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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Pruitt Admits He Flies First Class to Avoid People Mad At Him for Destroying the Planet
"This is a pretty amazing statement, if you think about it. He's saying that there will be fewer people opposed to his policies in first class."
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
17 Dead in Florida School Shooting: 'We Should Never Accept These Horrific Acts of Violence as Routine'
"No more moments of silence. No more #thoughtsandprayers ." Action.
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This visible image of Hurricane Maria was taken from NOAA's GOES East satellite on Sept. 18, 2017. (Photo: NASA/NOAA GOES Project) Threatening the 'Warnings Upon Which the Country Depends,' Trump Budget Would Axe Nearly 250 Weather Forecasters
"We can't take any more cuts and still do the job that the American public needs us to do," says Dan Sobien, president of the National Weather Service Employees Organization
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It Took Him More Than a Week, But Trump Finally Said He's "Totally Opposed to Domestic Violence"
There you have it, folks, the greatest moral leadership probably ever seen by humans
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As More Americans Rely on Charity to Pay Medical Bills, Local Seattle News Station Buys and Forgives $1 Million of Debt
KIRO-TV worked with a New York-based charity to buy the medical debt of 1,000 Seattle-area residents
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Taking on Trump's Racist 'Pocahontas' Slur, Warren Vows to 'Lift Up' Stories, Struggles of Native Americans
"I'm here today to make a promise," Warren told the National Congress of American Indians. "Every time someone brings up my family's story, I'm going to use it to lift up the story of your families and your communities."
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Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is startled by Cody the Dachshund Corbyn's Labour Party Unveils Plan to Make UK 'World Leader on Animal Welfare'
"No animal should be treated cruelly or made to suffer unnecessary pain."
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Urging Peace Talks, Open Letter From Taliban Asks American People to Recognize Total Failure of 16-Year War
"Make your president and the war-mongering congressmen and Pentagon officials ... adopt a rational policy towards Afghanistan," the letter states.
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Amid Trump's Smear Campaign Against Immigrants, Top ICE Lawyer Charged With Stealing Immigrants' IDs
As the Trump administration portays undocumented immigrants as criminals, agency's chief counsel is accused of stealing their personal information to commit fraud
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'An Administration By and For the Powerful': Merkley Nails Mulvaney Over Trump Budget
"What's more important, Mr. Director: the heating program or the tax cut to Wells Fargo, which has defrauded hundreds of thousands of people across this country? Which is more important: educating our children or more money for the Koch brothers?"
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Supporters of Planned Parenthood Enough Defense, Declares Planned Parenthood, 'We're Going on Offense!'
"We need to do more than just fight against the bad policies—now is the time to push for good ones."
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Vowing to Fight for Working Moms, Sen. Duckworth Says Even She 'Technically Can't Take Maternity Leave'
United States' lack of support for new parents extends to Capitol Hill, says senator
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DACA protest As GOP Lawmakers Delay Debates, Another Win for DACA Recipients in Federal Court
Immigrant rights advocates celebrated, but also vowed, "We will continue to fight in court, in the streets, and in Congress for #DreamActNow."
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Trump's Personal Lawyer Admits $130,000 Pre-Election Payment to Porn Actor Stormy Daniels
Michael Cohen, the president's personal attorney, claims payment was his personal money—as opposed to campaign cash—but refused to say what it was for
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Recognizing Populist Demand, Gillibrand and Booker Swear Off Corporate Cash
In making pledge, Gillibrand and Booker join a small group of their Senate colleagues—Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Maria Cantwell and Bernie Sanders—who have also vowed to reject corporate PAC donations
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
'Some May Freeze To Death': Sanders Confronts Mulvaney Over Trump Budget That Would Kill 'Tens of Thousands'
The Vermont senator demanded that the White House budget chief explain "the morality of a budget which supports tax breaks for billionaires" while slashing the safety net
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President Donald Trump After Series of Controversial Remarks, Trump Refuses to Take Questions About Domestic Violence
His press secretary, meanwhile, claimed "we've condemned domestic violence in every way possible," despite several official statements praising former staffers accused of abuse
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FBI Director Contradicts White House's Timeline on Rob Porter Background Check
After Wray told senators the FBI had briefed the White House four times on Porter probe before abuse allegations surfaced, the admininstration again appeared to change its story
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Tracking Tool Shows Fines for Corporate Misconduct Have Plummeted Under Trump
Penalties against 100 most profitable corporations under Obama averaged $17 billion per year. That number fell to $1.1 billion in Trump's first year.
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Upcoming Sanders Event in Iowa Keeps Eyebrows Raised for 2020 Prospects
"Bernie knows that we need bold, progressive leaders in Congress if we’re going to change the direction of our country," says Iowa Democratic candidate and former Sanders aide
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Bibi While 'Not the Worst' of His Crimes, Israeli Police Call for Indicting Netanyahu on Corruption Charges
Observers note Israel " won't put him on for war crimes and crimes against humanity, but hey, guess it's something."
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Citing Willingness to Challenge Corporate Interests, Nurses Endorse De Leon's Primary Challenge Against Feinstein
Nation's largest nurses' union endorses California state senator who helped pass a state Medicare for All bill
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Saying Extradition Fears Not 'Reasonable,' UK Judge Refuses to Lift Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange
"It is time to acknowledge what the real issue is and has always been in this case: the risk of extradition to the US," says lawyer for Wikileaks founder and editor
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'A Big Scandal': 200 Russian Mercenaries Reportedly Killed By US Airstrikes in Syria
One former diplomat warned the deadly incident could spark "an acute international crisis."
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'A Big Scare Tactic': ExxonMobil Files 'Conspiracy' Counter Suits Against Climate Defenders
Critics charge that by "positioning itself as a victim rather than a perpetrator," the company is aiming to "reframe the debate, use it as a diversionary tactic, and scare the heck out of everybody."
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Blue Apron? 'Um, No.' Anti-Hunger Advocates Decry Trump's Food Box Proposal for Nation's Poor
The USDA is attempting to promote its plan to assign specific shelf-stable foods to families who rely on food stamps as "America's Harvest Box"—although the proposed food boxes will contain no fresh foods
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waves crash over railing 'Game-Changer': Confirming Fears, Satellites Show Fast-Rising Seas
"This acceleration, driven mainly by accelerated melting in Greenland and Antarctica, has the potential to double the total sea level rise by 2100."
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Consumer Protection Agency's New Mission Under Trump? Not Protecting Consumers
New CFPB budget proposal, said one watchdog, further reveals president's "unwavering loyalty to the big banks, predatory lenders, and Wall Street special interests."
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Monday, February 12, 2018
While Exploding Military Spending, Trump Budget Eviscerates Funding for Education, Healthcare, and More
"After running up a $1.5 trillion bill to give massive tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, and large corporations, President Trump is now asking working-class and middle-class families to pick up the tab."
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Trump's Department of Education Admits It Actively Doesn't Care About Transgender Students
Confirming suspicions that it was not pursuing discrimination complaints, administration accused of refusing to "recognize the basic human and civil rights of transgender students."
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'This Needs to Happen All Over America': Applause for Candidate Who Called Out Big Oil Donors
"Why do we need campaign finance reform? This. This is why."
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Trump Infrastructure Plan Decried as 'Scam' Designed to Keep US Stuck in 'Dirty and Destructive Past'
"This is a plan to shore up the infrastructure of the past, rather than invest in what we need for the future."
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Jeremy Corbyn: Nationalize, Democratize Electricity Grid to Avert Climate Crisis
Labour Party leader calls for 'radical' action to help avert climate catastrophe
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'Morally Bankrupt' Budget: After $1.5 Trillion Gift to Rich, Trump Demands $1.7 Trillion in Safety Net Cuts
"Millions of Americans will lose access to life-saving programs because the GOP gave $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to the rich."
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#FightFor15: Fast Food Workers Stage Rallies Across Country, Demanding Living Wage and Union Rights
The average fast food worker earns too little to afford a two-bedroom rental apartment in every U.S. state
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Embracing Bold Platforms, Progressives Working to Unseat Corporate Dems Nationwide
"If we reelect the same Democratic Party that we had going into this mess, then we're going to have the same exact result."
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Sunday, February 11, 2018
Jahangir Calls to Ramp Up Global Fights for Human Rights After Death of Pakistani Advocate Asma Jahangir
"The best tribute to her is to continue her fight for human rights and democracy."
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Raising Ethics Concerns, Sinclair Solicits Contributions From Employees for Right-Wing PAC
"I've never seen anything like this," said one critic. "They certainly have the right to do it, but it's blatantly unethical."
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Saturday, February 10, 2018
Ignoring Calls for Peace Effort, Pence Refused to Engage With North Koreans at Olympic Games
Amid rising tensions, the global community urged the vice president to "give peace a chance" and "make the Olympic truce permanent."
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Trump Slammed for 'Mere Allegation' Remark After Second Staffer Resigns Amid Reports of Domestic Violence
"He is interested in preserving male violence without accountability," one critics said of the president.
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US Secretly Negotiated With Russians to Buy Stolen NSA Documents—And the Russians Offered Trump-Related Material, Too
While trying to recover NSA data about hacking tools, American intelligence officials connected Russian operatives trying to sell documents purportedly tied to election meddling allegations
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President Donald Trump 'Outrageous': Widespread Anger After Trump Blocks Democrats' Takedown of Nunes Memo
Democratic lawmakers vowed to review the administration's proposed redactions in an effort to release their memo to the public soon
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Friday, February 9, 2018
Pence Wins Gold for Hypocrisy: Calls Trump Military Parade Chance to 'Celebrate' But North Korea's a 'Provocation'
A new poll finds that 89 percent of Americans are opposed to a potential U.S. military parade
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Jennifer Willoughby Trump's Statement on Alleged Abuser Rob Porter: 'Him-He-Him-Him-He-He-He-He-Him-He-He-He-He-He-He-Him-Him-He-He'
The president says it's been a "tough time" for top aide accused of domestic violence, but has nothing to say about his ex-wives who say they suffered at his hands
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Kelly Telling Aides to Lie That He Took 'Immediate' Action to Fire Accused Wife Abuser: Report
Amid growing calls for his resignation, news about chief of staff's disinformation campaign follows reports he knew about abuse allegations for months but did nothing
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Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents
"This is a textbook case of a political witch-hunt and selective prosecution," said one attorney whose client was injured during a white supremacist rally that turned violent
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attorney protest 'Fed Up' With ICE Targeting of Courthouses, NYC Public Defenders Stage Mass Walkout
"The presence of ICE officers in our courthouses and the perception that no immigrant is safe to seek their day in court, is threatening to upend our entire legal process."
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Accusing Facebook of 'Effectively Banning Professional Journalism,' Brazil's Largest Paper Ditches Platform
Facebook has become "inhospitable terrain for those who want to offer quality content," said Folha de S. Paulo's executive editor
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Trying to Deliver "Failing" Grade to Betsy Devos, Teachers Locked Out of Education Dept
"People are universally appalled, universally aghast by a year of failures."
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Here Are the Democrats, 36 Senators and 73 in the House, Who Voted Just Against Dreamers
Democrats have vowed repeatedly to protect immigrant families, but they just gave away the only leverage they had. And, yes, they have names.
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Kaine Trump Administration Pressured to Release Secret War Powers Memo
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) worried that the "legal justification" detailed in the memo "may now become precedent for additional executive unilateral military action," such as bombings in Syria or North Korea
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'Shame': In Dead-of-Night Vote, Congress Throws Dreamers Under the Bus Again
"This bill does not address the great moral issue of our time—the fact that in three weeks 800,000 young Dreamers will lose their legal status and be subject to deportation."
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Thursday, February 8, 2018
In Latest Absurdity in Trump's America, Omarosa Confesses: 'It's Gonna Not Be Okay'
"It's so bad."
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Reproductive Rights Groups Slam WH Report on Trump's 'Unconscionable' Global Gag Rule
State Department assures that "disruption of services" has been minimal, but women's rights groups decry massive and destructive loss of healthcare services in impoverished countries around the world
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50+ Groups Back Landmark Effort to Halt 'Out of Control' Factory Farming in Iowa
"Iowa is suffering under the enormous weight of a business that has no respect for the people, environment, animals and future of the state."
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'We Lost a Legend Today': Grateful Dead Lyricist and Internet Visionary John Perry Barlow Dead at Age 70
"We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace," the famed lyricist and dedicated activist once wrote. "May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before."
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With US Carbon Footprint Set to Grow by 2050, Fossil-Free Movement 'Our Only Hope'
"The time for tepid market schemes and corporate-friendly clean energy baby steps is over."
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Fueled by Broken Social Contract, Study Finds Inequality and Despair Driving US Life Expectancy Down
While the U.S. is still extremely rich nation, "its wealth is not inclusive" and "the 'American dream' is increasingly out of reach"
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'Time for John Kelly to Go': Trump Chief of Staff Denounced for Shielding Alleged Domestic Abuser
"He's on Team 'Grab Them By The Pussy,' leaving women who are victimized by sexual violence to fend for themselves."
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'Frankly Terrifying': Alarm Sounded as ICE Pushes for Increased Spy Powers
"Civil liberties advocates warned during the FISA debate three weeks ago that ICE could potentially use NSA data to go after immigrants. Sadly they were ignored by the majority of Congress, including many Democrats."
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Warren Slams Sessions' DOJ Record a Year After Being Silenced on Senate Floor By Republicans
The Massachusetts senator "persisted" in her criticism of the attorney general, saying he has reversed efforts to expand voting rights and reform the criminal justice system
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A U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jet takes off from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on Dec. 15, 2015. Syria Denounces 'New Aggression' After US Warplanes Bomb Government Forces
"The presence of US military in eastern Syria, acts as a standing pretext for a wider US war in Syria. Had US personnel been killed yesterday, you can only imagine how Trump would react."
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'Another Giant Spending Spree': Budget Deal Denounced as Wasteful Gift to War Profiteers
"Throwing more money at the Pentagon," one critic argued, "will only double down on the Trump administration's violence-first approach to the challenges we face."
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Gutierrez: Pelosi 8-Hour Speech 'Nice Gesture,' But Meaningless If Dems Cave on DACA
Democrats talk a great game, the Illinois congressman added, "but when it counts and when it matters, they usually put their party before their principles."
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Earth Might Be Warming, Pruitt Finally Admits, But Would Be 'Arrogant' for Humanity to Act to Stop It
"There is no consistency at all to climate deniers' various arguments other than that we should continue to burn fossil fuels."
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Trump Has 'Full Confidence' in Top Aide Forced to Resign After Allegations of Domestic Abuse
Rob Porter denied allegations but announced plans to resign as president's staff secretary after reports and photos surfaced of alleged spousal violence
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'Will Democrats Fail Dreamers Again?' Protests Erupt in Senate After Schumer Touts Deal With GOP
Arrests followed the mass demonstrations that kicked off after the top Senate Democrat celebrated a spending deal with Mitch McConnell
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Medicare for All Advocates Rip 'Cynical and Dishonest' Healthcare Initiative as Ploy to Undermine Single Payer
"The path already exists. The movement already exists. The political will exists. What's lacking is a willingness to stand up for values that people already agree with for fear of alienating people like Bill Frist."
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protest sign 'Drilling Is Killing': West Coast Activists Hold Series of Protests to Counter Trump's Offshore Oil Plan
Environmentalists in Oregon and California take to the streets to tell the Trump administration "we want to keep our coastline clean."
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Siding With Monsanto, GOP Threatens to Cut Off WHO Funds Over Glyphosate Finding
"Are we willing to sell out the public's right to know about harmful chemicals in the places we work, live, and play, just so that Monsanto can sell more glyphosate?"
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With 28-Point Flip, Democrat Wins Special Election in Missouri District That Went Huge for Trump
A year after Trump won Missouri's 97th district, state House seat goes to Democrat Mike Revis
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VP Pence Putting Dent in Olympic Diplomacy, Pence Vows 'Most Aggressive' Sanctions Yet for North Korea
"How dare Koreans in the South talk to Koreans in the North to avert a war that would kill millions and destroy the entire peninsula."
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A Navy A-7 Corsair jet is pulled down Broadway as sailors rejoice on its wings during the Operation Welcome Home ticker-tape parade in New York City on June 10, 1991 As Endless Wars Rage, 'Aspiring Dictator' Trump Orders Massive Military Parade
"He wants thousands of soldiers to publicly salute him, as he recklessly sends them off to escalate wars from Afghanistan to Syria and start new conflicts with North Korea and Iran."
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Judge to Preside Over Border Wall Case Two Years After Trump Attacked His Mexican Heritage
Judge Gonzalo Curiel will decide whether the Trump administration needs to observe environmental regulations while constructing a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border
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If Anti-Immigrant Wish List Not Accepted, Trump Says, 'I'd Love to See a Shutdown'
Trump has repeatedly complained about "devastating" effect of shutdowns, but now he's calling for a shutdown if his xenophobic demands aren't met
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Climate 'Hero' Gets Three-Year Prison Sentence for Shutting Down Tar Sands Pipeline
"If other people don't take action, mine makes no difference," Michael Foster said. "The only way what I did matters is if people are stopping the poison."
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After Trump 'Treason' Talk, Sanders Says 'Grassroots Activism' Key to Defeating 'Authoritarianism'
"The great political issue now facing our country," Sanders says, "is not Democrat vs. Republican, it's democracy vs. authoritarianism."
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Citing Poor Care for Mental Health in US Prisons, UK Court Refuses Extradition Request
For a second time in six years, the U.K. has declined to send an accused hacker to the U.S. out of concern for his safety in the care of the Department of Justice
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GOP Exhibits 'Bottomless Bad Faith' With New Shutdown Hostage: Community Health Centers
Republicans are now pretending to care about funding for health centers that they allowed to lapse four months ago
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To Help Save Humanity, A Six-Step Guide to Combat Fossil Fuel Industry's Climate Lies
Researchers propose deploying strategy in classrooms and on social media to teach people how to "neutralize" misinformation
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Far-Right Trump Backers Biggest Purveyors of Sensationalist, Low-Quality News: Oxford Study
Right-wingers' consumption of "junk news" is harmful to democracy, researchers find
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A trading board on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) shows the closing numbers on February 5, 2018 in New York City. Following Fridays's over 600 point drop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly fell over 1500 points in afternoon trading before closing down at 1,175.21 points. After Claiming Credit for Rise, Will Trump Take Credit for Historic Stock Market Tumble?
"Seeing as how Trump loves to brag about the stock market doing well, I know he'll be a man of integrity and take an equal share of the responsibility when it doesn't."
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'Subversion of Democracy': GOP Push Impeachment of State Justices to Defend Gerrymandering
Pennsylvania GOP, argues one expert, offers more evidence the "Republican Party does not believe in democracy and will tear down any American institution if it will help them hold power."
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big tobacco execs Citing Infamous Big Tobacco Hearing, Sanders Wants Drug CEOs to Testify on Opioid Crisis
Demanding an investigation by lawmakers, Sanders notes, "this epidemic has not only cost us hundreds of thousands of lives, but has also cost federal, state, and local governments hundreds of billions of dollars."
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Monday, February 5, 2018
In 'Dictator Move,' Trump Accuses Democrats of Treason for Not Applauding at SOTU
The president casually told an Ohio audience that lawmakers' lack of enthusiam was "un-American"
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Supreme Court Blocks Pennsylvania GOP's Attempt to Restore Gerrymandered Map for 2018
"The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the fundamental right of Pennsylvanians to fair representation—something they have been denied since this gerrymandered map was put in place."
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camera, White House logo Countering Trump's 'Hostility' Toward Media, Bill Would Protect Journalists From Intimidation and Assault
"It is clear that not only is the role of the news media in our democracy under attack, but the safety of individual journalists is threatened."
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A former Google ethicist argues that social media companies have created an "attention economy" aimed at taking up users' times as much as possible, often with negative health effects. Promoting 'Humane Technology,' Former Facebook Workers Aim to Shield Public from Social Media's Harms
Countering the "attention economy" they helped to create, former Facebook and Google employees form coalition to promote models for healthier products
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Decrying 'Dog-Eat-Dog System,' #PoorPeoplesCampaign Kicks Off 40 Days of 'Moral Action'
"We are witnessing an assault on the poor, on immigrants, on black and brown people, and on the Earth, and we can't let it happen any longer."
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Leaving 143 Million Americans Out to Dry, Trump CFPB Backs Off Equifax Probe
"This has become par for the course at Mulvaney's CFPB. If you've given him massive campaign contributions, you should expect special treatment."
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An ad for Chrysler's Dodge Ram drew ire as it used an excerpt of a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—leaving out the portion of that same speech in which the civil rights leader attacked commercialism and capitalism. Taking MLK Out of Context and Promoting Military Industrial Complex, Super Bowl Ads Condemned
"Scientology ad followed by a Raytheon ad is a nice encapsulation of contemporary America."
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White Supremacist Holocaust Denier Likely to Become GOP Nominee in US House Race
Arthur Jones, the only Republican primary candidate for Illinois's 3rd District, spurs national dicussion about racism in U.S. politics
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Britons Respond to Trump Attack on UK Healthcare: 'Nobody Here Would Trade for What America Has'
"In Britain, the poor don't need to win the lottery to afford medical care."
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Sunday, February 4, 2018
Don Jr's Political Advice for Democrats: Stop Being "Left of Commie"
The president's oldest son offers some useless insights for the opposition party
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'Bringing Humankind Closer to Annihilation': World Leaders Denounce Trump's New Nuclear Posture
"The public is right to distrust Trump with nuclear weapons, and we all need to speak up and oppose these new, dangerous policies."
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Paul Ryan, Iron Stache, and How #WithABuckFiftyAWeek Was Born: A Short Story
It was clear that Ryan had been "suitably shamed." Even the secretary was surprised her story had been used to "sell" the tax bill.
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Saturday, February 3, 2018
Teacher on Leave After Allegedly Assaulting Student Who Refused to Stand for Pledge of Allegiance
All students, the U.S. Supreme Court has stated, "have a right to remain silently seated during the pledge."
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With GOP Masquerading as Pro-Transparency Party, Critics Ask: 'How About Trump's Tax Returns?'
"Since the Republicans are now on board with greater transparency, they will no doubt push President Trump to release his tax returns, as every other major-party presidential nominee has done for the past four decades, won't they?"
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Trump Claims GOP Memo "Totally Vindicates" Him. Um No, It Does Not
"Has anyone explained to him yet that this is pretty much the opposite of the truth?"
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Friday, February 2, 2018
Realizing Worst Fears of Peace Groups, Trump's Nuclear Posture Review Urges Expanded Use of World's Deadliest Weapons
"Who let Dr. Strangelove write the Nuclear Posture Review?"
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