Kept Out: Banks Across U.S. Caught Systematically Rejecting People of Color for Home Loans

(DEMOCRACYNOW) Interview, February 20, 2018 — A shocking new investigation by Reveal and the Center for Investigative Reporting has uncovered evidence that African Americans and Latinos are continuing to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts across the country. Reveal based its report on a review of 31 million mortgage […]

City awards $369M contract for homeless services in hotels

(CRAINS) Joe Anuta, February 16, 2018 — The de Blasio administration awarded a $369 million contract Friday to a Queens-based organization that will provide supplies and social services to homeless families living in hotels, according to a post in the City Record. The contract was awarded by the Department of Homeless Services to Childrens Community Services […]

Thoughts and Prayers and N.R.A. Funding

(NY TIMES) Davd Leonhard, Ian Prasad Philbrick, Stuart A. Thompson — Most Americans support stronger gun laws — laws that would reduce deaths. But Republicans in Congress stand in the way. They fear alienating their primary voters and the National Rifle Association. Below are the top 10 career recipients of N.R.A. funding – through donations or […]

Yes, Replacing Food Stamps With a Blue Apron-Style Delivery System Is As Bad As It Sounds

(COMMON DREAMS) Mara Pellittieri, February 15, 2018 — Yesterday, the Trump administration released its fiscal year 2019 budget. For the most part, it’s similar to last year’s proposal: massive cuts to safety net programs, a big boost in military spending, and very Trump-ed up estimates of economic growth. But this year, tucked into the Department of Agriculture […]

‘An Administration By and For the Powerful’: Merkley Nails Mulvaney Over Trump Budget

(COMMON DREAMS)  Jake Johnson, February 15, 2018 — “Everything we see in this budget is about help to the powerful and an assault on working Americans.” “Which is more important: educating our children or more money for the Koch brothers?” —Sen. Jeff Merkley That was how Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) characterized President Donald Trump’s newly-unveiled 2019 spending […]

Statement From A.G. Schneiderman On Federal Court Ruling Granting Preliminary Injunction In DACA Case

(ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC T SCHNEIDERMAN) February 13, 2018 — A.G. Schneiderman Leads Coalition of 17 AGs that Sued to Protect DREAMers NEW YORK – Today, a federal judge granted Attorney General Schneiderman and his fellow Attorneys General’s motion for a preliminary injunction to block President Trump’s rescission of DACA. Attorney General Schneiderman leads the coalition of […]

Woman Dragged Out of West Virginia House Hearing For Listing Oil and Gas Contributions to Members

(COMMON DREAMS) Russell Mokhiber, February 13, 2018 — Lissa Lucas traveled the 100 miles from her home in Cairo, West Virginia to the state capitol in Charleston Friday to testify against an oil and gas industry sponsored bill (HB 4268) that would allow companies to drill on minority mineral owners’ land without their consent. Lucas began to […]

L.A.’s homelessness surged 75% in six years. Here’s why the crisis has been decades in the making

(LOS ANGELES TIMES) Gale Holland, February 13, 2018 — Some of the poorest people in the city spend their days in the shadow of Los Angeles City Hall, napping on flattened cardboard boxes. On any given day, as many as 20 people take to the City Hall lawn, across the street from LAPD headquarters. They’re there to […]

The Largest Number Of Scientists In Modern U.S. History Are Running For Office In 2018

(HUFFPOST) Alexander C. Kaufman, February 13, 2018 — More than 60 researchers and technologists are running for federal office in 2018 as part of a historic wave of candidates with science backgrounds launching campaigns. At least 200 candidates with previous careers in science, technology, engineering and math announced bids for some of the nation’s roughly 7,000 […]