Revealed: The vast reach of Trump's failed effort to gut the federal civil service

For the first time, we have a reliable measure of just how deeply Donald Trump's plan to strip federal executives of civil service protection and make them personally accountable to him would have reached.

Trump would have made more than 84,000 federal executives subject to firing on his whim. That's about 4% of the civilian government workforce and most of its top leadership.

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DeJoy strikes again as $4.5 billion order for new mail trucks misses several important opportunities

The multibillion-dollar deal for the shiny new fleet of battery-powered U.S. Postal Service vehicles could be a missed opportunity for climate change and strengthening American manufacturing.

The USPS awarded the 10-year, multibillion-dollar deal to Oshkosh Defense, an American military contractor based in Wisconsin. As part of the deal, the USPS will make a $482 million advance payment to Oshkosh to finalize its vehicle design and build-out and tool a manufacturing plant for the project. That's good news for the parent company whose debt has the lowest corporate bond rating from Moody's, just one step above junk bonds.

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Undoing Trump's threat to endangered North American right whales

Trump's National Marine Fisheries Service was regulating right whales toward extinction as the whales literally starved to death while entangled in fishing gear.

An estimated 356 North Atlantic right whales, including about 70 breeding females, migrate between Florida and Canada. The population has been declining for 11 years.

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Exclusive: Emails reveal secret 'war games' meeting and other Pro-Trump shenanigans by Republican Attorneys General

The nation's Republican attorneys general were far more involved than previously known in using their offices -- and state employees -- for undisclosed partisan purposes over a period of several months in 2020 and this year.

A trove of emails uncovered by a public-records search in Missouri shows that the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) staged secret events attended not only by AG's but by their staffs. It also uncovered a stunning array of political activities connected directly (at least in some cases) to official email accounts of the top state law-enforcement officials.

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There's a sad truth behind some terrific new income statistics

We have stunningly good news today: Wages in 2020 grew at by far the fastest rate in the last 45 years.

The bad news: It's a statistical anomaly caused by Donald Trump's lethal mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic. The scourge wiped out almost eight million jobs held by lower-paid workers and only two million better-paying jobs.

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A grim milestone of 500,000 dead

Stunningly, a year into coronavirus, we've reached 500,000 American deaths—and climbing, particularly since November.

That as many people as live in Miami, Atlanta, Omaha or Oakland, all gone in a single year, a disproportionate number of deaths—many avoidable—in the best medically equipped nation on the planet.

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Expert on Trump's real legacy: A mental health pandemic that rages unabated

As U.S. Covid-19 deaths have exceeded 500,000, an article in the Lancet lays much of the responsibility squarely on Donald Trump.

While much has been said about the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, the true scandal is how and why a psychologically dangerous person was allowed to preside over more American deaths in one year than those by all the terrorists and foreign enemies in one hundred years.

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The 1.5 million child slaves behind your chocolate bar

Next time you take a bite of a chocolate bar, consider the small hands that farmed the cocoa beans.

Industrial food heavyweights like Nestlé USA, Hershey and MARS Inc., rely on cocoa grown in Côte D'Ivoire, the Ivory Coast, to make their confections. And the West African nation relies on enslaved child laborers to farm its cocoa crops, a well-known fact in the candy world that keeps the cocoa at favorably low prices for the big companies.

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Don't worry: If you're concerned about rising Federal debt -- read this

How will our children know they face a crushing debt burden?

The question above may seem silly.

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Yes, Texas is in bad shape -- here's why it's only going to get worse

The misery and death in Texas, where the state electric grid was taken down by unusual but predictable cold weather, underscore the misguided conservative Republican values of less regulation, devil-may-care burning of fossil fuels, dangerous tax cuts and unfettered trust in markets as the universal problem solver.

In Texas, the blame for the unheated homes, the dark urban skylines and winter water shortages is on just one politician—Greg Abbott. He has been governor of the Lone Star state for more than six years.

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The Texas disaster and COVID-19 have made it impossible to deny that the GOP ideology is dangerous mythology

We don't have to look very hard to see some common themes running through the Texas freezes, consternation over school re-opening and the worries over significantly unseen recent cyber-attack on U.S. government agencies and private company networks.

In fact, at a glance, there's a recognizably simple demand on the table that we have a government that can anticipate emergencies, plan for them and stand ready to execute, rather than suffer the talk of lawmakers who insist on throwing the inevitable verbal bombs about ideology. Thinking otherwise, that we can stint on investment and preparation is as effective as sticking your head in an oven and yelling.

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Trump intelligence chiefs hid evidence of Russian election interference

Lost in the news on the day of Trump's Insurrection was a devastating new watchdog report to Congress on the politicizing and distorting of intelligence during Donald Trump's time in office.

The analytic ombudsman, career intelligence community veteran Barry A. Zulauf, determined that under Trump, national intelligence reports had become highly politicized. Important findings were suppressed to appease Trump's refusal to acknowledge Russian interference in American elections,

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Exclusive: GOP governor Kristi Noem, potential Trump successor, used state aircraft for tens of thousands of dollars in political travel

Newly unearthed flight logs show South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem used a state airplane to travel to right wing political events around the country, a revelation that has state lawmakers questioning whether she violated a state law forbidding political and personal use of the aircraft.

The flight logs, published for the first time in this report, raise questions about the propriety of tens of thousands of dollars' worth of taxpayer-funded flights to out-of-state events hosted by groups such as the National Rifle Association, Turning Point USA, and an organization affiliated with the late GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, South Dakota politicians and experts told Raw Story.

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These 43 radical GOP senators stand with Trump, Capitol rioters and cop killers

Despite late-inning impeachment drama, our Senate voted to drop charges against Donald Trump. Yes, it was a 57-43 majority that pinned the blame for the incitement of the Jan. 6 insurrection on Trump, but not the two-thirds needed for conviction. Seven Republicans supported conviction.

We'll have to listen to Trump exclaiming exoneration, but after these days, few could have any real question about the central role Trump played in bringing about an attack on his own government in a riot that killed five, left 140 police injuries, put lawmakers in fear of their lives and threatened an end to American democracy.

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Black farmers raise concerns over Biden's pick to head Agriculture Department

Tom Vilsack, President Joe Biden's pick to head our nation's Agriculture Department, sailed through his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee, but Black farmers are troubled by his record under Obama overseeing the agency known as the "last plantation" for its racist policies.

Black farmers got less in USDA loans under Vilsack when Obama was president than it did under President George W. Bush. In 2015, less than 0.2% of the agency's $5.7 billion in small loans, or about $11 million, went to Black farmers. The agency was more than six times as likely to foreclose on a Black farmer than a white one from 2006 to 2016.

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Trump administration's vaccine failure leaves workers unprotected

The Trump administration's failure to develop a plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines along with persistent problems with the rollout are spreading fear among American workers forced to risk exposure to the killer virus.

"I don't feel safe," Phil Andrews, a Petco dog groomer in Miami, said last week. "I don't feel that the companies have our backs. I don't look forward to going in."

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House Dems win first round of Trump impeachment trial

There probably is a good time before most contests to discuss the rules, whether in sports, chess or civil trials. Trying to do so in the middle of the game almost never works.

Holding a formal, if emotional Constitutional debate to open the impeachment trial for Donald Trump's inciting actions that built to the climax of a mob attack on the U.S. Capitol over whether the trial is exactly what envisioned 250 years ago only underscored that this contest is a baldly partisan political match, not anything regarding justice.

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Mental health expert explains why Donald Trump must be convicted

The Trump presidency may be over, but Donald Trump's dangers continue. This is because we have yet to contain the number one emergency, which is the spread of mental pathology.

Without addressing this mental health pandemic, even the Biden administration's admirable efforts to contain the viral pandemic may meet with obstacles. Similarly, without conviction and prosecution, which is the first step to containing this mental health pandemic, hopes for "reconciliation" and "unity" may also be for naught.

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A disturbing look at how easy it is for the rich to dodge their taxes

The rich aren't like you and me, at least not when it comes to being taxed. Thanks to Congress, the U.S. has two income tax systems, separate and unequal. One is for workers. The other is for business owners with extra favors for real estate investors.

Last week we examined one aspect of federal tax unfairness, how earning today and then delaying payment of taxes for decades converts the burden of the federal income tax into a profit center.

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House GOP leader's weakness has sent his dying political party down a treacherous path

It almost didn't matter what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had decided to do about his divisive Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) problem.

It's too late. The Republicans own her and her extremism now, and won't be able to walk away from an association in the minds of voters with accepting QAnon conspiracy and White supremacy advocates in their midst.

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Senate GOP's miserly relief proposal shows again that they only care about white Americans

Joe Biden wants a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, Senate Republicans only a third that much. Both propose too little for too short of a time period. Even more important, both propose too little for where it is needed most.

The Republicans say America just can't afford more relief. Their skimpy plan would provide nothing for renters facing eviction, just the latest sign of how since Trump the Republicans have chosen to become the party of white skin privilege since its Black and Latino renters most at risk of eviction.

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Here's what federal workers want from Biden in the wake of Trump's union-busting tactics

Federal workers who saw their rights to collective bargaining, due process, and workplace representation eviscerated under Donald Trump have an enormous hill to climb to reclaim all they've lost.

As president, Trump — who had a decades-long history of sticking it to workers long before entering politics — did all he could to hurt the federal workforce.

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Jarring images from Moscow raise questions about Trump's brainwashed followers

We couldn't help wondering what the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and other right-wing militia groups are making of the images of pro-democracy violence, mostly from anti-democratic police, on the streets of Moscow.

The inside-out juxtaposition of images of thousands in the streets in an attempt to take down the Vladimir Putin government for jailing opponent Aleksei A. Navalny with the constant airing of Donald Trump-clad militants attacking the U.S. Capitol to overturn democratic elections is startling.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene is a menace and a traitor -- and there's only one way to deal with her

Let's put in perspective the atrocious conduct of freshman lawmaker Margorie Taylor Greene, the pistol-toting Congresswoman from Georgia who wants to put a bullet in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's head.

Any private employer would have fired Greene already. Failure to do so would expose a private company, a nonprofit or any other employer to ruinous damages should Greene reach into her purse and use her Glock or if a fellow QAnon fan were to fulfill these homicidal impulses.

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