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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian President Vladimir Putin. 'Payout Time': Exxon Seeks Waiver From U.S. Sanctions to Drill in Russia
Exxon is applying for a waiver from the U.S. Treasury Department to bypass U.S. sanctions against Russia and resume offshore drilling in the Black Sea with the Russian oil company Rosneft, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Among those charged with deciding to grant the permit is Secretary...
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Not Running for Re-Election, Chaffetz Will Be Lame(r) Duck Oversight Chair
U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), a polarizing conservative figure and primary target of the resistance , announced Wednesday that he won't run for re-election in 2018. As chair of the House Oversight Committee, Chaffetz investigated Planned Parenthood as well as former Democratic presidential...
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Under Perez, DNC Still Resisting Call to 'Name the Enemy'
Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Tom Perez on Tuesday seemed to distance himself from the call for the DNC to become more progressive, as he and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) spoke with MSNBC 's Chris Hayes to discuss their national "Come Together and Fight Back" tour. Hayes noted that...
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Trump Administration Deports First Protected 'Dreamer,' Betraying Promise
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents deported a 23-year-old child of undocumented immigrants protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in February, USA TODAY reported Tuesday, violating President Donald Trump's repeated promises to protect so-called "...
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Assange: CIA Director Sets 'Disturbing Precedent' with Threats Against WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange responded to CIA director Mike Pompeo's characterization of WikiLeaks as a "hostile non-state intelligence agency" and other remarks in an interview with journalist Jeremy Scahill, released Wednesday on Scahill's Intercepted podcast . Although he said he "quite...
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Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff speaks to supporters on Tuesday night. Ossoff Defies Odds in Georgia, Heads to Runoff in 'Victory for the Ages'
In Tuesday's closely-watched special election to fill Georgia's 6th District U.S. House seat, the outsider Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff stunned Republicans by winning nearly 50 percent of the vote, sending him to a June runoff election against GOP frontrunner Karen Handel. "There is no doubt...
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No Active U.S. Politician Is More Popular Than This Independent, Socialist Senator
As he tours the country hoping to give the Democratic Party an energy boost, yet another poll has shown Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to be extremely popular among the U.S. electorate. A Harvard-Harris survey found that 57 percent of registered voters view Sanders favorably, according to The Hill ,...
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Groups Decry Trump Plan to Demand Social Media Passwords at US Border
Raising concern about the violations of privacy occurring in the name of U.S. border security, a coalition of consumer rights groups on Tuesday launched a new campaign opposing the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) so-called "extreme vetting" practice that requires travelers to reveal their...
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Lawsuit Against Trump Grows to Encompass More Violations—and Plaintiffs
The lawsuit charging President Donald Trump is in violation of the U.S. Constitution by accepting benefits or gifts from foreign governments through his hotel properties expanded in multiple ways on Tuesday. For one thing, the lawsuit—filed on Trump's first full business day in office by watchdog...
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RESIST DAY #89: What You Can Do Today
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Wilder Fires and Rising Waters, Climate Impacts Coming to America's Door
Americans in many cases have been slow to acknowledge the real threats posed by global warming. But two new studies out Monday found that people living throughout the United States could soon see their communities forever altered by higher seas and raging forest fires. While the United States has...
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Tribunal Finds Monsanto Endangers Right to Food, Health, Environment
Biotech giant Monsanto "has engaged in practices which have negatively impacted the right to a healthy environment, the right to food, and the right to health," five international judges comprising the "Monsanto Tribunal" declared Tuesday. The panel, which heard two days of testimony outside the...
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Paving Way for Abuse and Scams, IRS Hires Private Debt Collectors
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is hiring private debt collectors to snatch up unpaid taxes, which consumer advocates warned Monday could come with a host of problems—from mistreatment to profit incentives to exploitation by scammers. The four companies hired by the IRS are CBE, ConServe,...
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Demonstrators at the Tax March on April 15 in New York City. As Push for Trump's Taxes Gains Steam, Promised GOP Tax Overhaul Falters
As millions of Americans file their tax returns, and days after tens of thousands of marched to demand that President Donald Trump make his tax returns public , the president is still refusing to release his returns. "When they talk about tax reform, are they talking about cutting Donald Trump’s...
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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Mixing Business with Presidency, Ivanka Trump Sees Profits in China
On April 6, Ivanka Trump's fashion brands got a massive boost when China approved three trademarks for her business, " giving it monopoly rights to sell Ivanka brand jewelry, bags and spa services in the world's second-largest economy," the Associated Press reported Tuesday. What else happened on...
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Blocking Execution, US Supreme Court Deals Blow to Arkansas' "Hankering to Kill"
Despite state leaders' "hankering to kill," the U.S. Supreme Court late Monday refused to allow the state to proceed with its scheduled execution, dealing yet another legal blow to the government's planned spree. "The nation's highest court took several hours to reach its decision, finally...
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Waffling on Single-Payer and Trump Resistance, Feinstein Faces Angry Boos
It's not only Republicans that are feeling the heat in their hometowns during this congressional recess. Democrats who aren't on board with increasingly popular progressive proposals are being held to account as well. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was a case-in-point on Monday, when she faced...
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'Astounding': Trump Salutes Fellow Authoritarian Erdoğan on Power Grab
President Donald Trump on Monday congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the controversial referendum over the weekend that granted him sweeping new powers amid accusations of human rights violations. Trump called Erdoğan on Monday to discuss the outcome of the vote, which gives the...
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Beyond Bernie Sanders: 'There's a New Sheriff in Town... All of You'
PORTLAND, Maine—Speaking to an overflow crowd at the kick-off of their eight-city nationwide tour , Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, and local leaders on Monday night credited the activated grassroots movement that has risen up against President Donald...
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Monday, April 17, 2017
Oathbreaker-in-Chief? Majority Doesn't Trust Trump to Keep His Promises
The percentage of Americans who think President Donald Trump keeps his promises has dropped precipitously over the two months, according to a new Gallup poll out Monday. The survey conducted April 5-9 found that roughly 45 percent of respondents think Trump follows through on his promises, down...
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Trump White House Taking 'Marching Orders' from Hundreds of CEOs: Report
Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has met with at least 190 corporate executives, not including phone calls with heads of banks or his numerous Wall Street appointees, the watchdog group Public Citizen reported Monday in a new analysis . And since the November election itself, he's met...
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Georgia Democrat Leads the Pack in Closely-Watched Special Election
Tuesday's special election in the race to fill Georgia's 6th District U.S. House seat, vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, will be another test of the political resistance to President Donald Trump, after a narrow loss in Kansas last week. #FlipThe6th Tweets Democrats are...
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'New Step in Long Walk to Freedom': Palestinian Prisoners Launch Mass Hunger Strike
Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails began a hunger strike on Monday, protesting dismal conditions as well as "Israel's inhumane system of colonial and military occupation." Some said as many as 1,500 political prisoners in six jails across Israel were participating in the open-ended...
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Original Yellowstone poster and the re-imagined one for year 2050. Artist Redesigns National Parks Posters for 2050, Showcasing Climate Devastation
In a project meant to galvanize people to take action on climate, the Berkeley, California-based artist Hannah Rothstein has redesigned iconic National Parks posters for the year 2050 to showcase the devastation to come if climate change goes unchecked. "We have the ability to outsmart the issues...
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Vice President Mike Pence spoke from the demilitarized zone on the Korean peninsula on Monday. After Surprise Visit to DMZ, Pence Tells North Korea 'All Options Are on the Table'
Seemingly unabashed after North Korea's warning last week of an imminent "thermonuclear war," Vice President Mike Pence once again engaged in saber-rattling against the country on a surprise visit to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on Monday. "[W]e have plenty of reason...
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RESIST DAY #88: What You Can Do Today
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Don't Be Fooled, McKibben Says. On Climate, Trudeau's No Better Than Trump.
Environmentalist Bill McKibben is sick of people glossing over Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's climate record just because he's nice to look at. To be sure, McKibben writes in a Guardian op-ed published Monday, Trudeau has "mastered so beautifully the politics of inclusion: compassionate...
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Sanders and Perez to Launch Nationwide 'Come Together & Fight Back' Tour
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Tom Perez will kick off a multi-state tour in Maine on Monday, where they are expected to outline the progressive plan to strengthen the party, bolster grassroots activism, and resist President Donald Trump. "At a time of...
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Sunday, April 16, 2017
Erdoğan Claims Ultimate Power in Turkey After Nearly Split Vote
In a very close—and closely watched—referendum vote, Turks on Sunday handed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan what many say is authoritarian rule. With more than 99 percent of ballots counted, Erdoğan claimed a win with 51.36 percent voting in favor of the referendum and 48.64 voting against. However...
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Keystone XL Opponents Target Banks Funding Climate Destruction
Kicking off a week of actions targeting the institutions financing the controversial Keystone XL (KXL) tar sands pipelines, activists on Saturday protested at banks in 25 cities to shine a spotlight on the roll they are having on climate destruction. "It's back—and so are we," reads the call to...
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RESIST DAY #87: What You Can Do Today
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Trump is Hiring Lobbyists and Top Ethics Official Says "There's No Transparency"
President Trump has stocked his administration with a small army of former lobbyists and corporate consultants who are now in the vanguard of the effort to roll back government regulations at the agencies they once sought to influence, according to an analysis of government records by the New York...
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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas' Execution Spree
A federal judge on Saturday issued an injunction blocking Arkansas from its rush to carry out 6 executions in less than two weeks, siding with the plaintiffs who argued that the " assembly line " killings could subject inmates to a torturous and botched execution. Eight inmates were initially...
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Snowden Says Cyberweapons Dump Underscores NSA Hacking Tools Are Not Secure
Hackers and security experts are raising alarm over a massive cyberweapons dump that they say underscores the danger of government spy agencies developing intrusive surveillance tools. On Friday, the hacking group Shadow Brokers released a cache of cyberweapons developed by the National Security...
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Tens of Thousands Protest Coast-to-Coast Daring Trump to Release Taxes
Update: Over 25,000 marched along the National Mall in Washington, D.C. while thousands more took part in more than 200 rallies across the nation on Saturday to send a message to President Donald Trump that the nation wants to know who he does business with. "Local news outlets in cities including...
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RESIST DAY #86: What You Can Do Today
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Friday, April 14, 2017
Trump Further Entrenches US Military Involvement in Somalia
Two weeks after President Donald Trump gave military officials wider authority for conducting airstrikes in Somalia, the United States military said that dozens of troops had arrived in the country, a sign of increased U.S. involvement there. The arrival of the roughly 40 regular troops in the...
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As Public Trust Dives, Trump White House Moves to Hide Visitor Logs
The Trump administration will not publicly disclose White House visitor logs in a decision the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said was just another move to avoid accountability. "Elected officials work for the people and we deserve to see government business conducted in transparent daylight...
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Will Turkey Hand Erdoğan Authoritarian Rule With Referendum Vote?
Turkish citizens head to the polls on Sunday to vote on a historic referendum that could potentially cement autocratic rule in the nation, consolidating power for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. If the referendum passes, "it will abolish the office of prime minister, enabling the president to...
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The so-called "death chamber" at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Drug Makers Join Lawsuit Against Arkansas' "Conveyor Belt" of Executions
As Arkansas moves forward with its brutal plan to execute seven prisoners within 11 days , the makers of the drugs Arkansas plans to use to put the prisoners to death have joined a lawsuit to stop the "conveyor belt of death." "[C]ourts might want to take note of Arkansas' essentially lawless...
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Dropping Suit, Trump's DOJ Continues 'Abandoning Transgender Americans'
Civil liberties groups are crying foul on Friday after the Trump administration's Department of Justice dropped its lawsuit against North Carolina over its anti-transgender legislation. The withdrawal, filed Friday, was "in light of the passage" of the state's House Bill 142, the so-called...
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Nationwide #TaxMarch Rallies Planned to Demand Trump 'Stops Hiding'
Tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in more than 100 Tax Marches on Saturday to demand President Donald Trump release his taxes and to highlight the need for increased minimum wage. As many have pointed out, every president since the 1960s has released their tax returns, while...
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With Message for Trump, Citizen Group Launches First Space Protest
President Donald Trump and his policies have sparked worldwide marches, seemingly round-the-clock demonstrations, and a fierce popular resistance movement, and now, it seems, the "first protest in space." The citizen-led space exploration group, the Autonomous Space Agency Network (ASAN) , this...
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GOP Lawmakers Battered With Boos and Jeers in Face-Offs With Constituents
While some lawmakers are avoiding town halls altogether, or holding "sham" events , the Republicans who are facing their constituents during April's congressional recess are taking a beating on a range of issues, notably their support for the failed GOP healthcare bill. Take Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake...
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Americans Bracing for More War Under Trigger-Happy Trump
The American public is bracing for war now that President Donald Trump has seemingly stumbled upon "the keys to the family gun cabinet," as one observer put it, after a week of rash and aggressive military action. The unprecedented use of a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), known as...
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Pruitt's Coal Mine Speech Heralds Resurrection of "Dirty Polluting Past"
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday hailed a new era of environmental deregulation in a speech that took place in a coal mine recently fined for polluting local waterways. Pruitt, who earlier that day called for the U.S. to exit the Paris climate deal , said the new...
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North Korean Kim Jong Un is pictured inspecting a special forces commando operation on April 13. North Korea Warns of 'Thermonuclear War' After Trump Threatens Strike
The Trump administration has succeeded in ratcheting up tensions in the Korea Peninsula after dispatching a Navy strike group to the western Pacific Ocean and threatening a "pre-emptive strike" against North Korea if the country goes ahead with a nuclear bomb test . "Given that some of North Korea'...
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RESIST DAY #85: What You Can Do Today
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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Int'l Spy Agencies First to Spot 'Suspicious Interactions' Between Russia, Trump Team
The ongoing probe into ties between Russia and affiliates of President Donald Trump was reportedly first spurred by international spy agencies that picked up "suspicious interactions," which they began sharing with the FBI, the Guardian reported on Thursday. Speaking to a number of unidentified...
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Ducking Cameras, Trump Signs Bill Delivering 'Gut Punch' to Millions of Women
Behind closed doors on Thursday, President Donald Trump signed a bill that will effectively make it harder for women—especially low-income women and women of color—to access basic healthcare services. The legislation, which Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to pass last month,...
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"Even for Pruitt, It's Outrageous": EPA Chief Says US Should Exit Paris Deal
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday explicitly called for the U.S. to remove itself from the Paris climate agreement, one of his strongest remarks yet expressing his opposition to the landmark deal to keep global warming below 2°C. "Paris is something we need to...
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Bill Introduced to Protect Fliers from Being Violently Dragged Off Planes
File this under "bafflingly necessary." Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would prohibit airline carriers from forcibly removing passengers from flights that are overbooked, oversold, or in the case of crew wanting to travel as passengers. Instead, the companies...
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Commander-in-Chief Trump Drops 'Mother of All Bombs' on Afghanistan
Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump unleashed one of the most powerful U.S. bombs—the 20,000 pound GBU-43, known as "the mother of all bombs"—on Afghanistan on Thursday, the Pentagon has confirmed. The MOAB, which stands for massive ordinance air blast, reportedly struck an Islamic State (ISIS) tunnel...
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The vigil in front of the United Nations headquarters on Thursday. Hunger Strikers at UN Headquarters Call for End to Yemen War
Peace activists are holding a week-long vigil and hunger strike at United Nations headquarters in New York City to demand an end to the U.S.-backed, Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen and humanitarian aid for the country's starving population. The hunger strike and vigil, organized by Creative Voices...
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Pentagon Admits to Killing 18 US-Backed Syrian Forces in Friendly Fire Incident
The Pentagon on Thursday admitted to accidentally killing 18 U.S.-backed Syrian fighters on Tuesday during a coalition operation against the Islamic State (ISIS). "A coalition air strike in support of partnered forces fighting ISIS south of Tabqah, Syria, resulted in 18 Syrian Democratic Forces...
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Trump Threatens Healthcare for Poor in Effort to Cut Healthcare for Poor
Displaying deal-making skills that employ vulnerable citizens as bargaining chips, President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to cut off subsidies that help poor people afford health coverage in order to get Democrats to the negotiating table on repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "Trump's...
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RESIST DAY #84: What You Can Do Today
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Jean-Luc Melenchon Leftist Candidate Surges in French Presidential Election
In a surprising twist in the French presidential election, leftist candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon is surging in the polls, raising the possibility of a run-off vote between the pro-worker and pro-immigrant candidate and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen . Jean-Luc Mélenchon is also gaining voters on...
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What Campaign Promises? Trump Backpedals on Yet More Major Pledges
President Donald Trump reversed his position on four major campaign pledges and other public remarks within the space of a few hours on Wednesday. Between an interview and a press conference, Trump flipped or pivoted on several economic and national security policies, including some of his...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
US-Russia Tensions Rise as Rex Tillerson Talks of "Low Point" in Nations' Relations
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that relations between the U.S. and Russia had hit "a low point," while Russia vetoed a western-backed United Nations resolution that would have forced the Syrian government to comply with an investigation into the recent alleged chemical attack. The...
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1,470 Economists Urge Trump to Support Immigrants
Nearly 1,500 economists, including six Nobel Laureates, sent a letter to President Donald Trump and top lawmakers on Wednesday urging them to support immigrants for the good of the nation's economy. "As Congress and the administration prepare to revisit our immigration laws, we write to express our...
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Groups to Probe Why Pruitt Put ''Pesticide Industry Profits Ahead of Children's Health"
How is it that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt came to the decision to reject his own agency's science and reject a ban the insecticide chlorpyrifos? Watchdog group American Oversight and advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) want to know, and are...
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'F-ing Horrifying': Sessions Outlines Immigration Crackdown in 'Trump Era'
In "the Trump era," as Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it on Tuesday, immigration officials will undertake a harsh crackdown on undocumented migrants—a campaign one veteran federal prosecutor described as "fucking horrifying." In his speech at a border port of entry in Nogales, Arizona, "[t]...
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With Eyes on 2018, Dems Prep Sanders-Style Populist Economic Agenda
Democrats are working on a populist economic plan, à la Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), to be unveiled as soon as early summer, Politico reported Wednesday. Top party members are crafting "a strong, sharp-edged, bold economic message," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said during a...
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DeVos Just Put Interests of 'Predatory Profiteers' Over Student Loan Borrowers
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday withdrew student loan borrower protections put in place by the Obama administration, a move that steps away from accountability and opens the door for "rogue" servicers, according to critics. DeVos outlined the change in a memo (pdf) sent to James Runcie,...
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55 Bipartisan Lawmakers Demand Trump Pump Brakes on Military Action in Yemen
As conflict swirls over the recent U.S. bombing in Syria, more than 50 bipartisan lawmakers have demanded President Donald Trump seek approval from Congress before expanding U.S. military action in another Middle East theater: Yemen. The letter sent this week came in response to reports that the...
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RESIST DAY #83: What You Can Do Today
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Democrats 'Fired Up and Mobilizing' After Narrow Kansas Loss
Republican Ron Estes narrowly survived the special election in Kansas on Tuesday, which was seen as a first test of the resistance movement's power to oppose the Trump administration—but the GOP is hardly celebrating, and Democrats remain undeterred. Estes, the Republican state treasurer, won the...
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Sheriff Who Met DAPL Opponents With Brute Force Now Advising Other Law Enforcement
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, made infamous for leading his department in brutal confrontations with opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline , is reportedly advising other law enforcement on how to deal with protesters. In an interview with the Omaha World-Herald published Tuesday,...
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Trump Administration Considering 'Back-Door Way' to Cut Social Security
President Donald Trump, who campaigned on a promise not to cut Social Security, is reportedly considering a plan to eliminate much of the payroll tax that funds the critical safety net program. According to the Associated Press on Monday, the proposal is being floated as the Trump administration...
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Trump Lies—Big League—About How Many Jobs His Administration's Created
President Donald Trump drastically overstated job creation figures in a meeting with executives on Tuesday, taking credit for the creation of more than 600,000 jobs since he took office. That's hundreds of thousands—or at least tens of thousands—more than the true total, Politico reported . "You...
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Deregulation Sacrifices Workers, Public Health for Corporate Profits: Report
President Donald Trump's deregulation agenda will sacrifice worker protections and public health for the sake of corporate profits, according to a new fact sheet out Tuesday from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Those findings counter the GOP's frequent claims that regulations are "job-killers...
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Republicans Hide, Plan 'Sham Town Halls' to Duck Angry Constituents
While some Republican lawmakers have faced angry crowds at town halls this week, many are going out of their way to avoid meeting constituents face-to-face during April's congressional recess . A USA Today analysis published Monday showed that "Reps. Leonard Lance of New Jersey and Ryan Costello of...
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"Let's Shock 'Em All": Kansas Election Seen as First Test of Resistance Power
Tweets about #flipthe4th #resist Tuesday's special election in Kansas to pick a successor for former Rep. Mike Pompeo , who vacated his seat to serve as CIA director under President Donald Trump, has Republicans nervous and Democrats sensing an opportunity to rally momentum for the resistance. The...
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The homepage of the Storm Lake Times announcing the paper's Pulitzer Prize Pulitzer Prize Pushes Back Against Trump, Big Ag, and Offshore Wealth
Prestigious Pulitzer Prizes on Monday were awarded to investigations that tackled President Donald Trump, Big Ag, and international offshore tax havens, rewarding reporters that took on today's powers-that-be. The Pulitzer Prizes this year came "in the face of a combative stance from President...
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North Korea 'Ready for War' After US Sends Navy Team to Peninsula
North Korea said it was "ready for war" and warned of "catastrophic consequences" on Tuesday, just days after the U.S. sent a Navy strike group to the western Pacific Ocean off the Korean peninsula. "We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its...
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Federal Court Again Concludes Texas Crafted ID Law to Hurt Minority Voters
For the fifth time, a court has ruled that a Texas voter identification law was passed with the intention of discriminating against black and Hispanic voters in the state—hopefully sounding "the death knell" for the egregious voter suppression effort. Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos with the U.S...
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RESIST DAY #82: What You Can Do Today
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Charleston Shooter Gets Nine Life Sentences, Likely Ending Case
Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who shot and killed nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church in 2015, on Monday was handed nine consecutive life sentences for murder charges, on top of the federal death sentence he received in January. Roof, 23, pleaded guilty on Monday in federal...
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Monday, April 10, 2017
"Trump Forest" Blooms to Counter "Trump's Monumental Stupidity" and Attack on Earth
Want to help counter President Donald Trump's war on climate action and combat climate change? Help plant Trump Forest . The brainchaid of climate scientist Dan Price and sustainable cap company founder Adrien Taylor, the Trump Forest initiatve launched last month with a batch of 1,000 trees...
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Leaked Emails Show Big Oil Execs Oversaw 'Vast Bribery Scheme' in Nigeria
In a damning development in one of the oil industry's biggest global corruption scandals, leaked emails reveal that Big Oil executives knowingly took part in "a vast bribery scheme that robbed the Nigerian people of over a billion dollars," a new exposé has revealed . The full investigation, titled...
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Trump Administration's War on Science Reaches Justice Department
The Trump administration's anti-science bent has reached the Department of Justice (DOJ), with Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying Monday that the department is ending the National Commission on Forensic Science. The 30-member panel was described by ThinkProgress as "a group of scientists, judges...
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Democratic Momentum in Georgia Race Signals Shifting Electoral Tide
In the closely-watched race for Georgia's sixth district, said to be the first test of whether backlash against President Donald Trump will propel Democratic candidates to seize traditionally conservative seats, documentary filmmaker Jon Ossoff continues to gain ground, putting the GOP on the...
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Facing Stonewall, Groups Sue for White House, Mar-a-Lago Visitor Logs
Watchdog groups are suing the Trump administration (again), this time for failure to disclose records of visitors to the White House and to President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower residences.
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US Blocks G7 Climate Statement As White House Waffles on Paris Deal
Nations attending the Group of 7 (G7) conference in Italy were unable to put out a joint statement on climate change this week because of the Trump administration's foot-dragging on environmental policies, particularly its commitment to the Paris agreement, Reuters reported Monday. President Donald...
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Time Running Out to Halt Arkansas's "Execution Assembly Line"
Time is running out for lawyers to stop the state of Arkansas from carrying out its plan for an "execution assembly line"—killing seven men within an 11-day span. The first executions for two of the men, Don Davis and Bruce Ward, are set for the same day, April 17. The Guardian 's Ed Pilkington...
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Great Barrier Reef Faces 'Terminal' Stage in Climate Change Fight
The Great Barrier Reef may be at a "terminal" point after being hit with unprecedented bleaching events in consecutive years, scientists warned Monday. According to new aerial surveys conducted by the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, two-thirds of the reef...
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With Gorsuch Sworn In as Supreme Court Justice, a New Conservative Era Begins
After a bruising Senate confirmation battle , former federal judge Neil Gorsuch was sworn in Monday as the 113th Supreme Court justice, restoring a 5-4 conservative balance to the nation's high court. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath at 9:00am in a private ceremony;...
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RESIST DAY #81: What You Can Do Today
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Sunday, April 9, 2017
RESIST DAY #80: What You Can Do Today
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Jeremy Scahill Tears Apart Corporate Media's "Atrocious" Syria Coverage
Independent journalist Jeremy Scahill on Sunday offered scathing criticism of corporate media's coverage of the cruise missile strike President Donald Trump ordered last week on Syria. Speaking on CNN 's "Reliable Sources" to host Brian Stelter, The Intercept co-founder and Dirty Wars author took...
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Poised to Make History, New York on Cusp of Tuition-Free College
New York is on the verge of becoming the first state in the nation to offer tuition-free state and city colleges for low- and middle-income students. The plan is part of the budget the Democrat-controlled New York State Assembly passed on Saturday; and the Republican-controlled state Senate is set...
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Saturday, April 8, 2017
RESIST DAY #79: What You Can Do Today
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'Going on Offense,' Advocates Demand Single-Payer Health Program
With a new poll strengthening their case and the Republican healthcare bill's failure energizing their call, Medicare-for-all advocates are holding rallies in scores of communities across the nation on Saturday "to go on the offense and demand a healthcare system that covers everyone and costs less...
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Protests Nationwide Denounce Syria Strikes as US Threatens 'To Do More'
Protests took place in cities across the United States and beyond on Friday to denounce President Donald Trump's missile strikes on Syria. The strikes on a Syrian air base— launched without congressional approval or U.N. authorization—were said to be in retaliation for Tuesday's chemical weapons...
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Friday, April 7, 2017
Remember 2003? Bolivian UN Ambassador Blasts US for Another Illegal Attack
Wielding an image of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell during his infamous "weapons of mass destruction" speech that helped make the case for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in2003, Sacha Llorenti, the Bolivian ambassador to the United Nations, blasted the United States for its unilateral...
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As Congress Goes on Recess, Resistance Movement Gears Up for Round Two
Despite calls for them to stay in Washington, D.C. to address President Donald Trump's unilateral military action in Syria, members of Congress are all but certain to be on recess for the next two weeks—and the resistance plans to hold them accountable on everything from the confirmation of Supreme...
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It's Not Me, It's You: EPA Staffer Quits With Candid Letter to Pruitt
An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employee stepped down after 30 years on the job last week with a letter to EPA chief Scott Pruitt that left no doubt the reason for his resignation—Pruitt's leadership and the Trump administration. Michael Cox served as a climate change adviser to EPA's...
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'Gift to the Billionaires and Corporate Interests': Neil Gorsuch Confirmed
A day after it triggered the so-called "nuclear option," the U.S. Senate on Friday voted to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch . The vote was 54-45, with three Democrats—Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia—...
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Sanders Warns Trump Against Dragging US Into Another Endless 'Quagmire'
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday said he's "deeply concerned" that President Donald Trump's unilateral military action against the Syrian government will once again drag the U.S. "into the quagmire of long-term military engagement in the Middle East." Questioning Trump's motives, the Vermont senator...
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