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Common Dreams

Jake Johnson, staff writer<p>"Being able to go to the doctor for any reason and not worry about paying for it? That sounds pretty good. We should do …

Health Care Lobbyists Secretly Secure Democrats’ Opposition to “Medicare for All,” Internal Documents Show

The Healthcare Leadership Council’s outreach in Hawaii began in January. In an email obtained by The Intercept, the group told candidates that it was …

Health Care

Cameroon Is a Close U.S. Ally — and Its Soldiers Carried Out a Shocking Execution of Women and Children

A soldier walks alone down a dirt road with an automatic rifle strapped to his back. It’s an innocuous beginning to a disturbing video.<p>Moments later, …

Human Rights

A Massive U.S. Drone Base Could Destabilize Niger — and May Even Be Illegal Under Its Constitution

Late in the morning of October 4 last year, a convoy of Nigerien and American special forces soldiers in eight vehicles left the village of Tongo …

Amazon shareholders to Jeff Bezos: Stop marketing facial recognition tool

A group of Amazon shareholders are calling on the company to stop pitching its facial recognition tool to local law enforcement agencies, writing in a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos that the technology could pose a privacy threat and a financial risk.<p>The letter comes amid mounting criticism of the tool, …

Here's What The "Best Case Scenario" For Nuclear Warfare Is Like, According to Science

Spoiler: not good, very bad.<p>It's called MAD. The notion that Mutually Assured Destruction would be inescapable if one nuclear superpower were to …

Daredevil raccoon's Minnesota skyscraper climb

<b>A daredevil raccoon has been safely rescued after leaving the internet on tenterhooks by scaling a 23-floor building in St Paul, Minnesota.</b><p>The critter, dubbed #MPRraccoon after the radio station opposite the high-rise, trended worldwide on Twitter.<p>Crowds gathered at the building after it went …

The FBI's Best Negotiator Says This Is the 1 Thing You Need to Influence Anyone

Hostage negotiators don't kid themselves about emotions. You shouldn't either.<p>Chris Voss may be the best negotiator in the world.<p>Voss spent more than two decades in the FBI, during which he worked on more than 150 international hostage cases. Eventually, he was chosen among thousands of agents to …

A manifesto to save Planet Earth (and ourselves)

<b>The impacts of human actions on our home planet are now so large that many scientists are declaring a new phase of Earth’s history. The old forces of nature that transformed Earth many millions of years ago, including meteorites and mega-volcanoes are joined by another: us. We have entered a new</b> …

Universal Basic Income

Syrian government vows to fight rebels despite US warning

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian state-run newspaper says Damascus will keep fighting the country's rebels — or "terrorists" as the government calls opposition fighters — despite U.S. warnings against a new offensive in southern Daraa province.<p>Washington has cautioned it would take "firm and appropriate …

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Says the U.S. Will Fight Russian Interference in the 2018 Elections

(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the Trump administration will not tolerate Russian interference in the 2018 …

Report: AfD members' flight sponsored with Russian money

Media report that three members of the Alternative for Germany flew to Moscow on a mysterious donor's dime during the 2017 campaign. Former co-leader …

Purported mother of poisoned Russian spy speaks out

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian state TV has interviewed a woman it claims to be the mother of a former Russian spy poisoned in Britain.<p>Sergei Skripal was discharged from a British hospital last week more than two months after he was poisoned with a nerve agent. His daughter, who was also poisoned, was …

Warming Waters Push Fish To Cooler Climes, Out Of Some Fishermen's Reach

The oceans are getting warmer and fish are noticing. Many that live along U.S. coastlines are moving to cooler water. New research predicts that will continue, with potentially serious consequences for the fishing industry.<p>Fish can be as picky about their water temperature as Goldilocks was about …

Trump says 'We'll see' on North Korea summit, to insist on denuclearization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged on Wednesday it was unclear if his summit with North Korea would go ahead after Pyongyang threatened to pull out of the unprecedented meeting, a move that could deny him a potentially major foreign policy achievement.<p>North Korea threw …

North Korea

These six products only get better with age

Your smartphone will be worthless in a few years, but these buys improve as they get older.<p>Technology doesn’t age gracefully. Bricked phones and crapped-out hard drives retire to your junk drawer only a few years after emerging from their shrink wrap. A precious few of our worldly wants, however, …

Headphones

If we can't recycle it, why not turn our waste plastic into fuel?

Australia’s recycling crisis needs us to look into waste management options beyond just recycling and landfilling. Some of our waste, like paper or …

Her only chance at life is a new liver, but her insurer said no. Then she wrote a powerful plea to the CEO

<b>Portland, Oregon (CNN) —</b> All Erika Zak wants to do is play with her daughter on the playground. Take her to the zoo. Walk her to school.<p>She's never been able to be the mother she longs to be.<p>At 38, Erika is dying.<p>Her battle to live began almost as soon as her daughter, Loïe, was born four years …

Cancer

Jared Kushner talks peace with Netanyahu

Jared Kushner, who arrived in Israel earlier today as a part of the United States' delegation for the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, …

Israel

This Interactive Tool Lets You See With Your Own Eyes How We Have Changed Our Planet

Disturbing and mesmerising at once.<p>Global warming, deforestation, coral bleaching, urbanisation... the list of ways that we've managed to damage …

It’s not just Trump. The US has always broken its treaties, pacts and promises

One of the dangerous consequences of violating the Iran deal is a loss of credibility for the US, say critics of Donald Trump’s decision including former president Barack Obama. Iran and all other parties have respected the deal’s terms, they point out, making the US look like an unreliable …

Human Rights

US Air Force jets intercept 2 Russian bombers off Alaska coast

A pair of U.S. Air Force stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers Friday morning off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for NORAD (North American Aeorospace Defense Command) told Fox News.<p>The approach by the two Tupolev Tu-95 Russian "Bear" aircraft marked the first time …

Israel calls on Syria's Assad to 'get rid' of Iranian forces

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister Friday called on President Bashar Assad to "get rid" of Iranian forces in Syria, warning their continued presence would only cause trouble.<p>Iran, meanwhile, in its first official reaction to Israeli attacks on suspected Iranian targets in Syria, said …

Man Wears Blazer at 2018 Kentucky Derby Asking for Kidney Transplant for Wife

The Kentucky Derby is known as much for its unique outfits as it is for the actual horse race, but one patron took things in a more meaningful direction this year at the Kentucky Oaks lead-up event on Friday, according to WLKY.com.<p>ESPN's Darren Rovell shared a photo of the man who took the …

WATCH: Hillary Clinton's New Excuse On Why She Lost The Election

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said during a leadership conference this week that her chances of winning the 2016 presidential …

After a week of Russian propaganda, I was questioning everything

One day this past fall on my morning commute from D.C. to Virginia, I tuned the radio to 105.5 FM, expecting to hear my usual bluegrass. But instead …

Gun Control Advocates To Press Russia Questions During NRA Convention

As attendees of the National Rifle Association's annual convention ride on the interstate this week from the Dallas airport to their convention hall, they might look out the window to see a billboard questioning why the group has "cozied up" with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.<p>It's a literal sign …

Donald Trump

Getting off opioids with medical marijuana: Patients turn to pot over pills

<b>(CNN) —</b> In 2016, opioids killed more Americans than breast cancer. The drug overdose epidemic has become one of the most concerning public health issues of recent time, and in an effort to stem the tide, moreg and more patients and doctors are turning to pot over pills.<p>For much of the past two …

Medicine

Drugmakers push back against lawmakers' calls to tax opioids

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Facing a rising death toll from drug overdoses, state lawmakers across the country are testing a strategy to boost treatment …