News for 2017-05-12

Friday, May 12, 2017
Dangerous Trifecta of Crises as Yemen Hit With Cholera Outbreak
As if things couldn't get worse for those living in the besieged nation of Yemen, a cholera outbreak has reportedly killed more than 50 people and spread to thousands more since late April, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Thursday. The outbreak was first announced in October 2016...
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Experts Resign From EPA Subcommittee to Protest Trump's War on Science
Protesting the Trump administration's "continued obfuscation of scientific evidence and the research enterprise," two scientists resigned Friday from an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advisory subcommittee focused on public health and pollution. Specifically, Drs. Carlos Martín and Peter...
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NSA Tools, Built Despite Warnings, Used in Global Cyber Attack
Apparent National Security Agency (NSA) malware has been used in a global cyber-attack, including on British hospitals, in what whistleblower Edward Snowden described as the repercussion of the NSA's reckless decision to build the tools. "Despite warnings, @NSAGov built dangerous attack tools that...
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"Nothing Further to Add": Spicer Shuts Down Questions on Trump's Tapes Tweet
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer refused multiple times during the daily press briefing to clarify President Donald Trump's Friday morning tweets, saying he had "nothing further to add" when asked about Trump's cryptic warning to former FBI director James Comey. Watch: Spicer likewise...
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20 AGs Demand Immediate Appointment of Special Prosecutor for Russia Probe
Following President Donald Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey, 20 state attorneys general have added their voices to the chorus and called for an independent special prosecutor to probe alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The letter (pdf), dated May 11 and addressed...
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Trump's EPA Chooses Foreign Mining Interests Over Critical Alaska Watershed
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Donald Trump has shelved a lawsuit against a proposed Canadian gold and copper mine that would endanger Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed, allowing the mining company to revive the controversial Pebble Mine project. "If the Trump administration...
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Top Dems Raise "Grave Concerns" Over Sessions' Role in Comey Firing
Top House Democrats on Friday raised concerns that Attorney General Jeff Sessions violated the law and lied under oath to Congress if he directly participated in President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI director James Comey. Sessions reportedly recommended earlier this week that Trump fire...
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#WithFewExceptions Everyone Has Something to Say About Trump's Terrible Presidency
Attempt to brush tax controversy aside with attorney letter backfires hilariously
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Law Expert Says Trump 'High Crimes and Misdemeanors' Already Evident
Trump's is "essentially the language of bribery. It's the language of the underworld, of racketeering, not the language of a president who is supposed to be enforcing the rule of law."
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Reversing Progress, Sessions Order Embraces 'Vicious Cycle of Incarceration'
In a bid to revive the failed War on Drugs, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a sweeping memorandum on Friday directing prosecutors to pursue the most harsh charges available for low-level offenders, reinstating a discredited practice that rights groups warn has already "devastated the lives...
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National Pro-Choice Defenders 'Terrified' of This Latest Ploy to Attack Planned Parenthood
Texas is moving forward with an unprecedented and bold request to the federal government: the state wants federal money to help it strip all public funding from Planned Parenthood. If Texas is successful, other states are likely to follow suit. "We're all terrified," Elizabeth Nash, senior state...
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Trump Threatens Comey: "Better Hope There Are No 'Tapes' of Our Conversations!"
President Donald Trump issued a cryptic threat to former FBI director James Comey on Friday, tweeting that the recently-fired bureau chief "better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our...
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Because Accuracy 'Not Possible,' Trump Threatens to Halt Daily WH Briefings
As the Trump administration continues to go off the rails, President Donald Trump on Friday morning threatened to "cancel all future 'press briefings'" after once again berating the so-called "Fake Media" and saying the expectation of accuracy from the White House was unrealistic. The president's...
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Following Online Outrage, Facebook Restores Abortion Pill Provider's Page
Update (7:45AM ET): After more than twenty-four hours and amid online outrage and demands it be restored, Facebook on Friday morning re-published the page for Women on Web (WoW), an international online service that provides medical information and access to abortion pills to women where it is...
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