Progressive Briefing for Friday, June 29, 2018

#WomensMarch marches against Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, Nestlé continues to take California water, the Koch brothers plan for the next Supreme Court justice, and more.


At least 5 dead in mass shooting at US newspaper

At least five people have been shot dead at The Capital Gazette newspaper office in Annapolis, the capital of Maryland. The number of wounded is currently unknown. The shooter was a white male in his 30s and is believed to have had some interaction with an executive at the newspaper previously.

SEC charges former Equifax manager with insider trading

Sudhakar Reddy Bonthu has been charged with insider trading after discovering last year’s massive data breach that exposed the personal information of more than 148 million people.

#WomenDisobey: Thousands descend on Capitol Hill to demand end of cruel child, family detention

The Women’s March is holding a major act of civil disobedience in Washington, D.C. on Thursday ahead of actions planned across the country this weekend. The actions will protest the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

U.S. allows Nestlé to keep piping water from drought-ridden Southern California

Despite the fact that California has suffered from a years-long drought, The U.S. Forest Service has again offered Nestlé a new permit to take millions of gallons of water for the San Bernardino National Forest.

The terms of the permit say that Nestlé can take water when “when there is water available consistent with the forest’s Land Management Plan.”

DNC votes to roll back power of superdelegates in ‘major step’ toward making Democratic Party more democratic

The Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) Rules and Bylaws arm voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to drastically curtail the influence of superdelegates by barring them from voting on the first ballot of the presidential nomination. This could be the first step to curbing corruption in the party and giving some power back to the people.

With Kennedy retiring, right-wing Koch Brothers ready millions to buy next Supreme Court seat

The billionaire Koch brothers‘ political network plans to pour millions into promoting the president’s choice for the next Supreme Court justice.

Once Kennedy’s departure was made public, a spokesperson for the Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) told NPR about plans to spend “seven figures” to support a forthcoming nominee.

Trump’s War on Migrants Lands Toddlers in Court to Plead Their Cases Alone

Children as young as three-years-old are being forced to face judges in deportation hearings without their parents present, confirming that controversy has not hindered the U.S. immigrant enforcement regime.


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