As the deadline came and went, the Trump administration failed to meet a federal court-imposed order to reunited 102 migrant children under five years old with their families. Federal judge Dana Sabraw, who set the deadline for Tuesday, declined to provide an extension to the administration calling the deadlines “firm” and not “aspirational goals.”
President Trump signed full pardons on Tuesday for Oregon cattle ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and son Steven Hammond, whose long-running dispute with the federal government ended with prison sentences for arson — and later inspired the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.
Center for Food Safety (CFS) has sued the Trump Administration for refusing to make public documents surrounding its decision on how to label genetically engineered (GE or GMO) foods. Last month the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released long-awaited proposed regulations for the first-ever U.S. mandatory disclosure of foods produced using genetic engineering. Earlier this year, CFS sought the public data and documents about the rulemaking under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but the administration failed to make public any information, leading to this CFS lawsuit to force that disclosure.
The government recently told four immigrant women that they must pay for DNA tests to prove they are related to the children they were separated from in order to be reunited, according to the shelter that housed the women. Trump steals the children of immigrants at the border, gets ordered by the court to give the kids back, and he responds by making parents pay for the DNA tests to have their children returned to them.
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When the smoke clears, let’s hope the scales fall from the eyes of their supporters and the only recently growing phenomenon of rightwing, anti-science populism is consigned to the dustbin of history, where it belongs.