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Thursday, November 16, 2017
'Welfare for the Wealthy': 227 House Republicans Pass $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut for Corporations and the Rich
"It's immoral that many hardworking families will pay a higher tax bill or lose access to critical services like healthcare so that some CEO can get a bigger bonus and buy a bigger yacht."
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Conservation Groups Slam Trump's 'Reprehensible' Reversal on Elephant Trophies Ban
The Interior Department said Wednesday it will allow hunters to import their elephant trophies from Africa
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'Time to Raise Hell': Internet Defenders Mobilize as FCC Aims to Kill Net Neutrality Within Month
FCC chair Ajit Pai, warn critics, is aiming to "destroy the internet as we know it and give even more gatekeeper power to a few huge companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon"
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'Nothing Funny About It': Sen. Al Franken Accused of Unwanted Groping During ISO Tour in 2006
Democratic senator from Minnesota, a former comedian, latest powerful man to be called out for past sexual behavior
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Climate activists marched in Bonn, Germany For Damage Done and Transition Needed, 50+ Groups Demand Global Fossil Fuel Tax
"A climate damages tax on the fossil fuel industry is one way to reverse the injustice of climate change, and ensure the fossil fuel industry pays for its damage—not poor people."
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
#MeToo Act: New Bill Aimed at Combating Sexual Harrassment on Capitol Hill
"The culture in this country has been awakened to the fact that we have a serious epidemic in the workplace in all professions, in all walks of life, and it's incumbent upon those who are in authority to address it and address it swiftly."
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'Ready to Resist': Progressives Rally Ahead of Crucial GOP Tax Scam Vote
"When you come for our healthcare, we come for your jobs," was one activist's message to Congress
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protesters 'State-Sponsored Torture': Ohio Grants Temporary Reprieve After Botched Execution
Human rights advocates censured the state for making "a spectacle of a man's life," declaring "the cruel and unusual practice of lethal injection must end"
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'This Is Barbaric': Sen. Murphy Slams US for Contributing to Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis
"The bombing campaign that has caused the cholera outbreak could not happen without us."
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Richard Cordray, Who 'Held Big Banks Accountable,' Announces Resignation From CFPB
An Obama appointee, the embattled Cordray had led the consumer watchdog since it began in 2011
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young boy watches on between two Palestinian House Dems Introduce 'Groundbreaking and Much Overdue' Bill on Palestinian Rights
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) said "Congress must not turn a blind eye" to "the unjust and ongoing mistreatment of Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation"
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Declaring 'Train of Injuries Must End,' House Dems Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against Trump
"If a crime is committed, you convene a grand jury, and in this case that is the House Judiciary Committee and we need to get started."
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In Copy/Pasted Tweet, Trump Proves There Are Too Many Mass Shootings in the US to Keep Track
After shooting in California, the president offers condolences for an attack that took place nine days earlier in Texas
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Australians celebrate marriage equality vote Jubilation as Australians Vote in Favor of Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
While celebrations broke out nationwide, some called for additional legislative efforts to more broadly improve the lives of LGBTQ Australians
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House Approves $700B 'Cash Cow for Weapons Companies'—But Single Payer 'Too Expensive'
"What if we tell House Republicans and Democrats that North Korea wanted to close schools, take our healthcare away and pump CO2 into our air—we could suddenly, magically find $700 billion dollars for all of it."
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
GOP Tax Bill Would Trigger $25 Billion in Cuts to Medicare, Warns CBO
Senior citizens' healthcare spending would be on the chopping block to make up for the $1.5 trillion deficit increase brought on by the House tax plan
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healthcare protest 'Disgusting': Senate Republicans' Tax Plan Will Scrap Obamacare Mandate
"The GOP tax bill is now straight-up 'take away your healthcare to pay for tax cuts for corporations,'" says MoveOn.org's Ben Wikler
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Blaming Lack of Sleep, Sessions Says He Forgot About Meeting With George Papadopoulos
"This is a full on lawyered up performance from Sessions. Almost every answer includes a version of 'I don't believe,' or 'I don't recall.'"
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Although adults between the ages of 20 and 29 are better educated, on average, than their parents' generation, overwhelming student debt is contributing to a generational inability to accumulate wealth. Millennials Fall Far Behind as World's Richest 1% Hoard Half of Global Wealth
70 percent of the world's working-age adults have less than $10,000 each
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Pence Caught in Yet Another 'Demonstrably False' Claim After WikiLeaks/Don Jr. Revelations
Pence said "nothing could be further from the truth" in response to claims that members of Trump's campaign had been in contact with WikiLeaks
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nuclear protesters Fearing Trump, Congress Holds First Hearing in Decades on President's Nuclear Authority
"If a crazy president orders a legal nuclear strike from one of the already vetted war plans, there is no one that can stop him."
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Monday, November 13, 2017
Sanders: Trump's HHS Pick Proves He Was 'Never Serious' About Taking on Big Pharma
"At a time when the United States pays, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, the last thing we need is to put a pharmaceutical executive in charge."
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"Humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperiled biosphere," over 15,000 scientists warned in a letter published Monday. (Photo: NASA) Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a 'Second Notice' to Humanity. Can We Listen Now?
Reassessing warning issued 25 years ago, the "second notice" to humanity warns of "widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss" unless business-as-usual is upended
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Roy Moore Backers Circle the Wagons as Second Woman Steps Forward With Assault Allegations
Beverly Young Nelson says she was 16 when the Alabama Senate candidate attempted to rape her and then threatened her
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'You Claim To Be An American, But We See Right Through Your Greed': A Song of Protest and Then a Walkout at US Event at Climate Summit
Presentation by Trump's delegation calling for more fossil fuels decried as 'absurd'
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'Giant Leap Backwards' as Global Carbon Emissions in 2017 Soaring to All-Time High
"The urgency for reducing emissions means they should really be already decreasing now."
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US 'Spits in the Face' of World by Promoting Fossil Fuels at UN Climate Summit
"The Trump Administration should be held criminally accountable for what they are doing in the U.S. and around the world on climate change."
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Caricatures of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump, and House Speaker Paul Ryan. (Image: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) "Don't Cut Our Taxes," Say 400+ Very Wealthy Americans. "Raise Them."
In new letter, wealthy group denounces the GOP proposal, which "would disproportionately benefit wealthy individuals and corporations with provisions including repealing the estate tax, repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax, and slashing the top pass-through tax rate."
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'Why Not Freddy Krueger?' Trump Picks Big Pharma Exec Alex Azar to Head HHS
"Just when you think it can't get anymore disgraceful. Pity the poor people who need medication and safety—that would be all of us."
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More Than 300 Dead and Thousands Injured After Massive Earthquake Strikes Iran-Iraq Border
"Our electricity, water, gas, phone lines are out, everything is completely out, the whole city has been destroyed, it is wrecked," said one Iranian resident
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'Alpha-Male Bromance' Solidified as Trump Vows Support for 'Bloodstained' Duterte
"The issue of human rights did not arise. It was not brought up," said spokesperson for Philippine president
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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Rohingya mother After Hearing Accounts of Sexual Violence, UN Official to Bring Rohingya Case to ICC
Survivors who fled Myanmar told UN representative Pramila Patten about their experiences with "gang-rape by multiple soldiers, forced public nudity and humiliation, and sexual slavery in military captivity"
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barcelona protest 'Freedom for the Political Prisoners': Hundreds of Thousands March in Barcelona
Independence movement supporters marched to protest the prison detentions of ousted government officials and grassroots leaders
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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Putin and Trump Trump Widely Rebuked for Remarks About Alleged Election Interference by Russians
Despite conclusions from U.S. intelligence agencies, Trump says Putin denied meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and "he means it." The Kremlin, meanwhile, says the conversation never even happened.
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protest south korea North Korea: Trump 'Begged For a Nuclear War' During Visit to Korean Peninsula
While Trump is greeted by protesters across the continent, North Korea says he has "laid bare his true nature as destroyer of world peace and stability"
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Friday, November 10, 2017
Pope Denounces 'Mentality of Fear' Caused by Nuclear Regimes, Urges Disarmament
At a seminar at the Vatican, Pope Francis praised the U.N.'s recent anti-nuclear weapons treaty
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'There You Have It': McConnell Says He 'Misspoke' When He Promised No Tax Hike on Middle Class
A New York Times analysis published Friday found that millions of middle class families would see their taxes rise under GOP plan
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#BanTrump: On Both Sides of Pacific, Protests Over Trump's Visit to Philippines
Demonstrators slam Trump's imperialist agenda in Asia and his warmongering rhetoric regarding North Korea
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Don't Worry, Europe, Radioactive Cloud Likely From Russian Nuclear Plant Accident Deemed 'Harmless'
Ruthenium-106 was detected "in the atmosphere of the majority of European countries" beginning late September, French officials said
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baby Canada Expands Parental Leave Policy, But Critics Say More Changes Needed
While some new parents celebrate option for more time at home with babies, experts say updated rules won't benefit lower-income parents
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President of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) at the APEC Leaders Summit on November 10, 2017 in Da Nang, Vietnam. (Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images) Ahead of Trump Meeting, Duterte Admits Stabbing Person to Death and Threatens to Slap UN Human Rights Expert
Less than two weeks ago, a senior U.S. official said Trump and Duterte have "a warm rapport."
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Critics Slam Roy Moore's "Disgusting" Fundraiser Based on Sexual Abuse Allegations
In wake of accusations he molested 14-year-old girl, GOP candidate asked supporters to stand with him against "an all-out war on our conservative values"
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Bernie Sanders Explains His Plan to Fix a Broken Democratic Party
"At a time when we have a Republican president and Republican Party whose leadership and agenda are strongly opposed by the American people, now is the time for real change."
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starving Yemeni child Millions on Brink of Death in Yemen, But Members of Congress Can't Be Bothered With Questions
U.S. lawmakers brush off questions from Intercept reporter about military support for Saudi-led coalition while blockade continues to cut off starving Yemenis from necessary food aid
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Thursday, November 9, 2017
Citing Violent Content, Reddit Bans Misogynist Men's Rights Community
Subreddit was treated by members as a support group, but posts frequently advocated violence against women and sexual assault
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#WorldWithoutWalls demonstrators #WorldWithoutWalls: A Global Demand From Palestine to Mexico and Beyond
Demonstrations across the globe denounce walls erected by powerful governments as "monuments of expulsion, exclusion, oppression, discrimination, and exploitation"
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Breitbart Goes to Bat for Roy Moore Amid Accusations He Sexually Assaulted Teenage Girl
Breitbart 's piece on the accusations more closely resembled a "press release" for Moore than a news story, argued one journalist
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New Study Shows Urgently Needed 100% Renewable Transition More Feasible Than Ever
A complete transition from fossil fuels would create millions of jobs and save money while protecting planet from harmful emissions
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Big CEOs Are 'Most Excited' About Trump-GOP Tax Cuts, Brags Gary Cohn
"He's right—this plan is great for big CEOs!"
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broadband poster Despite 'Misinformation' Campaign by Telecom Industry, Municipal Broadband Wins in Colorado
One city approved a ballot measure to invest $150 million to establish a local broadband utility, while 19 communities voted in favor of exploring similar options
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Lindsey Graham Latest Republican to Admit GOP Tax Plan Is All About Keeping 'Financial Contributions' of Donors Flowing
"Republicans are literally out here warning each other that their big donors will stop writing checks if they don't do their bidding."
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Despite Much-Heralded Deal with Trump, Carrier Announces It Will Cut 200 More Jobs
The president claimed he convinced the manufacturor to keep its factory in Indianapolis last December
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mom and baby polar bears Alaska Senator Denounced for 'Deplorable' Attempt to Force Drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge
Environmentalists sharply rebuked Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) proposal to force the sale of drilling rights contracts for public land in Alaska
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"Ringing Endorsement" for The Intercept as Sebastian Gorka Calls News Outlet "Bad for Democracy" and "A Joke"
Add this to the strange things former White House advisor identifies as a threat to the republic
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AT&T Mega-Merger "Should Die," Critics Say, But Trump's Attack on CNN Clear "Abuse of Power"
"While there are plenty of good reasons to oppose AT&T's Time Warner takeover, punishing CNN for trying to hold this administration accountable isn't one of them."
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Vacancies, Low Morale at Trump's State Department Has Left Agency 'Near Collapse'
"There is simply no denying the warning signs that point to mounting threats to our institution."
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Civilians walk through the destroyed city of Sadah, Yemen, on June 15, 2015.  (Photo: Sebastiano Tomada/Getty Images) 'Nightmare Scenario,' Declare Aid Groups, as Saudis Put Yemen Under Total Blockade
"If access shuts off entirely, even for a single week, then disaster will be the result."
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Three Richest Americans Now Own More Wealth Than Bottom Half of US Combined: Report
"The elite ranks of our billionaire class continue to pull apart from the rest of us," a new Institute for Policy study analysis finds
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tiger 'Amazing News': Rights Groups Celebrate After Italy Bans Use of Circus Animals
Advocates for animal welfare praised the Italian parliament while calling on other nations, including the United States, to follow suit
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"From the civilians harmed and displaced by violence, to the soldiers killed and wounded, to the children who play years later on roads and fields sown with improvised explosive devices and cluster bombs, no set of numbers can convey the human toll of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan..." Nation That Says It Can't Afford Medicare for All Has Spent $5.6 Trillion on War Since 9/11
Because, as new study notes, wars force the question: "What we might have done differently with the money spent?"
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Pacific Islanders Demand End of Fossil Fuels to Create 'Better, More Just World'
Coalition from low-lying region, endangered by rising seas and intensifying storms, calls for bold climate action
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CBO: Republican Tax Scam Would Blow $1.7 Trillion Hole in the National Debt
The Congressional Budget Office analysis exposes party's expressed concerns about "fiscal responsibility" as a sham
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chicken and needles To Fight Global Threat of Antibiotic Resistance, WHO Issues First-Ever Guidelines to Curb Use
Experts warn without urgent action on a global scale, "by 2050, almost all current antibiotics will be ineffective in preventing and treating human disease"
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8 Election Day Victories That Spell Good News for Democrats and the Progressive Grassroots
A year after Trump's win, Tuesday's election showed that progressive organizing in 2017 has paid off across the country
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'Tsunami' of Progressive Victories Delivers Massive Repudiation of Trumpism
"They tried to take our healthcare, ban our neighbors, peddle bigotry, and steal for the one percent. Yesterday was the result. Just wait until 2018."
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
CIA Director Met Advocate of Disputed DNC Hack Theory - At Trump's Request
A senior intelligence source confirmed that Mike Pompeo met with William Binney to discuss his analysis of the DNC hack, at Trump's urging
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'You're Not Supposed to Say This Out Loud': GOP Lawmaker Admits Pushing Tax Scam to Please His Rich Donors
Yet more evidence that the GOP is "putting donors over 38 million middle-class Americans"
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'Cruel and Shameful': Trump Threatens Mass Deportations by Axing Protected Status for Nicaraguans
"America will not be greater or safer by sending back people who’ve made their lives here and are become part of the city's economic and social fabric."
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Big Meat and Dairy’s Supersized Climate Footprint
As the meat and dairy industries descend upon COP23 to broadcast their “feed the world” narrative, let’s set the story straight: their emissions could lead us to a point of no return.
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Seema Verma and Donald Trump In 'Twisted' Push, Trump Admin Encourages States to Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid
Healthcare experts warn changes would jeopardize healthcare for poorest and most vulnerable Americans
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US People's Delegation Fills Climate Leadership Void Left by Trump's Pro-Fossil Fuel Agenda
"Though Trump and his billionaire friends may try to pull us backwards, we, everyday Americans, will keep moving our country forward."
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Yet Another Analysis Shows How Trump-GOP Tax Scam Will Bury Middle Class
"The GOP tax plan is a simple political statement about who matters more in American democracy: the heirs to hedge fund fortunes or everyone else in the country."
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Saudi Crown Prince 'Hungry for War' and Trump Seems Perfectly 'Eager to Comply'
"Saudi Arabia has Trump exactly where they want him," argued one expert
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Trump Slammed for Claiming Gun Control Would Have Left 'Hundreds More' Dead in Texas
"This myth must end," say critics following president's outlandish use of debunked NRA talking point
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US Sign 'America Last': US vs. Entire World After Syria Agrees to Join Paris Accord
"Every single other country in the world is moving forward together to tackle the climate crisis, while Donald Trump has isolated the United States on the world stage in an embarrassing and dangerous position."
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South Koreans Greet 'Warmongering Trump' With Clear Message: 'Shut Up, Get Out'
"The war-threatening, weapons salesman Trump is not welcome here."
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Monday, November 6, 2017
With History of Domestic Violence, Texas Gunman Fits Mass Shooter Profile
"And yet blinding misogyny is never considered a possible political motivator for mass violence."
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science kids Children Sue Trump Admin for 'Reckless and Deliberate Indifference' to Climate Threat
"We must hold the federal government accountable for the long-term environmental harm that is propagating under its direction," said Clean Air Council's Joseph Minott. "It's time to fight back."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders Paradise Papers, Says Sanders, Expose 'Rapid Movement Toward International Oligarchy'
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says the trove of documents "shows how these billionaires and multinational corporations get richer by hiding their wealth and profits and avoid paying their fair share of taxes"
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Analysis Shows How #TrumpTaxScam Stiffs Middle Class While Giveaways to 1% Grow Over Time
Meager cuts to working people will be temporary, gradually turning into tax hikes, but the benefits to the wealthiest only getting better
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South Korean protesters take part in an anti-Trump rally in front of the U.S. Embassy on November 4, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Trump will visit South Korea on November 7 as a part of his Asian tour. (Photo: Woohae Cho/Getty Images) As Trump Sells War Ahead of Korea Visit, Groups Demand 'Urgent Pivot Towards Peace'
"The people of Japan, South Korea, and United States oppose war."
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'I Made This... But Didn't Get Paid': Garment Workers Appeal Directly to Shoppers
Factory workers draw attention to mistreatment and unpaid wages with notes hidden inside clothing items
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Jared, Ivanka, Wilbur and Rex Probe Demanded After Wilbur Ross, Rex Tillerson Implicated in Paradise Papers
"Latest revelations are part of a disturbing pattern of Trump administration officials seeking to hide their links to Russian business interests and members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle."
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'None of This Is Inevitable': Sen. Murphy Applauded for Texas Church Massacre Response
"The terrifying fact is that no one is safe so long as Congress chooses to do absolutely nothing in the face of this epidemic."
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'Paradise Papers' Reveal Tax Avoidance, Shady Dealings of World's Rich and Powerful
From multiple members of Trump's cabinet to the British Royal Family, document dump of offshore dealings shows how political leaders—joined by wealthy celebrities and the ultra-rich—shelter their assets, keep shady relationships secret, and game the tax systems of nations around the globe
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Sunday, November 5, 2017
More Than 20 Killed After Gunman Opens Fire in Texas Church
"Our hearts are with the Sutherland Springs community, the victims, and their loved ones after yet another horrific act of gun violence."
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Saudi Arabia mass arrests With Mass Arrests, Saudi Crown Prince Moves to Consolidate Power
Meanwhile, the Trump administration praises the Saudi regime and the weapons keep flowing
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Trump approval rating Trump's Approval Worst in 'Over Seven Decades of Polling,' New Survey Shows
A majority of Americans—65 percent—believe Trump has accomplished little or nothing at all
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Chanting 'Keep It In the Ground,' Thousands Descend on German Coalfields
"We want to fulfill our historic responsibility. That's why we go to the coal mines, to protect the climate there."
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Trump Can't Understand Why Japan Didn't Shoot Down North Korea's Missiles: Report
The U.S. president's reported comments came during recent talks with Asian leaders
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Saturday, November 4, 2017
'No Aloha' for Trump as Hawaii Protesters Tell the President: 'We Wish You Weren't Here'
"I have no aloha for him and I don't think the state of Hawaii does either."
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After 'Unconscionable' Detention by US Border Patrol, 10-Year-Old Rosa Maria Hernandez Finally Released From Custody
"We will continue to work to ensure that Rosa Maria is able to heal in peace, and that other children are not subjected to the same trauma," the ACLU vowed
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COP23 Germany climate talks Ahead of COP23 Climate Talks, Tens of Thousands March Demanding End to 'Era of Fossil Fuels'
"We don't have time to play games of climate denial or greenwashing of dirty energy."
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Friday, November 3, 2017
ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, seen here in 2012, said Friday she would be asking the court for authorization to begin an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan. (Photo: Foundation Max van der Stoel/flickr/cc) 'Seminal Moment' as ICC Chief Prosecutor Seeks Probe of US War Crimes in Afghanistan
"Whatever the court decides about the role of U.S. forces, the people in Afghanistan who have suffered enormously for decades deserve the world's attention. More importantly, they deserve justice."
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Artificial Intelligence, Fears Stephen Hawking, 'May Replace Humans Altogether'
As technologists dismiss regulation concerns, physicist warns, "This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans."
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US Climate Assessment Exposes 'Simply Terrifying' Recklessness of Trump
"Even as this report sounds the alarm, Trump's team of climate deniers are twisting themselves into pretzels to justify blocking national and international climate action."
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Calling for Real Reform, Ellison Says DNC 'Rigging' of Primary 'Cannot Be Dismissed'
"The DNC must be an impartial and transparent organization that welcomes all people who share our core values of economic justice and human rights for all."
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"Class war. It’s an out-and-out class war waged against the poorest, the weakest, the disenfranchised—the very same people that Donald Trump appealed to in order to get elected." Yanis Varoufakis on Global Capitalism & How Trump’s Tax Plan is Class War Against the Poor
Critics say the gift is a tax cut for the richest Americans.
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An oil pump in the Aneth oil field near Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. (Photo: WildEarth Guardians/flickr/cc) 'What Are Exxon and Chevron So Desperate to Hide?”: Trump Ditches Oil Anti-Corruption Effort
"The government is perpetuating a false narrative created by the oil and gas industries that protect themselves and not the American people."
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'Please... No More Wars': Pope Francis Issues Impassioned Call to End 'Useless Massacres'
In emotional speech at World War II cemetery, Pope decries leaders' inability to learn the lessons of war
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