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The Koch brothers have reportedly put up $550m to buy Time Inc – why?

The rightwing billionaires are believed to be backing Meredith’s bid for the renowned media group but it is not the most obvious move for the brothers.

Source: The Guardian

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It’s Not Just Elephants. Trump Rolled Back Regulations On Lion Trophies, Too

“The folly that the killing helps lions and elephants is just that ― pure folly.”
Source: The Huffington Post

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Beware: this Russian cyber warfare threatens every democracy

Kremlin-inspired interference is about much more than skewed elections. It’s the world of mind control imagined by George Orwell.

Photograph: Andrew Harnik

Source: The Guardian

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The Most Controversial Democratic Ad Of The Virginia Election Was Based On A True Story

The creator of a Latino Victory Fund video was once chased by bigots in a pickup.
Photo by the Latino Victory Fund
Source: The Huffington Post

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Keystone Pipeline Leaks 5,000 Barrels Of Oil In South Dakota, TransCanada Says

“It’s not too late to protect Nebraska’s families, farms, and communities from paying the same price,” a conservation group says.

Source: The Huffington Post

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I released 2,000 minks from a fur farm. Now I’m a convicted terrorist

The FBI says animal rights activists are America’s greatest domestic terrorism threat. This endangers activists – but makes big pharma and agriculture happy

Source: The Guardian

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US military leaders would reject illegal order for nuclear strike, senators told

As senators raise concerns about ‘unstable’ Donald Trump’s decision-making, former commander says military is ‘not obligated to follow illegal orders.’

Source: The Guardian

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The gun numbers: just 3% of American adults own a collective 133m firearms

Facts show owning more than 40 guns is actually fairly common in the United States, and violence falls most heavily on the country’s poorest neighborhoods.
Source: The Guardian

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Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core – NYTimes.com

A serial leak of the agency’s cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide.

Source: The New York Times

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WHITE HOUSE: Trump dines out on shark-fin soup

President Trump was served shark-fin soup on his recent trip to Vietnam; some in the U.S. have pushed for a ban on the shark-fin trade.

Source: E&E News

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Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause

It is “extremely likely” that human activities are the “dominant cause” of global warming, according to the most comprehensive study ever of climate science by U.S. government researchers.

Source: NPR

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Meet the progressives elected after Trump: America’s new political coalition

A year after Trump’s victory, Montana elected its first black mayor, New Jersey elected its first Sikh mayor and Charlotte elected its first black female mayor.

Source: The Guardian

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Michael Bloomberg’s ‘war on coal’ goes global with $50m fund

Billionaire’s campaign has seen half of US coal plants close in six years. Now he is targeting Europe and beyond to fight climate change and air pollution.

Source: The Guardian

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‘Covering Trump’s White House is like being tossed inside a washing machine’

A year ago, Washington bureau chief David Smith watched Trump win. Here he shares the unique challenges of covering the strangest president in US history.

Source: The Guardian

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Why have we built a paradise for offshore billionaires?

We endure potholes and live in fear of collapsing highway bridges because our leaders wanted these very special people to have an even larger second yacht.

Source: The Guardian
 

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One nation, two tribes: opposing visions of US climate role on show in Bonn

Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the Paris accord – but other Americans are standing with the world to help fight the ‘existential crisis’ of global warming.

Source: The Guardian

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Lisa Murkowski Introduces Bill To Open Arctic Wildlife Refuge To Oil Drilling

“This is not a choice between energy and the environment,” the senator said. “We are past that.”
Source: The Huffington Post

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5 Times Trump’s Pick For Top Environmental Adviser Struggled To Defend Her Climate Denial

Kathleen Hartnett White’s first Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday was cringeworthy.

Source: The Huffington Post

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We must not let Big Tech threaten our security, freedoms and democracy

The dominance of these companies requires that the government consider their role in the integrity of our democracy, writes Senator Al Franken.

Source: The Guardian

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