January 2018 archive

Jan 22

Conservatives Just Don’t Understand That Racism Runs Deep in American Education

Click here for reuse options! Behind the push to roll back school discipline protections lies a dangerous dismissal of bias in classrooms. Betsy DeVos and company are at it again. The DeVos-led Department of Education is currently cooking up ways to get rid of the 2014 Obama-era guidelines for K-12 public school discipline, which was aimed …

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Jan 22

Las Vegas rally marking Women’s March anniversary puts focus on voting

The #PowerToThePolls rally in Nevada drew thousands: ‘Last year was more of an outpouring of emotion. This year it’s about a call to action’ The first anniversary of the Women’s March was celebrated in a Las Vegas stadium on Sunday with a “#PowerToThePolls” rally, intended to harness and direct the so-called “resistance” against Donald Trump. …

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Jan 22

This Congressman Spent a Decade Battling the Agency Trump Might Appoint Him to Lead

Ever since White House budget director Mick Mulvaney’s embattled appointment two months ago as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he’s moved swiftly to transform the watchdog agency he once called a “sick, sad” joke. He has shelved investigations and kneecapped the work of CFPB examiners by halting data collection. In just the last week, he announced plans to gut an …

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Jan 22

Cartoon: The Trump news cycle continues

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Jan 22

Richard Linklater on Last Flag Flying: ‘We’re not meant to kill. We’re not cut out for it’

He set out to make a black comedy about the Iraq war and ended up with a film about Trump. Richard Linklater talks soldiers, psychopaths – and doing another Before film In the quest to make the perfect film for the age of Trump, some strive for success and others stumble upon it. In the …

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Jan 22

45 Years After Roe v. Wade, the War on Women Rages On

In 1969, 22-year-old Norma McCorvey was living in Dallas, Texas, when she discovered she was pregnant with her third child. As a poor, single mother struggling with alcohol addiction, McCorvey felt she wasn’t prepared to take on raising another child. She told her doctor she wanted an abortion, but under Texas law, abortion was prohibited …

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Jan 22

US shutdown: White House phone message blames Democrats

Recording says Democrats are prioritising immigration over ‘funding for our troops’ Members of the public phoning the White House during the US government shutdown are being played a recorded message blaming congressional Democrats for the fact that their call cannot be taken. People calling the White House telephone comment line 202-456-1111 received the following recorded …

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Jan 22

Mothers against gun violence are running for office

Fighting for legislative action against gun violence is definitely an uphill battle. But at least some activists are going a step further and running for office to try to pass common-sense gun safety laws. Take Lucia McBath. She lost her son, Jordan Davis, in 2012 when a white driver approached the vehicle Jordan was in at …

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Jan 22

‘I really will’: the stars who didn’t move to Canada when Trump won

Snoop Dogg and Lena Dunham were among a host of celebrities who pledged to move north under a Donald Trump presidency – yet stayed put It is a longstanding tradition of American politics: at some stage in the electoral cycle, prominent citizens from the world of art and entertainment declare that if their preferred candidate …

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Jan 22

Military families suffer under Trump’s shutdown, Trump’s gala guests rage about tacky caviar service

Military families are suffering amidst Trump and the Republican’s shutdown of the U.S. government. The lives of 800,000 hardworking young people who followed the rules, seeking a path to citizenship in the only country they’ve ever known are at risk, living in fear of deportation. A few million children have had their health insurance ripped from their tiny hands, …

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