Kris Kobach: why Democrats hope the GOP won’t stop his run for US Senate

Tolerance for Kansass former secretary of state is waning, with Republican politicians saying the party has become too rightwing It was only nine months ago that Kansas Democrats were bidding good riddance to Kris Kobach as Donald Trumps closest political ally in the conservative midwestern state went down in flames. But now Kobach, who briefly spearheaded Trumps commission on the illusion of voter fraud after using his stint as Kansas secretary of state to target immigrants and then losing a disastrous campaign that cost Republicans the governors office is back and narrowly unseated the sitting governor in the Republican primary but then lost in the general election amid distaste among moderate voters for some of his positions, including calls for …

Bernie Sanders’ ideas are shaping the 2020 debate but is he still a force?

The diverse Democratic field is a contrast from 2016 but the leftwing firebrand believes Medicare for All can dent his rivals hopes Gruff, iconoclastic and relentlessly on-message, Democrats to elevate women and people of color, Sanders is attempting to reset the debate on his own terms. Last week, he vigorously defended his signature Medicare for All healthcare proposal, sharpening the battle lines over an issue that is animating the Democratic presidential race. Now is the time not for tinkering around the edges, Sanders said, an implicit reference to candidates like Biden, who oppose the plan. Now is the time to do what every other major country on earth does, now is time to do what the American people want us …

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 …

Biden and Trump are just two sides of the same misogynistic coin | Arwa Mahdawi

Donald Trumps disdain for women manifests itself in crass braggadocio, while Joe Bidens is in the form of patronizing paternalism Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. other Democratic candidates, Biden announced he 2016 report by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, an anti-abortion organization, asserts that since 1976 the amendment is responsible for over two million births. The Hyde amendment hasnt just compelled women to give birth against their wishes; it has killed them. Bidens blithe avowal that there were sufficient monies and circumstances to help poor women access abortions in the past insults the memory of women like tried to prevent rape and incest exceptions from being added to it.) But …

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 …

Medicare for All: activist dying of ALS testifies via eye movements at hearing

My story is tragic but not unique, Ady Bryant tells lawmakers as he pushes for healthcare overhaul Ady Barkan has lost his ability to speak, but he has not lost his voice. On Tuesday, the 35-year-old lawyer and activist, who is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, testified at a historic Capitol Hill hearing on Medicare for All. Addressing the House rules committee through a computer system that tracks his eye movements and then converts text into speech, Barkan offered his own experience with a terminal illness as a case study for why Congress should dramatically overhaul the nations healthcare system. Every month since my diagnosis, my motor neurons have died out, my muscles have disintegrated, and I have …

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 …

How wide is Bernie Sanders’ appeal? This cheering Fox News audience is a clue | Bhaskar Sunkara

The US senator drew cheers from the audience when he spoke about healthcare, revealing just how popular his policies are Bernie Sanders was supposed to be deep behind enemy lines on Monday night. He was in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for a live town hall, hosted by Fox News, a network not everyone thought [he] should come on. It was a resounding success, and a reminder that Bernie, not Trump, can actually rally together a majority of Americans. The Fox News moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum didnt figure that out at first. Early on Baier asked those in the audience with employer-sponsored health insurance to raise their hands. Then he asked those among them who would be willing to switch to …

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 …