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 2018-12-11 00:37 

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Zinke used Thanksgiving to sneak a Koch adviser and party loyalist into key public information role...

After attracting more scandals in 18 months than his four predecessors managed in 16 years, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke quietly shut the door to further public scrutiny of his office over the Thanksgiving break. The secretary gave control of incoming Fr...

 2018-12-10 20:17 

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Powerful Democratic House member pledges support for a Green New Deal...

With more than a hundred climate activists gathered outside his office, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) said he would endorse the creation of a select committee for a Green New Deal. The announcement is the latest success for the youth-led Sunrise Movement's...

 2018-12-10 20:07 

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Gavin McInnes is having a really bad Monday...

Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes is on a roll. A really bad one. On Monday, YouTube banned both McInnes' profile and channel, which had amassed more than 220,000 subscribers, the Daily Beast reported. McInnes, who had repeatedly used his shows to perp...

 2018-12-10 18:14 

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U.S. silent as China arrests Protestant pastor and members of congregation...

In addition to the ongoing massive round up and detention of Muslim minority Uighurs in government-built internment camps, China has also detained a prominent Protestant pastor and around 100 members of his congregation. The New York Times reported on Mon...

 2018-12-10 17:36 

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Video of police officers trying to rip baby away from mother spurs outrage...

Brooklyn police officers tried to rip a one-year-old baby away from his mother while she waited at a public assistance office, a video uploaded to Facebook on Friday shows. The woman in the video, Jazmine Headley, had been sitting on the floor of the crow...

 2018-12-10 17:02 

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What you should know about the latest Brexit trainwreck...

British Prime Minister Theresa May called off a crucial Parliament vote on the U.K.'s Brexit deal Monday, the latest example of the chaos surrounding the U.K.'s attempt to leave the European Union. Earlier in November, May's government publish...

 2018-12-10 16:50 

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Office of Personnel Management offers shoddy justification for removal of trans employee protections...

One of the administrators responsible for protecting diversity among federal employees has effectively admitted that guidance protecting transgender workers was removed to make it easier to discriminate against them. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Off...

 2018-12-10 16:10 

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The anti-abortion movement is winning a quiet battle against fetal tissue research...

The anti-abortion movement has long tried to end government funding for fetal tissue research, an issue that became a major flash point in 2015 when a heavily edited video falsely claimed that Planned Parenthood is "selling aborted baby parts." No...

 2018-12-10 15:32 

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The Supreme Court just gave us its first view of how it will handle abortion in the Kavanaugh era...

The Supreme Court handed down a surprising order on Monday, announcing it will not hear a pair of cases asking, among other things, how much power conservative states have to defund Planned Parenthood. The order is surprising because, as Justice Clarence ...

 2018-12-10 15:25 

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Charter school teachers reach deal for more pay, better resources after first strike of its kind...

Days after hundreds of Chicago-area teachers became the first charter school educators in the country to go on strike, they reached a tentative deal on Sunday that addresses their concerns with low pay, large class sizes, and protections for the largely L...

 2018-12-10 15:20 

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Anger, protests greet U.S. fossil fuels side event at U.N. climate talks...

Protests and boos greeted a controversial U.S. side event promoting fossil fuels at the ongoing annual U.N. climate conference, COP24, on Monday morning in Poland. The event comes two days after the United States joined oil-rich nations in refusing to wel...

 2018-12-10 14:43 

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Defeated California Congressman says 'ballot harvesting' — not Trump — cost him re-election...

Last month, the voters of California's 10th congressional district rejected four-term Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) in the midterm elections, choosing Democrat Josh Harder 52.3 percent to 47.7 percent. He faced tough odds: his district had favored Hillary C...

 2018-12-10 14:42 

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If Mark Meadows joins Trump as his new chief of staff, watch out...

Donald Trump announced on Saturday that current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will resign at the end of the year. So far, the search for anyone willing to manage a chaotic White House and a goonish, know-nothing president is not going well. NEW: A...

 2018-12-10 13:00 

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Democrats reach 40 House flips...

It's been a month since Democrats, needed to flip 23 GOP-held seats in order to take back the House, routed Republicans in the midterms. And while regaining control of the House for the first time in eight years hasn't been in doubt since a few ho...

 2018-12-09 21:30 

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Congress faces final deadline to undo Trump's net neutrality repeal...

The fight to save net neutrality faces a key deadline in Congress on Monday. December 10 is the last day Congress can use an obscure maneuver — a discharge petition — to force a vote on repealing the Trump administration's regulations kill...

 2018-12-09 20:06 

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John Kelly was hired to contain the chaos in the White House. He met his match with Donald Trump....

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is on his way out the door of the Trump White House, almost a year and a half after he took on the role to bring calm to the chaos. As Kelly departs, it's clear the chaos has won. Last summer, the Homeland Securit...

 2018-12-09 19:46 

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Florida school under fire for class assignment based on Parkland shooting...

A Florida high school just a 10-minute drive from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is under fire for a class assignment that invited students to weigh the fate of Nikolas Cruz, the former student arrested for the February shooting there that killed 17...

 2018-12-09 18:07 

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Conservatives and liberals agree Trump at risk of indictment...

Friday's document dump from the Mueller investigation and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) has brought conservatives and liberals together in a surprising way. They all agree that President Trump — "Individual ...

 2018-12-09 17:51 

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Paris protests spread amid discontent with President Macron's economic policies...

What began as civil, if violent, protests in the street of Paris are morphing into something broader and more ominous: discontent spreading across the French landscape with the economic policies of the President Emmanuel Macron. Last month's protests ...

 2018-12-09 17:03 

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Kushner urged Saudi prince to 'weather the storm' after Khashoggi killing: New York Times...

In what can best be described as an unseemly cozy consultation, Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior advisor on the Middle East, reportedly advised the besieged Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "to weather the storm" that...

 2018-12-09 16:31 

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Nine white supremacists charged in Washington state hate crime attack...

Nine suspects associated with some of the country's most established and violent white supremacist groups have been arrested on hate crimes charges, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports. They were detained early Saturday, mere hours after James Ale...

 2018-12-09 16:02 

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Town hires debt collector to get families to pay for school lunches...

Giving new meaning the phrase "no free lunch," school officials in Cranston, Rhode Island hired a private debt collector to compel parents to pay up on delinquent lunch money accounts. Chief Operating Officer Raymond L. Votto, Jr. sent a letter to...

 2018-12-09 15:12 

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Mueller has probably seen your bad tweets...

The racist and sexist social media histories of President Donald Trump, his family, and numerous members of his administration are well-documented, especially on Twitter. But a new genre of damaging Trumpworld tweets has emerged in recent months. Special ...

 2018-12-09 11:00 

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Colorado police investigating alleged sexual assaults by Buddhist leaders...

Authorities in Colorado have launched a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual assault against prominent Buddhist leader Sakyong Mipham and members of his organization, Shambhala International, ThinkProgress has learned. The probe by the Larime...

 2018-12-09 11:00 

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Colorado police investigating alleged sexual assaults by Buddhist leaders...

Authorities in Colorado have launched a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual assault against prominent Buddhist leader Sakyong Mipham and members of his organization, Shambhala International, ThinkProgress has learned. The probe by the Larime...

 2018-12-08 21:05 

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New controversy over VA secretary's past praise for the Confederacy...

Veteran Affairs secretary Robert Wilkie is coming under renewed criticism for his ties to groups that glorify the Confederacy. In a report published Friday, CNN revealed comments Wilkie made as recently as 2009 praising Confederate President Jefferson Dav...

 2018-12-08 19:17 

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Donald Trump Jr. reportedly hiding in Canada as expected Mueller indictment looms...

It appears as though special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election is nearing a much-anticipated conclusion. On Friday, President Donald Trump's Justice Department (DOJ) implicated the president (...

 2018-12-08 18:40 

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Two more immigrants say they were employed by Trump while undocumented...

Two more immigrants have come forward to say they were employed by the Trump Organization even though company officials seemingly knew they were undocumented at the time. The immigrants, both women, shared their experiences shortly after news reports of t...

 2018-12-08 18:31 

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BREAKING: John Kelly out as White House chief of staff...

White House chief of staff John Kelly will step down from his post by the end of the year, President Trump said Saturday, one day after sources familiar with the situation told reporters the former Homeland Security chief's departure was imminent. Tru...

 2018-12-08 17:48 

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The hilarious way the Satanic Temple is fighting Christian nationalism by trolling...

It's that magical time of year again, when children make lists of gifts they want from Santa Claus, families gather around Christmas trees, and the Satanic Temple reminds state governments of a little thing called the First Amendment. This year, the I...

 2018-12-08 17:47 

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Slain girl's father denied visa to attend her funeral...

The State Department has denied a temporary visa that would have allowed Hania Aguilar's father to attend his 13-year-old daughter's funeral on Saturday. The move comes amid President Donald Trump's widespread crackdown on immigration, both le...

 2018-12-08 17:14 

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Republicans just got bad news about one of their worst gerrymanders...

Virginia's House of Delegates is one of the most gerrymandered bodies in the country. In 2017, Democrats won the statewide popular vote in Virginia's legislative races by over nine percentage points. Nevertheless, Republicans still held a 51-49 ma...

 2018-12-08 17:06 

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Questions raised over Republican's campaign debt in North Carolina election scandal...

Controversy surrounding election fraud in North Carolina's 9th district increased this weekend as questions surfaced about campaign debts owed by Mark Harris, the Republican initially declared the winner in the race. According to Federal Election Comm...

 2018-12-08 16:08 

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Neo-Nazi guilty of murder in Charlottesville attack...

James Alex Fields Jr., the neo-Nazi who drove his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last August, is guilty of murder. After about seven hours of deliberation, a jury in Charlottesville Cir...

 2018-12-08 15:14 

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The Constitution has no way to deal with the fact that Trump is implicated in a serious crime...

Federal prosecutors filed a raft of court documents on Friday involving former Trump consiglieri Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. The biggest revelation in these documents is that the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan now believes that Donald Trump ...

 2018-12-08 15:05 

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Trump gloats as French police combat latest Paris protests...

Paris was convulsed by a fourth straight weekend of violent protests on Saturday, as thousands of "yellow vest" demonstrators, enraged over rising taxes and a falling standard of living, clashed with riot police. As ThinkProgress reported, the pro...

 2018-12-08 14:54 

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Trump asylum ban blocked in another rebuke from 9th Circuit Court...

President Donald Trump's effort to deny asylum to migrants crossing the southern U.S. border has faltered yet again, after a federal appeals court declared it to be at odds with U.S. law. In a rebuke to the White House, the 9th Circuit Court late Frid...

 2018-12-08 11:17 

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Trump's Justice Department just implicated him in directing a felony...

We all deal with bad news differently. President Donald Trump prefers to ignore reality. Trump was dealt a tripleheader of legal trouble on Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, and...

 2018-12-07 21:16 

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North Carolina Republicans say they are open to a new election, with one important caveat...

As it becomes harder and harder to maintain the position that the election results in North Carolina's 9th congressional district are legitimate, Republicans in the state have retreated to a more palatable barricade: they would be amenable to a new el...

 2018-12-07 20:45 

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Ivanka Trump promised her dad would deliver a great family leave plan. Here's what we got....

Ivanka Trump once promised that if her father was elected, she would ensure paid family leave was a staple in every workplace, and Donald Trump promised the program would finance itself. Two years later, the Trump administration is no closer to accomplish...

 2018-12-07 20:04 

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FBI does U-turn on Proud Boys 'extremist' label...

The FBI is backtracking on labeling the Proud Boys an "extremist" group, just days after law enforcement documents seemed to indicate that the agency planned to give the group that designation. The documents, which were first reported by the Guard...

 2018-12-07 19:51 

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Inspector General finds repeated Air Force failures let Sutherland Springs shooter buy guns...

The Air Force repeatedly failed to submit records to the gun background check system, allowing a former airman who had been imprisoned for domestic violence to buy guns he later used to kill 26 people in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, ac...

 2018-12-07 19:14 

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Ayanna Pressley has a simple message for men who are threatened by the new Congress' many women...

Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) has had a busy week. On Wednesday, the Massachusetts congresswoman-elect gave her farewell address to the Boston City Council — where she has served since 2010. Reps.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashid...

 2018-12-07 19:14 

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Ayanna Pressley doesn't care if you feel threatened by the new Congress' many women...

Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) has had a busy week. On Wednesday, the Massachusetts congresswoman-elect gave her farewell address to the Boston City Council — where she has served since 2010. Reps.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashid...

 2018-12-07 19:13 

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Mitch McConnell is personally denying Donald Trump a win that nearly everyone would celebrate...

The one and only decent idea to emanate from the Trump White House — a bill that proposes reforms to the nation's archaic criminal justice system — is about to die in Congress' lame-duck session because of one man: Senate Majority Lead...

 2018-12-07 18:24 

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As Yemen peace talks stumble on in Sweden, deadly Saudi-led airstrikes continue...

Despite U.N. efforts to maintain calm in Yemen, 60 Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes once again ripped through the country in recent days, 30 of them hitting towns on Thursday alone. It's unclear how many people have been killed, but a spokesman for the Yem...

 2018-12-07 17:00 

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Virginia school fires teacher for not respecting a transgender student...

In a fairly open-and-shut case, a Virginia school district has terminated a teacher who refused to respect a transgender student's identity in accordance with the school's policies. After a four-hour public hearing Thursday, the West Point School ...

 2018-12-07 16:26 

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David Duke congratulates Spanish far right party on election victory...

David Duke, the former leader of Ku Klux Klan and one of America's most virulent racists, congratulated the Spanish far right party Vox on its weekend election victory, the latest evidence that the global far right is uniting. Vox, which has called fo...

 2018-12-07 15:41 

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Grammys finally step up to celebrate female talent, with women dominating all major categories...

What did it take for women to finally dominate major categories at the Grammy Awards? One year after women were barely acknowledged by the most prestigious honor the American music industry has to offer, the nominees for the 2019 Grammys are flush with fe...

 2018-12-07 15:22 

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Ilhan Omar claps back after right-wing pastor says Congress will look like 'an Islamic republic'...

Conservative pastor E.W. Jackson went on a six-minute Islamophobic rant on his radio show Wednesday, telling listeners that Muslims are "going to turn Congress into an institution of Sharia law." Jackson was speaking specifically about Rep.-elect ...

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