Defiant Department of Energy Refuses Trump Request for Names

The Department of Energy has rejected the Trump transition team’s request for the names of staffers who worked on climate change programs amid concerns about what the incoming administration will do with the names. The transition team included the request in a 74-question document distributed to the agency’s workers. “We will not be providing any … Continued

The Big Winner If Tillerson Is Confirmed As Secretary of State

When president-elect Donald Trump announced he’d chosen Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, to be the next Secretary of State, he praised the business leader as a successful dealmaker who has made profitable deals with foreign countries for the world’s largest energy company. In a statement, Trump lauded Tillerson as “a forceful and … Continued

CIA Names Russia in Bombshell Secret Assessment of Election Tampering

The CIA concluded in a secret assessment presented to lawmakers that Russia intentionally interfered in the 2016 presidential election––specifically to help Donald Trump win. In previous assessments, the CIA characterized Russia’s motivations as an attempt to undermine the electoral process. But those assessments always stopped short of saying that Moscow’s goal was to help elect Trump. … Continued

Trump Tweets, then Trolls Do the Rest

In October 2015, Lauren Batchelder, a student at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, attended a bipartisan political forum and asked Donald Trump, then merely another presidential candidate, what he would do for American women. Their exchange made headlines around the nation. “So, maybe I’m wrong, maybe you can prove me wrong. But I don’t … Continued

“Overwhelming Evidence”: GOP, Dems Call for Investigations Into Russian Election Interference

Lawmakers in Congress are strengthening their call for an official and public inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Yesterday, Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-California) and Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) proposed the “Protecting Our Democracy Act,” legislation to create a 12-member bipartisan, independent commission to investigate Russian meddling. The commission would operate with an initial budget of … Continued

Texas GOP Elector Breaks Rank with Trump

A Republican member of the electoral college from Texas has indicated he will not cast his ballot––one of his state’s 38 electoral votes––for President-elect Donald Trump. Christopher Suprun, a Dallas paramedic, previously supported Trump, but now says that Trump’s continued attacks on the First Amendment and his numerous financial conflicts of interest have changed his … Continued

Not So Fast, Say Corp Owners of Dakota Access Pipeline

In a statement, the Army Corps of Engineers announced it would deny a permit to access and drill under Lake Oahe, a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline. According to Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, the decision was based on a need to explore alternate routes after choosing to delay the decision … Continued

Patagonia Pledged To Donate All Black Friday Sales. It Didn’t Expect the Response.

Patagonia, the high-end outdoor apparel and gear retailer, generated a “record-breaking” $10 million in Black Friday sales––five times the amount it had initially projected––and has announced it will donate every cent of those profits to nonprofits focused on protecting and saving the environment. In a statement, the company thanked its customers for showing “enormous love” for … Continued

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