‘Simply Unacceptable’: Executives Demand Senate Action on Gun Violence

“Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable,” the corporate chiefs urged senators in a letter.

In a direct and urgent call to address gun violence in America, the chief executives of some of the nation’s best-known companies sent a letter to Senate leaders on Thursday, urging an expansion of background checks to all firearms sales and stronger “red flag” laws. 

The Madness of James Mattis

Last week, in a well-received Wall Street Journal op-ed, former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis delivered a critique of Donald Trump that was as hollow as it was self-righteous. Explaining his decision to resign from the administration, the retired Marine general known as “Mad Dog” eagerly declared himself “apolitical,” peppering his narrative with cheerful vignettes about his much beloved grunts. “We all know that we’re better than our current politics,” he observed solemnly.

The Trump administration plans to gut food stamps, hitting red states hardest

3.6 million Americans will lose food stamps under a regulatory maneuver nobody in Congress likes. 1.9 million of them live in Trump country.

President Donald Trump’s latest attack on working families will hit especially hard in the states that voted for him: More than half of the people who are set to lose access to food stamps under regulations proposed this summer live in states that went for Trump in 2016.

Palestinian Student Turned Away by Immigration Allowed Entry to Start Freshman Year at Harvard

A 17-year-old Palestinian student who was denied entry into the U.S. last month will start classes with his fellow Harvard freshmen today after he returned to the country over the weekend. Ismail Ajjawi was turned away at Boston’s Logan Airport just under two weeks ago after being interrogated by immigration officials about his religion and social media posts by friends that were critical of U.S. policy. He was then forced to return home to Lebanon, but his case provoked outrage on the Harvard campus and among some Palestinian rights and academic freedom groups.

Federal Court Rules Victims of 2015 Charleston Mass Shooting Can Sue U.S. Gov’t

In more news about gun violence, a federal court ruled that survivors and the relatives of victims of 2015’s massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, can sue the government for its failure in the firearms background check system. Nine black worshipers were killed in the mass shooting. Dylann Roof purchased a semiautomatic pistol from a licensed gun seller, but the agent who was charged with verifying his background failed to obtain a police report of a past drug-related infraction, which would have barred him from legally acquiring the weapon.

Black kids in Missouri are being shot down in unspeakable numbers

Last year, the city of St. Louis saw four killings involving children 16 years or younger, a fraction of this year's horrific tally.

Robert Reich: Here are the 5 biggest corporate lies about unions

Wealthy corporations and their enablers have spread 5 big lies about unions in order to stop workers from organizing and to protect their own bottom-lines. Know the truth and spread the truth.

DeVos Blasted for Student Debt Relief Rule Change That Hurts Defrauded Borrowers

Critics condemned Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Friday for replacing Obama-era federal loan forgiveness regulations for student borrowers who claim that they were defrauded by their schools with new policies that could make it more difficult to access relief.

“On the Friday of Labor Day weekend, Betsy DeVos is gleefully forcing hundreds of thousands of students defrauded by for-profit colleges to suffer yet another indignity,” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in a statement. “Shame on her.”

Gideon Levy 'This Place Is Only for Jews': The West Bank's Apartheid Springs

Settlers have taken over dozens of springs in the West Bank, all of them on private Palestinian land, and are keeping the owners away. Rina Shnerb, a Jewish teen, was murdered last week at one of them

Furious Coal Miners Blast McConnell For Ignoring Black Lung Plea

Kentucky coal miners who were dismissed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are now appearing in an ad for Democrat Amy McGrath, who is running to replace him.

“Ten hours on the bus, and we got to see him for all of one minute,” says Kentucky coal miner Jimmy Moore in the ad, which was released Friday. Moore explains in the video that his stepfather and grandfather died from black lung disease and notes that his son is suffering from the malady.

“Mitch McConnell let the coal companies walk away from us, then after one minute, he did too,” Moore concludes.

Minimum Wage Again

It has long been a GOP article of faith that raising the minimum wage is a recipe for disaster–that businesses will fire some workers in order to raise the pay of others, and that the increased wages will be passed along to consumers and that the higher prices will depress demand.

That last warning has been especially shrill when the effort to raise the minimum wage has focused upon food service workers. (Five cents more for a McDonald’s hamburger? No one will buy it!)

The media falsely paints Warren and Sanders as the ‘radical Left’ — and skews U.S. politics to favor the right wing

With Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) or Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) showing up in the #2 spot in countless polls on the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, one often hears that the Democratic Party has taken a “far-left” turn. But in Europe, Sanders and Warren — or Rep.

Another Legal Defeat for Indiana Voter Purge Law

INDIANAPOLIS – A block has been upheld on an Indiana law that opponents say would threaten the integrity of the voting process.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed a preliminary injunction on the 2017 law that would have allowed the state to kick people off the voter-registration list based solely on information from the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program.

Sea Level Rise!

Sea level has been stable, at current levels, throughout recorded history for 5,000 years. That’s about to change. Still, it’s very difficult for people to imagine a change in sea level after 5,000 years of rock solid stability.

Nevertheless, assuming sea levels do rise markedly, one of the biggest questions of the century is whether the world is prepared for sea level rise?

As a guess, the answer is: No, not even close.

Greenland's ice is melting at the rate scientists thought would be our worst-case scenario in 2070

  • Europe's July heat wave caused Greenland's ice to melt at a rate that scientists didn't expect to see for another 50 years. 

The DEA just made a huge change to how the government treats medical marijuana

A bland announcement in the Federal Register on Monday may mark the beginning of the end of federal drug cops' 50-year Reefer Madness crusade.

The federal government announced plans to expand cannabis research Monday, paving the way for the robust clinical trials cannabis experts believe will force the government to downgrade marijuana’s Controlled Substances Act classification.

Wendy’s Billionaire Owner Spurns Farmworkers While Profiting Off Pension Funds

There is a battle of wills going on right now that stretches from the tomato fields of Florida to the highest echelons of Wall Street.

Bernie Sanders releases plan to double union membership as Democrats fight for labor support

Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders released a plan Wednesday that aims to dramatically increase U.S. labor union membership.

The completely ridiculous way that America is still being held hostage by Aaron Burr

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), perhaps fearing a future with his party in the minority, published an op-ed in The New York Times on Thursday that offers his best defense of the filibuster — the process that allows a minority of senators to veto legislation unless the bill is supported by a 60-vote supermajority.

Study: Even Low Levels of Air Pollutants Linked to Early Death

INDIANAPOLIS – Air Quality Action Days are common in Indiana this time of year, and new research suggests they should not be disregarded. According to the largest-ever global study of its kind, air pollution can increase the risk of early death from cardiovascular and respiratory disease – even at low levels of exposure. 

GateHouse’s Takeover of Gannett: Bad News for Journalism and the Planet

USA Today ran a piece (8/20/19) on the Amazon fires in which “anthropogenic climate change” were almost literally the last three words.

ALASKA'S GOVERNOR IS SABOTAGING A CRUCIAL TOOL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE | OPINION

The unprecedented spate of superstorms, heat waves, wildfires and floods we've seen in recent summers bear the fingerprint of human-caused climate change. This summer is no different.

Trump team's new rule would allow federal contractors to discriminate based on religious grounds

The Trump regime made it official Wednesday: Federal contractors can discriminate against people on the basis of sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, or LGBTQ status. If the rule from the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs clears the public comment period and manages to defeat the inevitable litigation that will be raised against it, it would mean that federal contractors—of whom there are some 430,000—would be allowed to, say, fire a l

Red States Cut Worker Pay by $1.5 Billion

Last month, the House voted to incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

If the Senate passes the bill, it would be the first federal minimum wage increase in more than a decade — far too long for residents of the 21 states that don’t have their own higher minimum wage. 

Workers at Shell plant were given choice between hearing Trump speak or losing a day's pay

Now there’s a fun game of “Would You Rather?”

Would you rather listen to Trump speak or be sent home without pay?

Or … would you rather listen to Trump speak or watch live video of your skull being hollowed out with a swizzle stick and turned into an aquarium for Eric Trump’s Sea Monkey collection?

I know how I’d answer.

Sadly, though, plenty of workers at the Royal Dutch Shell petrochemical plant in Pennsylvania chose poorly. 

Pennsylvania union leaders reveal Shell employees who skipped Trump rally lost hundreds in income

Thousands of Shell contractors were in attendance at Donald Trump’s big union speech in Monaca, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean they wanted to be.

Barr, Trump DoJ hid 2018 report on white supremacy and domestic terrorism

This administration gives comfort to white supremacist terrorists in both words and deeds.

Alleged white supremacists were responsible for all race-based domestic terrorism incidents in 2018, according to a government document distributed earlier this year to state, local and federal law enforcement.

The document, which has not been previously reported on, becomes public as the Trump administration’s Justice Department has been unable or unwilling to provide data to Congress on white supremacist domestic terrorism.

Trade Fights Mean More Food for Indiana Food Pantries

August 12, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS – International trade fights are having an unexpected upside for Indiana programs that focus on feeding the hungry. 

How the El Paso Killer Echoed the Incendiary Words of Conservative Media Stars

Tucker Carlson went on his prime-time Fox News show in April last year and told his viewers not to be fooled. The thousands of Central Americans on their way to the United States were “border jumpers,” not refugees, he said. “Will anyone in power do anything to protect America this time,” he asked, “or will leaders sit passively back as the invasion continues?”

Maybe Government Shouldn’t Just “Get Out Of The Way”

A number of years ago, I read a book by a well-regarded libertarian academic, arguing against most government regulation. I don’t remember a great deal of it, but I do vividly recall his argument against the FAA’s assignment of air lanes (and actually, the agency’s very existence): he argued that the choice of airplane paths should be left to the airlines. Once a couple of planes collided midair and they got sued for big bucks, airline CEOs would get together to work out routes and ensure that it didn’t happen again.

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