.S. beefs up Afghan air force's fleet and "Mad Dog" Mattis loosens restrictions on strikes
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bob murray 'War on the EPA': How Fossil Fuel Industry Executed 'Hostile Takeover' of Key Agency
Must-see Frontline details how Trump administration handed over environmental protection to oil and gas interests
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Jeff Sessions immigration Human Rights Groups Shred Sessions for 'Fearmongering' Immigration Speech
The Attorney General's speech seen as latest attempt by the Trump administration to " falsely paint asylum seekers and refugees as threats and frauds"
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'Racist' and 'Outrageous' Jabs at Puerto Rico Earn Trump 'Hater-in-Chief' Label
Just a sample of today's response to "disgusting" early-morning tweet sent out by Trump
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With No End In Sight, California's Deadly Flames Called Climate Change 'Fire Alarm'
As nearly 200,000 acres burn after record-breaking heat this summer, the "head-in-the-sand president" slammed for his climate denial
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In Montana, Legal Battle Continues Against Trump's Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline
Court hearing this week represents "first airing of what are likely to be numerous legal challenges standing in the way of Keystone XL ever being built."
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The logo of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is seen on October 11, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images) 'Determined to Make America as Dumb as Him,' Trump Ditches UNESCO
State Department complains of mounting bills, "anti-Israel bias"
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IMF Says Higher Taxes for Wealthy Good Idea. And These Billionaires Agree.
A more progressive tax code, says International Monetary Fund, would both significantly reduce inequality and help grow the economy
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Trump Denounced for 'Cynical' Sabotage of Nation's Health System
Critics warn the president's executive order will "allow insurance companies to peddle low quality, junk plans" while driving up costs for the sick, putting the health of millions at risk
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Urging Diplomacy, China Warns Trump's North Korea Threats Could 'Backfire Bigly'
The Chinese Foreign Ministry demands an end to Trump's threats and name-calling
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'Path to War': Chorus of Critics Warn Against Trump Sabotage of Iran Nuclear Deal
Trump's decision to "decertify" the nuclear accord could result in yet another "devastating war of choice in the Middle East"
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In 'Disgusting' Attack, Trump Blames Puerto Rico; Says FEMA Can't Stay 'Forever'
"Trump is alternating between yelling at people saying he doesn't care about Puerto Rico and saying he doesn't care about Puerto Rico."
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Citing Dictatorial Tendencies, Critics Slam Trump for 'Madcap Threat' Aimed at NBC
While the president can't take away the network's ability to operate, former FCC commissioner calls ongoing attempts to intimidate journalists "chilling"
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A 2015 protest targets banks as climate change profiteers. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) 'Great News for the Climate' as Banking Giant Ditches Tar Sands, Arctic Drilling
Climate campaigners praise move by BNP Paribas, call on other banks to follow suit
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Donald Trump As Trump Pushes Massive Deregulatory Agenda, One Key Beneficiary: Donald Trump
"Trump's refusal to cede ownership of his businesses means the president can personally profit from gutting environmental, worker, health, and financial protections."
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bds protest ACLU Sues Kansas Over 'Unconstitutional' Law Barring Boycott of Israel
The law, part of a wider pattern of targeting the non-violent BDS movement, decried as "attempt by the government to silence one side of a public debate"
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Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders will square off next week to debate President Donald Trump's tax plan. This Should Be Fun: Sanders, Cruz to Square Off Over GOP's "Morally Repugnant" Tax Plan
Sen. Bernie Sanders has denounced the proposal for offering "billions in tax breaks to the wealthiest people," while Sen. Ted Cruz called it "incredibly encouraging."
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Poll: 2/3 of Americans Think Trump Threats Against North Korea Making Matters Worse
"It's scary," said one respondent of situation large U.S. majority say president is handling very poorly
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As GOP Pushes Windfall for 1%, Three-Fourths in US Support Higher Taxes on the Rich
Despite Trump's claims, his tax plan holds major benefits for the wealthy and few for the middle- and lower-class
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B-1B Lancer bombers flanked by Japan Air Self Defense Force F-2 fighters With Bomber Flyover, Trump Denounced for 'Trying to Provoke War' With North Korea
Trump "is trying to provoke war to not be the aggressor," says one observer
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On-the-Ground Reports Destroy Trump's Sunny Portrayal of Puerto Rico Recovery
Relief volunteers say they are witnessing the "harsh reality of a woefully inadequate government response"
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Scott Pruitt Trump EPA's 4-Year Strategic Plan Doesn't Mention 'Climate.' Not Once.
"This wasn't an oversight, this is a deliberate strategy by this administration."
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Instead of Promised Debt Relief, Trump Pushes More Loans on Devastated Puerto Rico
"Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria must be driven by direct aid and debt relief, not more loans and austerity."
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Tillerson 'Moron' Comment Followed Trump's Call for Massive Nuclear Buildup: Report
President's call for tenfold increase in nuclear arsenal, say critics, would violate treaties, inflame tensions, and initiate new global arms race
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Sanders: To Lift 'Outrageous' Burden of Student Debt, Time for Tuition-Free College for All
"Each and every American must be able to get the education they need to match their skills and fulfill their dreams."
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In 'Orwellian' Press Briefing, Huckabee Sanders Defends Trump's Repeated Tax Rate Lie
Since announcing his 2016 presidential run, Trump has been incorrectly claiming at rallies and in interviews that Americans pay the highest tax rates in the world
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As Trump Carves Path of Destruction, Nader Asks Obama: Where Are You?
While list of programs and rules under attack grows, a call for former president to fight back against "Trump-led assault on our weakening democracy"
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Despite GOP Dereliction, Warren Vows to Fight for Program That Insures 9 Million Kids
While Congress delays, impoverished children and pregnant women nationwide will soon start losing access to necessary healthcare
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Trump Visit to Korean DMZ Called "Extremely Dangerous Idea"
"The image of him narrowing his eyes to stare across the DMZ. It is tweeting by another means."
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Intensifying Outrage Aimed at Harvey Weinstein, New Report Includes Rape Allegations by Three Women
"The only way to change anything is to make sure there is nowhere for the Weinsteins to hide."
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Bolstering Case for Impeachment, Study Concludes Trump 'Likely Obstructed Justice'
A detailed analysis finds "substantial" evidence to support claims that Trump attempted to undermine an ongoing investigation by firing former FBI director James Comey
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plaintiffs Court Awards Fukushima Residents Measly $3,200 for Nuclear Disaster That Made Area Unlivable
Japanese government and TEPCO ordered to pay only fraction of damages sought
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ESPN Denounced for 'Despicable Attempt to Silence' Journalist Jemele Hill
"By choosing to ban its reporters' opinions, ESPN is making an explicitly political decision to side with the Trump administration on the wrong side of history."
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) To Oust "Hawkish, Centrist" Feinstein, Progressives Push for Primary Challenge
"After 47 years in elected office and 25 years in the Senate," Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) says, "she continues to cling to office as a voice for the status quo."
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Wildfires California 'An Inferno Like You've Never Seen': Deadly Wildfires Ravage California
The "unprecedented" fires, fulfilling predictions of climate scientists, have forced tens of thousands from their homes
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Monday, October 9, 2017
As Pruitt Calls for End of Incentives, Trump Intensifies 'War Against Wind and Solar'
'I guess the war on wind and solar starts now. Good luck with that.'
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'Disgusting': Despite Dire Needs in Puerto Rico, Trump Lets Jones Act Waiver Expire
Critics say lifting the shipping rule would allow Puerto Rico to have supplies delivered urgently without incurring huge costs
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In States and Cities, Celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day Continues to Spread
"That the colonization of the Americas made possible by Columbus was both cruel and tragic is not a matter of debate. The history is settled."
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Climate Groups Vow to Fight in Court and Streets as Trump EPA Pulls Plug on Clean Power Plan
"If you want to protect your citizens, it's time to take action yourselves because the Trump-Pruitt EPA has shown it's more interested in protecting polluters than the health of Americans."
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