Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is out after months of speculation and scandal. His resignation came just two days after a CNN investigation revealed an ex-top aide alleged Pruitt and his staffers held regular meetings to “scrub” controversial events from his calendar. The ethics clouds had been gathering long before that, though, as lawmakers from both parties, environmental groups and government watchdogs raised questions about his spending, housing arrangements, security team and raises for political appointees. Pruitt is the subject of 14 probes into his conduct as EPA chief, and the agency’s inspector general says they will continue. Still, President Trump yesterday stuck with Pruitt, tweeting that he has “done an outstanding job.” EPA deputy Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, takes over for Pruitt.
A black Oregon state representative says someone called the police on her while she was canvassing door-to-door in her district.
Rep. Janelle Bynum represents District 51, which includes the area of Clackamas County, where she was campaigning.
In a Facebook post Tuesday, the Democrat wrote that a woman notified police that Bynum was suspicious because she was “spending a lot of time typing on my cell phone after each house.”
Bynum is running for reelection in the fall, and said she takes notes when she’s visiting her constituents to keep an account of what her community cares about.
She praised the deputy who responded for being professional, and said she asked him if she could meet the woman who made the call, but she was not available.
“The officer called her, we talked and she did apologize,” Bynum said, without specifying the race of the caller.
CNN has reached out to Bynum and the police department for comment. Bynum told local media that someone called 911 and reported that she was spending too much time at houses in the area.
In recent weeks, there have been a series of widely-publicized instances of police being called on black people engaging in regular activities. In one incident in Ohio, someone called the police on a 12-year-old boy for mowing the wrong lawn.
Thanks to Laurie Ulrop for forwarding this article.
The Supreme Court just enabled a network to deceive America’s women
By Ilyse Hogue
Updated 7:05 PM ET, Tue June 26, 2018
SCOTUS sides with faith-based pregnancy centers
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Ilyse Hogue is President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.
(CNN)In every state in America, a network has been quietly building women’s health centers. Many look like Planned Parenthood centers, have exact replicas of waiting and exam rooms and are located within blocks of legitimate reproductive health clinics.
The mission of these centers? In their words, “capture” pregnant women before they visit a reproductive health clinic that provides a full range of services, including abortion.
Today, the Supreme Court threw the doors wide open for them to continue this practice.
In NIFLA v. Becerra, the court overturned a basic California consumer protection law, the Reproductive FACT Act, that requires these centers to post a notice on whether they are medically licensed, as well as of the existence of reproductive care options in the state. By ruling that this law somehow “imposes an unduly burdensome disclosure requirement that will chill their protected speech,” conservative justices effectively allow the anti-choice movement to continue to deceive women searching for medical information about all of their reproductive health options.
Networks of these health centers, disguised in name as “crisis pregnancy centers,” prey on women at vulnerable times in their lives by lying about their options and using outright falsehoods to push political agendas. For example, some centers tell patients abortion is linked with health risks such as infertility, breast cancer and birth defects in future pregnancies, even though the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has debunked these medical inaccuracies. Some perform invasive, vaginal ultrasounds without a medical purpose, solely to manipulate women. And at oral arguments back in March, these centers didn’t even try to dispute their deceptive tactics. Yet the Supreme Court just let them off the hook for their dangerous and predatory tactics that harm women and their families every day in every state across our country.
Notably, today’s ruling was decided by one vote. One vote was the difference between ending the lies at these women’s health centers and allowing pregnant women and their families access to comprehensive information. Unsurprisingly, Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s justice who was hand-picked by his anti-abortion allies, voted with the majority.
But this decision shouldn’t be viewed in a vacuum. It’s part of a trend of restrictive decisions since Gorsuch joined the court. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court reversed decades of labor law and allowed employers to require their employees to resolve work-related disputes through forced individual arbitration, including survivors of workplace sexual harassment and assault. This spring, the court also refused to take up a challenge to an Arkansas law that effectively bans medication for abortions, a regulation with no basis in science and no countervailing health benefit for women.
And with Trump appointing and Congress confirming a record number of conservative judges, this trend is likely to continue. Of course, this is exactly what the anti-choice movement and its political allies want — conservative judges at every level of the federal court system, handing down anti-choice judgments.
An Ohio Right to Life promotional video admits their true goals: “When we look at the overall strategy of ending abortion, not just in Ohio but nationwide, we have to have a strong federal strategy, a very strong state strategy, and then a local strategy to support our pregnancy centers.” Unsurprisingly, then, in state after state — Iowa, Louisiana, and Mississippi — anti-choice politicians are passing radical and unconstitutional abortion bans because they are counting on Trump’s judges — and a Trump Supreme Court — to overturn Roe v. Wade.
But our power as a movement for gender equality also continues to grow. A record-breaking number of women are running for office, the #MeToo movement has forced a national reckoning on sexual harassment and assault, and after 35 years of legislative inaction, Illinois approved the Equal Rights Amendment, putting the country one state away from ratification.
On Roe’s 45th anniversary, the landmark decision is at greater risk than ever before. And with Trump eager to fill another Supreme Court spot, many of our other most cherished rights are one vote away from falling. But we will fight each judicial appointment. We will fight every anti-woman piece of legislation in Congress and in state legislatures. And if our representatives don’t stand up for our constitutional right to choose, we will elect new ones this November.
Call Senator Rubio 202 -224-3041 and Senator Bill Nelson 202-224-5274 ask them to support 2 bills to end the heartless act of separating children from their parents. We must end this cruel practice once and for all. Let’s reunite every family the Trump administration tore apart and make sure this never happens again.
Tell Rubio and Nelson that the practice of family separation needs to end and ask them to support these bills:
Senator Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA) introduced Senate Bill: “Keep Families Together Act”
Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced Senate Bill: “HELP Separated Children Act”
Suggested script (but please try to use your own words – it is MUCH more effective):
Jeff Sessions and the Dept of Homeland Security is cruelly separating families at the border for no legitimate reason.