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After granting Blagojevich and others clemency, Trump calls himself the ‘Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the country’

“NARRATOR: He is not the chief law enforcement officer in the country.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer, Common Dreams.org February 18, 2020 Telling reporters on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews that he had commuted the…

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Posted in Health National News

Xi Jinping reassures Trump that April heat will kill virus

Quick health brief from the president. The Washington Post reports President Trump said that heat will kill the coronaviruses. At a White House meeting with state governors this morning Trump said Chinese President Xi Jinping feels “Very…

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Posted in National News Off the wire Politics Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

Georgia Governor Kemp loses vote purge suit brought by reporter Palast

Nicole Powers for The Palast Investigative Fund February 9 Atlanta   In an extraordinary and unexpected move, Federal Judge Eleanor Ross has declared Gov. Brian Kemp the loser in a lawsuit brought by investigative journalist Greg Palast…

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Posted in National News Politics Race for the White House 2020

Trump reportedly compiling Nixonian ‘Enemies List’ as he seeks revenge for impeachment

“McConnell hasn’t even held the final vote to launch the post-checks and balances era, and already the would-be authoritarian is escalating his abuses of power.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, CommonDreams President Donald Trump is reportedly…

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Posted in Child Welfare Immigration National News Off the wire Politics Pro Publica Social Justice

Zero Tolerance: “Women to one side, men to the other”: how the Border Patrol’s new powers and old carelessness separated a family

Under Trump, Border Patrol agents wield nearly unchecked power over the fate of migrants — and their seemingly random decisions can cleave families apart. by Dara Lind, ProPublica Jan. 31, Mirza had a sense of foreboding…

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Posted in Campaign finance Dark Money Elections National News Off the wire Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020

Donald and Ivanka Trump were involved in inauguration’s inflated payments to family business, new suit says

“Members of the Trump family were aware of and involved in the negotiation of this unconscionable contract,” the District of Columbia’s attorney general wrote in the suit. by Ilya Marritz, WNYC, and Justin Elliott, ProPublica January…

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Posted in Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice National News Off the wire Water

‘Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the country has ever seen’: Trump guts safeguards for US streams and wetlands

“This all-out assault on basic safeguards will send our country back to the days when corporate polluters could dump whatever sludge or slime they wished into the streams and wetlands that often connect to the water…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing National News Off the wire Politics Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

The cynicism of emergency aid for Puerto Rico

Newark    There seem to be no limits to the vengeful pettiness of President Trump and his administration.  Nowhere is that clearer than looking at the deliberate obstacles placed in the way of Puerto Rico’s recovery –…

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Posted in Energy Environment National Off the wire Politics The West

Pendley acting BLM chief on green ‘radicals’ and the ‘war on the West’

By Timothy Cama, Environment & Energy Greenwire Report Environmentalists are “extremists” or “radicals.” Bureaucrats often lie or cheat to accomplish their goals. The government is carrying out a “war” on the western United States. Native American…

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Posted in Child Welfare Courts/justice Immigration National News Politics Pro Publica

Six children died in Border Patrol care. Democrats in Congress want to know why.

Video obtained by ProPublica contradicted the Border Patrol’s account of 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez’s death. Now, House Democrats are pressuring the agency to explain why six migrant children died under its care in less than…

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BLM Headquarters
Posted in Colorado Plateau Editorial/opinon Energy Mining National News Off the wire Politics The West

Moving Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Colorado won’t be good for public lands

Sheep grazing on BLM land near Shoshone, Idaho. BLM/Flickr, CC BY John Freemuth, Boise State University and James R. Skillen, Calvin University The Trump administration has pursued many controversial goals in managing U.S. public lands, including…

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Posted in Common Dreams National News Off the wire Politics Race for the White House 2020

‘People should take him very seriously’: Sanders polling surge reportedly forcing Democrat establishment to admit he can win

“He has a very good shot of winning Iowa, a very good shot of winning New Hampshire, and other than Joe Biden, the best shot of winning Nevada,” said one former Obama adviser.   By Jake…

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Signing of CRA in 1977
Posted in Banks Columns Community organizing economic justice Economy Housing Policy National Off the wire Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

City National Bank Shows Why Some CRA Proposals are Wrong

New Orleans      There’s a big split within the federal banking establishment about what to do about revisions to the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act.  This is not your run of the mill, chest thumping, and elbow…

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Posted in Campaign finance Common Dreams Democracy National News Politics Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

“It’s always been Republicans suppressing votes,” Trump advisor says party will get even more aggressive in 2020

“It’s clear there’s no law Donald Trump and his right-wing machine won’t bend, break, or ignore to try to win the presidency.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Common Dreams Reporting on Friday shows a top advisor…

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On Sunday 50 Flagstaffians stepped up to speak out voicing concerns over President Trumps killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and subsequent saber rattling from Trump and allies. Photo Meteor Staff, January 5, 2020.
Posted in Flagstaff National News world

Add Flagstaff to list of demonstrations over saber rattling

A pro peace demonstration in front of Flagstaff City Hall this afternoon added Flagstaff to the growing list of demonstrations opposing a potential US conflict with Iran. A little after noon people began gathering in downtown…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing National Rathke: Chief Organizer Report world

All tactics no strategy: duck and cover!

  New Orleans We saw the tactic swallow the strategy in the Occupy movement. We just discussed the situation in Hong Kong over the last seven months where the tactics and adaptations have been brilliantly effective,…

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The family walks along public land near Marisela’s home in Flagstaff.
Posted in Arizona Community Courts/justice Immigration National News Off the wire Social Justice The West

To find Jose Montelongo, ICE agents targeted his whole family

One family’s ordeal under Trump’s zero tolerance immigration tactics. *Note: Some names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals By Sarah Tory High Country News One afternoon last April (2019), a group of agents with…

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Posted in Community economic justice First Nations National News Off the wire Politics Social Justice The West

When disaster strikes, Indigenous communities receive unequal recovery aid

U.S. citizens recovering from natural disasters receive $26 per person, per year from the federal government. Tribal citizens? Just $3. By Allison Herrera High Country News In the last decade, more than 70 natural disasters have…

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In 1976, after most Freedom Summer workers had long moved on, Blackwell became the first black female mayor in the state, a post she held for more than 20 years.
Posted in Columns Community organizing economic justice National Off the wire People Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

Unita Blackwell’s life and work is a beacon for us all

New Orleans       At the end of every year, there’s a section in the New York Times about the “lives they lived” that looks at people large and small that died during the past year.  Unita…

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Posted in National News Off the wire Pro Publica Taxes

IRS Reforms Free File Program, Drops Agreement Not to Compete With TurboTax

Finding free online tax filing should be easier this year for millions of Americans. by Justin Elliott and Paul Kiel, ProPublica, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. EST The IRS announced significant changes Monday to its deal with the…

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Posted in economic justice Economy Income Equality National News Pro Publica Taxes

The TurboTax trap: TurboTax tricked customers into paying to file taxes.

 Now several states are investigating it. ProPublica revealed that TurboTax maker Intuit charged millions of Americans for tax filing services they were eligible to receive for free. Now multiple state attorneys general have opened investigations into…

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Posted in Child Welfare Immigration National News Pro Publica

Inside the cell where a sick 16 yr old boy died in Border Patrol care

Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant, was seriously ill when immigration agents put him in a small South Texas holding cell with another sick boy on the afternoon of May 19. A few hours…

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Posted in Child Welfare Immigration National News

Law enforcement video shows final hours of teen’s death in US Immigration Detention Center

Contrary to claims by Border Patrol, “they didn’t take him to the hospital. They didn’t release him. They didn’t even seem to check on him as he was dying on the floor of his cell.” by…

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Posted in Environment National News Social Justice

Small communities across the U.S. struggle to cope in the shadow of larger disasters

By Justine Coleman and Isaac Windes, Investigative Reporting Workshop Katrina. Sandy. Harvey. Maria. Each was a disaster of shattering magnitude, battering America’s shores over the past two decades. But between these pivotal storms lie hundreds of…

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