July 25, 2018

Did Marsha Blackburn meet with Maria Butina’s Russian handler?

In his years helping accused Russian agent Maria Butina infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA), Russian official Alexander Torshin kept coming back to one place: Tennessee. Torshin, now sanctioned by the U.S. and accused by Spanish authorities of mafia ties and massive money laundering, first came into contact with the NRA via a Nashville-based lawyer, […]
July 25, 2018

Nia Wilson’s murder can’t be divorced from the context of race and gender-based hate

In the aftermath of 18-year-old Nia Wilson’s murder on Sunday night, Oakland transit police initially described the brutal attack against Wilson and her sister on a public transit platform as “random.” But social justice scholars and activists say that a white man’s violent attack against two black women — 26-year-old Latifah Wilson survived her injuries […]
July 25, 2018

From Yosemite to Athens, deadly wildfires are raging around the world

Yosemite Valley, the heart of California’s most visited national park, has not been closed due to wildfires since 1990. But on Tuesday afternoon, officials announced the area would be evacuated as the Ferguson Fire engulfed the area. Firefighters are battling a blaze that started on July 13 and now covers more than 36,000 acres. Just […]
July 25, 2018

In Memoriam: The Ivanka Trump fashion line, 2007 – 2018

This is the latest installment in a series of obituaries for late clothing retailers and the symbols they once provided, including American Apparel (which has since come back to life) and the Abercrombie and Fitch logo. Ivanka Trump’s namesake fashion brand, a multimillion-dollar women’s retailer whose shift dresses say, in a vocal-fried purr, “Yeah, I […]
July 25, 2018

Activists in Louisiana are staging tree sit-ins to protest the Bayou Bridge pipeline

Protestors in Louisiana have taken to trees in a last-ditch effort to prevent the ongoing construction of a crude oil pipeline strongly opposed by residents. Opponents have argued that the pipeline will harm the environment and public health, with at least one low-income, majority-Black community expected to be disproportionately impacted. Video footage shared Tuesday on […]
July 25, 2018

Appeals Court rules in favor of trans woman denied hormone therapy in custody

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled earlier this month in favor of a transgender woman who was denied hormone therapy while in the custody of the state of Wisconsin. Reversing a lower court decision dismissing her lawsuit, the three-judge panel agreed that her case could continue. Lisa Mitchell was first diagnosed […]
July 25, 2018

Democratic senator sticks up for Nassar survivor at contentious hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Late Tuesday afternoon, 19-year-old Kaylee Lorincz sat in the second row in a hearing room at the Hart Senate Building in the nation’s capitol, mere feet away from John Engler, the interim president at Michigan State University. She listened as Engler called her a liar, 12 times, under oath, in front of […]
July 25, 2018

Florida Congressman’s ad attacks opponent for owning stocks he also owns

A new ad from Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) accuses his Democratic opponent of rank hypocrisy for owning stock in some of the sectors he has spoken out against. There’s just one problem: Buchanan’s own holdings. The 30-second spot, entitled “Two-Faced,” was unveiled by Buchanan’s re-election campaign on Tuesday. The ad attacks David Shapiro, the Democratic […]
July 25, 2018

2017 was the deadliest year on record for environmental activists

Environmental, land, and indigenous activists are being killed at a record rate and governments are turning a blind eye, according to a new report by the watchdog group Global Witness. According to the report, at least 207 land and environmental defenders were killed in 2017. More than half (60 percent) of the murders took place […]
July 25, 2018

White House will no longer publish summaries of Trump’s calls with foreign leaders

The White House will no longer publish summaries from President Trump’s calls with world leaders, CNN reported Wednesday, citing two sources familiar with the decision. The outlet said it was “unclear” whether this latest blow to executive transparency was a temporary or permanent change. As CNN notes, “readouts” of the phone conversations rarely contain news, but are the […]