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Tuesday, November 3, 2015
'No Winners' as Global Tech Giants Receive Failing Grades on User Privacy and Protections
'In sum, users are left in the dark about many company practices that affect freedom of expression and privacy.'
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Smelling a 'Rat,' Groups Tell Obama: Foil TransCanada and Ban KXL Outright
Request to suspend application makes it clear KXL has been defeated by the climate movement. Campaigners call on Obama to 'end this.'
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'Good Day' for Transgender Students as Ruling Says School Violated Civil Rights
Ruling by US Department of Education is a win 'for all students, but especially those who are transgender all across the nation.'
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New Study Shows Antarctic Melting Approaching 'Unstoppable' Tipping Point
'What we call the eternal ice of Antarctica unfortunately turns out not to be eternal at all,' says lead author of new study
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New Report Chronicles Shell's Legacy of Lies, Deceit, and Contamination
Human rights groups exposes oil giant's false claims it has cleaned its spills in Niger Delta
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Monday, November 2, 2015
Case of the 'All-White Jury' Heard at Supreme Court
'All of the evidence seems to suggest a kind of singling-out,' declared a skeptical Justice Elena Kagan
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From Pot to 'Democracy Vouchers,' Election Day 2015 Races to Watch
From clean elections to transgender rights to marijuana legalization, voters across the US will weigh in on progressive issues Tuesday.
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VW Emissions Scandal Widens as Defeat Devices Found in New Models
"This is a very serious public health matter," said executive officer of California Air Resources Board
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Lawrence Lessig, Champion of Electoral Reform, Drops Bid for President
'I was just shut out,' the Harvard professor said, after new Democratic Party rules excluded him from debate
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Collective Victory Declared as Obama Takes Small Step to 'Ban the Box'
Announcement follows years of organizing by formerly-incarcerated people and their families
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Blairite MP Tells Cambridge Students: As 'Top One Percent' You Must Rebel Against Corbyn Leadership
Despite intra-party dissonance, support for the UK Labour Party has surged since election of leader Jeremy Corbyn
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Yemen Braces for Devastation as Cyclone Chapala Nears
Cyclone expected to make landfall on Tuesday morning with record rain and hurricane-strength winds
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Honoring Slain Media Workers, UN Calls for End to 'Cycle of Impunity'
Press freedom groups caution that progress is still moving slowly in countries high on the global impunity index
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How a Canadian University 'Bent Over Backward' for a Pipeline Corporation
'I have the impression that Enbridge sees the center as a PR machine for themselves,' warned former University of Calgary professor
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New FBI Program Trains Teachers, Students to Snoop On Muslims
Civil rights groups warn that new FBI tool "Don't Be a Puppet" violates civil liberties of Muslims
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Sunday, November 1, 2015
Missed Chance to 'End Dictatorship' as Erdoğan Claims Victory in Turkey
"I'm horrified," said one young voter in Instanbul. "I don't want to live in this country anymore because I don't know what is awaiting us."
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'Next Phase' for Sanders as TV Ad Signals Move to Amplify Popular Message
'People are sick and tired of establishment politics and they want real change.'
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'Absolute Crap' But Brilliant: Corporate America's Plan to 'Misbehave Without Reproach
'Only in the senile, decrepit, and unbelievably corrupt modern version of the United States would this sickening decadence even be considered possible, let alone doable.'
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Super Storms Keep Coming as Yemen and Oman Brace for Cyclone Chapala
Expected to make landfall on Monday, storm is already creating waves taller than 30 feet and could unleash more rain in two days than these areas usually see over several years
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Saturday, October 31, 2015
With Wars Now Displacing 60 Million, Time for World to 'Reaffirm Its Humanity'
In rare joint call, head of both UN and International Red Cross say human conflict is reaching unprecedented proportions
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Even as War Rages, Talks in Vienna Renew Peace Prospects for Syria
Major powers and regional rivals come together in Austria and find at least some common ground on the crisis. What that means for the Syria people, however, may be another matter entirely.
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'No Survivors' After Russian Airliner with 224 Aboard Goes Down Over Egypt
Authorities are not yet publicly speculating on what may have caused the disaster
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Friday, October 30, 2015
Big Win for Farm Workers as EPA Moves to Ban Dangerous Pesticide
Agency's proposal hailed as 'a step forward on the path to environmental justice.'
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APA Letter Sends 'Clear Message' That Psychologists Reject US Torture
The prestigious organization notified the U.S. government it will no longer allow members to collude in torture
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Revealed: As Baltimore Rose Up from Below, FBI Spied from Above
Flights raise questions about 'whether aerial surveillance has the effect of chilling First Amendment–protected speech and assembly,' says ACLU
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'Gasoline on the Fire': Obama Orders Ground Troops To Syria
Expanded military footprint will include Special Ops forces inside Syria and expanded ground operations in Iraq
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Posing Unprecedented Threats, Cyclone Aims for War-Ravaged Yemen
Cyclone Chapala 'on pace to become the strongest cyclone on record in the Arabian Sea,' says meteorologist.
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Seething With Anger, Probe Demanded into Exxon's Unparalleled Climate Crime
'Very few things truly piss me off,' says Bill McKibben, but no corporation has ever 'done anything bigger and badder' than what ExxonMobil has done in this case.
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UN Report Shows World's Pledges for Paris Are Recipe for Climate 'Disaster'
New analysis by UNFCCC finds wealthiest countries must step up efforts to decrease greenhouse gas emissions to stave off extreme warming
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New Probe Reveals NSA Targeted Entire Staffs of EU Governments
German investigation reveals long arm of American spy operations across Europe
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Being 'Let Out' May Not Equal Freedom As Release of 6,000 Held on Drug Charges Begins
Development met with praise, but concern remains for many, including those heading for immigration detention
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After 13 Years with No Charges, British Prisoner at Gitmo Finally Released
More than 100 detainees remain at the offshore prison, nearly half of whom have been cleared for release
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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Groups Ask Top US Spy: Just How Many Americans Swept Up in NSA Dragnet?
"It does not serve Americans' privacy to keep them in the dark about how often the NSA scoops up their phone calls and e-mails," says Brennan Center for Justice
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New DOJ Docs Confirm Stingrays Can Ensnare Bystanders
ACLU investigation reveals controversial surveillance devices are capable of intercepting "calling activity of all persons in the vicinity of the subject."
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Saudi Prisoner, Flogged for Blogging, Awarded Top EU Human Rights Prize
Parliament calls on Saudi king to free Raif Badawi 'so he can accept the prize.'
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EU Parliament Votes for Dropped Charges, Asylum Protection for Snowden
Resolution passed by European Parliament Thursday calls on member states to prevent whistleblower's extradition, rendition
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Flood of Western Weapons Fueling Unrest, Extremism Across Middle East
Transparency International warns: "Corruption has fueled political unrest, extremism, and formed a narrative for violent extremist groups"
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Slamming War on Drugs, Sanders says Let States Make Pot Legal
'We need major changes in our criminal justice system—including changes in drug laws,' the Vermont senator said.
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Whistleblower Accuses USDA of Censorship Over Anti-Pesticide Reports
'Bureaucracies under political pressure from corporate stakeholders routinely shoot the messenger, even if they are wearing a lab coat.'
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'Whitewash' Inquiry into UK's Iraq Invasion Will (Finally) be Published... in 2016
An additional eight or nine months before publication 'will mean more spin and obfuscation,' says Stop the War Coalition
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Vowing to Stop US Military Base, Okinawa Elders Dragged Away by Riot Police
'Don't the people of Okinawa have sovereignty?'
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Censorship on Rise as Global Internet Freedom Continues Downward Spiral
Well over half of all internet users live in countries where criticism of the government, military, or ruling family has been subject to censorship online
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Low-Income, Latino Communities Across US Living in Air Pollution 'Sacrifice Zones'
New study adds to growing body of evidence that low-income communities of color are disproportionately impacted by ecological destruction
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Chased by Fighter Jets, US Military's $2 Billion Spy Blimp is Coming Down
"Peace out losers."
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Amid Flood of Dark Money, Groups Make Simple Request of FEC: 'Do Your Job'
Existing regulations are "woefully inadequate to address today's political environment"
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'A Tale of Two Retirements': New Report Blasts Rigged Rules That Favor Corporate Execs
'Together, we can ... allow for all Americans to be able to retire with dignity.'
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Indonesia's Deforestation-Fueled Wildfires May Be World's Worst Climate Crisis
Hundreds of thousands have fallen ill and at least 19 have died from fighting blazes and pollutant exposure
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EU Toughens Against TTIP as Top German Lawmaker Blasts Anti-Democratic Deal
Parliament president's remarks are just the latest example of growing opposition to the corporate-friendly pact
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Breakthrough? Iran Accepts Invite for Syria Peace Talks with US, Russia
Though no Syrian delegation will attend, discussions in Vienna could advance possibility for diplomatic solution to armed conflict
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Comey Under Fire for Incendiary 'Ferguson Effect' Claims
As nation reels from latest incident of officer violence gone viral, FBI Director's comments called 'damaging' to police, community relations
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Farm Sanctuary Gets Lift from Celebrity Couple Jon and Tracey Stewart
"We're going to build new advocates, new curious learners, and new leaders for this very important movement," says Tracey Stewart
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'Yes, I Lied': Vindicating Villagers, Star Chevron Witness Busted for Perjury
'Chevron has taken the people of Ecuador and the U.S. court system on a ride, full of lies, deliberate delay, and obstruction of justice,' says Amazon Watch
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Lacking Federal Protection, Rural LGBTQ Workers Falling Through the Cracks
People in huge swaths of the country continue to face the possibility of being fired or harassed at work because of their identity or sexual preference
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Universities Face Another Push to Criminalize Speech Criticizing Israel
Students say they should be allowed to engage in human rights advocacy in defense of Palestinians
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Digital Rights 'Sold Off' as European Parliament Jettisons Net Neutrality
Parliament's vote "a profound disillusion for all those who, throughout the years, battled to ensure net neutrality in Europe."
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National Outrage as Videos of Brutal Police Assault on Black Student Go Viral
Attack speaks to ongoing issues such as school-to-prison pipeline and police violence on minority communities
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'Reckless, Dangerous, Irresponsible': US Warship Provokes Beijing in South China Sea
Chinese foreign ministry summons the American ambassador as experts say Americans playing with fire
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Sharpening Contrast with Clinton, Sanders Touts Bold Positions in Tough Times
'When the going gets tough, when leadership was needed, I was there,' Bernie Sanders tells Rachel Maddow
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'Codifying' Government Surveillance, Senate Passes CISA
"If President Obama does not veto this bill, he'll be showing that his administration never truly cared about the open Internet," rights group says
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MSF Hospital in Yemen Bombed by US-Backed Coalition
Active medical facility was struck while patients and staff were inside
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Monday, October 26, 2015
Americans Win Right to Challenge Inclusion on Government's Secret 'No Fly List'
Court ruling seen as a victory against racial profiling, specifically for Arab-Americans
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Future of Europe's Internet On the Line as EU Preps for Net Neutrality Vote
Those who vote to pass weak net neutrality bill without amendments, warns group, "will be the gravediggers of our rights and freedoms"
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Crazy Hot Future Could Make Persian Gulf Unfit for Human Habitation
With unabated climate change, many major cities in the Middle East 'could exceed a tipping point for human survival, even in shaded and well-ventilated spaces'
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Following Student Outcry, 'Ole Miss' Lowers State Flag
With its prominent display of the Confederate battle flag, the symbol will come down 'until there is a state flag representative of all Mississippians'
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Evidence Mounts that US Military Knew They Were Bombing Active Hospital
Reporting raises new questions about potential war crimes in U.S. bombing of Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan
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Tea Party Tanks: Latest Poll Shows New Low for Faux Grassroots Movement
Five years after helping sweep Republicans back into office, voters appear to be shedding their support for the movement once described as a "weird and disorderly mob" created to do the bidding of the corporate elite
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Top-Secret Pentagon Program Exploited Aid Workers as Covert Spies
Experts warn that Department of Defense espionage program places international NGOs at great risk
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Coal Baron's Hidden 'Conscience' Shuts Down UK's Largest Open-Cast Mine
Shotton mine located on land owned by British aristocrat and known climate-change denier
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Processed Meats Pose Severe Cancer Risk, Says WHO
Bacon, sausage, ham labeled "carcinogenic to humans" by World Health Organization's cancer research arm
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Taxman and the Stingray: Revelations Show IRS Using Troubling Spy Gear
'If the IRS is using it, it shows just how far these devices have spread,' says ACLU
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With Child Health Uniquely Threatened, Pediatricians Call for Climate Solutions
Children and infants 'uniquely vulnerable' to the human-made crisis, warns the American Academy of Pediatrics
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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Tony Blair Admits Iraq Invasion's Role in Rise of ISIS
Former prime minister offers no real apology for invasion
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Will New Plan for Testing Caps Bring End to Disastrous Bush-Obama Education Policies?
Following 'testocracy uprising,' White House issues call for limits on time taking tests in classrooms
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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Joins Chorus Questioning Legality of Drone Killing Program
Statement by Rep. Keith Ellison sparked by Intercept exposé on killing program
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With Global Warming, 'Patricia Exactly the Kind of Terrifying Storm' to Expect
Hurricane Patricia, which struck Mexico's Pacific coast on Friday, 'the fastest-intensifying hurricane ever observed in the Western Hemisphere.'
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Friday, October 23, 2015
Leaked Doc Shows 'Toxic Trade Deal' Putting Environmental Safeguards on the Chopping Block
'This sustainable development proposal is anything but sustainable.'—Ilana Solomon, Sierra Club
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Foreshadowing Paris, Failure in Bonn Chastised as 'Calamity' for Climate
"The only way we're going to see progress is with a strong grassroots movement that can take on the power of the fossil fuel industry," said Jamie Henn of 350.org
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Women with Facts Fight Back Against Fracking... and Sexism
'Women, for whatever reason, have not been persuaded by the facts,' said Averil Macdonald, newly-appointed chair of UK Onshore Oil and Gas
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"We're Baaack...": DNC Reverses Ban on Corporate Cash to Fund Convention
The Democratic National Committee is luring corporate lobbyists with VIP rewards
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Despite Widespread Opposition, 'Surveillance Bill in Disguise' Takes New Step Towards Passage
CISA would allow technology companies 'to hand over huge amounts of our information without any legal process whatsoever, as long as they have a vague cybersecurity purpose.'
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Texas Demands Planned Parenthood Files in 'Politically Motivated' Raids
Despite state's "efforts to distort the truth, healthcare—no matter what—is what happens at Planned Parenthood."
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Decrying Greedy Vulture Funds, Sanders and Warren Call for Relief in Puerto Rico
'The people in Puerto Rico should not be forced to suffer so that a handful of wealthy investors can make a 100 percent return on their investments.'
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'Mass Struggle Works': South African Student Uprising Wins Tuition Hike Freeze
'A famous victory won by the hard struggle of students. We are all humbled.'
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Mexico Braces for Hurricane Patricia: 'Strongest Storm Ever Measured'
'An extremely dangerous, potentially catastrophic hurricane,' warns the National Hurricane Center
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Thursday, October 22, 2015
In 'Extraordinary Victory,' FCC Votes to Cap Exorbitant Prison Phone Fees
"Because of today's FCC decision many families across the country will be able to change, overcome, and heal together."
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Because the 'Time for Climate Action Is Now,' Oslo Makes Landmark Move to Ban Cars
'The reduction in pollution will make the city even better to live in, and ensure that we take our global responsibility'
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Life and Death on the Line as Rich Nations Evade Climate Obligations
Bloc of developing countries says wealthy UN member states are trying to shift financial obligations onto World Bank, IMF
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Robin Hood in Reverse: How Hotter Planet Takes from Poor, Gives to Rich
Global warming 'is essentially a massive transfer of value from the hot parts of the world to the cooler parts of the world,' says UC Berkeley researcher
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'Never Seen Anything Like This Before' as 2015 Set to Be Hottest Year on Record
With many eyes turning to UN talks in Paris, Earth continues to exhibit symptoms of a planet on fire
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Palestinian Groups Condemn Violence, Ask World to Recognize Root Cause
Civil society groups call on international community to stop fueling human rights violations and end "institutional impunity'
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#DivestMIT: Scientists Stage Sit-In to Demand Fossil Fuel Divestment
'MIT has put money before morals and its students' futures'
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Files in Lawsuit Against CIA Stolen in 'Disturbing' University Break-In
Theft of files alleging CIA cover-up of civilian killings in El Salvador had 'suspicious' elements
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'New Era of American Prosperity': Sanders Calls for Free Higher Ed for All
Presidential candidate outlines his plan to make public colleges and universities tuition-free on campaign trail and in a new op-ed
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'Fees Must Fall': Student Uprising for Justice Sweeps South Africa
'We demand, among other things, that the exorbitant fees... be lowered in line with a progression toward opening the gates of higher learning for all'
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
WikiLeaks Publishes First Round of Hacked CIA Chief Emails
Former CIA Director John Brennan is said to have used the private email account 'occasionally for several intelligence related projects'
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ACLU Accuses Biloxi of Running Debtors' Prison in Lawsuit Seeking to 'Dismantle Two-Tiered System of Justice'
'Cities across the country, like Biloxi, are scrambling to generate revenue, and they're doing it off the backs of poor people'
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US Government Accused of Stifling Medical Marijuana Research
With its widespread usage and support, research into the drug has never been so critical
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Tech Giants Drop CISA Support as Controversial Spy Bill Heads for Vote
Following grassroots campaigns, Google, Apple, and other companies come out against government surveillance legislation
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Landmark Look at US Charter System Reveals Waste, Fraud, 'Ghost Schools'
'The bottom-line is taxpayers know far too little about how much their federal tax dollars are being used to fund charters,' says Center for Media and Democracy
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Joe Biden Will Not Run
"While I will not be a candidate," he said, "I will not be silent."
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