Author Archives: Deirdre Fulton

‘F-ing horrifying’: Sessions outlines immigration crackdown in ‘Trump era’

Meanwhile, Trump appoints immigration hardliners to key agency posts

In “the Trump era,” as Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it last Tuesday, immigration officials will undertake a harsh crackdown on undocumented migrants—a campaign one veteran federal prosecutor described as “fucking horrifying.” Continue reading

Trump threatens healthcare for poor in effort to cut healthcare for poor

President Donald Trump appears to be pursuing Republican strategy of sabotaging Affordable Care Act

Displaying deal-making skills that employ vulnerable citizens as bargaining chips, President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to cut off subsidies that help poor people afford health coverage in order to get Democrats to the negotiating table on repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Continue reading

Trump administration considering ‘back-door way’ to cut Social Security

‘If Trump proposes this Trojan horse, it would be the newest shot in the ongoing Republican war against Social Security'

President Donald Trump, who campaigned on a promise not to cut Social Security, is reportedly considering a plan to eliminate much of the payroll tax that funds the critical safety net program. Continue reading

‘Medicare for All’ only way for Trump to keep healthcare promises

Plans put forth by House Speaker Paul Ryan and HHS Secretary Tom Price are 'unlikely' to fulfill President Donald Trump's campaign promises—'but single payer could'

Cut the bureaucratic mess. Continue reading

Trump seeks to take wrecking ball to division between church and state

Draft executive order 'reads like the administration was challenged to see how many violations of the Bill of Rights can be contained in one policy change'

President Donald Trump appears intent on demolishing the wall between church and state, telling an audience on Thursday that he will “totally destroy” an amendment that bars religious tax-exempt organizations from engaging in political activity—while his administration reportedly circulates a far-reaching draft executive order on “religious freedom” that effectively legalizes discrimination. Continue reading

In first hour, President Trump delivers ‘punch in the gut to middle class’

‘Today's action is all the proof we need to know whose side the Trump administration is on’

About an hour after President Donald Trump was sworn in on Friday, his administration suspended indefinitely a scheduled cut in mortgage insurance premiums—effectively raising costs for middle-class borrowers by about $500 a year. Continue reading

Where’s the proof? Calls grow to declassify evidence of alleged Russian hack

“Let’s have some proof.” Continue reading

‘I was doing my job’: Climate reporter facing 45 years in prison speaks out

Deia Schlosberg, filmmaker arrested for documenting climate protest, says she believes felony charges are 'unjust'

The filmmaker facing a lengthy prison sentence for documenting a nonviolent civil disobedience action last week has spoken out on behalf of journalism, the First Amendment, and the global climate movement. Continue reading

‘Good news,’ says Sanders, as McConnell signals no lame-duck vote on TPP

Senate Majority Leader punts corporate-friendly trade deal to next administration

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that the U.S. Senate will not vote on the 12-nation, corporate-friendly Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) this year, buoying progressive hopes that the trade deal will never come to fruition. Continue reading

Bayer-Monsanto merger is ‘five-alarm threat’ to food and farms: legal experts

White paper from two former Justice Department officials warns merger would violate antitrust laws and lessen competition

A new legal opinion penned by two former Justice Department officials bolsters warnings that the proposed merger between agroindustrial giants Bayer and Monsanto “is a five-alarm threat to our food supply and to farmers around the world.” Continue reading

Worse than Keystone XL? TransCanada’s terrifying ‘Plan B’

‘TransCanada's Energy East proposal is truly Keystone XL on steroids,’ says Natural Resources Defense Council

The pipeline giant TransCanada, stymied in its attempt to drive Keystone XL through America’s heartland, is facing renewed opposition to its “new and equally misguided proposal” to build the Energy East pipeline across Canada and ship tar sands oil via tankers along the U.S. East Coast to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Continue reading

2000+ doctors declare: ‘It’s time for single-payer to be back on the table’

'We can continue down this harmful path or we can embrace the long-overdue remedy that we know will work: a publicly financed, nonprofit, single-payer system that covers everybody.'

Despite limited advances provided by the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. healthcare system remains “uniquely wasteful” and profit-driven, leaving tens of millions without any insurance and even more underinsured. Continue reading

Pro-corporate TTIP on the ropes as top French officials lambaste ‘bad deal’

“At this stage, France says 'No,'" says president François Hollande

The corporate-influenced TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), exposed earlier this week as “an enormous corporate power grab,” looks increasingly precarious. Continue reading

‘Incomprehensible’ secrecy: Sanders demands release of trade agreement text

With Congress on the verge of taking up the controversial, corporate-friendly Trans Pacific Partnership, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is demanding that the chief trade representative for the United States turn over the full text of the proposed trade agreement. Continue reading