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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Lawmakers Feel the Heat as Resistance Shows Up in Droves to Town Halls
Energized crowds in New York, South Carolina, and Wisconsin on Saturday morning gave lawmakers a hint of what awaits them in their home districts during the upcoming Congressional recess . The Buffalo News reported that "[h]uge crowds of raucous progressives and quieter conservatives overwhelmed [...
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Hundreds Form 'Human Wall' in Mexico to Protest Trump
Hundreds of people in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico formed a "human wall" at the edge of the Rio Grande on Friday to protest President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. The demonstrators held up flowers and colored flags reading the word "Peace" and waved to residents of the neighboring town of El Paso...
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With Mulvaney in Place, Budget Office Preps 'Hit List' on Public Programs
With Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) confirmed to lead the White House budget office, the Trump administration is getting ready to follow through on plans to slash major domestic programs, the New York Times reported Friday. Work on President Donald Trump's first budget proposal has been delayed as...
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Friday, February 17, 2017
To Resist and Reclaim, Hundreds of Recess Events Planned to Target Lawmakers
Members of Congress are heading home this weekend amid a high likelihood of encountering angry—and empowered —constituents who are ready to confront them at town halls and other gatherings . GOP lawmakers in particular (those who don't hide from the people who put them in office , of course) will...
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'Truths Not Tweets': Protesters Greet Trump at Boeing Plant
President Donald Trump was met with peaceful protesters in North Charleston, South Carolina on Friday as he gave a speech at a Boeing plant in his first visit to the state since winning its Republican presidential primary last year. Members of Indivisible Charleston, a local resistance group,...
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Planting Seed for Strikes in the Trump Era, #Strike4Democracy Sweeps Nation
Planting the seed for future large-scale walk-outs, hundreds of events are taking place coast-to-coast on Friday as part of a national "strike for democracy." Tweets about #F17 OR #F17strike OR strike4democracy Heavy has a state-by-state list of strike-related events , as does the Strike4Democracy...
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Sparking 'The Fight of a Lifetime,' Senate Puts Fossil Fuel Ally at Helm of EPA
Portending risks to "the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we love," the U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The 52-46 vote comes a day after an Oklahoma judge said Pruitt was in violation of the...
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NYT: AG Sessions Must Appoint Special Prosecutor for Trump-Russia Ties
The New York Times has called for a special prosecutor to lead an impartial investigation into possible ties between the Trump administration—"which seems uninterested in telling the truth in matters large and small"—and Russia. The Times editorial board writes Friday the scope of a potential...
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'Egregious Cover-Up': After Ruling on Pruitt Emails, Dems Demand Vote Delay
Democratic lawmakers and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) workers are mobilizing against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt after a judge on Thursday ordered the release of thousands of emails between his office and fossil fuel companies—raising questions about whether the EPA nominee...
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Hispanic Dems Blast 'Dictatorial Shenanigans' at Meeting With ICE
Two members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Reps. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) and Norma Torres (D-Calif.), said they were asked to leave a meeting Thursday between lawmakers and the top U.S. immigration official, while others said they were barred entry in the first place. Gutiérrez and Torres...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
ICE Raids May Scare Abuse Survivors Into Staying With Partners, Advocates Fear
President Donald Trump's mass immigration raids—which have swept up longtime residents with no criminal histories, including an undocumented immigrant with license to live and work legally in the U.S.—have also led to the arrest of a Texas woman obtaining a restraining order against an abusive...
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Undeterred by Lawmakers in Hiding, the Resistance Prepares for Recess
Since the GOP-led Congress took power last month, leaders that have supported President Donald Trump's controversial cabinet choices or have worked to eliminate affordable healthcare have had to face crowds of angry voters. Now, with February's congressional recess on the horizon, the resistance is...
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Republicans Hustle to Shield Trump as Demands for Russia Inquiry Grow
"With so much at stake, we need a Congress that will hold the members of the Trump administration accountable when they undermine and risk the security of the American people."
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'Not My President's Day': Artists and Performers to Resist Trump with Feb. 20 Events
"Not My President's Day" performances and shows will be taking to stages nationwide on Monday, using the federal holiday to highlight artistic resistance to the Trump administration. From Baltimore to Seattle , artists, musicians, and performers of all stripes are planning to showcase responses to...
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Plans for Nationwide Anti-Trump Tax Day Protests Gain Momentum
From New York to Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. to Little Rock, Arkansas, protesters will take to the streets on Saturday, April 15 to show President Donald Trump that the American public does, in fact, care about his tax returns.
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A protest sign at the Women's March on January 21, 2017, in New York City. In Defiance of Trump, Website Helps Scientists Blow the Whistle on Political Interference
Facing a presidential administration committed to waging war on science , the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) this week launched a website to help scientists blow the whistle on government interference in their work. "[T]ogether, we can raise the political price of manipulating science or...
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"Not In Our Names": Families of 9/11 Victims Protest Trump's Travel Ban
People who lost family members in the September 11 terror attacks are rallying in New York City's Battery Park on Thursday against U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban, sending the message that they do not sanction "discrimination in our loved one's names." "As family members who lost close...
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Defenders of Social Security Mobilize Against GOP Attack on Retirees
On the same day that U.S. millionaires stop paying into Social Security for the rest of the year, President Donald Trump's pick to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)—who wants to slash the safety net program—was confirmed to that post by the U.S. Senate. #SocialSecurity Tweets Citing...
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Trump to Appoint Billionaire Know-Nothing to Root Out 'Low-Life Leakers'
Tensions between the U.S. intelligence community and President Donald Trump reached new heights after it was reported that Trump ally and New York billionaire Stephen Feinberg would be leading a sweeping review of the nation's spy agencies. Citing administration officials, the New York Times...
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Tribe Files New Suit as Army Corps Announces Eviction Deadline for Water Protectors
The Oglala Sioux have joined the legal battle against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, filing a lawsuit this week calling on the agency to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) until an environmental review can be completed. Tribal leaders cited fear of water contamination in...
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Reality of President Trump Is Stressing Out Americans... Big League
Americans have been taking to the streets in record numbers since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, but amid that uptick in resistance something else has been rising within the U.S. electorate: personal anxiety and stress caused by the nation's new political reality. According to a new...
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Protesters hold up signs during a "Caravan of Love" walk in support of immigrants and refugees in Minneapolis, Minn., on February 11. RESIST: Businesses Shutter Nationwide for #DayWithoutImmigrants
In response to President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant executive orders and sweeping deportation raids that have led to nearly 700 arrests nationwide, immigrants in cities across the country are walking out of work Thursday for a "Day Without Immigrants" strike, to demonstrate how much the United...
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Welcome to Trumpcare! Proposed Changes Raise Costs, Weaken Coverage
The Trump administration on Wednesday announced new proposed rules for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare—and while they " don't amount to sweeping changes ," the tweaks are predicted to raise costs for consumers while benefiting insurance companies and further undermining the critical...
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Puzder Out: Fast Food CEO Drops Nomination to Head Labor Dept.
Fast-food CEO Andy Puzder , President Donald Trump's pick to head the Labor Department, withdrew his nomination Wednesday afternoon. "While I won't be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team," Puzder said in a statement. An unnamed source close to...
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Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump Trump and Netanyahu Cozy Up, Waver on Two-State Solution
In wandering, occasionally confused comments at a joint press conference on Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump appeared to call into question the United States' backing of a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "I'm looking at two...
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Since Trump Won't Divest, NY AG Can Revoke His Business Charter: Group
An advocacy group on Tuesday delivered a letter to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman demanding he investigate—and possibly revoke—the Trump Organization's charter, over what the group says are conflicts of interests that violate state laws. Now that President Donald Trump has refused to...
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Republicans Launch Bicameral Salvos Against Wall Street Watchdog
Republicans continued their attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Tuesday, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) again introduced legislation to kill the Wall Street watchdog. Cruz in a statement called the CFPB, the brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren...
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The Resistance Abroad: Expats Rejecting Trump Administration
With actions big and small , it's clear that resistance within the U.S. to the Trump administration is swelling. But outside the nation's borders, expats are rising up to express opposition as well. "There's something like 8 million Americans abroad," Roxanne Matiz, an American who attended a Nov...
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#FreeDaniel #FreeDaniel: Community United in Outrage After ICE Detains 'Dreamer' With No Criminal Record
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested and detained a 'Dreamer,' or an undocumented immigrant brought to the U.S. as a young child and given permission to live and work legally in the country, stunning civil rights defenders nationwide and provoking fierce local opposition. #...
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Pressure for Independent Investigation Swells Amid Russia-Trump Scandal
Pressure is mounting for a transparent investigation into alleged ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian intelligence, following a New York Times report that shows officials on both sides were in contact before the 2016 election. The Times reported Tuesday that current and...
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
With 'Valentine to Corruption,' Trump Officially Kills Big Oil Transparency
In a move global rights groups are decrying as a Valentine's Day gift to Big Oil , President Donald Trump on Tuesday officially voided a rule that forced extractive industries to disclose payments made to foreign governments. The transparency law, known as the Cardin-Luger amendment, was an Obama-...
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ICE Head Ducks Meeting With Hispanic Dems for 'Political Cover' on Raids
The Trump administration is again being accused of "ducking accountability" after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Thomas Homan abruptly backed out of a planned meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) hours before it was set to happen on Tuesday. C...
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Oklahoma Advances 'Shameful' Written-Consent Abortion Bill
The Oklahoma House Public Health Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that requires women to obtain written consent from their sexual partners before they can get an abortion—a measure that picked up widespread notoriety after its author, state Rep. Justin Humphrey, referred to pregnant women as "...
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Ignoring Public Outcry, Republicans Block Effort to Obtain Trump's Taxes
Ignoring the vast majority of Americans who say they want President Donald Trump to release his taxes, GOP lawmakers who have the power to obtain the records on Tuesday blocked an effort to do so. Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously against using an obscure...
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Pence Places Conservative, Evangelical 'Allies' in All Corners of White House
Vice President Mike Pence is quietly staffing the government with evangelicals and "conservative allies" at almost every level, another indication that he will try to shape White House policy in his signature far-right, religious style, Politico reported Monday. Pence "surrounds himself with true...
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On Valentine's Day, Global Calls for a "Moral Resistance Rooted In Love"
Seizing upon the energy of Valentine's Day, people around the world are demonstrating for justice on Tuesday, whether by participating in protests , participating in democracy, or both. Tweets about #RevolutionaryLove OR #WomensMarch OR #1BillionRising OR #LoveArmy Organizers and supporters of the...
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Protesters in Orlando demand Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) hold a town hall. Rallies Demand Reluctant Reps Stop Hiding From Constituents
While many U.S. senators and representatives have encountered contentious crowds at town hall gatherings in their home districts, many others have managed to avoid meeting with constituents in the weeks since President Donald Trump took office. Calling on reluctant representatives to hold town...
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Flynn Scandal Spotlight Falls on What Trump Knew and When He Knew It
While President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed the "real story" in the case of Gen. Michael Flynn's midnight resignation is why "there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington," many journalists, lawmakers, and concerned U.S. citizens are asking a different question: What did President Trump...
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Senators Told Their Jobs At Risk After Confirming Wall Street Banker for Treasury
Each of the 53 "yeas" cast in the U.S. Senate on Monday night to confirm former Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary will "haunt those who cast it in the months and years ahead," one progressive advocacy group warned in the wake of the vote. "Voting to put Steve Mnuchin in...
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The Oceti Sakowin protest camp against the Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. DAPL Construction Proceeds as Standing Rock Emergency Request Denied
A U.S. federal judge on Monday rejected an emergency request from the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes that sought to halt construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline . Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company behind the pipeline, resumed construction l ast...
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Trump DOJ Loses Again as Federal Courts Advance Travel Ban Hearings
A federal judge in Seattle has rejected a request from the Trump administration to delay a hearing on the president's travel ban, meaning the case is set to go ahead as scheduled in the next few days. U.S. District Court Judge James Robart on Monday dismissed the call from the Department of Justice...
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Michael Flynn Out: From Trump's "Full Confidence" to Midnight Resignation
Less than one month into office, President Donald Trump's controversial national security advisor, Michael Flynn, abruptly resigned Monday night following revelations he had discussed sanctions with a high-level Russian official and then misinformed White House staff, including Vice President Mike...
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Monday, February 13, 2017
#DayWithoutLatinos: 10,000+ March in Milwaukee Against Trump's Immigration Crackdown
Amidst growing pushback against the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, more than ten thousand people marched in Milwaukee on Monday to "resist the wave of deportations and immigration raids sweeping the country." The "Day Without Latinxs, Immigrants, and Refugees" action, organized by...
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Animal Rights Groups Sue Over Unprecedented USDA Website Blackout
Leading animal rights groups sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Monday over the removal of animal welfare records from its website early this month. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by PETA, Beagle Freedom Project, Born Free USA, and the...
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Mar-A-Lago Diners Get Front Row Seat to Trump's Nuclear Crisis
News that U.S. President Donald Trump turned his private oceanfront club Mar-a-Lago into an "open air situation room" complete with threats of nuclear attack has sparked widespread concern over what one described as Trump's "disdainful middle finger toward national security." First reported by CNN...
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Oklahoma Republican Pushing Anti-Choice Bill Calls Women 'Hosts'
An Oklahoma lawmaker who has authored an extreme anti-abortion bill to be considered in the legislature Tuesday told The Intercept that a woman's body, once pregnant, is no longer hers—it is a "host." "I feel like it is a separate—what I call them is, is you're a 'host.' And you know when you enter...
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Fast food workers march against Puzder in St. Louis, Missouri. #NotOurLaborSec: Fast Food Workers Protest Puzder at Corporate Offices and Chains Nationwide
For the third time since anti-worker fast food CEO Andy Puzder 's nomination for Labor Secretary was announced, fast food workers are flooding the streets in protest. Tweets about #AndyPuzder OR #NotOurLaborSec OR #fightfor15 Days before Puzder's confirmation hearing on Thursday, hundreds of...
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Klein Takes New Role Exposing "Hidden Agenda" of Trump's Disaster Capitalism
Activist and author Naomi Klein, whose 2007 book The Shock Doctrine gave rise to the idea that politicians will exploit crises to further grab power and push forward a "radical pro-corporate agenda," as she put it, is now charged with monitoring the "shocks of the Trump era" from her new post with...
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With Big Ag Giveaways In the Works, Sessions Urged to Reject Mega-Mergers
Big Ag could score some big wins under newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions , roughly 325 food and farm groups warned on Monday, urging Sessions to reject agricultural mega-mergers that would put corporate interests above public health, small farmers, and the environment. In a letter sent...
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Treasury Set for Wall Street Takeover as Mnuchin Poised for Confirmation
Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin , who is expected to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Monday, is reportedly looking to fill cabinet positions with Wall Street executives and Republican establishment figures. Politico reports : Senior Goldman Sachs banker Jim Donovan is under strong...
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Earth photographed from space Anthropocene Math in the Age of Trump: Humans Are Running Out of Time to Save the Climate
As the Trump administration and Republicans in power in Congress set to work destroying environmental regulations, scientists have added urgency to the resistance with a simple new equation that shows the staggering effect human activity has had on the climate. Their findings? Humans have altered...
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After Cancellation, Sanders Vows to Hold WV Town Hall 'In The Streets'
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he will not be "intimidated" from speaking in West Virginia's McDowell County, "one of the poorest areas in one of our poorest states," after officials pulled the plug on a Monday town hall event. "If anyone in West Virginia government thinks that I will be...
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From #DayWithoutLatinos to Rapid Response Teams, Deportation Resistance Builds
From work strikes to legal campaigns, multiple efforts have been mounted to resist the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, which has instilled fear and panic in communities across the United States. Recent raids have impacted "nearly 200 people in the Carolinas and Georgia, more than 150...
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'Callous Attack': Trump DOJ Drops Protections for Transgender Students
President Donald Trump has dropped a pending legal challenge against an injunction that bans transgender students from using school facilities that correspond to their gender identity, ending an effort mounted by the Obama administration to protect LGBTQ youth. The move was announced Friday, coming...
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Sunday, February 12, 2017
Mexico City March against Donald Trump, February 12, 2017 Mexico: Massive Anti-Trump Rallies Staged Across Nation
Tens of thousands of Mexicans protested Sunday against US President Donald Trump, hitting back at his anti-Mexican rhetoric and his depictions of them as “rapists” and "criminals" and to demand “the respecting of Mexico. "Mexico must be respected, Mr Trump," said a giant banner carried by...
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0,000 March in Raleigh for Voting Rights, Democracy & #MoralResistance RESIST: 80,000 March in Raleigh for Voting Rights, Democracy & #MoralResistance
Outrage over the Trump administration helped bring tens of thousands of marchers to downtown Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday. Trump and the policies he will try to enact with the GOP-led Congress on immigration, health care and civil rights motivated many at Saturday’s march. Rev. William...
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Saturday, February 11, 2017
RESIST: Huge Counter-Protests Overwhelm 'Defund Planned Parenthood' Rallies
Anti-abortion groups called for 'Defund Planned Parenthood' demonstrations at more than 200 Planned Parenthood locations throughout the United States on Saturday to pressure President Donald Trump to strip the women's health provider of federal funding. Then, Planned Parenthood supporters got...
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Snowden: 'Finally: Irrefutable Evidence That I Never Cooperated with Russian Intel'
Whistle-blower Edward Snowden has spoken on a report suggesting Vladimir Putin is considering sending him back to the US as a “gift” to President Donald Trump, claiming the story proves he is not a spy. "Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel," Snowden said. "No...
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Friday, February 10, 2017
Donations and Gratitude Pour In for Chelsea Manning's Homecoming
A fundraiser to "welcome home" Chelsea Manning launched just two days ago has already surpassed $50,000, which observers say is a testament to the inspiration that the transgender leader and military whistleblower has provided to so many supporters. More than 1,200 people have donated upwards of $...
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Another Republican Takes a Step to Ensure Death of the EPA
A House Republican this week introduced legislation to eviscerate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act of 2017, declared Rep. Sam Johnson (Texas), is a "commonsense bill does right by the hardworking Americans." According to a press statement from...
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) Step One to Impeachment? Congressman's Probe Targets Trump's Conflicts of Interest
New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler has made use of an obscure legislative tool that would force a floor debate on President Donald Trump's potentially unconstitutional conflicts of interest—a move widely seen as an initial step toward impeaching Trump. Nadler, a Democrat, on Thursday "filed a 'resolution...
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Trump in Freefall as Disapproval Rate and Support for Impeachment Soar
Two new polls reflect poorly on President Donald Trump's brief tenure in the Oval Office, with one showing his administration is tarnishing Americans' view of U.S. popularity around the world, and another finding voters are already evenly divided on the issue of impeaching the president. The Gallup...
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Watch: Protesters Block Betsy DeVos From First Visit to Public School
Protesters briefly blocked Betsy DeVos from entering a Washington, D.C. school Friday morning in her first visit as Education Secretary, one woman shouting, "She does not represent anything that [public schools] stand for!" The crowd followed DeVos as she turned to leave, with another man saying...
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At $21.6 Billion, Internal DHS Report Shows Border Wall Cost Roughly Double What Trump Claimed
An internal report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seen by Reuters puts the cost for President Donald Trump's proposed "wall" along the U.S.-Mexico border at up to $21.6 billion, far higher than the estimates put forth by Trump or Republican leadership. Trump, who signed on Jan. 25 an...
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ICE protest in LA People Take to Streets in Resistance as ICE Raids Descend on Los Angeles
Protesters took to the streets in Los Angeles on Thursday evening after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reportedly raided homes and communities around the city and detained over 100 people in a mere three hours. Reflecting the growing community-level resistance to President Donald Trump's...
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Rumors of Sarah Palin as Canadian Ambassador Met With Hilarious Outrage
Rumors that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin could be the next ambassador to Canada have been met with a resounding "No Siree," as Canadians this week have erupted in a chorus of (hilarious) outrage. The backlash erupted after White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday refused to rule...
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Town Halls Become 'Indivisible' Epicenters as Trump Resistance Grows
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was confronted by angry crowds at a town hall in Salt Lake City on Thursday, over what they saw as his failure to properly investigate President Donald Trump's conflicts of interests , in another showing of a growing resistance to the new administration. Almost 1,000...
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With Tom Price Confirmed, Clock Is Ticking for Critical Safety-Net Programs
Putting the nation's safety net programs at risk, the U.S. Senate confirmed Tom Price as Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary early Friday morning. Price, who had represented Georgia in the House of Representatives since 2005, is known as an ardent opponent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or...
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Thursday, February 9, 2017
Appeals Court Rules Against Trump, Keeping Ban on Hold For Now
In the latest legal blow to President Donald Trump's attempt to institute a controversial immigration and travel ban targeting seven predominantly Muslim nations, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday unanimously sided with a lower court which earlier this week imposed an injunction...
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Clinic Violence Increased Following Planned Parenthood Smear Campaign
Ahead of anti-choice protests set to take place Saturday at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country, the Feminist Majority Foundation has released a new report showing violence and threats of violence against abortion providers has dramatically increased in the last two years. "This weekend,...
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Trump Named Climate Villain Number One in Landmark Youth Suit
Youth plaintiffs suing the federal government for failing to act on climate change have a new villain in their cross-hairs: U.S. President Donald Trump. The 21 plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States filed a notice (pdf) in federal court on Thursday amending their landmark suit to substitute Donald...
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'World Is Watching' as DAPL Construction Resumes Amid Protests and Lawsuits
The company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has resumed construction on the controversial project despite massive protests and legal battles. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) spokesperson Vicki Granado on Thursday confirmed that the company began working on the much-disputed 1.5-mile Lake...
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Trump's Executive Orders on Crime Foment "Dark View of Society"
Stoking fears of a crackdown on immigrants and civil liberties, President Donald Trump on Thursday signed three executive orders addressing crime. "A new era of justice begins, and it begins right now," Trump said to conclude prepared remarks at the White House. The orders were signed following...
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Guadalupe García de Rayos is photographed inside the ICE van that transported her away from her family. (Photo: Puente Human Rights Movement) Protests Erupt as Longtime Arizona Resident and Mother Hauled Off in Deportation Van
Guadalupe García de Rayos, a decades-long resident of Phoenix, Arizona and mother of two, was unceremoniously arrested and hauled away in a deportation van late Wednesday, one of the first deportations of an undocumented immigrant with no violent record to occur under President Donald Trump's anti-...
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Puzder Opponents Demand Trump Drop 'Most Anti-Worker Labor Nominee Ever'
Labor unions and workers' rights advocates are pressuring President Donald Trump to drop his nominee for Labor Secretary, Andy Puzder , over the fast-food CEO's recent admission that he had hired an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper. The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor union, penned a...
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Experts: Top Aide 'Plain and Simple' Broke Ethics Law by Promoting Trump Brand
Updated 5pm EDT: The Office of Government Ethics was apparently swarmed with calls and emails from outraged citizens on Thursday after White House advisor Kellyanne Conway urged individuals to buy Ivanka Trump's products. In a series of tweets , the OGE said that its "website, phone system, and...
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'Traitor': West Virginia Democrat Manchin Under Fire for Pro-Sessions Vote
Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is under fire Thursday for his Wednesday evening vote to confirm Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general. According to Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs, Manchin "flash[ed Sessions] a thumbs up on his way in the chamber," before breaking with his party...
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A close-up of an EPA special agent's badge. Trump Administration Considering Eradication of EPA's Enforcement Arm: Report
The Trump administration is considering eradicating the enforcement arm of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reported Inside EPA late Wednesday. The administration is deciding whether to shutter the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) and force individual program offices...
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Fending Off Critiques of Failed Leadership, Twitterer-in-Chief Lashes Out
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday once again lashed out on his critics, attacking both Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) in an early morning Twitter rant for highlighting concerns about his assault on the judiciary as well as the recent botched raid in Yemen. Trump...
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Eight Countries Join Global Fight Against Trump's Anti-Abortion Move
Eight countries have joined a fundraising effort to counter President Donald Trump's executive order last month that cuts off U.S. funding to global charities providing information about abortions. Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin told Reuters on Thursday that a conference kicking off...
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'Sessions Watch' Begins as Chorus Promises to Hold AG Accountable
"If Jeff Sessions turns a blind eye while [Trump] violates the Constitution or breaks the law, he'll hear from all of us," says Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
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Leaked Trump Presidential Memo Would Free U.S. Companies to Buy Conflict Minerals From Central African Warlords
of a presidential memorandum Donald Trump is expected to sign within days suspends a 2010 rule that discouraged American companies from funding conflict and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo through their purchase of “conflict minerals.” The memo, distributed inside the...
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Gitmo 2.0 Called 'Disaster': Draft Executive Order Reveals Trump Plan to Expand Offshore Prison
A draft executive order reported to be circulating within the Trump White House calls for keeping the notorious Guantánamo Bay prison open and allowing for individuals associated with the Islamic State (ISIS) to be sent there—a plan described by one expert as "toxic policy" and "a national security...
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Warren Vows 'This Is Not Over' as Senate Tees Up Vote on Jeff Sessions
Amid bitter partisan fighting and public outcry, the U.S. Senate will vote on the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general around 6:50pm EST Wednesday evening. Watch live: Uproar over the GOP's muzzling of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) continued throughout the day,...
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Sean Spicer: Anyone—and He Means "Anyone"—Who Criticizes Yemen Raid Owes Apology to Dead U.S. Soldier
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday said anyone questioning the success of a U.S. military raid in Yemen last month, which resulted in dozens of deaths , is doing "a disservice" to the American soldier who was killed in the operation. Spicer's comments came just after Yemen...
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A protester outside of the ninth court of appeals in San Francisco, which blocked President Donald Trump's travel ban on Friday. Trump Once Again Attacks the Judiciary, Dismissing Courts as 'So Political'
President Donald Trump once again attacked the U.S. court system on Wednesday, complaining that the judiciary branch is "so political" while a federal appeals court weighs arguments regarding the administration's travel ban for immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries. "While...
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Raising Questions Over Conflicts of Interest Again, Trump Lashes Out at Nordstrom on Twitter
President Donald Trump on Wednesday took to Twitter to decry what he described as unfair treatment by Nordstrom towards his daughter Ivanka a week after the department store chain announced it would no longer carry her fashion line. "My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom," he...
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Taking Cues from Trump, UK Quietly 'Shuts Door' on Child Refugees
In what was described as an example of "British Trumpism," the U.K. government on Wednesday quietly ended its commitment to accepting and rehousing thousands of unaccompanied child refugees—a decision decried as "a betrayal of these vulnerable children and a betrayal of British values." The so-...
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Groups File Suit to Block Trump's Pro-Corporate Deregulation Scheme
'When presidents overreach, it is up to the courts to remind them no one is above the law...This is one of those times'
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Because "It's Now or Never," Indivisible Resistance to Trump Gains Steam
From Carpinteria, Calif. to Kansas City, Mo. to Charlottesville, Va. , pockets of resistance—catalyzed by the " Indivisible Guide "—to the Trump administration are popping up nationwide. "It's about resistance and your local communities rising up," said Barbara Dehart, co-founder of Indivisible...
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Senate Dems Urge 'Political Firestorm' Over GOP FCC's Net Neutrality Attacks
Senate Democrats on Tuesday vowed not to let net neutrality be dismantled without a fight, and urged people to be aware of recent orders by the newly Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) targeting internet equality. The Open Internet Order, enacted in 2015, redefined the...
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'This Is the #NoDAPL Last Stand': Tribe to Sue as Actions Planned Nationwide
The Trump administration "will be held accountable in court" for its decision to grant the final easement on the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) , Indigenous people and environmental allies vowed Tuesday. #NoDAPL Tweets And with actions planned nationwide on Wednesday, the administration won't get...
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Senate Dems in Revolt After GOP Silences Warren for Quoting Coretta Scott King
Senate Republicans voted Tuesday evening to formally silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), prompting widespread public outcry, for reading a letter by Coretta Scott King from 30 years ago that condemned Sen. Jeff Sessions's (R-Ala.) record on voting and civil rights. In response to the cascade...
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
As Resistance Turns Attention to Congress, Republicans Now Feeling the Heat
The fierce, coast-to-coast movement to resist U.S. President Donald Trump borne out in the Women's March and widespread, impromptu airport protests has in recent days turned its attention to Congressional Republicans—and they are feeling the heat. #ResistTrumpTuesdays Tweets With some...
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'Unfit for the Job': Puzder's Personal and Professional Records Under Fire
With President Donald Trump's Labor secretary pick, fast-food CEO Andy Puzder, facing increasing scrutiny and a growing opposition campaign , four GOP senators are reportedly "withholding judgement" on the controversial nominee. According to CNN reporter Manu Raju on Tuesday, Republican Sens. Susan...
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DAPL Opponents Vow 'Fierce Resistance' as Army Corps Grants Last Easement
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday said it has notified Congress that it plans to grant Energy Transfer Partners the final easement to build the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) . #NoDAPL Tweets Bloomberg reports: The company needs the easement to complete work under Lake Oahe, following...
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House GOP Quietly Moves to Kill Commission Charged With Securing Elections
Amid national outrage over possible foreign interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's own lies about so-called voter fraud, House Republicans on Tuesday quietly advanced two bills that "could profoundly impact the way we administer and finance national elections," watchdogs are...
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Listen Live as Trump's Travel Ban Gets Eviscerated in Court
President Donald Trump's travel ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries is in court on Tuesday, with a federal appeals court in San Francisco set to hear arguments starting at 3pm EST . Listen to the arguments live here: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San...
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Lawsuit Reveals Melania Trump Saw Presidency as Potential Profit Machine
First Lady Melania Trump on Monday revealed that she had intended to leverage the presidency into a lucrative venture for herself, with plans to establish "multimillion dollar business relationships" during her time as "one of the most photographed women in the world." An attorney for the first...
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Iranian Supreme Leader Thanks Trump for Exposing 'Real Face' of America
Days after President Donald Trump announced new sanctions against Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his nation is grateful to the new leader for revealing "the real face of the United States." Referencing Trump's tweet last week in which he declared that the Middle East nation does...
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