Human Rights

Carnage in Manchester: At Least 19 Dead After Bombing at UK Concert Arena

Common Dreams - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 21:12
Common Dreams staff

Though details continue to emerge, police officials in the city of Manchester in the United Kingdom have confirmed that at least nineteen people were killed and many others injured after an apparent bomb exploded at an arena where American pop singer Ariana Grande was playing a concert Monday night.

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Calling for an End to Corruption, 23 Arrested at the Pennsylvania State Capitol

Common Dreams - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:45
David Schwenk

Chanting “Pass the gifts ban, do your job” and “Drain the swamp,” a boisterous crew of March on Harrisburg participants and members of the Teamsters Union jammed the hallways outside the office of Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe on Monday to demand action on a bill banning gifts to lawmakers. Many of the same protesters later disrupted proceedings outside a committee room buried deep in the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

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The Liberal Case Against Impeaching Trump

Brennan Center - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:40
The Liberal Case Against Impeaching TrumpWalter ShapiroMay 22, 2017

Throwing Trump out of office would make forging a consensus on anything in Washington even more difficult.

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Criminal or Not, the Public Deserves the Truth About Trump and Russia

Brennan Center - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:23
Criminal or Not, the Public Deserves the Truth About Trump and RussiaElizabeth (Liza) GoiteinMay 22, 2017

Our concern is not just whether Trump’s campaign criminally colluded with Russia. It is also whether Trump’s ties to Russia affect his willingness or his ability to act in America’s best interests.

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Supreme Court Affirms Ban on ‘Soft Money’ in Campaigns

Brennan Center - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:58
Supreme Court Affirms Ban on ‘Soft Money’ in CampaignsMonday, May 22, 2017 - 5:00pmMedia Source: Roll CallSupreme Court Affirms Ban on ‘Soft Money’ in Campaigns
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Supreme Court's North Carolina Congressional Districts Ruling Could Mean Trouble for Similar Texas Cases

Brennan Center - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:57
Supreme Court's North Carolina Congressional Districts Ruling Could Mean Trouble for Similar Texas CasesMonday, May 22, 2017 - 5:00pmMedia Source: Dallas Morning NewsSupreme Court's North Carolina Congressional Districts Ruling Could Mean Trouble for Similar Texas Cases
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There's a Silver Lining on Voting Rights

Brennan Center - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:56
There's a Silver Lining on Voting RightsMonday, May 22, 2017 - 5:00pmMedia Source: EsquireThere's a Silver Lining on Voting Rights
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With New Leadership on the Way, Public Health Experts Demand WHO Take on Factory Farms

Common Dreams - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:44
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

As the World Health Organization (WHO) prepares to select its new director general, public health, food, and science experts are urging the new leader to take action on the issue of factory farms and global threats they pose.

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Pro-Democracy Activists Arrested at Pennsylvania Capitol Demanding Reforms

Common Dreams - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:41
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

After marching 100 miles from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, a group of activists demanding that the Pennsylvania state government "get big money out of the political system" were arrested at the state Capitol on Monday for, as one observer put it, "chanting too loud."

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Enviros Brace for Trump Budget That Prioritizes Polluters Over People

Common Dreams - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:32
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Offering more evidence that President Donald Trump's budget is a multi-faceted blow to everyone but the one percent, the proposal to be unveiled Tuesday would reportedly slash funding for clean-ups at so-called Superfund sites—the vast majority of which are found in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

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Trump Budget Endangers People and the Planet

Common Dreams - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:36
Friends of the Earth

The Trump Administration is expected to release its first detailed budget Tuesday. The budget will contain deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, sustainable food systems and renewable energy, according to reports.

Ben Schreiber, Friends of the Earth’s senior political strategist, issued the following statement ahead of the budget’s release:

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Supreme Court Ruling Smacks Down North Carolina's Racial Gerrymandering

Common Dreams - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:03
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled (pdf) Monday that race predominated the Republican redrawing of two of North Carolina's congressional districts.

"This is a watershed moment in the fight to end racial gerrymandering," said National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) chairman Eric Holder, the former attorney general. "North Carolina's maps were among the worst racial gerrymanders in the nation."

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The Internet Won’t Let Armenia Go Away

Common Dreams - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:20
Michael Winship

Here’s a different kind of story about media and politics.

It demonstrates how the monstrosity of a crime a century old still divides and scorches the world. And it’s one more example of how digital technology is changing geopolitics at every level, from interfering with other nation’s elections to the current wave of ransomware cyberattacks and even the release of motion pictures.

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NewsFlash: SCOTUS Preserves Campaign Finance Limits for State and Local Parties

Brennan Center - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:13
NewsFlash: SCOTUS Preserves Campaign Finance Limits for State and Local PartiesMay 22, 2017

Today, the Supreme Court once again upheld the authority of Congress to place limits on the size of campaign contributions.

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SCOTUS Upholds Decision Finding Gerrymandering in North Carolina Was Racially Motivated

Brennan Center - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:11
SCOTUS Upholds Decision Finding Gerrymandering in North Carolina Was Racially MotivatedMay 22, 2017

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that North Carolina engaged in unconstitutional racial gerrymandering when it packed African-American voters into two congressional districts.

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Flynn to Plead Fifth, Refuse Compliance With Senate Subpoenas

Common Dreams - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:56
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Monday will plead the Fifth Amendment and refuse to hand over documents subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to news reports.

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Why Were the Saudi Streets So Quiet?

Common Dreams - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:43
Medea Benjamin

With the world’s media focused on President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, it’s curious that the streets of Riyadh were so empty. Unlike most of Trump’s public appearances, there was not a protester in sight.

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