Month: June 2018

Legislation That Would Surreptitiously Steal Social Security’s $2.9 Trillion Surplus Has Been Defeated – But 97% of Republicans Voted For It (Washington, DC) — The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, in reaction to nearly every Republican member of the House of Representatives, as well as seven Democrats, voting for a […]

Stephen Miller has a long history of controversy, and he has become a key policy driver in the Trump White House, playing a major role in government shutdown negotiations and enacting the controversial “zero tolerance” policy of separating migrant parents from their children. White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has been identified as the driving […]

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that immigrants in the U.S. illegally should be summarily deported – which would violate international law and treaties. President Trump has persistently expressed admiration for the autocrats of the world – from Vladimir Putin, whose agents have been implicated in the murders of political rivals, to Roberto Duterte, whose government has engaged in summary executions of […]

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is preparing to accelerate his probe into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russians who sought to interfere in the 2016 election, according to a person familiar with the investigation. Mueller and his team of prosecutors and investigators have an eye toward producing conclusions — and possible indictments — related to […]

One Republican even wrote a book in Russian about influencing Republicans for Putin’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A Soviet-emigre professor and longtime Republican conservative movement insider named Dr. Edward Lozansky wrote and published a book with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about lobbying and influence in American politics. Inside it, the Lozansky Doctrine reads […]

Trump officials deserve public shaming. Last year, the white nationalist Richard Spencer was kicked out of his Virginia gym after another member confronted him and called him a Nazi. This incident did not generate a national round of hand-wringing about the death of tolerance, perhaps because most people tacitly agree that it’s O.K. to shun professional racists. […]

House Republicans released a proposal Tuesday that would balance the budget in nine years — but only by making large cuts to entitlement programs, including Medicare, that President Trump vowed not to touch. The House Budget Committee is aiming to pass the blueprint this week, but that may be as far as it goes this […]

With House Republicans’ immigration bills likely to go down in flames Thursday afternoon, many vulnerable GOP lawmakers are fearing the political ramifications of their inaction in the face of public outrage over the mass separation of migrant children and families. But Rep. Pete King (R-NY) is not too concerned. “Americans care more about Americans,” he told TPM a few […]

As was the case with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, voters should remember the cruelty shown by this president and act accordingly act the ballot box. Rachel Maddow drew a parallel on Thursday that should terrify Donald Trump as he looks to the midterm elections – and further ahead to the 2020 campaign – to strengthen […]

Within the past several days, careful observers of Florida’s political media have been treated to three intriguing developments that portend more evolution in the industry: financial trouble for the biggest media outlet in the state, a new startup featuring reporters with left-leaning pedigrees, and a shady new website touting itself in an email with “Finally […]

A new poll in Florida’s gubernatorial election shows Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum jumping into the lead for the first time in the race for the Democratic nomination. The survey also shows Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam holding a double-digit lead in the contest for the Republican nomination. The poll was conducted by Gravis Marketing, which is a regular tracking poll. […]

Long before Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited Romans 13 to respond to critics of the administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy, other prominent American Christians were using Biblical verses about the role of the government to justify their support for President Donald Trump. Verses about submitting to authorities are scattered throughout the New Testament, most often in […]

Staff working on the behalf of the Office of Refugee Resettlement are routinely drugging detained child migrants with psychotropics without their parents’ consent, according to legal filings. Trump administration officials have repeatedly insisted that the family separation policy they implemented over the last six weeks is humane. But the ongoing lawsuit over the Flores agreement, […]

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 20: U.S. President Donald Trump displays an executive order he signed that will end the practice of separating family members who are apprehended while illegally entering the United States on June 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. The order would detain parents and children together. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) You break […]

Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands. Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands. Ruling […]

The Trump administration has reopened a Homestead facility near Miami that houses minors caught up in the immigration system. The compound’s revival comes as the Trump administration is separating children from parents who enter the country illegally. The Trump administration has reopened a 1,000-bed Homestead facility that once housed minors who entered the country illegally […]

He has repeatedly claimed that the Justice Department tried to protect Hillary Clinton. A watchdog’s report says otherwise. The new report from the Justice Department’s watchdog covers a lot of ground. It runs more than 500 pages and evaluates investigations that touch both President Trump and Hillary Clinton. As a result, some of the initial news coverage […]

When Bayer swallows Monsanto, it will control a quarter of the world’s seed market BY KATIE O’REILLY | JUN 8 2018 The past decade has seen an alarming rate of concentration in the U.S. seed market—the top six biotech chemical companies have been steadily buying up and acquiring smaller, independent seed companies. Within the past year, those six […]

The Trump administration will build a tent city near the US-Mexico border in Texas to house hundreds of migrant children, including those separated from their parents. Approximately 450 kids will be held in temporary shelters at Tornillo Land Point of Entry, a border crossing point near El Paso, NBC reported Wednesday. According to the Washington Post, temporary shelters at Tornillo […]

The Army Corps is “undermining” Florida’s plans for an ecosystem-saving reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee with doubts about the restorative benefits of sending water to the central Everglades, according to state water managers. The $1.4 billion reservoir, slated for state-owned land in western Palm Beach County, was approved by state lawmakers last year. It is expected to serve two […]

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