Celia Wexler

Will Pruitt Math Harm Your Air and Water?

Reading Time: 8 minutes EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to change the way the agency measures the costs and benefits of rules. It may sound wonky, but critics call it “sophisticated sabotage” — aimed at gutting rules protecting public health and the environment.

Donald Trump, Mike Pence

Trump Sets Stage for Federal Worker Purges

Reading Time: 8 minutes Over the first 500 days of the new administration, there has not been a dramatic increase in whistleblower complaints. But new Trump policies, and a drive to cut federal budgets, may make all federal employees — especially those who challenge White House policies — much more vulnerable.

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Fury: Why Yelling at Zuckerberg Isn’t Enough

Reading Time: 5 minutes Millions of Facebook users likely had their privacy violated when the company’s lax controls allowed user data to be sold to Cambridge Analytica, which allegedly used the information to manipulate voters. As Facebook faces declining consumer trust and an eroding stock price, its executives promise changes. Will they be enough to keep our information safe?

Budget Riders, Pat Leahy, Nita Lowey

Like Death and Taxes, Budget Riders Are Forever

Reading Time: 5 minutes As Congress prepares to pass a spending bill, the war against riders intensifies. When one party holds power in both the legislative and executive branches, these additional bill provisions may be the best way to amplify and solidify a partisan agenda.

train, US Congress

Will Government Grind to a Halt December 8?

Reading Time: 4 minutes December 8 is the deadline for working out a budget deal. It is always tough for the two parties to agree on spending. Reaching agreement this year may be particularly challenging, even though Republicans control Congress and the White House.

Emilio Gutierrez

Forget about Pardoning A Turkey: Grant This Journalist Asylum

Reading Time: 3 minutes In 2008, Emilio Gutierrez fled Mexico because of serious death threats. Ten years later, he faces imminent deportation. You would think that President Donald Trump would understand the plight of Mexican journalists whose reporting on drug traffickers and government corruption have led them to flee for their lives. After all, he appears to understand that Read More