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EPA Asked for Public Input On Massive Regulation Rollback—and the Resistance Delivered

Tue, 2017/05/16 - 16:41
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

It turns out, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt's plan to gut environmental protections is wildly unpopular as a call for public comment amassed nearly 60,000 responses that ranged from simply "No" to passionate reminders that the "EPA is for the people."

Single Payer Success in NY as Medicare-for-All Bill Passes State Assembly

Tue, 2017/05/16 - 16:33
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

As the momentum behind Medicare-for-All continues to grow nationwide, New York's State Assembly on Tuesday was expected to pass a single-payer healthcare bill that puts the state light years ahead of the

Watchdogs Warn New Bill Would Axe Corporate Liability at Public's Expense

Tue, 2017/05/16 - 15:57

Leading watchdog groups are opposing the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), which is set to be voted on in committee Wednesday, over fears that the bill would make it even harder for federal agencies to manage safeguards for workers, consumers, and the environment.

Ruthless Coal CEO, Blamed for 29 Deaths, Asks Trump Not to 'Punish' Executives

Tue, 2017/05/16 - 14:16
Nika Knight, staff writer

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was released last week from prison after serving one year for his role in a deadly mine explosion that killed 29, and one of his first acts after being released was to appeal to President Donald Trump for more lenient laws to pr

For First Time, More Voters Support Trump Impeachment Than Oppose It

Tue, 2017/05/16 - 14:11
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

For the first time, more Americans support impeaching President Donald Trump than oppose the idea, according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling.

The poll, conducted in the wake of Trump firing former FBI director James Comey, found 48 percent in favor of impeachment and 41 percent against. Just 43 percent of respondents think Trump is going to serve his full term as president.

FCC Anti-Net Neutrality Plan Sparks All Out Comment War, Bots Included

Tue, 2017/05/16 - 14:08
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Rarely do the public comments made on a federal agency website garner so many headlines, but the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) plan to gut net neutrality protections has sparked an all-out war between Open Internet advocates and a pro-corporate bot—with a few additional bad apples sprinkled in.

To Fight 'Surveillance Culture,' Activists Release Kid-Focused Privacy Toolkit

Tue, 2017/05/16 - 13:56
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Privacy activists released a toolkit on Tuesday to help parents protect their children's information online.

'For The Many, Not The Few': Labour Manifesto Offers Blueprint for Global Left

Tue, 2017/05/16 - 11:17
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The U.K. Labour Party's election manifesto, officially unveiled on Tuesday after a draft was leaked last week, could serve as a template for the left-of-center political sphere worldwide, columnist Owen Jones wrote for the Guardian.

What's In the Transcript? There's a Way to Find Out What Trump Told Russia

Tue, 2017/05/16 - 10:49
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Among the revelations in Monday evening's bombshell Washington Post report on President Donald Trump disclosing classified information to Russian diplomats is the fact that one U.S.

"Pay Trump Bribes Here" Projected Onto President's DC Hotel

Tue, 2017/05/16 - 10:45
Nika Knight, staff writer

An artist projected "Pay Trump bribes here" and "emoluments welcome" onto the facade of the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C, on Monday night, in protest of President Donald Trump's failure to divest himself from his business empire.

The artist, Robin Bell, also projected the entire text of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

Forget Trump's "Law and Order," Agenda Offers Solutions for Making Policing Safe—and Fair

Mon, 2017/05/15 - 16:32
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

As President Donald Trump was vowing to "restore law and order," long understood to mean heightened police activity and mass incarceration, advocates of criminal justice reform on Monday published an alternative blueprint that would reduce crime and protect police—all while upholding individual rights and reducing the prison population.

Trump Escalates Attack on Healthcare, Women With Rebranded and Expanded Global Gag Rule

Mon, 2017/05/15 - 16:32
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

President Donald Trump spent part of his first Monday in office following in the footsteps of other Republican presidents by reinstating the Global Gag Rule, officially known as the Mexico City Policy.

'Where Are the Tapes, Sean?': As Spicer Demurs, ACLU Requests Comey Records

Mon, 2017/05/15 - 15:49
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday requested that the White House hand over any records pertaining to President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI director James Comey amid investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

The ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Department of Justice, saying it was impossible to know the truth with the Trump administration's constantly-changing stories, "each of which is increasingly troubling."

Trump's New Bank Regulator: Lawyer Who Helped Banks Charge More Fees

Mon, 2017/05/15 - 14:12
Cezary Podkul, ProPublica

In the early 2000s, banks successfully sued to stop Iowa from limiting their ability to charge ATM fees to non-customers. They also fought off states’ attempts to stop them from charging non-customers to cash checks drawn on the banks’ accounts.

Trump to Pick Conservative Talk Show Host for Top USDA Science Position

Mon, 2017/05/15 - 13:18
Nika Knight, staff writer

President Donald Trump is expected to pick Sam Clovis, a conservative talk show host who campaigned for Trump in Iowa, for the position of "chief scientist" as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), reported ProPublica and the Washington Post this weekend.

North Carolina's Voter ID Law Meets 'Its Much-Deserved Demise'

Mon, 2017/05/15 - 13:04
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Monday brought a victory for voting rights.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined (pdf) to review a lower court's decision that struck down North Carolina's controversial voter ID law. According to Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, the development means "[a]n ugly chapter in voter suppression is finally closing."

Fate of LA's Public Schools Hangs in Balance in Major Trump-Era Election

Mon, 2017/05/15 - 12:34
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

A runoff election Tuesday in Los Angeles will determine the fate of public education in one of the nation's largest school districts, in a first major test of the influence of the Trump-era charter school industry.

Voters will head to the polls on May 16 to choose between charter school ally Nick Melvoin and current L.A. school board president Steve Zimmer in a race for District 4, and between charter school teacher Kelly Fitzpatrick-Gonez and public school advocate Imelda Padilla for a seat in District 6.

Patti Smith, Edward Snowden, and Noam Chomsky Agree: Trump Must Halt Prosecution Against WikiLeaks

Mon, 2017/05/15 - 11:09
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Legendary singer and artist Patti Smith, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, world-renowned scholar Noam Chomsky, and acclaimed filmmaker Oliver Stone are among those asking President Donald Trump to put the brakes on the escalating war on free speech and stop pursuing charges against WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

Microsoft President: Governments Must Treat Cyber Attack as 'Wake-Up Call'

Mon, 2017/05/15 - 10:46
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The president of Microsoft slammed the National Security Agency (NSA) for its role in the ongoing global malware attack, saying it was "yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem."

US Bank to Stop Funding Pipelines as Divestment Movement Expands Worldwide

Mon, 2017/05/15 - 10:23
Nika Knight, staff writer

As a nearly ten-days-long global mobilization calling for divestment from fossil fuels comes to an end, climate campaigners are celebrating a major victory stateside: U.S. Bank has announced that it will no longer finance fossil fuel pipeline construction.