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African Migrants Auctioned Off in Libya's ‘Slave Markets’

by the Web Editors 11-21-2017

Image via CNN

The footage captured via mobile phone shows young men being auctioned off like merchandise. The auctioneer asks for bids from buyers, with some being sold for the equivalent of $400 and handed over to their "masters."

U.S. to End Protected Status for Haitians

by the Web Editors 11-20-2017

A U.S. flag flutters over top of the skyline of New York (R) and Jersey City (L), as seen from Bayonne, N.J., Aug. 6, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
 

The United States will end in July 2019 a special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants that protects them from deportation, senior Trump administration officials said on Monday.

Nebraska Regulators Approve Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline Route

by the Web Editors 11-20-2017

 A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, Nebraska March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Lane Hickenbottom/File Photo

The Commission was tasked with determining whether the project is in the state's interest, but was prohibited from evaluating environmental issues because the pipeline already has an environmental permit.  

Though the Obama administration rejected the project in 2015 on environmental grounds, President Trump reversed the decision in March 2017, saying the construction of the pipeline would produce increased jobs and decreased fuel prices. The reversal of the decision has been met with staunch opposition by those fighting for environmenal justice and indigenous rights. 

Weekly Wrap 11.17.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 11-17-2017

7. How an American Ex-Jihadi Struggled to Rebuild His Life in the Country He’d Once Vowed to Destroy

In The New Republic, Tiffany Stanley does a deep dive into the life of Jesse Orton, who has been lifted up as the poster boy for the work of countering violent extremism: “Morton’s path to salvation seemed almost too good to be true. Could the transition from jihadi to patriot really be so seamless, so rapid, so complete? The answer to that question would, within months of Morton’s sudden burst of fame, become painfully clear. The answer was no.”

Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210,000 Gallons of Oil in South Dakota

by the Web Editors 11-16-2017

FILE PHOTO -- A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, Neb. March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Lane Hickenbottom/File Photo
 

The Keystone Pipeline leaked about 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota on Thursday, according to TransCanada. The company said crews were able to shut down the pipeline early Thursday morning and began investigating the leak.

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill on Background Checks

by the Web Editors 11-16-2017

People gather to enter a memorial in the Sutherland SpringsFirst Baptist Church where a memorial has been set up to remember those killed there, in a mass shooting in SutherlandSprings, Texas, U.S. November 15, 2017. REUTERS/Jon Herskovitz

Introduced by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), the bill would galvanize states to ensure records are uploaded and accurate in the National Instant Background Check System (NICS).

Roy Moore’s Wife Posts Pastor Letter of Support, Some Signers Say They Didn’t Give Permission

by the Web Editors 11-13-2017

Judge Roy Moore participates in the Mid-Alabama Republican Club's Veterans Day Program in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, U.S., November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry

The letter shows a distrubing trend of Christian conservatives defending Moore, further evidenced by recent polling in Alabama that reveals a rising evangelical support for Moore, though overall support for Moore seems to be decreasing. 

SNL’s ‘Claire from HR:’ Sexual Harassment ‘Actual Reality for Half of the Population’

by the Web Editors 11-13-2017

"I will probably be back next week and the week after that forever and ever,” Strong concludes, “because this isn't just a scandal. It didn't just start this week. It's just actual reality for half of the population.”

14-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Officer on Wisconsin Reservation

by the Web Editors 11-10-2017

Image via USFWSmidwest / Flickr

The Ashland County Sheriff's Office stated that the deputy was responding to a call reporting an individual armed with a knife in Odanah. The responding deputy fired shots, striking and killing the teen who was an eighth grader at Ashland Middle School. 

Wrap Weekly Wrap 11.10.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 11-10-2017

3. Former Felons in Virginia Show Just How Meaningful It Is to Vote

“In 2016, there were 508,680 potential voters in Virginia disenfranchised because of felonies, including more than one in every five African Americans, according to The Sentencing Project.”

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