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Climate Progress : Yemeni journalist invited to receive free press award denied U.S. visa

A Yemeni journalist invited to the United States to receive a free press award was denied a visa, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Afrah Nasser, the founder and editor-in-chief of Sana’a Review, was planning on attending the CPJ’s November 15 ceremony to receive the International Free Press Award, but now may

2017-10-22 20:11   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Czech President holds up machine gun marked ‘for journalists’ during press conference

The President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, crudely insulted reporters by showing off a replica AK-47 with the inscription “for journalists” — less than a week after an investigative journalist in Malta was killed by a car bomb. Zeman brandished the fake assault rifle during a press conference on Friday, as Czechs voted to

2017-10-22 19:31   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Virginia Tech is letting a neo-Nazi teach English composition

A graduate student and teaching instructor at Virginia Tech has been discovered to be an avowed white supremacist, but university officials have yet to take any action to dismiss him. Mark Neuhoff, who teaches English composition at the university part-time, was discovered in late September to have posted a series of racist comments on social

2017-10-22 16:51   Click to comment

Climate Progress : NYPD cops are smearing a victim accusing them of rape to avoid indictment

Two New York Police Department officers accused of raping a teenager while on duty are smearing the victim’s credibility over her social media posts and ideas of how a rape victim should behave, according to a letter obtained by the New York Post. The teenager, who goes by the name “Anna Chambers” online and isn’t

2017-10-22 16:37   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Afghanistan reels after two mosque bombings kill nearly 90 people

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — For years, Ali Kadem has had a perfect view of the Imam Zaman Mosque from the window of the bread bakery where he works. As he sits cross-legged handing out 10 Afghani ($0.15) loaves of bread, the 18-year-old often looks out onto the mosque he has been to thousands of times. He

2017-10-21 19:17   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Five former presidents are raising money for hurricane relief. Trump is playing golf.

All five living former U.S. presidents are set to participate in a fundraiser for hurricane relief efforts on Saturday, but they won’t be joined by the current job holder — President Donald Trump is marking the occasion at his golf course. In a rare joint appearance, former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George

2017-10-21 17:51   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Constitutional crisis deepens as Spain demands Catalonia elect new leaders

The latest chapter in Spain’s political upheaval unfolded on Saturday as Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy introduced plans to remove Catalonian leaders from their positions and call elections, asserting Madrid’s takeover of the region following a contentious independence referendum. Rajoy did not completely dissolve the Catalonian government as some had feared, but he did say

2017-10-21 17:05   Click to comment

Climate Progress : The uninsured rate is rising as Trump successfully sabotages Obamacare

Providing some of the clearest evidence yet about President Donald Trump’s ability to undermine Obamacare even without the GOP votes in Congress required to officially repeal it, the national uninsurance rate is now on the rise. According to Gallup, which has been tracking the uninsurance rate since 2008, the percentage of Americans without health care

2017-10-21 16:30   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Ohio State won’t let Richard Spencer speak on campus, citing security threat

Officials at Ohio State University won’t allow noted white nationalist Richard Spencer to rent space on campus, citing safety concerns after several of his supporters opened fire on counter-protesters at the University of Florida. The events in Florida, of course, aren’t the first time that a white supremacist event has recently turned violent. In August,

2017-10-21 14:51   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Graham says Florida congresswoman was ‘rude’ to question Trump’s call to Gold Star widow

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Friday that Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) “started something that was rude” by questioning Trump about his comments to a Gold Star widow. “[Wilson] is not a big fan of the president,” Graham said, talking to reporters at the Capitol Friday. “I think she started something that was rude. I would

2017-10-20 23:17   Click to comment

Climate Progress : BREAKING: Federal court affirms undocumented teen’s right to abortion, but delays the procedure

A federal appeals court has ruled that a pregnant, undocumented teenage girl being held by immigration authorities in Texas has a right to an abortion, but the judges further delayed her ability to get one, determining that the government does not need to facilitate the procedure. The court has given the girl until October 31

2017-10-20 23:10   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Scott Pruitt denies he meets with ‘polluters’ as his agency dismantles environmental safeguards

In an interview on Friday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told Time that he doesn’t spend time with “polluters,” even though almost all of his meetings since taking over as the nation’s top environmental cop have been with officials from oil, coal, and other pollution-producing companies. Pruitt referred to these companies — as well as ranchers

2017-10-20 21:09   Click to comment

Climate Progress : White House: Questioning a four-star general is ‘highly inappropriate’

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked the White House press corps not to do their jobs — question power — on Friday afternoon, saying that debating with a four-star general was “highly inappropriate.” The comment was the culmination of an ongoing feud between White House chief of staff John Kelly (who is a four-star general)

2017-10-20 20:52   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Immigrant advocates hold concert outside detention center to bring awareness to mass imprisonment

For one night only on Friday, advocates, musicians, and a comedianne hostess will hold a music festival in Adelanto, California, the site of the largest immigrant detention center in the state. Headlined by the R&B musician Miguel and emceed by comedianne Cristela Alonzo, the event is meant to call an end to the immigration detention

2017-10-20 19:58   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Taxpayers will foot the massive bill for security at Richard Spencer’s University of Florida speech

In order to protect white supremacist Richard Spencer’s right to troll the University of Florida, state officials assembled a small army — one that came with a hefty price tag to taxpayers. Hundreds of officers from the University of Florida Police Department, the Gainesville Police Department, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department for

2017-10-20 19:50   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Texas city requires promise not to boycott Israel if residents want hurricane relief funds

Residents of one Texas town are being asked to make an unusual promise in exchange for hurricane relief funds — they have to vow not to boycott the nation of Israel. Dickinson, Texas was among the towns hardest-hit by Hurricane Harvey last month. But those hoping for some relief are being asked to sign on

2017-10-20 19:42   Click to comment

Climate Progress : In Turkey-E.U. tussle, millions of refugees in danger of being used as political collateral

Stakes are set to be raised in the tense standoff between Turkey and the European Union with a proposed cut in funding to Turkey in preparation for the country to join the European Union. On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the cuts in assistance to Turkey in what she described as “very negative”

2017-10-20 19:20   Click to comment

Climate Progress : White supremacist supporters of Richard Spencer open fire on counter-protesters

Following Richard Spencer’s Thursday talk at the University of Florida, a trio of Spencer’s supporters opened fire just outside Gainesville, Fla., during an altercation with those opposing Spencer’s presence. According to a statement from the Gainesville Police Department, Tyler Tenbrink, William Fears, and Colton Fears – all from Texas – were arrested and charged with

2017-10-20 18:57   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Reproductive rights supporters protest decision barring undocumented teen from getting abortion

“Justicia para Jane! Whose bodies? Our bodies!” chanted a group of about 30 protesters in front of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services building Friday morning. The protesters, made up of mostly Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America organizers and staff, were speaking out against the Trump administration’s decision to bar an undocumented

2017-10-20 18:49   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Female homicide rate dropped after Craigslist launched its erotic services platform

In 2014, Monroe was a trafficking victim in California. She found her clients by advertising on SFRedbook, the free online erotic services website. One day, she logged into the site and discovered that federal authorities had taken it down. Law enforcement hoped that closing the site would reduce trafficking, but it didn’t help Monroe. When

2017-10-20 18:19   Click to comment

Climate Progress : The criminal cases against Harvey Weinstein

The court of public opinion has ruled on Harvey Weinstein, the human-bulldozer of a Hollywood producer who strong-armed his movies and their stars to the Oscar podium and who allegedly sexually harassed or assaulted nearly 60 women over the course of three decades. But what’s going to happen to Weinstein in a court of law?

2017-10-20 17:11   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Manhattan DA let molester OB/GYN plead out, avoid prison while his lawyers wrote campaign checks

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance accepted over $3,000 in campaign funds from attorneys representing a gynecologist his office was prosecuting for alleged serial sexual assault of patients in 2015, CBS News reported Friday. The report comes just days after Vance’s handling of an investigation into disgraced Hollywood mogul and serial assaulter Harvey Weinstein thrust his

2017-10-20 17:05   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Global pollution kills 9 million people each year, more than disease or war

A landmark new study on the public health impacts of global pollution found that toxic air, water, and soil are responsible for the deaths of nine million people each year, more than the number that die from war, hunger, malaria, and AIDS — combined. The study, published on Friday in the Lancet, warned that pollution

2017-10-20 16:39   Click to comment

Climate Progress : The Trump administration just made its most Orwellian attack on abortion

The United States government is holding a woman prisoner to keep her from obtaining an abortion. Let that fact sink in for a moment. The core issue at the heart of Garza v. Hargan is whether the coercive power of the state can be used to hold someone prisoner to keep them from obtaining an abortion. It’s

2017-10-20 16:37   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Man says he was discriminated against because of his MAGA hat, claims it’s a ‘spiritual’ symbol

A man is claiming his Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat has religious significance, arguing he was unfairly discriminated against for his “spiritual” beliefs when he entered a New York City bar wearing the iconic red cap. According to the Gothamist, Philadelphia accountant Greg Piatek filed additional court papers last week in an ongoing suit

2017-10-20 16:25   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Solar stunner: The lowest price for solar power last year is the highest price now

Prices for new solar power projects are falling so fast that the cheapest prices from 2016 have become the ceiling price for solar today. In April 2016, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reported that the record low unsubsidized solar energy price was 3.6 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), in a March 2016 contract in Mexico. This month, every

2017-10-20 16:24   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump falsely links ‘radical Islamic terror’ to rising UK crime rates

Donald Trump started his Friday out by falsely claiming the U.K. was in the midst of a crime-wave thanks to “radical Islamic terror” — prompting fury from British politicians. “Just out report: ‘United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror'”, the President tweeted early in the morning. “Not good, we must

2017-10-20 16:09   Click to comment

Climate Progress : There is a transcript of Trump’s controversial call to Sgt. Johnson’s widow, Lara Trump reveals

Is Congresswoman Frederica Wilson lying about the President Trump’s call to Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson? Wilson said that, on the call, Trump told Johnson her husband “knew what he signed up for” before he was killed on a patrol in Niger. Trump has said, unequivocally, that he Wilson is lying —

2017-10-20 15:31   Click to comment

Climate Progress : For Trump’s EPA, the enemy is within

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has made no secret of his preference for industry over environmentalists. But during a speech at the Heritage Foundation this week, Pruitt hinted at a philosophy that is deeply distrusting not only of environmental advocates, but also of the way environmental research is conducted and how his agency uses

2017-10-20 13:29   Click to comment

Climate Progress : New Orleans’ summer of floods revives the threat of privatization

New Orleans was caught off guard by a summer of floods. In August, parts of the city were overwhelmed after nine inches of rain fell in four hours. Another flash flood in October shut down some streets and submerged cars. As climate change warms the Gulf of Mexico, it’s expected that the city, which sits below

2017-10-20 13:20   Click to comment

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