Parts of the federal government may begin to shut down as of Saturday if President Donald Trump does not receive the funds he demands to build the much-maligned border wall. Trump, who made hardline immigration reform one of the cornerstones of his incendiary campaign, issued his threat despite polls indicating that few Americans and none … Continued
Yesterday, reporter Amy Westervelt noticed an April 4 State Department blog post promoting Mar-a-Lago, the country club owned by President Donald Trump. The ensuing uproar forced the State Department to remove the post, which was on the department’s ShareAmerica website and was shared on websites and Facebook pages for multiple US embassies. Westervelt was blunt … Continued
Barack Obama returned to Chicago yesterday. The former president’s visit is the first part of his return to public life. Tonight, Obama will make his first public speech since leaving the White House. The University of Chicago is hosting the event, which will bring Obama together with students from multiple area colleges and universities for … Continued
The Dow Chemical Company, a manufacturer of plastics, chemicals, and agricultural products, has asked the Trump administration to ignore studies from federal scientists about the environmental risks posed by organophosphates, a major class of pesticides. Critics note that Dow recently donated $1 million to help Trump’s inauguration ceremony. Lawyers representing Dow and two other manufacturers of organophosphates … Continued
Sessions incredulous over power of Federal Court in Hawaii to stop the White House.
The Department of Justice is considering charges against Julian Assange, founder and editor of Wikileaks. The case would largely hinge on whether the DOJ successfully can argue that WikiLeaks’ actions are not journalism and, therefore, are exempt from First Amendment protections related to freedom of the press. According to The Washington Post’s sources, federal attorneys … Continued
Exxon Mobil has asked the Trump administration for a waiver excluding them from Russian sanctions. They would use the waiver to continue with plans to work with the Russian government oil company, Rosneft, to drill in the Black Sea. The request is raising questions. The original project began back when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson … Continued
Seven current and former U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed with Reuters the existence of two confidential documents obtained from a Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin. Those documents respectively reveal a plan to assist Donald Trump in winning the 2016 presidential election and a subsequent effort to undermine faith in … Continued
Democrat John Ossoff very nearly pulled off a complete victory in Tuesday’s special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, besting his rivals with 48.1 percent of the vote, his nearest GOP competitor (Karen Handel) a distant second at 19.8 percent with all 210 precincts now reporting. Still, Democrats had been hoping for an outright victory … Continued
In 2015, the Milgram electric shock study was replicated in Poland with similar results. Approximately 90 percent of people thought they were applying increasingly painful shocks to actors, pursuant to a scientist’s order until they reached the end of the experiment—demonstrating people’s weakness to authority versus their own moral code.