National Security

A man waves down to rescue crew as he tries to leave the area after he was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

106 Members of Congress Urge Trump to Call Climate Change A National Security Risk

“It is imperative that the United States addresses this growing geopolitical threat.”

The New Normal: Setting Policy Via Twitter Fingers

President Donald Trump frequently used Twitter to govern in 2017. Can other leaders be far behind?

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'We're Looking For You': Spike in Arrests of Non-Criminals Fuels Trump Immigration Crackdown

Immigrant detentions spike, border arrest plunge in Trump’s first year, DHS figures show

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Ex-Employee Says Twitter Ignored His Reports on Fake Russian Accounts

“They were more concerned with growth numbers than fake and compromised accounts.”

What Does the FBI's New 'Black Identity Extremist' Label Really Mean to Black Organizing?

“Acting with great principle in this time is not just a matter of moral high ground but also a matter of personal safety,” says surveillance reform expert Malkia Cyril. “What we need to not do is be paranoid. What overcomes paranoia is principles.”

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Troops Say White Nationalism is Greater Threat to Nation Than ISIS Conflicts

And nearly half of troops of color surveyed said White nationalism is thriving in the nation’s military.

Surveillance cameras stand above the US-Mexican border fence at on January 27, 2017, in Tijuana, Mexico.

Feds Will Skip Environmental Impact Study Before Building Border Wall Through Wildlife Refuge

Officials reveal the Trump Administration will invoke a 2005 anti-terror law to bypass the requirement.

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U.S. Lifts Electronics Ban on Flights From Middle East

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security has imposed new security measures for all international flights entering the United States.

Surveillance cameras stand above the U.S.-Mexican border fence at Playas de Tijuana on January 27, 2017, in Tijuana, Mexico.

Federal Government Begins Building the Border Wall

Engineers are drilling and taking soil samples in California, Texas and New Mexico. 

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PHOTO ESSAY: As You Digest the SCOTUS 'Muslim Ban' Ruling, Don't Forget About This Major Win

That the Supreme Court upheld a chunk of the ”Muslim Ban” doesn’t negate the powerful organizing that helped push the issue up to the highest court in the land.

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3 Things to Watch on C-Span

No, really. Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Sean Spicer just might be full of…information.

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Trump Launches Missiles at Syria, Legislators of Color Respond

Representative Tulsi Gabbard: “Trump’s military strikes in Syria are reckless and short-sighted.”

New San Francisco Ordinance Keeps the City From Cooperating With Any Religion-Based Registry

In response to President Trump toying with the idea of a Muslim registry, Bay Area groups pushed for the ordinance to block city from creating or implementing a a database based on religion, national origin or ethnicity.

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U.S. Bans Most Electronic Devices on Flights From 8 Muslim Countries

They are not the same nations targeted in the failed “Muslim Ban.”

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How Trump's Proposed Budget Will Impact People of Color

We went through the budget line by line, so you don’t have to.

Defense Secretary James Mattis attends a joint briefing with his South Korean counterpart Han Min-Koo at the headquarters of the Defense Ministry on February 3, 2017, in Seoul, South Korea.

Defense Secretary: 'Climate Change Can Be a Driver of Instability'

James Mattis says climate change poses a national security risk—in sharp contrast to the administration’s general stance on the issue.

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Take the 2017 Colorlines Reader Survey. Then Get Free Stuff!

Please take our first reader survey in many years. There’s good music in it for you.

Pruitt Addresses EPA Staff, Talks Energy and Regulation

The new EPA administrator discusses how he wants the agency to be pro-energy and pro-environment.

Immigrants and their supporters rally in New York City during a protest against recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids on February 16, 2017. Now, a leaked draft memo seeks the National Guard to conduct such raids.

White House Denies Allegations It Plans to Activate National Guard for Immigration Enforcement

“There is no effort to do what is potentially suggested,” said Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

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ICYMI: Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Used the Worst Propaganda Ever to Vilify 1.6 Billion Muslims

An alarming video that Flynn quoted and forwarded on Twitter shows the former general’s commitment to spreading anti-Muslim propaganda.