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Sacramento Police Slay Unarmed Black Man After Shooting Him 20 Times

The Sacramento Police Department provided more details Tuesday regarding a shooting that occurred Sunday where officers fatally shot an unarmed black man in his own backyard, mistaking his cellphone for a weapon. The Sacramento County coroner's office Tuesday identified the victim as 22-year-old Stephon Alonzo Clark. Clark was shot 20 times Sunday night in the backyard…

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WATCH: Police Kick Good Samaritan Out Of McDonald’s For Buying Homeless Man Meal

A Myrtle Beach, South Carolina McDonald's found itself experiencing the nation's disapproval after a viral video that garnered over 40,000 views in less than 24 hours showed the establishment kicking out a Good Samaritan and the homeless man he was trying to buy food for Wednesday.

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Federal Judge Denies Petition Seeking Reclassification Of Marijuana

On Monday, a federal judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a request to reclassify marijuana — currently a Schedule I drug, leaving the plaintiffs ...

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Hillary Clinton Dings Trump in Hilarious Grammys Cameo

Hillary Clinton Makes Hilarious Cameo At 2018 Grammys

During the 2018 Grammys, host James Corden told the audience that not all winners have to be musicians because there’s an award for west spoken word album, which big-named, non-artists like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have won. This all led up to a skit featuring celebrities auditioning to narrate the best-selling book “Fire and Fury:…

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Is Ted Cruz in Real Trouble for 2018?

Trouble For Ted Cruz?

A new poll paid for by Democratic Political Action Committee End Citizens United shows Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, within single digits of his likely Democratic challenger, Rep. Beto O’Rourke. The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, found Cruz ahead of O’Rourke 45 to 37 percent among 757 Texas voters polled by phone and online.

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The Real Reason Trump Canceled His Trip to Britain

Trump's UK Visit Cancelled Amid Fears Of Protests: Reports

President Donald Trump will no longer go to the U.K. next month for his scheduled visit to inaugurate the new U.S. embassy in London, according to reports Thursday. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may go in his place for the opening of the $1 billion embassy, the Guardian reported, citing unnamed government sources.

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Trump Administration Mysteriously Grants Lucrative Waiver to Bank That President Owes Millions

The Trump administration has waived part of the punishment for five megabanks whose affiliates were convicted and fined for manipulating global interest rates. One of the Trump administration waivers was granted to Deutsche Bank — which is owed at least $130 million by President Donald Trump and his business empire, and has also been fined for…

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Ivanka Trump's Defunct Jewelry Business Linked to Money Laundering

Ivanka Trump's Old Jewelry Business Linked To Laundering Money

A powerful oil trading family used first daughter Ivanka Trump's defunct jewelry business to conceal roughly $100 million it owed to the Commercial Bank of Dubai, GQ pointed out Friday, citing a June filing at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Commercial Bank of Dubai received permission to subpoena Trump's…

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Republican Senators Are Making Out Like Bandits with Special Real-Estate Tax Break

When the U.S. Senate takes up the final tax bill this week, more than a quarter of all GOP senators will be voting on a bill that includes a special provision that could give them a new tax cut through their real estate shell companies, according to federal records reviewed by International Business Times. The provision…

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Pharmaceutical Company Billionaire and Wife Found Dead in 'Suspicious' Circumstances

The founder and chairman of Apotex, Bernard Sherman, and his wife Honey were found dead inside their North York mansion, in Toronto, Canada, on Friday. The couple recently put up their home up ...

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Tax Bill: Fossil Fuel Provision Would Personally Enrich Republican Lawmakers

When Texas Sen. John Cornyn slipped an obscure tax break for pipeline giants into the GOP tax bill, he wasn't just helping major Republican Party donors, he was also potentially helping 16 of his congressional colleagues. Together those 16 lawmakers — 13  Republicans, three Democrats — own multimillion-dollar stakes in the special investment vehicles that stand to benefit from Cornyn’s amendment. They include three of members of the Texas Congressional delegation: Sen. Ted Cruz and two top Republicans in the U.S. House.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Probably Wishes She Could Have This Tweet Back

An Old Tweet Returns To Haunt Sarah Sanders

Twitterati has a long memory when it comes to controversial tweets. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders found this out the hard way when one of her old tweets, which spoke ill of those critical of the FBI, was dug up and retweeted by social media users Sunday. The tweet was written last November — just…

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Robert Reich: How Clinton and Obama Failed to Defend the Middle Class

How did Donald Trump win the presidency? In a new podcast interview with International Business Times, former Clinton adminstration Labor Secretary Robert Reich says the Republican was able to take advantage of voters' frustration with both parties' failure to confront corporations' growing power over American life — and Reich faulted Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama…

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The Secret Right-Wing Donors Behind James O'Keefe's Vile Project Veritas

In the latest in a series of embarrassments for provocateur James O’Keefe, he and his nonprofit Project Veritas were exposed in an attempted sting operation. The group gave a false story about embattled Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore to the Washington Post — the news organization that first published corroborated stories of the Senate candidate’s…

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Alex Jones Is Floating a Maniacal New Conspiracy Theory About the Las Vegas Massacre

American Radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, on the Nov. 27 edition of “The Alex Jones Show” has claimed that the Las Vegas shooting was as phony as former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Jones was speaking to a caller on the show when he described the Las Vegas massacre to be fake. Read…

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Drug War Corruption, Chicago-Style: 15 Men Exonerated After Being Falsely Arrested By Dishonest Cop

15 Men Exonerated After Being Falsely Arrested By Dishonest Cop

A judge in Chicago on Thursday overturned the convictions of 15 people, who alleged they were wrongfully indicted on drug charges by a corrupt police official. After a brief hearing by Cook County prosecutors, Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. dismissed the charges as it was confirmed that the convictions had no proper base.

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Naked People 'Out Of Their Minds' On Drugs Seen Terrorizing Missouri Town

Naked People 'Out Of Their Minds' On Drugs Seen Terrorizing Missouri Town

A town in Sullivan, Missouri, saw bizarre behavior last weekend when four individuals were said to have wandered the streets while stripping off their clothes, barking, yelling, trespassing and showering in soda water.

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Ayahuasca Can Help Cure Depression, Alcoholism: Study

Ayahuasca Can Help Cure Depression, Alcoholism: Study

Ayahuasca, a psychedelic traditionally brewed in South America, has shown in a study to improve people's general sense of wellbeing and may offer a treatment for alcoholism and depression. According to the study conducted by a team from Exeter University and University College London, the Amazonian brew contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT) — a psychedelic drug illegal in the U.S. and U.K. — and could improve your sense...

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6 Ways Drinking Warm Water Can Heal Your Body

Health Benefits Of Warm Water: 6 Ways Drinking Warm Water Can Heal Your Body

Most of us start our mornings with a fresh, hot cup of coffee or tea to warm our bodies after getting out of bed. When we drink water, we tend to prefer it cold, but according to Ayurvedic medicine, we have it all wrong. Regularly drinking very warm water, especially in the morning, can heal our…

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Can Socialists Win the American Suburbs for Democrats?

Can Socialists Win The Suburbs For Democrats?

Should Democrats present a moderate corporate-friendly agenda to try to win suburban swing voters, or should they instead embrace the populist politics of Bernie Sanders? Lee Carter, the self-described socialist who won a pivotal election in Virginia this week, says the latter path is the only way forward. In a podcast interview with International Business Times,…

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Taylor Swift Slammed by ACLU for Threatening to Sue Blogger

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California wrote a letter to Taylor Swift’s lawyer Monday, admonishing the pop singer and her legal team for apparently trying to silence ...

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Were the 2016 Democratic Primaries Rigged?

Was the 2016 Democratic primary rigged? It depends on what your definition of the word “rigged” is — but a top campaign adviser to Bernie Sanders declared that after new revelations this past week, “it is unquestionably the case that the DNC was not neutral” during the contest. That declaration came during an International Business Times…

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13 Trump Allies and Counting Busted in Explosive 'Paradise Papers' Leak

Reactions To Paradise Papers Leak

The U.S.-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the publishers of the high-profile Panama Papers leaks, published another database — The Paradise Papers — on Sunday revealing offshore of "some of the world’s most powerful people and companies." The Paradise Papers include around 13.4 million leaked documents, including nearly 7 million loan agreements, financial statements, emails,…

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Millennials Have Had It with Capitalism, New Survey Reveals

A new survey conducted by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization, found 44 percent of millennials would rather live in a socialist nation than a capitalist country. To obtain this information, the research and data firm YouGov surveyed 23,000 people aged 16 and over. Two of the survey’s findings included that…

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The War On Terror Has Cost Americans an Astronomical Sum Every Day - for 16 Years

American taxpayers have spent $1.46 trillion on wars abroad since September 11, 2001. The Department of Defense periodically releases a “cost of war” report. The newly released version, obtained by the Federation of American Scientists Secrecy News blog, covers the time from the September 11th terrorist attacks through mid-2017. The Afghanistan War from 2001 to 2014…

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Lupita Nyong'o Pens Powerful Op-Ed Detailing Her Sexual Assault at the Hands of Harvey Weinstein

Lupita Nyong'o On Harvey Weinstein: 'I Have Felt Sick In The Pit Of My Stomach'

Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o has come forward about her shocking encounters with Harvey Weinstein in an op-ed published in the New York Times on Thursday, adding her name to the growing list ...

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The Koch Brothers Couldn't Ask for a Politician More Eager to Do Their Bidding Than Mike Pence

In New York City last week, Vice President Mike Pence asked billionaire David Koch and around 100 other wealthy, conservative political donors for help in supporting a Republican tax plan. Since the plan would overwhelmingly benefit the richest Americans — like those he was addressing — Pence probably didn’t need to do much persuading. “To get…

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Former Neo-Nazi Comes Out As Gay, Reveals Jewish Heritage

A white supremacist on Tuesday revealed his Jewish heritage and that he identified as gay as he departs the far-right movement. Kevin Wilshaw, who served as a Neo-Nazi and National Front organizer for several years, opened up about his violent past during an appearance on Channel 4 News in the U.K. Wilshaw explained to Channel 4…

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Is Bernie Sanders Gearing Up for a Presidential Run in 2020?

In advance of a possible 2020 White House run, Bernie Sanders seems determined to fix a problem that may have cost him the 2016 Democratic nomination: his poor performance in the South. The Vermont senator and the nonprofit organization he inspired are deploying resources in support of progressive African-American candidates in key races in the South, potentially building the infrastructure he’d need in a second presidential bid.

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NFL Players Kneel During National Anthem At Ravens and Jaguars Games In Protest of Trump and Racism

Dozens of NFL players and staff took a knee during the national anthem Sunday at the first game after President Donald Trump criticized the practice at a rally in Alabama. The game was between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens in London. Ravens and Jaguars players kneeling during National Anthem in England pic.twitter.com/GhthyfIEe3 — Justin…

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