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Friday, February 12, 2016
'Just More Hot Air'? Utility Co. says Methane-Spewing Porter Ranch Well Plugged
Southern California Gas Co. announced Thursday that it had "temporarily controlled" the massive Porter Ranch gas leak, but the mood for many is nowhere near celebratory. The months-long leak at the the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility forced thousands of residents to relocated, caused...
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World Powers Reach 'On Paper' Cessation of Hostilities in Syria
World powers on Friday agreed to a plan for a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria, to begin next week, which would allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged civilians but would not stop military action against extremist groups in the region. If approved, the deal between the 17 countries comprising...
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Sanders Tells Clinton: 'Destructive' Henry Kissinger 'No Friend of Mine'
President Richard Nixon's notoriously ruthless secretary of state Henry Kissinger—who, among other things , has been accused of being war criminal for his leading role in the covert bombing of Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War and the overthrow of the democratically elected government of...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Putting Fossil Fuel Empire 'On Notice,' House Dems Unveil Keep It In The Ground Act
In a move being hailed as both "defiant" and common sense, Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House on Thursday introduced the "Keep It in the Ground" Act, which would permanently block all new fossil fuel leases on public lands and waters. The bill, introduced by California Rep. Jared Huffman and...
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Zika: 'Omen' for a Warming Planet?
Scientists point to links between climate change and frightening Zika outbreak.
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Michael Moore Says His New Movie Will Change America
Filmmaker Michael Moore on Friday is launching the national release of his new documentary Where to Invade Next, which is said to be both his happiest and "most subversive" movie yet. In the film, Moore travels to countries throughout Europe and also Tunisia to "pry loose from them the tools they’...
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NYPD Used Cell Phone Spying Tools Over 1,000 Times Since 2008: NYCLU
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has used the covert cell phone spying devices known as Stingrays more than 1,000 times since 2008, including for the investigation of low-level crimes and typically without a warrant, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) revealed on Thursday. "If carrying...
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Emails Indicate Flint Lead Tests Withheld from Public at Snyder's Command
Adding to controversy over what top officials knew and when regarding Flint's water crisis and resulting health epidemic, emails obtained by the Flint Journal suggest that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder told state officials to suppress lead testing results, both from local health officials and the...
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After NH Trouncing, Clinton's Delegate Haul Exposes Rigged Electoral System
The electoral process is just as " rigged " as the economy, Bernie Sanders supporters are charging after it was reported that, despite his double-digit trouncing of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, he may walk away with the same number of delegates as the establishment favorite...
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'Justice is Priceless': DOJ Sues Ferguson Over Refusal to Change Discriminatory Policies
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday filed a civil lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, less than a day after the city rejected an agreement to reform its discriminatory criminal justice system. Ferguson's black residents still face " ongoing and pervasive " civil rights violations,...
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'Adds Insult to Homicide': Cleveland Wants $500 for Ambulance That Carried Tamir Rice Away
"That the city would submit a bill and call itself a creditor after having had its own police officers slay 12-year-old Tamir displays a new pinnacle of callousness and insensitivity."
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Oregon Standoff Concludes: 'We're Not Surrendering, We’re Turning Ourselves In'
Update (4:43 PM): And... It's over. #OregonStandoff Tweets The Oregonian reports : The occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, undertaken 41 days ago with guns and threats, ended Thursday with the peaceful surrender of four holdouts after an hourlong negotiation with the last protester...
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Sanders Campaign Touts Fundraising Record Following NH Win
The Bernie Sanders campaign has said it has broken its own fundraising record by bringing in more than $5 million just since the Vermont senator's landslide win over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary. According to a statement posted Wednesday by the campaign, In the 18 hours since the...
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Netanyahu Wants Fence Around Israel to Keep Out 'Wild Beasts'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed a plan to encircle his entire country with a fence as protection against "wild beasts," referring to those in neighboring Arab states. He made the comments Tuesday while visiting an 18-mile stretch of fence already under construction on the...
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Amid Flint Water Crisis, Obama Wants to Gut Public Water Funds
President Barack Obama's 2017 budget , released Tuesday, includes a proposal to cut more than a third of a billion dollars from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) state water funding program, just weeks after the president declared a state of emergency over Flint, Michigan's water...
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After 'Whipping Up Myth of Russian Threat,' NATO Approves New Fighting Force
The United States and the 27 other NATO-member nations on Wednesday agreed to a new multinational force that will patrol the eastern European border setting up what many believe is "a dangerous dynamic...that has every possibility of spiraling out of control." During a press conference on Wednesday...
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With Support Across Voting Blocs, Sanders Makes History in New Hampshire
Bernie Sanders made history on Tuesday night as the senator won the crucial New Hampshire primary by a landslide over Hillary Clinton, his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, giving his campaign a critical boost as the U.S. presidential election starts to pick up speed. Sanders took...
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'Not Your Firewall': Minority Voters Refuse To Be Token in Clinton Strategy Map
Hillary Clinton's allegedly formidable advantage among minority voters in South Carolina, Nevada, and elsewhere is being questioned—and tested—as people of color are increasingly coming forth to reject being treated as a political "firewall" for her campaign. Following Clinton's significant loss to...
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New Docs Link Polluted Drinking Water Supply to Massive US Military Base
Internal documents obtained by the Japan Times offer evidence that the contamination of local drinking water sources near a massive U.S. airbase in Japan is the result of years of repeated mishaps and "lax safety standards" by U.S. military forces. The reports, obtained under the Freedom of...
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Bernie's Real Bro Highlights Crucial Populist Rise of Sanders and Corbyn
In reality, there's only one " Bernie Bro ." And his name is Larry. And Larry Sanders , the 80-year-old elder brother of the U.S. presidential candidate who just won a practically unprecedented victory over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire on Tuesday night, says that what his...
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Caving to Coal Interests, Supreme Court Blocks Key Climate Action
In a startling ruling Tuesday night, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to lower greenhouse gas emissions, pending resolution of a last-gasp lawsuit filed against the initiative by the coal industry. Voting 5-4, the justices ordered the Obama administration not to...
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Sanders: 'Tonight We Served Notice to the Political and Economic Establishment'
Update (9:54 PM): A 'Huuuge' victory in New Hampshire, fueled by record-breaking and enthusiastic turnout, is just a taste of things to come, says Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders took the stage in New Hampshire on Tuesday night after claiming victory, by what appears to be a substantial margin , over...
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Search for Justice Heats Up As Attorneys Weigh Criminal Charges in Flint Crisis
The search for justice for victims of the Flint water crisis is heating up this week after investigators announced that they are weighing criminal charges while a new lawsuit, filed on behalf of a poisoned child, implicates those officials at the very top. During a press conference in Lansing on...
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New Hampshire Turnout Looks Huge as Nation Awaits First Primary Results
New Hampshire voters are heading the ballot box for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary on Tuesday, with record turnouts reported across the state throughout the day and half a million Granite State residents predicted to cast votes. Polls close statewide at 7pm EST. Bernie Sanders scored...
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'Internet of Things' an Absolute Goldmine for Big Brother, Admits Top US Spy
Sworn testimony delivered to the U.S. Congress by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper raised eyebrows on Tuesday as he acknowledged publicly for the first time that surveillance agencies are almost certain to exploit (if they aren't already) the increasing number of web-connected...
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Varoufakis Leads European Left to Reclaim Democracy from "Authoritarian Technocrats"
Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Tuesday announced the launch of a pan-European progressive movement to "democratize" the continent and promote alternatives to austerity and authoritarianism. Along with pro-democracy allies from across the continent, Varoufakis—known for his candid...
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Colossus of Man-Made Misery Demands Fundamental Changes: UN Chief
With hundreds of millions of people across the planet facing the impacts of war, displacement, hunger, and other man-made crises, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon is demanding a "fundamental change" in how the international community responds to conflict—one that prioritizes political solutions and...
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'Artful Smear' Attack Backfires as Clinton Accused of Denying Impact of Big Money
Hillary Clinton is under fire for defending the millions of dollars she has collected from Wall Street and other monied interests, as critics charge that her rationalization of those contributions ignores the dangers of a pay-for-play political system and amounts to an acceptance—if not a "tacit...
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Canada to End 'Vengeful' Bombing in Iraq and Syria
Canada will end its bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria this month and refocus its efforts in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) on supporting long-term stability in the region, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday. During a press conference Monday night alongside...
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To Protect Local Democracy, British Parliament Gets Fracked
As a way to "bring the local impacts of fracking to the heart of democracy" in the UK, Greenpeace volunteers opposed to the Conservative-led government's push for dangerous gas development erected a life-like ten-meter drilling rig at the footsteps of Westminster in the pre-dawn hours on Monday ...
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Monday, February 8, 2016
Enacting Sanders Agenda Would Catapult Economy, Shatter Inequality
With so many bold proposals, what might a Bernie Sanders presidency do to the national economy? It turns out, great things. In fact, according to the economist who performed the first independent, comprehensive analysis of the candidate's economic agenda, a Sanders win could usher in a modern-day "...
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UN: Millions of Lives at Risk if Epidemic Response Not Improved
Outbreaks of disease could kill millions of people around the world if national and international health response systems are not improved, a United Nations panel has warned. The Ebola crisis which hit West Africa in 2014 shows how easily public health could be decimated by just one disease, and...
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Act Now, Urges Study, or Planet Faces 10,000+ Years of Climate Doom
The actions that policymakers take in the next couple of years will have "profound impacts on global climate, ecosystems and human societies" for the next 10,000 years and beyond, warns a new report that examines the long-term consequences of the so called "fossil fuel era." The agreement hashed...
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Democracy 'Waking Up' with National Movement to Reform Campaign Finance
As the 2016 election cycle shapes up to be the most expensive in history, communities throughout the country are winning "important victories" in the fight against big money, according to a new report released Monday by a coalition of progressive groups. Since 2010—the year the Supreme Court...
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Top Hillary Clinton Advisers and Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare
Hillary Clinton is campaigning as a guardian of President Barack Obama’s progressive policy accomplishments. In recent weeks, she has called the Affordable Care Act “one of the greatest accomplishments of President Obama, of the Democratic Party, and of our country,” and promised that she is “going...
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While Mega-Donors Average $1,950,000... Average Sanders Donation Still Just $27
As comedian Larry David reminded Saturday Night Live viewers over the weekend, many people by now know how proud the Bernie Sanders campaign is for having built its entire campaign through a record-breaking 3.5 million individual donations, mostly from small donors averaging gifts of about $27,...
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India Rejects Facebook Plan to Exploit World's Poorest with Private Internet
In a move that open internet advocates say will "resonate around the world," India's top telecom regulator on Monday struck a decisive blow against Facebook's "discriminatory" and controlling internet scheme known as Free Basics . The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ruled against two-tiered...
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On Eve of NH, Sanders Wins Women Voters, Trounces GOP
Bernie Sanders is not only ahead of Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, where the next U.S. presidential primary will take place on February 9, he is also leading her among female voters and proves more electable against Republican rivals, several new surveys show. A tracking poll released Monday by...
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Sunday, February 7, 2016
Rebuke Swift After Albright Declares: 'Special Place in Hell' for Women Who Don't Vote Clinton
Maybe it wasn't such a great idea for Hillary Clinton to invite Madeleine Albright to campaign for her in New Hampshire. During a campaign event in Concord on Saturday, the former Secretary of State declared : "Young women have to support Hillary Clinton. The story is not over!" "They’re going to...
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Sanders Blasts Michigan Officials for Denying Undocumented People Clean Water
Senator Bernie Sanders blasted the state of Michigan after reports circulated that undocumented immigrants living in Flint, Michigan have been denied clean drinking water. "This is a humanitarian crisis," the presidential candidate declared. The comments came after the Detroit Free Press reported...
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As North Korea Launch Spurs Fear, Experts Call for Global Ban on Nukes
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) defied warnings from the international community and launched a long-range missile late Saturday, placing an earth observation satellite into orbit. The launch, described by United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon as a "provocative action,"...
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NY Governor Sounds Warning After Radioactive Water Leaks from Indian Point Nuclear Plant
Radioactive water has reportedly contaminated the groundwater surrounding the Indian Point nuclear power plant, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday. A statement issued from Cuomo's office reported evidence that "radioactive tritium-contaminated water leaked into the groundwater" beneath...
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Saturday, February 6, 2016
Ahead of Primary, NH Workers Declare: Want My Vote? Raise the Wage!
Want my vote? Then raise the wage. That's the message that low wage workers in New Hampshire sent to the presidential contenders on Saturday when fast food employees and others walked off the job days before the state's pivotal primary election. "I’ve never walked off the job before, but I can’t...
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No 'Artful Smear.' Clintons Paid $153 Million in Speaking Fees, Analysis Shows
There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the speaking fees paid to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and an analysis published Saturday sheds some light on exactly how much Wall Street and other major corporate powers ponied up for the former Secretary of State and her husband,...
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Pentagon Releases 200 Photos of Bush-Era Prisoner Abuse, Thousands Kept Secret
The Pentagon on Friday was forced to release nearly 200 photographs of bruises, lacerations, and other injuries inflicted on prisoners presumably by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. The record-dump was the result of a Freedom of Information Act request and nearly 12 years of...
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Friday, February 5, 2016
UN Human Rights Chief: To Battle Zika, Uphold Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls
The United Nations human rights office has criticized the recommendation by Zika-affected countries that women not become pregnant, saying that response to the epidemic fails to address the widespread and unjust denial of rights to women and girls. The response by UN High Commissioner for Human...
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To Break Big Oil's "Stranglehold," Obama to Propose $10-a-Barrel Oil Tax
President Barack Obama is set to propose a $10-a-barrel tax on oil to fund clean energy infrastructure, a move that environmental groups said would bring the U.S. "into the 21st century." "Obama's vision underscores the inevitable transition away from oil, and investments like this speed us along...
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Assange Hails 'Significant Victory' After UN Rules He Has Been Arbitrarily Detained
A United Nations working group on Friday declared that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained for more than three years and should be freed and compensated, in a decision the Australian journalist called a "really significant victory." The UN Working Group on Arbitrary...
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Poll Shows Clinton, Sanders in Virtual Tie as 'Dems Nationwide Feel the Bern'
A poll released Friday shows Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a virtual tie nationwide in the Democratic race, representing a major slide down in support for the former secretary of state from a poll less than seven weeks ago. The new Quinnipiac University National poll (pdf) shows Clinton at...
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Sanders Argues for "Yes We Can" While Clinton Counters "No We Can't"
Who is the establishment? And why does it think people supporting Bernie Sanders are asking for too much? That, in essence, was the key question on Thursday night at the Democratic debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rejected the idea...
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Thousands Rally for Chicago Teachers as Banks vs. Schools Battle Rages
Thousands gathered in Chicago on Thursday to support the city's teachers union and rally against the massive budget cuts proposed earlier this week by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Protesters marched through the Loop in downtown Chicago and staged a sit-in at the Bank of America local...
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Thursday, February 4, 2016
New Poll Shows 'It’s All Sanders' Hours Ahead of Debate
#DemDebate Tweets Hours ahead of their first one-on-one debate and just days before the state's primary on Tuesday, a new poll shows Bernie Sanders with a 20-point lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. The NBC News/Wall Street/Marist poll released Thursday shows the Vermont senator getting...
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Eric Holder Makes Ads for Hillary Clinton While Making Deals for Corporate Clients
Former Obama administration attorney general Eric Holder is prominently featured in a Hillary Clinton campaign ad running in South Carolina. “If you want to make sure Republicans don’t take us backward, help Hillary move us forward,” Holder says. Meanwhile, in his post-public service life as a...
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To Feed the World, Tap Into Organic's Potential: Study
A new review of four decades of science has come to this conclusion: organic agriculture has a key role to play in feeding the world. To analyze the body of research, author John Reganold, Regents Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology at Washington State University, and doctoral candidate...
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Progressives to Clinton: Pledge to Never Cut Social Security—Now
Hillary Clinton is under pressure from progressives to pledge never to cut Social Security—and to do it before the New Hampshire primary on February 9. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) launched a new national push this week demanding the former secretary of state confirm her...
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The Conservative Playbook for Keeping ‘Dark Money’ Dark
How do you stop states and cities from forcing more disclosure of so-called dark money in politics? Get the debate to focus on an "average Joe," not a wealthy person. Find examples of "inconsequential donation amounts." Point out that naming donors would be a threat to "innocents," including their...
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Naming the Dead: Only 10 of Scores Killed by US Drones in Pakistan Last Year Have Been Identified
Just 10 of the scores killed by US drones in Pakistan last year have so far been identified, according to data collected by the Bureau’s Naming the Dead project. The names for all 10 came from either terrorist propaganda or the US government, with officials from Pakistan’s government, military and...
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Clinton Brushes Off Wall Street Ties, But Are Voters Buying It?
Hillary Clinton's deep ties to Wall Street are under the spotlight again following her defense of taking large speaking fees from Goldman Sachs, as well as campaign finance records showing the tens of millions her campaign and super PACs have received from the financial sector. Her defense of the...
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Attacks on Planned Parenthood Are Devastating Women's Choice, New Study Confirms
A new study confirms that politically-motivated attacks on Planned Parenthood are hurting low-income women, who are losing out on access to birth control as clinics are increasingly forced to reduce their shutter their doors. Texas, where the conservative legislature has led a campaign to defund...
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Highlighting Bernie's Broad Appeal, Former NAACP Head Readies Key Endorsement
"[Former NAACP leader Ben] Jealous could prove to be a valuable surrogate for Sanders as he looks to expand the map by broadening his appeal with minority voters."
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Protests Erupt as Trade Ministers Sign 'Toxic' TPP Agreement
As trade ministers gathered in New Zealand on Thursday to sign the sweeping, controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), thousands of protesters gathered throughout Auckland and beyond to protest the 12-nation agreement they say "gives power to corporations and takes it away from the people."...
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UN Poised To Say Assange Unlawfully Detained, But Will He Go Free?
A United Nations panel has ruled in favor of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange , news outlets are reporting Thursday, in a potentially game-changing development that could lead to the whistleblower going free for the first time in nearly four years. The UN panel is expected to announce its findings...
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Bernie and Hillary Twitter Debate Asks: What Makes a "Progressive"?
Bernie Sanders has a few things to say about what makes a progressive a progressive. And he would like potential voters to know more precisely what he means when the specific term is used. What started initially as a question from a campaign reporter in New Hampshire resulted on Wednesday afternoon...
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Record Exonerations in 2015 Show False Convictions 'Tragic, Widespread'
Last year set a new record for exonerations in the United States, according to statistics published Wednesday by the National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the University of Michigan Law School. At least 149 defendants were cleared in 2015, 10 more than in 2014. They had, on average, spent...
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Jewish Peace Groups Reveal Role in Spoof New York Times That Criticized Paper's Stance on Israel
A Palestinian village has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Israel is throwing open its doors to refugees. Those were some of the headlines that appeared in a fake version of The New York Times distributed across New York City on Tuesday. The paper carried the slogan "All the news we didn’t print...
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In For the Long Haul, Sanders and Clinton Agree to Four More Debates
Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have agreed to take part in four more debates, the national party confirmed on Wednesday. According to reporting, the first debate will take place in New Hampshire Thursday evening and will air on MSNBC; the second will be held...
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A "Probable Carcinogen," Monsanto's Glyphosate Most Heavily Used Weed-Killer Ever
Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, is now the most heavily used weed killer ever and its use has exploded in the past decade, a new report finds, a fact that may portend "a host of adverse environmental and public health consequences." The new paper on the global use of...
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Green Groups to Obama: Take Oceans Out of Offshore Drilling 'Crosshairs'
On Wednesday, a coalition of lawmakers and environmental advocacy groups will deliver more than two million petitions calling on President Barack Obama to put an end to offshore drilling on the grounds that it is a threat to the climate, public health, and frontline communities. The petitions are...
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Professor Who Exposed Flint Crisis Says Greed Has Killed Public Science
"Academic research and scientists in this country are no longer deserving of the public trust," declared Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech civil engineering professor who helped expose the Flint water crisis . In an interview published in the Chronicle of Higher Education on Tuesday, Edwards...
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Goldman Sachs Chief Threatened by 'Dangerous' Criticism from Sanders
Just days after a Bernie Sanders campaign ad singled out Goldman Sachs as "one of the Wall Street banks that triggered the financial meltdown," the head of the global investment banking firm said such criticism is "dangerous." According to The Hill : Sanders has railed against Wall Street...
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'Part 1984. Part Enemy of the People': Flint Residents Share Outrage on Capitol Hill
The people of Flint on Wednesday carried their outrage and heartbreak from Michigan to Washington, D.C., where they described to a congressional panel how the officials charged with protecting their families were responsible for turning their homes into a toxic "ground zero." The situation in Flint...
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Jimmy Carter: Citizens United 'Gives Legal Bribery a Chance to Prevail'
Former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter has taken aim at the "erroneous" Supreme Court ruling that "gives legal bribery a chance to prevail." Carter made the comments, an apparent reference to the 2010 Citizens United ruling , in an interview Wednesday with the BBC's "Today...
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As Countries Line Up to Sign Toxic Deal, Warren Leads Call to Reject TPP
With 12 nations expected to sign the corporate-friendly Trans Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) in New Zealand on Thursday, opponents in the U.S. and beyond are renewing their criticisms of the deal's worst provisions, which they warn pose serious dangers to the climate, working families, and democracy...
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Sanders Rides High Into New Hampshire With Surge of Voter Support
Fresh off his " political revolution " in Iowa, Bernie Sanders is riding high. The senator from Vermont raised $3 million in 24 hours since Monday's caucus—his biggest single day yet—and, according to a new poll released Wednesday, leads Hillary Clinton by 33 points in New Hampshire, where the next...
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
'This is a Joke': Snowden, Others Slam New EU-US Data Sharing Deal
The European Commission on Tuesday touted a new deal that will continue to allow tech companies such as Google and Facebook to share user data overseas based on a promise from U.S. intelligence officials that EU citizens will not be subject to indiscriminate mass surveillance, in a move that...
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Facing Dual Crises, Former Flint Manager Resigns as Detroit Schools Head
On the same day that he refused to testify before Congress on his role in the Flint water crisis, Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Darnell Earley announced he would resign as leader of the embattled school district effective February 29. Earley, who served as Flint's emergency manager from...
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When It Comes to Public Schooling, US Gets a Failing Grade
When it comes to supporting public education and investing in opportunities for students in K-12 schools, most of the U.S. gets a failing grade. The Network for Public Education (NPE), a reform group co-founded by education advocate Diane Ravitch, on Tuesday issued its annual "state report card,"...
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NC Voter ID Law 'Intentionally' Discriminates Against Minority Voters, Attorneys Charge
North Carolina's restrictive voter ID law was designed to "intentionally" discriminate against the state's black and Latino voters, attorneys argued in a packed Winston-Salem courtroom on Monday. The charge was leveled during closing arguments in a trial that has garnered national attention because...
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Not Science Fiction: Biotech Industry Pushing 'GM 2.0' Across Europe
Biotech lobbyists are staging a "below-the-radar attack" on European regulations, attempting to have new genetic modification (GM) techniques excluded from rules that impact the environment, food safety, and consumer choice, according to a new report from the Brussels-based Corporate Europe...
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Another Green Victory: Copenhagen Set to Divest from All Fossil Fuels
The Copenhagen City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve a vote to divest the city's investment fund, worth 6.9 billion kroner, or roughly $1 billion USD, from all its fossil fuels holdings. If the vote passes, the Danish capital will sell off its stocks and bonds in coal, oil, and gas in its...
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After 'Astounding the World in Iowa,' Sanders' Revolution Marches On
The " virtual tie " in Iowa between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Monday evening is being hailed as a symbolic victory for the Sanders campaign, bolstering the fight for "political revolution," which the candidate vows will continue all the way to the Democratic National Convention. With 99.94...
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FBI is Now Involved in the Investigation Into the Flint Water Crisis
The FBI is joining the investigation into the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported on Monday. Gina Balaya, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit, told the Free Press that federal prosecutors are "working with a multi-agency investigation...
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Ratcheting Tensions, Obama Orders Huge Weapons Increase Along EU-Russia Border
Less than a week after Russia's foreign minister warned that NATO's military build-up near Russia's borders is "counterproductive and dangerous," the United States is ramping up the deployment of heavy weapons and armored vehicles to NATO member countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the New York...
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Monday, February 1, 2016
Bruising Trump, Iowa Chooses Ted Cruz to Carry Right-Wing Mantle
Far-right evangelical Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas has won the Republican Iowa caucus. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was the first of the Republican candidates on Monday night to congratulate his colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for his first place win in the Iowa caucuses – a victory most notable for...
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Sanders: 'Virtual Tie' in Iowa Sends Establishment a Profound Message
The Democratic Iowa caucus was still too close as midnight came and went Monday night with Hillary Clinton holding a less than .5 percent edge over Bernie Sanders with just a handful of precincts left to report. Tweets about #FeelTheBern OR #CaucusforBernie Flanked by husband Bill and daughter...
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Landmark Deal to Protect Canadian Rainforest Called a 'Gift to the World'
British Columbia on Monday will announce "one of the most visionary forest conservation plans on Earth" to protect a massive chunk of coastal rainforest—a deal that has the approval of First Nations groups, environmentalists, and loggers alike and is more than a decade in the making. The agreement...
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Citing Threat to Newborns, WHO Declares Spread of Zika an International Emergency
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreaks of microcephaly in Latin America and their possible link to the Zika virus a global health emergency—invoking a rarely used dictum due to the high risk to pregnant women and newborns. Speaking after an emergency session in Geneva on...
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Final Poll Gives Edge to Sanders, But Has Bernie Already Won Iowa?
While the latest poll before the pivotal Iowa caucus on Monday shows Bernie Sanders holding a slight edge over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, observers argue that the campaign's clear momentum and success in bringing a bold populist agenda to the mainstream already signifies a substantial 'win'...
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Close-Fisted Wealthy Nations Are 'Failing the People of Syria': Oxfam
Wealthy countries are still falling short of their obligations to help Syrians, five years into the crisis, according to a new analysis by the international aid group Oxfam, released Monday. World leaders, who are gathering in London this week for a conference on supporting Syria and the region,...
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Sunday, January 31, 2016
Key Issue Ignored by Presidential Candidates: Food
"Why don't candidates talk about food?" That's a question asked by the Des Moines Register 's editorial board this weekend, who also pointed out that the "first-in-the nation caucuses are held in one of the world's great agricultural centers." It should be a major issue for presidential candidates...
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Day Before Iowa: Sanders, Clinton in Virtual Tie, as Bernie Touts Campaign's Momentum
With the Iowa caucuses a day away and a new poll showing Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in a statistical tie, the Vermont senator is railing against the "drug companies who are ripping us off" and touting his campaign's power to win the Democratic nomination. The Des Moines Register-Bloomberg...
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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Countering Clinton's Super PAC Loot, Sanders Campaign says, "Bernie Doesn’t Want Billionaires’ Money"
As Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton agree to hold four additional debates, the Sanders campaign is seeking to highlight something that sets it apart from other candidates': it's raising no money from super PACs. BuzzFeed News first reported Saturday that the two campaigns had agreed in principle...
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Leaking Classified Info Not Such a Big Deal (Except When Whistleblowers Do It)
In what some are calling another example of a two-tiered justice system, the Pentagon said Friday that it would not demote Retired General David Petraeus, who was convicted in 2015 of leaking classified information to his biographer and mistress. The former CIA head reached a plea deal with the...
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Thousands Mobilize in France Against 'Headlong Rush into Authoritarianism'
Thousands of people in Paris and other French cities hit the streets on Saturday to protest the controversial state of emergency that one organization says is an indication of a "headlong rush into authoritarianism." The measure, imposed following the November attacks in Paris , is set to expire...
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Friday, January 29, 2016
Jerry Berrigan... Presente!: Late Peace Activist 'Joins' Drone Protest
The late peace activist Jerry Berrigan, or, rather, 30 life-sized images of him, joined a dozen people at drone base in upstate New York on Thursday to protest the "instruments of terror" and urge the military personnel there not to commit crimes against humanity and war crimes. Berrigan, who died...
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Bernie Sanders Vows to Crack Down on Greedy Corporate Tax Dodgers
Singling out what he dubs the "top 10 corporate tax dodgers," Bernie Sanders on Friday pledged to close loopholes that let huge corporations avoid paying their fair share in taxes. The list (pdf) includes General Electric, Boeing, Bank of America, Citigroup, and Merck, and notes that several of the...
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State Department to Withhold Clinton Emails Labeled 'Top Secret'
The Obama administration will withhold 22 emails from Hillary Clinton's unsecured home server because they are classified as "top secret," the State Department said Friday. "These emails will be denied in full, meaning they will not be produced online on our FOIA [Freedom of Information Act]...
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UN Experts Catalog Seemingly Endless List of Racial Discrimination in US
'Past injustices and crimes against African Americans need to be addressed with reparatory justice'
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In Besieged Middle East, Food Becomes Weapon of War
As crises in the Middle East escalate, food has become a weapon of war. A new Associated Press analysis published Friday looks at the way food supply and access is controlled by all sides in conflict and the devastating impact this tactic has on civilian populations struggling to survive behind...
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With Wages Still Unequal, Obama Issues Mandate to Combat Pay Gap
In an effort to narrow wage discrimination and a persistent gender pay gap, President Barack Obama unveiled new rules on Friday that would require U.S. companies with more than 100 employees to provide summary pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity. This mandate, according to the White House, "...
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