News for 2017-04-18

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Groups Decry Trump Plan to Demand Social Media Passwords at US Border
Raising concern about the violations of privacy occurring in the name of U.S. border security, a coalition of consumer rights groups on Tuesday launched a new campaign opposing the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) so-called "extreme vetting" practice that requires travelers to reveal their...
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Lawsuit Against Trump Grows to Encompass More Violations—and Plaintiffs
The lawsuit charging President Donald Trump is in violation of the U.S. Constitution by accepting benefits or gifts from foreign governments through his hotel properties expanded in multiple ways on Tuesday. For one thing, the lawsuit—filed on Trump's first full business day in office by watchdog...
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RESIST DAY #89: What You Can Do Today
Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe
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Wilder Fires and Rising Waters, Climate Impacts Coming to America's Door
Americans in many cases have been slow to acknowledge the real threats posed by global warming. But two new studies out Monday found that people living throughout the United States could soon see their communities forever altered by higher seas and raging forest fires. While the United States has...
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Tribunal Finds Monsanto Endangers Right to Food, Health, Environment
Biotech giant Monsanto "has engaged in practices which have negatively impacted the right to a healthy environment, the right to food, and the right to health," five international judges comprising the "Monsanto Tribunal" declared Tuesday. The panel, which heard two days of testimony outside the...
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Paving Way for Abuse and Scams, IRS Hires Private Debt Collectors
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is hiring private debt collectors to snatch up unpaid taxes, which consumer advocates warned Monday could come with a host of problems—from mistreatment to profit incentives to exploitation by scammers. The four companies hired by the IRS are CBE, ConServe,...
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Demonstrators at the Tax March on April 15 in New York City. As Push for Trump's Taxes Gains Steam, Promised GOP Tax Overhaul Falters
As millions of Americans file their tax returns, and days after tens of thousands of marched to demand that President Donald Trump make his tax returns public , the president is still refusing to release his returns. "When they talk about tax reform, are they talking about cutting Donald Trump’s...
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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Mixing Business with Presidency, Ivanka Trump Sees Profits in China
On April 6, Ivanka Trump's fashion brands got a massive boost when China approved three trademarks for her business, " giving it monopoly rights to sell Ivanka brand jewelry, bags and spa services in the world's second-largest economy," the Associated Press reported Tuesday. What else happened on...
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Blocking Execution, US Supreme Court Deals Blow to Arkansas' "Hankering to Kill"
Despite state leaders' "hankering to kill," the U.S. Supreme Court late Monday refused to allow the state to proceed with its scheduled execution, dealing yet another legal blow to the government's planned spree. "The nation's highest court took several hours to reach its decision, finally...
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Waffling on Single-Payer and Trump Resistance, Feinstein Faces Angry Boos
It's not only Republicans that are feeling the heat in their hometowns during this congressional recess. Democrats who aren't on board with increasingly popular progressive proposals are being held to account as well. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was a case-in-point on Monday, when she faced...
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'Astounding': Trump Salutes Fellow Authoritarian Erdoğan on Power Grab
President Donald Trump on Monday congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the controversial referendum over the weekend that granted him sweeping new powers amid accusations of human rights violations. Trump called Erdoğan on Monday to discuss the outcome of the vote, which gives the...
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Beyond Bernie Sanders: 'There's a New Sheriff in Town... All of You'
PORTLAND, Maine—Speaking to an overflow crowd at the kick-off of their eight-city nationwide tour , Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, and local leaders on Monday night credited the activated grassroots movement that has risen up against President Donald...
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