News for 2017-04-13

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Int'l Spy Agencies First to Spot 'Suspicious Interactions' Between Russia, Trump Team
The ongoing probe into ties between Russia and affiliates of President Donald Trump was reportedly first spurred by international spy agencies that picked up "suspicious interactions," which they began sharing with the FBI, the Guardian reported on Thursday. Speaking to a number of unidentified...
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Ducking Cameras, Trump Signs Bill Delivering 'Gut Punch' to Millions of Women
Behind closed doors on Thursday, President Donald Trump signed a bill that will effectively make it harder for women—especially low-income women and women of color—to access basic healthcare services. The legislation, which Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to pass last month,...
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"Even for Pruitt, It's Outrageous": EPA Chief Says US Should Exit Paris Deal
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday explicitly called for the U.S. to remove itself from the Paris climate agreement, one of his strongest remarks yet expressing his opposition to the landmark deal to keep global warming below 2°C. "Paris is something we need to...
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Bill Introduced to Protect Fliers from Being Violently Dragged Off Planes
File this under "bafflingly necessary." Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would prohibit airline carriers from forcibly removing passengers from flights that are overbooked, oversold, or in the case of crew wanting to travel as passengers. Instead, the companies...
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Commander-in-Chief Trump Drops 'Mother of All Bombs' on Afghanistan
Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump unleashed one of the most powerful U.S. bombs—the 20,000 pound GBU-43, known as "the mother of all bombs"—on Afghanistan on Thursday, the Pentagon has confirmed. The MOAB, which stands for massive ordinance air blast, reportedly struck an Islamic State (ISIS) tunnel...
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The vigil in front of the United Nations headquarters on Thursday. Hunger Strikers at UN Headquarters Call for End to Yemen War
Peace activists are holding a week-long vigil and hunger strike at United Nations headquarters in New York City to demand an end to the U.S.-backed, Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen and humanitarian aid for the country's starving population. The hunger strike and vigil, organized by Creative Voices...
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Pentagon Admits to Killing 18 US-Backed Syrian Forces in Friendly Fire Incident
The Pentagon on Thursday admitted to accidentally killing 18 U.S.-backed Syrian fighters on Tuesday during a coalition operation against the Islamic State (ISIS). "A coalition air strike in support of partnered forces fighting ISIS south of Tabqah, Syria, resulted in 18 Syrian Democratic Forces...
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Trump Threatens Healthcare for Poor in Effort to Cut Healthcare for Poor
Displaying deal-making skills that employ vulnerable citizens as bargaining chips, President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to cut off subsidies that help poor people afford health coverage in order to get Democrats to the negotiating table on repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "Trump's...
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RESIST DAY #84: What You Can Do Today
Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe
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Jean-Luc Melenchon Leftist Candidate Surges in French Presidential Election
In a surprising twist in the French presidential election, leftist candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon is surging in the polls, raising the possibility of a run-off vote between the pro-worker and pro-immigrant candidate and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen . Jean-Luc Mélenchon is also gaining voters on...
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What Campaign Promises? Trump Backpedals on Yet More Major Pledges
President Donald Trump reversed his position on four major campaign pledges and other public remarks within the space of a few hours on Wednesday. Between an interview and a press conference, Trump flipped or pivoted on several economic and national security policies, including some of his...
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