democracy

Voting During a Pandemic

Voting During a Pandemic

ByJulia Baumel The outbreak of COVID-19 across the U.S. has touched every facet of our society, and our democracy has been no exception. The pandemic poses unique challenges with respect to the 2020 election, and several states have already rescheduled spring primaries for the summer. State election officials are weighing not only the public health […]

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    30 Anti-Protest Bills Introduced in U.S. Since Election Day

    30 Anti-Protest Bills Introduced in U.S. Since Election Day

    By Andy Rowell Since Donald Trump was elected, there has been an assault on the pillars of what many would be considered a free and fair democratic society: the right to protest and the right to free speech. As millions stand up for science, for women’s and LGBT rights and for the climate, the authorities […]

    House Committee to Challenge Climate Science

    House Committee to Challenge Climate Science

    The House Science Committee will hear testimony March 29 that will question whether climate change is a human induced phenomenon. The hearing, Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications and the Scientific Method, is a just another prong in the current effort to undo the environmental progress made during the Obama years. It coincides with the efforts […]

    Monsanto Faces Hundreds of New Cancer Lawsuits as Debate Over Glyphosate Rages On

    Monsanto Faces Hundreds of New Cancer Lawsuits as Debate Over Glyphosate Rages On

    Monsanto has been slapped with another slew of cancer lawsuits over its most popular pesticide as the debate over the health risks of glyphosate rages on. Los Angeles-based law firm Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman filed lawsuits last week on behalf of 136 plaintiffs from across the country who allege that exposure to Monsanto’s glyphosate-based […]

    Trump Files Motion to Delay Kids’ Historic Climate Lawsuit

    Trump Files Motion to Delay Kids’ Historic Climate Lawsuit

    The Trump administration filed a motion Tuesday seeking an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a federal judge’s Nov. 10, 2016 order in Juliana v. United States. The Trump administration also filed a motion to delay trial preparation until after its appeal is considered. Kids Name Trump as Defendant in Landmark Climate […]

    Judge Orders Trump’s EPA Pick to Release Emails by Tuesday

    Judge Orders Trump’s EPA Pick to Release Emails by Tuesday

    The Oklahoma County Court on Thursday found Trump‘s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nominee Scott Pruitt in violation of the state’s Open Records Act. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) filed a lawsuit against Pruitt for improperly withholding public records and the court ordered his office to release thousands of emails in a matter […]

    NASA Scientist Detained at Border, Forced to Unlock Phone

    NASA Scientist Detained at Border, Forced to Unlock Phone

    Sidd Bikkannavar, a U.S.-born citizen and scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) when trying to reenter the country from Chile late last month. Bikkannavar was in Patagonia racing solar-powered cars. He was detained by CPB in Houston without explanation and forced to unlock his NASA-issued […]

    8 Men Account for Half the World’s Wealth

    8 Men Account for Half the World’s Wealth

    The combined wealth of eight men is greater than the poorest 3.6 billion people, according to the anti-poverty charity Oxfam International. This is a massive jump from last year’s estimate, which cited the world’s 62 richest people having a combined wealth equal to the poorest 50 percent of the population on the planet. Oxfam’s report, […]

    North Dakota Bill Would Protect Motorists Who ‘Unintentionally Cause Injury or Death’ to Protesters

    North Dakota Bill Would Protect Motorists Who ‘Unintentionally Cause Injury or Death’ to Protesters

    By Kali Holloway As Donald Trump takes office, pushing a wave of explicitly authoritarian federal policies and practices, Republican leaders at every level are following suit. The latest example is North Dakota lawmaker Keith Kempenich, who has introduced a bill that says a driver “who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular […]