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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
West Virginia Teachers Win Pay Raise After Four-Day Walkout, But Say Fight Far From Over
Educators will get a five percent pay raise, but the governor announced no long-term solution to fund the state's public employees' healthcare program
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bayer monsanto Despite Major Public Opposition, EU Reportedly Set to Approve Bayer-Monsanto #MergerFromHell
"A merged Bayer-Monsanto would be relentless in its pursuit of putting corporate profits over the protection of small farms—eventually driving up prices for consumers."
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Analysis: Major Corporations Have Spent Just 6% of Tax Cut Windfall on Workers. Guess Where the Other 94% Went.
"You mean corporations aren't using the bulk of their tax cuts to create jobs and boost workers’ wages like Trump promised? Weird..."
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'Not On Our Watch': Women's Rights Groups Reject Pence Prediction of Ending Abortion 'In Our Time'
Despite the vice president's confidence that the right can succeed in ending legal abortions, Pence's extreme views are out of line with those of most Americans
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Ben Carson While Nation's Poor Face Billions in Cuts, Don't-Make-Public-Housing-Too-Cozy Carson Spends Lavishly at HUD Offices
Trump has proposed cutting $6.8 billion from HUD, jeopardizing millions of Americans' housing—but that didn't stop the agency secretary's staff from dropping nearly $200,000 of taxypayer money on office furniture.
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Taking on Trump's False Promises, Dems Introduce Bill to End Tax Cuts for Corporate Offshoring
"When running for President Donald Trump promised to stop U.S. manufacturing from disappearing overseas, but his tax plan will do the opposite."
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
From Pushing 'Thoughts and Prayers' to Dissing Medicare for All, DCCC Called Out for Sabotaging Bold Demands
While House Democrats were urged to ignore Medicare for All as a viable solution to the nation's healthcare woes, a separate memo to lawmakers after Las Vegas shooting appeared to be "straight out of the NRA's talking points"
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student debt caps As Trump Bolsters Predatory Lenders, Study Shows Benefits of Forgiving All Student Debt
A Bard College study found "policies like student debt cancellation can be a viable part of a needed reorientation of U.S. higher education policy."
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NYT Editor Insists the Paper Has No Ideology...Except Being 'Pro-Capitalism'
"There may be a connection between the NYT editorial page editor saying 'we are pro-capitalism' and the NYT having no Sanders backers on staff."
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As Automation Concerns Grow, Support for Universal Basic Income Soars
"We don't need to threaten people with homelessness and poverty to get them to work. It's capitalism where income doesn't start at zero."
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"Don’t Agonize, Organize!": Internet Defenders Erupt to Kill FCC's Plan to Kill Net Neutrality
'The internet is for everybody, not just Verizon, Charter, AT&T, and Comcast.'
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'Dystopia Intensifies' as Supreme Court Rules Immigrants Can Be Detained Indefinitely
"The hellish internment camps of ICE and its private contractors have just been given the greenlight by our high court."
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march for a clean energy revolution Analysis: More Than 100 Cities Now Mostly Powered by Renewable Energy
"Cities not only want to shift to renewable energy but, most importantly—they can."
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What Trump Doesn't Get, Say Songwriter's Daughters: He Is "The Snake" You Cannot Trust
"The elephant in the room is that Trump is the living embodiment of the snake that my father wrote about" in the song the president has appropriated to further his anti-immmigrant message
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Stephen Miller Stephen Miller Can't Be Bothered to Stay Awake During Meeting About School Shootings
Top Trump aide "dozed off during a school safety meeting because being horrible is exhausting."
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'Truly Wicked': Trump EPA Dissolves Program That Studies Effects of Chemical Exposure on Children
"Finally America's children will be allowed to choke on the freedom of a lighter regulatory burden."
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Monday, February 26, 2018
In West Virginia, Historic Statewide Teacher Walkouts to Head Into Fourth Day
"People are fed up"
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Repudiating Trump DOJ, Court Delivers Victory to LGBTQ Advocates in Workplace Discrimination Decision
The Second Circuit court handed down a ruling confirming "what we've always known—that discrimination based on sexual orientation is in fact discrimination"
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young students attend education protest 'Mean-Spirited': DeVos Attacks Effort to Better Serve Students of Color and Those With Disabilities
"Once again, Secretary DeVos has chosen to shirk her responsibility to protect the civil rights of America's children."
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Operation #OneMoreVote: With Future of Net Neutrality at Stake, Major Websites Mobilize for Internet-Wide Day of Action
"We've shown time and time again that when the internet comes together, we can stop censorship and corruption. Now, we have to do it again!"
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 People take part in the Women's March in San Francisco on Jan. 21, 2018. (Photo: Kathy Knorr/flickr/cc)bluebird womens march  Women's March SF Jan 21 2018 These Climate Scientists' Tweets About the Unusually Warm Arctic Might Scare Your Pants Off
Cities in Europe, meanwhile, are getting hit with unusually cold temperatures and snowfall. That's days after the U.S. East Coast had record highs.
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Trump (aka Cadet Bone Spurs) Brags: "I'd Run in There Even If I Didn't Have Weapon"
'Says the coward who ran away from Vietnam War!'
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'Dutiful Daughter' or WH Advisor? Ivanka Trump Calls Questions About Father's Female Accusers 'Inappropriate'
"You can either be the dutiful daughter and stay out of politics or you can be the White House advisor who gets (and must answer!) the tough questions. You don’t get to switch back and forth at your leisure."
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With System So Rigged, Warren Buffett's Company Rakes in $29 Billion It Didn't Earn (or Want)
"To put that enormous windfall in perspective, $29 billion is roughly 2.5 times the entire annual budget for the Centers for Disease Control."
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'Assault by Wealthy Elites': SCOTUS Hears Case That Puts Nation's Unions on Chopping Block
"This case is a culmination of years of attacks on working people. It's an assault by wealthy elites on our freedom to create better lives and sustainable futures for our families."
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defend the dream 'Good News!' Supreme Court Rejects Trump's Challenge to DACA Ruling
"While this is an important development, it is not a long-term solution for all DACA recipients or Dreamers. We need to keep fighting."
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Moon, Trump As Tensions Ease Between North and South Korea, New Demands for US Diplomacy
"The Trump administration needs to pivot to diplomacy now."
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'Taking Page From Duterte,' Trump Reportedly Wants to Execute All Drug Dealers
The president "would love" for drug dealers to get the death penalty, according to a White House official
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Koch Document Reveals Laundry List of Policy Victories Extracted from the Trump Administration
Documents obtained by The Intercept and Documented show that the network of wealthy donors led by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch have taken credit for a laundry list of policy achievements under Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress
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Sunday, February 25, 2018
California Democrats shocked Senator Dianne Feinstein by not endorsing her for re-election at their state convention Sunday, February 25, 2018. In photo, attendees hold signs saying 'Retire Feinstein' as U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) speaks during a town hall style meeting at the San Francisco Scottish Rite Masonic Center on April 17, 2017 in San Francisco, California. California Democrats Shock Dianne Feinstein; Favor Challenger 54% to 37%
“The days of Democrats biding our time, biting our tongue, and triangulating at the margins are over,” said state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León.
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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Pai was given the 'Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award' by the National Rifle Association during CPAC FCC Chair Accepts NRA's "Charlton Heston Courage Award" for Trying to Kill Net Neutrality
Past recipients of the award include far right favorites Rush Limbaugh, Phyllis Schlafly, Mike Pence and Sheriff David Clarke.
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Friday, February 23, 2018
Reporters Call Foul on NRA Claim That Media "Loves" Mass Shootings
"Journalists are humans, not story-pursuing robots salivating for the death of young kids."
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Demonstrators march during the Peoples Climate March on Sept. 21, 2014. (Photo: Annette Bernhardt/flickr/cc) New Study on Air Pollution Shows How Environmental Injustice Runs Rampant Across the Nation
"This report illustrates how people of color and people with limited means have been grossly taken advantage of by polluters who don't care about the misery they cause," says Sierra Club's Leslie Fields.
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'Corruption, Plain and Simple': Public Comments Show Outrage at CFPB's Corporate Turn Under Mulvaney
"Mick Mulvaney is putting the interests of predatory lending companies and fraudulent banks ahead of the interests of consumers."
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A fracking well flare in Scott Township, Pennsylvania. (Photo: WCN 24/7/flickr/cc) In 'Tremendous Victory for Taxpayers, Public Health, and Planet,' Federal Court Rejects Trump Admin.'s Attempt to Suspend Methane Rule
The late Thursday ruling "once again sends a message to this administration that it will not get away with illegal handouts to industry"
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Heeding Calls By Gun Control Advocates, National Companies Cut Ties With NRA
The nation's largest privately-owned bank, a major security software company, and three rental car companies have all ended their relationships with the gun lobby
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Nearly Two Dozen State AGs File Suit to Block FCC's 'Illegal' Net Neutrality Rollback
"Consumers and businesses across the country have the right to a free and open internet, and our coalition of attorneys general won't stop fighting to protect that right."
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Texas 07 HoR candidates Democratic Party's DC Establishment Attacks Progressive Texas Candidate for US House
"The days where party bosses picked the candidates in their smoke-filled rooms are over," says candidate Laura Moser. "D.C. needs to let Houston vote."
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Chinese Editorial Denounces Gun Violence as Stain on US Human Rights Record
"It's inhumane for the U.S., which boasts about its human rights record, to turn a blind eye to gun violence, snub increasing calls for gun control, and risk more innocent lives."
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Demanding 'Fundamental Restructuring of the Economy,' Progressives Embrace Bold New Agenda
"We need a political movement that fights to take back our government from those who have corrupted and subverted it."
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Thursday, February 22, 2018
#ArmMeWith: Teachers Lead Opposition to Trump's Plan to Give Educators Guns
"Teachers, we must as a nation and profession, refuse to be armed. This is not a professional development that we are willing to participate in."
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little girl holds sign to Trump No Longer a 'Nation of Immigrants'? US Citizenship and Immigration Services Amends Mission Statement
"The Trump administration doesn't try to hide its xenophobia."
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Nurses Rally in Defense of Unions as Supreme Court Prepares to Hear 'Biggest Threat to Organized Labor in Years'
"It's the union that brings many safety laws in legislation and public regulatory protections. It's the union dues that fund those efforts."
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Rights Advocates Decry 'Unconscionable' State Dept Decision to Cut Women's Rights From Annual Report
"This development is a transparent attempt by the Trump administration to not only de-prioritize reproductive rights, but effectively erase them from the broader conversation on human rights."
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Amnesty International map New Report Highlights 'Thirst for Justice, Dignity, and Equality' Amid Increased Attacks on Human Rights
"The coming year provides a vital opportunity for a renewed commitment to the transformative idea of human rights."
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With Pai's Net Neutrality Repeal Published, Internet Defenders Prepare for 'Hell of a Fight'
"Net neutrality is not dead yet, but the clock is ticking for us to save it."
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In Latest Progressive Reform, Philadelphia DA Ends Cash Bail for Many Non-Violent Offenses
"Pre-trial incarceration has catastrophic impacts on families and communities. Even a few days in jail can ruin a person's life."
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President Donald Trump Sparking Swift Backlash, Trump Doubles Down on Proposal to Arm 'Highly Trained Teachers'
"I never said 'give teachers guns' like was stated on Fake News," Trump tweeted, adding that U.S. should give firearms to "only the best" educators
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'People Buy Into My Agenda': Watch Marco Rubio Refuse to Swear Off NRA Cash on National Television
The Florida senator said he will "always accept the help of anyone who agrees with my agenda."
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
#NeverAgain: Parkland Students Lead Thousands in Rally to Demand Gun Control Legislation
"We may be too young to vote, but soon we will be able to vote and we will vote you out!"
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On its latest Civil Rights Federal Legislative Report Card, the NAACP gave 51 senators an "F." (Photo: Naive Photography/flickr/cc) 284 Members of Congress Just Got an 'F' on Their Civil Rights Report Card
Latest assessment from NAACP includes measuring how lawmakers voted on tax bill and confirming Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General
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"A Slap in the Face": Victims of Big Oil Pollution Speak Out Against Pruitt's Luxury Flights
" If he is putting people's lives in danger and that is making them angry, maybe he should face that."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sanders's New Book Announcement Spurs Speculation About 2020 Run
His book, according to the publisher, will focus on "what he's been doing to oppose the Trump agenda and strengthen the progressive movement, and how we go forward as a nation."
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"Consumers have little chance of justice when our courts take the debt collector's side in almost every case—even to the point of ordering people jailed until they pay up," says report author Jennifer Turner. (Photo: Bill Smith/flickr/cc) New Report Details How Americans Who Have Debt Held by Collection Agencies Can Get Thrown in Jail
New ACLU publication looks at how "debt collection industry uses prosecutors and judges as weapons against millions of Americans who can't afford to pay their bills."
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As Students Across US Plan Walkouts to Demand Gun Control, Texas School District Threatens to Suspend Participants
Students in Needville, Texas are pushing back after their superintendent threatened to suspend anyone who takes part in the National School Walkout
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climate mayors Citing 'Urgent Threat' of Climate Crisis, 236 US Mayors Denounce Trump's Attack on Clean Power Plan
"No one is insulated from the impacts of climate change—people in cities of all sizes, along with suburban and rural communities are all at risk."
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Safety Breaches at US Meat Plants Spark Outcry in UK Over Possible Post-Brexit Trade Deal
"We cannot allow this to be a race to the bottom. We should insist the U.S. raises its standards, and guarantees food safety, before we are prepared to allow in U.S. meat imports."
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Activist Ejected From Meeting With Lawmaker After Asking How Much Money He's Getting From Koch Brothers
"This is my representative, and I want to know how much the Koch brothers are getting in tax cuts and how much they're contributing to your campaign."
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'Cowardly': With Students Present, Florida GOP Votes Down Motion to Consider Assault Rifle Ban
Clearly revealing their warped priorities, Republicans voted on the same day to declare porn a "public health risk."
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Research Exposes $16 Billion Bottled Water Industry's Predatory Marketing Practices
The industry spends millions of dollars per year convincing Americans that bottled water is safer than tap—even though more than two-thirds of the product comes from municipal water sources
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'We Want Change': Hundreds of Florida Students Stage Walkouts Demanding Action on Gun Violence
"If you're not with us, you're against us."
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single payer protest Continuing Sabotage of Americans' Healthcare, Trump Proposes Allowing Insurers to Offer 'Junk Plans'
"Welcome back to: underwriting, denials, higher premiums for being sick, and possibly...insurers leaving markets. All of this is by design."
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With Haley and Kushner Watching, Abbas Tears Into Trump's 'Unlawful' Jerusalem Move
The president of the Palestinian Authority also railed against Israel for "acting like a state above the law" by continuing to expand illegal settlements
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In Wake of Latest Deadly Mass Shooting, Dallas Official Asks NRA to Hold Annual Convention Elsewhere
The city anticipates huge protests should the NRA hold its upcoming annual convention there
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Idaho state Sen. Dan Foreman Watch: 'Completely Unhinged' Idaho State Senator Shouts at Birth Control Advocates About Abortion
"He was being a bully."
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US Falls Behind Other Wealthy Countries in Infant Mortality Rates
Majority of wealthy countries listed in UNICEF's report provide citizens with government-run healthcare systems
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Outrage as Syrian Government Conducts Most Fatal Bombing in Three Years
"The sheer intensity of airstrikes is leveling the city, and killing civilians without any regard or mercy."
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Trump 'Blatantly Backs Gerrymandering' in Call for GOP to Fight New Pennsylvania Maps
"It's not surprising that the most unethical president in American history would support partisan gerrymandering that erodes everyday people's choice, voice, and vote."
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Monday, February 19, 2018
White House Official: Deadly Shooting Offered 'Reprieve' From Negative Trump Coverage
As students express fury over lax gun legislation and president's NRA ties, the "distraction" is unlikely to last long
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Donald Trump Jr. delivers a speech during a ceremony for the official opening of the Trump International Tower & Hotel on February 28, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) Care for 'Conversation and Dinner' With Don Jr.? First Family Access Possible With Purchase of Trump-Branded Apartment in India
"Don Jr.'s brazen exploitation of his father's position on India trip shocks the conscience," says ethics expert Norm Eisen.
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NYPD Case Calls Attention to 'Consent Defense' That Can Be Used by Officers Accused of Rape in 35 States
"It should be clear across the state for officers from every department, that when someone is in custody they do not have the ability to consent to sexual activity."
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At White House Lie-In, Teens Call on Congress to 'Protect Kids, Not Guns'
"We call on President Trump and leaders from both parties to finally act in the interest of America's youth and end these tragic mass shootings."
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Instability Mounts in Puerto Rico Amid Privatization Efforts and Power Authority's Cash Shortfall
"If this is not disaster economics and this is not setting the stage for commercialization of services that are there to promote equality, I don't know what is."
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Demanding 'Bold Climate Action,' Youth Rally in Washington State Capitol
"We need bold legislation that actually puts us on the track to 350ppm and climate recovery," says 16 year-old Jamie Margolin.
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'Shady Bosses' Stealing $15 Billion in Wages from Low-Income Workers: Report
"Wages are far too low to begin with, so when money is stolen right out of workers' paychecks, we have to have effective tools in place to get that money back."
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Some of President Donald Trump's accusers Democrats in Congress Call for Hearings to Investigate Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Trump
"The president basically called for it," said Rep. Steve Cohen. "He said when the public sees bad and erratic behavior, or actions by somebody that's mentally disturbed, they should report it."
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Sunday, February 18, 2018
Despite wanting to gut the EPA budget, Pruitt "seems to be totally fine racking up his own massive bill for travel expenditures." (Photo: Lorie Shaull/Flickr/cc) Amid Criticism Over First Class Flights, Pruitt Cancels Trip, Faces Calls for Accountability
"Enough is enough. #FirePruitt," says Friends of the Earth.
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"The Time Is Now": Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Students to Take to Streets of Washington
In media appearances Sunday, group of survivors announces March 24 national action, vows to create "badge of shame" for politicians taking NRA donations
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Saturday, February 17, 2018
 Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez shakes the papers with her prepared remarks as she speaks Saturday afternoon at a rally for gun control in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Photo: screengrab from CNN video) Read and Watch a Stoneman Douglas High School Student's Powerful Plea for Gun Control
In her rousing speech, Emma Gonzalez calls BS on those who "say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence" and "say a good guy with a gun stops a bad buy with a gun."
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Because 'Nothing Has Changed Since Columbine,' Students, Teachers Call for Nationwide School Walkouts
"The time to act is now."
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Friday, February 16, 2018
For Failing to Act on Climate Crisis, 13 Young Plaintiffs Just Sued the State of Washington
"This is my state government's chance to rise up and take responsibility for their actions," says 17-year-old Aji Piper.
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In Win for Reproductive Rights, New Jersey Votes to Reverse Christie's Planned Parenthood Cuts
"Everyone deserves the freedom and opportunity to control their lives at the most basic level, including access to birth control, quality sex education, and safe, legal abortion."
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'He's a Hypocrite': Broward County Official Slams Trump Ahead of Visit to Site of School Massacre
"How can you come here and talk about how horrible it is, when you support these laws?"
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160 Groups Oppose Trump Medicaid Policy That 'Cruelly Punishes and Stigmatizes Low-Income People'
Healthcare, criminal justice, and civil rights advocates warn that Medicaid work requirements "have a significant and disproportionately harmful effect on individuals with chronic health conditions."
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Mueller Charges 13 Russians With Interfering in the 2016 Presidential Election
"Yet another shoe has dropped with today's indictments of 13 Russian nationals, and any claims that the Russia investigation is a hoax are now clearly revealed as attempts to deflect from the story behind the curtain."
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A U.S. soldier in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan on Feb. 8, 2015. (Photo: U.S. Army/Capt. Lindsay Roman) ICC Weighing More Than a Million Statements by Afghans Alleging War Crimes Violations
Trove of claims submitted to International Criminal Court alleges crimes committed by various factions since 2003, including Afghan forces, the Taliban, the CIA, and the U.S. military.
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Joining Nationwide Shift, Philadelphia's Progressive DA Drops Dozens of Marijuana Possession Charges
The city became the third in recent weeks to announce reforms to its marijuana policy, with DA Larry Krasner saying the change will free up resources to target serious violent crimes
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Ignoring Risks, Trump Moving to Modernize Ineffective and Potentially 'Catastrophic' Nukes
New analysis shows the B61 bombs the president plans to revamp are basically useless as deterrents and "increase the risk of accidents, blunders, or terrorism."
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DAPL protest Warnings Mount That Trump's Infrastructure Plan Will Make It Harder to Fight Pipelines
The president's proposal "could be a significant blow to the slew of protesters who spent years agitating against the Keystone XL pipeline and more recently the Dakota Access one."
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At Vigil for Florida Shooting Victims, Those Closest to Attack Demand Strict Gun Control
"If you are an elected official and you want to keep things the way they are and not do things differently, if you want to keep the gun laws as they are now—you will not get re-elected in Broward County."
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Cabinet New Analysis Catalogs Trump's Controversy-Riddled Cabinet-Level Selections
"His cabinet picks are proving a particularly stark example" of how Trump has failed to deliver on his promise to "drain the swamp."
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Trump and GOP Slammed for Holding Dreamers 'Hostage' as Senate Fails to Pass DACA Fix
"It's clear by now that Donald Trump and most congressional Republicans don't actually want to pass a deal to protect Dreamers."
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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Decrying Failure of For-Profit System, 1 Million Demand Senators Back Medicare for All
"We want nothing more than to be able to treat our patients and we're sick of having our patients' care rationed by private health insurance companies."
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Major 'Step Forward for Transparency' as Trump White House Forced to Release Visitor Logs
"The Trump administration is resisting transparency at every turn, but it's still possible to fight back."
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Emily Ladau 'Shame': 12 Democrats Join With House GOP to Attack Americans With Disabilities Act
"I want us to remember there's a distinct set of people who made this happen. Lobbyists for shopping malls and hotels and their money. Plus, of course, the reps who wanted that money."
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Emotional Student Victims Lash Out at 'Piece of Shit' Trump in Wake of Latest School Massacre
"We did everything that we were supposed to do...Our government, our country has failed us and failed our kids and didn't keep us safe."
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#FreeDennis: 300+ Students Stage Walkout After Texas Teen Detained by ICE
"Today it could be Dennis, tomorrow it could be us," said one of the student organizers
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So-Called 'Common Sense' Immigration Plan Denounced as 'Mass Deportation Bill'
"Democrats, keep your eye on the ball: it is your responsibility to prevent Trump from using the crisis he manufactured to win nativist policies that will further devastate immigrant communities."
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As Nation Suffers 18th School Shooting in 45 Days, Trump Budget Would Slash Funding for Background Checks
The president's 2019 budget would cut allocations to enhance national database system by 16 percent
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Student Kelsey Friend, Behind Many #ThoughtsandPrayers for Gun Massacre Victims, Millions in NRA Cash
Late night writer took to Twitter to highlight the gun lobbying group's massive contributions to GOP candidates and members of Congress
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