Progressive Briefing for Thursday, July 12, 2018

"Papa" John is at it again, activists raise money to post bond for detained immigrants, Hawaii Supreme Court rules against anti-LGBTQ hate group, and more.

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Hundreds of cancer cases against Monsanto set to go to trial, federal judge rules

Liability lawsuits against Monsanto will proceed after a federal judge ruled in favor of plaintiffs. Close to 400 lawsuits against the company’s flagship product, Roundup, allege that glyphosate – an herbicide used in the product – can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which the company failed to warn consumers and other users about.

Papa John resigns after using racial slur during conference call

Founder and public spokesman for Papa John’s Pizza, John Schnatter resigned Wednesday as chairman of the company’s board of directors after using a racial slur during a conference call in May. Instead of denying his ignorant statements, Schnatter publicly apologized before offering his resignation to the board of directors.

What can $20 million buy? Activists attempt to post bond for 2,500 parents in immigration detention

Texas-based organization has $20 million in bond money that it’s ready to hand over to release and help reunify families separated and detained as the result of the White House’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. Detained mothers often have to pay the government $10,000 before being allowed to reunite with their children.

Hawaii Supreme Court hands anti-LGBTQ hate group a post-‘Masterpiece Cakeshop’ defeat

The Hawaii Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a bed & breakfast that refused to serve a same-sex couple nearly six years ago. It’s the latest defeat for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the anti-LGBTQ hate group that defended the baker at the center of Masterpiece Cakeshop who refused to serve a same-sex couple.

GOP-controlled house passes bill to eviscerate nation’s marine ecosystems, fisheries

If the bill becomes law, it “would reverse decades of bipartisan progress towards preventing overfishing and rebuilding fish populations, harming the health of our marine ecosystems and the coastal communities who depend on them.”

Cynthia Nixon: I’m a democratic socialist

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon considers herself a democratic socialist, she told POLITICO on Tuesday.

Nixon, an actor best known for her role in “Sex and the City,” is running a left-flank challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary this September. She has promised to raise taxes on the rich to increase funding for public schools and mass transit, and she supports a single-payer health care system.

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