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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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‘Our institutions are sounding alarms’: Federal Judges call emergency meeting over Trump interference with DOJ

“This is mind-blowing. I’ve never heard of anything like it. We are in full on crisis mode.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, for CommonDreams.org The head of the 1,100-member Federal Judges Association on Monday called an…

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More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials tell William Barr: Resign now!

‘Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words’ by  Common Dreams staff More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials called on Attorney General William P. Barr on Sunday…

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Posted in Common Dreams Deportation Immigration News Policing

‘These are the Bad Times’: Trump to deploy heavily armed Border Patrol tactical units to help with immigration arrests in Sanctuary Cities

“It is unbelievable how much this action will undermine public safety. Unbelievable.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer, CommonDreams In a move that appears destined to escalate tension between the White House and opponents, President Donald Trump…

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Posted in Analysis Off the wire Public Policy Senior Citizens The Conversation Working Class

How Trump’s proposed benefits changes will create hardship for rural people with disabilities

“Additional reviews would cost $1.8 billion to administer while saving $2 billion in terminated benefits.” Rural Americans are more likely than urban Americans to experience disability. Natee K Jindakum/Shutterstock.com By Lillie Greiman, The University of Montana…

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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 Deportation El Salvador Human Rights Immigration News Off the wire Social Justice The Conversation world

Deported to death: US sent 138 Salvadorans home to be killed

At least 138 people deported from the United States to El Salvador since 2013 have been killed, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch, which investigates human rights abuses worldwide.   Updated February 7,…

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The Trump administration on Thursday released its final management plans for a lands previously protected as national monuments. (Photo: Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Colorado Plateau Common Dreams Energy Environment Mining News Off the wire Public Lands Science Water

Trump’s final plan to open treasured public lands in Utah called ‘Sellout’ to big oil

The administration’s new managment plans “are the latest in a series of insults… that began when Trump illegally dismantled Bears Ears and Grand Staircase at the behest of corporate interests two years ago.” By Jessica Corbett,…

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Posted in 2020 Census Computer science Immigration News Off the wire Voter suppression

The Census Bureau is building Trump a huge list of noncitizens. Will it be secure?

By Will Carless / February 1, 2020 When the Supreme Court ruled in June that the Trump administration could not place a citizenship question on the 2020 census, civil rights advocates breathed a sigh of relief….

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Posted in 2020 Census DACA News Public Policy Reveal

Fear of a census undercount

“I know for a fact that a lot of community members wanted to come today, but they are scared,” said City Councilmember Luis Chavez, who gave a speech about the importance of a full 2020 census…

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Posted in Common Dreams Immigration Off the wire Politics The West

‘Nobody can build like I can build. Nobody’: watch winds knock down Trump border wall

“What a perfect visual metaphor for a presidency fuelled by hot air.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Mother Nature: 1. President Donald Trump: 0. That’s the scorecard from the southern border after gusts of wind of…

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Posted in Climate change Environment Environmental Justice News Public Policy

Greta Thunberg needs no defense: why we must keep Climate Striking

by Massimo Paciotto Biggers , Jeff Biggers Common Dreams While President Trump dismissed Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and scientists as “perennial prophets of doom” at the World World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, climate strikers in drought-stricken…

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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 Courts/justice DACA News Off the wire SCOTUS Youth

Supreme Court DACA decision isn’t just about Dreamers — it’s about whether the White House has to tell the truth

Morgan Marietta, University of Massachusetts Lowell The fate of 700,000 people facing deportation may hang on a new question facing the U.S. Supreme Court: Is the White House legally obligated to tell the whole truth when…

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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 Off the wire War

‘We were right’

They experienced the war in Afghanistan on the ground. Here’s what they had to say. Jay O’Brien, 41, Army infantryman, Kandahar province, 2013.  By Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn, Alex Horton, Meryl Kornfield, Jenn Abelson and Ted Muldoon Published…

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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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