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Friday, May 26, 2017
In Face of TrumpCare 'Abomination,' New Jersey Latest State to Join Single Payer Push
If the building momentum for a single-payer or Medicare-for-All healthcare system wasn't already clear, developments this week should more than make up for that. Declaring that "healthcare is a fundamental human right" and TrumpCare is "an abomination," Democratic New Jersey State Assemblyman John...
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Beyond Trump, Campaigners Demand G7 Leaders Commit to Climate Action
Global leaders taking part in the Group of Seven (G7) meeting this week are being called upon to brush aside the anti-science recalcitrance of the Trump administration and take the lead in addressing the crisis of climate change. "The G7 states have played a major role in polluting our planet, but...
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Experts: US Still 'Needlessly Vulnerable' to Fukushima-Style Disaster
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) did not adequately account for safety hazards when approving certain upgrades to nuclear sites around the U.S., meaning the risk of a Fukushima-like disaster caused by a reactor fire is still high, according to an article published in the journal Science on...
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DAPL Photographer Cleared of Charges After Drone Footage Proves His Case
A Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protester and photographer was cleared of all charges Thursday after he was accused of endangering a police plane with his drone. Aaron Turgeon, also known as Prolific the Rapper, faced seven years in prison after he was arrested in October and charged with reckless...
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Jeremy Corbyn Praised for Denouncing Failed 'Global War on Terror'
Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Friday that "we must be brave enough to admit the war on terror is simply not working," and called for a "smarter way" to cut the risks of terrorist attacks. His speech in London comes as the U.K.'s general election campaigning resumes after the deadly bombing...
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Intensifying Cycle of Violence, US Strikes Kill Scores More Syrian Children, Civilians
Scores of civilians, including more than 30 children, have been killed in recent days as an escalated air assault led by the United States continues in eastern Syria despite warnings from the United Nations over the careless and indiscriminate attacks. An early morning airstrike in the town of...
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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0, "Dripping With Intolerance," Ruled Unconstitutional
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump's revised Muslim Ban, issued in March and lambasted by rights groups, is unconstitutional.
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Declaring FERC a 'Rubber Stamp for Industry,' Campaigners Disrupt Senate Hearing
Decrying the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as nothing but a "rubber stamp" for industry, a number of activists disrupted a Senate energy committee hearing Thursday on President Donald Trump's FERC nominees. "FERC'in nuts" was how E&E News reporter Hannah Northey described the...
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'From Laughable to Inevitable': $15 Minimum Wage Hits Congress
Answering the call from millions of underpaid American workers who for years have pounded the pavement demanding a living wage, progressive lawmakers on Thursday unveiled legislation in both the House and Senate that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, "reversing the growing trend...
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Anti-Net Neutrality Spam Victims Demand FCC Investigate 'Slander'
People whose names were used to spam the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website with anti-net neutrality comments are demanding an investigation into the identity theft. In a letter sent Thursday to FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, more than a dozen victims asked for the comments made under...
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The Mulvaney Doctrine: Sacrificing the Disadvantaged for Trump's Corporate Agenda
There's a new doctrine dominating policy decisions in Washington, D.C., and it sacrifices the poor, elderly, and disadvantaged at the altar of corporations and the ultra-wealthy. The Mulvaney Doctrine, as defined by watchdog group Public Citizen in a report (pdf) released Thursday, prioritizes...
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Rude Boy Trump Rebuked for Pushing Prime Minister Aside at NATO Summit
With a small yet telling gesture, U.S. President Donald Trump generated international rebuke and scorn on Thursday after video surfaced of him rudely pushing a fellow head of state out of the way during a photo opportunity at the NATO summit in Brussels. The clip shows Trump stepping in front of...
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New CBO Score Makes Clear: Trumpcare is 'Political Suicide' in Senate
As outrage continues to percolate over the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) score for Trumpcare—showing 23 million Americans stand to lose their healthcare and those who don't will be stuck with inferior, pricier coverage—advocates and activists are directing their ire toward the U.S. Senate,...
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Trump Empire Claims Tracking Payments Too Hard, Watchdogs Say Too Bad
Despite promising to donate whatever profits President Donald Trump makes from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury, it has been revealed that the president's real estate empire is actually not tracking those payments, which ethics watchdogs warn puts him in clear violation of the Constitution...
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8 in 10 People Worldwide Fear 'Catastrophic' Climate Change: Poll
A majority of people in eight countries say they are ready to change their lifestyles if it would prevent climate catastrophe, a survey on global threats released Wednesday found. The poll of 8,000 people in eight countries—the U.S., China, India, Britain, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, and...
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Election Eve Assault: Asked About Trumpcare, Then Comes 'Body Slam'
Republican candidate in Montana took reporter "by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground"
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Amid GOP Assault on Safety Net, Trump's HUD Secretary Says Poverty Mostly a "State of Mind"
Republicans want to slash the nation's social safety net, but that's apparently okay by some top Republicans because "poverty" is just in the minds of the nation's poor. Offering the latest evidence that the individual President Donald Trump chose to lead one of the nation's largest anti-poverty...
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CBO: Trumpcare Would Strip Coverage From 23 Million, Make It Worse for the Rest
The cruel and destructive bill known as Trumpcare would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 23 million, according to the revised Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score released Wednesday afternoon. "What a disgrace." —Sen. Bernie Sanders The GOP-controlled House passed the American...
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'Stop Trump... Save the Planet': Thousands March Against US President in Brussels
"Stop Trump. Save the planet." That was a key message of the thousands, if not tens of thousands , who marched in the streets of Brussels on Wednesday as U.S. President Donald Trump arrived ahead of a NATO summit meeting. #TrumpinBrussels Tweets "This protest march is directed against Trump and his...
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Longtime Advocate Has 'Never Seen More Energy' Behind Medicare-for-All
As lawmakers and the public awaited the Congressional Budget Office's score on the GOP's "horrific" Trumpcare bill, Congressional Democrats on Tuesday doubled-down on their call for a Medicare-for-All system to provide universal healthcare to all Americans. At a morning press conference outside the...
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Civilians Killed by US Largely Ignored as Endless Global War Continues
Contradicting a version of events presented by the U.S. military and reported widely by the corporate press, a human rights group and a journalist in Yemen are citing witnesses who said a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs on Monday night killed multiple innocent civilians and not just "Al Qaeda militants" as...
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Election Excitement Builds as Democrats Flip Two Red Districts
Two districts in New York and New Hampshire that voted for President Donald Trump on Tuesday elected Democrats to state seats, a promising signal that red areas are ready to be flipped as congressional special elections and midterms approach. In Long Island, Democrat Christine Pellegrino defeated...
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"It's Crap": The Trump Administration's Budget Is a Highway to Privatization
"Private companies should fund, build, and run more of the basic infrastructure of American life." That's how the Washington Post sums up a key tenet of the Trump administration's thinking on infrastructure, in an article Wednesday that outlines the White House's push to privatize "some public...
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Trump Praised Duterte's Drug War, Told Him of Nuclear Subs, in Phone Call
President Donald Trump told Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte that he was "doing an amazing job" with his brutal drug war crackdown and informed him that the U.S. had two submarines off the Korean peninsula, according to a recently-released transcript of the two leaders' phone call last month...
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Massive March on McDonald's Takes On "Donald Trump of Corporations"
Thousands are planning to march on McDonald's in Chicago on Tuesday evening, demanding $15 an hour and union rights from the fast food giant they've dubbed "the Donald Trump of corporations." #FightFor15 Tweets As Common Dreams reported, the march from Chicago's Trump Tower to the city's Rock N'...
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'You Can't Make This Up': Comcast Threatens Legal Action Against Net Neutrality Proponents
Open Internet proponents who have been fighting the Trump administration's rollback of net neutrality protections, which has been enacted at the bidding of the telecom industry, said Tuesday that Comcast is now threatening legal action saying the website Comcastroturf.com is infringing on its...
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Trump's "Manifestly Cruel" Education Budget Would Crush Kids' Dreams
As expected , President Donald Trump's budget calls for deep cuts to public education while bolstering school choice schemes, leading top education advocates to decry the plan as out-of-touch and " manifestly cruel to kids ." In line with the leaked document reported on last week by the Washington...
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Wikimedia Scores 'Important Victory' in Fight Against NSA Surveillance
A federal appeals court on Tuesday reversed a previous decision by a lower court that dismissed a challenge to the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance operations, scoring an "important victory for the rule of law." Tuesday's unanimous decision by the Fourth Circuit Appeals Court...
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Of Confederate Monuments, NOLA's Mayor Asks: "Is This Really Our Story?"
Last week, as New Orleans completed the controversial and long-awaited task of taking down Confederate monuments from its public spaces, Mayor Mitch Landrieu marked the occasion by delivering a speech that has since been lauded as " stunning ," " incredible ," " powerful ," and "a clear-eyed view...
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Intelligence Chief Refuses to Say if Trump Sought Help Rebuffing FBI Probe
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Tuesday refused to confirm or deny allegations that President Donald Trump had asked him to "push back" against the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Coats' testimony before the Senate Intelligence...
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Resurrecting 'Gilded Age,' Trump Budget Sacrifices All for Military and Ultra-Rich
President Donald Trump officially unveiled his budget on Tuesday and made clear that the candidate who rose to power with a promise to protect the downtrodden and working class had swapped that rhetoric for " hardline rightwing economics " that prioritizes military might and insulating the one-...
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'Trump, Listen!' Palestinian Protesters Rally as US President Sails Through
Palestinian activists rallied and demonstrated during U.S. President Donald Trump's brief visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday, calling for a "Day of Rage" to amplify the voices and demands of hunger-striking prisoners who have been protesting since mid-April. Trump met Tuesday with...
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Democracy Watchdog Turns Up Heat on White House to Answer for 'Illegal' Syria Strike
A watchdog group on Monday stepped up its efforts to get the Trump administration to answer for its military strike on Syria in April. The Protect Democracy Project filed a motion asking a judge to order several federal agencies to give expedited answers to the group's Freedom of Information Act (...
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Monday, May 22, 2017
With Children Among Casualties, Death Toll Rises in Manchester
Updated: As details begin to emerge of the victims, many of whom are known to be children or young adults , the death toll after Monday night's bombing in Manchester has now risen to twenty-two, according to officials. Fifty-nine people were injured in the blast. Manchester Police have announced...
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With New Leadership on the Way, Public Health Experts Demand WHO Take on Factory Farms
As the World Health Organization (WHO) prepares to select its new director general, public health, food, and science experts are urging the new leader to take action on the issue of factory farms and global threats they pose. In an op-ed published Sunday at the New York Times , Scott Weathers,...
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Pro-Democracy Activists Arrested at Pennsylvania Capitol Demanding Reforms
After marching 100 miles from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, a group of activists demanding that the Pennsylvania state government "get big money out of the political system" were arrested at the state Capitol on Monday for, as one observer put it , "chanting too loud." The March on Harrisburg...
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Enviros Brace for Trump Budget That Prioritizes Polluters Over People
Offering more evidence that President Donald Trump's budget is a multi-faceted blow to everyone but the one percent, the proposal to be unveiled Tuesday would reportedly slash funding for clean-ups at so-called Superfund sites—the vast majority of which are found in low-income neighborhoods and...
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Supreme Court Ruling Smacks Down North Carolina's Racial Gerrymandering
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled (pdf) Monday that race predominated the Republican redrawing of two of North Carolina's congressional districts. "This is a watershed moment in the fight to end racial gerrymandering," said National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) chairman Eric Holder, the...
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Flynn to Plead Fifth, Refuse Compliance With Senate Subpoenas
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Monday will plead the Fifth Amendment and refuse to hand over documents subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to news reports. Flynn will not give the panel documents detailing his interactions with Russian officials as part of...
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McDonald's Workers and Trump Resistance to Jointly Declare: "This Greed Must End"
Describing McDonald's as "the Donald Trump of corporations," workers and leaders in the Trump resistance movement are joining forces for a massive protest against the fast food giant this week. #Fightfor15 Tweets "Like Trump, McDonald's faces widespread charges of stealing from workers' paychecks,...
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Trump Official Praises Autocratic Rule: 'Not a Single Hint of a Protester' in Saudi Arabia
Putting a fine point on the spin that President Donald Trump's trip to the Middle East has been a glowing , peace-dealing success, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross praised the fact that there were no protesters in Saudi Arabia—a nation where political dissonance is punishable by death. Speaking to...
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Moving by Stealth or Blatantly, Texas Advances Discriminatory Bills
"The Texas lawmakers of the 85th legislative session are on the wrong side of history." So declared Chuck Smith, CEO of Equality Texas, on Sunday after state lawmakers voted to advance discriminatory legislation, moving forward two anti-LGBTQ bills that critics say are part of a "slate of hate" the...
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In Rallies Across Montana, Sanders and Quist Rail Against 'Un-American Healthcare Plan'
Indicating that hunger for a people's revolution continues to grow throughout the United States, thousands of Montanans packed rallies across the state this weekend to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) campaign alongside Rob Quist, a career musician who is running for the open U.S. House seat in...
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'Extraordinary': Trump Administration Seeks to Shut Down Lobbyist Ethics Probe
The Trump administration is attempting to squash an ethics inquiry into former lobbyists now working for government, according to the New York Times . Despite signing an executive order in January prohibiting former lobbyists, industry lawyers, and consultants who are hired as political appointees...
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Trump to Propose Massive Cuts to Safety Net in 'Utter Betrayal' Budget
President Donald Trump's first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and Social Security, among other safety net programs, according to new reports. The Washington Post wrote on Monday that the budget will include $800 billion in Medicaid cuts over the next 10 years...
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Sunday, May 21, 2017
Notre Dame Students Stage Walkout During VP Pence's Commencement Address
The former Indiana governor "has supported policies that have targeted the weakest and most vulnerable among us," said one student
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'Unconscionable' Arms Deal Inked, Trump Delivers Remarks in Saudi Arabia
A day after finalizing an " unconscionable " $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump on Sunday gave a speech in Riyadh to leaders of dozens of Muslim-majority countries—a "vast congress of dictators and cut-throat autocrats," as one analyst put it —in which he called on...
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
Rouhani's Election Win in Iran Chance 'For Trump to Chose Diplomacy Over War'
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani easily won his bid for a second term in Friday's election, securing 57 percent of the vote in a victory over his main challenger, the conservative Ebrahim Raisi. Raisi, who secured 38 percent of the vote, is "one of four judges who sentenced thousands of political...
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Trump Admin. Now Deploying Controversial Surveillance Tool in Immigration Crackdown
As the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans continue to push for a harsher immigration crackdown, new reporting reveals that FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents employed a controversial surveillance technology known as Stingrays to hunt down undocumented...
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Amid F-Bomb and Uproar, Dems Face Demands to Get Behind Single Payer
California Democrats on Friday kicked off their three-day convention with a " raucous start " in Sacramento, where a wave of single-payer advocates demanded the party work towards a system that makes healthcare a human right. The gathering comes amid growing momentum nationwide for a single-payer...
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Friday, May 19, 2017
Trump Told Russians "Nut Job" Comey Was Fired to Ease Pressure: Report
President Donald Trump characterized former FBI director James Comey, whom the president had fired just a day earlier, as a "nut job" to top Russian government officials during a recent Oval Office meeting, the New York Times reports on Friday citing an anonymous U.S. official who read from an...
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AT&T Strike Looms in 'Emblematic Fight Against Corporate Greed'
Tens of thousands of AT&T workers, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), are preparing for a three-day strike if the company fails to come to the table with "serious proposals that invest in good jobs with a future." With a 3pm ET Friday deadline, "The clock is ticking for AT...
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Trump Administration Lobbied to Ditch Climate Language from Arctic Declaration
Providing a disturbing look at how the Trump administration will insert its anti-climate agenda on global treaties and policy, the U.S. State Department last week aggressively lobbied the multinational Arctic Council to scrub language about global warming and renewable energy from its biennial...
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'Get Ready': Revised CBO Trumpcare Score, Due Wednesday, Could Trip Up GOP
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release its updated assessment of the GOP-passed Trumpcare bill next week—potentially causing more problems for the Republican Party, President Donald Trump, and the much-maligned legislation . "Get ready," Trump resistance group Indivisible wrote online...
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Global Study Shows Americans Dying from Preventable Causes at Shocking Rates
Americans are dying at a shockingly high rate from preventable causes, found a first-of-its-kind global health study published late Thursday. The new research demonstrates that despite the fact that the U.S. has the largest economy in the world, healthcare for many of its residents is woefully...
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#WalkOutND: Students Plan to Protest Pence Speech at Notre Dame University
Students at Notre Dame University are planning to stage a walkout during Vice President Mike Pence's commencement speech there on Sunday, according to ThinkProgress . An activist group at the Indiana university said they are planning the demonstration to show solidarity with LGBTQ, undocumented,...
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Sweden Drops Investigation of WikiLeaks' Assange, But Threats in US, UK Remain
Though Julian Assange 's advocates welcomed the news Friday that Swedish prosecutors dropped their seven-year investigation of sex crimes allegations into the WikiLeaks founding editor, they expressed continued concern over the threats he still faces from the U.S. and U.K.. "In order to proceed...
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As Trump Pushes Massive Saudi Weapons Deal, Yemenis Suffer from Cholera, War, and Famine
President Donald Trump will arrive in Saudi Arabia on Friday bearing a major arms deal for the Gulf kingdom, which observers warn will swiftly then be used against the people of Yemen, who are currently facing a deadly cholera outbreak, devastating famine, and two years of war that shows no sign of...
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GOP Proposes 'Draconian' Bills to Criminalize Millions of Immigrants
The Republican Party is proposing three draconian bills that critics say will turn millions of immigrants into criminals overnight, and also empower Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to enact mass deportations. The proposed legislation comes as ICE reports that President Donald...
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Lawmakers Chide Cable-Loving Trump for 'Peddling Fake News'
A group of lawmakers has expressed official concern over President Donald Trump's media diet . "We are concerned about the process by which you receive information," Democrats on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology wrote (pdf) to Trump on Thursday, describing the president as "...
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#ToryManifesto Reveals Plan to Control Internet and Disenfranchise Voters
In contrast to the U.K. Labour Party's progressive blueprint , Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled the Conservative Party's election manifesto on Thursday, sparking a wave of backlash over a pledge to create a new internet that would let the government control what gets posted online. "Some people...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Even With No Love from DNC, Sanders-Backed Montana Longshot Surges
Rob Quist, the once-longshot, banjo-strumming populist running for Montana's empty U.S. House seat, is giving Republicans a scare. On Thursday, Quist's campaign announced a startling $5 million fundraising haul that came from more than 200,000 individual donations over the course of 85 days. What's...
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Senator's Bill Would Punish DeVos for Screwing Over Low-Income Students
Outraged that a formatting mistake may cost disadvantaged Montana students their chance to earn a college degree, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has come up with a creative way to force Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to reconsider: Hold her salary hostage. Last month, the U.S. Education Department (DOE...
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Dems Ask Trump's Company to Prove It's Not Just Funneling Him Money
Senate Democrats said President Donald Trump's company could be "effectively a pass-through for income" that violates the Constitution's two Emoluments Clauses, and demanded that the Trump Organization hand over details about its operations since its chief took office. In a letter (pdf) to the...
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"Frickin' Illegal": Congressman Says Trump Has No Authority for Latest Bombing
In the wake of news that the U.S. military bombed forces allied with the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday, at least one member of Congress is voicing dissent by saying President Donald Trump has no legal authority to order such attacks. "The situation that led to today's...
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Trump Administration to Raid Public Ed to Fund School Choice Programs
The Trump administration is preparing to unveil a sweeping school choice plan that would be prioritized at the expense of student aid and debt relief as well as public education programs that help low-income children, according to news reports. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a wealthy...
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FCC Votes to Start Slashing Net Neutrality Protections
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under President Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon voted to begin slashing regulations protecting a free and open internet. "This doublespeak—the claim that every attempt to protect true free market competition from monopoly control is necessarily a...
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"More Peril Than Promise": Watchdogs Slam Trump's Plan for NAFTA Talks
Watchdog groups are sounding the alarm over the Trump administration's formal announcement to Congress on Thursday that he will relaunch negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer issued the official...
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'Orwellian' and 'Bizarre': Warren Skewers Mnuchin for Doublespeak on Breaking Up Banks
Calling his comments and attempted explanations both "bizarre" and "crazy," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) slammed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during a hearing on Thursday for backtracking on repeated promises by the Trump administration that it would support breaking up the big banks by...
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Hold Your Applause, Warnings Over the Pitfalls of Special Counsel Investigation
While many welcome the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Russia probe as a "first step," observers warn that it is not enough to guarantee an independent, impartial investigation nor to tackle the range of possible misdeeds by President Donald Trump and his team...
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'Fight to Save the Internet' Takes to Streets as FCC Votes on Net Neutrality
Update: As feared, the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday afternoon to begin the process of undoing open internet protections. Earlier: As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to vote Thursday to begin the process of repealing net neutrality regulations, the grassroots...
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Disgraced Fox News CEO, Right-Wing Architect, and Key Trump Ally Ailes Dead at 77
Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who changed American politics by injecting right-wing conservatism into cable news (and vice versa), has died at 77. The news was announced by his family; no cause of death has been reported. Citing two sources, New York Magazine national affairs editor Gabriel...
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Outrage Abounds as 'Unconscionable' Wisconsin Sheriff Takes DHS Job
Controversial Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke confirmed on Wednesday that he would be joining the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), prompting a chorus of outrage from those who say the cop who once compared Black Lives Matter to the KKK is unfit for the job. Clarke told a Milwaukee radio show...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Trump Wants to Cut Energy Dept's Renewables Budget. Big Time.
The Trump administration is weighing putting the Energy Department's budget for its renewable energy and energy efficiency program on the chopping block with a proposal to slash it by 70 percent. That's according to a draft 2018 budget proposal obtained by Axios . It shows $613 million for...
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Buried in Comey Memo Report: Trump Asked FBI Chief to Jail Journalists
Press freedom advocates on Wednesday slammed President Donald Trump over revelations that he had asked former FBI director James Comey to consider putting journalists in jail—a startling detail that was buried inside Tuesday's bombshell New York Times report that Trump had asked Comey to drop his...
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How Corporate Family Leave Policies Are Fueling Inequality
Some major U.S. corporations recently made headlines by creating relatively generous paid parental leave policies—but a new report out Wednesday shows that most companies only offer paid leave to their corporate employees, and short-change low-wage, hourly workers who would benefit from such...
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DOJ Inspector General Asked to Probe Sessions' Role in Comey Firing
Unwilling to let Attorney General Jeff Sessions off the hook amid the growing scandal over President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI director James Comey , a group of Democratic senators is demanding a probe into whether Sessions violated his vow to recuse himself from matters related to Russia...
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Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago
Two weeks ago, on a sparkling spring morning, we went trawling along Florida’s coastal waterway. But not for fish. We parked a 17-foot motor boat in a lagoon about 800 feet from the back lawn of The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and pointed a 2-foot wireless antenna that resembled a potato gun...
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Eco Groups: Trump's Interior Deputy Pick Is "Walking Conflict of Interest"
Scores of top environmental organizations on Wednesday sent a letter (pdf) to the Senate urging lawmakers to reject President Donald Trump's nominee for Interior Department deputy, energy lobbyist David Bernhardt, who the groups described as "a walking conflict of interest." Bernhardt's industry...
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'Today Is a Great Day': After 7 Years, Chelsea Manning Takes First Steps of Freedom
"Today is a great day!" That's the message from supporters of U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning , who on Wednesday, after seven years in military prison, is a free woman. "After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived," Manning said in a statement upon her release...
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Texas Democrat Calls For Trump Impeachment on US House Floor
Rep. Al Green, a Democrat from Texas, took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday morning to formally call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today with a heavy heart," Green said. "I rise today with a sense of responsibility and duty to the...
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'A Revolution': Philly DA Candidate Seeking to End Mass Incarceration Wins Race
Larry Krasner, the most progressive candidate in Philadelphia's seven-way Democratic primary election for District Attorney, won the race Tuesday in what supporters call "a revolution." Krasner ran on an unprecedented campaign to end mass incarceration and stand up for people's civil rights and...
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Nine Injured, Two Arrested in Protest Outside DC's Turkish Embassy
Nine people were injured and two arrested Tuesday during a protest outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., as President Donald Trump hosted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Witnesses said Erdoğan's bodyguards attacked protesters carrying the flag of the lefist Syrian political party...
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Michael Moore Aims to Dissolve Trump's "Teflon Shield" With "Fahrenheit 11/9"
The moviemaking team behind Fahrenheit ‪9/11 has reunited for Fahrenheit 11/9 , Michael Moore's latest documentary whose producers hope will "dissolve Trump's 'Teflon' shield and, in turn, his presidency." Weinstein Co.'s Bob and Harvey Weinstein acquired the film on Tuesday. The "11/9" of the...
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
'Comey Memo': Trump Impeachment Could Rest on Obstruction of Justice
The possible existence of memorandum penned by former FBI Director James Comey in the immediate wake of a meeting he had with President Donald Trump earlier this year is being treated Tuesday night as an explosive development if its version of events, specifically that the president asked the chief...
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EPA Asked for Public Input On Massive Regulation Rollback—and the Resistance Delivered
It turns out, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt's plan to gut environmental protections is wildly unpopular as a call for public comment amassed nearly 60,000 responses that ranged from simply "No" to passionate reminders that the "EPA is for the people." The public comment...
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Single Payer Success in NY as Medicare-for-All Bill Passes State Assembly
As the momentum behind Medicare-for-All continues to grow nationwide , New York's State Assembly on Tuesday was expected to pass a single-payer healthcare bill that puts the state light years ahead of the regressive GOP in Washington, D.C. The New York Health Act would afford all state residents...
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Watchdogs Warn New Bill Would Axe Corporate Liability at Public's Expense
Leading watchdog groups are opposing the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), which is set to be voted on in committee Wednesday, over fears that the bill would make it even harder for federal agencies to manage safeguards for workers, consumers, and the environment. #GoAwayRAA Tweets The RAA,...
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Ruthless Coal CEO, Blamed for 29 Deaths, Asks Trump Not to 'Punish' Executives
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was released last week from prison after serving one year for his role in a deadly mine explosion that killed 29 , and one of his first acts after being released was to appeal to President Donald Trump for more lenient laws to protect "frightened" coal...
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For First Time, More Voters Support Trump Impeachment Than Oppose It
For the first time, more Americans support impeaching President Donald Trump than oppose the idea, according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling. The poll , conducted in the wake of Trump firing former FBI director James Comey, found 48 percent in favor of impeachment and 41 percent against...
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FCC Anti-Net Neutrality Plan Sparks All Out Comment War, Bots Included
Rarely do the public comments made on a federal agency website garner so many headlines, but the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) plan to gut net neutrality protections has sparked an all-out war between Open Internet advocates and a pro-corporate bot—with a few additional bad apples...
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To Fight 'Surveillance Culture,' Activists Release Kid-Focused Privacy Toolkit
Privacy activists released a toolkit on Tuesday to help parents protect their children's information online. The Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy: A Practical Guide for Protecting Your Child's Sensitive School Data from Snoops, Hackers, and Marketers , released by the Parent Coalition for Student...
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'For The Many, Not The Few': Labour Manifesto Offers Blueprint for Global Left
The U.K. Labour Party's election manifesto, officially unveiled on Tuesday after a draft was leaked last week, could serve as a template for the left-of-center political sphere worldwide, columnist Owen Jones wrote for the Guardian . #ForTheMany Tweets "Labour's manifesto—unveiled today—is a...
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What's In the Transcript? There's a Way to Find Out What Trump Told Russia
Among the revelations in Monday evening's bombshell Washington Post report on President Donald Trump disclosing classified information to Russian diplomats is the fact that one U.S. counterterrorism official "called for the problematic portion of Trump's discussion to be stricken from internal...
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"Pay Trump Bribes Here" Projected Onto President's DC Hotel
An artist projected "Pay Trump bribes here" and "emoluments welcome" onto the facade of the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C, on Monday night, in protest of President Donald Trump's failure to divest himself from his business empire. The artist, Robin Bell, also projected the entire text of the...
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Monday, May 15, 2017
Forget Trump's "Law and Order," Agenda Offers Solutions for Making Policing Safe—and Fair
As President Donald Trump was vowing to "restore law and order," long understood to mean heightened police activity and mass incarceration, advocates of criminal justice reform on Monday published an alternative blueprint that would reduce crime and protect police—all while upholding individual...
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Trump Escalates Attack on Healthcare, Women With Rebranded and Expanded Global Gag Rule
President Donald Trump spent part of his first Monday in office following in the footsteps of other Republican presidents by reinstating the Global Gag Rule , officially known as the Mexico City Policy. The Reagan-era rule bars U.S. aid from going to international NGOs that offer abortion services...
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'Where Are the Tapes, Sean?': As Spicer Demurs, ACLU Requests Comey Records
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday requested that the White House hand over any records pertaining to President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI director James Comey amid investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. The ACLU filed a Freedom of...
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Trump's New Bank Regulator: Lawyer Who Helped Banks Charge More Fees
In the early 2000s, banks successfully sued to stop Iowa from limiting their ability to charge ATM fees to non-customers. They also fought off states’ attempts to stop them from charging non-customers to cash checks drawn on the banks’ accounts. In another case, they stopped California from forcing...
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Sam Clovis speaking at an early Trump campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa. Trump to Pick Conservative Talk Show Host for Top USDA Science Position
President Donald Trump is expected to pick Sam Clovis, a conservative talk show host who campaigned for Trump in Iowa, for the position of "chief scientist" as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), reported ProPublica and the Washington Post this weekend. "If the president goes forward with...
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