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Thursday, December 31, 2015
Reasons to Celebrate: Key Progressive Gains in 2015
From booting Stephen Harper to highlighting racial injustice, progressives can take heart in these outcomes
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New Year's Eve Pyrotechnics Go On Despite Raging Hotel Fire in Dubai
It was not immediately clear what started the fire in the 63-story luxury hotel
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The Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals Threatening Ordinary People in 2016
2016 is the year to put 'the interests of communities and the environment before the interests of multinational corporations'
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Ten Weather Extremes That Defined Hottest Year Ever Recorded
From droughts to floods to mega-storms, extreme weather over the past 365 days raises disturbing questions about future of climate chaos
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
'Incredible' Winter Flooding Along Mississippi River Could Be Historic
"Nobody that is living has ever seen anything like this."
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Enormity of Billowing Methane Plume in California 'Cannot Be Overstated'
Porter Ranch leak, spewing methane since October, shows 'gaping vulnerabilities' in oversight
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Accused of Gatekeeping India's Internet, Facebook CEO Lashes Out
Mark Zuckerberg dismissed widespread concerns that social networking giant's 'Free Basics' program violates net neutrality and internet freedom
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Mich. Gov. 'Sorry' as Flint's 'Man-Made' Water Catastrophe Continues
Michigan's top environment official resigns in latest development of lead contaminated water crisis
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Revealed: Under Obama, NSA Continued to Spy on Foreign Allies
NSA reportedly intercepted phone conversations that showed Israeli officials pressuring U.S. lawmakers to oppose Iran nuclear deal
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'The Fight Is Still On': Hundreds Protest Sex Slave Accord in South Korea
'Japan took us to be comfort women and still tries to deny its crime,' says one of 46 surviving 'comfort women'
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If Top General Gets His Way, America's "Longest War" Will Become Even Longer
General John Campbell says he wants to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan for as long as possible—and is considering asking for even more
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
'Whole Paycheck' Dodges Overcharging Claims with $500K Settlement
Investigation found overcharging ranged from $0.80 for a package of pecan panko to $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp.
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Spending Millions to Save Much More: How the Uber-Wealthy Avoid Paying Their Fair Share
New York Times investigation reveals how richest Americans exploit tax system in order to shield tens of millions
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2015: The Year Police Killings in America Were Counted
Heightened visibility alone, however, has not effectively ended such slayings or brought justice to victims
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Nation Mourns Tamir Rice Case as a 'Catastrophic and Pernicious Miscarriage of Justice'
'All I wanted was someone to be held accountable,' says Tamir Rice's mother. 'But this entire process was a charade.'
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In Victory Against Pointless Plastic, Microbead Ban Signed Into Law
While Earth suffers 'death by a thousand cuts,' ban highlights much-needed environmental considerations
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Come Again? State Department Claims It Brought Peace to Syria in 2015
Spokesperson John Kirby's annual roundup included controversial "success stories"
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Monday, December 28, 2015
For Spain's Podemos, People Take Priority Over Politics
Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias wants to push "social emergency" law when parliament reconvenes January 13
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'Saddened But Not Surprised': No Indictment for Cops Who Killed Tamir Rice
Twelve-year-old's family accuses prosecutor of 'abusing and manipulating the grand jury process to orchestrate a vote against indictment'
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Pentagon Deliberately Thwarting Efforts to Close Guantanamo
Reuters exposes 'pattern' of obstructionism that has prevented or delayed the transfer of cleared detainees
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'Badge to Kill'? Two More Police Shootings in Chicago Raise Public Ire
In wake of latest deaths, protesters say to Mayor Rahm Emanuel: 'You failed us before, but now's your time to stand up, or step down.'
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Sanders Makes Play for Trump's 'Angry' Supporters
'We need policies that bring us together,' Sanders said, rather than play on Americans' frustrations to incite anger and bigotry
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Thanks, Climate Change. Extreme Weather Wreaking Havoc Across Globe
'Biblical' flooding in the UK has forced hundreds of evacuations, while fatal storms in U.S. have killed at least 43 people
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Sunday, December 27, 2015
More Than 100,000 Flee Devastating Floods in South America
Up to 160,000 displaced following El Niño pummels Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil for nearly 10 days
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Saturday, December 26, 2015
'Whatever It Takes': Okinawa Sues Tokyo in Effort to Block US Base
Prefecture's governor vows to take anything necessary to block construction of American military camp
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Friday, December 25, 2015
Happy Holidays, Super PACs: FEC Removes Yet Another Block Against Dark Money
Little-noticed rule allows candidates to solicit money for super PACs as long as it's done in a small meeting
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Russia Warming Over Two Times Faster Than Rest of Planet
Country's environment ministry issues climate change warning in annual report
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Thursday, December 24, 2015
There's A Way to Save Our Future. So Why Aren't More People Talking About It?
Transitioning to organic regenerative agriculture practices 'offers the best, and perhaps our only, hope for averting a global warming disaster.'
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Christmas Plea to World From Father of Drowned Syrian Child: Open Your Doors
'Hopefully next year the war will end in Syria and peace will reign all over the world.'
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Sanders Blasts US Mass Incarceration as 'International Embarrassment'
In Chicago appearances, Sanders also distances himself from embattled Mayor Rahm Emanuel
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Despite Refugee Crisis, US Plans Mass Deportations
Department of Homeland Security reportedly planning nationwide raids as early as January, Washington Post reports
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Undeterred by Mall's Crackdown, Black Lives Matter Shuts Down Business-As-Usual
Racial justice protest in Minneapolis moves from Mall of America to airport after lockdown
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'Unprecedented Situation' in Brazil as Number of Cases of Virus-Linked Birth Defect Explodes
Mosquito responsible for dengue epidemic also bringing Zika to drought-stricken Brazil
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Sanders: When I'm President, Wall Street Foxes Won't Guard Fed Henhouse
'Unfortunately, an institution that was created to serve all Americans has been hijacked by the very bankers it regulates.'
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#NotMyAbuela: Twitter Users Destroy Clinton's "Hispandering" Campaign Move
Social media campaign highlight Clinton's record on immigration and other policies after she describes herself with Spanish word for 'grandmother'
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Kentucky Lurches Right After New Governor's Regressive Rampage
In one day, Tea Party 'darling' Matt Bevin revokes voting rights for tens of thousands and rolls back minimum wage hikes
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Because Nothing Says 'Happy Holidays' Like Illegal Occupation...
Israeli ambassador to the US announces all his holiday gifts will be from occupied West Bank and Golan Heights to combat BDS movement.
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Declassified Cold War Files Show Disturbing Nuclear Targeting of Population Centers
National Archives releases list of potential targets that would achieve 'high levels of damage' for Soviet bloc
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Outcry After US Blocks British Muslim Family from Disneyland Vacation
Prime Minister David Cameron called to act amid apparent US security crackdown
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Poll Shows Sanders Would Trounce Trump in General Election
Latest Quinnipiac survey shows voters favor Sanders over Trump by 13 percentage points – nearly double the lead Hillary Clinton would enjoy in defeating the billionaire Republican
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Judge Rules Mall of America Can't Silence Black Lives Matter Protesters
Decision states mall can ban three specifically-named individuals from a Wednesday demonstration but can not force the group to post social media messages canceling the mobilization
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More Than Exxon: Big Oil Companies for Years Shared Damning Climate Research
New investigative reporting exposes a task force headed by the American Petroleum Institute also knew about global warming since the 1970's
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Leading by Example, NYC to Drastically Expand Paid Parental Leave Policy
New policy will cover maternity, paternity, adoption, and foster care leave
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Seymour Hersh's Latest Bombshell: U.S. Military Undermined Obama on Syria with Tacit Help to Assad
Veteran journalist reports the Joint Chiefs sent intelligence via Russia, Germany and Israel, on the understanding it would be transmitted to help Assad push back Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State
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Error 451: A New Dystopian Internet Code With a Very Important Meaning
'If your government does that, it sends a strong message to you as a citizen about what their intent is.'
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Seeking Recourse Against Polluters, Call to 'Claim the Sky' as Common Good Intensifies
"The global atmosphere is certainly one of our major common assets and should be held in trust and protected from harm for current and future generations," states letter to V20 nations
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Paging Public Editor! Rightwing Billionaire Revealed as Influential Newspaper's New Owner
After GOP mega-donor outed for purchase, watchdogs raise concerns over public implications
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Threatened by Powerful Voice, Industry 'Attack Dog' Hired to Discredit Teenage Anti-GMO Activist
"The agrichemical industry is plainly quite threatened by this teenage schoolgirl, so that's why they're after her."
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Australia Approves 'Irresponsible' Coal Port Near Great Barrier Reef
"The federal Liberal and state Labor governments are teaming up to do Adani's dirty work to turn our Great Barrier Reef into a highway for coal ships to cook the planet."
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Sandra Bland's Family Slams 'Secrecy of It All' After Non-Indictment
'She should have never been incarcerated. Period.'
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Antibiotics Expert Warns It's 'Almost Too Late' to Stop Global Superbug
'We have got a 50-50 chance of salvaging the most important antibiotics but we need to stop agriculture from ruining it again,' says UK health expert
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Despite Soaring Support for Abortion Rights, Anti-Choice Crusade Continues
New poll conducted in wake of deadly attack on Planned Parenthood clinic finds public support for abortion rights at highest point in two years
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Monday, December 21, 2015
FDA's New Stance on Blood Donations Still Treats Gay Men as Less Than Equal
"It is ridiculous that a married gay man in a monogamous relationship can't give blood, but a promiscuous straight man can."
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Backing MSF, Human Rights Watch Says US Must Consent to War Crimes Probe
'We believe that there is a strong basis for determining that criminal liability exists,' group states in new letter to Gen. Carter
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Activists Manually Halt Flow of Tar Sands Oil Through Canadian Pipeline
Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline declared an affront to Indigenous sovereignty, as well as the planet
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'Outrageous and Totalitarian': Mall of America Sues to Block Black Lives Matter Protest
But organizers said they have 'no plans to halt the demonstration' planned for Wednesday, December 23
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On Both Sides of Atlantic, Muslims Organizing to 'Reject Dehumanization'
'For some of us, organizing and resisting against this system of anti-Muslim violence is survival'
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As Sanders Skewers DNC, Would-Be Home for Progressives Assailed as 'Dead Carcass'
In post-debate interview, Bernie Sanders accused the national party of 'protecting' frontrunner Hillary Clinton
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After Decades of Failed Policies, Congress Quietly Passes Sweeping Drug Reforms
Omnibus bill included two riders that lift federal ban on medical marijuana and loosen restrictions on needle exchange programs
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With Spanish Election Results, Anti-Austerity Fever Spreads Across Europe
Buoyed by third-place showing, Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias hails the birth of 'a new Spain'
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Rights Group Says Disregard for Civilian Life by US and Saudi Arabia Is 'Appalling'
Human Rights Watch blasts Saudi-led coalition for apparent war crimes and failure to investigate
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Sunday, December 20, 2015
China: Scores Missing After Landslide Buries Industrial Park Buildings
Landslide also ruptured national gas pipeline, causing explosion
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Bernie Sanders Just Made Presidential Campaign Contribution History
Sanders campaign just beat record held by President Barack Obama in 2011 in his bid for re-election.
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Voters in Austerity-Gripped Spain Head to Polls for Historic Election
With anti-austerity Podemos party making great strides, 'Europe's rulers should take note.'
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Saturday, December 19, 2015
Pete Seeger Labelled 'Subversive' After Speaking Out Against Plan to Deport Japanese
Newly released 1,700-page FBI file shows the US government 'went to lengths' to track beloved folk icon
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'These Things Happen,' Says Defense Chief of Attack That Killed Iraqi Allies
Ash Carter on Saturday admitted the airstrike that killed roughly 10 Iraqi soldiers was a 'mistake'
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Thumb on the Scale? DNC Backs Off Bernie But Questions of Neutrality Linger
Data breach controversy erupts as Democratic candidates prepare for the third primary debate Saturday night
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Friday, December 18, 2015
Ceasefire in Yemen Faces Collapse as U.S. Continues Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, Fueling Civil War
United Nations-brokered peace talks in Yemen’s nine-month-old civil war are faltering, amid disputes between rival factions over the release of prisoners. Meanwhile, local officials have reported intensifying clashes and renewed airstrikes despite an ongoing ceasefire. Over the weekend, U.S.-backed...
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Warming World of Chaos Fueling Global Refugee Crisis Never Before Seen
'The year 2015 will be remembered for the heart-breaking image of a lifeless little boy on a beach—one of many who came before him; one of many who came after him.'
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'Landslide Victory' for Farmers as Court Rules Against Shell
Nigerian farmer says Dutch court ruling 'offers hope that Shell will finally begin to restore the soil around my village'
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Exposed: A Secret Catalogue of Government Gear for Spying on Your Cellphone
The Intercept obtained the catalogue from a source within the intelligence community concerned about the militarization of domestic law enforcement.
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Following Historic Vote, New Orleans to Remove Confederate Monuments
Mayor Mitch Landrieu indicated there may be more removals to come following 6-1 city council vote
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Sanders: Libya Disaster Evidence Clinton Learned Little from Iraq "Mistake"
'Clinton was proud to have been involved in regime change in Libya, without worrying,' says Sanders, 'about what happened the day after and the kind of instability and the rise of ISIS.'
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Critics Cry Foul as DNC Cripples Sanders Campaign Operation
The national party apparatus is essentially 'taking our campaign hostage,' says top Sanders staffer
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'Off the Charts' Violence Against Muslims Ravaging US Communities
New data confirms anecdotes of rising Islamophobic violence reflect nationwide trend
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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Sanders is Right. The Childcare System in the US is a Disaster
New Pew survey finds that 62% of parents say that it’s hard to find affordable and quality child care in their community.
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Citing Urgent Need for 'Political Revolution,' Major Union Endorses Sanders
'Our politics and economy have favored Wall Street, the wealthy and powerful for too long,' says Communications Workers of America
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"People's Injunction" Launched to Block Canadian Pipelines
'The action on the ground starts now'
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Philadelphia school superintendent says city schools could shutter early next year if the budget impasse continues. As Destruction of Philly Public Ed Looms, Kids Are Pawns in Budget Battle
'Do we really need to bleed Philadelphia some more before we can heal the self-inflicted wounds caused by our conservative legislators?'
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Not Just Oceans and Atmosphere, Rapid Warming Killing World's Lakes
Rapidly warming lakes are warning sign of possible water insecurity, 'substantial economic consequences,' and, in some cases, 'complete ecosystem loss,' researchers found.
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US Congress to Corporations: Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
The 'good things' in the budget bill and tax cut package 'come at far too high a price.'
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Making Presidential Campaign History, Sanders Breaks Individual Contribution Record
'You can’t level the playing field with Wall Street banks and billionaires by taking their money'
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Sharing Prosperity Most Evenly, Norway Wins Again
UN's Human Development Index ranked Norway number 1.
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Bernie Sanders Calls Fed Rate Hike Bad News for Working Families
Economists, warning of impact to low wage workers, said rate increase is a 'mistake'
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Hung Jury Results in Declaration of Mistrial in Freddie Gray Case
'Officer Porter may have gotten a mistrial, but the verdict on the department for which he serves could not be more clear.'
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Investigation Links Potential Cover-Up to Chicago Mayor's Top Aides
NBC5 reveals mayor's top aides knew about video long before mayor claims to Emanuel claims to have been briefed
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World's Small Farmers Fighting Back as WTO Pushes Corporate Agenda
The WTO is aiming to strengthen a 'corporate-driven free trade regime' while ignoring solutions that would protect small-scale farmers and increase food security, says La Via Campesina
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What Global Climate Deal? UK Lawmakers OK Fracking Under National Parks
'Ministers must urgently rethink their entire approach to energy policy'
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Gas Prices Are Down and a Nation's Love for SUVs Soars
Worldwide vehicle fuel economy needs vast improvement to stave off catastophic warming.
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And Just Like That, "Free Trade" Pact Trounces US Law
Congress kills country-of-original label law with provision tucked into omnibus budget
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Allowing Corporate Sponsorship of Great Barrier Reef Likened to Naming Hospital After Tobacco Company
Opponents slam Australian government's controversial new initiative for reef conservation
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Regime-Change Turnaround: Kerry Says Assad Can Stay...For Now
Obama administration shifts from previous stance that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should step—or be forced—aside
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Observers Slam CNN for Aiding and Abetting Hate Speech in GOP Debate
Watchdogs say corporate media is stoking racist and fear-mongering rhetoric
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Lawmakers 'Fail the Internet,' Sneak Cyber Bill Into Must-Pass Omnibus
"It’s clear now that this bill was never intended to prevent cyber attacks, it’s a disingenuous attempt to quietly expand the U.S. government’s surveillance programs."
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Undercutting Climate Progress, Congress Agrees to Lift Oil Export Ban
Deal to lift 40-year-old ban smuggled into $1.1 trillion omnibus bill
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Will Even One GOP Candidate Use Debate to Condemn Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes?
'Un-American rhetoric is causing long-term harm to our nation's image and to ordinary American Muslims who are bearing the brunt of the hatred generated by pandering to fear and hysteria.'
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Sanders 'Talks Shop' and Socialism with Renowned Rapper
What democratic socialism means to Sanders is 'that everybody at least has a minimal standard of living and some dignity as a result of that.'
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Climate Change Driving 'Profound' Shift in Arctic Ecosystem
NOAA warns Arctic is warming 'twice as fast as other parts of the planet'
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More Than A Few Bad Eggs: Industrial Farms Exploiting 'Organic' Label for Profit
For some egg producers, the term organic 'appears to be nothing more than a profitable marketing term to apply to the agro-industrial production model'
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Does Lexmark Strike Signal New Labor Rights Movement in Mexico?
Workers are mobilizing as observers warn exploitative labor system in Juarez began with NAFTA—and will grow with TPP
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