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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
'Energetically Corrupt' Mulvaney Gave Green Light to Delete Data on Trump's Tip-Stealing Rule
"This is a transparency concern, a legal concern, and I think it's got to be a concern for the legitimacy and the integrity of the deregulatory agenda writ large."
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#ToxicTwitter: Human Rights Group Says Platform Creates Abusive Environment for Women
"Ensuring an internet free from gender-based violence enhances freedom of expression as it allows women to fully participate in all areas of life."
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IL03 candidates Progressive Challenger Delivers 'Political Scare' But Blue Dog Democrat Ekes Out Victory in Illinois Primary
Though she fell just short of a win, aspects of Marie Newman's effort against incumbent Dan Lipinksi "really woke up the conventional wisdom and consultant class."
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With Suspected Austin Bomber Dead, a Familiar Story About Who Is and Isn't Called a "Terrorist"
"When 'other' people who kill innocent civilians with bombs and blow themselves up, media, politicians, and Twitter have no problem immediately talking 'terror.'"
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
'Blood of Thousands on Their Hands': 55 Senators Vote To Continue US-Backed Carnage in Yemen
"The U.S. must stop literally fueling the deliberate killing and starvation of countless civilians in Yemen, and support a peaceful solution to end this crisis."
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15 Years After Invasion, Many Americans Still Fail To Recognize Unending Scale of the Crime
"Have we learned nothing?"
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Trump's 'Middle School Project-Level' Posters Reveal Much About America's Blood-Soaked Backing of Saudi Regime
"We make the best equipment in the world, there's nobody even close, and Saudi Arabia's buying a lot of this equipment," the president said.
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Puerto Rico 'Neglect and Bureaucracy': Six Months After Maria, Trump Condemned for Failed Response in Puerto Rico
"We're tired of being treated like second-class citizens."
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As Lawmakers Accuse DeVos of Lack of Regard for Students, Her Own Staffer Admits 'Things Have Gotten Pretty Awful Here'
"What do you mean, there's no data?" a lawmaker asked Secretary of Education during tense hearing. "There is study after study after study."
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The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal
Classified documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden show the NSA worked urgently to target Bitcoin users around the world
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As North Korea Halts Missile Tests for Talks, Pentagon Refuses to Put War Games on Hold
Though the U.S. portrays its joint military drills with South Korea as "defense-oriented," the North has frequently denounced the exercises as simulations of " all-out war. "
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stop war graphic With Vote Looming, Anti-War Groups Call on Nation to Demand Congress End US-Backed Slaughter in Yemen
"Congress," declares Sanders, "must reassert its Constitutional authority over issue of war."
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Fifth Texas Bombing in Three Weeks Believed to Be Linked to Austin Explosions
A package exploded at a FedEx facility near San Antonio on Tuesday, injuring one employee
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keep abortion legal Judge Issues Restraining Order to Block Mississippi Attack on Abortion Rights
"Mississippi politicians have shown once again that they will stop at nothing to deny women this fundamental right."
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As Facebook Ire Grows, Senator Says Zuckerberg 'Ought to Be Subpoenaed'
"The biggest problem with this scandal isn't that Cambridge Analytica is shady—it's that Facebook is."
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Monday, March 19, 2018
In 'Full-on War on Drugs Scare-Fest,' Trump Proposes Death Penalty and 'Very, Very Bad' Commercials
In his speech on the opioid epidemic, the president promoted his plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and suggested that an advertising campaign would keep Americans from using drugs
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"Without full declassification of information about her alleged role and pending the results of a proper investigation, Amnesty is calling on the Senate to vote against [Gina] Haspel's appointment as CIA director," Margaret Huang, executive director at Amnesty International USA, said. (Photo: takomabibelot/flickr/cc) Amnesty International: Gina Haspel's Nomination Should Be Withdrawn, Her Role in Torture Investigated
Human rights group argues that if president does not rescind nomination, Democrats in Senate should refuse to hold confirmation hearings
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Watch: Sanders, Warren, Moore Headline National Town Hall on Inequality and Oligarchy
"We need to ask the hard questions that the corporate media fails to ask: who owns America, and who has the political power? Why, in the richest country in the history of the world are so many Americans living in poverty?"
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CLOUD Act graphic 'Insidious' and 'Dangerous': Digital Privacy Groups Issue Urgent Warning Over CLOUD Act
Critics say the bill, which could be pushed through Congress this week, would enable U.S. authorities to skirt Fourth Amendment rights to collect Americans' data and use it against them
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A sign seen at a 2007 anti-war protest. (Photo: Thiago Santos/cc/flickr) 15 Years After Invasion, Demands for Iraq War Reparations, New Global Peace Movement
The war "provided the platform for mass civilian casualties, war crimes, and a vast boon to corporations seeking to profit from war-making—with almost complete impunity to this day."
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Marielle Franco Former Brazilian President Lula: It's Clear Marielle Franco's Assassination Was Premeditated
The 38-year-old Rio de Janeiro city councilmember and human rights activist—known for her fierce criticism of police killings in Brazil's impoverished favela neighborhoods—was killed last week
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To Avoid Water Shortage for 5 Billion by 2050, UN Report Urges Nature-Based Solutions
"We clearly need new ways to manage competing demands on our freshwater resources."
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President Donald Trump walks with Mohammed bin Salman With Saudi Prince on Whitewash Tour, Critics Warn Against Further US Complicity With 'War Crimes' in Yemen
"Far from being a force for 'stability in the region,' as the Pentagon routinely claims when it promotes yet another arms deal with Riyadh, the Saudi regime has become a force for conflict and division in a region desperately in need of peace."
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Fears of 'Serial Bomber' Intensify After Fourth Explosion Injures Two in Austin
The latest explosion was triggered by tripwire, police say
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Non-Disclosure Agreements Demanded by Trump Are 'Unconstitutional and Unenforceable,' ACLU Says
"Once again, this president believes employees owe him a personal duty of loyalty, when their duty of loyalty is to the institution."
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Jared Kushner 'Slumlord' Jared Kushner Condemned for Family Real Estate Company's False Filings
The findings "provide a window into the ethics of the business empire he ran before he went on to become one of the most trusted advisers to the President of the United States."
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Despite Possible Blowback, Snowden Decries Anti-Democratic Forces in Russia
"My friends tell me it is dangerous to criticize the Russian government the same as I criticize my own. But each of us are given a limited number of days to make a difference. Life is a choice to live for something, or to die for nothing."
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Sunday, March 18, 2018
In #CallForPeace Address, Sanders Takes on Endless War and Global Oligarchy
"In country after country, what people were saying is that we need to invest in our children, in our elderly, and in healthcare and education and environmental protection. We do not want more and more war."
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'Highest Level of Alert in Months' as Trump Aims Twitter Rage Directly at Mueller
The president's weekend tweet-storm intensified warnings that he could be moving closer to firing the special counsel.
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Marking 15th Anniversary of US Invasion of Iraq, A Global Call for Peace Elevates Grassroots Resistance to War
The call comes as "Trump is increasingly surrounding himself with foreign policy hawks who fully support his erratic and belligerent foreign policy."
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Saturday, March 17, 2018
'We Must Protect the Water': Indigenous Leaders and Allies Stage Sit-In to Protest Kinder Morgan Pipeline
"Kinder Morgan and Justin Trudeau picked a fight with the wrong group of people."
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'Trump Must Be Desperate': President's Lawyers File to Move Stormy Daniels Suit to Federal Court, Out of Public View
"The filing today is yet another bullying tactic from the president," said Daniels' lawyer in response.
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'Red Alert Time': Trump's Personal Lawyer Calls on DOJ to Kill Mueller Probe
John Dowd initially claimed he was speaking on behalf of the president, but later walked that claim back
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New Reports Reveal How Pro-Trump Firm Cambridge Analytica 'Exploited' Facebook to Harvest Data of 50 Million Users
"This story is a devastating tale of how personal data and massive, unaccountable technology platforms combined with malevolent political interests to subvert the public sphere. Facebook owes us the truth."
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In Latest 'Alarming' Attack on Science, Pruitt Reportedly Moving to Restrict Use of Research in EPA Policy
"This is insane. If EPA rules are not based on science, what are they based on?"
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Fired by Sessions, McCabe Calls It Retaliation for 'Events I Witnessed'
Former FBI Deputy Director, just two days from retirement, says termination by Attorney General Jeff Sessions was result of events he "witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey"
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Friday, March 16, 2018
Because 'Corporate Media Ignores Rise of Oligarchy,' Sanders Says Rest of Us Must Fill the Void
"We need to ask the hard questions that the corporate media fails to ask."
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Study Details Link Between Trump's Aggressive Rhetoric at Campaign Rallies and Increased Violence
Lead researcher describes it as "phenomenon that's unique" to rallies held by the president
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In Midst of 'Immense Suffering' Caused by Climate Crisis, Caribbean Religious Leaders Call for Debt Relief
"We in the Caribbean, like some other nations elsewhere in the global south, are least responsible for but most affected by climate change."
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wall st Progressives Lament, Paul Ryan Celebrates as Court Strikes Down Rule Designed to Protect Retirees from Financial Fraudsters
Economic experts noted that the "common-sense" regulation had "survived repeated court challenges, but special interests with deep pockets can persevere until they get the result they want."
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ProPublica Retraction, Say Critics, Does Nothing to Nullify Objections to Haspel's Role in CIA Torture Program
"One way to avoid this sort of confusion would have been to expose and prosecute our war criminals."
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By Huge Margin, Americans More Likely to Back Candidates Who Want to Expand—Not Cut—Safety Net: Poll
New poll comes after Democrat Conor Lamb won Trump district on platform of protecting Social Security and Medicare from GOP austerity
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explosion As Trump Fights to Kill Chemical Safety Rule, Workers Injured as Massive Explosion Rocks Texas Chemical Plant
The EPA was in court on Friday to defend against its decision to delay implementation of federal regulations that aim to prevent this type of disaster
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'You Should Be Fired, Not Rewarded': Warren Slams Scandal-Ridden Wells Fargo CEO for 35 Percent Raise
"You already made 291 times more than your average employee. Now you're getting a $4.6 million raise and want praise because you're not getting a bonus on top?"
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Stormy Daniels Was Threatened With 'Physical Harm' to Stay Silent About Trump Affair: Lawyer
"I think it will become apparent to people when they tune in to 60 minutes on March 25 as to the details relating to the threat," Daniels' attorney said.
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Warnings of 'Civilization-Threatening Disaster' as John Bolton Tops List of McMaster Replacements
"If John Bolton is in, well, if you liked the Iraq War, you’re gonna love the Iran and Korean ones."
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Gladys Francisco Despite Unprecedented Year of Extreme Weather, FEMA Ditches Every Single Mention of 'Climate' From Four-Year Strategic Plan
"The new document doesn't mention climate, global warming, sea-level rise, extreme weather, or any other terminology associated with scientific predictions of rising surface temperatures and their effects."
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Thursday, March 15, 2018
As Haspel Nomination Reopens Dark CIA Chapter, Liz Cheney Leads Pack of Torture Apologists
As lawmakers and former intelligence officials defend Trump's CIA pick, civil libertarians argue she "should be in jail."
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'Spectacular Failure of Leadership': Trump's Opioid Epidemic Proposal Reportedly Includes Plan to Execute Drug Dealers
The president's proposal appears to have been inspired by authoritarian leaders like Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, whose war on drugs has led to thousands of deaths in poor communities
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Dan and Marie To Fend Off Progressive Primary Challenger Marie Newman, Anti-Choice Group Throws Big Money at Blue Dog Democrat
With endorsements from Sen. Bernie Sanders, Gloria Steinem, and reproductive rights advocates, Newman aims to defeat anti-choice incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski in Illinois
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In Latest Sign Probe Closing in on President, Mueller Slaps Trump Organization With Subpoena
"Mueller search terms include 'Russia,' and he appears to be looking for things related to Trump Tower Moscow."
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Stunning Critics, Oklahoma Turns to 'Experimental' Use of Nitrogen Gas to Kill People
"The suggestion by authorities that this new method is 'more humane'...ignores the unavoidable truth that there is no humane way to kill a conscious, thinking human being, and that the entire apparatus of capital punishment is deeply flawed and deeply wounding to us all."
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Yemen 'Mad Dog' Mattis Urges Congress to Continue US Support for Saudi Arabia's Destruction of Yemen
Lawmakers are considering a bipartisan resolution introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that would end U.S. complicity in the bloodshed
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As Congressional Deadline Looms, California Unveils Strongest Net Neutrality Bill in US
"Thankfully states like California are stepping up, but Congress needs to follow suit and support the CRA to restore protections for all."
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While Shooting Massacres of Kids Could Not, Dog Killed by Airline Spurs GOP Senator to Act Fast
"One dog dies and we get a bill immediately. Over 7,000 children have died in gun related incidents since Sandy Hook and we get 'thoughts and prayers.'"
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President Donald Trump bids farewell to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Caught Admitting He Just Makes Stuff Up, Trump Doubles Down on False Claim Made to Trudeau About Trade Deficit
President brags about making stuff up then claims "made-up thing was then magically proven correct." But here's the thing: "He's still currently incorrect."
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Next Time Wall Street Needs Bailout, Say Critics, Remember Names of These 16 Democrats
'An ugly reflection of Wall Street's political clout in both parties, purchased through billions in political spending over many decades.'
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On 10th Anniversary of Wall Street Crash, Democrats Help GOP Set Stage for Next One
"Can Schumer's Democrats claim to fight for the little guy after deregulating 25 of the country's 40 biggest banks—and making it more likely the little guy's money will be used to give them bailouts?"
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, seen here on November 28, 2017. On Wednesday she unveiled the "Ending Too Big to Jail Act."  (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Blasting #BankLobbyistAct, Warren Unveils "The Ending Too Big to Jail Act" to Fight Wall Street Greed
"Congress should be marking the tenth anniversary of the financial crisis by strengthening rules on banks and bankers so Wall Street can never again get away with cheating Americans and crashing the economy"
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Trump chooses Larry Kudlow as top economic adviser Trump Chooses 'Insufferable Wall Street Hack' Larry Kudlow as Top Economic Adviser
"Trump likes to watch many hours of television each day and believes that cable television is a good way to gather information, so it's natural that Kudlow would seem to him to be an authority on economic matters."
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High school students In Pictures and Video: Highlights From the #NationalStudentWalkout
"What you are doing is of national significance," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told students in D.C. "You're leading this country in the right direction."
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Jeremy Scahill speaking Wednesday on Democracy Now! Jeremy Scahill: Gina Haspel Should Be Answering for Her Torture Crimes, Not Heading the CIA
Democracy Now! speaks with Scahill about CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel being tapped to replace outgoing CIA Director Mike Pompeo, after Pompeo was named to succeed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state
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The official portrait of CIA deputy director Gina Haspel, a woman some in her own agency called "Bloody Gina." Despite Torture-Loving Pasts, Schumer Not Pushing Democrats to Oppose Pompeo or Haspel
Trump's nominees for secretary of state and CIA director have alarming pasts, but the Senate Minority Leader isn't encouraging his party to oppose their nominations
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While Progressive Nordic Nations Thrive on Global Happiness Index, US Drops to 'Alarming' #18
The highest-ranking countries on the UN's annual happiness index "believe that what makes people happy is solid social support systems, good public services, and even paying a significant amount in taxes for that."
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Fermin Gonzales IV Amid Trump Push to Arm More Teachers, Students Injured After 'Trained' Educator's Gun Goes Off in Classroom
Critics say the incident shows the dangers of the president's proposal, declaring, "Enough of this insane idea."
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It Is Now Abundantly Clear Why Steve Mnuchin Didn't Want People to See This Video
Free speech advocates called it "troubling" that a White House official was able to delay release of a video that is, under California law, part of the public record
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Stephen Hawking, Who Brought Cosmology to the Masses and Championed Progressive Causes, Dies at 76
"Not since Albert Einstein has a scientist so captured the public imagination and endeared himself to tens of millions of people around the world."
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Students 'Enough': Students Walk Out Nationwide to Protest Inaction on Gun Violence
"Students across the nation are walking out of class to demand Congress act NOW to end gun violence."
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'Labor Delivered This Win': Democrat Conor Lamb Prevails in District Trump Won by 20
Pennsylvania's election results "demonstrate that when Democrats run on protecting and expanding Social Security and Medicare, they win."
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
For-Profit System Driving Up Health Costs for US, While Outcomes Remain Poor: Study
Spending more money on everything from administrative costs to doctors' salaries, the U.S. has ended up with worse healthcare outcomes than other high-income nations
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'Recipe for War': Experts Warn Pick of Pompeo Intensifies Risk of US Attack on Iran
Appointing CIA director to lead State Department "furthers a dangerous trend in which Trump is increasingly surrounding himself with foreign policy hawks who fully support his erratic and belligerent foreign policy"
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Report Details Trump Efforts to Suppress Facts That Don't Serve His Corporate Agenda
The Trump administration "has engaged in a deliberate campaign to suppress information" that it finds "inconvenient," Public Citizen notes in a new analysis
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Protesters march against fracking From Asthma to Cancer, 'Blistering' New Report Details Human Cost of Fracking
"Those of us in the public health sector started to realize years ago that there were potential risks," says one researcher. "Now we see those risks have turned into human harms and people are getting sick."
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Extreme Winter Weather Across US and Europe Linked to Unusually Warm Arctic Temperatures
"This winter is a great example of what we can expect from climate change."
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'Trump Not Welcome Here': Protests as President Arrives in California
"This is our chance to let the world know how we feel about this administration's policies."
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students from South High School Ahead of Nationwide Walkout Demanding Action on Guns, ACLU Offers Primer on Students' Rights
"Rather than seeking to silence students' political engagement and quashing their desire for conversation, schools can approach this moment as an opportunity for learning about civic action."
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Tillerson Out and Pompeo In: 'From Exxon's CEO to the Koch Brothers' Most Loyal Lapdog'
The former congressman and current CIA director's climate denialism and praise of the United States' use of torture has raised alarm among green groups and human rights defenders
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Tillerson Finds Out Through Twitter That He's Being Canned as Secretary of State
The State Department says Tillerson wasn't given a reason for his ouster, but that he was "grateful" for his time in office.
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cia Trump Picks 'Actual Torturer' Gina Haspel as Next CIA Director
"If Obama had allowed prosecutions over CIA torture, 'people like Haspel, quite plausibly, could have gone to prison.' Instead, she's going to run the CIA."
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'Shrouded in Secrecy': ACLU Wants Answers on TSA's Growing Practice of Searching Phones, Laptops, and Tablets
The TSA failed to respond to an earlier FOIA request regarding the procedures and protocols it follows to determine which travelers' devices can be searched
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In Ruling Called 'Victory for Everyone Who Breathes,' Federal Judge Says Scott Pruitt Violating Clean Air Act
The severity of Pruitt's attempts are a matter of life and death. Delaying the implementation of these life saving smog standards puts the health of thousands of kids at risk."
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ICE agents 'I Didn't Feel Like Fabricating the Truth': ICE Spokesperson Quits Over Agency Falsehoods
"Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard," said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
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Democrats 'Fooling Themselves' to Think Wall Street Giveaway Will Bolster 2018 Chances, Progressives Warn
"The Democratic senators preparing to vote for this thing are either Wall Street toadies or complete political naifs."
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Monday, March 12, 2018
Civil rights advocates and secretaries of states are warning against a provision in a DHS reauthorization bill that would let the president dispatch Secret Service to polling places. (Photo: Penn State/flickr/cc) 'Chilling and Unprecedented': DHS Reauthorization Bill Would Let Trump Send Secret Service to Polling Places
"This is an alarming proposal which raises the possibility that armed federal agents will be patrolling neighborhood precincts and vote centers," over a dozen secretaries of state tell Senate leaders.
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Further Debunking GOP Claims, Small Businesses Say Tax Bill Won't Bring Benefits to Workers
While corporations are enjoying a permanent tax cut which has mainly benefited their shareholders, small businesses also say the law has done little to even the playing field
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11 Mayors Applauded for Refusing to Do Business With Companies That Don't Support Net Neutrality
"Town by town, city by city, local leaders are taking back everyone's right to connect and communicate."
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chicken Angering Organic Farmers and Advocates, Trump's USDA Kills Animal Welfare Rule
The rule would have "specified a set of standards for organic livestock and poultry designed to minimize stress, facilitate natural behaviors, and promote well-being."
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At Museum 'Die-In,' Protesters Demand Opioid-Peddling Sackler Family Help to Combat Crisis It Fueled
"It's time for the family that helped create this problem answer to the people worst affected."
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Ivanka Like Father, Like Daughter: Ivanka Accused of Violating Emoluments Clause
Adding to mounting conflict of interest concerns in the Trump White House, Ivanka will get over $1 million from her family's business this year
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'More Evidence Trump Is Scared of the NRA': White House Retreats From Call to Raise Gun Purchasing Age
The White House's new proposals to reduce gun violence were denounced by gun control groups as "completely inadequate."
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Thanks to Deals Inked Under Obama, US Extends Lead in Global Arms Trade
Saudi Arabia is the second-largest weapons importer in the world, receiving many of its arms from the U.S. as it wages war in Yemen
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Tim Berners-Lee On World Wide Web's 29th Birthday, Its Inventor Warns of Threats to Digital Rights
"The fact that power is concentrated among so few companies has made it possible to weaponize the web," warns British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee
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Proving Yet Again She Is 'Grossly Unqualified,' DeVos Admits She Hasn't Bothered to Visit Struggling Schools
"Betsy DeVos is disliked because she wants to privatize public education, is rolling back civil rights in education, and supports arming teachers in schools. It is that simple."
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Sunday, March 11, 2018
Trump Lawyers Considering Action to Block '60 Minutes' Interview With Stormy Daniels: Report
"Why so many steps to keep the American people from learning the truth?" asks lawyer for adult film actress
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Against #BankLobbyistAct, #ShePersisted: Warren Asks 'How Can Any Senator Vote for That?'
While fellow Democrats backing measure to roll back Wall Street regulations have expressed frustration, progressive senator says bill "increases the chances of another taxpayer bailout"
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17 Crosses for 17 Victims of Florida Massacre Dangled From Gun Show Billboard in Kentucky
Names and ages of each victims were written in black text on the white crosses
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Saturday, March 10, 2018
'A Badge of Honor': Steve Bannon Tells National Front in France, 'Let Them Call You Racists'
"Let them call you racists. Let them call you xenophobes. Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor," says President Trump's former top strategist
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#ProtectTheInlet: Massive Protest in BC as Thousands March to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipeline
"In our opposition to Kinder Morgan, we are many people paddling in the same direction."
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$30 Million for "Trump's Vanity Military Parade" Nothing Compared to $5.6 Trillion Spent on Endless War Since 2001
'The best way to show support for veterans is to stop war.'
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'Insane': NRA Wins Again as Florida Law to Stop School Shootings Includes More Guns in Schools
"So why would such dangerous proposal end up in a package that's meant to protect kids from gun violence? The answer is obvious: it's the gun lobby."
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