On July 2, a year had passed since the cable network’s last segment mentioning US participation in the war on Yemen, which has killed in excess of 15,000 people and resulted in over a million cases of cholera. The US is backing a Saudi-led bombing campaign with intelligence, refueling, political cover, military hardware and, as of March, ground troops. None of this matters at all to what Adweek (4/3/18) calls “the network of the Resistance,” which has since its last mention of the US’s role in the destruction of Yemen found time to run over a dozen segments highlighting war crimes committed by the Syrian and Russian governments in Syria.
President Trump is looking into revoking the security clearances of several former high-level officials who’ve criticized him.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders read a list of officials being considered for revocation of their clearances on Monday and said the White House is “exploring the mechanisms” by which the government might take them away.
A number of former top national security officials have criticized Trump. Former CIA Director John Brennan, for example, said Trump’s failure to stand up for the U.S. intelligence community at the Helsinki summit was “nothing short of treasonous.”
WATCH: "Perhaps also, you have a president who really does have strong authoritarian tendencies and maybe he admires the kind of government that Putin is running in Russia," @SenSanders tells @margbrennan https://t.co/8aPb2tZTKs pic.twitter.com/q0ohY6cHVa
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) July 21, 2018
A wealthy white teen who was allegedly a member of a South Los Angeles street gang and participated in the murder of a black pedestrian has walked free after his lawyers argued that he was “open-minded” to “friends from different backgrounds,” CBS Los Angeles reports.
With rising carbon emissions, deforestation, and unsustainable food systems, humans have used up the planet’s resources in record time this year, moving up Earth Overshoot Day by two days to August 1—the earliest sustainability researchers have ever recorded the symbolic date.
Scientists say earth's resources consumed in ever greater destructive volumes>This is what should be concerning us. Every other political issue in the coming years will be a SYMPTOM of this and #ClimateChange #EarthOvershootDay https://t.co/HUfIKeHmSW
— Clive Lewis (@labourlewis) July 23, 2018
Since the passage of the rapacious GOP tax cuts on December 19, the party with unified control of the House, Senate, and White House hasn’t even feigned an interest in legislation.
There’s nothing on the table; there aren’t plans to put anything on the table. It turns out that passing legislation to achieve unpopular goals like stripping workers of their rights or outlawing abortion has political costs. It’s much easier to let judges do that heavy lifting. Conservatives have decided that, after 20 years of invoking the phrase as a warning, “activist judges” aren’t so bad as long as they’re President Donald Trump’s appointees to the Supreme Court.
The Republican Party has chosen, in lieu of any policy agenda or legislative proposal, to sit back and wait for their ideological goals to be achieved by the courts, through unitary presidential action (recall that during the Obama presidency, conservatives decried executive orders as unconstitutional harbingers of tyranny), and by Trump appointees tasked with running the administrative state into the ground.