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If You Text Sean Spicer He’ll Contact the “Legal Authorities”
September 21st, 2017, 01:00 PM
Two months after leaving the Trump administration, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer says he’s not trying to rehabilitate his image—which is good, because he’s doing a very bad job at it. Instead, he’s embarked on a sort of anti-rehab tour, in which he doubles down on all the qualities that made him a […]
This Is the Hurricane Season Scientists Tried to Warn Us About
September 21st, 2017, 01:00 PM
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. After multiple intense hurricane landfalls this month, the scenes from the Caribbean have been horrific—trees stripped bare, houses flattened, million-dollar yachts strewn like toys. Category 5 hurricanes, like Irma and Maria, are the pinnacle of nature’s fury. There is simply no […]
The GOP Is Footing Trump Jr.’s Legal Bills. Is That Legal?
September 21st, 2017, 01:00 PM
The Republican National Committee is shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars for legal bills incurred by President Trump’s son—and that’s an unprecedented and legally questionable move, campaign finance experts say. The RNC acknowledged Tuesday that it paid more than $230,000 in August for President Trump’s legal expenses and nearly $200,000 to Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyers. […]
The Gun Industry’s Quiet New Push to Boost Silencer Sales
September 21st, 2017, 01:00 PM
Ever since gun silencers were first regulated in the 1930s, they have been used only rarely in violent crimes, with one notable recent exception: In early February 2013, a former police officer using a silencer on a 9mm Glock shot a young couple sitting in their car in what the Police Foundation called a “gang-style hit.” […]
Washington Just Sued a Giant Private Prison Company for Paying Immigrant Workers $1 Per Day
September 20th, 2017, 01:00 PM
Thousands of immigrant detainees were paid $1 per day or, in some cases, with extra food as compensation for keeping one of the country’s largest for-profit immigration detention centers running, according to a lawsuit filed today by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. The lawsuit targets the GEO Group, one of the country’s two most profitable private prison companies, […]
The Washington Post Says Paul Manafort Offered to Brief a Russian Billionaire During the 2016 Election
September 20th, 2017, 01:00 PM
“How did the Russia scandal unfold?” someone will ask one day. The answer? Slowly at first, then all at once. Earlier today the New York Times dropped one bombshell on the Special Prosecutor’s investigation into Trump’s Russia scandal. Now, a few hours later, comes The Washington Post: Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the […]
Top Facebook Exec Sheryl Sandberg Just Apologized for Racist Ad Targeting
September 20th, 2017, 01:00 PM
Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, said Wednesday that last week’s revelations that terms such as “Jew Hater” or “how to burn Jews” could be used as targeting criteria for advertising on the site made her “disgusted and disappointed,” and that the social media titan would make some changes to prevent it from […]
The Russia Investigation Is Zeroing in on Trump’s Actions in Office
September 20th, 2017, 01:00 PM
Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, has requested documents from the White House related to the president’s actions since taking office. The New York Times reports:  Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has asked the White House for documents […]
Michigan Just Got Hit With a Lawsuit for Letting Adoption Agencies Discriminate Against Gay People
September 20th, 2017, 01:00 PM
The ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday to challenge Michigan legislation that allows adoption agencies that receive state funds to refuse service to same-sex couples on religious grounds.  Kristy and Dana Dumont, plaintiffs in the case, were turned away from two local adoption agencies in Ingham County in July 2016 and March 2017. “We wanted to adopt […]
Hurricane Maria “Destroyed Everything in Its Path” in Puerto Rico
September 20th, 2017, 01:00 PM
Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico Wednesday morning, bringing with it devastating winds, flooding, and widespread damage. After dodging Hurricane Irma’s full force two weeks ago, this Category 5 storm hit the American colony and its 3.5 million residents straight on, and slammed most of the island with more than a foot of rain and maximum sustained winds of at […]