William Happer: Trump aide pushing climate denial inside the White House

The physicist, 79, has a seat on the National Security Council and thinks the science that proves global heating is wrong By the early 1990s, the man now dubbed the chief climate change skeptic in Donald Trumps White House had already decided he was uneasy with the science that showed humans were heating the planet. William Happer, the former Princeton physicist now on Trumps National Security Council, was then in charge of energy research under George HW Bush. He asked experts at the Department of Energy to discuss their work with him and was displeased with the attitude he sensed from a climate researcher, according to a story recalled by two of his colleagues. They were not just defensive; they …

The controversial ketamine-like drug that Trump is pushing on veterans

The president has touted the drugs benefits and offered to help a senior VA official negotiate the purchase of the drug Personal interest from Donald Trump appears to have put a controversial anti-depressant on a fast track at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that shoved aside usual protocols, even though experts inside and outside the government have serious concerns the drug is effective and say it may be dangerous. Sources inside the Department of Veterans Affairs say staffers were essentially told by a senior official to drop everything in March and accelerate the drugs availability because the president had expressed enthusiasm for the drug, Spravato, as a possible treatment for depressed veterans. Questions have also been raised about a …

Why are we still pretending ‘trickle-down’ economics work? | Morris Pearl

Art Laffer, godfather of supply-side economic theory, is going to be awarded a presidential medal. He doesnt deserve it Next Wednesday, Donald Trump will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the arch-conservative economist Art Laffer. Sadly, Laffers career has been heavy on punditry, light in academic rigor, and absolutely destructive for the average American and the long-term health and sustainability of our economy. A Worlds Worst Economist. Hes been called a key part of the hang like a dead possum around his neck for the rest of his days. So why exactly is Trump awarding such a man with the nations highest civilian honor? Maybe its because he recently wrote a book, Trumponomics, praising the presidents economic agenda. Most …

Siege: Trump under Fire by Michael Wolff review

Michael Wolffs second bite at the Trump presidency speculates on how the fiasco will end The Trump presidency began as Kim Jong-un, Michael Wolffs siege of Mafeking, let alone that of Leningrad. The war of attrition waged by Wolff and his fellow journalists has hardly worn Trump down; he retains the freedom of the air, tweeting out a daily barrage of lies and insults and jetting off to stoke up bigots in midwestern arenas or embarrass foreign heads of state who wince as they welcome him on to their soil. Mostly Siege retells scandalous stories that are pretty familiar, with few fresh disclosures. Despite the indiscreet tattle dribbled into his ear by the disgruntled Melania in hospital for a week …

Revealed: the fringe rightwing group changing the UN agenda on abortion rights

Anti-abortion lobbying group using its influence in the Trump administration to help shape policy on the world stage Last spring, Laurie Shestack Phipps, a diplomat at the US mission to the UN, received a set of talking points from the state department before an international womens conference, setting out clear red lines against mention of sexual and reproductive health care. This had become the norm in the Trump administration, where the once uncontroversial phrase was seen as code for abortion. Use of the word gender was also strongly discouraged, as it was viewed as a stalking horse for LGBT rights. It was no surprise that Phipps colleague, Bethany Kozma, a political appointee at the US agency for international development, had …

Trump administration denies special help to Venezuelans seeking asylum

Despite clarion calls for Venezuelan freedom the US has resisted offering Temporary Protected Status to those fearing persecution As Venezuela slumps further into crisis, White House officials from Donald Trump down have made repeated expressions of support for the countrys people. But such comments stand in stark contrast to the meager help the US government is giving Venezuelans seeking refuge in the US. The United Nations estimated Republicans to put in place immigration programs that would let a tiny portion of them seek protection in the US. Instead, its efforts have been focused on pushing for opposition leader, Juan Guaid, to replace Nicols Maduro, and repeating calls for the freedom of Venezuelans, who face chronic food and medicine shortages in …

Trump safety cuts may cause workplace deaths to soar, says report

Federal watchdog OSHA has cut workplace safety inspectors to the lowest level in its 48-year history under Trump administration A number of workplace safety advocates fear fatalities will soar as Trump cuts back on the federal work safety watchdog Occupation Safety and Health Administration (Osha). The latest Death on the Job report from union federation AFL-CIO, released to time with Workers Memorial Day, showed a slight dip in deaths from 2016, when 5,190 people died on the job. Some 5,147 people were killed on the job in 2017, Donald Trumps first year in office. But the true toll of work-related injuries and illnesses may be closer to 7m to 10.5m each year, according to a report released on Thursday. Under …

US expands catch and release practice amid migrant surge at Mexico border

Trump has railed against the practice, but with centers overwhelmed, families are being taken hundreds of miles away and dropped off in several cities The latest surge of migrants arriving at the immigration processing-and-holding centers overwhelmed, the administration is putting families on to buses and taking them hundreds of miles away, disgorging them at Greyhound stations and churches in cities such as Albuquerque, New Mexico, San Antonio, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona, because towns close to the border already have more than they can handle. Relief organizations in some cities are struggling to feed and house the migrants and are warning that a public health crisis is taking shape. Were asking volunteer doctors and nurses and community members to step up …

Trump’s legacy: conservative judges who will dominate US law for decades

Senate Republicans have confirmed 89 Trump-nominated judges, far in excess of appointments under Obama and Bush past ties to an anti-LGBT group and who at 37 years old is the countrys youngest federal judge, a lifetime appointment. As with previous Trump nominees, Readler, Murphy and Rushing were confirmed over the impassioned protests of progressive groups who warned the judges were out of step with the country on crucial issues including immigration, abortion, climate change, LGBT rights, healthcare, voting rights and more. The overarching concern, said Daniel L Goldberg, the legal director at the Alliance For Justice, is that Trumps judges will now shape American life according to the narrow conservative vision of the elite, predominantly white and male groups guiding …