Maxine Waters Faces Increased Death Threats

Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) has received multiple death threats following comments she made supporting acts of civil disobedience and peaceful protest.

When a Red Hen restaurant owner in Virginia asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave the establishment due to her employees’ discomfort at having to serve her, Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) expressed her support for the restaurant owner and encouraged the American people to take similar actions when the opportunity presents itself.

The president then intentionally misinterpreted her comments and threatened Waters, saying on Twitter in a post that has since been deleted that Waters was calling for violence against supporters of the administration.

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Kennedy Family Embroiled in Scandal

Just days after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, his family has been caught up in a scandal involving Deutsche Bank and the president of the United States.

Justin Kennedy, the son of Justice Anthony Kennedy who just announced his retirement, reportedly facilitated a $1 billion loan deal for one of the president’s many real estate projects.

The New York Times broke the story Thursday under the headline, “Inside the White House’s Quiet Campaign to Create a Supreme Court Opening.”

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Democratic National Committee Sees the Light

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has voted to drastically limit the role of superdelegates in presidential nominations.

Those who supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election should welcome this news with open arms.

During that election season, then-candidate Hillary Clinton started out the primaries with a lead of over 400 more delegates than her challenger, Sanders.

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U.S. President to Meet with Vladimir Putin

The White House has announced that the president will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16.

Although the vast majority of the American people would hope that the president would confront the Russian leader about his country’s interference in our elections, but some say that the focus will instead be on Syria.

In fact, just yesterday (at 4:25 in the morning…) the president Tweeted that, “Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!”

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#WomenDisobey

Hundreds of women descended on Capitol Hill yesterday in a massive display of civil disobedience resulting in more than 600 arrests.

The women gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest the current administration’s harsh immigration policies. Many wrapped themselves in the same mylar emergency blankets given to immigrant children in detention centers.

Eventually, the women stormed the Hart Senate Office Building and began a sit-in protest demanding the reunification of immigrant families separated at the border.

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OPINION: Muslim Families Belong Together, Too

As people gather for marches to protest the separation of immigrant families at the border, we should remember that our brothers and sisters from the south are not the only ones suffering at the hands of this administration.

As thousands of immigrant children wait to be reunited with their parents, people across the country are mobilizing to show their support and to demand that these children return to their families.

This is fantastic. The amount of support that people have shown towards immigrants in the last two weeks has been heartwarming, encouraging, and inspiring.

But we can’t allow ourselves to develop tunnel vision.

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Officer Who Killed Antwon Rose Charged with Criminal Homicide

As protesters continue to organize around 17-year-old Antwon Rose’s murder, Officer Michael Rosfeld has been charged with criminal homicide for shooting the teen multiple times as he ran away from police.

Steve Zappala, Allegheny County’s district attorney, has said that he believes his office has a strong case to argue for first degree murder.

“I find that Rosfeld’s actions were intentional. He was not acting to prevent death or serious bodily injury.”  — Zappala

Rose, like so many other black men murdered by the police, was unarmed and had his back to police when he was shot three times.

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Oceanic Monitoring Agency Will Drop “Climate” From Mission Statement

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which used to be a leading agency in the fight against climate change, is considering dropping the word “climate” from its mission statement.

The announcement is in keeping with the current administration’s agenda of systematic climate change denial and the suppression of information relating to human-induced climate change.

This news also comes just as a federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by the California cities of Oakland and San Francisco in which the cities were suing to force companies such as BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Royal Dutch Shell to foot the costs of combating climate change, like building projects to protect coastlines from rising sea-levels.

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A Different Kind of Democrat

Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat out 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley Tuesday in the New York primary.

And her victory is the good news we all desperately need.

Ocasio-Cortez ran on a progressive platform and advocated for Medicare for all, the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and will be the youngest person elected to Congress at 28 if she can defeat Republican candidate Anthony Pappas in November.

“I cannot believe these numbers right now. But I do know that every single person here has worked their butt off to change the future of the Bronx and Queens. That’s what I know. That’s what I know. And that this victory belongs to every single grassroots organizer, every working parent, every mom, every member of the LGBTQ community. Every single person is responsible for this.”  — Ocasio-Cortez