Author Archives: Jessica Corbett

Just in time for holidays, Dems may embrace GOP plan to boot millions off Medicaid

One expert noted the pending deal has "huge stakes... for children and families."

With congressional leadership expected to imminently release the text of omnibus government funding legislation, Politico revealed Monday that Democrats are preparing to join with Republicans who have demanded an end to Medicaid policies enacted because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Continue reading

‘Chilling’: Republican state AG’s Office sought list of trans Texans

"This is an alarming attack on the privacy, safety, and dignity of transgender Texans," said the ACLU.

“Despicable.” “Disgusting.” “Egregious.” “Terrifying.” Continue reading

Jayapal ties Trumpian rhetoric to violent threats against US lawmakers and democracy

“We are at a precipice and we’re counting on the American people to come through—and I have hope that people will realize that we have to turn this clock back.” Continue reading

70% of Americans support deciding state abortion rights by ballot measure: poll

After an "enormous victory" in Kansas, some progressives argue that ballot measures "are the next frontier" for protecting access to reproductive healthcare.

National polling results released Wednesday reveal that 70% of U.S. adults across party lines support using ballot measures to determine abortion rights at the state level. Continue reading

‘Authoritarian crusade’: DeSantis suspends state attorney over pledges on abortion, gender-affirming care

"It's absolutely insane that a prosecutor elected by the people of his county can just be suspended by a governor for not carrying out the governor's pet projects of reaction," said one critic.

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came under fire Thursday for suspending Andrew Warren over the state attorney’s pledges not to prosecute people for violating restrictions on abortion or gender-affirming care. Continue reading

‘Distressing’: Republicans eyeing 2024 race support plot to purge federal workers

"Schedule F would burn down the civil service system," warned one public policy professor. "It would be a government of the lawless leading the incompetent."

Multiple potential candidates for the GOP’s 2024 presidential primary race support former President Donald Trump’s plot to make it easier to purge civil servants deemed disloyal to their prospective administrations, Axios revealed Wednesday. Continue reading

Kentucky ‘now a forced-birth state’ after judge reinstates abortion bans

"We must codify the right to abortion in Congress," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. "Pregnant people deserve to make their own healthcare decisions."

Reproductive freedom advocates across Kentucky and beyond vowed to keep fighting after a judge on Monday night allowed the GOP state attorney general to enforce a trigger law and six-week abortion ban. Continue reading

99% of House GOP just showed they support forcing children to birth ‘their rapist’s child’: Pascrell

Despite Republican opposition, Democrats passed a bill to affirm the right to cross state lines for abortion care in response to attempts by anti-choice lawmakers to ban such travel.

While reproductive rights advocates and many Democrats on Friday welcomed the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of a bill protecting the right to travel for abortion care, Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. called out GOP lawmakers who opposed the legislation. Continue reading

Looming US Supreme Court climate decision could ‘doom’ hope for livable future

"The immediate issue is the limits of the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gases," said one scientist. "The broader issue is the ability of federal agencies to regulate anything at all."

Amid widespread outrage over recent rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue another decision this week that legal experts and activists warn could imperil the Biden administration’s climate goals and thus, the planet itself. Continue reading

‘Absolutely terrifying’: Criminal defense attorneys warn about impacts of Roe reversal

The head of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers said exposing people to new criminal penalties for abortions "opens up the floodgates to overcriminalization and mass incarceration."

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s right-wing majority expected to overturn Roe v. Wade any day now, criminal defense attorneys are preparing to defend a flood of clients facing abortion-related charges—and warning about the looming decision’s likely consequences. Continue reading

‘People Over Pentagon’ proposal would take $100 billion from Pentagon to fund social programs

"The Lee-Pocan bill disproves the claim that there's not money to feed the hungry, care for the sick, cut child poverty, or protect the planet," said one proponent.

Progressive advocacy groups across the United States on Monday welcomed a new legislative proposal that would cut Pentagon spending for the next fiscal year by $100 billion and reallocate it toward top threats facing the nation that “are not military in nature.” Continue reading

DOJ urged to probe whether Trump ‘willfully mutilated and destroyed’ Jan. 6 call logs

Two groups assert that the former president "engaged in a pattern of conduct throughout his tenure in office that violated his record-keeping obligations under the Presidential Records Act."

A few weeks after the revelation that White House documents turned over to the panel probing the attack on the U.S. Capitol contains a seven-hour-and-37-minute gap in call logs, a pair of U.S. groups on Monday called for an investigation into whether former President Donald Trump “willfully mutilated and destroyed critical records of his presidency before leaving office.” Continue reading

‘Fighting back works!’ IRS ditches pilloried facial recognition plan

Federal lawmakers joined with advocacy groups that argued requiring biometric information to access records online is a "creepy and disturbing strike" at privacy and security.

After Democrats in both chambers of Congress added their voices to the growing chorus of opposition to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s plan to require the use of a private company’s facial recognition software to access various information online, Sen. Ron Wyden revealed Monday that the IRS intends to change course. Continue reading

Snowden slams ongoing impunity for NSA’s domestic spying

The whistleblower says "there aren't any" penalties for the agency failing to follow procedures intended to prevent abuse of a contentious surveillance law.

Exiled U.S. whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden on Tuesday called out years of impunity for the NSA violating Americans’ civil liberties and privacy rights. Continue reading

‘I had a duty of care’: Doctor praised for violating Texas’ new abortion ban

"I hope the law gets overturned," Dr. Alan Braid said, "and if this is what does it, that would be great."

“I provided an abortion to a woman who, though still in her first trimester, was beyond the state’s new limit. I acted because I had a duty of care to this patient, as I do for all patients, and because she has a fundamental right to receive this care.” Continue reading

‘Terrible news’: Tribune shareholders approve $633 million sale to vulture fund Alden Global

A union leader had urged the newspaper company's second-largest shareholder to vote "no," warning that "Alden ownership would be a disaster for Chicago, democracy, and society at large."

Tribune Publishing shareholders on Friday approved “vulture” fund Alden Global Capital’s $633 million bid to buy the Chicago-based newspaper chain—a development that sparked both confusion about how key ballots were recorded as well as outrage among journalists, union leaders, and readers alarmed over what the future may hold. Continue reading

Looming Texas law would allow anti-choice ‘vigilantes’ to sue anyone who ‘aids or abets’ an abortion

"There's no low these legislators won't sink to in their efforts to gut Roe v. Wade and push abortion care as far out of reach as possible," said one rights advocate.

As part of an unprecedented wave of recent GOP attacks on reproductive rights across the United States, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign a bill to not only outlaw ending a pregnancy as early as six weeks, but also allow anti-choice “vigilantes” to sue anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion that violates state law. Continue reading

US Supreme Court denies Trump’s ‘shameful’ effort to block release of his tax returns

"This decisive defeat once again shows that no one—including Donald Trump—is above the law."

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered another blow to Donald Trump’s efforts to block the enforcement of a subpoena for his accounting firm to turn over eight years of the ex-president’s tax returns and other financial documents to a grand jury convened by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. while Trump was still in office. Continue reading

‘The fossil fuel industry is terrified’: Gas company sues to destroy small town’s rights of nature law

"PGE throwing another lawsuit at us to try to bring us to heel, when our community has overwhelmingly said 'hell no' multiple times."

In a clear signal of how the fossil fuel industry feels about efforts to enact Rights of Nature protections that safeguard communities and the environment from the impacts of coal, gas, and oil development, an energy company has—yet again—filed a federal lawsuit challenging a local law in Grant Township, Pennsylvania Continue reading

In ‘huge victory for polar bears and our climate,’ court rejects Trump approval of offshore drilling project in Arctic

While welcoming the win, activists vowed to continue fighting against destructive oil and gas extraction in the region.

Climate action advocates and wildlife defenders celebrated Monday after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit rejected the Trump administration’s approval of Liberty, a proposed offshore oil-drilling project in federal Arctic waters that opponents warned would endanger local communities, animals, and the environment. Continue reading

‘Lindsey Graham must resign’: Outrage grows over GOP senator’s alleged assault on election integrity

Critics called on the Justice Department and various congressional committees to "conduct an immediate and thorough investigation."

As President Donald Trump on Wednesday continued to call his loss to President-elect Joe Biden the result of a “rigged election” without a shred of evidence to support his mounting claims of voter fraud, demands kept piling up for probes—and even the resignation—of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, in light of his election interference efforts in Georgia. Continue reading

‘A matter of life and death’: After 175 years, Scientific American backs Biden with magazine’s first-ever endorsement

The editors blast Trump's rejection of ‘evidence and science,’ especially ‘his dishonest and inept response to the Covid-19 pandemic.’

With unprecedented wildfires burning across western states, the Gulf Coast bracing for a hurricane, and the coronavirus pandemic still raging, Scientific American on Tuesday gave Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden its first-ever endorsement in the magazine’s 175-year history. Continue reading

‘Critical win for people in Tennessee’: Federal judge immediately blocks sweeping state abortion ban

‘Abortion is an essential health service, and this law clearly violates the constitutional rights of patients and disproportionately harms communities of color.’

Reproductive rights advocates celebrated Monday after a federal judge blocked Tennessee’s sweeping new restrictions on abortion within in an hour of Republican Gov. Bill Lee signing them into law. Continue reading

Sanders distinguishes himself from Warren by noting that she has said ‘I am a capitalist to my bones’

By contrast, ‘I'm not,’ Sanders explained. ‘We need a political revolution.’

White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders distinguished himself from Sen. Elizabeth Warren—another top competitor in the Democratic presidential primary—by highlighting their different beliefs on economic policy during an interview with ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl that aired Sunday. Continue reading

Warning of US military intervention in Venezuela, Cuban foreign minister denounces ‘failed imperialist coup’

The Trump administration has made threats while also claiming there are no current plans to use the US military to force foreign aid into the Latin American country

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez on Tuesday reiterated his government’s previous warnings that the Trump administration’s push to deliver humanitarian aid to Venezuela is just a cover to advance ongoing U.S.-backed efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Continue reading

‘Absolutely unconscionable’: Trump EPA refuses to limit toxic chemicals that contaminate drinking water of millions

"It's time for state governments and Congress to step up, since it's obvious we can't rely on Andrew Wheeler and Trump's EPA to protect us."

In a decision deemed by critics unsurprising but also “absolutely unconscionable,” the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportedly plans to refrain from regulating a pair of toxic chemicals linked to kidney and testicular cancer, even though they are contaminating millions of Americans’ drinking water. Continue reading

Lawsuit charges Trump Organization a ‘racketeering enterprise that defrauded thousands of people for years’

A new federal lawsuit charges that President Donald Trump, his company, and his three eldest children—Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric—deliberately defrauded working-class Americans by convincing them to invest hundreds or thousands of dollars in sham business opportunities and training programs. Continue reading

‘Say No to Red Tide Rick’: Florida governor forced to flee event after angry protesters shame him over anti-environment record

As dead marine animals continue to wash up on Florida’s coasts, a campaign event for the state’s term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Scott—who is attempting to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson—was “besieged” by a crowd of protesters angry about his role in exacerbating the ongoing red tide crisis by systematically attacking the state’s environmental protection laws. Continue reading

Trump’s coal-friendly EPA rule decried as ‘sheer reckless folly’ and ‘all-out assault on our climate and communities’

Ahead of President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night rally in West Virginia, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a highly anticipated new rule that would roll back restrictions targeting greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, and enable states to set their own standards. Continue reading

‘Terrifying’: Poll shows 43% of Republicans think Trump should have power to shutter news outlets for ‘bad behavior’

In an apparent win for the president's hostile rhetoric, nearly half of Republicans also agree with his claim that 'the news media is the enemy of the American people.'

In the age of “media-bashing enthusiast” President Donald Trump—who regularly declares critical journalists and outlets “fake news” and “the enemy of the American people”—at least 43 percent of Republican respondents to a new survey said they believe “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior.” Continue reading

‘An insult to our national wildlife’: Trump reverses ban on GMOs and bee-killing pesticides in refuges

While regulators in other regions of the world have recently worked to ban bee-poisoning pesticides called neonicotinoids that scientists have long warned could cause an “ecological armageddon,” the Trump administration just reversed an Obama-era policy that had outlawed the use of neonics and genetically modified crops in the nation’s wildlife refuges. Continue reading

As Trump tweets threats, warnings of his team ‘working in lock step to lay groundwork’ for war with Iran

Following weekend reporting that key members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet are leading a campaign to “foment unrest” in Iran, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s warning that a conflict between the two countries “would be the mother of all wars,” Trump turned to Twitter late Sunday with a message for Rouhani. Continue reading