Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Progressive Briefing for Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Another oil spill, fracking fuels climate change, Mueller investigates Blackwater founder Erik Prince, and more.

230,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the already-flooded Iowa river on Friday after thirty cars of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed. The spill threatens downstream drinking water and the cause of the derailment is still unknown.

New study further confirms it: Fracking fuels global warming

Not only does fracking harm kids’ brains, cause earthquakes, and poison water supplies, it also helps contribute to overall global warming. A brand new, comprehensive study of methane leaks published in the journal Science, has concluded that “natural gas could warm the planet as much as coal in the short term.”

Pediatrician who exposed Flint water crisis shares her ‘story of resistance’

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was called an unfortunate researcher and was accused of causing near-hysteria when she began investigating the affects of the change in water sources in Flint on her patients. Read her full story now.

Mueller has reportedly obtained phones and computer of war profiteer and Blackwater founder Erik Prince

According to ABC News, Mueller is reviewing Prince’s communications in an effort to determine whether he tried “to establish a backchannel between the Trump administration and the Kremlin.”

Private companies get rich off of Trump administration’s controversial policy that separates migrant children from families

A recent Yahoo News report revealed that through federal government contracts private companies are receiving millions of dollars to provide housing and additional services to migrant children.

FDA green lights marijuana-based pharmaceutical drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a marijuana-derived drug for the treatment of two rare and serious forms of epilepsy. The drug is made from purified cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound found in the cannabis plant that has recently gained popularity for treating anything from depression and anxiety to epilepsy. The drug will be marketed under the brand name Epidiolex.

Whistleblower leaks video from detention facility where children were threatened against speaking to press

Horrifying footage, audio, and photos from inside a children’s detention center in New York show a child crying and asking to speak with her mother and an employee ominously warning children that speaking to the press could endanger their immigration case.

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