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Ex-House counsel blasts Trump for ‘raw power’ refusal over Congressional subpoenas: Worse ‘stonewalling’ in 40 years

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A law professor who used to work as a House of Representatives counsel warned that President Donald Trump’s congressional “stonewalling” is unlike anything he’s seen in his multi-decade career.

Charles Tiefer, a former longtime House lawyer, told the New York Times that “the comprehensiveness and intensity of this presidential stonewalling” went past anything he’d seen in his 40-year-career.

Tiefer’s comments came after the president on Wednesday declared that his administration is “fighting all the subpoenas” from Congress regarding its various investigations into him and his administration. That day, the Justice Department refused to comply with a Congressional request regarding the controversial addition of a citizenship question on the US Census.

“These aren’t, like, impartial people,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “The Democrats are trying to win 2020.”

The Wednesday defiance came after the White House earlier in the week indicated that it would tell former administration counsel Don McGahn and other ex-officials not to comply with subpoenas.

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“The president is attempting to repeal a congressional power of oversight that goes back to the administration of George Washington,” Tiefer told the newspaper. “Congress can call witnesses about problems with the executive branch anytime. Otherwise there is no check on whether the executive branch is doing the public’s work or just exercising raw power.”

Read the entire report via the Times.

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‘White Identity Politics’ and white backlash: How we wound up with a racist in the White House

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Today's Republican Party is the largest, most powerful and most dangerous white racist organization in the United States -- if not the world. Donald Trump, the president of the United States, is its leader. These are plain if not understated facts. No embellishment is needed. The examples are many.  Over the last few days Donald Trump has repeatedly dug into his bucket of racist political scatology, saying on Twitter and elsewhere that four nonwhite members of Congress ("Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen," as he mockingly put it) should leave America and go back to their own "crime infested" and "totally broken" countries.

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Trump’s packed Supreme Court backs ‘forced arbitration’ that bars workers from taking abusive bosses to court

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Corporations are rapidly rendering sexual harassment, race and gender discrimination, life-threatening workplaces and wage theft immune to employee legal action.

They achieve this by forcing the vast majority of non-union private-sector workers to sign away their rights to go to court or use class or collective arbitration. Instead many millions of workers are being forced to forgo these efficient legal ways to resolve issues and to file individual arbitration claims.

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Popular Democracy says that by 2024 more than 80% of non-union private-sector workers will find courthouse doors chained shut by forced arbitration clauses that ban lawsuits and collective actions. (EPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to press the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.)

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Corporations can legally put carcinogens in our food without warning labels — here’s why

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A recent study by the Environmental Working Group revealed something horrifying: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup, was present in 17 of the 21 oat-based cereal and snack products at levels considered unsafe for children. That includes six different brands of Cheerios, one of the most popular American cereals.

I've written before about the limits of corporate free speech when it comes to public safety, but on that occasion I discussed this insofar as it involved corporate-sponsored climate change denialism. Yet here we have something more tangible, more direct: The safe glyphosate limit for children is 160 parts per billion (ppb), yet Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch has 833 parts per billion and regular Cheerios has 729 ppb. While the potential risks of glyphosate are fiercely debated, many scientists believe that it is linked to cancer.

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