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Siwatu-Salama Ra, a black mother and environmental activist from Detroit, is in prison for showing her licensed, unloaded and concealed firearm while defending ...her family during a frightening attack. She now faces a two-year mandatory sentence and may be forced to give birth behind bars—in shackles.

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Activists across the country are calling for Siwatu's release and demanding she not be forced to give birth while in prison.
democracynow.org

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2013 took action designed to protect minority car buyers from discriminatory loan terms. Congress is using a new tactic to change those rules — and could do the same with thousands of other regulations it dislikes.

The measure, which now heads to the House, would roll back federal policies aimed at protecting minority buyers from discriminatory loan terms. The vote could lead to the rollback of other rules.
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In the seats behind her, passengers sent goodbye text messages, tightened oxygen masks around their faces and braced for impact. But Capt. Tammie Jo Shults was in control.

Passengers hailed Captain Shults as a hero after an engine exploded on Flight 1380. She started out as one of the first female fighter jet pilots in the Navy.
nytimes.com

The GOP tax bill is now even less popular; only 27% think it's a good idea. Most people foresee higher deficits and most benefits going to the wealthy and corporations.

The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that the tax cuts, never broadly popular, have sagged in public esteem lately.
cnbc.com

The United States and United Kingdom issued a joint alert Monday blaming Russia for mounting global cyberattacks on devices and networks that control internet traffic, potentially affecting millions of machines.

"It is a tremendous weapon in the hands of an adversary," said Rob Joyce, White House cybersecurity coordinator.
politico.com

Last week the state of Michigan approved a controversial permit to allow Nestlé, the largest water bottling company in the world, to expand its operations in th...e state. In 2016, we went to Michigan and spoke with a group of women who have been engaging in a legal battle against the company for years:

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In Mecosta County, Nestlé is not really required to pay anything to extract the water, besides a small permitting fee and the cost of a lease to a private landowner.
democracynow.org

This POS governor deliberately underfunds Kentucky public school students and districts by tens of millions of dollars and then has the gall to castigate educators striking to demand better for their students?

#fightforfunding

"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them."
wcpo.com

His departure followed reports on Friday afternoon that in 2017, President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen had negotiated a $1.6 million payment on Broidy’s behalf to a Playboy Playmate who said that Broidy had impregnated her.

GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy has stepped down as Republican National Committee deputy finance chair.
politico.com

"Do you believe that Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided?" Sen. Richard Blumenthal asked Wendy Vitter.

"I don’t mean to be coy, but I think I get ...into a difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with," Vitter said.

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Federal judicial nominee Wendy Vitter's refusal to say the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board ruling was correct has gone viral.
pbs.org

In in a historic move, Marine Corps Col. Lorna Mahlock has been nominated to serve as the first black female brigadier general

At his cabinet meeting today, President Trump said a wall on the US-Mexico border "will stop your drug flow." As we have written, most illegal drugs pass undetected through legal ports of entry.

President Donald Trump says that his proposed wall along the Mexico border "will stop much of the drugs from pouring into this country." We cannot predict the future, but the fact is that most illicit drugs pass undetected through legal ports of entry.
factcheck.org

This headline 🔥

We couldn't agree more. #NoKXL

There is no reason for anyone to believe anything TransCanada says about its death-funnel.
esquire.com

Scientists say the federal government's stance on medical marijuana prevents them from conducting research required for FDA approval.

Suffering Americans seek medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids and other powerful pharmaceuticals. Though legal in 29 states, doctors say the lack of strong data make it hard to recommend.
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"There's been A LOT of lying." Shep Smith has spent *a lot* of time calling out lies from Trump and from his own network. Good for him.