News for 2017-03-30

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Nunes Intel Came From White House, Raising 'Profound Questions'
House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) got his intelligence information—divulged earlier this month at a bizarre briefing that set off a brand-new Capitol Hill firestorm —from two White House officials, the New York Times revealed Thursday. Also Thursday, "the White House said...
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Lawsuits Pile Up, Resistance Revs Up Against Trump's KXL Order
Rising to the challenge set by the Trump administration's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, environmental organizations and Indigenous groups are already firing back with a pair of lawsuits and an energized vow to resist the controversial, 1,700-mile conduit. "This dirty pipeline is a loaded...
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Watch: Bernie Sanders Talks 'Dark Money' with Journalist Who Literally Wrote the Book On It
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday sat down with investigative journalist Jane Mayer to discuss the threat that secretive and undisclosed campaign financing—exemplified by the outsized influence of powerful billionaires like Charles and David Koch—continues to have on U.S. democracy and what should be...
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Oklahoma Bar Launches Investigation to Determine If Trump's EPA Chief Lied Under Oath
The Oklahoma Bar Association on Thursday opened an investigation into whether Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt lied to Congress under oath. Pruitt has been asked to respond to the inquiry, which will look into possible ethics violations stemming from his confirmation hearing...
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Bannon May Have Violated Ethics Pledge by Talking to Breitbart: CREW
Top presidential adviser Steve Bannon may have violated a White House ethics pledge by communicating about official matters with employees of his former media company, the rightwing site Breitbart News , according to a Washington, D.C., watchdog group. Since joining the White House, Bannon, who...
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With Schools-as-Uber Analogy, Betsy DeVos Exposes Ignorance—Again
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has once again illustrated her limited understanding of —and respect for—public education, with another gaffe that's drawing criticism from many corners. During a speech at the nonprofit Brookings Institution on Wednesday, DeVos likened choosing a school to choosing...
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Americans Aghast As Fate of Internet Privacy Rests in Trump's Hands
With the fate of internet privacy now resting in the hands of U.S. President Donald Trump, Americans are increasingly outraged over what many say is a clear gift to the deep-pocketed telecommunications industry. From plans to erect billboards exposing just how much the industry has donated to...
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Vice President Mike Pence VP Pence Casts 'Awful' Tie-Breaking Vote to Defund Critical Family Planning Program
To widespread outcry, a procedural vote on a GOP effort to slash funding for the Title X family planning program, which funds clinics that largely serve poor women and women of color, passed the Senate Thursday after Vice President Mike Pence was forced to cast a tie-breaking vote. The measure...
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RESIST DAY #70: What You Can Do Today
Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe
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Migrant workers harvest corn on a farm in Gilroy, Calif., in 2013. EPA Rejects Own Science to Greenlight Brain-Damaging Pesticide
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt denied a 10-year-old petition late Wednesday to ban the use of chlorpyrifos , a widely-used pesticide that harms children's brains, in a decision that outraged public health advocates and environmentalists. In greenlighting the dangerous...
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Advocates Cry Foul as NC Lawmakers Pass 'Bait and Switch' HB2 Deal
Updated: The North Carolina General Assembly on Thursday approved a measure decried by advocacy groups as a "sham" compromise designed to end the economic boycott of the state while still sanctioning anti-LGBTQ discrimination. "After the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 32-16, the House voted 70...
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Trump's DOE Climate Office Reportedly Bars Use of Phrase "Climate Change"
Update: Responding to reports of censorship at federal agencies, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed four Freedom of Information Act requests on Thursday with the Trump administration's Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior, and...
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'Galling': US Lifts Human Rights Restrictions on Arms Sales to Bahrain
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday lifted the government's human rights restrictions on arms sales to Bahrain, in a move that Amnesty International called "galling" and "a dangerous signal." The State Department notified Congress of its intent to proceed with the sale of F-16 fighter...
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