Mar 28,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  My bosses changed their minds about working remotely for good – can they do that?.  'Girlhood,' by Melissa Febos book review.  Democrats Prepare To Push Biden For A $10 Trillion, Decade-Long Green Infrastructure Plan.  New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana.  Column: Georgia Republicans repress voting rights while Illinois Democrats repress voter choice.  Gun violence comes calling.  Readers respond: To fix problems, fix city government.  Editorial cartoons for March 28, 2021: Biden presser, mass shootings, Georgia election laws.  Opinion: Take small steps to liberation this Passover.  Path from Clinton to Biden takes U-turn on debt, trade, more.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Opinion | Georgia’s shameful new voting laws are a product of GOP desperation.  Scandal! Horror! Biden's press-briefing notes prompt rightwing outrage.  Joe Biden’s revolution of modest expectations.  A New Federal Writers’ Project? Sure, but it’s not all clams and peanut butter!.  Rachael Rollins takes a brave stand.  Letters: A tip to make traffic move faster: Green means GO..  Opinion: Passing the Equality Act will make America stronger.  Opinion: Actions, not empty words, needed to dismantle systems of oppression.  Corrections workers deserve hazard pay.  Opinion: Heaven on Earth is thriving Oklahoma children and families.  
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My bosses changed their minds about working remotely for good – can they do that?
Last year, my employer said that I could work remotely permanently, but now that staff are returning to the office, they are saying I have to come back too. I’ve set up my life around the promise that I could work remotely. An exception would be if there were a collective bargaining agreement in place where they couldn’t be changed without mutual agreement. Assuming that isn’t the case, your best recourse is to try to make the case that you can be just as productive working from home. Your advice about not hiring someone who showed up to an interview smelling like pot shows how little you understand the health benefits of cannabis.
'Girlhood,' by Melissa Febos book review
The genius of a social structure is that you cannot see it; it is built to be invisible to you, this machine that compels you to perpetuate it. None of us were, or are.”Over the course of eight essays with poignant illustrations by Forsyth Harmon, Febos interrogates the strength, savvy and vulnerabilities of girlhood. “To hate my own body was to suffer from an autoimmune disease of the mind,” Febos writes. ADADNo longer holding herself responsible for what happened to her childish body, adolescent reputation and womanly psyche, Febos got free. GirlhoodBy Melissa Febos
Democrats Prepare To Push Biden For A $10 Trillion, Decade-Long Green Infrastructure Plan
“The THRIVE Act is the agenda that establishes the pillars for economic renewal in our country,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass. The White House’s infrastructure package is potentially less ambitious on the climate front, allotting just $400 billion for measures like green transit and research and development, according to The Washington Post. And it could include Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s $454 billion electric car proposal and the $1.1 trillion plan for greener public schools that Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) endorsed this month. “The infrastructure package should also be done in one bill, not two,” Alexandra Rojas, executive director of the left-leaning campaign group Justice Democrats, said in a statement. “Republicans have made it clear that they have no intention of working with the President on an infrastructure package.
New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana
At least 14 other states already allow residents to buy marijuana for recreational and not just medical use, and New York’s past efforts to pass marijuana have failed in recent years. AdvertisementThe legislation would allow recreational marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21, and set up a licensing process for the delivery of cannabis products to customers. Adam Goers, a vice president of Columbia Care, a New York medical marijuana provider that’s interested in getting into the recreational market, said New York’s proposed system would “ensure newcomers have a crack at the marketplace” alongside the state’s existing medical marijuana providers. AdvertisementNew York would set a 9% sales tax on cannabis, plus an additional 4% tax split between the county and local government. Past efforts to legalize recreational use have been hurt by a lack of support from suburban Democrats, disagreements over how to distribute marijuana sales tax revenue and questions over how to address drivers suspected of driving high.
Column: Georgia Republicans repress voting rights while Illinois Democrats repress voter choice
Many have expressed feelings that their congressional representative rarely, if ever, visits their part of the district and seems to only care about concerns of residents in the more urban sections of the 1st District. Over the years, resentment about representation may have hardened some of these suburban and rural constituents into enthusiastic GOP voters.
Gun violence comes calling
Now, hours later, she was trying to make sense of a massacre that left 10 people dead in her hometown. And yet it does happen, with depressing regularity, in so many places that so many people call "here." As we watch these horrors and their aftermath unfold on television, we can see the similarities to our own lives. But while saying that mass shootings are vanishingly infrequent may comfort us, it does nothing to alleviate the trauma of those victimized by one. But society hasn’t taken the same persistent steps when it comes to shootings.
Readers respond: To fix problems, fix city government
But what is really weird and doesn’t work is our current form of city government. Portland is the only city our size in the country that has such a form of government. There is good news: Once every 10 years, Portland’s city charter is reviewed, and this is the kickoff year for that review. I look forward to robust and fact-based reporting in The Oregonian/OregonLive on the city charter review that’s underway. Updating the city charter cannot fix Portland’s broken parts now, but its outcome might set us on a better course for the future.
Editorial cartoons for March 28, 2021: Biden presser, mass shootings, Georgia election laws
Critics complained that Biden consulted his briefing book, which provides the gallery’s lead cartoon this week from Michael Ramirez of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The president was asked repeatedly about the flood of unaccompanied minors crossing the Southern border, another hot topic in this week’s editorial cartoon gallery. The week’s other big news story was a mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, which claimed 10 lives. The shootings came on the heels of another mass shooting in Atlanta targeting women of Asian descent. Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.
Opinion: Take small steps to liberation this Passover
And we are remembering that journey from slavery to freedom – through the parted Red Sea. On Passover we celebrate our liberation from slavery in Egypt. And there Moses’ people were, stuck between the looming Red Sea, and an onslaught of Egyptian warriors bent on returning them to slavery. According to Jewish tradition, G-d told the Israelites: Go ahead, walk into the Red Sea, and I will make it safe for you. Jackie Congedo is director of the Jewish Community Relations Council.
Path from Clinton to Biden takes U-turn on debt, trade, more
But the stock bubble in internet companies burst as the Clinton era ended. Factories quickly relocated to China, while assistance meant to retrain the newly unemployed never fully delivered as intended. They became more diverse, more likely to hold a college degree and more likely to live in an affluent city or suburb. That progression was easily overlooked until Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 on the promise of scrapping trade deals, declaring that the government had stiffed the public and vowing to return the country to a past blue-collar identity. “Democrats were slow to realize this, but Biden was not.
Opinion | Georgia’s shameful new voting laws are a product of GOP desperation
And, not to avoid the obvious, to suppress Black votes, because those ballots would not be cast to Republican advantage. It’s sick.”It’s also a product of GOP desperation to retain or regain power. Alice O’Lenick, chairwoman of the Gwinnett County election board, didn’t mince words about the need to tighten up voting rules in Georgia. “Politics is a zero-sum game, and every extra vote they get through unlawful interpretations of [the Voting Rights Act] hurts us.”A shot at winning. The new Georgia law stands as Exhibit A in the 2021 campaign to curtail voting rights but will not be the year’s last.
Scandal! Horror! Biden's press-briefing notes prompt rightwing outrage
Photograph: Oliver Contreras/EPAJoe Biden’s first press conference has caused some strong reactions from the conservative side of the aisle after he was caught … reading notes. On Thursday night, Fox News dedicated considerable time covering just how long Biden took to hold his first press conference – 49 days! “New photos show cheat sheets used by Biden during his first press conference,” a New York Post headline read last night. His notes speak of how the US now ranks 13th globally in infrastructure quality in the world, down from fifth place in 2002. OF THE US.”And then there was the time he used cue cards to remind him to listen to shooting survivors.
Joe Biden’s revolution of modest expectations
What has come over Joe Biden? Most important, perhaps, Biden has landed on a deceptively simple political strategy: He’s deliberately set modest expectations and then exceeded them. Case in point: the goals Biden set for the national vaccination program. He’s not FDR; he’s Joe Biden from Scranton, “putting one foot in front of the other and just trying to make things better,” as he put it at the news conference. But the Biden we’re seeing now, putting one foot in front of the other, is the most effective version of Joe Biden ever seen — and I’ve watched most of his career.
A New Federal Writers’ Project? Sure, but it’s not all clams and peanut butter!
David Shribman’s Ideas piece on the Federal Writers’ Project certainly reminds us of some of the great products of FDR’s New Deal (“Dreaming of a Federal Writers’ Project 2.0,? Ideas, March 21). But the Federal Writers’ Project was not as purely feel-good as Shribman describes. Massachusetts’ WPA Guide was the subject of a largely forgotten 1930s culture-war controversy that would be at home in today’s headlines … or on cable news. As unearthed by historian Christine Bold (“Writers, Plumbers, and Anarchists: The WPA Writers’ Project in Massachusetts”), the first Mass. Guide, written largely by underemployed academics, included a portrayal of the Sacco-Vanzetti case that elicited outrage from conservative critics.
Rachael Rollins takes a brave stand
It is astonishing to witness the integrity, grit, and bravery evinced by Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins in her planned dismissal of tens of thousands of cases due to tainted evidence (“DA to drop charges in lab-tied cases,” Metro, March 23). The wrongful convictions based on this evidence amounted to crimes perpetrated by the Commonwealth against thousands of people, some of whom could still be in jail, all of whom have had their lives upended and reputations damaged by individual shenanigans and bureaucratic ineptitude. I applaud Rollins for her strong character and will to correct egregious wrongs. I have no personal interest in this, but I am glad she is our district attorney — such a breath of fresh air rising above the muck of our so-called justice system.
Letters: A tip to make traffic move faster: Green means GO.
No, the way to better move traffic through the Twin Cities is to watch the traffic lights and GO when the light turns green. How they were partners and neighbors to Native Americans on the Mississippi River well before the first steamboat, and before St. Paul was called Pigs Eye Landing. I started as liaison for both organizations concerning the then-nascent canoe program (Urban Wilderness Adventures) in the Mississippi River Gorge. Paul reaches for waterfront potential with a new nature center, Mississippi River Balcony, East Side River District” (March 21). Michael Lunde, St. Paul
Opinion: Passing the Equality Act will make America stronger
During college, I became interested in military service and enrolled in an Army ROTC program. Since that day, I’ve been standing alongside other transgender service members and aspiring service members for the chance to serve this country. My dreams of military service are finally within reach, but this fight isn’t over. And over 80% of American voters support laws that protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, like the Equality Act. Nicolas Talbott is an aspiring service member and transgender advocate who challenged the military's ban on transgender service members in federal court.
Opinion: Actions, not empty words, needed to dismantle systems of oppression
Opinion and Community Engagement Editor Amelia Robinson asked five guest columnists their thoughts on this subject. More:Political cartoonists react to violence against Asian AmericansAs an Asian woman born in India, raised in Georgia and who has lived in Ohio since 2012, I’ve also been impacted by these systems of oppression. We have a right to go about our daily lives – shop for groceries, go to work, walk around our neighborhoods – and feel safe. Everyone deserves to feel safe and to feel like they belong. Speak out when you see anti-Asian hate, and push for investments that lift up our communities so we can all feel safe, together.
Corrections workers deserve hazard pay
Kevin Stitt recently has publicly indicated support to determine whether to give hazard duty pay to teachers as an incentive for them to return to traditional classroom learning. However, the teacher’s union, Oklahoma Education Association, is not requesting hazard duty pay. However, I would like to shine light on the Department of Corrections and everything they have done throughout the pandemic. These courageous workers and staff have faced COVID-19 head on with no ability to not show up to work out of fear of the virus. We need to be thanking them for all they have done and show them support by presenting them with a hazardous pay incentive.
Opinion: Heaven on Earth is thriving Oklahoma children and families
For our kids, “I need you” can look a lot like “I hate you,” and that’s sometimes a hard-sell for our foster families. But, a family setting, a home like the ones so many Oklahomans have, is exactly what our kids need! We need Oklahomans to come alongside the Department of Human Services and the children and families we work with to serve, to be their heaven on earth. It isn’t easy work — for them, for their children, for the foster parents who serve them both — but it is so worth it! To learn more about Therapeutic Foster Care or apply to become a certified TFC foster family, visit, or call 1-800-376-9729.
Opinion: Going 'Back to School' creates new challenges for life during a pandemic
Given the predominantly young and healthy populations of college campuses, it’s also unsurprising that these cases have resulted in a low incidence of serious illness and few deaths. In counties where college students make up at least 10% of the population, case averages for the last year have essentially mirrored what’s happened elsewhere. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention echoed this thinking when it updated its guidance on classroom spacing, saying that elementary school students and some middle and high school students could be spaced three feet apart in classrooms, so long as everyone donned masks. Of course, college students spend time in close quarters beyond lectures and seminars: In dorms, dining halls and elsewhere. But with universities opening the throttle – and college students behaving like college students – a clearer picture should emerge soon.
Opinion: Lessons learned from an Oklahoma business that pivoted, twice
That’s the Oklahoma story of the Malzahn family, Charles Machine Works (CMW) and the world-famous Ditch Witch brand. Charlie and his son, Ed, a graduate of Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State), recognized a new opportunity. Over the next 10 years, business incorporated as The Charles Machine Works, Inc. (CMW). Ditch Witch, the first mechanized, compact service-line trencher for laying water lines from the street to the house, was patented. In 2019, Toro acquired The Charles Machine Works for $700 million.
On eve of coup, Pompeo rejected U.S. effort to declare 'genocide' in Myanmar: officials
Some State Department officials argued that punishing Myanmar for the army’s atrocities would push the country into China’s orbit. In a previously unreported effort, some State Department officials said they encouraged Pompeo to take a fresh look at Myanmar in a parallel process in mid-2020. Seeking accountabilityInside the State Department, officials were split on the genocide label for Myanmar, Reuters has learned. Pompeo considered the leak an attempt to pressure him into deeming the Myanmar atrocities a genocide, former officials said. Other State Department bureaus responsible for promoting human rights, religious freedoms and global criminal justice likewise lent their support to a genocide determination, U.S. officials said.
His Plane Crashed in the Amazon. Then Came the Hard Part.
“I would never fly for wildcat mining again.”After this plane crashed, when it became clear help was not going to come from the sky, Mr. Sena, 36, started walking. For days, Mr. Sena walked only in the morning, using the sun’s position to head eastward toward the river. Mr. Sena knew that predators usually hunt near the water, where prey is abundant. But he was frequently besieged by packs of spider monkeys, which tried to destroy his precarious shelters. One afternoon about four weeks after the crash, when he gone three days without eating, a buzzing noise stopped him in his tracks.
Vaccines, Suez Canal, Passover: Your Weekend Briefing
Democrats see an opportunity to raise taxes on big corporations and the wealthy but do not agree on the details. And because Republican support is unlikely, they have no room for error in a closely divided Senate. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a critical Democratic swing vote, has signaled openness to making changes to the 2017 tax overhaul. Mr. Manchin is now at the center of the most important policy debates in Washington, most notably the one over the filibuster. Eliminating that voting mechanism would give Mr. Manchin even more influence in the 50-50 Senate, but he’s against doing so.
Op-Ed: Start atoning for past racism, L.A. — build a memorial to victims of the Chinese Massacre
One hundred and fifty years later, justice still eludes the 19 victims of the Los Angeles Chinese Massacre. The only public acknowledgement of the atrocity is a modest plaque embedded in the pavement on Los Angeles Street. A fitting memorial to the victims of the Chinese Massacre — and to anti-Asian violence in Los Angeles County more generally — is long overdue. With its resources and collective expertise, the Chinese American Museum in downtown Los Angeles should be central to the effort. By erecting a memorial there, Los Angeles would transform a site of trauma and tragedy into one of reconciliation and healing.
Op-Ed: How the U.S. invested in the war on terrorism at the cost of public health
Today, with more than 540,000 COVID deaths, I hope we’ve learned the huge cost of allowing our public health structure to wither as we single-mindedly pursued the decades-long war on terror. The Affordable Care Act established the Prevention and Public Health Fund, with promised investment reaching about $2 billion annually by 2015. Since 2010, spending on local health departments has dropped by 18%, and at least 38,000 public health jobs have disappeared since the 2008 recession. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national public health agency, has been regarded as a bastion of international scientific expertise, but that doesn’t always translate into good on-the-ground public health work. The CDC and local public health departments need to be equipped with the same level of sophisticated tools provided to, say, airport screeners.
Op-Ed: Learning from the Nashville model of social change
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Nashville nonviolent movement modeled for the nation a community-centered approach to dismantling Jim Crow. Forged in the momentum of the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, the Nashville movement — with its lunch counter sit-ins — was inspired by the Rev. The effectiveness of the Nashville campaign was rooted in the intensive workshops on nonviolence that preceded the actual sit-ins. In Nashville, alliances forged among students, Black women and local clergy in SCLC’s Nashville affiliate energized the sit-ins. They are co-writing a book on the origins and impact of the Nashville movement.
Republicans don’t want Kamala Harris to succeed on immigration. That’s why she must
The migration crisis at America’s southern border has put the Biden administration in a sticky wicket. How could Trump’s ever-loyal vice president fix a problem his boss refused to own? But Harris’ biggest hurdle won’t be headquartered in Central America. They aim to demolish all Biden administration initiatives, and especially one that seeks a humane policy for handling desperate migrants who seek harbor. “At no point in her career has she given any indication that she considers the border a problem or a serious threat.”They don’t want Harris to succeed.
After 44 years, I’m grateful, weary and wary | Rosemary O’Hara
Midway though my career, I became an editorial page editor not because I wanted to write and edit informed commentary, but because I was intrigued by the community forum reflected on the opinion pages. While I may be remembered for editorials on Broward Health, the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Broward Schools — or the exhaustive endorsements we offered in hundreds of local elections over the years — I am equally proud of having created the South Florida 100 feature you see every Sunday, which elevates the voices of so many interesting people.
A high likelihood that Florida will execute innocent people | Editorial
“Ending the death penalty comes down to one fundamental question, one question: Is it fair?” he said. “For the state to apply this ultimate, final punishment, the answer needs to be yes. Fair means that it is applied equally to anyone, no matter who they are. And fair means that we get it right, that the person punished for the crime did the crime. But we all know that the death penalty cannot meet those criteria.”
Biden goes for 'expectation' management when prodded about his future
Did anyone expect a different answer from President Joe Biden when he was asked last Thursday — barely nine weeks into his term — if he'll seek reelection in 2024? If at 78 he harbors reasonable doubts, Biden would have no incentive to say so. During his first solo White House news conference, Biden fenced with reporters in the conventional way. The question arose: "Have you decided whether you are going to run for reelection in 2024? Prodded again, Biden replied: "My plan is to run for reelection.
Opinion: Actions, not empty words, needed to dismantle systems of oppression
Opinion and Community Engagement Editor Amelia Robinson asked five guest columnists their thoughts on this subject. More:Political cartoonists react to violence against Asian AmericansAs an Asian woman born in India, raised in Georgia and who has lived in Ohio since 2012, I’ve also been impacted by these systems of oppression. We have a right to go about our daily lives – shop for groceries, go to work, walk around our neighborhoods – and feel safe. Everyone deserves to feel safe and to feel like they belong. Speak out when you see anti-Asian hate, and push for investments that lift up our communities so we can all feel safe, together.
Opinion: It is time to 'rock the boat' and make waves in the name of ending racism against Asian Americans
More:Column: Here is how to be an antiracist in OhioI received the same messages that many Asian Americans internalize from their families. More:Column: Budget, plans for 2022 will occupy lawmakers in 2021Actions may include supporting Black-, Asian, and Asian American-owned restaurants, businesses and organizations. To my fellow Asian Americans, I see you. The call to action for Asian Americans is clear: If enough of us rock the boat, we can make waves. Kills touch nerve for local Asian and Asian American womenStacey Diane Aranez Litam is an assistant professor of counselor education at Cleveland State University.
Gardening | Ohio victory garden program to offer free vegetable seeds to gardeners
Many gardeners declared that these new or expanded vegetable gardens were victory gardens in the fight against this new enemy called coronavirus. The program, titled Let’s Grow Ohio, will provide free vegetable seeds and educational programming designed to help gardeners and would-be gardeners plant vegetable gardens this spring and summer. Gardeners can find more information about the Ohio Victory Garden Project at the Ohio Victory Garden weblog at The Ohio Victory Garden project was piloted last fall with the development of fall victory gardens at the Bexley Community Garden and at OSU’s Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. These victory gardens were used to demonstrate the productivity of fall and winter gardening for central Ohio gardeners.
Opinion: 'There are those who benefit from divide-and-conquer policies that see Asians as “forever foreigners'
Such violence has been on rise since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but it has a long history in America. The recent slaughter of six Asian/Asian American women and two others in the Atlanta area was horrific and devastating. It is widely acknowledged that this number reflects only a fraction of the racist incidents Asian Americans have faced. RELATED GUEST COLUMNSOpinion: Actions, not just empty words needed to dismantle systems of oppressionOpinion: Asian Americans long discriminated against, long fighters for rightsOpinion: 'I don’t feel safe.' Pranav Jani is Director of the Asian American Studies Program and Associate Professor in the Department of English at The Ohio State University.
Opinion: Asian Americans long discriminated against, long fighters for rights
Racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) is nothing new and existed long before I started educating others about it more than 30 years ago. Never mind the shooter targeted three Asian businesses and killed six Asian American women. That’s why while 60% of humans are Asian, AAPI account for only around 6% of the U.S. population. Kills touch nerve for local Asian and Asian American womenOpinion: It is time to 'rock the boat' and make waves in the name of ending racism against Asian AmericansStephen Kyo Kaczmarek is Columbus State Community College English professor. Kaczmarek is proudly Asian American and the co-author of "Business Communication: Building Critical Skills."
Letters to the editor
Climate change accountabilityA recent column by Phil Goldberg, Special Counsel to the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project, takes issue with the idea that oil and gas companies should pay any of the costs associated with climate change. Meanwhile, consumers and businesses are already paying for the costs of climate change. Taxpayers across the country, including in Massachusetts, pay tens of billions every year in damages from hurricanes, wildfires, droughts and flooding made more destructive by climate change. Just like the tobacco executives before them, oil and gas CEOs decided to pour their efforts into misinformation campaigns about the science of climate change instead of addressing the harm their product was causing. We need them to fly but there are now no adequate substitutes for jet fuel, so it makes sense that they can pay firms in other industries to reduce emissions by buying their permits.
We asked kids what they would do free the ship in Suez Canal
The paralyzing effect of the stricken Ever Given container ship on global traffic became clear on Sunday as nearby Syria, already scarred by years of war, imposed fuel rationing to safeguard dwindling oil supplies.
Chinese digital art mocks Western criticism of labour conditions in Xinjiang
BEIJING (Reuters) - A digital illustration by a prominent Chinese propaganda artist mocking Western governments, media and businesses critical of labour conditions in Xinjiang has gone viral on China’s social media. The digital art by the artist who goes by the name Wuheqilin, referring to a one-horned Chinese mythical beast, shows two figures with white pointed hoods interviewing a scarecrow in a field of cotton and Black slaves. One of the journalists holds up a microphone with a logo that looks similar to “BBC News”. Western governments and rights groups have accused authorities in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang of detaining and torturing Uighurs in camps, drawing fierce denials from Beijing, who says the camps are vocational training centres that help combat religious extremism. Earlier this year, BBC reported that women in the camps had been subject to rape, sexual abuse and torture.
Support for Merkel's party falls further in poll, Greens closing in
He repeated false claims that the election was stolen, while also portraying insurrectionists as harmless fuzzballs to Laura Ingraham on Fox News. They claimed that “no reasonable person” would believe the conspiracy theories spun by Powell. This puts to lie the whole “seriously/ literally” shell game that has been going on for the last five years. For example, a February poll from the University of Houston found that 83 percent of Texas Republicans believed there was widespread election fraud. She was also considered to be part of an “elite strike force” of Trump lawyers (as Trump tweeted, a “truly great team”).
Boucher sentenced to life in prison
Richard Boucher of Kingston was sentenced on Jan. 30 to life in prison without parole for the 2010 murder of James Tigges, District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz announced. Prosecutors said that on a night in May 2010, Boucher showed up to a party at 7 Cortelli Court in Plymouth and began drinking beer that belonged to Tigges and Jackson Duncan. As Tigges and Duncan were leaving the party, Boucher followed them outside and shot at them, according to Cruz’s office. Tigges died after being shot four times; Duncan was left paralyzed. Boucher, who is now 21, was tried in Plymouth Superior Court in Brockton and convicted on Jan. 25 of first degree murder, assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Opinion: Killings leave Asian and Asian American women feeling unsafe
Six of the victims of the shooting were women of Asian descent. But the triggers are everywhere: the popular constructions of Asian women as willing and submissive sex objects and real-life encounters with unwanted sexual advances. More:I'm 'afraid to leave my house': Asian women are living in fearFor those of us who are immigrants, they also come from systems of patriarchy back in our countries of origin. Having experienced a host of misogyny across continents, I was heartbroken to see the hurt in our young women of Asian descent here at OSU. But the killing of these six Asian women, all of whom worked at massage spas, touched our nerves: They were brutally murdered, even though they simply had been diligently living their lives.
Editorial: Holocaust history threatened by ignorance
“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in the camp, which has turned my life into one long night,” Wiesel added a few pages later. On the next page: “We’re on the threshold of death.”One million, mostly Jewish men, women and children, were murdered at Auschwitz. Duxbury’s high school football team used Auschwitz as an audible at the line of scrimmage to change a play, among other anti-Semitic play calls. Or, has teaching history become such a low priority we’re filling the country with ignorance? It’s a warning to middle school and high school teachers everywhere that history can’t be lost on young minds.
Georgia's 'Jim Crow' voter suppression bill is now law. Here's how Democrats can fight back.
On Thursday, Georgia Republicans passed restrictive changes to the state election process. Brian Kemp immediately signed a bill into law that President Joe Biden accurately labeled "outrageous," "un-American" and "Jim Crow in the 21st Century." The new law also restructures the authority of the State Election Board. There’s also the chance that this voter suppression law could backfire for Republicans. State law allows for the casting of ballots and the tabulation of ballots to be observed by members of both parties.
GSK and Vir seek emergency use of COVID-19 therapy in United States
When the trauma is caused by people, as in a mass shooting, the impact can be profound. The rate of PTSD in mass shootings may be as high as 36% among survivors. That means humans can learn fear and experience terror through exposure to the trauma and fear of others. People in the vicinity of a mass shooting may see exposed, disfigured, burned or dead bodies. Every time there is a mass shooting in a new place, people learn that kind of place is now on the not-very-safe list.
Fighting for fairness in vocational tech school admissions
Last week, the Vocational Education Justice Coalition advocated for a lottery system to help right the wrong that even the department is acknowledging. “It’s not perfect, but it’s better than what we’ve got.”Currently, schools — and most of them are regional vocational technical schools, reporting to their own regional governing boards — look at grades, attendance, disciplinary history, and recommendations. AdvertisementNew Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, who was one of 23 mayors to raise the issue of vocational education admissions with the board of education last year, said, “We need something that is more fair, more transparent, more neutral. While vocational education programs have advanced at most schools to match the needs of our changing world, admissions procedures haven’t. As long as seats are limited, fairer admissions policies at public vocational schools are essential.
China’s go-it-alone five-year plan
To meet the challenges ahead, China is banking on its 14th Five-Year Plan, which was officially approved at the recent meeting. The phrase “Five-Year Plan” might conjure thoughts of production targets and coal, steel or grain quotas. That is why the new Five-Year Plan includes binding targets not only for military spending, but also for grain production, investment in research and development and digital-sector growth. What the Five-Year Plan does not include, for the first time ever, is a target for overall GDP growth for the period. The new Five-Year Plan aims to abolish or ease restrictions in small and medium-size cities, and introduce a points system in large cities.
Mexico’s surprising role in sparking the US Civil War
Like the United States, Mexico was founded on two competing principles — liberty and property. In 1837, Mexico’s Congress prohibited slavery across the nation. Within a year, war broke out between Mexico and the United States. We cannot understand the coming of the Civil War without taking into account Mexico and the slaves who reached its soil. This essay is adapted with permission from her book “South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War,” published by Basic Books.
Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue review: how Ruth Bader Ginsburg changed America
Harvard Law School never allowed a woman student until 1950. When she was still in law school, her husband, Marty, developed a virulent form of cancer. “After an intense day at the law school, I was glad to have the childcare hours. I think it was an appreciation that there is more to life than law school that accounts for how well I did.”A mural in New York City. But in retrospect Ginsberg agreed with the first woman on the supreme court, Sandra Day O’Connor, that even this kind of adversity had its advantages.
[#WeFACE] For Posco, ESG is all part of ‘corporate citizenship’
BUSINESSYang Weon-jun, executive vice president and chief of the corporate citizenship office at Posco (Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)The Korea Herald is publishing a series of interviews with executives of South Korea’s leading corporations on their response to environmental, social and corporate governance, or ESG, issues, which have become central factors globally in measuring the sustainability of an investment or business decision. A separate 500 billion won is expected for related research and development down the road, while infrastructure investments will require another 400 billion-500 billion won.The company’s goal is to complete the necessary technology development by 2040 and create a green energy infrastructure so that it may phase out of the conventional steelmaking model into the hydrogen-based reduction model. The green drive across industries is already very much tangible in our world today.”The steelmaker also underlined the growing importance of working together with market leaders from different sectors.Earlier this month, Posco joined four other major conglomerates -- SK, Hyundai Motor, Hanwha and Hyosung -- in announcing a joint plan to invest 43 trillion won in the nation’s hydrogen industry, responding to the growing energy demands.Also, adopting a citizen’s innovative idea, Posco worked with cosmetic giant Amorepacific to build enhanced pavement blocks, using empty cosmetics product containers and steel slag. The upcycled material was used to build the outer walls of a public restroom at Seoul’s Noksapyeong Subway Station.On the back of diverse efforts for sustainability, Posco hopes to remain the leading steelmaker, and at the same time to grow beyond the steelmaking paradigm.“I expect that we shall maintain the business-to-business frame to supply key industrial materials to companies and that steel will continue to be our essential item,” he said.“But think about the business evolution that has taken place over mere decades. Who knows wh
[#WeFACE] For Posco, ESG is all part of ‘corporate citizenship’
The Korea Herald is publishing a series of interviews with executives of South Korea’s leading corporations on their response to environmental, social and corporate governance, or ESG, issues, which have become central factors globally in measuring the sustainability of an investment or business decision. A separate 500 billion won is expected for related research and development down the road, while infrastructure investments will require another 400 billion-500 billion won.The company’s goal is to complete the necessary technology development by 2040 and create a green energy infrastructure so that it may phase out of the conventional steelmaking model into the hydrogen-based reduction model. The green drive across industries is already very much tangible in our world today.”The steelmaker also underlined the growing importance of working together with market leaders from different sectors.Earlier this month, Posco joined four other major conglomerates -- SK, Hyundai Motor, Hanwha and Hyosung -- in announcing a joint plan to invest 43 trillion won in the nation’s hydrogen industry, responding to the growing energy demands.Also, adopting a citizen’s innovative idea, Posco worked with cosmetic giant Amorepacific to build enhanced pavement blocks, using empty cosmetics product containers and steel slag. The upcycled material was used to build the outer walls of a public restroom at Seoul’s Noksapyeong Subway Station.On the back of diverse efforts for sustainability, Posco hopes to remain the leading steelmaker, and at the same time to grow beyond the steelmaking paradigm.“I expect that we shall maintain the business-to-business frame to supply key industrial materials to companies and that steel will continue to be our essential item,” he said.“But think about the business evolution that has taken place over mere decades. Who knows where we shall stand 50 years from now and why hold on to diminishing businesses when we have the insight and capacity to pioneer new pro
All 23 Democratic governors sign letter condemning anti-Asian hate – but only two Republicans join them
On Friday, a letter condemning violence against Asian-Americans was signed by 23 Democratic governors and the governor of Guam, following an increase in hate crimes against the community over the last 12 months. However, of the 27 Republican governors in the US, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland were the only two to sign the letter that showed solidarity with Asian-Americans. “Today, and every day, we stand in solidarity, in support, and in shared resolve with the Asian American community,” the letter, released on Friday, read. We condemn all expressions of racism, xenophobia, scapegoating, and anti-Asian sentiment.”Read more:“What is happening to Asian Americans is simply un-American. The letter was signed on Stop AAPI Hate’s virtual day of action, which was held to highlight prejudice and violence towards Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says he tested positive for COVID-19
– at the surge of migrants at the southern border. The House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, declares it a “crisis … created by the presidential policies of this new administration”. In fact, there’s no surge of migrants at the border. US Customs and Border Protection apprehended 28% more migrants from January to February this year than in previous months. To stop this, Democrats are trying to enact a sweeping voting rights bill, the For the People Act, which protects voting, ends partisan gerrymandering and keeps dark money out of elections.
America needs a strong, compassionate conservative voice
Rather, it helps ensure an environment where free markets and free people can pursue and realize opportunity. Importantly, this country needs a strong, compassionate conservative voice to provide a rational alternative to the alt-right sentiment and a counterweight to the progressive left, which, left unchecked, endangers our freedom and economic viability as a nation. The country moved on from a leader who professed to be a conservative, but exhibited few ideals relating to conservatism. Both “America First” and fiscal mismanagement have eroded our ability to protect our interests and to support the defense of freedom abroad. We can no longer be confined by labels attributed to one party or the other, especially when each side’s hodgepodge of policy prescriptions fail to fall neatly into any real unifying policy vision.
For evangelical women who feel called to the ministry, Beth Moore is an icon
This column is part of our ongoing Opinion commentary on faith, called Living Our Faith. Beth Moore has been an icon for millions of women like me, who love Jesus and take Scripture seriously. A Tweet from Beth Moore, on the allegiance among some Southern Baptists to Trump, popped up: “I don’t know where I belong anymore except I belong with Jesus. I didn’t have to leave my church like Moore has to find a spiritual home. Neither of us could return to a place where women and men weren’t leading together.
Beth Moore continues a historic movement for gender equality among evangelical women
This column is part of our ongoing Opinion commentary on faith, called Living Our Faith. He wanted to talk to me about Beth Moore and the Southern Baptist Convention. For over four years, since 2016, the words and actions of Moore have been giving me hope. Just as Joshua marched round and round the city walls of Jericho, waiting for the moment when God would act, Moore began circling evangelical misogyny. I do not see 1 glimpse of Christ in this sexism.”While she did seem to confirm allegiance to SBC gender roles, Moore did it on her own terms.
While the Texas economy grows, the business court system is lost in the 20th century
A critical component of that development was the creation of the Delaware Chancery Court, a specialized business court charged with understanding and settling sophisticated, and sometimes arcane, business disputes. For example, some claim that a specialized business court would erode the jury system in Texas. What the new business court would do is provide highly qualified judges, with extensive experience in complex business disputes. I know because I was the original author of this proposal to create the Texas Business Court. Jason Villalba is a former member of the Texas House, a practicing corporate attorney and a member of the executive committee of the Texas Business Law Foundation.
Our voters deserve strong debates on the big issues
Senators should maintain a certain decorum in Senate debate. Stewart, however, wanted to amend the bill to remove a Senate Judiciary Committee amendment that would have included public employees. Therefore, the debate was completely legitimate and Ivey-Soto had every right to press the issue and get answers to his questions. Having examined this issue, this was tough, passionate senate debate, and should be seen as that. The next tough issue is around the corner.
Sicarios Kill Mayoral Candidate in Oaxaca; Her Husband Was Killed Six Years Ago
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A library encounter with Seuss’s ‘If I Ran the Zoo’
At the library, my son and I chose “If I Ran the Zoo.” Like all Seuss books, the tale of an ambitious young boy named Gerald McGrew was a delight to read out loud. In some respects, they differed little in sentiment from the anti-Japanese images Seuss had created during World War II, but I didn’t yet know about those. Looking back, I’m not surprised that it was included among six books Seuss Enterprises has decided to discontinue. (And it’s important to note that the Seuss books in question have not been banned.) In the meantime, our neighbors claiming an irresistible nostalgia for Seuss’s racist works needn’t venture as far as a library.
Republicans have taken up the politics of bigotry, putting US democracy at risk
US Customs and Border Protection apprehended 28% more migrants from January to February this year than in previous months. The core message of the Republican party now consists of liesRepublicans continue to allege – without proof – that the 2020 election was rife with fraudulent ballots, many from undocumented migrants. This transformation in one of America’s two eminent political parties has shocking implications, not just for the future of American democracy but for the future of democracy everywhere. The secretary of state didn’t explicitly talk about the Republican party, but there was no mistaking his subject. People around the world witnessing the fragility of American democracy “want to see whether our democracy is resilient, whether we can rise to the challenge here at home.
Republicans have taken up the politics of bigotry, putting US democracy at risk | Robert Reich
| Robert Reich Read moreDonald Trump demands the Biden administration “immediately complete the wall, which can be done in a matter of weeks – they should never have stopped it. US Customs and Border Protection apprehended 28% more migrants from January to February this year than in previous months. The core message of the Republican party now consists of liesRepublicans continue to allege – without proof – that the 2020 election was rife with fraudulent ballots, many from undocumented migrants. The secretary of state didn’t explicitly talk about the Republican party, but there was no mistaking his subject. People around the world witnessing the fragility of American democracy “want to see whether our democracy is resilient, whether we can rise to the challenge here at home.
Georgia's election law: How the Supreme Court laid the path
Congress passed the 1965 Voting Rights Act soon after the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama. "Today the Nation is no longer divided along those lines, yet the Voting Rights Act continues to treat it as if it were." The three voting rights groups that sued - the New Georgia Project, the Black Voters Matter Fund and Rise Inc. -- grounded their complaint in the Voting Rights Act and in the First and Fourteenth Amendments. "The Arizona case is going to be one of the most significant that the Roberts Court decides," said New York University law professor Richard Pildes. "We're about to learn much more about exactly of how the court understands the constitutional dimensions of the right to vote and the Voting Rights Act."
Dealing with the modern day plague
As the holiday of Passover is upon us we should reflect on how we celebrate plagues (ten specifically) while we as a society are still dealing with the modern day COVID-19 plague. Weather it is mental health issues, poverty, discrimination, voter intimidation or gun violence all can be considered a plague on our society. Gun violence and needless deaths occur yet can be prevented! In less than two weeks we have seen several cases including Atlanta (8 deaths), Boulder (10 deaths), Virginia Beach (2 deaths). Together we can end gun violence.
We're making history in Virginia
What’s happening here in Virginia this year is nothing short of historic and has been written as such in recent publications and recognized by the nationally renowned, Amanda Litman from Run For Something. Of the 45 Republican-held seats, we now have 41* challengers, but that number changes by the day as the effort I’ve been so proud to assist in makes new Virginia history. x The days of the old boys club deciding who can run, where they can run, and what they can run on are over. — Matt Rogers ?? (@MattForDelegate) March 27, 2021When the next General Assembly is sworn in, I’d be honored to be among those raising my hand. On June 8th, the name “Matt Rogers” will be on the ballot in Arlington, and across the Commonwealth there will be choices for November in every single House of Delegates district.
Pesach (Passover) begins this evening. Passing thoughts on Liberation
Pesach is the annual commemoration of the Torah’s account of the Jews liberation from slavery. Freedom is, according to the American exceptionalist mythology, what the US has represented to the world since the 18th Century. [12] The survivor’s voice is conceived as the direct speech of the victim, but such a view is a form of slippage, the survivor’s survival a fetish representing its otherness. [15] The problem of voice, of the directness of the survivor’s speech, its standing in for others, is at the heart of testimony. The first thing Levi realizes is that survival is a language and that to survive, one must become fluent in this language.
I Messed Up
I messed up big time. I didn’t mean to imply that she thought I was abusive to Reid. I totally misinterpreted what she said. I have hurt her and that is something I will have to live with. I can only say again that I am so sorry.
Airing my Briefs in Public
Thanking Trump for Operation Warp SpeedFox News has been ablaze with calls for President Biden to publicly thank Trump for Operation Warp Speed. Trump should be thanked… as many times and in the same manner as he thanked President Obama. For example, Trump thanked Obama for a smooth transition. Trump thanked Obama for leaving 142 judgeships unfilled. In return Biden could thank Trump for not overthrowing the government of the United States.
This Week in the War on Women, 3/21-27/2021: Toxic Elite White Male Culture and Hazing Edition
Fraternity hazing. Tragically, I don’t believe that hazing deaths will decrease until our culture changes. I remember fraternity hazing deaths in the news back when I was a child — I’m now 60. I asked Mom, she remembers fraternity hazing deaths in the news back when she was a child — she’s now almost 90. We see that repeatedly when young women are attacked by young men, don’t we?
'They'll be back'
He was right. The moment the public consciousness moves on to the fact that Myanmar is slaughtering it’s own population, or how bad China is; the big, bold, eagles of the Corporate World show their colours once again. Link —…From the article —’Dozens of companies said after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol that they would stop donating to the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the results, but recent financial disclosures show some are now making direct contributions to the House and Senate GOP campaign arms that dole out funds to those same lawmakers.’Snip’“Intel divides its political contributions evenly among Republicans and Democrats, including individual candidates, campaign committees and Governors Associations. We continuously reevaluate our contributions to ensure that they align with our values, policies and priorities,” a spokesperson told The Hill.’So, Mitch, was right. So right, it hurts.
It sucks being lonely and depressed during a major holiday celebration.
Sometimes I hate my life...being stuck alone in a nursing home with no hope of getting out anytime soon. This is my favorite Jewish holiday, a time to spend with friends and family, to celebrate and learn from our history, to enjoy a great meal, and to be in comfort. I managed to attend a Zoom Seder and for this I am blessed, but it is not the same. But being able to take part in the steps of the Seder was lost. No Hillel sandwich, no hard boiled eggs, I was not able to read from the Haggadah, etc.
Homelessness was rising before COVID-19. Can the pandemic teach us to do better?
Again and again we see how the rolling tragedy that hit the entire country hit the most vulnerable among us the hardest. “What the pandemic has showed us is that individual rooms are healthier and safer,” an attorney who has represented people living in encampments told the Orange County Register. A provider in Bethesda, Maryland, said some people who had been unwilling to accept assistance did so because of the pandemic, and got permanent housing. So with homelessness as with unemployment benefits and direct payments, the pandemic has highlighted the fact that building a safety net can work. And we know that some of these areas are not going to embrace state-level policies that help prevent homelessness and support people who are struggling.
Everything is Black and White...until it's not
I view the world through the eyes of a Black woman. My life began in black and white with only a hint of others in between. Moms of their friends, moms on the PTA board, Scout moms, and Sunday school moms. My children’s circle of friends is Black, White, and everyone in between. Still in broader discussions of diversity, equity, and inclusion, we mostly frame it around Black and White.
DUH! GOP Tweet Admits that 'The Republican Party Isn’t Going Anywhere' ?
The Republican Party is unarguably mired in a historically deep trench of disinformation, division, and cultist devotion to a deranged former reality TV game show host. The Republican Party isn’t going anywhere, and we are going to win in 2022 and 2024! — GOP (@GOP) March 27, 2021The video in that tweet features a brief exchange from President Biden's press conference that Fox news found so appalling and boring. The GOP's official response to that was the inadvertently honest observation that "The Republican Party isn’t going anywhere." And that's the part that truly devastates the core raison d'etre of the Republican Party.
Baltimore Stops Arresting People for Petty Crimes & All Crime Rates Go Down.
Violent crime dropped 20% from March 2020 to March 2021, property crime decreased 36%, and there were 13 fewer homicides. It wasn’t due to COVID lockdowns — other big cities saw crime increases in the time of pandemic. The US leads the world in incarcerating its citizens — without any concomitant success in producing low crime rates. And two, it allows the criminal justice system to focus on violent crimes — the crimes that actually hurt people. Criminal justice in the US is often grounded in hostility, racism, and a belief that poverty is a moral failure — if not an outright crime in its own right.
Beto O'Rourke shames Ted Cruz over silly border stunt
Ted Cruz continued his “Hey, look! This is the same Ted Cruz who couldn’t stop suckling Donald Trump’s magnificent Halloween muffin teat long enough to defend our country and Constitution before, during, or after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 26, 2021x If you’re ever interested in actually working on solutions to what we’re seeing at our border (instead of trafficking in seditious lies, fleeing Texas during a storm that killed more than 100, etc. ), here are some ideas: — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 26, 2021(If ya don’t do Twitter, you can click here to read the thread.) Of course, this is still a better look than Cruz’s last run for the border, but that’s not saying much.
The COVID-19 'It wasn't my fault' tour begins in earnest
In “her mind” the number of deaths could have been “mitigated or decreased substantially.”Well, what exactly was in her “mind,” last spring? “We’ve hit our peak,” she would say, and that message would find its way back to Mr. Trump. Dr. Birx began using versions of the phrase “putting out the embers,” wording that was later picked up by the press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, and by Mr. Trump himself. So during the time that she now says deaths from COVID-19 “could have been mitigated or reduced substantially,” Birx was doing essentially nothing to achieve that end. Dr. Birx, who was afraid to challenge his unscientific rhetoric and wrongfully praised him."
A Short, Little, "Pipple" Poem
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"There's no dispute that we now live in a hyper-connected, globalized world--but plenty of argument over the type of globalization that's best for our collective future. In this timely work, Rob Kall makes a persuasive case for 'trickle-up' globalization from below and that the truest, best, and most long-lasting fundamental change always comes from the bottom up. Read this book?then act on it!" Rory O'Connor, award-winning filmmaker and author of Friends, Followers, and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media
Article: Book Review: Memoirs of a Russianist, Volumes I & II, by Gilbert Doctorow
Russia analyst and author Gilbert Doctorow has written a 2-volume memoir that takes the reader on a journey through his years as a Russia specialist. It was during this time that he met Larisa, a young Russian writer who would become his wife. This type of problem was a recurring theme during Doctorow's business life in 1990s Russia:"One hears of the mafia and extortion, the racket. These are indeed frightening aspects of the Russian business predicament. This young man told Doctorow and the other guests that the war seemed to have been needlessly prolonged for political reasons.
Georgians Are Waking Up To Governor Kemp's Authoritarian Takeover
And then, in a relative instant, they changed the laws so it was all irreversible. You can draw a straight line from Reagan through Bush to Trump, and then to Georgia and Iowa outlawing democracy in their states this past week. We're watching democracy ripped right out from under us. This was Chicago reporter Milton Mayer's great fear and great fascination, after he got to know real Germans who'd lived through the years of the Nazis. It was introduced into the House, passed the House; introduced into the Senate, passed the Senate; sent to the Governor and signed by Governor Brian Kemp...all in less than one day.
Capricorn Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
Don’t make promises you may not be able to live up to. That is the message of the stars this week, and if you heed it you should be free next week to enjoy yourself in ways that might not have been possible had you been verbally reckless.
Taurus Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
You won’t have much trouble persuading people to help you out this week, but you must make sure they don’t expect too much in return. It’s OK to return the favor at some point, but it’s not OK to be in their debt for any length of time. Yesterday's HoroscopeWhat you do for others over the next 48 hours will be done for you in return later on, so be generous and be ready to extend the hand of friendship even to people you don’t much like. It takes all sorts to make such an interesting world.
Ask Amy: Wife’s hoarding may bury the family
— Worried I'll Be BuriedWorried I’ll Be Buried: Your wife might have a hoarding disorder. This probably did not come on overnight, and you probably adjusted to the conditions in your home as her hoarding behavior increased. Hoarding disorder is a serious malady with underlying contributing factors, and your wife needs professional treatment and lots of patience from you. Does she do all the grocery shopping, cooking and kitchen cleanup? Please, hear me out.”Dear Amy: You were way off-base about the offering of prayer by health care workers.
Georgia Voting Law Punished Secretary Of State For Defying Trump: Election Official
Georgia Republican election official Gabriel Sterling told CNN on Saturday that the state’s new restrictive voting law was also motivated by revenge against an official who defied Donald Trump over his false claims of election fraud. The law also strips Georgia’s secretary of state of his role as chief elections officer. “I wouldn’t have written the bill this way,” said Sterling, the chief operating officer for the Secretary of State’s Office. Sterling has called the election the most secure and transparent election in Georgia history. Nevertheless, Sterling supports the new voting law, insisting it’s not going to “suppress” voting rights.
Manchin’s votes to make or break Senate reform
That senator is Joe Manchin III of West Virginia. As for pressure from the left, he said, tauntingly: “What are they going to do, they going to go into West Virginia and campaign against me? Other Senate Democrats, including Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, also share his reluctance. (It’s called “Almost Heaven,” the opening lyric to John Denver’s ode to West Virginia.) Try something.”A number of anti-filibuster Senate Democrats, though, are more focused on what Manchin’s support of the “talking filibuster” could portend.
VICTOR JOECKS: Biden’s big bait and switch
Joe Biden won the presidency by promising to make politics boring again. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Joe Biden won the presidency by promising to make politics boring again. After becoming president, Biden has hardly acted like someone seeking transformation. Congressional Democrats won a landslide victory in 1932, the year FDR first won the presidency. Victor Joecks’ column appears in the Opinion section each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
LETTER: Local taxpayers on the hook for actions of intransigent bureaucrats
The county lost many court battles and finally had to relent, which cost the taxpayers $247,000. So I propose a new approach to punishing these terrible decisions and making local taxpayers whole again. I recently read about the windfall government employees receive for going to work — paid sick days that were not redeemed. Perhaps we can take away this paid sick day windfall for those who make those bad decisions. That will help reimburse the citizens and maybe make these people realize there are consequences to their actions.
LETTER: Citizen Review Board is doing its job
Metro officers are very much aware that their interactions with the public are always subject to a fair and impartial due process review. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The review board is one group of volunteers who dedicate their time and attention to this vital issue. The board brings a community perspective to its review of citizen complaints — whether inane and frivolous (there are many of those) — or the relatively few that are worthy of further review. Metro officers are very much aware that their interactions with the public are always subject to a fair and impartial due process review by the board, and the data shows that they carry out their duties accordingly.
EDITORIAL: Will the public schools recover after COVID?
The figures for Nevada revealed an even more significant flight from the public school system. By fall, about 16 percent of Black kids had ditched the public schools to home-school, a higher percentage than for any other demographic. In addition, the learning disruptions triggered by COVID have also invigorated the school choice movement, particularly in minority communities saddled with subpar public schools. That number is likely higher today thanks to public school closures. How ironic that union intransigence over reopening the nation’s public schools may eventually lead to more of both.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: China continues to show its contempt for the U.S.
(Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via AP)Last week in Anchorage, Alaska, Chinese diplomats dressed down Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan. Not since newly elected President John Kennedy was humiliated at the Vienna summit in June 1961 by USSR strongman Nikita Khrushchev have American diplomats been so roughly manhandled by a Communist government. New York University students at a satellite campus in Shanghai were harrassed and jailed by Chinese authorities in two separate incidents this month. In the past five years, New York University has received some $47 million in gifts from China. It’s no surprise that China recently sent a visiting researcher to Stanford who turned out to be connected with the Chinese military.
COMMENTARY: Power over elections belongs to Nevada
Congress is considering a bill that would strip Nevada of one of its most basic powers: the power to govern its own affairs. It takes away Nevada’s power to run its own elections and sends it to Washington, D.C. The most fundamental power the states kept in the Constitution was the power to structure their own political systems. The Founders knew that when power is centralized, especially power over elections, bad things tend to happen. America has gotten this far because our constitutional bargain kept power over elections with the states.
IN RESPONSE: Bill in Carson City would promote fraud under guise of making voting easier
Assembly Bill 321 is nothing more than an attempt to fundamentally alter voting in this state and invite voter fraud and malfeasance. In 2020, the Democratically controlled Legislature convened an emergency session to address and ultimately pass mail-in voting as an option solely because of the fears of COVID-19. Instead, as Mr. Sebelius now contends in support of AB321, “Every single eligible voter should register and cast a ballot in every election. Of course every eligible voter should, after becoming educated on the candidates and/or issues, vote in every election. AB321 is just another step toward inviting voter fraud under the guise of making voting easier.
China sanctions US, Canadian officials over Xinjiang
China announced sanctions Friday against British officials and H&M products were dropped from Chinese websites over their opposition to buying cotton from Xinjiang. The ruling Communist Party’s Youth League launched attacks on H&M following the European Union’s decision to join the United States, Britain and Canada in imposing sanctions on Chinese officials blamed for abuses in Xinjiang. More than 1 million members of the Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities have been confined to detention camps in Xinjiang, according to foreign governments and researchers. The Chinese government rejects complaints of abuses and says the camps are for job training to support economic development and combat Islamic radicalism. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the sanctions “baseless" retaliation for U.S. measures against Chinese officials.
Greed is good, but Johnson can do better on vaccine diplomacy
Why has the UK now dosed almost half its population with a safe, proven anti-Covid vaccine? But we only have these vaccines – be they from Astra Zeneca, Moderna or elsewhere – because of the know-how and scientific acumen of profit-driven corporations. Since lockdown began a year ago last week, UK public spending has surged from 39.8pc to 54.4pc of GDP – the highest since 1945, when the economy was dominated by war-time directives. Offered at cost, and easily stored, this Oxford-developed vaccine will be used globally, not least across poorer nations. Yet the European Union, against all scientific evidence, has consistently discredited Astra Zeneca.
Strong Voices 2021: Lynn White, embracing empowerment from challenge
Perhaps the most shocking realization of all was the fact that these frailties exist, to some degree, in all of us, and I am no exception. I did not want to perpetuate the behavior to which I had been subjected. I began a journey toward self-awareness to examine and better understand my thoughts, feelings and motivations, with the intent to act only on the best of these. With each emerging test — pass or fail — I pierce veils of pretense to discover even more of my authentic self. The events on that Friday forever altered my thinking about leadership, teamwork, decency, integrity and grace.
Strong Voices 2021: Anne Holton, on the enduring lesson of a mentor
I was raised by two strong leaders: Linwood and Jinks Holton. I watched as they and other leaders made policy changes with lasting import here in Virginia. She was drafting regulations and budget proposals in her effort to reform New Jersey’s mental health system from within the state agency that oversaw it. I soon learned that the changes she was trying to enact presented obstacle after obstacle to work around or overcome. And second, sometimes one can be at least as effective pursuing reform from inside an organization as from outside.
Strong Voices 2021: Sister Vicky Segura, being called to care
Of course, as a medical professional in the United States, I had always been a minority. Some wondered if my calling was to be either a physician or a sister. But I immersed myself in the emerging field and became the first full-time hospice physician in central Virginia. I’ve been in Richmond since 1980 — that’s a bit more than half my life now. I still see how hospice can be tough for families or even physicians to accept.
Strong Voices 2021: Vilma Seymour, on a kindred spirit in perseverance
In 2015, Mirna was 14 years old when she left a difficult life in Guatemala and came to Richmond. A local church provided the respite Mirna needed desperately while waiting for phase two of her journey: reuniting with her mother and younger brother. Imagine the frustration of sitting in a learning environment — day after day, week after week — only able to grasp a word here and there. Mirna honed her strong memorization skills in order to pass into ninth grade. But even with her limited language proficiency, it was clear that Mirna was determined to learn.
The era of the Japan-Australia alliance is here
Japan and Australia do not have the same kind of treaty-based alliance as Japan and the U.S. Nevertheless, it seems likely that the Japan-Australia relationship will develop into an alliance in substance if not in name. There are also growing calls for a stronger Japan-Australia alliance from within ASEAN. Nevertheless, the Japan-Australia relationship still falls well short of a true alliance. This would be the real added value of a Japan-Australia alliance.
Do presidents have the power to stop mass shootings?
But the country has been here before, in the aftermath of mass shootings. Regardless of which party is in power, little reform has happened. But the country has been here before, in the aftermath of mass shootings. Will this time be differentThe United States has faced two mass shootings less than one week apart. According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, nearly 20,000 Americans died from gun violence in 2020 — that’s more than any other year in at least two decades.
'Stop the hate!': Hundreds rally in downtown Chandler to support Asian community Sunday
Over 10% of Chandler's population is Asian, according to 2019 estimates. "Asian Americans are underneath attack and it’s time for us – even I, as an African American need to stand beside my Asian brothers and sister and let them know that we need to stop Asian hate." Community outrage over anti-Asian violenceThere has been an increase in attacks against Asian Americans since the COVID-19 pandemic started a year ago. The actual number of anti-Asian incidents is most likely much higher because many incidents go unreported, Jeung said. One in four Americans, including nearly half of Asian Americans, in recent weeks, have seen someone blame Asian people for the coronavirus epidemic, a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll found.
Letter to the editor: Athletes understand unkept promises of freedom
OklahomanYoung athletes understand 'unkept promises of freedom'It’s tragically ironic that James McCaslin (Letters To The Editor, March 20) thinks that young athletes – Black and white high school students — taking a knee together during the national anthem is a rejection of the freedoms that so many soldiers — Black and white — fought and died for in wars throughout our history. It represents, in fact, the very essence of the Right to Free Speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. Slavery, with family members being bought and sold like chattel property, denied the Right to Liberty. Mass murders, lynching, sentencing practices and even reduced access to health care have denied thousands of African Americans the Right to Life. The idea that anyone thinks that today’s young athletes and their peers – both Blacks and whites – don’t understand the unkept promises of freedoms otherwise guaranteed by this country and fought for by their own ancestors reveals the blindness that perpetuates these injustices.
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Opinion: Trump's big lie could backfire in Georgia
Michael D'Antonio is the author of the book "Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success" and co-author, with Peter Eisner, of the book "High Crimes: The Corruption, Impunity, and Impeachment of Donald Trump." Maybe that's because they are a figment of Donald Trump's imagination. Describing the events of January 6, which led to the deaths of five people, Trump said, "It was zero threat, right from the start, it was zero threat. What's remarkable is just how effective his lies have been, especially when it comes to his insistence that the 2020 election was "stolen" due to widespread fraud. And this lie is what Republicans in Georgia used to justify sweeping new voting restrictions signed into law on Thursday.
Parent coalition wants a seat at the table in their children’s education
A coalition of parents, teachers and community organizers demonstrated outside the State House on Saturday, calling for a seat at the table every time a policy decision is made that impacts their children. About 50 members of the Black, Indigenous and People of Color Parent Coalition said Gov. Charlie Baker and his education commissioner, Jeff Riley, want to fully open schools on April 5 without proper safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. So taking away the option of learning remotely would leave them with no other option than to drop out, she said. A state Department of Education spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.
Myanmar coup: US 'horrified' by deadliest day since military takeover
It was the randomness of today's killings that was particularly shocking. Armed with battlefield weapons, the security forces appeared willing to shoot anyone they saw on the streets. The brutality they showed they were capable of is on another level from what we have seen since the coup.
Thousands join worldwide vigil to honor victims of Atlanta shootings
NATIONALThe captured image shows Sam Park, a Georgia state representative, speaking in a worldwide vigil held in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, to honor the victims of deadly shootings at three Atlanta spas. (Yonhap)Thousands join worldwide vigil to honor victims of Atlanta shootingsOver 2,000 people in the United States and from around the world have taken part in a vigil to honor the victims of recent shootings in Atlanta that left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent.The White House too mourned the deaths of the eight people while strongly denouncing violence against Asian-American communities on Friday, according to organizers. "For the last year we've had people in positions of Incredible power scapegoating Asian Americans," she said earlier. "Now is the time to stand with our Muslim and Jewish brothers and sisters; with immigrants and refugees, with the LGBTQ community. "The Embassy will continue to make every effort to protect Koreans from hate crimes in cooperation with the law enforcement authorities of the United States."
We Can Win Student Loan Debt Cancellation—If We Organize Together
From March 29 through April 4, debtors and our allies will be taking part in the Debt Collective's week of action to cancel ALL student loan debt. President Biden campaigned on a promise to forgive $10,000 of student loan debt for everyone, along with more relief for select borrowers. Student loan debt is a racial justice issue. Student loan debt is also an intergenerational issue, because now six million people between the ages of 50–64 and 870,000 people over the age of 65 still hold student loan debt. Student loan debt heavily impacts poorer states and regions, both rural and urban.
Rally in Los Angeles against Asian hate crimes
Rally in Los Angeles against Asian hate crimesHundreds of demonstrators rallied in Los Angeles on Saturday to demand an end to the surge in anti-Asian hate and violence in the United States.
Letters to the Editor — March 28, 2021
When I see folks driving alone in their cars wearing masks, I feel sorrow for their inability to apply reason to the situation. His gloomy, unreasonable advice, such as wearing masks after being vaccinated, lead one to wish for his happy — and hopefully silent — retirement. With a gold watch and the thanks of a grateful nation, Dr. Fauci, enjoy your golden years. While it is true that the Hasidic community was hit very hard by the virus, other communities were hit much harder. I believe that it is blatantly unfair for Cuozzo to single out the Hasidic community for bearing the responsibility of spreading the virus in the boroughs.
Sure, erase the names of history’s racists. That won’t undo their messes.
What could be wrong with obliterating the name of this “dean of American architects,” as he was known? More likely, they will continue to follow the path set by the men even as they strip their names from places of honor. In a pivotal 1910 report supported by the medical establishment, Flexner proposed requiring that medical schools have expensive labs and science-heavy curriculums. But when the historical figures had monumental influence on foundational systems — our buildings, our safety, our public health, in the cases of Johnson, Vollmer and Flexner — erasing their names is hardly sufficient redress. It doesn’t preclude a deeper examination of the systemic legacies, but if the names suddenly vanish, why ask any more questions?
A 'preemption law' prevented Boulder from regulating assault weapons.
The Supreme Court has never held that the Second Amendment forbids densely populated urban areas from reasonably regulating weapons within their borders, a common practice since the nation’s founding. State “preemption” laws, however, limit local officials’ power to impose gun restrictions beyond those set by Congress and the state government. Today, more than 40 preempt some or all local gun regulation. And yet preemption laws forbid cities from imposing their own regulations to stem the violence. And there are constitutional and practical limitations on what local gun laws can achieve.
The U.S. can’t prevent tomorrow’s catastrophes unless we imagine them today
The present almost always wins, because the gains from success — and the costs of failure — are immediate and concrete. By contrast, the consequences of not adequately managing the future are far-off, uncertain and abstract (and often a problem for another administration). To its credit, the Biden administration has linked fast action to broader goals: The president’s interim national security strategy and early executive orders emphasize climate change, and his pandemic response includes long-term investments in public health infrastructure. This myopia has national security implications. Often, as with the National Intelligence Council’s “Global Trends” report, efforts to imagine possible futures are disconnected from policy.
Why don’t we treat Asian American history the way we treat Black history?
The relationship between Asian American and Pacific Islanders and their place in American history is not, to many, nearly as obvious. By contrast, Asian American history is often footnoted or compartmentalized, recounted and analyzed as a subplot in the bigger narrative. For one, Asian Americans have been unjustly perceived as less assertive than African Americans in the fight for equality. Still, Asian American and Black history share something crucial: the burden of stereotype and scapegoating for the nation’s ills. Until we understand the ways in which the Asian American story is in many ways like the African American story, we won’t be able to reckon with tragedies like Atlanta.
Local rabbis reflect on Passover a year into the pandemic
But this spring, Rabbi Howard Jaffe of Temple Isaiah in Lexington said their trials will feel more real to his congregation than they have in years. But just like last year, Temple Isaiah will host seder over Zoom. Rabbi Andrew Vogel of Temple Sinai in Brookline said members of his congregation will also gather virtually for a Zoom seder on Sunday. “For a lot of people this year, there is an empty seat at the Passover seder,” Vogel said. “There’s a lot of sadness.”AdvertisementOn the final day of Passover, Vogel’s temple will observe Yizkor, a service held to remember the dead.
Another day, another massacre: police ambush wasn’t in the news for long
The state of México is a strategic stronghold for criminal groups because it is sandwiched between the capital and other states with important drug trafficking operations. Ambushes of authorities have become commonplace in Mexico, especially where criminal groups are trying to maintain control of disputed territory. The year prior, also while carrying out a patrol, 13 officers in Michoacán were killed by surprise gunfire and grenades. Such incidents, experts say, can be a way for criminal groups to test the limits of their power against the government. México state’s attorney general announced a nearly US $25,000 reward for information on three men thought to be involved in the ambush.
Conservative Christians are driving more Americans away from religion altogether
Related: The Atlanta shooting shows how racism, misogyny & homophobia are connectedOver the past several decades, Americans are increasingly likely to identify as having no particular religion. The authors of the new book tested the thesis that the right’s willingness to conflate religion and politics was driving people away from faith in general. After asking people about their religious identity, they then presented them with a single story where religion and politics were closely linked. Biden and Buttigieg prove that progressives don’t have to cede religion to the Republican Party. For many Americans, right-wing Christians have given Christianity a bad name, enough to drive them from religion altogether.
Baltimore will no longer prosecute drug possession, prostitution and other low-level offenses
(CNN) Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby says the city will no longer prosecute for prostitution, drug possession and other low-level offenses. Mosby made the announcement on Friday following her office's one-year experiment in not prosecuting minor offenses to decrease the spread of Covid-19 behind bars. "Today, America's war on drug users is over in the city of Baltimore. Instead of prosecuting people arrested for minor crimes like prostitution and public urination, the program dealt with those crimes as public health issues and work with community partners to help find solutions. The program has led to decreases in the overall incarcerated Baltimore population by 18%, while violent and property crimes are down 20% and 36% respectively, according to the press release.
Opinion | Things Will Get Better. Seriously.
But at some point in 2021 things will start getting better. And there’s good reason to believe that once the good news starts, the improvement in our condition will be much faster and continue much longer than many people expect. OK, one thing that probably won’t get better is the political scene. Day after day, Republicans — it’s not just Donald Trump — keep demonstrating that they’re worse than you could possibly have imagined, even when you tried to take into account the fact that they’re worse than you could possibly have imagined. One of our two major political parties no longer accepts the legitimacy of elections it loses, which bodes ill for the fate of the Republic.
President Biden is betting the public is ready for bigger government in light of the pandemic
At his Thursday news conference, Biden spoke glowingly about the possibilities the package will offer for jobs, productivity and global competitiveness. ADADFormer president Barack Obama took some steps in that direction with the Affordable Care Act, a more modest stimulus package and financial reform. ADADFor Biden, the obstacles to successfully enacting the next big package are obvious. The $15 minimum wage got knocked out of the stimulus package by the Senate parliamentarian for not fitting into the rules of reconciliation. Ultimately, it triggered a backlash against bigger government, which gave rise to the conservative movement that eventually elected Ronald Reagan as president in 1980.
Parents rally outside State House to denounce lack of input in school reopening plan
Under the directive, students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5 will return to in-person learning full time April 5 through the end of the school year. Parents can still choose to continue their child’s remote learning, but won’t have the option to do so in the fall. “Our voices were not included [in this decision],” said East Boston resident Abdi Ali, one of the coalition’s organizers. “Safety is our number one priority because sick kids can’t learn and dead parents can’t help children learn,” Gayle said. “For most parents, since the day our kids are born, we make decisions for their health and safety,” she continued.
Curley: Despite her chuckles, Kamala Harris is no laughing matter
If you think the mainstream media affords President Biden preferential treatment — and believe me, I do — it’s nothing compared to the leaving-alone they give Vice President Kamala Harris. Is it normal for the vice president to get less coverage than the president? After months of fear-mongering over the safety of the vaccine, Harris suddenly spun a different story. The polling data during the primaries proved that Kamala Harris can’t win over voters. Vice President Harris is no laughing matter.
Letter to the Editor, March 28, 2021: Using stimulus funds on schools? Good idea
Using stimulus fundson schools? Good ideaI am writing in response to the March 24 Roanoke Times editorial about how Virginia should use its federal stimulus money for school construction. Additionally, the logic presented makes sense — why pass up money that will result in better school buildings and economic growth? I saw many parallels between the state of my high school and the examples given in the article. Overall, I think it would be beneficial to everyone to spend this money on renovating run-down schools.
Biden’s British antitrust rockstar will have Silicon Valley running scared
“My argument is that gauging real competition in the 21st century marketplace – especially in the case of online platforms – requires analysing the underlying structure and dynamics of markets,” she has said. “Rather than pegging competition to a narrow set of outcomes, this approach would examine the competitive process itself. These giant online platforms have become so powerful and so dominant that their overall economic impact needs to be evaluated by looking at them in a new, holistic way that the existing framework of competition law does not permit. To use her words, there is a growing need to “restore traditional antitrust and competition policy principles or apply common carrier obligations and duties”. Either way, as an articulate advocate for so-called ‘structural separations’ – better known as break-ups – assuming her appointment is confirmed by the Senate, Khan is certainly likely to make a splash.
It seems safeguarding in some schools has become more about wokery than welfare
There must be a national helpline, funded by these schools, to ensure that when such abuse takes place female students in particular can report confidentially and get advice and assistance. The schools have to be required to provide mental health and wellbeing counsellors, to give support for present and past pupils affected by these awful revelations. But what has been brought out into the open by the courage of students who have documented their personal suffering also raises deeper questions. Was the abuse of female students tolerated and blind eyes turned because of the obsession of these schools on grades before anything else? Whether they go to independent or state schools, it is incumbent on the Government, education bodies and schools to safeguard these children and not damage their life chances to climb the education ladder of opportunity.
Romney granted John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for vote to convict Trump
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), whose political career began with a bitter 1994 Senate race in Massachusetts against incumbent Ted Kennedy, was granted the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Friday for voting to convict President Trump in his first impeachment trial. Romney went on to vote convict Trump a second time, after he was impeached in January for inciting the Capitol insurrection. "He characterized his vote to convict as “the most difficult decision I have ever faced,” and acknowledged that he would suffer significant political consequences. Nevertheless, Romney said he could not 'disregard what I believe my oath and the Constitution demands of me for the sake of a partisan end.'" The other side: "I’m humbled by the Kennedy family’s recognition today.
Key facts about U.S. immigration policies and Biden’s proposed changes
The Biden administration is acting on a number of fronts to reverse Trump-era restrictions on immigration to the United States. The Biden administration has proposed legislation that would create new ways for immigrants to legally enter the United States. Biden’s proposal would expand access to family-based green cards in a variety of ways, such as by increasing per-country caps and clearing application backlogs. This trailed only the H-2A visa for agricultural workers, which accounted for nearly a quarter (24%) of temporary visas. The Biden administration is expected to review policies that led to increased denial rates of H-1B visa applications under the Trump administration.
The Case for and Against Love Potions
Love potions. Then, on a full-moon night, pour a few drops into the food of the one whose love you are seeking and poof! Well, the thing is, love potions usually work. Let me present my friend Wonja as Exhibit W of what can happen when a love potion goes wrong. But for certain people, like my friend Wonja, love is more like a rainbow.
The Shape of a Teardrop
They can come in with police dogs and fire hoses and I’ll cling to the woodwork till I’m stripped to the bone. Nobody would even consider stopping to offer me a ride, and, no, I didn’t have the money to waste on an Uber, if that’s what you’re thinking. “You want me to die?” he shouts, loud enough for Jocelyn Hammersmith to hear through her storm windows. I should remember the way he once was, the way life was before whatever happened to him—to us, him, Doug, and me—wiped it all away. “If you’re going to die, go ahead and do it—but do it someplace else, will you?
Can New Gun Violence Research Find a Path Around the Political Stalemate?
The studies by Dr. Naik-Mathuria and the others are being paid for by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is once again funding research into gun violence after a nearly 25-year hiatus imposed by Congress. And while they might not reduce the number of massacres, mass shootings account for an extremely small percentage of the roughly 40,000 Americans who die each year from gun violence. “There’s at least five different gun violence problems in the country and mass shooting is one of them,” said Mr. Morral, who has a Ph.D. in psychology. “There’s also suicide, there’s urban gun violence which mostly affects minority young men, there’s family shootings and there’s police shootings. “There’s a strategy that science can help us define where you can do both — you can protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and at the very same time reduce the toll of gun violence.”
At least 10 Ships Bound for Syria Targeted by Israel Within Past 1.5 Years
At least 10 Ships Bound for Syria Targeted by Israel Within Past 1.5 Years - ReportsAdded: 12.03.2021 3:11 | 18 views | 0 commentsMOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 12th March, 2021) Israel has targeted at least 10 ships that headed for Syria within the past 1.5...
Myanmar horror: Villagers flee air strike as ‘106 protesters shot dead by security forces’
Myanmar horror: Villagers flee air strike as ‘106 protesters shot dead by security forces’Added: 27.03.2021 15:52 | 19 views | 0 commentsVILLAGERS have been forced to flee in Myanmar after army fighter jets targeted the area.
Asian American official condemns anti-Asian violence by removing shirt, showing his military scars: ‘Is this patriot enough?’
Asian American official condemns anti-Asian violence by removing shirt, showing his military scars: ‘Is this patriot enough?’Added: 27.03.2021 18:18 | 8 views | 0 commentsLee Wong’s impassioned speech in Ohio, captured in a video that’s been viewed by millions, has resonated at a time when hate crimes against Asian Americans have become a regular occurrence
Oakland teachers refuse to return to school, despite getting COVID vaccine priority
Oakland teachers refuse to return to school, despite getting COVID vaccine priorityAdded: 27.03.2021 20:39 | 8 views | 0 commentsPublic school teachers in Oakland, Calif., have opted not to return to the classroom until the mandatory start date in mid-April, despite priority vaccinations and cash incentives.
A President Who Doesn't Insult People -- Or Our Intelligence
A President Who Doesn't Insult People -- Or Our IntelligenceAdded: 27.03.2021 12:16 | 14 views | 0 commentsSource: amp.cnn.comHis first conference was not just a startling departure from his predecessor's -- he didn't praise himself, and spoke in full, coherent and informed sentences -- it was a strong, nuanced performance by any standard, writes Frida Ghitis. For most Americans, who approve of the job Biden is doing and want the country to do well, this was also a most welcome and reassuring 60 minutes. More in » Tags: President
The Spit-Swapping Roaring '20s Post-Pandemic Summer Terrifies Me
The Roaring Twenties will soon be upon us, social media and ad campaigns declare in lustful delirium. I’m sipping on this toxic cocktail of social anxiety and perfectionism all the time. Should I be making summer plans? Have other people already made summer plans? Do my plans need to be twice as fun as ordinary summer plans?
Melanie Scrofano on Facing Wynonna Earp’s Demons
The intervention gets really intense, especially when Waverly accuses Wynonna of turning into their father. Everyone else in Wynonna’s life is moving forward, and you’ve talked about how Wynonna can’t see a way out of her current situation. And I think that that isolation, along with Doc choosing another path in life, has left Wynonna feeling really isolated. I think that part of why Jolene’s words were so powerful was because there was truth to them … She points to Wynonna’s isolation, essentially. And it kind of makes her independent of Wynonna, really, in a way she’s never been before.
Now a Democrat Is Accused of Trying to Overturn the Election
Photo: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesA legal effort to try to overturn the results of the 2020 election is still ongoing. “It’s the ultimate in hypocrisy, in my mind,” said Hinson, who voted to certify the 2020 presidential election. While the process of contesting an election in the House may be common, it rarely leads to a result being overturned. Dean Philips, a two-term representative from Minnesota, tweeted on Monday, “Losing a House election by six votes is painful for Democrats. It is an issue that energizes base voters, is perfect fodder for Fox News segments and Wall Street Journal editorials, without alienating any swing voters and helps memory-hole the ugly aftermath of the 2020 election.
Biden Doesn’t Need to Be FDR or LBJ to Change America
Thus, in 2008, Barack Obama touted his ambition to change “the trajectory of America” in the same way that Ronald Reagan had done. By May 2020, Biden himself was broadcasting an ambition to be the next FDR. As Ackerman writes:Biden’s COVID relief plan is what you would have expected a President Joe Biden to pass in an emergency. The Biden coalition may be incapable of delivering a Great Society, but a markedly better one is within reach. In terms of partisan polarization, early Biden looks more like early Trump than he does like any previous president.
Who Are Gavin Newsom’s Enemies?
That recall effort is being led by Orrin Heatlie, a conservative and a former sergeant in the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, who as recently as last year shared anti-vaccination and anti-L.G.B.T.Q. Randy Economy, a political consultant and talk-radio host, serves as the lead adviser to Recall Gavin Newsom, the group organizing the effort. “It’s because of Gavin Newsom himself, and the way he conducts himself every day since he’s become governor,” Mr. Economy said in an interview. “It’s all been more about his image and self-aggrandizing, as opposed to fixing the problems.”Mr. Newsom’s approval rating isn’t nearly as low as Gov. Just because there is a Republican-led effort does not mean that a Republican will be the one to ultimately benefit.
Professor who refused school order on transgender student’s pronouns wins in court
An Ohio college professor who resisted his school’s orders to go along with transgender students’ preferred pronouns has won his First Amendment case before a federal appeals court. Circuit Court of Appeals said that Shawnee State University violated Prof. Nicholas Meriwether’s rights of free speech and free exercise of religion by punishing him for resisting school rules that forced him to address students in the terms of their choosing. The court’s decision, written by a judge appointed to the bench by President Trump and issued Friday, upheld Meriwether’s argument. Meriwether, a 25-year member of the Shawnee State faculty, was reprimanded in 2016 after a transgender student complained that he used of “Mr.” instead of “Ms.” when responding to the student in class. A student walks to class on the campus of Shawnee State University.
Changing hearts and minds is the challenge after Duxbury High football episode
Here’s the thing about high school football, and really, about all high school sports. AdvertisementWhich is why the Duxbury High School football story is so singularly awful. That’s why the leaders of Shirat Hayam, a small Jewish congregation serving Duxbury and the surrounding towns, are also speaking up. State Senator Barry Finegold, who played football at Andover High School and at Franklin and Marshall College, wrote an open letter to Duxbury that included an offer to meet. Changing hearts and minds is the challenge here, and it’s an enormous one.
Rally along Marathon route denounces racism against Asian people
AdvertisementOrganizers dispatched relay runners in the eight communities on the 26.2-mile course between Hopkinton and Boston to spread their message against Asian hate, and concluded the event with a rally on Boston Common. The fight against anti-Asian racism intensified after a gunman killed eight people at Atlanta-area spas on March 16, including six women of Asian descent. Shen said Asian immigrants in the United States have a long history of working under perilous conditions, including Chinese laborers who died by the hundreds while building the Transcontinental Railroad during the 19th century. The national coalition Stop AAPI Hate received 96 reports from Massachusetts of anti-Asian hate and discrimination between March 19, 2020 and Feb. 28, according to data released earlier this month. Midway through the rally, a group of organizers shouted, “Stop being quiet!”Demonstrators shouted back, “No more!”Eileen Zhang, 42, of Quincy, brought her children and cousins to the Boston Common rally.
‘The West was not humble enough’: Taiwan’s health minister on why Covid brought Britain to its knees
You said that society and the West was not humble enough for this pandemic. When Covid-19 hit, Taiwan already had its pandemic strategy in place and like many countries in East Asia suppression of the virus was a big part of that. Before the pandemic did British scientists, public health officials or politicians come to the Taiwanese government to ask for help with their own pandemic preparedness? Our strategy contrasts to those countries first administering to the most vulnerable, as the pandemic is contained in our country. By next Spring, these countries should have returned to relative normality, but for poorer countries it will take much longer.
Go back to U.S. if you don't like it here, Quebec MP tells Canadian professor who said province is racist
“There is a bull horn of racism, and it is painted Conservative blue.”Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. The president of the province’s own human rights commission said last October that systemic racism was a reality in Quebec Various Quebec politicians condemned Attaran’s comments, some saying he was racist himself. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. • Email: | Twitter: tomblackwellNPShare this article in your social networkShopping essentials Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Opinion | Biden’s Chance to Save the Everglades
With passage of the Covid-19 relief bill behind it, the Biden administration will soon offer its encore, one or more big proposals reflecting President Biden’s multitrillion-dollar Build Back Better, which will enlarge government’s role in the American economy. Together, these budget requests will be bigger in dollar terms than the relief bill, will address daunting problems like infrastructure and climate change — and, inevitably, will revive the partisan divide that plagues Washington. There is, however, one environmentally important project that boasts remarkable bipartisan agreement and has important climate implications. It may be the most ambitious ecosystem recovery project ever, not just in the United States but anywhere, and it has the added virtue of being an act of atonement for past government failures.
Broadcasting ‘the Shock, the Horror, the Outrage’ Live, Again and Again
Last week, the CNN anchor Brianna Keilar found herself, for the second time in under a week, guiding viewers through the grim ritual of trying, and failing, to make sense of another mass shooting. In 2019, Ms. Keilar reported on the back-to-back shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. In 2018, she spoke with relatives of students killed in the shooting in Parkland, Fla.Broadcast journalists like Ms. Keilar, 40, have now spent the bulk of their reporting careers chronicling an unending, uniquely American horror show: the random gun massacre. She was CNN’s first journalist to arrive on the Virginia Tech campus in 2007. “I just wonder, can you count how many times you’ve covered a story like this?” she asked, her voice catching.
Can New Gun Violence Research Find a Path Around the Political Stalemate?
The studies by Dr. Naik-Mathuria and the others are being paid for by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is once again funding research into gun violence after a nearly 25-year hiatus imposed by Congress. And while they might not reduce the number of massacres, mass shootings account for an extremely small percentage of the roughly 40,000 Americans who die each year from gun violence. “There’s at least five different gun violence problems in the country and mass shooting is one of them,” said Mr. Morral, who has a Ph.D. in psychology. “There’s also suicide, there’s urban gun violence which mostly affects minority young men, there’s family shootings and there’s police shootings. “It’s not either, ‘Keep your guns or prevent gun violence,’ ” said Dr. Mark Rosenberg, who helped establish the C.D.C.’s Center for Violence and Injury Prevention but said he was fired in the late 1990s under pressure from Republicans who opposed the center’s gun research.
What a Supreme Court ruling in Canada teaches us about the global struggle against climate change - The Washington Post
“Climate change is real. In Canada, this denialism is manifest in, among other forms, doing too little, too late to reduce carbon pollution while squabbling over jurisdiction. Likewise, the effects of climate change do not respect lines on a map. A national framework for battling climate change is necessary, including the standards and expectations it sets. ADADUnfortunately, the effort, time and resources that losing fight will require could be better spent as we face climate change, and the pandemic.
Opinion | Georgia Republicans’ petty crusade against giving voters water
While state Republicans backed off their worst ideas, such as abolishing no-excuse absentee voting, the restrictionists still scored a victory on Thursday, when Gov. Among them: a ban on distributing food or water to voters waiting in long polling place lines. Meanwhile, state lawmakers added new rules on absentee voting, which may require more people to sit out in the sun to cast a ballot. They added voter ID requirements for absentee voting and narrowed the amount of time people have to request mail-in ballots. In the grand scheme of voter-suppression measures that Republicans have proposed, limiting water distribution is not the most pernicious.
Georgia state Senator Michelle Au: Republicans are silent as voting rights are taken away - The Washington Post
This hastily sewn-together bill is a broad attack on voting rights. The bill had sailed through a House vote earlier that day, landing on our desks for approval about 3 in the afternoon. While my Democratic colleagues raised their voices in defense of these rights, the silence of the Republicans in the chamber was deafening. Near the end of the evening, before the Senate vote, one of my Republican colleagues had taken to the well to close the discussion. Unbelievably, Sen. John Albers called SB 202 a measure to enhance voting access, and painted my colleagues’ framing of the bill as a distortion.
Oregon Senate approves bill banning guns in Capitol, state buildings
The Oregon State Capitol was boarded up in expectation of planned protests before of the presidential inauguration, Jan. 16, 2021. Sergio Olmos / OPBFirearms would be banned in the Capitol and other state buildings, under a bill that passed the Oregon Senate on Thursday. While public buildings in Oregon already prohibit guns, state law has long carved out an exception for people who hold concealed handgun licenses, or CHLs. SB 554 would eliminate that exception in state buildings, eliminate a state preemption that currently stops local entities from enacting their own bans, and increase the cost of a CHL. Washington’s Senate passed a bill banning guns in its state Capitol last month.
At Least 10 Killed in Protests Against Modi’s Visit to Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh — At least 10 people were killed and dozens injured in protests against a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India to Bangladesh as part of celebrations for the country’s 50th anniversary. An Islamist group called Hefazat-e-Islam led street processions denouncing Mr. Modi. On Friday, four people were killed in Chattogram and one person was killed in Brahammanbaria, where hundreds of protesters had gathered outside the Baitul Mokarram mosque. The clashes began there after one group of protesters began waving their shoes in a sign of contempt for Mr. Modi, according to local television news reports. One channel reported that at least 40 people had been injured in the clashes, including some journalists.
Democrats Aren’t Doing Enough to Address America’s Mental Health Crisis
Our collective trauma is recast as a personal crisis, a private concern to be shared between you and your doctor. Americans’ assessment of their own mental health is at its lowest point in decades. This erosion of our mental health will only be compounded in a post-pandemic world if stimulus funds dry up, eviction moratoriums are lifted, and people are herded back into offices with superficial shows of sanitation. The World Health Organization’s report on social determinants of mental health recognizes the threat of inequality to mental health. Democrats should address those anxieties substantively, with policies that speak to the root causes of the country’s mental health crisis.
The Supreme Court’s coming war with Joe Biden, explained
This fight over the federal government’s power to address a slow-moving catastrophe is just one battle in a multi-front war over federal agencies’ power to regulate. At least since the Franklin Roosevelt administration, federal agencies have had wide latitude to implement the policies the president campaigned on. The answer is that the courts — and, ultimately, the Supreme Court — will decide for themselves what this vague language means. But in the Supreme Court of the United States, history and constitutional text matter little if a party has five votes. This essay is adapted from the author’s book, The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court Is Reshaping America.
PM Imran Khan not invited to Joe Biden's climate summit happening in April, Modi is
Just in: POTUS has invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23. Among the names...Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping: — Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) March 26, 2021Biden’s Earth Day global summit on climate is part of his effort to elevate climate change as a top priority. However, the name of PM Imran Khan is nowhere to be found, even though PM Khan’s government has started various initiatives that are solely focused to tackle climate change. As per the Global Climate Risk Index 2021, issued by German Watch, Pakistan is the fifth-most vulnerable country to climate change. Biden invites leaders from 40 countries including Bhutan to attend the climate summit but Pakistan was not in the list.
The Moral Cost of Choosing Stability Over Justice
They view the U.S. from the outside to understand what living on the receiving end of American power looks like. A serious problem arises when progressives counsel engagement or power-sharing agreements with such players while overlooking the violence or abuse they mete out. But would Democrats advocate working with the Proud Boys, or offer them a seat at the table, for the sake of unity? As many as 280 people from the mob that stormed the Capitol have been arrested and face charges including sedition. How does that pursuit of accountability apply overseas?
The Civil War Isn’t Over
For many survivors of deadly prison camps or of lingering diseases and wounds experienced in the campaigns of 1863-65, the war truly possessed them as an “unending” trauma. Civil War veterans, drawing and pouring over their countless hand-drawn maps, arguing about old campaigns in letters and in sketches and speeches they delivered to each other, raising funds for monuments to their own units, were themselves the first Civil war “buffs,” a tradition passed on now through at least six or seven generations of readers, re-enactors, and Civil War roundtable members. Well before the war ended, Lincoln proposed a plan of Reconstruction that would be rapid and relatively lenient to former Confederates, and which would include at least the beginnings of black voting rights. Lincoln greatly feared recurrent guerrilla warfare and hoped to keep Reconstruction policy firmly under presidential authority. They treated the ex-Confederate states as “conquered provinces” legitimately taken in war; no state would therefore be readmitted to the Union without federal military occupation, a majority of white voters taking loyalty oaths, and much broader guarantees of black civil and political rights.
Democracies Keep Vaccines for Themselves
Read: Vaccine nationalism is doomed to failVaccine diplomacy is nearly as old as vaccines themselves. The United States and other wealthy democracies have so far generally opted to give cash, not doses, to other countries. As of March 25, COVAX had distributed 32 million doses to 60 nations—6 percent of all the COVID-19 vaccines administered globally. Russia is giving free vaccines to 13 nations, and the United Arab Emirates is providing them to five countries. Some are as small as 20 doses, effectively free samples provided to countries considering purchasing vaccines that many Russians are unwilling to take.
The Bombs That Never Went Off
So you might have missed a news item from Kazakhstan: the elimination of the last weapons-grade uranium in that country. In a program jointly operated with the United States, Kazakh scientists ground 2.9 kilograms of highly enriched uranium into a fine powder. They then mixed that powder with enough low-enriched uranium powder to render the whole batch useless for bomb-making. If material was lost, it was just left off the books, no one wanted to get in trouble for it. And factories would often deliberately keep some nuclear materials off the books, to make up for unforeseen shortfalls.
You’ve Been Lied to About Lying
In individual experiments, accuracy ranged from 31 to 73 percent, with the smaller studies varying more widely. Then Mann asked 65 English police officers to view the six statements and judge which were true and which were false. Since the interviews were in Dutch, the officers judged entirely on the basis of nonverbal cues. The officers were correct about 64 percent of the time—better than chance, but still not very accurate, she says. “This guy was clearly very nervous, no doubt,” Mann says—but he controlled his behavior to strategically counter the stereotypes.
Opinion | Stop It With ‘Gun Control.’ Enough Already.
I’m talking about “gun control,” a phrase whose day should be done. You don’t hear Joe Biden talking about “gun control,” not anymore. The same holds true for other Democrats urging “gun safety,” a preferable coinage, if not a perfect one. But “gun control” still appears frequently in this newspaper, in The Washington Post, on the CNN website and throughout the news media. It was there — “gun control,” just like that — in the first question put to Biden on Thursday during his first full-fledged news conference as president.
Opinion | How Does a Baby Bust End?
The declining American birthrate is a frequent preoccupation of this column, and over the years that I’ve been writing about the problem it’s only gotten worse, with the apparent Covid-19 baby bust a punctuation mark. But with the pandemic’s end inspiring various forms of optimism, hopes of faster growth and scientific breakthroughs, it’s worth considering what optimism about the future of fertility might look like. Because if you assume that dynamism and growth are desirable things (not everyone does, but that’s a separate debate), then for the developed world to be something more than just a rich museum, at some point it needs to stop growing ever-older, with a dwindling younger generation struggling in the shadow of societal old age. So what would it take for our demographic decadence to end — for sub-replacement fertility to climb back to replacement levels, for the gap between desired family size and actual births to close, for Americans to have enough kids to sustain our country’s population? Let’s consider three possible scenarios.
Rough waters in Key West as city, cruise industry and state lawmakers tangle over its future
Key West will do just fine without the megaships, said treasurer Arlo Haskell, a writer and poet. That left only Key West, Panama City, Pensacola and Saint Petersburg subject to the proposed prohibitions. ADADLawmakers may not be done trying to punish Key West for its November vote. In a recent tweet, Roach urged his colleagues to oppose giving federal stimulus funds to ports that ban cruise ships. ADADIt’s been more than a year since cruise ships have docked in Key West.
A revolutionary ‘gray army’ of older workers is fighting our youth-obsessed culture — and we’ll all benefit if they win
One clear sign of an age-appropriate organization is intergenerational cooperation — programs and teams where younger workers learn from elders and vice versa. Older employees typically aren’t angling for promotions and view younger co-workers not as threats but as mentoring opportunities. Gap year at age 50He thinks big about a future where older workers are encouraged to continually reinvent themselves. When it’s time for older workers to leave the staff, they can do so with grace and gratitude, or maybe even stay on as wise counselors. Organizations that join the cause to help older employees extend their careers and engage with peers across generations also signal younger staff that they matter.
Gun ownership tempts more S.Africans as insecurity grows
A middle-aged woman standing behind her sipping coffee and sporting ear muffs and safety goggles exclaims: "That's a beast of a gun!" South Africa has one of the world's highest murder rates for a country not at war. You know women in South Africa are not safe," she says, showing a clip of her shooting at the range. Brought to the range by her mother, Karabo is not sold on gun ownership yet but hopes to "learn to control" one. Figures for the number of guns in South Africa are sketchy and opinion is divided on carrying one.
Opinion: Americans have tired of wearing masks and social distancing before; here’s what happened next
As familiar as it all may sound in 2021, these are real descriptions of the U.S. during the deadly 1918 influenza pandemic. As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, many people want to know when life will go back to how it was before the coronavirus. The burden of public health, however, now rested not on policy but rather on individual responsibility. Others downplayed the new cases or turned their attention to more routine public health matters, including other diseases, restaurant inspections and sanitation. Despite the persistence of the pandemic, influenza quickly became old news.
Letters to the editor of Globe Magazine
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Such a downer
“Take your wide load and go back to Australia,” wrote one correspondent, displeased by my stance on gun control . But though life here on Earth is in fact hard and tough, even an inveterate downer can acknowledge the value of taking heart wherever you can find it. What a glorious sight, to see Kim Janey being sworn in by Kimberly Budd, the first Black woman to lead the state’s highest court. The acting mayor, a child of the busing era, was also feted by Ayanna Pressley, the first Black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. I’ll take my wide load and go now.
Paris honours assassinated Afghan rebel leader
An Afghan rebel leader, who was assassinated after warning the European parliament of the dangers of Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, has been honoured in Paris with a plaque recognising him as a hero of Afghanistan. Ahmad Shah Massoud first visited Paris exactly 20 years ago, and on Saturday the city's mayor Anne Hidalgo was there to receive his son. His father studied at a French lycee in Afghanistan, and in April 2001, he made his first visit to Europe. He spoke to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, warning them about Al-Qaeda and bin Laden, just months before the September 11 terror attacks in the United States. Two days before those attacks, Massoud was assassinated by Al-Qaeda.
Judge allows Austin mask mandate to continue, rejecting Texas AG Ken Paxton's arguments
Bakersfield, CA (93308)TodaySunny. High around 80F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph..TonightClear skies. Low near 50F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
On a Quilt of Oppressions and Injustices
In our society, poor and low-income women of color—many of whom have been compelled to work in poorly-paid, dangerous, and often exploitative trades across the globe—are bound to face multi-layered oppressions and injustices, especially in wartime but also in peacetime. A particularly ugly segment of that patchwork quilt can be found in none other than this country's own war in Indochina more than five decades ago. In that war, racism, sexism, and neo-colonialism coalesced into a monstrous war machine that systematically dehumanized and sexually exploited indigenous women. One thing remains certain: there is no disentangling the ugly patterns without destroying the entire quilt. It was, surely, another day of being a woman and an Asian person struggling to leave their marks on a blemished patchwork quilt.
The U.S. Has a Moral Obligation to Forgive the World’s Debts ? Current Affairs
As consumer debt pressures individuals to twist their lives around repaying it, sovereign debt contorts nations in a similar way. But consumer debt in the U.S. and the sovereign debt of nations around the world are morally and politically linked. But the current sovereign debt system has not institutionalized debt jubilees as an integral part of its function. Creditors’ racial prejudice also makes its way into sovereign debts the same way it influences consumer debts. But the moral case is crystal clear: the global debts must be canceled.
It’s 1974 again....
Randy Newman’s “Rednecks” has been repeat playing in my head after watching the recent wave of good old boy politics returning to the land. The 1974 album was titled “Good Old Boys” as well. Black and white, male and female loving one another, marrying one another having children….in the mid ‘70’s! The song is playing again 47 years later ……...for real this real as troopers arresting a legislator for daring to knock on a white man’s door. Then ask them “When the revolution comes whose side you gonna be on?
Ali Velshi uses his impressive immigrant story to excoriate Republicans for suppressing democracy.
No one explains the Republican attack on Democracy other than Ali Velshi, who uses his immigrant story to get the message through. Georgia rushed through a voter suppression bill this week. Ali Velshi details like very few could, in simple words, the path Republicans are using. They are using our democracy to morph us into minority rule, the possibility of an autocracy. He itemizes the insidiousness of the Republican voter suppression bill.
Community Spotlight: A tribute to Top Comments
For 16 years, Top Comments has been a nightly feature, bringing the day's best, most insightful, wittiest, and most informational comments from story readers to the Daily Kos Community. What remains is a nightly roundup of great comments, a listing of the comments that are highest-rated for the day, and an assemblage of the day's best images. Community Spotlight’s Rescue Rangers read every story published by Community writers. Rescue priorities and actions were explained in a previous edition: Community Spotlight: Rescuing your excellent stories for over 14 years. If you’re a regular reader of Daily Kos, you probably already think that Science will save the economy.
A tool in the box of solutions to the new Georgia Jim Crow law
Hours in the sun, thirst and hunger, patience all are stresses that have to be endured just to cast a ballot. Georgia just made it illegal to provide food and water to voters standing in line. Wheelchairs. Wheelchairs provide a place to sit. And after the citizen has voted, the wheelchair can be given to another citizen to relieve their burden while waiting.
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
*You see, folks, on Thursday, March 25, 2021, thanks to the fine Republicans in Georgia’s legislature and to that model governor, Brian Kemp, the lights went out in Georgia. To help you understand why the lights went out, let me quote from the brilliant commentator, Heather Cox Richardson:There is only one story today. I ask you…is this the Georgia, the fourth state of the original 13 to ratify the Constitution? Take a look at the lowlights of this new Georgia law (for which the passing and signing process was “faster than a speeding bullet.”). Heather Cox Richardson wrote, there are “…more than 250 measures in 43 states designed to keep Republicans in power no matter what voters want.”Yes, the lights went out in Georgia.
An incomplete journey through the biggest blunders, gaffes, and miscalculations in politics
Did Cruz voters see this and change their minds about him? The McCain campaign wouldn't let Palin get near a reporter's microphone for weeks after she was selected. Early speculation that this might be an “October Surprise” that would lead to Trump’s withdrawal from the campaign was dashed quickly as a two-prong defense—deflection and rationalization—was employed by the Trump campaign. Gaffes matter to those voters, but only the ones they think should matter. Gaffes, of course, have tremendous power to shape both popular culture and our memories, lingering long after a campaign is over.
Manchin and the Filibuster: How’s It Going to Go?
The filibuster and the fate of the nationOrdinarily, the question of “How will this particular Senator vote on this particular issue?” is of limited significance. But, conceivably, in the case of how West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin will deal with the issue of filibuster reform, much of America’s future may hang on the answer. Hence the question: will Manchin use his virtual veto power to substantially cripple the Biden presidency? And how Manchin decides will tell us a great deal about what kind of man he is. On the other hand, Manchin has an opportunity to have a big positive impact – at a most crucial moment -- on America’s path forward.
Republicans went all in some time ago
1926 KKK demonstration in WashingtonWill the Republicans play out their hand, or are they bluffing? In case you haven’t noticed, the Republicans have gone all in, Texas hold’em style. The North looked the other way and market capitalism was content for 100 years to leave things largely undisturbed. The Republican Party has gone full circleRepublican Sabotage is DeliberateOnce the Anti-slavery Party, the Republican Party has gone full circle, starting in the 50s when they not so slowly became primarily the party of white supremacy. If the Republicans prevail, a period of Civil War is possible and a destabilization of profits.
Insecure cis-gender hetero White males: toxic masculinity, domestic violence, criminality.
x What is toxic masculinity? MARK FOLLMAN/ Mother Jones June 2019 There is also a strong overlap between toxic masculinity and public mass shootings, according to our latest investigation. Domestic violence has often been referred to as domestic terrorism because domestic violence and terrorism are similar—both rely on the use of violence and intimidation... x The term 'toxic masculinity' doesn't mean that all masculinity is toxic. x — Lana Condor (@lanacondor) March 17, 2021Prior diaries about toxic masculinity and violence:Hate crimes— it’s what insecure cis-gender hetero White males do.
In Politics, Timing Is EVERYTHING!
In response to a reporter’s question on gun control (in light of the recent Boulder shootings), Joe Biden said this:It's a matter of timing. Furthermore, of all the Biden legislation, this is the one with the best chance of getting some Republican support. Lastly, an Infrastructure spending bill can have some political side benefits in terms of old time politics. Let me close on a somewhat related note, in terms of related to that all important concept of political timing. As I said at the beginning, In politics, timing is EVERYTHING!
I'll risk arrest to give water to Georgia voters, but there are other ways to fight
Coca-Cola has donated over $30,000 to politicians co-sponsoring voter suppression bills while referring to themselves as allies to the movement. We expect the businesses that we support to SUPPORT us and fight against racist policies that undermine voting rights. Some companies, like SalesForce, have taken a firm stance standing up against Black voter suppression, yet Coke wouldn't even comment. Georgia is turning back the clock on voting rights because Abrams’ Fair Fight Action was so wildly successful in 2020. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore parts of the Voting Rights Act—including requiring states that consistently engage in voting suppression tactics to pre-clear voting laws with the federal government.
Joe Biden wiped the floor with Republicans at his press conference. They should be very, very afraid
When it came to GOP efforts to take a wrecking ball to voting rights across the country, Biden lambasted Republicans. "The Republican voters I know find this despicable," Biden said. Voters,” he said, emphasizing the split between GOP voters and party elites. In fact, plenty of those GOP voters were drinking in Biden’s message, word for word. But no one with any allegiance to the actual Republican Party has the juice right now to lead an opposition movement to the Democrats, much less Joe Biden.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: we still have a pandemic to deal with, even if DC reporters are bored
"What I'm worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is," Biden said during his first White House press conference. x A study showed voters in predominantly black neighborhoods waited 29 percent longer, on average, than those in white neighborhoods. President Biden has promised enough doses by the end of May to immunize all of the nation’s roughly 260 million adults. President Biden, in a sharp reversal from his predecessor, has signaled that he wants to raise taxes on the wealthy, corporations and estates. In multiple ways, the measure appears designed to target African American voters, the very voters who drove the 2020 Democratic wins.
This Muslim Women’s Day, let's celebrate America's trailblazing Muslim women
But Muslim women don’t just encompass the women you see on the screen, they come from all ethnicities and backgrounds. To break the negative and weak portrayal of Muslim women in Hollywood and grossly embedded in the mind of Americans, Muslim Women's Day was created to reclaim that narrative. The day not only supports Muslim women but celebrates their accomplishments, which are often excluded or not highlighted in mainstream media. "In the current climate, Muslim women are rarely given the space to be heard above all the noise," Al-Khatahtbeh wrote in a tweet. Here’s a list of some trailblazing Muslim women who have broken the glass ceiling in various fields.
Reopening too soon: In the race between the virus and vaccinations, the virus is winning
While trends may be nothing but illusory, the number of active cases at any given time certainly sets the stage for what happens next. So a large number of new cases does not guarantee an increase the following day, but it provides that possibility. The Sunshine State has also seen a return to triple-digit daily deaths after an encouraging trend earlier this month. Original calculations based around the best estimates of COVID-19’s transmissibility set a baseline of about 65% of the population before a significant herd immunity effect would set in. Which makes it impossible to ever reach the level of vaccination needed for herd immunity, even without factoring in children or people who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons.
'Is this patriot enough?' Asian American elected official reveals battle scars to prove his loyalty
Because some Americans just can’t stop being awful long enough for us to digest the last awful thing, the media spin cycle seems to have largely washed away the March 16 Atlanta-area shootings that claimed the lives of eight people, including six women of Asian descent. The massacre further highlighted the kind of abuse—physical and verbal—that’s proliferated in the wake of the novel coronavirus’ emergence, which a certain ocher ogre used to stir up even more hatred and division, in part by calling COVID-19 the “China virus” or the “kung flu,” and scapegoating China to distract from his own rank incompetence. Well, enough is enough, and at least one Asian American elected official, a long-serving veteran, is using this teachable moment to deliver a scorching lesson about true patriotism.
The death penalty ended sooner than expected in Virginia — and not soon enough
Ralph Northam (D) signed a bill that ended the death penalty in Virginia. It came nearly a year after the death of a former Virginia executioner who had become one of the country’s most vocal opponents of the death penalty. Only it isn’t just time for other states and the federal government to abolish the death penalty. Growing up in Texas, which has led the country in modern day executions, I never even questioned the death penalty as a punishment. “Virginia took a big step,” he says, “but there are still a lot of death penalty cases.”
Changing hearts and minds is the challenge after Duxbury High football episode
Here’s the thing about high school football, and really, about all high school sports. AdvertisementWhich is why the Duxbury High School football story is so singularly awful. That’s why the leaders of Shirat Hayam, a small Jewish congregation serving Duxbury and the surrounding towns, are also speaking up. State Senator Barry Finegold, who played football at Andover High School and at Franklin and Marshall College, wrote an open letter to Duxbury that included an offer to meet. Changing hearts and minds is the challenge here, and it’s an enormous one.
Soucheray: The freedom equation includes risk — and responsibility
A murderer in a grocery store cannot be considered the price of freedom. To suggest — and I have heard it suggested — that getting gunned down by a lunatic is the price we pay for freedom conflates acceptable risk with intentional murder. We come around, most principally because with our freedom comes responsibility. Mass murderers, and just as important, the people around them, a family, too often shun the responsibility component of the freedom equation. But that mass killing could have been prevented if the shooter’s family had intervened, fulfilling the responsibility half of the freedom equation.
Biden is betting on bigger government. The pandemic may be helping him.
The biggest expansion of the federal government in a generation is underway, a pandemic-inspired shift in resources and responsibilities that will challenge President Biden and the Democrats to demonstrate that they can make government work. © Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post President Biden speaks Thursday during a news conference at the White House. Former president Barack Obama took some steps in that direction with the Affordable Care Act, a more modest stimulus package and financial reform. The $15 minimum wage got knocked out of the stimulus package by the Senate parliamentarian for not fitting into the rules of reconciliation. The pandemic may have helped to flip the script for Democrats, if in fact resistance to bigger government has declined.
Pile 'em on! BC Driver charged for speed, unsafe pass, clipping car in front of cop
For RCMP in White Rock, B.C., they blurred the licence plate, but didn’t hold back on the charges, or the snark. “Being late for an appointment is never a safe or legal reason to speed, then do an unsafe pass, then clip a parked vehicle as you realize that a marked police car is behind you. I have to admit the “drive without consideration” was a charge I’d forgotten existed, if I ever knew it did in the first place. But what a post like this inadvertently points out is important: this goof clipped a parked car. It could have been a person, which would have been far worse, but now there is damage to another car.
Biden invites Russia and China to climate talks
Among those invited are the leaders of Russia and China, Vladimir Putin and Xi JinpingThe administration of US President Joe Biden will hold a virtual international summit on climate change from 22 to 23 April. The head of state invited his colleagues from Russia and China, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, to the online talks. Biden hopes to revitalize a climate forum with the world's largest economies that served under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama but fell into disrepair under Donald Trump. The holding of this summit will make it possible to fulfill the campaign promise and the corresponding decree of Biden. Earlier it was reported that Bill Gates is going to invest $ 2 billion in saving the climate.
Was a Trump critic's 1st Amendment violated by Yale? We're about to find out.
Her statements ended up costing her her job at Yale, and this week, Lee sued Yale for breaking her employment contract. Law professor Alan Dershowitz, often an apologist for Trump and Trump’s lawyer in his first impeachment trial, believed our concerns about Trump’s mental condition were overblown. All of us had the freedom to raise our concerns about Trump’s mental health without fear of retribution. Lee continued to question Trump’s mental health and point out the danger he posed for our country and the world. Even more important than Lee’s lawsuit against Yale is that we should examine the role of mental health professionals in our political system.
Kafer: Defense strategy in Dominion lawsuit not “reasonable”
No reasonable person would conclude those allegations were true statements of fact. That’s essentially the defense offered by Sidney Powell’s lawyers to the $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit brought by Denver-based voting Dominion Voting Systems, Inc. Dominion provides voting equipment to more than 1,300 jurisdictions in 28 states including Colorado. After President Donald Trump lost the election, Powell accused Dominion of participating in a vast, international conspiracy to overturn a Trump victory and steal the election. Powell’s lawyers are using a similar strategy successfully employed by Fox News in a defamation case against the network’s talk show host Tucker Carlson. Fox News argued that no “reasonable viewer” would accept Tucker’s extortion allegations as fact because of the nature of Tucker’s show.
Having an alcoholic in the Cabinet reminds us that recovery is never over
Marty Walsh, the former mayor of Boston just confirmed as labor secretary, will be the first Cabinet member in American history to be openly in 12-step recovery from addiction. About 9% of Americans report having "resolved an alcohol or other drug problem," and a little less than half of them identify as being "in recovery." That's the idea behind the present tense introduction ("and I'm an alcoholic") Walsh echoed in his speech in 2016. To say, "I'm an alcoholic" after more than 20 years sober — as Walsh does — is admission that, for you, the work of recovery is never done. I gave up on trying not to be an alcoholic and focused on living without a drink.
Man arrested in SE Portland after hours-long standoff with police
A man has been arrested after barricading himself in his home for several hours Friday, police said. Officers tried to serve a warrant Friday morning for gun-related charges at a Richmond neighborhood home, according to Portland police. The resident, a 50-year-old wanted man, was believed to be armed, police said. The man drove away from his home in the 3700 block of Southeast Brooklyn Street, where officers unsuccessfully tried to pull him over, and eventually returned to his home. Police said they deployed munitions to break windows in order to communicate with the man during the negotiation.
Myanmar forces kill dozens in deadliest day since coup
The warning was widely taken as a threat because a great number of the fatalities among protesters have come from being shot in the head, suggesting they have been targeted for death. In recent days the junta has portrayed the demonstrators as the ones perpetrating violence for their sporadic use of Molotov cocktails. On Saturday, some protesters in Yangon were seen carrying bows and arrows. In contrast, security forces have used live ammunition for weeks against what have still been overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds. The U.S. Embassy said shots were fired Saturday at its cultural center in Yangon, though no one was injured.
There's a blatantly obvious way for the US to fight climate change and pay for new infrastructure: a carbon tax
If lawmakers don't pay for their infrastructure spending plans, the economic returns could be smaller and it would make our already unsustainable fiscal outlook worse. Other countries have used carbon taxes to reduce carbon emissions without harming economic growth. Before taking office, President Joe Biden's campaign plan made clear that his administration would make infrastructure spending and climate change a priority. Carbon-based growthA carbon tax would regulate pollution far more efficiently than the mounds of regulations and restrictions on the books. First enacted in Finland in 1990, the use of carbon taxes isn't new, and they're relatively common throughout Europe.
US tensions with China risk fueling anti-Asian harassment at home
And this is particularly true for the Asian American community,” said John C. Yang, president of the civil rights group Asian Americans Advancing Justice. “So, on one hand, our geopolitical tensions with the Chinese government are real, and they should be,” he added. ADVERTISEMENTAnd in the early 1980s, during the rise of Japanese carmakers, two white autoworkers in Detroit bludgeoned to death a Chinese American named Vincent Chin days before his wedding. He also condemned violence against the AAPI community in a meeting with community leaders in Atlanta after the shooting. ADVERTISEMENT“Too many Asian Americans have been walking up and down the streets and worrying … They’ve been attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed.
Why spring cleaning is actually fun this year
As a transient 20-something, I moved once every year, hopping between apartments in Washington, D.C. as I searched for better rent, better roommates, a better location, or all of the above. My annual moves served as my version of spring cleaning; I never felt the need to vacuum under the bed until I was taking the bed out of the apartment altogether. And while I normally dread cleaning, there has been something incredibly healing about putting on rubber gloves and scrubbing the heck out of my oven. Also, 54% of employees surveyed expect some form of social distancing in the office, including their colleagues being seated at least 6 feet apart and being required to wear masks. Last year many turned to Zoom seders, but with some vaccinations completed and Zoom fatigue wearing everyone out, it isn't that simple this year.
Opinion | How Sanctions Hurt Iranian Women
A few weeks after the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned “brutal men of the regime” in Tehran for oppressing Iranian women who were demanding their rights. “As human beings with inherent dignity and inalienable rights, the women of Iran deserve the same freedoms that the men of Iran possess,” Mr. Pompeo said. But the Trump administration then dealt a tremendous blow to Iranian women by reimposing sanctions on Iran, restricting oil sales and access to the global banking system, and pushing the economy into a deep recession. Since the spring of 2018, the Iranian rial has lost 68 percent of its value. The sanctions scuppered one of the nuclear deal’s key dividends: the foreign investment and job creation that was set to accompany the opening of Iran’s markets to the world.
Joe Biden Should Just Give It a Go - The New York Times
Biden should do what he can to help Senate Democrats dilute the filibuster. One recent evening, Biden met with historians in the East Room for two hours. The president seemed interested in activist presidencies, ones that took on big problems, like Lincoln, F.D.R. Republicans are grasping to find something to throw at Biden. He seemed to know his own mind — a nice contrast with his predecessor, who was out of his mind.
Opinion | He’s a Famous Evangelical Preacher, but His Kids Wish He’d Pipe Down
He claims liberals are in league with Satan and Democrats are plotting “to criminalize Christianity.”Of course, I may not be a fair narrator. Other kids wish they could take away an elderly parent’s car keys; the Joyner kids wish they could take away their dad’s megaphone. “There is a responsibility to hold those you love accountable,” said Amber Grace Joyner, 30, a musician. Soon after, she nearly died in a boating accident — and the first person she called was her dad. I told Rick Joyner that I thought his struggles with his children reflected a larger generation gap and dwindling of influence of the religious right.
Bill Maher Blasts America’s Excessive Spending And ‘Drug War’ On HBO’s ‘Real Time’
While Bill Maher is one of many of us who are looking forward to the “big party” once the pandemic is over, he’s not confident that America has handled COVID-19 in a fiscally responsible way. Maher feels strongly that ending our seemingly bipartisan War on Drugs here in the States and cutting our excessive spending is a good place to start. Last night on Real Time With Bill Maher, the host said that America’s economy is “divorced from reality,” with unemployment, bankruptcies and shuttered businesses occurring alongside an exceptionally high stock market. Maher then compared the 1920s Prohibition to the modern-day Drug Wars, insisting that many of today’s social struggles stem from poor drug policy. You can follow him on Twitter — @TweetskoorStream Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO Max
Opinion | The border is a ‘crisis’ — and also Biden’s first big mistake
ADADMake no mistake: President Donald Trump’s border policies, especially separating children from their parents, were terrible by anyone’s standards. At least Trump can validly claim that he allowed reporters to visit his border encampments on organized tours. The little we do know about the current deluge of unaccompanied children is thanks to photos released to Axios by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex. ADADThe flow of these unaccompanied children seems nowhere near ending. Contrary to the narrative of their defense, sending unaccompanied children back home does not mean turning them out into the desert to starve.
Opinion | The numbers undercut myths about mass shootings and White men
ADADBut this commits a common statistical fallacy — thinking that if most mass shooters were White, that means that White people must be particularly likely to commit mass shootings. Most mass shootings are committed by adult men, and census data shows that about 67 percent of adult men in the United States are non-Hispanic Whites. Overall, Whites are both half of those who commit mass shootings and also about half of those who die during their crime. So White shooters tend to have White victims — and to be covered more intensively by the mostly White media. In short, there are indeed subtle racial angles to mass shootings that we might profitably explore.
Opinion: We can't suspend evictions and foreclosures forever
Laurie Goodman is a vice president at the Urban Institute and director of its Housing Finance Policy Center. As the coronavirus shuttered much of the nation's economy last year, policymakers imposed a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures to keep millions of families from losing their homes. As the nation's lockdown dragged on, they extended both, with the eviction moratorium now set to expire this week on March 31st, but likely to be extended again, and the foreclosure moratorium set to expire at the end of June. Given the cost, it is important that these moratoria go only as far as necessary to get struggling families to the other side of the economic chasm. The question, then, is when the relief for those struggling to cover their housing costs will be in position to help.
A quarter of Americans have recently witnessed someone blame Asian people for COVID-19
Twenty-five percent of respondents to a new USA Today/Ipsos poll said they had witnessed someone blaming Asian people for the COVID-19 pandemic during the previous month. “ Marya Mtshali traced the origins of COVID-19-related discrimination in part back to historical racist imagery of Asian Americans related to lack of cleanliness and contagious disease. “The specific stigmatizing beliefs were that Asian Americans were COVID-19 risk and that they were responsible for the current COVID-19 situation.”Cases of COVID-19 were first detected in Wuhan, China. Stop AAPI Hate chronicled 3,795 hate incidents against Asian Americans between March 19, 2020 and Feb. 28, according to statistics published recently by the reporting center. Many of the incidents included verbal harassment (68%), deliberate avoidance of Asian Americans (21%) and physical assault (11%).
Phoenix is a national embarrassment in the anti-Asian hate movement. We must do better
Metro Phoenix has been one of the nation’s fastest-growing areas for years, creating a boom in real estate prices and business opportunities in countless sectors. Already, Arizona has to reconcile its reputation as the state that tried to make it illegal to drive while Latino. Especially in a metro area where a plan to create a Phoenix civilian review board with independent powers to investigate claims of police brutality was rejected. Especially in a metro area where a 74-year-old Asian man was attacked by a stranger and skeptics respond by debating whether it was a hate crime. Metro Phoenix has been one of the nation’s fastest-growing areas for years.
Detroit parents charged in nonfatal shooting of 3-year-old son
Detroit — Detroit parents were charged Saturday in the nonfatal shooting of their 3-year-old son on March 9, the county prosecutor's office said. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Anthony Smith, 32, with second-degree child abuse, felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony firearm. Tenisha Christian, 39, has also been charged with felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony firearm. When they arrived, officers found the 3-year-old boy with a wound on his left arm. “This case came to our office on the same day as another child shooting case, as a result of unsafe storage of a weapon," Worthy stated in a press release.
Biden stocks cabinet with prep school grads
Antony Blinken, Biden’s Secretary of State, was a child of privilege who graduated from NYC’s Dalton School, where tuition today runs $55,210. Tom Vilsack, Biden’s Secretary of Agriculture, graduated from Pittsburgh’s tony Shady Side Academy, a $53,000-a-year boarding school. Susan Rice, now serving as Biden’s Director of the Domestic Policy Council, was valedictorian of National Cathedral School, a D.C day school for girls ($47,350). Marty Walsh, Biden’s pick for Labor Secretary, attended Bostons’ Newman School where parents shell out a cool $27,000 a year. AP Photo/Susan Walsh, FileCommerce Secretary Gina Raimondo earned her diploma from Rhode Island’s La Salle Academy, where tuition today is $16,250.
Letters to the Editor: Echo Park's encampment wasn't the hazard it was made it out to be
And that is the threshold.” NOW (March, 2021): tells Mother Jones that she “would get rid of the filibuster” for Democrat election-bill H.R. If that’s possible, then maybe we can govern with the filibuster.” Senator Bob Casey (D., Pa.) THEN (June, 2016): joins Democrats to filibuster the GOP majority into voting on gun control. NOW (March, 2021): says the filibuster is explicitly racist in origin, earning “Three Pinocchios” from the Washington Post fact-checker. — Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) February 26, 2021 Senator Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) THEN (April, 2019): tells Politico that filibuster reform is “the one thing that people will not do. “Senator McConnell taught me that I was wrong.
L.A. Affairs: You got sober? Good for you, but we can’t date.
I had to drive my senior prom date home because he got drunk on the giant Tequila Sunrise he’d made for the night. He’s sober, I reminded myself, not trying to get sober. Eventually, his daily AA meetings became weekly meetings, then occasional meetings, then no meetings at all. But with the disease of addiction, I learned that, as painful as it is to accept, only the addict can heal himself. L.A. Affairs chronicles the search for romantic love in all its glorious expressions in the L.A. area, and we want to hear your true story.
Luck is essential for any successful coronavirus variant, study shows
AdvertisementNewsletter Get our free Coronavirus Today newsletter Sign up for the latest news, best stories and what they mean for you, plus answers to your questions. Five would be enough for the new variant to live on to compete for more victims. For researchers hoping to see around the next corner of the pandemic, a modeling exercise like this is more than an idle speculation. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is known to mutate constantly, but almost always in ways that don’t significantly change its behavior. And a genetic variant that arrives with a biological advantage in that department is even more likely to succeed.
Essential California Week in Review: More vaccines are coming
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. Newsletter The stories shaping California Get up to speed with our Essential California newsletter, sent six days a week. Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Still, concerns remain, especially after most samples analyzed in Los Angeles County were found to be variants believed to spread more readily . Fifteen lovely outdoor dining rooms in Los Angeles, from woodsy patios in Calabasas to downtown views of the skyline.
Myanmar forces kill dozens in deadliest day since coup
The death toll in Myanmar has been steadily rising as authorities grow more forceful with their suppression of opposition to the Feb. 1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. The coup reversed years of progress toward democracy after five decades of military rule. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw. This year’s event was seen as a flashpoint for violence, with demonstrators threatening to double down on their public opposition to the coup with more and bigger demonstrations. The protesters refer to the holiday by its original name, Resistance Day, which marks the beginning of a revolt against Japanese occupation in World War 2.
UR students, employees hold silent protest, urging trustees to change contentious building names
A few hundred University of Richmond students and staff, mostly wearing black, stood in silence for an hour and 25 minutes Friday afternoon to protest the names of two campus buildings the university says it won’t change. The only sounds to be heard were engines, saws and hammers as the renovation of Ryland Hall continued behind them. Ryland is one of the two buildings whose names won’t be changed, the university’s board of trustees said last week, despite fierce pushback from students and employees. As protesters watched, trustees met with student representatives in a roped-off white tent in a corner of the quad. From where protesters gathered, the conversation between students and trustees could not be heard.
Capitalism won't save us from Covid, no matter what Boris Johnson might think
Boris Johnson has attributed the UK’s vaccine success to “capitalism” and “greed”. In truth, an unprecedented amount of public funding has been poured into vaccine research, development and manufacturing. This level of investment represents a huge risk – but it’s not the only risk that the public sector has taken on. That these cuts to UK research are taking place during a global pandemic sends a worrying message about Johnson’s priorities. The UK government’s pledge to donate surplus vaccines is a start, but this will be far from sufficient.
As Myanmar death toll climbs, a soldier’s wife is caught between protesters and military
The U.S. ambassasor to Myanmar, Thomas Vajda, denounced the latest bloodshed as “horrifying.”AD“On Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day, security forces are murdering unarmed civilians, including children, the very people they swore to protect,” Vajda wrote on Twitter. “There are very few people [in military families] who will risk expressing the truth openly because there are many consequences,” she said. Life for military wives mirrors in many ways that of their husbands. While this has brought some integration, the armed forces remain quite insular, with existing parallel services, from banks to hospitals, available to members of the armed forces. “The propaganda in the military is very successful since they are isolated and cut off from the outside world,” said May.
Opinion: Before you move to a new town in retirement, check the local Walmart – and 5 other hard-learned lessons
My little town, once a bastion of the sweetest springs and autumns, is now the newest version of Hurricane Alley in the fall and historically unheard-of cold in the winter. On my three trial runs to my little town, the locals couldn’t have been more solicitous—or more cunning. In my little town, so unlike so much of my life experience, I’ve become much more practiced at self-appraisal—and compromise. I even took advantage of all the free time available in a small town to publish a book about my oddball retirement. D. B. Tipmore is the author of “My Little Town: A pilgrim’s portrait of a uniquely southern place” and has recently retired in southern Alabama.
Op-Ed: Why you should celebrate Passover this year — even if you're not Jewish
The Passover Seder invites us to give memory meaning. (Dotan Naveh / iStockphoto via Getty Images)On Saturday evening, Jews all over the world will sit down at their dining tables to celebrate Passover. Together we read the Passover liturgy, the Haggadah, and eat and drink symbolic foods to remember what our forebears experienced. A rabbinic commentary we read at Passover explains it this way: “In every generation each person is obligated to see themselves as though they too came out from Egypt.”Last year was our first pandemic Passover. The Passover Seder invites us, through questioning, to give memory meaning.
Column: It’s a guaranteed income program, but think of it as a test case for reparations
“We’re probably at like 20 to 25 states now,” said the former mayor of Stockton and co-founder of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. “We believe that guaranteed income is the most transformative policy that can achieve this vision.”Or as she told the Washington Post: “There are huge gaps between people of color and our white residents. But, today, Republicans are more skeptical when it comes for reparations for Black Americans. Whatever data are available from Oakland’s guaranteed income program — and hopefully, there will be carefully compiled data — should be considered by the members. Thanks to data from Stockton, we’ve already seen what a guaranteed income can do for the poorest Americans.
Column: How Lil Nas X’s sexed-up ‘Montero’ video has changed everything for gay music artists
I do not blame any of these men for making these choices, if indeed it’s even possible to call them choices given the pervasive homophobia of the music business at the time and the world at large. All of these men have made music that I’ve loved, and I’ve celebrated when they were finally able to come out, while also clocking the marked downturn many of their music careers took after they did so. When One Direction’s self-conscious flirtation with each other only magnified their fame -- and their sex appeal to tween and teen girls -- I marveled at how these lads managed to flip the boy band script on gay panic while also wondering whether an A-list gay music star would ever be able to just actually flirt without quotation marks attached to it.
Congressional approval ratings at highest level in more than a decade as covid stimulus checks hit bank accounts
Republicans, Democrats and independents all showed gains in approving how Congress handled the early days of the pandemic, when more than 25 million jobs vanished and hospital wards were flooded. Democratic voters were the most scornful as just 11 percent approved of the performance on Capitol Hill, according to the monthly Gallup poll. That’s the highest level of public approval since June 2009, the last time when at least one in three Americans approved of how Congress handled its work. Experts say this new wave of Congressional support is likely the result of voters enjoying getting direct cash payments from Washington. And, once the stimulus checks are spent, results-oriented independents might view Congress more negatively.
Atlanta massacre sparks a political awakening in the Korean church
An invigorated Korean community, pushed to action by Korean churches, could be good news for Democrats, who have been losing ground with the Korean community in recent years, according to early poll data. Korean churches today are following in that tradition, said Omar Wasow, a politics professor at Princeton who tracks political movements. And he sees many of the same patterns playing out in the Korean community today. Organizers had already been targeting this group because of its sheer size: 70 percent of Asian Americans in Georgia are foreign-born. During the event, which was conducted entirely in Korean, Han addressed the crowd, gently chastising those who cling to the model minority myth.
How Vincent Chin's Death Gave Others A Voice
How Vincent Chin's Death Gave Others A VoiceEnlarge this image toggle caption Courtesy of W.W. Norton Courtesy of W.W. NortonWriter Paula Yoo was 13 years old and finishing up seventh grade when Vincent Chin was killed. Tell us a little bit about who Vincent Chin was, and what happened to him. Vincent Chin is famous in the Asian American community; his name has resurfaced recently due to the spike in anti-Asian racism. Judge Kaufman's lenient sentencing angered not just Vincent Chin's family, but the entire Asian American community. Led by activist Helen Zia, several Asian American lawyers and community leaders banded together to create American Citizens for Justice.
Here’s the real steal we must stop: Florida Republicans rekindle efforts to suppress Black vote | Opinion
The long history of voter suppression in Florida is a bloody one. The blood-spilling began after a single Black man attempted to exercise his right to vote. This will affect millions of Florida voters in the 2022 gubernatorial and U.S. Senate elections. While this ballot amendment granted the franchise to returning citizens of various races, ethnicities and political stripes, the exclusion it sought to rectify was very much rooted in the systemic ostracism of Black voters. Moore labored diligently throughout the 1940s to register Black voters, but recognized that numbers alone could not restore fairness to tipped scales.
Two weeks, two mass shootings — back to normal for America
Keeping track of things you have in abundance can be tricky, and we have an abundance of mass shootings in this country. Racism, hate, the easy availability of guns, a cultural disposition to violence — all these long-running American afflictions are brought to bear on us in mass shootings. Many of the settings where mass shootings typically occur — workplaces, schools, churches, shopping centers — had either shut down or sharply reduced their capacity.” L.A. TimesThis wasn’t the first time Echo Park saw mass displacement. L.A. TimesThe city handled Echo Park Lake’s closure in the worst way possible. It did that with some success in Echo Park before the park enclosure, but just before the sweep this week a few dozen homeless residents remained.
Is any place safe?
Probably not so safe when the shooter shows up. Yes, the classroom is perfectly safe, just like the schools in Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Parkland. If you don’t have a gun, you won’t need one for self-defense because your assailant won’t have a gun. If you’re an assailant, you’ll be less likely to be charged with murder since you won’t have a gun. States that allow “open carry” make all their citizens sitting ducks for the angry young man.
A coach is fired, but now the work must begin
Dan Shaughnessy argued ( “Duxbury should dismiss its football coach,”, March 23; Sports March 24) that Duxbury football coach Dave Maimaron should lose his job for tolerating “a play-calling system that uses anti-Semitic terminology.” On Wednesday, his recommendation was adopted. AdvertisementFor members of the Jewish community, these are not casual questions. We don’t imagine that members of the Duxbury football team meant to place Jews at risk. So when I heard that the beloved, long-term, championship-winning Duxbury football coach, Dave Maimaron, was fired over the use of, among other things, concentration-camp-audibles, my first thought was, “Oh no. In the hierarchy of high schools and the towns that love them, is anything more powerful than a championship football team?
Bible lesson for March 27: John 18:20
Oklahoman“Jesus answered, ‘I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret.’”— John 18:20When on trial before the chief priests, Jesus could have called Peter and John, two of His most faithful disciples, to testify on His behalf. Everything Jesus taught would benefit everyone in the world, if people believed and lived based on what Jesus taught. No ancient secret book or ancient secret society exists that truly tells what Jesus taught in secret, for Jesus never taught anything in secret. As Jesus told Pilate in John 18:37, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Jesus’ disciples still listen to His voice as recorded in the Bible, for His first disciples wrote everything the Holy Spirit inspired them to remember.
Opinion: Recovery and future of educational system may lie with instructional designers
Those that do can offer greater value to teachers and students, as instructional designers develop courses aligned with learning goals. Educational institutions must integrate instructional designers into curriculum development if they want to offer the best possible value to students. Encourage instructors to work with instructional designers, and highlight successful projects from the past. A 2019 survey found that instructional designers drive better academic outcomes, yet many schools cited lack of resources as a reason for failing to hire instructional designers. Quality data makes a compelling case for instructional designers, showing that they may save money over time and greatly improve student outcomes.
In our world of selfies, put others first like Jesus did
Recently, I was reading the book “Double Blessing” by Mark Batterson, and I came upon a section titled “The Gift of Undivided Attention.” It really resonated with me. So many important messages have been unpacked from these stories, but one is especially crystal clear to me — no matter how big the gathering, nor how stacked His schedule, Jesus took a personal and undivided interest in individuals. Just as I was getting ready to walk out among the blinding lights and critical reporters, Lola took her diamond bracelet off and put it on my wrist. “I left feeling that I was the cleverest woman in England.”In our world of selfies and polling and winning at all costs, Jesus shows us a different way. It’s about first being last, hanging out with all types of people, teaching love at every opportunity — and showing undivided attention to a sister or brother who needs it.
'199 years is long enough': Kim Janey becomes Boston's first Black and first female mayor
Earlier this week, Kim Janey, the first woman and Black person to lead the city of Boston, became acting mayor. She was sworn in by the first Black woman to lead Massachusetts’ highest court, Kimberly Budd, and the first Black Massachusetts congresswoman, Ayanna Pressley. As council president, Janey was next in line, with the title of acting mayor bestowed by the city’s charter. Janey went back to that school on her first day as acting mayor, stopping by a classroom of students learning about desegregation. Janey,” reads a video posted on her Twitter account, showing all of Boston’s mayors’ white male faces, ending in her own.
‘That We May Live’: New Chinese fiction delves into the playfully weird
Explaining the difference between speculative fiction and science fiction can feel like sorting out overlapping nebulae. The main distinction of speculative fiction may be that a story is just barely possible, at a slight remove from reality that veers into the playfully weird. A Japanese author exemplifying this style is Yukiko Motoya, who writes of flying umbrellas and dressing rooms that swallow up shoppers. That We May Live: Speculative Chinese Fiction, by Dorothy Tse, Zhu Hui, et al. A pitfall of speculative fiction is that it can feel insubstantial, the plotlines so playful as to be random.
Drugs May or May Not Make You Stupid, But They Certainly Make Governments Stupid
From the Boston Globe:The latest developments by two leading district attorneys adds fuel to the still burning embers of what was already the largest drug lab scandal in US history. “This is totally unprecedented — I’ve never heard anything of this scale,” said Nathan H. Lents, a biology professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. “It’s a nightmare scenario for the criminal justice system in Massachusetts. The ripples of the scandal have reverberated through the state’s criminal justice system since 2012, when then-chemist Annie Dookhan admitted to investigators that she’d failed to fully analyze drug samples. Drugs may not necessarily make you stupid, but they make governments incredibly stupid.
In Washington, Policy Revolves Around Joe Manchin. He Likes It That Way.
A former high school quarterback who friends say still relishes being at the center of the action, Mr. Manchin is something of a unicorn in today’s Congress. As a pro-coal and anti-abortion Democrat, he reflects a less-homogenized era when regionalism was as significant as partisanship and senators were more individual actors than predictable votes for their caucus. Twice elected governor before claiming Mr. Byrd’s seat, he’s the only lawmaker standing in the way of an all-Republican congressional delegation in West Virginia, a state that former President Donald J. Trump carried by nearly 40 points last year. “We really are the big tent,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, before knowingly adding: “Now it’s a lot of work when you have a big tent, right? And while he may admire Mr. Byrd’s dedication to Senate tradition, Mr. Manchin has not emulated his predecessor by leveraging his power to focus relentlessly on steering spending projects back to West Virginia.
The Covid relief bill and the promise of vaccines aren't enough. Pay everyone to stay home.
We know this can work: Paid shutdowns have helped control the spread of the virus abroad. But it doesn’t have to if we implement a paid shutdown. In fact, a short-term paid shutdown could be more effective than all the lengthy restrictions we’ve seen until now, as those have only been partial. The concept of a paid shutdown is simple and would address both issues. Democrats have the majorities in both houses of Congress to make a paid shutdown happen.
Op-Ed: Why you should celebrate Passover this year — even if you’re not Jewish
On Saturday evening, Jews all over the world will sit down at their dining tables to celebrate Passover. On Passover, Jews recount the biblical story of our enslavement in Egypt and our liberation, or exodus, into freedom. Together we read the Passover liturgy, the Haggadah, and eat and drink symbolic foods to remember what our forebears experienced. A rabbinic commentary we read at Passover explains it this way: “In every generation each person is obligated to see themselves as though they too came out from Egypt.”Last year was our first pandemic Passover. The Passover Seder invites us, through questioning, to give memory meaning.
Another bittersweet pandemic Passover
Newsday is opening this story to all readers so Long Islanders have access to important information about the coronavirus outbreak. All readers can learn the latest news at Your subscription is important because it supports our work covering the coronavirus outbreak and other strong local journalism Newsday provides. You can find the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak at Passover, like last, is different from all others. My parents' house has been a haven since we fled our small Manhattan apartment shortly before last year's Passover. By the beginning of Passover 2020, the world had shut down.
Was the Capitol attack sedition? Pay attention to what the statute says
Nonetheless, from all we’ve seen (and the investigators know much more), Sherwin’s assessment is probably correct. Some protestors came to Washington in January to peacefully express their support for a president they thought had been robbed. Some came disposed to fulfill Donald Trump’s “it will be wild” prophecy. And others no doubt were masterminds and marauders resolved from the start to impede the lawful transfer of power by whatever means necessary.
Letters to the EditorCosts of having Daylight Saving Time all year long just aren't worth itIs there anything more trivial than worrying about the loss of an hour of sleep every March? And yet there is consideration being given to satisfy the eastern edge politicians for later sunsets year-round. In Ohio, sunrises will creep well past 8 a.m. all the way to almost 9 a.m. from November to March. Perhaps folks should spend more time worrying about what causes their loss of sleep the rest of the year. To them, we’re all just consumers at Polaris mall or our local food store waiting to be targets.
Editorial: Stuck Suez ship could sink supplies
And so it is that a massive ship blocking the Suez Canal can spell trouble for the toilet paper supply. Walter Schalka, CEO of the Brazilian wood pulp company Suzano SA, told Bloomberg News that the firm was struggling to transport the raw material for toilet paper amid the delays. Schalka is worried that the shipping woes are going to worsen — causing major disruptions to the pulp trade that could impact supplies of toilet paper if producers don’t have sufficient inventories, according to Bloomberg. We experienced a toilet paper shortage before, during the height of the pandemic, and it wasn’t pretty. But should the Suez Canal conundrum indeed spark supply chain gaps, here’s hoping we learned the need for civility and patience in dealing with a shortage.
30,000 gold ducats, 17 years – and only 900 books: the hard life of a Renaissance bibliophile
Like plenty of modern readers, I own too many books. The real issue is no fault of mine at all: books in the modern age are just so easy to come by. But it is worth holding it in mind when imagining the efforts of the 15th-century bibliophiles served by Vespasiano da Bisticci, the subject of Ross King’s excellent The Bookseller of Florence. Take for instance Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, a condottiero (warlord) whose endless appetite for battle was accompanied by an unslakable thirst for knowledge. Seventeen years and 30,000 ducats later, it represented a collection that, according to Vespasiano, “no one had achieved for a thousand years or more”.
NP View: Ontario budget spends too liberally and has no clear path to balance
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Maybe public confidence in the military would go up if its leaders shut up
Trust in the military is droppingThe Ronald Reagan Institute’s latest National Defense Survey was shows trust in the military has dropped 14 percentage points over the past three years. Kirby’s announcement was featured on the official Defense Department site with the headline “Press Secretary Smites Host That Dissed Diversity in U.S. Military.” Maybe BuzzFeed writers are enlisting these days. As a person who has served in the military, perhaps the brass will allow me to state my humble, nonpartisan advice: Please shut up. A long-serving Pentagon official should know to avoid even the appearance of partisan rhetoric. Our military leaders, men and women alike, should leave the media criticism to schlubs like me.
What Fox hosts said that Dominion is suing over
In its suit against Fox, Dominion alleges that it repeatedly notified the network that it had aired falsehoods and also sent retraction requests to Fox. And they’re private firms, and very little is known about their ownership, beyond what you’re saying about Dominion. Do you think that’s a fair statement?” (Jan. 4, Fox Business Network)Maria Bartiromo, Fox News“There is much to understand about Smartmatic, which owns Dominion Voting Systems. Why do they leave our country?” (Nov. 15, Fox News)ADAD“We have a machine, the Dominion machine … [that] was developed to steal elections, and being used in the states that are involved.” (Dec. 12, Fox News)Tucker Carlson, Fox NewsLINDELL: I’ve been all in trying to find the machine fraud and I — we found it. … I dare Dominion to sue me because then it will get out faster.
Only way to end up with school board that works for families is to let parents tell us what they want | Letters
Plenty of people have strong opinions about what Chicago’s school board should look like. From focus groups we conducted with Chicago Public Schools parents, we found a unanimous takeaway — they want to be leading the decision about school board structure. Los Angeles’ $20 million school board election fight, between charter and anti-charter interests, is a perfect example. The majority of parents also believe undocumented families should be able to vote and run in any board elections. The only way to have a board that will work for the majority of families is if we let them tell us what they want.
Flam: Vaccine passports would speed return to normalcy
There’s some scientific justification for using vaccine passports to allow vaccinated people — and only vaccinated people — back into restaurants, movie theaters and other indoor spaces. Vaccine passports would require a layer of nuanced communication that has so far been lacking, as well as a different approach to rule-making. Vaccine passports could have all kinds of emotional and economic benefits, as well as public health ones. Vaccine passports could help bridge the gap until we get there. Nevertheless, Offit says he thinks vaccine passports won’t work as well in the U.S. as in Israel.
Lowry: Now Dems try to overtun an election
But Hart is petitioning for the House to overturn the election, and the House Administration Committee is now reviewing the case. The Elias brief for Hart offers a tinny excuse for avoiding an election contest court in Iowa. There’s a question about the provenance of some of the ballots, and others clearly run afoul of Iowa law. The decisions about these ballots were close calls that election officials have to make, using the law and their best judgment, all the time. Iowa has a robust, clean election system through which the voters of the 2nd District have spoken.
Dissecting payouts for decontamination work in Fukushima
About 450 formed a special project team, supervised by local construction companies, that started doing cleanup work in November 2012. There was no work quota and, she reports, everyone enjoyed the neighborly camaraderie of toiling together. In the end, each made on average about ¥35,000 an hour for all the work they did. But in the summer of 2019, at a meeting to dissolve the project team, the deputy team leader confessed he had received millions in yen in extra payments. The work, in fact, made it possible for them to endure and eventually return to farming.
The business case for vaccine passports
By showing a “vaccine passport,” perhaps in the form of a smartphone app. Yet vaccine passports have met resistance. Vaccine passports, he said, might allow this inequity to be “further branded into the system.”There’s no question that the vaccine rollout should be managed with equity in mind, and care should be taken to ensure that passports don’t make this any harder. Governments should demand such standards of privacy and accuracy for vaccine passports. Keep in mind, vaccine passports are also meant to be temporary.
Michigan GOP could circumvent Whitmer with proposed changes to state voting laws
Michigan GOP could circumvent Whitmer with proposed changes to state voting lawsAdded: 27.03.2021 6:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsMichigan Republicans this week proposed changes to state voting laws and have come up with a veto-proof way to circumvent Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to reports.
California Supreme Court ends cash bail for some who cannot afford it
California Supreme Court ends cash bail for some who cannot afford itAdded: 27.03.2021 1:17 | 6 views | 0 commentsA California Supreme Court ruling will dramatically change the state's cash bail system by stating that some defendants may no longer be detained just because they cannot afford to post bail.
Opinion: One of the most important trials America has ever seen is about to start
Opinion: One of the most important trials America has ever seen is about to startAdded: 27.03.2021 2:17 | 7 views | 0 commentsWe have a jury in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with the May 2020 killing of George Floyd. Now we stand on the precipice of one of the most important trials this country has ever seen.
Capitalism vs. socialism: Which is better? | Opinion
Granted, there have been rare abuses on the part of capitalists over the years in how they accumulated their wealth, but that is the price we pay for being able to live in the most modern, advanced country in the world, the United States. Most rational capitalists believe that the government can and should play a role in our capitalist system by clamping down on fraud and the exploitation of labor. However, once you take the incentive away, by punishing them by overtaxing and imposing excess regulations, from people to have the opportunity to better themselves financially by their intelligence and hard work, you kill the spirit of innovation by trying to make everyone have the same outcome in life.
Myanmar Regime Kills 23 More Protesters as It Marks Armed Forces Day
Burma Myanmar Regime Kills 23 More Protesters as It Marks Armed Forces DayKo Nan Win was shot in the head and killed by security forces on Saturday morning in Daik-U Township, Bago Region. Undaunted by previous deadly crackdowns, people across Myanmar took to the streets on Saturday to mark “Anti-Military Dictatorship Day”, while the coup leaders in Naypyitaw celebrated the 76th Armed Forces Day. Thousands of anti-protesters defied a warning issued to the public last night on military-controlled MRTV not to protest on Armed Forces Day. Anti-coup protesters across the country this week called for nationwide protests against the regime on Armed Forces Day, despite the regime’s continued lethal crackdown on demonstrations. In Myitkyina, more than 50 protesters were arrested by regime forces and several were injured during protests against the military.
Children Trapped by Colombia’s War, Five Years After Peace Deal
Her father said he believed the violence she witnessed had driven her to the guerrillas — and that her death was likely to create more anger, pushing other young people to join the fighters. “The armed groups are going to be strengthened more and more by all this repression,” he said. The bombing of another FARC dissident camp in 2019 led to the deaths of eight children and adolescents. The scandal was a major test for newly installed President Iván Duque, a conservative whose party vociferously opposed the peace deal. “We cannot undo 56 years of war in just two years,” said Mr. Duque’s high commissioner for peace, Miguel Ceballos, in an interview last year.
I got an experimental COVID-19 vaccine. I’m willing to put it to the ultimate test.
All told, more than 6,500 people have participated in challenge studies for diseases other than COVID-19. A growing number of bioethicists argue that we should seriously consider COVID-19 challenge studies. Even one day shaved off vaccine testing could save many lives. I would agree to participate in such a challenge trial if three conditions were met. Though no human challenge studies are being planned at the moment, the organization 1DaySooner has begun soliciting volunteers online.
Acknowledging anti-Asian discrimination is the first step toward ending it
The media coverage and bravery of those who share their stories remind me that each of us is not alone. AdvertisementWe need to step up, speak up, and share our experiences. It won’t make the elderly woman in public housing feel like she understands how to register for a vaccine clinic. AdvertisementAs a community, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are made to feel different. Nina Liang is president of the Quincy City Council.
Man reported missing from Gresham
Police are searching for a 23-year-old man reported missing from Gresham on the South Side. Adam Fase was last seen Thursday in the 7600 block of South Parnell Avenue, according to a missing person alert from Chicago police. Fase is 5-foot-7 and 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, police said. He also has a tattoo of an abstract mountain range on his forearm, according to police. Anyone with information is asked to contact Area Two SVU at 312-747-8274.
France Has ‘Overwhelming’ Responsibility for Rwanda Genocide, Report Says
PARIS — Blinded by its fears of losing influence in Africa and by a colonial view of the continent’s people, France remained close to the “racist, corrupt and violent regime’’ responsible for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and bears “serious and overwhelming” responsibilities, according to a report released Friday. But the report — commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron in 2019 and put together by 15 historians with unprecedented access to French government archives — cleared France of complicity in the genocide that led to the deaths of 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and contributed to decades of conflicts and instability in Central Africa. “Is France an accomplice to the genocide of the Tutsi? If by this we mean a willingness to join a genocidal operation, nothing in the archives that were examined demonstrates this,’’ said the report, which was presented to Mr. Macron on Friday afternoon. But the commission said that France had long been involved with Rwanda’s Hutu-led government even as that government prepared the genocide of the Tutsis, regarding the country’s leadership as a crucial ally in a French sphere of influence in the region.
My Ramona: How Beverly Cleary Captured Childhood
On that walk in 1949, Cleary made two resolutions: to “ignore all trends,” and to “not let money influence any decisions” she would make about her books. Cleary’s imperishable triumph is her Henry Huggins books (published between 1950 and 1964) and her classic Beezus and Ramona books (from the first, Beezus and Ramona, 1955, through Ramona the Pest, 1968). (It’s a world, of course, made possible only by the unobtrusive, in fact usually un-noted, presence of the neighborhood’s stay-at-home mothers.) This world was true to Cleary’s childhood experience in the 1920s and ’30s in Portland, where she moved after her family lost their farm in Yamhill—and for that matter to my childhood, in the 1960s and early ’70s, in Upper Arlington, Ohio, and Eugene, Oregon. Her magic partly consists of her ability to transfer episodes from her own childhood with photographic and psychological exactitude.
Modi's party seeks big win as 2 key Indian states vote
Top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including Modi, have campaigned heavily to win West Bengal for the first time and dislodge the state’s chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, as well as retain power in northeastern Assam state. “The BJP’s success depends on if it is able to polarize Hindu votes to a huge extent, and get half of the 70% of Hindu votes,” said Subir Bhowmik, a political analyst. The vote comes as tens of thousands of farmers have rattled Modi’s government with prolonged protests on the fringes of the capital, New Delhi. Story continuesIn West Bengal and Assam, the BJP is banking on its strong Hindu nationalist ideology to draw votes. In southern India, Modi's BJP party is vying for a third spot in Kerala, currently ruled by a Communist Party-led government.
Letters to the Editor -- Three cheers to inspiring stories, Parkland COVID caregivers, Baylor Scott & White staff in Waxahachie
The Buzz Lightyear toy story about a 2-year-old receiving his lost toy from a Southwest Airlines agent. Thanks, Dallas Morning News! This was a jarring reminder of the past year, day after day, as our tactical COVID-19 caregivers unwaveringly witness death and family devastation. Marilyn Willems, Irving/Las Colinas3 Baylor Scott & White staff at Waxahachie Senior Center — Every vaccination site in Texas should study Baylor Scott & White Health’s location in Waxahachie’s Senior Center serving all of Ellis County and surrounding counties. Kudos to Baylor Scott & White and Ellis County.
Letters to the Editor - U. S. Postal Service, mass shootings, AT&T’s political donations, Curious Texas, Walmart, Plano ISD
Postal Service is not deliveringRe: “Plan would slow mail, raise rates — Postmaster defends proposal as providing path to ‘sustainability,’” Wednesday news story. Little of a critical nature is delivered via USPS that cannot be delivered by fiscally responsible commercial services. How many times are we going to watch mass shootings unfold on television before we pass common sense gun reform laws? James Alstatt, CoppellDisappointed, not curious“The Best of Curious Texas” was a lovely read with many good questions and answers. Most of your customers wore masks even though you removed your “masks required” signs.
Rep. Allred: Paternity leave should be universal
But one thing I won’t compromise on is paternity leave. But unlike most new dads — and members of Congress — I will be taking paternity leave. We must shift cultural attitudes about paternity leave from a luxury to a necessity. And even on paternity leave, I’m sure I will continue to vote remotely on important legislation. To make that opportunity a reality for every parent, we need universal paid family leave.
No increases for resident undergrads in tuition proposals
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Board of Regents says tuition proposals by the presidents of the three state universities for the 2021-2022 academic year don't include increases for undergraduate students who are Arizona residents. Regents President Larry Penley said Friday the stance taken by the university presidents reflects a commitment to ensuring that education is affordable despite the financial hardships placed on many students by the pandemic. While Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona proposed no tuition increase for resident undergraduates, Arizona State University went broader by proposing no tuition increases for any current or incoming student, including undergraduates and graduate students. Northern Arizona University's proposals include raising tuition for resident graduate students by 5%, and the University of Arizona proposed a 1.4% tuition increase for resident graduate students. The regents will hold a virtual public hearing on the proposals April 6, and the university presidents will present their proposals to the board on April 8.
Police: Several hurt in Virginia Beach oceanfront shooting
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia Beach say a shooting at its oceanfront has left several people with possibly life-threatening injuries. Photos and videos shared by news outlets showed a large police presence overnight Friday into Saturday morning. Multiple people were detained near the scene, though the reason for their detention wasn't immediately clear, WAVY-TV reported. Several roads in the area were blocked off as police investigated.
Williams: We've abolished the death penalty. Let's abolish injustice in criminal justice.
The death penalty, in Virginia and beyond, disproportionately has been meted out to Black and poor defendants, who are more likely to die if their victims were white. Earl Washington, wrongfully convicted of rape and murder, came within nine days of execution. From 1900 until 1977, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional for crimes in which no one was killed, Virginia executed 73 such defendants, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. No white defendants were similarly executed. Virginia, the state with the longest history of execution, second only to Texas in its zeal to kill in the modern death penalty era, is the first state in the South to abolish it.
Germany: New law eases citizenship for descendants of Nazi victims
The German government on Wednesday agreed to a draft law to grant citizenship to more descendants of Nazi victims. If enacted, the law should fully close a loophole that led to many victims' descendants being denied German citizenship, despite a long-standing policy of allowing descendants of persecuted Jews to reclaim citizenship. Some were denied citizenship because their ancestors fled Germany and changed citizenship before Nazi Germany officially revoked their German citizenship. In 1941, the Nazi regime stripped citizenship from any German Jews living outside its borders, rendering Jewish refugees stateless and stranded. But it is a gesture of decency if they and their descendants are given legal opportunities to regain German citizenship."
Maher sounds alarm on 'climate of fear' in US schools: Parents afraid of 'not being woke enough'
Now the parent is afraid of going against what they're teaching in school -- even when they don't agree with it. Now the parent is afraid of going against what they're teaching in school -- even when they don't agree with it." "When we have public schools, thousands and thousands of public schools, where parents are really afraid to challenge what's going on in the classroom, that's really a problem. "[Weiss] says, 'Power in America comes from speaking woke,' Maher quoted Weiss' piece. "They want to be super woke and they want to go to Yale and that's really offensive to people who can't afford either of those things."
Volkswagen to seek dieselgate damages from former CEO, Audi boss
A House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday took a look at domestic terrorism at the state and local level, from prosecutors’ perspectives. The former heads of congressional security, and particularly disgraced Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, traded accusations of irresponsibility during high-profile hearings in February. Short of that, these hearings should continue.”Members of Congress have not utterly shrunk from holding those responsible for Jan. 6 to account. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who spoke at the rally on Jan. 6, is kicking off a bid for U.S. Senate. After 9/11, the first inquiry came from the joint congressional intelligence committees, which looked at intelligence failures in isolation.
Does the US Have a Culture of Violence? Not the United States of Women
"Culture of violence." Does the US have a culture of violence? Does the US have a culture of violence? When it comes to gender-based violence, women have mostly turned to mutual aid, not mass murder. The white, male, militarist culture of violence isn’t inevitable.
AFSCME President Lee Saunders Decries Discriminatory Georgia Legislation Aimed at Voter Suppression
WASHINGTON - AFSCME President Lee Saunders released the following statement after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law sweeping legislation designed to silence Georgia voters:“Legislation like S.B. Brian Kemp and Georgia Republicans are sending a clear message that if you can’t win fairly, you should rig the game. “AFSCME condemns this racist, discriminatory and anti-democratic legislation that will make it harder to vote for Black and brown voters, the elderly, people with disabilities and workers. As more states across the country move to pass similar voter suppression bills, federal legislators must act urgently to pass H.R.
US Water Shutoff Moratorium May Have Prevented Nearly 500,000 Covid-19 Cases: Study
NEW: A report from @foodandwater & @Cornell found that a nationwide water shutoff moratorium might have prevented nearly 500K #COVID19 infections & 9K deaths. @POTUS needs to issue a national shutoff moratorium NOW. A nationwide water shutoff moratorium might have reduced Covid cases by 3.97% and Covid-related deaths by 5.51% in the 41 states without full coverage of a moratorium over this period. Extrapolating from model results, we estimated a nationwide water shutoff moratorium during the study period might have protected 480,715 people from Covid-19 infection and 9,052 people from death. "Congress must pass the WATER Act to invest in communities, promote climate resilience, and ensure public water for all."
Rescuing Rich Investors in Poor Countries
The G20 is really the G7 – that is, the seven leading rich nations, the U.S, the U.K,, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, Italy – in disguise. The rich nations’ response to the catastrophe afflicting poor nations is the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) — an offer for 77 “least developed countries” to suspend interest payments to official creditors (i.e. In other words, rich countries’ governments are not rescuing poor countries, they are rescuing rich investors in those poor countries. The debt crisis facing the poorest countries is one facet of a colossal global debt crisis. Including the private and public debt of middle-income and rich countries, global debt now totals $277 trillion.
It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world
Republicans bet everything to defeat President Obama’s health care reform plan — without ever offering a real alternative or working with Democrats to find common ground. They doubled-down again believing that voters would deny President Obama re-election and they could repeal the law. Now, the country will live under a health care law — for probably a generation or more — that could have been based on many Republican ideas had they simply negotiated. But since there is seemingly no chance of ever winning Republican support, Biden can safely just ignore them. It’s allowed Joe Biden — so far, at least — to be the most liberal president of the last half century.
Two proposals to advance voting rights
The Democratic bill to advance voting rights is facing grim prospects in the Senate. If it doesn’t, the second addition would be the creation of a national ID system that doesn’t rely on voluntary action on the part of citizens. We’ll deliberately hurt ourselves if you’ll go along with our voting rights bill!” They’ll eat it up. India has a national ID system that reaches most of its population, and it cost them about $1 per citizen. So instead of butting heads with Republicans over voting rights, why not offer them a few inducements?
Minerva @ Midnight: 400,000 Trump deaths
Other research suggests that it was instead the lax approach to the pandemic that led to Trump’s eventual defeat. His own pollster, Tony Fabrizio, produced research showing how those who voted against Trump were more likely to view his response to the pandemic critically. “Trump’s vote share increased by 2 percentage points on average across counties nationally,” the researchers find. — The New York Times (@nytimes) March 27, 2021And what would make us more depressed, an informal economy in so-called vaccine passports. Those falsified results can be purchased for $25 in less than 30 minutes.#FreshVoicesRise — ?PrincezzP? (@juslilmissp) March 27, 2021
Fox News faces second billion-dollar defamation lawsuit filed by voting systems company
“Fox wanted to continue to protect its broadcast ratings, catering to an audience deeply loyal to President Trump.”Dominion's filing against Fox follows other defamation suits it already filed against Powell, Rudy Giuliani, and MyPillow guy Mike Lindell. In actuality, multiple polls have shown the vast majority of Republicans believe the election was stolen from Trump. Fox News, of course, deemed Powell’s claims credible enough to air to many millions of its viewers. “Viewers began fleeing Fox in favor of media outlets endorsing the lie that massive fraud caused President Trump to lose the election,” the company said in the lawsuit. “They saw Fox as insufficiently supportive of President Trump ...
Do NOT let your guard down
Yes, we can see the light at the end of the covid-19 tunnel but for the sake of you, your family & perfect strangers around you — do NOT let your guard down yet. Last week, I was at a rare in person meeting for a special project I am on. !” but being new to the group I didn’t want to be seen as a trouble maker. And the one time I let my guard down and didn’t stand up for myself & those around me, we could all be screwed. However, that doesn’t make the risk zero and now I’m going through a hellscape of “what if” scenarios.
In 1946, Maceo Snipes was lynched for voting in Georgia. Is this the America that's 'great again?'
[5] The day after Snipes voted, four white men arrived in a pick-up truck outside of his grandfather’s farmhouse, where Snipes and his mother Lula were having dinner. The men, rumored to be members of the local Klan chapter, called for Snipes, who came outside to meet them. During their encounter outside the house, Edward Williamson, who sometimes went by the name of Edward Cooper, shot Snipes in the back. Over the last few days I’ve read a lot of pieces about this—including some fairly offensive ones implying Democrats and Republicans are engaging in a “game.” Voting is not a game. We want to do everything we can to make America great as soon as we can.
GOP senator says people shouldn't vote on Sundays because 'in God we trust' is printed on money
I give you Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith:x Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defends preventing people from voting on Sunday, because God — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 24, 2021Transcript! Schumer’s question was, he was wondering why on Sundays Georgia would not participate in an electorial [sic] process of gathering signatures ... registration and things on Sunday, and I would just like to respond to that. — Jim Wallis (@jimwallis) February 27, 2021Secondly, Georgia’s proposed “no doing election stuff on Sundays” rule has fuck-all to do with God, unless God is an unreconstructed racist, too. The Atlanta Journal Constitution:The proposal to end in-person early voting on Sundays would be a blow to Black churches that host “Souls to the Polls” get-out-the-vote events. Thanks to Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, Dear F*cking Lunatic, Dear Pr*sident A**clown and Dear F*cking Moron, you can purge the Trump years from your soul sans the existential dread.
US admits role in Operation Lava Jato, brags about Lula conviction
In his speech, Blanco says, “the cooperation between the [US Justice] Department and Brazil has led to extraordinary results. In just the last year alone, for example, the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the Brazilian Lava Jato task force have cooperated and coordinated resolutions in four FCPA cases: Embraer, Rolls Royce, Braskem, and Odebrecht. He continues saying, “At the core of the tremendous cooperation between our two countries is a strong relationship built on trust. Ex-president of Peru, Ollanta Humala is arrested on corruption charges involving Odebrecht construction company as part of the Lava Jato investigation. Current Peruvian president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, is facing impeachment charges from the same investigation.
Brazil Elections: 13 Years of Achievements Under PT Gov'ts of Lula and Dilma
The Lula and Dilma governments meant the development of social policies that translated into social benefits for citizens. This was achieved due to an important increase in the percentage of the country's income used for social policies. Preserving ProgressAnother sector that saw development and progress under the PT governments were family farms. Between 2004 and 2013 period, as a result of these policies, Brazil grew by 30 percent, equivalent to an average annual increase of 2.6 percent. Regardless, PT governments have been repeatedly attacked by neoliberal forces in the country.
An Unusually Optimistic Conversation With Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders didn’t win the 2020 election. But he may have won its aftermath. If you look back at Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders’s careers, the $1.9 trillion stimulus package, the American Rescue Plan, looks a lot like the proposals Sanders has fought for forever, without much of the compromise or concerns that you used to see from Senator Joe Biden.
In Georgia, Republican Dumbness Whets Democrats' Thirst for Victory
If you've ever voted in an urban center with heavy turnout, you may have spent hours waiting in line (I know I have). If you've ever voted in an urban center with heavy turnout, you may have spent hours waiting in line (I know I have). By making it harder for those voters to vote, Republicans think, they can make it harder for Democrats to beat Republicans in elections. Republicans making it harder for Democratic voters to vote will just make Democrats work harder to get their voters to the polls. Republicans making it illegal to hand nice, cool bottles of water to voters will likely push a few thirsty undecided voters into the Democratic column.
Voting Gangnam Style: The New Kim Crow in Georgia
Before the 2016 presidential race, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, armed and ready for combat, raided an office in northern Atlanta. I stood with a passel of them called The Proud Boys at a Macon rally for Brian Kemp hosted by Donald Trump. The Proud Boys, co-sponsors of the Charlottesville mayhem, were founded by Gavin McInnis (tag line: "Hitler was right. But the Georgia G-men didn't do a damn thing about the Proud Boys. Next Page 1 | 2(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).
Behind Amazon’s expansion in Detroit
Construction of a new Amazon distribution center on the former grounds of the Michigan State Fair in Detroit is well underway. The selection of the Michigan State Fairgrounds is a case in point. In 2018, the City of Detroit bought the 142-acre Fairgrounds site from the state government for $7 million. The global auto giant is eligible for up to $2.27 billion in tax credits from the state of Michigan through 2029. The Romulus walkout also followed the actions of Amazon workers in other cities throughout the US and Europe demanding protective equipment, hazard pay, extension of sick leave and COVID-19 testing.
Quebec court throws out union lawsuit calling for greater protection from COVID-19 in schools
This third wave of the pandemic is fueled by the B.1.1.7 and other more contagious and likely lethal COVID-19 variants. In September, the union filed an initial motion against the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government to demand that teachers have priority access to COVID-19 testing. Since the beginning of the school year, more than 30,000 students and staff members have contracted the potentially deadly and debilitating virus. The FAE has pressed the court to order the government to put in place a timetable and methodology for properly testing school ventilation systems. Teachers across Canada have begun organizing to fight for this program in the Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee.
Advance notice: Socialist publisher Mehring Books launches new Australian website
Mehring Books, the English-language bookseller and publishing house of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), is proud to announce the launching of a new website, Mehring Books Australia on March 29. Mehring Books, formerly Labor Publications, distributes its titles in the United States, Canada, Australia and Britain, many of which will be available on the new website. Mehring Books Australia will also feature works by Russian Marxist historian Vadim Z. Rogovin (1937–1998) which powerfully detail the socialist-based opposition to the Stalinist bureaucracy in the Soviet Union. The latest English-language translation in the series published by Mehring Books is entitled Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928–1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition. In the coming period, Mehring Books Australia aims to distribute and publish new material, as part of the global expansion of Mehring Books, thus enabling a new generation of socialist workers and young people to develop and build their own library of Marxist literature.
Texas implements new CDC guidelines in public schools
People wait in line at a free COVID-19 testing site at the Mexican Consulate in Texas. While rates of infection in schools have fallen recently, the decline generally tracks with closures caused by the recent Texas power crisis. So far, there have been 127,196 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students and 67,740 among staff statewide. In Tyler, a city in eastern Texas, current school reopening plans include the full in-person resumption of all extracurricular activities, academic and athletic. We urge all Texas educators, parents, students and workers opposed to the unsafe opening of schools and nonessential workplaces to join the Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee and become part of the fight to save lives.
Morenoite CRT offers political alliance with Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government
After Iglesias intervened in the snap Madrid regional elections by calling for a common “anti-fascist” struggle, the CRT called for a political front with Podemos. As Podemos remains in government, this is simply a call for a political front with the PSOE-Podemos government against the working class. Amid this crisis, CRT is calling for a political front with Podemos and offering to do what it can to revive its tattered political credentials. The only way to halt the EU’s criminal herd immunity policy is to build a political movement in the working class fighting to expropriate the financial aristocracy and transfer state power to the working class. The record of Anticapitalists provides irrefutable evidence of the hostility of this tendency to the working class.
COVID-19 infections shoot up in reopened UK schools
One in 10 secondary school pupils were absent on March 18. On March 19, the Daily Mirror reported that 137 areas in England have seen a rise in COVID-19 infections since schools reopened, up to March 15, according to government data. Another Sheffield school, Valley Park Community Nursery and Primary School, closed after a number of positive cases as a “precautionary measure”, following advice from Public Health England. Wales Online reported March 17 on 21 positive cases of COVID-19 in the previous seven days among the youngest pupils at Pontprennau Primary School, Cardiff. Parents take children to a primary school in Bournemouth, UK following the reopening of schools nationally.
After the January 6 coup attempt, Republicans escalate attack on voting rights
On Thursday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into law a sweeping attack on voting rights aimed at crippling the ability of poor, minority and working class people to cast a ballot. Georgia is the first of these states to turn its proposals to gut voting rights into law. The entire working class must be united in the struggle to defeat the attack on voting rights. The current assault on voting rights is an escalation of an attack that has been ongoing for decades, against which the Democratic Party has mounted no serious opposition. In 2013, the Supreme Court carried out the next major attack on voting rights in its 5–4 decision to overturn Section 5 of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, the most important gain of the mass civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s.
The class issues behind the unionization drive at Amazon
No doubt, these Amazon workers are looking for a way to fight the company. But when a capitalist politician claims to support the “rights” of workers, workers should check their wallets. Behind their claims of support for Amazon workers, ulterior motives are at work, in accordance with a definite class strategy. Under these conditions, the ruling class needs a mechanism for disciplining the working class and channeling its anger. With the assistance of the WSWS and the SEP, workers are building a rapidly growing network of such committees among teachers, autoworkers, healthcare workers and Amazon workers.
Columbia graduate workers hold the line, set to continue strike into third week
Columbia graduate students picketing on FridayThe graduate student workers are up against powerful political and financial interests in the Columbia University administration. It was only because of overwhelming opposition to the proposal from graduate students in attendance that this attempt to push through a sell-out deal was thwarted. However, the real threat to the strike and the interests of graduate students is not the exposure of what is, in fact, happening. The success of the Columbia graduate workers strike depends, above all, on its widest expansion. The deteriorating conditions facing graduate students are part of the deteriorating conditions of workers across the US and internationally.
Modi’s party seeks big win as 2 key Indian states vote
Top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including Modi, have campaigned heavily to win West Bengal for the first time and dislodge the state’s chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, as well as retain power in northeastern Assam state. ADVERTISEMENT“The BJP’s success depends on if it is able to polarize Hindu votes to a huge extent, and get half of the 70% of Hindu votes,” said Subir Bhowmik, a political analyst. The vote comes as tens of thousands of farmers have rattled Modi’s government with prolonged protests on the fringes of the capital, New Delhi. In West Bengal and Assam, the BJP is banking on its strong Hindu nationalist ideology to draw votes. In southern India, Modi’s BJP party is vying for a third spot in Kerala, currently ruled by a Communist Party-led government.
Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks
The president is seeking to revive a U.S.-convened forum of the world’s major economies on climate that George W. Bush and Barack Obama both used and Donald Trump let languish. The Biden administration intentionally looked beyond its international partners for the summit, reaching out to key leaders for what it said would sometimes be tough talks on climate matters, an administration official said. Another Biden administration official said the U.S. is still deciding how far the administration will go in setting a more ambitious U.S. emissions target. Climate scientists and climate policy experts largely welcomed Biden’s international overture on climate negotiations, especially the outreach to China. Biden and other administration officials have been stressing U.S. climate intentions during early one-on-one talks with foreign leaders, and Biden climate envoy John Kerry has focused on diplomacy abroad to galvanize climate efforts.
Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks
The president is seeking to revive a US-convened forum of the world’s major economies on climate that George W. Bush and Barack Obama both used and Donald Trump let languish. The Biden administration intentionally looked beyond its international partners for the summit, reaching out to key leaders for what it said would sometimes be tough talks on climate matters, an administration official said. Another Biden administration official said the US is still deciding how far the administration will go in setting a more ambitious US emissions target. Climate scientists and climate policy experts largely welcomed Biden's international overture on climate negotiations, especially the outreach to China. Biden and other administration officials have been stressing US climate intentions during early one-on-one talks with foreign leaders, and Biden climate envoy John Kerry has focused on diplomacy abroad to galvanize climate efforts.
EDITORIAL: Infrastructure bill should focus on infrastructure
(Las Vegas Review-Journal)The merits of President Joe Biden’s forthcoming infrastructure bill depend on his definition of infrastructure. One of the amusing subplots of the Trump administration was its many aborted attempts to focus on infrastructure before the president’s fast Twitter fingers changed the subject. In a report released this month, it argues the country needs to spend almost $6 trillion on infrastructure over the next 10 years. The $3 trillion bill may include “free” community college and universal pre-K. The nation needs an infrastructure bill that focuses on infrastructure — and that means roads, bridges and the like.
LETTER: Metro and the Citizen Review Board
Notably missing is that body-worn camera usage is now near-universal in the Metropolitan Police Department (an issue the review board worked on vigorously in 2018). In years past, board members could rely only on reports from Internal Affairs and the complainant. I have sat on numerous hearing panels, and to suggest the interaction between subpoenaed officers and interviewing board members is “chummy” is not accurate. However, we now have a new director and a swath of newly appointed energetic and committed board members ready to move forward. — The writer is a member of the Citizen Review Board.
Thousands join worldwide vigil to honor victims of Atlanta shootings
The captured image shows Sam Park, a Georgia state representative, speaking in a worldwide vigil held in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, to honor the victims of deadly shootings at three Atlanta spas. (Yonhap)Thousands join worldwide vigil to honor victims of Atlanta shootingsOver 2,000 people in the United States and from around the world have taken part in a vigil to honor the victims of recent shootings in Atlanta that left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent. The vigil was held in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, and was also streamed live for people taking part virtually. The solemn event came in the wake of deadly shootings at three day spas in the Atlanta area early last week. South Korea's ambassador to the United States, Lee Soo-hyuck, offered his condolences to the victims and their families, along with a pledge to fight against anti-Asian hate.
Stricter COVID-19 Precautions Could Have Saved 240,000 Lives So Far, Economist Says
An early, stricter, more consistent approach to mask mandates, social distancing and testing protocols could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives that have been lost to COVID-19, a new research study concludes. The death toll from COVID-19 could have been less than 300,000, estimated Andrew Atkeson, an economics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Disease-control measures initially helped suppress the spread of the coronavirus, but when deaths began falling, restrictions were lifted, driving the death toll higher once again. Had COVID-19 vaccines not been developed, the death toll in America would likely be 1.27 million by 2023, Atkeson predicted. In other research, University of California, Berkeley, economics professor Christine Romer criticized some poorly targeted funding from the federal government that was aimed at shoring up the economy.
VA State Del.: Georgia GOP ‘giving life to Jim Crow’ with new voter suppression law
Charniele Herring, majority leader of the Virginia House of Delegates, tells Ali Velshi that Democrats in Virginia have turned the state reliably blue by “talking to voters, earning their trust and support because we’re getting things done” while Republicans in Georgia are choosing to ignore issues that will help their constituents in favor of voter suppression.
'Can’t take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
By Ruma PaulBALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (Reuters) - After losing her husband, two young sons and her home, Noor Banu thought she had seen the worst of life. "I can’t take this pain any more," Banu said, breaking into sobs as she spoke to Reuters inside a temporary shelter on Friday. The 32-year-old Rohingya Muslim has already seen two sons die by fire. SEARCHINGBanu is one of around a million Rohingya refugees living at the camps. Myanmar denies most Rohingya citizenship and considers them interlopers from Bangladesh even though they have lived in Myanmar for decades.
UR students, employees hold silent protest, urging trustees to change contentious building names
A few hundred University of Richmond students and staff, mostly wearing black, stood in silence for an hour and 25 minutes Friday afternoon to protest the names of two campus buildings the university says it won’t change. The only sounds to be heard were engines, saws and hammers as the renovation of Ryland Hall continued behind them. Ryland is one of the two buildings that won’t get a name change, the university’s board of trustees said last week, despite fierce pushback from students and employees. As protesters watched, trustees met with student representatives in a roped-off white tent in a corner of the quad. From where protesters gathered, the conversation between students and trustees could not be heard.
Biden invites Putin and Xi to virtual climate summit in April
U.S. President Joe Biden has invited his counterparts Xi Jinping of China and Russia’s Vladimir Putin to a virtual climate summit he is hosting in April, the White House announced on Friday. “They know they’re invited,” Biden said of Xi and Putin. Joe Biden | AFP-JIJIBiden kept his campaign pledge to rejoin the Paris climate agreement on his first day in the White House, after Trump pulled out of the deal. “The Summit will also highlight examples of how enhanced climate ambition will create good paying jobs, advance innovative technologies, and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts,” the White House said in a statement. Biden dispatched his climate envoy, former secretary of state John Kerry, to prepare the ground for the summit in meetings with European leaders earlier this month.
Acting Mayor Kim Janey joins interfaith leaders for South End prayer service
Congregación Leon de Judá’s Pastor Roberto Miranda opened the hour-long service with an invocation that Boston’s first Black and woman mayor will act as a sign of hope amidst a tense sociopolitical climate. The service featured blessings and readings from eight spiritual leaders, including the Rev. Local religious leaders gathered for an interfaith prayer service in Acting Mayor Kim Janey’s honor at Congregación Leon de Judá in the South End Friday evening. “Mayor Janey embodies something extraordinary,” he said. Abiding with COVID-19 guidelines, all leaders stood in a half-circle to lay hands toward, instead of on Janey, while Bishop Gideon Thompson led the group in a prayer for unity.
East Oakland injury shooting under investigation
OAKLAND — A person was injured in a shooting in East Oakland on Friday afternoon, police said. Around 2:25 p.m., officers responded to reports of a shooting near High Street and Brookdale Avenue in the city’s Jefferson neighborhood. No information about a suspect or associated vehicle was immediately available Friday evening. Police are offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect in the case. Anyone with information can contact police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers of Oakland at 510-777-8572.
Boston coronavirus cases rising among people under 30, Kim Janey says
The coronavirus is again spreading rapidly among young people, acting Mayor Kim Janey said as the city prepares a campaign aimed at cutting transmission rates among the youths. “More than half of in the cases in the past two weeks come from Bostonians under the age of 29,” Janey told reporters in a press conference Friday morning at the Roxbury YMCA. Janey is wrapping up her first week as acting mayor after now-Labor Secretary Martin Walsh left the big office in City Hall on Monday night. Janey also announced that she was getting her first vaccination shot on Friday. “I’m choosing to get a shot because vaccination is an important tool to protect ourselves, to protect our communities and all those that we love,” Janey said.
Beloved Tucson educator and activist dies of COVID-19
It’s just, he got caught up trying to do something else that was good.”Gordy used to go through dumpsters looking for cans. An environmental activist, he wasn’t searching out cans for money but rather to make sure they got recycled. “My dad always saw the best in the worst people,” say his daughter Young, laughing fondly. There was no bad.”Throughout his teaching career, Gordy advocated for public education and the political candidates who supported it, in Tucson, at the state Capitol and in Washington, D.C. He made hundreds of signs for political candidates, and often at a lower cost than the candidates could get themselves.
?Record number of Black and Latino students accepted to Maggie Walker Governor's School?
Lowerre’s administration has been working to remove barriers to admission since last June as part of the school’s five-year strategic plan. “We want something better than the test,” said Lowerre, who expects the schools' regional board to vote on whether to remove the test permanently later this year. “I struggle with that whole argument about the tests being so absolutely critical.”Alumni of Maggie Walker have pushed for reforms at the school and state level. When a Democrat-led State Senate panel in February spiked a bill charging the Virginia Board of Education with creating best practices to address pipeline issues at the state's regional magnet schools, diversity advocates turned their attention the Board. Secretary of Education for Virginia Atif Qarni, who created a task force to address the systemic disparities, also questions whether admissions tests are the best avenue to decide who will be successful in the schools.
Why Does American Infrastructure Cost More and Take Longer To Build Than It Used To?
The first is that states built the easier sections of the interstate highway system first, and left for later the more difficult and expensive portions. A second possible, but insufficient, explanation is that cost per mile began escalating steeply because of rises in the cost of major inputs, such as labor and materials. The real, after-inflation cost of labor didn't change much during the period in which spending increased so dramatically. Brooks and Liscow pinpoint the early 1970s as the inflection point for increased spending on highway projects. In 1972 and 1973, Congress added additional federal laws that provided key leverage in fighting construction projects on the basis of loss of species habitat and wetlands.
A Black Woman Knocked on the Door Where a Southern White Man Was Suppressing the Black Vote. It Ended With Her Arrest
Georgia Rep. Park Cannon for knocking on Ga. Gov. State Rep. Park Cannon wanted Kemp to sign Jim Crow 2.0 in front of the people so she knocked on the governor’s door when he was livestreaming the signing. AdvertisementCannon was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and “disrupting General Assembly sessions, according to the Georgia State Patrol and released on bond late Thursday,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. This isn’t a monarchy,” Tamara Stevens, an activist who was there when Cannon was arrested, told AJC. Advertisement“Today is a very sad day for the state of Georgia,” he said.
Opinion | Stop the Executions, President Biden
The death penalty has not been shown to deter crime, despite the repeated claim to the contrary by its supporters. Credit for this dubious achievement goes to former President Donald Trump, who authorized a spate of executions as the election neared, and then three more after he lost to Joe Biden. Politicians once calculated that backing the death penalty was an effective electoral strategy to show their tough-on-crime bona fides. With Virginia’s ban this week, 23 states now prohibit the death penalty, and 11 more haven’t used it in at least a decade. In several states, Republican lawmakers have joined Democrats in voting to ban capital punishment.
Deadly Marine Corps disaster at sea was ‘tragic’ and ‘preventable,’ investigation finds
A wave swept over the first vehicle, water rushed inside, and it quickly sank, the investigation found. On the island, Marines discovered the AAV that soon sank was leaking transmission fluid and added six gallons to keep it going. The majority of the Marines in the vehicle had never trained at sea in an AAV before, she said. Vienna said he had been bracing for bad news about how the disaster happened but was still shaken by it. Vienna said the Marine Corps gave him about 2,000 pages of investigative documents to read.
A vivid reminder that the threat to American democracy remains
“Right from the start, it was zero threat,” Trump said of the Capitol. By itself, this is a problematic position for a former president to hold, much less to espouse publicly. Shortly before Trump’s interview with Ingraham, for example, Fox News host Tucker Carlson welcomed the far-right personality Jesse Kelly. The two were discussing a Politico report about President Biden’s son Hunter involving his purchase of a gun in 2018. Any nuance or uncertainty about the incident was swept aside when Carlson and Kelly were talking.
Joe Fitzgerald: ‘We were no longer names, just numbers’
It was the favorite holiday of a dear friend named Eric who was 97 when he died in 2004. We were no longer names, just numbers. One day storm troopers drew a line in the sand, telling us we were not allowed to cross it. It happened at Dachau.”Eric would tell his seder guests, “To some of you, this Passover ritual may seem superfluous. Could it be a self-absorbed world no longer remembers what Eric’s generation could never forget?
'Treating us like robots': Amazon workers seek union
Historical. People are sick and tired of being exploited, sick and tired of having the dignity they deserve. Ahead of Sanders’ visit, Amazon CEO Dave Clark tweeted that they “actually deliver” a progressive workplace with a $15 hourly minimum wage and good health benefits that Sanders said he supports. “So, if you want to hear about $15 an hour and health care, Senator Sanders will be speaking downtown. But if you would like to make at least $15 an hour and have good health care, Amazon is hiring,” Clark tweeted.
After crime plummeted in 2020, Baltimore will stop drug, prostitution prosecutions
While violent crime and homicides skyrocketed in most other big American cities last year, violent crime in Baltimore dropped 20 percent from last March to this month, property crime decreased 36 percent, and there were 13 fewer homicides compared with the previous year. “The era of ‘tough on crime’ prosecutors is over in Baltimore,” Mosby said. Officers who made drug arrests saw prosecutors dismissing the charges at the jail, and so the arrests mainly stopped. Mosby said there were 80 percent fewer arrests for drug possession in Baltimore in the past year. That never should have happened.”The head of the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police union did not return messages seeking comment.
Letters: Makers of life-saving Oxford vaccine under attack by rivals and the EU
Muslims hold on dearly to his example and take inspiration from him in nearly all aspects of their lives. Fareed RehmanNew Malden, SurreySuez blockageSIR – The blockage of the Suez Canal (Letters, March 26) highlights a design flaw in modern container vessels. Today, supertankers and super-size container ships typically have one enormous engine, single screw and single rudder. If such vessels had two engines and two screws – common until the age of super-size vessels – then engine failure would be less serious. There was not one note of added atmospheric music to drown out these gentle sounds of the Yorkshire Dales.
The Truth About the ‘For the People Act’
Telephone Registration Is Not in S. 1The Daily Beast Article criticizes “For the People Act” for mandating telephone registration. Federally Accredited Voting System Test Laboratories Already Examine E-PollbooksThe article expresses concern about whether federally accredited certification labs can examine e-poll books. But in the past year, the agency has brought on effective new staff leadership and facilitated some much-needed measures to improve election security and administration. For instance, the article raises valid concerns around the timeline for decertifying voting systems that do not comply with the latest voluntary voting system guidelines (VVSG). We also agree that the recommendation in the bill that states use self-sealing envelopes can present administrative difficulties and unnecessary costs.
After crime plummeted in 2020, Baltimore will stop drug, sex prosecutions
“The era of ‘tough on crime’ prosecutors is over in Baltimore,” Mosby said. Officers who made drug arrests saw prosecutors dismissing the charges at the jail, and so the arrests mainly stopped. Mosby said there were 80 percent fewer arrests for drug possession in Baltimore in the past year. Even with its progress, Baltimore had 335 homicides in 2020 and killings are up in the first months of this year. The state’s attorney’s office is also collaborating with three Baltimore groups that offer a variety of services to sex workers.
Biden Defines His Underlying Challenge With China: ‘Prove Democracy Works’
WASHINGTON — At the end of a winding answer on Thursday about competing with China and about his relationship with Xi Jinping, a man he said does not have a democratic “bone in his body,” President Biden offered up a revealing assessment of one of America’s most pressing challenges. “This is a battle between the utility of democracies in the 21st century and autocracies,” he told reporters at his first news conference as president. “We’ve got to prove democracy works.”China’s president, Mr. Xi, Mr. Biden said bluntly, was “a smart, smart guy” who shared with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia a belief that “autocracy is the wave of the future and democracy can’t function” in the complexities of the modern world. Among the biggest tasks of his presidency, Mr. Biden seemed to be arguing, is to prove anew to a skeptical world that both American democracy and its model of democratic capitalism still works — and that it is superior to the very different system Mr. Xi is ruthlessly enforcing at home as he tries to extend China’s influence around the world.
Sorry, Dems — but DC was created purposely so it would NOT be a state
There are numerous principled reasons to oppose DC statehood. First, because they were concerned about the seat of federal power being controlled by a hostile or intrusive state government. Second, because they knew that if the capital were in a state — much less its own state — the people would vote to grow and accumulate federal power. The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake says we’ve been dumbing down the DC statehood debate — and I agree, but for very different reasons. He argues that “emerging arguments against DC statehood” are no longer principled but partisan.
Letters to the Editor — March 27, 2021
The Issue: President Biden’s performance at his first press conference since taking office. President Biden’s press conference was a fiasco and emblematic of an administration submerged in fallacies and incompetence (“Glazed and confused,” March 26). The press conference may have done nothing to help you, but it sure helped me. Barbara BellantonioEast MeadowAt his long-awaited press conference, Biden seemed bothered and bewildered, while the sycophantic press remained bewitched by a man in undeniable decline. Robert HenryPalm City, Fla.Everything that conservatives have asserted for decades about media bias was proven true at the Biden “press conference” on March 25.
Five myths about poverty
The political scientist Charles Murray once wrote, “When we know the complete genetic story, it will turn out that the population below the poverty line in the United States has a configuration of the relevant genetic makeup that is significantly different from the configuration of the population above the poverty line.” In short, poverty is abnormal — outside the American mainstream. In research I’ve conducted using a large nationally representative sample, 59 percent of Americans will spend at least one year below the official poverty line between the ages of 20 and 75. That number rises to 76 percent if it includes people who are near the poverty line. Social surveys asking Americans about the causes of poverty have consistently found that they tend to rank these individual shortcomings as most important. Furthermore, instead of protecting people from falling into poverty, our social policies are designed to punish people who experience poverty.
Opinion | Yes, motive matters in mass shootings. But not as much as means.
People gathered in the streets to protest anti-Asian violence; President Biden pressed for hate-crime legislation; officials in Washington state vowed to set aside funds to fight anti-Asian bias. ADOnce again: “Officials Search for Motive Behind Boulder Mass Shooting.”The lesson of one mass murder might lie in motive, but the lesson of one mass murder after another must lie in means. But we can reduce gun deaths — including mass shootings — if we focus instead on the means. But every chance they get, Republican lawmakers, with few exceptions, have refused to pass laws to reduce gun violence — laws that save lives. ADRefusal to pass gun laws is killing Americans.
Opinion | Andrew Cuomo is plummeting, and there’s no one left to catch him
Many things have been said of Andrew Cuomo, often with respect and occasionally with admiration — but “nice to people” is not one of them. For Cuomo, this is a very rough patch, and it arrives just as he was nearing the top of the ladder. ADADNew York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating whether the Cuomo administration illegally obscured statistics concerning covid-19 nursing home deaths. ADADBut now there’s a third scandal, and this is the one that might make the bully governor wish he had heeded Mizner’s advice. Cuomo was asked to complete the same training other state executives received regarding the problem of sexual harassment.
Opinion | Georgia’s repulsive new election law is Exhibit A in the GOP’s war on voting rights
Welcome to 2021, where Republicans have embarked on a national effort to suppress the vote at all costs. And, not to avoid the obvious, to suppress Black votes, because those ballots would not be cast to Republican advantage. Alice O’Lenick, chairwoman of the Gwinnett County election board, didn’t mince words about the need to tighten up voting rules in Georgia. “Politics is a zero-sum game, and every extra vote they get through unlawful interpretations of [the Voting Rights Act] hurts us.”A shot at winning. The new Georgia law stands as Exhibit A in the 2021 campaign to curtail voting rights but will not be the year’s last.
Opinion | Republicans fixate on nonsense arguments against D.C. statehood while denying a basic right
A Republican witness said D.C. residents already impact the national debate, noting the yard signs and bumper stickers posted in support of D.C. statehood. Never mind that D.C. residents have fought in all of the United States’ wars and helped bring democratic freedoms to people of other countries. Never mind that D.C. residents have paid billions of dollars in federal taxes and that they fulfill all the other responsibilities of citizenship. Never mind that no other modern country denies residents of its capital city the fundamental right of a voice in their government. Instead, Republicans railed about a “power grab” by Democrats and talked nonsense about yard signs, car dealerships and landfills.
Opinion | Mitch McConnell needs to remember why Republicans are in such poor standing in D.C.
In the November 2020 elections, the GOP failed to field candidates in contests for D.C. delegate, and Ward 2, Ward 4 and Ward 7 council seats. ADBlack people once formed a strong base of the Republican Party. The freeing of the enslaved by the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, had something to do with it. Once returned to power, Southern Democratic state governments suppressed Black political rights — despicable actions that were aided and abetted by violence after dark. window shade on which he had copied the party symbol of the Democratic Party of the State of Alabama.
Joe Biden Can’t Stop Talking About History
“The elder has the perspective of history,” Russell Riley, the co-chair of the presidential oral history program at the University of Virginia, told me. “The challenges that he faces are daunting, and big challenges make big moments for ambitious presidents, and I think he is visionary enough to seize the moment,” presidential historian Mark Updegrove said. Of the 10 Biden called on, as compiled by my colleague Theodoric Meyer, half of them asked about immigration. When Biden talks about labor, you could close your eyes and picture a New Dealer,” he said. “Biden knows,” Engel concluded, “that there’s only two or three moments in life that actually really matter for making a structural difference.
What If We Don't Need To 'Fix' Polarization? : The NPR Politics Podcast
In our most recent NPR Politics Podcast book club installment we talked with Lilliana Mason, associate professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, about her book on America's political animosity, Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity. Now American partisan politics is arranged so that we have regular competitions for status. And America, as a country, has never really dealt very well with our legacy of racial violence and prejudice. And I'm working on a new book project right now looking at partisan violence in American politics. Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group to participate in our next book club discussion.
Biden invites China, Russia to global climate talks
The president is seeking to revive a U.S.-convened forum of the world’s major economies on climate that George W. Bush and Barack Obama both used and Donald Trump let languish. The Biden administration intentionally looked beyond its international partners for the summit, reaching out to key leaders for what it said would sometimes be tough talks on climate matters, an administration official said. Another Biden administration official said the U.S. is still deciding how far the administration will go in setting a more ambitious U.S. emissions target. Climate scientists and climate policy experts largely welcomed Biden’s international overture on climate negotiations, especially the outreach to China. Biden and other administration officials have been stressing U.S. climate intentions during early one-on-one talks with foreign leaders, and Biden climate envoy John Kerry has focused on diplomacy abroad to galvanize climate efforts.
Letters: Risky reopening | Guaranteed income | Livermore solar | Recycling mystery | Threat of assault | Second Amendment | Countering China
Opponents claim Aramis conflicts with Measure D although county staff quite competently demonstrated that the project is in compliance. The county determined the green energy project and creating a countywide solar policy are not mutually exclusive. David NelsonLivermoreContra Costa fire alarmrecycling a mysteryI don’t know how one recycles or disposes of old smoke detectors in Contra Costa County. Contra Costa County should provide an easy and obvious solution. Mary Jimenez-FloydUnion CitySecond Amendment didn’tanticipate today’s firearmsThere is something about the Second Amendment that people don’t understand.
Polo Morín ha rechazado proyectos en los que pretenden estereotiparlo
de MéxicoLuego de que el actor Polo Morín, utilizara sus redes sociales para denunciar que hay productores que fingen ser aliados de la comunidad LGBT, porque ahí encontraron una forma de hacer dinero, aunque son los primeros en discriminar y fomentar la homofobia en sus producciones, el actor reveló que se ha vuelto más selectivo con los proyectos que elige, ya que lo han querido estereotipar en personajes gay. “Justo renuncié a mi exclusividad, porque ya no me gustaba lo que había en Televisa en ese momento. De repente, quieren que hagas personajes estereotípicos y yo no creo en eso, me decían: “hay este personaje, es gay”, “queremos que hagas súper afeminado” y tal... y está bien, hay gente que es así, pero eso no quiere decir que todos sean así”, indicó. El actor aclaró que su reclamo en redes, no tuvo nada que ver con la decisión de no participar en el reality “Survivor” . Sobre si algún día dirá quién fue el productor que lo rechazó por sus preferencias sexuales, el actor consideró que no es importante dar su nombre.
Letters: SJSU housing | Loosening restrictions | Bad deal | Headlight hassle | Relearning compromise | Outdated amendment
Housing prices leaveSJSU students in bindAs a 21-year-old college student attending San Jose State University, I am very concerned about the housing situation for students. I consider myself fortunate because many San Jose State students are actually homeless. I feel as if once the restrictions are eased, then the public loses the sense of caution that came with the harsher restrictions. The United States has evolved to a point where the states do not have to fear a military incursion by the federal government. It should be repealed and a new amendment written to bring our gun laws into the 21st century.
Texas GOP efforts to loosen gun restrictions at odds with Biden’s efforts to tighten them
Several bills that would let people carry handguns in Texas without a license received a hearing Thursday, drawing hours of testimony early into Friday morning. Known as “constitutional carry” among gun enthusiasts, the controversial legislation has not gained much traction in recent years in the GOP-led Legislature. It’s legal in Texas to carry a rifle or other long gun without a license. Greg Abbott called for the creation of a Second Amendment “sanctuary state” for gun rights. This year’s session is the first since deadly mass shootings in El Paso and two West Texas cities.
How the days of Madigan’s ‘everyone at the table’ incrementalism were ended by progressive bills
The interest rate cap was broadened in 2015 to include several more types of personal, unsecured loans. The days of Madigan’s “everyone at the table” incrementalism were ended by straight-up progressive bills that were far from watered down. Pritzker signed into law the Black Caucus’ huge package of bills dealing with economic reform. Among them was SB1792, a bill that basically applied the military’s simple but seemingly effective interest rate cap on payday and other personal loans. The Black Caucus’ criminal justice reform bill originally contained that qualified immunity provision, as well as limits on collective bargaining rights for police unions.
Dear Annie: Recently widowed friend keeps trying to set her up on a date - she’s not interested
Dear Annie: When I was in my early 50s, I became very ill and eventually found out I had severe rheumatoid arthritis. My problem now is that a good friend keeps trying to convince me to let her set me up with men. Maybe she’s lonely herself and desires companionship but is not ready to face the prospect of dating, so she’s projecting it onto you. I suggest gently asking her why she keeps bringing up the subject and lovingly asking her to please drop it. Dear Annie: I’m a cashier, and every day I see people who are gambling addicts.
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and state leaders raise concern about continued push by Chubb to acquire The Hartford
“We would certainly have to look at what the offer is, if they do enter into a merger,” Ritter said. “But our insurance statutes govern how we review these acquisitions or mergers. And if, I think personally, if I feel as if there is going to be a merger and there is not a strong, strong commitment to Hartford in its future, I would be not be opposed to changing our insurance statutes, if need be.”
Letters to the editor: Is 'Quebec bashing' undeserved or is la belle province racist?
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Many QAnon followers report having mental health diagnoses
Significant conditionsI found that many QAnon followers revealed – in their own words on social media or in interviews – a wide range of mental health diagnoses, including bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and addiction. In court records of QAnon followers arrested in the wake of the Capitol insurrection, 68% reported they had received mental health diagnoses. QAnon’s rise has coincided with an unfolding mental health crisis in the United States. It could be that QAnon is less a problem of terrorism and extremism than it is one of poor mental health. Many of them – and many others who are not QAnon followers – could clearly benefit from counseling and therapy.
U.K. School Assailed From 2 Directions Over Muhammad Cartoon
A cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad — this time, its use in a British classroom — is once again stoking anger and national debates about the limits of tolerance, free speech and education. The teacher who showed the cartoon to students this week has received death threats and is under police protection, officials said — echoes of the deadly attacks on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and on a French teacher last year for having shown similar cartoons. Loud but nonviolent protesters blocked access to the school and demanded the dismissal of the teacher at Batley Grammar School in West Yorkshire, in northern England, calling the incident an example of bigotry. Many Muslims consider any physical depiction of Muhammad to be blasphemous. On Thursday the school, near Leeds, suspended the teacher — who supporters said had used the image in a lesson about religion and free expression.
“I’ve Got to Do Something. I’ve Got to Say Something”: A Conversation With CNN’s Don Lemon
The Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 catalyzed Black Americans far and wide, and CNN’s Don Lemon, the only African American cable-news anchor in prime time, was no different. Lemon joins Inside the Hive to discuss his best-selling new book, This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism. In it, Lemon describes how the Trump years exposed America’s racial wounds, but also cleared the way for a new era of accountability. “People are being held accountable, and they cannot just say something bigoted or racist or insensitive or inappropriate with impunity anymore,” Lemon observes. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to and the complete online archive now.
12 fashion designers and models on fighting anti-Asian racism
The horrific shootings of eight people—including six Asian women—at three spas in Atlanta, US, on 16 March sent shockwaves around the world. Among those speaking out are prominent figures in fashion, highlighting just how prevalent anti-Asian racism is—both inside and outside of the industry. At a time when fashion is still facing a reckoning when it comes to diversity and inclusivity, it’s all the more important that Asian voices are heard. Here, 11 fashion designers and models — including Phillip Lim, Anna Sui and Jason Wu — explain why it’s so important that we stand up against anti-Asian racism, and the steps we need to take to create a truly inclusive fashion industry. Phillip Lim, designer“The first step for our industry is to understand that we are not in competition with each other.
How to manage up when your boss lacks self-awareness
Leaders tend to overestimate their effectiveness, and experienced leaders are often more pronounced in this behavior. Leaders are consistently praised and promoted throughout their careers, so they may feel like they’re invaluable company assets. As a high-performance workplace coach, I once worked with a leader who vehemently believed he collaborated with his employees. And as someone in an executive role, your opinion is important to that individual—he or she is more likely to listen to you. Some people are just wired differently in terms of how they view themselves and the impact of their behavior.
Invest in innovation now to be competitive in the post-COVID-19 world
But instead of slashing its R&D budget and concentrating on core products, Corning continued to invest in innovation, searching for ways to integrate its products into up-and-coming applications. As a professor of innovation management at Babson College, I have long championed the importance of breakthrough innovation. Breakthrough innovation involves more than just exploratory R&D. With economic recovery on the horizon, here are three steps companies and innovation teams can take to position themselves for breakthrough innovation in the months and years to come. That presents an opportunity for breakthrough innovation within the industry, particularly since curbside pickup as it currently exists is widely demanded by consumers yet barely profitable for grocers.
When should a leader step aside after scandal?
However you feel about someone politically, there are lessons to be learned about when it makes sense to step down after a scandal. Here are three criteria leaders should consider when making this decision: A matter of trust A central issue is whether the leader can ever be trusted after the scandal. The more closely that a scandal relates to a leader’s job function, the harder it will be for that leader to inspire the trust necessary for an organization to move forward. At other times, though, team members lose faith in a scandal-plagued leader. In these instances, a minor moral transgression by a leader need not make people uncomfortable with that person’s operational focus.
How AI Can Help Companies Set Prices More Ethically
Three Questions Companies Should AskWhat am I selling — and can these prices impede access to essential products? High pricing by pharma companies has historically blocked access to drugs for chronically ill patients — harming people they could help and making these companies targets of social outrage. Analytics, big data, and AI technologies supercharge companies’ ability to address these questions in granular detail. So it behooves companies to explore how to use big data and pricing in ways that address such concerns. These are all examples of using data and AI in ways that help rather than exploit customers.
Vice President for Marketing and Communications in Washington, Washington DC
Vice President for Marketing and CommunicationsThe University of the District of Columbia (UDC) seeks an innovative, creative, and community-oriented leader to serve as its first Vice President for Marketing and Communications. The Vice President will demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the mission of HBCUs and public universities in providing accessible, affordable, and transformational education. The Institution: The University of the District of Columbia, a historically black land-grant university located in Washington, D.C., is the only public university in the District. The Vice President will be a visionary leader who thinks strategically; possesses excellent budgeting, planning, and collaboration skills; maintains knowledge of current best practices in marketing and communications; and the capability to lead, motivate, and supervise staff. For a confidential discussion about this opportunity or to make a nomination, please contact Kendra Mozug, Search Consultant, or Isaac Karaffa, Vice President and Senior Consultant, at the email address above.
FL House votes to crack down on violent protests
FL House votes to crack down on violent protestsA bill designed to crack down on violent protests was passed by the Florida House. The measure approved on a 76-39 vote Friday would create increased penalties and new crimes for people who participate in violent protests.
Why Did the Dean of the Most Diverse Law School in the Country Cancel Herself?
Decades ago, long before it became commonplace, Ms. Bilek railed against the bar exam and other standardized tests for their disparate impact on low-income students. “Her reputation in the world of deans is that of someone who cares deeply about racial justice,” said Ronald Weich, an assistant attorney general in the Obama administration and the dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law. “I regret that my mistake means that I will not be doing that work” — the work of fighting racism — “with my CUNY colleagues,” Ms. Bilek wrote to me in an email. To the contrary, they were angling for her to remain and oversee changes in the way that power and prestige were allocated at the school. Other well-qualified colleagues of color, further along on the tenure track, were not up for immediate consideration.
Growing calls to limit German chancellors to two terms following Angela Merkel's handling of the Covid pandemic
National ReviewTop Biden administration officials have largely kept their promises to vigorously compete with China. But this flurry of activity has been joined, puzzlingly, with a deliberate effort to leave room for meetings such as last week’s rancorous U.S.-China summit in Alaska and President Biden’s decision to invite the CCP’s general secretary to a global climate summit. Blinken and Biden both have defined this contest as a fundamental battle between democracy and authoritarianism in the 21st century. But that doesn’t mean that countries can’t work with China where possible, for example, on challenges like climate change and health security. The meeting only succeeded in providing an opportunity for top CCP officials to reach that desired audience.
Mass. residents work around the clock to score slots for people they’ve never met
Many sound like Vegas slots players, certain the next pull will be the lucky one — let me just hit “refresh” one more time. Or they learned about the mother of an adult child with serious medical needs who didn’t have Internet access. Soon, they had booked 20, 30, 300 appointments, and spouses were pointing out they might want to sleep. AdvertisementPerhaps nothing says “uber volunteer” like this: They look for appointments even when they don’t know anyone who actually needs one. “It’s addictive,” said Anne Gierahn, who has had to train herself not to look for spots if she awakens at night.
Georgia voting law undermines nation’s democracy
On Thursday, Republicans enacted a law that targets the Democratic and Black voters who swung the 2020 election. Former President Donald Trump sought to overturn the election by invalidating votes in states, including Georgia, where there were close outcomes. Georgia’s new law will make it possible for the state to comply with such requests in the future. The law even criminalizes bringing food and water to voters forced to wait in line for up to 10 hours. But most worrisome is the way the Georgia law gives its legislature the power to appoint a majority of the state election board, including its chairman, who now is the secretary of state.
Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks
Like Bush’s and Obama’s major-economies climate forums, Biden’s invite list includes leaders of the world’s biggest economies and European blocs. That includes two countries — Russia and China — that Biden and his diplomats are clashing against over election interference, cyber attacks, human rights and other issues. It’s not clear how those two countries in particular will respond to the U.S. invitations, or whether they are willing to cooperate with the U.S. on cutting emissions while sparring on other topics. China is the world’s top emitter of climate-damaging pollution. Russia is No.
Snap-decision defense may not work for Minneapolis officer
“Officers’ criminal actions are not recognized as such by juries sometimes because everyone recognizes that policing in this country is often violent,” he said. In reviewing his research this week, Stinson found at least 25 officers who were charged over injuries or deaths sustained during chokeholds or restraints since 2005, and very rarely with murder or manslaughter. But many more officers were not charged. Because grand jury proceedings are largely secret, it’s not known why the officers were not prosecuted. But the tide may be turning on charging officers who use chokeholds and knee restraints increasingly banned by police departments.
Study: Winter is 'vanishing' from Lake Michigan
As the globe continues to warm at an astonishing rate due to climate change, winter is shrinking at depths we've never known before, including the Great Lakes. CNN's Bill Weir reports. As featured on 'Winter is vanishing' from the deep waters of Lake Michigan As the globe continues to warm at an astonishing rate due to climate change, winter is shrinking at depths we've never known before, including the Great Lakes.
Letter to the Editor, March 26, 2021: Just changing names doesn't address issue
Just changing namesdoesn't address issueThe University of Richmond's president, Dr. Ronald Crutcher, said it well: "The story of one group is not the story of everyone." The removal of names from campus buildings would not compel us to do the hard, necessary and uncomfortable work of addressing the university's ties to slavery and segregation.
The Haredi Jewish Family of “Shtisel” Returns for a Third Season
Its characters are Haredi Jews, whom English speakers usually call “ultra-Orthodox,” and its raciest moment involves a woman trying to discourage a suitor by taking off her sheitel and revealing her graying hair. When the series came to Netflix, at the end of 2018, secular Jews everywhere went crazy for it. Then it was reported that Haredi viewers (the very phrase is something of an oxymoron) were also binge-watching the show. Shulem finds his son’s vocation silly, a trivial distraction from the pursuit of leading a serious Jewish life. In the show’s first season, Akiva disastrously pursues Elisheva (Ayelet Zurer), an older widow caught in a web of private torment.
Some Complicated Tricks by Derek DelGaudio
Jelani Cobb and Jeannie Suk Gersen discuss the most important measure on voting rights since 1965, and its uncertain fate in the Senate and possibly the Supreme Court. Plus, a scholar considers how trans rights look different through an African lens. Jelani Cobb and Jeannie Suk Gersen discuss the war over voting in America. Dismantling the Single Story of Being Trans in AfricaA South African scholar deconstructs the views of “trans-exclusionary radical feminists” and shows how trans rights look different through an African lens. Derek DelGaudio on Cheating at Cards, Stolen Elections, and Other DeceptionsThe performer’s sleight of hand made him successful as a crooked card dealer.
Man Arrested Outside Kentucky Hospital Allegedly Had Guns, Body Armor and Possible Explosives
Man Arrested Outside Kentucky Hospital Allegedly Had Guns, Body Armor and Possible ExplosivesA Kentucky man was arrested outside a hospital allegedly armed with weapons and with suspected explosive devices in his car. Bryan Carroll, of Versailles, was arrested outside the University of Kentucky's Chandler Hospital emergency room Thursday morning without incident. According to University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe, Carroll was at the hospital to visit a family member. Authorities say he was found with weapons and body armor on him and suspected explosive devices were also found in his vehicle. According to court documents obtained by the Lexington Herald-Leader, Carroll had seven guns and four improvised explosive devices in his Honda.
Warren Buffett issued five words of advice for raising children to be successful
Warren Buffett issued five words of advice for raising children to be successfulAdded: 26.03.2021 22:05 | 4 views | 0 commentsWARREN BUFFETT once issued a brief five-word piece of advice to shareholders on how to raise to children to be successful.
Expanding voting is not simply the political inverse of limiting voting
Expanding voting is not simply the political inverse of limiting votingAdded: 26.03.2021 21:17 | 6 views | 0 commentsFraming efforts to increase access to voting as the partisan opposite of efforts to restrict voting is bizarre.
Biden's Operation Overreach
Biden's Operation OverreachAdded: 26.03.2021 18:57 | 13 views | 0 commentsSource: www.drudgereport.comA liberal president enters the White House in a time of national crisis. He campaigned as a moderate but soon reveals his intent to govern from the left of the center-left. His bold agenda has plenty of fans among journalists and academics who celebrate the expansion of the welfare state. They write stories and deliver soundbites likening the new chief executive to FDR. More in » ISIS, President, Journalists Tags: White House
How to Stop Misinformation Before It Gets Shared
News of the outcome spread across Europe, and many learned that the armada had, as expected, won the day and crushed the English fleet. Many days later, the opposite news arrived: The English fleet had won a decisive victory and crippled the Spanish. What’s different now is that today’s communication platforms have fundamentally transformed the way information flows, propelling viral rumors exponentially faster and farther than ever. Widespread belief in certain types of viral rumors poses a threat to institutions that we rely on, including democracy itself. Inferred from Kollin (2018)A Modern History of ViralityBefore the printing press, viral rumors spread through word-of-mouth chatter in the market square or pub.
A New Vaccination Goal, a Hasty Return to ‘Normal,’ and More Coronavirus News
President Biden sets a new vaccination goal, Europe curbs its vaccine exports, and experts caution against a hasty return to “normal.” Here’s what you should know:Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news? If the country maintains its current average vaccination rate, we’ll hit that goal ahead of schedule. The Commission said it will take reciprocity, a country’s epidemiological situation, and its vaccination rate into account when making decisions about exports. A return to “normal” seems closer, but the US isn’t there yetAs vaccinations continue, there has been more and more talk of the end of the pandemic, and a return to “normal” in the US. It’s likely that the novel coronavirus spilled over into humans from bats, though no one knows exactly where or how.
Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
FILE- In this Sept. 16, 2019, file photo, a Dominion Voting Systems voting machine is seen in Atlanta. There was no known widespread fraud in the 2020 election, a fact that a range of election officials across the country — and even Trump’s attorney general, William Barr — have confirmed. Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA , also sued Fox News over election claims for a similar sum of money. Unlike Dominion, Smartmatic’s participation in the 2020 election was restricted to Los Angeles County.
Netflix’s Bad Trip Might Help You Feel Better About Our Broken Nation
Lil Rel Howery and Eric Andre in Bad Trip. Photo: Dimitry Elyashkevich/NETFLIXIt might not be entirely accurate to call the new Eric Andre film Bad Trip a prank comedy, since prank comedies often turn on making unsuspecting people look like idiots. Bad Trip, however, doesn’t really take aim at its unwitting bystanders. Bad Trip might be a dumb, gross candid-camera comedy, but don’t be surprised if it makes you feel a little better about your world. Though Bad Trip is a loose, often shapeless movie, its focus on the common humanity of those caught by its lenses is certainly a choice on the part of the filmmakers.
‘I Slept With a Woman. Am I Still Gay?’
Not all the way, but enough that any illusions I was fully gay went out the window. And lucky for you, BB, I’m somewhat of an expert. If you’re attracted to someone, be they a man or woman or nonbinary person, be attracted to them. That’s the messiness of identity, BB. If you ultimately decide you’re bisexual, then congratulations!
I Think About This a Lot: Jessica Walter Edition
With her perfect comedic timing and willingness to stick to the bit, Jessica Walter was renowned for her over-the-top embodiment of the icy WASP mother. I hadn’t been led toward Arrested Development yet, or anything else Jessica Walter was in, for that matter. I, a nerd, willingly say something wrong in homage to Jessica Walter — that’s how great her impact is. And frankly, there would be no Swimfan, The Crush, or Fatal Attraction without Jessica Walter as Evelyn in Play Misty for Me. “God, you’re dumb,” she says in that famously withering Jessica Walter tone, while brandishing a knife and making pure crazy eyes.
What Student-Loan Debt Forgiveness Means to 5 People
What would we do if we didn’t have nearly $60,000 in student-loan debt, combined? President Biden offers households like ours some small relief, but his proposal to forgive up to $10,000 in public student-loan debt would only knock a few years off our payments. A proposal by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer, which would forgive up to $50,000 in public student-loan debt, would put us in the clear. Without student-loan debt I’d be comfortable taking out debt for that, or even chopping down some of my savings for that. Lia, 31I have $102,000 in student-loan debt and it has prevented me from switching jobs and purchasing a home.
Republicans in Missouri and Georgia Turn Their Backs on Democracy
Missouri voters passed Medicaid expansion in a free and fair election, and Republicans are telling them that their votes don’t matter. A vehement opponent of Medicaid expansion, LePage repeatedly tried to block expansion of the program from coming into effect. They share an antipathy for welfare for Medicaid expansion in particular, but a secondary tendency also joins them: Power is the only force that matters. What Missouri Republicans are saying to constituents is really quite simple: Their votes aren’t important. It’s not much of a leap from Missouri to Georgia, where Republicans are taking measures to restrict the vote altogether.
What Can Democrats Do About Georgia’s Voting-Rights Restrictions?
Stacey Abrams is at the forefront of efforts to fight Georgia’s new voting law, and may help overturn it as governor after 2022. But now that the deed is done, what can the law’s critics do to undo the damage? Short of the omnibus reforms in the For the People Act, congressional Democrats could buttress voting-rights prospectively, perhaps by enacting the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore the original VRA enforcement scheme. That would put a pause on voting-suppression measures by states with a history of racist election administration (like Georgia) until they are reviewed by the Justice Department. The odds are high that Georgia’s preeminent voting-rights champion, Stacey Abrams, will seek a rematch with Brian Kemp in 2022.
Boulder police chief: Eric Talley died a hero, but we'll have scars from his loss forever
Officer Eric Talley died a hero. After leaving Eric’s family, Chief Doreen Jokerst of University of Colorado Boulder Police Department and I met with other families gathered at a reunification center, waiting for their loved ones to walk through the door. My final thought is that, moving forward, we must work together to find solutions to the gun violence traumatizing our communities. This is what Eric, his family, and all families impacted by these devastating events deserve. Maris Herold is chief of the Boulder, Colo., Police Department.
Billions for government housing is no cure for the mentally-ill homeless
The money is necessary, she says, to help the nearly 600,000 HUD estimates to be homeless. This is not a housing crisis; it’s a mental-illness-treatment crisis. HUD, a relic of the 1960s Great Society movement, was never conceived as a vehicle for putting the street homeless into their own subsidized apartments. A New York State Nurses Association paper last year declaring a “full-blown mental-health crisis in New York” provides a sobering update: 5,419 New York state inpatient beds. “This can lead to infractions of the law resulting in incarceration.”The answer is not subsidized housing; it’s state-of-the-art psychiatric treatment.
Shootings prove we need cops and other commentary
“Impressive and necessary police work.” In Boulder, Officer Eric Talley was “first on the scene” and paid “the ultimate price” with his life, leaving seven children. Other cops took the shooter into custody. Even without new spending, the debt is expected to swell to twice the size of the US economy in 25 years. Andrew Cuomo quietly ordered state health officials to prioritize care for his friends and family, even before health-care workers,” writes the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams. Fauci’s “estimate that it’ll take a 70 percent to 85 percent vaccination rate ignores those who have already been infected.” Yet natural immunity “is real” and reinfections “rare.” As many as “half of Californians have natural immunity today,” though only 26 percent have been vaccinated.
Democrats claim filibuster is a racist tool — but only when Republicans use it
My point is simpler: The filibuster cannot be an accursed vestige of slavery and Jim Crow when Republicans use it and a perfectly fine (even noble) tool of fairness and democracy when Democrats use it. Odd that an African American would use a relic of Jim Crow. But I’m deeply vexed by the attempt to claim the filibuster is cursed by the legacy of racism — but only when Republicans use it. Pens aren’t racist because segregationist senators used them. And don’t claim that the same tool you used proves your opponents are racist when they use it.
I lived in the U.S. for 18 years without wanting to become a citizen. 2020 changed everything.
We lived in Kyiv — Ukraine’s capital, about 100 miles away — and like everyone we were kept in the dark. Seeing people in Ukraine scramble to find work, my parents felt convinced that with fluent English and an American degree, the doors would open up for me. America felt very different from the place I had come to nearly 20 years ago. In the spring of 2020, when we knew little and feared everything, the coronavirus pandemic raged on, cases and deaths mounting. After I became a citizen, a friend told me I’d picked the wrong year to tie myself to America.
Former D.C. police chief: ‘There should be a higher standard for police’
I mean, right now, people are talking about Eugene Goodman at the Capitol and how heroic he is. I don’t think anybody really does. I would think that in law enforcement the standard should be higher even than in most jobs in society. The minute you lose sight of that — I mean, that’s a key role of police in a democratic society: to protect the constitutional rights of people. ADADWhen I was first appointed police chief in D.C., I received a letter from David Friedman, who, at the time, was the executive director of ADL [the Anti-Defamation League] in Washington.
Opinion | Vaccine nationalism is a corrective to often-naive views of globalism
So it’s telling, and more than a bit ironic, to see countries that regularly cast aspersions on nationalism resorting to nationalism themselves. India has also engaged in vaccine nationalism, preventing the export of the savior drug produced within its borders for its own use. The E.U., of course, piously pronounced that it doesn’t engage in vaccine nationalism. has pursued a characteristically subtler course, but its euro is now the second-most traded global currency. Vaccine nationalism is a useful corrective to often-naive views regarding globalism as an end unto itself.
Rep. John Katko (R-NY): Biden’s Border Policy Is “A Nightmare & A Humanitarian Crisis”
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Ranking Member on the House Committee on Homeland Security Rep. John Katko (R-NY) explained why President Biden’s immigration policy is a “nightmare” and said he also expects some “real heat” might be coming Gov. Because of drug cartels, I can tell you from being down there and working on the border, nobody cross that border without without paying them. And every single day that this crisis is going on, the drug cartels are making a minimum of fifteen million dollars a day. They’re going to be making over a billion dollars at the very top, a billion dollars in the very near future. It’s a nightmare and it’s a humanitarian crisis that doesn’t have to be.”“The hubris knows knows no bounds, that’s for sure.
As an Asian American in Boulder, I fear both for my kids and parents
I pulled them aside one at a time, because I didn’t want my kids to get sucked in, too. I knew my parents were aware of the anti-Asian violence spiking across the country. I’d even already made my mom take online training with me about what to do if confronted by anti-Asian harassment. For the next couple of hours, I stayed glued to my phone screen as the kids, 5 and 7, played with their grandma. ADADMy parents immigrated to America for better education and more opportunities than they’d had in Taiwan.
Baltimore will no longer prosecute drug possession, prostitution, low-level crimes
A year ago, as the coronavirus began to spread across Maryland, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby stopped prosecuting drug possession, prostitution, minor traffic violations and other low-level offenses, a move aimed at curbing Covid-19's spread behind bars. In the 12 months since she ordered scaled-back enforcement, violent crime is down 20 percent and property crime has declined 36 percent, she said. Homicides inched down, though Baltimore still has one of the highest homicide rates among cities nationwide. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found sharp reductions in calls to police complaining about drugs and prostitution, she said. “Clearly, the data suggest there is no public safety value in prosecuting low-level offenses,” Mosby said at a news conference.
AOC and other progressives privately met with Ron Klain to discuss minimum wage
Wildlife, parks and climate advocacy groups have hailed her confirmation as a major win for public lands and say that under Haaland’s leadership the interior department will renew its focus on fighting the climate emergency. Bringing science back to the forefront is a crucial first step, said Kristen Brengel with the National Parks Conservation Association, pointing to the National Parks Service, an agency within the interior department. National parks are warming twice as fast as the rest of the country, said Brengel, the NPCA’s vice-president of government affairs. Biden has also asked the interior department to review that program. “I think the encouraging thing is they want to do something and they’re being very inclusive,” said David Willms, the senior director for western wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation.
Snap-decision defense may not work for Minneapolis officer
The fired Minneapolis police officer who goes on trial Monday was captured on video pinning George Floyd to the pavement, his knee on the Black man's neck, for about nine minutes last May. Onlookers repeatedly shouted at Chauvin to get off, asked him to check for a pulse and warned that Floyd no longer seemed to be breathing. In 2020, six officers were charged in such cases, including at least four after the nationwide outrage over Floyd’s death. Prosecutors in Chauvin’s case hope the pleas from onlookers to check on Floyd will serve the same purpose. Check his pulse, bro.” “Bro, he has not moved, not one time!” “He’s dying!” and “Get off of his neck!
Lessons from Duxbury High: A never again moment
What will members of the Duxbury High football team take away from this moment? Advertisement“We need this to be more than just a ‘teachable moment’,” Senate President Karen Spilka said on Twitter. Holocaust education is mandatory in Germany in history and civics classes, but also finds its way into literature and arts classes. It’s not that schools in Massachusetts don’t have access to programs actively engaged in teaching the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights. But some of their stories are preserved on video to make sure the cycle of learning from history remains unbroken.
Opinion: I spent years fighting for gun safety. My friend was killed in Boulder on Monday.
I know far too well that no place in America is immune to gun violence. I spent years with the Everytown Survivor Network working to stop gun violence. Over the course of the past year, gun violence and gun sales have skyrocketed. The gun violence that has worsened over the past year doesn’t often make headlines: gun violence in cities, domestic gun violence, suicide, and unintentional gun violence in homes. There is a mandate to act on gun safety, and we cannot rest until we’ve fundamentally transformed gun laws in America, no matter how long it takes.
Shootings of Chicago cops are also an assault on all of our neighborhoods
Four police officers have been shot in Chicago in two weeks, making the city feel more like a war zone than a place to call home. In one of the shootings, the police said a man shot an innocent person to “lure” cops to the area so he could “kill” them. This unprecedented assault on police officers comes at a time the Chicago Police Department is trying to strengthen its ties with communities experiencing high crime. But when gunfire breaks out at a Home Depot and cops are getting shot on the regular, it’s clear that there is nowhere to hide. The news media need to run a daily tally of gun deaths in this country just like we do with COVID-19.
Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks
Like Bush’s and Obama’s major-economies climate forums, Biden’s invite list includes leaders of the world’s biggest economies and European blocs. That includes two countries — Russia and China — that Biden and his diplomats are clashing against, over election interference, cyber attacks, human rights and other issues. It’s not clear how those two countries in particular will respond to the U.S. invitations, or whether they are willing to cooperate with the U.S. on cutting emissions while sparring on other topics. China is the world’s top emitter of climate-damaging pollution. Russia is No.
Showing Prophet Mohammed images should be as unacceptable as 'using n-word', says government advisor
The manifestation of religion or belief relies on the degree of protection afforded to freedom of expression, among other rights. Accordingly, where States infringe upon freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief is undercut. The interrelatedness of the two rights has been widely recognized in international law, including by Human Rights Council resolution 16/18, the Rabat Plan of Action, my mandate and the UN Human Rights Committee. Article 19 further stresses that unlawful restrictions on freedom of expression frequently undermines freedom of religion or belief. I documented as much in my report on Islamophobia/anti-Muslim hatred before the UN Human Rights Council earlier this month.
President Joe Biden invites Putin and Xi to climate talks
President Joe Biden is including rivals Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China among the invitees to the first big climate talks of his administration, an event the U.S. hopes will help shape, speed up and deepen global efforts to cut climate-wrecking fossil fuel pollution, administration officials told The Associated Press. The Biden administration intentionally looked beyond its international partners for the talks, an administration official said. He pulled the United States out of the 2015 U.N. Paris climate accords as one of his first actions. Another Biden administration official said the U.S. is still deciding how far the administration will go in setting a more ambitious U.S. emissions target. Biden and other administration officials have been stressing U.S. climate intentions during early one-on-one talks with foreign leaders, and Biden climate envoy John Kerry has focused on speeding up emissions cuts internationally in diplomacy abroad.
Officials Try to Sway Biden Using Intelligence on Potential for Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan
Some military commanders and administration officials have argued that any set date for withdrawing the approximately 3,500 American troops who remain, whether it is May 1 or at the end of the year, will doom the mission. The only way to preserve hard-fought gains in Afghanistan, they said, is to keep the small American presence there long enough to force a lasting deal between the Taliban and Afghan government. The White House has held a series of meetings on Afghanistan, and more are to come. On Thursday, the president said he was waiting for briefings from Mr. Austin, who met recently with Afghan officials, and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, who conferred this week with NATO allies, for their bottom-line advice on what he should do. For many Biden administration officials, the issue that has resonated the most clearly is the threat that a Taliban takeover could pose to Afghan women.
Origins of SARS-CoV-2
If China keeps preventing a full and unrestricted international forensic investigation into the origins of the pandemic, I believe it is fair to deny Beijing the benefit of the doubt. In late 2019 the SARS-CoV-2 virus appeared in Wuhan. The genetic similarity between the RaTG13 virus and SARS-CoV-2 suggest that SARS-CoV-2 or a closely related backbone virus could have been sampled from the Mojiang mine and brought to the WIV (which is why the disappeared WIV databases and lab records are so critical). It is also plausible that SARS-CoV-2 could have been among the viruses held in or derived from a different virus in the WIV repository. The Chinese authorities have gone to great lengths to destroy evidence and silence anyone in China who might be in a position to provide evidence on the origins of COVID-19.
Opinion | Biden faces the world’s most dangerous problems in North Korea and Taiwan
ADNorth Korea had delivered a fiery calling card over the past week by launching a series of short-range missiles. North Korea offers a rare example of where President Donald Trump prepared carefully for a diplomatic pressure campaign. If Xi thinks the United States’ demise is permanent and irreversible, the wise course presumably would be to wait until America is even weaker. ADSince Anchorage, Chinese think tanks have been using a phrase that means “hit, hit, talk, talk” to describe what’s ahead with the United States, according to one top Sinologist. The “hit, hit” part of that formula carries significant risks — especially if China continues to believe that a weakened America isn’t ready to fight back.
Opinion | The time has come to share power with the Taliban
The time has come to give the Taliban a share of power in the current system rather than excluding the group from it. Parents in many rural parts of Afghanistan are still deeply opposed to education for their girls, Taliban or no Taliban. Even if allowed to share power, the Taliban is unlikely to disarm immediately, to stop objecting to women’s participation in public life or to welcome full freedom of expression. The Taliban leadership has spent the past 20 years mobilizing its soldiers and commanders in the name of those ideals. The world has sent billions of dollars and thousands of precious lives in the effort to exclude the Taliban from power.
Opinion | Biden just issued a scathing indictment of his party’s hypocrisy on the filibuster
So, let’s get this straight: By Biden’s own admission, Democrats abused the filibuster to obstruct President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda. ADADEven in the face of the Democrats’ unprecedented obstruction, then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused Trump’s repeated entreaties to get rid of the legislative filibuster. “No Republican has any trouble imagining the laundry list of socialist policies that 51 Senate Democrats would happily inflict on Middle America in a filibuster-free Senate,” McConnell said. ADADUnhindered by the filibuster, Democrats will also pack the Supreme Court and install an activist liberal majority that will protect their constitutional overreach. More than a decade later, despite unified GOP control of government under Trump, Republicans were unable to repeal it.
Evanston's $400,000 down payment for national Black reparations
This helped create the vast wealth gap among Black and white residents that mirrors the racial wealth gap we see all across the country. But Evanston’s repayment is aimed at healing a specific injury — housing and the wealth gap — in a specific place. “But I don't think they should call it reparations.”“Housing subsidies are not going to eliminate the racial wealth gap,” he said. “I think this notion of local or municipal reparations or even state-level reparations is really quite misleading,” he said. The city identified, articulated and illustrated how local housing policy had denied Black residents access to housing and thus wealth.
Biden inviting Putin and Xi to global climate talks
Leaders of some of the world’s top climate-change sufferers, do-gooders and backsliders round out the rest of the 40 invitations being delivered Friday. The Biden administration intentionally looked beyond its international partners for the talks, an administration official said. He pulled the United States out of the 2015 U.N. Paris climate accords as one of his first actions. Another Biden administration official said the U.S. is still deciding how far the administration will go in setting a more ambitious U.S. emissions target. Biden and other administration officials have been stressing U.S. climate intentions during early one-on-one talks with foreign leaders, and Biden climate envoy John Kerry has focused on speeding up emissions cuts internationally in diplomacy abroad.
Shark nearly 12 feet long tagged near World War II shipwreck off North Carolina coast
Questionable assumptions Ocean aquaculture advocates often cite limited supplies of wild-caught fish and call for cultivating them to feed the world. Farmed freshwater fish tend to be an affordable staple food for millions of low- and middle-income consumers – and many better-off ones, too. About 20 million metric tons of fish caught each year is used instead to feed farmed fish. Farmed salmon now accounts for 45% of all fish farmed from the sea. But even in these countries, demand for farmed freshwater fish is growing because it’s an affordable source of protein.
Fox News faces second defamation suit over election coverage
The lawsuit comes less than two months after Smartmatic, another election tech company, filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Murdoch’s Fox Corp. and named several Fox anchors, including Maria Bartiromo and Lou Dobbs, as defendants. Fox News and its powerful owner, Rupert Murdoch, are facing a second major defamation suit over its coverage of the 2020 presidential election, a new front in the growing legal battle over media disinformation and its consequences. Fox sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process. Fox News and Fox Business programs were among the mass-media venues where Trump’s supporters denounced Dominion. In February, two days after Smartmatic filed its suit, Fox Business canceled “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” its highest-rated program.
Yes, data shows COVID-19 vaccines are safe despite quick timeline
How the COVID-19 vaccines were developedThe most obvious rebuttal to Edming’s claim is that millions of Americans have been safely vaccinated. However, the same website details CDC guidance on the COVID-19 vaccines, including this: "Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. "The mRNA COVID-19 vaccine development was actually preceded by decades of research into understanding the efficacy and safety of mRNA vaccines and has made the COVID-19 vaccine a miracle of circumstances. It has allowed for a COVID-19 vaccine to be developed and tested much more rapidly." Our rulingIn a speech detailing his distrust of scientists and the COVID-19 vaccine, Edming said, "You can’t tell me they can (develop a safe vaccine) in eight to 10 months.
Stirred by local reparations effort, national nonprofit to launch cash payment pilot program in Evanston
To qualify, applicants must meet the same criteria established to participate in the city’s reparations programs. An applicant must have “origins in any of the Black racial and ethnic groups of Africa,” be a Black resident of Evanston between 1919-1969, or be that person’s direct descendant. Applicants also may qualify if they experienced housing discrimination due to the city’s policies or practices after 1969, according to city documents.
More people than we thought get excluded when the right to vote isn't protected
In those years, voter suppression laws, enforced by White supremacist violence, effectively kept Black men from the polls and maintained a solidly White Democratic South. Revisiting this history reminds Americans of the urgency of expanding and protecting voting rights today. In the aftermath of the Civil War, the passage of the 14th and 15th Amendments enfranchised Black men. To do so, these Democrats began whittling away at voting rights protections. The question, Republicans believed, would create a vivid testimony of the disfranchisement of ex-slaves, voters who the Republican Party knew could help sustain Reconstruction.
President Biden calls Georgia’s new voting law ‘Jim Crow in 21st century’
The new Georgia law requires a photo identification to vote absentee by mail. It also shortens how long voters have to request an absentee ballot and limits where ballot drop boxes can be placed and when they can be used. Republicans said Georgia needed to restore the confidence of voters who believed President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud. They also noted that the law increases the number of in-person early voting days on weekends.
Connecticut to use $200 million in federal stimulus money to help child care programs and assist working and unemployed parents with costs
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during an event at the Boys and Girls Club in New Haven Friday where she was highlighting the American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill approved by Congress and recently signed into law by President Joe Biden. Sitting at the table with her is U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, the former Connecticut education commissioner. (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant)
Ex-Columbus officer Adam Coy released on bond after judge lowers to $1M in Andre Hill shooting
About three hours earlier, Common Pleas Judge Stephen L. McIntosh granted a motion for reconsideration filed by Coy's attorneys, who argued that Coy's original bond, set Friday at his arraignment, was excessive. The judge called $1 million "a reasonable bond ... because of the nature of the offense. Hill's family "is disappointed that the bond was lowered," Michael Wright, one of the family's attorneys, said after the hearing. The original $3 million bond ran contrary to the purposes of bond, which is designed to ensure a defendant's appearance in court and protect the community, Coy's attorney, Mark Collins, told the judge. Judge McIntosh approved the modification, saying Coy is only prohibited from having contact with officers who are associated with the case.
Al Smith practiced the journalism of good faith, now often missing
But if you act in good faith, and people believe you are honest and sincere in your intentions, you can live up to the highest of ideals. Al Smith practiced the journalism of good faith. He didn’t always succeed, but more importantly, he made the effort, and his readers knew he was a journalist of good faith, of honest intent. That is the journalism of good faith – driven by facts, not by opinion, and by a search for the truth. Unless journalism values facts first, and makes truth its only agenda, it will not be seen as acting in good faith.
Working dogs: Domestic shortage of key frontline defense against terrorism
One reason for the shortage of domestically bred working dogs for these vital roles is familiar to most any government contractor: an impenetrable bureaucracy and lack of transparency. The federal government currently maintains approximately 5,000 working dogs across four departments — the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice and State. Another estimated 5,000 working dogs are deployed across local law enforcement and private facilities, with a similar low percentage bred domestically. The threat of terrorism and resulting demand for working dogs within Europe and around the world means there’s a growing shortage of even mediocre-quality foreign dogs available to protect the U.S. “Despite continual and rapid advances in technology, working dogs remain a vital and irreplaceable asset to national security.”Let’s hope that Congress and the new administration are listening.
Biden urges Congress to pass election reform in wake of Georgia voting restrictions
Biden also urged Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would bring back Voting Rights Act protections that the Supreme Court took down. Later on Friday afternoon, Biden told reporters that the new law is an “atrocity." They passed the law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line while they’re waiting to vote? You don’t need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive, designed to keep people from voting. You can’t provide water for people about to vote?
What We Haven’t Learned From the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was the largest factory of women’s shirtwaists and blouses. During the 1909 strike, the Uprising of 20,000, Triangle resorted to violence, hiring thugs and prostitutes to viciously assault pickets. While almost all other shops in the industry settled with the union, the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, the owners of the Triangle factory refused. Many wondered: If the strikers had been successful at Triangle, how many of those 146 might have survived? The Democratic Party, long in control of the state, passed legislation creating the Factory Investigating Commission.
More “Pro-Business” Measures Aren’t Going to Pull Italy Out of Crisis
The first response, which we call an insistence on “normality and progress,” does mention inequalities, but only opportunistically. But this response has no intention of taking the crucial steps required to reduce inequalities by rebalancing power in society. The highlighting — and harshening — of inequalities during this crisis have made the need for a radical change more obvious, to more people. But it provides the opportunity for a political project able to identify new values and respond to them with suitable policies. In the meantime, in wider society, local social alliances are being cobbled together, sometimes including the trade unions.
Save the Post Office — Fire Trump’s Postmaster Louis DeJoy
In the lead-up to the presidential election, many progressive groups and politicians were hyper-focused on defending the US Postal Service (USPS), as Postmaster General Louis DeJoy slowed service (and thus potentially delayed ballots). The only way to begin to defend the post office is to fire DeJoy. There’s even a post office in almost every zip code. The post office has been under attack for decades, with Republicans and centrist Democrats repeatedly trying to make the public service function like a private business. Now, he hopes to further gut the post office under the guise of shoring up its finances.
Biden’s New Foreign Policy Hire Considers Sanctions an Art Form
Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! For more from The Nation, check out our latest issueSubscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Some progressives are also concerned with one of the administration’s recent hires, taking it as a troubling sign for the administration’s broader sanctions policy going forward. Erik Sperling, executive director of Just Foreign Policy, told The Nation that Nephew’s hiring “exposes a moral dilemma” for Democrats. “President Biden’s decision to review the impact of US sanctions on COVID-19 responses is a step in the right direction,” Cavan Kharrazian, foreign policy campaigner at Demand Progress, said in a statement.
House panel OKs pro-worker bills
The Paycheck Fairness Act, a longtime cause of Connecticut's Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro, was passed by the House panel. The bill, by Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., was one of three pro-worker measures the panel OKd on March 24, Equal Pay Day. Workplace violence has been on the rise for years, even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, NNU says. “We must begin by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will take important steps towards the goal of ending pay discrimination. The committee’s ranking Republican, Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., infamous for questioning whether unions should even continue to legally exist, piously declaimed she too was against workplace violence.
Lawsuit, avalanche of criticism, greets Georgia’s Jim Crow voting law
With Georgia's latest restrictions, long lines won't be the only hurdle voters face when trying to cast a ballot. | John Spink / Atlanta Journal-Constitution via APATLANTA—Cascades of criticism, including from Democratic President Joe Biden, and one big lawsuit greeted a new and sweeping Republican-crafted Georgia anti-voting law which state voting rights leader Stacey Abrams characterized as “nothing less than Jim Crow 2.0.”Right-wing GOP Gov. On the personal level, their law limits voting hours and voting on Sundays, forces voters to produce ID when they seek mail-in ballots, and limits voting drop boxes, among other restrictions. All this angered supporters of voting rights, including Biden and former state legislative leader Abrams, who is Black. And she succinctly named SB202 “Jim Crow 2.0,” referring to the racist system that kept Blacks from voting in Georgia, and the rest of the South, from 1877 through 1965 and beyond, despite the federal Voting Rights Act.
With rural whites massively outnumbering Black voters, Kentucky Republicans make voting easier
In Kentucky, Republicans found that the measures taken during COVID to make voting easier, like voting by mail, helped turn out their white rural base. They’d never admit it, of course, but the Republicans approved voting “reform” legislation because it helps the GOP. Mostly rural, Bible Belt conservative Kentucky is one of the reddest of the Republican Red states. Kentucky is less than 9% African American, so Republican legislators saw no need to curb minority voting. Anyway, today’s almost all-white Bluegrass State GOP puts this historian in mind of the white supremacist Democrats who dominated state government during the Jim Crow era.
Biden’s stated rationale for extending America’s war in Afghanistan is weak
Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump made a deal with the Taliban requiring all American service members to leave Afghanistan at the start of May. But some experts and advocates for withdrawal cite two reasons for why Biden’s rationale rings hollow. Put together, experts say Biden’s case to the nation for why the US should remain in Afghanistan a little longer doesn’t hold up. This is why most experts I spoke to believe Biden’s decision to extend America’s military mission is about diplomacy, not military logistics. Plus, citing logistical concerns might draw less backlash from the American public than extending the military presence in search of an unlikely peace deal.
My Mother’s Pain
Read: The talk my Chinese parents never had with meMy own struggle with chronic pain began in my mid-20s, in the form of recurrent migraines and back and neck pain. My pain is, of course, my rage. In those years, I struggled against my own conditioning to not rock the boat every time anger moved me to action. Years ago, I was physically attacked by a white man I had been dating for a couple of months. The women who were slain in Atlanta had lives of their own, independent of the fantasies of others.
The Atlantic Daily: The ‘Hate Crime’ Label Isn’t Enough
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox. Last week’s shootings in the Atlanta area, which killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, have intensified calls to confront anti-Asian racism. “The present hour feels like an awakening for the people of Asia and of Asian descent,” our contributing writer Alex Wagner observes. “It is impossible to ignore the cries for justice sweeping the globe.”
Returning to Normal Means Recalibrating My Brain
One of my earliest memories of my OCD is from July 2007, when the last Harry Potter book came out. I was about to start high school, my family was moving to a new house, and I was a sweaty bundle of nerves. I wasn’t officially diagnosed with OCD until 10 years later; for most of that decade, I just thought I was weird. Others have a desire for symmetry or an urge to organize or do things according to a specific number. At certain points throughout the day, I feel the urge to bob my head back and forth until it hurts.
A Court Made It Harder For Prosecutors To Keep Capitol Riot Defendants Behind Bars
In a 2–1 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ordered a lower court judge to reconsider his decision to keep Eric Munchel and his mother, Lisa Eisenhart, in jail while their cases go forward. Munchel and Eisenhart will remain in jail as the case goes back to Lamberth for another round of arguments. Friday’s opinion marks the first time the appeals court has weighed in with a specific framework for how lower court judges should think about pretrial detention in the Capitol riot cases. But in some cases, prosecutors have argued that a defendant’s actions on Jan. 6 had sufficiently violent overtones or that they’d made threats of future violence that justified keeping them behind bars. Lawyers for Munchel and Eisenhart and a spokesperson for the US attorney’s office in DC did not immediately return requests for comment.
Prince George’s County’s new police chief will be Malik Aziz, a deputy chief from Dallas
Aziz is currently deputy chief of the department in Dallas. “I want the citizens and the officers of Prince George’s County to understand what type of police chief I will be, and that is one of communication and high visibility,” Aziz said at the news conference. ADADDuring the Friday news conference, Aziz said the nation is the throes of a “reformation era” defined by a crisis in police-community relations. “Being a Black man in America is something I can’t run away from,” Aziz told TMJ4 in Milwaukee last year. Aziz has been with the Dallas Police since 1992 and has held an array of titles inside and outside the department, including as a deputy chief for four years before he was demoted during a leadership reorganization that decreased the size of the command staff.
David Bossie: Pelosi and Dems have a new target in their quest for election control – Iowa Rep. Miller-Meeks
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the left have a new target in their quest for total control of our election system: Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa. This election was counted, recounted, certified, and the duly elected Rep. Miller-Meeks was seated by Pelosi. Realistically, undoing the results of Miller-Meeks’ election would do little to change the dynamic of the House Democrats’ tiny five-seat majority. Robbing Rep. Miller-Meeks of her seat in Congress is part of their quest for absolute power. In the absence of an impartial media, Democrats are going to get away with these reprehensible tactics, at least at first.
Opinion: Big test for Biden is also a test for the media
(CNN) President Joe Biden will hold his first press conference on Thursday from the White House. He has comfortably exceeded his campaign goal on vaccines and that deserves the pomp and circumstance of a full White House press conference. I expect Biden will acknowledge the great work done on vaccines while focusing most of his attention on what comes next. There will be snap judgement of great import from the media and aggressive spin from the White House staff. The reality is, even if one side makes a big mistake, it will only be real news until the next press conference or big event.
Kathy Hochul: We can't let women get set back for a generation
It's sad, but not surprising, that women in the US still earn far less than men, and the pandemic has only heightened the economic hardships for women. It's a reminder that future historians will judge us on how women fared coming out of this once-in-a-century phenomenon. Will this be known as the year women fell into an abyss with no hope of climbing out? Or can women experience a "V" shaped recovery, falling fast and hard but rebounding higher than they were before? Now left in the wake are women of all ages struggling because for them, this pandemic has been a living hell.
'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
"I can’t take this pain any more," Banu said, breaking into sobs as she spoke to Reuters inside a temporary shelter on Friday. SEARCHING Banu is one of around a million Rohingya refugees living at the camps. Myanmar denies most Rohingya citizenship and considers them interlopers from Bangladesh even though they have lived in Myanmar for decades. Banu reacts after seeing a photograph of a dead body on a smartphone that she thought was possibly of her son Karim. Story Banu has approached aid agencies at the camps to seek help in finding Karim, but her hope is fading.
Don’t be shocked: COVID-era crime anxiety has sparked TASER sales
The trauma of all that death and disease: Was a jump in violent crime as predictable as subway delays? But for any cop or citizen, the COVID-era trend is unsettling, even if the base of comparison is historically low. It’s all added up to a spike in anxiety even sharper than the rise in actual crime. Rising guns sales, the usual measure of crime fear across America, don’t reveal much about the anxiety quotient in New York, where relatively few civilians are legally permitted to own firearms. But at this time of rising crime and COVID-sparked anxiety, will people really arm themselves with nonlethal devices that shoot electrified darts instead of bullets?
California Supreme Court rules it's unconstitutional to detain people in jail because they cannot afford bail
California's Supreme Court decided an arrestee could not be detained solely because they lack the resources to post bail. Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesCalifornia's Supreme Court ruled it is unconstitutional to hold people in jail simply because they can't afford bail. The ruling requires judges to assess community safety and a defendant's ability to pay bail when determining bail amounts. California's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that it is unconstitutional to keep people behind bars simply because they cannot afford bail. The unanimous decision signals that going forward, California judges will be required to assess a defendant's ability to pay bail when they set it.
The high cost of achieving net zero
Mineral wealth (oil, gas, and coal, but also copper, cobalt, and other naturally occurring materials) has long been something of a poison gift, and not just because of the environmental consequences. With a country like Venezuela, for example, the state owns the mineral rights and profits go straight into government coffers. AdvertisementPresident Biden is calling for 100 percent carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035, and net zero emissions by 2050. Right now, 63 percent of US electricity depends on fossil fuels, and overall, 80 percent of US energy consumption is oil, gas, and coal. Maine, for example, gets 80 percent of its electricity from renewable energy and produces no coal, oil, or gas.
R.I. AG wants to charge the East Greenwich road-rage suspect with a hate crime
Francis was driving north on Route 4 in East Greenwich last July 12 when he nearly collided with another vehicle, according to the attorney general’s office. He yelled racial epithets at the other motorists, who the attorney general’s office described as people of color. AdvertisementNeronha is backing legislation introduced in the House Thursday that would give judges sentencing options in hate crime cases. The bill would also clarify that the Hate Crimes Enhancement Act requires only that a hate crime is motivated “in whole or in part” by a defendant’s hatred or animus. The attorney general’s office said these changes would bring Rhode Island’s law in line with the federal Matthew Shepard Act and other states, including Massachusetts.
Federal Judge rules Quinnipiac students can continue lawsuit for tuition payments forfeited during pandemic
“We are pleased the court agreed with our motion to dismiss because the parents do not have standing to file,” Morgan said. “The judge also ruled it too early to determine if the student’s claims are valid. The discovery process will help us illustrate that the decision to hold classes remotely last spring as the pandemic worsened was in the best interest of protecting the health of our students and the community, while enabling Quinnipiac to continue delivering excellent learning experiences and instruction.”
Anti-Semitic play calling renews push for genocide education
“This curriculum must be taught in a culturally-relevant and age appropriate manner. As a former coach, I was particularly disgusted to hear about what happened in Duxbury,” the Democrat said in a written statement. “I am currently reviewing the details of the bill and look forward to future discussions.”Supporters say they are troubled with how many younger people are unaware of the scope of the genocide that occurred during World War II, in which the Nazis killed more than 6 million Jews in Europe. According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, as many as 17 states require Holocaust education as part of their secondary school curriculums.
Williams: We've abolished the death penalty. Let's abolish injustice in criminal justice.
The death penalty, in Virginia and beyond, has been disproportionately meted out to Black and poor defendants, who are more likely to die if their victims were white. Earl Washington, wrongfully convicted of rape and murder, came within nine days of execution. From 1900 until 1977, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional for crimes in which no one was killed, Virginia executed 73 such defendants, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. No white defendants were similarly executed. {{featured_button_text}}Virginia, the state with the longest history of execution, second only to Texas in its zeal to kill in the modern death penalty era, is the first state in the South to abolish it.
Students call on Centre College to relocate Confederate statue, focus on racial equity
Centre College students working for racial equityOpinion contributorsIn 1910, in the context of the Lost Cause movement, the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected a towering, 15-ton monument to commemorate Capt. Moreover, due to its proximity to Centre College — a predominantly white institution that did not admit its first Black student until 1961 — this ode to racism continues to convey a powerful message to people of color. Although the monument does not stand on college property, it looms above campus and its presence is directly felt by students, staff and faculty. Racial equity in Louisville schools? In the college’s refusal to initially address the issue and subsequently stall conversation and action, Centre College is also refusing to acknowledge its responsibility to its students, faculty and staff of color and thereby tacitly accepting the insidious consequences of racism.
Scandal! Horror! Biden's press-briefing notes prompt rightwing outrage
Joe Biden’s first press conference has caused some strong reactions from the conservative side of the aisle after he was caught … reading notes. On Thursday night, Fox News dedicated considerable time covering just how long Biden took to hold his first press conference – 49 days! “New photos show cheat sheets used by Biden during his first press conference,” a New York Post headline read last night. His notes speak of how the US now ranks 13th globally in infrastructure quality in the world, down from fifth place in 2002. OF THE US.”And then there was the time he used cue cards to remind him to listen to shooting survivors.
Georgia: Drone footage reveals major damage as tornado rips through state
Tornadoes and severe storms tore across Georgia, severely damaging homes and knocking power out to tens of thousands of people.
CIA's 1960s experiments to create 'remote control' dogs by implanting electrodes into their brains
Documents of the CIA's 1960s 'remote controlled' dog experiments were declassified in 2018, but images of the canines fitted with electrodes in their brains have recently emerged. The top secret experiments were part of the infamous mind control project MKUltra, which conducted hundreds of experiments sometimes on unwitting citizens to assess the potential use of LSD. Documents of the CIA's 1960s 'remote controlled' dog experiments were declassified in 2018, but images of the canines fitted with electrodes have recently emerged. According to the document, the CIA started this work in rats and monkeys, and following successful experiments the agency moved to dogs – specifically beagles. Following the dog's death, researchers moved on with their work using to another beagle they named Eureka.
A reply to Conrad Black: On Indigenous history we cannot ignore inconvenient truths
Share this Story: A reply to Conrad Black: On Indigenous history we cannot ignore inconvenient truthsA reply to Conrad Black: On Indigenous history we cannot ignore inconvenient truths Taylor C. Noakes: Europeans no more brought civilization to the Americas than they discovered itArticle content As evidenced by Conrad Black’s recent column, there is a gulf between recent scholarship and what the average Canadian thinks they know about Indigenous history. Black’s understanding of Indigenous history isn’t revisionist so much as it is retrograde. Try refreshing your browser, or A reply to Conrad Black: On Indigenous history we cannot ignore inconvenient truths Back to video First, he alleges the “best estimate” of the Indigenous population of Canada at the point of contact to be 200,000. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. By the point of contact Indigenous society had aspects of a market economy, and developed complex political, economic and diplomatic relationships to go with them.
Opinion | The secret strategy that explains how Joe Manchin wields his power
ADAfter all, you can barely walk a mile in Manchin’s home state without seeing something named after longtime senator Robert Byrd, whether it’s the Robert C. Byrd Bridge, the Robert C. Byrd Expressway or the Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technologies Center. ADThis week, Manchin also released a statement on the For the People Act, the Democrats’ main electoral reform bill. But what Manchin didn’t say is as important as what he did say. ADHe will inevitably oppose some provisions, but he didn’t say which — so anything he didn’t bring up should be seen as still on the table. And note that he didn’t say he’d vote against the bill if it doesn’t have any GOP backing.
Organizers call individuals, businesses to #StopAsianHate on National Day of Action and Healing
Organizers behind Friday's #StopAsianHate National Day of Action and Healing aim to highlight ways for individuals, businesses and communities to end racism and violence targeted toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). The national coalition Stop AAPI Hate said it received 3,795 self reports of anti-Asian hate incidents between March 2020 and last month. The day of action and healing initiative offers a "Day of Action Toolkit" with numerous ways individuals can learn more about the history of anti-Asian racism in the U.S. and uplift the work of AAPI communities. Organizers also say business leaders can take part now to address long-standing anti-Asian racism in larger communities, such as by increasing corporate giving for AAPI-led advocacy groups. Parents and care providers can advocate for improvements to how Asian American history is incorporated into school curriculum, organizers say.
Opinion: This Passover, relearn to swim
(CNN) As Passover approaches this year, those attending a traditional Seder may consider adding a fifth question to the four customary ones: Why is this night of Passover different from last year's? In an inspirational book, "Floating Takes Faith," Rabbi David Wolpe distinguishes between swimming and floating. As I've grown older, I've come to understand that receiving, too, is an art. One can "make love in war and war in love," he writes. Passover is the holiday of the spring, the holiday of redemption and new beginnings.
A new season: Sitting at a baseball game, I saw the promise of a post-Covid life
He is a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. (CNN) I saw a slice of normal on a diamond of dirt and grass in the Arizona desert. Would we ever again gather in public without the paralyzing fear of a respirator, and a tearful goodbye on Zoom? And so on that warm Friday in March, on a field in northwest Phoenix, the normalcy of a baseball game became incredible. As a kid, I suffered from asthma attacks, and each time, when ordinary breathing finally returned, I experienced an extraordinary gift: the breath of life.
Opinion: A year on, the 'Color of Covid' still matters
And yet Biden can do more to combat our interconnected pandemics of race and gender inequality and Covid-19. I coined the term " Color of Covid " in an CNN op-ed published last year to think critically about the race and gender justice paradoxes the pandemic unmasks. Women, especially of color, face a similar duality -- what I call the " Gender of Covid ." Looking forward, the Biden administration should take additional steps to address the race and gender structural inequalities that the pandemic unmasked. Beyond tech jobs, green jobs will become increasingly significant (because of climate change) and need to be made more equitable.
Joe Biden Proved a Press Conference Doesn’t Have to Be a Spectacle
The most glaring error of fact was on that last point: Biden said he’d be traveling to Pittsburgh on Friday when the White House had it on the schedule for Wednesday. Biden took follow-up questions, asked if reporters were getting what they needed. Unlike Trump, Biden doesn’t make it up as he goes. He sent assignment editors spiraling when he took questions on the South Lawn before boarding Marine One. Trump did his best to bulldoze Biden and his family while Biden simply appealed to the idealism of America’s soul.
The Boulder shooting happened days after Colorado overturned a key gun control law
There’s a tragic irony to the mass shooting on Monday that left 10 dead at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. Yet, that’s exactly what happened in Boulder, just 10 days after its local law was overturned by a state court judge because it conflicted with a state law that permits such weapons. The likelihood that this suspect would possess this weapon in the city limits would have been reduced under Boulder’s law. The two pending bills aren’t so much about “gun control” as they are about people control. The two pending bills aren’t so much about “gun control” as they are about people control and restricting people who shouldn’t possess firearms from doing so.
SCOTUS just changed the game on how crooked cops can be prosecuted
The decidedly conservative U.S. Supreme Court just came out with a ruling on Torres’ case that may sound, well, decidedly liberal. The decidedly conservative U.S. Supreme Court just came out with a ruling on Torres’ case that may sound, well, decidedly liberal, by concluding the shooting could amount to a seizure. If the conduct above amounts to a seizure, then the police officer in that case can be sued for committing an unreasonable seizure. (As a side note, that past precedent happens to be written by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, another conservative justice). The dissent all but openly accuses the conservative majority of wanting civilians to be able to hold police officers more accountable, hence creating a new legal protection to make it so.
Anti-Semitic play calling renews push for genocide education
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are renewing a push for mandatory genocide education after a high school football coach was fired following reports that the team used anti-Semitic language, including a mention of Auschwitz, in its on-field play calling. The Massachusetts Senate last year approved a bill that would require instruction on genocide before students graduate from high school. “As a Jew who lost family at Auschwitz, a daughter of a WWII veteran, I find the news about the Duxbury football team and their use of anti-Semitic language appalling,” the Democrat tweeted. Holocaust Memorial Museum, as many as 17 states require Holocaust education as part of their secondary school curriculums. “The outrage is real, warranted, and we hear it,” Duxbury High School’s administration said in an email this week.
California 'fed up' with Dems, can flip from blue to red: Ric Grenell
Newsom's lockdowns - and the Democratic Party as a whole - that he believes California may turn into a red state. NEWSOM'S RECALL EXPLANATION BLASTED BY RESTAURANT OWNER AS 'HURTFUL'...RIC GRENELL: "Well, I think it depends on what state you're in. I certainly don't think that you're taking care of people. I don't think they are helping people. I believe that Californians are fed up with the current system, the corrupt system of one-party rule in Sacramento."
Phoenix area's Jewish community bands together to help those in isolation celebrate Passover
Passover starts on Saturday and, after a year of pandemic life and a still uncertain future, Jewish community members have made new ways to stay connected. Rabbi Shlomo Levertov with Chabad of Paradise Valley prepared this year’s Passover with the pandemic in mind. “This year our community offered 'Seder 2 Go' kits. “We also have a communal Passover Seder this year, and we are offering three different options. He noted that as he delivered he felt that there's a little less sense of family community this year.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson proclaims Friday as ‘Stop Asian Hate Day’
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson proclaimed Friday “Stop Asian Hate Day” in Dallas. “I have been disturbed and disgusted by the attacks and bigotry directed at Asian Americans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected by the rhetoric and violence we have seen against Asian Americans. Texas was ranked fourth on the list of states with the most reports, with 103 incidents reported to the center during that time. “Dallas is a welcoming city, and Stop Asian Hate Day will help us mourn and renew our commitment to stopping poisonous hatred against our diverse communities,” Johnson said.
Republican legislators risk impeding their own voters | Fred Grimm
Education, of course, doesn’t necessarily equate to braininess — the Florida governor who thought that it would be a great idea to host mighty hordes of spring breakers during a pandemic has degrees from Yale and Harvard. But the new Republican voters have embraced some astoundingly ignorant beliefs. Another Pew poll conducted earlier this month found that 24% of Republicans hold a “favorable view” of wacko QAnon theories, compared to 6% of Democrats. Folks who believe that Donald Trump was God’s chosen savior to take down the Satanic-worshiping pedophiles who rule the globe, that Bill Gates is injecting microchips into our brains, that COVID is a hoax and that Trump will return to the White House on March 4, 2021 — oops — won’t give Republicans much of an intellectual edge come election day.
No wonder lawmakers don’t want people to know where they live | Steve Bousquet
But on second thought, maybe you can see why. The people demanding this secrecy are the same people who want to restrict your First Amendment right to protest, make it harder to vote, trample on home rule powers of cities and counties, hand out more tax breaks to businesses at the expense of working families, and scare college kids into thinking they could lose their Bright Futures scholarships.
Parents must be told of cannabis offense under new state law
Under the law Murphy signed in February, a first offense would have resulted in a written warning. A second offense was a written warning along with information on drug treatment services. Police were to provide a copy of the second warning to those younger than 18, along with a notice about the first offense, as well. The third offense carried a written warning again, along with a referral to drug treatment services. The new law changes that so parents will be notified after a first offense.
Georgia lawmaker arrested as governor signs new election law
From passage of the #SB202 voter suppression bill targeted at Black and brown voters to the arrest of a Black legislator who was advocating for the voting rights of her constituents, today was a reminder of Georgia’s dark past. We must fight for the future of our democracy #gapol
Raymond J. de Souza: B.C.'s Dr. Bonnie Henry takes her big stick to religion
's Dr. Bonnie Henry takes her big stick to religionRaymond J. de Souza: B.C. Try refreshing your browser, or Raymond J. de Souza: B.C. 's Dr. Bonnie Henry takes her big stick to religion Back to video She has been widely hailed as an expert, a calming figure of public confidence. Wherever two or three would gather in the Lord’s name, there was Dr. Henry in the midst of them telling them to go home. The government lawyer told the judge that he could watch the daily press briefings if he wanted to know what Dr. Henry thought.
How to oust Louis DeJoy: A guide for nervous presidents
The Post Office used to be one of the best-run and most popular agencies in the American government. But under the leadership of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, on-time delivery has plummeted, wreaking havoc on both individuals and businesses. President Biden must get rid of DeJoy and replace him with someone who can undo the damage to the Post Office. The president is not allowed to simply fire the postmaster general, who is appointed by the USPS board of governors. (This would be a good opportunity to modernize the Post Office, which is badly needed.)
Biden agrees with Obama that the Senate filibuster is a 'Jim Crow relic' and says it's being 'abused in a gigantic way'
President Biden said he agreed with former President Obama that the filibuster is a "Jim Crow relic." Biden inched closer to endorsing efforts to abolish the rule requiring 60 votes to pass legislation. Democrats don't have the required 50 "yes" votes to abolish the rule in Senate. Biden said the filibuster is being "abused in a gigantic way" and again threw his support behind reverting to a "talking filibuster," which would make it more challenging for senators to block legislation. While a majority of Democratic senators have coalesced around ending the Senate filibuster in recent months, the party doesn't have 50 "yes" votes to abolish the rule.
OPD: Officer deployed taser following 3-car crash
A chaotic scene unfolded near 192nd and West Dodge Thursday afternoon. Omaha police said an officer had to deploy a taser on one man who was darting in and out of traffic. AdvertisementAccording to police, the man was attempting to get into other cars. It is not clear what led up to this. Stay with KETV NewsWatch 7 for updates on this developing story.
Almost 500,000 COVID Infections May Have Been Prevented with a National Water Shutoff Moratorium
WASHINGTON - Almost half a million COVID infections could have been prevented last year if there had been a national moratorium on water service shutoffs, according to new research from Cornell University and the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch. The findings also show that during the same period, from mid-April through the end of 2020, 9,000 COVID deaths could have been prevented with a robust moratorium on water shutoffs. The study found that states that had instituted policies to prevent water shutoffs reduced the growth rates for COVID infections and deaths. By June, 34 states had imposed either a full or partial moratorium on water shutoffs, protecting nearly 247 million people. This total included 75 million people of color and 2.6 million households in the lowest income quintile, which are the households most at risk of having their service shut off.
Amnesty International USA, Representative Jayapal, Partners Advocate for Passage of Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act
WASHINGTON - Yesterday afternoon, as President Biden gave the first press conference of his term where he touched on key immigration issues, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) held a virtual discussion on the reintroduction of the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), a trans asylum-seeker and activist, and experts from the National Immigrant Justice Center, Detention Watch Network and the Women’s Refugee Commission. The conversation detailed the importance of this legislation — including how it would eliminate mandatory detention, end the use of private detention facilities, stop family detention, prohibit solitary confinement and increase oversight accountability and transparency when it comes to the entire Department of Homeland Security — and called on President Biden and Congress to make its passage, along with transforming our current immigration detention system, a priority. “It’s taking the profit motive out of immigration enforcement. It’s ensuring that far fewer people actually end up in detention in the first place. Amnesty International USA experts are available for interviews on this topic.
Civil Society Groups Call on Biden to Provide Immediate Sanctions Relief and Legal Reform
"The health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic go well beyond the virus itself. However, before the pandemic, US sanctions were already responsible for detrimental economic and humanitarian outcomes across the globe. "The regular US use of economic sanctions has had a devastating humanitarian impact on communities, with women and girls often the hardest hit. By raising food and fuel prices, weakening water infrastructure, and making medical equipment and care harder to access, economic sanctions only deepen these burdens," said Yifat Susskind, Executive Director of MADRE. In the longer term, the administration should comply with international law and basic moral standards and stop implementing unilateral economic sanctions.”###
Georgia Voter Suppression Law Will Move Us Backwards
Brian Kemp signed an omnibus bill into law Thursday night that will make sweeping changes to the state’s election procedures, making it significantly harder to vote following record turnout in the 2020 elections. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is among the co-counsel representing FairFight Action in FairFight Action v. Raffensperger, a broad case addressing many existing deficiencies in Georgia’s electoral system on behalf of Georgia voters. CLC will continue to fight on behalf of Georgia voters, even as new burdens have been imposed. “Georgia’s voter suppression law is democracy in reverse,” said Caleb Jackson, legal counsel, voting rights at Campaign Legal Center (CLC). Georgia’s legislative push is part of a nationwide backlash responding to the multi-racial coalition that voted in record numbers in 2020.
Want the Rich to Pay Their Fair Share? Don't Call It a Tax
), who, by dubbing her recent proposal to levy a tax on the wealthy a "wealth tax" and naming her bill the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act, may have doomed it. The word "tax." Conservatives long ago attached a bevy of negative connotations to the word "tax." The word "tax," then, carries heavy baggage. This is despite the nationwide popularity among voters of requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share.
For the Right and Corporate Media, Border Is 'Political Crisis,' Not Humanitarian Emergency
The right has declared a crisis, and national corporate media have largely followed suit. But as Mayorkas made the rounds on the Sunday shows, the hosts stuck to a script based on GOP talking points that emphasized whether the administration’s messaging was driving a border crisis. But it’s more than that: It’s a political crisis for the new president, with no easy way out. And defining the border situation as a “political crisis” is their way of adopting right-wing talking points that aim at denting Biden’s high approval ratings, rather than at addressing a humanitarian emergency. Indeed, corporate media seem eager for ratings-boosting controversy and crisis.
Virtually No One in US Is Dangerous Enough to Justify Jail
Sandra Mayson and Megan Stevenson offer a cost-benefit analysis of pretrial detention. To explain the study, let’s return to the legal justification for pretrial detention (or unaffordable bail). If pretrial detention is justified when it produces a net social benefit, it should be exceedingly uncommon. We conducted a survey asking people to compare the harms of crime and incarceration directly, imagining themselves as both crime victim and jail detainee. If jail is as harmful as our respondents judged it to be, only a very high probability of averting serious crime can justify pretrial detention.
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America Is Now in the Hands of the Vaccine-Hesitant
It’s often said that more people would get their flu shots if they only grasped the toll of the disease. When it nears a big, round number—10,000, or 100,000, or 200,000, or 400,000, or half a million—front-page headlines follow. Get a COVID-19 vaccine, and you can hug your parents: No other vaccination has this perk. “We know that a lot of people are saying ‘I want to get it, but I don’t want to be first in line.’ Does that count as vaccine-hesitant? Of course, another problem should be considered here: It’s one thing to say you want to get vaccinated, and another thing to do it.
Should The Government Pay People To Get Vaccinated? Some Economists Think So
Some Economists Think SoEnlarge this image toggle caption LM Otero/AP LM Otero/APBeating back the pandemic may come down to simple math: getting enough people vaccinated. With such wariness about COVID-19 vaccines, should the government then pay people to get vaccinated? Here's how his idea works: Everyone who gets vaccinated would be eligible for a $1,000 payment from the federal government. After Litan wrote about paying Americans to get vaccinated, the idea got backing from former Democratic presidential candidates - John Delaney and Andrew Yang. "I think the level of anger in the country will go up extraordinarily high if we had mandates," he says.
Housing discrimination on the basis of race persists. Undercover research is latest to prove it
We know that housing discrimination contributes significantly to the racial and ethnic wealth gaps in our country. As per Demos, “median Black wealth would grow $17,113 and the wealth gap between Black and white households would shrink 16%. Much of the theft was legal, if sickeningly immoral, at the time the reverse Robin Hoods of real estate were doing the actual stealing. Housing discrimination goes beyond the walls of housing.” Carr added: “This investigation didn’t target any one real estate company, it targeted an entire real estate sector. Housing discrimination is exacerbating racial and economic segregation.”As Carr notes, this goes beyond housing.
White Only Bill Signing Ceremony in Georgia
Black Lawmaker Arrested as White Only Crowd Watches Georgia Governor Sign Voter Suppression Law. Six White Georgia lawmakers stood behind GOP Gov. Brian Kemp Thursday night as he signed a sweeping voter suppression law. Despite all of this evidence, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says with a straight face that Republicans are not passing voter suppression laws. Try telling that to the Black Georgia legislator who got put in handcuffs and jail for daring to knock on the door of the White Only bill signing ceremony at the Georgia state Capitol.
Saving Ourselves, not the Earth
Earth Day's Bumpy EvolutionStop saying we need to “Save the Planet”. We cannot save the Earth because the Earth is not our’s for saving. When climate deniers hear you say it is about the Earth, or some other (to them) abstract ideals, they easily dismiss your arguments. Earth Day has been co-opted by corporate America and the world business community as a Marketing opportunity where they can green-wash their enterprise. Natural capital is the materials of the Earth we mine from the soils and harvest from the oceans to build and create almost all things.
Agreed … Not Every Citizen Should Be Allowed To Vote
A few weeks ago, John Kavanagh, a Republican legislator who chairs Arizona’s Government and Elections Committee, made waves when he said voting really shouldn’t be for everyone. “Democrats value as many people as possible voting, and they’re willing to risk fraud. Republicans are more concerned about fraud, so we don’t mind putting security measures in that won’t let everybody vote — but everybody shouldn’t be voting … Not everybody wants to vote, and if somebody is uninterested in voting, that probably means that they’re totally uninformed on the issues. Quantity is important, but we have to look at the quality of votes, as well.”Kavanagh may be onto something …“everybody shouldn’t be voting.” He’s right, but for the wrong reason. I have long been in favor of some type of national civics test before allowing someone to exercise his or her right to vote.
Jim Crow on steroids -- the lasting legacy of Chief Justice John Roberts
A little over seven years ago, on June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court effectively gutted the Voting Rights Act (VRA) by ruling that a key provision of the act — section 4(b) - was unconstitutional. Passed in 1965, the Act, of course, was intended to protect the voting rights which are guaranteed in the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. Given this progress, he suggested, the “extraordinary measures” utilized by a key provision of the Voting Rights Act were no longer permissible. Seven years on from this landmark decision, it seems readily apparent that the Chief Justice was wrong. In short, Mr. Chief Justice – and with apologizes to Bob Dylan, the times are definitely not a-changin.
One of these things is not like the others…
Having said all that, the events of the last few days changed things. Many of you may remember the great Sesame Street song, “One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others.”Incongruously, I thought of that song as I watched, and then read, the coverage of yet another mass shooting in America, this time in Boulder, Colorado. I read that the shooter wrecked his deadly havoc using an AR-15 “pistol.” Actually, his weapon of choice was a “Ruger AR-556 pistol,” a “pistol” version of Ruger’s AR-556 rifle, which is the company’s take on the AR-15. In the waning days of the Trump administration, that agency opened a comment period to talk about better defining what makes a pistol a pistol. With regard to the gun issue, at least, the Sesame Street folks got one thing wrong – the second line, “One of these things just doesn’t belong.” For our purposes today, it needs to modified (grammar be damned):NONE OF THESE THINGS JUST DOESN’T BELONG!
Watch Stacey Abrams put the long, long fight for voting access in context in less than two minutes
#gapol — Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) March 25, 2021x In my 11 years in the legislature, I never saw a bill approved at such speed. — Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) March 25, 2021Abrams explains that in her more than decade of experience, she’s never seen a bill approved so quickly. — Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) March 25, 2021Then, Abrams describes these efforts to suppress voting rights as “nothing less than Jim Crow 2.0” which just about sums it up perfectly. x The Republican who is sitting in Stacey Abrams’ chair just signed a despicable voter suppression bill into law to take Georgia back to Jim Crow. The Senate must pass the #ForThePeople Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Act immediately – our democracy is at stake tonight.
Pennsylvania Republican introduces GRINCH Act to protect Dr. Seuss from evil government bureaucrats
“The GRINCH Act will prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding bureaucrats’ attempts to censor children’s literature and determine what our kids are permitted to read,” added Dr. Joyce. Dr. Seuss didn’t teach me much, but he taught me that. For instance, I can’t find Fruit Stripe gum anywhere. Where the fuck is my Fruit Stripe gum, Republicans? I CHEWED FRUIT STRIPE GUM AS A CHILD.
Conservative columnist excoriates the irresponsibility of the MSM at the Biden Press Conference
But she nailed the Biden press conference as a waste of time even as he excelled irrespective of their Fox News style questioning. Rubin called the Press Conference perfectly. They never laid a glove on Biden; they did, however, make a case for why these events are an utter waste of the president’s time." - The Washington Post After weeks of whining, the White House press corps got its first official Biden presidential news conference on Thursday. They never laid a glove on Biden; they did, however, make the case for why these events are an utter waste of the president’s time.
The Lincoln Project's actual financial report just came out. Makes some reporters look kinda foolish
This is the full report —…There is a lot in that report — a lot. The average ad was 30K production costs. 81 percent of that is costs of money raising, advertising, production costs (mostly advertising). Now — about those two firms above — Summit and Tusk — they were indeed paid 49.7 million dollars — but guess what — almost all the advertising and production costs — they paid! 7 million of the 9 million production costs they paid —37 million of the advertising costs — were paid by them.
Gov. Kemp signed Georgia voter-suppression law under a portrait of a brutal Southern plantation
Today, the Callaway Plantation is a 56-acre historic site where -- as the ExploreGeorgia website cheerily notes -- tourists can get "a glimpse into the by-gone era of working plantations in the agricultural South." — Will Bunch Sign Up For My Newsletter (@Will_Bunch) March 26, 2021x 6. In her account, she notes that... — Will Bunch Sign Up For My Newsletter (@Will_Bunch) March 26, 2021x 8. Visitors today to the Callaway Plantation say this legacy of inhumanity is downplayed. — Will Bunch Sign Up For My Newsletter (@Will_Bunch) March 26, 2021x 10.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: The press conference showcased a competent and confident president
Biden Isn’t Talking for a ReasonYes, he wants to avoid making a gaffe, but he also doesn’t want to be an in-your-face president. Overlooked is that Biden and his team are also making a strategic bet. Limiting his exposure to the press and, by extension, the public isn’t simply a defensive ploy to avoid an embarrassing gaffe. After all, Americans just had a president who entered their life and refused to leave, who gripped the megaphone and wouldn’t let go. “People aren’t beating down the door and saying, ‘Why isn’t he in my living room every day?
Separation Barrier strangles al-Walajah
The Separation Barrier in al-WalajahThe route of the Separation Barrier in the area, which runs entirely in the West Bank, has been changed a number of times over the years. Dani Tirza, former head of the Separation Barrier planning committee, which supports change in the Barrier's route. Effect of the Barrier on al-WalajahThe Separation Barrier has already caused great damage to the village, and greater damage is anticipated if the Barrier is completed in the area. The construction work on the Separation Barrier has badly damaged the agricultural terraces. The Separation Barrier, running adjacent to the villagers' houses, chokes any possibility of development in the village.
After a Year Under Lockdown, Will Our Freedoms Survive the Tyranny of COVID-19?
It remains to be seen, however, whether our freedoms will survive the tyranny of the government's heavy-handed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The war on drugs turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with SWAT teams and militarized police. The war on terror turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with warrantless surveillance and indefinite detention. The war on immigration turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with roving government agents demanding "papers, please." Next Page 1 | 2(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).
The Urgent Need for a Biden-Putin Summit
From Reader Supported NewsLast week's outbreak of rhetorical hostilities between the White House and the Kremlin has heightened the urgent need for a summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. "Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy," Biden said when he spoke at the State Department in early February. But it's now clear that much more is needed from Biden than just willingness to sit down with Putin. Yet it was genuine diplomatic dialogue at the highest levels of government and it decreased the chances of nuclear annihilation. But President Biden is not showing that he has the wisdom to seek it.
The dark future that our pro-capitalist cultural hegemony is leading us towards
If we just make some modifications, they say, "crony capitalism" will end and the world's trends towards dystopia will be reversed. The video wasn't even packaged in a way that suggested it would be an economic polemic. He then delivered an impassioned but deeply strange monologue where he said that the real capitalism is "full-body contact violence at a corporate level so we can create prosperity and progress." There's a dark undertone to this campaign to steer the masses away from class consciousness, one that's hinted at by how these proponents of the "but it wasn't real capitalism!" When you see the kind of future that our pro-capitalist cultural hegemony is leading us towards, communism-even Maher's ridiculously grim caricature of communism-doesn't look so bad.
Biden and Blinken Unprovoked Attacks on Russia and China Backfire Because if You Live in a Glass House
A controlled approach to dealing with Russia and China was supposed to serve as the anchor of Biden's new national security policy formulation. Normally, the National Security Strategy is produced through an interagency process that takes several months to complete. The issuance of this interim guidance underscores the sense of urgency that exists within the Biden administration regarding the optics, vice reality, of change. The interim guidance set forth three major policy objectives for the Biden administration in confronting both Russia and China. In the span of less than 48 hours, the Biden administration managed to undermine all three objectives.
Making Big Tech Pay News Outlets Won’t Help Save Independent Journalism
Wedding an old media business model to a new media disinformation engine won’t foster a better future for journalists and the people they serve. Wedding an old media business model to a new media disinformation engine won’t foster a better future for journalists and the people they serve. The U.S. bill is similar to Australia’s “bargaining code,” which forces large tech companies and Australian media outlets together to negotiate payments for links. But journalism has gotten lost in the exchange: These digital advertising platforms don’t need to employ reporters or bundle news content to reach their intended audiences. We can save journalism by a structural shift of the news economy in this direction, and not by laws that prop up a media model that no longer functions.
Senator Demands Postal Board Fire DeJoy Over 'Pathetic 10-Year Plan to Weaken USPS'
Postal Service Board of Governors immediately fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over his newly unveiled 10-year strategy for the mail agency, a plan that includes reductions in Post Office hours, slower first-class delivery, and higher postage prices. "Failure to remove PMG DeJoy will confirm my worst fears about each member of this Board of Governors. My letter to the USPS Board of Governors can be summarized in two words: Fire DeJoy. We need a postmaster general who will protect and strengthen the Postal Service, not sabotage it." "It is time to remove all governors and start over with a board vested with the expertise and acumen this nation needs in its Postal Service leadership."
Thousands of Immigrants Granted Temporary Legal Status Could End Up Trapped
President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are working to rescue immigrants who’ve been living in the U.S. for decades under a “temporary” legal status. If so, TPS holders are able to apply for another work permit (with its attendant $500 fee). Meanwhile, TPS holders from different countries organized to protect themselves, ultimately forming the National TPS Alliance and spurring a lawsuit against the Trump administration. Nearly half of TPS holders surveyed scored as “highly distressed” — twice the rate of unauthorized immigrants. Citizenship Act in the Senate, said that he’ll be “exploring ways” to ensure relief for Venezuelan TPS holders.
Biden Opened Temporary Legal Status to Thousands of Immigrants. Here’s How They Could End Up Trapped.
President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are working to rescue immigrants who’ve been living in the U.S. for decades under a “temporary” legal status. If so, TPS holders are able to apply for another work permit (with its attendant $500 fee). Meanwhile, TPS holders from different countries organized to protect themselves, ultimately forming the National TPS Alliance and spurring a lawsuit against the Trump administration. Nearly half of TPS holders surveyed scored as “highly distressed” — twice the rate of unauthorized immigrants. Citizenship Act in the Senate, said that he’ll be “exploring ways” to ensure relief for Venezuelan TPS holders.
Senator Demands Firing of Postmaster General Over 10-Year Plan to Weaken USPS
Postal Service Board of Governors immediately fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over his newly unveiled 10-year strategy for the mail agency, a plan that includes reductions in Post Office hours, slower first-class delivery, and higher postage prices. “Failure to remove PMG DeJoy will confirm my worst fears about each member of this Board of Governors. Namely, that you are unwilling to admit error and thus incapable of fixing a grave mistake.”My letter to the USPS Board of Governors can be summarized in two words: Fire DeJoy. “Louis DeJoy, a top campaign contributor of Donald Trump, is the worst postmaster general in American history,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted earlier this week in response to the new proposal. We need a postmaster general who will protect and strengthen the Postal Service, not sabotage it.”Because President Joe Biden does not have the authority to remove DeJoy himself, dozens of House Democrats are urging Biden to replace every sitting member of the postal board with officials who support ousting the postmaster general.
Georgia Republicans Just Passed a Law to Make It Easier to Overturn Elections
Over the past 10 days, Georgia Republicans rushed a voter suppression omnibus bill that will make it much easier for the state legislature to overturn elections in the future. The bill removes the Georgia secretary of state as the head of the state election board and directs the legislature to appoint the board’s leader. “This is extraordinarily dangerous,” Sara Tindall Ghazal, former election protection director for the Georgia Democratic Party, told Mother Jones. “Republicans are brazenly trying to seize local and state election authority in an unprecedented power grab,” former Georgia state representative and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams told The New York Times. Now that they’ve passed a sweeping bill in Georgia, Republicans are likely emboldened to seek similar changes elsewhere.
Opinion | Republican Efforts to Restrict Voting
To the Editor:Re “Georgia Republicans Pass Broad Curbs on Ballot Access” (front page, March 26):A critical pillar of democracy is rule by the majority, which is determined by elections. That evening the second battle occurred when the great majority of Republican legislators in Congress voted to not accept the valid results of the presidential election. They have now initiated a third battle by attempting to pass voting procedures that would disenfranchise certain voters in order to enshrine Republican minority rule. Democrats must use every available tool they can muster to win this third battle by passing a strong voting rights bill if our democracy is to survive. Bruce ShamesNew YorkTo the Editor:There are indelible images out of my state of Georgia — Gov.
Opinion | Andrew Cuomo’s drip, drip, drip of scandals keeps dripping
Trump, on the other hand, fed coronavirus panic, at one point even suggesting injections of bleach as a cure for the disease. No word, alas, on whether the cop cars needed to use their sirens to hurry the process along. As he lapped up the adulation of the public, New York racked up the second-highest per capita death toll from the disease in the country. One reason Trump was elected was because many Americans had become so cynical as to believe all politicians were venal and dishonest. You can’t combat Donald Trump with a poor man’s version of him and expect to come out ahead.
Opinion | How a California recall could backfire for conservatives intent on ousting Newsom
ADThe Looney Tunes scenario for conservative recall organizers would see voters opting to oust Newsom, but then choosing to replace him with an even more progressive Democrat. Then again, a recall ballot pits Newsom against himself, not a Republican certain to lose on an adjacent line. ADIt’s the second half of the recall ballot that should concern Newsom’s foes. ADEnter the recall organizers’ biggest nightmare: an up-and-coming, progressive replacement for Newsom from the California legislature. That’s quite the political discourtesy, as Newsom last year tapped Steyer to lead his economic recovery task force.
Scalise blasts Big Tech, social media execs over censorship: 'These aren't mistakes'
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise slammed social media executives, including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, for censorship "mistakes" and "abuses", primarily against conservative accounts. Scalise, R-La., grilled Dorsey Thursday on the company's decision to block an October New York Post article about President Biden's son, Hunter Biden. BIG TECH CRACKDOWNS 'AS TERRIFYING AS THE GOVERNMENT ARRESTING YOU', AUTHOR ABIGAIL SHRIER SAYSSTEVE SCALISE: Look, so we saw bipartisan frustration and anger with tech CEOs and the way they’re abusing their platforms, the way they’re hiding behind Section 230 of the law that gives them immunity from prosecution... It seems like conservatives are being targeted more by some of these social media platforms and Twitter’s probably had the worst abuses on this. I mean they just took Marjorie Taylor Greene off of Twitter last week for probably 12 hours and they said it was a mistake.
Biden selects former Obama Justice aide as U.S. Marshals chief
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Friday nominated a former senior Justice Department official from the administration of President Barack Obama to head the U.S. Marshal Service. The White House said Biden was nominating Ronald Davis, a former California police chief and Justice Department official, to serve as Marshal Service director. Subsequently, Obama named Davis to serve as executive director of a Presidential task force on 21st Century Policing. Before joining Obama’s Justice Department, Davis had served for over eight years as police chief of East Palo Alto, California and for 20 years as a member of the Oakland, California police department.
All 23 Democratic governors sign letter condemning anti-Asian hate, violence
All 23 Democratic governors have signed on, as well as the governor of the territory of Guam. The letter was released the same day as the Stop AAPI Hate virtual day of action. "Today, and every day, we stand in solidarity, in support, and in shared resolve with the Asian American community," the letter states. "What is happening to Asian Americans is simply un-American," the letter says. According to Stop AAPI Hate, nearly 3,800 hate incidents against Asians and Asian Americans have been recorded in the past year of the pandemic.
El Partido de las Familias Obreras busca presionar a quienes votaron contra la 'Ley Para la Gente'
“Los políticos deberían trabajar para la gente, no para los donantes ricos. Además reconocer el aporte de la comunidad latina que ayudó a cambiar el estado de Arizona al color púrpura,” aseguró en entrevista Noemí Luján Pérez, consultora de comunicación del Partido de las Familias Obreras. Esta organización lanzó una agresiva campaña publicitaria contra el Representante Republicano Dave Schweikert (AZ-O6) quien votó contra la aprobación de la “Ley Para la Gente” y que estará despachando en sus oficinas los próximos días, tras una pausa legislativa. “Los votantes de Arizona tienen que saber lo que hacen sus representantes en Washington y presionarlos para que realmente sirvan a los intereses de la comunidad”, señaló Luján Pérez. “Todos los que creen que los estadounidenses merecen una verdadera democracia deberían apoyar esta ley”.
Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
The company argues that Fox News, a network that features several pro-Trump personalities, pushed the false claims to explain away the former president’s loss. Attorneys for Dominion said Fox News’ behavior differs greatly from that of other media outlets that reported on the claims. Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. One employee, Eric Coomer, told the AP he had to go into hiding over death threats because of the false claims. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA, also sued Fox News over election claims for a similar sum of money.
Nurses battle COVID-19, conspiracy theories from patients: ‘It just feels so defeating’ (LIVE UPDATES)
Then there were the patients who claimed the virus was fake or coughed in her face, ignoring mask rules. One man stormed out of the hospital after a positive COVID-19 test, refusing to believe it was accurate. “You have patients that are literally dying, and then you have patients that are denying the disease,” she said. Doctors in Afghanistan reported patients telling them COVID-19 was created by the U.S. and China to reduce the world population. He resigned from the hospital’s board of directors Tuesday, citing his disappointment with the “reprimands” handed down to CEO George Miller and COO Dr. Anosh Ahmed, for the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination scandal.
Democrats seek government records in Capitol riot probe: ‘We have to find the truth’
The House panels join Senate committees that are also looking into the insurrection. The Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Senate Rules Committee have already held two hearings with security officials about what went wrong as the rioters broke into the Capitol and sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives. The security officials, including from the Capitol Police and the Department of Defense, have pointed fingers at each other as they described violent attacks on overwhelmed police officers and desperate pleas for backup.
Nolan Out Loud: Frank Beckmann signs off
Frank is a solid conservative whose intellect and wit keep his audience informed and entertained. Brewing a crisisThe left cheered when President Joe Biden wiped away Donald Trump's structure for slowing illegal crossings of the southern border. Two months later, the border is at the breaking point, with caravans of asylum seekers pushing to get into the United States. Driven by Biden's implied promise of an open border, many migrants are paying shady human traffickers to transport them north. Twitter: @NolanFinleyDNSign up for the Nolan Out Loud morning report at
Detroit News wins public service award in Michigan press competition
The Detroit NewsThe Detroit News' 2020 investigation into the overtaxing of Detroit homeowners after the Great Recession won the newspaper the Michigan Press Association's Public Service Award. "Detroit homeowners overtaxed $600 million," by Christine MacDonald and freelancer Mark Betancourt took first place in the category. Detroit News staffers also earned several of the association's awards in various categories. ?Honorable mention — Frank Donnelly for “Unimaginable pain: Coronavirus robs Michigan woman of whole family” in the feature story category. Eighty-three Michigan newspapers and individual members of the press association submitted more than 2,700 entries for the competition.
Oral Roberts' Cinderella run is a feelgood tale. Its anti-LGBTQ legacy is anything but
There may be no better example of why the NCAA men’s basketball tournament holds a nation of 330 million people in its thrall for three weeks every year than Oral Roberts University. ORAL ROBERTS IS HEADED TO THE #Sweet16 FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1974 ????@ORUMBB | #MarchMadness — NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 2021On Saturday night, Oral Roberts will try to chop down yet another former national champion when they face third-seeded Arkansas in the South Regional semi-finals. But what should be the feelgood story of March Madness has been overshadowed in the run-up by Oral Roberts’ troubling history of homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination and alleged practice of conversion therapy. Except that Oral Roberts is one of a growing number of US colleges and universities to apply for and receive a religious exemption to Title IX that effectively sanctions its discrimination. The NCAA has "Equality" written on its courts and it is allowing at least one school (Oral Roberts) that explicitly prohibits homosexuality from participating in its tournaments.
Joe Biden is giving left parties the world over a masterclass in how to use power
You may not have noticed, because he is not nearly as in-your-face as his predecessor, but Joe Biden is currently teaching a lesson to left and centre-left parties around the world. Two-thirds into its first 100 days, and the Biden presidency has easily secured the right to be described as radical. The true radical is not the fiery deliverer of revolutionary speeches or writer of maximalist manifestos. The true radical is the one who wins power and uses it for good. Biden has achieved more in two months than those who like to trumpet their radicalism manage in a lifetime.
Driver incredibly survives after boulder crushes his car in Pakistan, killing his three passengers
A driver in Pakistan has escaped death by mere inches after his brand new car was crushed by a landslide of large boulders. Rashid Iqbal, 46, was driving three passengers in his new Suzuki when a one tonne boulder suddenly crushed the car, killing his three companions. Rashid Iqbal, 46, was driving three passengers in his new Suzuki when the a one tonne boulder suddenly crushed the car. He was the sole survivorA one tonne boulder fell directly on Iqbal's new car, crushing it and killing the three passengers who were with him. Iqbal was driving three passengers in his brand new Suzuki when the sudden landslide crushed the car.
Get Rid Of Cash Bail In Hawaii - Honolulu Civil Beat
Compounding the tragedy is the reality that Hawaii’s bail system reflects the larger racial injustices of our society. It should take that opportunity and pass Senate Bill 1260, which would eliminate the use of cash bail for certain low-level, nonviolent offenses. Contact Key Lawmakers House Finance Chair Sylvia Lukerepluke@capitol.hawaii.gov808-586-6200House Speaker Scott Saikirepsaiki@capitol.hawaii.gov808-586-6100The federal government has eliminated the use of cash bail. In 2020, the state Department of Public Safety reported that it costs $219 per day to house an inmate in Hawaii. Even if it begins to eliminate cash bail, Hawaii will continue to have massive problems in its criminal justice system including aging facilities, overcrowding and too little focus on rehabilitation rather than incarceration.
Republicans openly embrace their racism in Trump's absence
"Cheating" — like "fraud" — is one of those Trumpian code words to smear Black voters and imply there's something inherently illegitimate about people of color having the franchise. — Ben O'Keefe (he/him) (@benjaminokeefe) March 26, 2021It might be hard to accept that Georgia Republicans, in the year 2021, would be actively trying to draw comparisons to segregationists and white supremacists of old. A holiday honoring Forrest started in 1969 and a bust of his head was erected in the state capitol in the 1970s. Advertisement:There is, of course, the usual lip-smacking from Forrest defenders about how this isn't racism but "preserving history." Republican politicians believe a little more shameless racism is what gets their base motivated and activated, and frankly, they are likely correct in this belief.
Apple Hosts Apps Run by China Paramilitary Group Accused of Uyghur Genocide
Apple’s App Store has been distributing more than a dozen apps created by a Chinese organization sanctioned by the U.S. for human rights abuses against Muslim minorities in China’s Xinjiang region, The Information has learned. The apps, which provide news, offer information about government services and help small businesses manage orders for e-commerce, ride hailing and home repairs, were created by various units of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, a paramilitary organization in charge of the region’s economy and security. Several Western governments and human rights groups have accused the Corps and the regional government of detaining and physically abusing or sterilizing up to 2 million Uyghurs, the ethnically Turkic residents of northwestern China. Chinese officials have repeatedly denied the allegations.
China defends itself on human rights by pointing to history of slavery in US
In the wake of international backlash for reported human rights abuses in the Xinjiang province, Chinese officials are attempting to reverse the blame by shining a light on slavery. “Here is another picture of cotton fields in China’s Xinjiang where more than 70 percent of the cotton is picked with machines. There is never ‘forced labor’ in picking cotton in Xinjiang.”“Some are bent on linking [job opportunity] with forced labor and oppression because they have been doing this themselves for hundreds of years in history,” she continued. A top Chinese diplomat criticized the US during a contentious US-China summit in Alaska, saying “there are many problems within the United States regarding human rights,” and called Black Lives Matter a “deep-seated” issue. The highlighting of slavery in the US pass comes after the US, along with other western countries, imposed fresh sanctions on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over-reported human rights violations committed against the Uighurs.
Opinion | What do Canada’s Conservatives need to do to win?
A good platform will accordingly be scrubbed of anything with potential to annoy or worry nervous swing voters. The biggest problem with this theory, however, is that it fails to provide an adequate explanation for why Trudeau himself won. Trudeau, after all, was elected in spite of holding a number of policy positions that were broadly unpopular with the Canadian public. This included promises to run multiple deficits, end bombing raids against the Islamic State and increase Canada’s intake of Syrian refugees. Indeed, I would challenge any Canadian to offer a coherent explanation of what Trudeau was elected to do — as opposed to who he was elected to be.
Opinion | Today’s geyser of federal spending should have people thinking of the Connecticut Yankee
“If the Treasury were to fill old bottles with banknotes, bury them at suitable depths in disused coalmines . and leave it to private enterprise on well-tried principles of laissez-faire to dig the notes up again . Let us suppose further that everyone is convinced that this is a unique event which will never be repeated.”But why would they think that today? Even in pre-pandemic normality, 72 percent of the federal budget was transfer payments. We conclude that, under a paper-money system, a determined government can always generate higher spending and hence positive inflation.”Perhaps this explains current government policy.
Opinion | A scorching reply to Georgia’s vile new voting law unmasks a big GOP lie
Georgia Republicans just passed a far-reaching voter suppression law that is shockingly blatant in its efforts to restrict voting. Voter suppression on steroidsMost conspicuously, the new law bars third-party groups from sharing food and water with people waiting in voting lines. ADLet’s stress this: It is empirically inescapable that there is already grounds for “confidence” in Georgia elections. All across the country, Republicans are escalating voter suppression efforts, fake-justified by the lie that the election was stolen from Trump. ADBut in Georgia, GOP officials actually did tell them the truth — yet GOP lawmakers are pursuing these voter suppression efforts anyway.
Why former President Barack Obama picked Joe Biden as his VP in 2008: 'We couldn't have been more different'
In his memoir, "A Promised Land," he details the qualities that led him to choose current President Joe Biden as his running mate in his 2008 campaign. They were both Democratic senators, but other than that, Obama writes, "we couldn't have been more different." Obama is supremely disciplined in all his public communications, whereas Biden, Obama observes, is a "man without inhibitions, happy to share whatever popped into his head." Obama and Kaine were good friends, had similar resumes, and, Obama writes, similar temperaments. As he got to know Biden, Obama discovered qualities he knew made Biden the right choice — and they are qualities that everyone should consider when choosing someone to be on your team:
'Can’t take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (Reuters) - After losing her husband, two young sons and her home, Noor Banu thought she had seen the worst of life. Now she fears she has lost another son to the massive blaze that ripped through the Cox’s Bazar camps, reducing tarpaulin and bamboo shelters to ash. “I can’t take this pain any more,” Banu said, breaking into sobs as she spoke to Reuters inside a temporary shelter on Friday. SEARCHINGBanu is one of around a million Rohingya refugees living at the camps. Myanmar denies most Rohingya citizenship and considers them interlopers from Bangladesh even though they have lived in Myanmar for decades.
Supreme Court 'Seizure' Ruling Set To Allow More Police Excessive Force Lawsuits To Move Forward
(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court is siding with a New Mexico woman who was shot by police as she drove away from them, in a case that will allow more excessive force lawsuits against police to go forward. She claimed they used excessive force, making the shooting an unreasonable seizure under the Fourth Amendment. A lower court ruled for officers and dismissed the case; an appeals court agreed. On the majority’s account, a Fourth Amendment ‘seizure’ takes place whenever an officer ‘merely touches’ a suspect. Justice Amy Coney Barrett had not yet joined the court when the case was heard on Oct. 14 and did not participate in the decision.
Take it from us mayors: Here’s how the COVID-19 relief law helps Fort Worth, Dallas
But even as the spread of the virus slows, we know that people in our cities are still ailing. Our cities boast incredible restaurants, but they have toiled in uncertainty, and so have their workers. And vibrant and growing neighborhoods such as Dallas’ Deep Ellum and Fort Worth’s Near Southside have been effectively bottled up during the last year. Through these challenges, the people of Dallas and Fort Worth have proved they are strong and resilient. Story continuesIn addition, although we don’t oversee school districts, we know how important safe learning environments are to our cities.
Biden's First Press Conference in Under a Minute
But at his first press conference as president this afternoon, Cecilia Vega of ABC News politely nailed him to the wall on a key failure of his border policy. In evading this reality throughout the press conference, Biden resorted to a haze of misrepresentations, and inadvertently exposed the senselessness of his own policy. Reports suggest that most family units are now getting into the United States. Second, it’s not clear why this stated policy of returning family units wouldn’t, on Biden’s terms, be just as immoral as returning minors. He said that the reason even more family units aren’t being returned is that Mexico can’t take more of them.
What Ron DeSantis should know about the whitewashing of American history | Editorial
Knowing history does not mean erasing it, like the San Francisco Board of Education did in voting to strike famous names, including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, from 44 of its schools. That is as extreme as anything Trump and DeSantis have advocated. The board blames Lincoln for allowing 38 Native Americans to be hanged for attacking whites, never mind that he spared more than 200 on account of weak evidence. More than any other man of his time, Washington built the nation and pioneered a responsible presidency. Feinstein’s “crime” is as trivial as allowing a vandalized Confederate flag to be replaced while she was mayor long ago.
Suburban Denver gun store owner says Boulder shooting suspect passed a state background check before buying gun
Associated Press writers Jim Anderson in Denver, Patty Nieberg in Boulder, Bernard Condon in New York, Michael Balsamo and Colleen Long in Washington and AP staff members from around the U.S. contributed to this report. Nieberg is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.
Opinion: Ohio seniors may lose freedom to choose type of care
Our local providers empower individuals who choose safe, dignified, independent living to be able to receive the care they deserve from the safety of their home. Our local providers also offer more cost-effective care when compared to other alternatives. While in-home care may not be the answer for everyone, it should be accessible to those who choose to receive care at home. The state of Ohio needs to invest in home and community-based services now, or Ohioans may lose the freedom to choose how and where they receive care as they age. Ohioans need viable alternatives to congregate care facilities, as well as a system that can support safe transitions out of institutional care.
Opinion: Killing filibuster means 'scorched earth' Senate
That was the current Democratic leader, Senator (Chuck) Schumer, in April of 2017, less than four years ago. Now under pressure from the outside, many of our Democratic colleagues are abandoning their stated principles as fast as possible. And when our Republican majority stood on principle and refused to wreck the rules, our Democratic colleagues happily used the filibuster themselves. In just a few years and a few Supreme Court vacancies later, many of our Democratic colleagues said publicly that they did. Less than two months ago, two of our Democratic colleagues said they mean it, too.
Columbus council member Priscilla Tyson withdraws from November election, will retire Dec. 31
Columbus City Councilwoman Priscilla Tyson, whose name is already on the November ballot seeking reelection to another four-year term, announced Friday that she is withdrawing from the race. "I will not be seeking another term on Columbus City Council and retiring from office on December 31, 2021," Tyson said in a written statement released by the council. Her departure will mark the end of a 14-year council presence, making her the longest-serving woman to ever serve on the Columbus City Council. "As a lifelong resident of Columbus, I was honored to join Columbus City Council in January of 2007," Tyson said in the statement. The five are also the same nominating committee for Hardin and Council member Mitchell Brown, who ran on a slate with Tyson.
Privacy or rehabilitation? How criminal records are treated in Japan
Thanks to 2017 amendments to the nation’s data privacy statute, criminal records are now a category of personal data subject to restrictions on collection. Judgments in criminal cases that are published are anonymized, and it can be actionable defamation to disclose a person’s criminal past, even if is factually true. Indeed, one of the fascinating things about criminal records in Japan is that they are administered through systems having almost no statutory foundation. It is generally not possible to get criminal background checks in Japan and it can be actionable defamation to disclose a person’s criminal past. The great concern for privacy of criminal records that long predates its enshrinement in data privacy rules seems enlightened and magnanimous.
When The Powerful Say Lies Are The Truth, No One Will Stop It But You
In short, it’s a story about Democrats aiming to seize massive power over how elections are run. Of course, you wouldn’t get any of that information from The New York Times headline or copy. If that means chucking the filibuster and bipartisanship, so be it.”There’s virtually zero skepticism in their reporting. And every single day we are subjected to more base lies disguised as lofty truths. Men are women, women are men, and pregnant women make great professional soldiers.
A carbon tax can help forge consensus between government and industry on climate policy
Opponents of carbon pricing argue that the “social cost of carbon” is a malleable concept driven largely by regulators’ assumptions and political considerations. ADVERTISEMENTUnfortunately, Congress appears determined to expand the regulatory status quo rather than consider a carbon tax. And unlike the distorting effects of regulation, a carbon tax would give companies the flexibility to develop their own cost-effective strategies for achieving GHG mitigation. To ensure a carbon tax is imposed equitably, it must apply to all GHG-emitting industries, including agriculture. A carbon tax promises to accelerate this trend without penalizing particular industries.
The richest 1 percent dodge taxes on more than one-fifth of their income, study shows
And they say that these estimates probably understate the true extent of tax evasion at the top of the income spectrum. But the new study finds that even the IRS’s standard corrections underestimate the true extent of tax evasion among the rich. ADThe study also uncovered evidence of widespread underreporting of income among proprietors of pass-through businesses, whose revenue are taxed on their owners’ returns. Taxpayers in the bottom half of the income spectrum evade taxes on around 7 percent of their income. Those staffing cuts have, in turn, driven a sharp drop in audit rates, especially for wealthy taxpayers.
Opinion | Biden’s news conference shows why he needs Trump
ADADFor now, asked about migrants at the border, Biden blames Trump: For cutting foreign aid to Central America. Trump” or “President Trump.” He felt no need to use an honorific. Trump called into Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show Thursday night to respond to Biden’s news conference. “If we leave, we’re going to do so in a safe and orderly way,” Biden said. But Biden will soon be forced to decide about those Trump tariffs and what additional steps he will take about those human rights abuses.
Trump CDC chief: Coronavirus ‘escaped’ from Chinese lab
But many experts say they cannot completely rule out the possibility that the virus escaped from a lab, although they consider such a scenario unlikely. are among the chief proponents of the lab theory. Redfield stressed Friday that his assessment of the origins of the virus was “not implying any intentionality” on the part of the Chinese government. Most of us in the lab are trying to grow virus. We try to help make it grow better and better and better and better and better and better, so we can do experiments and figure out about it.
Schumer lays out Senate's next top legislative priorities
Previously, no choice bill had even cleared a legislative committee. When students leave public schools with an ESA, the cost to educate them leaves as well. But what about the more general concern that choice programs would hurt public schools? Indeed, the study found that the greater the choice and competition, the greater the increase in the public schools’ performance. In fact, both the students who participate and the children who remain in public school stand to benefit.
Dems, GOP clash over Senate voting rights bill
Those who make this case seem to love sounding like erudite constitutional scholars steeped in the grandeur of American history, and they purport to be pluralists worrying about minority rights. That is because under simple-majority voting rules, the majority of the country’s population does not necessarily rule the Senate. All of the Republicans plus Manchin (the Democrat most likely to oppose progressive legislation) represent less than half the country’s population. But these figures underscore not just that the filibuster can be safely discarded without trampling minority rights. Put another way: even without the filibuster, there can be a Senate majority party whose senators represent less than half the country.
Joe Biden is right to be blunt with Russia and China but wrong on what to do next
The Biden administration has been refreshingly, and somewhat surprisingly, direct and blunt about Russia and China. China, Russia really do see us as a threatDonald Trump, with his foreign policy of randomly tossed rhetorical lightning bolts, was an exception. So, the blunt talk coming from the Biden administration has been a jolt to both Russia and China. But, in terms of the nature of Russia and China, under Putin and Xi Jinping, the Biden administration seems cleareyed enough. With European democracies regarding Russia, acting through NATO and in coordination with the European Union and Britain.
Opinion: Shut down the school-to-prison pipeline in Colorado
These law enforcement interactions catch students in a cycle of unnecessary and costly involvements with the criminal justice system. We believe schools need strong mental health services, trauma-informed approaches, and discipline codes that reflect age-appropriate discipline. More than 38,000 police tickets and arrests of K-12 students occurred within Colorado public schools from 2014-2020. Ending the school-to-prison pipeline starts with understanding the challenges our students and schools are facing. An incident on school property — like trespassing or “disorderly conduct” should be handled by the school — not by the criminal justice system.
Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, a fact that a range of election officials across the country — and even Trump’s attorney general, William Barr — have confirmed. Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. One employee, Eric Coomer, told the AP he had to go into hiding over death threats because of the false claims. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA, also sued Fox News over election claims for a similar sum of money. Unlike Dominion, Smartmatic’s participation in the 2020 election was restricted to Los Angeles County.
Minoru Yasui Day honors Oregon native who endured unjust imprisonment and fought on, declaring: ‘This shall never happen again’
From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Japanese “aliens” and Japanese American citizens had to be in their residences. Thirty-six blocks of barracks stretching three miles housed Japanese-Americans internees at the Minidoka Relocation Center during World War II. Japanese Americans had started arriving at the isolated Idaho camp when only the barbed-wire fencing had been finished. Minoru Yasui never did put his World War II experiences behind him, because he didn’t want to. • The Japanese American Museum of Oregon is co-sponsoring a Zoom event on Saturday to celebrate Minoru Yasui Day.
Opinion: Gerrymandering has disenfranchised Cincinnati voters
Cincinnati has been stuck with Republicans Steve Chabot and Brad Wenstrup for the past decade despite the fact that Cincinnatians have emphatically rejected them. And despite being significantly outspent, Jaime Castle beat Wenstrup by nearly a two-to-one margin in Cincinnati precincts. In fact, Republicans hold 12 of Ohio’s 16 congressional seats despite winning just more than half the vote. Cincinnati voters have shouted from the rooftops for the past 10 years that they want Democrats representing them. Republicans decided to choose their voters rather than letting the voters choose their representatives.
Reopening hurdles linger for schools, despite rescue funding
Teachers have pushed back at reopening plans. And some districts say state guidelines on social distancing keep them from bringing all students back at once. The money is welcome assistance for districts that have had to spend enormous sums on ventilation systems, laptops and protective equipment. With the end of the academic year approaching quickly, however, many are looking ahead to how to best spend the new money next fall. For some districts that have yet to bring large number of students back to classrooms, no amount of money can help in the near term.
Philanthropists call for more grants to aid Asian Americans
The letter comes nearly a year after Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy called on philanthropy to support an equitable response to the Coronavirus pandemic and to bear witness to the growing prejudices against Asian Americans centered on the early outbreak of Covid-19 in China. Those incidents are surely an undercount of the times Asian Americans are victimized, said Mariko Silver, president of the Henry Luce Foundation and one of the letters signers. “We need to engage long before that.”———This article was provided to The Associated Press by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The AP and the Chronicle receive support from the Lilly Endowment for coverage of philanthropy and nonprofits. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.
RTD Strong Voices: Lynn White, finding empowerment from challenge
While only a few, I simply could not fathom why these amazingly talented individuals would begrudge this one, discrete accomplishment, considering their own legacies of noteworthy achievements. Had I done something ... said anything ... that could have been misinterpreted or misperceived? Perhaps the most shocking realization of all was the fact that these frailties exist, to some degree, in all of us, and I am no exception. I began a journey toward self-awareness to examine and better understand my thoughts, feelings and motivations, with the intent to act only on the best of these. With each emerging test — pass or fail — I pierce veils of pretense to discover even more of my authentic self.
Pubs must resist vaccine passport blackmail
Still, the idea of a “papers for pints” policy must be about the worst that the Government has cooked up during the crisis, and it’s a crowded field. No doubt it is well intentioned but going for a pint or glass of wine is one of the great pleasures of British life. The creation of a police surveillance state so that you can visit the pub certainly isn’t very British. But pity the person behind the bar who has to turn people away who either can’t, or refuse to, show proof of a vaccine or a negative test. Worse, having to placate the punter who has lost his certificate, or phone if it’s all done digitally, after his fifth pint but is insistent on a sixth.
Turkish ex-police chiefs jailed for 2007 killing of journalist
Turkish ex-police chiefs jailed for 2007 killing of journalistTurkish judges on Friday handed life sentences to two former police chiefs and two top ex-security officers over the 2007 killing of a Turkish-Armenian journalist, local media reported. Seventy-six suspects were facing charges including failing to uncover the plot to kill Hrant Dink, editor-in-chief of Agos, a Turkish-Armenian bilingual newspaper.
Proposed Tenn. bill would allow students to opt out of LGBT curriculum
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee Senate panel has advanced legislation requiring school districts to alert parents of any instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity, allowing them to opt their student out of such instruction. Supporters of Senate Bill 1229 argued on Wednesday it’s needed to strengthen parental rights and rebuffed concerns that it could further alienate already marginalized students. According to the bill, school districts would have 30 days to alert parents or guardians of upcoming instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity. Families would then have the option to opt their student out of the learning without being penalized. You can read the full proposed bill below:
After crime plummeted in 2020, Baltimore will stop drug, sex prosecutions
“The era of ‘tough on crime’ prosecutors is over in Baltimore,” Mosby said. Mosby said there were 80 percent fewer arrests for drug possession in Baltimore in the past year. We want to divert people from involvement in the criminal justice system, which is not going to be helpful for their chronic problems.”ADADMosby and others said that the racial justice protests of last summer provided further momentum for the need to revamp the justice system. The criminal justice system in this country is broken and inequitable. “At a minimum, the criminal justice system needs to get out of the way and do no harm,” Krinsky said.
Book review of We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops, and Corruption by Justin Fenton
But the gripping new book “We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops, and Corruption” puts that concern to rest. But most of the cops on the task force turned out to be every bit as gangster as the drug dealers and other criminals they were pursuing. Fenton touches on the larger issues raised by the shocking activities of the Gun Trace Task Force members, but he doesn’t linger there. By the time members of the task force were taken down, they had left a long trail of damage. We Own This CityA True Storyof Crime, Cops, and CorruptionBy Justin Fenton
Opinion | I escaped the tentacles of Egypt’s dictatorship. My family did not.
In what has become a cruel hallmark of the regime, Egypt targets activists in the United States by detaining their innocent family members at home. ADADMy uncle, cousin and father are now held as hostages by Egyptian authorities. My crime was speaking out on social media about human rights conditions in the aftermath of Sissi’s rise to power. Yet Egypt’s repression found me in the United States. In a recent call with Egypt’s foreign minister, Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the centrality of human rights to U.S. interests.
A Minnesota judge erred in letting Derek Chauvin jury see evidence of George Floyd’s previous arrest - The Washington Post
ADIn the 2019 arrest, Floyd was treated by paramedics who told him his blood pressure was so high that he was at risk for a stroke or heart attack. That time, Floyd’s car was found to contain meth and fentanyl. Nelson then examined the squad car and found drugs — with Floyd’s DNA — in that vehicle as well. ADIf the issue is whether Floyd died from a drug overdose, the most probative evidence will come from expert witnesses. Still, the dramatic video of Floyd’s 2019 arrest is likely to have a profound impact on jurors.
For Brazil’s doctors, choosing who lives and who dies exacts a toll
The failure to hire more has undone expansion plans all over the country, placing more stress on already overburdened health-care workers. Researchers in one recent study found that nearly 9 out of 10 health-care workers reported being “emotionally shaken” by working conditions during the pandemic. Hospitals have run out of ventilators, hospital beds, oxygen. “It isn’t enough to put down some money and open hospital beds, find space in the hospital and put in ventilators,” he said. Everyone in his hospital — doctors, nurses, nurse technicians, physical therapists — hustled over to the intubated patients, who were suffocating.
Opinion | Why Biden Waited So Long to Throw the Press a Bone
That’s because if you’re Biden, press conference avoidance has been a winning political strategy. Biden must be asking himself: Why break a sweat running when coasting is what got you to where you always wanted to go? By limiting his direct exposure to the scrutinizing powers of pressers, Biden has followed the example of his former boss. They often include footage unavailable to the press.”With the possible exception of Kennedy, who waltzed and quipped through his press conferences, presidents seem to dread them. Like previous presidents, he’ll respond to most questions by giving the answer to the question he wished he’d been asked, not the one directed at him.
Tanzania’s ex-president Magufuli to be buried
Magufuli was replaced by Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who had announced his death. Felix Maluma, a trader in Dar es Salaam commonly referred to as ‘Machingas’ said he was shocked by the death of Magufuli. I pray that the next leader (President Samia Suluhu Hassan) gets the courage to fulfill the promises made by President Magufuli,” he said. “President Magufuli defied the world, defied science, defied common sense in his approach to COVID-19 and it finally brought him down,” said Lissu told the Associated Press last week. Magufuli had claimed last year prayers had eradicated COVID-19 from Tanzania and warned Tanzanians against the use of facemasks and vaccines.
Op-Ed: Anti-Asian attacks might have been taken more seriously if we had more Asian American DAs
Since joining the bench 10 years ago, I have seen how few Asian Americans there are in the top ranks of the legal profession. Nowhere is this more true than among the chief law enforcement officers of our cities, counties and states. In California, where Asian Americans make up about 15% of the population, there is only one Asian American among the 58 county district attorneys. It is telling that the most-cited data on anti-Asian incidents are being collected and reported by an independent nonprofit, not by law enforcement. Asian Americans, the fastest growing racial group in the United States, now make up around 6% of the U.S. population.
A year of grit and despair: For one class of immigrant students, the pandemic threatens to upend their educational dreams
Erin Clark/Globe StaffThe current struggle to retain English learners is rooted in a deep history of neglect. A Boston student's journey through the pandemic Share Email to a Friend Embed Fredy left Guatemala for Boston in 2019. Decades before he was born, an earlier generation of young immigrants went missing from Boston schools, without ever setting foot in classrooms. Throughout the spring, only about a third of Boston high school students logged in daily, according to school district data. Known for her vibrant, outgoing personality at school, Nohemy has struggled to feel connected and motivated during the pandemic.
Un año de determinación y desesperación: la pandemia amenaza con poner fin a los sueños de una clase de estudiantes inmigrantes de tener una educación
Fredy estaba decidido a no estar entre aquellos cuyos rostros dejaron de aparecer en la clase de Zoom en su pantalla. Entre los estudiantes que regresaron a BINcA en el otoño, la asistencia fue más fuerte que en la primavera. Para que los profesores pudieran enseñar tanto a los estudiantes en el aula como a los que seguían aprendiendo en casa, ambos grupos de estudiantes tendrían que entrar en Zoom. Pero en la escuela en la era de la covid, “ni siquiera se te acercan los maestros”, dijo Nohemy. Se sentía más como una escuela real, en la que los profesores podían centrarse únicamente en los alumnos del aula.
Redistricting commission should be nonpartisan. So, why did it hire a political operative?
Nelson Morganopinion contributorThe Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has just made a decision that is, in the most charitable assessment we can possibly make, extremely odd. The commission, comprising two Democrats, two Republicans and one independent, has recently been working on hiring an executive director for the detailed process of redistricting. While the commission itself has the responsibility of developing district maps, the executive director position is where the rubber meets the road. He has had no experience with state procurement and no experience with redistricting. On the new 2021 IRC website, the “Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Legal Overview,” July 8, 2011, is posted.
Readers respond: Teachers’ union is hurting students
Leslie Bienen and Kim McGair are correct that 3 feet between students, not 6, is needed to get more students into the classroom (“Opinion: State’s school reopening guidance still keeps too many students at home,” March 17). As they pointed out, studies have shown no significant difference in COVID-19 case rates in schools that mandated 3 feet and those that mandated 6 feet. What they don’t mention is the elephant in the room: the teachers’ union. Portland teachers and the teachers’ union have long enjoyed strong support from the community. The teachers’ union is failing the students.
Readers respond: Brown earned low rating
The negative view of Kate Brown has reached an all-time high (“Oregonians’ negative view of Gov. Kate Brown hits all-time high, residents favor gun restrictions, landlord relief, police use of tear gas, poll finds,” March 18). That’s not shocking given how badly Brown has mismanaged the distribution and appointment processes for COVID-19 vaccinations. Brown politicized the process from the beginning by kowtowing to the Oregon Education Association and by establishing the 27-member Oregon Vaccine Advisory Committee that served only one real purpose – catering to interest groups. Is it any wonder that Brown no longer has credibility with the overwhelming majority of Oregonians?
Reparations for Bias, Slavery Gains Momentum
Reparations – financial amends for discrimination and slavery – is among the most controversial of social programs sought by progressives. Providence, R.I.Asheville, N.C.Iowa City, IowaGeorgetown and Brown universitiesthe Episcopal Churchthe Jesuit orderCongress is once again debating a federal reparations study, an idea stagnant for decades. Practical discussion of reparation programs started taking off after last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Debates range from how much the history of slavery is worth to whether reparations are paid to individuals or communities to is there such a thing as payments for historical ill-worth. Opponents have included Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah) and former football star Herschel Walker, a Donald Trump supporter, who argued that reparations are divisive.
Florida’s about to foolishly and permanently gut its affordable housing fund | Editorial
But their solution to paying for it — by normalizing the practice of taking money from a fund set up exclusively for housing — is no solution at all. Affordable housing isn’t just a moral imperative. It fuels the economy through construction, creates thousands of jobs and lifts families out of poverty by allowing them to build long-term wealth by owning a home. And it makes Florida a more attractive location for businesses that don’t want their workers living in squalor. It’s a sound investment.
Judges can't detain suspects just because they can't pay bail, California high court rules
The court’s ruling allows cash bail, so long as defendants can afford it. The justices adopted the same argument that state lawmakers used in passing the 2018 law ending cash bail, and that is driving new proposed legislation that would set bail at $0 for misdemeanors and low-level felonies. While it considered the case, the high court in August took the extraordinary step of requiring California judges to follow a lower court ruling and set bail amounts based on what suspects can afford to pay. If the suspect can’t afford bail, judges can consider alternatives like releasing them on their own recognizance, potentially with restrictions like ankle monitors. Previously, judges set bail based on suspects’ criminal records and pending charges.
Mass shootings and gun violence, and other top Opinion reads this week
For your weekend reading, we've started in-case-you-missed-it compilations of some of the week's top USA TODAY Opinion pieces. By Ed Stetzer"In what has been called a Cinderella story, Oral Roberts University has made the Sweet Sixteen in NCAA March Madness. However, some in the crowd have been cheering for them to be banned rather than for them to win. By Gabrielle Giffords"The Boulder attack was among at least seven mass shooting in the past seven days, according to CNN, which defines a mass shooting as resulting in four or more casualties (dead or wounded) excluding the shooter. And on Monday, a mass shooting devastated Colorado, a state that has borne far too many gun violence tragedies."
Biden’s news conference did not make big news but was revealing for other reasons
The president has one of the most ambitious agendas of any president in the last half century: pandemic, economy, climate, infrastructure, immigration, voting rights. “Look, I know Mitch well,” he said. But what I know I have now is I have electoral support from Republican voters.”Biden could be overly confident about his command of things. And he was firm as he spoke about the great challenge of the era, the competition between democracy and autocracy. Now his plate is full, with the other priorities for which he has long planned and with newer issues he cannot ignore.
Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
“Fox sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process. Attorneys for Dominion said Fox News’ behavior differs greatly from that of other media outlets that reported on the claims. Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA, also sued Fox News over election claims. Dominion lawyers said they have not yet filed lawsuits against specific media personalities at Fox News but the door remains open.
How Biden benefits by being measured against Trump standards
The reason: After fewer than 100 days in office, Biden is still being compared, explicitly and implicitly, to his predecessor. Georgia passes sweeping law placing restrictions on votingAlso at yesterday’s news conference, Biden assailed GOP-sponsored legislation across the country that would curb voting rights and access. The focal point of that effort is voting rights, where Democrats are advancing a sweeping bill that also addresses campaign finance, government ethics and gerrymandering. He also put forward criteria for a narrower voting rights bill on Thursday, which activists still found encouraging, but also emphasized finding bipartisan agreement, which is unlikely. POLITICO gets seven GOP senators on the record saying they’ve spoken to Biden recently and he remains mentally sharp.
NO FUE REAL: Una mirada a lo que no sucedió esta semana
La oficina de Comunicación informó que ese día se registró un fuerte viento que provocó que el presidente perdiera el equilibrio. Esta no es la primera vez que detractores de Biden insinúan que la salud mental del mandatario no es la adecuada. Mientras que una mujer transgénero es una persona que nació hombre pero su identidad de género es mujer. Sin embargo, en Twitter diversos usuarios han asegurado incorrectamente que el intercambio de palabras entre los reporteros y el mandatario no ocurrió y que el video es falso. Otros usuarios han compartido la grabación ralentizada para resaltar el detalle de que un micrófono gris se ve borroso y que esto “demuestra” que es falso y que el video fue editado.
Dominion Voting sues Fox News for $1.6 billion over false 2020 election claims
Still, some Fox News employees elevated false claims that Dominion had changed votes through algorithms in voting machines created in Venezuela to rig elections for the late dictator Hugo Chavez. The company argues that Fox News, a network that features several pro-Trump personalities, pushed the false claims to explain away the former president’s election loss. Attorneys for Dominion said Fox News’ behavior differs greatly from that of other media outlets that reported on the claims. AdvertisementA rival technology company, Smartmatic USA, also sued Fox News over election claims. Some at Fox News knew the claims were false, but their comments were drowned out, lawyers said.
As schools went remote, many students stopped attending
ShareWhen classrooms went virtual, nationwide as many as 1 and 4 English learners have left their classes. ( Shelby Lum/Globe Staff )
Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing the cable news giant falsely claimed in an effort to boost faltering ratings that the voting company had rigged the 2020 election. “Fox sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process. Attorneys for Dominion said Fox News’ behavior differs greatly from that of other media outlets that reported on the claims. Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA, also sued Fox News over election claims.
Nanda: Allow international lawsuits against corporations to stop human rights abuses everywhere
Should corporations be held liable for their human rights violations that occur abroad? When their subsidiaries commit human rights violations in countries with weak legal systems or inadequate human rights legislation, the victims are unable to obtain justice in their local courts. Under earlier cases, victims of human rights abuses committed abroad by subsidiaries of American corporations are generally denied access to remedies here. Equally important, there is a growing trend of nations’ courts recognizing corporate liability for human rights violations occurring abroad. In view of the current trend of holding corporations liable for violations of human rights abroad, corporations are undertaking measures to prevent such violations, at long last.
Dominion Voting sues Fox News for $1.6 billion over 2020 election claims
WASHINGTON — Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing the cable news giant falsely claimed in an effort to boost faltering ratings that the voting company had rigged the 2020 election. “Fox sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process. Attorneys for Dominion said Fox News’ behavior differs greatly from that of other media outlets that reported on the claims. Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA, also sued Fox News over election claims.
‘The truth matters,’ states $1.6B lawsuit against Fox News
In a Sept. 16, 2019, file photo, a Dominion Voting Systems voting machine is seen in Atlanta. Dominion said in the lawsuit that it tried repeatedly to set the record straight but was ignored by Fox News. The company argues that Fox News, a network that features several pro-Trump personalities, pushed the false claims to explain away the former president’s loss. Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA, also sued Fox News over election claims.
Column: Biden oblivious to irony over autocracy at his own news conference
To their credit a few reporters tried to nail him down on when he’d allow journalists into the detention centers where the lost children are kept. Biden said he’d be transparent when he was ready, meaning he’d let them in when it was all cleaned up. They seemed satisfied.
Noah Feldman: Trump’s election lawyer throws him under the bus
Sidney Powell, one of Donald Trump’s former lawyers, is being sued by Dominion Voting Systems for defamation. The brief points out that Powell’s statements were made as part of Trump’s post-election campaign to overturn the result. It was, Powell’s lawyers are saying, all rhetoric and opinion all the time, and reasonable people knew it. Lots of Democrats think the Republicans who believe the election was stolen aren’t being reasonable. Presumably the people who unreasonably believe the election was stolen really do believe that elections can be stolen as a matter of fact.
Duxbury football’s anti-Semitic play calls: Massachusetts State House push for Holocaust, genocide education
The Duxbury football players using anti-Semitic terms for their play calls is yet more proof that Massachusetts schools need to require Holocaust and genocide education, lawmakers told the Herald. Two proposed pieces of legislation would address genocide education in Massachusetts schools, and one of them would mandate all students receive these lessons before they can graduate high school. The anti-Semitic play calls in Duxbury — including players saying the word “Auschwitz” — happened during a game earlier this month. The Herald learned that the use of anti-Semitic language by Duxbury players has been going on for multiple years. “As a Jew who lost family at Auschwitz, a daughter of a WWII veteran, I find the news about the Duxbury football team and their use of anti-semitic language appalling,” Spilka tweeted after reports emerged of the Duxbury incident.
Photos: Scenes of the destruction left by deadly tornadoes in South
While some errors on your tax returns are honest mistakes that can be corrected, your efforts to game the system or get more of a return may t…
Not done yet: Do working women aged 50 plus have an expiry date?
You're over 50 and you've just lost your job, thanks to the pandemic. This is many women's worst fear in a world where sexist and ageist attitudes still dominate the workplace. Annette Young talks to American executive coach and author, Bonnie Marcus, whose latest book entitled "Not Done Yet!" AdvertisingAlso much fury over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision to pull Turkey out of the first binding international treaty to prevent violence against women. Plus how the world of competitive sports treats pregnant women with one Italian volleyball player going public in her battle against discrimination.
Trump: Rioters in deadly Capitol insurrection posed ‘zero threat’
Former President Donald Trump falsely claimed Thursday that his supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 posed “zero threat” — despite the fact that five people died as a result of the violent insurrection, including a Capitol Police officer. “It was zero threat. Right from the start, it was zero threat,” Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “Look, they went in — they shouldn’t have done it — some of them went in, and they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards, you know? They had great relationships.
Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
Colleen LongAssociated PressWASHINGTON - Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing the cable news giant falsely claimed in an effort to boost faltering ratings that the voting company had rigged the 2020 election. Some Fox News on-air reporting segments have debunked some of the claims targeting Dominion. Attorneys for Dominion said Fox News' behavior differs greatly from that of other media outlets that reported on the claims. More:Dominion Voting Systems files $1.3B defamation suit against ex-Trump lawyer Sidney PowellThough Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA, also sued Fox News over election claims.
Asian American students have a target on their backs thanks to critical race theory
The ugly truth about critical race theory is that it inevitably seeks to fight racial hierarchies by instituting new forms of racial hierarchies. County school officials set out to correct the supposedly problematic over-representation of Asian American students at TJ by watering down the strict admission standards. Discrimination is never justAsian American students in 2021 are experiencing the same type of discrimination and bigotry that Jewish American students faced a century ago. In recent months, we’ve seen similar moves to marginalize Asian American students at schools in New York City, Boston, and Washington state, where one district decided Asians no longer qualify as people of color. Education officials in Virginia and elsewhere should get the message that the Asian American community will not stand by meekly while our children are marginalized.
Covid-19 live updates U.N. says global vaccine deliveries delayed due to virus surge in India
Urgent financing is needed for lower-income countries to reverse some of the worst economic effects of the pandemic, according to a new report from the United Nations. The global coronavirus outbreak caused the world economy to suffer its worst recession in 90 years, the report says, and plunged 120 million people back into extreme poverty. The devastation is sharpening global inequality and widening “the already yawning disparities … within and between countries and peoples,” the U.N. said in a statement accompanying the report. “Only immediate action can prevent a lost decade for development for many countries,” it said. First, nations should reject “vaccine nationalism” and contribute more to a U.N.-backed global initiative to equitably distribute coronavirus vaccines.
Tina Ramirez: Critical race theory divides families – what this mom with a biracial child wants you to know
Advocates of critical race theory have gone too far. The radical ideology these teachers are pushing, known as critical race theory, essentially establishes a new metric for human value, one rooted in Marxism. Critical race theory teaches our children to treat people differently based on their external characteristics. Silencing dissent, as critical race theory advocates are doing, is no different than the brainwashing methods of ISIS and every other authoritarian regime in history. While Virginia’s schools shame parents who oppose critical race theory, dividing families and communities, leaders such as Gov.
Dominion Voting sues Fox News for $1.6 billion over 2020 election claims
Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing the cable news giant falsely claimed in an effort to boost faltering ratings that the voting company had rigged the 2020 election. The company argues that Fox News, a network that features several pro-Trump personalities, pushed the false claims to explain away the former president's loss. Attorneys for Dominion said Fox News' behavior differs greatly from that of other media outlets that reported on the claims. Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA, also sued Fox News over election claims.
Opinion: One of the most important trials America has ever seen is about to start
(CNN) We have a jury in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with the May 2020 killing of George Floyd. Now we stand on the precipice of one of the most important trials this country has ever seen. While there is no way to predict how the Chauvin jury ultimately will decide, to this point the pretrial criminal justice process has held up well. As it turns out, the Chauvin jury is actually substantially more racially diverse than the population of Hennepin County itself. As discussed above, Minnesota prosecutors have charged Chauvin with various second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
Dominion Voting Sues Fox News For $1.6 Billion Over 2020 Election Claims
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing the cable news giant falsely claimed in an effort to boost faltering ratings that the voting company had rigged the 2020 election. There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, a fact that a range of election officials across the country — and even Trump’s attorney general, William Barr — have confirmed. Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA, also sued Fox News over election claims. Unlike Dominion, Smartmatic’s participation in the 2020 election was restricted to Los Angeles County.
Opinion: What happens to gun laws after a mass shooting? Republican states loosen regulations
We then compared gun laws before and after mass shootings in states where mass shootings occurred, relative to all other states. As impressive as this 15% increase in gun bills may sound, gun legislation can reduce gun violence only if it becomes law. In fact, we found the opposite; Republican state legislatures pass significantly more gun laws that loosen restrictions on firearms after mass shootings. California, for example, enacted several new gun laws following a 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino. This was first published by The Conversation — “Gun control fails quickly in Congress after each mass shooting, but states often act – including to loosen gun laws“
Joe Biden's first press conference answers at least one question: Mastio & Lawrence
When is the best time to have your first press conference? David: For Republicans looking for a fall-down-on-the-floor laughing gaffe from a befuddled and overwhelmed 78-year-old president, that press conference was a disaster. This press conference, an impressive display of lessons learned over a lifetime in politics and government, will not end it. That’s another reason that this press conference will be regarded as a success in displaying Biden’s got all his faculties, but failed at advancing Democrats’ agenda. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Biden press conference addresses filibuster, 2024 & immigration crisis
Gun laws a victim of legislative inertia
Again we are witness to the stunning, calculated inertia of our leaders in the face of violence against our own citizens. The flagrant disregard of facts and common-sense principles while hiding in plain sight behind self-aggrandizing misdirections and false choices is transparent yet effective. Or when violence was turned against the Republicans themselves at a baseball game. By all accounts, common-sense gun-safety measures and a ban on assault weapons are both widely popular views. Is there an opportunity for a Brexit-like national referendum to force lawmakers to take action?
Janey and Menino’s common path
Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey began her formal education at the New School for Children, one of three community schools I ran in Dorchester and Roxbury in the early 1970s. In my instance, I moved from running these community schools to being a professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where Tom Menino was one of my students. Perhaps Janey will follow Menino’s path and move from acting mayor to being an elected mayor. Janey is Boston’s first Black and first woman mayor. Menino’s legacy has been made.
Facing discrimination in vocational schools
The concern around discriminatory admissions outcomes at Massachusetts’ vocational high schools is justified ( “Voc-tech schools’ admissions criticized,” Page A1, March 18). This problematic policy outcome is one aspect of a larger debate: Should voc-tech schools prepare students for college or train non-college-bound students for a high-demand trade? In addition to admissions reform, the state needs to drastically expand investment in the vocational programs available at traditional high schools. Success has increased demandYour March 18 article about the inequities in admissions to Massachusetts vocational schools is on target. It may seem simplistic, but the answer to the admissions issue at Massachusetts vocational schools is to create more slots.
When will we declare victory over COVID-19?
Will we declare victory over COVID-19? “Unless you’ve completely eradicated a disease, you’re always at risk for having an outbreak,” said Stanford infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Yvonne Maldonado. In the U.S., there has been a declining trend of infectious disease. We don’t yet know how durable our COVID-19 vaccines will be. That’s because the COVID-19 vaccines are better than flu vaccines, and can be promptly modified.
Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
Colleen LongAssociated PressWashington — Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing the cable news giant falsely claimed in an effort to boost faltering ratings that the voting company had rigged the 2020 election. The company argues that Fox News, a network that features several pro-Trump personalities, pushed the false claims to explain away the former president's loss. Attorneys for Dominion said Fox News’ behavior differs greatly from that of other media outlets that reported on the claims. Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA, also sued Fox News over election claims.
Opinion: A better approach to civics education
Amy CurranGuest columnistMost recognize Oklahoma needs to improve civics education in our schools to combat a lack of knowledge about and participation in our government. Mandating this test, however well-intentioned, is not an evidence-based approach to preparing students for informed civic participation. Just like students learn science by doing experiments in labs, not by just memorizing the periodic table, students must learn civics by doing civics. Studies have found students who receive this type of robust civics education score highest on civic assessments. Amy Curran is Oklahoma executive director of Generation Citizen, and the Oklahoma Civic Learning Coalition.
Opinion: A bipartisan bid to save childhood
But, let us state that our own childhood memories — and the five kids we have between us — are why we wholeheartedly support Oklahoma House Bill 2565. The measure promoting reasonable childhood independence just passed the House by a vote of 91-1. Rep. Caldwell: “Both my parents worked, so I was a typical latchkey kid. Let’s let kids be kids again. Rep. Caldwell is a fourth-term Republican representing Enid.
RTD Strong Voices: Vilma Seymour, on a kindred spirit in perseverance
I met Mirna in 2017 when she joined a dropout prevention program that my advocacy group, LULAC, had implemented at Huguenot High School. The Standards of Learning tests were particularly hard for Mirna: She took an English SOL nine times before she passed it. During one of our study sessions, Mirna shared that she had only completed fifth grade back home in Guatemala. I think about how I see myself reflected in Mirna — and how for both us, education has powered our dreams. Now I see Mirna spreading the message of the importance of pursuing an education to others who sit where she sat.
Don't be fooled: Covid won't be cured by a panacea
It was called theriac, and it also cured epilepsy, indigestion, heart trouble and swellings and fevers of all kinds. This is why recent tests of vitamin D as an immune-boosting treatment for Covid, for example, were worth a shot. Initially promising tests in animals have led to ivermectin being administered as a prophylactic with indiscriminate optimism in some countries. Such versatility doesn’t amount to a panacea, but shows that it is possible for a single drug to hit multiple targets. That’s really the whole basis of vaccines, for instance: they allow the immune system to develop defences against specific pathogens by presenting it in advance with some innocuous form of the rogue agent.
Turkey Erdogan: Women rise up over withdrawal from Istanbul Convention
Opponents of the convention have complained it encourages divorce and undermines traditional family values. They find it especially problematic that signatories have to protect victims from discrimination regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Their worry is that this single clause may lead to gay marriage.
Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
Voting Company Lawsuit Fox News FILE- In this Sept. 16, 2019, file photo, a Dominion Voting Systems voting machine is seen in Atlanta. “Fox sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process. Attorneys for Dominion said Fox News’ behavior differs greatly from that of other media outlets that reported on the claims. Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA, also sued Fox News over election claims.
FBI Stats Show Knives Kill Far More People Than Rifles In America – It’s Not Even Close
Recent shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, and Boulder, Colorado, are driving a renewed push to ban “assault-style” rifles like the AR-15 — but according to FBI data, far more murders are committed with handguns, knives or even hands and feet. (RELATED: FBI Stats Show Knives Kill Far More People Than Rifles In America – It’s Not Even Close)Handguns were listed as the primary weapon in 6,368 cases, and shotguns accounted for another 200. There were 45 cases that named “other gun” as the weapon, and 3,281 cases in which the type of firearm was not specified. Knives or other “cutting tools” accounted for another 1,476 homicides — about three times the number killed by rifles. Throughout 2020, some argued that mass shootings in inner cities were a result of the stress and lockdowns of the coronavirus pandemic.
Note to Mitch McConnell: The Senate’s longest filibuster was definitely racist
In any case, both the longest single-speaker filibuster and the longest multiple-speaker filibuster in U.S. history were launched to stop the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1964, respectively, according to the Senate Historical Office. ADADAnd though not remembered as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1957 was a big deal. It was the first federal civil rights legislation in nearly 90 years, and it established a civil rights division at the Justice Department, among other measures meant to support Black Americans’ right to vote. By the time Strom Thurmond entered the Senate in 1956, he was already known nationally as a staunch segregationist. To prove this, he then read aloud every single states’ voting rights laws – all 48 of them, starting with Alabama.
Just how severe will America's minority rule become?
Those who make this case seem to love sounding like erudite constitutional scholars steeped in the grandeur of American history, and they purport to be pluralists worrying about minority rights. In the modern era, the structure of the Senate has often turned the upper chamber into a place that does not merely respect minority rights – it has actually allowed the minority to rule, regardless of the status of the filibuster. All of the Republicans plus Manchin (the Democrat most likely to oppose progressive legislation) represent less than half the country’s population. But these figures underscore not just that the filibuster can be safely discarded without trampling minority rights. By contrast, when Republicans like Thune depict the filibuster as a noble bulwark protecting “minority rights”, he is not talking about protecting a minority of the population.
Moving Hawaii Beyond The Pandemic - Honolulu Civil Beat
If anything, the pandemic in Hawaii has heightened our awareness of movements both within our communities and outside. Deep Structural ProblemsThe pandemic has taught us what we knew already. The pandemic tells us loudly to invest in businesses and industries that support the resilience and sustainability of our community. Just like managing the pandemic, this is all about the movement and sharing of assets within and across our community and from outside. We need flexible, adaptable, accessible incubator spaces and to remove the institutional walls, silos, and barriers to growth and development.
Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
FILE- In this Sept. 16, 2019, file photo, a Dominion Voting Systems voting machine is seen in Atlanta. There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, a fact that a range of election officials across the country — and even Trump’s attorney general, William Barr — have confirmed. Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA , also sued Fox News over election claims. Unlike Dominion, Smartmatic’s participation in the 2020 election was restricted to Los Angeles County.
Rep. Young Kim: Bipartisan stand needed against hate crimes that target Asian Americans
It also undermines the millions of Asian Americans contributing to our country each day. As immigrants and Asian Americans, this is deeply embedded in who we are. The fact that I and so many other members of the AAPI community are serving in Congress is proof of how far we have come. Supporting the AAPI community and combating hate and violence are bipartisan priorities. Asian American issues are American issues, and I look forward to continuing to bring my perspective as a member of the AAPI community and proud American to the national dialogue.
Lights, cameras and Zoom preaching: How I kept my church connected during a year of COVID
We proclaimed early in the pandemic that while the building is closed, church is still open, and that while our faith may be worth dying for, in-person church services are not. Surviving and thriving in the pandemicIn a few short weeks in March 2020, we bought ring lights, cameras, special microphones, and mastered the art of preaching on Zoom. We conducted funerals, weddings and baby dedications on Zoom, surprising ourselves at how intimate and sacred the rites still felt. Attendance at our worship services is 50% higher than it was pre-COVID. We have had 15 people officially join my church as members; none of them have ever been in our church building.
What the ‘Invisible’ People Cleaning the Subway Want Riders to Know
Cleaning the New York City subway has always been a dirty job. The thousands of workers the contractors hired — largely low-income immigrants from Latin America — were envisioned as a stopgap measure, as M.T.A. employees who did the same work before the pandemic began, and many without access to health insurance. prepares to welcome more riders, the workers are pushing back, raising concerns about their safety, salaries and working conditions that they say feel like exploitation. Their complaints illustrate the challenges of keeping the sprawling subway system cleaner than ever because of public health concerns during the pandemic.
Opinion: Beulah Mae Donald's nightmare became a challenge to America
(CNN) In the evening hours of March 20, 1981, cold weather enveloped the city of Mobile, Alabama. For Beulah Mae Donald, the chill had nothing to do with her interrupted sleep. Beulah Mae Donald leaves her son's funeral. Perhaps it was a mother's intuition, or a vision from her God, but no matter the reason, Donald knew that something was wrong. Her concern only grew when she noticed that her 19-year-old son, Michael Donald, was not asleep in his bed.
Opinion: Alexi McCammond isn't the story anymore. This is
Rocky was an ornery, ancient gorilla who lived in the zoo across the street from the housing projects where we lived. I'm not saying McCammond shouldn't have a job or a platform ever again -- far from it. Condé Nast executives knew of McCammond's racist tweets long before her hire and it was not a deal-breaker for them. Kudos to the 20 staffers at Teen Vogue who challenged management about the hire and then posted their concerns on social media, clearly hoping to gain outside support. But McCammond isn't the story anymore -- what happens next is what matters most.
Mitch McConnell is wrong: The filibuster is, in fact, racist
In a recent news conference, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made a startling observation that quickly went viral. The Senate filibuster, he remarked, "has no racial history at all. Then, as now, filibusters were often used to block measures to expand Black rights and political participation. During the 1950s and the 1960s, as the nation underwent significant political transformation, segregationist senators used the filibuster hoping to stop the train of progress. The racist history of the filibuster is exactly why former President Barack Obama described it as a "Jim Crow relic."
Editorial: Court takes a giant step on bail, but more work is needed
In other words, criminal defendants can’t be kept in jail merely because they don’t have enough money to get out. AdvertisementNow that the Supreme Court has banned unaffordable bail amounts, the focus will rightly shift to the risk that accused criminals pose. But how are prosecutors and judges to determine whether a person accused of a crime is too risky to release before trial? The law, which eliminated money bail, called for risk assessment algorithms and pretrial services programs run by county probation departments. Not every accused criminal can be safely released before trial.
Column: Fight vaccine hesitancy, not line crashers. Vaccination for one is vaccination for all
As of last Friday, 100 million vaccine shots had been administered across the country. On Thursday, President Biden announced a new goal: 200 million shots by April 30. AdvertisementThe lag is big enough that, combined with the rise of variants, we may never achieve the goal of herd immunity, the inoculation of 60% to 70% of the population. It was once called “Path to Herd Immunity”; now it’s “Path to Normality.” Normality sounds promising, but without herd immunity we will still be living with a deadly contagion. And because vaccination for one is vaccination for all, instead of begrudging those who have gotten the shots, we should be supporting them.
Letters: Safe distance | Acknowledge struggle | O’Dowd’s example | Online learning option | Gray wolf protections | Fight voter restrictions | Mass shootings
“Asian Americans grieve, organize in wake of Atlanta attacks,” March 19:#StopAsianHate is the rising movement for Asians and non-Asians advocating against hate crimes toward Asian Americans. Through unity, we’re able to diminish the model minority myth and realize that minimizing Asian American struggles is harmful. I’m reaching out to our community to support Asian Americans, raise awareness, and uplift voices. Contact Joe Biden at the White House and tell him to restore ESA protection for the endangered U.S. gray wolf. Claudia ParkerSan JoseAfter COVID break,mass shootings backOne of the good things about our year of isolation was the absence of mass shootings.
Editorial: Mass shootings demand a vote on gun control
It’s time for Americans to demand a vote in Congress on meaningful gun control legislation. The mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia in the last week are only the latest of what has become a decades-long national disgrace. As of Tuesday, the United States has had 107 mass shootings in 2021, leaving 122 people dead and 325 injured. Since 2013, there have been more than 2,000 U.S. mass shootings, or roughly one per day. But the law failed to require background checks for gun purchases by private parties, commonly at gun shows or online.
‘Gigantic momentous decision’: California Supreme Court shrinks role of cash bail in jailings
“The common practice of conditioning freedom solely on whether an arrestee can afford bail is unconstitutional,” Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar wrote in the court’s opinion. The high court’s opinion is the culmination of a years-long legal challenge to California’s cash bail system brought by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and the nonprofit Civil Rights Corps. “The injustice of our bail system in this state has been devastating,” said Gina Clayton-Johnson, executive director and founder of Oakland’s Essie Justice Group. The Supreme Court’s opinion affirmed the so-called Humphrey decision by an appellate court in 2018, which was blocked until last August. Humphrey, now 66 and living in Vallejo, was released from jail following the appellate court’s ruling.
As Agassiz School is rechristened Harriet Tubman, CPS looks at how to deal with other buildings, some named after slaveholders
“The name change, if only centering on the name change, will only be cosmetic if it doesn’t improve the student experience,” Swinney said. “... We realized as an equity team, it is important we listen to those who have institutional memory, those most impacted, which include students and families and those responsible for implementation, meaning the people who work at the school.”
Letters: Parents, schools should teach children respectful communication
Letters to the EditorParents, schools can work together to teach children respectful communicationDon Denton's letter in Sunday's paper ("Want to stop rise in crime? The home also teaches a child to cope with emotions, to work out the problems of living through communication. From many years as a family therapist, I can tell you that all families don't provide enough good communication. Schools can teach children to talk out problems rather than let anger explode into violence. Please, please let our schools teach good communication.
When gambling becomes a problem: About the addiction and how to get help
'I should be dead': Gambling addicts in recovery describe how it can destroy livesAccording to Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson, prevention chief in the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Bureau of Problem Gambling, data suggests that 900,000 Ohioans are at risk of becoming problem gamblers. But you can't be on the lookout for problem gambling without understanding what it is and how it looks. Is gambling addiction mental illness? Opinion column:March Madness more than fun and games when it comes to gambling addictionWhat are signs of a gambling addiction? Call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966 or visit
Opinion: Thank the National Guard for helping hungry Ohioans during coronavirus pandemic
Lisa Hamler-FugittGuest ColumnistMany of us are undoubtedly at our limits with one-year retrospectives on the COVID-19 pandemic. More:Food banks work during COVID pandemic to feed increasing number of hungry Ohio familiesOne year ago, several hundred Ohio National Guard and Ohio Military Reserve members were deployed on a humanitarian mission at Ohio’s foodbanks. Maj. Gen. John C. Harris, Ohio’s adjutant general, has talked to national news outlets from PBS to "60 Minutes" about the mission. Throughout their time keeping food on the tables for hungry Ohioans, Guard members have even rescued a car crash victim and provided interpretation services for Spanish-speaking foodbank clients. Ohio’s bipartisan congressional delegation came together to urge an extension of the federal funding authority for the National Guard deployment on COVID-19 missions.
Moore: The fall of Chile offers warning to America
Back in the 1970s, the nation of Chile embarked on one of the boldest sets of free market economic reforms in history. The government called in the Chicago Boys, as they were called, led by Milton Friedman and other University of Chicago free market economists. The Marxists and intellectual class of Latin America always hated the free market reforms. Chile is now in economic free fall. The left is saying, don’t worry, this compulsion is going to help the working class.
China sanctions Britons after UK joins EU move on Xinjiang
“For a lengthy period of time, the U.S., U.K and others have felt free to say whatever they like without allowing others to do the same," Hua said. Those days are over and the West will “have to gradually get used to it," Hua said. Over recent days, China has blocked already highly limited BBC broadcasts into the country and put two Canadians on trial in apparent retribution for that country's detention of an executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. China has rejected all criticism over its policies in Xinjiang, along with its crackdown on opposition figures in Hong Kong and threats against Taiwan, the self-governing island democracy China claims as its own territory. It has shrugged off U.S. sanctions against officials accused of squelching democracy in Hong Kong and angrily denounced a British plan to offer a path to residency and citizenship to millions of citizens of its former colony.
Award-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen on anti-Asian racism in the US
Award-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen on anti-Asian racism in the USPERSPECTIVE © FRANCE 24Xenophobic attacks on Asian Americans have soared in recent months. Activists say it's a result of deep-rooted anti-Asian racism that's been exacerbated by rhetoric blaming China for the Covid-19 pandemic. With Asian Americans still coming to terms with the murder of six Asian women in Atlanta last week by a white gunman, we speak to Viet Thanh Nguyen, the celebrated Vietnamese American Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. "More and more of us are being quite vocal about demanding recognition and change," he told FRANCE 24.
Why Denver's suburbs keep hosting America’s worst mass shootings
But when it comes to mass shootings that capture international attention, the Colorado capital has incurred a tragically disproportionate number. That theatre, in turn, is only 30 minutes from Columbine High School, site of the 1999 school shooting that killed 13. Most American mass shootings continue to occur in major cities, usually as a result of gang violence. Despite being only the 21st largest city in the United States, the city has been home to three of the United States’ 30 deadliest mass shootings. It’s perhaps for similar reasons of social contagion that Canada has also seen a disproportionate number of its high-profile mass shootings localized to a single city.
You're right to be confused about the number of mass shootings
According to The New York Times, mass shootings occurred twice in the past week, but then also at the rate of one a day. For example, this paper carried the news about two mass shootings in less than a week while previously another reporter wrote on the more mass shootings than days theme. Nearly half of the GVA mass shootings resulted in no fatalities, and less than one-quarter involved multiple deaths. The piece included a calendar of daily counts of mass shootings showing a few days with as many as five cases. Altogether these mass public shootings claim, on average, about 50 lives annually.
Opinion | Yes, They Defended the Capitol. But Should They Be Decorated?
It’s been striking to see how the uniform assumes a different political resonance given one’s leanings and the context. On the left, the troop presence at the Capitol is a counter to domestic terrorism. While on the right it is characterized as “overreacting” by the likes of the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell. Americans on both sides of the political divide died on Jan. 6 at the Capitol. On his right shoulder, he had what’s called a combat patch, meaning the insignia of a unit he’d served with in war.
Opinion | The Social Justice Purge at Idaho Colleges
Last month, I wrote that right-wing legislatures trying to ban critical race theory from public schools and institutions were a far more direct threat to free speech than what’s often called cancel culture. Some opponents of critical race theory responded that these bans aren’t meant to prohibit teaching about critical race theory; that they are, rather, meant to protect individuals, especially children, from coerced speech and indoctrination. “C.R.T.’s critics aren’t arguing that no one has the right to talk and write about C.R.T. is a settled and acceptable dogma,” Christine Rosen wrote in Commentary. I don’t like struggle sessions; I think critical race theory as it developed in the academy is intellectually rich, but some of the ways it’s been adapted by workplace diversity trainers and education consultants seem risible.
Opinion | How To Fix the Debate over Guns
In the first, a gunman, acting within a broader context of anti-Asian misogyny, went to three Atlanta-area massage businesses, taking the lives of eight people. Gun violence did not go away during 2020. Gun homicides jumped 25 percent from the year before, apparently fueled in part by a rise in intimate partner violence. It is also not uncommon to find victims of gun violence turning to precisely the tool of their victimization — the gun — to cope in the aftermath. Gun violence entails immediate physical trauma, but it also elicits forms of trauma that can ricochet far beyond its initial target.
Jason Rantz: Border crisis and legalizing drugs – perfect storm slams Seattle, Portland ... your town next?
This border crisis couldn’t have come at a worse time. Drugs are flooding our streets, overdoses are on the rise, and Mexican drug cartels are expanding their reach. CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTERIn a shocking decision, the Washington State Supreme Court declared a felony drug possession law unconstitutional. "I look at our efforts to combat transnational organized crime, if we think of cartels, the drug cartels. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWithout local leadership stepping up, it’s never been more important to take the border crisis seriously.
Abcarian: Joe Biden, Mr. Nice Guy, bares his teeth
President Biden speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)Sure, President Biden made some news at his very first presidential press conference on Thursday. But anyone — including his own staff — who held their breath anticipating a series of gaffes, misstatements or blunders waited in vain. “I would like elected Republican support,” Biden said in response to a question about whether he’d given up on his promise of embracing bipartisanship in the face of GOP obstructionism. Republicans for years have ducked the important work of immigration reform by claiming the border “crisis” must first be solved.
Long Island's bounty, for everyone to share
Spring is here, at last, and that means that farmers all over Long Island will soon be harvesting crops that will find their way to many of our kitchens. Other than growing your own vegetables, purchasing a membership in a Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) is the best way to invest in your health, and at the same time support Long Island's farmers, economy and environment. Here’s how it works: You pay in advance at the beginning of the season to buy a "share" in a particular farm. On Long Island, we have more than 25 CSAs, part of the 4,000 that LocalHarvest lists in its database. Here on Long Island, this type of farming is especially necessary, because it minimizes groundwater pollution, which contaminates our aquifers and our drinking water.
Lake: Biden is making America’s Afghanistan problems worse
When President Joe Biden took office, he inherited a foreign policy disaster in Afghanistan. And yet a decision to stay past May would put remaining U.S. forces at risk of renewed Taliban attacks. The wise course for Biden would have been to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan but call out the Taliban for violating the agreement and work to negotiate a more durable deal. Unfortunately, the Biden administration appears to have made a decision that gives the U.S. the worst aspects of both options. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken informed Taliban and Afghanistan government leaders that Biden believes the best course is to accelerate peace negotiations.
Editorial: Pols should be transparent about getting vaccine
Many have already hinted at or declared their intention to seek office or re-election in the 2022 midterms. When did your family get the shot? According to the Albany Times Union, Cuomo’s family and others with ties to his administration received priority COVID-19 testing last year. Cuomo’s brother, mother and at least one of his sisters were among those tested by the officials. The health department officials would travel to private residences to complete the testing.
Maskless Hoosiers, stay out of Kentucky! We're not out of the COVID woods yet
Not as long as your governor is willing to jump the gun and tell you there’s no need to wear masks in public before we’re out of the woods on this COVID-19 thing. But if you believed wearing a mask would save hundreds of thousands of lives, wouldn’t you do it? More:'No unknown soldiers': How Kentucky missed over 600 deaths from COVID-19Thankfully, there is some sanity out there. So you folks in Indy — and you need a break from all the basketball nuts who have invaded your city — you can come to Kentucky. The rest of you Hoosiers, stay out.
Voter Suppression and the Specter of a New American Apartheid
It's not far-fetched to view these efforts as signaling a desire to return to a form of American apartheid aimed at permanently instituting minority rule. It hasn't been that long since the voting franchise was affirmed through the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Acts of 1965. For African Americans, the wounds of nearly a century of voter suppression have yet to fully heal. Surely, no one who remembers or experienced those days of American apartheid would want to take us back to them. As an African American who grew up in the Jim Crow state of Missouri in the 1950s and 1960s, I remember the harsh realities of segregation and voter suppression.
The Presidential Press Conference in the Biden Era Is as Awful as Ever
Joe Biden’s first Presidential press conference, on Thursday, was one of them. For weeks, Washington clamored for a Biden press conference. Instead, the press conference quickly reminded me why I never liked them much. During his answer, I noticed that Zeke Miller, the Associated Press correspondent who had been given the first question at the press conference, was tweeting from inside the press room—about a different subject entirely, the Israeli elections. But Thursday’s press conference reminded me of why I hated these staged events in the first place.
The Return of Mass Shootings
Yet, alongside the knowledge that mass shootings had gone stood the knowledge that they would, inevitably, reëmerge. Countries that resemble ours in every way except for the availability of guns have much lower levels of gun violence and far fewer gun massacres. The way to stop mass shootings is to arm more people, such as teachers. (A “colossally stupid idea,” according to the co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.) According to the Violence Policy Center, auto-related deaths have declined over the past two decades, while gun deaths have risen.
McConnell gave progressives a playbook to reshape the judiciary
McConnell gave progressives a playbook to reshape the judiciaryAdded: 26.03.2021 8:30 | 6 views | 0 commentsDemocrats should play hardball to move courts to a more progressive place after years of a relentless rightward march.
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly Plant
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly PlantAdded: 20.08.2020 20:10 | 16 views | 0 commentsSource: myfox47.comThe chief executive of My Pillow, a Trump donor, claims oleandrin is a miracle cure for Covid-19. But no studies have shown that it is safe or effective, and the shrub it’s derived from is poisonous. More in »
The many languages of Joe Biden
The many languages of Joe BidenAdded: 25.03.2021 23:25 | 25 views | 0 commentsBiden came prepared to speak of politics and governance, politics and constituent services, politics and simple common sense.
‘The art of the possible’: Biden lays out pragmatic vision for his presidency
Added: 26.03.2021 1:18 | 19 views | 0 commentsThe distillation of the Biden governing doctrine is one that relies on basic nuts and bolts, as he suggested the country’s political system can handle only so much at once.
The Republicans' War on Voting Rights Is a Joke
The Republicans' War on Voting Rights Is a JokeAdded: 26.03.2021 2:20 | 10 views | 0 commentsRepublicans don't need substantive arguments against voting rights because they know they have the filibuster
Boulder shooting suspect will be held without bail, judge rules in first court appearance days after supermarket rampage
ADThe 21-year-old from Arvada, Colo., has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder for his alleged shooting rampage of a King Soopers grocery store. (Luis Velarde/The Washington Post)According to the criminal complaint obtained by The Washington Post, authorities confirmed the attempted first-degree murder charge comes from an alleged attack on Boulder police officer Richard Steidell. As Steidell was combing the store during the shooting, he found Talley, who “was down, and appeared to be deceased,” according to the police affidavit. Authorities found this week that Alissa purchased an AR-15-style weapon days before the shooting. The firearm would have fallen under an assault weapons ban that was recently overturned by a judge.
Evanston’s Reparations Program Is Pioneering, But Limited
Starting in the 1910s, the Great Migration rapidly expanded the Black population in the north generally and in Chicagoland in particular. By 1940, the city of Evanston had the largest suburban Black population in Illinois, at 6,026. Although the program is still in development, the first payments are being dispersed right away as part of what the city calls the Restorative Housing Program. Evanston’s Black population is about 12,000. Evanston’s reparations dovetail with another attempt to retroactively correct racial injustices.
New York Has Reached a Deal to Legalize Weed
Photo: Oksana Smith/Getty Images/EyeEmAt long last, it appears recreational marijuana will soon be legal in New York. After years of pressure from activists — and momentum in other progressive states — New York lawmakers and the embattled governor finalized a deal on the issue this morning, the New York Times reports. Given all goes accordingly, the bill could be passed as early as next week — and the sale of legal weed in the state could begin in a year. The bill would make recreational use legal for adults 21 and older and would permit personal possession of up to three ounces. Under the deal, tax revenue from the sale of legal weed will go toward public education, social-equity programs, and drug-treatment and prevention programs.
Manchin Values Bipartisanship Over Voting Rights
Photo: Michael Reynolds/EPA-EFE/Shutter/MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA-EFE/ShutterOn the national emergency facing voting rights, as on so much else, West Virginia senator Joe Manchin is in the catbird seat. Presumably, partisan voting-rights legislation — the only kind with a prayer of enactment in Congress — will make that lack of “faith and trust” even worse. And he goes on to specifically support one provision (mandating early in-person voting opportunities) that Republicans typically reject. Presumably Manchin’s early-voting endorsement means he thinks some federal preemption of state voting procedures for federal elections is appropriate. That’s the optimistic possibility Brownstein raises:The key question every time Manchin insists that an issue must be solved with Republican input.
Georgia Republicans Take Revenge on Voting Rights
Georgia voters who gave Democrats key gains in 2020 will face different rules going forward. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty ImagesRepublican Governor Brian Kemp on Thursday signed into law a measure passed by Georgia’s Republican-controlled legislature to restrict voting rights in reaction to Democratic gains there last year. Though Democrats in Atlanta and in Washington are attacking the legislation with varying degrees of heat, it could have been much worse from a voting rights perspective. That could be very much in play as Republicans deal with a likely gubernatorial race by 2018 Democratic nominee and national voting rights champion Stacey Abrams. Let’s not forget, by the way, that the new Georgia election law is precisely the sort of legislation that would have been put on hold pending Justice Department review of its impact on minority voting rights had the U.S. Supreme Court not gutted the preclearance requirements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Raffensperger: Baseless stolen election claims don't justify federal takeover with H.R. 1
We rejected a federal elections takeover when H.R. When I first took office in 2019, I moved quickly to shore up confidence in Georgia’s elections. These new laws would apply only to federal elections while state laws remain in force for state elections. Georgia’s election workers, and voters, deserve better than H.R. After the 2018 election, we saw the Democratic establishment, including the current president and vice president, attack our election workers and administrators because they did not like the outcome either.
Biden and the Senate should follow Mitch McConnell's playbook to reshape the judiciary
Democrats need to set aside visions of bipartisanship to confirm strong progressive judges who will counterbalance the GOP’s decadeslong effort to control the courts. There are huge incentives for Senate Democrats to get their judicial confirmation game in order. Right now, a quarter of the federal judiciary is made up of Trump appointees. Even the libertarian Cato Institute notes the corrosive effect on equal justice outcomes when a majority of federal judges are drawn from prosecutorial roles. Reshaping the federal judiciary in a more progressive and modern image is a monumental task, especially given McConnell's years undermining that necessary goal.
Republicans who pushed lies about Trump’s defeat will now grill tech executives on election misinformation
On Thursday, several of those House Republicans who sit on the energy and commerce committee were scheduled to grill the heads of major online platforms on election misinformation, despite themselves pushing known falsities about the vote – including #stopthesteal, a hashtag that purported the false idea that the election had been stolen from the former president. Read more:Of course, their claims were disputed by Mr Trump’s own federal government, including the Department of Homeland Security, which described the 2020 vote as the most secure election in American history. Story continuesIn one tweet, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R–SC), who sits on the committee the tech leaders were set to meet with on Thursday, said he supported Mr Trump as he “battles these elements that try to steal an election”. The lies and fallacies about the election culminated with Mr Trump’s extremist supporters attacking police and storming the US Capitol as Congress convened to certify the results of the national vote. At least five people died during the Capitol insurrection, which has spurred one of the most complex investigations in US history and led to hundreds of arrests of alleged domestic terrorists.
Hong Kong offers a masterclass in vaccine confusion
Hong Kong’s hesitant vaccination drive was dealt a fresh blow on Wednesday when officials temporarily halted BioNTech SE COVID-19 vaccinations. Officials say spoiled vials were jettisoned, and the pause is a precaution. The group argued it merely warned older residents about concerns over a vaccine that they say lacks sufficient trial data. BioNTech has been found to be 95% effective, a rate at which Hong Kong could more speedily reach herd immunity. Hong Kong’s centers on Wednesday morning had hastily printed paper closure signs, confusion, and some took early appointments anyway.
GOP Senator Seems To Threaten Biden In Bizarre Tweet With Crotch-Licking Dog
provoked harsh criticism on Thursday after he seemed to threaten to harm President Joe Biden on Twitter. On Tuesday, Biden called for a nationwide ban on assault weapons and advocated for background check reforms and broad changes to magazine capacity restrictions. As you can see, the angle of the photo makes it look as if the dog, named Baby, is licking Rounds’ crotch. — Senator Mike Rounds (@SenatorRounds) March 25, 2021Many people thought Rounds was sending a chilling message. — Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) March 25, 2021But one Twitter user pointed out what many apolitical types might be thinking.
Death is the right penalty for Tsarnaev
The death penalty has long been a contentious topic in American life. AdvertisementWhen Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was indicted for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, however, there was little ambivalence about the fate he deserved. Fully 70 percent of Americans were in favor of putting Tsarnaev to death if he was found guilty. That support extended to the Obama-Biden administration, which prosecuted Tsarnaev in federal court and insisted on seeking the death penalty. Had a single juror disagreed, Tsarnaev would not have been sentenced to death and prosecutors could not have retried him.
Messages from my mother
He does sound sorry, and says that the only thing he can suggest is that we set the phone on speaker, play back the messages, and record them ourselves. The messages from my mother, who died 12 years ago, are the only surviving recordings I have of her. AdvertisementSo one afternoon after lunch, I sit at my desk to go through my entire backlog of saved messages. Here’s a string of messages from a guy who used to harass me, and whose messages I saved in case I might one day need them as evidence. There are three messages from her, which she left me during the last months of her life, though we didn’t know that at the time.
Dallas ISD’s cell tower pilot is a worthy experiment to close the digital divide
Districts found that internet access away from school classrooms may be limited to a parent’s smartphone, simply not readily available or prohibitively expensive for some families. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas estimates that roughly 42% of Dallas households do not have high-speed internet. Many of those households have school-age children, so a remarkable number of students lose internet access when the school day ends. Enter Dallas ISD with an innovative $4.5 million pilot program to erect five cell towers to extend the district’s internet network for free to help students study at home. The district’s decision to provide internet access broadens learning opportunities for poor students, many of whom are students of color and English language learners.
Clinging to the Biden-Trump divide can warp the GOP's future in Congress
This week's faceoff between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and GOP leaders over voting rights highlights what’s at stake. This happened after Trump lost the White House despite numerous electoral advantages, a failure obscured for weeks by his falsehoods about the results. Now several post-Trump, pro-Trump GOP Senate candidates are emerging, and some Republican handicappers see problems. In the House, Republican chances could suffer in swing districts if pro-Trump extremists such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) are nominated next year. Trump's success as an out-of-office party boss may not exceed his shaky record running casinos, an ersatz university or the White House.
Six Minutes to Midnight review: Eddie Izzard’s World War Two thriller isn’t just brainless historical cosplay
Housing several of the daughters and goddaughters of Adolf Hitler’s high command, the girls’ school is the subject of the fascinating if flawed new film Six Minutes to Midnight. He finds the place operating under the courteous but withdrawn Miss Rocholl (Judi Dench), a headmistress with strong German roots. There is an inescapable modern relevance to Six Minutes to Midnight. Dench’s Miss Rocholl, meanwhile, is never asked to confront her own complicity in the rise of Hitler’s regime. Six Minutes to Midnight is far from perfect, but it at least proves that historical entertainment doesn’t automatically have to come with blinkers on.
Opinion | Biden didn’t get any questions on covid-19. That’s a compliment.
Throughout the hour-long news conference, the president himself was relaxed, well-prepared and in command of the intricacies of policy. It was no surprise those topics tended to dominate the questions Biden received. Biden was defiant in his defense of the presidential decisions that have contributed to the chaos at the border. So Biden now sounds less hopeful than he once did about the chance that Republicans on Capitol Hill will join him. It was a way of letting it be known that Biden still believes he has a lot to achieve.
Cola Wars in Mexico
Along with pox, they swig Coke or Pepsi, depending on whose store they patronize; each store sells only one brand. A few months before each election, caciques begin providing store owners with all their cola products free of charge. In turn, the customers of each store get all the cola they want for free, provided they vote for the owner’s candidate. Fox’s last job before becoming a politician was serving as president of the Coca-Cola Corporation of Mexico and Latin America. Representatives of Coca-Cola showed up at the shop and told the owner that Big Cola was making people sick.
Sorry, Anti-Zionism Still Doesn’t Equal Antisemitism
The executive order, like the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, is part of an attempt to enshrine the IHRA definition into law. A Brief History of Zionism Zionism was born out of nineteenth-century European imperialism. Although Herzl envisioned a European-style monarchy in Palestine, large sections of the Zionist movement sought to integrate Zionism and socialism. In Palestine, the Histadrut, founded in 1920 as a Jewish-only labor union, fought to replace Arab workers with Jewish workers in factories and on farms. Zionist workers organizations openly espoused reactionary politics.
If You Want Student Loan Debt Cancellation, the Time to Act Is Here
said on March 12 after the massive American Rescue Plan was passed, “[I]f you care about student debt cancellation, it is go time for you. From March 29 through April 4, debtors and our allies will be taking part in the Debt Collective’s week of action to cancel ALL student loan debt. Fortunately, Biden can cancel all federal student loan debt right now using the authority he holds from the Higher Education Act. Student loan debt is also an intergenerational issue, because now six million people between the ages of 50 – 64 and 870,000 people over the age of 65 still hold student loan debt. Student loan debt heavily impacts poorer states and regions, both rural and urban.
If the Democrats Don’t Kill the Filibuster, They’re Screwed
By preserving the filibuster, Democrats are choosing to allow Republicans to indefinitely block virtually all legislation, outside of occasional spending bills, unless they can win over ten GOP votes. In all, thirty-four Senate Democrats are at least sixty years old. In 2009, seventy-seven-year-old Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy’s death from brain cancer ended the party’s sixty-seat, filibuster-proof majority and nearly tanked Democrats’ health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act. Until Democrats eliminate the filibuster, any talk of new gun rules is meaningless and should be treated as such. The same can be said of most of Democrats’ policy agenda, including the items they’re emphasizing in Congress right now.
National Security AI Commission Recommends Ramping Up a Military Tech Race with China
“AI is the fulcrum of a broader technology competition in the world,” the NSCAI report states. Although Silicon Valley firms can (and often do) bid on lucrative Pentagon contracts for military-related AI work, they are not obligated to do so. These disparities, the report claims, have prevented the United States from moving as swiftly as China in exploiting commercial innovations for military use. Many of these measures are intended to raise the profile of military-oriented AI work and to reduce the potential stigma of working for the Department of Defense. Not everything in the final NSCAI report is framed in Cold War–like rhetoric and oriented toward a tech war with China.
To save democracy, India’s Communists ally with Congress Party
Supporters of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Left Front and Congress Party walk in a joint campaign rally for their candidates ahead of the upcoming elections in West Bengal state in Kolkata, India, March 20, 2021. | Bikas Das / APKOLKATA, India — Electoral politics in India entered a new phase in February when the Communist Party of India (Marxist) decided to form a political alliance in Bengal with the center-right Congress Party in the run-up to state elections. The CPI (M) has fought bitterly against Congress, which it has regarded as authoritarian since its inception. More than 20,000 Communist cadres were killed by Congress supporters in the decades following Indian independence. What drove the CPI (M) to join hands with its sworn political enemy?
Equal Pay Day used to push legislation against pay discrimination
Ai-jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance | Jacquelyn Martin/APWASHINGTON—Advocates, from National Domestic Workers Alliance leader Ai-jen Poo to Megan Rapinoe, the outspoken leader of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, used Equal Pay Day, March 24, to again push wide-ranging legislation against pay discrimination on the job. For working women of color, the gaps were even worse and equal paydays later. Also not mentioned, even by Rapinoe, was women must go to court, and often are turned down, in demanding equal pay for equal work. The wage gap initially rose after 1963 passage of the Equal Pay Act. The only way to achieve fair pay for care workers is…to decide it’s a priority.
Listen to Workers on COVID-19
Too many employers cut corners if they think they can get away with it, and workers pay the price. The guidance highlights what we’ve known for a long time: employers of every shape and size need to listen to their workers. Rescue Plan earmarks of at least $5 million for COVID-19 workplace safety enforcement will help. The fight against COVID-19 isn’t over yet — and workers are being called to the front. These collaborations — among workers, and between workers and government — are proven ways to reduce workplace hazards.
Midwest Dispatch: Making Them Pay for Police Violence
× Expand Creative CommonsOn March 12, city officials in Minneapolis announced that they had agreed to a $27 million settlement with the family of George Floyd. The $27 million payout to Floyd’s family could be seen as an acknowledgement of the way we, collectively, have learned to cover up, rather than confront, the violence that surrounds us. Instead of waiting for the criminal trial to play out, Minneapolis officials reached an agreement with the Floyd family and held a news conference to publicize it. The intersection, closed since Floyd’s death, has been renamed George Floyd Square. Arradondo’s response has been to partner with the FBI on public safety efforts, partly because gun violence in and around George Floyd Square has risen sharply in recent months.
What Your Side Hustle Should Be, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
Side hustles are more common now than they've ever been. Whatever your reason may be for wanting to have a side hustle, it can be hard to know where to start. But, as always, we love looking at our zodiac signs for guidance. They give deep insight into our personalities, passions, strengths, and weaknesses, which is great for determining potential careers and hobbies. Keep reading to see what your side hustle should be based on your zodiac sign, because not only will these ideas earn you good money, but they may also lead you to the path of good luck.
The filibuster’s racist history, explained
In a Tuesday floor speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell denied this entirely — accusing Democrats of lying about history for political purposes. The Jim Crow history of the filibuster shows that this defense relies on a philosophically impoverished notion of what “minority rights” means. At this point in history, it’s not obvious that the filibuster is especially racist by the standards of the time. The defenders of Jim Crow pioneered this new filibuster, successfully deploying it again and again to block civil rights bills. Among these, half were civil rights bills, including anti-lynching bills proposed in 1922 and 1935.
The Supreme Court just made it harder for cops to shoot people with impunity
Torres later sued, claiming that the cops used excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment when they opened fire on her. But passing observations by a court that are not essential to the holding are considered “dicta,” and are not considered binding. Under Roberts’s rule, both of these bystanders could bring a Fourth Amendment suit against the officer. Whatever the framers intended to accomplish when they drafted the Fourth Amendment, it’s hard to imagine that they wanted to write such an arbitrary distinction into the Constitution. And the case also means that officers who use excessive force can be subject to Fourth Amendment suits, even if the plaintiff in that suit successfully escaped the officer.
The precarious state of American child care
In California, where Marzett lives, 2,160 child care providers have closed permanently since the pandemic began, a loss of about a third of all the spots for children in the state, Kim Kruckel, executive director of the California-based Child Care Law Center, told Vox. “We need it now.”The pandemic has shuttered thousands of child care programs and left others in crisisFor child care providers in the pandemic, the numbers are grim. When Covid-19 began spreading around the country last spring, many child care programs closed temporarily, sometimes losing tuition money in the process. “The child care industry and child care workforce has been crying out for these dollars for almost a year now,” Malik said. But such legislation is sure to face hurdles in Congress — and among an American public that historically has failed to value child care.
How to give equal pay laws power
Currently, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 protects against sex-based wage discrimination, and 44 states have enacted their own laws to supplement the federal law. Syndio, an equity tech platform that helps companies analyze their own pay equity status, released its first State of Pay Equity Laws report this month, documenting where state legislation ranks on effective, enforceable Equal Pay law. The report also shared ten essential criteria to make sure Equal Pay laws empower both employees and employers. Syndio and Fair Pay Workplace partnered to produce the 2021 State of Pay Equity Laws report. Look at pay equity, not just the pay gapSuccessful legislation, according to Syndio, asks employers to address both the pay gap (which measures the average pay between two groups, like men and women) as well as pay equity (the differences in pay between two people doing comparable work).
5 Things You Need to Know About Hate Crimes in America
Series: Documenting Hate Tracking Hate Crimes and Bias IncidentsProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York. The Hate Crime Statistics Act of 1990 established the collection of hate crime data by the Department of Justice. These crimes don’t need to have been prosecuted as hate crimes, they simply need to have evidence that they were motivated by bias. But the Bureau of Justice Statistics conducts a hate crimes survey and estimates there could be up to 250,000 hate crimes a year. See The Map This Is Where Hate Crimes Don’t Get Reported FBI statistics on hate crimes remain frustratingly inadequate.
American Slavery, Reinvented
Didn’t the Thirteenth Amendment abolish all forms of slavery and involuntary servitude in this country? Angola’s farm operations and other similar prison industries have ancestral roots in the black chattel slavery of the South. * * *More than a century later, our prison labor system has only grown. Over the decades, prison labor has expanded in scope and reach. Prison programs extend into the services sector; some incarcerated workers staff call centers.
Another Coronavirus Outbreak Is Unfolding
The vaccination of people 65 and older and of nursing-home residents should blunt the death toll of a rise in cases. But according to state data, Michigan has administered first doses to 61 percent of its residents aged 65–74, and 62 percent of residents 75 and older. Overall, Michigan has administered first doses to only about a quarter of its total population, and that number falls to 15 percent in Detroit. Although Michigan’s numbers indisputably show a resurgence of COVID-19, there are troubling signs in other parts of the country. Federal data show that per-capita hospitalizations in the New York area have remained among the highest in the nation.
The Talk My Chinese Parents Never Had With Me
Read: Why this wave of anti-Asian racism feels differentDuring my childhood, my parents almost never talked about race. You’re Asian,” she said. Young has found that Asian parents don’t really talk with their children about racism, whether toward Asians or other communities. She suggested that when racism targets them, parents may especially struggle to talk about their experiences because of denial or shame. Jennifer Lee, a sociologist at Columbia University who studies Asian Americans, pointed out that Asian parents might not tell their children about racism because of the vulnerability it requires.
One mentor isn’t enough. Here’s how I built a network of mentors
Since then, however, I’ve learned that they are an inherent part of crafting a mentor network—and that the pain is worth it. Since the beginning of my scientific training, fellow students and well-meaning career counselors encouraged me to seek multiple mentors to help me find my way. How could I ask people to help me if I didn’t even know what I needed help with? One email at a time, one informational interview after another, I became comfortable, confident, and strategic in building my network of mentors. I came to every conversation with at least 10 questions, arranged in categories including shared experiences, career goals, and advice.
The U.S. and allies sanction Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailThe U.S. and allies sanction Chinese officials over alleged human rights abusesThe United States, European Union, United Kingdom and Canada have sanctioned Chinese officials for their role in alleged human rights abuses in the Xinjiang province in northwest China. In response Beijing has sanctioned E.U. politicians and organizations. Here's what we know so far.
China announces retailiatory U.K. sanctions over Xingjiang move
BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday announced sanctions on British individuals and entities following the U.K.’s joining the EU and others in sanctioning Chinese officials accused of human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region. Sanctioned individuals and groups would be barred from visiting Chinese territory and banned from having financial transactions with Chinese citizens and institutions. Nine British individuals and four institutions were placed on the sanctions list, including member of Parliament Iain Duncan Smith and the Conservative Party’s Human Rights Commission. Others on the Foreign Ministry sanctions list included politicians, scholars and human rights activists Tom Tugendhat, Neil O’Brien, David Alton, Tim Loughton, Nusrat Ghani, Helena Kennedy, Geoffrey Nice and Joanne Nicola Smith Finley. political stability and population increase in the region and pointing to violence and violations of human rights in the U.S., Britain, Canada and elsewhere and chaos brought by military interventions in Iraq and Libya.
Energy is key to our health and wealth, yet the public understands little about it
Energy education is not only beneficial to those who seek it, it is also absolutely critical to our collective survival. In fact, over 150 American universities have just come together to create a new organization called Universities with Energy Institutes Collaborative. It is an exciting time to be in the energy business. Energy knowledge leads to more informed and effective energy policy. William R. Keffer is a professor of energy law and director of Energy Law Programs in the Texas Tech University School of Law.
Brendan Gallagher: Always a General
At Douglas MacArthur High School in Levittown, the story is not about bullying or outcasts, but rather, how many students rally around Brendan Gallagher, a classmate with severe autism. (Credit: Newsday Staff)
Beating the odds to become survivors
Six Long Islanders who were diagnosed with terminal illnesses talk about their grim prognoses and how they overcame the odds to become survivors. Videojournalist: Alejandra Villa (Oct. 2, 2012)
Precedent: Reflecting on Japanese internment
Internment survivors Mitsue Salador and Madeleine Sugimoto, along with Robert Machida, whose uncle and aunt were among thousands of Japanese-Americans interned by the U.S. federal government during World War II, share their experiences and discuss how the 1940's atmosphere relates to today's rhetoric. Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger
Sonny was sentenced to 50 years for a bank robbery. He always insisted he didn’t do it.
John (Sonny) Franzese had beaten a dozen cases before. His supporters still say he was framed, but prosecutors say his guilt — and his proclivities for violence — were beyond dispute. Read the full story and watch the series at
Undermining the energy industry weakens NM, schools
Our state, which is over one-third federal land, has uniquely benefitted from the ability of the energy industry to develop oil and gas resources on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. New Mexico is already expected to lose $12 million in 2021 from cancelled federal lease sales, and that number will only grow the longer private companies are cut off from developing energy on federal lands. Congresswoman Yvette Herrell, D-N.M., has proposed legislation that would exempt oil and gas development on federal lands in New Mexico from the Biden administration’s proposed moratorium. Discussions of permanent bans of oil and gas leasing on federal lands have left the state of New Mexico, and its educational system, at an important crossroads. Our state has benefitted significantly from these revenues and stands to lose a lot should they be taken away.
Lord Speaker Norman Fowler: ‘There is a strong case for having a complete review of the House of Lords’
I’m not sure they did right at the beginning.’Official suggestions, made last March, that the crisis could be over in 12 weeks, certainly didn’t impress him. ‘It wasn’t the health ministers who were going round saying, it is all going to be over tomorrow. It was people who had less knowledge, who were trying to find some way of reassuring the public. The trouble at the moment is that there are so many advertisements going out that some of the messages tend to get lost. That, I think, however imperfect, was something that my generation did perhaps a little better.’
Diesel Fuel Scarcity Threatens to Unleash Another Storm in Venezuela
Diesel Fuel Scarcity Threatens to Unleash Another Storm in VenezuelaCARACAS ? With its citizens impoverished, beaten down and malnourished, Venezuela is now experiencing a new challenge amid its already-dire crisis: the scarcity of diesel fuel. Diesel is key for the shipment of goods throughout the country. The long lines of truck drivers that have begun to be seen at gasoline stations are a harbinger of a new storm that could produce unpredictable consequences. The country that formerly was a petroleum-exporting nation and still sits atop one of the world?s largest reserves of oil, has found its fuel supplies drying up during the coronavirus quarantine. However, at that time, gasoline was still available and the overall supply was not at risk, and fuel prices did not rise.
Letters to the Editor — Polarization, cooperation, deficit spending, Rep. Lance Gooden, Capitol police, voter IDs, election fraud
We have to work togetherRe: “Capitol seething over riot, virus — Trust is low, settled facts up for debate amid partisan rancor,” Sunday news story. Two pieces in Sunday’s Dallas Morning News show the extent of our polarized public discourse and a possible way forward. The GOP Congress wouldn’t approve Bill Clinton’s spending initiatives, and Clinton wouldn’t sign off on tax cuts funded by borrowing. William Corporon, Dallas... And yes, it was an insurrectionMy representative, Lance Gooden, and several other Republicans must be so proud of themselves. Carol Stephenson, MesquiteLet’s put IDs in people’s handsRe: ”Don’t suppress voting”, by Sidney Lobel, March 16 Letters.
Ask Amy: One brother gets the samovar, the other – bupkis
The best way to appear not to be hurt is to not actually be hurt. The best way to counter favoritism is to accept it for what it is: an unfortunate and unfair attempt to manipulate and control.
Country divided on oil, gas leasing on federal lands
Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalSharp differences emerged Thursday among participants in a first-ever national forum to discuss the future of leasing and permitting regulations on federal lands and waters. The feedback will help shape an interim report Interior will release this summer with recommendations on how to best manage federal lands in the future. “The oil and gas industry is essential to post pandemic recovery and growth,” Macchiarola told Interior officials during the forum. Green hardlineIn contrast, representatives from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Earthworks called for an outright ban on all new oil and gas leasing and permitting on federal lands and waters. No amount of regulation will stop this harm.”NRDC Lands Director Sharon Buccino said it’s within Interior’s discretion to cease industry development on public lands.
China urges US to seek Iran nuclear talks after ‘new developments’
Iran launches a missile in January amid indications that the incoming Biden administration wanted to resurrect the 2015 nuclear deal.
Manchin Reaffirms His Commitment to Protecting Voting Rights & Strengthening Democracy
WASHINGTON - We appreciate that Senator Joe Manchin reaffirmed his commitment to protecting voting rights & strengthening our democracy with big bold reforms today. As the former West Virginia Secretary of State, we know Senator Manchin understands how important it is to protect free and fair elections. During his time in the Senate, Senator Manchin has consistently sponsored or voted for pro-democracy reform bills, including co-sponsoring the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and Democracy for All constitutional amendment in 2019. As the For the People Act goes through the Senate process in 2021, we fully expect Senator Manchin to support the bill again. At the end of the day, this bill is not about one senator, it’s about us - the people - and ensuring we all have a voice in our democracy.
Public Forum on Federal Oil and Gas Program Should Be First Step Toward a Permanent Ban
This forum is part of a review by the department to coincide with a one-year moratorium on oil and gas leasing on public lands and in federal waters ordered by President Joe Biden in January. “The bottom line: Ending new oil and gas claims on public lands is critical to protecting the lands that make America beautiful. “President Biden has already taken an important first step to safeguard public lands by putting a temporary halt on oil and gas leasing. Kelsey Lamp, Protect Our Oceans campaign director issued the following statement issued the following statement:“When we drill, we spill. I thank the Department of Interior for pausing leasing and hope the current moratorium on oil and gas leasing in our federal waters will be made permanent.”###
Five National Groups Announce Endorsement of State Sen. Antoinette Sedillo López in NM-01
WASHINGTON - Today, five national environmental and progressive groups representing tens of thousands of New Mexico voters announced their endorsement of State Senator Antoinette Sedillo López for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional district. The groups announcing their endorsement of Sedillo López include Oil Change U.S., the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, Food & Water Action, Progressive Democrats of America, and Zero Hour. Collin Rees, Senior Campaigner at Oil Change U.S., said:"We need Antoinette Sedillo López's visionary leadership in Congress. New Mexicans need a fighter on their side who will stand up for what is right, and they’ve found a champion in Antoinette Sedillo López." Sedillo López will be an excellent successor to Deb Haaland in Congress."
Sunrise Movement's Good Jobs for All Campaign Gains Momentum, Pledge Is Launched and Signed by Senators Sanders, Markey; Reps. Bowman, Pressley, and More
WASHINGTON - Today, the Sunrise Movement officially rolled out its Good Jobs for All Pledge, which calls on leaders to commit to investing $10 trillion over the next decade to combat climate change and guarantee good jobs for all. “We live in a moment of historic crises — a health crisis, an economic inequality crisis, a racial justice crisis, and a climate crisis that looms over it all. "I stand with the Sunrise Movement and am proud to sign their Good Jobs for All Pledge. The climate crisis poses an existential threat to our planet, but it also brings massive opportunity to redress historic injustices and build a better future for all. We can combat the worst effects of the climate crisis while creating millions of good union jobs at the same time,” said Senator Ed Markey.
Waging War at the Supermarket and Abroad
As a nation, we are fully armed and loaded, indeed, psychologically loaded: ready to go to war against anything and everything, both at home and abroad. Then he decided to wage war against temptation instead and bought a 9 mm handgun at a local gun shop. We not only wage war, we celebrate it. War is just another word for murder, just another word for dehumanization. We not only wage war, we celebrate it.
A Personal Recollection on the Day That Launched the Iraq War—and Its Lessons for Us 18 Years Later
As we mark the 18th anniversary of the Iraq War this March, I wonder how many also remember where we were that day. A year and a half later, when I was a freshman in Catholic high school, the TVs came out again. There had been huge popular mobilizations against the Iraq War. The "shock and awe" U.S. bombing campaign that opened the Iraq War killed nearly 7,200 civilians—more than double the number who died on 9/11. We’ve seen where dehumanization leads: to violence, war, and regret.
Progressives in Congress Commit to Sunrise Movement's $10 Trillion 'Good Jobs for All' Pledge
We can address the crises we face by creating millions of good union jobs to dismantle systemic racism, fight for economic equality & stop the climate crisis. And if they don't, well then they're really gonna hear from us—we take fighting for good jobs and a liveable future seriously." "The climate crisis poses an existential threat to our planet, but it also brings massive opportunity to redress historic injustices and build a better future for all. We can combat the worst effects of the climate crisis while creating millions of good union jobs at the same time," Markey noted. Working #ForThePeople means fighting for their union jobs, combating climate change, and dismantling systemic racism — one step at a time.
Rights Coalition Applauds Biden's Executive Action Promoting Voting Access for All Americans
"The Anchor Collaborative commends this executive order's commitment to promoting equitable access to voter education and registration while centering Indigenous voting rights and ensuring those in federal custody have ample information to exercise their right to vote." The late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)—then chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)—was beaten nearly to death while helping to lead the peaceful demonstration for voting rights. Congress passed, and then-President Lyndon B. Johnson signed, the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965—which banned the racist disenfranchisement of Black Americans that was still rampant throughout the South—five months later. While introducing his executive order, Biden noted "significant obstacles" to the polls, including "discriminatory policies" affecting Black voters. "We further call upon Congress to continue the fight to eliminate barriers to voting by affirmative voting acts, and a modern Native American Voting Rights Act," the coalition added.
Biden threw away the old Democratic playbook, and Republicans can't adapt
That’s how the President sees it,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said when asked about the GOP’s ridiculous counter-offer. Biden proposed a $1.9 trillion rescue plan, and Congress passed a $1.9 trillion rescue plan. x How many Americans benefit from the American Rescue Plan? And that’s why this isn’t 2009 anymore, yet Republicans are trapped with that playbook. The unified Republican opposition to the $1.9 trillion rescue package is the best gift Republicans could’ve handed Democrats.
Drunken Shooters and the Second Amendment
Ironically, because of their quasi-military nature, the Second Amendment imbues assault rifles with a greater degree of constitutional protection than civilian weaponry, such as shotguns and hunting rifles. Because assault rifles possess a direct military application, the private ownership of these weapons is exactly the right that the authors of the Second Amendment sought protect in 1791. Although Miller was the Court’s only statement on the Second Amendment in the twentieth century, it has already issued another opinion on it in the twenty-first: its convoluted and erroneous decision of District of Columbia v. Heller (2008). It is, in fact a prefatory clause, or more technically, an ablative absolute, which is a common grammatical construction in Latin. Therefore, the language and the history of the Second Amendment becomes quite clear: that the people have a right to own weapons in order to participate in a well-regulated militia.
Containing Russia Through Soft Power
It’s important to remember that Russia cannot project power like the old Soviet Russia did in the Cold War, as it doesn’t possess the economic or military power to do so. In the absence of the military power of Soviet Russia, the Russian authoritarian is investing a lot in soft power. We must use soft power (non-military) to guard our values and at the same time seek points of shared interests with Russia. To increase our soft power, our country should help build a democratic and successful Ukraine to counter Moscow’s ideological influence. Human rights must play a key part in our soft power to counter Russia’s influence.
Me and my mechanic
Background — Steve has been my go to guy for car work for 10 years and 3 cars. Me — Must be those Biden bucks kicking in. Me — Well, I’m calling because I think I want to spend some of my Biden bucks on my car. I need to spend my Biden Bucks wisely, though, and I know how prices go up at the mechanic when they’ve got waiting lines. Me — But I can’t tell you how happy I am that the Biden Bucks are keeping you busy.
Write On! Knowing the Stakes of the Story’s Conflict
Because it’s a discussion and not a lecture, I’ll summarize:For a battle scene to work, the geography has to be established. Who has the advantage, who’s the underdog, and what resources are available. I realized that this applies to conflict in writing, and to writing in general. It’s why some conflict falls flat, and other conflict works. Have you had a scene, or a battle, or some form of conflict, where the reason it was flat was not understanding the stakes?
SURPRISE! Fox News Dishonestly Slams Biden's First Presidential Press Conference
For several weeks Fox News has been incessantly complaining that Joe Biden hasn't held his first press conference as President. On Thursday afternoon President Biden did hold a press conference (video below). Immediately following the press conference Fox News got right to work complaining. One Fox shill whined that Biden scheduled his press conference for 1:15 pm ET, rather than prime time, which he said was standard. Secondly, Trump's first press conference was 20 minutes earlier.
'The Art of the Possible': 'BradCast 3
That measure, as Biden seems to understand quite clearly, will be needed to counter the avalanche of voter suppression laws being moved, right now, through state legislatures by Republicans. As to being pressed on his plans to counter GOP obstructionism in the Senate, he teases: "Successful electoral politics is the Art of the Possible." In some long-overdue good progressive news in the North, New York State lawmakers finalized a deal with the scandal-plagued Gov. Georgia's champion vote suppressing Secretary of State turned Governor Brian Kemp signed the measure moments later, just after we signed off air tonight. on Wednesday are pretending there is no voter suppression being adopted by states at all around the country.
The Delusions of a Trump supporter
"2018 claims: 'Trump is gonna jail minorities and gays, he attacks women ... He’s a horrible racist...'Trump supporters: of course not ... First of all, Trump quite clearly is not the first pro-same-sex marriage president. I believe that our current president (Biden) was in fact the first Vice-President to publicly endorse same-sex marriage (a quick google search indicates that the year was 2012). Similarly, several decades of previous Presidents appointed more women to their administrations than Trump. This one requires more actual digging, but the Washington Post reported in 2018 that both Clinton and Obama appointed far more women to important roles than Trump.
It appears that although 67% largely support Biden's covid and vaccination plans, skepticism lingers……55% baseline floor approval average is really comforting. I strongly believe the sticking point for Biden being able to rise above 62% approval and fall below 37% disapproval is “reasonable republican concerned political policy conservative citizens who despise the NRA, racism, and gun violence but are against weakening the 2nd Amendment.”………Polling has leveled on same sex marriage plus Lgbt basic dignity decency rights. It appears 27% will always be against same sex marriage personally/religiously. The same 27% are hard-line Gun conservative people.
Kim Janey's ascension to mayor is a vivid sign of just how much Boston politics has changed
It took another 33 years before Ayanna Pressley’s victory made her the first-ever woman of color elected to the City Council in 2009. Janey herself became the first African American woman to lead the City Council in 2020, a 13-member body that now includes a total of eight women and seven members of color. Boston hasn't ousted an incumbent mayor since 1949, when John Hynes defeated the legendary and controversial incumbent James Michael Curley. The dynamics dramatically changed in January, though, when Joe Biden nominated Walsh to lead the Department of Labor. In a sign of just how much politics have changed in Boston, all of these contenders are people of color.
Meghan McCain clumsily white-splains merit-based hiring ... to a nation that didn't ask
An urgent dispatch from the Algonquin Kids’ Table:x Meghan McCain: "We’ve only had one Asian American host co-host host this show. Does that mean one of us should be leaving because there’s not enough representation? We're talking about -- is identity politics more important than the qualifications for the job?" x I will never hate anyone as much as the View's hair stylist hates Meghan McCain. — Joyous Panther (@JoyousPanther) March 24, 2021x the View’s hair and makeup team expressing their contempt for meghan mccain every day is hilarious — metal dot txt (@metaltxt) March 24, 2021”This guy is a natural.
Were the last 12 months a 'lost year' for you because of the pandemic?
), donating old books and clothes, completing long-dormant writing projects, luxuriating in books both on tape and on paper, and contacting old friends by phone and by actual snail mail letters (with stamps and everything)! For me, the last 12 months feel like a “lost year”: time that slipped through my fingers without clear memories or a sense of direction or concrete accomplishments of any kind. I did do one good thing, although I started it before the pandemic: I had a streak on a language app and managed to stay with it. Here is today’s question one more time:Were the last 12 months a “Lost Year” because of the pandemic? This is also a good place to ask general questions about politics, Democrats, Daily Kos, or anything else on your mind.
The Right To Vote Is Under Attack
How could something like this even be included in a piece of legislation in the United States in the year 2021? After recounts and intense scrutiny of the 2020 vote in Georgia, no evidence of fraud or tampering was found anywhere in the state. The Constitution of the United States has been amended 27 times since 1791. 5 of those amendments, (15th, 19th, 23rd, 24th & 26th) have directly addressed the Right to Vote. Race, sex, and poll taxes were removed as barriers to voting, DC citizens were given the vote in presidential elections and the voting age was reduced.
California's Supreme Court Rules That Detaining People Who Can't Afford Bail Is Unconstitutional
In a unanimous decision, the state’s top court told judges to favor pretrial release and consider a person’s ability to pay before setting bail. The Supreme Court said pretrial jail confinement puts people more at risk of losing employmen , a home or custody of a child. There is a national movement to abolish cash bail for most cases. Last month, Illinois became the first state to abolish cash bail entirely. In November, Californians voted against a proposition to completely eliminate cash bail.
22yr old arrested in Atlanta entering a Publix Supermarket with 5 guns, wearing bulletproof vest
Man took 5 guns, body armor into Atlantic Station Publix, cops say Just two days after a mass shooting left 10 people dead at a Colorado supermarket, Atlanta police arrested a 22-year-old man who walked into a Publix at Atlantic Station with five guns and body armor. “A witness observed the male and alerted store management, who then notified police,” Atlanta police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. People using guns to work through an emotional crisis is a uniquely American predicament. Some good news on restricting open carry in Hawaii from the courts: HereHave Americans become hostages to the supposedly sacrosanct Second Amendment? The Second Amendment allows us to prohibit fully automatic machine guns, so it should allow us to prohibit the most destructive kind of guns, semi automatic rifles.
Good Lord! Who Are These People?
It was widely rumored that Mike Pence was such a "believer" in this end times philosophy. Among those who can qualify and who want to volunteer, a high percentage are fundamentalist Christians. But perhaps nowhere are the Christian fundamentalists so potentially dangerous as in their counterintuitive alliance with the Zionist right-wing in Israel. A leader among fundamentalist Christian groups in this regard is Pastor John Hagee's Christians United For Israel. Many of these millions who voted for Trump are Christian fundamentalists.
Tucker Carlson Goes Full Insurrectionist: Promotes AR-15's to Use Against Government
Fox News and its Republican benefactors have been known to exploit the 2nd Amendment issue extraordinarily hard whenever there is a mass shooting. Carlson also doesn't bother to address the fact that 26% of the last 80 mass shootings were done with AR-15s. What neither Carlson nor Noir understand is that their warped fantasies of battling the U.S. government would end very badly for them. You have to wonder if Carlson and Noir believe citizens should be allowed to own those as well. And the blood will be on the hands of Carlson, Noir, and Fox News.
Timing is Everything. To my surprise I agree with everything Biden is trying to do.
As many here know I am a Democratic Socialist and a long time Bernie supporter. I listened to Biden today and was impressed as he sounded like a democrat of old, i.e. The GQP will only change when they are forced to change by their base, or lack thereof. He is also correct in that you have to prove democracy works urgently, otherwise autocracy is a dead certainty, it is the last chance. His time to do so is short, timing is everything.
Joe Manchin just released a big statement on voting rights and the filibuster. It's a doozy.
I know that Joe Manchin feels like he needs to play it moderate and look like the ultimate Democratic holdout, but voting rights shouldn’t be part of this act. In Michigan, meanwhile, Republicans just introduced 39 separate voter suppression bills, which would become law if it weren’t for Gov. And that’s not conjecture — the AP reported earlier this week that Sen. Ted Cruz is rallying the troops and is making sure there is no budging on voting rights. Manchin is repeating a cynical Republican talking point that is being used to justify voter suppression. In his first press conference as the big dog of the White House, President Joe Biden today came out swinging on both the filibuster and voting rights.
Remarks at a Side Event on the 10th Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising Hosted by the Syria National Coalition
Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentisActing Alternate Representative for Special Political AffairsNew York, New YorkMarch 18, 2021AS DELIVEREDThank you to the Coalition for hosting this event in commemoration of the 10th anniversary when the Syrian people peacefully took to the streets, and thank you Rafif, for moderating today’s panel. The United States is proud to co-sponsor today’s event. The United States will not recognize these elections unless they are free, fair, representative of Syrian society, and supervised by the United Nations. Since 2012, the United States has provided more than $12.2 billion in life-saving assistance to vulnerable Syrians in Syria and the region. I assure you that our steadfast support for the Syrian people will not end.
After a year of misinformation, Fox News senior employee dies of COVID-19 at the age of 52
Bartiromo has been a favorite stopping point for the twice impeached guy while also promoting a steady stream of misinformation. She has done so effectively enough that she has slowly moved up the ladder as the longtime hosts are pushed into retirement. Less than two months ago, Bartiromo was allowing fellow Fox News host Steve Hilton to promote a theory that Dr. Anthony Fauci needed to be investigated for being responsible for creating the COVID-19 virus. When she has flashes of her business, free market capitalist roots, she has found herself mistakenly saying true things. It also led to the premature death of a reportedly well-liked and well-regarded Fox News’ employee, Spinato.
Having Won Syria’s War, al-Assad Is Mired in Economic Woes
BEIRUT, Lebanon — In a private meeting with pro-government journalists, President Bashar al-Assad was asked about Syria’s economic meltdown: the currency collapse that has gutted salaries, the skyrocketing prices for basic goods and the chronic shortages of fuel and bread. “I know,” he said, according to two people with knowledge of the discussion. As the 10-year anniversary of Syria’s civil war looms, Mr. al-Assad’s most immediate threats are not the rebel factions and foreign powers that still control large swaths of the country. Instead, it is the crushing economic crisis that has hobbled the reconstruction of destroyed cities, impoverished the population and left a growing number of Syrians struggling to get enough food. The New York Times was informed of the discussion by someone briefed by several of the journalists, and the details were confirmed directly by one of the attendees.
Revocation of the Terrorist Designations of Ansarallah
Effective February 16, I am revoking the designations of Ansarallah, sometimes referred to as the Houthis, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) By focusing on alleviating the humanitarian situation in Yemen, we hope the Yemeni parties can also focus on engaging in dialogue. Ansarallah leaders Abdul Malik al-Houthi, Abd al-Khaliq Badr al-Din al-Houthi, and Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim remain sanctioned under E.O. The United States will also continue to support the implementation of UN sanctions imposed on members of Ansarallah and will continue to call attention to the group’s destabilizing activity and pressure the group to change its behavior. The United States will redouble its efforts, alongside the United Nations and others, to end the war itself.
After Boulder Should We End the Second Amendment? by Thom Hartmann
Let’s just clear a few things up. 'The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says “State” instead of “Country” (the Framers knew the difference—see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, an action necessary to get Virginia’s vote to ratify the Constitution, and BTW It had nothing whatsoever to do with making sure mass murderers could shoot up public venues and schools. Founders including Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that, and we all should be too.' In today’s America, you have the “right” to a gun, but no “right” to healthcare or education. In every other developed country in the world, the reality is the exact opposite!'
QuickLink: Will PRO Act Transform Labor's Playing Field? by Nora De La Cour
'Even when workers are allowed to form unions, employers can simply refuse to bargain in good faith for a first contract, dragging out the process until the union’s momentum dies down. With the right to strike severely limited, organized labor is largely unable to win gains that might popularize a belief in the power of collective action. The reality is, labor law forces them to constantly struggle for their own survival rather than fighting expansively for the common good. Fortunately, the House just passed a bill that could transform the playing field for unions by restoring and recognizing that collective action by working people is the most effective way to check the parasitic greed and dehumanizing violence of powerful corporations. '
Promoting Arms Control and Disarmament
For the most part arms control and disarmament, very compatible with internationalism of the Grotian sort, are two forms of security that are often overlooked by the political establishment, although not entirely. Even before the Cold War, our country looked for ways to draw down the number of arms in the world. Arms control and disarmament, although it has some proven success as well as some failures, has little appeal to the politicians and companies that rely on the military-industrial complex for jobs and contracts. Political Affairs Officer for the Office for Disarmament Affairs of the United Nations Diane Barnes has released a series of videos on the importance of disarmament to security and peace. The videos can be used to engage anyone with an interest in international peace and security.
The Heart of the Immigration Problem
But the Obama administration, following in the footsteps of previous U.S. administrations that held power over Central America, quickly nixed the idea. And Obama's point man to deliver the message to the desperate Central American leaders? If you read President Biden's "Plan to Build Security and Prosperity in Partnership with the People of Central America," it makes no mention of drug decriminalization. So the violence in Central America will continue and so will the border crossings by desperate individuals trying to escape violence. And too bad the Obama administration didn't push for drug decriminalization in 2012 when the Central American leaders were proposing the idea.
Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Holding Our Breaths on AUMFs, Drones, and Guanta'namo
After all, President Biden just opened future relations with one of this country's two "near-peer threats" (as the U.S. military likes to call them) by agreeing publicly that Vladimir Putin was a soul-less "killer." President Biden recently termed meeting that date "tough." November has now been floated by the Biden administration as a more "reasonable" deadline. Three Ways to Begin to End the War on TerrorThe Biden administration has offered up its own list of priorities and challenges. To achieve them, however, the institutional remnants of the war on terror would have to be eradicated.
Applause as Biden USDA Scraps Trump Bid to Take Food Benefits From More Than a Million People
SNAP benefits provide the hand up so many Americans need in times of financial instability." According to the Trump USDA's own estimates, the rule would have rendered more than 700,000 people ineligible for federal nutrition benefits, a devastating blow for those struggling to put food on the table amid widespread joblessness. Experts argued that the USDA's analysis likely underestimated the number of people who would have been harmed by the policy change. @USDA has withdrawn the appeal the Trump administration filed last year, challenging the D.C. "SNAP benefits provide the hand up so many Americans need in times of financial instability.
USDA Scraps Trump Effort to Take Food Benefits From More Than a Million People
According to the Trump USDA’s own estimates, the rule would have rendered more than 700,000 people ineligible for federal nutrition benefits, a devastating blow for those struggling to put food on the table amid widespread joblessness. Experts argued that the USDA’s analysis likely underestimated the number of people who would have been harmed by the policy change. @USDA has withdrawn the appeal the Trump administration filed last year, challenging the D.C. “SNAP benefits provide the hand up so many Americans need in times of financial instability. I am pleased USDA has dropped this appeal.”This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license.
Virginia Governor Signs Bill Abolishing Death Penalty in the State
Ralph Northam of Virginia signed into law on Wednesday a bill that officially ends capital punishment in the state, making it the first southern state to abolish the death penalty. He also made note of the fact that the death penalty is historically biased against people of color. “The death penalty has always been about race,” Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, said in a statement following the signing of the bill by Northam. Moreover, advocates have emphasized that the death penalty is fundamentally inhumane; it claims to deter violence, but it instead enacts brutal violence itself. Since assuming office, activists have called on Biden to do more regarding the death penalty, including commuting the sentences of 49 individuals who are currently on federal death row.
Biden Announces Goal of 200 Million Vaccine Doses Administered in First 100 Days
Last week, the U.S. surpassed the administration’s previous goal of 100 million doses in the first 100 days of Biden’s presidency at the 58 day mark. “Today I’m setting a second goal,” Biden said. With about 2.5 million doses a day being administered in the U.S. and a surge in vaccine supplies expected to come soon, the 200 million goal is well within reach. As of Thursday, over 130 million doses have gone into American arms. Meanwhile, racial disparities in vaccine administration have continued partially because of inequities in access to transportation and flexibility of work schedules.
21 GOP-Led States Threaten to Sue to Use COVID Relief on Tax Cuts
In fact, Medicaid expansion was as close a free lunch for the states as exists in U.S. politics. And yet, GOP states resisted signing on — and in February 2018, many ultimately joined with Texas in suing to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act, a lawsuit the Trump administration signed onto. By the middle of last year, as the pandemic ravaged the state, that number had grown by an additional 659,000. Such a restriction is, they are arguing, an infringement on basic constitutional rights that states have to set their own tax rates. Last week, Ohio became the first of the 21 states to sue the Biden administration over this provision.
There’s a Path to Ending the Filibuster, If Democrats Move Wisely
One of the avatars of that center-right Democratic transformation is none other than President Biden. Just two weeks ago, Biden himself sounded a lot like Joe Manchin when it came to filibuster reform. Angus King of Maine, an Independent senator who caucuses with the Democrats, has likewise moved to the filibuster-abolition camp. Senate Democrats then feed other enormously popular bills — gun background checks, say, or infrastructure — into the maw of the GOP filibuster. Who are you, Joe Biden?
More students sent back to Las Vegas schools, as health expert claims Nevada is reaching “herd immunity”
On March 22, thousands of sixth, ninth, and twelfth graders returned to in-person learning at Clark County District Schools (CCSD), which includes children from Las Vegas, Nevada and surrounding communities. As one teacher noted on social media, “41 students got off buses today at my high school. In total disregard for the safety of educators, students and the community at large, the CCEA has backed the drive to reopen schools. In St. Clair County, the number of infections more than doubled in a week after schools returned to in-person learning on a full-time basis. The second wave of students returning to in-person learning comes directly after the busiest tourist weekend for Las Vegas since the beginning of the pandemic.
Unions, districts force the reopening of schools in Portland and Seattle
Teachers, staff and students are being forced back into classrooms starting next week in the sister cities of Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. The Seattle Education Association (SEA) reached a tentative agreement on March 20 with Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to restart in-person learning for Pre-K, elementary and certain special education students. The agreement aligns with dates mandated by Inslee with elementary school students returning on April 5. Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) and the Portland Public School board negotiated a return to school plan that will begin April 1. Middle and high school students will be on campus twice a week for two and half hours a day.
Oppose the UAW sellout of the Columbia graduate student strike!
The United Auto Workers (UAW) is conspiring with Columbia University (CU) to shut down the strike of over 3,000 graduate student workers at the university. The union at Columbia University, the Graduate Workers of Columbia University (GWC), has been affiliated with the UAW for two years. A graduate student who attended the meeting told the IYSSE that they had no idea when the next negotiations would be held. This is the social force that graduate students must turn to in a struggle for socialism. The IYSSE will do everything to help Columbia graduate students oppose the sell-out of the strike and expand it.
Biden silent on rise in COVID-19 cases, justifies attacks on immigrants
President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. The response of the assembled representatives of the corporate media was to join in the cover-up of the pandemic catastrophe. Ten reporters asked questions of Biden, from AP, PBS, the Washington Post, ABC, the Wall Street Journal, NBC, CBS, CNN, Bloomberg News, and Univision. Not a single one asked what Biden would do to prevent the deaths of 1,000 Americans every day. The main focus of the questions asked of Biden was the mounting humanitarian disaster on the US border with Mexico.
Climate Point: The Wright brothers make it to Mars and dire drought forecasts in California
Welcome to Climate Point, your weekly guide to climate, energy and environment news from around the Golden State and the country. I'd argue that by now — 129 years later — regulators in liberal, environmentally minded California should be adept at watching over the industry. Meanwhile, I wrote about a new report that came out Tuesday and shows California oil regulators aren't alone. Loyal Climate Point readers know I'm all about Mars news, so this AP story immediately caught my eye. It's not the first time the Wright brothers' plane has made it into space, but now it's flown all the way to another planet.
Carolyn Hax: He wasn’t Mr. Right. Is it wrong for her to expect a follow-up?
— WashingtonWashington: So, you’re saying you don’t care about him, but you care about his opinion of you? If you don’t, then don’t, and celebrate the simplicity of it all. ADDear Carolyn: I've been dating a woman for two years now, but lately it feels like I'm being taken advantage of. Dear Carolyn: How can I walk away from a relationship that I'm not ready to let go of yet? — Starving for His AttentionStarving for His Attention: Certainly you’re going to let go only when you’re ready to, or when the intrigue supply dwindles, whichever comes first.
Tucker Carlson: Biden teases and titillates reporters in break from dividing the nation
PHOTOS SHOW BIDEN 'CHEAT SHEETS' DURING FIRST FORMAL PRESS CONFERENCESo when the topic of North Korea arose, Joe Biden knew exactly what to do. Joe Biden has a better idea: just make sure that no one ever has to show an ID in order to vote. But we can tell you that Joe Biden has already picked a theme for this next campaign. They’re one group that remain utterly united in their love and support of Joe Biden (and the polling data show it). National Public Radio, was flush with wonder as she described the remarkable personal qualities of her boss, Joe Biden.
Voting rights, hate crimes on Senate’s ‘big, bold’ agenda
Democrats are vowing action on several of their top priorities in April, including strengthening hate crime laws to include Asian Americans and restoring voting rights protections to combat minority voter suppression. It would seek to restore elements of the Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013, a decision that Democrats say left minority voters vulnerable to disenfranchisement. Democrats see it as a forceful response to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country. Republicans are strongly opposed to the voting rights bill, arguing that it would tilt elections toward Democrats and take control of elections away from the states. While strengthening background checks is broadly popular among the American public, Senate Republicans have said they oppose the two House bills.
VICTOR JOECKS: End the eviction moratorium
(Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeProperty owners are supposed to have property rights. It’s past time to end the eviction moratorium. The fundamental duty of government is to protect people’s rights, including property rights. But you don’t lose property rights by acquiring more property. Extending the eviction moratorium would be a prime example of false philanthropy in action.
EDITORIAL: Democrats, Biden lay groundwork for power grab
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)After more than two months, President Joe Biden finally braved the cameras on Thursday for his first news conference. Many subjects — the president’s flip-flop on school reopenings, his looming tax hikes, the unsustainable spending culture in Washington — went unmentioned. Mr. Biden took only a handful of questions, and many of those focused on the migrant problems at our southern border. Perhaps the most newsworthy moment came when Mr. Biden predictably did a 180 on the filibuster, saying he’s now open to eliminating the long-standing practice. This not-so-subtle and deplorable smear is especially ironic given that Democrats made liberal use of the filibuster during the Trump years and that Mr. Biden has previously defended the tactic.
LETTER: No excuses for illegal immigration
The United States takes in more immigrants every year than anyone. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)I am tired of people excusing illegal immigration. There is no shortage of unskilled workers in this country. The United States takes in more immigrants every year than anyone. There are many countries much more impoverished than those to our south whose residents don’t have access.
CARTOON: In the line of duty
America’s police officers risk their lives every day to protect and serve the public. America’s police officers risk their lives every day to protect and serve the public. Review-Journal editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a three-time winner of the Sigma Delta Chi Award.
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Battenfeld: Joe Biden can’t handle a press conference – where is the outrage?
Nearly seven weeks and counting and President Biden has yet to stand before America and take repeated questions from the media. It’s bad enough that the president and his staff don’t have faith in him and his sometimes wandering mind to make it through an hour long press conference. “I don’t think this is President Biden saying, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ ”You won’t get much information from those press briefings, that’s for sure. Psaki is promising a traditional press conference before the end of the month. The reality is that the 78-year-old Biden won’t be able to stay on script through an entire traditional press conference, and is bound to trip on his words or make a gaffe.
Arizona Supreme Court names new presiding disciplinary judge
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court has named Margaret Downie as presiding disciplinary judge effective May 17. The disciplinary judge presides over attorney discipline, reinstatement and disability cases. Downie is the second presiding disciplinary judge since the high court established the office in 2010. That’s an independent state agency responsible for investigating complaints against justices and judges on the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Superior Court, Justice of the Peace courts and municipal courts. Downie served on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One from 2008 to 2017.
Biden lies, and the media doesn’t question it: Goodwin
Biden gave license to the worst instincts on the left with his repeated sneering references to all Republicans and especially Donald Trump. Each piece of his party’s planned utopia is unprecedentedly radical in its own way, but not nearly radical enough for the media. As such, the 10 people Biden called on generally followed the script laid out in the Washington Post and elsewhere. It is also a fact that Biden blew up each of those pillars, yet now claims he inherited a mess. But when Biden says it, the media rolls over.
Biden stops short of saying filibuster should be scrapped
The Senate’s filibuster rule is “abused in a gigantic way,” President Biden said on Thursday — while stopping short of saying it should be scrapped altogether. Some Democrats believe the rule — which allows senators to speak for as long as they wish unless three-fifths of the body vote to move on — contributes to legislative gridlock and should be retired. But Biden said on Thursday that he wants to “deal with the abuse” of the filibuster rather than remove it. “I strongly support moving in that direction,” he said. While abolishing it could be a short-term benefit to Democrats while they control the Senate, the pendulum could swing back against them should the Republicans regain control down the road.
The many languages of Joe Biden
He came prepared to speak of politics and governance, politics and constituent services, politics and simple common sense. When asked, Biden agreed that the filibuster has a specious history attached to the Jim Crow era and segregation. “And so I’m going to say something outrageous. I’ve never been able to plan four and a half, three and a half years ahead for certain.”ADADThe room wanted absolutes. The room wanted crystal-ball certainty.
Kennedy drags Gov. Cuomo for disastrous COVID nursing home directive one year later
Andrew Cuomo made the deadly decision to send coronavirus-positive patients to nursing homes, FOX Business’ Kennedy remembers his 365 days of blunders. KENNEDY: One year ago today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an edict that killed 15,000 innocent New Yorkers. A lot was unknown about COVID a year ago, but it became painfully clear very quickly that old people, especially the obese and immune-compromised, were especially vulnerable. So, the Greater New York Hospital Association wisely greased the governor to the tune of $126,000 so the Luv Gov would send sick old people to live with healthy old people in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. 15,000 people died in New York in the nursing homes.
New York Becomes First City In U.S. To End Qualified Immunity For Police Officers – CBS New York
New York Becomes First City In U.S. To End Qualified Immunity For Police OfficersNEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Council has voted to end qualified immunity for police officers. The protection has prevented officers from being sued or liable for misconduct. New York City is the first city in the country to end qualified immunity for officers. Critics argue scrapping the protection would make officers less aggressive in fighting crime if they have to worry about lawsuits. The measure was passed by the council as a part of a package of police reform bills.
Why the Georgia G.O.P.’s Voting Rollbacks Will Hit Black People Hard
After record turnout flipped Georgia blue for the first time in decades, Republicans who control the state Legislature moved swiftly to put in place a raft of new restrictions on voting access, passing a new bill that was signed into law on Thursday. The law will alter foundational elements of voting in Georgia, which supported President Biden in November and a pair of Democratic senators in January — narrow victories attributable in part to the turnout of Black voters and the array of voting options in the state. Taken together, the new barriers will have an outsize impact on Black voters, who make up roughly one-third of the state’s population and vote overwhelmingly Democratic. The Republican legislation will undermine pillars of voting access by limiting drop boxes for mail ballots, introducing more rigid voter identification requirements for absentee balloting and making it a crime to provide food or water to people waiting in line to vote. Long lines to vote are common in Black neighborhoods in Georgia’s cities, particularly Atlanta, where much of the state’s Democratic electorate lives.
Impeachment probe to examine COVID tests for Cuomo relatives
Members of Cuomo’s family including his brother, CNN journalist Chris Cuomo; his mother; and at least one of his three sisters were tested by top health department officials, some of them several times, according to the Times Union of Albany. The testing of people closely tied to the governor was carried out by high-ranking state health officials, The New York Times reported. The newspapers cited multiple people with direct knowledge of the testing but did not identify them. Rich Azzopardi, a spokesperson for Cuomo, did not explicitly deny that the administration had extended special treatment to people close to the governor but sought to dispute the notion. The governor's office didn't provide responses to a list of questions from The Associated Press, including whether the governor disputes the reports.
Opinion | Biden’s Trumanesque foreign policy
Harry S. Truman did that on April 23, 1945, just 11 days into his presidency, during an Oval Office meeting with Vyacheslav Molotov. When Truman gave the Soviet foreign minister a dressing down (“in words of one syllable,” Truman later said) about Soviet noncompliance with wartime promises, Molotov complained that he had never been spoken to like that. (The Washington Post)Biden and Blinken surely do not expect that the competition with China will end so decisively, if at all. Five months before the previous secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, made it U.S. policy to categorize China’s savagery toward millions of Uyghurs as “genocide,” candidate Biden described it as such. In Alaska, the Chinese Communist Party’s top foreign affairs official, disdaining the negotiated two-minute limit for opening remarks, spoke for 16 minutes.
'Something I Wasn't Sure I'd Ever See:' Kim Janey Takes Helm As Boston's First Black, Woman Mayor
Kim Janey is the woman of the week here in Boston. Yesterday, she was sworn in as the city's 55th Mayor and its first Black and first woman Mayor. Interview HighlightsOn how she's meeting the moment"It is still so, so surreal just to think that, here I am sitting here as the first black mayor and the first woman mayor of our city — something that I wasn't sure I'd ever see. I'm excited to do this work in partnership with the folks who love Boston as much as I do." And I want to make sure that there is room at the table for everyone who wants to do this work."
Biden press conference grilling on border crisis misses something: What we owe immigrants
Many of the U.S. government’s citizenship and immigration enforcement policies have illegally discriminated against immigrants from Mexico, Central America and Asia. Beyond the newest arrivals who want to make the United States their home, some 11 million undocumented immigrants have spent years in limbo under continual fear of deportations. In the 1930s, the United States government deported or coerced hundreds of thousands of people of Mexican descent into leaving the United States, 60 percent of whom were U.S. citizens. (In the 1930s, Nazi lawyers cited racially restrictive U.S. citizenship policies as helpful precedent.) True, undocumented immigrants living in the United States today are not all the direct ancestors of those denied entry or expelled in the past.
Following current events can be upsetting. Is it OK to stop paying attention?
From this perspective, staying abreast of current events — like staying in shape — is not an inherently virtuous action. These aren’t things you do to make the party better, they’re things you do so that you’ll be able to make the party better. Debating politics isn’t doing politics — it only gets your heart and cortisol rates up as if it were. I’m sure his advice is excellent, too, but the pandemic is for puny attention spans and I’ve only read an excerpt.) In short, pay a whole lot less attention to stuff you can’t do anything about, and a whole lot more to stuff you can.
Texas House committee takes up George Floyd Act, gun bills
AUSTIN –– The Texas House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety Thursday is taking up the George Floyd Act along with numerous police reform and firearm bills. The George Floyd Act (HB 88), filed by Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, would ban chokeholds and require deadly force to end the “moment the imminent threat of death” is eliminated. The bill additionally addresses qualified immunity, which has largely protected law enforcement officers from individual liability. HB 54, filed by Rep. James Talarico, D-Round Rock, would prohibit law enforcement officers from contracting with television crews for reality shows. The hearings are expected to begin upon final adjournment of the House, which convenes at 10 a.m.
Queens 18-year-old issued 43 tickets after upstate police chase
articleAn 18-year-old was issued a total of 43 tickets following a high-speed police chase in upstate New York, according to the New York State Police. Authorities say that a state trooper was patrolling Route 17 in Orange County, in the town of Goshen when he saw a 2003 Infiniti G35 driving 117 mph in a 65 mph zone. The trooper was able to obtain the car's license plate and get a look at the driver of the car. Troopers eventually stopped the chase for safety reasons after the car reached a speed of 148 mph in a 65 mph zone. AdvertisementThe suspect has been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony, and third-degree reckless driving and fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle.
The Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal: The 2700-year-old 'fake news'
Surviving stone medallions that predate the Lion Hunt panels portray a winged Ashur, bow in hand, encircled by and enthroned in the sun. Seen through the lens of the multivalent earring, the alabaster Lion Hunt is more than merely a chronicle of a single campaign to cull a persistent pest. It is the stuff of timeless myth, turning a failure to entirely defeat the lions into a glorious victory. To exalt the king, the lion too must be apotheosised. The reliefs are making it clear that the king and the lion are one.
Opinion | The Decline of Republican Demonization
The American Rescue Plan, President Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief effort, is law. But it’s only a short-term measure, mainly designed to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and its immediate aftermath. The long-term stuff — which is expected to combine large-scale infrastructure spending with tax increases on the rich — is still being formulated. And everyone says that turning those longer-term plans into law will be much harder than passing the ARP. has been spectacularly unsuccessful in convincing voters that they’ll be hurt by Biden’s spending and taxing plans.