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Ignoring threats from Trump and Haley, U.N. votes against Jerusalem decision

The U.N. General Assembly voted Thursday in favor of a resolution calling for the nullification of President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Passing by a margin of 128 to 9 (with 35 abstentions), the resolution was voted on during a special emergency session that was called after Trump decided on December 6 to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem — … [Read more...]

The Koch brothers want to spend millions to convince you the tax bill is good

Not satisfied with Republicans passing a tax bill that is hugely beneficial to them, the billionaire Koch brothers are planning to invest millions in an advertising campaign designed to sell the hugely unpopular bill to the American people. The “full-scale, nationwide education campaign” will include TV and digital ads along with phone banking, door knocking, and town hall events, in … [Read more...]

Democrats and Republicans scramble to avoid shutdown, amid glaring differences

In a move that has lately become a Congressional norm, the House plans to vote on an interim spending bill Thursday, racing to beat a Friday midnight deadline to fund the government or face a shutdown. With less than 48 hours to reach an agreement, Democrats and Republicans are split on funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and community health centers, disaster relief, … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico exposes the true nature of Trump administration’s energy agenda

During his first year as head of the Department of Energy, Secretary Rick Perry has been almost singularly focused on one thing: realizing President Donald Trump’s empty promise to revitalize coal as a power source in the United States. Perry’s crusade for coal began in April, when he ordered the DOE to conduct a study on grid reliability — namely, whether renewable energy was … [Read more...]

Anti-Trump Inauguration protesters acquitted on all counts

None of the six men and women facing felony charges tied to an anti-Trump Inauguration Day protest committed a crime, jurors decided Thursday. The six defendants had faced seven charges each. The jury returned 42 separate not-guilty verdicts. The charges — conspiracy to riot, engaging in a riot, and five counts of criminal property destruction — came despite the government’s … [Read more...]

U.S. life expectancy has dropped due to the opioid crisis. All Trump has done is unlock $157,000.

The life expectancy declined in 2016 for a second consecutive year, and this was largely driven by the country’s drug crisis. Drug overdoses killed more U.S. residents in 2016 than any other year, according to a 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on U.S. mortality. More than 63,600 people died of drug overdoses last year; roughly two-thirds, or 42,200 deaths, were … [Read more...]

Corker’s ‘fake news’ claim is 100 percent fake news

During an interview with Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade on Thursday, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) complained that the media had unfairly portrayed his knowledge of the so-called “Corker Kickback”, a series of last-minute changes to the GOP tax bill that would personally enrich him, as well as several other conservative leaders and real estate moguls. Corker voted to pass the bill on … [Read more...]

Betsy DeVos announces changes to loan forgiveness that hurt defrauded students

Students who were defrauded by for-profit colleges and have jobs will find it more challenging to get debt relief, thanks to a new decision by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. On Wednesday, DeVos announced changes to how the department decides how much students get for debt relief. The decision will affect 20,000 pending claims from students who were the victims of schools that convinced them to … [Read more...]

Hate group claims hollow victory in case of Atlanta’s fired anti-gay fire chief

A federal judge ruled this week that Atlanta had justification for firing Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran after he published a book condemning homosexuality and distributed it to subordinates. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the anti-LGBTQ hate group that defended Cochran, still claimed a victory because the judge ruled against the city’s rules requiring “pre-clearance” before … [Read more...]

The crucial thing senators aren’t saying in their defenses of Robert Mueller

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), one of the more recent critics of President Donald Trump, appeared on MSNBC on Thursday morning and conceded that if Trump moved to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, there would be an “uprising and revolt.” But when he was asked what specifically he would do, Corker answered, “I don’t know, I don’t know what would … [Read more...]

More than 700 employees have left the EPA since Scott Pruitt took over

Since Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took over the top job at the agency in March, more than 700 employees have either retired, taken voluntary buyouts, or quit, signaling the second-highest exodus of employees from the agency in nearly a decade. According to agency documents and federal employment statistics, 770 EPA employees departed the agency between April and … [Read more...]

2017 was a year for artists of color making money moves

You couldn’t have scripted symbolism this on-the-nose. La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz had finished his Academy Awards acceptance speech for best picture — even taking the time to pour 8,000 adjectives over “my kind, generous, talented, beautiful, blue-eyed wife” — and producer Marc Platt was done, too, having told us all that “the dreams we dream today will … [Read more...]

Now we know: Myanmar has killed at least 9,000 Rohingya in less than 4 months

After nearly four months of what started out as a crackdown against the Muslim minority Rohingya by the government of Myanmar, we now have our first rough estimates for how many lives have been lost: At least 9,000 Rohingya have been killed since August 25. According to a Doctors Without Borders survey released on Thursday, about 6,700 of those deaths occurred in the first two months of the … [Read more...]

Roy Moore refuses to concede as new campaign video targets transgender people, liberal judges

Failed U.S. Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore dug in his heels on Wednesday evening with a new campaign video in which he blasts progressives, abortion, and the LGBTQ community while simultaneously refusing to concede to special election victor, Doug Jones. “We are…in a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization, and our religion, and to set free a … [Read more...]

Ahead of net neutrality vote, FCC chairman stars in video with Pizzagate conspiracy theorist

As the Federal Communications Commission is preparing on a vote to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules Thursday, FCC chairman Ajit Pai appeared in a video on the conservative site The Daily Caller entitled, “Ajit Pai Wants The Internet To Know You Can Still Harlem Shake After Net Neutrality.” The video includes Pai doing various things he claims everyone will still be able to do … [Read more...]

With Senate rejection a near certainty, Trump nominee to head EPA chemical safety office withdraws

Michael Dourson, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, withdrew his name from consideration late Wednesday, after key senators made it clear he could not win confirmation. Environmental and public health advocates welcomed the news. But they also called on Dourson to step down from his current post … [Read more...]

Republicans bury anti-LGBTQ provisions in massive higher education bill

A massive (542 pages) higher education reform bill proposed by House Republicans would write anti-LGBTQ discrimination into the law in the disguise of “religious freedom.” H.R. 4508, authored by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), contains two provisions clearly designed to enable discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, even if it doesn’t refer to those … [Read more...]

Judge: No, wearing all black isn’t ‘inciting a riot’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A day that began with elation ended discouragingly for six young people who face decades in prison for being present at anti-Trump demonstrations on Inauguration Day. On Wednesday morning, lawyers for the six won Judge Lynn Leibovitz over to their argument that government prosecutors have failed to offer sufficient evidence to support one of the eight separate charges in … [Read more...]