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NFL Bans National Anthem Protests on Same Day Video of Police Tasering of NBA Player Is Released
The National Football League has announced it will fine teams if players refuse to stand for the national anthem before games. But under the new rules adopted by the league's 32 owners, players will be allowed to stay in the locker room during the anthem. The on-field protests began in August 2016 when quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem to protest racism and police brutality.
Monday, May 21, 2018(3 comments)
After Santa Fe Highschool Shooting, Texas Lawmakers Have "Focused on Anything But Guns"
A student entered his Santa Fe High School, outside of Houston, wearing a trench coat, and shot dead 10 people -- eight fellow students and two teachers. Seventeen-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis used a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver taken from his father to carry out the attack, which officials said he planned to end by committing suicide, but instead he surrendered to police.
Burying Fetal Remains: Court Strikes Down Indiana Law Signed by Mike Pence
We have to be concerned about this theocratic record that Pence has in Indiana that we're now seeing nationwide. I think we're, unfortunately, with Pence at the helm, you know, marching closer and closer toward theocracy in this country. It's a real concern, especially when you hear people talking about impeachment.
Massacre in Gaza: Israeli Forces Open Fire on Palestinians, Killing 18, Wounding As Many As 1,700
At least 18 Palestinians have died in Gaza after Israeli forces opened fire Friday on a protest near the Gaza Strip's eastern border with Israel. As many as 1,700 Palestinians were wounded. The deaths and injuries came as 30,000 Gaza residents gathered near the wall, as part of a planned six-week-long nonviolent protest against the blockade of Gaza and to demand the right of return for Palestinian refugees.
Trump's Most Alarming Foreign Policy Move Yet? Warmonger John Bolton Named National Security Adviser
President Trump has tapped John Bolton to become his next national security adviser, replacing H.R. McMaster. Bolton is known for his ultra-hawkish views. He has openly backed war against Iran and North Korea, and was a prominent supporter of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Just three weeks ago, Bolton wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal titled "The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First."
Wednesday, March 14, 2018(4 comments)
"She Tortured Just for the Sake of Torture": CIA Whistleblower on Trump's New CIA Pick Gina Haspel
Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou personally knew CIA director nominee Gina Haspel when he worked at the CIA. But their careers have taken very different paths over the past decade. Haspel, who was directly involved in torture at a secret CIA prison in Thailand, has been promoted to head the agency. Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on the torture program, ended up being jailed for 23 months.
The Biggest Secret: James Risen on Life as a NY Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror
In his new piece for The Intercept, James Risen also describes meetings between top Times editors and officials at the CIA and the White House. Risen was pursued by both the Bush and then the Obama administrations as part of a six-year leak investigation into his book State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. His refusal to name a source would take him to the Supreme Court.
The Growing Case for Impeaching Donald Trump, From Lawlessness and Corruption to Abuse of Power
Democrat Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire is the latest official to join the effort and is one of 12 House Democrats who represent a district won by Trump in 2016. This comes as a petition for impeachment launched in October by Democratic donor Tom Steyer has garnered more than 3.5 million supporters. At least 17 communities around the country are now on record calling for impeachment proceedings against Trump.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017(4 comments)
Meet the Miss USA Contestant Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct as Senators Call for Him to Resign
Five senators are now calling on President Trump to resign over allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted women, and 56 House lawmakers with the Democratic Women's Working Group are calling for a congressional investigation into the allegations. This comes as three of the 16 women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment held a press conference Monday in New York, demanding that Congress take action.
Report from Puerto Rico: Death Toll Higher Than Reported Amid Water Shortage & Health Crisis
On Capitol Hill Thursday, Democratic lawmakers accused President Trump of neglecting millions of U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. New York Congressmember Nydia Vela'zquez, who was born in Puerto Rico, said the White House showed far more urgency responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which devastated parts of Texas and Florida -- two states that voted for Trump.
Amid Tensions with North Korea, 51 Countries Sign Ban on Nuclear Weapons Despite U.S. Opposition
Amid tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, 51 countries have signed the world's first legally binding treaty banning nuclear weapons. It prohibits the development, testing and possession of nuclear weapons, and using or threatening to use these weapons. None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons signed the measure, including Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Meet Dulce Garcia: DREAMer & Immigration Lawyer Who Is Suing Trump for Ending DACA
Six recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program sued the Trump administration in a San Francisco federal court over its plans to rescind the program. The lawsuit argues the Trump administration failed to follow proper administrative procedures in rescinding DACA and that revoking the program violates due process laws.
Monday, September 18, 2017(1 comments)
Naomi Klein Warns Europe May Water Down Paris Accord to Win Support from Trump
We may end up with a situation, worst-case scenario, where Europe or other players succeed in watering down the Paris Agreement in order to get the U.S. back, and actually fail at that, but, from the interests of the oil industry, it's a great scenario, because it means that this agreement, which is--has been signed by the vast--by almost every country on Earth, becomes weaker.
Former DOJ Civil Rights Head: Jeff Sessions Is Implementing an Anti-Civil Rights Agenda
It's been six months since Attorney General Jeff Sessions was sworn in as head of the Department of Justice. In that time, Sessions has managed to undo nearly every aspect of Obama's civil rights legacy. We look at how Sessions is using the Justice Department to roll back decades of progress on civil rights, voting rights, LGBT rights and police reform.
Wray Confirmed as FBI Director as Questions Swirl over His Past Record & Close Ties to Big Business
If you look closely at the career paths of people like Wray, Loretta Lynch and Andrew Weissman, it's astonishing but a sort of a network analysis of all the cross-reporting relationships since the 1990s show that there's a relatively small group of maybe a few hundred people who have been percolating around the Justice Department, and through the revolving-door system connecting them to major Wall Street firms.
Monday, July 31, 2017(2 comments)
Is Trump Trying to Sabotage the Nuclear Deal to Lay Groundwork for War with Iran?
The White House appears ready to abandon the landmark Iranian nuclear deal in favor of what experts say could lead to war with Iran. The New York Times reported last week that President Donald Trump has instructed his national security aides to find a rationale for declaring that Iran is violating the terms of the accord.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Sen. McConnell Plans Vote on Repealing Obamacare Despite Lacking Enough Support from GOP Senators
Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced the Senate will vote next week on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement -- even though the bill currently lacks enough Republican support to pass. McConnell's announcement came after President Trump invited all 52 Republican senators to the White House for lunchtime talks aimed at reviving stalled efforts on healthcare.
Bernie Sanders: The Democracy Now! Interview
In a Democracy Now! special, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sat down with Amy Goodman at the Free Library of Philadelphia in late November in his most extensive broadcast interview since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton just weeks earlier.
Bruce Springsteen's Trump Warning: Nominee's Narcissism Threatens Democracy
In an interview with Channel 4 in Britain, Bruce Springsteen shared his thoughts on the race. "Donald Trump's going to lose, and he knows that. He knows he's going to lose. And he's such a flagrant, toxic narcissist that he wants to take down the entire democratic system with him if he goes," Springsteen said. "And the words that he's been using over the past several weeks really are an attack on the entire democratic proces