Why World Leaders Are Terrified of Water Shortages

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This story was originally published by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Subscribe to the podcast and learn more at revealnews.org. Secret conversations between American diplomats show how a growing water crisis in the Middle East destabilized the region, helping spark civil wars in Syria and Yemen, and how those water shortages are spreading to the United States. Classified US cables reviewed by … MORE

The 6 Best Moments From the Democratic Debate in New York

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met in Brooklyn Thursday night for the latest debate of the presidential season. The two Democrats have grown increasingly confrontational in recent weeks, as Sanders has run up a streak of electoral victories but has largely failed to shrink Clinton’s pledged delegate lead. Sanders has questioned whether Clinton is “qualified” to be president. Clinton, meanwhile, has repeatedly mocked an interview Sanders gave to the New York Daily News, arguing that … MORE

Clinton, Sanders Will Sue Arizona Over Botched Election

The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign will file a lawsuit against the state of Arizona on Friday, according to the Washington Post, the latest fallout from the botched March 22 election in which thousands of voters in the state’s biggest county were forced to wait hours to cast their ballots. According to the Post, the suit will focus on Maricopa County, home to roughly 2 million registered voters. Many voters experienced hourslong wait … MORE

Here’s Why Capitol Cops Arrested a Bunch of Senior Citizens Today

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The day after more than 400 people were arrested on Capitol Hill, US Capitol Police on Tuesday arrested 85 mostly elderly activists who were blocking the south entrance of the Capitol. They were all participating in “Democracy Spring,” a weeklong series of rallies and marches on the Capitol aimed at bringing attention to the control of money over politics in Congress and what organizers say are unfair voting laws. Each day of rallies focuses on … MORE

Meet the Law Professor Who’s Running for President to Get Ted Cruz Disqualified

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Victor Williams has a theory about Ted Cruz. He believes the Canadian-born senator is not a “natural born citizen” and is thus ineligible to be president. And he’s decided to prove it the only way he can: by running for president himself. Cruz is pulling “a long con” on the American people, says Williams, a law professor at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. He believes Cruz is attempting to be “born again”—not … MORE

Bruce Springsteen to North Carolina: No Rock for You

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Add Bruce Springsteen to the growing list of people who are not fans of North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law. On Friday, just two days before a scheduled show in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Boss announced that he was canceling his appearance in a gesture of protest against the legislation. “Some things are more important than a rock show and [the] fight against prejudice and bigotry—which is happening as I write—is one of them,” the rock … MORE

Sanders Extends Winning Streak in Wyoming

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Bernie Sanders won the Democratic caucuses in Wyoming on Saturday, adding to his winning streak over the past several weeks. Sanders captured 56 percent of the vote, to 44 percent for Hillary Clinton. But Sanders’ margin of victory wasn’t enough for him to cut into Clinton’s lead in pledged delegates. Each candidate won seven delegates in Wyoming. Both campaigns put in appearances in Wyoming during the past week. The Clinton campaign sent Bill Clinton to … MORE

Obama Just Shut Down Pfizer’s Attempt To Avoid Paying Taxes

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The Treasury Department just grew some cojones and clamped down on companies who want to move their “headquarters” to other countries. This was sparked by a deal that the drug company Pfizer had made to move their company to Ireland to avoid paying taxes here. The outcry from the public was so great that the Obama administration took notice and acted. The outrage over large corporations moving so much of their business — and tax … MORE