September 18, 2018

Ultra-rich Trump official says consumers won’t notice price increases, leaves CNBC hosts speechless

Wilbur Ross left CNBC hosts dumbfounded on Tuesday morning after he argued American families won’t notice the additional tariffs the Trump administration is slapping on Chinese goods because the price increases will be spread across so many products. Trump announced on Monday that he will impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese […]
September 18, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh and the breathless effort to protect a rich, white man from repercussions

The woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were both teenagers went public over the weekend, speaking out for the first time in a Washington Post interview. Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday that the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford “never happened,” while many conservatives, as well as […]
September 18, 2018

Lawmakers apply pressure to assist recovery for victims of Massachusetts gas explosions

Residents of Lawrence, Massachusetts complained regularly in recent months to their local gas utility about the smell of natural gas. They called Columbia Gas of Massachusetts multiple times to report the smell of natural gas — every gas company urges customers to call if they smell gas — only to have the utility tell them […]
September 18, 2018

At the Emmys, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Mrs. Maisel’ got upstaged by a modest proposal

The only show that everyone who watched the Emmys actually watched was the Emmys. This is the clearest take-home from a show that sort of hop-skipped its way along through a bumbling, so-so night, even as virtually every duo of presenters seemed better equipped to host the 70th annual awards than Michael Che and Colin […]
September 17, 2018

Trump administration announces it’s slashing refugee admissions to a record low

The United States will admit will a maximum of 30,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2019, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a press briefing late Monday afternoon. During the briefing, Pompeo said refugee admittance should not be seen as the “sole barometer” to measure a country’s humanitarian efforts and that the 30,000 cap “must […]
September 17, 2018

Senate postpones Kavanaugh vote until after hearing on alleged sexual assault

Attempts by Republican Senate leaders to rush U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh through the confirmation process have stalled, at least for another week, following allegations of sexual assault. Republicans had planned to vote Thursday to recommend Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate — well ahead of the midterm elections. However, on Sunday, Christine Blasey […]
September 17, 2018

When it comes to Kavanaugh, Susan Collins has a double standard

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was one of the loudest voices calling for the resignation of former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) amid accusations of sexual harassment last fall. When it comes to allegations of sexual and physical assault against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, however, Collins wants to hear both sides. “Professor Ford and Judge […]
September 17, 2018

Hatch shrugs off Kavanaugh allegations, urges Senate to consider who he is ‘today’

The Senate should consider who Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is “today,” even if allegations that he attempted to rape a woman in high school are found to be credible, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said Monday. “If that was true, I think it would be hard for senators to not consider who the judge is […]
September 17, 2018

Second breach reported at coal ash site, nuclear plant declares emergency amid Florence’s rains

A second breach was reported at a coal ash landfill site in North Carolina on Monday according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the latest impact from Hurricane Florence’s heavy rains. That update comes amid a state of emergency declared at a nuclear power plant overseen by the landfill’s operator, Duke Energy, as the extent […]
September 17, 2018

Second breach reported at coal ash site, nuclear plant declares emergency amid Florence’s rains

A second breach was reported at a coal ash landfill site in North Carolina on Monday according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the latest impact from Hurricane Florence’s heavy rains. That update comes amid a state of emergency declared at a nuclear power plant overseen by the landfill’s operator, Duke Energy, as the extent […]