In 11 days, Trump’s attack on the ‘fake news media’ falls apart completely

Less than two weeks ago, President Trump took aim at the “Failing New York Times” for a report about how Trump was considering a shakeup to the legal team he’d assembled to deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. “The Failing New York Times purposely wrote a false story stating that I am unhappy with my legal team on the Russia case and am going to … [Read more...]

Indiana governor signs bill allowing DACA recipients to obtain professional licenses

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed a bill into law Wednesday to allow recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to obtain licenses in more than 70 professions, such as nursing, architecture, and cosmetology. The move comes one month after the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA) added questions about citizenship status to all of its professional license … [Read more...]

Congress rejects Betsy DeVos’ education agenda

Congress’ spending bill demolishes many of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ budget priorities and proposals. The bill rejects many of her proposed cuts for the department, and instead allocates more money to the Office for Civil Rights, preserves funding for before and after school programs, and keeps in place a grant program that helps provide school-based mental health … [Read more...]

Internet company severs ties with Facebook, citing Cambridge Analytica data scandal

Internet software company Mozilla says it’s “pressing pause” on Facebook advertising in the wake of the massive Cambridge Analytica scandal that has plagued the social media giant since last week. “Facebook knows a great deal about their two billion users — perhaps more intimate information than any other company does. They know everything we click and like on their … [Read more...]

Trump kicks off constitutional firestorm over the death penalty

This week, Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III sent a memo to prosecutors urging them to “seek capital punishment for certain drug-related crimes.” The letter follows Donald Trump’s comments praising the Philippines’ authoritarian leader Rodrigo Duterte, who is believed to be engaged in a campaign of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers. At least … [Read more...]

Chicago police chief fired after Laquan McDonald killing announces bid for mayor

If he’s going to get the third term he wants, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) will have to fend off a challenge from the police chief he fired over a scandalous police killing and cover-up that implicated both men’s offices. Former police superintendent Garry McCarthy formally announced his candidacy for mayor on Wednesday night in a video message posted to his website. McCarthy has … [Read more...]

Trump’s plan to slash EPA, clean energy funding gets the cold shoulder from Congress

Lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the end of September. The legislation, packaged in a 2,232-page document, still needs to pass both chambers of Congress and get President Trump’s signature before Friday at midnight in order to prevent a government shutdown. The spending bill generally keeps funding for environmental and … [Read more...]

Tennessee lawmakers pass bill requiring ‘In God We Trust’ be displayed in all public schools

Tennessee lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill this week that will require all schools in the state to display “In God We Trust” in some sort of “prominent location,” such as “a school entry way, cafeteria, or common area where students are likely to see” it. After it passed unanimously in the state Senate two weeks ago, the House approved the bill Monday … [Read more...]

Mark Zuckerberg welcomes regulation, as long as it’s the kind he likes

In the last 24 hours Mark Zuckerberg has bitten the bullet. The notoriously media-shy mogul gave a slew of interviews this week as he attempted to control the fall-out from the Cambridge Analytica scandal and explain just how the data analytics firm which helped the Trump campaign managed to harvest the profile information from 50 million Facebook users without their permission. Amid all the … [Read more...]

After backing $1.5 trillion tax cuts, these GOP lawmakers are suddenly concerned about the debt

Despite years of tough talk about balanced budgets, the Republican majority in the House and Senate rammed through a massive tax cut for the rich in December that their own analysis showed would increase the deficit by more than $1 trillion. Now, many of the lawmakers who voted for that are suddenly concerned about the debt again and say they will oppose their own party’s omnibus spending … [Read more...]

Even Kris Kobach’s experts don’t think voter fraud swings elections

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) is attempting to defend his proof-of-citizenship law in federal court, and it’s not going well. He and his legal team have repeatedly violated basic rules of evidence, causing the judge to raise her voice and reprimand them on multiple occasions. Now, in the past week, two of his prominent expert witnesses admitted there is no evidence to back up Kobach’s … [Read more...]

In the lead up to his U.S. visit, Saudi prince continues to say dangerous things about Iran

A week before Saudi Prince Mohamed bin Salman arrives to the United States to visit his friend and ally President Donald Trump, tidbits of his upcoming appearance on 60 Minutes have been released — and his aggressive comments about Iran show that he remains in lock-step with the U.S. president. Bin Salman, also known as MBS, said that Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if Iran does. … [Read more...]

White House admits Russia may have been to blame for attacks on ex-spies living in the UK

The White House on Wednesday night issued its first statement identifying Russia as the main culprit behind a series of attacks and nerve agent poisonings targeting former spies living in the U.K. “The United States shares the United Kingdom’s assessment that Russia is responsible for the reckless nerve agent attack on a British citizen and his daughter, and we support the United Kingdom’s … [Read more...]

Tennessee Republicans block resolution condemning neo-Nazis

Republicans in the Tennessee House of Representatives have shot down a resolution that would have condemned white nationalists and neo-Nazism. House Joint Resolution 583 was filed by Representative John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville) in the wake of the Unite the Right rally, where one counter-protester was killed by white nationalist James Alex Fields Jr.  The motion stated that “recent tragic … [Read more...]

Senator exposes the hypocrisy of ‘so-called climate caucus’ members

Climate activists aren’t the only ones waiting for members of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus to propose meaningful climate change legislation. A senator, who has become a prominent climate action advocate, is taking the caucus to task for failing to bring Democrats and Republicans together to craft significant climate legislation. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), speaking … [Read more...]

Trump got caught in a lie during meeting with Trudeau, then made it worse with embarrassing tweet

During a speech to donors in Missouri on Wednesday, President Trump admitted to simply making stuff up during a recent meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Trudeau came to see me. He’s a good guy, Justin. He said, ‘No, no, we have no trade deficit with you, we have none. Donald, please,’ ” Trump said, mimicking Trudeau, according to The Washington Post, which obtained audio of the … [Read more...]

NRA spokeswoman doesn’t think thousands of students rallying against gun violence want gun control

On Wednesday, students from thousands of schools across the country walked out to protest the government’s failure to protect kids from gun violence and to demand tougher gun restrictions. The National Rifle Association, the most powerful defender of the status quo, was not happy. The tax-exempt lobbying group’s national spokesperson Dana Loesch attempted to dismiss the effort on … [Read more...]

Trump said states can deny public funds to Planned Parenthood. Nebraska is trying to do just that.

The funding for Planned Parenthood’s Lincoln South Health Center, a clinic where Brooke Thomas gets birth control shots every three months to deal with excruciating pain, is at risk. The Nebraska Legislature advanced a budget bill Tuesday evening that includes language that would deny Planned Parenthood and other local family planning clinics public funds. In a 38-6 vote, lawmakers voted to … [Read more...]