Williamsville business owner announces candidacy for NY-27

Joan Elizabeth Seamans is a strong, compassionate woman who is ready to bring back decency and be a voice for the people of NY Congressional District 27. "I fiercely oppose the cycle of special interests funding campaigns and legislation that benefits the wealthy instead of the people in NY District 27. My opponent, Chris Collins, has confirmed this practice. "My donors are basically saying, 'Get it done or don't ever call me again,' "It is time for "trickle up" economics and legislation that gives the people in the district opportunity and financial security instead of the wealthy and corporations."

Seattle-area immigrant activist says she faces deportation – Tue, 16 Jan 2018 PST

Maru Mora-Villalpando, a longtime activist for illegal immigrants, speaks at a news conference announcing she herself is now facing deportation, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Seattle. Mora-Villalpando, a native of Mexico City who has been in the U.S. for more than 25 years, said Tuesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has given her a notice to appear before an immigration judge.

Democrat-controlled legislature makes Illinois first in banning live elephant shows


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Effective January 1, 2018, elephants are not allowed to be in circuses or traveling shows throughout Illinois - making it the first state in the nation with such restrictions on the use of wild animals. Ironically, the law goes into effect in a state with a legislature controlled by donkey-mascot Democrats since the 1990s at a time when one of the hottest movies in theaters - The Greatest Showman - features performing circus elephants.

A cruel new front in the war on reproductive rights

Georgeanne Usova of the American Civil Liberties Union, left, and others protested on Oct. 20 against the Trump administration's policy to block detained undocumented teens from accessing abortion services. In early September, a 17-year-old pregnant teen sought to have a legal abortion in Texas.

Protesters get ready in case Trump fires Mueller


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Organizers have stashed bullhorns in apartments and offices near Manhattan's Times Square. They've stockpiled hot chocolate mix and sleeping bags in Salt Lake City.

Oil Giant Exxon Just Caved To The Demands Of Global Warming Activists

Oil giant ExxonMobil has capitulated to activist shareholders and will begin issuing detailed reports on potential risks "climate change policies" pose to its business operations. "These enhancements will include energy demand sensitivities, implications of two degree Celsius scenarios, and positioning for a lower-carbon future," Exxon wrote in a federal regulatory filing submitted Monday night.

Tehran’s futile attempts at discrediting the cause for regime change in Iran

No longer having the tacit support of a U.S. administration inclined toward rapprochement , the regime of Tehran is gradually facing the consequences of its unrestricted incursions in the neighboring region and brutal crackdown on domestic dissent in past years. With regime change in Iran gaining increasing support both at home and abroad, Tehran is frantically resorting to the oldest trick in its book: demonizing the opposition.

Tehran’s futile attempts at discrediting the cause for regime change in Iran

No longer having the tacit support of a U.S. administration inclined toward rapprochement , the regime of Tehran is gradually facing the consequences of its unrestricted incursions in the neighboring region and brutal crackdown on domestic dissent in past years. With regime change in Iran gaining increasing support both at home and abroad, Tehran is frantically resorting to the oldest trick in its book: demonizing the opposition.

Tehran’s futile attempts at discrediting the cause for regime change in Iran

No longer having the tacit support of a U.S. administration inclined toward rapprochement , the regime of Tehran is gradually facing the consequences of its unrestricted incursions in the neighboring region and brutal crackdown on domestic dissent in past years. With regime change in Iran gaining increasing support both at home and abroad, Tehran is frantically resorting to the oldest trick in its book: demonizing the opposition.

EDITORIAL: The American Bar Association is unqualified to fairly evaluate judicial nominees

Sen. Harry Reid's legacy as a Democratic majority leader is that he eliminated the Senate tradition of requiring two-thirds of the senators to confirm judicial appointees, making it easier for President Obama to pack the courts with liberal activist judges. This so-called nuclear option blew up in the faces of the Democrats last year with the election of a Republican president.

Keystone XL Just Cleared One Of Its Final Hurdles

The five-member Nebraska Public Service Commission, which voted 3-to-2, was barred from considering the spill under a state law heavily lobbied by pipeline behemoth TransCanada. Under that 2011 law, the officials were required to weigh "economic and social impacts," compliance with state and local regulations, and evidence that the pipeline would damage or deplete natural resources.

Protesters disrupt U.S. fossil, nuclear event at climate talks

Protesters drowned out speeches by White House advisers and business representatives Monday at an event the U.S. government sponsored at the U.N. climate talks in Germany promoting the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy. About 200 protesters stood up 10 minutes into the event and began singing an anti-coal song to the tune of "God Bless the U.S.A." They were ushered out of the room without further incident.

Take Action To Stop the Deportation of Muslim Community Activist Siham Byah

Last Tuesday, Siham Byah - a 40-year-old undocumented Moroccan Muslim woman, single mother, and community activist - was detained by ICE at what was supposed to be a routine her to Morocco, where she would be in serious danger due to her human rights activism there. , we have a responsibility to support immigrant communities that are under attack, by any means necessary .

Government says teen’s lawyers misled them in abortion case

The Trump administration says lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union misled them in the case of a pregnant immigrant teen who sought and obtained an abortion following a lawsuit. The Department of Justice says the teen's abortion was moved up without their knowledge and before they could ask the Supreme Court to review the case.

Court upholds approvals of 3 projects to export natural gas

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld Energy Department decisions approving three projects to export liquefied natural gas, a boost for the Trump administration's strategy to increase energy production and promote exports. The Sierra Club was seeking to overturn approvals of export terminals in Maryland, Louisiana and Texas, saying the projects would increase air and water pollution and contribute to global warming.

US Senators Urge Trump To Demand Erdogan Respect Human Rights

WASHINGTON ­– On Wednesday, U.S. Senators John McCain , Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Bob Menendez , member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter to President Trump today calling on the administration to urge Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to stop harassing American diplomats, to respect human rights, and to uphold democratic values in Turkey.

Joe Biden writing foreword for transgender activist’s memoir

In this July 28, 2016 file photo, LGBT rights activist Sarah McBride speaks as Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-NY, Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus listens during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Former vice president Joe Biden is writing the foreword to a memoir by transgender activist McBride, who made history when she addressed the Democratic National Convention last year.

EPA to ease emission restrictions on coal-fired power plants

The Trump administration is moving to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, seeking to ease restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. In a plan expected to be made public in coming days, the Environmental Protection Agency declared the Obama-era rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet.

Citing religious freedom, Trump backing off Obama-era rules

In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump's administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that could override many anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and others. At a time when Trump finds himself embattled on many fronts, the two directives - issued almost simultaneously on Friday - demonstrated the president's eagerness to retain the loyalty of social conservatives who make up a key part of his base.

Citing religious freedom, Trump backing off Obama-era rules

In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump's administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that could override many anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and others. At a time when Trump finds himself embattled on many fronts, the two directives - issued almost simultaneously on Friday - demonstrated the president's eagerness to retain the loyalty of social conservatives who make up a key part of his base.

EPA moves to rescind Obama plan to slow global warming

The Trump administration is moving to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, seeking to ease restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. In a plan expected to be made public in coming days, the Environmental Protection Agency declared the Obama-era rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet.

Trump’s one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights

In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump's administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that could override many anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and others. At a time when Trump finds himself embattled on many fronts, the two directives - issued almost simultaneously on Friday - demonstrated the president's eagerness to retain the loyalty of social conservatives who make up a key part of his base.

The Banality of Information Warfare

Russian operatives set up an array of misleading Web sites and social media pages to identify American voters susceptible to propaganda, then used a powerful Facebook tool to repeatedly send them messages designed to influence their political behavior, say people familiar with the investigation into foreign meddling in the U.S. election. The tactic resembles what American businesses and political campaigns have been doing in recent years to deliver messages to potentially interested people online.

Trump welcomes Thailand’s junta leader at White House

President Donald Trump welcomed Thailand's junta leader to the White House on Monday - a rare instance of a military ruler being feted in Washington before even a nominal return to civilian rule. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was greeted at the South Portico by Trump and first lady Melania Trump as he arrived for talks and a working lunch.

What natural disasters should teach us

I express my deepest sympathies to the people in the Caribbean and United States who have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The loss of life was tragic but has thankfully been much lower than in many previous storms.

Feds demand Facebook handover private info of ‘anti-administrationa

The Department of Justice is demanding that Facebook provide the government with the private information of three users, including the identities of an estimated 6,000 people who "liked" a page set up in protest of President Donald Trump. In search warrants filed in court , government officials sought the disclosure of a wide swath of personal information from the Facebook accounts of two political activists and a page set up to coordinate protests of Trump on Inauguration Day.

California Republicans Are Starting to Act Like Democrats

For the past decade, Democrats hoping to pass a big climate law have played Charlie Brown to the Republicans' Lucy. Despite the GOP making it clear it has no intention of holding the ball for a global warming kick, the left routinely convinces itself that their counterparts will kneel into position once it gets a running start.

Internment fears as Myanmar plans new camps for scattered Rohingya

Myanmar plans to open new displacement camps for Rohingya in violence-ridden Rakhine State, sparking fears that members of the Muslim minority not already driven out of the country will instead be forcibly interned. More than 420,000 Rohingya - around two thirds of the ethnic minority's estimated population in northern Rakhine State - have fled to Bangladesh this past month amid a military crackdown prompted by a Rohingya militant group's coordinated attacks on 25 August.

Parties Compromise to End Monkey Business Over Selfie Copyright

Attorneys representing a macaque monkey have agreed to a compromise in a case where they asserted the animal owned the copyright to selfie photos it had shot with a photographer's camera. Under the deal, the photographer agreed to donate 25 percent of any future revenue from the images to charities dedicated to protecting crested macaques in Indonesia, said the lawyers from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals who filed the lawsuit.

Lawsuit settled over rights to monkey’s selfie photo

A lawsuit over who owns the copyright to selfie photographs taken by a monkey was settled before a federal appeals court could answer the novel legal question. Lawsuit settled over rights to monkey's selfie photo A lawsuit over who owns the copyright to selfie photographs taken by a monkey was settled before a federal appeals court could answer the novel legal question.

Rohingya in Korea calls for more pressure on Myanmar

Amid news of Rohingya Muslims risking their lives to escape escalating violence in Myanmar, Ishaque Mohamed, one of only 11 Rohingya people known to be living in South Korea, feels guilty that he is safe and well. His mother and brother, who he left behind in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine, are among thousands on a perilous journey -- either on foot or by boat -- to flee what they call "ethnic cleansing" in the nation.

Joy Reid: Trump Ending DACA Hypocritical Because ‘He’s Married to an Immigrant’

MSNBC's Joy Reid guest-hosted The Rachel Maddow Show August 31 where she essentially called President Trump a hypocrite for wanting to end DACA because he's " married to an immigran t." Lest Reid forget, DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and applies to illegal immigrant children and young adults who were under 31 in June of 2012, when the act was implemented by President Obama.

Dianne Feinstein booed at San Francisco event after saying she hopes Trump can change

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein was booed by some constituents Tuesday night when she said President Donald Trump could be a good president if he changed his approach to the job and brought the nation together. "I just hope he has the ability to learn and change, and if he can, he can be a good president," she said at a Commonwealth Club forum at the historic Herbst Theater, surprising San Franciscans used to hearing their politicians decry Trump in far more heated language.

Why Iran’s leaders are lashing out

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recently made the bold threat that Iran could restart its nuclear program in a matter of "hours" if it chose to. The remarks are the latest iteration of the Iranian regime's good cop, bad cop routine.

United front for jailed protesters

In what could be the first massive protest march against a court decision, more than 22,000 people rallied from Wan Chai to the Court of Final Appeal yesterday, calling for the release of the 16 jailed pro-democracy protesters.Pan-democrats and localists showed up in a united front.Led by Lester Shum Ngo-fai, a former deputy secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, the march was... In what could be the first massive protest march against a court decision, more than 22,000 people rallied from Wan Chai to the Court of Final Appeal yesterday, calling for the release of the 16 jailed pro-democracy protesters.

Al Gore tells Trump to ‘resign’ as he promotes documentary

Al Gore's advice to Trump...'resign': Former vice president tells US leader to quit over Paris climate agreement as he warns - for the second time - that humanity's greatest threat is global warming The environmental activist has long been critical of Trump, particularly for his position on climate change and his decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement Gore addressed the president while promoting his new documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a follow up to his 2006 Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. The environmental activist has long been critical of Trump, particularly for his position on climate change and his decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement earlier this year.

Congress should think twice on the Israel Anti-Boycott Act

Benjamin Louis Cardin Federal anti-BDS legislation - Common sense and constitutional Top Dem: Privatizing Afghanistan War would be 'affront' to US troops Open record laws should apply to private prisons, too MORE Rob Portman The fight to protect the Affordable Care Act isn't over GOP senators rally to McConnell's defense amid Trump attacks Sex trafficking bill would make the internet a wasteland MORE of Ohio introduced a bill in the Senate, the " Israel Anti-Boycott Act ." A similar bill was placed before the House of Representatives.

The Latest: US defends gang-related immigrant detentions

" The Latest on a lawsuit that says teenagers accused of gang affiliations are being illegally detained : A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice is defending the detention of immigrant teenagers over allegations of gang affiliation. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Friday claiming some teens who entered the United States under the unaccompanied-children program are being illegally detained.

The Guardian Claims Trump’s USDA Blacklists And Censors Use Of Term ‘Climate Change’

Officials at the Department of Agriculture are telling employees at the agency to use terms such as "weather extremes" when referring to "climate change," The Guardian reported Monday. Bianca Moebius-Clune, a director of foil health at the Natural Resources Conservation Service , told employees at the USDA to replace terms referring to global warming with more vanilla terms such as "weather extremes," according to a series of emails the outlet obtained.

Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Sequel’ is all about Al

Gore's 'Inconvenient Sequel' is all about Al Former veep returns to climate-change debate a decade after his Oscar-winning original Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/2w9evXy "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's global-warming polemic from 2006, may have won an Academy Award, but it was hardly the best documentary of that year. When I reviewed it, I called it "a three-star movie about a five-star slide show."

Massachusetts Immigration Ruling Debated

A court ruling that forbids police officers in Massachusetts from holding a person based solely on a federal immigration detainer request is prompting calls for action from across the political spectrum on Beacon Hill. A closer look at the ruling, which the American Civil Liberties Union said was the first of its kind in the U.S., and what might happen next: The original case focused on Sreynuon Lunn, 32, who was born in a Thai refugee camp to Cambodian parents fleeing the Khmer Rouge and brought to the United States as a 7-month-old.

Threat to free speech

There is a Senate bill, along with a companion bill in the House, working its way through Congress with strong bipartisan support, that poses a significant danger to free speech. One would think this bill would be a big deal but, surprisingly, the bill has not received much coverage in the mainstream media.

Judgea s order targets Kentucky abortion clinic protesters

Both sides in the abortion fight raging in Kentucky agree on one thing: The stakes are as high as ever in a state that could become the first in the nation without an abortion clinic. Political pressure has intensified since the Kentucky GOP took control of state government and moved quickly to pass new restrictions on abortions.

Abortion fight rages in Kentucky, which has just 1 clinic

Both sides in the abortion fight raging in Kentucky agree on one thing: The stakes are as high as ever in a state that could become the first in the nation without an abortion clinic. Political pressure has intensified since the Kentucky GOP took control of state government and moved quickly to pass new restrictions on abortions.

Trump is new breed of ‘authoritarian populist’: rights watchdog


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Donald Trump is one of a new breed of leaders around the world who seek to use their democratic mandate to undermine the rule of law, the head of a legal and human rights watchdog said on Wednesday. Branding the U.S. president an "authoritarian populist", Saman Zia-Zarifi, secretary-general of the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists , compared him to the leaders of Turkey, the Philippines, Hungary and Venezuela.

The Invisible Monster of Climate Change

Editor's note: Tikkun's media ally TomDispatch.com has produced another valuable analysis, this time in the form of a dystopian forecast of what might be coming by 2050. Below is how its editor Tom Engelhardt introduces this scary yet sadly realistic vision.

As Climate Threats Mount, Experts Say No Time Left for Deceitful “Debate”

Scott Pruitt sued the EPA more than a dozen times before he was named as the agency's head this year. As new and worrying evidence of global warming's destructive impacts mount around the globe, climate experts are saying efforts by the Trump administration's EPA chief to discredit decades of climate science research should be seen as a deceitful-and dangerous-tactic.

UK to pull out of fishing deal that let others in its waters

Authorities say an enraged former doctor came to the New York hospital that had spurned him to exact vengeance on his former colleagues. Little Rock's police chief credits the quick work of first responders for there being no fatalities after 28 people were injured in a shooting at a rap concert.

Moon, Trump noted for opposited backgrou…

Political disparity was not the only factor to distinguish South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his US counterpart Donald Trump, the two state chiefs who made their first encounter in Washington for a summit this week. Much in contrast to Trump, an aggressive and affluent businessman with an unpredictable and controversial way of action, Moon is more of a man of principle, a social climber who has made his way from scratch.

Police: Venus Williams involved in car crash

Recreational marijuana becomes legal to buy Saturday in Nevada, but that doesn't mean anything goes in the place where most people think anything goes. Recreational marijuana becomes legal to buy Saturday in Nevada, but that doesn't mean anything goes in the place where most people think anything goes.

Germany beats Mexico 4-1 to reach Confederations Cup final

Germany's Leon Goretzka celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Confederations Cup, semifinal soccer match between Germany and Mexico, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, June 29, 2017. . Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa fails to save the ball as Germany's Leon Goretzka, left scores the opening goal during the Confederations Cup, semifinal soccer match between Germany and Mexico, at the Fisht Stadium in ... .

Pride parades sound a note of resistance

Tens of thousands of people waving rainbow flags lined streets for gay pride parades Sunday in coast-to-coast events that took both celebratory and political tones, the latter a reaction to what some see as new threats to gay rights in the Trump era. In San Francisco, revelers wearing rainbow tutus and boas held signs that read "No Ban, No Wall, Welcome Sisters and Brothers" while they danced to electronic music at a rally outside City Hall.

Pride parades focus on protest

Thousands of people lined the streets for gay pride parades Sunday in coast-to-coast events that took both celebratory and political tones, the latter a reaction to what some see as new threats to gay rights in the Trump era. In a year when leaders are anxious about the president's agenda, parade organizers in New York and San Francisco were more focused on protest.

Gay pride parades sound a note of resistance _ and face some

Tens of thousands of people waving rainbow flags lined streets for gay pride parades Sunday in coast-to-coast events that took both celebratory and political tones, the latter a reaction to what some see as new threats to gay rights in the Trump era. In San Francisco, revelers wearing rainbow tutus and boas held signs that read "No Ban, No Wall, Welcome Sisters and Brothers" while they danced to electronic music at a rally outside City Hall.

Gay pride parades nationwide take on a political tone

People marched in the annual New York Gay Pride Parade, one of the oldest and largest in the world, in the West Village in Manhattan on Sunday. NEW YORK - Thousands of people lined the streets for gay pride parades Sunday in coast-to-coast events that took both celebratory and political tones, the latter a reaction to what some see as new threats to gay rights in the Trump era.

Trump’s Not the Only One Blocking Constituents on Twitter

As President Donald Trump faces criticism for blocking users on his Twitter account, people across the country say they, too, have been cut off by elected officials at all levels of government after voicing dissent on social media. In Arizona, a disabled Army veteran grew so angry when her congressman blocked her and others from posting dissenting views on his Facebook page that she began delivering actual blocks to his office.

Study: Universities Use Reading Lists To Push Left-Wing Causes

Universities routinely tell students to read books that advance left-wing ideology on issues such as social justice and class warfare. The College Fix reports that a new study published in late May from the National Association of Scholars documents just how books deemed written by "dead white authors" have been replaced with political tomes designed to indoctrinate students.

Here are the gaping holes in Trump’s speech about Paris

China and Europe have pledged to unite to save "Mother Earth" in the face of US President Donald's Trump's decision to take the world's second largest carbon polluter out of the Paris climate change pact. "Only I can do that", he said , a reference to his role in the "Terminator" franchise.

The Left’s Unhinged Freakout over Trump’s Paris Accord Withdrawalby…

Celebrities, politicians, and climate activists lost their collective mind in the wake of President Trump's decision to pull out from the agreement. he fatalistic flip-out over Trump's plan to exit from the Paris Climate Accord is the latest proof that the leaders of the political Left have learned absolutely nothing since November 8. Unlike Trump, who said during his Rose Garden announcement of the planned withdrawal that he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," these woke folks continue to overlook huge swaths of the American public as they try to win a global popularity contest, redistribute our wealth, and lecture us about how ignorant, uncaring, and unaware we are.

Gianforte apologizes to reporter after winning US House race

Republican multimillionaire Greg Gianforte won Montana's only U.S. House seat on Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the ground. Gianforte, a technology entrepreneur, defeated Democrat Rob Quist to continue the GOP's two-decade stronghold on the congressional seat.

On the Meaning of ‘Resistance’

My engagement was partly due to where I lived -- in Massachusetts, where LGBT brainwashing in the schools and "same-sex marriage" happened first, and pro-life sidewalk counselors are treated as criminals. We really had something to resist there: tyrannical government at the state and local level.

Notre Dame students walk out on Mike Pence during commencement speech

A group of graduating seniors from the University of Notre Dame turned their backs on their own graduation ceremony in protest of Vice President Mike Pence, who gave their commencement address there on Sunday. The protests, which were organized by a student activist group at Notre Dame called We Stand For, were staged in response to "marginalized people affected by Pence's politics," according to a Facebook post published by the group last week, which urged students to join them in the walk out.

Human rights concerns prove no obstacle in Trump-Saudi ties

On his first overseas visit, President Donald Trump presided over a nearly $110 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia that made clear his administration did not see the kingdom's human rights record or its devastating war in Yemen as an obstacle to restoring ties that had been strained under his predecessor. The military agreement with Saudi Arabia, effective immediately, could expand up to $350 billion over 10 years.

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At Politico, Hadas Gold reports that New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. is making a personal appeal to subscribers who canceled because Bret Stephens transgressed some tenet of the religion of "climate change" in his debut as a Times columnist. Say it ain't so, Pinch! Sulzberger's apology reiterates the adherence of the Times's to every jot and tittle of the faith as well as the Times's commitment to continued evangelization.

Next 25 Articles

At Politico, Hadas Gold reports that New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. is making a personal appeal to subscribers who canceled because Bret Stephens transgressed some tenet of the religion of "climate change" in his debut as a Times columnist. Say it ain't so, Pinch! Sulzberger's apology reiterates the adherence of the Times's to every jot and tittle of the faith as well as the Times's commitment to continued evangelization.

Conservative Catholics unfairly target Girl Scouts

One very busy St. Louis mother of five adamantly believes that Girl Scouting is incompatible with being a good Catholic. Ann Saladin diligently works to publicize what she believes are links between Girl Scouting and the nefarious forces of abortion and birth control.

TrumpWatch: Women convicted for laughing at Jeff Sessions; Congress…

"On Wednesday, a jury convicted a 61-year-old female activist who had laughed during [US Attorney-General Jeff] Sessions's January confirmation hearing in the Senate," Vanity Fair said on May 3. Desiree Fairooz, a long-time protester affiliated with the anti-war group Code Pink, had been escorted out of the room for laughing in response to Senator Richard Shelby's assertion that Sessions had a "clear and well-documented" history of "treating all Americans equally under the law". Vanity Fair noted that Sessions had, in fact, been denied a federal judgeship in 1986 because of a history of racially charged remarks, and Shelby had once run a campaign ad suggesting that Sessions was a Klan sympathiser.

Civil Society Groups Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Reject Chevron’s…

Several prominent environmental and human rights groups are demanding that the U.S. Supreme Court block Chevron's ongoing attacks on their Free Speech rights and its use of false evidence in the historic Ecuador pollution case, where the oil giant faces the largest environmental judgment ever after admitting that it dumped billions of gallons of toxic waste into the rainforest. Seventeen separate environmental and human rights groups filed two amicus briefs today urging the justices to overturn Chevron's retaliatory racketeering suit against Ecuadorian Amazonian communities and their lawyers.

The Art and Activism of Grace Paley

There's a case to be made that Grace Paley was first and foremost an antinuclear, antiwar, antiracist feminist activist who managed, in her spare time, to become one of the truly original voices of American fiction in the later twentieth century. Just glance at the "chronology" section of "A Grace Paley Reader" , a welcome new collection of her short stories, nonfiction, and poems, edited by Kevin Bowen and Paley's daughter, Nora.

Protest to take on Trump’s climate policies

Thousands of people who support action on climate change are expected to brave the sweltering heat Saturday and march through the nation's capital as part of the People's Climate March. With temperatures expected to hit 90 degrees, the march is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. near the Capitol.

Sanctuary-city ruling not activist

An executive order signed by President Donald Trump attempted to penalize so-called sanctuary cities. The order - one of an unprecedented 32 to be signed by Trump in 100 days of office, despite his attacks on his predecessor's use of executive orders - threatens to cut off federal funding from local governments that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities.

Sanctuary-city ruling not activist

An executive order signed by President Donald Trump attempted to penalize so-called sanctuary cities. The order - one of an unprecedented 32 to be signed by Trump in 100 days of office, despite his attacks on his predecessor's use of executive orders - threatens to cut off federal funding from local governments that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities.

Sweet home Chicago: Obama re-emerges in city where it all began

Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday makes his first major appearance since leaving office, having chosen Chicago, the city where his political career started, to emerge from a three-month hiatus from the public eye. Obama will meet youth leaders and promote community organizing near the same South Side neighborhoods where his own activism blossomed and propelled him to two terms in the White House that ended with Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as Obama's first White House chief of staff, said that he was proud that Obama picked Chicago to make his last speech as president and the first in his post-presidency.

In Photos: A Conversation With John Lewis

The ensuing conversation was moderated by ImeIme Umana, president of the Harvard Law Review, and Nancy F. Koehn of the Business School, and Lewis fielded questions from students and members of the broader Harvard community. David Gergen presents Rep. Lewis with the 2017 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award, co-sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership that he co-directs.

Supreme Court rejects appeal for Latin American refugees seeking U.S. asylum

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected pleas for review hearings from more than 60 Central American women and children who are facing immediate deportation -- handing a legal victory to President Donald Trump 's administration as it steps up efforts to enforce federal immigration laws. The high court refused to hear the asylum seekers' case Monday, leaving in place a lower court ruling that denied their appeal to have their cases considered by an independent federal hearing.

Trump won’t release White House visitor logs; legal fight already underway

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration said Friday that it would not disclose the names of people who have visited the White House, ending a policy of President Barack Obama's that was created to promote transparency. While the Obama administration claimed to release visitor records voluntarily, the Obama-era policy was actually the result of administration officials trying to settle a lawsuit against the George W. Bush administration.

Kremlin: No ‘Reliable Information’ on Chechen Gay Killings

In the face of growing international concern about reported detentions and killings of gay men in Chechnya, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says the Kremlin does not have confirmed information on the targeted violence. The respected Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported this month that police in the predominantly Muslim republic rounded up more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality and that at least three of them have been killed.

John Derbyshire: With Thomas Perez As DNC Chairthing, Democrats Go Full Anti-White

Fifty years ago, give or take a few weeks, subscribers to the quarterly Leftist journal Partisan Review were just settling down with the Winter 1967 edition - accompanied, one imagines, by a nice dry martini and a freshly-opened pack of Chesterfields . That edition of Partisan Review featured a symposium in which sixteen luminaries of the period offered their answers to the question: "What's happening to America?" Among those luminaries was Lefty activist, writer, and lesbian Susan Sontag.

LSU hosts human rights activists for panel discussion on the legacy of Castro and Cuba’s future

Here is something you don't see every day; the truth about the horrors of communism and the evil Cuban dictatorship being told on an American college campus. Though most consider communism to be a thing of the past, speakers from "Castro's Legacy and the Future of Cuba," a luncheon panel that was open to all University students on Wednesday in the LSU Student Union, pushed this idea aside.

ACLU files complaint against Sessions over Senate testimony

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: FILE - In this March 6, 2017 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Washington. Christopher Anders, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint against Sessions with the Alabama State Bar over his testimony during his Senate confirmation process regarding contact he had with Russia.

Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem Speaks to the Mission

A career in journalism and advocacy that spans half a century has not only equipped 82-year-old feminist icon Gloria Steinem with a trove of accomplishments and wisdom, but also with a disarming sense of humor. Despite the seriousness of her decades-long fight for women's rights and gender equality, Steinem drew outbursts of laughter and applause from the some 400 people gathered Monday morning at the Mission's Brava Theater.

Interview: Activist, educator and author Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers first achieved notoriety as a leading voice in 1960s radical-left groups such as Students for a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground. Now 72, he's spent his life involved in activism, particularly eduction reform, while teaching at the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Firing the ‘diversity’ bullet at the Marines

Dying in foreign lands in the service of a nation that enshrines freedom of religion in its Constitution doesn't cut any mustard with the irreligious Left. Alarmed by the presence of a crche complete with three Wise Men last Christmas on the grounds of the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, the American Civil Liberties Union has joined forces with the oxymoronically-named Military Religious Freedom Foundation to put the camp's commanders in hot water.

‘You work for us!’ Republicans face the music.

Inside one of America's raucous town hall events, where Republican Senators are feeling the heat from anti-Trump organizers Republican U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy speaks during a town hall meeting in Metairie, Louisiana, U.S. February 22, 2017. Many in the 200-strong crowd packed into a library meeting room in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans, on Wednesday weren't listening to Cassidy plod through PowerPoint slides about his new Patient Freedom Act of 2017, a "comprehensive replacement" bill for the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, co-written with three other GOP senators.

Fox News Dismisses Huge Town Hall Participation As Paid Liberal Organizing

Fox News personalities are attempting to downplay the huge number of constituents that are attending town hall events held by their members of Congress as "manufactured" and "paid-for," and advocating for the cancellation of events because progressive groups are "activating people to turn out and cause a raucous." Wall Street Journal : "Members Of Congress Are Preparing To Confront A Wave Of Activism When They Return Home To Their Districts."

U.S. Gave Hundreds of Millions in Financing to Supplier of Mines Accused of Slave Labor


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Over the past decade, the U.S. supplied an industrial chain said to involve slave labor, human rights violations and environmental destruction in Africa with $315 million in taxpayer-supported credit . Between 2007 and 2015, the US Export-Import Bank provided 48 insurance policies to the New Jersey-headquartered Connell Company to pursue deals with at least 17 mining companies in seven sub-Saharan countries.

5 Types of Activism Every Brand Should Prepare for, Even If You’re Not Taking Sides


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These days it's virtually impossible to log on to Facebook or Twitter without a discussion unfolding around politics. In fact, it's become common for people to take "breaks" from social media to limit their exposure to constant political controversies and social issues.

Scott Pruitt may sound reasonable on TV – but Trump’s EPA …

Trump's pick to safeguard the environment may seem more normal than his boss but he still holds anti-science views With the nonstop drama regarding President Donald Trump's Russia connections hogging the headlines, it's easy to overlook the fact that Senate Republicans are still rubber-stamping the den of crooks and conspiracy theorists Trump is drawing from to stock his Cabinet. Early nominees like Betsy DeVos and Jeff Sessions, who managed to sneak in before stories about secret phone calls to Russia took over the headlines, encountered some pushback and protest, and were confirmed by narrow party-line votes.

Keystone XL developer renews effort to build in Nebraska

The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline said Thursday that it is once again seeking state approval for a route through Nebraska. The Canadian company's previous attempts to start construction in Nebraska have been thwarted by activists and some landowners who worry that it could damage property and contaminate groundwater supplies.

Inaction on Syrian atrocities seen as normal

It's a pattern that experts say will likely continue with the revelation this past week that, since 2011, officials at a military prison in Syria have summarily executed as many as 13,000 people by hanging. Amnesty International, which documented the killings, concluded that they were part of a systematic government policy, and constituted crimes against humanity.

What to do if immigration officers come knockinga

The American Civil Liberties Union advises not opening your door unless the agents can show a warrant signed by a judge. What to do if immigration officers come knocking at your door The American Civil Liberties Union advises not opening your door unless the agents can show a warrant signed by a judge.

Anti-gay Jeff Sessions confirmed as Trump’s attorney general

Despite activists and groups such as the Human Rights Campaign lambasting him for his record on equal rights, the Alabama senator has officially been elected to the prestigious position with a vote of 52 in favour to 47 against. Sessions' record on LGBT+ rights is abysmal - he voted against marriage equality, is in favour of allowing discrimination in the name of religion, and called discriminatory measure Don't Ask Don't Tell "pretty effective".

Lawsuit: Trump Cabinet nominee has not turned over records

Attorney Blake Lawrence, left, answers a question about a lawsuit against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt over public access to official emails, in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. Looking on are Brady Henderson, center, and Ryan Kiesel, both of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma.

Trump’s Muslim ban: ‘It’s shock and awe without bombs’

Lawyers and protesters fanned across Los Angeles International Airport terminal on Tuesday, distributing questionnaires to travellers from the Middle East and Africa. The answers are meant to offer the public some insight into what happens in airport holding facilities, where travellers who have been detained are barred from outside contact - a practice that critics say reflects the lack of transparency about US immigration.

Canadian Terrorist Update

Canada is America's most dangerous enemy, and not just because of the deranged slut Meghan Murphy . Canada is the Un-America, a country whose national character is warped by a spiteful inferiority complex toward the United States.

‘Christians in the Middle-East have been executed’: Trump …

US President Donald Trump speaks to staff at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017, where he vowed to restore "control" of US frontiers by building a wall on the Mexican border U.S. President Donald Trump fought back on Sunday amid growing international criticism, outrage from civil rights activists and legal challenges over his abrupt order for a halt on arrivals of refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries. In his most sweeping action since taking office on Jan. 20, Trump, a Republican, put a 120-day hold on Friday on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Environmentalists preparing to battle Trump, GOP in court

The night before Donald Trump's inauguration, five environmental lawyers filed a federal court brief defending an Obama administration clean-water rule that the new president and his Republican allies have targeted for elimination, considering it burdensome to landowners. The move served as a warning that environmentalists, facing a hostile administration and a Republican-dominated Congress, are prepared to battle in court against what they fear will be a wave of "It's going to be all-out war," said Vermont Law School Professor Patrick Parenteau.

Jeff Sessions vote expected next Tuesday, despite the ACLU’s request for delay

A Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General is expected to proceed Tuesday, according to a Senate staffer, despite requests by a civil liberties group to delay it in order to question the senator about executive actions signed by President Trump this week. The American Civil Liberties Union wrote to Sen. Charles Grassley and Sen. Dianne Feinstein , respectively the chairman and ranking member of the judiciary committee , asking them to cancel Tuesday's pending committee vote on Mr. Sessions nomination and to instead hold another round of questioning.

Protest movements surge ahead of Trump’s Inauguration

Two weeks before Donald Trump's inauguration, Moumita Ahmed packed her bags and moved from New York to Washington, D.C. to house hunt. The property she's seeking will serve as a base for activists throughout Trump's presidency, where organizers will meet, hold trainings, and possibly stay overnight while in town.

The Latest: Too many protesters to hold march in Chicago

So many people have turned out for the Women's March in Chicago that organizers have cancelled their plans to march through the city's downtown. Organizers say far more people than they were initially expecting are at the demonstration in Grant Park along Lake Michigan, and overflow areas are being used.

Trump’s pick for commerce secretary assures lawmakers he is not anti-trade

Like the man who picked him to be the next commerce secretary, Wilbur L. Ross is a billionaire with extensive financial interests and an ardent critic of America's trade policies - both of which came under scrutiny at his confirmation hearing Wednesday morning. President-elect Donald Trump's rise on a tide of anti-globalization and populist attacks on trade has raised concerns among businesses that the new administration will take aggressive protectionist actions and worsen the climate for trade.

Tillerson draws flak for not tagging PH as human rights violator

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State earned the ire of lawmakers on the first day of his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, January 11 for refusing to recognize certain countries as human rights violators, including the Philippines. During the hearing, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio grilled Rex Tillerson about his view on the anti-drug campaign launched by President Rodrigo Duterte and the allegations that thousands of Filipino drug suspects were killed by police and vigilantes.

LGBT activists brace for efforts to undermine their gains

In this April 25, 2016 file photo, protesters head to the legislative building in Raleigh, N.C., for a sit-in against House Bill 2, a contentious law that limited protections for LGBT people. After a string of major gains in recent years, LGBT activists are bracing for a different task in 2017 - trying to prevent Republicans in Congress and state legislatures from undermining those gains.

Activists Prepare For Congress To Count Electoral Votes

At least one organization organization argues that "just among Republican electors, there are at least 50 electoral votes that were not regularly given or not lawfully certified." The Electoral College may have voted to name Donald Trump president weeks ago, but there are some protesters still fighting back.

Activists arrested protesting Trump’s Attorney General pick

Police in Alabama have arrested six African-American civil rights activists staging a sit-in at Senator Jeff Sessions' office to protest his nomination for US Attorney General, criticizing his record on voting rights and race relations. Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People had vowed to occupy Sessions' Mobile, Alabama office until the conservative Republican lawmaker either withdrew as a candidate or they were arrested.

Point by Point Response to Likud Party Propaganda

As Israel's myriad human rights abuses and contraventions of international law have become impossible to deny, one argument that apologists for Israel routinely fall back on is: While Israel has engaged in human rights and other abuses, other countries commit far worse abuses. Therefore, it is wrong - and possibly indicative of anti-Semitism - to focus excessively on Israel's wrongs.

‘Community swell’ needed to address racial justice and policing in America

More than two years after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the fraught relationship between law enforcement and African Americans continues to spark controversy and calls for action. This tension - and how to address the divide between communities and the police - were examined at a policy forum held Friday, Dec. 9, at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

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Californians may be largely locked out of the Trump administration, but they are quickly forming the hub of what's being called the Resistance. While the term has been embraced by larger liberal organizations such as MoveOn.org, the intellectual headquarters of this surge in grassroots activism is the progressive Bay Area, where newly arriving techies, longtime activists and wealthy investors, among others, are plotting how to push back on President-elect Donald Trump's agenda.

Trump defends cabinet as hardline picks criticized

President-elect says secretarial picks will be 'one of the greatest cabinets' ever assembled, says members 'committed to advancing common good' US President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a Victory Tour Rally, on December 8, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. Trump is taking time time to speak several of the states that helped him win the election .

Trump cons the media on climate

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York, Dec. 6, 2016. CREDIT: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik This week, President-elect Donald Trump met with some of the biggest names in climate activism: former vice president Al Gore and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

How religious conservatives unwittingly laid the groundwork to help Native Americans save theira

Much has been written about the success of the Standing Rock protests, where a sustained campaign launched by self-described "water protectors" hailing from more than 300 indigenous tribes managed to pressure the Army Corps of Engineers into reevaluating its support for the construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. Although it remains unclear whether the decision will withstand a Donald Trump administration, many commentators and environmental advocates have heralded the victory as a bellwether for the power of activism.

Trump settles on Oklahoma’s attorney general to lead EPA

President-elect Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that he will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a global warming skeptic, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, which he has repeatedly sued and derided for pursuing an "activist agenda." "My administration strongly believes in environmental protection, and Scott Pruitt will be a powerful advocate for that mission while promoting jobs, safety and opportunity," Trump said in an early morning statement.

Video company challenges gay marriage law

The owners of a video company have filed a legal challenge to Minnesota's gay marriage law because they want to shoot weddings for heterosexual couples only. Carl and Angel Larsen said they will be punished for refusing wedding services to same-sex couples.

Gore says U.S. climate curbs on track, hopes Trump will surprise

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are likely to fall irrespective of the pro-coal policies of President-elect Donald Trump, who may still surprise the world by embracing global action to limit climate change, former vice president Al Gore said. Gore, a climate activist who will lead a 24-hour televised marathon on Dec. 5-6 about global efforts to limit rising temperatures, told Reuters that companies and U.S. states would cut emissions despite Trump's doubts that warming is man-made.

Donald Trump Is a Greater Threat to Free Speech Than the Campus Left


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President-Elect Donald Trump recently tweeted that people who burn the American flag should be put in jail or even lose their American citizenship. This ignorant, despicable statement should make a plain truth even more obvious: Trump will not defend free speech from the forces of censorship-he represents the forces of censorship.

350.org Japan and Green Peace Japan Hold Joint #NoDAPL Action…

Japan and Green Peace Japan held a "#NoDAPL Japan" photo action to highlight the massive financing that Japanese banks are pouring into the Dakota Access Pipeline project in the U.S., a project that has endangered water access rights among minority populations in the country. This action was conducted in solidarity with a number of actions planned around the world to express opposition to the pipeline project [1].

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Donald Trump plans to keep President Barack ObamaA s U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara. The aggressive prosecutor made a name for himself acting on fraud and public corruption cases.

Fidel Castro: A Revolutionary Who Held Onto Power Through Repression

Although Fidel Castro sought to improve Cubans' access to health care, housing, and education, many of his achievements in these areas came at the cost of crushing freedom of expression on the Caribbean island. But to stay in power for nearly 50 years, Castro created a tyrannical one-party state that jailed thousands of dissidents and suppressed freedom of expression, human rights groups say.

Activists: Intense bombing of Syria’s Aleppo kills 20

Government bombardment of besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo killed at least 20 people Saturday, the worst since airstrikes resumed earlier this week, said Syrian opposition activists, as the U.S. called for an end to the bombings. This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Civil Defense workers and Syrian citizens inspect damage buildings after airstrikes hit the Seif al-Dawleh neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.

Activists: Intense bombing of Syria’s Aleppo kills 20

Government bombardment of besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo killed at least 20 people Saturday Syrian opposition activists said, a day after the health directorate said all hospital in opposition areas have been knocked out of service. Saturday was the fifth day of renewed assaults by Syrian warplanes on eastern Aleppo districts, a rebel-held enclave of 275,000 people.

Russia launches offensive in Syria, airstrikes hit Aleppo29 min ago

Beirut, Nov 15 : Russia announced a major air offensive in Syria today as Syrian opposition activists reported the first airstrikes in three weeks in the besieged, rebel-held part of the northern city of Aleppo. The offensive began hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump discussed Syria over the phone and agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against what the Kremlin called their No 1 enemy "international terrorism and extremism."

Trump Protests Could Be the Start of a New Civil Rights Era


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Social change begins in the streets with citizen activism, but it's important to realize this chapter of history is unlike any that has come before. Pranav Jandhyala had never marched in a protest before.

Carbon tax rejected, talks endure

Washington's carbon tax initiative was billed as a bipartisan approach to curbing carbon emissions, but voters rejected the measure, which drew opposition from the fossil fuel industry and environmental groups alike. The proposed tax on carbon emissions from fossil fuels such as coal and gasoline would have been the first in the U.S., and sponsors hoped it would serve as a model for actions across the country.

Naomi Klein Delivers Sydney Peace Prize Lecture Against Backdrop of Trump Win

"Economic pain is real and not going anywhere-four decades of corporate, neoliberal policies and privatization, deregulation, free trade, and austerity have made sure of that," said Naomi Klein upon accepting the Sydney Peace Prize. Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein accepted the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize in Australia on Friday, delivering a searing speech that reflected on Donald Trump's presidential victory in the United States and the factors that allowed it to happen.

Naomi Klein Delivers Sydney Peace Prize Lecture Against Backdrop of Trump Win

"Economic pain is real and not going anywhere-four decades of corporate, neoliberal policies and privatization, deregulation, free trade, and austerity have made sure of that," said Naomi Klein upon accepting the Sydney Peace Prize. Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein accepted the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize in Australia on Friday, delivering a searing speech that reflected on Donald Trump's presidential victory in the United States and the factors that allowed it to happen.

Trump likely to try to reverse Obama environment initiatives

President-elect Donald Trump has not minced words about his approach to environment and energy policy: He loathes regulation and wants to increase the use of coal, offshore drilling and fracking. Trump has said he believes climate change is a hoax and that he would "cancel" U.S. involvement in the landmark Paris Agreement on global warming.

Trump win raises question about UN climate deal

The election of a U.S. president who has called global warming a "hoax" raised questions Wednesday about America's involvement in the Paris Agreement on climate change - and the future of the deal itself. As the sun rose over the Atlas mountains, news of Trump's victory was still sinking in at U.N. climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, where delegates from almost 200 countries - including the U.S. - were meeting for the first time since the landmark deal entered force.

Journo Waging Anti-Exxon Effort Admits Central Argument Is Totally Inaccurate

Meg Bell holds a banner during a protest before the start of the Exxon Mobil Corporation Shareholders Meeting in Dallas, Texas, May 28, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Stone Exxon Mobil's decision not to disclose internal information about climate change isn't comparable to the effect the tobacco industry had on public health, according to the co-author of reports published last year trashing the oil company.

Jay Faison’s Expensive, Maddening Quest to Save the Planet

Faison speaks at a panel put on by the Washington Post called "Party Platform: Energy and Environment," at Butcher and the Brewer outside the Republican National Convention. When Jay Faison, one of the Republican Party's most generous patrons, flew to Cleveland for its national convention in July, things weren't looking good for anyone concerned about the health of the planet.

Dakota pipeline protesters say they were detained in dog kennels; 268 …

A line of police move towards a roadblock and encampment of Native American and environmental protesters near an oil pipeline construction site, near the town of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. October 27, 2016 Tens of thousands of people have checked in on Facebook at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the past few days. They are expressing solidarity with protests against the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, which have faced an increasingly brutal backlash from police.

Backers of Paris Climate Pact Play Down Trump Threat as Election Looms

Backers of a global accord to fight climate change that formally comes into force on Friday say they are confident the deal can survive any legal challenges by U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump if he wins next week's presidential election. Trump has threatened to reject the accord negotiated by nearly 200 governments, including that of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Cuba’s U.S.-backed apartheid dictatorship arrests more than a…

On the first Sunday after being elected to a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, Cuba's apartheid dictatorship unleashed another wave of brutal repression against the island's peaceful dissidents. More than a dozen Ladies in White and other human rights and democracy activists were violently arrested yesterday as they attempted to carry out their weekly #TodosMarchamos protest march demanding the release of political prisoners.

US activist icon warns Trump paving way for fascism

Donald Trump's candidacy has revealed a deep racism in American society that can certainly be interpreted as the making of a fascist movement, an icon of the black civil rights struggle says. Angela Davis was one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives more than 40 years ago, and ran for vice president twice on Communist Party tickets.

For Clinton campaign chief, it was literally a day to erase from memory

Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta, second from right, pauses while speaking with senior aide Huma Abedin aboard Clinton's campaign plane while traveling to Miami on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. On Wednesday, hackers, using information they'd gleaned from an email published by WikiLeaks, took control of his Twitter account and on Thursday wiped his iPhone and iPad clean of data.

Jack Shack Attack

You've seen them along Northeast 82nd Avenue and lining the suburban strips of Washington County. With names like Hotties, Pussy Cats and Private Rendezvous, they advertise services from fetish fulfillment and Jell-O wrestling to rubdowns and shower shows.

Review: Documentary “13th” on scourge of mass incarceration

"Selma" director Ava DuVernay's new documentary traces societal attitudes and laws from era of Jim Crow to today's "prison industrial complex." "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

The Latest: Elections chief questions ruling on voter purge

The Latest on a federal appeals court ruling on Ohio's process for removing voters from its registration rolls : Ohio's elections chief says a federal appeals court ruling effectively forces the swing state to place voters who have died or moved on its registration lists. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted defended the state's process for maintaining its voter rolls on Friday after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati found the procedure violates federal law.

The Latest: Elections chief questions ruling on voter purge

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Latest on a federal appeals court ruling on Ohio's process for removing voters from its registration rolls : Ohio's elections chief says a federal appeals court ruling effectively forces the swing state to place voters who have died or moved on its registration lists. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted defended the state's process for maintaining its voter rolls on Friday after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati found the procedure violates federal law.

Three years after his revelations, Snowden in spotlight again

When President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama were about to meet in the California desert resort of Sunnylands in June 2013, the US government had worked hard to paint China as a villain in cyberspace. The revelation made by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden just days before the shirt-sleeves meeting, however, shocked the world.

Tech leaders, activists call for Obama to pardon Snowden

Tech luminaries Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, have joined a new campaign pushing for a pardon of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Other supporters of the PardonSnowden.org campaign, launched Wednesday, are Harvard law professor and tech policy author Lawrence Lessig; tech investor Esther Dyson; noted cryptographer and MIT professor Ron Rivest; and Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow.

The House Science Committee’s Anti-Science Rampage

If you know the answers you want in advance, you can always find them by cherry-picking your data. That's what climate-change deniers have tried to do in recent years in arguing that there's been a "pause" in the global-warming trend over the past two decades-suggesting, thereby, that global warming is just a temporary anomaly unrelated to human industrial activity.

Obama aide to meet with missing Laotian activist’s wife

A top aide of President Barack Obama said Tuesday he will meet with the wife of a missing Laotian activist, whose case has been repeatedly highlighted by human rights groups as an example of authoritarian excesses of Laos' one-party Communist government. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters he will meet with Shui Meng Ng on Thursday while Obama is visiting Laos.

French premier says recount of Gabon elections would be wise

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Journalist with Boston ties detained in Venezuela, relatives say

A prominent Venezuelan journalist with Boston ties has been arrested amid the antigovernment protests roiling the South American nation, his family and friends said Sunday. Braulio Jatar, director of the Venezuelan news website Reporte Confidencial, was detained early Saturday by Venezuelan police, who later raided his home in eastern Venezuela.

Sainthood for Mother Teresa


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But canvas bags might actually be worse for the environment than the plastic ones they are meant to replace. In 2008, the UK Environment Agency published a study of resource expenditures for various bags: paper, plastic, canvas, and recycled-polypropylene tote bags.

Obama takes troubled trade portfolio to AsiaTrip will promote…

President Barack Obama goes to Asia this week promoting a trade agenda that appears imperiled by anti-globalization sentiment at home and abroad that could undo years of negotiations. Tough comments recently from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and from two European leaders on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership all but signaled the delay and even possible death of both accords.

Activist Pushing For Harriet Tubman Statue At State House

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The Clintons’ ethics test: Government watchdogs weigh in on the …

Once again, the Clinton Foundation popped up to give the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton a nosebleed. A batch of emails turned up by a conservative activist group's FOIA requests revealed, in the words of the Wall Street Journal , "new examples of a Clinton Foundation official seeking access to the State Department on behalf of donors at a time when Hillary Clinton led the department."

Beyond The Spin: Alaska Village’s Demise Is More Complicated…

By Bering Land Bridge National Preserve - Shishmaref- Erin edit, CC BY 2.0, The Alaskan village of Shishmaref has voted to relocate because global warming puts its residents at risk of being washed away - or at least that's the simplified narrative environmentalists and the media peddle. Shishmaref, a small town of nearly 600 people just north of the Bering Strait, has become a poster child for global warming.

Global warming divides Americans more than abortion

In this Sunday, July 24, 2016, file photo, climate change activists carry signs as they march during a protest in downtown in Philadelphia a day before the start of the Democratic National Convention. Matthew Nisbet, a communications professor at Northeastern University, says the split with science is most visible and strident when it comes to climate change because the nature of the global problem requires communal joint action, and “for conservatives that's especially difficult to accept.” He and other experts say climate change is more about tribalism, or who we identify with politically and socially.

Please, fellow Greens, don’t elect Donald Trump


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I'm a Green. I've twice been the Australian Greens' candidate for a seat in Australia's federal parliament.

Donald Trump and the state of Justice Ginsburg’s mind

In this Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon, is severely criticized by ideologically-sympathetic law professors, prominent legal ethicists, and the editorial boards of left-leaning newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post, it's reasonable to conclude that she's done something really inappropriate.

ACLU Preparing For Legal Challenges If Trump Gets Elected

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump speaks to the media regarding money he listed as being donated to veterans groups at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson The American Civil Liberties Union released a 28-page report Friday arguing most of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's governing agenda is unconstitutional, and promises to keep a running tally of all Trump's policy goals that run afoul of the Constitution.

The Latest: NATO to back countries battling extremism

In the past, NATO governments often spoke of forging a partnership with Russia, but that language was absent from a formal declaration issued Saturday by the 28 NATO allies on the second and final day of a NATO summit. The Warsaw Declaration on Trans-Atlantic Security states that "NATO poses no threat to any country" and that its member nations "continue to aspire to a constructive relationship with Russia, when Russia's actions make that possible."

How Israel Is Losing America

The late American diplomat George Ball once argued that Israel needed to be saved from its own suicidal policies "in spite of herself." In a 1977 Foreign Affairs article, he called for an even-handed push by the United States for an Arab-Israeli peace.

Cleveland Reaches Compromise on GOP Convention Security

The city of Cleveland has reached a compromise on security restrictions around the site of the Republican National Convention after a federal judge last week declared that the city's rules were unconstitutional. The city and the American Civil Liberties Union reached a tentative settlement last week after a day of negotiations.

Marriage ruling plaintiff from Ohio dedicated to activism

Three years ago Sunday, Jim Obergefell asked his longtime partner to marry him, beginning a whirlwind of events that led to his name being at the top of the U.S. Supreme Court case that resulted exactly two years later in legalization of same-sex marriage across America. He and terminally ill John Arthur were married aboard a medically equipped plane on a tarmac in Maryland, where they flew because of Ohio's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Human rights activists want Trudeau to push Mexican ‘amigo’ Pena Nieto

A group of female human rights activists from Mexico is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to show his true feminist credentials and challenge their country's president on its human rights record. Trudeau will host Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during a state visit next week before the North American leaders' summit that will also include U.S. President Barack Obama.

Activists, DoJ spar over Rule 41 changes to enhance FBI searches

EFF and privacy activists oppose Rule 41 changes, while the Department of Justice claims that the changes do not alter 'traditional protections' under Fourth Amendment. The fight over changes to Rule 41 kicked into high gear this week as privacy rights activists and tech firms joined forces to protest the changes in an open letter to Congressional leaders, urging them to block the changes before they become permanent at the end of the year.

NYU has come to a decision about fossil fuel divestment

America's colleges and universities have been under significant pressure from their special snowflake students to clean up their act in terms of endowments and where they invest their money. The current trend in this area seems to be toward divesting from any funds benefiting Israel, but before that movement became the flavor of the day, protesters were already demanding divestment from nasty old fossil fuels.

British Journalist, 81, Denied Bail in Bangladesh

Reprieve's London office can be contacted on: communications [at] reprieve.org.uk / +44 207 553 8140. Reprieve US , based in New York City, can be contacted on Katherine [dot] oshea [at] reprieve.org WASHINGTON - An elderly British-Bangladeshi journalist who faces a potential death sentence in Bangladesh has been denied bail, sparking fears for his wellbeing in detention.

Thousands expected at vigils around US for Orlando victims

Vigils, rallies and marches are being held around the country Monday and later this week for the victims of the deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Police in many areas have promised heightened security for the events, which come during Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.

Bangladesh Govt. Arrests 1,600 Following Series of Machete Attacks Carried Out by Islamist Radicals


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Authorities have rounded up about 1,600 criminal suspects, including a few dozen believed to be Islamist radicals, in a nationwide crackdown aimed at halting a wave of brutal attacks on minorities and activists in Bangladesh, police said Saturday. The attacks - including two Hindus in the last week - have alarmed the international community and raised questions about whether Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's secular government can maintain security for minorities in the Sunni Muslim-majority country.

Gov. Cuomo Decrees Boycott & Blacklist to Silence Global BDS Movement for Palestinian Rights

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signs a first-in-the-nation Executive Order directing the divestment of public funds supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel during a breakfast meeting at the Harvard Club. Afterwards, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stirred the immediate ire of human rights campaigners around the world on Sunday by signing an executive order calling for the creation of a "blacklist" that would track groups and individuals who support Palestinian rights through the international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement known as BDS.

Liberal Jews plan a summer of opposing Donald Trump

Jewish liberals are ready to sow a summer of Donald Trump discontent in ways that aim both to bludgeon and entertain. Bend the Arc, an advocacy group, is convening its first national conference here next week aimed in part at finding a strategy to keep the billionaire real estate magnate, who has secured the Republican nomination, from becoming president.

Trump uses energy speech to outline general election pitch

" Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled an "America first" energy plan he said would unleash unfettered production of oil, coal, natural gas and other energy sources to push the United States toward energy independence. But the speech, delivered at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, went far beyond energy, as Trump laid out, in his most detail to date, a populist general election pitch against likely rival Hillary Clinton.

Vietnam activist – stopped’ from meeting Barack Obama

Hanoi, May 24: A Vietnamese activist today said he had been stopped by authorities from meeting Barack Obama as the US leader prepares to engage with rights campaigners in the tightly controlled communist nation. Obama is currently visiting Vietnam and is expected to meet civil society leaders, including some of the country's long-harassed critics, today morning.

How Will Cleveland Rock the GOP Convention?

Cleveland managed to avoid the kind of violent confrontations between police and protesters seen in Missouri and Baltimore after police killed black residents, but will it be able to keep the peace when officers and activists flood downtown for the Republican National Convention? City officials have been coy about their plans for handling convention protests, saying only they are prepared for "challenges" and are working to free up jail cells, while activists have warily eyed the city's acquisition of riot gear.

Obama, bound for Vietnam, seeks to turn old foe into new partner


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An image of U.S. President Barack Obama is seen at a tailor shop in Hanoi, Vietnam May 21, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to board Air Force One to depart for Vietnam and Japan from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. May 21, 2016.

GOP congressmen, NY attorney general in climate dispute

Republican members of Congress have accused New York's Democratic attorney general and his counterparts in 16 other jurisdictions of chilling free speech over climate change through their legal and political campaign to curb fossil fuel burning. Thirteen of the 21 GOP members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology said in a letter Wednesday that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the others have been pushed by environmental activists "to use their prosecutorial powers to stifle scientific discourse."

Shell faces possible Dutch lawsuit over Nigerian activist’s execution

The widow of a Nigerian activist is planning to sue Royal Dutch Shell in the Dutch courts alleging the oil company was complicit in the execution of her husband by the Nigerian military in 1995, court documents filed in the United States last week show. Esther Kiobel has filed an application in New York to secure documents from Shell's U.S. lawyers, which she could use in the Dutch action.