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Monday, October 23, 2017
Sen. Lindsey Graham 'Didn't Know' About Niger? He Should Read More Nick Turse, TomDispatch, and Common Dreams
What U.S. Senators Don't Know (and Neither Do You) About What the Pentagon Is Doing in Africa
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Shows How Incredibly Annoying It Is to Call Equifax
Why is it so hard for consumers to freeze their own credit? That's a question the senator would prefer we wouldn't have to ask.
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Government Study Confirms $7.25 Minimum Wage Is Poverty Trap for Millions of Americans
The $7.25 federal minimum is "a starvation wage that is not enough to keep working families out of poverty," argued Sen. Bernie Sanders
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Electric Cars and Surging Solar Spell Market Doom for Fossil Fuels
Analyses show how demand for electric vehicles and rapidly falling renewable energy prices could take down oil and gas industry
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Have You Seen These Prototypes for Trump's "Ridiculous" Border Wall?
Will lowly competition between these proposals for Trump's "stupid, dumb" border wall be the most Americans ever see of it?
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Harry Belafonte, seen here in 2010, said Friday that Hitler-like times are "not too far from our door." (Photo:  The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights/flickr/cc) With Trump, Warns Belafonte, Echoes of Hitler 'Not Too Far From Our Door'
Legendary artist and activist says "the nation is at the crossroads of probably our most challenging moment in history."
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As Big Banks Meet, #DivestTheGlobe Demands Rejection of Fossil Fuel's Dead End
"They have a moral obligation to listen to us," says one community organizer, "to invest in sustainable energy projects which bring lasting growth and jobs not built on dying industries like coal and oil."
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As Trump 'Hysterics' Continue, US Moves to Put Nuclear B-52s on 24-Hour Alert
The Air Force's steps to prepare nuke-armed bombers to "take off at a moment's notice" are unnecessary and reckless, critics said
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Myeshia Johnson Trump Attacks Soldier's Widow After She Confirms President's Hurtful Call
Myeshia Johnson, whose husband was killed in action, said details made public last week were "not fabricated" and that Trump's tone was upsetting
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Sanders Confirms He'll Remain Independent for 2018 Re-election Run
"That's what I've been doing for a long time and that's what I'll continue to do."
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'Blatant Censorship': Trump EPA Abruptly Muzzles Its Own Climate Scientists
EPA's move to cancel researchers' presentations at upcoming conference slammed as "abuse of power"
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Sunday, October 22, 2017
Gold Star Father Rebukes Kelly for Treating Soldiers' Deaths As 'Political Football'
"Former General Kelly indulged in defending the behavior of the president and made the situation even worse," said Khizr Khan
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Following Outcry by Human Rights Groups, Mugabe Removed as WHO Ambassador
"Sanity restored," but Human Rights Watch calls for WHO to go further in fighting corruption in healthcare
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Saturday, October 21, 2017
Ordering Search for Sponsor, Appeals Court Further Delays Jane Doe's Fight to Have An Abortion
While the government acknowledges the girl's constitutional right to an abortion, it's barring her from the procedure simply because it refuses to "facilitate" an abortion for the 17-year-old
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Half a Million March in Massive Uprising Against Spanish Plan to Overtake Catalonia
Catalans poured into the streets of Barcelona Saturday following the Spanish prime minister announcement that he would move to take control of their region
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Friday, October 20, 2017
Under Trump, Brags Mike Pompeo, CIA Will Be 'Much More Vicious Agency'
Trump "has promised that he will have our backs," says CIA head
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Because Paris Deal Not Nearly Enough, European Climate Kids File Suit
"Whether we like it or not, we are going to be the main ones affected by the consequences that climate change entails."
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Demand for 'Just Recovery' Battles 'Shock Doctrine' in Puerto Rico
Elizabeth Yeampierre and Naomi Klein detail what a "Puerto Rico recovery designed by Puerto Ricans" looks like
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'The Next Big Fight Begins': Groups Mobilize to Stop 'Grotesque' GOP Tax Cuts
"If enough of us raise our voices, we can make sure that the public learns what's really in the GOP bill and how it will hurt families around the country."
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#JusticeForJane rally #JusticeForJane: Abortion Rights Activists Rally as US Govt Holds Teen 'Hostage'
"What this administration is doing to Jane is what they'd do to every woman in this country if they could," says advocate as government attempts to block teen from having procedure
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Senate Republicans (and One Democrat) Team Up to Open Arctic to Big Oil Plunder
"Sacrificing our public lands and waters to benefit the oil and gas industry is both environmentally and fiscally irresponsible."
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Taking 9 Million Lives Per Year, Pollution Bigger Killer Than War, Tobacco, and Various Diseases Combined
New Lancet Commission spotlights "profound and pervasive threat that affects many aspects of human health and wellbeing."
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Trump Pardon Does Nothing To Make Sheriff Arpaio Less Guilty, Says Judge
In ruling, federal judge notes that Arpaio's acceptance of the pardon amounts to an admission of guilt
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Full Moon Protest for Trump as Lone Wolf Demonstrator Targets Presidential Motorcade
Among the journalists who witnessed the event, one noted "it was a full moon"
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flooding in Texas "Absolutely Unconscionable': In Post-Harvey Texas, No Relief Funds for Critics of Israel
Called an "egregious violation of the First Amendment" by the ACLU, Texas city won't approve hurricane relief grantees who participate in non-violent boycott over Israeli government's crimes and abuses
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'Hypocritical BS': Critics Slam Establishment's Applause for 'War Criminal' George W. Bush
"The Iraq War was worse than anything Donald Trump has done (so far)."
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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, center, with fellow Republican leadership on Capitol Hill. 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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