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Thursday, September 20, 2018
Sarah Okeson

How The GOP Bars African-Americans From Voting, Jim Crow Style

The Republican Congress has bottled up bills that could prevent disenfranchisement of African-Americans and other minorities as part of their effort to retain control of Congress.

September 19, 2018

Chief Justice Halts Disclosure Of ‘Dark Money’ Donors

Chief Justice John Roberts halted a federal judge’s order that invalidated a Federal Election Commission regulation that has allowed donors to dark-money groups to be anonymous.

September 18, 2018

Trump Administration Ignores Supreme Court Order On Deporatations

“Common sense compels the conclusion that a notice that does not specify when and where to appear for a removal proceeding is not a ‘notice to appear,’ ” wrote Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

August 31, 2018

How Walker And Trump Sold Off Lake Michigan To Polluter Foxconn

Foxconn will be allowed to suck up to 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan and then dump that water.

August 15, 2018
Judge blocks Obama Administration's overtime rule

Trump’s OSHA May Expose Workers To Killing Heat

OSHA doesn’t have specific regulations for heat which means it is harder to prove that the employer is at fault.

August 3, 2018

Duck Boats: Floating And Rolling Death Traps

McDowell consulted “a transmission person, as well as the maintenance people at the local Penske Truck group and the U-Haul down the street” but no engineers, according to the lawsuit.

July 25, 2018

Maker Of Deadly Duck Boats Sought Safety Waiver From Federal Agency

In 2017, Ride the Ducks International asked the Trump administration for waivers of the federal safety requirements.

July 23, 2018

White House Targets Home Healthcare Workers

The Trump administration is continuing its war against unions by trying to make it harder for lowly paid home healthcare workers to pay union dues.

July 22, 2018
Environmental, EPA, Environment

Energy Commission Pushes Coal Over Solar

“We’ve never seen this kind of federal intrusion in the energy industries,” said energy consultant Rob Gramlich.

July 13, 2018

Federal Agency Encourages Killing Of Endangered Red Wolves

Red wolves, once found across the eastern United States, are now perhaps the most endangered mammal on the planet, rarer than the world’s 2,000 Bengal tigers.

July 9, 2018
Ben Carson, HUD

Trump Appointees Want To Weaken Fair Housing

HUD’s Carson wants to make it easier for banks, insurers, and landlords to redline minorities.

June 27, 2018
Travel Ban

Trump Appointee Aims To Shut Down Consumer Financial Protection Database

The Trump administration took down online records about abusive animal breeders, and now they’re considering ending an online complaint database about illegal fees…

June 20, 2018

Trump Regulators Allow Sales Of Baby-Killing Chairs

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is being stacked by Trump appointees, voted unanimously to give companies a year to comply with the new standards.

June 14, 2018

Republicans Want To Make Toys — Yes, Toys — More Dangerous

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is giving toy manufacturers more time to comment on guidelines to help protect our nation’s children from dangerous toys.

June 7, 2018
A selection of AK and AR rifles are seen for sale at the Pony Express Firearms shop in Parker, Colorado December 7, 2015. Many Americans are stocking up on weapons after the country's worst mass shooting in three years. Gun retailers are reporting surging sales, with customers saying they want to keep handguns and rifles at hand for self-defense in the event of another attack. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX1XMR4

A License To Sell: US Gunmakers Will Send More Weapons Abroad

“Sound policy would not make it easier for U.S. gun manufacturers who made the assault weapons used in the mass shootings at Sandy Hook, Pulse nightclub, Las Vegas, and Parkland to sell them to international buyers”

May 31, 2018

Is There Formaldehyde In Your Nail Polish?

Scott Pruitt’s EPA is said to be sitting on a study that concludes—for the second time—that formaldehyde causes leukemia.

May 26, 2018

Trump Appointees Weaken Worker Protections At Construction And Shipyard Sites

Trump’s OSHA has started enforcing a watered-down safety standard on beryllium, a toxic metal that slowly damages the lungs and kills about 100 people a year.

May 21, 2018

GOP Congress May Allow More Pesticide Poison In Our Food

The proposed farm bill could nullify bans by Arkansas and other states on dicamba, the pesticide that damaged an estimated 3.6 million acres of soybeans across the country.

May 11, 2018

Mulvaney Crippling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Mick Mulvaney, who is supposed to be enforcing federal regulations to protect the most vulnerable among us, is instead asking Congress to weaken the bureau by giving Congress control of its funding and mandating that the bureau’s major rules need Congressional approval. Mulvaney is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee…

April 12, 2018
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

EPA Stifles Opposition To Giant Alaska Mining Dump

The Trump administration is trying to rush through a review of the Pebble Mine in Alaska with some public hearings not even having microphones for speakers. Also, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has stripped the regional EPA office of its power to make decisions on a permit the mine will need.

April 7, 2018
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

EPA Encouraging Utility Companies To Pollute Groundwater

Pruitt’s proposal could allow groundwater monitoring requirements to be suspended. He announced the proposed changes March 1, a day before the deadline for power plant operators to release information about groundwater contamination that showed contamination near more than 70 coal-fired power plants and ash dumps from Alaska to Virginia.

March 31, 2018
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Pruitt’s EPA Lets Automakers Escape Tougher Fuel Standards

Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is expected this week to take a step to sabotage fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks negotiated under former President Barack Obama by saying those rules are too strict. The standards could be for vehicles made from 2021 to 2025. Our country’s cars, trucks, planes, trains and boats now produce more carbon dioxide that is making our planet hotter than the electric power sector does.

March 28, 2018

Danger: USDA May Reduce Inspectors In Slaughterhouses

The proposal said the changes could reduce the amount hogs contaminated with Salmonella bacteria that cause food poisoning, but a similar system for killing chickens resulted in one USDA inspector looking at as many as three birds a second and more chicken slaughter plants failing the agency’s standards for salmonella.

March 22, 2018
Zinke, Interior Department, Oil

Interior Secretary Zinke Waging War On Animals

Zinke, who grew up in Whitefish, Mont., likes to talk about how hunters and people who fish help conservation. As Montana’s representative in the U.S. House, he received $79,068 from gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association during the 2016 election cycle, second only in the House to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

March 14, 2018

When Service For The Country Isn’t Enough

Perez became a permanent resident in 1989 and said he mistakenly thought he became a citizen because of his military service. He served half of a 15-year prison sentence after he was pleaded guilty to distributing less than 100 grams of cocaine. After his release from prison in September 2016, he was turned over to ICE and sent to a Wisconsin detention center to await deportation.

February 14, 2018