Progressive Briefing for Tuesday, July 24, 2018

It’s been over a year since MSNBC has mentioned U.S. war in Yemen, Trump wants to revoke security clearances of ex-officials who've criticized him and more.


It’s been over a year since MSNBC has mentioned US war in Yemen

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.

Trump wants to revoke security clearances of ex-officials who’ve criticized him

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.”

Bernie Sanders: Trump ‘really sold the American people out’ in Helsinki summit

Wealthy white teen who drove getaway car in LA gang murder of innocent black man goes free

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.

Earliest “Earth overshoot day” ever expected for 2018 as consumption of natural resources accelerates

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.

The Republican Congress isn’t even pretending to do its job

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.


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