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Pence: More Americans Believe In God Because Trump Is President

Vice President Mike Pence delivered the commencement address to graduating students at a small, private, ultra-conservative Christian college in Michigan Saturday afternoon.

May 14, 2018
Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

Uh Oh! Did Melania Copy An Obama Cyber-Bullying Pamphlet?

She released a pamphlet that was mostly a verbatim copy.

May 8, 2018
Trump voters

16 Of The Dumbest Right-Wing Lies That Americans Believe

Remember when Congressman Joe Wilson stood up during Obama’s State of the Union address and shouted “You lie”? He was chastised soundly by the pundit class. But mostly he drew heat for being impolite, and was compared to Kanye West and other famous interrupters.

April 20, 2018
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Pruitt’s Worst Scandal Is Environmental Destruction

Scott Pruitt’s ethical woes at EPA, while alarming, should not divert Americans attention from the profound harm he is causing. Moral charges against Trump’s EPA chief obscure real crimes against the American people: Trump’s betrayal by obfuscating EPA’s statutory principles to protect human health and our natural resources.

April 13, 2018
Environmental, EPA, Environment

Corrupt Coal Baron Seeking Senate Seat

One of the most loathed businessmen in West Virginia is seeking to win a seat in the Senate. Don Blankenship, who was given the damning title “Dark Lord of Coal Country” by Rolling Stone magazine, is vying to be the Republican Party’s pick for the Senate from West Virginia. Yet the coal industry mogul’s negligence was blamed for one of the worst coal mining disasters in 40 years.

April 2, 2018
Trump, Vacations

Miserable Melania: Will She Stay Or Will She Go?

Melania is said to be mortified that “all eyes are on her relationship with her husband” following the onslaught of news about the president’s affairs, specifically the claims made by former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels. Stephanie Grisham, a spokesperson for Melania, offered subtle shade in response to an inquiry from Us Weekly about the first couple’s relationship.

March 31, 2018
Robert Mueller

‘Red Alert Time’: Trump Lawyer Calls For Mueller Dismissal

Speaking to the Daily Beast Saturday following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ late-night firing of former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, John Dowd—President Trump’s personal attorney—called on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to “bring an end to [the] alleged Russia collusion investigation” being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

March 18, 2018

Why Trump Remains Silent On Texas Bombings

Although there have been three reported bombings in Austin, Texas, the current administration under Donald Trump has issued zero official comments on the incidents. In fact, there’s a peculiar silence surrounding the heinous explosions that led to the horrific deaths of three people, all of them people of color. Two of the victims were Black while one was Latina.

March 17, 2018
DeVos, Intelligent Design, Creationism

Betsy DeVos Embarrassed Herself On ’60 Minutes’

Education Secretary and multi-billionaire Betsy DeVos firmly believes that her ascent to the top of the list of President Donald Trump’s “most hated” cabinet secretaries is simply the result of one big misunderstanding, but in an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday night, DeVos bolstered critiques of her right-wing agenda by failing to answer basic questions and admitting that she hasn’t even bothered to visit struggling schools.

March 13, 2018
stephen-bannon

In Speech To French Neo-Fascists, Bannon Urges ‘Pride’

President Donald Trump’s former top political advisor Steve Bannon had some choice bits of advice for members of France’s far-right National Front Party on Saturday as he told them they should embrace those who criticize them as racists and xenophobes and wear those charges as a “badge of honor” as opposed to something to deny or defend against.

March 12, 2018
stack of Money

Meet The Democratic ‘Dirty Dozen’ Working To Gut Financial Reforms

As if to maximize the possibility of another major financial crisis, the Trump administration and the GOP have recently been busy undercutting the limited safeguards established a decade ago via Dodd-Frank. The latest example of this stealth attack on Wall Street reform is the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, appropriately sponsored by Republican Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.

March 11, 2018
DACA, immigration

ICE Aggressively Targeting Most Vocal Immigration Activists

According to a report by Rewire News, a Latina activist on reproductive justice was detained this week after she visited the Immigration and Customs office in Tucson, Arizona. The report noted that the check-in had been planned and scheduled in advance but when activist Alejandra Pablos came to the office, she was detained by ICE members. People close to Pablos point to her activism as the possible reason behind her detention.

March 10, 2018

Elizabeth Warren Has Jared Kushner In Her Crosshairs

As President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner faces mounting scrutiny about conflicts of interest regarding his family real estate business and his role in government, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is spearheading a congressional inquiry into half a billion dollars in loans that Kushner’s company received after he met with finance executives at the White House.

March 10, 2018
gun violence protest

Student Activists Win Big In Florida Firearms Vote

If Scott doesn’t sign, he may face trouble with the voters. Recent polling found that Florida residents believe their representatives need to do more to reduce gun violence. Seventy-eight percent said they favored raising the minimum age to buy a gun, and 87 percent said they supported waiting periods.

March 9, 2018

Republicans — And Some Democrats! — Push Banking Deregulation

Republicans are pushing for a bill that would start to roll back the landmark Dodd-Frank legislation that was passed in 2010 to rein in the financial sector after the misbehavior that led to the Great Recession. Now, just about 10 years after the financial crisis that destroyed millions of jobs and devastated the country, Republicans want to weaken Dodd-Frank and unleash some of the banks’ worst tendencies.

March 7, 2018

Rise Of Challenger Beto O’Rourke Is Scaring Ted Cruz

Thanks to an interview with CNN’s Manu Raju, it’s clear that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is “absolutely” worried about Democrats taking over the southern state in the upcoming midterm elections. The race, which will take place in November of 2018, shows strong signs of a blue takeover of Texas with the help of the rising Democratic candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke from El Paso.

March 7, 2018
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Recordings Reveal The EPA Head’s Strange Christian Beliefs About God, Guns And Gay Rights

Pruitt made those staggering remarks and others in a series of interviews with an Oklahoma talk radio station in 2005, according to Politico, which obtained the tapes from an anonymous source. In the interviews, Pruitt condemns evolution as an unproven “theory” that is at the base of humanism.

March 4, 2018

Taxpayers—Not Big Pharma—Have Funded The Research Behind Every New Drug Since 2010

Trump’s original spending proposal for fiscal year 2019, released last month, included major cuts to not just to the NIH, but the National Science Foundation as well. It is those two publicly funded entities—not Big Pharma—that support the bulk of the country’s basic research into diseases and pathways to new treatments.

March 4, 2018
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Trump’s Steel And Aluminum Tariffs Are Absolutely Horrible For American Workers

President Donald Trump announced Thursday his decision to slap tariffs of 25 percent on foreign steel and 10 percent on foreign aluminum, a reckless move that shocked investors and caused the stock market to plunge, erasing nearly all the gains made this year.

March 3, 2018
uber

A Majority of Uber And Lyft Drivers Earn Far Less Than Minimum Wage: Report

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology paints a grim portrait of life as an Uber or Lyft driver. According to a new study titled “The Economics of Ride-Hailing: Driver Revenue, Expenses, and Taxes,” a motorist for the ride-sharing apps makes an average of $3.37 per hour—and that’s before taxes. At least 74 percent of employees earn below minimum wage in their respective states.

March 3, 2018
trump WEF

6 Major Findings Of Federal Science Report That Explode Trump’s Climate Denial

Climate change took center stage as business leaders and heads of state poured into Davos, Switzerland, recently for the World Economic Forum. The WEF Global Risks report, launched each year in advance of the Forum, cited “extreme weather events,” “natural disasters,” and “failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation” as the most dangerous challenges facing the global community.

March 2, 2018
NRA

Georgia Republican Bullies Delta Over Dumping Of NRA

Conservatives are growing increasingly furious over companies like Delta Airlines distancing themselves from the National Rifle Association. On Monday, one Republican official vowed to “kill” any legislation that would benefit Delta as far as tax breaks are concerned.

February 28, 2018
Donald_Trump_and_Rodrigo_Duterte_in_Manila

Trump Says He Wants To ‘Execute Drug Dealers’

“Trump has said he would love to have a law to execute all drug dealers here in America,” national political reporter Jonathan Swan writes. “[T]hough he’s privately admitted it would probably be impossible to get a law this harsh passed under the American system.”

February 27, 2018

Trump Wants To Deny Struggling Americans Access To Healthy Farmers Market Food

In last week’s presidential budget, the administration proposed replacing most Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with a pre-selected box of mostly dry goods like peanut butter, pasta and cereal. They wanted to stop benefit recipients from choosing their own food, including redeeming their federal assistance at farmers’ markets such as those our organization manages across Los Angeles.

February 25, 2018
Wayne LaPierre's letter to NRA

Businesses Are Fleeing The NRA In Wake Of Parkland School Shooting

Seen as inexcusably rigid in the wake of the Parkland shooting, the NRA is losing numerous business partners over their fear of incurring the public’s wrath. The First National Bank of Omaha, the largest private bank in the country, was the first to announce a split with the organization Thursday, saying it will end its NRA Visa Card contract.

February 24, 2018