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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Marry Me, Senator! 'We Aren't In Love, I Just Want Your Healthcare'
"No we aren't in love, just want your healthcare plan. I'm that scared Lindsey Graham, I think I got to marry you."
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Education Secretary DeVos Condemned for 'Alarming' Civil Rights Rollback
"There is no more serious responsibility of the Department than to ensure consistent, vigorous enforcement of civil rights laws and protections for all students."
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Even Millionaires Are Ready to Ditch Trump
Poll finds that even those who may benefit from Trump administration's policies are abandoning the president
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'Resistance Is Working': McConnell Forced to Delay Trumpcare Vote
"This is a key win in a long fight."
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EPA Head's Plan to Gut Popular Water Rule Condemned as Gift to Polluters
Environment advocates rail against Pruitt's plan
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Google Fine Shows EU 'Way Ahead' of US on Reining in Massive Corporations
"The wonder is that U.S. regulators, who once upon a time had an honourable record of acting against powerful monopolists, have been so supine with the technology giants."
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'Scary': CO2 Rates Climb Even as Emissions Stabilize
Scientists say the earth's natural "sponges" may be unable to absorb CO2 at the usual rate.
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In 'Remarkable' Rebuke to Monsanto, California Adds Roundup to Cancer Watchlist
"California's decision makes it the national leader in protecting people from cancer-causing pesticides."
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Urging Democrats To Go Bold, Warren Says 'The Next Step Is Single Payer'
“The progressive agenda is America’s agenda."
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'It's Not Hyperbole': Study Finds Thousands Could Die If Trumpcare Passes
" Being uninsured is deadly"
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Wag the Dog? Offering No Proof, Trump Threatens New Attacks Against Syria
It could be, suggested one Russian lawmaker, that "the US is trying to hoodwink the global public with another 'test tube containing some white powder' to justify its own acts of aggression."
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'Arrogant, Intolerant, Dangerous': Survey Shows What the World Thinks of Trump
"Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe"
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Monday, June 26, 2017
'Absolutely Devastating': CBO Predicts 22 Million Less Insured Under Trumpcare
The analysis also predicts "15 million more people would be uninsured compared with current law" next year
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US Mayors: Instead of War, Spend Big on 'Human and Environmental Needs'
The mayors 'understand that the resources being sucked up by the Pentagon to wage endless wars overseas should be used to address our crumbling infrastructure, the climate crisis, and poverty at home and abroad.'
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Sister Simone: Republican's Trumpcare Plan Is Opposite of 'Pro-Life'
"People will lose their lives if this bill becomes law."
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She's Baaack... To Confront Trumpcare Hypocrisy, 'Granny Off the Cliff' Returns
'This new video rips apart their health care plan and makes brutally clear just how damaging Medicaid cuts will be for America's seniors.'
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Will These Studies Finally Make Betsy DeVos Admit School Vouchers Are a Total Scam?
"This latest study of vouchers should be yet another red flag to DeVos that she is going down the wrong path and it will hurt all students in the end."
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As CBO Analysis Looms, Activists Target Moderates on Healthcare Bill
Economists expect grim news on health coverage losses, as CBO announces score for Better Care Reconciliation Act
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Trump's Clear Message to Muslims: You Are "Not That Important"
"The message that it sends is that we're not that important."
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Supreme Court Partially Lifts Block on Trump's 'Bigoted' Travel Ban
"We'll be ready," said the ACLU in response to the announcement
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Sunday, June 25, 2017
'This Is Not a Drill': Less Than One Week to Defeat 'Barbaric' Trumpcare Bill
Americans mobilize nationwide to defeat Republican's attempt to pass cruel legislation that would strip health coverage in name of tax giveaways to the wealthy
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Saturday, June 24, 2017
Ire for Democrat Who Pulled Plug on California's Single-Payer Bill
"With daily reminders of millions of patients already priced out of access to care, and subjected to the callous practices and care denials of the insurance industry there could hardly be a more heartless response to the Senate bill than Speaker Rendon's Friday night announcement."
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"Trump's Lies": The Collected Works
New York Times compiles presidential falsehoods from Donald Trump's first day in office to present
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Friday, June 23, 2017
Jettisoning 'Best Available Science,' Trump Admin. Tosses Out Federal Protections for Yellowstone's Grizzlies
The "ongoing threats the bears face will now be compounded by trophy hunting and lethal removal by trigger-happy state agencies," says Andrea Santarsiere of the Center for Biological Diversity
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Too Hot for Heller: First So-Called "Moderate" Republican Cracks on Senate Trumpcare Plan
Citing attack on Medicaid, Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) says he won't support Senate proposal in its current form
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Trump: I Will Defend Medicaid. Also Trump: I Support Bill That Destroys Medicaid.
Trump "is putting millions of lives at stake" by supporting a bill that slashes Medicaid. "But he doesn't seem to care."
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UN Expert Touts Universal Basic Income as "Bold and Imaginative Solution' to Poverty
"In today's world of severe economic insecurity, creativity in social policy is necessary."
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US Occupation of Afghanistan 'The Main Obstacle' to Peace: Taliban
Comments from Taliban chief come as Pentagon weighs sending an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan
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Rev. William Barber Says GOP Voter Suppression the 'Real Hacking' of US Democracy
"We would not be having this healthcare deconstruction if we had the Voting Rights Act!"
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New Lawsuit Accuses Trump of 'Destroying Essential Historical Records'
"The American people not only deserve to know how their government is making important decisions, it's the law," says CREW executive director Noah Bookbinder
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Elizabeth Warren Says Key Thing to Know About Trumpcare Bill: 'This Is Blood Money'
Senator has read Republican's bill and says it makes very clear who it aims to serve
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'Conned' by Trump: Hundreds of Boeing and Carrier Workers to Lose Their Jobs
"When he spoke at our plant, he acted like no one was going to lose their job."
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Welcome to the 'Second Tier': US Failing Big League on Social Progress
Given its immense wealth, the United States is seriously underperforming. And its citizens are paying the price.
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As Resistance Mobilizes, Poll Shows 'Overwhelming' Hatred for Trumpcare
Latest public opinion results arrive as groups mobilize against the newly unveiled Senate bill
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Arrests of Trumpcare Protesters, Some in Wheelchairs, Outside McConnell's Office
"Don't touch Medicaid! Don't touch Medicaid!"
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Heartless! Senate Trumpcare Plan Every Bit as 'Ugly' and 'Cruel' as Expected
"The Senate healthcare bill is the disaster we knew it would be. It cannot be allowed to pass."
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Embracing Need for 'WWII Style Mobilization,' California Set to Go Big on Climate
"I'm asking the creative minds of Los Angeles to join with the grassroots activists in creating the City of the future"
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Admitting His Contempt, Trump Says 'Poor Person' Shouldn't Run Economy
"I love all people, rich or poor," President Trump said, but in positions like Commerce Secretary, now headed by billionaire Wilbur Ross, "I just don't want a poor person."
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Industry Was Doubly Generous With These 13 GOP Senators Now Drafting Trumpcare
While baker's dozen of Republicans' all-male, all-white legislative team draft bill in secret, analysis reveals giving of insurance and pharmaceutical industries
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Biggest Banks Fueling Climate Disaster With Billions Poured Into 'Extreme Fossil Fuels'
"Our planet just can't take it."
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ACLU Sues DC Police for Attempts to 'Chill' Dissent on Inauguration Day
The suit claims D.C. police unlawfully arrested peaceful demonstrators and indiscriminately deployed tear gas and flash-bang grenades against journalists, legal observers, and crowds of protesters
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Deadly Heatwaves Could Threaten Nearly Three-Quarters of World's Inhabitants
New study released as "unusually early" heatwaves grip large swathes of globe
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'The Sky Didn't Fall': Study on Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Proves Critics Wrong
"These findings are consistent with the lion's share of rigorous academic minimum wage research studies"
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Day of Rage: London Marchers Denounce 'Corporate Manslaughter' of Grenfell Tower Victims
'We have a responsibility to raise our voice for justice and equality in society,' said one marcher
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Amid Senate Secrecy, Opposition to Trumpcare (Even Among GOP Voters) Grows
Even Republicans are learning to hate the healthcare legislation now being crafted by Senate Republicans behind closed doors
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Following Ossoff Loss, Democrats Urged to Embrace 'Bold Progressive Vision'
"Democrats will not win back power merely by serving as an alternative to Trump and Republicans."
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Climate Groups: Don't Be Fooled, Industry-Backed Carbon Tax Just Latest Scam
"Buried in pages of supposedly 'free market' solutions is new regulation exempting polluters from facing legal consequences for their role in fueling climate change."
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In Major Tax Speech, Paul Ryan Lays Out Plan to Lavish Rich With Tax Cuts
"Paul Ryan is not serious about tax reform. He's serious about tax giveaways—for millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations."
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Since Trump's Election, 20 States Have Moved to Criminalize Dissent
"In my dozen years of monitoring state legislation, I've certainly not seen a wave of anti-protest bills this large," said ACLU attorney Lee Rowland
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To Expose 'Dark and Hidden' Trumpcare Push by GOP, Senate Dems #HoldtheFloor
The key question posed to Republicans in the Senate: "What are you afraid of?"
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'Let's Trade Places': Aiming to Unseat Paul Ryan, Ironworker's Campaign Ad Goes Viral
"Whether it's healthcare, jobs, national security, education, or the environment, there's not one issue where Paul Ryan and Donald Trump are headed in the right direction," Bryce said.
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Monday, June 19, 2017
'I Don't Know Why Everybody's Going Along With This': White House Stonewalls Press
CNN's Jim Acosta says Trump administration's suppression of press access "doesn't make any sense" and should not be tolerated
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In Live Q&A, Sanders and Warren Discuss 'Disastrous' GOP Healthcare Plan
"The reason Republicans don't want to make their healthcare plan public is because it is a disastrous bill," Sanders said
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Supreme Court Delivers 'Dangerous Message': Immunity for Former Bush Officials Over 9/11 Detentions
'This decision regrettably provides constitutional immunity for some of the most high-level officials responsible for gross abuses in the aftermath of September 11,' said ACLU's Hina Shamsi.
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Republican Data-Mining Firm Exposed Personal Information for Virtually Every American Voter
Leak may have potentially violated the privacy of almost every single registered voter in the United States
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Report: GOP Senate Plan Would 'Gouge Poor People' With Even Deeper Medicaid Cuts
"This change would thoroughly demolish Medicaid funding over time, much more so than even the House bill," wrote Slate 's Jordan Weissmann
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Violence and Persecution Uprooted Record 65.6 Million People in 2016, UN Agency Reports
The figure equates to "one person displaced every three seconds –less than the time it takes to read this sentence."
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Community Mourns Loss as Muslim Teen Killed by Attacker Near Virginia Mosque
Though police say murder is not being investigated as a hate crime, family and friends heart-broken after gruesome attack
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'Historic Opportunity': Supreme Court to Hear Partisan Gerrymandering Case
"Politicians should not be choosing their voters, voters should be choosing their politicians," said Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause
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Russia: US Warplanes West of Euphrates in Syria Now Legitimate Targets
After the U.S. shot down a Syrian fighter jet on Sunday, tensions escalate as Kremlin cuts off "deconfliction" channel
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'I Want To Kill Muslims': After London Attack on Worshipers, Trump's Silence Deafening
At least one reported dead and ten injured outside mosque, but President Donald Trump makes no time to condemn anti-Muslim violence
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Sunday, June 18, 2017
At Least 61 Dead in Massive Fire That Roared Through Central Portugal
Prime Minister Antonio Costa called it "the biggest tragedy of human life that we have known in years."
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Trump "Simply Doesn't Care": Six Members of HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel Resign
Final straw, they say, was president's pushing of healthcare legislation that would deal devastating blow to HIV community
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Efforts to Stop Trump 'Tax Cut in Veneer of Healthcare Bill' Intensify
A new ad campaign targets Republican senators as their party attempts to rush a vote on Trumpcare
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Saturday, June 17, 2017
Protests Erupt After Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting of Philando Castile
Officer's acquittal "does not negate the fact that Philando Castile's tragic death is part of a disturbing national pattern of officers using excessive force against people of color," says Teresa Nelson, interim executive director of the ACLU of Minnesota
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'Stunning and Dangerous': DeVos Memo Reveals Plan to Roll Back Civil Rights
"President Trump and his administration can claim to oppose discrimination all they want, but actions speak louder than words," said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)
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Friday, June 16, 2017
New Docs Bolster Claims of EPA Head Scott Pruitt Being Fossil Fuel Puppet
Multiple meetings between EPA Administrator Pruitt and industry execs, as well as emails from his time as Oklahoma AG, affirm his close relationship with fossil fuel sector
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'We Want Justice': Prime Minister Forced to Flee as Londoners Protest Deadly Fire
"People should be held to account," said Labour MP David Lammy
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Denouncing GOP's 'War on Women,' Nationwide Sit-Ins Target Trumpcare
"In no uncertain terms, a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a declaration of war on women," said Karin Roland, chief campaigns officer at UltraViolet
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Amazon Extends Tentacles Further With Purchase of Whole Foods
'This is extreme consolidation of the food system in action, which will lead to higher prices, fewer choices for consumers, and bigger profits for billionaires like its owner, Jeff Bezos,' says Wenonah Hauter of Food & Water Watch
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Trump Set to Take Backwards Step on Cuba Policy
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) says the shift will be 'a completely unnecessary step backwards' that 'makes no sense and achieves nothing.'
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With Attack on Deputy AG, Trump Legal Team Must Be 'Going a Little Nuts'
For the first time, Trump acknowledges he is under federal investigation while simultaneously taking aim at his own Justice Department
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Seeking Economic Justice for All, Hawaii First State to Consider Basic Income
The move "boldly declares that all families in Hawaii deserve basic financial security," said State Rep. Chris Lee
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Russian Military Says It May Have Killed ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi
Whether killed or not, Syrian and Iraqi civilians increasingly caught in the crosshairs as both Russian and U.S. coalition forces target ISIS
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Fueling 'Perpetual War,' Trump to Send 4,000 Troops to Afghanistan
"War fought without oversight is war without end," wrote former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dan Feehan
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Amid Trump Chaos, Republicans Keep Their Eyes on the Big Prize: The Courts
"Control the Supreme Court, stack the judiciary, and you can stop the progressive movement... for decades," Corey Robin wrote
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Deadly London Fire Shows How Concerns of Poor 'Constantly Neglected'
"We need to deal with this—we need people to be safe living in high rise buildings," said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
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After Trump Calls Gulf Nation "High Level" Funder of Terrorism, US Sells Qatar $12 Billion in Fighter Jets
"Ah yes. Take that, Qatar! Feel the wrath of the Trump..."
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Trump Was Previously Not Under Investigation. Now He Reportedly Is.
President bristles in wake of latest reporting, but what he calls a "witchhunt," political observers say is really Trump's own doing
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In 'Significant' Win for Water Protectors, Judge Orders Review of DAPL Permits
"We applaud the courts for protecting our laws and regulations from undue political influence and will ask the court to shut down pipeline operations immediately," said Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Naomi Klein: Any Efforts to Equate Hateful Violence with Trump Resistance 'Are Lies'
"This is a nonviolent movement and committed to being so."
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Trump Hearts Methane. Kids? Not So Much.
EPA, Interior Department push off implementing Obama-era rules to limit methane emissions.
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Trump, DeVos 'Betray' Students With Gift to Predatory For-Profit Schools
The Department of Education will delay Obama-era rules designed to help students defrauded by for-profit colleges
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Involuntary Manslaughter Charges for Top State Health Official for Role in Flint Water Crisis
Advocacy group says new charges boost call for governor to resign
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#StopTrumpCare Call-In Day Fights Republican Secrecy
"Nobody knows what this bill looks like or how it differs from the House's American Health Care Act. The GOP wants to keep it that way," Indivisible said.
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UN Investigator: US Coalition Airstrikes Causing 'Staggering Loss of Life' in Syria
The 'imperative to fight terrorism must not [...] be undertaken at the expense of civilians who unwillingly find themselves living in areas where ISIL is present.'
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Nearly 200 Dems Sue Trump for Placing 'Personal Interest Over National Interest'
Trump has 'repeatedly and flagrantly violated' the Constitution, said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
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'Reign of Terror': ICE Chief Says Immigrants Should Be Looking Over Their Shoulders
He also said "no population of persons" in the U.S. illegally is safe from deportation
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Sen. Bernie Sanders Condemns 'Despicable' Attack on Republican Lawmakers
'My hopes and prayers are that Representative Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol Police Officers who were wounded make a quick and full recovery.'
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
To Shine Light on Senate GOP's Trumpcare Push, Dems Intro 'No Hearing, No Vote Act'
'Attempts to pass Trumpcare in the dark of night, without any transparency is one of the most egregious examples of legislative malpractice in decades.'
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'Shameful': Senate Votes to Further Arm Saudi Arabia as Yemen Suffers
Bipartisan opposition to the bill nonetheless sent a "strong message" to the Saudis—and to President Trump
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Watch: 'How to Resist Trump's Shock Doctrine'
Naomi Klein offers five steps on how to recognize—and fight back against—the president's "wildly pro-corporate policies"
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GOP Faces Swift Backlash Over 'Disturbing' Press Crackdown in Senate
Critics warn move to limit press access could be related to the Republicans' secrecy on Trumpcare
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Trump’s Personal Lawyer Boasted That He Got Preet Bharara Fired
Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s lawyer in the Russia investigation, has bragged he was behind the firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara
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U.S. Has Only Acknowledged A Fifth of Lethal Drone Strikes, New Study Finds
Since Trump took office earlier this year, the rate of drone strikes per month has increased by almost four times Obama’s average
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Crafted by Wall Street Titans, Trump Treasury Plan Latest Consumer Betrayal
"We need stronger protections for consumers, but instead, this proposal is a toxic concoction of repackaged banker handouts," said Public Citizen's Lisa Gilbert
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'No Is Not Enough': Naomi Klein's Anti-Trump Guide Becomes Best-Seller on First Day
New book calling for progressives to assert alternative vision to thwart Republican president finds hungry audience
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Trumpcare Opponents to Senate Dems: 'Play Hardball. Don't Be Weak'
"Republicans are playing hardball. So we have to play hardball too to win," wrote Ezra Levin, co-executive director of Indivisible
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Monday, June 12, 2017
Post-Comey Hearing, Trump's Approval Ratings in the Gutter
The president's disapproval rating again came in at a record 59 percent
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As Trump Forces Speculation, Secret Service Says 'No Record' of White House Tapes
Trump warned former FBI Director James Comey in May that he had "better hope" there are no tapes of their conversations
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