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 2021-08-30 20:24 

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Violence has now become a more common feature of anti-mask and anti-vaccine protests...

Nationwide rallies against masks and vaccine mandates reemerged over the weekend in full force, with one Republican candidate for office in Pennsylvania threatening to bring "20 strong men" into school board meetings to protest for their children ...

 2021-08-30 20:00 

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This Democratic strategist sees signs that the party is on the verge of losing power for 'the next decade'...

During the Biden era, Democratic strategist David Shor has not only been expressing fears that his party will lose control of Congress in the 2022 midterms — he has also been warning that the party is facing an unfair structural bias in elections. A...

 2021-08-30 19:36 

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Republicans' hostility to science causes existential emergencies to collide...

It is an understatement to say there is a lot going on right now. The two biggest stories over the weekend were the winding up of the dangerous airlift out of Afghanistan and the arrival of an epic hurricane hitting the Gulf Coast on the anniversary of Hu...

 2021-08-30 19:13 

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A formerly prominent gay marriage opponent is now going all-in on anti-mask outrage...

Former "Miss California" Carrie Prejean made national headlines in 2009 when she told Miss USA judge Perez Hilton that she opposed marriage for same-sex couples. She lost the crown, many say, because of that answer, and later was stripped of her M...

 2021-08-30 18:54 

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Former Reagan assistant: Thousands of Americans 'died in vain' in the 'needless' Afghan War...

It isn't easy to find people on the right who are willing to defend President Joe Biden's handling of the crisis in Afghanistan, which has been retaken by the Taliban. But in a late August article for the right-wing paleoconservative Antiwar.com w...

 2021-08-30 18:38 

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How the authoritarians among us will react to vaccine mandates...

I want to pick up on Friday's newsletter in which I said civil society, especially businesses, is now asserting itself in the fight against the covid. Among others, Delta, Apple, Microsoft and recently Duke University are telling employees to get vacc...

 2021-08-30 18:03 

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Chris Hedges: Americans dug their own graveyard in Afghanistan — like the Brits and Soviets before them...

The Carthaginian general Hannibal, who came close to defeating the Roman Republic in the Second Punic War, committed suicide in 181 BC in exile as Roman soldiers closed in on his residence in the Bithynian village of Libyssa, now modern-day Turkey. It had...

 2021-08-30 17:08 

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Watch: NBC News reporter angrily confronted by 'some wacky guy' while covering Hurricane Ida in Mississippi...

NBC News reporter Shaquille Brewster was in Mississippi covering Hurricane Ida on August 30 when an angry man jumped out of a pickup truck and began yelling at Brewster and his crew.It's unclear exactly why the man was angry with Brewster, and Brewste...

 2021-08-30 16:32 

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Liberty University enacts campus-wide quarantine as COVID-19 surges...

In the United States, far-right white evangelicals and Christian nationalists have often been the first to downplay the severity of COVID-19, oppose social distancing measures and push bogus anti-masker and anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories. But in Lynchbur...

 2021-08-30 15:48 

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Texas abortion law that bans procedure as early as six weeks set to go into effect...

By Neelam Bohra, The Texas TribuneAug. 29, 2021"Texas abortion law that bans procedure as early as six weeks set to go into effect after court cancels hearing, denies motions" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan medi...

 2021-08-30 15:35 

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'How you get stuff done': Anti-mask GOP nominee threatens to use '20 strong men' to physically remove school boards...

Steve Lynch, a far right wing conspiracy theorist and pro-Trump Republican who claims "massive fraud" in the 2020 election put "a total incompetent foreign agent in our White House," appeared to threaten to use violence and intimidation to...

 2021-08-30 14:28 

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Far-right Mississippi governor slammed for claim Christians fear COVID less because they 'believe in eternal life'...

With COVID-19's ultra-infectious Delta variant raging in the United States — especially in red states with low vaccination rates — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is arguing that residents of his state are...

 2021-08-30 13:36 

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'She's very brazenly doubling down': Kyrsten Sinema appears impervious to 'pressure' from the left — here's why...

During the Biden era, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has become one of the centrist Democrats who — along with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia — frustrates the progressive wing of her party the most. Progressive Democrats, this summer, have ...

 2021-08-30 13:25 

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Eminent constitutional law expert: Country is in 'desperate trouble' if Biden and Garland won't go after Trump...

If American democracy were a hospital patient, the diagnosis would be "critical". The Jim Crow Republican Party and larger neofascist movement are escalating their war on democracy by passing laws across the country designed to stop Black and brow...

 2021-08-30 12:23 

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Hurricane Ida deemed a 'poster child' for climate disaster as storm slams Louisiana...

More than a million Louisiana residents were without power Monday morning and at least one person was reportedly killed as Hurricane Ida pummeled the Gulf Coast of the United States, causing life-threatening flooding, lashing homes and buildings with powe...

 2021-08-30 12:16 

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40 million people rely on the Colorado River. It's drying up fast...

by Abrahm LustgartenProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox.Series: Killing the ColoradoThe Water Crisis in the WestOn......

 2021-08-30 10:43 

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How North Carolina became a laboratory for the GOP's subversion of democracy...

North Carolina has become a laboratory to subvert democracy. Republicans captured both houses of the state legislature in 2010, then engineered gerrymandered maps that ensured power for a decade. Then they went to work: Voter ID bills that surgically supp...

 2021-08-29 22:06 

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Do I need a booster shot if I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? A virologist answers 5 questions...

by Maureen Ferran, Rochester Institute of TechnologyFor people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the past few months have been a bit of a bumpy ride with news of side effects, pauses and restarts and now boosters. Maureen Ferran is a vi...

 2021-08-29 21:57 

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Manchin, Sinema, and the sabotage squad have to answer one simple question...

The dust has now settled on the Sabotage Squad's revolt against President Joe Biden's first term infrastructure agenda, with what they're calling a win. They got a date written into a procedural bill that tells the House to vote on infrastruct...

 2021-08-29 21:48 

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Lindsey Graham: 'Whose decision was it to pull all of the troops out... I just don't know'...

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) seemingly forgot on Sunday that it was former President Donald Trump who set a deadline to end the U.S. war in Afghanistan and then began the drawdown of U.S. troops.During an appearance on Face the Nation, CBS host Ed O'Kee...

 2021-08-29 21:34 

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Experts warn of 'potentially catastrophic' destruction as Hurricane Ida reaches New Orleans...

Weather experts on Sunday said their worst-case-scenario predictions about Hurricane Ida, which damaged homes and knocked down trees in Cuba on Friday, appeared to be coming true as the tropical cyclone made its way towards New Orleans with winds rushing ...

 2021-08-29 21:27 

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Conservative radio host who called himself 'Mr. Anti-Vax' dies of COVID-19...

Yet another right-wing radio host who spent months railing against public health and vaccination efforts succumbed to COVID-19 this weekend after a protracted battle with the virus. Marc Bernier, who called himself "Mr. Anti-Vax" at one point, die...

 2021-08-29 21:08 

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Maria Bartiromo ignorantly asks Kevin McCarthy to 'look at the 25th Amendment' to remove Biden...

Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday surprised some viewers when she asked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy why he had not used the power of the 25th Amendment to remove President Joe Biden from office."Will you lead drawing up articles of impe...

 2021-08-29 21:04 

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Attorney for MAGA rioter trots out the 'blame Trump' defense...

To hear his attorney tell it, accused rioter Kyle Fitzsimons was merely "caught up in the frenzy of the rally and protest" when Donald Trump incited his followers to storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6.It is a defense that first started getting no...

 2021-08-29 20:55 

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Ron DeSantis cited an article to oppose mask-wearing for kids — but it falls apart under scrutiny...

As Florida has sunk ever-deeper into its third major wave of Covid-19, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has dug in his heels on his relatively hands-off approach to the virus, which many say has allowed it to spiral out of control.Hospitalizations in the stat...

 2021-08-29 17:47 

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New report exposes more details Jim Jordan held back about Trump on Jan. 6 — and ropes in Matt Gaetz too...

A new report on Sunday in Politico's Playbook offered new details about former President Donald Trump's communications during the Jan. 6 attack, which may be of interest to the investigators on the House committee examining the day's events.Tr...

 2021-08-29 16:39 

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The Supreme Court ended the CDC's eviction ban — here's what that means...

by Katy Ramsey Mason, University of MemphisThe Supreme Court on Aug. 26, 2021, ended the Biden administration's ban on evictions, putting millions at risk of losing their homes. The ruling, by a divided court, said the Centers for Disease Control and ...

 2021-08-29 16:06 

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New 9/11 documentary takes us inside the terror attacks with those who survived them...

Ron Clifford remembers sharing the details of an important business meeting with his sister Ruth, who advised,...

 2021-08-29 15:35 

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My 2015 study has been seized on by anti-vaxxers — but they don't understand what it means...

by Andrew Read, Penn StateTakeawaysA 2015 paper on a chicken virus showed vaccines could enable more deadly variants to spread in chickens.But that outcome is rare. Only a minority of human and animal vaccines have affected the evolution of a virus. In mo...

 2021-08-29 15:03 

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The anti-vaxx movement uses this once-obscure data to spread misinformation about COVID-19 shots...

by Matt Motta, Oklahoma State University and Dominik Stecua, Colorado State UniversityChances are you may not be not familiar with the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS. Co-managed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ...

 2021-08-29 14:29 

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Chris Wallace warns McConnell's plan could've led to 'full-scale war' in Afghanistan...

Fox News host Chris Wallace questioned Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about his desire to fight an endless war in Afghanistan.During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, McConnell argued that the Afghanistan war had been a "complete success" ...

 2021-08-29 14:16 

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How Bill Maher justifies rightward shift...

Bill Maher has been spending more time on his HBO show "Real Time" making fun of liberals — and justified it Friday night by saying simply, "comedy goes where the funny is."The conversation began as a discussion about Fox News late n...

 2021-08-29 13:14 

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How America's wars abroad are intimately tied to police brutality at home...

When U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar decried Israel's 11-day aerial bombardment of Gaza this May and declared that...

 2021-08-29 13:07 

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Why is walking so good for the brain? Blame it on the 'spontaneous fluctuations'...

Like most people, I have been walking more than usual during the pandemic and enjoying it. My meetings with students and colleagues have turned into walking meetings around campus for over a year. Now, I have a problem: School is starting soon, and I don&...

 2021-08-29 13:01 

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Co-Pink's Medea Benjamin: Joe Biden must end 'delusional' China rivalry...

We look at the situation in Afghanistan, and pressure on Biden to stay longer, with CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin, who for years has called for an end to the longest war in U.S. history....

 2021-08-29 12:53 

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These Afghans won the Visa lottery two years ago — now they're stuck in Kabul and out of luck...

These Afghans Won the Visa Lottery Two Years Ago — Now They're Stuck in Kabul and Out of Luckby Dara LindProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your...

 2021-08-29 12:46 

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Right-wing radio host who once mentored xenophobe Stephen Miller could replace California's Gov. Newsom...

The conservative talk radio host Larry Elder is now the Republican front-runner challenging Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom in a special election that could also shape national politics. California voters cast ballots on September 14 on whethe...

 2021-08-29 12:41 

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Former Pence aide: Stephen Miller's 'racist hysteria' made it harder for Afghan allies to get Visas...

As thousands of people in Afghanistan attempt to flee the country before the United States' withdrawal on August 31, we look at how the Trump administration made it much harder for Afghans who worked with the U.S. to apply and receive what is known as...

 2021-08-29 12:31 

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These 5 historical truths suggest Jesus Christ may have never existed...

Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are "mythologized history." In other words, based on the evidence available they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef ga...

 2021-08-29 12:22 

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Evangelicals, science and the vaccine: Refusal is built on deep-seated fear...

When my daughters were coming of age I never prevented any book from being on our shelves. Any book or any topic they wanted to read about or discuss, I made sure I provided for them. I don't believe in editing information from my daughters, from the ...

 2021-08-29 12:19 

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Joe McCarthy was never defeated — and Donald Trump now leads the movement he created...

A few years ago, I was interviewing Roger Stone when he happened to use the phrase "new McCarthyism," describing those who accused former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort of being a tool of Russian interests. This was more than a little ironic f...

 2021-08-29 12:14 

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'Not what ending a war looks like': Biden vows new strikes in retaliation for Kabul blast...

Even as he planned to withdraw all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by August 31, President Joe Biden said Saturday that the drone strike that was launched Friday night in retaliation for an attack claimed by ISIS-K "was not the last.""W...

 2021-08-28 11:31 

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40 million people rely on the Colorado River -- and it's drying up fast...

On a 110-degree day several years ago, surrounded by piles of sand and rock in the desert outside of Las Vegas, I stepped into a yellow cage large enough to fit three standing adults and was lowered 600 feet through a black hole into the ground. There, at...

 2021-08-28 11:21 

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Wisconsin school district opts out of free meal program to avoid 'spoiling' hungry children...

Hundreds of families and educators in Waukesha, Wisconsin are calling on the city's school board to reverse a decision it made earlier this year to opt out of a federal meal program that was introduced at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, off...

 2021-08-28 10:50 

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Rand Paul explains why he believes scientists won't study Ivermectin as COVID treatment...

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is not sold on the idea of using Ivermectin as a form of treatment for COVID-19 but he believes disapproval of former President Donald Trump has kept researchers from testing the drug as a possible treatment for the novel virus. As ...

 2021-08-28 10:20 

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These 15 social media companies targeted by the House Jan. 6 committee in a dramatic turn...

Just two days after demanding a massive trove of records from the federal government the bipartisan U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack is indicating it is expanding its investigation even further. On Friday Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS)...

 2021-08-28 10:05 

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Jan. 6 committee is 'going after Trump' says attorney who prosecuted Trump University case...

A former New York state prosecutor says the bipartisan U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack is definitely targeting Donald Trump, the disgraced former U.S. president.Tristan Snell, who served as assistant attorney general for New York state...

 2021-08-27 23:58 

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Georgia cop who pushed people to take horse dewormer instead of vaccine dies from COVID-19...

A captain at the Wayne County Sheriff's Office who promoted anti-vaccination propaganda on his Facebook page has died from COVID-19.Local news station WSAV reports that Capt. Joe Manning died this week at the age of 57 after what Sheriff Chuck Moseley...

 2021-08-27 23:33 

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The Supreme Court has gone too far — and left Democrats with only one option...

As a pair of Supreme Court decisions from the Republican majority showed this week, they feel free to do exactly what they were appointed to do: Impose their far-right ideology on an unwilling public. The most recent, unsigned opinion was part of the cour...

 2021-08-27 23:24 

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How schools can address their community's deep trauma...

Sizi Goyah, a high school math teacher in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, is overflowing with enthusiasm these days.It's summer, and students from Brooklyn Center Community Schools, where he teaches, have been spending their days outside, learning about d...

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