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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Think the US Leads on Women's Rights? UN Experts Say Think Again
When it comes to women's equality in the U.S., "we regret to observe a gap between rhetoric and reality," says UN Working Group
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Who Bought This Influential Newspaper? Its Own Journalists Don't Even Know
Secrecy behind Las Vegas Review-Journal sale even more troubling because of the role Nevada holds in the upcoming 2016 presidential election.
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As Jury Deadlocks, Baltimore Residents Demand Right to Speak Out for Justice
Police and city officials accused of 'manufacturing' a threat to justify preemptive crackdown on movement demanding justice for Freddie Gray
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Amid Stagnant Wage Growth and Weak Recovery, Fed Rate Hike Would be 'Mistake'
With Federal Reserve interest rate increase on the horizon, workers' paychecks and livelihoods hang in the balance
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After Paris, Fossil Fuels Flail While Solar Stocks Soar
'No one can doubt that the fossil fuel age has finally begun to wane, and that the sun is now shining on solar. But the question, the only important question, is: how fast?' asks 350.org's Bill McKibben.
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Unplanned Nuclear Reactor Shutdown Highlights Power Plant's Dangers
Shutdown occurred after activists protested continued operation of Indian Point's expired Unit 3 reactor
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As Lead Poisons City's Children, Mayor Declares State of Emergency
Study found dramatically elevated levels of the dangerous toxin in the blood of Flint, Michigan children under five
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Monday, December 14, 2015
Congress Reportedly Slipping CISA Spy Bill Into Must-Pass Omnibus
Privacy advocates calling on President Obama to veto the legislation, saying his legacy—and the future of the Internet—depend on it
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How an Agency Charged with Protecting Endangered Animals Ignored Them Instead
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service did not intervene in thousands of environmentally harmful projects, new analysis shows
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GOP's Drive to Lift Oil Export Ban Antithetical to COP21 Climate Goals
'Right at the very moment when we desperately need to be reducing emissions and investing in clean energy solutions, lifting the crude oil export ban would do the exact opposite.'
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Accused of War Crimes, Oil Giant Shielded by US Supreme Court
The oil giant Occidental and the security contractor AirScan faced a lawsuit stemming from their role in the 1998 cluster bombing of a Colombian village
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'The Warning Bells are Deafening': Super El Niño Threatening Global Hunger Crisis
Stark warning aimed at those likely to be ravaged by record weather system, as well as wealthy governments indebted to nations most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change
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Tennessee Self-Abortion Arrest Highlights Dangers of War on Women
'The Tennessee legislature is responsible for the coat hanger, however, Ms. Yocca is on trial and that is unacceptable.'
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In Powerful Warning to City Officials, Chicago Teachers Vote for Mass Strike
'Do not cut the schools anymore, do not make the layoffs that you have threatened; instead, respect educators and give us the tools we need to do our jobs.'
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Past and Present, US Implicated in Abuses Inflicted by Iraq-Backed Militias
'The documents show how Washington...has consistently overlooked excesses by Shi’ite militias sponsored by the Iraqi government'
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Flood of Anti-Muslim Violence Driving Record Year for Crimes of Hate
Increasing xenophobia, fueled by anti-Muslim rhetoric and exclusionary government policies in the wake of terror attacks, has propelled wave of hate crimes across the U.S.
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Gitmo Survivor Calls for Amnesty So Officials May Confess Their War Crimes
"Everything that happened to us is a war crime in Guantánamo," says freed detainee held for 14 years without charge
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To Defend Rights of Women, Planned Parenthood Sues Ohio Over 'Flat-Out False' Allegations
'This is an administration that has done everything possible to eliminate access to abortion in Ohio.'
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After Five Years of Legal Limbo, Sweden Agrees to Question Assange in London
Swedish authorities reach deal with Ecuador to interview WikiLeaks founder in embassy where he has asylum
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Still Leading Merchants of Death, US Arms Sales Remain Sky High
U.S. and Western European companies together account for 80.3 percent of the arms revenue for the top 100 firms worldwide
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Sunday, December 13, 2015
As Trump Surges, New Polls Underscore Corporate Media's 'Bernie Blackout'
'The corporately-owned media may not like Bernie’s anti-establishment views but for the sake of American democracy they must allow for a fair debate in this presidential campaign.'
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Climate Deal Sealed, Campaigners Say it's Time to Kick Corporate Polluters Out of Policy
'We’ve got to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fight for national and international legislation that transforms our energy system away from fossil fuel as quickly as possible,' said presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders
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Saturday, December 12, 2015
Historic Climate Deal Reached, But Campaigners say the Work is Just Beginning
'This deal puts the fossil fuel industry on the wrong side of history.'—Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International
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50,000 Hit Streets of Poland to Rally Against 'Creeping Coup d’Etat'
'My freedom and everybody else's freedom is in danger,' says protester.
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Friday, December 11, 2015
Channeling Nation's Ugliness, Trump More American Than You Think
"Donald Trump's racism, nativism, and bigotry are as American as apple pie," says commentator
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The DuPont and Dow Chemical Merger: Bad Deal for People and the Planet
Groups are calling on the Department of Justice to reject the deal to protect food supply
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Despite Global Blowback, US Military Demanding Bigger, Badder Drone War
Questions also raised about whether civilian defense contractors hired as pilots are taking part in armed conflict.
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US Nuclear Weapons Complex Leaves 'Legacy of Death on American Soil'
More than 100,000 Americans have been diagnosed with cancers and other diseases after building the nation's atomic stockpile over last 70 years
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Decrying Draft Deal that 'Fails Humanity,' COP21 Protesters Draw Red Line
Civil society groups stage protest inside summit—and plan to march in the thousands on Saturday
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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Diplomatic Progress as Syria Opposition Groups Agree on Joint Principles
Though not all groups present at the talks were pleased, optimism resulted as political and military groups seek avenue to settlement
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Sanders Introduces Carbon Tax to 'Fight Humanity’s Greatest Challenge'
"Senator Sanders' bills protect workers and communities while helping to build a clean energy economy on the principles of equity and justice."
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Hillary Clinton Called Out for Hypocrisy on Islamophobia
While denouncing Donald Trump's racist rhetoric, Clinton has retained a campaign surrogate who previously called for the internment of some Muslim-Americans
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Muslim Advocacy Group HQ Evacuated After 'Suspicious Substance' Reported
"We receive threats on almost a daily basis, so it's nothing new for us," says CAIR spokesperson.
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Outlook is Sunny: Solar Energy On Track for Its Best Year Ever
"Year after year, we’re seeing the demand for solar energy in America skyrocket."
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Report Shows How Charter Schools Are in Business of 'Privatization and Profiteering'
Policy brief finds charters skimming off public funds for private gain, often at expense of public interest
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Beyond Paris, Climate Movement Plans Global Swarm for Future of Humanity
'This is the moment we’ve been waiting for, let’s seize it.'
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Listen to This Network CEO Revel in the Amazing Profits of Presidential Candidates "Throwing Crap at Each Other"
An inside look at why corporate media eggs on Trump's divisive—and lucrative—braggadocio
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The Deadly Results of This Nation's Mental Healthcare Failure
New report details widespread systemic failures that have led to decline of healthcare access alongside rise in police interactions with mentally ill
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Deepening Inequality Driving US Middle Class into Oblivion
"The hollowing of the middle has proceeded steadily for four decades, and it may have reached a tipping point," Pew Research Center says
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Hundreds of U.S. Groups Join Forces to Stand Against 'Dangerous Tide of Hatred, Violence'
'This feels like a tipping point for our nation'
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Chicago Streets Flood with Demand for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Resignation
March follows mayor's comments that he is "sorry" for the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old African-American Laquan McDonald
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'Perpetrators Can't Also Be Judges': War Crime Probe Demanded at White House Gate
More than 540,000 people sign petition calling for independent investigation of MSF hospital bombing, as new evidence throws Pentagon findings into further doubt
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Bye Bye, No Child Left Behind...Hello 'Excusing States for Student Abandonment'?
Toxic NCLB may be gone, but 'the struggle to allow teachers to teach goes on.'
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Groups Cry Foul as Congress Readies 'Super Bill of Pure Terribleness'
Digital rights organizations publish letter slamming cybersecurity bill cobbled together from three different proposals and 'gutted' of privacy safeguards
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'Taking Page From Donald Trump,' US House Votes for Restrictions on Visa Waiver Program
The legislation is not just 'discriminatory, it is arbitrary,' ACLU states.
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Torture Report at One Year: Unread, Unpunished, and Still Up for Debate
For the White House to look the other way while the investigation is possibly buried, 'sets a dangerous precedent by excusing major crimes like torture and forced disappearance.'
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Showing How US Can Stand Up to Wall Street, Europe Advances 'Robin Hood Tax'
Green group says 'financial transaction tax is an invaluable means by which to make a down payment on the climate price tag.'
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Now Is the Time for Ambitious Action, Say Protesters, Flooding COP21 Summit
Sit-in takes aim at weak draft deal between global leaders released on Wednesday
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Greenpeace Sting Exposes Climate-Denying Academics-for-Hire
Professors from major U.S. institutions agreed to write reports promoting the benefits of CO2— and said they did not need to disclose fossil fuel funding
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Kerry's Bold COP21 Speech Can't Hide US Pledge of "Pennies," say Activists
'The force of his words is not matched by the U.S. financial commitments.'
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'We Are United': COP21 Protest Connects Dots Between Conflict, Climate, Displacement
"The global community has a human rights responsibility to refugees fleeing violence and fleeing for their lives," said Cindy Wiesner of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
New Poll Shows Majority of Chicagoans Want Rahm Gone
Amid mounting scandals and widespread condemnation over Emanuel's handling of recent incidents of police brutality, calls for his ouster have grown
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Hostile State-Level "Crusade" Against Women's Health Continued in 2015
Report shows it's "painfully clear that lawmakers in 2015 still haven't gotten the message: stop playing politics with women's health."
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Obama's "Legacy of Inaction" on Campaign Finance Reform Exposed
More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on the president to follow his rhetoric on Citizens United and take executive action against flow of money into politics
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Supreme Court Takes Up 'Fundamental Concept of Democracy' in Voting Case
Court to decide if states should be required to draw legislative districts based on eligible voters or total populations
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Grassroots Groups Beg Scottish MPs to Stop US Corporate Power Grab
Call comes just one day after leaked docs show EU blocking discussion of measures to combat climate change that could 'restrict international trade'
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Women Leaders agree COP21 Must Have "Gender-Responsive" Deal
A deal to limit global warming to 2C would ultimately mean 'more disasters and more suffering for women who are already the most vulnerable people.'
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"Liberté Is Not Just A Word": Klein, Corbyn Call for Mass Protest at COP21
"By taking to the streets, we will be clearly and unequivocally rejecting the Hollande government's draconian and opportunistic bans on marches, protests, and demonstrations."
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With Anti-Muslim Bombast, Trump Doubles Down on 'Fascist Demagoguery'
'The truth is his language is dangerous,' say Bernie Sanders and other critics
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Monday, December 7, 2015
Saving Face in France, US Cancels Federal Auction of Dirty Fuels at Home
"The Obama administration clearly recognized that it couldn’t present itself as a climate leader in Paris if it was peddling fossil fuels at home."
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Chicago on the Brink After Release of New Police Killing Video
Attorney for family of Ronald Johnson decried decision not try officer, calls internal investigation a "whitewash"
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Climate Inaction Risks Warming Far Beyond 2°C Threshold: Exxon (Yes, Exxon)
As oil giant warns of global temperatures increases as high as 7°C, activists in Paris push for even stronger climate targets
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Readers Choose Bernie Sanders as Hands-Down Favorite for TIME 'Person of the Year'
With more than 10% of the vote, Bernie Sanders received more than five times the support of either Democratic and Republican frontrunners, beating Donald Trump's 1.8% and Hillary Clinton's 1.4%
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This WTO Ruling Is Perfect Example of How Big Trade Deals Trump Democracy
NAFTA partners can sue the U.S. for a combined $1 billion annually in retaliatory tariffs over Country of Origin Labels for meat
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Climate Deniers' Paris Event Sparsely Attended, But Journalists Still Kicked Out
A climate change denial event in Paris, organized jointly by two US groups, the coal-funded Heartland Institute and The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), held to coincide with the UN climate COP21 talks, quietly flopped Monday when hardly anyone turned up to listen to what actual...
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After Party Loss, Venezuela's Maduro Vows to Continue "Socialist Revolution"
"I can say today that economic war has triumphed," president says in concession speech
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Sanders' Climate Revolution Would Cut 80% of Emissions by 2050
Environmental platform calls for swift shift to renewable power system, a ban on extreme extraction activities, and end of subsidies for Big Oil
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Sunday, December 6, 2015
No End to "So Much War" as President Obama Delivers Oval Office Speech
U.S. president offers latest developments in the nation's ongoing "war on terrorism," which after being initiated by predecessor George W. Bush nearly 15 years ago is also known as the "endless war"
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'Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground: A Declaration for the Health of Mother Earth'
Indigenous leaders from around the world, along with allies, are demanding real climate solutions, including bottom-up initiatives originating in their traditional knowledge, culture, and spirituality.
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"You Ain’t No Muslim Bruv": Retort to London Attacker Goes Viral
With anti-Muslim and xenophobic sentiment on the rise in the wake of Paris attacks, social media hashtag aims to pushback against reactionary blame game
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To Lift Quality of Life and Economy, Finland Champions Universal Basic Income To Lift Quality of Life and Economy, Finland Champions Universal Basic Income
Under the plan receiving support by 70 percent of the country, every adult would receive a monthly allotment of €800
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Saturday, December 5, 2015
'Enough is Enough': Rallies Nationwide Against Gun Violence and Hateful Rhetoric
"It’s not enough to denounce the tragedy without also denouncing the poisonous rhetoric that fueled it."
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Beware Washington's High Hopes for 'Chavista' Defeat in Venezeula
Though headlines in the U.S. press are already cheering the possible downfall of the revolution built by the late Hugo Chavez, the government's prospects are not quite as dire as they might appear
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Defense Contractors Cite “Benefits” of Escalating Conflicts in the Middle East
Major defense contractors Raytheon, Oshkosh, and Lockheed Martin assured investors at a Credit Suisse conference in West Palm Beach this week that they stand to gain from the escalating conflicts in the Middle East. Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President Bruce Tanner told the conference his...
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Halfway Through Paris... And a Very Long Way from World-Saving Deal
'I refuse to go home without an agreement that I can look my grandchildren in the eye and be proud of my contribution.'
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Friday, December 4, 2015
World Soil Day Champions an Untapped Resource to Solve the Climate Crisis
'We’re in Paris right now to ensure that the potential of soil and regenerative agriculture as a solution to our climate crisis is fully recognized by the world’s policy makers'
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Chicago Cover-Up Deepens as 80 Minutes of Footage Confirmed Missing
'You can say it's corruption and cover-up, but at the end of the day, without a culture of white supremacy, things like this wouldn't be real.'
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Big Oil Faces Historic Human Rights Inquiry for 'Complicity in Climate Change'
'Climate change interferes with the enjoyment of our fundamental rights as human beings. Hence, we demand accountability.'
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"We're in the Business of Killing Terrorists and Business is Good"
Statements by US Air Force officials indicate service is dropping so many bombs in war on ISIS that it's scrambling to find more
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Crime Scene Becomes Media Circus as Journalists Rifle Through Shooters' Home
"Everyone responsible for this should feel deeply ashamed," said independent journalist Allison Kilkenny in reaction to bizarre episode
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'Fukushima Fingerprint': Highest-Yet Radiation Levels Found Off US Coast
'The changing values underscore the need to more closely monitor contamination levels across the Pacific.'
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Every Nation Backing This War—Including US—Must Answer for Clinic Bombing: MSF
'If we are not able to give hospitals in war zones some calmness and peace, I wonder how we can continue as a community in the world.'
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Thursday, December 3, 2015
State of Texas Wages Legal Battle to Block Refugee Families from Arriving
Suit seeks to deny resettlement to 'victims of terror' who have been through 'stringent' vetting process
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Just Days After Clinic Murders, GOP Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood
Bernie Sanders decries defunding measure as 'part of a long-term smear campaign by people who want to deny women the right to control their bodies'
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The US Government Just Literally Put Dick Cheney on a Pedestal
Unveiling of marble bust raises eyebrows—and ire
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In 'Starting Place' for Justice, Coal Baron Found Guilty Over Notorious Mine Blast
Don Blankenship's "legacy of poisoning Appalachia will persist long after his name has been forgotten."
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Private GOP Memo Reveals Trump Victory Would Only Mark the Beginning
'Understand the populist points Trump makes and ride that wave,' memo states.
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No Place to Run: Pacific Islanders 'Trapped' in Path of Rising Seas
New report finds many are unable to afford the costs of fleeing climate destruction
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How the Toxic Trade Deal You've Never Heard Of Could Kill the Climate
TiSA seeks to place 'corporate handcuffs' on government attempts to steer away from fossil fuels, says Global Justice Now
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Destroying 'Prospects of Peace,' UK Begins Bombing of Syria
'A new war will not increase the prospects of peace in Syria, nor will the British people be safer from terrorism.'
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Amid 'Stinking Scenario,' Calls Grow for Chicago Mayor Emanuel to Resign
"It's pretty obvious to anybody that there is some cover-up taking place here," says U.S. Congressman
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Zuckerberg's Facebook Giveaway: 'Charity' or Tax-Dodging Scheme?
Massive 'gift' merely reshuffles $45 billion into limited liability company controlled by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Bill McKibben: Climate Protest Movement, Not COP21, Key to Preventing “Uninhabitable World”
Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, says the U.N. Climate Summit reveals the "scoreboard" for activists pushing governments to take action on global warming, and shows "how much more work we have to do." He argues whatever agreement comes out of the meeting "won’t be enough" to avoid putting the...
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At Least 14 Dead; 17 Wounded in San Bernardino, CA Shooting
Shootout with police follows resulting in the death of at least two possible suspects in the earlier mass shooting; A possible third suspect reportedly remains at large
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New Report Details TPP's 'Panoply of Threats' to Climate
The 12-nation pact would be 'raw deal for communities and our climate,' Sierra Club says
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Mind-Blowing Inequality as America's 20 Richest Own More Than Bottom Half
Study of Forbes 400 finds nation's wealthiest own more wealth than the bottom 61 percent of the country, or 194 million people
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Pro-Democracy Group Warns of Secret Right-Wing Push to Rewrite Constitution
'This is a national train wreck that must be stopped,' says Common Cause
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Rights Groups Demand DOJ Probe Abortion Clinic Violence as 'What It Is: Domestic Terrorism'
"These attacks on clinics are part of a long history of ideologically-driven violence. They're perpetrated by an extreme minority that's committed to ruling through fear and intimidation."
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Climate Protesters Storm Australian Parliament to Demand Leaders 'Put People Before Polluters'
'Together we are stepping up to demand that our politicians keep fossil fuels in the ground so that we can have a liveable future.'
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This is Justice? Judges Seeking Reelection More Likely to Hand Out Harsh Sentences
'Proximity to re-election made judges more likely to impose longer sentences, affirm death sentences, and even override sentences of life imprisonment to impose the death penalty,' new study finds
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