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French government wants EU to stop TTIP talks France's trade chief says he wants to ask the European Union to end talks with the U.S. on forging a sweeping trade deal that his socialist government sees as too friendly to U.S. business. Matthias Fekl, France's secretary of state for foreign trade, said Tuesday on RMC radio that "we need a clear, clean, definitive stop" to the negotiations on a proposed Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. He said talks could r...
World is Warming at Rate 'Unprecedented' for 1,000 Years "In the last 30 years, we've really moved into exceptional territory," Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, told the Guardian. "It's unprecedented in 1,000 years. There's no period that has the trend seen in the 20th century in terms of the inclination [of temperatures]." 1 1 Comment Count
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The Six Clinton Foundation Scandals Everyone Needs to Know How did Huma Abedin hold down four full-time jobs at once?The Clinton Foundation, the nonprofit charity organization run by Bill and Hillary Clinton (that also provides a career to untalented daughter Chelsea), has been in the news recently over what is truthfully just its latest scandal. The media has latched onto the news that more than half of those who received a personal meeting with Hillary Clinton while she wa...
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Kali Ma: The Talented Mr. Erdoğan: Erdoğan's Game Ev'rybody's talking about Ministers, Sinisters, Banisters and canisters, Bishops and Fishops and Rabbis and Pop eyes, And bye bye, bye byes. ~ Cold hearted orb that rules the night, Removes the colours from our sight, Red is gray and yellow white, But we decide which is right. And which is an illusion? 1 1 Comment Count
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National Lawyers Guild: We Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against Dakota Access Pipeline The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the oldest and largest human rights bar association in the United States, by its International Committee, its Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Committee and its Environmental Human Rights Committee, as well as the NLG’s Environmental Justice Committee, stands in solidarity with the sovereign Oceti Sakowin Oyate (the Great Sioux Nation), the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and its people in t...
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Beat the Press by Timothy Egan "It’s  open season on journalists. More than 20,000 newsroom jobs have been lost in this country since 2001. Into the vacuum have emerged powerful partisan voices, injecting rumors and lies into the public arena, with no consequence.The true media elites are in talk radio and right-wing television — multimillionaire gasbags . Every day, nearly every hour, they attack reporters.Real reporters get thr... 1 1 Comment Count
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The 2016 Lummi Nation Totem Pole Journey is Under Way! This is one of many articles covering the 2016 Totem Pole Journey; it's even making mainstream news! The totem pole, carved by master carver Jewell Praying Wolf James of the House of Tears carvers, is the 4th totem pole to make the journey to First Nations communities on the front lines in the fossil fuel exports war. The Totem Pole Journeys unify First Nations, faith groups, environmental groups, and community leaders to st...
The New SAT | Test Prep & Admissions
"NEW" SAT a fraud on Connecticut and the nation's high school students, their parents, teachers and taxpayers - Wait Wha Jonathan Pelto  warns Connecticut parents that their children will be forced to take the "new" SAT despite serious charges that the test is ill-designed and invalid.  Manuel Alfaro -- who until recently was Executive Director for Assessment at the College Boar, (responsible for the SAT)  --  became angered by what he saw  giving a  devastating critique of this re-designed mess. UH-... 3 3 Comment Count
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Georgianne Nienaber: Spirit Wins and Media Lies Lose at Standing Rock Protest A federal judge will rule on the legality of the Dakota Access Pipeline on September 9. It remains to be seen whether the traumatic past will be repeated and define the present. How much can be endured; how much more can be stolen? This is a spiritual battle for seven generations to come. 7 7 Comment Count
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FBI has found hackers accessed AZ and IL election databases The FBI has found that hackers accessed Arizona’s and Illinois’s state election databases, CBS News has confirmed.  The bureau issued an alert to state election officials of the attempted hacks, which was sent earlier this month and it referenced two attacks in two states that are under investigation. At least one site was compromised, CBS News confirmed.  The two states that were targeted were Arizona a... 1 1 Comment Count
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Watch: Michael Moore and Bill Maher Go on Hilarious Hunt for Trump's Tax Returns on the Donald's Private Jet Donald Trump infamously refuses to release his tax returns, citing an audit as grounds for keeping the documents secret. But filmmaker Michael Moore and "Real Time" host Bill Maher aren't buying it. And yesterday, at LaGuardia Airport, they decided to take matters into their own hands. After attending a Mets game, Moore and Maher spotted Trump's plane at LaGuardia. The two maneuvered their way onto the runway, and afterward c...
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Carl Peterson: A Jaw-Dropping Report on the LAUSD Hearings on El Camino Real Charter High School  "It is astonishing," Diana Ravitch says: "Several defenders of the [LA] charter school spoke, but they complained that the board was 'picking on the school'.  No defense of the extravagant charges to the school's credit card. "Forr daring to investigate this school, they were under attack!" These days, the ploy is to do the TRUMP-thing --  when confronted-- attack.  The 'SCHOOL' is  E... 1 1 Comment Count
Donald Trump
Trump: Weiner Endangered National Security Within just 30 minutes of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin announcing her separation from Anthony Weiner on Monday, Donald Trump felt the need to weigh in. The Republican presidential nominee and longtime Weiner hater told The New York Times: “Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him.” Trump then accused Hillary Clinton of endangering national secu...
Dilma Rousseff
Brazil's Rousseff to face accusers in impeachment showdown Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff will confront her accusers Monday in a dramatic finale to a Senate impeachment trial likely to end 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America's biggest country. Rousseff's testimony will come just hours before a final vote to decide her fate, with everything pointing to her being convicted. Rousseff, 68, is accused of having taken illegal state loans to patch budget holes. Momentum...
Sheldon Adelson Tells Donald Trump To Show Some "Humility" Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson told Donald Trump in a private meeting that the Republican presidential candidate must demonstrate a measure of humility. Adelson, a billionaire casino magnate, also told Trump in the meeting last week in Adelson’s suite at the St. Regis Hotel in New York that he was committed to his presidential campaign. Adelson’s wife, Miriam, also a large donor to the Republican Party, rep...
The Anthropocene Is Here: Humanity Has Pushed Earth Into a New Epoch After seven years of deliberation, members of an international working group votedunanimously on Monday to acknowledge that the Anthropocene—a geologic time interval so-dubbed by chemists Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer in 2000—is real. The epoch is thought to have begun in the 1950s, when human activity, namely rapid industrialization and nuclear activity, set global systems on a differe...
Tom Engelhardt: Tomgram: Arlie Hochschild, Trumping Environmentalism TomDispatch takes you on a remarkable journey into the bayous of Louisiana, a world of Tea Party supporters, of an environmental disaster, and of the confounding contradictions of American political life in the midst of Election 2016.
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Huma: I'm Leaving Weiner Huma Abedin announced Monday morning that she is separating from her husband, Anthony Weiner, after it was revealed he sent sexually explicit messages to a woman last year. On Sunday night, the New York Post revealed Weiner exchanged sexually explicit messages and photos with a woman who was not his wife last July. One of the exchanges featured a photo of Weiner's toddler son next to him. Weiner deleted his Twitter account on... 1 1 Comment Count
Hillary Clinton
FBI vs. State Department Over Hillary Clinton's Secrets The FBI and the State Department are at odds over whether Hillary Clinton’s personal lawyers had the proper government-issued security clearances that they needed to keep copies of her emails in a Washington, D.C., law office last year. Some of those emails contained classified information, which the lawyers and State Department officials knew at the time. The issue has become a flashpoint in the broader controversy ove...
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School reform: Ga. PTA says ballot wording deceptive " A classic case of charter lies, and the Georgia PTA is irate. A group that represents a quarter million Georgia parents says Gov. Nathan Deal and state lawmakers are being “deceptive” and even “intentionally misleading” with wording they have chosen for November’s constitutional amendment affecting schools. The amendment would eviscerate local control and create a statewide district modele... 1 1 Comment Count
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A Powerful Russian Weapon: The Spread of False Stories "With a vigorous national debate underway on whether Sweden should enter a military partnership with NATO, officials in Stockholm suddenly encountered an unsettling problem: a flood of distorted and outright false information on social media, confusing public perceptions of the issue.If Sweden, a non-NATO member, signed the deal, the alliance would stockpile secret nuclear weapons on Swedish soil; NATO could attack&... 5 5 Comment Count
Democracy Earth Governance Singularity Grand Challenge Winner #gsummit The Democracy Earth Foundation is a Y Combinator backed organization working with hackers, thinkers and makers. The internet transformed how we share culture, work together —and even fall in love— but governance has remained unchanged for over 200 years. With the rise of open source software and peer to peer networks, political intermediation is no longer necessary. We are building a protocol with smart c...
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Greg Palast: The GOP's Stealth War Against Voters When Donald Trump claimed, "the election's going to be rigged," he wasn't entirely wrong. But the threat was not, as Trump warned, from Americans committing the crime of "voting many, many times." What's far more likely to undermine democracy in November is the culmination of a decade-long Republican effort to disenfranchise voters under the guise of battling voter fraud. The latest tool: Election officials in more ... 2 2 Comment Count
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Joan Brunwasser: Presidential Debates: A Fraud on the American Voter? The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was jointly created by Ds and Rs in 1987 in order to kick out the nonpartisan League of Women Voters, which had been sponsoring the debates since 1976.The two parties didn't want the League running them and determining whether third party candidates could participate. The resulting debates were not uniformly well-received. Cronkite called them "phony... an unconscionable fraud." 4 4 Comment Count
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Wasserman Schultz goes down to wire against primary challenger Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the embattled former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), will seek to survive a serious primary challenge from a liberal rival on Tuesday. The primary will cap a tough summer for the Florida Democrat, who decided to resign from the DNC on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, after leaked emails showed that staffers at her organization appeared to be plotting ways to ...
Inside debate prep: Clinton's careful case vs. Trump's "WrestleMania" Hillary Clinton is methodically preparing for the presidential debates as a veteran lawyer would approach her biggest trial. She pores over briefing books thick with policy arcana and opposition research. She internalizes tips from the most seasoned debate coaches in her party. And she rehearses, over and over again, to perfect the pacing and substance of her presentation. Donald Trump is taking a different approach. He summo...
Feds Say Locking Up the Indigent Because they Can't Pay Bail is Unconstitutional U
DoJ Says Jail for Not Making Bail is Unconstitutional The DoJ says jailing poor defendants for not being able to pay bail is unconstitutional. Reform requires challenging the bail bond industry.The Department of Justice (DoJ) has stepped up to address one of the more egregious ways the criminal justice system discriminates against poor people who have been arrested. In a friend-of-the court brief filed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit earlier t...
Cold War 2.0: Hillary Claims a Putin-Led "Alt-Right" Conspiracy is Against Her Hillary Clinton doubled down on the disturbing tactic of drumming up anti-Russia hysteria in a bid to smear Donald Trump and to label any reports not favorable to her candidacy as akin to treason. It is only 72 days until the next US President is elected and it already seems as though the fate of US-Russia relations will be irrevocably marred by a theory hatched by Hillary Clinton’s campaign that marks President Vladimi...
How the charter school lobby is changing the Democratic Party In the future  historians will  grapple with how charter schools became the cause celebre of centrist billionaires – from Walton, Bloomberg to Broad – in an age of plutocracy.  This is a very important article  about the toxic effect of the powerful charter lobby on the Democratic Party and on democracy itself." Funded by billionaires and arrayed against unions, it is increasingly contesti... 1 1 Comment Count
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
Joan Brunwasser: MomsRising Tackles Zika Virus, EpiPen Greed (and More) We are an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization with more than a million members working to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and to build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. Established in 2006,[we] are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America's families. 4 4 Comment Count

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