News for 2017-06-16

Friday, June 16, 2017
New Docs Bolster Claims of EPA Head Scott Pruitt Being Fossil Fuel Puppet
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has been described as an " ally ," " puppet ," and " tool and minion " of the fossil fuel industry. Newly obtained documents reinforce that portrayal. Exhibit A: emails newly obtained by the Associated Press that show "dozens of meetings between...
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'We Want Justice': Prime Minister Forced to Flee as Londoners Protest Deadly Fire
In the wake of the deadly fire that devastated residents of London's Grenfell Tower—a fire believed to have been caused in part by government neglect and design flaws stemming from an effort to make the building look nicer to appease the wealthy —hundreds took to the streets on Friday to demand...
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Denouncing GOP's 'War on Women,' Nationwide Sit-Ins Target Trumpcare
As Senate Republicans scheme behind closed doors to bring Trumpcare to a vote by the end of June , women across the country are ensuring their opposition is felt on Friday by occupying the offices of elected officials and demanding they vote no on any attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "In...
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Amazon Extends Tentacles Further With Purchase of Whole Foods
Online behemoth Amazon is acquiring Austin-based Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, the companies announced Friday—a development that watchdogs say will pad billionaire pockets and spell bad news for consumers. Jim Cramer, host of CNBC 's "Mad Money," expects the deal to make Amazon, headed by...
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Trump Set to Take Backwards Step on Cuba Policy
President Donald Trump on Friday is set to put a chill on the thawed relations between the U.S. and Cuba his predecessor put in place just three years ago. In an announcement in Miami, Trump will partially roll back Obama's measures, which the new administration sees as a failed " appeasement "...
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With Attack on Deputy AG, Trump Legal Team Must Be 'Going a Little Nuts'
In a message that journalists and political observers say looks like a shocking attack by a sitting president on his own Justice Department, President Donald Trump appeared to take aim at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a Friday morning tweet. Trump also acknowledged, for the first time...
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Seeking Economic Justice for All, Hawaii First State to Consider Basic Income
Hawaii has become the first state to officially begin exploring the possibility of a universal basic income (UBI) after a bill requesting the creation of a "basic economic security working group" recently passed both houses of the state legislature. The bill "boldly declares that all families in...
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Russian Military Says It May Have Killed ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi
Though the country's foreign minister later said there was not "100 percent confirmation," the Russian military on Friday claimed it may have killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State (ISIS), with an airstrike in Syria last month. If confirmed, al-Baghdadi's death could be major blow...
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Fueling 'Perpetual War,' Trump to Send 4,000 Troops to Afghanistan
In a move signaling marked escalation of a war that has spanned nearly 16 years, a Trump administration official told the Associated Press on Thursday that an additional 4,000 troops will be sent to Afghanistan. An official announcement is expected to come next week. "War fought without oversight...
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