On Wednesday evening, Senate Republicans lost yet another battle in their years-long war against Obacamare. Earlier in the week – and despite claims to the contrary – Republicans reopened an effort to repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act. The move came amidst a month full of speculation, intrigue, and, in the eyes
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Donald Trump is expected to nominate top coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to the second-highest post in the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed appointment marks yet another controversial appointment for the administration. The agency’s current head, Scott Pruitt, faced enormous resistance from left-leaning politicians and activists prior to assuming office. Pruitt, the former Attorney General
The United States Department of Transportation imposed fines against two of the country’s largest air carriers earlier in the week, claiming they’d violated consumer protection guidelines. American Airlines and Delta agreed to pay the fines, which were released by the government in a Friday evening report. Budget-carrier Frontier Airlines was also hit by the same
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions escalated his rhetoric against sanctuary cities last week, making remarks and citing studies in attempt to argue that policies protective of illegal immigrants encourage crime. Even before assuming his present posting, Sessions was an active critic of so-called ‘sanctuary city’ policies. Sanctuary cities, including the likes of New York, Chicago,
Weeks after the death of Otto Warmbier in a North Korea labor camp, the U.S. Department of State announced it would ban American citizens from traveling to the Hermit Kingdom. Citing the purportedly ‘high risk of arrest’ as the basis for the decision, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson authorized a ‘Geographical Travel Restriction’ on all
The American Civil Union Liberties helped settle a case against two Connecticut police officers accused of profiling and unlawfully detaining a black man. The lawsuit arose after Woodrow Vereen of Bridgeport, CT, was pulled over for driving through a yellow light. Vereen, an African-American man and father of three, was taking his two sons out
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is opening an investigation into the collection practices of the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts, which is among the largest owners of private student debt in the country. On Wednesday, Schneiderman’s office sent subpoenas requesting information on every collection lawsuit ever filed by National Collegiate’s trusts against New York
A House sub-committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would ease restrictions on self-driving cars. Despite pleas from safety watchdogs to cap the continued testing and manufacture of autonomous vehicles, the legislation, if signed into law, would permit automakers to put together up to 100,000 self-driving cars per year. The Hill notes that, if the bill
The city of Chicago has settled a police brutality lawsuit with a woman who lost an unborn child after being repeatedly shocked by a Taser-wielding officer. According to the Chicago Tribune, the award is still pending the approval of City Council – a requirement in cases when litigants are due to receive more than $100,000.
California is at the forefront of an effort to restore some of the internet privacy protections revoked by Congress earlier in the year. Back in March, web providers began begging Washington to roll back Obama-era internet privacy rules. Several weeks later, the petitioning paid off, leading to a reversal of Federal Communications Commission regulations on
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