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World's Scientists Issue Second "Warning to Humanity"
(William J. Ripple, Christopher Wolf, Thomas M. Newsmen, Mauro Galetti, Mohammed Alamgir, Eileen Crist, Mahmoud I. Mahmoud, William F. Laurance / BioScience / The American Institute of Biological Sciences)

Since 1992 -- with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer -- humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in solving our major environmental challenges. Most are getting far worse. In this paper, a team of leading scientists examine the troubling trends over the last 25 years and suggest possible remedies. The article has received support from more than 15,000 signatories from all ends of the Earth -- the most scientists to ever co-sign and formally support a published journal article.

Warning: Climate Change Threatens Mass Extinction of Life in Pacific
(Sydney Pereira / Newsweek & Mac Slavo / SHTFPlan.com)

According to an alarming study published in the Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program in Marine Policy, Pacific Island nations -- surrounded by the warmest waters of the global ocean -- are expected to lose 50 to 80 percent of fish species by the end of the century. Meanwhile, the Gulf of Alaska cod populations appear to have taken a nose-dive -- the "worst they've ever seen." The warming water, which has spread to depths of more than 1,000 feet, "hit the cod like a kind of a double-whammy."

Weathering the Heat: The Desertification of Northern California
(Alastair Bland / The East Bay Express)

In 2003, Europe sweltered in 100-degreeheat that killed between 35,000 and possibly 70,000 people. Seven years later, a similar hot spell killed 55,000 people in Russia. Five years later, record heat killed more than 2,000 people in India and Pakistan. In the decades ahead, as temperatures rise and droughts intensify, Northern California's climate, vegetation, and wildlife may begin to look more like Southern California does today.

Noam Chomsky: Trump Represents Severe Threats to "Organized Human Life"
(Lucien Crowder and Noam Chomsky / Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)

Noam Chomsky, a noted linguist and a pointed criticic of US foreign policy speaks with Bulletin of Atomic Scientist's senior editor Lucien Crowder about the Trump administration's policies on climate change, nuclear modernization, North Korea, and Iran -- and about an intensification of "the extremely severe threats that all of us face." According to Chomsky, the US, under Trump and the Republican Party, is racing toward disaster.

Pentagon Declares US Troops Will Stay in Syria, Occupying Bases in Violation of Syrian and International Law
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Mark Katkov / NPR & Vanessa Beeley / 21st Century Wire)

The US is flaunting international law: first, by invading Syria and second, by building at least 10 "permanent" military bases inside the very country the US has been punishing for more than six years -- via economic, media, and armed military attacks. Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies are demanding the US leave Syria while "the lawlessness of the US hegemon threatens to engulf the region in sectarian conflict thanks to Washington's Machiavellian meddling in a sovereign nation's affairs on almost every front."

Investigation Reveals US-Led Bombings in Iraq Kill 31 Times More Civilians Than Reported
(Jessica Corbett / Common Dreams)

New York Times reporters looking into the Pentagon's role in civilian deaths inside Iraq have uncovered a "consistent failure by the coalition to investigate claims properly or to keep records that make it possible to investigate." The Times concludes the Pentagon's accounting of war crimes may have made the Global War on Terror "the least transparent war in recent American history."

Stop The Malignant Misuse of America's Military
(Daniel L. Davis / BreakingDefense)

Commenetary: There are two key ways the faulty use of combat power abroad continues to deteriorate our security. The US Constitution decrees that Congress alone has the power to declare war but today the Executive branch has assumed virtually sole discretion for the deployment of the military. The second and more troubling misuse of the military involve the missions they are given to execute.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump from Gutting Climate Efforts, Clean Car Standards, Solar Energy, Net Energy Metering, Solar Roofs . . .
(Union of Concerned Scientists & NRDC & Rainforest Action Network & Food and Water Watch)

Tell Scott Pruitt to do his job to protect our health and stop ignoring the growing risks from climate change. Push back against Trump's efforts to kill clean car standards that would double the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks. Pressure two of the biggest banks on Wall St. -- JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo -- to say NO to the Keystone XL pipeline. Bombard Trump's Department of Energy with support for solar power.

Oil Spills: On the Ground and in the GOP Tax Bill
(Yessenia Funes / Earther & Mayra Cuevas and Steve Almasy / CNN)

A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota. This is the largest Keystone oil spill to date and comes just days before Nebraska officials will announce a decision on whether the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline can move forward. Meanwhile, in the Senate, the GOP has added a clause to its tax bill to allow oil and gas drilling in the 19-million acre Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

Crimes Against Humanity: How a Single US Airstrike Devastated a Family in Mosul
(Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal / The New York Times)

How a single US airstrike in Mosul devastated the lives of an innocent Iraqi family. When Basim asked who in his home survived, he was told: nobody. The blast killed Mayada and Tuqa instantly. A second strike hit next door, and Mohannad and Najib were also dead. Only Azza, Najib's mother, was alive, because the explosion had flung her through a second-story window. Not a single person in Iraq or Syria has received a condolence payment for a civilian death since the war Against ISIS began in 2014.

Nothing Patriotic or Conservative About Our Bloated Defense Budget
(Hon. John J. Duncan, Jr. / US House of Representatives)

Commentary: It seems that the Defense Department is just like every other gigantic bureaucracy. When it comes to money, the refrain is always "more, more, more." Defense Department appropriations have more than doubled since 2000. On November 14, the House passed what one Capitol Hill paper described as a "$700 billion compromise defense bill." It was $80 billion over the budget caps and many billions more than even President Trump had requested.

ACTION ALERT: New Film on Jane Goodall; New Campaign to Save Orangutans from PepsiCo
(Rainforest Action Network & Gar Smith / Berkeley Daily Planet)

Every year, thousands of acres of rainforests in Indonesia are burned to make way for palm oil plantations. The oil is used in major brand products including those from snack food giant PepsiCo. As the forests go up in flames, and the smoke enters the sky, hope fades for the survival of orangutans. Help us convince PepsiCo to stop its part in this destruction. And look for a stunning new film on the life and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. It has been called "the greatest documentary of the year."

Shadow World: Exposing the Reach of the Global Arms Trade
(Johan Grimonprez / Independent Lens @ PBS / Premieres on November 20, 2017)

From Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama, from Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair, "Shadow World" -- a new PBS documentary -- reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade. The film explores how governments, their militaries and intelligence agencies, defense contractors, arms dealers and agents are inextricably intertwined with the international trade in weapons, and how that trade fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracies and creates human suffering.

No Thanksgiving for Yemen: Instead, It's Megadeaths From America
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News )

As Americans get ready for Thanksgiving 2017 over-eating, their government is on the verge of successfully starving millions of Yemenis to death by siege warfare. The US naval blockade of Yemen has been unrelenting since March 2015. The US Navy is an essential element of this perpetual war crime, this endless assault on a civilian population of about 25 million. This is the kind of collective punishment of innocents that we once put Nazis on trial for at Nuremberg.

Climate Change Threatens Natural Treasures

Climate change imperils one in four natural World Heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands -- nearly double the number from just three years ago, a report has said. Released during the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, the study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature stated that the number of sites at risk has grown to 62 from 35 in 2014.

Trump-frackers Target Nevada Wilderness and the Arctic Wildlife Refuge
(Center for Biological Diversity / EcoWatch & Nation of Change & Chris D'Angelo / The Huffington Post)

Three conservation groups filed an administrative protest Monday against an enormous Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction, scheduled for Dec. 12, that would allow fracking on more than 600 square miles of Nevada public lands. The protest says the BLM has violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act by failing to analyze the risks of drilling for oil and fracking with dangerous chemicals on such a massive scale.

Why Are We in Niger?
(Hon. Barbara Lee / US House of Representatives)

On October 4th, four US Army soldiers were killed in an Ambush in Niger. Yet Congress has been left in the dark about why the US military is stationed there in the first place. At a minimum, we should have a basic understanding of the missions we are asking our service members to risk their lives for. That's why Representative Barbara Lee is demanding that Congress reclaim its constitutional responsibility to debate and vote on the use of military force.

Massive Overkill: Brought to You by the Nuclear-industrial Complex
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & William D. Hartung / TomDispatch)

Commentary: When it comes to the art of the deal, at least where arms sales are concerned, American presidents, their administrations, and the Pentagon have long been Trumpian in nature. In 2015, for instance, the US once again took the top spot in global weapons sales, $40 billion dollars of them, or a staggering 50.2% of the world market. Until recently, few of us woke up worrying about the threat of nuclear war. But give Donald Trump credit. When it comes to nukes, he's gotten our attention.

Top 10 Ways to Stop Trump Nuking Anybody
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org)

Commentary: On Tuesday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on whether Trump can just up and nuke people or not. The hand-picked witnesses, all former military, all said there was some chance that if Trump ordered a nuking, somebody might refuse to carry out the order. On what grounds? No witness or Senator ever mentioned the illegality of war under the UN Charter or the Kellogg-Briand Pact. Gere are some other possible approaches.

ACTION ALERT: Tweeting the Apocalypse. Trump's Flirtation with Nuclear War
(Will Fischer / Vote Vets & CREDO Action & Tom McKay / Gizmodo & Japan Times)

"If Donald Trump decides to initiate an attack on North Korea, even with a nuclear weapon, it's likely that no one -- not even Congress -- would be able to stop him." Scary? You bet. Hence this petition. But note: If we want to think about this rationally, no one -- not even the US Congress -- should have the ability to vote on authorizing a nuclear war. Impeach Trump; Abolish Nukes.

Saudi Alliance Bombs Yemen Airport Stoking Mass Starvation Fears
(Agence France-Presse & AntiWar.com & Al Jazeera)

Yemenis from all walks of life took to the streets Monday to protest a Saudi-led blockade that has left thousands struggling to survive. The United Nations last month blacklisted the Saudi-led coalition for the killing and maiming of children in Yemen. The rebel-held port of Hodeida -- crucial to UN aid efforts -- remains closed. Hopes that Sanaa International Airport would be opened to aid flights were dashed when Saudi warplanes attacked the airport. Over seven million of whom are facing famine-like conditions.

US Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans
(David Swanson /David Swanson.org)

Commentary: Are veterans of the US military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because it's hard to answer. It's important to answer because it's important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic of mass murders in this country.

The Evil that Guns Do
(Michael Winship / Moyers and Company)

The firearms lobby suggests that because morality can't be legislated, the evil of gun violence can only be controlled by . . . more guns. Don't be fooled by the rhetorical camouflage. The NRA still wants to steer clear of any Congressional debate that could change minds and lead to new gun control rules. To claim as a constitutional right the possession of firearms intended for warfare strains credulity. These are killing machines with no purpose other than to maim and destroy.

Washington's Drug of Choice in the War on Terror
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch)

After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trump's White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the US is staying in Afghanistan to fight and -- so they insist -- win. "The killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might," said the president in August, trumpeting his virtual declaration of war on the Taliban.

The Financial Cost of the US 'War on Terror'
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Caroline Houck / Defense One & Marcus Weisgerber / Defense One)

The cost of America's Global War on Terror has yet to be tabulated, and there's a very good reason for that. By and large, the US has not been paying for all of these wars, but rather has been borrowing to pay for the conflict. Analysts say a reckoning is coming -- even as Republicans seek tax cuts that will add at least $1.5 trillion to the national debt. The US is on a path to destroying itself in the name of "defense."

JPMorgan Chase: The Bank that Is Destroying the Earth for Oil
(Amazon Watch)

Despite the urgent imperative to keep at least two thirds of all fossil fuels in the ground in order to avoid catastrophic climate change, many governments and companies continue to recklessly expand fossil fuel activities across the globe. And, in the lead, is a major US-based bank -- JPMorgan Chase. Customers should be troubled that banks are financing fossil fuel projects that are harming our planet's environmental sustainability and communities that have been stewards of our planet for generations.

ACTION ALERT: What Makes American Society So Violent?
(Emily Costello / The Conversation & Shannon Watts / Everytown for Gun Safety)

There are several factors behind US violence. A child who is spanked learns that physical force is an acceptable method of problem solving. Many states still allow corporal punishment in schools, despite research that clearly shows long-term negative effects. America's gun culture often causes police to fear for their own safety, resulting in unnecessary shootings. A culture of aggression sends men to prison and follows these prisoners behind bars. Increasing use of guns only feeds mass killings.

How Canada's New Feminist Foreign Policy Aims at Eradicating Poverty and Conflict
(Sarah Pittman / Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy & Tasia Alexopoulos / CFFP)

On June 9th, the Canadian Minister of International Development announced that Canada intended to radically alter its foreign aid policy to specifically center on feminism. Called the Feminist International Assistance Policy, it has since made waves around the world. This new foreign policy provides an opportunity for Canada to lead the way in fighting poverty and conflict, filling the vacuum left by the Trump administration. Despite its good intentions, there are still significant problems to be addressed.

The Link between Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence
(Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan / Democracy Now! & David M. Perry /The Nation)

The mass murder in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was a horrific crime. It was also horrifically predictable, and emblematic of the systemic problem we have with guns and violence in the United States. Devin Patrick Kelley was the white, 26-year-old former active-duty member of the US Air Force who is believed to have killed 26 people and injured 20 on Sunday before killing himself. The massacre serves as yet another lethal example of the link between domestic violence and mass shootings.

The World's Coastal Cities Are Not Prepared for the Coming Floods
(Bill McKibben / The Washington Post)

For 10,000 years of human civilization, we've been blessed with a relatively stable climate, and hence flooding has been an exceptional terror. As that blessing comes to an end with our reckless heating of the planet, the exceptional is becoming all too normal, as residents of Houston and South Florida and Puerto Rico found out already this fall.

Conservatives Probably Can't Be Persuaded on Climate Change. So Now What?
(David Roberts / Vox)

When it comes to climate change, US conservatives inhabit a unique position, as part of the only major political party in the democratic world to reject the legitimacy of climate science and any domestic policy or international agreement meant to address it. Instead, the GOP is working actively to increase production and consumption of fossil fuels and to slow the transition to renewable energy.

Colombia, an Example to the World, Balances Conservation and Development
(Justin Catanoso / Mongabay)

Colombia, under the leadership of President Juan Santos, has more than doubled its national conserved area -- an extraordinary achievement for any country. In an exclusive interview with Mongabay, Luis Gilberto Murillo, Colombia's minister of the environment and sustainable development, tells how that goal was achieved, and what it will take to keep those conserved lands and waters protected for all time.

How US Militarists Hijacked the True Meaning of Armistice Day
(Thomas Knapp / AntiWar.com & Arnold Oliver / AntiWar.com & Danny Sjursen / AntiWar.com)

If America were to accept that Vietnam was a mistake, a tragedy, a ruse, a war crime, or simply unwinnable, then the public could be forgiven for their apprehensiveness regarding future foreign interventions. By convincing people it really was a victory, then those 58,000 American boys didn't die in vain, our military remained undefeated (kind of), and the US can once again spread its values -- and troops -- around the world.

ACTION ALERT: Address the Costs of Endless, Unwinnable, Illegal Wars
(Matthew Hoh / Win Without War & Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) / US House of Representatives & Hon. Elizabeth Warren / US Senate)

$5.6 trillion, with no end in sight. That's the cost of America's wars since 9/11. As a Marine who served in Iraq, I don't need a price tag to tell you about the cost of our wars. I've seen for myself the amputations, traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress disorder and moral injury that lead to massively disproportionate levels of suicide, depression, substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness in vets returned home from war. And I've witnessed the human cost of our wars beyond our borders.

The Bootprint of Washington's Global Empire: US Special Ops Deployed to 137 Nations
(Nick Turse / TomDispatch & TruthOut)

America's most elite troops, the Special Operations Forces (SOF). now "operate and fight in every corner of the world," boasts SOF commander General Raymond Thomas. In 2016, America's most elite forces conducted missions in 138 countries -- roughly 70% of the nations on the planet. Halfway through 2017, US commandos have already been deployed to an astonishing 137 countries carrying out 12 core missions, ranging from "unconventional warfare" to hostage rescue.

Road-building and Nature: Highways to Extinction?
(William Laurance and Irene Burgues Arrea / James Cook University & Science Daily)

We are living in the most explosive era of infrastructure expansion in human history. In the next 3 years, paved roads are projected to double in length in Asia's developing nations; in the next three decades, the total length of additional paved roads could approach 25 million kilometers worldwide -- enough to encircle the planet more than 600 times. This global explosion of new roads is rife with economic, social, and environmental dangers.

Saudi Blockade Will Cause Hundreds of Deaths: Why Is the US Supporting the Murderous Attacks on Yemen's Civilians?
(Jason Ditz /AntiWar.com & Bonnie Kristian / Rare Politics)

Saudi Arabia's naval blockade of Yemen has tightened dramatically -- today, even vital medications and food are virtually impossible to import. The country now faces mass starvation and catastrophic death tolls from hunger and disease. No container ships carrying pharmaceuticals have been permitted to dock in Yemen since 2015, and just 21 container ships of food were allowed to dock from January to August of this year.

Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna: Stop All Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia Now
(Alex Emmons / The Intercept)

For more than two years, Congress has remained quiet as the United States backed a brutal war in Yemen, supporting a coalition that has killed thousands and starved the country into one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st century. Earlier this year, Rep. Ro Khanna introduced a resolution that condemned the war and would have used a provision of the War Powers Act to halt US support for Saudi Arabia. Khanna's resolution was fervently opposed by House leadership -- both Republicans and Democrats.

UN Confirms Recent US Airstrike Killed "at Least 10" Afghan Civilians
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & James Mackenzie / Reuters)

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan said at least 10 civilians may have been killed by an air strike in the northern city of Kunduz last week, despite a US military investigation that found no civilian deaths. Some Afghan media have reported much higher figures. Former President Hamid Karzai, who clashed bitterly with the United States over the issue in past years, condemned the air strikes but the government of President Ashraf Ghani has so far made no public comment.

Pacific News Service, Presente!
(New America Media Press Release & Valerie Gorospe, Angel Garcia, and Lucia Calderon / South Kern Sol & New America Media)

For 45 years, Pacific News Service has pioneered new ways to diversify American journalism and communications. Long before terms like civic engagement, youth media, collaborative reporting, and inclusive journalism were in vogue, PNS and New America Media were inventing how to implement them. The board of directors and staff of the nonprofit New America Media, and its parent organization, Pacific News Service, announced today that the two entities will cease operations by November 30, 2017.

US Has Spent a Staggering $4.3 Trillion on Wars Since 9/11
(teleSUR & The Costs of War Project / Brown University)

According to a new report from Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs: "The US wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the increased spending on homeland security and the departments of defense, state and veterans affairs since the 9/11 attacks have cost more than $4.3 trillion in current dollars through fiscal year 2017" -- more than triple the amount reported by the Pentagon.

A New Armistice Day: What If We Celebrated by Halting All War -- Just for a Day
(David Swanson / World Beyond War & Arnold Oliver / Scoop)

Commentary: Exactly at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 99 years ago, people across Europe suddenly stopped shooting guns at each other. It wasn't that they'd gotten tired or come to their senses. Both before and after 11 o'clock they were simply following orders. Armistice Day was widely recognized for almost thirty years until 1954 when the holiday was hijacked by a militaristic US congress and re-named Veterans Day. What if we celebrate this date by halting all war, everywhere, just for a day?

Armistice Day 99 Years On and The Need for a Peace to End All Wars
(David Swanson / World Beyond War)

The Outlawry Movement of the 1920s -- the movement to outlaw war -- sought to replace war with arbitration, by first banning war and then developing a code of international law and a court with the authority to settle disputes. The first step was taken in 1928 with the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which banned all war. Today 81 nations are party to that treaty, including the United States.

Time Is Running Out for the Planet
(Bill Moyers and Bill McKibben / Moyers & Company)

Bill McKibben's calling has been to wake up Americans to the once creeping, now billowing threat of global warming. For 30 years climate change has been his beat -- first as a journalist, then as an environmentalist and now as a leader of a global movement to win a race against time. In his latest book, Radio Free Vermont, he turns to humor for inspiration. Sixteen books of first-rate journalism and now a novel -- a meditation on the state of the world as experienced in the state of Vermont.

Civilian Massacres Mount in Yemen and Afghanistan
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & War Is Boring.com & NewNews)

With the US once again escalating the war in Afghanistan, the number of US warplanes dropping munitions on the country are on the rise, and with it, the number of civilians being killed in those strikes. While these civilian casualties remain officially "under investigation," the UN is openly expressing concern about the rising toll. And in Yemen, more than 30 civilians -- mostly women and children -- were killed in a series of 18 US-backed Saudi air strikes on Haran, the scene of a similar massacre days earlier.

Trump's Interior Department Recommends Opening Up Pacific National Monuments to Commercial Fishing
(David Leestma / EcoWatch)

The Trump administration is considering cutting protections for two national monuments lying south of Hawaii in the central Pacific. The decision, scientists warn, will threaten reefs across the Pacific.

Business as Usual at the Pentagon
(William J. Astore / Bracing Views & AntiWar.com)

The revolving door between major defense contractors and the Pentagon is spinning ever more rapidly as a growing tide of defense industry executives go to work in the Pentagon. Case in point: Trump's nominee for secretary of the Army is Mark Esper. Ester happens to be the chief lobbyist for Raytheon -- the country's fourth largest weapons contractor. Officials from Lockheed and Boeing have already been placed in top Pentagon posts where they will approve and dispense arms contracts.

Governments Can No Longer Ignore War's Impact on Planet
(Doug Weir / The Ecologist)

Since its inception in 2001, the UN's International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict has mainly served as a reminder of how the environment remains a forgotten victim of warfare. However, in recent years there have been signs that the global community is slowly beginning to address its collective blind spot over the environmental dimensions of armed conflicts -- and the price that people and ecosystems pay for our indifference.

The Paradise Papers: How Global Royalty -- in Politics, Sports, and Business -- Hide their Wealth to Avoid Taxes
(The Weekly Reveal / The Center for Investigative Reporting & The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists )

Reveal journalists have teamed up with International Consortium of Investigative Journalists -- the reporting team behind the 2015 disclosure of "The Panama Papers" -- to produce a new bombshell. A new leak of 13 million files containing confidential financial records reveals the tax-shelters and hideaways of superstar artists (Bono, Madonna), iconic brands (Apple, Facebook, Twitter) and power brokers across the political spectrum (from Trump appointees to the Queen of England).

Calls for Paradise Papers Investigation Before Considering GOP Tax Bill
(Andrew Emett / NationofChange & Bernie Sanders / US Senate & Ed Pilkington and David Smith / The Guardian)

In response to the Paradise Papers leak disclosing millions of financial documents detailing high-profile offshore accounts and tax havens, Sen. Bernie Sanders called for an investigation into the disclosures -- before even considering the GOP's new tax plan. Due to the fact that most of the information in the leak involved US citizens, residents, and companies, Sanders also urged Americans to "end the rapid movement toward international oligarchy."

ACTION ALERT: War on the Poor No More: No Tax Bill Without an Investigation of Tax-cheating Rich
(Oxfam America Action Fund & CREDO Action)

A new set of 13.4 million leaked financial documents has exposed the massive scale of tax dodging by corporations and wealthy individuals -- including some of the very same people negotiating the new GOP tax bill currently before Congress. These papers make it clear: There is one tax code for the rich and powerful and another for the rest of us. This calls for an immediate, exhaustive, public congressional investigation. There should be no movement on tax legislation until such an investigation is complete.

Congress' Romance with Cowardice: War without the War Powers Act
(Danny Sjursen / NationofChange)

Senator Rand Paul's recent four-hour-long floor speech demanding something as simple as a congressional discussion of the legal basis for America's forever wars only garnered 36 supporting votes -- scuttled by a bipartisan coalition of war hawks. Consequently, Congress' abdication of its Constitutional responsibility to declare war, continues to cede to the Oval Office, full authority to wage "unlimited war, anywhere, anytime, anyplace upon the globe."

Bonn Climate Marchers Demand End to Era of Fossil Fuels
(Jake Johnson / Common Dreams)

Just days before world leaders are set to gather in Bonn, Germany for the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), tens of thousands of activists from across the globe kicked off a series of planned actions on Saturday by taking to the streets to demand an end to coal, denounce US President Donald Trump's climate denial, and highlight the necessity of moving toward 100 percent renewable energy as quickly as possible.

Trump Sells War Ahead of Korea Visit as Groups Demand 'Urgent Pivot Towards Peace'
(Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams)

As President Donald Trump continues his bellicose rhetoric towards North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during his trip to the Asia-Pacific region this week, organizations from the US, South Korea, and Japan on Monday demanded an "urgent pivot towards peace" and called on their leaders to rein in the militarization that could lead to "catastrophe."

Ex-soldier Kills 26 Civilians in Texas; US Troops Kill 14 Civilians in Afghanistan
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Shashank Bengali and Sultan Faizy / Los Angeles Times & Jim Vetruno, Will Weissert and Paul J. Weber / Associated Press)

A gunman who killed 26 people – including 14 children -- at a small-town Texas church was a former US soldier with a history of domestic violence. Meanwhile, a US-led coalition in Afghanistan has been accused of launching an airstrike that killed at least 14 civilians -- including four children -- in the northern province of Kunduz. Do we lament one crime and ignore the other?

ACTION ALERT: Peace Strike for Colombia
(Alliance for Global Justice & teleSUR)

A National Strike for Peace in Colombia has been called in Colombia to demand steps to protect peace accords that are in danger of failure. The strike was called at the end of a particularly bloody October, with 23 activists killed in 23 days. We demand that Colombia's government end the violence and fulfill commitments to crop substitution programs in Tumaco. Demand that the White House support voluntary eradication and stop encouraging violence against rural Colombians.

International Environmental Conflict Day: Protecting the Planet, Protecting People
(The Toxic Remnants of War Network & United Nations & The Guardian)

The United Nations' International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict takes place on November 6. The international community must face up to the reality that protecting the environment from conflict is vital to protect people.

November 6: International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
(The United Nations & Civil Society Statement)

On 5 November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. Over the last 60 years, at least 40 percent of all internal conflicts have been linked to the exploitation of natural resources, whether high-value resources such as timber, diamonds, gold and oil, or scarce resources such as fertile land and water. Conflicts involving natural resources have also been found to be twice as likely to relapse.

Big Oil and GOP Collude to Make Protest a Terrorist Act
(Steve Horn / DeSmog Blog)

On October 23, 84 Congressional representatives made a splash when they published a letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking if those engaged in activism disrupting or damaging pipeline operations should face criminal prosecution as an act of terrorism under the USA PATRIOT ACT. The move was championed by the industry lobbying and trade association, the American Petroleum Institute, which said it "welcomed" the letter. It turns out that the API actually was involved in the creation of the letter.

Is the United States Planning to Attack North Korea?
(Michael T. Klare / The Nation)

Three US aircraft carriers -- three of the most powerful warships in the world -- are converging in the western Pacific in a mighty show of force on the eve of Donald Trump's 10-day trip to Asia. Not since 2007 has there been such a concentration of US firepower in the region. There are two plausible explanations: (1) to provide Trump with the sort of military extravaganza he seems to enjoy and/or (2) to prepare for a pre-emptive military strike on North Korea.

Pentagon: Only Way to Destroy North Korea Nukes Is Ground Invasion -- With Millions Dead
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Yuliya Talmazan and Associated Press)

In response to a letter from two Democratic congress members asking about casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea, the Pentagon replied the only way to locate and destroy with complete certainty all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons program is through a ground invasion. Pentagon planners conceded that such an act of aggression would "at the very least," cause "millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting."

ACTION ALERT: Call to Act for Peace on Armistice Day, Nov. 11
(Veterans For Peace)

In 2017, ninety-nine years after the end of World War I, "the war to end war", the world finds itself on the brink of a nuclear war. Veterans For Peace calls on all peace-loving people to take a stand for peace this Armistice (aka Veterans Day), Saturday November 11. We call for nationally coordinated local actions to demand "diplomacy not war" with North Korea and the abolition of nuclear weapons and war. The people of the world must speak out and act together to demand peace.

ACTION ALERTS: Stop War on Marine Mammals; Don't Nuke the Climate
(C.T. Harry / International Fund for Animal Welfare & the Nuclear Information and Resource Service )

The oceans aren't big enough to protect marine mammals from human dangers. Despite the great successes of this bedrock environment law, the Marine Mammal Protection Act has faced threats several times, and it is being attacked again -- through a new proposed bill, HR 3133. Meanwhile, under the expiring Kyoto Protocol, nuclear energy is rightly excluded from the possible solutions available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions -- but the powerful nuclear industry is trying to change this.

ACTION ALERT: The Surveillance State Is at It Again -- The Liberty Act Is a War on Liberty
(Win Without War & Color of Change)

Loopholes in a legal authority known as Section 702 give the National Security Agency the power to spy on Americans without a warrant. This law expires at the end of 2017, but the House recently introduced a bill called the "USA Liberty Act" that would extend Section 702 for 6 more years. Even worse, the bill lacks common sense reforms that are needed to prevent the kinds of abuse we've already seen with this far-reaching police-state surveillance power.

White House OKs Report Warning Climate Change Is Caused by Humans
(Jean-Louis Santini and Kerry Sheridan / Agence France-Presse & Executive Summary / US Global Change Research Program )

The US government has released a major scientific report that says climate change is "extremely likely" to be caused by human activity and will get worse without major cuts to carbon emissions. The findings of the federally mandated report were approved by the White House, even though they are starkly at odds with the position of Donald Trump, who has labeled global warming a Chinese hoax and named Scott Pruitt. a fossil fuel ally, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION ALERT: The Peoples Peace Treaty with North Korea
(Roots Action & Ann Wright / Consortium News)

Mainstream US media depicts North Korean Kim Jong-Un as crazy and his country as an insane asylum, but there is logic in tNorth Korea's fear of "regime change." The US possesses about 6,800 nuclear weapons and has threatened the use of nuclear weapons against North Korea. A People's Peace Treaty -- to be sent to the governments and peoples of Korea, as well as to the US -- calls on Washington to officially end the lingering and costly Korean War by concluding a peace treaty with the DPRK without further delay.

Release of JFK Papers Reveals US Planned a 261,000-Troop Cuban Invasion Force
(Ray Locker / USA TODAY)

One of the nearly 2,900 Kennedy assassination files released by the National Archives reveals that US covert plans to "invade and seize" Cuba, involved the deployment of 261,000 troops and the activation of Polaris missiles on UN nuclear-powered submarines. The papers also revealed Kennedy asking about kidnapping "some of the key people of the Communist regime" as part of the invasion scenario.

Donald Trump's Budget Undercuts Wild Biodiversity Worldwide
(William H. Funk / Mongabay)

Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would make 32 percent across-the-board cut to already underfunded global programs to combat wildlife trafficking and aid African and Asian nations in protecting elephants, rhinos, tigers, pangolins and other endangered wildlife. The loss of iconic wildlife could directly impact poor communities in Africa and Asia. Hostility from Trump and many in the GOP is likely to target wildlife conservation programs for further and larger reductions in years to come.

Resistance and Resilience in Palestine 100 Years After the Balfour Declaration
(The Oakland Institute)

2017 marks 70 years since the Nakba -- the Catastrophe -- which resulted in the forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their land and homes; 50 years since the Six-Day War and Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip; and 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, which laid the foundation for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. On this day, the Oakland Institute documents Palestinian resistance and resilience in an extensive series of nine reports and multimedia materials.

Washington's Addiction to World Policing Must End
(Bonnie Kristian / Reason.com)

Lindsey Graham, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and perpetual enthusiast of military intervention, only recently learned the United States has roughly 800 soldiers on the ground in Niger, where four of them were ambushed and killed earlier this month. In Graham's undeserved defense, he's not the only one who had no idea the United States has a significant military presence in Niger -- not to mention elsewhere on the African continent.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Accuses US of Arming Terrorists -- Including Al Qaeda and Saudi Arabia
(Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Represeantatives)

Last December, Rep. Tulsi Gabber introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act (H.R.608) to stop the US government from using taxpayer dollars to directly or indirectly support groups allied with and supporting terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda in Syria. The legislation was based on congressional action taken during the Iran-Contra affair to stop the CIA's illegal arming of rebels in Nicaragua. The bill was endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America, the US Peace Council, and Veterans For Peace.

29 More Civilians Die as Congress Rejects Challenge to Legality of War on Yemen
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Associated Press & AntiWar.com & Yemen Peace Project )

Saudi warplanes attacked the north Yemen Sahar District, in the Shi'ite-dominated Saada Province, bombing a crowded marketplace and a nearby hotel, and killing at least 29 civilians. 28 others were said to have been wounded. This is the latest in a long, long string of attacks on civilian targets by Saudi warplanes. A resolution demanding an end to the US role in the Saudi invasion of Yemen (on the grounds that the aggression lacked authorization under the War Powers Act) was thwarted by the House.

ACTION ALERT: Strongest Climate Bill Ever -- The OFF Act. It's Time to Get It ON!
(Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representaitves)

The Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act could not be more needed or timely -- it details how we ethically get to 100% renewable energy by 2035. This visionary bill comes as the nation bears witness to the devastation brought by the climate change-super charged storm Harvey to Texas and Louisiana and braces for Irma's impacts. Gabbard's bill -- the strongest yet introduced in Congress -- will put us on a path towards avoiding increased climate chaos by moving the country to 100% renewable energy.

Spreading the Message of "No US Military Bases in the World"
(Ann Wright / OpEd News & Ann Wright / Consortium News & Ann Wright / CODEPINK)

Though the US government denies that it runs an empire, the truth is it maintains a bristling global network of more than 800 overseas military bases in more than 80 foreign countries -- a global empire unprecedented in world history. In many cases, these costly installations give rise to local anger because of displacement, pollution, prostitution and abuse of the local populations. Retired Col. Ann Wright discusses the problem based on her 40 years of experience in the Army and State Department.

ACTION ALERT: Block Trump's Racist, Climate-denying Nominee for USDA Chief Scientist
(CREDO Action & Friends of the Earth & Miranda Green / CNN )

The Senate Agriculture Committee is expected to vote next week on the nomination of racist, climate-denier Sam Clovis to serve as Donald Trump's "chief scientist" at the USDA. Clovis is an extreme right-wing activist and conservative radio host with no science background or agricultural expertise. In addition, recent news reports indicated that Clovis may have played a key role in the Trump campaign's communications with Russia. Make a call now to oppose his confirmation.

ACTION ALERT: Stop the Militarization of Local Police
(CREDO Action & Chris Hedges / TruthDig)

Donald Trump recently rewarded the country's biggest police union for their endorsement of his dangerous, racist candidacy. He has announced plans to give state and local police a trove of Pentagon hand-me-downs -- military-grade weapons of war. While police in England and Wales have killed 62 people in the 27 years between 1990 and the start of 2016, US police have fatally shot 782 people so far this year. Our police are unaccountable, militarized monstrosities that terrorize poor communities.

US Politics, Pork, and Profiteering Have Created a Second-rate Military
(Paul Craig Roberts / Institute for Political Economy & The Fiscal Times & Citizens Against Government Waste )

Commentary: The US military is now second class compared to the Russian military. The US Navy has been made obsolete by Russia's hypersonic maneuvering Zircon missile. The speed and trajectory changes of the Russian Sarmat ICBM has nullified Washington's ABM system. The enormously costly F-35 jet fighter is no match for Russian jets. US tanks are no match for Russian tanks. Russian troops are superior in their combat readiness and training. And nuclear Armageddon hangs over us like the sword of Damocles.

Trump Continues Threats & Provocations Against North Korea, Laying Groundwork for Nuclear War
(Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh / Democracy Now!)

Tensions between North Korea and the US have been building after a series of nuclear and missile tests by Pyongyang and intense verbal exchanges between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Tensions continued to mount after US Defense Secretary James Mattis's week-long visit to Asia and ahead of Trump's 12-day visit later this week. Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats are pushing legislation that would prevent Trump from launching a preemptive strike against North Korea.

Pruitt Purges Scientists from EPA Panels, Eases Restraints on Dangerous Chemicals
(Michael Biesecker / Associated Press & Matthew Brown / Associated Press)

EPA chief Scott Pruitt says he intends to replace the outside experts that advise him on science and public health issues with new board members holding more "diverse views." Pruitt recently overruled experts that recommended banning sales of a top-selling pesticide after peer-reviewed studies showed it damaged children's brains. The Trump administration has halted review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use: asbestos, flame retardants, and toxins in homes, offices and industrial plants.

Trump Budget Undercuts US Commitment to Global Wildlife Conservation
(William H. Funk / Mongabay)

Trump plans to cut US biodiversity protection spending by more than 66 percent. This funding is critical to protecting species imperiled by the illegal wildlife trade, and enables US investigations of wildlife crimes, helping put traffickers in jail. These cuts couldn't come at a worse time. African elephants are currently being slaughtered for their ivory at the rate of eight percent of their total population per year. (The US is the second largest international market for trafficked wildlife, after China.)

America's Forever War: The New York Times Acknowledges US' Global Empire
(Sheldon Richman /AntiWar.com & New York Times Editorial)

One big advantage the war party has is the public's ignorance about the activities of the far-flung American empire. Most people are too busy with their lives, families, and communities to pay the close attention required to know that the empire exists and what it is up to. But now the New York Times had printed an editorial that admits: "The US has been at war continuously since the attacks of 9/11 and now has just over 240,000 active-duty and reserve troops in at least 172 countries and territories" around the globe.

Destroying Raqqa in Order to Save It: Now Who Will Rebuild It?
(Derek Royden / Nation of Change & IRIN News)

The 300,000 people who once called Raqqa home won't be able to return with winter fast approaching. Reconstruction in Raqqa -- and in other cities that fell to ISIL -- will be removing the vast amounts of ordinance, including unexploded coalition bombs and artillery shells. Washington has made it clear that it isn't interested in 'nation building.' The massive amounts of money needed to rebuild so many cities in Iraq and Syria will probably lead most of the country's coalition partners to take a similar position.

Where the New York Times Fails to Understand War
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org )

Commentary: In an October 23 editorial, criticizing Washington's policy of fighting "permanent wars," the New York Times claimed that what US troops are doing halfway around the globe is "defensive." This explains why such extreme militarism is tolerated. The US would not have gotten into these wars without the hard work of the Times, which has so normalized the mouthing of patent nonsense in defense of permanent war that it goes unnoticed even in an editorial lamenting permanent war.

ACTION ALERT: Popular Resistance Is Demanding US Banks "Divest from Oil"
(Brandon Jordan / Waging Nonviolence)

While banking executives from over 90 of the world's largest financial institutions gathered in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the start of a three-day meeting on the environmental and social impacts of their infrastructure investments, activists in at least 15 US states and several other countries staged protests under the banner of "Divest The Globe." Their message to the banks was simple: "Cut ties with fossil fuel companies, or face major divestment campaigns targeting your financial operations."

Turkish Arms Rift Reveals Awkward Truth: NATO's Goal Is Weapons Sales, Not Defense
(AntiWar.com & Defense News & Bloomberg )

It's generally assumed that NATO member nations are going to import their weapons from NATO arms dealers, which pretty much always means the United States, with a few small deals for Britain and France. But, in looking to upgrade their air defense system, Turkey had a choice: to buy the advanced Russian S-400 systems, or more expensive, US-made alternatives. Turkey chose to buy Russian, and NATO isn't happy.

ACTION ALERT: Trump's War on Clean Air and Climate Conservation
(Robert Weissman / Public Citizen & Rhea Suh / The NRDC & Adam Federman / The Nation)

Millions of families are still struggling to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of devastating hurricanes. Entire neighborhoods have been reduced to ash by wildfires that have raged across the American west. Yet President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt just officially proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan, our country's best hope for reversing the worst impacts of climate change. Meanwhile, a leaked draft of a five-year plan reveals how the DOI plans to prioritize "energy dominance" over conservation.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump's War on Solar Energy: Defend Rooftop Solar. Act by October 30!
(Food and Water Watch & Natural Resources Defense Council)

The Trump administration is attacking solar energy. One of the most successful solar policies we've ever seen -- net metering -- is on the chopping block. It's outrageous. Under Trump's orders, the Department of Energy is attacking solar energy through a study aimed at undermining net metering. Public comment ends on October 30. Meanwhile environmental organizations are encouraging people to sign on online petition to support net metering and defend renewable energy.

The Danger of a President Pence
(Jane Mayer / The New Yorker)

Commentary: Pence, who has dutifully stood by the President, mustering a devotional gaze rarely seen since the days of Nancy Reagan, serves as a daily reminder that the Constitution offers an alternative to Trump. The worse the President looks, the more desirable his understudy seems. If the job is a gamble for Pence, he himself is something of a gamble for the country. "If Pence were to become President for any reason, the government would be run by the Koch brothers -- period. He's been their tool for years."

How Ken Burns' Powerful Anti-war film on Vietnam Ignores the Power of the Anti-war Movement
(Robert Levering / Waging Nonviolence)

Commentary: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's PBS series, "The Vietnam War," deserves an Oscar for its depiction of the gore of war and the criminality of the warmakers. But it also deserves to be critiqued for its portrayal of the anti-war movement. Millions of us joined the struggle against the war. I worked for years as an organizer for major national protests and many smaller ones. Any semblance between the peace movement I experienced and the one depicted by the Burns/Novick series is purely coincidental.

ACTION ALERT: US Gun Deaths and Domestic Violence
(Dr. Hans Keirstead / Daily Kos & Shannon Watts / Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America)

Commentary: Given the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the number one predictor of whether someone is going to become a mass shooter isn't their race, ethnicity, or religion, it's whether they have a history of domestic violence or abusive behavior toward women. One in three American women will be in an abusive relationship at some point in her life. If her abuser has access to a gun, the chance that she will be murdered increases 500 percent.

More Bombs Wont Bring Peace: We Can't Kill Our War to Peace
(Washington Newsletter / Friends Committee on National Legislation)

When we blindly hand over our country's resources to the Pentagon while starving successful programs that care for our neighbors, the earth, and each other, we have lost sight of our priorities as a country. We also deprive our leaders and our country of the necessary tools to avoid war.

Who Profits from War? The World's Top 10 Weapons Companies
(The Peace Report & The Swedish International Peace Research Institute)

Sales of the world's 100 largest arms-producing and military services companies totalled $370.7 billion in 2015. While there has been a downturn in arms sales since 2011, the Top 100 arms sales for 2015 were 37 percent higher than those for 2002, when SIPRI first began reporting corporate arms sales. Companies headquartered in the US and Western Europe dominate the global arms trade with sales of $305.4 billion accounting for 82.4 percent of the Top 100 arms sales.

ACTION ALERT: Pass House Resolution to Stop US-backed Bombing of Yemen Civilians
(Kate Kizer / Yemen Peace Project)

65 organizations have endorse a letter in support of H.Con.Res.81 to invoke the War Powers Resolution to end unauthorized US military support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's civil war. The War Powers Resolution is clear: Congressional authorization is required for the introduction of US armed forces in situations of hostilities.

Trump's Nuclear Dreams: Nightmares Past and Present<
(Rebecca Gordon / Nation of Change)

Commentary: Preventing a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea may be the most pressing challenge facing the world right now. Our childish, ignorant, and incompetent president is shoving all of us -- especially the people of Asia -- ever nearer to catastrophe. While North Korea probably hasn't yet developed the missiles to deliver a nuclear warhead to the US mainland, it certainly has the capacity to reach closer targets, including South Korea and Japan.

Killing ISIS Fighters Makes Us Terrorists

Commentary: For decades, we have been condemning the dictators of the Middle East for their drumhead courts and their mass hangings. But how can we condemn them now, when we are announcing, quite publicly, that we want our own citizens dead if they joined ISIS.

ACTION ALERT: The Struggle to Save Rhinos in Africa and Vietnam
(Jimmiel Mandima / African Wildlife Foundation & Harleen Sehmi / African Wildlife Foundation)

Earlier this year, a court ruling overruled the Government of South Africa's trade moratorium and passed legislation allowing domestic rhino horn trade. With more than 80 percent of the world's rhino population living in South Africa, Africa's rhino populations are threatened by extinction. Meanwhile, a surge in demand for rhino horn in Vietnam has lead to a dramatic increase of slaughtered rhinos in South Africa. In 2007, just 13 rhinos were killed in South Africa while in 2014 this figure rose to 1,215.

US Military Activity Is a "Recruiting Tool" for Terror Groups Across West Africa
(Nick Turse / The Intercept)

From mid-January to late March 2013, Green Berets from the 10th Special Forces Group deployed to the impoverished West African nation of Niger. Working alongside local forces, they trained in desert mobility, the use of heavy weapons, and methods of deliberate attack. Until recently, such missions were conducted without notice or media scrutiny. Americans were involved in firefights, but the operations were kept quiet.

The Shadow War in the Sahara
(Al Jazeera News)

Africa remains a key territory on the global chessboard. Rich in oil and natural resources, the continent holds a strategic position. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to six of the world's 10 fastest growing economies. The Sahara holds vast oil and natural gas deposits, the most strategic nuclear ore, and coltan, gold, and copper are abundant in the continent. But despite its position and resources, conflict and chaos have spread throughout the continent. At the heart of this turmoil is a strategic territory: the Sahel.

Why It’s No Longer Possible to Win a War
(Yuval Noah Harari / TIME Magazine)

Analysis: The last few decades have been the most peaceful era in human history. For the first time ever, fewer people die today from human violence than from traffic accidents, obesity or even suicide. Yet the international climate is rapidly deteriorating; warmongering is back in vogue, and military expenditure is ballooning. Both laypeople and experts fear that some incident in the Syrian Desert or an unwise move in the Korean Peninsula might ignite a global conflict.

Merger Would Give Trump-friendly Media Giant Control of 75% of TV Broadcasts
(Susannah Hook-Rodgers / Courage Campaign & Lucia Graves / The Guardian)

Sinclair is the largest broadcast company in America but its partisan politics -- and connections to the White House -- are raising concerns. Since the first Bush presidency, Sinclair has used its 173 television stations "to advance a mostly right-leaning agenda". Now the ultra-conservative media giant is trying to convince the Federal Communications Commission to allow it to merge with Tribune Media, giving it control over television stations that broadcast to 75% of American homes.

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