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Civil Rights Groups Call on Trump to Forcefully Denounce Racism and Bigotry

In the 10 days following the November election, SPLC has collected 867 hate-related incidents from almost every state. Anti-immigrant hate incidents targeting Latinos, Asians and Africans made up the largest number of claims, followed by anti-black and anti-Semitic incidents. More than 10,000 teachers reported more than 2,500 fights and threats related to election rhetoric, and an increase in slurs and derogatory language, swastikas, Confederate flags and Nazi salutes.   read more

Every Case against U.S. Torture Perpetrators Has Been Thrown Out Except for this One … So Far

If the former detainees are successful, it would be the first time a U.S. civilian court has held individuals accountable for their role in counterterrorism policies after the 9/11 attacks. Legal experts say the Trump administration could force the case’s dismissal on national security grounds. Deciding whether to invoke the state secrets privilege could represent Trump’s first chance to weigh in on the issue. He has endorsed the use of torture and said he would bring back waterboarding.   read more

Armed with New Authority to Ban Dangerous Substances, EPA Begins Review of Widely Used Toxic Chemicals

Environmental and consumer safety advocacy groups praised the move, but expressed concern about the new administration. Trump, a frequent critic of EPA regulations, put in charge of EPA transition Myron Ebell, whose corporate-funded think tank promotes the "life-enhancing value of chemicals" while sowing doubt about "fear-mongering" scientific studies that show risks to human health and the environment from pesticides and other products. It recently questioned the need for an asbestos ban.   read more

Texas Republican Quits as Elector Rather than Vote for Trump

"If Trump is not qualified and my role, both morally and historically, as an elected official is to vote my conscience, then I cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump for President," said Sisneros. He added that his signing a party pledge to support Trump was tantamount to sin. "I was wrong in signing this pledge and not communicating to the body when I ran that my conscience would not be bound by it... I humbly confess that it was wrong for me to do so."   read more

Tightening of Voting Laws and Loss of Faith in Electoral System Anticipated from Trump’s False Claims of Widespread Illegal Voting

Trump could cripple faith in the electoral system by tweeting that ``millions of people'' voted illegally despite a lack of evidence. The concern, said attorney Clarke, is that state lawmakers will respond by crafting laws making it even tougher for all eligible voters to cast ballots. "It's a call to arms...to raise efforts to make voting more difficult,'' she said. Those laws are more likely to affect African Americans and Latinos, who bear a disproportionate burden of restrictive voter laws.   read more

GOP Drug Bill, Backed by Biomed Industry, Sharply Attacked By Elizabeth Warren as “Corrupt,” “Dangerous”

"Republicans will control this government, but they cannot hand that control over to big corporations unless Democrats roll over and allow them to do so," said Warren. "They didn't send us here to whimper, whine or grovel. They sent us here to say no to efforts to sell Congress to the highest bidder." She said the research bill would "legalize fraud" by reducing the scientific evidence the government needs to approve existing drugs for new uses.   read more

Trump Stock Ownership in Dakota Pipeline Firm Foreshadows Trouble if Conflict Becomes His Call

Concern about Trump's possible conflicts comes amid protests that unfold daily along the pipeline route. The Standing Rock Sioux believe the project could harm the tribe's drinking water and Native American cultural sites. A final decision may be made by Trump, a pipeline supporter who has vowed to "unleash" unfettered production of oil and gas. Rep. Raul Grijalva called Trump's investment in the pipeline company "disturbing" and said it fits a pattern evident in Trump's transition team.   read more

Widely Praised Consumer Protection Bureau Director Weathers Republican Attempts to Replace Him

The bureau has overhauled mortgage lending rules, reined in abusive debt collectors, prosecuted hundreds of companies and extracted nearly $12 billion from businesses via canceled debts and consumer refunds. In September, it exposed Wells Fargo fraud. According to Cordray, he and his team have barely scratched the surface. Republicans would like to do away with the bureau — and with him. With a Republican sweep of Congress and the White House, they may get some or all of what they wish.   read more

Truth in Trouble: How Exposure of Fake News May Endanger Belief in Real News

“Fake news” as shorthand will almost surely be returned upon the media tenfold. The fake news narrative has already begun to encompass not just fabricated stories, but a wider swath of traditional media. Fox News? Fake news. Trump’s misleading claims about Ford keeping jobs in America? Fake news. This wide formulation of “fake news” will be applied back to the traditional news media, which does not yet understand how threatened its ability is to declare things true, even when they are.   read more

De Blasio, Cuomo Vow to Protect New York City from Trump Threats of Muslim Registries, Deportations, Stop-and-Frisk

“The president-elect talked during the campaign about the movement that he had built,” said de Blasio. “Now, it’s our turn to build a movement — a movement of the majority that believes in respect and dignity for all.” Cuomo said he would create a new unit of the State Police to investigate hate crimes, move to expand state human rights law and seek new funds to provide legal representation to immigrants.   read more

Lack of Police Training in Use of Drug Field Tests Casts Doubt on Validity of Many U.S. Drug Arrests

A 2011 federal survey of 10 jurisdictions that used field tests found just two provided any kind of formal training. At least 100,000 convictions a year rely on field-test results to identify illegal drugs. Much of that evidence is never confirmed by a certified lab. Of all material suspected of being meth in 2015, 21% proved not to be. “Police officers aren’t chemists,” McClelland said. “We shouldn’t be doing field tests on the hood of patrol cars.”   read more

Increase in U.S. Heat Records Expected to Multiply in Coming Years

If and when the nation warms another 4.5 degrees, expect there to be around 15 heat records for every cold one, the new study in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences predicts. That warming can be as early as 50 years from now if greenhouse gas emissions — from the burning of coal, oil and gas — continue at their recent pace or a century away if carbon pollution slows down, said study lead author Gerald Meehl, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.   read more

Trump’s Pick for CIA Director Would Reinstate Collection of Americans’ Phone Data

"I think a lot of Americans would be very nervous to learn Donald Trump has access to our phone records,'' said Elizabeth Goitein of Pompeo's desire to reinstate the collection of Americans' phone data. "It would make a lot of Congress nervous as well.'' Prof. Freiwald said Pompeo will have leeway to interpret the law broadly so they may collect vast amounts of information. Pompeo is promoting the discredited view that it is always good for a government to collect more data on its people.   read more

Some Elected Leaders across U.S. Call for Action against new wave of Hate Crimes

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state police to create a special unit to investigate reports of hate crimes, saying it's in response to what he called "ugly political discourse" that didn't end with the election. He plans to push for legislation that expands protections under New York's human rights law to all students statewide. Cuomo also wants to create the nation's first emergency legal defense fund to ensure all immigrants have access to representation.   read more

Trump’s Focus on Generals for Top Posts Elicits Foreign Policy Concerns

Donald Trump boasted he knew more about fighting terrorists than America’s generals. But now his focus on them worries national security experts, who say Trump could place undue emphasis on military force in foreign policy. Trump’s inclination runs counter to civilian control of the military — a constitutional principle that protects the U.S. from becoming like Pakistan or Turkey, where the military is a political player. "We are not a militaristic society, nor do we want to be,” said Gen. Ham.   read more

U.S. Blocks New Mining Outside Yellowstone National Park

Mining claims on 30,370 acres north of the nation's first national park would be prohibited for at least two years while a long-term ban is considered, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said during a visit to Montana. It's part of the Obama administration efforts in its last days to keep industry out of natural and environmentally sensitive areas. Republicans and industry representatives have promised to seek their reversal once Donald Trump takes charge of the White House.   read more
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Civil Rights Groups Call on Trump to Forcefully Denounce Racism and Bigotry

In the 10 days following the November election, SPLC has collected 867 hate-related incidents from almost every state. Anti-immigrant hate incidents targeting Latinos, Asians and Africans made up the largest number of claims, followed by anti-black and anti-Semitic incidents. More than 10,000 teachers reported more than 2,500 fights and threats related to election rhetoric, and an increase in slurs and derogatory language, swastikas, Confederate flags and Nazi salutes.   read more

Every Case against U.S. Torture Perpetrators Has Been Thrown Out Except for this One … So Far

If the former detainees are successful, it would be the first time a U.S. civilian court has held individuals accountable for their role in counterterrorism policies after the 9/11 attacks. Legal experts say the Trump administration could force the case’s dismissal on national security grounds. Deciding whether to invoke the state secrets privilege could represent Trump’s first chance to weigh in on the issue. He has endorsed the use of torture and said he would bring back waterboarding.   read more

Armed with New Authority to Ban Dangerous Substances, EPA Begins Review of Widely Used Toxic Chemicals

Environmental and consumer safety advocacy groups praised the move, but expressed concern about the new administration. Trump, a frequent critic of EPA regulations, put in charge of EPA transition Myron Ebell, whose corporate-funded think tank promotes the "life-enhancing value of chemicals" while sowing doubt about "fear-mongering" scientific studies that show risks to human health and the environment from pesticides and other products. It recently questioned the need for an asbestos ban.   read more

Texas Republican Quits as Elector Rather than Vote for Trump

"If Trump is not qualified and my role, both morally and historically, as an elected official is to vote my conscience, then I cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump for President," said Sisneros. He added that his signing a party pledge to support Trump was tantamount to sin. "I was wrong in signing this pledge and not communicating to the body when I ran that my conscience would not be bound by it... I humbly confess that it was wrong for me to do so."   read more

Tightening of Voting Laws and Loss of Faith in Electoral System Anticipated from Trump’s False Claims of Widespread Illegal Voting

Trump could cripple faith in the electoral system by tweeting that ``millions of people'' voted illegally despite a lack of evidence. The concern, said attorney Clarke, is that state lawmakers will respond by crafting laws making it even tougher for all eligible voters to cast ballots. "It's a call to arms...to raise efforts to make voting more difficult,'' she said. Those laws are more likely to affect African Americans and Latinos, who bear a disproportionate burden of restrictive voter laws.   read more

GOP Drug Bill, Backed by Biomed Industry, Sharply Attacked By Elizabeth Warren as “Corrupt,” “Dangerous”

"Republicans will control this government, but they cannot hand that control over to big corporations unless Democrats roll over and allow them to do so," said Warren. "They didn't send us here to whimper, whine or grovel. They sent us here to say no to efforts to sell Congress to the highest bidder." She said the research bill would "legalize fraud" by reducing the scientific evidence the government needs to approve existing drugs for new uses.   read more

Trump Stock Ownership in Dakota Pipeline Firm Foreshadows Trouble if Conflict Becomes His Call

Concern about Trump's possible conflicts comes amid protests that unfold daily along the pipeline route. The Standing Rock Sioux believe the project could harm the tribe's drinking water and Native American cultural sites. A final decision may be made by Trump, a pipeline supporter who has vowed to "unleash" unfettered production of oil and gas. Rep. Raul Grijalva called Trump's investment in the pipeline company "disturbing" and said it fits a pattern evident in Trump's transition team.   read more

Widely Praised Consumer Protection Bureau Director Weathers Republican Attempts to Replace Him

The bureau has overhauled mortgage lending rules, reined in abusive debt collectors, prosecuted hundreds of companies and extracted nearly $12 billion from businesses via canceled debts and consumer refunds. In September, it exposed Wells Fargo fraud. According to Cordray, he and his team have barely scratched the surface. Republicans would like to do away with the bureau — and with him. With a Republican sweep of Congress and the White House, they may get some or all of what they wish.   read more

Truth in Trouble: How Exposure of Fake News May Endanger Belief in Real News

“Fake news” as shorthand will almost surely be returned upon the media tenfold. The fake news narrative has already begun to encompass not just fabricated stories, but a wider swath of traditional media. Fox News? Fake news. Trump’s misleading claims about Ford keeping jobs in America? Fake news. This wide formulation of “fake news” will be applied back to the traditional news media, which does not yet understand how threatened its ability is to declare things true, even when they are.   read more

De Blasio, Cuomo Vow to Protect New York City from Trump Threats of Muslim Registries, Deportations, Stop-and-Frisk

“The president-elect talked during the campaign about the movement that he had built,” said de Blasio. “Now, it’s our turn to build a movement — a movement of the majority that believes in respect and dignity for all.” Cuomo said he would create a new unit of the State Police to investigate hate crimes, move to expand state human rights law and seek new funds to provide legal representation to immigrants.   read more

Lack of Police Training in Use of Drug Field Tests Casts Doubt on Validity of Many U.S. Drug Arrests

A 2011 federal survey of 10 jurisdictions that used field tests found just two provided any kind of formal training. At least 100,000 convictions a year rely on field-test results to identify illegal drugs. Much of that evidence is never confirmed by a certified lab. Of all material suspected of being meth in 2015, 21% proved not to be. “Police officers aren’t chemists,” McClelland said. “We shouldn’t be doing field tests on the hood of patrol cars.”   read more

Increase in U.S. Heat Records Expected to Multiply in Coming Years

If and when the nation warms another 4.5 degrees, expect there to be around 15 heat records for every cold one, the new study in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences predicts. That warming can be as early as 50 years from now if greenhouse gas emissions — from the burning of coal, oil and gas — continue at their recent pace or a century away if carbon pollution slows down, said study lead author Gerald Meehl, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.   read more

Trump’s Pick for CIA Director Would Reinstate Collection of Americans’ Phone Data

"I think a lot of Americans would be very nervous to learn Donald Trump has access to our phone records,'' said Elizabeth Goitein of Pompeo's desire to reinstate the collection of Americans' phone data. "It would make a lot of Congress nervous as well.'' Prof. Freiwald said Pompeo will have leeway to interpret the law broadly so they may collect vast amounts of information. Pompeo is promoting the discredited view that it is always good for a government to collect more data on its people.   read more

Some Elected Leaders across U.S. Call for Action against new wave of Hate Crimes

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state police to create a special unit to investigate reports of hate crimes, saying it's in response to what he called "ugly political discourse" that didn't end with the election. He plans to push for legislation that expands protections under New York's human rights law to all students statewide. Cuomo also wants to create the nation's first emergency legal defense fund to ensure all immigrants have access to representation.   read more

Trump’s Focus on Generals for Top Posts Elicits Foreign Policy Concerns

Donald Trump boasted he knew more about fighting terrorists than America’s generals. But now his focus on them worries national security experts, who say Trump could place undue emphasis on military force in foreign policy. Trump’s inclination runs counter to civilian control of the military — a constitutional principle that protects the U.S. from becoming like Pakistan or Turkey, where the military is a political player. "We are not a militaristic society, nor do we want to be,” said Gen. Ham.   read more

U.S. Blocks New Mining Outside Yellowstone National Park

Mining claims on 30,370 acres north of the nation's first national park would be prohibited for at least two years while a long-term ban is considered, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said during a visit to Montana. It's part of the Obama administration efforts in its last days to keep industry out of natural and environmentally sensitive areas. Republicans and industry representatives have promised to seek their reversal once Donald Trump takes charge of the White House.   read more
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