Yesterday and today Water Protectors at Standing Rock experienced the full brunt of a police state in action: assaults on peaceful assembly, destruction of sacred structures, removal of Indigenous people from their lands by brute force and suppression of the media. However, the movement is far from dead as it moves out into communities all over the world.
Hidden within Trump's executive order is a new mandate to report on the "long-term costs" of the US Refugee Assistance Program. This cost assessment could quietly lead to the elimination of the refugee program based on a finding that it is not "cost-effective" for the federal government.
Thousands of emails detailing a close relationship with Scott Pruitt's office in Oklahoma City and the fossil fuel industry are alarming environmentalists, but will they be an immediate game-changer for President Trump's new EPA head? It turns out Pruitt is just an accurate reflection of the broader Republican agenda.