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Paul Ryan says Trump ‘messed up,’ opposes any action to hold him accountable

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 02:30:57 +0000

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) ducked a question from a constituent at a town hall Monday evening who asked Ryan what specific steps he would take to hold President Trump accountable after he praised participants in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.  The woman was a rabbi and longtime family friend of Ryan’s, and she […]



Angry Charlottesville residents take over city council meeting

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:56:54 +0000

Hundreds of angry residents of Charlottesville, Virginia, swarmed a city council meeting on Monday night to express their outrage at the city’s response to the violent white nationalist rallies a week ago. After members of the the community unfurled a large banner with the words “blood on your hands” and shouted down the scheduled meeting — the first […]



Trump’s new strategy in Afghanistan is to not announce a strategy

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:48:39 +0000

President Donald Trump announced a new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan on Monday, but his plan lacked major details, like a timetable and even the number of U.S. troops that will be stationed in the country. Trump refused to elaborate out of a belief that “America’s enemies must never know our plans.” “As a result of […]



Why did Trump just reverse course in Afghanistan? The answer may be underground.

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:21:53 +0000

President Donald Trump announced a “path forward” in Afghanistan Monday evening, after months of failing to implement a clear approach to ending the 16 years U.S. soldiers have spent in the country. The unveiling comes at a precarious time for Trump, who is facing falling approval ratings at home—and who seems more interested in Afghanistan […]



PA lobbyist out at Transportation, gets transferred to energy regulatory agency

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:27:46 +0000

President Donald Trump’s beachhead team member at the Department of Transportation has moved to the federal agency that regulates the nation’s electric power and natural gas industries where he will be serving as chief of staff. Former Pennsylvania lobbyist Anthony Pugliese was selected to fill the chief of staff position at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission […]



Trump plans major tax cut for the rich but Americans want the exact opposite

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:36:09 +0000

President Trump’s plans to give a massive tax break to the rich but a polling shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans favor raising taxes on the wealthy. The disconnect could complicate Republican efforts to pass tax legislation this year. “As progressives strategize for the tax fight coming this fall, they open the debate with […]



For Dick Gregory, being funny and being an activist went hand in hand

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:23:44 +0000

I never had the chance to meet Dick Gregory, the stand-up comedian who became a ’60s-era civil rights activist, but I’ve felt his presence all around me. Gregory died Saturday in Washington, D.C. at age 84. Gregory lived not too far from my home in northwest Washington and I often saw him moving about the […]



Pence wants us to think Trump is like Teddy Roosevelt. That couldn’t be further from the truth

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:17:12 +0000

Vice President Mike Pence went to the Panama Canal last week and gave a speech comparing his boss to President Teddy Roosevelt, who played a key role in getting the canal built. “And in President Donald Trump, I think the United States once again has a president whose vision, energy, and can-do spirit is reminiscent of […]



The Trump administration doesn’t want to find out how bad mountaintop removal is for human health

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:14:14 +0000

A study on the health impacts of mountaintop removal by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has been suspended after the Department of the Interior told the group it was reviewing grants in advance of budget cuts. The two-year project, “Potential Human Health Effects of Surface Coal Mining Operations in Central Appalachia,” began […]



Pruitt wants to delay long overdue plan forcing Texas to address coal plant pollution

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:07:29 +0000

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking permission from a federal court to further delay the implementation of rules — already a decade overdue — that would reduce the level of haze-causing pollution from power plants in Texas. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday to extend […]