Retired Police Detective: Trump’s Comments Endorsing Police Brutality are “Treasonous”

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Donald Trump is facing widespread criticism from police chiefs across the country following a speech he gave on Friday that appeared to openly endorse police brutality. Commenting on the need to crack down on gang members, Trump suggested that police officers have license to use excessive force on suspects.

“Far from Over”: Senate Narrowly Defeats Obamacare Repeal, But More Attacks on Healthcare Loom

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In a stinging defeat for the Republican Party and Donald Trump, the Senate voted by a slim margin—49 to 51—against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. As the bill was defeated, protesters outside the Capitol cheered and chanted “Yes, we did!”

The First Openly Transgender Infantry Soldier in U.S. Army Speaks Out on Trump’s New Military Ban

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In a move that shocked even the Pentagon, Donald Trump barred transgender people from serving in the military via Twitter on Wednesday. The move could impact as many as 15,000 servicemembers. The New York Times reports Defense Secretary James Mattis only learned of Trump’s plans on Tuesday.

In “Dangerous” Move, Republicans Push to Strip Healthcare from Millions Without Holding Any Hearings

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As protesters shouted “Kill the bill! Kill the bill!” Senate Republicans voted Tuesday, by the narrowest of margins, to open debate on repealing Obamacare. Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie in the Senate. Two Republican senators joined Democrats in voting against the motion.

Death of 10 Migrants in San Antonio Spotlights Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding on U.S.-Mexico Border

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Ten immigrants have died and 29 remain hospitalized in San Antonio, Texas, where dozens of undocumented immigrants were discovered packed in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer. The youngest victims were just 15 years old.

“A Forgotten Crisis”: Yemen’s Aid Workers Speak Out About the World’s Worst Humanitarian Disaster

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“An absolute shame on humanity.” That’s how the international aid organization CARE is describing the deepening humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The number of cholera cases in Yemen has now topped 368,000, with 1,828 deaths.

Criminalizing Critics of Israel: Congress Considers Sweeping Bills to Fine & Jail Backers of BDS

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U.S. lawmakers are seeking to criminally outlaw support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Backers of BDS could face up to 20 years in prison and a million-dollar fine. Guests are Rabbi Joseph Berman of Jewish Voice for Peace and Ryan Grim of The Intercept.

David Cay Johnston: Trump is “Appallingly Ignorant” on Healthcare & Puts Greed Above Human Lives

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The Congressional Budget Office has warned that 32 million Americans would become uninsured over the next decade if Obamacare is repealed without an alternative in place. Seventeen million would become uninsured next year alone.

Dr. Carol Paris: We Must Make It Toxic for Politicians to Not Get on Board with Single Payer

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As the Republican healthcare bill collapses, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll now try to push through legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and wait until after the 2018 midterm elections to propose a replacement.

The Ultimate Hypocrisy? Trump Plan to Renegotiate NAFTA Resembles TPP Deal He Withdrew From

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The Trump administration has released its plans for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Observers say they are surprisingly similar to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Trump withdrew from in one of his first acts as president.

Outrage Mounts as Saudi Arabia Plans Imminent Executions for 14 Accused Pro-Democracy Protesters

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As Donald Trump vows not to let human rights concerns interfere with U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia, the country is set to execute 14 men, including Mujtaba’a al-Sweikat, who was only 17 when he was sentenced to death five years ago.

New GOP Healthcare Bill Still a Huge Tax Cut for the Rich, Gutting Women’s Care & Slashing Medicaid

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A revised Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would gut Medicaid, give massive tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and defund Planned Parenthood, making it harder for women to access breast cancer screenings and basic reproductive services.