Here comes the police state: New state laws aim for brutal crackdown on protesters -- with help from the cops

The rise of right-wing populism in the United States—from the White House to state legislatures—has been met with public resistance on a stunning scale. Millions have taken to the streets, staged direct actions and flooded airports to resist a flurry of presidential decrees targeting undocumented, black, refugee, LGBTQ and poor communities. And long before Trump took the White House, the Black Lives Matter movement and indigenous water protectors at Standing Rock were leading the way with sustained mobilizations in the face of staggering repression.

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Here's how law enforcement is using Facebook and Apple to target Trump protesters

Law enforcement is compelling Apple and Facebook to hand over the personal information of users who were mass arrested at protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., AlterNet has confirmed. The tech giants appear to be complying with the data-mining requests, amid mounting concerns over the heavy-handed crackdown against the more than 200 people detained on January 20, among them journalists, legal observers and medics.

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Stress caused by Trump administration poses threat to public health: psychologists

Two-thirds of people in the United States say that concern over the future of the country is a “very or somewhat significant” source of stress, according to a new report from the American Psychological Association.

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More than 200 anti-Trump protesters hit with felony riot charges during Inauguration Day demonstration

More than 200 people who were mass-arrested at the Washington, D.C., protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump have been hit with felony riot charges that are punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Those picked up in the sweep—including legal observers and journalists—had their phones, cameras and other personal belongings confiscated as evidence, a lawyer confirmed to AlterNet.

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Here's how we prepare to be ungovernable in 2017

“We cannot and should not legitimize the transfer of authority to a right-wing populist who has neo-fascist orientations,” Kali Akuno told AlterNet over the phone. “We shouldn’t legitimize that rule in any form or fashion. We need to build a program of being ungovernable.”

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Clear evidence emerges of outrageous militarized police collusion with Big Oil at #StandingRock

Today’s militarized crackdown on water protectors in Cannonball, North Dakota stems from high levels of coordination between the extractive industry, state officials and police departments. It was waged against a frontline camp seeking to block the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which would cross beneath the Standing Rock Sioux reservation's main drinking water source and bisect the community's burial grounds. The attack took place under cover of a media blackout, with reports emerging that police were disrupting cellular phone reception.

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Americans are drowning in credit card debt -- and it's not because they are 'irresponsible'

Amid soaring inequality and stagnant wages, consumers in the United States collectively accumulated a stunning $34.4 billion in credit card debt during the second quarter of 2016 alone, according to a new report from the personal finance website WalletHub.

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Richard Dawkins deletes creepy tweet about 'good Muslim' Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and her 'beautiful hair'

Richard Dawkins took his strident brand of Islamophobia to new heights this week when he released a tweet praising Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan as a “good Muslim” for how she speaks, dresses, and wears her hair.

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'In the name of justice': Hunger strike sweeps for-profit immigrant detention center

The third hunger strike this year is sweeping a for-profit immigrant detention center in Washington state as hundreds demand "dignity and justice towards immigrants," including an end to the record-high level of deportations nationwide and the mistreatment of those held within the prison.

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