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Amnesty International earlier this month floated a hot air balloon with whistleblower Edward Snowden's portrait above the Statue of Liberty in New York City. News
In Obama's Final Days in Office, Rights Advocates Push for Last-Minute Pardons
President Barack Obama has only days remaining in the White House and he must use that time to pardon whistleblowers and political prisoners, argue human rights advocates and prominent journalists, before the far-right administration of president-elect Donald Trump takes charge. Obama has an...
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Anti-Choice Republicans Likely to Ignore Key Reason for Abortion Rate Decline
Improved contraceptive use was a major factor in the just-revealed U.S. abortion rate decline, but Republican attempts to gut critical healthcare programs could reverse those gains, experts warned Tuesday. The Guttmacher Institute, which works to advance reproductive health and rights through...
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Budget Office Report: GOP Healthcare Repeal Would Strip Insurance from 32 Million People
Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without replacing it could cost 32 million people their health insurance, according to a new estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released Tuesday. The CBO estimated that if Congress votes to repeal the ACA—also known as Obamacare—...
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Trump Inauguration as 'Twilight Zone' Television Listing Goes Viral
Offering a glimpse into how the international community perceives the pending inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump , a Scottish newspaper's satirical take on the event, which it casts as a return episode of the "The Twilight Zone," has gone viral in recent days. Amid the weekly...
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Another Demand for Russian ‘Hacking’ Proof
MEMORANDUM FOR: President Barack Obama FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: A Key Issue That Still Needs to be Resolved As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office Friday, a pall hangs over his upcoming presidency amid an unprecedentedly...
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Sanders Says MLK's Courage Will Be Necessary for Fight Ahead
Speaking at the same Atlanta church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. served as pastor, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday heralded the long term vision of the civil rights leader and said that it is "necessary for us to bring his spirit and courage into 2017." "The great strength of Dr. King,"...
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More Than 40 Dems Now Skipping Inauguration, While Planned Protests Grow
More than 40 U.S. lawmakers now say they will not attend Donald Trump's pricey inauguration on Friday, while the nation's capital braces for large protests on that day and over the weekend. The Washington Post is keeping a tally and put the count at 44 Democratic representatives on Tuesday morning...
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Nine Questions for Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump’s Pick to Lead the Interior Department
Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke will begin Senate confirmation hearings today for the post of Secretary of Interior in Donald Trump’s cabinet. As Secretary, he would oversee America’s 500 million acres of public lands, including the National Park System. Zinke would also have responsibility for...
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Water protectors peacefully sang, drummed, and chanted as riot police blocked them from the pipeline drill site. News
Water Protectors Arrested, Tear-Gassed for Peaceful Prayer Walk at DAPL Site
Water protectors battling the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline once again faced down police in riot gear, tear gas, and arrests on Monday as Indigenous activists attempted to hold a peaceful prayer walk at the pipeline drilling site alongside the Missouri River near Cannon Ball, North Dakota...
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Booker and the Big Pharma Dems Have No Excuse. This Vote Proves It.
It’s devastating, and potentially lethal, when Americans can’t afford life-saving drugs because their elected representatives are in thrall to Big Pharma. It’s disappointing when Democrats offer implausible excuses for their votes, as Sen. Cory Booker and twelve other senators did last week. And it...
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