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BREAKING: Newly Revealed ’97 Eugene Scalia Op-Ed Fits Pattern of Discrediting Sexual Harassment Victims

By Cole Driver on September 20, 2019.

With Trump Labor Secretary nominee Eugene Scalia set for a Senate confirmation vote on Tuesday, a previously unreported 1997 op-ed by Scalia fits a disturbing pattern of dismissive views towards workplace sexual harassment that has emerged through writings and records from his legal career.

In December 1997, Scalia penned an op-ed entitled “All kinds of sexual harassment on trial” in the Washington Times, where he argued that civil rights laws could not be used to shield victims from workplace sexual harassment.

In his argument, Scalia conjured his own highly descriptive example of two twin 16 year old brothers, both working the same summer job. One brother -- H -- was called “fag,” “queer” and another -- J --- was called “fat-boy” on the job. Scalia went as far as describing a scenario where one of the boys was threatened with rape on the job by his supervisor.

Health Care | Michigan

Lawsuit Pushed By the Trump Admin Could Leave Thousands in Macomb County Without Health Care

By Cole Driver on July 29, 2019.

An ongoing lawsuit -- supported by the Trump Administration -- winding its way through a federal appeals court has the potential to dismantle the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, upending the economic security and well-being of millions of Americans in the process. In Macomb County, Michigan, that could spell disaster.

During the 2019 open enrollment period, over 30,000 Macomb residents enrolled in a plan on the exchanges, and since the passage of the ACA, over 58,000 residents have gained coverage under the law’s Medicaid expansion.

Health Care | Michigan

As Calhoun County Continues to Suffer From the Opioid Crisis, No Additional Federal Funding in Sight

By Cole Driver on July 29, 2019.

Beginning in the 1990s, pharmaceutical companies -- such as Purdue Pharma -- assured doctors, patients and families that their new medication to relieve pain was non-addictive.

They lied.

Since the 90s, over-prescribed opioids, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, have flooded American households, taking hundreds of thousands of lives by overdose and fueling a public health crisis across the country. And recently, in regions like Calhoun County, Michigan, the opioid epidemic has taken a turn for the worse, leaving some to argue that not enough is being done at the federal level to address the crisis.

Environment | Pennsylvania

While Toxic Algae Takes Over Shorelines, the Trump Admin Quietly Attempted to Cut $270 Million in Great Lakes Conservation Efforts

By Cole Driver on July 9, 2019.

Every summer, Lake Erie - one of the five Great Lakes - draws thousands of tourists to its beaches, generating millions in economic revenue supporting the livelihoods of many Erie County, Pennsylvania residents, families and businesses.

But something is in the water in Lake Erie.

Accountability

The Trump Administration Has Funneled Millions in Farmer Bailout Money to Corrupt Foreign Corporations

By Cole Driver on June 10, 2019.

In light of President Trump’s escalating trade war with China, the Trump Administration has quietly funneled millions in bailout money -- which was supposed to be designated to alleviate the financial burden of U.S. farmers -- into massive, corrupt international farming corporations.

Accountability

Secret Service Spends Another $95K on Carts So Trump Can Golf at Course He Owns

By on May 17, 2019.

The Secret Service spent more than $95,000 this month to rent golf carts for President Donald Trump’s trips to his New Jersey course this summer, raising the total the agency has spent on equipment — from golf carts to generators — for Trump’s trips to his properties to more than $1 million.

Education

Betsy DeVos Brags About Giving to the Special Olympics, but Her Charity Has Only Donated 0.006% of the $17.6M She Wants to Cut

By on March 28, 2019.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this week defended the Trump administration’s effort to wipe out the $17.6 million in federal funding for the Special Olympics, telling congressional panels the nonprofit should depend on the private sector and contributions from wealthy patrons like herself. But the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which doles out tens of millions of dollars to her and her husband’s favorite causes, has given just $1,000 (or 0.006 percent of the funding she wants to cut) to the Special Olympics of Michigan since 2001, according to its filings with the IRS.

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