Homeless Shelters Could Be Allowed to Turn Away Transgender People

A new Housing and Urban Development rule would roll back Obama-era protections for transgender people.

Source: Homeless Shelters Could Be Allowed to Turn Away Transgender People

New Acting Attorney General Part Of A Patent Scam Company Recently Shut Down By The FTC And Fined Millions | Techdirt

Whitaker played a key role in a patent promotion scam company that was recently fined millions of dollars by the FTC. And, Whitaker apparently used his former job as an Assistant US Attorney to try to intimidate an unhappy “customer” of this firm away from filing a Better Business Bureau complaint. In other words, not only is Whitaker associated with a scammy patent marketing company, he also abused his former title in an effort to create a chilling effect on someone’s speech.

Source: New Acting Attorney General Part Of A Patent Scam Company Recently Shut Down By The FTC And Fined Millions | Techdirt

Trump Told Lesley Stahl He Calls the Truth “Fake News” to Discredit Journalists. So Why Did She Let Him Do It Again on “60 Minutes”?


Lesley Stahl, a 27-year veteran of CBS’s “60 Minutes,” revealed that President Donald Trump once told her that he deliberately uses the phrase “fake news” to deflect from, and to “discredit,” negative media coverage of his presidency.

Source: Trump Told Lesley Stahl He Calls the Truth “Fake News” to Discredit Journalists. So Why Did She Let Him Do It Again on “60 Minutes”?

Nursing Mother Describes Forced Separation From Infant at the Border: “They Said It Wasn’t Their Problem the Baby Wasn’t Eating”


Amid a lawsuit over the asylum process, a Salvadoran mother gives details for the first time of how she was separated from her baby.

Source: Nursing Mother Describes Forced Separation From Infant at the Border: “They Said It Wasn’t Their Problem the Baby Wasn’t Eating”

Immigrant Mothers Were Moved Outdoors During Kirstjen Nielsen’s Secretive Visit to Detention. They Shouted for Help to No Avail.


HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY Kirstjen Nielsen made a series of secretive visits to South Texas immigrant detention centers on Friday. One of the facilities the secretary visited, in Los Fresnos, houses parents whose children were taken from them under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” family separation policy. Many of the detainees there are women, and many desperately wanted to speak with Nielsen. Instead, they were moved to a distant soccer field, where they shouted to Nielsen for help but were too far away for her to hear them.

Source: Immigrant Mothers Were Moved Outdoors During Kirstjen Nielsen’s Secretive Visit to Detention. They Shouted for Help to No Avail.

Data Propria, run by Cambridge Analytica alumni, working on Trump 2020 campaign | Ars Technica


Data Propria, a brand-new “data and behavioral science company” run by former staff at Cambridge Analytica, has been “quietly working” for the president’s 2020 re-election campaign, according to the Associated Press.

Source: Data Propria, run by Cambridge Analytica alumni, working on Trump 2020 campaign | Ars Technica

“Save Our Tips,” the Campaign Against D.C.’s Minimum Wage Hike, Is Run by a Trump Consultant

THE RESTAURANT LOBBY IS making a masked pitch to kill Initiative 77, a ballot measure designed to gradually raise the minimum wage in Washington, D.C., for bartenders, waitstaff, and other “tipped” employees, to $15 an hour by 2025.The current federal floor for “tipped” workers — defined as employees who receive at least $30 a month in tips — is $2.13 per hour. Tipping, originally embraced by Reconstruction-era Americans as a way to avoid paying salaries to newly freed slaves, now supports a two-tiered system in which tipped workers experience some of the lowest pay of any industry. (Waitresses are twice as likely to use food stamps than the general population).But you’d never glean any of that from the restaurant lobby’s pitch.

Source: “Save Our Tips,” the Campaign Against D.C.’s Minimum Wage Hike, Is Run by a Trump Consultant

1,358 Children and Counting — Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” Border Policy Is Separating Families at Staggering Rates


THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S intensifying border crackdown has seen as many as 2,000 cases involving children separated from their parents, according to an estimate by a lead attorney litigating a high-profile class-action lawsuit challenging the practice. Hundreds of new incidents of children being separated from their parents have emerged in the last month alone. “I think it’s between 1,500 and 2,000,” Lee Gelernt, a veteran attorney with American Civil Liberties Union, told The Intercept on Thursday, referring to the ballooning total of separation cases. Gelernt based the figure on recent testimony from U.S. officials and government disclosures, arguing that the total reflects the emerging scale of a practice that will have lasting impacts on a generation of kids who happened to arrive in the U.S. at this particular moment.

Source: 1,358 Children and Counting — Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” Border Policy Is Separating Families at Staggering Rates

Trump’s Gag Rule Would Pressure Medical Providers to Withhold Information on Abortion and Birth Control


THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION launched its latest attack on women’s rights this week, introducing a so-called domestic gag rule for providers that receive Title X family planning funding. The rule would encourage providers to withhold potentially life-saving medical information from their patients and bar them from referring patients to an abortion provider. It also seeks to cut the single largest provider of Title X services, Planned Parenthood, from participating in the program altogether.

Source: Trump’s Gag Rule Would Pressure Medical Providers to Withhold Information on Abortion and Birth Control

Man who believes current air quality is ‘too clean’ named to US Environmental Protection Agency advisory board | The Independent

A man who once claimed that the air in America was “a little too clean for optimum health”, has been appointed to an advisory board of America’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Source: Man who believes current air quality is ‘too clean’ named to US Environmental Protection Agency advisory board | The Independent