Trump’s Immigration Policy Doesn’t Make Much Sense But That’s OK Because He Knows ‘How To Manage’

by ESTHER YU-HSI LEE – 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has finally started to lay out his immigration plan: Deport the undocumented population, but allow some immigrants back into the country through an expedited system to obtain legal status. “I would get people out and I would have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so that they can be legal,” Trump said during an interview with CNN New Day’s Dana Bash on Wednesday. He added that he would keep the “bad dudes” out of the country, including immigrants with criminal convictions. Trump indicated that he didn’t have a plan to locate undocumented individuals, but noted he would “find them and get them out,” a wholly feasible process because he knows “how to manage.” Trump simultaneously softened his stance and advocated for a blanket deportation policy when asked about what he would do with the 1.8...

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Reality Is Winning: New Poll Finds Americans Increasingly Aren’t Buying Right-Wing Lies

By JAMESON PARKER, Addicting Info – Fox News makes a big show of being the “most trusted” source of news, but that claim, like much of what we find on the conservative network, is increasingly becoming mere wishful thinking. Instead, Americans are waking up to the fact that Fox News, along with its counterparts on the web and radio, are functioning as little more than a right-wing propaganda machine. People, particularly young people, aren’t buying it. In a comprehensive poll conducted by Pew Research that covered dozens of major and minor political news sources, researchers found that Fox “most trusted” News was actually the most distrusted source of news for Millennials. A whopping 43 percent of those surveyed said you can’t trust what that network tells you about politics and government. But other right-wing media outlets fared even worse in their overall “trust vs. distrust” ratio. According to the same poll, The Sean Hannity...

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New Study: Living Near Trees Is Good For Your Body AND Wallet

By Amanda Froelich, True Activist – It’s no secret people adore trees. Why, just a couple of weeks ago, TrueActivist shared what happens when you give trees email address (hint: citizens send them thousands of love letters). But a recently published study affirming the lesser-known benefits derived from living near trees is also something to get excited about. According to researchers from the University of Chicago and various Toronto organizations: “…people who live in neighborhoods with a higher density of trees on their streets report significantly higher health perception and significantly less cardio-metabolic conditions (controlling for socio-economic and demographic factors). We find that having 10 more trees in a city block, on average, improves health perception in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $10,000 higher median income or being 7 years younger.” Researchers began by looking at Toronto,...

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Palin’s Latest Drunken Rant: Planned Parenthood ‘Targeting’ Blacks For ‘Huge Profits’ (VIDEO)

by CHARLES TOPHER – Sarah Palin’s conspiracy ridden rant on The O’Reilly Factor Wednesday night will have people wondering if she’s either vying for a spot opposite Alex Jones or just having a hard time laying off the Seagrams Seven. Palin, in an emotional little fit of rage, described the “evils” of Planned Parenthood and how they are luring black women in to their clinics for abortions. Yes, they are luring them in. Palin says that Planned Parenthood “shops” are found in poverty-stricken neighborhoods 80 percent of the time. Being that Planned Parenthood is a non-profit, community based organization whose mission is to help people in need, setting up in Beverly Hills may not be the best course of action. Clinics in neighborhoods where women need the most help seems like a perfectly reasonable idea, but not to Palin. Palin sees Satan everywhere. Since a failed run at the Vice...

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What’s Barney Frank Got Against Primaries?

by Tom Gallagher – Could you imagine a liberal Democrat in 2015 arguing that you shouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries because, although she has been a trailblazer in her day, her “very unwillingness to be confined by existing voter attitudes, as part of a long-term strategy to change them, is both a very valuable contribution to the democratic dialogue and an obvious bar to winning support from the majority of these very voters in the near term”?  No, of course you can’t.  And that’s a good thing!  That is, however, precisely what former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank writes is the reason you shouldn’t vote for Bernie Sanders.  And that’s not a good thing.  Now, I ain’t saying whether Frank is right or whether he’s wrong about how many people will ultimately support Sanders.  But that’s actually what we have primaries to sort out. Frank writes a good...

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The West Is Still On Fire

by NATASHA GEILING – Just in time for peak tourist season, Montana’s Glacier National Park is on fire. As of Tuesday, some 3,200 acres of the park were engulfed by wildfire, which began a week ago and caused park officials to shut down three separate campsites throughout the park as well as close off the St. Mary Visitor Center. As of Wednesday, the wildfire was 56 percent contained, and portions of the park that were previously closed have been reopened to the public — but firefighters are still working to contain the remaining portion of the fire. According to NPR, travel companies associated with the park earn 90 percent of their revenue between June 20 and August 20. The Glacier National Park fire is just another example of the disruption the 2015 wildfire season has already caused for Western states. Plagued by high temperatures, low snowpack, and continued drought, states from...

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Farmed Salmon Rejected Over Huge Spike in Antibiotic Use Due to Bacterial Outbreak

By Cole Mellino, EcoWatch – Costco is in the news again for its food purchases. Last month, 300,000 people demanded that Costco commit to not selling GMO salmon and in the last few weeks Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Bill Maher have all called out the retail giant for selling eggs from caged hens. But when it comes to Chilean salmon pumped up on antibiotics, Costco is saying enough is enough. The recent spike in antibiotic use in Chilean farmed salmon has caused Costco to decrease its reliance on the South American country’s farmed salmon, opting instead for farmed salmon from Norway, whose farmers use far fewer antibiotics. In fact, Norway’s use of antibiotics in aquaculture is at the lowest level since the late 1970s, according to a recent report from the Norwegian Veterinary Institute. Up until a few months ago, Costco was sourcing 90 percent of the 600,000 pounds of salmon it purchases every...

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GOP Governor’s Adult Daughter Lived In Trailer On Mansion’s Lawn For Months – Forced To Move

by DYLAN HOCK – Few parents would disagree with the love, support and argument Republican Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin offered in response to criticism regarding her 28-year-old daughter, Christina, living in a trailer on the governor’s mansion’s grounds, complete with electric and water hook-up to the mansion, for the last three months. Fallin said: “I love my family. My daughter is terrific. She’s smart, she’s beautiful, she’s talented and if she comes and says, ‘Mom, I need some help,’ I’m not going to turn her down. “If I’m 80, if she comes to me and says, ‘Hey mom, I need a temporary place to stay, I’m going to let her stay with me.” That’s a beautiful and loving response from a parent lucky enough to be financially able to help her daughter in such a way, and is to be commended as a parent. However, taxpayers may feel differently, whether...

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The Most (And Least) Extreme Republican Presidential Candidates On Climate Change

by RYAN KORONOWSKI – The GOP field is (almost) complete, after Ohio Governor John Kasich became the 17th major candidate to announce his presidential run last week. This means we can draw some conclusions about the opponent the eventual Democratic nominee will be facing in the general election. It’s an extremely safe bet that the Republican nominee will not take more action to confront climate change than President Obama has. The question is more how much of the president’s climate agenda the nominee would reverse, repeal, or ignore. The next president will have a lot on his or her plate — implementing or rolling back the Clean Air Act’s provisions to regulate carbon pollution; defying or leading the world in carrying out an expected U.N. climate agreement; committing the United States to low-carbon energy or doubling down on fossil fuels. Pope Francis just told the world through the Vatican’s latest...

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Faced with Defunding Threat from Senate, Planned Parenthood Fights Back

by Nadia Prupis – As Planned Parenthood grapples with a series of attacks against it by anti-choice forces, the political stakes are intensifying as the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate readies to vote on a measure that would strip all federal funding from the non-profit women’s health organization. Three covertly-filmed videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal tissue donations have prompted some in Congress to renew the debate over the government’s financial support of the organization. Senate Republicans are gearing up to vote on a bill that would cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, which already receives limited subsidies from the government and is prohibited from spending taxpayer money on abortions. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and introduced on Tuesday, states: “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no federal funds may be made available to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, or any of its affiliates.” One GOP senator who...

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Alabama Is Fighting A Woman’s Abortion Rights By Appointing A Lawyer To Represent Her Fetus

by TARA CULP-RESSLER – Alabama officials are currently seeking to prevent a pregnant prison inmate from obtaining a legal abortion by stripping her of her parental rights, in a case where a lawyer has been appointed to represent the interests of her fetus. An unnamed woman, who is referred to in court documents only as Jane Doe, is asking for permission to travel to Huntsville to end her pregnancy. She says she was unable to get an abortion before she was taken into custody and is now feeling desperate. “I am very distraught, and do not want to be forced to carry this pregnancy to term,” she wrote. Jane Doe — who has to get permission from the court to be transported to the nearest clinic because prison officials consider abortion to be a non-emergency procedure — is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, which argues that it...

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Another Christie Corruption Case is Moving Forward

by Hunter – Another potential scandal in Chris Christie-land keeps trundling forward, this one related to the allegation that Christie improperly (and potentially criminally) squashed a grand jury indictment of a Christie-connected county sheriff. Not in dispute: after the sheriff of Hunterdon County and two subordinates were indicted on 43 counts by a grand jury, the Christie administration that very day moved in to strip the case from local prosecutors, promptly asking the judge to overturn those indictments. Also not in dispute: this was done over the strong objections of those prosecutors, investigators, and even members of the grand jury themselves. (In an ironic Bridgegate-esque preview, Christie later appointed the state attorney general who quashed the Hunterdon case to a high-salaried position at … the Port Authority.) One of those prosecutors, Bennett Barlyn, was fired for his objections to the administration’s handling over the case. He’s filed a lawsuit over the...

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40 Earthquakes Hit Frack-Happy Oklahoma in Last 7 Days

 By Cole Mellino, EcoWatch – Monday Oklahoma recorded five earthquakes centered near Crescent, Oklahoma, some of which were felt in at least five states — Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri and Arkansas. Three of the quakes measured above 4.0-magnitude and the biggest of these was a 4.5-magnitude earthquake, the strongest earthquake in the region since a magnitude 4.9 near Conway Springs, Kansas, on Nov. 12, 2014. The strongest Oklahoma earthquake on record occurred on Nov. 5, 2011 and registered as 5.6-magnitude. There was no reported significant damage from the earthquakes, but the rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50 percent in the last two years, greatly increasing the chance for a damaging quake, according to the USGS. There have been eight quakes of magnitude 3.0 or larger near Crescent since Saturday and during the past seven days, Oklahoma has experienced about 40 earthquakes. “Noticeable quakes — above magnitude 3.0 — now hit the...

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Wall Street’s Solution to Puerto Rico Debt Crisis? Shutter Schools, Fire Workers

Report by bondholders and hedge fund managers calls for sweeping austerity measures By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams – Hedge fund managers and bondholders are pressing the government of Puerto Rico to drive through a series of punishing austerity measures, including dramatic cuts to public education and workers’ rights protections, to “solve” the crisis of debt and poverty gripping the Caribbean island. A group representing $5.2 billion of debt held by 38 investment managers paid three former economists for the International Monetary Fund, who now are employed by the firm Centennial Group International, to devise policy recommendations in response to Governor Alejandro García Padilla’s claim last month that Puerto Rico’s $72 billion debt is “not payable.” Entitled For Puerto Rico, There is a Better Way, the report urges the government to increase tax collection and then use this money to pay back creditors while at the same time severely slashing public programs —...

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Two Major Victories for Fair Housing

by Alan Jenkins – It’s a rare moment when two branches of our federal government take major steps to expand opportunity for all Americans. But, with relatively little fanfare, that’s what’s happened over the last few weeks in the critical area of housing. First, on June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court held that if a housing policy seriously disadvantages one gender, racial, religious or ethnic group, families with children, or people with disabilities, that policy is illegal unless there is an important justification for the policy. That principle, known as “disparate impact,” has been integral to the Fair Housing Act’s protections for over four decades, but this was the High Court’s first time considering it. Just a week later, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new regulations ensuring that when a city or town accepts federal funds for community development, it must work to prevent discrimination and...

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Russia Blocks UN Tribunal on MH17 Disaster

Russia has vetoed a United Nations resolution creating an international tribunal to prosecute those who shot down the Malaysian airliner MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014. The lone “no” vote cast on Wednesday by Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to the UN, effectively blocked the resolution. Russia is one of the five permanent UN Security Council members with veto powers. Eleven of the 15 members of the council voted in favour of the resolution, which had been drafted by Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine. China, Venezuela and Angola abstained. Related: Calls grow to prosecute those who shot down MH17 In his statement following the vote, Churkin accused other countries of politicizing the vote, and accused Ukraine of blocking Moscow from being involved in the investigation. Just an hour before the Malaysia-backed resolution was put to a vote, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he opposed the plan. Ukraine and many Western...

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Grand Jury Indicts University Of Cincinnati Cop Caught On Video Shooting Unarmed Man For Murder

by AVIVA SHEN – University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing was indicted for the murder of Samuel DuBose by a grand jury Wednesday. Tensing originally tried to claim DuBose, 43, almost ran him over with his car and “dragged” him down the road. But video evidence directly contradicted Tensing’s version of events. In the body camera video released Wednesday, Tensing asks DuBose several times if he has a driver’s license after pulling him over for a missing license plate. When DuBose moves to get out of the car, Tensing immediately shoots him. Watch it: WARNING – GRAPHIC  Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters called the shooting “the most asinine thing I’ve ever seen a cop do” in his 30 years as a prosecutor, adding, “He should never have been a police officer.” Cincinnati’s police chief also said the video recording was “not good.” The indictment of Tensing is extremely unusual, even...

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What Walter Palmer Did Was Not Hunting

by ALAN PYKE – Two men will face charges in a Zimbabwe courtroom on Wednesday that they took bribes from an American dentist to guide him on an illegal hunt of a beloved local lion. But Walter Palmer, the Minneapolis dentist who shot the lion, faces no charges — and may have doomed hunters’ hopes to be seen as agents of conservation rather than destruction. Palmer’s killing of a male lion named Cecil might never have come to light were it not for the GPS collar the animal wore, which allowed academics at Oxford to track down the carcass and discover the hunters. Since then, the local outfitters who took Palmer on the hunt have been charged, and Palmer has released a statement laying full blame for the illegality of the hunt on his guides. The story has sparked vast outrage at Palmer and at trophy hunting more generally –...

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13 Climbers Suspended From Bridge Block Shell Oil Vessel From Heading to Arctic

By Stefanie Spear, EcoWatch – Thirteen Greenpeace activists have suspended themselves from St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon Wednesday morning to block a Shell Oil vessel — the MSV Fennica — from leaving port for Alaskan waters. The climbers have enough supplies to last several days, and are prepared to stay in Shell’s way as long as possible, according to Greenpeace. Last week, the Obama administration granted federal permits that clear the way for the oil company to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The company is only permitted to drill the top sections of its wells because it lacks the equipment to cap the wells in case of emergency. The ice breaker carrying the required capping stack for the wells, had been receiving repairs to its damaged hull in Portland and is now trying to leave the port. Once the Fennica is at Shell’s drill site, Shell can reapply for federal approval to drill...

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$40 Million More Reasons to Love Leonardo DiCaprio

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch – The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) raised a staggering $40 million to protect endangered species and help preserve the environment at the actor and environmentalist’s second annual fundraising gala in St. Tropez, France last Wednesday. “Tonight’s event is about supporting LDF’s efforts to protect key species like the tiger, rhino, shark and mountain gorilla by working with governments to conserve the jungles, coral reefs and forests they call home,” DiCaprio told his star-studded guests during his opening speech. “By focusing on protecting these critically endangered iconic species is almost like setting up a worldwide network of Noahs Arks. We’ve decimated our forests, wildlands, polluted and over fished our rivers and oceans; all the key ecosystems that not only serve as a home to our planet’s biodiversity, but also make life here for us possible. I’m incredibly proud to be part of a night that will allow us to do so much to protect the planet,”...

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