One of Russia’s most infamous oligarchs has been left in Visa limbo

Billionaire Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich was left in limbo this week after his U.K. visa expired, as British authorities have not yet granted him a new one. Though it’s unclear why a new visa was not immediately issued, the move follows closely on the heels…

Trump’s plan to cut Planned Parenthood funding will do a lot more than target abortion

In a proposed regulation expected to be announced this week, the Trump administration plans to fundamentally change the country’s only federal family planning program dedicated to providing reproductive care to low-income people, by cutting funding for clinics that provide abortions and barring doctors from telling patients…

Axed NASA climate science program rises from the dead

A House panel reportedly voted this week to restore a critical climate science program run by NASA, a week after reports circulated that the effort had ended. The program has been cited as central to domestic efforts monitoring greenhouse gases. The House Committee on Appropriations,…

2 Republicans ignore Paul Ryan, sign onto effort to force a DACA vote

Last week, a group of House Republicans — frustrated with their leadership’s failure to let them vote on legislation that would to provide permanent protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children — launched an attempt to use a rarely-used procedure called a…

Austrian prosecutors charge 17 members of far-right group for racist and xenophobic stunts

State prosecutors in Austria announced this week that they were pressing criminal charges against 17 members of the “Identitarian Movement,” a far-right group which has risen to prominence in recent years with a series of provocative stunts. The charges, which prosecutors said on Monday are against…

Kansas law now forbids police from having sex with people in custody

As of this week, it is illegal for police in Kansas to have sexual relations with people they’ve detained in a traffic stop, or are otherwise holding in custody. It’s the kind of law one might think wouldn’t be need to be passed. The legislation…

The GOP farm bill actually punishes working families receiving SNAP

Next week, the House will vote on a farm bill largely constructed by Republicans. The bill, which traditionally has been a bipartisan effort, will re-authorize a number of farm and nutrition assistance programs — this includes funds for food stamps, officially known as Supplemental Nutritional…

Calls for Waffle House boycott grow following black man’s violent arrest

A video went viral this week of a burly, white police officer violently grabbing 22-year-old Anthony Wall by the throat and slamming him to the ground outside a Waffle House restaurant in the town of Warsaw, North Carolina. Even before the brutal takedown last weekend…

Pompeo contradicts Giuliani, says North Korea hasn’t agreed to release U.S. prisoners

Newly confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made no promises this week regarding the release of three U.S. prisoners currently being held in a North Korean labor camp. “We’ve been asking for the release of these detainees for 17 months,” Pompeo said Tuesday, speaking with…