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Justice Department Seeks More Funds for Law Enforcement While Squeezing Civil Rights

Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Jusice Department on February 2.Jose Luis Magana/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. The Justice Department is requesting increased spending to fight violent crime and address illegal immigration while squeezing the resources of its Civil Rights Division, which works to protect Americans from discrimination. “The Department…

After the Hurricane, Puerto Rico’s Suicide Rates Spike

Samuel D. Keenan/Planet Pix via ZUMA Wire Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Reported suicides in Puerto Rico jumped more than 50 percent in the months after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, according to a recent report from the local government’s department of heath.  The report counted 27 suicides in September…

Trump’s Controversial Pick to Run the 2020 Census Withdraws

Mother Jones illustration; Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. The Trump administration’s controversial pick to run the 2020 census has withdrawn from consideration to be deputy director of the US Census Bureau, according to sources close to the bureau. In November, Politico reported that the administration planned to put…

Trump Budget Proposal Is a Cry From the Conservative Id

Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. The new Trump budget is out. Let’s see. SNAP (food stamps) loses $17 billion. The Post Office loses $4 billion, primarily by giving them “the ability to address their expenses—including the cost of personnel.” In other words, by slashing pay and pensions. Low-income energy assistance…