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Trump Administration’s Attack on Civil Rights Legislation Featured Politics 

Trump Administration’s Attack on Civil Rights Legislation

United States (ProPublica) – For decades, the Department of Justice has used court-enforced agreements to protect civil rights, successfully desegregating school systems, reforming police departments, ensuring access for the disabled and defending the religious. Now, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the DOJ appears to be turning away from this storied tool, called consent decrees. Top officials in the DOJ civil rights division have issued verbal instructions through the ranks to seek settlements without consent decrees — which would result in no continuing court oversight. The move is just one part of a move by the Trump administration to limit Read More

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Conspiracy Theories You’ll Likely Be Hearing This Year Entertainment 

Conspiracy Theories You’ll Likely Be Hearing This Year

World (Ranker) – Editor’s Note: Each year brings with it new music and fashion trends, new movies and tv shows, new concepts in science and technology, and of course, new conspiracy theories. Ranging from spot on to unlikely to absurd, here is a list of conspiracy theories we expect to hear in 2017, brought to you by our friends at Ranker. This report was prepared for Ranker.

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Global Earth Day March for Science Activism Environment Featured Science and Nature 

Global Earth Day March for Science

World (Sputnik) – Responding to an alarming rise in science denial in the West, hundreds of thousands of people in more than 600 cities around the globe are celebrating the use of science as the way to view the physical and natural world when formulating global policy. March for Science, taking place in hundreds of cities, seeks to be “the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments,” the movement’s website explains. “We are at a critical juncture,” said science communicator and event emcee Cara Santa Maria. “Science is under attack,” she said, according to the Washington Post. Read More

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Post-Truth Politics: Collective Deception and Alternative Facts Featured Politics 

Post-Truth Politics: Collective Deception and Alternative Facts

Sydney, Australia (New Internationalist) – Editor’s Note: This report from NJ Enfield, Professor of Linguistics and Head of Research for the Network on the Crisis of Post-Truth Discourse at The University of Sydney, examines the historical roots of so-called alternative facts and fake news. Throughout history, human societies have accepted numerous truths despite the lack of evidence. How does this effect our politics? There is increasing alarm at the rise of a post-truth doctrine of alternative facts, currently flourishing most notably in the populist contexts of Trump’s ascendance and the recent Brexit campaign. Just one example, from too many of late, comes from White Read More

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Proposed Ban on Agricultural Neurotoxin Refused By EPA Featured Science and Nature 

Proposed Ban on Agricultural Neurotoxin Refused By EPA

Kailua, Hawaii (GREED) – Although numerous studies point to potential health hazards, EPA head Scott Pruitt denied the previous administration’s petition to ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a widely-used pesticide that is especially dangerous to young children. The agrochemical of household use has been discontinued in the U.S. for nearly two decades, and despite an overwhelming amount of evidence suggesting that the substance is dangerous to humans and the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave a go-ahead last week to its continued use in agricultural applications. The chemical is known to pollute water supplies and has even has Read More

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BREAKING: President Trump Uses Twitter To Resign Featured 

BREAKING: President Trump Uses Twitter To Resign

Washington D.C. (GREED) – An abrupt and rather angry message stirred Twitter this afternoon when President Donald Trump essentially resigned from the presidency via his social media page. Trump essentially hands over the reigns at the last second, like this is some spaghetti western wagon chase, to Mike Pence. Who himself might as well just pass the buck down on further. It’s caused quite a stir among the White House, present and past. With this tweet from Barack Obama; This is all fake. At this point, if you haven’t realized how much you’ve been duped by the just the headline Read More

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Why the Alt Right Fails at Masculinity Featured 

Why the Alt Right Fails at Masculinity

(GREED) – Okay everybody, listen up: I’m going to talk about Masculinity. My politics have taken a number of drastic twists and turns throughout the years as I, like everyone else struggle to make sense of and adapt to the rapidly changing world around us. However, when I look at what Trump and his cronies have been doing and saying I can’t help but get pissed off. Moreover, it’s not the NYC-arts, OWS, Anarchist Brent that’s super-mad at Trump. It’s actually the Libertarian and Young GOP Brent. It’s the conservative part of me who’s rage burns the brightest whenever one of these dinguses opens their Read More

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Trump-Obama Standoff Has ‘No Analogues in Modern American History’ Featured 

Trump-Obama Standoff Has ‘No Analogues in Modern American History’

The US has now two de facto presidents, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote, referring to the current standoff between Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.

“The nearer January 20 is coming the greater becomes the dividing line between the outgoing president and the president-elect. While Obama still rules the country and apparently wants to settle some final things, Trump has already started to reign as well. Both of them do not always head in the same direction. The result is: America has two de-facto presidents, who disagree with each other on quite important issues,” the newspaper wrote.

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