Trump's Budget Guts Science Agencies ; Dems Back DC Statehood ; and More Picks 3/12

Trump’s Budget Guts Science Agencies — But Favors the Moon (Celia)

From Wired: “Trump’s budget would cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s science and technology programs by 40 percent, while research on climate change science would drop from $95 million to $32 million.”

New Study Finds ‘Issue With Tissue’ (Rebecca)

The author writes, “A new report has singled out US manufacturers Procter & Gamble Co., Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Georgia-Pacific for using largely virgin fiber wood pulp in [toilet] tissue. This type of material comes from the old-growth northern, or boreal, forest in Canada, where native people live and more than a million acres are cut each year.”

Democrats Back Statehood for DC (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, “In the coming days, the House will vote on, and likely pass, H.R. 51, a bill that would make Washington, D.C., the fifty-first state. … In the Senate, a companion piece of legislation … has twenty-eight co-sponsors, including all of that chamber’s candidates for President.”

GOP Disguises Messaging Sites as Local News Outlets (Chris)

The author writes, “A variety of Republican Party messaging websites have been popping up, styled after local news sites. These sites claim to be ‘unbiased,’ but they are actually funded by Republican donors, candidates, and organizations.”

Short Film: ‘The Trial’ (Chris)

From Field of Vision: “Meet the lawyers tasked with defending a 9/11 suspect at Guantanamo Bay. Follow Alka Pradhan, James Connell, and Lt. Col. Sterling Thomas as they prepare for what is being called ‘the biggest criminal trial in U.S. history.’ Their client is Ammar al-Baluchi, one of the five men facing the death penalty for plotting the attacks.”