News for 2017-01-10

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
'Believe,' Obama Tells Nation in Farewell. 'Not in My Ability to Bring About Change – But in Yours.'
Appearing live on television and via a livestream online, President Barack Obama offered his official farewell address from Chicago on Tuesday night. Near his conclusion, Obama told the nation, "I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours. Watch: What follows...
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'Remorseless' Dylan Roof Receives Death Penalty for Church Massacre
For committing one of the most shocking crimes motivated by racial hatred in recent U.S. history, Dylan Roof—the 22-year-old white man who was convicted of the premeditated murder of nine black churchgoers during a bible study in 2015—received the death penalty on Tuesday. The capital sentence,...
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Flint Residents Barred From Closed-Door Water Quality Meeting
Residents of Flint, Michigan who traveled to Chicago were barred from attending a private meeting Tuesday between Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other officials, who advocates say are rushing to declare the city's water supply safe. Outrage over the closed-door meeting prompted protests in Flint...
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Sanders Launches #OurFirstStand to Protect Healthcare From Trump Future
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday introduced an amendment to require wider congressional approval for any cuts to government healthcare services and Social Security. Amendment 19 would require a three-fifths majority in the Senate to approve cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security, a...
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Is John Kelly 'Unfit' (or Sadly Suited) to Lead Homeland Security Under Trump?
President-elect Donald Trump's selection to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), former Marine General John Kelly, should be "disqualified" from the post due to his "brutal" treatment of detainees at the Guantánamo Bay Detention Center, attorneys warned Tuesday ahead of Kelly's Senate...
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The aftermath of Tuesday's bombing. Saudi Airstrike Hits Yemen School, Killing Children, as Humanitarian Crisis Worsens
A primary school in Yemen was bombed by the Saudi-led coalition on Tuesday, and five people, including two children, were killed, medics told the Middle East Eye. A rebel group puts the death toll at eight, with 15 wounded, according to AFP. A military official told AFP that the strike was a "...
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Groups Nationwide Create Campaign of 'United Resistance' to Trump
Progressive organizations across the U.S. are joining together in the latest showing of widespread resistance to President-elect Donald Trump's right-wing agenda, from climate policies to civil rights. Dozens of groups including the Center for Biological Diversity, United We Dream, and the Ella...
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GOP Further Eviscerate Oversight by Changing Little Known Records Rule
Amid the uproar over the Republican Party's attempt to cripple the Office of Congressional Ethics, a little-noticed rule change was passed that guts an essential element of government oversight. The rules package included a sentence that read: "Records created, generated, or received by the...
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Ticking Carbon Clock Warns We Have One Year to Avert Climate Catastrophe
Our window of time to act on climate may be shrinking even faster than previously thought. We may only have one year remaining before we lock in 1.5ºC of warming—the ideal goal outlined in the Paris climate agreement —after which we'll see catastrophic and irreversible climate shifts, many experts...
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Do Republican Defections Spell the End of the Obamacare Repeal?
Despite their dogged pursuit of an Obamacare repeal, Republican leaders may no longer have the votes to dismantle the law without a viable replacement—and may have blown their chance of destroying President Barack Obama's healthcare plan altogether. Two dozen Senate Democrats took part in a five-...
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As Sessions Confirmation Hearings Begin, Resistance Builds Near and Far
As confirmation hearings got underway Tuesday for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general , widespread protests continued throughout the country, on social media, and within the chambers of Capitol Hill. Tweets about stopsessions CODEPINK protesters and...
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Watch: Protests Erupt at Jeff Sessions Confirmation Hearing
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) faced a full day of testimony the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday as he seeks confirmation to be the next Attorney General of the United States. Nominated by President-elect Donald Trump, the choice sparked uproar among civil liberties and social justice advocates...
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