Sessions Introduces Religious Liberty Task Force

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced yesterday the creation of a “religious liberty task force.”

The task force, which will be co-chaired by Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio as well as Beth Williams, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, is a somewhat delayed consequence of an executive order issued by the president in May.

On the National Day of Prayer, the president signed in the “faith initiative,” which would address issues of religious liberty in federal agencies and “help ensure that faith-based organizations have equal access to government funding and equal right to exercise their deeply held beliefs.”

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A World On Fire

Following devastating fires in Greece that forced people into the sea, most of the West Coast of the United States is engulfed in flames.

Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, and Oregon are all battling wildfires in yet another disastrous fire season.

Last year, Sonoma County, California experienced the most expensive wildfire in terms of damages in state history, and at least 200,000 acres have burned in 17 different fires so far.

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Independent Monitor Appointed for Immigrant Detention Centers

Los Angeles Federal Judge Dolly Gee has ordered that an independent monitor be appointed to enforce health and safety standards in children detention centers.

The mandate comes amidst widespread reports of abuse inside immigrant detention centers, including injecting children with psychotropic drugs.

The state of Illinois has already green-lighted an investigation into one of the detention centers in Chicago run by nonprofit Heartland Alliance on the basis of similar accusations.

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Flint Death Toll Higher Than Previously Reported

A new report from PBS suggests that the death toll in Flint, Michigan may be much higher than the state has claimed.

The culprit seems to be Legionnaire’s disease, which is a severe form of pneumonia that is caused by legionella bacteria.

PBS Frontline reviewed death records and conducted interviews with experts in infectious disease and found that there may be 107 more deaths linked to the bacteria than previously reported.

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“Sorry to Bother You”

Boots Riley’s new hit movie, “Sorry to Bother You,” is a call to arms for disenfranchised and abused workers everywhere.

The film focuses on a no-good telemarketing company and a corporation profiting off slave labor, and a single man from Oakland caught in the middle.

Cassius, the main character played by Lakeith Stanfield, discovers a secret that threatens not only the companies and their profits, but all of humanity.

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Deescalating Trade War with European Union

Trump and the president of the European Commission have agreed to a deal that Trump claims will end the trade war he started.

Although there were few concrete details discussed in the Wednesday press conference, the U.S. president claimed that the European Union (E.U.) would purchase more soybeans and that he would reverse the tariffs he put in place on imported steel and aluminum.

And while Trump may have hailed the deal as a victory for the U.S., some have said that it isn’t all it seems.

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