Author Archives: Eoin Higgins

Feelings hurt by ‘two-faced’ Trudeau and laughing NATO leaders, Trump leaves summit early in a huff

‘There is nothing he hates more than important people laughing at him.’

Hours after video surfaced of world leaders appearing to mock him at a cocktail function the night before, President Donald Trump on Wednesday cut short his visit to the 2019 NATO Summit in London with a parting shot at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, one of the people caught on tape ridiculing the U.S. leader. Continue reading

‘An unjust society is far costlier’: AOC says beware the deficit scolds who only complain about paying for stuff when it benefits people

‘I see decisions made every day that cost the American public billions of dollars a year for bogus reasons’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday asked voters to question why U.S. politicians and pundits only consider the cost of government programs when those programs help the public and least fortunate—and ignore price tags on policies that benefit the most wealthy and powerful. Continue reading

After Education Secretary Betsy DeVos flouts 2018 ruling, judge reminds her of consequences—including jail time

‘I'm not sending anyone to jail yet, but it's good to know I have that ability.’

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday was told in no uncertain terms that her refusal to abide by a 2018 order stopping her department from collecting on student loans made to predatory for-profit Corinthian College had the potential to land her in jail, though Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim made clear that was, for now, an unlikely outcome. Continue reading

‘Unacceptable’: Family farms, ag advocates hit back after Sec Perdue Says small dairy farms destined to die

‘Five years of plunging farm prices, increasing bankruptcies, and climbing suicide rates were not discussed by Perdue. His message to them was basically, stop whining, your demise is inevitable.’

Furious family farmers flamed Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Wednesday after comments he made on the future of the dairy business that cast doubt on the future of small farms during a stop in Wisconsin Tuesday. Continue reading

‘Unfortunate but not surprising’: Sanders responds to report Biden-linked firm poll testing attacks on Medicare for All

A senior advisor to the Sanders campaign said it was ‘disgusting’ that the former vice president's campaign would be "echoing bogus GOP talking points."

Sen. Bernie Sanders hit back Monday after news broke that the centrist group Third Way is focus-testing attacks on Medicare for All to see what will stick, using a firm with close ties to former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 Democratic presidential campaign. Continue reading

In ‘disgusting’ move, Jeff Bezos abruptly cuts health benefits for nearly 2,000 part-time Whole Foods workers

‘I am in shock. I've worked here 15 years. This is why I keep the job—because of my benefits.’

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Thursday cut benefits for part-time workers at his grocery chain Whole Foods, drawing criticism from the left for a move that could leave thousands of people without health insurance. Continue reading

‘Lawless’ and ‘despicable’: Harvard freshman deported after immigration agents search social media and find friends critical of US policy

‘This is a move so perverse, so grotesque as to defy explanation.’

A Palestinian student set to attend his freshman year at Harvard was reportedly denied entry to the U.S. based on his friends’ social media posts, setting off a firestorm of criticism from progressives, though not the so-called “free speech warriors” of the right. Continue reading

After life of incalculable harm, billionaire climate denialist and right-wing villain David Koch dead at 79

‘Death is an escape hatch for David Koch while the rest of us are left scrambling for the emergency brake before we go over the cliff.’

Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who spent vast sums of his billions in personal fortune promoting climate denialism and other right wing causes over the last four decades, died Friday at 79. Continue reading

Accusing Adam Schiff of ‘criminalizing routine reporting,’ groups call for stripping CIA-backed provision from intelligence legislation

‘Schiff is clearly the resistance to the resistance, and he should drop this provision from his bill.’

A CIA-backed provision for a bill that could have dire effects on the freedom of the press is quietly making its way through Congress, despite the protestations of civil rights groups to Rep. Adam Schiff, the powerful California Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, to strip the rule. Continue reading

‘This is big’: 76 retired US generals and diplomats warn Trump against war with Iran

‘We have witnessed first-hand how quickly disputes can spiral out of control.’

President Donald Trump often says he listens to military generals more than anyone else, and, as the White House prepares to send 1,500 soldiers to the Middle East, that claim is being tested by a Friday letter from the American College of National Security Leaders. Continue reading

Texas state bill would make protesting pipelines a felony on par with attempted murder

‘This needs to be a nationwide story.’

A bill making its way through the Texas legislature would make protesting pipelines a third-degree felony, the same as attempted murder. Continue reading