Progressive Briefing for Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Sanders rips Trump on Helsinki remarks, Mueller seeks immunity for 5 mystery witnesses, net neutrality defenders declare a win, and more.


Mueller is seeking immunity for 5 mystery witnesses against Trump’s ex-campaign chair

Special counsel Robert Mueller filed court documents Tuesday requesting immunity for five potential witnesses in the case against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort.

The immunity would allow witnesses to testify with the assurance that they cannot be prosecuted for self-incriminating admissions they may make.

Sanders rips Trump attempt to walk back Helsinki remarks: “Too bad Trump didn’t have the guts to say that” with Putin there

Dark money groups get a little darker, thanks to IRS 

As nonprofit advocacy groups plunge into a high-priced fight over confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, they will no longer have to identify their biggest donors to the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS announced the rules change Monday evening. 

Adidas to phase out ‘virgin’ plastic from its sportswear, will only use recycled polyester by 2024

After Adidas sold a million shoes made from recycled plastic collected from the world’s oceans in an effort to combat the global plastic pollution crisis, the company vows to only use recycled plastic in all it’s products by 2024. The company, who collaborated with Parley for the Oceans – an environmental group – on this project said this would include polyester as well.

“We aim to use 100% recycled polyester in every product and on every application where a solution exists by 2024,” Maria Culp, Adidas spokeswoman, said in a statement to Huffington Post.

‘The dam is breaking,’ declare net neutrality defenders after first House Republican backs CRA

Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado became the first House Republican to sign a petition to force a vote on a measure that would reinstate net neutrality protections that the GOP-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rolled back in December.

“Rep. Coffman’s support to undo FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s repeal of net neutrality shows that public pressure is continuing to build on this issue and cannot be ignored this November,” Shakir added. “Other House members should take heed of Coffman’s direction and stand by the overwhelming majority of their constituents, not corporate interests.”


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