Progressive Briefing for Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Worker's wages fall, Federal judge orders government to seek consent before medicating migrant children, Bernie Sanders thanks the Koch brothers, and more.


‘This was the plan all along’: With workers’ wages falling, CEOs enjoy ‘eye-popping’ payouts from GOP tax scam

While workers’ wages have steadily declined since congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump pushed through massive tax cuts for corporations and wealthy Americans in December, a new Politico analysis finds that rather than using their savings to raise employee pay or create jobs, companies are generating “eye-popping payouts” for executives with a record-breaking stock buyback “bonanza.”

Federal judge orders government to seek consent before medicating migrant children

A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered the Trump administration to seek consent before administering psychotropic drugs to immigrant children held in a facility in Texas.

U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee ruled that the government was in violation of a court decree dating to the mid-1980’s known as the Flores settlement which governs the treatment of detained immigrant children. There are more than 10,000 minors in federal custody. The vast majority of them arrived at the southern border unaccompanied from Central America long before the current controversy over separated families created by the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. The settlement required the government to hold youths in the least restrictive setting possible.

Bernie Sanders thanks Koch brothers for ‘accidentally making the case for Medicare for All’

After a study by the Koch Brothers-funded Mercatus Center that was clearly designed as a deceptive attack on Medicare for All inadvertently bolstered the economic case for single-payer—which is rapidly growing in popularity among the public and U.S. lawmakers—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday released a video thanking Charles and David Koch for backing an analysis showing that his plan for universal coverage would save $2 trillion over ten years.

Attorneys General sue Trump administration to block 3D-printed guns

A coalition of attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Monday to stop a Texas-based company from publishing instructions for 3D-printed guns on its website.

Defense Distributed announced it plans to make 3D gun blueprints — including a single-shot pistol called “The Liberator,” an AR-15 lower receiver, and a complete Beretta M9 handgun — available on Aug. 1, after reaching a settlement with the federal government.


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