News for 2017-03-29

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
As Perez Shakes Up Staff, Sanders Urges 'Total' Overhaul for Democratic Party
The Democratic National Committee's newly-installed chair, Tom Perez, has asked for the resignations of all the organization's staffers—a reorganization Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says is "absolutely" needed. The call for the resignations, with a deadline of April 15, comes "as the DNC attempts a...
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These Are the 16 Senators Still Undecided About Filibustering Neil Gorsuch
Fifteen Democrats (and one Independent) remain undecided on whether to filibuster Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, according to one news outlet's recent count. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on President Donald Trump's nominee on Monday, April 3; Senate Majority...
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Trump Wants to Slash Medical Research Funding to Help Pay for Border Wall
Lawmakers, scientists, and advocacy groups are decrying President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), saying they represent another broken campaign promise and a " heartless " attack on critical medical research. In keeping with his war on science, Trump's "...
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European Union and Chinese flags Global Anger and Dismay After Trump Slams Brakes on U.S. Climate Action
The world reacted with dismay and anger as President Donald Trump issued an executive order Tuesday that dismantled critical U.S. climate policies, betraying the country's international climate commitments. While world leaders, scientists, and policy makers expressed outrage and skepticism about...
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Coalition Takes Trump's Order to Pillage Public Lands for Coal to Court
A day after President Donald Trump " took a wrecking ball to U.S. action on climate change " with an executive order that included lifting his predecessor's pause on new federal coal leases, a coalition of groups has filed a legal challenge to stop the widespread damage the rescission would bring...
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'Moving Beyond Resistance': Bernie Sanders to Headline Progressive People's Summit
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will headline a major progressive conference later this spring that aims to galvanize the resistance to President Donald Trump into a larger movement for a just world. The People's Summit will be held in Chicago from June 9-11 at McCormick Place, and is expected to...
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RESIST DAY #69: What You Can Do Today
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Get on board to back the new push for a Medicare-for-All With Sen. Bernie Sanders set to release new legislation to established a national 'Medicare for All' system in the U.S., you can let your elected lawmakers (and your friends and neighbors) know that you support a...
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A Westinghouse nuclear plant under construction near Waynesboro, Georgia. Nuclear Power Suffers Major Blow With Westinghouse Bankruptcy
Major nuclear power company Westinghouse, a U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Toshiba, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday in a massive blow to the industry. The filing marked "a defining moment in the decades-long downward spiral of the global nuclear power industry," wrote Greenpeace Japan in a...
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Trump's Head of Immigration Enforcement Made First Public Appearance. It Didn't Go Well
The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made his first public appearance leading the agency on Tuesday evening at an event in Sacramento, Calif., where—inside and outside of the forum—he was met with strong opposition from lawmakers and immigrant rights advocates. The packed event...
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Why Was US Attorney Preet Bharara Fired? Dem Senators Seek Answers
Three Democratic senators have written to Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding to know the circumstances surrounding the firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, noting that he was reportedly investigating one member of President Donald Trump's cabinet—and potentially the president himself—when...
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Anti-Abortion Activists Charged Over Infamous Planned Parenthood Videos
Two anti-abortion activists who secretly recorded Planned Parenthood conversations were charged with 15 felonies on Tuesday, with California prosecutors saying they violated state law by filming medical providers without their consent. David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt face 15 charges each...
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