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Sunday, March 12, 2017
RESIST DAY #52: What You Can Do Today
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
US Attorney in New York Fired After Refusing Trump's Abrupt Request to Resign
Manhattan federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was fired Saturday after refusing to comply with the Trump administration's request to resign, according to the New York Times . Bharara's firing adds another layer of controversy to the episode,...
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Where's Tillerson? Secretary of State Ducking Press Amid Reports of Being Sidelined
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will embark on his first trip to Asia next week, visiting Japan, South Korea, and China. In what some journalists are calling an unprecedented move, he will not travel with members of the press. "Not only does this situation leave the public narrative of the...
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Former Koch Agents, Fossil Fuel Industry Hired Guns Now Staffing Trump's Federal Agencies
On March 8, ProPublica obtained “beachhead team” rosters with the names of hundreds of temporary staffers the Trump administration has installed in federal agencies, including the Department of Interior ( DOI ), Department of Energy ( DOE ), the White House Office of Management and Budget ( OMB ),...
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RESIST DAY #51: What You Can Do Today
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Friday, March 10, 2017
ACLU's People Power Project to Launch With "Cities of Resistance" Effort
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is launching a new project to harness grassroots resistance to President Donald Trump. #PeoplePower Tweets The project, People Power, will officially kick off Saturday. It will commence with a livestreamed resistance training to engage volunteers around the...
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Even Without CBO Score, the Republican Healthcare Plan Gets Bad Marks
As the Trump administration continued on Friday to downplay a forthcoming cost analysis of the GOP's healthcare plan, independent assessments of the proposal revealed the likelihood of large coverage losses and cost increases to hit voters who supported President Donald Trump the hardest. The...
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Another Sign Just Came in That Tar Sands Operations Are on Life Support
Royal Dutch Shell announced Thursday that it is selling off the majority of its tar sands assets, as its chief executive noted dwindling "societal acceptance of the energy system as we have it." Of the $7.25 billion deal with energy company Canadian Natural, Shell said in a statement that it will "...
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As Business Conflicts Persist, A New Plan Emerges To Get Trump Taxes
Democrats have a new plan to get President Donald Trump's tax returns released: make Steve Mnuchin do it. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) on Friday introduced a resolution of inquiry directing the Treasury secretary to provide the U.S. House with copies of Trump's tax returns, as well as any...
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Native Nations Rise march in Washington, D.C. 'We Exist, We Resist, We Rise': Thousands March for Native Nations
"Water is life!" was the cry heard throughout Washington, D.C., on Friday as thousands of people filled the streets and marched for Indigenous rights and the sovereignty of native nations, demonstrating that the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline has sparked an ongoing movement. Indigenous...
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Bernie Sanders Has a Plan to Defeat 'Delusional' Trump
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has offered a blistering critique of President Donald Trump, calling the real estate mogul " delusional " and a " pathological liar " whose goal "to undermine American democracy" can be pushed back by engaging the segments of voters that Trump's campaign capitalized...
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RESIST DAY #50: What You Can Do Today
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Barbara Leee Barbara Lee Introduces Bill to Block More 'Boots on the Ground' in Syria
In response to the Pentagon's deployment of about 400 American ground troops to Syria, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) is introducing a bill Friday that would block the Defense Department from putting any more "boots on the ground" in the ongoing conflict. "The bill I am introducing today...
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Ethics Office Tells Trump & Co.: Sorry, You're Not Above the Rules
The head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has taken issue with the Trump administration's grasp of ethics rules, expressing deep concern that the executive branch apparently thinks it is above such regulations. In a letter sent Thursday to deputy White House counsel Stefan Passantino,...
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'Corrosive to Democracy': ACLU Files Ethics Complaint Against Jeff Sessions
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed an ethics complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Thursday, asking the Alabama State Bar to investigate a potential rules violation after the former senator was revealed to have lied to Congress during his confirmation testimony. "False...
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Thursday, March 9, 2017
'You Have More Support Than You Know': Native Nations Will Rise in DC and Nationwide
An interfaith celebration and prayer service is taking place Thursday evening ahead of Friday's Native Nations Rise march and rally in Washington, D.C. "Water is life—so in attacking our water Donald Trump is attacking our lives, families, and right to self-determination." —Dallas Goldtooth,...
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Trump's Budget Draft Takes Axe to Low Income Housing Funds
Should the Trump administration's plan to slash 14 percent from the national housing budget come to fruition, people will indeed be "dying on the street," the head of national advocacy group warned on Thursday, borrowing President Donald Trump's own words. Late Wednesday, the Washington Post...
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More States Sue to Block Trump's "Muslim Ban By Another Name"
At least three more states are suing President Donald Trump over his new travel ban, as Washington state—whose legal action suspended the original executive order—said Thursday that it would renew its request to block the revised one. Washington's Attorney General Bob Ferguson said both Oregon and...
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Scott Pruitt Pruitt Promised He'd Tackle CO2 But Now Plays Dumb on Climate Science
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt made heads turn on CNBC Thursday morning when he argued against decades of scientific consensus and said that carbon dioxide emissions aren't a primary driver of global warming. In doing so, Pruitt directly opposed his own statements to the U...
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As Israel Surges Further Rightward, US Under Trump Follows Suit
The United States appears to be marching in lockstep with the Israeli government's extremist surge with the likely confirmation of David Friedman, President Donald Trump's choice for U.S. ambassador to Israel. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to approve Friedman on Thursday with...
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Corporate Tax Dodgers Exposed, Debunking Trump Myth That Rates Are Too High
Undercutting President Donald Trump's assertion that U.S. corporate taxes are too high—the justification for his and Republican leaders' pitches to lower the business tax rate —a new report finds that many profitable American companies pay far less than the 35 percent often cited by lobbyists and...
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Assange: WikiLeaks Will Give Tech Firms Leaked Docs to Fight CIA 'Cyberweapons'
WikiLeaks will give technology companies exclusive access to alleged CIA documents to help them repair security flaws that allowed the government to spy on individuals through their smart devices, the organization's founder Julian Assange said Thursday . "Considering what we think is the best way...
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RESIST DAY #49: What You Can Do Today
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Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government
A Trump campaign aide who argues that Democrats committed “ethnic cleansing” in a plot to “liquidate” the white working class. A former reality show contestant whose study of societal collapse inspired him to invent a bow-and-arrow- cum -survivalist multi-tool. A pair of healthcare industry...
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Trump Plans to Force AHCA Passage with Stadium-Sized Pro-Trump Rallies
President Donald Trump was in full deal-maker mode on Wednesday as he met with Tea Party groups to garner support for the GOP's contentious American Healthcare Act (AHCA), from pledging even more concessions to win over conservatives to threatening the bill's opponents with "stadiums" filled with...
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Jeff Sessions Amid Report of Further Russia Contact, Poll Shows Majority Want Sessions to Resign
The majority of Americans want Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and believe he lied under oath about his meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, a Quinniapac poll published Wednesday found. Fifty-two percent want Sessions to resign, the poll discovered, and 51 percent believe...
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Opposition Intensifies as GOP Panel Okays Healthcare Plan in Dead of Night
Update, 3:30pm Eastern: The GOP's American Healthcare Act (AHCA) cleared the House Energy and Commerce Committee with a party-line vote on Thursday afternoon after more than 27 hours of debate. Republicans on the committee rejected all amendments put forth by Democrats, including those "that would...
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Trump Escalates Unchecked War with U.S. Marines Now Inside Syria
U.S. marines are in Syria to augment the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) in the battle for Raqqa, the militant group's de facto capital, having quietly arrived in the country weeks ago, defense officials confirmed to the Washington Post on Wednesday. About 400 new troops have been deployed...
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Congressional Energy and Climate Committees Are Loaded with Ex-Fossil Fuel Lobbyists
Though the U.S. Congress has been in session for two months, much of the policy action which has taken place since Donald Trump assumed the presidency on January 20 has centered around his Executive Orders . As some have pointed out, Trump's first speech in front of a joint session of Congress on...
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Bipartisan Senators Demand Proof of Trump's Wiretapping Allegation
U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Wednesday sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI asking for evidence to back up President Donald Trump's allegation that President Barack Obama wiretapped him before the November election. Trump took to...
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'Women United Will Never Be Divided': Workers Rise for Labor Rights
Women and allies gathered outside the U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday, demanding fair wages, pay equity, paid leave, and labor rights while calling for an end to workplace violence and harassment. The "Women Workers Rising" demonstration, organized by One Billion Rising in conjunction with a...
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Officials Knew of CIA's Security Breach, Which Led to "Vault 7" Leaks, in 2016
Intelligence officials told Reuters on Wednesday that they were aware as early as 2016 that the CIA had a security breach that led to the watchdog group WikiLeaks exposing the agency's surveillance tools. The anonymous officials also said the documents, released in perhaps WikiLeaks' biggest exposé...
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Majority of Voters: Special Prosecutor Needed to Probe Alleged Trump Campaign-Russia Ties
A majority of registered voters are in favor having a special prosecutor investigate potential ties between President Donald Trump's campaign aides and Kremlin officials, a Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday shows. Fifty-seven percent say they are in favor of such a probe, compared to...
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Huge Crowd Marches on White House to Protest Trump's Global Gag Rule
Hundreds of women marched in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, protesting President Donald Trump's reinstatement of the so-called "global gag rule"—a "failed, deadly policy" they say "threatens access to safe abortion and other basic healthcare for millions of people around the world." Trump signed an...
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Under Pruitt, Climate Deniers Flourish at EPA
Days after his confirmation, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt began stacking his department with conservatives, many of them climate deniers and all of them eager to axe environmental regulations—much like President Donald Trump himself, the New York Times reported Tuesday...
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Members of the Unified Campesinos Movement of the Aguán Valley (MUCA) carry mock coffins bearing photos of murdered relatives during a 2012 march against the ongoing violence in the Baja Aguán valley. Honduran Farmers Sue World Bank Lending Arm for 'Profiting From Murder'
Honduran farmers on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against a branch of the World Bank for funding a massive palm oil corporation that the suit alleges has been responsible for the killings of over 100 farmers, as well as torture, violent assaults, and "other acts of aggression." "The horrendous spate of...
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As Markups on GOP's Disastrous Healthcare Plan Get Underway, Resistance Demands Transparency
As two House committees on Wednesday take up Republicans' plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Indivisible team is urging constituents to put pressure on their members of Congress and demand transparency regarding the proposal dubbed "a toxic prescription for healthcare."...
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Ryan Scrambles as Many Republicans Say Healthcare Plan Not Cruel Enough
GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.) swears the widely disparaged American Healthcare Act (AHCA) will pass the U.S. House of Representatives, but opposition from many corners—including from right-wing conservatives and healthcare companies —is making political observers dubious. On top of energetic...
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'Here We Go': Hawaii Files First Lawsuit Against Muslim Ban 2.0
Hawaii filed the first legal challenge to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on Tuesday, asking a judge to temporarily block his executive order the day after it was signed. The court filing from the office of Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin argues that the ban—which blocks travelers...
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A demonstrator in Melbourne, Australia, raises her arms to the sky In Photos: Women Worldwide Strike, Protest, and Rally for #DayWithoutAWoman
Women are striking, protesting, and rallying for their rights across the United States and around the world on Wednesday in honor of International Women's Day. The U.S. strike, known as " A Day Without a Woman " and organized in solidarity with an international strike , will see women across the...
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RESIST DAY #48: What You Can Do Today
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Schools to Close, Strikers Ready Ahead of A Day Without A Woman
Dozens of schools are closing, rallies are planned, and women everywhere will take action on Wednesday in observance of International Women's Day and in defiance of a patriarchal society that's been emboldened, at least in the United States, by the right-wing Trump administration. Tweets about #...
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Tipis on National Mall Signal Days of Native Defiance and Action
Tipis began sprouting up on the National Mall on Tuesday as native communities and their allies descended on the nation's capital for a week of workshops and lobbying for Indigenous rights in anticipation of Friday's massive Native Nations Rising march. #nativenationsrise Tweets The four-day...
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Sioux Vow to 'Stand Strong' as Judge Paves Way for DAPL Oil to Flow
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) could be operational by next week, after a U.S. district judge in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday ruled against two tribes who had asked him to issue a preliminary injunction pausing construction. The Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux said their legal...
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How the GOP's Healthcare Plan Helps Make Case for Medicare-for-All
The GOP's new plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with something much worse merely supports the argument that the only way to achieve true healthcare reform is to enact a single-payer, Medicare-for-All system, advocates said this week. "Instead of fixing the very real holes in...
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Amid Trump's Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report Details 'Catastrophic' Impact of Pesticides
Taking the global pesticide industry to task for its "systematic denial of harms" while, at the same time, perpetuating the "myth" of aiding global hunger, a United Nations food expert has put forth a new report on the "catastrophic impacts on the environment, human health, and society as a whole...
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Lawyers 'Ready to Litigate' Muslim Ban 2.0 as UN Warns of Impact on Refugees
U.S. immigration lawyers are ready to take President Donald Trump to court—again—for his latest executive order on immigration, which civil rights experts say is just a Muslim ban by another name, and which the United Nations warned Tuesday would exacerbate the refugee crisis. "While the White...
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Snowden Calls Trove of Alleged CIA Hacking Tools Published by Wikileaks a 'Big Deal'
WikiLeaks on Tuesday released a trove of purported CIA documents hailed by security expert Jessalyn Radack as "in same category as [the] biggest leaks of classified info by [whistleblowers] Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden." "The CIA reports show the U.S. government developing vulnerabilities in...
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GOP Plan Targets Poor, Sick, Elderly While Providing Tax Cuts for Wealthy
The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) "will do active harm to millions of people , particularly low-income people and seniors;" includes tax breaks for wealthy insurance CEOs ; and is generally "a nastier, more consumer-unfriendly proposal than even close followers...
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RESIST DAY #47: What You Can Do Today
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'Essential to Empowerment': Groups Urge Officials to Save Net Neutrality
A coalition of 171 progressive groups on Tuesday sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Senate leaders urging them not to roll back the groundbreaking net neutrality protections enacted in 2015. "Protecting net neutrality is crucial to ensuring that the internet remains a...
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Rejecting White House Ploy, Planned Parenthood Says Women's Right to Choose is "Non-Negotiable"
Women's healthcare providers are readying for a fight. Refusing to back down from its commitment to women's choice, Planned Parenthood is now at risk of losing nearly 40 percent of its funding—and is calling for a massive mobilization to resist the attack on women's health. Ahead of the official...
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Rex Tillerson Trump White House Copies Parts of Exxon Press Release Nearly Verbatim
As if the ties between the Trump administration and oil and gas behemoth ExxonMobil weren't apparent enough , the White House on Monday issued a press release that lifted text wholesale from an Exxon press release published earlier that same day. The Exxon release touted plans for expanded fossil...
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Monday, March 6, 2017
Gold Star Father Khizr Khan's 'Travel Privileges' Reportedly 'Under Review'
Gold Star father Khizr Khan, whose speech last year at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) made waves, is unable to attend a speaking event in Toronto because his "travel privileges" are reportedly "being reviewed," CTV News first reported . The luncheon organized by RamsayTalks was to have...
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DOJ Remains Silent as Spicer Refuses to Go Down Trump-Created 'Rabbit Hole'
While White House press secretary Sean Spicer continued to deflect questions about President Donald Trump's groundless wiretapping claims on Monday—going as far as to say that discussing them would involve going down " a rabbit hole "—at least one U.S. lawmaker wants to know whether Attorney...
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No, Ben Carson, Those in the 'Bottom of Slave Ships' Were Not Immigrants
Secretary Ben Carson raised more than a few eyebrows on Monday when, during his first remarks to staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), he described slaves as aspiring immigrants who also "had a dream." The comments, first pointed out by NBC Nightly News senior editor Bradd...
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GOP Deregulating Frenzy Takes Aim at Fair Pay and Safety Rules for Workers
Furthering the administration's anti-worker agenda (and its " deconstruction of the administrative state "), the U.S. Senate is poised on Monday to block an Obama-era executive order that ensures federal contractors adhere to labor laws, even as a new report from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)...
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How Would Your District Fare? Memo Breaks Down Nationwide Impact of ACA Repeal
With Republicans set to unveil their Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement legislation this week, supporters of the healthcare law are warning of the "true cost" of scrapping the ACA, or Obamacare: loss of coverage for tens of millions of people, across many demographics and in each of...
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RESIST DAY #46: What You Can Do Today
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SCOTUS Ruling Delivers Blow to Racial Bias in the Courtroom
Civil rights advocates are celebrating what they describe as a "victory against racial animus in the courtroom" on Monday after the Supreme Court issued its "startling" ruling that juror secrecy no longer applies in cases of implied bias. "The nation must continue to make strides to overcome race-...
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Group Slams Report of GOP Health Plan to Tax Workers While Rich Get Richer
The GOP's plan for repealing the American Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, reportedly includes replacing taxes on corporations and the wealthy with taxes on the middle class—forcing workers to pick up the tab for the cost of axing healthcare for millions of people, an advocacy group warned Monday...
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"Still Unconstitutional": Critics Lambast Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0
"It's still religious discrimination in the pre-textual guise of national security. And it's still unconstitutional," says the ACLU's David Cole.
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On SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch, Resistance Tells Dems: 'We Need You to Do Better'
Progressive labor, environmental, LGBTQ, and women's rights groups on Monday put Senate Democrats on warning over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch . "Democrats have failed to demonstrate a strong, unified resistance to this nominee despite the fact that he is an ultra-...
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Trump Guts Air and Water Rules as WHO Warns Pollution Harms Youngest Kids Most
Underscoring the dangers of U.S. President Donald Trump's broad attacks on air and water regulations, a pair of reports published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday revealed that one in four young children die each year as a result of unhealthy environments. "A polluted environment is...
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As Dems Push for Probe, Majority of Americans Support Call for Special Prosecutor
A majority of Americans want a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia, according to a new poll (pdf) out Monday. The poll by CNN/ORC finds that about two-thirds of Americans support that call, and 55 percent say they are at least somewhat concerned by reports...
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US Supreme Court Punts on Transgender Rights, Sending Case Back to Lower Court
"This is a detour, not the end of the road, and we'll continue to fight for Gavin and other transgender people to ensure that they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve."
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Sunday, March 5, 2017
Bernie Sanders speaks to Nissan factory workers during the March on Mississippi Bernie Sanders, Nina Turner, Civil Rights Leaders Demand Workers' Rights at Mississippi Nissan Factory
While President Donald Trump was tweeting from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, former presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was doing something Trump had promised to do throughout his campaign: advocating for workers. On Saturday, Sanders and former Ohio state senator Nina Turner...
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RESIST DAY #45: What You Can Do Today
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Saturday, March 4, 2017
Donald Trump and Barack Obama With No Evidence, Trump Accuses Obama of Wiretapping Trump Tower
Update 3/5/17: The White House on Sunday asked Congress to investigate President Donald Trump's claims—still without evidence—that President Barack Obama ordered an illegal wiretap of Trump's phones during the 2016 presidential campaign. The call for an investigation into Obama comes as the Trump...
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Refugees from El Salvador turn themselves in to a U.S. border agent near Rio Grande, Texas. Trump Administration Weighs Separating Mothers From Children at Border
As the Trump administration continues its mass deportations apace , the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering ramping up anti-immigration policies even further with a new rule that would separate mothers from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. That's according to Reuters ,...
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RESIST DAY #44: What You Can Do Today
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Friday, March 3, 2017
Despite Increasing Evidence They Hurt Children, Trump Touts School Vouchers
President Donald Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Friday will tout school vouchers under the guise of providing "choice" to students—even as more research emerges that vouchers are no way to help children. Trump is visiting the St. Andrew Catholic School in...
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A fracking well flare in Scott Township, Pennsylvania. At Oil-Friendly States' Behest, Pruitt Cancels EPA Methane Emissions Inquiry
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday fulfilled environmentalists' fears with a gift to the oil and gas industry, in the form of canceling an Obama-era request for information regarding methane emissions from fossil fuel facilities. "This is exactly the kind of...
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Amid Republicans' ACA Subterfuge, Resistance Urges "No Score No Vote"
House Republicans are under fire for keeping their Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement bill secret (from the public and other lawmakers) and are facing calls to wait for an official analysis that would reveal its human and financial costs. One Republican and a handful of Democratic...
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Leaked Doc Puts "Stake in the Heart" of Trump's Travel Ban Rationale
In a major scoop said to put a "stake in the heart of the Muslim ban," MSNBC 's Rachel Maddow reported Thursday evening on a new leaked Department of Homeland Security (DHS) analysis which essentially shreds the Trump administration's rationale for banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations...
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Detained After Speaking Out, 22-Year-Old 'Dreamer' Faces Immediate Deportation
Lawyers for a 22-year-old "Dreamer" named Daniela Vargas , whose parents brought her to the United States from Argentina when she was just seven years old, say she faces deportation without a hearing after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained her Wednesday morning. #FreeDany Tweets...
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RESIST DAY #43: What You Can Do Today
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From Emboldened Case for Special Counsel to Calls to Resign, Sessions' Headache Only Begun
While Attorney General Jeff Sessions has thus far remained unrepentant in the face of accusations of perjury and the growing call to step down, his reluctant recusal on Thursday from federal investigations into possible foreign meddling in the 2016 election could pave the way for a special...
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Arkansas Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Ban Howard Zinn From Classrooms
It's not the first time in recent history the legendary historian's works are the target of suppression.
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Hypocrisy: Pence Used Private Email for State Business, and Was Hacked
Records obtained by the Indianapolis Star show that Vice President Mike Pence was hypocritically using a private email address to conduct state business at the same time that he joined the chorus of Republicans condemning Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for operating similarly by...
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EPA Chief and "Polluter's Tool" Pruitt Lied to Senate About Private Email Use
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt lied to Congress during his confirmation hearings when he said he had never used his private email account for official business while serving as attorney general of Oklahoma. The revelations became public last week, but picked up traction on...
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Rhode Island Resisters Confront 'Coward' Paul Ryan on Behalf of Wisconsinites
Paul Ryan couldn't make time for his Wisconsin constituents during last week's congressional recess, so locals asked people around the country to hold the GOP House Speaker accountable as he visited other states. On Thursday in Rhode Island, members of the resistance did just that. According to the...
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Unprecedented Number of US Drone and Air Strikes Hit Yemen
In an unprecedented intensification of America’s counter-terrorism operations in Yemen, the US has confirmed it carried out 20 strikes across three central provinces. The strikes, which were carried out in the early morning, targeted fighters from the regional arm of al Qaeda, known as AQAP, their...
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Thursday, March 2, 2017
Building "Feminism for the 99 Percent," Women's Strike Will Take Many Forms
Whether by walking off the job or boycotting "unseen" labor, women and allies around the world next week will stand up and speak out to say: Women's rights are human rights. Coinciding with International Women's Day, the March 8 day of action is being promoted in solidarity by those who organized...
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GOP So Worried Public Will See Healthcare Bill They Hid From Lawmakers, Too
Amid reports that House Republicans are keeping their draft healthcare legislation in a secret location, Congressional lawmakers on Thursday convened an actual search party to find the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement bill. Republican Sen. Paul Rand (Ky.) was the first to raise...
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On First Day in Office, Zinke Axes Rule Protecting Wildlife from Lead Poisoning
On his first full day in office Thursday, newly-confirmed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rode a horse to work and proceeded to repeal a rule that protected plants and animals from lead poisoning. The former Montana congressman's order (pdf) overturned a policy put into place by former Fish and...
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EPA headquarters White House Aims to Slash Major EPA Programs, Fire 20 Percent of Staff
The White House is aiming to cut dozens of major EPA programs and to slash one-fifth of all staff positions within the agency, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Many predicted massive EPA cuts would be required to fund President Donald Trump's enormous increase in military spending , and the...
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Six Democrats and Independent Sen. Angus King Vote to Confirm Inexperienced Safety-Net Foe Ben Carson
Retired neurosurgeon and failed presidential candidate Ben Carson was confirmed to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Thursday, despite having no experience in housing policy or government in general, after the Senate voted in his favor 58-41. The full roll call is...
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Is Recusal Necessary? Trump: "I Don't Think So." Then Sessions Recuses Himself.
Like his former national security advisor Michale Flynn and despite widespread calls for resignation, president affirms "total confidence" in Attorney General Jeff Sessions
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After Sharing Her Immigration Story, 22-Year-Old Dreamer Detained by ICE
Twenty-two-year-old "Dreamer" Daniela Vargas, whose family came to the United States from Argentina when she was seven years old, was detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Wednesday morning, shortly after speaking out publicly about the rights of undocumented immigrants...
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Trump Administration Urged to Investigate Wave of Attacks as Hate Crimes
Responding to a recent wave of violence and threats against minority communities, more than two dozen senators on Thursday urged the Trump administration to take a stand and reaffirm the federal government's role in prosecuting hate crimes. Addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the letter...
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European Union flag 'Visa War': EU Votes to Bar Visa-Free Travel for American Citizens
United States citizens traveling to Europe will soon have to pay for a visa to enter the continental bloc, thanks to an escalating "visa war," as the Telegraph puts it , between the U.S. and the European Union. The European Parliament, "by a show of hands, [on Wednesday] urged the Commission to...
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225,000 Demand Schumer Drop 'Phony Democrat' Manchin from Party Leadership
More than a dozen progressive activists stormed Sen. Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) office on Thursday morning, demanding he drop "Trump-apologist" Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) from the Democratic party leadership team. Manchin, who has voted to confirm several of President Donald Trump's controversial...
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Trump Team Rejected Ethics Training for Staff, Cabinet, Appointees: Report
President Donald Trump's transition team rejected a plan to provide ethics training for senior White House staff, political appointees, and cabinet members, Politico reported Thursday. The course would have covered leadership, ethics, and management, preparing the team for working within existing...
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'Sessions Must Go': AG Called to Resign After 'Extremely Misleading' Testimony
Democratic leaders are calling for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the Washington Post 's damning revelation that the former U.S. senator met with the Russian ambassador twice last year and thus may have committed perjury during his senate confirmation hearing. Post...
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RESIST DAY #42: What You Can Do Today
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Cowardly Trump Delays UK State Visit to Dodge Protests
President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May have pushed back his official state visit to the United Kingdom to allow the real estate mogul to dodge protests over his administration's right-wing policies, new reporting reveals. Originally set for June , the visit had sparked...
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which oversees everything from oil and gas pipelines to electricity transmission, is among those panels that could be impacted by the Trump administration's meddling. (Photo: chesapeakeclimate/flickr/cc) Trump May Have Found a Way to Stack Commissions With 'Sympathetic' Nominees
The Trump administration may have come up with "a way to get around" the tradition of bipartisan representation on federal commissions, the Huffington Post reported Wednesday, raising alarm that those panels could end up " being stacked with nominees sympathetic to the president ." The workaround...
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US Says Russia 'Accidentally' Bombed American-Backed Syrian Troops
Russian and Syrian forces "accidentally" bombed U.S.-backed fighters in Syria on Tuesday, killing some Syrian rebels, a top U.S. general said Wednesday . A joint operation targeting Islamic State (ISIS) militants near the village of al-Bab sent missiles at Syrian coalition troops instead, according...
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Border Agents Using 'Sledgehammer' Tactics as New Travel Ban Nears
Civil rights groups are criticizing border agents' "sledgehammer approach" to vetting international travelers at airports around the country, a troubling trend as President Donald Trump prepares to sign his new ban on immigrants and refugees. Agents are reportedly detaining and threatening to...
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