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Climate Progress : The double standard on how the media is talking about the Austin bomber

Just one day after 24-year-old Mark Conditt, the bomber responsible for killing two and injuring several others in Austin, Texas over the span of three weeks, killed himself after detonating a bomb in a ditch, media outlets have been bending over backwards to humanize him, describing Conditt as “quiet,” “shy,” and “kind.” On Wednesday, The

2018-03-22 19:10   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump surrounds himself with yes-man lawyers — a great way to wind up in prison

At least on paper, Donald Trump is a lawyer’s dream client. He’s not just world famous, he may someday become the most high-profile criminal defendant on the planet. He runs up massive legal bills, and actually has enough money to pay them (or so he claims, anyway). And who wouldn’t want to be able to

2018-03-22 19:08   Click to comment

Climate Progress : President Trump receives court summons at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and Maryland have expanded their lawsuit against President Donald Trump to include the Trump in his personal capacity as a businessman. As part of the process, they sent an official summon to Trump at his home, the White House, located on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Lawyers for Trump have

2018-03-22 18:55   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Congress’ spending bill is a rude awakening for Sessions’ war on medical marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be prohibited from going after state medical marijuana growers, retailers, and patients for at least another fiscal year, after lawmakers included language tying the Department of Justice’s hands on therapeutic weed in an omnibus spending bill this week. The restrictions defy Sessions’ personal plea to Congress from roughly a year

2018-03-22 18:16   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Scott Walker ordered to hold special elections he was afraid Republicans would lose

A judge ruled Thursday that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) must “promptly” hold special elections for two vacant seats in the state legislature — elections that he refused to call because he was afraid his party would lose. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dane County Circuit Judge Josann Reynolds ruled that state law requires Walker,

2018-03-22 18:06   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Car companies hire climate science denier to do hit job on clean cars

Car companies like GM, Ford, and Toyota are getting great publicity for touting a future of green cars. But at the same time, new reports show their lobbying group is pushing science denial to weaken U.S. clean car standards. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric. A world free of automotive emissions,” GM’s product chief Mark

2018-03-22 17:52   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Public lands are being sold in secret on the internet

Ayers Energy LLC is, ostensibly, an energy company based out of either Bedford, Texas, or Cheyenne, Wyoming, depending on what day you look at the results of the Bureau of Land Management’s most recent oil and gas auction. Public information about the company is scarce: It’s not listed as a taxable entity by the Texas Comptroller,

2018-03-22 17:38   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Report finds Ben Carson’s favorite housing program doesn’t track how it spends money

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is not properly monitoring a program responsible for solving the country’s backlog of public housing repairs, according to a new Government Accountability Office audit. HUD’s failure to monitor this program, according to the report, jeopardizes the ability of thousands of low-income residents to remain in their homes. Despite

2018-03-22 17:35   Click to comment

Climate Progress : In 11 days, Trump’s attack on the ‘fake news media’ falls apart completely

Less than two weeks ago, President Trump took aim at the “Failing New York Times” for a report about how Trump was considering a shakeup to the legal team he’d assembled to deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. “The Failing New York Times purposely wrote a false story stating that I am unhappy with

2018-03-22 16:49   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Indiana governor signs bill allowing DACA recipients to obtain professional licenses

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed a bill into law Wednesday to allow recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to obtain licenses in more than 70 professions, such as nursing, architecture, and cosmetology. The move comes one month after the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA) added questions about citizenship status to

2018-03-22 16:29   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Congress’ spending bill rejects DeVos’ cuts to civil rights office and after school programs

Congress’ spending bill demolishes many of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ budget priorities and proposals. The bill rejects many of her proposed cuts for the department, and instead allocates more money to the Office for Civil Rights, preserves funding for before and after school programs, and keeps in place a grant program that helps provide school-based

2018-03-22 16:25   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Mozilla pulls ads from Facebook over Cambridge Analytica controversy

Internet software company Mozilla says it’s “pressing pause” on Facebook advertising in the wake of the massive Cambridge Analytica scandal that has plagued the social media giant since last week. “Facebook knows a great deal about their two billion users — perhaps more intimate information than any other company does. They know everything we click and like

2018-03-22 15:38   Click to comment

Climate Progress : No one knows if the Trump administration’s plans to execute drug dealers are constitutional

This week, Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III sent a memo to prosecutors urging them to “seek capital punishment for certain drug-related crimes.” The letter follows Donald Trump’s comments praising the Philippines’ authoritarian leader Rodrigo Duterte, who is believed to be engaged in a campaign of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers. At least as a…

2018-03-22 15:34   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Former police chief officially enters Chicago mayoral race in hopes of booting Rahm Emanuel

If he’s going to get the third term he wants, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) will have to fend off a challenge from the police chief he fired over a scandalous police killing and cover-up that implicated both men’s offices. Former police superintendent Garry McCarthy formally announced his candidacy for mayor on Wednesday night in

2018-03-22 15:29   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump’s plan to slash EPA, clean energy funding gets the cold shoulder from Congress

Lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the end of September. The legislation, packaged in a 2,232-page document, still needs to pass both chambers of Congress and get President Trump’s signature before Friday at midnight in order to prevent a government shutdown. The spending bill generally

2018-03-22 15:15   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Tennessee lawmakers pass bill requiring ‘In God We Trust’ be displayed in all public schools

Tennessee lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill this week that will require all schools in the state to display “In God We Trust” in some sort of “prominent location,” such as “a school entry way, cafeteria, or common area where students are likely to see” it. After it passed unanimously in the state Senate two weeks

2018-03-22 14:52   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Mark Zuckerberg is open to Facebook regulation, as long as it’s the ‘right’ kind

In the last 24 hours Mark Zuckerberg has bitten the bullet. The notoriously media-shy mogul gave a slew of interviews this week as he attempted to control the fall-out from the Cambridge Analytica scandal and explain just how the data analytics firm which helped the Trump campaign managed to harvest the profile information from 50

2018-03-22 14:36   Click to comment

Climate Progress : After backing $1.5 trillion tax cuts, these GOP lawmakers are suddenly concerned about the debt

Despite years of tough talk about balanced budgets, the Republican majority in the House and Senate rammed through a massive tax cut for the rich in December that their own analysis showed would increase the deficit by more than $1 trillion. Now, many of the lawmakers who voted for that are suddenly concerned about the

2018-03-22 14:11   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump brags about his campaign’s use of pilfered personal Facebook data to defeat Hillary Clinton

President Trump responded on Thursday morning to recent revelations that a data firm his campaign worked with during the 2016 election used pilfered personal data to microtarget potential voters on Facebook — not with contrition, but by suggesting he’s proud of the scandal because it helped him win. “Remember when they were saying, during the

2018-03-22 14:02   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Parkland protesters’ success highlight disparities with similar efforts in communities of color

For going on five years now, Kayla Hicks has toiled in the trenches of community-led efforts to stop gun violence in black communities — primarily in her hometown of Hampton Roads, Virginia. She’s met with grieving relatives, organized protests, appealed to reporters and politicians for awareness campaigns, and raised money for local prevention programs —

2018-03-22 13:17   Click to comment

Climate Progress : ‘We have rarely seen this level of suffering’: Refugees find no comfort at Greece’s Moria camp

LESBOS, GREECE – Roohina sits in a room the size of a minivan with her daughter, Hosna, who is one and a half years old. Only the room isn’t so much a room as an indoor tent: The back wall is the only actual wall in their new home in the Moria refugee camp on

2018-03-22 12:00   Click to comment

Climate Progress : One of the best female wrestlers in the country is barred from competing because of her gender

Earlier this month, Marina Goocher won her third consecutive collegiate title at the National Club Wrestling Association (NCWA) Championships in Texas. Three-peating as champion is hard enough, but Goocher’s accomplishment is even more improbable thanks to NCWA regulations: the University of Michigan-Dearborn junior doesn’t even have a team to compete on during the regular season. That’s…

2018-03-22 12:00   Click to comment

Climate Progress : The 2,232 page omnibus spending bill, explained in less than 1000 words

Late Wednesday evening, after a day of considerable debate between House Republicans and the White House, legislators released the text of the 2,232 page omnibus spending bill. Lawmakers in the House may be in for a long night of reading, as they may be casting votes on the omnibus as early as Thursday. If passed

2018-03-22 01:47   Click to comment

Climate Progress : GOP congresswoman blames the ‘deep state’ for buying Ben Carson’s outlandishly expensive dining set

A Republican congresswoman blamed the “deep state” for ordering a $31,000 dining set for Ben Carson, President Donald Trump’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Daily Beast first reported Tenney’s comments Wednesday evening, which she made during an appearance on a local upstate New York radio show, Talk! Of the Town. The interview

2018-03-21 23:31   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Employees at U.S. government-backed independent media agency fear a pro-Trump ‘coup’

Employees at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the U.S. government-backed international media agency, are raising concerns about the possibility of a pro-Trump “coup.” BBG provides independent news coverage around the world, running Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, and…

2018-03-21 22:34   Click to comment

Climate Progress : The collapse of white supremacist leaders has left a power vacuum in the movement

Two years ago, with Donald Trump barreling toward the presidency, the young white supremacists bolstering his campaign looked to two of their own for leadership, guidance, and the ideological heft to bring their dreams to fruition. In the relatively short time since, however, that hopeful vision has collapsed. Dreams of an ascendant, generational shift in

2018-03-21 22:17   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Before being fired by Sessions, Andrew McCabe reportedly authorized a criminal probe into Sessions

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III less than two days before he became eligible for a federal pension, reportedly oversaw a criminal probe into Sessions himself. The criminal probe into the attorney general, as well as McCabe’s role in this probe, was first reported by ABC

2018-03-21 20:52   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump still weirdly obsessed with ‘getting along with Putin,’ despite everything

On Wednesday afternoon, President Trump defended his decision to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on “winning” Russia’s recent presidential election — a decision he made against the wishes of his national security advisers, who reportedly provided him with briefing materials in all-capital letters stating “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” ahead of his call with Putin on Tuesday.…

2018-03-21 20:49   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Senate passes bill that would endanger sex workers

The Senate voted to pass a bill on Tuesday that would allow online platforms to be held criminally and civilly liable for facilitating or supporting “sex trafficking of children or sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion.” Only two senators voted against the bill. While on its face, the bill appears to protect sex trafficking victims,

2018-03-21 20:10   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Oops! Trump just sent a tweet that undercuts his own administration’s anti-immigrant lawsuit

It is rare for presidents to offer public statements concerning ongoing litigation. When they do, they typically familiarize themselves with the government’s legal position, and consult with the array of highly sophisticated lawyers who work in the White House, before they offer their commentary. Presidents who don’t consult with their lawyers risk saying things that

2018-03-21 17:43   Click to comment

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