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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Report Details Huge Cost of Childbirth in United States, Unheard of In Most Industrialized Countries
"Why any society should let anyone be bankrupted by medical bills is beyond me, frankly. It just doesn't happen in other western democracies."
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President Donald Trump Best at Winning Disapproval: Trump's First Year Breaks Record for Lowest Approval Rating Ever
"It's been a very tough freshman year for President Donald Trump, by any measure."
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"Your Silence and Amnesia Is Complicity": Booker Blasts Nielsen for "Shithole" Memory Failure
"When the commander in chief speaks or refuses to speak, those words don't just dissipate like mist in the air. They fester. They become poison. They give license to bigotry and hate in our country."
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Targeting 'Inner Circle,' Mueller Subpoenas Ousted Trump Strategist Steve Bannon
First time Mueller has targeted someone this close to the president
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LGBTQ Groups Slam Trump Education Dept for Refusing to Protect Rights of Transgender Students
Advocates call of individual schools and districts to protect transgender students as Office of Civil Rights claims it's not responsible for discrimination cases
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DHS Secretary Testifies She Has Bad Memory When It Comes to "Tough Language" Trump Used
Head of DHS, Kirstjen Nielsen, said she remembers "tough language" being used but says she doesn't remember Trump categorizing African nations in any specific way
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Mar-a-Lago 'Presidency for Sale': Report Details Big-Buck Spending by Influence Seekers at Trump Properties
"Business is booming at the Trump International Hotel in D.C., not because of the décor, but because corporations and foreign governments want to curry favor with the president."
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'Only Hours Left' to Stop Senate From Giving Trump Expanded Warrantless Spying Power
"Every member of Congress is going to have to decide whether to protect Americans' privacy, and shield vulnerable communities from unconstitutional targeting, or to leave unconstitutional spying authority in Trump's—and Jeff Sessions'—hands."
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Amid Relentless Trump-GOP Attack on Healthcare System, 3 Million People Lost Insurance in 2017
Low-income households were among those whose coverage rates fell furthest last year
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Sanders and Trump Very Unpopular Trump Reportedly Thinks Extremely Popular Sanders Would Be 'Easy to Beat' in 2020
A White House insider says the president is "always asking people, 'Who do you think is going to run against me?'"
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After Living in US for 30 Years, Man Being Ripped from Family's Arms Latest Look at Trump's America
"If Jorge isn't safe, no one is safe."
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'Pressure Is Working': Senate Just One GOP Vote Away From Passing Bill to Save Net Neutrality
Voters "want us to be on the side of ordinary people, not with the big special interests," said Sen. Ed Markey, who introduced the legislation
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Monday, January 15, 2018
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation, and Apartheid South Africa
On December 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London.
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Golf, But No Public Service for Trump on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
"While the people celebrate #MLKDay and all that Dr. King stood for, our "leader" will be celebrating himself. Let that sink in."
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Inmates Launch Month-Long Strike to Protest 'Slavery Conditions' in Florida Prisons
Florida is one of five states that don't pay prison inmates for the work they complete while incarcerated
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'Stunned' By GOP Denials, Durbin Stands By Account of Trump's Racist 'Shithole' Remark
"I know what happened. I stand behind every word that I said."
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Alvin Turner U.S. Politicians and Public Criticized for 'Whitewashing' King's Legacy
"MLK is celebrated only by ignoring and deleting his core beliefs: that real social progress was impossible without ending imperialism, militarism, and economic inequality."
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With Rapidly Falling Prices, Renewables Set to Outcompete Fossil Fuels by 2020
"These cost declines across technologies are unprecendented and representative of the degree to which renewable energy is disrupting the global energy system."
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World 'At the Very Edge' of Nuclear War, Warns Pope
Warning follows Pope Francis's call for nuclear weapons to be banned.
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To Save Oceans and Planet, Greenpeace Backs Plan to Create Largest Protected Area on Earth
"We are in desperate need for governments to come together and do what is best for these amazing ecosystems."
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Will Ajit Pai's FCC Probe into Hawaii False Alarm Expose Role Telecom Giants Played in Blocking Emergency System Upgrades?
Pai's claim that lack of "safeguards" is responsible for the false alert comes as he is working to dismantle rules safeguarding the internet from corporate manipulation
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'Damn Your Money!': Abbas Slams Trump for Using Refugee Aid as Cudgel
"Shame on you," says leader of Palestinian Authority to U.S. president
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Beyond Morally Right, Sanders Says, Fighting Global Oligarchy a "Strategic Geopolitical Imperative"
"Taking on the greed of Wall Street, the power of gigantic multinational corporations and the influence of the global billionaire class is not only the moral thing to do—it is a strategic geopolitical imperative."
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Insulated by GOP Sycophants, Overtly Racist Trump Claims He's 'Least Racist Person'
Two GOP senators who previously claimed they didn't recall president's "shithole" remarks have now shifted their position to outright denial
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Sunday, January 14, 2018
SHITHOLE: The Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC BLOWBACK: Shit Hitting the Fan at Trump's Shithole Hotels
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said last week
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Chelsea Manning: Whistleblower, Activist... Senator? Confirmed: Chelsea Manning Running in Maryland's Democratic US Senate Primary
"Yup, we're running"
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Saturday, January 13, 2018
This is Not a Drill OOOPS: 'Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound to Hawaii...This is Not a Drill'
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard tweeted that it was a false alarm.
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Friday, January 12, 2018
World Leaders Denounce Trump's "Reprehensible and Racist" Insult to Haiti and African Countries
"This is not just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening up humanity's worst side."
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GOP Tax Scam Loophole Would Let Corporations Reap Billions More in Tax Avoidance
Harvard analysis shows that Apple alone could save more than $4 billion a year unless Treasury and IRS fix rules
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Caricature of President Donald Trump. Citing 'Reasonable' Concerns, Health Experts Say Trump Physical Should Include Neurological Exam
"The health of the President relies on it—as do American lives and the safety of our nation"
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Wish I Voted for Sanders, Says Laid-Off Carrier Worker Duped by 'Con Man' Trump
"He's a pure and simple con man, he's a rich elite, and I'm sorry people bought into his message. He sold us a bag of shit, and now we're stuck with it."
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"Mr. President, Are You A Racist?" Trump Asked After Signing MLK Jr. Declaration
"Mr. President, did you refer to African nations as 'shitholes'?" queried another reporter after the signing.
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Calling Out Trump Denial, Durbin Confirms President Said 'Those Hate-Filled' Words 'Repeatedly'
"To no surprise the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. It is not true," said the Illinois senator.
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Amid Protest Threats, Critics Mock Trump's Factually Inaccurate Reason for Canceling UK Trip
"Real reason for cancellation: Trump would have been first U.S. President to get more protesters in London than attendees at his inauguration."
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New Report on Radioactive Tap Water Renews Concerns About Trump Nominee for Top Environmental Role
Critics are challenging Trump's "outrageous" and "alarming" move to renominate the former head of a Texas environmental agency who has admitted to falsifying reports of radiation levels in drinking water
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Viral Video of Hospital Dumping Woman Into Freezing Cold Stirs Demand for 'Medicare for All'
"Attempted murder" is how one analyst described the medical center's decision to leave an incapacitated young woman at a bus stop in frigid weather
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
#ShitHoleDon Captures Disgust After Trump's Racist "Shithole Countries" Remark
"We can now we say with 100% confidence that the President is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence."
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Taking Short Break From Denouncing Trump Authoritarianism, House Dems Join With GOP to 'Violate the Privacy Rights of Everyone in United States'
"Democratic leadership in the House—who say that Trump is currently abusing his power to go after his political enemies—just helped him pass dangerous domestic surveillance powers."
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After 16 Years Without Trial, Guantánamo Inmates and Rights Groups Demand End to 'Unconscionable' Imprisonment
Challenging their detention, prisoners argue Trump's pledge to keep them there indefinitely is unconstitutional and based on his "suspicion of and antipathy toward Muslims"
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Walmart Pulls 'Diabolical' and 'Devious Two-Step' By Pairing Wage Hikes With Mass Layoffs
"Politics at its most cynical" is how one analyst described Walmart's attempt to claim wage hikes were a result of the GOP tax plan
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Trump sign Former Nuclear Launch Officers Warn Congress: Trump Should Not Have 'Absolute Power to Destroy Nations'
"We and our nation cannot abide being hostages to the mood swings of a petulant and foolish commander-in-chief."
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Dutch Reporters Offer Master Class By Refusing to Let Trump Official Tell 'Blatant Lies'
"This is the Netherlands, you have to answer questions."
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Arrest of Prominent Immigration Rights Activist Sparks Uproar, Protests in New York City
"A longtime New Yorker, a husband and a father, Ravi is beloved by all of us who have had the privilege of working with him to make New York a welcoming community for all of its residents. The fact that ICE has taken him as if his spirit, family ties and contributions to the community mean nothing...
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Europe Warns Trump: Any Move to Scrap Iran Nuke Deal Will 'Send a Dangerous Signal to the World'
"Unity of the international community is essential to preserve a deal that is working, that is making the world safer, and that is preventing a potential nuclear arms race in the region."
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Ad for town hall 'Going Outside Traditional Media,' Sanders to Stream National 'Medicare for All' Town Hall With Digital Outlets
The senator and his partners will "do what cable channels and network news will not" and live stream an in-depth discussion about how the United States could transition to a single-payer healthcare system.
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House Votes Down Crucial Amendment Designed to Halt NSA Warrentless Surveillance of Americans
"The Fourth Amendment does not have an asterisk that says our intelligence agencies don’t have to follow it."
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Privacy Advocates Urge House to Vote Against Unconstitutional Warrantless Spying Renewal
Reauthorization of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments would allow the NSA to monitor American citizens who are simply mentioned in communications the agency has collected
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immigrant protesting Immigrant Advocates Denounce GOP Efforts to 'Sabotage' DACA Fix With Far-Right Wish List
Critics of a new Republican-sponsored House bill are urging lawmakers to "get back to work" on possible "bipartisan breakthrough" while pressuring Democrats to resist attempts to position Dreamers as "bargaining chips"
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'Nobody Here Talks About Her,' Claims Conway as Trump Talks About Hillary Clinton, Like, A Lot
As Russia probe increasingly gives rise to concerns about obstruction of justice, the president continues to bring up his 2016 rival Hillary Clinton
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Trump Launches 'Truly Savage' Attack on Medicaid By Pushing Work Requirements
"This is just the latest in Trump and Republicans' relentless assault on Medicaid and the broader set of federal programs people rely on. And it's a sign that there is likely more to come."
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
7-Eleven 'Unnerving': ICE Agents Carry Out Raids at Nearly 100 7-Elevens Across Nation
Top immigration official warns the blitz is "a harbinger of what's to come"
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Arguing Before Supreme Court, Rights Advocates Take Aim at Ohio's 'Illegal' Voter Purges
"If the court sides with Ohio, you'll see more red states making it easier to drop people from the voter registration rolls," one election expert argued
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Rising Concerns About Nuclear War as Trump Prepares to Loosen Constraints on Weapons
"We are flirting with unacceptably high risks that carry catastrophic consequences for the country and the world. No one can afford to not take Trump's threats seriously."
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'Tide Is Turning': Cheers Erupt for NYC's Suit Against Fossil Fuel Giants and Divestment
"We are taking the largest action by any city to confront the growing climate crisis and demonstrate the leadership necessary to win this fight against fossil fuels and the damages they've caused."
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As Florida Gets Drilling Exemption, Former WH Ethics Chief Accuses Trump of Creating 'Banana Republic'
"If it looks to you like the administration is using federal policymaking as a campaign tool, you're not alone."
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Prominent Birther Conspiracy Theorist Trump Says 'Look at Libel Laws' on Top of 2018 Agenda
"This from the birther guy!"
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'They Thought No One Would Notice': WH Transcript of Immigration Meeting Omitted Trump's Endorsement of 'Clean' DACA Fix
"Based on this, it's legitimate to question what other federal records they may have falsified when no one was looking."
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fire New Report Reveals Trump's Year of Systemically Censoring Climate Crisis
"The frightening long-term consequence of such censorship is that we may have fewer scientists working on one of the most complex and urgent scientific problems of our time."
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New Analysis Shows Federal Marijuana Legalization Could Raise $130 Billion, Add 1 Million Jobs by 2025
In addition to putting dent in failed 'War on Drugs,' legalization could put hundreds of thousands of people to work and generate billions in revenue
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Collins Comes Aboard, But Six Senate Democrats Still Missing on Net Neutrality
"The public has spoken. Lawmakers who stick their heads in the sand on this issue will pay the price at the polls."
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DACA protest DACA Immigration Protections Must Continue for Now, Judge Says
While the ruling provides temporary relief as debates in Congress continue, advocates wary of long legal and legislative battles ahead
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'Victory for Democracy' as Court Rules Against North Carolina Gerrymandering
"Partisan gerrymanders are quite simply undemocratic," declared one of the advocacy groups leading the legal challenge against North Carolina Republicans
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Ouster of 'Sloppy Steve' Leaves Breitbart Bannon-Less
"God, I can't believe the whole movement just collapsed on this guy. He's done," a source close to the White House told Axios
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In Latest Betrayal of 'Drain the Swamp' Mantra, Trump Calls for Return of Pork Barrel Politics
Despite frequent derision of Washington as a corrupt "swamp," the president reminisced about the days of earmarks in a bipartisan meeting
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Feinstein Releases Complete Transcript of Intel Committee's Interview with Firm Behind 'Trump Dossier'
California Democratic says "only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public"
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'No One Should Be Fooled': Warren Rips Trump's HHS Pick Over Desire to Gut Medicaid
"You want to smile and pretend otherwise until you get the job," Warren said.
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Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.) New STABLE GENIUS Act Would Mandate Mental Fitness Exams for Presidential Candidates
"President Trump's reckless, erratic behavior has exposed a critical flaw in our existing election process," says Rep. Brendan Boyle, the bill's sponsor.
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Targeting Apple for Designing Slow-Down into iPhones, Small French Consumer Group Punches Above Its Weight
Government launches official probe after it was revealed that iPhones were constructed with "planned obsolescence"
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'Outrageous': Demanding Pay Raises for Educators Over Superintendent, Teacher Pushed to Ground and Arrested
"I feel like it's a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers and any other support staff we have," said Deyshia Hargrave before being physically ousted from school board meeting
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'Vicious Sadist' Joe Arpaio Launches Senate Bid Months After Racial Profiling Conviction
With candidates like Arpaio, the GOP is "exposing inflammatory hate for all to see," noted MoveOn.org's Ben Wikler
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Green Groups Welcome Regulators Rejection of Perry's "Ludicrous" Plan to Bail Out Coal and Nuclear Industries
"No matter how forceful industry lobbying, the market factors simply dictate that nuclear and coal power plants should be replaced by cheaper, cleaner, and safer solar and wind power."
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'This Study Should Alarm Everyone': US Child Mortality Rate 70% Higher Than Other Wealthy Nations
Report renews concerns about access to firearms and national healthcare system
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While Appearing to Struggle With National Anthem, Analysis Shows Trump Speaks at, Like, Fourth Grade Level
After months of attacking football players for kneeling during the anthem—and bragging about his intelligence—Trump appears to forget the song's words
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Diplomatic talks on Korean peninsula Progress Between North and South Korea Marred by Reports of Trump Considering "Bloody Nose" Bombings
In spite of progress on the Korean peninsula, there's reportedly war in the White House over whether to launch a "limited" attack
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Praise for Inspiring Speech, But Progressives Warn Against Folly of Oprah 2020 Calls
The answer to Trump is "to elevate politicians who do the politics better than the other guys"—not wealthy celebrities
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Monday, January 8, 2018
Global Journalism Watchdog Honors Trump for 'Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom'
In first annual "Press Oppressor" awards, Committee to Protect Journalists recognizes Trump's negative impact around the world
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Disgust Follows Pictures of Seinfeld at 'Anti-Terror Fantasy Camp' in Occupied West Bank
Comedian blasted for attending facility that offers "special programs for tourists seeking a taste of the Israeli military experience"
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Because We're "Out of Time," Activists Storm Washington State Capitol to Launch "Climate Countdown"
"If we don't act now, our orcas and salmon are goners...and then we will be."
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Harvey rescue operation As Climate Crisis Intensifies, $300+ Billion in Damages Makes 2017 Costliest Year Ever
Experts say this "historic and unprecedented year of disastrous extremes" reinforces "the fact that climate change is a threat to our health, and also a threat to our economy."
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Net Neutrality Bill Gains Enough Support to Force Floor Vote, But 16 Senate Dems Still Uncommitted
"Supporting net neutrality should be a no-brainer for members of Congress, whose constituents from across the political spectrum are united in their opposition to the Trump FCC's attack on the open internet."
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Flouting Human Rights, Trump Pushing New 'Buy American... Weapons' Blitz
The administration is expected to enlist military attaches and diplomats to push American-made weapons to foreign governments, as well as loosening trade restrictions
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People take part in a Tax Day march against President Donald Trump in Los Angeles. (Photo: Molly Adams/flickr/cc) NAACP Calls for "A Mighty Storm of Snowflakes" to Greet Trump at Atlanta Game
Civil rights group calls on supporters to wave white towels while president is in stadium Monday evening
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As Trump Enjoys 'Executive Time,' GOP Minions Relentless in 'Wrecking of America'
Meanwhile, the White House and congressional Republicans are moving to "impose onerous work requirements" on Medicaid recipients
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White House protest Trump 'Could Be Sending People to Their Deaths,' Advocates Warn, After 200,000 Salvadorans Told to Get Out
"Deporting hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents back to the most dangerous country in the western hemisphere is not just an affront to American values, but a near-homicidal act."
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'Ironic, Misguided, and Harmful': Prisons Slammed for Banning Book on Racist Legacy of Mass Incarceration
"It is one thing to prevent incarcerated people from reading how-to manuals on lock-picking. It is something altogether different to deny people access to a book that 'offers a timely and original framework for understanding mass incarceration.'"
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Oprah Lifts Up Women, Brings Down the House at Golden Globes
"It's not just a story affecting the entertainment industry," Oprah says of #MeToo. "It's one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace."
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Kushner Under Fire for Receiving $30M From Israeli Firm While Shaping Middle East Policy
"Are you comfortable with having Jared Kushner be the beneficiary of huge amounts of Israeli financing at the same time he's overseeing U.S. foreign policy on Israel?"
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Sunday, January 7, 2018
Israel's New Blacklist of BDS-Supporting Groups Sparks Outrage
"Israel is isolating itself even further as an apartheid state," says CODEPINK
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Joining Arms With Actresses at Golden Globes, Activists to Highlight Demand for End to Sexual Abuse
"Our goal in attending the Golden Globes is to shift the focus back to survivors and on systemic, lasting solutions."
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In Voter Panel Fallout, Trump's DOJ Slammed for "Rich Blend of Arrogance & Contempt for Rule of Law"
Justice Department's decision not to abide by federal court order and hand over documents is "unthinkable, unconscionable, and un-American," says Maine Secretary of State Dunlap, who served on the now-dead commission
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Saturday, January 6, 2018
A march in support of immigrant rights in Los Angeles. (Photo:Molly Adams/flickr/cc) WH Regurgitates Anti-Immigrant Wish List as Trump Doubles Down on Making Dreamers Bargaining Chips
"This is a tactic of people who want to blow up progress, not of people who are serious about solving problems," says Greisa Martinez Rosas, United We Dream
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President Donald Trump looks up toward the solar eclipse without protective eyewear on the Truman Balcony at the White House on August 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Twitter Goes Wild After Trump Tweets He's "A Very Stable Genius"
"This might be enough to lead the board of any corporation to call an emergency meeting on its CEO's mental status," says former White House ethics director Walter Shaub
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Friday, January 5, 2018
Trolling Trump, Journalism Watchdog to Hold 'Global Press Oppressor Awards on Monday at 5:00'
"Subjects will cover Thinnest Skinned & Outrageous Use of Laws, in various categories for world leaders."
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"Victory" for Animals as Federal Court Smacks Down Parts of Idaho's Ag-Gag Law
The industry-crafted law was "in large part, targeted at speech and investigative journalists," appeals court found.
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Internet Unites to Protect Net Neutrality as Netflix Tells FCC: "See You in Court"
The Internet Association, which lobbies on behalf dozens of major web companies, says it will back lawsuit aimed at stopping GOP-led effort to gut Title II protections
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Corporate Media 'Failed' to Connect 2017's Extreme Weather to Climate Crisis: Study
"We can't fix the climate crisis if we aren't talking about it. It's critical that the media start reporting on the crisis with the quality and quantity it merits. We're talking about the greatest challenge of our time."
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Despite Widespread Outcry Over Police Shootings, Nearly 1,000 Americans Killed By Officers in 2017
African-American males accounted for 22 percent of those killed, despite making up only six percent of the U.S. population
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35 Peace Groups Demand Congress Protect Public From Nuclear 'Bomb Threat' Trump
President's "bellicose rhetoric and reckless actions pose a clear and present danger to national security," groups tell lawmakers.
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New Study Showing Ozone Recovery Hailed as Model for Tackling Climate Crisis
"We see very clearly that chlorine from CFCs is going down in the ozone hole, and that less ozone depletion is occurring because of it."
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 Demonstrators take part in a rally for nuclear disarmament in Berlin on November 18, 2017. (Photo: ICAN Germany/flickr/cc) Despite Trump's Bluster, Diplomacy Moves Forward as North and South Korea Announce Joint Talks
"Public groundswell in favor of diplomacy is needed once again," says Peace Action
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