Trump administration to weaken protections for endangered species in favor of fossil fuels

The Trump administration’s Interior Department announced on Monday its official proposal to significantly weaken the nation’s Endangered Species Act. The move would make it easier for new mining, oil, and gas development to take place in areas critical to protected species. The widely popular conservation law, passed in 1973, has been heralded worldwide for its […]

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Posted on August 13, 2019

Mass shooters often have a history of misogyny. The Dayton shooter is no different.

The gunman who killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, including his own sister, compiled a list in high school threatening girls with rape, and was part of a music group that embraced misogynistic images and language. Connor Betts, 24, joins a long list of mass shooters with records of misogyny. Many have records of sexual […]

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Posted on August 12, 2019

17 million Americans purged from voter rolls between 2016 and 2018, new report finds

At least 17 million Americans were purged from U.S. voter rolls between 2016 and 2018, with particularly dramatic increases in states with a history of racial discrimination, according to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice. The number of names eliminated by election officials has surged since the Supreme Court in 2013 significantly […]

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Posted on August 11, 2019

As climate reckoning arrives over agriculture, USDA’s scientists face censorship

A government climate scientist who says the Trump administration buried a groundbreaking report he authored has left the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in protest over the “political views” top officials allegedly imposed on his work. Politico reported Monday that Lewis Ziska, a plant physiologist who worked at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for more […]

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Posted on August 10, 2019

Trump speaks out against shootings by reinforcing his own racist immigration policies

President Donald Trump on Monday suggested he may hold gun violence prevention measures hostage to furthering his racist agenda on immigration, in the wake of two deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. While investigations have not yet clearly discerned the motives in each of the recent shootings, the alleged shooter who […]

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Posted on August 9, 2019

Trump falsely claims there’s ‘no appetite’ for an assault weapons ban

Before departing for Dayton and El Paso in the wake of mass shootings in those cities, President Donald Trump tried to downplay expectations for any legislation that would actually help prevent future gun violence. Trump did express support for expanding background checks for gun buyers, which as ThinkProgress reported earlier this week is a massive […]

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Posted on August 8, 2019

Louisiana’s shockingly dishonest plan to abolish Roe v. Wade

A panel of extraordinarily conservative Republican judges will hear a case on Friday that, if successful, would drain all life from the right to an abortion. In Gee v. June Medical Services, the state of Louisiana argues that abortion restrictions should effectively be immune from judicial scrutiny, just so long as lawmakers are clever about how […]

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Posted on August 7, 2019

Trump suggests little to end gun violence in wake of deadly shootings

President Donald Trump gave formal remarks Monday morning in response to two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, but he did not offer one realistic solution for preventing such gun violence in the future. Instead, the president rehashed most of the major debunked arguments often used by gun advocacy groups to distract […]

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Posted on August 6, 2019

The problem from hell facing anyone who wants single-payer health care

Earlier this week, Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-CA) released an outline for her version of “Medicare For All.” The plan would give everyone the immediate right to buy into Medicare as an alternative to private insurance, then would gradually transition everyone into an “expanded Medicare system” over the course of ten years. Though […]

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Posted on August 5, 2019

Elizabeth Warren brings attention to death of trans woman at Rikers, calling solitary ‘inhumane’

Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) shared a story on Thursday about Layleen Cubilette-Polanco, an Afro-Latinx trans woman who died at Rikers Island in New York City in June, coupling it with a call for sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system. Her interest in the tragic story may signal to advocates for LGBTQ equality […]

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Posted on August 4, 2019