Reading Time: 9 minutes As Congress struggles to agree on a long-overdue budget and spending bills, the devil is in the details as Republicans try to sneak through provisions that would harm the environment, public health, and democracy.
Reading Time: 3 minutes After a federal official told staff not to use certain words in budget documents, the pushback was huge. But there might have been a method to this madness.
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.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Some Senate Republicans, previously critical of their own party’s controversial tax bill, were silent as they helped move it out of committee to the floor — apparently unmoved by the dozens of protesters who shouted “shame” as they voted.
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
Reading Time: 5 minutes The House of Representatives votes on Thursday to approve its tax bill, which slashes tax benefits for wind, solar, and electric vehicles, and retains billions in tax benefits for fossil fuels.
Reading Time: 7 minutes The federal workforce is at the same size as it was in the days of John F. Kennedy, while the use of federal contractors has surged. That trend may only get worse with expected federal budget cuts.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Workers marshaled all their forces to save their bottling plant, only to face the same corporate power that bedevils American employees.
Reading Time: 1 minute As we reported last April and May, a controversial 550-mile pipeline crossing Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina is roiling Virginia politics — right in the middle of a hotly contested gubernatorial race.The pipeline to bring natural gas from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to consumers in Virginia and North Carolina has drawn the opposition Read More
Reading Time: 6 minutes “Right to Try” legislation would allow pharmaceutical companies to give experimental drugs to desperate patients — with no chance of being liable if things go wrong. Supporters of the measure cheer this approach but critics see dangers.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The Trump White House, which had such a hard time castigating Nazis and the Klu Klux Klan protesters in Charlottesville, VA, seems to be moving swiftly to identify — and perhaps harass — the more than one million visitors to a website that coordinated demonstrations during the Trump inauguration. The Department of Justice last month Read More
Reading Time: 7 minutes For 40 years, the federal government has failed to protect the public from toxic chemicals. Last year, a bipartisan Congress passed a law to change that state of affairs. Public health advocates worry that the Trump administration is now undermining it.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Consumer, environmental, and public health and safety advocates have upped their rhetoric as they fight to block passage of the Regulatory Accountability Act, whose political prospects have never been better.
Reading Time: 6 minutes When it comes to cutting regulations, President Donald Trump’s White House is focused and on message. Critics charge the results could harm the American public.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Dominion Energy wants to build a $5.5 billion natural gas pipeline that will cross three states, including Virginia. As Virginians prepare to go to the polls this month, their vote may determine whether the utility giant gets its way.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Congress, White House collude to roll back rules and defund safety agencies, endangering millions of workers.
Reading Time: 7 minutes President Donald Trump reportedly might reconsider his opposition to TTIP. We investigated how a trade deal with Europe could harm the health of Americans.
Reading Time: 10 minutes The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will enrich investors, but it may permanently scar the Appalachian Trail and jeopardize the health, safety and peace of mind of the region’s most vulnerable residents.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Witnesses tell Senators that Russian disinformation intensified before the 2016 election, and has advanced Putin’s international agenda.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Journalists shed light on new challenges they face, but offer few solutions. Does White House abuse of the press reflect a lack of discipline — or something more sinister?