Earth Day Pioneer Calls It A ‘Day Of Mourning’ This Year Thanks To Trump

April 22, 2017

… act was also passed in 1970, while the Clean Water act was passed in 1972. McCloskey co-authored the Endangered Species act in 1973. McCloskey pointed to a recent legal changeallowing hunters to shoot hibernating bears in Alaskaand worried that the Endangered Species act would be dismantled. Its a disaster and its going to set aside what weve accomplished since the first Earth Day, said McCloskey, who registered with theDemocratic Party in 2007 after becoming disillusioned with President …

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O’Reilly’s firing: What took so long?

April 21, 2017

(CNN)Yet another seismic shift has occurred at Fox News, as conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly is officially out amid a sea of sexual harassment allegations. And people are asking some important questions, like: Why did it take so long for the company to act on allegations of harassment that had been developing for years? And why did Fox pay O’Reilly tens of millions of dollars to leave? This follows Roger Ailes’ exit this past July, with allegations that sound eerily …

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Prince Harry sought counselling after hiding Diana death grief – BBC News

April 17, 2017

… help?” He described himself as a “typical 20, 25, 28-year-old running around going ‘life is great’, or ‘life is fine’ and that was exactly it. “And then [I] started to have a few conversations and actually all of a sudden, all of this grief that I have never processed started to come to the forefront and I was like, there is actually a lot of stuff here that I need to deal with.” He said he decided to act after his brother, told him: “Look, …

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Newt and Callista Gingrich: Easter 2017: ‘Be Not Afraid’

April 17, 2017

Easter is the most important day of the year for Christians. On Easter, Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus Christ was crucified, died, and was buried; and that Christ rose from the dead that all may have eternal life with God the Father in heaven. At the heart of Christianity is this act of Gods love for humanity. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not …

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After San Bernardino shooting, we need more empathy, fewer guns

April 12, 2017

… murder stories have begun to harden one’s empathy. It’s a defense mechanism and it worked for me at first, helping me get through my day. Later my horror returned, accompanied by guilt at my previous relief, as we learned the killing had taken place in a special education classroom. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Already, two days later, this latest act of violence is fading from the headlines. Don’t forget Karen Smith and Jonathan Martinez. Stay empathetic. We are …

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Congress Loves The Syria Strike. But Senators Can’t Say Why Trump Thinks It’s Legal.

April 8, 2017

… inherent authority. I think the president should be able to act, said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The president is commander-in-chief, said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Its the same rationale that Ronald Reagan used after there was a bombing of a bar, a disco in Berlin, and . This is not the first time a president of the United States has acted militarily in response to a crisis, and a necessity for us to react. If there was no clear …

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House Republicans Were Handed A Historic Opportunity. They’re Blowing It.

April 7, 2017

Its going great! Were making America great again, Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) told The Huffington Post on Thursday when asked how things in the House were going. Were making progress on all those things, Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) said. When you have a bill thats not ready for prime time, the best thing for the American people is that we back up and get it right. Even Speaker Ryan (R-Wis.), who presented Republicans with a timeline at the beginning of the year that had them finished with their …

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Stonewall calls for ‘gender X’ option on passports – BBC News

April 5, 2017

… introduced in 2011. Stonewall set out several recommendations it said would help trans people be “accepted without exception”, including: Removing the terms “gender reassignment” and “transsexual” – which it sees as outdated – from the Equality act Allowing trans people to change their gender on legal documents without a medical letter Raising more awareness of “transphobic” hate crime so that people know how to report it Getting more …

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Theresa May’s Saudi Arabia balancing act – BBC News

April 4, 2017

… for juveniles. “Theresa May’s desire for closer relations with the Gulf must not cloud Britain’s commitment to human rights.” So for Theresa May the coming two days will require something of a balancing act – pushing for much-needed trade, more investment and closer ties with Riyadh and yet at the same time expressing just enough concern at humanitarian issues to avoid excessive criticism at home. …

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Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and the Mao factor

April 4, 2017

… “They have the same kind of concepts like ‘overturning society,’ the same kind of idea of ‘you can’t have construction without destruction.’” Both men also view politics as something extremely personal, yearning to be respected while having little idea how to act respectfully, Schell added. “I think Trump, like Mao, has a kind of very visceral antipathy or antagonism toward people who don’t agree with him or cannot be bullied,” he said. …

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The only 4 things you need to know about Trump and Russia

April 1, 2017

… own weight — with a shove from the West — and, by the early 1990s, the Russian state was depleted. The global superpower had begun to look (and act) like a gangster state. One with an uncomfortably large nuclear weapons cache. Enter Vladimir Putin. On December 31, 1999, the former KGB officer assumed power after the president, Boris Yeltsin, resigned. Putin has since claimed 21st century Russia as his own. His desire to restore Moscow to the head of the international order has never …

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Peter Taylor: How has terror changed in 50 years? – BBC News

April 1, 2017

I talked to Billy in his cell. He was doing life for the murder of his Catholic workmate. He had lured him into a car and then shot him in the back of the head. “The only way to stop them was to terrorise them. It was them and us,” he said. But the act of pulling the trigger had a profound effect on Billy. “Before I was a decent young man. It [the conflict] turned me into a killer. It felt like someone had reached down and ripped my insides out. You hear a bang and …

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#TBT: Margaret Chase Smith and her ‘place in the sun’

March 31, 2017

… in her daily work, Smith fought for women in the military. She was the driving force behind the Women’s Armed Services Integration act, which, when signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1948, granted women serving in the military regular status. What can perhaps be called Smith’s brightest moment in the national spotlight came in 1950, when Smith spoke out on the Senate floor against anti-Communist Sen. Joseph McCarthy in her “Declaration of Conscience” speech. …

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Bowel cancer tool to boost diagnosis in under-50s – BBC News

March 28, 2017

The NHS provides testing for people between 60 and 74 every two years. But experts say when it comes to those under 50, people do not act on their symptoms quickly enough. Urgent colonoscopy The new risk assessment tool – which is based on research by University of Exeter and was funded by the Department of Health – calculates the risk of a serious disease as a percentage. Those found to be at 3% risk or more of bowel cancer should be referred for an urgent colonoscopy, while …

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The Story Of 2 Families And The Real-life Impact of Obamacare Repeal

March 20, 2017

narrative, the Affordable Care act imposed regulations that made insurance more expensive for families like the Gibbses and then it spent a bunch of taxpayer money in ways that dont actually help them. That narrative is more or less correct. It is alsoleaves out the part about how those same regulations, and that same government spending, have put decent coverage within reach for families like the Secrists. Take away the rules and the money, as Republicans propose to do, and families like …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… should be glad. The opposition have ganged up on them several times this term already – should they have to bow to “the will of parliament” all the time, they would have had to repeal the football act, ban fracking, give Highlands and Islands its own board and accept that they are “failing teachers, parents and pupils”. Party politics There are still some party-political elements amid this grand constitutional row. In particular, it has cast the SNP and the …

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The Turkey-Netherlands Spat Is A Reminder Of A New Specter Haunting Europe

March 18, 2017

GermanyNetherlandsproposalbarred the barbarian. attacked I came across an article about a video of a group of men in Switzerland dressed as terrifying Ottoman Turkstone. But for me, this terrifying bogeyman seemed eerily familiar. Dylan Martinez / Reuters right-wing politics I dont like murderers, but I dont like European politicians telling me I will be perceived as one of those nasty people if I act too Turkish. On the day I arrived in Amsterdam in 2004, a Dutch-Moroccan extremist …

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Dems Say They’ll Help Trump Fix Obamacare If He Stops Trying To Kill It

March 17, 2017

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump, health care failure is not your only option. You can still work with Democrats to repair problems with the Affordable Care act, top Democratic senators said Thursday. That has led some Republicans, including Trump himself, to suggest in recent days that perhaps the law could collapse on its own, and then Democrats would have to come up with a solution. There is one large problem with the Obamacare death spiral theory, and that is that the recent …

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Trump promises ‘negotiation’ on controversial health care bill

March 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump promised Wednesday that the increasingly contentious Obamacare replacement bill would be open to “negotiation,” and that his trademark deal-making could help save the legislation. The American Health Care act, crafted by the House GOP but backed by the White House, is in dire political shape as a growing number of hardline and moderate Republicans vow to oppose it. Trump said at a campaign rally in Nashville, Tennessee, that the steadfast …

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Unemployment Drug Testing Resolution Awaits Trump’s Signature

March 15, 2017

… out the law.If Congress doesnt like how the rule turns out, it has the power under the Congressional Review act to junk the rule. The power has rarely been used until now, since it basically only works in a situation where one party takes control of both Congress and the White House. Republican lawmakers and governors like Wisconsins Scott Walker disagreed with the Labor Departments analysis of which occupations fit the bill, saying the department had construct the rule too narrowly. Walker is …

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GOP lawmaker: Obamacare replacement ‘not in a form that I approve of’

March 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)California Rep. Darrell Issa faced an often critical crowd at his town hall meeting Saturday over his position on repealing the Affordable Care act. The California Republican declined to say how he’d vote on the Republican plan to repeal the law, unveiled earlier this week, but acknowledged that the plan needs fixing. Asked by a woman attending the meeting in Oceanside, California, how he would vote on the GOP legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, President …

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Why Trump’s Failed Attempt To Prioritize Christian Refugees Never Had A Chance

March 12, 2017

… take a move by Congress, given that the U.S. signed on to the current definition in the Refugee act of 1980. Rachel Levitan, who works on strategy and planning for refugee aid organization HIAS, said Youd have to amend the constitution to prioritize Christian refugees for resettlement at least as an institutionalized policy. Were witnessing similar fears over Muslim immigration to the U.S. today. Elizabeth Hurd, a political science professor at Northwestern University, noted that in todays …

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Democrats Who Support Neil Gorsuch Will Pay A Price, Progressive Groups Warn

March 10, 2017

The grassroots resistance to President Donald Trump has targeted many things: His apparent disregard for ethics and the rule of law. His Cabinet appointments. His campaigns reported contacts with Russia. His pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care act. His executive orders targeting immigrants and minorities. With the date nearing, progressive groups are beginning to get serious about the nominee,forming theThe Peoples Defensea new activist coalition aimed at bringing Gorsuch down at …

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Judge who asked woman why she couldn’t keep knees together resigns

March 10, 2017

(CNN)A Canadian federal judge who asked a woman in a rape trial why she couldn’t keep her knees together resigned Thursday after a disciplinary council recommended he be removed from the bench. Judge Robin Camp stepped down before Canada’s Parliament could act on the recommendation. Camp argued that “unconscious bias” was to blame for the offending comments. In addition to asking the 19-year-old why she didn’t keep her knees together to fend off her alleged …

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How Trump’s Election Woke Women Everywhere

March 10, 2017

… women appear to be coming forward. The decision about whether to speak up is particular and personal. And the pressure to stay quiet is overwhelming. Its part of the air women breathe: He didnt mean anything. Hes just being friendly. Its something I did. I just need to be less friendly, dress differently, act professionally. Theres practically a genetic predisposition to disbelieve claims having to do with sex, she said, adding that until the 1970s you couldnt bring a rape case to court if the …

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