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All of a Sudden, Voting Rights Are Expanding Across the Country

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is set to sign a sweeping election reform package on Monday that will make his state one of the leaders in the country in expanding voting rights. The “Access to Democracy” bills passed by Washington’s Legislature include automatic voter registration, Election Day registration, pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, and a state version […]

More Cops Won’t Make Schools Safer, But Here’s What They Will Do

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contribution to a White House plan to make schools safer post-Parkland is predictably in line with his tough-on-crime approach to governing: put more cops in schools.  Last week, he proposed a measureShow More Summary

We Just Found Out About Another Federal Investigation into Russian Meddling

The Federal Election Commission has launched an inquiry into potential illegal donations made to the National Rifle Association by Russian individuals and businesses in support of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, according to Politico. Show More Summary

Big Business is Gearing Up to Battle Trump’s New China Tariffs

A coalition of major US business groups is ramping up its opposition to President Trump’s reported plan to impose new tariffs on Chinese imports, potentially focusing on telecommunications and technology. In recent days, officials at...Show More Summary

AP Report: Jared Kushner’s Company Filed False Construction Documents

The real estate firm founded by Jared Kushner’s family filed dozens of false documents with New York City regulators while he ran the company, shielding its buildings from inspections designed to protect rent-controlled tenants. On Sunday,...Show More Summary

Congressional Republicans Didn’t Like These Tweets From the President

President Donald Trump kicked off Sunday morning with a series of tweets accusing former FBI director James Comey of lying under oath, criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion with Russia, and doubling down on his administration’s firing of Comey’s second-in-command Andrew McCabe. Show More Summary

Columbia River Tribes Step Up Battle Against Fossil Fuels

This story was originally published by High Country News and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  One foggy morning last May, two grandmothers traveled to the Port of Tacoma at dawn, set up folding chairs, and chained themselves to an auger using PVC pipes. Cynthia Linet, 79, and 69-year-old Marilyn Kimmerling hoped to stop construction of […]

Mueller Reportedly Has Evidence Blackwater Founder Tried to Set Up a Trump-Putin Back Channel

Last April, the Washington Post reported that Blackwater founder Erik Prince had a secret meeting with a Russian close to Vladimir Putin to establish back channel communications between the Kremlin and then-President-elect Donald Trump in advance of the inauguration. Show More Summary

A New Study Shows That Opioids Are No Better Than Other Meds for Chronic Pain

When Dr. Erin Krebs was in medical school in the ’90s, she was taught to avoid prescribing opioids long-term because the drugs were addictive. But as a young doctor in the 2000s, things changed: Seminars and continuing education taught her that opioids were in fact usually not addictive—and should be the default when it comes […]

Betsy DeVos’ Brief, Confusing Visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

On Wednesday, education secretary Betsy DeVos toured Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and met with students and faculty weeks after they survived a mass shooting that left 17 dead at their school. She said she saw therapy dogs, talked to “a small group of students that are having a particularly tough time,” and let students who worked […]

We Asked How The Travel Ban Changed People’s Lives—Here’s What They Told Us

S. was at home in Iran, checking Twitter in bed when he first heard rumors about President Donald Trump’s plans to block citizens from Muslim-majority countries—including Iran—from entering the United States. It had been his first trip home in more than five years, but S., an engineering Ph.D student, was worried and unable to sleep. He didn’t want to […]

One of Texas’ Most Notorious Prosecutors Was Just Voted Out of Office. Expect More of That.

Nico LaHood is the kind of district attorney who drives criminal justice reformers nuts. In his first term running the prosecutor’s office in Bexar County, Texas, which includes San Antonio, LaHood used his office to promote his anti-vaccination views, float Islamophobic conspiracy theories, and threaten to ruin his critics’ livelihoods. Show More Summary

New Study: Eat Your Strawberries Before Climate Change Wipes Them Out

With its year-round sunshine and vast tracts of fertile land, California is one of the jewels of US food production, providing a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of our fruits and nuts. As the climate warms, can we continue to take this $50.5 billion bounty for granted?  That’s the question posed by a team […]

The NRA Says It Has 5 Million Members. Its Magazines Tell Another Story.

The National Rifle Association likes to boast that it represents 5 million gun owners. Or maybe it’s “nearly” 5 million—or perhaps “more than” 5 million. The NRA has never provided solid numbers on how many members it has, yet a look at what data is out there suggests that its claims may be wide of […]

A Philando Castile Charity Just Wiped Out School Lunch Debt in His Old District

Thousands of school kids in Minnesota can now eat school lunches without incurring more debt, thanks to Philando Castile. Castile was a popular school nutrition supervisor in St. Paul before he was shot and killed by police in July 2016. Since his death, which was broadcast by his girlfriend on Facebook Live, he’s become one […]

Donald Trump Is Talking Himself Into a Global Trade War on Twitter

While officials inside the White House are still shocked at Donald Trump’s sudden public pivot toward trade wars with China and the European Union, the president isn’t letting up. Instead, he’s digging in, taking to Twitter to once again make threats directed at the EU. “Our jobs and wealth are being given to other countries […]

Donald Trump Has Spent Nearly a Quarter of His Days as President at His Golf Courses

The National Rifle Association is pissed, the White House’s battle-tested communications staff is reeling, and hundreds of thousands of young immigrants are worried about how their lives will change on Monday. But Donald Trump keeps on golfing! With his appearance Saturday at his Palm Beach County, Florida, golf course, the president hit a new milestone: 100 […]

The Florida Senate Is Holding a Special Weekend Session to Debate Arming Teachers

The Florida Senate is holding a rare Saturday session to debate a bill that includes a set of modest gun control measures—and, controversially, a program that would arm teachers in state schools. The move comes several weeks after a Valentine’s Day shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead and reignited […]

America’s Newest Weather Satellite Is a Game-Changer for Forecasting Catastrophic Natural Events

This story was originally published by WIRED and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  2017 was a grievously good year for cataclysms. Infernos engulfed not just California, which suffered its most destructive wildfire season on record, but the greater American West. Show More Summary

How a Former Felon Became a Kitchen Ninja

One of this year’s Oscar-nominated short documentaries takes a look at an ambitious project to give former inmates a second chance and attempt to create the best French eatery in the country. Knife Skills documents the opening of Edwins and explores what it’s like for the restaurant’s chefs to build a life after being incarcerated.  In […]

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