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Thursday, July 20, 2017
Defending Public Schools, Demonstrators Greet Betsy DeVos at ALEC Annual Meeting
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was met by hundreds of protesters in Denver on Thursday, where she spoke at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. Demonstrations outside the Hyatt Regency included teachers and parents who disapprove of DeVos's agenda, particularly...
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Proposed Law Seeks to Reform System That Jails People Just for Being Poor
Civil liberties and criminal justice reform groups are celebrating the introduction of a new bill in the U.S. Senate on Thursday that would overhaul the nation's money bail system which critics have long decried for incarcerating people regardless of guilt or innocence but simply because of their...
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Worker Wages Flat, But Since 1978 CEO Pay Has Soared by 'Outrageous' 937%
New analysis shows how corporate bosses rake in huge salaries and bonuses as inequality continues to soar. "Simply put, money that goes to the executive class is money that does not go to other people."
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Drain the Swamp report card Warren Flunks Trump: Report Card Details Broken Promise to 'Drain Swamp'
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a former law professor, just flunked President Donald Trump. "This report makes it clear: Trump's army of lobbyists are more interested in lining the pockets of their long-time employers and corporate buddies than in making life better for working families." —Sen...
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NYT Trump Interview Makes Waves, But Did Reporters Go Too Easy?
Though an explosive interview with President Donald Trump conducted by the New York Times published Wednesday evening resulted in breaking news bulletins across the media and provided an inside look at Trump's state of mind regarding current events, including healthcare, some in the journalistic...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson After Exxon Fined for Sanctions Violations, Calls for Rex Tillerson to Resign
"It's time Rex Tillerson step down or be removed," said Gigi Kellett of Corporate Accountability International, following an announcement on Thursday that ExxonMobil will pay $2 million for violating U.S. sanctions against Russian officials while the now-secretary of state was the company's CEO. "...
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'Don't Let Up': Progressive Groups Warn Trumpcare Fight Still Far From Over
Over the past several days, Trumpcare has suffered a series of crushing defeats, leading many to pronounce the death of GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But while Trumpcare is certainly on the ropes following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's announcement that the bill lacks...
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Condemnation Grows for Bipartisan Attack on Free Speech Rights of BDS Supporters
A pair of bipartisan bills targeting boycotts of Israel and Israeli settlements appear to have widespread support in Congress, to the dismay of civil rights advocates who say the proposals are an attack on free speech. The Israeli Anti-Boycott Act targets the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS)...
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Watch Live: Bernie Sanders and Al Gore
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hosted former Democratic vice president Al Gore for a live interview on Thursday morning. In addition to talking about Inconvenient Sequel , Gore's forthcoming follow-up to his groundbreaking 2007 documentary An Inconvenient Truth —both centered on the issues of climate...
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Donald Trump 'Message Loud and Clear' Says NAACP After Latest Trump Snub
President Donald Trump's decision to decline an invitation to attend the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's 108th annual convention, "underscores the harsh fact: we have lost—we've lost the will of the current Administration to listen to issues facing the Black community...
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New Poll Shows Nation Moving Left on Healthcare, Embracing Medicare for All
"Policy institutions need to work hard to hammer out the details of a single-payer plan, and the Democratic party needs to stop fumbling around incompetently for a positive vision and instead unify behind the one already supported by the overwhelming majority of its voters."
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
'Unbelievable': Trump Slams Sessions' Recusal; Warns Mueller to Steer Clear of Finances
In an interview with the New York Times released Wednesday evening—with remarks described as "insane" and "unbelievable"—President Donald Trump openly admits he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions, a loyal campaign surrogate, to be his attorney general if he'd known Sessions would ultimately...
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Donald Trump After Six Months, A Detailed Look at 'Giant Bait and Switch' Trump Presidency
It has been six long months since Donald Trump's inauguration, and unsurprisingly, the president has not parlayed his populist campaign promises into policy. In fact, he has often done the exact opposite— earning himself the lowest approval rating of any president in the past 70 years. "Giant...
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'A Dark Moment': Voting Rights Groups Condemn Trump's Election Commission
Civil rights advocates are blasting the first meeting of President Donald Trump's so-called "Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" which was held Wednesday to begin its supposed mission of assessing "the registration and voting processes used in Federal elections." Critics say the...
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Children Among Civilian Dead in Latest US-Backed Saudi Coalition Airstrike in Yemen
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday reported that an airstrike carried out by the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition in Yemen killed 20 civilians—including women and children—who were fleeing violence in their home province. "The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation,...
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Trump's NAFTA Plan Looks a Lot Like Corporate-Friendly Deals He Campaigned Against
The Trump administration this week released its objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)—the trade deal Donald Trump referred to as "the worse deal ever"—and while observers say the document includes " a lot of boilerplate language " and is " fairly vague ,"...
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'The People Deserve Better': Watch Warren Rip Trump's Union-Busting Labor Nominee
Raising alarm about the Trump administration's ongoing war on organized labor at a time of stagnant wages and withering employee rights , Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday drilled a top Trump labor pick for spending much of his career "making it harder for workers to join unions." Warren...
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Amnesty Slams Latest Supreme Court Ruling on 'Cruel and Discriminatory' Muslim Ban
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the Trump administration's appeal to broaden the scope of its " Muslim Ban 2.0 " to grandparents and other close relatives, partially staying a ruling on the travel ban by a federal court in Hawaii. But the High court put U.S. District Court Judge...
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Study Calls for Rapid "Negative Emissions" as Scientist Warns "Shit's Hitting the Fan"
The "shit is hitting is the fan," said noted climate scientist James Hansen, countering "this narrative out there…that we have turned the corner on dealing with the climate problem." Hansen is lead author of a new study that warns that there "is no time to delay" on climate change efforts and...
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Gray wolf Warnings as GOP Aims to Gut Protections for Endangered Species
Conservation groups are issuing warnings on Wednesday as Congressional committees in both chambers considered Republican-backed bills aimed at weakening the Endangered Species Act. "If these dangerous bills are enacted, hundreds of plants and animals will be put on a fast track to extinction." —...
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"Fundamental Existential Threat": Lawmakers Warned of the Risks of Killer Robots
Lawmakers told to keep ethical rules of war in place "lest we unleash on humanity a set of robots that we don't know how to control."
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The I-Alone-Can-Fix-It President Vows to Make Trumpcare Better at 'Lunchtime'
During last year's campaign, he said , "I alone can fix it." "Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated," President Donald Trump declared in February. In April, Trump admitted he thought being president "would be easier." But on Wednesday, with the Republican effort to repeal and replace the...
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Joining Single-Payer Chorus, Al Gore Says For-Profit System Had Its Chance
On the heels of what appeared to be Trumpcare's final collapse on Monday and in the midst of growing grassroots demands for Democratic lawmakers to embrace a "bold" agenda, former Vice President Al Gore said at an event on Tuesday that he believes the United States should move toward a single-payer...
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Barbara Lee Slams Paul Ryan for Killing Endless War Repeal 'In Dead of Night'
"Refusing to debate and vote on our ongoing wars is an abdication of our constitutional responsibility."
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Trump White House Ridiculously Blames Democrats for Republicans' Repeal Failure
At the latest off-camera press briefing Tuesday, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made clear the official White House position on who is to blame for the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act: the Democrats. Two proposals for a plan that would replace the law...
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"Building a Better America"cover GOP's Deja Vu Budget Slashes Social Programs to Fund Tax Cuts for Rich
House Republicans are under fire for their new 10-year budget blueprint , released Tuesday, that proposes increasing military spending by $72.4 billion while slashing more than $200 billion from social programs. The proposed budget resolution (" Building a Better America "), delayed for weeks by...
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Resistance Not Enough: Progressive Groups Push Democrats to Back #PeoplesPlatform
Following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's concession on Monday night that Trumpcare is likely dead, progressive groups that played an integral role in rallying opposition to the legislation are now looking to go on the offensive. "We'll keep fighting until everyone has access to healthcare...
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As 'Repeal Only' Effort Stalls in Senate, Resistance Urges Medicare for All
The latest Republican effort to plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act—getting rid of the law without replacing it—appears to have stalled less than 24 hours after being introduced, as three Republican senators have come out against the proposal. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-...
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Against Warren or Sanders, 2020 Looks Like 'A Lot of Losing' for Trump
A new survey published by Public Policy Polling (PPP) on Tuesday finds that in hypothetical match-ups against possible 2020 presidential contenders—including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former Vice President Joe Biden—President Donald Trump loses every time,...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addresses State employees Downplaying Atrocities? Trump Plan to Close 'War Crimes Office' Sparks Concern
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to shut down the U.S.'s office dedicated to advising his department on issues related to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, according to a new report by Foreign Policy . "This sends a strong signal to perpetrators of mass atrocities that the...
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As 75 Percent of Americans Fear 'Major War' Under Trump, Most Favor Diplomacy
A vast majority of Americans are concerned about the United States' potential involvement in a new major war—but most think military action is the wrong way to go about approaching international threats, according to an NBC poll released Tuesday. The survey finds that more than three-quarters of...
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Seriously? New GOP Budget Would Defund Election Security Agency
Despite an ongoing investigation into the hacking of voting systems in more than a dozen states during the 2016 presidential election, the new budget blueprint from House Republicans includes a provision to defund the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) , which the Wall Street Journal notes is "...
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McConnell Admits Defeat, But Opposition Vows Vigilance Against Trumpcare Zombie
Following a long day of civil disobedience that saw hundreds gathered at the Capitol and at senate offices across the country demanding the death of Trumpcare, two Republican senators—Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas— announced Monday night that they would oppose the so-called Better Care...
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Monday, July 17, 2017
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Former Diplomats Urge Tillerson to Keep Refugee Office Where It Belongs
In a letter sent to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, more than 50 former U.S. diplomats and foreign policy experts urged the secretary to reject a White House proposal to transfer the government's official refugee office out of the State Department. "Refugee issues are rooted in international...
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'Kill the Bill, Not Us': Trumpcare Resistance Turns Up the Heat on GOP
Senate Republicans have once more indefinitely delayed a vote on Trumpcare, but resistance groups have not used this as an excuse to scale back their efforts to stop the legislation. In fact, progressive organizations and activists across the country are teaming up this week to further ramp up the...
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Transparency Victory: Trump Forced to Release Mar-a-Lago Visitor Logs
Watchdog groups are claiming victory on Monday after the Trump administration said it would release the visitor logs for Mar-a-Lago, the resort estate the president owns in Florida and which he dubbed the "Winter White House" after facing a lawsuit. Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in...
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Vigil at open-air chapel To Block Pipeline, Nuns in Court to Defend Cornfield Chapel
A group of about 30 Catholic nuns in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who constructed an open-air chapel on the proposed path of natural gas pipeline, are in court on Monday fighting efforts by the fossil fuel company trying to seize their land. "We honor God by protecting and preserving His...
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It Took Obama More Than Two Years to Kill This Many Civilians. It Took Trump Less Than Six Months.
A new investigation shows that President Donald Trump's bombing campaign against ISIS (the Islamic State) over several months has already led to nearly as many civilian deaths as those overseen by the Obama White House over several years. According to an Airwars investigation conducted for The...
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This Billionaire Mega-Donor Gets It: The Democrats Need Bernie Sanders
"Bernie is talking about inequality. That is the burning issue in the United States."
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US Inequality Crisis Worst in Industrialized World. Trump Will Make It Worse.
"The USA is the wealthiest country in the history of the world, but its level of inequality is also the highest among major industrial countries, leaving tens of millions of working people impoverished—especially women and people of color."
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Sunday, July 16, 2017
Sad! Trump's Six-Month Approval Rating Lowest of Any President in 70 Years
President Donald Trump's six-month approval rating is the lowest of any president in the past 70 years. That's according to the results of an ABC News/Washington Post poll published Sunday, which show that 36 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing as president. Barack Oabama's...
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Trump Is Endangering Nuclear Deal, Says Iranian Foreign Minister
As the United States and Iran mark two years since reaching their landmark deal on nuclear weapons, analysts say Iran has met its obligations stipulated by the agreement—while the U.S. has failed to do so. The deal, forged in July 2015 by Iran and the Obama administration along with Germany and the...
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Bernie Sanders Denounces Trumpcare as 'The Most Anti-Working Class Legislation Ever'
Bernie Sanders spoke in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday where he issued a rallying cry for "a vibrant American democracy," and took aim at the Republicans' healthcare bill, which he called "the most anti-working class legislation" in modern history. The Vermont senator made the remarks at the Iowa...
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Trumpcare Vote Delayed as White House Promotes Alternative Facts on Bill
The Trump Resistance is putting pressure on Senators to block the Republican healthcare bill—even as Senate Republicans announce that they'll delay a vote as Sen. John McCain of Arizona recovers from surgery he had on Friday to remove a blood clot from above his eye. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
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Saturday, July 15, 2017
New Lawsuit Aims to Stop Trump's 'Sham Commission' Dead in its Tracks
As the White House releases 112 pages of colorful comments—and personal information—after it asked for the public to weigh in on its so-called Election Integrity Commission and received an overwhelmingly negative response, a new lawsuit aims to protect voters' privacy rights by stopping the...
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A Year After Coup Attempt, Turkish Opposition Accuses Erdogan of Exploiting Crisis
In Turkey, while thousands are expected to attend unity marches marking the one-year anniversary of the failed coup attempt in which a military faction attempted to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, opposition party leaders and Erdogan's critics are decrying the leader's authoritarian...
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Friday, July 14, 2017
#SleevelessFriday: Congresswomen Protest Outdated Dress Code
In between votes on Friday, Representative Jackie Speier led a protest demanding that women on Capitol Hill finally be given the right to bare arms. Thank you to all my colleagues who joined me for #SleevelessFriday -- because women have the right to bare arms! pic.twitter.com/PhMEf2v4ZP — Jackie...
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House Passes Defense Bill Sure to Make 'War Profiteers Rejoice'
The U.S. House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a $696 billion defense policy bill —the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)—that critics were quick to denounce as yet another vote for "endless wars" and "Pentagon boondoggles." "As always, only spending that benefits the poor is '...
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Resistance Rallies as So-Called 'Moderate' GOP Senators Decide on Healthcare
The Trump Resistance is putting pressure on several so-called moderate Republican lawmakers who could join Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky in refusing to back the latest version of the party's healthcare bill. Collins said Thursday that she objected to the bill on the same...
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#NRA2DOJ Rally outside NRA headquarters Undeterred by DC Heat Advisory, Women's March Against NRA Begins
Several hundred protesters , led by the organizers of January's Women's March , rallied in front of the National Rifle Association's Virginia headquarters Friday, before beginning a two-day 18-mile march to the Department of Justice for a 10am vigil Saturday. Undeterred by the hot weather—D.C. has...
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Jerry Brown's Climate Plan Just Another 'Handout to Big Oil,' Green Groups Say
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is adamant that his newly unveiled package of legislation aimed at extending his state's existing cap-and-trade program through 2030 is an essential step forward in the fight against climate change, but prominent green groups are characterizing the plan as yet...
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Rejecting 'Cruel and Discriminatory Policy,' Federal Judge Deals Blow to Muslim Ban 2.0
A federal judge in Hawaii late Thursday dealt a blow to the Trump administration, weakening the so-called Muslim Ban 2.0 . That travel ban, aimed at people from six Muslim-majority countries, cannot be used to bar entry from grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts,...
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Poll: Most Americans Oblivious, But Not Uncaring, to Overseas Suffering
The vast majority of Americans are " oblivious " to the fact that more than 20 million people are on the brink of starvation in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, according to a recent survey conducted by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). A " staggering " 85 percent of Americans...
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Women and Men Worldwide Cringe After Trump's Latest Sexist Behavior
With President Donald Trump in Paris on Friday for his second day being hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron on Bastille Day, people across the world are collectively cringing—and expressing outrage—after a widely-circulated video showed Trump objectifying the French First Lady. Trump was...
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Jeremy Corbyn and Naomi Klein Jeremy Corbyn Talks With Naomi Klein About Creating a Better World
"Social justice isn't copyrighted," U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn told Naomi Klein in an interview published at The Intercept on Thursday. Klein, a jouranlist and author of the new book No Is Not Enough , asked Corbyn about U.K. conservatives trying to co-opt his policies to appeal to...
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Reproductive rights advocates in Texas Texas Study Shows How Defunding Planned Parenthood Actually Increased Abortion Rates
Illustrating the potential consequences if Republicans fulfill their threat to defund Planned Parenthood nationwide, a new study shows that when Texas slashed state funding for family planning clinics in 2011, the abortion rate among teenagers in the state actually increased. "This certainly isn't...
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Among Wealthiest Nations, US Healthcare System Comes in Dead Last
"Your level of income defines the healthcare you receive far more in the United States than in other wealthy nations."
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: 'Watch Your Back , Bitch'
Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal attorney on the Russia case, threatened a stranger in a string of profanity-laden emails Wednesday night. The man, a retired public relations professional in the western United States who asked not to be identified, read ProPublica ’s story this week on...
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Paris Against Trump: Demonstrations Greet US President in France
People gathered in central squares and marched in the streets of Paris on Thursday to make their opposition known to President Donald Trump as he arrived in France ahead of Bastille Day celebrations. After a rally at the Place de Etats-Unis, the former home of the U.S. embassy, hundreds of...
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Can You Say Oligarchy? 75% of Americans Think Wealthiest Have "Too Much" Power
Merriam-Webster defines the word as, " government by the few."
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'Total Garbage': Senate GOP's New Trumpcare Bill Even Worse Than Original
As dozens of protestors led by Reverend William Barber crowded the halls of the Capitol and labeled the GOP's healthcare agenda " political murder, " Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a new version of their Trumpcare plan that one critic mockingly described as " new and improved total garbage...
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Environmentalists interviewed by Global Witness With at Least 200 Killed, 2016 Was Deadliest Year Ever for Earth Defenders
Last year was the deadliest in history to be an environmental activist, according to a new report that found, on average, nearly four people were killed per week. "Conflicts over the control of land and natural resources were an underlying factor in almost every killing in 2016." –Global Witness...
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'Slap In the Face': DeVos Under Fire for Including Fringe Men's Rights Group in Sexual Assault Talks
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is under fire on Thursday as she holds three meetings on campus sexual assault—including one where she'll hear from a fringe "men's rights" group with a history of harassing sexual assault survivors and placing the blame for sexual and physical violence on victims...
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Beyond Crazy Tweets, Sanders Says Policies Expose Trump 'For Fraud He Is'
In an interview on MSNBC 's "Morning Joe" Thursday morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) urged opponents of President Donald Trump to not allow his "stupid tweets" to distract attention from his "destructive" policies, which include a healthcare plan that could strip insurance from 22 million people...
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#KellyCards: Twitter Users Go Crazy With Kellyanne Conway's 'Unreal' Flashcards
"Surely this is what Twitter was invented for."
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"Democratic politicians I never thought would utter the words have mentioned single-payer to me in a non-joking way of late," Len Nichols, director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University. (Photo: ufcw770/Flickr/cc) Upside of Trumpcare Ugliness: Medicare For All Goes From 'Pie in the Sky' to 'Inevitable'
As Senate Republicans are reportedly set to introduce yet another version of their overwhelmingly despised and " deadly " healthcare plan on Thursday, Medicare for All is experiencing an unprecedented surge in support from both the grassroots and elected officials. "People say Medicare for All is '...
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
It's Too Early, Says Bernie Sanders, But 2020 Run 'Not Off The Table'
In a radio interview set to air Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)—currently the nation's the most popular elected lawmaker—alluded to a potential 2020 presidential run. Sanders told the host of "Make It Plain with Mark Thompson" that while it's too early to make a definitive statement about...
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Atlantic City, NJ passed an ordinance banning the corporate takeover of public water Wednesday. 'People Power Defeating Corporate Power': Atlantic City Says People Have Say Over Their Water
Atlantic City, New Jersey's city council on Tuesday easily passed an ordinance that requires a public vote before any sale of the municipal water system by the state. The 8-0 vote, according to Lena Smith of Food and Water Watch, "is about people power defeating corporate power. It is a ringing...
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Trump Tax Agenda: 'Astonishing' Cuts for Rich Like Him and Hikes for Middle Class
As Trumpcare withers away in the Senate in the face of fierce grassroots opposition , two new analyses published on Wednesday show that President Donald Trump's tax agenda—billed as his next big domestic endeavor—would primarily benefit Trump himself and other wealthy Americans while pushing a...
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Article of Impeachment Introduced Against President Donald Trump
This is a developing story and may be updated... An Article of Impeachment against President Donald Trump was officially introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. "The Constitution does not provide for the removal of a President for impulsive, ignorant incompetence. It does...
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Floods in Louisiana in August 2016 'When Rising Seas Hit Home': Hundreds of Towns Threatened by 2100
As an iceberg the size of Delaware broke away from an ice shelf in Antarctica Wednesday, scientists released findings that up to 668 U.S. communities could face chronic flooding from rising sea levels by the end of the century. "We hope this analysis provides a wake-up call to coastal communities—...
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Serving Wall Street Predators, GOP Launches Swift Attack on New Rule Protecting Consumers
A new rule by a federal watchdog—hailed as having "paramount importance" for protecting consumers from Wall Street predators and curbing corporate abuses—is under direct attack by Republicans just days after being issued. The rule from the successful and broadly-supported Consumer Financial...
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Citing Free Speech, Dissenters Sue Trump for Blocking Them on Twitter
Donald Trump's personal Twitter account is the subject of a lawsuit filed on Tuesday by several users of the platform, including seven people whose accounts were blocked by the president after expressing their views in response to his posts. The lawsuit argues (pdf) that by blocking users from...
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Viral Facebook Post Rips Right-Wing Arguments Against Omar Khadr Settlement
"As a Canadian, what do you stand for? Do you believe that you, as a Canadian, have the right to be presumed innocent, until proven guilty, as well as the right to a fair and quick trial?"
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'No Trump Zone' Planned in Paris Ahead of President's Visit
As the Trump administration attempts to deflect questions from the press regarding Donald Trump Jr.'s controversial meeting during last year's campaign with a Russian lawyer , the president himself has kept a relatively low profile ahead of a scheduled trip to France this week—but the French aren't...
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'Maps Will Be Redrawn': Massive #ExxonKnew Iceberg Breaks From Antarctica
"This is likely a harbinger of the pace and size of future ice shelf breaks in the Antarctic Peninsula."
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
'No Longer A Question': Trump Jr.'s Emails Show Collusion, Analysts Say
Analysts, journalists and officials expressed shock Tuesday following the release of Donald Trump Jr.'s emails regarding a meeting with a Russian lawyer who had Kremlin ties. Trump Jr. posted his June 2016 email exchange with Ron Goldstone, a contact who offered to arrange a meeting in which then-...
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National Day of Action Aims to 'Save the Internet From Trump and His Cronies'
In the face of attempts by the Trump administration to roll back recent net neutrality gains and hand the web over to large telecommunications companies, Open Internet advocates, civil rights groups, and thousands of websites are joining forces on Wednesday to participate in a national day of...
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Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders President Applauds 'Transparency' After Trump Jr. Forced to Come Clean
With no apparent sense of irony, President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended the "transparency" of his eldest son's decision to tweet a damning email thread—which legal experts have deemed a " smoking gun " that points to apparent collusion—just before it was exposed by a New York Times report. In a...
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Rights Groups Prepare for Fight Against Arkansas' Man-Approved Abortion Law
A hearing is scheduled for Thursday in the American Civil Liberties Union's suit to block several new anti-reproductive rights laws that have passed in Arkansas, which would impose severe restrictions on women's abortion access in the state. The group has joined with the Center for Reproductive...
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Warning of Sixth Mass Extinction, Scientists Implore Global Action
"The serious warning in our paper needs to be heeded because civilization depends utterly on the plants, animals, and microorganisms of Earth that supply it with essential ecosystem services."
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Donald Trump Jr. Donald Trump Jr.'s Email Thread 'Could Hardly Have Been More Explicit'
In what one commentator said "may be the most extraordinary development yet in this whole Trump-Russia saga," new reporting and an email thread released by Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday has cast new and incriminating light on possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian...
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Destroying Mosul to Save It: Possible US-Backed War Crimes in Iraq Exposed
As Iraqi forces celebrate their victory over the Islamic State (ISIS) in Mosul, a damning new report by Amnesty International sheds light on the killing of Iraqi civilians at the hands of the U.S.-led coalition which "may constitute war crimes"—and demands that the coalition acknowledges the loss...
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Donald Trump Jr. As Don Jr. Lawyers Up, Words Like 'Collusion' and 'Treason' Fly
Following the latest explosive details about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer during last year's campaign, in which he hoped to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton, legal experts are saying the encounter could be proof that "collusion"—or even "treason"—took...
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'Lunacy': Trump Aides Sought Afghanistan Advice From Notorious War Profiteers
Two of President Donald Trump's closest aides have reportedly solicited advice from two wealthy private military contractors—Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, and Stephen Feinberg, the billionaire owner of DynCorp International—on how to proceed with the sixteen-year-long war in Afghanistan. "...
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Monday, July 10, 2017
Donald and Ivanka Trump Factory's Ties to Ivanka 'Probably' Led to My Arrest, Says Labor Investigator
In what journalist Naomi Klein characterized as "serious emolument news," a labor rights advocate says he believes he was detained by the Chinese government because a factory he was investigating for labor abuses produces shoes for Ivanka Trump's brand. In an interview with the The Guardian , the...
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New ACLU Suit Challenges Legality of Trump's Election Commission
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Monday against President Donald Trump's commission on so-called "voter fraud," arguing the controversial panel has operated under a level of secrecy that violates federal law. The 15-member commission held a private meeting via telephone on June...
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The ExxonKnew Iceberg: Name It After the 'Climate Criminals,' Says Group
Climate campaigners have a name proposed for a huge iceberg researchers say is about to break off from an ice shelf in Antarctica: the #ExxonKnew Iceberg. The calving, as the break-off is called, is happening on the Larsen C ice shelf in West Antarctica. According to the U.K.-based Project Midas,...
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Nation "Too Broke" for Universal Healthcare to Spend $406 Billion More on F-35
The nation's most expensive weapons program isn't done showing U.S. taxpayers how much it will ultimately cost them, with Bloomberg reporting Monday that the F-35 fighter jet budget is now predicted to jump by a cool $27 billion. "Think about [F-35's] $405 billion price tag when a family member...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Ditching Diplomatic Duties, Tillerson Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award From Oil Industry
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson—a former CEO of the world's largest oil company—is under fire on Monday for setting aside his diplomatic duties on Sunday to accept a lifetime achievement award from the World Petroleum Congress is Istanbul, Turkey. "Secretary Tillerson's warped notion that it's...
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Hundreds of Thousands Gather in Turkey to 'Revolt Against Injustice'
Turkey's opposition leader declared a new beginning for the country and demanded reforms to the country's current government at a huge pro-democracy rally in Istanbul on Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Turkey's first city following a peaceful 25-day March for Justice that...
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Hourglass Ticking to Save Monuments From Becoming Fossil Fuel 'Sacrifice Zones'
With the public comment period ending Monday, t here are just hours left for the public to weigh in on President Donald Trump's order that threatens protections of 27 national monuments designated since 1996. "These monuments were protected by presidents from both parties for good reason," said...
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Sunday, July 9, 2017
Report: Trump Continues to Profit Lavishly From Golf Club Membership Fees
"Even as president, Trump earns up to hundreds of thousands of dollars every time a new member joins one of his clubs."
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As Republicans Hide From Voters, Sanders Rallies Trumpcare Resistance
As the congressional recess—usually a time for lawmakers to interact with their constituents—is set to end on Monday, many Republicans are working extremely hard to avoid voters angry about the Senate GOP's historically unpopular and potentially deadly Trumpcare plan. "Frankly, this is what...
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Saturday, July 8, 2017
Scott Pruitt and 'His Polluter Friends' Take Aim at Clean Water Rule
"The American people count on the EPA to keep our drinking water safe, and this disregard for independent science is a disservice to all our families."
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'Landslide Victory' for Climate as G20 Leaders (Minus Trump) Affirm Paris Accord
"Trump's historically irresponsible decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement has left the U.S. isolated on the world stage."
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Amid G20 Talks, Greenpeace Activists Scale Bridge Demanding 'End to Age of Coal'
"Only if the major industrialized countries swiftly move from coal to renewable energy can the most catastrophic consequences of climate change be prevented." —Susanne Neubronner, Greenpeace Germany As the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, heads into its final day following a long night of climate...
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Friday, July 7, 2017
It's Settled: Trump Either Did or Did Not Accept Putin's Denial of Election Interference
"Call me crazy but I don't feel like we have any particularly reliable narrators of what actually happened in the meeting," said MSNBC's Chris Hayes
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US a No-Show as Historic Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Adopted
The United States has joined a small group of global outliers on Friday after a historic United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons was adopted by a majority of the world's nations. "The adoption of the nuclear weapons ban treaty marks an historic turning point in the centuries-old battle to...
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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Sanders Offers Trump 3-Point Agenda for G20 Summit, Putin Meeting
As thousands protested in Hamburg ahead of the G20 Summit, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took to Twitter late Thursday to encourage U.S. President Donald Trump to focus on a few key issues as he meets with leaders of the world's top economies. The two-day summit, which kicked off Friday morning,...
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