Toxic coal ash ponds at risk of flooding as Duke Energy issues ‘high-level’ emergency alert

On Thursday morning, almost a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, the storm’s floodwaters overran a lake which had been flooded by tons of coal ash earlier in the storm. Residents now risk coal ash-polluted water flowing back into a river upstream of…

What happens when your congressional opponent gets arrested and decides to run anyway?

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) this week reversed his decision to suspend his re-election campaign, one month after being arrested on insider trading charges. Collins will keep his name on the ballot in New York’s 27th Congressional District and run for re-election in November, campaigning under indictment and…

Trump profits off of Republican fundraising efforts at his hotel

Twice in the past week, major Republican fundraisers have held their events at the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. — putting money in the president’s pocket as he provides access to Republican leaders and helps the party raise money for its candidates. On Monday night,…

Politicians clash with protesters at Global Climate Action Summit over what qualifies as progress

By Jeremy Deaton Earlier this week, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed an executive order setting a goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2045, arguably the most significant climate target ever set. But in the days after Brown’s announcement, activists took to the street to say, “Not…

Trump took $169 million from other programs to pay for ICE immigrant detention

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) released a budget document this week showing President Donald Trump’s administration took $9.8 million out of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) response and recovery budget to pay for immigrant detention centers. That $9.8 million was apparently just a fraction of the…

Louisiana AG says he won’t investigate Catholic sex abuse, calls critics ‘bigots’

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said this week he would not investigate allegations of sex abuse within the Roman Catholic Church at parishes within the state’s borders, blasting critics who pushed back on that decision and comparing them to the Ku Klux Klan. The comments were…

Controversial pipeline forced to halt construction as Hurricane Florence barrels toward Virginia

With Hurricane Florence forecast to make landfall later this week, Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) halted construction on its 303-mile pipeline project on Tuesday and is taking measures to prevent extensive damage to its construction zone. Forecasters are expecting an unprecedented amount of rainfall from Florence…

Ohio Democratic campaign staffers fight the state party for a fair contract

Democratic field organizers in Ohio working roughly 60-84 hours hours a week are fighting their own state party as they attempt to negotiate a fair union contract. More than a month ago, the Ohio Democratic Party, with 90 percent support, recognized a union of coordinated…

Amazon removes books by self-published misogynist and rape apologist

Online retail giant Amazon this week took the unusual step of removing nine books written by Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh, a virulent misogynist and popular “manosphere” writer who has said that “no means no — until it means yes.” Roosh’s latest self-published book, “Game,” was posted…