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Trump Is Right: Killing Innocent Iranians Would Be a ‘Not Proportionate’ Respo...

Trump Is Right: Killing Innocent Iranians Would Be a ‘Not Proportionate’ Respo…President Donald Trump says he called off a planned airstrike against Iran on Thursday night, just minutes before the bombs were to be let loose. He canceled the planned attack, Trump tweeted on Friday morning, after being informed by a general that roughly 150 people would die in the assault—which was being carried out in response to Iran’s shooting down of an American drone earlier this week. Trump decided that the possible loss of life was “not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone,” per his Friday morning tweets. ….On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not…….

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Robert Reich: The Majority of Americans Are ‘Radicals’ (Video)

Robert Reich: The Majority of Americans Are ‘Radicals’ (Video)This piece first appeared on Donald Trump, Fox News, and Republicans in Congress label proposals they disagree with “fringe,” “radical,” or “socialist.”  Well, let’s see where the American people actually stand: On the economy,76 percent of Americans favor higher taxes on the super-rich, including over half of registered Republicans. Over 60 percent favor a wealth tax on fortunes of $50 million or more. Even Fox News polls confirm these trends. What about health care? Well, 70 percent want Medicare for All, which most define as Medicare for anyone who wants it.  60 percent of Republicans support allowing anyone under 65 to buy into Medicare. 92 percent want lower prescription drug prices. Over 70 percent think we should be able to buy drugs imported from Canada. On family issues, more than 80 percent  of Americans want paid maternity leave. 79  percent of voters want more affordable child care. And…

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Seething Senators Call Trump’s Environmental Plans Literally Toxic and “Dangerously of...

Seething Senators Call Trump’s Environmental Plans Literally Toxic and “Dangerously of…This story was originally published by the Guardian and is shared here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Senate Democrats are charging that the Trump administration has gone “dangerously off the rails,” in failing to implement landmark legislation meant to protect people from toxic chemicals. In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, five senators say Trump officials are ignoring new authorities made available to them, favoring the chemical industry over the health of Americans. The senators are presidential candidate Cory Booker, Tom Udall, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley, and Sheldon Whitehouse. In 2016, Congress amended the Toxic Substances Control Act, aiming to fix structural problems with the 1976 law and give the EPA more powers to ensure chemicals used in everyday products and materials are safe for humans and the environment. Research has shown health risks in products ranging from nail polish…

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Radio Atlantic: The Fight for Reparations

Radio Atlantic: The Fight for ReparationsSubscribe to Radio Atlantic:  Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher  (How to Listen)On Wednesday—for the first time in a decade—Congress held a hearing on reparations for slavery. It was a crystallizing moment for an issue that has gained prominence since Ta-Nehisi Coates’s 2014 Atlantic essay. Coates and others testified before a House committee on June 19th—Juneteenth—a day the nation celebrates emancipation from slavery. Every year, Atlantic staff writer Vann R. Newkirk II writes a Juneteenth essay. He joins Isaac Dovere to discuss the history of the holiday, the importance of the hearing, and where the fight for reparations stands now.Listen For: Why is the end of slavery celebrated on June 19th? What were the arguments made in the historic congressional hearing on reparations? Where does the debate go from here — and does it become an issue in the presidential race? Voices: Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) … ……..

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Four bodies, including three children, found near Mexico border

Four bodies, including three children, found near Mexico borderVice President Mike Pence is blaming Congress for what’s described as unsafe and unsanitary conditions at some Border Patrol detention facilities. We’re also learning Border Patrol agents found four bodies Sunday near the Rio Grande in south Texas. They’re identified as a 20-year-old woman, two infants and a toddler. The FBI is investigating. ….. Read More.CBS NEWS – Latest | U.S. and World NewsMon, June 24, 20196 hours ago

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Democrats’ Grand Plan to Contain Iran? Just Beat Trump

Democrats’ Grand Plan to Contain Iran? Just Beat TrumpCOLUMBIA, S.C.—Friday started with the lights on early in National Security Adviser John Bolton’s office in the West Wing, with President Donald Trump already starting to change his story about how close he came to ordering a military strike on Iran. Here, Friday ended with 21 Democratic presidential candidates posing together on stage in matching T-shirts, waving at a crowd nibbling on fried fish.What Trump does in the coming days could reshape the world order, but so far, in the race to beat him, the crisis has barely made a ripple.This is just the latest weekend in a primary campaign that’s started to resemble a rolling roadshow, with all the same candidates, political operatives, and reporters coming together in a different spot around the country every few days. The latest stop was the South Carolina capital, with Friday evening’s “Blue Palmetto” dinner,…

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