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Fish Out of Water: The Trump International Hotel & Tower draws nearly 20 million gallons of water a day from the Chicago River and returns it to the river 35 degrees hotter. Hotel management has never submitted required reports to the Illinois EPA on the impact of this activity on local fish populations. Photo credit: Michael Muraz / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Trump Hotel’s Water Mismanagement

‘Freedom Cities’ Emerge ; US Loses Track of 6,000 Migrant Kids ...and More Picks

‘Freedom Cities’ Emerge ; US Loses Track of 6,000 Migrant Kids ...and More Picks 6/20

US Quits UN Human Rights Council, Saying It’s Anti-Israel (Jimmy)

The author writes, “The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, making good on a pledge to leave a body it accused of hypocrisy and bias against Israel.”

As Greece Recovers, the Euro Dangles (Dan)

For years Greece has been the economic problem child of Europe. Now, as the country seems to be coming out of its financial crisis, an unstable Euro puts lasting growth into question.

‘Morally Bankrupt’: After Tax Cuts for Richest, House GOP Unveils $5.4 Trillion Attack on Nation’s Safety Net (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “With the nation’s attention rightly fixated on President Donald Trump’s horrific treatment of immigrant children, House Republicans on Tuesday quietly unveiled their 2019 budget proposal that calls for $537 billion in cuts to Medicare, $1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicaid, and four billion in cuts to Social Security over the next decade in an effort to pay for their deficit-exploding tax cuts for the wealthy.”

Make Way for ‘Freedom Cities’ (Reader Steve)

Austin, Texas has become the first “Freedom City,” which comes as a backlash to the Trump administration’s crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities.” Passed by the city council, the freedom city designation prevents law enforcement from asking about immigration status and will curtail arrests for non-violent crimes.

US Officials Likely Lost Track of Nearly 6,000 Unaccompanied Migrant Kids (Jimmy)

The author writes, “Federal officials acknowledged last month that nearly 1,500 unaccompanied minors arrived on the southern border alone without their parents and were placed with sponsors who did not keep in touch with federal officials, but those numbers were only a snapshot of a three-month period during the last fiscal year.”

Pence Turns VP’s Office Into Gateway for Lobbyists to Influence the Trump Administration (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “Vice President Pence has transformed his office into a new entry point for lobbyists seeking to influence the Trump administration across federal agencies, according to federal records and interviews. … The approach has allowed Pence, a former congressman and Indiana governor, to emerge as a key ally for corporations inside the Trump White House even as the president vows to ‘drain the swamp.’”

Canada Becomes Second Nation in the World to Legalize Marijuana (Jimmy)

The author writes, “Canada is only the second country in the world — and the first G7 nation — to implement legislation to permit a nationwide marijuana market. In the neighboring US, nine states and the District of Columbia now allow for recreational marijuana use, and 30 allow for medical use.”


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