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Monday, January 8, 2018
Disgust Follows Pictures of Seinfeld at 'Anti-Terror Fantasy Camp' in Occupied West Bank
Comedian blasted for attending facility that offers "special programs for tourists seeking a taste of the Israeli military experience"
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Because We're "Out of Time," Activists Storm Washington State Capitol to Launch "Climate Countdown"
"If we don't act now, our orcas and salmon are goners...and then we will be."
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Harvey rescue operation As Climate Crisis Intensifies, $300+ Billion in Damages Makes 2017 Costliest Year Ever
Experts say this "historic and unprecedented year of disastrous extremes" reinforces "the fact that climate change is a threat to our health, and also a threat to our economy."
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Net Neutrality Bill Gains Enough Support to Force Floor Vote, But 16 Senate Dems Still Uncommitted
"Supporting net neutrality should be a no-brainer for members of Congress, whose constituents from across the political spectrum are united in their opposition to the Trump FCC's attack on the open internet."
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Flouting Human Rights, Trump Pushing New 'Buy American... Weapons' Blitz
The administration is expected to enlist military attaches and diplomats to push American-made weapons to foreign governments, as well as loosening trade restrictions
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People take part in a Tax Day march against President Donald Trump in Los Angeles. (Photo: Molly Adams/flickr/cc) NAACP Calls for "A Mighty Storm of Snowflakes" to Greet Trump at Atlanta Game
Civil rights group calls on supporters to wave white towels while president is in stadium Monday evening
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As Trump Enjoys 'Executive Time,' GOP Minions Relentless in 'Wrecking of America'
Meanwhile, the White House and congressional Republicans are moving to "impose onerous work requirements" on Medicaid recipients
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White House protest Trump 'Could Be Sending People to Their Deaths,' Advocates Warn, After 200,000 Salvadorans Told to Get Out
"Deporting hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents back to the most dangerous country in the western hemisphere is not just an affront to American values, but a near-homicidal act."
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'Ironic, Misguided, and Harmful': Prisons Slammed for Banning Book on Racist Legacy of Mass Incarceration
"It is one thing to prevent incarcerated people from reading how-to manuals on lock-picking. It is something altogether different to deny people access to a book that 'offers a timely and original framework for understanding mass incarceration.'"
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Oprah Lifts Up Women, Brings Down the House at Golden Globes
"It's not just a story affecting the entertainment industry," Oprah says of #MeToo. "It's one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace."
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Kushner Under Fire for Receiving $30M From Israeli Firm While Shaping Middle East Policy
"Are you comfortable with having Jared Kushner be the beneficiary of huge amounts of Israeli financing at the same time he's overseeing U.S. foreign policy on Israel?"
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Sunday, January 7, 2018
Israel's New Blacklist of BDS-Supporting Groups Sparks Outrage
"Israel is isolating itself even further as an apartheid state," says CODEPINK
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Joining Arms With Actresses at Golden Globes, Activists to Highlight Demand for End to Sexual Abuse
"Our goal in attending the Golden Globes is to shift the focus back to survivors and on systemic, lasting solutions."
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In Voter Panel Fallout, Trump's DOJ Slammed for "Rich Blend of Arrogance & Contempt for Rule of Law"
Justice Department's decision not to abide by federal court order and hand over documents is "unthinkable, unconscionable, and un-American," says Maine Secretary of State Dunlap, who served on the now-dead commission
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Saturday, January 6, 2018
A march in support of immigrant rights in Los Angeles. (Photo:Molly Adams/flickr/cc) WH Regurgitates Anti-Immigrant Wish List as Trump Doubles Down on Making Dreamers Bargaining Chips
"This is a tactic of people who want to blow up progress, not of people who are serious about solving problems," says Greisa Martinez Rosas, United We Dream
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President Donald Trump looks up toward the solar eclipse without protective eyewear on the Truman Balcony at the White House on August 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Twitter Goes Wild After Trump Tweets He's "A Very Stable Genius"
"This might be enough to lead the board of any corporation to call an emergency meeting on its CEO's mental status," says former White House ethics director Walter Shaub
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Friday, January 5, 2018
Trolling Trump, Journalism Watchdog to Hold 'Global Press Oppressor Awards on Monday at 5:00'
"Subjects will cover Thinnest Skinned & Outrageous Use of Laws, in various categories for world leaders."
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"Victory" for Animals as Federal Court Smacks Down Parts of Idaho's Ag-Gag Law
The industry-crafted law was "in large part, targeted at speech and investigative journalists," appeals court found.
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Internet Unites to Protect Net Neutrality as Netflix Tells FCC: "See You in Court"
The Internet Association, which lobbies on behalf dozens of major web companies, says it will back lawsuit aimed at stopping GOP-led effort to gut Title II protections
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Corporate Media 'Failed' to Connect 2017's Extreme Weather to Climate Crisis: Study
"We can't fix the climate crisis if we aren't talking about it. It's critical that the media start reporting on the crisis with the quality and quantity it merits. We're talking about the greatest challenge of our time."
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Despite Widespread Outcry Over Police Shootings, Nearly 1,000 Americans Killed By Officers in 2017
African-American males accounted for 22 percent of those killed, despite making up only six percent of the U.S. population
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35 Peace Groups Demand Congress Protect Public From Nuclear 'Bomb Threat' Trump
President's "bellicose rhetoric and reckless actions pose a clear and present danger to national security," groups tell lawmakers.
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New Study Showing Ozone Recovery Hailed as Model for Tackling Climate Crisis
"We see very clearly that chlorine from CFCs is going down in the ozone hole, and that less ozone depletion is occurring because of it."
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 Demonstrators take part in a rally for nuclear disarmament in Berlin on November 18, 2017. (Photo: ICAN Germany/flickr/cc) Despite Trump's Bluster, Diplomacy Moves Forward as North and South Korea Announce Joint Talks
"Public groundswell in favor of diplomacy is needed once again," says Peace Action
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Here Are the 19 Senate Democrats Still Not Committed to Defending Net Neutrality
"Are they going to ignore overwhelming public opinion during a tight election year and rubber stamp these 500+ pages of blatant, stinking corruption?"
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According to Book Trump Wants Banned, President Asked "Why Can't Medicare Simply Cover Everybody?"
While Michael Wolff's explosive new book remains controversy of the week, Trump has made public promises to deliver a healthcare system that would "take care of everybody"
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New Study: Big Ag, Climate Crisis Key Drivers of Ocean 'Dead Zones' Quadrupling in Size Over Last 60 Years
"These findings are no surprise, and further confirm that the unchecked pollution from industrial agriculture has reached crisis levels and requires immediate action."
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Obstruction Evidence Mounts as Critics Say Trump Move to Stop Sessions Recusal 'Screams of Guilt'
Though obstruction of justice difficult to prove, Trump "doing everything he can to help Mueller do it," argued former White House ethics chief
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Thursday, January 4, 2018
Reporter Asks Question on Minds of Many: Will Trump's Physical Exam Also Test His Mental Acuity?
The question came just hours after it was revealed that more than a dozen lawmakers were briefed on Trump's mental health by a psychiatrist
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BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill Trump Administration Condemned for Plan to 'Recklessly' Expand Offshore Drilling
A new proposal "continues the Trump administration's all-out assault on public lands and waters."
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Proposal by France's Macron to Ban "Fake News" Denounced as Recipe for Disaster
Calling the term one ripe for "abuse," a warning that French president is "exploiting it to obtain government control over the internet"
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'Democracy in Action': Republican Wins Virginia Election After His Name Was Drawn From Ceramic Bowl
The random result could have monumental consequences for Medicaid expansion in the state, as it gives Republicans a 51-49 advantage in Virginia's House of Delegates.
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Rights Groups Raise Alarm Over US Government Role in Facebook's Selective Censorship
"Does anyone trust the Trump administration—or any other government—to compel social media platforms to delete and block anyone it wants to be silenced?"
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trump 'Genuine Menace': Trump Calls in Lawyers to Block Publication of Embarrassing Book
The forthcoming exposé, which features interviews with West Wing insiders, raises questions about the president's fitness for office and could be useful to the Russia investigation
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'Cowardice': Ajit Pai Accused of Hiding From Net Neutrality Backers After Bailing on Tech Conference
One critic suggests that Pai cancelled because "he realized that the tech industry kinda despises him"
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No, Bernie Sanders Tells Jeff Sessions, Marijuana Is Not the Same as Heroin
U.S. Senator slams Attorney General over decision to target states that have decriminalized or legalized marijuana
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Voting Rights Groups Cheer As Trump's 'Fraudulent' Election Integrity Commission Dissolves
"The claim of widespread voter fraud in the United States is in fact, fraud. The demise of this commission should put this issue to rest."
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'This Is Not a Drill': Attorney General Sessions Coming for Nation's Legalized Pot
"Red alert," warns Drug Policy Alliance, "Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after legalized marijuana."
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Anti-Trump Outrage in Pakistan Includes Demand to End Role as US 'Gun for Hire'
"It is time for Pakistan to delink from the U.S.," said Pakistani politician Imran Khan, a long-time critic of American drone program
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Experts Warn Adding Citizenship Question to Census Blatant Attempt to Suppress Minority Voters
"I can think of no action the administration could take that would be more damaging to the accuracy of the 2020 census than to add a question on citizenship."
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New Campaign's Message to Lawmakers on Net Neutrality: Listen to Voters or 'Pay at the Polls'
Bid by Fight for the Future to overturn FCC's move ramps up pressure on lawmakers to support a Congressional Review Act
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Supporters of Libre Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla Leftist Coalition in Honduras Calls for Uprising Ahead of Presidential Inauguration
"Nobody should obey a usurper government."
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Trump Unleashes on Bannon: 'Not Only Lost His Job, He Lost His Mind'
"Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency," declares president after new comments by former chief strategist emerge
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Twitter Shrugs, But Atomic Scientists Warn Trump an "Existential Threat to Humanity"
Democrats urge Congress to pass legislation placing lawmaking body between Trump and a nuclear launch
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A demonstrator holds a sign in New York City during the 2014 People's Climate March. (Photo: Chris Yakimov/flickr/cc) Fayetteville Becomes 54th US City to Make 100% Renewable Energy Pledge
City council passes carbon-slashing energy plan that vows 100 percent community-wide clean energy by 2050
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Top Advisor and Friend Denies He Said President Trump "Not Only Crazy, He's Stupid"
New book by journalist Michael Wolff, who was given wide-ranging access to Trump's inner circle, alleges key confidant made explosive comment critical of president's mental capacity
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Trump-Russia Probe 'All About Money Laundering,' Says Steve Bannon In Explosive New Book
Mueller's investigation "goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner sh*t," Bannon says. "They're going to go right through that."
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Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 'Appalling': Acting ICE Director Denounced for Threatening to Jail Elected Officials of Sanctuary Cities
The ACLU said Thomas Homan's "outrageous threat" to charge local officials "for not carrying out Trump's deportation agenda" should "disqualify" him from permanently filling the director post
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While US Backs Carnage, Norway Cites Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen and Halts Weapons Sales
While U.S. fuels war, Norway takes action to end its complicity in Saudi-led airstrikes
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U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and U.S. President Donald Trump Palestinians 'Will Not Be Blackmailed': Outrage as Trump Threatens Aid for Refugees
The Trump administration says it will halt funding to Palestinian Authority and U.N. refugee agency to punish Palestinians for rejecting U.S. as credible mediator
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Tweeting About Size of His 'Nuclear Button,' Trump Disrupts Peace Effort With 'Childish' Threat
"This tweet alone is grounds for removal from office under the 25th Amendment. This man should not have nukes," argued former White House ethics chief
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018
With Oceans Under Greatest Threat Ever, Trump Administration Urges Even Less Protection for Marine Life
"It shouldn't be too much to ask to protect two percent of the U.S.'s exclusive economic zone off the Atlantic coast for future generations."
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A New Year's Day Parade for 'Medicare for All' Signals Energized Battle Ahead in California
"People are hip to faux solutions and incrementalism and are not buying it. They want Medicare for All—and they want it now."
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Scientists Warn of Permanent Drought for 25% of Earth By 2050 If Paris Goals Not Reached
"Reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere in order to keep global warming under 1.5ºC or 2ºC could reduce the likelihood" of widespread drought, researchers concluded
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Mounted Israeli officers 'There Will Be Bloodshed': Warnings as Israel Tightens Grip of Occupation
"What was winked and nodded about before is now being acknowledged publicly: 'We have no intent of sharing this land with anybody else except as a barely tolerated minority.'"
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Iceland Becomes First Country to Punish Companies for Paying Women Less Than Men
"In Iceland, an example of what happens if you actually elect women."
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After 'Advocating Killing Iranians' for Years, Neocon Bill Kristol Called Out for Faux Concern
"Bill, you've been arguing to bomb Iran for so long that I don't know if you're really respecting the Iranian people," says fellow panelist on MSNBC
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Reports of Foreign Favors to Trump's Business Empire Sharpen Focus On Emoluments Violations
"The burden shouldn’t be on the public to find conflicts of interest, the burden should be on the public servant to show they’ve been eliminated."
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DACA protest outside White House 'Stop Using Our Young People As Leverage': Trump Slammed for DACA Remarks Ahead of Immigration Talks
"You ended DACA," the ACLU reminds Trump, referring to the terminated program that protected thousands of young immigrants from deportation
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'Literally Insane': Trump Takes Credit for Absence of Fatal Commercial Airline Crashes in 2017
"You know Trump is a sicko when he takes credit for no aviation deaths instead of crediting pilots, airlines, transportation safety & air traffic control! What an arrogant, self absorbed egomaniacal little twit!"
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'Socialism Will Win': Local DSA Chair Starts 2018 Off Right By Trolling Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz may not agree, but according to recent polls, Americans have an increasingly favorable view of socialism
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Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif Pakistan Says 16 Years of US Failure in Afghanistan Explains Latest Trump Outburst
Pakistan Defense Minister accuses U.S. of sowing "mistrust" as American ambassador summoned to explain president's provocative tweet
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The Very Best Liar: Nearly a Year In, Trump Averaging 5.6 Untrue Statements Per Day
"It's scary to have a president who lies so brazenly and who seems out-of-touch with fundamental reality."
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Monday, January 1, 2018
With Veiled Regime Change Threats, Trump and NeoCons Blasted for Exploiting Iran Protests
Amid political unrest, war-hungry hawks in the United States condemned for pretending to care for Iranian people and human rights
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#TimesUp: New Initiative by Hollywood Women Aims to Confront Sexual Harassment Across All Industries
"The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time's up on this impenetrable monopoly."
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'Anti-Trump Rhetoric Not Enough': Bold, Progressive Agenda Demanded for 2018
"We must act together. And we must act strategically. 2018 is the year the people fight back like never before."
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in South Korea Welcomes North Korean Proposal for Talks Ahead of Olympic Games
While also warning of "nuclear button" on his desk, Kim Jong Un called for efforts to "improve inter-Korean relations by ourselves"
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Sunday, December 31, 2017
U.N. chief António Guterres 'Red Alert' for 2018: UN Chief Calls for Global Unity to Tackle Rising Threats and Ongoing Conflicts
António Guterres urges world leaders "to make this New Year's resolution: Narrow the gaps. Bridge the divides. Rebuild trust by bringing people together around common goals."
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Iran protest Iran Urged to Respect Human Rights as Officials Block Social Media Access and Protests Turn Deadly
Observers condemn violence while also demanding that neither the U.S. government, "nor others in the region or beyond, undermine the safety of the Iranian people or exploit the current protests for their own benefit."
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Saturday, December 30, 2017
George Papadopoulos Report Sheds Light on What Triggered Collusion Probe Amid Concerns Trump Will Fire Robert Mueller
The New York Times reveals the investigation into collusion allegations was prompted by a Trump campaign adviser bragging to an Australian diplomat that he knew about Russia acquiring political dirt on Hillary Clinton
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Erica Garner Racial Justice Activist Erica Garner, Daughter of Eric Garner, Dies at Age 27
"She walked with a fierce dignity in this world and would not allow the powerful to get by with only words when the problems we face demand action."
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Friday, December 29, 2017
With Tax Plan Safely Across Finish Line, Marco Rubio Admits GOP 'Probably Went Too Far' in Rewarding Corporations
The Florida senator also conceded that corporate tax cuts will not create "dramatic economic growth," as his colleagues have claimed
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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz 'Disaster-in-Chief': San Juan Major Blasts Trump As Slow Recovery Drags On 100 Days After Hurricane Maria
Carmen Yulin Cruz says the federal government's "botched" recovery effort has been "insensible," "man-made," and "Trump admininstration-made."
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Thousands of Palestinians Take to Streets for Fourth Consecutive Friday to Denounce Trump's Jerusalem Move
According to news reports, dozens of Palestinians were wounded by live fire from Israeli security forces
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no wall sign Immigrant Advocates Slam Trump for Vowing No DACA Protections Without Border Wall
Ahead of next week's negotiations at the White House, Dreamers declare, "DACA recipients are not your bargaining chip, Mr. President."
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The White House was adorned with a red ribbon 'This Man Is a Monster': Trump Under Fire for Dismissing Entire HIV/AIDS Council by FedEx Letter
Critics note that with this "dangerous" and "appalling" decison, the Trump "administration appears to be blatantly admitting it will do nothing" to address the epidemic.
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'The Type of Statement Authoritarians Make': Trump Claims He Has 'Absolute Right' to Do What He Wants With Justice Department
"Trump said this as if the rule of the law and the Constitution did not exist."
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'The Ignorance Is Astounding': Citing Cold Weather, Trump Says US 'Could Use a Little Bit of Global Warming'
"Weather is not the same as climate. The president should be able to understand that. It isn't hard."
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Thursday, December 28, 2017
#GOPTaxScam Equals a Big Win for Investors in Mass Incarceration
Because private prisons are classified as "real estate investment trusts," investors will get a major tax cut thanks to the Republican tax law
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Erica Garner 'Showing Her Fighting Spirit' as Family Holds Onto Hope for Recovery
"Please continue to pray hard for Erica and pray for her family and kids just as much."
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protest corporate greed CEO-Worker Income Gap Higher in U.S. Than Anywhere Else: Analysis
While corporations and wealthy Americans look foward to massive tax breaks, Bloomberg analysis finds CEOs of U.S. companies make 265 times more than average workers
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As 68 Die in One Day of Airstrikes, UN Denounces US-Backed War in Yemen
"As the conflict in which civilians have borne the brunt marks 1,000 days, I once again remind all parties that it has no military solution. There can only be a political solution."
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With 'Baseless' Voter Fraud Claim, Roy Moore Challenges Alabama Election Loss
"This entire lawsuit is a taste of what Trump and Kobach's rhetoric and conspiracies lead to, and potentially a preview of what could follow if Trump loses in November 2020."
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child in school in Yemen UN Agency Decries 'Shocking Scale' of Attacks on Children in Conflict Zones
"Children are being targeted and exposed to attacks and brutal violence in their homes, schools, and playgrounds."
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017
As Wealthiest Amass Another $1 Trillion in 2017, Calls for a 'Strike Back' Against Oligarchy
"We can have a world where everyone has a decent home, the chance for an education, and access to healthcare. Or we can have billionaires. We can't have both."
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Sanders Rips 'Desperate' Right-Wingers for Taking His Tax Bill Comments 'Completely Out of Context'
In a statement, Sanders looked to set the record straight.
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Gleostine, also called lomustine 'This Is Simply Price Gouging': Cost of Cancer Drug Hiked 1,400% Since 2013
"This is a Shkreliesque move, and is near to first degree murder as one can get without risking jail," said one critic, referencing the Big Pharma CEO that infamously raised the price of an AIDS treatment.
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EPA Head Pruitt Attempts to Redefine Environmentalism as Excuse to Pollute the Planet
"I find myself wondering whether Scott Pruitt actually believes this stuff, or if he's a careful student of George Orwell."
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With Trump Impeachment Petition Nearing 4 Million Signatures, Democratic Mega-Donor's 'Digital Army' Gains Steam
A campaign that was dismissed by Democratic leaders has grown into an operation surpassed only by Sen. Bernie Sanders' coveted email list
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Report Finds Sexual Harassment Is Prevalent at DOJ, With Little Accountability for Those Accused
Even in cases involving potential criminal assault, the DOJ has failed to hold those accused of sexual misconduct accountable
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Donald Trump Israel Denounced for Plans to Name Train Station After Trump Following Jerusalem Decision
Critics say the move is "yet another indicator of the broad collusion between the U.S. and Israel," and illustrates "the inability of the U.S. to be a broker of any kind of just peace between Israel and Palestinians."
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Minnesota Moves to Sue FCC as Outrage Against Net Neutrality Repeal Soars
"Net neutrality is essential for consumers and an informed electorate," Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson wrote in an email. "This isn't just a consumer protection issue—it's a democracy protection issue too."
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
In Bid to Save Big Oil $900M, Trump Moves to Scrap Offshore Drilling Safety Rules
The BSEE proposes eliminating regulations that were put in place in response to the deadliest offshore drilling disaster in U.S. history
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'You Didn't Read It, Did You?' Orrin Hatch Mocked for Praising Editorial That Condemns His 'Utter Lack of Integrity'
The Salt Lake Tribune editorial urges Hatch to "call it a career"
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Oil Giants Invest $180B in Plastics, Propelling Oceans Toward 'Near-Permanent' Pollution
"We could be locking in decades of expanded plastics production at precisely the time the world is realizing we should use far less of it."
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'She's Fighting': Civil Rights Activist Erica Garner in Critical Condition After Suffering Heart Attack
"Pray for her."
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Monday, December 25, 2017
Trump Has Spent More Than Three Months This Year At His Properties, Adding to Ethics Concerns
"Americans, on average, get 15 paid vacation days a year, but use only 12. Trump has taken more than 100."
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Pope Francis Appeals for Peace Amid Conflicts Supported and Inflamed by Trump
"As the winds of war are blowing in our world," Pope makes appeal for an end to conflicts that impact the world's children
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Sunday, December 24, 2017
Trump Told His Wealthy Mar-a-Lago Pals 'You All Just Got a Lot Richer' Thanks to GOP Tax Plan: Report
"Trump said his tax bill was terrible for his rich friends. Now he's bragging about giving them a big tax cut."
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Sanders Slams Trump for 'Bragging' About Millions of Americans Losing Healthcare
The Vermont senator was referring to a provision in GOP tax bill that repeals ACA individual mandate, potentially leaving 13 million more Americans without health insurance
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