News for 2017-05-15

Monday, May 15, 2017
Forget Trump's "Law and Order," Agenda Offers Solutions for Making Policing Safe—and Fair
As President Donald Trump was vowing to "restore law and order," long understood to mean heightened police activity and mass incarceration, advocates of criminal justice reform on Monday published an alternative blueprint that would reduce crime and protect police—all while upholding individual...
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Trump Escalates Attack on Healthcare, Women With Rebranded and Expanded Global Gag Rule
President Donald Trump spent part of his first Monday in office following in the footsteps of other Republican presidents by reinstating the Global Gag Rule , officially known as the Mexico City Policy. The Reagan-era rule bars U.S. aid from going to international NGOs that offer abortion services...
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'Where Are the Tapes, Sean?': As Spicer Demurs, ACLU Requests Comey Records
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday requested that the White House hand over any records pertaining to President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI director James Comey amid investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. The ACLU filed a Freedom of...
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Trump's New Bank Regulator: Lawyer Who Helped Banks Charge More Fees
In the early 2000s, banks successfully sued to stop Iowa from limiting their ability to charge ATM fees to non-customers. They also fought off states’ attempts to stop them from charging non-customers to cash checks drawn on the banks’ accounts. In another case, they stopped California from forcing...
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Sam Clovis speaking at an early Trump campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa. Trump to Pick Conservative Talk Show Host for Top USDA Science Position
President Donald Trump is expected to pick Sam Clovis, a conservative talk show host who campaigned for Trump in Iowa, for the position of "chief scientist" as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), reported ProPublica and the Washington Post this weekend. "If the president goes forward with...
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North Carolina's Voter ID Law Meets 'Its Much-Deserved Demise'
Monday brought a victory for voting rights. The U.S. Supreme Court declined (pdf) to review a lower court's decision that struck down North Carolina's controversial voter ID law. According to Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, the development means "[a]n ugly chapter in voter...
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Fate of LA's Public Schools Hangs in Balance in Major Trump-Era Election
A runoff election Tuesday in Los Angeles will determine the fate of public education in one of the nation's largest school districts, in a first major test of the influence of the Trump-era charter school industry. Voters will head to the polls on May 16 to choose between charter school ally Nick...
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Patti Smith, Edward Snowden, and Noam Chomsky Agree: Trump Must Halt Prosecution Against WikiLeaks
Legendary singer and artist Patti Smith, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, world-renowned scholar Noam Chomsky, and acclaimed filmmaker Oliver Stone are among those asking President Donald Trump to put the brakes on the escalating war on free speech and stop pursuing charges...
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Microsoft President: Governments Must Treat Cyber Attack as 'Wake-Up Call'
The president of Microsoft slammed the National Security Agency (NSA) for its role in the ongoing global malware attack, saying it was "yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem." "Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into...
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A child takes part in a Global Divestment Mobilisation (GDM) action in Davao, Philippines. US Bank to Stop Funding Pipelines as Divestment Movement Expands Worldwide
As a nearly ten-days-long global mobilization calling for divestment from fossil fuels comes to an end, climate campaigners are celebrating a major victory stateside: U.S. Bank has announced that it will no longer finance fossil fuel pipeline construction. "Move to a green economy and a future that...
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Texas Latinos Launch 100 Days of Resistance to Protect Sanctuary Cities
Taking aim at the new Texas law that bans sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, Latino activists on Monday are announcing the start of 100 days of organizing against SB4 that will include everything from voter drives to civil disobedience. At a morning press conference outside the Austin mansion...
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