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Online Hate Sites Surge during Month since Election

Some who track racists in America say Trump’s effect has been unmistakable. A range of white supremacist and so-called Alt-Right websites have seen surges in traffic across the last year. And many sites, among them Red Ice, which has advanced the idea that “the United States of America was built by white people for white people” and American Renaissance, which derides African Americans and Latinos as low-IQ losers, have seen their traffic more than double over the past year.   read more

Hillary May Have Lost Election, But She Beats Trump as Primary Target of GOP Oversight Chairman’s Ongoing Investigations

Democrats called for investigations into President-elect Trump's controversial financial ties with foreign businesses and governments. But Rep. Chaffetz, who promised before the election to investigate Hillary Clinton for years, says no rush on Trump. Instead he is pledging to continue investigating Clinton. Said Rep. Cummings: "For Republicans, there was no allegation too small to investigate with respect to Secretary Clinton, but now there is no scandal too big to ignore for Donald Trump."   read more

Only 1 in 4 Americans Want Health Care Law Repealed

While 52% of Republicans say they want the law completely repealed, that share is down from 69% just last month, before the election. More Republicans now say they want the law "scaled back" under Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress, with that share more than doubling from 11% before the Nov. 8 election to 24% after. It could be that some Republicans "got a protest vote off their chests, and they're done with that," Kaiser CEO Altman said. "They now have a more moderate position."   read more

Conservation Groups Praise Wildlife Protection in Overhaul of Federal Land-Use Planning

Administration officials said the changes would improve public involvement and government transparency by adding additional steps to land-use planning. The changes were backed by conservation and sporting groups. TRCP's Joel Webster said the rule would ensure decisions affecting wildlife such as mule deer weren't hobbled by artificial boundaries that separate bureau field offices. U.S. Sen. John Barrasso pledged to work to reverse the action once President-elect Donald Trump takes office.   read more

Limits on Oklahoma’s Energy-Well Wastewater Injections Lead to Drop in Earthquakes

A new scientific study says the state is on its way back to calmer times. The state ordered what is essentially a 40% reduction in injection of the saltwater that scientists generally blame for the massive increase in earthquakes. Before the new rules went into effect in May, Oklahoma averaged 2.3 quakes a day. Since then the average dropped to 1.3 a day. “We’re not out of the woods yet. There is still a possibility for potentially damaging earthquakes,” Zoback said.   read more

Promises of Bucking Wall Street and “Draining the Swamp” are broken with Trump Cabinet Choices

Donald Trump promised to "drain the swamp" in the nation's capital. Instead, he's diving right in. So far, he is tapping people with deep ties to Washington and Wall Street as he fills out his Cabinet, turning to two power centers he vilified as greedy, corrupt and out of touch with Americans during his campaign. His choices have won praise from Republicans relieved by his more conventional choices, but could risk angering voters who rallied behind his calls for upending the political system.   read more

Enrollment in Lower-Ranked Law Schools Leads to Fewer Jobs and Lower Wages for Female Graduates

Women “are less likely than men to attend the schools that send a high percentage of graduates into the profession,” said professor Deborah J. Merritt. This means women “start at a disadvantage” that may well continue throughout their professional lives, Merritt said. Despite the high numbers with law degrees, women hold fewer than 20% of partnerships at law firms and are underrepresented in the higher echelons of law, including the ranks of judges.   read more

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
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Controversies

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Online Hate Sites Surge during Month since Election

Some who track racists in America say Trump’s effect has been unmistakable. A range of white supremacist and so-called Alt-Right websites have seen surges in traffic across the last year. And many sites, among them Red Ice, which has advanced the idea that “the United States of America was built by white people for white people” and American Renaissance, which derides African Americans and Latinos as low-IQ losers, have seen their traffic more than double over the past year.   read more

Hillary May Have Lost Election, But She Beats Trump as Primary Target of GOP Oversight Chairman’s Ongoing Investigations

Democrats called for investigations into President-elect Trump's controversial financial ties with foreign businesses and governments. But Rep. Chaffetz, who promised before the election to investigate Hillary Clinton for years, says no rush on Trump. Instead he is pledging to continue investigating Clinton. Said Rep. Cummings: "For Republicans, there was no allegation too small to investigate with respect to Secretary Clinton, but now there is no scandal too big to ignore for Donald Trump."   read more

Only 1 in 4 Americans Want Health Care Law Repealed

While 52% of Republicans say they want the law completely repealed, that share is down from 69% just last month, before the election. More Republicans now say they want the law "scaled back" under Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress, with that share more than doubling from 11% before the Nov. 8 election to 24% after. It could be that some Republicans "got a protest vote off their chests, and they're done with that," Kaiser CEO Altman said. "They now have a more moderate position."   read more

Conservation Groups Praise Wildlife Protection in Overhaul of Federal Land-Use Planning

Administration officials said the changes would improve public involvement and government transparency by adding additional steps to land-use planning. The changes were backed by conservation and sporting groups. TRCP's Joel Webster said the rule would ensure decisions affecting wildlife such as mule deer weren't hobbled by artificial boundaries that separate bureau field offices. U.S. Sen. John Barrasso pledged to work to reverse the action once President-elect Donald Trump takes office.   read more

Limits on Oklahoma’s Energy-Well Wastewater Injections Lead to Drop in Earthquakes

A new scientific study says the state is on its way back to calmer times. The state ordered what is essentially a 40% reduction in injection of the saltwater that scientists generally blame for the massive increase in earthquakes. Before the new rules went into effect in May, Oklahoma averaged 2.3 quakes a day. Since then the average dropped to 1.3 a day. “We’re not out of the woods yet. There is still a possibility for potentially damaging earthquakes,” Zoback said.   read more

Promises of Bucking Wall Street and “Draining the Swamp” are broken with Trump Cabinet Choices

Donald Trump promised to "drain the swamp" in the nation's capital. Instead, he's diving right in. So far, he is tapping people with deep ties to Washington and Wall Street as he fills out his Cabinet, turning to two power centers he vilified as greedy, corrupt and out of touch with Americans during his campaign. His choices have won praise from Republicans relieved by his more conventional choices, but could risk angering voters who rallied behind his calls for upending the political system.   read more

Enrollment in Lower-Ranked Law Schools Leads to Fewer Jobs and Lower Wages for Female Graduates

Women “are less likely than men to attend the schools that send a high percentage of graduates into the profession,” said professor Deborah J. Merritt. This means women “start at a disadvantage” that may well continue throughout their professional lives, Merritt said. Despite the high numbers with law degrees, women hold fewer than 20% of partnerships at law firms and are underrepresented in the higher echelons of law, including the ranks of judges.   read more

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
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