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Friday, December 22, 2017
'Horrifying Step Backwards' as Sessions Retracts Guidance Designed to End Abuse of Poor by Courts
Attorney General abandons directive to protect the poor from needless fines
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Forget Consumer Protection. Under Trump-Appointed Mulvaney, CFPB Is About Deregulation
Agency's new mission statement makes "regularly identifying and addressing outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome regulations" the top priority
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Watch as Trumpian "Fake News" Claim Backfires Spectacularly on US Ambassador to Netherlands
Already subject to criticism from the Dutch for his right-wing views, ambassador attracts ridicule for lying to reporter in live interview
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'Corporations Are Literally Going Wild,' Says Trump as He Signs Tax Bill Most Americans Hate
President's remark came just moments after he touted the GOP plan as "a bill for the middle class"
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Protesters demonstrate against GOP tax plan Right-wing Groups Plan to Spend Millions to Convince Americans GOP Tax Scam Is Actually Good for Them
While Trump says tax plan is "selling itself," GOP donor groups launch major advertising campaign amid growing opposition
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"The Constitution's emoluments clauses are core protections against destabilizing foreign and domestic corruption," said CREW executive director Noah Bookbinder.  (Photo: igorvolsky/Twitter) 'Holiday Gift to Trump': Federal Judge Dismisses Emoluments Suit Against President
Ruling doesn't say Trump isn't violating the emoluments clause but that the plaintiffs lack standing
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'Beyond the Pale': Outcry as Trump Administration Considers Separating Immigrant Families at Border
"Cruelty as official government policy."
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Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority 'Disqualified': Citing Bias and Violation of International Law, Abbas Says Palestinians Will Not Accept Any US Peace Plan
After more than 100 U.N. member states rebuke Trump's decision on Jerusalem, leader of Palestinian Authority says U.S. "no longer an honest mediator in the peace process."
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'Pathetic': Democratic Leaders Called Out for Betraying Vow to Fight for Dreamers
"Congress shouldn't leave town to celebrate the holidays with our families while 800,000 Dreamers fear being ripped apart from their families."
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Thursday, December 21, 2017
'Hideous Milestone' in Yemen, says Red Cross, as U.S.-Backed War Results in One Million Cholera Cases
"This suffering is the direct result of a fractured healthcare system due to prolonged conflict in the country."
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'Victory for Right to Dissent' as Six J20 Protesters Found Not Guilty on All Charges
"We hope today's verdict begins the important work of teaching police and prosecutors to respect the line between lawbreaking and constitutionally protected protest."
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Federal regulators observe Vogtle Unit 3 Betraying Ratepayers and Clean Energy Future, Georgia Panel Approves Vogtle Nuclear Reactors
"The commission has failed Georgia's hard-working families and businesses today by choosing to be lapdogs for Georgia Power instead of watchdogs for the people of Georgia."
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As Predicted, Trump and His Billionaire Cabinet Poised to Save Many Millions Thanks to #GOPTaxScam
"Donald Trump's biggest achievement so far is giving himself a $15 million tax break."
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World Repudiates US Over Jerusalem Despite Haley's Pre-Vote Bullying and 'Temper Tantrum' on UN Stage
Despite U.S. threats, the U.N. voted 128-9 to declare Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital "null and void"
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inequality How Massive Inequality Permeates 'All Areas of American Society' in 12 Simple Charts
"Unfortunately the policy focus on the last year, culminating in the end-of-year passage of massive tax cuts for corporations, addressed nonexistent problems rather than the real problems we face."
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Corporate America Denounced for 'Shameless' Pandering by Issuing Paltry Worker Perks After Winning Permanent Tax Cuts Worth Countless Billions
Critics say attempt by major companies to attribute worker wage boosts to a tax bill that hasn't even been signed into law is clear effort to "flatter" Trump
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First by For-Profit College, Now 'Screwed' by DeVos as Trump's DOE Rolls Back Debt Relief for Defrauded Students
While saying "no fraud is acceptable" in one breath, DeVos announces government will continue demanding debt payments from defrauded students
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Wyatt Koch As GOP Readies All-Out Assault on Social Safety Net, Viral Video of Billionaire's Son Shows Who Benefits From GOP Tax Scam
The young Koch spends his springtime "playing tennis at Mar-a-Lago" and runs a business selling shirts "festooned with actual money bags."
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Republican Praise-Fest for Trump After Tax Vote Spurs Nationwide Nausea
"It was sickening."
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Victory for Civil Liberties as GOP Push to Expand NSA Spying Declared Dead—For Now
"Just like that, in less than 12 hours, last-ditch efforts to cram an NSA surveillance expansion bill were delayed—and possibly derailed. Your voices are heard. Keep it up."
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An Iraqi woman cries as she arrives safely with her family to an Iraqi Army position after fleeing the Islamic State controlled Old City of west Mosul where heavy fighting continues on June 23, 2017.  (Photo: Martyn Aim/Getty Images) US-Led Assault on Mosul Killed Ten Times More Iraqi Civilians Than Military Admitted
New investigation sheds further light on the brutally high cost to civilians of the war on terror
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) appeared on CNN Without Fixes for DACA and CHIP, Sanders Vows to Vote 'No' on Spending Bill
"Republicans have been so busy trying to give huge tax breaks to billionaires and the wealthy they haven't paid one iota of attention to this looming crisis."
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Outnumbered Over Jerusalem, Haley Tells World That US Will Be "Taking Names" During UN Vote
"Trump regime exposes contempt for democracy through its threats against those who dare resist its thuggish demands at the UN."
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While US Attacks Net Neutrality, UK Makes High-Speed Internet 'Legal Right'
Rejecting major telecom company's offer to voluntarily expand in rural regions, UK government says speedy broadband service now mandatory nationwide by 2020
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McConnell Is Happy About Tax Cuts, But Even Happier About Stuffing Judiciary With Right-Wingers
The Senate Majority Leader loves giving tax cuts to the rich, but not as much as he loves stacking the courts with right-wing extremists
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'Undeniable Victory': Cheers Follow Proposals to Divest Massive New York Pensions From Fossil Fuels
"Coming from the capital of world finance, this will resonate loud and clear all over the planet," says Bill McKibben
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Projecting CDC's Banned Words at Trump Hotel, LGBTQ Rights Group Vows, 'We Will Not Be Erased'
Human Rights Campaign projected the seven words banned from the CDC's budget documents onto the president's hotel in Washington, D.C.
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'We Do Not Forgive...We Do Not Forget': Angry Vows to Oust GOP After Tax Scam Vote
With eye on 2018, progressives vow to undo the damage done by the #GOPTaxScam
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DACA protest Ignoring Increased Support for DACA, Dems Back Off Pledge to Pass Year-End Fix
As protests continue across the country, Democrats in Congress set to renege on promises to pass immigrant protections alongside funding extension
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'Government for Sale': In Dead of Night, Senate GOP Passes Tax Bill Only Their Donors Can Love
"Plainly speaking: a vote for this bill is a vote to inflict harm on millions of hardworking families to please corporate campaign donors and the six thousand lobbyists who pushed for it."
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
"Slave Ship Conditions" for Somalis as Deportation Flight Sheds Light on Horrific Practices Under Trump
For nearly 48 hours, before a deportation flight bound for Somalia was rerouted back to the U.S., 92 people on board were shackled and denied food, water, and access to bathrooms
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Sanders: Passage of GOP Tax Bill Great Victory for Koch Brothers as 'Looting of Federal Treasury' Begins
"Congratulations to the Koch brothers, massive corporations and billionaire campaign contributors on looting the Treasury and working families."
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Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives Here Are the 227 GOP House Members Who Just Voted to Raise Taxes on 90 Million Working Families to Give Tax Breaks to Millionaires and Corporations
"Shame."
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Without Remorse, House GOP Passes 'Morally Corrupt, Cruel, and Barbaric' Tax Bill
"The public reaction to today's heinous tax bill will speed the day when that tax justice is realized."
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More Than 100,000 Americans Vow to Hit Streets in Mass Protest If Trump Fires Mueller
"Our response in the minutes and hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next, and whether Congress will do anything to stand up to Trump."
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Trump National Security Strategy Could 'Create More Pathways to Nuclear War,' Critics Warn
White House's newly unveiled National Security Strategy lays bare the president's "obsession with nuclear weapons," an anti-nuke group warned
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Before House and Senate Vote, Here's 13 Worst Things in Trump-GOP Tax Scam
Tax experts warn the proposal prioritizes wealthiest Americans—like President Donald Trump, his billionaire cabinet, and the many millionaires in Congress—at the expense of working families with children
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As Votes Loom, Opponents Make Final Push to Defeat Deeply Unpopular #GOPTaxScam
Despite Republicans' efforts to portray bill as beneficial to average Americans, more than two-thirds in recent poll say the tax plan is best for the wealthy
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Jill Stein Investigating Jill Stein for Russian Collusion Decried as 'Dangerous' and 'Absurd'
Stein, who is fully cooperating, warns, "we must guard against the potential for these investigations to be used to intimidate and silence principled opposition to the political establishment."
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It's Not Just Corker: 14 GOP Senators Stand to Reap Millions From #CorkerKickback
Trump, who made much of his fortune in real estate, would also stand to profit from the provision
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Monday, December 18, 2017
Ignoring Public Opinion and Pentagon, Trump Denies Climate Crisis a National Security Threat
"If we want to keep our country safe, Trump should take military advice from the military, not fossil fuel executives who are pushing to deny climate science and boost their profits at any cost."
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GOP Tax Plan Would Give 15 of America's Largest Corporations a $236B Tax Cut: Report
If you needed any more evidence that the GOP tax bill is a massive giveaway to the most profitable corporations in the country, a new report prepared for Sen. Bernie Sanders provides it
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"The American Dream is rapidly becoming the American Illusion as the U.S. ... now has the lowest rate of social mobility of any of the rich countries," said U.N special rapporteur Philip Alston. (Photo: Dale Cruse/flickr/cc) UN Expert Just Offered a Brutal Takedown on US Inequality and How the #GOPTaxScam Will Make It Worse
'The persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power'
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Braving the Elements, Resistance Groups Make Final Push to Defeat #GOPTaxScam
"This tax bill is a giveaway to the wealthy, and it's on the backs of the poor and the middle class."
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A photo from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department shows the Amtrak derailment that occurred Monday morning in Washington State. Scores Injured, Reports of Mulitple Deaths After Amtrak Derails Off Overpass in Washington State
Gov. Jay Inslee calls derailment 'a serious and ongoing emergency'
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'Rogue Nations Prevail' as US Vetoes UN Attempt to Nullify Trump's Jerusalem Move
"It's true that Trump just isolated the U.S. for the perceived benefit of Israel: strange behavior for an 'America First' adherent. But it's also true that the US has been isolating itself for decades for the benefit of Israel."
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Facing Massive Discrepancy, Puerto Rico Governor Demands Recount of Hurricane Maria Deaths
Hurricane Maria's official death toll stands at 64, but multiple independent reports have found that the storm and its aftermath have killed more than 1,000 people
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Ripping GOP for Serving Donors, Sanders and Warren Lay Out Budget Plan That Works for All
"Congress must not break for recess unless it addresses some of the major crises facing this country."
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Sen. Bob Corker Could Save $1.1 Million Per Year From GOP Tax Scam 'Kickback'
The estimate comes from a new report by economist Dean Baker, published as outrage grew over the last-minute provision buried in the 500-page tax bill
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Sunday, December 17, 2017
#CorkerKickBack Trends After Last-Minute Tax Giveaway Benefiting GOP Lawmakers Exposed
"He promised he wouldn't vote for a deficit increase... Then traded his leverage for cold hard cash."
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Veteran journalist Bill Moyers on the set of Moyers & Company in 2013. (Credit: BillMoyers.com) In Quiet Post, Veteran Journalist Bill Moyers Announces Site Closure, Calls on Readers to Remain 'Vigilant' and 'Engaged as Citizens'
"Democracy is fragile, and no one can say with certainty that it can withstand the manifold risks to which it is now exposed," writes Moyers in farewell
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Claw Back GOP Tax Giveaway for Corporations If Dems Win Back Congress? Sanders Says: "Absolutely"
While Independent senator from Vermont says opposition has done everything possible to stop Republicans from ramming through massive tax cuts, he says undoing damage will be crucial moving forward
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Analysis Shows More Than Half of Total Trump-GOP Tax Plan Benefits Go to Richest 5%
In order to pay for massive cuts for wealthy and permanent tax giveaway to corporations, rates on low- and middle-income families will increase significantly in 2027. Who benefits? Probably not you.
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Saturday, December 16, 2017
Donald J. Trump: The 'Least Popular First-Year President on Record'
With just 32% approval rating, new AP-ORC poll shows Americans wildly pessimistic about president's performance—and nation's future—as first year comes to a close
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'Making America Stupid Again': Outrage Over Forbidden 7 Words You Can't Say at Trump's CDC
The existence of a list of reportedly banned words—including "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based"—was described by Sen. Kamala Harris as "downright ridiculous."
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Man With ALS Who Confronted Flake on Plane Has Just One Birthday Wish: 'A Massive Day of Action to Kill the #GOPTaxScam'
"Some days I feel like giving up. But I can't. Instead, I’ve been crisscrossing the country fighting the Republican tax bill—and fighting for my life."
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Deficit Hawk Myth Dead as GOP Unite Over Morally and Economically 'Obscene' Tax Bill
"Next year when Republicans propose deep cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid under the guise of deficit reduction, we will all remember that they increased the deficit by $1.5 trillion in order to give tax cuts to millionaires and big corporations."
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Friday, December 15, 2017
Trump Offers Latest Xenophobic Speech as FBI Trainees 'Applaud Wildly at Dear Leader'
The president said other nations put people "in a bin" and send "the worst of the worst" to the U.S.
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With Fresh Threats to Investigate or Oust Mueller, Critics Warn Trump Approaching 'Red Line'
"Be ready to take to the streets. This is an attack on our Republic."
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Enraged Opponents Vow Nonviolent Resistance After Louisiana Pipeline Approved
"Landowners, impacted communities, indigenous peoples, and environmental groups have made their stance clear; for the benefit of the water, the land, and Gulf Coast communities this dirty Bayou Bridge pipeline cannot be built."
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Rebuking Trump, Millionaire's Viral Video Shows How GOP Plan Is 'Just Big Tax Cut for People Like Me'
The "plan will make the rich richer and leave everybody else to pick up the bill"
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'No More Climate Tweets': Zinke Scolds Head of National Park for Tweeting About Scientific Reality
Interior Secretary sends message that under the Trump administration sending out content that conveys scientific consensus of climate change is a no-no
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Trump Just Accidentally Told Millions of Working Class Families the Truth About GOP Tax Plan
Trump slipped up and (correctly) called the GOP plan the "biggest tax increase" in American history.
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'Hoo-Boy': Trump's Judicial Nominee Shows No Knowledge of Basic Legal Terms in Hearing
Trump's latest judicial pick further demonstrates the administration's focus on quantity—and cronyism—over the quality of nominees
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McDonald's Protest Fast Food-Loving Trump's Labor Board 'Pulls Rug Out' From Under Fast Food Workers
"While working people struggle to make ends meet, Trump's NLRB is making it harder for those who hold real power in workplaces to be held accountable."
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Nearly 20 State AGs to Sue FCC for Putting 'Corporate Profits Over Consumers'
FCC's vote to rip apart net neutrality challenged as blow to consumers and "everyone who cares about a free and open internet"
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Thursday, December 14, 2017
Net Neutrality Fight 'Not Over': Groups Launch Internet-Wide Campaign Pushing Congress to Overrule FCC Vote
"The internet has given ordinary people more power than ever before. We're going to fight tooth and nail to make sure no one takes that power away."
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Despite Active Efforts to Make Child-Rearing Less Affordable, Paul Ryan Urges Americans to Have More Babies
"We'll all get right on that once you allow for paid maternity and paternity leave."
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With Theatrical Missile Speech, Critics Say Nikki Haley 'Laying Groundwork' for War With Iran
"Wonder when Iran holds its press conference to highlight all the American and British munitions the Saudis have used on hospitals, the Sanaa airport, etc."
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) 'This Is Not Over': Rubio Threat to Vote 'No' Raises Hopes for GOP Tax Scam Defeat
Despite serious doubt Rubio's threat will hold, it comes amid concerns about the status of other GOP senators and demands the Senate "immediately" seat newly-elected Democrat Doug Jones
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Net Neutrality Killed as FCC 'Hands Keys to Internet to Handful of Multi-Billion Dollar Corporations'
"The fight to save net neutrality does not end today. This agency does not have, the final word. Thank goodness."
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FCC Chair Ajit Pai 'Shows Just How Dumb He Thinks Americans Are' With Video Mocking Net Neutrality
"And no this isn't fake. This really is the chairman of the FCC in a video created by a clickbait journalism site."
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Sinclair Broadcast Group sign In Threat to Local News Nationwide, Trump DOJ Signals Support for Sinclair-Tribune Merger
The Wall Street Journal reports the Justice Department has told leaders at both companies that it would approve the proposal with the sale of about a dozen stations
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Top .001% Making 636% More Since 1980, But GOP Tax Scam Will 'Turbocharge Inequality'
As Republicans seek to ram through tax plan that favors corporations and uber wealthy, global inequality report shows ever-growing chasm between rich and poor
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Rex Tillerson Trump White House Smacks Down Tillerson's Call for Direct Talks With North Korea
Tillerson's suggestion of diplomacy reportedly "alarmed" White House officials, who worried his conciliatory comments would "sow confusion" when compared with the president's more hostile remarks
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'Last Gasp of the Open Internet' as Web Defenders Mobilize Against FCC's Final Move to Kill Net Neutrality
"Despite undeniable public opposition across the country, the political spectrum and every corner of the internet, Ajit Pai is rushing forward with a plan that threatens to destroy the internet's democratic, innovative, and liberating nature."
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Key-Holder at Sacred Christian Site in Jerusalem Vows to Refuse Entry to Mike Pence
"I absolutely refuse to officially welcome the American Vice President Mr. Mike Pence at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and I will not be physically in church during his visit."
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'If This Bill Passes, People Will Die': Tax Scam Opponents Rally as GOP Aims for Final Vote Next Week
"This tax bill was written for Republicans' wealthy campaign contributors," concluded Sen. Bernie Sanders
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Lawmakers and 70+ Advocacy Groups Call on North American Leaders to #ReplaceNAFTA
"We have to stand strong for a trade policy that lifts up workers, safeguards human rights, and protects the environment, not one that simply hands more power and profit to massive corporations."
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Report Links Trump's Anti-Press Rhetoric to Record Number of Jailed Journalists
The president's fixation on "fake news" appears to have been embraced by authoritarian leaders around the world
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Did Omarosa Manigault Simply Resign? Or Was Longtime Trump Aide Escorted Out of White House While Screaming Vulgarities?
One White House official said Omarosa is leaving because "all the racial incidents in the White House" were "starting to weigh on her."
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USA Today's Whopper of an Editorial Beautifully Bashes "Uniquely Awful" Trump
"Trump's utter lack of morality, ethics and simple humanity has been underscored during his 11 months in office," editorial states.
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'Property of Verizon' Projected on FCC Headquarters Ahead of Vote to Destroy Net Neutrality
Activists draw attention to the corporate interests at play behind the proposal by FCC chairman Aijit Pai, a former lobbyist who worked for the telecom giant
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'Huge Victory': Judge Drops Felony Riot Charges Against Six J20 Protesters
The defendants are still facing other charges, all of which critics have said are "outrageous" and should be tossed
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Supporters of net neutrality rules Poll: Almost Nobody Likes Plan To Kill Net Neutrality. GOP FCC Chair Ajit Pai: We're Doing It Anyway
Pointing to months of national protests, critics of Pai's plan charge that Americans "are sick and tired of the naked pay-to-play corporatism on display in tomorrow's vote."
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Advocates for Peace Applaud as Tillerson Drops Preconditions Demand for Direct Talks With North Korea
"This more realistic posture could be just what we need to deescalate tensions and jumpstart the diplomatic process."
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Supporters of democratic U.S. Senator candidate Doug Jones After Black Voters Drive Historic Win for Doug Jones in Alabama, Demand Grows for Policies That 'Do More' To Serve Them
" Doug Jones and the grassroots who powered him to victory showed us a path out of the darkness of 2016 and gave us an ideal boost of momentum as we work to take back Congress in 2018."
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As Final Tax Scam Vote Looms, Demands for McConnell to Seat Doug Jones 'Immediately'
"Alabama voters deserve to have their voices heard in this fight."
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Trump, Bannon, and Roy Moore Rebuked as Doug Jones Claims Victory in Alabama
"A crushing blow to [president's] agenda of bigotry, hate, and division... and a powerful reminder that progressives can win anywhere and everywhere if we stand up for an inclusive populist political agenda."
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Warning Against Abdication of Duty, Senators Demand FCC Abandon Net Neutrality Vote
Ajit Pai's plan would leave the U.S. with a "gaping consumer protection void," say 39 senators
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Huckabee Sanders Says "Only If Your Mind Is in the Gutter" Could You Think Trump's Attack on Gillibrand Contained Sexual Innuendo
White House press secretary offered this defense of the president's tweet aimed at the Democratic Senator from New York
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Donald Trump US Concern Over 'Pervasive' High-Level Corruption Surging Under Trump: Poll
Although Americans are optimistic about the ordinary person's ability to help fight corruption, about 70 percent believe the U.S. government is failing at it
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Leaked Documents Expose How Corporations Use Spies to Subvert People's Movements Worldwide
Given what "these companies have gotten away with," concluded Naomi Klein, it is "no wonder they fear our power."
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After Demeaning Attack on Senate Colleague, Warren Calls Out Trump For 'Slut-Shaming'
"Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame Sen. Gillibrand? Do you know who you're picking a fight with? Good luck with that."
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An iceberg floats in the Chukchi Sea in the Arctic Ocean. (Credit: NOAA) NOAA: Current Rates of Arctic Warming and Sea Ice Decline Not Seen in 1,500 Years
The Arctic region, warns lead researcher, is currently "going through the most unprecedented transition in human history"
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Senator Leading #TrumpToo Call Won't Be Silenced By President's "Sexist Smear"
"You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office."
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With Heavy Edits, FCC Commissioner Turns Pai's Plan to Kill Net Neutrality Into One That Would Save It
Mignon Clyburn, the FCC Democrat who circulated the "alternative" plan, has called Pai's proposals "worse than one could imagine"
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there is no planet b 'This. Is. Big.': After Years of Pressure, World Bank to Drastically Curb Funding of Fossil Fuels
"The World Bank's announcement today is an important milestone; but more still needs to be done," says 350.org.
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#FundCHIPNow: Kimmel Slams GOP for Taking Healthcare for Kids Hostage While Pushing Tax Cuts for Billionaires
"This is literally a life-and-death program for American kids."
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Nearly 60 Female Lawmakers Demand Congressional Investigation into Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Trump
"The American people deserve a full inquiry into the truth of these allegations," write House members in joint letter. "We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations against Mr. Trump."
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