The U.S. Voted Against a U.N. Resolution Condemning Death Penalty for LGBTQ People


The U.N. floated a resolution banning the use of the death penalty to punish homosexuality. The Trump administration voted “no.”

Source: The U.S. Voted Against a U.N. Resolution Condemning Death Penalty for LGBTQ People

Trump Labor Department Announces It will Honor Ronald Reagan, the Man who Broke American Labor


EVERY YEAR THE Department of Labor posthumously honors Americans “whose distinctive contributions to the field of labor have enhanced the quality of life of millions yesterday, today, and for generations to come.” Past honorees have included socialist leader Eugene Debs and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.Today, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced that the department’s first honoree under the Trump administration would be a former president: Ronald Reagan.This marks perhaps the first time the Department of Labor has honored someone who openly and actively diminished the power of American labor unions.

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It Gets Worse: Ivanka Trump Takes Her Father’s Seat in Meeting of World Leaders


By seating his daughter Ivanka alongside 19 world leaders, Donald Trump made it even more clear that he sees her as his de facto vice president.

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The Only Concrete Takeaway From Trump’s Speech: Medicaid Is Doomed


Trump has spent his life making preposterous promises and never following through, but when it comes to Medicaid he may well keep his word.

Medicaid is not just healthcare for the poor. It also pays the bills for over 60 percent of nursing home residents, and 40 percent of all national long-term care costs. And the number of Americans who need nursing home care is going to rise significantly over the next several decades as the baby boom ages into their eighties and nineties. Cutting Medicaid over this period is a recipe for people literally dying in the streets (or for luckier ones, on the foldout couch in their kid’s living room).

Source: The Only Concrete Takeaway From Trump’s Speech: Medicaid Is Doomed

Trump Made Calls To Air Force General About The F-35 With Boeing CEO Secretly Listening In


Hey, you remember that time when you were 14 and you called up your crush with your best friend secretly listening in so that after they could tell you what to say? President Donald Trump did just that, except with the Air Force General in charge of the F-35 program and the fucking CEO of Boeing in the room listening.

Source: Trump Made Calls To Air Force General About The F-35 With Boeing CEO Secretly Listening In

Donald Trump’s Executive Order Will Let Private Equity Funds Drain Your 401(k)


DONALD TRUMP’S FEBRUARY 3 executive order enabling financial advisers to continue ripping off their clients could prove a lifeline for a surprising beneficiary: the private equity industry.The Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule would have forced investment advisers in workplace retirement plans like 401(k)s to operate in their clients’ best interests, rather than recommending high-cost, high-risk products that offer the advisers kickbacks and perks.The Obama White House estimated in a 2015 report that conflicts of interest cost retirement savers $17 billion annually, though that figure has been challenged.The fiduciary rule, finalized last year, was to go into effect in April. But the new order directs the Labor Department to review the rule, which is expected to initiate the process of rescinding it.

Source: Donald Trump’s Executive Order Will Let Private Equity Funds Drain Your 401(k)

Republican-led FCC drops court defense of inmate calling rate cap | Ars Technica


FCC lawyers no longer authorized to defend intrastate calling caps.

Source: Republican-led FCC drops court defense of inmate calling rate cap | Ars Technica

Obama Killed a 16-year-old American in Yemen. Trump Just Killed his 8-year-old Sister.


The War on Terror framework continues to savage the world’s poorest civilians.

Source: Obama Killed a 16-year-old American in Yemen. Trump Just Killed his 8-year-old Sister.

FCC Republicans vow to gut net neutrality rules “as soon as possible” | Ars Technica


Pai and O’Rielly also promise not to enforce disclosure rules on small ISPs.

Source: FCC Republicans vow to gut net neutrality rules “as soon as possible” | Ars Technica