Another day, another Administration effort to gut rules that protect good Americans, as now the EPA wants to let power plants put more mercury in our air and water. Because what's healthier than mercury, particularly for growing children? And what's more popular than poisoning our air and water? It wasn't that long ago that most states put out health warnings about eating local fish because of all the mercury in it, but I guess our Administration wants to bring those glory days back. And the 900,000-plus Americans who submitted comments demanding stronger mercury regulations a few years ago? They must just be "little people" to this Administration. You just remember that "little people" made America great, and that a lot of "great men" deserve scorn, shame, and hatred. Penn Environment helps you tell our EPA to scuttle its plans to allow more mercury pollution in the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Meanwhile, the National Police Association is actually trying to get the Massachusetts Bar Association (or MBA) to disbar Suffolk County's incoming District Attorney, Rachael Rollins. Thinking she must have done something to deserve that? Well, no: they want her disbarred because she declared, while running for office, that she'd stop prosecuting all those petty crimes that seem to jail a disproportionate number of black folks. And yet every single DA in America prioritizes certain kinds of cases over certain others! It's called "prosecutorial discretion," and I presume the NPA has heard of it. And Suffolk County police aren't even complaining about Ms. Rollins, possibly because they feel the same way about the work they're being compelled to do, so I feel compelled to regard the NPA's complaint as an attempt at election nullification. So Color of Change helps you tell the MBA to dismiss the complaint against Ms. Rollins.
Finally, People for the American Way helps you tell your Senators to reject the nomination of William Barr as our new Attorney General. We have so, so many reasons to oppose Mr. Barr, including his support for the noxious notion of the "unitary executive" President who can do pretty much whatever he likes, the likelihood that he'll end or otherwise obstruct the Special Counsel's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling/Administration collusion, and his, ah, peculiar attitude toward the False Claims Act, but we must also recall that Mr. Barr, while he was George H.W. Bush's Attorney General, approved all those pardons Mr. Bush handed out to Iran-Contra figures who were about to go to trial (and possibly expose Mr. Bush's own complicity in those wrongdoings). Sense a pattern? Then tell your Senators to reject the Barr nomination with a quickness. Lawlessness is this President's only remaining defense, and he's better at lawlessness than we are.