New York courts consider policy to stop judges from discriminating against trans people

The New York state court system is considering an amendment that would add gender identity and gender expression to the court’s nondiscrimination policies. Nondiscrimination policies for judges, lawyers, court officers, and others in the court system already include sexual orientation, but the co-chairs of the Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York Courts, appeals Justices … [Read more...]

Canada takes major steps to protect abortion seekers as the U.S. lags behind

A province in Canada voted Wednesday to create abortion clinic “safe zones”, protecting individuals seeking abortions from potential harassment by anti-choice protesters. The legislation would create 50-meter bubbles outside abortion clinics and prohibit protesters from targeting clinic workers or their homes. The Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed the bill with a near unanimous vote, with … [Read more...]

Sessions won’t say whether he’ll recuse himself from the Uranium One investigation

During an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions would not say whether he’d recuse himself from any investigations into the Uranium One deal that has resurfaced in the wake of a new report by The Hill. The story, which stems back to 2015, has also been pushed by President Trump who complained last week that no one was covering it. (It … [Read more...]

Trump campaign is abruptly trying to distance itself from data firm it paid millions. Here’s why.

In the final months of the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump’s campaign paid Cambridge Analytica, a British data-mining firm, millions of dollars to target potential voters in pursuit of victory. But yesterday, after The Daily Beast revealed that Cambridge Analytica’s CEO had emailed Julian Assange to try to obtain 33,000 of Hillary Clinton’s missing emails, the president’s campaign team did all … [Read more...]

Mother of detained 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy speaks out: ‘This is like torture’

The mother of a 10-year-old immigrant girl with cerebral palsy — whose encounter with border agents triggered her potential deportation proceedings — is calling on the Trump administration to release her daughter from an immigrant children’s shelter operated by the government. On Tuesday, Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10-year-old undocumented child living in Laredo, was taken by … [Read more...]

Environmental group sues Irish government over climate change

For the first time in the country’s history, an Irish environmental group is turning to the legal system for help answering an important question: Is the government doing enough to protect its citizens from climate change? According to a lawsuit filed earlier this week by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), the Irish government is not taking adequate steps to protect residents from the … [Read more...]

Spain’s stalemate nearly ended peacefully, but Madrid wouldn’t accept Catalan surrender

The collision-course political crisis that’s wracked Spain for nearly a month seemed ready to end in detente early Thursday, with reports that Catalonia President Carles Puigdemont would back down on independence and call new elections to replace his government there. But after a tumultuous day of delayed and canceled speeches and tense negotiations with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s … [Read more...]

ICE is texting undocumented immigrants to gather evidence to deport them

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency appears to be texting undocumented immigrants to get them to divulge evidence to be used during potential deportation proceedings, the Portland Mercury reported Wednesday. Attorneys of an immigrant who lives in Oregon said ICE suspected him of being undocumented and that he was recently charged with a misdemeanor in Multnomah County where … [Read more...]

‘Both sides’ of climate change debate are valid, argues new U.S. ambassador to Canada

President Trump’s newly appointed ambassador to Canada believes in “both sides” of the debate surrounding climate change. U.S. ambassador Kelly Craft, who assumed her new duties on Monday, told the CBC that she believes there is merit to both arguments in favor of the existence of climate change and those countering the belief that the phenomenon is fueled by human … [Read more...]

Xi Jinping just formalized his complete powergrab in China’s Communist Party

President Donald Trump said he congratulated Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday for his “extraordinary elevation” this week, a consolidating of power in China that has many experts concerned. In a move that has China watchers talking, Xi unveiled his new Standing Committee lineup at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Wednesday, when he also started his second five-year … [Read more...]

New GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore wants to make gays illegal

Roy Moore, the new Republican nominee to be US Senator from Alabama, wants to make gay people illegal. We need to stop Roy Moore. Donate to Moore’s progressive opponent, Doug Jones. And help us take back the Senate, and our country. That’s only a small taste of just how bad Moore is. Moore is the candidate of former Trump White House “Alt Right” publisher, Steven Bannon. … [Read more...]

The War on Brown People

Donald Trump cares more about a dozen people of color kneeling during a football game than he does 3 million Puerto Ricans without power, water or food. Because: Brown people. In our latest podcast — which you can listen to below — Cliff Schecter and I talk about Trump, kneel-gate and Puerto Rico, and then we also hit on a number of other topics, including election night in crazy … [Read more...]

Did McCain just save Obamacare?

John McCain shocked everyone yesterday (Friday, September 22) by saying he won’t be voting for the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal Obamacare next week. Specifically, McCain reiterated his earlier concerns that the Senate shouldn’t pass legislation that doesn’t follow the regular order — meaning, having committee hearings first, committee votes, and a full Congressional Budget … [Read more...]

Obamacare repeal update — all about pre-existing conditions and more

As you know, the Republicans may be within one vote of repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. And while Donald Trump claims that the GOP bill protects people with pre-existing conditions, the consensus among health care experts is that Trump is lying. The bill guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It’s all rather complicated, of course, but in a nutshell the … [Read more...]

What religious right leader had an affinity for gay sex art?

How’s that headline for a teaser? In today’s podcast, Cliff Schecter I delve into a number of topics — primarily Obamacare repeal and Paul Manafort’s latest legal problems with the FBI — but we also touch on a number of other issues in the news, including the strange tale of a new bundt pan I purchased this weekend at an estate sale in DC that turned out to be the … [Read more...]

Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal to get 2 minutes of debate

One of the many things the Republicans aren’t telling you about their latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which will cut life-saving health care for millions of Americans, is that the entire debate over the Graham-Cassidy amendment, as it’s called, will be a whopping two minutes. Yes, you read that right, 2 minutes. And sadly, yet again, the Republicans are reportedly … [Read more...]

Trump tweets video physically attacking Hillary Clinton

Trump sold the Republican party out this week, twice. He needs to win back the Deplorables. Cliff Schecter predicted in our latest podcast that Trump would win back his base by promising to waterboard ten Mexicans. Cliff was close. Trump chose physical violence towards Hillary Clinton.     Trump tweets video physically attacking Hillary Clinton – … [Read more...]

Fox Sports analyst Clay Travis tells female CNN anchor about his love of “boobs”

Unbelievable. Fox Sports analyst Clay Travis just told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that he loves “boobs,” in a conversation about ESPN host Jemele Hill calling Donald Trump a white supremacist. Baldwin was taken aback at first, and once she confirmed what Travis had said — he continued to talk about his love of boobs, repeatedly — Baldwin said she was appalled and ended the … [Read more...]