On April 26, 2017, the Brennan Center for Justice filed a Freedom of Information Act request with two arms of the Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – seeking records regarding their purchase and use of social media monitoring software.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which works to elect Democrats to the U.S. House, has completed an investigative report into its own weaknesses and blind spots during last year's electoral failure.
Ahead of the Peoples Climate March and nearly 7 years to the day since the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Trump administration issued an executive order today directing federal agencies to revise the 5-year-plan for offshore drilling previously approved by the Obama administration. The order could expose the Atlantic, the Pacific, and Arctic coasts, which are excluded from the current plan, to future drilling.
Donald Trump today directed the Department of the Interior to review the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Oil and Gas leasing program, and will seek to undo President Barack Obama’s permanent protection for the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, threatening Virginia coastal economies and communities.
Drilling off Virginia’s coasts will present an immediate threat to coastal communities and wildlife while posing a long term one as it contributes to climate change.
In response Kate Addleson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter
Commenting on President Trump's first 100 days in office, Kate Higham, Assassinations Project Lead at human rights organization Reprieve said:
“President Trump has used his first 100 days in office to ramp up a failed, Obama-era policy of secret strikes around the world. Trump could have reversed this disastrous policy - instead, he has ramped it up, killing innocent children in countries like Yemen.
"The US assassination programme is illegal and unconstitutional - it is the death penalty without trial, on a global scale.
The Center for Biological Diversity’s staff and members will join the Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C. and across the nation on Saturday in united resistance to Trump’s attacks on the climate during his first 100 days in office.
The Center will co-lead the Fossil Fuel Resistance Bloc in Washington and will spearhead and join sister marches in Los Angeles, Oakland, Flagstaff, Denver, St. Petersburg, Portland, Tucson and other cities.
In Thinking Like a Terrorist, former FBI counterterrorism agent Mike German contends that the overarching problem is a fundamental failure to understand the terrorists — namely, what they want and how they intend to get it.
Nationwide strikes halted public transportation in several of Brazil's major cities on Friday as labor unions sought to show widespread opposition to the unelected president's austerity reforms.
"It is going to be the biggest strike in the history of Brazil," said Paulo Pereira da Silva, the president of trade union group Forca Sindical.
Saying diplomacy was difficult, President Donald Trump warned Thursday that the United States "could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely."
"We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult," Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview in which he identified North Korea as his biggest global challenge.
The government of Arkansas concluded its controversial and unprecedented killing spree Thursday night with what many are calling the botched execution of Kenneth Williams, which has prompted demands for an investigation into whether he was unlawfully "tortured" by the state before his death.
Hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers, students and families join the national strike billed as a “day without immigrants” to demonstrate that the country depends on the labor of immigrants and working class people of color. Immigrant rights groups, worker centers and unions come together for what organizers expect to be the largest national strike since the Mega Marches of 2006.
The Cosecha Movement is planning strikes and marches in over 40 cities across the country, along with mass student walkouts and escalated actions.
The Trump administration is holding a meeting next week to look for ways to let polluters dump more toxic contaminants into the nation’s drinking water. Americans who want clean water can also try to speak up, but the opportunity for public input is severely restricted.
The news that Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to deliver a speech at a September health care conference sponsored by the Cantor Fitzgerald investment bank has provoked wildly different reactions among self-identified progressives. To generalize, one group thinks it's a big mistake for someone who aspires to remain prominent in progressive activism to participate in an event that perpetuates the "revolving door" influence of corporate special interests.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that aims to open up protected waters to offshore drilling, sparking outcry from environmental groups.
No act of the recklessly authoritarian Trump administration poses a greater threat to the democratic discourse than the now-announced plan to gut net-neutrality rules. With newspapers dying, radio syndicated, broadcast television commercialized beyond relevance, and cable television mired in scandal and dead-end punditry, the Internet is the essential tool for the communication of ideas and the mobilization of those who choose to resist the autocratic impulses of Trump and his crony-capitalist cabal.
You’re not a single mother. You have a spouse or a partner. You don’t have kids, or if you do, you’re raising them in a two-parent, two-income household. I’m happy for you — and a little envious. I don’t have that life. I have a 5-year-old I’m raising alone in Appalachia.
At The Washington Post, Walter Shapiro argues that both parties' presidential nomination systems are ripe for reform.
Members of President Donald Trump's team are having a hard time defending his new tax plan and, when asked directly if it will benefit the middle class, have exhibited a pattern of strategic avoidance.
Appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America"Thursday morning, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin repeatedly ducked when asked if the tax overhaul would benefit middle class families.