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Sunday, May 29, 2016
As Chilcot Inquiry Nears, Tony Blair Hints He May Fight Verdict
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has hinted that he would refuse to accept the verdict of the highly anticipated Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq if it concludes that he privately signed the country up for war while publicly claiming a final decision had not yet been made. In...
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Thousands Call on DNC to Oust 'Corporatist Tool' Wasserman Schultz
More than 40,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to remove embattled chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has faced increasing criticism over her leadership of the party in the 2016 election cycle. The petition, organized by the grassroots group...
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Saturday, May 28, 2016
Progressive Challenger to Wasserman Schultz Nabs Major Endorsement
Tim Canova, the progressive challenger running to unseat embattled Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, on Friday was endorsed by the grassroots advocacy group Democracy for America (DFA), which called Canova a "political revolutionary." In a statement on Friday, DFA...
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California Back in Big Oil's Crosshairs as Feds Quietly OK Offshore Fracking
Two federal agencies on Friday quietly finalized two reports, set for release next week, that found offshore fracking in California poses no "significant" risk to the environment—paving the way for oil and gas companies to resume the controversial extraction method in the Santa Barbara Channel and...
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Friday, May 27, 2016
Like Clinton, Trump Chickens Out of Debate with Sanders
Looks like Donald Trump took a page from Hillary Clinton's book and chickened out. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee said Friday afternoon that he would not debate Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders , despite having said one day prior that he'd "love to debate Bernie." Sanders' rival for...
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After Six-Week Strike, Verizon Workers Claim Major Victory as Deal Reached
After a nearly six-week strike, Verizon workers are celebrating a huge victory on Friday after a deal was reached in principle with the telecom giant that will bring gains for union members and end one of the nation's largest work stoppages in recent history. The deal, announced Friday afternoon by...
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G7 Wants to Kill Fossil Fuel Subsidies by 2025, But We Could Do It 'Twice as Fast'
For the first time, the G7 has set an actual deadline for ending massive fossil fuel subsidies: the year 2025. But while it's great to "finally have an endgame for these perverse incentives," as Overseas Development Institute research fellow Shelagh Whitley wrote on Friday, "we could easily get...
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In Oil-Soaked Niger Delta, 'Avengers' Bombing Pipelines in Struggle for Compensation
In the oil-rich Niger delta, where communities suffer " enormous " effects from decades of spills, a militant group claiming responsibility for a spate of attacks on oil infrastructure now appears to have the backing of some community members. The group, Niger Delta Avengers, whose links and...
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EU Turns to Sudan's Wanted War Criminal to Stop Flow of Migrants from Africa
Explosive classified documents obtained by German reporters show that the EU is working out a plan to fund the construction of detention centers and provide refugee processing equipment to various African countries, including Sudan, in an effort to stem the flow of migrants from Africa to Europe...
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Emails Show TPP 'Collusion' Between Big Banks & Obama Administration
A series of emails released Friday show what activists describe as "collusion" between U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Wall Street executives to push for the passage the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The emails (pdf), obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA...
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Even the IMF—the IMF!—Turns on Neoliberalism
In what may be a sign of a "shifting zeitgeist," a new paper published this week by economists with the International Monetary Fund questions the very neoliberal policies the body has imposed. Entitled " Neoliberalism: Oversold? " (pdf) the IMF's Jonathan Ostry, Prakash Loungani, and Davide Furceri...
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Moms of Trans Kids Wonder, Where's Hillary Clinton?
Moms of transgender children are waiting for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to complete the national Trans United Fund's (TUF) candidate questionnaire on Friday, after the group extended its deadline to give the former secretary of state extra time to respond. "As a mom, we know...
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UN World Heritage Sites Imperiled by Climate Change, New Report Warns
From the city of Venice to the Statue of Liberty, dozens of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries are under direct threat from climate change, warns a shocking new report from UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)...
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Dreaded 'Nightmare Bacteria' Resistant to All Antibiotics Is Finally Here
A so-called superbug immune to all antibiotics was discovered for the first time in a person in the U.S., reports a study published Thursday in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy . The discovery "heralds the emergence of a truly pan-drug resistant bacteria," the study's authors...
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Sanders, Warren Blast Republican Efforts to Derail #ExxonKnew Probe
Republican efforts to stifle any federal inquiry involving climate change should be considered "Exhibit A among the reasons why the Department of Justice should take a full and honest look at possible fraud in the fossil fuel industry's climate denial operation," leading progressive senators said...
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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Protests Intensify, Spread Across France as Workers Refuse Submission
Amid ongoing blockades and intensifying clashes with police, protests against President François Hollande's controversial set of labor reforms deepened on Thursday as workers in France's nuclear plants joined the hundreds of thousands of people taking part in a nationwide strike. Fueled by "a...
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House GOP Hits 'New Low,' Tanks its Own Bill over LGBT Protections
House Republicans killed their own $37.4 billion water and energy spending bill on Thursday because it included a provision barring federal contractors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The 305-112 vote tanked the routine appropriations bill...
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Solar Surges: Renewable Energy Jobs Topped 8 Million in 2015
On the heels of clean fuel milestones in Germany and Portugal , a new report finds that the renewable energy industry employed over 8.1 million people worldwide in 2015. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) annual review , that figure marks a 5% increase from the...
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Official RNC Protest Rules Designed to Stifle Demonstrators, Groups Say
The city of Cleveland's rules for the Republican National Convention (RNC), released Wednesday, are "unacceptable and far too restrictive," according to advocacy groups and protest organizers. The convention, which runs July 18-21, is expected to attract scores of protesters. For example, a...
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Holocaust Survivor and Human Rights Activist Hedy Epstein Dies at 91
ST. LOUIS, Missouri – Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, 91, died at her home in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, on May 26, 2016. An internationally renowned, respected and admired advocate for human and civil rights, Hedy was encircled by friends who lovingly cared for her at home. Born August 15, 1924,...
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How Anti-Choice Groups Push Message "Directly Into Women's Phones"
Anti-choice groups are using smartphone location tracking technology known as geofencing to target women seeking abortions with advertisements intended to mislead and intimidate, a new investigation by Rewire has revealed. It's a tactic that presents serious threats to women's safety and privacy,...
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Hundreds of Millions to Be Displaced by Climate Change, French Minister Warns
Calamitous global conflict as a result of climate change will produce hundreds of millions of refugees by 2100, said France's environmental minister Ségolène Royal to representatives from 170 countries at the UN environment assembly in Nairobi on Thursday. "If nothing is done to combat the negative...
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Obama's Historic Hiroshima Visit Underscores Nuclear Hypocrisy
President Barack Obama on Friday will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit to Hiroshima, Japan—a visit, according to anti-nuclear campaigners, that "rings hollow without far bolder efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons." During his visit, Obama will reportedly offer no apology for...
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New WikiLeaks Trove Further Exposes TISA's Neoliberal Agenda
WikiLeaks on Wednesday released a trove of documents detailing previously unknown pro-corporate provisions and updates to the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) , exposing the extent to which the U.S.-driven deal will force signatory nations to privatize public services and deregulate corporations...
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Neck-and-Neck in California as Sanders Virtually Erases 50-Point Deficit
Less than two weeks before California's critical Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are locked in a dead heat in that state, according to a poll released Wednesday. The same poll (pdf) shows Sanders outperforming Clinton in a hypothetical match-up against presumptive Republican...
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Sanders to Trump: Let's Debate in 'Biggest Stadium Possible'
Update : Donald Trump has doubled down on his challenge to debate Bernie Sanders, telling reporters in Bismarck, North Dakota on Thursday that he would agree to a one-on-one with the Vermont senator for "something over $10 million." "If we can raise for maybe women's health issues or something, if...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Average CEO Raise Last Year Amounted to 10x What Most Workers Made in Total
It was another banner year for chief executives at the biggest companies. For its latest annual study of CEO compensation, the Associated Press , using data from Equilar, looked at what 341 executives at companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index brought home from salary as well as other...
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Student Activism Pushes UMass to Become First Major Public University to Divest
University of Massachusetts students—who just over one month ago were arrested for demanding that their school divest from fossil fuels—were validated on Wednesday after it was announced that the school would become the first major public university to pull its direct holdings from polluting...
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'Shameful Attack on Transgender Youth': 11 States Sue Feds over Bathrooms
Eleven states are suing the Obama administration over its recent directive requiring public schools to grant transgender students access to bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the lawsuit Wednesday on Twitter and NBC News reports that...
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Demanding 'What We Need to Survive,' Workers to Descend on McDonald's Shareholders Meeting
As McDonald's prepares to hold its annual meting on Thursday, low wage workers—buoyed by successes from the " unstoppable " Fight for $15 movement—are gearing up to confront the burger giant and again demand a decent wage and union rights. On Wednesday, in addition to a mid-day strike at the...
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Government Report on Clinton Email Scandal Much Worse Than Expected
Hillary Clinton and her top aides failed to comply with U.S. State Department policies on records by using her personal email server and account, possibly jeopardizing official secrets, an internal watchdog concluded in a long-awaited report (pdf) on Wednesday. Clinton also never sought permission...
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5,600 Refugees Rescued in 48 Hours an Indictment of Crises Created by West
As humanitarian groups plead with European officials to allow refugees safe passage—and as Europe closes its borders to asylum seekers—more and more people are risking their lives in the treacherous sea crossing from North Africa to Europe, with disastrous results. The Italian Coast guard announced...
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After 'Destroying' Canada, Stephen Harper Leaving Politics to 'Make His Fortune'
News that former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper would be leaving politics presumably to "make his fortune" was met with derision and delight from his many critics who say that the conservative MP "destroyed the social fabric of Canada." Harper is expected to resign from federal politics...
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In 'Epic Fight for Justice,' Activists Descend on Chevron Meeting
Update, 4:30pm EDT: Chevron CEO John Watson became "visibly flustered" at his company's annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, after being confronted by an Indigenous leader whose community has been gravely affected by the oil company's pollution in the Amazon. According to Amazon Watch's report...
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GOP Lawmakers Capitalize on Zika Threat to Pass Bill Dubbed 'Making Pesticides Great Again' Act
The Republican-controlled U.S. House on Tuesday passed legislation—newly rebranded with the word "Zika" in it—that Democrats say is in fact not at all about the addressing the threat of the virus but making it easier for pesticides to contaminate the nation's waterways. Previously called the "...
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Striking Workers Shut Down France's Oil Depots, Move to Blockade Nuclear Plant
Striking workers with the Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT), one of France's largest unions, are clashing with French government forces after the union members blockaded oil refineries and depots in response to President François Hollande forcing unpopular labor reforms through parliament...
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Activists and Investors Hold Exxon's Feet to the Fire for Climate Crimes
Update 2:45 PM EDT: Exxon shareholders on Wednesday rejected a resolution that would have forced the oil giant to calculate and report the impact of climate change on its long-term business prospects, as well as other climate-related proposals, in some cases by an "overwhelming majority." DeSmog...
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Evo Morales: Latin America Must Fight US Coups with 'Democratic Revolution'
Bolivian President Evo Morales called on leftist governments in South America to counter U.S. plans to control the region with a "democratic revolution." "In some countries it should be like a wake-up call where [governments] must start permanent conferences to relaunch democratic and cultural...
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Dems Reportedly Asking: Has Debbie Wasserman Schultz Become 'Too Toxic'?
Democratic Party insiders are reportedly discussing whether to remove Debbie Wasserman Schultz as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) before this summer's nominating convention in Philadelphia. "There's a strong sentiment that the current situation is untenable and can only be...
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Sanders Endorses Down-Ticket Democrats Running for 'Bold Change'
Bernie Sanders has endorsed eight down-ticket Democrats in his continued efforts to revitalize the party with politically progressive candidates, telling supporters that no one "can take on the billionaire class alone." The endorsements come at a pivotal moment in the 2016 presidential race, which...
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Warren Incensed at GOP Effort to Gut Financial Protections for Retirees
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on Tuesday to repeal a new Labor Department rule aimed at protecting retirement savers from Wall Street brokers. Yes, you read that right. The Labor Department rule, issued last month, requires financial advisors to adhere to a "fiduciary standard" that places...
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'Fighting For Every Last Delegate,' Sanders Requests Kentucky Primary Recanvass
Bernie Sanders' campaign on Tuesday afternoon called for a recanvass of the Kentucky primary that took place last week. "He's in this until every last vote is counted and he's fighting for every last delegate." —Michael Briggs, Sanders' spokesman Hillary Clinton was declared the winner by just 1,...
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With Women and Doctors in Danger, House GOP Called to End 'Witch Hunt'
Backed by key women's health and civil liberties groups, 178 House Democrats on Tuesday sent a letter to Republican Speaker Paul Ryan demanding he disband an anti-choice investigative panel that has been issuing subpoenas to abortion providers and medical researchers around the country. The so-...
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Armed with Policy Solutions and Populist Rage, Campaign Vows to 'Take on Wall Street'
On Tuesday, a coalition of more than 20 progressive activist and labor groups is launching a new campaign to reform the financial industry. The group, Take on Wall Street , aims to utilize public anger at the banking industry and the momentum of the Occupy Wall Street movement, as well as the...
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Americans' Dislike for Trump and Clinton Bolsters Sanders' Superdelegate Pitch
Most Americans can't stand the frontrunner of either major political party, a new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll released Tuesday has found. Almost 60 percent of respondents said they "dislike" or "hate" Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, and 63 percent said the same about Republican...
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Anti-Frackers Vow Fierce Resistance as UK Goes Back 'Up for Shale'
Furious environmental campaigners vowed to fight back on Tuesday after councilors in North Yorkshire approved the UK's first fracking permit in five years. The North Yorkshire County Council on Monday approved Third Energy's application to frack the fields near the North York Moors National Park—...
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Sanders: Yes, A Convention About Real Issues Might Be 'Messy'
As he outlined his progressive agenda on Monday, Bernie Sanders said the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could get "messy," adding: "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle." Sanders spoke with the Associated Press as he announced his picks for the Democratic...
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Tony Blair Admits His Ignorance of Middle East; Immediately Calls for New War
Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted underestimating "forces of destabilization" in the Middle East when Britain joined the U.S. in invading Iraq in 2003, the Guardian reports, but stopped short of actually apologizing for the U.K.'s role in the Iraq War in remarks at an event on Tuesday...
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Gulf Coast Activist Crashes Shell Meeting to Decry Destruction of Her Home
Just two weeks after Royal Dutch Shell's offshore drilling operations released nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the water off the Louisiana coast, an Indigenous activist from the Gulf region spoke out at Shell's annual shareholders meeting in the Netherlands on Tuesday, highlighting the company's...
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Clinton's 'Broken Promise' on California Debate Called 'Insult' to Voters
Bernie Sanders calls it an "insult" to the people of California while many others consider it a promise broken. With no apparent upside for her campaign and despite an agreement earlier this year, Hillary Clinton has said she will not participate in a debate with Sanders in California ahead of that...
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Monday, May 23, 2016
Seizing Chance, Sanders Makes Bold Progressive Picks to Shape DNC Platform
Seizing on the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) reluctant concession allowing him to appoint five members to the committee that writes the party platform, Bernie Sanders on Monday announced a suite of picks that included activists across the progressive sphere. Sanders' appointees to the 15-...
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Whistleblower Revelations Expose 'Lie' that Snowden Had a Choice
Recent revelations that expose how the U.S. government retaliates against national security whistleblowers show why it was necessary for Edward Snowden to go public with his mass surveillance leaks, author Mark Hertsgaard said in an interview with Democracy Now! on Monday. One day after high-...
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In Egregious "Feticide" Case, Woman Fights Back Against Reproductive Injustice
An Indiana woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for losing her own pregnancy will appeal her conviction on Monday in the latest development of the controversial "feticide" case. Purvi Patel, who was convicted of feticide and neglect of a dependent in April 2015 , will argue that the law used to...
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Colorado's Tenacious Anti-Fracking Movement Explores "Last-Ditch Options"
Left with few options for stopping the scourge of oil and gas drilling in their state, Colorado residents are turning to creative forms of resistance in what the Denver Post calls "a last-ditch push for protection" against fracking. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in early May that state rules...
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Call It a 'Coup': Leaked Transcripts Detail How Elite Orchestrated Overthrow in Brazil
Confirming suspicions that the ouster of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is, in fact, a coup designed to eradicate a wide corruption probe, Brazil's largest newspaper on Monday published damning evidence of a "national pact" between a top government official and oil executive. It is unclear how...
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Baltimore Officer Found Not Guilty on All Counts in Freddie Gray Case
This story may be updated. Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero was found not guilty of all charges by a judge Monday morning for his role in the arrest and subsequent death of 25-year-old black man Freddie Gray . Nero, who is white, had faced charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment...
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Should Dems Be Freaking Out? In First, National Polling Average Shows Trump Over Clinton
After weeks of polls showing Donald Trump gaining on Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's once sizable lead, for the first time on Monday, Real Clear Politics recorded the New York billionaire ahead in the national polling average. For the period between May 13-19, the presumptive Republican...
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Protesters Rally Against US Military in Okinawa: 'Killer Go Home'
Thousands of people held protests over the weekend in front of a U.S. Marine base in Okinawa, Japan in response to the rape and killing of 20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro by an American former sailor. Roughly 2,000 people attended the protest organized by dozens of women's rights groups based on the...
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Sanders to Senate Dems: Do You Stand with Puerto Rico or with Wall Street?
As a U.S. House committee prepares to take up the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) on Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is calling on his U.S. Senate colleagues to oppose the bill, which he says "would make a terrible situation even...
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Sunday, May 22, 2016
High-Ranking Official Reveals How Pentagon Punishes Whistleblowers
Pentagon officials tasked with protecting whistleblowers have lied under oath, illegally destroyed documents, and gone out of their way to ruin people's careers and lives for attempting to raise concerns about government abuses of power, according to a high-ranking Department of Defense (DoD)...
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'Everyday There's Resistance': Peaceful Pipeline Protesters Arrested in NY
Twenty-one non-violent demonstrators were arrested in Peekskill, New York on Saturday in the latest attempt to stop construction of a controversial high-pressure methane gas pipeline planned to run through residential communities and near the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant. "Coming off the...
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Bernie Sanders Endorses Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Progressive Challenger
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders announced in an interview released late Saturday that he would be backing Tim Canova, the progressive challenger running to unseat incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl.) in the congressional race for Florida's 23rd district. Wasserman Schultz has been a...
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Saturday, May 21, 2016
'This is for Our Families': Children of Striking Verizon Workers Join Picket Line
From Indianapolis to Philadelphia, there were new, younger voices joining the usual chant on the Verizon strike picket lines on Saturday: "What do we want? A contract! When do we want it? Now!" Children of striking workers joined their parents for 25 nationwide "Family Day" protests organized by...
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Activists, Farmers, Indigenous People Rise Up to March Against Monsanto
Anti-corporate activists, organic farmers, Indigenous peoples, environmental groups and others took to the streets across six continents and over 400 cities on Saturday in a global grassroots march against bioengineering giant Monsanto. "The fight against corporate control of our food is global," a...
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Guantánamo Prisoner, Never Convicted, To Be Released After Decade-Plus Detention
An Afghan man detained for 14 years in Guantánamo—without ever being convicted of a crime—was on Friday recommended by the Pentagon for release. The man, known as Obaidullah, was arrested and detained in 2002, when he was about 19, but the U.S. government failed to successfully prosecute him for...
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Friday, May 20, 2016
India Records Highest Temperature Ever As Drought Drives Despair
India recorded its hottest day on the books on Thursday amid a scorching heatwave and "staggering" number of farmer suicides. Sizzling at 51 degrees Celsius (123.8 degrees F), the temperature in the city of Phalodi in the western state of Rajasthan topped the nation's previous record of 50.6...
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After 'Robbing Humanity' of Better Future, Shareholders Targeted for Big Oil's Charade
When they gather in Texas and California, respectively, for their annual shareholder meetings next week, ExxonMobil and Chevron will face increasing pressure from shareholders, environmentalists, and impacted communities to act on climate change. The meetings, both taking place next Wednesday, come...
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Warnings of Food Safety Threats as Canada Green Lights 'Frankenfish'
Despite a sustained effort from public health and climate activists, genetically modified (GM or GMO) salmon has been officially sanctioned for sale in Canada. And if that wasn't foreboding enough, a pending trade deal between Canada and the European Union means the country's first approved GMO...
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Establishment Dems Fight to Defeat 'Medicare-for-All' in Colorado
Highlighting the divisions in the Democratic party this election, Colorado's ballot measure for a universal, single-payer healthcare plan is facing unexpected resistance from the very same party that has been calling for such a healthcare plan since the 1990s. "There is a disconnect between the...
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UN Assessment: Global Destruction of Mother Earth on Fast Track
With no region of the Earth untouched by the ravages of environmental destruction, the state of the world's natural resources is in a rapid downward spiral, a comprehensive assessment by the United Nations has found. Published Thursday, Global Environmental Outlook from the UN Environment Programme...
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First Nations and Allies Vow to Fight Kinder Morgan Pipeline Approval
Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) announced late Thursday that it has found oil giant Kinder Morgan's planned expansion of a pipeline that transports tar sands oil to the British Columbia coast "in the public interest." "The fishing grounds of the Salish Sea are the lifeblood of our peoples. We...
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Why Voters Might "Respectfully Disagree" With Clinton's Declaration of Victory
The Bernie Sanders campaign struck back at Hillary Clinton on Thursday for her statement that the Democratic presidential nominating process was "already done," pointing to not only the nine remaining contests, but also poll after poll showing Sanders outperforming Clinton in hypothetical match-ups...
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Oklahoma Senate Passes Bill to Slap Abortion Providers With Felony
The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday passed one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws, which would make it a felony to perform the procedure and restrict any physician who does so from obtaining or renewing a medical license in the state. The measure would effectively ban abortion altogether in...
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Abandoning Doubt & Denial, School District Officially Embraces Climate Literacy
In what may be a first in the nation, this week the Portland, Oregon school board passed a sweeping “climate justice” resolution that commits the school district to “abandon the use of any adopted text material that is found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its roots in...
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
Chelsea Manning Files Appeal Against 'Grossly Unfair and Unprecedented' Conviction
Whistleblower Chelsea Manning on Wednesday filed an appeal of her conviction and sentence for releasing a trove of government and military documents to WikiLeaks. The appeal argues for a 10-year sentence rather than the 35-sentence she is currently serving at the military prison in Fort Leavenworth...
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Overcoming 'Divisive Politics of Fear,' Ontario Rejects Anti-BDS Bill
Update : In what civil liberties advocates called a victory for free speech, the Ontario Parliament on Thursday rejected a bill that sought to stop the province from doing business with individuals or companies backing the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Lawmakers...
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On Climate, America's Least-Respected Lawmakers Come to Defense of Most-Hated Corporations
Republicans on the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee are going after attorneys general and green groups nationwide for their unprecedented effort to investigate and prosecute climate criminals . A group of 13 Republican committee members on Wednesday sent letters to 17 attorneys...
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New Report Says It's Time for Big Pharma to 'Play or Pay' to Tackle Superbugs
A new plan for tackling the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant microbes, or so-called superbugs, addresses the unnecessary use of antibiotics and includes a call on Big Pharma to "play or pay" to help bring successful treatments to the market. The report, commissioned by British Prime Minister...
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Michigan Corporations to Pay $0 in Taxes This Year, Despite Crises in Flint and Detroit
While residents of beleaguered Flint face rate hikes for the city's lead-poisoned water and Detroit sees teachers staging sickouts after lawmakers threatened to withhold their full salaries, the state treasury announced this week that Michigan businesses are to effectively pay nothing in taxes this...
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As Sanders Readies for California, Clinton Announces Primary Process 'Already Done'
Bernie Sanders has reiterated his promise to stay in the presidential race until the Democratic convention in July, and is throwing his weight behind a number of progressive initiatives in California as the state's primary approaches there on June 7. As rival Hillary Clinton told CNN's Chris Cuomo...
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New National Poll: Trump Increasing Lead Over Clinton
A new Rasmussen poll released Thursday shows Republican front-runner Donald Trump increasing his lead over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The New York billionaire has a five-point edge over Clinton, with 42 percent of likely voters saying they'd back him compared to 37 percent...
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US Government's Own Report Shows Toxic TPP "Not Worth Passing"
The government's own assessment of the toxic Trans Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) shows that the controversial trade deal will produce negligible economic benefits while damaging most Americans' jobs and wages. The U.S. International Trade Commission's (ITC) report (pdf), issued Wednesday, shows that...
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Defying Hateful Governments, People Worldwide Say 'Refugees Welcome'
The vast majority of people worldwide—80 percent—would welcome refugees with open arms, according to a global survey commissioned by Amnesty International. The first-ever Refugees Welcome Index exposes how governments that take outlandish measures against asylum are out of touch with their citizens...
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The Age of Precarious: 6 in 10 Americans Living on the Financial Edge
An unexpected medical bill or a dip in the stock market would be all it took to send two-thirds of Americans into financial distress, according to a new poll that finds lingering lack of confidence in the U.S. economy. Despite reports of falling unemployment, growing wages, and rising consumer...
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BP-Sponsored 'Sunken Cities' Show Provokes Museum-Climbing Climate Protest
London's British Museum was shut down on Thursday after Greenpeace activists scaled its columns to call on the museum to drop BP's sponsorship for a "blockbuster" exhibit—about flooded cities. "Sunken cities aren't a thing of the past, they are happening now. And if BP gets its way, they could come...
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Portugal's Renewable Energy Record: A Harbinger of What's Possible
In what is being hailed as a major achievement, Portugal just generated all of its electricity from renewable sources for more than four days in a row. According to an analysis of national figures by the Sustainable Land System Association in collaboration with the Portuguese Renewable Energy...
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More Than 50 Percent of Super PAC Mega-Donors are from Wall Street
Unencumbered by much in the way of campaign finance regulation, Wall Street mega-donors are on pace to eclipse even their own "exorbitant precedents" during the 2016 election cycle, according to a new report from national watchdog group Public Citizen. The analysis, which uses data from the Center...
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Thanks to U.S. Congress, Endless War Will... Not End
Update: An attempt to repeal the 2001 congressional authorization that provides the legal basis for the ongoing wars in both Afghanistan, Iraq, and the global war on terror was voted down by the House of Representatives on Wednesday night. As the Huffington Post reports : In a 138-285 vote, the...
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Cable Customers Beware: This Mega-Merger Just Created a 'Price-Gouging' Monster
The maligned merger between Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks is complete, which means the three companies have now become the country's second-largest cable provider, despite months of warnings from consumer and open internet advocates who assailed it as the...
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People Power Just Trumped Corporate Power: Oregon County Rejects Nestle Water-Grab
Voters in one Oregon county on Tuesday approved a ban on commercial bottled water production, stopping a years-long effort by Swiss transnational Nestle to sell over 100 million gallons of water a year from the Columbia River Gorge. "This is really a resounding victory for everyone who cares about...
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As EU Weighs Approval, More Evidence Industry is Rigging the Glyphosate Game
As European officials on Wednesday weigh whether or not to re-approve the use of Monsanto's glyphosate, a storm has erupted after the World Health Organization (WHO) seemingly flipped in its assessment of the dangers posed by the chemical. Ahead of this week's European Commission meeting, which...
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As Kinder Morgan Decision Looms, Trudeau's New Pipeline Panel Denounced as "Smokescreen"
In a move widely seen as an attempt to quell resistance to the expansion of British Columbia's controversial Kinder Morgan oil pipeline, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday announced a new three-member ministerial review panel—with no veto power —that is meant to supplement the National Energy...
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Does Democratic Party Discord Portend Disaster at Convention?
Deep divisions and disarray within the Democratic Party, fully surfaced in the wake of the Nevada convention brouhaha , suggest that July's national convention in Philadelphia could serve as ground zero for a battle over the party's very soul. Beyond their calls for Bernie Sanders to exit the race...
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GMOs Safe to Eat, Says Research Group That Takes Millions From Monsanto
Public skepticism is growing over a new report that claims genetically modified (GE or GMO) foods are safe for consumption, particularly as information emerges that the organization that produced the report has ties to the biotechnology industry. Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and...
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Oregon Goes for Sanders: "If It's So Over, Why Does Bernie Keep Winning?"
Bernie Sanders was able to claim his twentieth victory on Tuesday night by winning the Oregon primary while the margin of an "apparent victory" by Hillary Clinton in Kentucky remained so close (just a fraction of 1 percent) that many outlets are still deeming it 'too close to call.' "The media has...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Sanders Urges Democrat Leaders to Welcome 'Real' Fighters for Change
Following a raucous state Democratic Party convention in Nevada on Saturday that left both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters deeply divided over the establishment of rules and delegate voting, Sanders spoke out on what transpired for the first time on Tuesday and took party leaders to...
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Undeterred by Obama's Veto Threat, Senate Passes 9/11-Saudi Bill
Setting up a likely veto fight and opening a potential Pandora's Box, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that allows victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia for any role the government may have played in the attacks. The bipartisan Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act was approved by...
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Exxon Gets Sued by Conservationists and Legal Help from Conservatives
An environmental group has filed the first non-governmental lawsuit against ExxonMobil since the fossil fuel giant's campaign of misinformation was exposed last year. The Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced Tuesday that it served a formal notice against Exxon for its decades-...
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Massachusetts Court Sides with Teenagers in 'Historic' Climate Victory
Siding with four teenage plaintiffs and the environmental groups that backed them, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday ruled that the state has failed to fulfill its legal obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The unanimous decision from the state's highest court reverses a...
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Brazil's New Conservative Leadership Quietly Readies Neoliberal Onslaught
Following the suspension of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff last week—in what some called a coup by conservative opponents—her supporters warned that the interim government, led by Vice President Michel Temer, may use the opportunity to push through neoliberal legislation. According to the...
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