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'Cowardly': With Students Present, Florida GOP Votes Down Motion to Consider Assault Rifle Ban

2 hours 45 min ago
Jake Johnson, staff writerWith survivors of last week's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting seated in the gallery, the GOP-controlled Florida House on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly against a motion to consider legislation that would "ban assault rifles and large capacity magazines"—a move critics quickly denounced as "cowardly" and further evidence that Republican lawmakers are beholden to the interests of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Research Exposes $16 Billion Bottled Water Industry's Predatory Marketing Practices

Tue, 2018-02-20 17:07
Julia Conley, staff writerBottled water companies have relied on predatory marketing practices and exorbitant lobbying efforts to sell Americans on the inaccurate belief that pre-packaged water is cleaner and safer than tap water—a notion that is costing U.S. households about $16 billion per year.

'We Want Change': Hundreds of Florida Students Stage Walkouts Demanding Action on Gun Violence

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:38
Jake Johnson, staff writerAs busloads of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School traveled to Florida's capital to call on lawmakers to pass stricter gun control measures in the wake of last week's deadly shooting, hundreds of students from the nearby West Boca Raton High School staged a walkout on Tuesday to express solidarity with their peers.

Continuing Sabotage of Americans' Healthcare, Trump Proposes Allowing Insurers to Offer 'Junk Plans'

Tue, 2018-02-20 14:56
Jessica Corbett, staff writerThe Trump administration is under fire for its latest move to sabotage the American healthcare system with an "unconscionable" proposed rule that would allow health insurance providers to offer what critics describe as "junk plans" that will drive up costs for patients and threaten millions of Americans' access to necessary medical care.

With Haley and Kushner Watching, Abbas Tears Into Trump's 'Unlawful' Jerusalem Move

Tue, 2018-02-20 13:21
Jake Johnson, staff writerIn a speech before the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday—attended by both U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley and White House adviser Jared Kushner—Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas tore into President Donald Trump's "unlawful" Jerusalem decision and condemned Israel for continuing to expand its illegal settlements.

In Wake of Latest Deadly Mass Shooting, Dallas Official Asks NRA to Hold Annual Convention Elsewhere

Tue, 2018-02-20 12:48
Julia Conley, staff writerA Dallas city official is urging the National Rifle Association (NRA) to hold its annual convention elsewhere in light of a number of deadly mass shootings in recent months, including the Parkland, Florida school shooting last Wednesday in which 17 people were killed.

Watch: 'Completely Unhinged' Idaho State Senator Shouts at Birth Control Advocates About Abortion

Tue, 2018-02-20 11:00
Jessica Corbett, staff writerA Republican state senator from Idaho is facing intense criticism on a national scale after videos were posted to social media that show him shouting about abortion to college students who were at the state capital to advocate for more access to birth control and improved sexual education.

US Falls Behind Other Wealthy Countries in Infant Mortality Rates

Tue, 2018-02-20 09:55
Julia Conley, staff writerA report by the United Nation's children's rights agency found that the United States' infant mortality rate is below average for high-income countries, and is only slightly lower than that of less economically-stable countries including Ukraine and Sri Lanka.

Outrage as Syrian Government Conducts Most Fatal Bombing in Three Years

Tue, 2018-02-20 09:01
Jessica Corbett, staff writerIn the deadliest day Syrians have seen in three years, government forces backing President Bashar Al-Assad killed more than 100 people in bombings of Damascus' rebel-held suburbs on Monday, eliciting outrage and fresh warnings about the unraveling humanitarian crisis from aid agencies that monitor the country's nearly eight-year war.

Trump 'Blatantly Backs Gerrymandering' in Call for GOP to Fight New Pennsylvania Maps

Tue, 2018-02-20 08:51
Jake Johnson, staff writerShortly after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday issued a new congressional map that eliminates the state GOP's partisan gerrymander, President Donald Trump implored Republicans to challenge the new district lines, arguing that the original map—which the state's highest court said "clearly" violates the constitution—"was correct."

White House Official: Deadly Shooting Offered 'Reprieve' From Negative Trump Coverage

Mon, 2018-02-19 17:15
Julia Conley, staff writerA Washington Post interview with a White House official garnered stunned reactions on social media when the anonymous staffer said that last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida had offered the Trump administration a "reprieve" from negative media coverage.

Care for 'Conversation and Dinner' With Don Jr.? First Family Access Possible With Purchase of Trump-Branded Apartment in India

Mon, 2018-02-19 15:51
Andrea Germanos, staff writerThe Trump presidency continues to spark ethics concerns, with the latest worry concerning a trip this week by President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., to India.

NYPD Case Calls Attention to 'Consent Defense' That Can Be Used by Officers Accused of Rape in 35 States

Mon, 2018-02-19 15:47
Julia Conley, staff writerA bill gaining traction in New York State would do away with a loophole that lawmakers and civil rights advocates say should never have existed there—or in 34 other states where police officers are legally allowed to sexually assault people they take into custody.

At White House Lie-In, Teens Call on Congress to 'Protect Kids, Not Guns'

Mon, 2018-02-19 14:54
Jake Johnson, staff writerBuilding on the nationwide mourning and outrage that followed a Florida school shooting last week that left 17 people dead, dozens of teenagers on Monday held a "lie-in" at the gates of the White House to protest years of congressional inaction on gun control and highlight the National Rifle Association's pernicious influence on the political process.

Instability Mounts in Puerto Rico Amid Privatization Efforts and Power Authority's Cash Shortfall

Mon, 2018-02-19 13:14
Julia Conley, staff writerAs nearly 250,000 Puerto Ricans remain without power five months after Hurricane Maria struck the island territory—the longest blackout in U.S. history—the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said Sunday it will reduce its operating reserve to save money, as the island's government moves toward privatizing the authority.

Demanding 'Bold Climate Action,' Youth Rally in Washington State Capitol

Mon, 2018-02-19 12:09
Andrea Germanos, staff writerDemanding "bold climate action now," young people from across Washington state are rallying in Olympia on Monday—another manifestation of youth being powerful voices for legislative action.

'Shady Bosses' Stealing $15 Billion in Wages from Low-Income Workers: Report

Mon, 2018-02-19 11:18
Jake Johnson, staff writerWith American workers already struggling against stagnant wages, declining union strength, and vicious attacks by the Trump administration, a new investigation by Politico published Sunday found that low-wage employees in the United States are also contending with wage theft on a massive scale—a crisis that many states lack the resources or political will to address.

Democrats in Congress Call for Hearings to Investigate Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Trump

Mon, 2018-02-19 10:47
Jessica Corbett, staff writerAmid renewed concerns about President Donald Trump's tendency to support men accused of abuse or sexual misconduct instead of their female victims—following his controversial remarks and notably delayed condemnation of domestic violence after two staffers recently resigned in response to allegations of spousal abuse—some Democratic lawmakers are calling for congressional hearings to give a platform to the more than a dozen women who have accused the president of sexual harassment and assault.

Amid Criticism Over First Class Flights, Pruitt Cancels Trip, Faces Calls for Accountability

Sun, 2018-02-18 16:44
Andrea Germanos, staff writerFallout continues from revelations that EPA head Scott Pruitt has been taking first class flights on the taxpayers' dime—because "We live in a very toxic environment politically," in his words—with the agency saying Sunday that he's canceled a trip to Israel and an environmental organization saying the pricey travel bolsters calls for his ouster.

"The Time Is Now": Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Students to Take to Streets of Washington

Sun, 2018-02-18 13:57
Andrea Germanos, staff writerAmong growing calls for gun control legislation, students who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School continue to deliver some of the most powerful statements in the wake of the tragedy, and on Sunday a group of them declared that "now is the time for us to stand up" and announced plans for a march in Washington, D.C.