Human Rights

The Tax Plan Moms Need

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:16
Martha Burk

During his speech announcing that the U.S. is ditching the Paris climate accords, President Trump took a strange detour to declare “our tax bill is moving along in Congress, and I believe it’s doing very well. I think a lot of people will be very pleasantly surprised.”

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NewsFlash: Presidential Transparency: Beyond Tax Returns

Brennan Center - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:13
NewsFlash: Presidential Transparency: Beyond Tax ReturnsJune 21, 2017

The release last Friday of President Trump’s latest financial disclosure report raised as many questions as it answered, and triggered renewed calls for the President to release his personal tax returns.

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Naomi Klein Pushes Us to Dream Big to Get Beyond Trump’s Shock Politics

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:11
Robert Jensen

Naomi Klein understands that President Donald J. Trump is a problem, but he is not the problem.

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Our President’s Word Wars

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:07
Olivia Alperstein

These days I find myself thinking often about a cartoon by the late Theodore Geissel.

In it, a woman with a sweater that reads “America First” reads aloud from a storybook to two children: “And the Wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones,” she relays. “But those were Foreign Children and it didn’t really matter.”

Geissel — better known as Dr. Seuss — was criticizing Americans’ purposeful isolationism during World War II. But it’s never felt more prescient, as a sitting American president embarks on a dangerous and deadly new “America First” policy.

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Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:02
Ramzy Baroud

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel.

When Haley speaks about Israel, her language is not merely emotive nor tailored to fit the need of a specific occasion.  Rather, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a clear plan of action.

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A Whistleblower Imprisoned, Not Silenced

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:56
Jeffrey Sterling

Two years of imprisonment have given me ample time to reflect on the circumstances in which I find myself today. I often retrace my steps, carefully recalling each conversation I had and action I took that landed me in this prison. However, in the two years that I have served, my position has never wavered. I know who I am, and I know what my values are. My name is Jeffrey Alexander Sterling, and I am an innocent man who has been wrongfully convicted of espionage after dedicating my life to serving the U.S. government.

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New Report Reveals Bank Policies Fail to Respond to Climate Risks

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:51
Watchdog and Environmental Groups

A report released today by Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack, Sierra Club and Oil Change International, in partnership with 28 organizations around the world, reveals that the world’s biggest banks are continuing to fuel climate change through the financing of extreme fossil fuels. The report finds that 2016 actually saw a steep fall in bank funding for extreme fossil fuels — however despite this overall reduction, banks are still funding extreme fossil fuel projects at a rate that will push us beyond the 1.5 degrees climate change limit determined by the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Shareholder Resolution Calls on Kroger (NYSE: KR) to Appoint Independent Board Chair, Groups Also Urge Company to Eliminate Bee-Killing Pesticides

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:28
Friends of the Earth

On Thursday, June 22, members of SumOfUs, Friends of the Earth, Pollinator Stewardship Council, and the Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association, in collaboration with food, farming and environmental organizations, will host a press conference to discuss a widespread effort urging retail giant Kroger (NYSE: KR) to enact a policy that would help eliminate the use of pollinator-toxic pesticides, including neonicotinoids — a leading driver of decline in the bee population.

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Public Records Sought Over Massive Interior Senior Staffing Shake-up

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:21
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a Freedom of Information Act

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Deadly Heatwaves Could Threaten Nearly Three-Quarters of World's Inhabitants

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:54
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

As a United Nations agency calls attention to the "unusually early" heatwaves gripping parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the U.S., a new study brings an ominous warning about more killer heat near certain to come.

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The Trump Administration’s Penchant for Escalation in Syria Must Be Challenged

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:32
Gabe Murphy

From launching a volley of Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base, to repeatedly bombing pro-Syrian government forces, to shooting down a Syrian Air Force jet this past weekend, the Trump administration’s proclivity for escalation has led to a new chapter in the Syrian civil war.

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'The Sky Didn't Fall': Study on Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Proves Critics Wrong

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:16
Jake Johnson, staff writer

In an analysis bolstering the arguments of those fighting for minimum wage hikes nationwide, a group of University of California, Berkeley economists has found that Seattle's decision to gradually raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour has not hampered job growth, despite the frequent warnings of doom-and-gloom critics.

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Day of Rage: London Marchers Denounce 'Corporate Manslaughter' of Grenfell Tower Victims

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:01
Jon Queally, staff writer

'We have a responsibility to raise our voice for justice and equality in society.'

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Supreme Court Has Historic Chance to End Extreme Gerrymandering

Brennan Center - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:01
Supreme Court Has Historic Chance to End Extreme GerrymanderingMichael LiThomas WolfJune 21, 2017

The Supreme Court, which has decided to hear a landmark case on whether Wisconsin electoral maps were unconstitutionally drawn, could deliver a major blow to ultra-partisan redistricting.

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Presidential Transparency: Beyond Tax Returns

Brennan Center - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:07
Presidential Transparency: Beyond Tax Returns

What would the president’s tax returns show about his financial ties to foreign powers or other ethical issues? Is there a better way than disclosure of tax returns to get at such information? New Brennan Center analysis explores these questions.

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Amid Senate Secrecy, Opposition to Trumpcare (Even Among GOP Voters) Grows

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:54
Jon Queally, staff writer

As a cadre of thirteen male Republican Senators refuses to show most of their colleagues and the American people their Trumpcare bill, a new poll on Wednesday reveals that support for the House version passed last month continues to lose support.

"This bill is like a vampire. It can't live when exposed to the light of day. That's why the Republican strategy has been to keep it a secret."
—Ben Wikler,

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Supreme Court Has Historic Chance to End Extreme Gerrymandering

Brennan Center - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:46
Supreme Court Has Historic Chance to End Extreme GerrymanderingWednesday, June 21, 2017 - 9:45amMedia Source: The American ProspectSupreme Court Has Historic Chance to End Extreme Gerrymandering
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Here’s How to Keep Russian Hackers From Attacking the 2018 Elections

Brennan Center - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:45
Here’s How to Keep Russian Hackers From Attacking the 2018 ElectionsWednesday, June 21, 2017 - 9:45amMedia Source: The Washington PostHere’s How to Keep Russian Hackers From Attacking the 2018 Elections
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Following Ossoff Loss, Democrats Urged to Embrace 'Bold Progressive Vision'

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:20
Jake Johnson, staff writer

On the heels of Democrat Jon Ossoff's narrow loss to Republican Karen Handel in the high-profile Georgia special election on Tuesday, many commentators are pinning the defeat on Democrats' glaring lack of an inspiring and ambitious progressive agenda.

"Democrats can excite their base and also win over voters who are frustrated with both parties with a vision to transform our nation into one that serves the many and not a powerful few."
—The Working Families Party

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The Case for Obstruction of Justice

Common Dreams - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:14
Robert Reich

Obstruction of justice was among the articles of impeachment drafted against both Presidents Nixon and Clinton. The parallel between Nixon and Trump is almost exact. White House tapes revealed Nixon giving instructions to pressure the acting FBI director into halting the Watergate investigation.

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