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by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Noted consumer advocate and author Ralph Nader on Friday offered a sharp retort to Laura Bush and Michelle Obama after the former first ladies levied criticism at the Trump administration's now shifted but still cruel immigration policy.



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by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
With the Poor People's Campaign protesting "policy violence against families and children" outside the Capitol Building, House Republicans on Thursday forced through a "shameful" and "cruel" Farm Bill that would deprive about 2 million Americans of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), often called food stamps .




by Jon Queally, staff writer
President Donald Trump on Friday morning told Republican members of Congress to "stop wasting their time" on immigration reform, less than a day after two competing bills in the House (one worse than the other) both failed to pass despite the GOP majority.


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by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Responding to Sen. Bernie Sanders' call for the Trump administration take immediate action to address extreme poverty in the U.S. after a United Nations report found that millions of Americans are experiencing "massive levels of deprivation," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley declared in a letter on Thursday that it is "patently ridiculous" for the U.N. to examine poverty in America because it is "the wealthiest and freest country in the world."



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by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
In what critics are calling an "insane" proposal by the Trump administration "to make it easier to screw the poor," the White House is advocating for sweeping changes to the organization of the federal government, which were outlined in a 32-point plan released Thursday.




by Jake Johnson, staff writer
In the face of mounting domestic and international backlash over his administration's inhumane practice of forcibly ripping families apart at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to detain families together, a policy Amnesty International decried as just "another way to punish parents and children for seeking protection."




by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Exemplifying how all Americans should treat Trump administration officials who show their faces in public as they continue to rip families apart, activists with the Metro D.C. branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) crashed a Mexican restaurant where Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was dining late Tuesday and condemned her direct role in the detention of thousands of children, including babies.



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by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
The Trump Administration's "assault on our oceans" continued on Tuesday with an executive order that rescinds an Obama-era policy aimed at bolstering the health of the oceans and the Great Lakes.




by Jake Johnson, staff writer
With the nation's attention rightly fixated on President Donald Trump's horrific treatment of immigrant children, House Republicans on Tuesday quietly unveiled a 2019 budget proposal that calls for $537 billion in cuts to Medicare, $1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicaid, and four billion in cuts to Social Security over the next decade in an effort to pay for their deficit-exploding tax cuts for the wealthy.



U.S. President Donald Trump looks up toward the Solar Eclipse on the Truman Balcony at the White House on August 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
President Donald Trump announced Monday that he's directing the Pentagon to create a new branch of the military—Space Force. The announcement, which invoked racism, was met with a chorus of criticism on social media.


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