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Climate Progress : Trump delivers unhinged rant on NFL, calls Colin Kaepernick a ‘son of a bitch’

During a 90 minute speech in Alabama, purportedly to support Senator Luther Strange who faces special election next Tuesday, Trump diverted into an extended rant in the NFL. His ire was focused primarily on Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who have participated in silent protests during the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see

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Climate Progress : Facebook finally hands over Russian-linked ads to Congress — but they may be tip of the iceberg

After previously saying it was “crazy” to suggest Facebook helped Donald Trump become president, Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that the social media giant will hand over 3,000 Russia-linked ads to Congress to help with their investigation into the Kremlin’s election interference. “I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity,” he said in

2017-09-22 20:57   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Solar industry braces for giant blow, as Trump gets his opportunity for tariffs

“I want someone to bring me some tariffs,” President Donald Trump reportedly said in an April meeting. His demand looks poised to come to fruition, after the International Trade Commission (ITC) voted Friday in favor of two solar cell companies that claim there has been “injury” to the solar industry from low-priced Chinese solar imports.

2017-09-22 20:40   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Court fees and fines target people of color, leaving them in a ‘never-ending cycle of debt’

Poor communities of color are hit the hardest by rising court fees and fines, according to a report released by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on Thursday. The commission recommends that the Trump administration continue to discourage bad practices, such as using fines and fees to raise revenue, rather than improve public safety, because

2017-09-22 20:11   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Berkeley could spend $1 million on security for Milo Yiannopoulos’ event amid massive budget cuts

University of California-Berkeley is moving forward with plans to spend upwards of $1 million on security for far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’ so-called “Free Speech Week,” despite reports that the conservative campus group hosting the event had pulled out. The spending comes amid recent budget cuts across the university that faculty say have affected much-needed services. Dan…

2017-09-22 20:06   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Don’t get too excited about McCain. The September 30 ‘deadline’ for Trumpcare is just a hoax.

Republicans in Congress are trying to push their latest effort to attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, spearheaded by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), through the Senate before September 30 without proper hearings or a score from the Congressional Budget Office. It can only be debated on the Senate

2017-09-22 19:18   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Michigan mom defends her trans kid against a hostile town

The small town of Grass Lake, Michigan is the latest to be divided over the debate about how schools respond to transgender students. A dedicated group of parents opposed to any inclusive policy is quickly escalating pressure against the school board, which has so far been mostly committed to respecting the one out student’s identity.

2017-09-22 19:01   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Ivanka Trump hides behind her White House job to avoid a copyright lawsuit

Ivanka Trump and her clothing brand are entangled in an intellectual property battle in which she wants no part. Fashion designer Edgardo Osorio, co-founder and creative director of fashion brand Aquazzura, has taken legal action against Trump for allegedly copying the design of his iconic “Wild Thing” sandal that catapulted his brand to international success.

2017-09-22 18:49   Click to comment

Climate Progress : The White House isn’t sure how Trumpcare would impact the country. We collected the data for them.

A White House official said they “really aren’t sure” what the impact of the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would be, as Politico reported Friday—but a number of analyses have found the bill would hurt every state and leave 32 million people without insurance by 2026. The bill, spearheaded

2017-09-22 17:09   Click to comment

Climate Progress : A radical fix to America’s stagnant economy: Give people who want to work a job

Every American deserves a job. But not all who want to work can find employment that will lift them from poverty. The U.S. Labor Department says the nation’s unemployment rate of 4.4 percent in August, its most recent monthly tally, represents full employment. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. It doesn’t account for the roughly 14

2017-09-22 17:04   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Sessions opioid speech keeps focus squarely on users and doctors, lets drugmakers off easy

“Today we are facing the deadliest drug crisis in American history,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday in West Virginia, the latest stop on his ongoing tour of places hit hardest by opioid addiction and overdose deaths. “Talk to the police about it, and they’ll tell you many people became addicted almost the first time

2017-09-22 16:53   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Russian, American white nationalists meet for the first time in Washington

Since 2015, Matthew Heimbach, one of the foremost white nationalists in the United States, has been trying to construct links with Russian nationalists. At the 2015 launch of his Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP), Heimbach hosted Alexander Dugin, Russia’s neo-fascist polemicist — although Dugin, due to the United States’ sanctions regime, could only appear via video.

2017-09-22 16:37   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Betsy DeVos rolls back Obama-era guidelines for investigating campus sexual assault

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday rescinded a set of Obama-era guidelines for investigating campus sexual assault cases, the Associated Press reported. The department has implemented interim rules for the time being but did not disclose what those rules entailed. BREAKING: Education Secretary rescinds Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, puts interim rules in

2017-09-22 16:11   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trumpcare’s ‘Alaska Bribe’ has a big constitutional problem

In one of the more surreal chapters in the ongoing Trumpcare saga, the Independent Journal Review’s Haley Byrd reports that some of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) Republican colleagues hope to entice her into supporting their latest effort to repeal Obamacare by letting Alaska keep much of Obamacare. Under the reported deal — alternatively nicknamed the

2017-09-22 15:08   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Even the most generous estimate of the GOP health care bill is still pretty bad

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), projects federal health care spending would be $18 billion lower in 2026 under the latest Republican health care bill than under current law. In all, 31 states would receive less federal money for providing their residents

2017-09-22 14:52   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Fox News pundit says Tom Price is forced to use private jets because ‘the left wants him dead’

On Friday morning, Fox News contributor and conservative media blogger Erick Erickson told Fox & Friends hosts that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price only chartered private jets for business travel because the left “want[ed] him dead.” Price came under fire this week after Politico reported that the secretary had spent tens of thousands

2017-09-22 14:51   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Cassidy argues his bill protects people with preexisting conditions, because Trump tweeted it did

During a radio interview on Thursday, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) made a case that the health care bill bearing his name must protect people with preexisting conditions, because President Trump said so in a tweet. In response to host C.L. Bryant’s question about how the so-called Graham-Cassidy legislation will affect people with preexisting conditions, Cassidy’s immediately

2017-09-22 14:29   Click to comment

Climate Progress : What you should know about the far-right party in Germany’s elections

This Sunday, Germans will head to the polls to choose their national elected officials following a subdued, no-frills campaign. Angela Merkel is expected to cruise to victory and continue her 12-year reign as Chancellor, and the latest polls show her party, the Christian Democratic Union, will likely win with 36.2 percent of the vote. Only

2017-09-22 13:00   Click to comment

Climate Progress : These are the billionaires paying Trump’s legal bills

Self-proclaimed billionaire President Donald Trump is turning to rich Republican party donors to help cover the costs of some of his hefty legal fees related to investigations into his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia. Government watchdog advocates say that move breaks political norms and escalates the power wealthy people have over politics. Effectively, the big

2017-09-22 13:00   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Ed Gillespie’s controversial MS-13 ad features stolen photo of completely different gang

An attack ad by Republican candidate for Virginia governor Ed Gillespie that warns Virginia residents of the menacing threat of the MS-13 gang features a photograph taken from a Salvadoran news site without permission, and portrays members of a rival gang photographed inside a prison in El Salvador, not MS-13 members in Virginia. ThinkProgress confirmed

2017-09-21 21:23   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump laments that warming-fueled super-hurricanes just keep coming

“It’s just one after another” this hurricane season, President Donald Trump said Wednesday. Although Trump has denied the science linking hurricanes to climate change, he was unwittingly pointing out one of the most serious consequences of his policies to kill climate action: The rise of simultaneous “unnatural” disasters. “As climate change continues, by any reasonable…

2017-09-21 21:12   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Studies show that harassment contributes to trans kids’ substance abuse and suicidal thinking

A pair of new studies is shining a light on the negative mental health outcomes documented in transgender youth. It’s already understood that trans kids face a higher risk of substance abuse and suicidal thinking, but the latest research proves that those outcomes are directly connected to experiences of victimization. The two studies, published in peer-reviewed

2017-09-21 20:52   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Court: Yes, the Bureau of Land Management can regulate fracking on public lands

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Obama administration was within its rights when the Bureau of Land Management issued a 2015 rule to modernize fracking regulations on public lands. The so-called Fracking Rule, which increased safety specifications on oil and gas wells and mandated chemical disclosures, was challenged by two states

2017-09-21 20:51   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Fox News host claims made-up ‘human suffering’ is caused by ‘immoral’ Obamacare

When Republicans were making an ultimately unsuccessful push to pass a Trumpcare bill in late June, Fox News’ Lisa Kennedy Montgomery criticized progressive “hysteria” about the bill, which would’ve cost more than 20 million Americans their health care, since “we’re all going to die” anyway. Now the former MTV VJ has offered another hot take on the existing

2017-09-21 20:40   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Anxiety abounds as U.S. Jews celebrate new year

Wednesday evening marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, and the first of the High Holy Days. But for Jews across the United States, the celebration has been marked as much by fear and precautions as it has by good tidings and well wishes — a sign that rising anti-Semitism and an

2017-09-21 20:38   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Hollywood’s ‘Committee to Investigate Russia’ goes off-script

Morgan Freeman wants us to know the U.S. is at war. It’s not a war against cancer or poverty. It’s not a war against the remnants of the Taliban, or even against ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq. This war, said Freeman earlier this week, is instead against another nation-state: Russia. “We have been attacked,”

2017-09-21 19:41   Click to comment

Climate Progress : The Senate is about to vote on a bill that will devastate women and gender minorities’ health care

The new GOP health bill before the Senate — written and largely advocated by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) — threatens to devastate the health of millions of women and gender minorities. Technically, the Graham Cassidy Bill, which will be voted on next week, does not repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

2017-09-21 19:33   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump has options on Iran nuclear deal, but most of them are terrible

President Donald Trump has reportedly decided how to proceed with the Iran nuclear deal — but no one, not even his own top advisers, knows what that decision is. He has repeatedly called the 2015 agreement struck between the P5+1 countries (United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France, China, and Germany) to reign in Iran’s nuclear

2017-09-21 18:36   Click to comment

Climate Progress : A federal judge just knocked down every argument an anti-gay group made to the Supreme Court

A federal judge in Minnesota just knocked down another attempt by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an anti-LGBTQ hate group, to justify anti-gay discrimination in the name of free speech. In his decision against a pair of St. Cloud videographers, Chief District Judge John Tunheim, a Clinton appointee, dismantled every argument ADF is making to

2017-09-21 17:51   Click to comment

Climate Progress : The GOP health care bill will make it harder for rural hospitals to keep their doors open

As Congress continues to debate the last-ditch Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the deadline to permanently renew funding for rural hospitals faced with high costs and limited resources may go unnoticed. Hundreds of qualifying rural hospitals rely on payments provided by the Medicare Dependent Hospital (MDH) and the Low

2017-09-21 17:07   Click to comment

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