Trump budget targets grant benefiting 35,000 Az college students

The Trump administration's budget blueprint calls for eliminating a need-based grant that benefits more than 35,000 Arizona college students, a cut that one expert said could be “a real setback for students.” The cut was part of a proposed 13 percent decrease for the Department of Education.

Report: Hundreds of farmworkers exploited, abused in U.S.

Farmworkers laboring inside the United States are at risk for becoming victims of human trafficking thanks to a largely complex and opaque recruiting process, a new report has revealed. Read: Polaris report on human trafficking
Released Wednesday by the global advocacy organization Polaris, “The Typology of Modern Slavery” pulls from more than 32,000 cases gathered from human-trafficking-help hotlines between 2007 and 2016 to provide detailed information on recruitment tactics, victim profiles and trafficker characteristics. Through the hotlines, Polaris identified more than 400 human-trafficking cases and more than 1,500 labor-exploitation cases related to the agriculture and animal husbandry industries. The new report is based on the largest data set on U.S. human trafficking ever publicly compiled and analyzed. It was funded through a grant from search giant Google.

Trump’s ‘Buy American’ Pledge May Be At Risk With His Border Wall

by T. Christian Miller

In one of his first tweets as president, here's how Donald Trump promised to spend taxpayer dollars:

“We will follow two simple rules: BUY AMERICAN & HIRE AMERICAN!” he tweeted 55 minutes after taking the oath of office on Inauguration Day. In the first big test of that pledge, here's the reality: The Trump administration has opened the doors for firms from Mexico, El Salvador and other free-trade treaty countries to supply big-ticket items for the wall, the barrier along the United States' southern border that Trump made a centerpiece of his campaign. Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced a bidding contest to start building the wall, which Trump wants to stretch a thousand miles, perhaps up to 30 feet high. Buried in the bid notice is language that permits the purchase of non-American materials for any contract worth more than $10.1 million. Homeland Security has estimated the total cost to build the wall at around $21 billion — leaving plenty of room for orders for tens of millions of dollars' worth of concrete, steel and other construction material.

Interviews for Resistance: No, Donald Trump Is Not Bringing Back Coal Jobs

Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. Since election night 2016, the streets of the United States have rung with resistance. People all over the country have woken up with the conviction that they must do something to fight inequality in all its forms. But many are wondering what it is they can do. In this series, we'll be talking with experienced organizers, troublemakers and thinkers who have been doing the hard work of fighting for a long time. They'll be sharing their insights on what works, what doesn't, what's changed and what is still the same.

How the Trump Administration Responds to Democrats’ Demands for Information: It Doesn’t.

by Justin Elliott

When billionaire investor Wilbur Ross was going through the confirmation process to become President Trump's commerce secretary, Senate Democrats wanted answers about Ross' role as the vice chairman of the Bank of Cyprus, which has significant dealings with Russian oligarchs. The administration's answer: crickets. Ross' handlers had initially assured Commerce committee staff that Ross would respond to their Feb. 16 questions, according to a congressional staffer. But a response never came.

Judge orders Ken Paxton trial moved out of Collin County and delayed

The judge in the securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has ruled that the trial should be moved out of Collin County and delayed. The ruling to change venue is a major victory for prosecutors, who had argued Paxton and his allies had tainted the jury pool in Collin County, where he lives. Judge George Gallagher said the trial, initially scheduled for May 1, will now be postponed until a new venue is determined. Gallagher on Thursday denied two other motions: to dismiss the case and to delay it until prosecutors can get paid. Paxton is accused of misleading investors in a company from before his time as attorney general.

At Elm City Dance Collective, You Meet You

Lindsey Bauer — or maybe it was some version of her former self, or maybe someone else — strode toward a cluster of dancers. She stepped forward. Stepped back. Stepped forward. Kellie Ann Lynch held up a hand and looked at the group, breaking a building tension.“Do we need a little more up, down?” she asked, her arms as she spoke.

In U.S. Restaurants, Bars And Food Trucks, ‘Modern Slavery’ Persists

They come from places like Vietnam, China, Mexico and Guatemala, lured by promises of better-paying jobs and legal immigration. Instead, they're smuggled into the U.S., forced to work around the clock as bussers, wait staff and cooks, and housed in cramped living quarters. For this, they must pay exorbitant fees that become an insurmountable debt, even as their pay is often withheld, stolen or unfairly docked. In restaurants, bars and food trucks across America, many workers are entrapped in a form of modern slavery. That's according to a new report by Polaris, an organization that fights human trafficking and helps survivors.

Trump, on Twitter Rampage, Threatens Republican Group

President Donald Trump took a swipe at the House Freedom Caucus on Thursday, threatening on Twitter to "fight" the hard-line conservative Republican group if its members fail to get in line with his agenda. The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017

The unusual move to target lawmakers in his own party comes less than a week after the failure of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Freedom Caucus members had petitioned the president to make deeper cuts to Obamacare.