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How one attorney forces police chiefs to reinstate the officers they fire 24.11.2017 Washington Post
Florida labor attorney Gene Gibbons has helped more than 22 officers win back their jobs in the past eight years by capitalizing on the mistakes in a department’s case, no matter how severe the alleged misconduct.
Woman killed when car strikes concrete barrier and bursts into flame on I-25 23.11.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
A woman was killed Wednesday night on northbound Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs when her car veered off the right side of the highway and slammed into a concrete barrier, igniting a fire that engulfed the car.
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Antoine Griezmann repays Diego Simeone’s faith by ending goal drought 23.11.2017 Sports – The Indian Express
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India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli signals team win over personal accolades 22.11.2017 Sports – The Indian Express
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Afghan leaders in Helmand criticize U.S. airstrikes on Taliban drug labs 22.11.2017 Washington Post
Afghan leaders in Helmand criticize U.S. airstrikes on Taliban drug labs
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US Military No Longer Cool With Narcotics Labs in Afghanistan, Bombs Them 21.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
An Afghan policeman decorates himself with opium plants as he destroys the crop, on a farm on March 14, 2013, in Babaji village-Helmand Province, southeast Afghanistan. (Photo: Majid Saeedi / Getty Images) The US Commander in Afghanistan announced several airstrikes on Sunday against opium production facilities, marking a shift in the Pentagon's approach toward the booming illicit drug industry in the country. Army Gen. John Nicholson reported that roughly ten opium laboratories in the Northern Helmand province were destroyed in the barrage. The purported aim of the strikes was to cut off Taliban insurgents' revenue streams. The Washington Post noted the assault was the "first significant use" of new authorities President Trump bestowed upon the Pentagon, giving military commanders more latitude in targeting decisions. Nicholson added that more strikes against Afghanistan's opium network "will continue." The Drug Enforcement Administration reports there are as many as 400 to 500 such facilities across ...
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Damning New Report Shows US Airstrikes in Iraq Killing Civilians Amount to 31 Times the Pentagon's Count 21.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
We spend the hour looking at a damning new report that reveals how US-led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq have killed far more civilians than officials have acknowledged. The coalition's own data shows 89 of its more than 14,000 airstrikes in Iraq have resulted in civilian deaths, or about one of every 157 strikes. But their an on-the-ground investigation by The New York Times magazine found civilian deaths in "one out of every five" strikes. We are joined by the two reporters who co-authored this investigation titled "The Uncounted." Azmat Khan is an investigative journalist and a Future of War fellow at New America and Arizona State University; and Anand Gopal is a reporter and an assistant research professor at Arizona State University. A civilian survivor who lost his family and home to a 2015 US airstrike in Mosul, Basim Razzo, also joins us from Erbil, Iraq. Please check back later for full ...
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Experts Warn It Would Take More Than One General to Thwart "Illegal" Nuclear Strike 21.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
While a top US nuclear military commander made global headlines over the weekend after he stated plainly on Saturday that he would resist any order from President Donald Trump that he deemed "illegal," including an unlawful directive to carry out a nuclear strike, experts warn that individual objections such as that could be overcome by a commander-in-chief determined to launch an attack. Speaking at a security convention in Nova Scotia, Canada, Gen. John Hyten, head of US Strategic Command, said that his role in the event of the president ordering a nuclear strike would be to offer both strategic and legal guidance, but that he would not betray the laws of war simply because Trump ordered it. "I provide advice to the President," Hyten answered when asked how he would respond to a nuclear attack being ordered. "He'll tell me what to do, and if it's illegal, guess what's going to happen? I'm gonna say, 'Mr. President, that's illegal.' Guess what he's going to do? He's going to say, 'What would be legal?' ...
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We Saw Puerto Rico's Struggle to Survive 21.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The current political climate is hostile to real accountability. Help us keep lawmakers and corporations in check -- support the independent journalism at Truthout today! Almost two months after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, the island is adjusting to a new reality. As one activist we met put it, Hurricane Maria ripped the leaves off the trees -- and also ripped away the thin veil that barely concealed widespread poverty and immiseration. The first few weeks after the storm were a period in which people worked just to ensure the safety of their families, comrades and loved ones, using alternative methods of communication to reach people in different areas. With very little support from the government, people pooled their resources to clean out their homes and try to salvage what was salvageable. As of mid-November , about two-thirds of the island's residents remained without electricity. Although authorities are promising to restore power to 95 percent of residents by mid-December, attempts to ...
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Workers who depict Pilgrims seek better pay, job security 21.11.2017 AP National
BOSTON (AP) -- Workers at a Massachusetts living history museum that depicts 17th century life at the time of the Pilgrims are asking to be treated by 21st century standards....
U.S. begins bombing Taliban drug labs as Trump’s Afghanistan strategy takes hold 21.11.2017 Washington Post: World
The strikes marked the “first significant use” of legal authorities granted by the Trump administration that will allow the Pentagon to target Taliban revenue streams.
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Memo to Trump: The military will not follow illegal orders 20.11.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Memo to Trump: The military will not follow illegal orders
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Mismanagement, Fraud and Worker Abuse at Charter Schools Are Driving School Staff to Unionize 20.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Unionized teachers with ASPIRA charter school network rally outside an ASPIRA high school to convince the company's management to come to terms on a contract on March 9, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images) Charter school teachers and staff are increasingly seeking union representation. Issues such as job security, salary, benefits and decent working hours have been catalysts driving collective bargaining efforts. Pro-union workers also want a larger say in decisions impacting school management and measures of student learning. Unionized teachers with ASPIRA charter school network rally outside an ASPIRA high school to convince the company's management to come to terms on a contract on March 9, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images) Grassroots, not-for-profit news is rare -- and Truthout's very existence depends on donations from readers. Will you help us publish more stories like this one? Make a one-time or monthly donation by clicking here. Nearly 30 ...
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The Trump Doctrine: Making Nuclear Weapons Usable Again 20.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Where do you turn for news and analysis you can rely on? If the answer is Truthout, then please support our mission by making a tax-deductible donation! Maybe you thought America's nuclear arsenal, with its thousands of city-busting, potentially civilization-destroying thermonuclear warheads, was plenty big enough to deter any imaginable adversary from attacking the US with nukes of their own. Well, it turns out you were wrong. The Pentagon has been fretting that the arsenal is insufficiently intimidating.  After all -- so the argument goes -- it's filled with old (possibly unreliable) weapons of such catastrophically destructive power that maybe, just maybe, even President Trump might be reluctant to use them if an enemy employed smaller, less catastrophic nukes on some future battlefield.  Accordingly, US war planners and weapons manufacturers have set out to make that arsenal more "usable" in order to give the president additional nuclear "options" on any future battlefield.  (If you're not already ...
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This Is Just How Badly Scott Walker Has Decimated Public Schools in Wisconsin 20.11.2017 Mother Jones
In the six years since Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed the union-busting Act 10, which curtailed collective bargaining rights for public employees, the state’s labor movement has been decimated. Wisconsin was once a leader in organized labor, but its share of workers belonging to unions plummeted from 14.2 percent in 2010 to 8.1 percent in 2016. In 2015, the […]
Imagining a New Social Order: Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin in Conversation 19.11.2017
Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin discuss how the left can save the US from neoliberal excesses. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) In a time of deep political, social and economic uncertainty for everyone (except the ultra-rich), Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin provide some theoretical and practical guidance for the left. This Truthout interview is an effort to help reimagine a realistic social order in an age when the old order is dying but the new has yet to be born. Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin discuss how the left can save the US from neoliberal excesses. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and fund more stories like it! We live in an age of illegitimate neoliberal hegemony and soaring political uncertainty. The evidence is all around: citizen disillusionment over mainstream political parties and the traditional conservative-liberal divide, massive inequality, ...
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Trump era sparks new debate about nuclear war authority 19.11.2017 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's hard to overstate how thoroughly the U.S. military has prepared for doomsday - the day America gets into a nuclear shooting war....
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Kings strike down the Panthers 4-0 to end four-game losing streak 19.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Johnny Brodzinski scored his first NHL goal, and Andy Adreoff scored his first of the season to lead the Kings to a 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Backup Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 shots for the Kings for his eighth career shutout and first since Jan. 21, 2016, with Minnesota.


Confronting Zero Tolerance in the Workplace 18.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. Bosses are in love with zero tolerance policies. One arbitrator calls them "the last refuge of weak managers." Zero tolerance policies authorize employers to discharge workers who commit specified infractions without consideration of the surrounding circumstances, length of service, or the employee's lack of prior discipline. Unfair Punishment Zero tolerance policies often lead to grossly unfair punishments. An employee is dismissed for fighting because she grabs the hand of a co-worker who strikes her without reason. A worker with an unblemished record is fired because he tests positive on a random marijuana screening. A driver with an outstanding safety history is terminated because she scratches her truck in a narrow enclosure. When a union challenges a zero tolerance policy, the employer often refers to contractual language giving it the right to issue "reasonable" rules and regulations. Zero ...
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Is the Trump Administration Planning a First Strike on North Korea? 18.11.2017
Protesters gather to ask President Donald Trump to stop his drive to war against North Korea on August 14, 2017, in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images) While the Trump administration's threats of a preemptive strike against North Korea may be viewed as an elaborate, albeit crude, attempt at psychological warfare, some fear that a desperate desire to coerce Pyongyang may give rise to wishful thinking about deterring that regime's response to a US first strike. Such delusions, as recent history proves, could lead to yet another unnecessary and terrible war. Protesters gather to ask President Donald Trump to stop his drive to war against North Korea on August 14, 2017, in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images) With everything going on in the White House, the media must maintain relentless pressure on the Trump administration. Can you support Truthout in this endeavor? Click here to donate. Ever since the Trump administration began a few months ago to threaten a first strike ...
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