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Ex-FEMA Director: Rebuilding Puerto Rico Requires Acknowledging Climate Change

The former Federal Emergency Management Agency chief has some advice for the Trump administration after back-to-back hurricanes in the past month: You have to look at climate change science if you want smarter disaster relief. Drawing on eight years of experience leading FEMA under President Barack Obama, Craig Fugate warned on Tuesday that flood-prone areas […]

When Immigrant Farmhands Sued His Clients, This California Lawyer Ratted Them Out to ICE

Splinter has a pretty remarkable story out today that starts like this… In April, the Trump Administration launched what it called the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) hotline, with a stated mission to “provide proactive, timely, adequate, and professional services to victims of crimes committed by removable aliens.” But internal logs of calls to […]

Memphis Wants to Get Rid of a Statue of a KKK Grand Wizard. Will Tennessee Officials Stop It?

On Monday, Mother Jones published an essay by Nate DiMeo chronicling the history of a hotly-debated Confederate monument in a park in downtown Memphis, Tenn. Last week, the effort to remove the statue was blocked again.  “When I was on the city council, we voted to take these down, that’s like three or four years ago,” […]

Just Days After Las Vegas, Gun Laws in the Nation’s Capitol Are About to Get Weaker

Just days after a mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed at least 59 people and sent more than 500 to the hospital, strict gun restrictions on who can carry concealed weapons in the nation’s capital are set to expire. In 2014, the local government in Washington, DC passed a law that requires those applying for a concealed carry […]

Elizabeth Warren Is Coming for the Equifax CEO

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will question the former head of Equifax Wednesday—and if her recent statements about the Equifax hack are any indication, she’ll probably mop the floor with him.  Richard Smith, the former CEO of Equifax, is set to testify before the Senate Banking Committee. Smith resigned last week as a result of this […]

In Puerto Rico, Trump Says Hurricane Maria Isn’t a “Real Catastrophe” Like Katrina

In his first visit to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria made landfall nearly two weeks ago, President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued to heap effusive praise on his administration’s relief efforts, suggesting residents should be “proud” because the current confirmed death toll is far lower than in a “real catastrophe” like Hurricane Katrina. “Every death […]

Anthony Kennedy’s Questioning Suggests Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering Could Be in Danger

Creatively drawn political maps designed to give one party an entrenched advantage could be in danger, if questioning by the Supreme Court’s swing justice on Tuesday is any indication. The court heard a landmark challenge to partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin, a case whose outcome could strike down extreme gerrymandering or inspire more states to adopt […]

New Document Shows Trump’s Election Commission May Be on Shaky Legal Ground

A new court document has provided a rare view into the workings of Donald Trump’s controversial election integrity commission, which has operated in almost complete secrecy. The document, an index of communications to and from commission members and staff, casts further doubt on the legality of the commission’s work and its requests for voter data. […]

Puerto Rico Governor Blames Communications Problems for Slow Relief Effort

At a press conference Tuesday morning, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló faced a question that is on the minds of people across the island. Why, 13 days after Hurricane Maria, are so many residents still struggling to find basic necessities, such as water, food, and fuel? “It is a good question,” Rosselló responded. “Many things […]

This Is What It’s Like at the Mandalay Bay Hotel the Day After America’s Latest Mass Shooting

It was just before midnight the day after the worst mass shooting in modern American history and Bob Kochanski, 45, was still in the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino, sitting at a lit up slot machine. He wasn’t playing, just staring out at the mostly empty casino. “You take every day for granted,” he says, […]

Trump Brags About Relief Efforts While Blaming Puerto Ricans. Again.

Moments before departing for San Juan on Tuesday to survey Puerto Rico’s devastation from Hurricane Maria, President Trump again appeared to lay blame on local residents for slow recovery efforts, while boasting of his administration’s “terrific” work. “On a local level, they have to give us more help,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “But […]

Jimmy Kimmel Fights Back Tears While Delivering Powerful Plea for Gun Control

In the wake of the worst mass shooting in US history, Jimmy Kimmel on Monday delivered a scathing monologue calling out congressional lawmakers who send their prayers instead of working for increased gun control measures. The Las Vegas native specifically called out President Trump and Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan for failing to […]

Renewing DACA Once More Offers a Small Sliver of Hope for Dreamers

Her classmates were queasy when a science teacher assigned them to dissect a cow’s eye sophomore year in high school, but Amzi couldn’t have been more excited. “I was like, ‘yeah, give me the scalpel!'” she says. Now, the 21-year-old, who prefers we don’t use her last name to protect her identity, is preparing to […]

In Puerto Rico, Venture Capitalists Widen the Inequality Gap After Disaster Strikes

This story originally appeared on Puerto Rico is devastated. Two hurricanes plunged the island into darkness and despair. Crops perish in the fields. The landscape of ruined buildings and towns resemble Hiroshima after...Show More Summary

Virginia Is a Microcosm of Democrats’ Down-Ballot Struggles. This Year They May Have Cracked the Code.

If you want a sneak preview of how the 2018 election is shaping up for Democrats, you should pay attention to people like Schuyler VanValkenburg. The 32-year-old VanValkenburg is a high school civics teacher at a public school in Henrico County, Virginia. As part of his civics duties, he coaches his team in a statewide […]

In Puerto Rico’s Cabo Rojo, a Dialysis Patient Waits for Help, and a Mayor Waits for Power

Since Hurricane Maria, says Cabo Rojo resident Louis Ramírez, nobody from outside has come to see the devastation in Ballajá, one of the poorest neighborhoods of this town of 50,000 on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico. Up there, “they don’t care if you have medicine, they don’t care if you have anything,” Ramírez tells me […]

Nevada Republican Leaders Are in the Hot Seat for Refusing to Implement New Background-Check Law

The mass shooting that killed at least 58 people and wounded 500 in Las Vegas has placed Nevada Attorney General Paul Laxalt in the hot seat for refusing to enforce a universal background check law state voters passed last year. It is not yet clear whether the inaction of Laxalt, a Republican, played any role […]

Benghazi Is Back. And This Time Republicans Could Take the Blame.

“Benghazi” was a rallying cry for Republican critics of Hillary Clinton, who blamed the former secretary of state for the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in the Libyan city that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. But on Monday, when the alleged mastermind behind the attack appeared in federal court, none of […]

The Supreme Court Could Prevent Millions of Workers From Suing Their Employers

Tens of millions Americans forfeit their right to sue their employer every time they take a job. In 2012, Sheila Hobson and three coworkers at Murphy Oil, a gas station and convenience store chain, learned they were among them. After allegedly failing to get paid for overtime work, Hobson and her colleagues took their employer to court. […]

Documents Reveal Previously Unknown Contacts Between Russia and Trump’s Campaign

Two previously unknown contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign have been revealed in documents that the Trump Organization turned over to congressional investigators and Robert Mueller’s team, the Washington Post reported on Monday. Show More Summary

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