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 2021-05-19 01:23 

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Trump's DOJ targeted a Devin Nunes critic — but Biden's DOJ quickly backed off...

Many legal observers were shocked this week to find that under former President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr, the U.S. Justice Department sought to use a grand jury subpoena to reveal the identity of an online parody account critical of Cal...

 2021-05-19 00:15 

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New report reveals the conservative freakout over a simple 'community for all' resolution in Wisconsin...

Some members of a rural Wisconsin community wanted to demonstrate a commitment to inclusion during the racial protests last year, but the debate over how to express that has ripped the town apart.Older white conservatives in Marathon County, whose 135,000...

 2021-05-18 23:45 

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Why Big Pharma's arguments against patent waivers don't add up...

Days after he publicly opposed the waiving of patents for lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates had a change of heart. He released a statement saying, "No barriers should stand in the way of equitable access to vaccines, ...

 2021-05-18 23:23 

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State Department ends anti-LGBTQ policy that targeted same-sex parents...

The U.S. State Dept. under Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday ended a Trump-era policy targeted directly against LGBTQ families. The policy, supported by then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, mandated that children born outside the United States ...

 2021-05-18 22:34 

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'It is pathetic': Democrat unloads on Kevin McCarthy as 'unfit to serve' after 1/6 commission betrayal...

The top Democrat on the powerful House Rules Committee is furious with Kevin McCarthy after the Republican Minority Leader on Tuesday pulled his support for a January 6 Commission Tuesday. McCarthy had initially supported one and even set demands on how i...

 2021-05-18 22:13 

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The FBI reveals probe of 'massive scheme' to funnel money to Susan Collins' 2020 campaign: report...

On Tuesday, Axios reported on a newly public search warrant from the FBI revealing an investigation into a...

 2021-05-18 20:32 

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The decades of deceit behind the 'Big Lie'...

Since the 2020 presidential election, the phrase...

 2021-05-18 20:04 

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The congressman from Hell is s symptom of our rotten political system...

Picture a member of congress and what do you see? He's a guy (those in question are usually still men, despite Marjorie Taylor Greene) with an ego the size of the Capitol dome itself, but a strangely fragile and insecure one. He'd run down his gra...

 2021-05-18 19:39 

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We imperil ourselves by throwing nature into crisis — but there's time to reverse course...

The natural world is in a state of crisis, and we are to blame. We are in the midst of the Sixth Extinction, the biggest loss of species in the history of humankind. So many species are facing total annihilation. Nearly one-third of freshwater species are...

 2021-05-18 19:26 

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The lasting impact of the 2020 Oregon wildfires...

The summer of 2020 was a time of fire and devastation for much of the Western U.S. The combination of human-caused climate change and pervasive forestry mismanagement created the conditions for August 2020's thunderstorms to cause record-breaking wild...

 2021-05-18 18:33 

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Justice Kavanaugh's shameful decision shows contempt for due process and inalienable rights...

Chelsea Clinton surprised criminal justice reform activists when she recently backed Color of Change's...

 2021-05-18 18:17 

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Here's the real reason Kevin McCarthy wants to block the Jan. 6 commission...

Imagine if, after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Republicans in the United States House of Representatives said let's move on. The United States Congress need not investigate. Other agencies are already doing that work. There's n...

 2021-05-18 18:03 

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'Just overturned the will of the people': Mississippi Supreme Court strikes down medical marijuana law...

In November 2020, voters in deeply Republican Mississippi approved Initiative 65 — a ballot measure that would have put a right to medical marijuana in the state's constitution. But Initiative 65 has been struck down by the Mississippi Supreme C...

 2021-05-18 17:40 

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QAnon Shaman's lawyer: Capitol rioters are 'short-bus people' manipulated by worst 'propaganda since Hitler'...

Jacob Chansley, dubbed the QAnon Shaman in the media, is among the most famous of the Capitol rioters who is facing federal criminal charges in connection with the January 6 insurrection. Albert Watkins, Chansley's attorney, discussed his client with ...

 2021-05-18 17:32 

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'I'm not releasing the video — this is done': NC DA gets defensive after announcing no charges in police shooting...

The Pasquotank County, North Carolina District Attorney announced Tuesday he will not be filing charges against police officers who shot Andrew Brown, Jr., an unarmed 42-year old Black man, in the head, killing him while serving an arrest warrant on April...

 2021-05-18 17:08 

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Trump tests the limits of GOP loyalty with Arizona 'audit'...

The Republican Party is finding itself increasingly fractured as more members of the GOP disavow Donald Trump despite concerns within the party that it cannot survive without him.On Sunday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., a fierce critic of the former Presid...

 2021-05-18 17:00 

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Conservatives on the Supreme Court are seeking to undermine Roe v. Wade with a firm 6-3 majority...

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear a case that calls for a substantial rollback in abortion rights, making it poised to determine the constitutional right of states to ban abortions before a fetus is deemed medically viable. The case in quest...

 2021-05-18 16:52 

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How the 'shock doctrine' and 'chaos playbook' defined Trump's abysmal COVID-19 response...

Although the COVID-19 death count is sobering — almost 3.4 million people have died from COVID-19 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore — there is reason for optimism in the United States as more and more Americans get ...

 2021-05-18 16:15 

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Republican Kevin McCarthy faces a big problem as he attacks Biden's programs as 'socialism'...

After months of his labeling President Biden's spending programs as...

 2021-05-18 15:31 

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Legal experts explain why Don McGahn's impending testimony is 'important' — two years after Mueller's report...

For 21 months, Republican Don McGahn served as White House counsel in the Trump Administration — a position he started in January 2017 (the month Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States) and held until October 2018. Now, four mon...

 2021-05-18 15:24 

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'Open-air cover-up': Experts weigh in on 'major fact witness' Kevin McCarthy's opposition to January 6 commission...

House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy once supported a January 6 commission to investigate what happened on the day of the insurrection, what led up to it, and why. How could thousands of people storm Capitol Hill, and at least hundreds breach t...

 2021-05-18 14:41 

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Kevin McCarthy slammed for rejecting January 6 commission: 'Criminal won't support investigation of his crimes'...

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have been calling for a commission devoted to probing the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol Building. But House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, obviously afraid of o...

 2021-05-18 14:40 

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Leaked video lays bare right-wing dark money's 'ugly' role in crafting voter suppression bills...

All over the United States — from Georgia to Arizona to Iowa to Texas — Republicans in state legislatures have been pushing voter suppression bills that are designed to make it harder to vote. And CNN has obtained a copy of a leaked video show...

 2021-05-18 12:54 

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Trump wanted to withdraw US troops from much of the world after losing the election: report...

Hawkishness was a key element of the Republican brand under President Ronald Reagan and President George W. Bush, but President Donald Trump — greatly influenced by Patrick Buchanan's...

 2021-05-18 12:46 

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'A heinous crime': Israeli airstrikes damage Gaza's only coronavirus testing lab...

Israeli airstrikes in the center of the occupied Gaza Strip on Monday caused severe damage to the territory's lone coronavirus testing lab and the offices of the Palestinian Ministry of Health, an attack that was immediately condemned as a war crime.C...

 2021-05-18 11:41 

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'Virtually unheard of': Why Jared Kushner's recent Abu Dhabi visit cost American taxpayers almost $13,000...

Although members of former President Donald Trump's family have been gone from the White House for almost four months, they continue to enjoy the taxpayer-funded protection of the U.S. Secret Service — including Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in...

 2021-05-18 11:01 

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Bill Barr should lose law license over Devin Nunes scandal: impeachment lawyer...

Legal experts sounded the alarm after a bombshell court filing was unsealed showing the Department of Justice under Bill Barr attempted to use a secret grand jury subpoena to learn the identity of a parody account on Twitter that is critical of Rep. Devin...

 2021-05-18 10:52 

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'Deely Nuts' and 'Beefy King': Hundreds of PPP loans worth $7 million went to fake farms in absurd places...

Hundreds of PPP Loans Went to Fake Farms in Absurd Placesby Derek Willis and Lydia DePillisProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox.The shoreline com...

 2021-05-18 10:46 

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Four right-wing lawmakers team up to push 'unhinged' Trump-promoted conspiracy theory to DOJ...

Four right wing GOP lawmakers on Monday teamed up to send a letter advancing a far right conspiracy theory promoted by Donald Trump over the weekend.U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) have...

 2021-05-18 10:43 

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Manchin wants bipartisan deal on less-expansive voting rights bill after striking deadly blow to 'For the People Act'...

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) says he wants to pass bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act, eight years after the Supreme Court effectively killed the 1965 law responsible for protecting the right to vote and responsible for a treme...

 2021-05-18 10:39 

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'Abuse of power': Legal experts blast Barr DOJ's use of secret grand jury to unmask Devin Nunes parody Twitter account...

Attorney General Bill Barr's Dept. of Justice, in a possibly illegal move, used used its full weight and power to try to determine the identity of the person behind a Twitter account parodying a top Trump-supporting congressman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA...

 2021-05-18 10:25 

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'Ineptitude': Republican-controlled county board slams Arizona audit firm as 'grifters and con-artists'...

Arizona's Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in a letter sent Monday slammed both the State Senate Republican President and the company she chose to perform a highly controversial recount of the 2020 presidential election ballots.That recount, which...

 2021-05-18 02:03 

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Justice Kagan issues a warning and a stinging rebuke to Kavanaugh's new decision: 'An insupportable ruling'...

In a dissent on Monday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan warned that the conservative majority of the court is once again abandoning precedent with little justification in a new ruling on unanimous jury verdicts.The new 6-3 decision in the case of E...

 2021-05-18 00:05 

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Israeli human rights group says the country is committing war crimes in Gaza...

As the Palestinian death toll in Gaza nears 200, the leading Israeli human rights group B'Tselem is accusing Israel of committing war crimes by killing blockaded civilians and destroying infrastructure on a massive scale. We are joined in Jerusalem by...

 2021-05-17 23:48 

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SC governor signs 'inhumane' bill forcing death row inmates to choose firing squad or electric chair...

Civil rights organizations and Democratic lawmakers reiterated their calls for an end to the death penalty nationwide on Monday after South Carolina's Republican Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law a bill requiring death row inmates to choose between ...

 2021-05-17 23:25 

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From the floor of Arizona's audit: The process has key flaws — and they will taint the outcome...

The Arizona Senate's audit of 2.1 million fall 2020 ballots has been extremely controversial since its inception. As recently retired Arizona Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake reiterated on May 11, its premise is based on...

 2021-05-17 22:56 

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There's only one way to stop Republicans from stealing the 2024 election...

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw was pretty angry with NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday's episode of...

 2021-05-17 22:22 

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Palm Beach prosecutor says Ron DeSantis couldn't stop Trump from being extradited to New York...

Palm Beach County's top prosecutor said Sunday that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis could delay — but not prevent — former President Donald Trump's extradition if he is indicted in New York.Officials in Palm Beach, where Trump currently live...

 2021-05-17 20:43 

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'An unfinished battle': Poll reveals the 'true drivers of GOP identity' — and the dangers for Democrats...

Although Democrats presently control the White House and both branches of Congress, they have only a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate — and their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is smaller than it was before the 2020 election. Democr...

 2021-05-17 20:20 

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'They've turned into raging monsters': Noam Chomsky links GOP lies to Nazi propaganda...

The United States has had 17 different presidents during Noam Chomsky's lifetime, from Calvin Coolidge to Joe Biden — and the left-wing author, now 92, has lived through major historical events including the Great Depression, Watergate, 9/11, an...

 2021-05-17 19:39 

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A moment of hesitation and the absurdity of the border...

From the mountaintops of southern Arizona, you can see a world without borders. I realized this just before I met Juan Carlos. I was about 20 miles from the border but well within the militarized zone that abuts it. I was, in fact, atop the Baboquivari mo...

 2021-05-17 18:55 

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How the United States helps to kill Palestinians...

The U.S. corporate media usually report on Israeli military assaults in occupied Palestine as if the United States is an innocent neutral party to the conflict. In fact, large majorities of Americans have told pollsters for decades that they want the Unit...

 2021-05-17 18:29 

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The ridiculous new fight about masks shows the hollow moral core of many media pundits...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that it was safe for people who have been fully vaccinated to go about their business without wearing a mask outdoors as well as indoors. That sparked controversy of the kind I want to talk abo...

 2021-05-17 18:03 

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How anti-choice advocates and 'Comstockian mail control' could derail COVID's strangely positive impact on abortion rights...

In a strange turn, the pandemic actually expanded abortion access. In July 2020, a US District Judge in Maryland ruled that in-person requirements for people seeking a medication abortion were a "substantial obstacle" to abortion access during the...

 2021-05-17 17:47 

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'A blood bath': Reporter describes 'massive' division among Arizona Republicans over bogus election audit...

In Arizona, Republicans are still promoting election lies with a blatantly partisan audit of the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County — and former President Donald Trump and his supporters are claiming that the audit is showing that...

 2021-05-17 17:28 

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Reagan Foundation demands 'Trump Train' bus remove image of GOP hero in MAGA hat...

The...

 2021-05-17 17:09 

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'Like drinking bleach': Former Obama adviser derails Fox News segment attacking Biden's COVID response...

Marjorie Clifton, a former consultant for the Obama campaign, derailed a Fox News segment on Monday by reminding host Harris Faulkner that former President Donald Trump had dangerously suggested ingesting bleach to cure COVID-19. Clifton's remarks cam...

 2021-05-17 16:55 

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'An insurance policy': This GOP tactic for stealing elections is even worse than voter suppression...

Republicans in state legislatures all over the U.S. — from Florida to Texas to Arizona to Iowa — have been pushing voter suppression bills designed to make voting more difficult and inconvenient. Some of the bills have already been signed into...

 2021-05-17 16:33 

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'RIP Roe v. Wade': Legal experts sound alarm on SCOTUS taking up 'biggest abortion case in more than a generation'...

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday morning announced it will take up a Mississippi case that bans abortion after 15 weeks. Legal experts say with a 6-3 conservative majority, and after years of right wing pressure including spending tens of millions of dollars...

 2021-05-17 16:14 

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'Criminal complicity': Outrage as Biden pushes $735 million weapons sale to Israel amid Gaza slaughter...

Human rights advocates warned Monday that the Biden administration is deepening U.S. complicity in the Netanyahu regime's ongoing massacre of civilians in Gaza by attempting to push through a $735 million sale of so-called...

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