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Trump Talks Impeachment, Criticizes Maxine Waters in Michigan Speech

“We have to keep the House, because if you listen to Maxine Waters—she goes around saying, ‘We will impeach him. We will impeach him,’” Trump said at the rally. “Then people said, ‘But he hasn’t done anything wrong.’”

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GDN Exclusive Part VIII: The Divine-Nine Evolution:  An AKA Speaks Hands-On-Leadership

Remedies are needed to keep us engaged and moving forward. Our symptoms are barely being treated but a cure is on the horizon. We might say that cures come from positive motivation toward negative issues…

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‘The Nation’ Launches Black On Campus In Partnership With the Anna Julia Cooper Center of Wake Forest University

Black on Campus allows participants to develop professional skills as they document the experiences of black college students and report on issues of national consequence.

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Bannon Promoted ‘Culture War’ to Suppress Black Voters: Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower

Bannon, a former Cambridge Analytica vice president, “saw cultural warfare as a means to create enduring change in American politics,” testified Christopher Wylie … Information about millions of Facebook users ended up in Cambridge Analytica’s hands.

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GDN Exclusive: President of College Democrats of North Carolina Supports “Call To Colors” Part VII

“Civic engagement is the responsibility of every American citizen,” Easterling said regarding working with nonpartisan groups like the NC NAACP, Divine Nine and others regarding voter registration on college campuses.

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‘Deliberately Cruel’ Assault on Rights, Trump’s DHS Plans to Detain Immigrant Children on Military Bases

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reportedly evaluating three locations to be used to house thousands of children who are expected to cross the border—with and without parents and guardians.

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‘Stop at Nothing’ Plan to Destroy Nation’s Union Power Includes $80 Million Koch- and Walmart-Funded War Chest

One labor leader said the effort makes clear that the landmark Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case is “brought by wealthy forces to eliminate worker voice and power”

 

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Tripling Its Surveillance in US, NSA Phone Record Collection Increased to Over 530 Million in 2017

It shows that the number of “call detail records” the agency collected from telecommunications providers during Trump’s first year in office was 534 million, compared to 151 million the year prior. The report also revealed that the agency, using its controversial Section 702 authority…

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Big Primary Wins for Socialists and Progressives Who Ran on ‘Popular Demands That Were Deemed Impossible’

“Today’s elections prove movement politics candidates, who rely on people power, can win, and win powerfully,” Ryan Greenwood, director of Movement Politics for People’s Action, said in a statement on Wednesday.

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‘See You in Court’: With China Funding New Trump Resort Project, President in Clear Violation of Constitution

Trump’s continued involvement with his business empire has resulted in multiple violations of the Emoluments Clause, argues CREW. The group has sued him for illegally taking payments from foreign heads of state…

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Get Your Organization’s Message Heard – Three Lessons About Promoting Your Brand

Although what’s called ‘authority marketing’ isn’t used as much as it should be, it’s not new,” Witty says. “More than a century ago, P.T. Barnum understood how to generate buzz…

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TIME Magazine Says Congresswoman Maxine Waters Is “One of the Most Influential People in the World”

According to a press release about the honor, “The list, now in its fifteenth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.”

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Black Voters Must “Takeover The Polls” This Midterm Election Season

The upcoming November 2018 elections are by far one of the most important election cycles in the history of the United States. More importantly, it is one that the Black community can’t afford to ignore.

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How to Spot the Political Motives Behind Some Acts of Corporate Charity

Why would businesses rely on charitable donations rather than, say, campaign funds or lobbying efforts, to influence government? One big reason is that there are limits on campaign contributions…

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‘Time to Melt Some Phones’ on Capitol Hill as Red Alert for Net Neutrality Hits Internet

“The Internet is lighting up in protest once again, because this Senate vote will impact the future of the Web for years to come,” said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future…

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AT&T Paid Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen for ‘Insights’ as FCC Worked to Kill Net Neutrality

Sketchy payments AT&T made to Cohen for “insights” on the Trump administration at the same time as the telecom giant was working to merge with Time Warner and kill net neutrality.

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Come Together to Urge Public to “Vote for Justice” a Six-Month Social Media Impact Campaign, Vote for Justice.

The Vote for Justice campaign will highlight the overarching political, economic and human costs of our country’s criminal punishment system…

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National Civil Rights Groups File New Major Lawsuit Against Secretary Ben Carson and HUD

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs allege that HUD’s attempt to delay and dilute the AFFH Rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act, which sets out procedural and substantive requirements…

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