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Midday open thread: Trump hotel to host deniers' conference; 100s of cops in Facebook hate groups

Cheyenne River Sioux tribal police officer and other people  stand in front of semi that was escorted off the South Dakota reservation because its connection to TC Energy, the parent company of the builder of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The tribe has barred company officials and KXL workers from the reservation.

A Cheyenne River Sioux tribal police officer and other people stand in front of semi that was escorted off the South Dakota reservation this week because its connection to TC Energy, the parent company of the builder of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The tribe opposes the pipeline and has barred company officials and KXL workers from the reservation.

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  • Media’s complicity with Trump continues: Acts of resistance are ignored, by Egberto Willies
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  • The risk of not impeaching Trump, by David Akadjian
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Center for Investigative Reporting finds 100s of police officers belong to hate groups on Facebook: Some of these groups, like Oathkeepers and Three Percenters, are prone to violence.

Study—Climate crisis will increase risk of violent conflict: Researchers in the study published this week in the scientific journal Nature said that while climate change has not yet played a major role in stoking conflicts, it will do so as its destabilizing impacts grow.

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Cheyenne River Sioux bar Keystone XL pipeline workers from reservation: Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier said Tuesday that “Any vehicles or personnel working on the Keystone XL pipeline are not welcome on this reservation.” Frazier’s made the remark after tribal police escorted a KXL support truck off the reservation in South Dakota where the Sioux have instated a policy that “any and all Keystone XL trucks and escort vehicles that drive onto our reservation be turned around immediately and go back the way they entered the reservation. […] This is Sioux Territory, we will not stand for more encroachments and defilement of our land,” Frazier said.

Trump International Hotel will host a conference of climate science deniers in July: It’s the notorious Heartland Institute’s annual climate conference. The theme this year is “Best Science, Winning Energy Policies.” Featured, according to promotional materials for the conference, will be “the courageous men and women who spoke the truth about climate change during the height of the global warming scare. Now, many of them are advising the new administration or joining it in senior positions.” Since the early 1990s, fossil fuel cash has filled the wallets of many of these poorly disguised industry-paid hacks posing as truth-speakers. They’re a perfect match for top officials in the Trump regime, which has placed some of the loudest deniers into posts where they can do major damage to policies designed to lessen the impacts of the climate crisis they claim doesn’t exist. Right across the street from the conference’s venue is the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency that Trump and his appointees have been doing what they can to wreck for the past two-and-a-half years.

D.C. Circuit Court rules U.S. cannot stop migrant minors from getting abortions: In 2017, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which takes custody of minors who cross the U.S. border unaccompanied by an adult, adopted a policy of refusing to allow pregnant girls in its custody to obtain abortions, even in cases of rape. In 2018,, ORR denied requests for abortions by four unaccompanied minors. That brought on a class action suit that ended with a district court injunction against the policy. The Department of Justice appealed to the D.C. Circuit Court, which ruled 2-1 Friday in an unsigned 81-page decision that the Trump regime cannot force underage immigrants to carry their pregnancies to term.


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