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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Neil Gorsuch speech Trump hotel Protests and Outrage as Gorsuch Headlines Event at Trump Hotel
Luncheon speech at president-owned luxury hotel decried as "inconsistent with judicial independence and integrity."
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United States wealth gap 'What a Rigged Economy Looks Like': Top 10% Now Own 77% of American Wealth
As Trump and the GOP push massive tax cuts for the rich, new data shows that the wealthy are doing better than ever
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
"No Upside" for Trump as New Poll Shows US Majority Think President "Unfit to Serve"
Fifty-seven percent of independents and ninety-four percent of Democrats think president not equipped to hold nation's highest office
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A Gift to Rich Families Like His, Trump's Push to Repeal Estate Tax Denounced as 'Shameful'
"Does anyone honestly believe that giving $4 billion of taxpayer money to Donald Jr, Eric, Tiffany, Ivanka, and Barron will advance the lives of hard-working Americans?"
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Protesters hold signs during the 2017 Tax Day march in Los Angeles. (Photo: Molly Adams/flickr/cc) 'A Cruel Joke' and 'Morally Repugnant': Critics Blast Trump's Tax Plan for the Rich
From eliminating the estate tax to lowering the corporate and top-tier rates, billionaire president just rolled out "plan only the superrich and giant corporations could love"
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Shredding 'Failed Dogmas of Neoliberalism,' Corbyn Charts Bold New Vision for UK
The British Labour leader also slammed Tories' austerity agenda and Prime Minister Theresa May's "disdain for the powerless and the poor"
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Climate leaders (l to r) Jessica Lorena Rangel of t.e.j.a.s., Valencia Gunder of New Florida Majority,  Yvette Arellano of t.e.j.a.s., and Nancy Metayer of New Florida Majority on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. (Photo: 350.org/flickr/cc) Occupying McConnell's Office, 'Climate Champions' Demand Action Over Denial
"Climate denial is not climate change policy," declares activist Yvette Arellano
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'Chilling' New Rule Allows DHS to Monitor All Immigrants' Social Media Activity
Freedom of speech advocates denounce DHS's new "collect-it-all" approach
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A federal judge issued harshely criticized the administration's decision not to extend the Oct. 5 deadline for "Dreamers." (Photo:  Joe Brusky via Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association (MTEA)/flickr/cc) 'Heartless' and 'Unacceptable': Judge Slams Trump Admin. for DACA Deadline Refusal
"You can't come into court to espouse a position that is heartless," said U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis.
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Katrina Comparisons Mount for Trump as Puerto Rico Screams for Bolder Response
"We need to get our shit together. I don't know how else to scream, and shout, and say it. This is the time for action."
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Protect net neutrality Consumer Survey Shows Two-Thirds Oppose FCC's Plan to Destroy Free and Open Internet
As Americans show overwhelming support for net neutrality, day of action in D.C. takes aim at FCC's move to serve telecom giants
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Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore, displays a pistol to express his support for Second Amendment as he speaks at a campaign rally on September 25, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama. Trump Deletes Tweets Backing GOP Loser as Epic 'Bigot' Moore Wins in Alabama
Republican special election primary winner Moore has been dubbed "Ayatollah of Alabama," and for good reason
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
After 27 Years of Determined Protest, Saudi Women Win the Right to Drive
Activists celebrate step towards equality while acknowledging that the kingdom has a long way to go
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Trump Tax "Hoax" Would Blow $5 Trillion Hole In Budget Over Next Decade: Analysis
'The idea that this plan would help average Americans instead of the wealthy and big corporations has been a hoax all along.'
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Graham-Cassidy Is Dead. Because the People Rose Up and Killed It.
Disability rights group ADAPT continued demonstrations even after news broke that Republicans will not take Graham-Cassidy bill to a vote on Senate floor
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'Snowflake' Sessions Ripped for Carving Out Anti-Dissent Safe Space at 'Free Speech' Lecture
"An opportunity to express our freedom of speech today was taken from us."
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Mission Accomplished: Study Shows GOP-Backed Voter ID Laws Work to Suppress Turnout
"It's certainly possible that there were enough voters deterred that it flipped the election," says lead author study about 2016 voting in Wisconsin
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Seeing Economy as 'Rigged' for Rich, 65% Say Corporate Taxes Too Low, Not Too High
The new survey also found that Americans dislike what they have seen of Trump's tax agenda
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Focused on Debt Amid Puerto Rico Crisis, Maria Fast Becoming Trump's Katrina
"You don't put debt above people, you put people above debt," says San Juan mayor in response to president
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Chelsea Manning, Whistleblower Who Exposed US War Crimes, Barred from Canada
Civil libertarians slammed the Canadian government, arguing that "o bviously Chelsea Manning doesn't present any danger to Canada's security."
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Amid 'Alarming Setbacks,' Right Livelihood Winners Embody Vision of Better World
While democracy suffers at hands of the global elite, this year's winners show humanity "way forward towards a just, peaceful and sustainable world for all."
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"If we are serious about moving to a cost-effective universal healthcare, yeah, we do have to take on the insurance companies," Sanders said. Sanders-Klobuchar Shred GOP Cruelty in Lopsided Debate Against Graham-Cassidy
The debate came shortly after Susan Collins announced her opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill, a blow to the GOP's Obamacare repeal efforts that may ultimately prove to be fatal
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Monday, September 25, 2017
#AdaptAndResist: More Than 200 Protesters Demand Senators Reject Graham-Cassidy
Organizers estimate over 100 demonstrators were arrested, with many being dragged away
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'Our Momentum Is Unstoppable': Workers Celebrate as Target Announces $15 Minimum Wage
"Never underestimate the power of organizing."
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healthcare protests 200+ Organizations Denounce Profound Impact of Latest Trumpcare Bill
Groups are concerned the proposal would "decimate the Medicaid program," defund Planned Parenthood, and rescind measures that make care more affordable
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Trump's Threats Seen As Declaration of War by North Korea
As Americans hope for diplomatic talks, Trump's rhetoric leads North Korea to warn it's prepared to defend itself
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Hundreds of immigration rights activists gather on June 1, 2017 in front of the White House to denounce the immigration crackdown by the Trump Administration.  (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Dozens Arrested After Protesters Block ICE Office in Bid to Halt Couple's Deportation
It's "like a living funeral, counting down the days that my parents are torn away from me," says 24-year-old Jason Ramos.
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Tony Blair speaks at the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on September 18, 2017 in New York City. Tony Blair Says Bernie Doesn't Have the Answers (Public Opinion Says Otherwise)
"Blair, who's earned millions consulting for Gulf royals, says he's worried by things like tuition free college."
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A resident of puerto rico Calls for More Relief Intensify as Puerto Rico Descends Into Humanitarian Crisis
Officials describe "apocalyptic" conditions with limited food and water and no electricity, urging Congress to increase aid to the hurricane-ravaged island
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Critics Call for Investigation Into Jared Kushner's Use of Private Email Server
President's son-in-law and top advisor set up a private email server during the Trump campaign's transition to power
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'no ban' protest sign With New Travel Ban, Trump Doubles Down on 'Government-Sanctioned Discrimination'
"President Trump's original sin of targeting Muslims cannot be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list."
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"Alaska would get 3 percent more funding between 2020 and 2026 than under current law, and Maine would get 43 percent more funding during that time period," the Washington Post observed of the latest draft of the Graham-Cassidy legislation. Desperate GOP Resorts to 'Blatant Bribery' in Bid to Save Floundering Trumpcare Bill
Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy added an abundance of sweeteners to their bill in an attempt to win over skeptical colleagues
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
While Trump Stokes Division, Warnings Against Ignoring Ongoing Crisis in Puerto Rico
"The fact that within the last 48hrs Trump has made taking a knee for the anthem more important than the lives in Puerto Rico makes me so sad."
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10 Clarifying #TakeaKnee Tweets to Beat Back Idiotic Arguments by Right-Wingers
Backlash, says one commentator, "very much about setting limits in US for how our rights 'should' be exercised, and by whom."
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#TakeaKnee Sunday as NFL Teams and Players Rebuff President Trump
"If peaceful protests did nothing, the powerful wouldn't try so hard to silence them."
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NBA Star Lebron James: Don't Let Trump Use Sports to Divide Us
Using sports as a platform for division, says NBA star, "is not something I can stand for and it’s not something I can be quiet about."
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Lebron Calls Trump a "Bum" After President Attacks Protest of Yet Another Black Athlete
As multiple crises swirl, U.S. president slammed for targeting black athletes who speak out against racism
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Tens of Thousands Flee for Safety as Guajataca Dam Fails in Puerto Rico
Swelled with rains following Hurricane Maria, failed dam sends torrent of water into downstream communities
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Applauding Progressive Champions, Congressional Scorecard Highlights "People's Platform" Backers
With grassroots push, wave of support for bills that do more than 'just resist Trump’s reactionary agenda'
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Calling Kaepernick 'Son of a Bitch,' Trump Urges NFL to Fire All Protesting Players
'This is the President of the United States referring to an American who has exercised his right to protest racial injustice.'
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Friday, September 22, 2017
New Research Links Flint Water Crisis to 'Horrifyingly Large' Spike in Fetal Death Rates
"In the future we would like to have a government that is more responsive and more active in ensuring that the water that comes out of people's taps is safe."
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Trade Panel Ruling Gives Trump Authority to Cripple Nation's Solar Industry
ITC's decision has appearance of a win for two American solar companies—but could harm larger industry
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Unlike Most of Senate GOP, McCain Is a 'No' on Bill That Analysis Shows Would Kill Tens of Thousands by 2027
The Arizona senator's opposition deals a significant blow to the GOP's chances of repealing the Affordable Care Act
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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Demanding Diplomacy With North Korea, Women Leaders Condemn Trump Warmongering
"U.S. military intervention will not and cannot solve a political problem."
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Calls to #StopBetsy After Education Secretary Takes 'Horrific Step Back' on Title IX
"Today, Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration chose to tip the scales in favor of rapists and perpetrators."
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MSNBC Panel Trolls Sanders With 'Scurrilous, Illogical' Assault on Medicare for All
Pundits are slamming the Vermont senator for helping GOP's Obamacare repeal efforts, when he is actually doing the opposite
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'Dotard' vs. 'Madman': Kim Jong-un and Trump Trade Insults as Nuclear Anxieties Grow
As leaders spar, concerns increase and calls for peaceful negotiations grow louder
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and other Republican leaders What Trump Calls "Great," All 50 State Directors of Medicaid Say Is Terrible
"This is BANANAS," says Sen. Chris Murphy. "You couldn't get ALL 50 state Medicaid directors to agree any anything else in healthcare policy."
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'Blank Check to Kill With Impunity': Trump to Quietly Scrap Drone Restrictions
Human rights groups argue the move could led to an upsurge in civilian casualties, which are already soaring under Trump
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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Groups: Harvey Recovery Must Serve Vulnerable Victims, Not Corporate Polluters
A statement signed by over 130 organizations warns Texas and Louisiana officials against using recovery money to subsidize fossil fuel giants
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Healers as Fighters: Union Convention Celebrates Power of Organized Nurses In Trump Era
Jane Sanders calls nurses union "beacon of leadership" after showing unflagging support for Medicare for All and bold progressive agenda
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Civil Rights Group Alleges Collusion Between DOJ and Trump's Phony Election Fraud Commission
"The goals of the Commission are fully antithetical to the mission of the Division, which is charged with fighting—not prompting—voter suppression."
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EPA Forces Staff to Attend Anti-Leak Classes as Attack on Environment Continues
Federal employees threatened over leaks while Trump administration wages war on planet
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The Fight From Below Seen From Above: New Map Details Local Fossil Fuel Resistance
"With the climate-denying Trump administration putting the the health of Big Oil billionaires' bottom lines before anyone else, the time to join your local fight to protect our air, water, and planet is right now."
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While President Spreads 'Blatant Lies,' Experts Side with Jimmy Kimmel on Trumpcare
More than a dozen medical associations are among those that oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill
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US and Other Nuclear Powers Refuse to Sign Historic UN Treaty to Ban Atomic Weapons
Treaty banning nuclear weapons opened for signatures at United Nations, but key nations won't take part
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Don't Ask About Sean Spicer's Notebooks or He'll Call "Proper Authorities" On You
Axios reporter Mike Allen no longer has permission to ask former White House press secretary questions
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Flooding in California In First, Two Major Cities Sue Big Oil for Climate Crimes
San Francisco and Oakland charge that fossil fuel companies "stole a page from the Big Tobacco playbook" with misleading campaigns and should pay for damage from rising seas
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Watch: Bernie Sanders Lays Out Progressive Foreign Policy Vision
In major address, potential 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls out "disastrous" war on terror
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Aung San Suu Kyi: A Leader in Denial?
Speech given by political leader of Myanmar "was disingenuous at best and dishonest at worst," said one human rights advocate
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Spanish Civil Guard police have stormed several Catalan government ministries in an attempt to stop the region's independence referendum on October 1, which has been deemed illegal by the Spanish government in Madrid. (Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images) Street Protests Erupt as Spain Accused of Stomping on Democracy in Catalonia
Seizure of voting materials and detentions of officials were 'perpetrated by violating the rule of law,' says Catalan president
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Latest GOP Plan 'Is Even Worse for Women's Health Than Previous Repeal Bills'
Surprise! Bill written completely by male Republicans would strip basic reproductive care from millions of women
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Exposing Problematic Role as News Arbiter, Facebook Under Fire Over Myanmar
Rohingya activists report being banned by the social media site for reporting on atrocities in Myanmar
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Centrism.biz: Scathing New Parody Site Rips Mask Off 'Zombie Neoliberalism'
To become a certified centrist, you simply need to love inaction, indifference, and the murderous Saudi regime
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Trashing Trumpcare, Kimmel Says GOP Cruelty Forcing Him to "Politicize" Son's Illness
Republicans are "not taking care of you. They're taking care of the people who give them money, like insurance companies."
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Experts 'Running Out Of Adjectives' as Hurricane Maria Slams Puerto Rico
Size and strength of latest storm called "horrifying" as relentless and unprecedented hurricane season continues
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Instead of Protecting the Earth, EPA Agents Now Forced to Serve as Pruitt Bodyguards
Unsurprisingly, the number of environmental crime cases has declined rapidly since Pruitt took charge
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man shoots gun Gun Stocks Surge as Trump Pushes to Ease Export Regulations for Assault Weapons
Human rights expert warns against flooding "world with the American disease" of gun proliferation
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New Poll Shows Nearly Half of Americans and 2/3 of Democrats Back Single Payer
With the Senate deeply divided on two drastically different healthcare plans, voters make clear which path forward has their support
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"First Mnuchin, now Tom Price. The Trump Cabinet has a big problem charging taxpayers for private flights," noted Politico's Ben White. Trump Health Secretary Thinks Medicaid Is Wasteful, But Not Lavish Private Flights
"HHS won't pay for Obamacare enrollment but they have plenty of cash for Secretary Tom Price's private jet lifestyle."
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
"Pictures fell from office building walls, objects were shaken off of flat surfaces, and computer monitors toppled over. Some people dove for cover under desks. Local media broadcast video of whitecap waves churning the city's normally placid canals of Xochimilco as boats bobbed up and down," CBS News reported. 'Devastating': Massive Quake Collapses Buildings and Kills Hundreds in Mexico
The quake hit a little over a week after an 8.2 magnitude tremor slammed Mexico, triggering tsunami warnings and killing hundreds
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Covering All People With Single Payer, Says GOP Senator, Is Not Money 'Properly Spent'
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) apparently supports states' rights, unless that state wants to guarantee healthcare to all its people
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laborer New Research Reveals There Are More Than 40 Million Slaves Worldwide
Reports released during the UN General Assembly meetings suggest global leaders need to increase efforts to end modern slavery and child labor
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Socialists Have Last Laugh After Trump Zinger Lands With Thud at UN
Trump expected applause. He got awkward silence.
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Trump Administration Doesn't Want to Hear About Benefits of Welcoming Refugees
The White House rejected a report showing that refugees create more goverment revenue than resettlement programs cost
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'Genocidal' Trump Blasted for Threatening to 'Totally Destroy North Korea'
"Reminder," says one critic of president's speech to UN General Assembly: "threatening to kill 25 million North Koreans because you don't like their leader is threatening to commit genocide."
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U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees on July 14, 2017 in Paris, France. Trump Apparently Wants a Massive Military Parade. 'What's Next, Portraits of Dear Leader Everywhere?'
"We are 18 months away from Generalissimo Trump, aren't we. You know he'd love wearing the outfit. Medals!"
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DC rally Refusing to 'Sit Down and Shut Up,' Trumpcare Opponents Mobilize Against GOP
"We have millions of Americans on our side," declares Sen. Elizabeth Warren as groups aim to thwart ACA repeal once more
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As The Intercept's Alex Emmons observes, the annual increase in military spending alone—$80 billion—would be more than enough to "make public colleges and universities in America tuition-free. In fact, Sanders' proposal was only estimated to cost the federal government $47 billion per year." US Says No Money for Social Programs, But '$700 Billion to Kill People? Yeah That We Have'
"Note 'where will the money come from?' deficit trolls will be silent on this $700 billion defense spending bill."
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Monday, September 18, 2017
'Heaven Help Those in Dominica Tonight': Category 5 Maria Makes Landfall
With sustained winds of over 160mph, monster storm makes landfall as it carves path toward Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and other islands still recovering from Irma
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Oxfam Has Made Refugees Welcome... at Trump's Childhood Home
"I direct a message to the leaders of the world," says Syrian refugee Ghassan. "Help all the countries facing conflict. Help them establish stability."
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Refusing to Be Bargaining Chips, Dreamers Shut Down Pelosi's Pro-Dreamer Event
"Just stop it now!" House Minority Leader demanded as protesters hijack press conference devoted to promoting deal on DACA
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Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah Outrage After Zinke Memo Reveals Unprecedented Assault on Public Lands
"We will not allow these special lands and waters to be handed over to private interests for drilling, commercial fishing, logging, and other extraction."
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Bibi Embraces Trump at UN as Iran Warns Against Nuke Deal Sabotage
Analysts argue Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting to "put the U.S. back on a path to war with Iran" by pressuring Trump to scrap the landmark agreement
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Students from Washington, D.C. public schools participate in a post-election protest. (Photo: Lorie Shaull/cc/flickr) New Research Reveals Trump Riding on Wave of Increased Hate Crimes
New data obtained by Huffington Post indicates first consecutive annual increases in hate crime since 2004
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Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the Seeds&Chips Global Food Innovation Summit on May 9, 2017 in Milan, Italy. After Failing to Prosecute Bankers, Obama Cashes In With Wall Street Speeches
The former president is reportedly raking in $400,000 per speech to massive financial firms
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pills Bolstering Single-Payer Case, Report Shows How For-Profit Insurers Fuel Opioid Crisis
"In case you didn't know, the opioid epidemic is fueled in part by systemic failures in healthcare."
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If George W. Bush Can Be on Ellen, Of Course Sean Spicer Will Be at Emmys
"There should be nothing whatsoever surprising about any of this, as it is the logical and necessary outcome of the self-serving template of immunity which DC elites have erected for themselves."
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks to a meeting in the U.S. Capitol July 25, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 'Red Alert' Sounded: Trumpcare Is Back, More Brutal and Deadly Than Ever
Sen. Bernie Sanders called the new Obamacare repeal plan "yet another disastrous Republican proposal to throw millions of people off health insurance."
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Sunday, September 17, 2017
White House Pushes Stricter Travel Ban, Pointing to London Attack
No information has been released about the nationalities of two suspects arrested in connection with Friday's subway bombing
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As World Moves Forward with Paris Accord, U.S. Observes From Sidelines
Some officials left a climate summit in Montreal this weekend with the impression that Trump could re-enter the Paris agreement—but critics have doubts
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Saturday, September 16, 2017
Rejecting Trump Agenda, Immigrant Protections Bill Passes in California
The California Values Act serves as a strong antidote to the Trump administration's anti-immigrant agenda, supporters say
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China Calls On U.S. to Stop Threats and Resume Dialogue with North Korea
"China does not hold the key to resolving the Korean peninsula nuclear issue. Those who tied the knots are responsible for untying [them]."
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Friday, September 15, 2017
Conflicts and Climate Change Fueling Rise in World Hunger
"This has set off alarm bells we cannot afford to ignore," according to U.N. report
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President Donald and First Lady Melania Trump with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and his wife Akie 'Spitting in the Eye of Transparency,' Govt Reveals Just 22 Mar-a-Lago Visitors
Watchdog groups promise to keep fighting Trump administration in court after it refuses to release full list of presidential visitors to so-called Winter White House
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks during the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee hearing in the Capitol building on July 19, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Sen. Warren Introduces Legislation to Save Consumers From 'Equifax Exploitation'
"Companies like Equifax make billions selling access to your data without your consent, then charge you if you want to stop them. It's nuts."
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Standing With ESPN Journalist Against Trump's White Supremacy, #NaziBucketChallenge Goes Viral
Calling out Trump's racist views, critics stand in solidarity with ESPN anchor
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Images of British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump are displayed at a pro-migrant rally at London's Parliament Square on February 20, 2017.(Photo: Public domain/flickr/cc) Assuming Muslims Behind London Attack, Trump Again Drops "Know the Facts" Rule
U.K. officials denounce "unhelpful" speculation as U.S. president demands "nasty" response to Friday morning Tube blast
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Monsanto's weed-killer, Roundup EU Watchdog Under Fire for Monsanto Analysis Copy/Pasted into Roundup Safety Report
Ahead of vote to determine whether farmers can continue using Monsanto's popular pesticide, new Guardian report raises concerns that agency failed to fully analyze Roundup's risks
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Trump Called Single Payer a 'Curse.' Sanders Delivered the Perfect Response
"Providing healthcare to every man, woman, and child as a right is not a curse, it's exactly what we should be doing."
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