News for 2017-02-28

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Threatening Clean Water for Millions, Trump Signs Off on Polluter Giveaway
Throwing the weight of his office behind the nation's biggest polluters, President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing his administration to dismantle the Obama-era Clean Water Rule . Surrounded by other foes of environmental regulation, including the newly confirmed EPA...
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Sanders Tackles Drug Pricing (Again), This Time With Help From 'Big-Pharma Dems'
Aiming to lower the "outrageous" cost of prescription drugs, a group of lawmakers led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would allow Americans to import low-cost medicine from Canada. Sanders was joined (pdf) in his chamber by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Bob...
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A vigil for Berta Cáceres. Berta Cáceres' Murder Linked to U.S.-Trained Soldiers, Leaked Court Docs Show
Leaked court documents obtained by the Guardian and reported on Tuesday appear to corroborate a whistleblower's claim that U.S.-trained special forces within the Honduran military were responsible for the death of prominent Indigenous land defender Berta Cáceres last year. The whistleblower, a...
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From Inside and Out, Resistance Aims to Counter Trump Address to Congress
President Donald Trump will address Congress for the first time Tuesday night, where his speech is expected to be met with resistance inside the chamber from Democrats and protests outside of the Capitol. #ResistanceAddress Tweets Activists will gather in Lafayette Park near the White House ahead...
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Protesters gathered in front of Trump Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., before its grand opening. Vancouver Trump Hotel Opening Met With Protests, Shunned by City Officials
The grand opening of a Trump Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday was met with loud demonstrations and shunned by city officials in protest of the Trump administration's harsh anti-immigration stance. "None of us will be [at the opening]," Kerry Jang, a city council member, told the...
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Mourners Protest Trump at Funeral for Indian Man Killed in Kansas
Crowds that had gathered in Hyderabad, India on Tuesday for the funeral of a man killed in an apparently racially motivated shooting in Kansas last week protested the rise in attacks on minorities in the U.S., chanting and holding up signs that read, "#DownWithTrump" and "#DownWithRacism." Srinivas...
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Moment of Truth for House GOP as Committee Debates Trump Investigation
This post may be updated. With a line that extended around the block, a packed hearing, and hundreds of thousands of signatures delivered, it was made clear on Tuesday that the people want answers regarding President Donald Trump's conflicts of interest and potential ties to Russia, and are...
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Groups Raise Alarm About Under-the-Radar, 'Extremist' Healthcare Nominee
Organizers are urging constituents to call their lawmakers Tuesday and make a pitch against Seema Verma, President Donald Trump's nominee for administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Senate Finance Committee, which held Verma's under-the-radar hearing earlier this...
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Outcry Kills Anti-Protest Law in Arizona, But Troubling Trend Continues Nationwide
An Arizona bill that sought to prosecute protest organizers like racketeers is officially dead after widespread outcry forced state lawmakers to put that effort to rest, marking a victory for the national resistance movement currently facing a rash of legislation aimed at stifling dissent. Arizona...
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Clueless DeVos Uses 'Byproduct of Jim Crow' to Push 'School Choice' Ideology
A statement released Monday by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exposes her lack of knowledge about both education policy and American history, critics said. Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are "real pioneers when it comes to school choice," DeVos said in the statement marking...
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Shell Knew, Too: Investigation Reveals Big Oil Co.'s Decades-Long Climate Lies
Oil giant Shell also knew of the dangers of climate change decades ago, while it continued to lobby against climate legislation and push for fossil fuel development, a joint investigation by the Guardian and the Dutch newspaper The Correspondent revealed Tuesday. Shell created a confidential report...
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was one of the 229 Republicans who blocked the measure. 'Despicable': House Republicans Torpedo Effort to Force Release of Trump's Tax Returns
In a vote Monday night almost exclusively along party lines, a measure to force the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to reveal President Donald Trump's tax returns was blocked by the U.S. House. In all, 229 Republicans voted to help Trump keep his tax returns secret. (Roll call here .) "This is...
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RESIST DAY #40: What You Can Do Today
Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe
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