Progressive Briefing for Friday, July 27, 2018

What you need to know about the Democratic Socialists of America, as Trump Administration misses family reunification deadline, children protest "horrific" immigration policy, and more.


‘Poverty is criminalized, wealth is immunized’: Report shows corporate crime enforcement has plummeted under Trump

In addition to padding the bottom lines of America’s largest corporations by cutting their taxes and eliminating scores of longstanding regulations, President Donald Trump is also protecting major companies’ profits by refusing to punish them for ripping off consumers and trampling federal rules that safeguard the planet.

That is the central conclusion of a new Public Citizen analysis out Wednesday, which finds that corporate America has largely been exempt from Trump’s so-called “law-and-order” agenda. Titled Corporate Impunity (pdf), the report shows that enforcement actions carried out by major government agencies declined drastically during Trump’s first year in the White House.

What you need to know about the Democratic Socialists of America

For all of its recent growth, socialism is still an idea with a lot of Cold War-era baggage for a lot of Americans. Still, the group has gained new prominence with New York Democrat — and DSA member – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent congressional primary win.

Here’s what else you need to know about Democratic Socialists of America.

As Trump Administration misses family reunification deadline, children protest ‘horrific’ immigration policy

Lawmakers and immigrant rights advocates called for a mass mobilization on Thursday as the Trump administration reached its court-ordered deadline for reuniting all of the families it has forcibly separated since implementing its deeply unpopular “zero tolerance” immigration policy in May – with no sign that it would reunify as many as 914 parents with their children by 6:00pm.

House Democrats join Republicans and pass 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, approving $717 billion in military spending

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act quickly passed in the House of Representatives this week with support from 139 Democrats and all, but five Republicans. The “historically quick negotiations” took place on Monday between the House and Senate Armed Services leaders where they decided on a compromised annual policy bill that would grant the Trump administration $717 billion in military spending.

After several years of budget caps, Republicans pushed for a compromise that would “build up the military and regain readiness,” Politico reported.


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