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Trump's New Coal Regs a Death Sentence for Thousands With Chronic Lung Ailments 6

Trump’s New Coal Regs a Death Sentence for Thousands With Chronic Lung Ailments

Donald Trump’s roll-back of Obama-era regulations to foster the use of coal will do little to benefit coal miners, except to cause more deaths and disability, according to research into the health effects from pollution associated with coal-fired power plants.The American Lung Association (ALA) says that “particle pollution from power plants is estimated to kill approximately 13,000 people a year.”... Read More...
Trump Raised Hopes in Coal Country; Will He Deliver on Campaign Promises? 8

Trump Raised Hopes in Coal Country; Will He Deliver on Campaign Promises?

Donald Trump made outsized promises to residents of Bettyville, Kentucky, as well as other the depressed coal country towns. Some 80 percent of the residents voted for him and helped him capture the presidency. But now that he’s in office, will Trump deliver on desperately needed jobs? During the campaign, he promised to allow unlimited production of fossil fuels and put coal miners back to work.... Read More...
Trump Faces Pushback From Cities Over Threatened Federal Fund Cuts 10

Trump Faces Pushback From Cities Over Threatened Federal Fund Cuts

President Donald Trump’s war on so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions has sparked a backlash from the nation’s cities. They say Trump’s executive order banning federal funds is misguided because it’s based on “false assumptions” and “vague definitions.” Trump signed the order yesterday to punish Americans who live in cities, towns and counties that are sympathetic to the plight of undocumented immigrants.... Read More...
Trump Mexico Wall Likely to Cost Triple Estimates by President, Congress 12

Trump Mexico Wall Likely to Cost Triple Estimates by President, Congress

Donald Trump is intent on pursing his pipe dream of a major wall along the Mexican border, but the project is likely to become a major boondoggle, with costs as high as triple the estimates by the administration and Republican leaders in Congress–all paid for by U.S. taxpayers. The issue surfaced today (Jan. 26) after Trump signed an executive order authorizing construction at the same time Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto categorically rejected any suggestion Mexico will pay for construction.... Read More...
North Carolina Legislature 'Power Grab' Portends Trump-Style Corruption 16

North Carolina Legislature ‘Power Grab’ Portends Trump-Style Corruption

The North Carolina state legislature has showed exactly what the nation can expect in the coming months from President-elect Trump and his power hungry, bible-toting, corporate-controlled cabinet. And it ain’t pretty. Just days after incumbent Republican Pat McCrory lost to Democratic challenger Roy Cooper, the Republican-controlled Senate, under the guise of “Disaster Relief,” quietly repealed a majority of the incoming governor’s powers.... Read More...
Donald Trump's Gestapo-Like Police State May Be Closer Than You Think 18

Donald Trump’s Gestapo-Like Police State May Be Closer Than You Think

Donald Trump’s fascistic tendencies are undeniable, and the nation may be moving closer to a Gestapo-like police state that even his most ardent detractors may realize. They have apparently met the enemy and it’s everyone–but them. In a thoroughly disturbing opinion piece in The New York Observer, Austin Bay, an adjunct professor at the University of Texas, Austin, argues that the FBI needs to crack-down on “malcontents” and Trump administration political opponents.... Read More...
Donald Trump Plans to Override State Laws Barring Concealed Carry Weapons 20

Donald Trump Plans to Override State Laws Barring Concealed Carry Weapons

President-elect Donald Trump is about to make the nation as a whole more like Louisiana, where lax state gun laws, allowing teenagers to carry concealed weapons, has led to the highest murder rate in the nation. Mitch Landreiu, the exasperated Mayor of New Orleans, has called his city “out of control” after the latest shootout turned historic Bourbon Street into the OK Corral.... Read More...
New York Top Cop Slams Trump Effort to Unleash Wall Street Wolves, Fraudsters 22

New York Top Cop Slams Trump Effort to Unleash Wall Street Wolves, Fraudsters

Donald Trump’s transition team is under fire from New York’s attorney general for trying to undermine state laws that protect consumers and investors from unscrupulous Wall Street traders. So much for another Trump campaign promise to root out fraud and corruption. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is currently pursuing civil fraud charges against Trump over defunct Trump University, which allegedly ripped-off thousands of students.... Read More...