Author Archives: Julia Conley

Advocacy groups vow to ‘Protect the Protest’ as government and corporations challenge First Amendment rights

With wealthy corporations, state legislatures, and the federal government finding new ways to challenge Americans’ right to protest, several nonprofit groups have banded together to fight back on behalf of those facing legal jeopardy for peacefully blocking pipelines or using civil disobedience to resist other fossil projects and destructive policies. Continue reading

Evidence of Kavanaugh perjury mounts after Durbin releases more “confidential” documents

By releasing new documents (pdf) previously marked “committee confidential” late on Tuesday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) doubled down on accusations that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh committed perjury in his 2006 confirmation hearing for his seat on a federal appeals court. Continue reading

As 1.5 million flee Hurricane Florence, worries grow over half dozen nuclear power plants in storm’s path

With 1.5 million residents now under orders to evacuate their homes in preparation for Hurricane Florence’s landfall in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, the region faces the possibility of catastrophe should the storm damage one or more of the nuclear power plants which lie in its potential path. Continue reading

Chided for working against it as president, Obama’s backing of Medicare for All called ‘thrilling’ shift

While progressives pointed out that it would have been worthy of more applause if the offer of support had come back when he had the actual power to do something about it, Medicare for All proponents applauded the huge paradigm shift denoted by the newest high-profile endorsement of the popular proposal: former President Barack Obama. Continue reading

Healthy babies at risk, warn experts, as Trump fearmongering drives immigrant families off nutrition assistance program

Three months after President Donald Trump proposed penalizing immigrants for using public assistance programs, families appear to have received his message loud and clear—likely risking the health of young immigrant children across the country. Continue reading

Climate crisis to cause hundreds of millions of dangerous nutrient deficiencies—in countries least responsible for emissions

Higher concentrations of carbon could make crops far less substantive, leading to iron and protein deficiencies

A new study highlights a lesser-known but serious consequence of the climate crisis for hundreds of millions of people around the world—major nutritional deficiencies that are likely to hit impoverished populations the hardest, as carbon dioxide emissions seriously affect the quality of food crops. Continue reading

Taking ‘wrecking ball’ to Endangered Species Act, Trump administration opens door for corporate attack on vulnerable wildlife

If Interior Department's proposals are approved, "Zinke will go down in history as the extinction secretary"

Gutting the law that has protected the bald eagle, the American crocodile, the gray wolf, and countless other animals from extinction over the past four decades, the Trump administration gave its latest handout to corporate interests on Thursday when it unveiled sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Continue reading

‘Mind-blowing’: Military contractors making tens of millions helping Trump tear families apart

While outraged Americans across the country are calling their elected representatives and taking to the streets to protest the Trump administration’s forcible separation of parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, intelligence and defense contractors are raking in millions thanks to the cruel practice. Continue reading

News organizations challenge Facebook over ‘dangerous’ effort to categorize political journalism as propaganda

Facebook’s new advertising disclosure rules for news organizations provoked outcry this week as seven media groups protested against the tech giant’s attempt to blur the lines between news and propaganda and to regulate the sharing and spread of political and election-related news on their platform. Continue reading

Aging paperless voting machines in hotly-contested districts stoke fears ahead of midterms

More than 140 of November’s congressional elections will be decided using electronic voting machines with no verifiable paper trail, leading to concerns among election officials that any hacking or tampering will be undetectable—and accurate recounts or audits in the event of extremely close races, difficult to verify. Continue reading

Species threatened as climate crisis pushes mother nature ‘out of synch’

In a new study showing that the timing of species' natural events is failing to synchronize, ‘everything is consistent with the fact it's getting warmer’

The warming of the Earth over the past several decades is throwing Mother Nature’s food chain out of whack and leaving many species struggling to survive, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Continue reading

Tillerson out and Pompeo in: ‘From Exxon’s CEO to the Koch Brothers’ most loyal lapdog’

The former congressman and current CIA director's climate denialism and praise of the United States' use of torture has raised alarm among green groups and human rights defenders

While applauding the end of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson’s tenure as secretary of state, green groups and government watchdogs on Tuesday denounced President Donald Trump’s pick to replace him—current CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Continue reading

From pushing ‘thoughts and prayers’ to dissing Medicare for All, DCCC called out for sabotaging bold demands

While House Democrats were urged to ignore Medicare for All as a viable solution to the nation's healthcare woes, a separate memo to lawmakers after Las Vegas shooting appeared to be "straight out of the NRA's talking points"

Progressives found new reason for dismay on Tuesday after internal documents revealed efforts by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to squash support for Medicare for All and a separate attempt to curtail demands for stricter gun control following the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year. Continue reading

Research exposes $16 billion bottled water industry’s predatory marketing practices

Bottled water companies have relied on predatory marketing practices and exorbitant lobbying efforts to sell Americans on the inaccurate belief that pre-packaged water is cleaner and safer than tap water—a notion that is costing U.S. households about $16 billion per year. Continue reading

Instability mounts in Puerto Rico amid privatization efforts and power authority’s cash shortfall

As nearly 250,000 Puerto Ricans remain without power five months after Hurricane Maria struck the island territory—the longest blackout in U.S. history—the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said Sunday it will reduce its operating reserve to save money, as the island’s government moves toward privatizing the authority. Continue reading

US global standing plummets as Trump threatens human rights at home and abroad

The United States’ global standing has plummeted under the Trump administration, according to Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) annual report and an international Gallup survey regarding the country’s reputation as a world leader. Continue reading

#GOPTaxScam equals a big win for investors in mass incarceration

Because private prisons are classified as ‘real estate investment trusts,’ investors will get a major tax cut thanks to the Republican tax law

Investors in the private prison industry in the U.S. will see major tax cuts under the new Republican tax law, making the unpopular law beneficial for those who count on the country’s mass incarceration crisis for financial gain. Continue reading

Trump’s disgusting, tone deaf, paper-towel-throwing trip to Puerto Rico

President suggests crisis not a ‘real catastrophe’ and jabs islanders for costing government ‘a lot of money’

Two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump alarmed critics during his long-awaited trip to the U.S. territory on Tuesday, during which he appeared eager to continue his one-sided feud with the mayor of San Juan, openly complained about the cost of the disaster, and took on a self-congratulatory tone regarding the recovery—one that was at odds with the ongoing reports of devastation throughout the island. Continue reading

In shadow of Puerto Rico’s nightmare, Virgin Islands and others facing intense struggle

The economy of the U.S. Virgin Islands ‘evaporated pretty much overnight’

While much media attention has rightly been focused on the devastation in Puerto Rico this week as calls have grown louder for President Donald Trump to deploy more resources to help the recovery from Hurricane Maria, the White House’s inaction has caused attention to be pulled away from the U.S. Virgin Islands and other parts of the Caribbean that were also ravaged by the storms. Continue reading

Anti-choice states are worse for women and children, says study

States that don't prioritize reproductive rights, don't prioritize healthcare for women and children in general

A new study challenges the conservative idea that abortion restrictions are put in place by legislators who simply want to protect women’s health and safety. Continue reading