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8 ways Trump trashed US relationships with allies around the world

8 ways Trump trashed US relationships with allies around the world

Washington, D.C.Even before he defunded the World Health Organization, Donald Trump had done much to damage U.S. ties with allies.  Donald Trump's decision Tuesday to from going to the World Health Organization in the middle of a pandemic is the latest in a long series of actions that have isolated the United States from the rest of the world.Since Trump took office, he has alienated allies by withdrawing from agreements and breaking treaties on issues ranging from climate change to national security.In January 2017, three days after being sworn in, Trump the United States from the...

April 16, 2020
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GOP leaders say they won't help states battling COVID-19

GOP leaders say they won't help states battling COVID-19

Washington, D.C.Democrats want another $250 billion for hospitals and states. As governors plead for aid, Republican leaders in Congress said Saturday they prefer to replenish a $350 billion small-business program rather than negotiate the broader package Democrats are pushing with the White House.In a joint statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said they will seek "clean" funding for the without tacking on $250 billion for health care providers or cash-strapped states as Democrats want."American workers are in crisis," they...

April 13, 2020
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Watch Wisconsin judge compare stay-home orders to WWII internment

Watch Wisconsin judge compare stay-home orders to WWII internment

Washington, D.C.Republican lawmakers have been challenging stay-at-home orders despite the significant risk to public health posed by COVID-19. On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court  on a challenge from the state's Republican lawmakers to the "safer at home" order issued by the administration of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to protect citizens during the COVID-19 outbreak and slow the spread of the disease.During the hearing, conservative Justice Rebecca Bradley invoked the landmark United States Supreme Court case Korematsu v. United States, which allowed the government to hold Japanese...

May 5, 2020
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Right-wing militia group threatens police at protests: Stop enforcing laws or else

Right-wing militia group threatens police at protests: Stop enforcing laws or else

Washington, D.C.The right-wing anti-government Oath Keepers have taken part in protests demanding governors reopen their state economies in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The anti-government militia group Oath Keepers on Monday threatened law enforcement officers, calling on the police to stop protecting the public from the people attending protests against social distancing and stay-at-home orders in the midst of a global pandemic.The statement was in response to a that showed police standing between the California state Capitol building in Sacramento and a group of protesters...

May 4, 2020
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Scientist files whistleblower complaint after being fired for refusing to push drug

Scientist files whistleblower complaint after being fired for refusing to push drug

Washington, D.C.Dr. Rick Bright said the Trump administration rejected his warnings on COVID-19. A government scientist says he was ousted from his position after raising concerns that the Trump administration wanted to "flood" coronavirus hot spots like New York and New Jersey with a malaria drug that Donald Trump was pushing despite scant scientific evidence it helped.Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, filed the complaint Tuesday with the Office of Special Counsel, a government agency responsible for whistleblower complaints. He...

May 5, 2020
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States with fewest virus cases receive giant share of federal relief funds

States with fewest virus cases receive giant share of federal relief funds

Washington, D.C.Hawaii received $2 million per positive case, while New York received just $24,000. Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, and Wyoming are among the least-populated states in the United States, and not surprisingly have the lowest numbers of residents who have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But despite their small size, they scored big this spring when Congress pumped out direct federal aid to the states.An Associated Press analysis shows those four, along with other small states, took in an outsize proportion of the $150 billion in federal money that was designed to address...

May 5, 2020
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Graham wants US to officially say: 'We don't blame Trump, we blame China'

Graham wants US to officially say: 'We don't blame Trump, we blame China'

Washington, D.C.Republicans are deflecting criticism from Trump's failure to respond to the coronavirus and focusing blame on China. From the April 9 edition of Fox News' "Hannity":SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): So the first thing I want to do is get the United States Senate on the record where we — we don't blame Trump, we blame China — the Chinese government's responsible for 16,000 American deaths and 17 million Americans being unemployed. It's the Chinese government and the way they behave that led to this pandemic. This is the third one to come out of China. I want to make our response to...

April 10, 2020
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Only 1 state has met the federal government's criteria for reopening

Only 1 state has met the federal government's criteria for reopening

Washington, D.C.Donald Trump is demanding states 'open up ASAP' despite the health risks. Only one state has met all of the criteria contained in guidelines issued by the federal government for safely reopening businesses and easing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an analysis by . Despite the lack of progress by the overwhelming majority of states, Donald Trump is still pushing them to reopen.ProPublica based its analysis on state-level data, updated daily, for five metrics stemming from the guidelines for reopening issued by the Its metrics are the number of...

May 26, 2020
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These 16 companies are funding the GOP's war on voting

These 16 companies are funding the GOP's war on voting

Washington, D.C.The Republican National Committee has filed suit to making it harder to vote during the pandemic. The Republican National Committee has a lawsuit to stop California from making it easier for citizens to vote by mail during the pandemic, part of a massive effort to undermine voting rights.More than a dozen U.S. corporations are helping bankroll that effort.The suit — filed Sunday by the RNC, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the California Republican Party — challenges an by Gov. Gavin Newsom to automatically send a mail-in ballot to the state's registered...

May 26, 2020
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Trump has attended church 14 times since taking office — including photo-ops

Trump has attended church 14 times since taking office — including photo-ops

Washington, D.C.Aside from major holidays like Christmas and Easter, Trump has rarely attended church, with some visits being just photo-ops. Donald Trump sparked outcry from religious leaders after military police tear-gassed and fired rubber bullets into a peaceful crowd in order to let Trump to be able to walk from the White House to a church for a .Trump's stunt at St. John's Episcopal Church on Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., marked the 14th time that he's attended a church since he took office in January 2017.While he's as a champion for religious freedom and has , Trump is...

June 2, 2020
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