Category Archives: Politics

Kamala Harris plans an ‘unprecedented federal investment’ in teachers with a nationwide pay raise

IRVINE, CA - OCTOBER 11: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) attends a Dream Act (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Rally in the Student Center at University of California Irvine October 11, 2017 In Irvine, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

As teachers nationwide have resorted to striking for budget restoration or leaving the profession all together amidst budget cutbacks, low pay and low morale, Sen. Harris is calling for a massive investment in education, beginning with a much-needed raise for the people shaping our children and our collective future.  The Los Angeles Times reports the plan will be unveiled […]

Who is Amy Klobuchar? 5 facts about the senator from Minnesota that may surprise you

His tweet: x Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019 […]

Trump’s attacks on McCain bombed in Ohio, and that silence means everything

MESA, AZ - OCTOBER 19:  President Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of supporters during a rally at the International Air Response facility on October 19, 2018 in Mesa, Arizona.  President Trump is holding rallies in Arizona, Montana and Nevada, campaigning for Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

As reported widely (here as well), Donald Trump visited a friendly audience of workers at an army tank factory in Ohio on Wednesday. Because some synapse in his brain must have connected “tank factory” with “military,” Trump proceeded to spew the first thoughts about the “military” that popped into his head, and it didn’t go well. That’s […]

As Trump rallies Republican racists and xenophobes, Mike Pence strong-arms the party’s donor base

Right-hand man. Donald Trump and Mike Pence have an unusually rigid separation of duties in this White House. Donald does the shouting; Pence does the cajoling. Donald appeals to the television-obsessed, the grumps, and the adulterers; Pence pops in later to explain how each new Trump grotesquery can be wedged into an ever-more-dubious definition of Christian […]

Alabama lawmaker wants to eliminate marriage licenses to comfort queerphobic public officials – ThinkProgress

In response to probate judges refusing to issue marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court recognized same-sex marriage, a Republican lawmaker sponsored a bill to get rid of marriage licenses altogether. On Thursday, the Alabama Senate approved the bill. Organizations that advocate for the rights of LGBTQ people say that this legislative action is just […]

It’s not over till it’s over, and it ain’t over

Former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi added that Mueller likely viewed his investigative purview as limited in the bigger picture of Trump’s transgressions and potential criminality. “It would be very much like Mueller to say, ‘I’m all about our system of justice, I’m all about the rule of law—you don’t need me anymore but the […]

Texas argues ‘polluters will be punished’ for chemical fire as public anger mounts – ThinkProgress

Texas is suing a chemical company notorious for environmental violations after a hazardous fire reignited at a storage facility on Friday, sparking renewed concerns over health and safety. The lawsuit comes despite years of criticism from advocates over the state’s history of prioritizing industry interests above human health and the environment, in addition to supporting […]

Kamala Harris to announce plan to boost teacher salaries – ThinkProgress

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is expected to announce her support for a plan that would see the federal government step in to increase teachers’ salaries. The move comes at a time when widespread discontent among the nation’s public school teachers have led to organized work stoppages across the nation. The Los Angeles Times reports that […]

Ben Carson’s daily schedules suggest he’s not exactly burning the midnight oil over at HUD

That said, it’s generally been better when Carson refrains from talking. The results of Freedom of Information Act requests for Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s daily schedules are finally in. It’s not clear why a FOIA request was even needed to retrieve the work schedules of a taxpayer-funded office headed by a taxpayer-funded federal […]

a discovery in China could add extraordinary details to the history of life

Fossil from the Burgess Shale of the shrimp like creature Waptia.

The Cambrian Period begins not long before the deposits at Qingjiang were laid down, and it begins with a “bang.” Previous to this period, large organisms — organisms larger than the period at the end of this sentence — are relatively rare. And many of those which have been discovered, like the Ediacaran fauna first found in Australia, which date […]