A black police officer was fired for confronting Confederate flag wavers

When a group of people in Mississippi, known as the Delta Flaggers, stood outside the state’s new civil rights museum waving Confederate battle flags and Mississippi state flags last weekend, a black Capitol police officer confronted them — and was then fired for it. According…

The critics are missing what’s special about Michelle Obama’s portrait

When Michelle Obama’s official portrait by the Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald was unveiled on Monday, the painting behind the black veil received modest cheers and a round of polite — restrained, even — applause. The crowd of gathered journalists, art critics, and pop culture figures alike…

The Trump effect on climate news

By Jeremy Deaton All press is good press — except when it isn’t. For those who are happy about President Trump’s attacks on climate science and policy, this will come as bad news. By shining a spotlight on the issue, Trump drove media coverage of climate change…

Trump’s budget cuts Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, breaking core campaign promise

When he began his presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to “save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts.” This is a promise, however, President Trump would like to break. Trump’s 2018 budget proposal that would cut all three programs, which help the most vulnerable in American…

Trump attacks his own FBI director, says he’s working against Republicans

When President Trump announced Christopher Wray’s nomination as FBI director in June, he praised him as “a man of impeccable credentials.” I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow. —…

Toxic Tar Creek continues to harm residents, as cleanup stalls

TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — When I was nine years old, the top 12 inches of dirt in my yard were excavated and hauled off by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). My family’s 1990s lead-contaminated topsoil on the north side of Joplin, Missouri was a small piece…

Treasury list of Russian oligarchs will do nothing to deter meddling in midterm elections

When President Donald Trump took took to the podium to deliver his first State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, he made no reference to the largest shadow hanging over his presidency so far: The FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s…

Trump’s Shadow Hangs Over NATO

When generals and diplomats gather for Europe’s most important security conference in Munich next month, President Donald Trump will not be in the room. But the U.S. president will cast a long shadow over the annual event, as his provocative comments about the NATO alliance…

The week the country united against Trump’s xenophobia

When Hassan Ahmad got to Dulles International Airport in the afternoon of Saturday, January 28, 2017, he couldn’t have imagined he would be a witness to active resistance against a newly inaugurated president. The day before, newly-sworn in President Donald Trump signed an executive order on…

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