Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Sarah Okeson
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

Is Trump’s Curious Behavior Caused By Sleeping Drug Ambien?

Reprinted with permission from DCReport. Does Trump have a drug problem? An overlooked footnote to Trump’s highly publicized health checkup earlier this month was a passing reference at a news conerence to his use of the widely abused sleep aid, Ambien. Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House doctor, then said Trump takes Ambien when he goes on […]

February 3, 2018

OMB Chief Mulvaney Is Making The World Safe For Loan Sharks

Reprinted with permission from DC Report. The trade group for the payday loan industry, which profits from interest rates as high as 950% a year imposed on the poorest among us, is planning to hold its annual conference this year at Trump’s golf resort near Miami. The industry will have a lot to celebrate at the four-day conference in April of […]

January 27, 2018
North Carolina

U.S. Civil Rights Commission Will Meet In North Carolina, Hotbed Of Voting Rights Struggle

Reprinted with permission from D.C. Report. The much-derided commission  set up by Donald Trump to investigate bogus claims of voter fraud is now disbanded, but our nation’s independent commission on civil rights — founded more than 60 years ago — is meeting soon to talk about federal civil rights enforcement. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will  meet Feb. 2 in Raleigh, N.C., the […]

January 24, 2018

Call It The ‘Who Cares About Consumer Safety Commission”

He has also re-nominated Boston attorney Dana Baiocco to the commission. Baiocco represented Yamaha in lawsuits brought by the families of boys injured while riding all-terrain vehicles. Baiocco’s husband, Andrew Susko, was involved in defending Ikea against three lawsuits filed by families of children who died after the company’s dressers tipped over on top of them.

January 12, 2018
Minnesota nature

How A Chilean Billionaire Could Poison A Minnesota Wilderness

Trump’s Interior Department is reinstating two 1966 leases, written before today’s federal environmental laws, that could allow a Chilean mining company to build a giant copper-and-nickel mine adjacent to the Boundary Waters wilderness area in northern Minnesota.

January 5, 2018

EPA Targets Already Depleted Bee Population

Neonicotinoids, the world’s most popular insecticides, affect the central nervous systems of insects, causing paralysis and death. The European Union imposed a partial ban on three neonicotinoids in 2013 because of the harm the insecticides can do to bees and butterflies that pollinate plants.

December 27, 2017

Sale Of Arctic Oil Leases Goes Bust

The federal oil-lease sale promoted as the largest ever in Alaska’s Arctic Reserve sold only seven tracts, or 0.8% of the 900 tracts offered, undercutting Republican arguments that they can help pay for their proposed $1.5 trillion tax cuts for the wealthy by selling oil leases in the Alaskan wilderness.

December 9, 2017
Rick Perry, Energy Department, Oops

Rick Perry Wants To Keep The Coal Fires Burning … And Help A Big Donor

Perry wants to keep aging coal and nuclear power plants operating and financially reward some plants that can keep three months of fuel on-site. This could push up electricity rates by as much as $3.8 billion a year through 2030.

December 6, 2017

Pesticide Makers Seek To Protect Poisons By Silencing Scientists

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt overruled his own scientists to prevent an agriculture ban of a DowDuPont pesticide that causes brain damage in children, and now pesticide manufacturers have their sights set on undermining federal protections for endangered animals like the whooping crane.

November 22, 2017

Washington’s Real Uranium Scandal

As Republicans have launched a trumped-up investigation into Hillary Clinton’s tenuous connection to the 2010 sale of a uranium company, those same Republicans are preparing to hand over protected public land to uranium mining companies.

November 10, 2017

Transportation Department Puts The Brakes On Truck Safety

Does that truck driver who sped past you this morning have as much training as your barber? Did the driver spend as much time learning to drive that 40-ton big rig as your plumber spent learning to work under your kitchen sink?

May 28, 2017
Health, Obamacare

Trump Administration Moves To Block Access To Health Insurance

The Trump administration is moving to make it harder for you to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The net effect of the proposals would be significantly greater regulatory and paperwork burdens for both consumers and health insurance exchanges, the opposite of Trump’s promise during the campaign and since taking office.

February 18, 2017
Data, Censorship

How Archivists And Coders Plan To Stop Censorship Under Trump

Concerns about censorship under Trump have transformed the arcane art of saving web pages at the end of a president’s term into a crowdsourced effort with hackathons, fundraising, and pleas for help on Twitter.

January 6, 2017