Author Archives: Nadia Prupis

Groups file suit to block Trump’s pro-corporate deregulation scheme

A coalition of progressive groups filed suit on Wednesday to block President Donald Trump’s executive order instructing federal agencies to roll back two regulations for every new one implemented. Continue reading

Trump ‘not fully briefed’ on order elevating Bannon to Security Council

New York Times reports the lapse was a 'greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban'

President Donald Trump reportedly did not realize he was promoting chief strategist Steve Bannon to the National Security Council (NSC) Principals Committee when he signed the executive order dropping intelligence and defense officials from the top government panel and elevating the former Breitbart News chair in their place. Continue reading

‘Unprecedented’: Trump adds Bannon to National Security Council, kicks out intelligence officials

'To reiterate, the Joint Chiefs of Staff have been removed from the National Security Council and replaced with a white nationalist. Worry.'

President Donald Trump signed memorandums on Saturday that kicked the nation’s top military and intelligence advisers off the National Security Council’s (NSC) Principals Committee and elevated his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, in their place. Continue reading

Rise of right-wing demagogues threatens democracy worldwide: HRW

President-elect Donald Trump's scapegoating of immigrants, minorities, and women exemplifies "politics of intolerance," Human Rights Watch's Kenneth Roth says

The rise of political populists threatens democracy worldwide, a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) released Thursday says. Continue reading

Urging millions to rise up, Trump foes issue call to ‘resist fascism’

Thousands of activists, journalists, scientists, entertainers, and other prominent voices took out a full-page call to action in the New York Times on Wednesday making clear their rejection of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence with the simple message: “No!” Continue reading

Emboldened by Trump, Ohio GOP pass extreme attack on abortion rights

Ohio lawmakers approved a bill late Tuesday that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill is now headed to Governor John Kasich’s desk. If signed, it will be one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. Continue reading

Oklahoma earthquake shows fracking’s potential for ‘serious harm’

‘We don't need a major earthquake that claims lives and costs millions in damage to tell us the rapid increase in fracking . . . is the cause’

The earthquake in Oklahoma on Sunday that damaged dozens of buildings near the pipeline epicenter of Cushing is further proof that fossil fuel extraction activities are too dangerous to continue, environmentalists said Monday. Continue reading

Canada and EU sign ‘thoroughly undemocratic’ CETA trade deal

Opposition groups note that the deal could still fail legal scrutiny and ratification in Europe

Canada and the European Union signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on Sunday amid widespread protests against the controversial deal that came back to life after negotiations stalled over objections from Wallonia, Belgium. Continue reading

‘Terrifying’: AT&T spying on Americans for profit, new documents reveal

'If companies are allowed to operate in this manner without repercussions, our democracy has no future'

Telecommunications giant AT&T is spying on Americans for profit and helped law enforcement agencies investigate everything from the so-called war on drugs to Medicaid fraud—all at taxpayers’ expense, according to new reporting by The Daily Beast. Continue reading

Spying’s new frontier: Private firm collects data on ‘every American adult’

‘We have data on that 21-year-old who's living at home with mom and dad’

The fight for Internet privacy has focused much of its attention on government surveillance, but mass data collection is done by private companies as well—and one such firm has “centralized and weaponized” all that information for its customers, Bloomberg reports on Friday. Continue reading

Legal experts raise alarm over shocking use of ‘killer robot’ in Dallas

'The fact that the police have a weapon like this . . . is an example of the militarization of the police and law enforcement—and goes in the wrong direction.'

As news emerges that police officers in Dallas, Texas used an armed robot to kill the suspected shooter in Thursday night’s ambush, experts are warning that it represents a sea change in police militarization that only heightens risks to human and constitutional rights. Continue reading

FCC officially approves merger to create ‘price-gouging cable giant’

Open internet advocates warn that the acquisition will only send cable prices skyrocketing and hurt low-income communities

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a $90 billion merger between three telecom corporations, a move that consumer advocates warn will create a “price-gouging cable giant.” Continue reading

New leak at Hanford nuclear waste site is ‘catastrophic,’ worker warns

'This is probably the biggest event ever to happen in tank farm history.'

A leak at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state has prompted warnings of “catastrophic” consequences, as workers attempt to clean up more than eight inches of toxic waste from one of 28 underground tanks holding radioactive materials leftover from plutonium production. Continue reading

New WikiLeaks release exposes ‘most highly classified’ NSA spy ops

New documents published by WikiLeaks on Tuesday reveal more of the U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) spying operations on foreign leaders, including its interception of climate talks between UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Continue reading

Classified documents show US government’s flawed ‘secret terrorist-tracking system’

Documents obtained by The Intercept show nearly half of government's terrorist suspects have no terrorist affiliation

Nearly half of the U.S. government’s terrorist suspects have no connection to any known terrorist groups, The Intercept reported on Tuesday. Continue reading