October 18, 2018

Trump claims ‘All Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions’ in blatant lie

President Donald Trump, whose administration asked a court to end Obamacare’s protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions just last month, claimed “All Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions” in a tweet on Thursday. All Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions, and if they don’t, they will after I speak to them. I am in […]
October 18, 2018

Seattle’s police union, mayor agree to strangle new accountability law in its crib

Almost a year and a half after Seattle celebrated the passage of a law streamlining police accountability and establishing an aggressive new civilian watchdog body, the city’s police union is looking to sabotage that progress — with Mayor Jenny Durkan’s (D) help. Where police unions have often used contract negotiations to extract higher pay in […]
October 18, 2018

Renewables industry stays vigilant against Trump’s use of national security to prop up coal

When its other arguments failed to win over converts, the Trump administration turned to national security as one of its primary reasons to bail out financially struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants. In a new report, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), a nonprofit trade group for the renewables industry, attempts to show how […]
October 18, 2018

Journalist’s death highlights crackdowns in Saudi, where ‘arrests keep coming’

In the last piece he wrote for The Washington Post, published on Wednesday night, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi worried about the world turning a blind eye to the media crackdown in the Arab world. Highlighting journalist arrests in his native country as well as in Egypt, Khashoggi wrote, “These actions no longer carry the consequence […]
October 18, 2018

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange keeps trying and failing to move to Russia

For over six years, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has tried repeatedly to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London without having to face any potential legal ramifications for skipping bail in the United Kingdom. With each new reported attempt, one destination seems to be at the top of Assange’s list: Russia. This week, the Associated Press […]
October 18, 2018

A Dutch physician is sending medication abortion to Americans by mail

If you have to travel 100 miles to terminate your pregnancy, ordering abortion pills online might be a more practical option for you. But while it’s relatively easy to purchase medication abortion on the internet, websites can feel sketchy or confusing as they don’t always provide the relevant information or instructions. Dutch physician Rebecca Gomperts […]
October 18, 2018

Federal lawsuit against Harvard reveals how donors affect admissions process

The influence of applicants’ ties to donors in the admissions process at Harvard was revealed by lawyers in a Boston federal court this week. The trial is focused on challenging race conscious admissions, but in the process put the spotlight on a shadowy process that allows the wealthy to use their influence to secure a […]
October 18, 2018

Trump voters worry about discrimination against men and Christians more than any other group

A new survey from YouGov and The Economist suggests that people who voted for President Donald Trump are living in a very different United States than those who voted for Hillary Clinton. In a series of questions about the discrimination they perceive different groups to be experiencing, the respondents were far more concerned with the […]
October 18, 2018

Nicaragua accused of using military-grade weapons to crush protesters

Nicaraguan security services have been using weapons of war as part of a brutal crackdown against anti-government protesters which has resulted in the deaths of hundreds, a report by Amnesty International claimed Thursday. Nicaragua, under the rule of President Daniel Ortega, has been engulfed in demonstrations and clashes since April. More than 300 have been […]
October 18, 2018

Florida’s proposal to ban offshore drilling is back on the ballot

A proposed Florida constitutional amendment that would ban offshore drilling is back on the ballot following a legal scuffle that saw the initiative challenged in court. The Florida Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Amendment 9 can appear on the ballot before voters in November. That proposal, which would prohibit oil and gas drilling on land […]