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Liza Goitein on All Things Considered: Unmasking 101

Brennan Center - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:53
Liza Goitein on All Things Considered: Unmasking 101April 24, 2017 NPR-Unmasking 101.mp3

Brennan Center's Liza Goitein joins NPR's "All Things Considered" to discuss the next phase in Congress' investigations of Russian interference in U.S. elections. 

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Trump's Corporate Takeover Detailed 100 Days into 'For-Profit Presidency'

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:37
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

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Dennis Kucinich Is Back, With His Sights Set on For-Profit Education

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:31
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich launched a four-city, anti-charter school tour in Columbus, Ohio on Monday, telling attendees at a press conference that "public education's financial base is being destroyed by private, for-profit corporate interests."

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President Trump’s Corporate Government

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:18
Robert Weissman

We’re 100 days into Corporate Government.

While giant corporations have for decades and on a bipartisan basis exerted far too much influence over government decision-making, we’ve never seen anything like the Trump administration.

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Watching Burger King’s Newest Ad Puts Your Privacy in Jeopardy

Brennan Center - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:10
Watching Burger King’s Newest Ad Puts Your Privacy in JeopardyMichael PriceApril 24, 2017

Through the use of a “wake phrase,” a 15-second Burger King commercial successfully activated Google Home devices, essentially hijacking American’s private devices.

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In Its Rush to Kill, Arkansas May Have Executed an Innocent Man

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 15:54
Cassandra Stubbs

Ledell Lee’s first hard-knock moment came even before he was born. His mom, 16 and on her third pregnancy by a man years older than she was, drank and smoked through his pregnancy. Because of her substance abuse, Ledell was born with a fetal alcohol syndrome disorder, a medical condition that left him with brain dysfunction and intellectual disability.

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FCC Chairman Pai Abandoning Diversity Advisory Committee: Statement of Michael Copps

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 15:03
Common Cause

It is unnecessary and harmful for Chairman Pai to replace the FCC's Diversity Advisory Committee, which for years drew on the expertise of diversity experts to generate valuable and vetted proposals to advance important diversity initiatives. Commission leadership from both parties too-often ignored that committee's proposals. But instead of reconstituting that committee and finally acting on its many extant recommendations, Chairman Pai has chosen to ignore it and create a new committee which will take months or longer to organize, meet, and come up with proposals.

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Industrial Sludge Has No Place in America’s Drinking Water, Trump Trying to Make it Commonplace

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 14:56
Sierra Club

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put a hold on a polluter backed case against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) clean water protections that limited toxic wastewater discharges from coal plants. The hold comes after a slew of motions from Donald Trump’s EPA Administrator seeking to pause litigation on important clean air and water protections in order to “review” them, which is widely seen by public health advocates, environmental organizations, and environmental justice groups as a ploy to weaken or scrap them.

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House Oversight Committee’s Request of Trump Documents Encouraging but America Needs More

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 14:44
Common Cause

The House Oversight Committee has requested information from President Trump’s lawyer concerning the “implementation and timing of the Trump Organization’s announced plans to donate profits of foreign government payments to the U.S. Treasury.” The U.S.

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Trump’s First 100 Days: A Wholesale Corporate Takeover of Government

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 14:41
Public Citizen

A day-by-day review of President Donald Trump’s administration so far shows that virtually every day has been marked by a new, extraordinary grant of power to corporate interests and the enrichment of Trump’s private businesses, a Public Citizen report shows.

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China Warns Unhinged Trump to Stop Making Matters Worse With North Korea

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 14:29
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

As Chinese leader Xi Jinping makes a plea for restraint, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley suggested the United States would not rule out using use military force to respond to additional missile testing by North Korea.

The U.N. Security Council last week condemned the actions by North Korea as "highly destabilizing behavior."

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Almost 60 Organizations Call on Disney to Stop Funding the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 14:28
Public Citizen

The Walt Disney Company should join other Fortune 500 companies, such as Apple, Pacific Gas & Electric and CVS, that have stopped funding the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for political, policy and moral reasons, almost 60 non-profits wrote in a letter to Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger today. The groups commend Disney for its public commitments to action on climate change and for refusing to depict casual tobacco use in most of its Disney-branded films.

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RESIST DAY #95: What You Can Do Today

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 13:29
Common Dreams staff

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

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Resistance Movement Takes Stock as 100 Days of Trump Approaches

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 13:24
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

As President Donald Trump is set to mark his first 100 days in office on Saturday, the resistance movement that sprang up alongside his rise to power is also celebrating its accomplishments and taking stock of where it stands—and where it is going.

Much has been said about the failure of Trump to live up to the promises of his campaign, which Democratic lawmakers are highlighting this week. 

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'Major Setback' for Justice as Supreme Court Rejects Torture Report Lawsuit

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:50
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a lawsuit to publicly release the Senate's full report on the CIA's torture and detention program under former President George W. Bush.

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Immigration: Legal Observer Training

anti-Racism DSA - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:31
Legal Observer Training for Rapid ResponseThe Sacramento Immigration Coalition will be hosting a legal observer training for rapid response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This training is the basis for learning how to respond to the needs of other communities who may be targeted by federal or local policies. Please RSVP to Gabby Trejo of Sacramento ACT at More information can be found on the Facebook event here. If you are interested in being part of Sac DSA's Anti-Racism committee, please email us at

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 6PM-8PM

Location: 1325 S St, Sacramento, CA
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Prosecution of Assange is Persecution of Free Speech

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:26
Nozomi Hayase

US authorities are reported to have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This overreach of US government toward a publisher, whose principle is aligned with the U.S. Constitution, is another sign of a crumbling façade of democracy.

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Watch: Bernie Sanders Addresses 'From Protest to Power' Convention

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:25
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Capping off a session that includes future progressive candidates sharing why they've decided to run for office in the Age of Trump, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) addressed the People's Action "Rise Up" summit on Monday afternoon.

Sanders, who has been touring the country with Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez on the party's "Unity Tour," appeared before roughly 1,000 activists after 2:00pm EST.

Watch below:

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Six Environmental Heroes Awarded This Year's Goldman Prize

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:27
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Six grassroots environmental activists are being honored on Monday with the prestigious Goldman Prize, raising the visibility of their efforts and helping to continue their quests to defend the natural world.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear ACLU Lawsuit Seeking Release of Full Senate Report on CIA Torture

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:19

The Supreme Court announced today that it will not consider the American Civil Liberties Union’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to make public the Senate’s full report on the CIA’s Bush-era detention and torture program.

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