News for 2017-01-11

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
#FightInequality: Week of Action Aims to Tackle 'Crisis Reaching New Extremes'
Economic inequality tops the list of global risks, the World Economic Forum (WEF) said Wednesday, just ahead of a global week of action that aims to fight the wealth gap crisis. The pronouncement from the WEF comes via its new Global Risks Report , issued before a "parody-defying event"—its annual...
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Tillerson Called Out for 'Lying About Climate' During Confirmation Hearing
At his senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, U.S. secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson on Wednesday dodged questions about ExxonMobil's long history of denying climate science, lending credence to claims his tenure would be a disaster for the planet . When pressed by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)...
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Buyer's Remorse? Nation's Impressions of Trump Have Plummeted Since Election
President-elect Donald Trump rose to power with historically low approval ratings, and a new poll finds that even those numbers have fallen as Americans lose what little goodwill they had toward him during the so-called post-election "honeymoon" period. Quinnipiac University's new survey, conducted...
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Nation's First "For-Profit President" as Trump Refuses To Divest
President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday gave his first press conference since the November election—indeed, since July—but gave little information on his relationship with Russia and outlined a plan to address his conflicts of interest that at least one government watchdog group called a "failure...
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A protest sign at a march in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 29. Facing Right-Wing Future, Local-Level Resistance to Trump Agenda Swells
Around the country, people who woke up on November 9 shocked and galvanized by the election results are forming new local organizations and networks to resist president-elect Donald Trump's right-wing agenda. "Politics on the national level are going to be ugly for the foreseeable future. We might...
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Protests Erupt as Lawmakers Continue Spread of Anti-Worker Legislation Nationwide
Just days after Kentucky became the 27th state in the nation with such an anti-worker law, Republicans controlling legislatures in New Hampshire and Missouri are working fast to pass their own so-called right-to-work laws. As economist Dean Baker has summed them up , right-to-work laws guarantee "...
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Proposed Labor Secretary's Anti-Labor Record Comes Under Fire
Ahead of nationwide protests taking place Thursday against Donald Trump's labor secretary nominee Andy Puzder , workers are drawing attention to poor conditions at the fast-food CEO's restaurants. Puzder's confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee was...
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Watch Live: Day 2 of Jeff Sessions Confirmation Hearings for Attorney General
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday continued to receive testimony on the nomination of Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General. Following testimony on his own behalf Tuesday, which was repeatedly interrupted by protests , the second day of the hearing will include...
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Senate Republicans Just Made Clear Their Desire to Gut Essential Healthcare Services
Senate Republicans on Tuesday rejected a Sen. Bernie Sanders-introduced measure to defend Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The vote on Amendment 19, which Sanders (I-Vt.) also introduced Tuesday, was 49-49 , short of the 60 it needed to advance. It was attached to Sen. Mike Enzi's (R-Wyo.)...
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Free Chelsea Manning banner Chelsea Manning on Obama's "Short List" for Commutation, DOJ Source Says
Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is on President Barack Obama's "short list" for a potential commutation, a Department of Justice source told NBC News , which adds that the president's decision could be announced as early as Wednesday. "She has suffered enough. President Obama should act now to right...
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'Are We Living in Nazi Germany?': Trump Lashes Out Ahead of Press Conference
President-elect Donald Trump will hold his first post-election press conference at 11:00am in New York City on Wednesday. The event is now more significant than ever following the release late Tuesday night of unverified claims that Russia has been "cultivating, supporting, and assisting" Trump for...
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#RejectRex: Protests as 'Big Oil Personified' Faces Capitol Hill Hearing
Controversial secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson faces the Senate Foreign Relations committee on Wednesday morning as confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's proposed cabinet continue . Watch live below: #rejectREX Tweets Pointing to Tillerson's longtime seat at the helm of...
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