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Statement From AllofUs in Response ...

Statement From AllofUs in Response to #ABetterDeal:

In response to the Democratic Party?s #ABetterDeal agenda, AllofUs -- the organization that launched WeWillReplaceYou.org --  issued the following statement:

Bernhardt?s Confirmation as DOI Dep...

Bernhardt?s Confirmation as DOI Deputy Secretary a Victory for Oil and Gas Interests

The U.S. Senate is expected to confirm David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior today, despite his long history working as a lobbyist for Big Oil and Big Ag. Bernhardt?s clients have included CITGO, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

National Low Income Housing Coaliti...

National Low Income Housing Coalition & the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding Lead a Rally on Capitol Hill to Call for Greater Investments in Affordable Housing

Far too many families are struggling with housing insecurity and are having to make the impossible choice of paying the rent or paying for groceries, medications, and other necessities. Nationwide, more people are renting their homes than ever before, but our investments in affordable housing have not kept pace. As a result, millions of people do not have an affordable place to call home and half a million people, including families with small children and the disabled, are living on the street, in shelters, or in their cars on any given night.

Organic Industry Watchdog Lobbies f...

Organic Industry Watchdog Lobbies for Stricter Regulations Governing Imports

A recent Washington Post investigation illustrated serious flaws in the organic certification program at the USDA, undermining confidence in the organic label and spotlighting the harm domestic organic grain farmers continue to suffer at the hands of unscrupulous competitors in the international supply chain.

42 Million Americans Mark Inexcusab...

42 Million Americans Mark Inexcusable Milestone

Today, an estimated 42 million American who make under $15 an hour mark the 8th year since the last time the federal minimum wage was raised. These working Americans, a majority of them over the age of 30 and with some college education, are the victims of partisan politics. In the past 8 years, the GOP refused to hand President Obama a legislative victory, and now refuse to sign onto a Democratic bill.

Coalition to March in Support of Me...

Coalition to March in Support of Medicare for All Bill

On Monday, July 24th thousands will march at the Capitol in support of H.R. 676 Medicare for All. The march is one component of a larger grassroots effort in order to increase pressure on Senators to kill the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare, and support the expansion of health care to all Americans. This even comes ahead of the July 30th anniversary of Medicaid.

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Russia's Vladimir Putin says his ma...

Russia's Vladimir Putin says his marriage is over

Source: [b]BBC[/b] Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila have said their marriage is over. The couple, who had been married for 30 years, made their divorce public on Russian state television after attending a ballet performance. "It was a joint decision, we hardly ...
Christie expected to name Lautenber...

Christie expected to name Lautenberg successor

Source: [b]News12 NJ[/b] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears poised to name a temporary successor to the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The governor has scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference in Trenton. However, the announcement did not specify a topic. Lautenberg died Monday a...
George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammator...

George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial

Source: [b]Yahoo News[/b] George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial The Lookout By Jason Sickles, an arrives for a pretrial hearing on Thursday. (Joe Burbank/Getty) “Profiled” “Vigilante” “Self-appointed Neighborhood Watch Captain” “Wannabe cop” Suspec...
Swimming Champion, Movie Star Esthe...

Swimming Champion, Movie Star Esther Williams Dies

Source: [b]ABC News[/b] By BOB THOMAS Associated Press LOS ANGELES June 6, 2013 (AP) Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91. Williams's died early Thursday in h...
Syria Hails Qusair Capture as Fores...

Syria Hails Qusair Capture as Foreshadowing Rebel Defeat

Source: [b]Bloomberg[/b] The Syrian governmment’s capture of al-Qusair is a “strategic turning point” marking the beginning of the end for the armed opposition, Syria’s premier said, as the army promised mercy for surrendering rebels. Retaking the city opens the door “for successive vi...
Lindsey Graham ‘glad’ NSA collectin...

Lindsey Graham ‘glad’ NSA collecting phone records

Source: [b]Yahoo News[/b] Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on Thursday morning he's "glad" the National Security Agency is secretly collecting millions of telephone records from Americans in an effort to track down terrorism suspects. “We are very much under threat," Graham said on "F...

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SciFi Weekend: News From Comic Con ...

SciFi Weekend: News From Comic Con Including CW Shows, Stranger Things, Star Trek Discovery, 12 Monkeys, Outlander, & Doctor Who; Briefs On Orphan Black and Other Current Genre Shows

There is a lot of news, and lots of videos, from San Diego Comic Con. Here are some of the highlights, with more likely to be posted next week. The video above was released at the panel for The 100. TV Line has this information:  ?The prison ship [from the season finale] is from Earth,? […]
The Democrats Are Hopelessly Lost

The Democrats Are Hopelessly Lost

After terrible showings in the 2010, 2014, and 2016 elections, the Democratic establishment is looking for a solution. The Washington Post reports that they are going to announce a new slogan: Completely sapped of power in Washington, top leaders of the Democratic Party now believe that the best way to fight a president who penned […]
Can Donald Trump Pardon Himself? Ca...

Can Donald Trump Pardon Himself? Can He Be Indicted While Still In Office?

It has become so widely accepted that the investigations into Donald Trump’s business dealings are very likely to reveal criminal activities that subjects including whether Trump can pardon himself and whether he can be indicted while in office are now being discussed. While many disagree, Donald Trump claims he does have the power to pardon […]
Quote of the Day: Seth Meyers on Je...

Quote of the Day: Seth Meyers on Jeff Sessions

President Trump said in a new interview that he had regrets about appointing Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions said today that he will continue to serve as long as it is appropriate. So only until about 1955. –Seth Meyers At least he managed to remain around longer than Sean Spicer, who announced his resignation today. […]
Investigations Of Trump Expand Alon...

Investigations Of Trump Expand Along With Speculation That He Will Repeat Saturday Night Massacre

News reports discussed two avenues of investigation being pursued regarding Donald Trump. One of them, his business ties, appears to be of value. The other is of more questionable value–fake news on Facebook. Bloomberg is reporting that Robert Mueller is expanding the investigation into Trump’s business ties: The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between […]
Clinton?s Popularity Continues To D...

Clinton?s Popularity Continues To Decline, Possibly Affecting Democratic Voter Enthusiasm

Democrats lead in the generic Congressional polls, but there are warning signs for Democrats. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that by a 52 to 38 percent margin voters want Democrats to control Congress to be a check on Trump. However, 65 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning adults say they are ?almost certain to vote,? only 57 percent […]

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Trump's In-Your-Face Impeachable Of...

Trump's In-Your-Face Impeachable Offense

The political will to impeach this deceitful, destructive President and his administration does not exist despite millions of people, even some in Congress and the media, knowing impeachment is abundantly justified. Every day, with little attention, this administration violates the constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law to protect the environment, to defend the right to vote, and to protect Americans civil rights.
More Stories Within Stories

More Stories Within Stories

Apart from its propaganda value, U.S President Trump's recent announcement to stop funding "rebels"[1] in Syria is meaningless.
Is Trump about to start another war...

Is Trump about to start another war?

If Trump keeps up the pressure imposing further sanctions, how soon before the extremists in Iran secure an upper hand and the deal falls apart? Could an unwinnable war (Iraq and Afghanistan are living examples) and/or a nuclear Iran be the consequence?
Critics of U.S. "Israel Anti-Boycot...

Critics of U.S. "Israel Anti-Boycott Act" say even requests for information could expose citizens to penalties

The bill in Congress that could make it a felony punishable by prison-time to advocate for boycott against Israel is causing a big splash in liberal and progressive waters. Numerous organizations have come out against the bill, including J Street, which warns against giving the Trump administration any power to "lock them up."
Why Are Some Youths Cruel?

Why Are Some Youths Cruel?

There are times when I feel ashamed to be a member of the human race. This is such a time after reading about the cruelty teens inflicted on an innocent dog and kitten.
Policing for Profit: Jeff Sessions ...

Policing for Profit: Jeff Sessions & Co.'s Thinly Veiled Plot to Rob Us Blind

Jeff Sessions, the nation's top law enforcement official, would not recognize the Constitution if he ran right smack into it. Whether the head of the Trump Administration's Justice Department enjoys being the architect of a police state or is just painfully, criminally clueless, Sessions has done a great job thus far of sidestepping the Constitution at every turn.

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Republicans threaten financial stab...

Republicans threaten financial stability and physical health of millions with Trumpcare

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When you boil Trumpcare down to its essence, what you get is the destruction of Medicaid. That's been the goal of Republican lawmakers for decades, and more than anything is what?s driving this crazy, unprecedented, undemocratic drive by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. There are two extremely salient stories every other Republican should be thinking about going into this thing, particularly those from states that expanded Medicaid. The first comes from Health Affairs, demonstrating that Medicaid expansion hasn't just improved the health of enrollees?it's improved their finances.

The researchers compared the change in both the uninsured rate and the rate of unpaid medical bills in both expansion and non-expansion states, before and after the Affordable Care Act was enacted. In terms of unpaid medical debt, both sets of states were essentially the same. But in 2015, after the law, "the share with medical debt fell 7 percentage points in non-expansion states [?]. In contrast, medical debt fell by almost twice as much, 13 percentage points, in expansion states." And this: "the effect of the Medicaid expansion closes about a quarter of the gap in financial satisfaction between low-income and median-income individuals." The bottom line for them? "Our data are somewhat different from what has been used in other recent research, but overall a clear story emerges: The ACA?s Medicaid expansion benefits not just health care, but also financial health. "

Then go to a non-expansion state?in this case Virginia, this weekend.

Anthony Marino, 54, reached into his car trunk to show a pair of needle-nosed pliers like the ones he used to yank out a rotting tooth.

Shirley Akers, 58, clutched a list of 20 medications she takes, before settling down to a sleepless night in the cab of a pickup truck.

Robin Neal, 40, tried to inject herself with a used-up insulin pen, but it broke, and her blood sugar began to skyrocket.

As the sun set in the mountains of southwest Virginia, hundreds of hurting souls were camped out or huddled in vehicles, eager for an early place in line when the gates swung open at 5 a.m. for the nation?s largest pop-up free clinic.

Dr. Joseph F. Smiddy, 75, is one of the physicians who volunteered over the weekend, just as he's been doing since the first one in 1999. He says "We're sicker here than in Central America."

Sen. Franken says Judiciary Committ...

Sen. Franken says Judiciary Committee may call Sessions back to explain his Russia contacts

It can be hard to keep track of all the new developments in Trump's ever-escalating Russia scandal, but if you missed last Friday's addendum to the pile it was that this nation's intelligence services caught the Russian ambassador to the United States informing his superiors in Moscow that he and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions had "substantive" discussions about the Donald Trump campaign and that campaign's position towards Russia.

These intelligence intercepts are directly opposed to Sessions' own past assurances that he had done nothing of the sort, and Democratic Sen. Al Franken says the Senate Judiciary Committee would very much like Sessions to again appear before them to explain himself.

?What I do know is what I read, which is that I guess someone in Kislyak?s position can sometimes distort what he says when he is reporting back to build himself up,? Franken told CNN?s Jake Tapper. ?I also saw in those reports that Kislyak isn?t that type. And it seems to me that since Attorney General Sessions hasn?t been terribly truthful regarding these things that it?s more likely that what Kislyak was saying was the case.? [...]

Franken said Sunday that he ?absolutely? wants Sessions to appear before the Judiciary Committee again, adding, ?I think Chairman Grassley does want him to come back.?

It has been speculated that the White House itself leaked this newest blockbuster implicating Sessions in an attempt to force his resignation, because Donald Trump is an ass and would most certainly do such a thing to be rid of an attorney general he now regards as insufficiently loyal to him, personally.

Regardless, Sessions' recounting of his meetings with the Russian ambassador is squarely at odds with what the man he met with reported back to his superiors, and the suggestion that the nation's new top legal official hid covert cooperation between himself and a foreign power is not something even Republican senators like Chuck Grassley can quite stomach sweeping under the rug.

Or, at least, that's what Sen. Franken suspects. We'll see?he may yet be giving his Republican colleagues too much credit.

Trump attacks Senate Republicans, p...

Trump attacks Senate Republicans, pleads with them to pass Trumpcare

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In a typically strange and combative speech from the White House Blue Room, flanked by "victims" of the Affordable Care Act, popular vote loser Donald Trump railed against Republican senators for not yet passing an Obamacare repeal bill. His brief remarks were mostly bizarre, largely incoherent, and possibly counterproductive.

Also, too, they were not particularly truthful. Like this: "For the last 17 years Obamacare has wreaked havoc." Seven, 17, whatever. Does anyone expect him to like, really know things? here?s what he does know: Obamacare is death. Death, death, death. "And besides that, it's failing so you won't have that anyway." Said with glee.

Mostly, though, the takeaway was more browbeating of Republicans.

"For the last seven years Republicans have been united in standing up for Obamacare?s victims," Trump said. "Remember: repeal and replace, repeal and replace? They kept saying it over and over again. Every Republican running for office promised immediate relief from this disastrous law. We as a party must fulfill that solemn promise to the voters of this country to repeal and replace, what they've been saying for the last seven years."

"But so far Senate Republicans have not done their job in ending the Obamacare nightmare," he continued. "They now have a chance, however, to hopefully, hopefully fix what has been so badly broken for such a long time."

Such a long time?17 years.

But sure, Republicans. Go ahead. Rip health care coverage from tens of millions of Americans. What's the worst that could happen?

Make your Republican senator feel the heat. Call their office EVERY DAY at (202) 224-3121 to demand that they say NO to repealing Obamacare and ripping health care away from millions of Americans. After your call, tell us how it went.

Eight years after the last minimum ...

Eight years after the last minimum wage increase, Democrats want to give 41 million workers a raise

The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009?for eight years. Thanks to Republicans in Congress and the White House, it won?t be going up any time soon, and though many states have raised their minimum wages, 21 states remain stuck at $7.25 an hour. That?s a poverty wage. A new analysis from the National Employment Law Project shows what the Democrats? Raise the Wage Act of 2017?which would take the minimum wage up to $15 by 2024, a gradual raise by any standard except the Republican ?no raise ever? standard?would do for low-wage workers:

  • 20.7 million workers would see pay raises in the 21 states whose minimum wages are stuck at $7.25.
  • Fully half of the 41.5 million workers who would see pay increases are in the 21 states stuck at $7.25.
  • In the 13 other states with minimum wages of less than $9, nearly 13 million more workers also would see their hourly pay rise.
  • Of all the workers nationwide who would receive raises, 8 in 10 are in the 34 states with the lowest minimum wages.
  • In 19 of the 21 states at $7.25, more than 30 percent of wage-earners would benefit from raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024; the highest share is in Mississippi, with 44.4 percent.

Republicans want these workers stuck at poverty wages. There?s no other serious explanation for their refusal to raise the minimum wage over the past eight years.

Republican leadership: We're voting...

Republican leadership: We're voting on Trumpcare tomorrow. We don't know what we're voting on.

This is fucking insane. The second-in-command in the Senate, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, says "there will be a vote tomorrow" on the motion to proceed to the health care bill. But:
 

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Again, the vote is tomorrow. There is reportedly going to be a meeting tonight in the Republican caucus where maybe they?ll figure out what they are going to do tomorrow. Maybe. If they move to a vote tomorrow, for whatever they decide to vote on, they?ve got problems.

The Senate?s budget rules blew a big hole in the Senate?s repeal-and-replace bill on Friday.

According to Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders?s office, the Senate parliamentarian has said that the bill?s six-month waiting period for people who have a lapse in health coverage ? the GOP?s replacement for the individual mandate ? is not permissible. [...]

That news came Friday, leaving Republican leaders just a few days to rewrite the provision in hopes of clearing the Senate?s Byrd Rule, which is supposed to limit the policies considered under ?budget reconciliation? to those that directly affect the federal budget.

It is not at all clear that any tinkering can save the waiting period; outside experts have long said any similar policy would not survive the Byrd Rule. And without it, the Republican bill is tailor-made for a death spiral.

But what are they going to do about it? We don?t know. It?s a secret. Will the Congressional Budget Office or the parliamentarian see it before it gets to the floor? Not if they bring it up this week, because no one knows?STILL?what?s going to even be in the thing to be scored.

Why are they doing this? For this guy?

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They?ve all lost their minds. Which is going to be a pre-existing condition, but they?ll undoubtedly be able to figure out how to keep themselves covered.

Make your Republican senator feel the heat. Call their office EVERY DAY at (202) 224-3121 to demand that they say NO to repealing Obamacare and ripping health care away from millions of Americans. After your call, tell us how it went.

Congressional agreement on Russia s...

Congressional agreement on Russia sanctions bill deals the Trump-Putin alliance a blow

The efforts of Donald Trump and his buddy Vladimir Putin to help Russia get off scot-free after hacking the U.S. election have hit a snag: Congress. As challenged as the GOP-controlled Congress has proven to be, lawmakers appear to have brokered an agreement on a measure strengthening sanctions against Russia and preventing Trump from unilaterally lifting them. Oh, bother. What both Trump and Putin failed to appreciate was that being president in the U.S. isn't exactly like being president in Russia?the U.S. Constitution actually provides safeguards and checks for a president who would gladly outsource our governance to a foreign entity, all to puff up his wounded ego.

This was something that two men who are used to playing by their own rules?the ones they alone set?totally overlooked. Taken together, their complete alignment against the assessment of the U.S. intelligence community that Russian hacked our election is now backfiring. The lockstep preference of a U.S. president for a hostile foreign power's version of events over that of our own intelligence operatives was a little too close for comfort for Congress?even an ideologically-driven one that would much rather be using Trump's signature for other priorities. But Putin's brazen denials along with Trump's inability to accept that he might not have triumphed in the election without Putin running interference is finally sinking the dinghy they've been huddling on together amid the sea of evidence engulfing them. The New York Times' David Sanger writes:

Mr. Putin is beginning to pay a price for what John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director, described last week as the Russian president?s fateful decision last summer to try to use stolen computer data to support Mr. Trump?s candidacy. For his part, Mr. Trump ignited the movement in Congress by repeatedly casting doubt on that intelligence finding, then fueled it by confirming revelation after revelation about previously denied contacts between his inner circle and a parade of Russians.

If approved by Congress this week, Mr. Trump has little choice, his aides acknowledge, but to sign the toughened sanctions legislation that he desperately wanted to see defeated.

Why oh why would a U.S. president who has blithely alienated nearly every U.S. ally be so eager to side with Putin in his denials of wrongdoing? Trump's new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, spelled it out pretty clearly over the weekend.

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Indonesian police use Shootings, ki...

Indonesian police use Shootings, killings, beatings, arrests on West Papuan independence rallies

Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. West Papuan activists and families have been forced to flee to the jungle for safety. Indonesian security forces are conducting scores of raids, sweeps and offensives against West Papuan civilians. The attacks are happening during the visit of National Police Chief General Sutarman with over 200 people arrested across West Papua. Journalists have also been attacked by Indonesian police according to Amnesty International...Read more at San Fransisco Bay Area Indymedia. The Indonesian Police chief says any plans to free Papua from Indonesia won't be tolerated, including Flag raising ceremonies on the West Papuan national Day, December 1st.

Calls for Independence by West Papuans have been made since the sham "Act of Free Choice in 1969". They have suffered a neglected genocide at the hands of the Indonesian military (2004) with continued Repression (2007). Thousands of Papuans took to the streets in 2010 and in 2011 rejecting special autonomy, demanding a referendum on independence. Indonesia plans to build 1,500 km of new roads in the next two years to accelerate ?development', increase military presence, and open up more illegal logging. Three Papuans highlighted the human rights abuses at the APEC meeting in Bali this year by scaling the Australian Consulate?s fence in the dead of night and hand-delivering a personal plea to open the Indonesian province to world scrutiny.

A new academic law and human rights report A slow-motion genocide: Indonesian rule in West Papua (PDF), details the extent of the genocide and abuse of human rights. (Review by Greenleft) Activists have called for Australia to End pragmatic complicity in West Papua in response to comments by new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Imprisoned Papuan leader Selpius Bobii also responded saying, "We Live In Terror, Mr Abbott".

Related: Waging Nonviolence: Flotilla unsettles Indonesia?s occupation of West Papua | West Papuan National Day Goes Global | West Papuans to join commemoration of Eureka Rebellion in Ballarat
More Information: West Papua media Alerts | Freedom Flotilla

Civil Society stages mass walkout p...

Civil Society stages mass walkout protest from Warsaw Climate change negotiations

Civil society organisations abandoned the COP19 climate change negotiations in Warsaw on mass. Members from Greenpeace, Oxfam, WWF, Actionaid, Friends of the Earth, the International Trade Union Confederation (statement) and 350.org all started leaving the conference at 2pm. This is an unprecedented action, the first time several major civil society groups have staged a mass walkout.

Friends of the Earth International highlighted that the Warsaw Climate Change negotiations were failing, with Tension high in Warsaw talks as G77+China walk out. The role of Australia and reduced ambition of Japan  have been widely mentioned. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers, but there has been substantial intransigence from much of the developed world to progressing the negotiations forward on finance, ambition, and a loss and damage mechanism. Poland's Coal Summit has shown the fossil fuel corporatism entwined in this COP with widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations of COP19 and at UNFCCC official Christiania Figueres who gave the keynote speech at the coal summit 

Related: Democracy Now: "Nature Does Not Negotiate": Environmentalists Walk Out of U.N. Climate Summit in Warsaw | "Polluters Talk, We Walk": Civil Society Groups Abandon Warsaw Talks over Inaction on Global Warming | "We Have to Consume Less": Scientists Call For Radical Economic Overhaul to Avert Climate Crisis
Analysis: The Warsaw walkout and the Climate Movement



Canadians and Australians protest c...

Canadians and Australians protest climate wrecking policies and pipelines

The weekend of 16th and 17th November saw tens of thousands of people in Canada and Australia out in the streets in over 260 protests against the climate policies of these countries. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers in Warsaw at COP19.

The Saturday protests in Canada occurred from coast to coast to Repulse Bay, Nunavut on the Arctic circle, more than 10,000 people gathered in over 180 events co-ordinated by Defend our Climate. Many protests focussed on stopping further expansion of the Alberta tar sands and pipelines to move the bitumenous oil south to Texas, east through Ontario and Quebec, and west through British Columbia. On Sunday, more than 60,000 people attended climate protests across Australia, protesting the attempt to repeal carbon pricing and clean energy programs by the conservative Government lead by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, elected on 7 September this year, who denied any link between climate change and bushfires as unusually early and intense bushfires raged around Sydney.

Civil Society NGO and local Polish activists also staged a Climate Justice march in Warsaw in association with the COP19 climate change negotiations taking place. Super Typhoon Haiyan set the initial mood at the negotiations with Philippines negotiator Naderev Saño (Yeb Saño) saying "time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway". There is widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations in Warsaw with Japan and Australia being particularly singled out.

Related: Australia Indymedia - Tens of Thousands rally for Climate Action across Australia

Typhoon Haiyan causes death and dev...

Typhoon Haiyan causes death and devastation in the Philippines

On November 8 Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Sama province in the Philippines, destroying coastal communities with ferocious winds and a storm surge of 6-7 metres (up to 20 feet). According to Dr Jeff Masters "Haiyan had winds of 190 - 195 mph (315 km/h) at landfall, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history."

Authorities of Tacloban City with a population of 220,000 and capital of Leyte province, gave an early estimate that perhaps 10,000 people died from this one city. Many people were surprised by the huge storm surge tidal waves that inundated much of the city. Many smaller coastal villages were also devastated with most buildings destroyed or suffering severe damage. According to the UN Reliefweb report on 14 November the number of affected people has increased to 11.8 million. The official death count from Typhoon Haiyan is currently 4,460 but with numbers still increasing. There were 921,200 people displaced and 243,600 houses destroyed. A total of 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance.

Related: Climate IMC: Typhoon Haiyan: This is a climate crime | Time for turning tears into anger says Walden Bello | Philippine groups demand action on climate finance, loss and damage in Warsaw climate talks | Ejected from COP19 for expressing solidarity to the Philippines | Youth observers expelled from UN climate change talks for Philippines Solidarity | Indybay: Super typhoon Haiyan is climate wake-up call | They destroy We suffer Statement on Yolanda?s Aftermath
Non-corporate Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts: Waves for Water | Haiyan NYC Relief Project | Doctors without Borders | Oxfam International

Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snip...

Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snipers

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and unidentified snipers attack Mi'kmaq women and elderly who were part of an anti-fracking encampment.

Support pours in for Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snipers. Today, Monday, Mi'kmaq Warrior Tyson Peters shot with rubber bullet risks losing his leg after protecting woman from a bullet.

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Kushner: Questioning Trump's Win 'R...

Kushner: Questioning Trump's Win 'Ridicules' His Supporters

Jared Kushner said Monday he had done nothing wrong and that his father-in-law won because he ran a better campaign ? not because he received help from Moscow.
The Most Important Elections You Ha...

The Most Important Elections You Haven't Heard About

Democrats have a rare opportunity to win when it matters most -- if only they can get their base to pay attention to governors races.
Fact Checking Trump's Remarks on He...

Fact Checking Trump's Remarks on Health Care

NBC News fact checked the president's remarks during an event with what the White House called "victims" of Obamacare. Here's what he got right, and wrong.
Audio of Scalise Shooting Used in C...

Audio of Scalise Shooting Used in Campaign Ad

An Alabama congressman is facing intense criticism for releasing a campaign ad that includes audio of the June shooting of a Louisiana congressman.
Trump: 'Obamacare is Death'

Trump: 'Obamacare is Death'

President Trump declared Obamacare a "meaningless promise" Monday and said the healthcare law is "death".
Lawmaker Blames Female Senators for...

Lawmaker Blames Female Senators for Failed Health Care Bill

A Texas Republican congressman says it's "absolutely repugnant" that the GOP- led Senate hasn't acted on repealing the health care law and he singled out "some female senators from the Northeast." Blake Farenthold said the Senate has failed to show the courage to dismantle the health care law. The Republican governor of Ohio says it would be a mistake for the Senate...

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The President turns up the heat on ...

The President turns up the heat on Senate Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare

President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering critique of the Affordable Care Act at the White House on Monday and ratcheted up the pressure on Senate Republicans to keep their campaign promise to repeal and replace the law.
Trump urges GOP to support repeal

Trump urges GOP to support repeal

Speaking at the White House, President Donald Trump turned on the pressure for Senate Republicans to keep their campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Schumer: Democrats' top priority is...

Schumer: Democrats' top priority is health care, not Russia

Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate's top Democrat, denied Monday that his party is overly fixated on Russia as Democrats rolled out a new campaign focused on economics.
Sen. Sanders calls health care bill...

Sen. Sanders calls health care bill 'destructive' and 'irresponsible'

Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed the Senate health care bill as "destructive" and "irresponsible" in a speech at the NAACP national convention in Baltimore on Monday.
This is the week senators vote (or ...

This is the week senators vote (or not) on health care

For anyone tracking Republicans' plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, this probably sounds familiar: it is possible GOP senators come back to Washington to vote on a health care proposal this week.
Nobody seems to know what's happeni...

Nobody seems to know what's happening on health care

As Republican senators prepared to make their familiar dash to airports and train stations Thursday evening, many were in agreement: We have no clue what is happening with Obamacare repeal next week.

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