News for 2017-02-21

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
We Will 'Never Be Broken': Facing Imminent Eviction, Water Protectors Stand Their Ground
Faced with an imminent evacuation deadline, Indigenous opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline are vowing to stand their ground despite threats of arrest and possible violence. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday refused to extend the Wednesday 2pm GMT deadline for the few hundred remaining...
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"Love That Doesn't Risk Isn't Love": Amid Immigration Chaos, Sanctuaries Flourish
As President Donald Trump escalates his anti-immigration policies and rhetoric, more and more spaces are standing up for undocumented immigrants. The Guardian reported Tuesday on libraries throughout the country launching initiatives to make their immigrant visitors feel welcome, from hanging...
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Without One Mention of Climate Change, Scott Pruitt Greets EPA Employees
Newly sworn-in EPA administrator Scott Pruitt , whose nomination was ardently opposed by environmentalists and who is poised to roll back major climate and clean water regulations, addressed his employees for the first time Tuesday afternoon. During his remarks, in which he did not mention the...
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Iowa capitol building Iowa Bill Would Force Universities to Hire Right-Wing Professors
As Republican-dominated state governments push frightening right-wing legislation nationwide, a GOP senator in Iowa joined the fray on Monday with a bill that would force universities to exclusively hire Republican professors and temporarily bar Democrats until "partisan balanced" is reached. The...
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'Medicare for All' Only Way for Trump to Keep Healthcare Promises
Cut the bureaucratic mess. Reduce costs . Expand coverage . Make it great. President Donald Trump put forth a good number of lofty promises on healthcare on the 2016 campaign trail. A new analysis released Tuesday reveals there's only one way to achieve them: Enact a single-payer, Medicare-for-All...
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Lawmakers Call on Trump to End 'Blank Check for War'
Lawmakers are calling on President Donald Trump to officially declare war against the Islamic State (ISIS) and submit a resolution to Congress that limits his war powers. Led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), 12 House Democrats and one House Republican sent a letter to Trump that asks the president...
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Trump Administration Issues How-To for 'Hyper-Aggressive Mass Deportation Policy'
The Trump administration on Tuesday issued new guidelines that constitute a "sweeping rewrite" of Obama-era policies on immigration, greatly expanding the number of individuals that can be forcibly deported and further emboldening the current crackdown. The memoranda on implementation (pdf) and...
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Trump Administration Toying With Alternative Economic Facts
The Trump administration's hallmark " alternative facts " may infiltrate U.S. economic data. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the White House "is considering changing the way it calculates U.S. trade deficits, a shift that would make the country's trade gap appear larger than it had in...
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Trump's Vague Condemnation of Anti-Semitism Called "Too Little, Too Late"
President Donald Trump finally spoke on Tuesday about a recent rash of anti-Semitic threats and attacks in the U.S., telling one news outlet: "Anti-Semitism is horrible, and it's going to stop." The vague statement was the president's only response thus far to the latest wave of anti-Semitic acts—...
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'Law Is on Our Side': Seattle Mayor Ready to Sue Trump for Answers on Immigration
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is ready to sue President Donald Trump if he keeps refusing to answer Murray's questions about his immigration policies, Politico reported Tuesday. The mayor is slated to use his State of the City speech Tuesday morning to announce plans to ask the Trump administration to...
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A cardboard cut-out of Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) leans against the microphone at the "mock" town hall in Austin, Texas, on Sunday. Voters Shame Cowardly Reps with Town Halls Hosted by Cardboard Cut-Outs
As people flood town halls during the Congressional recess to register their outrage over President Donald Trump's right-wing agenda, many members of Congress are apparently attempting to duck the public outcry by refusing to hold any town halls at all. And so constituents are taking matters into...
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RESIST DAY #33: What You Can Do Today
Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe
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