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Russian Operation to Subvert U.S. Election Included Hacking of Democratic House Candidates

“It was like I was standing out there naked,” said Annette Taddeo, a Democrat who lost her primary race after secret campaign documents were made public. The impact of information released by hackers on candidates in nearly a dozen House races around the country was largely lost in the focus on the hacking attacks against the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. But this untold story underscores the effect the Russian operation had on the American electoral system.   read more

On World Stage, Rex Tillerson Has Put Exxon’s Interests First, at Expense of United States

While Tillerson's not a diplomat, he has an agenda overseas that doesn't always mesh with the U.S. government. His willingness to cut a deal regardless of the political consequences speaks volumes about Exxon Mobil’s influence. In Iraq, Tillerson and his company outmaneuvered the State Dept, which he has now been nominated by Trump to lead. “[Exxon and Tillerson] are very powerful in the region, and they couldn’t care less about what the State Dept wants to do,” said Atlantic Council's Seznec.   read more

Police across U.S. Await Trump’s Promised Release of Federal High-Caliber Military Gear

Concern about police militarization ranges from the NAACP and ACLU to the libertarian Cato Institute. Prof. Kraska said there's nothing to justify most police departments having such equipment. "We don't want local police departments to be incentivized to get the types of equipment that in most cases are a better fit for the war zone," said Koch VP Ruger. Added prof. Kraska: "It just ramps up the probability that this kind of kind of high-end military hardware is going to be misapplied."   read more

Trump Investigation of Energy Dept. Portends “Hit List” of Top Scientists and Workers Involved in Clean Energy and Iran Nuclear Accord

An Energy Dept. official called the 74 questions a hit list and said Trump's team appears to be going after top scientists and employees who work on subjects ranging from the Iran nuclear deal to the clean energy mission. Sen. Edward Markey sent a letter to Trump on Friday telling the president-elect that the new Trump administration would violate the law if any of the information being collected is used to punish department employees who carried out legal policy directives.   read more

U.S. Intelligence Data, Analyses and Briefings Scoffed at by President-Elect Trump

An extraordinary breach has emerged between Donald Trump and the national security establishment, with Trump mocking U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia interfered in the election on his behalf. The findings prompted a blistering attack against the intelligence agencies by Trump. “To have the president-elect...simply reject the fact-based narrative that the intelligence community puts together because it conflicts with his a priori assumptions — wow,” said former NSA/CIA chief Hayden.   read more

Thousands of At-Risk Afghan Translators Who Aided U.S. Military Must Rely on Trump for Visas for U.S. Sanctuary

Congress offered sanctuary to only a fraction of the Afghan interpreters who have risked their lives to help the military. Last summer, Republicans questioned the cost of 4,000 visas requested by Obama this year. Now, the fate of the visa program will hinge on a government led by President-elect Donald Trump, who has yet to say how he will handle an issue that is championed by the military but would also bring more Muslim immigrants to the U.S.--a prospect Trump has railed against.   read more

Trump Choice for Labor Chief is Outspoken Critic of Worker Protections, Minimum Wage Increases

AFL-CIO chief Trumka called Puzder “a man whose business record is defined by fighting against working people.” Indeed, Puzder welcomes increased automation because machines are “always polite ... they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall or an age, sex or race discrimination case.” Puzder's company runs TV ads that often feature women wearing next to nothing. “I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis," he said. "I think it’s very American.”   read more

Trump Picks Ally of Fossil Fuel Industry to Lead EPA

The choice of Scott Pruitt signals Trump’s determination to dismantle President Obama’s efforts to counter climate change — and much of the EPA itself. Pruitt has been a key architect of the legal battle against Obama’s climate change policies. Trump has criticized the established science of human-caused global warming as a hoax, vowed to “cancel” the multi-nation Paris accord fighting climate change, and attacked Obama’s signature global warming policy, the Clean Power Plan, as a “war on coal.”   read more

Best Efforts Come up Short in America’s Battles against Obesity, Infections and Food Poisoning

While there have been clear successes, other areas have seen little change or even gotten worse. "The data speak for themselves," said CDC chief Dr. Tom Frieden,. "If you look for the goal we set for ourselves, and look at what happened, we didn't achieve it." Despite the mixed grades, some experts applauded CDC efforts, saying the agency had only limited abilities to prevent illness or stop people from doing things that hurt their own health.   read more

November Election Put Power to Change U.S. Constitution within Republicans’ Reach

The GOP already controls Congress, the White House and more governorships than in a century. But with control of state legislatures, they have power for an unprecedented opportunity: change the Constitution. A convention dominated by delegates from a single party is "alarming," said DLCC's Fiddler. "There are no rules. They can just throw out the whole Constitution if they want to. It's the wildest of Wild West situations."   read more

Concern over Militarization of U.S. Policy Arises from Trump’s Ceding Civilian Leadership Posts to Generals

Donald Trump's move to pack his administration with military brass has prompted worry about an increased militarization of American policy. Former Defense Dept adviser Singh said the law requiring a gap between military service and leading the Pentagon is "to preserve civilian control of the military, a cornerstone of American democracy." VoteVets' Soltz said, "We should never lose sight of the balance in civilian and military roles that has served our nation well for centuries."   read more

Countering Justice Dept., Homeland Panel Pushes Use of Private, For-Profit Prisons for Immigrant Detainees

Some panel members objected to the report's overall findings, including that the government "should, or inevitably must" continue to rely on private jails. The recommendation comes months after the Justice Dept said it will phase them out. Critics argue that the jails are unsafe for people who face not criminal charges, but rather civil immigration violations and deportation proceedings. Under Donald Trump's deportation plans, immigration detention space is likely to continue to be needed.   read more

Trump to Take Office with Enormous Power to Shape Future U.S. Policy on Voting

“The last time we had a national government that was as hostile to the protection of minority voting rights as we may have with this president was probably near the end of the first Reconstruction” after the Civil War, said prof Karlan. Several potentially decisive rulings on voting appear bound for a Supreme Court whose balance is in Trump’s hands. Voting issues will fall to a Justice Dept whose likely attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is viewed with deep suspicion by civil rights advocates.   read more

Cities across U.S. Prepare to Pay High Price for Resisting Trump Mass Deportations

Across the nation, in cities like Boston, L.A., Philadelphia and San Francisco, officials plan to defy Trump and act as a kind of bulwark against mass deportations. “I like to compare this to conscientious objector status,” said Oakland Mayor Schaaf. “We are not going to use our resources to enforce what we believe are unjust immigration laws.” But the cost may be steep: Trump has vowed to block all federal funding for cities where local law enforcement agencies do not cooperate with ICE agents.   read more

Constitutional Violations of Trump’s Foreign Business Dealings May Never Be Known Due to Limited Disclosure Rules

Legally, Trump's foreign licensing deals could violate the U.S. Constitution. If the deals occur during his presidency and fetch anything above what’s considered fair market value, it would almost certainly violate the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. But how will we know if Trump is violating the clause? Because of limited financial-disclosure requirements, we might not. And Trump has refused to release his tax returns, a significant break from past presidential administrations.   read more

Thousands of U.S. Veterans to Serve as ‘Human Shields” for Dakota Pipeline Protesters

The effort is planned as a nonviolent intervention to defend demonstrators from what the group calls “assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force.” “OK, are you going to treat us veterans who have served our country in the same way as you have those [protesters]?” asked one of the vets. Authorities have used rubber bullets, pepper spray and water cannons against demonstrators, hundreds of whom have been injured, according to protest organizers.   read more
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Russian Operation to Subvert U.S. Election Included Hacking of Democratic House Candidates

“It was like I was standing out there naked,” said Annette Taddeo, a Democrat who lost her primary race after secret campaign documents were made public. The impact of information released by hackers on candidates in nearly a dozen House races around the country was largely lost in the focus on the hacking attacks against the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. But this untold story underscores the effect the Russian operation had on the American electoral system.   read more

On World Stage, Rex Tillerson Has Put Exxon’s Interests First, at Expense of United States

While Tillerson's not a diplomat, he has an agenda overseas that doesn't always mesh with the U.S. government. His willingness to cut a deal regardless of the political consequences speaks volumes about Exxon Mobil’s influence. In Iraq, Tillerson and his company outmaneuvered the State Dept, which he has now been nominated by Trump to lead. “[Exxon and Tillerson] are very powerful in the region, and they couldn’t care less about what the State Dept wants to do,” said Atlantic Council's Seznec.   read more

Police across U.S. Await Trump’s Promised Release of Federal High-Caliber Military Gear

Concern about police militarization ranges from the NAACP and ACLU to the libertarian Cato Institute. Prof. Kraska said there's nothing to justify most police departments having such equipment. "We don't want local police departments to be incentivized to get the types of equipment that in most cases are a better fit for the war zone," said Koch VP Ruger. Added prof. Kraska: "It just ramps up the probability that this kind of kind of high-end military hardware is going to be misapplied."   read more

Trump Investigation of Energy Dept. Portends “Hit List” of Top Scientists and Workers Involved in Clean Energy and Iran Nuclear Accord

An Energy Dept. official called the 74 questions a hit list and said Trump's team appears to be going after top scientists and employees who work on subjects ranging from the Iran nuclear deal to the clean energy mission. Sen. Edward Markey sent a letter to Trump on Friday telling the president-elect that the new Trump administration would violate the law if any of the information being collected is used to punish department employees who carried out legal policy directives.   read more

U.S. Intelligence Data, Analyses and Briefings Scoffed at by President-Elect Trump

An extraordinary breach has emerged between Donald Trump and the national security establishment, with Trump mocking U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia interfered in the election on his behalf. The findings prompted a blistering attack against the intelligence agencies by Trump. “To have the president-elect...simply reject the fact-based narrative that the intelligence community puts together because it conflicts with his a priori assumptions — wow,” said former NSA/CIA chief Hayden.   read more

Thousands of At-Risk Afghan Translators Who Aided U.S. Military Must Rely on Trump for Visas for U.S. Sanctuary

Congress offered sanctuary to only a fraction of the Afghan interpreters who have risked their lives to help the military. Last summer, Republicans questioned the cost of 4,000 visas requested by Obama this year. Now, the fate of the visa program will hinge on a government led by President-elect Donald Trump, who has yet to say how he will handle an issue that is championed by the military but would also bring more Muslim immigrants to the U.S.--a prospect Trump has railed against.   read more

Trump Choice for Labor Chief is Outspoken Critic of Worker Protections, Minimum Wage Increases

AFL-CIO chief Trumka called Puzder “a man whose business record is defined by fighting against working people.” Indeed, Puzder welcomes increased automation because machines are “always polite ... they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall or an age, sex or race discrimination case.” Puzder's company runs TV ads that often feature women wearing next to nothing. “I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis," he said. "I think it’s very American.”   read more

Trump Picks Ally of Fossil Fuel Industry to Lead EPA

The choice of Scott Pruitt signals Trump’s determination to dismantle President Obama’s efforts to counter climate change — and much of the EPA itself. Pruitt has been a key architect of the legal battle against Obama’s climate change policies. Trump has criticized the established science of human-caused global warming as a hoax, vowed to “cancel” the multi-nation Paris accord fighting climate change, and attacked Obama’s signature global warming policy, the Clean Power Plan, as a “war on coal.”   read more

Best Efforts Come up Short in America’s Battles against Obesity, Infections and Food Poisoning

While there have been clear successes, other areas have seen little change or even gotten worse. "The data speak for themselves," said CDC chief Dr. Tom Frieden,. "If you look for the goal we set for ourselves, and look at what happened, we didn't achieve it." Despite the mixed grades, some experts applauded CDC efforts, saying the agency had only limited abilities to prevent illness or stop people from doing things that hurt their own health.   read more

November Election Put Power to Change U.S. Constitution within Republicans’ Reach

The GOP already controls Congress, the White House and more governorships than in a century. But with control of state legislatures, they have power for an unprecedented opportunity: change the Constitution. A convention dominated by delegates from a single party is "alarming," said DLCC's Fiddler. "There are no rules. They can just throw out the whole Constitution if they want to. It's the wildest of Wild West situations."   read more

Concern over Militarization of U.S. Policy Arises from Trump’s Ceding Civilian Leadership Posts to Generals

Donald Trump's move to pack his administration with military brass has prompted worry about an increased militarization of American policy. Former Defense Dept adviser Singh said the law requiring a gap between military service and leading the Pentagon is "to preserve civilian control of the military, a cornerstone of American democracy." VoteVets' Soltz said, "We should never lose sight of the balance in civilian and military roles that has served our nation well for centuries."   read more

Countering Justice Dept., Homeland Panel Pushes Use of Private, For-Profit Prisons for Immigrant Detainees

Some panel members objected to the report's overall findings, including that the government "should, or inevitably must" continue to rely on private jails. The recommendation comes months after the Justice Dept said it will phase them out. Critics argue that the jails are unsafe for people who face not criminal charges, but rather civil immigration violations and deportation proceedings. Under Donald Trump's deportation plans, immigration detention space is likely to continue to be needed.   read more

Trump to Take Office with Enormous Power to Shape Future U.S. Policy on Voting

“The last time we had a national government that was as hostile to the protection of minority voting rights as we may have with this president was probably near the end of the first Reconstruction” after the Civil War, said prof Karlan. Several potentially decisive rulings on voting appear bound for a Supreme Court whose balance is in Trump’s hands. Voting issues will fall to a Justice Dept whose likely attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is viewed with deep suspicion by civil rights advocates.   read more

Cities across U.S. Prepare to Pay High Price for Resisting Trump Mass Deportations

Across the nation, in cities like Boston, L.A., Philadelphia and San Francisco, officials plan to defy Trump and act as a kind of bulwark against mass deportations. “I like to compare this to conscientious objector status,” said Oakland Mayor Schaaf. “We are not going to use our resources to enforce what we believe are unjust immigration laws.” But the cost may be steep: Trump has vowed to block all federal funding for cities where local law enforcement agencies do not cooperate with ICE agents.   read more

Constitutional Violations of Trump’s Foreign Business Dealings May Never Be Known Due to Limited Disclosure Rules

Legally, Trump's foreign licensing deals could violate the U.S. Constitution. If the deals occur during his presidency and fetch anything above what’s considered fair market value, it would almost certainly violate the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. But how will we know if Trump is violating the clause? Because of limited financial-disclosure requirements, we might not. And Trump has refused to release his tax returns, a significant break from past presidential administrations.   read more

Thousands of U.S. Veterans to Serve as ‘Human Shields” for Dakota Pipeline Protesters

The effort is planned as a nonviolent intervention to defend demonstrators from what the group calls “assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force.” “OK, are you going to treat us veterans who have served our country in the same way as you have those [protesters]?” asked one of the vets. Authorities have used rubber bullets, pepper spray and water cannons against demonstrators, hundreds of whom have been injured, according to protest organizers.   read more
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