A New McCarthyism: Julian Assange Accuses Democrats of Blaming Russia & WikiLeaks for Clinton Loss

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As Donald Trump’s presidency concludes its first 100 days, Trump and his campaign are facing multiple investigations over whether the campaign colluded with Russian officials to influence the 2016 presidential election. This Democracy Now! exclusive features a man who has been at the center of much discussion of Russian election meddling: Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.

Trump Shocks World in Direct U.S. Strike on Syrian Airbase That Could Violate International Law

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Without congressional approval, on Thursday night the United States attacked a Syrian airfield. The move comes after the U.S. accused Assad’s forces of using the air base to carry out a chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people, including at least 30 children. Syria denies carrying out the attack.

This Endless Nightmare Must Stop: Syrian Author Speaks Out as Chemical Attack Death Toll Rises

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In Syria, the death toll from a suspected chemical weapons attack in a rebel-held town in the province of Idlib has risen to 86. The dead include at least 30 children. Dozens of civilians were also injured. Much of the international community has said the Syrian military is responsible for the chemical attack.

Syria Has Become a Circus of Death: Doctor Warns of Growing Humanitarian Crisis as War Rages On

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In Syria, the death toll has risen from a suspected chemical weapons attack in the northern province of Idlib. At least 72 people have died, including 20 children. Hundreds more were wounded. It’s been described as the largest chemical attack in Syria since 2013.

Noam Chomsky: Trump Administration Is Aiming to Decimate All Programs to Help Working People

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Seventy-five days ago today, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Trump has expanded U.S. military operations in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia, while resuming arms sales to Bahrain. At the United Nations, the Trump administration led a boycott of U.N. talks to ban nuclear weapons, while pushing for the United States to expand its own nuclear arsenal.

North Carolina Claims It Repealed HB 2, But LGBTQ Activists Say New Law May Be Just As Dangerous

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Last week, North Carolina lawmakers repealed the anti-LGBT law HB 2, known as the “bathroom bill.” But the new law that replaces HB 2 is facing widespread criticism from LGBT activists. The new law prohibits municipal governments from enacting anti-discrimination ordinances through 2020.

Scholar: Moscow Sees Hypocrisy in Allegations After U.S. Interfered in Russian Elections in 1990s

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Trump has faced a growing crisis over allegations his campaign colluded with Russia ahead of the 2016 election. On Thursday, reports surfaced that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is seeking immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony to the FBI and congressional investigators.

Amnesty: Hundreds of Iraqi Civilians Killed in U.S. Airstrikes After Being Told Not to Flee Mosul

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The Iraq War started 14 years ago this month, and it is showing no signs of letting up. Since Donald Trump took office, the U.S. military has expanded its aerial bombing campaign targeting areas held by the Islamic State. The Air Force Times is reporting U.S.-backed military aircraft have dropped over 2,000 bombs on Mosul so far this month.

House Probe into Trump Campaign Ties to Russia in Turmoil as Chair Nunes Rejects Calls to Step Down

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Calls are growing for House Republican Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes to step down from his committee’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. On Tuesday, the committee was scheduled to hear testimony from former acting Attorney General Sally Yates. But Nunes canceled the hearing last week.

Local Lawmakers Fight Back Against AG Sessions’s Threats to Cut Funding to Sanctuary Cities

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The Trump administration has unveiled its latest attempt to target sanctuary cities that are refusing to help federal agents detain and deport undocumented immigrants. On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department would withhold billions of dollars in grants to law enforcement agencies in sanctuary cities.

Medicare for All? Sen. Bernie Sanders Poised to Push for Single Payer After GOP Plan Falls Apart

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On Friday, House Republicans failed to muster enough support to pass the GOP healthcare plan, which some call Trumpcare. In response, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he will soon introduce a bill to create a single-payer healthcare system, which is backed by several progressive groups.

Will House Republicans “Jump Off the Cliff” and Cut Healthcare for 24 Million Americans?

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As Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan face a showdown with Republicans, both moderate and conservative, on whether to repeal Obamacare, the party has been scrambling to rewrite the legislation in order to appease members of the right-wing Freedom Caucus and win its passage. The latest version of the bill strips away provisions that would require health insurers to provide basic services.