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Citing “Safety Concerns,” FDA Cautions National Marketer of Unproven Stem Cell Treatments

May 31, 2019           |                                       

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. In a sign of its increasing concern about the marketing of stem cells as cure-alls, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week notified […]

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Susan Burton, the co-author of “Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women,” says she never stood a chance in today’s America. Her childhood was marked with abuse and racism, and the inexplicable fatal shooting of her 5-year-old son by a cop in South Los Angeles drove her to […]

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Betsy DeVos’s Education Department quietly dropped requirements for risky for-profit colleges to set aside funds in case the schools closed, according to documents from a lawsuit filed last year. Two of the for-profit networks subsequently shut down without owing the Education Department any money; in one case, the department actually gave $10 million back to […]

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Ukrainian Political Activist Kolchenko Describes Russian Prison Conditions

March 4, 2019           |                                       

Ukrainian activist Oleksandr Kolchenko is serving a 10-year sentence in Russia on terror charges that human rights groups say are politically motivated. He was convicted in 2015 alongside Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov after Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. During a visit by an observation mission, Sentsov described the time he’s spent in an isolation cell, […]

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Two U.S. senators and a coalition of child health and privacy groups sent letters to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today after documents obtained by Reveal showed Facebook knowingly duped children into spending money, and then declined refunds from upset parents and children. “These findings point to a problematic culture of putting profits ahead of your […]

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“Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong”Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar Truthdig contributor Peter Richardson is the author of “American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams,” now out in paperback from the University of California Press with a foreword by Mike Davis. We asked him about Carey McWilliams […]

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Russian Newspaper Publishes New Year's Messages From Jailed Activists

December 28, 2018           |                                       

Imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, a Crimean native who opposed Russia’s 2014 takeover of the Ukrainian peninsula, has written in a letter to the Moscow-based Novaya Gazeta newspaper that he is not “going to give in.” “I do not expect good news [in 2019]…. But it does not mean that I am going to give […]

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Demand Progress Praises Unprecedented Senate Passage of Yemen War Powers Resolution

December 13, 2018           |                                       

WASHINGTON – The following may be attributed to Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal: “Today’s unprecedented Senate passage of a War Powers Resolution on a 56-41 vote is an extraordinary step towards ending the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has caused the world’s largest ongoing humanitarian crisis. The Senate should be praised for taking such […]

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Top Rival Decides Not to Challenge Pelosi for Speakership

November 21, 2018           |                                       

WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge, the top potential rival to Nancy Pelosi for House speaker, dropped out of the running Tuesday, delivering a blow to efforts to topple the California Democrat. Fudge announced her decision just as Pelosi said she was naming the Ohio congresswoman as incoming chair of a newly revived elections subcommittee […]

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Mailers Cause Confusion in Florida County

November 1, 2018           |                                       

Mailers Cause Confusion in Florida County — ProPublica CloseCreative CommonsDonateEmailAdd EmailFacebookInstagramFacebook MessengerMobilePodcastPrintProPublica logoSearchSecureWhatsAppYouTube Voters in Hillsborough County are anxious about a letter they received asking for an updated signature on their voter registration application. Officials say the letters are meant to collect another signature for county records and do not mean a vote has been […]

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Lawmakers Call for Independent Inquiry at Psychiatric Hospital After ProPublica Illinois Report on Abuse of Children

November 1, 2018           |                                       

State lawmakers Thursday called for an independent investigation of a Chicago psychiatric hospital, citing a ProPublica Illinois report that found allegations of sexual assault and abuse of children, as well as safety violations related to suicidal patients. In a letter to the head of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, three state lawmakers […]

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The world’s fourth-largest democracy has elected a neofascist as president. The editorial and opinion pages of respectable newspapers the world over warn of the dangers of Jair Bolsonaro; prominent foreign intellectuals and economists have signed open letters urging the country to reconsider. But educated cosmopolitan types in Brazil—the kind who would normally place great store […]

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Disinformation and Anthrax Mailings

October 26, 2018           |                                       

The New York Times scrutinizes recent rightwing claims in “‘False Flag’ Theory on Pipe Bombs Zooms From Right-Wing Fringe to Mainstream.” Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd said Thursday, without citing evidence, that he “has this fear” that the bombs shipped through the mail to prominent Democrats “could be some Russian operation.” [See video.] GRAEME MACQUEEN, gmacqueen at cogeco.caMacQueen […]

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