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Obama commutes sentence for political prisoner Oscar López Rivera

Obama commutes sentence for political prisoner Oscar López Rivera

President Obama has commuted the sentence of Oscar López Rivera, a victory for the Puerto Rican independence activist who is considered to be one of the world’s longest-serving political prisoners. Obama also release Chelsea Manning on Tuesday (Jan. 17).




Sanders tied with Clinton in Nevada; trailed by 23 points in December

Sanders tied with Clinton in Nevada; trailed by 23 points in December

A recent poll showed Sanders tied with Clinton in Nevada, a striking comeback for the Vermont senator, who trailed by 23% in a late December poll.




Obama to propose $325bn plan to provide tax cuts for the middle class

Obama to propose $325bn plan to provide tax cuts for the middle class

President seeks to provide middle-class tax breaks by levying higher fees on banks, closing loopholes for trust funds, and raising the capital gains threshold




US wealth inequality – top 0.1% worth as much as the bottom 90%

US wealth inequality – top 0.1% worth as much as the bottom 90%

Not since the Great Depression has wealth inequality in the US been so acute, new in-depth study finds.




The legalisation of marijuana isn’t just about liberal values – it’s about dollars

The legalisation of marijuana isn’t just about liberal values – it’s about dollars

The tax revenues from marijuana in states where it has been legalised are relatively sizeable – is this one of the reasons why many places are consenting to pro-marijuana legislation?




St Louis area braces for protests after police shoot dead black teen

St Louis area braces for protests after police shoot dead black teen

Activists plan marches and civil disobedience after officer kills Vonderrit Myers Jr, 18, weeks after death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.




Earth sliding into ‘ecological debt’ earlier and earlier, campaigners warn

Earth sliding into ‘ecological debt’ earlier and earlier, campaigners warn

World has already exhausted a year’s supply of natural resources in less than eight months, Global Footprint Network says




U.S. federal judge strikes down Texas abortion restriction

U.S. federal judge strikes down Texas abortion restriction

Ruling is latest in a string of court decisions that have put abortion clinics across southern US at risk of closure




The CIA is getting away with keeping every important secret about torture

The CIA is getting away with keeping every important secret about torture

A definitive Senate report about one of America’s darkest periods continues to be withheld – precisely because the agency behind it refuses to come clean




US immigration courts speeding up hearings for undocumented children

US immigration courts speeding up hearings for undocumented children

Concerns that courts are moving so quickly that children might not have enough time to make adequate case




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