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 […]
February 20, 2019

The number of hate groups in the United States has reached a record high

The number of hate groups in the United States has surged to an all-time high, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), with numbers rising for the fourth year in a row. The SPLC’s annual Year in Hate and Extremism report, released Wednesday, recorded 1,020 hate groups in the United […]
February 20, 2019

Trump administration is accused by Democrats of interfering in oversight of Education Department

Democrats suggested that the Trump administration tried to get rid of the Education Department’s acting inspector general, Sandra Bruce, for looking into Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ decision to reinstate an accreditor of for-profit colleges. This isn’t the first time the administration has been accused of not only violating norms in the administrative process of agencies, but […]