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Trump Just Blew Off a Deadline for Implementing Russian Sanctions He Approved

The White House has blown by an October 1 deadline for beginning to implement new sanctions targeting Russia, drawing concern in Congress that President Donald Trump is planning to ignore parts of a bill he grudgingly signed in August. “The delay calls into question the Trump administration’s commitment to the sanctions bill which was signed […]

Why Trump Can’t Actually Kick the Networks Off the Air

President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to revote the licenses of TV networks such as NBC and CNN whom he accuses of promulgating fake and unfair stories about him. The threat, in the form of a tweet, does not appear well-researched, as it’s virtually impossible for Trump to use the federal government to take licenses from […]

Michael Bloomberg is Fighting Back Against Trump’s Attack on the Environment

The day after the Environmental Protection Agency took its first formal step towards repealing the Clean Power Plan, a 2015 Obama administration rule that was the only federal regulation limiting carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants, environmentalists hit back. Show More Summary

From the Mountains of Puerto Rico: “We Won’t Have Electricity Up Here for at Least a Year”

Adela Fígaro wasn’t worried when high winds began to lash her home, high on a hill in Las Marias, an area in the west-central region of Puerto Rico. The Dominican Republic native, with a quick wit and a big smile, had been through other serious storms in her 30-plus years living deep in the mountains of the island, about 60 […]

The Plagiarism Accusations Keep Rolling in for this Netflix Doc

David France’s award-winning documentary, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, has ignited a firestorm of controversy since it debuted on Netflix on October 6. Allegations have surfaced that the film includes uncredited work from Reina Gossett, a transgender woman of color, filmmaker, and activist who has spent years archiving the life of Johnson, a LGBT-rights […]

Why You Really Should Be Terrified About Trump and Nuclear Weapons

On Wednesday morning, NBC News provided sane people with more reason to be scared: at a private July 20 meeting with his top national security officials, President Donald Trump said he wanted a nearly tenfold increase in the US nuclear arsenal. He made this remark after being shown a chart that illustrated a steady decrease […]

Why You Really Should Be Scared Shitless About Trump and Nuclear Weapons

On Wednesday morning, NBC News provided sane people with more reason to be scared: at a private July 20 meeting with his top national security officials, President Donald Trump said he wanted a nearly tenfold increase in the US nuclear arsenal. He made this remark after being shown a chart that illustrated a steady decrease […]

Trump’s Pick for Homeland Security Chief Is a No-Nonsense Enforcer—and Jeb Bush Donor

President Donald Trump is expected to pick Kirstjen Nielsen, a no-nonsense cybersecurity expert, to lead the Department of Homeland Security, Politico reports. Nielsen works as the deputy to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and served as Kelly’s deputy at DHS before he left for the White House in July. Nielsen, an attorney, previously […]

Boy Scouts Will Finally Allow Girls to Join

The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that it will allow girls to join some of its program. The organization’s board of directors unanimously voted to make the historic change, which will take effect next year. “The decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law,” chief […]

Trump Threatens Networks That Report Critical Stories of Him

President Donald Trump on Wednesday floated the idea of targeting the licenses of TV networks that report “fake news” about him. His tweet came just hours after NBC reported that the president wanted to dramatically increase the United States’ nuclear arsenal—a suggestion that reportedly alarmed Pentagon officials and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.  The story, […]

The Feds’ Grand Plan to Fix Chicago’s Gun Problem Is Not Going Well

This story originally appeared on ProPublica and was co-published with WBEZ Chicago’s “Every Other Hour” series and the Chicago Sun-Times. John Thomas set up the deal the way he had arranged nearly two dozen others. A friend said he wanted to buy as many guns as he could, so Thomas got in touch with someone he knew who had […]

Scientists Found a Gnarly Pesticide in 75 Percent of Global Honey Samples

The last taste of honey you enjoyed likely came from bees exposes to neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used class of insecticides.  Scientists found traces of the bug-killing chemicals in 86 percent of the samples from North America. That’s the takeaway from a paper, published last week in the journal Science, by a team of Swiss researchers. […]

Look at the Junk Science About Contraception in the Health Department’s New Manifesto

Late last month, the department of Health and Human Services published its 2018-2022 draft strategic plan, opening it up for comment through the end of October.  The document contains a number of changes to the last plan, which spanned 2014-2018. But one in particular stands out: In the “Organizational Structure” section from current draft’s introduction, the […]

Trump’s Immigration Proposal Could Make It Radically Harder to Get Asylum

When people arrive at the border seeking asylum from persecution, the United States gives them the benefit of the doubt. As long as they can show there’s a “significant possibility” that they deserve protection, they’re allowed to stay and make their case to an immigration judge. President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress want to change […]

Here’s Why Wildfires Will Only Get Much, Much Worse

So far, the Northern California firestorm currently burning its way through Napa and Sonoma Counties has killed at least 15 people, torched at least 1,500 homes and other structures, and charred more than 100,000 acres of land. Fanned by strong and dry “Diablo” winds, the fires materialized in a matter of hours in the evening […]

Study: The Number of Obese Children and Adolescents Has Grown Ten-Fold In the Past Four Decades

Global obesity rates are on the rise, and the number of children and adolescents with obesity has increased more than ten-fold over the past four decades, according to a new study published in the Lancet today.  The researchers, from Imperial College London and the World Health Organization, analyzed data on trends between 1975 and 2016 in child and […]

Who Tells Your Story? A Netflix Doc Has Ignited Debate Over Who Owns LGBT History

On Friday, David France’s award-winning film, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, began streaming on Netflix. It is a stirring piece of art that explores the controversial death of Johnson, a black woman who was an icon of transgender rights in the United States. Her attitude toward the cultural conservatism of the time was captured […]

This Prosecutor May Have Helped the Trump Siblings and Harvey Weinstein Avoid Charges

The past week has brought two bombshell reports of apparent malfeasance that went unpunished. ProPublica revealed that in 2012, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. were close to being charged with felony fraud for defrauding prospective tenants...Show More Summary

There’s More to Scott Pruitt’s Attack on Obama’s Climate Reg than Meets the Eye

For months, the Trump administration has been quietly plotting how to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s most ambitious effort to cut the nation’s carbon footprint. After the weeks of speculation, the announcement...Show More Summary

This Is What a Successful Attack on LGBT Americans Looks Like

This week, one of the nation’s most sweeping religious exemption laws, which allows for widespread discrimination based on “sincerely held religious beliefs of moral convictions,” went into effect in Mississippi. The law permits religious...Show More Summary

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