Author Archives: Andrea Germanos

Trump wanted to shoot protesters, says his former Pentagon chief

Mark Esper claims in a new book that the former president asked: "Can't you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?"

Former President Donald Trump suggested protesters in Washington, D.C. denouncing police brutality back in the spring of 2020 should be shot, according to former Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Continue reading

UK top court rejects Assange’s request to appeal extradition decision

The decision represents "a blow to Julian Assange and to justice," said one human rights campaigner.

The U.K. Supreme Court on Monday denied WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s request to appeal an earlier decision permitting his extradition to the United States, where he faces espionage charges and up to 175 years in prison for publishing classified documents that exposed war crimes. Continue reading

To protect ‘web of life,’ California proposal would ban bee-killing neonics

"Our pollinators are threatened. We know the cause, and it's time to take action."

Amid “astounding losses” of bees in the U.S., a California Democrat on Tuesday introduced legislation for a state ban on nearly all non-agricultural uses of insecticides linked to pollinator and environmental harm. Continue reading

Gorsuch refuses to mask while backing forced pregnancy for women in Texas

"I feel like we're entitled to expect our Supreme Court justices to be better role models. Or, at least, to have an ounce of decency," said one observer.

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s refusal to wear a mask at in-person proceedings—forcing his colleague and liberal justice Sonia Sotomayor to take part remotely due to health concerns—sparked backlash Tuesday, especially given the court’s current attack on women’s reproductive health. Continue reading

‘Absolutely horrific’: Candle factory bosses threatened firings if workers left ahead of tornado

Economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich called the revelations from the new reporting "beyond horrific."

Multiple employees of the Mayfield, Kentucky, candle factory that was leveled by a devastating tornado late Friday said that supervisors threatened firings if workers left their shifts early amid warnings of the impending storm, according to new reporting by NBC News. Continue reading

‘Monstrous human’: Erik Prince reportedly charging $6,500 for seats out of Kabul

The Blackwater founder previously pushed the Trump administration to privatize the Afghan war.

Blackwater founder Erik Prince on Wednesday faced fresh accusations of being a war profiteer in response to reporting that he’s charging $6,500 per person for a seat on an evacuation flight out of Kabul. Continue reading

‘Fossil fuel exit strategy’ shows transition to renewable future totally doable

"The hurdle is no longer economic nor technical; our biggest challenges are political. A cleaner future is within reach."

Ditching fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy in order to keep warming below the 1.5ºC threshold is both “necessary and technically feasible.” Continue reading

‘This is not a game’: Internet defenders warn against gutting of Section 230—key law for online speech

"Section 230 is one of the most important laws protecting freedom of expression and human rights in the digital age."

A coalition of internet defenders on Wednesday cautioned lawmakers against responding to this month’s attack on the U.S. Capitol by making “uncareful changes” to section 230 of the Communications Decency Act that could “profoundly alter the state of digital free speech and human rights.” Continue reading

Failure to hold Trump accountable for Capitol siege means ‘it will happen again,’ says Rep. Ocasio-Cortez

"If another head of state came in and ordered an attack on the United States Congress, would we say that that should not be prosecuted?" the New York Democrat said Sunday.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday stressed a need for President Donald Trump’s removal from office, saying that failing to hold him accountable for Wednesday’s violent attack on the Capitol could ensure “it will happen again.” Continue reading

“That’s his priority as the pandemic rages on”: McConnell readies lame duck push to further pack courts with Trump’s judicial appointees

"It is literally sickening to see Mitch McConnell continue to indulge his partisan obsession with confirming far-right judges, instead of taking action on the COVID pandemic that continues to spin out of control."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is under renewed fire from progressives for refusing to act on a pandemic relief package for struggling Americans while moving to advance more of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees. Continue reading

Firing a “vindictive, illegal parting shot,” Trump’s interior proposes sabotage of conservation program

"The administration's proposal is unneeded, unwanted, and unacceptable."

The Trump administration was accused of firing a “vindictive, illegal parting shot” following Interior Secretary Bernhardt’s Friday executive order sabotaging funding of a key conservation program. Continue reading

‘Be afraid—be very afraid’: Methane ruling seen as ominous sign with Barrett poised to join Supreme Court

The judge delivered a "puzzling and unsupported conclusion that the Bureau of Land Management can't limit methane waste because that would reduce greenhouse gas pollution."

A federal court’s decision Thursday to strike down an Obama-era rule aimed at reducing methane leaks from fossil fuel operations on public and tribal lands is being seen as a “grave threat to the climate” and possible precursor to the type of corporate-friendly rulings the U.S. Supreme Court will more frequently issue should the GOP-controlled Senate confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Continue reading

‘Appalling’ comments by Justices Thomas and Alito seen as harbinger of new wave of attacks on marriage equality and gay rights

‘It is appalling that five years after the historic decision in Obergefell, two justices still consider same-sex couples less worthy of marriage than other couples.’

Same-sex marriage advocates expressed concern Monday after right-wing Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito issued a fresh attack on a landmark 2015 decision that had been hailed as a “transformative triumph’” for marriage equality and LGBTQ rights. Continue reading

Trump moves to finalize ‘catastrophic’ stripping of key protections for largest national forest in US

At issue is Tongass National Forest, located in southeast Alaska and described as ‘the crown jewel of the National Forest System.’

The Trump administration on Friday moved closer to its goal of stripping conservation protections from the nation’s largest national forest, putting over 9 million acres at risk of clear-cut logging and bulldozing for roads and sparking warnings of “irreversible ecological consequences.” Continue reading

Coalition files suit to stop Trump’s ‘slapdash and tragic plan’ to drill in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

‘As our ancestors before us, we will stand and fight for our future generations, for the Porcupine caribou herd, and the Gwich'in way of life.’

A coalition of environmental advocacy groups joined the Gwich’in Nation on Monday in filing a lawsuit to block the Trump administration’s plan to open up the entire coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to fossil fuel lease sales. Continue reading

‘Attacking the very foundations’ of church-state separation, SCOTUS delivers ‘seismic shock’ ruling on religious schools

‘Today's ruling is perverse,’ Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissent.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a ruling civil liberties advocates warned could make taxpayers “underwrite religious education”—opening a massive crack in the bedrock principle of church and state separation. Continue reading

Chomsky says Trump a ‘sociopathic megalomaniac’ who made US ‘singularly unprepared’ for pandemic

New comments from the renowned academic come after he accused Trump of wanting "to destroy the prospects for all organized human life... in the near future."

World-renowned intellectual and author Noam Chomsky called U.S. President Donald Trump a “sociopathic megalomaniac” whose leadership drove the U.S. to become “singularly unprepared” for the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading

‘Deliberately cruel’: Millions of US citizens blocked from stimulus payments because they married immigrants

‘We're flat broke. We don't know what's gonna happen.’

Reporting out Monday shed new light on the fact that millions of U.S. citizens are not eligible to receive coronavirus stimulus checks because of who they married. Continue reading

Emerging climate-fueled megadrought in western US rivals any over past 1,200 years: study

‘We now have enough observations of current drought and tree-ring records of past drought to say that we're on the same trajectory as the worst prehistoric droughts.’

The western United States is likely being gripped by an “emerging” megadrought partly fueled by the climate crisis, says a study published Friday. Continue reading

‘An appalling act of industrial vandalism’: Japanese officials do PR for plan to dump Fukushima water into ocean

The Japanese government told embassy officials from nearly two dozen countries that releasing the water into the ocean was a "feasible" approach that could be done ‘with certainty.’

As cleanup of the 2011 Fukushima disaster continues, the Japanese government made its case to embassy officials from 23 countries Monday that dumping contaminated water from the nuclear power plant into the ocean is the best course of action. Continue reading

‘Welp, glad that’s settled’: Global poll finds majority believe capitalism more harmful than good

The majority also said they believe they won't be better off five years from now.

A global survey out Monday ahead of the World Economic Forum summit in Davos shows that over half of respondents believe capitalism in its current form does “more harm than good.” Continue reading

New report details how EPA is promoting ‘worst of the worst pesticides’

From 2017-2018, the agency approved 69 new pesticide products containing an ingredient the EPA recognizes as a “known” or “likely” carcinogen. Continue reading

Trump accused of ‘disgraceful abdication’ of duty to protect earth for proposal to neuter landmark environmental law

The reported plan targets the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which has been called the Magna Carta of environmental legislation, and could hasten approval of pipelines like the Keystone XL.

The Trump administration was again accused of moving to attack the environment and wildlife in response to reports that the White House is moving to gut a five decade-old law referred to as the Magna Carta of environmental legislation. Continue reading

Why are drug prices rising so much? Pharma exec admits ‘no other rationale’ than profit-making

‘The industry executive said the quiet part out loud,’ said one outside expert in response. ‘Price-gouging is central to the industry business model.’

Corporations’ quest for profits is what “is driving up drug prices and nothing more.” Continue reading

Workers stuck ‘paying the ultimate price’ as GE freezes pensions for 20,000 employees

‘GE hired a new CEO last year with a pay package worth up to $300 million.’

Workers are stuck “paying the ultimate price for executives’ poorly-timed deals,” said Our Revolution on Monday after General Electric announced it was freezing the pensions of roughly 20,000 employees with salaried benefits. Continue reading

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: Trump’s agenda driven by ‘ethnicity and racism’

At town hall event, New York Democrat says Trump "relished" racist chant directed at fellow lawmaker

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sustained her criticism of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and rhetoric on Saturday, and said that what’s driving his agenda is “ethnicity and racism.” Continue reading

‘We cannot overstate the harm this decision will have’: Oklahoma judge upholds ban on common abortion procedure

‘We will keep fighting this unconstitutional ban to make sure Oklahomans have access to the best medical treatment.’

The Center for Reproductive Rights on Friday announced its intention to keep fighting after an Oklahoma court upheld a ban on a common abortion procedure. Continue reading

Trump’s POS labor secretary, Acosta, out; POS number 2, linked to Abramoff, to fill role

Deputy Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will now serve as acting secretary

After Labor Secretary Alex Acosta announcing his resignation on Friday in the wake of outrage over the deal he brokered for alleged child rapist Jeffrey Epstein, President Donald Trump said the department’s number two, Deputy Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella, would now serve as the acting secretary. Continue reading

Chorus of outrage as Trump administration throws climate, public health under bus by killing Obama-era Clean Power Plan

Climate advocacy groups on Wednesday decried the Trump administration’s killing of the Clean Power Plan. Continue reading

Fossil fuel subsidies mean using public money ‘to destroy the world’: UN chief

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres's comment follows call by Pope Francis to "keep it in the ground"

As Pope Francis called on global financial leaders to help keep dirty energy in the ground, the United Nations chief said Tuesday that fossil fuel subsidies amount to “using taxpayers’ money… to destroy the world.” Continue reading

Socialist surge: DSA-backed candidates nab wins in Chicago election

‘Political observers and organizers should take these victories as a lesson’

The election of Chicago’s first black female and openly gay mayor—Lori Lightfoot—grabbed national headlines, but it was not the only noteworthy outcome of the city’s runoff election Tuesday. Continue reading

Whistleblower: Trump administration overruled dozens of security clearance denials

House Oversight Committee says it will swiftly begin authorizing subpoenas to probe concerns

A White House whistleblower says the Trump administration cast aside “the best interest of national security” when it overturned dozens of security clearance application denials made by career officials. Continue reading