February 24, 2017
President Donald Trump's campaign promise for a $1 trillion infrastructure program will be in focus when U.S. governors gather on Friday in Washington, D.C., with some states making wish lists of projects ranging from a bullet train to statewide broadband internet service. The winter meeting of the National Governors Association running through Monday is expected to showcase rare bipartisan agreement on the need for more federal help in...
February 24, 2017
In the twilight months of the Obama administration, the Department of Justice made an unprecedented announcement: The Bureau of Prisons would phase out the use of privately-run contract prison facilities after inspectors concluded that those facilities were “both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government,” as the Washington Post put it at the time. The...
January 30, 2017
Scotland’s first minister urges Theresa May to speak up against the US president’s policies and the values they have exposed Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has said that Donald Trump’s UK state visit ought to be cancelled while travel bans are in place as she called on the prime minister to speak up more strongly against the values that the US president’s policies have exposed. Speaking...
January 30, 2017
After hearing from a company whose CEO was a campaign contributor, a congressional aide to Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services nominee repeatedly pushed a federal agency to remove a critical study from its website. The $3 pill known as BiDil was already a difficult sell when a Georgia-based pharmaceutical company bought the marketing rights a few years ago. A treatment for African Americans suffering from heart failure, BiDil had...
January 27, 2017
New U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, pledged on Friday to overhaul the world body and warned U.S. allies that if they do not have Washington's back then she is "taking names" and will respond. Haley made brief remarks to the press as she arrived at U.N. headquarters in New York to present her credentials to U.N. chief Antonio Guterres. "Our goal with the administration is to show value at the U.N. and...
January 27, 2017
Rachel Maddow reports on how a restructuring of the Voice Of American broadcast network means that Donald Trump has the unique opportunity to staff a state-run media operation broadcasting inside the United States.  http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/retooled-voa-set-to-be-trump-ru...
January 23, 2017
U.S. stocks lost ground on Monday as investors digested President Donald Trump's protectionist statements and sought safe-haven assets such as gold and U.S. Treasury bonds. Trump, who met with a dozen prominent American manufacturers at the White House, said he would slash regulations and cut corporate taxes to boost the economy. He, however, reinforced his stance of putting "America first" by warning manufacturers of...
January 23, 2017
Writing on Facebook, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich relayed a conversation with a former GOP member of Congress who claims current members of the House are playing along with President Donald Trump for now but will dump him at the first possible moment. According to Reich, he recently had breakfast with a Republican friend who claimed he held his fire over his misgivings about Trump during the election, saying, “You kidding?...
January 17, 2017
Billionaire Wilbur Ross, chosen by Donald Trump to help implement the president-elect's trade agenda, earned his fortune in part by running businesses that have offshored thousands of U.S. jobs, according to Labor Department data attained by Reuters. As a high-stakes investor a decade ago, Ross specialized in turning around troubled manufacturing companies at a time when the U.S. economy was losing more than 100,000 jobs yearly due to...
January 17, 2017
And that’s just the short-term effects. The Congressional Budget Office just issued a report on the likely effects of a Republican effort to repeal Obamacare immediately but keep some elements of the coverage expansion in place for two years. The numbers are staggering and suggest the GOP will find it difficult to keep its promise of an “orderly transition,” unless they deviate significantly from a prototype...


Off the Wires

February 24, 2017
President Donald Trump's campaign promise for a $1 trillion infrastructure program will be in focus when U.S. governors gather on Friday in...
January 30, 2017
Scotland’s first minister urges Theresa May to speak up against the US president’s policies and the values they have exposed Scotland...
January 27, 2017
New U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, pledged on Friday to overhaul the world body and warned U.S. allies that if they do not...
January 23, 2017
U.S. stocks lost ground on Monday as investors digested President Donald Trump's protectionist statements and sought safe-haven assets such as...
January 17, 2017
Billionaire Wilbur Ross, chosen by Donald Trump to help implement the president-elect's trade agenda, earned his fortune in part by running...

Value Blog

February 24, 2017
In the twilight months of the Obama administration, the Department of Justice made an unprecedented announcement: The Bureau of Prisons would...
January 30, 2017
After hearing from a company whose CEO was a campaign contributor, a congressional aide to Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services nominee...
January 27, 2017
Rachel Maddow reports on how a restructuring of the Voice Of American broadcast network means that Donald Trump has the unique opportunity to staff...
January 23, 2017
Writing on Facebook, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich relayed a conversation with a former GOP member of Congress who claims current...
January 17, 2017
And that’s just the short-term effects. The Congressional Budget Office just issued a report on the likely effects of a...

Altruism Today

February 24, 2017
  Amid a wave of ICE detentions across the country, reports of new draft guidelines that would significantly increase the detention and...
January 30, 2017
Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz, who wrote he had a “heavy heart” over U.S. President Donald Trump’s...
January 27, 2017
Cracks are appearing in President Trump’s executive order to take funding away from U.S. cities that don’t follow immigration law, as...
January 27, 2017
Source: BBC News Over the past few days, we’ve all watched a number of situations where accounts of what’s occurring inside the...
January 23, 2017
The story of the literary magazine whose authors are all homeless. In January 2011 I presented myself as a volunteer at the Monday Lunch, the...

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