News for 2017-07-19

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
'Unbelievable': Trump Slams Sessions' Recusal; Warns Mueller to Steer Clear of Finances
In an interview with the New York Times released Wednesday evening—with remarks described as "insane" and "unbelievable"—President Donald Trump openly admits he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions, a loyal campaign surrogate, to be his attorney general if he'd known Sessions would ultimately...
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Donald Trump After Six Months, A Detailed Look at 'Giant Bait and Switch' Trump Presidency
It has been six long months since Donald Trump's inauguration, and unsurprisingly, the president has not parlayed his populist campaign promises into policy. In fact, he has often done the exact opposite— earning himself the lowest approval rating of any president in the past 70 years. "Giant...
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'A Dark Moment': Voting Rights Groups Condemn Trump's Election Commission
Civil rights advocates are blasting the first meeting of President Donald Trump's so-called "Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" which was held Wednesday to begin its supposed mission of assessing "the registration and voting processes used in Federal elections." Critics say the...
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Children Among Civilian Dead in Latest US-Backed Saudi Coalition Airstrike in Yemen
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday reported that an airstrike carried out by the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition in Yemen killed 20 civilians—including women and children—who were fleeing violence in their home province. "The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation,...
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Trump's NAFTA Plan Looks a Lot Like Corporate-Friendly Deals He Campaigned Against
The Trump administration this week released its objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)—the trade deal Donald Trump referred to as "the worse deal ever"—and while observers say the document includes " a lot of boilerplate language " and is " fairly vague ,"...
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'The People Deserve Better': Watch Warren Rip Trump's Union-Busting Labor Nominee
Raising alarm about the Trump administration's ongoing war on organized labor at a time of stagnant wages and withering employee rights , Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday drilled a top Trump labor pick for spending much of his career "making it harder for workers to join unions." Warren...
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Amnesty Slams Latest Supreme Court Ruling on 'Cruel and Discriminatory' Muslim Ban
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the Trump administration's appeal to broaden the scope of its " Muslim Ban 2.0 " to grandparents and other close relatives, partially staying a ruling on the travel ban by a federal court in Hawaii. But the High court put U.S. District Court Judge...
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Study Calls for Rapid "Negative Emissions" as Scientist Warns "Shit's Hitting the Fan"
The "shit is hitting is the fan," said noted climate scientist James Hansen, countering "this narrative out there…that we have turned the corner on dealing with the climate problem." Hansen is lead author of a new study that warns that there "is no time to delay" on climate change efforts and...
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Gray wolf Warnings as GOP Aims to Gut Protections for Endangered Species
Conservation groups are issuing warnings on Wednesday as Congressional committees in both chambers considered Republican-backed bills aimed at weakening the Endangered Species Act. "If these dangerous bills are enacted, hundreds of plants and animals will be put on a fast track to extinction." —...
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"Fundamental Existential Threat": Lawmakers Warned of the Risks of Killer Robots
Lawmakers told to keep ethical rules of war in place "lest we unleash on humanity a set of robots that we don't know how to control."
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The I-Alone-Can-Fix-It President Vows to Make Trumpcare Better at 'Lunchtime'
During last year's campaign, he said , "I alone can fix it." "Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated," President Donald Trump declared in February. In April, Trump admitted he thought being president "would be easier." But on Wednesday, with the Republican effort to repeal and replace the...
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Joining Single-Payer Chorus, Al Gore Says For-Profit System Had Its Chance
On the heels of what appeared to be Trumpcare's final collapse on Monday and in the midst of growing grassroots demands for Democratic lawmakers to embrace a "bold" agenda, former Vice President Al Gore said at an event on Tuesday that he believes the United States should move toward a single-payer...
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Barbara Lee Slams Paul Ryan for Killing Endless War Repeal 'In Dead of Night'
"Refusing to debate and vote on our ongoing wars is an abdication of our constitutional responsibility."
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