Author Archives: Jessica Corbett

‘Madness’: In effort to revoke citizenship, Team Trump combing through decades-old fingerprints of immigrants

News of the program comes as federal officials are terrorizing communities with "military-style raids" and separating children from their parents at the border

In an “unprecedented” effort to revoke citizenship, the Trump administration is analyzing decades-old records of fingerprints from thousands of legally documented immigrants to identify anyone “who may have lied or falsified information on their naturalization forms,” according to the Washington Post. Continue reading

Trump taxpayer-funded coal and nuclear bailout decried as ‘breathtaking abuse of authority’

Environmental advocates on Friday responded with outrage to confirmation from the White House that President Donald Trump has ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to plot what’s being called an “unprecedented intervention” by the federal government to bail out financially strapped coal and nuclear power plants that can’t compete with the renewable energy sector. Continue reading

On World Wide Web’s 29th birthday, its inventor warns of threats to digital rights

On the 29th anniversary of the founding of the World Wide Web, British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee—the inventor of the Internet as we know it and a long-time advocate of digital rights—penned an open letter to call for stricter regulations of the major tech corporations that aim to control the web. Continue reading

Federal Judge’s unprecedented order on climate science ‘could open floodgates’ for Big Oil lawsuits

With a decision that could have far-reaching implications, a federal judge in California has ordered the first ever U.S. court hearing on climate science for a “public nuisance” lawsuit, meaning that major oil and gas companies for the first time may have to go on the record regarding what they knew about the planetary impacts of their products—and when. Continue reading

Warnings mount that Trump’s infrastructure plan will make it harder to fight pipelines

The president's proposal ‘could be a significant blow to the slew of protesters who spent years agitating against the Keystone XL pipeline and more recently the Dakota Access one.’

As green groups continue to denounce the Trump administration’s recently unveiled infrastructure plan as a “scam” that’s designed to keep the nation trapped in its “dirty and destructive past,” analysts are also warning the proposal will “make it harder for the next big anti-pipeline movement” to launch successful legal challenges to new fossil fuel projects. Continue reading

Groundbreaking study maps ‘insidious’ (and alarmingly successful) strategy of anti-choice movement

A new report released Thursday details how American anti-choice activists have used their “insidious power” to chip away at reproductive rights, infiltrate the Trump administration, and advance “their fringe agenda” nationwide. Continue reading

‘Presidency for Sale’: Report details big-buck spending by influence seekers at Trump properties

President Donald Trump’s first year in office has been a “year of unprecedented conflicts of interest,” according to a new report that documents how dozens of political candidates, foreign governments, interest groups, and other private entities have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars at the president’s properties since his inauguration. Continue reading

‘Death sentence for local media’: Warnings as FCC pushes change to benefit right-wing media giant

Free press advocates say rule changes are "massive handout" to broadcaster Sinclair that would have far-reaching and negative impacts in communities nationwide

In a series of moves last week that have alarmed free speech advocates and critics of media consolidation, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) voted to abolish a rule requiring radio and television broadcasters to maintain studios near the communities they serve, and FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced further plans to end certain media ownership rules. Continue reading

As hopes for Trump’s impeachment persist, new warnings of a President Pence

As Republican insiders reportedly have new worries that Democratic victories in the 2018 midterm election could mean the impeachment of President Donald Trump, investigative journalist Jane Mayer, in her latest piece for The New Yorker, offers an in-depth warning about “the danger of President Pence.” Continue reading

Demanding ban on killer robots, tech experts warn of opening ‘this Pandora’s Box’

‘Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare,’ robotics and artificial intelligence experts warn

More than 100 robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) experts published on Monday an open letter urging the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots. Continue reading

As Don Jr. lawyers up, words like ‘collusion’ and ‘treason’ fly

‘It looks like clear proof of collusion,’ says Watergate prosecutor

Following the latest explosive details about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer during last year’s campaign, in which he hoped to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton, legal experts are saying the encounter could be proof that “collusion”—or even “treason”—took place. Continue reading