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Labor Department Directive Co-Signs Discrimination

Labor Department Directive Co-Signs Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A new directive from the US Department of Labor is construing three recent Supreme Court rulings as well as two executive orders from President Donald Trump to allow contractors doing business with the federal government to discriminate based on their religious beliefs. The August 10 directive, which came from Craig E. Leen, […]

Stand With America’s Free Press

BY THE PUBLISHERS AND EDITORS | The necessity of a trusted free press to the health of American democracy has been undisputed since the founding of our republic — until now. Over the past year and a half, the journalists of our free press have been slandered as “Enemies of the People” — not by a […]

Trump Trans Military Ban Keeps Catching Flak

Trump Trans Military Ban Keeps Catching Flak

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Two federal district judges and a US magistrate judge have issued new rulings — largely adverse to the government — in lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s policy to ban military service by transgender individuals. After the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift Seattle District Judge Marsha Pechman’s […]

Speaking Truth to Powerlessness: The Mad Activist Goes Pundit

BY SUSIE DAY | “But, Mabel, you really think The New York Times will review my book? Masha Gessen will write a blurb? WOW!” That’s me on the phone, Dear Activist Diary. I’m talking to my literary agent — in my mind. In real life, I’m here at my proofreading job at Penguin Random House — […]

Jeff Sessions Steps Up Culture War

Jeff Sessions Steps Up Culture War

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a further escalation of the Trump administration’s drive to privilege purported religious views over nondiscrimination and other laws and regulations applicable to the general public, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the creation of a Religious Liberty Task Force. Speaking Monday at a Department of Justice Religious Liberty Summit, the attorney […]

Time’s Up for Donald Trump

Time’s Up for Donald Trump

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | After President Donald Trump’s abysmal and shocking performance in a post-summit press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week in Helsinki, there is no doubt left but that he must be removed from office. Before going any further, I want to acknowledge three points obvious to anyone reading these words. First, […]

The Right Answers in Helsinki

The Right Answers in Helsinki

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On July 15, the eve of the summit meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, the Human Rights Campaign projected giant images on the building’s façade demanding that the two leaders discuss the immediate end of the ongoing anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity occurring in the Russian […]

With Kavanaugh Pick, Progressives Fear Right’s Agenda

With Kavanaugh Pick, Progressives Fear Right’s Agenda

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While Donald Trump nominated a conservative to fill the seat on the US Supreme Court left vacant by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement just 13 days ago that he would retire, he selected a federal appeals court judge who is less of a firebrand and more of a longtime functionary in official Washington. […]

Another DOJ Loss on Transgender Military Ban

Another DOJ Loss on Transgender Military Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | US Senior District Judge Marsha J. Pechman in Seattle, on June 15, rejected another attempt by the Trump administration to get her to lift her preliminary injunction against its proposed ban on military service by transgender individuals while officials appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Pechman’s opinion emphatically rejects […]

Sessions’ New Asylum Posture & LGBTQ Refugees

Sessions’ New Asylum Posture & LGBTQ Refugees

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued an opinion toughening the standards for granting asylum to persons seeking to live in the US based on the claim they fled their home country because of persecution. The focus of Sessions’ June 11 opinion was cases where women seek asylum based on past […]

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