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Justice, but not for all: Today's Toon
USA TODAYHas justice been for all in this country? After the conviction of officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's murder, Lady Justice herself weighs in. USA TODAY cartoonist Mike Thompson was on the ground in Minneapolis, sketching from George Floyd Plaza. There's even a gallery of Thompson's animated cartoons as well as cartoons from the Cagle syndicate. Follow Mike Thompson's cartoons and commentary on Facebook by clicking here and on Twitter by clicking here.
Earth Day 2021: Liver cancer didn't kill me — environmental pollution did
She died of liver cancer on June 10, at the age of 65. I have been fighting terminal liver cancer since it was discovered in May 2018. I found that long-term exposure to arsenic is one of the risk factors for developing liver cancer. The Tacoma smelter closed in 1985, but the stack just sat there, looming for years over a polluted superfund site. She retired from Harder in 2019, when her liver cancer reached a point where she could no longer work.
USA TODAY Launches “Hecho en USA” Series on Latino Community in the United States
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY is launching a new series “Hecho en USA,” or “made in America,” that will tell the stories of the Latino community in the United States. The stories in the series will address issues of national importance and will run in both Spanish and English. The first three stories in the series published today focus on the topics of bilingual education, college education, and Latinos in politics. New “Hecho en USA” content will publish monthly over the next several months and will explore how Latino families live, work and learn in their hometowns. “With ‘Hecho en USA,” we hope to bolster the national conversation about the U.S. Latino community – a growing economic and cultural force, many of whom are increasingly born in the United States,” said Cristina Silva, USA TODAY national enterprise editor.
Gannett’s Courier Journal Wins 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMToday, the Louisville Courier Journal received the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for its coverage of the flurry of pardons and commutations given by Kentucky Gov. On December 22, 2018, the Courier Journal published their findings online and in an eight-page special print section. On January 2, 2020 the Courier Journal reported that the Kentucky Attorney General had asked the FBI to investigate Bevin’s pardons. This is for the taxpayers of Kentucky who demand accountability and public trust from their elected officials and expect the Courier Journal to ensure that happens,” said Rick Green, Editor of the Courier Journal in Louisville. This marks the fourth Pulitzer Prize awarded to Gannett journalists in the last three years.
New Election Results Platform Created for USA TODAY NETWORK
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMFor this year's elections, Gannett’s consumer product team has built a new system that is being deployed across the USA TODAY NETWORK to support results from more than 10,000 races. Aimed at supporting and solving the needs of newsrooms across the nation, both small and large, the product team created an internal results tool that will provide unified results for USA TODAY and Gannett’s more than 250 local newsrooms. The team created the system to publish results that would allow USA TODAY and local sites to embed live results within news stories for any Associated Press-covered race across desktop, mobile web, and mobile apps. The in-house platform brings a unique level of local and national elections results in a truly modern way that only Gannett could provide given the number of local communities within the USA TODAY NETWORK. By creating an easy and modern election results tool, newsrooms will be able to focus on stories within their communities as election results will be published through the platform, rather than focusing on reporting their communities' election results in addition to covering the top stories.
Courier Journal Reflects on the Year Since Breonna Taylor's Death Rattled the Louisville Community – and the Nation
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMThe Louisville Courier Journal is commemorating Breonna Taylor’s life and what has happened one year after her death with unique, impactful local coverage from reporters rooted in the community who have been covering the fatal police shooting of Taylor from the beginning. The 26-year-old Black woman's death has since sparked international outrage and demand for criminal justice reforms, but even before the case gained attention beyond Louisville, Courier Journal reporters were providing crucial on-the-ground information about her death to the local community they serve. The Courier Journal also scheduled three Facebook lives this month for panelists, including local politicians, community members, professors and government officials, to discuss how systemic racism continues to create wide disparities in Louisville. “At a time when Breonna Taylor’s family and the Louisville community were demanding answers, The Courier Journal’s reporting has helped uncover the truth. Our commitment to this story continues as Louisville looks to tear down racist systems and create a more equitable city,” said Veda W. Morgan, senior director for engagement, diversity and opinion at the Courier Journal.
Gannett Teams in Texas Provide Vital Information to Local Communities Impacted by Storm
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMWhen the unprecedented winter storm devastated Texas, journalists at the Austin American-Statesman provided critical information to their local communities, despite also personally enduring effects from the inclement freezing weather. As Texas continues to deal with aftermath of the storm, Gannett is mobilizing to offer support and aid to Texas employees. Design Center and Digital Optimization Team teams stepped in on their off days to package indispensable information for Gannett newspapers. Beyond the newsroom, Gannett is working to provide aid and relief to Texas employees as well. The Austin American-Statesman office became a refuge (following COVID safety protocols) for employees seeking power, water, heat and supplies.
USA TODAY Investigation Into LSU’s Handling of Sexual Misconduct Cases Continues to Make Impact
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY reported in November that Louisiana State University had a culture of covering up sexual misconduct allegations. The university refused to release that report when USA TODAY first requested it in December, prompting USA TODAY reporters to sue the school. Ultimately, Miles withdrew his legal objections backed down, and the university gave USA TODAY the report on March 4. "We can't stop now," said USA TODAY sports investigative editor Peter Barzilai to USA TODAY Editor-in-Chief Nicole Carroll last week for “The Backstory” newsletter. We will continue digging until we know all the answers,” said USA TODAY investigations editor Emily Le Coz.
Gannett Journalists Keep Their Local Communities Informed With Critical COVID-19 News Throughout Year of Pandemic
In the months since, our journalists have leveraged the local-to-national footprint of the USA TODAY NETWORK to keep their local communities informed with critical COVID-19 news, including recent updates about where to find the COVID-19 vaccine. To help calm communities, USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms showcased voices of people who emerged on the other side of the virus. USA TODAY NETWORK journalists worked to answer questions and tamp down rumors. USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms covered local businesses and restaurant plights as they learned to live under new rules. USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms went beyond headlines to explain key issues and add context for readers.
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Jailhouse and schoolhouse: Education that gave me direction is doing the same for my inmates
Inmates in our county jail are among the latest to enroll in a new culture called IGNITE — Inmate Growth Naturally and Intentionally Through Education. Five days a week, for two hours each day, nearly the entire incarcerated population at Genesee County Jail goes to school. Our goal is to make better people, not better inmates. That is the commitment of my office, inside the walls of the Genesee County Jail. Chris Swanson is sheriff of Genesee County (Flint), Michigan.
Louis Menand Examines the Churn of American Culture After World War II
On occasion, foreign and American film styles clashed with amusing results. “I’m talking cinema and you’re talking meteorology,” he lectured the two Americans before bidding them adieu. The option was picked up by Warren Beatty, whose career, post-“Splendor in the Grass,” had hit the skids. Menand takes a more sympathetic view, seeing the shift as a welcome, if belated, response to an unfolding disaster. American culture was confident and diverse, while the government’s reputation was in tatters.
There’s a better way than Biden’s unrealistic, expensive climate pledge
For the past 30 years, the global approach to climate policy has been making grand promises and later mostly failing to live up to them. At his World Leaders Climate Summit, President Biden promised to cut about twice as much carbon as what Obama promised, which was hailed as decisive and bold climate action. The President’s own price sticker is $2 trillion on climate policy over his first term. These countries matter, because they will make up three-quarters of this century’s emissions, and they cannot spare trillions for climate policy. To Biden’s credit, this is one of his many climate promises, but it needs to be front and center of a successful climate agenda.
Opinion | Why Gun Control is Now a Matter of National Security
At least one key Republican senator, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, has expressed openness to working with Biden on a gun bill. While gun control is now unlikely to lose existing supporters, it is also unlikely to win many new ones. Law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels need to prepare better than they have in the past for non-violent enforcement. But the increased magnitude of those very risks are exactly why we need to recast gun control as a national security challenge. If the president wants to follow through on his desire to rebuild American democracy, a push to curb gun violence offers an invaluable opportunity and a potentially persuasive argument.
Philonise Floyd Says Teenager Who Filmed His Brother's Murder 'Changed The World'
Navalny has also been on a weekslong hunger strike to protest the government’s refusal to let outside doctors treat him in prison. The nationwide demonstrations united disparate opposition groups into one movement that is challenging President Vladimir Putin’s 20-year rule. If Navalny dies, it will even further energize the opposition against Putin. He jailed opposition leaders and barred rival candidates from running. In addition to employing targeted and national sanctions, democratic countries have other ways to reproach states that violate international law.
Column: Biden wants to hike the capital gains tax. The wealthy will fight him to the death
Biden could announce a proposal on the capital gains tax next week, Bloomberg reported, with the goal of using the tax to fund part of his infrastructure program. But that gives only a hint of why the wealthy love the capital gains tax. As it was described by the late Edward Kleinbard, who reigned for years as the resident tax expert at USC, the capital gains tax is our only truly “voluntary” tax. These figures explain much of the politicking that has gone on over the capital gains tax and other taxes enjoyed mostly by the wealthy. Whether Biden will follow through on what appears to be a strategically leaked policy draft and raise the capital gains tax is anybody’s bet.
Op-Ed: Maxine Waters: I’m not new to this
Derek Chauvin’s killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis was a shocking and disturbing experience for so many people. On video, Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes as he took his last breaths. I know that because I have been an activist participating in the civil rights movement and I have dealt with the issue of police abuse for many decades. To target me and say that I was violent or encouraging violence is a blatant distortion of the truth. Maxine Waters, a Democrat, represents California’s 43rd Congressional District.
¿Limpieza del armario en primavera? 20 lugares para donar ropa y artículos usados en el área metropolitana de Phoenix
Aquí hay 20 opciones sobre lugares dónde donar ropa y artículos usados en el área metropolitana de Phoenix:André HouseAndré House es un ministerio católico en Phoenix que brinda servicios individualizados a los necesitados. Acepta todo tipo de ropa: ?Disponible los fines de semana: ?Recolección disponible: ? (Solo para grandes donaciones). Se puede donar ropa y artículos para el hogar en la tienda de segunda mano de Assistance League en Chandler, que proporciona fondos para sus programas. El IRC acepta donaciones de ropa y otros artículos en sus oficinas en Glendale para abastecer su Tienda de Reasentamiento, donde las familias del IRC pueden “comprar” artículos gratis. Acepta todo tipo de ropa: ?Disponible los fines de semana: ?Recogida disponible: ?Traducción Alfredo García
Take it from me, a retired Chicago cop: CPD spends too much time arresting petty drug offenders
Arresting them and locking them up was — and still is — a huge waste of resources and human potential. Law enforcement consistently over-prioritizes arresting people for drug possession at the expense of other police work, to the point where many serious crimes go unsolved. One of the best ways to ensure that law enforcement agencies stay focused on the most serious priorities is to change low-level drug possession laws. That is why I support Illinois House Bill 3447, which would reduce many drug possession offenses from a Class 4 felony to a misdemeanor. Those convicted of misdemeanor drug possession won’t face counterproductive barriers to voting, finding a job, attending college and more.
World leaders pledge climate cooperation despite other rifts
The entire world faces “a moment of peril” but also “a moment of opportunity,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style chrome-blue set for the virtual summit of 40 world leaders. The cost of inaction keeps mounting.”Biden’s new U.S. commitment, timed to the summit, would cut America’s fossil fuel emissions as much as 52% by 2030. But the summit also marshaled an impressive display of the world’s most powerful leaders speaking on the single issue of climate change. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some not.
Florida court deals blow to marijuana ballot initiative
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a potentially fatal blow to supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana under certain circumstances. The justices ruled that the initiative's ballot summary is “misleading” in part because it does not spell out that recreational marijuana possession and distribution remains a federal crime. The ruling came after Attorney General Ashley Moody requested an advisory opinion on whether the marijuana initiative was valid. A group called Make It Legal Florida had been gathering petition signatures in hopes of placing the initiative on the 2022 ballot. The group would need more than 891,000 signatures to get the marijuana measure on the 2022 ballot
Correspondent of the Day, April 23, 2021: Focus on mental health of shooting perpetrator
Focus on mental health of shooting perpetratorEditor, Times-Dispatch:I awoke a few days ago to the news of yet another mass shooting, this time in Indiana. I’m not sure the gun debate in our country ever will be resolved. That said, a troubling similarity to so many of the mass shootings over the past 10 years has been the mental health of the perpetrator. If we can’t come to some consensus about guns, perhaps we at least can get more serious about mental health. About 20 to 25 years ago, governors and legislatures throughout the country decimated state mental health services, ostensibly passing responsibility for these services on to already strapped local governments.
'Passionate and committed': Prominent Kentucky gun reform activist Luther Brown Jr. dies
Luther Brown Jr. was often seen around the Louisville community on tennis courts, at banquets, city council meetings and churches, with one goal in mind — minimizing gun violence. Brown founded two organizations dedicated to gun safety and education — Board4Change and Little Hands, Little Feet. Hamilton remembers him coming to District 5 meetings to show PowerPoints on gun safety. You'll probably never hear, even people his age, refer to him as just Luther Brown. I think that's what Mr. Brown would want."
Biden admin scraps Trump-era proposal to limit trans protections at shelters
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday that transgender people would be protected from discrimination at federally funded homeless shelters. HUD will reaffirm the Equal Access Rule and require that transgender and gender-nonconforming people be housed in shelters in accordance with their gender identity. “Unfortunately, transgender and gender non-conforming people report more instances of housing instability and homelessness than cis-gender people. Under the rule, shelters also would have been able to choose to only house trans people based on their assigned sex at birth as opposed to their gender identity. “Today’s announcement by Secretary Fudge is an important step in ensuring access to safe, affirming housing for transgender people.
Anti-Asian hate crimes bill passes US Senate
New law would require the US Department of Justice to focus on prosecuting hate crimes amid surge in attacks. The United States Senate passed a bill Thursday to combat the rise of hate crimes against Asians during the coronavirus pandemic, setting the stage for enactment of major new anti-hate-crime law. The measure, passed in the Senate by an overwhelming 94-1 majority, would direct a US Justice Department review of hate crimes and provide support for local law enforcement responding to violent incidents. “It just turns your stomach what we’ve seen so far – far too often – in the wake of COVID-19,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said following the vote. Hate crimes are notoriously difficult to prosecute.
New Report Outlines Country’s Food System Crisis, Calls for Major Policy Reform
WASHINGTON - A comprehensive report released today by the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch outlines the crisis state of the country’s food system, including detailed analysis on the severe damage levied on society by unchecked corporate monopolies dominating the system. The report, “Well-Fed: A Roadmap to a Sustainable Food System that Works For All,” offers a corrective policy blueprint that includes sweeping federal legislation and an overhaul of the country’s farm safety net. The report outlines the alarming degree of corporate consolidation in the food industry and its impact on consumers and small farms. These and other conditions have had a devastating effect on consumer choice and costs, and small farm income and stability. “The COVID pandemic laid bare many of the systemic crises in our food system today, all of which are exacerbated by unchecked corporate consolidation,” said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter.
Patriotic Millionaires Celebrate Biden Plans to Raise Capital Gains Tax Rate for Top Earners
There is no reason that money earned through wealth and investments should be taxed at a lower rate than the money that people earn from work. Biden has the right idea—our tax code should value work over wealth. Millionaires like me who sit around and live off of our investments should not pay a lower tax rate than Americans who work for a living. Take it from a millionaire investor—investors don’t need any extra incentive to invest. What else are we going to do with our money, put it in a mattress?
Democrats Must Pass H.R. 3 and Reinvest the Savings into Medicare
WASHINGTON - The following is a statement from Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, on the reintroduction of H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act:“The Lower Drug Costs Now Act is an important first step towards taking on Big Pharma’s greed and lowering drug prices for everyone in America. Furthermore, he should reinvest the savings into Medicare by lowering the eligibility age and adding vision, hearing, and dental benefits. Not only is lowering drug prices a moral necessity, it’s also a political no-brainer. Democratic, Republican, and independent voters all overwhelmingly support bold action to lower drug prices.
The Great Forgetting: Why We Forget Epidemics and Why This One Must Be Remembered
To clear my thoughts, to forget, I opened my window, let in the winter air, and breathed deep. The pandemic had by then killed more Americans than had died in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined—and it wasn't done with us yet. Every November 11th, on Veterans Day, our world still remembers and celebrates the moment World War I officially ended. "Collectively, we obviously wrongly shared a feeling that Americans would be fine," Lincoln said of the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. My inner misanthrope says no, but certainly the odds improve if we don't delete this pandemic from history like the last one.
Senate Passes COVID-19 Hate Crimes Bill Amid Wave of Violence Against Asian Communities
WASHINGTON - Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act:“There has been a devastating spike in hate incidents and violence targeting the Asian American community, as well as other people of color, religious minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. By passing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, with the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality Act (Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act) as an amendment, the Senate is recognizing the urgency of this moment and the need to improve hate crimes reporting and invest in communities targeted for hate. More accurate reporting and data would help to create community-centered solutions to prevent and report hate crimes and help law enforcement carry out its duty to protect and serve communities targeted for hate. We applaud the Senate for this vote, and call on the House of Representatives to pass this important legislation so the president can sign it into law.”The Leadership Conference urged Congress to pass the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act earlier this month. The letter is available here.
John Boehner: The Man of the House Never Did Man Up
Such thoughts passed through my mind on the publication of former Speaker of the House John Boehner’s memoir, On the House. After Boehner made a speech denouncing congressional earmarks in 2011, Young (a master practitioner of pork barrel politics) confronted the speaker just off the House floor and, according to Boehner, held a 10-inch knife to his throat. Where Boehner withholds the truth concerns his own motivation, and the media have not done a good job smoking this out. Boehner was a mere windsock, a ventriloquist’s dummy for the Republican Freedom Caucus and its menagerie of loonies. John Boehner was pretty much always in favor of Trump; his objections were just a stylistic thing.
It's Not Too Late to Reverse Course on the Climate Crisis
Over time, the United States has emitted more CO2 than any other country—since 1751, adding roughly a quarter of total historical emissions. Today, China and the United States emit almost half of the world's carbon dioxide: In 2020, China released almost 30 percent and the United States 15 percent. As of late 2020, more than 1 in 4 Americans—over 100 million of us—lived in places committed to using 100 percent clean electricity. I grew up in Texas, where oil is king, and my home state's leadership on clean energy is an energizing surprise. Another state probably not linked with green energy innovation in the minds of many is Georgia.
'Blood of Innocents on Its Hands': Modi Government Blamed as India Faces Horrific Covid Surge
That same day, India reported 1,341 coronavirus deaths. On Wednesday, the country reported a record-shattering 2,104 deaths from Covid-19 as experts fear a more contagious "double mutant" strain of the virus is driving the surge. "Patents should be disregarded and technology transferred as needed to maximize global vaccine production everywhere." According to the latest figures from Our World in Data, India has fully vaccinated just 1.3% of its population. "Patents should be disregarded and technology transferred as needed to maximize global vaccine production everywhere," Gaffney added.
Biden's Appeasement of Hawks and Neocons Is Crippling His Diplomacy
President Biden took office promising a new era of American international leadership and diplomacy. Biden's procrastination has only strengthened the influence of the hawkish Washington foreign policy "blob," Republicans and Democratic hawks in Congress and foreign allies like Netanyahu in Israel. Unlike Trump, Biden has been at the heart of American politics and foreign policy since the 1970s. The dangerous disconnect at the heart of Biden's foreign policy is the result of this dichotomy between the neocons' conquest of Washington and their abject failure to conquer the rest of the world. For a president who promised a new era of American diplomacy, this has been a dreadful start.
Josh Hawley Casts Lone 'No' Vote on Senate Bill Targeting Anti-Asian Hate Crimes
"This historic, bipartisan vote... is a powerful message of solidarity to our AAPI community," Hirono said following the measure's passage. This historic, bipartisan vote on the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act is a powerful message of solidarity to our AAPI community. Hawley is lone senator to vote against anti-Asian hate crime bill https://t.co/P4t81PcUt3 pic.twitter.com/naDL1Dz7aM — The Hill (@thehill) April 22, 2021AAPI advocates, however, welcomed the bill's passage. Advancing Justice-AAJC told Politico the bill would "provide much-needed support for individuals and communities impacted by hate and discrimination." The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued a statement applauding the Senate for "recognizing the urgency of this moment and the need to improve hate crimes reporting and invest in communities targeted for hate."
Pressure Campaign Kicks Off in US to Force Big Pharma and Biden to End Vaccine Apartheid
At 4:00 pm ET, a similar event took place not far away in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where Johnson & Johnson is based. Big pharma monopolies = countries waiting until 2023 for widespread vaccination @Pfizer @Moderna_tx @BioNTech_Group @AstraZeneca @Novavax @JNJNews must #JoinCTAP + share vaccines with the world. With momentum for a patent waiver building, the coalition behind the current week of action hopes to shed light on Big Pharma's profiteering and persuade Biden to help end vaccine apartheid. A banner calling for a people's vaccine will be dropped at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, located in Seattle, on Sunday. In the absence of a patent waiver, "millions of people in the Global South will not get access to the vaccine until 2024," tweeted People's Action.
Why I sometimes think our government is ... dysfunctional
But we only have a small window to accomplish, what is needed for President Biden's agenda and hopefully his second term. When I think about what our government sometimes looks like ... "dysfunctional" was the word that came to mind. But "The Crown" still made me think what a waste of tax money and resources. President Biden had to look for someone else, as if he didn't have the party majority. Heaven forbid, Trump gets back in office, then there might be more similarities to "The Crown" that I don't want to think about.
A (true) Parable for Earth Day
While the Hopi and the Navajo have very different cultures and economies, they share a belief that the people came from the Earth, are a part of the Earth, and will return to the Earth. Sedan Crater at the Nevada Test SiteThe Central Arizona ProjectThe last and biggest large-scale project of the Bureau of Reclamation was the Central Arizona Project. The Central Arizona Project intake station for Colorado River water at Lake Havasu. The Central Arizona Project canal tunnels through a mountain near Tonopa ArizonaPheonix. They will be living with the environmental and economic legacy of the Central Arizona Project for many years to come.
Democratizing the Senate from Inside
The legitimacy and efficacy of the U.S. Senate could be dramatically increased by a simple internal Senate rule change: go to population weighted voting. But, via this new internal rule, each Senator’s votes would be weighted by the number of people they represent. This power is why the Senate has been able to create its anti-majoritarian filibuster rule. It’s now time to use this rule making power to functionally overcome the greatest blight on our democracy, the malapportionment of the Senate. If support for Senate Rule #45 becomes a broadly understood litmus test for candidates from both parties, people power may just prevail.
The 'iffy' grip of Trumpism and its cold dead hands still grifting
Analysis | A key question moving forward: Is Trump’s grip on the GOP stronger than his base’s? https://t.co/yQ7htQJtx5The argument made by a super PAC associated with former national security adviser John Bolton centered on the extent to which Republican voters were still likely to follow Trump’s political lead. The yardstick against which Republican officials are often measured isn’t “Does Trump approve?” but “Does Trump’s base approve?” — a different and trickier calculus. #conspiracytheories #IntoTheStorm https://t.co/r8muhMZqrr — Paste Magazine (@PasteMagazine) April 22, 2021x Trumpism is the GOP. https://t.co/TZZfIT20Ou — The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) April 22, 2021x The Founders never intended for women to vote but here we are.
Yeah, So Much For The "Serious" Infrastructure Counter Offer From The GOP.
President Biden challenged Republicans to come up with a counter proposal to his infrastructure plan, and they have not disappointed those of us on the left who believe the GOP will not negotiate in good faith. It’s not detailed, but the plan outlines spending only $568 billion on infrastructure. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) described the plan, based on a document circulated by GOP senators, as “a beginning document” during a press conference. Instead of the Green New Deal that Democrats have talked about, we can call this Republican offer on infrastructure the “Ebenezer Scrooge” Deal. But this infrastructure plan has to be paid for.
We're rapidly approaching the time to stop catering to 'vaccine holdouts'
They’re the people who cheered when an incoherent mob led by white supremacists sacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Excuses for refusing the vaccine are ubiquitous on the internet and social media. Republican pollster Frank Luntz conducted a focus group of Trump-voting vaccine “skeptics” to try to fathom what was driving their obstinacy. I mean, we’re just going to be shot up and shot up and shot up,” said a man identified as Erzen from New York. This is not sustainable.”Presumably this person has never received a flu shot, which people get every year.
Brazil's Bolsonaro makes the planet an offer it can't refuse … but they have to reject Bolsonaro
On the other hand, Bolsonaro is right about one thing: Brazil’s historic contribution to the greenhouse gases now driving climate change has been relatively low. He’s offering to slightly apply the brakes on destruction that has vastly accelerated on his watch. He’s not offering to replant a single tree, or even to halt illegal extraction, burning, and expansion into the area. Bolsonaro ran on a platform that expressly called for not halting the destruction of Amazon forests. But there is absolutely no reason to trust Jair Bolsonaro now, or ever.
New Guidelines for U.S. Government Interactions with Taiwan Counterparts
The Department of State has issued new guidelines for U.S. government interaction with Taiwan counterparts to encourage U.S. government engagement with Taiwan that reflects our deepening unofficial relationship. The guidance underscores Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and an important security and economic partner that is also a force for good in the international community. These new guidelines liberalize guidance on contacts with Taiwan, consistent with our unofficial relations, and provide clarity throughout the Executive Branch on effective implementation of our “one China” policy, which is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three Joint Communiques, and the Six Assurances. The new guidelines have been issued following a review as set forth in the Taiwan Assurance Act.
PRC Military Pressure Against Taiwan Threatens Regional Peace and Stability
The United States notes with concern the pattern of ongoing PRC attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan. We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives. The United States will continue to support a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues, consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people on Taiwan. The United States maintains its longstanding commitments as outlined in the Three Communiqués, the Taiwan Relations Act, and the Six Assurances. Our commitment to Taiwan is rock-solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within the region.
Police arrest man in connection with not one but two anti-Asian hate crimes in California
According to the Associated Press, during Vivona’s arrest, he told police he had a “hate” or “fixation” about Asians. “I want everybody to know, especially in the AAPI community, that you’re not alone,” Kokumai told NBC News. Similar to Vivona, the man expressed bias against and xenophobia towards Asian Americans. According to data released by Stop AAPI Hate, almost 3,800 incidents of anti-Asian hate were reported over the past year during the pandemic. To learn more and to report crimes, go to: Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Stop the AAPI Hate, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA, and Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council.
Pelosi says 'America stands with Taiwan' after TAIPEI Act passes
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, on Wednesday (March 4) issued both a tweet and formal statement in support of Taiwan after the House unanimously passed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative Act (TAIPEI Act). The lightly revised TAIPEI Act was passed with a unanimous vote of 415 to zero, reported CNA. She added that through the act, the U.S. Congress is sending a message to the world that "America stands with Taiwan." The TAIPEI Act celebrates and supports Taiwan’s commitment to democracy, by preserving and promoting its position on the international stage. Today, by passing the TAIPEI Act, Congress once again reaffirms our strong support for a free, open and democratic Taiwan.
Analysis | Taiwan: The benefits of engagement
Because of this, Taiwan has developed expertise in how to counter China — expertise that could be of use to the United States and the European Union. In a world where authoritarian, state capitalist ideologies are flourishing, Taiwan is a showcase for the benefits of liberal democracy. In short, Western countries have good reasons to seek ties with and to support Taiwan. The United States, for example, has institutionalized a dense network of unofficial but substantivedialogues with Taiwan about a range of issues, including security and defense. This series will consider this and many other ways that non-state actors can contribute to strengthening ties with Taiwan.
Republican Greed Now Dominates Americans' Lives
From Hartmann Report(Image by Unsplash Photos) Details DMCARepublican greed is why Americans can't have nice things. Republicans don't hate Social Security and Medicare, for example, because they're afraid that those programs are going to somehow turn America into a communist country. Trump used the Defense Production Act to force mostly Brown and Black meatpackers back to work, not to keep Americans safe. As long as their investments in weapons manufacturers are profitable and the problem of gun violence is limited to poor- and working-class Americans, Republicans don't give a rat's ass about "gun safety." Donald Trump's rewrite of NAFTA even gives American companies a huge new tax break if they move factories from America to Mexico.
The American Prison System, the Prison-Ashram Project and Other Alternatives Pt. 4
youtube.com/watch?v=Fc4BkuKyjkoBo Lozoff -- Life is Deep (prison talk) Renowned teacher/activist Bo Lozoff describes the common threads of all religions and the simple principles they share. "Independence" - in the context of a work environment - usually means a focus on "looking out for number one," and not allowing oneself to be vulnerable, open, undefended. One can wonder about the degree to which many of our organizations (and schools) have come to resemble prisons. In this light, let us consider two currently functioning alternatives to the present prison system. Both, as we will see, demonstrate a shift in focus to increased openness and interdependence on multiple levels.
Tomgram: Nina Burleigh, The Pandemic Memory Hole
World War I was, however faintly, still part of my life when I grew up in the Cold War years. But there was one thing they had lived through as children that they never mentioned, not once: the devastating great influenza pandemic of 1918-1920 that killed so many more Americans than died in both world wars. I had no idea it had even happened, though it was far more devastating than the present pandemic globally (horrific as Covid-19 is). The pandemic had by then killed more Americans than had died in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined and it wasn't done with us yet. Every November 11th, on Veterans Day, our world still remembers and celebrates the moment World War I officially ended.
Overcoming Delusion: Brotherhood and the George Floyd Verdict
Many proclaimed this moment as a pivotal time in our nation when true change will come. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Voting Rights Act of 1964. When the March on Selma resulted in the passage of the Voting Rights Act, that too was a time of euphoria. And in the last few months, because of the 2020 election results, 43 states are considering legislation to limit voting rights. Brotherhood: The true cause of the George Floyd verdictJustice was achieved in the prosecution of Derek Chauvin because the prosecutors and the jurors, were people who could perceive true justice.
Ukraine's fascist nightmare and the growing risk of a repeat of World War II
I'm talking about the general trend towards fascistic nationalism and war buildup throughout the capitalist world, which the developments in Ukraine provide a prelude to. "There are neo-Nazi pogroms against the Roma, rampant attacks on feminists and LGBT groups, book bans, and state-sponsored glorification of Nazi collaborators," The Nation's Lev Golinkin wrote in 2019. The fascists, with help from their NATO puppeteers, have plunged Ukraine into terror, poverty, and war by gutting and replacing Ukrainian society's foundations. In order to create an anti-Russian Ukraine, the only real period of history they have to fall back on to create this is these World War II-era Nazi collaborators. And the logical conclusion of this is a repeat of the horrors of World War II, where the fascist and imperialist powers slaughtered tens of millions for conquest and capitalist fortification.
How to Raise Trillions Without Hiking Taxes on Working Americans
We need to fund infrastructure projects and build affordable housing while transitioning our energy system away from fossil fuels toward energy efficiency and renewable energy. Finally, if we are going to be able to compete in a global economy, we need to have the best educated workforce in the world. That means we must make public colleges and universities tuition free and debt free for working families. But paying to fix these problems should not fall on the shoulders of working Americans who already pay the bulk of this nation's taxes. The good news is that we are living in the wealthiest country in the history of the world.
To Survive Next Pandemic, We Must Not Forget COVID Like We Forgot the 1918 Flu
The pandemic had by then killed more Americans than had died in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined — and it wasn’t done with us yet. Every November 11th, on Veterans Day, our world still remembers and celebrates the moment World War I officially ended. “Collectively, we obviously wrongly shared a feeling that Americans would be fine,” Lincoln said of the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the circumstances, it’s important that we not drop this pandemic from memory as we did the 1918 one. My inner misanthrope says no, but certainly the odds improve if we don’t delete this pandemic from history like the last one.
Haki Madhubuti Pt. 2: Liberation Narratives
In Part 2 of their conversation, @HakiMadhubuti and the professors continue their conversation answering the question: “How can we best pass on the legacy of institution building?” Tune in for Professor Madhubuti’s answer, as well as his reading of his poem “Liberation Narratives.”A leading poet and one of the architects of the Black Arts Movement, Haki R. Madhubuti (pronounced Mad-hu-boo-tee)—publisher, editor, and educator—has been a pivotal figure in the development of a strong Black literary tradition. He has published more than 31 books (some under his former name, Don L. Lee) and is one of the world’s best-selling authors of poetry and non-fiction. His book “Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous? The AfricanAmerican Family in Transition” has sold more than one million copies. Links:Third World Press Twitter: https://twitter.com/thirdworldpress?s=20Twitter: https://twitter.com/HakiMadhubuti?s=20Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HakiMadhubuti/Website: https://thirdworldpressfoundation.org/
Reject Greenwashing. At This Point, Only an Ecological Revolution Will Do.
It’s a bleak sort of Earth Day today. There has never been an Earth Day like this. How, then, do we look on Earth Day in this grim context? Please take this Earth Day and do likewise. Knowing this, it’s time to reject greenwashing and false promises from the powerful when they are proffered.
California’s Wildfire Season Looms. Regenerative Agriculture Could Offer Hope.
She wonders if her embrace of regenerative farming — a set of practices that restore soil health by mimicking natural processes — may have helped. Before doing so, she had concentrated her efforts on taking care of the animals, trees and plants on her farm. Markegard says the benefits of the approach are visible, even to the untrained eye, during wildfire season. But only so much is in the realm of control of a single farm or land trust, since lightning could strike anywhere. We know that animal impact can make a huge difference in clearing out old debris and oxidized material,” Koefoed said.
Nearly 100 House Democrats Send Letter to Schumer Demanding End to Filibuster
Representatives Cori Bush (D-Missouri) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) are leading an effort with nearly 100 of their fellow House members to end the Senate filibuster. The lawmakers join many progressive and Democratic advocates in saying that the filibuster is a roadblock to progress. In fact, lawmakers got rid of the House’s filibuster 130 years ago because it was preventing progress. The Senate filibuster, as the lawmakers point out, is a relic of the Jim Crow era and has a history of being used to block civil rights. It’s voting rights or the filibuster.
Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin: Green New Deal Is Essential for Human Survival
It’s true that, according to the IEA’s model, emissions level will not increase any further from now until 2040. This needs to be recognized as a minimal ethical requirement, since high-income countries are almost entirely responsible for having created the climate crisis in the first place. Bob, certain studies seem to indicate that the climate crisis won’t be stopped even if we reduced greenhouse gas emissions to zero. I am compelled therefore to ask you this: Is the climate crisis a race we can actually win? All of these impacts will also help break the grip that neoliberalism has maintained over the global economy over the past 40 years.
Opinion : Republicans are undermining American democracy. Here’s how it could backfire on them.
Republicans seem not to care about the violent consequences of spreading lies about election fraud or torching faith in democratic institutions. Next year, Republicans may learn the hard way that embracing Trump’s baseless election conspiracy theories could have catastrophic consequences for their party’s electoral prospects. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementIn Georgia’s 2021 special election, a preview of this phenomenon already played out after Trump spread lies about his election defeat. So, even if a small percentage of Republicans stayed home because of fake claims of election manipulation, it could prove decisive. We need to stop Republican lies about America’s elections.
Opinion : Republicans are plotting to use economic blackmail. Here’s how Democrats can stop them.
They have to kill the debt ceiling entirely. The debt ceiling is a bizarre quirk of the U.S. budgeting process that exists in almost no other country in the world. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThe debt ceiling is an extra vote Congress has to take. After that, they have to pass another bill raising the debt ceiling to cover the difference. The first is simply to write the debt ceiling out of U.S. law.
Opinion : I’m a former Baltimore police detective. Cities like mine should embrace a community responder model.
A recent report titled “The Community Responder Model: How Cities Can Send the Right Responder to Every 911 Call,” co-authored by the Law Enforcement Action Partnership and the Center for American Progress, makes the case for this new approach. The CR model would be perfect in my home city of Baltimore. If Baltimore had a CR program, the young people served by Unified Efforts could go to school for social work, train as community responders and get meaningful employment. But I am confident in the community responder model because the evidence shows that the appropriate responders for low-level crimes and noncriminal problems are not, in fact, police. The CR model creates a comprehensive health and safety service network that police, public health experts and community members can all get behind.
Stacey Abrams just taught Senator John Kennedy a lesson on being prepared
Sen. John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana, went viral on Wednesday for embarrassing himself during a Tuesday hearing with Stacey Abrams about Georgia’s new voter suppression law. What the senator had hoped would be a triumphant “gotcha” grilling backfired in large part because she had come prepared — and he clearly had not. In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on voting rights, Kennedy attempted to stump Abrams by asking her to list the specific provisions of the bill she finds racist and objectionable. As Abrams dropped an impressive amount of knowledge, Kennedy appeared to be slowly realizing his mistake. So, yes, it was very satisfying to watch Kennedy underestimate Abrams and then see her intellectually stomp him in front of his colleagues and the world.
California’s massive UC and Cal State systems plan to require COVID-19 vaccinations this fall
More than three dozen colleges nationwide have already announced they will require vaccination for enrollment this fall, including Claremont McKenna and Harvey Mudd in Claremont. But UC and Cal State have not yet taken that step because of questions over the legality of requiring vaccines before they have been formally approved by the FDA. “The state of California has been a leader in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, and Californians receiving a vaccine has led to significantly reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in our state,” Castro said. In California, COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations related to the virus are low and vaccinations are on the rise. AdvertisementWhile there has been no statewide or federal mandate ordering residents to get any emergency-authorized COVID-19 vaccine, there has been some indication already that a show of proof may be necessary at times.
‘Nuclear Folly’ recalls when we edged close to the brink
They would have heard “nuclear power” and thought: “nuclear war.”AdvertisementThe ensuing month of escalating tension is the subject of Harvard history professor Serhii Plokhy’s gripping new book “Nuclear Folly: A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis,” which follows the incident from its deep background to its minute-by-minute unfolding. Through it all, the most indelible aspect for anybody who lived through that month: the oppressive, nearly unbearable dread that the United States and the Soviet Union were moving inexorably toward full-scale nuclear war. Famously, the specific story he tells has a happy ending, although even on this point Plokhy is sardonically deadpan. He reminds them instead that although the Cold War is long over, the threat of nuclear war is only increasing. Nuclear Folly: A History of the Cuban Missile CrisisBy Serhii PlokhyWW Norton, 444 pages, $35
Learning from the tumultuous politics of another century in ‘The Age of Acrimony’
It’s not every day — it’s not every year — that a book appears that upends all the guiding historical views of the age. Then again, Jon Grinspan’s “ The Age of Acrimony ” is that rare disturbance in the waters of the historiography of 19th-century America. The political figures of that age were not all ciphers in facial hair. One is the story of how American politics changed in the period, but really how Americans changed and how that transformation changed American politics. So who says that the only Age of Acrimony was between 1865 and 1915?
Warren joins push for more housing help from DC, seeking nearly $500 billion for 3 million new homes
Add Senator Elizabeth Warren to the growing list of Washington Democrats urging federal help to tackle a housing crunch that’s affecting Greater Boston and many other places across the United States. It would expand several programs that fund affordable housing, chiefly the Housing Trust Fund, which finances development for lower-income households. Those rules, analysts say, contribute to sky-high housing costs and effectively block some people from buying homes in many Boston-area suburbs. The Biden administration’s $2 billion infrastructure package includes some of the same elements as Warren’s plan, such as $5 billion in grants to loosen zoning. At nearly $500 billion over 10 years, Warren’s housing plan could face pushback from lawmakers concerned about the mounting cost of COVID-19 economic relief spending and other broad economic bills being pushed in the early months of the Biden administration.
How to help friends avoid conspiracy theories
Conspiracy theories are an insidious form of conceptual quicksand. In part, that’s because conspiracy theories are based on non-falsifiable propositions, assertions that don’t exist in concrete enough form to be tested or disproved. In such a situation, facts don’t render one skeptical of conspiracy theories; rather, conspiracy theories make one skeptical of facts. “One may want to point out that throughout history, conspiracy theories have come up short,” Byford recommended via e-mail. And all that is to say nothing of the multiple arrests of cabal members that were supposed to occur.
House fire reported in central Las Vegas
(Las Vegas Fire Department)Crews are battling a house fire Thursday afternoon in central Las Vegas. Firefighters responded just before 1:45 p.m. to a home on the 2000 block of Las Verdes Street, near Oakey and Valley View boulevards, according to the Las Vegas Fire Department Twitter account. Crews reported heave fire and smoke upon arrival. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
McAuliffe, Herring hold leads ahead of Democratic primary; party's contest for LG wide open
“Name recognition is a big head start, but it’s better when voters’ impression is mostly favorable,” said Quentin Kidd, academic director at the Wason Center. In the contest for attorney general, Herring received 42% of the vote to 18% for Del. While Herring maintains a significant lead, Jones has made up ground since CNU's February poll, in which he had just 3% of the vote. In the party's contest for lieutenant governor, nearly two-thirds of respondents said they were undecided. Guzman, who faces a tough primary challenge for her seat in the House of Delegates, announced Saturday that she was dropping out of the contest for lieutenant governor, saying she lacked sufficient fundraising to compete for the statewide nomination.
Mayor: New budget focuses on defeating COVID, lifting economy and realizing racial equity
Our budget was bolstered by the $156.7 million in critical COVID-related federal aid that Metro Government has received since last year. And federal COVID-related funding will continue to help – we’ll soon receive more than $430 million through the American Rescue Plan. Related:'Reimagining' police without defunding: How Fischer wants to spend Louisville dollarsMy team and I remain focused on creating equity of opportunity in our city. To foster that, this budget includes $250,000 for the new Equity in Procurement Task Force, which promotes supplier diversity initiatives. Let’s work together to defeat the pandemic, lift up our economy and realize racial equity.
[Noah Smith] Trump blazed trade trail for Biden
An engineer by trade, Hoover tried to encourage cooperation between government and industry. Thus, it’s very normal throughout history for economic policy revolutions to start under presidents from the opposite party of the one who eventually gets the credit. In fact, Biden‘s entire China policy essentially continues in the direction that Trump laid out. But on trade and industrial policy, he blazed a trail by neutering his own party’s opposition to change. And if Biden ultimately succeeds in reorienting American economic policy away from free trade in a systematic and effective manner, he‘ll likely be the one who gets associated with that shift by future generations.
W.H.O. Leader Dr. Tedros: Countries Must Keep Their Vaccine Promises - The New York Times
Second, vaccine diplomacy has undermined Covax as countries with vaccines make bilateral donations for reasons that have more to do with geopolitical goals than public health. This inevitably leaves countries with the least political clout as wallflowers at the vaccine ball. Reports of very rare side effects linked to some vaccines have spurred countries with other options to cast some aside. The longer this coronavirus circulates anywhere, the longer global trade and travel will be disrupted, and the higher the chances that a variant could emerge that renders vaccines less effective. But even if we had all the funds we need, money doesn’t help if there are no vaccines to buy.
Biden eyes capital gains hike to 43.4%; for NY could be 52.2%, Calif. could be 56.7%
President Biden will propose doubling the top capital gains tax rate on investments like stocks and real estate, according to a new report. Bloomberg News reported Thursday that the new top capital gains rate would increase from 20 percent to 39.6 percent on income over $1 million. For $1 million earners in high-tax states, rates on capital gains could wind up higher than 50 percent. For New Yorkers, the combined state and federal capital gains rate could be as high as 52.22 percent. The new capital gains taxes could rise as high as 52.22 percent for some New York residents.
Opinion : Biden’s climate summit is full of hot air
Biden’s promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 is going to mean life changes for everyone. To see why, look at the Environmental Protection Agency’s summary of greenhouse gas emissions by sector. These are only a few of the massive challenges the United States will face if it is serious about dramatically reducing greenhouse emissions. Meeting Biden’s goals will ultimately require Americans to endure wartime-level economic planning and intervention for years — perhaps decades. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementPoliticians today will emit a lot of hot air about addressing climate change.
CNU poll finds McAuliffe with significant lead in race for Democratic nomination for governor
More than 70 percent of Democratic voters expressed no opinion about the other three candidates. However, 34 percent of Democratic voters were undecided, and Jones’s support had grown significantly since coming in at 3 percent in a February CNU poll, while Herring’s support stayed the same. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThe crowded race for the lieutenant governor nomination finds 64 percent of Democratic voters undecided. None of the other five candidates — Del. Hala S. Ayala (Prince William); Del.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX): Kamala Harris Is Afraid To Go To The Border
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) discussed why he thinks Vice President Harris is afraid to visit the southern border and addressed the controversy over LeBron James’ tweets about police. And the saddest thing is that it was self-inflicted. And the saddest thing to me is seeing the little kids down there without their parents. And the President can can stop this by the stroke of the pen. Kamala Harris is afraid to go down there because of optics.
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano: Big tech and free speech
A colleague recently asked me if I approved of Big Tech censoring political and cultural voices on their platforms. We both condemned the Big Tech censorship. They are the essence of free speech. DAN GAINOR: BIG TECH CRUSHING FREE SPEECH – THIS CENSORSHIP REPORT CARD REVEALS GROWING AND DANGEROUS BIASSpeech is second nature to us, and in America -- for the most part -- speech is free. The history of free speech in America is a tortuous one.
After bitterly divided election, what's next for America (opinion)
CNN Opinion asked 26 commentators to consider the question: What does the outcome of this election say about America in 2020? Enter Joe Biden, who even his biggest critics admit is wholesome and good at his very core. Decency was on the ballot in the form of Joe Biden, and through his election, we have regained our deepest sense of it. My soul has been clenched and now, with the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, my heart is lifted, and I can exhale. This article has been updated from an earlier version to give the number of votes drawn by Joe Biden.
Legislature: Elected officials must OK tear gas use by cops
A conference committee of the House and Senate met Thursday, April 22, 2021, to reconcile versions of a police tactics bill already approved by each chamber. A conference committee of the House and Senate met Thursday, April 22, 2021, to reconcile versions of a police tactics bill already approved by each chamber. The deal came as a conference committee of the House and Senate reconciled versions of a police tactics bill already passed by each chamber. One of the thorniest issues in the bill has been restrictions on the use of tear gas. Under the compromise adopted Thursday, officers can deploy tear gas at riots, but only with the prior approval of the highest elected official in the jurisdiction.
IRS is holding over 29 million tax returns, delaying refunds for many poorer Americans
By June or July, if we immunize most American adults and adolescents, levels of virus transmission will decrease precipitously. )We must engage in new outreach to conservative groups, to highlight both the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and the urgency for all Americans. (Worse are the conservative activists, including doctors, who make outrageous claims regarding COVID-19 vaccine safety. Cultivating conservative vaccine champions from the realms of science, politics, and entertainment could expand into a new advocacy push from the federal government.Reaching holdouts in Democratic constituencies isn’t enough. If we fail to fully vaccinate the American people, virus transmission could continue at a significant level.
George W. Bush calls GOP 'isolationist' 'protectionist' and 'nativist'
Associated PressHundreds of militarized federal agents who were deployed to Portland, Oregon, last summer to quell racial justice protests didn’t have the proper training or equipment to deal with riots and there was no plan for operating without the help of local police, who were eventually ordered to stand down by the city, a federal investigative report has found. Between June and August last year, 755 agents from within various agencies under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were engaged in crowd control in Portland, which saw more than 100 consecutive days of often-violent protest after George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, according to a report prepared by the department's Inspector General.
We’re taking all the wrong lessons from the Chauvin verdict
Reaction to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial ran in a couple of directions. The awful, ever-spooling newsreel of Black people killed by law enforcement — some as the Chauvin trial took place — showed that American policing had not changed. But if these are the lessons we draw from one of the most harrowing and energizing moments of the last half-century, we are making a mistake. And because police are especially likely to use force when making arrests, fewer arrests may mean fewer killings. We should understand that getting justice for those who are unjustly killed will be a struggle.
Mr. President, recognize the Armenian genocide
April, the month of Easter, was also when we commemorated the Armenian Genocide, the mass extermination of 1.5 million people in the region — 75 percent of our population — at the hands of the Turkish government. Apraham Haroutunian, the author’s grandfather, on right, with a friend, at Armenian orphanage in Lebanon. He must, however, remove the issue of the Armenian genocide from the negotiating table, because the recognition of our collective human history should never be used as a bargaining chip. With both houses of Congress having reaffirmed their recognition of the genocide last year, Biden has ample backing to make the American government’s position clear for the record. He will bolster his legacy and credibility as a president who meant it when he said human rights would be a priority for his administration.
Marin water districts approve mandatory restrictions
The governing boards of the Marin Municipal Water District and the North Marin Water District both adopted the drought restrictions on Tuesday evening. The Russian River supplies 75% of the North Marin Water District’s supply and 25% of the Marin Municipal Water District’s supply. This is the first time since 1988 that the district implemented mandated water restrictions. Other ratepayers called on the district to ban new water connections and to reduce water releases for threatened and endangered fish in Lagunitas Creek. The district mandated water restrictions in 2007, 2009, 2014 and 2015.
Sinema, Kelly back bipartisan bill to fight Asian American hate crimes
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., joined a rare, overwhelming majority of senators in the 50-50 chamber to pass the hate crimes legislation, which included bipartisan provisions to garner Republican support. It also requires the department to give guidance to state and local police on establishing online reporting of hate crimes. It also allows judges to require community service or educational programs for perpetrators of hate crimes. She hopes it encourages Asian American and Pacific Islanders feel more comfortable reporting hate crimes. Though she has not experienced hate crimes herself in the era of COVID-19, she has friends who have.
Scott Pullen: Democrats are pushing legislation that would slow drug creation
Scott PullinsGuest ColumnistNote from Opinion Editor Amelia Robinson this guest column appeared in the Columbus Dispatch's print edition April 12. Not bad, considering that last year at this time, experts warned it could take years for vaccines to become available. Instead, drug makers Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson brought their inoculations to market in less than one. It was a direct result of billions of dollars of private-sector investment, coupled with U.S. policies that encourage drug invention. Democrats in Congress are pushing legislation that would undercut our biotechnology leadership.
Senate passes bipartisan bill to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans
Republicans said last week that they agreed with the premise of the legislation and signaled they were willing to back it with minor changes, an unusual sign of comity amid frequent standstills in the polarized Senate. Hirono worked closely with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to incorporate some additional Republican and bipartisan provisions, including better reporting of hate crimes nationally and grant money for states to set up hate crime hotlines. It’s unclear whether the bipartisan bill is a sign of things to come in the Senate, where Republicans and Democrats have fundamental differences and often struggle to work together. Under an agreement struck by Senate leaders at the start of the year, Republicans and Democrats pledged to try to at least try to debate bills and see if they could reach agreement through the legislative process. The hate crimes legislation is the first byproduct of that agreement.
Video: Parents break down over being accused of killing their disabled son
Video: Moment mother, 81, of man who's been missing for 30 years broke down in tears and claimed the police were 'determined to incriminate us' after she and her husband were arrested on suspicion of their son's murderParents break down over being accused of killing their disabled son Steven Clark. Steven Clark, 23, went missing 28 years ago in Saltburn on December 28 1992. His parents Doris, 81 and Charles Clark, 78, were...
Randall Denley: Most of Ford's mistakes were made trying to follow his science advisers' advice
Share this Story: Randall Denley: Most of Ford's mistakes were made trying to follow his science advisers' adviceRandall Denley: Most of Ford's mistakes were made trying to follow his science advisers' advice The scientists have perfected the art of putting a scare into the premier, but when he over-reacts to their advice, they own some of the responsibility Photo by Peter J Thompson / National PostArticle content People can fairly criticize Ontario Premier Doug Ford for being too slow to take recent scientific advice. Try refreshing your browser, or Randall Denley: Most of Ford's mistakes were made trying to follow his science advisers' advice Back to video Let’s compare what Ford did to what the provincial science advisory panel said should be done in a strongly worded set of recommendations it made public this week. The only significant gap between Ford and his science advisers was over paid sick leave for people who have, or think they have, COVID. Article content While we are talking about the province’s science advisers, where were they on closing and reopening schools? The schools decision should be left up to the scientific expertise of the ministry of education and public health officials, the science advisers say.
Daunte Wright: Hundreds attend Minneapolis funeral of man shot by police
Rev Sharpton spoke about the rallying cry "no justice, no peace" that has been chanted at civil rights protests for decades. "It became the chant of our movement," he said. "The absence of justice is the absence of peace."
Supreme Court Rejects Limits on Life Terms for Youths
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that judges need not determine that juvenile offenders are beyond hope of rehabilitation before sentencing them to die in prison. The decision, concerning a teenager who killed his grandfather, appeared to signal the end of a trend that had limited the availability of severe punishments for youths who commit crimes before they turn 18. Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, writing for the majority in the 6-to-3 ruling, said it was enough that the sentencing judge exercised discretion rather than automatically imposing a sentence of life without parole. “In a case involving an individual who was under 18 when he or she committed a homicide,” he wrote, “a state’s discretionary sentencing system is both constitutionally necessary and constitutionally sufficient.”No specific finding concerning the defendant’s maturity or capacity for change was required, he wrote.
In break with predecessors, Biden expected to recognize Armenian genocide
AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementHistorians estimate that 1.5 million Armenians were killed in the brutal campaign and commonly classify the killings as a genocide. Biden’s acknowledgment would represent a major victory for the Armenian American diaspora community, which has lobbied for recognition for years. “I am proud the U.S. government is poised to finally be able to say it without any euphemism: genocide is genocide. AdvertisementIn anticipation of the decision, Armenian American groups have begun hailing the move as a milestone in defending human rights. Story continues below advertisement“Affirmation of the Armenian Genocide enhances America’s credibility and recommits the United States to the worldwide cause of genocide prevention,” Bryan Ardouny, executive director of the Armenian Assembly of America, said in a statement.
Opinion : We can’t reimagine safety without being clear-eyed about America’s gun problem
After 2014, the safest year in the modern history of the United States, gun violence rose gradually but steadily. After a sharp rise of gun violence in 2020, the calls to turn back to the police have already begun. As long as cities have a gun problem, the problem of abusive and violent policing will be much harder to solve. And solving the gun problem itself is exceedingly difficult, with only imperfect and politically challenging approaches available. Those of us calling for a reimagination of public safety must acknowledge that America’s overflowing supply of guns means that an armed response is sometimes required.
Opinion : Here is how the filibuster dies
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) insists there is progress in talks with Democrats on a police reform bill. If not, will Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) really be the ones to sink the George Floyd bill by refusing to modify the filibuster? AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementDemocrats also have panoply of voting rights measures, including H.R. 1 (e.g., guaranteeing early voting, no-excuse absentee voting, automatic registration) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would reinstate the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act, allowing the Justice Department to head off discriminatory measures before they jeopardize voters. I suppose Democratic defenders of the filibuster might do just that, but it might just be that Democrats eventually call their bluff on morally essential and politically popular items.
Opinion : The 5 dumbest GOP arguments against D.C. statehood
On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill granting statehood to D.C. Of all those present, every Democrat voted in favor it, and every Republican voted against it. In 1993, the House voted on statehood, and 105 Democrats joined with all the Republicans (except one) to vote it down. Support for D.C. statehood has become nearly universal within the Democratic Party, something every Democrat is expected to agree with. As that debate begins, Republicans are showing how absurdly weak their case against statehood is. As Cotton said, “Wyoming is a well-rounded working-class state” that has mining and logging jobs, and since D.C. doesn’t, it doesn’t deserve to be a state.
Live updates Biden pledges international finance plan as he presides over virtual global climate summit
While Biden administration officials did not specify what sort of emissions cuts would be needed to achieve the U.S. pledge, several analyses suggest that it would trigger a nearly wholesale transformation of American society. At that point, the researchers projected, renewable power would account for roughly half of the nation’s electricity — quadruple current levels. All new buildings would be fully electric, they wrote, and almost all new appliances would run on electricity rather than natural gas. “For this U.S. economy, this is a fundamental and thorough transformation,” University of Maryland Professor Nathan Hultman, who directs the center and was the report’s lead author, said in a phone interview. It will yield significant public health benefits, he added.
Deroy Murdock: D.C. statehood vs. tax freedom -- GOP should demand local vote
"I’m gonna make it plain: DC statehood is a racial justice issue, and racism kills." Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich was blunt a day earlier, via Twitter: "Opposition to D.C. statehood is racist. HOUSE PASSES DC STATEHOOD BILL TO MAKE DISTRICT 51ST STATE AFTER HEATED FLOOR DEBATENo, Virginia, D.C. statehood is not racist. First, as R. Hewitt Pate, Esq., told the Heritage Foundation, D.C. statehood faces deep constitutional tank traps. 22 STATE REPUBLICAN AGS SEND LETTER ARGUING DC STATEHOOD IS ‘UNCONSTITUTIONAL'Republicans and conservatives reject total Democrat control, which is what D.C. statehood would help secure.
Judge Struggles Releasing Capitol Defendant Who Claimed He Was On 'Mission' From God
FBI affidavit A federal judge struggled with the release of Joshua Black, who stormed the floor of the U.S. Senate in January. A federal judge overseeing several cases of defendants charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol ordered a defendant who thought he was on a mission from God released from jail on Thursday. Jackson said she struggled with whether to keep Black detained, and said it was a very close call. “How you understand the Lord’s will and how God might judge you in the hereafter is not my department. Your relationship with God is between you and your pastor and God,” Jackson said.
Senate passes hate crime bill responding to wave of violence against Asian Americans
WASHINGTON — The Senate passed legislation Thursday targeting anti-Asian hate crimes after an uptick of incidents during the Covid-19 pandemic. “By passing this bill, the senate makes it very clear that hate and discrimination against any group has no place in America. Bigotry against one is bigotry against all.”The vote comes after Schumer urged Republicans not to block debate on the overall legislation. The House Judiciary Committee, meanwhile, marked up a similar version of the bill introduced by Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., on Wednesday. The House and Senate will ultimately have to reconcile both bills so that they pass the same version that can then be signed by President Joe Biden.
Florida House recalls Parkland, passes school safety bill
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The shootings that killed 17 people at a Florida high school were remembered as the House unanimously passed a school safety bill Thursday that aims to build on a law that addressed the Parkland massacre. School safety officers would have to be trained in mental health intervention and the Department of Children and Families would have to include school-related cases of people being involuntarily committee for psychological evaluation under the state’s Baker Act. ADVERTISEMENTThe bill also would require schools to develop a reunification plan for parents and students during an emergency and make it easier for schools to contract for mental health services. The Department of Education would have to produce an annual report on the availability and effectiveness of mental health services. What these families went through, no family – no family at school or anywhere – should have to go through,” she said.
Opinion: The technical details of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions in half are easy compared with the profound changes in society that would be needed
With the U.S. pledge, about two-thirds of the current global emissions come from countries that have now pledged to reach net zero emissions by midcentury. The sooner global emissions decline, the smoother the route to zero emissions by 2050 will be. The U.K. pledged just ahead of the summit to cut emissions 78% by 2035, and the EU announced a provisional deal on a 55% emissions cut by 2030. U.S.-China diplomacy in the run up to the U.N. Paris climate meeting was widely seen as essential to its success five years ago. This commentary was originally published by The Conversation—New US climate pledge: Cut emissions 50% this decade, but can Biden make it happen?
Opinion: Government policies segregated America, and we could harness that same force to reverse the damage
Because powerful government policy segregated us, racial boundaries violate the fifth, 13th, and 14th amendments. Our nation thus has a positive constitutional obligation to redress segregation with policies as intentional as those that segregated us. ”Today, Black family incomes are about 60% of white incomes—you would think Black wealth would also be about 60% of white wealth; households can save the same amounts from the same incomes—but in reality, Black wealth is only about 5% of white wealth. Public housingAnother federal policy to segregate us was public housing, something we now think is for the poor. It was only after whites were subsidized to leave public housing for all-white suburbs that public housing became almost all Black.
Free feminine hygiene products for Maine schools approved in legislative committee
AUGUSTA, Maine — A proposal to provide free feminine hygiene products in Maine schools has received a key approval in committee. The Maine Legislature’s Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the proposal on Wednesday. Democratic Senator Cathy Breen of Falmouth said the proposal would help students cope with “period poverty.”Breen said lack of access to feminine hygiene products is a problem for Maine students that often goes ignored.
Pausing to savor Burke’s anti-Semitism
“You know as well as I do, Jews are Jews,” Ald. One trick of racism — and this doesn’t get mentioned enough — is to attack specific groups for doing what all people do. At this point in my life, little offends me, and there’s no purpose in decrying Burke’s anti-Semitism. I phoned Burke’s office Thursday, seeking response to this latest rotten tomato of shame to splat against his encrusted reputation. You know as well as I do, politicians are politicians, and they’ll deal with other politicians to the exclusion of everybody else, unless ... unless there’s a reason for them to use a journalist.
Biden's welcome return to normalcy
But even more important than the administration’s progress in tackling the country’s major issues has been the presidency’s return to normalcy in Biden’s first three months in office. Instead, the hallmarks of the Biden presidency include:Regular schedules. The Biden White House has ended the flood of leaks that marked the Trump White House. Interestingly, as with Trump, inappropriate comments don’t seem to have affected Biden’s job approval levels, at least so far. The extent to which Biden’s orderly approach will make Trump’s chaotic presidency seem like an aberration depends ultimately on how well Biden succeeds and what comes next.
Ontario premier’s apologizes after retracting restrictions
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, receives the Astrazeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Anmol Soor at Shoppers Drug Mart during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, receives the Astrazeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Anmol Soor at Shoppers Drug Mart during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Friday, April 9, 2021. The leader of Canada’s most populous province, in his first public appearance since announcing the restrictions, said his government had moved too fast with the measures. ADVERTISEMENTThe pandemic restrictions Ford’s government announced on April 16 immediately ran into opposition. On Saturday, Ford retracted the ban on playgrounds, though outdoor recreation activities such as golf remain forbidden in Ontario, the only jurisdiction in North America that now bans it.
Five Questions The Political Media Is Wrestling With In Covering America’s ‘Uncivil War’
The political media has long been both powerful and controversial — no surprise, as it essentially plays the role of referee in American politics. Even at the start of the Trump presidency, political journalists covered Trump more negatively than they had recent other presidents. Are U.S. political journalists covering an escalation of the hyperpartisanship and polarization of the last two decades? It’s not as if the political media can or should stop caring about topics that were raised at the news conference. I am a member of the political media, of course, and grappling with many of these questions myself.
Opinion : The anti-immigrant sentiments of the America First Caucus should have no place in the GOP
Before the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, national quotas governed which immigrants to the United States were allowed in. Moreover, the 1924 quotas tilted the immigration playing field sharply in favor of immigrants from Northern European countries such as Germany, Ireland and Britain. Mass immigration from Italy and Eastern Europe did not start in earnest until after 1890. The 1924 quotas and similar quotas passed in 1917 and 1920 are the only examples of legally enforced immigration “pauses” in U.S. history. America’s first wave of mass immigration in the 1840s and 1850s gave rise to the nativist, anti-immigrant Know-Nothing party.
Opinion : Our dad is held unjustly in an Iranian prison. This is his story.
Five days after he was first taken, Hannah turned 19. She spent her birthday crying and afraid, unsure of when she would see our dad again. The worst part is that we haven’t hugged our dad in over three years, and that we don’t know when we will again. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThe only thing we want, and all we pray for, is for our dad to come home safely and soon. Finally, we are pleading with the Iranian government to return our father safely to us.
Left-wing media stirs 'racial pot' in the worst way after police shootings: Fleischer
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer told "America's Newsroom" on Thursday that the media and Democrats are "stirring the racial pot" regarding police-involved shootings, fueling anger toward police. And this is why we have police to protect the weak and the vulnerable in society, regardless of anyone's race. But the media stirs a racial pot in the worst way in this country, as it was supposed to pit one American against another. It didn't matter what the race was, life was in jeopardy and the police acted to protect a life. But the press stirs that pot.
John Kennedy on LeBron James' anti-police tweet: 'He can go from zero to screw everyone pretty fast'
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., weighed in Thursday on LeBron James' recent tweet targeting the Ohio police officer who shot a 16-year-old girl in Columbus, Ohio. OHIO STATE STUDENTS DEMAND UNIVERSITY CUTS TIES WITH COLUMBUS POLICE AFTER MA'KHIA BRYANT SHOOTINGJOHN KENNEDY: Well, I think Mr. James did the right thing by pulling down the tweet. I think sometimes Mr. James has more zeal than wisdom. I mean he can go from zero to screw everyone pretty fast and I wish I was as sure of anything as Mr. James sometimes seems to be sure of everything. But you’ve got to balance your zeal with wisdom and if you’re in a leadership position you can’t just shoot from the hip.
New York City subway bomber Akayed Ullah gets life sentence
ABBOTT CALLS ON BIDEN, HARRIS TO APPLY ‘TERRORIST’ LABEL TO MEXICAN CARTELSUllah, 31, apologized before hearing the sentence. "He ultimately answered ISIS’s call for its supporters to carry out ‘lone-wolf’ terrorist attacks in the United States," the memo added, according to the Associated Press. "Ullah’s attack was premeditated and vicious." "Ullah also posted an ISIS slogan so that ISIS would know that he had carried out the attack on behalf of ISIS." More is coming, you’ll see," the prosecutors’ papers said.
8 in 10 Asian Americans say violence against them is rising—yet support is lacking
ALT HEDSMajority of Asian Americans say violence against them is rising, but they're getting little support8 in 10 Asian Americans say violence against them is rising A vast majority of Asian American adults, 81%, say violence against them is rising in the U.S., according to a new survey from Pew Research Center. By comparison, 56% of all U.S. adults believe violence against Asian Americans has risen in the last year. Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition started to document anti-Asian discrimination during the pandemic, said it received 3,795 self reports of anti-Asian hate incidents between March 2020 and February 2021. "It's important to have research and surveys, like the ones by Pew, AAPI Data and others," Kulkarni says. The majority of documented hate incidents occurred at businesses and in public, according to Stop AAPI Hate data.
The 'Amazing Grace' of chaplains in the pandemic (Opinion)
In trying times like these, chaplains, who provide spiritual care and support to patients, families, doctors and nurses, have bravely and tirelessly stepped up. Chaplains still sit with innumerable dying patients to aid them and be there for families in decisive and painful moments. These spiritual care providers help patients and families alike to find meaning, purpose and hope when confronting death, and frequently mediate conflicts between patients and the medical staff. Many doctors also remain wary of addressing spiritual, religious and existential issues in medical care. Hopefully, none of us will ever forget the pandemic's lessons regarding the importance of chaplains and of patients' and families broader spiritual, religious and existential needs beyond the biomedical alone.
Pope warns Earth heading for self-destruction without action
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis warned Thursday that the world is “on a path of self-destruction” if political leaders fail to courageously use the COVID-19 pandemic as a chance to make the planet a fairer and greener place. In a video message released on World Earth Day, Francis said political leaders have an opportunity to “come out better” following lessons learned about the social injustices laid bare during the pandemic. “Both global catastrophes, COVID and the climate, show that we don’t have time to waste,” Francis said. “Time is pressing on us and, as COVID-19 has shown, we do have the means to meet the challenge. In his message, Francis said the adversity humanity has faced in the pandemic should drive leaders to pursue innovation and invention to better protect the planet.
Black man shot dead by police serving warrant
With the U.S. pledge, about two-thirds of the current global emissions come from countries that have now pledged to reach net zero emissions by mid-century. The sooner global emissions decline, the smoother the route to zero emissions by 2050 will be. Nearly every study that shows a 50% drop in U.S. emissions is feasible is based on the observation that the power sector will cut emissions at a fast clip. The U.K. pledged just ahead of the summit to cut emissions 78% by 2035, and the EU announced a provisional deal on a 55% emissions cut by 2030. Forty world leaders attended the climate summit by video on April 22, 2021.
Man whose New York City subway pipe-bomb fizzled gets life in prison
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge sentenced a Bangladeshi immigrant to life in prison Thursday, saying he plotted to carry out a “barbaric and heinous” plot to kill as many people as he could with a suicide bombing attack in New York City’s subway beneath Times Square in 2017 . Advertisement“A life sentence is appropriate,” Sullivan said. I do not support harming innocent people.”Prosecutors had sought the life term for Ullah, saying the “premeditated and vicious” attack was committed on behalf of the Islamic State group. But defense lawyer Amy Gallicchio said Ullah deserved no more than the mandatory 35 years in prison. AdvertisementAt trial, prosecutors showed jurors Ullah’s post-arrest statements and social media comments, including when he taunted then-President Donald Trump on Facebook before the attack.
Friednash: Establishing shantytowns in Denver would be like abandoning all hope for the city’s homeless
And with it, a new generation of unauthorized homeless encampments have spread across the country like Hooverville’s during the Great Depression. These are unsafe outdoor spaces and Denver voters have made it clear that there is no acceptable path forward or appetite for these homeless encampments. In May 2019, 80% of Denver voters soundly rejected Initiative 300 which would have allowed homeless encampments in public spaces throughout the entire city. The proponents of a new Denver initiative want to bring four permanent shantytowns to a neighborhood near you. And, they provide direct access to services including housing assistance, employment navigation and mental health resources.
George Floyd killing has prompted state reforms, but not everywhere
In Texas, where Floyd was raised and laid to rest, state Sen. Royce West this year helped introduce the “George Floyd Act” to overhaul policing. Ahead of the verdict Tuesday, members of California’s Legislative Black Caucus gathered outside the Capitol to highlight police and criminal justice reform bills they hope to advance. The new laws come from at least 1,800 police reform bills filed in statehouses across the U.S. since Floyd’s killing, with the majority being introduced this year. Tony Evers, a Democrat, on Wednesday ordered the Wisconsin State Patrol and other state law enforcement agencies to update their use-of-force policies to bar chokeholds, unless they are a last resort. He acted after the Republican-controlled Legislature ignored a police reform package he proposed last year after Floyd’s killing.
It’s important we bring our country’s water system in line with our nation’s values
It was years ago, in the middle of a House Oversight Committee hearing on the Flint water crisis. Every American has a right to clean water, no matter their zip code, the color of their skin or the size of their income. It is long past time that we turn that right into a reality, investing in the kinds of projects that would put Americans back to work rebuilding our crumbling water infrastructure. We must be willing to invest the money necessary to provide every family access to the most basic human need: clean water. So as President Biden and Congress begin working on a new infrastructure bill, it’s important that we also finally bring our country’s water system in line with our nation’s values.
There are times when it is simply unfair to second-guess the tough decisions cops must make
I’ve known a number of those men and women. In those situations, unlike the situation involving Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, we have no right to second-guess those officers. I think that’s the “deal” they made with Chicago when they took an oath to do what they do. Some people who voted to legalize marijuana in California thought that regulation could be applied to these problems and stop the environmental damage. To stop climate change, we need to stop this industry before it spreads.
Florida Supreme Court kills legalize marijuana amendment
Opponents of the initiative “note that the proposed amendment itself states that it would only remove criminal and civil liability for the identified conduct ‘under Florida law’,” the five justices wrote. “They thus argue that the ... unqualified use of the word ‘[p]ermits’ affirmatively misleads voters into believing that the recreational use of marijuana in Florida will be free of any repercussions, criminal or otherwise.”
The next crisis will not be like Covid
Governments worldwide, for example, have claimed the pandemic proves the desirability of repatriating vast manufacturing capacity to ensure the ready supply of particular medicines, masks, and PPE. Such efforts are expensive, but may prove useless in the face of a very different crisis. Historian Niall Ferguson’s excellent forthcoming book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, reminds us we have no crystal ball for predicting the contours of the next crisis, or pandemic. Previous US hospital pandemic plans were based on a disease like Ebola, after all; the UK’s initial strategy last year was famously tailored for influenza. The problem, of course, is that we don’t know what the next crisis looks like.
Man whose NYC subway pipe-bomb fizzled gets life in prison
He had detonated his homemade pipe bomb during rush hour in New York City's busiest subway station on December 11, 2017. 'A life sentence is appropriate,' Sullivan said. The judge told the would-be suicide bomber that life in prison was 'less draconian than the sentence you were going to impose on yourself'. Surveillance video of the attack showed Ullah entering the subway station at 6.26am before making his way towards Port Authority via the underground pedestrian tunnel. Prosecutors had sought the life term for Ullah, saying the 'premeditated and vicious' attack was committed on behalf of ISIS.
Biden Eyeing Capital Gains Tax as High as 43.4% for Wealthy
President Joe Biden will propose almost doubling the capital gains tax rate for wealthy individuals to 39.6%, which, coupled with an existing surtax on investment income, means that federal tax rates for investors could be as high as 43.4%, according to people familiar with the proposal. Biden campaigned on equalizing the capital gains and income tax rates for wealthy individuals, saying it’s unfair that many of them pay lower rates than middle-class workers. Read QuickTake: How Capital Gains Are Taxed and What Biden Might DoThe White House and Treasury Department didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. For New Yorkers, the combined state and federal capital gains rate could be as high as 52.22%. Republicans argue that current capital gains rates encourage saving and promote future economic growth.
World leaders pledge climate cooperation despite other rifts
In this image from video world leaders participate in the White House Climate Leaders Summit via Zoom Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo)In this image from video world leaders participate in the White House Climate Leaders Summit via Zoom Thursday, April 22, 2021. “Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu.
Biden's Climate Summit Won't Save the World - The New York Times
That ethos would inspire a generation of environmentalists to see the fates of this planet’s inhabitants as intertwined. This week, the White House is welcoming world leaders to a virtual summit on curbing climate destruction. President Biden has pledged to cut emissions at least in half from 2005 levels by 2030, aiming for “net zero” emissions by 2050. Following the Trump presidency and decades of U.S. officials’ helping sabotage climate ambition, America suffers from a sizable trust deficit with the rest of the world. Rebuilding trust and reckoning with the climate crisis demands a sea change in U.S. foreign policy — tweaks around the edges will not do.
Opinion : Biden isn’t FDR. He’s the anti-Reagan.
It is almost as if we cannot make sense of the present White House incumbent without identifying a phantom soul mate from the past. Arguably, Biden has become the first Democratic president in 40 years to mount a major counteroffensive against the legacy of the country’s 40th leader. Only in this case, it’s not flattery, but grand larceny.”More surprising was how enthusiastically Obama saluted Reagan. At one of his own White House seminars for historians, Obama was eager to glean from them what lessons he could about The Gipper. Biden is trying to engineer not only a revival of government, but also a reconsideration of its essential role.
Opinion : The Big Lie has gotten so bad that even some Republicans are running from it
Taken all together, this bundle of falsehoods and pathologies is now getting so absurd and unsustainable that more Republicans are running away from it. In some states, while some things are getting nixed, many voter suppression provisions directly targeting non-White voters remain. Meanwhile, in many states, voter suppression efforts continue. Some Republicans privately admit their argument for some of these bills is problematic:They acknowledge, however, that their timing is bad. So if more are now edging away from the Big Lie in various forms, that should probably be encouraged.
NC's first Black lieutenant gov slams Dems' 'insane' voting rights efforts as 'everything to do with power'
The lieutenant governor went on to cast doubt on Democrats’ true motivation behind their current voting rights efforts. This has everything to do with power," Robinson said. "The goal of some individuals in government is not to hear the voices of Black Americans at all. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPEarlier in the week voting rights was a hot topic being discussed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Georgia voting rights activist Stacey Abrams asserted that the voter ID requirement for absentee ballots was problematic, as well as racist. She claimed that while she supports voter ID laws in general, this one was overly restrictive and impacted Black voters’ ability to participate in elections.
Parents organizing across US against 'dangerous' critical race theory in classrooms: Former professor
Former professor Carol Swain told "Fox & Friends" on Thursday that parents are organizing across the U.S. against "dangerous" critical race theory in classrooms. ...And what they are doing with the critical race theory is pure indoctrination. It’s not teaching young people how to think. ...And teaching young children to hate themselves and their ancestry because of the color of their skin, I mean, that is not something we should be doing in America. The critical race theory will come into environments where there are no serious problemsm and when they get there, they create problems.
Why air pollution costs the U.S. $600 billion every year
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWhy air pollution costs the U.S. $600 billion every yearAir pollution remains one of the key environmental issues in the United States. Although there have been sharp improvements since the 1970s, more than four in 10 Americans are estimated to live in counties with poor air quality. Air pollution kills more than 6 million people worldwide from heart attacks, strokes and diabetes every year. So just how clean is the air we breathe in the U.S.?
Opinion: Racism destroyed a thriving neighborhood in my hometown. Now the fix is in sight
In the early 1900s, the Brooklyn community was a thriving center of activity for Black residents . Black communities in particular, being denied access to the ballot, had no way to vote out officials who oversaw the weaponizing of transportation. And the provisions in the American Jobs Plan would go a long way towards mending the damage. Join us on Twitter and FacebookCan we avoid the mistakes of the past while dramatically increasing infrastructure investment? At long last, we have a chance to make a generational investment in our nation's infrastructure the right way.
The US tax code can make things even harder for Black Americans
And when it comes to ways in which Americans typically build wealth, the US federal income tax code may be helping to increase those disparities. The code has been designed with the intention of being broadly progressive -- meaning the less you make, the less you are taxed. But it is White Americans who disproportionately benefit from the tax breaks for those things, Emory University tax law professor Dorothy Brown told lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee this week. And even when Black Americans engage in those same activities, they often don't benefit from the tax advantages, said Brown, who is also the author of The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans -- and How We Can Fix It. That's why she believes the US tax code helps to perpetuate the racial wealth gap, in which the typical White family has eight times the wealth of the typical Black family, according to a 2019 Federal Reserve analysis
President Biden's Earth Day climate summit is a rebuke to Trump's denialism. But it's only a start.
America abandoned its position of leadership on climate change under Donald Trump, and it cost us. And there is no better time than Earth Day and no better opportunity than President Biden's Leaders Summit on Climate, which begins Thursday. After four years of Donald Trump's preposterous climate change denialism and his administration's handouts to fossil fuel polluters, we must prove we as a country are truly serious about climate action. And we must pass it before the U.N. convenes its next Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Glasgow, Scotland, this November. President Biden and the Democrats in Congress already delivered big, bold legislation to address the pandemic and its economic fallout.
Man Whose Pipe Bomb Fizzled In New York City Subway Gets Life In Prison
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge sentenced a Bangladeshi immigrant whose pipe bomb mostly misfired in a busy New York City subway station in 2017 to life in prison on Thursday, calling the crime “barbaric and heinous.”Akayed Ullah, 31, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Richard J. Sullivan. I do not support harming innocent people.”Prosecutors had sought the life term for Ullah, saying the “premeditated and vicious” attack was committed on behalf of the Islamic State group. But defense lawyer Amy Gallicchio said Ullah deserved no more than the mandatory 35 years in prison. At trial, prosecutors showed jurors Ullah’s post-arrest statements and social media comments, including when he taunted then-President Donald Trump on Facebook before the attack. Trump said allowing foreigners to follow relatives to the U.S. was “incompatible with national security.”
Failed NYC subway bomber gets life in prison
A judge sentenced a Bangladeshi immigrant whose pipe bomb mostly misfired in a busy New York City subway station in 2017 to life in prison on Thursday, calling the crime “barbaric and heinous.”Akayed Ullah, 31, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Richard J. Sullivan. I do not support harming innocent people.”Prosecutors had sought the life term for Ullah, saying the “premeditated and vicious” attack was committed on behalf of the Islamic State group. But defense lawyer Amy Gallicchio said Ullah deserved no more than the mandatory 35 years in prison. At trial, prosecutors showed jurors Ullah’s post-arrest statements and social media comments, including when he taunted then-President Donald Trump on Facebook before the attack. Trump said allowing foreigners to follow relatives to the U.S. was “incompatible with national security.”
Unemployment checks are 'hurting the labor market': The Wealth Consulting Group CEO
All energy sources -- including renewables and fossil fuels -- qualify but they have to have zero or net negative carbon emissions. He said his plan would simplify the “crazy quilt” of more than 40 energy-related tax benefits.The Oregon Democrat is looking to put his own stamp on renewable energy tax credit proposals. Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan would extend existing tax credits for wind energy, solar power, and energy storage. In addition, his proposal would create tax credits for energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings. Biden has said he wants to reach a 100% clean-electricity standard by 2035.The Biden and Wyden proposals have significant overlap in the types of energy investment they are looking to prioritize.
My dad thought Christianity was about love and tolerance. Little did he know.
In those columns I had speculated about a decline in U.S. church membership, as reported by Gallup. Story continuesOne guy assured me church membership was waning because Christians, even his fellow Latter-Day Saints, have abandoned the godly doctrine of polygamy. Dad preached in black churches and had black ministers preach in ours. He believed what he believed, but he also wanted to know what everybody else believed and why they believed it. His being here wouldn’t reverse the downward trend in U.S. church membership.
At “moment of peril,” Biden opens global summit on climate
“Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. The coronavirus pandemic compelled the summit to play out as a climate telethon-style livestream, limiting opportunities for spontaneous interaction and negotiation. But the U.S. summit also marshaled an impressive display of the world’s most powerful leaders speaking on the single cause of climate change. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu.
Counter culture in Dallas: A look back at corner drugstores
Early Dallas drugstores were popular neighborhood institutions. Take a look into The Dallas Morning News archives and relive the memories of some classic area drugstores. (The Dallas Morning News)In 1924, Eldridge C. Harrell opened Doc Harrell’s Pharmacy at 6348 Gaston Ave. at Abrams Road in Dallas. (The Dallas Morning News)Southeast of Doc’s, at 4852 Gaston Ave. in Dallas, stood Harris Service Drugstore. In 1945 and 1946, it posted its first classifieds in The News seeking soda counter help and registered druggists.
Man whose NYC subway pipe-bomb fizzled gets life in prison
“A life sentence is appropriate,” Sullivan said. I do not support harming innocent people.”Prosecutors had sought the life term for Ullah, saying the “premeditated and vicious” attack was committed on behalf of the Islamic State group. But defense lawyer Amy Gallicchio said Ullah deserved no more than the mandatory 35 years in prison. At trial, prosecutors showed jurors Ullah’s post-arrest statements and social media comments, including when he taunted then-President Donald Trump on Facebook before the attack. Trump said allowing foreigners to follow relatives to the U.S. was “incompatible with national security.”
China, Russia join US vowing emission cuts at climate summit
“Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. But the U.S. summit also marshaled an impressive display of the world’s most powerful leaders speaking on the single cause of climate change. China’s Xi, whose country is the world’s biggest emissions culprit, followed by the United States, spoke first among the other global figures. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu.
DePaul, Columbia to require students returning for fall semester to be vaccinated
DePaul University and Columbia College will require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus this fall, the schools announced this week. “Safety, mutual care and social responsibility” are behind the decision, according A. Gabriel Esteban, president of DePaul, the nation’s largest Catholic university. “While the pandemic has kept many of us apart in the last year, I am greatly anticipating your return to campus in the fall,” Esteban wrote in a letter to students. Columbia and DePaul join a small but expanding number of mostly private schools, including the University of Notre Dame, that are requiring students to be vaccinated. Columbia is not requiring employees to get vaccinated.
House to vote on statehood for Washington, D.C., though it’s unlikely to get through Senate
Zack Smith, a legal fellow at the Heritage Institute, a conservative think tank, testified before Congress last month that since D.C.’s creation and limitations are are enshrined in Article I of the Constitution, its status can only be changed through a constitutional amendment. He also argued that D.C. shouldn’t be made a state at all and that the Founding Fathers “intended this to be a federal district outside the jurisdiction of any one state.”
Man whose NYC subway pipe-bomb fizzled gets life in prison
A judge sentenced a Bangladeshi immigrant whose pipe bomb mostly misfired in a busy New York City subway station in 2017 to life in prison on Thursday, calling the crime "barbaric and heinous." Akayed Ullah, 31, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Richard J. Sullivan. Prosecutors had sought the life term for Ullah, saying the "premeditated and vicious" attack was committed on behalf of the Islamic State group. But defense lawyer Amy Gallicchio said Ullah deserved no more than the mandatory 35 years in prison. At trial, prosecutors showed jurors Ullah’s post-arrest statements and social media comments, including when he taunted then-President Donald Trump on Facebook before the attack.
Your Turn: Lawmakers should consider tax relief for everyday Oklahomans
Long and Stacy DykstraGuest columnistsWe’re entering the season when Oklahoma lawmakers form our state budget. This means using state revenues to strengthen agencies and support communities, not for tax cuts that leave out everyday Oklahomans. The state budget matters to hunger relief organizations because the programs our state agencies provide help the people we serve get back on their feet. For the people we serve, it means fewer state resources to help Oklahomans get ahead. If the Legislature wants to consider tax relief this session, then bolstering the Oklahoma Earned Income Tax Credit is the better solution for proven, targeted and responsible tax relief for working Oklahomans.
Your Turn: Revolutionizing distribution model of human services benefits all Oklahomans
Justin BrownGuest columnistIn just two months, I’ll celebrate my second year with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS). However, I think the initiative I am most proud is our work to truly revolutionize the distribution model of human services in our state. These partnerships exist in a myriad spaces — faith-based organizations, health departments, other social services agencies and nonprofits, police departments, etc. We are leaning into embedding workers in the community through other interventions like Community HOPE Centers, School-based Social Services, the Front Porch Initiative, just to name a few. Justin Brown is Oklahoma’s secretary for human services and the OKDHS director.
At 'moment of peril,' Biden opens global summit on climate
"Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet," Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. "It's about providing a better future for all of us," he said, calling it "a moment of peril but a moment of opportunity." But the U.S. summit also marshaled an impressive display of the world's most powerful leaders speaking on the single cause of climate change. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu.
Man whose NYC subway pipe-bomb fizzled gets life in prison
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge sentenced a Bangladeshi immigrant whose pipe bomb mostly misfired in a busy New York City subway station in 2017 to life in prison on Thursday, calling the crime “barbaric and heinous.”Akayed Ullah, 31, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Richard J. Sullivan. “It was a truly barbaric and heinous crime.”Ullah, 31, apologized before hearing the sentence. I do not support harming innocent people.”Prosecutors had sought the life term for Ullah, saying the “premeditated and vicious” attack was committed on behalf of the Islamic State group. But defense lawyer Amy Gallicchio said Ullah deserved no more than the mandatory 35 years in prison. She said he had “lived lawfully and peacefully” before the December 2017 attack that she blamed on a “personal crisis that left him isolated, depressed, vulnerable and suicidal.”
‘It’s equal to being dead’: Women fear Taliban’s return as US troop withdrawal nears
It is a far cry from how the city was under Taliban rule in the late 90s – here, women and men can mingle, chat, even go on dates. Young women worry they could be subjected to the old cruelties their mothers and grandmothers endured under the Taliban's 1996-2001 rule. Human rights organisations warn that women’s fundamental freedoms can’t be compromised. The Taliban remain deeply misogynistic, explains Heather Barr, interim co-director in the Women's Rights Division for Human Rights Watch. “Women have suffered deeply during Afghanistan’s 40 years of war, and they desperately long for peace.
Times square subway bomber gets life in prison
A man who carried out a bomb attack in a pedestrian tunnel beneath Times Square in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison. Akayed Ullah, a 31-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant, detonated a pipe bomb which mostly misfired in a busy New York City subway station. Ullah was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Richard J Sullivan on Thursday, who said a life sentence was “appropriate” for the “barbaric and heinous crime." Prosecutors said that he wanted to maim or kill commuters as part of a “lone wolf” terrorist attack on behalf of Isis and sought the life term. Prosecutors argued Ullah would not have worn a bomb had he wanted to kill only himself and showed jurors Ullah’s post-arrest statements and social media comments.
Biden introduces two proposals to use taxpayer funds to promote critical race theory in schools
Joe Biden wants to use taxpayer money to promote critical race theory lessons in schools in a move branded 'politically tone-deaf' by Republicans. Federal grant money will be offered to incentivize the 'woke' lessons for teachers and students. Republican strategist John Feehery slammed the plans as he accused Biden of ignoring the more pressing issue of opening up schools. He believes the so-called 'woke' lessons will help Republicans as people are turned off by Biden's plans. The proposals come amid a huge backlash over 'woke' lessons in private schools, which have led to one teacher losing his job after he complained.
Biden pushes carbon plan to a world burned by U.S. flip-flops
“No nation can solve this crisis on our own,” Biden said Thursday from the White House. Biden’s pledge would require changes that would touch the lives of nearly every American. “Scientists tell us that this is the decisive decade,” Biden said at the summit. “This is the decade we must make decisions that will avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis. We must try to keep the earth’s temperature to an increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius.”
Christine Van Geyn: Ford government had to have known its new police powers were wrong
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The conservative assault on civil liberties
But now we see conservatives' true colors on civil liberties. Private companies have criticized Republican efforts to set up one-party rule, while individuals have protested police brutality en masse. Georgia Republicans attempted to repeal a fuel tax break for Delta for the same reason. There are already laws against riot, property damage, assault, and all the other things Republicans are supposedly concerned about. Every day, right-wing media produces a stream of new, largely-invented outrages to stoke the conservative victim complex, keeping the fury boiling.
Analysis: Sectarianism is a growing threat to U.S. democracy, as camps increasingly see the other as an enemy.
American democracy faces many challenges: The corrosive effect of misinformation. This threat to democracy has a name: sectarianism. It’s not a term usually used in discussions about American politics. Yet a growing number of eminent political scientists contend that political sectarianism is on the rise in America. Most of all, it re-centers the threat to American democracy on the dangers of a hostile and divided citizenry.
China, Russia join US vowing emission cuts at climate summit
President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. “Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu.
SIUC researcher indicted for grant fraud
CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- A mathematics professor and researcher at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale (SIUC) is under federal indictment for grant fraud. Xiao is charged with two counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement. According to the indictment, Xiao has worked in SIUC’s mathematics department since 2000, focusing his research on partial differential equations, control theory, optimization theory, dynamical systems, and computational science. Xiao is charged with falsely certifying to SIUC that his NSF grant proposal was true, complete, and accurate. The Justice Department’s National Security Division (NSD) says the China Initiative is an effort to safeguard American intellectual property and research programs and counter the multi-faceted threat posed by the PRC government to U.S. national security.
Port Authority Bomber Is Sentenced to Life in Prison
He headed into the 18th Avenue subway station, boarded an F train and took it to Jay Street MetroTech. There, as he walked, he detonated the bomb, setting off a blast that filled the tunnel with smoke and sent thousands of commuters fleeing. It was, the authorities have said, nothing short of a miracle that Mr. Ullah, an immigrant from Bangladesh, did not kill anyone. The makeshift bomb malfunctioned, seriously injuring him and sending shrapnel into the leg of a nearby pedestrian. Two bystanders partly lost their hearing and they and others were traumatized and suffered lasting emotional damage.
This is America: Lessons I learned from covering the Derek Chauvin trial
Where were you when you heard Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts of murder and manslaughter for killing George Floyd? Here are some lessons I learned while covering the Chauvin trial. 'This is our Selma moment': Racial justice activists hope Derek Chauvin verdict spurs larger systemic changeRacial justice activists hope Derek Chauvin verdict spurs larger systemic change Report card: Would this year’s Oscar best picture nominees meet 2024 inclusion standards? Facebook was made safer for the Chauvin verdict: 'If Facebook can be safer for Black people, why isn’t that the default setting?' I learned it's important to take a break and eat some pizza with your peeps every now and then.
Senate panel holds confirmation hearing for Biden’s USPS nominees
LIVE NationalSenate panel holds confirmation hearing for Biden’s USPS nomineesPresident Biden’s three nominees to the U.S. Postal Service governing board testify in front of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Opinion: America desperately needs a Truth and Racial Healing Commission
It also establishes the way this inequality was embedded in our society and created a racial hierarchy that remains in America today. And while the report laid out specific actions to start addressing our nation's institutionalized racism, it was ultimately shelved and ignored. Live broadcasts and interactive online exhibits that complement a truth and reconciliation commission can also help the public better understand and digest its findings. The United States is in desperate need of a Truth and Racial Healing Commission. Confronting the United States' history of racial injustice and systemic racism is the only way we will get to heal.
Opinion: Where hate finds safe harbor, accountability is the answer
That is, the rhetoric employed by our public officials and community leaders can have real-life consequences. Police and public safety officials need a clear, consistent set of guidelines and code of conduct to prohibit any support for or affiliation with extremist groups. That lack of accountability sends a message again to extremists -- however accurate it may be -- that law enforcement continues to be friendly to their cause. But in the end, our public officials have to bear some responsibility for their rhetoric and choose their words carefully. Leaders must stand together, put partisanship aside, and do all they can to bridge divides, not make them wider.
Emerson requiring vaccinations; Somerville keeps limits
BOSTON (AP) — Emerson College is joining a growing list of colleges that will require student to get a coronavirus vaccine before returning to campus in the fall. Lee Pelton, president of the college in Boston, said in a letter to students Wednesday that school officials also expect staff and faculty will be vaccinated before they return. The school says it plans to return to full in-person learning and “a more familiar pre-pandemic, on-campus environment.”Northeastern University and Boston University, both in Boston, have also said they’ll require students to be vaccinated. Restaurants and other businesses have complained about the rules but Mayor Joe Curtatone says city officials are waiting for a more substantive drop in COVID-19 cases locally. He also says the city has done more to help the local restaurant industry weather the pandemic than many other communities.
Biden Pushes Carbon Plan to World Burned by U.S. Flip-Flops
“No nation can solve this crisis on our own,” Biden said Thursday from the White House. “Scientists tell us that this is the decisive decade,” Biden said at the summit. “This is the decade we must make decisions that will avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis. The Biden administration opted not to make an explicit commitment to pare emissions of methane as part of the pledge, despite entreaties from environmentalists. And that’s where the whole world is still way off course.”Environmentalists argue Biden’s planned emissions reduction is both achievable and ambitious -- a sweet spot essential to U.S. credibility.
Providence to get more aggressive about reducing pesticides
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Gov. Doug Ducey hides behind the border wall to avoid Arizona's real crisis
Doug Ducey, wearing jeans and talking tough down on the border on Wednesday, tweeted, “We will do whatever it takes to protect Arizonans.”Great. Instead of doing that, however, the wizard of West Washington was down Yuma way taking pictures and ignoring the real crisis in Arizona. But pay no attention to the governor hiding behind the border wall. It’s coming from politicians who have found asylum inside the Capitol dome and are afraid voters might take it away from them. And he knows that it will be up to him to either sign the odious bills – harming Arizona’s voters – or veto them – angering odious Republicans.
Iran must free hostages before negotiations begin | Opinion
This demonstration of commitment would prove that the U.S. can continue forward in negotiations while standing by its principles of respect for human rights and the freedom of all hostages held in Iranian prisons. In so doing, we may just receive a respite from an irksome regime that seems to be the graveyard of American foreign policy ambitions. Ultimately, our opening gambit to any resumption of talks on any deal with Iran, whether the nuclear accords or any matter on our mutual agendas, must be as follows: Free hostages first and then talk.
COVID-19 will leave deep scars on the world economy, even after recovery
Longer-term effects will also be evident in human capital after the pandemic locked out children and university students from classrooms for as much as a year in some countries.The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development calculated in September that even a loss equal to a third of a year for pupils affected by closures when the pandemic was declared could curb a country’s GDP over the remainder of the century. Students in grades 1-12 may see 3% lower income over their lifetimes, the OECD warned, with the poor or those from minority backgrounds hardest hit.
Cardinal warns Pfleger supporters at St. Sabina: Stop ‘tactics of intimidation’ or investigation will be moved to another diocese
Two adult brothers in January lodged complaints that in the 1970s each was molested by Pfleger, the longtime, high-profile pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Parish in the Gresham neighborhood who has clashed with a succession of Catholic leaders over matters including his unusually long tenure. The allegations have since been under investigation by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Independent Review Board.
Readers respond: Drug price controls can save lives
The ad pretends concern for seniors and others and warns that government could interfere with research or the patient-doctor relationship. Where’s that concern when I pick up medicine from our pharmacy and gulp at the price of a 30-day supply of life-saving heart medicine, even though we have insurance coverage? Where’s that concern when a friend skips meals to afford her insulin? Too many people suffer and even die because the price of medications is excessive. I fully support the idea of limiting profit if it means we can actually afford the drugs that we’ve been prescribed.
The biggest HBCUs in America
There was a long time in the United States when many young people had no choice but to attend a college founded specifically to teach Black students, with the doors of other schools explicitly closed to them. The earliest of those universities were invaluable for educating Black communities. Today, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) still play a vital and irreplaceable role in U.S. education. Their graduates include the nation’s first Black and female vice president, Kamala Harris. Each HBCU on this list is a four-year institution, and the schools are ranked by the total student enrollment.
Opinion: Let's get students outside this Earth Day
For Cincinnati Public Schools students who returned to their classrooms last month, the crisis of the pandemic is also an opportunity. CPS Outside partners are working at all levels of the education system to achieve this goal. No matter where the school, CPS Outside wants to make sure ALL students have access to rich outdoor learning environments. CPS Outside is finding a silver lining in the cloud of COVID-19, by capitalizing on the safety of gathering outdoors. This Earth Day, join CPS Outside in advocating for the students in your life to get outside and into nature.
Opinion: Ma’Khia Bryant, George Floyd point to why police should be abolished now
Just as the verdict in the Chauvin trial was being announced, news broke of the Columbus Police Department shooting and killing 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. Since 2013, the Columbus police has killed approximately 44 people, several of whom have been children, including Tyre King, Julius Tate, and Abdirahman Salad. In 2018, alone, 55% of incidents involving use-of-force by Columbus police targeted Black people, despite Black Columbus residents making up less than 29% of the population. Four Ohio bills would stiffen penalties for demonstratorsAnd the reality is that the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, currently pending in Congress, would not have saved George Floyd’s life. Sean Hill is a law professor at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, and a former Steering Committee member of Law4BlackLives.
Here are steps you can take to reduce your environmental impact this Earth Day
This Earth Day, make it a priority to adopt new climate-friendly habits into your everyday life. Instead of throwing recyclables in the trash with your non-recyclables, take the extra step to correctly recycle your items. Try eliminating the amount of meat and dairy you consume each day to reduce your carbon footprint. When shopping at the grocery store, ask the cashier to put your goods in paper bags instead of plastic bags. This Earth Day, take steps to live a more eco-friendly life and encourage your friends to do the same.
Opinion : The Big Lie has gotten so bad that even some Republicans are running from it
Taken all together, this bundle of falsehoods and pathologies is now getting so absurd and unsustainable that more Republicans are running away from it. In some states, while some things are getting nixed, many voter suppression provisions directly targeting nonwhite voters remain. Meanwhile, in many states, voter suppression efforts continue. Some Republicans privately admit their argument for some of these bills is problematic:They acknowledge, however, that their timing is bad. So if more are now edging away from the Big Lie in various forms, that should probably be encouraged.
SIUC researcher indicted for grant fraud
CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- A mathematics professor and researcher at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale (SIUC) is under federal indictment for grant fraud. Xiao is charged with two counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement. According to the indictment, Xiao has worked in SIUC’s mathematics department since 2000, focusing his research on partial differential equations, control theory, optimization theory, dynamical systems, and computational science. Xiao is charged with falsely certifying to SIUC that his NSF grant proposal was true, complete, and accurate. The Justice Department’s National Security Division (NSD) says the China Initiative is an effort to safeguard American intellectual property and research programs and counter the multi-faceted threat posed by the PRC government to U.S. national security.
After Ma’Khia Bryant’s shooting, women of color wrestle with how to protect their kids: ‘We’re in a state of emergency’
For Dianis, Chauvin’s conviction is still a “very narrow view of accountability”: one officer being held responsible for his actions. But he is part of a larger system and culture, which includes the police who stood by and watched him murder Floyd, as well as the legal protections — like qualified immunity and use of force of standards — that prevent many officers from being charged with on-duty killings.
Opinion : Why Peloton is no corporate hero
Peloton said in a statement last weekend that it had “fully cooperated” with federal regulators and “at no time was Peloton trying to impede” their investigation. The practical effect was stymieing safety regulators and delaying a thorough investigation. But the Peloton model’s design, which differs from most other walking and running machines, appears to be especially hazardous to children. Peloton has practice in projecting the image of a corporate citizen concerned with broader social issues. Here’s a suggestion: Peloton should also consider it a human rights issue when its products accidentally injure or kill customers’ children.
Opinion : The lessons we learned from Minneapolis this week
One lesson of Chauvin’s trial is the powerful impact of law enforcement officials policing their own. The unequivocal testimony by so many law enforcement officials — within and outside of the Minneapolis Police Department — that Chauvin’s use of force was unlawful and unnecessary, was likely significant to the jury reaching a guilty verdict on all three counts. New Jersey’s attorney general is ensuring that every officer in the state is taught how to effectively intervene. Like so many other law enforcement agencies, the Minneapolis Police Department had ample opportunity to correct known problems in the agency long before an officer committed a high-profile killing. We must face the hard truth that Chauvin is more of a symptom than a cause of policing’s problem.
Joe Biden delivered the Chauvin verdict speech America needed (opinion)
Gene Seymour is a critic who has written about music, movies and culture for The New York Times, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @GeneSeymour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. View more opinion at CNN. In short, it wasn't a "presidential" address to the nation so much as it was a "Joe" talk to the folks.
The scientists who saved us by creating the Covid-19 vaccines deserve a ticker tape parade (opinion)
Greg Bardsley is the author of the novels "Cash Out" (2012) and "The Bob Watson" (2016) from HarperCollins Publishers. (CNN) Getting my Covid-19 vaccine has left me thinking about the different ways people respond to crises. During that same time, a group of quiet, focused and determined people went to work. While our last president was denying the severity of the crisis, these people began tapping into data about previous corona viruses. While I was seriously considering accepting front door deliveries with tongs and snorkeling gear , they mobilized to share their data with one another.
Opinion: Finally, the wind is at our back on the climate crisis
Christiana Figueres is the former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (2010-2016). She is now a founding partner at Global Optimism, co-author of The Future We Choose and co-presents the climate podcast, Outrage + Optimism. Climate impacts are already reaching worst-case scenario levels based on scientific predictions from just a few years back. Despite this stark reality, too many of us see leaders apparently stuck in the splits when it comes to climate change. When I took the job to lead the global climate negotiations ahead of what was to become the Paris Agreement, few people were hopeful that we could secure a global deal on climate.
These are the jeans women REALLY need (opinion)
This often means wearing loose jeans, neat and presentable -- and far more comfortable, casual and forgiving than skinny jeans. While this pandemic-era change in expectations is true for people of all genders (men's baggy jeans are also selling well) it is especially liberating for women, for two reasons. Second, skinny jeans conform to and reveal the shape of a woman's body, and thus make it easier to, well, assess it. Join us on Twitter and FacebookBut for this homebound trend to really take hold more broadly, it has to extend beyond jeans and back into the office. What about flowing skirts instead of the pencil kind, baggy tailored pants and sometimes even mom jeans?
At ‘moment of peril,’ Biden opens global summit on climate
President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the Wh...President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the Wh...WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring that the United States and other big economies must “get this done,” President Joe Biden opened a global climate summit Thursday aimed at getting world leaders to dig deeper on emissions cuts. The United States pledged to cut in half the amount of climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes it is pumping out. “Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden said, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. “We have taken many bold steps.”The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu.
Tackling Climate ‘Herculean Task,’ Merkel Says: Climate Update
(Bloomberg) -- President Joe Biden’s climate summit has drawn 40 heads of state including China’s Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Boris Johnson from the U.K. Tackling Climate Change ‘Herculean Task,’ Merkel Says (9 a.m.)German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she is delighted that the U.S. under President Biden is again helping with the “Herculean task” of tackling climate change. “There can be no doubt that the world needs your contribution if we really want to fulfill our ambitious goals,” Merkel said. Biden has said that a key goal of this summit is to encourage nations to increase their ambitions toward fighting climate change. “Let us mobilize political leadership to move ahead together – to overcome climate change, end our war on nature and build lives of dignity and prosperity for all,” Guterres said.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin Celebrated 4/20 by Sending 15,000 Marijuana Convictions Up in Smoke
On Tuesday, Woodfin announced a blanket pardon for anyone with a closed marijuana conviction in the Birmingham Municipal Courts between 1990 and 2020. In an exclusive interview with The Root, Woodfin explained that the move was a last-ditch effort to blunt the devastating effects of the war on drugs. “The program was intended to help people with marijuana convictions obtain driver’s licenses, jobs and other opportunities. “There are certain things we can’t do,” explained Woodfin. Eliminating marijuana convictions have economic and quality-of-life implications that reach beyond the court systems.
Syrian missile explodes near Israeli reactor
As a scholar of the Hebrew Bible, I understand that famines in biblical times were interpreted as more than mere natural occurrences. When the heavens don’t open Underlying the texts about famine in the Hebrew Bible was the constant threat and recurring reality of famine in ancient Israel. Neither the Exodus nor King David – the central story and a major character of the Hebrew Bible – would exist without famine. And with that movement, in the ancient world as today, comes vulnerability. Famine was a constant threat and a very real part of life for the ancient Israelite world that produced the Hebrew Bible.
Essential California: Local drought emergencies
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. Together with Lake Sonoma, the reservoir helps provide drinking water to about 600,000 customers, according to Grant Davis, general manager of Sonoma Water. The document also orders state agencies to work with local districts across California to address drought conditions. Southern California is likely to be less affected because its water is mostly supplied by big federal and state water systems, rather than local precipitation.
Solar panels on California’s canals could save water and help fight climate change
I do, however, have some intriguing information about an idea that always seems to gets folks excited: Putting solar panels over water. A rendering shows what the California Aqueduct would look like covered with solar panels as it flows through Stanislaus County. AdvertisementNemeth sees solar panels over canals as one option for reaching 75%, and for complying with a state mandate of 100% by 2045. To be clear, Nemeth still has serious questions about covering large canals with solar panels. In this particular case, installing solar panels over canals may have plenty of advantages.
Pitts: Real justice shouldn’t be this difficult
I just sat there, trying to remember how lungs are supposed to work. And thinking that justice — real justice — shouldn’t be this difficult. But such evidence has seldom been a match for America’s refusal to know or its stubborn disregard of Black lives. One is tempered by memory of Trayvon, Breonna and so many others who never knew justice. But these last years have been traumatizing and besides, I am a Black man in America.
Protesters injured at George Floyd demonstration sue Oakland police, sheriff’s office over crowd control violations
OAKLAND — Three protesters injured last May during demonstrations in Oakland are suing the police department and the county sheriff’s office, alleging officers violated crowd control and crowd management policies and their constitutional rights and wrongfully arrested protesters. Floyd’s death was captured on camera by bystanders and sparked massive protests across the United States, including in Oakland. Hours before the planned May 29 demonstration, attorneys representing people in previous lawsuits against the Oakland Police Department sent a letter reminding police officials of OPD’s crowd control policies. Several fires were set in downtown and Uptown, including a few inside businesses, and vandals spray-painted storefronts and shattered windows. Plaintiffs Toshua Sears and Kierra Brown attended a march on June 1 led by Oakland youth from Oakland Technical High School to downtown.
It's surprisingly common for employers to steal wages. PRO Act would protect workers
In March, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which is now up for debate in the Senate. The PRO Act would do three simple things:introduce penalties for violating workers’ rights, expand collective bargaining rights, and create the conditions for fair union elections. The PRO Act would restore some balance to an embarrassingly lopsided dynamic, so that workers like Capson get what they are owed. Forty-seven of the 50 Democratic U.S. senators have signed on to the PRO Act. With their action or inaction on the PRO Act, our senators are about to show who they really care about.
Right-to-work laws drive Arizona jobs and its economy. PRO Act puts that at risk
Many of the changes called for in the PRO Act would be incredibly counterproductive to U.S. economic recovery. As long as they continue to stand up for the workers and businesses in Arizona, the PRO Act cannot become law. The PRO Act would remove right-to-work laws in 27 states, including Arizona. Without these laws, workers could actually be fired for opting out of paying dues to an unwanted union. Arizona’s economy is on the rise as evidenced by recent reports, and the PRO Act would threaten this progress.
Letters: Missing politicians who conduct themselves with dignity, honesty, empathy
I miss people in government, (and out of government as well) who conducted themselves with dignity, honesty, and empathy. I miss people who try from their very bones to create an America that aspires to its greatest angels. Mondale said of his time as vice president to President Jimmy Carter, “We told the truth. So, is a “well regulated militia” still necessary when cities have police forces, counties have sheriffs, and states have both state patrols and national guards? As a “well regulated militia” is no longer necessary “to the security of a free State,” the right to bear arms can and should be sensibly regulated for the public safety.
Readers respond: Independent redistricting panel needed
Putting an equal number of Republicans and Democrats on the House redistricting committee (“Oregon House reaches deal to avoid slowdowns,” April 15) means the final plan probably will not grossly favor one party over the other. But it also means the districts will be gerrymandered to favor incumbents. This is just another reason why Oregon needs an independent redistricting committee. With our vaccinations rapidly increasing, I hope that the People Not Politicians coalition will continue its effort to put its initiative on the ballot. Michael Sands, Portland
Bedrock says clean energy initiative to supply 15% of its power in 2023
In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint Bedrock will announce Thursday an agreement with DTE Energy to acquire clean energy through the utility’s MIGreenPower voluntary renewable energy program. Beginning in 2023, Bedrock says it will acquire 22,000,000 kWh of its energy usage from DTE solar farms. The initial commitment represents 15% of the electricity DTE provides to Bedrock, officials said. "Michigan’s leading producer of renewable energy, we are committed to increasing generation from wind and solar, which reduces carbon emissions and helps combat climate change. Also, Bedrock installed solar panels and lighting arrays at the Wright Kay Building at 1500 Woodward and the Arts League Building at 1528 Woodward.
At ‘moment of peril,’ Biden opens global summit on climate
Updated 3 times AlertMeWASHINGTON — Declaring that the United States and other big economies must “get this done,” President Joe Biden opened a global climate summit Thursday aimed at getting world leaders to dig deeper on emissions cuts. The United States pledged to cut in half the amount of climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes it is pumping out. “Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden said, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders. “We have taken many bold steps.”The pandemic made gathering world leaders for the climate summit too risky. The format meant a cavalcade of short speeches by world leaders, some scripted, some apparently more impromptu.
At 'moment of peril,' Biden opens global summit on climate
The coronavirus pandemic compelled the summit to play out as a climate telethon-style livestream, limiting opportunities for spontaneous interaction and negotiation. The opening was rife with small technological glitches, including echoes and random beeps and voices. But the U.S. summit also marshaled an impressive display of the world's most powerful leaders speaking on the single cause of climate change. Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose country is the world's biggest emissions culprit, followed by the United States, spoke first among the other global figures. “To protect the environment is to protect productivity, and to boost the environment is to boost productivity.
Greta Thunberg issues climate crisis ‘emergency alert’
As Earth Day is being observed around the world, Greta Thunberg warned the heads of state attending Joe Biden’s virtual climate summit “We cannot fool nature”. The celebrated Swedish activist has issued “an emergency alert for the general public”, a new video piling pressure on the White House summit and deriding the participants’ inevitable claims that their emissions reductions goals are “ambitious”. We should not be satisfied with weak targets on the basis that they are “better than nothing”, she says, calling for a “no surrender” attitude and once more attacking the idea that any idealism is “naive”.
Opinion : We should soon stop catering to the vaccine holdouts
The latest Axios-Ipsos survey finds it had the opposite effect, as predicted by Anthony S. Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser. In fact, a recent focus group of vaccine-hesitant voters found that some of these people would lie about being vaccinated. That means more than half of adults have received at least one shot, including more than 80 percent of seniors. Among teachers, school personnel and child-care workers, more than 80 percent received one shot in a month. The country is approaching the point when it should stop catering to those bent on being a danger to themselves and others.
Stacey Abrams Has a New Novel. Read an Excerpt of While Justice Sleeps Here
His brain died at 11:47 p.m. At nine o’clock on Sunday night, Supreme Court justice Howard Wynn shifted testily in his favorite leather chair, the high-backed Chesterfield purportedly commissioned by Chief Justice William Howard Taft. The game in progress was with a man he’d never met who lived half a world away. “Justice Wynn? Yanking his hand free from his pocket, Justice Wynn stopped in front of Stokes and extended his right hand. “They call Justice Wynn the ‘Voice of the People,’ but now everyone is wondering if he’s the one hearing voices.
A 5-point plan for empowering your employees (so you can get back to work)
People keep coming to me for help, which is great, but I often end up doing the job instead of teaching them. —CEO of a well-funded company that is doing great Dear CEO, First, congrats that the company is doing well. With these extra tasks off your plate, you get back to the work you want to be doing—and the work that will actually move the needle. Oftentimes employees go to their managers looking for help, but instead of getting that help the manager does the work for them. I like to use the following steps to help team members become more independent and empowered—and help me get back to the work that I should be doing.
Keeping humanity central to solving climate change
In the ger district where they lived, most people do not have central heating, and they warm their homes by making fire in their stoves. “The science has been clear on climate change, and it has been clear for a while; but as we see, the facts don’t change people’s behavior. Clare Balboni, the 3M Career Development Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics, teaches graduate- and undergraduate-level courses on environmental policy and economics. Balboni joined the Department of Economics in 2019 and has been working toward making environmental economics a core topic in the department. As climate change issues become an even more important topic in national legislation and policymaking — especially with the new Biden-Harris administration in office — Nobles expects research and teaching to follow suit.
These states are reinstating work search requirements, making it harder to stay on unemployment
The good news is that the recently-signed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan includes a $300 weekly boost to unemployment benefits. And many states require beneficiaries to keep a log of work search activities and, at times, submit that information for review. Early on in the pandemic, however, most states waived the work search requirement because it just wasn't feasible. As such, some states have made the decision to reimpose the work search requirements for those who are collecting unemployment benefits. Editorial content from The Ascent is separate from The Motley Fool editorial content and is created by a different analyst team.The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.
Earth Day 2021: Liver cancer didn't kill me — environmental pollution did
She died of liver cancer on June 10, at the age of 65. I have been fighting terminal liver cancer since it was discovered in May 2018. I found that long-term exposure to arsenic is one of the risk factors for developing liver cancer. The Tacoma smelter closed in 1985, but the stack just sat there, looming for years over a polluted superfund site. She retired from Harder in 2019, when her liver cancer reached a point where she could no longer work.
Humanity’s greatest ally against climate change is the Earth itself
If people keep polluting at the current rate, scientists say, climate change will cause prolonged droughts, devastating storms, collapsing ecosystems and vanishing species. The Earth itself is our greatest ally in this effort. If we hope to solve climate change, humanity must also address this biodiversity crisis — restoring ecosystems and the creatures that inhabit them. During the summer, when the sun shines 24 hours a day, Arctic sea ice reflects about two-thirds of the light that hits it back into space. “It’s like the air conditioning unit of our planet,” said Melinda Webster, a sea ice specialist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Apple, Google and Coca-Cola among 400-plus companies backing Biden in 50% emissions cut as soon as 2030
Participants include Apple AAPL, +0.29% Alphabet’s Google GOOGL, -0.03% MicrosoftMSFT, WalmartWMT, UnileverUL, and Coca-Cola KO, +0.81% . “Many of us have set or are setting emissions reduction goals in line with climate science since the establishment of the Paris Agreement. While an effective national climate strategy will require all of us, you alone can set the course by swiftly establishing a bold U.S. 2030 target,” the letter said. “Tragically, these devastating climate impacts also disproportionately hit marginalized and low-income communities who are least able to withstand them. They called for a trans-Atlantic alliance for a “just and sustainable transition” toward a low-carbon economy, the Associated Press reported.
The U.S. is the biggest carbon emitter in history. Where do other nations stand?
(Sam McNeil / Associated Press)China is the biggest emitter of planet-warming greenhouse gases, responsible for about 28% of the global total. AdvertisementAdvertisementChina’s emissions have continued to climb since 2015, when its leaders signed the Paris climate agreement. European UnionAn activist during a demonstration in Paris during the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. The deal still needs to be formally approved by each nation’s government and the European Parliament. IndiaBurning fields, industrial emissions and the burning of coal and piles of garbage sully the air over Dharamsala, India.
Editorial: The Biden administration — and Xavier Becerra — must deal better with migrant children
There is no doubt that President Biden inherited a bureaucratic and humanitarian nightmare at the U.S.-Mexico border. His agency is responsible for caring for unaccompanied minors taken into custody by Border Patrol agents and placing them with relatives or caregivers. And his tenure began nearly two months into the Biden presidency, which means the White House has had more time than Becerra to come up with workable solutions. Yet some now seem ready to set up Becerra as the fall guy if the problem worsens and the politics get uglier. People flee for valid reasons, and in most cases arrive at the U.S. border hoping to join relatives already here.
Column: Making a capitalist case for Broadway
The antipathy for the commercial sector of the theater, especially from the inside and often fueled by envy or elitism, is far from new. It was common in the 1990s for academics to look down on great commercial playwrights like Wendy Wasserstein, arguing without much evidence that working in a marketplace blunted their potential radicalism. Had that happened, far fewer people would have better understood the struggles of the dancer’s life. It was an entry point. It put a lot of dancers’ kids through college.
Connecticut marks Earth Day with cleanups, concert and more
The celebration of Earth Day on April 22 began in 1970, and Connecticut has always taken part. And after last year’s 50th anniversary hit when many people were indoors because of the pandemic, this year there are many events planned across Connecticut.
'We may not live in tipis, but we still believe in the values of our ancestors'
Being Native American in present-day Oklahoma is a rewarding experience, but not many people understand what being Native American in Oklahoma is like. In my childhood, I attended the Absentee Shawnee Tribe’s North Dance Grounds. Tribal citizens of several different tribes live there, but the most populous tribe in Little Axe is the Absentee Shawnee. I remember a few years ago when a young Native American student in the area was picked on for having longer hair. We may not live in tipis, but we still believe in the values of our ancestors.
Only white people can be racist: Inside Global Affairs' anti-racism course materials
Try refreshing your browser, or Only white people can be racist: Inside Global Affairs' anti-racism course materials Back to video Through a freedom of information request, the Toronto Sun recently obtained one of the results of this new push: The official antiracist training materials for Global Affairs Canada. Kendi has argued that any policy that does not explicitly counteract white supremacy with favourable policies toward non-white people will inevitably return to a racist mean. This may be one of the reasons that anti-Semitism — a prejudice with a long and ignoble history within Canadian federal policy — is not mentioned once in the Global Affairs materials. This is apparent in the Global Affairs literature, even to the exclusion of inequity problems that are more unique to Canada. Nevertheless, course materials repeatedly take a view more in tune with U.S. realities.
In Romania, ‘modern slaves’ burn noxious trash for a living
The rich people have the villas, look at the rich people’s palaces.”You don’t have to look far. Behind lurk the parts where Bratu and his young children live, a social black hole with no sanitation or running water. The slums of Sintesti, like Roma communities elsewhere, have long been ignored by authorities. They’re made up of makeshift homes, where unofficially rigged electricity cables hug the ground and run over a sea of trash. We have a chain of causes: low education, low infrastructure, low development … a lot of things are low,” Duminica said“The rich Roma are controlling the poor Roma, but the rich Roma are controlled by others.
The U.S. electric power sector is ‘halfway’ to zero carbon emissions
Now the Biden administration and some members of Congress are proposing to decarbonize the power sector by 2035. While this much change in 15 years seems ambitious, our new report, “Halfway to Zero,” looks back at the past 15 and finds that power sector emissions are half of what they were projected to be. It projected that annual carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector would rise from 2,400 million to 3,000 million metric tons from 2005 to 2020. In short, the U.S. electricity sector has managed to march halfway to zero in just 15 years. And declining employment in the coal industry was more than offset by job growth in other areas, notably solar power.
The U.S. Has a New Climate Goal. How Does It Stack Up Globally?
The United States officially has a new goal for fighting climate change over the next decade. The later baseline makes the United States target look a bit better, because it omits a period when emissions were rising. Mr. Biden unveiled the pledge ahead of a White House climate summit for world leaders, declaring that the United States is ready to reclaim a leadership role on climate change. India China 3.4 0.9 2020 1990 2030 1990 2020 2030 The United States was still increasing emissions until the mid-2000s, while Europe took earlier action. The administration is also betting that expanding clean-energy technology willIt remains to be seen if the United States can pull that off.
What Is Earth Day and Why Do We Celebrate?
Earth Day Credit: GettyEvery year on April 22, people around the world celebrate Earth Day. giphy.gifAccording to the Earth Day Network, 1 billion people participate in Earth Day festivities each year in 192 countries. How Can I Celebrate Earth Day From Home? Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most of us are social distancing and therefore unable to gather in crowds or celebrate Earth Day as we usually would. Join Earth Day Live here to celebrate Earth Day digitally amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Castro is finally gone. Biden needs to act.
Castro is finally gone. Biden needs to act. Added: 22.04.2021 9:30 | 13 views | 0 commentsA new leader in Havana provides an opportunity for those advocating for major change — largely the nation's youth — to push for reform more forcefully.
Chauvin verdict injects a fresh jolt of momentum into police overhaul efforts
Added: 22.04.2021 1:18 | 12 views | 0 commentsBiden plans to highlight the push to revamp policing in his speech to Congress next week, while Sen. Tim Scott takes the lead among Republicans in trying to craft a bill.
Ohio's Republican governor announces police reform bill
Added: 21.04.2021 22:31 | 18 views | 0 commentsOhio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday that a police reform bill is in the works, one of several police reform efforts underway nationwide in the wake of Tuesday's conviction of a former Minneapolis Police officer in the murder of George Floyd.
Rep. Jody Hice: DC statehood vote – here's what Democrats' power play is really about
Added: 22.04.2021 11:00 | 9 views | 0 commentsWe are witnessing a radical transformational push by the Left to bend and warp America’s institutions and government to their will. This week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., plans to ram the next phase of Democrats’ strategy through the House: granting statehood to the District of Columbia.
Justice Sotomayor's Lonely Battle to Give the Voiceless a Voice
Justice Sotomayor's Lonely Battle to Give the Voiceless a VoiceAdded: 21.04.2021 20:14 | 16 views | 0 commentsSource: usatoday.comEvery year, the Supreme Court receives about 10,000 petitions and hears only around 80 cases. Four justices have to vote to hear an appeal, which ensures that thousands of petitions are swatted away without comment, leaving the lower court's decision as the final word. Unfairness is baked into the cake: SCOTUS's desire for tidy docket management means that egregious wrongs go unrighted simply because four justices lack the nerve, the bandwidth, or the desire to address them. More in www.realclearpolitics.com » USA Tags: Supreme Court
Why Should Black Protesters Trust an Undemocratic Senate?
Republican legislatures are enacting a national crackdown on even the most ancillary participation in violent protest, including attacks on property. Violent protest tends to politically backfire, not to mention the fact that chaotic, lawless conditions tend to be especially harmful to low-income people. Passing police reform through the Senate already puts Black Americans at a staggering disadvantage. It is a system that dilutes Black voting power and gives white people a disproportionate say in the outcome. If Romney wants Black people to value the system, he should care about making the system less undemocratic.
After the Voting Wars, Who’s Likely to Turn Out in 2022?
So it’s not a bad idea to ask what we know about likely 2022 turnout levels and patterns as we enter that cycle. Turnout will be down from 2020, but probably still higher than usualAs Roll Call’s Nathan Gonzales observes, the last time midterm turnout exceeded that of the previous presidential contest was 1838. Since 2020 turnout was the highest in any national election since 1900, the midterm precedent won’t be shattered in 2022. The more pertinent question is whether 2022 turnout will reach that of 2018 (the highest since 1914) or more greatly resemble 2014 (the lowest since 1942). If that happens next year, it would put 2022 turnout back to the record midterm of 2018 at 50 percent.
Columbus protesters observe 16 minutes of silence
Columbus protesters observe 16 minutes of silenceProtesters marched through the streets of Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday night and also sat silently in the street for 16 minutes. This was a day after police shot dead Black 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant as she charged at people with a knife.
Why Biden's jobs plan is crucial step in confronting climate change
The report said the United States is spending barely over half of what is needed to improve critical infrastructure. The economic losses to the United States would be $83 billion a year, the most of all the countries studied. In the United States, carbon storage in forest ecosystems offset about 9% of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2016. The "new economy" that the American Jobs Plan aspires to create should be one that values the many benefits natural systems provide to our economy and society. The return on such investment will be threefold: a safer climate, jobs that take Americans forward into the new economy and infrastructure to underpin a prosperous future.
How a ‘Red Flag’ Law Failed in Indiana
Listen and follow The DailyApple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherLast spring, Brandon Hole’s mother alerted the police in Indiana about her son’s behavior. In response, the police invoked the state’s “red flag” law, which allows for the seizure of a firearm from a person deemed a risk to themselves or others. But over the summer, Mr. Hole was able to legally purchase two semiautomatic weapons. And last week, he opened fire on a FedEx facility, killing eight people and then himself. Why did the law fail?
Rep. Jody Hice: DC statehood vote – here's what Democrats' power play is really about
This week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., plans to ram the next phase of Democrats’ strategy through the House: granting statehood to the District of Columbia. 43, if America’s capital were situated in any state, that state would wield tremendous influence over the federal government. Given that the approach is so obviously unworkable, why are Democrats so doggedly pursuing statehood through H.R. However, if Democrats honestly care only about providing full representation, there are less problematic alternatives that could win bipartisan support. Two additional Senate Democrats would be a tremendous advantage in preserving their majority, and that’s what this comes down to at the end of the day.
To repeat, or not to repeat — that’s the question for next school year
Grade retention policies in their earliest form originated in California in 1998, when then-Gov. Republican school-choice policymakers in the early 2000s took that idea and zeroed in on the third grade, passing the stricter third grade reading laws in place today. Let’s continue the conversation about grade retention. Florida’s measure would also expand the state’s retention policy to kindergarten through fifth grade. Thomas read the studies about grade retention.
Stephen Brown and the Moral Challenge of the Midcareer Journalist
Brown was a unique character, and the grief among his colleagues has hardly abated in the month he has been gone. In my case it was a couple weeks before the JFK assassination, in his case a couple weeks after. Yet just as we were born too late for one generation, we were born too early for another. The task for my generation of journalists, in age of media upheaval, is to defend and vindicate their importance. Stephen was old enough to know the old ways — not just the glorious mythology but their more complicated realities.
Floyd killing has prompted state reforms, but not everywhere
In Texas, where Floyd was raised and laid to rest , state Sen. Royce West this year helped introduce the “George Floyd Act” to overhaul policing. “The time is now for us to act,” said state Sen. Steven Bradford, a Democrat who chairs the caucus. The new laws come from at least 1,800 police reform bills filed in statehouses across the U.S. since Floyd’s killing, with the majority being introduced this year. Tony Evers, a Democrat, on Wednesday ordered the Wisconsin State Patrol and other state law enforcement agencies to update their use-of-force policies to bar chokeholds, unless they are a last resort. He acted after the Republican-controlled Legislature ignored a police reform package he proposed last year after Floyd’s killing.
AG Garland announces Minneapolis police probe
The Justice Department is opening a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis after a former officer was convicted in the killing of George Floyd there, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday. (April 21)Video TranscriptMERRICK GARLAND: Yesterday's verdict in the state criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis. Today, I am announcing that the Justice Department has opened a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing. The new civil investigation is separate from and independent of the federal criminal investigation into the death of George Floyd that the Justice Department has previously announced. The investigation I am announcing today will assess whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force, including during protests.
Op-Ed: Local police departments can’t reform themselves. Bring on the feds
The Justice Department can sue local and state governments if there is a pattern of constitutional violations and seek appropriate remedies. In most instances, the department’s investigation forces cities to enter into a settlement and a consent decree, without going through protracted litigation. The Justice Department has used this authority on many occasions — such as in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Pittsburgh — to reform police departments. The Harvard Kennedy School did a detailed study and found that the consent decree significantly changed policing in Los Angeles. Getting the Justice Department back into this work is a crucial first step after four years of neglect by the Trump administration.
Op-Ed: California should pass a small tax on big wealth
The ordinary rich — say, a well-compensated doctor — pay a lot in California income tax; they do their share to help support the state. Indeed, many working-class individuals, such as nurses, teachers or firefighters, pay tax on a much larger share of their economic gains than do the wealthiest Californians. We estimate that about 15,000 families would be subject to the new wealth tax — the richest 0.07% of the state. According to Forbes magazine, there are about 170 California billionaires, and their total wealth is now around $1 trillion. Those opposed to a new wealth tax claim that the very rich would flee California in droves, a la Musk, who has made no secret of his objections to the state’s regulations.
Column: What if there’d been good cops like Cariol Horne at the scene of George Floyd’s murder?
We could stop many of these unnecessary killings if the good police officers could muster enough courage on their own do the right thing. The next best option is a law that makes it illegal to stand by and do nothing.
The vices we crave, within reach
Ground was being broken for a development anchoring the gentrifying of the town’s most depressingly impoverished area. The mayor promised the initiative would drive away the scourges of prostitution and drug houses and shady juke joints darkening the neighborhood. "If you clean up this area, where are your constituents going to procure the prostitution and drugs and other vices they demand access to? Elected leaders never need to worry about unwanted sin for sale in their communities, because there never is any for long. It’s only the sins residents crave whose sales thrive enough to merit banishing.
Opinion: Energy waste reduction programs benefit Ohio’s children, save schools and taxpayers money
We developed and implemented a district-wide energy waste reduction project at 14 buildings, as well as at the high school sports stadium. More:Renovations to Reynoldsburg High School on fast trackThese energy waste reduction measures have helped minimize long-term maintenance costs and utility bills for our school district. Energy waste reduction programs benefit Ohio’s children, save taxpayer money and provide schools with more money to invest in education. A new major study conducted by Gabel Associates, Estimating the Benefits of Energy Waste Reduction in Ohio, found that greater investment in energy waste reduction can save billions of dollars and create thousands of jobs for Ohioans over the next 10 years. Ohio’s energy waste reduction programs were in place for a decade until the passage of House Bill 6 in 2019 eliminated them.
DeRugy: Don’t believe Biden’s infrastructure bill hype
The rest of the bill is mostly a handout to private companies that already invest heavily in infrastructure. Passenger rail is in mostly bad shape when owned publicly, whereas privately owned freight rail is mostly strong in quality. Also, while the idea that building infrastructure will bring about more economic growth makes for a good talking point, it doesn’t work in practice. It’s proven that when there’s already economic growth occurring in a specific area, infrastructure spending targeted to support the boom will promote even more growth. This is unfortunate, since the Congressional Budget Office found that private spending produces twice the return as does public spending.
Smith: Trump blazed economic trail for Biden to follow
It’s very normal throughout history for economic policy revolutions to start under presidents from the opposite party of the one who eventually gets the credit. But by doing that, he broke with the most important and powerful consensus in elite policy circles: free trade. Below the level of elite opinion, dissatisfaction with free trade had been boiling for years. In fact, Biden’s entire China policy essentially continues in the direction that Trump laid out. But on trade and industrial policy, he blazed a trail by neutering his own party’s opposition to change.
Earth Day recipes: six zero-waste dinners
In 2011 I created a feast for 200 people using food that would otherwise have gone to waste. This event, however, turned out not to be about waste: it was a celebration of plenty. We called it the ‘Forgotten Feast’. Over recent years, the magnitude of global food waste has been revealed by individuals and organisations alike. I’ve developed the recipes in this book to be affordable and simple to make at home, based on readily available produce.
It's too soon to call the Derek Chauvin verdict a turning point
The jury that convicted Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd got it right. The temptation to treat a jury verdict in a big case as symbolic stems, I think, from our powerful human tendency to use individual stories as metaphors in order to make sense of the world around us. And had Chauvin not been convicted of murder, the verdict would certainly have been held up as yet another instance of systemic racism. The jury was not asked to determine that Chauvin murdered Floyd because of racism, whether conscious or unconscious. A jury verdict can send a message, or try to do so, but a jury has no power to fundamentally change the system.
Will the Suga-Biden summit provoke China?
Based on my observations, global media coverage of the Suga-Biden summit meeting in Washington was rather favorable. They were (a) to demonstrate to the world the significance of Japan’s alliance with the U.S., (b) not to provoke China into overreacting to the summit talks and (c) to convince President Biden that Suga is a statesman who can be trusted. Dai gave a speech last year admitting that he found four “unexpected” things that the Chinese people could not predict about the United States. They are (a) the level of hatred in the United States toward China, (b) the U.S. government acts ruthlessly leaving no room for negotiations, (c) no country has come forward to show sympathy and support for China and (d) a united front has been formed in the United States. Dai concluded: “Combining the above four surprises, it is necessary for China to re-understand the United States.
Matt Gurney: Doug Ford goes missing as Ontario confronts worsening third wave
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Andrew Leach: O’Toole's climate plan isn't a good one, but it may be good enough for voters
Try refreshing your browser, or Andrew Leach: O’Toole's climate plan isn't a good one, but it may be good enough for voters Back to video O’Toole isn’t new to climate change policy. He could either address emissions from transportation, as well as from large, industrial emitters, or face the electorate with no credible climate plan at all. O’Toole’s plan proposes an economically flawed administrative nightmare with many privacy implications, all to avoid the perception that he’s proposing a carbon tax. Like it or not, there are many voters who see a credible climate plan as a must-have, but aren’t going to delve into the details. The last election was made easier by then-Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s failure to put forward a credible climate plan.
Chris Selley: Doug Ford has shown he can't govern Ontario alone. He should stop trying
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China criticizes Australia for cancellation of Belt and Road agreement
The Chinese embassy in Canberra has criticized Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s move to veto two agreements signed by the state of Victoria. The Australian government has canceled two trade agreements between the state of Victoria and China regarding China’s ambitious and controversial Belt and Road Initiative development project. Payne on Tuesday specified that Australia is a federation and states entering into agreements with foreign governments are now required to consult the federal government. Its about ensuring consistency of our foreign relations across Australia and it’s most certainly not aimed at any one country,” Payne told ABC radio’s AM programme. Payne said the Five Eyes is a vital strategic alliance and that Australia has sought to deepen cooperation with its partners, who are liberal democracies.
The Peace Corps failed these women after they were sexually assaulted while volunteering
The Peace Corps failed these women after they were sexually assaulted while volunteeringThree women tell their stories of sexual assault while volunteering in the Peace Corps, and how the agency's bungled response compounded their trauma.
Opinion | Uncomfortable Timing for a Supreme Court Gun Fight
By the same token, unanimity in the lower courts is usually a deterrent to Supreme Court review. The cases were all brought by individuals convicted of nonviolent crimes who argued that the prohibition violated their Second Amendment rights. In her opinion, Judge Barrett wrote that there is no “virtue limitation” to the Second Amendment. I’ve always been puzzled by the notion that any limitation on the Second Amendment converts it into some sort of second-class right. The court held only that individuals have a constitutional right to own a gun and to keep it at home for self-defense.
The Feds Push To Police The Police
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges in the death of George Floyd on Tuesday. Former Boston Police Department Superintendent-in-chief Daniel Linskey also joins to discuss how policing can be revamped and what proposals are on the table. Restaurants around the country are operating with fewer or no coronavirus restrictions, but owners are now experiencing challenges hiring employees. Some former or potential restaurant workers have childcare issues such as in person learning and others are worried about coronavirus infections. Tex-Mex restaurant owner Mary Perez explains the challenges she is facing in regards to staffing her establishments.
Biden must seize Cuba opening as Raúl Castro steps down and Miguel Díaz-Canel steps up
The lack of a Castro, finally, as the head of the Cuban government might seem monumental. On Twitter, Díaz-Canel has often used the hashtag #SomosContinuidad to underscore that he would continue the Castro vision. He and President Barack Obama also re-established full diplomatic relations, which helped the Cuban economy greatly until Trump tightened the embargo again. Were Biden to re-establish a relationship with Cuba more similar to the one under Obama, both countries would benefit. Were Biden to re-establish a relationship with Cuba more similar to the one under Obama, both countries would benefit.
Joe Biden Wields Baseball Bat In ‘Photoshop Battle’ That’s A Home Run
President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the U.S. on Jan. 20. On Feb. 11, 2011, then-VP Biden spoke at UofL as part of the @ULmCenter Distinguished Speaker Series. “We are not passengers of history, but we are drivers of history," he said. #TBT pic.twitter.com/wrQAVcjuTw
Letters: Systemic racism has brought about the ugly consequences we see today
Letters to the EditorSystemic racism is root causefor what we are seeing nowColumbus, like Minneapolis, is a tale of two cities. The epidemic of black homicides and crime in Columbus is a direct result of longstanding segregation in housing, education, health care and job opportunities. This lack of investment in quality of life measures in the Black and minority communities is what we are reaping. It’s the systemic illness of racism in our culture that has bred inequality, injustice and, yes, violence and crime. What it has changed into is that you cannot sue and recover damages from those who work for the government.
Mike Pence’s publisher refuses to cancel memoir after accusations of ‘perpetuating white supremacy’
Simon & Schuster has said it will not pull out of a seven-figure book deal for Mike Pence’s memoir after a protest from its employees. Staff at the publisher called for the contract to be withdrawn in an open letter that claimed S&S had “chosen complicity in perpetuating white supremacy by publishing Pence”. The letter stated that the former vice-president had “made a career out of discriminating against marginalised groups and denying resources to BIPOC and LGBTQA+ communities”. “By choosing to publish Mike Pence, Simon & Schuster is generating wealth for a central figure of a presidency that unequivocally advocated for racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-Blackness, xenophobia, misogyny, ableism, islamophobia, antisemitism, and violence,” the letter read. S&S later stated it is not distributing Mattingly’s book.
Naomi Osaka saddened verdict in Derek Chauvin trial was in doubt
Women’s tennis star Naomi Osaka, an outspoken critic of racial injustice, expressed dismay Tuesday that the conviction of a white police officer in the United States for killing a Black man was in doubt. The video footage of Minnesota police officer Derrick Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd last summer until he died intensified outrage and sparked worldwide demonstrations against police brutality directed toward Black Americans. Osaka, posting on Twitter, called the decision to convict “clear as day,” but said she could not celebrate out of sadness due the fact that the verdict was in doubt in a nation where police violence against Black Americans routinely goes unchecked. “The fact that so many injustices occurred to make us hold our breath toward this outcome is really telling,” wrote Osaka, who at last year’s U.S. Open wore masks bearing Floyd’s name and as well the names of others who died at the hands of police. Osaka, whose mother is Japanese and father is Haitian, was born in Japan but grew up in the United States.
Get Vaccination Right Now: the goal must be rapid vaccination
LESS ... MOREA major shift in India’s vaccination drive will be underway from May 1. This is an opportunity for vaccine companies to maximise their production capacity and for the government to rapidly vaccinate citizens. The Centre will get 50% of supplies and the state governments and private entities must vie for the remaining 50% of the pie. Centre has belatedly advanced Rs.3,000 crore to SII and Rs.1,500 crore to Bharat Biotech, which will also ultimately help in increasing vaccine manufacturing capacity. Centre must also ensure that its 50% share in the vaccine pie is allocated equitably among all states.
Oklahoma passes a law that can protect drivers who run over protesters
(CNN) Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill Wednesday granting immunity to drivers who unintentionally injure or kill protesters while attempting to flee and which stiffens penalties for demonstrators who block public roadways, according to the Oklahoma State Legislature. The bill comes in the midst of a national conversation around policing, racial bias and the right to demonstration. The first days of the protests over Wright's death turned chaotic as some demonstrators threw bottles and launched fireworks and officers deployed tear gas and stun guns. "We are sending a message today in Oklahoma that rioters who threaten law abiding citizens' safety will not be tolerated. I remain unequivocally committed to protecting every Oklahoman's First Amendment right to peacefully protest as well as their right to feel safe in their community," Stitt said.
There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing
Even if you’re not languishing, you probably know people who are. A name for what you’re feelingPsychologists find that one of the best strategies for managing emotions is to name them. Although we hadn’t faced a pandemic before, most of us had faced loss. A concept called “flow” may be an antidote to languishing. People who became more immersed in their projects managed to avoid languishing and maintained their prepandemic happiness.
No, Left-Wing Activists Aren’t the Same As Fascist Thugs
A working-class outpost in the “red zone” close to the Jarama front, it was devastated by Franco’s advancing fascist forces. Red Area, Red Priests Yet Vallecas’s proud identity really only came to be forged during the long Franco dictatorship. In Vallecas these red priests were a central component of neighborhood organization and activism during and after the Franco dictatorship. In partnership with labor lawyers, trade unionists, Communist and other left-wing activists, worker priests generated “immense strength of internal solidarity,” as Fernández describes it. Such formidable mobilization around the home as a right would hardly endear Vallecas to Vox’s Madrid candidate Rocío Monasterio, whose background is in the development of high-end properties.
How to Kill the Oil Hydra—and Other Lessons from the Fight Against Keystone XL
The Keystone XL Pipeline, proposed more than a decade ago, has had multiple life cycles. Now that Biden has canceled Keystone XL, one head of the great regenerating oil snake is gone. But as with Keystone XL, the victory was short-lived because of Trump’s election. On the same day that he resurrected Keystone XL, Trump (more the “angel of dearth” than the “angel of death”) issued a memorandum to expedite the completion of DAPL. We are still here—as communities, tribes, Native nations, and individuals.
Arab-Americans in Chicago seek congressional support for Egyptian human rights
Michael Sohn/APCHICAGO – Arab Americans here, like those across the country, have connections to 22 countries that are part of the Arab world. One issue of importance to the Arab community is how the U.S. Census Bureau identifies them. Although Arab Americans have been here for over a century, their right to identify as “Arab” is still denied by the U.S. Census Bureau. Rep. Newman has been contacted regarding the violation of human rights in Egypt but has not issued any official statements on it. The congressional Egypt Human Rights Caucus is being joined by increasing numbers of lawmakers, especially those who represent Arab-Americans.
Unlike the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict, police officers are rarely prosecuted or convicted in fatal shootings
It’s going to take a lot more than the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to hold US law enforcement accountable. Since 2005, less than 2 percent of fatal police shootings have led to charges of murder or manslaughter, with 140 police officers charged in total over 17 years. All in all, around 0.04 percent of fatal shootings result in a murder conviction. A confluence of policy, law, and culture comes together during investigations into police killings to protect officers. So that figure on officers convicted for murder after fatal shootings — 0.04 percent — lingers, remaining as relevant as ever.
Biden wants to convince the world America can be trusted on climate change
First, this official said that climate change is a global problem that other nations must, and therefore will, address. Of course, that’s more an argument for why nations should take climate change seriously, not necessarily America’s moves to curb its effects. And Democrats and Republicans remain far apart on how bold the US should go in response to climate change. While both parties mostly agree that climate change is real, Republicans’ initial plans to tackle climate change revolve around planting 1 trillion trees worldwide and investing in technologies to remove carbon from the atmosphere — rather than reorienting the American economy to not produce carbon in the first place. The Biden administration has come in with firmer guidance, and many businesses are already responding.
Why is it so hard to prosecute police? It starts with the investigation.
That difficulty begins with the immediate aftermath of a police officer killing someone: The event is investigated by the police themselves, who have very different incentives than they do during a typical criminal investigation. You can probably conjure up images of a crime scene from shows like CSI or Law & Order: Police descend onto the scene, gathering evidence down to the molecular level. Officials from other offices — prosecutors in particular — might be present to get an early lead on where the investigation could go. To the extent the scene of the killing is considered a crime scene at all, police are often focused on whatever crime the victim allegedly committed. Each step in a police killing investigation can go in the opposite direction — which would be considered an unacceptable blunder in just about any other criminal investigation.
Earth Day 2021 - ‘Restore Our Earth’
This year on Earth Day (marked every year on 22 April), the theme is ‘Restore Our Earth’. The idea is to focus on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can help restore the world’s ecosystems. Earth Day 2021’s theme rejects this concept and believes that restoration is a possibility. Through this global effort, cleanups reduce waste and plastic pollution, improve habitats, prevent harm to wildlife and humans and even lead to larger environmental action. Earth Day started some fifty years ago, in 1970 and from there it has grown with each passing year.
Schools Must Resist Destructive Anti-racist Demands
Most liberals will acknowledge that it is useful and even urgent for institutions such as Princeton to be vigilant against subtle biases in attitudes and procedures. Figuring out where to draw the line is ever elusive, but one clarifying development in the Princeton case was, of all things, a threatened civil-rights investigation of the university. It was part of the Trump administration’s callow play to the “populist” sentiments of its voter base as well as evidence of an overall numbness to even basic concern with issues of race, racism, equity, and racist legacies. And if the letter refers to matters so elusive and indirect, one must question the uncompromising, alarmist extremity of the letter. Dalton has made serious efforts to accommodate the concerns and needs of students of color, just a few years ago sponsoring a multi-school workshop on race, privilege, and community building, and assembling a student body that is substantially nonwhite.
The Urgency of Vaccinating Kids
Her son told her he wants to get vaccinated so he doesn’t transmit the virus to anyone. Pediatric immune systems are different from adults’, but they share enough commonalities to expect similar outcomes. “You can connect the immune responses that you observe in children and the protective effects you see in adults,” Spearman told me. “It’s not surprising that parents are still making up their minds, and wanting to make sure the vaccine is safe is important,” Robertson told me. “We need to respond to legitimate concerns, especially among communities of color, even before the vaccines are available,” Robertson said.
Racism Has Always Been Part of the Asian American Experience
Alex Wagner: Our Asian springFor many Asian Americans, the policy of exclusion looms as large as Jim Crow does for Black people. In the late 19th century, Jim Crow and Chinese exclusion were related projects of white supremacy, one in the South and one in the West. Laws like these were not preordained, but resulted from a choice made between two competing visions: The nation could be built on the principle of white supremacy or on that of democracy. And if we don’t understand the history of exclusion, we cannot understand the racist hatred that continues to be directed against Asian Americans in the present. Chinese people first came to the United States in large numbers during the California Gold Rush of 1848 and ’49, which crowned the continental expansion of the U.S.
Reforms That Can Help Revive the American Dream
But studies by the Federal Reserve found that a mere 6 percent of the defaulting loans had even been CRA-eligible. Instead, the housing bubble that emerged through the Bush years illustrated the dangers of allowing the market to get ahead of any regulatory regime. Now the communities that had been iced out of the mortgage market were being victimized for finally having gotten in. And so even after decades of activism, the communities most harmed by prejudice were, by many standards, no better off. To that end, any new regulatory regime needs to incorporate the lessons of the past.
We Are Turning COVID-19 Into a Young Person’s Disease
Letting up after a year of social distancing is tempting, but as my colleague Katherine Wu writes, our vaccine cheat days add up. For example, Michigan has a lot of B.1.1.7 cases and is experiencing a terrible COVID-19 surge, but Florida, which also has high numbers of B.1.1.7, is not. As the U.S. is already seeing, school outbreaks do happen, but they can be contained with precautions in place. This means younger kids, who likely won’t get vaccinated before the fall, may have to continue to wear masks indoors. The trickier question is what kids can do outside of school when it comes to playdates, sports, and extracurricular activities.
Why John Walker Is The Perfect Captain America
The show itself pulled off a brilliant balancing act when it came to the rise — and the fall — of our new Captain America. Beneath the cowl, the terrible truth is we’re not Steve Rogers; we’re John Walker. Walker is stripped of his Captain America title, but the show itself makes something very clear: It was an issue of public relations, not morality. To poorly paraphrase a quote from The Dark Knight that barely made sense to begin with, Steve Rogers is the Captain America we want; John Walker is the Captain America we deserve. Chillingly, the question is raised: Would Captain America have been punished for illegally murdering a foreign national on foreign soil if it hadn’t been caught on tape?
Syrian missile strike triggers alarms near Israeli nuclear facility and retaliatory attack
The nuclear facility — widely believed to be the seat of Israel’s unacknowledged nuclear weapons program — is located in the Negev Desert community of Dimona, south of the Dead Sea. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThe IDF said it responded to the missile with retaliatory attacks against Syrian antiaircraft batteries. The Syrian state news agency SANA reported that Israeli war planes attacked facilities near the capital Damascus shortly after 1:30 a.m. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementEarlier this month, Tehran vowed to retaliate after a suspected Israeli attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility. Iranian officials said the attack involved an explosive device that caused a blackout at the facility and damaged centrifuges.
The wealthiest must support climate goals in developing countries
The world now has a strong framework for action – the Paris Agreement – in which all countries committed to set their own national climate action plans and strengthen them every five years. The new national plans must cut global greenhouse gas pollution by at least 45 per cent by 2030 compared to 2010 levels. This means that developed economies must commit to phasing out coal by 2030; other countries must do this by 2040. The countries that contributed least to climate change are suffering many of the worst impacts. The G7 summit in June offers the opportunity for the world’s wealthiest countries to step up and provide the necessary financial commitments that will ensure the success of Cop26.
Commentary: Trumpublicans swallow Putin propaganda
When Trump cozied up to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Trump’s allies, including members of Congress, mostly were mute. When Trump blabbed classified information about ISIS to Russian officials in the Oval Office, his supporters sat silent. Even after the election, Russians continued their propagandizing, including questioning the election results, the report stated. Well before the 2020 election, Trump made baseless claims about voter fraud. The lie took hold even though court after court, including judges appointed by Trump, rejected the false allegations of widespread voter fraud.
Why tribalism rules everything, from politics to culture to criminal trials
Even as the man who killed George Floyd was found guilty of murder, we are finding plenty to argue about. We see it with those who believe Biden is mentally addled and not really running the White House, and those who view him as the second coming of FDR. Politics used to be a sideline for most people, less important than their jobs, colleagues, family, friends and local sports teams. Now many like or dislike MLB, NFL and NBA based on political debate. Now many reflexively love or hate political leaders (Biden or Trump, Andrew Cuomo or Ron DeSantis) based on what their "side" says.
A secret donor has been paying for major Providence projects. Here’s who it is
ICYMI: Rhode Island was up to 143,740 confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday, after adding 428 new cases. AdvertisementAlert: We can send the Globe’s Rhode Island stories to your inbox so you don’t miss any of our team’s great reporting! The Elorza administration disclosed for the first time Thursday that the secret funder is the Wend Collective, a social impact fund started by Walmart heir James Walton. Advertisement? Brian Amaral reports that methamphetamine — often known simply as meth — is a growing problem all around Rhode Island. WHAT’S ON TAP TODAYEach day, Rhode Map offers a cheat sheet breaking down what’s happening in Rhode Island.
Targeting transgender youth is a despicable GOP power play
Re “Republican bills target transgender youths” (Page A1, April 20): Harming vulnerable transgender youth for political gain is despicable. Is there any wonder our political divide is seen as one of morality as much as politics? As the mother of a transgender son and as a gender therapist, I’d ask these legislators to spend a day sitting in a room with transgender youth and experience the intensity of their universal pain and fear. I’d ask them to listen to the parent who is desperately searching for a way to protect their beloved child who has just tried to end their life. Actually, I dare them to do so.
In Biden’s pledge to withdraw from Afghanistan, the prospect of turning an imperial tide
If Biden fulfills his promise to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by September, this announcement will prove to have been truly historic. An insurgent victory would likely be followed by score-settling, possibly including execution of some who collaborated with the United States. Communist-ruled Vietnam became a friend of the United States. Biden’s announcement suggests that regardless of the outcome, the United States will not stand in the way. AdvertisementWithin the United States, the results of an American withdrawal from Afghanistan and ultimate Taliban takeover would be less bloody, but perhaps equally profound.
6 books on the Cuban Missile Crisis
First up is “The Week The World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Missile Crisis” (Stanford University, 2005). Now get ready for even more stark revisionism in Stern’s later “The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths Versus Reality” (Stanford University, 2012). Let’s begin with RFK, who has been lionized as a clever statesmen, partly due to his own posthumous 1969 book on the crisis: “Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis” (Norton reissue, 1999). So it goes with “The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis” (Norton, 2012). As you read this today, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library is hosting a 50 anniversary retrospective on the Cuban Missile Crisis.
In his first 100 days, President Biden has turned down the volume
Instead, the hallmarks of the Biden presidency include:Regular schedules. The Biden White House has ended the flood of leaks that marked the Trump White House. Biden waited 64 days before his first formal news conference, the longest of any modern president, and has given few interviews. His reputation as a gaffe machine is probably one reason White House officials have limited his opportunities for off-the-cuff comments. But Biden has so far displayed a serious, steady approach that gives assurance he will make key decisions carefully, after considering the options.
Withdrawing from Afghanistan short-changes the risk of terrorism
As we drew down, approximately 6,500 NATO troops remained. So when we pull our 2,500 troops, the larger NATO-led support mission for the Afghan troops will also leave. NATO allies have always said that when America exits, they will follow. In return, U.S. and NATO troops would end their presence in Afghanistan. With a destabilized Afghanistan, emboldening terrorist groups is a near-term risk with long-term consequences that should not be ignored.
[Newsmaker] NK founder’s controversial autobiography published in South Korea
NATIONALThe book cover of Kim Il-sung’s autobiography “Reminiscences: With the Century”A published autobiography on the late North Korean founder Kim Il-sung has ignited controversy in South Korea, as possession of the book, deemed an anti-national propaganda material, could violate security laws.Starting this week, a number of large-sized local publishers have accepted purchase orders for “Reminiscences: With the Century,” an autobiography of the North Korean leader that retells his life story with an emphasis on his childhood and works on resisting the Japanese colonial regime.The series of eight books is being sold for 280,000 won ($250) and is available on online stores of major bookstores. It was published in hardcover edition by Minjok Sarangbang, a local publisher that launched in November last year. The publisher is led by the head of a trade firm that focuses on exchange between North and South Korea.The book was originally published by the North Korean government and sold from April 1992 to August 1997 as propaganda material in celebration of Kim’s 80th birthday on April 15, 1992.The publisher noted in its introduction of the book that the autobiography oversees Kim’s “extensive armed opposition against the Japanese regime until liberation in Aug. 15, 1945.” The book also “candidly portrays records of Kim’s actions under the Japanese colonial regime,” the introduction reads.The book has been available in many countries as research material for North Korean studies and has been translated into 20 languages including English, Chinese and Arabic.But local historians and experts have said the autobiography is riddled with exaggeration and factual errors by highlighting Kim’s accomplishments.The autobiography has been effectively banned from possession in South Korea after the Supreme Court ruled that it was an anti-national propaganda material in 2011.The publishing of the book raises controversy as making it available for purchase to regular consumers could b
Democrat Nancy Pelosi Ignites Firestorm By Thanking George Floyd For ‘Sacrificing’ His Life, Calls Grow For Resignation
Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ignited a firestorm on social media and throughout the political world on Tuesday evening after she thanking George Floyd for “sacrificing” his life. “So, again, thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice. https://t.co/uzrtkHtNyN — lenika ? (@lenikacruz) April 20, 2021please, please shut up Nancy Pelosi you fucking idiot https://t.co/ziQXbDfz6j — ben mekler (@benmekler) April 20, 2021"Thank you George Floyd for dying." https://t.co/3Qr3xPtsm6 — aleksander chan (@aleksnotalex) April 20, 2021"thank you George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice." They’re eager to see Karen Bass’ George Floyd Justice in Policing Act passed and signed by the President into law.
She Was A Child
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Standardized Testing during a Pandemic is Ridiculous
A fitting children's book for understanding standardized testing during the pandemic. High-stakes standardized tests are mandated by the federal government, supposedly to monitor student progress. Last year states did not have to test students because of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to NYSUT President Andy Pallotta “In a year that has been anything but standard, mandating that students take standardized tests just doesn’t make sense. No-stakes standardized tests in the midst of a global pandemic are ridiculous.
OR-Sen: Sen. Wyden (D) Keeps Up The Pressure On Senate & White House On Marijuana Legalization
Senator Ron Wyden’s (D. OR) re-election campaign:x It’s past time to end the federal prohibition of cannabis. — Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) April 21, 2021I've been asked a lot lately about finally ending the federal government's failed war on cannabis. It's not just enough to end the federal prohibition on cannabis. We also need to restore the lives of each and every person who has been hurt by this failed war on drugs. Please sign the petition urging President Joe Biden and Congress to end the failed prohibition on cannabis right now.
The backlash will come...
I tried to hold it back, but for just a moment I thought that maybe, at last, a turning point had been reached. I did, for a brief moment, think that might happen. There are people out there who have already noticed that the guilty verdict came about because bystanders didn’t just stand by. Many have also already taken notice that the guilty verdict happened because of stellar prosecution. We’re keeping on keeping on.
CT-Sen: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) Calls For Abolishing The Filibuster To Pass Real Gun Reform
Senator Richard Blumenthal’s (D. CT) re-election campaign:Last week, horrid gun violence once again ripped through our communities and senselessly took more innocent lives. After each deadly shooting in this country, my Republican colleagues offer "thoughts and prayers" – then turn around and obstruct the commonsense gun safety reforms that would actually save lives. But as long as the filibuster exists, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans will be able to stop every bill in its tracks. With lives depending on our ability to make progress, can I count on you to sign the petition now? This is the only way Democrats can pass the long overdue gun safety reforms we need to save lives from the mass shootings that are plaguing our country.
What can we do about Florida? Here's an idea
I am pledging not to patronize businesses in Florida. I also won’t send money to Florida from out of state. But I pledge here and now to support any business, even Walmart, that shutters their stores in Florida. But if all Americans of good conscience withhold their money from Florida businesses, we can effect change. When Florida sees the light and repeals this abominable law, we can move on to the new worst state.
The nation's largest coal mining union is ready to admit that coal mines are going away
As natural gas began to compete with coal for power production, it drove mines toward ever greater efficiency. Plans for new coal power plants were canceled. In fact, Kemper’s costs were so high that they ran out of funding before they got around to even building the proposed carbon capture facility. The truth is, coal power is simply too expensive. If the government pays to create a coal power plant with carbon capture as a demonstration facility, it will be a one-off dinosaur, pointless well before construction.
Afghanistan Under the Taliban: It Won't Be Like Last Time
From Smirking ChimpWe've been in Afghanistan 20 years, Joe Biden's generals told him. Unlike the Brookings authors I'm more optimistic about Afghanistan without U.S. occupation forces than with them. The rural-based Taliban are like the sea, an inevitable force waiting to pour in. The Taliban, or more precisely the neo-Taliban who have replaced them, are more moderate because they operate in a modernized environment. Were the Taliban to return to national power, life in most of Afghanistan wouldn't change.
SEIU calls off Sacramento school strike at last minute, allowing all schools to reopen
Unsurprisingly, district and union demands to resume in-person instruction with rigid cohorts and an intensified cleaning schedule has brought out opposition among school staff. After the overwhelming support to authorize a strike, SEIU 1021 initially called a limited two-day strike for April 22 and 23. School staff received support from rank-and-file teachers who pressured SCTA into preparing a sympathy strike. The rush to throw open California’s schools brought on by AB86 was praised by the California Teachers Association and California Federation of Teachers. We urge all school staff, teachers, parents and students in Sacramento and throughout the region to join and help build this committee today .
Columbia graduate students voice opposition to sell-out contract as strike deadline at NYU draws near
Instead, everything was done to isolate the strike and limit it to the university campus, with the effect of wearing down the graduate students. While the three reform caucus members on the BC voted “no,” they have done everything to prevent a break by graduate students from the union, claiming that graduate students could still advance their interests within this rotten organization. For months, the GSOC-UAW has delayed the strike so that it would not coincide with the strike at Columbia. With only days left before the April 26 strike deadline at NYU, graduate workers and students must draw far-reaching lessons from the experience at Columbia. A successful struggle by graduate students for their interests requires an organizational and political break with the trade unions.
Canada’s vaccine rollout debacle key contributor to COVID-19 third wave
The continued dysfunction of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout threatens to contribute to ever greater deaths as a third wave of the pandemic—driven by new, more contagious and lethal variants—surges across the country. Canada’s Chief Medical Officer Theresa Tam has admitted that the spread of the disease is outpacing the vaccine rollout. Earlier this month, Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand promised a surge in vaccine supplies that would help boost vaccination rates. All of Canada’s vaccine supplies are imported from abroad, from the United States, Europe and India. Questions surrounding the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which have been exacerbated by geopolitical rivalries and ruthless competition to control the market for coronavirus vaccines, have compounded Canada’s vaccine debacle.
Brazil’s defense minister issues threat over probe into Bolsonaro’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic
“The moment requires a greater effort at national unity, with a focus on fighting the pandemic and supporting vaccinations. The pandemic in Brazil is spiraling out of control, with over 3,000 deaths a day. The devastating effects of the pandemic are compounded by a massive increase in unemployment, wage cuts, and a sharp reduction in the living standards of the Brazilian working class. The growth of mass popular opposition is already finding expression in a wave of strikes against workplace deaths and economic attacks suffered by the working class. Genuine opposition requires the mobilization of a mass movement of the Brazilian working class, organized independently of these parties and the unions, unified with the international working class, and based upon a socialist program for the overthrow of bourgeois rule and the establishment of a workers government.
Studies: Renewable electricity can slash Cascadia pollution
New research shows that renewable electricity can move Washington, Oregon and British Columbia off of fossil fuels, do so at an affordable price, and create jobs along the way. What most drives Cascadia’s energy models toward electrification is the dropping cost of renewable electricity. All of the Washington scenarios also jack up electricity consumption to power cars and heating. Spencer Gray, the Portland-based executive director for the Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition, which represents many renewable energy developers, says ensuring Cascadia’s power supply is “solvable” without slowing decarbonization. They are also working to accelerate expansion of power lines so that Cascadia and its neighbors can access more low-cost renewable energy, such as the excellent wind resources in Montana.
Minneapolis Mayor Says He Welcomes Justice Department Policing Investigation
Minneapolis Mayor Says He Welcomes Justice Department Policing InvestigationEnlarge this image toggle caption Stephen Maturen/Getty Images Stephen Maturen/Getty ImagesAs former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin awaits sentencing after his conviction on three counts of murder in the death of George Floyd, policymakers in Minneapolis are trying to figure out how to improve policing. Concurrently, the Justice Department has launched an investigation into the city's police department to address possible patterns of discrimination and excessive force. We've certainly had issues in our Minneapolis Police Department, like many other police departments throughout our country. And that's everything from the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act at the federal level, that's state law changes and we need safety beyond policing as well. The Minneapolis City Council is working to give voters an option on the ballot to eliminate the police department.
Biden should one-up Russia, China — offer free English, math classes to Latin American kids | Opinion
“It’s the worse educational crisis in the region’s modern history,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF’s director for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Biden administration has yet to decide which U.S. city will host it. He should sign agreements with existing free online education platforms such as KhanAcademy.org and Schoolhouse.world to expand online personalized tutoring to millions of schoolchildren. Salman Khan, the founder of both platforms, told me in a telephone interview that the Biden administration could use its megaphone to promote these platforms. “A lot of folks in Latin America don’t even know that these tools are available to them, and for free,” Khan told me.
Blue states chart diverging paths on death penalty debate
Lawmakers may have “their fingers in the air” to sense popular opinion, he said, but the political dynamics could easily shift again and make it a liability to support abolishing the death penalty. Dr. Tyler Parry, a professor of African American studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said arguments about government having the power to take people’s lives may resonate in a western libertarian-leaning state like Nevada more than references to the state’s history of segregation and disenfranchisement. “Any southern state still is very aware of its history,” he said. “Places like Nevada or western states in general don’t quite have that same attachment to the past. Both Sisolak and Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, a fellow Democrat, have referenced the massacre in voicing their support of the death penalty, saying it's the kind of heinous crime that merits the punishment.
[Newsmaker] NK founder’s controversial autobiography published in South Korea
A published autobiography on the late North Korean founder Kim Il-sung has ignited controversy in South Korea, as possession of the book, deemed an anti-national propaganda material, could violate security laws.Starting this week, a number of large-sized local publishers have accepted purchase orders for “Reminiscences: With the Century,” an autobiography of the North Korean leader that retells his life story with an emphasis on his childhood and works on resisting the Japanese colonial regime.The series of eight books is being sold for 280,000 won ($250) and is available on online stores of major bookstores. It was published in hardcover edition by Minjok Sarangbang, a local publisher that launched in November last year. The publisher is led by the head of a trade firm that focuses on exchange between North and South Korea.The book was originally published by the North Korean government and sold from April 1992 to August 1997 as propaganda material in celebration of Kim’s 80th birthday on April 15, 1992.The publisher noted in its introduction of the book that the autobiography oversees Kim’s “extensive armed opposition against the Japanese regime until liberation in Aug. 15, 1945.” The book also “candidly portrays records of Kim’s actions under the Japanese colonial regime,” the introduction reads.The book has been available in many countries as research material for North Korean studies and has been translated into 20 languages including English, Chinese and Arabic.But local historians and experts have said the autobiography is riddled with exaggeration and factual errors by highlighting Kim’s accomplishments.The autobiography has been effectively banned from possession in South Korea after the Supreme Court ruled that it was an anti-national propaganda material in 2011.The publishing of the book raises controversy as making it available for purchase to regular consumers could be in violation of the National Security Act. The law states those adding support to ant
China trade: Xinjiang exports to US doubled in first quarter, even as cotton ban and sanctions kicked in
A withhold release order issued by US customs authorities effectively banned cotton products from Xinjiang should the importer be unable to prove that they were made without using forced labour. Photo: Bloomberg
Opinion : The anti-constitutional D.C. statehood pretense
After 2009, when Democrats controlled Congress and the presidency, they did not act on D.C. statehood. Does anyone believe that if D.C. were as incorrigibly Republican as it is Democratic, Democrats would favor D.C. statehood, which would mean two more Republican senators until the last trumpet shall sound? AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementA 2019 Gallup poll showed a national majority opposed to D.C. statehood. In 1961, a Democratic-controlled Congress understood that a constitutional amendment was necessary to give D.C. presidential electoral votes. Historian Gordon proposes a constitutional amendment that would confound Democrats by giving them what they say they want.
Carolyn Hax: How to play director to a high-drama friend
A few things helped me unlearn that lesson, and continue to help me deal with high-drama people lovingly: (1.) a simple check-in to know if I am problem-solving or venting (with venting, I hear it as a story, not a problem) (3.) With one friend, I finally spelled it out — I wasn’t in a place to carry his guano. Once, I thought he was suicidal and dropped everything — and he didn’t even remember that conversation as significant in any way. Now he is very conscious of any emotional dumping, and I am very conscious of his needing to vent occasionally.
Ingraham: Left's goal isn't justice, it's revolution; they want to 'convict America'
Fox News host Laura Ingraham opened Wednesday's "Ingraham Angle" slamming the Left for playing the nation and fueling the rage against law enforcement. Ingraham saying, "what they really want to do is to convict America." INGRAHAM: They really want you to think they really care about Black people in America. Their goal isn’t "justice," it’s revolution. They don’t even care about convicting police officers who commit crimes – what they really want to do is to convict America.
This Day in History: April 22
On this day, April 22 ...2000: In a pre-dawn raid, armed immigration agents seize Elian Gonzalez, a Cuban boy at the center of a custody dispute, from his relatives’ home in Miami; he is reunited with his father at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington. Also on this day:1864: Congress authorizes the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins. 1970: Millions of Americans concerned about the environment observe the first Earth Day. Millions of Americans concerned about the environment observe the first Earth Day. Holocaust Memorial Museum is dedicated in Washington, D.C., to honor victims of Nazi extermination.
Floyd killing has prompted state reforms, but not everywhere
In Texas, where Floyd was raised and laid to rest, state Sen. Royce West this year helped introduce the “George Floyd Act” to overhaul policing. “The time is now for us to act,” said state Sen. Steven Bradford, a Democrat who chairs the caucus. The new laws come from at least 1,800 police reform bills filed in statehouses across the U.S. since Floyd’s killing, with the majority being introduced this year. Tony Evers, a Democrat, on Wednesday ordered the Wisconsin State Patrol and other state law enforcement agencies to update their use-of-force policies to bar chokeholds, unless they are a last resort. He acted after the Republican-controlled Legislature ignored a police reform package he proposed last year after Floyd’s killing.
LETTER: Gov. Sisolak and his mask
Our Nevada governor has had COVID and been vaccinated, yet he still goes around in a mask. Steve Sisolak. (Colton Lochhead/Las Vegas Review-Journal)Our Nevada governor has had COVID and been vaccinated, yet he still goes around in a mask. With widespread vaccinations and advances in therapeutics, it really is time to get back to real life and not this theater of the absurd in which Gov. Steve Sisolak demands we all participate.
Floyd killing has prompted state reforms, but not everywhere
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — George Floyd's killing last year and the protests that followed led to a wave of police reforms in dozens of states, from changes in use-of-force policies to greater accountability for officers. At the same time, lawmakers in a handful of states have had success addressing racial inequities. In Texas, where Floyd was raised and laid to rest, state Sen. Royce West this year helped introduce the “George Floyd Act" to overhaul policing. “We have members of the Senate that just refuse to pass a bill with his name on it," he said. He now hopes to take a different approach in hopes of getting a win — stand-alone bills without Floyd’s name that would make piecemeal changes such as banning police chokeholds.
Covid-19: India’s response to second wave is warning to other countries
The blindspots in India’s response to its second, devastating wave of coronavirus infections serve as a stark warning to other countries. While there has been much focus on the most recent Indian variant of Covid-19 as much of the latest wave is also probably down to a combination of social behaviour, weaknesses in India’s health system and policy decisions. Others still, as the head of one of India’s largest laboratory networks made clear this week, have struggled to find tests. As Dr Chandrakant Lahariya wrote in an opinion piece for India Today last week: “The second wave of Covid-19 has come a few months after the second wave in other countries, which had a similar situation somewhere in the mid- to late 2020. Second, that even in the midst of a vaccination campaign such as India’s, while large numbers remain unvaccinated Covid-19 remains a powerful threat, able to overwhelm health systems.
Dershowitz Wants Derek Chauvin Free on Bail: ‘He’s Not Going to Endanger Anybody’
Celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz rallied to the defense of convicted murderer Derek Chauvin on Wednesday night, insisting that the former police officer should be free on bail as he awaits the appeal of his multiple convictions for killing George Floyd. Acknowledging that “different states have different rules” when it comes to bail for convicted murderers, Dershowitz said that the judge provided “good appellate issues” to the defense. “He should be released on bail,” Dershowitz declared. He’s not going to endanger anybody. “And he should be released on bail, like all people released on bail pending appeal, unless they pose a risk or danger of flight,” Dershowitz concluded.
Philadelphia schools: America built on a 'pyramid of hate' culminating in 'genocide'
Students in Philadelphia public schools are reportedly learning about George Floyd and a "Pyramid of Hate" that begins with societal acceptance of biased attitudes that then culminates in "Genocide." Teachers can ask students: "Are you surprised to learn that police officers have used force that has killed people?" At the end of the lesson, the students are taught that "For many years, some police officers have hurt African Americans." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFinally, teachers are asked to discuss the "Pyramid of Hate," which illustrates the prevalence of bias, hate and oppression in society, according to screenshots of the documents. It starts off at the bottom with "Biased Attitudes" in society that then lead to "systemic discrimination" and "bias-motivated violence," which can lead to "genocide."
Victor Davis Hanson accuses Democrats of using George Floyd's death to ‘indict all of America’
The Democrats seem to have intentions of using the George Floyd tragedy for political gain, Hoover Institute senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Wednesday. "They see this as useful for a larger agenda that does not have public support," he said. As a parallel, Hanson explained this wider majority of Americans consistently ask what can be done to fix the issues at hand. And yet, they do not want to put their kids in the public schools. "We’ve got to all talk bluntly about the Black family which is the key to restoring Black success and most of the elites know that in the Black community."
Jens Stoltenberg: NATO’s climate challenge
Climate change is a defining challenge for our generation and a crisis multiplier. Leaders Summit on climate change, at the invitation of President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. I expect NATO leaders to agree an action plan at the NATO summit this year. First, we need to better understand the link between climate change and our security, so we can better address it. In addition to aggravating crises across the globe, climate change also affects where and how we operate.
Sen Republicans’ Special Interest-Fueled Obstruction Delayed The Inevitable
We’ve known for some time that Senate Republicans were laying the groundwork to obstruct the new administration, particularly when it came to opposing President Biden’s Cabinet nominees. Obstruction threatened national security, public healthInstead of moving to quickly confirm key Cabinet posts, Senate Republicans sat on their hands — national security and public health be damned. Another top target for Senate Republicans was Congresswoman Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior. Despite their best efforts, Senate Republicans’ attempts to sink or damage Biden’s nominees ultimately failed because the American people saw through them. Instead of celebrating the administration’s many historic confirmations, Senate Republicans spent months delaying, obstructing, and attacking these nominees to protect the needs of their special interest donors.
Vladimir Putin issues 'stark warning' to US, NATO
Rather, its economic successes have only allowed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to tighten its authoritarian grip at home and flex its muscles abroad. We see this belief manifesting itself most notably and most recently in the United States’ efforts to engage with China on environmental issues. Contra this statement, China is primed to increase its already world-beating emissions over the next several years. Both marks fall well short of the protection that the United States’ Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines all provide after one dose. The United States would be making a grave mistake by not pursuing a diplomatic boycott along the lines of what Senator Mitt Romney is proposing to counter this forthcoming charm offensive.
Editorial: When will L.A. Unified schools get some stability at the top?
There will be plenty of people who want to criticize the tenure of departing Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. And that is a big part of the problem faced by the nation’s second-largest school district. The COVID-19 testing system that he set up, which delivered results quickly enough to let the school district adjust in real time, isn’t paralleled anywhere. Schools across the nation have been plagued by this problem, but L.A. Unified was not faring well academically even before the pandemic. Then its members should set ideological differences aside to guide and support their superintendent in ways that will keep that person around for a healthy amount of time, help kids overcome the trauma of the last year and make the top priority learning, learning, learning.
Biden preparing to declare that atrocities against Armenia were genocide
WASHINGTON — More than a century after the Ottoman Empire’s killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenian civilians, President Joe Biden is preparing to declare that the atrocities were an act of genocide, according to officials familiar with the internal debate. Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian of Armenia said in an interview Wednesday that “the recognition by the United States will be a kind of moral beacon to many countries.”“This is not about Armenia and Turkey,” Aivazian said. Past American presidents have held back from the declaration for that very reason, and Biden could still change his mind about issuing it. AdvertisementHe said the genocide designation would serve as a reminder to the rest of the world if malign values are not countered. “And we will be witnessing less tragedies, less human losses, once the United States will reaffirm its moral leadership in these turbulent times.”This article originally appeared in The New York Times.
Today in History, April 22, 1970: The first Earth Day observed
193845 workers were killed in a coal mine explosion at Keen Mountain in Buchanan County, Virginia. 1946Harlan F. Stone, chief justice of the United States, died in Washington, D.C. at age 73. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington, D.C. to honor victims of Nazi extermination. 1994Richard M. Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, died at a New York hospital four days after suffering a stroke; he was 81. 2005Zacarias Moussaoui pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom outside Washington, D.C. to conspiring with the Sept. 11 hijackers to kill Americans.
Gunfight at Moakley Park has South Boston parents, politicians calling for stronger safety measures
A sunny and warm evening in South Boston’s Joe Moakley Park on Tuesday devolved into a “terrifying” shootout that left a woman injured, striking fear into nearby kids playing sports and sparking furor among their parents and local politicians who want the big park to be safer. She told cops she heard “multiple shots being fired in every direction,” per the police report. One of the bullets hit her in the leg, causing non-life-threatening injuries and sending her to the hospital, police said. One parent in the Zoom call said there were about 100 “hooligans” around the basketball court when someone opened fire, sending bullets right past him. That requires adequate funding of our public safety departments.”City Councilor Michael Flaherty, who has a citywide seat but lives near the park, said, “Moakley Park is a mess, and the conditions have been steadily declining over the past few years.”“The Boston Parks Department and Boston Police Department need to collaborate immediately to get this under control,” Flaherty said.
Derek Chauvin’s Conviction Was a Relief — but Courts Cannot Deliver Racial Justice
The Columbus police released body camera footage with unusual swiftness, as if a gesture toward transparency could take the place of accountability. This is not to deny that the guilty verdict for a killer cop, who took a Black man’s life with seeming dispassionate ease, provided widespread relief. Despite a rightful rejection of the racist carceral system, it is too much to ask of abolitionists to feel no relief that Chauvin will be punished. Both as a matter of juridical process being necessarily individualized, and due to the complicity of the entire justice system in anti-Black oppression, the courts will not deliver the vast reckoning, reparations and real justice that we need. Chauvin’s conviction changes none of that.
Opinion | Putin’s Tough Talk
Mr. Putin has good domestic political reasons to address economic and social issues, including the struggle with Covid-19 in Russia, given his sagging ratings and parliamentary elections five months away. That is one reason analysts don’t think Mr. Putin really intends any military action against Ukraine. This week, Mr. Zelensky declared that he was prepared to meet Mr. Putin at any time. Or Mr. Putin is trying to demonstrate, at a time when U.S.-Russian relations are at a serious low, that he still must be reckoned with. Whatever Mr. Putin’s motive, the military buildup in Crimea is a dangerous ploy, especially by a major nuclear power.
Justice Dept. Opens Broad Inquiry Into Minneapolis Police
The Justice Department will examine whether the Minneapolis police routinely use excessive force or treat minorities unfairly. The inquiry will also scrutinize police training and accountability practices, among other issues. “Good officers do not want to work in systems that allow bad practices,” Mr. Garland said in brief remarks delivered at the Justice Department. “Officers welcome accountability because accountability is an essential part of building trust with the community and public safety requires public trust.”The Minneapolis police have long faced accusations of racism. Black residents are more likely to be pulled over, arrested or roughed up than white residents.
The Post says: Everyone get vaccinated!
The obvious fix: Let anyone walk into a clinic without an appointment and get jabbed. Fact is, the online registration process is needlessly intimidating, with different sites listing state- and city-run clinics, plus private providers. see also Half of NYC adults still haven’t been vaccinated Despite full eligibility and an abundance of appointments, half of... The likes of Dr. Anthony Fauci aren’t helping, either, by insisting Americans still wear masks even after they’ve been fully vaccinated. But if you get vaccinated, they have no excuse.
Pompeo: China has 'no intention of honoring' any commitments it makes at climate summit
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined "Fox Business Tonight" Wednesday to discuss Thursday's U.S.-led climate change summit, which will provide the setting for the first meeting between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping. POMPEO: My expectation is we’ll hear what we’ve heard from the Chinese Communist Party before, a series of commitments that they have absolutely no intention of honoring. They have broken more promises over these last years, including a promise to President Obama that they wouldn’t militarize the South China Sea. One of the things that we [Trump administration] were careful to do was that we didn’t make commitments, we didn’t make threats that we weren’t prepared to execute or deliver on. We [the Trump administration] took the opposite approach.
Opinion | Why Biden’s Climate Summit Is Overhyped
But even well-intentioned countries are liable to miss, or to manipulate, their climate targets, whatever they say. Kerry got verbiage from the Chinese about tackling climate change “with the seriousness and urgency that it demands.”This is a great coup, just not how Kerry imagines. Regardless, it’s not clear how high the Chinese emissions peak is going to be, or what the trajectory will be after it hits it. In political terms, it is an eon from now and no one can say what crises will potentially have emerged to overwhelm the current obsession with climate change. To do more than nibbling around the edges of climate change would require restrictions on economic activity too onerous to contemplate.
House votes to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi killing
The House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to restrict arms sales to Saudi Arabia over its killing of the U.S.-based dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The bill, H.R. 1392, would bar sales, authorizations and transfer of arms and other defense services from the president to Saudi Arabia. President Joe Biden, however, could continue sales if he can certify the country is not engaged in killing, torturing or endangering the lives of dissidents and detaining U.S. and international citizens. The legislation, which passed 350-71, is sponsored by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who represents Khashoggi’s district in Virginia.
Sen. Cory Booker: How the George Floyd Act will provide ‘real accountability’
“This isn’t about good intentions. This isn’t about overt racism. This is about this is about systems that desperately need change,” says Sen. Cory Booker discussing what the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would address.
Fox News’ Derek Chauvin Verdict Coverage Reveals the Network Isn’t Just Divisive — It’s Divided
Before the verdict in the killing of George Floyd came in, Jake Tapper of CNN suggested that a guilty finding would potentially unite the nation. After cop Derek Chauvin was indeed found guilty on all three charges he faced, Fox News suggested that there had been no division in the first place. More from Variety“This didn’t divide a nation at all!” said Greg Gutfeld, who hosts a late-night show on the network. “The question of whether George Floyd was murdered is, in fact, ‘disputed’ by a majority of Americans” Carlson concluded ominously. In the main, Fox had been, in the minutes after Chauvin’s guilty verdict, careful to seed their dark suggestions with subtlety within a generally affirming-seeming message.
DiCaprio, Katy Perry urge Biden to refuse Brazil environment deal
We may never know how many people will die from COVID who would have gladly taken their chances with the vaccine. The FDA is also sitting on a decision to grant emergency-use authorization to the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine. Self-administered, at-home tests for various medical conditions have required pre-market FDA approval since 1976. The FDA’s paternalistic concern for consumers has delayed or blocked patients from accessing at-home pregnancy tests, at-home HIV tests, at-home genetic-screening tests, and most recently, at-home COVID tests. The proposal would allow consumers to choose between FDA-approved drugs and drugs approved by the regulatory agencies of a number of developed countries.
Battenfeld: Ayanna Pressley silence on her own rental property telling
U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s silence on questions about her Boston property and whether she is charging rent during the coronavirus pandemic is becoming deafening. The bill would also establish a relief fund for landlords who aren’t getting rental income. What Pressley doesn’t mention in the lengthy press release is that she and her husband are landlords — or used to be. According to her financial disclosure form, she received $15,000 in rental income in 2019. It’s unclear whether Pressley is still renting out the unit and collected income during the pandemic because she won’t respond to questions.
California governor declares drought emergency in 2 counties
Lakes Mendocino and Sonoma are the primary sources of water for residents and commercial users like wineries, and together they provide water for about 600,000 people, said Grant Davis, general manager for Sonoma Water. Beyond the drought declaration in the two counties, Newsom’s executive order allows the state to prepare for expected effects of the water shortage statewide more quickly. Though he did not declare a statewide drought emergency, the State Water Resources Control Board in March sent early warnings to 40,000 water rights holders urging them to start conserving. The board suggested that agricultural users reduce irrigation and seek other water sources, and that urban users put in drought-resistant landscaping and replace household appliances with water-saving ones. “If you’re in a different part of the state, you probably need to know that this will one day happen to you,” Karla Nemeth, director of the California Department of Water Resources, said of the drought declaration.
Google and Apple attacked on app store 'monopoly'
"When an industry player has the power to dictate how apps operate, how much they will be forced to pay, and in many cases, if they will even survive, it is a monopoly."
Australia provokes China anger over scrapped deals
It is the first time Canberra has used the powers to veto deals made by states, local governments or public universities with foreign countries. The laws allow the government to cancel agreements deemed to threaten Australia's national interest.
Santa Barbara County First in Nation to Offer 100 Percent Rental Assistance
Housing Santa Barbara County First in Nation to Offer 100 Percent Rental Assistance Renters Can Apply to Have Up to 15 Months of Rent ReimbursedFlush with an infusion of COVID relief dollars, the Santa Barbara Supervisors voted Tuesday to increase the amount of rental assistance being provided to 100 percent. “This is huge,” exclaimed Laura Bode, head of Santa Barbara Rental Property Association. To qualify, renters can make no more than 80 percent the Area Median Income. If tenants lack the computer set-up needed to apply, Bode said, they should call the Santa Barbara Rental Property Owners Association. Every day, the staff of the Santa Barbara Independent works hard to sort out truth from rumor and keep you informed of what’s happening across the entire Santa Barbara community.
Opinion | Take Our Springtime Politics Quiz
Spring is here, folks! I know things aren’t really normal yet. But they seem to be coming around. Sooner or later we’ll all actually be going to work at … work. And before your socializing gets into full swing, let’s make sure you’re caught up on everything that’s been going on in the wonderful world of politics.
‘Gentle Steering of the Ship’: How Keith Ellison Led the Prosecution of Chauvin
MINNEAPOLIS — As a young civil rights lawyer almost 20 years ago, Keith Ellison took on a client who accused two Minneapolis police officers of sodomizing him with a toilet plunger. The officers in the case involving Mr. Ellison’s client, Stephen Porter, were ultimately cleared by an F.B.I. But Mr. Ellison achieved a very different outcome on Tuesday regarding another Black man’s encounter with the police, when Derek Chauvin, the white former officer charged with killing George Floyd, was convicted of two counts of murder as well as manslaughter. Mr. Ellison, 57, who grew up in Detroit and moved to Minnesota to attend law school, became the first Muslim elected to Congress in 2006 and a rising star of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. A little more than a year after taking office as attorney general, he took charge of the Chauvin case.
After the Derek Chauvin Verdict, the War Continues - The New York Times
History has been a stern instructor of Black people in this country, beating out hope wherever it dares to emerge. The possessors of dashed hopes spread their wings, which make them vulnerable, and get them clipped. Before Tuesday’s guilty verdict for a former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, in the murder of George Floyd, many of us were afraid to hope that justice would be done. So when the verdicts came down, for me, there was a moment of shock: The justice system had administered justice to a Black man, a Black family, the Black community, the country and the world. We are so used to the system betraying us that it was stunning to see it serve us.
Why Wall Street is salivating over the garbage business
Their business is utter trash — and their stocks could soar as a result. Garbage truck companies may soon be all the rage — thanks to a new report making the rounds on Wall Street that’s advising investors not to overlook the waste management sector when searching for industries that might benefit from the economic rebound being triggered by coronavirus vaccinations. But that did nothing to help major trash collection companies because they get paid a flat rate by municipalities to pick up residential garbage and recycling. Waste Management, for example, will benefit if baseball fans start returning to games again because it services 60 percent of the nation’s baseball stadiums. Shares of the nation’s three major trash collection companies — Waste Management, Republic Services and Waste Connections — are already up by double digits this year following meager single digit gains last year.
Sensible court rulings enable NYC recovery
Common sense has broken out as loony anti-development “logic” lost in a key pair of court cases. (Opponents sought to kill the project by claiming now-ubiquitous online hearings don’t count at all.) It’s great to see common sense winning. Real-estate development is a jobs creator — and with those good-paying jobs come tax revenue for the city. And Gotham needs all the action it can get after a devastating year of lockdowns and stagnation.
Opinion : The anti-constitutional D.C. statehood pretense
After 2009, when Democrats controlled Congress and the presidency, they did not act on D.C. statehood. Does anyone believe that if D.C. were as incorrigibly Republican as it is Democratic, Democrats would favor D.C. statehood, which would mean two more Republican senators until the last trumpet shall sound? AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementA 2019 Gallup poll showed a national majority opposed to D.C. statehood. In 1961, a Democratic-controlled Congress understood that a constitutional amendment was necessary to give D.C. presidential electoral votes. Historian Gordon proposes a constitutional amendment that would confound Democrats by giving them what they say they want.
Opinion : The system that convicted Chauvin usually doesn’t work
Without that testimony, without the unanimity from Minneapolis Police Department trainers and leadership that Chauvin had violated policy, it seems unlikely he would have been convicted. Former officer Mohamed Noor, a Somali immigrant, was convicted of murder in 2019 for shooting and killing Justine Ruszczyk in 2017. Chauvin’s conviction struck a blow for justice, but this isn’t how the system operates most of the time. It’s how the system operated once, under immense public scrutiny and extremely favorable conditions, with incredibly damning evidence. A system that requires so much merely to hold one of its own to account is a system badly in need of repair.
Opinion : The pandemic has been awful. It could have been so much worse.
That day, BioNTech, where Karikó was working, began designing an mRNA vaccine. And 336 days later, that vaccine was the first one authorized in the United States for prevention of covid-19. Then, we didn’t have the technologies that allowed so many people to socially distance while they waited for a vaccine. The pandemic has been awful, and the toll too terrible for words. Well, I invite you to step off the treadmill, just for today, and look at how far we’ve come.
Opinion : Biden promises big on climate change. Delivering will be much harder.
Mr. Biden’s pledge to the global community nearly doubles President Barack Obama’s 2015 Paris commitment of 26 to 28 percent by 2025. The quickly changing economics of power generation will aid this shift, as the costs of wind and solar power have plummeted. The United States will require new transmission lines to send electricity from where the wind is blowing, and the sun is shining to where it is not. Much of Mr. Biden’s plan, such as his proposed new spending on energy research and building new power lines, is badly needed. Mr. Biden must show that big goals like his new Paris commitment can be met, and in an orderly and efficient manner.
Chauvin verdict spotlights Harris’s unique role
“America has a long history of systemic racism,” Harris told the nation in a televised speech at the White House. “Black Americans, and Black men in particular, have been treated through the course of our history as less than human. In her remarks Tuesday night, Harris tried to thread the needle between marking the progress represented by the guilty verdict and the progress the nation still needs to make. He was part of a group of Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders who met with Biden and Harris after the mass shooting. Story continues below advertisementStill, one looming question is whether she can deliver concrete action as well as soaring words.
Opinion: Why Sikh Americans again feel targeted after the Indianapolis shooting
Four of the eight dead identified as Sikh and the facility was known to employ a significant number of members of the Sikh community. The faith's founder, Guru Nanak , was born in 1469 and was disenchanted with the suffering, divisions and social inequities he saw around him. Guru Nanak put his vision into practice, establishing institutions that would live beyond him. There were 10 total gurus (enlighteners) in the lineage of Guru Nanak, the last of whom, Guru Gobind Singh, passed away in 1708. All of this together makes the Sikh community about one million strong in North America.
Asian Americans face barriers and bigotry in medicine (Opinion)
(CNN) For so long, Asian Americans have been left out of critical conversations about race, despite longstanding barriers that impede their lives and careers. ChoiAt the academic medical institution in New York City where I work, Asians and Asian Americans make up 32% of the student body and 24% of faculty and staff. But we are far from a homogenous group, and Asian Americans of all classes and backgrounds are vulnerable to discrimination and violence. This racism can seep into the health care setting, where nearly one in five practicing doctors is of Asian descent. Such affronts threaten the doctor-patient alliance that is necessary for optimal health care and can fuel burnout among health care providers.
George Bush leaves out an ugly truth on immigration (opinion)
(CNN) You know the Republican Party has really gone off the rails when even George W. Bush is being rehabilitated as a reasonable moderate -- and even a progressive hero. But that's how far the GOP has fallen, and how reactionary it has become, particularly on an issue like immigration. Today's Republican Party, as Bush himself has noted, is as nationalist, xenophobic and nativist as any political movement has been in decades. He's right -- and his own conservative leadership during his terms didn't exactly send the Republican Party in a positive direction. But while he's pointing to the ugly thing his party has become, he should pause and reflect on his own contributions.
Opinion: Now the CDC wants to shut down 'hygiene theater'
(CNN) Remember when we all thought we had to wash our vegetables to remove possible contamination from the novel coronavirus? In those frantic early months of the pandemic, routes of transmission of the virus were not well-characterized. Everything and anything seemed a potential danger, from touching a countertop to eating an apple to walking in the street. It turns out that airborne transmission of the virus is much more likely than transmission from surfaces, especially porous ones. It -- the CDC -- did not dissuade people from the sort of over-sanitizing that can be dangerous.
Opinion: Ma'Khia Bryant's death on the day Chauvin was found guilty is a reminder that we have a long way to go
(CNN) On Tuesday, the world let out a sigh of relief when former officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd nearly a year ago. Critics reacting to Waters' support of street demonstrations for Black citizenship and dignity have willfully reinterpreted her words as advocating violence. Voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer faced death threats , physical violence from law enforcement and unspeakable forms of harassment during the 1960s and 1970s. In the meantime, Black people continue to be shot, to be brutalized and to die at the hands of the police. She calls upon this nation to devote resources, energy and innovation to protecting Black lives in Minneapolis and across the country.
What we should keep post-pandemic
Each day it grows a little closer, a little brighter. Of course, though the world might become more familiar, it won’t return to being exactly as it was. While there’s much to mourn from the past year, there’s also a lot to celebrate — a lot of experiences and lessons that made our lives richer, healthier, more compassionate, more meaningful. And that we should be aware of how fleeting our time is so we make the most of it. These are the things we want to keep as we move past the pandemic.
George Floyd's murder won't change policing without the Senate
That's a key reason it's critical for the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This law makes it a federal crime for law enforcement officers to deprive people of federally protected rights because of their race. Although immediate passage of the George Floyd Act would be ideal, no clear consensus has emerged among senators yet, despite the urgent, vivid need for its reforms. Passing the George Floyd Act would put us on a path toward restoring credibility in policing and ensuring that communities regain confidence in law enforcement. Accountability has to become the culture if we're really going to have justice for George Floyd.
Israel reports sirens near town of secretive nuclear reactor
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said air raid sirens sounded early Thursday near Dimona, the desert town that is home to the country’s secretive nuclear reactor. The Iranians have blamed Israel for a series of incidents targeting Iran’s nuclear program, including a mysterious fire that recently damaged its Natanz research site, and vowed revenge. Israel accuses Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons and has opposed U.S.-led efforts to revive the international nuclear deal with Iran. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, and has noted that Israel is widely believed to have a nuclear weapons program in Dimona. Israel neither confirms nor denies claims it has nuclear weapons.
Mike Pompeo on US-China climate summit: Expect China to make commitments they have 'no intention of honoring'
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined "Fox Business Tonight" Wednesday to discuss the U.S.-led climate change summit with China marking the first meeting between President Biden and Xi Jinping. MIKE POMPEO: My expectation is we’ll hear what we’ve heard from the Chinese Communist Party before, a series of commitments that they have absolutely no intention of honoring. They have broken more promises over these last years including a promise to President Obama that they wouldn’t militarize the South China Sea. I don’t know what Xi Jinping will say precisely tomorrow, but American security, American prosperity, depends on watching what the Chinese actually do, not what they speak about in summits or phrases that they have no intention of actually carrying out. I hope the Chinese Communist Party is going to reverse its polluting course, but there’s no reason to believe that’s actually the case.
Boston police interactions known as FIOs decreased by 30 percent, but racial disparities persist
But stark racial disparities, a longtime target of criticism by civil rights advocates, remained. The number of people involved in the interactions — known as field interrogation and observations, or FIOs — fell almost 30 percent, according to Boston Police Department statistics. White people, who are about 45 percent of the city’s population, were subject to FIOs 30 percent of the time. Racial gaps in who is subjected to FIOs in Boston is far from new. Racial disparities persist across American law enforcement and the country’s legal system.
Ruben Roman, the grown man who apparently led Adam Toledo astray, belongs behind bars pending trial
If you look at Cook County Jail now, its occupants are mostly those charged with murder or other serious offenses. If they break the rules and leave home and commit further gun crimes, the danger to us all is obviously great. It’s also unnerving to people in a neighborhood to see that somebody who has been arrested for a serious gun crime is right back on the street. It also will require guidelines for judges and prosecutors to make better distinctions between serious and minor gun crimes. About 5,700 people are now being held in Cook County Jail.
Pastor at Christ the King parish steps aside while archdiocese investigates sexual assault allegation from 1984
The woman recently made the allegations in a TikTok video, saying the Rev. Larry Sullivan and another person followed her into an alley while she took out the garbage near closing time. “There was no physical interaction between me and the young woman,” said Sullivan, who has been at the parish for six years. James Mezydlo, pastor at St. Walter Parish in Morgan Park, will serve as Christ the King’s temporary administrator. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has since said those claims were “unfounded,” but the archdiocese investigation continues.
How human waste can protect Malawi's forests
At Mulanje Prison in southern Malawi, convict Felix Chimombo wakes up early every morning to prepare food for his fellow inmates. The prison was installed with a biogas digester, a system that converts organic matter – including human waste – into energy. Made from plastic sheets, the system has an inlet that feeds the poop and other waste into a digester, where they are submerged in water. (Read more about the ways that human waste can be turned into fuel)Chimombo says the biogas digester has improved conditions for the inmates at the prison. Since the institution was installed with the digester, prisoners are no longer tasked with the tiresome daily routine of chopping firewood.
How to heal in the Anthropocene
This can be translated to the emotional toll of the Anthropocene. In the Anthropocene, we must participate in ongoing healing, where fear, anxiety but also hope and action can all co-exist. Having something to do to solve a problem can, after all, help the healing process by moving people from hopelessness to a sense of empowerment. Shealing also encapsulates a healing process that does not have a perfect end-point in sight. This meant that what was needed to heal was the re-establishment of community processes, traditional practices, traditional rituals and ceremonies, community resources and relationships.
The PRO Act Could Be a Game Changer for Academic Labor Organizing
While a Democrat-controlled NLRB under Joe Biden is likely to be more amenable to academic labor organizing, the fight cannot be dictated by presidential politics. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is a significant opportunity to shift the terrain for private-sector worker organizing, including academic workers. How Does the PRO Act Help Academic Workers? The PRO Act is the most substantial attempt in decades to reform labor law in the United States. The PRO Act would repeal all state-level right-to-work laws, a huge win for the entire labor movement.
Jaime’s Law, Named After Parkland Shooting Victim, Reintroduced In Congress To Require Ammunition Background Checks
South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Connecticut US Senator Richard Blumenthal reintroduced the law, also known as, The Ammunition Background Check Act of 2021. “Jaime’s Law is a crucial piece of the multifaceted approach needed to end the gun violence epidemic. Since then, our failure to address the reality of gun violence has only become more challenging as we see more instances of gun violence. The way to deal with this reality is to pass Jaime’s law and extend background checks to ammunition. Jaime’s Law would close this loophole by requiring all buyers of ammunition to undergo an instant background check using the FBI National Instant Background Check System (NICS).
Venezuela’s Last Major Independent Newspaper Is on the Verge of Extinction
The Party leader sued the El Nacional newspaper in 2015 after it published an article detailing allegations that US officials had opened an investigation into Cabello for suspected drug trafficking. One of these was El Nacional, the country’s largest independent newspaper. El Nacional, which has seen its circulation plummet more than 80 percent since 2013, appears to have little recourse. The only question was how soon it would happen and to what degree political freedom would decline. The fact that one does is in no small part a credit to El Nacional, a newspaper that remains unbowed—and not yet broken.
Putin Warns of a Russian ‘Red Line’ the West Will Regret Crossing
MOSCOW — He warned ominously of “red lines” in Russia’s security that, if crossed, would bring a powerful “asymmetric” response. He reminded Western leaders once again of the fearsomeness of his country’s modernized nuclear arsenal. And he boasted of Russia’s moral superiority over the West. Yet even as President Vladimir V. Putin lashed out at foreign enemies real or perceived in a state-of-the-nation speech on Wednesday, tens of thousands of Russians defied a heavy police presence to pour into the streets to challenge his rule. In Moscow, some gathered across the street from the Kremlin to chant, “Go Away!”It was a snapshot of Russia in the third decade of Mr. Putin’s rule: a leader facing an increasingly angry and desperate opposition but firmly in power with his country’s vast resources and huge security apparatus at his disposal.
Rebooting NYC schools means dropping ideology and embracing choice
The next mayor needs to embrace charters, as well as the private and religious schools that have so thoroughly outperformed their public counterparts during this past year. Gotham is home to 852 private and religious schools. The attainment of a four-year college degree isn’t the only legitimate outcome of schooling for all kids — and we shouldn’t operate high schools as if it is. While the city’s high-school graduation rate has increased steadily over the last 20 years, many students leave high school unprepared for college. Many of these low-performing graduates had entered high school already well behind their peers, and their needs should have been addressed at that point.
Biden's comments before Chauvin verdict rekindle frequent presidential controversy
As defenders of Biden’s comments pointed out, the jury was sequestered at the time and deliberating on the verdict, and it came to a decision very shortly afterward. It’s unlikely that it was even aware of his comments, much less that he influenced them. The most famous example is Richard Nixon declaring serial killer Charles Manson to be guilty before a jury reached that verdict. Nixon’s comments arguably went further than many of the above, but they weren’t enough to allow Manson to skate. Even after Chauvin’s conviction, activists cautioned that one case doesn’t signal a sudden and lasting shift in that paradigm.
Biden pledged action on racial justice. How will his words translate into action?
He memorably ended the speech by invoking the words of the civil rights anthem, saying, “And we shall overcome.” Five months later he signed the Voting Rights Act into law. At the time, the nation was still absorbing and digesting the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964. Strong voting rights were not part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; it was deferred business. By then, the Voting Rights Act was on its way to passage. “If the words begin to mobilize more public sentiment, that gives you more possibility for doing something.
What are voting-rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Stacey Abrams’s plans for 2022?
ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden called Georgia’s new voting law an “atrocity.” A leading Black bishop called for a national boycott of companies headquartered in the state. “These are laws that respond to an increase in voting by people of color,” Abrams told The Associated Press recently. Georgia voters will have many months to sort out whom they believe. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, Georgia Republicans who backed Trump and lost their Jan. 5 runoffs, because those lies turned off moderate Georgia voters. “A lot of people unfairly blame Stacey for [Georgia’s] going blue, so I think she’s going to have some problems.
Pakistan frees 669 men from radical group as it ends rallies
National ReviewIn a year when the school-choice movement is gaining traction across the nation, progress in Arkansas had appeared to stall. But a month after the Arkansas legislature killed a school-choice bill, the state senate has breathed new life into efforts to expand educational opportunity. The Arkansas House now has another opportunity to do right by Arkansas families desperate for more educational options. Yesterday, the Arkansas House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted to recommend that the full House pass the bill. It overwhelmingly finds that such policies benefit not only participating students, but also the students who remain in their assigned district schools.
Newsom launches effort to deal with drought; emergencies declared in two counties
Gavin Newsom on Wednesday declared a drought emergency in two Northern California counties as he stood on the dry shoreline of Lake Mendocino. Newsom has been under pressure from some quarters to declare a statewide drought emergency. Noting that water supply conditions vary across California, Newsom said he was not prepared to adopt statewide mandates. The major water district has warned that Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino could reach historically low levels by October. With the brown shores of the two-thirds-empty Lake Mendocino in the background, Newsom signed a five-page executive proclamation that declared a state of emergency in Mendocino and Sonoma counties.
LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner to step down when his contract is up June 30
Austin Beutner, who has guided the nation’s second-largest school district through a tumultuous year of coronavirus-forced campus closures, will step down as the district’s leader. The superintendent’s evaluation was among the topics listed for an ongoing closed session of the school board that began at about 9 a.m. Wednesday and continued into the afternoon. Chief among them has been managing the school district through an unprecedented pandemic while launching several bold initiatives. He also developed a nation-leading school district coronavirus testing program. A successful businessman who founded a nonprofit that worked with schools, he had no direct experience managing a school or school district.
Help or hindrance? Judges explore lie-detector requirement for foster volunteers
David Wallace, Arizona RepublicIf you want to help kids in foster care, be prepared to take a lie-detector test. In fact, they're the only CASA volunteers nationwide who have to pass a lie-detector test. The members, mostly juvenile-court judges, wonder if the test deters people from joining the CASA program, which has a chronic shortage of volunteers. The group has recommended the courts drop the lie-detector requirement and focus on making the program more appealing to diverse populations. But, she added, she's heard people worry the test requirement implies that the volunteer is under suspicion from the start.
Aurora man sentenced 22 years to life in prison for sex assault of teen boy
An Aurora man who videotaped himself sexually assaulting teenage boys has been sentenced to 22 years to life in prison. In October 2019, Sandoval was charged with child sexual assault-pattern of abuse, Internet luring of a child with intent to exploit and sexual exploitation of a child. The mother of a 13-year-old victim had found disturbing text messages on his phone and contacted Aurora police, who opened an investigation. “A grown man enticed and lured a child for his sexual gratification — he is a sick and disgusting predator,” the mother told the judge. If he is released, Sandoval must register as a sex offender for life and he’ll remain on parole for 20 years to life.
Saint Xavier faculty say they have no confidence in school’s president
The university said the May 2020 decision to no longer recognize the union and the corresponding change in the school’s shared governance “has resulted in dissatisfaction among some faculty,” but contends faculty still has representation through its faculty senate.
More control of OTB a wise bet
That’s the broader issue in the argument initiated by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone over the future of Jake’s 58 casino, operated by the Suffolk Off-Track Betting authority. Suffolk OTB wants to buy out the remaining 46 years on Delaware North's casino management contract as well as its ownership of the casino and hotel. The OTB wants to borrow $120 million to do so and run the operation itself. Based on those numbers, OTB management gets kudos for nailing down a reasonable purchase price. But Bellone wants to put on the brakes.
US takes new aim at ransomware after most costly year
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is taking new aim at ransomware after a year that officials say was the most costly on record for the crippling cyberattacks. Formation of a task force of FBI agents and Justice Department prosecutors is an acknowledgment of the growing threat posed by ransomware attacks, in which hackers lock up computer data and demand ransom payments in order to give it back. The force is part of a broader government effort to combat cyberattacks that target vital infrastructure, including a 100-day Biden administration initiative to bolster the digital security of electricity in the nation. Ransomware attacks have impeded hospital operations, led to the temporary closure of school classes and caused other chaos. Last year was the worst to date in terms of the economic toll, with ransom demands to victims averaging over $100,000 and in some cases totaling tens of millions of dollars, according to the Justice Department.
Records: Superintendent lied to jury investigating massacre
Runcie, by a 6-3 vote, survived a 2019 motion before the school board that sought to have him removed. Alhadef said in a statement that she has asked district staff to examine how board policies pertain to Runcie’s and Myrick’s arrests. The superintendent’s critics said crimes, bullying and other school problems were routinely underreported by Stoneman Douglas and other district schools and few did voluntary security assessments. Stoneman Douglas reported zero incidents of bullying among its 3,200 students between 2014 and 2017 and three incidents of vandalism, for example. Another target of criticism has been the district’s Promise Program, a student disciplinary system Runcie instituted shortly after he became superintendent.
Flinn Foundation Selects 20 Excelling Arizona Students as 2021 Flinn Scholars
“There are so many great stories within this new class of Flinn Scholars,” said Anne Lassen, Flinn Scholars Program director. “As is always the case, these are astonishingly intelligent and high-achieving students. But academic success is only the beginning. They’re characterized by perseverance, engagement with their schools, peers, and families, and a dedication to improving the world around them.”
Is going back home to get a vaccine 'jumping the line'?
In my particular university town, teachers and other school workers account for a sizable portion of the population. Granted, they’ll be inoculated with the single-dose Chinese Cansino vaccine, which comes in at only a 65.7% effectiveness, but hey: that’s better than the 0% those of us without the vaccine are looking at. I’m still upset about private medical workers, but I’m not a “throw the baby out with the bathwater” kind of girl. Furthermore, does the government have a list of everyone who works in a private school and is therefore eligible? And for now, I’m cautiously optimistic: all of the personnel at my daughter’s private school will be receiving their vaccines this week.
To Save the Planet, Expropriate the Rich
Bündchen is not just into the planet for the “likes.” She supports numerous environmental organizations and is famous for her family’s ecologically virtuous behavior. By contrast, the carbon impact the world’s poor was “practically negligible.”Many rich people, like Bündchen, have sincere environmental commitments. But they’re endangering the earth anyway just by doing all the things that rich people do. As well, there is no quick way to travel between the Bündchen/Brady estates without abusing the earth further; air travel is a huge culprit in carbon emissions. To save the future we must tax, expropriate, or abolish the rich.
George Floyd Didn’t ‘Sacrifice’ His Life, Nancy Pelosi. It Was Stolen From Him.
The moment Derek Chauvin was found guilty on three counts for murdering George Floyd, white people and corporations started delivering their performative reactions. “I can breathe,” the Los Vegas Raiders tweeted out. “And for now, a nation can breathe again,” tweeted commentator and former Obama adviser David Axelrod. “Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice,” Pelosi said moments after Chavin’s guilty verdict. In other words, Pelosi wants us to think that George Floyd was like Jesus Christ: someone who chose to die or accepted his death to redeem society’s sins.
Greens to Biden: "On Climate, You Are Not 'The Party of Science'"
“The COVID pandemic showed us how quickly and profoundly we can alter the fundamentals of society when we recognize we’re in an overwhelming crisis,” said Howie Hawkins, the 2020 Green Party Presidential Nominee. The Green Party noted the science has long been clear: 7 years remain, at the world’s present rate of greenhouse gas emissions, before surpassing the limit required to keep warming below the 1.5? threshold that will trigger catastrophic climate change. “Biden and the Democrats must, at long last, stop following the fossil fuel companies and their campaign contributions and start following the science,” said Green Party National Co-Chair Margaret Elisabeth. “That means a goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The world remains skeptical of the climate positions of both the Democrats and Republicans” added Green Party National Co-Chair Tony Ndege.
Demand Progress Endorses the Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act
The bipartisan legislation would stop the federal government from lawlessly purchasing information about people in the United States from data brokers that it cannot directly obtain without a court order. It is disturbing and outrageous that intelligence and law enforcement agencies are circumventing Constitutional and statutory protections by purchasing information about people in the United States from data brokers. The Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act would put a stop to this most recent effort by the government to do an end run around the Constitution and wrongfully obtain information about people in the United States. Intelligence and law enforcement agencies must come to understand that the American people are off limits to warrantless mass surveillance, no matter how it is done." The Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act would put an end to these unseemly practices.
Biden Emissions Goal Is Inadequate
WASHINGTON - Multiple news reports suggest that the White House is set to announce a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half from 2005 levels. In response, Food & Water Watch Policy Director Mitch Jones released the following statement:"While these White House goals are being lauded as aggressive, they are inadequate. Biden can make real headway on that front by fulfilling his campaign pledge to end fossil fuel extraction on public lands. He must also halt all new fossil fuel projects, which are polluting frontline communities and driving up emissions, and should join the push to ban fracking everywhere. "It is also vital that Democrats in Congress zero out fossil fuel subsidies in any infrastructure and climate packages, including the giveaways for industry-friendly carbon capture schemes."
300,000 People Send a Clear Message to Biden: Time’s Up for Fossil Fuels
Now he must do the same with Line 3, the Dakota Access pipeline, and all new fossil fuel projects. There can be no meaningful climate action if we don’t keep all fossil fuels in the ground. To do that, they must keep fossil fuels in the ground, including by stopping all new fossil fuel projects. “The Biden Climate Summit is a big opportunity for the administration to end all fossil fuel projects that threaten our sacred lands, Manoomin(Wild Rice), Treaty’s, and waters. “First and foremost, we must keep fossil fuels in the ground.
40+ Orgs to Biden: Iran Needs Sanctions Relief
The signers of this letter urge President Biden to take a new approach: “COVID-19 is a shared threat, and the U.S. needs to treat it like one. By prioritizing humanitarian relief for Iran and other sanctioned states, President Biden can follow through on his campaign commitment and demonstrate that the U.S. can be a force for global good.”Read the full letter here. President Biden knows that urgent steps are needed to ease sanctions on ordinary Iranians. “They fuel poverty and suffering, rally support for hardliners, and undermine the people of Iran who are fighting for change. For the people of Iran and the United States alike, President Biden must act now.”###
Responding to Concerns About the Emergency Charity Stimulus Proposal
Concern: An Emergency Charity Stimulus will take money away from future needs. As one critic put it, “it’s hard for a lot of groups to handle sudden surges of money, then a pullback. But Fidelity also took in $14.4 billion in new contributions, $5 billion more than they gave out in grants! Concern: The philanthropic and nonprofit sector are divided over this matter. As one national charity leader put it, “Members of Congress have nothing to gain by passing legislation in any sector, including the nonprofit sector, that the sector is divided on.”Response: Right.
In a Time of Urgency and Hope, How Do We Move The Planet Forward?
If it happens, it will be built on a new urgency, on scalable action and young voices, and on true commitment to environmental justice and inclusion. With the arrival of the Biden administration, the federal government has put a powerful and unprecedented focus on climate change. I ticked through data to illustrate how climate change is upon us and accelerating: Record-breaking temperatures, extreme weather, Arctic ice melts. He cited an environmental justice advisory council that will connect affected communities directly to the White House, environmental justice community grants, and targeted funds in the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 rescue package to frame the administration's environmental blitz as a long-haul investment. "We keep setting new records relating to heat," Phoenix mayor Kate Gallego told me when we sat down for another recent Planet Forward conversation.
Racial Justice Is a Global Issue
Last summer, Black Lives Matter protests in the United States after the murder of George Floyd echoed around the world. Today’s global crises—police violence, a global pandemic, the climate emergency, and many more—require action wherever we live. Global inequalities play out on so many issues like these that it is no exaggeration to talk of a more general "global apartheid." U.S. policy on global issues will not change fundamentally without widespread public demand. The obstacles to global solidarity may seem overwhelming.
New Legislation Invests $25 Billion for Electric School Buses
Nearly 95 percent of America’s school buses run on diesel, a fossil fuel that has been shown to cause numerous health problems, including asthma, bronchitis, and cancer. Transitioning to all-electric school bus fleets would prevent the release of 5.3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Achieving all-electric buses by 2030 means that by the time today's toddlers grow up to become middle schoolers, kids will be using clean, green and quiet electric school buses to get to school. We’re grateful to Senator Padilla, Senator Warnock, Representative Hayes and Representative Cárdenas for championing electric school buses and putting childrens’ health first. The Clean Commute for Kids Act will help tackle the existential threat of climate change, protect our childrens’ health and accelerate us toward a zero-emission future.”###
To Confront 'Systemic Failures,' DOJ Announces Federal Probe Into Minneapolis Police Department
"Yesterday's verdict in the state criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis," Garland told reporters. —Attorney General Merrick GarlandThe investigation could result in a civil lawsuit, with the Justice Department calling on a federal court to order the MPD to change its practices. The DOJ intends to "look beyond individual incidents to address systemic failures," Garland said, and officials will review the MPD's policies, training, and use-of-force investigations. https://t.co/vv8NitRraY — Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) April 21, 2021Today, @TheJusticeDept Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the DOJ is opening a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis. — ColorOfChange (@ColorOfChange) April 21, 2021"The Department of Justice will be unwavering in its pursuit of equal justice under law," said Garland.
Sanders, Jayapal Plan Would Tax Wall Street Speculation to Fund Tuition-Free College
"The time is long overdue to make public colleges and universities tuition-free and debt-free for working families." "In the 21st century, a free public education system that goes from kindergarten through high school is no longer good enough. The time is long overdue to make public colleges and universities tuition-free and debt-free for working families." "The skyrocketing cost of college is preventing workers and our families from pursuing our dreams," said Nelson. "We have to reverse the divestment in higher education and shift the burden of cost away from individuals and families."
101 Nobel Laureates Urge World Leaders to 'Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground'
"Urgent action is needed to end the expansions of fossil fuel production, phase out current production, and invest in renewable energy." In addition to being the leading source of emissions, there are local pollution, environmental, and health costs associated with extracting, refining, transporting, and burning fossil fuels. Efforts to meet the Paris agreement and to reduce demand for fossil fuels will be undermined if supply continues to grow. The fossil fuel system is global and requires a global solution—a solution the Leaders Climate Summit must work towards. And the first step is to keep fossil fuels in the ground."
When the Intelligence is Questionable, Come to Where the Intelligence is Questioned
Corporate media unquestioningly regurgitates dubious intelligence that promotes U.S. interests abroad. What is called national security reporting in the U.S. essentially consists of reporters ludicrously believing whatever they are told by U.S. intelligence officials, who are schooled in the dark arts of deception. Reporters’ repeated faith in “high” and “low confidence” whispers, delivered with zero proof, makes a mockery of even the idea of adversarial journalism. In their book, “confirming” other media’s reporting doesn’t mean obtaining evidence, but soliciting the same whispers. The unnamed “senior officials” know what suckers for scoops they are, even for scoops that all too often turn out to be false.
The Infrastructure of Militarism in Somalia
This dispersal of power requires careful consideration of the racialized labor that sustains war-making in Somalia, and of the geographical implications of this labor. Ethiopia was the first African military to intervene in Somalia in December 2006, sending thousands of troops across the border, but it did not do so alone. Finally, the fact that some of AMISOM’s troop-contributing states have conducted their own aerial assaults against Al-Shabaab in Somalia demands further attention. War-making in Somalia relies on contingent and fluid alliances that evolve over time, as each set of actors evaluates and reevaluates their interests. Officially, at least, U.S. troops have been withdrawn and repositioned in Kenya and Djibouti, while African troops remain on the ground in Somalia.
Sen. Mark Warner (D. VA) Helps His Fellow VA Democrats Keep The General Assembly Blue
But while other states are attacking the right to vote, Virginia is leading the way with new laws expanding access to the ballot box. Some folks forget that just a few years ago, Virginia was a hotbed of restrictive voting laws and illegal gerrymandering. Thankfully, we turned things around by flipping the General Assembly blue and electing Democrats who have championed the right to vote. So I'm personally asking you to make a contribution and join me in supporting the Virginia House Democrats. Will you join me in supporting the Virginia House Democrats?
Yes, the Georgia Voting Law IS That Bad
--Gabriel Sterling, a top official in the office of the Georgia Secretary of State, argues in an Apr. 14 Washington Post op-ed that the new Georgia election law is not as bad as it is portrayed. The law is that bad, particularly for voters of color. Black voters heavily used absentee voting in the last election. In the same vein, Sterling indignantly denies that the law permits the State Election Board to overturn elections.
Reflecting on America's past as Congress votes on AAPI hate crime bill
Japanese Americans being sent to internment campsToday, as the Senate is scheduled to vote on Senator Hirono's AAPI hate crime bill, it is relevant to reflect on the history of exploitation and exclusion of Asian immigrants by the United States. A wonderful article was recently published in the Atlantic by Columbia University professor Mae Ngai outlining the sadly undertaught history of exploiting and dehumanizing Asians by Americans from the 19th century to the present day. From Chinese gold rush and railroad workers to the Chinese Exclusion Act, from Japanese internment to the Treaty of San Francisco to the Japanese car quotas of the 90's, through the exploitation and murder of Asians in countless satellite wars, she paints a comprehensive (if confusingly detailed) picture of the history that has brought us in to today's surge in violence against Asian-Americans.
What Will Justice Look Like?
Now that former officer Chauvin has been convicted of murdering George Floyd, many have started to wonder what justice for our communities of color might look like. But the most likely reason for passing a single counterfeit bill is that you don’t know what you’re doing. George Floyd, nabbed for passing the bum bill, probably wasn’t aware he might have done anything wrong until after he was arrested. Should allegedly passing a single counterfeit bill be treated more seriously than a speeding violation that could endanger the driver and others? So what will justice look like?
Kagro in the Morning podcast (AUDIO): Wednesday, April 21 2021
David Waldman gets us over the hump, that many of us will sled down this morning. Accountability, and maybe a step towards justice took place last night, as Black lives mattered, for a moment. People keep coming up with clever ways to convince boneheads, but boneheads hate experts almost as much as they hate math. The House has been frozen at 435 representatives, but just like those 9 Supreme Court justices, that’s just a number. Democrats blocked Republican censure of Maxine Waters until the Gop cleaned up its own act.
The pandemic has proved standardized testing isn’t necessary. Why are we resuming it?
For many education activists, the decision to resume standardized testing confirmed their suspicions about the Biden administration’s lack of commitment to creating equity in education. Even supporters of standardized testing have concerns about the test-taking process and how the results will be used. Ismael Jimenez, an educator in the Philadelphia School District, described standardized testing as a “continuation of eugenics-type thinking applied to education.”“The origin [of standardized testing] is to weed out who is able and who is not,” Jimenez said. Advocates are still determined to press the administration and schools to reconsider the role of standardized testing and explore more equitable and less stressful alternatives. Failing that, parents need to opt their kids out of testing.”More than half of universities have committed to not requiring test results.
In volatile New Hampshire, Republicans retook the legislature even though Biden won most districts
Thanks to that 8-point margin, Biden won districts representing 232 seats in the House, while Donald Trump carried just 168. Yet in the face of this headwind, fully 50 Republicans chalked up wins in Biden seats while just five Democrats prevailed in Trump seats. En route to that victory, Sununu won an extraordinary 366 seats in the House to just 34 for his opponent. There, Republicans reversed the 14-10 majority Democrats won in 2018 and took 14-10 majority of their own. Biden carried 16 districts and Trump just eight, but Republican senators won six Biden districts.
Derek Chauvin is guilty. Now, about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act ...
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would ban chokeholds and many no-knock warrants, require body and dashboard cameras, and limit transfers of military equipment to police departments. Additionally it would mandate training and create law enforcement accreditation standards. "As a matter of fact, since the trial started on March 29, 63 people have died at the hands of police. In my opinion, this is (a) human rights issue in the United States of America.”The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act has passed the House, but as usual, it faces a Republican filibuster in the Senate. Sen. Tim Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate, has put forward his own bill, but it’s significantly weaker—in particular, Scott opposes ending qualified immunity.
USDA extends universal free lunch through June 2022, giving families one less thing to worry about
The Department of Agriculture will reimburse the cost to schools for the free meals, as reported by The Washington Post. We’ve seen deep pain and humiliation when kids are denied free lunch. For example, one New Jersey school district threatened to ban students from field trips and the prom if they had school lunch debt. In one particularly heinous example, one school district in Pennsylvania threatened to send students to foster care over school lunch debt. So while stories like two pastors using $17,000 from the church budget to erase local school lunch debt are truly inspiring, they’re also truly sad—school lunch debt should not exist.
Scammers, forgers, and frauds: A handful of anti-vax racketeers are bilking the nation
In between, they’ve made false claims about the COVID-19 vaccine being fatal, amplified the long-debunked link between all vaccines and autism, and seriously leaned into the ‘Bill Gates microchipping your brain’ nonsense. That includes forgers like the Chicago-area pharmacist who has also sold more than 100 CDC vaccination cards over eBay. As a result, the value of any vaccine passport system in the United States has been hugely diminished even before it’s been implemented. eBay has made token gestures at wiping away the fake vaccine cards, only to have them appear again in ads that are worded slightly differently. But then, what do you expect from a PAC created by scammers to promote scammers?
Article: US has no standing to slam foreign judicial abuses: Stop the Hypocrisy! Free Mumia, Free Leonard Peltier, Free Assang
By Dave LindorffPresident Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Antony Blinken are worried about Russian Putin critic and presidential aspirant, currently in a Russian prison after conviction on charges of skipping bail and leaving the country and other charges, being abused and at risk of dying in jail. While the list is fairly long, I will highlight three cases here. Abu-Jamal, who is about to turn 67, has served 40 years in prison, more than two decades of that time on death row before his death sentence was ruled unconstitutional and converted to life in prison without parole. During all those death row years he was held in solitary confinement. Now he's been diagnosed with Congestive Heart failure and is about to be given open heart bypass-surgery to replace clogged arteries, no doubt due to his imprisonment, inactivity and poor prison diet.
Learning From Jody Williams
Killer Robots & Human Security | Jody Williams | TEDxGatewaySalon Jody Williams explains the move toward killer robots - the third revolution in warfare - and the threat these lethal autonomous weapons pose both to global ...(Image by YouTube, Channel: TEDx Talks) Details DMCAWhile nuclear weapons rightly draw a lot of attention from arms control organizations, they are not the only point of interest for arms control advocates. Killer robots are also drawing attention. Peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams recently sounded the alarm about killer robots in calling them a combination of artificial intelligence and weapons of war. Williams continues to speak out on landmines and points to the fact that they killed 5,000 people in 2019. Ms. Williams' voice is needed on the issue of killer robots and landmines, and one doesn't have to be an expert on nuclear weapons to know of their dangers.
How "Representative" is US Democracy?
US Capitol west side.JPG(Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org), Author: Martin Falbisoner (1978–) ) Details Source DMCAAmerican politicians love to boast of their nation's status as the world's premier "representative democracy," and to lecture other, presumably less enlightened, countries on the importance of representative political institutions. In terms of the ratio of legislators to population, only the European Union and India are "less representative." The US comes in behind such exemplars of "representative democracy" as China, North Korea, Russia, Syria, Cuba, and Egypt when it comes to representation. Of course, it's reasonable to question the "democracy" part of the "representative democracy" equation for some of those countries compared to the US. Or we could stop pretending our "democracy" is more "representative" than Zimbabwe's or Nicaragua's.
Useful Idiots Are Still Useful
Tellingly, if we are really honest with ourselves, at one time or another and to a greater or lesser degree, we've all been sheeple. The hardest thing for me, as a very smart person, with a smart mouth, and a smart aleck attitude, to learn and fully internalize has been this:Don't judge. Don't make final declarations which cut you off from any further understanding or appreciation, whether it's about a person or a circumstance. And the undeniable truth is, sometimes it feels great being part of some "community" of people doing the same thing. Rah rah rah.
Communities Hardest Hit by COVID Are Also Harmed Most by Standardized Testing
Du Bois realized that standardized tests were designed to perpetuate inequity rather than to correct it. Today, we know that the communities hit hardest by the pandemic, racism and economic distress are the same ones harmed most by standardized testing. Standardized testing has been weaponized against Black and Brown communities. We know that the communities hit hardest by the pandemic, racism and economic distress are the same ones harmed most by standardized testing. Extending the ban on standardized testing lowers the burdens facing schools struggling to adapt to a host of new pandemic-related challenges.
'It Is About Saving Lives': Doctors Without Borders Calls on US, EU to Stop Blocking Vaccine Patent Waiver
"It is about saving lives at the end, not protecting systems." Even after six months of deliberations and #COVID creating havoc in many countries in Latin America and India, some countries continue to oppose this landmark waiver. Márcio da Fonseca, Doctors Without Borders"As of [February], orders had been confirmed for 8.6 billion doses, a remarkable achievement. "Poorer nations—which account for 80% of the world's population—so far have access to less than one-third of the available vaccines." The WTO is expected to consider the waiver once again during its next general meeting in May.
Sanders, Jayapal Introduce Bill to Make College Free for Nearly 80% of Americans
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would make college and university tuition-free for most people living in the United States. The proposal would also allow for no tuition costs at institutions that primarily serve students of color (for example, historically Black colleges and universities). Dreamers, or individuals living in the U.S. who were brought here from other countries as children, would also qualify for free tuition and grants. Within that bill, the White House is hoping to fund free community college and universal prekindergarten, but it would not make tuition at four-year public universities free. Many have called on Biden to also issue an executive order to instantly end student debt for thousands of Americans who are currently struggling with paying for their previous or current higher education costs.
Doctors Without Borders Implores US, EU to Stop Blocking Vaccine Patent Waiver
“We urge all countries in opposition to this, including the U.S. and the E.U., to stand on the right side of history and join hands with those in support,” said Guevara. Even after six months of deliberations and #COVID creating havoc in many countries in Latin America and India, some countries continue to oppose this landmark waiver. But some 6 billion of these will go to high- and upper-middle-income countries,” the board noted. The WTO is expected to consider the waiver once again during its next general meeting in May. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.
Are Republicans Breaking Up With Big Business? Don’t Hold Your Breath.
He spent a chunk of last week unspooling some doozies directed at corporate America, which has long been a close ally of the Republican Party. In fact, McConnell has labored mightily to get corporations and their money as far into politics as can be managed. “I didn’t say that very artfully yesterday,” he said about calling corporate America “stupid” while telling them to keep contributing. Is there any scenario that could ever bring about a schism between corporate America and the Republican Party? After the attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters, a number of major corporations vowed to curtail political donations to anyone even vaguely involved in that calamity.
The strange exploits of Oklahoma congressman Manuel Herrick
I don’t know if Manuel Herrick knew it was all fake. The incumbent Republican had died on the day filing papers were due, allowing Herrick to nab the nomination and the victory. In 1921, it emerged that Herrick had sent letters to 49 women whose names and addresses he procured from a District beauty pageant. The letters were “decoy letters” designed to show how beauty pageants preyed on young women. Herrick called on me and told me he was very rich, and proposed marriage to me.”In 1922, Herrick failed to secure the GOP nomination.
Opinion : Once again, we’re being held hostage by Republicans’ delicate feelings
But as polls have repeatedly shown, it’s Republicans, especially Republican men, who are the biggest problem. A new focus group conducted by GOP pollster Frank Luntz helps us understand what’s going on in some people’s heads:Stop talking about the possibility of coronavirus booster shots. But the people in Luntz’s focus group show an infuriating degree of self-awareness, as though they know perfectly well that they’re holding us all hostage and are just negotiating the terms. I mean, we’re just going to be shot up and shot up and shot up,” said a man identified as Erzen from New York. The result was a string of safaris to Midwestern diners, producing endless “In Trump Country, Trump Supporters Support Trump” stories.
Opinion : The U.S. has vaccinated half of adults. The problem is the second half.
It cannot be said strongly enough: The covid-19 vaccines are safe and remarkably effective at preventing serious disease. Some 48,000 Marines have declined to be vaccinated among 123,000 offered shots, according to the website military.com. Republicans and White evangelical Christians were the most likely to say they will not get vaccinated, with almost 30 percent of each group saying they will “definitely not” be vaccinated. A January survey showed evangelical leaders overwhelmingly planned to get vaccinated; they should step up to persuade their congregations. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementUltimately, vaccines are essential to put out the wildfire of infection around the globe and help prevent variants from spreading.
Opinion : Tucker Carlson despises the Derek Chauvin verdict
“The jury in the Derek Chauvin trial came to a unanimous and unequivocal verdict this afternoon: Please don’t hurt us,” said the host on Tuesday evening. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThe more Carlson strained to provide an alternative take on the Chauvin verdict, the more he stumbled. The host’s reaction to the verdict was predictable, given how Carlson covered the Floyd murder last year. That’s because the truth of the Floyd murder threatens the fragile white-grievance ecosystem that Carlson has fashioned on Fox News’s airwaves. The Chauvin jury repudiated that nonsense; no wonder Carlson doesn’t want to talk about it.
Emily Compagno: Maxine Waters’ Chauvin Comments Are “Stoking A Fire Rather Than Deescalating” One
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, “Outnumbered” Co-Host Emily Compagno discussed the negative effect the comments made by Maxine Waters and President Biden before the Chauvin verdict could had on the jury’s deliberations and society in general. And I think that’s sort of the issue that people are having that they’re calling out, especially Maxine Waters’ point of view, it’s that you are stoking a fire rather than deescalating. It is part of your reform that you’re calling for calls for de-escalation, why aren’t you practicing it? If you’re calling for safety and protective community, why aren’t you adding to that rather than framing those scenes in an especially already frayed community? And then for Biden, why are you weighing in, because he weighed in member twice while the jury is deliberating.
Derek Chauvin guilty verdict in George Floyd's murder was an exception. Our work continues.
Supporters of racial justice must not make the mistake of thinking that Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict in the murder of George Floyd signals a fundamental change in the criminal legal system. Chauvin is only one of the many officers who have killed Black people in just the last year, and most have evaded any meaningful punishment. But Chauvin is only one of the many officers who have killed Black people in just the last year, and most have evaded any meaningful punishment. His conviction stands in sharp contrast with the criminal legal system’s treatment of the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor two months before Floyd’s murder. As The New York Times recently reported, officers who killed Black people — unarmed and armed alike — are rarely indicted, rarely tried and rarely convicted.
Actors Benicio Del Toro, Zoe Saldana debunk COVID-19 vaccine misconceptions among Latinos
But he saw “a light at the end of the tunnel” in December when the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began across the nation. Several weeks later, his brother opened up to Del Toro about his concerns regarding low vaccination rates in Latino communities. “When I asked him why, he said that one of the reasons was lack of truthful information and lack of outreach,” Del Toro said. That’s when the Puerto Rican actor decided to partner with the actor Zoe Saldana to create a bilingual campaign to combat COVID-19 vaccine misinformation in an effort to encourage more Latinos to get vaccinated. So in my mind, bottom line is: They're equal," Dr. Gustavo Del Toro said when his brother and Saldana asked which COVID-19 vaccine is better.
Sikh Americans highlight historical, 'invisible' racism after Indianapolis shootings
“It’s a double invisibility that they receive,” said Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, chair of the department of religious studies at Colby College. “It’s a double invisibility that they receive,” said Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, chair of the department of religious studies at Colby College. “The headlines said, 'Hindu invasion,' 'Hindu menace,'” Kaur Singh said. After 9/11, “stereotypes and prejudices and discriminations really come to the fore,” Kaur Singh said. According to FBI data, there was a 200 percent increase in anti-Sikh hate crimes from 2017 to 2018, the Sikh Coalition noted in 2019.
Editorial Roundup: New York
New York state makes every person in a boat shorter than 21 feet (including canoes, kayaks, rowboats and guideboats) not just possess but wear a PFD between Nov. 1 and May 1. Editorial: NEW YORK STATE Painful proposal looms at pumpsCan we get a show of hands for anyone who wants to see gas prices increase 55 cents a gallon in New York state? Does anyone else trust New York state to hold those people harmless? The New York Air National Guard saw no reason to inform the public, since the crash was on airport property. The military enjoys the freedom and convenience of using a public airport.
Opinion: The U.S. electric-power sector is halfway to zero carbon emissions
Now the Biden administration and some members of Congress are proposing to decarbonize the power sector by 2035. It projected that annual carbon dioxide emissions from the electric-power sector would rise from 2,400 million to 3,000 million metric tons from 2005 to 2020. In short, the U.S. electricity sector has managed to march halfway to zero in just 15 years. And declining employment in the coal industry was more than offset by job growth in other areas, notably solar power. This commentary was originally published by The Conversation—The US electric power sector is halfway to zero carbon emissions
How you and a few dozen friends could change the course of a city
Voter turnout in municipal elections is tiny compared to turnout in presidential elections. That’s a substantial change to the democratic process decided by a margin of votes that’s fewer than the number of students at W.T. The smaller the election, the more powerful the voterDallas County election turnout follows a pattern, with a few exceptions. This means your vote in a municipal election counts more than your vote in a presidential election, precisely because so few people show up. In many races, a small number of voters could have changed the outcome and, ultimately, the direction of the city.
Giovanni Medina revela que Ninel Conde, no llegó a audiencia por convivencia de su hijo
“Esta audiencia era para eso, para ver si quería ver a su hijo y no vino”, indicó. Tras la detención en Estados Unidos de Larry Ramos, ahora pareja de Ninel, Giovanni agradeció a las autoridades, que le permitan seguir con la custodia temporal de su hijo, ya que está siendo protegido. Giovanni asegura que seguirá velando por el bienestar de su hijo, ya que la cantante, pretende obtener la custodia de su hijo, cuando no puede hacerse cargo ni de su propia vida. “El señor fue detenido con su esposa, imagínense ustedes dónde estaría mi hijo. Eso es ajeno a nosotros, ojalá que no (llegue ella a la cárcel), porque es la mamá de mi hijo, ojalá que pueda Emmanuel tener una vida lo más alejado de esas situaciones”, comentó.
SWAT team called in after man fires shot, barricades himself in Fort Lauderdale
Police tried to talk to Avila who they believed was armed and barricaded inside his home. After repeated efforts to get Avila to come outside, another man came out. Avila remained inside with a woman and he refused to come out, police said.
Trump blazed a trail that clears the way for Biden
An engineer by trade, Hoover tried to encourage cooperation between government and industry. Thus, it’s very normal throughout history for economic policy revolutions to start under presidents from the opposite party of the one who eventually gets the credit. In fact, Biden’s entire China policy essentially continues in the direction that Trump laid out. But on trade and industrial policy, he blazed a trail by neutering his own party’s opposition to change. And if Biden ultimately succeeds in reorienting American economic policy away from free trade in a systematic and effective manner, he’ll likely be the one who gets associated with that shift by future generations.
Judge rules couple can keep pot-bellied pig after dispute with HOA
A Warren County couple that found themselves in a legal dispute because they wanted to keep a pot-bellied pig as a pet received good news on Wednesday after a judge ruled that the Price family can keep Arnold. Arnold the pot-bellied pig belongs to Richard and Katherine Price, who reside in the Country Brook Subdivision near Springboro, Ohio. One of the hardest things to leave behind, Price had said, was her childhood pet pig. So she wanted to have a Vietnamese pot-bellied pet pig as an adult as a reminder of her heritage. According to the ruling, the Prices were not violating the HOA rules and keep Arnold.
Terry Glavin: Federal budget's 'sorry' doesn't cut it for Trudeau government's COVID failures
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[David Fickling] The real vaccine crisis
The development and ramp-up of preventive medicine for the coronavirus are a testament to the innovative power of the modern global economy. Counting only drugs that are already on the market, total manufacturing capacity this year should be sufficient to deliver 12 billion doses, according to a database compiled by the Duke Global Health Innovation Center. Every drugmaker in the world (even generics manufacturers, often treated as tribunes of the global south) wants to sell to rich countries, where the profit margins are highest. In the 1990s and early 2000s, HIV was ravaging sub-Saharan Africa just as the newly formed World Trade Organization was hammering out global regulations on the treatment of intellectual property. If we’re to protect ourselves against the next health crisis, we first need to reform the rules of global trade.
Both ancient and modern roots influence a Xochimilco Holy Cross fiesta
The hills outside of San Gregorio, located in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, are filled with unexcavated ruins. But the indigenous cross has arms of equal length,” he said. Although the ceremony’s roots go back almost 1,700 years, it wasn’t observed in San Gregorio until about 50 years ago. On May 1, a group of about 20 men from Barrio La Cruz make their way to the top of Xilotopec. The mayordomo plans for and provides the meals for Día de la Cruz and for other events during the year.
Steve Scalise’s Ignorant, Racist Case Against D.C. Statehood
Scalise offers three novel rationales to deny D.C. statehood. If the lack of a commuter tax is what prevents D.C. from balancing its budget, then statehood is the solution. Next, Scalise argues that D.C. is undeserving of statehood because it has too much crime:Yes, crime is up in D.C., as it is in many places. In any case, it is unclear what the murder rate has to do with the case for statehood. In any case, if high levels of homicide were a disqualification for statehood, Congress should seriously consider selling Scalise’s home state of Louisiana, the most murderous state in the union, back to France.
FedEx shooting: Sikhs in Indianapolis are grieving. Investigate if hate played a role.
We know their names: Matthew R. Alexander, Samaria Blackwell, Amarjeet Johal, Jasvinder Kaur, Jaswinder Singh, Amarjit Sekhon, Karli Smith and John Weisert. What is the role of hate? As our country grapples with racist hate that targets various communities, it is critical that we call on our leadership to stamp out hate. Doing so requires our authorities to investigate the role of hate in attacks like this one. Kanwal Prakash "KP" Singh co-founded the International Center of Indianapolis and is an Indianapolis artist, architect and author.
Opinion | George Floyd ‘Changed the World,’ and Other Reflections
We are expecting our first grandchild this fall, and I could not help but imagine the fear for that child’s safety I would still feel if that child were Black. Until the time arrives that such a child and its family can feel safe in their own homes or in public regardless of their race, I will refrain from breathing a sigh of relief. And until moments like the Chauvin conviction become the rule rather than the exception, I will refrain from celebrating. Greg JosephSun City, Ariz.To the Editor:Overlooked in the jubilation about the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is the enormous debt we owe to Judge Peter A. Cahill, who conducted this trial with such brilliant administration of the law. We are so lucky to have had such a man at such a time.
Live updates Biden casts vaccinations as a patriotic duty, urges Americans to protect themselves, others
Those in attendance included Vice President Harris and two of Hastings’s former Democratic House colleagues who now serve in the Biden administration: Marcia L. Fudge, the secretary of housing and urban development, and Cedric L. Richmond, a senior adviser to Biden. “He was going to fight for the poor, the voiceless, Black and Brown people no matter what. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-Fla.), described Hastings as “my dear friend and mentor” as she held back tears. “Anything that Alcee L. Hastings did, he did well,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. And he was a sharp dresser.”The service was hosted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, who recalled Hastings’s devotion to that group.
Opinion : The central challenge in combating white supremacist violence remains
Today’s white supremacist movement is rooted in the “white genocide” conspiracy theory, which warns that the “white race” is endangered by a changing demographic landscape caused by immigration and interracial relationships. Propaganda that turns every racial incident into another tale of White victimhood fuels white supremacists, including those who resort to violence. Among its recommendations, the CAP-McCain Institute report zeroes in on strategies to address white supremacists’ infiltration of law enforcement and the military. Indeed, far too many law enforcement officials participated in the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. The executive branch should establish clear policy guidance defining and outlining white supremacist activities in which federal employees and contractors may not participate: This should include, at a minimum, planning, participating in, and advocating for white supremacist violence.
Leo Terrell: People Upset With The Chauvin Verdict “Believe In Chaos”
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, civil right attorney and Fox News contributor Leo Terrell explained why the extreme left and Democratic politicians still had negative things to saw about the criminal justice system even after the Derek Chauvin verdict. “There are people who were upset with the verdict because they want chaos. And we have Maxine Waters out there, she hasn’t passed any legislation, but the race card gets her attention. And no matter how many reforms, it’s not going to satisfy them because they believe in chaos. And that’s why they go out there and have the audacity to say systemic racism, systemic racism, institutionalized racism.
In Biden climate show, watch for cajoling, conflict, pathos
Then he’ll try to cajole other nations to ratchet up the pollution-cutting promises they made in 2015?s Paris climate agreement. After the United States helped negotiate the last two climate agreements — 1997’s Kyoto Protocol and 2015’s Paris accord — Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump backed out. “That is quite a welcome message after the four years we painfully witnessed,” said Christiana Figueres , the former United Nations climate chief, who helped forge the Paris accord. “The fact that the United States is back is very important.”WHY WATCHADVERTISEMENTHuman-caused climate change is getting worse around the globe. The United Nations is counting on nearly 200 nations to announce tougher emission cut targets before that meeting, which will hash out still lingering issues.
Editorial Roundup: South Carolina
Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers:___April 21The Times and Democrat on South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott’s police reform proposals:It’s not hard to believe that most Americans do not favor efforts to defund police departments. House Democrats, with only three GOP representatives voting with them, passed legislation that could not gain a foothold in the then-GOP Senate. Expanded absentee voting didn’t cause massive technical problems. South Carolinians clearly liked the idea, with half of all the votes cast before Election Day. The great absentee voting experiment of 2020 also demonstrated that making voting easier isn’t the gift to Democrats that some Republicans feared — at least not in South Carolina.
Senators back mandatory kindergarten bill for Louisiana
(AP) — Louisiana would make kindergarten mandatory if lawmakers agree to a bill that won support Wednesday from a Senate committee. The proposal from Senate Education Chairman Cleo Fields would require children who turn 5 years old by Sept. 30 of each year to attend kindergarten, starting with the 2022-23 school year. Under current state law, children in Louisiana are required to attend school from the ages of 7 to 18, unless they graduate early from high school. ADVERTISEMENTFields, a Baton Rouge Democrat, and other supporters of the measure say mandatory kindergarten promotes early childhood education. ___The bill is filed as Senate Bill 10.
Editorial Roundup: Florida
Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:___April 21The South Florida Sun Sentinel on the guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s killing:A murderer has been found guilty of his crime. A lot less money: Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing agency, calculates that hotels alone lost $65 million. Across Florida, local and state tourism authorities are plotting the way back to the time, just 13 short months ago, when tourism business was booming. The White House COVID-19 Task Force’s weekly advisory reports on Florida, which recommended stricter measures than DeSantis was enacting, are an example. COVID information has been difficult to obtain for journalists across the country, but Florida is supposed a standout in openness and transparency.
Editorial Roundup: Louisiana
John Bel Edwards wisely told lawmakers that the fiscal session ought not be distracted by national crusaders on the far right who want to make an issue of what does not appear to be a problem in Louisiana, transgender athletes in girls’ sports. She acknowledged the issue has not caused a problem in Louisiana but called the measure proactive. Louisiana and in particular the greater New Orleans region is still reeling from the economic impacts of the pandemic on tourism. Louisiana workers have been harvesting energy from the Gulf of Mexico for a century now, and it’s something we’re good at. But Louisiana and other Gulf states have powered the most prosperous and successful economy in the history of the planet.
The war on Big Oil has begun
The Tax Policy Center estimates those tax breaks are worth about $2.3 billion per year. Story continuesNet zero by 2050Biden’s goal is to reach net-zero carbon emissions in the power sector, which accounts for 28% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, by 2035. But it did fulfill a Biden campaign promise to move aggressively on climate policy, while also signaling Democrats’ willingness to take on Big Oil. Many economists think that’s the best way to reduce carbon emissions, since market forces, in theory, would determine the most efficient path. That might mean West Virginia and perhaps a few other fossil states could see a windfall of clean-energy programs meant to assure high-paying jobs are waiting for any oil, gas or coal workers who lose theirs.
Salem creates task force to work on racial equity
Salem has created a broad-based task force to help the city devise strategies for achieving greater racial equity in the community. The 24-member Race Equity Task Force includes elected and appointed city officials, local legislators, leaders of nonprofit institutions, and organizers of recent marches and actions in the community protesting police brutality and racial injustice. The group will be chaired by Salem resident Shawn Newton, associate dean of students at Suffolk University and executive director of Urban Echo, a Salem-based social justice organization. The task force will review city policies, services, and ordinances, as well as other systems and practices in the community, and develop recommendations for short and long-term ways to eliminate racial inequities.
Chauvin verdict brings sense of justice, but doesn’t erase the fear
The jury’s verdict convicting Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd gave a taste of justice to those who have hungered for it for years. Did someone report a crime committed by a Black person, and am I the first one this officer encountered in my mostly-white neighborhood? We heard about Floyd’s drug use making him more dangerous, even giving him potentially “superhuman” strength. We heard that Floyd brought it all on himself by not complying, when we know that compliance doesn’t mean that his life would have been saved. Until then, for Black people, the taste of justice from this week’s verdict will remain tainted by the bitter bite of fear.
Rex Murphy: The finance minister needs to exercise her powers equably, for all Canadians
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Chauvin Trial Ends… Can White Folks Try Not To Make It About Themselves For Five Minutes?
The jury didn’t need much time to find Derek Chauvin guilty on all three counts in the murder of George Floyd. Whether Davis meant it earnestly or not, the official Raiders account tried to offer corporate sponsorship to a murder verdict. The law school community should know the role their community played in this historic result. I’m writing about this case through the lens of a law school, so I get it. For a good law school dean, staying on message means bringing it all back around to the school.
Greg Laurie: Legendary Billy Graham – 10 things that will surprise you about the world-famous evangelist
Here are 10 facts you will discover about Billy Graham. He worked as a door-to-door salesmanTo earn money for college, Billy Graham took a job with the Fuller Brush Co. in the summer of 1936. Billy Graham became a missional media mogulHoward Stern often claims that he is "King of All Media," but that title truly belongs to Billy Graham. Billy Graham faced all the challenges and joys typical of his time. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM GREG LAURIEThis excerpt is adapted from Greg Laurie’s book "Billy Graham: The Man I Knew", releasing April 13, 2021, via Salem Books.
Mart Green: Mission of biblical proportions – this is how we're taking God's Word to every corner of the world
But I didn’t treasure knowing God’s Word in the way I should have. I didn’t read God’s Word regularly or consistently. My new friend Gaspar lit a flame in my heart – a desire for God’s Word that I’d never felt before. I met with the leaders of the 10 largest Bible translation agencies, and we agreed we could only do this together. CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTERThis movement is especially significant as we remember that heaven and earth meet at the point of God’s Word.
Dr. Nicole Saphier: COVID and Anthony Fauci – here's the best thing he can do right now
Almost everyone has strong opinions about Dr. Anthony Fauci. DR. SAPHIER & CHAFFETZ: BIG TECH VS. SCIENCE – SUPPRESSING DEBATE HURTS FIGHT AGAINST COVID. Dr. Fauci said many times in the early months of 2020. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe reason Dr. Fauci has remained in his role for decades is because he is a good bystander. To be sure, Dr. Fauci has gotten many things right.
Kathie Lee Gifford’s Spiritual Mentor Discusses the Bible’s Numerical Code of the Messiah
Christianity and Judaism share a great deal of history and faith. It’s because Jesus’s Last Supper in the upper room, was in fact the Jewish Passover meal in which He makes a new covenant, through His anticipated sacrifice. Instead of the lamb’s blood on the doorframes, it is Jesus’s blood shed on the Cross. But there’s far more that Christians and learn by unlocking the numerical code that’s all through the Bible and particularly the Old Testament. Rabbi Jason Sobel, a Messianic Jewish Rabbi, has explored and rolled away the stones of this mathematical mystery in his new book Mysteries of the Messiah: The Rock, The Road, The Rabbi.
The Trial Of Derek Chauvin: The Politics Of The Moment
This week, Will breaks down the importance of understanding the facts of the case and narrowly tailoring the justice in the trial of Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd. Later he shares with his listeners what dog breeds would play which positions on a football team, confronts the accusation that he has shifted his positions on politics and asserts why it is the left that has changed dramatically in this country. Catch up with Will on Twitter: @willcain
Chris Wallace: “60 Minutes Failed” To Provide A Fair, Balanced Report On Ron DeSantis
Wallace also weighed in on the 60 minutes report on Florida Governor Ron DeSanctis (R) over his states vaccine rollout. And I don’t watch 60 Minutes every week, but I happen to watch that story and thought, boy, that’s a pretty good story. And, you know, the implication I don’t think it was an implication, accusation by 60 Minutes was that was pay to play that Publix had given big campaign contributions to DeSantis and other Republicans. So, you know, look, we don’t, We can’t just simply put on everything that a public official says. And I think it’s fair to say that that 60 Minutes failed at that in terms of accurately reflecting the defense of Governor DeSantis.”
President Biden Weighs Bipartisan Path On Infrastructure Package
This week, Bret sits down with Founding Editor of The Washington Free Beacon and AEI Resident Fellow Matthew Continetti, former Campaign Manager for Senator Scott Brown and Republican Strategist Colin Reed and Democratic Strategist and Syndicated Talk Radio Host Leslie Marshall to discuss President Biden’s willingness to compromise on his infrastructure plan in a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers. The panel also discusses how cities and politicians are preparing for the likely unrest following the imminent verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd and how President Biden is being tested on the foreign policy stage by China, Russia, and Iran. Follow Bret on Twitter: @BretBaier
Rep. Chip Roy: Rep. Nadler “Is Full Of It” For Trying To Pack The Supreme Court
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) explained why Rep. Jerry Nadler is “full of it” for trying to add Justices to the Supreme Court and what the real motive for trying to pack the Supreme Court. And court packing, they announced that day while we’re in the middle of that markup, adding four Justices to the Supreme Court, all of which would just politicize the court, make it less functional, and they would do so for purely power grab purposes. They don’t want a court that says, hey, maybe you shouldn’t be forced to bake a cake. Hey, maybe marriage is between a man and a woman or hey, maybe we shouldn’t be slaughtering the unborn to the tune of 62 million since Roe vs. Wade. They don’t want the court to say, hey, maybe we should actually protect Second Amendment rights and First Amendment rights.
General HR McMaster: It Is The Height Of Self-Delusion And Complete Fantasy We Will Partner With The Taliban Against Terrorists
General HR McMaster (Ret), former National Security Adviser to President Trump and author of the book “BATTLEGROUNDS: The Fight to Defend the Free World“, tells Brian Kilmeade President Biden withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan is repeating the mistake that was made with the complete withdrawal from Iraq in December 2011. McMaster says it is a complete fantasy to think we are gaoing to be able to partner with the Taliban against terrorist because al-Qaeda and the Taliban are completely intertwined.
Lisa Boothe: Dr. Fauci Is “Too Reckless” & Should “Not Ever Allowed To Be On TV”
“If he’s telling people that a vaccine isn’t the ticket to freedom, then why are people going to want to get the vaccine? So none of this makes sense. And yet we had people trying to coerce folks into getting a vaccine that isn’t even FDA approved yet. I think he’s too reckless and has been wrong about too much. I think he should be cast aside and not ever allowed to be on TV.”
AG Merrick Garland announces DOJ investigation into Minneapolis Police Department
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Wednesday that the Department of Justice has opened an investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in unconstitutional or unlawful policing. Video TranscriptMERRICK GARLAND: Like so many of you, I have closely watched the events in Minnesota. I know such wounds have deep roots and that too many communities have experienced those wounds firsthand. Today, I am announcing that the Justice Department has opened a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing. The new civil investigation is separate from and independent of the federal criminal investigation into the death of George Floyd that the Justice Department has previously announced.
Pakistani College Student Survives ACID Attack Outside Her NY Home
We’re talking about people who put their lives on the line for us on a regular basis without so much as a thank you from the national media. Indeed, media coverage plays a large role here. Because of a miscommunication, Officer Jarrott was facing this suspect, who was known to have a violent criminal past, by himself. He shot Officer Jarrott multiple times and left him for dead. Very few in the national media seem willing to say Jarrott’s or Madsen’s names on air or to speak to their stories.
Who wants to be a police officer?
Before former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on Tuesday of murdering George Floyd, a decrease in police applicants and an increase in resignations and retirements were already creating staffing concerns across the country. But from society’s perspective, the more important question is: Who should be a police officer? But the 9 minutes and 29 seconds of Chauvin kneeling mercilessly on Floyd did not come out of nowhere. If this is truly a defining moment for policing, the culture that protected Chauvin for so long has to change. As the report by the Police Executive Research Forum notes: “It’s not just a question of finding more recruits .
FedEX shootings never would have happened if FBI had followed the law
You wrote that we need more gun control laws, but we already have so many of these laws on the books that we don’t follow through on. Fact: the FBI was called in to investigate the shooter of the FedEx massacre, Brandon Hole, a year ago — in March of 2020 — because his mother had concerns. The FBI confiscated from Hole a gun, a laptop and whatever else they could get in order to protect the kid and society. How then was Hole able to walk into a store and purchase all that he needed to commit this horrible crime? Spontaneously, his likeness has appeared in public places around the world, put there by other ordinary people hungering for justice.
Dolphins’ Chris Grier, one of five Black NFL GMs, shares relief, sadness following Chauvin verdict
Our players are actively out in the community, trying to make a real difference. There’s a lot of work still to be done in terms of reform and equality. There are a lot of good people that want to make a difference. It’s encouraging to hear the number of White people in big companies willing to be uncomfortable and speak out against systematic racism. There are a lot of good law enforcement officials who want change for the better.
'We must not be silent' — Central Ohio CEOs react to Columbus police shooting, Floyd verdict
A group of central Ohio CEOs who gathered Tuesday night as part of their work for the Columbus Partnership put their meeting on hold to watch the verdict come down in the George Floyd case in Minneapolis. It's just not related to last night but in general.’’Fischer said systemic racism continues to be a major problem that runs through society. Let's commit to solving these problems that include systemic racism, policing policies and gun violence." It's further proof that we have a way to go.’’Other local CEOs reflected on the Floyd case. "We must continue to fight against systemic racism and oppression We need to move beyond words and take meaningful action."
We must acknowledge the trauma of racism and push for sea change in policing
While we recognize the gravity of the verdict, we also understand that there is a needed sea change in policing in America. We grieve with the families that have lost loved ones to police violence in Minneapolis, Louisville and across this country. His murder was an act of trauma on our community and country. The time it took to fire, indict and arrest Derek Chauvin inflicted trauma. Opinion:Why the Derek Chauvin conviction does not mark a new day in AmericaOf course we know we have further to go.
Turning point? Policing, justice and the George Floyd murder trial
Turning point? Policing, justice and the George Floyd murder trialTHE DEBATE © France 24By: François PICARD Follow | Alessandro XENOS | Juliette LAURAIN 41 minGuilty on all three counts. Advertising A turning point for police reform? A turning point for racial justice in a country where any routine encounter can go frighteningly wrong if you are black? Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.
Ontario cabinet finalizing paid sick-leave program for essential workers
Public health experts, labour groups and local officials have been calling for sick-leave support for workers for monthsArticle contentOntario says it will present a paid sick-leave program for essential workers in a matter of days, following repeated calls for it to act on the issue. Try refreshing your browser, or Ontario cabinet finalizing paid sick-leave program for essential workers Back to videoPublic health experts, labour groups and local officials have been calling for sick-leave support for workers for months, arguing it would reduce COVID-19 spread in workplaces. The Progressive Conservative government rejected Opposition motions on paid sick leave earlier this week and said it was waiting to see if Monday’s federal budget included any changes to the program. It changed course Tuesday amid an onslaught of criticism and Calandra says cabinet is working to finalize a provincial plan as soon as possible. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the government should have acted earlier and says the program needs to support all workers.
No, Nancy Pelosi, George Floyd Didn’t ‘Sacrifice His Life’ for America
But in their attempts to express gratitude, they also showed a certain callousness toward what exactly was lost the day George Floyd died in police custody, and what was gained in the 330 days that it took to hold the officer who killed him responsible. “So again, thank you, George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a press conference Tuesday less than an hour after a Hennepin County judge read out the jury’s verdicts finding Chauvin guilty on all three criminal charges. “For being there to call out to your mom, how heartbreaking was that, call out for your mom, 'I can't breathe.'" Floyd didn’t opt in to becoming a martyr for America’s larger issues around criminal justice. “George Floyd came to Minneapolis to better his life.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announces an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.
The Justice Department will investigate the policies and operations of the Minneapolis Police Department, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced on Wednesday, a day after the former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd in a rare rebuke of police violence. “The Justice Department has opened a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing,” Mr. Garland said in brief remarks at the Justice Department. Such investigations are often the precursors to court-approved deals between the Justice Department and local governments that create and enforce a road map for training and operational changes. Mr. Garland’s announcement came a day after the conviction of Mr. Chauvin, who was fired by the Minneapolis Police Department last year after gruesome video of him kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes sparked protests across the nation.
Biden nominated three people to fix USPS. Here’s how the Postal Service’s leadership works.
There are 11 members of the Postal Service board of governors. The remaining two are the postmaster general and deputy postmaster general, who are selected by the governors. The postmaster general and deputy postmaster general are voting members of the board, but cannot vote on certain issues, including the hiring and removal of the postmaster general, and his or her salary. DeJoy is a former supply-chain logistics executive and had no previous experience with the Postal Service or the mailing business. Slow delivery: Since DeJoy took over, the Postal Service has experienced its worst delivery service in generations.
Opinion : What the ‘Anglo Saxon traditions’ controversy says about our current moment
Story continues below advertisementGreene and Gosar both quickly disavowed any knowledge of the document, which includes explicitly nativist and white nationalist ideas. With the “Anglo Saxon traditions” controversy drawing more attention, we are also seeing versions of Carlson’s viewpoint edging into the realm of Republican respectability. Story continues below advertisementThe explosive “America First Caucus” document noted that American political culture derives strength from “uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions,” and that it is “threatened when foreign citizens are imported en masse.” Neither Perry nor Johnson referred explicitly to Anglo Saxon traditions. Now we’re in the middle of a big controversy over the idea of a House caucus expressly organized around nativist ideals. But two prominent Republicans have voiced support for a position that’s not far from its underlying ideology, and it isn’t seen as particularly controversial.
Opinion : Darnella Frazier is the hero of this story
She kept her lens focused as the circle of bystanders begged Chauvin to get up and let Floyd live. She fixed her gaze and allowed the country to do the same when she posted the video on her Facebook page. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementIt is hard to imagine the outcome of this trial without that video. “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Darnella Frazier was the witness George Floyd needed on May 25, 2020.
Opinion : Raúl Castro retires from office — and escapes accountability
Cuba’s transition moves the 89-year-old Raúl Castro nearer to the day that he, like his brother Fidel, who handed Raúl full political control in 2011 and passed away at 90 in 2016, may die without ever being held accountable for what he did in power. The trail begins in the Sierra Maestra mountains, even before the Rebel Army ousted dictator Fulgencio Batista on Jan. 1, 1959. Photographs show Raúl blindfolding a purported traitor moments before a firing squad takes the man’s life — one of many such murders in rebel ranks. AdvertisementIn 1989, Fidel and Raúl turned the revolution’s guns on top members of the Cuban nomenklatura, executing four of them on trumped-up treason and drug trafficking charges. Memory, and truth, may yet prevent Raúl Castro, and his dynastic successors, from writing his page in history unopposed.
Alan Dershowitz: Judge Peter Cahill Did Not Have The Courage To Dismiss The Derek Chauvin Case
Alan Dershowitz spoke with Brian Kilmeade about why he feels the conviction of Derek Chauvin should be reversed. Dershowitz said Judge Peter Cahill failed to sequester the jury and that was an unconstitutional action that denied Chauvin a fair trial. Dershowitz thinks the decision should be reversed and predicts it might very well be reversed by the United Sates Supreme Court. Dershowitz believes Judge Cahill did not have the courage to dismiss the case after pressure from Maxine Waters and President Biden put on the jury that they would be responsible for causing riots and violence if they did not convict Chauvin on the top charge of murder.
Oregon teacher outlines ways parents, students can escape woke indoctrination in schools
A high school teacher in Oregon outlined a way for parents and students across the country to escape woke indoctrination in schools in a new opinion piece. Progressive ideology in schools has made headlines recently as some schools embrace progressive ideas like critical race theory. "These stories do expose a problem, but it’s not the political progressivism of most teachers," Buck wrote in National Review. "Thankfully, this endeavor needn’t only be one of individual persuasion," wrote Buck. "Under such a system, if a parent saw progressive politics trying to pass as instruction or a school’s pedagogy left their students illiterate, parents could take their child and their money elsewhere."
Leaders honor late Rep. Hastings as an outspoken fighter
Hastings died early this month at 84, two years after revealing he was battling pancreatic cancer. ADVERTISEMENTWith a photo of a beaming Hastings facing the mourners, lawmakers recalled his trademark colorful socks and ability to be charming yet direct. “He never let detractors or haters stop his purpose,” said former Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., now a White House adviser to President Joe Biden. Three years later, Hastings was elected to the House from a South Florida district and served until his death. “He championed the least among us, and he knew what it meant to overcome,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.
Opinion: U.S. has not proven genocide charges against China
”This year’s State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (HRP) follows Pompeo in accusing China of genocide in Xinjiang. Much of the report deals with issues such as freedom of expression, refugee protection, and free elections, which have scant bearing on the genocide charge. Gross violation of human rightsSo, what else might constitute evidence of genocide in China? The genocide charge is being fueled by “studies” such as the Newlines Institute report that recently made global headlines. This commentary was published with permission of Project Syndicate—The Xinjiang Genocide Allegations Are Unjustified.
Indonesian military says submarine with 53 aboard disappeared near Bali
Indeed, on Tuesday, before and after the verdict, those opposed to abolition taunted its proponents who welcomed Chauvin’s indictment. The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, ever detached from reality, thanked George Floyd for his “sacrifice” in the pursuit of justice. Not even the state’s ultimate attack dogs, the police, who see more of themselves in an American like the Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse than George Floyd. George Floyd exemplified Mbembe’s concept well before his death. Which means I agree with the president on one thing: George Floyd should be alive today.
Republicans’ outrage over Maxine Waters: Pot, meet kettle
The blaring, all-caps headline at the top of the Fox News website Tuesday morning said it all: “DISRESPECT FOR JUSTICE: Rep. You’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”Fox devoted no fewer than eight more top stories to the topic. If you didn’t know better, you’d think it was Waters on trial in Minnesota, given how prominently she figures into Fox’s coverage of the case. The online ink spilled over at Fox was matched by equal outrage and attention in Republican political corners. In addition to defending Trump’s incitement, the right has preemptively staked out its own ground in the Chauvin case.
Chauvin verdict a sign of ‘a more perfect union’ | Letters to the editor
The Chauvin guilty verdict on all counts was another sign of America’s progress toward that perfect union. Yet another step towards the light and away from the past four years of evil darkness. Now, under the guidance and leadership of President Joe Biden’s Democratic administration that “we the people” voted for, we are seeing our ingrained constitutional laws and values being honored. To see the police all testify truthfully, and a jury of Chauvin’s peers find him guilty on all counts, should be celebrated by all Americans.
DOCUMENTS: Read the indictments of Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie and school attorney Barbara Myrick
Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested April 21, 2021, and charged with perjury in an official proceeding. District General Counsel Barbara Myrick was indicted on a charge of unlawful disclosure of statewide grand jury proceedings, also a third-degree felony.
Dems push $25B to electrify school buses, a Biden priority
School buses make up 90% of the nation’s total bus fleet and typically carry nearly 25 million children each day. ADVERTISEMENTThe bill introduced Wednesday would authorize federal grant money over 10 years, with 40% of it devoted to replacing school buses that serve mostly nonwhite, poorer communities. It would cover the expense of purchasing electric school buses, building charging stations and providing workforce training. The legislation also directs the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct outreach to help school districts with the transition. On Monday, Harris visited a North Carolina bus manufacturing plant and urged $20 billion in investments to help convert the nation’s 500,000 school buses to electric.
Colby Cosh: Quebec's Bill 21 takes a hit in court, but is not down for the count
Yet until Quebec’s Bill 21 passed in 2019, provincial legislatures had resorted fully to it just twice. This law explicitly contradicts core charter rights, the Quebec legislature has said, and no court can do anything about it. Try refreshing your browser, or Colby Cosh: Quebec's Bill 21 takes a hit in court, but is not down for the count Back to video The Superior Court of Quebec ruled on a multi-pronged challenge to Bill 21 Tuesday, and the judge, Marc-André Blanchard, suspended the application of the law to English-language schools in Quebec. (Bill 21 certainly had a disproportional practical effect on women, who found themselves excluded from public service careers because of obligations to wear a hijab, niqab or chador.) In general the judge accepted the basic impenetrability of the (more famous) notwithstanding clause.
Marijuana Policy Project's Steven Hawkins on the next step for legalization, and why decriminalizing weed isn't enough.
Tell me exactly what the SAFE Banking Act does and why it’s so important for the industry right now. But for the small equity applicant who’s won a license, who’s trying to run a small cannabis business, they have been crippled. What else is left on its to-do list, beyond straight-up federal legalization? What is the difference between decriminalization, in your view, and full-on federal legalization? AdvertisementSo what you’re telling me is that the fate of legalization right now rests on the shoulders of Lisa Murkowski and Steve Daines.
Biden’s mammoth education agenda would expand the federal role from cradle to college
“These are truly unprecedented investments in education,” said Sarah Abernathy, executive director of the Committee for Education Funding. It includes additional money for community schools, students with disabilities and school counselors. A $200 billion pre-K plan, along with tuition-free community college and $225 billion for child care, is expected this month as part of a package the White House calls the American Families Plan. GOP governors in Tennessee and Maryland, for instance, have backed programs to make community college more accessible. Murray, of the United Negro College Fund, said the education proposals show Biden’s commitment to communities that helped usher him into the White House.
Faith leaders hope verdict lifts justice work
Faith leaders hope verdict lifts justice workFaith leaders in Minnesota and across the U.S. hope their advocacy work for racial justice will gain momentum from the guilty verdict rendered against Derek Chauvin the former police officer convicted of killing George Floyd.
In Vermont, Isolating Inmates Kept Covid at Bay, but at a Price
For weeks at a time, John Sughrue and other Vermont prison inmates were locked in 8½-by-10-foot cells in near-total isolation. It was not punishment for anything they had done or for any trouble at the prisons. While precautionary lockdowns — which prohibit almost all inmate movement — have been common across the country throughout the pandemic, Vermont took more extensive precautions in its prisons than other states did. And its strategy worked: Relatively few of its inmates have tested positive, and Vermont is the only state where not a single inmate has died from Covid-19. But those measures have also taken a heavy toll on many inmates’ mental health, and driven some to psychological despair.
NYC school leaders react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict
The leaders of the city’s public schools and largest charter network both weighed in on the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict with passionate statements about how there is still a long way to go to reach systemic equality. Department of Education Chancellor Meisha Ross-Porter issued a personal commentary Tuesday night after the murder conviction of former Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin. “I felt pain and rage, deep in my bones,” she said of her initial reaction to George Floyd’s death. Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz issued a statement on the Derek Chauvin verdict. People react after the verdict was read in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis.
Lawmakers lobby to bring home big bucks as Congress wrangles over $2 trillion infrastructure plan
The scramble for federal cash may prove to be a blessing and a curse for Biden and his congressional allies. But federal funds aren’t unlimited, and lawmakers risk overestimating the public’s tolerance for this sort of wheeling and dealing. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisement“There has been a pent up desire for infrastructure,” said Democratic Rep. John Larson (Conn.). Congress must adopt the measure before an October deadline, positioning DeFazio’s measure as a potential vehicle for broader, economy-wide infrastructure reforms. In the meantime, other lawmakers have continued to pound the pavement in search of infrastructure funding.
Opinion : Philonise Floyd: For my brother George Floyd, this is what justice feels like
For the past two weeks, I have watched my brother George Floyd die over and over, thousands of times. Those good people who were there with George at the end, when we were not, are also now part of our family. They put their lives on the line, marching amid a pandemic, and told us they hoped we would get justice. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementMy brother told us a long time ago that his name would be all over the world. Now, it’s time for the U.S. Senate to do its part and pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and begin the work of transforming policing in the United States.
Opinion : The Chauvin verdict opens up a world of possibilities. Will we squander them?
Other reform ideas include a stricter national use-of-force standard, enforced with federal funding mechanisms, and the designation of choke holds as federal civil rights violations. Story continues below advertisement“The brutal behavior of the police shocked the conscience of the country,” Mann told me. Soon after Birmingham, of course, came the Civil Rights Act, Lyndon B. Johnson’s “We shall overcome” speech and the Voting Rights Act. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisement“People understandably had a sense that the road was flat and smooth going forward,” Mann told me. “People do get their hopes up at moments like this, but it’s front-page news because it’s so unusual,” Mann told me.
Opinion : Mondale’s landslide loss to Reagan was a rare burst of national consensus
AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementBut might there be threads running through these great modern expressions of national consensus? Maybe one could argue that the American public switched in that short time from the principles of John Kenneth Galbraith to the principles of Friedrich Hayek. Roosevelt, Nixon and Reagan all were running for reelection. Roosevelt and Reagan were among the best in those categories; Johnson and Nixon, mediocre at best. Despite the forces driving the American public apart, there may remain a significant consensus in favor of ordered freedom.
Holding the line against Russia in Ukraine
Make no mistake: Russian aggression threatens not only Ukraine but also other democracies in our region. President Zelensky created the "Servant of the People" party to deliver change that Ukrainians have demanded, but which for too long has failed to materialize. US legislation like the recently re-introduced Ukraine Security Partnership Act would help ensure that Ukraine can defend itself over time -- and demonstrate to Russia that our nation continues to enjoy overwhelming bipartisan support from Washington. Like many in Ukraine, I have only a distant memory of life under Soviet control. Growing up in a newly-liberated country, my generation -- including President Zelensky -- looked to the West for inspiration and opportunity.
Opinion: What I learned convicting a police officer of murder
Jared Fishman is a former federal civil rights prosecutor and the founder and executive director of Justice Innovation Lab . Tuesday's jury verdict -- that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin committed murder -- makes it clear that the life of George Floyd, another unarmed Black man, mattered. I left the Justice Department in 2020 to launch Justice Innovation Lab because I realized that winning criminal cases -- while necessary -- is not sufficient to create the change we need. Justice Innovation Lab is a non-profit initiative that designs data-driven tools to create a more equitable, effective and fair criminal justice system. Justice Innovation Lab is currently working with her office on improving prosecutorial screening to dismiss and divert more cases out of the criminal system and to reduce racial disparities in charging and incarceration.
Justice Department opens broad probe of Minneapolis police
“I know such wounds have deep roots and that too many communities have experienced those wounds first-hand.”Under President Donald Trump, the Justice Department announced only one pattern-and-practice probe of a police department: an inquiry into policing in Springfield, Mass. Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department opened about two dozen pattern-or-practice investigations. The Department of Justice will be unwavering in its pursuit of equal justice under law,” Garland added. “We undertake this task with determination and urgency, knowing that change cannot wait.”The pattern-or-practice probe will be separate from a criminal investigation into Floyd’s death that the Justice Department launched last year, Garland said. Garland’s announcement indicated that Justice Department officials have done some preliminary work to assess potential deficiencies with Minneapolis police.
Actors Benicio Del Toro, Zoe Saldana debunk Covid-19 vaccine misconceptions among Latinos
But he saw “a light at the end of the tunnel” in December when the Covid-19 vaccine rollout began across the nation. Several weeks later, his brother opened up to Del Toro about his concerns regarding low vaccination rates in Latino communities. “When I asked him why, he said that one of the reasons was lack of truthful information and lack of outreach,” Del Toro said. That’s when the Puerto Rican actor decided to partner with the actor Zoe Saldana to create a bilingual campaign to combat Covid-19 vaccine misinformation in an effort to encourage more Latinos to get vaccinated. So in my mind, bottom line is: They're equal," Dr. Gustavo Del Toro said when his brother and Saldana asked which Covid-19 vaccine is better.
Faith leaders hope Chauvin verdict lifts racial justice work
Faith leaders in Minnesota and across the United States expressed hope that their advocacy work for racial justice will gain momentum from the guilty verdict rendered against Derek Chauvin, the former police officer convicted of killing George Floyd. “It’s very encouraging for our overall work around racial justice to see the system, in this case, work,” said the Rev. “I’m happy about what has taken place and the verdict — but I know there’s tons of work that needs to be done. W. Seth Martin, the Black pastor of Brook Community Church in Minneapolis, said the verdict would reinforce the solidarity of his multiracial congregation. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign and a prominent racial justice advocate, agreed with others that there is still work to be done.
Lawmakers move closer to letting child sex abuse victims sue
The vote, 11-3, in the Senate Judiciary Committee comes after years of damning investigations into child sexual abuse by clergy in Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses and signals that the legislation may have enough Republican support to pass the full state Senate. Many childhood victims of sexual assault lost the right to sue in Pennsylvania when they turned 18 or were young adults, depending on state law at the time. ADVERTISEMENTUnder the legislation, they would have two years to sue over their alleged abuse, no matter how long ago it occurred. For years , Senate Republicans have blocked such legislation, arguing that it is unconstitutional. Rather, they have backed a move to change the constitution to restore the right to sue.
Lawyer Reveals What Derek Chauvin Wrote On His Hand Before Conviction
Scientists say the world is severely lagging in tackling the climate crisis and its heatwaves, storms and floods, with planet-heating emissions set to roar back following a dip due to coronavirus shutdowns. Much will hinge upon cooperation between China, the world’s worst producer of planet-heating emissions, and the US, historically the worst polluter. The compact is broadly seen as encouraging but comes amid US-China tensions on issues including human rights and trade. Scientists and lawmakers are pressing for specific curbs on methane, a potent greenhouse gas released during oil and gas drilling. “If America fails to lead the world on addressing the climate crisis, we won’t have much of a world left,” said Blinken.
Opinion: Nancy Pelosi’s gratitude, and the problem with Black martyrdom
“Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice,” she said. AdvertisementHer phrasing sat somewhere between awkward and offensive, but it’s clear that Pelosi did not mean to thank George Floyd for being murdered. Still — inadvertently — she underscored the fact that Black martyrdom has been an all-too-real phenomenon throughout America’s troubled history. The roster of Black martyrdom to the cause of civil rights and racial equality — just since the 1950s — is staggering: Emmett Till. Yes, we must remember our martyrs, but the only true path forward is to achieve justice — the justice that our martyrs were denied.
Civil rights pioneer left Anoka, Hamline to make her mark
On a train to Mississippi in 1922, Anna Arnold Hedgeman first faced overt racism as jarring as the rumbling of the rails. An English major at Hamline, Hedgeman was inspired to become a teacher after hearing a speech at school by educator and civil rights giant W.E.B. Two marches had been planned for the nation's capital — King's march for a civil rights bill in July and a massive jobs rally planned by activist A. Philip Randolph for October. "It occurred to me … that there would be a division of forces, dissipating the impact so necessary for proper effect," wrote Hedgeman, who persuaded organizers to combine the events. Daisy Bates, an Arkansas civil rights leader, eventually made brief remarks on that historic day.
Is Arizona now home to the racist white 'replacement theory'?
Should a group of politicians be considered racists or bigots if the policies they push and the actions they take make avowed racists and bigot really, really happy? In the meantime, know this:The policies being pushed and the actions being taken by the Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey would have racists dancing in their white robes and pointy little party hats. The bottom line is that political maneuvering like this plays right into the hands of those promoting the irrationally hateful and anti-American white “replacement theory.”Does that make Arizona’s GOP racist? Besides, shouldn’t it be bad enough to know that racists really love what Republicans are doing?
Letters: Urban laws threaten cattlemen (4
What do people who live in the city know about wolves? What do the people who live in the city know about the cattle business? Social media allows us to criticize, bully, and spew hate and violent speech while hiding behind a username with no accountability. Social media further isolates us and breaks down our community and social structure. You can limit the Second Amendment but with that, part of the solution is the need to limit our First Amendment right to free speech.
Feldman: It’s too soon to call the Derek Chauvin verdict a turning point
The jury that convicted Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd got it right. The temptation to treat a jury verdict in a big case as symbolic stems, I think, from our powerful human tendency to use individual stories as metaphors in order to make sense of the world around us. The jury was not asked to determine that Chauvin murdered Floyd because of racism, whether conscious or unconscious. The upshot is that we cannot know if the guilty verdict for the murder of George Floyd signifies an inflection point in the trajectory of racial justice. A jury verdict can send a message, or try to do so, but a jury has no power to fundamentally change the system.
Broward County’s Lauren Book elected to lead Florida Senate Democrats
“I believe that through effective consensus building, Senate Democrats can be powerfully pragmatic without compromising our principles, and there is no doubt the people of Florida deserve that much from their elected leaders,” the Plantation resident said in a prepared statement.
It's too soon to call the Derek Chauvin verdict a turning point
The jury that convicted Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd got it right. The temptation to treat a jury verdict in a big case as symbolic stems, I think, from our powerful human tendency to use individual stories as metaphors in order to make sense of the world around us. The jury was not asked to determine that Chauvin murdered Floyd because of racism, whether conscious or unconscious. The upshot is that we cannot know if the guilty verdict for the murder of George Floyd signifies an inflection point in the trajectory of racial justice. A jury verdict can send a message, or try to do so, but a jury has no power to fundamentally change the system.
Gov. Mike DeWine gives 2 p.m. update on COVID-19 vaccine rollout as uptake slows
Mike DeWine will give an update on the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout Wednesday as the rate of Ohioans getting the vaccine slows. Ohio has distributed fewer vaccines in recent weeks as the state paused the use of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine amid rare cases of blood clots. For example, Ohio reported distributing more than 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses on March 31 compared to 28,000 reported Tuesday. To date, 37.8% of Ohioans have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 27% of the state's population was fully vaccinated, according to Ohio Department of Health data. The jury members listened to both sides, weighed the evidence, and came to this verdict," DeWine said in a statement about the verdict.
I was a Boston police officer for 27 years. I know how Derek Chauvin became a murderer
I know this because I was a city of Boston police officer for 27 years. The police in the United States are socialized and enculturated to believe that any and all commands of a police officer — what the police term “lawful” commands — must be obeyed, complied with, and venerated. In the eyes of the police — not just in Minneapolis, but throughout the United States — George Floyd failed to defer to the police in the rightful way. When Derek Chauvin elected to use force to subdue George Floyd, he was ensuring police dominance and control of a situation in ways that were not only demonstrative but performative. There is, however, cause for hope (absent optimism) that incremental changemay be underway, and that the nascent movement to reimagine the role of the police in the United States.
State Department Lawyers Concluded Insufficient Evidence to Prove Genocide in China
A State Department review during the final weeks of the Trump administration of China’s conduct in Xinjiang pitted the department’s lawyers against advocates of a genocide determination. Critics of the State Department’s legal stance have argued that it has focused too heavily on the first category, mass killing, and not enough on the other categories. Since the Cold War, the State Department has claimed genocide occurred in at least five cases. The Biden team during the campaign reached the conclusion that China had carried out genocide several months before Pompeo’s declaration. “I know the State Department is reviewing that as we speak,” she said, before later aligning her position with Blinken’s.
Opinion : The Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause is costing American lives
Just eight people out of roughly 7.4 million who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have developed a blood-clot complication. There are no stockpiles of extra doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines sitting on refrigerated shelves in warehouses waiting to replace all the Johnson & Johnson doses the government has withheld. Many of those who have had their Johnson & Johnson vaccination appointments canceled are in vulnerable populations — including the homeless, migrant workers, residents of remote rural areas and those who are vaccine hesitant — who were more likely to be reached by the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that requires just one dose and no special storage. By contrast, 0.000001 percent of people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have developed clots. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementWithholding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will not only kill people who want to get immunized but can’t; it will also kill people by causing more vaccine hesitancy.
Garland announces Justice Dept. probe into Minneapolis Police Department
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Opinion : Two stats show why Republicans are so fixated on suppressing the vote
The second statistic behind the Republicans’ collective panic attack has to do with their solid core of supporters: White evangelical Christians. The two major trends driving the drop in church membership — more adults with no religious preference and falling rates of church membership among people who do have a religion — are apparent in each of the generations over time. Sure, deep-red states will still vote for Republicans — until they reach a demographic tipping point, as Georgia did in 2020. Republicans, in essence, are trying to eke out as many election cycles as they can with its shrinking base. Deathly afraid of alienating the most rabid MAGA supporters, they continue to stoke racial resentment, fear of immigrants and bizarro conspiracy theories — all of which push away non-Whites, women, college-educated voters and younger voters.
Legislators: Add four justices to the Supreme Court (Opinion)
And in its pursuit, the GOP has come to rely increasingly on the United States Supreme Court to do its dirty work. This Supreme Court has the ability to repeal our reproductive and marriage rights . Our legislation is simple: it adds four justices to the Supreme Court. Join us on Twitter and FacebookExpanding to 13 justices would undo the Republican court packing of the last five years. Unless we expand the Supreme Court and end minority rule, that democracy will remain out of reach.
Putin and Biden are circling each other warily (opinion)
The President is making plain those Russian actions that the US sees as unacceptable. If well handled, it would help Biden make clear to Putin what behavior will carry the most severe consequences and let him gauge the Russian leader's responses. Biden has spoken up for Navalny , the Putin critic languishing in a Russian jail. On Afghanistan, Biden has just announced a US troop withdrawal, and Putin is undoubtedly happy with the decision. Biden had vowed that Putin would "pay a price," for his actions and is following through.
Justice Department launches investigation into Minneapolis policing practices
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday that the Department of Justice is launching an investigation into Minneapolis’ policing policies. The department is opening a civil investigation "to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing," he said. "The investigation I am announcing today will assess whether the Minneapolis Police Department, engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force, including during protests," Garland said. If the Justice Department finds reasonable cause to believe there's a pattern or practice of unlawful policing, it will issue a public report of its findings. The Justice Department could also bring a civil lawsuit, asking a federal court to order the police department to change its practices, he said.
What left this ‘footprint’ in rock on the Appalachian Trail? It’s not what it seems
As a scholar of the Hebrew Bible, I understand that famines in biblical times were interpreted as more than mere natural occurrences. When the heavens don’t open Underlying the texts about famine in the Hebrew Bible was the constant threat and recurring reality of famine in ancient Israel. Neither the Exodus nor King David – the central story and the main character of the Hebrew Bible – would exist without famine. And with that movement, in the ancient world as today, comes vulnerability. Famine was a constant threat and a very real part of life for the ancient Israelite world that produced the Hebrew Bible.
The Death of George Floyd Reignited a Movement. What Happens Now?
People hug at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, after the jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd. Floyd’s death, most Americans agreed early last summer, was part of a broader pattern — not an isolated episode. Even as the outcry over Floyd’s death has raised awareness of it, other trends tied to the pandemic have only exacerbated that inequality. White Americans unfamiliar with the concept of structural racism drove books on the topic to the top of bestseller lists. George Floyd’s death created a new energy around making changes, though it’s not clear how lasting they will be,” said Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change.
Read the full statement from former Boston police commissioner Paul Evans calling for the release of full internal affairs file on patrolman Patrick Rose
Former Boston police commissioner Paul F. Evans called on the city to release the full internal affairs file for patrolman Patrick Rose, the former union chief now accused of molesting six children . AdvertisementRead the full statement below:We express our deep disappointment with the Corporation Counsel’s memo and accompanying press release from Boston City Hall regarding the Boston Police Departments efforts against Officer Rose in the 1990s. ? The Boston Police Department Internal Affairs Division sustained a complaint against Officer Rose which was approved through the chain of command, including the Police Commissioner. ? The sustained allegations were referred to the Department’s Office of the Legal Advisor for a Boston Police Department Disciplinary Hearing. ? The failure to go before a Disciplinary Hearing prevented the Boston Police Department from taking disciplinary actions against Officer Rose.
Two Dallas art exhibitions humanize immigration controversies
His status as an outsider, detached from current border controversies, gives him — and us — fresh perspectives. Liu Xiaodong, Tom, his Family, and his Friends, 2020, Oil on canvas at the exhibition Liu Xiaodong: Borders at Dallas Contemporary. But what mostly grabs our attention are faces — faces lined, frowning and sweat-drenched from hard work. “Arely Morales: Paintings” runs through May 8. Scott Cantrell was staff classical music critic of The News for 16 years, sometimes also writing about art and architecture.
Stephen Colbert says ‘There is more work to be done’ after Derek Chauvin guilty verdict
“America still has a problem of over-policing and systemic racism, but hopefully this is a step toward a future where police being held accountable for their actions isn’t headline material, and a hope that accountability today is deterrent for tomorrow,” Colbert said. “Today is one stop on a journey that began last May and led to protests calling for that accountability in every town and every city in America. But this is just one stop. There is more work to be done, and it’s work that all of us should be committed to. Because as Ben Crump, the Floyd family lawyer, reminded us today: Justice for Black America is justice for all America.”
Republican legislators in states from Florida to Iowa are creating harsher penalties for protesters
But while Democrats seized on Floyd’s death last May to highlight racism in policing and other forms of social injustice, Republicans responded to a summer of protests by proposing a raft of punitive new measures governing the right to lawfully assemble. GOP lawmakers in 34 states have introduced 81 anti-protest bills during the 2021 legislative session — more than twice as many proposals as in any other year, according to Elly Page, a senior legal adviser at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, which tracks legislation limiting the right to protest.
DOJ launches inquiry into Minneapolis police operations, a day after Chauvin guilty verdicts
The Justice Department is launching a federal civil rights inquiry into Minneapolis police operations, a day after former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in the murder of George Floyd. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the review Wednesday, reviving a Justice strategy used to hold local police agencies to account for engaging in a pattern of troubling conduct. "Yesterday's verdict does not address potentially systemic police issues in Minneapolis," Garland said. Justice Department intervention in local policing matters was largely stalled during the Trump administration, but Garland reversed that policy last week signaling that the Biden administration intends to more aggressively investigate police departments accused of civil rights violations amid deepening distrust of law enforcement. The move came in the final days of Chauvin’s trial in Minneapolis and following multiple fatal shootings involving police.
Ferriabough Bolling: After the verdict, the real work of change begins
George Floyd was murdered, and we’ve seen his final, agonizing moments caught on camera for nearly a year. During jury deliberations, I wondered with some trepidation if the jury might view fellow police officers testifying against Chauvin as punishment enough. I think of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago, who complied with police and was still shot to death with his hands raised. But even with the relief brought about by the verdict, the work before us is far from done. And much more than the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act — if it happens.
Businesses scramble for help as job openings go unfilled
Stern has had to turn business away, and so have the owners of seven Let Mommy Sleep franchises around the country. Revenue is down 30% at Filter King, based in Miami. “The unemployment benefits continue and it’s hard to get people off the couch and into the warehouse,” Jacob says. But even when people are willing to work, Filter King is at a disadvantage compared to companies that can pay more, Jacob says. They have 30 staffers and need another 10; the Tsonises and their office staffers have to fill in at the factory.
Jesse Kline: Chrystia Freeland's budget tries to paper over failed COVID response
Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. It’s no coincidence that this is the first federal budget in two years: the government clearly spent most of last year flying by the seat of its pants. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. More On This Topic Danielle Kubes: Universal daycare bad for women, children and the economy John Ivison: A federal budget for you? Shopping essentials Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Can Democrats Make Peace With Their Favorite Trump-Era Villain?
But to others, the most surprising aspect about the strategic plan was that it wasn’t worse. Unlike two of his recent predecessors, DeJoy is recommitting the Postal Service to six-day mail delivery and seven days for packages. Democrats began gunning for him almost from the moment he started last June, and he remains a popular fundraising tool for the party. “Louis DeJoy is destroying [the Postal Service] and Biden can’t fire him,” read one money-seeking email sent Monday by a senior House leader. Of those Democrats who were, more than eight in 10 viewed him negatively.
The Chauvin verdict links back to George Floyd protests. So lawmakers are cracking down.
On Tuesday, a jury in Minnesota found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges in the death of George Floyd: second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The fact that Chauvin will probably be going to jail may provide some solace to Floyd’s family. The fact that Chauvin will probably be going to jail may provide some solace to Floyd's family. Since the 2020 election, state after state has considered laws that would suppress voting rights — 361 and counting — especially in Black and brown communities. One only has to look at the difference between the George Floyd protests and the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol to see how protesters of different backgrounds are treated.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announces an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.
The Justice Department is opening a broad investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced on Wednesday, a day after the former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd in a rare rebuke of police violence. “The investigation I am announcing today will assess whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force including during protests,” Mr. Garland said in brief remarks at the Justice Department. So-called pattern-or-practice investigations are often the precursors to consent decrees, court-approved deals between the Justice Department and local governments that create and enforce a road map for training and operational changes. Mr. Garland’s announcement came a day after the conviction of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin. Gruesome video of Mr. Chauvin kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes last year sparked protests across the nation.
Opinion : Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is a terrible risk
These are the aims that Biden proposes to abandon, or weaken, by his total withdrawal. Losing a forward base in a volatile region is likely to be costly to the United States, since it is difficult to strike from a longer distance without the benefit of local intelligence. The Afghan government would prefer the United States to stay. Our NATO allies would prefer the United States to stay. They fear the fall of Kabul, the repression of women, the destabilizing flow of refugees and the systematic murder of Afghans who sided with the United States.
Opinion : Three guilty verdicts against Chauvin are the first, absolutely necessary step forward
Murder is murder. Story continues below advertisementThe import of the Chauvin verdict should not be underestimated, but it will not by itself transform the relationship between police officers and Black Americans. Several other police officers also testified about the “unnecessary” force that Chauvin had exerted against the handcuffed, begging Floyd. AdvertisementIt’s possible to see the verdict as the product of the awakening that took hold across the country in the wake of Floyd’s murder. Outrage over Floyd’s brutal death, Ellison said Tuesday, “sparked a worldwide movement.” The jury’s verdict showed that change is possible.
Nikki Haley fails the Trump test (opinion)
Jill Filipovic is a journalist based in New York and author of the book "OK Boomer, Let's Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind." (CNN) It's always bad when politicians, faced with a serious moral dilemma, put self-interest ahead of public service. Haley is a prominent star in the GOP, and was widely assumed to be running in the next presidential race. There are several reasons why -- other evidence to the contrary -- cowardice should disqualify a candidate from a shot at leading the nation. Americans deserve leaders who will put the public interest first, and who believe they are the best possible person for the job and are willing to fight for it.
Opinion: There will be no graceful exit from the Covid-19 pandemic
Barry Pavel is an Atlantic Council senior vice president and director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. He served for almost 18 years in a wide range of senior positions in the Defense Department. He was the special assistant to the president and senior director for defense policy and strategy on the National Security Council during the Bush and Obama administrations. We also face the dire possibility that Covid-19 will become an endemic disease, like the cold or flu. In this scenario, the protection of the rest of the world's population against the coronavirus will remain a big challenge.
Opinion: Walter Mondale was much funnier than his stoic image
He was the White House press secretary from 1998 to 2000 in President Bill Clinton's administration. (CNN) America lost a great man on Monday with the passing of former Vice President Walter Mondale. When I was 23, I was hired as a press secretary for his 1984 presidential campaign and got to see a side of him that was different from his public image as the stoic Norwegian. He cherished the time with his wife, Joan, and the kids (I've never seen a man who enjoyed his kids more). One afternoon, I went over to the house where they were staying and he seemed a little agitated.
Bernie Sanders: We need to fix America. That cost shouldn't fall on the middle class or poor
Bernie Sanders, an independent, is a United States senator from Vermont. The United States of America faces several enormous structural crises that we must address. We need to fund infrastructure projects and build affordable housing while transitioning our energy system away from fossil fuels toward energy efficiency and renewable energy. But paying to fix these problems should not fall on the shoulders of working Americans who already pay the bulk of this nation's taxes. The good news is that we are living in the wealthiest country in the history of the world.
Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania
Editorial: Pa. is finally upgrading its unemployment system, but claimants will have to do without during the processPennsylvania is embarking on an overdue update to the state unemployment system, an update that officials say will modernize the website and streamline applicants’ experiences with the system. On Thursday, Biden called gun violence an “epidemic” and “international embarrassment” at a Rose Garden press conference where he discussed his administration’s action. Also last week, more than a dozen of Philadelphia’s top federal law enforcement officers announced a new initiative to address gun violence. The focused collaboration among law enforcement agencies, local and federal, is a welcome development. Hopefully, the spirit of the new collaboration and focus on gun violence will trickle down through the department and more resources will be dedicated toward gun violence, and not minor traffic stops.
Apple, Google and Coca-Cola among 400-plus companies backing Biden in 50% emissions cut as soon as 2030
Participants include Apple AAPL, -1.14% Alphabet’s Google GOOGL, -0.71% MicrosoftMSFT, WalmartWMT, UnileverUL, and Coca-Cola KO, +1.00% . “Many of us have set or are setting emissions reduction goals in line with climate science since the establishment of the Paris Agreement. While an effective national climate strategy will require all of us, you alone can set the course by swiftly establishing a bold U.S. 2030 target,” the letter said. “Tragically, these devastating climate impacts also disproportionately hit marginalized and low-income communities who are least able to withstand them. They called for a trans-Atlantic alliance for a “just and sustainable transition” toward a low-carbon economy, the Associated Press reported.
Apple, Google and Coca-Cola among 400-plus companies backing Biden in 50% emissions cut as soon as 2030
Participants include Apple AAPL, -1.07% Alphabet’s Google GOOGL, -0.76% MicrosoftMSFT, WalmartWMT, UnileverUL, and Coca-Cola KO, +0.96% . “Many of us have set or are setting emissions reduction goals in line with climate science since the establishment of the Paris Agreement. While an effective national climate strategy will require all of us, you alone can set the course by swiftly establishing a bold U.S. 2030 target,” the letter said. “Tragically, these devastating climate impacts also disproportionately hit marginalized and low-income communities who are least able to withstand them. They called for a trans-Atlantic alliance for a “just and sustainable transition” toward a low-carbon economy, the Associated Press reported.
Oxygen leak kills 22 in Indian hospital as coronavirus infections mount
I’m a conservative, but I began my career as an advocate of progressive pedagogy simply because I didn’t know anything else existed. So long as the university develops our teachers, influences our practices, and crafts educational materials, the faucet will run unchecked. To combat the progressivism in public schools, conservatives need to aim their focus at the university, not public schools or their teachers. Progressive education falls into two broad iterations. Critical pedagogy wasn’t a class or element of my teacher training; it was the foundation.
MLB behaving like a monopoly over GA voting law: GOP lawmaker
The GOP lawmaker's comments come on the heels of the MLB moving their All-Star Game out of Georgia, following a new voting law that many Democrats, including President Biden, claimed was comparable to Jim Crow. Look, I don't know what was the case with Major League Baseball. And, you know, when I first saw that Major League Baseball was doing this, I thought this is the behavior of a monopolist. And it certainly shouldn't have a farcical antitrust exemption to embolden it in taking ridiculous actions like this one. So I think it's utterly irresponsible for anyone from the president of the United States to anyone else calling this Jim Crow.
Essential Politics: Biden pledges to leave Afghanistan. It’s a withdrawal years in the making.
President Biden inherited it from President Trump, who inherited it from President Obama, who took it from President George W. Bush. Newsletter Get our Essential Politics newsletter The latest news, analysis and insights from our politics teams from Sacramento to D.C. Even as conflict continued between the Taliban and the Afghan government into May, the Trump administration remained committed to removing troops. Advertisement— Solar panels, wind turbines and electric cars will go far in helping California and the Biden administration meet their aggressive climate goals — but not far enough. — The Supreme Court is weighing whether immigrants granted temporary protected status can get green cards — and if the Biden administration will make that decision, David G. Savage reports.
Op-Ed: California law needs to catch up to sea level rise
And yet as massive a challenge as wildfire presents — especially as we face another drought year — a different climate crisis could rival it as a destroyer of the California dream: sea level rise. A businessman I know in San Francisco had to invest more than $200,000 to raise his bay-side parking lot because of sea level rise. The California Legislature has several sea level rise bills to address the current and future danger including Senate Bill 1, the Sea Level Rise Mitigation and Adaptation Act, and Assembly Bill 67, the Sea Level Rise Preparedness Act. SB 1 would direct the commission to incorporate the best projections about size and location of sea level rise into these programs. It would ensure that state agencies incorporate sea level rise estimates in the development of roads, ports, airports, water-treatment, desalination and power plants.
These Oak Cliff schools are adopting alternative calendars for the 2021-22 school year
Several Oak Cliff schools will use alternative calendars for the 2021-22 school year. Forty-one schools adopted an intersession calendar, where school starts Aug. 9 and ends June 23. Thornton Elementary SchoolJohn Neely Bryan Elementary SchoolJohn W. Carpenter Elementary SchoolWhitney M. Young Jr. Holland Elementary School and Boude Storey Middle School are among the five schools adopting a “School Day Redesign” calendar. Under this model, school starts Aug. 2 and ends June 23.
Celebration of life for the late Congressman Alcee Hastings this morning at U.S. Capitol
Harris said Hastings “welcomed me to the Congressional Black Caucus when I was still new to the Senate. He exuded the kind of warmth and good humor that not only put me at ease, but encouraged me to speak my mind.” (In 2019, he became the first elected official in Florida to endorse Harris for president. After Biden secured the presidential nomination, Hastings urged him to select her as his running mate.)
Opinion: Ease expungement of past crimes and help people gain second chances
However, we are united in supporting a bill in the Legislature that will make Oregon’s criminal record expungement system more just, efficient and equitable. “Expungement” – sealing official court records from public view, including convictions –is a powerful tool to help Oregon families. However, Oregon’s current expungement statute is not aligned with best practices. In fact, research shows that less than 6% of people eligible for expungement under Oregon’s current law actually seek it and successfully get their records cleared — evidence that Oregon’s current process is inaccessible for the vast majority of people. Senate Bill 397, now in the Ways and Means committee, aims to transform the system by expanding expungement opportunities.
Opinion: Breaking the cycle of mental health crisis and police violence
Shearn chairs the Oregon State Hospital advisory committee and is the mother of two adult Black men with severe mental illness. Of those killed by Portland Police since 2010 most seem to have been undergoing a mental health crisis. Solutions to reduce lethal use of force – primarily by reducing contact between police and people in mental health crisis – are well known by policymakers at the federal, state, county, city and public health insurer levels. People in mental health crisis are everyone’s business - ours and yours. Immediate shelter and voluntary sanctuary should be provided for all people in mental health crisis - and not with tents or temporary shacks.
Nolan Out Loud: Juries are always right
President Joe Biden said before the verdict was read in the trial of Derrick Chauvin that he was "praying for the right verdict." Juries always deliver the "right" verdict. The guilty verdicts in the Chauvin case aren't proof the American justice system worked. The system worked because Chauvin received the due process guaranteed him by the Constitution in a fair trial before a jury that took it's job seriously. Sign up for the Nolan Out Loud morning report at detroitnews.com/newsletter
Man killed by Worcester police responding to bomb threat
A man was killed by police in Worcester when he advanced on officers responding to a bomb threat, according to reports. “There was a lengthy attempt to de-escalate the situation, at which point the man advanced towards the police officers,” said Worcester DA Joseph D. Early Jr., according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Worcester police have scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference about the shooting, described as a bomb threat and subsequent officer-involved shooting. The bomb threat was called into police about 10:30 p.m. by a man on Grafton Street who said he had a bomb and a rifle. — Developing
George Floyd should be alive today
Indeed, on Tuesday, before and after the verdict, those opposed to abolition taunted its proponents who welcomed Chauvin’s indictment. The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, ever detached from reality, thanked George Floyd for his “sacrifice” in the pursuit of justice. Not even the state’s ultimate attack dogs, the police, who see more of themselves in an American like the Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse than George Floyd. George Floyd exemplified Mbembe’s concept well before his death. Which means I agree with the president on one thing: George Floyd should be alive today.
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges leaders at US climate summit ‘to leave no one behind’
Ban Ki-moon, the former secretary-general of the United Nations, has urged leaders set to attend President Biden’s virtual climate summit this week to “leave no one behind”. Mr Ban led efforts to sign the 2015 Paris climate agreement and now chairs the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. No nation or community is immune from the impact of climate change, but the vulnerable are feeling the effects first and worst. A key goal of both the US Leaders Summit on Climate and COP26 will be to catalyze efforts that keep that 1.5-degree goal within reach. The US Leaders Summit on Climate underscores the urgency of stronger climate action and helping vulnerable countries adapt to climate change.
Federal study calls for easing employment hurdles for former prison inmates
Share this Story: Federal study calls for easing employment hurdles for former prison inmatesFederal study calls for easing employment hurdles for former prison inmates The study says securing work is key to the successful reintegration of offenders and is associated with lower rates of reoffending Photo by Ian MacAlpine / The Kingston Whig-StandardArticle content A new federal study found that people released from prison were much more likely than the general population to have trouble finding gainful employment — even over a decade after returning to society. Try refreshing your browser, or Federal study calls for easing employment hurdles for former prison inmates Back to video The study says securing work following release is key to successful reintegration and is associated with lower rates of reoffending. Women released from a federal prison who had an income earned on average just under $10,000, substantially less than their male counterparts. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Shopping essentials Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Bernie Sanders wants a new $2.4 billion Wall-Street tax to pay for free college education in the US
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal have introduced a bill to make college education free. The bill proposes taxing Wall Street to raise $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years to fund education. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Wednesday introduced legislation that would tax Wall Street to pay for free college education for students. The bill proposes new taxes on Wall Street, including a 0.5% tax on stock trades, a 0.1% fee on bond trades, and a 0.005% fee on derivative transactions. It said this would raise $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years to help fund free education.
Sanders, Jayapal Plan Would Tax Wall Street Speculation to Fund Tuition-Free College
"The time is long overdue to make public colleges and universities tuition-free and debt-free for working families." "In the 21st century, a free public education system that goes from kindergarten through high school is no longer good enough. The time is long overdue to make public colleges and universities tuition-free and debt-free for working families." "The skyrocketing cost of college is preventing workers and our families from pursuing our dreams," said Nelson. "We have to reverse the divestment in higher education and shift the burden of cost away from individuals and families."
China purges school libraries of 'Western veneration'
The clear aim is to foster loyalty and devotion to Xi among the young ahead of the July 1 centennial of the Chinese Communist Party. So, a wide range of titles could be banned, especially ones conveying political, economic and cultural ideas from Western democracies and Japan. "It's become difficult to choose books for kids to read," an elementary school teacher in Anhui Province said. There are fears of tighter controls on school libraries spilling over to other libraries and bookstores. The Communist Party is holding more study sessions aimed at adult party members.
Republicans’ Draconian Voting Restrictions Could Blow Up in Their Faces
In the last several months, Republicans in dozens of states have engaged in a Machiavellian effort to curtail voting access. Voter behavior, at least since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, has proven notoriously hard to game. Much of the Republican effort has been focused on restricting absentee or mail-in voting, which broke sharply for Democrats in 2020. The 2020 tilt was almost certainly an artifact of the pandemic and of disparate voter-turnout strategies, where Democrats urged mail-in voting and Republicans—especially Donald Trump—pushed in-person. A Stanford University study on the effect absentee voting had on last year’s election suggests that greater adoption of mail-in voting affected how you vote, but not whether you vote.
Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on All Charges in George Floyd Murder
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all three counts of murder and manslaughter in the M a y 2020 killing of George Floyd, whose death touched off protests across the globe and a reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality in the United States. “I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration,” said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. Jackson, who was with Floyd's family as the verdict was read, described the mood after the conviction as one of "relief." "They know it's bigger than George," Jackson said. We can't stop here,” said President Joe Biden, who, along with Vice President Kamala Harris, spoke earlier by phone to the Floyd family.
Thank You, Walter Mondale, for Paving the Way for a Female VP
Skeptical voters would see what an effective woman candidate would accomplish. (The more traditional helpmate, Barbara Bush, the wife of Vice President George H.W. Writing about Ferraro shortly after her death, the longtime New York Times political reporter Joyce Purnick, spoke of the grudging respect she gave the vice presidential candidate. “I was dispatched to the campaign—like women from most major networks and publications—because editors sought women to capture the history of one of their own,” Mitchell wrote. So, yes, the Mondale-Ferraro ticket may have gone down in flames 36 years ago.
The World Reacts to Derek Chauvin’s Conviction for the Murder of George Floyd
Earlier this afternoon at a courthouse in Minneapolis, the three-week trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd finally reached its conclusion, with the jury convicting Chauvin on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The verdict does not resolve the systemic racism and police brutality that the killing highlighted, but given the global attention and groundswell of support behind Floyd and his family, it marked a step forward in holding its perpetrators to account. As well as sharing their hopes for how this verdict may help advance the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-racism initiatives more broadly, many also took the opportunity to send their condolences to Floyd’s family, for whom this verdict comes as a necessary move towards closure following his death almost a year ago. As many around the world were quick to note, this is just the beginning. Here, find the responses from political leaders, public figures, and activists from across the globe after today’s historic verdict was reached.
A Black-Owned Hemp Farm Flourishes in Hudson Valley
Fagon quickly reached out to his father, a second-generation farmer from Clarendon, Jamaica to inquire about the plant. As the wave of legalization of recreational cannabis and industrial hemp sweeps the nation, the economic potential of hemp as a cash crop is huge. For underserved and overpoliced Black and Brown communities, Fagon sees this as an opportunity to redress the balance. “Damian was really excited about the plant, how it could help the community,” says Linda Lin, Gullybean’s in house nutritionist. We couldn't stop talking to each other, so we realized that we needed to do this together."
A guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin is a beginning, not an ending
advertisement advertisementA person can get used to anything, after a while. advertisementadvertisementLast summer, after what is now legally George Floyd’s murder, Minneapolis stores remained boarded up for weeks as people’s rage simmered in the streets. Last week, during the trial of Floyd’s killer, former officer Derek Chauvin, police shot and killed Daunte Wright in nearby Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Chauvin’s guilty verdict is a positive result only in its absence of legal travesty. And it most certainly didn’t prevent 16-year old Ma’Khia Bryant from being shot by police in Columbus, Ohio just as the Chauvin verdict was delivered on Tuesday evening.
Reshaping Your Career in the Wake of the Pandemic
The pandemic has been an experiment like no other: a vehicle to understand what we need to thrive in our jobs. Now is a useful time to begin asking yourself how to take back control over your career. We’ve identified three key aspects of work that the pandemic has impacted and which — if you approach them thoughtfully and strategically — can help you reshape your career successfully for the future. That means, in many professions, it’s likely you’ll have far more freedom moving forward to shape, and maybe even control, the terms by which you’ll work. During the pandemic, many people have learned new things about their boss and the senior leadership of their company.
Make Sure Your Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Makes a Real, Lasting Impact
According to a new ebook from NIMBUS, “Connecting the Dots Between D&I and C-Suite Leaders,” creating a truly equitable organization requires concrete steps to actualize your values around diversity and inclusion. It acknowledges the challenges diversity and inclusion leaders face with navigating the complex waters of C-Suite leaders and is the handbook you need to drive meaningful change. The insights include:Diversity and inclusion is not a zero-sum game that requires a full revolution , it requires continuous evolution. The leadership table must have diversity beyond diversity of thought . Whether you’re just getting started on your diversity and inclusion journey or been at it for years, download the ebook for the insights you need to make sure your efforts make a real, lasting impact.
Innovative Work Cultures Know the Difference Between ‘Leader’ and ‘Manager’
Member Free 5 free articles per month, $6.95/article thereafter, free newsletter. Working with a wide range of organizations, I’ve come to see that overuse of the term leader often renders it nearly meaningless. To fuel this kind of leadership, it’s time for businesses to come together around a joint understanding of the term. When this kind of leadership is prized, the ripple effects spread throughout the organization. Through years of work with a wide range of businesses, I’ve come to see that it’s an essential part of building culture around purpose.
Lockdown and widowhood: Getting to the other side of grief during COVID-19
Sue DucatOpinion contributorOne year ago this week, my husband, Stan Cohen, died of COVID-19. Many who joined me were saying the same prayer for loved ones they had recently lost, so we were united in our collective grief. The personal ones turned out to be less challenging. On the other hand, the one-year anniversary of my husband's March 11 COVID-19 lockdown, proved to be among the year’s darkest days for me. She and Stan Cohen, who died on April 20, 2020, from COVID-19, had been married since 1988.
The predictable economic effects of climate change have started to appear
In that way, it’s a microcosm of the climate change fight itself. Because climate change was a sharply partisan issue, though, the Obama administration’s efforts to bolster the industry were met with acute opposition. The overlap between climate change and economic considerations was secondary to the points that could be scored in political campaigns and on cable news. unveiled the Green New Deal, a proposal that centered the economy in discussions about climate change. It recognized ways in which climate change and the need to tamp down on emissions would reshape the economy and offered guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations as that reshaping took place.
Editorial Roundup: Georgia
The City of Valdosta convened an ethics panel to consider complaints against Mayor Scott Matheson from multiple community groups. In a split decision, the ethics commission dismissed those complaints. The ethics commission should be completely independent of city government without any conflicts of interest. At the very least, an ethics commission should be ethical. Council member Eric Howard voted against this most recent ethics panel.
Opinion: Guaranteed income for children could define the midterm elections
Plus, for 2021 only, it bumps up the Child Tax Credit to $3,000—$3,600 for children under 6—from $2,000 and makes it “refundable”—parents don’t have to work to get it. And that appears to push down birthrates more than child benefits do to boost it. While guaranteed incomes for most children are not quite the same thing as guaranteed incomes for all Americans, it is very tough to separate such generous benefits for children from the realized income of their custodial adults. Effect on workProgressives are busy rolling out studies that purport to show guaranteed incomes have little significant effect on people working. Instead, it would make sense to replace the personal and corporate income tax with a 14% value-added tax and offer every child $4,000 a year.
Column: Ending homelessness on skid row won’t happen just because a judge orders it
And if skid row gets swept clean, where do you think all the people who live there now but aren’t ready or willing to move into temporary quarters, are going to end up? Carter, in his 110-page order, displays considerable understanding of how homelessness and skid row happened, and it wasn’t by accident. Now skid row is in his sights, but not in a way that seems to fit a thoughtful, overarching plan to address homelessness in the city. He’s also demanding that every woman and unaccompanied child on skid row be housed within 90 days, with a 120-day deadline for families and an Oct. 18 deadline for every current skid row resident to be either in housing or a shelter. I must admit that for years, I’ve been just as impatient and critical of local officials as Judge Carter.
Opinion: Don’t sabotage the engine of American ingenuity
It’s no surprise that most of the companies behind the most effective COVID-19 vaccines are American. In less than a year, the two companies produced COVID-19 vaccines with an extraordinary efficacy rate of 95%. America had some of the world’s greatest research universities. Between 1996 and 2017, more than 13,000 start-ups formed based on licensed university research. In the last 40 years, the ingenuity of American companies has transformed almost every aspect of our lives.
Your Turn: Revolutionizing distribution model of human services benefits all Oklahomans
Justin BrownGuest columnistIn just two months, I’ll celebrate my second year with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS). However, I think the initiative I am most proud is our work to truly revolutionize the distribution model of human services in our state. These partnerships exist in a myriad spaces — faith-based organizations, health departments, other social services agencies and nonprofits, police departments, etc. We are leaning into embedding workers in the community through other interventions like Community HOPE Centers, School-based Social Services, the Front Porch Initiative, just to name a few. Justin Brown is Oklahoma’s secretary for human services and the OKDHS director.
Your Views: On guns, incarceration and attracting aerospace jobs
Yet having an intelligent conversation with gun proponents is pretty difficult when they insist on showing up at the table… with guns. Guns, guns and more guns has been the National Rifle Association policy for decades, and their deadly fear-based campaigns have only made America more divided, confused and far less safe. Look no further than the racist undertones in non-stop NRA fear campaigns implying white people need guns to protect themselves. I owed over $60,000 dollars in CLEET penalty assessments, AFIS Administrative Fees, Sheriff Service Fees, court costs, and $8,000 in probation. Oklahoma faces serious competition in becoming a hub for defense and aerospace — especially from Arizona, Georgia and Texas — but is capable of succeeding.
Did you learn about the Tulsa Race Massacre in school? Take our survey as the 100-year anniversary nears.
OklahomanA hundred years ago, a white mob burned Tulsa's Greenwood District to the ground and killed dozens of civilians. The area, home to Black Wall Street, contained a thriving African American community and successful Black-owned businesses. Education of Black Wall Street and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre is widely known to have been inconsistent at best in Oklahoma. As the 100-year anniversary approaches, The Oklahoman created a survey centered on a simple question: Did you learn about the Tulsa Race Massacre in school? Support Nuria’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at oklahoman.com/subscribe.
Floyd verdict gives hope, if only fleeting, to Black America
“It’s important to bring her (to the square), so she can see what’s happening to our people, so that she can see what this country really is,” De La Cruz said. Black Americans have seen similar moments before. In recent years, they followed the convictions of the officers who killed Oscar Grant, Laquan McDonald and Walter Scott. And even as the Chauvin trial moved into its final days, the Twin Cities region and the nation were rocked by yet another police killing of an unarmed Black man. This time it was 20-year-old Daunte Wright, in Brooklyn Center, roughly 10 miles north of Minneapolis.
During Crime Victims' Rights Week, Kentuckians have something to celebrate
This is an all-too familiar refrain for victims of crime. We commemorate these experiences during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 18-24) as we take a moment to celebrate the progress achieved, raise awareness of victims’ rights and honor victims and the professionals who serve them. In Kentucky, our new normal ensures that victims can participate in our criminal justice system in meaningful ways, and that the rights of crime victims are implemented fairly and consistently for all. She is an educator and activist with more than a decade of experience teaching, researching and advocating on behalf of crime victims. Alex Otte is the National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a survivor and an advocate for victims of crime.
Chad president's death: Rivals reject Déby's son inheriting power
Déby was an army officer by training and a former head of the military who came to power in 1990 through an armed uprising - and faced numerous challenges and many coup plots in the years that followed.
Jinger Duggar, Jeremy Vuolo Recall Josh Duggar Scandal
Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo opened up exclusively to Us Weekly about their upcoming book, during which they don’t hold back about both the good and bad times. In 2015, the family was tested as Josh Duggar made headlines after multiple girls came forward and claimed he molested them when he was 14. Shortly after, he admitted publicly that he had cheated on his wife and went to rehab. Although it was an extremely difficult time for the family to go through, especially in public, Jinger and Vuolo, 33, see the silver lining. “Our family was way closer because of that, and in spite of that, I guess you’d say,” she told Us.
Referendum to scrap Tower Hamlets mayor post will be held next year
Referendum to scrap Tower Hamlets mayor post will be held next yearAdded: 17.04.2021 18:17 | 9 views | 0 commentsSource: www.cyriljackson.towerhamlets.sch.ukTower Hamlets is set to hold a vote on changing to the ‘leader and cabinet’ model in May More in www.standard.co.uk »
Ready for WAR: US chiefs issue terrifying nuclear conflict warning
Ready for WAR: US chiefs issue terrifying nuclear conflict warning - 'least bad option'Added: 20.04.2021 18:36 | 23 views | 0 commentsUS Strategic Command and Space Command are set to warn the world the "spectrum of conflict today" could rapidly lead to nuclear war.
www.theguardian.com: California: firefighters begin to turn tide but warn that 'mega-fire era' has arrived
www.theguardian.com: California: firefighters begin to turn tide but warn that 'mega-fire era' has arrivedAdded: 26.08.2020 0:57 | 16 views | 0 commentsSource: newsus.cgtn.comOfficials say progress was made against the the LNU Lightning Complex and the CZU Lightning Complex firesFirefighters caught a slight break in efforts to contain the barrage of wildfire that has burned more than 1.2m acres across California, displacing tens of thousands amid the coronavirus pandemic. The dry lightning and winds that forecasters warned could stoke the blazes and spark more were less severe than expected, allowing crews – aided by reinforcements from neighboring states – to make progress in containing the fires. The blazes have killed seven and scorched more than 1,200 homes and other buildings. The blazes have killed seven and scorched more than 1,200 homes and other buildings. More in www.theguardian.com » California, USA, SPA Tags: Fire
Top military official warns China and Russia are modernizing nuclear weapons faster than US
Added: 20.04.2021 22:15 | 22 views | 0 commentsThe top US military official who runs the American nuclear arsenal warned that China and Russia are modernizing their nuclear weapons and capabilities faster than the US, saying during a congressional hearing on Tuesday that if it does not start investing nuclear defense and infrastructure, the US will be "at risk of losing credibility in the eyes of our adversaries."
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 Fears
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 FearsAdded: 20.08.2020 10:27 | 19 views | 0 commentsJoe Biden criticized President Trump’s virus response and outlined a strategy to fight the pandemic. Overburdened health care specialists are finding themselves on the front lines as schools reopen.
The Value Gap: Floyd family attorney Ben Crump says Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction is ‘painfully earned justice’ — here’s what gave him hope months earlier
The Value Gap: Floyd family attorney Ben Crump says Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction is ‘painfully earned justice’ — here’s what gave him hope months earlier
Democracy Depends on Dialogue: Please Support RCF
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Chauvin May Be Guilty, but This Will Drag On in Appeal
Chauvin May Be Guilty, but This Will Drag On in AppealAdded: 21.04.2021 3:30 | 14 views | 0 commentsRemember when the Left used to go ballistic over President Trump's propensity to lob rhetorical bombs into pending investigations and prosecutions?
Democrats' No. 1 Target for 2022
Added: 20.04.2021 19:49 | 18 views | 0 commentsIf Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin seeks reelection, the race could be a key test of Trumpism's viability in a swing state.
Why actress Jasika Nicole stopped doing cop shows (Op-ed)
Actress Jasika Nicole (Punky Brewster, The Good Doctor, Fringe) explains why she's made the decision to no longer appear on cop shows, and what Hollywood needs to do differently to address racism and power. I want straight white people to stop relying on a false sense of superiority to stake their success on. The devastating and unending loss of Black, brown, and indigenous life at the hands of our "protectors" is not occasional. The uncovering of alleged gangs in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department wreaking deliberate, murderous havoc on communities of color is not occasional. This is where my power, where all of our power lies — in naming ourselves and naming our futures.
Climate-Change-Related Lawsuit Nixes Huge California Development
The 270,000-acre Tejon Ranch is the largest privately owned property in the state. Earlier this month, however, an L.A. County judge essentially blocked the development after a lawsuit challenged the developer’s environmental-impact report, claiming it didn’t accurately consider wildfire risk or greenhouse-gas emissions. But Tejon Ranch is an especially egregious place to put a brand-new mini-city. These arguments in the lawsuit from Climate Resolve — which sued successfully to stop a freeway from being built in the nearby High Desert — are the latest in a quarter-century saga of legal attempts to prevent development at Tejon Ranch. Yet, despite all the red flags, L.A.’s Board of County Supervisors had unanimously approved the Centennial development in 2018.
Fritz Mondale, Public Servant
Walter F. “Fritz” Mondale was another type altogether: a reliable public servant in all of the many jobs he held and a steady steward of the Minnesota political traditions he inherited. He began and quickly dropped a presidential candidacy in 1974 after Humphrey’s ill health kept him from running; Mondale famously said he didn’t want to spend the next two years living in Holiday Inns. The Mondale presidential campaign’s only positive legacy was his pioneering choice of a woman, New York’s Gerald Ferraro, as running mate. And in some respects, the old-school liberal tradition Mondale typified lives on in Biden, who served with him in the Senate for eight years (four when Mondale was president of the Senate) more than four decades ago. Ideology aside, both men unfashionably viewed public service as an honorable profession.
The Chauvin Trial Guilty Verdict Is Police Self-Preservation
More than a legal referendum on Chauvin’s conduct, the trial was a bilateral effort to defend the virtues of policing. Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo said Chauvin had violated department policy by his actions. Thus, the rebuke of Chauvin by his fellow officers should not be interpreted as institutional opposition to needless death. “This case is called the State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin,” said prosecutor Steven Schleicher. Chauvin’s former colleagues may have come out in force to rebuke him during his trial.
Ahead of Biden's climate change summit, America is losing vital ground on clean energy
Brian MenellOpinion contributorTo win the battle against climate change, the world must undergo a dramatic shift in how we produce and use energy. On Thursday, President Joe Biden will welcome as many as 40 world leaders to the White House for an unprecedented summit on climate change. The route to meet climate change goals is clear: The mass adoption of electric vehicles and the global transition to renewable energy systems. However, the existing supply of metals needed for clean energy technologies is nowhere near sufficient, not in America nor across the world. Without China, global climate change efforts are futile, and China is far ahead of the U.S. in the race to secure technology metals.
A Very Rare Conviction
The murder conviction of a police officer is an exceedingly rare event. That suggests the chances of a killing by the police leading to a murder conviction are about one in 2,000. Yet a jury in Minneapolis yesterday convicted Derek Chauvin of second-degree murder (as well as two other charges) for killing George Floyd last May. A judge will sentence Chauvin in about eight weeks. Chauvin’s conviction does not automatically signal a new era of police accountability.
Sen. Bernie Sanders introduces bill to make college free and have Wall St. pay for it
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) makes his way to a roll call vote in the Senate in Washington, U.S. April 19, 2021. Free college could soon be a reality for many Americans. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., on Wednesday introduced the College for All Plan, legislation that would make a college education free for millions and lend extra support to those from working-class families attending minority institutions. "In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, a higher education should be a right for all, not a privilege for the few," Sanders said, in a statement. Americans currently owe a total of more than $1.7 trillion in student loan debt, 93% of which is federally backed.
Bernie Sanders Wants To Tax Wall Street To Pay For Free College
“In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, a higher education should be a right for all, not a privilege for the few,” Sanders said. Sanders and Jayapal’s proposal, dubbed “The College for All Act,” is meant as a counterpart to that push. The legislation is modeled after Biden’s own campaign promises ? he endorsed making college free for families earning up to $125,000 a year not long after winning Sanders’ endorsement. To pay for the proposal, Sanders and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) are introducing a tax on financial transactions that would raise $2.4 trillion over the next decade. The goal of the proposal is to place the burden of paying for college on Wall Street.
Column: Can we expect peace after Chauvin verdict? It’s not likely.
The jury did its job. That’s what juries are supposed to do — examine all the evidence, deliberate and review the facts in the cool light of reason, not in the passion of the moment. The justice system is not the media trolling for clicks or politicians playing one political tribe against the other. There was plenty of gasoline poured on this case during the past year with Floyd protests in cities and with some becoming violent outbreaks of destruction and looting.
Letters: Food programs need support in lawmakers' next budget
Letters to the EditorEffective food program, hunger reliefneeds support of Ohio lawmakersEarth Month is celebrated every April and is the perfect time to help reduce waste by keeping good food out of landfills and getting it onto the plates of food-insecure Americans. That’s exactly what the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program (OACP) does, which is funded through Ohio’s biennial budget and administered by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. No other state program can illustrate this kind of benefit – serving millions of Ohioans in need, helping our state’s farmers, addressing hunger relief in all 88 counties, and all for pennies on the pound. More:Opinion: Thank the National Guard for helping hungry Ohioans during coronavirus pandemicAt a time when millions of Ohioans are seeking hunger relief annually, our legislators should invest in smart programs with proven results. We are asking the Ohio General Assembly in the upcoming 2022-23 biennium to allocate $45 million per year to fund emergency hunger relief efforts.
Crises collide as climate emergency pushes America’s homeless population to the brink
The derecho hit with a fury, winds whipping up sand and snapping limbs overhead. It’s an immutable truth of the climate crisis that the most vulnerable are hit first and hardest. Climate change didn’t directly cause the midwest derecho last year or any of those other disasters. Only one-quarter of the homeless population is considered “chronically homeless,” meaning homeless for more than a year or experiencing repeat bouts of homelessness. When the storm hit, Fisher had been home-schooling, a new responsibility due to the pandemic but one she enjoyed.
Shades of FDR: Biden's first 100 days
Joe Biden, like John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama before him, has often evoked the “first 100 days” symbolism of FDR. Early in the 2020 campaign, he set a national goal of assuring “100 million vaccinations” in his “first 100 days in office,” doubling that goal recently to 200 million vaccinations against COVID-19, in the same 100 days. The struggle against COVID-19 is clearly one central hallmark of Biden’s first 100 days. Early highlights of Roosevelt’s first 100 days, as noted above, included aid to the unemployed, and an augmented social security system, just emerging in his day. Public works spending has been a third dimension of Biden’s first 100 days closely retracing FDR’s initiatives nearly nine decades ago.
Why would anyone want to be president?
More often than anyone might think, ample grounds exist for wondering why anyone would want to be president of the United States. President.” One presides over elegant state dinners. Biden’s opening acts, which included reversing Trump’s withdrawal from multinational organizations as well as implementing environmental and equal rights policies, went further than any other modern president in undoing his predecessor’s policies. His appointment of Vice President Kamala Harris to head the effort to reduce immigration numbers was a mixed honor. The Biden administration also hadn’t anticipated the reappearance of yet another stubborn problem, the easy availability of guns.
Modi’s war on the press
India has long had a free and often raucous press. The mainstream media, whether print or television, has been cajoled and cudgeled into cheerleading for Modi’s government. In this environment, the BJP has undermined the free press through co-optation and intimidation, thus ensuring that much of the press produces only news that is sympathetic to the causes the ruling party holds dear, or that distracts the public’s attention from government failings. The good news is that not everyone has forgotten the watchdog responsibility that free media must exercise in a democracy. If Modi’s efforts to de-institutionalize what used to be a dynamic and independent Fourth Estate persists, public confidence in the media will steadily decline, along with confidence in Indian democracy.
Florida toxic waste crisis could be key to China rare earths fight
Those aren’t the only scarce metals that can be found in phosphate tailings, however. As we’ve argued, concerns about China’s control over rare earths are probably overblown given how abundant they are. That would separate out the rare earths and heavy metals and reduce the radioactivity of the remaining phosphogypsum to permissible levels. Prices for phosphate, rare earths, and uranium have all mostly languished in recent years, limiting the commercial appeal of reprocessing the world’s phosphogypsum. As current events are demonstrating, ignoring a radioactive waste problem doesn’t make it go away.
Opinion: Canadians need to demand a thorough, independent inquiry into this country's COVID response
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Sanders, Jayapal introduce bill to make college tuition-free for many Americans
The bill would make community college tuition-free for everyone and four-year public colleges tuition-free and debt-free for students from families making up to $125,000 per year. The time is long overdue to make public colleges and universities tuition-free and debt-free for working families," Sanders said in a statement. Sanders said he would separately re-introduce a bill, known as the Tax on Wall Street Speculation Act, on Wednesday. It would put a 0.5 percent tax on stock trades, a 0.1 percent tax on bonds and a 0.005 tax on derivatives. The bill comes as Democrats are trying to build pressure on Biden to cancel student loan debt.
'It Is About Saving Lives': Doctors Without Borders Calls on US, EU to Stop Blocking Vaccine Patent Waiver
"It is about saving lives at the end, not protecting systems." Even after six months of deliberations and #COVID creating havoc in many countries in Latin America and India, some countries continue to oppose this landmark waiver. Márcio da Fonseca, Doctors Without Borders"As of [February], orders had been confirmed for 8.6 billion doses, a remarkable achievement. "Poorer nations—which account for 80% of the world's population—so far have access to less than one-third of the available vaccines." The WTO is expected to consider the waiver once again during its next general meeting in May.
Sanders And Top Progressives Push To Make College Free For Most Americans
The legislation would eliminate tuition and fees at public, four-year institutions for those from families earning up to $125,000 per year and make community college free for everyone. The push comes amid mounting pressure from progressives on President Biden to forgive some existing student loan debt and make higher education more accessible. Progressives like Jayapal and Sanders have pressed for free college for most students, but many other Democrats say that idea is either too expensive or not feasible. Progressives say access to higher education must be part of that plan. "In the 21st century, a free public education system that goes from kindergarten through high school is no longer good enough," Sanders said in the statement.
Opinion | I Met a Taliban Leader and Lost Hope for My Country
It is this knowledge and the memory of the Taliban rule in the 1990s that make me fear for the future of Afghan women. About 200 female journalists in Afghanistan stopped going to work, and 50 journalists, including 15 female journalists, had to leave Afghanistan. According to Nai, a nonprofit group that supports Afghan journalists, of the 1,900 female journalists who were working in the country in January 2020, about 200 had left the profession by November. In 2016, the Taliban threatened to kill Afghan journalists if they continued their “unfair coverage” of the group. They carried out their threat and killed seven journalists working for Tolo TV.
Opinion | Why Trump Is Still Their Guy
Egocentric victimhood, on the other hand, is less outwardly focused. There were substantial differences between the way these two groups voted, according to Armaly and Enders:Those exhibiting higher levels of egocentric victimhood are more likely to have voted for, and continue to support, Donald Trump. However, those who exhibit systemic victimhood are less supportive and were less likely to vote for Trump. Stuart Stevens, a Republican media consultant who is a harsh critic of Trump, emailed me to say that “Trump is the Republican Party” that and as a result:We are in uncharted waters. What is driving the Republican Party?
LIVE UPDATES: Nation reacts to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict
The nation reacted Tuesday after a panel of jurors found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges in connection with the May 2020 death of George Floyd. Chauvin, 45, was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Harris thanked the jury, and the Floyd family, saying the verdict brought "a sigh of relief" but "cannot take away the pain." "This verdict brings us a step closer and the fact is we still have work to do. Brandon Williams, the nephew of George Floyd said Tuesday was "a pivotal moment for America."
India does not see logic in U.S. putting it on currency watchlist
While Congress is looking at measures aimed at restoring the Voting Rights Act, it is also trying to address many voting impediments directly with H.R.1. LM Otero/AP Photo A core provision of the Voting Rights Act, Section 5, was designed to address this problem. H.R.1, introduced by House Democrats, attempts to address several issues that voting rights advocates say disproportionately harm voting rights for racial minorities. The legislation would also implement national standards for early voting and voting by mail in federal elections. Not just voting changes H.R.1 would also make significant changes to address the effects of partisan interests.
George Floyd, police accountability and the resounding message of the Chauvin verdict
In a strict legal sense, the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd was about a single action by a single man. During the three-week trial, prosecutors argued that Chauvin recklessly knelt on Floyd’s neck for over 8 minutes, killing him. But beyond the verdict is the trauma many minority communities feel from decades of toxic interactions with law enforcement. On this latter point, the Chauvin verdict is historic. The nation remains divided on issues of social justice and policing, and that division will not be resolved with this verdict alone.
Editorial: Chauvin verdict moves America forward
It’s been a long 11 months, from the day George Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020 to Tuesday’s reading of the guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the man who killed him. Floyd’s death and its aftermath left a mark on America, and the guilty verdict sends its own signal: There is accountability, and justice can prevail. “This verdict is but a piece of it,” Vice President Kamala Harris told CNN. And that is the reality of it.”Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict offers some peace for Floyd’s family and uplifts those who’ve worked tirelessly for racial justice. But it’s also a hopeful sign for America — we can make this country better for all its citizens.
Derby Diversity and Business Summit to make diverse worlds 'collide' during Derby Week
All eyes are on Louisville as the city prepares for the 147th Kentucky Derby. Attendees shouldrecognize there are smaller, diverse organizations and individuals that have money to spend as well. They believe the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby can represent both entertainment and grandeur as well and diversity and equity. Derby Diversity & Business SummitWHAT: The 2021 Derby Diversity & Business Summit is three days of development seminars, networking and business opportunities, bringing in people and organizations from Louisville and across the nation. These and other packages available at derbydiversity.com/MORE INFORMATION: For more information, including a complete schedule of events, and to register for the 2021 Derby Diversity & Business Summit, visit derbydiversity.com/
Joe Biden urged to stop blocking of COVID-19 WTO waiver suggested by India
Unless much greater volumes are made, many people in developing nations may not get COVID-19 vaccines until 2024, a statement said.The unnecessary loss of life will be compounded by the loss of livelihoods for millions. "The COVID-19 pandemic knows no borders and the need for vaccine development and dissemination across the globe is critically important. "Working to ensure that trade rules do not stunt the developing world's access to vaccines, treatments, and diagnostic tests is a clear step. "The world does not have time to wait for the usual, slow, and unequal distribution of treatments, diagnostics, and vaccines. "It's a similar story for vaccines, which in the case of COVID-19 we're so lucky to have and in such short order.
Whether Darren Wilson Is Indicted or Not, the Entire System Is Guilty
How will residents of Ferguson react if (as many expect) the grand jury advises against an indictment of Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Mike Brown? I just know that indictments won’t and can’t end oppressive policing which is rooted in anti-blackness, social control and containment. I’m not invested in indicting Darren Wilson though I understand its (symbolic) import to many people, most especially Mike Brown’s family and friends. I list these actions with the understanding that together they aren’t enough to end oppressive policing. On the other hand, a decision to indict Darren Wilson isn’t a victory for ?‘justice’ or an end.
Housing for Whom? City and State Nix Plan to Build Affordable Housing at World Trade Center Site
At the World Trade Center site, our own never-ending battle over real estate is coming to a close. This conclusion to the World Trade Center reconstruction saga occurs at a time when affordable housing has declined significantly in the surrounding area south of Chambers Street. In 2011, Community Board 1 published the findings of an affordable housing task force chaired by Battery Park City resident Tom Goodkind. Vicki Been hasn’t said much about 5 World Trade Center, and Open New York has now telegraphed that it won’t contest the ratio of affordability. The reconstruction at the World Trade Center was delayed so long that most of the civic organizations wound down before key government decisions were made.
Rashida Tlaib on Defunding the Police: “Property Should Not Have More Value than Human Life”
And that system is very much set up to over criminalize, over incarcerate and really punish folks that are the most vulnerable. But property should not have more value than human life. JM: Let me go to another issue: recurring payments for Covid-19 relief. RT: It’s called the ABC Act, Automatic Boost to Communities Act, and it provides recurring payments. So [the bill] offers $2,000 dollars in recurring payments during the pandemic.
“Generous” Billionaires Are Part of the Problem
In 2018, the richest man in human history donated roughly 0.1 percent of his wealth to charity. For most other billionaires in the top twenty as ranked by net wealth, the figure was typically somewhere between 0.1% and 0.3% — which is not exactly “generous” as most of us understand it. Not much — and, in fact, the question should really be inverted, because the enterprise of big philanthropy ultimately benefits the wealthy a great deal. Though this news is something less than earth shattering, a newly published review of scholarship surrounding elite giving in the United States and UK makes the case with particular force. “Elite philanthropy,” the authors write,is rarely a “pure gift” motivated solely by altruism; rather, it represents a means of converting surplus funds into prized alternative forms of capital.
The Government Can Build Quality Housing for Everyone
In the mid-twentieth century, however, a state government led by South Australia’s Liberal and Country League (LCL) developed one of the world’s most remarkable public housing agencies, the South Australian Housing Trust (SAHT). The Housing Trust did not simply build houses. In 1945, Ben Chifley’s Federal Labor government passed the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement, which delivered federal funding to state housing authorities, the SAHT included, to build low-income public housing. Private developers agreed, and heavily lobbied the state government to “reorient” public housing, making it available only to the poor. In 1991, Bannon’s government passed the South Australian Housing Act, which began the process of finally transforming the trust into a standard welfare housing agency.
Crises Collide: Homeless in America When Climate Disaster Strikes
Together, these experiences constitute a grim warning that the climate emergency is here already, draining resources and devastating lives. For the homeless, natural disasters prove torturous for more than the obvious fact that it’s worse to be outside than inside during a storm. Only one-quarter of the homeless population is considered “chronically homeless,” meaning homeless for more than a year or experiencing repeat bouts of homelessness. At any given time, then, the vast majority of homeless people, including some who are chronically homeless, are scraping their way back toward stability. Indeed, after the derecho, several members of the Cedar Rapids homeless community found work helping with the cleanup effort.
Personal stories, bipartisan House vote send anti-workplace violence bill to Senate
And without an Occupational Safety and Health Association anti-workplace violence rule, it doesn’t have to. This burdens a stretched health care workforce that has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic,” OMB added. “This puts OSHA on a clock,” Courtney explained, adding the average OSHA rule takes more than a decade to write and implement. This time, Courtney noted, the vote was much more bipartisan, with 62% of the House favoring the anti-workplace violence bill. “We’ll be doing the hard work of organizing and telling our very real stories” of workplace violence, said Bonnie Castillo, RN, NNU’s executive director.
‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’: The whole world is still watching
Fair useThere are many reasons to see Aaron Sorkin’s Academy Award-nominated film The Trial of the Chicago 7. Chicago 7 takes us from the planning stages of demonstrations to be held at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention through convention action, culminating in the trial itself. When confronted by largely peaceful demonstrators, the Chicago police repeatedly rioted and used excessive force. Those who recall this era may have forgotten that the police assassination of the 21-year-old Chicago leader of the BPP took place on December 4, 1969, as the Chicago 7 trial was in progress. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is live streaming on Netflix and can also be viewed on the big screen in some of the newly opened theaters.
New Tools for Social Progress
We now have no comparative system that will alert us to social disaster—a system of social indicators, widely broadcast, by which we could keep watch in a general way on the social processes in our nation and plan for society’s orderly development. To say that our social programs may be imperfect and sometimes miss the mark is not to say, of course, that we should halt all attempts toward social betterment. It establishes a three-member President’s Council of Social Advisers and charges them with devising a system of social indicators, and with appraising governmental programs and advising the President on domestic social policy. The burgeoning growth of social programs at Federal, regional, state, county, and municipal levels has already created a cats-cradle of intergovernmental authorities. Long range social planning is supposed to be expensive, and to be restrictive of freedom.
“We are shook, again”: Sikh Americans recall targeted violence they’ve faced
Last Thursday, eight people were killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, including four Sikh Americans. Sikh Americans have been the targets of xenophobia in the pastSikh Americans are a relatively small group in the US, numbering about 500,000 people total, with approximately 10,000 living in Indiana. Because of how government officials and the media have portrayed the United States’ conflict with terrorist groups, Sikh Americans, Muslim Americans, and South Asians have experienced virulent Islamophobia, especially since 9/11. Many Sikh Americans have had to navigate both anti-Asian sentiments, including the “forever foreigner” trope, and Islamophobia. Sikh Americans are grieving the recent shooting — and pushing for gun controlIn the past week, Sikh Americans across the country have been holding candlelight vigils, virtual Kirtans, or music services, and prayer groups.
The complicated relief of the Chauvin verdict
Relief is perhaps the best word to describe what many people felt when they heard Judge Peter Cahill announce the jury’s monumental decision to convict former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murder on Tuesday. Millions of people viewed the cellphone video of Chauvin pinning George Floyd by the neck with his knee last May. Months of anger and fury ensued to keep Floyd’s memory alive and prove that Floyd’s life and all others like his matter. Crowds exhaled at the shock of a justice system actually functioning against a police officer and in favor of a Black man. Though Chauvin will be sentenced to prison, policing in America, as racist and corrupt as it is, remains intact.
The Atlantic Daily: Americans Need an Off-Ramp to the Post-pandemic World
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. But daydreams of better days may be clouding judgment: Americans, vaccinated or not, are starting to take safety shortcuts, and those cheat days are beginning to add up. Our staff writer Derek Thompson argues that governments and businesses ought to cut exhausted Americans some slack in two areas in particular:1. Outdoor mask mandates“The coronavirus disperses outside, posing little risk to people who are walking alone or even swiftly passing by strangers,” he explains. Deep cleanings and hygiene theater“If you tell people the truth—this virus doesn’t do very well on surfaces, so you should focus on ventilation—they can protect themselves against what matters,” Derek argues.
Democrats’ No. 1 Target for 2022
And more than almost anyone else in the Senate, Johnson has endorsed Trump’s decision to move the GOP away from free-market economics and traditional family values and toward reactionary politics. The senator’s allies and foes alike are mulling the implications of his support of Trumpism. Would Democrats be better off facing a candidate who’s less established, but also less of a target to rally against? Tens of millions of dollars would flow into Wisconsin from Democrats looking to take him out and Republicans looking to protect him. With a GOP Senate, Biden and his allies would be hard-pressed to confirm judges and administration officials, let alone pass major new laws.
The Men Who Turned Slavery Into Big Business
In 1808, Congress banned the importation of enslaved people from overseas, but a domestic slave trade flourished in the United States during the first 60 years of the 19th century. Their business, which I explore in my forthcoming book, The Ledger and the Chain, utterly belies any notion that slavery sat at the margins of American society. The domestic slave trade was no sideshow in our history, and slave traders were not bit players on the stage. Both had been slave traders for a number of years before they joined forces, but they had in mind a different kind of operation than either had been involved with before. Franklin and Armfield brought on Rice Ballard, a native of Virginia, as a third partner in 1831.
Don’t Underrate the Political Spouse
She shared his belief in American exceptionalism and defended his policies, digging in as protesters challenged the escalation of the war. For Nancy Reagan, we meant a combative us-against-them partnership that betrayed a different kind of insecurity, Tumulty’s biography suggests. Ronnie affirmed her through flirtatious quips and love letters; her love language was acts of service, chief among them the act of protection. “She doesn’t really like dealing with women,” White House Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Deaver noted, in an understatement. My marginalia included “NR v Helene von Damm” (Reagan’s secretary in California, who rose to become a diplomat and considered Nancy a “schemer”), “NR v Betty Ford,” “NR v Barbara Bush,” “NR v Raisa Gorbachev” (“an instant loathing”), “NR v Barbara Sinatra.” Then again, she didn’t really like dealing with many men: “NR v Ed Meese,” “NR v William Clark,” “NR v James Watt,” “NR v Al Haig,” “NR v Pat Buchanan.” At varying times, she clashed with Ronnie’s children from his first marriage—Michael and Maureen—and with theirs, Patti and Ron.
‘Anglo-Saxon’ Is What You Say When ‘Whites Only’ Is Too Inclusive
Anglo-Saxon was a way to distinguish genteel old-money types, such as nativist Republican Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, from members of inferior races who had names such as, well, McCarthy. Translated into law, it produced such horrifying artifacts as Virginia’s 1924 anti-miscegenation act, passed with the aid of the eugenicist Anglo-Saxon Clubs. The law required all babies to be classified as “white” or “colored” and made it a felony to “misrepresent” your racial background. The Nazi jurists studying American race laws in the 1930s thought such “one drop” rules were a bit too strict. Adam Serwer: The cruelty is the pointThe Anglo-Saxon Clubs naturally denied any racist intent, as the historian Edwin Black writes in War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race.
Somehow, Single Men Sucked More In A Pandemic
I don’t, honestly. Men would have to take the time to get to know you, because virtual dating would ensure that the evening couldn’t end in a one-night stand. Instead of planning cute, virtual, food-filled dates, single men behaved more along the lines of, “I don’t have this dumb deadly thing, come over!” There may be a few exceptions, but good lord — across the board, it’s felt like single men are actually behaving worse during the pandemic. Another obstacle to my hopeful romantic plan was that so many single men were seemingly willing to ignore the coronavirus altogether. In April 2020, I matched with many men who told me that they were “honestly loving” the pandemic (???
Walter Mondale fought the good fight
Walter Mondale, the former vice president, was crushed in his 1984 challenge to President Ronald Reagan. His mentor, Hubert Humphrey, went from a liberal crusader in the Senate to a tormented vice president under Lyndon Johnson, whose conduct of the war disheartened Humphrey. “I was very discouraged by what Humphrey went through,” Mondale told me. ‘I got a shot at vice president but do I want it?’ I asked him. Together we have accomplished so much, and I know you will keep up the good fight.”Rest in Peace, Mr. Mondale.
In tense Russia, Putin plans major speech as foes call for protests to back imprisoned Navalny
AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThough Navalny’s allies initially said they would announce new demonstrations once their online database reached 500,000 signatures, Navalny’s failing health meant they couldn’t wait any longer, a statement on his website said. AdvertisementA year ago in this address, Putin suggested a series of constitutional changes that resulted in enabling him to run for two more six-year terms in office once his current one expires in 2024. Now Putin, 68, will have to outline his vision for why he should essentially rule for life. Putin is expected to address Russians’ economic hardships: disposable incomes are down while food prices have skyrocketed. In a March survey by the independent Levada Center, 58 percent of Russians queried said rising prices were the biggest problem in society.
The Chauvin verdict links back to George Floyd protests. So lawmakers are cracking down.
On Tuesday, a jury in Minnesota found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges in the death of George Floyd: second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The fact that Chauvin will probably be going to jail may provide some solace to Floyd’s family. The fact that Chauvin will probably be going to jail may provide some solace to Floyd's family. Since the 2020 election, state after state has considered laws that would suppress voting rights — 361 and counting — especially in Black and brown communities. One only has to look at the difference between the George Floyd protests and the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol to see how protesters of different backgrounds are treated.
Jury's swift verdict for Chauvin in Floyd death: Guilty
Chauvin's face was obscured by a COVID-19 mask, and little reaction could be seen beyond his eyes darting around the courtroom. Sentencing will be in two months; the most serious charge carries up to 40 years in prison. President Joe Biden welcomed the verdict, saying Floyd’s death was “a murder in full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world” to see systemic racism. Gavin Newsom, a white man, who said on Twitter that Floyd “would still be alive if he looked like me. That must change.”At a park next to the Minneapolis courthouse, a hush fell over a crowd of about 300 as they listened to the verdict on their cellphones.
PM Modi’s speech shores up the morale but there is much work requiring close coordination by governments at all levels
The team comprises senior journalists with wide-ranging interests who debate and opine on the news and issues of the day. LESS ... MOREPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation was a much needed effort to raise the morale of people amid a deadly Covid second wave that has robbed too many lives. Also read | PM Narendra Modi address: ‘Second wave has hit country like a storm’The vitality of India’s local self governments will be tested here and central and state governments must help local bodies in their efforts to swiftly arm themselves for Covid containment efforts. There have been occasions where central and state governments have indulged in blame games. Now is the time to put all political differences on the backburner and fight a common enemy.
Will Black people trust the system now that Derek Chauvin has been found guilty?
Maybe, now that George Floyd’s killer has been convicted of murder, Black people will finally relax and open up and start to trust that the system works for them? Remember that protest chantYears ago, the protest chant was “no justice, no peace; prosecute the police.”That’s what’s happening now. Former officer Derek Chauvin was charged and convicted in Floyd’s death. Derek Chauvin trial:The entire country needed a guilty verdict in Chauvin case. Maybe then Black people will start to relax and believe that the systems can work for them?
Allegations of cheating roil Dartmouth medical school
I would certainly not appreciate being treated by someone who had cheated his or her way through medical school. Medicine is an open-computer activity — exams should be geared to thisThe issue of possible cheating by using computers on exams at Dartmouth’s medical school raises an important question about medical education. By the 1970s, when I was teaching immunology, most exams in medical school consisted predominantly of multiple-choice questions. This drives medical students to memorization of facts rather than understanding. Dartmouth graduate urges public trust to be upheldAs a proud graduate of Dartmouth’s medical school, I was dismayed and saddened to read about the scandal surrounding potential cheating at the school.
The Republican establishment strikes back
If the battle within the Republican Party were a movie franchise, the latest episode would be “The Establishment Strikes Back.”Former president George W. Bush is urging not just a gentler tone on immigrants, but a more generous policy as well; former House speaker John Boehner advocates reembracing traditional Republican themes; and a wide array of business leaders have rejected the GOP efforts at voter suppression. AdvertisementAll of which has added another dimension to what’s already one of the most fascinating stories in US politics: Whither the GOP? In broad strokes, this is the story of the continuing tug of war between the governing and populist wings of the GOP. Pat Buchanan’s conservative-populist 1992 campaign prefigured Trump, as did the more recent Tea Party battle with the Republican establishment. The big difference, notes Republican pollster Whit Ayres, is that the GOP’s populist wing had not elected a president until Trump’s 2016 victory.
Biden’s blunder in Afghanistan
If the United States abandons Afghanistan, it is virtually certain that the Taliban will grow stronger and bolder. Our 20-year involvement in Afghanistan has not transformed the country into a modern liberal democracy. AdvertisementIf US troops decamp from Afghanistan, the risk of disaster is enormous. Despite the talk of a “forever war,” US troops in Afghanistan are not embroiled in warfare. Only about 3,500 US military personnel are deployed to Afghanistan, and they are involved primarily in training and logistics.
Why every public conversation about climate change policy should include a Texan
Texas is home to an incredible number of important stakeholders in the fight against climate change. Consider that competitive electricity markets support wind energy, which has revitalized rural companies and reduced both energy costs and carbon emissions. Environmental issues, like the effects of climate change, are especially important here in Texas. Texas, with its huge oil and gas industry, is used to being blamed for climate change, but it’s time to change that narrative. We often focus on our federal government when we’re advocating for climate change action, but we can’t lose sight of the importance of local advocacy.
Time for a bipartisan solution to orphaned wells
Our members are already leading the way in resolving orphaned wells around the United States through existing state programs. A-Plus works in Colorado and New Mexico, plugging orphaned wells through the states’ programs. For the people with the expertise and experience to plug orphaned wells, the average is $80,860. Rather than delaying remediation by creating a new federal program, let’s leverage existing state programs without adding complex federal mandates. The bipartisan proposals form the basis for an excellent federal initiative that will put energy workers back to work and provide the American people with a cleaner environment.
Joe Biden faces major test building US credibility at climate summit
The US also faces a deficit in credibility after the presidency of Donald Trump, which saw the country leave the Paris climate accords and dismantle environmental protections. “The US return to climate diplomacy may be taken seriously so long as the Biden administration can keep its climate policy agenda alive,” he said. Scientists and lawmakers are pressing for specific curbs on methane, a potent greenhouse gas released during oil and gas drilling. Some activists were underwhelmed by Biden proposing just $1.2bn in international climate aid in his first budget. “If America fails to lead the world on addressing the climate crisis, we won’t have much of a world left,” said Blinken.
We Don’t Need POLITICIANS! We Need LEADERS! Time to Move on from Broken Promises & Lies!!
A leader knows when to be quiet and listenOur Country is at a crossroads in history. Our Elected Officials are too involved in their own agendas and special interests. The problem is that a good majority of these elected Officials are just looking out for themselves and those who “buy” into their cause. A leader knows when to speak and knows when to listen. I want to be a LEADER.” Allen is a community leader, a small business owner, and a family man.
I'm Relieved, But I'm Not Celebrating
“Depraved indifference to human life” doesn’t begin to describe it. To Floyd, that wasn’t a human life he was slowly, even casually, snuffing out; it was just a nuisance, a thing. And, yes, a jury found him guilty. So the verdict, including its swiftness, is cause for relief, but not celebration. But overcome we must.
Stop Siding With The Powerful: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source. Most people intuitively grasp this, which is why a lot of effort by the powerful goes into making the up-power party look like the down-power party. But that just proves that power knows it can make itself more powerful by getting more people to defend and side with it. This is generally who I spend all my time arguing against: people who are defending powerful from the weak, and people who are trying to spin the powerful as weak and defenseless. Next Page 1 | 2(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).
Derek Chauvin found guilty on all three counts: Connecting Health and Healthcare Justice - history in the making
402 years after the first African slave arrived on North American shores, 156 years after freed Black slaves were criminalized, imprisoned, and hanged under the Black Codes and then Jim Crow, 66 years after Emmitt Till's brutal murder in Mississippi, 30 years after four White LAPD officers were acquitted despite clubbing an unarmed Rodney King 51 times, on camera, the 2021 murder and manslaughter convictions of Derek Chauvin are, perhaps, the 'Justice for All' turning point that will connect all who seek Health Justice in housing, education, nutrition, criminal codes, policing, and more with Healthcare Justice. When we unite across barriers of race, class, ethnicity, identity, geography, age, religion/non-religion and issue priorities through our shared values, stories, empathy, trust, and respect, we create the power to win on all fronts! Leading Healthcare Justice for All, One Payer States fervently embraces Health for All and today's truly historic jury finding is a critical step in the direction of this nation's long-delayed promise: Justice for All. Chuck Pennacchio
Australia: Northern Territory Labor government pushing harsher bail laws for children
Chief Minister Michael Gunner outlined “tougher than ever” repercussions for children aged 10-17 who breach bail conditions or re-offend while on bail. The Royal Commission was called as an exercise in damage control after a 2016 “Four Corners” program revealed the systemic abuse of children in juvenile prisons, particularly the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre. Former Don Dale child detainee Dylan Voller in a "restraint" chair (Credit: ABC)Footage in the episode showed guards beating detainees. Guards and police had also responded with brutality to disturbances at Don Dale, which were branded as riots. The NT is notorious for having the highest rates of youth detention in the country, with indigenous youth disproportionately represented.
Texas withholds federal aid from public schools
The Texas state government is refusing to disburse $17.9 billion of $19 billion in federal money intended for public education under the recently-passed COVID-19 stimulus bill. Elementary school students in Godley, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Texas has a history of using short-term federal aid to effectively implement long-term budget cuts. This happened during the Great Recession, when Washington stopped providing certain public education funding to the state in 2011 and the Texas education budget was cut by $5.4 billion. Most Texas students live in poverty, with 60.6 percent of schoolchildren in the 2018-19 school year being classified as economically disadvantaged.
Quebec teacher unions hold phony 90-minute strike to dissipate rank-and-file anger
The government’s hard line against public sector workers is combined with an aggressive back-to-school and back-to-work drive in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even the strike, historically developed by the working class to assert its interests and prosecute the class struggle, is emptied of its meaning. Announced to go from 2:45 to 5 p.m., the strike will only affect the last hour of teachers’ working day. In recent decades, the ruling class has erected a vast arsenal of anti-strike laws to keep workers in a straitjacket. This amounts to a real terms wage-cut, and after public sector workers have suffered decades of eroding living standards and working conditions.
“Vaccine diplomacy” fuels rising US-China tensions
The United States has administered 207 million doses of the 210 million COVID-19 vaccines it has manufactured to its own population. India has produced 173 million doses and exported 37 percent, while the EU has made close to 157 million doses and exported 41 percent. By the end of March, Russia had manufactured at least 30 million vaccine doses, and 5 percent were exported. These developments are most certainly the consequence of strategies to employ the COVID-19 vaccines as weapons in great power struggles. CoronaVac efficacy controversyNumerous concerns have been raised regarding the performance of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine, CoronaVac.
Michigan’s spring break plateau shows a lockdown could stop pandemic surge
Schools have accounted for far more outbreaks in Michigan than any other setting since the new surge began in late February. The numbers show that closing schools for spring break immediately blunted the skyrocketing trajectory of the pandemic in Michigan. The strong indication is that a coordinated shutdown of schools, workplaces and in-person shopping and dining would bring an end to Michigan’s surge and suppress the spread of the virus. Whitmer and the media are ignoring outbreaks at schools and factories and keeping them open on behalf of Michigan’s ruling elite. The other big lie about Michigan’s pandemic surge is that the Democratic Governor’s hands are tied by Republicans in the state legislature, whose devious legal maneuvers have permanently removed her emergency powers.
Greg Gutfeld: Derek Chauvin is guilty, but the damage may already be done
The verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial is a great relief. I know Chauvin is guilty, but I wonder if it's normal for a country to be so worried about unrest no matter what the outcome of a trial is. To them, we are still some racist country. The White cop went to jail and went to court and now will go to prison. This article is adapted from Greg Gutfeld's opening commentary on the April 20, 2021 edition of "Gutfeld!"
These are the jeans women REALLY need (opinion)
This often means wearing loose jeans, neat and presentable -- and far more comfortable, casual and forgiving than skinny jeans. While this pandemic-era change in expectations is true for people of all genders (men's baggy jeans are also selling well) it is especially liberating for women, for two reasons. Second, skinny jeans conform to and reveal the shape of a woman's body, and thus make it easier to, well, assess it. Join us on Twitter and FacebookBut for this homebound trend to really take hold more broadly, it has to extend beyond jeans and back into the office. What about flowing skirts instead of the pencil kind, baggy tailored pants and sometimes even mom jeans?
Joe Biden delivered the Chauvin verdict speech America needed (opinion)
Gene Seymour is a critic who has written about music, movies and culture for The New York Times, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @GeneSeymour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. View more opinion at CNN. In short, it wasn't a "presidential" address to the nation so much as it was a "Joe" talk to the folks.
Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin
Editorial: Legislators must act to protect National Guard troopsPerhaps not since the civil unrest of the 1960s and early 70s has the value of the Wisconsin National Guard been more evident. That report led to the resignation of Wisconsin National Guard Adjutant General Donald Dunbar. In fact, according to the Cap Times, sexual assault reports to the Wisconsin Guard increased in 2020. Most of the reports they receive occur in the context of a service member’s civilian life — not between members of the Wisconsin National Guard, Trovato points out. The Legislature would be charged with reforming the Wisconsin Code of Military Justice, to align it with national standards for addressing sexual assault.
Letters to the Editor — Matthew McConaughey, Plano mayoral candidates, Dallas candidates Judy Kumar and Jesse Moreno
Glenton Richards, CarrolltonBao is best for PlanoSeveral recent letters to the editor have taken you to task for recommending Lily Bao for Plano mayor. Beth Weingarden, PlanoKumar has energy Dallas needsRe: “We recommend — Blackmon for Dallas City Council District 9,” April 13 Editorials. That is the kind of energy we need on the city council. Judy E. Porter, DallasMoreno makes a differenceRe: “We recommend — Syed for Dallas City Council District 2,” April 8 Editorials. Moreno will continue to advocate for everyone as a City Council member.
Floyd verdict gives hope, if only fleeting, to Black America
Furthermore, Ellison pointed out, America has known about and largely ignored the root causes of the upheaval and uneasiness in Black communities. More than a half-century ago, the Kerner and McComb commissions empaneled to study racial unrest warned of the dangers of doing just that. “Here we are in 2021 still addressing the same problem,” Ellison said. That is a social transformation that says that nobody’s beneath the law, and no one is above it.”Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, an online racial justice group, echoed the attorney general. So again, what might Black Americans hope for after the outcome of Chauvin’s trial?
‘The work continues’: Black Americans stress that police reform is still needed
That is true #justice.”Oh, that George Floyd were still alive. “True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that Black Americans are treated differently, every day,” the Obamas said. There is relief, punishment, but not ‘justice’.”i cannot emphasize enough that convictions are not justice for George Floyd. People pose for pictures in front of a mural for George Floyd in Minneapolis. Photograph: Morry Gash/AP“We’re relieved this Hennepin county jury has held Derek Chauvin accountable for the murder of George Floyd.
Why Conservative Media Is Celebrating the Chauvin Verdict
… It is rare that you even get a picture of the victim in a murder case, other than maybe an autopsy photo. But it’s not too far off from what her ideological peers—and, crucially, members of law enforcement—have been saying in the year since Floyd’s murder. Last summer, as Floyd’s murder prompted weeks of protests and violent police crackdowns on demonstrators, I interviewed several current and former police officers from all over the country about Floyd’s murder. Other department leaders testified that Chauvin used inappropriate and unnecessarily prolonged force against Floyd, in contravention of department policies. Responding to the verdict on Fox News with Pirro on Tuesday, conservative commentator Greg Gutfeld drew the distinction.
AP sources: Biden to pledge halving greenhouse gases by 2030
FILE - In this April 15, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The 50% target would nearly double the nation’s previous commitment and help the Biden administration prod other countries for ambitious emissions cuts as well. The emissions target has been eagerly awaited by all sides of the climate debate. The climate target is a key requirement of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which Biden rejoined on his first day in office. The 50% pledge was first reported by The Washington Post.
Psaki defends administration's messaging on refugee cap
The U.S. is using much more low-carbon and carbon-free electricity today than projected in 2005. Wind and solar power dramatically outperformed expectations, delivering 13 times more generation in 2020 than projected. And declining employment in the coal industry was more than offset by job growth in other areas, notably solar power. Wind, solar and battery technologies will be central to further decarbonization. He is also on the board of the Clean Energy States Alliance and the City of Berkeley Energy Commission.Dev Millstein receives funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.
LETTER: Nevada’s energy goals and natural gas
Assembly Bill 380 (dealing with natural gas) stirred the pot recently, and who knows when progress on this goal will really start being made? Change is always difficult for those set in established ways … i.e., present-day natural gas users. But instead of pushing change on existing natural gas users, let change start on future users who have a choice to accept change or not. The Legislature should pass legislation that all new residential and commercial construction be free of natural gas use and be electricity dependent. or purchase existing properties that still utilize natural gas.
EDITORIAL: A victory for justice: Chauvin guilty on all counts
The process in the George Floyd case highlighted the strengths of our system, not its weaknesses. (Getty Images)Critics of the American experience may have preferred something more “streamlined,” but the justice system on Tuesday worked as intended in the tragic case of George Floyd. The death triggered months of protests regarding racial injustice — Mr. Floyd was Black, Chauvin is white — and led to the “defund” the police movement. “Painfully earned justice has finally arrived for George Floyd’s family,” tweeted Ben Crump, an attorney for the Floyd family. Nothing can bring back George Floyd.
VICTOR JOECKS: Opposing riots shouldn’t be a partisan issue
Opposing riots shouldn’t be a partisan issue. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)Opposing riots shouldn’t be a partisan issue. The tragic shooting of Daunte Wright, who was African American, in a Minneapolis suburb last week increased tensions. There has yet to be any evidence that the shooting was racially motivated, but riots started anyway. If the Floyd jury didn’t return a guilty verdict for murder, “We’ve got to stay on the street,” she said.
LETTER: But the COVID crisis is over
Steve Sisolak. Steve Sisolak. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)In his recent letter to the editor, John Schryver criticized Victor Joecks’ April 11 column in which Mr. Joecks stated that the virus “crisis was over.” Mr. Schryver continued with his “tongue in cheek” assault on Mr. Joecks by mocking him with his comments of, “Who needs Dr. (Anthony) Fauci or any other expert when we have Mr. Joecks to guide us?”What Mr. Schryver fails to realize is that the crisis is over. Steve Sisolak. Mr. Schryver should go ahead and celebrate the end of the “crisis.”
Seoul court rejects sexual slavery claim against Tokyo
Amnesty International issued a statement calling Wednesday’s ruling a “major disappointment that fails to deliver justice to the remaining survivors of this military slavery system and to those who suffered these atrocities before and during World War II but had already passed away, as well as their families.”“This ruling runs contrary to a decision by the same court in January, which required Japan to accept legal responsibility for its systematic sexual enslavement that amounted to crimes against humanity and war crimes,” said Arnold Fang, Amnesty International’s East Asia researcher. “What was a landmark victory for the survivors after an overly long wait is again now being called into question.”The ruling came as the Asian U.S. allies struggle to repair their relations that sank to post-war lows in recent years over history, trade, and military issues. Japan insists all wartime compensation issues were settled under a 1965 treaty normalizing relations with South Korea in which Tokyo provided $500 million in economic assistance to Seoul.
How vaccines are affecting Covid-19 outbreaks globally
Mapping changes in death rates since 31 January against vaccination rates in each country gives a snapshot of the state of the race to vaccinate the world against the virus. Scientists say country-level data show vaccines are already reducing deaths in countries such as Israel and the UK. They are among the handful to reach the target zone of high vaccination rates and falling deaths since the beginning of 2021. But vaccinations alone are not enough Even with relatively high vaccination rates, the virus can still surge if social distancing is relaxed too soon. Deaths data is from Johns Hopkins University.
Seoul court rejects sexual slavery claim against Tokyo
Former South Korean comfort woman Lee Yong-soo in a wheelchair leaves the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. A South Korean court on Wednesday rejected a...Former South Korean comfort woman Lee Yong-soo in a wheelchair leaves the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. A South Korean court on Wednesday rejected a...SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Wednesday rejected a claim by South Korean sexual slavery victims and their relatives who sought compensation from the Japanese government over their wartime sufferings. Activists representing sexual slavery victims denounced the decision and said the Seoul Central District Court was ignoring their struggles to restore the women’s honor and dignity. About 240 South Korean women registered with the government as victims of sexual slavery by Japan’s wartime military — only 15 of whom are still alive.
Column: Finally, at least for this moment, justice prevailed in Minneapolis
It’s a relief, a sign of progress and an affirmation of the energy and outrage that drove the demand for justice. AdvertisementThe horror of this case has taken up residence in people like me — conditioned to hope, but prepared for disappointment. But I couldn’t help but remember that King video, which also raised outrage around the world. Back then, I allowed myself to believe that no jury could deny the horror of what we all had seen. He also echoed my feelings about how the King verdict rendered us unable to trust the justice system to deal with police abuse.
Column: With Chauvin’s conviction, justice was served for once. I’ll cheer when it’s a norm
Newsletter Get the latest from Erika D. Smith Commentary on people, politics and the quest for a more equitable California. Enacting the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would certainly help avoid that. Vice President Kamala Harris, accompanied by President Joe Biden, speaks at the White House on Tuesday after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd. People gather at the memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin was convicted. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)AdvertisementFor example, investment in gang intervention in California has remained largely flat for years.
It's Necessary: Justice served for Floyd, but denied for so many others
Kevin NecessarySpecial to The EnquirerThere was justice for George Floyd. A jury found former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on three counts for the murder of Floyd. Though justice was served for Floyd, it has been denied for so many others, such as Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice and Samuel DuBose. Chauvin's guilty verdict does not bring Floyd or others back, nor does it stop the deep systemic racism rooted in our country. More:'This country can rest tonight': Cincinnati reacts to Chauvin verdictMore:Opinion: In Minneapolis today, a Black life matteredKevin Necessary is an illustrator and editorial cartoonist.
Chad President Deby, ally in fighting extremism, dies at 68
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — President Idriss Deby Itno, who ruled Chad for more than 30 years and became an important ally to Western nations in the fight against Islamic extremism in Africa, has been killed while battling against rebels in the north, according to the military. The announcement Tuesday came hours after Deby had been declared the winner of an election that would have given him another six years in power. The circumstances of his death remained murky, and his son was quickly appointed to lead a transitional rule. Deby, a northerner and French-trained army officer, rose through the ranks of the armed forces. In the 1980s, he was key in pushing pro-Libyan forces from Chad.
Recap: What the Chauvin verdict means and what comes next
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck, was handcuffed and taken into custody Tuesday after being convicted of all three counts against him. Twelve jurors found Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, ultimately deciding that Chauvin caused Floyd's death and that his actions were not that of a reasonable officer. Prosecutors didn’t have to prove Chauvin’s restraint was the sole cause of Floyd’s death, only that his conduct was a “substantial causal factor.” They also had to prove his actions were unreasonable, because Chauvin was authorized to use force as a police officer, as long as that force would be considered reasonable by an objective officer.
'Comfort women' lose lawsuit against Tokyo over wartime sexual slavery
South Korean victims of wartime sexual slavery lost a lawsuit against the Japanese government Wednesday, suffering a setback in their efforts to hold Tokyo accountable for war crimes. The plaintiffs, including surviving victims, euphemistically called "comfort women," who were forced to work in front-line brothels for Japanese soldiers during World War II, filed the lawsuit in December 2016. In January, a court here ordered Japan to make financial reparations of 100 million won (US$91,300) each to the first group of 12 victims, in the first legal victory for South Korean victims of wartime sexual enslavement. Tokyo has maintained that it had no obligation to follow the ruling by a South Korean court that it said had no jurisdiction over Japan. In South Korea, there are only 15 surviving victims registered with the government, mostly in their 80s and 90s.
Caving to Islamists, Pakistan’s Parliament Debates Expelling French Ambassador
Pakistan’s Parliament on Tuesday began debates on a resolution calling for the expulsion of France’s ambassador, a move widely seen as a capitulation by the government to a militant Islamist party that has led large protests and clashed with the police. It also suggests the party, Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan, which has capitalized on public anger over the publication of caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad in France, could pose a major threat to Pakistan’s stability. At least four police officers have been killed in clashes with the group, and at least 11 officers have at one point been taken hostage. Police officials acknowledged the death of three protesters, but the party claims that a larger number of their supporters have been killed. Mr. Macron said the teacher, Samuel Paty, was killed “because the Islamists want our future and they know that with quiet heroes like him they will never have it.”
Derek Chauvin Trial Live Updates: Chauvin Found Guilty of Murdering George Floyd
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus spoke to reporters outside the Capitol following the verdict. Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction on Tuesday in the killing of George Floyd brought a flood of emotion from the streets of Minneapolis to the halls of Congress, tempered with exhortations not to view the verdict as a victory against systemic racism. The mood seemed to be summed up in a statement from former President Barack Obama: “Today, a jury did the right thing. “While justice has landed Derek Chauvin behind bars for murdering George Floyd, no amount of justice will bring back Gianna’s father,” Mr. Johnson said. Their bill, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, would make it easier to prosecute officers for wrongdoing, add new restrictions on the use of deadly force and effectively ban chokeholds.
Arizona AG urges senators against court packing
Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly not to support their party’s push for the expansion of the Supreme Court. “I was very disturbed to learn that the Congress may soon be entertaining legislation to dramatically redesign the Supreme Court of the United States. “Expanding the size of the Supreme Court would be nothing less than a direct assault on judicial independence. “History has demonstrated that when elected officials propose legislation to alter the composition of the Supreme Court, their real motives are less than noble. Susan Walsh, File/AP“The Supreme Court must be safeguarded from the tyranny of the majority to preserve the rights of the minority.
Biden and Harris on the Chauvin Trial Verdict
We saw how traumatic and exhausting just watching the trial was for so many people. Again, as we saw in this trial from the fellow police officers who testified, most men and women who wear the badge serve their communities honorably. And this takes acknowledging and confronting head on systemic racism and the racial disparities that exist in policing and in our criminal justice system more broadly. You know, state and local government and law enforcement needs to step up, but so does the federal government. Finally, it’s the work we do every day to change hearts and minds as well as laws and policies.
Across the TV news spectrum, Chauvin verdict has pundits sharing a sigh of relief
Commenting on MSNBC, former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said he fist-pumped when he heard the verdict. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisement“Clearly, the verdict is supported by the facts,” said Jeanine Pirro, a former county judge who hosts one of the network’s top opinion shows. “Right now, what people need to understand is that the American justice system works. On Tuesday, news networks were given about a 30-minute advance warning that a verdict was about to be read. AdvertisementMSNBC analyst Jason Johnson had predicted that Chauvin would be found guilty, but breaking with many of his colleagues, he sounded pessimistic about the verdict’s significance.
The verdict: George Floyd’s life mattered
Story continues below advertisement“George Floyd mattered,” said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. “No verdict can bring George Perry Floyd back to us,” said prosecutor Jerry Blackwell after the verdict was read. “But this verdict does give a message to his family that he was somebody, that his life mattered. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementEmmett Till “was the first George Floyd,” said Philonise Floyd, another brother of George. Cahill announced that Chauvin was guilty on all three counts: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Is the Chauvin Verdict an Outlier — or a Sign of Transformation?
Still, it is too early to know whether this verdict is a flash in the pan or a sea change. I shouldn’t think back to my friend when I think of the Derek Chauvin verdict. ‘This case is an outlier’By Philip M. StinsonPhilip M. Stinson is a professor of criminal justice at Bowling Green State University. The criminal justice system worked with the jurors returning guilty verdicts on all three counts. The Chauvin trial will do little to change the culture of policing at many of those law enforcement agencies.
Idriss Déby: Chad's future rocked by president's battlefield death
But real power was concentrated firmly at the top, and Déby brooked no serious opposition over his three decades in power. Meanwhile, further into West Africa, Chad's military clout had earnt Déby a role as one of the principal security actors in the G5 partnership of Sahelian states. Déby also had a long history of influence, both tacit and overt, in Chad's troubled southern neighbour, the Central African Republic. When Déby seized power in 1990 there was no common African stance on the legitimacy of military coups. Moreover, the struggle to contain Boko Haram is an issue that directly concerns the security of Chad's own territory and its economic interests.
‘Human being, not a political cause’: Will Floyd’s death, Chauvin conviction spur reforms?
“This is a positive step in signaling that there can be accountability for police officers who kill,” said Mark Osler, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota. Stephanie Whitehead, an associate professor of criminal justice at Indiana University East in Richmond, Ind., said “I held my breath” waiting for the verdict. “The first thing we need to remember is that George Floyd was a human being, not a political cause,” said the Rev. Advertisement“The prosecution did a good job of making it very simple,” said Brandon Garrett, a professor of law at Duke University. He said Floyd’s death “moved the consciousness of America like never before.”Some commentary on the trial’s outcome, though, pointed to the bitter national divides that remain.
After the Chauvin verdict, it’s time for Rhode Island to get serious about police reform
It took a jury about 10 hours to convict Floyd’s killer, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, of murder and manslaughter charges . At a press conference a few hours before the Chauvin verdict on Tuesday, Governor Dan McKee endorsed the concept of police accountability, but he wasn’t quite prepared to dive into any details. People who truly understand what’s at stake - like Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare and Police Chief Col. Hugh Clements - support such changes to LEOBOR. AdvertisementBut with clear examples of the necessity of police reform playing out across the country over the past year, with urgent calls for justice and protest after protest on the State House steps, this waiting game can’t go on. Inaction is not an option right now, not in Minnesota, not even in Rhode Island.
In their own words: Oregon activists, politicians react to Derek Chauvin conviction
We need to reframe the calls to reform the criminal justice system to calls to reform the administration of Justice. Derek Chauvin was rightfully declared guilty for the murder of George Floyd. The Senate must pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to help end the targeting of Black communities by police. The conviction of Derek Chauvin on second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges is an essential statement of accountability in our justice system. Nearly a year ago, we wrote that: “What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of a police officer is revolting, incomprehensible, and unacceptable.
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Detroit_Will_Breathe_RallyDetroit Will Breathe Rally leaders hold a rally to discuss the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin in the George Floyd murder case.
'It was a murder in the full light of day': Biden
U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday said the murder conviction of former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd was much too rare in a country plagued by systemic racism and called for meaningful police reform measures. As featured on For George Floyd, a complicated life and consequential death In the Houston housing project where he grew up, George Floyd was respected as a man who spoke from hard, but hardly extraordinary, experience. Here's a look back at his life.
Stricter sex-ed legislation for Arizona vetoed by Ducey
So rather than sign the new law, he took it upon himself to implement them through his executive order. Many of the provisions mirror what was in SB 1456. His executive order also spells out that all proposed sex education courses are accessible for review and public comment for at least 60 days before any vote by the governing board. And during that 60-day period there would have to be at least two public hearings, with the additional ability to submit comments orally, in writing and electronically. And once a sex ed course has been approved, the materials have to be available, both online and in person, for at least two weeks before instruction begins.
Proponent tells court wealth tax would provide education 'grants' exempt from state cap
Draye conceded nothing, saying even that exemption provision itself is unconstitutional. But the issue goes beyond that. He said the measure was sold to voters based on the premise that the Legislature was failing to properly fund schools, which is why they needed to enact this new levy to boost the available dollars. Now, Draye said, supporters of the levy are arguing that the measure should be declared constitutional because those very same legislators — the ones who proponents told voters weren’t providing enough cash for education — could, if they wanted, authorize an override. “That’s not the bargain that was presented to voters,’’ he said.
Crowds react with joy, wariness to verdict in Floyd's death
Jesse Jackson, who traveled to Minneapolis for the verdict, said in a telephone interview. “We hope this is the breaking point to stop legal lynching.”In St. Louis, Missouri, a police association of predominantly Black officers called the verdict important but “a pebble in the ocean.”“This victory is small but historical. Why should we be thankful when George Floyd doesn’t have his life or his future?” the Ethical Society of Police, which represents about 260 St. Louis officers, said in a statement. ... We need change to end this systemic racism.”Still, the verdict buoyed others who saw the trial as a litmus test for how sincere Americans are about racial justice and consequential police reform after Floyd's death set off global protests. Chauvin was handcuffed and taken into custody immediately after the verdict was read.
Today’s verdict isn’t ‘justice’. But accountability is a first step to justice
I would not call today’s verdict “justice”, however, because justice implies true restoration. They didn’t know George Floyd. And they didn’t know that he was a proud father, or they he had people in his life who loved him. To countless people in Minnesota and across the United States who join them in peacefully demanding justice for George Floyd, we say, all of us, thank you. I urge everyone to honor the legacy of George Floyd by doing so calmly, legally, and peacefully.
AOC and Ed Markey Want a Civilian Climate Corps. Here's What It Could Look Like.
ci•vil•ian clim•ate corpsnoun1. What’s the ETA on a Civilian Climate Corps? introduced the Civilian Climate Corps for Jobs and Justice Act of 2021 at a news conference reintroducing the Green New Deal. The new Civilian Climate Corps could improve upon this model. Over 120,000 people have served in the California Conservation Corps in its 45-year history.
'A small measure of justice': GM, Facebook respond to the Derek Chauvin guilty verdicts
A jury found Derek Chauvin, 45, guilty of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the killing of Floyd last May. "Right now I'm thinking of George Floyd, his family and those who knew him. But real justice would be for George Floyd to be alive and in the arms of his family,'' she wrote. Chauvin found guilty and nation reacts:Derek Chauvin guilty verdict sparks reactions across the nationWhat were the charges? Here's what the jury is considering for the death of George Floyd.
Chauvin received three guilty verdicts for one crime. Here’s why and what it means for his sentence.
The jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of all three counts he was facing — second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter — for the same crime: pinning George Floyd’s neck to the asphalt with his knee until he stopped breathing. When juries can choose among different counts and instead pick “all of the above,” it raises questions of how one act can meet the definition of three separate crimes. In this case, Mr. Chauvin was found guilty of:1) causing the death of a human being, without intent, while committing or attempting to commit an assault (second-degree murder);2) unintentionally causing a death by committing an act that is eminently dangerous to other persons while exhibiting a depraved mind, with reckless disregard for human life (third-degree murder);3) and creating an unreasonable risk, by consciously taking the chance of causing death or great bodily harm to someone else (manslaughter).
The Death of George Floyd Reignited a Movement. What Happens Now?
Organizers worked to turn the energy of the protests into real political power by pushing vast voter registrations. George Floyd’s death created a new energy around making changes, though it’s not clear how lasting they will be,” said Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change. The changes include restricting the use of force, overhauling disciplinary systems, installing more civilian oversight and requiring transparency around misconduct cases. “America is a deeply racist place and it’s also progressively getting better — both are true,” said Mr. Bailey, the racial reconciliation worker in Richmond. “You are talking about a 350-year problem that’s only a little more than 50 years toward correction.”
Biden to pledge halving U.S. greenhouse gases by 2030
President Joe Biden will pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030, according to reports Tuesday. The voluntary 2030 pledge, known as a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), and part of the Paris climate pact that loosely binds global efforts, was reported to the Associated Press by three people with knowledge of the White House’s plans. More than 400 businesses have signed an open letter to Biden asking for the 2030 pledge. But other major economies, including Japan, South Korea, Canada and China, have yet to put forward a 2030 NDC aligned with their long-term emissions goal. U.N. reports indicate that without the more aggressive 2030 targets, most major economies aren’t moving fast enough to meet the 2050 net-zero commitments that have dominated political platforms of late.
Letters to the Editor: Don't forget that Derek Chauvin had 18 complaints before he killed George Floyd
Former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin is placed in handcuffs before being taken into custody after his conviction in the murder of George Floyd. (Associated Press)To the editor: The conviction of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin for the the murder of George Floyd is great news. There were reports that Chauvin had 18 complaints filed against him before he killed Floyd. Could these files also hold evidence of routinely incompetent investigations into those complaints about police brutality? Patrick Sullivan, Reseda..To the editor: Chauvin being found guilty on all three counts cannot be considered justice if it only meets this moment in time.
Biden to pledge halving greenhouse gases by 2030, sources say
The 50% target would nearly double the nation’s previous commitment and help the Biden administration prod other countries for ambitious emissions cuts as well. The emissions target has been eagerly awaited by all sides of the climate debate. The climate target is a key requirement of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which Biden rejoined on his first day in office. It’s also an important marker as Biden moves toward his ultimate goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The 50% pledge was first reported by the Washington Post.
He’s guilty. Derek Chauvin lynched George Floyd. Does America value our lives now?
I took a breath in the name of George Floyd. George Floyd should still be here, instead of being made a martyr for social change. What does it mean, that it took the protests for George Floyd to even shine a light on the killing of Breonna Taylor who died by police before him? George Floyd was not the first. And even then, we held our breaths in fear to hear it, every molecule screaming, “George Floyd.” His name filled our lungs as our stomachs soured and we said our prayers.
The Spin: Mayor Lightfoot, Gov. Pritzker, Obamas and more weigh in on Chauvin guilty verdict | Another round of Preckwinkle vs. Lightfoot | Calls for Justice Department to probe Adam Toledo’s death
Former President Barack Obama, who cut his political teeth in Chicago and was the nation’s first Black president, and former first lady Michelle Obama said in a statement, “true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial. True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that Black Americans are treated differently, every day. It requires us to recognize that millions of our friends, family, and fellow citizens live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last. And it requires us to do the sometimes thankless, often difficult, but always necessary work of making the America we know more like the America we believe in.”
A new LI chapter in America's sad story of gun violence
Tuesday morning, gun violence came to Long Island — with tragic results. It was Nassau County's turn in the cable news chyrons, another marker on the national map of mass shootings. The tragic incident came less than a week after a former employee shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. Over the last year, public mass gun violence slowed to a virtual halt. As we hope for an end to the pandemic, so, too, must we push for an end to the carnage.
Opinion: In Minneapolis today, a Black life mattered
Black Americans have been down this road before – too often, in fact – and we've been let down every time. A breath for George Floyd; the breath former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin choked out of him with his knee. Justice was served Tuesday when, after 11 hours of deliberation, the jury found Chauvin guilty of murdering Floyd. That's what made Tuesday so satisfying – finally, the life of an unarmed Black man mattered, not just to us, but to the nation. We also must remember that while this trial was being adjudicated, another Black man, Daunte Wright, was shot by police and a Black Army lieutenant in Virginia was pulled out of his car and maced by officers.
Arizona governor vetoes strict sex education legislation
It also banned any sex ed classes before 5th grade, which opponents have said will put young students who now learn about “good touch-bad touch” to avoid molestation at greater risk. Arizona currently allows parents to review all learning material and already requires an opt-in for sex ed classes. The state's top elected schools official, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, praised the governor for the veto. “All students are welcome in Arizona’s public schools and today’s veto reaffirms that.”The bill passed the Republican-controlled Legislation over unified opposition from Democrats, who called it dangerous for LGBTQ students who are already marginalized. They also said it put young children who would no longer be taught how to avoid molesters at risk.
George Floyd’s family can ‘breathe again’ after Derek Chauvin conviction
George Floyd’s family is “able to breathe again” after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of his murder on Tuesday, but loved ones, activists and politicians across the country say the fight for justice and policing reform is far from over. It’s something this country’s needed for a long time now,” Floyd’s nephew, Brandon Williams, told reporters after the verdict was read. “Today we are able to breathe again,” Philonise Floyd, one of George Floyd’s brothers, said. “We don’t celebrate a man going to jail — we would have rather George be alive,” civil rights activist the Rev. Deval Patrick said: “Does the life of a Black man in America matter?
Leaders hail verdict in Floyd death, say much work remains
——“While this verdict represents a step toward justice, we are reminded that justice is too often not the outcome for people of color. ... We stand with all those who have felt the deep impact of George Floyd’s death.” — Women’s National Basketball Association Commissioner Cathy Engelbert———“We are pleased that justice appears to have been served. That must change. ... Now, we must continue our work to root out the racial injustice that haunts our society.” — Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Twitter———
Many hail verdict in Floyd death, say much work remains
———“At the most basic, a man lost his life needlessly at the hands of an officer. At the same time, the assertions by so many who wish to demonize all police officers because of the actions of one officer have been shown to be hollow.” — Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, a coalition of police unions and groups representing more than 241,000 officers in the U.S.———“There are no winners in this case and we respect the jury’s decision. We need the political pandering to stop and the race baiting of elected officials to stop. In addition, we need to stop the divisive comments and we all need to do better to create a Minneapolis we all love.” — The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis union———“Today, for the first time in state history, a white police officer has been held accountable for killing a Black man.” — John Gordon, executive director of the ACLU of Minnesota———
Idriss Déby: Chad's future rocked by president's battlefield death
Will the new military regime headed by his son try to sustain the strongman model? Will it seek to strike bargains with other factions amongst the Zaghawa? Or will the leadership try to broaden their political base and open up dialogue about the way forward?
Is Japan ready for a Taiwan crisis? Scenarios warn of food and fuel shortage
One scenario is that commercial ships would be unable to freely sail the East China Sea and South China Sea, due to American and Chinese warships facing off in the waters. The supply chain for essentials including fuel and food will be disrupted, and the Japanese economy faces chaos. Furthermore, Japan relies on LNG imports that reach its shores primarily via the South China Sea -- from Australia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Fuel aside, the other major problem is food supply. Japan's food self-sufficiency is below 40%.
Opinion | Tech in the Post-Pandemic World
The Covid era is the first time in many decades that the well-off have had to experience the inadequate health services that have long been suffered by marginalized populations. Physical retail — including restaurants and bars — has been under enormous pressure for years, as tech companies have increasingly placed themselves between the goods and customers. All the while, tech companies have been building one moat after the next to solidify their strength by providing better service, streamlining delivery logistics and offering better prices. Consumers have been trained over the past year to use these various services and will continue to choose them over walking to a retailer or restaurant. Again, data acquired over the past year will help these big companies improve service and target users.
Opinion | Amy Klobuchar: I Learned 2 Things From My First Job With Walter Mondale
My first job in politics was as a college intern in Vice President Mondale’s office in 1980 during his last year in office. I went to Washington with grandiose visions of writing big briefings on big issues. As I like to remind students, I learned two things from that job: One, Walter Mondale was scrupulously honest. Thanks to him, that was my first job in Washington. It was Walter Mondale who encouraged me to run for Senate, which included his insistence that I get my reasons for running down to a 30-second elevator speech.
Opinion | Derek Chauvin Is Guilty: ‘A Huge Nationwide Sigh of Relief’
To the Editor:Re “Derek Chauvin Guilty of Murder in George Floyd Death” (nytimes.com, April 20):On Tuesday afternoon the momentous decision in the Derek Chauvin trial was announced and the verdict was guilty on all three counts. With a country kept on tenterhooks for weeks, the announcement of a guilty verdict felt just as dramatic and cathartic as one might imagine, resulting in a huge nationwide sigh of relief. We as a nation can take solace in the likelihood that this verdict will defuse any spontaneous protests that might have otherwise devolved in rage, a rage causing violence and destruction. But let us not forget that a man, George Floyd, is dead and that this verdict does not bring him back to his family and loved ones. It is now incumbent upon all of us to turn this moment into a lasting movement that treats Black Americans as truly equal under the law.
Opinion : Shedding masks — and a bit of our pandemic selves
Scientifically, not all that much has changed since we started donning masks last spring. AdvertisementWe’ve kept on keeping our masks on even when unnecessary, in many cases, for the same reason. Many have worn masks wherever they go to send the message that they take covid-19 seriously and that others should, too. Or to send the message that they believe in science, when they’re away from home and their “THANK YOU DR. FAUCI” yard signs. The coronavirus pandemic has also been about ourselves and other people: what we ask of each other, and how we answer.
Opinion : Derek Chauvin’s conviction shouldn’t feel like a victory. But it does.
The jurors in Chauvin’s trial trusted their eyes and ears. Story continues below advertisementSo many times, that simple acknowledgment of humanity has apparently been too much to ask. Chauvin’s conviction is a tremendous relief — and, one hopes, a beginning. The prosecutors in Chauvin’s trial — Jerry Blackwell, Steve Schleicher and Matthew Frank — put on a powerful case that seemed, to me, simply overwhelming. He pointed out the obvious: It shouldn’t be so hard to win justice for a citizen brutally killed by a police officer.
Opinion : The covid-19 vaccines are an extraordinary success story. The media should tell it that way.
Story continues below advertisement“So far, 5,800 fully vaccinated people have caught Covid anyway in the US, CDC says,” read one headline. “CDC reports 5,800 COVID-19 infections, 74 deaths in fully vaccinated people,” said another. No vaccine is 100 percent effective, and the covid-19 vaccines rank high in terms of providing extraordinary protection against infection. Story continues below advertisementThe most concerning narrative from this past week involves the discovery of rare blood clots that could be associated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. AdvertisementAnthony S. Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, predicts that the CDC will make a decision about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by the end of the week.
Opinion : Harris has been tasked with addressing Northern Triangle migration. She should ask some tough questions first.
Story continues below advertisementHarris said last week that she wants her first overseas trip to be to the Northern Triangle. To explain: It’s no mystery why people risk their lives fleeing the Northern Triangle for the United States. And the United States has done more in response than hand-wringing and haranguing the governments. Harris ought not allow the experts to leave the room until she can, with her well-known prosecutorial approach, determine what U.S. assistance has contributed to the Northern Triangle. Biden has said he wants to send $4 billion to the Northern Triangle region to (drum roll, please) quash violence, curb corruption, reduce poverty and expand economic opportunities.
Opinion: Why I'm not celebrating
(CNN) Commentators weigh in on the guilty verdict against ex-Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd last May. Issac Bailey: I'm relieved, but still in painI don't begrudge others who burst into celebration at the sound of "guilty" guilty" "guilty" in the case of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who slowly murdered George Floyd in broad daylight. There is consolation -- all because George Floyd received the justice he deserved. Julian ZelizerWith the Chauvin verdict, justice was achieved. Until then, there will not be full justice for George Floyd.
President Biden must keep his promise and end Trump's cap on refugee admissions — now
President Joe Biden must immediately keep his promise to lift Donald Trump’s xenophobic refugee cap that cruelly restricts refugee admissions in the United States to the historically low level of 15,000 per year. Though President Biden has now promised to raise the cap by May 15, that’s simply not good enough. And, though some have sought to confuse the issue of refugee resettlement with unaccompanied children at the southern border, it is important to be clear that the refugee resettlement program is entirely different. Resettlement is managed through the Office of Refugee Resettlement in a unique public-private partnership with refugee resettlement agencies. That refugee resettlement cap, after all, is set by the president with the stroke of a pen.
Obama Says Jury Did ‘The Right Thing’ In Convicting Derek Chauvin
Barack Obama said Tuesday that a Minneapolis jury had done the “right thing” in convicting former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of a Black man ? but the former president stressed that the nation “cannot rest” in its quest for “true justice” for Black Americans. “True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that Black Americans are treated differently, every day,” Obama said in a statement. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost 10 minutes, even after Floyd repeatedly cried out that he couldn’t breathe. But true justice requires much more. In the aftermath of Floyd’s death last year, the former president decried the plague of systemic racism in the U.S.“This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America,” he said at the time.
Editorial: Chauvin’s conviction is not our exoneration
This case was so closely watched precisely because it was a rarity: a criminal trial of a police officer for unreasonable use of force that resulted in death. But there was no indication that the fairness of the trial was undermined by an awareness of the world in which it took place. Chauvin’s conviction is less a victory or a vindication than an expression of faith — evidence of justice as yet unseen, but hoped for. It would be foolish to take delight in the verdict, or in the criminal sanctions that Chauvin will face in eight weeks. But modern technology is putting the details before our eyes, whether we want to see them or not.
What did Donald Trump say about immigrants?
Last week, Univision said that it was canceling its coverage of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Trump had portrayed some immigrants from Mexico as bringing drugs and crime to the country in his presidential kickoff speech. NBC said it would no longer air the annual ‘‘Miss USA’’ and ‘‘Miss Universe’’ pageants, which had been a joint venture between the company and Trump. NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us.
We knew Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd. But Black people never expect justice.
And in the streets outside the courtroom where a jury delivered justice — something so many couldn’t believe would come even as we watched the police officer murder Floyd — people cheered, hugged, and prayed. Floyd begged for mercy, called for his dead mother, told the beloved woman who bore him that he loved her. And he told Chauvin, again and again, that he could not breathe. What Chauvin did to Floyd was so egregious, even the blue line of silence that has long bound police departments shifted ever so slightly. With deadly police tactics under scrutiny, there was simply no room for any comment that equivocated or justified Floyd’s murder.
Letters: Vaccine misinformation | Righting EDD | Policing template | Botching history | Conservative voices | Dooming GOP
In this article, I wish there were some statistics regarding how these communities are being affected by this misinformation regarding the vaccines that are being produced and the misconception that they have. Jasmine Tiana ConstantineVallejoMore hires neededto right EDD shipI saw with interest how EDD claims have fallen this month. I’ve worked my whole life, paid my taxes and have only once had to use EDD. Gavin Newsom, who I mostly respect, should employ as many people as needed to fix the huge problem at EDD. For many, the silencing of alternative voices is the first step to the destruction of the core values of our country.
President Biden says verdict in Derek Chauvin trial can be a ‘giant step forward’ in the fight against systemic racism
The verdict — and the aftermath — will be a test for Biden, who has pledged to help combat racism in policing, helping African Americans who supported him in large numbers last year in the wake of protests that swept the nation after Floyd’s death and restarted a national conversation about race. But he also has long projected himself as an ally of police, who are struggling with criticism about long-used tactics and training methods and difficulties in recruitment.
The Derek Chauvin verdict won’t stop cops murdering black people. We still aren’t safe
Many times, I have had to remind people that it was Derek Chauvin who was on trial, not George Floyd. As historians, the greatest opposition we can show white supremacy is to tell the truth. No, the truth is, he is a mirror of white supremacy. Carlson goes on to say that, “If the Floyd [Chauvin] trial ends in acquittal, there could be riots. The stakes of white supremacy do not start or end with this verdict.
Letters to the editor: Budget 2021: 'As fiscally responsible Canadians, we have lost our minds'
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The Original Sin of the War in Afghanistan
On January 10, 2002, just a few weeks after the Taliban fled Kabul, he arrived for a four-day fact-finding visit. We bunked with the Marines in the bombed-out U.S. embassy and spent our days driving around a city devastated by a two-decade civil war. Failure to provide enough troops, money, and focus on the front end resulted in exponentially more troops, money, and focus down the line. By the time U.S. troops crossed into Iraq in 2003, Afghanistan was already an afterthought for the administration. Without effective support from the U.S. during this key period (the first few years were when the commitment was make-or-break), the fragile experiment in Afghanistan had little chance to succeed.
Reform after Derek Chauvin convicted: Doing the right thing is contagious, even for police
In many police departments, officers prioritize loyalty to their fellow officers — even when it means ignoring or covering up bad behavior — over just about all else. But the most common reason cited by far to justify their silence is fear of being ostracized. It usually takes inspired leadership and a substantial overhaul to change ethical behavior and convince people not to protect the bad behavior of their friends or coworkers. We can teach good policingOne of the best examples of how police department culture can change — not overnight, but over time — can be found in the New Orleans Police Department. Most importantly, the EPIC program teaches officers that loyalty does not mean joining in on — or ignoring — bad behavior.
Opinion | How I’m Talking to My Kids About the Derek Chauvin Verdict
They are free to weep and mourn as long as they need to do so, but they can also resist. They have to resist not because any one event will bring the change that they seek. But the only way to have that kind of faith is to tell the truth about the nature of the problem. I told my son the story of Adam Toledo’s death as I drove him to baseball practice. At some point, I will sit down with my son and tell him that justice has been served in the Chauvin trial.
A ‘vulgar’ gift to Princeton and other commentary
Conservative: A ‘Vulgar’ Gift to PrincetonNews of the just-established Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity at Princeton University made National Review’s Kevin D. Williamson’s eyes roll: Multibillionaire Mike Bloomberg’s daughter Emma “sits on the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which will donate $20 million to her alma mater for its new diversity center, to be named after her. That would “matter a great deal more than seeing to it that Princeton has one more thing named after the Bloombergs.”From the right: The Left Is Exhausted“Progressivism is a dying ideology,” argues Modern Age’s Daniel McCarthy. That might come as a surprise considering its apparently vast power in academia and the media. It’s powerful, sure, but it is a power “without heir or legacy.”Libertarian: Follow Science, Open SchoolsCapitulation to teachers unions — not science — is keeping schools from fully opening in deep-blue states, concludes Reason’s Matt Welch. Culture critic: The Last Great HumanistDenis Donoghue, a longtime New York University professor who died this month at age 92, was “one of the last great humanist critics,” eulogizes The New York Times’ Clay Risen.
Team Biden’s only worry on the border is … words
When it comes to the border crisis, Team Biden seems to think the only real issue is . Anyway, if the real crisis is in Central America, why is Vice President Kamala Harris, who’s supposedly point on that very issue, so disengaged on it? She hasn’t visited the border or Central America — or held a press conference on the issue — in the 27 days since Biden put her in charge. Team Biden also is obsessing about labels like “illegal immigrant” and “alien.” Now it wants officials to use “undocumented,” “noncitizen” and “immigrant integration.”Huh? It’s maddening: The border is in chaos, and all Team Biden can focus on is renaming the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Why is the CDC needlessly terrifying Americans with asthma about COVID?
On March 29, the CDC updated its guidelines on underlying medical conditions that could increase patients’ risk of severe COVID-19 illness. In it, the agency classified moderate to severe asthma as a “high-risk” factor for severe illness or death from COVID. The next month, the CDC revised its guidelines that had definitively included asthma as a high-risk factor, suggesting that it “might” be one. (In one preliminary review in July 2020, severe asthma was associated with a slightly — and borderline statistically significant — increased risk of death.) Over the past year, the estimated 25 million Americans with asthma have been living in terror of COVID-19.
NYC can’t be saved without a mayor who supports law and order
The Big Apple’s next mayor will need to take safety concerns seriously if the MTA, and the city more generally, are to bounce back. 3) The next mayor has to ­address misconceptions about law enforcement that breed cynicism and distrust between ­police and minorities. see also Subway crime still outpacing ridership despite drop in March Subway crime rates dropped in March compared to the previous...4) The city needs more (and better) supervision for the seriously mentally ill, who have been disproportionately involved in subway attacks. The NYPD reported 26 subway pushings in 2020; the city had just 49 such reports over the 16-year period of 1975-1991. Whether it’s a good one will depend on whether the next mayor can stop New York from falling back into a costly cycle of crime and disorder.
Stringer disgraced himself by accepting the NYC teachers union’s endorsement
The United Federation of Teachers, which has radiated contempt for New York City’s school kids throughout the pandemic, just endorsed city Comptroller Scott Stringer for mayor. Thus, teachers unions view public schools principally as meal tickets and pension pumps. The question here is this: Why would any responsible candidate for mayor seek an endorsement from the UFT in the first place? Exhibit A, so to speak, is that city watchdog Stringer refuses to bark. Again, whether the union’s backing will help Stringer is an open question; as noted, the UFT’s handicapping skills are unimpressive — and maybe old-fashioned union endorsements don’t mean that much anymore.
Opinion : The nation breathes a sigh of relief after Derek Chauvin’s conviction
Fortunately, the verdict came swiftly and vindicated Biden’s assessment of the trial. But Tuesday’s verdict, which is likely to be appealed, does not mean the overarching problem of racism in policing is resolved. Republicans even respond to noncontroversial measures such as requiring body cameras and implicit bias training with howls of protest. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementRepublicans’ knee-jerk rejection of modest reforms that promote a small measure of racial justice is intolerable. Senate Democrats would be wise to swiftly put the George Floyd bill on the floor and dare Republicans to filibuster it.
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump says Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction is ‘painfully earned justice’ — here’s what gave him hope months earlier
... Once you’re a convicted felon that spent time in prison, I mean, it’s almost anything you can try to do to be gainfully employed. Nurses, you can’t get a nursing degree in many states if you’re a convicted felon. “ ‘If you are a convicted felon and you serve time in prison, you can’t even get life insurance. In fact, in many states, if you are a convicted felon and you serve time in prison, you can’t even get life insurance. It’s asinine you can’t even get a plumbing license if you’ve been a convicted felon.
A first step, but justice means far more
Of those who do, not enough see the justice system — judges, juries, police witnesses — come through for them. But the fact that it took a case of such sheer depravity to overcome the obstacles to justice is also a reminder of the routine betrayal and injustice of the American justice system when it comes to Black people killed by police. The officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Breonna Taylor faced no charges. Americans — from Black and brown communities, from police departments, from cities big and small — have become accustomed to the failures of the justice system to hold police accountable and have begun to anticipate it, and even expect it. Those people, like all people, deserved to live — all deserved the due process that the justice system offered Derek Chauvin.
Jurors hear closing arguments in Oakland murder case that came to symbolize ethics conflict between Alameda DA, public defender
In his closing argument, deputy district attorney Charles Bisesto spent most of his time attacking the self-defense argument, and accusing Martin of lying on the stand. A judge ruled Foxall’s motion failed to come close to the legal standard necessary to take the entire office off the case. “What does that tell you?” Bisesto asked jurors. Foxall argued that Martin’s version of events had stayed largely consistent, and said Bisesto was nitpicking minor inconsistencies to discredit Martin. Martin’s 2017 trial resulted in a guilty verdict and a prison sentence of 40 years to life.
Will Black people trust the system now that Derek Chauvin has been found guilty?
Maybe, now that George Floyd’s killer has been convicted of murder, Black people will finally relax and open up and start to trust that the system works for them? Remember that protest chantYears ago, the protest chant was “no justice, no peace; prosecute the police.”That’s what’s happening now. Former officer Derek Chauvin was charged and convicted in Floyd’s death. Too often when police interact with Black people the conflicts escalate to deadly levels. Maybe then Black people will start to relax and believe that the systems can work for them?
Gobernador de Arizona declara emergencia y envía Guardia Nacional a frontera
MÁS:Ducey prohíbe de forma preventiva los pasaportes de vacunas; no aplica a empresas privadas"Es evidente que Arizona necesita a la Guardia Nacional, y la Casa Blanca lo sabe. El republicano ha sido un duro crítico del Gobierno del presidente Joe Biden sobre el manejo de la frontera. “Esto amenaza la seguridad de nuestras comunidades y la aplicación de la ley”, añadió. En el comunicado enviado por el gobernador no se especificó la fecha y cuántos soldados de la Guardia Nacional serán desplegados en la frontera. En marzo, la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza (CBP) detuvo a más de 170.000 inmigrantes en la frontera.
Illinois officials respond to Derek Chauvin verdict
George Floyd’s death sparked a pivotal movement for Americans fighting to end systematic racism. Let us pray that the Lord continues to watch over George Floyd’s family and loved ones. “While George Floyd was not the first unarmed Black man to die at the hands of police, his death galvanized Americans in a historic way. “My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd, who deserve to have him alive today. Derek Chauvin is now a convicted murderer, and bad actors like him have no place in law enforcement.”Ald.
Chicago activists and politicians praise guilty verdict in George Floyd murder
“Know that this is a result of the millions who have taken the streets in all 50 states and many countries throughout the world,” the organization wrote. “Minneapolis police still exist. Chicago police still exist. We know police continued to kill during the trial and will continue when Chauvin is in prison. Police will keep killing until we, the people, force the abolition of this police state.”
Column: A conversation with civil rights lawyer Sheila Bedi about policing and the death of Adam Toledo
Foot pursuits disproportionately result in police violence — often lethal uses of force. Police departments across the country have restricted foot pursuits for this reason. But an analysis of crime data from over 50 years concludes that fewer than half of all crimes are reported to the police. And police spend only 4% of their time responding to violent crime. Those who would express shock at letting Adam go likely assume that police are more effective at crime prevention and detection than the data demonstrates.
Chicago activists condemn Lightfoot’s National Guard request ahead of Derek Chauvin trial verdict, demand charges be dropped against protesters arrested in Logan Square march
“During the uprisings last summer, during the summer of 2020, people took to the streets to protest police racism, corruption, violence, and we all know that CPD officers responded with racism, corruption and violence,” Bedi said. “And last Friday during the peaceful protests that occurred, we saw clear indications that CPD plans to respond to protests that arise out of the tragic death of Adam Toledo and the George Floyd verdict with the same violence and racism.”
'Justice won': Detroit leaders, experts hail guilty verdicts for Chauvin
A jury deliberated for about 10 hours and found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The demonstrators in Detroit held handmade signs referencing Floyd and other African-Americans who died in police encounters in recent years. Detroit protests against police brutality started on May 29, four days after the death of Floyd. Detroit Will Breathe emerged to help lead the Detroit demonstrations, which included night-long marches throughout the city that remained mostly peaceful. In 2003, a U.S. Department of Justice investigation found a pattern of excessive force, civil rights abuses and a culture of covering up misconduct.
Letter to the Editor, April 21, 2021: For The People Act strengthens democracy
For The People Actstrengthens democracyEditor, Times-Dispatch:Two years ago in the U.S. Congress, every House Democrat supported, and every Senate Democrat co-sponsored, the most comprehensive package of democracy reforms since Watergate. The For the People Act, House Resolution 1, delivered on a promise to the American people to take on political corruption and reform our voting system to ensure every voice is heard and counted. Unfortunately, then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., condemned H.R. The For the People Act would address many of the challenges voters experienced in the 2020 election by ensuring in the future that everyone can safely, conveniently and securely cast their ballots. 1 would eliminate unnecessary barriers to voter registration and boost participation, while setting standardized guidelines for absentee voting, requiring each state to have adequate periods of safe early voting, ensuring no voter faces discrimination, modernizing the voter registration process, and providing states the funding and equipment they need to administer and protect our elections.
Louisville and Kentucky leaders react to verdict in Derek Chauvin trial
Her death attracted international attention following the killing of Floyd, which sparked protests around the nation last summer. What their policy allowsSadiqa Reynolds, Louisville Urban League president"I do not have the words to express the relief I feel. The Louisville Urban League issued a subsequent statement, calling the verdict a relief but saying more work needs to be done. But for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless souls taken before their time, justice is about tomorrow. Our hope must be that the trajectory of these tragedies doesn’t define us or lead us into despair and cynicism.
AFSCME's Saunders Says Chauvin Verdict Sends Powerful Message, but the Struggle To Eradicate Systemic Racism Continues
After so many African American lives have been taken with impunity, this guilty verdict is an enormous relief and sends a powerful message. After a year of pain, trauma and tension in our communities, today’s verdict is a reaffirmation that a badge is not a license to commit violent crime. “But accountability for a single act of brutality does not solve the underlying crisis: deeply entrenched, structural, systemic racism that continues to poison every American institution and every aspect of American life. “We cannot let today’s verdict allow us to become complacent about the challenges we face. Today’s verdict is appropriate punishment for a single crime.
Nearing Biden Climate Summit, Sunrise Movement Joins Senator Markey and Rep Ocasio-Cortez in Introduction of Civilian Climate Corps and GND Resolution
“In 2019 we made it our mission to pass a Green New Deal. Three years later, we are still facing the ticking time bomb of the climate crisis, but now alongside the highest levels of joblessness since the Great Depression. “The Civilian Climate Corps for Jobs and Justice Act forges a new, visionary era of civic collaboration in this country by empowering and employing Americans of all walks of life to rebuild and revitalize their communities,” Prakash continued. This is a concrete first step towards the longer-term vision of the Green New Deal. The reintroduction comes just days before Biden’s climate summit, reminding the administration that the movement for the Green New Deal and transformative change at home is only gaining momentum.
Pipeline Protester Slows MVP Work For 4 Hours by Locking to Equipment, Suspended 20 Feet in Air
Newport, VA - Early Tuesday morning, pipeline protester Alice Elliot climbed a piece of construction equipment at a Mountain Valley Pipeline work site in Giles County, VA and locked herself to it, suspended 20 feet in the air. “By locking myself to this equipment, I’m stopping MVP from using it and costing them tons of money, but this is just one form of resistance,” explained Alice. Karolyn Givens, owner of the Giles County Historic Leffel Farm stated: “I hear there is some resistance in Newport! The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a 42-inch diameter, 300-plus mile, fracked gas pipeline that runs from northern West Virginia to southern Virginia, with a proposed 70-mile extension into North Carolina. Until recently, MVP was unable to work in Giles County based on its proximity to the Jefferson National Forest.
Global Climate Policy Reboot: Launching a US-Canada Fossil Fuel Phase Out
Although the strategic phase out of fossil fuels is the logical place to start curbing emissions, 25 years of climate negotiations have failed to mobilize a global effort to limit global fossil fuel production. The US and Canada can assert existing federal authority to begin an equitable, managed phase-out of fossil fuel production, one that could provide a blueprint for other fossil fuel producing nations. For the US, passing the End Polluter Welfare Act would eliminate all federal subsidies and financial support for fossil fuel production. Biden and Trudeau could also convene National Just Transition Commissions to prioritize a coordinated managed fossil fuel phase out that ensures no fossil fuel workers and communities are left behind. While several countries are already limiting new permits for fossil fuel infrastructure, including Ireland, New Zealand, France, Denmark, Belize, and Costa Rica, the Climate Summit provides a historic opportunity to begin discussions on curbing fossil fuel production on a global scale.
Derek Chauvin Guilty On All Counts—Our Fight For Racial Justice Continues
This case was about accountability, and Derek Chauvin was found guilty for his actions that resulted in the death of George Floyd. Our fight for racial justice continues as we fight to fundamentally alter a system that continues to threaten, harm, and kill Black people. Yes 4 Minneapolis has led the charge to keep a national spotlight on racial justice and issues with policing in this country. Color Of Change is all in for the fight for justice and will continue to advocate for systemic change. “Also, we need to hold our elected officials accountable in this moment to prioritize racial justice and addressing systemic change on the local and national level.
MPower Change Co-Founder and Executive Director Linda Sarsour Responds to Verdict in Derek Chauvin Trial
In this moment, we bear a profound responsibility to direct attention and material support to those fighting on the frontline for justice and liberation, and act in full solidarity. In that spirit, I want to draw attention to and uplift the work of local groups like Black Visions, Reclaim The Block, and Al-Maa’uun. Today’s verdict might come as a relief, but to act in solidarity with Black communities, we must remember that it is decidedly the exception, not the rule. SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT Our Mission Simply Cannot Survive Without Your Support The nonprofit, independent journalism of Common Dreams needs your help. Our journalists are working harder than ever to bring you journalism that is essential to the survival of our democracy.
People’s Action Statement on Conviction of Derek Chauvin
WASHINGTON - People’s Action Director George Goehl and Deputy Director Bree Carlson today released the following statement in response to the conviction of Derek Chauvin:“No verdict will bring George Floyd back, or deliver justice to his family and others who have suffered state-sanctioned police violence. Today, we breathe a sigh of relief as the Floyd family and the people of Minneapolis are offered some shred of accountability. “We have a long road ahead, and we know that convicting one guilty person cannot bring justice for generations of oppression. Our journalists are working harder than ever to bring you journalism that is essential to the survival of our democracy. “We remain united in solidarity, love, and rage with George Floyd’s family, Minneapolis, and communities everywhere fighting to end state-sanctioned police violence.”###
Conviction of Derek Chauvin a Measure of Accountability; Police Reform Still Needed
The truth is that Derek Chauvin being held accountable for killing George Floyd is the exception—not the rule.”“Of course, true justice for George Floyd would require him to still be alive. We saw former Officer Chauvin apply deadly force callously even after George Floyd was killed, ignoring pleas for him to stop. “Today a jury held Derek Chauvin accountable for actions emblematic of a broken policing system. The truth is that Derek Chauvin being held accountable for killing George Floyd is the exception—not the rule.”“Of course, true justice for George Floyd would require him to still be alive. We saw former Officer Chauvin apply deadly force callously even after George Floyd was killed, ignoring pleas for him to stop.
The GOP Has Blood on Their Hands
Democrats offered an amendment that would've forbidden "domestic terrorists and white supremacists" from the gun-carrying "right," but Republicans voted that down. The whole "city on the hill" metaphor was meant to evoke a nation that others would want to emulate. After all, his country has nearly caught up with us having the second highest Covid death rate in the world; why not have the second highest gun death rate, too? We start by ending our epidemic of gun violence and calling out the GOP for what they have chosen to become: a death cult committed to violence, bigotry, and the destruction of our planet. We start by ending our epidemic of gun violence and calling out the GOP for what they have chosen to become: a death cult committed to violence, bigotry, and the destruction of our planet.
Greenpeace Response to Conviction of Derek Chauvin
WASHINGTON - In response to the conviction on all three counts of Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd, Greenpeace USA Chief Program Officer Lindsey Allen said:“The conviction of Derek Chauvin is a rare occurance in a system that seldom holds those enforcing state-sanctioned violence accountable. “When another police officer murdered Daunte Wright during the Chauvin trial, on April 11, just miles from where Mr. Floyd was killed, the systemic violence against Black people was laid acutely bare. As an environmental community, we must speak out in the face of white supremacy, systemic injustice, and their fatal consequences. Fighting for a green and peaceful future includes speaking out against the unjust, racist, and systemic violence facing Black people in the US. “Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of George Floyd, Daunte Wright, and Adam Toledo, and the many others killed at the hands of police.”###
Biden's Progressive Path Through Afghanistan
Much was to be made in the 2020 campaign about Joe Biden’s promise to be the most progressive president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. President Biden can start with Afghanistan. President Biden has announced US forces will leave Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. For this reason President Biden, regardless of what occurs in the next several months, must stay committed to full withdrawal. Now that would be the mark of a progressive president.
Guilty Verdict in Chauvin Trial is a Step Toward Justice, But It Is Not Enough
WASHINGTON - Today’s verdict finding Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd is a step toward justice for Floyd, his family members, and all those who have been affected by his brutal murder. Our union is committed to educating, organizing and mobilizing for racial justice. That work begins with fighting racism within CWA and extends into our workplaces and our communities. Our journalists are working harder than ever to bring you journalism that is essential to the survival of our democracy. Please select a donation method:As we said last year after George Floyd was murdered, “It is not enough to punish the perpetrators who have taken these Black lives.
MLB move of the All-Star Game will cost Atlanta "100 million jobs", so says Chuck Grassley
Seriously, this is what Sen. Chuck Grassley said - “Most infamously, Major League baseball moved the All-Star game from Atlanta, a move that is like to cost the city’s economy a 100 million jobs ...”. Dave Weigel makes a good point — can’t Georgia republicans allow water in voting lines in exchange for 100m jobs? x Gaffe aside couldn't the state have gotten the All-Star Game back by - just spitballing here - repealing the law MLB complained about https://t.co/gXxz3JfQUc — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) April 20, 2021Does Grassley have a time machine? x I still work for the 1996 All-Star Game. Because the All-Star Game is still happening, this time in Colorado.
Biting the Bullit!
With f ederally regulated gun permits, hunting licenses, and sport shooting licenses, we can limit the use of bullets sold per weapon. Each new attack is a reminder of all of the others that came before it, as the nation has been unable to curb an epidemic of gun violence that far outpaces other countries. The gunman killed three people in the attack, including a 13-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, and wounded more than a dozen others. The gunman shot indiscriminately at worshipers for several minutes. He killed 26 people, including nine members of a single-family, and left 20 people wounded, many of them severely.
Building Back Better Starts Right Now
In late March, President Biden unveiled a major new infrastructure plan, the American Jobs Plan. As President Biden has called for, we must build back better by reorienting our economy around clean energy, care work, and uprooting racial and environmental injustice. It proposes using that clean energy to power our cars, trucks, homes, and businesses. The American Jobs Plan rightly backs the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act that supports workers’ right to organize. There’s a lot to be excited by in the American Jobs Plan.
MO-Sen: Lucas Kunce (D) Calls For Ending The War On Drugs By Legalizing Marijuana
Received this e-mail today from Marine officer, Lucas Kunce’s (D. MO) U.S. Senate campaign:Happy 4/20! By now, it’s clear to most Americans that it’s time to make marijuana legal nationwide. Black Americans are 3-4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana, despite consuming it at the same rate as white Americans. If you’re with us, add your name to our new petition to show you support legalizing marijuana at the federal level and ending the War on Drugs. When I’m in the U.S. Senate, I’ll fight for legalization with everything I’ve got.
22 Years Later, It's Getting Worse Not Better
We have averaged more than 10 school mass shootings over the last 22 years. About 10 years ago, the Virginia Tech shooting became the deadliest mass shooting in America of any kind. Red Lake HS, Santa Fe HS and Umpqua Community College all find a place on the list of deadliest US school shootings. Even as the number of school shootings was on a frightening rise, Congress allowed a 10-year old assault weapons ban to expire 2004. Opinion polls all show that a large majority of Americans favor some form of gun control and limitation.
Think Matthew McConaughey's gonna be Texas' next governor? Why you should be wary of that poll
If McConaughey campaigns as a Democrat, it’s likely that many of the respondents who opt for him now (including the 30% of the Republicans in the sample) simply would no longer consider him as a viable option. And should McConaughey instead campaign as an independent, he’d almost certainly face a Democratic opponent who would take many anti-Abbott votes from him. The dynamics of the race would also be dramatically different if McConaughey decided to run in a Republican primary against Abbott. McConaughey himself has talked about running for governor but hasn’t taken any obvious steps towards running, so we may never find out how he’d do under any of these scenarios. As we’ve written before, if a pollster doesn't include this, then they're leaving out important information and failing to accurately mimic the way voters will make their choices when they actually cast their ballots.
Infrastructure: Biden Tells Republicans To Counter Offer. GOP To Leave Flaming T**d On WH Lawn.
The negotiation farce between Biden and the Senate GOP on the infrastructure bill is in full swing now. Anyway, it appears that Biden has asked the Senate GOP to have a counter offer for him by mid May. And I don’t mean that they are just opposed to raising corporate taxes to pay for any infrastructure bill. Yes, Senate Republicans, for the umpteenth time since 2009 are negotiating in bad faith. But there is no way that Republicans are going to vote for the infrastructure bill.
The Chauvin Verdict and the Rule of Law
My brother in law recently retired as a litigator for a major Twin Cities Hospital. He has provided us with excellent insights into the Chauvin trial as he has known most of the lawyers and judges. Contrary to so much of what we have been going through, it is a major instance of the Rule of Law doing what it is supposed to do. We desperately needed reassurance that the Rule of Law remains in force and can be made to work. But I know that they will find no justice without the law.
Uncomfortable Talk Number Four: We need to talk about consent and policing Black hair.
She went to school and her teacher decided to cut her hair to the scalp. Our hair is our crown and that teacher stole Jurnee’s crown. pic.twitter.com/klUMSVMioP — Mari Copeny (@LittleMissFlint) April 20, 2021Kindly explain why it is necessary to cut a child's hair on the school property, during school hours WITHOUT CONSENT FROM THE PARENT(S)!!! The reason I am angry about this is because a little girl named Jurnee is sad because her hair was cut without her mother's or father's consent. In Texas, a young man was made to fill in parts of his haircut with black permanent marker to avoid in school suspension.
Half of Republicans are already convinced that Jan. 6 was a hoax ... this isn't going to help
The nonprofit Soufan Center issued a report and briefing this week detailing how both Russia and China have acted to “amplify” QAnon-related conspiracy theories. Why would China help QAnon believers push ideas that on the surface seem inimical to China itself? Because China, like Russia, understands that fostering division within the U.S. weakens the nation. China saw what Russia accomplished with a mixture of social media and support from Donald Trump in 2016. And don’t expect any Republicans in the House to get in a hurry to sign on to an investigation.
Black Kos, Tuesday's Chile. Pushing back against the vile, nasty attacks on our elected sisters.
We can of course expect this from the right-wing Klan who have historically believed it was their right to brutalize, rape and “breed” Black women. The double jeopardy of misogynoir, faced by Black women is not new. I knew violence all too well — political violence, violence in the classroom, interpersonal violence, sexual violence, and violence in all of its other iterations. After all, violence had mapped itself onto Black girls’ bodies, environments, and the very fabric of their lives. After quelling my parents’ paranoia, I entered Kingston for the first time alone, as a sociological researcher, excited to study the lives and social processes of Black girls there.
Judge ends pretrial release for Proud Boys charged in Capitol siege after reviewing new evidence
Biggs was released on pretrial conditions shortly after the men were arrested, while Nordean was ordered released to home detention on March 3. Nordean’s release, ordered by Judge Beryl Howell, occurred after Howell found that prosecutors’ evidence hadn’t matched their claims, and prosecutors chose not to provide further evidence at the time—mainly because it would be contained in their then-pending release of graver charges against Nordean, Biggs, and other Proud Boys leaders. “The spirit of 1776 has resurfaced and has created groups like the Proudboys and we will not be extinguished. Meanwhile, a Proud Boy held in the Washington, D.C., Central Detention Facility where Nordean and Biggs are headed has asked to be released from custody after contracting COVID-19 in the jail. An attorney for Christopher Worrell, accused of pepper-spraying police during the Capitol siege, says his client suffers from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and faces an increased risk of complications from COVID-19.
The capitalist state is deathly afraid of losing the information war
Information is an underestimated weapon in war, especially class war. And the fact that the intelligence agencies use social media as a weapon in their information war makes apparent the all-encompassing nature of this effort to mentally destroy the state's enemies. Which, as the National Security State's strategists have articulated, has the potential to make them lose the coming class war. The insurgency will attack the legitimacy of the HN government while attempting to develop its own legitimacy with the population. If the capitalist state loses its popular perception of legitimacy, it will lose its ability to control the disputed territory.
The GOP Stands Atop an Ocean of Blood
And now Republicans across the country want to change the word "city" to "armed encampment." Democrats offered an amendment that would've forbidden "domestic terrorists and white supremacists" from the gun-carrying "right," but Republicans voted that down. The whole "city on the hill" metaphor was meant to evoke a nation that others would want to emulate. I lay out the details in my book The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment. Our country was founded on a set of values and ideals; the first to do so in history.
Misplaced Optimism in Biden's 9/11 Plan for Afghanistan
Like his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, Democrat President Joe Biden does not want American troops to fight "other's" wars. But Biden's September 11, 2021 timeline for recall of American troops from war ravaged Afghanistan appears rather odd, more so since 9/11 has gone down in history as the date that showcased the Al Qaeda blitzkrieg against the sole super power. The new 9/11 may take Afghanistan tantalizingly close to the Taliban version of Caliphate. In recent months, Russia has stepped up its campaign to demonstrate its relevance to Afghanistan to the glee of Pakistan and China. These brutal attacks apparently a warning against delay or postponement of withdrawal of American troops.
Journalists, Learning They Spread a CIA Fraud About Russia, Instantly Embrace a New One
From SubstackThat Russia placed "bounties" on the heads of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan was one of the most-discussed and consequential news stories of 2020. The paper called it "a significant and provocative escalation" by Russia. The story appeared coincidentally or otherwise just weeks after President Trump announced his plan to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2020. Cable outlets and the op-ed pages of The New York Times and Washington Post endlessly discussed the grave implications of this Russian treachery and debated which severe retaliation was needed. All they had was an anonymous leak from "intelligence officials" which The New York Times on Thursday admitted came from the CIA but that was all they needed.
MA Jail Letters Reveal Struggle To Survive Pandemic Winter
Letters From Massachusetts Jail Reveal Struggle To Survive Pandemic WinterWhen it became clear in March 2020 that COVID-19 would spread around the United States, incarcerated people and their advocates on the outside sounded the alarm. He alleged that jail staff did not show inmates their positive results, leading him to believe they were keeping many on lockdown because the facility was understaffed. “We get tested more than the [staff],” Soto declared. “It should be the other way around.”DWM’s correspondents see the jail staff as the main vectors of the virus. Organizing On The InsideThe pandemic restrictions have allowed jail staff to exert an extreme level of control over inmates’ lives.
We Need a Jan. 6 Truth Commission — But Nothing Can Redeem the GOP
In the immediate aftermath of the November 2020 election, the Republican Party was astonished to find itself still breathing. An honest, bipartisan 1/6 Commission is vital to the nation, but could also serve to help the GOP right its badly listing ship. A 1/6 commission is necessary because we must not forget the damage wrought that day and the underlying forces that perpetrated it. But what it cannot — and should not — do is redeem the Republican Party. It appears all to evident that neither event — the commission, or a Republican party liberated from itself — will come to pass any time soon.
Even When Marijuana Is Legal, Young People Are Locked Up for It
In practice, youth prohibition doesn’t prevent young people from using marijuana, but it does increase the policing and criminalization of Black, Brown and/or disabled young people. In highly policed Black and Brown communities, the drug-free school zones often extend far beyond the boundaries of the school, becoming vast in size. Bill Lee signed a bill to slash drug-free school zones from 1,000 to 500 feet. In highly policed Black and Brown communities, the drug-free school zones often extend far beyond the boundaries of the school. Punishment for violating drug-free school zones can result in hindered educational opportunities.
'Run and get out': 1 dead, 2 injured in Stop & Shop shooting; suspect captured
'Run and get out': 1 dead, 2 injured in Stop & Shop shooting; suspect capturedAt least one person was killed and two injured after a shooter opened fire inside a manager's office at a Long Island, New York Stop & Shop store.
How Are You Dividing Housework During the Pandemic?
Housework has always been difficult to divide. Over the last year, people around the world have done a ton of housework while sheltering in place. So the Modern Love Podcast team wants to know: What systems have you developed with your partner, roommates or family members to divvy up housework fairly? As this Primal Scream project showed, the load of domestic duties during the pandemic has fallen especially hard on working mothers. We may use excerpts from your audio message in an episode of the Modern Love Podcast, which will be back for a new season this spring.
Derek Chauvin is guilty of murdering George Floyd. Black lives do matter — this is history for America
The last words Floyd uttered in his 17,026 days of life were, "I can't breathe." We can see and hear the desperation in those who tried to save Floyd's life but were rendered powerless. I see how quickly a traffic stop can go left, how quickly a Black man can be killed. And hopefully an even bigger step toward saving the next George Floyd. :A weary city that wears George Floyd's face waits for an answer
Opinion : Lori Lightfoot is wrong. ‘We’ didn’t fail Adam Toledo.
Lightfoot was attempting to give context to systemic forces that led to the shooting death of a seventh grader. Similar tones can be heard on issues of economic divestment from working-class Black and brown communities. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementOur organizations are filled with Black and brown working-class families from areas like the South Side neighborhood where Adam lived. This is the we who have protested, held vigils and demanded that Lightfoot do better by passing policies our city needs. Working-class Black and brown communities in Chicago have been fighting for them for years.
D.C. proposes renaming Woodrow Wilson High School after playwright August Wilson
Wilson is the city’s largest public high school. The discussion on renaming Woodrow Wilson High has been simmering in D.C. for years, gaining traction after a 2015 protest by Princeton University students calling to remove the name from campus buildings. The school decided last year to remove his name from a residential college and its school of public affairs and international affairs. August Wilson’s plays are currently part of the school system’s high school curriculum, Ferebee said. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThe Wilson High community is not the only D.C. school community to call on the city to change its name.
Audubon CEO resigns after complaints of toxic workplace
David Yarnold, the CEO of environmental group the National Audubon Society, is stepping down under a "mutual agreement," coming on the heels of an internal audit into its workplace culture that resulted from revelations first reported by POLITICO. Yarnold is exiting an organization he helmed for nearly 11 years, leaving behind an organization that faced charges of permitting an atmosphere marked by systemic racism, gender discrimination, intimidation and threats. “Over the course of the last few months, the board and David have discussed succession planning and reached the mutual conclusion that now is the time for Audubon to find new leadership to create its next strategic plan and to address many of the culture issues that have come to light," Maggie Walker, chair of the Audubon board, said in a statement. "As we have met with and listened to a significant number of our staff in recent months, we have heard their messages that there is much we can do to improve our organizational culture."
Where’s the refund for my upgrade on Cathay Pacific?
Are American schools dangerous for Asian American students? Among the incidents early in the pandemic, 16% percent of the targets were Asian American youths ages 12-20. About 11% of Asian American students reported being called hate-related words, compared with 6.3% of white students in 2015. A separate study found that bullying and physical violence were less of an issue for Asian American students. A key takeaway: Harms against Asian American students can be systemic and require broader structural solutions.
Column: Sen. Joe Manchin pushes a sweeping pro-union labor law one step closer to reality
The measure is the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, or PRO Act, which passed the Democratic House in March by 225-206, with one Democrat in opposition and five Republicans in support. The PRO Act would be the most important law protecting worker rights since the original National Labor Relations Act of 1935. He has long been an ally of the mine workers union, which anointed him as an honorary member last year. But he hadn’t explicitly endorsed the PRO Act until now. The PRO Act “would make most of what Amazon did in its Alabama anti-union campaign illegal,” labor historian Erik Loomis told me.
Georgia faith leaders urge boycott of Home Depot over voting law
A major coalition of Black faith leaders in Georgia, representing more than 1,000 churches in the state, called Tuesday for a boycott of Home Depot, arguing that the company has abdicated its responsibility as a good corporate citizen by not pushing back on the state’s new voting law. “This is not just a Georgia issue; we’re talking about democracy in America that is under threat,” said the Rev. Jackson said that the faith leaders were calling for four specific actions from Home Depot: speaking out against the Georgia voting law, publicly opposing similar bills in other states, offering support for the John Lewis Voting Rights Act in Congress, and backing litigation against the Georgia law. Not all voting rights groups are on board with a boycott. “I can’t fully support a boycott within Georgia,” said Aunna Dennis, executive director of the Georgia chapter of Common Cause.
Helen Ward Carry dies; former executive minister of Christ Universal Temple
Helen Ward Carry will always be remembered for how much she loved — her God, her church and her family. Carry, 96, former executive minister of Christ Universal Temple, died April 8, according to Leak & Sons Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. Johnnie Colemon, founder of Christ Universal Temple, a New Thought Christian megachurch. Carry served as the church’s administrator and director of the Johnnie Colemon Institute, the church’s teaching arm. During her time as assistant minister, she helped design and create the Johnnie Colemon Elementary Academy and became its principal in 1999.
Here’s our bipartisan proposal for creating more affordable housing in Illinois
We have been battling a dwindling stock of affordable housing for years. Families with some security stay in their homes for many years, and developers simply do not have the means or the resources to build affordable homes and apartments. To ensure that we are investing in our state’s affordable housing future for tomorrow, we are pushing for the Build Illinois Homes Tax Credit. The federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit has helped finance many affordable homes and apartments in recent years, but the need far outweighs the available resources. We’re ready to fight in Springfield for making sure more Illinoisans have that affordable place to call their own.
The threat of unions to workers
For one thing, unions then get money to support the campaigns of politicians making laws employees want. Unions having a tight handle on government can also be seen in teachers unions being able to keep so many schools closed to in-person teaching during the COVID-19 crisis. Trade unions got started in this country as early as 1794 and have informed our culture ever since. Despite my criticisms, the unions’ impact on government has had numerous positive effects, not least on the end of child labor. Private unions have been going away, dropping from a high of 35% of all workers in 1954 to 6.2% in 2019.
Several doctors were prevented from seeing Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a prison hospital amid his three-week hunger strike
Navalny was arrested in January upon his return from Germany, where he had spent five months convalescing from the Novichok nerve agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin — an accusation Russian officials have rejected. His arrest triggered the biggest protests seen across Russia in recent years. In February, a Moscow court ordered him to serve 2 1/2 years in prison on a 2014 embezzlement conviction that the European Court of Human Rights deemed to be “arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable.”
Chad's president Deby dies after three-decade rule
Chad's president Deby dies after three-decade ruleEYE ON AFRICA © FRANCE 24By: Georja Calvin-Smith Follow | Laura DI BIASIO 15 minIn tonight's special edition: Chad's president of three decades has died of wounds on the frontlines of a battle with rebels. News of his death came just hours after he was declared the winner of elections which would have given him another six years in power. He survived several rebellions and coup attempts whilst heading up a military regime. Despite his autocratic rule he was a key ally to western nations in the fight against extremism in the Sahel. There are concerns that Idriss Deby's death could now lead to local and regional instability.
[Trudy Rubin] Afghan pullout risks humanitarian disaster
I thought of Fawzia Koofi, a female member of the Afghan team negotiating with the Taliban, who was shot several months ago in an attempted assassination and fears for her daughters. Why throw US allies (in Afghanistan) under the bus?”The Biden team tried to accelerate political negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, which had barely started. So it would have made much more strategic sense for the Biden team to change the narrative. The least the Biden team can do is open the door wide to Afghan refugees -- as the United States did with endangered Vietnamese after we quit that country. “All those Afghan women I personally encouraged to step forward because we had their backs, what happens to them?” Crocker asked in frustration.
Republican attacks on Maxine Waters prove the GOP is committed to a politics of white whining
Advertisement:Proving Parton's theory almost immediately true, McCarthy then threw a massive fake tantrum over comments made by Rep. Maxine Waters. He falsely accused Waters of "inciting violence in Minneapolis" and demanded that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi punish Waters. His freakout came one day after Taylor Greene released a letter insisting that Congress expel Waters, demonstrating once again that McCarthy and Taylor Greene are really on the same page about most things. Whining about Waters is about distracting a potentially Fox News-addled juror and convincing them to focus on their white grievance and not on the evidence against Chauvin. When it comes to Republicans, Waters added, "this is who they are and this is how they act."
Opinion : Raúl Castro relinquishing power won’t bring change to Cuba anytime soon
The reality is that the Communist Party in Cuba, which has had total control of the island for over 60 years, is not about to relax its grip. And since this party is controlled by the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Cuba is really governed by an old-fashioned Latin American military junta. The country’s submissive legislature, the National Assembly, always votes unanimously for the directives of the Communist Party. Although Díaz-Canel has just been appointed first secretary of the Communist Party, he has yet to prove that he is anything but a figurehead. Castro’s departure has been in the works for at least three years, and the Communist Party prepared for it by drafting a new constitution in 2019.
Court rules Quebec can bar government workers from wearing hijabs, turbans, other religious items
AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThe law includes a grandfather clause that exempts from the ban employees who already are in their positions. He has said public servants shouldn’t be wearing symbols that might promote their faith while serving the public. In 2019, Kaur, a Sikh woman from Quebec, told The Washington Post that she graduated from teachers college on the day Bill 21 passed. “However, this victory is bittersweet since teachers in French schools, police officers and lawyers still cannot work with their articles of faith. “All the laws that are adopted here at the National Assembly have to apply to everyone in Quebec,” he said.
Opinion : Biden shouldn’t have commented on Chauvin. But that’s not the whole story.
This clearly indicated that Biden believed the former Minneapolis police officer should be found guilty of killing George Floyd. And now, something interesting will happen — particularly in light of what we watched for eight years when Biden was vice president. In coming days, you’re likely to hear plenty of people take the same position, that Biden probably shouldn’t have said anything. Story continues below advertisementNow, try to imagine if it were President Barack Obama saying the same thing. Story continues below advertisementBut it’s also another disheartening reminder of the underlying unfairness, even sickness, that made Biden’s presidency so necessary.
Derek Chauvin's trial shows police reform needs to come from cops
The nation is currently fixated on the murder trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. the fact that we are even at this point, with Chauvin on trial, is sadly quite remarkable. This is one of the rare instances where an officer is, in fact, on trial. So again, the fact that we are even at this point, with Chauvin on trial, is sadly quite remarkable. While we have yet to see what the results of the Chauvin trial will be, this moment feels deeply consequential.
Missouri House passes bill for guns in churches, buses
(AP) — Missouri’s Republican-led House on Monday passed a bill that would allow guns in churches and on public transportation. Currently, people need permission from religious leaders to bring firearms into places of religious worship in Missouri. The pending bill would allow people with concealed carry permits to bring guns in churches, synagogues and mosques, as well as public transportation. Missouri doesn’t require a concealed carry permit for gun ownership, but having a permit allows gun owners to bring their weapons into some otherwise restricted areas in the state. The bill also would make it a felony to fire a gun in city limits, with a number of exceptions.
Whisperers communicate those animal feelings
The Framingham resident is an animal whisperer — a spiritual communicator and medium who “talks” with all sorts of animals, living and dead, and helps them communicate with their human owners. “About that time, I began to notice that I could communicate with animals,” she says. “I had a missing Himalayan cat and looked in the Yellow Pages for animal communicators in Massachusetts and found Janet. His pet Queenie was the cattle dog Kennedy was communicating with that Friday. Advertisement“It’s a cliché to say she has a way with animals,” Young said of Kennedy.
Social Studies: Less is more, subtle prejudice, and the height of power
Higher percentages of students suggested the surgeon was an adoptive father, a same-sex father, or a stepfather. Female students were more likely to give the mother answer. The writers had varying levels of underlying prejudice that researchers had documented in a separate exercise. AdvertisementJacoby-Senghor, D. et al., “Not All Egalitarianism Is Created Equal: Claims of Nonprejudice Inadvertently Communicate Prejudice Between Ingroup Members,” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (forthcoming). The correlation between height and support for hitting by police was not as strong among Black respondents.
Mass. board of education waives MCAS graduation requirement for Class of 2022
State Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley proposed earlier this month that the state exempt the Class of 2022 from having to pass the MCAS exams, a change Riley said would be necessary because of the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time since 2003, when the MCAS became a graduation requirement in Massachusetts, state education leaders have decided to exempt an entire class of high-school juniors from having to pass the exam to graduate. If not for the pandemic, current juniors would have taken most of their MCAS exams last year. Officials explained that these 11th graders would not have at least three chances to take the MCAS test and receive academic support if needed before graduation, so that requirement wouldn’t be fair to them. Before the vote, board members said they didn’t feel the state had much of a choice in doing away with the graduation requirement for this single class.
Republicans posture as party of working people
They have struggled to agree among themselves on a bill somewhere between one-fourth and one-third the size of the Biden plan. But they reject Biden’s plan to pay for the spending by raising taxes on the rich and the corporations. They want working people to pick up the tab, not the corporations or the rich. Affordable daycare and long-term care for the elderly are essential for families with working parents. In the wake of Donald Trump, modern-day Republicans posture as the party of working people.
See for yourself what it’s like to make a split-second police decision
They must make a split-second decision to shoot or not shoot. That decision can mean life or death for the officer. I’d recommend that critics of the police go to their local police training academy and try it for themselves. As for the shooting death of Albert Toledo, let’s see how the investigation plays out instead of just blaming the officer. Nick Videka, Lakeshore EastCTU too confrontationalAs an educator for 34 years and a teacher for some of those years, I was an ardent member of the Chicago Teachers Union.
Cincinnati promises $35.5 million for affordable housing
Two weeks before Cincinnati voters say yea or nay to Issue 3, officials at city hall are rolling out their own plan for affordable housing. Issue 3 is the highly controversial charter amendment that would require the city to devote at least $50 million a year to affordable housing. But Tuesday afternoon, the city issued a news release promising to devote $35.5 million in public funding to support the development of affordable housing. The rest of the city’s commitment will come from the existing affordable housing trust fund and potentially money from the recent federal stimulus bill. The money will create a loan fund to provide low-interest financing for affordable housing development or rehabilitation.
Houses of worship struggling due to virus can seek grants
Associated PressDetroit – Grants from $5,000 to $20,000 are being made available in Detroit for houses of worship struggling financially during the coronavirus pandemic. Churches, synagogues, mosques and small nonprofits can apply beginning May 3 for funding through the Faith Forward program, the city said Tuesday. Grants will be available to eligible organizations providing COVID-19 related community services that include those partnering with the city on virus vaccine sites. Organizations that provide emergency support services like housing, food and utility assistance, and those providing health enrichment for senior citizens and mental health services also are eligible to apply. “We have to face the fact that COVID-19 is not over, especially in Black and brown communities,” said Wendy Lewis Jackson, managing director of Kresge’s Detroit Program.
Tom Barrow announces his candidacy for Detroit Mayor
Tom Barrow announces his candidacy for Detroit MayorWith a light snowfall coming down, Tom Barrow announces his candidacy for Detroit Mayor in Detroit, Michigan on April 20, 2021.
Massachusetts class of 2022 will not be required to take and pass MCAS to graduate
This year’s high school juniors won’t be required to take and pass MCAS to graduate, department of education officials decided Tuesday in the latest set of testing modifications made due to the pandemic. The science MCAS requirement for the class of 2022 had previously been dropped, but English language arts and math testing had remained. The new measure now completely exempts the class from having to pass MCAS to graduate and instead, students will now be able to demonstrate competency in a particular subject by completing a relevant course. Robert Curtin, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education associate commissioner said in a presentation that students have not had any opportunities to take the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, making it difficult to keep the requirement in place. When the pandemic hit last year, MCAS testing was waived entirely and DESE Commissioner Jeff Riley and other officials have said a blanket waiver won’t happen again.
Chad president Deby dies in battle at 68 after 3-decade rule
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — President Idriss Deby Itno, who ruled Chad for more than 30 years and became an important ally to Western nations in the fight against Islamic extremism in Africa, has been killed while battling against rebels in the north. The news of his death, announced Tuesday by the military, came hours after he had been declared the winner of an election that would have given him another six years in power. Deby, a northerner and French-trained army officer, rose through the ranks of the armed forces. In the 1980s, he was key in pushing pro-Libyan forces from Chad. He then led the Sudanese-supported Patriotic Salvation Movement in a rebellion in 1990 to overthrow Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, who was later convicted of human rights abuses at an international tribunal in Senegal.
Breaking: Jury Reaches Verdict In Derek Chauvin Case; To Be Read Between 3:30 And 4 P.M.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin in the May 2020 death of George Floyd. The verdict is expected to be read in Hennepin County court between 3:30 and 4 p.m. The jurors heard closing arguments in the trial of Derek Chauvin Monday. In a departure from how he has looked throughout the trial, Chauvin was maskless and looked directly at his attorney throughout the three-hour defense closing statement. He said this case is not that complicated and that, in the state’s view, Chauvin caused Floyd’s death.
The jury in the Derek Chauvin trial has reached a verdict.
The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, and its decision will be read between 3:30 and 4 p.m. local time. Mr. Chauvin faces second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. The most serious charge, second-degree murder, would most likely carry an 11- to 15-year sentence, but it could carry a penalty as high as 40 years. The 12-person jury heard from 45 witnesses in total, 38 from the prosecution and seven from Mr. Chauvin’s defense. A wave of protests — possibly the largest in American history — washed over the country in the weeks and months that followed.
Arkansas House passes unconstitutional bill putting creationism in schools
Last week, the Arkansas state House of Representatives passed a bill that would amend state education law to allow teachers in public schools to teach creationism as "a theory of how the earth came to exist." As it stands, the act promotes blatantly unconstitutional behavior as made clear by a precedent set in a 1982 case involving the Arkansas Board of Education. Despite that, the bill passed 72-21, and it already has a sponsor in the state Senate. This section is permissive and does not require a teacher to teach creationism as a theory of the earth came to exist. Although the legal history of creationism in schools is available to anyone with a working Internet connection, the bill passed with 72 representatives, all Republicans, voting in favor.
Omar asks for just policing in wake of Wright's death
Omar asks for just policing in wake of Wright's deathU.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar joined Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Mayor Mike Elliot and local leaders Tuesday to demand a more just policing system that protects and serves all following the shooting death of Daunte Wright.
Opinion | The Republican Party is beyond salvation — even without Trump
Republicans have gone down the rabbit hole where sanity and sobriety are inexplicable and indeed suspicious. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThis is a sign of how the Republican Party is adjusting to post-Trump life. It’s no surprise that vaccination rates are lower in counties that Trump won than in counties that voted for Biden. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementRacism: Some of the most pro-Trump members of the House tried last week to start an America First Caucus. The willingness to deny the election outcome — and thereby to reject democracy itself — has become the new litmus test for Republican primary voters.
Biden wants to crack down on corporate tax loopholes, resuming a battle his predecessors lost
In 2017, when the Trump administration wrote a massive corporate tax cut, it too tried to curb global profit-shifting and again met with only partial success. Steris, for example, cut its effective tax rate approximately in half by inverting, its securities filings show. Relative to the size of the economy, corporate tax revenue is now less than one-quarter what it was in 1967, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Among them are Ireland, which has made its 12.5 percent corporate tax rate a pillar of its development strategy for nearly a half-century; the Cayman Islands; Bermuda; and the Netherlands. Some tax experts said there were good reasons for the approach Republicans took in crafting the minimum tax.
Opinion | George W. Bush shows how far the GOP has fallen
Nope, that is George W. Bush. While his welcoming spirit toward immigration was not uniformly held within his party, he was certainly within the mainstream. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementNow, less than 13 years after he left office, the mainstream of his party is xenophobic. Bush (who signed into the law the Americans With Disabilities Act) and Bush 43 and the party of MAGA racists is not merely one of degree. There are many on the left who may take issue with George W. Bush’s policy preferences, but the United States needs a second party in which someone like him would be welcome.
Opinion | Welcome to the age of brutal activist Republican governance
Story continues below advertisementThis impulse is emerging in many areas, but let’s begin with a law Florida Gov. “There’s just nothing even close.”Story continues below advertisementHe may be right, but you can bet other Republican states will take it as a model. As the sheriff of Polk County said at the news conference while DeSantis stood laughing beside him, “Welcome to Florida. That is the day Republicans will take back the Senate and the House. AdvertisementWhat we can say is that the authoritarian impulses in the GOP were not confined to Donald Trump.
Opinion: My trans brother -- and my patients -- teach me about the reality they face
"I didn't know how much of my daughter I didn't know before," said one mom of a trans girl, "and how happy she could be." But when people don't know (or are unaware that they know) transgender people, it is easier to create boogeyman specters of who they are. As I progressed through my medical training, I wanted to learn more about transgender health care, but soon realized that I would have to teach myself. One in five reports having been denied health care outright, and the same proportion delays or avoids health care because of fear of discrimination. Health care is hard enough to access, especially in the midst of a pandemic -- what happens when your doctor refuses to treat you?"
Opinion: Republicans are politicizing the border and children's lives
Greg Abbott have used these trips to fear-monger constituents about children seeking asylum and gaslight Americans about who really created the challenge at our border today. It was unprecedented, immoral, and ruled illegal by a federal judge who ordered the Trump administration in November to accept minors seeking asylum. The Biden administration has continued expelling most single adults and families at the southern border, but it is admitting migrant children. President Biden tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to oversee these efforts. The Biden administration understands that the challenges at the border don't start at the border, and certainly can't be solved by walling ourselves off.
Vaccine passports -- A technical, not an ideological issue (Opinion)
The highly debated vaccine passports allow us to scratch this political itch once again. But passports should be a technical issue, helping us exit the pandemic, not yet an occasion to score ideological points. Vaccine passports are a temporary measure, useful during the interval while many are vaccinated, but before herd immunity has arrived . If anti-vaccine people do not disrupt the 70% or 80% compliance required for herd immunity, that may also now be possible. Vaccine passports do not create that dilemma, the unvaccinated do.
Opinion: The last chance to save Alexey Navalny
(CNN) Last summer, Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny narrowly survived an assassination attempt, widely believed to have been organized by Russia's security services, through a Novichok nerve-agent poisoning. Navalny also learned to fight back even within the Kremlin's simulated democracy. Western leaders should expose the hollowness of this claim. Western leaders should say so. But Western leaders should make clear that they will also call out the steps taken to crush his movement and to destroy democracy in Russia.
Voter suppression: As states attack voter rights, Congress has to step in (opinion)
North Carolina implemented i ts own strict photo ID requirement within two months of the Shelby decision, which a federal court eventually determined targeted the state's Black voters with "surgical precision." By 2016, 14 states had new voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election. And, as of April 1, 2021, legislators have introduced 361 bills with voting restriction provisions in 47 states. The lawyer seeking to dismantle federal voting rights laws suggested during his argument before the Court that these federal protections put Republicans at a "competitive disadvantage" electorally. On April 20, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to examine the wave of voter suppression across our nation.
Biden administration lifts Trump-era restrictions stalling Puerto Rico hurricane aid
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development removed restrictions unique to Puerto Rico that had been limiting the island's ability to access certain recovery funds following the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017, the agency announced Monday. But the agency stalled the release of the aid in 2019 and imposed additional restrictions and requirements last year on how Puerto Rico could gain access to the funds, citing corruption and financial mismanagement concerns. “Puerto Rico needs to recover from past disasters and build resilience to future storms, while ensuring transparency and accountability," Housing Secretary Marcia Fudge said in a statement Monday. But most of the money, specifically funds for housing and infrastructure relief, hasn't made its way to communities on the island. Puerto Rico has received $19 billion, according to its Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience.
Former Oregon U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Furse dies at age 84
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2003, file photo, former Oregon Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse answers a question from the audience during a town hall meeting in Milwaukie, Ore. Furse, who represented northw... FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2003, file photo, former Oregon Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse answers a question from the audience during a town hall meeting in Milwaukie, Ore. Furse, who represented northw...PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Elizabeth Furse, who represented northwestern Oregon in Congress for three terms in the 1990s, has died from complications related to a fall, her former husband said. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that Furse championed the rights of Native Americans and helped five Oregon tribes regain federal recognition. ADVERTISEMENT“Elizabeth Furse had a steadfast commitment to justice and civic engagement,” Portland State University President Stephen Percy said in a statement. Furse is survived by her children, Amanda Briggs of Beaverton and John Briggs of Seattle, and by Platt, who was her second husband.
‘Well my time has come’: Mondale penned letter to staff in final days of life
That phrase began the final staff missive of Walter Mondale, the former vice president and U.S. senator from Minnesota who died at 93 on Monday. 2 slot on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential ticket, Mondale was the first person with whom he conferred. The entirety of the note to Mondale staffers, as first published by Axios:Dear Team,Well my time has come. Never has a public servant had a better group of people working at their side! Joe in the White House certainly helps.
What’s important in the process of trading Dogecoin and other crypto assets
Wilson’s success makes her a glaring exception in an industry profiting off of the same thing that has imprisoned Black women like her. “A lot of the diaspora, myself included, started to withdraw from our culture and our understanding of the plant,” Wilson remembers. Mindful hiring practices, health and wellness, and accessibility are principles that are not typically associated with the cannabis industry, and that’s exactly what Wilson wants to change. In Canada, 84% of cannabis industry leaders are white and 86% are men. How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Why Don’t Black Women Get To Be Stoners Onscreen?Black Women: Fighting For Cannabis Industry EquityHow Black Women Are Finding Healing in Cannabis
Prosecutors open criminal probe into police who arrested an elderly Colorado woman last year
She gained hands-on experience when she was promoted to budtender and shadowed the cannabis buyer at STIIIZY’s Mission location in San Francisco. Without the Equity Program, De La Vega says she wouldn’t have had access to the resources to secure a retail location and vendors. De La Vega acknowledges it wasn’t easy to be a pioneer in a white-male-dominated industry. “SF is made up of many Latinx communities,” De La Vega says. According to Marisa Rodriguez, the Director of the San Francisco Office of Cannabis, 33 new Equity Program cannabis businesses are currently completing their construction.
Op-Ed: Biden’s shift on the border wall is a deadly mistake
The wall is a potent symbol, shaping the public imagination and stories we tell about the border. Border militarization has created the same fear in millions of Americans. It is both a deadly reality and a signifier that shifts blame to the brown men from beyond the wall. It is impossible to grasp the violence of border militarization unless you walk the border routes yourself. The same can be said of the border wall.
Being Black isn’t exhausting. Racism is exhausting.
Being Black isn’t exhausting. Racism is exhausting. It’s also perilous for Black people’s mental health. Yet none of it, and so many more slights, indignities, and outright terrors, has ever made being Black feel exhausting to me. Racism is exhausting.
‘Wonderful’ Oakland teen killed by stray bullet to be remembered
OAKLAND — Family and friends this week are planning to celebrate the life of Demetrius Fleming-Davis, the playful and nurturing 18-year-old with an unforgettable smile who was killed by a stray bullet in East Oakland April 10. Fleming-Davis died last week while riding in the back seat of a friend’s truck, on International Boulevard and Havenscourt Boulevard, when he was struck and killed by a stray bullet. Jackson first met Fleming-Davis when he was 5-years-old, and remembers the young man’s fascination and care for animals at the church’s ranch. It’s hard to take.”Jackson recalled paying a young Fleming-Davis for good grades. Badelle said the teen would assist his mom with the technology she needed to master for working from home.
National Guard, local agencies holding training excercises
The Nevada National Guard, the Clark County Fire Department, the Las Vegas Fire Rescue bomb unit and the FBI will participate in an emergency response exercise this week in Las Vegas. Members of the Nevada Army Guard listen to Maj. Gen. Ondra Berry, not pictured, on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, as they prepare to deploy to Washington, D.C., ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoThe Nevada National Guard, the Clark County Fire Department, the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue bomb unit and the FBI will participate in an emergency response exercise Tuesday through Thursday in Las Vegas. The exercise, known as Desert Torch, will take place on Silver Mesa Way near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway. It will test the agencies’ ability to respond to chemical, biological, nuclear or explosive contingencies.
Struggling families deserve help, not punishment
But I see disturbing parallels in the child protection system. Too often that system punishes children and families because they don’t measure up. But physical or sexual abuse represent a small number of child protection cases. Systemic racism shapes those judgments: Black, Hispanic and Native American families are disproportionately targeted for child welfare investigations, and bias then factors into removal decisions. Today we see hope in a growing understanding that poverty is not neglect, and families are worthy of support.
Nolan Out Loud: Impeach Maxine Waters
"You’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business,” Waters said. What Waters is urging is mob justice, and could be viewed as jury intimidation. Waters, who earlier encouraged public attacks on Trump administration officials, should be formally reprimanded, and that's what Republicans are demanding. The governor faulted the failure of Michigan residents to "rally" to combat COVID-19 for the current surge. Sign up for the Nolan Out Loud morning report at detroitnews.com/newsletter
Phallic symbol, obscenities spray painted on Columbus fallen police officer memorial
The memorial for fallen Columbus police officers was vandalized sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning. The memorial, which was built in 2000 to honor Columbus officers killed in the line of duty, is located on Washington Boulevard in Genoa Park near COSI on the west bank of the Scioto River in the Downtown area. A tarp was placed over the memorial and cleanup work was expected to begin as soon as possible. There are security cameras near the memorial, but it was not immediately known if the cameras captured images of possible suspects. During protests last summer in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police, Columbus police had an officer standing guard over the memorial to prevent vandalism or damage.
Former nursing home employee pleads guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from elderly resident
A former Waltham nursing home employee has pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from an elderly resident, Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday. Christina Polcari, the former admissions director at the Meadow Green Nursing Home, pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court to five counts of forgery and one count each of larceny over $1,200 from a person over 60 years old and embezzlement by fiduciary. Judge Paul Wilson ordered Polcari, 54, of Belmont to pay $76,000 in restitution to the victim and a $5,000 fine. Polcari left her position at Meadow Green in May 2019, when nursing home officials became aware of the scheme, the AG’s Office said. The case was referred to the AG’s Office by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
Private School Head Admits ‘Anti-racist’ Curriculum Is ‘Demonizing White People for Being Born’
Advertisement“I also have grave doubts about some of the doctrinaire stuff that gets spouted at us, in the name of anti-racism,” Davison told Rossi, according to the recordings. Grace Church says Paul Rossi misquoted him. Advertisement“The fact is, that I’m agreeing with you that there has been a demonization that we need to get our hands around, in the way in which people are doing this understanding,” Davison told Rossi. “We’re demonizing ki…, we’re demonizing white people for being born,” Davison said. Advertisement“FAIR stands behind Paul Rossi,” the organization said on its website.
JCPS announces summer learning options for kids as it looks ahead to new school year
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jefferson County Public Schools will offer a slew of summer learning programs for students to jumpstart learning heading into the 2021-22 school year. JCPS will provide teachers, meals and transportation for students during the programs, Pollio said Tuesday. Prior to the pandemic, JCPS reimagined its summer options as a way to help struggling students and close the district's achievement gaps. In its first — and due to the pandemic, only summer — JCPS' "Backpack League" served more than 850 kids, most from low-income households. The district is identifying students who showed heightened signs of struggling with virtual learning, like low participation, Pollio said.
What’s the ultimate Canadian way to smuggle weed? Hide it in some Kraft Dinner
What’s the ultimate Canadian way to smuggle weed? Hide it in some Kraft DinnerAnyone familiar with KD knows there’s plenty of space for air inside the boxes. When RCMP officers opened the individual boxes, they found baggies containing a total of 480 grams of illicit dried cannabis. Tricking out packaging for illegal cannabis edibles to look like legitimate candy or chip brands has long been a tactic used by smugglers. 16 and “seized another 694 grams of illicit cannabis as well as drug trafficking paraphernalia,” according to the police.
Opinion | Humanity faces a climate emergency — shouldn’t that be news?
Even before the global pandemic dominated headlines, broadcast news networks in the United States spent just four hours combined discussing the climate crisis in all of 2019. Last week, the organization called on journalists to recognize what peer-reviewed science is saying: Humanity faces a “climate emergency.” To do this, the statement noted, is not a matter of politics or activism but scientific accuracy. … It’s time to call a climate emergency a climate emergency.”Journalists know how to convey a sense of crisis to the public — we did so a decade ago with Deepwater Horizon, and more recently with covid-19. We must treat the climate emergency with the same urgency. This way, as growing numbers wake up to the climate emergency, they respond not with resignation but with determination.
Biden’s next phase of his jobs plan could blow up one of the GOP’s biggest lies - The Washington Post
AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThat next phase will involve another $1 trillion in proposed spending on various family support programs, on top of the $2 trillion infrastructure plan that congressional Democrats are assembling. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementSimilar insights undergird the $2 trillion jobs plan and the already-passed $2 trillion covid-19 rescue package. The former would employ large public investments to rebuild infrastructure and engineer our inevitable transition to a decarbonized economy. The latter uses them to stimulate the economy and bail out those suffering terrible economic travails amid the covid-19 collapse. Republicans could capture the House through anti-majoritarian tactics alone, while being entirely absent from the mainstream conversation about our biggest national challenges.
A Conversation with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGovernor Gretchen Whitmer is a lifelong Michigander who is focused on getting things done that will make a difference in people’s lives. Inspired by her family, she’s devoted her life to building a stronger Michigan for all and governed through unprecedented, colliding crises. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementAs Governor Whitmer has led Michigan through this extraordinary time, she’s remained focused on doing the right things: acting decisively, following the science, and listening to the experts. She will keep fighting for Michiganders every day and tackling the big challenges Michigan faces with bold solutions and decisive leadership.
Time and again, the Boston Police Department has proved it can’t be trusted to police itself
If Boston is going to change, it needs a police department that leads the nation in transparency and accountability. Transforming our approach to public safety requires a sizable and sustainable reduction to police overtime. Residents I’ve spoken with — including many officers — believe that a transparent, diverse, just, and accountable department is essential to public safety and will shift the culture inside the police department. When it comes to the police department and public safety, Boston needs to turn the page. Andrea J. Campbell is a Boston City councilor and a candidate for mayor.
Fort Worth will have its first new mayor in 10 years. Here are the candidates vying to replace Betsy Price
Fort Worth will have its first new mayor in 10 years after the May 1 election, in which 10 candidates are vying to replace one of the city’s most enduring leaders, five-term Mayor Betsy Price. Mattie Parker, 37, is a 2021 candidate for Fort Worth mayor. (Courtesy)An education advocate, Parker serves on the boards of Read Fort Worth and ACH Child and Family Services. “Fort Worth’s a great city, but, man, we move slow,” she told Fort Worth Magazine in February. Brian Byrd, 50, is a 2021 candidate for Fort Worth mayor.
Kafer: Composting human bodies may draw the ire of some, but I’m all for returning to the substrate of life
So when I learned about Colorado Senate Bill 6, the Human Remains Natural Reduction Soil act, I thought it was a good idea. (Please be advised this column focuses on the handling human remains after death). The difference is that the reduction process is quite a bit faster taking about 30 days. Understandably, some people may recoil from the idea of turning human remains into soil. The Colorado Catholic Conference opposes the legislation because “The Catholic Church teaches that human life and the human body are sacred, and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral society.
Pro-Trump and ‘defund police’ nonsense dominate local elections already hit hard by pandemic and voter fatigue
Add to that this campaign cycle’s two unprecedented challenges -- pandemic distraction and voter burnout -- and I almost feel sorry for these candidates. Unless we shake off our apathy, the 2021 election could go down in history as the one no one noticed. (One way to learn more is to read all the candidates’ answers to questionnaires in The Dallas Morning News’ Voter Guide.) Candidates and voters alike acknowledge that this weird time we’re in -- part pandemic and part normalcy -- has made it all much tougher. In the Dallas City Council races, the only unifying theme to emerge is public safety, and, sadly, that’s contributed to some of the biggest distortions of the campaign season.
Letters: Contraceptive coverage needed (4/19/21)
Immigration status or income should not determine who gets to care for themselves and their families and who gets to decide how to build their families. This bill will close some very concerning gaps in access to contraception, an essential service that should not be pushed out of reach. Startup o?ers a third choice,” April 11 news storySunday’s Business Section told how a 721 exchange allows owners to keep their single-family homes as rental properties. It also lists some of the detrimental effects rental properties have on the city: landlords do not maintain their properties as they should and reports that the city wants to allow properties to deteriorate so they rent at below-market rates. Most importantly, turning single-family homes into rentals makes it more difficult for young families to purchase homes of their own.
Friedman: Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan may be a short term disaster but who knows about the long run
I was not surprised that Joe Biden decided to finally pull the plug on the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. The diary entry began:“We flew to Islamabad and then grabbed a U.N. relief flight into Bagram Air Base, 50 miles from Kabul. “‘This is Joe Biden, could you connect me with Colin Powell?’ Biden asked the State Department operator. Hey, it’s Joe Biden. Our leaving may be a short-term disaster, and in the longer run, who knows; maybe Afghanistan will find balance on its own, like Vietnam.
Letters: Health care: It’s about affordability (4/20/21)
It will never change as long as they can put a price on whether you live or die. This problem has gotten worse during the pandemic as people have had difficulty paying rent and are being evicted. They’ve been forced to move from homeless shelter to homeless shelter to have a roof over their kids’ heads. Call your state senator and urge them to support House Bill 1121 to keep our kids safe and healthy in their houses. Patrick Tiffany, DenverCourtrooms awakeningAs springtime lawns awake across Colorado, jury trials are resuming in earnest in places such as Cortez, Glenwood Springs and Denver.
Hurray for all of you who have served on a jury
I have never heard anyone shout, “Hurray, I just got notified to report for jury duty.”People in the office don’t slap colleagues on the back for the honor they have received. Yet, serving on a jury is one of the two greatest responsibilities of citizenship in the United States, the other being the right to vote. “Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty,” John Adams once stated. Hurray for the people who have sat on the George Floyd jury. Cheers for all of you who have done jury duty, taking on that burden for all of us.
Rick Scott loved corporations until they ‘woke’ up in Georgia | Editorial
We thought we had fallen out of our beds and hit our heads, because we woke up in a parallel universe in which the party of free markets, that saw nothing wrong with corporate influence in U.S. politics through unlimited cash flowing into elections now is rallying against — of all things — corporate meddling in politics?
Man shoots three colleagues, one fatally, at Long Island Stop & Shop
“We were informed by the police that there is activity in the area,” the school district said on Twitter. “We are presently in a lockout and we’ll inform you when it is over. Please do not come to the buildings. Everyone is safe.”
Opinion: America could use more shutting up – and more reasoning
It basically sums up everything we are fighting about in Congress, statehouses, court rooms, dinner tables, and streets from the coronavirus pandemic response, to gun rights to anti-police violence. Fauci, a hero to many and to others an East Coast elitist destroying America, argued for life. Life versus liberty, and which trumps which, is at the heart of nearly each of the nation's ongoing conversations. It can be argued that life is the greatest right, and someone should have the liberty to it above all else. You know the trio: "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Climate change creates migrants. Biden considers protections
Some argue that's outdated, but few expect changes to the international accord to account for those fleeing rising sea levels, drought or other effects of climate change. The U.S. may define the displaced as climate migrants instead of refugees and offer them humanitarian visas or other protections. Scientists say the impoverished string of 33 atolls with about 103,000 people is among the nations most vulnerable to climate change. The committee said Teitiota was not in imminent danger at the time of his asylum claim, rejecting his case. “This ruling sets forth new standards that could facilitate the success of future climate change-related asylum claims,” committee expert Yuval Shany said.
I’m living proof of the power of redemption through restored voting rights
I was among the beneficiaries, one of 180,000 people with previous felonies who had their voting rights restored in time for the 2020 election. Related:Kentucky restored voting rights to 178,000 with felonies. With my hope restored, I decided I wanted to give hope to others that they could do the same. But having my voting rights restored, like graduating from college, created a drive within me to advocate more substantive change. I’m living proof of the power of redemption, and I hope to make the most of my second chance.
Sound like a Derby expert by learning these quick facts and some lingo
Sound like a Derby expert by learning these quick facts and some lingoLearn how to talk like a Derby insider with these tips from Kathryn and Kirby.
Quebec court strikes down part of contentious religious symbols ban
A Canadian court has struck down part of a disputed Quebec law against public employees wearing religious symbols, removing limits on some teachers and provincial politicians but maintaining the ban for police officers, judges and other civil servants. The 2019 law, which the Quebec government said was designed to preserve secularism in the mainly French-speaking province, prohibits many civil servants, including police officers, from wearing religious symbols such as hijabs and turbans on the job. Legal experts predict the Quebec superior court ruling will be appealed to Canada’s supreme court. The case is sensitive for the ruling Liberals since Quebec will be of critical importance in an election expected later this year. A March 2021 Leger survey said a majority of Quebecers favored a public ban on the wearing of religious symbols.
George W Bush on Trump’s Republicans: ‘Isolationist, protectionist, nativist’
George W Bush has called the Republican party under Donald Trump “isolationist, protectionist and … nativist” – a judgment unlikely to make the former US president new friends on the American right. Bush, who is promoting a new book, spoke to NBC on Tuesday. Bush, the son of another president, is from a political dynasty about as Wasp (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) as it is possible to get. But Trump took down the former Florida governor Jeb Bush, the former president’s younger brother, in vicious fashion in 2016. George W Bush maintains friendly relations with former presidents including the Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and to some has come to present a more reasonable face of Republican politics.
World Press Freedom with Mojo Founder & Editor Barkha Dutt, Rappler Co-Founder & CEO Maria Ressa & PBS NewsHour Anchor Judy Woodruff
RSF, the world’s largest non-governmental organization specializing in the defense of media freedom, is a partner of The Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership. Maria RessaA journalist in Asia for 35 years, Maria Ressa co-founded Rappler, the top digital only news site that is leading the fight for press freedom in the Philippines. Judy WoodruffBroadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. From 2006 – 2013, Judy anchored a monthly program for Bloomberg Television, "Conversations with Judy Woodruff." She wrote the book, This is Judy Woodruff at the White House, published in 1982 by Addison-Wesley.
Opinion | Republicans have made their hostility to civil rights clear
That move comes after Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee attacked Kristen Clarke, another immensely qualified civil rights lawyer who was nominated to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Second, Republicans have endeavored for years to turn the meaning of “civil rights” upside down and to dismantle the Justice Department’s role in enforcing it. Instead of pursuing pattern-and-practice cases against police departments that routinely violate civil rights, they wave the Blue Lives Matter banner. It’s clear why strong, committed civil rights advocates such as Gupta and Clarke pose such a threat to the right. An effective civil rights division would prosecute the White supremacist groups whom Republicans have increasingly attempted to normalize and defend, and would routinely show Republicans’ victimology to be laughably contrived.
Ben Domenech rips Dr. Fauci's comments on gun violence: 'Completely out of his depth'
Fox News contributor Ben Domenech slammed Dr. Fauci on Tuesday for suggesting that gun violence was a public health issue during a recent TV interview. Domenech lauded Fauci's medical expertise but said he's gotten "out over his skis" by increasingly commenting on social issues. FAUCI TIES GUN VIOLENCE TO A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUEBEN DOMENECH: I’m sick and tired of this out-of-his-depth bureaucrat Dr. Fauci feeling that he can just weigh in on any kind of matter socially and have a reaction from America’s media and from politicians. He was wrong about school closings, he was wrong about our lockdowns and on masks, he was wrong too. And the fact is we shouldn’t have bureaucrats, who have so much faith in their own infallibility that they feel they need to weigh in on every aspect of our lives.
Military: Chad’s president killed during battlefield conflict
The ConversationA Texas woman shows a picture of her 21-year-old son, who has been incarcerated during the pandemic. And for the 6.5 million Americans who have a family member incarcerated, COVID-19 has made an already highly stressful situation much worse, according to our criminology research. Our survey showed that people with a family member incarcerated during the pandemic experienced extreme distress. “I fear he will either perish from the conditions or somehow take his own life.” Many Texas prisons lack masks, soap and hand sanitizer. Studies show that having a family member incarcerated is detrimental to the psychological and physical health of parents, spouses and children.
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Former Vice President Walter Mondale reflects on his accomplishments and legacy as a Minnesota statesman. Filmed in June, 2017.
Opinion: Denver’s next superintendent must end the union vs. reformer battle and tackle racial justice directly
The superintendent of the school district holds a massively consequential role for the future of our city’s schools. Having a portfolio of school models is a strength of Denver Public Schools admired across the country. What will it require of Denver Public Schools as an educational system to lead our students through this urgent time in our country? Find an opportunity to join the Denver Public Schools superintendent search process here. Adeel Khan is the founding principal at DSST: Conservatory Green High School, a public school in the Central Park neighborhood in Denver.
I'm an epidemiologist. Here's what I got wrong about COVID
I'm very interested in understanding what we got wrong about COVID and why, and I would be among the first to admit that we didn't get everything right. Unfortunately, the analogy was imperfect: Widespread asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, we soon learned, meant COVID was much harder to contain than SARS. That skepticism was based on previous scientific research as well as hypotheses about how COVID was transmitted that turned out to be wrong. Surface transmission, it emerged, is not that big a problem for COVID, but transmission through air via aerosols is a big source of transmission. We've also seen people protesting face-mask mandates — long after the efficacy of masks was clear — by gathering in large, noisy crowds, a setting with a high risk of COVID transmission.
Walter Mondale obituary
Though his long political career did not warrant such a disaster, Walter Mondale, who has died aged 93, gained an unwelcome place in American political history. Mondale’s gaffe prompted George HW Bush’s infamous sound bite of 1988: “Read my lips: no new taxes.”President Jimmy Carter, right, with Walter Mondale in 1978. President Ronald Reagan, left, and his Democratic challenger Walter Mondale, right, during their televised presidential debate in Kansas City in 1984. Far more experienced in national politics than the new president, Mondale argued that the vice-president should have a wide-ranging and independent advisory role. Years later Mondale commented that: “Carter lost confidence in his ability to lead public opinion.
Rupa Subramanya: Canada must immediately suspend flights to and from India
Try refreshing your browser, or Rupa Subramanya: Canada must immediately suspend flights to and from India Back to video There is a similar story in India. Wisely, some countries have banned flights from Brazil and/or India. Most recently, after the cancellation of the state visit by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to India, the U.K., too, has banned flights from India. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must immediately suspend all flights to and from India to prevent a full-scale and catastrophic entry of the Indian mutants to Canada. The only sensible response is to suspend flights from a hot spot like India, and do it now before it’s too late.
The GOP Has Blood on Their Hands
Democrats offered an amendment that would've forbidden "domestic terrorists and white supremacists" from the gun-carrying "right," but Republicans voted that down. The whole "city on the hill" metaphor was meant to evoke a nation that others would want to emulate. After all, his country has nearly caught up with us having the second highest Covid death rate in the world; why not have the second highest gun death rate, too? We start by ending our epidemic of gun violence and calling out the GOP for what they have chosen to become: a death cult committed to violence, bigotry, and the destruction of our planet. We start by ending our epidemic of gun violence and calling out the GOP for what they have chosen to become: a death cult committed to violence, bigotry, and the destruction of our planet.
What Walter Mondale meant
Walter Mondale, who has died aged 93, is destined to be a trivia question: ‘which die-hard liberal did Reagan beat by a landslide in 1984?’ That’s unfair. In office, Mondale created the modern vice-presidency: not just a spokesman for the administration, he was a genuine partner, although he eventually learnt the limits of his advice. Mondale was right; Carter was wrong. And let the record show that until late 1983, early 1984, Mondale was actually tying Reagan in some polls. But Mondale ran as Mondale.
Minneapolis awaits Chauvin verdict
Minneapolis awaits Chauvin verdictMinneapolis holds it breath as a jury deliberates the fate of former city police officer Derak Chauvin.
What’s in Biden’s $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan?
Much of Biden’s spending package focuses on green infrastructure and job creation. For example, the White House says automakers could hire workers to make batteries and parts for electric vehicles, shoring up their own supply chains. The White House says that 40 percent of the benefits of its climate and clean-infrastructure investments would go to disadvantaged communities. The infrastructure overhaul would also cover protection from wildfires, sea-level rise, hurricanes and droughts and shore up dam safety. The plan would put $35 billion toward clean-energy technology, new methods for reducing emissions and other broad-based climate research.
NYC instructor 'relieved of his teaching duties' after criticizing racial 'indoctrination' of students
A math instructor has been "relieved of his teaching duties" after voicing criticism of his Manhattan private school's purported racial "indoctrination" of its students. I have informed him that he is relieved of his teaching duties, and we've asked two support teachers to take over his math classes for the final quarter. Rossi, however, is reportedly firing back in a response letter that accuses Davison of duplicity in how he has described racial teachings. Prior to Sunday's letter, Rossi had told the Daily Mail that he was put on remote work out of safety concerns. When asked for clarification, GCS spokesperson Topher Nichols told Fox News: "In terms of our previous statement on Paul's employment status.
Castro's heir, President Miguel Díaz-Canel faces pressure to accelerate Cuba reforms
Since succeeding his mentor Raul Castro, 89, as president in 2018, Miguel Diaz-Canel, 60, has emphasized the need for continuity over renewal. As a young party chief in two provinces, Diaz-Canel bucked party orthodoxy by backing an LGBT-friendly cultural center, listening to rock music and sporting long hair. At a national level, as education secretary and then vice president, Diaz-Canel advocated for broader internet access and carried a tablet device to meetings. His presidency coincided with former U.S. President Donald Trump's move to tighten the decades-old trade embargo on the island. "But he needs to win over the youth ... because there are many young people unhappy with the path Cuba is taking."
Judge dismisses petition to recall Seattle School Board
SEATTLE (AP) — A King County Superior Court judge on Monday dismissed a petition to recall the Seattle School Board after a group of parents accused the board of failing to adequately plan for students’ return to classes. After hearing from the three petitioners and an attorney representing the School Board on Friday, Judge Mafé Rajul dismissed the recall petition, the Seattle Times reported . The 11 charges were filed in March by Seattle Public Schools parents and community members Emily Cherkin, Jennifer Crow and Beverely Goodman. They accused six board members of failing to plan for schools reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. ADVERTISEMENTRajul said the decision to close schools is a “discretionary act and members of a school board cannot be recalled unless they arbitrarily or unreasonably exercised such discretion.” The School Board, she decided, did not make decisions surrounding school closures in an arbitrary or unreasonable manner.
Editorial Roundup: Kansas
The Kansas Senate also decided the state should set up a school curriculum for gun safety, based on a course designed by the National Rifle Association, which is in bankruptcy court. The state Senate has wrestled with needless tax cuts. Editorial: Here are the bills the Kansas Legislature should — and shouldn’t — have spent its time on this sessionOh, Kansas Legislature. Should have: Medical marijuanaWith Colorado, Oklahoma and Missouri offering medical marijuana options (and even more in the first case), it’s long overdue for Kansas to pass medical marijuana legislation. Kansas lawmakers should be smart enough to understand that.
Editorial Roundup: Missouri
Editorial: ‘Just work and school’: Tuition hike would hurt working-class Missouri familiesThe Missouri House lifted tuition caps for our public universities last week, and if the Senate follows suit, college will get even less affordable for the working families that lawmakers always say they care about. ADVERTISEMENTAllowing tuition increases will punish students like Tamia Schiele, who is 17 and has already been accepted into her dream school, the University of Missouri. She has applied for multiple scholarships, but with an older brother already at Missouri State, Tamia is aware of the financial burden her family would face if the cost of college goes up. Most, if not all, Missouri Republicans would claim to still stand for the traditional GOP principle that government shouldn’t micromanage businesses. Understandably, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, charged with defending the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services, had nothing to say about the matter.
Bringing COVID vaccines to underserved L.A. communities
CORE’s initiative, called It’s Time Los Angeles, arrives amid continued calls to prioritize equity in the vaccine rollout even as data show that Black and brown communities continue to lag behind in access. “A lot of people change their mind because of people that they trust and they know who are also getting vaccinated,” Lee said. They trust people who are pillars in the community.”Last month, California began devoting 40% of its vaccine supply to underserved communities, where people have died of COVID-19 in much higher numbers. Some residents in these communities that skew lower-income don’t have a computer or a vehicle — two things that make getting a vaccine a lot easier. Help leaders can offer includes providing accurate information and clarifying misconceptions in a language community members understand, said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA.
‘We can still bloom and grow after trauma’: the artist sharing survivors’ stories of abuse
Anyone can visit the artist’s website, MayWeKnow.NYC, and submit their story of survival; be it of sexual assault or gender-based violence. She performs a ritual to honor the Asian women recently murdered in Atlanta every night at 8pm, and viewers can watch the space via a 24-hour livestream. Photograph: Courtesy of the City of New York“So much of this work is a meditation on how we can still bloom and grow after trauma,” she said. “We can’t discuss this tragedy without talking about the deadly intersection of racism and misogyny, and how the fetishization and exoticization of Asian women isn’t some abstract theory,” she said. By weaving the stories together, it proves that survivors are not alone, offering a sense of belonging, if not refuge.
Breaking: Quebec Superior Court strikes down parts of Bill 21, the secularism law
Breaking: Quebec Superior Court strikes down parts of Bill 21, the secularism lawBill 21 bans public sector workers such as teachers, police officers and judges from wearing symbols such as hijabs or turbans at workArticle contentQuebec Superior Court has struck down parts of Bill 21, the province’s law banning the wearing of religious symbols in the workplace for public workers deemed to be in a position of authority, like teachers, judges and police officers. In his decision delivered Tuesday, Judge Marc-André Blanchard ruled part of Bill 21 violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. tap here to see other videos from our team. Try refreshing your browser, or Breaking: Quebec Superior Court strikes down parts of Bill 21, the secularism law Back to videoThis story will be updated.
The case for a capital gains tax on Washington’s super-rich
Part of strengthening our economy for the future means passing Senate Bill 5096 — a wealth tax on the extraordinary capital gains profits the super-rich make from selling stocks, bonds and other lucrative assets. Importantly, it will also be a small step toward balancing our tax code and addressing the underlying cracks in our state economy. Multiple studies, including a 12-year study of millionaire behavior and a Stanford University study of eight state tax increases, have proven that the “millionaire migration” scare tactic is a myth. A wealth tax on capital gains will also help strengthen our foundation for the next disaster and begin to unwind decades of policy choices that led to this moment. But passing a wealth tax on the capital gains profits of the super-rich to invest in education and child care will do something meaningful for hundreds of thousands of struggling families.
Biden’s next phase of his jobs plan could blow up one of the GOP’s biggest lies - The Washington Post
AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThat next phase will involve another $1 trillion in proposed spending on various family support programs, on top of the $2 trillion infrastructure plan that congressional Democrats are assembling. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementSimilar insights undergird the $2 trillion jobs plan and the already-passed $2 trillion Covid-19 rescue package. The former would employ large public investments to rebuild infrastructure and engineer our inevitable transition to a decarbonized economy. The latter uses them to stimulate the economy and bail out those suffering terrible economic travails amid the Covid-19 collapse. Republicans could capture the House through anti-majoritarian tactics alone, while being entirely absent from the mainstream conversation about our biggest national challenges.
MI5 warns of spies using LinkedIn to trick staff into spilling secrets
The 10,000-plus figure includes staff in virtually every government departments as well as key industries, who might be offered speaking or business and travel opportunities that could lead to attempts to recruit them to provide confidential information.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signs anti-riot bill into law
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signs anti-riot bill into lawFlorida now has one of the toughest laws when it comes to cracking down on violent protesters. Proponents say it holds local officials responsible for keeping the peace during demonstrations that get unruly while opponents say it stifles free speech and is vague.
Editorial Roundup: Illinois
Editorial: If the Illinois Senate cares about Chicago kids, it’ll kill a terrible bill for an elected school boardIt was a bad idea back in January and it’s a bad idea now. The Illinois House did so in January, tabling a bill to create a 21-member elected board, which would strip Chicago’s mayor of control. The school board must administer that budget and make decisions on levying additional property taxes. More money was spent on four school board races in last year’s election than on all city council races combined. They were:Tom Vanden Berk, CEO, UCANKarina Ayala-Bermejo, President & CEO, Instituto del Progreso LatinoTasha Green Cruzat, Executive Director, Voices for Illinois ChildrenRicardo Estrada, President & CEO, Metropolitan Family ServicesJim Hayes, President & CEO, YMCA Metropolitan ChicagoDorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA Metropolitan ChicagoRev.
Editorial Roundup: West Virginia
Her report estimates economic damages from drug-related fatalities in West Virginia were $9.8 billion in 2019. ADVERTISEMENTAt one point, West Virginia was leading the nation in getting COVID-19 vaccines out and into arms. West Virginia was in the bottom 10 states for U.S. vaccination rates last week. The West Virginia State Building and Construction Trades Council and the AFL-CIO support keeping the plant open. Both southern and northern West Virginia produce metallurgical coal that is used in making steel.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs 'anti-riot' bill that grants civil immunity to drivers who hit protesters and protects police budgets from being cut
“We don’t believe this is simply a political matter,” Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, who is leading the effort, told the New York Times. Aunna Dennis, the executive director of the Georgia chapter of Common Cause, spoke out against the call to boycott Home Depot. “I can’t fully support a boycott within Georgia,” Dennis said. Home Depot is headquartered in the Peach State, where it is also one of the largest employers. Other major Georgia corporations, including Coca-Cola and Delta, have spoken out against the new law, while Home Depot has not.
Georgia Faith Leaders to Call for Boycott of Home Depot over Voting Law
A group of black faith leaders representing more than 1,000 churches in Georgia will call for a boycott of Home Depot over the hardware store’s silence on the state’s new voting law. Aunna Dennis, the executive director of the Georgia chapter of Common Cause, spoke out against the call to boycott Home Depot. “I can’t fully support a boycott within Georgia,” Dennis said. Other major Georgia corporations, including Coca-Cola and Delta, have spoken out against the new law, while Home Depot has not. Jackson said that the faith leaders are calling on Home Depot to speak out and back litigation against the Georgia law, to publicly oppose similar bills in other states and to offer support for the John Lewis Voting Rights Act in Congress.
PBS doc 'Philly D.A.' shows how hard it is to reform system
“Philly D.A.,” an eight-part docuseries beginning Tuesday as part of PBS’ “Independent Lens,” follows Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner in his crusade to remake the culture and practices of his office. The log lines write themselves: A case is jeopardized when homicide detectives search a cellphone without a warrant, then lie about it (“They did it literally under a surveillance camera,"says an assistant district attorney, “very good quality”). Indeed, the strongest, most emotionally resonant passages in “Philly D.A.,” though they address and are affected by Krasner’s platform, take place out in the world among the citizenry. For that matter, Krasner comes into sharper focus when he is out of the office, interacting with the public. Myers’ story dominates the fourth episode, the theme of which is probation reform.
Opinion: Fight gun violence like we fight cancer — one step at a time
This uniquely American epidemic is one of gun violence. And just like cancer, different forms of gun violence predominate in different at-risk populations, present in different ways and require unique modes of prevention. In other words, the same measures that prevent gun violence in the form of suicide are not necessarily the same measures preventing gun violence in the form of police brutality. This month, President Joe Biden presented a series of modest measures to curtail the gun violence epidemic plaguing our country. When dealing with a public health crisis on the scale of American gun violence, no measure is too modest.
Editorial: Newsom should stop trying to play Californians for fools
Stop your nonsensical rationales and false claims about vaccinations and reopening schools. As you’ve correctly noted, our state now has the lowest rate of positive coronavirus tests in the nation. School reopeningYour most convoluted logic comes when you discuss school reopening — when you try to justify your failed plan. Nation’s worstIf only you had focused on the needs of Californians as much as the concerns of teacher unions. Actually, as of last week, California had the least amount of in-person learning in the nation.
If Bidwill and other CEOs are serious about education, why not fight for Prop. 208?
This is Proposition 208, the Invest in Education Act. Their CEOs received both state and federal income tax breaks far exceeding the impact of Proposition 208, and shunned any other option than a sales tax. The only endeavor that has come close to fulfilling the promise of the Classrooms First recommendations has been Proposition 208. It specifically targets teacher funding, mentorship and scholarship programs – all recommendations from the council, with almost $1 billion per year. In fact, a recent Arizona Republic opinion piece by Bob Robb called one such attempt, Senate Bill 1783, a “clever” workaround to Proposition 208.
Readers respond: Give reparations bill its due, finally
Then-Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced the bill the first time and did so again in every Congress until he left office in 2017. I call on the entire Oregon House delegation to speak now in favor of a full House vote on it. Serious consideration of reparations is long, long overdue, yet there is sure to be opposition to putting the resolution to a vote in the House. A united voice from the Oregon delegation in support of at least a simple up-or-down vote would go a long way toward ensuring that happens. And, of course, the promise to vote in favor of the resolution would be even more welcome.
Readers respond: Celebrate end of slavery accurately
I am pleased that the Oregon Legislature seeks to memorialize the end of human bondage in the United States with House Bill 2168. As I was born and raised in Texas, I well understand why Juneteenth was made a state holiday there. However, I am surprised to learn that our legislators do not seem to know that enslavement in the U.S. did not end on June 19, 1865. While the Emancipation Proclamation ended human enslavement in the Confederate States of America, it did not end enslavement in states that did not join the confederacy, including Missouri and Maryland. While I support memorializing the end of enslavement in our country, I think we would best stick to the facts.
Oregon governor taps long-time political ally as not-obvious choice for high-paid energy policy post
Burdick, 73, is not an obvious choice for the wonky position on the council, a federally funded panel that provides policy and planning leadership on regional power, fish and wildlife issues. But she is not a legislative leader on energy issues and doesn’t bring the same depth of energy or fisheries industry and policy experience as appointees from the other three states. The position also has the reputation of being somewhat relaxed, with the analytical heavy lifting performed by the council staff. She said reporting, research and consulting jobs on environmental and energy issues she’d held early in her career gave her substantial relevant experience. And while she wasn’t the Legislature’s leading expert on energy policy, she said she’d been involved in various energy related issues at the Legislature, including reform of the state’s controversial Business Energy Tax Credit program.
Editorial: Racial tension not invitation for political posturing
No one wants a repeat of last summer, in which Minneapolis erupted in violence after the killing of Floyd. Boston was also the site of riots and looting last summer, resulting in injuries to police officers. The Chauvin trial and the recent shootings of Wright and Toledo have sparked more demonstrations calling for justice, including in Boston. Not alone — the work must include community and faith-based organizations to work in tandem with law enforcement. The impetus to pounce on the all-police-are-bad narrative for political gain undermines the very communities politicians purport to care about.
Readers re-imagine lyrics for Stephen Foster's 'My Old Kentucky Home'
// We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home, // For the Old Kentucky Home far away. // We will sing one song for my old Kentucky home // for my old Kentucky home far away. "My Old Kentucky Home"Verse 1:The sun shines bright on My Old Kentucky Home, The Derby will soon come our way. Colin Andrew WatkinsOgden Dunes, Indiana 46368***"My Old Kentucky Home"I think the lyrics to Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home" just need a few minor changes as it is a great song of its era. CHORUS:E. L. FieldsLouisville, 40242***"My Old Kentucky Home"Verse 1:The sun shines bright on my Old Kentucky Home, tis' summer, the people are gay.
Kentucky's state song 'My Old Kentucky Home' celebrates slavery. And it needs to go
My Old Kentucky Slave Quarters. "Yes, 'My Old Kentucky Home' has been with us too humiliatingly long," he wrote. "Its words are not appropriate for either the Kentucky Derby or a state song for the freedom-loving people of Kentucky." Related:My Old Kentucky Home estate addresses 'not-so-glamorous side' of its history: SlaveryOf course, Howard and Van Hook were both right. If Kentucky's legislature won't step forward and pass a law that says it is no longer our state song, Churchill Downs needs to say it won't allow the song to be played before the Derby.
Here's what abolitionist Frederick Douglass said about 'My Old Kentucky Home' song
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ahead of the rendition of "My Old Kentucky Home" at the Kentucky Derby, the race's announcer spoke about Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass' views of the song, which some have criticized for glorifying the pre-Civil War South. Read this:Kentucky Derby pumps energy into downtown Louisville hotels, but are rooms available? In the song, inspired by the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin," a slave is saying goodbye to Kentucky to face abuse and toil in the "land where the sugar canes grow." On Friday, Churchill Downs announced it would do a musical rendition of the song without singing, preceded by a moment of silence. The 146th annual Kentucky Derby, which Authentic won, occurred as hundreds of protesters gathered outside Churchill Downs.
Robbins: Country catching up to Bernie Sanders’ way of thinking
Conservative attacks on Sanders-style proposals for universal health care, raising taxes on the wealthy, raising the federal minimum wage and other programs as “European socialism,” once tried and true, are increasingly falling flat. “The wealthy and multi-national corporations in this country,” Sanders said, “will start paying their fair share of taxes.”Americans are with him. Raising taxes to invest in public infrastructure is not the only issue on which America’s political sands are shifting. And a recent Morning Consult poll found that a majority of Republicans support raising the federal minimum wage. It has been a very long time since Bernie Sanders could be ignored.
Republican ‘attacks’ on corporations over voting rights bills are a hypocritical sham
For four decades, the basic deal between big American corporations and politicians has been simple. Campaign spending has soared while corporate taxes have shriveled. Yet since Donald Trump issued his big lie about the fraudulence of the 2020 election, corporate America has had a few qualms about the GOP. A few Democrats, such as West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, don’t want to raise corporate taxes as high as Biden does either. The basic deal between American corporations and American politicians has been a terrible deal for America.
Opinion | Lawmakers are trying to scale back Biden’s infrastructure plan. Why?
The White House plan has left Republicans and some moderate Democrats grasping for alternatives. Likewise, their objections to a 28 percent corporate tax rate find little public support. and Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) are among those suggesting they would support an infrastructure bill amounting to around $800 billion. That naturally raises the question: Well, if $800 billion is acceptable, why not $1.2 trillion or $1.5 trillion? The White House has the advantage of the bully pulpit and an effective early rollout.
1st Woman Applies to Run for Syria's Presidential Elections
The presidential election, the second since the country’s civil war broke out 10 years ago, is to be held May 26. Two other candidates have submitted their names, including a businessman who applied to run against Assad in 2014. Then Assad won nearly 90% of the votes. While Assad has not yet applied, he is widely expected to run for a fourth seven-year term. According to the UN resolution for a political resolution of the conflict in Syria, a new constitution is supposed to be drafted, approved in a public referendum before a U.N.-monitored presidential elections are to take place.
Wrong priorities lead New Delhi to worsening epidemic situation
(Photo: Xinhua)India's COVID-19 epidemic situation seems to have lost control. On social media, many Indian people are denouncing the lack of medical resources and many posts are asking for help.India has made its priorities wrong. Instead of focusing on epidemic prevention and control, New Delhi has been playing geopolitical games. "India's COVID-19 fight is a mess and the country has not figured out the actual situation of COVID-19 infection. Rural areas and slums are ignored and have completely lost control," Lin said.India's epidemic situation once improved.
As covid relief money floods in, pandemic-battered cities see a chance to transform
AdvertisementAcross America, cities that were cash-strapped and beleaguered only months ago now find themselves flush with money and ready to spend. AdvertisementAlabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) raised the prospect that the vast sums flowing into state, city and county coffers would invite corruption. But GOP mayors have not shared their fellow Republicans’ opposition, with many enthusiastically backing the relief for cities as a necessity — and brushing aside concerns that the money will go to waste. Story continues below advertisement“There’s a misconception that most cities are free spenders,” said Arlington, Tex., Mayor Jeff Williams, a Republican. Cities have up to four years to spend the money, and many have just begun to craft a strategy.
“As Usual, Dalton Got in Its Own Way”: Inside the Antiracism Tug-of-War at an Elite NYC Private School
Nor was the school alone; in June, two different groups of private school graduates launched the @blackatchapin and @blackatbrearley Instagram accounts, detailing the racism and microaggressions people of color experienced at the neighboring girls’ schools. The Dalton teachers’ suggestions had been written that summer, posted on an internal school forum for anyone with a faculty login to read. “A school like Dalton can’t be fully anti-racist and be Dalton,” W, a Black Dalton graduate—one of more than 30 private school students, alumni, parents, and faculty of color I spoke to for this story—wrote in a text message. By the end of the summer, most private schools had announced that they would start remote and gradually adopt a hybrid learning plan. Private school parents, including many who claimed to be from Dalton, blasted the decision in a thread on a New York City moms’ message board.
Trump Country Is Finding a Way to Screw Up America’s Vaccine Rollout
Caseloads remain dangerously high, even as we know far more about the virus than we did twelve months ago. And politics continues to infect the public response to the health crisis, even though Donald Trump is no longer in office. But there is one big way that things are very different: We now have, in the vaccines, a clear off-ramp out of the pandemic. “They want to be able to say these restrictions that are put on by public health recommendations are things that they’re very concerned about. “It pains me to think that the governor of Michigan is begging for vaccines,” one Wyoming health official told the Times.
How big will my third stimulus check be? This calculator tells you
While the bill provides for many things to help Americans weather the ongoing pandemic, the most anticipated for many Americans is the third stimulus check. Thankfully developer Jasmine Mah has put together an excellent calculator to quickly reveal just how big your third stimulus check will be. You can access the Third Stimulus Check Calculator here. The calculator will then tell you exactly how much your third stimulus check will be for. To see how the above examples stack up to the second stimulus check you received in January, check here.
PepsiCo is scaling up regenerative agriculture on 7 million acres of land
It estimates that the changes will eliminate at least 3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions. “This certainly matters to us, but it really matters to everyone,” says Jim Andrew, chief sustainability officer at PepsiCo. The exact climate benefits are still to be proven; PepsiCo’s estimate of eliminating 3 million tons of emissions is very conservative, Andrew says. PepsiCo runs demonstration farms to show farmers new techniques, offers financial incentives for farmers to make changes, and collaborates with nonprofits and other partners. (Many are beginning to: General Mills, for example, announced a plan to make 1 million acres of farmland regenerative in 2019.)
To Keep Women in the Workforce, Men Need to Do More at Home
In March 2020 , unemployment rates for men and women age 16 and over were indistinguishable — 4.4% for men and 4.4% for women. Among different-sex couples who remained employed in remote-eligible jobs, research shows that paid work hours declined particularly sharply for mothers of children under age 12. Structural solutions to facilitate fathers’ domestic labor appears to be the path forward, but these solutions must be supported by business and government. To facilitate fathers’ domestic engagement moving forward, businesses must offer employees as much schedule flexibility as possible. Among 38 OECD countries, U.S. workers rank 10th highest in annual paid work hours but last in paid time off.
11 Myths About Decision-Making
Ultimately your decision needs to come from a clear understanding of your needs, values, and goals — information that’s outside the reach of their algorithms. 11 Myths About Decision-MakingI’ve been studying decision-making for more than 20 years and have identified a number of deeply ingrained and counterproductive myths that harm our ability to make decisions. Slowing down can help improve efficacy by steering us away from our reliance on these decision-making myths and reflexive behaviors. Here are five questions to ask yourself in these cheetah pauses:Which decision-making myths am I relying on to make this decision? This vivid cue can help you see past decision-making myth “trees” and beyond the “forest” of biases that they rely upon, improving your decision-making skills.
Breaking the Cycle of Bias That Works Against Women Leaders
Member Free 5 free articles per month, $6.95/article thereafter, free newsletter. It turns out that gender bias in hiring and advancement is more pervasive than we thought. Outright discrimination — denying women jobs on the basis of their gender rather than their skill sets — is certainly one. But another, harder-to-detect factor can contribute to the leadership gap: the tendency of some organizational decision makers to subtly dissuade women from pursuing leadership roles. As a result, women may never even pursue these roles, having been “talked out of it” based on how the opportunities were presented.
How to Develop Early-Career Talent Virtually
Member Free 5 free articles per month, $6.95/article thereafter, free newsletter. Despite today’s uncertain business environment, it’s critical that companies continue to build their future workforces by investing in early-career talent. Companies have no time to waste in offering virtual early-career talent development opportunities. We assessed each organization’s readiness for virtual development and identified the factors — in culture, process, and people — that make or break well-meaning efforts to grow talent and nurture early-career hires successfully. Synthesizing data from participant responses helped us propose five crucial steps leaders must take when developing early-career talent virtually.
Driving Remote Innovation Through Conflict and Collaboration
But after the pandemic-driven mass exodus from the office and the transition to remote work, leaders need to understand how they can embed innovation in remote teams. Remote work is here to stay, and evidence of its benefits for productivity is undoubtedly good news. But top-line growth for long-term organizational success demands more than productivity; for continued innovation, it’s essential that opportunities for connection be embedded across the organization’s remote teams. We uncovered two complementary principles of leading remote teams for innovation — connecting for collaboration and connecting for contradiction — both of which are essential to creating opportunities for innovation. In sum, leaders can embed opportunities for innovation in remote work by connecting for both collaboration and for contradiction.
Why Good Leaders Fail
Leadership failure can also have negative spillover effects on the productivity of other members of the organization, as well as on the company’s morale and reputation. Worse yet, the little we know is based on limited evidence that often attributes derailment to the leader’s personality and performance. However, these factors hardly account for all incidents of unexpected leadership failure. In particular, looking at the increasing rate of derailed — mostly female — leaders during the pandemic, it appears that changes in contextual factors might better explain why leaders fail. Other characteristics that have been associated with leader derailment include a lack of both self-awareness and trustworthiness, as well as conflict seeking and aloofness.
Editorial: Tenant protections are homeless prevention
That’s why tenant protections have to be coupled with expanded legal support for renters. Last year, Los Angeles city and county voted to spend nearly $20 million on tenant education and legal aid. A proposed bill by Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) would go further by creating a Homelessness Prevention Fund to pay for tenant outreach and legal services statewide. It can help tenants understand their obligations and discourage scofflaw landlords from ignoring tenant protection laws. As long as affordable housing is scarce and there are landlords harassing tenants into vacating, these are the sorts of protections the city and the state require.
Essential California: Don’t call it a vaccine passport
Newsletter The stories shaping California Get up to speed with our Essential California newsletter, sent six days a week. Here in California, health officials have repeatedly said they have no plans to institute official COVID-19 vaccine passes. Ultimately, the use of some form of vaccine pass in California is likely to be driven by market demand and remain dependent on consumers opting in. Los Angeles TimesAdvertisementSupport our journalism Subscribe to the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles TimesSpeaking of Nancy Pelosi... Congressional reporter Sarah D. Wire reviews the buzzy new biography of the House Speaker.
Opinion: How to take steps to stop Asian American violence
As an organization committed to the success of a diverse and dynamic American society, Indiaspora has been particularly disturbed and saddened by the recent incidents of anti-Asian violence around the country. The video that surfaced on Twitter in the last two weeks of the attack on a 65-year old Asian American woman in New York City reopened the wounds that had barely begun to heal after the tragic news of the Atlanta massage parlor shootings last month. Assumptions that natural empathy will help folks face the blinding horror of racially-targeted violence have once again been proven wrong. The Biden administration’s reinstatement and expansion of the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders offers us an over-arching framework for substantive engagement. Labeling a hate crime a hate crime is critical to signaling to our communities that we belong.
Mgeni, Press, et al: Help us address systemic racism in Minnesota’s criminal justice system
In every phase of the criminal justice system, there are ample statistics that indicate systemic racism in the nation. But if stats alone were enough, we’d have fixed criminal justice decades ago. Disparate treatment in our criminal justice system has been accepted for far too long. The first phase of “Truth and Action” will be collecting stories from people who have experienced disparate treatment in the criminal justice system – at any point in the criminal justice system. Reimagining the criminal justice system and implementing changes requires all voices to be heard.
Lankford bill targets 'racist' laws: 'I'm really embarrassed that they are still on the books'
Staff reportsA bill that would eliminate 11 unenforced federal laws that Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford said he was "embarrassed" exist has been approved by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Lankford, a co-sponsor of the bill, said eliminating the laws is long overdue. “I’m embarrassed that we as a nation ever had these laws on the books. I’m really embarrassed that they are still on the books.”Complete coverage:Read all of our coverage on tribes in OklahomaThe bill moved to the full Senate for consideration. Sen. Mike Rounds, a South Dakota Republican who authored the bill, said it was “at best, an oversight” that the laws remained on the books.
Chad's President Deby has died of injuries suffered on frontline, says army spokesman
Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, who ruled the central African nation for more than three decades, was killed Tuesday on the battlefield in a fight against rebels.
Out of sight but center stage, jurors weigh Chauvin's fate
About 300 protesters marched in the streets outside the courthouse shortly after the jury got the case, lining up behind a banner reading, “Justice 4 George Floyd & all stolen lives. The world is watching.”Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell had the final word Monday, offering the state's rebuttal argument. "That’s how simple it was. Nelson noted that officers who first went to the corner store where Floyd allegedly passed a counterfeit $20 bill were struggling with Floyd when Chauvin arrived as backup. The defense attorney also pointed out that the first two officers on the scene were rookies and that police had been told that Floyd might be on drugs.
Events in Czechia and Belarus Cement Eastern Europe’s New Divide
According to leaks in the Czech media, there is even CCTV footage of Petrov and Boshirov visiting the depot the day before the explosion. The former Czech foreign minister, Tomáš Pet?í?ek — who was dismissed a week ago — claims he has known for some time. This means the far smaller Czech embassy in Moscow will effectively be closed, along with the consulates in Yekaterinburg and St. Petersburg. Prague has long been criticized in the West for being prepared to consider energy proposals from a hostile Moscow. It will also likely affect areas in which cooperation has so far managed to continue, in particular the energy sector.
Biden’s Earth Day climate summit: Here’s what’s at stake
The Biden administration will attempt to win back international trust in the United States as a partner in tackling global warming during a two-day climate summit this Thursday and Friday. Forty countries have been invited to the virtual event, which begins on Earth Day and is expected to feature presentations on each country’s climate goals. While China “agreed to cooperate” with the U.S. on climate, Chinese President Xi Jinping hasn’t even said whether he will attend Biden’s summit yet. This week’s summit is only the first in a string of international climate talks scheduled for this year leading up to the 26th United Nations climate change conference in November, which is this year’s deadline for nations to announce new NDCs. Other countries may hold off on announcing new plans until the G7 summit in June or the G20 summit in October.
Why Has China Targeted Minorities in Xinjiang?
Photograph by Greg Baker / AFP / Getty“Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang” is an expansive and detailed account of Xi Jinping’s policies against ethnic Uyghurs and Kazhaks in China’s northwestern region, which culminated in the detainment of a group estimated to number more than a million, in the largest civilian internment since the Holocaust. The staff writer Raffi Khatchadourian tells David Remnick how Xi Jinping’s government used an obsession with what it calls stability, and a fear of separatism and terrorism, to justify a campaign of genocide. The government’s measures involve forced cultural assimilation, mass imprisonment, and coercive measures to reduce the birth rate.
What the New Roaring Twenties Will Be Like
The New Roaring Twenties will be a golden age of music—specifically for the genre The Few Bands That Were Somehow Able to Survive on Three Stimulus Checks. In the New Roaring Twenties, sexual freedom and safe sex will peacefully coexist. In the New Roaring Twenties, the ultimate form of self-love will be starting a Substack. The opulent cocktail parties of the New Roaring Twenties will consist of awkward and stilted conversations, owing to years of social atrophy. In the New Roaring Twenties, America’s health-care system will still be broken, but at least people will have access to Paramount+.
In India, Narendra Modi’s Government Is Using the Courts to Attack Civil Rights
“I really thought all my challenges were going to be on the social and economic rights of marginalized communities,” Jaising told me. Poverty and inequality are still monumental challenges, but Indian democracy itself has decayed in ways that Jaising did not foresee. You could go to court.” Modi’s emerging autocracy, enabled by his immense personal popularity, has spread like a smothering fog. In later years, the Collective expanded to work on womens’ rights, India’s H.I.V. “India’s democratic renewal, therefore, must ultimately come from within.”I asked Jaising how, or whether, Modi’s authoritarian run might be overcome.
ISIS issues threat to 'Christians of Egypt' after executing Coptic and two tribesman
ISIS issues threat to 'Christians of Egypt' after executing Coptic and two tribesmanAdded: 19.04.2021 16:39 | 23 views | 0 commentsISIS has issued a stark warning to the "Christians of Egypt" after the terror group captured and executed a Coptic Christian and two tribesmen.
Biden will hold a big climate summit this week to reestablish U.S. leadership. Not everyone may follow.
Biden will hold a big climate summit this week to reestablish U.S. leadership. Not everyone may follow. Added: 20.04.2021 2:17 | 11 views | 0 commentsPresident Biden is convening a global climate summit Thursday — Earth Day — in a signal that the United States has returned to the forefront of world affairs. But it’s far from certain other countries will follow America’s lead on climate change.
Walter F. Mondale, Carter’s vice president who lost White House bid, dies at 93
Added: 20.04.2021 2:17 | 14 views | 0 commentsA former Democratic senator from Minnesota and vice president, his unusually candid and forward-looking bid for the pinnacle of American politics was blocked by President Ronald Reagan’s landslide reelection victory in 1984.
www.theguardian.com: California: firefighters begin to turn tide but warn that 'mega-fire era' has arrived
www.theguardian.com: California: firefighters begin to turn tide but warn that 'mega-fire era' has arrivedAdded: 12.04.2021 16:19 | 17 views | 0 commentsSource: www.sfchronicle.comOfficials say progress was made against the the LNU Lightning Complex and the CZU Lightning Complex firesFirefighters caught a slight break in efforts to contain the barrage of wildfire that has burned more than 1.2m acres across California, displacing tens of thousands amid the coronavirus pandemic. The dry lightning and winds that forecasters warned could stoke the blazes and spark more were less severe than expected, allowing crews – aided by reinforcements from neighboring states – to make progress in containing the fires. The blazes have killed seven and scorched more than 1,200 homes and other buildings. The blazes have killed seven and scorched more than 1,200 homes and other buildings. More in www.theguardian.com » California, USA, SPA Tags: Fire
What the Stats Show About Police Shootings and Public Safety
Added: 19.04.2021 19:37 | 17 views | 0 commentsIt is time for political, governmental, community and religious leaders to stand up against the invidious, reckless anti-police attacks and rhetoric which are undoing decades of progress against crime and are causing death and suffering to innocent people.
Nashville civil rights veterans see future hope
Nashville civil rights veterans see future hopeAdded: 20.04.2021 6:08 | 14 views | 0 commentsSource: www.newschannel5.comSome of the Black college students who integrated downtown Nashville in 1960 went on to play integral roles in nearly every major campaign of the civil rights era. (April 20) More in rssfeeds.usatoday.com » Tags: Students
The Pandemic Proved That Our Toilets Are Crap
In March of last year, the pandemic came knocking, and everyone was suddenly obsessed with—of all things—toilet paper. Many changed their toilets altogether, with bidet companies reporting mass orders. Courtesy of Simon & Schuster Chelsea Wald is the author of Pipe Dreams: The Urgent Global Quest to Transform the Toilet. There’s altogether too much poop around, and it’s creating a public health and environmental hazard—pandemic or not. Not only do conventional wastewater systems fail, they are too often absent.
How Face Recognition Can Destroy Anonymity
Cheap and widely available face recognition software means that’s no longer true in some parts of the world. China provides an extreme example of the possibilities stemming from recent improvements in face recognition technology. Williams is Black, and tests by the US government have shown that many commercial face recognition tools make more false matches of non-white faces. In the US, government use of face recognition is much less expansive than in China, but no federal legislation constrains the technology. Nearly 20 US cities, including Jackson, Mississippi, and Boston, Massachusetts, have passed laws to restrict government use of face recognition.
NFTs and AI Are Unsettling the Very Concept of History
As an archivist, I’m excited about what disruptive innovations like non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and artificial intelligence may mean for archives. Artists, gamers, entertainers, athletes, and executives now sell NFTs, tokenized digital objects whose authenticity is said to be assured by the reverse traceability of blockchain transactions. Many of these digital objects won't be born-digital; instead they'll be one-off digitized copies of physical materials, for which there could be a huge market. Prevailing archival ethics generally dictate that all users are treated equally, and that archival materials aren't exposed or sold only to high bidders. As poor a fit with archival DNA as tokenizing archive collections as NFTs may be, the possibility of leveraging digital scarcity by selling NFTs while retaining physical materials is a hefty temptation.
Philly D.A. Is the Second Coming of The Wire, in Docuseries Form
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Justice Amy Coney Barrett Gets $2 Million Book Deal
Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has a cushy book deal. Photo: Pool/Getty ImagesThis news from the publishing industry via Politico is pretty interesting:Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s last pick for the Supreme Court, has … sold a book — garnering a $2 million advance for a tome about how judges are not supposed to bring their personal feelings into how they rule, according to three publishing industry sources. The figure was “an eye-raising amount” for a Supreme Court justice and likely the most since book deals won by Clarence Thomas and Sandra Day O’Connor, one of the people added. She’s also been critical of the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court’s past decision to uphold the law in court. Her position on abortion and other reproductive rights are clear: She believes women cannot be trusted to make decisions about their own bodies.
Was That Racism?
One question I didn’t ask myself that day: Was that racism? Authorities didn’t talk long before building a narrative around the suspect’s sex addiction, not his racism, as a motive for the killings, and the media amplified the police’s hesitation to call the massacre a hate crime. It seemed the public was being begged to entertain any motive for the killer — sex addiction, the grip of evangelism, he was simply having a bad day — except for racism. This is racism. Was that racism?
Understanding property taxes: The difference between the Homestead Exemption and the Tax Credit
Your state and local government may offer this program in the form of a property tax credit program, a property tax exemption program, or both. In addition to the homestead tax exemption program, your state or local government may also offer the homestead property tax credit program. The homestead property tax credit program is generally a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your property tax assessment. While this is the general rule, in some states the homestead property tax credit works to limit the amount of property tax a homeowner is assessed. Millionacres bottom lineThe implementation of the homestead tax credit program and the homestead exemption program varies by jurisdiction.
The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof
That’s a lot, but within the range of historical energy investments in countries like the U.S.Now, let’s consider the costs of unchecked climate change, which will fall hardest on the most vulnerable. at 3 degrees Celsius of warming (our trajectory under current policies) and 10 percent for 5 degrees Celsius. Given the steep price of inaction, many economists say that addressing climate change is a better deal. In this case, limiting warming will greatly reduce future damage and inequality caused by climate change. And, of course, reining in climate change will spare many species and ecosystems upon which humans depend — and which many people believe to have their own innate value.
Dr. Nicole Saphier: COVID and Anthony Fauci – here's the best thing he can do right now
Almost everyone has strong opinions about Dr. Anthony Fauci. DR. SAPHIER & CHAFFETZ: