“Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to ‘Censor the Internet’ Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict”
“In practice, this executive order would mean that whichever political party is in power could dictate what speech is allowed on the Internet,” by Ion Queally, Common Dreams.
“As Scientists Warn of Biodiversity Crisis, Trump Administration Guts Endangered Species Act””
“The Trump administration finalized its drastic rollback of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), just months after the United Nations released a dire report warning that one million species could go extinct if business continues as usual. ‘We’re facing an extinction crisis, and the administration is placing industry needs above the needs of our natural heritage,’ says Rebecca Riley, legal director for NRDC’s Nature Program,” by NRDC.
“U.S. Budget Deficit Already Exceeds Last Year’s Total Figure”
“The U.S. fiscal deficit has already exceeded the full-year figure for last year, as spending growth outpaces revenue.
“The gap grew to $866.8 billion in the first 10 months of the fiscal year, up 27% from the same period a year earlier, the Treasury Department said in an emailed statement on Monday [Aug. 12], by Sarah MacGregor, Bloomberg News.
“Business groups to Trump: Tariff delay isn’t enough”
“Business groups on Tuesday [Aug. 13] said President Trump’s decision to postpone and exempt some consumer goods scheduled for tariffs did not go far enough, and urged him to take additional steps to wind down the trade war with China, by Niv Elis, The Hill.
“Trump Tariffs to Hurt U.S. Farmers More Than China Counterparts”
“President Donald Trump’s new tariffs on Chinese agricultural products are likely to hurt a lot less than the retaliatory tariffs Beijing levies on the U.S., by Bloomberg News.
“Americans Say They Can’t Afford a Vacation”
“More than 40% of Americans have opted out of a getaway over the past year specifically because of the cost, a new study finds,” by Luke McGrath, Bloomberg News.
“Trump Administration’s Attacks on Science Already Surpass Two Bush Terms”
“Since taking office, the administration has launched more than 100 attacks on science, according to my organization, the Union of Concerned Scientists — more than the George W. Bush administration amassed over its two four-year terms,” by Elliott Negin is a senior writer at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
“FEC chair challenges Trump to provide evidence of voter fraud in New Hampshire”
“The Democratic chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission on Friday challenged President Donald Trump to provide evidence of the voter fraud he insists cost him New Hampshire in 2016 or quit talking about it.
“In a letter to Trump, Ellen Weintraub said the country’s democracy depends on ‘the American people’s faith in our elections. Your voter-fraud allegations run the risk of undermining that faith,'” by Fredreka Schouten, CNN.
“‘Outrageous’: Trump DOJ Urges Supreme Court to Legalize Firing Workers for Being Transgender”
“The equality principle is so simple and obvious; it’s a disgrace the government is affirmatively arguing for a narrow, pro-discrimination interpretation.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams.