September 19, 2018

‘Pro-life’ groups stand by Kavanaugh after sexual assault allegation

Anti-abortion groups were ecstatic when President Trump first nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, citing his “strong record of protecting life.” Now, many of those same groups are refusing to condemn him after California professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her. Groups like Susan B. Anthony List — who wield […]
September 18, 2018

Government officials claim to be unaware of health risks associated with indefinite family detention

Tuesday’s Senate Homeland Security hearing on family detention was tense, as Trump administration officials struggled to explain the consequences of indefinite detention — including health risks for children. “We are talking about the indefinite detention of children,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to officials with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ).  One DHS official […]
September 14, 2018

Patient advocate groups sue Trump administration over skimpy health plans

Seven patient advocate and health care groups are suing the Trump administration for expanding short-term limited duration plans, cheap health insurance with a history of discrimination. These groups — representing patients, providers, and insurers — accuse the Trump administration of jeopardizing health care for the most vulnerable, as these short-term plans can skirt consumer protections […]
September 12, 2018

Rhode Island GOP gubernatorial candidate aims to win by distancing himself from Trump

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND — Conventional wisdom suggests that the Rhode Island gubernatorial race will come down to incumbent Gina Raimondo (D) and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung (R) — just as it had four years ago. But one critical thing has changed since 2014, when Raimondo narrowly defeated Fung, 40.7 percent to 36.2 percent: Donald Trump is president. […]
September 12, 2018

Roe v. Wade is on the ballot in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND — State Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D) on Tuesday knocked on the door of a voter with a campaign sign for her opponent Holly Taylor Coolman, an anti-choice Democrat who ended up winning the state party’s support. A middle-aged white woman answered and Ranglin-Vassell introduced herself to her neighbor: She’s a Jamaican immigrant who’s […]
September 11, 2018

Activists hope for gubernatorial upset in Rhode Island with progressive candidate Matt Brown

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND — Matt Brown has never met former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (D), but the Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate has managed to win over the Vermont senator’s base. On Monday, Sanders-turned-Brown supporters walked 12 miles from North Kingstown to beach-town Narragansett in high wind and rain (thanks to Hurricane Florence) to canvas for […]
September 7, 2018

More than 400 migrant children still separated from families in slow-moving reunification process

It’s been more than two months since a federal judge told the Trump administration to reunite all the families it separated as part of its failed “zero tolerance” immigration policy. And yet, according to a new court filing on Thursday, 416 children are still separated from their caretakers. That number includes 14 kids under the […]
September 6, 2018

Thousands of Arkansas residents just lost health coverage due to Medicaid work requirements

More than 4,500 low-income Arkansans lost their health insurance over the weekend because they did not report 80 hours of work online for three consecutive months, according state data. The three-strikes law took affect in June, making Arkansas the first state to implement Medicaid work requirements in the country. Critics warned the law wouldn’t move […]
September 6, 2018

Leaked email confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t think Roe v. Wade is ‘settled law’

A March 2003 email exchange leaked to The New York Times suggests Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh does not think Roe v. Wade is the “settled law of the land.” Kavanaugh has repeatedly dodged questions during his confirmation hearing about abortion rights under the 1973 landmark decision, giving vague answers to senators on whether or not he agrees […]
September 6, 2018

Leaked email confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t think Roe v. Wade is ‘settled law’

A March 2003 email exchange leaked to The New York Times suggests Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh does not think Roe v. Wade is the “settled law of the land.” Kavanaugh has repeatedly dodged questions during his confirmation hearing about abortion rights under the 1973 landmark decision, giving vague answers to senators on whether or not he agrees […]