Jim Naureckas reminds us that President Trump didn't "revoke" transgendered student protections because, actually, he can't do that. Prior court decisions have made clear that Title IX protections extend to transgendered students; all Mr. Trump did was rescind the Obama Administration's guidance on certain issues surrounding those protections, many of which, I feel compelled to note, public schools all over the country will keep anyway, because why should Trump be the Boss of Us? We're the Boss of Us.
ProPublica and Consumer Reports tells us how big pharma is getting leading academic voices to publicly support their thousand-dollar-a-day drug prices. You'll hear the familiar rhetorical hostage crises, i.e., we have to charge a lot for these drugs in order to ensure future innovation, though Big Pharma sure does spend a lot of money on advertising, lobbying, and executive salaries, all while sucking at the Big Gummint teat. But why does the article think Big Pharma will be "fighting" Mr. Trump? They've already beaten him -- he now says Medicare, though forbidden by law to negotiate better drug prices, is the "real" price-fixer.
The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to the EPA Administrator post before we could see all those emails he wrote to fossil fuel corporations while serving, such as he was, as Oklahoma's Attorney General, but Mike Ludwig at TruthOut tells you what they're all about. Long story short: it's not pretty -- for people who bleed money, fossil fuel executives sure do whine constantly about having to follow clean air and clean water regulations. And I'm tired of the you-either-work-with-us-or-you-work-against-us dichotomy the fossil fuel industry peddles -- as if they have no obligation whatsoever to work with us, the owners of government.
18 state Attorneys General write to Education Secretary DeVos, asking her not to ease up on for-profit colleges that bilk students out of money and lie about their chances at getting jobs after graduating. I'm tempted to say good luck with that!. But duty is duty, particularly when folks like Rep. Foxx (R-VA) say we've got to ease up on those fly-by-night schools that used to be the laughingstock of the country, schools that the Obama Administration cracked down upon only after Republicans retook the Senate.
Aarian Marshall at WIRED says the Trump Administration's delay of a Caltrain grant (so Caltrain can move from diesel to electric power) presages an all-out Trump Administration attack on public transportation. Well, why wouldn't he? We're not necessarily prepared for it, and Mr. Trump knows that, and plenty of right-wingers think public transportation is TEH COMMUNISTZ!!!! and EVERYONEZ IN AMURIKAZ SHOULDZ DRIVEZ TEH CARZ!!!!!
Finally, we learn that Democrats in difficult races may face primaries from their left, if certain grassroots groups have their way. National Democrats, of course, have no standing to take Democrat voters hostage to the notion that you have to stick with the people who can win, because we all saw how that worked out in 2016. I sure hope these grassroots groups don't go the way of their Tea Party counterparts, most of which dissolved in puddles of corruption. But worse things could happen -- like the inevitable 20-point losses Sens. Donnelly, Heidtkamp, Manchin, McCaskill, and Tester will suffer in 2018 if they're not primaried out.