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Monday, December 5, 2016
Deadly Oakland Fire Was Symptom of Bay Area Housing Crisis: Advocates
The deadly warehouse fire in Oakland, California that claimed the lives of at least 36 people at a Friday night dance party was a symptom of the Bay Area's massive housing crisis, artists and advocates are saying. The Fruitvale-area warehouse, known as Ghost Ship, was a live-work space that...
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European Far-Right Dealt Blow in Austrian Presidential Election
Austria's far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer—who some thought might benefit from a so-called " Trump bump " at the polls—conceded defeat on Sunday, paving the way for " liberal-minded " Alexander Van der Bellen to step into the presidency. Exit polls released shortly after the polls...
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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline Permit Denied
In a long-awaited victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline , tribal leadership announced late Sunday. "This is something that will go down in history and is a blessing for all indigenous people." —Dave Archambault...
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Buses carrying veterans from all around the country continue to arrive at Standing Rock. Heeding Call of Duty, Thousands of Veterans Stream into Standing Rock
On Sunday, the first official day of the Veterans Stand for Standing Rock action, thousands of veterans continue to pour into the Oceti Sakowin camp. The veterans have traveled from all over the United States to protect the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its supporters from ongoing police violence...
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2016 presidential ballot Jill Stein to Take Pennsylvania Recount Fight to Federal Court
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein plans to take her fight for a vote recount in Pennsylvania to federal court, Stein announced late Saturday, after a state judge ordered her campaign post a $1 million bond. "No voter in America should be forced to pay thousands of dollars to know if her...
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Saturday, December 3, 2016
Naomi Klein and Tulsi Gabbard Naomi Klein, Tulsi Gabbard Travel to Standing Rock Alongside Veterans
The number of veterans traveling to North Dakota to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline has swollen to over 3,000 , an astonishing show of solidarity that aims to shield the water protectors from police violence . Fellow veteran and prominent...
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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen and President-elect Donald Trump China Lodges Diplomatic Complaint After Trump Calls Taiwan
China lodged a diplomatic protest Saturday against President-elect Donald Trump, after Trump spoke on the phone Friday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen. Trump's 10-minute call with Taiwanese leadership marked the first contact between the U.S. and Taiwan's government since 1979, when President...
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Friday, December 2, 2016
Howard Dean Howard Dean No Longer Seeking DNC Chair Position, Paving Path for Ellison
Former presidential candidate and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean told members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) gathered in Denver on Friday that he is no longer seeking the party chairmanship. Three additional candidates— Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), New Hampshire chairman Raymond Buckley , and...
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Twitter Only Tech Firm of Nine to Say No to Helping Build Muslim Registry
Out of nine technology companies, from Facebook to Booz Allen Hamilton, only Twitter confirmed it would refuse to help the Trump administration build a "Muslim registry," The Intercept reported on Friday. The outlet contacted—or attempted to contact—the companies over the course of two weeks,...
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Water protectors on horseback at the Oceti Sakowin camp. Veterans Arrive at Standing Rock to Act as 'Human Shields' for Water Protectors
"I signed up to serve my country and my people and I did that overseas," Indigenous U.S. Navy veteran Brandee Paisano told the CBC. "I didn't think I'd have to do it here, on this land, so here I am. This is what I need to be doing."
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Taking 'Major Steps Towards Justice,' UN Apologizes for Haiti Cholera Outbreak
Marking what one advocacy group hailed as " major steps towards justice ," the United Nations on Thursday apologized for its role in the deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti. Since the outbreak began in 2010—firmly linked to reckless sewage practices by a Nepalese contingent of U.N. peacekeepers—data...
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Anti-Choice GOP Doubles Budget for 'Witch-Hunt' Panel
In yet another sign that the war on women will ramp up under a Republican-controlled Congress and Trump administration, the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday doubled the budget for an anti-choice subcommittee that reproductive rights advocates have denounced as a "taxpayer-funded witch hunt...
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Trump Allies in Battleground States Rush to Stop Jill Stein's Recount Efforts
President-elect Donald Trump's allies are trying to block the ballot recount being pushed by the Green Party's Jill Stein. Late Thursday, two super PACs and a team of Trump attorneys filed lawsuits in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, respectively, to try to block the efforts in those states. And on...
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ExxonMobil CEO to Head the State Department?
Among those President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering for secretary of state is ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson. That's according to Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC 's "Morning Joe." Scarborough tweeted Thursday afternoon: The SecState process continues. Trump considered the Romney...
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Scientific Knowledge Sorely Lacking at Breitbart-Tweeting House Science Committee
Displaying a troubling disregard for science, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Thursday tweeted a misleading article from right-wing, white nationalist website Breitbart News— one written by a climate denier and debunked by actual scientists. . @BreitbartNews : Global...
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With Rants and Bluster, Trump Launches 'Thank You' Tour
President-elect Donald Trump launched his so-called "Thank You" tour on Thursday with a signature showboating speech in Ohio, disparaging the media and his political opponents and alternately inciting cheering and booing from the crowd, depending on what he was saying. At the mention of his...
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Donald Trump and James Mattis Trump Picks 'Mad Dog' Mattis for Defense Secretary
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Marine Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis , who once bragged about how much he enjoyed killing people, for Secretary of Defense. "It's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them," Mattis said about Afghan men, when asked in 2005 about the people of Afghanistan. (Mattis...
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Thursday, December 1, 2016
Warren Refuses to Let Trump's Luxury Hotel Conflict Slide
Drawing further attention to one the many business ventures likely to conflict with Donald Trump's responsibilities as president, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) are demanding information about a particular luxury hotel lease said to present an "unmanageable conflic[t] of...
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A New Era Begins as Colombian Congress Approves FARC Peace Deal
The Colombian congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a peace deal with leftist rebel group FARC, helping bring to an end a 52-year deadly conflict and setting into motion a 180-day demobilization and disarmament process . The revised agreement passed the lower house 130-0, though some...
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#SanctuaryCampus Campaign Spreads as 28 Schools Vow to Protect Students
The movement to make college campuses into sanctuaries for undocumented students is growing, with walkouts and sit-ins taking place around the country on Thursday. Students and faculty in Massachusetts , New York , Texas , and Washington state held protests to support the #SanctuaryCampus movement...
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Climate Change and the Coming 'Humanitarian Crisis of Epic Proportions'
Climate change—and resultant natural disasters, droughts, and sea level rise—"could lead to a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions," senior military figures told the Guardian on Thursday. Specifically, the experts echoed a recent warning from the United Nations that without radical action to...
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Organizers Assure Protesters, Women's March Against Trump Still On
Organizers of the Women's March on Washington are assuring those that are planning to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 21 that the march is indeed still on. After what was described as an "inaccurate" article by local Washington, D.C. news outlet WTOP reported Monday that march...
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As Rule 41 Quietly Passes, Trump to Inherit Expanded Hacking Powers
Changes to a rule that expand government hacking powers quietly went into effect at midnight on Thursday, after senators failed to halt their implementation. The amendments (pdf) to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure now allow intelligence agents to get warrants to hack into...
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Dakota Access Pipeline protest in Tokyo, Japan Activists Around the World Take #NoDAPL Fight to the Banks
Update: Organizers report that after the series of demonstrations on Thursday, Wells Fargo—a Dakota Access Pipeline investor—has agreed to meet with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: After wave of #NoDAPL protests, including people closing their bank accounts, Wells Fargo agrees to meet with Standing...
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Don't Let Politics Trump Science, 2000 Scientists Warn President-Elect
Signaling great pessimism about the future "role of science in policymaking," more than 2,000 scientists published an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump and the GOP-dominated 115th Congress on Wednesday warning against the dangers of allowing "political or corporate influence" to override...
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The Carrier plant in Indianapolis, Indiana, where United Technologies is preserving only 1,000 jobs in exchange for a reportedly large tax cut and regulatory favors promised by President-elect Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders: Big Business 'Took Trump Hostage and Won'
President-elect Donald Trump has bowed to corporate power and walked back his own campaign promises mere weeks after being elected, says Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday. Trump betrayed workers with a massive hand-out—reportedly a large promised tax cut and...
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Trump's Administration Poised to Be Wealthiest in Modern US History
Despite his populist appeals, President-elect Donald Trump is putting together the wealthiest administration in modern U.S. history, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. The collective wealth of Trump's appointees is astronomically larger than the previous richest cabinet under George W. Bush...
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Goodbye Grasslands. Goodbye Birds. Goodbye Carbon Sink.
Much attention has been given to the deforestation in the Amazon and the environmental impacts that go with it. But in 2014, the American Great Plains—an area stretching from Texas into Canada—actually lost more acreage of grasslands than Brazil lost to deforestation, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)...
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Trump Praises 'Fantastic' Pakistan in Unorthodox Call with Prime Minister
The government of Pakistan has released what it says is a summary of a phone call between its prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump—offering a candid look at the commander-in-chief's unusual style of diplomacy. The conversation allegedly took place on Monday, and the "...
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Jill Stein Files for Final Statewide Recount in Michigan
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein on Wednesday filed for a ballot recount in Michigan, the last of the three battleground states where she has spearheaded the charge to verify the 2016 presidential election results. "The people of Michigan and all Americans deserve a voting system we can...
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Obama Quietly Undercutting Climate Legacy With Foreign Fossil Fuel Investments: Investigation
President Barack Obama's climate credentials are being undermined by a federal agency in his administration that is putting billions of taxpayer dollars into foreign fossil fuel projects. So finds a Columbia School of Journalism and Guardian investigation published Wednesday which looks at the U.S...
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Leading Rights Groups Launch 'Wave of Litigation' to Protect Abortion Access
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on Wednesday filed lawsuits to challenge abortion restrictions in three states—the first of a promised "wave of litigation" aiming to protect women's access to healthcare around the country...
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A palm oil plantation in Indonesia Corporate Giants' "Sustainable" Palm Oil Revealed as Sham
Child labor and forced labor are fueling profits for global conglomerates including Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Kellogg's, and others, finds an Amnesty International report published Wednesday. "I don't go to school...I carry the sack with the loose fruit by myself...
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Trump's Pick for Head of Nation's Economic Policy "A Self-Dealing, Wall Street Tool"
President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that former Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin—a man described as "the anti-populist from Hell"—is his pick for Treasury secretary. His appointment, according to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), "should send shivers down the spine of every American...
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands in front of Canadian flags 'Betrayal': Trudeau Approves Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion
To widespread dismay, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau late Tuesday announced the government's approval of the expansion of Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, which will transport tar sands oil from northern Alberta to the British Columbia coast. "We're going to stop Kinder Morgan by...
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Chilling 'Professor Watchlist' Aims to 'Expose' Leftist Educators
"I am dangerous not to America but to the people soon to be in charge of it." So says one of roughly 200 college professors recently named to a conservative website's " Professor Watchlist "—a round-up of academics accused of "discriminat[ing] against conservative students and advanc[ing] leftist...
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Vying for DNC Chair, Howard Dean Praises Wall Street Bailout Architect
Everyone has their version of history. Even as he vies to reclaim his position to head the battered Democratic National Committee, former governor of Vermont Howard Dean on Wednesday morning went out of his way to praise Hank Paulson , the former Goldman Sachs executive who served as Treasury...
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Watergate-Era Intelligence Experts Call for Leniency for Snowden
Watergate-era intelligence experts are urging President Barack Obama to allow National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden to return home and negotiate a settlement, saying he helped bring about reform and that his "untenable exile" in Russia benefits nobody. In a memo sent Tuesday,...
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Trump Called to Forcefully Denounce Post-Election 'Outbreak of Hate'
In what is being described as a "national outbreak of hate," the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) said Tuesday that in the 10 days following the election of Donald Trump, there were 867 documented hate incidents, such as graffiti, verbal harassment, and in some cases physical violence. The SPLC...
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Texas Finalizes 'Callous' Rule on Burial or Cremation of Fetal Remains
As of December 19, Texas healthcare providers will be required to bury or cremate embryonic and fetal tissue that results from abortions or miscarriages at their facilities. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) finalized the new regulation on Monday, inviting a legal challenge from...
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Climate Links Evident as 'Fire for the History Books' Ravages Tennessee
Wildfires tore through Tennessee on Monday and continued into Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of the tourist resort town of Gatlinburg and several nearby communities. At least 14,000 people were forced to flee Monday night amid what noted climatologist Bob Henson said appeared to be "the most...
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Striking workers in Kansas City, Missouri Despite Hundreds of Arrests, Striking Workers Remain Undaunted in Fight for $15
Hundreds of service workers were arrested while striking for a $15 minimum, organizers said, but the strikers remain undaunted.
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House Dems Demand "Urgent," "Rigorous" Investigation into Trump's Business Conflicts
Refusing to allow President-elect Donald Trump's "unprecedented" global conflicts of interest be swept aside, Democratic members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are publicly demanding that the Republican chair do his job and launch a "rigorous" investigation "right away." "...
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'Enough to Make Me Gag': Warren and Sanders Decry Latest Big Pharma Giveaway
U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have come out swinging against a heavily lobbied healthcare bill they say has been "hijacked" by Big Pharma. The 21st Century Cures Act, poised to pass the House on Wednesday and the Senate soon after, would ostensibly advance medical...
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Security Experts Back Up Jill Stein's Demand for Manual Recount
Security experts on Monday testified in support of Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, who is spearheading a by-hand election recount initiative in Wisconsin . Unless a judge rules in her favor, the state will likely allow its 72 counties to decide whether they want to conduct the process...
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Water protectors Tensions Mount as ND Governor Cuts Services, Orders Evacuation of Standing Rock Camp
Peaceful Indigenous water protectors battling the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota have faced water cannons in subfreezing temperatures, rubber bullets, and police tactics so violent that one protester nearly lost an arm . But instead of addressing the police brutality, Republican Gov. Jack...
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With Extremist Tom Price at Helm, the 'War on Women Has Reached HHS'
President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be the nation's top health official has an abysmal record on women's issues and LGBTQ rights , advocates are warning on Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), an orthopedic surgeon and an original House Tea Party caucus member, "has been at the center of...
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Moral Monday Movement Vows to Defend Victory Over Right-Wing Governor
Vowing mass civil disobedience if North Carolina's Republican governor attempts to thwart the will of the people and "steal this election," hundreds gathered in a candlelight vigil outside the North Carolina Capitol building Monday evening. Governor Pat McCrory, who lost in the November election to...
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Water Protectors Sue Over 'Deliberate and Punitive' Police Brutality
Water protectors in North Dakota on Monday filed a class-action lawsuit against Morton County, Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, and other law enforcement agencies for using excessive force the night of November 20, when peaceful demonstrators were trapped on a bridge and assaulted with impact munitions...
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Monday, November 28, 2016
Hundreds of Thousands Gather in Havana to Mark Castro's Death
Hundreds of thousands of Cubans gathered in Havana's Revolution Squre on Monday to pay homage to revolutionary leader and former President Fidel Castro. Castro, who is said to have survived over 600 assassination attempts, died Friday at the age of 90. "It was Fidel that led the Revolution and took...
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Fight for $15 Plans National Strikes as Uber Drivers Join Protest for First Time
A nationwide day of action and disruption is set to take place on Tuesday, as workers from around the country and across industries are set to take part in strikes to show their refusal to back down in the face of an incoming rightwing political agenda. The actions, organized by the Fight for $15...
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Stein's Recount Battle Continues. Here's the Latest
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein on Monday told the Wisconsin Elections Commission that she would sue unless the state conducted its recount by hand. Unless she wins the case in Dane County Circuit Court, officials in all of Wisconsin's 72 counties could decide whether they want to count...
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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver Still Without Clean Water, Flint Demands Aid From Lame-Duck Congress
The mayor of Flint, Michigan, and over 100 advocacy groups on Monday sent an open letter to all members of Congress, demanding emergency aid to help the city cope with its ongoing water crisis . The city, whose residents continue to suffer from health problems related to lead-tainted drinking water...
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Scientists Call on Obama to Enact Trump-Proof Arctic Drilling Ban
With the proverbial bell tolling for the end of the Arctic ice sheet , as well as for the Obama presidency, dozens of leading scientists are calling on the president to pass a permanent ban on fossil fuel drilling in the Arctic—one that cannot be easily undone by his climate-denying successor,...
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Journalists Denounce WaPo Fake News Blacklist as Red Scare Redux
The Washington Post 's promotion of a new, "McCarthyistic" so-called black list has journalists aghast over what appears to be a red scare redux, as independent news outlets critical of U.S. foreign policy are being smeared as "Russian propaganda." "Now that we have entered a New Cold War, I...
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Giving "Snapshot of What's Possible," One Island Abandons Fossil Fuels
Near the end of what may "very likely" be the hottest year on record, a bright spot in the battle to address climate change has emerged more than 4,000 miles from the U.S. West Coast. The island of Ta'u, located in American Samoa, will now be able to ditch its diesel reliance and run almost...
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Dead table corals killed by bleaching on Zenith Reef, on the Northern Great Barrier Reef, November 2016. 'The Coral Was Cooked': 2016 Deadliest Year on Record for Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef suffered through the worst coral die-off in recorded history this year, scientists found, wit h unusually warm ocean water and record-setting bleaching events killing a stunning 90 percent of all coral in the worst-hit area. "The coral was cooked." —Prof. Terry Hughes, ARC...
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Cornering Trump on Jobs, Sanders Announces Anti-Outsourcing Bill
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has introduced legislation to ensure that a key campaign promise of President-elect Donald Trump comes to pass—keeping American jobs in America. In a statement issued Saturday, the former Democratic presidential candidate took a stand against the air conditioner...
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President-Elect Trump Lies About Non-Existent Voter Fraud on Twitter
With attention on recount efforts in several swing states, President-elect Donald Trump late Sunday claimed, without proof, that "millions of people...voted illegally." Trump wrote on Twitter that "serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire, and California" cost him the popular vote, though...
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Sunday, November 27, 2016
Conflicts of Interest Could Put Trump in Violation of Constitution 'On Day One'
President-elect Donald Trump's global business interests continue to come under intense scrutiny, with two top ethics lawyers saying the Electoral College must reject Trump on December 19 if he does not divest his holdings and establish a truly blind trust. Norman Eisen, chief ethics counsel for...
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Saturday, November 26, 2016
Clinton Campaign to Join in Recount Effort, as Stein Officially Files in Wisconsin
Hillary Clinton's campaign said Saturday it will participate in electoral recounts in Wisconsin—where such an effort was officially initiated on Friday—as well as in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who has raised more than $5 million toward the effort,...
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Indigenous Resolve 'Stronger Than Ever' as Feds Order DAPL Protest Camp Shut Down
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday informed Indigenous water protectors and their allies that they have nine days to vacate the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp—or else face arrest. "This decision is necessary to protect the general public from the violent confrontation between...
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Cuban Revolutionary Leader Fidel Castro Dead at 90
Former Cuban President and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is dead at 90, his brother Raúl Castro announced late Friday on Cuban state television.
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Friday, November 25, 2016
Those Who Failed to Recognize Trump as 'Greater Evil' Made a 'Bad Mistake': Chomsky
Leftist scholar Noam Chomsky has a message for voters who refused to cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton to prevent Donald Trump from winning the White House: You made a "bad mistake." On both moral and practical levels, Chomsky told Al Jazeera 's Medhi Hasan, the choice was clear. "Do you vote...
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'Fear of Trump' Is Making Some Children Physically Sick, Say Health Experts
"People who don’t have a history of anxiety and depression are coming forward with symptoms they’ve never had before. And people who had those symptoms already are getting much worse."
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Warning of Global Havoc as Possible Arctic 'Tipping Points' Pile Up
What is happening in the Arctic will not stay in the Arctic. In an ominous (though not hopeless) report published Friday, researchers warn that as many as 19 various 'tipping points' could be triggered by the increasingly warm temperatures in the world's northern polar region. "[These rapid Arctic...
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"We're Still Here": Thanksgiving Day Sees Powerful Dakota Access Resistance
On a day imbued with painful significance for many Native Americans, hundreds of people demonstrated against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota and beyond on Thursday. From a protest about 300-strong in Mandan, North Dakota, to an attempt by Indigenous water protectors to reclaim...
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Thursday, November 24, 2016
Water protectors march against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Veterans Plan "Deployment" to Join Water Protectors' Battle Against DAPL
Over 1,000 U.S. military veterans are planning to "deploy" to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and peacefully support the water protectors' fight against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. "If we're going to be heroes, if we're really going to be those...
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Trump Expected to Name Anti-Worker Billionaire Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary
And the swamp keeps filling. President-elect Donald Trump is expected to appoint anti-worker billionaire Wilbur Ross to serve as his commerce secretary, giving more evidence that his vow to rid his cabinet of establishment figures and corporate interests was little more than lip service. Ross, a 78...
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A Muslim family crossing a city street Millions Will Be Harmed by Trump's Policies, Warns Rights Advocate in Open Letter
President-elect Donald Trump must "repudiate and rescind" his dangerous policy plans, or he will risk the lives of millions and forever damage the reputation of the United States, warned Human Rights Watch (HRW) executive director Kenneth Roth in an open letter to Trump sent Wednesday. Roth...
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Jill Stein Raises Millions for Recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein on Wednesday called for a ballot recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and and Pennsylvania, and apparently took less than a day to raise more than her campaign's initial goal of $2 million. "After a divisive and painful presidential race, in which foreign...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Planned Parenthood Gets More Than 50,000 Donations in Mike Pence's Name
More than 50,000 donations have been made to Planned Parenthood in anti-choice Vice President-elect Mike Pence's name, in another show of creative resistance and organizing against the incoming Republican administration. "We've seen an unprecedented outpouring of support, with more than 200,000...
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Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos Trump Nominates 'True Enemy' of Public Schools for Education Secretary
President-elect Donald Trump has tapped for U.S. Education Secretary "a 'reformer' who does not hide her contempt for the public schools," according to historian Diane Ravitch. Of conservative billionaire Betsy DeVos , a longtime supporter of charter schools and vouchers for private and religious...
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Trump Just Put Net Neutrality on Death Row
Open internet advocates this week expressed concern that President-elect Donald Trump 's two appointments to his Federal Communications Commission (FCC) transition team spell doom for net neutrality . That policy, approved in a 2015 FCC ruling, ensures a level playing field on the internet by...
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Wayne Wilansky, father of Sophia Wilansky, speaks on Democracy Now! 'People Are Going to Die': Father of Wounded DAPL Activist Sophia Wilansky Speaks Out
Sunday's brutal police assault against peaceful Dakota Access Pipeline activists left one water protector, Sophia Wilansky, at risk of losing an arm, and her distraught father spoke out Tuesday and Wednesday against the shocking show of force and demanded government action.
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UN Human Rights Office Gearing Up to Take On Trump's America
The United Nations commission for human rights said Tuesday that the agency is ready to take on President-elect Donald Trump over his "ghastly" campaign promises. "We are going to speak up," one U.N. official told Foreign Policy . "It'll be rough, but if [Trump] puts any of those ghastly campaign...
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With Action Slow to Come, Global Wealth Inequality Remains 'Shockingly High'
Global wealth inequality continues to rise, according to a new study from Credit Suisse, with the richest 10 percent now owning a full 89 percent of all global assets. The annual assessment from the Zurich-based financial services company finds that while the world was trending toward greater...
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Experts Quietly Asking Clinton Camp to Press for Probe Into Election Results
As Hillary Clinton's lead in the popular vote now passes the 2 million mark, a group of computer scientists and election lawyers has reportedly pressed her campaign team to petition for recounts in three battleground states—Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—because the election results may have...
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Sending Novice Haley to UN, Trump Clears Path for Loyalist in South Carolina
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican who " lacks obvious foreign policy experience ," is President-elect Donald Trump's choice to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations—a decision that carries the added perk of elevating early Trump supporter and South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster ...
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Judge Puts Overtime Pay for Millions in Limbo as Republicans Rejoice
A federal judge on Tuesday halted an Obama administration rule that would have expanded overtime pay for millions of workers, a decision that was slammed by employees' rights advocates. The U.S. Department of Labor rule, which was set to go into effect on December 1, would have made overtime pay...
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Earth photographed from space 'Shockingly Stupid' Attack on Science: Trump to Eliminate NASA Climate Research
President-elect Donald Trump plans to entirely eliminate all climate research at NASA, a move that climate scientists warn will send us back to the "dark ages." Trump instead plans to devote more funds toward exploring deep space. Trump's proposal is "a shockingly stupid move that would deal a very...
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Trump's "Open Mind" on Climate Denounced as Nothing but "Empty Rhetoric"
President-elect Donald Trump 's claim to be keeping an "open mind" about the Paris climate change accord is nothing but "a bunch of empty rhetoric" when viewed alongside his policy proposals and personnel choices, environmental group 350.org charged on Tuesday. Of the international climate...
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Trump: 'In Theory I Could Run My Business...and The Country Perfectly'
President-elect Donald Trump indicated during an on-the-record meeting with the New York Times on Tuesday that he didn't necessarily see a conflict of interest in managing both his business and the country at the same time, but that he would hand the former over to his children. "The law's totally...
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Trump Reportedly "Surprised" Top Contender to Run Pentagon Doesn't Support Torture
President-elect apparently thinks waterboarding is a much more acceptable form of abuse than the military man they call "Mad Dog." Mattis is known to believe "in the iron fist of U.S. militarism."
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'We Can Beat This Guy': Sanders Urges Mass Mobilization Against Trump
As he tours the U.S. in the wake of Donald Trump's devastating electoral victory this month, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is using his growing influence within the Democratic Party and among the voting population at-large to outline how the country can prevent slipping backward and in fact can move...
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Donald Trump Electoral College Revolt? Dem Electors Seek to Reject Trump, Dismantle System
As the right-wing specter of a Donald Trump presidency looms, Democratic electors are fomenting an unprecedented revolt in order to block Trump from taking a majority of Electoral College votes. Politico reports that "at least a half-dozen Democratic electors" have agreed to the effort, which they...
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Nepotism Strikes Again: Ivanka Trump Joined Call With Argentina President
Nepotism continues in the Trump administration, as the President-elect reportedly let his daughter Ivanka sit in on a call with neoliberal Argentinian President Mauricio Macri. Macri, who was elected last year in a runoff against leftist populist candidate Daniel Scioli, told the Japanese outlet...
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As Trump Stomps on Fourth Estate, Corporate Press Rolls Over
The American press must not be complicit as President-elect Donald Trump attempts to neutralize and game the fourth estate, critics said this week. "Rather than doing their jobs and being adversarial to Trump, rather than responding to this sort of bullying with some dignity and return aggression,...
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Water protectors hug next to barbed wire and a militarized police vehicle, after the activists were doused with water cannons. Call for DOJ Observers in North Dakota as DAPL Activists Face Severe Injuries, Arrests
Water protectors battling the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline are grappling with terrible injuries and even more arrests in the wake of Sunday's police onslaught , in which law enforcement bombarded the peaceful activists with concussion grenades, rubber bullets, mace, and water cannons in sub...
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Video: With Nazi Salutes, White Nationalists 'Hail Trump' at DC Conference
The Atlantic published a video on Monday that shows attendees of a white nationalist conference giving Nazi salutes and cheering as movement leader Richard B. Spencer, who has been credited with coining the term "alt-right," delivers a speech describing the U.S. as "a white country designed for...
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Monday, November 21, 2016
Tsunami Panic After 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Fukushima Coast
Breaking story... this post may be updated... Updated: According to NHK, cooling equipment for the spent nuclear fuel pool in the reactor No. 3 of Tepco's Fukushima No. 2 power plant has stopped. — The Japan Times (@japantimes) November 21, 2016 Subsequently, Reuters reported : Tweets about...
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With UN Climate Deal Trump's Chopping Block, Climate Hopes Turn to States, Cities
'The fate of the world quite literally hangs in the balance.'
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Will the Trump Administration Be Mega-Friendly to Mega-Mergers?
With the proposed health insurance mega-merger between Anthem and Cigna—one of the Obama administration's last antitrust cases—in court Monday, observers are speculating about how consolidation within healthcare and other industries will be impacted under President-elect Donald Trump.
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Protesting Rise of Alt-Right at Home and Abroad, Parisians Rally Against Trump
With an eye towards their own upcoming presidential election and the growing popularity of National Front leader Marine Le Pen, French citizens took to the streets of Paris on Saturday to protest U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, vowing to mobilize against the international rise of the far-right...
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Trump's Obamacare Repeal Could Spell Chaos for Consumers
Uncertainty about the future of Obamacare under a Trump administration might "spook" insurers and prompt them to leave the market early to avoid losses, Politico reported on Monday, which could spell chaos for consumers who are already facing a turbulent healthcare landscape. Vice President-elect...
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Trump Considering Gen. James "It's Fun to Shoot People" Mattis for Pentagon Chief
Following a slew of controversial appointments by the president-elect, Donald Trump said on Sunday he was considering Marine Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis for Pentagon chief under his administration. The former U.S. Central Command leader met with the future commander-in-chief Saturday at the Trump...
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Gallup Finds Record Divisions in Trump's America
The poll's finding reflected the general mood of the country, evidenced through ongoing protests, political turmoil, and unprecedented unfavorability for the incoming commander-in-chief.
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With 'A Friend in the White House,' Texas Lawmakers Prep Anti-Woman Attack
Lending credence to those who warn Donald Trump's administration will be dangerous for women nationwide, conservative Texas lawmakers last week filed a slew of new bills attacking reproductive rights.
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Water cannons blast Dakota Access Pipeline protestors in North Dakota Police Blast #NoDAPL Activists With Water Cannons in Sub-Freezing Temps
Law enforcement unleashed concussion grenades, rubber bullets, tear gas, and water cannons in sub-freezing temperatures on peaceful water protectors battling the controversial Dakota Access Pipelin e in North Dakota late Sunday. An activist's drone captured the onslaught: Drone footage showing...
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Trump Infrastructure Plan a 'Trap' Democrats Should Reject, Experts Warn
A former Obama aide is calling on Democrats not to support President-elect Donald Trump 's so-called infrastructure plan, saying it's a "trap" and a "mistake in policy and political judgment they will regret." On the campaign trail, Trump promised to invest $1 trillion into repairing America's...
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