Politics

Burdened by Austerity, the National Park Service Breaks the Law

The NPS is legally obligated to better manage its enormous crowds, but it is crippled by budget cuts and maintenance backlogs. Tourists snap photos at Mather Point in the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Each autumn, with the tourist season…

The Koch Brothers Don’t Understand How Congress Works

To become a member of the Koch brothers’ elite, you must make a commitment to give at least “$100,000 per year to Koch-linked groups.” Among the resulting perks, you can attend strategy sessions like the one that was held at…

Fundraiser in Philando Castile’s memory eliminates $70,000 worth of school lunch debt

Philando Castile was known as “Mr. Phil” to the students at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he worked as a nutrition services supervisor. Last month, more than one year after Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot and killed…

If Not Even The Boy Scouts Can Celebrate Boys, They’re In Serious Trouble

Every other Monday evening, a chaotic scene erupts at our local Presbyterian church. Young boys of all ages dart around, happily calling to each other across the room, alternating between sprints, tackles, and boisterous discussion of the latest update from…

Why Trump's Plan to Repeal the Clean Power Plan Isn't Catastrophic

The Trump administration’s attempt to undo climate regulations won’t have a big impact on U.S. emissions and won’t revive the coal industry. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt holds up a miner’s helmet that he was given after speaking…

Quick Takes: Trump’s Obsession With Obama

* These remarks by Trump are drawing a lot of attention today. * Gregg Popovich, coach of the San Antonio Spurs, was so outraged that he called Dave Zirin to let off some steam. I’ve been amazed and disappointed by…

The underside of the viral #MeToo campaign

Using the hashtag #MeToo, women, men, and nonbinary people are sharing their stories of sexual assault and sexual harassment on Twitter and Facebook to raise awareness of how common it is. The social media campaign made popular by actor Alyssa Milano has…

Midwestern senators to press EPA chief on ethanol

A group of Midwestern Republican senators are meeting Tuesday with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to express their concerns about the agency’s recent moves on ethanol, according to a spokesman for Sen. Grassley. The Iowa Republican lunched with Pruitt Monday to…

Trump’s drug czar nominee under fire for pushing bill that weakened drug enforcement

Some Democratic lawmakers are calling on President Donald Trump to withdraw his nomination of Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy following a report that found Marino spearheaded a law that undermined the Drug…

A.M. Roundup: Rough seas ahead for New York health care

Good morning and happy Monday! Whaddaya know, the Giants finally won one. The Jets fell to the Patriots as Tom Brady claimed the record for regular season wins. Bills had a bye. The ALCS has moved to New York, where the…