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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
voting booths Maryland on Verge of Becoming 11th State to Win Automatic Voter Registration
"A profound step forward in expanding access to the ballot"
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Defendants and legal team pose for a photo after their March 27, 2018  trail on the steps of the West Roxbury, Mass. courthouse. (Photo: Peter Bowden/flickr/cc) Judge Drops Charges Against 13 Who Argued Pipeline Civil Disobedience Action Was "Necessary" to Save Planet
"We are part of the movement that's standing up and saying, 'We won't let this go by on our watch.'"
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N.C. Prisons End Shackling of Women During Childbirth, A 'Barbaric' Practice 32 Other States Still Allow
"People's human rights do not end when they enter the walls of a prison."
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tax scam sign 'Entirely Predictable': Most Americans Say They Are Not Seeing Paycheck Boost From GOP Tax Scam
"This is not surprising at all," said one economics expert
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In Ploy to 'Force' Deep Safety Net Cuts, GOP Reportedly Planning Vote on Balanced Budget Amendment
"Lying, ultra-hypocritical Republicans to take up a balanced budget amendment to deflect attention from their massive $2 trillion increase in the deficit with their tax give-away to the wealthy."
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Going Backward in Trump Era, Big Bank Investment in World's Dirtiest Energy Projects Surged in 2017
"Every single dollar that these banks provide for the expansion of the fossil fuel industry is a dollar going to increase the climate crisis."
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keep abortion legal sign As States Jockey for Most Egregious Attack on Abortion Rights, Warnings Grow Over Sinister Master Plan
"This rash of radically unconstitutional bills is appearing by design."
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Urging 'Goodwill' and 'Atmosphere of Peace' From US, Kim Jong-un Says Denuclearization on the Table
Responding to Kim's diplomatic overtures on Twitter, President Donald Trump vowed to continue "maximum sanctions and pressure," despite warnings this approach could undermine moves toward peace.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Outrage, But Little Surprise, After Police Officers Face No Charges for Killing of Alton Sterling
"Neither Louisiana, nor any other U.S. state, complies with international standards that maintain deadly force can only be used when there is an imminent threat to life or serious injury."
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While Workers Get Crumbs, GOP Tax Scam Analysis Details $25 Billion 'Bonanza' for Big Oil
"...with many more billions to come."
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Net Neutrality Defenders Issue Alert as Telecom Giants Ready to 'Sic Army of Expensive Lawyers' on States
Open internet defenders argued the threat underscores the importance of enshrining net neutrality protections in federal law.
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'Punctured Like a Pin Cushion' From Oil and Gas Drilling, Scientists Warn of Growing Sinkhole Threat in Texas
The state has been used for widespread drilling since the 1940s, leaving present-day residents to cope with destabilized land
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Amid Trump 'Deafening' Silence, Poll Shows Nearly Two-Thirds Believe Extramarital Affair Allegations
By contrast, just 21 percent believe Trump's denials, according to a new CNN survey
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Cynthia Nixon 'Mad as Hell' Cynthia Nixon Calls Out Gov. Cuomo as Fake Progressive and Bully in Fiery Speech
The actress is running as a progressive challenger to the state's Democratic governor
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To Defeat NRA and Curb Gun Violence, Former Supreme Court Justice Says 'Repeal the 2nd Amendment'
"That simple but dramatic action would move Saturday's marchers closer to their objective than any other possible reform."
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Jared Kushner After Public Outcry, White House Ethics Office Probes Suspicious Loans to Kushner Companies
"We all need to ask again: Why is Jared Kushner still a senior White House advisor?"
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'Sabotage' of Democracy as Trump Adds Citizenship Question to 2020 Census
"This administration is now using the census as a weapon against immigrants."
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Monday, March 26, 2018
"Price increases for the top 20 most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs for seniors have driven an astonishing increase in sales revenue for their manufacturers," says a new report. (Photo: Chris Potter/flickr/cc) Report Details How Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Costs Are Harming Nation's Seniors
Sen. Claire McCaskill says publication shows "that the pricing decisions made by these drug companies are outrageous."
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As Feds Launch Probe, Users Discover 'Horrifying' Reach of Facebook's Data Mining
Facebook "had the phone number of my late grandmother who never had a Facebook account, or even an email address," one long-time user wrote after downloading an archive of her data from the platform.
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students with banner Students March #50MilesMore to Deliver Gun Reform Demands to Paul Ryan's Doorstep
"If the politicians won't listen to us, if the politicians won't make the change, then come November, we are prepared to change the politicians," declared one march organizer
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Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) As Bolton Pick Raises Fears of Pre-Emptive Attack, Pyongyang Urges US to Adopt 'Serious Attitude' for Peace
Top North Korean official says Monday his country wants to be "free from aggression and war."
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Trump iceberg 'Tip of the Iceberg': Watchdog Files Ethics Complaints Targeting 30 Lobbyists in Trump Administration
One expert estimates that "the real number of potential violations is fourfold."
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Six Infuriating Statistics (With GIFs to Match) Help Explain Recklessness of Wall Street Bonus Culture
"The total bonus pool for 176,900 Wall Street employees was 2.5 times the combined annual earnings of all 884,000 U.S. full-time minimum wage workers."
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Coward-in-Chief: Trump Watches Gun March From Mar-A-Lago, "60 Minutes" From White House
The president has been completely silent about his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels because "it's 100 percent true," Daniels' attorney said on Monday.
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Yemeni child treated In Wake of 'Shameful' Vote by US Senate, New Cholera Warning for Yemen
"Let's not fool ourselves. Cholera is going to come back," says UNICEF's Middle East director
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Sunday, March 25, 2018
'This Is About the Cover-Up': Stormy Daniels Details Affair With Trump and What Followed
Years before the president's lawyer made a $130,000 payment to Daniels ahead of the election, the actress was threatened with physical harm after speaking to a magazine about her relationship with Trump
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Rick Santorum Slammed for Suggesting Students Learn CPR Instead of Demanding Politicians Pass Reforms
The former Republican presidential candidate was rebuffed on CNN after he accused Parkland students of "looking to someone else to solve their problem"—by asking their elected representatives to represent their constituents' best interests
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In 11th Annual Earth Hour, Green Groups Call for Global Effort to Combat Climate Crisis and Defend Biodiversity
From Paris's Eiffel Tower to the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, world landmarks went dark Saturday night for one hour
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Saturday, March 24, 2018
The March for Our Lives in Pictures: Demonstrators Mourn Those Lost to Gun Violence and Condemn Complicit Politicians
"Who here is going to vote in the 2018 election? If you listen real close, you can hear the people in power shaking."
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Students March to Demand Gun Control Reforms in Washington, D.C. and Across the Nation
Hundreds of thousands are expected to protest today in cities and towns across the country
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LGBTQ Rights Groups Denounce Trump's 'Reckless' New Proposal Banning Transgender Service Members
The Trump administration's new policy "effectively coerces transgender people who wish to serve into choosing between their humanity and their country, and makes it clear that transgender service members are not welcome."
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Friday, March 23, 2018
Ambassador Haley delivers remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East, July 25, 2017. (Photo: U.S. Mission to the U.N.) For Denouncing Vast Israeli Abuses, Nikki Haley Says UN Human Rights Council 'Lacks Credibility'
Ambassador's comments once again suggest is U.S. threatening to leave body, and affirm that the U.S. does not want Palestinians to have self-determination or live free from occupation
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In 'Affront to Freedom of the Press,' Canadian Journalist Faces Criminal Charges for Covering Protest
"Regardless of whether or not I'm convicted in the end, the chill effect is huge."
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Calling Out Trudeau 'Betrayal,' Water Defenders Mobilize Against Kinder Morgan Pipeline
"We believe that it's time for a new narrative in this country; one that is not dictated by Big Oil but instead supports life and the much-needed healing of the land and people."
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Number of Starving People Surged to 124 Million Last Year Because "People Won't Stop Shooting at Each Other," Says UN Expert
"Wars and conflicts are driving hunger in a way we've never seen before," says head of World Food Program
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Calling BS on Omnibus Veto Threat, Dreamers Not Fooled for a Second Trump Cares About Them
"Only thing more insulting than using DACA as a fig leaf for a veto threat was the fact that everyone knew he'd back down anyway."
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To Give Them Child's Terrifying View, Warmongers Like John Bolton Should Download This App
"For millions of children living in war zones, this isn't augmented reality—it's reality."
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At UN Commission on Women Rights, Trump Appointee Pushes Reproductive Policies Worse Than Saudi Arabia's
USAID gender equality adviser Bethany Kozma told UN diplomats the US is a "pro-life country," despite broad support for abortion access
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'Dangerous' Decline in Biodiversity Threatening Humanity's Wellbeing Worldwide
"We must act to halt and reverse the unsustainable use of nature—or risk not only the future we want, but even the lives we currently lead."
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March for Our Lives Ahead of 'March for Our Lives,' Student Manifesto Outlines Steps to Eradicate 'Plague of Gun Violence'
"We will be marching this Saturday for those that we loved and lost, and we write this in the hope that no other community or publication will ever have to do the same."
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'It's A Phone, Not A Gun': Protests Against Police Killing in Sacramento Block Highway, NBA Game
The Sacramento Kings expressed solidarity with the protesters after the protesters blocked ticket-holders from entering a sports arena where they were playing
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army 'Outrageous': With $700 Billion for Pentagon, Nearly Half of $1.3 Trillion Budget Headed for More War-Making
With that kind of money, say progressives, "we could be ending homelessness, making universal preschool and higher ed available to all, and repairing roads and bridges."
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Trump's Pick of 'War Criminal' John Bolton Just Super-Charged Threat of Attack on Iran
"In a just world, Bolton would be on trial at the Hague for war crimes. Instead, he has been promoted into a position to do to Iran what he did to Iraq."
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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Trump Picks 'Unhinged Advocate for World War III' John Bolton as New National Security Adviser
"This is dangerous news for the country and the world. I hear the drumbeats of war."
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As Students Demand End to NRA's Stranglehold, Group Says Stronger Democracy Key to Gun Control Victory
"The truth is that our system has been thrown out of balance by the power of moneyed interests, including the gun lobby and the weapons industry."
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To Curb Corporate Abuse of Stock Buyback 'Bamboozle,' Baldwin Bill Would Bolster Worker Power
"It's just wrong for big corporations to pocket massive, permanent tax breaks and reward the wealth of top executives with more stock buybacks, while closing facilities and laying off workers."
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cloud Act graphic Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill
Attaching it to massive spending deal, lawmakers rush through controversial bill that allows law enforcement to hand over personal data without a warrant
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Amid #DeleteFacebook Fervor, Experts Say Time to Tackle Big Data Profiteers
A social media platform like this "is the ultimate surveillance tool: an addictive product that's optimized to collect and analyze the intimate details of our lives."
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With Full Impact Still Hidden From Public, Report Details 'Environmental Assault' Unleashed by Hurricane Harvey
According to detailed review, nearly half a billion gallons of industrial wastewater mixed with storm water surged out of one chemical plant alone
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Days After Calling on DOJ to Kill Mueller Probe, Trump Personal Attorney John Dowd Quits
Dowd reportedly resigned because the president was "increasingly ignoring his advice."
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Ahed Tamimi 'No Justice Under Occupation': Palestinian Teenager Ahed Tamimi Gets 8 Months in Prison for Slapping Israeli Soldier
"17-year-old Ahed Tamimi will serve 8 months in jail for slapping a soldier who invaded her home. Meanwhile, IDF soldier Elor Azaria will serve 9 months for executing in cold-blood a wounded Palestinian."
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In 'Slap in the Face' to Immigrants, Spending Bill Leaves Out DREAM Act While Funding Border Wall
Young undocumented immigrants are left in limbo with budget deal, while lawmakers plan to strengthen ICE with funding for agents and detention centers
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clear backpacks Demanding Real Gun Control Laws, Parkland Students Reject Mandatory Clear Backpacks That Make School Feel 'Like Jail'
"Because clear backpacks are gonna fix everything," said one with appropriate level of teenage sarcasm
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Latest Biden and Trump Exchange Exposes Bipartisan Commitment to Toxic Masculinity
"This whole toxic masculinity thing has to die. We're over it."
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Demands for Federal Probe as Saudi Crown Prince Reportedly Claims Kushner 'In His Pocket'
The reporting, argued a former government ethics chief, "makes one wonder what effect conflicts of interest may be having on our foreign policy and national security."
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
In Latest Affront, Trump Health Department Scrubs Guidance for Lesbian and Bisexual Women From Website
"Yet again, the Trump-Pence Administration has been caught deleting public resources for LGBTQ people."
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'Climate Tutorials' Pit Planet Wreckers Against Major Cities in Historic Court Hearing
"There's really no way for oil companies to come out of this thing looking good."
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'We Need Medicare for All,' Says Warren, But Until That's Achieved Her New Bill Aims to Curb Pain of For-Profit System
"We need a healthcare system that puts patients first—not insurance companies."
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teachers Called 'Selfish' by GOP Governor, Kentucky Teachers Protest Proposed Pension Cuts at State Capital
"A pension is a promise," teachers declare
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ACLU Urges Greyhound to Stop Letting Border Agents Use Buses as 'Rolling Traps'
"Greyhound should be in the business of transporting passengers, but instead is allowing intimidating interrogations and searches."
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Author Naomi Klein appearing on Democracy Now! Wednesday. “The Battle for Paradise”: Naomi Klein on Disaster Capitalism & the Fight for Puerto Rico’s Future
"We're seeing the strategy that we've seen in many other disaster zones... which is exploiting that state of shock and distraction and emergency to push through a radical corporate agenda."
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A still frame taken from video material released on March 21, 2018 shows a combination image of what the Israeli military describes is before and after an Israeli air strike on a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor site near Deir al-Zor on Sept 6, 2007. (IDF Handout via Reuters) Israel's Admission of 2007 Clandestine Bombing of Syria Contains This Warning: Iran Could Be Next
Comments from government officials indicate others who Israel characterizes as "existential threat" may be next target of military attack
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For Defending Discrimination of Homeless Transgender People, Ben Carson's Fearmongering Called 'Deeply Alarming'
"It is because of derogatory myths like this, which have been debunked time and time again, that the transgender community faces disproportionate levels of discrimination and homelessness."
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food diversity Alarm Sounds After EU Regulators Greenlight Bayer-Monsanto #MergerFromHell
Critics of the deal warn the decision will allow the companies, "together with BASF, to become data giants in agriculture—the 'Facebooks of farming'—with all the pitfalls that entails."
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'Energetically Corrupt' Mulvaney Gave Green Light to Delete Data on Trump's Tip-Stealing Rule
"This is a transparency concern, a legal concern, and I think it's got to be a concern for the legitimacy and the integrity of the deregulatory agenda writ large."
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#ToxicTwitter: Human Rights Group Says Platform Creates Abusive Environment for Women
"Ensuring an internet free from gender-based violence enhances freedom of expression as it allows women to fully participate in all areas of life."
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IL03 candidates Progressive Challenger Delivers 'Political Scare' But Blue Dog Democrat Ekes Out Victory in Illinois Primary
Though she fell just short of a win, aspects of Marie Newman's effort against incumbent Dan Lipinksi "really woke up the conventional wisdom and consultant class."
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With Suspected Austin Bomber Dead, a Familiar Story About Who Is and Isn't Called a "Terrorist"
"When 'other' people who kill innocent civilians with bombs and blow themselves up, media, politicians, and Twitter have no problem immediately talking 'terror.'"
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
'Blood of Thousands on Their Hands': 55 Senators Vote To Continue US-Backed Carnage in Yemen
"The U.S. must stop literally fueling the deliberate killing and starvation of countless civilians in Yemen, and support a peaceful solution to end this crisis."
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15 Years After Invasion, Many Americans Still Fail To Recognize Unending Scale of the Crime
"Have we learned nothing?"
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Trump's 'Middle School Project-Level' Posters Reveal Much About America's Blood-Soaked Backing of Saudi Regime
"We make the best equipment in the world, there's nobody even close, and Saudi Arabia's buying a lot of this equipment," the president said.
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Puerto Rico 'Neglect and Bureaucracy': Six Months After Maria, Trump Condemned for Failed Response in Puerto Rico
"We're tired of being treated like second-class citizens."
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As Lawmakers Accuse DeVos of Lack of Regard for Students, Her Own Staffer Admits 'Things Have Gotten Pretty Awful Here'
"What do you mean, there's no data?" a lawmaker asked Secretary of Education during tense hearing. "There is study after study after study."
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The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal
Classified documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden show the NSA worked urgently to target Bitcoin users around the world
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As North Korea Halts Missile Tests for Talks, Pentagon Refuses to Put War Games on Hold
Though the U.S. portrays its joint military drills with South Korea as "defense-oriented," the North has frequently denounced the exercises as simulations of " all-out war. "
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stop war graphic With Vote Looming, Anti-War Groups Call on Nation to Demand Congress End US-Backed Slaughter in Yemen
"Congress," declares Sanders, "must reassert its Constitutional authority over issue of war."
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Fifth Texas Bombing in Three Weeks Believed to Be Linked to Austin Explosions
A package exploded at a FedEx facility near San Antonio on Tuesday, injuring one employee
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keep abortion legal Judge Issues Restraining Order to Block Mississippi Attack on Abortion Rights
"Mississippi politicians have shown once again that they will stop at nothing to deny women this fundamental right."
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As Facebook Ire Grows, Senator Says Zuckerberg 'Ought to Be Subpoenaed'
"The biggest problem with this scandal isn't that Cambridge Analytica is shady—it's that Facebook is."
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Monday, March 19, 2018
In 'Full-on War on Drugs Scare-Fest,' Trump Proposes Death Penalty and 'Very, Very Bad' Commercials
In his speech on the opioid epidemic, the president promoted his plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and suggested that an advertising campaign would keep Americans from using drugs
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"Without full declassification of information about her alleged role and pending the results of a proper investigation, Amnesty is calling on the Senate to vote against [Gina] Haspel's appointment as CIA director," Margaret Huang, executive director at Amnesty International USA, said. (Photo: takomabibelot/flickr/cc) Amnesty International: Gina Haspel's Nomination Should Be Withdrawn, Her Role in Torture Investigated
Human rights group argues that if president does not rescind nomination, Democrats in Senate should refuse to hold confirmation hearings
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Watch: Sanders, Warren, Moore Headline National Town Hall on Inequality and Oligarchy
"We need to ask the hard questions that the corporate media fails to ask: who owns America, and who has the political power? Why, in the richest country in the history of the world are so many Americans living in poverty?"
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CLOUD Act graphic 'Insidious' and 'Dangerous': Digital Privacy Groups Issue Urgent Warning Over CLOUD Act
Critics say the bill, which could be pushed through Congress this week, would enable U.S. authorities to skirt Fourth Amendment rights to collect Americans' data and use it against them
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A sign seen at a 2007 anti-war protest. (Photo: Thiago Santos/cc/flickr) 15 Years After Invasion, Demands for Iraq War Reparations, New Global Peace Movement
The war "provided the platform for mass civilian casualties, war crimes, and a vast boon to corporations seeking to profit from war-making—with almost complete impunity to this day."
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Marielle Franco Former Brazilian President Lula: It's Clear Marielle Franco's Assassination Was Premeditated
The 38-year-old Rio de Janeiro city councilmember and human rights activist—known for her fierce criticism of police killings in Brazil's impoverished favela neighborhoods—was killed last week
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To Avoid Water Shortage for 5 Billion by 2050, UN Report Urges Nature-Based Solutions
"We clearly need new ways to manage competing demands on our freshwater resources."
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President Donald Trump walks with Mohammed bin Salman With Saudi Prince on Whitewash Tour, Critics Warn Against Further US Complicity With 'War Crimes' in Yemen
"Far from being a force for 'stability in the region,' as the Pentagon routinely claims when it promotes yet another arms deal with Riyadh, the Saudi regime has become a force for conflict and division in a region desperately in need of peace."
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Fears of 'Serial Bomber' Intensify After Fourth Explosion Injures Two in Austin
The latest explosion was triggered by tripwire, police say
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Non-Disclosure Agreements Demanded by Trump Are 'Unconstitutional and Unenforceable,' ACLU Says
"Once again, this president believes employees owe him a personal duty of loyalty, when their duty of loyalty is to the institution."
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Jared Kushner 'Slumlord' Jared Kushner Condemned for Family Real Estate Company's False Filings
The findings "provide a window into the ethics of the business empire he ran before he went on to become one of the most trusted advisers to the President of the United States."
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Despite Possible Blowback, Snowden Decries Anti-Democratic Forces in Russia
"My friends tell me it is dangerous to criticize the Russian government the same as I criticize my own. But each of us are given a limited number of days to make a difference. Life is a choice to live for something, or to die for nothing."
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Sunday, March 18, 2018
In #CallForPeace Address, Sanders Takes on Endless War and Global Oligarchy
"In country after country, what people were saying is that we need to invest in our children, in our elderly, and in healthcare and education and environmental protection. We do not want more and more war."
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'Highest Level of Alert in Months' as Trump Aims Twitter Rage Directly at Mueller
The president's weekend tweet-storm intensified warnings that he could be moving closer to firing the special counsel.
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Marking 15th Anniversary of US Invasion of Iraq, A Global Call for Peace Elevates Grassroots Resistance to War
The call comes as "Trump is increasingly surrounding himself with foreign policy hawks who fully support his erratic and belligerent foreign policy."
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Saturday, March 17, 2018
'We Must Protect the Water': Indigenous Leaders and Allies Stage Sit-In to Protest Kinder Morgan Pipeline
"Kinder Morgan and Justin Trudeau picked a fight with the wrong group of people."
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'Trump Must Be Desperate': President's Lawyers File to Move Stormy Daniels Suit to Federal Court, Out of Public View
"The filing today is yet another bullying tactic from the president," said Daniels' lawyer in response.
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'Red Alert Time': Trump's Personal Lawyer Calls on DOJ to Kill Mueller Probe
John Dowd initially claimed he was speaking on behalf of the president, but later walked that claim back
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New Reports Reveal How Pro-Trump Firm Cambridge Analytica 'Exploited' Facebook to Harvest Data of 50 Million Users
"This story is a devastating tale of how personal data and massive, unaccountable technology platforms combined with malevolent political interests to subvert the public sphere. Facebook owes us the truth."
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In Latest 'Alarming' Attack on Science, Pruitt Reportedly Moving to Restrict Use of Research in EPA Policy
"This is insane. If EPA rules are not based on science, what are they based on?"
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Fired by Sessions, McCabe Calls It Retaliation for 'Events I Witnessed'
Former FBI Deputy Director, just two days from retirement, says termination by Attorney General Jeff Sessions was result of events he "witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey"
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