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 …

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 been missing is courage’: Elizabeth Warren throws down the gauntlet | Richard Wolffe

Warren towered over the first Democratic debate and its biggest questions on the economy and healthcare There was one dominant figure on the very crowded stage in Miami at the first TV debate of the 2020 presidential election. She happened to be the smallest and oldest figure in the middle of the pack, but it made no difference. Elizabeth Warren towered over the opening sequence of the first Democratic debate and its biggest questions on the economy and healthcare. Theres a reason why Warren has risen steadily in the early polls to the point where she is threatening the previously safe space occupied by Bernie Sanders as the insurgent challenger to the establishment frontrunner. Yes, she has a plan for …

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, …

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 …

Siege: Trump under Fire by Michael Wolff review

Michael Wolffs second bite at the Trump presidency speculates on how the fiasco will end The Trump presidency began as Kim Jong-un, Michael Wolffs siege of Mafeking, let alone that of Leningrad. The war of attrition waged by Wolff and his fellow journalists has hardly worn Trump down; he retains the freedom of the air, tweeting out a daily barrage of lies and insults and jetting off to stoke up bigots in midwestern arenas or embarrass foreign heads of state who wince as they welcome him on to their soil. Mostly Siege retells scandalous stories that are pretty familiar, with few fresh disclosures. Despite the indiscreet tattle dribbled into his ear by the disgruntled Melania in hospital for a week …

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 …

Workers are creating massive wealth. Why are corporations hoarding it all? | Cory Booker

Our economy works best when no one is left on the sidelines, and when American workers are able to fully participate in the economy they help drive, writes senator Cory Booker Every day Carol Ruiz wakes up at 3.30am and goes to an airline catering service at Newark airport, where she helps prepare the food carts that flight attendants push up and down the aisle. She organizes the napkins, creamers, sugar and cups that go on the beverage cart, cleans the glasses and silverware, and diligently tracks the champagne that goes on the carts for first class passengers. At the end of her 40-hour week she takes home $345. The average airline CEO makes that amounthave barely risen in four …

Trump administration pushes to completely gut Obamacare in dramatic escalation

Government shifts from previous aim to strike down parts of the ACA, endangering healthcare for millions of Americans The Trump administration now believes that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down, a major shift in the federal governments position and one that could endanger health coverage for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. In a December ruling that the healthcare law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional. Throwing out the law would end healthcare coverage for millions of people getting rid of publicly subsidized health insurance plans sold on exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and rules letting children stay on their parents insurance until the age of 26. The Department of Justice has …

Judge blocks work requirements for Medicaid in Arkansas and Kentucky

Judge strikes blow to Trump administration, citing unresolved obstacles to getting healthcare in the states A federal judge has ruled that Medicaid work requirements undermine the programs mission of providing healthcare for the needy, dealing a blow to the Trump administration. The US district judge James E Boasberg in Washington DC blocked work requirements for low-income people in two states, Arkansas and Kentucky, on Wednesday. He found that the states requirements pose numerous obstacles to getting healthcare that have gone unresolved by federal and state officials. Boasberg sent the federal health and human services department back to the drawing board. But he stopped short of deciding the central question of whether work requirements are incompatible with Medicaid, a federal-state program …

Gary Younge: Our understanding of democracy is under threat’

Our editor-at-large on the six US elections hes covered so far, the upheaval in world politics and why many Republicans like him How did you get into journalism? When I was younger, I wanted to be a doctor. Or maybe a revolutionary, but a doctor in my spare time. As I got a bit older, I discovered that I loved words, and I studied translation I wanted to play with language, and was fortunate enough to do so as a student in France and Russia. But I soon realised that I didnt just want to convey the words of other people I had things I wanted to say myself. I was very politically involved, particularly in anti-apartheid, student politics and …

Trump’s legacy: conservative judges who will dominate US law for decades

Senate Republicans have confirmed 89 Trump-nominated judges, far in excess of appointments under Obama and Bush past ties to an anti-LGBT group and who at 37 years old is the countrys youngest federal judge, a lifetime appointment. As with previous Trump nominees, Readler, Murphy and Rushing were confirmed over the impassioned protests of progressive groups who warned the judges were out of step with the country on crucial issues including immigration, abortion, climate change, LGBT rights, healthcare, voting rights and more. The overarching concern, said Daniel L Goldberg, the legal director at the Alliance For Justice, is that Trumps judges will now shape American life according to the narrow conservative vision of the elite, predominantly white and male groups guiding …