February 2017

Fire erupts at Torrance refinery just hours before protest rally

On a day when activists marked the two-year anniversary of an explosion that rocked the then-ExxonMobil refinery and showered neighborhoods with industrial debris, another fire erupted at the troubled Torrance plant early Saturday.

“Another fire? Really?” read one of the signs carried by chanting marchers who endured a steady downpour to protest the use of toxic hydrofluoric acid at the refinery. Organizers estimated the crowd size at more than 400.

House Dems ask Oversight to investigate Trump security practices

Democratic members of Congress are formally asking the House Oversight Committee to look into allegations of lax security practices in the Trump Administration. 

“This behavior is more than bad operational security—it is an egregious affront to national security,” reads a letter sent Wednesday to Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)

Congress Pushing For Investigation Of Trump's Unsecure Android Phone

It was revealed late last month that President Donald Trump had refused to give up his old Android phone. I pointed out at the time how the president using any non-secure phone was a bad idea, but the gravity of the situation has become apparent since then. More than a dozen members of Congress are now demanding an investigation of Trump's phone usage.

In the Age of Trumportunism, Young California Politicians Seize the Spotlight

"Since the election, I've watched Donald Trump go from a candidate that made extreme statements to now a president that’s making extreme statements and taking extreme actions," Lieu says. "And I concluded that he is a danger to our republic. Once I concluded that, I decided the most patriotic thing I could do is resist Donald Trump. And that’s what I’m doing every day."