US Politics in Trump era Public date: 03.10.2019 13:07:34

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6 Jun 2019

Taking Migrant Children From Parents Is Illegal, U.N. Tells U.S.

The Trump administration’s practice of separating children from migrant families entering the United States violates their rights and international law, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday, urging an immediate halt to the practice.
The Trump administration’s practice of separating children from migrant families entering the United States violates...

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29 Dec 2018

E.P.A. Proposes Rule Change That Would Let Power Plants Release More Toxic Pollution

The Trump administration announced on Friday a plan designed to make it easier for coal-fired power plants, after nearly a decade of restrictions, to release into the atmosphere more mercury and other pollutants linked to developmental disorders and respiratory illnesses.
The Trump administration announced on Friday a plan designed to make it easier for coal-fired power plants, after nearly...
20 Apr 2018

First-time judge appointed by Trump issues his very first opinion. It’s a doozy.

More than just an ideologically radical opinion, Judge Ho’s dissent from the full United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s decision not to rehear Zimmerman v. City of Austin is a monument to conservative political rhetoric and right-wing historical myths. It’s the sort of commentary one would expect to find in an especially strident political magazine — perhaps one of the publications one of Ho’s current law clerks used to write for. It is emphatically not the sort of writing one expects to find in a judicial opinion.
More than just an ideologically radical opinion, Judge Ho’s dissent from the full United States Court of Appeals for...
24 Dec 2017

Charities fear tax bill could turn philanthropy into a pursuit only for the rich

Many U.S. charities are worried the tax overhaul bill signed by President Trump on Friday could spur a landmark shift in philanthropy, speeding along the decline of middle-class donors and transforming charitable gift-giving into a pursuit largely left to the wealthy.
Many U.S. charities are worried the tax overhaul bill signed by President Trump on Friday could spur a...

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3 Nov 2017

U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials

Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report on Friday that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization.
Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies...

Publisher: ThinkProgress

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14 Oct 2017

This is the pro-Trump propaganda being quietly broadcast on local stations across the country

On an otherwise regular morning in mid-August, viewers in Providence, Rhode Island were treated to a segment called Behind the Headlines with Mark Hyman, which immediately followed the local weather report. Hyman’s segment, which runs daily between a minute and a half and two minutes long, is one of several must-run “news” segments that spread misinformation, echo Trump administration talking points, and function as nationalist and right-wing propaganda.
On an otherwise regular morning in mid-August, viewers in Providence, Rhode Island were treated to a segment called...
11 Oct 2017

The radical ideology of this Trump nominee makes even the most conservative SCOTUS justices uneasy

Justice Don Willett is charming. Best known outside legal circles for his Twitter feed, @JusticeWillett, the Texas Supreme Court justice — and now a Trump nominee to a federal appeals court — tweets largely apolitical commentary about Calvin and Hobbes, his children, and Oxford commas. This would all be well and good, if not for one other factor. This charming, intelligent, knowledgeable man also wants to dismantle much of the last 80 years of American law.
Justice Don Willett is charming. Best known outside legal circles for his Twitter feed, @JusticeWillett, the Texas...
5 Sep 2017

Michigan’s Iraqi Chaldean community is fighting to protect dozens of people from deportation.

The Chaldeans of Michigan have a conservative history, consistently  supporting the Republican Party with votes and donations, and they voted heavily for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, helping him win Michigan by fewer than 11,000 votes. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence inspired many Chaldeans to show up at voting booths with unprecedented enthusiasm by promising to protect persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
The Chaldeans of Michigan have a conservative history, consistently  supporting the Republican Party with...

Publisher: USA TODAY

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18 May 2017

Immigration arrests up 38% nationwide under Trump

In the 100 days since President Trump signed an executive order to enhance immigration enforcement, the arrests of undocumented immigrants  is up 38% from the same time period in 2016, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data released Wednesday.
In the 100 days since President Trump signed an executive order to enhance immigration enforcement, the arrests of...
19 Apr 2017

Betsy DeVos is wasting no time screwing over student borrowers.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been sending some chilling signals lately about how she plans to deal with America’s $1.3 trillion  student debt burden. On at least two separate ocassions now, her department has scrapped Obama-era reforms that were designed to protect borrowers from being gouged or misled by the companies responsible for collecting their loans. All told, DeVos seems less interested in protecting former students than in protecting the predators that have fleeced them for profit.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been sending some chilling signals lately about how she plans to deal with...

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16 Apr 2017

With Trump Appointees, a Raft of Potential Conflicts and ‘No Transparency’

President Trump is populating the White House and federal agencies with  former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who in many cases are helping to craft new policies for the same industries in which they recently earned a paycheck.
President Trump is populating the White House and federal agencies with  former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants...
16 Apr 2017

Trump’s CIA Director Pompeo, Targeting WikiLeaks, Explicitly Threatens Speech and Press Freedoms

Trump’s CIA Director stood up in public and explicitly threatened to target free speech rights and press freedoms, and it was almost impossible to find even a single U.S. mainstream journalist expressing objections or alarm, because the targets Pompeo chose in this instance are ones they dislike – much the way that many are willing to overlook or even sanction free speech repression if the targeted ideas or speakers are sufficiently unpopular.
Trump’s CIA Director stood up in public and explicitly threatened to target free speech rights...
15 Apr 2017

Trump to discontinue Obama policy of voluntarily releasing White House visitor logs

The Trump administration announced Friday that it would discontinue former president Barack Obama's policy of voluntarily disclosing the names of most visitors to the White House complex, citing “grave national security risks and privacy concerns.” Watchdog groups sued the Trump administration in a bid to continue the practices of the previous White House.
The Trump administration announced Friday that it would discontinue former president Barack Obama's policy of...
7 Apr 2017

Mother of four to be deported to Mexico in sign of Trump policy shift

Maribel Trujillo has been told that her deportation is set for next Tuesday from the US, where she has lived for the past 15 years. Her  rushed removal is one of the starkest examples yet of Donald Trump’s  push to catch and deport undocumented immigrants who previously were tolerated by the authorities as law-abiding and peaceful members of society.
Maribel Trujillo has been told that her deportation is set for next Tuesday from the US, where she has lived for the...
27 Mar 2017

Nearly 1 out of every 3 days he has been president, Trump has visited a Trump property

For the eighth weekend in a row, President Trump has visited a property that bears his name. He has done so on 21 of the 66 days he has been in office, meaning that for the equivalent of three full weeks of his just-over-nine weeks as commander in chief, he has spent all or part of a day at a Trump property — earning that property mentions in the media and the ability to tell potential clients that they might be able to interact with the president.
For the eighth weekend in a row, President Trump has visited a property that bears his name. He has done so on...

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17 Mar 2017

Donald Trump could reverse cuts to arts, poor and elderly if he stopped staying at Mar-a-Lago, figures show

Donald Trump could reverse his recently announced cuts to arts, poor and elderly services if he cut his trips to Mar-a-Lago and lived permanently in White House instead, figures indicate. Calculations show four programmes that face elimination - which tackle homelessness, unemployment among over-55s, participation in the arts and helping the poor access higher education - could be maintained at the cost of the President’s trips to his private Florida resort over the course of four years.
Donald Trump could reverse his recently announced cuts to arts, poor and elderly services if he cut...

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17 Mar 2017

Trump Takes a Gamble in Cutting Programs His Base Relies On

President Trump’s proposal on Thursday for deep cuts to the budgets of a broad part of the federal bureaucracy was billed as a tough-minded and necessary corrective to the growth of the government’s power. But even  members of his own party questioned some of the cuts — and what was not being cut. “While we have a responsibility to reduce our federal deficit, I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the president’s skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive,” said Representative Harold Rogers, Republican of Kentucky and a former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
President Trump’s proposal on Thursday for deep cuts to the budgets of a broad part of the federal bureaucracy was...

Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government

We have obtained a list of more than 400 Trump administration hires, including dozens of lobbyists and some from far-right media. While President Trump has not moved to fill many jobs that require Senate confirmation, he has quietly installed hundreds of officials to serve as his eyes and ears at every major federal agency, from the Pentagon to the Department of Interior. Unlike appointees exposed to the scrutiny of the Senate, members of these so-called “beachhead teams” have operated largely in the shadows, with the White House declining to publicly reveal their identities.
We have obtained a list of more than 400 Trump administration hires, including dozens of lobbyists and some from...
4 Mar 2017

‘Just racist’: EPA cuts will hit black and Hispanic communities the hardest

Planned cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency are set to fall heaviest upon communities of color across the US that already suffer disproportionately from toxic pollution, green groups have warned. Proposal would remove environmental justice office, tasked with bridging gap in pollution in black, Hispanic and low-income areas and wealthier white ones
Planned cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency are set to fall heaviest upon communities of color across the US...
3 Mar 2017

Crony Capitalism at Work? Trump Adviser Carl Icahn Strong-Arms Ethanol Lobby to Save His Company Millions

Critics are charging that billionaire investor Carl Icahn has used his position as Donald Trump’s deregulatory czar to strong-arm the  ethanol lobby into agreeing to a change that will save one of Icahn’s  companies $200 million a year.If so, this would be the most obvious example yet of crony capitalism in the Trump era.
Critics are charging that billionaire investor Carl Icahn has used his position as Donald Trump’s...

Publisher: Spokesman

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3 Mar 2017

Zinke rescinds Obama official’s phase-out of lead bullets, fishing tackle

HUNTING-FISHING -- Today, on his first day on duty, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (pronounced ZINK-ee) issued two secretarial orders. One withdraws a controversial order signed by an Obama administration official to phase out use of lead bullets and lead fishing tackle on federal wildlife refuges.
HUNTING-FISHING -- Today, on his first day on duty, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (pronounced ZINK-ee)...

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22 Feb 2017

New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions

President Trump has directed his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws more aggressively, unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest and deport those in the country  illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes.
President Trump has directed his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws...

Publisher: BBC News

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8 Feb 2017

Dakota Access Pipeline to win US Army permit for completion

The US Army has informed Congress that it will grant permission to complete the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline near tribal territory. The notice comes after Donald Trump formally backed the project last month in one of his first acts as US president. Thousands of predominantly Native American protesters have boycotted the $3.8bn (£3bn) pipeline's construction in the state of North Dakota. 
The US Army has informed Congress that it will grant permission to complete the controversial Dakota...

Publisher: TIME

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19 Nov 2016

Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and the Crisis in American Life

A historian recalls a conversation with the Donald Trump adviser, which may provide a window into Bannon's views on what's next for the U.S. During the 1990s, two amateur historians, Neil Howe and the late William Strauss, developed a new theory of American history in two books. They identified an 80-year cycle in American history, punctuated by great crises that destroyed an old order and created a new one. Stephen Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News who has been appointed Trump’s chief strategist in the White House, is very familiar with Strauss and Howe’s theory of crisis, and has been thinking about how to use it to achieve particular goals for quite a while.
A historian recalls a conversation with the Donald Trump adviser, which may provide a window into Bannon's views on...

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