The Importance of NEPA Review for Infrastructure Projects

In June 2017, President Donald Trump stood before a crowd at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to discuss the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and declared, “Instead of rebuilding our country, Washington has spent decades building a dense thicket of rules, regulations and red…

Proposition A: The right-to-work referendum on Missouri’s ballot, explained

In February 2017, then-governor of Missouri Eric Greitens (R) signed a right-to-work bill drafted by the state’s GOP-controlled legislature. The bill made Missouri the 28th right-to-work state in the country and the sixth state to pass such legislation since 2012. But the bill isn’t yet…

California wildfire survivors fear officials will shift utilities’ financial liability to them

California residents who live in regions hardest hit by the state’s 2017 wildfires are growing concerned that Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are caving in to pressure from electric utilities that are lobbying to get the state to change its liability laws. Residents fear…

11 Ways the Wealthy and Corporations Will Game the New Tax Law

Introduction and summary At the end of 2017, congressional Republicans drafted a new tax bill and rushed it to President Donald Trump for signature in just seven weeks. No congressional Democrats were permitted in the drafting sessions, and no hearings were held after the draft…

The suspicious business relationship between Trump and Justice Kennedy’s son

After President Trump made his first speech to Congress in February 2017, he was filmed exchanging pleasantries with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. “Say hello to your boy — special guy,” Trump told Kennedy, alluding to Kennedy’s son, Justin. “Your kids have been very…

The Data Do Not Support Supply-Side Economics

In 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a move that amounted to a massive giveaway to all U.S. corporations with profits. Supporters of the tax cuts, including President Donald Trump, promoted the bill using the underlying logic of basic supply-side economics. Corporations…

BREAKING: Jury acquits J20 protester of assault on police officer, mistrial declared on riot charges

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A J20 protester tried for assaulting a police officer in the chaos of Inauguration Day 2017 was found not guilty Thursday, marking a significant evolution in the string of losses that federal prosecutors have taken in the series of trials. Anthony Felice…

Petition Calls For Tom Perez To Step Down From DNC

In 2017 Tom Perez stated, “one thing we’ve learned at the DNC is that when you, in fact or in perception, are trying to put the thumb on the scale in a spirited primary, that can undermine public confidence in us.” It was a comment…