Women in More Than 50 Countries Set to Strike Today on International Women’s Day

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Today is International Women’s Day, and thousands of women are staging a one-day strike in what’s been dubbed a Day Without a Woman. The impact of the strike is already being felt in the United States. In Virginia, the entire public school system of Alexandria is closed today after 300 women requested the day off.

This is Still a Muslim Ban: Trump’s New Executive Order Decried for Discriminating Based on Religion

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Donald Trump has signed a new executive order temporarily banning all refugees, as well as people from six majority-Muslim countries, from entering the United States. In contrast to the fanfare that accompanied Trump’s rollout of January’s ill-fated travel ban, Monday’s signing was a decidedly more low-key event.

Advocate: DHS Proposal to Split Children from Parents at U.S. Border is “State-Sanctioned Violence”

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The Department of Homeland Security is considering a proposal to radically shift how federal agents treat undocumented families—including asylum seekers—who attempt to enter the country. Reuters is reporting DHS is considering a proposal to separate mothers from their children if they are caught trying to cross the border together.

As Sessions Recuses Himself From Campaign Investigation, Questions Remain Over Trump-Russia Ties

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from any investigation into last year’s presidential campaign, following reports he met twice with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. at a time when he was serving as both a senator and a campaign surrogate for Donald Trump. The revelation directly contradicts Sessions’ sworn testimony to Congress in January.

David Cay Johnston: As Jeff Sessions Scandal Brews, We Need a Public Probe of Trump’s Ties to Russia

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The Trump administration is facing a new scandal as the Justice Department has acknowledged Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. This contradicts sworn testimony Sessions gave to Congress.

Not My President: Muslim American Activist Linda Sarsour on Turning Down Invite to Trump Speech

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In his first speech to a joint session of Congress, Donald Trump vowed to greatly expand the Pentagon’s budget, to repeal and replace Obamacare, to build a wall along the border with Mexico and to crack down on undocumented immigrants. Muslim American organizer Linda Sarsour took part in a roundtable discussion.

As Trump Pushes for Historic $54B Military Spending Hike, Which Programs Will He Cut to Pay for War?

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Donald Trump is heading to Capitol Hill tonight and is expected to outline part of his budget plan before a joint session of Congress. On Monday, Trump proposed increasing the military budget to just over $600 billion — a 10 percent increase — while deeply slashing the budgets of other agencies.

Committee to Protect Journalists: Trump’s Attacks on Media Will Be Felt by Journalists Around World

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On Friday, the White House took the unprecedented act of barring The New York Times, CNN, Politico, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC and several other news organizations from an off-camera briefing known as a gaggle. Meanwhile, several right-wing news outlets were allowed to attend.

As Calls Grow to Impeach Trump, Former Nixon Counsel John Dean Sees “Echoes of Watergate”

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CNN and The New York Times report White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus sought unsuccessfully to have the FBI refute news reports that Donald Trump’s campaign advisers were in frequent contact with Russian intelligence agents ahead of November’s election.

“Kids Will Be Harmed by This”: Trump Admin Rolls Back Protections for Transgender Students

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The Trump administration has rescinded key protections for transgender students in public schools. The move reverses President Obama’s landmark decision last May to order public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity.

“A Deportation Force on Steroids”: Millions of Immigrants Could Face Removal Under New Trump Rules

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The White House is moving to greatly expand the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and to increase the number of immigration and Border Patrol agents by 15,000. Under rules issued on Tuesday, almost any undocumented person in the country could be detained and deported, even if they have never committed a crime.

A Champion of the People or Wall Street? Trump Pushes to End Dodd-Frank & Consumer Protection Agency

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As the Trump administration enters its second month, Republican lawmakers have begun a legislative attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created in response to the economic crisis a decade ago. The bureau was created under the Dodd-Frank legislation, which is also coming under attack by Republican lawmakers and the White House.