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Trump accused of "criminal extortion" after asking Georgia official to "find" votes

Trump accused of "criminal extortion" after asking Georgia official to "find" votes

January 4, 2021 10:01AM (UTC)U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office while arriving back at the White House on December 31, 2020 in Washington, DC.--This article originally appeared at . It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely.Days before the U.S. Congress is set to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the Nov. 3 election, political observers on Sunday demanded to know how much effort President Donald Trump has put into pressuring state officials into naming him as the winner, after...

Jan 4
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Saudi Arabia joins Trump-led coalition claiming women have ‘no international right to abortion’

Saudi Arabia joins Trump-led coalition claiming women have ‘no international right to abortion’

RED BARBLUE BARFurther distancing itself from longtime U.S. allies regarding reproductive rights, the Trump administration on Thursday joined 32 countries in signing a declaration claiming that pregnant people have “no international right to abortion.”Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended the virtual signing ceremony for the so-called “Geneva Consensus Declaration” after the administration formed an international coalition comprised of countries where abortion care is banned or severely restricted, to counter the United Nations’ support...

October 23, 2020
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'Violence by Number Tampering': Trump Manipulated Government Estimates of Climate Costs, Says GAO Report

'Violence by Number Tampering': Trump Manipulated Government Estimates of Climate Costs, Says GAO Report

A nonpartisan congressional report released Tuesday reveals how the Trump administration manipulated data to justify deregulating carbon emissions by drastically understating the costs of allowing fossil fuel extraction—and the resulting climate crisis—to continue. The Government Accountability Office, the nonpartisan investigative office of the U.S. Congress, shows in the report that the Trump administration revised former President Barack Obama's estimates regarding the "social cost of the carbon" to create a cost-benefit analysis that would be favorable to deregulating environmental...

July 14, 2020
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Betsy DeVos Sued for Garnishing Wages of 285,000 Student Borrowers Amid Pandemic

Betsy DeVos Sued for Garnishing Wages of 285,000 Student Borrowers Amid Pandemic

ShareHuman RightsEconomy & LaborEnvironment & HealthEconomy & LaborEconomy & LaborCulture & MediaA home health aide who earns just under $13 per hour is the lead plaintiff in a filed Thursday against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, whose department has continued garnishing the wages of hundreds of thousands of student loan borrowers in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.The CARES Act, which was signed into law in late March, prohibits the Education Department from seizing the wages and tax refunds of student loan borrowers who have defaulted on their loans.But Elizabeth Barber of...

May 2, 2020
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Citing 'Vein of Toxicity' and Firing of Whistleblowers, Amazon VP Resigns in Disgust

Citing 'Vein of Toxicity' and Firing of Whistleblowers, Amazon VP Resigns in Disgust

"This is a really big deal. This kind of courage is what we need right now, in every workplace and walk of life." Amazon vice president Tim Bray won praise from labor rights advocates on Monday after resigning from the company over its treatment of whistleblowers during the Covid-19 pandemic, publishing a "scathing" letter on his personal blog explaining the decision. After more than five years as a vice president at the company, Bray wrote that he was quitting "in dismay at Amazon firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of Covid-19." In the...

May 4, 2020
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Trump Officials Ignored Company's Offer in January to Make Millions of N95 Masks

Trump Officials Ignored Company's Offer in January to Make Millions of N95 Masks

ShareEconomy & LaborPrisons & PolicingHuman RightsPolitics & ElectionsPolitics & ElectionsPrisons & PolicingProgressives on Saturday denounced anreport which detailed the Department of Health and Human Services’ refusal to take an American company up on its offer to supply millions of N95 respirators to the government early on in the coronavirus pandemic.TheWashington Postreported that federal scientist Rick Bright, who filed a whistleblower complaint last week over his demotion following his criticism of the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic, detailed communications with...

May 10, 2020
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McConnell's PATRIOT Act Expansion Would Hand Barr Unprecedented Spy Powers

McConnell's PATRIOT Act Expansion Would Hand Barr Unprecedented Spy Powers

SharePolitics & ElectionsEnvironment & HealthEnvironment & HealthEnvironment & HealthPolitics & ElectionsEducation & YouthSen. Ron Wyden was joined by privacy advocates Wednesday in forcefully condemning a new proposed amendment to the PATRIOT Act put forward by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that would greatly expand the U.S. attorney general’s surveillance powers under FISA.McConnell’s amendment, which the Senate began debating Wednesday as lawmakers took up the reauthorization of the 2001 PATRIOT Act, would explicitly permit the FBI to collect records of Americans’ internet...

May 14, 2020
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'Shameful Does Not Even Begin to Describe' Trump EPA Decision on Chemical Known to Damage Children's Brains

'Shameful Does Not Even Begin to Describe' Trump EPA Decision on Chemical Known to Damage Children's Brains

"Yet another abdication of duty by those that are entrusted with protecting Americans from needless and preventable harm." The EPA signaled Thursday it will not regulate perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel, in drinking water. (Photo: wonderisland/Shutterstock) Environmental campaigners vowed to fight President Donald Trump's EPA Thursday after the agency said it would propose that the rocket-fuel chemical perchlorate does not need to be regulated, despite its links to cognitive damage in fetal and child development. According to the New York Times, the EPA plans to tell the...

May 15, 2020
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