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'Treating protest as terrorism': US plans crackdown on Keystone XL activists

Treating protest as terrorism is highly problematic Mike German, former FBI agent<p>They are instant experts on quashing the indigenous insurgency. It’s very, very concerning Rachel Lederman, civil rights lawyer<p>Angeline Cheek is preparing for disaster. The indigenous organizer from the Fort Peck …

Civil Rights

Donald Trump erodes Social Security and Medicare solvency while blaming Democrats

Trump says Democrats want to destroy Social Security and Medicare (they don't) and he's making them stronger (he isn't). They've weakened on his watch.<p>Some of President Donald Trump’s lies fall into what I call the “yeah, right” category. Like saying he doesn’t have time to watch TV, or how, as a …

Donald Trump

Court Rules FCC Must Release Records That Could Explain Fraudulent Net Neutrality Comments

A federal judge ruled last week that the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (currently chaired by Donald Trump appointee Ajit …

Cybersecurity

North Korea Agrees to Permanently Dismantle Nuclear Complex If U.S. Takes Corresponding Steps

(PYONGYANG, North Korea) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced a sweeping set of agreements after their …

North Korea

Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on US lands

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane — a key contributor to climate change that's released in huge amounts during drilling on U.S. and tribal lands.<p>A replacement rule from the Interior Department …

Natural Gas

In the U.S., you can get convicted of felony murder without killing anyone. This case shows that needs to change:

In Colorado, Brooks is at the center of a state Supreme Court case that could transform the lives of the 16 prisoners in the state who were convicted …

Law

Anti-LGBT Republican sentenced to 15 years in prison for child sex trafficking

Ralph Shortey, a senior member of Donald Trump’s primary campaign team in Oklahoma, has been handed a 15-year prison sentence after pleading guilty …

Donald Trump Jr

Rocketing Costs? The Air Force's New Price Tag for Trump's Space Force Shows Why It's So Unpopular in Congress

A little more than a month ago, the White House asked Congress for $8 billion to fund the first five years of President Donald Trump’s “Space Force,” …

Military

Trump ignores security, crosses ‘red line’ with declassification gambit

Close video<p>The Rachel Maddow Show, 9/17/18, 9:52 PM ET<p>Trump declassifies Russia investigation docs, security be damned<p>Senator Richard Blumenthal …

Donald Trump

FEMA Chief Faces Ethics Probe Amid Agency's Hurricane Response

A demand for documents by a key House Republican adds to the growing pressure on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s chief as he coordinates …

Homeland Security

Rep. Scott Taylor Falling Behind Challenger After Ballot Forgery Scandal, Democratic Poll Shows

Democrat Elaine Luria is challenging freshman lawmaker in Virginia’s 2nd District<p>Democrat Elaine Luria led Rep. Scott Taylor by 8 points in …

Politics

America 'One Of 45 Countries' Infected By Uber-Powerful Israeli Smartphone Spyware

Some of the world’s most sophisticated Android and iPhone spyware has been found floating around America for the first time. It's one of as many as 45 countries in which NSO Group malware was uncovered. And together they may represent breaches of American and other nations' computer crime laws …

Spyware

Russia says military plane carrying 15 people shot down by Syrian missiles

A Russian military aircraft with 15 people onboard has been accidentally shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft defences that were targeting Israeli jets, the Russian defence ministry has said.<p>The ministry blamed Israel’s “irresponsible actions” for the incident, saying Israeli fighter jet pilots …

Russian Military

WHEN

One of the most difficult and important things established during our research was an accurate timeline. I’ll spare you the years of dead ends and …

Jersey Shore

Massachusetts Police Accidentally Tweet Evidence They’re Monitoring Left-Wing Activists

The tweet was meant to share information about the gas leak explosions, but revealed bookmarks for left-wing and Black rights Facebook groups.<p>Massachusetts State Police revealed more than they intended in a tweet about the gas leak explosions last week. In a screengrab of a map of emergency …

23andMe Said He Would Lose His Mind. Ancestry Said the Opposite. Which Was Right?

In many ways, Matt Fender, a 32-year-old resident of New York City, is the prototypical 23andMe customer: tech-savvy, educated, a bit of a worrier. But he wasn’t worried last December when he clicked a button to dump all the raw data from his 23andMe genetic test into a DNA search engine called …

Alzheimer's Disease

US Border Patrol agent charged in 2-week killing spree

HOUSTON (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor was jailed Sunday on $2.5 million bond in Texas, accused of killing at least four women and injuring a fifth who managed to escape.<p>Juan David Ortiz, 35, was in custody in Laredo on four counts of murder along with charges of aggravated assault with a …

Border Patrol

Russia’s brazen lies mock the world. How best to fight for the truth? | Jonathan Freedland

Comedy is now diplomacy by other means. A mighty nation has taken to conducting a grave international dispute by means of humour, expecting a similarly comic response in kind. How else are we to view the interview granted with RT, the state propaganda outfit formerly known as Russia Today, by the …

Puerto Rico

Almost half of US cellphone calls will be scams by next year, says report

Many of us are already conditioned to ignore phone calls from unknown numbers. A new study seems to validate that M.O.<p>By next year, nearly half of the mobile phone calls we get will be scams, according to a new report from First Orion, a company that provides calls management and protection for …

T-Mobile

Officials shed little light on closure of solar observatory

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An observatory in the mountains of southern New Mexico that is dedicated to unlocking the mysteries of the sun has found itself at the center of a mystery that is creating a buzz here on earth.<p>The Sunspot Solar Observatory has been closed for more than a week. Authorities …

New Mexico

Trump condemned over plans to allow drilling near national parks

Democrats and conservatives alike are decrying moves by the Trump administration to permit oil and gas drilling near national parks and in wildlife migration corridors, and charge that the public is not being adequately consulted.<p>Officials from the US interior department are pursuing an “energy …

National Parks

Brain’s Dumped DNA May Lead to Stress, Depression

Humans and other mammals react to stressful situations through a series of well-orchestrated evolutionary adaptations. When faced with a predator …

Mitochondrial DNA

'Mr. President. SHUT UP': Florida Republicans pan Trump's Puerto Rico conspiracy

MIAMI — Florida Republicans are angered by President Donald Trump advancing a conspiracy theory casting doubt on Hurricane Maria’s estimated death toll in Puerto Rico. Even Trump’s two top Florida allies, Gov. Rick Scott and GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, disagreed with his insensitive …

Florida

FEMA will kick 1,000 displaced Puerto Ricans out on the streets this Friday

“They are going to be left on the streets and organizations are scrambling, trying to figure out what to do."<p>More than 1,000 Puerto Ricans, displaced …

Puerto Rico

New deficit numbers shred Republican talking points on tax breaks

It’s been a few months since Larry Kudlow, the director of the Trump White House’s National Economic Council, boasted that the U.S. budget deficit …

Taxes

State gives no money to people wrongly convicted

When Nicholas Yarris left death row in 2004 after serving 23 years for a murder he didn't commit, the former Philadelphia man had no home to call his …

Compensation

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Reveals Stunning Records Showing the Trump Admn. Shifted Money from FEMA to ICE Ahead of Hurricane Season

The document shows that $10 million was taken from the department dedicated to responding to natural disasters.MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Tuesday …

Hurricanes

Trump Made It Clear to Virginia That Blue States Now Get Treated Like the Brown People of Puerto Rico

by Charles MudedeThe aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Joe Raedle / Getty Yesterday, Virginia’s entire Congressional delegation begged …

Puerto Rico

Pharma CEO jacks drug price 400%, citing “moral requirement to make money”

He raised price of essential antibiotic from $475 to $2,392, then defended Shkreli.<p>The chief executive of a small pharmaceutical company defended …

Martin Shkreli

ABC News got their hands on emails between alleged Russian agent and top NRA officials

Maria Butina is the alleged Russian agent and “gun activist” arrested earlier this summer in connection to the 2016 election of Donald Trump. The …

Donald Trump