News for 2017-08-08

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Protester holds sign about voting Trump DOJ's Latest Move Confirms "Worst Fears" About Voting Rights
Legal experts and voting rights advocates are raising alarms about a reversal in the Justice Department's long-standing interpretation of a federal law that dictates when and how states can purge voters from their rolls. Regarding the pending Supreme Court case Husted v A. Philip Randolph Institute...
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"Building on the success of two previous Resistance Recesses earlier this year, MoveOn members will be convening to hold GOP members of Congress accountable for their votes on healthcare repeal and speak out in support of Medicare for All," MoveOn.org said in a statement. With Resistance Recess, Groups Fight for Congress That 'Puts People Before Profits'
Summer recess began for members of Congress last week shortly following Senate Republicans' deeply unpopular and ultimately unsuccessful push to repeal the Affordable Care Act—but lawmakers shouldn't anticipate a restful vacation. "If Democrats want to win in 2018 and take our country back from the...
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Sane Voices Urge Diplomacy After 'Lunatic' Trump Threatens 'Fire and Fury'
"That this threat comes between the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki underlines the president’s dangerous lack of appreciation of the horror and evil of nuclear war."
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Protesters have frequently gathered outside the White House in recent months. After 200 Days of Trump, Poll Shows Base (Finally) Abandoning President
President Donald Trump's support has been on the decline since he entered office in January—but in a new poll from CNN, the president's popularity among his previously-solid base is shown to be crumbling. The newest numbers (pdf) suggest that even as Trump holds rallies in states that have been...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders 'Make Your Stand': Medicare for All Supporters Ready to Hold Dems to Account
"We're not going to accept no more hemming and hawing. No more game playing."
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The report came as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Manila meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who bragged to a state news agency that the U.S. and Australia have "considerably toned down" their criticism of his human rights record. Trump Embraces Duterte as Endless US War Expands in Philippines
News that the Trump administration is gearing up to expand the global war on terror into its eighth country, the Philippines, arrived on Monday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was pictured smiling and glad-handing with President Rodrigo Duterte, the nation's controversial leader...
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A new report shows that even if humans were to immediately halt carbon emissions, the earth's temperature would still rise over the next century due to irreversible damage that's already been done. Fearing Trump Censorship, Govt. Scientists Leak Alarming Climate Report
A leaked draft of an extensive federal climate change report is causing alarm on Tuesday—both because of its findings, which make clear that the U.S. is currently experiencing the effects of climate change, and because of statements by the report's authors, who say they're concerned President...
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If contractors are replacing soldiers and they are on the frontline they could kill or be killed, there could be kidnaps or insider attacks—what happens if they commit a crime or bodies have to be sent back; there would be a large number of legal complications," one official told the Financial Times. Blackwater Founder's 'Disturbing' Plan to Privatize Afghan War Gains Ground
As President Donald Trump vents his frustration with the United States' "losing" strategy in Afghanistan, the " notorious mercenary " and Blackwater founder Erik Prince has seized the moment to offer his favored alternative: privatize the war. "A private air force and a bombing app! From the people...
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