A federal appeals court dealt a blow to activists’ attempts to override the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to ban the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals delivered its ruling on procedural grounds, opining that the coalition, led by the Pesticide Action Network North America, hadn’t followed proper protocol. The three-judge panel
Ryan Farrick is a freelance writer and small business advertising consultant based out of mid-Michigan. Passionate about international politics and world affairs, he’s an avid traveler with a keen interest in the connections between South Asia and the United States. Ryan studied neuroscience and has spent the last several years working as an operations manager in transportation logistics.
Donald Trump’s hopes of decimating predecessor Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act were seemingly dashed after two Republican senators defected from the party line Monday. The joint announcement made by Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas places conservatives two votes under the threshold needed to begin debate on a proposed repeal and
Marc Kasowitz, personal attorney to President Donald Trump, raised eyebrows after he sent a string of vulgar and profanity-laced e-mails to a stranger late Wednesday night. The wealthy New York lawyer is currently employed by Trump and is the main man tasked with defending the president from allegations that his administration colluded with Russia during
A Hawaii judge chipped away at Donald Trump’s signature travel ban on Thursday, ruling that overseas relatives of American citizens and residents would be allowed to circumvent the president’s signature immigration action. Midway through June, the Supreme Court allowed part of the contentious executive order to take effect, limiting migration from six Muslim-majority countries to
Donald Trump and his White House aides are working closely with Congress to push ahead a plan that would drastically reduce legal immigration to the United States. The administration has shown a certain interest in a bill due to be released later in the summer by two Republican senators from Georgia. Unveiled in its most
From 2004 onward, Ryan Ferguson spent nearly a decade behind bars, framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Only in 2013 did the Missouri Court of Appeals (Western District) overturn his conviction, acting on information that key pieces of evidence had been intentionally withheld from the defense during trial. On Monday, Judge Nanette Laughrey awarded
Complaints against American air carriers are sky-high, according to a recently-released U.S. Department of Transportation report. April was a particularly bad month for airlines. Several high-profile public relations bungles left companies like Delta and Spirit scrambling to repair their reputations, all while fending off aggressive inquiries from Congress. Complaints about air carriers filed with the
Disgruntled Uber drivers won a tentative victory in their quest to be classified as company employees rather than independent contractors. A federal court in North Carolina gave a conditional green light for litigation to proceed as a class action lawsuit under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The New York Times reports that as many as
Wrongfully imprisoned New Orleans man Reginald Adams will receive a $1.25 million settlement after exculpatory evidence cleared him of a murder conviction. Adams spent 34 years behind bars for the killing of a New Orleans Police Department officer’s wife. He was freed in 2014 after information came to light revealing his conviction was largely based
A United States district judge is allowing a complaint filed by the widow of Gregory Harvey to proceed to trial, despite the objections of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Harvey, a Jamaican-born green card holder, was detained by ICE for nearly two years while awaiting possible deportation to a prison in Goshen, NY.