A New Hampshire lawmaker came under fire this week for claiming American slavery was based on economics, not racism. read more
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it would not ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide used for killing insects, citing a lack of scientific evidence and drawing ire from environmental groups that say it could cause harm to the children of women who are exposed to the pesticide when pregnant. In a 2016 memorandum, the EPA itself stated, "there is evidence of delays in mental development in infants (24-36 months), attention problems and autism spectrum disorder in early childhood, and intelligence decrements in school age children who were exposed to OPs during gestation." OP's refer to organophosphates, a class of chemicals that includes chlorpyrifos. "By allowing chlorpyrifos to stay in our fruits and vegetables, Trump's EPA is breaking the law and neglecting the overwhelming scientific evidence that this pesticide harms children's brains," said Patti Goldman
When President Trump met human rights activist Nadia Murad, an Iraqi who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for speaking out about her agonizing torture and rape while in Islamic State captivity, he seemed unaware of her story and the plight of her Yazidi ethnic minority. Murad, who now lives in Germany, told him she never wanted to be a refugee but that ISIS murdered her mother and six brothers. Where are they now?" Trump asked. "They killed them," she repeated. "They are in the mass grave in Sinjar, and I'm still fighting just to live in safety." "I know the area very well that you're talking about," Trump responded. read more
A reelection campaign dominated by incendiary chants of "send her back" is a worst-case scenario for President Trump, warn senior Republicans who are moving swiftly to douse a political prairie fire sparked by the commander-in-chief's use of the mantra to attack some Democrats in Congress. The president during the rally did not scold the engaged crowd after they responded to his mention of Omar with chants of "send her back" in a scene that one Republican operative likened to a "scary," vigilante mob. "It's totally unacceptable," Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said. "I don't think using that kind of rhetoric and expressing that kind of sentiment ever helps," Cole said. "I see no political upside to it whatsoever and I see lots of downside."
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Democrats to pass an extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tried to win the Senate's consent to approve the House-passed bill, which would reauthorize funding until fiscal 2090. The bill cleared the House in a 402-12 vote last week. But Paul objected, pointing to the country's growing debt and arguing that any new spending should be offset by cuts to other spending. "It has long been my feeling that we need to address our massive debt in the country," he said. "And therefore any new spending ... should be offset by cutting spending that's less valuable. We need to at the very least have this debate."