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Sick of her 9 to 5, Rebecca Brooks moved across the globe to…

Sick of her 9 to 5, Rebecca Brooks moved across the globe to join the male-dominated world of butchers

  • Rebecca Brooks is the only full-time female butcher at at Forager’s Market, a nose to tail butcher shop in Brooklyn. 
  • In general, female butchers are a minority in the butcher industry — a scant 24.6% of butchers are women, according to a 2010 analysis by the National Women’s Law Center, a nonprofit for women’s rights.
  •  Butchers and meat cutters are considered “nontraditional occupations” for women, alongside other male-dominated jobs like police, lawyers, engineers and firefighter, according to the center. Read more (8/14/17)

Trump administration stops study on health risks of coal…

Trump administration stops study on health risks of coal mines

  • The Trump administration last week halted a government study regarding possible health risks associated with living near surface coal mining sites, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine announced on Monday.
  • “In an Aug. 18 letter, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement informed the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that it should cease all work on a study of the potential health risks for people living near surface coal mine sites in Central Appalachia,” the NASEM said in a news release.
  • The NASEM had been given a $1 million grant last August from the Office of Surface Reclamation and Enforcement — a government agency within the Department of the Interior — for a two-year study of the potential health risks on those living near surface coal mines in central Appalachia. The grant came at the request of the state of West Virginia. Read more. 

Donald Trump is back in Washington. Here’s what we think he’ll…

Donald Trump is back in Washington. Here’s what we think he’ll say about Afghanistan.

  • Coming off one of the most tumultuous weeks of his presidency, President Donald Trump sought a middle ground on Saturday, thanking the thousands of protesters who turned out in Boston to shut down a far-right rally planned there.
  • It was a briefly conciliatory tone from a president under fire all week for doubling down on equivocating white supremacists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump now faces the question of whether he can sustain a shift away from the “bigotry and hate” he condemned this Saturday.
  • Trump is back in Washington. With his working vacation over, he will address the country at 9 p.m. Eastern on Monday to outline his approach to the war in Afghanistan. Generals have been calling for more U.S. troops in the country. Read more.

As Oregon expands insurance coverage for abortion, Texas cuts…

As Oregon expands insurance coverage for abortion, Texas cuts it

  • On Tuesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill vastly expanding insurance coverage for abortion and birth control, while in Texas Gov. Greg Abbott scaled it way back.
  • “Shame on you, Gov. Abbott, for attacking Texans’ health and rights,” Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Federation of America president, said in a statement. “It’s wrong for politicians to withhold a woman’s health coverage just to try to stop her from having an abortion.
  •  Each woman has the right to make her own decisions about her body and her family, and that shouldn’t be up to a politician.”
  • HB 214 — the fruit of Texas lawmakers’ labors in their abortion-heavy special session — eliminates abortion coverage in state-sponsored private insurance plans, except in the case of a “medical emergency.” Read more (8/16/17)

The federal government had a plan to combat right-wing violence….

The federal government had a plan to combat right-wing violence. Trump axed it in June.

  • As outcry continues to mount over Trump’s comments, an outstanding question for many Americans is one about policy: What, if anything, will the federal government do to help combat far-right white extremism?
  • The Obama Administration had implemented at least the beginnings of such a plan but, in late June, Trump’s Department of Homeland Security eliminated a federal grant of $400,000 for Life After Hate, a nonprofit working to de-radicalize neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
  • The decision received only minimal attention at the time, but has now been thrust into the limelight as Trump’s comments on Tuesday raise renewed questions over how his administration will respond to the violence which directly led to one death and 19 injuries in Charlottesville over the weekend. Read more (8/16/17)

The artist behind the mural of Heather Heyer: “It just seemed…

The artist behind the mural of Heather Heyer: “It just seemed like the right thing to do”

  • As people packed into the Paramount Theater for Heyer’s memorial service, Sam Welty was nearby, working on a chalk mural in her honor.
  • “Someone who works for the city who was helping coordinate the memorial, he just called to see if I was available to come up and do this,” Welty said in a phone call with Mic. “It just seemed like the right thing to do.” Read more (8/16/17)

VA’s lieutenant governor blasts Trump’s “deplorable” rebuke of…

VA’s lieutenant governor blasts Trump’s “deplorable” rebuke of Charottesville counterprotesters

  • On Wednesday, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam strongly condemned Trump’s Tuesday remarks equating anti-racist counterprotesters with the violent white nationalists.
  • “They were deplorable,” Northam said of Trump’s comments. “White supremacists and neo-Nazis came to Charlottesville for violence. There’s no question about that. And for the president to say there were ‘different sides’ [responsible for] this — there was only one side, and that was the white supremacists that came into Charlottesville.”
  • Northam, who is running for Virginia governor on the Democratic ticket, said Trump revealed “his true colors” when he suggested a moral equivalency between the far-right demonstrators and what Trump termed the “alt-left.” Read more (8/6/17 4 PM)

micdotcom: Trump disbands business councils after 7 CEOs…

micdotcom:

Trump disbands business councils after 7 CEOs resign

  • Following a wave of high-profile resignation from Trump’s two primary CEO councils, Trump tweeted Wednesday he was dissolving both the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum.
  • “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both,” he tweeted. “Thank you all!
  • The dissolution of the two councils deals a major blow to Trump’s mandate as a leader who would use his business acumen to steer the nation toward economic prosperity. Read more (8/16/17 2:05 PM)

Update: CEOs on strategy council reportedly voted to disband before Trump’s tweet

  • Though Trump tweeted that the decision to disband the groups was his, the Wall Street Journal reported that the industry leaders had chosen to disband before the president’s tweet.
  • According to the Journal, Stephen A. Schwarzman, Blackstone Group LP Chief Executive and leader of Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, call the president on Wednesday to tell him the group was disbanding. Read more (8/16/17 4 PM)

Heather Heyer’s mom gives heartbreaking yet stirring funeral…

Heather Heyer’s mom gives heartbreaking yet stirring funeral speech

Trump disbands business councils after 7 CEOs resignFollowing a…

Trump disbands business councils after 7 CEOs resign

  • Following a wave of high-profile resignation from Trump’s two primary CEO councils, Trump tweeted Wednesday he was dissolving both the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum.
  • “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both,” he tweeted. “Thank you all!
  • The dissolution of the two councils deals a major blow to Trump’s mandate as a leader who would use his business acumen to steer the nation toward economic prosperity. Read more (8/16/17 2:05 PM)