Unpacking Elon Musk’s inexplicable donations to Republican campaign groups

Elon Musk, the visionary inventor who founded Tesla and SpaceX, is facing a public backlash over his decision to donate $38,900 to a Republican political action committee. Recent FEC disclosure forms revealed the donations to a group called “Protect the House” which aims to bolster campaigns of vulnerable…

Murder charge in East Pittsburgh police killing highlights a bizarre jigsaw of local cops

One-eighth of the tiny East Pittsburgh Police Department is now facing murder charges for killing an unarmed black teenager. Officer Michael Rosfeld was indicted Wednesday morning for criminal homicide in the June 19th killing of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr., who was shot in the back three…

The Supreme Court’s new swing justice is a hypocrite

One of the most difficult questions facing Supreme Court justices is when they should overrule a prior decision. In a pair of cases handed down this term, Chief Justice John Roberts gave a revealing answer to this question: Courts should apply a very strong presumption…

This infamous white supremacist doesn’t want you to know who his lawyer is

In the most substantial lawsuit facing white supremacists involved in last year’s violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, numerous plaintiffs, dozens of defendants, and several attorneys on either side have made their names public. One, though, has tried to remain anonymous: the lawyer…

Turkey’s strongman might be losing his grip on the country. Here’s why that matters.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a major challenge in the snap elections he called for. If he loses on Sunday, the shift could be seismic for the country he has run with an iron fist for nearly four years (and helped run as prime…

Enraged farmers and lawmakers confront Pruitt during Heartland tour

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt is facing a torrent of accusations and anger as he tours through the U.S. heartland. Farmers and Midwestern politicians are accusing the official of prioritizing fossil fuel industries over the interests of the region, which has served as…

Pruitt’s Misuse of Religion to Sell Out Our Air and Water

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is facing at least 16 federal investigations based on his established pattern of harmful actions against the environment and the manipulation of his position of power for personal gains. Throughout the first year of his appointment as the…

Lawyer who repped Equifax will run office that investigates Equifax

Giant companies facing federal scrutiny for exposing sensitive consumer data have good reason to unclench their stress balls: Their own lawyer was just put in charge of the office that is investigating them. Andrew Smith will head the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection office after…

Fox News host calls on Trump to fire Scott Pruitt

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is facing more friendly fire after this weekend, as a fourth Republican representative along with a Fox News host called on Pruitt to resign following a barrage of scandals. On Sunday, in response to a question on Twitter, Rep….