Agency That Approved Trump’s Hotel Lease Ignored The Constitution: Report

Agency That Approved Trump’s Hotel Lease Ignored The Constitution: Report

A “constitutional cloud” hangs over President Donald Trump’s lease to operate a hotel out of the government-owned Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C., according to a new government report. The General Services Administration’s inspector general found Wednesday that the agency ignored the Constitution’s emoluments clauses when it reviewed the 2014 deal in light of…
Senate GOP Blocks Bid To Enforce Sanctions On Putin Ally

Senate GOP Blocks Bid To Enforce Sanctions On Putin Ally

WASHINGTON ― Most Senate Republicans voted on Wednesday against the enforcement of sanctions on several companies tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Eleven Republicans broke ranks with party leadership and the Trump administration by voting with Democrats to advance the measure, but it failed to garner the…
Michigan State University Interim President John Engler To Resign: Report

Michigan State University Interim President John Engler To Resign: Report

In the wake of the leaked email, 120 self-proclaimed “sister survivors” sent a letter to the MSU board of trustees calling for Engler’s dismissal. “This is not leadership,” the survivors wrote. “President Engler’s statements and behavior are subtle threats against anyone who dares to speak up against their abuser and the environment that enabled their predatory…
YouTube Bans Dangerous Pranks And Stunts In Wake Of ‘Bird Box’ Challenge

YouTube Bans Dangerous Pranks And Stunts In Wake Of ‘Bird Box’ Challenge

YouTube is cracking down on risky prank and challenge videos amid a wave of users committing outrageous stunts, like driving a car while blindfolded, for viral fame. The video-sharing site announced Tuesday that it will prohibit any content “that encourages dangerous activities that are likely to result in serious harm.” “While it might not seem…
House Democrats Propose $15 Minimum Wage With New Majority

House Democrats Propose $15 Minimum Wage With New Majority

Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, their first step in an effort to shepherd such a hike through the House as the new majority. The Raise the Wage Act, which has been introduced previously in different forms, would boost the wage floor incrementally until it reaches…
Many Federal Employees Can’t Afford Diapers Due To Trump’s Government Shutdown

Many Federal Employees Can’t Afford Diapers Due To Trump’s Government Shutdown

On Monday, Jojo heard from her children’s school that her two sons were running low on diapers and needed her to replenish their supply. It was the kind of thing that normally would have been a routine reminder. But this week, it filled her with dread because she doesn’t have the money to buy them. …
The Hearing That Forced The World To Listen To Larry Nassar’s Survivors

The Hearing That Forced The World To Listen To Larry Nassar’s Survivors

This article is the first in a seven-part series, “One Year Later: Larry Nassar And The Women Who Made Us Listen,” that commemorates the seven days women stood in an East Lansing, Michigan, courtroom last year and read powerful impact statements to former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State trainer Larry Nassar. One year ago, almost…
GOP Governor Kim Reynolds Says Iowa Shouldn’t Permanently Strip Felons’ Voting Rights

GOP Governor Kim Reynolds Says Iowa Shouldn’t Permanently Strip Felons’ Voting Rights

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) on Tuesday called for a constitutional amendment to do away with the state’s lifetime ban on voting for felons, a significant move that would further shrink the small group of states that continue to implement a policy critics say is antiquated and discriminatory. Roughly 52,000 people can’t vote in Iowa…
Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans Gay Employees

Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans Gay Employees

Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, started at a job this week teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia. It’s not a school where everyone is welcome. In a “parent agreement” posted online, the school says it will refuse admission to students who participate in or condone homosexual activity. The 2018 employment…
DNC Appears To Pull Sponsorship Of Women’s March Amid Controversy

DNC Appears To Pull Sponsorship Of Women’s March Amid Controversy

The Democratic National Committee appeared to pull its sponsorship of the Women’s March after some members of the event’s leadership refused to distance themselves from Louis Farrakhan, who has been widely condemned for making anti-Semitic remarks. The DNC’s name disappeared from the Women’s March sponsorship webpage sometime this week, according to a cache of the…
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