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Donald Trump Jr.’s India Speech Mixes Business And Politics In The Worst Way

The eldest of President Donald Trump son’s will give a speech titled “Reshaping Indo-Pacific Ties: The New Era of Cooperation” this week in New Delhi at the Global Business Summit. According to Trump Jr., he’s in the region to sell condos at Trump-branded buildings, and the State Department says he has not coordinated with the administration on the travel.

February 22, 2018

Are Dead Children The Price Of Freedom?

When the news broke on Valentine’s Day that 17 people—mostly young students—had lost their lives in Parkland, Florida, one could be forgiven for being numb. Of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in US history, six have come after 2012. Of those six, three have occurred in the last 5 months, including the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that claimed 58 lives, the deadliest in US history.

February 20, 2018

America Has Been Silent On A Human Rights Tragedy

In Myanmar today, the thugs have won. Any moral leadership we thought Aung San Suu Kyi possessed has been badly damaged. Her former supporters have made a vocal call for her to give back her Nobel Peace Prize. The word “genocide” is now used, with some justification, for the brutal treatment of the Rohingya people at the hands of the Burmese military.

February 18, 2018
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Video: How Trump’s Hair Really Works

President Donald Trump’s bizarre hair has been a point of speculation for many years. He’s long insisted the hair is his own, not a strange wig. A new video of Trump boarding Air Force One reveals that the president has perhaps the most bizarre combover ever created. The strong winds created by the aircraft caused Trump’s hair to flap off the back of his head, revealing his scalp and real hair pattern in the process.

February 8, 2018
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Donald Trump Is Shamelessly Exploiting An NFL Player’s Death To Push His Racist Immigration Policy

In tweets shared on Tuesday morning, Donald Trump used NFL player Edwin Jackson’s death to exacerbate anti-immigrant sentiment across the nation. The president tweeted that it was “so disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson.

February 7, 2018
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Nunes Preparing More Memos On State And Justice Departments

According to a new Axios report, the propagandistic memo from Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is just the beginning of Republicans’ war on government agencies that don’t fall into line behind President Donald Trump’s authoritarian administration.

February 6, 2018
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Scaramucci Reappears To Dish Bannon, ‘Rancid Penis,’ Ivanka, And Trump

Interviews with short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci are infamously explosive, in part because Scaramucci seems to not always know when he’s on-the-record. But a new Vanity Fair feature stands out because Scaramucci seems to know he’s speaking on-the-record and continues with his ill-advised, vulgar screeds anyhow. Scaramucci calls Reince Priebus, the former White House chief of staff, […]

February 2, 2018
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Wikileaks’ Assange Messages Fake Hannity Account With ‘News’ On Sen. Warner

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange wanted to provide Fox News host Sean Hannity “some news” about Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. One problem: Assange messaged a fake account, whose owner then alerted the press. Dell Gilliam, […]

January 30, 2018
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Billy Graham’s Granddaughter Calls Out Right-Wing Evangelicals For Excusing Trump

Jerushah Armfield, granddaughter of famed evangelist Billy Graham, criticized both President Donald Trump and the evangelicals who support him in a Friday CNN appearance. She began by attacking evangelicals for excusing Trump’s awful behavior under the guise of forgiveness. “In order to forgive somebody, that individual needs to repent and apologize,” she told host Jim Scuitto. “And […]

January 28, 2018
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Guggenheim Curator Offered Trumps Gold Toilet Instead Of Van Gogh Painting

In a massively bold trolling of President Donald Trump, Guggenheim chief curator Nancy Spector offered to send the first family an 18-karat gold toilet last fall, instead of the painting they’d requested, “Landscape with Snow” by Vincent Van Gogh. “It is, of course, extremely valuable and somewhat fragile, but we would provide all the instructions for its […]

January 27, 2018

This Is What The Planet Would Be Like Without Trees

Forests account for nearly 30 percent of the world’s surface. That’s a staggering 3.04 trillion trees, each of which are continually remoistening our atmosphere, filtering the air we breathe and combating climate change by storing carbon and providing shelter for countless species of wildlife.

January 15, 2018
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Former White Supremacist Leader—Here’s How To Stop Hate Groups From Spreading

For almost 23 years, Christian Picciolini has been making amends—to his parents, to his children, and to the people he hurt as a leader of America’s white supremacist movement. He tells his story in the recently released White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out (Hachette Books). The book is simultaneously horrifying and redemptive.

January 3, 2018

Legal Pot Begins In California, Already The World’s Largest Marijuana Marketplace

The world’s largest legal marijuana economy gets underway on January 1, as California’s voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana commerce goes into effect. It’s been legal to possess and grow small amounts of weed since shortly after votes passed Prop 64 in November 2016, but as of New Year’s Day, we see the unleashing of what is expected to be a $7 billion a year state pot industry.

December 31, 2017

Free-Speech Inaugural Protesters Found Not Guilty

Though Judge Lynn Leibovitz acquitted the defendants on the count of inciting a riot December 13—a charge that carries possibly five decades of jail time—the other counts went to a jury and were not announced until Thursday.

December 22, 2017
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Wall Of Shame: Top 10 Climate Deniers In The Trump Administration

More than 97 percent of climate scientists agree the planet is warming and that human activity is largely responsible. For perspective, that’s as conclusive as the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. This scientific consensus is accepted by people and their governments in virtually every corner of the world, with one notable exception.

December 21, 2017
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Theological Scholar Explains Shocking Reason Trump Supporters Celebrated Armageddon At Florida Rally

In a Pensacola, Florida rally Friday evening, Republican state Senator Doug Broxson suggested to supporters of Donald Trump that the president’s controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may usher in the biblical end times.

December 11, 2017

A Better, Simpler Tax Reform For Progressives

While slashing taxes for some of the country’s most privileged, including Donald Trump and his family, the GOP’s seemingly unstoppable scheme to reform the tax code fail to address America’s most pressing problems: rising inequality, the climate crisis…

December 2, 2017

On The Brink Of A Dangerous Crisis, Iraqis Line Up To Attack Kurds

Iraqi security forces and Iranian-backed militias are preparing to attack Kirkuk in a bid to punish Iraqi Kurds who support independence. The United States must not allow Iraqi Kurds to be slaughtered, nor can it allow a war between anti-ISIS coalition members.

October 17, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech at the Alumisourse Building in Monessen, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Louis Ruediger

Mental Health Professionals March Through New York To Demand Trump’s Removal From Office

A group of psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals marched through New York City on Saturday to call for President Donald Trump to be removed from office, said The New York Post.

October 16, 2017

Where Is Disney’s Outrage About Pat Robertson?

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting earlier this month, which killed 59 people and left more than 500 injured, televangelist Pat Robertson blamed the massacre on Americans’ disrespect for Donald Trump.

October 14, 2017

Our Addiction To Palm Oil Is Wiping Out Wildlife And Threatening Food Security

Palm oil is now a ubiquitous international commodity. It’s a key ingredient in a wide range of consumer products—foods, cosmetics, soaps, pharmaceuticals and biofuel. The demand for palm oil is strong. The World Bank has estimated that an additional 28 million metric tons of vegetable oils will have to be produced annually by 2020.

October 12, 2017

Stop Saying Columbus ‘Discovered’ The Americas—It Erases Indigenous History

Just over a hundred years ago in Peru, a tall history professor from Yale University left his camp in a valley northwest of Cusco, and walked through cloud forest to a mountain ridge more than 7,500 feet above sea level. There, high above the roaring Urubamba river, he found an ancient stone citadel; sculpted terraces of temples and tombs, granite buildings and polished walls that were covered in centuries of vines and vegetation.

October 9, 2017
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Charter Schools Backer Is Puerto Rico Vulture, Too

Billionaire hedge funder Seth Klarman is having a rough quarter. The media averse Klarman, often likened to Warren Buffet for his safe bets and low profile, has been dragged into the spotlight twice in less than a month.

October 8, 2017
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Steve Bannon Can’t Drain The Swamp Because He Is The Swamp

There was a moment in Steve Bannon’s recent 60 Minutes interview when the former presidential advisor was asked what he’s done to drain “the swamp,” the Trumpists’ favorite metaphor for everything they hate about Washington DC.

October 7, 2017
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Betsy DeVos: The Queen Of Obfuscation, Talking Nonsense

After 156 days on the job, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos finally sat down with the media on Thursday. Capping off the start to a controversial listening tour on campus sexual assault issues, DeVos took a handful of questions from reporters and mostly delivered talking points in return.

July 15, 2017