Daily Update | April 21, 2017
Take Care has launched a new podcast: "Versus Trump." Amicus briefs are flooding into cases challenging the revised travel ban. The March for Science is this Saturday. The Trump Administration has continued to bend and break ethics rules. The Treasury Secretary has said tax reform plans will be released "very soon." President Trump appears to have returned his focus to passing a healthcare law. Trump's environmental policies have been besieged in court. Questions about Russian hacking and influence persist.
Daily Update | April 14, 2017
President Trump signed into law a bill that will allow states to withhold federal funding from reproductive health organizations, in particular Planned Parenthood. Analysis of President Trump’s Syria strike continues. The Government Accountability Office will investigate President Trump’s transition. British intelligence agencies intercepted communications between President Trump’s associates and Russian officials during the 2016 Election. And President Trump announced he no longer opposes the Export-Import Bank.
Information Wars Part I: The Challenge To The Census
The Trump administration has enacted several policies to conceal, subvert, or manipulate information. It has retracted a proposal to add LGBTQ identification to the U.S. census and eliminated LGBTQ identification from HHS surveys. These policies and others attempt to deny the existence of a problem by disappearing the (inconvenient) facts.
Daily Update | April 7, 2017
Senate Republicans went nuclear and abolished the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, clearing the path to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch today by a majority vote. Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Devin Nunes will step aside from the committee’s Russia investigation. President Trump has removed Stephen Bannon from the National Security Council principals committee. The battle continues over Obama-era climate change regulations, police reform efforts, and labor protection rules. And in response to Tuesday’s deadly chemical weapon attack widely attributed to Bashar al-Assad’s government, President Trump ordered a military strike on a Syrian air base
Daily Update | March 31, 2017
In litigation over the revised travel ban, a federal judge in Hawaii converted his temporary restraining order into a preliminary injunction, and all parties endorsed an offer from the Fourth Circuit for initial en banc review. Seattle filed suit to challenge President Trump's executive order threatening to strip federal funds from sanctuary cities. Vice President Pence broke a tie in the Senate to send a bill to President Trump giving states permission to withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood. Former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has offered to provide testimony to the congressional investigations into Russia, in exchange for immunity.
Daily Update | March 24, 2017
Secretary of State Tillerson has instructed U.S. embassies to increase scrutiny of visa applicants. President Trump's proposed healthcare bill raises the same constitutional concerns that conservatives so vehemently invoked while attacking the Affordable Care Act. Calls continue for a select committee or independent commission to investigate collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia.