Going Native: To Move Forward, Indians Must Reclaim Values of the Past

On the Navajo Nation reservation, tribal member Alray Nelson has for years been campaigning for the right to marry his male partner. But current Navajo law, despite the tribe’s own history of acceptance, bans same-sex marriage. According to Nelson’s organization Diné...
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DNC: Fundraising woes tied to 2016 conspiracy

The Democratic National Committee, in a lawsuit filed Friday, blamed the party’s fundraising woes during the 2016 presidential race on an nefarious plot, engineered by the Trump campaign, Russian officials and WikiLeaks, to disrupt the election.Filed in federal court...
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DNC files lawsuit alleging Trump campaign, Russia conspired to influence 2016 election

The Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit Friday against the Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks, accusing them of plotting to tilt the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.The multimillion-dollar lawsuit, first reported by The Washington Post, claims...
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Cohen & Cohn, Fixers-At-Law – Progressive.org

Now that Donald Trump’s personal “lawyer” Michael Cohen is in a whole heap of trouble, each revelation may well outdo the last. By the time the various investigations into Trump and his orbit of grifters and thugs conclude, we’re going to see a lot more than old...
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Jim Himes says Mike Pompeo would be ‘good secretary of state’

Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut said Friday that CIA Director Mike Pompeo would make a good secretary of state, breaking with most of his fellow Democrats in the Senate who are lining up against President Trump’s pick to lead the department.“I said on TV the other day...
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Ed Markey: Donald Trump’s obsession with Russia probe reflected in James Comey’s memos

Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts said Friday that the Comey memos show how President Trump has been “obsessionally focused” on the probe into possible collusion between Russia and his 2016 campaign.“These documents just further flush out this intense effort, which...
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Ben Cardin: Mitch McConnell says he wants to protect Robert Mueller

A Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Friday that it is important that special counsel Robert Mueller can complete his investigation into potential ties between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 campaign without any interference from the White...
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Donald Trump dings ‘Shadey James Comey’ over ‘third rate book’

President Trump said Friday that former FBI Director James B. Comey should have never been allowed to write and cash in on a “third rate book,” saying the situation is un-American.Mr. Trump suggested a double standard has been applied to the way in which “Shadey James...
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Donald Trump pumped about addressing ‘GREAT’ Naval Academy graduating class

President Trump let the world know Friday that he is thrilled about the chance to speak at the Navy Academy commencement next month.“So exciting! I have agreed to be the Commencement Speaker at our GREAT Naval Academy on May 25th in Annapolis, Maryland,” Mr....
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Michael Cohen Is Starting to Feel Like Michael Clayton

“I’m the easiest part of your goddamn problem and you’re going to kill me? Don't you know who I am? I’m a fixer. I'm a bagman. I do everything from shoplifting housewives to bent Congressmen.” That was the climactic scene from the movie Michael Clayton, where George...
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Upside Down Blueberry Muffin

Classic blueberry muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go, but for a lazy breakfast or brunch, this upside down format presents the opportunity to grab a plate and slow down. It's served warm, with a thick layer of jammy fruit over a light and tender muffin base...
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The End of Policing – Progressive.org

Alex Vitale thinks we should radically rethink the role of police in our society. In his 2017 book, The End of Policing, the Brooklyn College sociologist argues that armed police perpetuate “the management of inequalities of race and class.” The crux of the problem,...
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Kushner Cos. subpoenaed by feds after AP report

NEW YORK (AP) — The Kushner Cos. confirmed Thursday it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to an Associated Press report that the company filed dozens of false documents about its buildings in New York City.The real estate company issued a...
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Earth Day 2018 – Progressive.org

I still have my slightly worn and yellowed copy of Earth Day - The Beginning : A Guide for Survival (compiled and edited by the National Staff of Environmental Action and published by Bantam Books in 1970 for the first Earth Day). I remember heading on April 22, 1970...
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Robert Mueller probe reporting sparks scathing press criticism

One constant in the government’s 23-month-old Trump-Russia inquisition is that people in the know — the investigators themselves — say there has been a rash of bogus news stories.No fewer than four who are deeply involved in the investigation have condemned the bad...
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Rudy Giuliani to join Donald Trump’s legal team ‘immediately’: Report

Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani is joining President Trump’s legal team handling the special-counsel probe, reportedly to “negotiate an end” to the probe, as are two other attorneys who specialize in challenging search warrants.Jay Sekulow, counsel to the...
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McCarthy dismisses push for vote on immigration bills

   Forcing the vote, using what's known as a discharge petition, would amount to a challenge to leadership. Still, it's one that more and more supporters of immigration reform seem to be comfortable with. While Denham said he has the numbers for a discharge petition,...
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Justice Department to provide James Comey memos to GOP lawmakers: Report

The Justice Department on Thursday sent Congress copies of the memos that former FBI Director James B. Comey wrote on his interactions with President Trump, moving to head off a looming subpoena from Capitol Hill.The memos show Mr. Trump, during a private dinner with...
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Donald Trump endorses Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee Senate race

President Trump endorsed Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn Thursday for a Senate seat in Tennessee in her race against former Democratic Gov. Phil Bedesen.On Twitter, the president said Mrs. Blackburn “is a wonderful woman who has always been there when we have needed...
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Donald Trump loses appeal to punish sanctuary cities

President Trump lost another round in his legal battle over sanctuary cities Thursday as a federal appeals court ruled that he could not force localities to let deportation officers into their prisons and jails to go after illegal immigrants.The administration...
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Former Obama officials blast Mike Pompeo in social-media ads

A political action group run by former Obama administration officials and insiders from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign launched a series of digital ads slamming CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to be secretary of state Thursday, adding fuel to an...
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Andrew McCabe criminal referral sent to U.S. Attorney

The Justice Department inspector general has referred former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s case to federal prosecutors to decide whether to bring a criminal case against him, his attorney said Thursday.The decision represents serious legal trouble for Mr. McCabe...
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Donald Trump slams California Gov. Brown for sending ‘do-nothing’ National Guard to border

President Trump said Thursday that he wouldn’t pay for the California National Guard to join his deployment to the border, saying Gov. Jerry Brown’s restrictions meant the troops would “do nothing.”Hours later the Pentagon undercut Mr. Trump, telling California that...
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Michael Cohen drops ‘Steele dossier’ lawsuits against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS

President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen withdrew a pair of defamation lawsuits Wednesday against BuzzFeed and the opposition research firm Fusion GPS over the controversial Steele dossier.Mr. Cohen had sued for libel, but he decided to pull the lawsuits...
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Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group, hopes Donald Trump rethinks trade stance

The head of a Koch-backed conservative group said Thursday he is hopeful that President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric on trade won’t ultimately be reflected in his actions.Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips said he was happy to hear Mr. Trump flirt last...
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David Cicilline warns Trump meeting with Kim Jong-un ‘may not be historic in a good way’

A Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Thursday the stakes will be “very high” if President Trump follows through with his plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.“There was a reason that prior presidents had rejected the idea of...
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Trump, Foxconn Deal to Heat up Self-Defeating War Between States

In recent years, the fifty states have been engaged in a self-defeating competition to woo businesses through incentive packages, an endeavor that has siphoned huge sums—variously estimated at $80 billion to $110 billion—out of public budgets and into corporate...
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Kyrsten Sinema, Dem candidate, leads in Arizona Senate race: Poll

Republicans are going to be playing catch-up as they try to keep Arizona’s Senate seat red this year, according to a new poll Thursday that shows Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the likely Democratic nominee, ahead of all three major GOP rivals.And President Trump is a major...
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Top LGBT group targets Pence in new campaign

The nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization is launching a campaign effort to “expose” Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceFamily, friends mourn death of Barbara Bush Gay pride festival in Pence's hometown draws more than 2k attendees: report...
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Donald Trump downplays rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership, seeks greater trade with Japan

President Trump’s flirtation with the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal lasted one week.After trade talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mr. Trump said Wednesday night that reports of his plans to rejoin the TPP were wrong.“I don’t want to go back...
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Bob Corker ‘not sure’ Donald Trump will seek re-election

Sen. Bob Corker said Thursday he is “definitely not sure” that President Trump is running for re-election and said he would want to know who else is in the field before he weighs in on the 2020 presidential race.“Whether the president runs again I think is very...
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Elizabeth Warren and Elijah Cummings seek $100 billion to fight opioid epidemic

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland teamed up Thursday on a proposal that calls on Congress to invested $100 billion to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic over the next decade.The two Democrats said it is time to tackle the...
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Jon Tester targeted, attacked in Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity ads

Americans for Prosperity is bankrolling television and digital attack ads against Sen. Jon Tester, dinging the Democrat over his support for Obamacare and accusing him of being too partisan on health care.The Hill website reported that the group, which is backed...
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Ron Johnson refuses to say whether he will support Donald Trump in 2020

Sen. Ron Johnson said Thursday it is too soon to say whether he will support President Trump for re-election, brushing aside the inquiry as a “gotcha question.”The Wisconsin Republican said the media is way too fixated on the 2020 election and that he is more focused...
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Ted Cruz locked in tight re-election race against Beto O’Rourke: Poll

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas finds himself locked in a tight re-election race against Democrat Beto O’Rourke, according to a new survey.A Quinnipiac University poll found that Mr. Cruz, who is running for a second term, holds a 47 percent to 44 percent lead over...
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Donald Trump’s allies warn that Michael Cohen could cave if charged: Report

President Trump’s allies are advising him to recognize that his personal lawyer Michael Cohen could flip against him if charged with wrongdoing.The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Mr. Trump’s former lawyer Jay Goldberg sounded the alarm, telling the...
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Foreign Correspondent: The Truth Behind the Bombardment of Syria

In 1998, al Qaeda killed 224 people when it attacked U.S. embassies in east Africa. In retaliation, President Bill Clinton ordered a missile strike against what he described as an al Qaeda nerve gas factory in Sudan. For years, he insisted that the attack had dealt a...
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Andrew McCabe discipline sought by lawmakers, Transparency Project

A legal watchdog filed a bar grievance against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Wednesday while conservative members of Congress, accusing him of lying under oath, referred him to the Justice Department for criminal charges.The calls for discipline came...
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Bob Goodlatte to subpoena James Comey memos

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is preparing to issue a subpoena to force the Justice Department to turn over former FBI Director James B. Comey’s memos that he wrote — and then had leaked — detailing his interactions with President Trump.Rep. Jerrold...
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House passes series of bills to improve IRS

The House on Wednesday easily passed bipartisan legislation designed to modernize the IRS by improving the agency’s customer service and information technology.The votes came on the same day as the IRS’s new deadline for taxpayers to file their 2017 returns. The...
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IRS overhaul passed by House

The House moved Wednesday to force an overhaul on the IRS, voting to press the tax collection agency to become more customer-friendly — just a day after the agency suffered a deeply embarrassing computer outage on the day taxes were due.The IRS said it got the systems...
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Kris Kobach found in contempt of court in voting case

A federal judge ruled Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt of court Wednesday, saying he misled election officials and voters despite the court’s orders laying out notices he was supposed to send to them about voting status.U.S. District Judge Julie A....
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Senate Dems propose Medicare buy-in bill

A pair of Senate Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that allows many Americans to buy into the Medicare program that’s currently limited to seniors and people with disabilities.Sens. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Jeff Merkley of Oregon said the Choose Medicare...
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Richard Blumenthal: Judiciary Committee pushing bill to protect Robert Mueller

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday the Senate is working on a bill to prevent President Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller.“The latest draft will probably be voted within the next 10 days by the Judiciary Committee. We are working hard to resolve all...
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Tom Steyer endorses Kevin de Leon over Dianne Feinstein: Report

Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmentalist, is endorsing California state Sen. Kevin de Leon’s primary bid against Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.Mr. Steyer, who’s flirted with his own political run at times, told the...
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From Oklahoma Teachers, Lessons for Progressives

The Oklahoma teachers’ nine-day walkout ended on April 12 without resolution, and there are fears that the unity behind the school shutdowns will be lost. Nevertheless, the solidarity on display has been historic, providing a valuable lesson in the political power...
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James Comey says he’s not a Republican anymore

Former FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday that he no longer considers himself a Republican.“I just think they’ve lost their way, and I can’t be associated with it,” Mr. Comey said on ABC News podcast “Start Here.”Mr. Comey attributed the change in the party to...
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In Starbucks While Black – Progressive.org

The arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks demonstrates that racism in policing, and in daily life, is still an urgent problem in America. On April 12, a Starbucks employee called the police to report the two men for “refusing to make a purchase or...
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Bob Corker won’t campaign against Democrat in Tennessee Senate race

Retiring GOP Sen. Bob Corker had some unusually warm words for the Democrat running for his job in November, saying Wednesday he would not campaign against former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen this fall.In one of the pivotal races for control of the Senate, Mr. Corker...
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George W. Bush says his mother Barbara Bush did not fear death; he also talks on trade, Russia

Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, did not fear death and was “strong” until her death late Tuesday.“She truly believes that there’s an afterlife,” Mr. Bush said on Fox Business about his mother.“Laura and I...
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Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

The classic green bean casserole gets veganized in this recipe, in which a silky cauliflower purée stands in for the creamy base of the typical mushroom soup. As with most casseroles, you can assemble this one a day ahead and bake just before serving; fry the onions...

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Upside Down Blueberry Muffin

Upside Down Blueberry Muffin

Classic blueberry muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go, but for a lazy breakfast or brunch, this upside down format presents the opportunity to grab a plate and slow down. It's served warm, with a thick layer of jammy fruit over a light and tender muffin base...

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