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Climate Progress : McKayla Maroney is facing a $100,000 fine for speaking up about her sexual assault

In 2016, Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney was among the first athletes to alert USA Gymnastics of the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of team doctor Larry Nassar — but on Tuesday, while dozens of his other victims speak publicly about their own ordeals, Maroney is confronted with the possibility of a $100,000

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Climate Progress : Christie finds courage to do the right thing as long as he’ll face no political consequences

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie found the courage to do the right thing at the last possible moment Monday, signing into law a bill that bans bump stocks — the gun accessory used in the Las Vegas massacre last October — just as soon as he would face no political repercussions for the move.

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Climate Progress : Homeland Security Secretary remembers ‘specific cuss words,’ but not from Trump

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday and faced a barrage of questions about last week’s immigration meeting in which President Trump reportedly referred to several African nations as “shithole countries.” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who was in the meeting, grilled Nielsen about what she heard in the meeting. Durbin

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Climate Progress : The Department of Education isn’t handling trans student discrimination complaints, report says

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights continues to say they are not required to handle cases relating to discrimination against transgender students, according to a HuffPost report. HuffPost discovered three cases about transgender students’ experiences with school bathrooms or sports teams that Education Department officials specifically said they do not have to…

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Climate Progress : Japanese broadcaster mistakenly issues nuclear missile alert

Japanese public broadcaster NHK sparked mass-panic on Tuesday when it falsely alerted residents to a North Korean missile launch. The gaffe comes days after a similar event terrified the U.S. state of Hawaii. “North Korea appears to have launched a missile… The government urges people to take shelter inside buildings or underground,” the alert read.

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Climate Progress : New Justice Department report on terrorism is only significant for how much data it lacks

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security released a scary report claiming that three out of four individuals convicted of international terrorism or terrorism-related offenses were “immigrants.” “This report reveals an indisputable sobering reality—our immigration system has undermined our national security and public safety,” U.S. Attorney General…

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Climate Progress : Four police officers shot in South Carolina responding to domestic violence call

Four law enforcement officers in South Carolina were shot early on Tuesday morning, when what began as a domestic violence call turned into a manhunt for a heavily-armed suspect. The incident began when officers in York, around 25 miles south of Charlotte, North Carolina, responded to a call that a man was hitting a woman

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Climate Progress : White House says press will give Trump positive coverage once they receive tax cuts

During an interview with Fox & Friends on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lamented the “negative” coverage President Trump received in 2017 and suggested journalists would start giving the administration positive coverage once they received money as a result of the Republican tax bill passed in December. “Look, I have said it

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Climate Progress : Joni Ernst makes constituents burst into laughter with defense of Trump’s ‘sh**thole’ comments

During an event with constituents over the weekend, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) elicited laughter after she claimed, without a tinge of irony, that President Trump is simply “standing up” for Norway — the predominately white country from which he told lawmakers last week he wants to welcome more immigrants, as opposed to people from “shithole” African

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Climate Progress : California city arrests a dozen people for passing out food and toiletries to homeless people

A dozen people including a 14-year-old kid were given misdemeanor citations on Sunday in El Cajon, California, after they defied the city’s recently enacted ban on distributing food to the needy on public land. Local charities intend to challenge the law in court. Sunday’s arrests will help give them standing to bring their case. A

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Climate Progress : White House says Trump isn’t racist because he had a TV show

Facing continued criticism of President Donald Trump’s latest racist remarks, his press secretary offered a new defense of her boss on Tuesday — using a technique straight out of Trump’s playbook. A reporter asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders about Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) suggestion on Monday that if Trump is really the “least racist person,”

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Climate Progress : Trump’s Department of Homeland Security offers cold comfort for DREAMers

During a Tuesday morning appearance on CBS This Morning, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen suggested the Immigration and Customs Enforcement would not prioritize deporting Dreamers who are in compliance with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, so long as they don’t commit crimes. “It’s not going to be a priority of the Immigration

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Climate Progress : Survey: 3.2 million more Americans are without health insurance since Trump took office

More U.S adults are without insurance now than before President Donald Trump took office. The uninsured rate was 12.2 percent at the end of 2017, up 1.3 percentage points from the record low of 10.9 percent at the end of 2016, or the end of President Barack Obama’s final term in office, according to a

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Climate Progress : Watch this pastor deliver a fiery rebuke to Trump’s racist comments — with Pence sitting in the pews

Pastor Dr. Maurice Watson delivered a powerful rebuttal to Donald Trump’s racist comments about immigrants on Sunday to his congregation at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Maryland. Sitting in the Pews was a very special guest: Vice President Mike Pence. “There are members of this church who are from Africa, who are from Haiti. They call me

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Climate Progress : Trump promised Middle East peace. Palestinian president says he destroyed the Oslo Accords.

President Trump promised in May that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be solved during his presidency. Now, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says his U.S. counterpart has destroyed any chance of that happening. In a speech given on Sunday in Ramallah, Palestine’s de facto administrative capital, Abbas slammed Trump over recent policy decisions regarding Israel and Palestine.

2018-01-15 18:42   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump administration deporting immigrant father of two on MLK Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who advocated for social justice for all, in his famous 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail wrote that he was “cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states,” noting, “anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.” So it seems especially

2018-01-15 18:21   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump encouraged people to celebrate MLK Day with community service, but he’s at his golf course

On Friday, President Donald Trump encouraged Americans to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “with acts of civic work and community service” on MLK Day. The president, however, is not taking his own advice — according to the White House pool, the president will be spending MLK Day at his

2018-01-15 17:21   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Black Americans suffer most from racial trauma, but few counselors are trained to treat it

Racism can often lead to trauma for people of color — a reality that research has confirmed time and time again. But few studies have assessed the ability of counselors to treat that trauma. “With America’s climate in the current day and time and all of the instances of oppression and discrimination and hate crimes

2018-01-15 17:01   Click to comment

Climate Progress : With shutdown looming, Trump flip-flops repeatedly on DACA

In tweets published early Monday morning, President Trump appeared to once again offer conflicting messages on the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Referencing comments made in Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday evening, the president repeated his condemnation of Democrats for failing to reach a deal on

2018-01-15 16:26   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump claims he is ‘not a racist’ despite all evidence to the contrary

Following reports that he referred to various foreign countries — specifically, Haiti, El Salvador, and countries in Africa — as “shithole countries,” President Donald Trump told reporters on Sunday that he is “not a racist.” “I’m the least racist person you will ever interview,” the president told reporters at Trump International Golf course, where he was…

2018-01-15 16:26   Click to comment

Climate Progress : These Senators are celebrating MLK’s legacy but stayed silent on Trump’s racism

On Monday, a large number of federal lawmakers took to Twitter to post Martin Luther King Day messages, praising the slain civil rights leader’s dream of equality and inclusion.  But several of these same people have seemingly declined to actually stand up for those values. Days after attendees from both parties confirmed that President Trump

2018-01-15 15:22   Click to comment

Climate Progress : GOP Senator calls Trump ‘repulsive,’ compares him to Stalin — and repeatedly capitulates to him

In excerpts of a speech released Sunday night, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) compares Donald Trump to Joseph Stalin. Flake takes particular issue at Trump’s assault on the media, saying the language Trump uses to describe the press (“enemy of the people”) is that same language Stalin used to “‘annihilate such individuals’ who disagreed with their

2018-01-15 02:42   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump attacks Wall Street Journal for quoting him accurately on North Korea, as audio confirms

This weekend, the White House has been lashing out at the Wall Street Journal, quibbling over a quote President Donald Trump made about his relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The Journal reported that Trump said, “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea,” while the White

2018-01-14 16:39   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Education Department chooses firm with ties to Secretary DeVos in debt-collection deal

The Department of Education on Thursday selected two firms to help collect unpaid student loans — one of which, Performant Financial Corp., once had financial ties to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. According to The Washington Post, the Education Department said that the proposals offered by Performant, which DeVos invested in prior to becoming secretary, as

2018-01-14 16:32   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Georgia Senator claims ‘gross misrepresentation’ of Trump meeting, doesn’t deny ‘s***hole’ comment

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) went on the attack Sunday morning, attempting to smear Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and defend President Donald Trump from accusations that he said during a meeting on Thursday that he does not want immigrants coming to the U.S. from “shithole countries.” “What we have going on here right now is a

2018-01-14 15:28   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Following federal court ruling, Trump administration resumes accepting DACA renewals

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency announced Saturday that it would accept renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, following San Francisco’s federal court ruling last week that blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to end the program. USCIS said in a statement on its website, “Until further notice, and unless

2018-01-14 15:19   Click to comment

Climate Progress : West Virginia started drug testing welfare recipients and the results were a total flop

In 2015, West Virginia passed legislation requiring some applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to submit to drug testing. The state estimated that over the first year, the program would identify 390 people as drug users at a cost of $50,000. The program has now been in place for three months and just

2018-01-13 20:08   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Hawaii residents sent terrifying, false warning of inbound ballistic missile

Residents in Hawaii were left panic-stricken on Saturday morning when they received emergency text messages warning them, incorrectly, of an incoming ballistic missile. “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” the text message read in block capitals. “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” The message was also broadcast on TV, in terrifying fashion. The

2018-01-13 18:48   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump’s ambassador to the Netherlands admits, finally, he spread fake news about the Netherlands

The newly-appointed U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, has finally admitted that he was wrong to say that there were “no-go” zones in the country where Muslim youths were burning politicians and cars. Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman from Michigan, told a conservative group in 2015 that the “Islamic movement” had plunged Europe into

2018-01-13 18:23   Click to comment

Climate Progress : After bonus announcement, Walmart fires thousands of co-managers, replaces them with cheaper workers

After Walmart’s flashy announcement of bonuses of up to $1,000 for some of its workers, the real story played out quietly. On Wednesday, as news of the bonus announcement was lauded by Trump and Fox News, Walmart abruptly closed down 63 Sam’s Clubs stores. More than 9,000 people lost their jobs. Some only learned about the

2018-01-13 16:49   Click to comment

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