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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
At UN Hearing, South African Delegate Decries Israel as World's Last Functioning "Apartheid State"
"We remain deeply concerned at the denial of the right of self-determination to the Palestinian people," said delegate at a hearing in Geneva, "in the absence of which no other human right can be exercised or enjoyed."
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Donald Trump Demands for Action After New Report Reveals LGBTQ Homicides Skyrocketed Under Trump
Critics condemn " atmosphere of hate," bolstered by Trump's anti-LGBTQ policies, that led to more than 50 hate-violence homicides in 2017
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Month After Getting $3.5 Billion Tax Break From Trump, Bank of America Hikes Fees on Poorest Customers
Online checking accounts, popular with low-income customers, may now be off-limits to many who can't afford new fees
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"For the first time in American history we will be holding a nationally televised town meeting on Medicare for all," Sanders said in a statement announcing the event. TONIGHT: Sanders to Host Online 'Medicare for All' Town Hall Meeting
This is "revolutionary," Sanders said of the approach. "You can have this discussion even if the owners of the big media companies don't want to have it."
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Poll: 60 Percent of Americans Don't Trust Trump With His Big Nuclear Button
In addition, more than half of respondents worry that president would launch nuclear strike without reasonable justification
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2016 ballot 'Deeply Disturbing': Trump's Defunct Voter Commission Wanted Those With Hispanic Surnames Flagged in Texas
If fulfilled, warns expert, "Texas voters would have been subject to unreasonable and unlawful privacy risks."
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Disaster Capitalism in Action as Puerto Rico Governor Announces Plan to Privatize Power Utility
"Whether it's water or energy, privatization helps Wall Street at the expense of the wellbeing and health of communities."
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solar panel install 'Reckless': Trump Deals Blow to Renewable Transition With Solar Panel Tariff
"Tens of thousands of jobs in the solar sector could be stamped out, and it could hurt momentum at a time when we need to massively ramp up clean energy to reduce carbon emissions."
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Demonstrators protested in front of the U.S. Embassy against President Donald Trump's recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations, in Tabarre, a district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. On Monday night, January 22, demonstrators again marched on the embassy. US Embassy Shuttered as Thousands in Haiti Protest Trump's "Shithole" Remarks
"We are here today to let President Donald Trump know that we declare him persona non grata in Haiti," declared protest leader and human rights attorney Mario Joseph
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Tsunami Warning for West Coast Canceled After 7.9 Earthquake in Alaska
Updated: No major waves reported and U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center downgrades threat after quake strikes deep beneath Gulf of Alaska
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Monday, January 22, 2018
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Smacks Down GOP Gerrymandered Congressional Map
Decision hailed as 'major victory for all Pennsylvanians'
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While Schumer Mercilessly Criticized for Caving to GOP, These 16 Senators Praised for Standing Firm for Dreamers
"The road to the Trump shutdown was paved with broken promises and bad faith from Republican leaders, and there is little reason to believe that will change."
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Jayapal Scolds Anti-Immigrant GOP in Must-See #TrumpShutdown Speech
"As an immigrant myself," she said, "I am tired of hearing Mexicans be called rapists or Africans called vulgarities that I cannot even repeat on this floor."
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Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) 'Even Worse Negotiator Than Trump': Progressives Slam Schumer for Caving to GOP on #TrumpShutdown
"Dems failed to fight and use their leverage to protect immigrant youth."
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Demonstrators march in Berlin on Saturday calling for an end to industrial agriculture. (Photo: Bund/Friends of the Earth Germany) At Berlin March, Tens of Thousands Demand End to Industrial Agriculture
"Farmers and consumers from all over Europe have made it clear that they are fed up with current policies that benefit huge food and agriculture corporations, at the expense of the environment, peasant farming, and public safety," said Adrian Bebb, Friends of the Earth Europe
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Donald Trump Despite GOP Efforts to Blast Dems, Americans Blame Republicans for #TrumpShutdown
Critics urge Democrats to "stand strong" while calling on Republicans to end the shutdown "with a bipartisan solution for Dreamers, CHIP, the military, and disaster relief."
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protest of pence 'Dangerous Man With Messianic Vision': Scuffle, Lawmakers Ejected for Protesting During Pence Speech to Knesset
"Our protest today in the plenum is in honor of all who oppose the occupation and dream of peace."
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'Billionaire Boom': While World's Richest 1% Took 82% of All New Wealth in 2017, Bottom Half Got Zero, Zilch, Nada
A new billionaire was created every two days last year and now, according to Oxfam, just 42 individuals own as much wealth as the world's poorest 3.7 billion people
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Sunday, January 21, 2018
Women's March: After First Year of Trump's Anti-Woman Agenda, Marches Mobilize Voters
With attention on immigrant rights, gun control, and the #MeToo movement, protesters across the country mobilized in support of issues impacting women
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Sanders Slams Trump's Anti-Immigration Ad, Backs Border Wall Talks to Protect Dreamers
In CNN interview, senator called potential mass deporation of DACA recipients a "stain" from which the U.S. would never recover
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As Washington Inflames Tensions in Syria, Turkey Launches Airstrikes Against U.S.-Backed Kurdish Forces
More than 100 targets were bombed Saturday, days after Turkey threatened attacks unless U.S. withdrew support for Kurdish forces
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Saturday, January 20, 2018
Resistance Groups Protest #TrumpShutdown as Women's March Begins Weekend of Action
At some of the hundreds of Women's March events taking place across the country on Saturday, attendees voiced their anger over the GOP's refusal to include immigrant protections in a spending bill to keep the government running
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DACA Supporters Denounce GOP's 'Racist Agenda' As #TrumpShutdown Takes Hold
"American voters expect Republicans—who control all branches of government—to figure this out and pass a spending deal that reflects American values."
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Friday, January 19, 2018
Despite #ReleasetheMemo Call, Trump Signs Warrantless Surveillance Bill into Law
"Our democracy is broken. And now that Trump has signed a bill expanding Orwellian domestic spying powers, the most powerful and corrupt officials will have the tools to ensure that our democracy remains broken, and target those who try to fix it."
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#PowerToThePolls: After One Year of Trump, Weekend Women's March Events to Mobilize Voters
Rallies and events are planned for January 20th and 21st as the U.S. marks one year since Donald Trump's inauguration—and the worldwide protests that followed
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Stop the #TrumpShutdown Progressive Groups Rally Ahead of Possible #TrumpShutdown to Condemn 'Racist, Anti-Immigrant Agenda'
"If the Republicans DO shut down the government, be the first to say '#DoYourJob, pass the #DreamAct, and end the #TrumpShutdown now!'"
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Poll Shows Most Americans Blame Trump and GOP for Shutdown Mess
In past years, the president has argued that the responsibility to keep the government running lies with the White House
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Shutdown Update: After Trump Meeting Schumer Says 'Number of Disagreements' Remain
No deal, but "some progress," says Senate Minority Leader after White House meeting
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reproductive rights demonstrators As Trump Calls for National 20-Week Abortion Ban, Critics Condemn GOP's Anti-Child Policies
Reproductive rights advocates call on the president and Republican lawmakers to restore CHIP, address DACA, and "a ddress our obscene rates of maternal mortality."
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In Name of Transparency, Not Partisan Sniping, Snowden Backs Call to #ReleaseTheMemo
"If true, the citizens must see the proof," says NSA whistleblower. "If false, it establishes [GOP chairman of House Intelligence Committee] lies and has no credibility. Either outcome benefits the public."
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Here's What Trump Said About Presidential Leadership During 2013 Government Shutdown
"The president's the leader. And he's got to get everybody in a room and he's got to lead."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Calling President 'Pathological Liar,' Sanders Bemoans One Year of Trump That Felt Like 16
Candidate Trump promised many things before taking office. "He lied," says senator from Vermont
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Trump Forced to Postpone $100K-Per-Couple Gala Plans as Shutdown Looms
The president had planned to leave for Mar-a-Lago as the Senate was racing to meet a midnight deadline to keep the government funded
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern 'I Am Not the First Woman to Work and Have a Baby': Global Praise for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
"And that's how a working woman announces that she can walk, chew gum, and have babies. Very nicely done."
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Sanders: Nobody Going to Take Trump-GOP Blaming Democrats for Shutdown "Seriously"
Amid blame game fight as shutdown looms a reminder that Republicans control White House , Senate, and House
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Thursday, January 18, 2018
As Trump Denies Science, 'Terrifying Trend' Continues as 2017 Among Hottest Years Ever Recorded
Both NASA and NOAA have found that the last four years rank as the world's hottest ever
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screenshot of report Groundbreaking Study Maps 'Insidious' (and Alarmingly Successful) Strategy of Anti-Choice Movement
The far-right religious fringe "has spent decades building the political infrastructure they need to attack abortion access from all sides."
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Amazon Short-List Proves Something "Deeply Wrong" With America's Race-to-the-Bottom Economy: Ellison
"Something is deeply wrong with our economy and democracy when local governments offer up their tax base to a corporation worth over $500 billion."
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protest at HHS 'Keep Your Dogma Off My Healthcare!': Trump Empowers Nation's Doctors to Discriminate
"It shocks the conscience that our government would invite healthcare providers to discriminate against their patients, but this is exactly what HHS's new unit is designed to do."
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Senate Votes to Give Trump Vast Domestic Spying Powers "No President Should Have"
"Instead of instituting much needed reforms, lawmakers voted to give the Trump administration broad powers to spy on Americans and foreigners at home and abroad without a warrant."
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US Global Standing Plummets as Trump Threatens Human Rights at Home and Abroad
President's "disturbing fondness for rights-trampling strongmen" has delivered a blow to global opinions of the U.S.
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Tensions Soar as Syria Decries Open-Ended US Military Presence 'Act of Aggression'
Tensions rise in Syria as Turkey threatens invasion, Damascus vows to "shoot down" planes if attacked, and Secretary Tillerson lays out troubling plan for permanent U.S. engagement
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Anti-Trump protest Shortly After Trump's 'Shithole' Remarks, DHS Cuts Off Haitians From Seasonal Work Visas
"This administration's racist and anti-Black agenda strikes again."
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Chief of Staff: Previously "Uninformed" Trump Has "Evolved" on Border Wall. Trump: No I Haven't
Chief of Staff John Kelly told Democratic lawmakers that the president was "uninformed" when he promised supporters that he would force Mexico to pay for a wall at the southern U.S. border and that it would stretch from coast to coast
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Apple's $38 Billion Tax Payment Less Than Half of $79 Billion They Owe
Instead of praise, critics suggest, tax payment should generate outrage over "huge tax windfall" corporations have been given
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Fake News Awards 404 Trump's #FakeNewsAwards Underscore His Hostility Toward Free Speech and Press
"This is what happens in dictatorships and fascist regimes. Facts, language, truth, and ultimately the press become hijacked to serve power, not question it or hold it accountable."
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Moving to Scrap Rule Aimed at 'Bottom-Feeding' Payday Lenders, Trump's CFPB Accused of Betraying Core Mission
"There is no reason to delay implementation of this rule—unless you are more concerned with the needs of payday lenders than you are with the interests of the consumers these financial bottom-feeders prey upon."
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Trump 'Tip Stealing' Rule Would Cost Workers $5.8 Billion Per Year: Report
"For this administration, anything that gives power to working people needs to be punished."
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Continued Detention of Ahed Tamimi Denounced as Symptomatic of Israel's Flouting of Int'l Law
"It is clear that detaining and prosecuting Palestinian children in Israeli military courts has little to do with justice," says Brad Parker of Defense for Children International Palestine
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Eric Trump Defense Backfires Spectacularly as He Declares Only Color His Father Sees Is "Green"
Dismissing accusations of father's racism with age-old trope that he "does not see race," Eric Trump champions president's greed
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Facing Subpoena, Bannon Will "Fully Cooperate" With Mueller Probe: Reports
"He can say whatever the hell he wants to say to him about whatever topic that he wants."
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Ellison's Advice to Confront Racist Trump Agenda in 2018: 'Organize, Organize, Organize'
Question shouldn't be whether president said "shithole" or "shithouse," argues top Democrat. It should be: "What are we going to do about it?"
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ICE Plan for Massive Raids in California Slammed as Attempt to 'Incite Fear' in Communities of Color
"If you see ICE carrying out a raid, film them. If they ask to be let into your building, don't let them in. If they talk to you, don't answer them."
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Trump protest graphic 'We Are Sorry': American Expats in Switzerland Plan Anti-Trump Protest Ahead of Davos
"He can hurt America but he can also hurt the rest of the world, and as we are a democracy we feel somewhat responsible for that."
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Pentagon Rebuked for Draft Suggesting Nuclear Response to Cyber Attacks
With new nuclear policy draft, the Pentagon is "winding the Doomsday Clock in the wrong direction."
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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) shows a paper to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), while speaking to the media about the GOP agenda after a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill, on January 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Pitting 'Kids Against Dreamers,' GOP Exploiting CHIP Funds to Trap Dems on Spending Bill
"It's unconscionable that Republicans delayed CHIP for months to use kids as a bargaining chip to entice Democrats to sell out Dreamers."
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Net neutrality protests 22 States File Suit to 'Stop the FFC's Illegal Rollback of Net Neutrality'
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading the effort to protect "an open internet—and the free exchange of ideas it allows," which he says "is critical to our democratic process."
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President Donald Trump holds a hat given to him by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker upon his arrival in Kenosha on April 18, 2017. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Are Scott Walker and Paul Ryan Next? Dems Score Big Upset in Wisconsin Special Election
Special election victory for Democrat on Tuesday in state senate district that Trump won by 17 points
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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) arrive for a Senate Finance Committee hearing concerning fiscal year 2018 budget proposals for the Department of Treasury and tax reform, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) These 18 Senate Democrats Just Voted to Hand Trump Mass Spying Powers
"Members of both parties who voted in favor of this legislation should be sharply rebuked for supporting a bill that is in flagrant violation of the rights enshrined in the Constitution."
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Report Details Huge Cost of Childbirth in United States, Unheard of In Most Industrialized Countries
"Why any society should let anyone be bankrupted by medical bills is beyond me, frankly. It just doesn't happen in other western democracies."
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President Donald Trump Best at Winning Disapproval: Trump's First Year Breaks Record for Lowest Approval Rating Ever
"It's been a very tough freshman year for President Donald Trump, by any measure."
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"Your Silence and Amnesia Is Complicity": Booker Blasts Nielsen for "Shithole" Memory Failure
"When the commander in chief speaks or refuses to speak, those words don't just dissipate like mist in the air. They fester. They become poison. They give license to bigotry and hate in our country."
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Targeting 'Inner Circle,' Mueller Subpoenas Ousted Trump Strategist Steve Bannon
First time Mueller has targeted someone this close to the president
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LGBTQ Groups Slam Trump Education Dept for Refusing to Protect Rights of Transgender Students
Advocates call of individual schools and districts to protect transgender students as Office of Civil Rights claims it's not responsible for discrimination cases
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DHS Secretary Testifies She Has Bad Memory When It Comes to "Tough Language" Trump Used
Head of DHS, Kirstjen Nielsen, said she remembers "tough language" being used but says she doesn't remember Trump categorizing African nations in any specific way
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Mar-a-Lago 'Presidency for Sale': Report Details Big-Buck Spending by Influence Seekers at Trump Properties
"Business is booming at the Trump International Hotel in D.C., not because of the décor, but because corporations and foreign governments want to curry favor with the president."
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'Only Hours Left' to Stop Senate From Giving Trump Expanded Warrantless Spying Power
"Every member of Congress is going to have to decide whether to protect Americans' privacy, and shield vulnerable communities from unconstitutional targeting, or to leave unconstitutional spying authority in Trump's—and Jeff Sessions'—hands."
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Amid Relentless Trump-GOP Attack on Healthcare System, 3 Million People Lost Insurance in 2017
Low-income households were among those whose coverage rates fell furthest last year
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Sanders and Trump Very Unpopular Trump Reportedly Thinks Extremely Popular Sanders Would Be 'Easy to Beat' in 2020
A White House insider says the president is "always asking people, 'Who do you think is going to run against me?'"
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After Living in US for 30 Years, Man Being Ripped from Family's Arms Latest Look at Trump's America
"If Jorge isn't safe, no one is safe."
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'Pressure Is Working': Senate Just One GOP Vote Away From Passing Bill to Save Net Neutrality
Voters "want us to be on the side of ordinary people, not with the big special interests," said Sen. Ed Markey, who introduced the legislation
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Monday, January 15, 2018
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation, and Apartheid South Africa
On December 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London.
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Golf, But No Public Service for Trump on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
"While the people celebrate #MLKDay and all that Dr. King stood for, our "leader" will be celebrating himself. Let that sink in."
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Inmates Launch Month-Long Strike to Protest 'Slavery Conditions' in Florida Prisons
Florida is one of five states that don't pay prison inmates for the work they complete while incarcerated
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'Stunned' By GOP Denials, Durbin Stands By Account of Trump's Racist 'Shithole' Remark
"I know what happened. I stand behind every word that I said."
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Alvin Turner U.S. Politicians and Public Criticized for 'Whitewashing' King's Legacy
"MLK is celebrated only by ignoring and deleting his core beliefs: that real social progress was impossible without ending imperialism, militarism, and economic inequality."
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With Rapidly Falling Prices, Renewables Set to Outcompete Fossil Fuels by 2020
"These cost declines across technologies are unprecendented and representative of the degree to which renewable energy is disrupting the global energy system."
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World 'At the Very Edge' of Nuclear War, Warns Pope
Warning follows Pope Francis's call for nuclear weapons to be banned.
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To Save Oceans and Planet, Greenpeace Backs Plan to Create Largest Protected Area on Earth
"We are in desperate need for governments to come together and do what is best for these amazing ecosystems."
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Will Ajit Pai's FCC Probe into Hawaii False Alarm Expose Role Telecom Giants Played in Blocking Emergency System Upgrades?
Pai's claim that lack of "safeguards" is responsible for the false alert comes as he is working to dismantle rules safeguarding the internet from corporate manipulation
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'Damn Your Money!': Abbas Slams Trump for Using Refugee Aid as Cudgel
"Shame on you," says leader of Palestinian Authority to U.S. president
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Beyond Morally Right, Sanders Says, Fighting Global Oligarchy a "Strategic Geopolitical Imperative"
"Taking on the greed of Wall Street, the power of gigantic multinational corporations and the influence of the global billionaire class is not only the moral thing to do—it is a strategic geopolitical imperative."
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Insulated by GOP Sycophants, Overtly Racist Trump Claims He's 'Least Racist Person'
Two GOP senators who previously claimed they didn't recall president's "shithole" remarks have now shifted their position to outright denial
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Sunday, January 14, 2018
SHITHOLE: The Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC BLOWBACK: Shit Hitting the Fan at Trump's Shithole Hotels
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said last week
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Chelsea Manning: Whistleblower, Activist... Senator? Confirmed: Chelsea Manning Running in Maryland's Democratic US Senate Primary
"Yup, we're running"
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Saturday, January 13, 2018
This is Not a Drill OOOPS: 'Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound to Hawaii...This is Not a Drill'
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard tweeted that it was a false alarm.
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Friday, January 12, 2018
World Leaders Denounce Trump's "Reprehensible and Racist" Insult to Haiti and African Countries
"This is not just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening up humanity's worst side."
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GOP Tax Scam Loophole Would Let Corporations Reap Billions More in Tax Avoidance
Harvard analysis shows that Apple alone could save more than $4 billion a year unless Treasury and IRS fix rules
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Caricature of President Donald Trump. Citing 'Reasonable' Concerns, Health Experts Say Trump Physical Should Include Neurological Exam
"The health of the President relies on it—as do American lives and the safety of our nation"
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Wish I Voted for Sanders, Says Laid-Off Carrier Worker Duped by 'Con Man' Trump
"He's a pure and simple con man, he's a rich elite, and I'm sorry people bought into his message. He sold us a bag of shit, and now we're stuck with it."
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"Mr. President, Are You A Racist?" Trump Asked After Signing MLK Jr. Declaration
"Mr. President, did you refer to African nations as 'shitholes'?" queried another reporter after the signing.
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Calling Out Trump Denial, Durbin Confirms President Said 'Those Hate-Filled' Words 'Repeatedly'
"To no surprise the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. It is not true," said the Illinois senator.
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Amid Protest Threats, Critics Mock Trump's Factually Inaccurate Reason for Canceling UK Trip
"Real reason for cancellation: Trump would have been first U.S. President to get more protesters in London than attendees at his inauguration."
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New Report on Radioactive Tap Water Renews Concerns About Trump Nominee for Top Environmental Role
Critics are challenging Trump's "outrageous" and "alarming" move to renominate the former head of a Texas environmental agency who has admitted to falsifying reports of radiation levels in drinking water
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Viral Video of Hospital Dumping Woman Into Freezing Cold Stirs Demand for 'Medicare for All'
"Attempted murder" is how one analyst described the medical center's decision to leave an incapacitated young woman at a bus stop in frigid weather
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
#ShitHoleDon Captures Disgust After Trump's Racist "Shithole Countries" Remark
"We can now we say with 100% confidence that the President is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence."
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Taking Short Break From Denouncing Trump Authoritarianism, House Dems Join With GOP to 'Violate the Privacy Rights of Everyone in United States'
"Democratic leadership in the House—who say that Trump is currently abusing his power to go after his political enemies—just helped him pass dangerous domestic surveillance powers."
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After 16 Years Without Trial, Guantánamo Inmates and Rights Groups Demand End to 'Unconscionable' Imprisonment
Challenging their detention, prisoners argue Trump's pledge to keep them there indefinitely is unconstitutional and based on his "suspicion of and antipathy toward Muslims"
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Walmart Pulls 'Diabolical' and 'Devious Two-Step' By Pairing Wage Hikes With Mass Layoffs
"Politics at its most cynical" is how one analyst described Walmart's attempt to claim wage hikes were a result of the GOP tax plan
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Trump sign Former Nuclear Launch Officers Warn Congress: Trump Should Not Have 'Absolute Power to Destroy Nations'
"We and our nation cannot abide being hostages to the mood swings of a petulant and foolish commander-in-chief."
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