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Where is the "Justice" in Sessions' DOJ?

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be skipping House and Senate Appropriations Committee hearings today in order to explain his actions in the Russiagate scandal to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but that shouldn't stop members of Congress from demanding answers about what has become of the "Justice" in the Department of Justice.

Let's face it, the department's legacy of protecting civil rights lies in shambles after only four months under Sessions' leadership. Read the rest of this item here.


Scott Pruitt's Other Email Account

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told the US Senate during his confirmation hearing that he only had one official email account while Attorney General of Oklahoma. Emails obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) through an Oklahoma public records request show he actually had a second undisclosed email account. The two accounts that he used were scott.pruitt@oag.ok.gov and esp@oag.ok.gov. ESP are Scott Pruitt's initials, his first name is Edward. Below are the emails that CMD obtained from that previously unknown "esp" account.

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WILL’s Faulty School Voucher Study Cheered by Other Bradley Funded Groups

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A recent foray into education "research" by the Bradley Foundation's Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) is a case study not only in politically motivated research, but also in how the Bradley-funded echo chamber operates to inflate questionable claims and stave off critics.

The Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is perhaps best known for its advocacy of private and religious school vouchers. Bradley was instrumental in creating the nation's first voucher "experiment" in Milwaukee in 1990. A new cache of internal Bradley documents has come to light, which pull back the curtain on the $835 million organization and its efforts to advance school privatization, attack teachers unions and construct right-wing "infrastructure" nationwide. Read the rest of this item here.


The Men Who Sold the World: Kochs Call the Tune for Trump, GOP on Climate

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When he withdrew from the Paris Accords last week, Donald Trump gave a speech so filled with falsehoods that it triggered detailed rebuttals by publications ranging from Politifact to Scientific American. The Washington Post's "Fact Checker" column, which hands out "Pinocchios" for false or misleading statements, was forced to note that "we do not award Pinocchios in roundups of speeches." But by then Trump probably had more Pinocchios than the Disneyland gift shop.

But Trump is not the only truth-denier in the Republican Party. In a front-page story by Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton, the New York Times documented the GOP's transformation from a party with leaders like John McCain and Newt Gingrich, who accepted the scientific consensus on the climate, to one whose leader believes it is a hoax perpetrated by China. Read the rest of this item here.


Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller Peddles Spin on Women's Issues

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Each year, Tucker Carlson's The Daily Caller marks "Equal Pay Day" by publishing a piece attacking the idea that women are paid less than men or trying to rationalize the pay gap.

This year, The Daily Caller criticized Google for highlighting the pay gap through Cheryl Sandburg's Lean In initiative and a Funny or Die video about women being paid 20% less than men.

The piece, attributed to Carlson's non-profit charity, the Daily Caller News Foundation, was illustrated with a photo of a woman "showered with money."

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Bradley Foundation Funds Right Wing Media Machine

Documents examined by CMD expose a national effort funded by the $835 million Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation to assess and expand right-wing "infrastructure" nationwide, including in the area of media.

Bradley has long bemoaned the "corrosive effects of leftist ideology and the popular culture to which it gave rise."

So for decades, Bradley has invested heavily in book and magazine publication, film production, and $250,000 awards to individuals in media to advance its right-wing agenda. Read the rest of this item here.


The Other Special Prosecutor We Need

Let's face it, Trump and his close associates have turned their backs on ethical norms and the anti-corruption protections written into the US Constitution and federal law in a way we haven't seen in modern times.

The list of unethical and illegal behavior by President Trump & Co. is long and getting longer. Honestly, it's hard to know where to begin. Read the rest of this item here.


Cable Industry Lobbyists Write Republican Talking Points on Net Neutrality

Following the vote by the Federal Communication Commission to unwind the net neutrality rules enacted during the Obama administration, House Republican lawmakers received an email from GOP leadership on how to defend the decision. The email was shared with The Intercept and the Center for Media and Democracy.

Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers must treat all web traffic in the same way. If the FCC eventually undoes the Obama-era regulations in their entirety, an ISP like Comcast could demand that websites pay it fees in order not to slow or block them. Read the rest of this item here.


The Bradley Foundations' Secret War on Gay Marriage and Liberal Sex

A trove of documents exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy shows that the right-wing Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation wants to build a right-wing "infrastructure" across the country to promote its extreme agenda.

Unfortunately, the Foundation's desire to police what happens in American bedrooms is part of that agenda. Read the rest of this item here.


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Koch Convention to Rewrite Constitution Runs Into Roadblocks

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This year's legislative season saw a strong push in the states from right-wing groups, bankrolled by the Koch brothers and other ultra-conservative billionaires, hoping to convene a national constitutional convention in order to inject rigid fiscal constraints into our country's founding document. Advocates of a federal "balanced budget amendment" (BBA) picked up two more states, Wyoming and Arizona, in their drive to win the 34 resolutions needed to bypass Congress and convene a convention to propose changes to the U.S. Constitution.

That momentum, however, was blunted by surprisingly successful campaigns to rescind convention calls in three states, New Mexico, Maryland, and Nevada. Two steps forward and three steps back. Read the rest of this item here.


Tucker Carlson, His "Charity," and the Trump Campaign Cash

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Tucker Carlson, FOX News' new primetime anchor, received a six-figure sum from the Donald Trump campaign for president through his Daily Caller operation--which rented out its email list to Trump--according to Center for Media and Democracy's newest investigation. CMD estimates the amount to be $150K in cash from the campaign to Daily Caller, which paid Carlson an untold sum.

CMD's investigation also uncovered troubling information about how Carlson's non-profit charity, the Daily Caller News Foundation, benefits his private for-profit media site, The Daily Caller. Read the rest of this item here.


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Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

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The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation (LHBF), formerly known as the Allen-Bradley Foundation, was established in 1942, describing itself as "a private, independent grantmaking organization based in Milwaukee."[1] According to the foundation's 1998 Annual Report and a 2011 report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation gives away more than $30 million per year.[2][3] In November 2013, One Wisconsin Now and the Center for Media and Democracy reported that the Bradley Foundation had given over $500 million to conservative "public-policy experiments" since 2000.[4]

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "from 2001 to 2009, it [Bradley] doled out nearly as much money as the seven Koch and Scaife foundations combined."[5]

Read the entire SourceWatch page on the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

References

  1. The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Home, organizational website, accessed June 6, 2013.
  2. Media Transparency, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc. - Funder profile, archived by the WayBack Machine March 6, 2012.
  3. Daniel Bice, Bill Glauber, and Ben Poston, From local roots, Bradley Foundation builds conservative empire, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel November 19, 2011.
  4. One Wisconsin Now and the Center for Media and Democracy S is for Shill: Inside the Bradley Foundation's Attack on Public Education, organizational report, November 2013.
  5. Barbara Miner, Wisconsin's Progressive Tradition at Stake in the Recall Election, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 14, 2012.


Editors' Pick

Obstruction of Justice Evidence Mounts

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In the world of presidential scandals, "obstruction of justice" is kind of a big deal.

Sure, President Nixon was responsible for overseeing the illegal break-in at the Democrat's Watergate Hotel headquarters and siccing the IRS on his political enemies. But the #1 Article of Impeachment against him? That Nixon, in violation of his oath of office to defend the Constitution and his duty to faithfully execute the laws of the United States, "prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice."

By this standard, President Trump is in big trouble. Read the rest of this item here.


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Days After Pruitt Becomes EPA Head, Newly Released Emails Show His Ties to Koch Bros. & Energy Firms

Days After Pruitt Becomes EPA Head, Newly Released Emails Show His Ties to Koch Bros. & Energy Firms
February 23, 2017 - Democracy Now! Thousands of pages of newly released emails reveal how EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt closely collaborated with oil, coal and gas companies backed by the Koch brothers to roll back environmental regulations during his time as Oklahoma attorney general. The documents were released just days after Pruitt was sworn in as the new head of the EPA, the agency tasked with curtailing pollution and safeguarding public health. Last week, Senate Democrats unsuccessfully attempted to postpone Pruitt’s final confirmation until the emails were released, but Republicans pressed forward and confirmed him in a 52-46 vote, largely along party lines. As Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times. The trove of new documents shows how energy companies drafted language for Pruitt’s Attorney General’s Office to use to sue the EPA over environmental regulations. We speak to Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, which successfully sued for the emails to be released.


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