Progressive Briefing for Friday, August 17, 2018

Words from the Unite the Right organizer, Trump's military parade is costing millions, Glyphosate found in popular children's foods, and more.

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Unite The Right organizer: “DeAndre Harris was a miscarriage of justice”

A baker’s dozen of white supremacists and their friends came to Washington DC this past weekend for the second ‘Unite the Right’ rally. The last time this crew got together, you’ll remember one woman died (Heather Heyer) and dozens were injured.

They were led last year by a relatively unknown figure in the area of American politics that we called the “alt-right.” His name is Jason Kessler. He’s average in height (if not a bit below) with an acne-scarred face and facial hair that just won’t grow in beyond a guy Fawkes-ian mask. Kessler lives at home with his parents, like many millennials, but unlike many born well after the Civil Rights Act he has decided that America has gone too far from its roots… those roots, of course, being a white European immigrant-run nation.

Trump’s military parade is now estimated to cost $92 million 200 organizations form network to stop the Trump military parade

CNBC is reporting that President Donald Trump’s military parade is estimated to cost $92 million, citing a U.S. defense official with firsthand knowledge of the assessment. This is a massive increase in the estimated cost, which was $12 million. The parade is scheduled for Nov. 10 in Washington, DC, and will feature armored vehicles, aircraft fly-overs, and period uniforms.

Monsanto’s cancer-causing weedkiller found in popular children’s foods

A study of dozens of popular oat-based breakfast foods delivered sobering news this week when almost all of the products examined by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) were found to contain the chemical glyphosate.

“We’re very concerned that consumers are eating more glyphosate than they know,” said Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs at EWG, in a statement.

Judge orders full environmental review of Keystone XL in Nebraska

TransCanada‘s long-gestating Keystone XL (KXL) tar sands pipeline was dealt another setback after a federal judge in Montana ruled Wednesday that the Trump State Department must conduct a robust environmental review of the alternative pipeline route through Nebraska.

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris sided with environmentalists, landowners and tribal plaintiffs in their challenge to the Trump administration. Pipeline opponents argued that the State Department’s approval of the KXL was based on an outdated Environmental Impact Statement from 2014 of the original route, and accused the administration of trying to short-cut the permitting process.

Another set back for TransCanada: Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska to go through ‘robust environmental review’

TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline hit another setback. A federal judge in Montana ordered a full environmental review of the project’s alternative route through Nebraska.

After regulators in Nebraska ordered the pipeline follow a new route, or alternative route, the Trump administration argued that there was no need to “produce an extensive new environmental impact statement for the pipeline,” Inside Climate News reported. But U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana disagreed with the Trump administration on Wednesday. Since the pipeline will now follow an alternative route and not its original route, Morris wrote the government “cannot escape their responsibility.”

As corporate media has ‘moved on,’ just a reminder that 565 children are still separated from families due to Trump’s monstrous policies

Amid a news cycle dominated by the day-to-day chaos, antics, and scandals of the Trump presidency, new government numbers released on Thursday offered a grim reminder that the humanitarian travesty sparked by President Donald Trump’s inhumane family separation policy is still ongoing, despite the fact that it has faded into the background of corporate news coverage.

In court filings on Thursday, lawyers for the Trump Justice Department said that 565 immigrant children remain separated from their parents and held in detention facilities more than three weeks after the court-mandated deadline for reunification

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