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Monday, March 6, 2017
Group Slams Report of GOP Health Plan to Tax Workers While Rich Get Richer
The GOP's plan for repealing the American Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, reportedly includes replacing taxes on corporations and the wealthy with taxes on the middle class—forcing workers to pick up the tab for the cost of axing healthcare for millions of people, an advocacy group warned Monday...
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"Still Unconstitutional": Critics Lambast Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0
"It's still religious discrimination in the pre-textual guise of national security. And it's still unconstitutional," says the ACLU's David Cole.
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On SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch, Resistance Tells Dems: 'We Need You to Do Better'
Progressive labor, environmental, LGBTQ, and women's rights groups on Monday put Senate Democrats on warning over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch . "Democrats have failed to demonstrate a strong, unified resistance to this nominee despite the fact that he is an ultra-...
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Trump Guts Air and Water Rules as WHO Warns Pollution Harms Youngest Kids Most
Underscoring the dangers of U.S. President Donald Trump's broad attacks on air and water regulations, a pair of reports published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday revealed that one in four young children die each year as a result of unhealthy environments. "A polluted environment is...
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As Dems Push for Probe, Majority of Americans Support Call for Special Prosecutor
A majority of Americans want a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia, according to a new poll (pdf) out Monday. The poll by CNN/ORC finds that about two-thirds of Americans support that call, and 55 percent say they are at least somewhat concerned by reports...
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US Supreme Court Punts on Transgender Rights, Sending Case Back to Lower Court
"This is a detour, not the end of the road, and we'll continue to fight for Gavin and other transgender people to ensure that they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve."
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Sunday, March 5, 2017
Bernie Sanders speaks to Nissan factory workers during the March on Mississippi Bernie Sanders, Nina Turner, Civil Rights Leaders Demand Workers' Rights at Mississippi Nissan Factory
While President Donald Trump was tweeting from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, former presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was doing something Trump had promised to do throughout his campaign: advocating for workers. On Saturday, Sanders and former Ohio state senator Nina Turner...
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RESIST DAY #45: What You Can Do Today
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Saturday, March 4, 2017
Donald Trump and Barack Obama With No Evidence, Trump Accuses Obama of Wiretapping Trump Tower
Update 3/5/17: The White House on Sunday asked Congress to investigate President Donald Trump's claims—still without evidence—that President Barack Obama ordered an illegal wiretap of Trump's phones during the 2016 presidential campaign. The call for an investigation into Obama comes as the Trump...
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Refugees from El Salvador turn themselves in to a U.S. border agent near Rio Grande, Texas. Trump Administration Weighs Separating Mothers From Children at Border
As the Trump administration continues its mass deportations apace , the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering ramping up anti-immigration policies even further with a new rule that would separate mothers from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. That's according to Reuters ,...
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RESIST DAY #44: What You Can Do Today
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Friday, March 3, 2017
Despite Increasing Evidence They Hurt Children, Trump Touts School Vouchers
President Donald Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Friday will tout school vouchers under the guise of providing "choice" to students—even as more research emerges that vouchers are no way to help children. Trump is visiting the St. Andrew Catholic School in...
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A fracking well flare in Scott Township, Pennsylvania. At Oil-Friendly States' Behest, Pruitt Cancels EPA Methane Emissions Inquiry
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday fulfilled environmentalists' fears with a gift to the oil and gas industry, in the form of canceling an Obama-era request for information regarding methane emissions from fossil fuel facilities. "This is exactly the kind of...
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Amid Republicans' ACA Subterfuge, Resistance Urges "No Score No Vote"
House Republicans are under fire for keeping their Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement bill secret (from the public and other lawmakers) and are facing calls to wait for an official analysis that would reveal its human and financial costs. One Republican and a handful of Democratic...
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Leaked Doc Puts "Stake in the Heart" of Trump's Travel Ban Rationale
In a major scoop said to put a "stake in the heart of the Muslim ban," MSNBC 's Rachel Maddow reported Thursday evening on a new leaked Department of Homeland Security (DHS) analysis which essentially shreds the Trump administration's rationale for banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations...
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Detained After Speaking Out, 22-Year-Old 'Dreamer' Faces Immediate Deportation
Lawyers for a 22-year-old "Dreamer" named Daniela Vargas , whose parents brought her to the United States from Argentina when she was just seven years old, say she faces deportation without a hearing after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained her Wednesday morning. #FreeDany Tweets...
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RESIST DAY #43: What You Can Do Today
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From Emboldened Case for Special Counsel to Calls to Resign, Sessions' Headache Only Begun
While Attorney General Jeff Sessions has thus far remained unrepentant in the face of accusations of perjury and the growing call to step down, his reluctant recusal on Thursday from federal investigations into possible foreign meddling in the 2016 election could pave the way for a special...
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Arkansas Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Ban Howard Zinn From Classrooms
It's not the first time in recent history the legendary historian's works are the target of suppression.
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Hypocrisy: Pence Used Private Email for State Business, and Was Hacked
Records obtained by the Indianapolis Star show that Vice President Mike Pence was hypocritically using a private email address to conduct state business at the same time that he joined the chorus of Republicans condemning Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for operating similarly by...
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EPA Chief and "Polluter's Tool" Pruitt Lied to Senate About Private Email Use
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt lied to Congress during his confirmation hearings when he said he had never used his private email account for official business while serving as attorney general of Oklahoma. The revelations became public last week, but picked up traction on...
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Rhode Island Resisters Confront 'Coward' Paul Ryan on Behalf of Wisconsinites
Paul Ryan couldn't make time for his Wisconsin constituents during last week's congressional recess, so locals asked people around the country to hold the GOP House Speaker accountable as he visited other states. On Thursday in Rhode Island, members of the resistance did just that. According to the...
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Unprecedented Number of US Drone and Air Strikes Hit Yemen
In an unprecedented intensification of America’s counter-terrorism operations in Yemen, the US has confirmed it carried out 20 strikes across three central provinces. The strikes, which were carried out in the early morning, targeted fighters from the regional arm of al Qaeda, known as AQAP, their...
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Thursday, March 2, 2017
Building "Feminism for the 99 Percent," Women's Strike Will Take Many Forms
Whether by walking off the job or boycotting "unseen" labor, women and allies around the world next week will stand up and speak out to say: Women's rights are human rights. Coinciding with International Women's Day, the March 8 day of action is being promoted in solidarity by those who organized...
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GOP So Worried Public Will See Healthcare Bill They Hid From Lawmakers, Too
Amid reports that House Republicans are keeping their draft healthcare legislation in a secret location, Congressional lawmakers on Thursday convened an actual search party to find the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement bill. Republican Sen. Paul Rand (Ky.) was the first to raise...
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On First Day in Office, Zinke Axes Rule Protecting Wildlife from Lead Poisoning
On his first full day in office Thursday, newly-confirmed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rode a horse to work and proceeded to repeal a rule that protected plants and animals from lead poisoning. The former Montana congressman's order (pdf) overturned a policy put into place by former Fish and...
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EPA headquarters White House Aims to Slash Major EPA Programs, Fire 20 Percent of Staff
The White House is aiming to cut dozens of major EPA programs and to slash one-fifth of all staff positions within the agency, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Many predicted massive EPA cuts would be required to fund President Donald Trump's enormous increase in military spending , and the...
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Six Democrats and Independent Sen. Angus King Vote to Confirm Inexperienced Safety-Net Foe Ben Carson
Retired neurosurgeon and failed presidential candidate Ben Carson was confirmed to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Thursday, despite having no experience in housing policy or government in general, after the Senate voted in his favor 58-41. The full roll call is...
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Is Recusal Necessary? Trump: "I Don't Think So." Then Sessions Recuses Himself.
Like his former national security advisor Michale Flynn and despite widespread calls for resignation, president affirms "total confidence" in Attorney General Jeff Sessions
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After Sharing Her Immigration Story, 22-Year-Old Dreamer Detained by ICE
Twenty-two-year-old "Dreamer" Daniela Vargas, whose family came to the United States from Argentina when she was seven years old, was detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Wednesday morning, shortly after speaking out publicly about the rights of undocumented immigrants...
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Trump Administration Urged to Investigate Wave of Attacks as Hate Crimes
Responding to a recent wave of violence and threats against minority communities, more than two dozen senators on Thursday urged the Trump administration to take a stand and reaffirm the federal government's role in prosecuting hate crimes. Addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the letter...
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European Union flag 'Visa War': EU Votes to Bar Visa-Free Travel for American Citizens
United States citizens traveling to Europe will soon have to pay for a visa to enter the continental bloc, thanks to an escalating "visa war," as the Telegraph puts it , between the U.S. and the European Union. The European Parliament, "by a show of hands, [on Wednesday] urged the Commission to...
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225,000 Demand Schumer Drop 'Phony Democrat' Manchin from Party Leadership
More than a dozen progressive activists stormed Sen. Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) office on Thursday morning, demanding he drop "Trump-apologist" Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) from the Democratic party leadership team. Manchin, who has voted to confirm several of President Donald Trump's controversial...
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Trump Team Rejected Ethics Training for Staff, Cabinet, Appointees: Report
President Donald Trump's transition team rejected a plan to provide ethics training for senior White House staff, political appointees, and cabinet members, Politico reported Thursday. The course would have covered leadership, ethics, and management, preparing the team for working within existing...
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'Sessions Must Go': AG Called to Resign After 'Extremely Misleading' Testimony
Democratic leaders are calling for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the Washington Post 's damning revelation that the former U.S. senator met with the Russian ambassador twice last year and thus may have committed perjury during his senate confirmation hearing. Post...
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RESIST DAY #42: What You Can Do Today
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Cowardly Trump Delays UK State Visit to Dodge Protests
President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May have pushed back his official state visit to the United Kingdom to allow the real estate mogul to dodge protests over his administration's right-wing policies, new reporting reveals. Originally set for June , the visit had sparked...
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which oversees everything from oil and gas pipelines to electricity transmission, is among those panels that could be impacted by the Trump administration's meddling. (Photo: chesapeakeclimate/flickr/cc) Trump May Have Found a Way to Stack Commissions With 'Sympathetic' Nominees
The Trump administration may have come up with "a way to get around" the tradition of bipartisan representation on federal commissions, the Huffington Post reported Wednesday, raising alarm that those panels could end up " being stacked with nominees sympathetic to the president ." The workaround...
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US Says Russia 'Accidentally' Bombed American-Backed Syrian Troops
Russian and Syrian forces "accidentally" bombed U.S.-backed fighters in Syria on Tuesday, killing some Syrian rebels, a top U.S. general said Wednesday . A joint operation targeting Islamic State (ISIS) militants near the village of al-Bab sent missiles at Syrian coalition troops instead, according...
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Border Agents Using 'Sledgehammer' Tactics as New Travel Ban Nears
Civil rights groups are criticizing border agents' "sledgehammer approach" to vetting international travelers at airports around the country, a troubling trend as President Donald Trump prepares to sign his new ban on immigrants and refugees. Agents are reportedly detaining and threatening to...
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With Battles in Multiple States, Fight to End Gerrymandering Heats Up
On the same day as the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a major victory in a Virginia gerrymandering case, pro-democracy forces gathered at the North Carolina state capitol building for a day of action opposing the practice. Wednesday's 7-1 decision (pdf) from the nation's high court "instructed a...
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A faucet Flint Residents Now Have to Pay for Water They Still Can't Drink
The state of Michigan has declared that Flint's drinking water "meets all federal water quality standards," ending a program Wednesday that reimbursed residents for most of their water costs in the wake of the lead crisis . Yet Flint residents still can't drink the water , and the announcement was...
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'Shameful Vote': 17 Senators Draw Progressive Outrage for Enabling Trump
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to confirm Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to head the Department of the Interior. The 68-31 vote included yeas from 16 Democrats and one Independent, Sen. Angus King of Maine. "If Democrats want to know why their base is frustrated, this shameful vote is a good...
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House Republicans Just Made Clear They Won't Fulfill Oversight of Trump
House Republicans on Tuesday shielded President Donald Trump from disclosure of his potential business conflicts, ethical violations, and ties to Russia by voting down Democratic N.Y. Rep. Jerry Nadler's resolution of inquiry that would have required the Department of Justice to release to Congress...
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RESIST DAY #41: What You Can Do Today
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Melting permafrost in the Northwest Territories seMelting permafrost in the Northwest Territories sends carbon-rich sediment into the Mackenzie Delta.nds carbon-rich sediment into the Mackenzie River basin. Study Shows Massive Global Permafrost Melt Underway While Trump Mentions Climate Not Once
A new study has discovered that tens of thousands of miles of permafrost in northwest Canada are rapidly melting, adding weight to recent research that shows an accelerating decline in permafrost in Alaska, Siberia, and Scandinavia. The disintegration of permafrost throughout the Arctic Circle...
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With VOICE Agency, Trump Continues 'Nativist Demonization' of Immigrants
Groans and boos greeted President Donald Trump's announcement of an Orwellian new government agency—"VOICE (Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement)"—during his address to Congress Tuesday night. "I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American Victims,"...
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"Keep Showing Up": After Trump's Address, Sanders Urges Continued Resistance
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recorded a response to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress on Tuesday night, breaking down the speech's biggest takeaways—or lack thereof—and calling on viewers to keep up the resistance . "Sometimes, what is more important is what somebody does not say,...
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An Annotated Transcript of President Trump's Noxious, Cruel, Dangerous Address
While Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was among those who praised President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night as a " home run, " progressive commentators argued the speech offered nothing redeeming and only proved once more the dangerous and destruction...
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Threatening Clean Water for Millions, Trump Signs Off on Polluter Giveaway
Throwing the weight of his office behind the nation's biggest polluters, President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing his administration to dismantle the Obama-era Clean Water Rule . Surrounded by other foes of environmental regulation, including the newly confirmed EPA...
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Sanders Tackles Drug Pricing (Again), This Time With Help From 'Big-Pharma Dems'
Aiming to lower the "outrageous" cost of prescription drugs, a group of lawmakers led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would allow Americans to import low-cost medicine from Canada. Sanders was joined (pdf) in his chamber by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Bob...
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A vigil for Berta Cáceres. Berta Cáceres' Murder Linked to U.S.-Trained Soldiers, Leaked Court Docs Show
Leaked court documents obtained by the Guardian and reported on Tuesday appear to corroborate a whistleblower's claim that U.S.-trained special forces within the Honduran military were responsible for the death of prominent Indigenous land defender Berta Cáceres last year. The whistleblower, a...
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From Inside and Out, Resistance Aims to Counter Trump Address to Congress
President Donald Trump will address Congress for the first time Tuesday night, where his speech is expected to be met with resistance inside the chamber from Democrats and protests outside of the Capitol. #ResistanceAddress Tweets Activists will gather in Lafayette Park near the White House ahead...
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Protesters gathered in front of Trump Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., before its grand opening. Vancouver Trump Hotel Opening Met With Protests, Shunned by City Officials
The grand opening of a Trump Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday was met with loud demonstrations and shunned by city officials in protest of the Trump administration's harsh anti-immigration stance. "None of us will be [at the opening]," Kerry Jang, a city council member, told the...
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Mourners Protest Trump at Funeral for Indian Man Killed in Kansas
Crowds that had gathered in Hyderabad, India on Tuesday for the funeral of a man killed in an apparently racially motivated shooting in Kansas last week protested the rise in attacks on minorities in the U.S., chanting and holding up signs that read, "#DownWithTrump" and "#DownWithRacism." Srinivas...
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Moment of Truth for House GOP as Committee Debates Trump Investigation
This post may be updated. With a line that extended around the block, a packed hearing, and hundreds of thousands of signatures delivered, it was made clear on Tuesday that the people want answers regarding President Donald Trump's conflicts of interest and potential ties to Russia, and are...
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Groups Raise Alarm About Under-the-Radar, 'Extremist' Healthcare Nominee
Organizers are urging constituents to call their lawmakers Tuesday and make a pitch against Seema Verma, President Donald Trump's nominee for administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Senate Finance Committee, which held Verma's under-the-radar hearing earlier this...
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Outcry Kills Anti-Protest Law in Arizona, But Troubling Trend Continues Nationwide
An Arizona bill that sought to prosecute protest organizers like racketeers is officially dead after widespread outcry forced state lawmakers to put that effort to rest, marking a victory for the national resistance movement currently facing a rash of legislation aimed at stifling dissent. Arizona...
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Clueless DeVos Uses 'Byproduct of Jim Crow' to Push 'School Choice' Ideology
A statement released Monday by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exposes her lack of knowledge about both education policy and American history, critics said. Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are "real pioneers when it comes to school choice," DeVos said in the statement marking...
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Shell Knew, Too: Investigation Reveals Big Oil Co.'s Decades-Long Climate Lies
Oil giant Shell also knew of the dangers of climate change decades ago, while it continued to lobby against climate legislation and push for fossil fuel development, a joint investigation by the Guardian and the Dutch newspaper The Correspondent revealed Tuesday. Shell created a confidential report...
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was one of the 229 Republicans who blocked the measure. 'Despicable': House Republicans Torpedo Effort to Force Release of Trump's Tax Returns
In a vote Monday night almost exclusively along party lines, a measure to force the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to reveal President Donald Trump's tax returns was blocked by the U.S. House. In all, 229 Republicans voted to help Trump keep his tax returns secret. (Roll call here .) "This is...
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RESIST DAY #40: What You Can Do Today
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Monday, February 27, 2017
Anne Frank Center Says Trump 'Partly to Blame' for Wave of Antisemitism
Following the most recent round of bomb threats against Jewish community centers on Monday, the head of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said that President Donald Trump is at least partly to blame due to the nationalistic thread that runs through his administration in addition to his...
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Congressman to Trump: If Your Healthcare Plan's So "Fantastic," Let Us See It
Speaking to the nation's governors on Monday, President Donald Trump mused that "nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated," while reiterating that on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, his administration has "come up with a solution that's really, really I...
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Rally Marks Anniversary of Net Neutrality Rule as New FCC Chair Puts It in Crosshairs
Proponents of an open internet are holding a rally on Monday to mark the two-year anniversary of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote that enshrined net neutrality protections that the new Trump administration has already begun eroding. The 3pm event in Washington, D.C is backed by the...
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'Working to Turn the Clock Back,' Sessions' DOJ Reverses Stance on Discriminatory Voting Law
Underscoring warnings that newly anointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions will not work to protect voting rights, news broke on Monday that the Trump administration is reversing its stance on whether Texas' photo identification law was enacted with discriminatory intent. The Department of Justice (...
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Progressive 'Justice League' to Serve as Alt-Cabinet for Fact-Challenged Trump
Dubbing itself an "online Justice League" of sorts, a progressive "Shadow Cabinet" launched Monday, filled with "citizen secretaries" tasked with debunking President Donald Trump's lies and putting forth substantive, democratic, and justice-based alternatives to his administration's right-wing...
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Antonio Guterres Disdain for Human Rights "A Disease That's Spreading," Warns UN Chief
"Disregard for human rights is a disease, and it is a disease that is spreading," warned United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a keynote address as the U.N. Human Rights Council (OHCHR) opened its main session on Monday. "We are increasingly seeing the perverse phenomenon of populism...
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Trump Budget Slammed for 'Sacrificing Working Americans to War Machine'
President Donald Trump will propose a federal budget that ramps up defense spending by $54 billion and slashes "lower-priority" programs across agencies by an equal amount, the White House announced Monday. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) did not identify which agencies would be slated...
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Want Congress to Fulfill Oversight of the Executive? Demand Support for This Resolution
Anti-Trump groups are calling for constituents to put pressure on their lawmakers Monday to thwart Republicans from quelling a resolution that would make the president disclose his potential conflicts of interest and ties to Russia. Introduced earlier this month by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the...
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Stymied at the Top, Progressives Seek to Transform Party From Bottom Up
As the Democratic party looks forward under new leadership installed over the weekend , young people and progressives are demanding a seat at the table. Many in the party are ready to hold incoming Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Tom Perez's "feet to the fire," as Our Revolution's Jeff...
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Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who has won two Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, boycotted Sunday's ceremony. (Photo: Jason Merritt/ Getty) With Speech by Proxy, Iranian Filmmaker Condemns Trump's "Inhumane" Travel Ban
Boycotting the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday evening, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi took the opportunity of his acceptance speech to condemn President Donald Trump's "inhumane" travel ban and remind viewers that the power of film is that "they create empathy between us and others, an empathy...
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RESIST DAY #39: What You Can Do Today
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Biologists Warn Half of All Species to Face Extinction by 2100, as GOP Pushes to Destroy Protections
Today, 20 percent of all species are at risk of being wiped out, scientists at a Vatican conference on biodiversity warn, and that number may rise to nearly 50 percent by the end of the century. "The living fabric of the world [...] is slipping through our fingers without our showing much sign of...
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Philadelphia Muslims and Jews 'Unite Against Hatred' After Cemetery Attack
Muslim activists rallied again to help repair another Jewish cemetery vandalized over the weekend, this time in Pennsylvania, where at least 100 gravestones were toppled . The president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA visited the Mount Carmel Cemetery in the...
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Sunday, February 26, 2017
White House Power Player Jared Kushner Is Keeping Parts of His Real Estate Empire
Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and the heir to a family real estate empire, has emerged as perhaps Donald Trump's closest adviser. A near-constant presence by Trump's side, his portfolio includes business , tax , political , and foreign policy matters. Last month his lawyers outlined a...
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A Month Into Office, Trump's Job Approval Rating a Historic Low
President Donald Trump's job approval rating is a mere 44 percent, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll published Sunday finds, further documenting the skepticism with which the public views the former reality TV star's short time in the White House. In fact, he has "the lowest approval ratings of...
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Scott Pruitt Vows Rapid, 'Aggressive' Attack on EPA Regulations
Newly confirmed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt on Saturday vowed quick and "aggressive" gutting of Obama-era regulations addressing climate change and the nation's waterways. "I think there are some regulations that in the near-term need to be rolled back in a very aggressive way. And I think maybe...
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RESIST DAY #38: What You Can Do Today
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Saturday, February 25, 2017
'Incredibly Disappointing': Democrats Choose Tom Perez to Head Party
Democrats on Saturday chose Tom Perez to lead the party, sparking criticism from progressive organizations who say picking the former labor secretary over the other front-runner, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), was a missed opportunity for the party. Perez's win was secured in a second round of...
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Harnessing 'Power of the Purse to Demonstrate Power of Democracy,' NAACP Calls for N.C. Boycott
The NAACP on Friday called for what it described as "the first steps of an international economic boycott" of North Carolina over the state's legislative attacks on voters, workers, and the LGBTQ community. The organization said it would not hold its convention in the state, and called on over 200...
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Nationwide Rallies Push Back Against GOP's Looming Healthcare Attack
In scores of communities across the nation on Saturday, people are holding rallies to protest Republican efforts to gut the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other vital healthcare programs. Referring to Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, Casey Pease, who's organizing the...
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RESIST DAY #37: What You Can Do Today
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Friday, February 24, 2017
In Final Pitches for Ellison, Progressives Say He's Exactly What Dems Need Now
With just hours left before the 447 voting members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) choose their next chair, leaders of progressive groups are making their final case for "the candidate who has most consistently been in the trenches with the grassroots progressive base that Democrats need...
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'Chilling, Undemocratic, Totalitarian': White House Bars Critical News Outlets
Update: The White House's decision to selectively bar certain news outlets from a Friday afternoon off-camera briefing with press secretary Sean Spicer has been decried as " undemocratic and unacceptable ;" " chilling ;" and " totalitarian. " Not to mention " stupid. " 2. This is stupid because it'...
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Leaked Draft of ACA Replacement Reveals Massive Cuts to Subsidies, Medicaid
A leaked draft of a House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was published Friday by Politico , and it reveals that Republicans are moving towards slashing subsidies and ending the Medicaid expansion—moves that are vastly out of step with the opinions of the American public. The draft (...
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At CPAC, Trump Decries Chicago Violence But Not Potential Kansas Hate Crime
He doubled down on his incendiary rhetoric about violence in Chicago, but President Donald Trump failed to mention this week's deadly shooting in suburban Kansas City when he addressed the crowd at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday. Wednesday's attack in at...
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Progressive Groups to Schumer: Stand for the Resistance and Ditch Manchin
A group of progressive organizations is calling on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to boot Joe Manchin from his party leadership position, saying the West Virginia senator's recent record proves he's unfit to be among those spearheading resistance to the Trump administration's right-...
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RESIST DAY #36: What You Can Do Today
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With DOJ Reversal on Private Prisons, Corporate Jailers Get What They Paid For
Reflecting the influence of big donors and corporate interests on the Trump administration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded the Department of Justice's (DOJ) 2016 directive to scale back the use of for-profit, private prisons. In a one-page memo to the acting head of the Bureau...
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Sanders, Giffords Call Out Cowardly Republicans for Ditching Town Halls
To the Republican lawmakers dodging their constituents, refusing to confront engaged voters at local town hall meetings, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) on Thursday issued similar messages: toughen up and do your job. "If you don't have the guts to...
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Reince Priebus White House Tried to Interfere With FBI Investigation of White House, Officials Say
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus contacted the FBI and asked them to deny reports that the Trump campaign was in contact with Russian intelligence agents before the November election, CNN reported Thursday, citing multiple U.S. officials who asked to remain anonymous. Such a request would...
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State Dept. Memo Warning Employees Against Leaking Is Immediately Leaked
The leaks just keep on coming. While President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed frustration over the unsanctioned release of internal documents and information, the Washington Post reported Friday morning on the existence of a State Department memo specifically warning agency employees against...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
DAPL Opponents Vow to 'Rise' From Ashes of Oceti Sakowin and Keep Fighting
As the Army Corps of Engineers forcibly evicted the last of the remaining water protectors from the Oceti Sakowin protest camp on Thursday, Indigenous opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) made it clear that their expulsion would not be the end of the fight. "Our hearts are not defeated...
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Bannon Heralds "Deconstruction of Administrative State" and Trump's "New Political Order"
Giving rare public remarks on Thursday, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said the Trump cabinet was working towards the " deconstruction of the administrative state " and repeatedly referred to the media as "the opposition party." Bannon's speech at the 2017 Conservative Political Action...
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GOP Looking to Quietly Kill Resolution Demanding Transparency on Trump
Multiple House sources told Politico on Thursday that Republicans will seek to quash Rep. Jerry Nadler's (D-N.Y.) resolution to force President Donald Trump to disclose his ties with Russia, as well as possible business conflicts of interest. Republicans plan to send the "resolution of inquiry" to...
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Striking workers in Phoenix, Arizona New Law Would Let Arizona Treat Organized Dissent as Organized Crime
The Arizona Senate on Wednesday voted to expand racketeering laws to allow police to arrest anyone involved in a protest and seize their assets, treating demonstrators like organized criminals. The law, SB 1142, also expands the definition of a riot to include any damage to property, and allows...
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RESIST DAY #35: What You Can Do Today
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"People of Mexico Will Not Accept" Trump's Unilateral Border Plans: Foreign Minister
It is little wonder President Donald Trump predicts a "tough" meeting between his State Department and the Mexican government on Thursday after the Mexican foreign secretary threatened to to take legal action, potentially appealing to the United Nations, against the United States' "unilateral"...
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Tom Cotton town hall 'My Husband is Dying. What Kind of Insurance Do You Have?': GOP Town Halls Erupt
In a tense, public showdown over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that is being echoed at contentious Republican town halls across the country , a distraught woman at Sen. Tom Cotton's (R-Ark.) town hall on Wednesday stood up and told Cotton: "My husband is dying." The woman said that her husband is...
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