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Warren falls behind in Iowa but wins coveted newspaper endorsement

Des Moines Register names Warren the president this nation needs asSanders emerges frontrunner in Iowa and New Hampshire 2020 nomination voting states this weekend, Iowa and New Hampshire, according to the latest polls but @ewarrens competence, respect for others and status as the nations first female president would be a fitting response to the ignorance, sexism and xenophobia of the Trump Oval Office, the Registers editorial board writes. https://t.co/hLkImNiU2a surging Bernie Sanders, the original ultra-progressive in his runs for the White House in 2016 and 2020 elections, topped a new…

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Whitewashed: how gentrification continues to erase LA’s bold murals

Tensions over disappearing artwork in one of LAs hottest neighborhoods reflect anxiety over rapid change and soaring property prices Kathy Gallegos remembers the first time she saw John Zender Estradas striking mural of an Aztec warrior flanked by two eagles. She was parking behind a music venue in Highland Park, a heavily Latino working-class neighborhood northeast of downtown Los Angeles, and couldnt help noticing the bold imagery of a piece that Zender had painted in the wake of the 1992 riots to urge ordinary Angelenos to resist violence with peace.…

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Trumps is the third impeachment in US history and no case has been stronger | Jonathan Freedland

In contrast with Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, no chicanery was needed to ensnare Trump. He brought this on himself, says Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland The trial of Donald Trump, which opens in earnest on Tuesday, is the sworn an oath to do impartial justice according to the constitution and laws echo the vocabulary of the accused and blithely dismiss the whole business as a hoax or witch-hunt. Theyre wrong because Trumps is the standout case in a category of notoriety that is already vanishingly small. Andrew Johnson was the…

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Inside the US prison where inmates ‘begged for their lives’ amid days of violence

In a system marked by racism and neglect, five inmates died this month. Prisoners and families demand urgent reform People were begging for their lives as they were stabbed, said Kelly Mallett, as his gaze drifted. There were fires being set. Trash everywhere. Rats. Roaches. It was just total chaos. The 44-year-old is a former inmate at Mississippis crumbling state penitentiary at Parchman, part of a sprawling, century-old prison farm complex in the north of the state. He had only been free for two days and was the first eyewitness…

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California’s wildfire risk keeps getting worse. Now a decade of blackouts lie ahead

The states 2019 fire season was relatively mild, but included nine public safety power shutoffs. Is it making the system safer? In 2019, millions of Californians experienced a wildfire safety blackout, some for nearly a week at a time, as the troubled utility company Pacific Gas & Electric and other investor-owned utilities grappled with replacing one devastating disaster with another, comparatively manageable one. 2019 was not an anomaly, but the beginning of a new way of life for many California residents. While de-energization for fire safety has been state policy…

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Golden Globes: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler follow Ricky Gervais as hosts

Poehler poses as NBC publicist to make announcement after British comedian caused controversy with monologue Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/jan/11/golden-globes-tina-fey-amy-poehler-ricky-gervais-hosts

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Mike Bloomberg to run $10m Super Bowl campaign ad targeting Trump

Bloomberg campaign says 60-second ad will get under Trumps skin, in show of financial force rarely seen in presidential politics Former New York mayor and 2020 Democratic hopeful Mike Bloomberg has secured a 60-second spot during Februarys Super Bowl in Miami a slot that will run a 30-second ad during the 11 February game. The biggest point is getting under Trumps skin, said Michael Frazier, a spokesman for the Bloomberg campaign, told the New York Times. The Super Bowl ad represents a show of financial strength rarely seen in presidential…

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US begins sending asylum seekers in Arizona back to Mexico

In expansion of Remain in Mexico program, authorities are moving some migrants to Nogales, Mexico, 350 miles from court hearings The US government has started sending asylum seekers back to Nogales, Mexico, to await court hearings that will be scheduled roughly 350 miles (563 kilometers) away in Ciudad Jurez. Authorities are expanding a program known as Remain in Mexico that one of several Trump administration policies that have all but ended asylum in the U Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/02/us-asylum-seekers-mexico-arizona-remain

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The only way to fight antisemitism is solidarity and compassion not division | Joshua Leifer

Hate attacks are proof that antisemitism is alive and well. But fearmongering and regressive policing are not the answer As the year draws to a close, the air in Brooklyn feels heavy. A spate of antisemitic attacks on Orthodox Jews opened fire on a kosher grocery in Jersey City, killing Mindel Ferencz and Moshe Deutsch, both Hasidic Jews, and Miguel Douglas Rodriguez. The period beginning with the October 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 Jews were killed as they prayed, has seen antisemitic violence…

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American Dream: can this giant New Jersey mega-mall revive US retail?

The owners of a massive new shopping complex are convinced of success. But has Americas once-great retail format simply had its day? On a dreary Tuesday morning shortly before Christmas, two passengers boarded the 9.30am 355 bus from New Yorks Port Authority bus terminal bound for American Dream, the most ambitious new mall to be built in the US in a generation. One was a mall worker who didnt want to talk to the media; the other was me. Depending on who you speak to, American Dream, the optimistically named…

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Why did this US governor pardon child rapists and brutal killers?

Matt Bevin has horrified opponents and allies alike with a slew of extreme pardons that also disproportionately benefited white offenders In May 2014, Patrick Baker and two accomplices set out to rob a house in Knox county, Kentucky. Baker knew the hardest part of the home invasion would be getting past the front door, so he devised a plan to dress up as police officers conducting a routine investigation. Once inside the Mills family home, Baker revealed his true colours. He tied up the mother of the family, ignoring the…

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Top Trump adviser: Republicans have ‘always’ relied on voter suppression

Adviser Justin Clark, who was heard on tape saying Traditionally, its always been Republicans suppressing votes, says remarks were taken out of context One of Wisconsin that the party has traditionally relied on news that a conservative group is forcing 2020 election. And it came as the latest fund-raising totals showed that the Republican National Committee, spurred by aggressive anti-reported. Justin Clark, a senior political adviser and senior counsel to Trumps re-election campaign, made the remarks about voter suppression on November 21 as part of a wide-ranging discussion about strategies…

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Man with the money: Democrats cry foul as Bloomberg splashes the cash

The billionaire is controversially dodging the early voting states amid a $100m ad blitz but some see a wider boost for the party House Democrats received some welcome news on Wednesday: Michael Bloomberg was coming to their rescue once again. The former New York mayor announced he would spend $10m to protect vulnerable congressmen and women who have been on the receiving end of Republican attacks over their support for the impeachment inquiry. Coming a little over a year after Democrats took back the House, partly thanks to a $100m…

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Harry Dunn’s mother ‘distraught’ after suspect filmed driving in US

Footage of Anne Sacoolas, who returned to the US after the crash that killed British teenager, angers parents Harry Dunns mother has said she is distraught after the American suspect in the crash that killed the teenager was filmed back behind the wheel. Dunn, 19, died after his motorbike after Northamptonshire police interviewed Sacoolas in the US. Chief crown prosecutor Janine Smith has previously said she will meet Harrys family once a charging decision has been made. But the family has spoken of their frustration at the length of time…

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‘Amazing deal’ or ‘capitulation’? Why the US-China trade truce may not last

Donald Trump hailed the agreement, but others think it masks a process of deglobalisation as the two superpowers struggle for hegemony The trade war between the US and China may never be settled, experts fear, even after the two sides agreed on an outline phase one deal. Economists and investors have been poring over agreement would also require China to make structural reforms and other changes to its economic and trade regime in the areas of intellectual property, technology transfer, agriculture, financial services, and currency and foreign exchange. In exchange,…

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