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Brennan Center Files FOIA Request for Information on DHS Social Media Monitoring Software

Brennan Center - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:16
Brennan Center Files FOIA Request for Information on DHS Social Media Monitoring Software

On April 26, 2017, the Brennan Center for Justice filed a Freedom of Information Act request with two arms of the Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – seeking records regarding their purchase and use of social media monitoring software.

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Why Are House Dems Treating 2016 Campaign Autopsy Like a Classified Document?

Common Dreams - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:08
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which works to elect Democrats to the U.S. House, has completed an investigative report into its own weaknesses and blind spots during last year's electoral failure.

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Trump Signs Executive Order Expanding Offshore Drilling, Puts Communities at Risk

Common Dreams - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:12

Ahead of the Peoples Climate March and nearly 7 years to the day since the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Trump administration issued an executive order today directing federal agencies to revise the 5-year-plan for offshore drilling previously approved by the Obama administration. The order could expose the Atlantic, the Pacific, and Arctic coasts, which are excluded from the current plan, to future drilling.

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Sierra Club: Offshore Drilling Off the Atlantic Coast “Will Ensure a Disaster”

Common Dreams - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:11
Sierra Club

Donald Trump today directed the Department of the Interior to review the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Oil and Gas leasing program, and will seek to undo President Barack Obama’s permanent protection for the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, threatening Virginia coastal economies and communities.

Drilling off Virginia’s coasts will present an immediate threat to coastal communities and wildlife while posing a long term one as it contributes to climate change.

In response Kate Addleson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter

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Trump's First 100 Days Marked by Secret Strikes and Civilian Deaths

Common Dreams - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:59

Commenting on President Trump's first 100 days in office, Kate Higham, Assassinations Project Lead at human rights organization Reprieve said:  

“President Trump has used his first 100 days in office to ramp up a failed, Obama-era policy of secret strikes around the world. Trump could have reversed this disastrous policy - instead, he has ramped it up, killing innocent children in countries like Yemen.

"The US assassination programme is illegal and unconstitutional - it is the death penalty without trial, on a global scale. 

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Fossil Fuel Resisters to March on Washington, Across Nation

Common Dreams - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:57
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity’s staff and members will join the Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C. and across the nation on Saturday in united resistance to Trump’s attacks on the climate during his first 100 days in office.

The Center will co-lead the Fossil Fuel Resistance Bloc in Washington and will spearhead and join sister marches in Los Angeles, Oakland, Flagstaff, Denver, St. Petersburg, Portland, Tucson and other cities.

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Mike German on The Truth on Terrorism: Thinking Like a Terrorist

Brennan Center - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:49
Mike German on The Truth on Terrorism: Thinking Like a TerroristApril 28, 2017 Thinking Like a Terrorist.mp3

In Thinking Like a Terrorist, former FBI counterterrorism agent Mike German contends that the overarching problem is a fundamental failure to understand the terrorists — namely, what they want and how they intend to get it.

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Redistricting Without Politics

Brennan Center - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:38
Redistricting Without PoliticsThursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:45amMedia Source: The Detroit NewsRedistricting Without Politics
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Brazil: Nationwide Strike Rebuffs "Disastrous" Austerity Measures

Common Dreams - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:32
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Nationwide strikes halted public transportation in several of Brazil's major cities on Friday as labor unions sought to show widespread opposition to the unelected president's austerity reforms.

"It is going to be the biggest strike in the history of Brazil," said Paulo Pereira da Silva, the president of trade union group Forca Sindical. 

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100 Days Along, Sessions Lays Foundation for Future Agenda

Brennan Center - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:24
100 Days Along, Sessions Lays Foundation for Future AgendaFriday, April 28, 2017 - 11:30amMedia Source: The Crime Report100 Days Along, Sessions Lays Foundation for Future Agenda
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Calling Diplomacy Difficult, Trump Warns of 'Major, Major Conflict' With North Korea

Common Dreams - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:21
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Saying diplomacy was difficult, President Donald Trump warned Thursday that the United States "could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely."

"We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult," Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview in which he identified North Korea as his biggest global challenge.

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Demand for Probe as Arkansas Killing Spree Concludes With 'Shaking and Convulsions'

Common Dreams - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:13
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

The government of Arkansas concluded its controversial and unprecedented killing spree Thursday night with what many are calling the botched execution of Kenneth Williams, which has prompted demands for an investigation into whether he was unlawfully "tortured" by the state before his death.

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Hundreds of Thousands To Join National “Day Without Immigrants” May Day Strike

Common Dreams - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:12
Movimiento Cosecha

Hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers, students and families join the national strike billed as a “day without immigrants” to demonstrate that the country depends on the labor of immigrants and working class people of color.  Immigrant rights groups, worker centers and unions come together for what organizers expect to be the largest national strike since the  Mega  Marches of 2006.

The Cosecha Movement is planning strikes and marches in over 40 cities across the country, along with mass student walkouts and escalated actions.

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Trump’s EPA Solicits Ideas on How Polluters Can Attack Water Protections

Common Dreams - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:10
Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The Trump administration is holding a meeting next week to look for ways to let polluters dump more toxic contaminants into the nation’s drinking water. Americans who want clean water can also try to speak up, but the opportunity for public input is severely restricted.

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Maybe Obama Is Doing Paid Speeches Because He Thinks Big-Money Special Interests Are Fine

Common Dreams - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:03
Ben Mathis-Lilley

The news that Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to deliver a speech at a September health care conference sponsored by the Cantor Fitzgerald investment bank has provoked wildly different reactions among self-identified progressives. To generalize, one group thinks it's a big mistake for someone who aspires to remain prominent in progressive activism to participate in an event that perpetuates the "revolving door" influence of corporate special interests.

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Green Groups Vow to Fight Trump's "Reckless Giveaway to Big Oil"

Common Dreams - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:49
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that aims to open up protected waters to offshore drilling, sparking outcry from environmental groups.

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Trump’s FCC Has Begun Its Attack on Net Neutrality

Common Dreams - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:46
John Nichols

No act of the recklessly authoritarian Trump administration poses a greater threat to the democratic discourse than the now-announced plan to gut net-neutrality rules. With newspapers dying, radio syndicated, broadcast television commercialized beyond relevance, and cable television mired in scandal and dead-end punditry, the Internet is the essential tool for the communication of ideas and the mobilization of those who choose to resist the autocratic impulses of Trump and his crony-capitalist cabal.

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Trickle Down Devastation: A Single Mom Responds to Trump’s Tax Plan

Common Dreams - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:11
Alison Stine

You’re not a single mother. You have a spouse or a partner. You don’t have kids, or if you do, you’re raising them in a two-parent, two-income household. I’m happy for you — and a little envious. I don’t have that life. I have a 5-year-old I’m raising alone in Appalachia.

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The Time to Fix Presidential Primaries is Now, Not in 2020. Here’s How.

Brennan Center - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:28
The Time to Fix Presidential Primaries is Now, Not in 2020. Here’s How.Walter ShapiroApril 27, 2017

At The Washington Post, Walter Shapiro argues that both parties' presidential nomination systems are ripe for reform.

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Red Flags as Trump Team Dodges on Tax Plan's Impact on Middle Class

Common Dreams - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:28
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Members of President Donald Trump's team are having a hard time defending his new tax plan and, when asked directly if it will benefit the middle class, have exhibited a pattern of strategic avoidance.

Appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America"Thursday morning, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin repeatedly ducked when asked if the tax overhaul would benefit middle class families.

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