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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney speaking Wednesday morning to CNN. (Screenshot/CNN) White House: When Trump Says "Wipe Out" Puerto Rico's Debt That Doesn't Mean "Bail Them Out"
"We are not going to bail them out," says OMB director Mick Mulvaney
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Given Chance, Tillerson Doesn't Deny He Called Trump a 'Moron'
The Secretary of State insisted in surprise remarks to the press that, actually, Trump is "smart"
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Randall Woodfin Celebrations as Bernie-Style Candidate Wins Mayoral Victory in Alabama
"This isn't just a victory for Birmingham, it's a victory for all of us" says Our Revolution's Nina Turner, calling on progressives to "support local races all across the country"
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Watch Puerto Rican Lawmaker Slam Trump's Behavior on Island as 'Sad' and 'Disgraceful'
"What's the life of a human being worth? It's priceless. And that is something, I think, this president is just never going to understand."
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Democratic Governor: "The 'Can't Talk About It Now' Crowd Is Killing Us"
"I'm done waiting for the 'right time' to talk about it," said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
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Rep.  Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) Another Rabidly Pro-Life Republican Reportedly Urged Mistress to Seek Abortion
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), co-sponsor of House bill passed Tuesday night that bans women's constitutional right, doesn't believe in abortions—unless he thinks his girlfriend should have one
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To 'Inflict Maximum Carnage,' Vegas Gunman Exploited Bump Stock Loophole
"I don't know anybody who goes deer hunting that needs to retrofit a gun to fire hundreds of rounds per minute. It's to slaughter people."
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Trump's Disgusting, Tone Deaf, Paper-Towel-Throwing Trip to Puerto Rico
President suggests crisis not a "real catastrophe" and jabs islanders for costing government "a lot of money"
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'Economic Pain for Tens of Millions': Watch Sanders Destroy Trump Tax Plan on Senate Floor
Sanders also slammed the GOP budget, which he said would make it harder for low-income and middle class families to put food on the table
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A boy waits for water distributed by U.S. soldiers 'Outraged' By 'Slow and Inadequate' US Response, Oxfam Intervenes in Puerto Rico
"The U.S. has more than enough resources to mobilize an emergency response, but has failed to do so in a swift and robust manner."
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After Overwhelming Public Opposition, Scotland Announces Fracking Ban
"We have so much wind and wave power that it is retrograde in the extreme to lend any support to the fracking industry."
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#FairMaps: Pro-Democracy Rally as Supreme Court Hears 'Most Significant' Voting Rights Case in Decades
"Make no mistake about it: Extreme partisan gerrymandering is corruption. It's a cancer on democracy. End it now!"
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Hundreds of Thousands in Streets as General Strike Engulfs Catalonia After Violent Crackdown
People took to the streets in Barcelona and across the Catalan region to condemn a militant crackdown by Spain's police forces during last weekend's referendum for independence
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Despite Mourning and Outcry, Doubts Las Vegas Massacre Will Lead to Stricter Gun Laws
"I heard colleagues confide that any vote for gun safety would lower their NRA scores, making them casualties in the next election."
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No, Bill O'Reilly, Bloody Las Vegas Massacre Is Not "Price of Freedom"
"Mass shootings are not the price of freedom," responded one among countless critics outraged by the former Fox News anchor. "They're the price civilians pay so that GOP blood stained pockets remain full from the NRA."
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Demanding More Than Prayers, Resistance Groups Take on 'Unrepentant' NRA
"There's one reason why Congress consistently fails to take real action on gun violence: the National Rifle Association."
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Subsidizing Earth's Demise: US Taxpayers Forced to Prop Up Dirty Energy Industry
New reports reveal that without billions of dollars in subsidies, American gas, oil, and coal companies would crash and burn
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Monday, October 2, 2017
Anthropocene Working Group honorary chair Colin Waters says "the geological reality of the Anthropocene is now clear." (Photo: NASA) Humans Have Messed With Earth So Much, Formal 'Anthropocene' Classification Needed: Scientists
From climate change to invasive species to changes in the planets fundamental chemical cycles, the markers indicating profound change make clear Holocene is over.
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While White House Touts Deregulations, Critics Denounce 'Craven' Pro-Corporate Policies
"This is no victory. It's a willful failure by the administration to do its job protecting Americans."
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White House: Deadliest Shooting in US History No Reason to Have "Political Debate" About Guns
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says too early to call murder of 58 people "domestic terrorism" and that debate about gun control not yet appropriate
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Groups Slam Trump's Tax Loophole for Corporations as Massive 'Con Job'
Contrary to Trump administration talking points, the president's tax plan would "rig the rules" in favor of corporations that send jobs overseas
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Women's March sign Pro-Choice Groups Raise Alarm Ahead of House Vote to Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks
"Republicans in Congress failed to take healthcare from millions—so they're trying to ban abortion and take away bodily autonomy"
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When Shooter Is White Male, Note Critics, Label of 'Terrorist' Put on Hold
Sunday night's shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival left at least 58 people dead, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history
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"You Don't Give a Shit About Puerto Rico": Trump Heckled at Golf Event
While president continues to give self-praise for hurricane relief efforts, spectator's remark offers firm rebuttal
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Message to US Lawmakers: 'Quit Praying and Start Drafting Gun Control Legislation'
"It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do something."
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Alarm Sounded Over Trump's 'Little Noticed' Push to Undermine Food Safety
"There has been no dialogue on this proposal with the broad food safety community and no explanation from USDA of the problem the proposed reorganization solves."
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voters protest in catalonia, spain Demands Grow for Probe Into Police Violence During Catalan Independence Vote
U.N. rights chief calls for investigations into Spanish police force that left 893 people injured
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Worst Mass Shooting in US History Leaves More Than 50 Dead, 400 Injured in Las Vegas
At least eight firearms, along with several long rifles, were reportedly found in the gunman's hotel room
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Sunday, October 1, 2017
situation room Trump Administration Pushes Positive PR Campaign as Puerto Rico's Crisis Continues
As the president praises aid efforts, residents of the island's rural areas report "we haven't seen a government official or anything, no FEMA, no military, no local government"
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Spanish national police officers clashed with supporters of Catalan independence More Than 700 Injured as Spanish Police Try to Prevent Catalan Independence Vote
The Spanish government's "unjustified use of violence," says regional leader Carles Puigdemont, "will not stop the will of the Catalan people."
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Saturday, September 30, 2017
protests in dc Coalition Marches on Washington to Demand Justice for People of Color
Chanting "hey hey, ho ho, racist Trump has got to go!" protesters in D.C. condemn white supremacy and call for changes to the U.S. legal system
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President Donald Trump Trump Rebuked for Lashing Out at San Juan Mayor Who Criticized Govt Aid Efforts
"Doesn't matter if you're desperate and dying—if Trump feels criticized, he will lash out," noted one critic after the president tweeted about Puerto Rico
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Catalan kids play Ahead of Independence Referendum, Catalan Citizens Occupy Polling Stations
As Madrid cracks down on Catalonia's attempt to break free from the Spanish government, organizers have taken over schools in hopes of voting on Sunday
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Friday, September 29, 2017
Costs and Climate Be Damned, Rick Perry Seeks to Prop Up Coal, Nuclear Plants
Trump's Energy Secretary is "simply doing the bidding of the fossil fuel industry," says Sierra Club's Mary Anne Hitt
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Trump's Private Jet-Loving Health Secretary Tom Price Resigns
Price was increasingly under fire after it was revealed that he had spent boatloads of taxpayer cash to fly private
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We the People Law Introduced as U.S. Democracy Reaches 'Crisis Point'
In response to rampant attacks on voting rights and an administration riddled with conflicts of interest, Democrats introduce proposals to restore Americans' faith in political system
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Boys hold a large piece of twisted metal near homes that were destroyed in an air strike, in Okash Village, near Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. (Photo: UNICEF/Mohammed Hamoud) New Bill Will Show Which Lawmakers Support 'Indiscriminate Bombings of Schools, Marketplaces, Hospitals'
Bipartisan resolution calls for U.S. military to stop aiding Saudi-led coalition's bombing campaign in Yemen
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Trump's Frightening Puerto Rico Moment: "This Is An Island. Surrounded by Water. Big Water, Ocean Water."
Just a Friday reminder that there is nothing normal—or comforting—about the current president
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devastation in puerto rico As Wall Street Vultures Circle, Demands for Immediate Puerto Rico Debt Relief
"Washington must abandon its austerity agenda and support the removal of all manmade obstacles to Puerto Rico's recovery and reconstruction."
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Surprise! Non-Partisan Analysis Finds Trump Tax Plan Primarily Rewards Top 1%
The plan would also raise taxes for many middle class families, a fact Americans for Tax Fairness denounced as "absolutely outrageous"
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Refuting Trump, Mayor Says Puerto Rico 'Not a Good News Story' But 'A People-Are-Dying Story'
Carmen Yulin Cruz slams DHS acting secretary for dismissing concerns about Puerto Rico's dire situation
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Author Stephen King to Workers: Trump "Couldn't Give Shit One About You"
With latest in long line of zingers aimed at president, horror master takes aim at tax proposal rolled out this week
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Trump Accused of Burying Research Showing Trickle-Down Tax Cuts Just 'Snake Oil' Scam
"Big Brother in action—Treasury sends study contradicting Trump ideology down the memory hole."
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high school students take a knee during national anthem Efforts by High Schools to Forbid #TakeaKnee Called 'Patently Unconstitutional'
Louisiana public high school threatens to punish student athletes who don't "stand in a respectful manner throughout the national anthem"
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Trump Anti-Immigrant Agenda in Full Effect as ICE Arrests 500 in Sanctuary City Raids
The raids, say rights advocates, fit with the Trump administration's pattern of "scapegoating, criminalizing, and demonizing immigrants"
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The Lying Billion-Dollar Beneficiary of His Own Tax Plan: President Trump
After offering "pants on fire" lies about who his reform proposal, Times analysis shows just how much Trump would gain personally
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Thursday, September 28, 2017
In Shadow of Puerto Rico's Nightmare, Virgin Islands and Others Facing Intense Struggle
The economy of the U.S. Virgin Islands "evaporated pretty much overnight"
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Gary Cohn Admits 'Once in a Lifetime' Chance to Cut Taxes for Rich Kept Him From Leaving After Charlottesville
"I am here just for this reason. Think about the opportunity I'm involved in with President Trump, being able to rewrite the tax code."
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Students gather as they demonstrate against the position of the Spanish government to ban the Self-determination referendum of Catalonia during a university students strike on September 28, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Tens of Thousands March in Catalonia Against 'Franco-Style' Repression of Spanish Govt
The demonstrations ahead of Sunday's independence referendum were "about standing up for our basic principles and rights," one student said
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Trump Slammed for Slow Maria Response As Aid Piles Up on San Juan's Docks
Retired general who oversaw Katrina recovery says Trump should have deployed resources more quickly
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For Snubbing Glyphosate Hearing, EU Parliament Bans Monsanto Lobbyists
"Those who escape democratic accountability must be excluded from access to lobbying."
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Neil Gorsuch speech Trump hotel Protests and Outrage as Gorsuch Headlines Event at Trump Hotel
Luncheon speech at president-owned luxury hotel decried as "inconsistent with judicial independence and integrity."
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United States wealth gap 'What a Rigged Economy Looks Like': Top 10% Now Own 77% of American Wealth
As Trump and the GOP push massive tax cuts for the rich, new data shows that the wealthy are doing better than ever
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
"No Upside" for Trump as New Poll Shows US Majority Think President "Unfit to Serve"
Fifty-seven percent of independents and ninety-four percent of Democrats think president not equipped to hold nation's highest office
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A Gift to Rich Families Like His, Trump's Push to Repeal Estate Tax Denounced as 'Shameful'
"Does anyone honestly believe that giving $4 billion of taxpayer money to Donald Jr, Eric, Tiffany, Ivanka, and Barron will advance the lives of hard-working Americans?"
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Protesters hold signs during the 2017 Tax Day march in Los Angeles. (Photo: Molly Adams/flickr/cc) 'A Cruel Joke' and 'Morally Repugnant': Critics Blast Trump's Tax Plan for the Rich
From eliminating the estate tax to lowering the corporate and top-tier rates, billionaire president just rolled out "plan only the superrich and giant corporations could love"
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Shredding 'Failed Dogmas of Neoliberalism,' Corbyn Charts Bold New Vision for UK
The British Labour leader also slammed Tories' austerity agenda and Prime Minister Theresa May's "disdain for the powerless and the poor"
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Climate leaders (l to r) Jessica Lorena Rangel of t.e.j.a.s., Valencia Gunder of New Florida Majority,  Yvette Arellano of t.e.j.a.s., and Nancy Metayer of New Florida Majority on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. (Photo: 350.org/flickr/cc) Occupying McConnell's Office, 'Climate Champions' Demand Action Over Denial
"Climate denial is not climate change policy," declares activist Yvette Arellano
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'Chilling' New Rule Allows DHS to Monitor All Immigrants' Social Media Activity
Freedom of speech advocates denounce DHS's new "collect-it-all" approach
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A federal judge issued harshely criticized the administration's decision not to extend the Oct. 5 deadline for "Dreamers." (Photo:  Joe Brusky via Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association (MTEA)/flickr/cc) 'Heartless' and 'Unacceptable': Judge Slams Trump Admin. for DACA Deadline Refusal
"You can't come into court to espouse a position that is heartless," said U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis.
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Katrina Comparisons Mount for Trump as Puerto Rico Screams for Bolder Response
"We need to get our shit together. I don't know how else to scream, and shout, and say it. This is the time for action."
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Protect net neutrality Consumer Survey Shows Two-Thirds Oppose FCC's Plan to Destroy Free and Open Internet
As Americans show overwhelming support for net neutrality, day of action in D.C. takes aim at FCC's move to serve telecom giants
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Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore, displays a pistol to express his support for Second Amendment as he speaks at a campaign rally on September 25, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama. Trump Deletes Tweets Backing GOP Loser as Epic 'Bigot' Moore Wins in Alabama
Republican special election primary winner Moore has been dubbed "Ayatollah of Alabama," and for good reason
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
After 27 Years of Determined Protest, Saudi Women Win the Right to Drive
Activists celebrate step towards equality while acknowledging that the kingdom has a long way to go
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Trump Tax "Hoax" Would Blow $5 Trillion Hole In Budget Over Next Decade: Analysis
'The idea that this plan would help average Americans instead of the wealthy and big corporations has been a hoax all along.'
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Graham-Cassidy Is Dead. Because the People Rose Up and Killed It.
Disability rights group ADAPT continued demonstrations even after news broke that Republicans will not take Graham-Cassidy bill to a vote on Senate floor
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'Snowflake' Sessions Ripped for Carving Out Anti-Dissent Safe Space at 'Free Speech' Lecture
"An opportunity to express our freedom of speech today was taken from us."
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Mission Accomplished: Study Shows GOP-Backed Voter ID Laws Work to Suppress Turnout
"It's certainly possible that there were enough voters deterred that it flipped the election," says lead author study about 2016 voting in Wisconsin
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Seeing Economy as 'Rigged' for Rich, 65% Say Corporate Taxes Too Low, Not Too High
The new survey also found that Americans dislike what they have seen of Trump's tax agenda
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Focused on Debt Amid Puerto Rico Crisis, Maria Fast Becoming Trump's Katrina
"You don't put debt above people, you put people above debt," says San Juan mayor in response to president
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Chelsea Manning, Whistleblower Who Exposed US War Crimes, Barred from Canada
Civil libertarians slammed the Canadian government, arguing that "o bviously Chelsea Manning doesn't present any danger to Canada's security."
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Amid 'Alarming Setbacks,' Right Livelihood Winners Embody Vision of Better World
While democracy suffers at hands of the global elite, this year's winners show humanity "way forward towards a just, peaceful and sustainable world for all."
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"If we are serious about moving to a cost-effective universal healthcare, yeah, we do have to take on the insurance companies," Sanders said. Sanders-Klobuchar Shred GOP Cruelty in Lopsided Debate Against Graham-Cassidy
The debate came shortly after Susan Collins announced her opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill, a blow to the GOP's Obamacare repeal efforts that may ultimately prove to be fatal
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Monday, September 25, 2017
#AdaptAndResist: More Than 200 Protesters Demand Senators Reject Graham-Cassidy
Organizers estimate over 100 demonstrators were arrested, with many being dragged away
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'Our Momentum Is Unstoppable': Workers Celebrate as Target Announces $15 Minimum Wage
"Never underestimate the power of organizing."
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healthcare protests 200+ Organizations Denounce Profound Impact of Latest Trumpcare Bill
Groups are concerned the proposal would "decimate the Medicaid program," defund Planned Parenthood, and rescind measures that make care more affordable
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Trump's Threats Seen As Declaration of War by North Korea
As Americans hope for diplomatic talks, Trump's rhetoric leads North Korea to warn it's prepared to defend itself
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Hundreds of immigration rights activists gather on June 1, 2017 in front of the White House to denounce the immigration crackdown by the Trump Administration.  (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Dozens Arrested After Protesters Block ICE Office in Bid to Halt Couple's Deportation
It's "like a living funeral, counting down the days that my parents are torn away from me," says 24-year-old Jason Ramos.
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Tony Blair speaks at the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on September 18, 2017 in New York City. Tony Blair Says Bernie Doesn't Have the Answers (Public Opinion Says Otherwise)
"Blair, who's earned millions consulting for Gulf royals, says he's worried by things like tuition free college."
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A resident of puerto rico Calls for More Relief Intensify as Puerto Rico Descends Into Humanitarian Crisis
Officials describe "apocalyptic" conditions with limited food and water and no electricity, urging Congress to increase aid to the hurricane-ravaged island
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Critics Call for Investigation Into Jared Kushner's Use of Private Email Server
President's son-in-law and top advisor set up a private email server during the Trump campaign's transition to power
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'no ban' protest sign With New Travel Ban, Trump Doubles Down on 'Government-Sanctioned Discrimination'
"President Trump's original sin of targeting Muslims cannot be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list."
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"Alaska would get 3 percent more funding between 2020 and 2026 than under current law, and Maine would get 43 percent more funding during that time period," the Washington Post observed of the latest draft of the Graham-Cassidy legislation. Desperate GOP Resorts to 'Blatant Bribery' in Bid to Save Floundering Trumpcare Bill
Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy added an abundance of sweeteners to their bill in an attempt to win over skeptical colleagues
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
While Trump Stokes Division, Warnings Against Ignoring Ongoing Crisis in Puerto Rico
"The fact that within the last 48hrs Trump has made taking a knee for the anthem more important than the lives in Puerto Rico makes me so sad."
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10 Clarifying #TakeaKnee Tweets to Beat Back Idiotic Arguments by Right-Wingers
Backlash, says one commentator, "very much about setting limits in US for how our rights 'should' be exercised, and by whom."
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#TakeaKnee Sunday as NFL Teams and Players Rebuff President Trump
"If peaceful protests did nothing, the powerful wouldn't try so hard to silence them."
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NBA Star Lebron James: Don't Let Trump Use Sports to Divide Us
Using sports as a platform for division, says NBA star, "is not something I can stand for and it’s not something I can be quiet about."
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Lebron Calls Trump a "Bum" After President Attacks Protest of Yet Another Black Athlete
As multiple crises swirl, U.S. president slammed for targeting black athletes who speak out against racism
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Tens of Thousands Flee for Safety as Guajataca Dam Fails in Puerto Rico
Swelled with rains following Hurricane Maria, failed dam sends torrent of water into downstream communities
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Applauding Progressive Champions, Congressional Scorecard Highlights "People's Platform" Backers
With grassroots push, wave of support for bills that do more than 'just resist Trump’s reactionary agenda'
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Calling Kaepernick 'Son of a Bitch,' Trump Urges NFL to Fire All Protesting Players
'This is the President of the United States referring to an American who has exercised his right to protest racial injustice.'
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Friday, September 22, 2017
New Research Links Flint Water Crisis to 'Horrifyingly Large' Spike in Fetal Death Rates
"In the future we would like to have a government that is more responsive and more active in ensuring that the water that comes out of people's taps is safe."
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Trade Panel Ruling Gives Trump Authority to Cripple Nation's Solar Industry
ITC's decision has appearance of a win for two American solar companies—but could harm larger industry
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Unlike Most of Senate GOP, McCain Is a 'No' on Bill That Analysis Shows Would Kill Tens of Thousands by 2027
The Arizona senator's opposition deals a significant blow to the GOP's chances of repealing the Affordable Care Act
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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Demanding Diplomacy With North Korea, Women Leaders Condemn Trump Warmongering
"U.S. military intervention will not and cannot solve a political problem."
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Calls to #StopBetsy After Education Secretary Takes 'Horrific Step Back' on Title IX
"Today, Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration chose to tip the scales in favor of rapists and perpetrators."
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MSNBC Panel Trolls Sanders With 'Scurrilous, Illogical' Assault on Medicare for All
Pundits are slamming the Vermont senator for helping GOP's Obamacare repeal efforts, when he is actually doing the opposite
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'Dotard' vs. 'Madman': Kim Jong-un and Trump Trade Insults as Nuclear Anxieties Grow
As leaders spar, concerns increase and calls for peaceful negotiations grow louder
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and other Republican leaders What Trump Calls "Great," All 50 State Directors of Medicaid Say Is Terrible
"This is BANANAS," says Sen. Chris Murphy. "You couldn't get ALL 50 state Medicaid directors to agree any anything else in healthcare policy."
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'Blank Check to Kill With Impunity': Trump to Quietly Scrap Drone Restrictions
Human rights groups argue the move could led to an upsurge in civilian casualties, which are already soaring under Trump
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