News for 2017-05-19

Friday, May 19, 2017
Trump Told Russians "Nut Job" Comey Was Fired to Ease Pressure: Report
President Donald Trump characterized former FBI director James Comey, whom the president had fired just a day earlier, as a "nut job" to top Russian government officials during a recent Oval Office meeting, the New York Times reports on Friday citing an anonymous U.S. official who read from an...
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AT&T Strike Looms in 'Emblematic Fight Against Corporate Greed'
Tens of thousands of AT&T workers, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), are preparing for a three-day strike if the company fails to come to the table with "serious proposals that invest in good jobs with a future." With a 3pm ET Friday deadline, "The clock is ticking for AT...
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Trump Administration Lobbied to Ditch Climate Language from Arctic Declaration
Providing a disturbing look at how the Trump administration will insert its anti-climate agenda on global treaties and policy, the U.S. State Department last week aggressively lobbied the multinational Arctic Council to scrub language about global warming and renewable energy from its biennial...
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'Get Ready': Revised CBO Trumpcare Score, Due Wednesday, Could Trip Up GOP
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release its updated assessment of the GOP-passed Trumpcare bill next week—potentially causing more problems for the Republican Party, President Donald Trump, and the much-maligned legislation . "Get ready," Trump resistance group Indivisible wrote online...
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Global Study Shows Americans Dying from Preventable Causes at Shocking Rates
Americans are dying at a shockingly high rate from preventable causes, found a first-of-its-kind global health study published late Thursday. The new research demonstrates that despite the fact that the U.S. has the largest economy in the world, healthcare for many of its residents is woefully...
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#WalkOutND: Students Plan to Protest Pence Speech at Notre Dame University
Students at Notre Dame University are planning to stage a walkout during Vice President Mike Pence's commencement speech there on Sunday, according to ThinkProgress . An activist group at the Indiana university said they are planning the demonstration to show solidarity with LGBTQ, undocumented,...
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Sweden Drops Investigation of WikiLeaks' Assange, But Threats in US, UK Remain
Though Julian Assange 's advocates welcomed the news Friday that Swedish prosecutors dropped their seven-year investigation of sex crimes allegations into the WikiLeaks founding editor, they expressed continued concern over the threats he still faces from the U.S. and U.K.. "In order to proceed...
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As Trump Pushes Massive Saudi Weapons Deal, Yemenis Suffer from Cholera, War, and Famine
President Donald Trump will arrive in Saudi Arabia on Friday bearing a major arms deal for the Gulf kingdom, which observers warn will swiftly then be used against the people of Yemen, who are currently facing a deadly cholera outbreak, devastating famine, and two years of war that shows no sign of...
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GOP Proposes 'Draconian' Bills to Criminalize Millions of Immigrants
The Republican Party is proposing three draconian bills that critics say will turn millions of immigrants into criminals overnight, and also empower Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to enact mass deportations. The proposed legislation comes as ICE reports that President Donald...
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Lawmakers Chide Cable-Loving Trump for 'Peddling Fake News'
A group of lawmakers has expressed official concern over President Donald Trump's media diet . "We are concerned about the process by which you receive information," Democrats on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology wrote (pdf) to Trump on Thursday, describing the president as "...
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#ToryManifesto Reveals Plan to Control Internet and Disenfranchise Voters
In contrast to the U.K. Labour Party's progressive blueprint , Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled the Conservative Party's election manifesto on Thursday, sparking a wave of backlash over a pledge to create a new internet that would let the government control what gets posted online. "Some people...
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