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    Well, Trump’s a traitor. Ha ha! Oh well!

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    We’ll spend a decent portion of our time pretending this doesn’t matter, and discussing problems of another sort, from around the country and around the world.

    But Trump is a traitor. And begging for impeachment, even without that being the case. Amazing!

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  • Black detective files civil rights lawsuit after white officers beat him while he worked undercover

    After he was beaten during 2017 protests, an undercover black police detective has filed a lawsuit alleging civil rights violations at the hands of four white St. Louis police officers and other city officials. Immediately after the shooting homicide of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014, St. Louis quickly became a focus of calls for police reform and protests against police brutality, particularly along racial lines. Three years...


  • Texas teacher who tried to contact Trump to have her students deported is officially fired

    A Texas school board voted unanimously to fire a teacher whose xenophobia was exposed by her own inability to properly use social media.

    In June, The Washington Post got its hands on tweets sent to Donald Trump from Fort Worth high school teacher Georgia Clark. Those tweets asked Trump to “clean up” Fort Worth, and get rid of the undocumented students from her district. She also had other racist things to say, such as “Texas will not protect whistle blowers. The Mexicans refuse to honor our...


  • Trump labor board's drive to hurt temp and fast food workers hits another conflict-of-interest snag

    Donald Trump’s National Labor Relations Board and its counsel have made it their mission to roll back every advance for workers from the Obama years. The joint-employer rule—which makes companies responsible, under certain circumstances, for workers employed through franchises and staffing agencies—is a major piece of that. In the rush to roll back the joint-employer rule, ProPublica’s Ian MacDougall reports, the NLRB hired a staffing agency with a major conflict of interest to help make it...


  • North Carolina Republicans pass new state legislative gerrymanders—and some Democrats join them

    On Tuesday, North Carolina's Republican-led legislature passed new state House and Senate districts after a state court struck them down earlier this month for discriminating against Democrats in violation of the state constitution. Shown at the top of this post (see here for a larger version), the new Senate map redraws the 21 invalidated districts out of 50 total. However, as we'll demonstrate in this post, many of the districts in both chambers still bear the signs of partisan gerrymandering,...


  • New Mexico plans to offer tuition-free public college to every state resident

    As alleviating the enormous burden of student debt gains popularity on the national stage, more individual universities, cities, and even states are offering forms of free higher education. Who qualifies tends to vary, as does what is actually covered; while Cornell’s Weill Medical College will go as far as covering books and housing for students who qualify for financial aid, New York state is offering free tuition at city and state colleges and universities for residents who make less than...


  • Trump is 'tired' of dealing with the ethanol mess he created

    Governing is hard. People expect things, and when you mess up, they complain. And Donald Trump has had just about enough of this ethanol situation he created.

    “The president is tired of dealing with this,” Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley told reporters Tuesday. “He’s more or less said so many times."

    Farmers, already getting crushed by Trump's trade war, are pretty upset that Trump's Environmental Protection Agency has granted more than 50 waivers to oil refineries since early 2018 exempting them...


  • Trump campaign's big plan to get labor to support him: 'They just will'

    Donald Trump and his people have concluded that he has to win the labor vote in 2020, despite the fact that his trade war is destroying manufacturing and many associated jobs. That's pretty much the Trump campaign’s only hope.

    "If we don’t win Florida, the race is over," an official with America First, Trump's main outside group, told Politico. "And if we win Pennsylvania, the race is over because the reality is if Pennsylvania goes for Trump, you're going to see others break his way." Sure....


  • White House burns through a fifth general counsel at Homeland Security

    The job of the general counsel overseeing some 2,500 lawyers at the Department of Homeland Security was partially to push back on administration policies that were potentially illegal. The White House clearly didn't like how John Mitnick was doing that job, so it axed him on Tuesday, tossing yet another senior official at Homeland Security on a scrap heap of ousted agency leaders. 

    Mitnick will now join former Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, former acting deputy secretary Claire...


  • Drama alert: Bolton reportedly slammed Trump in closed-door meeting with influential conservatives

    Donald Trump has notoriously thin skin, and an even more notorious thirst for revenge. With those facts in mind, John Bolton will likely soon be the target of his public ire as Politico reports that the recently fired national security adviser ripped Trump and his foreign policy decisions to a room full of influential conservatives, including Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire Breitbart-backer, and her father, Robert Mercer, both among Donald Trump’s biggest financial donors in 2016. Rebekah Mercer...


  • Abortion rate plummets to lowest level since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973

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    Both the rate and the overall number of abortions in the United States has plummeted to the lowest level on record since the safe medical procedure became legal across the country in 1973. A new report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that explicitly supports abortion access and rights, made this finding based on data from 2017.

    Before we get into the data, it’s important to reiterate that this report does not include data concerning the abortion bans we’ve seen...


  • Pentagon says the cost of Trump's border fence could be measured in the lives of American troops

    To build his pointless ecologically, economically, aesthetically, and historically awful border fence, Donald Trump is using the National Emergencies Act to dip into a hodgepodge of military projects and scoop out funds that were going to purchase little things like homes, schools, hospitals—and in at least one case, a practice facility for paratroopers. Which seems a little important. As The Washington Post reports, the cost of these projects might not just be in dollars, because some of them...