Progressive Briefing for Tuesday, September 4

Day one of Kavanaugh proceedings, 87 elephants found dead due to poaching, environmentalists don't vote in elections, and more.


Watch live: Day one of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings

While progressives issue calls for Democrats to pull out all the stops in order to defeat the nominee, Senate confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, begin Tuesday morning at 9:30 AM ET.

“This is not a drill,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren declared late Monday on the eve of the hearings. “The Supreme Court, and the future of our country – are both on the line. If we’re going to #StopKavanaugh, we need you to speak out now.”

Watch the proceedings live:

87 elephants found dead in Botswana Sanctuary, poaching to blame

Poached and stripped of their tusks, 87 elephants were found dead in a protected sanctuary in Botswana, Africa. The elephants’ remains were found under drying bushes by Elephants Without Borders – a conservation nonprofit.

According to the organization, it “discovered the alarming rate while flying the Botswana government aerial [elephant] census,” near the Okavango Delta wildlife sanctuary. The incident was presumed to be from poaching because “all of them had their skulls chopped to remove their tusks,” Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders said to the BBC.

A ‘jaw-dropping’ 15 million super-environmentalists don’t vote in the midterms

The most important environmental effort you’ve probably never heard of — the Environmental Voter Project (EVP) — doesn’t talk about the environment much, if ever.

But that’s because talking about the environment isn’t the solution to perhaps the biggest solvable problem the environmental movement has: a lack of voters. There are 10 to 15 million so-called “super-environmentalists” who are registered to vote in this country, but generally don’t.

If they voted more consistently, it could change U.S. politics, as candidates from both parties would need to work to win their vote.

Colin Kaepernick is chosen for Nike’s anniversary ‘Just do it’ campaign

With his decision two summers ago to not stand for the national anthem, Colin Kaepernick became the face of a protest movement in the NFL against racial injustice and police brutality. Now, the former quarterback has become a face of one of the most iconic advertising campaigns in the history of sports: Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign.

An early image from the campaign made its debut on Monday with a tweet from Kaepernick. The advertisement shows a black-and-white image of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback. The text on top of the image reads: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

New report outlines Trump’s actual work agenda: ‘Drop dead’

In the week leading up to Labor Day, President Donald Trump’s vicious anti-worker agenda has been on full display: In addition to abruptly canceling a modest pay raise for around two million public employees on Thursday, Trump also signed a retirement savings executive order that was denounced as a gift to Wall Street and “a cruel joke on American workers” facing a retirement income crisis.

Yet, as if none of these latest attacks on American workers took place, the White House issued its annual Presidential Labor Day Proclamation late Friday, touting what it describes as Trump’s “historic action to advance prosperity for the American worker.”


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