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Saturday, April 30, 2016
Daniel Berrigan Dead at 94
Daniel Berrigan—Jesuit priest, peace activist, poet, author, and inspiration to countless people—died on Saturday.
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Iraqi Protesters Storm Parliament, Break Through Green Zone
Iraq's political unrest continued on Saturday as hundreds of protesters waving Iraqi flags breached the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad and stormed the parliament. Iraqi military announced a state of emergency in Baghdad, though, according to reporting by BBC News , "there has been no serious...
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'Unacceptable': Kunduz Survivors Lambaste Pentagon Claim of No War Crime
"Unacceptable." That's the reaction from 27-year old Hamdullah to the Pentagon's announcement Friday that the U.S. military's deadly airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan did not amount to a war crime. His uncle was among the 42 people killed in the October 3, 2015...
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U.S. Chamber Works Behind the Scenes to Gut Whistleblower Protections
Efforts to gut the federal False Claims Act backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce got a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. The federal push builds on previous back-door Chamber efforts through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to discourage states from pursuing fraud claims. The...
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Friday, April 29, 2016
"These Kids Can't Wait": New Win in Youth Climate Lawsuit in Washington
The young activists suing the U.S. government over its role in climate change scored another victory in court on Friday, as a judge in Seattle ordered the Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) to announce an emissions reduction rule by the end of the year and make recommendations to reach those...
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Clinton Camp says She's Been Forced to the Left Enough Already
Fresh after Bernie Sanders' call for a "a fifty-state strategy... to plant the flag of progressive politics" nationwide, new reporting on Friday suggests that Hillary Clinton's campaign won't be budged any further to the left. After Clinton claimed more victories in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland...
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Pentagon Claim That War Crimes Must Be "Intentional" Called "Flatly Wrong"
The U.S. Department of Defense on Friday released its redacted report on the military's deadly October 2015 airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which found that the bombing was a mistake—and thus, not a war crime—a conclusion which...
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As More American Boots Hit the Ground in Syria, U.S. Parses “Boots” and “Ground”
After President Obama announced on Monday that he would deploy 250 additional special operations troops to Syria, State Department spokesperson John Kirby tried to deny that Obama had ever promised not to send “boots on the ground” there. “There was never this ‘no boots on the ground,’” said Kirby...
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Lawsuit Challenges State's "Immoral, Unjust, Illegal" Law Banning Local Wage Increases
Workers in Birmingham have launched a federal civil rights lawsuit charging that a fast tracked bill signed into law by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley that blocked the city's minimum wage increase is "tainted with racial animus" and violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution...
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One Ugly Summer: Is Latest Trump Rally Violence Just Taste of What's to Come?
One ugly summer. If events in California outside a Donald Trump rally on Thursday night are any indication, the months ahead are likely to inspire more acrimony than political inspiration as billionaire media personality Donald Trump emerges as the Republican Party's presidential nominee. While...
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Supreme Court Quietly Approves Rule to Give FBI 'Sprawling' Hacking Powers
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday quietly approved a rule change that would allow a federal magistrate judge to issue a search and seizure warrant for any target using anonymity software like Tor to browse the internet. Absent action by U.S. Congress, the rule change (pdf) will go into effect in...
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Sanders Calls for 50-State Strategy to 'Revitalize American Democracy'
Bemoaning a failing democratic process that leaves too many people left out, Bernie Sanders on Thursday said his campaign would continue to bring disenfranchised people into the political process and said the Democratic Party as a whole must forge a 50-state strategy in order to restore civic...
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Dark Money Group Spends $58,000 Attacking Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Since it formed in 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been under siege from financial institutions. Senate Republicans tried very hard to stop it from functioning at all, and since then they’ve tried to “ tighten the leash ” on the agency. Nearly five years since it...
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Noam Chomsky: Young Bernie Sanders Supporters are a "Mobilized Force That Could Change the Country"
During an event Tuesday at the Brooklyn Public Library, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and professor, was asked about Bernie Sanders’ run for the White House. "[H]e’s considered radical and extremist, which is a pretty interesting characterization, because he...
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Watch: The New Trailer for Oliver Stone's Biopic of Edward Snowden
The first trailer for Snowden , Oliver Stone's biopic of whistleblower Edward Snowden was released on Wednesday, offering a glimpse of the forthcoming film that depicts Snowden's entry into the National Security Agency (NSA), his 2013 release of mass surveillance documents, and his subsequent...
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Why is Congress Trying to Give Military Half a Wildlife Refuge it Doesn't Want?
The U.S. House Armed Services Committee (HASC) added a rider late Wednesday evening to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that transfers control of more than half of Nevada's sprawling Desert National Wildlife Refuge to the U.S. Air Force. "Here we go again on Desert National Wildlife...
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'Outrageous Targeting' as MSF-Supported Hospital in Syria Bombed
Doctors Without Borders said Thursday that a hospital it supported in the Syrian city of Aleppo was bombed, destroying the key pediatric facility and killing at least 14 people. The medical humanitarian aid group, also known by its French acronym, MSF, said in a statement that two doctors were...
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For First Time Ever, A Majority of People Identify as 'Global Citizens'
People around the world are increasingly identifying as global citizens, according to a new BBC poll that shines a light on changing attitudes about immigration, inequality, and different economic realities. Among all 18 countries where public opinion research fir, GlobeScan conducted the survey,...
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Save the Starfish: Deoxygenated 'Dead Zones' Threatening Marine Life
Imperiling fish, crabs, squid, sea stars, and myriad other marine creatures, climate change is sapping the oceans of oxygen, according to a new study that warns of widespread deoxygenation within decades. Using models and maps, researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in...
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Cruelty of Solitary Detention Challenged as Obama Pushes State-Level Reform
When President Obama in January announced plans to limit federal prisons' use of solitary confinement —a practice a UN expert described as "torture" and "cruel"—human rights activists applauded. Those activists were still skeptical, however, that such a measure would reach far enough to enact...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Taking Page from Israel War Tactics, US Military Employs Controversial 'Roof Knocking'
An Israeli tactic deemed "ineffective" at preventing civilian causalities by a United Nations commission has now been adopted by the United States in its fight against ISIS, according to a U.S. military official. Air Force Maj. Peter Gersten, the deputy commander for operations and intelligence for...
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'Neutral is Not Acceptable': Nationwide Protests Demand Colleges Go Fossil Free
A series of sit-ins and protests urging universities to divest their endowments from fossil fuels gained new strength this week, as students at the University of Montana, Vassar College, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison launched their own actions to combat...
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Snowden Revelations Led to 'Chilling Effect' on Pursuit of Knowledge: Study
National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden's 2013 mass surveillance revelations caused a drop in website browsing, particularly in internet searches for terms associated with extremism, an example of the most direct evidence yet that the spying operations exposed in the leak had a...
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'Let the Rich Pay More Taxes': Thousands Take to Streets in Costa Rica
Public sector workers in Costa Rica were on strike Tuesday and Wednesday, demanding salary increases, higher taxes on the wealthy, and land rights for peasants. Thousands of teachers, medical workers, and their allies reportedly marched to the national congress building on Tuesday, demonstrating to...
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After Bitter Tuesday, Progressives Ask Democratic Party What It Stands For
A disappointing election night for progressives ended Tuesday with two establishment Democrats, Katie McGinty and Rep. Chris Van Hollen , winning their respective U.S. Senate primary races in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Van Hollen won against Rep. Donna Edwards, both of whom were running to replace...
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Rejection of Montana Coal Train a 'Big Win' for Ranchers and Environmentalists
Driving one more nail into the coal industry's coffin, a federal board on Tuesday officially rejected a proposal to build a coal-hauling railroad through farm and ranch land in southeastern Montana. Ranchers and environmentalists, who aggressively opposed the project, celebrated the Surface...
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Michigan Official Tried to Manipulate Lead Tests—Eight Years Ago
A newly resurfaced email demonstrates that in 2008 an official from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) tried to game lead tests by suggesting that technicians collect extra water samples to make the average lead count for a community appear artificially low. The email was sent...
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Fourteen to Go: Sanders Set on 'Transforming Nation'
Fourteen. That's how many Democratic presidential nominating contests remain. From Indiana next week to the District of Columbia on June 14—with delegate prizes as large as 546 in California and small as 12 in Guam to be won in between—14 states and territories have yet to hold their respective...
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Notching One More Win, Sanders Vows to Fight 'Until Last Vote is Cast'
Updated 9:15 pm EST Less than two hours after the polls closed on Tuesday, major networks declared Hillary Clinton the winner in Maryland, Delaware, and delegate-rich Pennsylvania. Bernie Sanders notched a strong victory in Rhode Island while in Connecticut the two Democratic candidates were locked...
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'There is No Doubt': Exxon Knew CO2 Pollution Was A Global Threat By Late 1970s
Throughout Exxon’s global operations, the company knew that CO2 was a harmful pollutant in the atmosphere years earlier than previously reported. DeSmog has uncovered Exxon corporate documents from the late 1970s stating unequivocally “there is no doubt” that CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels...
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Chernobyl at 30: Thousands Still Living in the Shadow of Nuclear Disaster
This Tuesday, April 26, marks 30 years since an explosion decimated reactor No. 4 at Chernobyl's nuclear power plant, killing 31 nuclear and rescue workers, sickening thousands more, and forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate. Chernobyl was the worst nuclear disaster in history, exposing...
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Mitsubishi Lied About Vehicle Emissions for 25 Years
Following VW's smog-testing cheating scandal in September, Mitsubishi on Tuesday announced that its employees used outdated emissions testing methods outlawed in Japan on millions of vehicles sold since 1991. The outdated methods violated Japanese regulatory standards and provided deceptively low...
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UK's Secret TTIP Assessment: No Benefits, Plenty of Risks
The TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would have "lots of risks and no benefits" for the UK, according to a government analysis released publicly Monday through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the advocacy group Global Justice Now. The only assessment of the TTIP...
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Federal Judge Upholds 'Discriminatory' NC Voter ID Law
North Carolina's sweeping and controversial election reform law , HB 589, was upheld on Monday by a federal judge in Winston-Salem, prompting vows to appeal from the plaintiffs who allege that the legislation's dramatic voting restrictions widely disenfranchise minority voters. "The sweeping...
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FCC Green Lights 'Crushing' Charter Cable Mega-Merger
The Obama administration has given the green light for Charter Communications to complete its $90 billion takeover of two other major cable providers, a move which critics warn will grant the Internet giant "crushing monopoly power" to drive up prices and control bandwidth, with almost no...
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The Other Anti-Establishment Candidates to Watch on Tuesday
"Super Tuesday No. 4" pits anti-establishment energy against Democratic Party insider status. And no, we're not (just) talking about the dynamic between presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. U.S. Senate primaries in Maryland and Pennsylvania on Tuesday also feature outsider...
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Obama's Offshore Drilling Proposal Based on Fossil Fuel Industry Research
A key component of President Barack Obama's push for offshore oil drilling—an economic analysis touting the benefits of opening up waters in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic—was based on studies conducted by the fossil fuel industry, a new investigation reveals. The "apparently impartial" analysis...
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Monday, April 25, 2016
Sanders Still Strongest Candidate as New Poll Shows Trump and Clinton in Near-Tie
Though the media and political establishment have all but declared Hillary Clinton the official Democratic presidential candidate, new polling on Monday shows that Bernie Sanders continues to fare significantly better when matched against Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. According to the latest...
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Millennials Poll Shows Sanders' Revolution Reshaping US Electorate
Bernie Sanders is changing the face of American politics, a new poll from Harvard's Institute of Politics suggests. According to the survey released Monday , Sanders remains the most popular presidential candidate for so-called millennials between the ages of 18-29, 54 percent of whom view him...
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Australian Politician Sets Methane-Laden River on Fire to Protest Fracking
An Australian elected official set fire to a river in Queensland this weekend in an act of protest against the coal seam gas industry, stating that fracking causes methane to seep into the river. In a video posted to his official Facebook page, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham can be seen leaning over...
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Channeling Sanders' Call for Revolution, Teachout Soars in NY Congressional Race
Populist candidate Zephyr Teachout has entirely outstripped all other Democratic congressional candidates in New York in 2016 in fundraising, bringing in over half a million dollars mostly from small individual donations, according to her campaign's most recent Federal Election Commission (FEC)...
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Pages Said to Detail Saudi Arabia's Involvement in 9/11 to be Made Public
Confidential and deeply controversial documents said to reveal the support network behind the 9/11 hijackers may soon be made public, according to the Obama administration's head of national intelligence. James Clapper, who is charged with overseeing the declassification, reportedly said that it is...
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With Call to Repeal 'Hate Bill 2', Thousands of Protesters Welcome Back NC Lawmakers
As North Carolina's General Assembly began its new session on Monday, it was greeted by tens of thousands of people calling for the repeal of the state's much maligned anti-LGBTQ House Bill 2 (HB 2), passed during a one-day special session on March 23. Tweets about #repealHB2 OR #wearenotthis The...
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"No Such Thing as Closure": Tamir Rice's Family Settles for $6M with Cleveland
The family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was shot to death by police while playing in a park in November 2014, has settled a federal lawsuit with the city of Cleveland for $6 million. "Although historic in financial terms, no amount of money can adequately compensate for the loss of a life...
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Sea Change in Gasland? PA Primary Shaping into Fracking Referendum
Pennsylvania Democrats will have the opportunity to choose a host of anti-fracking candidates on the states' primary ballot on Tuesday—representing a potential sea change against the industry at the heart of the Marcellus Shale , one of the country's largest fracking plays. The state is the second...
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Repeating His Own 'Mistake,' Obama to Send More Troops to Syria
President Barack Obama on Monday announced plans to send up to 250 more troops to Syria to allegedly aid in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), just a day after he made emphatic statements against using ground troops to deal with the crisis there. The deployment will increase the U.S. troop...
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'Illegal, Immoral, A Slap in the Face': Experts Blast Mexico over Missing Students
A scathing report issued Sunday accuses the Mexican government of stonewalling an international probe into the disappearance of 43 students in September 2014, and Mexican police of torturing suspects in the case. The 608-page report from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights—the fruit of an...
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Sunday, April 24, 2016
Calling Corporate-Backed Deals an "Indisputable" Good, Obama Makes Pitch for TTIP
Despite the tens of thousands of people who marched against the deal in Germany ahead of his arrival and the steady drop in support for such neoliberal trade deals overall, President Barack Obama stood next to Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday and defended the Transatlantic Trade and Investment...
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Described as 'Most Pro-Worker in a Lifetime,' Rank-and-File Union Backs Bernie
Announcing democratic consensus of its members across all three regional chapters nationwide, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America said it was officially endorsing Bernie Sanders for president on Sunday. The 35,000-member UE—which uses "the members run this union" as its...
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Sanders Assures Supporters Nationwide: 'We're Going All the Way to California'
Confronted on multiple weekend news shows over his campaign strategy going forward, Bernie Sanders assured his supporters in no uncertain terms on Sunday that the race for the Democratic nomination is not yet over and that every voter in upcoming state contests will have a chance to have their...
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"It's Possible": Koch Brother Says Hillary Clinton Might Be Best Choice for Him
When the oligarchs speak, take it with a grain of salt. Or a wheelbarrow full. But in an interview on ABC's "This Week" which aired Sunday morning, billionaire industrialist and philanthropist of the far-right Charles Koch says given the performance of former president Bill Clinton and her own...
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Saturday, April 23, 2016
Fabulous Win for Anti-Fracking Movement as Another Major Pipeline Bites the Dust
For the second time in less than a week, climate activists and fracking opponents in the northeast find themselves celebrating. The latest applause comes after a state regulatory agency on Friday—which happened to be Earth Day—announced it was denying a permit for a major fracked-gas pipeline in...
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Amidst Civil War Ghosts, Sanders says: 'I Worry about Future of Democracy in America'
While campaigning in Pennsylvania on Friday ahead of next week's primary in that state, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took time to visit the Civil War memorial at Gettysburg and invoked the spirit of Abraham Lincoln as he expressed concern about the troubling direction the nation...
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"Free Love - Not Free Trade": With Obama En Route, 90,000 March Against TTIP
On the eve of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Germany on Saturday to voice emphatic opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement (TTIP), a deal they argue benefits global capitalism and corporate elites at the...
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Friday, April 22, 2016
Landmark Ruling Will Finally Allow Victims to Hold CIA 'Torturers to Account'
In a landmark victory for torture victims, U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush ruled on Friday that a lawsuit against two psychologist CIA contractors who helped design the agency's brutal interrogation program may move forward. It is the first such case to proceed since before the...
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Senate Race Between Unabashed Progressive and Establishment Candidate Intensifies in MD
Demonstrating the anti-establishment sentiment that has transformed this election season, the progressive Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards has launched a surprisingly successful challenge against the well-connected party insider Chris Van Hollen, also a Democratic Representative in Maryland, in the...
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'Historic Day for Democracy': Voting Rights Restored for over 200,000 Virginians
Civil rights organizations are applauding Gov. Terry McAuliffe's order on Friday restoring voting rights to roughly 200,000 Virginians by eliminating what they call a "vestige of our nation's Jim Crow past." Using his authority allowed by the state's constitution, the governor's Restoration of...
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US-Funded Conservation in African Rainforests is Resounding Failure: Report
An international effort by the U.S., the European Union, and other donors to protect Africa's equatorial rainforests is failing and requires a radical change to conserve wildlife and protect surrounding communities, a new report has found. Despite the high cost of the project, which received...
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Who Runs Strongest Against Trump? 'That Candidate is Me,' Says Sanders
Bernie Sanders acknowledged in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Thursday that he faces "a hard path" to win the Democratic presidential nomination—but maintained that he's up to the challenge, asserting that "the people in every state in this country have the right to vote for the agenda...
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Uber Win: Settlement Allows Ridesharing Service to Keep Denying it Has 'Employees'
Ride sharing service Uber announced Thursday it settled two class action lawsuits, with the company agreeing to pay up to $100 million to workers and being able to continue to classify its drivers as "independent contractors." USA Today described the settlement affecting roughly 385,000 workers in...
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"Global Elite's Theater": Paris Deal Is Mere Starting Point for Climate Justice
The Paris climate agreement, hammered out at last December's COP21 talks and signed Friday by close to 170 nations, is alternately being hailed as "a turning point for humanity" and denounced as "a dangerous distraction." There's no doubt that the deal "is the capstone of years and years of hard...
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Backing Bernie's Bold Vision, Biden Knocks Hillary's "No We Can't" Mantra
Although Vice President Joe Biden has promised to stay neutral on the Democratic presidential candidates this campaign season, he offered high praise for Bernie Sanders' message in an interview with the New York Times published Thursday: Biden will "take Mr. Sanders' aspirational approach over Mrs...
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Death to America: Suicide Surge Parallels Era of Economic Woes
Coinciding with growing income inequality, widespread economic stagnation, and a continued lack of basic health services during the same time period, a new federal report reveals a surging suicide rate among the U.S. population over the last three decades. Published Friday by the National Center...
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Fracking Executive Says Rich Neighborhoods Safe from Drill Sites
An executive from a top shale drilling firm told attendees of a fossil fuels seminar in Pennsylvania earlier this month that fracking companies deliberately avoid setting up shop near the "big houses" of the wealthy, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports . Two environmental groups, the Sierra Club...
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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Climate: Africa’s Human Existence Is at Severe Risk
“Africa’s human existence and development is under threat from the adverse impacts of climate change – its population, ecosystems and unique biodiversity will all be the major victims of global climate change.” This is how clear the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is when...
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'Honeypot' Recording is More Evidence of How FBI Targets American Muslims
Providing "a rare glimpse into how federal informants work," The Intercept on Thursday published a recording of a conversation between a lonely, 21-year-old Michigan man and the woman whom he tried to impress by claiming he had both an AK-47 and supposed aspirations for violence. The man is Khalil...
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UK Issues Travel Warnings Against 'Anti-Gay' US States
The UK this week issued travel advice to tourists that warns of the dangers of visiting "anti-gay" U.S. states like North Carolina and Mississippi, both of which recently passed discriminatory legislation. "The US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely...
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'True Cost of Covert Killings' Demanded as Drone Strike Victims Speak Out
Faisal bin ali Jaber wants answers—and an apology—from the Obama administration for a U.S. drone strike that killed members of his family. The environmental engineer from Sanaa, Yemen continued his lengthy battle for justice on Wednesday, filing a federal lawsuit (pdf) in Washington, D.C. demanding...
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Victory: Kinder Morgan Nixes New England Pipeline Plan
Pipeline company Kinder Morgan has suspended its plans to build a fracked gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts, citing poor demand for its gas in a statement (pdf) released late Wednesday. Pipeline opponents are cheering the decision. The pipeline would have cost over $3 billion and...
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As Support Plummets, Is EU Moving Closer to Becoming 'TTIP Free Zone'?
Intercontinental opposition to the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ( TTIP ) continues to grow, with a new poll out Thursday showing that support for the controversial deal has " plummeted " in Germany and the U.S. over the last two years. The survey (pdf), conducted by YouGov for...
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'Staggering Reach' of UK Surveillance and 15-Year Coverup Revealed
Newly released documents reveal the " staggering extent " of the British government's mass surveillance of its citizens, ongoing since at least the 1990s, and its 15-year coverup of those operations. The documents, acquired by the London-based watchdog group Privacy International, show that the UK'...
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'Dodgy Dave' Off the Hook: British PM Escapes Tax Affairs Probe
"Dodgy Dave" appears to be off the hook. According to new reporting on Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron will not face an inquiry by the parliamentary watchdog over controversy surrounding his benefiting from an offshore fund. The Guardian and Press Association report that the...
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Backed by Army of Small-Dollar Donors, Sanders Camp Forges Ahead
After his loss to Hillary Clinton in New York's Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, Bernie Sanders is facing a lot of questions— warranted or not —about what comes next for his campaign. One thing he doesn't have to worry about: running out of cash. The Sanders campaign late on Wednesday...
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Thanks to 'War on Whistleblowers,' US Ranks 41st on Press Freedom Index
The U.S. ranks 41st out of 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders/Reporters Sans Frontières' (RSF) 2016 press freedom index , largely due to the government's "war on whistleblowers," mass surveillance, and the lack of a shield law for journalists that guarantees their right not to reveal...
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Enjoying the Weather? Just Wait a Few Years.
New research shows that most Americans prefer the warmer winters they've been experiencing in recent decades as a result of climate change, particularly since the milder winter temperatures haven't been accompanied by more scorching summers. That's about to change, scientists say. The study ,...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
DCI Group Subpoenaed in Expanding Exxon Climate Denial Investigation
DCI Group, a Washington DC public relations and lobbying firm, is the latest group subpoenaed in an expanding investigation by state attorneys general into the funding of climate change denial by ExxonMobil, according to court filings reviewed by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). ExxonMobil...
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Does Paris Climate Deal Provide Enough Nails to Seal Fossil Fuel Industry's Coffin?
More than 150 nations , including the U.S. and China, are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change on Friday— Earth Day —marking a huge step in the fight against global warming and the next phase for a growing and vibrant climate movement. The magnitude of the single-day signing "...
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The 'Absolutely Disturbing' New Normal: Earth Just Smashed Another Climate Record
Our ever-warming planet just passed another climate record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Tuesday that March 2016 was the warmest March since records began in 1880. It also marked an 11-month of streak of record-breaking global temperatures. And at 1.22°C (2.20°F)...
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In Saudi Arabia, Obama Urged to Address Repression, Executions, Civilian Deaths
As President Obama meets with Gulf leaders on Wednesday, human rights groups pleaded with him to bring up a laundry list of issues during his visit, ranging from Gulf countries' dismal human rights records toward their citizens to the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen that has killed...
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Groups to Obama: Declare Climate Emergency, Ban Crude Oil Exports
Hundreds of organizations on Wednesday filed a legal petition (pdf) calling on the Obama administration to declare a "national climate emergency" and end all U.S. crude oil exports, which they say would keep millions of tons of greenhouse gas pollution from entering the atmosphere. The petition...
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Revealed: After Big Oil Pressure, EU Dropped Key Environmental Measures
European Union officials "abandoned or weakened" new environmental protections after a top BP oil executive expressed concerns about their effect on the fossil fuels industry, the Guardian revealed on Wednesday. According to a 10-page letter obtained by the Guardian , the unnamed executive warned...
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Is Obama Objection to 9/11 Bill Attempt to Prevent Lawsuits for US Overseas Terrorism?
Is President Obama promising to veto a bill over fears that it could make U.S. officials the subject of lawsuits over drone strikes and other deadly acts during its War on Terror? The pending legislation in question is the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), authored by Sens. John...
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Climate Change Has All But Destroyed Great Barrier Reef, Study Confirms
More than 90 percent of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is suffering some level of coral bleaching and will likely never return to its original state, a new study from the Australian Research Council Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies released Tuesday confirms. "We've never seen anything like...
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Hundreds Drown Trying to Reach Europe in 2016's Deadliest Migrant-Related Disaster Yet
In the deadliest incident the Mediterranean has seen this year, hundreds of asylum seekers attempting to reach Europe drowned last week when their overcrowded boat sank off the coast of Libya, prompting alarm and harsh critique of European refugee policy from rights groups. "My wife and my baby...
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Landmark UN Session Falling Short of Lofty Goal to End War on Drugs
World leaders are gathered in New York this week for the first United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs in almost two decades, with the lofty goal of ending the failed War on Drugs . But so far, the summit is falling short in the eyes of drug policy reformers, who say that...
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'Only the Beginning': Three Face Criminal Charges in Flint Water Crisis
Update: According to MLive , the individuals charged are Flint employee Michael Glasgow and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees Steven Busch and Michael Prysby. MLive reports: Glasgow is accused of tampering with evidence when he allegedly changed testing results to show there...
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
'There's No Place Like Home': Clinton and Trump Declared Primary Winners in New York
"There's no place like home," Hillary Clinton told New Yorkers on Tuesday night. After losing eight of the last nine contests to rival Bernie Sanders, Clinton was able to finally claim a victory on Tuesday night by winning her adopted home state of New York. "The primary continues, but no matter...
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Fidel Castro, Predicting Death, Tells Cubans to Carry On Socialist Ideals
Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro gave a " valedictory speech " to the country's Communist Party congress on Tuesday, telling them he would soon die and calling for members to carry on his leftist ideals. "I'll be 90 years old soon," he told party members at the closing ceremony of the 7th...
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Voting Problems Plague High-Stakes Primary Day in New York
Tweets about #NYprimary #Sanders #Clinton Amid charges of voting machine mishaps and names purged from voter rolls, New Yorkers cast their ballots Tuesday in high-stakes Democratic and Republican primaries—those who were able to, at least. The results in New York's closed primary could define the...
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Infants Starving in Squalor Created by EU-Turkey Refugee Deal
Conditions for refugees have deteriorated in Greece in the wake of last month's controversial EU-Turkey deal to such an extent that newborn babies are being deprived of milk, endangering their lives, refugee advocates and rights groups say. "Approximately 25 babies under the age of six months,...
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Undeterred Students Keep Up Second Week of Divestment Sit-Ins
Students at three major American universities are digging in for a series of prolonged sit-ins and risking suspension and arrest to demand that their schools divest from fossil fuels. NYU's protest , which launched Monday, saw students with NYU Divest occupying the administrative elevator and lobby...
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Millions of New Yorkers Disenfranchised from Primaries Thanks to State's Restrictive Voting Laws
Voters head to the polls today in New York for both the Democratic and Republican primary in one of the most closely watched races of the election. But millions of New Yorkers won’t be able to vote, thanks to the state’s restrictive voting laws. The state has no early voting, no Election Day...
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Sanders Blasts Cozy Clinton-DNC Scheme for Large-Dollar Donors
White House hopeful Bernie Sanders is raising "extremely serious concerns" about how the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign are spending the millions they've raised through the loophole mechanism known as a "joint fundraising committee." In a letter (pdf) sent...
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Emergency Lawsuit Highlights Voter Frustration with New York Primary Process
Update: 4:10pm EDT... The judge presiding over Tuesday's class-action lawsuit against the New York Board of Elections has moved the hearing to a later date, reports The Young Turks ' Jordan Chariton, who attended the hearing. The judge also instructed the plaintiffs to name all New York counties as...
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New Leak at Hanford Nuclear Waste Site is 'Catastrophic,' Worker Warns
A leak at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state has prompted warnings of "catastrophic" consequences, as workers attempt to clean up more than eight inches of toxic waste from one of 28 underground tanks holding radioactive materials leftover from plutonium production. Alarms on the site...
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Kabul Attack Kills Dozens, Including Women and Children
At least 28 people are dead and hundreds are wounded after a suicide bomb and gun assault on a government security building in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday morning. The Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility for what Reuters called " the most deadly single attack in the Afghan capital since...
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Monday, April 18, 2016
Once Ahead by 60 Points, Clinton National Lead over Sanders Has Dwindled to Zero
Though all political eyes in the U.S. are now focused like a laser beam on Tuesday's New York primary, the national trends remain startling when it comes to the intense competition between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Though Clinton led Sanders by sixty points when he entered the campaign...
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Supreme Court Divided on Immigration Bill Challenged by 'Politics of Hate'
The U.S. Supreme Court reportedly appeared divided on a challenge to President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions, as a 90-minute oral argument session wrapped up on Monday afternoon. The case , brought by 26 Republican-led states and spearheaded by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, concerns...
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Clinton and Sanders Back Saudi-9/11 Bill, But Who Has Read 'Missing 28 Pages'?
Ahead of the New York presidential primary, both Democratic candidates are breaking with the Obama administration to declare their support for a bill that would allow Americans to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for any role it may have played in the 9/11 terror attacks. Bernie Sanders and...
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'Sea of Red' as 40,000 Verizon Workers and Allies March Against Greed in New York
Verizon workers were joined by city leaders in New York on Monday for the sixth continuous day of their labor strike, with a march that stretched from the Verizon building on West 36th Street to 42nd Street. An estimated 40,000 workers, elected officials, and other allies marched through Manhattan...
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