In Surprise Move, Illinois Rep. Gutiérrez Won’t Seek Re-Election, Says He’ll Focus on Puerto Rico

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Illinois Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election, because he plans to help rebuild Puerto Rico. This comes as the Federal Emergency Management Agency reportedly gave more than $30 million in contracts to a company called Bronze Star, LLC, which failed to deliver any aid.

As Accusations Stack Up, A Look at the Onerous Process of Reporting Sexual Abuse on Capitol Hill

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Senator Al Franken returned to Congress in the face of allegations from four women that he had inappropriately touched them, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she spoke to and believed one of the women who has accused Congressman John Conyers of sexual harassment.

Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Mosque Attack Comes As Egypt Faces “Wave of Repression” on Political Freedoms

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At least 305 people were killed in an attack on a crowded Sufi mosque in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Friday that officials are blaming a militant group linked to ISIS. Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed revenge and launched multiple airstrikes he says were targeting militants fleeing the attack.

#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke, Alicia Garza of Black Lives Matter on Wave of Sexual Harassment Reports

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Over the last two months, the political, media and entertainment worlds have been rocked as thousands of women come forward to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. The catalyst was the historic disgracing of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

A Tribute to Blacklisted Lyricist Yip Harburg: The Man Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz

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His name might not be familiar to many, but his songs are sung by millions around the world. Here is a journey through the life and work of Yip Harburg, the Broadway lyricist who wrote such hits as “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” and who put the music into The Wizard of Oz.

Expert: President Trump Calling His Accusers “Liars” Confirms Women’s Fears of Not Being Believed

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Amid the torrent of sexual abuse allegations, Donald Trump rushed to the defense of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who stands accused of multiple instances of sexual assault against minors. Meanwhile, CBS News, PBS and Bloomberg are all firing veteran journalist Charlie Rose.

Iraqi Civilian Describes U.S. Airstrike on His Home That Killed His Wife, Daughter, Brother & Nephew

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Today’s show looks at a damning new report that reveals how U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq have killed far more civilians than officials have acknowledged. An on-the-ground investigation by the New York Times Magazine titled “The Uncounted” found the actual civilian death toll may be 31 times higher than U.S. officials admit.

As Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Refuses to Resign, Advocates Say Coup “Is Not the Answer” for Meaningful Reform

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In Zimbabwe, longtime leader Robert Mugabe is refusing to resign as president amid a growing political crisis. Last week Mugabe was placed under house arrest after Zimbabwe’s military seized parliament, courts, government offices, and the main airport in the capital, Harare.

“Keep It in the Ground”: As COP23 Ends, Activists Protest at Europe’s Largest Open-Pit Coal Mine

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Throughout the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, activists have been protesting against fossil fuels. About 45 minutes west of Bonn, activists unfurled a banner at the largest open-pit coal mine in Europe that read, “It’s Up to Us to Keep It in the Ground.”

Zimbabwe in Limbo As Military Seizes Control & Places President Mugabe Under House Arrest

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In Zimbabwe, longtime leader Robert Mugabe remains under house arrest and is reportedly refusing to resign as president after the country’s military seized Parliament, courts, government offices and the main airport in the capital, Harare. Mugabe has held power since Zimbabwe declared independence from the U.K. 37 years ago.

Pacific Climate Warriors Roll Out Anti-Coal “Red Carpet” for Angela Merkel at U.N. Climate Talks

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Broadcasting from the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, today’s show looks at protests underway against oil, coal, gas and nuclear power. Indian activists are demonstrating against India’s largest nuclear power station, the Kudankulam plant in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu.

“Climate Apartheid”: South African Climate Activist Kumi Naidoo Slams Inequality at U.N. Summit

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As the U.N. climate summit gets underway in Bonn, Germany, African negotiators, activists and youth are particularly vocal about the need for urgent action to mitigate the most devastating effects of global warming. Africa is expected to suffer more from this than any other continent.