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US Outrage Grows at Risk of Honduran Election Theft, 50 Groups Join Call

Sat, 2017-12-02 19:40
- Common Dreams staff

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Bernie Sanders Takes His "Protecting Working Families" Tour On the Road

Sat, 2017-12-02 18:36
- Common Dreams staff

Bernie Sanders whipped up a crowd of 1,300 people in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday, voicing strong opposition to the tax bill that U.S. Senate Republicans passed 10 hours earlier, in a near campaign-style rally.

NYC Greets Trump: "Lock Him Up! Lock Him Up!"

Sat, 2017-12-02 15:22
- Common Dreams staff

President Trump was greeted in New York City on Saturday by thousands loudly chanting “Lock Him Up! Lock Him Up!”, "Shame on You!" and “Traitor!”

Trump Son-in-Law Jared Kushner Named as 'Very Senior Member' Who Instructed Flynn on Russia

Fri, 2017-12-01 16:08
Julia Conley, staff writer

Confirming the suspicions of some analysts, NBC News reported on Friday that President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner instructed former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn to speak with Russian officials in December 2016.

The GOP Tax Scam Two-Step: Explode the Deficit With Cuts for Rich, Then Screw the Poor

Fri, 2017-12-01 16:01
Jake Johnson, staff writer

As Senate Republicans proclaimed on Friday that they are on their way to passing a $1.5 trillion tax bill whose contents have been kept secret from everyone except corporate lobbyists, progressive lawmakers and activists are once more warning that the GOP is planning to use the massive deficit hole created by their plan to take a sledgehammer to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—a ploy one group has termed the "tax two-step."

Trump DoD Scraps Plan to Ban Cluster Bombs That Maim Children and Civilians Worldwide

Fri, 2017-12-01 15:48
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The Pentagon made a decision that "beggars belief," human rights groups said Friday, when it tossed out its plan to ban certain cluster bombs that leave a large percentage of lethal, unexploded munitions, which pose a significant risk to civilians.

Right-Wing Honduras Government Cracks Down as Protests Grow Over Alleged Vote-Rigging

Fri, 2017-12-01 13:53
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Honduras' electoral crisis continued to simmer on Friday with the winner still undeclared amid a violent crackdown on protesters and claims of vote-rigging. Immediately after the election, results had pointed to opposition contender Salvador Nasralla, who's heading a leftist coalition, beating out incumbent President and "reliable" U.S. ally Juan Orlando Hernandez. But the latest results point to a reversal.

As Military Obscures Bloodshed, Number of Civilians Killed by US Bombs Soaring, Say Watchdogs

Fri, 2017-12-01 13:15
Julia Conley, staff writer

Human rights and military monitoring groups on Friday repudiated reports about civilian deaths in the U.S.-led coalition's air war against ISIS, with transparency group Airwars estimating that seven times as many civilians have been killed in air strikes than the military claims.

With Nation's Eyes on Michael Flynn, McConnell Declares 'We Have the Votes' to Pass #GOPTaxScam

Fri, 2017-12-01 12:45
Jon Queally, staff writer

Just as "bombshell" revelations where being made public late Friday morning about President Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell told reporters just before noon that Republicans finally "have the votes" to pass their GOP Tax scam. "A recurring bizarreness of this year is that breaking news about the President’s possible collusion with a hostile foreign power consistently stomps news about Congress’s efforts to worsen the lives of millions of Americans."

In Guilty Plea, Flynn Admits Trump Transition Team Directed Him to Contact Russian Officials

Fri, 2017-12-01 12:21
Jake Johnson, staff writer

While pleading guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, former White House national security Michael Flynn admitted that a senior member of the President Donald Trump's transition team "directed him to make contact with Russian officials in December 2016," the Associated Press reports.

Former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Charged With Lying to FBI

Fri, 2017-12-01 10:22
Jake Johnson, staff writer

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Friday was charged by Special Counsel Robert Muller with lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislya. Flynn is set to appear in court Friday morning, and he is expected to plead guilty.

'Can You Spell Obstruction?': GOP Senators Admit Trump Asked Them To Curb Russia Probe

Fri, 2017-12-01 09:51
Julia Conley, staff writer

Democratic lawmakers, commentators, and ethics officials expressed shock—but not surprise—on Friday regarding a new report that President Donald Trump attempted to pressure Republican Senate leaders earlier this year to end the Senate's investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

GOP Tax Push Becomes 'Complete S*#t Show' as Senate Delays Vote on $1.5 Trillion Gift to the Rich

Fri, 2017-12-01 08:09
Jake Johnson, staff writer

The Republican Party's mad dash to "bring joy and cash to the Kochs" and their billionaire compatriots hit a massive snag late Thursday as GOP senators spent the night they intended to vote on their $1.7 trillion tax cut scrambling to find ways to reduce their bill's incredible deficit impact.

If China Won't Impose North Korea Embargo, US Warns It Will 'Take Oil Situation Into Our Own Hands'

Thu, 2017-11-30 17:21
Jake Johnson, staff writer

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley further escalated tensions on the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday by warning that North Korea would be "utterly destroyed" if war breaks out and suggesting that if China doesn't shut off oil shipments to Pyongyang, the U.S. will take the "situation into [its] own hands."

Trump's $100K Salary Donation to Opioid Crisis Denounced As 'Meaningless Gesture'

Thu, 2017-11-30 17:12
Julia Conley, staff writer

At a White House press briefing on Thursday, officials praised President Donald Trump's "extreme generosity" as they announced that he would be donating his third-quarter salary to help combat the opioid crisis—but critics raised questions about the gesture amid the scope of the epidemic as well as the president's agenda which has shown little concern for generosity towards Americans who are most in need.

Voters Urged to "Melt the Phone Lines" to Stop Senate From Passing #GOPTaxScam

Thu, 2017-11-30 15:16
Julia Conley, staff writer

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, with other resistance groups, began a 24-hour "People's Filibuster" at 3:00pm on Thursday, ahead of the Senate vote on the Republican tax bill, expected by Friday.

McCain Drops 'Maverick' Facade to Deliver Massive Gift to Rich, Strip Healthcare from Millions

Thu, 2017-11-30 14:43
Jake Johnson, staff writer

Senate Republicans moved a step closer to ramming through massive tax cuts for the wealthy on Thursday "maverick" Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)—deploying thoroughly "unsound" justifications—fell in line with President Donald Trump and the Republican leadership and announced that he would vote for the GOP tax plan.

Strong Evidence that U.S. Special Operations Forces Massacred Civilians in Somalia

Thu, 2017-11-30 13:20
Christina Goldbaum

An investigation by The Daily Beast on the ground in Somalia appears to confirm that American soldiers were involved directly in the deaths of 10 innocent civilians.

In US and Worldwide, Study Shows 'Never a More Dangerous Time to Be a Journalist'

Thu, 2017-11-30 13:14
Julia Conley, staff writer

A new report finds that threats to press freedom are at an all-time high, with attacks on the press being increasingly reported in democratic countries as well as authoritarian regimes where the issue is thought to be more common.

"Rex Is Here," Trump Says Vaguely After Reporting of Plan for Tillerson's Exit

Thu, 2017-11-30 11:44
Jon Queally, staff writer

Citing unnamed "senior administration officials" on Thursday, the New York Times reports that the Trump administration has a detailed plan to push Secretary of State Rex Tillerson out his position and replace him with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who in turn would be replaced by the hawkish U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

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