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Reversing Grassroots Win, Fast Track Approved

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  Reversing Grassroots Win, US Senate Approves Fast Track Trade Measure
by Deirdre Fulton
In a floor speech delivered before the vote on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)—who voted against the Fast Track measure on Thursday—warned the TPP "would follow in the footsteps of other disastrous trade pacts."


  The Feudalism of Facebook: New Pay-to-Play News Feed as Indy Media Killer
by Sarah Lazare
"The basic problem is that Facebook is trying to become the Internet."
  Anti-Fracking Filmmaker Among 20+ Arrested at Latest Seneca Lake Blockade
by Deirdre Fulton
Though New York recently banned the dangerous practice of hydraulic fracturing, Crestwood opponents are concerned that this infrastructure expansion would turn the area into a "gas station for fracking."
  'Years Ago, This Was Unheard Of': Dire Trend Persists With Huge Bee Die-Off
by Nadia Prupis
In one significant discovery, many of the farmers reported losses in the summer months—a rare occurrence on its own, but made stranger by the fact that the summer rates exceeded winter deaths for the first time.
  Jeb Bush Gets Schooled By College Student for 'Spouting War Rhetoric'
by Sarah Lazare
"Your brother created ISIS," declared 19-year-old Ivy Ziedrich.
  'Fake' Reform: Little to Celebrate as USA Freedom Act Passes House
by Jon Queally
Despite strong objections from critics, the bill reauthorized Section 215 for other uses and would expanded other surveillance mechanisms and powers for government agencies.
  Rematch 2016: Wisconsin Progressive Russ Feingold to Run for US Senate
by Nadia Prupis
In an email heralding Feingold's announcement, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee said that should the former senator win, "Elizabeth Warren will have another bold ally by her side."
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  Migration Is an Act of Desperation, Not a Crime
by Sonali Kolhatkar
If our response to the human yearning for escape is to add to repression and violence, then we are very much part of the problem.
  Obama Apologized for the Drone Killings of Two Western Victims. What About Everyone Else?
by Hina Shamsi
No other victim's family has received official acknowledgement and an apology, let alone been promised an investigation or compensation. That's fundamentally unfair, and it increases the hostility against the United States in countries where the CIA and the Pentagon carry out their lethal strikes.
  House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban With Exciting New Hassles for Rape Victims
by Amanda Marcotte
This bill's goal isn't to protect fetuses; as with all attacks on reproductive rights, the goal is to punish and control women.
  Canada's Complicity in the Saudi-Yemen War
by Shenaz Kermalli
The truth is, we are guilty -- by association: Association of our government who on the one hand sends Canadian troops to Syria and Iraq to join the fight against terrorists, but on the other quietly backs them through miscalculated foreign policies and alliances with rogue regimes.
  The Price We Pay For Conservative Scorn Of Amtrak
by Isaiah Poole
It’s time to ignore the people on the right who don’t want us to make the connection between a disaster and the obstruction of investments that could have prevented it.
  Tony Robinson, Outrage, and Exhaustion
by Miles Brown
I hope we can begin to do something to change both the structural racism of the American criminal justice system and the circumstances that led to the death of Tony Robinson.
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