This Week on Between The Lines

Posted May 17, 2017 for week ending May 26, 2017

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"So, for the moment, which is unique certainly in my lifetime, our government, the basic system seems to be threatened. The rule of law is threatened."

– Caroline Fredrickson, president of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, on President Donald Trump firing tenured FBI Director James Comey


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Trump Firing of FBI Director a Threat to U.S. Rule of Law

MP3 Interview with Caroline Fredrickson, president of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, conducted by Scott Harris

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Almost daily, the Trump administration provokes a new scandal, makes official statements which later turn out to be false or incites government chaos. The latest episode began on May 15, when the Washington Post reported that President Trump revealed highly classified information during a White House meeting with Russia's U.S. ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Moscow's foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. According to current and former U.S. officials, Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State, an assertion that the White House denies.  Story continues

New Trump Election Integrity Commission a "Sham"

MP3 Interview with Jenny Flanagan, vice president for state operations with Common Cause, conducted by Scott Harris

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Not long after the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump declared that he would have won the national popular vote and not merely by the Electoral College, if it hadn’t been for millions of illegal votes cast by non-citizens in several states. In fact, Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by some 3 million votes and the repeated charge that there is widespread voter fraud across the U.S. has been debunked by numerous investigations and academic research.  Story continues

Children's Climate Change Lawsuit Moves Forward in Court

MP3 Interview with Kelsey Juliana, Our Children's Trust lawsuit lead plaintiff, conducted by Scott Harris

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On April 27, 14 of the 21 youth plaintiffs in a historic lawsuit against the U.S. government held a press conference in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Their case, filed by Our Children's Trust, aims to hold the federal government accountable for the failure to protect their right to a stable climate.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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