May Day Rallies for Worker Rights Around the Globe
TIME – Workers and activists marked May Day with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and working conditions Monday. Some countries celebrate International Workers’ Day with a public holiday though others restrict activities, which can lead to confrontations.
Some of the events around the world:
Police in Istanbul detained more than 70 people who tried to march to iconic Taksim Square in defiance of a ban on holding May Day events there. The square was declared off-limits to demonstrations for a third year running and police blocked points of entry, allowing only small groups of labor union representatives to lay wreaths at a monument there.
Three Takeaways From Government Funding Deal
Mic – Congress reached a deal late Sunday night to fund the government through September, averting what would have been an embarrassing government shutdown roughly 100 days into the Trump administration.
The bipartisan deal has yet to receive a vote, but it’s expected to pass Congress this week before funding runs out Friday.
And while President Donald Trump can claim a victory that the government’s lights will stay on and crucial federal programs will stay funded, it’s Democrats who really came out the winners in the deal. Almost none of Trump’s major budget cuts were included in the deal. Some programs Trump called to be cut received even more funding in the deal than they previously had.
It’s a sign both that Republicans are not afraid to defy Trump, and that the GOP still needs Democrats to accomplish basic tasks like funding the government, despite the fact that the GOP holds majorities in both the House and Senate.
Environmentalist, Coal Companies Rally Around Technology to Clean Up Coal
NPR – Coal has long had a grip on American politics. That’s why politicians worry about its fate. They tout the fossil fuel’s contribution to the U.S. economy, but lately, they’ve also been trying to find a way to clean up coal’s image.
President George W. Bush said in his 2008 State of the Union address, “Let us fund new technologies that can generate coal power while capturing carbon emissions” — emissions that contribute to global warming. That same year, candidate Barack Obama visited coal country in Virginia and said this about cleaner coal: “We figured out how to put a man on the moon in 10 years. You can’t tell me we can’t figure out how to burn coal that we mine right here in the United States of America and make it work. We can do that.”
Warren Calls Out Obama and Democrats for Losing Way on Economy
the Guardian – Elizabeth Warren, one of the most prominent Democrats in the Senate, has broken ranks to criticize Barack Obama for misreading the economy and a swath of Democrats for selling out to wealthy elites.
Trump’s promise for healthcare act contradicts Republicans’ proposal
In an interview with the Guardian, the Massachusetts senator, tipped as potential presidential candidate in 2020, also spoke of her optimism about grassroots resistance to Donald Trump and how it has changed American democracy.
Obama left office in January, touting an economy 11.5% bigger than at its peak before the 2007-08 financial crisis that preceded the start of his time in the White House. The figures said that economy generated almost 15 million new jobs over 75 consecutive months, the longest streak on record, with the national unemployment rate falling to 4.7%. It is a record that seems at odds with the frustration of voters who chose Trump.
President’s Advisor, Carl Icahn, Can’t Have it Both Ways
CNN – Carl Icahn, a close friend of President Trump, is a multibillionaire businessman and investor who was named during the transition to serve as “a special advisor to the President on issues relating to regulatory reform.” He is strongly opposed to government regulations, and in particular, to one that affects his huge business interests — including a rule that costs one of the companies he controls hundreds of millions of dollars.
The transition press release stated that Icahn “will be advising the President in his individual capacity and will not be serving as a federal employee or a Special Government Employee and will not have any specific duties.”