Sessions claims immigrant caravan ‘ignored’ Mexico’s generosity

Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed on Monday that a caravan of around 1,500 Central American immigrants nearing the southern U.S. border had ignored Mexico’s generous offer to let them stay in the country, instead continuing their journey to seek asylum in the United States. “Pockets of the original, so-called ‘migrant caravan,’ which press reports indicate consists … [Read more...]

President Pelosi

If Trump gets impeached, convicted and removed from office — and Democrats take back the House in the elections this fall, as currently expected — Democrat Nancy Pelosi could become president. How about them apples? In today’s UnPresidented podcast episode — snippet below — there’s a lot of focus on women: In addition to Pelosi and impeachment, we talk about the … [Read more...]

Climate deniers and tobacco flacks headline the EPA’s new science standard announcement

On Tuesday afternoon, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule limiting the kinds of science that the agency can use in its rulemaking, a step that he described as bringing transparency and trust back to the agency’s scientific process. If the event was billed as being about transparency in science, however, the audience told a different story. … [Read more...]

After not vetting him at all, Trump publicly advises hand-picked cabinet nominee to refuse the job

During a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, President Trump advised his hand-picked choice to be secretary of veterans affairs, Ronny Jackson, to not take the job. Jackson’s confirmation process is currently on indefinite hold because the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee is investigating allegations he oversaw a hostile work environment as the White … [Read more...]

Opponents decry Scott Pruitt’s plan to roll back groundwater protections at coal ash sites

Residents have not been clamoring for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to weaken the nation’s coal ash waste rules. No local communities have stood up and said they want less protection from coal ash. And yet Pruitt — at the behest of coal-fired power plant owners — proposed changes in early March to an Obama-era rule that would allow power plant … [Read more...]

Chief Justice Roberts spent the morning showcasing how impossibly naive he is on matters of race

Abbott v. Perez is a case of mind-numbing procedural complexity. It involves Texas’ successful efforts to draw gerrymandered maps in 2011 — maps that were eventually found to be an illegal racial gerrymander by a federal court — and then maintain as much of these illegal maps as possible for as long as possible after the fact. It is a case about race discrimination, partisan … [Read more...]

A ‘Defining Moment’ to Stand Against Torture as Human Rights Groups Demand Senate Reject Gina Haspel for CIA

Jake Johnson, staff writerAs Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's pick to head the CIA, continues to face intense scrutiny over her "central" role in overseeing the Bush administration's torture regime ahead of her May 9 Senate hearing, more than 40 national human rights and civil liberties organizations sent a letter (pdf) to every U.S. senator on Thursday demanding that they refuse to confirm … [Read more...]

‘Cardi B Is Right’: Sanders and Rapper Call Attention to Social Security and Urge Strengthening of System

Julia Conley, staff writerSen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) embraced a newfound ally this week when he tweeted his agreement with a statement made by rap artist Cardi B about strengthening Social Security. … [Read more...]

Facebook Wants to Be Better About Privacy, Just Not With These 1.5 Billion Users

Jake Johnson, staff writerFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent several hours of congressional testimony this month insisting that his company is seriously dedicated to improving user privacy protections in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but these rhetorical gestures have been undermined by the social media giant's ongoing efforts to deny privacy protections to a staggering 70 … [Read more...]

‘Beyond Comprehension’: In Just Two Years, Half of All Corals in ‘Forever Damaged’ Great Barrier Reef Have Died

Jessica Corbett, staff writerThe Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral system, has been "forever damaged" by anthropogenic global warming, according to a new study. Global warming, researchers warn, "is rapidly emerging as a universal threat to ecological integrity and function." … [Read more...]

Trump’s Corporate-Friendly NAFTA 2.0 Would Be Total Climate Disaster, Report Warns

Andrea Germanos, staff writerA new report reveals how "NAFTA 2.0" could deal lock in fossil fuels and deliver a brutal blow to efforts to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. … [Read more...]

‘Momentum for Better Elections’ as Maine Supreme Court Approves Ranked-Choice Voting for 2018 Elections

Julia Conley, staff writerElection reform advocates on Wednesday praised a decision by Maine's Supreme Court, upholding the use of ranked-choice voting for the state's upcoming primary elections. The ruling demonstrated that the court heeded the demands of the majority of Maine voters. … [Read more...]

Neera Tanden: “Trump acts like a traitor”

In today’s UnPresidented podcast episode, our guest is Neera Tanden, the president and CEO of the liberal think-tank Center for American Progress (CAP). You can listen below. Neera talked to us for almost a full hour about Sean Hannity, James Comey, the 2016 election debacle, the Resistance, Democrats’ chances for winning the House in 2018 and the White House in 2020, impeaching Trump, … [Read more...]

With Vote to Kill Guidance Against Racist Auto Lending, Senate GOP Takes War on Regulations to ‘Vicious’ New Level

Jake Johnson, staff writerIn a "precedent-shattering" 51-47 vote on Wednesday that could set the stage for the GOP to kill a slew of longstanding consumer and environmental regulations, Senate Republicans—joined by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)—approved a measure to repeal a 2013 CFPB guidance aimed at protecting minorities from auto lending discrimination. … [Read more...]

‘Total Failure of Governance’ by Trump: Island-Wide Blackout Deepens Puerto Rico Crisis

Jessica Corbett, staff writerAfter struggling for nearly seven months to rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid, which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory experienced an island-wide blackout on Wednesday—its first since the storm struck last September. … [Read more...]

Message Is Clear as Trump Plays Weapons Salesman: ‘Buy American…Tanks, Drones, Bombs, and Guns!’

Julia Conley, staff writerAhead of the unveiling of his "Buy American" initiative to push even more arms exports into foreign countries than the U.S. already sells, President Donald Trump has begun acting as a weapons salesman, directly appealing to foreign leaders to buy U.S.-made military equipment. … [Read more...]

With Committee One Vote Shy of Rejecting Pompeo, Will Senate Democrats Unite Against Trump War Cabinet?

Jake Johnson, staff writerNow that nine Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have publicly vowed to oppose Mike Pompeo's confirmation as secretary of state, all eyes are on Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday as just one more vote is needed to ensure the current CIA director isn't approved by the panel before he heads to the Senate floor for a full vote. … [Read more...]

Because ‘Climate Leaders Don’t Build Pipelines,’ Greenpeace Greets Trudeau in London With ‘Crudeau Oil’ Protest

Andrea Germanos, staff writerDozens of climate activists staged a protest in the morning outside the Canadian High Commission in London, where they erected a fake, 30-meter (98-foot) pipeline emblazoned with the label "Crudeau Oil." … [Read more...]