Progressive Briefing for Wednesday, June 20, 2018

U.S. withdraws from Human Rights Council, Canada legalizes recreational marijuana, first ladies unite against family separation at the border, and more.


U.S. withdraws from U.N. human rights council

The Trump administration has announced the United States’s withdrawal from the U.N. human rights council. They claim that the council has a history of hypocrisy and bias against Israel, but could it have anything to do with the U.N. rights chief calling the Trump administration’s policy of splitting migrant families “unconscionable?”

Koch brothers mobilize to kill public transit plans

The Koch brothers are pouring money into grassroots state efforts to defeat public transit proposals. This newest effort is on top of Koch Industries attacks on electric vehicles.

Judge strikes down Kansas voter ID law, orders Kobach take legal classes

A federal judge permanently struck down Kansas’s proof-of-citizenship voter registration law this week, handing down a blistering ruling against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, one of the country’s most vocal advocates of voter-ID laws.

First ladies unite against separating children at border

Former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Rosalynn Carter are pushing back against the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their parents at the border in an effort to curb illegal crossings.

Trump’s military drops a bomb every 12 minutes, and no one is talking about it

The United States military drops an explosive with a strength you can hardly comprehend once every 12 minutes. President George W. Bush’s military dropped 70,000 bombs on five countries. The Obama administration dropped 100,000 bombs in seven countries.

‘Morally bankrupt’: After tax cuts for richest, house GOP unveils $5.4 trillion attack on nation’s safety net

House Republicans on Tuesday quietly unveiled their 2019 budget proposal that calls for $537 billion in cuts to Medicare, $1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicaid, and four billion in cuts to Social Security over the next decade in an effort to pay for their deficit-exploding tax cuts for the wealthy.

Trump: “You have to take the children away

McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt leaves ‘The party of Trump’: ‘The GOP has become a danger to our democracy’

Republican strategist Steve Schmidt has renounced his membership in the Republican Party over the continuing abuses of President Donald Trump. Schmidt called the party “corrupt, indecent and immoral,” and said Republican elected officials were “feckless cowards who disgrace and dishonor the legacies of the party’s greatest leaders.”

Canada approves recreational marijuana legalization

Ninety years of prohibition will come to a close as Canada becomes the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana and rolls out a regulated marketplace for cannabis in the coming weeks.


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