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January 2020

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22This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Utah. Catholics in Utah are very angry about a bill that would require priests to disclose reports of sexual abuse. Because forcing Catholic priests to violate the secrecy of the confessional would force them to commit a mortal sin and face excommunication.
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24This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Virginia. Virginia Governor declares state of emergency due threats of armed right-wing militia groups planning to storm state Capitol
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16This issue affects the United States. How a preventable disaster killed six Marines
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-8This issue affects the United Kingdom. England's last McDonald's-free county is getting a restaurant within its borders, as Rutland council approves a late night refreshment licence for the chain's Oakham branch. While pasty and sausage roll emporium Gregg’s has announced it is pulling out of the home of the Cornish pasty, due to losing sales to local pasty companies.
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Virginia. The Virginia House of Delegates has ratified the ERA, reaching the 38-state threshold needed to amend the Constitution decades after Phyllis Schlafly killed it the first time around. Sadly, opposition against it is coming back, and the Office of Legal Counsel says that the deadline to ratify the ERA has long expired.
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2This issue affects the United Kingdom. Criticism has been made against Momentum by its members and others against the national coordinating group, after they told members simply to vote yes or no to each of the executive's decision to endorse Rebecca Long BaileyWikipedia's W.svg as leader and Angela RaynerWikipedia's W.svg as deputy, rather than having an open vote.
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22This issue affects the United States. This issue affects New York. The "failing" New York Times has revealed in a recent meeting to its shareholders, that in 2019 that it has got some of the highest digital revenue at $800 million and online subscription figures at 5 million, it has ever received. Also the newsroom at the Times has grown to over 1700 employees, its highest ever.
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20This issue affects India. This issue affects the United States. One of India's most famous emigrants, Hyderabad-born Microsoft CEO Satya NadellaWikipedia's W.svg, has commented on the recent new Indian citizenship lawWikipedia's W.svg. He stated that he wants a situation where anyone can move to India, including people from majority Muslim countries like Bangladesh, and be successful. This is seen by many as a sharp but underhand criticism of the proposed new law.
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19This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he didn't see evidence of an imminent attack planned by Soleimani, but "believes" there would have been one.
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35This issue affects France. After facing mass protests, Emmanuel Macron has scrapped his proposal to raise retirement age from 62 to 64.
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27This issue affects Iran. This issue affects Poland. An Iranian truck driver whose truck broke down in Poland and wasn’t able to get back home, is now back in Khoy, Iran after local Poles acted as Samaritans by crowdfunding the zł 242 000 (~€57 000) to help him fix his vehicle.
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. Brexiteer John Mappin of Turning Point UK is using his sizeable castle at Tintagel to promote the QAnon conspiracy.
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. Counter-terrorism police placed the non-violent group Extinction Rebellion on a list of extremist ideologies that should be reported to the authorities, featured alongside threats to national security such as neo-Nazi terrorism and a pro-terrorist Islamist group. Police now claim the document was recalled.
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13This issue affects Iran. This issue affects Ukraine. Iran's Press TV and CNN are reporting that that human error resulted in the shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752Wikipedia's W.svg by Iran. This is also being confirmed by Javad Zarif, foreign minister of Iran, in a tweet.
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7This issue affects the United States. The Trump administration has plans to roll back provisions on the National Environmental Policy Act including deregulation via narrowing its scope and removing climate change as one of cumulative effects businesses need to consider.
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22This issue affects Iran. This issue affects Ukraine. An investigation shows that Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 may have been shot down by Iran on accident.
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54This issue affects the United States. Ruth Bader Ginsburg announces that she's cancer free!
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29This issue affects China. China bans all foreign textbooks and novels from public schools, stating that "all primary and secondary school teaching materials must reflect the will of the party and the country".
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14This issue affects Iran. This issue affects Ukraine. A Ukrainian Boeing plane crashes in Iran after takeoff, killing 176 on board
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-19This issue affects the United Kingdom. The UK government has voted to strip child refugees of the right to be reunited with their families after Brexit.
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32This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. This issue affects Iraq. Two US airbases in Iraq have been hit by ballistic missiles. Iranian state TV have claimed that this was in response to the death of Qasem Soleimani.
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13This issue affects Netherlands. The warm and dry weather over the Christmas and the New Year period has meant that local hazel and alder trees have sprouted pollen-producing catkins, leading to meteorologists giving hay fever warnings in January.
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7This issue affects Poland. The deputy prime minister Jarosław Gowin has demanded that the Brazilian comedy film A Primeira Tentação de CristoWikipedia's W.svg, known locally as Pierwsze kuszenie Chrystusa, be removed from Netflix in Poland, due to it blasphemously depicting a gay Jesus.
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31This issue affects Australia. This issue affects South Australia Ecologists are worried that some of the unique wildlife on Kangaroo Island in South Australia could be permanently destroyed after the current wildfires have already destroyed a third of the land's vegetation.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Hungary. Outrage has been placed after ConservativeHome founder and close Johnson confidant Tim Montgomerie spoke in Budapest at a meeting of the close Fidesz think tank The Danube Institute. He mentioned forging a close “special relationship” between the UK and Hungary, commenting on the limits of liberalism.
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15This issue affects Australia. This issue affects the United Kingdom. Dreams of CANZUK have been dashed, after the Australian government ruled out allowing free movement of labour from the UK.
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12This issue affects the United States. A bi-partisan group of campaign finance lawyers petition the President and Senate to restore a quorum to the Federal Election Commission board Non-paywall link to SFGate.
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32This issue affects the United States. Trump claims his tweets are sufficient notification to Congress for attacking Iran, in direct violation of the War Powers Act of 1973.
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29This issue affects the United States. US manufacturing in the deepest slump in more than a decade as the U.S.-China trade war kept a lid on factory output, orders, and employment
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19This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. Trump tells evangelicals "We have god on our side". Mourners for Soleimani claim the same. We all know that this ends well!
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18This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the World. United Methodist Church, the second-largest Protestant Christian denomination in the US, set to vote on whether to split the Church over the issue of LGBTQ rights.
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31This issue affects Iraq. This issue affects Iran. This issue affects the United States. Iraq's parliament votes to expel US troops from Iraqi soil in emergency session responding to US assassination of Soleimani.
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34This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Illinois. Illinois legalizes recreational weed.
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5This issue affects the United Kingdom. Derek Acorah, perhaps Britain's most famous spirit medium, has passed to the other side.
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16This issue affects the United Kingdom. Former BBC Newsnight journalist John Sweeney has filed a complaint to the broadcasting regulator Ofcom, over BBC News failure, in his words, "to broadcast investigations between Brexit, Russia and the far-right".
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41This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. A Deutsche Bank whistleblower has revealed to the FBI, that much of Trump's Deutsche Bank loans were secretly underwritten by the Russian state-owned bank VTB.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. A employment tribunal has ruled that ethical veganism is a 'philosophical belief' under the Equality Act 2010Wikipedia's W.svg, after a man was sacked from organisation the League Against Cruel SportsWikipedia's W.svg. It now rules that such belief means that ethical vegans are entitled to protection from discrimination.
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37This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iran. Newly revealed documents show how David RockefellerWikipedia's W.svg helped get Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (The Shah)Wikipedia's W.svg into the United states, resulting in the Iran hostage crisisWikipedia's W.svg, and then worked to undercut the Carter administration's efforts to free the hostages, sinking his reelection, and causing the election of Reagan.
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48This issue affects Iran. This issue affects Iraq. This issue affects the United States. Qasem Soleimani, Iranian general, leader of the Quds Force, and one of the most influential people in the country has been killed by an American airstrike in Iraq. Expect the war in Iran to truly begin.
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18This issue affects Israel. Israeli PM Netanyahu asks the country's parliament for immunity from prosecution on corruption charges, despite previously claiming he would not need to do so.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. Polling among party members has put the former director of public prosecutions and current shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, in pole position to be the next Labour leader.

December 2019

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57This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Texas. This issue affects Connecticut. A judge has ordered Alex Jones to pay $100 000 in a defamation case against the parents of a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook tragedy, which Jones claimed was a hoax.
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36This issue affects the United States. Nestlé cannot claim bottled water is "essential public service", court rules
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22This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Iraq. Protesters attacked the US Embassy in Baghdad in retaliation for US airstrikes against Iranian-aligned militias.
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24This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Nevada. Outrage after Ivanka Trump has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the Consumer Electronics Show in January on technology and the workplace despite having no background in the tech industry.
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18This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects South Africa. This issue affects Nigeria. The latest declassified files released by the National Archives at Kew, in 1995 the British government rejected a request by then South African president Nelson Mandela to place sanctions against the Nigerian oil industry over the death of environmentalist Ken Saro-WiwaWikipedia's W.svg. This was due to concerns it would damage the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, which is headquartered in London.
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1This issue affects New Zealand. It has been reported that there are as many as eight times more communications and PR people than there are journalists in New Zealand.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. Civil partnerships, which offer almost the same legal rights as marriages and have been legal for same-sex couples since 2005, become legal for heterosexual couples too.
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22This issue affects the United States. More than 100 Gold Star families are suing several major defense contractors for allegedly making illegal "protection payments" to the Taliban which helped fund the terrorist group's insurgency.
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12This issue affects the United States. Tracing your family roots might become a lot more expensive. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services wants to hike the fee to access historical immigration records by 500%, a move which would impact genealogical research as well as millions of people whose families immigrated to the US in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
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19This issue affects China. China's ongoing crackdown on religion seems to be expanding to include Christians, as well-known church leader was recently sentenced to 9 years in prison for "subverting state power".
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19This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Palestine. This issue affects Israel. Federal colleges are being forced to weigh between unconstitutional censorship of criticisms of Israel and not selling out to AIPAC
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26This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the World. World's richest boosted their collective net worth by 25% in 2019 (amounting to $5.9 trillion) and now control more global wealth than any time since 1929
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22This issue affects the United States. This issue affects American Samoa. American Samoans are US citizens by birth, federal judge rules
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16This issue affects Canada. Trans-rights activist known for fighting against transphobic bigotry has been found murdered in Toronto.
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9This issue affects the United States. Trump proposes Social Security cuts that would strip life-saving disability benefits from hundreds of thousands people by changing the way the SSA determines who's eligible for disability benefits
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Syria. Father of British YPG volunteer in Syria charged with terrorism offenses
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31This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the United States. The latest thing to anger Trump and subsequently his base, the CBC showing of Home Alone 2 on Christmas Day which they cut his cameo out of to fit in commercials. He has now threatened the Canadian prime minister because of it!
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-31This issue affects the United States. The NASDAQ Composite index, it's over 9000!
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23This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Ireland. This issue affects the European Union. In a Trumpian fashion, the Taoiseach has reported that the British prime minister Johnson has told him that Ireland and the EU must assist in paying for his bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland. Like Trump's wall, builders have pointed it is nearly impossible to build and local politicians have said they would prefer the money to be better spent on rail and road infrastructure on the island.
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14This issue affects the United States. US Steel is closing a mill, laying off 1,500 workers, which will be transferred to Indiana, amidst fears of market losses in the final quarter of the year. Also approximately more than 9,300 retail stores closed in 2019 as bankruptcies in the retail sector intensified this year
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21This issue affects United Arab Emirates. A popular calling app in the United Arab Emirates has been used by the government as a spying tool.
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21This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects China. A 6-year-old girl in London finds a message in a box of Christmas cards alleging the cards were made by foreign prisoners in China forced to work against their will.
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24This issue affects Spain. The lost images of anarchist Barcelona are now on show
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29This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Washington. Investigations have discovered that Washington State GOP Representative Matt SheaWikipedia's W.svg was also involved in training young people to fight a "holy war" and wrote a pamphlet advocating for theocracy and "the killing of all males who do not agree". Shea says he will not resign.
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26This issue affects the United States. Experts to Congress: US is unprepared for climate damages
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25This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Virginia. This issue affects South Dakota. This issue affects Alabama. This issue affects Louisiana. As Democrats prepare to take control of the Virginia state legislature and ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, three conservative states sue to block it from being passed, arguing that the time to ratify it has long expired.
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26This issue affects the United States. GOP Senate quietly removes white nationalism from new requirements to screen military enlistees
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26This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Missouri. Barry Poyner, a church leader and university professor at Truman State University in northeastern Missouri, has been charged with patronizing prostitution after allegedly trying to solicit an 18-year-old man on Grindr with offers of an Arby’s gift card and gas money.
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20This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Wisconsin. Victim of child sex trafficking is facing life in prison for killing her sex trafficker
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19This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. Anna Sacoolas, the wife of an American intelligence officer who killed motorcyclist Harry Dunn in a traffic accident and then fled to the U.S. claiming diplomatic immunity, has been charged by prosecutors in absentia of death by dangerous driving. However, it's unlikely she will be extradited to the United Kingdom to face charges.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Independent Group for Change, formerly Change UK has de-registered the party with the Electoral Commission and is being wound-up.
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29This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Washington. An investigation by the Washington state house has determined that Republican Matt SheaWikipedia's W.svg engaged in "domestic terrorism against the United States", by helping plan and taking part in the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife RefugeWikipedia's W.svg. The report indicated he also took part in other incidents in Idaho and Nevada. He has been suspended, with the Republican house leader calling for his resignation.
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25This issue affects Russia. In his annual televised questions-and-answers chat, there is speculation by Kremlin-watchers that Putin after a slip of the tongue wishes to change the constitution to allow him to rule as president without term limits.
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26This issue affects the United States. Denver conservative radio talk show host Chuck Bonniwell hopes "for a nice school shooting” to interrupt impeachment"
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18This issue affects the United Kingdom. In response to today's ruling, JK Rowling comes out of the closet to reveal she is a TERF. (wrote some books you may have heard of) AstroTERF hate group LGB Alliance - featured on our wonderful article on TERFs - is already on the case, kissing the ground she walks upon.
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. A court in London finds that misgendering trans people is not protected speech and it's legitimate for a charity worker to be dismissed for calling transwomen "men"; gender identity can be debated without violating the dignity of others, but the charity worker failed to recognise the legal rights of trans people and the "enormous pain that can be caused by misgendering a person".
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92This issue affects the United States. President Donald Trump has been impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
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20This issue affects Australia. This issue affects New South Wales The heatwave that is currently affecting Australia has become so severe that the premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian has declared a state of emergency in the state.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry is the first to formally put their hat in the ring for the Labour leadership election to replace Jeremy Corbyn. Known possible rivals to her include Corbynite acolytes Rebecca Long-BaileyWikipedia's W.svg & Lisa NandyWikipedia's W.svg, outspoken backbenchers David LammyWikipedia's W.svg & Jess PhillipsWikipedia's W.svg, and former shadow secretaries Yvette CooperWikipedia's W.svg & Keir StarmerWikipedia's W.svg.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. Outrage has been directed at both the writer Melanie Phillips and the Jewish Chronicle newspaper after she wrote an article for it saying that Islamophobia is a bogus claim. She has even received condemnation from the main Jewish organisation in the UK, the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
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23This issue affects the European Union. This issue affects Poland. The European Parliament has passed a resolution by 463 against 107, condemning “LGBT+ free” zones in Poland. This resolution could led to the reduction or withholding of regional developement funds from the European budget.
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12This issue affects the United States. "We Tortured Some Folks" - The Intercept's Review with former Senator Daniel Jones on the ongoing fight to hold the CIA accountable for war crimes
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. British volunteers who fought against Daesh have been harassed and even arrested accused of terrorism for years
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22This issue affects Greece. Scientists and monks baffled by female skeleton in ancient monastery's graveyard - despite trans people, y'know, existing.
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37This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Turkey. In response to the US Senate voting to recognise the Armenian genocide, Turkey has responded by threatening to recognise the Native American genocide. Uh... oh, no! Don't do it, Erdogan!... Update: Aaannnnd, the Trump administration rejected the Senate resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide.
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17This issue affects the United States. The Mormon Church has a $100 Billion investment fund. Oh, and it's from member contributions, and it's tax free. (Paywall) Forbes non-paywall version
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12This issue affects Italy. Serie A anti-racism campaign attracts controversy
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20This issue affects the United States. Age of purchasing tobacco expected to rise from 18 to 21 as part of federal spending bill.
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20This issue affects the United States. This issue affects North Carolina. Video shows school resource officer slamming 11 year old twice into wall before dragging him down the hall. He has been fired from his position.
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22This issue affects Spain. This issue affects the World. As was to be expected, Failure In Madrid As COP25 Climate Summit Ends In Disarray
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23This issue affects Sudan. Sudanese court convicted genocidal former-President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption, sentencing him to 2 years.
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21This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Kentucky. Former governor of Kentucky Bevin pardons numerous violent, homicidal criminals on his way out as a sort of middle finger to the voters of KY
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45This issue affects the United Kingdom. In a result announced on Friday the 13th, British turkeys have voted for Christmas.
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31This issue affects Canada. Harper mini-me Andrew Scheer has stepped down as leader of the Conservatives. He did this as a direct result of revelations that he was using party money to pay for his children’s private schooling.
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65This issue affects Sweden. Greta Thunberg has been named Time magazine's "2019 Person of the Year"
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46This issue affects the Autonomous Region of Bougainville This issue affects Papua New Guinea. Get ready to create a new country flag: Bougainville will be the world's newest nation!
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3This issue affects Sweden. This issue affects Austria. This issue affects Serbia. This issue affects Bosnia and Herzegovina. Peter Handke of Austria, a Bosnian genocide denialist, receives the Nobel Prize in literature.
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20This issue affects Australia. In environmental news, Sydney's air quality ranked 11 times worse than hazardous levels as Australia's bushfires rage on
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4This issue affects Chile. To the delight of UFO cranks everywhere, Chile has lost contact with one of its airplanes over Antarctica in perfectly good weather.
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20This issue affects Brazil. Neo-Pentecostalist drug dealers ("Soldiers of Jesus") are terrorizing religious minorities in Brazil.
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35This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Afghanistan. Newly leaked documents show the US government has lied about the Afghanistan War for years now, even knowing that it was literally unwinnable and still selling that bullshit to the public. Yes, you can start making those Pentagon Papers and Vietnam War jokes now.
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21This issue affects the United States. Sunburn on my asshole makes me ouchy
Sunburn on my ballsack makes it fry
Sunburn on my unit smarts a whole lot
Sunburn on my taint just makes me cry
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21This issue affects Australia. Firefighters in New South Wales trying to stop some of the biggest wildfires in generations, exacerbated by high temperatures at 43°C (110°F). They have said that the current mega-fire north of Sydney, larger than Australia’s biggest city is simply too big to put out and would take weeks to stop.
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24This issue affects the United States. Trump's private border wall construction continues despite court order
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34This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Missouri. Kansas City becomes the first major American city with universal fare-free public transit
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19This issue affects Belarus. While the Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka is discussing with Putin about further “integration” of the country with Moscow, around a thousand people protested in the capital Minsk against the plan.
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8This issue affects the United States. The origin of the Crazification Factor is now selling the Miracle Mineral Solution toxic bleach cure.
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23This issue affects Israel. 52 percent of Israelis say that Benjamin Netanyahu should resign due to being indicted on corruption charges.
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35This issue affects the United States. Bernie Sanders unveils a new plan to increase internet access, while also breaking up companies like AT&T and Verizon.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. Four Brexit Party MEPs most notably Annunziata Rees-Mogg, have left the party and are asking voters to vote Conservative. This will make the party lose its status as the biggest British party in the European Parliament, and lose important specific parliamentary allowances.
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19This issue affects Samoa. Samoa measles update: Death toll now over 60 - most of them children under 4 years old. Anti-vaxxer arrested and denied bail. Background info on Samoa's extreme vulnerability - Why Samoa?
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21This issue affects Israel. This issue affects Palestine. Israel's illegal occupation of the West Bank costs Palestinians billions
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38This issue affects the United States. In case you needed more proof this is the darkest timeline, George Zimmerman is now suing Trayvon Martin's parents, along with the prosecutors of his case for "conspiring to frame him." The lawyer retained for the case is none other than Larry Klayman, the founder of the far-right Judicial Watch.
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28This issue affects the United States. Amazon planned to enact huge mass surveillance scheme in cooperation with local police, and were planning to resort to bullshit fear-mongering about ever-elusive "criminals" to sell this to the public.
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47This issue affects the United States. Despite the unemployment rate being the lowest in fifty years, almost half of Americans work in low-wage jobs that pay less than a median annual wage of $18,000. And why is that?? According to Forbes - "it's not the economy - it's management", while according to The Guardian it's a conspiracy by management to create an economic system that keeps wages down. All very depressing really!
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28This issue affects New Zealand. The New Zealand government is putting forward a bill aimed for the 2020 general election, which will force transparency in political advertising and ban private foreign donations to political parties.
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14This issue affects the European Union. Jean Claude Juncker officially steps down as European Commission President and is replaced by Ursula von der Leyen.
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45This issue affects the United States. Suicides, overdoses, and other "deaths of despair" are fueling a three-year trend of dropping U.S. life expectancy. The twin trends — an increased probability of death in midlife and a population-wide reversal of longevity — set the United States in stark contrast to every other affluent country in the world.
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33This issue affects Denmark. This issue affects Greenland. This issue affects the United States. After Trump’s pursuit of Greenland and growing interest in possible mineral exploration, Denmark’s equivalent of the Defense Intelligence Agency the DDIS, has classified the Arctic island-nation the country’s #1 security issue.
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37This issue affects the United States. Solidifying his "kill the poor" cred, Trump's proposed cuts to food stamps would cut off food aid to millions of people, as well as over a million children.