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Saturday, July 30, 2016
Screenshot Bernie Sanders: 'Trump is the Most Dangerous Presidential Candidate in the Modern History of This Country'
Bernie Sanders appeared on Real Time With Bill Maher Friday night to share his thoughts on the Democratic National Convention and the "dangerous" Donald Trump. "I think it was a good convention. I think it brought together people with different points of view within the Democratic Party. But I...
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Friday, July 29, 2016
Six More Charged in Flint Water Crisis, but Still No Accountability for Snyder
Six additional state employees now face criminal charges for hiding unsafe lead levels leading up to the Flint water crisis—but Gov. Rick Snyder and his top officials continue to evade accountability. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the charges in a press conference on Friday, in...
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Court Rules NC Voter ID Law 'Intentionally Discriminatory'
A federal appeals court on Friday struck down North Carolina's controversial voter ID law, ruling that the 2013 law was created "with discriminatory intent." Civil rights groups hailed the decision as a major victory. "With surgical precision, North Carolina tried to eliminate voting practices...
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Fundraising Arm for House Dems Hacked, Resembling DNC Attack
The FBI is reportedly investigating a cyberattack against the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the Democratic fundraising arm of the U.S House of Representatives, Reuters reports . "The DCCC can confirm that we have been the target of a cybersecurity incident," spokeswoman...
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Possible War Crime: Syrian Maternity Hospital Bombed
"Deliberate attacks on hospitals and medical facilities are serious violations of the laws of war and can never be justified."—Philip Luther, Amnesty International
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Up to 28 Civilians Reportedly Killed in US-Led Strike in Syria
The U.S.-led coalition has been accused of killing as many as 28 civilians, including a woman and seven children, near the northern Syrian city of Manbij on Thursday—the same area where U.S.-led airstrikes last week may have killed scores of civilians. "The Manbij area," as the Associated Press...
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From Inside Ritz-Carlton, Clinton Donors Tell Sanders Backers to Give Up
Hillary Clinton's big-money donors have something to say to Bernie Sanders' supporters: Go away. Although Clinton accepted her nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday with a speech that echoed Sanders' populist rhetoric, her message was undercut by moments that...
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From Populism to Nationalism: The Highs and Lows of Democrats' Big Finale
The final night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) saw highs, lows, and abundant examples of party propagandizing. Here are some takeaways from Night Four: 'Our enemies will fear us' Retired four-star Gen. John Allen was flanked by military officials as he offered one of most...
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'A Travesty': Chelsea Manning Faces New Charges After Suicide Attempt
U.S. whistleblower Chelsea Manning may face additional charges and solitary confinement relating to a suicide attempt earlier this month, according to her attorneys. The charges include "resisting the force cell move team," "conduct which threatens," and "prohibited property," the American Civil...
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Hillary Clinton Accepts Democratic Party Nomination
Hillary Clinton formally accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party for president on Thursday night during a speech that capped her party's four-day convention in Philadelphia. Watch: Read the the full speech as prepared for delivery: Thank you! Thank you for that amazing welcome. And Chelsea...
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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Watch Final DNC Night: Clinton to Take Nomination, Progressives Fight On
Hillary Clinton will formally accept her party's nomination for president Thursday on the final night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia – the first woman to ever be the nominee of a major party in the United States. Watch the official DNC livestream of events here: For...
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Glenn Greenwald Greenwald Explains What Out-of-Touch Media Doesn't Get About Trump, Russia, and US Electorate
Donald Trump poses "extreme dangers" to the United States and the world, journalist and co-founding editor of The Intercept Glenn Greenwald says in a new interview published at Slate . But to stop the GOP presidential nominee from getting elected, "U.S. media and U.S. elites" must take a lesson...
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Jane Sanders: 'Take Some Time to Be Sad. But the Work is Too Important.'
Jane Sanders, wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his closest adviser, spoke to CNN on Thursday to reflect on the 2016 presidential election and reassure disillusioned voters that the revolution will not end with Sanders' campaign. "[Bernie Sanders] came very close to the presidency, and now...
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Texas abortion booklet Texas Women Strike Back Against State-Mandated Abortion 'Propaganda'
Women's health advocates in Texas are outraged over the contents of a misleading and state-mandated booklet that's handed out to women seeking an abortion. According to the Austin Chronicle , "The error-ridden pamphlet, created by a 2003 abortion informed consent law, has been criticized for years...
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Journalists Flee Turkey as Government Purge Targets Media
Turkey's brutal crackdown in the wake of a failed military coup reached new heights on Wednesday, as the government decreed the shut-down of 131 media outlets. The government has also issued arrest warrants for 89 journalists since the beginning of the week. "Three news agencies, 16 TV channels, 23...
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As Clinton Readies for Nomination, Unions Hope It's Zero Hour for TPP
As Hillary Clinton prepares to accept the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday night, labor unions are ready to demand that she put an end to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP ) —a longstanding point of contention for her campaign. Publicly shutting down the controversial 12-nation...
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Landmark Human Rights Complaint Lodged Against World's Worst Polluters
The world's 47 largest producers of greenhouse gases must respond within 45 days to an unprecedented legal complaint filed Wednesday by the Philippines, which alleges the fossil fuel behemoths have deprived millions of residents of the island nation of their human rights through catastrophic global...
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Ex-CIA Chief's Speech Disrupted by Chants of "Love Not War" at DNC
Former CIA director and defense secretary Leon Panetta's speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Wednesday night was interrupted by chants of "No more war!" According to news reports, as Panetta dug into Hillary Clinton rival Donald Trump, delegates from Oregon, California, and...
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On Top of Emails, Leaked DNC Voicemails Show Money Buying Access
Just before President Barack Obama delivered his speech to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, new reporting on the so-called " DNC Leak " by WikiLeaks unearthed a large batch of voicemails contained in the files which give additional texture to a scandal that has loomed large at...
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Trump Basically Encourages Russia to Hack Clinton Emails
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday said he "would love to have the power" to have been behind the recently leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and invited Russia to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails. In making the latter statement, the New York...
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Intelligence Official Overseeing Whistleblowing Cases Blows Whistle Himself
An official charged with investigating whistleblower cases within the U.S. intelligence community is himself blowing the whistle on alleged "public corruption," according to new reporting by McClatchy . Journalist Marisa Taylor describes Daniel Meyer as "the Obama administration's top official...
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Debt-Ridden Puerto Rico a 'Corporate Welfare Paradise' for GMO Companies
An investigation by local journalist Eliván Martínez Mercado reveals that Puerto Rico has handed over hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds to multinational biotech corporations, such as Monsanto and Pioneer Hi Bred (now Dupont), even as the colonial territory's decade-long debt crisis...
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ExxonMobil Top Sponsor at ALEC's Upcoming Annual Meeting
ExxonMobil , facing multiple state investigations connected to its funding of climate change denial, is listed as a top corporate sponsor of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) annual meeting, taking place this week in Indianapolis, Indiana. ALEC has long promoted climate change denial...
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All Remaining Charges Dropped in 'Infuriating' Freddie Gray Case
#FreddieGray Tweets Baltimore prosecutors have dropped all remaining charges against the police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case that has spurred mass protests throughout the country for seven months. The sudden decision on Wednesday means there is...
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Blasting "McCarthy-Like Overreach," State AGs, Climate Groups Won't Comply With GOP Subpoenas
The House Science Committee's effort to obtain documents and information related to the ExxonKnew investigations was met with a brick wall on Wednesday after state attorneys general and nonprofit organizations refused to comply with the subpoenas, calling them an "intimidation tactic" with "...
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Scorching Global Temps Astound Climate Scientists
Record global heat in the first half of 2016 has caught climate scientists off-guard, reports Thompson Reuters Foundation. "What concerns me most is that we didn't anticipate these temperature jumps," David Carlson, director of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) climate research program...
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Did Longtime Ally Just Blow Major Hole in Clinton's TPP Credibility?
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend of the Clinton family, said this week that Hillary Clinton would support the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) if elected president, despite claiming to oppose it—before walking the comments back and then doubling down on them again...
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Bill Clinton Draws Flak for 'Trumpish' Comments on American Muslims
Former President Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Tuesday night, largely focused on humanizing his wife, is drawing criticism for its characterization of American Muslims. "If you're a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and...
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She's With Them–But We've Got Us: A Movement Bigger Than Sanders
The proper question of the week is not why Bernie Sanders supporters —delegates gathered in the Philadelphia and his millions of supporters across the nation—are so angry with the Democratic National Committee this week. The contents of internal party emails published by WikiLeaks last Friday, now...
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Nina Turner Allies Rally in Defense of Prominent Sanders' Surrogate
Developing story... Please check back for updates... Update II: Allies of Nina Turner are held a press event inside the media tent at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday evening in order to show solidarity with the high-profile surrogate for Bernie Sanders who on Tuesday was blocked...
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Watch DNC Night Two: Roll Call, Bill Clinton, Mothers of the Movement
Hillary Clinton is expected to secure her party's presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Tuesday night, during a roll call vote that the Associated Press predicts will be an "emotional coda for Bernie Sanders supporters whose passion and energy took the Vermont...
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'You Cannot Explain it by Chance': Climate Crises Can Fuel Armed Conflict
Climate-related disasters heighten the risk of conflict around the world, according to new research. Armed violence is likely to rise amid drought, heatwaves, and other crises, particularly in countries that are already fractured along ethnic lines, finds a new report from Germany's Potsdam...
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Worse Than Keystone XL? TransCanada's Terrifying "Plan B"
The pipeline giant TransCanada, stymied in its attempt to drive Keystone XL through America's heartland, is facing renewed opposition to its " new and equally misguided proposal" to build the Energy East pipeline across Canada and ship tar sands oil via tankers along the U.S. East Coast to...
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Australia's "Abu Ghraib"-Like Torture of Jailed Children Captured in "Chilling" TV Footage
Footage from an ABC investigation revealed juvenile detention center guards in Australia's Northern Territory shackling, hooding, taunting, and teargassing detained children—as well as leaving them in solitary confinement for extended periods of time. Such abuse of children "may amount to torture...
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Leak Confirms DNC Aimed to Quash Questions Over Clinton Fundraising Scheme
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) tried to hide the fact that Hillary Clinton's campaign allegedly benefited from a controversial joint fundraising project her team claimed was helping down-ticket candidates, according to leaked emails. The emails, released last week ahead of the Democratic...
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Between Speech and Roll Call Vote, Bernie Sanders Forges Path Forward
Ahead of a roll call vote on Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders spent the morning lobbying his delegates, calling for unity and urging them to join him in backing Hillary Clinton as a bulwark against the prospect of President Donald Trump. Sanders delegates—many of whom could be seen weeping as their...
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Western Canada Oil Spill Drenches Birds, Will Taint Drinking Water for Months to Come
Despite a devastating pipeline leak that flooded the North Saskatchewan River with 200,000 liters of tar sands crude last Thursday, Husky Energy waited until Monday to shut down the leaking pipeline. An executive with the oil behemoth said the company was "deeply sorry" for the incident while...
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Monday, July 25, 2016
Sanders, Warren, and Michelle Obama Address Democratic Convention
The Democratic National Convention (DNC) kicked off on Monday, with prime time speeches expected from Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama, and Elizabeth Warren. The convention got off to a rocky start. "Every time Hillary Clinton’s name is mentioned on the stage [...] the crowd is overtaken by a wave of...
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Will DNC Give Sanders Supporters the Full Roll Call Vote They Seek?
Bernie Sanders' name will be placed in nomination and there will be a full roll-call vote on the Democratic National Convention (DNC) floor on Tuesday night, according to reports. The Los Angeles Times noted Monday that Sanders supporters "fanned out across Philadelphia on Monday morning,...
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Unconventional Coal Technologies 'Could Blow the Global Carbon Budget'
While tar sands and fracking have been cited frequently for their climate and environmental impacts, a new report puts the spotlight on how two unconventional coal technologies are "a leap in the wrong direction" as they "damage and delay the transition to a low carbon world." Released Monday by...
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Is DNC Blaming Russia for Email Hacks to Escape Real Scandal?
As the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launches an investigation into the massive email leak that has rocked the Democratic party and forced the ouster of Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, many are cautioning that early speculation about Russian...
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Amid 'Chilling' Evidence of Torture, Post-Coup Purge Continues in Turkey
Human rights advocates are sounding the alarm about Turkey's crackdown on supposed dissidents, alleging widespread torture of detainees, while the government continues with its post-coup purges of private and public institutions. "Right now, law is suspended." —Sercan Aran, Ankara Bar Association...
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Resignation Not Enough, Wasserman Schultz Forced to Drop the Gavel, Too
One day after she announced her resignation in the wake of the #DNCLeak scandal and just hours after being booed by angry party delegates earlier in the day, news broke early Monday afternoon that Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not gavel into session this year's Democratic Party Convention. Despite...
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'We Made History': Watch as Sanders Addresses His 1900 Delegates
"Make no mistake about it—we have made history," a hoarse Bernie Sanders told a room full of adoring delegates on the first day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia on Monday. "We have shown the entire world that our ideas are not some crazy, wild, utopian fantasies," he said...
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US Still Can't Escape Calls for War Crimes Investigation into Its Bombing of MSF Hospital
A new United Nations report reveals a grim state of affairs for civilians in Afghanistan—a record level of civilian casualties for the first half of the year—and also renews the call for an independent investigation into whether the United States committed war crimes in bombing a Doctors Without...
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DNC Leak Reveals Party Insiders Promised Access to Obama in Exchange for Cash
Wealthy potential donors to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) were courted with promises of access to the president, a Washington Post analysis of internal DNC emails released by WikiLeaks has found. The party insiders' pitches appear to be in violation of White House policy, the newspaper...
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DWS Gets Booed as Dems Prepare to Gavel In Contentious Convention
Outgoing Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who announced Sunday that she would step down after leaked emails showed party officials working throughout the primary season to undermine the insurgent campaign of Bernie Sanders, was greeted by boos in Philadelphia on Monday...
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Can't Win? Post-Convention Bump Sends Trump Surging in Polls
Donald Trump has surged in election polls, bolstered by post-convention support, to overtake Hillary Clinton in the latest CNN/ORC survey (pdf) that finds the Republican nominee at 44 percent to Clinton's 39. The latest poll measures Trump against Clinton, the Green Party's Jill Stein (three...
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Sunday, July 24, 2016
Mission Accomplished at DNC, Clinton Hires Wasserman Schultz for Top Post
Though many progressives immediately responded by saying her ouster would not be enough to undo the damage her leadership has done, Democratic National Committee Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation on Sunday afternoon, saying she would relinquish her post immediately...
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Demonstrators Demand 'Clean Energy Revolution' on Eve of Dem Convention
With plenty of overlap between them, both climate justice campaigners and supporters of Bernie Sanders held marches and rallies in downtown Philadelphia on Sunday, making their presence and political demands heard a day before the Democratic National Convention officially kicks off. Under a banner...
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Trump Calls It "Sad" Women Harassed by Roger Ailes Not More Appreciative
"He’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person. And by the way, a very, very talented person. Look what he’s done. So I feel very badly."
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Sanders on Kaine's Conservatism: "His Political Views Not My Political Views"
In his first televised interviews since Friday's release of internal DNC emails by Wikileaks and Hillary Clinton's choice of Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate , Bernie Sanders responded Sunday morning by saying he was troubled, though not at all surprised, by what the leaks reveal and refused to call...
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Sanders' Top Aide Says Heads Should Roll for What Leaked DNC Emails Show
Party unity? "Everybody is disappointed that much of what we felt was happening at the DNC was in fact happening, that you had in this case a clear example of the DNC taking sides and looking to place negative information into the political process." —Jeff Weaver, Sanders' campaign manager Amid a...
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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Establishment Wins Again as DNC Rules Committee Rejects Proposal to Abolish Superdelegates
Update: After several rounds of voting Saturday afternoon, an effort by progressive Democrats to abolish what they see as the anti-democratic superdelegate process was defeated. The amendment, co-sponsored by 52 members of the Democratic Party Rules Committee, was defeated when 108 members voted...
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At Least 80 Dead in Kabul After Massive Attack on Peaceful March
"We were holding a peaceful demonstration when I heard a bang and then everyone was escaping and yelling," said Sabira Jan, a protestor who witnessed the attack and saw bloodied bodies strewn across the ground. "There was no one to help."
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Friday, July 22, 2016
Leaked Docs Reveal DNC Determined to Undermine Sanders Campaign
WikiLeaks on Friday published roughly 20,000 leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The whistleblowing organization describes the trove, which includes over 8,000 attachments, as "part one of our new Hillary Leaks series," and is just the latest in a series of document dumps...
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Scorching Middle East Beats All-Time Heat Records for Eastern Hemisphere
Thermometers in Kuwait and Iraq reached record-shattering temperatures this week, with Weather Underground reporting that the measurements could be the hottest ever seen in the Eastern Hemisphere. According to Weather Underground 's Jeff Masters, the temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait climbed to an "...
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US to Keep Bombing Syria Despite Civilian Deaths and Humanitarian Pleas
The U.S. says airstrikes on Syria will continue, despite reports of dozens of civilian deaths and the pleas of opposition activists and human rights groups. The Guardian reports : Anas Alabdah, president of the Syrian National Coalition, has called on the U.S. to suspend its airstrikes until it...
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Ailes Resigns—With $40M—But Will Fox's "Cesspool of Sexism" Change?
Roger Ailes, the embattled chief executive of Fox News, resigned Thursday amid allegations that he had sexually harassed and retaliated against women at the network for decades. Ailes' resignation comes along with the stipulation that he cannot start a new media outlet to compete with Fox, as...
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As Major Parties Embrace Fracking, Report Shows Natural Gas 'Bridge to Climate Disaster'
As the Democratic Party comes under fire for not taking a strong enough stance on fracking, and Donald Trump considers drilling tycoon Harold Hamm for Energy Secretary in his hypothetical cabinet, a new report out Friday details how proposed natural gas expansion in the U.S. stands to undermine...
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Munich Shooting: Lone Gunman Reportedly Obsessed with Mass Killings
#MunichShooting Tweets Developing... The 18-year-old man identified as the lone perpetrator in Friday's shooting that left nine people dead, including children, was obsessed with mass killings and law enforcement sources say he may have lured some of his victims to their deaths by offering free...
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Clinton Inflames Progressive Base with Choice of Tim Kaine as Vice President
Hillary Clinton's Friday night announcement of Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her vice-presidential running mate stirred immediate disappointment and outrage among the progressive wing of her party and the army of supporters inspired by Bernie Sanders' historic and visionary campaign. "I'm thrilled...
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Is Obama's Recent Ban on Military Gear to Police Already Coming to an End?
At White House meeting last week, law enforcement leaders called for reinstatement military equipment, and now, Obama is reviewing the ban, according to Reuters.
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US Failing Dismally on Sustainable Development, Despite Vast Wealth
The United States is far behind other wealthy countries when it comes to sustainable development, a new report found this week, meaning the country is "seriously far" from achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ratified by United Nations member states in September 2015. "We've long been...
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Set for Convention Floor Fight, Push to End Superdelegates 'Catching Fire'
The push to abolish the " antidemocratic superdelegate system " within the Democratic National Committee is at its apex ahead of a DNC Rules Committee meeting on Saturday, at which an amendment to minimize the influence of those party insiders will be considered. Superdelegates, which only exist...
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Donald Trump's Autocratic Speech Triggers Alarm Bells
It's official. Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president. Reactions abounded late Thursday after the ( racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and misogynistic ) real estate mogul accepted the party's nomination in a rambling, hour-and-fifteen-minute long speech. Some noted the parallels to...
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Racist, Xenophobic, Islamophobic and Misogynistic Donald Trump Accepts
Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican nomination on Thursday night at his party's national convention in Cleveland, Ohio and delivered a speech vowing to defeat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. At more than an hour and fifteen minutes, the speech was notable for being long by historical...
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Thursday, July 21, 2016
New Snowden-Developed Smartphone Device Aims to Shield Journalists
Whistleblower Edward Snowden has helped to develop a smartphone case designed to protect privacy by constantly checking whether one's phone is transmitting data via radio signal. The technology, which the NSA whistleblower developed alongside prominent hardware hacker Andrew 'bunnie' Huang, is "a...
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'Sorry for Buzzkill': Michael Moore Predicts Trump Victory
Documentary filmmaker and political commentator Michael Moore is "sorry to have to be the buzzkill here so early on," he said from the grounds of the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Thursday, but he thinks the GOP's presidential nominee Donald Trump "is going to win. I'm sorry." Watch:...
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US Justice Department Steps In to Halt Health Insurance Mega-Mergers
The U.S. Department of Justice is suing to block two mega healthcare mergers, saying the acquisitions would "fundamentally reshape the health insurance industry" to the detriment of consumers. The antitrust lawsuits were announced Thursday by Attorney General Loretta Lynch in response to Anthem's $...
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Greenpeace: 'Extremely High' Jump in Post-Fukushima Radioactive Chemicals
Greenpeace Japan reported Thursday that waterways in the Fukushima district have hundreds of times more radiation now than before 2011, when the nuclear disaster that forced the evacuation of at least 160,000 people occurred. Looking back at the past five years, the environmental group's new report...
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With Arms in Air, Unarmed Black Caregiver Shot by Police
Charles Kinsey, a black man and caregiver at a group home, was shot by police on Monday in North Miami, Florida. "There's no justification for shooting an unarmed person who's talking to you and telling you that they don't have a gun and they're a mental health counselor." —Hilton Napoleon, Kinsey'...
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Turkey's Post-Coup Crackdown Puts Human Rights on the Chopping Block
Turkey has imposed a three-month state of emergency and temporarily suspended the European Convention on Human Rights as the government continues to crack down on dissent in the wake of last week's failed military coup. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Turkey would follow France's lead on...
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Hillary Clinton's Top VP Pick Lets Big Banks Know He's in Their Corner
Sounding another alarm for progressives wary of the Democratic establishment's support for Wall Street, the man said to be leading the pack of potential Hillary Clinton running mates —Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine—has just this week sent a clear message to big banks: He's in their corner. Kaine, who is...
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Amid Media Blackout, Syrian Opposition Begs US-Led Coalition to Stop Bombings
As the number of civilians killed by U.S.-led coalition forces in Syria since June rises to above 100, the head of opposition group the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) is asking the U.S. to suspend the coalition's airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) while the deaths are investigated. On...
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Lyin' Ted's Revenge: Told to "Vote Their Conscience," Republicans Erupt in Boos
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who finished second in this year's Republican presidential primary contest, was essentially booed off the stage at the party's national convention on Wednesday night after withholding an endorsement of Donald Trump and telling the audience to "vote their conscience" in this...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Even Conservative US Court Knows Texas Voter ID Law is 'Affront to Democracy'
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Texas's controversial voter ID law is discriminatory and violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. ThinkProgress describes it as "a stunning, unexpected decision from one of the most conservative federal appeals courts in the country," the New Orleans...
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Will Clinton VP Pick Be 'Pronounced Middle Finger' to Millions Who Voted for Bernie?
Hillary Clinton's pick for vice president, now expected this Friday or Saturday , will tell prospective Democratic voters much about her attitude towards the progressive base of the party, the ideological drive of her general election campaign, and the manner of her potential presidency. While a "...
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New Study Makes Clear: Saving Reefs Means Slashing Emissions
Climate change is the primary cause of coral reef degradation around the world, according to a groundbreaking new study that casts doubt on the previous scientific understanding of reef erosion. The research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature Scientific Reports , finds that even isolated...
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Elizabeth Warren Warns Exxon: 'You Picked A Fight with the Wrong State'
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) turned up the heat on ExxonMobil and its congressional accomplices on Wednesday, publicly and passionately coming to the defense of her state's attorney general, Maura Healey, in her ongoing fight to hold Big Oil accountable for climate crimes. Healey and New...
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In 'Win-Win for People and Climate,' Obama Announces Solar-Boosting Initiative
The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a series of measures aimed at boosting access to solar energy—a move one environmental group hailed as "a win-win for people and for our climate." It's called the Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative , and, according to Rachel Cleetus, lead...
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Turkish Leaders Plan Special Courts, Prisons, 'Graveyard for Traitors' After Coup
A day after Turkish leaders revoked licenses, fired, and arrested tens of thousands of teachers and civil servants allegedly linked to last week's failed coup , national authorities on Wednesday promised to establish "a special court for trying coup plotters" as well as "a special prison" for those...
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Big Oil, Not Big Tobacco, Wrote the Public Skepticism Playbook: Report
The playbook on sowing public skepticism about health and climate issues originated not with Big Tobacco—as long believed—but with Big Oil, a new investigation reveals . Documents published Wednesday by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) show that the tobacco and fossil fuel...
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Whistleblowers: Nuke Watchdogs Not Doing Enough to Prevent Canadian Fukushima
Anonymous whistleblowers have reportedly raised the alarm over nuclear safety in Canada, with an open letter warning of underestimated hazards and undisclosed risks that could make the nation vulnerable to a Fukushima-style disaster. The letter, sent several weeks ago to Canadian Nuclear Safety...
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French Lawmakers Seize Upon Nice Attacks to (Again) Extend State of Emergency
French lawmakers on Wednesday responded to the Nice attacks by calling for a fourth extension of the nation's controversial state of emergency. First declared following the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris , the state of emergency has been met with widespread criticism from human rights and...
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As Roger Ailes Circles the Drain at Fox, Is GOP Facing 'Great Unraveling'?
Media mogul Roger Ailes may be out the door at Fox News, the media company he started 20 years ago, after anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit accusing him of sexual harassment—charges that were followed by similar accusations from several women who had interacted with Ailes since the 1960s...
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RNC Night(mare) Two: Trump Junior, the 'Lynch Mob,' and... Lucifer?
On the night Donald J. Trump officially secured the GOP nomination for president (he'll formally accept the nod on Thursday), Republican convention speakers " barely mentioned " the real estate tycoon, focusing instead on Hillary Clinton, keeping conservative control of Congress, and Lucifer...
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Fracking Tycoon Admits Democrats Better for Business Than GOP
Despite the widely-held belief that the Republican Party and the fossil fuel industry are natural allies, one of the world's most prominent fracking tycoons admitted Tuesday that, actually, his business has fared better under Democrats. "The industry has actually historically done better under...
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Gruesome Film Shows US-Funded Syrian Rebel Group Behead Child
A Syrian rebel group once deemed "moderate" by the U.S. was captured on film beheading a child in Handarat, near Aleppo, in a gruesome video that circulated on social media on Tuesday. The Daily Beast reports : "There are two clips from the unsavory events. One shows five militants surrounding the...
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
"We're Screwed": GOP Pollster Laments Losing Millennial Voters to Socialism and Sanders
The future of the Republican Party is "screwed," as one delegate put it after being informed by GOP pollster Frank Luntz that conservatives have "lost" an entire generation of voters. The comments were overheard by a reporter for the The Hill during a breakfast event Tuesday for the South Carolina...
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Lawsuits Say Top Volkswagen Officials Knew of Emissions Scandal for Years
Three attorneys general investigating Volkswagen's emissions scandal say the plan to cheat pollution tests was an organized plot spanning more than a decade that implicates officials at the top of the company's corporate chain, the New York Times reports. For the first time, lawsuits from New York...
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Hot Hot Heat: New Data Shows World is Baking in 2016
As the party of climate science denial convenes in Cleveland this week— minus the few Republicans who care about global warming—new data further confirms that the world is on fire. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) announced Tuesday that June 2016 was 1.62° F above the 20th...
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Purge in Turkey Intensifies with Tens of Thousands Teachers, Public Servants Fired
Turkey has revoked licenses for thousands of educators in the government's latest crackdown following Friday's failed military coup . "The licenses of 21,000 teachers working in privately-run institutions have been canceled. Tip-offs that these [people] are mostly linked with terrorist activities...
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Damning Probe Finds EPA 'Turning Blind Eye' to Toxic Chemical Cocktails
While the use of one toxic chemical—on our foods, lawns, and elsewhere—has its inherent risks, scientists warn that the combination of two or more such ingredients in common pesticides could have an even more noxious impact, one which is commonly overlooked. In fact, a investigation released...
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Bolstered by New Proof of Asthma Link, Anti-Fracking Groups Plan 'Massive' March at DNC
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have conclusively shown that living close to fracking operations significantly increases asthma sufferers' risks of attacks, adding urgency to the battle against fracking within the Democratic Party as it prepares to convene in Philadelphia next week. "...
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Despite Nationwide Assault on Voting Rights, DOJ Guts Election Observers
Voting rights advocates are crying foul after a Reuters investigation revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is scaling back its deployment of election observers during this year's presidential election. According to Reuters , which saw a DOJ fact sheet outlining the plan, the changes...
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Trump Campaign Chair Lays Blame on Melania for Plagiarized Speech
Follows a pattern set by the Trump campaign of ignoring truth and accountability
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US-Led Bombings in Syria Kill 77 Civilians, Including Many Children
Dozens of civilians, including children, were killed on Monday and Tuesday by U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria. The strikes appeared to have been a mistake, with the civilians taken for Islamic State (IS or ISIS) militants, the U.K.-based human rights group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights group...
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Steve King Marks RNC Kickoff with White Supremacist Comments
The Republican National Convention (RNC) kicked off Monday night with some controversial moments, many of which were punctuated by a seeming theme of white anger and pride—but none as explicit as a statement by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who said during a panel discussion on MSNBC that whites have...
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'Mr. Coal' and a Climate Change Skeptic Given Key Energy Posts in Aussie Cabinet
Australia's post-election Cabinet reshuffle is great news for the fossil fuels sector but portends doom for the environment, according to green groups who are raising alarm about the government's newly appointed ministers dealing with climate change and resources. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,...
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