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Self-Described 'So-Called Judge' Rips Orange County Sheriff Who Trump Called 'Legendary' 11.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
LOS ANGELES ― An appalled Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals on Friday strongly rebuked Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens for continuing to deny that she and her deputies were involved in running the county’s now notorious jailhouse informant program, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. Thousands of pages of internal memos, documents and a newly discovered policy manual clearly describe the existence of an informant program inside county jails, but Hutchens and her deputies still maintain  that it doesn’t exist . Goethals also announced that he will open new evidentiary hearings in the case against Scott Dekraai, who pleaded guilty to killing his ex-wife and seven other people  at a Seal Beach hair salon in 2011 . Dekraai awaits the start of the penalty phase of his trial, but the case has been derailed for years as the scope, secrecy and alleged malfeasance by county law enforcement and prosecutors in the informant program has become a centerpiece of the Dekraai case and unraveled ...
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Here Are The Most And Least Religious States In America 11.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Mississippians have once again claimed the distinction of being the most religious state in America.  For the ninth straight year since 2009, a Gallup study  found that people from Mississippi are more likely than those from any other state to identify themselves as “very religious.” In 2016, 59 percent of Mississippi residents placed themselves in this category.   Behind Mississippi came Alabama, with 56 percent identifying as “very religious.” Ranking third at 54 percent was Utah, a state with a large Mormon population.  On the other side of the spectrum, Vermont came in as the state with the least number of people identifying as “very religious” (21 percent). Maine (23 percent) and Massachusetts (25 percent) also had a smaller number of residents identifying as very religious. Gallup’s results were derived from 174,969 interviews conducted between January and December 2016. The research company has been collecting data about the religiosity of American states annually since 2008 . The first analysis ...
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Too Many People Have Health Insurance. Republicans Will Fix That. 8.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Donald Trump and the Republicans who control Congress have a major problem to solve: The uninsured rate has never been lower. The GOP hasn’t figured out how to tackle the crisis despite years of preparing for it, but new data illustrate just how bad the situation is. The national uninsured rate fell to 10.9 percent at the end of 2016, compared to 17.3 percent in 2013, according to polling data Gallup released Wednesday. What happened during those years to bring about this catastrophe? President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010, and then spent the next six years implementing its programs. By doing so, Obama severely damaged America longstanding distinction among rich countries of having the smallest share of its population on health coverage. The main tools of his destruction were the law’s subsidization of private health insurance to low- and middle-income families and its expansion of the Medicaid program to include more adults living in near poverty.  The Gallup ...
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Friday Talking Points -- Media Missing A Big Point On Trump's Muslim Ban 4.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Before we launch in to this week's screed, we're going to shamelessly begin with a plug. Yesterday, we published a first-person account of what it was like to protest during Donald Trump's Inauguration weekend. There are some excellent photos of the demonstrations and an inspiring narrative by University of Maryland student Teresa Johnson. We urge everyone to check it out ! Moving right along, we're going to ignore (for a moment) all the shiny distractions that have vomited forth from the White House this week, and instead attempt to draw attention to an aspect of Donald Trump's Muslim ban that few in the media seem to be noticing. [We should add an editorial aside here: Yes, our editorial policy from now on will be to use Donald Trump's own language in the term "Muslim ban." Sean Spicer can insist until he's blue in the face that it's not a Muslim ban, but Trump promised to ban Muslims on the campaign trail, so who are we to argue with the term? Also, to do so would be to succumb to political ...
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It’s wrong to blame the EPA for the Gold King spill 1.2.2017 Writers on the Range
Without the private sector, neither the mine nor its toxic legacy would exist.
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Wells Fargo Complaints Vanish From Labor Department Website 28.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the latest example of an apparent information purge by the Trump administration , bank employee complaints against Wells Fargo have vanished from the federal Department of Labor’s website. The entire page established to help protect whistleblowers and collect complaints against the bank has been “disappeared.”  The page was created in September when the Labor Department launched an investigation into the bank’s treatment of its workers after Wells Fargo admitted setting up secret phony customer accounts to capture bank fees and charge consumers for them. Labor officials sought to aid whistleblowers and to determine if the company violated any wage and overtime regulations while branch employees were pressed to meet tough sales quotas, including setting up the phony accounts. The bank fired 5,300 workers for creating as many as 2 million fake accounts amid employee complaints about an incredibly high-pressure sales culture and   mistreatment of workers. The alarm on the vanishing website was sounded by ...
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EPA's Climate Change Web Pages To Stay Up For Now: Report 26.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Web pages about climate change will stay on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website for now, a source inside the agency told  Inside EPA .  According to the report, the EPA has temporarily suspended plans to take down its main climate change page, which two agency employees had previously told Reuters could happen as soon as Wednesday.  The Office of General Counsel will review the implications of removing the website’s content, Inside EPA reports. (Inside EPA is a branch of Inside Washington Publishers, a news service that specializes in the activity of federal agencies.) The EPA’s climate change web page contains: links to the agency’s 2016 Climate Change Indicators report , which ties current weather phenomena to human-caused spikes in greenhouse gases; a map of how climate change is affecting each U.S. region; and ominous climate reports from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration . The  page was still up as of Wednesday afternoon. The Huffington Post’s request for comment ...
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Appeals court denies full hearing in data surveillance case 25.1.2017 Science / Technology News

NEW YORK >> A federal appeals court in New York won't rehear a panel's decision letting companies like Microsoft refuse to turn over to the government customer emails stored overseas. The judges of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals split their votes 4-4.

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Sources: Trump Administration Tells EPA To Cut Climate Page From Website 25.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website, two agency employees told Reuters, the latest move by the newly minted leadership to erase ex-President Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives. The employees were notified by EPA officials on Tuesday that the administration had instructed EPA’s communications team to remove the website’s climate change page, which contains links to scientific global warming research, as well as detailed data on emissions. The page could go down as early as Wednesday, the sources said. “If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear,” one of the EPA staffers told Reuters, who added some employees were scrambling to save some of the information housed on the website, or convince the Trump administration to preserve parts of it. The sources asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media. A Trump ...
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Watch Michael Moore Rip Up A Copy Of The Washington Post With Trump On The Front Page 22.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Filmmaker Michael Moore ripped up Saturday’s copy of The Washington Post with a front page featuring President Donald Trump’s inauguration. “So I woke up this morning, picked up The Washington Post and the headline read ‘Trump takes power,’” Moore said during remarks at the Women’s March on Washington . “I don’t think so! Here’s the power. Here’s the majority of America right here. We are the majority. He then continued to read from the Post: “New president vows to end American carnage.” “Mr. Trump, we are here to end the Trump carnage,” he said. Then, he ripped the paper in half. Read more updates on the Women’s March on Washington, as well as other marches happening throughout the country , below: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Cleveland Newspaper's Front Page Snubs Trump Inauguration 21.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Plain Dealer, a major Cleveland newspaper, did not feature any photos or articles about Friday’s inauguration of President Donald Trump on its front page on Saturday.  Instead, it included a Washington Post story about Trump’s executive order weakening the Affordable Care Act, and a New York Times piece about President Barack Obama’s farewell event with his political appointees. Jason Miller, a former senior communications adviser for Trump, noted the omission on Twitter. Worst front page in the country this AM goes to @theplaindealer . Didn’t even cover the @TrumpInaugural . https://t.co/QvOrL34izl — Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) January 21, 2017 Of course, The Plain Dealer’s site, Cleveland.com, shows that it covered the inaugural festivities, even if it did not give them front-page placement. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Big Changes On White House Website As Donald Trump Takes Over 21.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― With a new president comes a new presidential website . Gone are sections like “Civil Rights” and “Reducing Gun Violence” and in are pages like “America First Energy Plan” and “America First Foreign Policy.” But people also quickly noticed that certain pages seemed to have disappeared altogether. Searches for LGBT turn up nothing and the section on climate change goes to a broken link.  Advocacy groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality quickly condemned the Trump administration for scrubbing mentions of their community. There is a good chance that Trump’s WhiteHouse.gov will not have a specific section on LGBTQ rights. That’s not surprising, since it was not a focus of his campaign and he has spoken out against full equality. Same with climate change ― Trump has been skeptical of the human connection to global warming. That doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that that content is gone forever. The Trump administration is essentially building a new site from scratch ― ...
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On Day One, Trump's WhiteHouse.gov Scrubs Every Mention of Combating Climate Change 21.1.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Soon after Donald Trump took his oath as the 45the President of the United States, the new White House web page for his administration went up. Among the key differences from the previous administration's—the lack of any reference to the threat of climate change.

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Shepard Fairey's 'We The People' Gets Full-Page Ad In Major Newspapers 21.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Open the Jan. 20 editions of The Washington Post  or The New York Times, and you’ll find a stunning full-page ad staring back at you.  “We the people,” it reads, above an image of a woman in a red, white and blue headscarf, “are greater than fear.”  The defiant image comes courtesy of Shepard Fairey, the street artist behind the iconic “Hope” poster that circulated widely during former President Obama’s campaign in 2008. Commissioned by the Amplifier Foundation, the “We the People” ad is part of a grassroots campaign originating on Kickstarter that raised over $1 million to place Fairey’s art in major newspapers on the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. — Brooklyn Street Art (@BKStreetArt) January 20, 2017 Fairey, along with artists Jessica Sabogal and Ernesto Yerena, submitted work to the Amplifier Foundation in an effort to provide protest art for those marching on Washington, D.C., this weekend. In order to sidestep “ restrictions on signs and banners” in some parts of the district ― and ...
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World Erupts in Revulsion as Trump Becomes 45th US President 20.1.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Common Dreams staff

Follow live coverage of official events—as well as protest and dissent—as Inauguration Day unfolds

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Newspaper Front Pages Usher In Uncertainty Of New Trump Era 20.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Newspaper front pages across the U.S. and around the world used shots of President-elect Donald Trump arriving in Washington to portray the feeling of uncertainty that comes along with his inauguration  on Friday. “We have no idea what this guy’s gonna do,” The Guardian’s headline reads. Metro Boston used an illustration of Trump’s iconic yellow hair and replaced his face with a giant question mark. Some papers threw in a hint of somberness. Colombia’s El Espectador, for example, went with “God save America” as its headline. Check out some Friday papers from around the world: Today's cover: Americans of all backgrounds ready to celebrate President Trump https://t.co/JfntIAMD5a pic.twitter.com/vlKbcw9cgf — New York Post (@nypost) January 20, 2017 How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Sign up for our weekly newsletter to find out.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be ...
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More Allegations Of Deception Surface In Orange County Informant Scandal 20.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
LOS ANGELES ― A month after the U.S. Department of Justice announced an investigation of the Orange County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Department over a tainted jailhouse informant program that has allegedly violated the right of numerous defendants, more allegations of rampant cheating have surfaced in court documents filed this week. The allegations raise significant questions about the effort being made by prosecutors and law enforcement to rectify a scandal that has been rocking the county for more than three years.  In a blistering 56-page brief  dated Jan. 18, Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders produces alarming evidence that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has not acted in good faith to investigate its own role in running a jail informant program; deceived the court about whether top department officials knew of a once-secret database its deputies maintained tracking informants in the jail; failed to produce all records in compliance with lawful court orders; and when it has turned ...
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Utah's New National Monument Marks Big Win for the Protection of Indigenous Cultural Sites 12.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
On Dec. 28, with only 22 days left in office, President Obama set aside nearly 1.35 million acres in southeastern Utah's San Juan County as the Bears Ears National Monument. The  announcement  capped several years of work by a unique tribal coalition that proposed this first-in-the-nation monument to be comanaged by tribes and the federal government. Obama also designated 300,000 acres at Gold Butte in Nevada, homelands of the Paiute people, ironically, near militant rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle operation. What is the value of land? The national monument -- proposed by the Bears Ears Inter-tribal Coalition, which includes the Navajo Nation, the Pueblo of Zuni, the Ute Mountain Ute, Ute tribe, and Hopi tribe -- will preserve an area rich in biodiversity and human history amid one of the country's most iconic landscapes. It, and the political battle that continues to stem from it, also raises a greater question for a nation at odds with itself: What is the value of land? This is at the heart of land ...
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Facebook Doesn't Tell Users Everything It Really Knows About Them 6.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Facebook has long let users see all sorts of things the site knows about them, like whether they enjoy soccer, have recently moved, or like Melania Trump.  But the tech giant gives users little indication that it buys far more sensitive data about them, including their income, the types of restaurants they frequent and even how many credit cards are in their wallets. Since September, ProPublica has been encouraging Facebook users to  share the categories of interest  that the site has assigned to them. Users showed us everything from "Pretending to Text in Awkward Situations" to "Breastfeeding in Public." In total, we collected more than 52,000 unique attributes that Facebook has used to classify users.  Facebook's page explaining "what influences the ads you see" says the company gets the information about its users "from a few different sources." What the page doesn't say is that those sources include  detailed dossiers  obtained from commercial data brokers about users' offline lives. Nor does ...
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If You're Looking For Misinformation, Go To Sarah Palin's Facebook Page 6.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sarah Palin , the 2008 vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor, has over 4.7 million “likes” on Facebook . Almost 4.3 million people have opted to follow her updates, many of which are not true. Many of Palin’s updates are personal in nature ― like when she shares videos of  her son Trig  or blogs written by her daughter Bristol  ― or feature inspirational stories . But Palin, a former contributor to Fox News, also regularly has  misleading or fake  posts about news and politics on her Facebook page.  On Wednesday, Palin’s page featured a story from the conservative website Breitbart News that claimed President Barack Obama awarded himself a Distinguished Public Service medal from the Department of Defense. That is not true ― Defense Secretary Ash Carter gave the medal to the president. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton  have previously received the medal, which is described as “the highest honorary award presented by the Secretary of Defense to non-career Federal ...
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