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Trump’s first budget would end program to help low-income Americans get lawyers

Cut would reinforce America’s “rigged system.”Mick Mulvaney, the top budget official in Donald Trump’s White House. CREDIT: AP Photo/Carolyn KasterA small, efficient, 40-year-old program to provide legal aid to middle- and low-income clients in civil proceedings is facing the budget ax, according to a New York Times report on the early stages of the Trump administration’s internal budget … [Read more...]

Republicans move forward in their quest to drug test unemployed people

It’s another instance of the GOP using the Congressional Review Act to enact policy changes.Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) with other House Republicans. CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteHouse Republicans are making progress in their quest to allow states to drug test people who are unemployed.This week, they passed a resolution that undoes a rule from the Department of Labor under President Obama’s … [Read more...]

Trump claims he ‘inherited a mess.’ Actually, things were pretty great.

Trump’s attempts to lower expectations don’t really hold up with reality.CREDIT: AP Photo/Andrew HarnikDuring President Trump’s rather eventful press conference Thursday afternoon, he claimed that he “inherited many problems across government, and across the economy.”“To be honest, I inherited a mess. It’s a mess. At home, and abroad. A mess.”Among the reasons Trump believes the country is a mess … [Read more...]

Low-wage workers celebrate the defeat of Trump’s Labor pick

Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary epitomized exploitative fast food industry and the president’s own misogyny.CREDIT: Screenshot/Good Jobs NationLow-wage Capitol Hill workers had planned to protest Thursday against the Senate’s scheduled confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary nominee. But after fast food CEO Andy Puzder officially withdrew his name on Wednesday … [Read more...]

DC mayor won’t veto DC’s progressive paid family leave

Mayor Muriel Bowser declined to veto the bill, which guarantees eight weeks of paid family leave.Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. CREDIT: AP Photo/Carolyn KasterIn late December, the Washington, DC city council passed what would be the country’s most generous paid family leave program. And on Wednesday, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser declined to veto it, thus allowing it to go into law. The final step … [Read more...]

Government will investigate Treasury Secretary’s bank for alleged redlining

OneWest allegedly steered clear of people of color under Steve Mnuchin’s watch.Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. CREDIT: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisThe federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Monday notified a group that brought a complaint against Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s former bank that it will investigate its allegations of redlining.Mnuchin served as CEO … [Read more...]

Charges filed against Trump’s labor secretary pick’s company over wage theft and sexual harassment

Employees just filed 33 complaints against CKE Restaurants.Workers protest Andy Puzder’s nomination in Chicago on January 12. CREDIT: Fight for 15On Thursday, workers at restaurants owned by CKE restaurants, the chain where Trump’s Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder is CEO, filed 33 complaints against the company.Their suits include four allegations of sexual harassment, which were filed with the … [Read more...]

Democrats call Trump’s bluff on infrastructure spending

Senators unveil their own $1 trillion package that looks very different from President Trump’s.Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY). CREDIT: AP Photo/Zach Gibson“America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay,” President Trump declared in his inauguration speech last week. “We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our … [Read more...]

Trump’s federal hiring freeze will make the swamp swampier

Past hiring freezes have only increased government costs and made its work less transparent.President Trump signing presidential memoranda on Monday. CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan VucciAs one of his first acts as president, Donald Trump on Monday signed a presidential memorandum instituting a hiring freeze across the federal government, except for the military.The move follows through on a pledge he made … [Read more...]

The federal agency in charge of protecting consumers is now under threat

A young consumer agency with a long list of wins faces life under autocracy.A sign warning of predatory payday lenders leans up against a chair during a speech by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, in Richmond, Va., Thursday, March 26, 2015. CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve HelberThey’ve gone to court to fight every flavor of modern highwayman, from payday loan companies, abusive … [Read more...]

Philadelphia to become the first city to ban salary histories

The city will be the first in the country to bar employers from asking about prior pay.Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt RourkeMassachusetts became the first state to prohibit salary histories in August. Now Philadelphia will become the first American city to do the same.In late December, the Philadelphia city council unanimously passed a measure that will ban employers from … [Read more...]

Mnuchin’s bank foreclosed on thousands of homeowners, but: ‘I’m proud of our results’

Steven Mnuchin came under fire during his confirmation hearing for numerous complaints against OneWest.Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin at his confirmation hearing Thursday. CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteAt Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin’s Senate hearing on Thursday, Democratic lawmakers repeatedly brought up the foreclosure practices of the bank Mnuchin previously … [Read more...]

Trump preparing budget with most extreme cut in government spending yet

Trump’s team is crafting a budget that would double the spending cuts put forward by House Republicans.Incoming President Donald Trump. CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan VucciIncoming President Donald Trump’s administration is already working on preparing his budget. And it looks like it will be far more extreme than anything the Republican Party has proposed so far.The blueprint Trump’s team is working with … [Read more...]

Washington lawmakers introduce most progressive paid family leave bill in the country

They’re calling for six months of leave and generous pay.CREDIT: iStockAfter a decade of stalling, Washington lawmakers are ready to make their state the leader in paid family leave policy.After a decade of stalling, Washington lawmakers are ready to make their state the leader in paid family leave policy.State Democrats last week introduced a paid family leave bill that would be by far the most … [Read more...]

Media rushes to give Trump credit for jobs he didn’t help save or create

Trump was all too happy to take credit for announcements that companies say have nothing to do with him.President-elect Donald Trump in Trump Tower on Monday. CREDIT: AP Photo/Andrew HarnikBefore companies can even speak for themselves, the media is rushing to attribute job creation announcements to President-elect Donald Trump, even when they don’t actually have anything to do with him. Trump … [Read more...]

Obama administration acts to protect poor children from lead poisoning

HUD just updated its lead action rule for the first time since 1999.HUD Secretary Julián Castro at a home where lead paint is being removed. CREDIT: AP Photo/Steven SenneThere’s no safe level of lead in children’s bloodstreams. But up until now, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made families stay put in publicly funded housing unless their children’s blood levels rose above 20 … [Read more...]

White House to Scott Walker: Trump can’t just let you drug test the hungry

An Obama administration official made it clear that it would take an act of Congress.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) gives his state of the state address on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. CREDIT: AP Photo/Andy ManisWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has been trying for some time now to find a way to drug test those who need government assistance to afford food.He signed a measure two years ago that would … [Read more...]

Thousands of women will go on strike to protest Trump’s inauguration

“Women have the power to disrupt systems, outside the home and inside the home.”Women protesting outside of Trump Tower in October. CREDIT: AP Photo/Richard DrewThe election made Ann want to do something big and bold.As a working mother who is also a first-generation Muslim immigrant — and who declined to give her full name for fear of President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to create a Muslim … [Read more...]