February 21, 2019

Judge lights into Roger Stone over threatening Instagram post, issues new gag order

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal judge overseeing former Trump campaign aide Roger Stone’s criminal trial barred him on Thursday from speaking publicly about the case or anyone involved with it, just days after he posted a photo on Instagram that appeared to show her next to rifle crosshairs. His previous gag order only prevented him […]
February 21, 2019

What the latest West Virginia teachers strike tells us about teachers’ fears around charter schools

On Tuesday and Wednesday, West Virginia teachers went on strike to protest a bill that would allow charter schools to operate in the state and allocate money toward private school vouchers — and they won. This is the second time in two years that teachers across the state have gone on strike to achieve their […]
February 21, 2019

Loss of benefits for retired coal miners puts pressure on Green New Deal’s ‘just transition’

Retired coal miners stand to lose their benefits following a company’s bankruptcy, leaving the future of union contracts at other mines across the country in doubt as the industry continues to falter. One of the oldest coal mine operators in the United States, Westmoreland Coal Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last October, and in […]
February 21, 2019

Indiana tax preparer refuses to serve same-sex couple on religious grounds

A tax preparer in Indiana refused to serve a same-sex couple this month, objecting on the grounds that her religious beliefs reject same-sex marriage. Such discrimination is totally legal, and shines a light on the stasis in which LGBTQ rights have been suspended since the state’s 2015 “religious liberty” debacle. Bailey and Samantha Brazzel married […]
February 21, 2019

Trump’s pick to lead climate security panel calls climate science ‘a cult’

In his ongoing war with U.S. intelligence agencies, President Donald Trump is now challenging the military’s longstanding conclusion that climate change poses a serious national security threat to America, appointing a fringe climate science denier to lead the effort. Trump has decided to assemble a Presidential Committee on Climate Security, spearheaded by William Happer, one of […]
February 21, 2019

Red states try everything but straightforward Medicaid expansion — and the latest is Oklahoma

Red states that opposed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during Barack Obama’s presidency are more likely to implement the 2010 law now, under Donald Trump, albeit with limitations — and Oklahoma is a fine example of this phenomenon. To the surprise of Obamacare wonks, Oklahoma lawmakers in a key committee passed a Medicaid expansion bill […]
February 21, 2019

Ralph Northam’s effort to make amends for racism are off to a rocky start

Three weeks after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) admitted to having worn blackface in the 1980s and apologized for (and then denied) appearing in a racist photograph in his medical school yearbook, he is still governor. And while polls indicate that the plurality of Virginians do not want him to resign and hand over the […]
February 21, 2019

Report: Department of Homeland Security is ill-equipped to protect the lives indigenous immigrants

The language barriers between officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and indigenous immigrant and asylum seekers have life-or-death consequences, according to a new report released by the Center for American Progress. The CAP report was conducted in response to the deaths of Maya children in the custody of the Customs and Border Protection […]
February 21, 2019

More than 90 members of Congress join in effort to block Trump’s declaration of emergency

Led by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), approximately 92 members of the House of Representatives have signed on to a joint resolution aimed at terminating President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. Castro tweeted his intent to draft a resolution late last week, shortly after the president announced he will bypass […]
February 20, 2019

Supreme Court’s new ruling on civil asset forfeiture is pretty huge

States cannot ignore the Constitution when imposing fines or confiscating people’s property in civil or criminal cases, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled Wednesday. The decision in Timbs v. Indiana means change is on the wind for the widespread and chronically abused law enforcement tactic of civil asset forfeiture. It will also have sweeping implications for […]