Sunday, 16 Dec 2018
Category: Politics

Countries have forged a climate deal in Poland — despite Trump

Negotiators at COP24 in Katowice have finally reached an agreement, but key points on carbon markets are still being debated. UPDATE, December 15: International climate change negotiators announced late Saturday that they have reached an agreement at COP24 in Poland. The text charts a path forward for countries to set tougher targets for cutting greenhouse […]

Migrant girl dies in Border Patrol’s custody

The 7-year-old “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.” A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died last week while in Border Patrol’s (CBP) custody. But a statement the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) released Thursday night about her death raises more questions than it answers. The Washington Post reported that CBP told them the […]

Benedict Cumberbatch will star in an HBO movie about Brexit. Here’s why the film is controversial.

Brits want an official investigation into the Brexit Leave campaign. They’re getting an HBO drama instead. On Friday, HBO revealed the trailer for its upcoming film Brexit, a Toby Haynes-directed drama about the 2016 Vote Leave campaign that “goes behind the scenes, revealing the personalities, strategies and feuds of the Leave and Remain campaigns,” according […]

Trump’s response to the Obamacare ruling reveals his bind on healthcare

The president tweeted out a request for a “GREAT” healthcare law, after a federal court ruled Obamacare unconstitutional. Even as President Donald Trump cheered a Friday federal court ruling that declared Obamacare unconstitutional, he was already calling for a new law that would reinstate some of the popular provisions that Texas v. United States was […]

Ryan Zinke to resign as Interior Secretary at the end of the year

He delivered huge swaths of public lands to fossil fuel interests. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced his plans to resign his post at the end of the year, part of a wave of high-profile departures from the Trump administration after the midterm elections. President Donald Trump announced this latest departure in a […]

The bizarre story of Democrats helping Republicans stall action on Yemen

Everyone had the same question: Why didn’t House Democratic leadership fight harder? Something very strange happened in Congress this week: Five House Democrats helped Republicans block a resolution ending US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen from coming up for a vote this year — and the reasoning behind their decision to cross party […]

The Texas ruling against Obamacare is a boon to Medicare-for-all

The Republican strategy to pass Medicare-for-all continues. The Texas ruling finding the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional is ludicrous in its reasoning and unlikely to survive appeal. It argues, in short, that since Congress removed the penalty from the individual mandate, the individual mandate is no longer a tax; because the individual mandate is not a […]

New tension between Flynn and Mueller as Flynn’s sentencing approaches

Flynn’s lawyers implied he was railroaded. Mueller’s team says, not so. Days before National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is due to be sentenced for making false statements to the FBI, new filings in the case reveal some tension between special counsel Robert Mueller and his cooperating witness. Flynn’s filing, submitted Tuesday, contained details that seemed […]

Trump names Mick Mulvaney acting White House chief of staff

Mulvaney will succeed John Kelly in the role — for now. Mick Mulvaney will take over as acting White House chief of staff after John Kelly departs at the end of the year, President Donald Trump announced Friday afternoon. ….I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE […]