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Senator's Bill Would Punish DeVos for Screwing Over Low-Income Students

Thu, 2017/05/18 - 16:34
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Outraged that a formatting mistake may cost disadvantaged Montana students their chance to earn a college degree, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has come up with a creative way to force Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to reconsider: Hold her salary hostage. 

Last month, the U.S. Education Department (DOE) rejected dozens of grant applications to the federal Upward Bound program over minor formatting problems. The University of Montana (UM), which had requested $1.7 million—$340,000 a year from 2017 to 2022—was among them.

Dems Ask Trump's Company to Prove It's Not Just Funneling Him Money

Thu, 2017/05/18 - 16:10
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Senate Democrats said President Donald Trump's company could be "effectively a pass-through for income" that violates the Constitution's two Emoluments Clauses, and demanded that the Trump Organization hand over details about its operations since its chief took office.

FCC Votes to Start Slashing Net Neutrality Protections

Thu, 2017/05/18 - 14:20
Nika Knight, staff writer

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under President Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon voted to begin slashing regulations protecting a free and open internet.

"This doublespeak—the claim that every attempt to protect true free market competition from monopoly control is necessarily a regulatory attack on the free market—is pure Orwellian demagoguery."
—Writers Guild of America, West

"More Peril Than Promise": Watchdogs Slam Trump's Plan for NAFTA Talks

Thu, 2017/05/18 - 14:03
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Watchdog groups are sounding the alarm over the Trump administration's formal announcement to Congress on Thursday that he will relaunch negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico.

Hold Your Applause, Warnings Over the Pitfalls of Special Counsel Investigation

Thu, 2017/05/18 - 11:23
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

While many welcome the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Russia probe as a "first step," observers warn that it is not enough to guarantee an independent, impartial investigation nor to tackle the range of possible misdeeds by President Donald Trump and his team.

'Fight to Save the Internet' Takes to Streets as FCC Votes on Net Neutrality

Thu, 2017/05/18 - 10:24
Nika Knight, staff writer

Update:

As feared, the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday afternoon to begin the process of undoing open internet protections.

Earlier:

As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to vote Thursday to begin the process of repealing net neutrality regulations, the grassroots resistance is rising up.

Disgraced Fox News CEO, Right-Wing Architect, and Key Trump Ally Ailes Dead at 77

Thu, 2017/05/18 - 10:05
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who changed American politics by injecting right-wing conservatism into cable news (and vice versa), has died at 77. 

The news was announced by his family; no cause of death has been reported. Citing two sources, New York Magazine national affairs editor Gabriel Sherman writes on Twitter that Ailes fell last week in Palm Beach, Florida, and suffered complications from a blood clot. 

Outrage Abounds as 'Unconscionable' Wisconsin Sheriff Takes DHS Job

Thu, 2017/05/18 - 09:59
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Controversial Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke confirmed on Wednesday that he would be joining the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), prompting a chorus of outrage from those who say the cop who once compared Black Lives Matter to the KKK is unfit for the job.

Trump Wants to Cut Energy Dept's Renewables Budget. Big Time.

Wed, 2017/05/17 - 16:17
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Buried in Comey Memo Report: Trump Asked FBI Chief to Jail Journalists

Wed, 2017/05/17 - 16:00
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Press freedom advocates on Wednesday slammed President Donald Trump over revelations that he had asked former FBI director James Comey to consider putting journalists in jail—a startling detail that was buried inside Tuesday's bombshell New York Times report that Trump had asked Comey to

How Corporate Family Leave Policies Are Fueling Inequality

Wed, 2017/05/17 - 15:57
Nika Knight, staff writer

Some major U.S. corporations recently made headlines by creating relatively generous paid parental leave policies—but a new report out Wednesday shows that most companies only offer paid leave to their corporate employees, and short-change low-wage, hourly workers who would benefit from such policies the most.

DOJ Inspector General Asked to Probe Sessions' Role in Comey Firing

Wed, 2017/05/17 - 15:37
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Unwilling to let Attorney General Jeff Sessions off the hook amid the growing scandal over President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI director James Comey, a group of Democratic senators is demanding a probe into whether Sessions violated his vow to recuse himself from matters related to Russia's alleged 2016 election interference.

Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago

Wed, 2017/05/17 - 14:39
Julia Angwin, Surya Mattu

Two weeks ago, on a sparkling spring morning, we went trawling along Florida’s coastal waterway. But not for fish.

We parked a 17-foot motor boat in a lagoon about 800 feet from the back lawn of The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and pointed a 2-foot wireless antenna that resembled a potato gun toward the club. Within a minute, we spotted three weakly encrypted Wi-Fi networks. We could have hacked them in less than five minutes, but we refrained.

Eco Groups: Trump's Interior Deputy Pick Is "Walking Conflict of Interest"

Wed, 2017/05/17 - 12:45
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Scores of top environmental organizations on Wednesday sent a letter (pdf) to the Senate urging lawmakers to reject President Donald Trump's nominee for Interior Department deputy, energy lobbyist David Bernhardt, who the groups described as "a walking conflict of interest."

'Today Is a Great Day': After 7 Years, Chelsea Manning Takes First Steps of Freedom

Wed, 2017/05/17 - 11:53
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

"Today is a great day!"

That's the message from supporters of U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who on Wednesday, after seven years in military prison, is a free woman.

Texas Democrat Calls For Trump Impeachment on US House Floor

Wed, 2017/05/17 - 11:26
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Rep. Al Green, a Democrat from Texas, took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday morning to formally call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today with a heavy heart," Green said. "I rise today with a sense of responsibility and duty to the people who have elected me; a sense of duty to this country; a sense of duty to the Constitution of the United States of America." 

'A Revolution': Philly DA Candidate Seeking to End Mass Incarceration Wins Race

Wed, 2017/05/17 - 10:56
Nika Knight, staff writer

Larry Krasner, the most progressive candidate in Philadelphia's seven-way Democratic primary election for District Attorney, won the race Tuesday in what supporters call "a revolution."

Krasner ran on an unprecedented campaign to end mass incarceration and stand up for people's civil rights and liberties.

"This changes the game across the country."
—William Cobb,
American Civil Liberties Union

Nine Injured, Two Arrested in Protest Outside DC's Turkish Embassy

Wed, 2017/05/17 - 10:38
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Nine people were injured and two arrested Tuesday during a protest outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., as President Donald Trump hosted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Witnesses said Erdoğan's bodyguards attacked protesters carrying the flag of the lefist Syrian political party Kurdish PYD outside the embassy. Erdoğan was inside the building at the time.

Michael Moore Aims to Dissolve Trump's "Teflon Shield" With "Fahrenheit 11/9"

Wed, 2017/05/17 - 10:29
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

The moviemaking team behind Fahrenheit ‪9/11 has reunited for Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore's latest documentary whose producers hope will "dissolve Trump's 'Teflon' shield and, in turn, his presidency."

'Comey Memo': Trump Impeachment Could Rest on Obstruction of Justice

Tue, 2017/05/16 - 23:03
Jon Queally, staff writer

The possible existence of memorandum penned by former FBI Director James Comey in the immediate wake of a meeting he had with President Donald Trump earlier this year is being treated Tuesday night as an explosive development if its version of events, specifically that the president asked the chief of the bureau to drop the investigation into national security adviser Michael Flynn, is verified.