Trump brands DOJ official a ‘disgrace’ and vows to remove his security clearance

President Trump wants to “quickly” revoke the security clearance of Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official whose wife worked for the firm which helped produce the now notorious Steele dossier outlining Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. The president labeled Ohr a “disgrace” on Friday, and…

A California jail is paying a big price for mistreating LGBTQ inmates

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has agreed to settle a lawsuit the ACLU filed in 2014 on behalf of hundreds of LGBTQ inmates who were unjustly held in isolation within the county’s jails. Since 2012, some 600 inmates have been housed in what was…

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…

Trump administration interest in religious freedom moves to the Labor Department

The Department of Labor issued a directive Friday that makes it easier for federal contractors to claim their religious beliefs as a defense against anti-LGBTQ discrimination charges. On August 10, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued an enforcement directive that…

US announces new sanctions against Russia in response to Skripal attack

The State Department announced on Wednesday it was imposing fresh sanctions against Russia in retaliation for a government-sanctioned assassination attempt of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the U.K. in March. The Russian government was deemed to have violated the Chemical and Biological…

Watch Heather Nauert try to defend Saudi foreign policy

A small group of reporters had what can only be characterized as an incredulous set of questions for State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert during Tuesday afternoon’s briefing: Why wasn’t the United States siding with Canada over Saudi Arabia over the arrested human rights activists? What…

HHS official says he warned about the trauma family separation would cause and was ignored

An official at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the government agency tasked with looking after families separated at the border due to the Trump administration’s now-reversed “zero tolerance” policy, says he warned others in the administration that family separation could have a traumatic…