Human Rights

A Last Chance for Resistance

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:18
Chris Hedges

The crawl toward despotism within a failed democracy is always incremental. No regime planning to utterly extinguish civil liberties advertises its intentions in advance. It pays lip service to liberty and justice while obliterating the institutions and laws that make them possible. Its opponents, including those within the establishment, make sporadic attempts to resist, but week by week, month by month, the despot and his reactionary allies methodically consolidate power. Those inside the machinery of government and the courts who assert the rule of law are purged.

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Tax Cuts for the Rich at Heart of Paul Ryan's Attack on Medicaid

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:51
Chye-Ching Huang

House Speaker Paul Ryan has made a key Republican motive for pushing ahead with the House GOP health plan explicit in recent interviews:[1]  passing the health package first facilitates deeper tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations in subsequent tax legislation. 

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Gone: Chuck Berry, Jimmy Breslin, and Their Great American Middle Class

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:40
Will Bunch

When they say that Baby Boomers didn't make anything, don't you believe them.

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Residents Campaigning to End DC’s Ties with Wells Fargo Over Bank’s Investments in Dakota Access Pipeline to Hold Rally, Support Bill

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:40
DC Re(sponsible) Investment Coalition

On Monday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 21, DC-area activists with #DCReInvest, a new grassroots coalition, will hold two back-to-back events to push DC’s City Council to cut financial ties with Wells Fargo over its investments in the Dakota Access Pipeline. A rally on Monday afternoon will build momentum for a bill to be introduced to City Council on Tuesday morning that would recommend severing DC’s relationship with Wells Fargo.

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Anti-Environment, Anti-Women, Anti-Worker Supreme Court Nominee To Testify Before Senate Judiciary

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:34
Sierra Club

Today, Donald Trump’s nominee to serve on the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

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Attorneys Representing Youth in Climate Case Ask Feds & API to Turn Over Wayne Tracker Emails

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:30
Our Children's Trust

Attorneys representing 21 youth plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States served request for production (RFP) of documents to the U.S.

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White House Installs Allies in Cabinet Agencies to Track Loyalty

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:27
Nika Knight, staff writer

The White House has installed 16 political appointees across multiple Cabinet agencies in order to track secretaries' loyalty to the president and his agenda, the Washington Post reported late Sunday, citing eight unnamed officials.

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5 Issues to Watch at Neil Gorsuch’s Confirmation Hearing

Brennan Center - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:05
5 Issues to Watch at Neil Gorsuch’s Confirmation HearingAshni MehtaMarch 20, 2017

The new Court is poised to interpret law on pivotal issues — from voting rights, to digital privacy and surveillance, to campaign finance, to the laws that protect minority citizens, and more.

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Correcting a Supreme Mistake

Brennan Center - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:54
Correcting a Supreme MistakeIan VandewalkerMarch 20, 2017

Neil Gorsuch could help the Supreme Court finally reverse its colossal blunder in Citizens United.

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Caring for the Common Good Wins: Norway Ranks World's Happiest Country

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:47
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Norway now holds the title of the world's happiest country, according to a new report that also outlines how Republican proposals to gut safety nets, enact tax windfalls for the rich, and attack public education—as well as bipartisan failures in terms of the global war on terror and campaign finance—are making happiness further out of grasp for those in the United States.

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What Neil Gorsuch Should Say About the Courts, and the Rule of Law

Brennan Center - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:33
What Neil Gorsuch Should Say About the Courts, and the Rule of LawAlicia BannonMarch 20, 2017

Supreme Court confirmation hearings are often national civics lessons. This one comes at a moment when we’re in need of just that.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Gorsuch Must Fully Answer Questions About His Record, Judicial Philosophy

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:23
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement calling on members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to vigorously scrutinize the record and judicial philosophy of Judge Neil Gorsuch as they begin his confirmation hearing today. To date, Judge Gorsuch has failed to demonstrate that he is worthy of a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court:

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With Rallies and Warnings, Opposition Calls on Dems to Block 'Supremely Extreme' Gorsuch

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:20
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

With confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch beginning Monday, the question remains whether Democrats will stand up for the rights of people, or if they will cave to Republican pressure and back the extremist judge.

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Trump’s EPA Cuts: No One Will Protect Us

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:50
Lois Marie Gibbs

President Donald Trump’s deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency terrify me. They will gut the agency, removing protections for American families and our children.

As I travel from one polluted community to the next, women weep as they hold their children, and explain how chemicals in their air, water or land have made their families sick.

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Poll Shows America Really Does Not Like You, Donald Trump

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:37
Nika Knight, staff writer

Gallup has released the latest numbers from its tracking poll of President Donald Trump's approval ratings, and things (again) don't look good for the president.

Only 37 percent of respondents approve of Trump, an historic low for the poll. A whopping 58 percent disapprove of his actions in office so far.

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Watch Live: FBI Director Confirms Open Investigation into Trump-Russia Ties

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:14
Common Dreams staff

In his opening remarks during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that there remains an "open and ongoing" criminal investigation into the possibility that members of the Trump campaign or transition team colluded with alleged Russian interference in last year's presidential elections.

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Michael Li on Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien: Redistricting

Brennan Center - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:07
Michael Li on Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien: RedistrictingMarch 18, 2017


Michael Li speaks with Soledad O’Brien about redistricting cases most likely to head to the Supreme Court in addition to the implications for voters, elected leaders and democracy.

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RESIST DAY #60: What You Can Do Today

Common Dreams - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:01
Common Dreams staff

Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe

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The Fight Over Voting Rules Didn't Start with Trump's Tweets

Brennan Center - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:58
The Fight Over Voting Rules Didn't Start with Trump's TweetsMichael WaldmanMarch 19, 2017

The next justice's pen, not the president's tweets, could redefine your right to vote.

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What Neil Gorsuch Should Say About the Courts, and the Rule of Law

Brennan Center - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:36
What Neil Gorsuch Should Say About the Courts, and the Rule of LawMonday, March 20, 2017 - 9:30amMedia Source: The Daily BeastWhat Neil Gorsuch Should Say About the Courts, and the Rule of Law
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