News

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
'No Trump Zone' Planned in Paris Ahead of President's Visit
As the Trump administration attempts to deflect questions from the press regarding Donald Trump Jr.'s controversial meeting during last year's campaign with a Russian lawyer , the president himself has kept a relatively low profile ahead of a scheduled trip to France this week—but the French aren't...
Read more
'Maps Will Be Redrawn': Massive #ExxonKnew Iceberg Breaks From Antarctica
"This is likely a harbinger of the pace and size of future ice shelf breaks in the Antarctic Peninsula."
Read more
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
'No Longer A Question': Trump Jr.'s Emails Show Collusion, Analysts Say
Analysts, journalists and officials expressed shock Tuesday following the release of Donald Trump Jr.'s emails regarding a meeting with a Russian lawyer who had Kremlin ties. Trump Jr. posted his June 2016 email exchange with Ron Goldstone, a contact who offered to arrange a meeting in which then-...
Read more
National Day of Action Aims to 'Save the Internet From Trump and His Cronies'
In the face of attempts by the Trump administration to roll back recent net neutrality gains and hand the web over to large telecommunications companies, Open Internet advocates, civil rights groups, and thousands of websites are joining forces on Wednesday to participate in a national day of...
Read more
Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders President Applauds 'Transparency' After Trump Jr. Forced to Come Clean
With no apparent sense of irony, President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended the "transparency" of his eldest son's decision to tweet a damning email thread—which legal experts have deemed a " smoking gun " that points to apparent collusion—just before it was exposed by a New York Times report. In a...
Read more
Rights Groups Prepare for Fight Against Arkansas' Man-Approved Abortion Law
A hearing is scheduled for Thursday in the American Civil Liberties Union's suit to block several new anti-reproductive rights laws that have passed in Arkansas, which would impose severe restrictions on women's abortion access in the state. The group has joined with the Center for Reproductive...
Read more
Warning of Sixth Mass Extinction, Scientists Implore Global Action
"The serious warning in our paper needs to be heeded because civilization depends utterly on the plants, animals, and microorganisms of Earth that supply it with essential ecosystem services."
Read more
Donald Trump Jr. Donald Trump Jr.'s Email Thread 'Could Hardly Have Been More Explicit'
In what one commentator said "may be the most extraordinary development yet in this whole Trump-Russia saga," new reporting and an email thread released by Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday has cast new and incriminating light on possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian...
Read more
Destroying Mosul to Save It: Possible US-Backed War Crimes in Iraq Exposed
As Iraqi forces celebrate their victory over the Islamic State (ISIS) in Mosul, a damning new report by Amnesty International sheds light on the killing of Iraqi civilians at the hands of the U.S.-led coalition which "may constitute war crimes"—and demands that the coalition acknowledges the loss...
Read more
Donald Trump Jr. As Don Jr. Lawyers Up, Words Like 'Collusion' and 'Treason' Fly
Following the latest explosive details about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer during last year's campaign, in which he hoped to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton, legal experts are saying the encounter could be proof that "collusion"—or even "treason"—took...
Read more
'Lunacy': Trump Aides Sought Afghanistan Advice From Notorious War Profiteers
Two of President Donald Trump's closest aides have reportedly solicited advice from two wealthy private military contractors—Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, and Stephen Feinberg, the billionaire owner of DynCorp International—on how to proceed with the sixteen-year-long war in Afghanistan. "...
Read more
Monday, July 10, 2017
Donald and Ivanka Trump Factory's Ties to Ivanka 'Probably' Led to My Arrest, Says Labor Investigator
In what journalist Naomi Klein characterized as "serious emolument news," a labor rights advocate says he believes he was detained by the Chinese government because a factory he was investigating for labor abuses produces shoes for Ivanka Trump's brand. In an interview with the The Guardian , the...
Read more
New ACLU Suit Challenges Legality of Trump's Election Commission
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Monday against President Donald Trump's commission on so-called "voter fraud," arguing the controversial panel has operated under a level of secrecy that violates federal law. The 15-member commission held a private meeting via telephone on June...
Read more
The ExxonKnew Iceberg: Name It After the 'Climate Criminals,' Says Group
Climate campaigners have a name proposed for a huge iceberg researchers say is about to break off from an ice shelf in Antarctica: the #ExxonKnew Iceberg. The calving, as the break-off is called, is happening on the Larsen C ice shelf in West Antarctica. According to the U.K.-based Project Midas,...
Read more
Nation "Too Broke" for Universal Healthcare to Spend $406 Billion More on F-35
The nation's most expensive weapons program isn't done showing U.S. taxpayers how much it will ultimately cost them, with Bloomberg reporting Monday that the F-35 fighter jet budget is now predicted to jump by a cool $27 billion. "Think about [F-35's] $405 billion price tag when a family member...
Read more
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Ditching Diplomatic Duties, Tillerson Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award From Oil Industry
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson—a former CEO of the world's largest oil company—is under fire on Monday for setting aside his diplomatic duties on Sunday to accept a lifetime achievement award from the World Petroleum Congress is Istanbul, Turkey. "Secretary Tillerson's warped notion that it's...
Read more
Hundreds of Thousands Gather in Turkey to 'Revolt Against Injustice'
Turkey's opposition leader declared a new beginning for the country and demanded reforms to the country's current government at a huge pro-democracy rally in Istanbul on Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Turkey's first city following a peaceful 25-day March for Justice that...
Read more
Hourglass Ticking to Save Monuments From Becoming Fossil Fuel 'Sacrifice Zones'
With the public comment period ending Monday, t here are just hours left for the public to weigh in on President Donald Trump's order that threatens protections of 27 national monuments designated since 1996. "These monuments were protected by presidents from both parties for good reason," said...
Read more
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Report: Trump Continues to Profit Lavishly From Golf Club Membership Fees
"Even as president, Trump earns up to hundreds of thousands of dollars every time a new member joins one of his clubs."
Read more
As Republicans Hide From Voters, Sanders Rallies Trumpcare Resistance
As the congressional recess—usually a time for lawmakers to interact with their constituents—is set to end on Monday, many Republicans are working extremely hard to avoid voters angry about the Senate GOP's historically unpopular and potentially deadly Trumpcare plan. "Frankly, this is what...
Read more
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Scott Pruitt and 'His Polluter Friends' Take Aim at Clean Water Rule
"The American people count on the EPA to keep our drinking water safe, and this disregard for independent science is a disservice to all our families."
Read more
'Landslide Victory' for Climate as G20 Leaders (Minus Trump) Affirm Paris Accord
"Trump's historically irresponsible decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement has left the U.S. isolated on the world stage."
Read more
Amid G20 Talks, Greenpeace Activists Scale Bridge Demanding 'End to Age of Coal'
"Only if the major industrialized countries swiftly move from coal to renewable energy can the most catastrophic consequences of climate change be prevented." —Susanne Neubronner, Greenpeace Germany As the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, heads into its final day following a long night of climate...
Read more
Friday, July 7, 2017
It's Settled: Trump Either Did or Did Not Accept Putin's Denial of Election Interference
"Call me crazy but I don't feel like we have any particularly reliable narrators of what actually happened in the meeting," said MSNBC's Chris Hayes
Read more
US a No-Show as Historic Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Adopted
The United States has joined a small group of global outliers on Friday after a historic United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons was adopted by a majority of the world's nations. "The adoption of the nuclear weapons ban treaty marks an historic turning point in the centuries-old battle to...
Read more
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Sanders Offers Trump 3-Point Agenda for G20 Summit, Putin Meeting
As thousands protested in Hamburg ahead of the G20 Summit, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took to Twitter late Thursday to encourage U.S. President Donald Trump to focus on a few key issues as he meets with leaders of the world's top economies. The two-day summit, which kicked off Friday morning,...
Read more
When Master Manipulator Putin Met 'Sociopathic Narcissist' Trump at the G20
With global attention—and much speculation—focused on their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany on Friday, a handful of former spies said the experienced Russian President Vladimir Putin had the likely advantage over U.S. President Donald Trump, a novice in terms of world affairs...
Read more
Spotlighting Cruelty of Trump's Muslim Ban, World Embraces #BannedGrandmas
An attempt by the Trump administration to single out grandparents as it seeks to impose its widely denounced travel ban is hitting a snag: people love their grandparents. When the Supreme Court partially reinstated President Donald Trump's ban last month, it included in its ruling an exemption for...
Read more
Departing Ethics Chief: Sure Looks Like Trump Is Profiting From Presidency
Following his abrupt resignation on Thursday —which lawmakers and watchdog groups said should be " deeply unnerving " to advocates of government accountability—Office of Government Ethics (OGE) head Walter Shaub said in a televised interview on CBS that it appears Donald Trump and members of his...
Read more
Thursday, July 6, 2017
German police sprayed protestors with water cannons Beneath Dramatic G20 Clashes, a Deep Demand for a Better World
With the focus on dramatic images of German riot police using tear gas and high-powered water cannons to disperse G20 protesters in Hamburg on Thursday, the message from those demonstrating in the streets was clear for those willing to listen: a better world is possible . Tweets about #G20 #...
Read more
Citing 'Current Situation' Under Trump, Government Ethics Chief Resigns
Following months of repeated battles with the Trump administration over its reluctance to comply with even the most basic standards of transparency , Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Director Walter Shaub Jr. announced his resignation on Thursday, citing problems with "the current situation" at...
Read more
To Protect Students from For-Profit School Predators, 19 States Sue Betsy DeVos
Led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, a coalition of 19 states on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her department over their efforts to prevent the implementation of new federal rules designed to protect students from the predatory practices of for-...
Read more
The Women's March on Washington in January 2017 'We Will Not Be Intimidated': Organizers Announce Women's March Against NRA
Organizers of the Women's March on Washington—which took place the day after Donald Trump's inauguration and inspired solidarity marches in hundreds of cities across the globe—are planning a protest against the National Rifle Association for July 14, in response to a video published to the NRA's...
Read more
'Disturbing' Undertones Detected in Trump's Bizarre Poland Speech
During a speech at the site of the Warsaw Uprising Monument in Poland on Thursday, President Donald Trump proclaimed in terms some characterized as " disturbing " that "the fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive." Speaking before an audience of close to 15,000...
Read more
Greenpeace protested Donald Trump's arrival in Poland with the message "No Trump, Yes Paris." 'No Trump, Yes Paris': Greenpeace Gives US President Cold Welcome in Poland
'This is how we protest against the anti-climate policy of the president of the United States and the announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from The Paris Accords.'
Read more
#SitInSaveLives: Arrests Nationwide as Groups Mobilize to Stop Trumpcare
"Sometimes the consequences of legislation for real people can get lost. Nonviolent direct action can dramatize and clarify the reality."
Read more
Progressives Demand Voting Rights Overhaul Amid GOP Suppression Efforts
As the Trump administration's " repugnant " and possibly illegal attempt to collect state voter data—which critics have characterized as part of a broader attempt to suppress the vote—continues to backfire immensely , several House Democrats are pushing for legislation that would bolster voting...
Read more
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
As US and North Korea Escalate Tensions, Saner Voices Call for 'Engagement and Dialogue'
As tensions continue to rise following Pyongyang's testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and subsequent military exercises carried out by the U.S. and South Korea, anti-war voices are calling de-escalation and restraint, with one advocacy group charging Wednesday that "both sides...
Read more
Demonstrators protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to exit the Paris climate change accord. Offering Moral Leadership, UCC Urges Clergy to 'Be Bold and Courageous' in Climate Fight
The United Church of Christ on Monday passed a resolution that calls on clergy to lead educational and legislative efforts to combat climate change, urging its members to be "bold and courageous as we address the greatest moral challenge that the world has ever faced." The resolution, titled " The...
Read more
As Deathtoll Rises, EU Condemned for 'Failing Policies' on Refugee Crisis
As the European Union called on member countries to contribute more to the effort to resettle refugees, Amnesty International released a blistering report on Wednesday which charges that EU policies have made the Mediterranean route from Africa to Europe more deadly than ever for the tens of...
Read more
Sean Spicer Touts Incredibly Misleading Headline on Travel Ban Poll
Results of a Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday initially appeared to signify a victory for the Trump administration in the court of public opinion, and they were quickly met with celebration by White House officials. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was the first to tout...
Read more
As Trumpcare Protests Grow, GOP Senators Duck and Dodge Determined Voters
As the Republican Senate leadership aims to push through a deeply unpopular healthcare bill, GOP senators across the country are spending their July 4th recess clashing with their constituents—or avoiding them. Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Susan Collins of Maine, and Dean Heller of Nevada were all...
Read more
Hamburg police used a water cannon on G20 Summit protesters German Police Deploy Water Cannon Against G20 Protesters
German police deployed a water cannon and pepper spray to disperse around 500 protesters in Hamburg, ahead of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit this weekend, where advocacy groups say global leaders will continue to support a flawed model for creating a more just world. Some activists gathered to march...
Read more
'Talk Is Cheap': G20 Told to End Public Subsidy of All Dirty Fuels by 2020
Extreme weather trends continue . CO2 emissions remain above the safe threshold. And President Donald Trump's decision to ditch the Paris climate pact underscores the need for other world leaders to live up to their promises to uphold the accord. But a new report by a group of environmental...
Read more
Progressives Explain Why Centrist Tech Billionaires Won't Save the Democrats
In a move already being denounced by progressives as " tone-deaf " and " literally the stupidest f------ idea " ever, tech billionaires Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman have launched an initiative titled Win the Future (WTF) with the goal of bringing the Democratic Party back from the political...
Read more
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
"What to the Slave is 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass's Historic Speech
In a Fourth of July holiday special, we begin with the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro...
Read more
Kobach Under Fire as Pushback to 'Repugnant' Voter Data Demand Swells
As the number of states rejecting a "repugnant" and "alarming" voter data demand from the Trump administration's so-called Election Integrity Commission swells to 41 , one of the officials at the helm of that commission , Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is under fire for allegedly violating...
Read more
Justice for Omar Khadr: Child Detainee to Receive Apology, at Least $10 Million From Canada
Toronto-born Omar Khadr—who was captured by the U.S. military in 2002 when he was just a teenager and held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba—will receive an apology and reportedly $10.5 million ($8 million USD) from the Canadian government for failing to protect him from abuse while he...
Read more
Payroll Data Shows Wider-Than-Average Gender Pay Gap in Trump White House
Days after the White House announced that it had ceased operations of its Council on Women and Girls, the Trump administration released data on its staff members' pay. The data showed that female staffers face a bigger gender pay gap than American women on average, as well as women who worked in...
Read more
'Scary as Hell': Trump Response to North Korea Sparks Fear of Escalation
Following North Korea's announcement on Tuesday that it had for the first time successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)—one it claimed could "target any part of the world"—President Donald Trump continued his bizarre use of social media as a weapon by launching a series of...
Read more
'We Will Be Fearless': Teachers Vow to Defend Students From Trump and Devos
In a speech during the National Education Association's (NEA) annual meeting in Boston over the weekend, Lily Eskelsen García—the organization's president—delivered a searing rebuke to President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos , who she accused of pushing a "profoundly disturbing"...
Read more
Monday, July 3, 2017
John Oliver Calls Out Sinclair Broadcast Group John Oliver: This Right-Wing Media Company Is National Threat to Local News
In Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver took on media consolidation and the not-so-covert conservative bias at Sinclair Broadcast Group's local news stations. "With Sinclair, they're injecting Fox-worthy content into the mouths of your local news anchors—the two people who you...
Read more
As Climate Threats Mount, Experts Say No Time Left for Deceitful "Debate"
As new and worrying evidence of global warming's destructive impacts mount around the globe, climate experts are saying efforts by the Trump administration's EPA chief to discredit decades of climate science research should be seen as a deceitful—and dangerous—tactic. Scott Pruitt, the...
Read more
Court Smacks Down Trump's 'Capricious' Attempt to Eliminate Obama-Era Methane Rule
A federal appeals court handed President Donald Trump's deregulatory agenda a major defeat on Monday by rejecting the administration's effort to halt an Obama-era rule aimed at reducing methane leaks, which have a powerful warming effect on the environment. "People—particularly children—whose well-...
Read more
A protester holds a sign at a London demonstration against U.S. President Donald Trump. On Possible Surprise Visit From Trump, UK Resistance Says: We'll Be Ready
Amid reports that President Donald Trump may make an unscheduled visit to Downing Street in the coming weeks, protesters in the U.K. are saying—that "whenever and however" the U.S. president arrives—they will be ready to take to the streets. The president is set to visit Poland Thursday, ahead of...
Read more
Latinos Say Lack of Spanish-Language Outreach by White House Speaks Volumes
With the Spanish-language version of the White House website gone and a Twitter account that sits largely dormant, Latino and other Spanish-speaking Americans are criticizing the Trump administration for what looks like intentional neglect and overt indifference to their communities. More than five...
Read more
Resist on the Fourth of July: Republicans to Face Trumpcare Protests Nationwide
As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gears up to bring the Senate Trumpcare bill to a vote by mid-month, resistance groups across the country are preparing to rally and confront their lawmakers over the July 4th holiday. "If these moderates don't feel the heat over recess, guess what?...
Read more
'Autocrats Are Rejoicing': Trump's Latest Attack on Press Meets Fierce Rebuke
Journalists, human rights groups, and lawmakers found common ground in their reaction to Donald Trump's latest attack on media outlets who critically who cover his administration. The video the president posted on Twitter over the weekend, showing him tackling and punching the wrestling promoter...
Read more
Top Ethics Official Resigns, Says Working for Trump Requires 'Abandonment of Conscience'
A top Justice Department official tasked with reining in corporate crime and upholding accountability standards has resigned , citing "conduct at the top"—a thinly veiled reference to President Donald Trump and his staff—that made her job impossible. "Trying to hold companies to standards that our...
Read more
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Protesters demonstrating against the upcoming G20 economic summit ride boats on Inner Alster lake during a protest march on July 2, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. G20 Summit: Activists Plan to 'Welcome' Trump, Putin to Germany
Thousands of anti-globalization activists took to the streets and waterways of Hamburg, Germany Sunday ahead of this week's G20 summit. Police said at least 10,000 demonstrators marched peacefully in the rain in a prelude to the July 7-8 meeting, where 21,000 police with dogs, horses and...
Read more
Resist the powers that be RESIST: Neil Young premieres video for new protest song, "Children of Destiny"
Canadian rocker Neil Young and Promise of the Real have just released the video for their new Trump resistance song "Children of Destiny," urging listeners to “stand up for what you believe, resist the powers that be.” The video for “ Children of Destiny ” intersperses scenes of recent large-scale...
Read more
Saturday, July 1, 2017
'Not One Day More' march at Parliament Square on July 1, 2017 in London, England. 'Not One Day More': Massive London Rally Says No to Austerity, Privatization
Tens of thousands marched through central London on Saturday to protest privatization and austerity that has led to cuts in spending for education and public services. Many carried signs reading: "Austerity Kills," "Cuts Cost Lives," "Not One Day More," and "Tories Out." After holding a minute's...
Read more
Friday, June 30, 2017
Several states have already rejected a voter data demand from Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, calling it an effort to suppress voters Refusing to Abet Suppression, States Reject Trump Demand for Voter Data
A handful of states are pushing back against a sweeping demand from a controversial Trump voting commission for information about voters in every state. Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was met with outrage at its inception last month, as it is headed by " notorious...
Read more
Amid Trump's Latest Misogyny, White House Halts Work of Women's Council
The Trump administration is taking steps towards eliminating the White House Council on Women and Girls, according to a Politico report. The Council has ceased operations while President Trump decides whether its work is necessary, and may shut down entirely. The Council was created in 2009 by...
Read more
Watch: Keith Ellison Jams Out to Celebrate Minneapolis $15 Minimum Wage
The Minneapolis City Council on Friday voted overwhelmingly to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, news that made Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) so happy he broke out his guitar and sang in celebration. Watch below: The Minneapolis City Council just approved raising the minimum wage to $15! That's...
Read more
After 16 Years, House Panel Takes Step to Cancel 'Blank Check for Endless War'
A House committee on Thursday took a surprising—yet welcome—step towards canceling the "blank check for endless war." That's because the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee passed a repeal of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which has been used justify...
Read more
Trump's Civil Rights Nominee Has Long Anti-Civil Rights History
The ACLU and other civil rights advocates are denouncing the White House's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. If approved by the Senate, Eric Dreiband's appointment would continue the Trump administration's well-established pattern of filling high-level jobs with...
Read more
Flouting Cabinet, Trump Plows Ahead With 'Potentially Devastating' Trade War
Despite fervent opposition from an overwhelming majority of his own cabinet, President Donald Trump is reportedly gearing up to wage an all-out trade war that critics argue could have a " potentially devastating " impact on the American economy and on U.S. relations with key allies. "[Trump's...
Read more
Trump Ethics Aide Under Fire for Letting Billionaire Carl Icahn Skirt Ethics Rules
In a letter (pdf) to the White House on Thursday, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) warned that a top Trump administration ethics official may have violated the very rules he is required to enforce by allowing billionaire investor Carl Icahn—who has frequently advised President Donald Trump on...
Read more
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Alarm Raised as Trump Election Panel Requests Detailed Data on All US Voters
Voting and civil rights advocates are ringing alarm bells on Thursday after it was learned that an election commission established by Donald Trump—one which critics feared from its inception would be used to suppress , not protect, voter access—had sent requests to all fifty states demanding...
Read more
Watch: White House Defends Trump's Sexist Attacks By Saying Voters 'Knew Exactly What They Were Getting'
In exchanges with reporters regarding a roundly denounced tweets President Donald Trump sent out earlier in the day, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday afternoon defended the president by saying Trump won the presidency "overwhelmingly" (which is simply not true...
Read more
Following Trump's 'Xenophobic' Playbook, House Passes Two Anti-Immigrant Bills
"Trump's policy goals will, if fully implemented, take a wrecking ball to the Statue of Liberty." —Frank Sharry, America's Voice The U.S. House helped advance a central plank of President Donald Trump's agenda on Thursday by passing two immigration laws that were swiftly denounced by critics as "...
Read more
PA Teachers Lead Fight Against "Reckless" Bill Allowing Guns in Schools
The gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is leading the fight against a newly-passed bill in the Pennsylvania State Senate, which would allow teachers and other employees to carry firearms in public schools. The bill passed with a vote of 28-22, with 26 Republicans...
Read more
Forcing Canada to Confront Past, First Nations Erect Symbolic Teepee in Nation's Capitol
Widespread applause greeted a large teepee in front of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario on Thursday morning. First Nations protesters erected the teepee as a reminder of the mistreatment of their ancestors amid celebrations in Canada for the country's 150th anniversary. Though the demonstrators'...
Read more
As 'Disgraceful' Muslim Ban Looms, Rights Groups Vow Resistance
As President Donald Trump's " disgraceful and discriminatory " Muslim ban—which was partially reinstated by the Supreme Court earlier this week —is set to go into effect Thursday night, rights groups and attorneys are preparing to challenge the administration's " arbitrary " restrictions on who is...
Read more
NRA Decries Liberal Violence While Appearing to Declare War on Resistance
A new ad released by the National Rifle Association, in which conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch bizarrely casts the anti-Trump resistance as a violent threat—is receiving fierce pushback on Thursday, with many pointing out the irony (and danger) of the nation's largest gun lobby casting...
Read more
7 Words to Describe Trump's Latest Tweet: Sexist, Repulsive, Grotesque, Insane, Deranged, Odious, Vile
Just how many adjectives of contempt does it take to describe the latest behavior of the President of the United States? In a tweetstorm that has been dubbed " sexist ," " repulsive ," " grotesque ," " insane ," " deranged ," " odious ," and " vile ," President Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out...
Read more
Deadline 2020: Just Three Years, Say Experts, Before Global Tipping Point
"Should emissions continue to rise beyond 2020, or even remain level, the temperature goals set in Paris become almost unattainable."
Read more
'Flat Out Corrupt': Protests as Trump Headlines Trump Fundraiser at Trump Hotel
With protesters outside chanting "Shame! Shame!" President Donald Trump held the first fundraiser of his 2020 reelection campaign at his international hotel in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday—an event described as a "new low" by one government ethics expert. "Anytime he profits from the hotel, as he...
Read more
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
'Kill the Bill, Don't Kill Me!': Americans with Disabilities Lead the Fight Against Trumpcare
Protesters staged sit-ins at Senate offices across the country, demanding 'No' votes on GOP's healthcare bill
Read more
"There's a darkness spreading over Washington these days, and it might be time for everyone in the news media who cares about democracy to confront it," wrote the Baltimore Sun's David Zurawik. As White House Cracks Down on Press, Calls Grow for Journalists to Fight Back
"This is not how an elected government behaves in a true democracy." —Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause The Trump administration sparked backlash once more from journalists and activists on Wednesday by continuing the " disturbing trend " of prohibiting audio and video recordings of the...
Read more
'Victory': Irish Lawmakers Ban Fracking
This story may be updated. Ireland is poised to ban onshore fracking after its Senate on Wednesday passed a bill outlawing the oil and gas extraction method. Anti-fracking campaigning group Love Leitrim celebrated the development as a "victory for people power." Victory for people power today as...
Read more
Top U.N. Human Rights Official Denounces Trump's Pro-Torture Rhetoric
A top human rights official for the United Nations is concerned that President Trump's pro-torture rhetoric could usher in a new era marked by the broad use of torture by world powers. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said this week that Trump's "persistent flirtation"...
Read more
With Nation's Attention Elsewhere, Trump Quietly Intensifies War on Workers
In a little-discussed move that could spell disaster for unions and workers in the near future and over the long-term, President Donald Trump on Tuesday night announced the nomination of William Emanuel—a lawyer for a firm that represents large corporations—to fill a vacant seat on the National...
Read more
EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Met With Dow CEO Just Before Killing Effort to Ban Toxic Pesticide
The Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head, Scott Pruitt, sparked outrage in March when he rejected his agency's proposed ban on a pesticide shown to harm children's brains. New reporting by the Associated Press Wednesday prompts further question about his decisions to...
Read more
Despite Delay, Resistance Doubles Down Against Deeply Unpopular Trumpcare Bill
As progressives gear up for a National Day of Action to protest the Republican healthcare bill, more evidence is piling in that Americans don't approve of the Senate plan to repeal and replace the the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare. A new poll by NPR/Marist finds that just 17 percent of...
Read more
From 'Bizarre' to 'Disgusting': Trump Harassment of Female Irish Reporter Draws Rebuke
"How long are women supposed to put up with this crap?"
Read more
Marry Me, Senator! 'We Aren't In Love, I Just Want Your Healthcare'
As Senate Republicans attempt to pass legislation that would strip health insurance from 22 million people and potentially cause the deaths of thousands , Indivisible Midlands activists have concluded that the best way to ensure they remain covered is to, well, marry one of their unbetrothed...
Read more
Education Secretary DeVos Condemned for 'Alarming' Civil Rights Rollback
More than thirty Senate Democrats and one independent—Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders—sent a letter (pdf) to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday expressing alarm at a recent memo unveiling her department's plans to drastically roll back civil rights protections at public schools. "You claim...
Read more
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Even Millionaires Are Ready to Ditch Trump
A CNBC poll finds that President Trump's support is waning among many of his fans from a particular demographic: millionaires. The survey was conducted with the Spectrem Group, a consulting firm that conducts research on affluent households. Forty-five percent of the millionaires surveyed voted for...
Read more
'Resistance Is Working': McConnell Forced to Delay Trumpcare Vote
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told senators on Tuesday that he would delay the vote on Trumpcare until after the July 4 recess, a move viewed by many as a testament to the strength of the bill's critics and the tenacity of its opponents. "McConnell doesn't have the votes. He thinks he can...
Read more
EPA Head's Plan to Gut Popular Water Rule Condemned as Gift to Polluters
Stirring criticism from environmental groups, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt said Tuesday that the Trump administration will take steps to roll back the Clean Water Rule, the Obama-era regulation that grants clear protections to America's waterways and drinking water supplies...
Read more
Google Fine Shows EU 'Way Ahead' of US on Reining in Massive Corporations
In a move commentators characterized as a " promising " step in the direction of regulating and reining in large and powerful tech firms, the European Commission on Tuesday slapped Google with a $2.7 billion fine for violating antitrust rules and "abus[ing] its market dominance." "American...
Read more
'Scary': CO2 Rates Climb Even as Emissions Stabilize
Climate scientists are sounding the alarm about a new realization: while carbon dioxide emission rates by humans have stabilized, the level of the greenhouse gas in the earth's atmosphere has continued to rise in 2017. According to a report in The New York Times on Monday, experts are concerned...
Read more
In 'Remarkable' Rebuke to Monsanto, California Adds Roundup to Cancer Watchlist
In a move celebrated by scientists and activists, California on Monday announced it would add glyphosate—the active ingredient in the Monsanto-produced weed killer Roundup—to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer. "California's decision makes it the national leader in protecting people from...
Read more
Urging Democrats To Go Bold, Warren Says 'The Next Step Is Single Payer'
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal , Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is calling on Democrats to embrace a single-payer healthcare system in order to win back Congress and the White House in upcoming elections. Warren argued that simply blocking the Republican rollback of the Affordable...
Read more
'It's Not Hyperbole': Study Finds Thousands Could Die If Trumpcare Passes
On the heels of the Congressional Budget Office report projecting 22 million people could lose health insurance if the Senate's version of Trumpcare becomes law, a new analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (AIM) suggests the legislation could cause the deaths of thousands of people...
Read more
Wag the Dog? Offering No Proof, Trump Threatens New Attacks Against Syria
In the wake of new reporting suggesting that the Trump administration's decision to target the Syrian government with cruise missiles in early April was conducted without sufficient evidence and over the objections of some in the U.S. intelligence community, the White House on Monday night...
Read more
'Arrogant, Intolerant, Dangerous': Survey Shows What the World Thinks of Trump
President Donald Trump's approval ratings in the United States have been described as " historically low ," and according to a new global survey published by Pew Research Center , he is not faring much better overseas. "In the eyes of most people surveyed around the world, the White House's new...
Read more
Monday, June 26, 2017
'Absolutely Devastating': CBO Predicts 22 Million Less Insured Under Trumpcare
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Monday concluded the Senate's version of Trumpcare would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 , a verdict that was immediately characterized as a " devastating " blow to a party scrambling to secure the support necessary to pass the legislation by...
Read more

Pages