Michigan is set to elect a powerful advocate for environmental justice

Rashida Tlaib is set to be the first Palestinian and Muslim woman elected to the U.S. Congress following a tight race in Michigan on Tuesday. The candidate cinched the Democratic nomination in a win likely to be welcomed by progressives and green groups, many of whom have lauded her campaign’s emphasis on inequality and environmental justice.

After running neck-and-neck with Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones late into the night on Tuesday, Tlaib claimed victory with ...

Think tank in the ‘king of the red states’ assumes power in Trump’s Washington

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), a conservative think tank and advocacy group, emerged as a political force in the Lone Star State more than a decade ago. While its influence was largely contained to Texas for many years, TPPF has found an eager audience in the White House and is now flexing its muscle on the national stage.

Founded almost 30 years ago, TPPF is a Koch-funded research and advocacy group that touts itself as a defender of liberty and free enterprise. By no m...

Energy Department broke the law with health care tweet

The Department of Energy misused taxpayer funds last summer when promoting an anti-Obamacare op-ed written by Energy Secretary Rick Perry through its official Twitter account, a government watchdog has found.

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the agency violated the law when tweeting about Perry’s column criticizing the Affordable Care Act because it did not demonstrate how the department’s funding was directed towards informing the public about he...

Interior’s Zinke faces 11th federal investigation as new probe launches

More than 10 federal investigations have now been opened into Secretary of the Interior Department Ryan Zinke’s financial and ethical decisions during his tenure with the Trump administration.

The agency’s internal watchdog announced an eleventh investigation on Wednesday evening, drawing further attention to Zinke’s behavior while running the department, and in this case, his connections to one of the world’s most powerful oil companies.

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Internal watchdog will investigate Zinke’s Montana land deal tied to Halliburton

The Interior Department’s internal watchdog will probe Secretary Ryan Zinke’s role in a land deal backed by the chairman of one of the world’s largest oil field companies. The announcement follows a week of growing demands from Democrats calling for an investigation into Zinke’s involvement with the deal.

In a letter released Thursday by House Democrats, Interior Deputy Inspector General Mary L. Kendall wrote that the department’s watchdog office would ...

A sweeping, multi-state anti-poverty movement kicks off in the age of Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized thousands of Americans in an anti-poverty effort popularly known as the Poor People’s Campaign, a group of progressives want to revive the effort on the heels of a sweeping new report surveying poverty in the United States.

Gathered in the nation’s capital on Tuesday, organizers and activists announced a 40-day multi-state action protesting economi...

In just 24 hours, Scott Pruitt’s scandals blew up into an ethics crisis

From pipeline deals and GOP fundraisers to private jets and pay raises, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s series of scandals has escalated in the past 24 hours.

Pruitt is not a man untouched by scandal. Since coming to the EPA in February of 2017, he has made headlines for expensive first-class travel, secretive private phone booths, and a close relationship with the industries he is charged to regulate.

And on Monday — the same da...

The 2020 Census citizenship question is going to mess with Texas

Last week, the Commerce Department announced that a citizenship question would be added to the upcoming decennial Census for the first time in 70 years. The implications are stark for the entire country, but results could be dire for one state in particular: Texas.

The Census is a constitutionally mandated project, one that meets a number of crucial national needs. But years of funding shortages, stalled efforts to upgrade its technology, and general leadership issues within the Cen...

Puerto Ricans protest at FEMA on six month anniversary of Hurricane Maria

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A crowd of energized Puerto Ricans rallied in the U.S. capital on Tuesday, demanding equal treatment from the Trump administration and decrying the island’s ongoing woes on the sixth month anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall.

“We are here today for our families in Puerto Rico,” said Julio López-Varona, an organizer with the Center for Popular Democracy. “On the six month anniversary of Hurricane Maria, things are not better...

Lawmakers question whether Ryan Zinke illegally mixed politics with official government travel

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to a small town south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, less than three weeks before a special election, is drawing scrutiny to determine whether the official trip was really an opportunity to throw his support behind the Republican hoping to fill the open congressional seat.

Several politicians were on hand for the February event in East Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, reportedly organized to announce how much funding Pennsylvania will receive in abandoned...