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It’s been three months since the Santa Fe school shooting. Back then, Ted Cruz thought he had the election in the bag with ruby-red Texas. He wouldn’t meet with the Santa Fe families, and this infuriated Rhonda Hart—whose little girl Kimberly was killed in the shooting. x Notice there is no...

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  • August 17, 2018

What to do when Nazis show up in your city? Shut that mother down! x Hey, Nazis, remember when you walked around with your stupid tiki torches chanting “you will not replace us”? Guess what? We replaced you.#ShutItDownDC#UniteTheRight2 pic.twitter.com/yLunJrmSVv — Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 12, 2018 x Spotted a...

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  • August 12, 2018

OK gang, hop into my trusty wayback machine with me, and let's return briefly to the dark day of November 9th, 2016. I want to do a quick comparison of the GOP's feelings on the day after the election, and compare it to the reality of today for the GOP....

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  • July 11, 2018

I can’t think of a way to sum up everything wrong with our country right now than this one story.  Cynthia Tisdale’s husband lost the healthcare lottery: he was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He is housebound.  Therefore, although retirement age, she was forced to work two jobs, both as a...

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  • May 24, 2018

The shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas was the 22nd school shooting in 2018. Ten students and teachers were killed. More people have been killed in school shootings so far this year than have been killed serving in the U.S. military. It’s clearer than ever that we need...

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  • May 23, 2018

On Tuesday, May 15th, the Oakland City Council passed into law what has deservedly been called the “strongest surveillance oversight law in the country.” Some of its key requirements:    Public hearings on every new gadget and computer program that can be used for surveillance or monitoring.    Review by...

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  • May 18, 2018

The Berkeley City Council made history Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 by becoming the first municipality in California, and likely the United States, to enact into law its 'Surveillance Technology Use and Community Safety' Ordinance.  This ordinance regulates the procurement and use of surveillance technology (both hardware and software) by any City agency,...

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  • April 5, 2018

The Berkeley City Council made history Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 by becoming the first municipality in California, and likely the United States, to enact into law its 'Surveillance Technology Use and Community Safety' Ordinance.  This ordinance regulates the procurement and use of surveillance technology (both hardware and software) by any...

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  • April 1, 2018

On the day Homeland Security announced planning for a major immigration raid in the Bay Area in response to sanctuary city laws… U.S. immigration officials have begun preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities in which federal officers would look to arrest more than...

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  • January 17, 2018

AUTHOR’S NOTE: The author of this story is not an attorney and is not a religious scholar. In the latest battle in the Republican Party’s War on the Constitution, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is using the Wisconsin National Guard and Wisconsin Emergency Management to promote the religious fiction that Santa...

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  • December 22, 2017

Thursday’s release of the House GOP tax plan will be greeted with a flurry of “hot takes” about its “winners and losers.” So, for everyone’s sake, let’s keep this simple. Unsurprisingly, the biggest winners from what the President called a “big, beautiful Christmas present” are people named Trump and those...

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  • November 2, 2017

After nearly four days of battling 22 wildfires raging across California, a Cal Fire deputy chief gave the first glimmer of positive news to those living in wine country on Thursday morning… “The fires grew a little last night, but nothing as dramatic as the last couple days,” Deputy Chief...

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  • October 12, 2017

x Wow. With 3,500 structures burned, the California fires are now officially the most destructive in state history.https://t.co/nlV24GUUDL pic.twitter.com/3KCHKhhkUU — Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) October 11, 2017 And it appears that it will get worse, potentially much worse: The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the North and...

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  • October 11, 2017

While many are left with nothing, others who still have their homes and possessions face the prospect of a continuing inferno: x Unable to contain fires across the North Bay, winds are expected to pick up again later today.Existing fires could grow, new fires spread. — Darwin BondGraham (@DarwinBondGraha) October...

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  • October 11, 2017

Here in Berkeley its just that the air is a bit smoky.  Thirty to fifty miles north of here are scenes of complete devastation with thousands of homes destroyed.  And it’s by no means over. State authorities are deploying more firefighters and law enforcement officials to areas devastated by wildfires raging in...

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  • October 10, 2017