24 million people could be affected by Trump administration’s ‘public charge’ immigration policy

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released its reinterpretation of the antiquated “public charge” rule — a proposal that would drastically reduce access to green cards and various types of visas for immigrants who do not meet a certain income threshold or who are…

Hollowing Out the Volcker Rule

This May, the five financial regulators tasked with implementing the Volcker Rule issued a proposal that would severely undermine its safeguards and protections.1 The Volcker Rule—Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act—was finalized by regulators in 2013 and took effect in 2015; it is one of…

The Texas GOP’s wild strategy of making Beto O’Rourke seem as cool and competent as possible

The first rule of campaigning, as they say, is to make your opponent seem as cool, relatable, exciting, and attractive as possible. At least, that’s the strategy the Texas GOP and their main man Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) seem to be trying in their quest to…

16 states to Supreme Court: Let us fire people for being transgender

A group of sixteen states has filed a brief calling on the Supreme Court to rule that it’s legal to fire people for being transgender. In the amicus brief filed Friday, the states recommended the Court consider R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v….

Judge allows Trump administration to dismantle key part of housing desegregation rule

A federal judge is allowing the Trump administration to dismantle a key element of an Obama-era rule combating housing discrimination, giving U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson a big legal victory in his efforts to fundamentally scrap the rule. A…

In surprise move, Trump administration will keep and defend Obama-era ozone rule

The Trump administration will defend an Obama-era smog rule against a lawsuit brought by industry groups and officials from a number of states, including former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt. The decision walks back a 2016 campaign promise made by President Donald Trump….

Federal judge: Parents’ attempts to reject transgender students are ‘futile’

A federal judge in Oregon is the latest to rule that transgender students can use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity without infringing on any other students’ rights. A group called “Parents for Privacy” filed suit against the Dallas School District in Dallas,…