Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez move to declare climate crisis official emergency

Exclusive: Democrats to introduce resolution in House on Tuesday in recognition of extreme threat from global heating A group of US lawmakers including the 2020 Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders are proposing to declare the climate crisis an official emergency a significant recognition of the threat taken after considerable pressure from environment groups. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congresswoman from New York, and Earl Blumenauer, a Democratic congressman from Oregon, plan to introduce the same resolution in the House on Tuesday, their offices confirmed. A Sanders spokesperson said: President Trump has routinely declared phony national emergencies to advance his deeply unpopular agenda, like selling Saudi Arabia bombs that Congress had blocked. On the existential threat of climate change, Trump insists on …

Migrant children held in Texas facility need access to doctors, says attorney

Inhumane conditions for detained children amount to emergency public health crisis, says attorney who visited center Hundreds of children at a migrant detention center in Texas are being held in inhumane conditions that amount to an emergency public health crisis and should be allowed immediate access to doctors, according to an attorney who gained rare access to the facility. Elora Mukherjee, the director of Columbia Law Schools immigrant rights clinic, was one of six attorneys to visit the detention center in Clint approach the media. Mukherjee noted that seven children have died in federal immigration custody or shortly after being released, compared to no such deaths in the 10 previous years. We were extremely concerned that more children might die …

Man fatally stabs teenager listening to rap because he felt threatened by music

Michael Adams of Arizona allegedly stabbed Elijah al-Amin, 17, in the neck because he said hip-hop music made him feel unsafe An Arizona man has told authorities that he stabbed a teen to death because he felt threatened by the 17-year-olds hip-hop music. Michael Adams, 27, was charged with first-degree murder and is currently being held on $1m bail over the alleged attack of Elijah al-Amin. According to investigators the teen was buying a soda after getting off from a late shift, and had his back turned when Adams came up behind him and stabbed him in the neck. According to court filings, Adams told investigators he heard al-Amin listening to rap in his car before entering a Circle K …

There is no ‘right’ v ‘left’: it is Trump and the oligarchs against the rest | Robert Reich

The president is the puppet master so Americans of all persuasions must look behind him, to where the real danger lies I keep hearing that the Democratic party has moved left and that Democratic candidates may be too far left. But in an era of unprecedented concentration of wealth and political power at the top, I cant help wondering what it means to be left. A half-century ago, when America had a large and growing middle class, those on the left sought stronger social safety nets and more public investment in schools, roads and research. Those on the right sought greater reliance on the free market. But as wealth and power have concentrated at the top, everyone else whether on …

What’s in your kids’ makeup? Asbestos recalls prompt regulation questions

Health advocates and the FDA say the extent of contamination of the cancer-causing material in cosmetics remains unknown, with no laws requiring testing Claires Stores Inc, an international accessories and cosmetics retailer tailored to kids and teens, has a motto: We make memories. But its customers may have been alarmed after safety alert warning people to stop using a Claires Jojo Siwa Makeup Set, as well as a contouring palette sold by Beauty Plus Global because the products had tested positive for asbestos. Both companies had issued a voluntary recall of the products at the end of May. The June warning came just two months after the FDA it said, Claires initially refused to recall the products in question. North …

‘Living joyously is a radical act’: why America’s gay bars still matter

Fifty years after Stonewall, and with Trump trying to roll back LGBTQ rights, Dominic Rushe visits three gay bars in different states and finds them as vibrant and vital as ever The gay bar is in trouble. Fifty years after the Stonewall Inn in New York became the symbol for a new wave of gay activism, the three horsemen of the gay bar apocalypse gentrification, assimilation and technology have hollowed out their numbers. Rising rents have shuttered gay bars; more straight venues are accepting of gay patrons; and dating is something people now do with their phones. Even the term gay bar looks a little tired as the LGBTQ community finally comes to terms with its many rainbow stripes. Bare …

The Memphis hospital suing its own workers for unpaid medical bills

Its not uncommon for hospitals to sue patients over unpaid debts, but what is striking at Methodist is how many of those patients end up being its own employees This year, a Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare housekeeper left her job just three hours into her shift and caught a bus to Shelby county general sessions court. Wearing her black and gray uniform, she had a different kind of appointment with her employer: the hospital was suing her for unpaid medical bills. In 2017, the non-profit hospital system based in Memphis sued the woman for the cost of hospital stays to treat chronic abdominal pain she experienced before the hospital hired her. She now owes Methodist more than $23,000, including around …

Residents of Americas Cancer Town confront chemical plant owner in Japan

Residents of Reserve, Louisiana, met with environmental groups and stakeholders in Denka in their campaign for clean air Residents of Reserve, Louisiana, have travelled to Tokyo to confront the executives and shareholders of a Japanese company which runs a chemical plant they say is responsible for a spike in cancers and a litany of other diseases in their home town the town at the highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxicity anywhere in the US, according to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Their trip involved a series of public and private meetings with environmental groups and stakeholders in the chemicals giant Denka, which operates the Pontchartrain Works facility in Reserve. It marks a significant escalation in the residents campaign …

Promises, promises: has Donald Trump kept his word in office?

In 2016, the insurgent Republican hammered home his message on jobs, judges, immigration and more. Has he delivered? Promise: Building a border wall and making Mexico pay for it Verdict: Failure. As of last month, no new wall had been erected in places where there was not already a barrier at the border. Trump has awarded contracts for 247 miles of wall construction but this has been challenged in court. Even if he prevails, all but 17 miles would promising a phenomenal replacement but while Democrats control the House, this is dead in the water. Promise: Reforming tax Verdict: Success. Republicans passed the most sweeping tax rewrite in decades in December 2017. Trump has claimed it was the biggest tax …

Good riddance, Sarah Sanders, Washington’s worst communicator | Richard Wolffe

She wasnt spicy like Sean or hopeful like Hicks, but she was the perfect spokeswoman for a perfectly lazy and dishonest president What on earth was the point of Sarah Sanders? For 94 days, the admitted to Mueller that she fabricated the entire smear. She also recalled that her statement in a separate press interview that rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey was a comment she made in the heat of the moment that was not founded on anything, Mueller stated in his report. But who really needs credibility, a sense of shame or any degree of self-respect when youre working for Trump? Speaking to Fox News after the Mueller report destroyed what was left of her reputation, …

Julian Assange to appear in court after Javid signs US extradition request

Home secretary opens way for court to consider whether Assange should be sent to US The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has revealed he has signed a request for Julian Assange to be extradited to the US where he faces charges of computer hacking. Speaking on BBC Radio 4s Today programme on Thursday, Javid said: Hes rightly behind bars. Theres an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow. Javids decision opens the way to the court sending the WikiLeaks founder to the US. Assange faces an 18-count indictment, issued by the US Department of Justice, that …

Trump wants to sell more weapons to Saudi Arabia. Congress must stop him | Mohamad Bazzi

The administration wants to sell $8bn of weapons to Saudi Arabia and UAE and prop up a morally indefensible war On the Friday before Memorial Day, when few Americans were paying attention, the Trump administration announced that it would to block the administration from going ahead with the sales by introducing 22 resolutions of disapproval one for each of the deals cleared by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The effort is led by two unlikely allies: Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey and frequent Trump critic, and Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who is one of Trumps biggest supporters. The two senators agree on one thing: that Saudi Arabia should face more scrutiny of its actions in …

Reports reveal egregious conditions in US migrant detention facilities

Child migrants could lose access to recreational activities, while conditions at adult facilities pose health and safety risks As the number of Central American families and children approaching the an unprecedented number of families at the border in May. Though the number of families climate crisis. We are bursting at the seams, said Randy Howe, CBPs executive director of operations. This cant continue. Citing budget pressures because of the influxof children at the border, the health department agency that cares for children who arrive at the border on their own, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), has started to end funding for activities such as soccer and English classes for children in its custody. Children can spend months in ORR …

The gig is up: Americas booming economy is built on hollow promises | Robert Reich

Contract workers prop up big earners but under Trumps anti-labor administration are ruthlessly exploited themselves Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although it lost $1bn, investors may still do well because the losses appear to be declining. Uber drivers, on the other hand, reported that fewer than half of Google workers are full-time employees. Most are temps and contractors receiving a fraction of the wages and benefits of full-time Googlers, with no job security. Across America, the fastest-growing category of new jobs is gig work contract, part-time, temp, self-employed and freelance. And a growing number of people work for staffing firms that find them gig jobs. Estimates vary but its safe to say almost …

As anti-vaxx dispute rages, attention turns to California’s Waldorf schools

The private schools stress nature, creative expression and hands-on learning but the 27 in the state have very low vaccination rates On a rainy Saturday in May, small children in tall boots, wool caps and rain gear watched marionettes perform a fairytale in San Franciscos Golden Gate park. The crowd had gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Waldorf schools, the private schools that emphasize nature, creative expression and hands-on learning over tests and technology. It was an enchanting scene with piglet puppets, waving stars and tinkling chimes. It may also have been the largest under-vaccinatedgroup of children in the region. As according to the states kindergarten immunization assessment. At the Berkeley Rose Waldorf school and the Marin Waldorf school, …

Tennessee mothers discuss raising LGBT kids in a state set to ‘legalize hate’

Republican lawmakers have introduced six anti-LGBT bills, which the Tennessee Equality Project has dubbed the Slate of Hate After a round at the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays, the moms gather in a booth at the back of the restaurant in Clarksville, northern Tennessee. Dawn Moore had a horrible day because another mother confronted her for speaking to her child during a practice session for the local soccer club. Andrea Kulp tells a story about her youngest son and husband flipping and losing their canoe on a recent day out fishing. Tracy, who only wants to be identified by her first name, pipes in with an anecdote about the towns leadership. The Clarksville mayor is LGBT friendly, she informs her …