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MU students protest inside Jesse Hall after report of racism

Federal Judge Thwarts Conservative Efforts To Kill Ethnic Studies

An Arizona federal judge has struck down a state law banning ethnic studies programs as being racially discriminatory. The ruling was a big victory for advocates and educators who argued that the ban, passed by Republicans in 2010, unfairly targeted Latino students in the state and kept them from learning about their history.

August 25, 2017
Supreme Court takes on Virginia and N.C. gerrymandering cases

These Two Supreme Court Cases Protect Police Who Use Excessive Force

here are numerous systemic barriers that historically hinder police accountability. Statutes found in police union contracts and police bills of rights, for instance, often protect officers at the expense of holding them accountable for their actions. But perhaps one of the strongest barriers to police accountability is enshrined in two precedent-setting Supreme Court cases.

August 4, 2017

Capitol Police Crack Down On The Media

Chants of “Kill the bill, don’t kill us” echoed through the Senate visitor galleries Tuesday afternoon while lawmakers cast votes to move forward on debate surrounding the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Capitol police officers arrested a number of protesters, many of them members of the disability rights group ADAPT…

August 1, 2017
A participant holds a rainbow coloured placard during Delhi Queer Pride Parade, an event promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, in New Delhi November 30, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Trump Decrees On Twitter That Transgender People Are Now Banned From Military Service

According to a 2016 study by the Rand Corporation commissioned by the Department of Defense, there are about 11,000 transgender people in active duty and the reserves. Despite Trump’s claim that transgender people are a “burden” to the military, the Rand study found that allowing transgender people to serve openly “would have a minimal impact on readiness and health care costs.”

July 27, 2017
Mueller

Former CIA Director To White House Officials: Defy Any Trump Order To Fire Mueller

Former CIA Director John Brennan, in a vocal and unapologetic rebuke to Trump, said White House officials should refuse orders to fire special counsel Robert Mueller if ordered to do so by President Donald Trump.

July 25, 2017
Trump Twitter

Trump Is Obsessed With His Twitter Following — Too Bad Most Of His Followers Are Fake

President Donald Trump loves to brag about his Twitter following. As more revelations brewed around the Trump campaign’s possible involvement with Russia, Trump tweeted on June 17 about his overall social media following: 100 million strong, or so he claims, and Twitter of course being his favorite method of communication.

July 25, 2017
betsy devos

These Top Prosecutors Are Threatening Legal Action Against Betsy DeVos

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has recently drawn criticism for lending an ear to men’s rights groups and individuals advocating for the rights of those accused of rape, causing worry that the secretary of education may roll back Obama-era guidelines on how colleges should handle sexual assault.

July 23, 2017

Crucial Court Case Could Spell Doom For Ethnic Studies In Public Schools

Throughout elementary school and middle school, Leo Herrera received a different kind of social studies curriculum. In addition to learning the basics of U.S. history—the discovery of America, the founding fathers, the Revolutionary War—Herrera learned about prominent Latin American activists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta and indigenous groups like the Maya and the Aztec Empire.

July 22, 2017
israel BDS

Will The Federal Government Make It Illegal To Protest Israel?

Named the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, the bill so far has garnered support from 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats in the Senate. A similar piece of legislation introduced in the House of Representatives has 237 co-sponsors—63 Democrats and 174 Republicans.

July 21, 2017
Pro-trump group, campaign finance

Donald Trump Is Working To Make America Whiter By Dramatically Restricting Legal Immigration

During a September 2016 campaign speech in Arizona, Donald Trump made a promise to cut back on legal immigration to the U.S. While the promise became eclipsed by Trump’s frequent attacks on undocumented immigrants—exacerbated even more once he took office and expanded the powers of immigration and border patrol officers—the president has not forgotten about his promise.

July 15, 2017
Kushner

Jared Kushner Under Investigation For Helping Coordinate Russian Cyberattacks: Bombshell Report

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees and the Justice Department are now investigating whether the Trump campaign assisted Russia in targeting voters and spreading fake news about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

July 14, 2017
DeVos

DeVos Meeting With Men’s Rights Groups To Talk About Sexual Assault?

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plans to host meetings this week about sexual assault on college campuses and Title IX guidance. But in addition to meeting with advocacy groups for survivors of sexual assault, DeVos will also be sitting down with groups that fight to protect students accused of sexual assault. Some of these groups have a history of advocating for so-called men’s rights and dismissing sexual violence survivors.

July 13, 2017
mob

Donald Trump Jr. Hires Crime Mob Lawyer For Russia Investigation

Donald Trump Jr. has hired New York lawyer Alan Futerfas to represent him in ongoing investigations regarding his father Donald Trump and his potential ties to Russia, according to Reuters. Futerfas, a criminal defense lawyer, has had experience in the past representing members of organized crime mobs, particularly the Gambino, Genovese, and Colombo families.

July 11, 2017
EPA

EPA Chief Wins Golden Padlock ‘Award’ For Excessive Secrecy

Pruitt has become so adept at keeping the public in the dark that Investigative Reporters and Editors, a grassroots group dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting, has awarded him the Golden Padlock Award, which recognizes “the most secretive publicly funded agency or person in the United States.”

July 7, 2017

‘Modern-Day Slavery’: Many Southern States Have Prison Inmates Working In Governor’s Mansions And Capitol Buildings

When activist Sam Sinyangwe was awaiting a meeting with the governor’s office at the Louisiana state capitol building in Baton Rouge, he noticed something odd. A black man in a dark-blue jumpsuit was printing papers while a correctional guard—with a badge and gun—stood watching over him. The pair stood out against the white, middle-aged legislators populating the building.

June 25, 2017

ACLU Sues DC Police Over Mistreatment Of Inauguration Protesters

The suit, Horse v. District of Columbia, accuses D.C. police officers of “making unconstitutional arrests, using excessive force, denying arrested people food, water and access to toilets” as well as conducting “invasive bodily searches of protesters exercising their First Amendment rights.”

June 23, 2017

Temperatures In The Southwest Are So Hot Airlines Are Canceling Flights

An intense heat wave is engulfing the southwest U.S. this week, with temperatures so hot commercial airlines have had to cancel flights. About 38 American Airlines flights have been canceled from Phoenix, where forecasts say temperatures could reach up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, surpassing the 118 degree threshold in which it is safe for airlines to operate.

June 21, 2017

Study Shows How Welfare System Discriminates Against Black Poor

It has been well-documented that America’s social safety net is often too weak and full of holes to help those who most need assistance. A new report reveals even more weaknesses with the government’s cash assistance program. Conducted by the Urban Institute, a think tank focusing on economic and social policy, the study looks at Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a welfare program that provides cash assistance to poor families with children.

June 20, 2017
McCain, Trump, Dictators

These Senate Republicans Seemingly Have No Clue What’s In the New Health Care Bill

In interviews with eight Republican senators over the course of the week, Vox reporters found that none of them could adequately explain the specifics of the bill, nor could they discuss how it will improve health care in the U.S. The most these senators could provide was a diagnosis of the problems in the current system—rising premiums being one of the top issues—along with the subsequent goals they’d like new legislation to achieve.

June 17, 2017
no fly no buy

Some In Congress Now Want To Carry Guns

Two mass shootings that took place Wednesday—the shooting on a Virginia ballfield targeting members of Congress and the shooting at a UPS in San Francisco—marks the 154th and 155th mass shooting this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. On average, this means a little less than one mass shooting took place each day this year.

June 16, 2017

In Striking Global Trend, Youth In U.S., Britain, France And Holland Moving Left

Following the results of the general election in Britain, it is clear that Theresa May overestimated her and the Conservative Party’s chances at securing a majority. At the same time, she and many other British political pundits underestimated the support garnered by Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party—gaining 31 seats for a total of 261. A large part of Corbyn’s success: swelling support from young voters.

June 10, 2017
Trump voters

Data Show Most Trump Voters Were Middle Income, Not ‘Working Class’

According to an analysis by the Washington Post, Trump’s voting bloc was primarily comprised of middle- and upper-income Americans. An NBC poll of Trump voters from March 2016 showed that only one-third of his supporters had incomes lower than $50,000, while the other two-thirds made more than $50,000. A similar trend arose in the general election as well. According to the American National Election Study, 35 percent of people who said they voted for Trump had household incomes under $50,000. The other two-thirds of Trump voters “came from the better-off half of the economy.”

June 6, 2017