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Friday, June 1, 2018
As Advocates See Hundreds of Civil Rights Cases Dismissed by Trump's Education Dept, National Groups Take on DeVos
"These were all complaints that were legitimate. I guess we have selective civil rights in the United States now."
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PR presser Decrying Trump's 'Cruel' Refusal to Act, Warren and Markey Unveil Bill to Help Puerto Ricans Left Homeless by Maria
With a new hurricane season beginning, "this can't wait," says Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
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Nixon 2.0? After Audio of Michael Cohen Threatening Reporter Emerges, Avenatti Says Trump Tapes 'A Whole Different Level'
"Like the Nixon tapes years ago, we now have what I will refer to as the 'Trump tapes,'" says lawyer demanding Trump's legal team make recordings available to the public
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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Aging Paperless Voting Machines in Hotly-Contested Districts Stoke Fears Ahead of Midterms
In addition to undermining voter confidence, warn officials, the lack of a paper trail could leave the machines vulnerable to election-meddling
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Trump Democrats Demand Oversight Hearing as Trump White House Stonewalls GAO Investigators
Lawmakers say administration's refusal to answer agency requests could "impair Congress from fulfilling its constitutional oversight responsibilities"
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Amid Signs of 'Cronyism, Nepotism, and Conflicts of Interest,' Watchdog Demands Probe of Trump-ZTE Dealings
"The American people deserve answers about these controversial dealings, but the White House refuses to even offer a coherent explanation for its actions, so it falls to Congress to exercise its oversight responsibilities."
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Though White Americans Benefit Most From Social Safety Net, Study Shows How Racial Resentment Can Fuel Welfare Opposition
"Whites' perceptions that minorities' standing is rising can produce periods of 'welfare backlash' in which adoption of policies restricting or curtailing welfare programs is more likely," warns researcher
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Trump Announces Full Pardon for 'Openly Racist' Right-Wing Propagandist Dinesh D'Souza
"Dinesh D'Souza is a racist piece of shit, and it's worth keeping in mind that he was pardoned because of that, not in spite of it."
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j20 Victory for Dissent as Government Drops Charges Against Group of J20 Protesters
The developments followed revelations that the government lied about evidence—but that wasn't enough to delay closing arguments for one group of defendants
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'One Down. One to Go': Michael Moore Hints at Project Aimed at Roseanne and Trump's Shared Racism
"I know Roseanne. And I know Trump. And they are about to rue the day they knew me..."
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Paving Way for Next Taxpayer-Funded Wall Street Bailout, Trump Fed Unveils Plan to Gut Volcker Rule
"Just ten years after the financial crisis, Congress and the federal regulators have once again become Wall Street's enthusiastic partners in deregulation, putting the rest of us at risk for the sake of still greater industry profits."
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activists Imposed Work Requirements Taint Medicaid Expansion Victory in Virginia
Such provisions, permitted by the Trump administration, "do very little to cut costs and do very much to stigmatize and punish people—especially poor people and people with disabilities," noted one critic
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'This Is a Democracy, Not a Dictatorship': Federal Workers Union Sues Donald Trump
"This president seems to think he is above the law, and we are not going to stand by while he tries to shred workers' rights."
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Farm in Belgium To Upend Failed Paradigm, Hundreds of Experts Converge in EU to Forge Blueprint for Sustainable Food System
"We need a fundamental transition to sustainable food and farming systems," says Olivier De Schutter
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40+ Rights Groups Demand Homeland Security Release Unredacted 'Race Paper' Used to Justify Spying on Justice Activists
"Rather than focusing on the real threat of white nationalists and Neo-Nazis, the government has demonized and criminalized Black activists protesting injustice."
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"I think that we need to formulate consistent principles about what our views are, but in Roseanne’s case, it was so far over the line of anything decent that I don’t think anyone would think that ABC could do anything but fire her." (Photo: Screengrab) Glenn Greenwald: Why Did ABC Ignore Roseanne Barr’s Hateful Tweets Against Arabs and Palestinians?
"There is no question at all that what she tweeted is completely in line and perfectly consistent with what she has been saying and writing and tweeting for many years."
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As Trump EPA Attacks Workers and Environment, Trio of Lawsuits Takes Aim at "Outrageous" Pro-Pesticide Agenda
The suits, filed Wednesday, target the Trump administration's efforts to block federal rules on poisonous chemicals
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'No Personnel Announcements at This Time,' Says Huckabee Sanders When Asked About Trump's Latest Griping About AG Jeff Sessions
"Publicly questioning your own decision to nominate your own attorney general hours after it gets publicly confirmed that said attorney general remains a key witness in an investigation into whether you obstructed justice by interfering in said investigation does not seem like a sound legal...
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Nationwide #KeepFamiliesTogether Rallies Will Demand End to Trump's 'Vile' Abuse of Immigrant Children
"We have the power to change this cruel policy—if enough of us raise our voices."
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Denied Care and Held in 'Ice Box' Cell, Asylum Seeker's Death in ICE Custody Exposes Systemic Neglect and Abuse
"Roxy died due to medical negligence by U.S. immigration authorities. Why incarcerate and torture her like this?"
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Sign reads: Save the internet 'Major Win': California Senate Passes Bill Restoring Net Neutrailty
"We need to do everything we can to ensure that the people of California can decide for themselves whether, when, and for what purpose they are using the internet," says bill's author
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In 'Blistering' Report, Journalism Watchdog Condemns DNC Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks as Severe Threat to Free Press
"Imagine if Trump had the power to go after 'leakers' for 'conspiracy.'"
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bank strike Decrying Defaulted Loans of Deadbeat Corporations, One Million Indian Bank Workers Hold 48-Hour Strike
Rejecting banks' excuses for paltry raise proposal, union leaders say ordinary employees shouldn't have to pay to price for bad loans
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For Their 'Bold' Climate Platforms, Progressive Challengers in NY and Calif. Democratic Primary Fights Win Key Endorsements
"If we're serious about reducing climate-warming emissions quickly enough to preserve our life-sustaining systems—and we are—then we have to start voting on climate."
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cattle 'No Such Thing as Cheap Meat': New Global Index Shows Industry's Failure to Combat Climate Crisis, Antibiotic Resistance
Index gauges how 60 suppliers, worth a combined $300 billion, are managing sustainability risks based on nine criteria
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Hundreds Rally, Dozens Arrested in Effort to Save Chickens from 'Horrific Cruelty' at Industrial Egg Farm
When more Americans see "what's happening behind the doors of factory farms, they know it's against their values."
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Donald Trump Jeff Sessions Robert Mueller 'Very Strong Evidence' of Obstruction: Trump Reportedly Told Sessions to Reverse Recusal from Russia Probe
"Given this bizarre timeline of behavior by Trump, it's hard to conclude that Trump doesn't want Sessions to improperly impede the Mueller investigation."
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Supreme Court Decision Leaves Arkansas Women With Only One Abortion Clinic in the State
The Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to a 2015 law that places restrictions on clinics that provide medication abortions
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protest Keystone XL Developer "Infiltrates Our Democracy" With Major Campaign Contributions in Nebraska
Ahead of midterms, TransCanada has poured several thousand dollars into the GOP governor's and state lawmakers' election efforts
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Hundreds Arrested Nationwide as Poor People's Campaign Demands 'End to the War Economy'
"We have a long history of wars against other people, mostly people of color, around the world. It's time we stopped calling it the Defense Department and started calling it what it is: the Department of War."
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Corporations Win Again as 'Toxic Mega Merger' Wins Approval From Trump DOJ
The American people, said Friends of the Earth, "deserve better than corporate monopolies that drive up food prices and put family farmers out of business."
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Black Defendants Face Harsher Sentences From GOP-Appointed Judges, Study Finds
As Trump makes judicial appointments at breakneck speed, Harvard research exposes troubling sentencing disparities along racial lines
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Kinder Morgan 'Immense Moral Cowardice': Trudeau Trashed for Government Purchase of Climate-Killing Kinder Morgan Pipeline
"I hope Justin Trudeau knows that this decision is going to haunt him everywhere he travels in the world. Movements fighting for real climate action and Indigenous rights are everywhere."
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Puerto Rico Harvard Study Puts Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico at Nearly 6,000 People—70 Times Official Count
Findings are "confirmation of an American tragedy," says Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.)
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'Dark and Disturbing' DOJ Report Shows Big Pharma Knew of Opioid Abuse After Releasing Popular Painkiller
Within a year of Purdue Pharma releasing OxyContin, internal memos mentioned concerns over patients abusing the painkiller and doctors acting as drug pushers
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boats Amid Rocket Fire and Airstrikes, Gazans Launch Fishing Boats to Challenge Israel's Naval Blockade
Participants reportedly include medical patients and students barred from leaving the occupied territory
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Amid Grassroots Push, Medicare for All Winning Big in Democratic Primaries
"Being able to go to the doctor for any reason and not worry about paying for it? That sounds pretty good. We should do that."
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Monday, May 28, 2018
Ivanka Trump at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games Ivanka's Ethical Conflicts Under Scrutiny Again Amid New Trademarks in China
"President Trump's standard is that public office can and should be used for private financial gain."
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bird with a chip bag EU Urged to Go Further to Save Trash-Filled Waters With New Proposed Plastics Ban
Conservationists celebrated the step but said the ban should "stretch to all single-use plastic products throughout the European Union"
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Shocker! Tax Cuts in Hand, CEOs Admit They Won't Invest Record Profits in Worker Wage Hikes
"Of course the GOP tax scam didn't help working people. CEOs would rather pay themselves than pay us."
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Sunday, May 27, 2018
#EllicottCity Second 1000-Year Flood in Two Years Slams into Historic Maryland City
Ellicott City was still recovering from a flash flood two years ago that killed two and forced the historic city to rebuild much of its Main Street.
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Saturday, May 26, 2018
Thousands of women protest in a demonstration 'Obiezione Respinta' organized by 'Non una di meno' movement to remember the 194 law after 40 years, on Saturday, May 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. Thousands of Italian Women March Across Country. Demand: 'My Body, My Choice'
'40 years on from the passing of Law 194, there is still a long road ahead of us'
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Yes vote supporters celebrate as the results in the Irish referendum on the 8th amendment concerning the country's abortion laws takes place at Dublin Castle on May 26, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. LANDSLIDE: 'Quiet Revolution' As Ireland Ends Abortion Ban
Ireland, one of Europe's most socially conservative countries, has voted by a landslide to liberalize the world's most restrictive abortion laws.
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Friday, May 25, 2018
As New Privacy Rules Hit Europe, Google and Facebook Hit With $8.8 Billion in Lawsuits
"They totally know that it's going to be a violation, they don't even try to hide it," argued the Austrian privacy activist who filed the complaints
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Chelsea Manning Chelsea Manning: Big Brother Getting Worse, 'Especially in US'
New comments from noted whistleblower come during her bid for a U.S. Senate seat
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E. coli Climate Change Could Supercharge Threat of Antibiotic Resistance: Study
The 'associations between antibiotic resistance and temperature could be increasing over time'
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Israeli Supreme Court Gives Military 'Green Light' to Keep Killing Unarmed Palestinians
The rough translation, says one critic: "Court legalizes murder."
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Tom Perez Elites Still 'Out of Touch': Progressive Outrage After DNC Chief Tom Perez Endorses Cuomo Ahead of NY Primary
"Don't be scared of democracy—let the voters decide."
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pro-choice protest Irish Women Turn Out in Droves to Repeal Constitutional Ban on Abortion
"This vote can change Ireland into a more caring, compassionate place."
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Police Seeking Two Suspects After Bombing of Indian Restaurant in Canada
"A bomb went off at an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, and authorities say it’s not terror related? If Canadians of Indian ethnicity were specifically targeted, this is terrorism."
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Warning Against 'Return to Rhetoric of Nuclear Annihilation,' Koreans and Anti-War Voices Demand Trump Resume Peace Talks
"You can't imagine rooting for peace for so long and then see it being taken away."
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Thursday, May 24, 2018
'Finally': Weinstein Will Surrender to Police Over Sexual Misconduct Charges
Sources say disgraced Hollywood producer say he will turn himself in on Friday
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march "Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice": Mass Action Planned to Promote Clean Energy Economy
Organizers are demanding "a massive, just transition to a 100 percent renewable economy that ensures safe and healthy communities, the right to organize for all workers, and millions of family-sustaining jobs."
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Calling Out 'Backward Incentives' of Trump Tax Law, 54 Groups Urge Congress to Support Effort to Stop Corporate Offshoring
Profit that companies are sending overseas thanks to Trump's tax law "is revenue that should be funding critical public investments in healthcare, education, infrastructure, and other priorities"
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Among Those Blocked by Trump on Twitter, Stephen King Says Maybe Better Not To Follow President
Novelist and master of horror tells Stephen Colbert getting blocked may have had something to do with saying Trump "had his head somewhere where a certain yoga position would be necessary to get it there."
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'John Bolton Must Be Stoked': Experts Put Blame for Canceled North Korea Talks Squarely on Trump's Top Warmonger
"We can't forget that many in Trump's administration, including his national security adviser and secretary of state, are thirsty for war."
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Pentagon 131 House Dems Help GOP Pass Massive Pentagon Budget That Includes Billions for Expanded Nuclear Arsenal
"Instead of a blueprint for peace and security, this NDAA continues the practice of endless war with no input or oversight from our congressional leaders," lamented Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
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Trump Cancels North Korea Summit, Citing 'Open Hostility'
"You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used."
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"Highly Secure"? Security Guards at US Nuclear Weapons Base Used LSD
"Nuclear weapons and LSD seem a bad combination, but that's just my opinion."
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Mr. Carvalho "People's Climate Case": Families Sue EU Demanding More Ambitious Action to Combat Climate Crisis
"If it is recognized by the court that climate protection is a human rights issue, then climate protection can be activated in the courts of all other jurisdictions in the world."
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North Korea After Ripping 'Dummy' Mike Pence for Continued Threats, North Korea Shows Commitment to Talks by Destroying Nuclear Site
"The discontinuance of the nuclear test is an important process moving towards global nuclear disarmament," Pyongyang said in a statement
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Lumps of coal 'History Going in the Wrong Direction' as Worst Form of Black Lung Disease Rises Again
Researchers "surprised by the magnitude of the problem"
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Ruling Against 'Pernicious and Unconstitutional' Practice, Judge Says Trump Can't Block People on Twitter
"We're pleased with the court's decision, which reflects a careful application of core First Amendment principles to government censorship on a new communications platform."
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children As Documents Reveal 'Pervasive Abuse' of Immigrant Children Under Obama, Fears It's Even Worse Under Trump
Thousands of government records "provide a glimpse into a federal immigration enforcement system marked by brutality and lawlessness."
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Students, faculty, alumni, and community members take part in the final rally of "Harvard Heat Week" on April 17th, 2015. (Photo: 350 .org/flickr/cc) Harvard Board Member Resigns in Protest Over School's Investments in 'Pernicious Activities,' Including Fossil Fuels
"For Harvard to continue to profit from activities that might and likely do accelerate us toward climate disaster, enslave millions to unfair labor practices, or proliferate more and more weapons in society that threaten especially young lives is unconscionable."
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Huge Roaming Protests Aim to Make All of UK "No-Go Area" for Trump This Summer
Series of rallies and demonstration designed to make entire country a "no-go area" for U.S. president this summer
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'Screaming Violation' of Constitution: President Moves to Rescue Chinese Telecom as Beijing Funds Major Trump Project
"Is there anyone in America who believes that benefiting indirectly from a Chinese loan would not influence Trump's decision to intercede?"
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Steve Bannon Predicts Trump Could Fire Rosenstein "Very Shortly"
Former top political strategist has much to say about about the ongoing circus at the White House
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Cleveland Browns Billionaire NFL Owners Rebuked for Announcing Fines for Teams If Players #TakeAKnee
The move comes after players across the league have locked arms, raised fists, and knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice
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stacey abrams 'Historic Victory for Entire Progressive Movement' as Stacey Abrams Wins Georgia Primary
"Make no mistake—it's powerful women like her who are leading the charge in 2018. It's up to us to speak out, step up, and elect them this November."
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'Remember These Names': 33 House Democrats Just Joined the GOP to Give a Major Gift to Wall Street
"This bill will enrich banking giants like Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase that are already enjoying record profits. Disgraceful."
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018
child 'Once Again, Hurting Children': GAO Approves Trump's Plan to Take $7 Billion Back From Kids' Health Program
"The GOP tax cuts for the rich aren't going to pay themselves. That cash has to come from somewhere," tweeted one critic
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Sanders Accepts Amazon Invitation After Video Highlighting Jeff Bezos as "Face of Greed" Gets Retail Giant's Attention
"I remain deeply concerned about Amazon, an enormously profitable corporation, paying workers wages that are so low that they are forced to depend on federal programs like Medicaid, food stamps and public housing for survival."
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Fight for $15 and Time's Up Join Forces to Fight Sexual Harassment at McDonald's
"McDonald's advertises all over television saying it's 'America's best first job,' but my experience has been a nightmare."
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All-Time Highs for Stock Buybacks and Bank Profits as Workers Languish in Trump's America
"We've got to repeal the outrageous corporate welfare of this tax plan and pass real tax reform that actually helps working families—not the one percent," said Sen. Bernie Sanders
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roundup As Landmark Glyphosate Case Moves to Trial, Man Dying of Cancer to Have Day in Court With Monsanto
"We look forward to exposing how Monsanto hid the risk of cancer and polluted the science," said plaintiff's attorney
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Trump Says Historic Meeting With North Korea May Be Postponed
"It may not work out for June 12," Trump announced on Tuesday
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As Teacher Revolt Sweeps Nation, Democrats Propose Clawing Back Tax Cut for 1% to Fund $50 Billion Boost to Schools
"We will take a bullet for our students," teachers say, but elected officials have not held up their end of the bargain
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'User Manual for Authoritarian Surveillance': ACLU Red Alert as Amazon Peddles Facial Recognition Tool to Police
"Once a dangerous surveillance system like this is turned against the public, the harm can't be undone."
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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt 'This Is Not Ok': Guard Shoves Reporter as EPA Bars Multiple News Outlets From Water Pollution Event
"When the reporter asked to speak to an EPA public-affairs person, the security guards grabbed the reporter by the shoulders and shoved her forcibly out of the EPA building."
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Iranian Commander Issues Reminder That US Is the World's "Top Criminal with Regard to Missiles"
"Who are you and America to tell us to limit the range of ballistic missiles?" Ismail Kowsari asked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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cows Humans Less Than 1% of Life on Earth, But Have Destroyed Half of Its Plants, More Than 80% of All Mammals
"It is pretty staggering," said the lead researcher of the new study
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'You Are Not Welcome in Palestine': US Delegation Egged in Occupied West Bank
Though more than 60 Palestinians were killed last week by IDF soldiers in Gaza, nobody from the U.S. consulate was reported injured by the egg-throwers
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'A Good Start': Democrats' Anti-Corruption Proposals Applauded as Actual Plan to Drain the Swamp
"We need this package—all of it—to unrig a political system that is working for corporations and the superrich."
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Monday, May 21, 2018
Progressives Sound Alarm Ahead of Tuesday House Vote on 'Bank Lobbyist Act'
The bill would 'allow banks to engage in the kind of risky behavior that caused the 2008 financial crash,' says Public Citizen
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As Trump-North Korea Talks Falter, South Korea Says 'Landmine' John Bolton to Blame
One American analyst reportedly said "only half in jest" that South Koreans despise Bolton as much as North Koreans do
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US Supreme Court 'Terrible News for Workers' as Supreme Court Makes It Harder for Them to Fight Back When 'Screwed' by Employer
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says decision allowing forced arbitration clauses is 'egregiously wrong'
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To Curb 'Scary Amount of Power,' New Campaign Urges FTC to Break Up Facebook
The social media giant—which also owns and operates the popular WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram platforms—has become too powerful and must be confronted.
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Google "Evil Is Fine Now": Google Ditches "Don't Be Evil" in Company Code of Conduct
"Guess the cognitive dissonance between working on drone weapons-targeting systems and the quaint notice of 'don't be evil' got too loud at Google."
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Mike Pompeo 'Iraq War Playbook' Returns as Pompeo Replaces Diplomacy With Threat to 'Crush' Iran
"Pompeo has not outlined a strategy, but rather a grab bag of wishful thinking that can only be interpreted as a call for regime change in Iran."
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2018 72% of Democrats Say Opposing Trump Isn't Enough, Want Congressional Candidates to Push Progressive Agenda
The largest portion of respondents also said they'd be "more likely" to vote for a candidate backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
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Rosenstein Trump 'State of Constitutional Crisis' as DOJ Bows to Trump Demand for Probe into Alleged Surveillance of His Campaign
Legal analysts argued the Justice Department "shouldn't be pursuing political charges made by the president based on zero evidence."
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Sunday, May 20, 2018
students Young Voters Likely to Continue Post-Parkland Mobilization in Voting Booth, Registration Records Show
Young people represented a significantly large share of newly-registered voters in several key states in the weeks following the Parkland shooting
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Filling 'Glaring Gap,' Amnesty Teams Up with Wikipedia to Include Entries on Women Human Rights Defenders
"This is an opportunity to encourage more editors and more content about different identities to better reflect the world we live in."
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New Reports Surface of Trump Campaign's Involvement with Foreign Entities
"Trump campaign officials did not appear bothered by the idea of cooperation with foreigners."
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Saturday, May 19, 2018
Carson Pulls Tool Used by Officials to Identify Segregation
In latest decision to roll back efforts to promote fair housing, Carson " shows no vision for confronting segregation"
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EU and Iran Will Attempt to Salvage Nuclear Deal Following Trump's Breach of Agreement
"America's actions...show that it is not a trustworthy country in international dealings."
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Hours After Texas School Shooting, Students Detained for Peacefully Protesting Outside Paul Ryan's Office
"One arrest, four arrests, a thousand arrests isn't going to stop us until no more children are dying in their schools because of unnecessary guns in the hands of wrong people."
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Friday, May 18, 2018
Sessions Takes Away 'Lifeline' for Tens of Thousands of Immigrants, Setting Stage for Quick Deportations
"This is yet another attempt by Sessions and the Trump administration to rob our immigration courts of due process."
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Sign reads 'reproductive justice for all' Rep. Barbara Lee Denounces "Most Extreme Effort to Roll Back Women's Healthcare in Decades"
Lee joins pro-choice lawmakers in rejecting administration's new proposal to strip federal funds from facilities that provide abortions
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